Posts for: June, 2017
Botox can do so much for you. With Botox, you can regain a more youthful appearance. Botox helps smooth away wrinkles, frown lines, fine lines and crow’s feet, giving the skin a smoother, younger appearance. Botox is injected into the facial muscles to relax them. With the muscles relaxed, skin appears smoother. In the past, Botox was typically administered by a dermatologist. However, some dentists now provide Botox injections, as well. In Rockville, MD, Botox injections are available through the dental office Dr. Mehr Tucker.
How Botox Works
Botox works by relaxing the muscles of the face, which gives the skin a smoother appearance. When the facial muscles are tense and contracted, lines and wrinkles are more prominent. When they are relaxed, lines and wrinkles smooth out. Botox is injected directly into the muscles. Results are immediate with lines and wrinkles continuing to diminish for up to two weeks following injection. The appearance of smoother skin should last for three to four months before additional injections are needed. Ask your dentist about Botox in Rockville.
Botox Benefits and Uses
There are several uses and benefits associated with Botox. The injections are noninvasive, with no surgery required. Additionally, there is no recovery time so you can continue with daily activities following treatment. Botox offers several cosmetic benefits, but can also be used to treat such conditions as overactive bladder, chronic migraines, eyelid spasms and heavy underarm sweating. It can also be used to treat some oral conditions, such as TMJ and bruxism. Cosmetic benefits of Botox include:
- Softening frown lines
- Softening crow’s feet
- Smoothing forehead lines
- Softening wrinkles around the mouth
- Smoothing lines on the neck and chest
- Smoothing the jaw line
- Minimizing the appearance of being tired, worried or angry
There are many things Botox can do for you. From treating certain medical and dental conditions to giving you a more youthful appearance, Botox offers several benefits. For Botox treatment in Rockville, MD, schedule an appointment with Dr. Tucker by calling (301) 963-8900.
Children's permanent teeth normally erupt over several years after first forming below the gum line. All their permanent teeth should come in by the time they reach early adolescence.
Unfortunately, this process doesn't always happen as it should. If the erupting teeth become crowded due to a poor bite (malocclusion), teeth still to come in may not have enough room to fully erupt. They become impacted, a condition in which the visible crown remains partially or completely submerged below the gum line.
Impacted teeth create consequences for other teeth and dental health overall. They more readily cause abscesses (a localized infection within the gum tissue) and can damage the roots of nearby teeth. Impacted front canine (eye) teeth can interfere with bite function and their visual absence mars an otherwise attractive smile.
If your child's canine teeth have failed to erupt properly, there is a way to help them fully come in if you act before their mouth structure fully matures. The first step is an orthodontic evaluation of their entire bite. This will determine if there's enough space to move other teeth to make room for the impacted canines.
If so, we would then find the exact position of the impacted teeth using x-rays and possibly cone beam CT scanning for a detailed three-dimensional image. The teeth could be in a variety of positions, such as angled toward the roof of the mouth or cheek or buried high in the jawbone. If the teeth are too far out of position the best course of action may be to remove them and replace them later with a dental implant.
If the impacted teeth, though, are in a feasible position for retrieval, we first expose each tooth through the gums with a minor surgical procedure and bond a small bracket to it. We then attach a small gold chain to the bracket that loops over an orthodontic appliance attached to other teeth. The appliance will exert pressure over several months to pull the tooth into proper position.
If successful, your child will gain the use of these important teeth and a more attractive appearance. But don't delay — this desired outcome will become much harder if not impossible to attain as their teeth and jaws continue to develop.
If you would like more information on treating impacted teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Exposing Impacted Canines.”
So you’re tearing up the dance floor at a friend’s wedding, when all of a sudden one of your pals lands an accidental blow to your face — chipping out part of your front tooth, which lands right on the floorboards! Meanwhile, your wife (who is nine months pregnant) is expecting you home in one piece, and you may have to pose for a picture with the baby at any moment. What will you do now?
Take a tip from Prince William of England. According to the British tabloid The Daily Mail, the future king found himself in just this situation in 2013. His solution: Pay a late-night visit to a discreet dentist and get it fixed up — then stay calm and carry on!
Actually, dental emergencies of this type are fairly common. While nobody at the palace is saying exactly what was done for the damaged tooth, there are several ways to remedy this dental dilemma.
If the broken part is relatively small, chances are the tooth can be repaired by bonding with composite resin. In this process, tooth-colored material is used to replace the damaged, chipped or discolored region. Composite resin is a super-strong mixture of plastic and glass components that not only looks quite natural, but bonds tightly to the natural tooth structure. Best of all, the bonding procedure can usually be accomplished in just one visit to the dental office — there’s no lab work involved. And while it won’t last forever, a bonded tooth should hold up well for at least several years with only routine dental care.
If a larger piece of the tooth is broken off and recovered, it is sometimes possible to reattach it via bonding. However, for more serious damage — like a severely fractured or broken tooth — a crown (cap) may be required. In this restoration process, the entire visible portion of the tooth may be capped with a sturdy covering made of porcelain, gold, or porcelain fused to a gold metal alloy.
A crown restoration is more involved than bonding. It begins with making a 3-D model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors. From this model, a tooth replica will be fabricated by a skilled technician; it will match the existing teeth closely and fit into the bite perfectly. Next, the damaged tooth will be prepared, and the crown will be securely attached to it. Crown restorations are strong, lifelike and permanent.
Was the future king “crowned” — or was his tooth bonded? We may never know for sure. But it’s good to know that even if we’ll never be royals, we still have several options for fixing a damaged tooth. If you would like more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Crowns and Bridgework.”