Do You Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

It isn’t always obvious when you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), despite the fact that its dominant symptom is hard to miss. Sleep apnea involves the repeated obstruction of airway while you sleep, and as it occurs, it causes you to snore exceptionally loudly until the moment you stop breathing. However, neither the snoring nor the interruption to your breathing pattern are guaranteed to wake you up fully, and the interruptions can continue without you realizing it. Today, we explore how you can determine if you might have sleep apnea, and how a custom-designed appliance from your dentist might be able to help you overcome it. (more…)

A Few Signs that Might Point to Gum Disease

Gum disease, which is the condition that results when gingivitis gets worse, can become one of the biggest threats to your long-term oral health when it’s allowed to progress. On one hand, it can become your biggest risk of losing one or more teeth in the future. On the other, it can also negatively influence your overall health due to the inflammation that occurs in your oral tissues. Today, we examine a few of the signs that might warn you of gum disease’s presence, and why you should take the signs seriously as soon as you notice them. (more…)

How Much Do You Know About Dental Implants?

For most of your dental health care, your goal has been to preserve your healthy, natural teeth and oral tissues by preventing things that could compromise them. If an issue does develop, then the right restorative treatment may still help you preserve your healthy tooth structure. However, when tooth loss occurs, the goal of preserving your smile as effectively as possible doesn’t change. With dental implants, you can replace more of your natural tooth structure, including the roots that support your teeth, to avoid many of the serious concerns that develop from the loss of your teeth and their roots. (more…)

How CEREC Fully Restores Teeth in One Day

Dental crowns are an important part of modern restorative dentistry, and have been for longer than many other treatments. The main reason is because of their ability to fully restore teeth that have been significantly damaged or compromised, or in some cases, exhibit serious cosmetic blemishes. Today, however, dental crowns have grown even more popular thanks to the help of CEREC technology, which significantly streamlines the process of designing and placing dental crowns. Rather than waiting for weeks as your crown is crafted before it can be placed, CEREC technology allows us to fully restore your tooth in just a single day. (more…)

Are There Different Levels of Tooth Decay?

Many people recognize the terms tooth decay and cavities, and many have already had to deal with the condition at some point in their lives. However, for people who haven’t experienced it, or for those who were able to address their cavities with minor, minimally invasive treatment, the potential severity of tooth decay may not be so obvious. The truth is that tooth decay has many different levels, and the longer it’s allowed to progress, the greater damage it can cause to your tooth structure. (more…)

3 Reasons People Choose Invisalign® Clear Aligners

Though many people don’t expect it, tooth misalignment can often become a problem long after your permanent teeth have fully developed. Even if they’ve always been straight before, one or more of several different conditions can sometimes force one or more of them out of alignment, requiring orthodontic correction to improve your smile. When this occurs, the surprising need for orthodontic treatment can often be confusing. Fortunately, we can often help make it a much more convenient and discreet process with the help of Invisalign® clear aligners. (more…)

Why TMJ Disorder Isn’t Always the Same

TMJ disorder isn’t as recognizable a dental condition as tooth decay or gum disease. Therefore, many people who have it don’t even realize it, and may be surprised at the variety of aches and pains it may be responsible for. This is because TMJ disorder, which affects the temporomandibular joints on either side of your jaw, describe specific types of damage, misalignment, inflammation, or more troubles with one or both of your jaw joints. If you have TMJ disorder, then your dentist may be able to help you diagnose your condition and find an appropriate treatment for it, such as a custom-designed TMJ appliance. (more…)

Can Snoring Really Be a Problem?

Snoring might not be something you factor into your overall oral or systemic health. For most people, it’s just a minor irritation, at worst, and only worth addressing if it annoys their sleeping partner. However, the truth is that chronic snoring can be much more problematic than people often give it credit for, and if left unaddressed, it can have a bigger impact than you realize. Today, we take a look at just a few ways in which unaddressed snoring could be a problem, especially if it indicates an underlying sleep disorder. (more…)

A Few Things Gum Disease Can Affect (Besides Your Gums)

Many people recognize what gum disease is, and the fact that it could become a threat if it’s allowed to develop. However, given the fact that it’s called gum disease, many people who have it are surprised to learn that the condition has affected much more than just the health of their gum tissues. Despite its name, severe gum disease can become a serious threat to much more than just the tissues that surround your teeth, but also your teeth themselves, as well as the rest of your oral and systemic wellbeing. (more…)

Why Support a Bridge or Denture on Dental Implants?

The need to replace a missing tooth can sometimes seem obvious. Besides the appearance of your smile after losing the tooth, you might also notice its absence in the way your teeth feel when you bite and chew, or how you enunciate certain words. However, the importance of choosing the right replacement option might not be as obvious. In addition to replacing the visible part of your tooth, it’s also essential to address the loss of your tooth’s root. That’s why increasingly more patients are choosing to enhance their dental bridges and dentures with the help of dental implants. (more…)