28Nov

When most people think about getting dentures, they are usually focused on their teeth and restoring function. But the long-term success of full or partial dentures placed by the Chapel Hill, NC general dentist depends on the health of the gums on which the dentures sit.

Periodontal Disease and Your Oral Health

Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a bacterial infection of the gums that attacks the gums and supporting structures. Infections of the gums are the result of the same bacteria that is responsible for tooth decay.

There are three stages of gum disease:

  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis
  • Advanced periodontitis

As gum disease progresses, it dramatically increases the potential for tooth loss, further spread of infection, and other serious issues that even affect your general health.

Why Gum Disease is a Problem for Denture Wearers

Both gum disease and gum recession can lead to issues with the comfort and fit of a denture.

With removable dentures, severe gum disease of the loss of gum tissue makes it easier for dentures to come loose and feel uncomfortable when worn.

If your dentures are fixed in place with dental implants, gum disease can decrease the stability of implants, resulting in failure of the implant and serious damage to the jawbone.

Treating Gum Disease

When it comes to treating gum disease, our dentist usually recommends more frequent cleanings and the use of antibiotic rinses or medication. More severe cases may require a deep cleaning, referred to as scaling and root planing.

If you would like to take steps to prevent gum disease before it damages your oral health, consider these 4 helpful tips:

  1. Brush and floss your teeth regularly, at least twice a day (ideally after every meal)
  2. Do not use tobacco products
  3. Clean and soak your denture/bridge as instructed
  4. Visit your dentist for regular checkups and maintenance

Please Contact Us for an Appointment

Would you like to protect your dentures by improving the health of your gums? Please contact the Chapel Hill, NC general dentist to arrange an appointment for exam and cleaning.

 

 
14Nov

Do you miss the bright, white smile of your youth?

It's common for the brightness of your smile to fade over the years; it's just product of aging. If you have been thinking of treatment, you may be concerned that you'll have to invest a lot of money to get the smile you want.

This is not necessarily true! All that you need may be a completely customized whitening treatment performed by the Chapel Hill, NC dentist. Our professional teeth whitening treatments lighten and brighten your tooth enamel and takes years off your appearance!

Because of the increasing demand for teeth whitening options, we're pleased to offer personalized treatment to restore your once-youthful smile.

Personalized Teeth Whitening Options

The fastest way to obtain the most noticeable results in the shortest amount of time is to choose a customized professional treatment prepared by the Chapel Hill, NC dentist. This whitening process requires two visits so that we can take highly accurate impressions of your best way to protect tender gum tissue during the whitening process.

Once the trays have been finished, you will wear them using the whitening solution we provide. Solutions vary by strength, and you will receive specific instructions on how long and how often they should be worn.

Combatting Tooth Sensitivity

If you've tried whitening in the past and you experienced sensitivity, please let us know. Our dentist will customize the strength of your whitening gel to ensure that this isn't a problem. There's no reason to experience discomfort just because you want a more beautiful smile!

You can choose at-home teeth whitening that offers control over how much and how often you want to whiten your teeth. Remember that teeth whitening is not permanent, especially if you are doing it yourself at home. You will probably need to do frequent touch-ups if you are a smoker or drink a lot of coffee or red wine.

Please Contact Our Office for a Brighter Smile!

Would you like to learn more about our customized teeth whitening treatments? Please call our office today, and we’ll have you on your way to a brighter smile in no time!

 

31Oct

Do you or your partner snore during sleep? Or wake up feeling tired and groggy most mornings?

The Chapel Hill sleep apnea dentist offers treatment for patients who snore, bringing relief from symptoms and allowing everyone to get a good night’s sleep!

Why Do I Snore?

Snoring isn’t just the result of a stuffy nose - it can also be a symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a condition that has been linked to an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, and other physical health issues. Patients who suffer from OSA actually stop breathing momentarily during sleep, which deprives their body with much-needed oxygen and restart with a loud snore.

OSA is frequently the result of a blocked airway and is more common in patients who are overweight or have enlarged tonsils. OSA is often undiagnosed, but there are several key symptoms patients experience that should be brought to the attention of your doctor or dentist:

  • Loud snoring- sometimes only noticed by family members
  • Morning headaches
  • Feeling groggy or unable to concentrate, even after a “good night’s sleep”
  • Sleepiness during the day or while driving
  • Insomnia or frequently waking up at night
  • A consistent sore or dry throat in the morning
  • How Can You Help with My OSA?

    The Chapel Hill sleep apnea dentist recommends oral appliance therapy for snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. While a CPAP machine is usually the first line of treatment for OSA, oral appliance therapy can also be very useful. Most patients prefer a customized oral device comfort reasons, so they are more likely to use it on a consistent basis.

    OSA can be a debilitating health issue when unresolved, affecting daily life for many as well as posing health risks. Discuss your concerns during a consultation us and take steps to restore your health with a better night’s sleep!