18Sep

When you’re looking for a dentist to whom to trust your smile, you want to make sure that you find someone who mirrors your dental philosophy. Our Medford dentist, Dr. Vareldzis, is a bioesthetic dentist. Today, we’re going to be giving you some more information about what this means, and why so many people choose bioesthetic dentistry.

The primary goal of bioesthetic dentistry is to optimize the underlying structure of your smile, so that it looks great, functions well, and stands up to the rigors of time. We believe that a well-designed and healthy smile is a beautiful smile; we also know that there is no benefit in achieving an attractive result, if it is purely cosmetic and not structurally sound.

So, let’s give you an example of how we address an oral health problem bioesthetically.

Let’s say, for example, that you are dealing with cracked or chipped enamel. There are a number of dental treatments that can repair this type of damage, including dental bonding and dental restorations. However, as bioesthetic dentists, we do more than simply patching your tooth.

Our team will assess your smile, to determine why, exactly, you’re dealing with dental damage. For example, if your teeth are poorly aligned, and your bite is uneven, certain teeth can become damaged as a result. Another common condition that creates dental damage is bruxism, or chronic dental grinding. No matter what the underlying cause of your dental dysfunction, our bioesthetic dental team will help you find treatment options that both corrects existing damage, and reduces your risk of developing more issues in the future.

As always, our Medford bioesthetic dentist is here to answer any questions that you may have about preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry treatment. Give our office a call, or use the Contact Us page on our website to get started!

 

 

 

 

18Sep

In order to maintain a healthy smile for the long-term, it is crucial that patients pay attention to holistic oral health issues, like sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can wreak havoc on your oral health and whole body wellness. Our Medford sleep apnea dentists offer accessible and effective treatments to help manage this condition.

Let’s begin by briefly reviewing what sleep apnea is. Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that prevents your body from getting enough oxygen while you’re asleep. As you fall asleep, your oral tissues relax. For some people, these relaxed oral tissues fall into the airway, and make it difficult to inhale air.

If you’re dealing with sleep apnea, you may be waking up throughout the night; when your blood oxygen levels drop too low, your body briefly wakes itself in order to “restart” the breathing process. You probably won’t remember waking, but your sleep is disrupted nonetheless.

Sleep apnea symptoms can run the gamut; here are some common sleep apnea red flags:

Loud snoring: this occurs as you try to force oxygen past the obstruction in your airway

Chronic headaches: disrupted sleep can lead to headaches, especially upon waking

Dry mouth: many people with sleep apnea sleep with their mouths open, because they are trying to get as much air as possible

Concentrations and memory problems: again, poor sleep quality can make you feel foggy and unfocused during the day

Gasping or choking episodes at night: some sleep apnea sufferers actually remember waking abruptly, and gasping or choking for air.

Our Medford sleep apnea dentists provide CPAP-alternative treatments to deal with sleep apnea. We have found that CPAP alternatives have much higher compliance rates than traditional sleep apnea treatment, while still delivering optimal results. Give our dental team a call to learn more and to schedule your own personal consultation!

 

04Sep

One of the best things that you can do for your smile is to minimize harmful dental habits that, at first blush, may not seem like a big deal, but that actually compound damage over time. Bruxism is a prime example of a surprisingly common condition that can cause all kinds of oral health problems. The good news is that our Medford dentists offer effective treatment options to help you manage bruxism.

When we talk about bruxism, we’re talking about chronic dental grinding and clenching. This condition can develop for a number of different reasons. For some people, bruxism is short-term and episodic; this is often the case for bruxism that is caused be stress and anxiety. Other people suffer from chronic bruxism. These patients may have TMJ problems, or they may be dealing with uneven bite, meaning that their top and bottom teeth do not come together naturally and comfortably.

Our dental team will tailor bruxism treatment to ensure that it addresses the underlying cause of your dental grinding. Patients suffering from episodic bruxism may benefit from incorporating stress-reduction techniques into their daily routines. In order to treat bruxism that occurs due to structural oral health problems, our dental team may recommend that you undergo orthodontic treatment, or receive customized restoration in order to bring your smile into balance.

There are also protective oral appliances that you can wear to help you protect your smile from nighttime grinding. These mouth guards help to alleviate pressure on your teeth and temporomandibular joints, and they serve a protective barrier to minimize enamel damage due to grinding.

The best way to get started is to call our Medford bruxism dentists for more information and to schedule a personal consultation. We are here to help! Give us a call, or use the Contact Us page on our website to reach out to our team!