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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