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Posts for: September, 2014

By John Sartorio, D.M.D.
September 29, 2014
Tags: Botox  

botox Botox is a cosmetic treatment for the face and body that smooths out wrinkles and unwanted lines. It is most often administered by a dermatologist or certified facial specialist, but now a number of modern dentists like Pittsburgh dentist Dr. John Sartorio are offering Botox treatments in the dental office. Here are a few things you need to know about going to the dentist for a Botox session.

What Is Botox?

Botox is a series of injections into the muscles beneath the skin that serves to relax lines and wrinkles. The formula is made up of what are called Botulinum toxins. They are proteins that fill in the areas of the skin and face that may have creased, furrowed or folded over time. When administered correctly Botox can give results that last for up to four months before another sessions is necessary. Botox injections are commonly administered to the forehead, around the eyes, the brow area and the sides of the mouth. A common session does not require surgery or any recovery time -- it is a procedure that takes about 10-15 minutes in many cases.

This Pittsburgh Dentist Understands Facial Structure

Dentists don’t only know about the teeth -- they also study the structure, shape and general appearance of the face. They understand how to use Botox injections in specific areas of the face and neck to ensure a favorable result. Dr. Sartorio is a dentist who is certified to administer Botox to patients. Additionally, he can consult with you about other issues that may affect the overall appearance of the face, like tooth positioning, shape and bite, to give you a beautiful new smile.

Qualified, Knowledgeable Professional

Botox is a common choice for people who do not want the hassle or risk of an invasive facial surgery. If you’re considering a Botox cosmetic treatment, schedule a consultation with a qualified and knowledgeable dental professional like Pittsburgh Botox dentist Dr. John Sartorio. Make an appointment request online or call the office at (412) 831-8700 with your specific Botox questions.

By John Sartorio, D.M.D.
September 23, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

Like many who have risen to the top tier in show business, singer Taylor Hicks found that he needed a few things (besides talent, of course) to really succeed: a willingness to seek out opportunities and work hard; a unique and energetic stage presence; and a bright, appealing smile.

“Everyone wants to have a great smile,” Hicks recently told Dear Doctor magazine. “In my business, it’s one of the most important things. A lot of what I do is smiling and having fun, being in front of the camera and taking pictures.”

To help him keep his smile sparkling, Hicks opts for in-office whitening treatments from his dentist. These treatments are a safe, quick and effective way to lighten teeth by 3 to 8 shades in a single one-hour visit. Best of all, you don’t have to be an American Idol winner or a Las Vegas headliner to take advantage of them — in fact, we offer them right here in our own office.

Why choose in-office treatments instead of take-home trays (or over-the-counter products)? While each system can be effective at lightening teeth to some degree, the in-office method offers several distinct advantages. For one, it’s the fastest way to get your teeth as bright as they can be; the same lightening that can be achieved in one office visit could take a week when done at home, using custom-made trays and dentist-supplied bleaching solutions — and several weeks with over-the-counter products! So if your time is limited, in-office treatment is the way to go.

Plus, in-office treatments are performed under our direct supervision. That means we can safely use the most powerful whitening gels, and achieve the maximum control over the result. This can be important when you have crowns or replacement teeth such as implants, which Hicks has. Artificial crowns don’t whiten like natural teeth, so it’s important to get just the right degree of lightening to produce an evenly bright smile.

The bottom line, of course, is the result: a dazzling white smile. “In entertainment, a big, pearly white smile makes a difference,” Hicks said. But you don’t have to be an entertainer to enjoy the benefits of a brilliant smile — we do it for plenty of “regular folks” too.

So if your smile could use a little brightening, why not call us and schedule an appointment for whitening treatment? You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”

By John Sartorio, D.M.D.
September 08, 2014
Category: Oral Health

Your dental appliance plays a big role in restoring function and improving your appearance. Taking proper care of it will ensure it can do that for a long time.

Cleaning is a top priority. Though it might seem natural to use toothpaste, you should avoid using it on your appliance. The abrasives in toothpaste are necessary to break up plaque on natural teeth’s hard enamel surfaces, but will leave micro scratches on the surface of your appliance that eventually become havens for bacterial growth — a sure recipe for discoloration and unpleasant odors. If you plan to use boiling or hot water to disinfect your appliance, don’t. The heat distorts the plastic and can disrupt its precise mouth fit. You should also avoid using bleach because it can break down the composition of the plastic, can leave a strong odor, and can whiten the pink “gum tissue” areas of the denture.

Instead, use plain liquid detergent or hand soap with warm water to clean your appliance — and use a brush designed for it rather than your toothbrush. If you have a long-term appliance like a denture, you might consider investing in an ultra-sonic cleaner that uses high frequency sound vibrations to clean out small crevices a brush can’t reach.

Remember the old saying, “familiarity breeds contempt?” With dental appliances, too much time in the mouth breeds bacteria. Dentures, for example, should be taken out at night to allow saliva and its antibacterial capacity to work in your mouth. You also should be on the lookout for signs of infection — if anything appears amiss, contact us for an exam as soon as possible to minimize the effects of tooth decay or gum disease.

One final item: be careful where you place your appliance when it’s not in your mouth. Lying out in the open (like on a nightstand) is a tempting lure for the family pet or a curious child. Keep it in its case in accordance with the care instructions given you when you received your appliance.

Doing the right things — and avoiding the wrong things — when caring for your dental appliance will go a long way to increasing its life and reducing problems along the way.

If you would like more information on caring for your oral appliance, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.