Find out how your dentist could help you manage your sleep apnea symptoms.
Have you just recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea? Are you concerned that you will have to worry about wearing an awkward facemask to bed each and every night? Do you find CPAP therapy to be a bit noisier than you bargained for? If so, then it might be time to talk to our Chandler, AZ, dentist Dr. Bianca Chan McWilliams about another way to treat your symptoms.
In fact, those suffering from only mild-to-moderate sleep apnea may not even have to worry about using CPAP therapy. While CPAP is the most standard form of treatment when it comes to sleep apnea, it isn’t the only option. In fact, many people have found success through oral appliance therapy.
This oral device is only worn while you are sleeping. While there a wide variety of different oral devices on the market for treating obstructive sleep apnea, our Chandler, AZ, general dentist will work with you and your sleep doctors to provide the right oral appliance to fit your needs. Instead of wearing a facemask while you sleep you will just pop in this retainer-like device, which will cover over your upper and lower teeth and help painlessly reposition your jaws to keep the airways open.
Oral appliance therapy is not something you can purchase over the counter. You will need to visit your Chandler, AZ, sleep apnea dentist in order to get an oral appliance that is tailored to fit your mouth and provide you with the relief you need. Of course, if you only suspect that you have sleep apnea but don’t actually know, the first step you will need to take is scheduling an appointment with a sleep doctor who will then run a sleep study to determine if sleep apnea is the cause of your symptoms.
Once you’ve received a diagnosis then it’s time to schedule an appointment with us. Oral appliance therapy offers some great benefits over CPAP therapy. In fact, oral appliance therapy is easy to use, more comfortable and more portable. If you are someone who travels often, having a small oral appliance over large, cumbersome CPAP equipment can be a real advantage.
If you want to find out whether oral appliance therapy could be the ideal way to treat your sleep apnea then it’s time you turned to the dental experts at Solaris Dentistry in Chandler, AZ, to get the answers you want.
Learn about cosmetic dentistry from your Chandler dentist.
Some of the most magnetic people have magnetic smiles that they're proud to flash at any and every opportunity. Many weren't born with those perfect teeth—they got some help from a dentist. It's time that you give yourself a smile that you can feel confident about with the help of Dr. Bianca Chan McWilliams. She offers a range of treatments at her Chandler, AZ, cosmetic dentistry office.
The Power of a Confident Smile
You may not realize how powerful your smile is and how it can affect how you navigate your life. For instance, when posing for pictures, do you smile wide or hide your teeth? When meeting new people in professional and social engagements, do you hesitate to smile or avoid talking to them for too long? Having confidence in your smile can make you more relaxed, motivate you, improve your social encounters and even have a positive effect on your overall health.
Cosmetic Dentistry Options
Dr. McWilliams specializes in giving her patients smiles that function optimally and also look amazing. Explore these treatments at her Chandler dentist office:
- Professional teeth whitening (Zoom! system).
- Porcelain veneers (for covering imperfections).
- Six Month Braces and Invisalign (for tooth alignments).
- Removable dentures (partial and complete).
- Cosmetic bonding and contouring (an inexpensive way of reshaping your smile).
Once you’re finally confident in your smile, it’s important to do everything possible to keep it looking good. Here are some smile maintenance tips:
- Use a fluoride whitening toothpaste that’s recommended by your dentist.
- Don’t underestimate the importance of flossing and gargling with mouthwash in addition to brushing.
- If you have a retainer after an orthodontic treatment, wear it every night to ensure your teeth keep their position.
- Visit Dr. McWilliams office for professional cleanings, whitening treatments and checks on your dental restorations/devices periodically.
Call to Talk about Your Smile
Make time to schedule an appointment with Dr. McWilliams at Solaris Dentistry to have a conversation about your smile. Call (480) 802-6617 today to schedule an appointment at her Chandler, AZ cosmetic dentistry office.
According to the American College of Prosthodontists, 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Luckily, you can replace your missing tooth or teeth while keeping your smile’s aesthetic properties intact. Learn more about tooth replacement options with Dr. Bianca Chan McWilliams at Solaris Dental Health in Chandler, AZ.
What are my options in Chandler for replacing my missing teeth?
Replacing your missing teeth can seem like a daunting task. However, with several options to choose from, you can find the best procedure for you and your teeth. Some common tooth replacement options include the following if you are:
- …missing all of your teeth: Dentures are a good option for individuals who have lost all of their teeth. A full denture replaces your entire arch of teeth. Dentures can also replace most of the teeth on the arch with a partial denture. This style allows your remaining teeth to fit through the denture to blend into your new smile and secure the denture in place.
- …missing a few of your teeth: Dental implants are a great option for replacing multiple teeth, especially if the patient has several missing teeth in a row. The implant, surgically placed into the jawbone beneath the missing tooth, stands alone and fills in your gap permanently. One implant on either side of a dental bridge of prosthetic teeth can replace a row of missing teeth.
- …missing one or more teeth: A dental bridge, attached to the healthy teeth surrounding your gap, can replace a single tooth. The bridge, which has three prosthetic teeth in a row, fits into your smile to fill in your gap. A dental implant can also replace a single tooth, not requiring any surrounding healthy teeth on which to attach.
How can replacing my teeth help my smile?
Missing teeth can take a toll on your smile. The teeth may shift or move to compensate for your gap. This occurrence affects your mouth’s bite, which can also affect chewing, swallowing and even speaking. Additionally, missing teeth cause bone atrophy, causing complications like premature aging or sagging facial skin if left untreated.
For more information on tooth replacement options, please contact Dr. Chan McWilliams at Solaris Dental Health in Chandler, AZ. Call (480) 802-6617 to schedule your appointment today!
Cavities can happen even before a baby has his first piece of candy. This was the difficult lesson actor David Ramsey of the TV shows Arrow and Dexter learned when his son DJ’s teeth were first emerging.
“His first teeth came in weak,” Ramsey recalled in a recent interview. “They had brown spots on them and they were brittle.” Those brown spots, he said, quickly turned into caviÂties. How did this happen?
Ramsey said DJ’s dentist suspected it had to do with the child’s feedings — not what he was being fed but how. DJ was often nursed to sleep, “so there were pools of breast milk that he could go to sleep with in his mouth,” Ramsey explained.
While breastfeeding offers an infant many health benefits, problems can occur when the natural sugars in breast milk are left in contact with teeth for long periods.Â Sugar feeds decay-causing oral bacteria, and these bacteria in turn release tooth-eroding acids. The softer teeth of a young child are particularly vulnerable to these acids; the end result can be tooth decay.
This condition, technically known as “early child caries,” is referred to in laymen’s terms as “baby bottle tooth decay.” However, it can result from nighttime feedings by bottle or breast. The best way to prevent this problem is to avoid nursing babies to sleep at night once they reach the teething stage; a bottle-fed baby should not be allowed to fall asleep with anything but water in their bottle or “sippy cup.”
Here are some other basics of infant dental care that every parent should know:
- Wipe your baby’s newly emerging teeth with a clean, moist washcloth after feedings.
- Brush teeth that have completely grown in with a soft-bristled, child-size toothbrush and a smear of fluoride toothpaste no bigger than a grain of rice.
- Start regular dental checkups by the first birthday.
Fortunately, Ramsey reports that his son is doing very well after an extended period of professional dental treatments and parental vigilance.
“It took a number of months, but his teeth are much, much better,” he said. “Right now we’re still helping him and we’re still really on top of the teeth situation.”
If you would like more information on dental care for babies and toddlers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Age One Dental Visit” and “Dentistry & Oral Health for Children.”
You have a great smile: beautiful white teeth all perfectly aligned. But unbeknownst to you, periodontal (gum) disease might even now be damaging your gum tissues, setting the stage for future tooth and bone loss — and a ruined smile.
While it’s easy to miss the early stage of this disease caused by bacterial plaque on tooth surfaces, there are a few signs if you pay close attention. Bleeding gums after moderate brushing or flossing could indicate normally resilient gum tissues have begun to weaken. You may also notice a slight redness and swelling around the margins of the gums and a bad taste or breath. As it progresses, you may experience painful abscesses (infected pockets that develop between the gums and tooth) and loose teeth, a late sign of tissue detachment and bone loss. If you are a smoker, nicotine reduces swelling and bleeding of the gums, removing signs you have a disease. If you smoke, you need to see your dentist regularly.
While renewed daily oral hygiene is important for stopping gum disease, you may also need professional care to bring it under control. The main treatment calls for the manual removal of plaque and calculus (hardened deposits of plaque) that are sustaining the infection. Dentists and hygienists both can perform scaling, which removes plaque and calculus at or just below the gum line, and root planing to clean accessible root surfaces.
In more advanced cases, though, you may need the services of a periodontist, a specialist in treating diseased or injured gums, bone and other connective tissues that support the teeth. They’re also skilled in more advanced treatments like gum flap surgery that more fully exposes a tooth’s root area for plaque and calculus (or tartar) removal, or tissue grafting procedures that improve the health and appearance of damaged gums.
If you suspect you have gum disease, the place to start is with your family dentist. They can determine if your case will respond to basic scaling, root planing or antibiotic treatment. If the disease appears more advanced or with complications, they will most likely refer you to a periodontist for treatment.
If you’ve already seen bleeding, swelling or redness, see your dentist as soon as possible. The sooner you begin treatment for any case of gum disease, the less likely it will lead to the loss not only of your teeth but your beautiful smile.
If you would like more information on the treatment of periodontal (gum) disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “When to See a Periodontist.”
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