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Mouthwash 101: Types of Mouthwash

If you’ve ever seen a mouthwash commercial, you know that mouthwashes are commonly used to freshen breath, but that’s not all mouthwash can do! As a part of a solid brushing and flossing routine, mouthwash can be very beneficial. However, stroll down the oral care aisle, and you’ll find yourself face to face with an aisle full of mouthwash. Why are there so many types of mouthwash? Which one do you need? This post will give you the scoop on mouthwash.

What is Mouthwash?

Mouthwash is a liquid that is swished in the mouth for a certain length of time, ranging from 30 seconds to one minute, depending on the product. The FDA groups mouthwashes into three types of categories:

  • Therapeutic: Therapeutic mouthwashes contain specific ingredients that assist in fighting tooth or mouth diseases. An example of a therapeutic mouthwash is an anti-gingivitis rinse.
  • Cosmetic: A primary goal of a cosmetic mouthwash is to remove odor-causing bacteria to freshen the breath. These are easily found over-the-counter, and they cannot treat tooth or mouth diseases.
  • Combination: A combination mouthwash serves to treat mouth conditions as well as address cosmetic concerns.

Types of Mouthwash

Mouthwash, whether it falls under the cosmetic or therapeutic category, is designed for a specific purpose. There are many types of mouthwashes including:

  • Whitening: Used in conjunction with a whitening toothpaste or perhaps even after a whitening treatment, a whitening mouthwash can maintain your pearly whites.
  • Medicated mouthwashes: Certain rinses can be prescribed to you to treat certain oral conditions such as dry mouth or bleeding gums.
  • Plaque control: These mouthwashes target plaque and work to eliminate it and stall the growth of tartar.
  • Child-friendly: These rinses typically do not have alcohol listed as an ingredient.
  • Homemade: A warm saltwater rinse is commonly used to after a tooth extraction or to help clean the mouth after an infection
  • Fluoride: Fluoride rinses can help prevent tooth decay, but it is very important that young children (or individuals who may swallow the rinse) do not use fluoride rinses as too much fluoride may be harmful.
  • Antiseptic: Many dentists suggest the use of an antiseptic rinse before and/or after surgery since these rinses contain chlorhexidine gluconate, which limits the growth of bacteria.

How do I know which mouthwash is right for me?

Although mouthwashes can be a very important part of your treatment plan, mouthwash alone should never replace brushing or flossing. If you opt for an over-the-counter mouthwash, always look for an ADA seal, which means that the American Dental Association considers that mouthwash to be safe. However, sometimes choosing an OTC mouthwash isn’t enough to address your specific dental needs. A dentist will be able to help you decide which type of mouthwash is right for you, and s/he can prescribe a medicated rinse if necessary.

If you have questions about which therapeutic mouthwash is right for your needs, your dentist can suggest an appropriate one. To make an appointment, contact us today.

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What is Burning Mouth Syndrome?

Burning mouth syndrome is a rare but debilitating ailment that affects about 20,000 people in the U.S. each year. While treatment for burning mouth syndrome is available, at present, there is no permanent cure for the condition. If you think you or a loved one may suffer from burning mouth syndrome, read on to learn more about the symptoms, causes and available treatments, including help from Creative Dental in Westfield, NJ.

What are the Symptoms of Burning Mouth Syndrome?

Burning mouth syndrome has particular symptoms that can be used to help diagnose this condition. A medical diagnosis is needed, but you and your dentist may be able to identify symptoms that could be related to burning mouth syndrome.

The areas affected by burning mouth syndrome include the tongue, inside of the cheeks, gums, lips, under the tongue, and the roof of the mouth. In some cases, the area affected may be sparse, while in others, the entire mouth is affected.

The symptoms of burning mouth syndrome can come on suddenly, or they may slowly develop over a length of time. Here are some of the symptoms of burning mouth syndrome.

  • Sensation of a scalded tongue, without being able to connect it with eating or drinking hot foods or beverages
  • Burning sensation in one or several areas of the mouth, including any part listed above.
  • Chronic dry mouth and insatiable thirst
  • Metallic or bitter taste in the mouth and/or throat
  • Decrease or absence of the sense of taste in a small patch of the tongue or all over

The timing of the symptoms of burning mouth syndrome is individual. In some persons, the symptoms happen every single day and become progressively worse as the day wears on. In others, symptoms of burning mouth syndrome are pretty steady from waking until falling asleep. In still others, symptoms of burning mouth syndrome are sporadic, with no discernible pattern.

What Causes Burning Mouth Syndrome?

There are two known types of causes of burning mouth syndrome, known as primary and secondary. The primary cause of burning mouth syndrome has to do with internal problems with the nervous system relating to sensory nerves. The possible secondary causes of burning mouth syndrome are more abundant. They include:

  • Chronic dry mouth
  • Oral fungal infection
  • Vitamin and/or mineral deficiency
  • Ill-fitting dentures
  • Allergic reactions
  • Chronic acid reflux
  • Medication side effects
  • Oral habits
  • Disorders of the endocrine system
  • Stress and/or depression
  • Soft tissue irritation

It’s important to note that while there is no cure for burning mouth syndrome itself, many of the secondary causes of burning mouth syndrome can be diagnosed and/or treated by a dentist. The only way to ensure that secondary causes are caught right away is to keep regularly scheduled appointments with your dentist.

What Treatments are Available for Burning Mouth Syndrome?

Your dentist will be the first person you can consult with about your oral health issues, and any symptoms of burning mouth syndrome that you may be experiencing. Treatment will be worked out between you, your dentist and your medical physician. Treatments may include:

  • Oral Rinses
  • Denture refitting
  • Prescription medication
  • Therapy
  • Saliva replacement products

There’s no need to suffer silently with burning mouth syndrome. If you suspect you may have this condition, contact the professionals at Creative Dental today to make an appointment. Your health depends on it!

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5 Signs That You Need Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth are the large molar teeth at the very back of your mouth. Although wisdom teeth are natural, there are times when your dentist in Westfield, NJ may recommend having them extracted. If the wisdom teeth have already grown in, the wisdom teeth can be pulled. If they haven’t yet broken the gum line, oral surgery may be warranted to remove the wisdom teeth. Here are some situations and wisdom teeth signs that they may have to go.

1. You are Getting Braces

If you are getting braces or another alignment treatment, your wisdom teeth may need to be removed. If your wisdom teeth haven’t come in yet, there’s a strong chance that when they do, they could undo all the work that was done by your braces. If your wisdom teeth are already grown in, they may still have to be removed, to ensure that the other teeth in your mouth can be aligned correctly.

2. You Have Jaw Pain

Since wisdom teeth are located so far back in the mouth, they can affect your jaw in some cases. There are times when wisdom teeth have been known to cause pain or discomfort in the jaw when talking or chewing. This is one of those wisdom teeth signs that your dentist in Westfield, NJ can help to diagnose if you do have chronic jaw pain. If it turns out that your wisdom teeth are to blame, their removal may take care of your jaw pain permanently.

3. You Have Sinus Trouble

Because of the location of your wisdom teeth, their root structure can push and rub against sinuses, causing a host of sinus issues. If you have chronic sinus trouble, such as frequent headaches, runny nose, sinus drip, or pain or tenderness between your eyes, talk to your dentist at Creative Dental to see about the chances that your wisdom teeth are to blame. If they are, an extraction or surgical removal could solve your sinus problems.

4. You Have Gum Disease

Wisdom teeth are susceptible to gum disease just like other teeth in your mouth. Because they are so far back in your mouth, it’s quite difficult to clean wisdom teeth properly. This can lead to bacteria build-up, cavities, and ultimately gum disease. Gum disease can then lead to other problems, with the potential to spread throughout your teeth and gums. If your wisdom teeth have developed gum disease around them, it’s likely that your dentist will recommend their removal. These wisdom teeth signs include redness, swelling, tenderness or bleeding gums.

5. They are Impacted

Impacted wisdom teeth happen when they don’t grow in precisely. This can occur for a variety of reasons, but the result is the same. A painful, swollen area that will not resolve itself without medical intervention. If you do have impacted wisdom teeth, you’ll need to have them surgically removed.

We will be able to diagnose and advise you as to whether you have an oral health condition that may require the removal of your wisdom teeth. Call or email today to make an appointment to have your wisdom teeth checked.

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How to Improve Your Smile in Pictures

Are you often disappointed by the way your smile looks in pictures? Your smile plays an important part in how you come across in images. Don’t let your teeth ruin what could potentially be a beautiful smile. Here are some tips on how to improve your smile in pictures.

Brush and Floss

The first step in ensuring a beautiful smile is to practice good oral hygiene. This includes proper brushing and flossing techniques. For best results, you should replace your toothbrush at least once a month. This will help to prevent bacteria from building up on your toothbrush, as well as ensure that you aren’t using bristles that have lost their integrity.

Use toothpaste that is recommended by your dentist, or by the American Dental Association. If discoloration is an issue, opt for toothpaste that contains whitening ingredients. Floss after each meal to prevent cavities from forming in between teeth. Use an anti-bacterial mouthwash as a follow-up after every brushing and flossing to get rid of even more unwanted bacteria.

Have Teeth Professionally Whitened

There’s no substitute for professional teeth whitening. At Creative Dental in Westfield, NJ, professional teeth whitening is available, along with a free consultation. In many cases, you can expect results that will make your teeth 2-3 times whiter than before. After the non-invasive procedure, you will have a winning smile for all your photographs.

Get Snap-On Smile

If you’re looking for a fast, transformation smile, consider the Snap-On Smile, available at Creative Dental. The Snap-On Smile is an easy, fast and painless way to transform your smile from flawed to perfect instantly. This apparatus can be inserted and removed by you, just in time for all your photo opportunities. With just two visits, you can have the smile you’ve always wanted for yourself but never dreamed possible.

Get Porcelain Veneers

If you prefer a more permanent solution to a beautiful smile for pictures, consider getting porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are fitted over your regular teeth, after some minor procedures by your Westfield, NJ dentist. The best part is, porcelain veneers are so realistic looking, no one will know they aren’t part of your natural teeth, in pictures or real life. The results are dramatic, long lasting and impressive.

Have Botox Treatments

One of the most obvious signs of aging is the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the lips and smile area. Unfortunately, this is a common problem that looks even worse when you express a wide smile, such as in photographs. Botox is a treatment that delivers proven and excellent results in eliminating the appearance of those aging lines and wrinkles. At Creative Dental, you can get Botox treatments independently, or in addition to other cosmetic or general dentistry treatments like implants, dentures, teeth whitening or other procedures.

Don’t suffer from one more unflattering picture, just because your smile is not what you’d like it to be. With a combination of good oral hygiene and one or more dental treatments, you can have the smile that you’ve always wanted. Contact Creative Dental in Westfield, NJ to make an appointment today!

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Can You Eat With Snap On Smile?

Snap-on Smile is an affordable and non-invasive solution that is suitable for many common dental issues. If you have gaps in your teeth, are missing teeth, or your teeth are stained or crooked, you could be a good candidate for Snap-on Smile. There are just two, non-invasive, painless dental visits involved with no shots or drilling necessary for you to receive an affordable and transformative smile.

Can You Eat With Your Snap-on Smile?

Many dental patients are pleased with the advantages of having a Snap-on Smile but are concerned about the effects of eating. After all, for many people having a beautiful smile when they are with friends and family or out in public is the impetus that pushed them to visit the dentist in the first place.

Not only does eating with your Snap-on Smile in place give you the appearance of beautiful and natural teeth, but it also makes eating more pleasurable and healthy. Your Snap-on Smile performs many of the same functions as your natural teeth do — namely, it helps to break down your food so that it can be digested more easily by your stomach and used by your body more efficiently.

Cautions While Eating with Your Snap-on Smile

Whether eating in with your immediate family or eating out with a group of friends, knowing the details of eating and caring for your Snap-on Smile is important when it comes to deciding if this solution is the right one for you. Nearly all foods and beverages can be enjoyed while you are wearing your Snap-on Smile. That being said, it is recommended that you avoid the following:

  • Most dentists caution their patients with a Snap-on Smile about chewing gum and eating sticky foods. These could adhere to the dental appliance and cause it to become uncomfortable for you.
  • Hard foods are also not advised to be eaten by patients who have a Snap-on Smile. Foods such as tough meat and chicken bones can lead to cracking or breaking of your Snap-on Smile. Even hard bread, such as baguettes and bagels, can damage your Snap-on Smile, so most dentists recommend that you avoid them while wearing your dental device.

Caring for Your Snap-on Smile

Most dentists recommend that their patients with a Snap-on Smile brush the dental appliance after every meal, if possible. Use a soft toothbrush to gently remove food particles and other debris before rinsing the appliance thoroughly with clear water. It’s important not to use regular toothpaste as it will wear away the luster of your Snap-on Smile. Instead. Use the special cleaner recommended by your dentist to clean your dental device thoroughly. Refills of the cleanser can also be obtained at your dentist’s office.

Be sure always to remove your Snap-on Smile and brush it before you go to sleep. You do not, however, need to soak it in a cleaning solution overnight. If you have any other questions or concerns about caring for your Snap-on Smile, contact us today!

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Does Snap-On Smile Work for Missing Teeth?

If you suffer from missing teeth, you understand all too well the embarrassment and feelings of guilt that this condition causes. Missing teeth can happen for many different reasons; some are preventable, and others are not the fault of the person. You might have one or more missing teeth due to a necessary extraction, a traumatic incident such as a car accident, as a symptom of disease treatment such as chemotherapy, as a result of poor dental hygiene, or for one of many other possible causes. The important thing to know is that in this day of modern dentistry, you don’t have to suffer from missing teeth.

A Treatment for Missing Teeth

At Creative Dental Cosmetic & General Dentistry, professional treatment for missing teeth is just an ordinary part of the day. Patients routinely come to see the professional dentists in Westfield, NJ for help recovering from a damaged smile from missing teeth. One of the most popular and effective treatments is Snap-On Smile for missing teeth. This is a no-nonsense, non-invasive way to treat the problem of missing teeth.

What are the Problems Associated With Having Missing Teeth?

First, missing teeth can cause devastating problems relating to self-esteem. Although looks are considered secondary to the nature of a person, we do tend to judge and be judged by the way we look. Unfortunately, those with missing teeth can experience a very negative reaction from others, resulting in a lack of confidence, and sometimes even depression or an unwillingness to engage in social activities.

Missing teeth can also negatively impact nutrition. It’s often difficult to chew and drink with missing teeth. This condition can also impact the ability to sing, laugh and speak. Missing teeth can lead to poor oral hygiene, advanced bacterial infection and secondary general health issues. The most important thing that your dentist in Westfield, NJ wants you to know is that missing teeth can and should be remedied.

Snap-On Smile Missing Teeth Solution

The Snap-On Smile missing teeth solution is one that will leave you happy, feeling confident and able to smile again without embarrassment or guilt. In fact, missing teeth is one of the main issues that Snap-On Smile was designed to take care of! This affordable solution consists of a reversible, removable and realistic looking prosthetic arch. Getting the Snap-On Smile missing teeth solution does not require any painful shots or drilling. It can usually be completed in just two dentist visits.

The Process of the Snap-On Smile Missing Teeth Solution

Snap-On Smile is a painless way to take care of your missing teeth problem. Simply make an appointment with your Westfield, NJ dentist who does Snap-On Smile. At your appointment, you’ll be able to choose the shade and style of your Snap-On Smile that you like the most. Next, your Westfield, NJ dentist will take an impression of your teeth. The impression will be used by a lab to create a Snap-On Smile device for you. After a few weeks, you’ll come back to be fitted with the Snap-On Smile.

Why suffer from the look of missing teeth any longer? Let Creative Dental and Snap-On Smile remedy your situation for good! Call or email today for your first appointment!

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Dental Procedures That Require Sedation

Most people know how important regular dental care is. Not only does it help to keep your mouth healthy, but good dental care can also help your entire body stay in optimum condition. In spite of this knowledge, many people avoid going to the dentist as often as they should. They have developed a fear of the dentist that leads them to put off routine cleanings and checkups in favor of visiting the dentist only when their pain is too great. Sedation dentistry may be an excellent option for those fearful of the dentist’s chair.

Sedation: A Great Tool for the Fearful

Whether you had a traumatic dental experience as a child, the media’s portrayal of dentists makes you fearful, or some other reason is behind your anxiety, odontophobia is is a condition shared by around 50 percent of Americans. Fortunately, dentists have many tools at their disposal that are designed to provide you with excellent oral care and make you feel more comfortable. One of the most important of these is sedation.

What is Dental Sedation?

Sedation allows you to remain conscious during your dental procedures while putting you in a deeply relaxed state. In fact, many people report that they drift off to sleep briefly while under sedation. There are three types of sedation delivery methods: oral, intravenous and inhalation. Oral sedation is the most popular form in use in the United States. While sedation makes you more relaxed, in most cases your dentist will still deliver pain medication at the site of the dental procedure.

When is Sedation an Option?

There are some instances when sedation is a viable method of getting dental treatments. These include the following:

Wisdom tooth removal

While some people have fairly routine wisdom tooth removal, many others have wisdom teeth that are impacted, partially visible or situated under the gum line. Sedation helps make their removal less traumatic for you as the patient.

Bone grafting

Bone grafting is a procedure that is often necessary to improve the way dentures fit. It is best completed while under sedation as it involves holding your mouth open for extended periods of time.

Dental implants

Dental implants are often a good choice for patients who have lost teeth as the result of periodontal disease or an injury. In other instances, a patient might be tired of dealing with dentures that don’t fit comfortably. If you are a candidate for dental implants, this procedure will be easiest for you under sedation.

Emergency dentistry

Whether you need emergency dentistry as the result of an injury, fall or accident, you are likely to be extremely upset and in a great deal of pain. Sedation allows you to relax so that treatment and repairs to your mouth can be completed more easily.

Jaw Surgery

Jaw surgery might be required to fix the alignment of your jaw bones to treat a condition like sleep apnea. It could also be needed to address temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Regardless of why you need jaw surgery, sedation is often required.

If you have a procedure that might be a good candidate for sedation, your dentist will go over the details with you.

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How Does Sedation Dentistry Work?

Many people have a fear of going to the dentist office. This is common fear, and it prevents people from getting the dental services and treatments that they need to achieve and maintain good oral health and a beautiful smile.

If you or someone you know have dental phobia, you should know that there are certain steps your dentist can take to make your dental visit experience less stressful and traumatic. Sedation dentistry can provide you with a stress-free and relaxing time at the dentist office while you get the dental care you need.

What Is Sedation?

Sedation is a procedure in which sedative drugs are carefully administered to patients so that they are in a relaxed or calm state. The dentists who want to provide sedation dentistry services are required to undergo extensive training to be licensed to administer the sedation drugs. The sedative drugs are administered in different ways and may include:

  • Depressants
  • Tranquilizers
  • Nitrous oxide
  • Anti-anxiety medicines

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

  • It makes dental patients less likely to avoid getting regular dental care at the dentist office and prevents them from neglecting their oral health to the degree that extensive dental treatments are needed.
  • It gives dental patients the perception that complicated dental procedures that may take hours to complete have lasted for just a few minutes.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

No matter what type of sedation treatment you will undergo, you will most likely also require an injection of a numbing anesthetic at the site where your dentist will be working. This will be to relieve any pain you may experience during your dental procedure.

  • Oral Sedation. This is the most common form of sedation dentistry and entails dental patients taking oral sedatives, usually in pill form. You do not fall asleep from oral sedation. Rather, you are conscious of safety and cooperation reasons and are relaxed during the procedure. Dental patients who are only mildly anxious are the ideal candidates to take the oral medicine.
  • Intravenous Sedation. IV sedation allows the sedative medication to be delivered directly into your bloodstream. As a result, you will achieve a relaxed state very quickly. Like with oral sedation, you do not fall asleep, but patients who undergo IV sedation can such a state of relaxation that while they may not be able to recall the procedure, they can respond to their dentist during a dental procedure.
  • Inhaled Sedation. With this type of sedation, your dentist will have you breathe in a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen via a mask that is placed over your mouth and nose. The nitrous oxide, also referred to as laughing gas, will help you to achieve a state of relaxation, although the effects of the gas tend to wear off very quickly. Unlike with other types of sedation, after your dental treatment has been completed, you may be allowed to drive yourself back home.
  • General Anesthesia. With general anesthesia, you will be completely unconscious and will not be able to be awakened until the anesthesia has worn off or you have been given medication to reverse the anesthesia. You will not hear, feel or recall any part of your dental treatment.
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Understanding How Long Does Tooth Bonding Last

Everyone wants to make sure that their smile makes the best impression. In some cases, cosmetic help may be needed to achieve the type of smile you want. Dental bonding is one of the many cosmetic dental procedures that can help you transform your smile. However, before you undergo the procedure, it is important to know how long the results will last.

What is Tooth Bonding?

Dental bonding is a procedure in which a composite resin is applied to teeth that are physically damaged in some way, such as by being fractured or chipped, or have been so badly discolored that professional teeth whitening may be ineffective. The resin that is used is tooth-colored so that it blends in with the rest of your natural teeth.

How Long Does Tooth Bonding Take?

The time that needed to bond teeth is determined by many factors but typically ranges from 30 minutes to one hour. The surface of the teeth receiving the treatment has to be roughened for the resin material to adhere. This is typically accomplished with an acidic etching solution or an abrading device. Once the resin is applied to the teeth, it is molded to fill in chips or cracks in the teeth. After the resin is hardened using a special light, your dentist will sculpt, shape and shine the composite tooth until looks as it should. The procedure is typically completed without the use of anesthesia, but if necessary, the area surrounding the teeth that are to be treated may be numbed to ensure that you do not experience any discomfort.

Dental bonding can last up to 10 years if you take proper care of your teeth. This entails avoiding eating hard food, such as candy or ice, that can damage the composite material. The condition of the area that was bonded is also a factor in how long the bonding will last. For example, the presence of an imperfect bite can reduce the working life of dental bonding.

Teeth Bonding Pros and Cons

Dental bonding has some advantages over other types of cosmetic dental remedies your dentist may recommend:

  • It does not harm existing healthy tooth material.
  • It can be completed in just one dental visit.
  • The process does not require anesthesia.
  • It is typically less expensive than other dental procedures.

However, there are some drawbacks to dental bonding of which you should be aware:

  • The composite resin is unable to resist stains as well as crowns or porcelain veneers. This means that you will have to very careful to avoid foods and drinks that could discolor your teeth.
  • A detachment of the resin could occur due to trauma or a very strong bite.
  • It is not ideal if you have multiple missing teeth or wide fractures in which the tooth pulp is exposed. The bigger the coverage needed, the greater the chance that the bond will deform or crack.

Dental bonding may be just the dental procedure you need to enhance your smile. However, every dental situation is different. Speak with your dentist about whether you may benefit from the procedure.

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Using Botox for Dental Problems

Botox, or botulinum toxin, is a muscle relaxant that may be known primarily for eliminating frown lines and wrinkles in the face. However, while Botox may be an ideal aesthetic skin treatment, it also is used for dental purposes and can be an integral part of a comprehensive dental plan to resolve a variety of dental issues.

Use of Botox in Dentistry

Botox was created to address medical issues, such as the involuntary clenching of the jaw and to relieve facial tics. In the majority of cases, dental patients can enjoy three to four months of relief from their dental issue after just one application of the therapy. Botox for dental problems is an effective alternative therapy used to alleviate the pain and symptoms associated with:

  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Bruxism
  • Mandibular spasm
  • Facial pain
  • Dental implants and surgery
  • Migraines

Botox can also be used for cosmetic dental issues. In conjunction with the use of dermal fillers, Botox can help to improve the appearance of your smile by eliminating the laugh lines around the mouth. For people who have a gummy smile, or a smile that exposes a lot of gums, Botox can be used to reshape the gums.

How Exactly Does Botox Work?

Receiving Botox is a process that can be completed in a matter of minutes and with little discomfort to you. Botox blocks the transmitters that run between the motor nerves that move the muscles. The muscles into which the Botox is injected do not lose feeling. However, the interruption of the motor nerves prevents the muscles from contracting. This is what stops the formation of facial wrinkles. For patients with dental concerns, the injected areas that had been overactive or tense due to stress or overuse become relaxed and free of pain.

Why Are Dentists Using Botox to Treat Their Patients?

Dentists view Botox as an ideal treatment because it is a minimally invasive procedure that provides a new way of addressing a range of dental issues that cause their patients pain or detract from the appeal of their smile. It is a product that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration, typically cost less than surgical procedures and has a shorter recovery time than any dental surgery. The results it provides is temporary —Botox typically wears off in three to four months—and can be completely reversed; this means that there are no negative effects if the Botox treatment is unsuccessful.

Dentists are uniquely qualified to administer Botox as they have an expert knowledge of the muscle and bone structures of the face, particularly those in the maxillofacial and oral areas, or the area between the chin and forehead. Because they have more advanced training and experience in this area than many other health care professionals, they can provide Botox treatments with the preciseness necessary to eliminate pain in the mouth and improve one’s smile.

Learn more about what Botox can do for your oral wellbeing. If you would like to know how Botox treatments can be used to resolve your general or cosmetic dental issues, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist.

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