If you spend your nights tossing and turning, or if you wake up feeling like you haven’t slept at all, it may not immediately cross your mind to call your dentist—but you should. Dentists are on the forefront of treating an extremely common and dangerous sleep disease called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea could be to blame for your fatigue and restless nights, and your dentist has the tools you need to overcome your condition and get some much-needed rest. Here is what you need to know.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue in your neck obstructs your airway while you are sleeping. As a result, you can’t get any oxygen. You will wake up, gasp for air, and then fall back to sleep in quick succession in episodes called apneas. Apneas can occur hundreds of time per night, and although you may not be aware that they are happening, they can significantly disrupt your ability to get restful sleep. In addition to disturbing your sleep, sleep apnea increases the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and even injuries from car accidents that are linked to fatigued driving.
How do you know if you have sleep apnea?
Often, people don’t know that they have sleep apnea until a partner complains about their snoring or tells them that they seem to be gasping for air when asleep. In other instances, you may visit your doctor to complain about unexplained fatigue, and he or she may order a sleep study that identifies your sleep apnea.
How can a dentist help?
CPAP machines are a common treatment for sleep apnea. They involve a mask that you wear while sleeping that uses forced air to keep your airway open. Although they can be effective, many people cannot tolerate them. Your dentist can offer an alternative with oral appliance therapy. This treatment involves wearing a device similar to a night guard that is custom-made for your mouth. It shifts your jaw forward gently, so your airway stays open. It is an effective alternative to CPAPs and a useful conjunctive treatment if you have severe sleep apnea.
Take the first step to a better night of sleep with the help of your dentist at University Associates in Dentistry. To schedule a consultation for sleep apnea treatment in Chicago, call (312) 704-5511.
If you have several missing teeth, you may think that dentures and bridges are your only treatment option, but in reality, dental implants could be the right solution for you. Your dentist can help you weigh the pros and cons of different treatments and pick the best one for your needs. Here is a look at some of the options for restoring your smile when you are missing multiple teeth.
For many years, removable dentures were the only option for people with several missing teeth. Dentures consist of a row of artificial teeth site on a base designed to mimic gum tissue. They sit on top of your gums to create the impression of natural teeth. Dentures are a cost-effective choice, but they also have several disadvantages. They have to be removed for cleaning, they can slip when you are eating and talking, and your jaw and gums will shrink, causing a poor fit and giving your face a sunken appearance.
If your missing teeth are in a row, a dental bridge is an option for treatment. Bridges are usually supported by the natural teeth on either side of the appliance, which can use those teeth to become weaker. Ultimately, you can lose those teeth as well. Although bridges are more stable than full, removable dentures, their disadvantages have seen them fall out of favor with dentists.
Dental-Implant Supported Bridge
The gold standard in replacing multiple missing teeth is a dental implant-supported bridge. This bridge consists of a row of artificial teeth than that are supported on each end with a dental implant. The screw portion of the implant fuses with the bone in your jaw so that the bridge looks and functions like your natural teeth. There are no special diet or cleaning techniques required, and your natural teeth won’t be compromised since the implant fully supports the bridge.
Don’t let missing teeth make you uncomfortable about showing your smile. Dental implants from University Associates in Dentistry will restore your confidence without the downside of other restorations. To make an appointment with a dentist in Chicago, call (312) 704-5511.
When you get a dental crown or any dental restoration, like a dental implant, one of your first questions may be how long you can expect your restoration to last. Some restorations can last indefinitely, depending on the aftercare procedures that you follow.
Watch this video to learn about the lifespan of dental restorations, including crowns, veneers, and implants, and the things you can do to extend their lives. Practicing good oral hygiene and seeing your dentist regularly are essential for preserving your treatment.
If you have missing teeth or tooth damage, make an appointment at University Associates in Dentistry to find out what treatments are available to you. To schedule a dental consultation in Chicago, call (312) 704-5511.
Most people are used to getting x-rays when they see the dentist, but digital x-rays are not your grandparents’ imaging. When using digital x-rays, your dentist can get a clearer picture of what is happening in your mouth instantly, without waiting for photos to develop. They will also know right away if an image is not clear, so that it can be taken again immediately. With traditional x-rays, dentists don’t know if their pictures are adequate until after they have been developed. Still, myths about digital x-rays make some patients wary. Here is the truth behind some of these common misconceptions.
Myth: Digital x-rays are more uncomfortable than traditional x-rays.
The process of getting digital x-rays performed is virtually identical to the process you’re used to with traditional x-rays, except that you will be able to see the images pop up on a screen immediately. The sensor used in the mouth for digital x-rays is thinner and smaller than the one used for traditional x-rays, and it has rounded edges. If you notice any difference, it may actually be that you find digital x-rays to be more comfortable.
Myth: Digital x-rays produce lower quality images than film x-rays.
Dentists have adopted digital x-rays because they produce better images, not worse ones. Through digital imaging, dentists can zoom in on problem areas and enhance different parts of an image for a better view of different parts of your mouth. This means digital x-rays are significantly more useful for your dentist than film.
Myth: Digital x-rays are more expensive for me.
For dentists, digital x-rays save money, since they don’t need to lose treatment time to the developing process, nor do they have to spend money on a dark room and chemicals for developing film. This savings is something that patients get to enjoy as well. Although every insurance plan is different, there is no reason to think that digital x-rays are priced at a premium.
At University Associates in Dentistry, we are committed to harnessing the very latest technologies to improve care with everything from general dentistry to dental implants. To learn more about our dentists in Chicago, call (312) 704-5511.
If you have missing teeth, dental implants are a popular way to restore your smile and reclaim your confidence. Although dental implants used to involve multiple appointments and many months of care before they were fully functional, now you can get a new smile in a single day with All-on-4 implants. This revolutionary solution for people with multiple missing teeth delivers fast, natural results that you’ll love to show off.
All-on-4 implants work using only four implant posts to secure an entire row of teeth. Your dentist can strategically place the posts where you are missing teeth and then attach a set of prosthetic crowns to the posts. Over time, the posts will fuse with the bone in your jaw, so your implants feel, look, and act like natural teeth, without the need for the kind of special care that dentures require.
University Associates in Dentistry provides All-on-4 dental implants in Chicagoland alongside our other general, cosmetic, and restorative treatments. To schedule an appointment for a dental consultation, call (312) 704-5511.
If you need dental restorations, such as veneers, crowns, inlays, onlays and many other fillings, the CEREC system means you can get your treatment in a single appointment. This technology has changed the way dental restorations are used, allowing for faster care and better patient outcomes.
Watch this video to see how the CEREC system works. Your dentist can customize veneers and other restorations to match your smile perfectly using the CAD/CAM system, and he or she can them mill them right in the office, so you can get your restoration without multiple appointments.
CEREC is just one of the technologies we use at University Associates in Dentistry to provide the most advanced, cutting-edge care for our patients. To make an appointment with a dentist in Chicago, please call (312) 704-5511.
Like lots of other colonists, George Washington had dental problems. Although he did try to keep his teeth healthy with tooth powders, pastes, and brushes, he began to lose teeth early in his adult life, and by the time he was sworn in for his first term as President, he had just one natural tooth remaining. Modern dental implants weren’t available then, and so Washington tried a number of different denture configurations.
You can get to know George Washington’s dentures when you watch the accompanying video. Over the years, he had false teeth made from ivory, copper, silver, and brass. He even used a lead and tin alloy, which undoubtedly wasn’t good for his overall health.
In addition to providing dental implants, University Associates in Dentistry is pleased to offer high-quality, well-fitting dentures for patients in Chicago. You can request your dental consultation by calling a friendly staff member at (312) 704-5511.
Along with our compassionate, personalized care, University Associates in Dentistry is known for offering our patients the very latest in dental technology. Our dentists celebrate new technological advancements because they bring greater comfort and health to our valued patients. As an example, our patients no longer have to dread the sounds and sensations of the dental drill. Our exciting alternative is laser dentistry!
Unlike dental drills, dental lasers don’t produce heat, pressure, or vibrations. This results in a far more comfortable experience for our patients, particularly those with dental phobias. Our dentists can use these gentle lasers to treat tooth decay, reshape gum tissue, remove lesions, and perform biopsies. This technology typically allows patients to use less anesthetic, and it can reduce the risk of swelling, bleeding, and post-operative pain.
University Associates in Dentistry welcomes dental consultation requests from new and current patients. Call (312) 704-5511 or check out our website for more information on laser dentistry or our other high-quality dentistry services in Chicago.
Self-confidence starts with a great smile. Many cosmetic dentistry options are available to give you the beautiful smile you deserve. Dental bonding is one of the treatments your dentist might suggest. The bonding material blends in seamlessly with your natural teeth—no one will know the difference!
What Dental Bonding Is
Dentists can shape and shade a composite resin material to apply to a tooth. This process is known as dental bonding. The composite resin is a special mixture of glass and plastic that’s safe for use in human dentistry.
What Dental Bonding Can Fix
Dental bonding is actually useful for both general and cosmetic dentistry purposes. Patients with tooth decay, for instance, can get the decayed material removed. The dentist will then apply composite resin to create an aesthetically pleasing filling. The composite resin is a great alternative to traditional amalgam fillings, which are far more visible. Dental bonding is also useful for repairing teeth that have minor chips and cracks. (Teeth with severe damage will likely need a crown instead.) Composite resin bonding can also address cosmetic concerns like these:
- Asymmetrical shape of the teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Teeth that look too short
How Dental Bonding Is Performed
If your dentist determines that dental bonding is right for you, you’ll probably be able to have it done in the same appointment. Little preparation is needed. If the dentist is using the composite resin as a filling for a cavity, he or she will first apply a local anesthetic to eliminate discomfort. Anesthetic is rarely necessary when dental bonding is done for cosmetic reasons alone. The dentist will start by etching the tooth. This creates a roughened surface, which allows the composite resin to stick to it better. The dentist then applies a conditioning liquid, followed by the composite resin. He or she will carefully mold the resin until it’s in the right shape before hardening it with a laser. The material will be further trimmed and polished until the desired results are achieved.
Dental bonding is one of the many cosmetic dentistry services we offer here at University Associates in Dentistry . From missing teeth to discolored teeth, we can treat it all in our modern, high-tech office. Call (312) 704-5511 to schedule an appointment for cosmetic dentistry services in Chicago.
Your dentist can discern a lot about your overall health by examining your teeth and gums. Similarly, scientists can learn about ancient Neanderthals by analyzing their teeth. Watch this video to find out what the real paleo diet was. It explains that in one study, scientists analyzed the DNA in the plaque in five sets of teeth that belonged to Neanderthals who lived between 42,000 and 50,000 years ago.
The results varied widely, depending on where the Neanderthals lived. Those in modern-day Belgium primarily ate wooly rhinoceros, wild sheep, and wild mushrooms. Neanderthals in Spain appear to have been vegetarians, primarily eating pine nuts, tree bark, moss, and mushrooms.
For modern dentistry in the Chicago area, you can turn to University Associates in Dentistry . Call us at (312) 704-5511 to request a general dentistry appointment or a consult for dental implants.
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