Monthly Archives: October 2019

The Link Between Sleep Apnea and Snoring

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The Link Between Sleep Apnea and Snoring

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common condition that affects millions of people in the United States. Those who suffer from OSA periodically stop breathing for short periods of time while they are sleeping. Sleep apnea can be harmful to your general health and overall quality of life, as it is linked to many health problems including hypertension, diabetes, and in severe cases, sudden death. Possible side effects of OSA include, but are not limited to, excessive sleepiness during the day, grinding teeth during sleep, and even an elevated risk of workplace injuries.

Snoring is a Key Symptom

Snoring may be caused by many things, including allergies, alcohol consumption, or blocked sinuses. However, there is also a strong link between sleep apnea and snoring. Those who snore are more likely to have sleep apnea, while those with sleep apnea are more likely to snore. Therefore, if you snore, it is important to let your dentist know.

How Do I Know if I Have OSA?

Obstructive sleep apnea can only be diagnosed through a professional sleep study in which you are closely monitored throughout the night. In the past, the only option was to spend the night at a sleep clinic. Today, though, the technology exists allowing some patients to complete a sleep test in the comfort of their own home using a portable monitor. Ask your dentist if a home sleep test is an option for you.

How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?

OSA is a long-term condition that many sufferers aren’t even aware that they have. Although there is no cure, a few solutions have been found to provide relief. The most common is known as a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. This machine attaches to your nose and mouth while you sleep to keep your airway open. While effective, it is also bulky, noisy and expensive.

Many doctors and dentists are now turning to a smaller, simpler, highly effective solution. The sleep apnea mouth guard, also known as the “snoring mouthpiece,” is smaller than the palm of your hand, and can be worn comfortably and quietly. Similar to a sports mouth guard, the sleep apnea mouth guard is designed to pull the jaw forward to prevent overnight airway collapse, thus allowing you to breathe regularly. It greatly reduces your snoring so that you and your loved ones may finally get the quiet, deep slumber that your body has been craving.

Ready to Get Started?

If you are looking to get a good night’s sleep, contact Savannah Dental Solutions today at (912) 354-1366. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will guide you through the process from diagnosis to fitting to regular care and maintenance.

Are Porcelain Veneers Worth the Investment?

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Are Porcelain Veneers Worth the Investment?

Although it can be frustrating, the truth is that first impressions make a difference. Whether you are on a first date or a job interview, a gorgeous, relaxed smile conveys trustworthiness, confidence, and sincerity. If your teeth do not look their best, though, you may be tempted to hide them. Fortunately, porcelain veneers are an excellent way to fix staining, chipping, and other cosmetic imperfections. Yet many people wonder whether they are truly worth the investment. Here is what you should know.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are very thin shells of top-quality dental porcelain that slip over the teeth. Strong, durable, and chemically bonded to the teeth, they can last for many years. Porcelain veneers are color-matched to your natural teeth, ensuring that they are not noticeable.

What Conditions Can Veneers Fix?

If you have existing oral health problems, such as tooth decay or gum disease, we must correct them before placing your veneers. Porcelain veneers can fix a wide range of cosmetic issues, such as:

Wear and tear: All teeth wear down over time, especially if you use them as a tool or are prone to chewing on pens, ice, or other hard objects.

Mild breakage: Teeth may crack or chip from light trauma such as a fall or a sports injury. Extensive damage must be repaired, but porcelain veneers can hide minor breaks.

Discoloration: Deep staining and discoloration that cannot be fixed with teeth whitening may be caused by large fillings, root canals, excessive fluoride, and even some medications.

Misshapen or uneven teeth: Teeth that are truly perfect are quite rare. Porcelain veneers can cover teeth that are uneven or misshapen.

Minor crookedness or gapping: Severe misalignment typically requires orthodontic treatment, but porcelain veneers are a great way to hide small gaps and minor crookedness.

The Lifespan of Porcelain Veneers

Few dental restorations last a lifetime, but porcelain veneers are among the longest-lasting solutions. They are durable enough to withstand biting and chewing and, with proper care, they can easily last for a decade or more.

Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant. While teeth whitening must be regularly repeated, your porcelain veneers will remain bright and healthy-looking with excellent oral hygiene.

Do Porcelain Veneers Look Natural?

Many people worry that porcelain veneers will give them a “game show host” look, but veneers are actually designed to look quite natural. The dental porcelain mimics the sheen and translucency of natural teeth, and we will color-match them to your adjacent teeth.

We can give you a brighter smile by whitening your teeth and then color-matching your veneers to your new tooth shade. Just keep in mind that you will need to whiten regularly to maintain the match.

Whether porcelain veneers are worth the investment is a decision only you can make, based on your budget, goals, and the issues you want to correct. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, though, porcelain veneers are an excellent way to boost your self-confidence for a decade or more.

Want to Learn More?

If you want to learn more about how we can keep your entire family’s smiles in tip top shape, contact Savannah Dental Solutions today at (912) 354-1366 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Is It Worth Repairing My Failing Teeth?

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Is It Worth Repairing My Failing Teeth?

The answer to this question is a resounding, YES! Fear of the dentist, lack of insurance or even funds for the deductible are reasons to avoid regular dentist check ups to our local dental health professional. But it is important to take care of your failing teeth before it’s too late.

Why Are My Teeth Failing?

Tooth enamel is one of the hardest tissues in your body. Your teeth begin to fail because the enamel covering them begins to fade, leaving the tooth compromised. There are numerous reasons for the need for tooth repair such as:

Poor dental hygiene
Daily brushing, rinsing with fluoride and flossing is imperative to keep your teeth healthy.

Bad habits
Things such as smoking, ice chewing, and excessive intake of things such as wine, coffee or sugary snacks can lead to the downfall of your teeth’s regular health.

Teeth grinding (also known as bruxism)
This is a common thing for people, especially in times of great stress. This weakens the teeth causing cracks and discomfort.

Other factors also include things from playing contact sports without a mouth guard to tongue piercings. Accidents are also a common cause for a problematic mouth.

How Do I Know My Teeth Are Failing?

There are many levels of failing teeth, but the signs will show you quickly if you learn to pay attention to what your mouth is telling you.

Toothache
This is caused by the beginnings of tooth decay and/or gum disease. This also includes hypersensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. It can be quite painful and is not fixed simply by over the counter pain relievers and chewing with the other side of your mouth. A toothache is caused by an underlying issue such as infection or worn off enamel.

Stained teeth
Many factors can affect the teeth causing discoloration. Things such as what we ingest, play a major role. If you’ve ever eaten a grape popsicle and ended up with a purple mouth, you know this feeling. Other factors such as smoking and coffee may lead to surface stains as well. However, gum disease may also be the cause of your teeth being stained from the inside.

Cavities or a chipped/cracked tooth
When the enamel becomes worn, it leaves our teeth susceptible to debris. This can cause holes in our teeth that will need to be repaired by a dental professional before an infection develops, which can sometimes lead to heart problems, stroke, and even death.

Rotting teeth, gum disease (gingivitis) and impacted teeth are also common ailments that will need attention. As well as crooked teeth, which can bring about pain in the jaw.

How Do I Repair My Failing Teeth?

Modern dentistry has an array of options to help you with your teeth woes. Depending on the severity of your problem they can guide you swiftly through the process. Whether you need something as simple as a sealant to keep your teeth strong or as complex as a root canal or a crown. A simple consultation can easily get your teeth on the road to recovery.

Are you ready to start your journey towards better oral health? Call us today at (912) 354-1366 to schedule your appointment.

Traditional vs Implant-Supported Dentures

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Traditional vs Implant-Supported Dentures

When you hear the word “dentures,” you automatically think of old people, right? Visions of the horror you felt the first time you saw Grandma’s teeth in a glass run through your brain giving you chills. The truth is that there are many reasons that people of all ages need dentures. Drs. Chad and Alexandra Schnabel at Savannah Dental solutions are proficient in all of the newest dental technology and able to help you if you decide it is time for this process.

Reasons One Might Need Dentures

Although we all associate dentures with the elderly, plenty of other situations may put you in need of the procedure such as:

  • injury
  • gum disease
  • rotting teeth
  • abrasion of the enamel
  • and of course, age

Anything that would cause you to lose 4 or more teeth, can be a reason to talk to your dentist about the possibility of dentures.

Types of Dentures

There are two most common types of dentures (also known as “false teeth,) both with their own positive and negative aspects. It is important that you know the differences so that you make the best decision. A brief and informative consultation with your dentist will help you to decide which one is the proper choice for your mouth.

Traditional Dentures
These are the more conventional approach (like the type in the glass next to grandma’s bed.) They are formed to the shape of your mouth and rest on top of the gums and bone relying on them for structure and support. Some of the aspects of traditional dentures include:

  • Removable

This will allow them to be clean outside of the mouth. They will then be placed back in and held down with denture adhesive.

  • Affordable

Conventional method dentures are often much less expensive than other denture options.

  • Uncomfortable

They are known to rub against gums, creating sore spots. They also make it often difficult to chew making eating a lot of food (such as popcorn or apples) is no longer an option.

  • Jaw can shrink

With no teeth or implants to stimulate the jaw bone, the shape of the mouth tends to adjust. This will affect the shape of your mouth, causing you to have to have the dentures replaced.

Implant-Supported Dentures
This is a dental prosthesis which is supported by four or more
dental implants that are embedded in the bone. Since they do not rest on your gums but are instead adhered to actual bone and/or teeth, there is no need for glue. A few elements to consider include:

  • Long-lasting

This type of denture draws strength for the bone, which prevents slipping and allows for the preservation of the existing bone.

  • Less maintenance

Because they are not removable, only the dentist can take them out for occasional cleaning and upkeep. Otherwise, they are there for life.

  • Long Term Investment

Although implant-supported dentures can be more expensive than the traditional counterpart, they tend to last longer requiring fewer adjustments or replacements.

(or styles of implant-supported dentures) have become commonly used in modern dentistry as a solution to the problems found with a traditional denture. Most can be done in just a few visits, if not a single day.

(also known as “Teeth In a Day”) can replace the upper or lower quadrants of your teeth by using 4 specifically placed implants.

are also popular to replace smaller amounts of teeth than the entire upper or lower half by only needing as little as two teeth for placement.

The benefits over traditional dentures make both options popular due to the fact that these styles of dentures are realistic looking, comfortable and allow you to eat difficult foods such as corn on the cob, apples , and steak.

If you think that dentures may be right for you, contact Savannah Dental Solutions today at 912/354-1366 for a consultation. Or click herehere for more information. Dedicated to helping people in Savannah and the surrounding areas, this team of skilled professionals is ready to get you the smile you’ve always wanted.

Dental Financing Options

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Dental Financing Options

Going to the dentist is a regular cause for anxiety. Dentophobia (also known as a fear of the dentist) is a common malady for many people. Dental health is often ignored, be it due to being afraid of the pain or even worse, the price tag that comes with it. The good people of Savannah Dental Solutions wants to help you to calm all of your concerns, including the financial ones. Be it through dental financing, a payment plan, or dental insurance they will help to guide you through the process necessary to make sure that your dental needs are handled. Because they truly believe that everyone should be able to afford dental health.

How Can I Pay For My Dental Procedure(s)?

Not many of us have the money to pay for medical treatment outright. Fortunately, there are quite a few options available to you to ensure the affordability of the quality treatment that you want and deserve.

1. Savannah Dental Solutions is a care credit dentist. They work with the financial loan company Care Credit to help finance for the dentistry that you require. Be it large or small, if approved, this will allow for reasonable monthly payments versus having to pay the entire sum at once.

2. Many corporations offer what is called a “Flex Spending Account.” This is where an assigned amount of money is taken out of your paycheck pre-taxes and is saved in an account for medical emergencies, which include dental. Ask your employer if this is an option for you.

3. Payment plans are also an option. These are decided on a case-by-case basis but can be an easy and interest-free alternative to allow you to pay for your dentistry. Much like layaway, this is where you would pay a small amount weekly or monthly until the total is accrued allowing you to then have your procedure worry-free

4. Dental insurance is also offered through many health insurance companies. This will not usually cover all of the expenses, however, it will pay for a large portion thus making the weight of the expense less daunting. The staff at Savannah Dental Solutions will be happy to file your dental insurance claim for you to guarantee the maximum benefit.

5. Paying out of pocket is, of course, also a viable option. Your dentist will usually accept cash, checks and most major credit cards.

Dr. Chad Schnabel, DMD , and Dr. Alexandra Schnabel, DMD are proud to serve the citizens of Savannah and it’s surrounding areas by bringing quality dental care at an affordable price.
If you are in need of a dentist, don’t be afraid any longer. Call Savannah Dental Solutions at 912/354-1366 today or contact them for more information on dental financing options. The polite and friendly staff will help to guide you through the steps needed to bring back your happy and healthy smile.