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More and more people are coming to our O’Fallon sleep apnea dentists in order to find relief from this damaging condition. We know that sleep apnea can severely affect every aspect of your life; that is why we work so hard to provide effective and user-friendly solutions for chronic sleep apnea.

When you first develop sleep apnea, you may start to notice a number of inconvenient changes to your sense of health and wellbeing. For example, you could become prone to suffering from headaches, especially in the morning and before falling asleep. Because sleep apnea interrupts your healthy sleep cycle, you may also find that you’re battling fatigue and concentration problems throughout the day. One of the most telling symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea is persistent and loud snoring—your snoring may be so loud that it disturbs your sleep and wakes others.

The thing about sleep apnea is that it rarely resolves itself autonomously, and without treatment, this condition can intensify and lead to more serious health complications. Sleep apnea causes your blood oxygen levels to drop precipitously in the night. Long-term, untreated sleep apnea may increase your risk of suffering from a host of whole-body health issues. Obstructive sleep apnea is often associated, for example, with diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Chronic sleep apnea also increases the patient’s risk of suffering from high blood pressure, heart disease, and liver problems.

Traditional CPAP machines are effective for many patients, but not all. Our sleep apnea team provides treatment alternatives to cumbersome CPAP machinery. Custom-fit mouthpieces, for example, can move the patient’s lower jaw into healthy position and keep the airway clear as he or she sleeps. Our O’Fallon sleep apnea dentists have found that many patients prefer these mouthpieces, and that they generally have higher rates of patient compliance.

Don’t leave sleep apnea untreated! Our dental team is here to help—give us a call to learn more about treatment options and to schedule a consultation.

Because tooth loss affects many aspects of your life—your daily routine, your appearance, your oral health—choosing a tooth replacement option is a very important and personal process. Our O’Fallon restorative dentists are here to provide you with all of the information that you need in order to make the right decision for your smile, specifically.

Today we are going through a quick overview of four of the most popular tooth replacement treatments offered in our office. Let’s get started!

The first option we’re talking about is the traditional denture. A denture is a dental prosthetic that replaces multiple consecutive teeth. In our office we customize dentures to look and feel natural for the wearer; these are not one-size-fit all prosthetics!

If you are looking for a more permanent tooth replacement treatment, you may be interested in dental implants. Dental implants are stand-alone replacement teeth—each one has a titanium root that extends into the jawbone, as well as a natural-looking restoration. Once the dental implant is inserted, it stays in place 24/7 and is not removable.

There is actually a variant of the conventional that is slightly smaller—this is called a mini dental implant. Mini dental implant roots are much thinner than conventional implant roots, which means that they can fit into smaller spaces, and they do not require as much post-treatment recovery time as standard implants do.

In many ways, implant-stabilized dentures combine the respective benefits of dentures and dental implants. This treatment involves our dentist anchoring a full denture in your mouth with just a few dental implant roots. This option is sometimes called “all-on-four” treatment because we can usually anchor a full denture (or all of your replacement teeth) on just four implant roots.

As you can see, there are a number of different restorative treatments available to help you reclaim your smile after tooth loss. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our O’Fallon dentists if you need additional information!

Dental bonding is naturally pretty resilient and capable of standing up to daily wear and tear. There are, however, certain things that you can do in order to further protect your bonding, and help it last for years to come. Today our O’Fallon dentists are giving you some tips on how to properly maintain resin bonding. Let’s get started!

Once the dental bonding process is complete, the dental resin that we use to shape your bonding will be hard and calcified to your enamel. To care for this bonding…

Brush and floss your teeth as recommended by your dentist. Although bonding cannot develop cavities, the dental/gum structure under the bonding can become infected, which will undermine the strength and the stability of the resin. Additionally, plaque can leave an unsightly film on your smile.

You also want to be mindful of any potentially harmful habits that you may have developed over time. For example, if you are regularly chewing on ice, hard candies, or mints, for example, it is best to cut this habit out of your life. Hard and abrasive substances can cause cracks and chips in your bonding (plus, it’s bad for your natural dental enamel).

Luckily, dental bonding is naturally resistant to accumulating environmental stains. Because we custom-shade resin to match the individual’s smile, your bonding with blend seamlessly with your natural tooth. In general, your bonding should stay white and bright with proper at-home and professional care. However, if you do use tobacco products, you may notice visible changes to your restoration.

If your dental bonding does somehow become damaged, it is actually very easy for our dental team to repair it in a short period of time.

To get further information about dental bonding and daily dental care, please feel free to call our O’Fallon dentists! We look forward to helping you discover your dream smile.

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