What is Sleep Apnea?

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Sleep Apnea is a type of sleep disorder. When someone has sleep apnea, it means they stop breathing for short periods of time while they are sleeping. It is most often characterized by snoring, the sound that occurs when the soft tissues of the mouth and throat vibrate as you breathe. If you have been told that you snore when you sleep, there is a possibility that you have sleep apnea. 

Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

If you have symptoms you may notice any one or a combination of the following: 

  • Snoring. The most common indication is snoring, which is the audible sound made by vibrations of the tissues of your mouth and throat as your breath moves over them, indicating that your airway is partially blocked. 
  • Pauses in breathing. At times your airway will become completely blocked so that you stop breathing for seconds at a time. 
  • Waking up out of breath. If you wake up gasping for air or feeling out of breath, it indicates that your breathing was obstructed while you were sleeping. 
  • Feeling tired throughout the day. You may feel constantly tired no matter how much sleep you are getting. Sleep apnea prevents you from getting quality sleep. 
  • Lacking energy. Another indication of poor quality sleep due to sleep apnea is that you lack energy throughout the day. When sleep is not restful you may feel like you’re running on a low battery. 
  • Frequent waking at night. If you wake up multiple times throughout the night for no apparent reason, it may be due to sleep apnea. When you stop breathing for long enough for your brain to register the lack of oxygen, you will rouse from sleep enough to change positions so you can breathe again. Sometimes you may be aware of it and sometimes you may not. 
  • Dry mouth. Sleep apnea and snoring are characterized by mouth breathing, which can cause you to wake up with a dry mouth. 
  • Morning headaches. The lack of oxygen and quality sleep during the night can lead to a headache in the morning. 
  • Difficulty focusing. You may find that you have trouble focusing at school or work due to sleep apnea. 
  • Teeth grinding. In some cases teeth grinding and sleep apnea are related. 

Types of Sleep Apnea

There are 3 main types of sleep apnea: 

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea: your breathing is obstructed by the soft tissues of your mouth and throat. 
  • Central Sleep Apnea: your brain fails to send the message to your diaphragm to draw air into your lungs. 
  • Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome: your sleep apnea is caused by both conditions. 

Health Risks Associated With Sleep Apnea

Why is it important to treat sleep apnea? Because better quality sleep, in addition to making you feel better, is crucial to your overall health and wellness. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to a variety of health conditions, such as: 

  • High blood pressure and heart problems
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Problems with anesthesia and medications
  • Liver conditions (such as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease)

How Your Dentist Can Help 

When it comes to sleep disorders your first instinct may be to go to your primary care physician. However, your dentist can also diagnose and treat sleep apnea, but with a slightly different method. A sleep apnea mouthguard can be worn at night to reposition the jaw and tongue in order to prevent your airway from becoming blocked. It can keep you from snoring and ensure that you are breathing properly throughout the night. 

In many cases patients with obstructive sleep apnea can avoid the need for a CPAP machine by wearing a sleep apnea mouthguard. However, patients with central sleep apnea may still require a CPAP or other treatment. 

Savannah Dental Solutions Provides Sleep Apnea Treatment 

If you snore or have other symptoms of sleep apnea, Savannah Dental Solutions may be able to help. After a sleep apnea diagnosis we can create a custom sleep apnea mouthguard to reposition your jaw, tongue, and the other soft tissues of your mouth to prevent them from shifting back into your throat when you lay down to sleep. You’ll get better quality sleep and so will your partner, roommate, or anyone else who is affected by your sleep apnea. 

To learn more about sleep apnea solutions, call (912) 354-1366 or contact us today to schedule a consultation.

How Do You Whiten Porcelain Veneers?

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. Porcelain veneers don’t stain as easily as tooth enamel but can get stained or dull with age. So protecting your investment in veneers and maintaining your confidence is essential. Here are tips to whiten and keep your porcelain veneers looking their best.

Be Aware of Toothpaste

Toothpaste with baking soda can have a dulling effect on your porcelain veneers. In addition, baking soda toothpaste usage can cause them to wear down quickly and be more prone to staining.

There are numerous kinds of toothpaste on the market to remove stains from veneers, and these are available online or in-stores. Your dentist may have recommendations of brands that will work best or prescribe a prescription-strength fluoride to assist in whitening. Be aware that most polishing kinds of toothpaste will only remove minor staining.

Soft Bristle Toothbrush

Ensure that you are using a soft-bristle toothbrush when you brush your teeth. While it may seem that a firm brush gets your teeth cleaner, it can damage and dull the porcelain. In addition, if you are using a firm bristle, you may notice that your gums recede a bit which can lead to exposure of the base of your veneers.  

Using a soft-bristle brush ensures gentle treatment of your veneers while allowing complete cleaning of your teeth and mouth.

Healthy Habits

Make sure that you brush your teeth after eating or drinking foods that would likely stain teeth, such as coffee. Limiting acidic foods or sugary snacks will also help maintain the integrity of your veneers and prevent the breakdown of the porcelain.

Smoking will quickly discolor not only teeth but also veneers. Therefore, quitting smoking is recommended for your health and keeping your veneers stain-free and sparkling white.

Whitening Kits

You can whiten porcelain veneers using over-the-counter whitening kits like natural teeth. However, their effectiveness may not be as noticeable or may not work as well as on tooth enamel. Read and follow the instructions with the package to ensure you don’t damage your veneers in the process. Speak to your dentist before undergoing a teeth whitening process at home. 

Teeth Cleaning

It is crucial to get your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year, and doing so helps maintain overall gum and teeth health.

Cosmetic Dentist

If you are concerned about the discoloration of your veneers or if the methods mentioned above are not solving the issue, you may want to seek the help of your cosmetic dentist. Your dentist can check to see if the porcelain has worn off your veneers or if they need replacing. They will also have the tools to properly clean them to determine if the staining warrants replacement or is treatable.  

Learn More About Whitening Your Veneers

To learn more about whitening your porcelain veneers, call Savannah Dental Solutions today at 912-354-1366 to schedule an appointment.

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

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If your smile has some aesthetic issues that you wish you change, it may be your lucky day. Porcelain veneers work beautifully to remove any imperfections that may be keeping your lips closed, such as stains, misshapen teeth, chips, large gaps, and more. But before you invest your time and money in this solution, you may be wondering just how long will porcelain veneers last? 

Here’s everything you need to know. 

All About Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are bonded onto the front of the teeth to re-create the look of a beautiful tooth. Sometimes only one veneer is needed – others times a complete set. Either way, the results are fantastic – and it only takes one to dramatically change the appearance of a smile. 

To ensure that the veneer aligns beautifully with the surrounding teeth, the enamel of the tooth is shaved down a bit before the veneer is placed. Then, because it is custom-made for you with contouring and color, it blends uniformly with your other teeth. Any staining, chips, gaps, misshaped teeth, and so on are hidden behind the porcelain veneer. 

It should be noted that there are different types of veneers available, including porcelain veneers, composite veneers, and instant veneers. And while they all get the job done, porcelain veneers are the gold standard. They are made of very strong porcelain, allowing them to last the longest.

How Long Porcelain Veneers Last

Now that you know just how incredible porcelain veneers are, let’s talk about how long they last. 

The porcelain used for the veneers is strong. In fact, it may even be as strong – or stronger – than your natural enamel. And they are attached to your teeth using a very effective bonding agent. As a result, they have a very long lifespan – generally 10 years at a minimum. Though, it is not unusual for them to last up to 20 years if they are taken care of. 

It is generally a result of the bonding and not the porcelain when it comes time to replace them. 

Extend the Life of Your Porcelain Veneers

The good news is that there are steps you can take to extend the life of your porcelain veneers. The better you care for them, the better chance you have of keeping them for years to come. Developing a good oral hygiene routine is a great place to start. In other words, brushing at least twice each day and flossing at least once per day is important. Plus, you will want to keep up your routine dental appointments, getting professional cleanings every 6 months. 

Sometimes, it just comes down to how healthy your teeth are. You could take every step imaginable to increase the longevity of your veneers, but if the teeth underneath them are ailing or aren’t healthy, the veneers are going to feel the impact. 

Learn More About Porcelain Veneers

If you are interested in porcelain veneers to transform your smile, the highly-skilled team at Savannah Dental Solutions is here for you. 

Contact us today at 912-354-1366 to schedule an appointment.

How Long Does Invisalign Take to Work?

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Young woman in front of the mirror putting on her invisible silicone aligner. dental correction. mobile orthodontics

Invisalign is a great option for those who are looking for a discreet way to get orthodontic treatment. It can straighten teeth, adjust bite issues, and even address overcrowding just like traditional braces can. However, it does so in a much different manner. 

If you are interested in Invisalign, but you are weighing your options, then you likely wonder how the length of Invisalign’s treatment compares to traditional braces. It’s understandable. But, before we can answer the question, you should know that the treatment time frame depends on a few different factors. 

Average Invisalign Treatment Time

Generally speaking, the average Invisalign treatment time is about 9 to 18 months to straighten teeth. Traditional metal braces with brackets and wires can take about the same amount of time, as well. Though, for some, traditional braces can take 2 to 3 years to fully finish treatment. 

Invisalign works beautifully for those with mild to moderate orthodontic issues, but more complex treatment will require traditional braces. This could explain a little bit about the treatment time. 

What Can Impact Treatment? 

Some people fly through their Invisalign treatment while others seem to keep wearing them, month after month. So, what causes this variation? There are a few things that can impact Invisalign treatment. Below are a couple of contributing factors. 

  • The complexity of your orthodontic needs. The more your teeth need to move or the greater the misalignment, the more extensive and time-consuming your treatment. Invisalign is designed with aligners that are to be worn for two weeks and then switched out for the next one in the series. This is all designed digitally so that you will have the right amount of aligners for your treatment. The more you have, the longer your treatment will take. 
  • How often you wear your aligners. Invisalign aligners are intended to be worn at least 20-22 hours per day. This allows you time to take the aligners out to eat, brush and floss your teeth, etc. Not wearing them as you should may greatly impact your treatment timeline. 
  • Treatment plan adjustments. If your dentist doesn’t feel the plan is moving as it should, he or she may make adjustments to your treatment. This can potentially change your treatment completion date. 

Complying with Treatment

With traditional braces, you don’t have the freedom to remove them at will since they are attached to your teeth. Invisalign, on the other hand, lets you remain in control. This means if you want to get your treatment done on time, you need to do a few things that will remove any chance of delay. 

  • Listen to your dentist. When you are given the instructions on how to comply with treatment – follow them. This includes when you should wear them and how often you should change them. And always be sure to keep your follow-up appointments. 
  • Wear your aligners as much as you can. Invisalign treatment only works when you are wearing the aligners. Even though you have the ability to take them out – wear them as much as you can so you can move through treatment in a timely manner. 
  • Invest in an aligner case. Every time you lose an aligner (which happens),  your progress is slowed. But, by investing in an aligner case – and always keeping it with you – you will have a designated place for your aligners when you take them out. 
  • Consider putting in a new aligner at bedtime. The initial few hours in a new aligner can be a little snug and uncomfortable. By switching them out at night, you get to ease yourself into the new aligner while asleep. 

Invisalign Treatment at Savannah Dental Solutions

At Savannah Dental Solutions, we love watching our patients transform their smiles through Invisalign treatment. If you are interested in learning more about it or to get started, contact us at (912) 354-1366.

What Is TMJ Disorder?

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If you have been experiencing pain or discomfort in your jaw or around your ear, it could be TMJ disorder. This joint dysfunction affects more than 35 million people in the United States alone, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. 

So, what is TMJ disorder? What causes it? And, how can it be treated? Let’s talk about it. 

What is TMJ Disorder? 

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your temporal bone (or upper jaw) to your lower jaw – and it is located on either side of the head, right next to the ear.  It is designed to move with a sliding hinge-like motion. But, when it is not functioning properly, it can lead to a lot of pain and discomfort. This is referred to as TMJ disorder. 

What Causes TMJ Disorder? 

There are many different things that can cause TMJ disorder, which is likely why it’s rate of prevalence is so high. Below is a list of the most common causes. 

  • Tooth or jaw alignment issues
  • Poor oral health
  • Stress
  • Bruxism (grinding or clenching)
  • Trauma to the mouth or jaw
  • Arthritis
  • Eroded disk (wear and tear)

Sometimes the cause is difficult to pinpoint, regardless of your signs or symptoms. 

Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

Most individuals who deal with TMJ disorder experience some level of discomfort. If you are experiencing any of the below, it is best to seek treatment from your dentist so that you may find relief. 

  • Jaw pain and/or tenderness
  • Pain around (or in) the ear 
  • Pain while chewing
  • Dull facial pain or ache
  • Clicking or grating sound when opening and closing mouth
  • Locking of the joint – being unable to open or close the mouth easily

Treating TMJ Disorder

Because TMJ disorder is so prevalent and doesn’t always cause debilitating pain, it is not uncommon for people to seek at-home treatments. For these mild causes that don’t cause too big of a disruption in life, you may want to try one of the following: 

  • Apply moist heat to the area
  • Apply ice to the area to reduce inflammation
  • Eat soft foods to give your jaw a rest
  • Relax your muscles and allow your jaw to loosen up
  • Take over-the-counter pain medication if necessary

However, for those cases of TMJ disorder that is a little more painful and disruptive – seeing the dentist is recommended. A thorough examination of your mouth and jaw alignment as well as determining the cause of the jaw disorder can help your dentist find the best treatment. For instance, if things are out of alignment, steps can be taken to realign the bite, teeth, and jaw, often using braces. Or oral appliances can benefit someone who has bruxism that is leading to TMJ disorder. 

To find any relief at all, though, you have to take the first step and visit the dentist. 

Find Treatment for TMJ Disorders at Savannah Dental Solutions

The entire team at Savannah Dental Solutions understands how much TMJ disorder can impact your overall quality of life. We want to help you find healing and comfort by providing you with the best care. 

How to Find a Good Emergency Dentist

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A dental emergency can make you feel helpless, and many people don’t know where to turn when they need emergency dental care on the weekend or late at night. Emergency dentists can help you in your time of need.

First, Call Your Usual Dentist

When you’re facing a dental emergency, call your usual dentist. Most dentists’ offices have after-hours phone numbers for you to call in an emergency.

If your regular dentist is unavailable, check with family or friends for a quick referral, or try doing a Google search for “emergency dentist” and the name of your city. Google search results will often display reviews so that you can see other patients’ opinions.

These are other sites you can use to find a dentist near you and check their reviews:

How Do I Know if I Need Emergency Dental Care?

If you believe you require emergency dental care, schedule an appointment immediately. It’s better to be cautious. If a tooth has been knocked out, there’s only a brief window of time to save it. Other conditions, such as a dental abscess, tend to deteriorate rapidly and can even lead to systemic illness in your body.

Seek emergency dental treatment if you experience severe or sudden pain. If you sustain a mouth injury, seek medical attention immediately, even if there is no visible oral damage.

Types of Dental Emergencies

Broken or cracked tooth – A broken or cracked tooth can cause bleeding and infection, both of which should be treated immediately.

Tooth abscess – Tooth abscesses can occur when bacteria infect the pulp of your tooth or when there is an injury to an existing cavity. Abscesses can cause intense pain and swelling.

Lost filling – If a filling falls out and you don’t have it replaced promptly, food debris could get trapped in your gums and may lead to infection.

Loose crowns or bridges – Loose crowns or bridges should be replaced as soon as possible. 

Toothache – If you’re in severe pain, seek dental treatment as soon as possible. 

Steps to Take While Waiting to See a Dentist

When something happens to your teeth or gums, try these three steps to ease discomfort until you can see a dentist:

  1. Rinse with warm water to flush out any debris and to help stop any bleeding.
  2. Apply pressure to the painful area. If you’re bleeding from a specific tooth or laceration, try applying a piece of gauze to the area to absorb the blood and to help stop the bleeding. Apply a cold compress to help alleviate any swelling. 
  3. For a toothache, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever like Tylenol (acetaminophen) if necessary to relieve pain and swelling. Avoid Advil (ibuprofen) if there’s any bleeding. 

Savannah Dental Solutions Can Treat Your Dental Emergency

Savannah Dental Solutions is a family-owned and operated practice that offers emergency dental care. Drs. Chad and Alexandra Schnabel welcome new patients and can help put even the most nervous patients at ease. Savannah Dental Solutions combines traditional customer-oriented values with the latest technology. If you need emergency dental care or are ready to start your journey to better oral health, contact us online or call us today at (912) 354-1366.

What Causes TMJ Disorder?

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TMJ disorder is a condition of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), where the lower jaw attaches to the skull. The condition is characterized by pain and sometimes limited range of motion in the jaw. TMJ disorder is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your overall health and wellness if it is not treated. Dental issues and malnutrition are common concerns resulting from TMJ disorder.

What causes TMJ disorder? How is it treated and prevented? Here’s why it occurs and what you can do about it. 

Potential Causes of TMJ Disorder 

The underlying cause of TMJ disorder is inflammation of the tissues surrounding the joint. But what causes the inflammation? Here are some potential aggravators.

  • Teeth grinding/clenching. If you grind or clench your teeth, whether at night when you’re sleeping or during the day, the excess pressure it puts on your TMJ can cause inflammation of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Many people are unaware that they grind their teeth because it happens during the night while they sleep or they do it unknowingly during the day as a result of stress or a nervous habit.  
  • Trauma to the jaw. Getting bumped or hit in the jaw can injure the joint or even misalign your jaw. The problem may be apparent right away or it may progress over time after the injury. The more you use the joint by talking or chewing, the more irritated it may get until you develop TMJ disorder. 
  • Excessive chewing. If you’re always chewing gum or crunching on nuts or hard candy, the repetitive movement of the jaw and force of chewing takes its toll on the TMJ. The muscles, tendons, and ligaments can become inflamed, causing pain and limited range of motion when opening and closing your mouth. 
  • Arthritis. Arthritis is defined by pain and stiffness in one or more joints. If you have arthritis in other joints, it is not uncommon to experience TMJ disorder in conjunction. 
  • Autoimmune diseases. The most common symptom of autoimmune disease is inflammation in the body, which often causes pain in the joints. If you suffer from an autoimmune disease, it could be the cause of your TMJ disorder. 

Treatment for TMJ Disorder

Now that you know what causes TMJ disorder, it helps to know how it can be treated. Minor cases of TMJ disorder may be relieved with basic remedies, but severe cases may need more intervention. Here are some treatment options for TMJ disorder. 

  • Natural home remedies. If you experience pain in your jaw or limited movement, the first thing to do is rest your jaw as much as possible. Eat soft foods and avoid chewing for a few days. Keep talking to a minimum. You can also apply ice to your jaw to reduce swelling and inflammation. Continue these treatments until you experience relief. 
  • Medication. Try taking an over the counter pain reliever, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Anti-inflammatory pain medications, as their name suggests, helps to reduce inflammation in the joint, so ibuprofen may be more effective than acetaminophen. 
  • Professional treatment. If home remedies and over the counter medication has not provided relief, refer to your dentist for recommendations. Your dentist will most likely want to see you in their office to assess your condition first before providing additional treatment. Prescription medication, such as pain relievers and muscle relaxers may be the next step. Your dentist may also recommend that you get a mouthguard if you grind or clench your teeth. Severe cases that don’t respond to any other treatment may require surgery, but such cases are rare. 

Savannah Dental Solutions Provides Treatment for TMJ Disorder 

If you’re experiencing pain or other symptoms of TMJ disorder, Savannah Dental Solutions can help. We will evaluate your condition and recommend the best course of action to treat and prevent TMJ disorder. 
Call (912) 354-1366 or contact us today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to providing you with relief from your TMJ disorder.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the top quality tooth replacement option. A dental implant can replace a single tooth, and multiple implants can support a dental bridge or dentures. Dentists highly recommend dental implants for patients who have missing or hopeless teeth. 

If you’re considering getting a dental implant, you probably have some questions. What are dental implants? How do they work? Here’s an overview of this tooth replacement technology. 

Single Tooth Replacement

When you are replacing one tooth that is either already missing or needs to be extracted, this is how a dental implant works. 

The first step is to determine if you have sufficient bone density in your jaw to support an implant. Your dentist will take some images of your jaw to measure the thickness of the bone to make sure there is enough space to put an implant safely. If the natural tooth has been missing for a while, the bone may have weakened and partly dissolved in the area where the tooth used to be. 

If there is not sufficient bone structure, a bone graft procedure may need to be done first. A bone graft involves surgically placing a piece of bone under the gum tissue on top of the existing bone. This helps to fortify the bone and encourage regeneration. 

Once the jaw is ready to receive the dental implant, it will be surgically placed in the bone where the natural tooth root used to be. The implant is made of titanium, a biocompatible material that will fuse with the existing bone to form a solid bond. This process, called osseointegration, takes a few weeks to a few months to solidify.

The next step is to attach the abutment, which is a post that extends above the gums. Then the crown, typically made of porcelain, is attached to the abutment and the process is complete. You have a fully functional, natural looking tooth that will most likely last for the rest of your life. 

Implant Supported Bridges

In cases where there are multiple missing or hopeless teeth, an implant supported bridge can be an affordable option. It is possible to replace all of your teeth with dental implants, but the cost for multiple implants is often more than most patients are willing or able to pay. Instead, a dental implant can be placed on either end of a bridge, which is a row of artificial teeth. The implants are capable of holding a bridge securely in place, replacing multiple teeth at once.

Implant Supported Dentures

If all of the teeth on either your upper or lower jaw are missing or hopeless, implant supported dentures are a quality replacement option. A few dental implants can be placed in the jaw to be used as anchors to hold dentures in place. Implant supported dentures are more secure and often more comfortable than traditional dentures because no adhesives or suction is needed to hold them in place. Another benefit is that the dental implants preserve the bone structure in your jaw, preventing the sunken jaw look that traditional denture wearers often develop over time. 

Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

Now that we’ve answered the question of what are dental implants, it’s time to determine if one more dental implants is the right tooth replacement option for you. The best way to decide is to discuss it with your dentist. Your dentist can determine whether or not you are an ideal candidate for dental implants and answer any questions you may have. 

Savannah Dental Solutions Provides Dental Implants

Looking for a dentist with extensive experience with dental implantology? Savannah Dental Solutions can provide you with one or multiple dental implants, as well as any preparatory procedures you may need, such as bone grafting. We also provide implant supported bridges and dentures. 

Call (912) 354-1366 or contact us today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to providing you with top quality tooth replacement services.

How Much Does Invisalign Cost in Savannah, GA?

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Are you considering trying Invisalign? Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that is designed to straighten the teeth and align the bite. It serves the same purpose as braces, but with a different approach. There are many benefits to Invisalign, such as the fact that the aligners you wear over your teeth are clear and virtually invisible. Another major benefit is that you can remove your aligners to eat and clean your teeth. 

With all of its benefits, people often wonder about the price. How much does Invisalign cost in Savannah, GA and the surrounding area? Here’s what you can expect on average. 

Average Cost of Invisalign Treatment 

Invisalign cost varies based on a variety of criteria, but will typically fall within the range of $3,000-$8,000. The average cost is about $4,000-$5,000. This includes the initial consultation, your complete set of aligners, appointments to monitor progress, and the retainers you will wear once your teeth are in the desired position. 

Factors that Contribute to the Cost of Invisalign 

You will find that Invisalign cost varies depending on a variety of factors, including: 

  • Your orthodontist. Not all dentists and orthodontists charge the same price for Invisalign. Each practice will set their prices based on what it costs them to provide the treatment and what it takes to stay competitive with other practices in the area. 
  • Where you live. The cost of dental and orthodontic services is also affected by the cost of living in your area. You may be quoted a higher price for Invisalign if you live in a city with a large population than if you lived in a small town or rural area. 
  • Extent of corrections needed. Different orthodontic issues require more intervention than others. The further your teeth need to be shifted in order to achieve proper alignment, the more aligners you will require. When your treatment plan is established, your complete set of aligners are created at that time. You are then instructed to wear each one for about 2 weeks, switching to the next in consecutive order. The more aligners have to be made, the higher the price.
  • Length of treatment. How long your Invisalign treatment will take may be a factor in the overall cost. Longer treatment means more appointments and consultations with the dentist/orthodontist. The number of aligners you will require will give a fairly accurate estimate of the length of your treatment time. 
  • Replacement aligners.  If you lose any of your aligners along the way, there is a cost to replace them. This will affect the overall cost of your treatment if the situation arises. Some practices offer Invisalign Teen, which is a version that includes built in replacement aligners at no additional cost. 

Does Insurance Cover Invisalign?

If you have dental insurance that includes coverage for orthodontic treatment, Invisalign is typically covered. It is always best to check with your dental insurance provider about your coverage before starting treatment. Insurance coverage for orthodontics is most often a lump sum amount that can be put towards braces, Invisalign, or other orthodontic treatments. On most plans each dependent qualifies for a one time lump sum toward orthodontic treatment in their lifetime. Insurance rarely ever covers the total cost of treatment, but choosing an in-network dentist/orthodontist can help reduce the overall cost. 

Savannah Dental Solutions Provides Invisalign Treatment

One of the biggest advantages of Invisalign treatment is that it can be administered and monitored by your dentist. Dentists are able to offer Invisalign because it does not require the same level of expertise of an orthodontist. The computer software analyzes the digital impressions of the teeth and designs a treatment plan accordingly. The dentist must only instruct you on how to wear your aligners and monitor your progress along the way. 

Savannah Dental Solutions is a certified provider of Invisalign in Savannah, Georgia. We have helped numerous satisfied patients transform their smiles for better dental health and renewed self confidence. 

Call (912) 354-1366 or contact us today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you transform your smile and improve your dental health.

What Is Emergency Dentistry and How Does It Work?

Emergency dentistry refers to the treatment of urgent dental issues. Most dentists provide this service to their patients on a need basis. Emergency dentistry covers a variety of different problems that need to be addressed right away and cannot wait until a regular appointment. Some may be truly emergent, and others may be able to wait until the next day. 

Here are some examples of dental emergencies. 

Severe Tooth Pain

If you or your child has a severe toothache, the kind that can’t be ignored or treated with over the counter pain relievers, you should call your dentist. A toothache typically means that the tooth is infected, most likely from a cavity that is so deep that it has reached through the enamel and into the root canal of the tooth where the nerves are. Your tooth will most likely need a root canal procedure, which involves removing all of the soft pulp from inside the tooth and filling the tooth with dental material. The tooth may also require a crown. 

Your dentist may be able to see you the same day if you call during normal business hours. After hours it may need to wait until the next day depending on the severity.  

Dislodged or Knocked Out Tooth

If you or your child has knocked out a tooth, first determine if it is a permanent tooth or a baby tooth. A permanent tooth should be put back into place as soon as possible or placed in a glass of milk or saliva. (A baby tooth should not be put back in the mouth). Bring the permanent tooth with you to your appointment. Your dentist will attempt to put a permanent tooth back in place. If this is not possible, you may need a replacement tooth, such as a dental implant or a bridge. 

Call your dentist immediately for a knocked out tooth because time is of the essence. They will most likely see you right away. 

Broken, Chipped, or Cracked Tooth

Sometimes a tooth remains in place, but gets broken, cracked, or chipped. Depending on the severity, it may be able to wait until the next day. If you are in severe pain, call your dentist right away no matter what time it is. If the break is minor, call your dentist during regular business hours. But don’t wait more than 24 hours to address it. Even the smallest chip or crack can leave your tooth vulnerable to decay. 

Soft Tissue Pain 

If you have severe pain in the soft tissues of your mouth, such as your gums, the inside of your cheeks or lips, or your tongue, call your dentist. You may have an abscess, which is an infected sore that forms in your mouth. Your dentist will ask you some questions to determine how severe your situation is and when to see you. 

When You Should Seek Emergency Care From a Hospital

Some situations are so severe that you should go immediately to an emergency room or call 911: 

  • Excessive bleeding. If the dental trauma has caused excessive bleeding that won’t stop when regular first aid practices are applied, proceed to the nearest emergency room. 
  • Someone is unconscious or unresponsive. If the person with the dental emergency is unresponsive or unconscious, call 911 immediately. 
  • Trouble breathing. If the person is having difficulty breathing, call 911 immediately. 
  • Severe swelling that has spread over the face. If there is severe swelling that has spread to other parts of the face, such as the eyes, proceed to the nearest emergency room. 
  • Tooth or soft tissue pain with high fever (101+). Soft tissue pain is usually an indication of an infection. When infection is accompanied by a fever higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit, proceed to the nearest emergency room. 

Need an Emergency Dentist? Contact Savannah Dental Solutions 

If you’re in need of an emergency dentist, Savannah Dental Solutions is here for you. Call (912) 354-1366 immediately and we will see you in our office as soon as possible. If you call us after hours, simply follow the prompts on the after hours voicemail and someone will contact you shortly. If the situation becomes life threatening, don’t wait for a call back. Call 911 or proceed to the nearest emergency room. 

For regular, non-urgent appointments, call (912) 354-1366 or contact us. We look forward to providing quality dental care for the whole family.