Fear is one of the main reasons why you might avoid going to the dentist. You can try to reason with yourself, but the biology of fear does not seem to be something that is mind-over-matter. Once your heart begins to pound, it seems impossible to slow it down. When your muscles tighten, and you feel like you can’t breathe, having someone tell you to stay calm simply won’t stop the physical chain reaction. If you wonder what causes fear, enjoy today’s true-or-false quiz from Evanston cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent A. Engelberg to learn more.
Q1. True or false – Reactions to fear begin in the nerves.
Q2. True or false – Fear is induced by a chemical imbalance as opposed to an event.
Q3. True or false – Fear responses are directly related to your hypothalamus.
Q4. True or false – If your fear of the dentist is so intense that you avoid going, you can possibly be helped through with various types of sedation.
A1. FALSE – The chain reaction of fear is born inside the complex channels of your brain. Fear is usually ignited by a stressful stimulus. You heart begins to race, your breathing becomes rapid, and your muscles tighten up. (more…)
Have you ever heard of craze lines? This might sound like a fun new trend – perhaps the latest dance that all the kids are doing. In fact, craze lines are tiny vertical fractures that can develop in tooth enamel. When the hard outer shell of your teeth is compromised like this, stains can easily develop. What you are left with is discoloration on your teeth that you cannot brush away. Your Skokie cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent A. Engelberg will tell you how craze lines on your teeth are caused, and what you can do if you have them.
What Are Craze Lines?
You probably wouldn’t believe the amount of stress that your teeth undergo throughout a lifetime. Craze lines are usually caused from stressors that are placed on your tooth, though they can occur naturally over time. Some of the most common craze line causes include:
- Chewing ice
- Nail biting
- Using your teeth as a tool
- Oral piercings
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Traumatic injuries
- Extreme temperature exposure (more…)
You may not think that the perils of losing teeth will go much beyond cosmetic embarrassment and perhaps a little trouble getting used to eating in a new way. However, when teeth are missing, your jawbone will actually begin to shrink over time. Your cheeks and lips will start to take on a sunken appearance known as facial collapse. While this isn’t an overnight process, the gradual change in appearance from depletion of jawbone density can be very disconcerting. Many people find they look years older when they succumb to facial collapse. Fortunately, as your Evanston cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent A. Engelberg will explain, there’s a great tooth replacement method that will prevent facial collapse from ever happening.
The Purpose of Dental Implants
Dental implants have become one of the most popular ways to replace any number of missing teeth. While implants can be a bigger financial investment than other replacement procedures, restoring your teeth this way will pay off in the long run. Titanium fixtures are surgically implanted into the jawbone to create a root-like replacement for missing teeth. Prosthetic teeth are attached to the supporting posts to give you a healthy and natural looking smile. Dental implant retained dentures are more convenient than traditional (more…)
In cosmetic dentistry, we don’t just focus on teeth, but the overall image of your smile. This includes the elements of your mouth that frame your smile – gum tissues and lips. Some cosmetic dental practices take things a step further and offer Botox, so that your outer mouth can match the new and more youthful appearance of your inner mouth after cosmetic dental procedures. There has been some controversy over the years regarding botulinum toxin. Palatine cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent A. Engelberg, will highlight some possible good news in terms of Botox side effects.
A Washington area dermatologist by the name of Eric Finzi, is the author of a biography on the botulinum toxin. At one time a very feared poison, somewhere along the line and under the name Botox, this substance proved to be a miraculous tool for erasing lines on the face that bother many people as they age. Botox works by paralyzing muscles such as the frown-producing corrugators in your forehead. Many people don’t realize that Botox can also be very helpful for migraine headaches, problematic sweating issues, and several neurological issues. (more…)