Are Dental Bridges Better than Dentures?

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Replacing lost teeth can restore the look, function and confidence of your smile. You may have the choice of bridges or dentures. Which one is right for you? Our Orange County dentist can help you choose the best restoration for your smile.

Dental Bridges
A bridge is typically used when one or more teeth are missing. You must have healthy teeth on both sides of the gap that can support the bridge. If you do not have healthy teeth to support the bridge, implants can be placed to support the bridge instead. Bridges last 5 to 7 years on average but can last longer when maintained properly, and they keep your teeth properly spaced while giving you a beautiful looking smile.

Dentures

Dentures are most commonly used when you are missing a complete arch of teeth, but a partial denture can be used in those who are missing just a few teeth. Partial dentures are similar to bridges but are removable. They have clasps or attachments to keep them in place. Removable dentures must be made to fit precisely so that they stay firmly in position, and they need to be cleaned and brushed as do your gums.

Call our office today to find out whether bridges or dentures are the best choice for you.

Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea disrupts the lives of an estimated 20 million Americans. That means 20 million Americans are going to school or work feeling tired and not knowing why. Or they’re not going to school or work, and finding their leisure time is affected by inexplicable depression or fatigue. Sleep experts consider sleep apnea a silent killer of productivity and positivity. And it can create serious health problems down the line.

Here are some signs and symptoms to watch out for:
Snoring
While snoring alone is not an indicator of sleep apnea, excessive snoring can be. It’s assumed that of the millions of undiagnosed sleep apnea cases, a strong percentage are people who sleep alone too often to know they snore excessively.

Anxiety, depression, and mood disorders
If you’ve noticed you’re feeling more irritable with coworkers lately, you may want to compare that to other sensations of malaise or discontent. Even if you think you’re getting enough rest, any apneic events during sleep cause mental and physical stress.

Obesity and gender
If you’re overweight, you’re a prime candidate for sleep apnea. If you’re overweight and male, you’re even more likely to develop it. Since sleep apnea is considered a topic safe for the dentist’s office, ask your Orange County dentist if your neck circumference seems high. Anything over 17 inches for men or 16 inches for women means you’re at risk for sleep apnea.

Contact our sleep apnea dentist in Orange County today.

What Is Pinhole Surgery?

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Many patients come to our office complaining that their teeth look longer, or that they are experiencing tooth sensitivity in their daily lives. This is often due to gum recession, when the gum tissue has pulled down and/or away from the teeth. Gum recession can be caused by gum disease (gingivitis or periodontitis), or brushing too aggressively. When receding gums leave the tooth roots exposed, these areas become more susceptible to decay and other serious issues. Our dentist uses pinhole surgery to move the gum tissue back into a healthier position and protect the roots of the teeth.

Pinhole surgery is a relatively simple procedure that does not involve scalpels, sutures, grafting. Our cosmetic dentist in Orange County simply makes a small hole in the gums. Special tools are then used to loosen and expand the tissue, which is then guided to cover the tooth roots and any other unprotected areas.

This procedure is done under local anesthesia, and demands less recovery time than other conventional treatment methods. Most patients see an immediate improvement in their gums and overall smile. If you believe you could benefit from this procedure, schedule an appointment with our pinhole surgery expert today.