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Why Replacing Missing Teeth Is Important

Posted on 06/18/2019

At 5Points Advanced Dentistry, we treat our patients for a variety of dental concerns. When patients come to us faced with getting a tooth pulled, tooth loss or extraction, our Upper Arlington dentist, Dr. John G. Imm III will educate them on the advantages of replacing their teeth and the importance of doing so as soon as possible.

How does tooth loss occur?

The human mouth is designed to hold a full set of teeth, typically 32 which include incisors, canine teeth, premolars, and molars. Unfortunately, by middle age, most patients are missing one or more teeth. Additionally, approximately one in four seniors in the United States over the age of 65 have lost (or extracted) all of their teeth. How does this happen? In most cases, tooth loss occurs from:

· Periodontal disease
· Severe tooth decay
· Injury/trauma

When patients have conditions such as periodontal disease, they may experience bone loss and shrinkage that causes teeth to become loose. Tooth decay that has become so severe may require the dentist to extract the tooth. For others, trauma to the mouth has caused teeth to be knocked out, and in some cases, the dentist may be unable to reattach it.

What are the dangers and complications of missing teeth?

There are many things that can happen if patients fail to have their missing teeth replaced as soon as possible. One example is the shifting of the existing teeth. When a tooth is lost or extracted, it leaves behind a space that is not only unattractive but can cause the remaining teeth to shift. This can cause gaps elsewhere in the smile that may need to be addressed with orthodontics. Patients who have lost teeth may also notice that it becomes increasingly difficult to speak clearly or eat properly. They may also feel self-conscious about the appearance of their smile due to the lost teeth, especially if it occurs near the front of the mouth on the anterior teeth. When teeth are no longer in place, the natural bone may shrink, causing dental resorption and a sunken-in appearance to the mouth and jaw. Because of these concerns, the team at 5Points Advanced Dentistry urge patients to visit their practice and discuss tooth replacement options.

Why should I replace my missing teeth as soon as possible?

Replacing teeth as soon as they have been lost or extracted is the best way to maintain the appearance of the smile, the function of the mouth, and the health of the jaw bone.

Mirror in MouthWhat options are available for tooth loss replacement at 5Points Advanced Dentistry?

When Upper Arlington, OH area patients are missing teeth, they need to speak to our team of professionals about the options available to them for tooth replacement. Our office is pleased to offer the following treatment options for those seeking restoration of their smile:

· Partial dentures – partial dentures are a common and economical way for patients to replace one or more teeth within the dental arch. These restorations are made with a metal framework and include false teeth that slide into place when the partial denture is inserted into the smile. These dentures can be removed for easy care and cleaning.

· Full dentures – full dentures are used in replacing an entire arch of teeth. They are made of a high-quality acrylic frame that includes false teeth and false gums. These dentures may be used for the top arch, bottom arch, or both arches. Our dental staff recommends patients consider dental adhesives to keep their dentures in place or speak to their dentist about the possibility of using implant-retained dentures for optimum stability and strength.

· Dental bridges – dental bridges are used when patients are missing one or more teeth in a row. These restorations include dental crowns on each side that are used with the surrounding teeth as an anchor. False teeth are fused in-between and allow patients the opportunity to repair the smile’s function and beauty in a more permanent way than partial dentures.

· Dental implants – dental implants are a highly desirable option for many of our patients. These restorations are titanium metal posts that are placed into the bone of the jaw and restored over the top with a crown, bridge, or full denture. These versatile solutions can last a lifetime with proper care.

To determine the tooth replacement solution that fits a patient’s needs, patients should call the office to book an initial evaluation and consultation appointment with Dr. John G. Imm III. This is a great time to discuss with the dental team the options available and find out which is most appropriate for each unique situation and budget.

Request your appointment with 5Points Advanced Dentistry today!

Dr. John G. Imm III and his team of professionals in the Upper Arlington, OH area have committed themselves to help patients address tooth loss and restoration with a healthy smile in mind. If you live in the area and are interested in working with a team of professionals to enhance your smile and improve your oral health and wellness, we welcome you to book a consultation visit with our staff. We are conveniently located at 3380 Tremont Road and can be reached by phone at (614) 350-0241. Our facility is always accepting new patients ready to provide the best in dental care!

How Does TMJ Affect Your Sleep?

Posted on 05/24/2019

Getting a good night’s rest is imperative to proper function each and every day. Patients who struggle with conditions such as TMJ or TMD may experience sleep disruptions due to the pain and discomfort of this chronic problem. At 5 Points Advanced Dentistry, Dr. John G. Imm III provides treatment options to patients in the Upper Arlington, OH area to not only address the TMJ pain but to help patients get the deep, restorative sleep they need to function at their best!

What is TMJ/TMD?

TMJ references the joint that is on each side of the face that hinges the jaw so it can open and close. This joint (also known as the temporomandibular joint) can malfunction, resulting in a chronic condition called TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder. The TMJ is connected to the temporal bones of the skull which are located in front of the ears. When the muscles and joints become problematic, they can make everyday activities painful, such as talking, chewing, yawning, and swallowing. For many patients, this condition can also impact the quality of sleep every night.

Why does TMJ/TMD hurt?

Just like any other muscle or joint in the body, the muscles and joints incorporated into this area of the mouth can become painful when they malfunction. Patients may notice problems that not only cause pain on the joint itself, but that manifests and spreads to other areas of the face and body. When it affects an individual’s sleep, it can also cause patients to experience daytime fatigue and notice changes in their mood, memory, and concentration.

What are the signs and symptoms that the TMJ is malfunctioning?

There are many signs that a condition such as TMJ/TMD is present. Here are just a few of the symptoms of the condition that should be addressed with a dental professional:

  •       Discomfort and tenderness around the jaw joint, which may extend to the ears, neck, and shoulders
  •       Locking of the jaw in the open or closed position
  •       Popping and clicking sounds radiating from the jaw joint while eating, which may or may not be paired with pain and discomfort
  •       Soreness of the face, especially around the jaw area
  •       Poor bite alignment caused by shifting of the TMJ
  •       Swelling and pain on the side of the face around the jaw or ears

Patients experiencing these issues are urged to speak to their primary care physician or their dentist about their concerns to get a proper diagnosis and to discuss treatment options.

What treatment is offered for patients diagnosed with TMJ/TMD?

While severe cases of TMJ/TMD may require jaw surgery, this is often the last resort treatment available. In most cases, patients can speak to their dentist about oral appliance therapy. With this treatment, patients wear a special mouthguard at night while they sleep to help align the jaw correctly and to reduce tension on the teeth caused by clenching and grinding. This saves the natural teeth from unwanted wear and tear that may be caused by coexisting conditions such as bruxism (unconscious clenching and grinding of the teeth).

How do TMJ/TMD conditions affect sleep?

Patients who have been diagnosed with TMJ concerns or TMD may notice a lot of discomfort when they sleep. Certain positions that patients may sleep in can exacerbate the problems and pain that are related to this condition. For example, sleeping on one’s side without proper head and neck support can cause patients to wake up with headaches and pain. The best way for patients with TMJ/TMD to sleep is on their back. This assists in comfort in a variety of ways. Sleeping on the back can:

  •       Reduce or eliminate the pressure on the jaw joint
  •       Ensure proper support for the head, neck, and shoulders
  •       Properly align the body and keep the spine in the neutral position
  •       Reduce clenching and grinding of the teeth due to bruxism

What can be done to improve sleep when diagnosed with TMJ/TMD?

Patients who have trouble with their TMJ/TMD pain during the night will want to not only assess the way in which they sleep but consider other tips and tricks. Patients should pay close attention to how they sleep. Sleeping on the back is best for proper spine alignment. The use of a pillow with proper head and neck support can ensure that the spine is in a neutral position to reduce tension. Purchasing a mattress that properly supports the body is also important. Patients with TMJ/TMD should also think about the position of their arms when they sleep. Keeping the arms by the side is best for optimum comfort, while arms positioned above the head can increase strain and discomfort in the shoulder area. By following instructions advised by the dentist, patients can reduce TMJ/TMD issues and improve the quality of their sleep.

Speak with a professional dentist today about how to improve your sleep with TMJ.

If you live in the Upper Arlington, OH area and have been diagnosed with a condition such as TMJ/TMD, Dr. John G. Imm III encourages you to book a dental visit at 5 Points Advanced Dentistry. His practice is here to assist patients with their dental conditions and find solutions for improving their overall quality of life with effective treatment options. The practice is located at 3380 Tremont Road and is always accepting new patients and families. Call (614) 451-5435 to get started learning more about the treatment and management of TMJ/TMD concerns.

Tips to Keep Your Smile Healthy and White

Posted on 04/20/2019

One of the first things most people notice about a person is their smile. A beautiful smile leaves a lasting impression and builds self-confidence. Although having an attractive smile is important, it is more important to have a healthy one.

How do I know if I am brushing my teeth properly?

 

Brushing twice a day reduces plaque, a sticky bacterial substance, that covers the surface of the teeth. Two minutes is the optimum amount of time to brush your teeth. Set the timer when you brush in the morning and at night.

 

The method you use to brush your teeth is just as important as how long you clean them for. The right way to brush your teeth is to hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, point it at the gum line, and brush each tooth about 10 times in a tiny circular motion.

 

Brushing too hard, however, can irritate gums and damage your teeth. Horizontal scrubbing can lead to gum recession and abrasion of tooth root surfaces. To avoid this, use a toothbrush with soft bristles and gently massage your teeth and gums.

 

Is flossing really that important?

 

Flossing is another excellent way to keep your mouth clean because it can remove plaque from certain areas that are too difficult to reach by brushing alone.

However, just like brushing, there is a right and wrong way to floss. When flossing, keep the string against the tooth, which will cause friction and loosen the food particles that are caught between your teeth. For best results, it is a 

good idea to floss before you brush and after meals. Developing a good dental regime is a proven way to maintain healthy gums, prevent tooth decay, and eschew bad breath.

 

Since I already practice good oral hygiene, do I still need to see the dentist every year?

 

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), the frequency for which you see a dentist can vary from person to person depending on age and health, but the standard for dental visits is generally every 6 months. Children should start seeing a dentist as soon as they receive their first tooth. For those with oral health problems and illnesses such as diabetes or an autoimmune disease, a dentist may schedule visits more often than once or twice a year.

 

It is estimated that about 20 percent of Americans suffer from some level of dental phobia or anxiety. If you fall into this category, you are not alone. But don’t let your fears prevent you from going to the dentist. Regular dental visits are crucial in the detection and prevention of oral problems such as gum disease, tooth decay or loss, and oral cancer.

 

Are there certain foods I should avoid?

 

Some foods are more harmful to your teeth and gums than others. Here are some tips on foods to limit, or avoid altogether:

 

Too Much Sugar

 

A diet high in sugar can expedite tooth decay, so cut down on your sugar intake. Soda, when consumed in excess, can erode the enamel, or protective shield on your teeth, which can lead to tooth decay. If you are an avid soda drinker, you should probably switch to water.

 

Sticky or Crunchy

 

Another food to be mindful of is dried fruits. Although there can be nutritional benefits to this fun snack, foods like this can get stuck in between your teeth and if left there, can cause bacteria to build up. After eating dried fruits, be sure to floss and rinse your mouth immediately afterward. The same goes for crunchy food like nuts and potato chips, which have a habit of getting stuck in between your teeth and gums as well.

 

Highly Acidic

 

Although citrus fruits and juices can be a good natural source of vitamin C, they are full of acid that can break down the enamel on your teeth. Be mindful of juices like grapefruit and lemon and how much you consume.

 

Causes Discoloration

 

Stains to your teeth caused by coffee and red wine can leave lasting effects and are hard to get rid of without extensive whitening treatment. Also, when you add copious amounts of cream and sugar to your daily cup of brew, all that sugar is not good for teeth. It is recommended not to drink more than 4 cups of coffee a day. So be mindful of how much coffee you drink and the additives that you put in your coffee. After your second or third cup, you may want to switch to black.

 

What habits and behaviors affect my teeth and gums?

 

Don’t smoke. Smoking cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes or using any kind of tobacco products is dangerous and negatively impacts your gums and teeth. If you do smoke, stop immediately. If you don’t smoke, now is not a good time to start.

 

Limit alcohol intake. Drinking excessively can lead to irreversible damage. Research shows that alcohol abuse is linked to gum disease. The more you drink, the more at risk you are and if you already have gum disease, drinking heavily will exacerbate the disease.

 

Stress less. Teeth grinding can wear your teeth down over time. If you have problems with grinding your teeth due to stress, see Dr. Imm about taking preventative measures. A mouth guard can protect against this.

 

Don’t bite, don’t chew. Chewing on ice, pencils, or using teeth to open things can irritate the tissue in your teeth that can cause cracks and chips.

 

It can be a challenge to keep your smile pearly and white. Continue to practice good oral hygiene and schedule regular dental appointments. If you live near Columbus, Ohio, and are nervous about seeing a dentist, come to 5 Points Advanced Dentistry, where you will be greeted by a team of friendly and knowledgeable professionals that you can trust with your oral health.

 

 

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on 04/03/2019

Did you know that April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month? Oral cancer can occur in any part of your mouth, including the tongue, throat, roof of the mouth, gums, and even the lips.

Early detection is the most crucial part of combating this disease. Oral cancer is more common than you might think, but the good news is that it is often curable when discovered and treated during the beginning stages.

What are oral cancer warning signs that I need to be aware of?

  • Pain in one or both of your ears that doesn’t impact your hearing.
  • Mouth ulcers, sores such as a white lump or red patches that don’t heal.
  • Numbness or pain in your mouth or on your tongue.
  • Enlarged throat lymph nodes and continuous sore throat, constant feeling of a lump in your throat.
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing or speaking

How does someone get oral cancer?

Oral cancer occurs when the healthy cells in your mouth mutate and change into abnormal cells that can start to form tumors.

Like any cancer, the prognosis for most oral cancers is good with early detection. However, when the mouth cancer goes undetected for an extended period, it can metastasize, spreading to other parts of the body, and become more dangerous.

Certain risk factors increase the chance of getting oral cancer. The biggest risk factors are using tobacco in any form, alcohol abuse, increased sun exposure without proper protection, and Human Papillomavirus (HPV).

HPV is a sexually transmitted virus that usually occurs in genital areas but can also be contracted to areas of the mouth and throat. Some instances of oropharyngeal HPV can lead to oral cancer.

Other factors that can increase the chance of getting oral cancer are a poor diet that is low on fruits and vegetables, chronic mouth irritation, and genetic conditions such as Franconia anemia, which results in decreased production of blood cells.

Why is oral cancer so dangerous?

Oral cancer is a serious condition, but it doesn’t have to be fatal. When diagnosed and treated early, the chances of survival are high. It can be treated through surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. A medical professional can discuss with you the best course of treatment.

It is dangerous to ignore any of the symptoms mentioned above without discussing it with your dentist. Furthermore, oral cancer is difficult for a patient to detect, especially if they are not experiencing any symptoms. Whereas dentists are trained at identifying the warning signs and can interpret what they mean.

How can seeing a dentist help?

By going to the dentist every 6 months, you give a trained professional the opportunity to check your mouth for ulcers or sores.

Regular trips to your dentist are not only instrumental in the detection of oral cancer but are also helpful in its prevention. A small spot in your mouth or under the tongue may go unnoticed, especially if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms, but Dr. Imm will specifically check for anything unusual during his screening for oral cancer as a part of your regular dental exam.

Good oral health and hygiene can go a long way toward starving off harmful bacteria that can lead to other complications and illnesses. For example, frequent gum abscess, swelling, and bone loss can be an indication of diabetes. If a patient has never been tested, they will never know that they have it. But a dentist can tell a lot about your overall health, simply by looking at the inside of your mouth.

What can I do to reduce my chances of getting oral cancer?

Keep away from cigarettes, cigars, and e-cigarettes and stop using tobacco products altogether. Tobacco exposes your mouth to dangerous chemicals called carcinogens that increase the risk of developing cancer.

If you drink alcohol, limit your consumption to one or two glasses per day. One glass is equal to 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits.

Prolonged exposure to the sun leaves your lips vulnerable to the risk of oral cancer.
When applying sunscreen, people tend to forget to include their lips and face. It is important when spending time in the sun to protect your lips by wearing a hat that provides shade to your face and using sunscreen and lip balm with UV protection of at least SPF 15.

How can I make sure I am doing everything to keep my teeth and gums healthy?

Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss and use mouthwash daily, and see a dentist regularly.

Practicing good oral hygiene not only maintains a clean and fresh mouth, but it can also assist with the prevention of illnesses including periodontitis, or gum disease, diabetes, heart disease, and oral cancer.

The skilled professionals at 5Points Advanced Dentistry are trained to recognize the early signs of oral cancer. If you believe you, or someone you know, is experiencing any symptoms, don’t delay. Call and make an appointment today. 5Points Advanced Dentistry is located in Upper Arlington, Ohio right outside of Columbus.

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Posted on 02/18/2019

Did you know that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month? Teaching children how to take care of their teeth helps them to continue good oral hygiene habits as they grow into adulthood. While the tooth fairy may be the first positive dental role model kids get excited about, there are also additional ways parents can influence good oral health habits for their kids. Thankfully, 5Points Advanced Dentistry has extensive experience with making dentistry a positive experience for children.

When and how should I begin teaching my child to brush their teeth?

Once you see that your child’s first tooth has emerged, you should begin brushing for them daily. It’s important to help with brushing twice per day using a tiny drop of fluoride toothpaste that’s about the size of a grain of rice. Use a small, child-size toothbrush with soft bristles to minimize irritation or discomfort.
When your child turns three, it’s recommended that you increase the amount of fluoride toothpaste used during brushing to the size of a pea. Do your best to teach your child not to swallow the toothpaste. Young kids often have a hard time with rinsing and spitting, so gently remind and encourage them each time to try and rinse and spit until they start to get the hang of it.

It’s advisable that parents supervise children while brushing until at least 6-8 years of age. While brushing, help them gently and thoroughly clean all their teeth, inside and out, up and down. There is no specific method of brushing that’s been found to be better than another, so just focus on trying to clean all their teeth as thoroughly and gently as possible.

Sometimes young children tend to focus only on brushing their front teeth since they are easiest to reach. You can make a game out of it by saying something like, “Let’s see if you can find and brush all the hidden teeth in the back too.” It’s important to be patient and to keep it as positive, fun and even silly of an experience as it can be.

What can I do to teach my child good oral hygiene and make it a positive experience?
When you purchase toothpaste for your child, you may want to consider one with fluoride cavity protection. Look for kid-friendly, colorful toothbrushes, dental floss, and toothpaste packaging to make it fun, and experiment with different toothpaste flavors if your child doesn’t like mint. Teach them how to gently and thoroughly brush their teeth twice per day, as well as how to floss. Consider using star charts and other positive reinforcement to encourage consistency. If they forget or miss a day, go easy on them and help them get back on track so that brushing their teeth with you becomes a warm, bonding moment while caring for their teeth.

While kids often love to eat sweets and drink soda, it’s important to teach your children while they’re young to enjoy sweets in moderation in order to avoid cavities and other negative health effects. Bring your child to our office every 6 months for a dental examination, X-rays and a thorough cleaning to remove plaque and tartar.

How do I know if my child needs braces?
Permanent teeth start growing in or erupting, at around age 7 for most children. However, there is growing evidence that intervention may be needed much earlier than that. For example, at Stanford University, doctors are starting orthodontics and palatal expansion as young as 2 years old! Your child’s face and jaws are growing and developing all of the time, and small changes at a young age can make a big difference in their airways down the road. At your child’s bi-yearly exams, Dr. Imm will look for evidence of an over/underbite and/or overcrowded, misaligned teeth and will recommend a visit to an orthodontist, if necessary. Orthodontic treatment such as braces, or even Invisalign First, can help correct many of these issues. However, starting the process early doesn’t mean that your child will necessarily get braces right away. A qualified, compassionate and attentive dentist, like Dr. Imm can help determine the best plan on a case-by-case basis so it’s best to contact us at 5Points Advanced Dentistry for an appointment.

Are there any other resources you recommend that can help make dental hygiene fun for my child?
As mentioned above, February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and the American Dental Association (ADA) has developed a number of great posters, puzzles and other free assets that can be printed and placed around your home to encourage good oral hygiene for your child. You can learn more by visiting the following link to the ADA website:

https://www.ada.org/en/public-programs/national-childrens-dental-health-month

What does the ADA say about Children’s Airway Health?
In August of last year, the ADA hosted the first ever Conference on Children’s Airway Health. Dentistry is just starting to help improve children’s airways, and Dr. Imm is helping lead the charge! As a mentor at Spear Education’s Airway Prosthodontics Workshop, Dr. Imm is your local expert at helping your children grow and breathe. If your child snores or has any other sleep issues, make sure you let Dr. Imm know, so he can get you going down the right path!

Where can I find a dental team who will be gentle with my child?
If you are in the Columbus, OH area and are looking for an experienced, warm and compassionate dental team you can trust, you’ve come to the right place! At 5Points Advanced Dentistry, we are proud to offer a warm and compassionate experience for your child that is also affordable and excellent. We have a dedicated team who have worked with countless children and are committed to providing your child with a friendly, comprehensive dental plan and family-like care. Dr. Imm is compassionate and attentive and our staff will do whatever it takes to make your child feel at home. We will be with your child every step of the way.

My child is nervous about visiting the dentist, what do you suggest to help?
We completely understand being afraid of the dentist is common and normal among young children (and even adults!), which is why we provide a warm and compassionate experience. If your child is suffering from dental anxiety we suggest the following:

  • Start young – the earlier the better
  • Keep it simple – “They’re going to check your smile and count your teeth”
  • Consider a pretend visit
  • Do not try to relate
  • Avoid bribery
  • Emphasize the importance of good oral hygiene

When you come to see us, we will do everything we can to make him/her feel comfortable.

How can I get started?

If you are ready to help your child develop good oral hygiene habits for life, give us a call at 5Points Advanced Dentistry today. Don’t wait any longer, take the first steps to give your child the gift of a beautiful smile that he/she will be proud of and ready to show off.

New Year, New Smile

Posted on 01/16/2019

Like most people, you’ve probably created a list of resolutions to start your year off right. While focusing on bettering yourself, why not invest in your dental health? There is only one smile like yours in the world, so it’s important to keep it healthy. If one of your goals for 2019 is to get the smile that you’ve always wanted, 5Points Advanced Dentistry is here to help.

How can I make sure my teeth are healthy?

The key to a healthy, beautiful smile is through good oral hygiene practices. Taking care of your mouth starts at home. Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day. It is important to floss every day as well. Limit your intake of sugary foods and drinks. It is also incredibly important to come see us for regular cleanings, X-rays, and check-ups. Seeing us regularly will help us to catch serious dental problems in their early stages and to stop the build-up of plaque and tartar in your mouth.

Where can I find a dental team I can trust?

If you are in the Columbus, OH area and are looking for a dental team you can trust, you’ve come to the right place! At 5Points Advanced Dentistry, we are proud to offer you affordable and excellent dental care. We have a dedicated team that is committed to providing you with a comprehensive dental plan with a personal touch. Dr. Imm is compassionate and attentive and our staff will do whatever it takes to make you feel at home. We will be with you every step of the way.

What if I need more advanced work done?

If you need advanced care, we can help with that too. We know that broken, damaged, and missing teeth can be embarrassing. These issues can affect your self-confidence and the functionality of your smile. To help you get your smile back, we offer a variety of services including bone reshaping, dental implants, gum tissue reshaping, and dental crowns. At our practice, we have some of the most advanced and effective technology in the industry which allows us to be able to perform these procedures quickly and efficiently. We also have a highly talented team of specialists ready to help when necessary. We strive to minimize any discomfort before, during, and after your procedure and will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions.

I’m anxious about seeing the dentist, what can you do to help?

Are you ready to perfect your smile, but suffer from anxiety surrounding dental procedures? We completely understand that fear of the dentist is common and normal, which is why we offer sedative dentistry. If you are suffering from dental anxiety, we offer nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation with the help of board-certified anesthesiologists. When you come to see us, we will talk about your fears and decide which sedation option is right for you.

I am unhappy with my smile, how can you help?

Part of being your dental health professionals is making sure that you are happy with your smile. If you are self-conscious about one or more of your teeth, we are here to help. Whether you have broken, cracked, chipped, crooked, or discolored teeth, we have cosmetic options for you. We offer Invisalign aligners, which can help straighten your teeth and correct your smile. We also offer dental veneers, which are thin sheets of porcelain that are bonded over your tooth to fix many cosmetic problems. When you come in for a visit, we will address all of your cosmetic concerns and walk you through your treatment options.

Can you whiten my teeth?

Yes, we provide two different types of whitening services. The first is Zoom! Advanced Teeth Whitening. This is done in office but is fast enough to be done even on your lunch break from work. With Zoom! Advanced Teeth Whitening, your smile can be whitened several shades in just one visit. There is no downtime and your plan will be customized just for you. You can purchase Zoom! Take Home Gel for touch-ups when your service is completed.

Our second option is a tray-based whitening solution. We offer two different options for this, DayWhite or Opalescence Boost whitening systems. You simply wear a customized tray filled with our whitening solution. This takes between 10 and 14 days for results to be noticeable, but it is easy to do and flexible for your busy schedule.

How can I get started?

If you are ready to get the smile that you’ve always wanted in 2019, give us a call today at 5Points Advanced Dentistry today. To learn more about our practice, you can see a detailed list of the services we provide on our website. Don’t wait any longer, take the first steps to give yourself the gift of a beautiful smile that you are proud of and ready to show off.

Don’t Lose Your Dental Benefits

Posted on 11/27/2018

At this point in the year, you’ve probably heard the phrase “use it or lose it” in regards to your medical benefits. But what does this mean exactly? Your dental benefits, for most insurance plans, expire at the end of the calendar year. So what does this mean for you?

Use it before you lose itDental Benefits Form

Simply put, if you do not take advantage of your dental insurance plan, it will go to waste. Your benefits will not roll over. This is essentially throwing away money, and thousands of people do it every single year. The deadline for most insurance companies is December 31. Any benefits that have not been used by this time will simply disappear.

How can I make the most of my plan?

To avoid wasting your benefits and in turn, your money, it is important to plan ahead. Here are some ways to make sure you are maximizing your plan:

  • Know your coverage. It is important to understand what you are entitled to. If you have questions about what is or is not covered or what you will be paying out of pocket, contact your insurance company.
  • Plan ahead. Making your appointments early and talking to your dentist about your needs throughout the year will stop you from trying to use all your benefits at once in the last few weeks of December. This will be better for your overall oral health and your wallet.
  • Communicate with your dentist. The better you understand your dental needs and what procedures may benefit you, the easier it will be to plan your procedures and get the most coverage possible.

What is a Flexible Spending Account?Insurance Coverage

Depending on your employer and coverage, you may have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA). With an FSA, you decide how much money you want to put into an account and that money is deducted from your paychecks. The money with your FSA can be used to cover things like cleanings, braces, co-pays, and other dental services.

The money on your FSA, just like a traditional insurance plan, must be used by December 31. Unlike traditional insurance, however, they may be some wiggle room within your plan. Some places allow your money to carry over, others give a small extension on when you can use your FSA card. It is important to know your options so that you can best use your FSA plan.

The end of the year is coming up quick, and whether you have a traditional insurance plan or a Flexible Spending Account, it is important to understand and use your benefits before they disappear. If you have any questions about your coverage, contact your insurance provider. If you need to use up your benefits before the end of the year, call us to make an appointment today. Appointments are filling up fast!

 

Our Favorite Tips for Dental Hygiene Month

Posted on 10/23/2018

As you probably know, October is Dental Hygiene Month! The purpose of this month is to raise awareness about the Mouthwash on Counterimportance of good oral hygiene. In honor of this month, here are our favorite hygiene tips to keep your mouth healthy and your smile bright:

1) Are You Brushing Properly?

You should be brushing your mouth, not just your teeth, but you know that, right? Hopefully! When you brush, you should be hitting your gums, tongue, and the roof of your mouth. All of these areas are prone to the buildup of bacteria and infection, and brushing them helps cut down on this risk.

Make sure your brush is at a 45-degree angle when brushing near the gumline. You should brush in a small circular motion. Be gentle and use a soft-bristled toothbrush: being too aggressive can cause issues for your gums!

2) Remember the Number “2”

What does “2” have to do with your dental health? Simple! Remember to brush your mouth twice a day for two minutes each time. Two minutes may be longer than you think, so set a timer on your phone to make sure you are hitting your target. When teaching your children good dental habits, invest in an hourglass or timer so that they have a visual illustration of how long two minutes actually is. Studies have shown that how long you brush is the most important part and that two minutes is the optimal amount of time!

3) Floss Floss FlossFather and Son Flossing Their Teeth

Flossing is one of the main aspects of oral health care that often gets skipped over. This is unfortunate because flossing is important, if not crucial, for your teeth and gums. Dental floss can get the areas in between your teeth that brushing simply cannot do alone. Although it may be uncomfortable at first and your gums may feel tender, getting into the habit of flossing daily will pay off in the long run.

4) You Are What You Eat

There’s more to oral health than just brushing and flossing. In fact, your diet can greatly impact the appearance and health of your teeth. Drinks like wine and coffee can stain your teeth. Excessive sugary foods like candy and soda can be the beginning of cavity development. We know that some sugar is unavoidable, so rinse your mouth out with water if possible after ingesting sugary foods.

5) Invest in Fluoride Treatment

Many people know that fluoride is part of the dental cleaning process and that it is infused into our water supply, but aren’t entirely clear on what fluoride actually does. Fluoride helps to strengthen the surfaces of your teeth. It also helps prevent cavities from developing months after the treatment has been administered.

6) Come See Us!

What’s the best form of dentistry? Preventative, of course! Good oral practices and care can prevent lots of pain, time, and money in the future. The better your dental habits are now, the better off you will be in the future. One way of keeping your mouth happy and healthy is by coming to the dentist regularly. When you come to see us, we will give you a thorough teeth cleaning and look for any signs of dental issues. By catching things early, we are able to treat you quickly and efficiently.

Dental Hygiene Month is a fun reminder to take care of your teeth and gums, but you should be practicing good oral habits every month! If you have any questions about your oral care or if you are due for a check-up, come see us. We, here at 5Points Advanced Dentistry, want to keep your dental health on track.

When Should I Take my Child to the Dentist for the First Time?

Posted on 09/27/2018

Have you ever wondered when you should take your child to the dentist for the first time? As a parent, you’ve probably heard contradictory pieces of advice on this topic. Should you wait until 2 or 3 years old? When the first baby tooth appears? Or maybe when all of their baby teeth have grown in? Your trusted dentist in Upper Arlington has the answers.

You may be surprised that The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association (ADA) recommend that a child’s first visit should be when their first tooth grows in. For some babies that first tooth comes very early in life. Others may not start getting teeth until closer to the first birthday. All children should see a dentist by age 2. Introducing children to regular visits and proper dental care at an early age will start them on the road to a healthy smile that will last them a lifetime.

What to ExpectChild Smiling at Dentist

The first dental visit should be an adventure; one for the baby book. The purpose is to introduce a child to the office in a non-threatening way. Taking a ride in the chair and being allowed to explore and touch some of the instruments may be what most of the visit is dedicated to. Once your child is comfortable with the hygienist, Dr. Imm will take a quick peek in their mouth to check for gum health and any other problems that may affect their teeth, speech, or airway.

Dental Care for Growing Children

Dental care needs change with each stage of development.

2 to 3 Years

  • Toddlers should have a dental visit every 6 months beginning at 2 years old.
  • They should begin flossing between teeth when the two front teeth are touching each other.
  • The should be brushing teeth every day to prevent cavities. Research has shown that children who get cavities in baby teeth are more likely to get cavities in their permanent teeth.
  • The ADA recommends children three years of age and younger use a smear of fluoride toothpaste no larger than a grain of rice for brushing in the morning and evening. Children 3 years old should use a pea-sized dot of toothpaste.

4 to 6 Years
Most children will have the first set of dental X-rays taken around 5 or 6 years old when the permanent teeth begin to come in. There is no set age or recommendation. If there are specific conditions or concerns, such as cleft palate or if a child drinks out of a lot of sippy cups or bottles they may have X-rays taken at an earlier age.

  • Monitor brushing time to make sure the toothpaste is going down the drain and not down the throat. You may increase the amount of fluoride toothpaste used when your little one masters the art of spitting in the sink. Until then keep the amount to a minimum in case it is swallowed.
  • The newest research shows that this is the best time to start thinking about orthodontics. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends orthodontic intervention as soon as a skeletal problem is identified if it is not likely to self-correct. Most kids wait until their early teen years to get braces, but by then it may be too late for your child to keep all of his or her teeth.

6 to 12 Years
The baby teeth start falling out around the age of 6. This is the age of prevention and the time to really start encouraging good oral hygiene.

  • Sealants to protect teeth, especially the molars, from decay are usually recommended between the ages of 7 and 9, and again when the 12-year molars erupt.
  • If needed, an orthodontic evaluation will definitely be recommended by 7 years old, at the latest.

Nutrition Matters

Proper nutrition is essential for maintaining dental health at all ages. It is especially important for children. What, when and how you feed your children is important to their overall physical growth and oral health. Diets that are good for the body are also good for the teeth.

  • Avoid sugary foods and drinks. The bacteria in the mouth thrive on sugar.
  • Discourage frequent snacking which leads to increased food residue and bacteria in the mouth.
  • Provide a balanced, healthy diet.
  • Use vitamin supplements as recommended by your pediatrician.
  • Serve plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Offer unsweetened, non-caffeinated beverages. Water is always a good choice.
  • Chewy and crunchy foods, such as nuts and steak, can aid in the development of the facial bones and encourage correct swallowing patterns. Introduce these foods as early as your child is able to chew them.
  • The Right Tools for the Job

If you have walked down any dental care aisle in any supermarket or drugstore you know how overwhelming and confusing it can be to choose the best product for your needs. For oral care in kids, it pays to make the right choice. Little things like choosing the right size toothbrush or the best toothpaste can make a difference in preventing cavities and maintaining oral health. The best advice anyone can give you is to avoid playing guessing games and just ask a professional.

Snoring and Your ChildMom and Daughter Brushing Their Teeth

Did you know that the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that every child who snores be evaluated by a Sleep Physician? That’s right. Early snoring can be a sign of an obstructed airway, which can lead to several health problems and will ultimately affect how your child’s face grows and develops. Dr. Imm is very passionate about your and your child’s airway health, so don’t be surprised if he asks you about our child’s sleep, and maybe even refers you to an Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist (ENT).

You want to make the right pediatric dental choices for your family. To do that you need to be informed. Ask questions and do research. Use the right products at the right age. Get the best care for your kids that you can. 5Points Advanced Dentistry is one of your most valuable resources. We are here to help children stay healthy and to teach them how to properly care for their teeth.

Teeth Whitening Options at Our Office

Posted on 06/14/2018

As the saying goes; “You only have one chance at a first impression.” And what’s the first thing you notice during a  first impression? Their smile! Here at 5Points Advanced Dentistry, we see white teeth and a bright smile as a golden opportunity to make an outstanding first impression.

White teeth communicate health, beauty, and success. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular services in the cosmetic industry. It is a quick and somewhat easy way to greatly improve your overall appearance.

Many people yearn for a sparkling smile but are held back by stained or yellowed teeth. Several factors can cause teeth discoloration. If you suffer from tooth discoloration, you are not alone. Dr. Imm and his staff here at our office can help to restore your healthy smile!

What Does it Involve?Teeth Whitening Before and After

The color of your teeth is a result of a combination of the color of dentin under the enamel and the reflection of light off the enamel.  Every day the outer coating of the enamel picks up stains. Aging can also make your teeth less bright because the dentin gets darker while the enamel becomes thinner. This discoloration can be mitigated through advanced whitening technology.

The Most Effective Ways To Whiten Your Teeth

If drugstore whitening products aren’t working for your teeth, it may be time to seek help from a professional. There are several reasons why you may benefit from whitening your teeth at our office. At 5Points Advanced Dentistry, you will receive specialized care from Dr. TJ Imm and his team. You will have the opportunity to choose the option that best fits your budget, schedule, and preference. Through Zoom!® advanced teeth whitening technology, we can gently lighten up your teeth.

The best thing about our Zoom! whitening system is that it is suitable for everyone; the treatment can be customized to for your specific needs. After making all the necessary arrangements, the doctors will apply whitening gel to the affected teeth to activate the process.

After the procedure, you will be given Zoom! gel to carry home for touch-ups. You will be provided with post-whitening instructions. Our in-office procedures are suitable for anyone looking for a safe way to get a whiter smile instantly. So, if you have a special event coming up such as a graduation or a wedding, our in-office whitening treatment will get your smile ready to go.

Most patients experience impressive results with this whitening treatment. Teeth whitening treatments are effective in removing brown, orange or yellow tinges caused by beverages, smoking or aging. Dark grey stains as a result of smoking, fluorosis or tetracycline may take time to whiten. Besides this, patients with periodontal disease, sensitive teeth or worn enamel may not do well in whitening treatment. The best solution for these cases may involve dental crowns and bridges.

How to Prepare For Treatment

When you schedule an appointment, Dr. Imm will examine your teeth to help evaluate the best course of action. In the examination, he will photograph your mouth. Other dental problems can affect the whitening treatment. In most cases, some conditions such as cavities must be treated first before whitening.

Before the whitening process, our team will clean your teeth. This will remove the food residues, bacteria, and other substances that may contribute to the yellowing.

Benefits of In-Office WhiteningLady Smiling While Sitting on Couch

Instant Gratification: You will leave our office with a healthy smile. You will have whiter teeth within two hours. In most cases, a whitening session lasts less than an hour.

Safe and Painless: 5Points Advanced Dentistry utilizes the latest technology in teeth whitening. This results in a low risk of developing long-term sensitivity issues. This is safer than over the counter whitening treatments.

Improve Your Image: Most may argue that our eyes are the window to our soul. While this is true, teeth are also the window to our health and lifestyle. Dull teeth can signal ill health or a nutritional deficiency.

Improve Your Self-Esteem: If you are less confident about yourself especially because of stained teeth; it is possible that you avoid social gatherings. Whitening can improve your self-esteem and can help you regain your social life. While some events such as a graduation, a wedding, the photos you take at these events are permanent. With our in-office whitening, you can shine through the years courtesy of a beautiful smile.

Improve Interview Performance: A bright smile projects confidence, capability, and energy. These are the traits that most employers are looking for.

If you are ready to improve your appearance with a healthy smile, please call us at 5Points Advanced Dentistry today! Our team will have your smile looking “first impression ready” in no time at all!

 

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