April 2021

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5 Uses for Botox You Didn’t Know About

Dental Botox is becoming increasingly popular.

When we hear about Botox, most of us think about how plastic surgeons use it to help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles around the face. Over time, however, it has been used for various other medical conditions, and dental Botox is becoming increasingly popular. But what is dental Botox and what is it used for?

Dental Botox and its various uses

Botox can only be prescribed to you by a healthcare professional, and your dentist is one of them. It is used as a temporary treatment for adult patients between the ages of 18 and 65. Today’s treatments are quick and comfortable, and it doesn’t take long to notice the difference, depending on the type of treatment that you get. These treatments are far more common than you might think, and both the safety and effectiveness of it have been proven extensively throughout the years.

Botox works by using a protein that blocks overactive nerve impulses that restrict muscle contractions. As a result, the muscles beneath the skin relax, thus making lines and wrinkles less visible. Results usually last between one to six months and when the treatment wears off, the skin will simply return to what it was like prior to the treatment.

But these treatments aren’t used for just removing lines and wrinkles. With the proper training, dentists can help patients with the following ailments and health concerns.

1. Botox for Edentulous Patients

Edentulous (toothless) patients can benefit from treatments if their lip muscles reposition due to decreased vertical dimension. In these situations, dentures don’t always fit. So, Botox is used to relax the muscles so that a new denture will better fit and the patient will experience a better transition.

2. High Lip Lines

Patients that have a high lip line appreciate the benefits of Botox in relaxing their lip muscles. When the lip muscles relax, it results in a nicer smile. These patients appreciate this type of treatment vs. other cosmetic procedures because the process is less invasive and provides immediate satisfaction.

3. Botox for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)

TMJ disorders can be quite painful and disruptive to daily life. Botox injections can help relax muscles, resulting in safe, quick, and efficient pain relief that is extremely effective. As the muscles around your jawbone begin to relax, you will also experience other benefits. Patients might feel less anxious, may sleep better, and may notice that their teeth are less sensitive than before. Further, headaches and tooth grinding related to TMJ disorder might get better too.

4. Tooth Grinding

If you’re a tooth grinder, you have probably heard the official word for this condition, bruxism. Thankfully, bruxism can be minimized through Botox treatments. The injections can help reduce the force of muscle contractions which are the culprit for bruxism. And, these injections can make a useful complementary therapy to night guard appliances.

5. Botox for Migraines

Botox treatments are highly effective for those who have a history of migraine headaches or have headaches 15 or more times a month, of which eight of those headaches are migraines. Medical professionals believe this these treatment is effective for migraine headaches as it blocks chemicals commonly called neurotransmitters that carry pain signals from your brain. Botox serves as a roadblock in that pathway, thus stopping the chemicals before they get to the nerve endings around the head and neck.

Common Myths About Dental Botox

Despite the many benefits that dental Botox can provide, many patients are misinformed and have concerns about it’s safety. Let us help you clear up the misconceptions that are out there by providing you with some Botox truths.

  1. Injections do not lead to a frozen face.
  2. It is effective for far more than reducing the visibility of facial lines and wrinkles.
  3. Injections are not painful and just feel like a slight pinch.
  4. Wrinkles do not worsen if you get these treatments—your face will simply return back to normal when the treatment wears off.
  5. The treatments are not toxic—it is FDA-approved and has been in use for over 20 years.

Bentz Dental Implant & Prosthodontic Center can help with your dental Botox needs.

If you have been considering a dental Botox procedure and you live in the East Norriton, PA area, then you can stop searching online for places that provide these treatments. Our dental team is well experienced in treatments for a variety of dental needs and would be happy to help you. To learn more, request an appointment and plan to come in and meet with our team. We’ll discuss the various options available to you and will partner with you on a treatment plan.

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The Link Between the TMJ and Implants

Don’t risk developing TMJ disorder after tooth loss.

Dental implants provide an excellent way to treat tooth loss, as implants function just like your natural teeth. Further, dental implants can preserve your jaw structure, thus preventing atrophy related to bone loss. Patients who elect not to get implants often, however, experience a misalignment of their jawbone, otherwise known as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). As such, there is a strong link between the TMJ and dental implants.

What is TMJ disorder?

Let’s start by explaining what TMJ disorder is. Millions of Americans suffer from chronic neck and facial pain along with recurring headaches and migraines. Though this pain can be due to various reasons, it is occasionally the result of Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD). Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is just a fancy way of referring to your jawbone. And, this bone connects your lower jawbone to your skull. As your jawbones get a lot of exercise during the day due to speaking, chewing, swallowing, and yawning, it can be quite unpleasant when you get pain in this area. In extreme situations, the pain can be so consuming that it restricts jaw movement.

What causes TMD?

When you lose a tooth, it can have a drastic effect on your bite alignment, and your TMJ can be compromised. As a result, your jaw compensates by working in a misaligned manner. This can cause swelling and irritation to your jawbone, causing a variety of other symptoms.

A great way to understand TMJ disorder is to consider walking around your house all day wearing a ballet flat (or tennis shoe) and a high-heeled shoe (or consider one of Prince’s boots). Your body will ache in many places as it was misaligned throughout the day. Just like your feet need to be on the same level and equal to one another, your jawbone has that same need. So, when you have missing teeth, it causes far more than damage to your bite.

That said, it is possible to develop TMJ disorder for other reasons, and we would be remiss not to share those reasons with you. Common causes of TMJ disorder, aside from missing teeth, include:

  • Hereditary factors
  • Unconscious tooth grinding (called bruxism)
  • Stress

How do you know if you have TMJ disorder?

During your dental exam, your dentist will assess you for risk of TMJ disorder. And, if you have experienced tooth loss, your dentist will likely recommend dental implants. So, if you have lost a tooth but have not yet proceeded with dental implants, you should be aware of the following TMJ disorder symptoms.

  • Chronic headaches or migraines
  • Pain/tenderness in the jaw
  • Facial pain
  • An earache in one or both ears
  • Aching teeth
  • Pain while chewing
  • Jaw clicking or popping (something you can often feel and hear)
  • Locking of the jaw upon opening
  • Dental damage, like cracks and chips in the teeth

How do dentists treat TMD?

If your dentist or the Bentz Dental Implant & Prosthodontic Center team determines that you have TMJ disorder, they will recommend the appropriate TMJ treatment for you. Without treatment, patients can experience various dental damage from TMJ disorders, including chipped or fractured teeth and cracks that will continue to deepen. Patients might also wear facets into their teeth’s biting surfaces or experience sensitivity to heat, cold, and bite pressure.

Without the proper preventative care and restoration for TMJ disorder, patients might experience a breakdown of existing restorations, including fillings, crowns, and bridges. Thus, typical treatment for TMJ disorder often includes therapies such as the following:

  • Occlusal appliances or mouth guards can help lessen the stress put on the jaw.
  • Physical therapy including exercises designed to strengthen and stretch out the applicable muscles.
  • Education and counseling so that patients understand the behaviors that might exacerbate their pain, thus employing the proper steps to avoid those behaviors in the future.

Medicinal treatment might also make sense, depending on the severity of the TMJ disorder. Typical medications include pain relievers and anti-inflammatories, tricyclic antidepressants, or muscle relaxants. The Bentz Dental Implant & Prosthodontic Center team will also recommend various strategies that the patient can take to keep the disorder from becoming more severe. Those simple steps include the following:

  • Relaxing the face
  • Being conscious of tooth grinding to stop it from happening
  • Avoiding constant gum chewing
  • Chewing food evenly on both sides of the mouth
  • Not resting the chin in the hand
  • Practicing good posture by keeping the head up, back straight, and shoulders squared
  • Not cradling a phone between head and shoulder—thankfully, modern cell phones with speaker settings, and headsets, can help solve this problem

When these home-care remedies don’t work and if the treatments above don’t suffice, a dentist might suggest TMJ surgery or more robust procedures. Those options include the following:

  • A minimally invasive procedure called arthrocentesis involves inserting tiny needles into the joint to allow irrigation through the joint, thus removing debris and inflammatory by-products
  • Corticosteroid injections of botulinum toxin type A (Botox) into the chewing muscles of the jaw
  • Arthroscopic surgery leveraging a small thin tube placed into the joint space
  • Modified condylotomy for cases of lockjaw
  • Open-joint surgery if jaw pain doesn’t resolve with more-conservative treatments and is caused by a structural problem in the joint

The Bentz Dental Implant & Prosthodontic Center can help ease the pain caused by TMJ disorder

If you are experiencing TMJ disorder, it is essential to note that you don’t have to suffer. Treatment is available. If you are looking for help with your TMJ disorder and you live in the East Norriton, PA area, be sure to request an appointment by using our simple, easy-to-use online form.

We look forward to helping you reduce the pain associated with your TMJ disorder through dental implants or the proper TMJ treatment for you.

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How Implants at Bentz Dental Implants Are Different

We give you the best results possible.

Dental implants are an investment in the function, health, and appearance of your smile as well as the health of your entire body. With proper care, they’ll continue to do their job and keep you healthy for an entire lifetime! As a result, it’s understandable—even smart!—to want to make sure that you’re getting the best possible care. Just like any other medical procedure or investment in your long-term health, we know just how important it is for you to feel confident in your treatment and to absolutely love your results. It’s why we work so hard to excel in all areas of restorative dentistry and to ensure that getting an implant at Bentz Dental Implants is different than getting one anywhere else. But how do we go about doing this?

We’ve gathered decades of experience.

Have you ever heard it said that there’s no substitute for experience? At Bentz Dental Implant & Prosthodontic Center, we tend to agree. We’ve been treating patients since 1995—that’s 26 years this year! This means we have spent over two and a half decades growing roots in the East Norriton and Collegeville areas and gathering experience treating patients. Plenty of hands-on experience is just as important for earning successful, stunning treatment results as having the right knowledge and tools.

Over the years, we’ve seen and treated a lot of dental issues from simple to complex, so we’ve built up the knowledge, tools, and extensive practical experience to treat your dental issues while meeting your treatment goals. Everyone’s treatment needs and wants are unique, but we’ve likely seen several cases similar to yours over the years, no matter how unusual it is! This helps us plan your procedure and ensures that you’ll love the natural comfort and beauty of your dental restoration.

We have a highly skilled dentist and board-certified prosthodontist.

Finding a skilled prosthodontist to place your dental implant is perhaps the most important aspect of getting quality care. Dr. Bentz is a skilled, board-certified prosthodontist, which means that he has passed the American Board of Prosthodontics’ four-part exam. Before a prosthodontist can take this test for the first time, they must complete college, dental school, and three years of residency training and additional classes. The exam process is rigorous and often requires prosthodontists to take classes or study independently to prepare. To maintain his board certification, Dr. Bentz needs to recertify every eight years as a way to show that he is up-to-date on the latest developments in prosthodontics. Just like other medical fields, the technology and procedures used in prosthodontics are constantly improving, so Dr. Bentz is always learning as well.

We prioritize using state-of-the-art technology.

Technology is always changing and improving—and that includes dental technology. Using state-of-the-art dental technology helps ensure that you’re getting the most effective treatment with the best possible results, so we consider this factor of the care we provide for you to be a priority. We use cutting-edge technology to aid in your diagnosis, treatment planning, and procedures to ensure that your treatment is comfortable and yields long-lasting results that you can love for a lifetime.

One of the machines we use during the dental implant process is i-CAT imaging. This machine produces a high-quality 3D CT scan of your teeth, jaws, and the rest of your face in just 20 seconds. Dr. Bentz uses i-CAT imaging to plan the exact placement of your dental implants, ensuring that they’re placed in the best possible location and angle. He also places your implants with computer-guided surgery through Nobel Biocare’s™ Noble Guide because it increases the precision for better results while shortening the overall implant placement process.

We have an onsite dental lab.

Our onsite dental lab houses much of this cutting-edge dental technology, allowing us to plan and carry out your dental procedures with increased accuracy right in our office. This increased accuracy means the procedure will be more predictable and will yield better results. Plus, you’ll be able to undergo even complex treatments with a staff you already know and trust, which will also help you feel more comfortable before and during your procedure! These factors work together to make your treatment process more comfortable and relaxing while helping you gain the best results possible—dental restorations that function and feel just as natural as they look.

We’re well-known for producing exceptional results.

We work hard to provide you with the best treatment experience possible from the moment you walk through our door. We want your treatment to be as comfortable and stress-free as possible while giving you the highest quality results that modern treatments can offer. We have a range of tools at our disposal to make sure that your completed smile is healthy, functional, naturally beautiful, and confident for years to come. But don’t feel like you have to take our word for it! Here are a few testimonials from our patients:

“I have been a patient of Dr. Bentz for the past 12 years. His professionalism and dental expertise are remarkable. He is very thorough in his explanations of procedures and makes sure that he always has the best interest of his patients in mind. The entire staff is very friendly and always makes you feel extremely welcome and comfortable. I can highly recommend Dr. Bentz for any dental care you may be considering.” –Amy, Doylestown

“From the time I was a child, fear had kept me from going to the dentist for regular care of my teeth. I came to Dr. Bentz and suddenly felt calm. With lots of patience and understanding, Dr. Bentz and his amazing staff gave me the smile I always dreamed of. What a fantastic office… they made me feel at home!!” –Carol, Reading

When you’re making a lifelong investment in your health and confidence like choosing to get dental implants, we completely understand wanting to select the best prosthodontist for you. Dr. Bentz uses years of experience, carefully maintained skills, and state-of-the-art technology to ensure that we can provide the best experience and results possible for you. If you’re interested in learning more about the work our office does, feel free to read more testimonials from patients, view before and after photos, or call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bentz.

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Did You Know Exercise Can Improve Oral Health?

The average adult should try to get at least 150 minutes of aerobic activity each week and do strength training exercises for all major muscle groups at least twice per week (Mayo Clinic). However, it is estimated that less than 5% of adults get 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Exercise provides a host of benefits to your overall well-being. But did you know that exercise affects your oral health too?

5 Benefits of Exercise

Ensuring you complete some physical activity every day can do far more for you and your body than just help you keep your weight in check. Exercise can help you to live longer and provides a variety of physical and mental benefits.

1. Exercise can lower your stress and boost your mood

When you exercise, it increases the production of endorphins which can induce positive feelings and reduce the perception of pain. This results in an elevated mood and decreased feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. Plus, as you develop the habit of exercising, your body starts to crave it more and more because it appreciates and desires the natural high that physical activity provides. This means that the more you exercise, the more you want to exercise. And your body and overall health benefit from it.

2. When you exercise, it reduces your risk of chronic disease

A lack of exercise means an increased risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and more. When you exert yourself, it improves insulin sensitivity and body composition including your ability to lose weight and gain lean muscle. Further, physical activity improves your cardiovascular fitness which decreases blood pressure and the fat levels in your blood. Even if you stop exercising for just a few days or weeks, it can start to erode at all of the benefits that you gained back when you did hit the treadmill or weights on a regular basis. A lack of exercise will lead to that belly fat creeping back and will increase your risk of developing those chronic diseases.

3. It lowers your cholesterol

High cholesterol can be extremely dangerous. Though your body needs cholesterol to build healthy cells, when those cholesterol levels get too high, it can increase your chances of developing heart disease. The fatty deposits that develop in your blood vessels as a result of high cholesterol levels can break suddenly and form a clot in your arteries that can cause a stroke or heart attack. Though high cholesterol can indeed be inherited from your blood relatives, it is more often developed due to unhealthy lifestyle choices. Thus, exercise and a healthy diet can help keep your cholesterol at a healthy level.

4. You’ll feel a confidence boost

Oftentimes, self confidence issues are closely correlated with body perception. When we exercise, it helps improve our image by reducing weight and increasing lean muscle. Seeing the results of our efforts in the mirror can be extremely motivating, improving our self-esteem and the way we feel about how we look. This naturally translates to elevated confidence. But beyond an improvement in how our bodies look and operate, physical activity helps us feel better overall, makes us feel stronger (and not just because of increased muscle and cardiovascular health), improves our brain power, and gives us a sense of accomplishment. Combining all of those benefits together provides a significant boost to our confidence level that can be positively addicting.

5. Exercise is a great way to improve oral health

It’s safe to say that when we feel good about our bodies we smile more, and that means that we’re more likely to flash those pearly whites. Medical researchers also estimate that when we get regular exercise, we are over 50% less likely to develop gum disease. Even exercising just a few times a week can mean over 30% less risk of periodontal disease. But aside from this, when we move our bodies we’re more likely to make other healthy decisions too. Those who exercise even a few times a week are less likely to smoke and consume excess alcohol. And, when we get regular physical activity, we’re more likely to make better food choices and maintain a healthy oral care regimen including brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and rinsing with a fluoridated mouthwash.

Bentz Dental Implant & Prosthodontic Center Encourages Regular Exercise

Of course, the team here at Bentz Dental Implant & Prosthodontic Center encourages regular exercise for all of our patients. Not only is it good for your physical wellbeing, it is good for your mouth and that makes us happy. But a big part of protecting our oral health through preventive dental care does include regular visits to the dentist.

If you are looking for encouragement to make exercise a part of your life, are busy searching online for a dentist near you, or want to know more about exercise and gum disease or exercise and tooth health, we’re here to help. Give our office a call at (610) 272-6949 or request an appointment via our easy to use appointment request form.

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