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What Is A Cavity?
Cavities are known by many names. We can call them dental caries or tooth decay but in general, cavities refer to a dental infection that leads to holes in the teeth. In order to have a cavity, you need four things:
3. Fermentable carbohydrates (sugary foods)
How does this work? Well, we all have bacteria in our mouth. If we don’t brush or floss properly, the bad bacteria in our mouth accumulate on our teeth in hard to reach areas. These bacteria love sugary foods and they process these sugars and produce acid. The acid wears away the surfaces of our teeth resulting in holes and pain! Time is important because every time you have a meal, the bacteria can start an acid attack that lasts for about forty minutes. For example, if you are drinking a glass of sugary pop and it takes you 20 minutes to finish it, you get an acid atttack for those 20 minutes plus forty minutes afterwards (60 mins in total). In our next post, we will examine how we can limit these factors and reduce our chances of getting cavities.
How can Sleep Apnea be Treated?
The gold standard for Sleep Apnea treatment is a CPAP machine that uses positive pressure to keep the airway open. CPAP users must wear some type of facemask which is connected to the CPAP machine itself. Certain individuals may find these machines awkward to use and difficult to tolerate.
In mild to moderate cases, a dental appliance for sleep apnea can be made similar to a mouth guard in order to hold the airway open. The dental appliance works by holding your jaw in a more forward position in order to limit obstruction. These dental appliances can also be used as a snoring treatment. We offer free consultations so that you can discuss all the options available to you.
Bridges are made by reshaping the teeth on either side of a tooth space. Crowns are then fabricated that will fit over the reshaped teeth. Porcelain teeth are then attached to the crowns in order to replace the missing teeth. The dental bridge is then cemented into place. The bridges look just like your natural teeth and offer a great way to restore your smile.
Dental crown material typically consists of white or silver metal on the inside and white porcelain covering the outside. The outer white porcelain helps them blend seamlessly with the natural teeth. Tooth crown procedures usually take two appointments to complete. In the first appointment, the weakened tooth is prepared and a temporary crown is placed until the permanent one is ready. In the second appointment, the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown is cemented.
Dental crown implants can also be used to replace missing teeth. We offer free consultations so that you can discuss all your options with Dr. Saggu