At 5 Points Advanced Dentistry, Upper Arlington, OH area patients can seek treatment of a wide range of dental concerns, including pain and discomfort that can be caused by the TMJ, or a malfunctioning jaw joint. With the help of Dr. John G. Imm, III, patients can get a proper diagnosis of their condition and speak with a professional about the best treatment option to improve their quality of life.
What is TMJ?
The TMJ, which is an acronym for temporomandibular joint, is the jaw joint that allows patients to open and close their mouths. It is surrounded by muscles which can become painful if malfunctioning occurs. This malfunction is sometimes referred to as TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder when it becomes a chronic issue. The condition can be diagnosed by a dental practitioner or a primary physician with a physical evaluation and a discussion of presenting symptoms.
What symptoms may indicate the presence of this condition?
TMJ/TMD symptoms include:
Discomfort, pain, and tenderness in the jaw joints and surrounding facial muscles
Pain in the temples or throat, radiating down to the neck and shoulders
Locking of the jaw joint
Pain with chewing or yawning
Clicking, grating, and popping sounds when eating
Each patient’s experience with TMJ/TMD differs, but these are the most common symptoms that may indicate a problem with the temporomandibular joint. If patients have any of these signs, they will want to speak with a medical or dental professional to get a proper diagnosis and to evaluate the best treatment option.
What causes TMJ/TMD?
For most patients, the development of this condition does not have a single, specific cause. Outside of trauma to the mouth and jaw, this condition can develop on its own without any known reason. Coexisting conditions may aggravate the joint including bruxism and arthritis and may be treated alongside the TMJ/TMD. Patients who are diagnosed with TMD must understand that this disorder is a chronic and degenerative condition that should be managed as soon as it is diagnosed, as well as over the course of time. Proactive treatment can reduce additional problems surrounding the jaw joint and alleviate common side effects and symptoms.
How is TMJ diagnosed?
The diagnosis of this condition is achieved with an evaluation by a dental or medical professional. The patient is asked to describe the problems they are experiencing while the doctor physically examines the mouth. Doctors may notice signs of coexisting conditions such as unusual wear on the natural teeth and routinely broken or chipped restorations. X-rays may be completed to evaluate the joint itself and the surrounding bone to spot any signs of damage, degeneration, or arthritis. With a proper examination, patients can obtain a trusted and accurate diagnosis and discuss a treatment plan that suits their needs.
What can be done for the pain?
For some of our patients, managing the pain with over-the-counter medications can help. With proper treatment, pharmaceuticals may not be required. Treatment options will vary depending on the severity of the condition.
What is the best treatment for TMJ/TMD?
TMJ/TMD may be treated in a variety of different ways. More severe stages of TMJ/TMD may require surgical intervention in the jaw joint. However, this is often the last line of defense only when alternative, non-surgical treatments have not been beneficial to the patient. Non-surgical solutions are designed for reducing pressure on the joints, decreasing pain, and allowing patients to maintain normal activity without discomfort including chewing and yawning. Patients can ask their medical provider about using gentle massage, electrical neural stimulation, or oral appliance therapy as a treatment for this condition.
Are there other possible coexisting conditions?
Some patients who have been diagnosed with this condition may also be diagnosed with bruxism. Bruxism is commonly coexisting in patients who have TMJ/TMD. This condition causes clenching and grinding of the teeth while patients sleep, which can wear down natural tooth enamel and break restorations such as dental crowns, porcelain veneers, and bridges. This condition may be addressed with an oral appliance that can treat both bruxism and TMJ/TMD simultaneously while protecting the smile from damage. Patients who have these coexisting conditions may also notice a reduction in tension around the joint and chronic headaches or migraines. Some patients who have TMJ/TMD may also experience pain from arthritis. This is why it is so important for patients to seek an examination with a professional if they suspect the development of TMJ/TMD issues.
Request your appointment with Dr. John G. Imm III today!
At 5 Points Advanced Dentistry, patients in and around the area of Upper Arlington, OH are welcome to schedule a consultation with our team to discuss the problems associated with TMJ/TMD and to find a solution that works. Call (614) 350-0241 to make an appointment and visit the practice at 3380 Tremont Road.
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:
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.
What 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!
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.
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?
The color of your teeth is a result of a combination of the color of the 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 a 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 Whitening
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 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!
5 Points Advanced Dentistry has a variety of solutions for people who suffer from missing teeth, gaps, alignment problems, discoloration or overall dissatisfaction with their smile. If you are impacted by any of these issues, you may want to consider dental implants. Dental implants are a sturdy, permanent solution to restore your smile to its healthy and natural state.
More About Implants
Implants are replacement teeth that have two parts to them. They have a titanium post that the specialist places underneath the gum line and into the jawbone. The post acts as the root of the entire tooth. It’s the foundation that the tooth is set upon after the post integrates into the jawbone. A replacement tooth or a bridge goes over the top of the root and forms the entire implant. The process of placing implants in the mouth requires surgery no matter which type of implant you get when you visit. It also takes a while before it’s officially complete.
Reasons to Choose Implants
There are many reasons to choose implants over other methods of correction. One main benefit is its durability. Because it is integrated into the bone, the implant stands firm in its placement, even while eating. It fuses with your jawbone and creates a solid foundation that cannot easily be interrupted. The permanence makes them a lifelong option that requires minimal maintenance.
Implants are a much better solution to missing teeth than dentures, which require adhesives and are often inconvenient and unsightly.
The Benefits of Implants
The benefits of choosing dental implants are many. One of these is simply the natural look of dental implants. They can restore your perfect smile and bring your self-confidence back.
Another benefit of the implants is that they are long-lasting. They can last for 25 years or longer if cared for properly. Other solutions may only last five to 10 years before they start to deteriorate. Dental implants can also improve your speech. Unlike dentures, that can move around in the mouth if not fitted properly, dental implants are permanent and can help you speak clearly. Dental implants make eating easier than other smile repair options. Because they fuse to your bone, chewing with a dental implant is easy and comfortable.
When a tooth is missing, the jaw bone beneath it can start to deteriorate. Implants prevent this; helping you protect your jaw and prevent future dental issues.
How Implants Can Improve Your Smile
Dental implants can be a saving grace when it comes to improving your smile. They fill gaps and give you a full, healthy set of teeth again. The implants are so life-like that other people will not detect them. Facial structures can often appear sunken when an individual is missing teeth. Dental implants can fill out your smile and give you a full and youthful appearance.
The Process of Getting Implants
To begin the dental implant process, you must first make sure that you are a good fit for the procedures. For implants to be effective, there must be a workable amount of bone and gum tissue. Having deteriorated bone or damaged gums from the disease will not allow for successful implant placement. Thus, Dr. Imm will determine if you qualify for the implant procedure. If you do, then you can start working with Dr. Imm to create your recovery plan.
The implant will most likely take multiple visits to conduct. The specialist will implant the post into the jawbone or gum during the first visit. You may be able to request a flipper or partial denture for the area while your jawbone is recovering from the initial procedure.
The second visit will involve putting the tooth onto the posts. This is a surgical procedure, so there will be a waiting period between procedures. The entire process may take up to seven months, but it will be worth it when you see the results.
Visit for an Assessment
Contact 5 Points Advanced Dentistry if you’re interested in learning more about dental implants. We can help determine if implants are the right course of action for you and create a treatment plan. Call us today and let us help you get back your perfect smile.
Dental veneers are custom-made, thin pieces of porcelain put on your teeth by your dentist. A veneer is a layer of thin material placed over a tooth’s enamel. A veneer helps to protect the tooth’s enamel from damage, as well as fix cracks, chips, or misshapen teeth. Veneers can help fix something you don’t like about your smile so you can achieve the perfect smile you’ve always wanted.
Why you need dental custom veneers
Do you try to hide your smile in photos or when talking or laughing? Many patients come to us that don’t love their smiles and are looking for a change. Porcelain veneers offer a chance to give yourself the smile makeover you deserve. Below are a variety of scenarios where you may want to consider porcelain veneers as a treatment option.
Teeth can get broken through a variety of activities, whether it’s sports-related, kids playing rough, or an accident. If one of your teeth becomes cracked, chipped or broken, veneers can lay over top of your tooth, giving it strength and preventing more damage, as well as smoothing out your smile.
Teeth become discolored due to different foods and drinks (like wine or coffee) staining them, using tobacco products, or just the natural aging process. Regardless, everyone wants a white smile. If whitening options haven’t worked for you, or you want a longer-lasting solution, veneers can give you the perfect white smile!
If your teeth are misaligned, irregularly shaped or uneven, your dentist can use veneers to restore them to a natural appearance and dimension. Veneers can be used to transform a tooth’s size, color, and shape.
If you have any of these dental problems, a smile makeover is highly recommended. A smile makeover is a process where a dentist conducts an assessment of your whole dental structure and mouth. After writing the analysis results and studying them, Dr. Imm will then discuss the results and help you to choose procedures to help you recover your smile.
The process of getting a dental veneer
If you are thinking about getting veneers, we first recommend making a consultation appointment with Dr. Imm. He can get a better look at your teeth and bite, and decide if dental veneers are right for you, or suggest any other treatment options that might make sense. Your dentist will also most likely take x-rays to get a better picture of your bite and how he can help perfect your teeth.
Preparing your tooth/teeth for a veneer application
After you and your dentist have discussed the veneers process and have decided to move forward, your next visit will begin with your dentist preparing the tooth that will be receiving the veneer. First, your dentist removes some of your enamel from the surface of the tooth. Normally, the amount removed is equal to the veneers’ thickness that is to be added to it, so your teeth are a normal shape and thickness and feel natural. Since veneers are so thin, this means that not a lot of enamel is removed. Then, your dentist makes a digital mold of your tooth and sends it to a dental lab to construct your veneer. Temporary veneers will be placed at this time.
At your next visit, once the veneer has been made, bonding is the process where the dentist ensures that the custom veneer fits your tooth perfectly. This is done by temporarily placing the veneer on your tooth and examining its measurements in comparison with the tooth’s measurements. In order to achieve a highly accurate fit, it needs to be adjusted and re-adjusted until it’s perfect. After all of the adjustments have been made, your tooth or teeth are prepared to receive the veneer(s).
Preparing your tooth or teeth involves cleaning and polishing it, and then etching it. The tooth is etched to roughen its surface, allowing the bonding to be stronger between the tooth and the veneer.
A special cement is applied to the veneer and then the veneer is placed on top of the tooth. The dentist will then shine a beam of light on the veneer. This beam of light activates the binding chemicals in the cement causing it to harden fast. Excess cement can be removed and an evaluation of your bite is done. The dentist will then schedule a follow-up visit to see how you are getting along with the veneer.
Results of getting a dental veneer
After getting a dental veneer, you need to continue maintaining good oral hygiene. A veneer does not require any special attention, but you want to be sure to continue brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day. It’s also important to continue attending your semi-annual dental visits to clean and polish your teeth.
We offer dental veneer applications to help you smile confidently and as a way of correcting what you don’t like about your smile, without much wait time. At 5 points advanced dentistry we can help you choose the right color, size, shape, and structure of veneer for the best results. Contact us today for more information about our products and services. Or, book an appointment and you will meet with Dr. Imm to discuss the best dental procedures for your needs.
If you have cracked or dull teeth, you may suffer from low self-esteem. If this is the case, and you no longer want to be embarrassed by your teeth, a smile makeover may be a worthwhile consideration. A smile makeover begins with a dentist looking at your entire mouth, discussing your concerns, and choosing procedures that will improve your smile. Afterward, you will want to show off your pearly whites instead of hiding them.
What are the Benefits of a Smile Makeover?
A smile makeover will restore both function and aesthetics to your mouth. For example, if you have a misaligned bite, we can correct the problem so you can chew properly and smile without being self-conscious. Damaged or crooked teeth can also be repaired, and missing teeth can be permanently replaced. After a complete smile makeover, you will enjoy a beautiful smile, enhanced tooth structure, better jaw health, and improved self-confidence.
What Procedures are Involved in a Smile Makeover?
A smile makeover usually consists of numerous cosmetic procedures. For example, a patient may receive dental implants, veneers, Invisalign, or whitening treatments. Before forming a plan of action, a dentist will examine your gums, teeth color, and the overall condition of your mouth.
Color. If your teeth are stained, or you have amalgam fillings that bring a damaged look to your teeth, the color can be improved with white fillings or a whitening procedure. Thanks to today’s technology, it is possible to perfectly match the color of your existing teeth. A professional whitening treatment provides faster and better results than an OTC product or kit. In-office procedures include the application of high-dose hydrogen peroxide. When performed correctly, it is possible to whiten teeth a few shades after one visit. Also, veneers may be placed over teeth to improve their shape and color.
Alignment and Spaces. If your teeth are crooked, or your mouth has visible gaps, we can correct this as well. Invisalign is a set of clear molded braces that straighten teeth without the use of traditional metal brackets. Clear trays are custom fit and work to correct misalignments. It is possible to wear them without people noticing, and remove them for cleaning. Also, veneers may be applied to teeth that are chipped, leaning, or imperfect in other ways.
Missing Teeth. One of the most common ways that a smile makeover improves a person’s appearance is by replacing missing teeth. If you have spaces in your mouth, it may be impossible to eat or speak correctly. Dental implants are permanent solutions that look and function like real teeth. They are implanted into the jaw, which means that they are not removable like dentures. Dental crowns are placed over the implants to make them look just like your natural teeth. These may also be used as part of a bridge. Both bridges and crowns are cemented on top of existing teeth to repair them. Bridges are used to fill spaces where more than one tooth is missing. By filling in these gaps, your jaw and facial shape can be preserved. Crowns offer strength to damaged teeth as well.
Bone Reshaping. If you have lost one or more of your teeth, there will be a hole left behind in your jawbone. Your gums will eventually heal, but the bone will encounter various highs and lows. These can cause dentures or similar restorations to rub and cause soreness. In time, the bone will become lost. To smooth the bone, a reshaping surgery, or alveoplasty, may be necessary.
Targeting Teeth in a Smile Makeover
A smile makeover targets your teeth so that they look aesthetically pleasing. It is important to pay attention to the smile line. This goes along the upper teeth and should follow the curve of your lips during a smile. It is essential to adjust tooth length and proportion as well. When a person is young, his or her teeth are longer. With time, teeth begin to wear down and become shorter. Veneers can restore length. Also, it is possible to modify the gums. Gum tissue reshaping helps people who have uneven, obtrusive or receding gums.
Besides leaving a smile looking better, it also helps to prevent periodontal disease. When gums are receding, teeth are left exposed and pockets commonly develop. These pockets accumulate bacteria that can cause severe problems.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Smile Makeover?
Anyone looking to improve their oral and overall health may take advantage of a smile makeover. If you are unhappy with the look of your teeth, Dr. Imm, who specializes in cosmetic dentistry, can help. He can meet with you to do a thorough examination of your teeth and mouth and discuss exactly what results you are looking for in the smile makeover.
How to Maintain Results of a Smile Makeover
After undergoing a smile makeover, a patient must change his or her oral hygiene routine in order to maintain positive results. It is essential to brush with a non-abrasive toothpaste and to floss each day. Removing debris from between teeth will elongate the lifespan of any cosmetic procedure and keep tooth decay from starting.
If you receive composite fillings or crowns, it is best to avoid mouthwash that contains alcohol. This is known to have negative effects. Also, we will advise you to avoid foods that are packed with sugar and items that are known to cause staining (coffee, cigarettes, etc.).
Finally, please avoid biting or chewing hard objects (such as ice). Even though cosmetic restorations are sturdy, the best way to ensure a long life for your new smile is to act with care. Your dentist will be able to provide more advice when you meet so that you can easily maintain the results of your smile makeover.
Before you decide to pursue a smile makeover, it is vital to understand what can realistically be accomplished. At 5 Points Advanced Dentistry, we offer all patients previews of expected results. We use state-of-the-art imaging technology and various mock-ups so that it is possible to see all of the improvements that a smile makeover will bring. We provide customized plans for all of our patients so that individual needs are targeted. For more information, call our office today.
Did you know that 48% of people will say that a smile is the most memorable feature after they meet someone for the first time? At 5 Points Advanced Dentistry, we understand that the aesthetics of your smile are just as important as your oral and overall health. One of the most important parts of ensuring healthy teeth and gums is choosing the right dentist for you and your family. At 5 Points Advanced Dentistry, we are ready to meet and exceed your needs.
Dr. John Imm is the dentist at our office. He has had extensive education and experience, including The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and a fellowship at The International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He did his residency in Advanced General Dentistry at the University of Florida. This residency education is part of the reason he chose to name his practice 5 Points Advanced Dentistry. Dr. Imm is passionate about continuing his education and keeping up with all of the advancements in dental care and technology.
Why Should You Choose 5 Points Advanced Dentistry as Your Family Dentist?
Preventive dentistry is important for individuals of all ages. Semi-annual dental exams are not just for cleaning, but for screening for underlying issues like cavities. If there are more serious issues, like precursors to gum disease, we will be able to catch it before it progresses further. From routine checkups and cleanings to information about home oral care, every visit to 5 Points Advanced Dentistry will help improve your dental and overall health.
Dr. Imm is passionate about creating a positive, caring dental experience for every patient—old and young. Our highly trained team will do all we can to make you feel comfortable as soon as you arrive at our office. We hope that we show you that we truly care about each patient, so you know you have a found a dentist you can trust.
Our compassionate approach is especially great for young children and adults who have had bad experiences in the past. Fear is one of the main reasons people avoid dental visits, so everyone in your family will appreciate our down-to-earth approach. From toddlers to grandparents, we will do all we can to ensure your entire family looks forward to appointments. Our personalized care will make every visit a pleasant experience.
You should visit the dentist at least twice each year. A comprehensive exam will help us detect dental issues in their earliest stages. Early treatment costs less, involves less discomfort, and produces the best results. The exam will provide a whole picture of your oral health.
A thorough cleaning can also prevent future dental problems. During a professional cleaning, our hygienists are able to remove tartar and plaque that cannot be removed with your toothbrush and floss. When combined with a solid home oral care routine, a semi-annual cleaning will help you avoid cavities and gum disease. General dentistry should be one of the top priorities for you and your family.
Why Should You Choose 5 Points Advanced Dentistry as your Cosmetic Dentist?
We believe everyone deserves a beautiful smile. At 5 Points Advanced Dentistry, our cosmetic dentistry procedures include:
Crowns and Bridges
At 5 Points Advanced Dentistry, Dr. Imm will consult with you about your goals for your dental health and appearance. Then, he will develop a smile makeover treatment plan that will focus on reaching those goals. Because every patient is different, each smile makeover process will be unique. When we consult with our patients about a smile makeover, procedures we may recommend include composite bonding, dental implants, Invisalign, teeth whitening, and others.
Adults and teenagers who need braces often hesitate when it comes to old-fashioned metal braces. These braces may be viewed as unattractive and can be uncomfortable. One alternative option to consider is Invisalign. This orthodontic treatment is effective, fast, and discreet because the customized, clear braces are nearly invisible. Invisalign braces are easy to clean as well because they can be removed.
We provide a few different teeth whitening options for our patients. Our Zoom! In-Office Whitening procedure is fast, effective, and customized for you specifically. With this treatment, will be able to whiten your teeth several shades in just one visit.
Our DayWhite® or Opalescence® Boost take-home teeth whitening kits are affordable options for patients who want to whiten their teeth. For this treatment, we will prepare trays filled with the whitening solution for you to take home. You will be able to wear these trays when it is most convenient for you and you will see results within 10 to 14 days.
Crowns and Bridges
A dental crown is a custom-made “cap” that fits over your tooth to repair and strengthen it. These are necessary after you undergo a root canal treatment or if your tooth has sustained damage or trauma. Because each crown is custom, it will be made to match your surrounding natural teeth.
We can use a bridge to fill a gap between two teeth. A bridge is a set of two or more crowns custom-made to resemble your missing teeth. These are attached to the surrounded teeth to fill the gap and recreate your smile.
After Dr. Imm cleans out a cavity, he will fill it with a composite filling. This is a tooth-colored filling that will protect your tooth from further decay.
Dr. Imm can use dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth in your mouth. Implants can preserve your jaw bone, so you do not experience bone loss, and will fill the gap between your teeth, so your natural teeth will not shift.
Dental Procedures For Special Problems
At 5 Points Advanced Dentistry, we are ready to assist with all of your dental care needs. Dr. Imm also takes special care to focus on your whole mouth and overall health. Studies have found that the condition of your gums and teeth is actually linked to your overall health, so Dr. Imm has become more focused on this and making sure we uncover all underlying problems.
If you are experiencing oral pain or discomfort, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with us. It’s not necessary to wait until your semi-annual exam if you have an immediate problem. Dr. Imm will be happy to take a look and determine which route would be best for treatment.
For example, if you are experiencing jaw pain or popping, you may have a disorder called TMJ (Temporomandibular joint) Disorder. Many people develop this disorder if they grind their teeth at night. This is something Dr. Imm has a lot of experience diagnosing and treating. At 5 Points, we can create a custom mouthguard to prevent further grinding, and provide more advanced treatment if necessary. Taking these measures against nighttime teeth grinding can preserve your gums and teeth, and keep your jaw healthy.
If you do have TMJ, the condition affects the placement of your ligaments and jawbones. This altered position can cause your airway to be narrowed. A narrowed airway can lead to mouth breathing during sleeping and snoring and can even cause your airway to collapse. This is one of the things that Dr. Imm is particularly focused on uncovering if the problem exists. Your health is important to him and all of us here at 5 Points.
If you have tooth pain, there are several causes that could be behind it. You may need to have a tooth extracted, periodontal care, bone reshaping, or crowns. Whatever your particular situation may be, we are here to help. So, don’t wait until your regularly scheduled appointment if you have an oral health concern—contact 5 Points Advanced Dentistry.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
We are the dental team for your toddlers, teens, adults, and seniors. Whether your family members all come in at the same time, or appointments are scheduled on different days, you will quickly see why so many people in the Columbus, Ohio area choose us.
If it has been more than six months since you have had a checkup, you are experiencing an oral problem, or you have questions, this is the ideal time to contact us for an appointment. Simply call us at 614-961-4351 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our friendly, compassionate staff wants to meet you, and help you have the best oral health possible! We look forward to meeting you and your family.