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Migraine pain – visit the dentist

TMJ BOTOX Ad PRESS readyIt’s awful to suffer from migraine headaches because they are more than just a headache.  They occur on the average of one to four times a month.  Unlike a tension headache, they are often accompanied by nausea or vomiting.  And the pain is intensified by physical activity usually so severe they interfere with normal daily activities.   Statistically, about 30 percent of migraine sufferers have a warning that consists of neurologic signs and jaw pain they experience before the migraine episode begins. The most commonly experienced signs are visual, during which patients see small, colored dots, flashing bright lights or multicolored zigzag lines that may form a shimmering crescent-like shape.

The best way to cope with migraines and other headaches is not to keep popping pills.  See a dentist with experience in the use of Botox to relieve the tension created by the jaw muscles.  Botox reduces the muscle’s capability to flex, creating a re-training of your facial jaw muscle.  Over about 9 months of treatment the patient will begin to ween off[1] of Botox and at the same time abate from clenching, particularly during sleep.

If we can provide you with more information, please contact us for a complimentary consult.

Nanci Lubell, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

[1] Botox is absolutely non-habit forming.  This term of art means that you shouldn’t be forever dependent on relief from Botox treatment, which generally lasts about 3 months.


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How Does BOTOX® Treat Jaw Tension and TMJ Disorder?

TMJ pain is often the result of issues with the (jaw) joint and/or surrounding muscles including, but not limited to, grinding/clenching of teeth, stress in facial muscles, dislocation of the disc, arthritis or trauma to the jaw.  If this joint becomes displaced or overworked through excessive teeth grinding or clenching, a person may suffer severe tension headaches, as well as sharp pain in their jaw.  BOTOX® relieves jaw tension by making the muscles unable to engage in the powerful movement of the jaw that produces headaches and pain.

The BOTOX® treatment for TMJ disorder and jaw tension is typically quick, straightforward, and effective.  Non-surgical BOTOX® injections are administered in our Sandy Springs office requiring no hospital stay.  Most patients experience noticeable improvement within 24 to 48 hours of their first treatment, although relief can take up to a week.

Only the areas injected with Botox will be “relaxed.” The treatment for TMJ therapy will not affect anywhere else in your body. The injections are mainly in the temporalis, frontalis and masseter muscles, while additional sites may be injected with Botox depending on the severity of the headaches.

We’re trained by the American Academy of Facial Esthetics to help you if you are having these types of issues with from muscle stress and jaw pain.  No one executes more injections per day than a dentist.  For a complimentary consult in our Sandy Springs office call today or email us.

Nanci Lubell, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com


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Tooth Decay and Cavities

Mature woman smilingTooth decay can happen to anyone.  Left untreated, cavities can become infected and eventually, result in tooth loss.  Don’t wait for a toothache to start taking care of your teeth.  By practicing good oral hygiene and getting regular dental checkups, you can protect yourself from tooth decay.

Perhaps there’s a need to have a better understanding of tooth decay. It begins with the normal bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria feed on food particles in your mouth and produce acid as a byproduct. The combination of bacteria, food debris, acid, and saliva in your mouth forms a filmy substance on your teeth called plaque.  If the plaque isn’t removed promptly, tooth decay will begin. Eventually, the plaque hardens into a mineral-like substance known as tartar, which without professional care is much harder to remove. Both tartar and plaque can eventually lead to the gum diseases known as gingivitis and periodontitis.

In addition to gum disease, plaque build-up also affects the protective enamel surface on your teeth, leading to cavities.  Without treatment, cavities grow larger and eventually compromise the nerves and blood vessels within the tooth.  If an abscess or other infection develops in the tooth it more than likely will result in the destruction, and probably the loss of your tooth.

The culprits in this scenario are starches and sugars we eat. In addition, sticky foods also promote cavities as they adhere to the surface of the teeth and facilitate bacterial activity.  Generally, if you snack a lot, you’re at higher risk of developing cavities from the plaque formed from poor eating and oral habits.

Although cavities are more common in younger people, adults aren’t immune.  Older fillings often deteriorate and allow bacteria to accumulate, resulting in additional tooth decay.

Most cavities are found early during regular dental checkups, but you have to show up for those checkups.  Sensitivity when eating hot or cold foods and drinks may also alert you to a possible cavity.  If you notice tooth sensitivity or pain, it’s morel than likely time to visit your dentist for an oral exam.

Once a cavity is found, treatment options include either a filling, crown or root canal therapy, depending on the degree of tooth decay. If caught early enough the most common cavity treatment is a filling.  If you waited until you had pain, and your cavity is severe, a crown may be necessary to restore the tooth.  If decay has spread to the tooth’s root, a root canal may be required. In this procedure, the nerve tissue is removed and sealed.  Then either a permanent filling is placed or a crown may be necessary as well.

So what should you do?  The best way to prevent decay and other dental issues associated with tooth decay is to practice good oral hygiene and see your dentist regularly. If you experience tooth sensitivity, make an appointment to see your dentist sooner than later.  With proper dental examinations we can eliminate problems before they start. Don’t let your dental hygiene disrupt your lifestyle, contact us now.

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200B

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com


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Aging Treatment Options

 

Botox 1Think you have no control over fine lines, wrinkles or sagging skin? Think again! While many assume these skin changes are an inevitable part of growing older, when we look closer at the skin aging process, it becomes clear that our environment and our lifestyle choices may have made all the difference.  For example, over-exposure to the sun or choices like tobacco use can also play a role in the skin’s aging process. Smoking, for example, damages the skin’s elastin and collagen.

Here are two of today’s top cosmetic skin procedures offered at the Right Smile Center:

BOTOX®:
Fine lines and wrinkles affect not only how we look, but how we look at ourselves. And, when it comes to achieving a fresh, more youthful appearance, there are no non-surgical treatments as popular or effective as BOTOX. Working essentially as a muscle relaxer, BOTOX reduces the appearance of dynamic lines such as frown lines or crow’s feet. And, though not a permanent solution, the effects of BOTOX will often last up to several months.

Juvederm Fillers:
For deep-set wrinkles that do not respond well to BOTOX, we often recommend a soft-tissue filler such as Juvéderm®. Working to fill in the valleys of creases, these minimally-invasive treatments add volume to the skin and restore a more youthful face shape.

Ready to find out what the Right Smile Center can do for you?  Contact us today and schedule your consultation. Our offices are located in the heart of Sandy Springs.  We look forward to meeting you.

 

Nanci Lubell, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com


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Oral Bacteria and Global Health

Hygiene examTwo new studies, published in the Journal of Periodontology have explored the potential link between periodontal bacteria and pre-eclampsia, as well as coronary artery disease. As small as it is and as far from your hearth as possible, this oral bacteria may have a huge impact on coronary artery disease and pre-eclampsia.  More research is needed to fully understand how periodontal bacteria travels from the mouth to other parts of the body as well as the exact role it has in the development of these systemic diseases, but in the meantime it’s important to maintain your oral health until more is known.  Physicians, dentists and patients alike need to monitor the research in this area as it continues to grow so they can better work together to achieve the highest levels of overall health.

These studies found that periodontal bacteria, often invisible to the unaided eye, may account for big effects on general health conditions. This bacterium has often been thought to play a role in many of the potential connections between overall health and oral health.  According to the article, one study identified periodontal pathogens in the coronary and internal mammary arteries in nine out of 15 of the patients examined. The second study looked at women who had suffered from pre-eclampsia during pregnancy and found that 50 percent of the placentas from women with pre-eclampsia were positive for one or more periodontal pathogens. This was compared to just 4.3 percent in the control group. Both of these studies support the concept that periodontal organisms might be associated with the development of other systemic conditions such as coronary artery disease and pre-eclampsia.

That’s why in our Sandy Springs office we recommend seeing us at least twice a year and additionally if necessary regardless of what your insurance covers.  It’s in your best interest.  If you need to see us for consideration of your oral health, please contact us.

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

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Botox

6th Page BOTOX Ad for SS Reporter VERS 2 Page3Because it’s so famous for its wrinkle reducing effects, Botox, like Kleenex or Xerox has become the verb for describing the treatment, regardless of the manufacturer used.[1]  BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of both moderate to severe crow’s feet lines and frown lines between the eyebrows in adults.  As anti-wrinkle cosmetic treatments go, Botox is the number one choice for smoother, younger-looking skin. The procedure is pain-free[2], non-permanent and so quick you could be in and out within your lunch hour, seriously. And results are visible in only a few days.

And Botox is not just for wrinkles anymore. It is much, much more.  It’s being used for both FDA approved[3] and ‘off label’ treatment with doctors experimenting with how to help patient disorders such as migraine headaches, gummy smiles (not FDA approved) and TMJ disorder (also not FDA approved).  Some of its results are astonishing, creating some 90 patient applications pending FDA approval.  Currently, it is the most common performed procedure in the world and you can have done in our office.  No one should have more experience with injections than our dentist.

It’s not as expensive as you might think.  Call today for your complimentary evaluation.

Nanci Lubell, DMD

Right Smile Center, LLC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

[1] While Botox was the first drug to utilize botulinum toxin, newer products include Dysport, Myobloc and Xeomin. Each product is a little different, particularly when it comes to dosage units, so they aren’t interchangeable.

[2] No anesthetic is needed during treatment.

[3]  The product known as BOTOX® Cosmetic was approved by the FDA in 2002 for the treatment of glabellar frown lines and in 2013 for the improvement of lateral canthal lines.


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Periodontal disease and Alcohol

whiskeyIn a recent study in the Journal of Periodontology, Brazilian researchers found the consumption of alcoholic beverages to have adverse effects on the health of a person’s gums, aggravating existing cases of severe periodontal disease or increasing periodontal disease risk factors.   Moreover, other research indicates that poor oral hygiene is a common trait in alcohol users, thus increasing the drinkers’ susceptibility to developing periodontal disease.

“Although the topic of alcohol use and its effect on periodontal health requires further research, this report offers valuable insight on why our patients should care for their gums and teeth, especially if they enjoy the occasional drink,” remarked Joan Otomo-Corgel, DDS, MPH, president of the American Academy of Periodontology.

In the study researchers assessed a sample of 542 regular alcohol users, occasional drinkers, and non-drinkers both with and without periodontitis.[1]  Some key findings noted in the study include:

· The severity of a regular alcohol user’s existing periodontitis correlated incrementally with the frequency of his or her alcohol consumption.
· Drinkers without periodontitis saw an increased incidence of gums that bled with gentle manipulation.
· More frequently than the non-drinkers in the study, drinkers who did not have periodontitis presented clinical attachment levels of four millimeters or greater.[2]
· Drinkers without periodontitis exhibited a higher presence of plaque than their non-drinking counterparts.

Apparently, the consumption of alcohol slows the production of saliva, which neutralizes the acids produced by plaque, and an accumulation of these acids can lead to the early stages of periodontal disease.  Thus it is important to determine whether or not the patient is consuming alcohol in order to determine appropriate treatment solution.

Our in-house periodontal services (gum treatments) may be a necessary part of your oral health care. More than 50% of the adult population has some level of gum disease, which generally occurs when bacteria are caught between the tooth and gum. These bacteria without proper treatment slowly destroy the structure that supports your teeth and will eventually lead to a loss of the affected teeth and continued periodontitis if already present.

Your visits to the dentist are as important as your visits to your physician which is why in our Sandy Springs office we recommend our patients see us at least 2 times per year.  If we can be of assistance please feel free to contact us.

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

http://www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

[1] “Alcohol Consumption and Periodontitis: Quantification of Periodontal Pathogens and Cytokines”,
[2] 4mm or deeper pocket depths requires addition periodontal treatment.

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