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Smile Gaps?  Dental Implants in Gettysburg can Help.

Posted by Peter Samuels on Sun, Apr 8, 2018 @ 19:04 PM

 

 

Gettysburg Dental Implants

 

Millions of Americans suffer from tooth loss due to a variety of factors, ranging from periodontitis to sports-related injuries. Untreated tooth loss can lead to a number of other concerns, including speech problems, nutritional deficiencies, shifting of the bite, and loss of self-esteem.

In the past, treatment for tooth loss was limited to dental bridges or dentures. Due to technological advances over the last several years, another option is now available: dental implants. Dental implants are becoming increasingly common due to their longevity, durability, and ease of use.

What are dental implants?

First of all, implants are widely misunderstood. The actual implant is a titanium post that is surgically implanted in the patient's jaw. This post serves as a replacement tooth root. After placement, the artificial tooth root fuses to the bone surrounding it. This results in a secure anchor so that a replacement tooth (or teeth) can be attached to it. The result is a natural looking-- and feeling-- smile.

Why should I choose implants?

If you are missing one or more teeth, implants might be an excellent option for you. There are many benefits to dental implants. Consider the following:

  • Aesthetic benefits. Unfortunately, many patients who are missing teeth report a loss of self-esteem. Often, they go to great lengths to avoid smiling. Implants help to restore a patient's natural smile and thereby also result in a boost in confidence.
  • User friendly. Compared to removable dentures, dental implants are very low maintenance. They do not require additional care; patients can simply brush twice a day, floss daily, and attend their regularly scheduled dental check-ups.
  • Long-lasting. Perhaps the best news is that dental implants are made to last! If well taken care of, implants can last a few decades-- or even a lifetime.

Need all your teeth removed?

It is often possible today to have all your teeth removed and replaced on the same day with fixed, dental implant teeth. With this technique called TeethXpress you never have to go without teeth. 4 or more implants are placed in the upper or lower jaw and fixed teeth are attached. Only your dentist can remove them. You can eat out, meet people, smile, and laugh like with natural teeth.

It's time to stop hiding your smile from the world! Contact us today to learn more about dental implants.

Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a local Gettysburg Dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

717-334-0555 GettysburgCosmeticDental.com

Topics: dental implants Gettysburg, Hanover dental implants, dentures Gettysburg

Snore Much? Sleep Apnea is nothing to Laugh About!

Posted by Peter Samuels on Mon, Apr 2, 2018 @ 17:04 PM

 

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

 

Sleep apnea is an extremely common disorder affecting nearly 22 million adults and children in the United States. Snoring is probably the most noticeable symptom of sleep apnea, although it can also cause sore throats, morning headaches, and attention problems. The overall effects of disrupted sleep can build up overtime, leading to more serious consequences, such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular problems. Drowsiness can also be a factor in many traffic accidents. In children, it can lead to learning, behavior, and growth disorders. In fact, studies suggest that about 25 percent of children who have been diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may actually suffer from sleep apnea.

Dentists can often detect some signs of sleep apnea, especially since many people who suffer from the disorder tend to grind their teeth. While a visit to a physician is generally still necessary, dentists can assist in treating the disorder. Oral appliances are a noninvasive treatment of sleep apnea that are created to specifically fit inside the mouth, much like a mouth guard or retainer. They can help keep the jaw in a forward position to maintain an open airway, or gradually expand the diameter of the hard palate, which has successfully worked in children as young as six years old. These devices are only worn at night, helping those with sleep apnea get the sleep they require without disrupting daily activities.

Fittings for the oral appliances can be completed in the dentist's office. Examinations of the teeth, jaw, tongue, and airway are conducted before the dentist makes a physical or digital impression of the teeth. These models are sent to a lab for the actual creation, but final fittings are also conducted in the office. The dentist will also explain how to properly care for the appliance.

Sleep apnea can have serious consequences, both mental and physical. If you or someone in your family snores or shows signs of inadequate sleep, consider discussing possible treatment with your dentist.

Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

 

717-334-0555 GettysburgCosmeticDental.com

Topics: gettysburg sleep apnea, dental snore appliance, sleep dentist Gettysburg

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