Monday, May 29, 2017
Cosmetic Dentistry: Objectives & Treatments Smile Design Principles
Cosmetic Dentistry: Objectives & Treatments Cosmetic dentistry is the process of improving the appearance of a person’s teeth, gums and smile.
Pediatric Dentistry

Dental care begins with the eruption of your child’s first tooth

Why are Dental Implants so Popular? Dental implants are a common method to replace teeth lost to an accident, gum disease or tooth decay.
Smile Design Principles Many feel that a smile is more than just a feature of their faces. Smiles can greatly attribute it to self-esteem. It is usually the first thing people see when they meet you, so it can be an important part of a great first impression.

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Sleep Apnea Appliances: Options are Available

Are you interested in learning more about sleep apnea appliances?  There are a number of different sleep apnea appliances on the market. Many dentists can help patients get the right sleep apnea appliance for their situation. These appliances can be very helpful with snoring — saving your partner in a big way and they can reduce or even eliminate your sleep apnea episodes — giving you a more restful sleep and helping you lower the risk factors of complications associated with obstructive sleep apnea.

Is Your Sleep Apnea Driving Your Spouse Crazy?

Many people don’t realize they have a problem with sleep apnea on their own. In most cases, their partner urges them to get help otherwise threatens to move into a separate bedroom.  A person with sleep apnea may startle their partner several times a night as they appear to be gasping for air. Snoring is usually quite loud.

Some people opt to use a sleep apnea machine called a CPAP machine on the advice of their family doctor. This involves a mask and tubes attached to a machine. It delivers a steady flow of steam and keeps airways open.

Sleep apnea sufferers with mild to moderate severity can also opt to inquire about available oral appliances that can help, too. These fit in the mouth and aren’t attached to any sort of tubes or machine.  By positioning the jaw and tongue in a specific way, the sleeper doesn’t have airway obstruction.  There are fixed and adjustable sleep apnea appliances available from various dentists in your local area.

A short time after being fitted for or purchasing a sleep apnea oral appliance your physician may ask to do a sleep study to determine whether or not it is effective.  Periodic appointments with your dentist can also ensure that your appliance isn’t negatively impacting your tooth alignment or jaw position.

Many people don’t realize just how disruptive their sleep apnea is to their own sleeping habits until they start to work on a solution and find that they feel better rested in the morning.  Sleep apnea does carry some health risks so it is worth talking to your physician about.

Is Your CPAP Collecting Dust?

Are you looking for a CPAP alternative? Many people who have CPAP machines don’t wear them and use them as they should. If this is the case for you because you find it extremely restrictive an oral appliance may be an effective solution for you. Talk to your doctor or family dentist to get some advice on this issue.

Read more about sleep apnea here on the ACE Dental Education Blog

 

 

Some Things to Know About Root Canals

Does the sound of a root canal make you squirm?  A lot of people feel this way as it sounds like a very daunting dental procedure. But a root canal doesn’t have to be a negative thing. It’s a dentistry method that can save your tooth from extraction.  Most dental offices that specialize in endodontic procedures can make it as quick and painless as possible for you. Some people see an endodontist specifically but most dentists offer this service, too.

Dental Reviews Can Help

Doing a search of dental reviews for your city and the type of service you are looking for can help you gather information about various dentists who are known for good service in dentistry and in the area of root canals, you’ll find dentist reviews that can help you make a decision about which professional to call. (Check here to find a good local dentist, too)

You should be prepared for the fact that root canals need a few appointments to be completed.  They can generally be done in 2 or 3 appointments (a temporary filling after drilling and medication insertion is often done before the final filling) and afterwards, your dentist will recommend a crown be created for your tooth and then applied.

Do I Need a Crown ?

A customized dental crown after a root canal is a good way to preserve your tooth as it’s a porcelain shell that covers the tooth and protects it. Without the crown, your tooth is at risk for cracking or chipping because the original tooth is just a shell. Some people avoid the crown because it can seem expensive but it is an investment in the protection of your tooth.

Your dentist may prescribe something for pain for you but most people find that they recover quickly from a root canal.

If you are looking for a dentist to perform a root canal, doing a thorough check of local dentists can help you determine which one might be the best fit for you from a scheduling perspective, from a financial perspective (some dentists offer financing and will bill your insurance company directly for whatever amount is covered by dental insurance), and from the perspective of determining whether or not you’d like to find a new dentist to take care of both your proactive and reactive needs.  Root canal dentist reviews can help you get well informed about the procedure, too.

A root canal may become a necessity at an inopportune time but finding a good dentist to take care of it for you can help you open the door for a long term relationship with that oral health care professional. After the root canal is finished you can work on some preventative care to help preserve your other teeth and /or repair any issues.

Alternatives to Root Canals

If you want to know what else can be done other than a root canal that has been recommended, the two major options are extraction and extraction, then dental implant. A dentist will be able to tell you how likely a root canal is to be successful but it’s important to note that complications could happen. If you’re nervous about the idea of a root canal you can also look into sedation dentistry to take the stress out of the experience, too.

 

Obesity Linked to Higher Risk for Gum Disease

obese americansGum disease has now been added to the list of potential risk factors for Americans that result from obesity. Also on this list are the development of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain forms of cancer. Although the studies are in their earliest stages, scientists are suspecting a link between gum disease and being overweight.

The bodies of obese individuals relentlessly produce what are called cytokines. Cytokines are proteins with inflammatory properties. These proteins may directly injure the gum tissues or reduce blood flow to the gum tissues, thus leading to the promotion of the development of gum disease.

To add fuel to the fire, having gum disease in and of itself produces its own set of cytokines, further increasing the level of these inflammatory proteins in the body’s bloodstream, helping to set off a chain reaction of other inflammatory diseases throughout the body. Nearly half of the US population 30 and older already shows symptoms of gum disease.

“Whether one condition is a risk factor for another or whether one disease directly causes another has yet to be discovered,” said a spokesperson for the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), the publisher of the article. What the AGD stressed is that it is important to visit the dentist at least twice a year so that they can evaluate your risks for gum disease or other dental issues. While at home it is important to maintain healthy plaque removing habits such as daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing.

Tooth Jewelry – What You Need to Know

tooth jewelryDid you know that DIY braces have become a big fashion trend in certain parts of Asia? Here in the Western world, people are looking for things like clear braces to help them avoid the appearance of a metal mouth but in some countries, people want their braces seen. Braces are so expensive in some countries that they are linked with being wealthy and affluent so some teens and young adults are either buying kits at flea markets or are going to salons to have fancy multi-colored fashion braces put on in order to make themselves look like they can afford braces. With a variety of colors available, many see this as tooth jewelry and a fashion statement.  In most cases these aren’t going to do much for straightening your smile and in extreme cases headlines have been seen that have reported that these fashion braces have even caused death due to toxicity when bought from questionable vendors.

If you are considering tooth jewelry but have heard about fashion braces related deaths due to toxicity, you might be concerned about having a foreign object in your mouth.  If you have high quality tooth jewelry applied by a professional and accredited dentist, there should be no concerns.

Tooth Jewels Increasing in Popularity in USA

While clear braces are rising in popularity in the west, there is also a rising trend in tooth jewels.  Stars like P!nk have helped the trend really catch on. A small gem or precious metal charm can be adhered to a tooth and it can either be there temporarily or can last as long as you want it to.  One of the pluses of having them applied with dental bonding material is that they don’t cause any permanent damage to your teeth. It is 100 % reversible.  You can have your birth stone, your favorite color, or a charm that represents a hobby or element of your personality.