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What Is Occlusal Disease And How Do You Treat It?

What is occlusal disease?

Did you know your bite plays a major role in your overall dental comfort? When it’s properly aligned, you can chew, speak, and even breathe more easily. However, the opposite also holds true. A misaligned bite can lead to a host of issues, most of which can be attributed to occlusal disease. Today, we’re taking an in-depth look at what this disease entails, common symptoms to note, and how to treat it.

Occlusal disease is the destructive process that results from a bite in which the teeth are not properly aligned. Or it can occur when the teeth in your upper and lower dental arches are in incorrect relation to one another. This issue is also called malocclusion.

In short, every time your teeth meet, there is a force applied. An aligned bite is capable of supporting this impact, which protects your teeth, jaw muscles, and jaw joints. If you have an underbite, overbite, or crossbite, the impact could cause major issues with these dental features.

If left untreated, occlusal disease doesn’t only damage your teeth. It can also wear down the bones and gums that support your teeth, as well as your jaw muscles and temporomandibular joints. This is one of the most common jaw pain causes, and it’s important to take action quickly if you notice the signs.

Symptoms of Occlusal Disease

There are a few key symptoms that can help your dentist diagnose occlusal disease. These include:

  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Recessed gums
  • Worn-down tooth enamel
  • Sore teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity to thermal changes
  • Cracked, chipped, thinned, flattened, or fractured teeth
  • Fractured or broken dental work (e.g. fillings or crowns)
  • Grooves or indentations on exposed root surfaces
  • Sore, achy jaw muscles or jaw joints
  • Popping, clicking, or locking jaw joints
  • Muscle pain in the head and neck
  • Unexplained headaches or frequent tension headaches
  • Tooth grinding (bruxism) or other habits that cause teeth to come into contact
  • Localized bone loss around teeth

If your bite is misaligned, an eroded biting surface will be one of the first signs of trouble. Once the outer layer of your enamel is worn down, you’ll expose the inner dentin layer. This material is softer and wears more easily.

If the impact occurs toward the front of your bite, you’ll notice that your front teeth may appear smaller than others. If it happens in the back, then your back teeth can erode and become flat. Though it’s common to attribute such changes to aging, your dentist can help identify and treat signs of occlusal disease.

How to Treat It

If your dentist notices signs of occlusal disease, there are steps you can take to reverse or mitigate any damage. Let’s take a look at a few of the most common occlusal disease treatments.

Mouth Guard

If your condition is mild, your dentist may recommend a mouth guard or nightguard. This is a special device designed to gently correct your bite. It also prevents your teeth from coming into direct contact with one another.

Your dentist will custom-design your mouth guard from a mold of your teeth. It will be made of a hard acrylic outer material and a soft inner lining that goes against your teeth. When you wear your mouth guard, it will shield your teeth and cushion your jawbones and surrounding muscles. This can help reduce your symptoms and discomfort.

Orthodontics

Sometimes, orthodontic care is required to correct a misaligned bite. This type of treatment can help ensure that your teeth properly meet and that biting forces are equally applied across your teeth. Orthodontic braces are most commonly suggested as this form of treatment. As with a mouth guard, braces are custom-made to fit your teeth. They can help ease your teeth into a more aligned position and alleviate your discomfort.

Orthodontics work by exerting constant, gentle pressure on your teeth for an extended period of time. The shape of your jaw will gradually adapt and conform to this pressure. In time, your teeth will slowly shift to the desired position. When you use orthodontics to correct malocclusions, you can help preserve your natural teeth. This type of treatment also promotes healthy gums! When your teeth are in proper alignment, it’s easier to brush and floss around them, which can help your teeth remain cleaner between dental appointments.

Restoration

If your occlusal disease is advanced, your dentist may recommend a dental restoration to correct it. This is most often suggested as a form of treatment if your malocclusion has progressed to the point that it has caused one or more of your teeth to:

  • Fall out
  • Become loose
  • Become damaged

In our office, we perform a range of smile restorations. These treatments can help build up and restore worn-down dental enamel, and they all work a little differently. These include:

  • Dental bridges
  • Dental crowns
  • Dental veneers

As their name implies, dental bridges help restore missing teeth by bridging the gap where one or more teeth would have been. Crowns are used to help restore the form and function of an existing tooth, specifically one that is broken or worn. The crown will fully cover the portion of your tooth above the gumline. Dental veneers, on the other hand, are thin shells that cover the front sides of your teeth. These are most often used to address aesthetic concerns caused by a malocclusion.

All of these restorative treatments are custom-made to fit your mouth. They will be designed to match your natural teeth as closely as possible in color and shape.

Learn more about occlusal disease.

Occlusal disease can result in toothaches, jaw pain, and even frequent headaches. It can also lead to physical changes in the appearance of your smile. Thankfully, treatments exist that can help you take control of your symptoms and eliminate them for good. If you’re experiencing any of the issues listed here, it’s important to visit your dentist soon for an evaluation. To request an appointment or ask a question, feel free to contact us today.

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8 Advantages of E4D Dental Restorations

Strong, Comfortable, Quick, and Affordable—E4D Is Tooth Restoration at Its Best

It is estimated that approximately 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. This is a problem because, with gaps in your smile, your other teeth can shift out of place or you could even start to lose bone in your jaw! Thankfully, dental technology has blessed us with many affordable options for tooth restorations such as E4D.

With E4D restorations, tooth restorations have gotten even better. Not only do you get a sturdier, more comfortable restoration, but you also don’t have to wait a couple of weeks to get your new tooth restoration. You can get it all in one office visit.

Check out the advantages of E4D restorations and dental implants here!

More Comfortable Dental Molds

Traditional dental impressions are a little awkward. To get the impression, your dentist would use a tray filled with soft material, such as powders or putty, that is a bit unpleasant, to say the least. Some sensitive patients may even gag during the procedure.

The impression for E4D restorations is taken digitally with an optical or laser scanner and uploaded into the computer. Furthermore, this digital impression tends to be more precise than molds made with putty, resulting in a more comfortable fit than traditional restorations.

Custom Fit

The computer then analyzes the digital impression and creates a custom-fit model. With this technology, your dental restoration will fill the space left by your missing teeth perfectly ensuring a comfortable and functional fit.

Chairside Production

Don’t worry about waiting a couple of weeks while your impression is sent off to the lab to be created. E4D restorations are milled in your dentist’s office by a special milling unit, exactly to the specifications of the digital model.

Milling the restoration will take approximately 20 minutes. After that, it will usually be polished and glazed to create a natural appearance. If a glaze is used, it will also be fired (much like ceramic pottery).

From start to finish, it will take about 60 to 90 minutes to fabricate your restoration. This means you can have your tooth replaced in one visit!

E4D Restorations are Metal-Free Ceramic Restorations

E4D restorations are milled out of porcelain, composite, and lithium disilicate to create a durable, metal-free tooth restoration. This results in a tooth-colored restoration that closely resembles the composition of your natural tooth.

Metal can sometimes cause an allergic reaction, so it is safer to avoid these materials when possible. It also avoids that thin gray line at the base of the restoration for a completely natural-looking tooth.

E4D Restorations Function Like Natural Teeth

The best part about using E4D restorations and dental implants is that your teeth will look and feel completely natural. They are also very durable, ensuring that you can use your new teeth just as you would your natural teeth without the worry of breaking your restoration.

However, don’t go overboard. Stay away from chewing on ice cubes, tearing open packages with your teeth, cutting strings or tape, and other activities that you should avoid with your natural teeth as well.

E4D Restorations Are Quick & Easy

Traditionally, patients had to wait a couple of weeks between dentist visits to get a restoration. First, they had to come in so the dentist could take an impression. Then, after the impression was sent off to the lab and a permanent restoration crafted, the patient returned to have it cemented into place.

E4D technology takes out that entire waiting period. The restoration is beautifully crafted right in your dentist’s office and the entire process can take place in one dental office visit.

E4D Restorations Are Convenient

Because of the speedy process, this technology offers convenience to busy professionals and others who don’t have time to make several trips to the dentist. Furthermore, few people want to be walking around with a gap in their smile. These types of dental implants and other tooth restorations eliminate that need by taking a perfect impression and filling the gap in one sitting.

Fewer Materials Required

Traditionally, dentists would place a temporary crown to fill your smile while you waited for your custom-fit restoration. While this is great for your smile, it results in using more materials. Ultimately, it is also a waste of time because your dentist has to fashion the temporary crown and place it when that step could just be skipped altogether.

Enjoying Your New E4D Dental Restoration

E4D technology can be used for various kinds of dental restorations, including crowns, veneers, and affordable dental implants. It can even be used to create All-on-4 dental implants, a type of full-mouth dental implant that can be used to replace most or all of your teeth in one fell swoop.

Are you looking for a way to fill the gaps in your smile? Talk to our dental expert here at Bentz Dental Implant and Prosthetic Center. We can create a new look for you—all in one office visit! Book an appointment here!

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Full Mouth Reconstruction vs. Smile Makeover

Choosing between a reconstruction or a makeover for your smile.

Your smile is your trademark feature. It sets you apart, gives you character, and lights up your entire being. If yours could use enhancing, it’s easy to find offices that will offer a “smile makeover,” yet, it’s important to understand what this service includes.

At Bentz Dental Implants, cosmetic dentistry is just one part of our comprehensive dental services. A true smile makeover like the one we can provide will focus on much more than merely the cosmetic aspects of your smile. This way, your smile is as healthy as it is beautiful.

Our full mouth reconstruction treatment helps transform your smile from the inside out. A fully functioning, healthy smile doesn’t just feel great, but will look great, too! Today, we’re sharing how this process works and what you can expect.

What is a full mouth reconstruction?

A full mouth reconstruction is the process of restoring or rebuilding all of your teeth at the same time. This includes the teeth in both your upper and lower jaws. You may also hear this process referred to as a full-mouth restoration or a full-mouth rehabilitation.

This treatment is designed to optimize both the form and function of your smile. On the other hand, a smile makeover that simply focuses on the aesthetic aspect could leave plenty of issues untreated. The result could be a smile that looks healthy on the outside but ultimately leaves you with long-term discomfort.

When you visit our office, we’ll take a careful and thoughtful approach to this treatment. Dr. Bentz has specialized in state-of-the-art dental solutions for more than a decade. This includes years of experience working with the materials and procedures required to perform a full-mouth reconstruction. He will work with you directly to develop a custom plan built around your needs.

Do I qualify for this procedure?

Your dentist will perform a thorough evaluation to determine if you’re a viable candidate for a full-mouth reconstruction. Here are a few signs that you may qualify:

  • You have lost teeth to decay or trauma.
  • Your teeth are injured or fractured.
  • Your teeth are severely worn due to long-term acid erosion.
  • You have ongoing, bite-related jaw, muscle, or headache pain.

There are several different factors that can lead to acid erosion, including a diet that is heavy in certain acidic foods and beverages. If you suffer from acid reflux, this can also cause excess acid to build up in your mouth, which can erode your tooth enamel.

What should I expect?

There is not a one-size-fits-all approach to a full-mouth reconstruction. Rather, your specific dental needs will dictate the treatments that you will receive. They will also determine the total timeline of your procedure, including the time it takes to heal.

After examining your condition, your dentist may recommend a few different smile reconstruction services, including:

Let’s take a look at these procedures in greater detail.

Common Reconstruction Procedures

First, there are dental bridges, which replace missing teeth with artificial teeth. The prosthodontic bridges the gap where your teeth once were and blends seamlessly with the rest of your natural teeth.

If your tooth is still in place, your dentist may recommend a dental crown instead. A crown is placed on top of a damaged or decayed tooth, strengthening it and restoring its shape.

If your full tooth requires a replacement, you might qualify for a dental implant. This is an artificial tooth composed of two parts. One is the titanium-implant body that fuses to your jawbone and takes the place of your missing tooth root. The other is the tooth-colored crown that your dentist will cement on top of the implant.

If your dentist recommends veneers, these are thin, tooth-colored shells that cover the fronts of your teeth.

All of these treatments will be custom-fitted specifically for your mouth. The reconstructions will blend beautifully with your surrounding teeth for a stunning, natural appearance.

The Importance of Gum Health

Any or all of the treatments above may be required to fully restore your smile to its optimal condition. One important factor to consider? While you might be focused on repairing damaged teeth or aligning your bite, your dentist will also consider the state of your gum tissue.

This is because the health of your gums will play an important role in the type of reconstruction you receive. If you’re missing one or more teeth, it could cause significant damage to your gums, which can lead to periodontal disease. It’s critical to address all of these issues when performing your reconstruction.

Your Custom Treatment Plan

After your initial examination, your dentist will prepare a step-by-step treatment plan outlining your proposed procedures in greater detail. Here, you’ll find information on all of the aspects related to your smile reconstruction.

Take the time to read the plan carefully and ask any questions you may have about the procedures included. This is meant to be a collaborative effort, and your input is valued at every step.

How does it differ from a smile makeover?

When some dentists offer a smile makeover, they may mean a full-mouth reconstruction, similar to the services included in our treatment plans. However, many aren’t as broad in scope.

Unless you actively address the underlying causes that are behind those problems, the results will be short-lived. Ignoring the issues and letting them go untreated could cause more significant damage that’s even harder to treat down the road.

Learn more about our full mouth reconstruction services.

At Bentz Dental, our goal isn’t just to give you a beautiful smile. We want to help restore every facet of your smile, for teeth and gums that are as healthy as they are sparkling.

A smile makeover can only take you so far. If you want to address the core issues that are affecting your day-to-day comfort, a full mouth reconstruction could be the way to go.

We’d love to discuss this process in greater detail with you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or ask more questions.

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All About Dental Botox at Bentz Dental Implants

While many people believe Botox is only used for cosmetic issues, it can also be used to treat many medical conditions, including lazy eye, neck spasms, and dental issues. Using Botox is a great way to fix health issues that may be bothering you.

Are you interested in learning more about dental Botox? Keep reading to learn about how Botox is used in dental treatments and the benefits of Botox.

What is dental Botox?

When it is used in dentistry, dental Botox is an injectable drug that relaxes muscles. It is only a temporary treatment and will not cause any permanent changes. Botox is used in a variety of treatments, from temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) to high smile lines, and Botox can even be used to improve the cosmetic appearance of your smile.

Types of Dental Botox Treatments

There are many types of dental Botox treatments. These can include Botox for TMD, other health-related issues, and cosmetic changes.

Dental Botox for TMD and TMJ Disorders

TMD is the result of a tightness in your jaw bone and muscles that can be caused by clenching your jaw, grinding your teeth, or putting other kinds of pressure on your joints. This can also be due to stress. Some TMD symptoms are facial pain, difficulty chewing, and lockjaw.

Using Botox for TMD is a great way to solve this problem. Because Botox works as a muscle relaxer, it will help relax your joints and will give you fast pain relief.

Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Grinding your teeth can cause numerous dental issues, including TMD. If you don’t find a way to treat teeth grinding, you can cause significant damage to your mouth.

While you can use mouth guards or other products to prevent teeth grinding, Botox will stop it at the source. Botox will relax your muscles and will keep you from grinding your teeth.

Edentulous Patients Adjusting to Dentures

Edentulous patients have no teeth and often get dentures. Getting new dentures can be a painful and uncomfortable experience. Many changes to your mouth are gradual; however, with dentures, your mouth experiences a sudden change and it can be hard to adapt quickly. Dental Botox can help you feel less pain and discomfort while your mouth adjusts to your new dentures.

Enhancing Your Smile

One benefit of dental Botox is that it can enhance your smile. Because it can help with fine lines and wrinkles, you can make the areas around your teeth more smooth. Rejuvenating your mouth can make your smile look even better!

High Lip Lines

High lip lines are also known as gummy smiles. It means that a lot of your upper gums are exposed when you smile and talk. While this isn’t a bad thing necessarily, many people like to treat them for cosmetic reasons.

Before Botox, people needed surgery to treat a high lip line, costing thousands of dollars. Now, they can be fixed for a few hundred dollars and in less than 20 minutes! Not only is Botox used for health issues, but it is also used to create a more aesthetic smile line!

Benefits of Dental Botox

There are many reasons why dental Botox is a great solution for numerous health and cosmetic issues. Here are a few of the main benefits and reasons why you should ask your dentist about their Botox services.

Pain Relief

One of the best benefits of using Botox for your dental needs is the pain relief that it can provide. When you are experiencing dental pain, you know that you would do anything to lessen that pain.

Because Botox is injected directly into your facial muscles, it prevents the muscles from contracting and being overused. The relaxation of your facial muscles will essentially stop you from feeling pain. This is why Botox is a great solution for people with TMD or other dental issues.

Health

The health benefits that come from using dental Botox are amazing. Not only does it stop and prevent dental pain, but it fixes a variety of health issues, such as TMD, teeth grinding, and issues with dental implants, but Botox can also help reduce excessive sweating, fix or reduce a lazy eye, and prevent chronic migraines. The possibilities are endless! Using Botox can improve your health and reduce issues you face on a daily basis.

Beauty

Botox is traditionally used for its beauty benefits. It does everything from reducing crow’s feet, frown lines, and more. Not only can it help reduce the appearance of frown lines and wrinkles, but it can also slow the formation of new lines!

Save Money and Time

Another great benefit of Botox is that it can save you money and time. While other surgeries and procedures to fix dental issues can take many hours and can cost you thousands, Botox will only cost a few hundred dollars.

An additional benefit is that it can take as little as a few minutes to complete the injection process! It is a minimally invasive option compared to other procedures, so you will be back on your feet in no time!

Find dental Botox near you today!

Dental Botox is a great way to improve your dental health and ease your pain. At your next dentist visit, ask your dentist if dental Botox is the right option for you. If you want to find a dentist office that uses Botox, it is important that you find a qualified professional.

Our team at Bentz Dental is here for you. Learn more about receiving Botox today and see if you are a good candidate, by scheduling a consultation at our office today.

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