Is Snoring Keeping You Awake Nights?

snoring help is hereSnoring affects nearly 90 million Americans, and can be more than just an annoying habit. An estimated 160 million people are affected by snoring, when you consider the spouses and children of the snorer.
Habitual snoring disrupts healthy sleep patterns, which can contribute to a number of problems. There are many over the counter products available to help prevent snoring. Treatment options range from special pillows to nose strips, even surgery. Finding the option that works best for you can be as easy as seeing your dentist.

What Causes Snoring?

Snoring is caused by the passage of air through a relaxed airway. During sleep, the muscles in the airway relax and narrow the airway, increasing the force of air as it is exchanged. As the force of air increases, the soft tissues such as the soft palate and uvula vibrate, creating the loud snoring sound that keeps you awake at night.

What Is Silent Nite?

One treatment option that is having a huge positive impact on snoring patients is the Silent Nite® oral appliance, available through your dentist The Silent Nite appliance is a custom fitted dental appliance designed to help prevent snoring. It’s streamlined and flexible design make it a comfortable fit, so it is easy to wear while you sleep. Silent Nite fits comfortably over your teeth, repositioning your lower jaw slightly forward, supporting the soft tissues in the airway. This extra support prevents narrowing of the airway and vibration of the soft tissues, effectively reducing or eliminating snoring.

Is a Dental Snoring Device Right for Me?

The Silent Nite snoring prevention device can be prescribed by your dentist. Imagine giving yourself (and your spouse) the gift of a quiet and restful sleep every night. Schedule a consultation to discuss your symptoms and explore whether a snoring device is the best option for you.

Smile Enhancements- Porcelain Crowns vs. Metal

Which Smile Do You Prefer?  Traditional porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) dental crowns can result in a small edge of exposed metal along the gumline.  This dark line can be unattractive when it shows in your smile line.  Replacing porcelain to metal crowns with 100% porcelain crowns can improve your cosmetic results and give you a healthier, younger looking smile.

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Porcelain to metal crowns can be unattractive

 

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All porcelain crowns eliminate exposed metal along the gumline

Advantages of Porcelain Dental Crowns

There are several advantages to consider when replacing old crowns with porcelain restorations.  Over time, dental crowns can weaken or crack.  Your dentist can check for signs of wear or damage in older crowns and may recommend replacement if indicated.  Gum recession can cause the margins (edges of the crown) to become exposed, putting the underlying tooth at risk for tooth decay.  The metal in the margins of your crown can be unattractive, especially if is shows when you smile.  Some problems you might encounter with porcelain-metal crowns are:

  • A dark line at the gumline caused by the exposed metal edge of the PFM crown
  • Opacity of the tooth restoration because light cannot pass through metal as it does in natural teeth.  Porcelain restorations allow for natural areas of transparency in the crown.
  • Unnatural appearance of tooth restoration

Natural Looking Porcelain Crowns

You might consider porcelain crowns when a restoration is needed in the aesthetic zone (the part of your smile that shows most often).  Porcelain crowns are strong and durable, but allow for a more natural looking restoration that more closely matches the surrounding teeth.  Because there is no metal inside, light passes through the thinner edges of the tooth crown more naturally, providing a pleasing cosmetic result.  Porcelain dental crowns provide more options for cosmetic dental enhancement.

Should You Replace Your Porcelain-Metal Crowns?

The best way to find out if replacing your old dental crowns with porcelain crowns is to schedule a consultation with your Saratoga dentist.  Dr. Ban or Dr. Fox will perform an examination to determine whether replacing your crowns is the best option.  You can schedule an appointment with us here.

 

 

Straight Talk About Missing Teeth

dentures vs implantsDentures, Bridges and Implants:  Comparison

When it comes to missing teeth, deciding on the treatment option that is right for you means understanding your options.  Missing teeth can affect everything from dental function, appearance and overall health.  Choosing a treatment option that suits your lifestyle and supports your overall health is important.

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth by constructing a crown on the adjacent teeth with a false tooth bridged between them.  A dental bridge is a good option for patients who could benefit from crowns on the teeth adjacent to the space.  Other factors that contribute to the decision to use a dental bridge are overall dental health, desires of the patient and cost.  A dental bridge is an effective, affordable and long-lasting solution for a missing tooth.

Dentures or Partial Dentures

A removable prosthesis such as a denture or partial denture can restore appearance and support dental function in the case of multiple missing teeth.  A removable denture is an appliance that can restore the appearance of missing teeth.  The appliance consists of false teeth mounted on a plate which is attached to the adjacent natural teeth with a wire attachment.  The appliance is removable, and must be maintained and/or relined from time to time to ensure a secure fit and function.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is the most permanent, natural looking and functioning method of tooth replacement.  A dental implant replaces the entire tooth structure from root to crown and once placed, it is 98% likely to last the rest of your life.  A dental implant functions just as a natural tooth, making it possible to enjoy the foods you love without worry.  Implants cannot decay and do not require the involvement of adjacent teeth.

For more information about your options for replacing missing teeth, contact Park Saratoga Dental to schedule a consultation appointment.