What is the process of placing a tooth implant?

Tooth replacement with restorations such as dental implants are an excellent solution for many patients seeking permanent repair of the smile. These restorations are desirable by patients because of their many benefits. Dental implants are also extremely versatile and can be used in many different situations for completely different outcomes. One common question patients might have about dental implants is the process of obtaining them from start to finish. Dr. Ania Mohelicki of Boulder, Colorado can help in describing the process of dental implantations. 

How am I determined as a candidate for dental implants? 

  • Initial dental implant consultation – during an initial evaluation with Dr. Ania Mohelicki, patients may undergo a series of tests and digital imaging such as CT scans, panoramic films, and x-rays to check the bone structure where the implant will be placed. A medical history is performed, as well as a physical examination to ensure a patient can obtain an implant and have a successful surgery.
  • Surgical procedure – patients are then scheduled for oral surgery, during which the dentist will place the implant into the bone of the jaw. This is an invasive procedure, but patients often heal quickly.
  • Osseointegration – the placement of the dental implant stimulates the growth of natural bone around it through a process called osseointegration. This is how the implant becomes one with the jaw and is held firmly in place, just as the rest of the teeth are, within the jawbone.
  • Restoration – after the area has healed, the abutment over the dental implant is ready for restoration. The type of restoration is determined by the patient’s needs and may include a dental crown, a dental bridge, or a full denture.

How do I start the process of obtaining a dental implant? 

Connecting with an implant dentist is the first step in achieving the smile of your dreams after tooth loss! Boulder, Colorado area patients can call Dr. Ania Mohelicki at (303) 872-9940 to request a consultation visit and initial evaluation. During this time, x-rays may be taken and a thorough examination performed to determine if a patient is a candidate. The office is conveniently located at 2919 Valmont Road, Suite #106 and accepts new patients and families.

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Is vaping bad for your smile?

It’s no secret that smoking and chewing tobacco is a habit that is bad for your both and your mouth. Smoking cigarettes can dramatically increase one’s risk of developing oral and lung cancer, while also contributing to the development of problems such as periodontal disease and chronic bad breath. But what about e-cigarettes? E-cigarettes, also known as vaping pens, have become incredibly popular over the last few years, but are they better for your mouth and body? 

Nope! Dr. Ania Mohelicki of Boulder, Colorado educates patients on ways to keep their smiles healthy. This includes not only stopping the use of chewing tobacco and smoking cigarettes, but ditching e-cigarettes as well. Vaping is bad for your teeth and gums just as traditional cigarettes are. Vaping is seen as a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes as there is no tobacco, but this isn’t exactly true! E-cigarettes still deliver nicotine, but do so with a vapor or “aerosol” that is often flavored. This water vapor is seen as harmless, but it’s not. It also includes metals and chemicals that have been proven to link to heart disease, respiratory disease, and cancers. This means that there is a health risk to vaping as well as smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco. 

Vaping and your smile 

Many patients who are considering the switch from cigarettes to vape pens may want to ask Dr. Ania Mohelicki about the impact it can have on their teeth and gums. Below are just a few of the problems that can occur with vape pen use: 

  • Receding gum tissues
  • Dry mouth (poor saliva flow)
  • Increased bacteria (and increased gum disease risk)
  • Bruxism (clenching and grinding)
  • Tooth decay

In addition, patients may experience: 

  • An increased risk of heart disease
  • Poor immune system
  • Damage to the lungs
  • Damage to blood cells
  • Increased cancer risks

Discuss your dental needs with Dr. Ania Mohelicki 

Boulder, Colorado area patients ready to improve their oral health and start practicing good habits are welcome to book an appointment with our dentist to discuss their options. The office is located at 2919 Valmont Road, Suite #106 and accepts new patients who call for an appointment at (303) 872-9940.

Sign of obstructive sleep apnea and how your dentist can help

Do you find yourself tired each day, even though you’re getting the recommended hours of sleep each night? Do you find yourself dealing with snoring, daytime headaches, and poor memory and concentration? If you are experiencing these symptoms, it may be time to speak to a professional about getting tested for obstructive sleep apnea. Approximately 12 million Americans are affected by sleep apnea, and many go undiagnosed. 

What is obstructive sleep apnea? 

Dr. Ania Mohelicki and the team at her practice in Boulder, Colorado describe obstructive sleep apnea, or “OSA,” as a condition that can cause patients to stop breathing hundreds of times each night. This causes patients to experience a wake/sleep cycle that never allows them to reach the deeper, restorative levels of sleep that help them feel their best each day. It is often caused by an obstruction of the airway, including excess fat on the throat or the tongue falling back into the back of the throat. 

Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea 

Some of the more common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include: 

  • Shortness of breath at night
  • Chronic snoring and gasping
  • Insomnia/trouble sleeping
  • Choking/snorting sounds during the night
  • Morning headaches/migraines
  • Poor concentration and memory
  • Extreme daytime drowsiness and fatigue
  • Periods of falling asleep during the day

What can a dentist do for OSA? 

Obstructive sleep apnea is often addressed with a CPAP machine, which is a device that is prescribed by a doctor to use at night to keep the airways open. However, this machine can be cumbersome and many patients stop using it. Instead, a dentist such as Dr. Ania Mohelicki may suggest the use of a special oral appliance to wear at night and keep the airways open. This device is small, comfortable, affordable, and improves patient compliance when compared to traditional CPAP usage. 

Call your dentist today 

If you believe you are dealing with OSA, it might be time to talk to a physician or dentist about treatment. Contact Dr. Ania Mohelicki of Boulder, Colorado at (303) 872-9940 to request a consultation visit with her team and learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of this and other dental concerns. Her facility is open to new and established patients and families at 2919 Valmont Road, Suite #106.  

Posted: July 15, 2021 By:

Achieve a straighter smile with orthodontics

An attractive smile is more than just white teeth. Many patients with overcrowding or misalignment will want to speak to a dental professional to determine the ways in which they can enhance their smile. In many cases, orthodontic treatment is the way to do this! Dr. Ania Mohelicki of Boulder, Colorado believes in providing her patients with solutions that fit their needs—and their lifestyle. If you are considering orthodontic treatment, now is the time to learn about traditional and non-traditional methods. 

  • Conventional braces – when patients think of orthodontic work, teenagers with metal bracket and wire braces often come to mind. Conventional braces still have great purpose today in helping patients with malocclusion. For some individuals, it is still the idea way to improve the smile, especially for those with moderate to severe misalignment. At the practice of Dr. Ania Mohelicki, patients may find that this is the best choice for their needs. Metal bracket and wire braces are not only for teenagers but can be used on adults as well. Patients might undergo two phases of braces but often never regret receiving treatment, even if it is later on in their life.
  • Invisalign braces – an alternative that many patients choose is the of Invisalign. Invisalign is a method of straightening the teeth with the use of clear aligner trays. These trays are swapped out every two weeks for the next tray in the patient’s series. Invisalign gently repositions the teeth in a discreet way, and helps patients feel confident throughout treatment.
  • Lingual braces – another option for patients to consider is lingual braces. These are braces that are actually put behind the teeth to realign the smile without them being visible. This is a great solution for patients who have more severe misalignment but don’t want to cover their smiles with metal appliances.

Enhance your smile with orthodontic care today 

Dr. Ania Mohelicki and her team in Boulder, Colorado are pleased to provide not only traditional orthodontia, but nontraditional alternatives such as Invisalign. Call the office today to request a consultation appointment and initial evaluation at (303) 872-9940 and visit at 2919 Valmont Road, Suite #106. 

Posted: June 15, 2021 By:
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Do Children Need Dental Crowns? 

Since children go through phases of developing teeth, from the primary to permanent teeth, it can get complicated to understand the dental work that they truly do need. One of the questions parents have is whether or not children need dental crowns.

Sometimes, a child may need dental crowns to protect primary (baby) teeth that are broken or have cavities. Primary teeth are essential to making sure that the adult (permanent) teeth grow in correctly. Here is what a crown is — and why it might be needed to protect your child’s smile. 

Children and Dental Crowns 

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease that affects children. When a child develops a cavity, it’s important to act fast to prevent it from causing tooth loss. Even though it’s a primary tooth, it has a big job in holding the correct space for the adult tooth to take over one day. 

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry explains that larger cavities, which are ones often associated with broken-down teeth and infection into the nerve of a tooth, require the strength and protection of a dental crown. This is because larger cavities present a greater risk of:

  • Pain 
  • Tooth loss
  • Serious infection
  • High costs that come along with recurring cavities 

Further, based on a number of different studies, dental crowns are durable. Stainless steel crowns are the restoration of choice where there is extensive decay in primary teeth. They can prolong the life of a tooth when re-treatment would require sedation or general anesthesia with its attendant risks and expense. 

Dangers of Cavities in Children 

If a child has a cavity that goes untreated, it can lead to pain and infection that can cause issues with how they eat, speak, play, and even learn. The CDC explains that children who have poor oral health often miss more school and receive lower grades than children with healthy smiles. Staggering statistics of children with cavities include:

  • About 1 in 5 children from the ages of 5 to 11 have at least one untreated decayed tooth. 
  • 1 in 7 adolescents from ages 12 to 19 have at least one untreated decayed tooth.

While this is one of the most common childhood health issues, it is completely preventable.

Preventing Cavities in Children

As parents and caregivers, there is a lot you can do to help set your children up with healthy teeth and gums. The CDC provides tips on what you can do to protect their smiles: 

For babies

Wipe their gums twice a day with a soft, clean cloth in the morning after the first feeding and right before bed. This will help remove bacteria and sugar that can cause cavities. When their first teeth begin to come in, begin brushing twice a day with a soft, small-bristle toothbrush and plain water (no toothpaste). You should take your child into the dentist once they receive their first tooth, or by the time they turn one, whichever comes first. At this appointment, your dentist will give you further tips and talk to you about the benefits of adding in small amounts of fluoride to protect their teeth. Always talk to your dentist before you begin using fluoride on children younger than two years old. 

For children 

Once your child has most of their baby teeth, you should be brushing their teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Further, in many communities across the United States, the tap water contains fluoride. Drinking tap water can be beneficial for their teeth. During this stage, talk with your dentist about the use of dental sealants to further protect their teeth. 

You should help your child brush their teeth until they are about six years old. If they can do it alone, make sure you watch them for a while to make sure they are doing it properly. They should be brushing their teeth with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and always spit it out (not swallow it). 

Make an Appointment with Dr. Ania

If you are interested in learning about dental crowns, sealants, or about other dental health options for your children, make an appointment to come see Dr. Ania here in Boulder, Colorado. In our practice, we want to make sure that you and your entire family are set up with a healthy smile for life. Whether you’re a child or an adult, you can trust that you’ll feel comfortable under Dr. Ania’s care. Make an appointment with us today by calling (303)-872-9940.

 

Posted: May 27, 2021 By: Comment: 0
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Porcelain Veneers: Are Instant Orthodontics Too Good To Be True? 

If you have always dreamed of changing your smile quickly, Dr. Ania is here for you. Dr. Ania offers porcelain veneers. Instant orthodontics, also known as porcelain veneers, can quickly change your smile. If you have misshapen or stained teeth, this is a way to easily take your smile back. Read on to learn who best benefits from veneers — and how they can give you a brand new smile almost instantly. 

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers thin, custom shells of tooth-colored materials that are made to cover the front surface of your original teeth. These porcelain shells are bonded to the front of a patient’s natural-born teeth to change their appearance for the color, shape, and size they desire. 

The Best Candidates for Porcelain Veneers

While we refer to this procedure sometimes as ‘instant orthodontics,’ it is not able to correct every dental health issue a patient could have. Patients who have one of the following problems with their smile are likely to be good candidates for porcelain veneers:

  • Discolored teeth due to reasons like: root canal treatment, stains from tetracycline or other medications, excessive fluoride, large resin fillings, and other causes.
  • Teeth that are worn down.
  • Chipped or broken teeth. 
  • Misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped teeth (like teeth that have craters or bulges in them). 
  • Teeth with gaps between them (veneers can close the space between the teeth).

The benefits of dental veneers include that they:

  • Provide a natural tooth appearance.
  • Are tolerated well by the gums.
  • Can make your teeth appear whiter.
  • Generally don’t require as much shaping as crowns do, yet they are stronger and tend to look even better. 

The Prep

Veneers aren’t done in only one appointment, however, it doesn’t take too long to redo your smile with this treatment. When you come in for your first appointment, Dr. Ania will discuss with you what will work best for your smile and how many veneers you will actually need. Typically, veneers are not placed on every single tooth in the mouth. Rather, they are only placed on the teeth that show when you smile. 

Then, your dentist will often take X-rays to evaluate the health of your teeth. If there are any signs of decay, gum disease, or other health issues, veneers may not be able to be used on your smile. 

One you have the green light to get the veneers, Dr. Ania will trim down a small part of your tooth before they take an impression of your teeth. This mold will then be sent to a lab and your veneers will be created. 

The Procedure

When your veneers are sent to the lab, we can expect them to come back within two weeks. Once your veneers come in, we will call you to schedule your appointment to come in to have them bonded to your teeth. 

When you come in for the procedure, your dentist will evaluate the fit, shape, and coloration of the veneers to make sure that they are the perfect fit. Once the fit is confirmed, we will clean your teeth before using a grinding tool to create a rough texture on each tooth so the veneer can be easily attached. 

Next, Dr. Ania will use a dental cement to bind the veneer to your tooth. We will finish by using an ultraviolet light to harden this cement quickly. 

How to Care for Veneers 

Caring for veneers begins as soon as you walk out of the dentist office. According to Healthline, porcelain veneers can last up to 15 years depending on how well you care for them. To best care for them, they suggest to take the following precautions:

  • Don’t chew on hard objects like pens, ice, or even your fingernails.
  • Never use your teeth to open packaging of any sort. 
  • Try to not chew using your front teeth. Rather, eat harder foods with your back teeth only. If needed, cut food into small pieces so this is possible. 
  • If you grind or clench your teeth at night, you will need to get a night guard to protect the veneers. 
  • When playing sports, always wear a custom-fit mouthguard to protect your smile — whether you have veneers or not. 

Learn More About Porcelain Veneers with Dr. Ania

If you’re ready to learn what instant orthodontics can do for your smile, we encourage you to make an appointment with Dr. Ania today. Current technology and materials enable us to create veneers that are truly life-like. Call us today at (303)-872-9940. 

 

Posted: May 21, 2021 By: Comment: 0

At-home and professional TMJ disorder treatment options for Boulder, Colorado area patients

Dr. Ania Mohelicki of Boulder, Colorado is a dental professional in the community that works with patients who are dealing with a variety of dental concerns. This includes patients who have been diagnosed with temporomandibular joint disorder, sometimes referred to as TMJ disorder or TMD. 

What is TMJ disorder/TMD? 

The temporomandibular joint is an important joint in the mouth. This is the jaw joint that connects the upper and lower jaw together. It is responsible for helping patients eat, speak, yawn, and laugh. If the joint becomes problematic, patients often experience a wide range of symptoms that may impact their day-to-day lives. These include: 

  • Pain and discomfort around the joint
  • Popping and locking of the jaw joint
  • Ear pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain
  • Inflammation of the joint and surrounding tissues
  • Clicking of the jaw joint while chewing food
  • Chronic headaches and migraines

What can be done to treat and address the complications associated with TMJ disorder? 

  • At-home options for addressing TMJ disorder – some ways patients can help alleviate concerns of the TMJ joint and TMD include the use of over-the-counter medications for pain and inflammation, heat and cold therapy, and a diet that is comprised of softer foods that don’t irritate already sore joints.
  • Professorial treatment options for TMJ disorder – in some instances, patients often need the assistance of a dental professional to address their pain and discomfort. Professional options for treatment may include pain medication injections, the use of prescription medications for help with inflammation, the use of a night guard or other oral appliance to align the jaw, and in some cases, dental or orthodontic work to address the alignment of the teeth and bite. During an evaluation with Dr. Ania Mohelicki, patients will find out if they can benefit from either at-home lifestyle changes or professional treatment options.

Call Dr. Ania Mohelicki today 

If you are interested in learning more about your temporomandibular joint or are struggling with problems, it is time to connect with Dr. Ania Mohelicki and her team by calling (303) 872-9940 and scheduling a visit at 2919 Valmont Road, Suite #106 in Boulder, Colorado.     

Posted: May 15, 2021 By:
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TMJ Disorders: Why Your Jaw Could be Causing Your Headaches

Headaches, jaw joint pain or noise, limited mouth-opening, ear congestion, dizziness, clenching or grinding, neck pain, teeth sensitivity or insomnia? All of these symptoms could indicate issues with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Here is what you need to know about TMJ disorders.

TMJ Disorders and Headaches

When you have a headache, you probably don’t immediately think your jaw is the cause, however, it could be. The TMJ in the hinge that connects your jaw to your skull. It’s because of this joint that you’re able to talk, eat, and even laugh each day. This joint enables your jaw to move up and down side to side. Healthline explains that due to the hinge and sliding motions, this joint is more complicated than other joints in the body and can cause a variety of symptoms in the event something is wrong. Headaches are one of those symptoms. 

While it’s not exactly known just why headaches come along with TMJ disorders, it is most likely due to the teeth grinding and clenching. The muscles of the TMJ run along your jaw and cheeks, sometimes these muscles can also be the source of the pain. When the muscles in your jaw tense up, like when you grind your teeth, the pain can spread to other TMJ muscles in your head and result in a headache. 

Signs of TMJ Disorders 

Along with headaches, TMJ disorders can also come with other symptoms. These additional symptoms can include:

  • Pain or tenderness of your jaw
  • Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints 
  • Aching pain in and around your ear
  • Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
  • Aching facial pain
  • Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open and close your mouth 

Further, TMJ disorders can cause a ‘clicking’ sound or grating sensation when you open your mouth or eat. However, if you don’t have pain or limitation of movement associated with the clicking noise, you might not necessarily need treatment for a TMJ disorder. 

What to Know about TMJ Disorders

While the term TMJ is reflective of an early notion that these disorders originated in the joint itself, more recent knowledge has shown that the true cause of joint problems often lies elsewhere. That, combined with the fact that the term TMJ doesn’t describe a disorder, we now use the exclusive term ‘TMD’ which stands for temporomandibular disorder. 

Damage to these joints as a result of accidents or arthritis can be quite obvious. As other pain conditions of the head and neck can be associated with this joint, treatments frequently focus on the joint itself. However, the many signs of symptoms of TMD can often lead the patient to a physician prior to seeking dental consultation. However, seeing the dentist for this pain is usually the best option.

With modern technology, dentists have been able to run further diagnostics to better determine the source of an issue. Joint issues are frequently related to misalignment of the teeth, which can in turn cause a misaligned joint. 

Your bite can be a factor in many types of pain and functional problems because of the inter-relationships of the overall musculoskeletal system. Through new technology, we can evaluate your bite and determine if it is what is leading to your TMJ pain. 

TMD Treatment Options

When you come in for TMJ pain, we will begin by examining the mouth through X-rays, CT scans, or even an MRI. If you do have TMD, the following treatment options could help you:

  • Pain relievers and anti-inflammatories. If over the counter medications aren’t enough to relieve your TMJ pain, your doctor or dentist may prescribe stronger pain relievers for a limited time.
  • Tricyclic antidepressants. These medications, though mostly used for depression, can help for pain relief and bruxism (teeth grinding) control in small doses.
  • Muscle relaxants. This type of medicine can be used for a few days to relieve pain caused by muscle spasms. 
  • Mouth guards. Patients with TMD often benefit from wearing a mouth guard to protect their teeth from grinding or clenching. 
  • Physical therapy. Exercises and gentle stretching can help strengthen the jaw muscles along with heat and ice.
  • Botox injections. These can help paralyze the jaw muscles temporarily for pain relief. 
  • Bite correction. Correcting a misaligned bite can help relieve pressure on the jaw and the joint. 

Make an Appointment with Dr. Ania 

If you believe you could be suffering from pain due to TMD, make an appointment with Dr. Ania today. Call us today at (303)-872-9940 to learn how we can best help you and your pain. 

 

Posted: May 12, 2021 By: Comment: 0
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National Dental Care Month: Using Preventative Dentistry to Protect Your Smile 

May is National Dental Care month. One of the best ways to care for your smile is by taking part in preventative dentistry. Preventative dentistry, like national dental care month, is here to help you learn and take the steps necessary to protect the integrity of your smile. 

What is Preventative Dentistry?

Preventative dentistry is a realm of dental care that centers around helping patients maintain good oral health. It is used in conjunction with regular dental checkups and proper at-home dental hygiene to keep your teeth healthy from childhood through the rest of your life. 

Preventative Dentistry at Home

For the most part, preventative dental care starts with how well you care for your smile at home. When you practice good oral health habits at home you reduce your risk for a number of common dental ailments that are easily preventable. The basics of preventative dentistry at home include:

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day, morning and night, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. If you’re not sure what toothpaste to use, your dentist can recommend a brush for you and can also show you proper brushing technique. 
  • Flossing daily to get food that’s stuck between the teeth before it turns to plaque. 
  • Using a mouthwash to rinse out food particles after flossing. 
  • Avoid acidic foods that can harm tooth enamel.
  • Be careful with eating hard food like candies, or food with bones, seeds or pits that could damage or chip teeth.
  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco products. These products can lead to cancer and other dental problems.
  • Use a mouthguard when playing sports. 
  • Wearing a nighttime mouth guard if you grind your teeth at night to reduce gum recession. 

Professional Preventative Dentistry

In addition to the care you take at home, your dentist is your best resource for preventative dentistry. At the dentist office, a number of different procedures can be included within preventative dental care. First, protecting your smile includes getting professional cleanings to help remove plaque and tartar from the teeth that can lead to cavities, gum disease, and further health issues. Additionally, preventative care includes oral exams, X-rays, and cancer screenings, too.  

Preventative Care for Children

Just like adults need preventative dentistry, children do too. In fact, it’s highly recommended for kids. This begins with early exams and cleaning before bacteria can even accumulate to help them maintain healthy dental health for life. In children, preventive care includes:

  • Fluoride treatments: these treatments help strengthen the tooth enamel during the years when children are more susceptible to cavities.
  • Sealants: dental sealants help protect the molars (the back teeth). Sealants are painted onto the top surface of the teeth to prevent decay. When sealants are applied on the molars when they first come in, they can prevent cavities for life, reducing cavities by nearly 80% in the molars. 
  • Orthodontic care: as their adult teeth come in, children may need orthodontics to correct or prevent misalignment. 

Benefits of Preventative Dentistry 

Prioritizing dental care before problems arise can offer a variety of benefits for your oral health. Benefits of preventative care include: 

  • Lowering your risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, and more serious dental problems.
  • Helps promote good oral hygiene habits, like brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing.
  • Early identification of dental problems that can help you minimize treatment and cost.
  • Enables your dentist to do a full exam of your mouth, jaw, neck, and more to identify any problems.
  • Helps reduce dental problems related to chronic medical conditions. Diabetes, osteoporosis, certain cancers, and eating disorders can all have an effect on your dental health. For people with these conditions, regular dental care is an important part of protecting their overall health. 

Overall Health

Certain conditions, like high cholesterol and diabetes, along with certain medications can affect dental health. Further, research has found that people with certain oral health problems, like gum disease, are at an increased risk for cardiovascular issues like stroke or heart attack. This is why an important aspect of preventative care is letting your dentist know of your complete health history so that you can be properly monitored and treated. 

Make an Appointment with Dr. Ania

We pride ourselves in customizing every aspect of your dental care. From your cleanings to your exam, our team will spend a lot of time educating you about your gum health and how to best maintain a healthy smile for years to come. To make an appointment, contact us here or by calling us at (303)-872-9940. 

 

Posted: May 7, 2021 By: Comment: 0
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Dental Botox: What Does it Do?

For many years, people have known that Botox is beneficial for cosmetic reasons. However, it hasn’t been until recent years that people have begun to discover the wonders it can do for your oral health. Read on to learn more about dental Botox.

With Dr. Ania, you can experience the dental benefits of Botox. Here is what you need to know about the treatment and conditions it could help you with. Now you can gain confidence from the inside out with the help of Botox and dermal filler treatments with Dr. Ania. 

What is Botox?

Botox and dermal fillers are cosmetic injection treatments that can assist with fine lines and wrinkles — but it can even assist with dental care. 

Medical News Today explains that Botox contains purified bacteria that can freeze muscles. When this happens, it minimizes fine lines and wrinkles caused by facial experience. However, it can also help relax the muscles that can contribute to pain caused by muscle tension, clenching, and more. 

It is an FDA-approved purified protein that, when injected into targeted muscles, can temporarily block nerve signals that cause muscle movements. The untreated areas of the face will continue to contract in a normal fashion, leaving your expression unaffected. 

What is Dermal Filler?

Dermal filler contains ingredients that add fullness back into the face that have thinned with age. As we get older, our skin begins to lose collagen filled with hyaluronic acid. Collagen and hyaluronic acid add structure and volume to the face, therefore when we are missing hyaluronic acid the skin can sag and wrinkle. These smooth, injectable gels are made from naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid. Dermal fillers add volume to these deficient areas to restore your face and add a more natural, youthful appearance. 

What Can Botox Help With?

The cosmetic benefits of Botox include treating dynamic wrinkles and expression lines. The most common lines treated by Medical News Today explains are the lines between the eyebrows, horizontal lines on the forehead, and crow’s feet around the eyes. These lines are usually appear due to how we smile, frown, squint, and show other emotions. 

In dentistry, Botox can help with:

  • Headache pain resulting from muscle tension in the head, face, and neck.
  • Headaches resulting from bite issues such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome.
  • Persistent clenching and grinding of the teeth.
  • “Gummy” smiles that are caused by over-retracted upper lips.
  • Upside-down smiles (as it takes more muscles to form compared to smiling).
  • Lip lines and puckered chins. 

Botox and TMJ

Botox is beginning to be used as a treatment for TMJ disorders and the jaw pain that comes along with it. When injected into these facial muscles, it can relieve the tension and pain associated with TMJ pain. The American Academy of Facial Esthetics explains how it works:

Located on each side of the head at the point where the jawbone meets the skull is the temporomandibular joint. This joint is used during talking, eating, and swallowing. If the joint becomes displaced or overworked due to teeth grinding, a person may suffer from uncomfortable symptoms like headaches and sharp jaw pain. Botox can relieve jaw tension by making these muscles unable to engage in the powerful movement of the jaw that most people don’t even realize they’re doing. 

Receiving this treatment is quick, easy, and effective. It is a non-invasive procedure, meaning that there is no downtime and you’re able to resume your normal everyday tasks immediately. Only the areas injected in the face will relax, which means the rest of your face and body will continue functioning as normal. Many patients will begin noticing relief of their symptoms in 1 to 2 days, although some patients may not experience relief for upwards of a week. 

Botox injections typically remain effective for 3-6 months, and then they will need to be reapplied for optimal results. 

Get Botox with Dr. Ania 

Radiate beauty from the inside out with Botox and dermal fillers from Dr. Ania. A meter of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE), Dr. Ania is highly trained in the anatomy of the head, neck, and oral cavity and is the best person to assist you with your Botox needs. In one quick appointment, you could see the esthetic results of Botox which can last up to six months. If you are ready to experience the dental benefits of Botox, call our office today at (303)-872-9940 to schedule an appointment. 

 

Posted: April 29, 2021 By: Comment: 0