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Have you ever considered how losing your teeth would impact your life? At Green Bay Family Dentistry, Dr. Adam Pasono wants his patients to understand that no tooth is disposable. Learn here about the negative effects of tooth loss and how dental implants restore smiles.
When you lose a tooth...
Your smile changes, and not for the better. Obviously, you'll feel embarrassed by the smile gap. Maybe you won't want to socialize, or go for that job promotion.
Beyond the psycho-social impact, tooth loss:
- Degrades your gum tissue and jaw bone because biting and chewing no longer stimulates them. Dear Doctor reports that the alveolar ridge of the jaw diminishes in size by a full 25 percent in one year post-extraction. As more time passes, the impact escalates.
- Reduces your bite height and ages your facial features with hollow cheeks, thin lips, and a receding chin.
- Decreases your ability to digest your food because cannot chew and swallow as efficiently.
- Changes your diet (and nutrition) as you avoid harder and more fibrous menu choices.
- Weakens the teeth near your smile gap. They move toward the empty space, thus becoming misaligned.
When you replace a tooth...
You look better, chew more efficiently, and increase your self-confidence. While conventional partial and full dentures and fixed bridgework (supported by dental crowns) are good choices for some patients, more people enjoy better oral health, function, and smile appearance with dental implants.
Why are dental implants superior replacement options? At Green Bay Family Dentistry, your dentists find their patients tolerate the titanium devices extremely well.
After placement during a brief, in-office surgery, an implant immediately begins to bond with surrounding bone in the jaw. Called osseointegration, this bonding process creates a firm foundation for later installation of a post and crown. For people missing more teeth, Dr. Adam Pasono may advise the placement of multiple implants to support partial or full dentures.
Dental implants are nothing short of amazing. They counter all the negative effects of tooth loss and with routine oral hygiene at home and at Green Bay Family Dentistry, implants last a lifetime.
Think about it
At Green Bay Family Dentistry, Dr. Pasono excels at preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental services. He can help you achieve excellent oral health, but if tooth loss does occur, he will evaluate you for replacements best suited to your needs. Please contact our Green Bay office to find out more: (920) 432-8492.
Have you decided that a CPAP machine isn't for you? You're not alone. Many people find it difficult to sleep while hooked up to the machines. Green Bay, WI, dentist Dr. Adam Pasono explains why sleep apnea treatment is so important and explain how a visit to the dentist can help you.
Sleep apnea deprives your brain of oxygen
Snoring isn't your only problem if you have sleep apnea. The condition causes you to stop breathing hundreds of time during the night. Every jerk or gasp while you sleep is your body's way of forcing you to breathe again. Even if you don't wake up gasping or choking, you may still experience the negative effects of sleep apnea.
When the alarm rings in the morning, you may still feel tired, despite going to bed at a reasonable hour. You might also notice that you have a headache that gradually goes away during the morning. Although you may only stop breathing for seconds at a time, those seconds add up to hours of oxygen deprivation.
Oxygen deprivation can have some very serious effects on your health. In fact, people who have sleep apnea are more likely to become obese, develop high blood pressure or diabetes and experience an increased risk of heart disease or stroke. The longer your condition is untreated, the greater the chance that you'll develop one of these complications.
An oral appliance may be the answer to your problem
If you couldn't adjust to your CPAP machine, you may feel like a failure. After all, the smiling people in all the advertisements seem perfectly happy sleeping with masks over their faces. No matter how easy the CPAP process may appear, the reality is that it's not always comfortable to sleep with a mask or deal with the noise the machine produces, even if you select one of the quieter models.
Luckily, there's a low-tech option that offers an effective solution to your problem. During a visit to our Green Bay office, we can fit you with an oral appliance designed for sleep apnea treatment. The device fits snugly over your teeth. When you wear it, it moves your jaw forward, which opens your airway and prevents your tongue from falling back against your throat. Many people who haven't been able to use a CPAP machine can successfully control their sleep apnea symptoms with the appliance.
Would you like to find out if an oral appliance is an effective sleep apnea treatment for you? Call Green Bay, WI, dentists Dr. Adam Pasono at (920) 432-8492 to schedule an appointment.
Even after trying your best to prevent decay, sometimes the dentist finds a cavity or two. Tooth fillings are used to treat cavities. Dr. Adam Pasono is a dentist in Green Bay, WI who is dedicated to creating healthy smiles for his patients. Read on to find out how fillings help restore decayed teeth.
What is a Dental Filling?
Dental fillings are dental restorative materials used to restore teeth damaged by decay back to their normal shape and function. Cavity fillings heal the damage caused by tooth decay, help you restore your teeth's strength and structure, and prevent further decay from taking place. Cavity fillings are durable, strong and resistant to wear and can last for many years.
Steps in Filling a Tooth
When you visit your dentist's Green Bay office to get your tooth filled, you may be given local anesthetic to eliminate pain. Your dentist will use a dental drill to remove decay from your tooth. Next, your dentist will layer the filling material and shine a bright light on the resin. This hardens the material and makes it strong. After the dental filling is placed, your dentist will polish your tooth.
Today, several cavity-filling materials are available. Teeth can be filled with composite resin fillings or silver. Your dentist's recommendation, the extent and location of the tooth decay and your insurance coverage assist in determining the type of cavity-filling material that will best address your needs.
Nearly all adults have dental cavities at some point in time. If cavities are left untreated, it could lead to serious consequences. Tooth decay treatment saves the tooth and is less expensive and less painful if it is done early. Say goodbye to cavities. Call Green Bay Family Dentistry in Green Bay, WI at (920) 432-8492 to book your next dental appointment. We will give you the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve.