Snoring is a problem that affects millions of Americans, yet most people accept that they and their loved ones have to live with it. Snoring is caused by the relaxation of the muscles and tissues in the back of the throat vibrating when air is forced through the passageway. When you snore, you may not be getting the quality sleep you need. Neither is your family. You may wake up feeling unrested and sluggish. Although surgery is an option, the success rate is only 20%-40%. Dr. King can fit you with an anti-snoring device called “silent nite” that opens the airway. It is a non-invasive, comfort-able alternative to surgery.
The bridges we do in our office are a two-appointment procedure. During the first appointment we trim down the abutment teeth, take an impression, and place a temporary bridge on the teeth. One of the fine dental laboratories right here in Fort Wayne will fabricate the bridge. Two or three weeks after the initial appointment you return to our office and we remove the temporary bridge and cement the permanent bridge into place.
The bridge is often a component of the Cosmetic/Orthodontic Smile Makeover (COSM). Bridges can replace one tooth or many teeth. Bridges are sometimes combined with implants.
Below are excerpts from the “Why do I need a bridge?” brochure. This brochure is produced by the American Dental Association in cooperation with the American College of Prosthodontists.
We have employed a new method for checking any suspicious areas in your mouth. Brush biopsies are a painless, simple screening process for oral cancer. A tiny brush is used to remove cells from the area and those cells are sent to a lab for analysis. Oral cancer can be disfiguring and even fatal if left untreated. More people die from oral cancer then cervical cancer or skin cancer. Anyone can get oral cancer, however, if you are a smoker or heavy drinker, you are at a much higher risk.
COMPLETE DENTURES AND PARTIAL DENTURES
Complete dentures are for people who have no remaining teeth. Partial dentures are for people who have some teeth left. Both are removable dental appliances that are worn during the day and removed and soaked in a solution at night. These appliances won’t restore function as well as implants and fixed bridges, but they are less expensive and are much better than no tooth replacements at all.
Complete dentures come in a “standard” or “deluxe” variety. We do not make economy dentures. The standard denture is made jointly in our office and a fine Fort Wayne dental lab. The deluxe denture is also a joint effort, but more of the work is done in our lab. The deluxe denture includes Portrait IPN teeth, doctor finalization of the set-up in our own lab, and up to three special modifications. Special modifications could include silver fillings or a fake crown in the denture teeth to make them look more realistic. (“They must be real teeth, not dentures”, he said. “I know that I saw some fillings when she was talking”.) Get the picture?
Also, we can get some of the teeth a little crooked, upon request. Your name or SSN can be embossed in the denture. The deluxe denture also includes an “avoid embarrassment” temporary back-up denture to be used if the deluxe denture needs a repair or is lost.
Our removable partial dentures come with the traditional metal framework or the new Flexible Resin System metal-free alternative. A removable partial denture replaces multiple missing teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. This replacement of missing teeth is necessary in order to restore your mouth to a functioning condition and maintain normal facial contour. If a condition of missing teeth is left untreated, the remaining teeth may drift. Drifting teeth can lead to a bad occlusion (bite), additional decay, and possible gum and bone problems. Each partial denture is precisely made to fit an individual’s unique situation.
Crowns are restorations that are done on teeth that have decayed or damaged areas that are medium to large in size. They are very strong, much stronger than fillings. The crowns we do in our office are a two-appointment procedure. We seat you in the chair, examine the tooth and the x-rays, decide on which level of anesthesia you want (see “Fear Factor”), and start. During the first appointment we trim down the tooth, take an impression, and place a temporary crown on the tooth.
One of the fine dental laboratories right here in Fort Wayne will fabricate the crown. Two or three weeks after the initial appointment you return to our office and we remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent crown into place.
The crown is often a component of the Cosmetic/Orthodontic Smile Makeover (COSM). Crowns can be placed on several neighboring teeth at the same time.
Below are excerpts from the “Why do I need a crown?” brochure. This brochure is produced by the American Dental Association in cooperation with the American College of Prosthodontists.
Fillings are done on teeth to repair decayed or damaged areas that are small to medium in size. Crowns are needed for large repair jobs. We have silver fillings and tooth-colored composite-resin fillings. We always use the tooth colored fillings in the front of the mouth, but in the back of your mouth you can pick which type you want.
The procedure is to seat you in the chair, examine the tooth and x-rays, decide on which level of anesthesia you want (see “Fear Factor”) and repair the tooth. You may want to listen to headphones during the procedure to help drown out the noise of the drill.
It is important to keep tooth decay under control. It is caused by a thin, white, sticky film called plaque. Plaque constantly accumulates on your teeth and contains harmful bacteria. When the plaque is combined with sugars from the foods we eat, it forms an acid. The decay process begins when this acid attacks the tooth enamel. If the decay is not treated early, the cavity will rapidly progress toward the pulp in the central part of the tooth. Discomfort may result because the pulp contains the nerve of the tooth. If the decay continues into the pulp, infection may set in.
X-rays are used to detect hidden areas of tooth decay and possible decay between your teeth. To repair the decayed tooth, we will clean out the decayed area and replace it with a filling material. The proper and most inexpensive approach to tooth decay is its prevention, early detection and treatment.
Implants are an excellent option for tooth replacement, especially if you want a fixed replacement and don’t have a tooth on which to attach a bridge. After an initial consultation, an oral surgeon will place a “screw” or “post” (implant base) in the area where the tooth or teeth were extracted. A healing cap is screwed onto the implant base. It is allowed to quietly rest and heal for approximately six months. Your bone grows through holes in the implant base, like vines in a fencerow, and “osseointegrates”. Then the general dentist will take an impression for the permanent crown. After about 2-3 weeks, the permanent crown will be placed. This is a very natural-feeling replacement. Dr. King had one done in her own mouth in 1996 and has been very pleased with the results.
SOFT TISSUE MANAGEMENT
One of the ways we treat periodontal disease is through our Soft Tissue Management (STM) program. Periodontal, or gum, disease is an infection of the gum and/or bone tissues that support the teeth. When plaque and its bacterial toxins are not removed frequently, the gum tissue becomes irritated, swollen, and may bleed easily. The first step in treating gum disease is a thorough cleaning and scaling below the gum to remove plaque and hard tarter deposits. The roots of the teeth may also need to be planed or smoothed to allow the gum tissue to heal. In our Soft Tissue Management (STM) program, we numb half of the mouth per visit to make this cleaning more comfortable for the patient. At the final STM appointment (there are three appointments total), a routine cleaning and polishing is performed, along with checking the gums to see how much healing has taken place.
Our office is one of the leading centers in Indiana for the analysis and treatment of halitosis. We have instrumentation that can measure the amount of volatile sulphur compounds at various locations in your mouth. These compounds are the major component of bad breath.
These measurements are combined with an overall oral examination to determine the causes of your bad breath. Once the cause is established, we will custom design a treatment plan that will eliminate the problem for you. For an excellent overview of the halitosis dilemma, read “Ridding Yourself of Bad Breath”. This book is available at our office.