Although snoring is not harmful it can interrupt the sleep of you and your partner. Then it becomes harmful as it relates to the rest the body needs every night. The noise comes from the vibration of the soft tissue in the throat. A little self-diagnosis might be of help in determining the cause of your problem. The following are some causes to look for:
Allergies may interfere with your respiratory tract. Obviously, you need to stay away from known allergens or you might need to take preventative medicines.
Overweight is one of the contributing factors of snoring. Losing some weight may help reduce the fatty tissue in your airway and the pushing of your abdomen on your lungs.
Avoid taking certain medicines such as antihistamines and sedatives before going to bed as they can encourage you to snore.
Consider avoiding dairy products before bedtime. They can increase mucus build-up in your throat, which may lead to snoring.
Smoking can cause snoring. It irritates the tissues in the throat and creates congestion in some tissues of the respiratory system. Among other reasons like oral and lung cancer, quit smoking if you want to stop snoring.
Elevate your head when sleeping. This can be accomplished by raising the headboard end of the bed, sleep on a firm mattress and utilize additional pillows to support your neck and prevent obstructions to your airway.
If you have run through these little helpful tips and you are still snoring, you might break down and ask our dentist for help. If we can be of assistance please feel free to contact us for a complimentary consultation. We are conveniently located at Roswell Road and I-285.
Having a mouth with missing teeth, severe decay, crowded teeth or other issues can diminish your self- esteem, all of which are issues that typically can be addressed by dental implants. Dental implants are permanently attached by inserting posts into the jaw bone and placing an artificial tooth onto the post. The average cost for each implant is between $1250 to $1800.
Talk to us about options offered for financing. We will be able to provide you with a few sources for outside dental financing and may offer in-house financing. We will contact the names of potential lenders that will finance your implants and ask for the terms and conditions of the loans offered. Loans for dental work can vary in interest rate and length of loan, both of which can drastically alter the monthly payment.
Historically dental implants were not covered under a dental plan but now that they are the standard of care, they generally are. You might also check with your medical insurance provider if you need the implants due to a medical condition. Dental care is generally not covered under a healthcare plan, but if the tooth loss is a result of a medical condition, coverage may be allowed to restore your teeth. We can advise you if that is the case.
We can visit Citicard.com or carecredit.com to see if the financing programs fit your needs. You may want to look at one or more credit cards as a third or supplemental option for financing.
Ask to review the options and determine which one is best suited for your situation. Look at the interest rates, years of repaying and monthly payment. Apply with the company you feel will work best for you realizing the benefits you will have for years to come. If we can be of assistance, please call us for your complimentary consultation.
Professional teeth cleanings performed by a certified dental hygienist are the foundation to maintaining a healthy mouth and preventing future gum disease and tooth decay. Actively preventing periodontal disease and tooth decay starts at home, augmented with regular dental cleanings and oral exams, you should be able to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.
In a professional dental cleaning, our hygienist will:
Remove plaque and tarter from the teeth and gum line
Remove calculus below the gum line with procedures that can only be performed by professional and may even require anti-biotics
Remove stains and polish your teeth
Administer x-rays where and when necessary
Check for signs of oral cancer
Our practice offers preventive care that includes comprehensive cleaning, fluoride treatment, sealants, oral examinations and periodontal treatments that help you maintain your smile’s health and beauty. Brushing your teeth twice-daily and regular flossing at least once a day are necessary for maintenance between office visits, but a healthy mouth and beautiful smile can only be achieved with routine general and preventive care by a dentist.
The added advantage of a multi-specialty practice is our in-house periodontal services. So if you have an issue that exceeds the ability or training of our hygienists, you can still be examined and treated in our office. If we can be of service please contact us for a complementary consult with one our team.
Mom, children with damaged, discolored or missing teeth sometimes have problems with self-esteem that can be improved through aesthetic dentistry.
When a child has lost one or more front teeth, the dentist can replace these teeth with an aesthetic maintainer. The artificial teeth can be placed onto a removable or cemented dental appliance. Also, dentists can apply aesthetic veneers, or plastic facings, on discolored primary front teeth.
For mildly or moderately decayed front and back teeth, dentists now are able to place tooth-colored (composite) dental fillings. These materials have been dramatically improved and eventually, dentists no longer will need to place silver fillings. These tooth-colored fillings are bonded to the tooth surface and they are not only beautiful but strong as well.
For severely decayed front and back teeth, silver-colored dental crowns no longer are the norm. Dentists now have tooth-colored plastic and porcelain materials that can be used to cover the entire surface of the tooth to restore both function and aesthetics. Some of these crowns have metal linings but still have tooth-colored facings that allow for beautiful aesthetic restorations. With E4D crowns, the metal linings can be completely eliminated.
Many children benefit dramatically from aesthetic dental care on their primary teeth. Be sure to consult with your dentist if you have questions about whether aesthetic dentistry is right for your child. In our Chamblee and Sandy Springs office we can be of service by giving us contact for a complimentary consultation.
If you’re taking medications for certain health conditions, it may not have crossed your mind that they can also impact your oral health. After all, medications are supposed to bring equilibrium back to your system, not stir things up, right? Truth is, a variety of prescribed medications can affect your teeth.
Antihistamines may cause dry mouth syndrome, which can lead to sore gums, making the mouth more prone to infection. Contraceptives and blood pressure medications may cause mouth sores, gum inflammation and discoloration. Blood thinners can interfere with your ability to form blood clots or cause heavy bleeding after a tooth extraction. Anti-seizure medications can cause an overgrowth of gum tissue (gingival hyperplasia) and make it difficult to practice good oral hygiene.
When you’re taking medications and start taking other medications — whether prescribed, over-the-counter or illegal – it can change the effects of both the original and the new medications. Simply put, when certain drugs interact, they may increase or decrease the effects or produce another, unintended effect. This is why it’s so important to keep your dentist informed about all the medications you take; any teeth medications you are prescribed will take this into consideration.