Sleep apnea can cause a well-known variety of debilitating—even life-threatening—symptoms, and a new study suggests that it may be producing yet another serious effect. Preliminary research recently unveiled at “Sleep 2019: 33rd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies” found that the nightly sleep interruptions resulting from sleep-disordered breathing, or SDB, may be accelerating
The loss of even just a single tooth can have serious consequences—and not just on the appearance of your smile. In fact, there are many other effects that missing teeth can cause when they are not replaced, and these concerns can create severe oral health conditions in addition to changes in your overall facial aesthetic.
Are you afraid of dental treatment? Or maybe just nervous about the prospect? If so, you truly are not alone. Research studies have found that more than 50% of individuals suffer from some level of dental anxiety or “dental phobia,” so it’s quite common. The problem is that a significant percentage of people who have
In most cases, your age alone does not determine whether orthodontic procedures are ideal for your needs and goals. In fact, I’ve had patients in their 70s undergo Invisalign® treatment! Invisalign® is a very popular option, particularly among adult patients, since it offers them the ability to discreetly correct teeth misalignment without the need for
Teeth affected by chips and cracks are some of the more common conditions I see here at our practice. Chips are most frequently caused by a fall, an accident, or some type of traumatic facial impact; however, many people chip their teeth when using their mouth to open a bottle or package (please never do
Dental implants. Did you know that dentists can take a weekend course and be able to surgically place dental implants by Monday? It’s true! I say, "Good for them, but I am not a believer." The amount of knowledge needed to properly place and restore an implant is far beyond this dalliance. In today’s world,
If you are afraid to show your teeth when you smile because of discoloration, damage, or other perceived imperfections, porcelain veneers may be able to give you your smile back. As a Smile Design provider, taking time to customize treatment and assess each smile differently is important to me. No two patients are alike, and
For many years, dentures have been the most popular option for replacing a full arch of teeth—whether it is the top, bottom, or both. However, many patients now prefer (or are making the switch to) an alternative treatment, known as All-on-4®. Both can provide natural-looking results, so what’s the difference between these two common choices?
My patients who wear traditional dentures as a restorative option are typically happy with their results, but it’s not uncommon for some dentures-wearers to seek an upgrade. The adhesives required for traditional dentures can often be unreliable, causing the prosthetic to slip along the gums, ultimately causing irritation. Additionally, if the adhesive isn’t very strong,
Many of my patients who experience receding gums are curious to know how the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ is different from gum grafting. While both treatments can help restore a healthy, attractive gum line, Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ is designed to be less invasive, and offers a more rapid recovery time. Below is a brief explanation of