How Do You Clean Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment option that can be used as an alternative to braces for some patients. It consists of clear plastic retainers you wear over your teeth that gradually shift them into proper alignment. The retainers fit snugly to the teeth and can be removed to eat and clean your teeth. But how do you clean Invisalign? 

This guide will outline the dos and don’ts of Invisalign retainer cleaning. Clean retainers keep your teeth healthy and your breath fresh. 

Tips for Cleaning Your Retainers

These are the best ways to keep your retainers clean on a daily basis: 

  • Rinse them with water after eating or drinking. When you’re not at home to brush your retainers, you can keep them cleaner by rinsing them off after eating or drinking anything other than water. This helps to prevent discoloration and removes some of the bacteria that accumulates on them to prevent bad breath. 
  • Brush them when you brush your teeth. You should be brushing your teeth twice a day, morning and night. When you take your retainers out to brush your teeth, you should also brush your retainers. Use a soft bristled toothbrush, a different one than you use to brush your teeth, and a mild clear liquid soap. Rinse them thoroughly after brushing before putting them back in your mouth. 
  • Store them in the case. It is important to wear your retainers as much as possible. But when you do take them out, always store them in the designated case that comes with your Invisalign retainers. This keeps them safe from being lost, accidentally thrown away, or chewed up by pets. 

What Not To Do

There are also some things you should not do when it comes to cleaning your Invisalign retainers: 

  • Do not use toothpaste. Toothpaste is abrasive because it is designed to scrub plaque off of tooth enamel. The abrasiveness of toothpaste will scratch the plastic of your retainers. Especially avoid whitening toothpaste that may include bleaching agents that could damage the plastic. 
  • Do not use a hard bristled toothbrush. A toothbrush with hard or stiff bristles may also scratch the plastic of your retainers. This is why a soft bristled brush is recommended for cleaning. 
  • Do not use denture cleaner. Denture cleaner is designed specifically for soaking dentures, which are made of a different material than the plastic of your retainers. The denture cleaner may damage the plastic. 
  • Do not soak them in mouthwash. Another potentially harmful cleaning solution is mouthwash. While it is good for your teeth, it is not good for your retainers, especially mouthwashes that contain alcohol. 
  • Do not clean them with scented soap. It is best to use mild, unscented soap for cleaning your retainers. Soap with a strong scent can transfer to your retainers and cause a bitter taste. 

Invisalign Retainer Cleaning Products

Invisalign sells their own cleaning products that are created specifically for cleaning your retainers:

  • Cleaning crystals. These crystals are designed to clean the plaque off of your retainers. Simply place your retainers in the cleaning container with warm water. Add the crystals and shake. Let stand for 15 minutes and rinse. 
  • Steraligner. This sterilizing solution removes 99.9% of bacteria from your retainers. Soak retainers in the solution according to the instructions. Brush your retainers after using the solution and rinse thoroughly. 

It is not necessary to purchase any of the Invisalign cleaning products unless you want to. It is perfectly fine to clean your retainers using any of the recommended tips and products listed above. 

Savannah Dental Solutions is a Certified Invisalign Provider

One of the best things about Invisalign is that you don’t need to see an orthodontist to receive this treatment. Dentists can complete the necessary training and certification to provide Invisalign treatment to patients. Savannah Dental Solutions is a certified Invisalign provider. We have successfully treated numerous satisfied patients with Invisalign. 

Are you ready to become the next satisfied Invisalign patient? Call (912) 354-1366 or contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Why Go to a Pediatric Dentist?

Are you looking for a dentist for your child? Whether they are ready for their first dental visit, you’re new to the area, or you simply want a change, there are many reasons to look for a pediatric dentist. 

Some dental offices treat adults or older children, some are geared toward children specifically, and others are family practices that treat patients of all ages. Why go to a pediatric dentist? Because children benefit from seeing a dentist who has specific training and experience in children’s dentistry

Specialized Training

Treating children’s teeth is different than treating adult teeth in many ways. There are dental issues that are more common in children that a pediatric dentist will know how to recognize and treat. Tooth eruption and shedding is a big part of children’s dentistry, as some teeth don’t erupt when they should and others don’t shed and need to be extracted. 

A dentist who is trained in pediatric dentistry will be more knowledgeable about children’s dental needs and care. Early diagnosis and treatment for some dental issues can make a difference in a child’s dental health for their lifetime. 

Kid-Size Equipment

Children will require dental equipment that is suitable to their size as well as their needs. A pediatric dentist will be equipped with tools that are the proper size and function for children. From the dental tools used to clean the teeth to appropriately sized X-Ray equipment, children will be more comfortable and more effectively cared for by a dental office that accommodates children. 

Experience with Children

When it comes to working with children in any capacity, experience makes a big difference. With experience comes the ability to talk to children in a way that makes them feel comfortable and willing to cooperate. Patience is one of the most important qualities that a pediatric dentist must have to be successful working with children, and that is something that gets easier with experience. 

In addition to building a rapport with children, experience helps a dentist to know what to look for when it comes to oral and dental health concerns that are common in the younger patients. Diagnosing problems with the teeth and gums early allows for treatment and future prevention of these problems. 

Orthodontic Screenings

Another important aspect of children’s dentistry is orthodontic screening. When there are potential orthodontic problems present, such as crowding or misaligned bite patterns, a pediatric dentist may recommend an early orthodontic evaluation. Orthodontists recommend that every child have an orthodontic evaluation by the time they are 7 years old. Some children may need early intervention and others may not need treatment until adolescence. 

A pediatric dentist can identify any early orthodontic issues that may require treatment and either provide the necessary treatment or refer you to an orthodontist. 

Why Go to a Family Dental Practice?

There are pediatric dental practices that only work with children. Once a child reaches a certain age, they are then required to find an adult dental practice. But with a family practice, your child can visit the same office from their first appointment on throughout the rest of their life. There are many benefits to a family dental practice, including: 

  • Easy. Avoid the hassle of switching to a new dentist. 
  • Individualized Care. A dentist who knows your dental history can provide you with more individualized care, avoiding the learning curve that comes with seeing a new dentist. 
  • Convenience. It is convenient when the whole family can go to the same dental office, sometimes all at the same time. 

Savannah Dental Solutions is a Family Dentist for Children and Adults

If you’re looking for a dentist who can not only treat your children, but the whole family, Savannah Dental Solutions is currently accepting new patients. We have extensive experience and training in pediatric dentistry, providing a positive experience for your child from the first appointment and on. 

Call (912) 354-1366 or contact us today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to providing your family with quality dental care.

How Do Porcelain Veneers Work?

Do you want to improve your smile? There are many different cosmetic dentistry procedures and treatments that are designed to improve the appearance of the teeth. One of those procedures is veneers. 

Veneers are thin, shell-like covers for your teeth. Veneers can be made of a variety of materials, but porcelain is the most common because of its strength and natural look. Porcelain veneers can make your teeth look whiter, straighter, and more uniform. 

Are you considering porcelain veneers? If so, it can help to know how they work. 

Veneers Give Your Teeth a New Facade

Porcelain veneers attach to the front side of your teeth, usually just the teeth in the front of your mouth that show when you smile. Unlike a crown that completely covers a tooth or a dental implant that completely replaces a tooth and its root, veneers only cover the front surface of the existing teeth. Porcelain closely resembles natural tooth enamel for a realistic appearance. 

The Process of Getting Veneers

The step by step process of getting porcelain veneers involves:  

  1. Consultation. The first step is always a consultation. Your dentist must first evaluate your teeth and determine whether or not you are an ideal candidate for veneers. Your teeth must be generally healthy to be fitted with veneers. If there are cavities or other issues, those must be dealt with first. 
  2. Images. A variety of images will need to be taken to help determine whether your teeth are ready for veneers. Your dentist may take X-Rays and make digital impressions of your teeth to plan your procedure. 
  3. Preparing the teeth. The top layer of enamel will need to be removed to prepare the surface of the teeth for veneers. To help them fit properly and look natural, it is necessary to shave off a layer of enamel the same thickness as the veneer. It also roughs up the surface to help the veneers attach. 
  4. Impressions. Impressions are made of the teeth that are used to create your veneers. Accurate impressions help ensure your veneers will fit properly when they come back from the lab. 
  5. Veneers are made. The porcelain veneers are created in a lab. They are made to the exact specifications given by your dentist so that they will fit properly and match the color and shape of your existing teeth for a natural appearance. 
  6. Veneers are attached. When the veneers come back from the lab, your dentist will try them on you for fit. If they fit properly and you are satisfied with the look, they will be permanently bonded into place. 

What Issues Can Veneers Correct?

Veneers can correct a number of superficial tooth defects, including: 

  • Cracks. Teeth that are mildly cracked can be covered with veneers. 
  • Chips. Chipped teeth can be covered with veneers to make them appear whole. 
  • Uneven teeth. If some teeth are longer than others, veneers can make them look uniform. 
  • Worn teeth. If your teeth are worn down from grinding, veneers can restore their length. 
  • Crooked teeth. Teeth that are mildly crooked can be covered with veneers to appear properly aligned. 
  • Gaps. Veneers wrap slightly around the sides of the teeth, which can help to disguise gaps. 
  • Discolored teeth. Teeth that are severely discolored and cannot be whitened with bleaching can be covered with veneers to appear whiter. 

Ready to Try Veneers? Contact Savannah Dental Solutions

Do you think veneers might be right for you? Savannah Dental Solutions can evaluate your teeth and determine whether or not you are an ideal candidate. Porcelain veneers can improve your self confidence, allowing you to smile more in pictures and in your daily activities. Increased self confidence can open many doors for you in life, and veneers are one of the best ways to achieve that. Ready to see what veneers can do for you?

Call (912) 314-1366 or contact us today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you improve your smile.

What is the Best Teeth Whitening Treatment?

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Our teeth get used for everything we eat and drink throughout our day – so it’s no wonder why they slowly begin to lose their bright color. As we age, certain foods and medications can stain the color of our teeth, enamel can get worn, and bad habits can change our mouth’s appearance. 

Teeth whitening is a great way to regain a set of pearly whites and a healthy smile – with all the benefits that come with it. But, with so many teeth whitening treatments out there, how do you know which one to choose? 

Your mouth deserves the best. And KӧR Whitening Deep Bleaching System is the best teeth whitening treatment available. 

Benefits of Teeth Whitening

Having white teeth can come with benefits, such as:  

  • An increased level of self-confidence
  • Enhances your physical appearance
  • Reduces the appearance of wrinkles
  • Increased success in business dealings
  • An affordable solution to feeling better about yourself

As technology grows, new advances have been made in teeth whitening treatments that offer you the desired outcome without a lot of work. More and more people, young and old, are taking advantage of these products – and reaping the benefits. 

It is important to note, though, that not all whitening treatments are the same. If you want the best results, then you need to use the best treatment. 

The Best: KӧR Whitening Deep Bleaching System

There are many whitening products on the market, each claiming to provide the best results. Some can be done at home while others are done at your dentist’s office. If you want a long-lasting whitening treatment that is easy to use, KӧR Whitening Deep Bleaching System is the best. 

KӧR Whitening Deep Bleaching System ranks so high because:

  • Gives natural-looking results
  • It is permanent
  • It works on dark stains and those caused by tetracycline
  • It is used safely on gums and teeth
  • The entire process is easy and painless

This is a professional teeth whitening solution, therefore the KӧR Whitening Deep Bleaching System involves a trip to the dentist. At your appointment, your dentist will create custom-fitted whitening trays that you will take home and use for two weeks – every night while you sleep. These trays are surprisingly comfortable and will not result in the gel leaking out into your mouth.

Your dentist will then show you the procedure of adding the bleaching solution to the tray and will follow up with you along your journey. Additional procedures in the office may be suggested to enhance the whitening. 

So, what makes KӧR Whitening Deep Bleaching System the best? It is designed to restore the ability of your teeth to absorb oxygen, helping the gel penetrate deep into the tooth. In other words, it thoroughly whitens your teeth – not just on the surface. 

KӧR Whitening Deep Bleaching System: What You Need to Know

If you have decided to give the KӧR Whitening Deep Bleaching System a try, there is a good chance you have some questions. That’s why we’ve decided to put together a list of important information you need to know before you make your appointment. 

  • The KӧR Whitening Deep Bleaching System is a safe option for teeth whitening. It has successfully passed clinical studies and has been used by millions.
  • A wide age range can use KӧR Whitening Deep Bleaching System, starting as young as 14 years old. The younger the teeth, the better the results. 
  • The whitening results are permanent. Any new stains that appear can be easily managed with effective at-home treatments. 
  • Veneers, crowns, and fillings will not whiten using KӧR Whitening Deep Bleaching System or other whitening systems. Your dentist can discuss options for your personal situation at your visit. 

Get Whiter Teeth at Savannah Dental Solutions

At Savannah Dental Solutions, we love helping our patients feel confident with a glowing smile. And, we know how that the KӧR Whitening Deep Bleaching System plays a major role in making that happen. 

If you are interested in getting whiter teeth, call Savannah Dental Solutions at (912) 354-1366 or contact us online. Make your teeth whitening appointment today!

How Do You Treat TMJ Disorder?

older man holds both hands to his upper jaw near the ears

Treating TMJ disorder can be as easy as relaxing the jaw. And, with a little attention, the symptoms may just go away on their own. Unfortunately, though, this is not always the case. TMJ often requires attention – at home, with a medical professional, or by your dentist. 

Here’s how it’s treated. 

What is TMJ Disorder? 

TMJ is short for Temporomandibular Joint, which is located where your jaw connects to your skull on each side of your head. For those who have been diagnosed with TMJ disorder, pain is felt in both the joint and the muscle that control the jaw’s movement. 

The most common symptoms of TMJ disorder are: 

  • Finding it difficult to chew
  • Pain when chewing
  • Pain or soreness at the jawline
  • Pain or soreness at one or both of the temporomandibular joints
  • Ear aches in and around the ear
  • Locked joint, inability to open and close the jaw
  • Clicking sounds when opening and closing the jaw

Note: If you have never been diagnosed with TMJ disorder, but think you may have it, you should always seek the guidance of a professional. 

Treating TMJ at Home

For mild cases of TMJ where pain is mild and uncomfortable, but not an interruption to your day, there are a few things you may want to try at home to treat the pain. 

Apply Moist Heat

Joint pain often responds well to applying moist heat to the area. Just be sure that it is not too hot so you don’t burn your face. 

Apply Ice or Cold

Ice is known to reduce inflammation and ease pain. Wrap ice in a towel and place on the joint for no more than 10 or 15 minutes. 

Eat Soft Food

Eating hard foods can be harsh on the muscles and joints. Give your jaw a break by eating soft, blended food. 

Relax Your Muscles

Practice deep breathing techniques and let your jaw loosen up. Your jaw will drop, your mouth and teeth will part, and you should begin to feel your facial muscles relax. Breathing slowly this way for a few minutes can offer incredible relief. 

Trying some of these tips while taking over-the-counter pain reliever may offer you the relief from TMJ that you are looking for. However, if the pain is persistent or disruptive to your daily life, you should contact your dentist. 

How Your Dentist Can Help

Dentists handle teeth, but they deeply understand the intricacy of the mouth as a whole, functional system. And this includes the temporomandibular joint responsible for this disorder. Your dentist may be able to assess your situation and even diagnose TMJ disorder. He or she may listen to and feel your jaw as you move it, as well as pay attention to your range of movement. X-Rays may also be used to determine your needs.

TMJ may be caused by different factors, such as injury and arthritis. But it is commonly due to issues with the alignment of the teeth and the jaw or clenching/grinding too often. While some may be better treated by a medical professional, the latter are all things that your dentist can help you with. 

Treatment solutions frequently used by dentists for this disorder include using tools such as a bite plate, splint, or mouth guard. All of which can help those who suffer from TMJ due to clenching or grinding. For TMJ due to alignment issues, braces can often be used to realign the teeth. Sometimes physical therapy or equilibration and functional reconstruction may be considered.

Dentists can also offer other solutions that may offer relief of temporary, intermittent pain from TMJ disorder. 

Your dentist will assess your personal situation and determine the best plan of treatment for you. 

Visit Savannah Dental Solutions

Seeking dental treatment when you suffer from TMJ is a big step. At Savannah Dental Solutions, we understand what you are going through and we are here to help. Whether you are currently suffering with TMJ pain or you require extra precautions during dental procedures, we have the knowledge and expertise to provide you with the best care.  
Contact our office at (912) 354-1366 or contact us online to schedule a consultation today.

What Does a Cosmetic Dentist Do?

man in dental chair getting teeth professionally whitened

Simply put, cosmetic dentists help restore smiles. They use state-of-the-art techniques that can transform years of troubled teeth into a beaming mouth of pearly whites. It’s like a smile makeover! Wide gaps, misshapen teeth, and deep discoloration are all things that cosmetic dentists address. 

Let’s take a look at a few of the techniques that these specialty dentists use to help patients smile again. 

Dental Veneers

Also known as porcelain veneers or laminate, dental veneers can give new life to teeth that need some extra attention, such as: 

  • Teeth with gaps
  • Misshapen or uneven teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Discolored teeth 

Veneers are porcelain coverings that bond to your teeth. They look just like real teeth but can be designed, shaded, and shaped to give you perfect-looking teeth. The best part is that once the cosmetic dentist finishes the veneers, you are good to go without any special care – just brush and floss like normal. 

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are caps that go over the real tooth, but give it a better appearance. While crowns in dentistry do serve other purposes, such as restoring shape and strengthening a tooth, they can greatly – and positively – impact the visual aspect of your smile. 

Teeth Whitening or Bleaching

Coffee, tea, wine, foods, and even certain medications can stain teeth. And while there are many over-the-counter teeth whitening tools on the market, they don’t always provide you with the results you are looking for. 

Professional whitening or bleaching under the care of a cosmetic dentist can leave you with instantly brighter, natural-looking teeth with long-lasting results. 

For many people, getting that refreshed look and feel from whitening by a cosmetic dentist is all that is needed for confidence levels to soar. 

Dental Implants

Losing teeth happens to many people as they age – whether it is one tooth or many teeth. Some people turn to dentures or even partials but find that they move and slip and are just not as comfortable as having real teeth. 

Cosmetic dentists can provide dental implants that get placed directly into the gum where the missing tooth should be. These implants look and feel like real teeth – and can last a lifetime with the right care. 

Dental implants are not new, but they are a highly successful and sought-after option for those looking to transform their smiles. 

Replacing Outdated and Unsightly Dental Work

For years, the go-to method of filling cavities meant using the silver-mercury amalgam filling. This method of filling teeth was never a safe, secure option as the metal didn’t bond well with teeth. As a result, teeth would still begin to decay over time, and eventually, the fillings fell out.

Though, perhaps it is the stark contrast between white teeth and dark fillings that make the use of the metal a poor choice for aesthetic reasons. Many people who have had this type of dental find that it makes them a bit self-conscious about their smile. 

Cosmetic dentistry works to remove all this old dental work and replace it with a durable composite resin that bonds tightly to the tooth, sealing it from decay and giving your tooth a solid white, healthy appearance. Unless you tell someone, no one will ever know you had a cavity filled. 

Cosmetic Dentistry at Savannah Dental Solutions

Have you been dreaming of regaining your beautiful smile? Make it happen with the cosmetic dentistry team at Savannah Dental Solutions. Schedule a consultation to see how we can transform your smile. Call our office today at (912) 354-1366 or contact us online.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost in Savannah, GA?

dentist showing female patient model of dental implant

Missing teeth can be more than just unsightly, causing low self-esteem and compounding issues with your oral health. Although dentures can be used to temporarily fill gaps, many people have found success with dental implants as a permanent replacement. Even better: dental implants cost less when considering the long-term fees associated with traditional methods of teeth replacement!

What Are Dental Implants?

When the root of a tooth is damaged beyond repair and needs to be removed, a dental implant can be an effective alternative to dentures. Dental implants are small titanium posts that are attached to the jaw, upon which replacement teeth can be placed. Dental implants are more stable than dentures, and can be used to replace missing teeth without damaging the gums or putting further strain on existing teeth.

What is the Average Cost of Dental Implants?

You might be surprised to learn that dental implants are not as expensive as you think, especially when considering their longevity and effectiveness compared to other teeth replacement options. The procedure involved with a dental implant has many parts, each with their own individual pricing. In Savannah, GA, these average prices are:

  • Post: $2,000
  • Abutment / Crown: $2,200
  • Bone Graft: $300
  • Tooth Extraction: $75
  • CT Scan: $300
  • X-Ray: $25

When properly taken care of, dental implants can last a lifetime, saving you time and money down the road. Although prices can vary considerably depending on the type of implant, how many teeth need replacement, and any additional work needed to prepare for their insertion, you can expect each implant to cost about $4,800. 

Does Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

Unfortunately, many dental insurance companies still recognize dental implants as an elective procedure, though some may offer partial coverage of components such as the crown. There is hope for the future, however, as insurance companies begin to realize the long-term efficiency and cost effectiveness of dental implants.

To help pay for the cost, you can also consider requesting partial coverage toward the dental implants equal to the price of similar, insurance-approved procedures or teeth replacements such as dentures or a dental bridge. You can also consult your insurance company about other potential options, or seek out an insurance company that offers dental implant coverage.

Making Dental Implants Affordable

Even if insurance can’t cover the entire cost of dental implants, you still have other options to help make them affordable:

  1. Dental Loans. These loans are specifically tailored to cover expensive dental procedures, including dental implants.
  2. Healthcare Credit Cards. There are many credit card plans with low payment options designed to help pay off the cost of implants.
  3. Payment Plans. Many dentists provide in-house payment plans to their patients that can be paid off over time through small monthly payments.

Dental Implants From Savannah Dental Solutions

If you’re looking for a permanent solution to missing teeth, dental implants may be right for you. The experienced team at Savannah Dental Solutions will walk you through the procedure, providing affordable estimates and answering any questions you might have. Call us at (912) 354-1366 to schedule a consultation, or contact us online.

How to Find a Good Cosmetic Dentist in Savannah, GA

When it comes to something as important as your smile, you don’t want to trust just anyone. Finding a good cosmetic dentist can be a difficult task, especially if you don’t know what to look for. It’s important to take time to thoroughly research potential dentists before deciding on a provider to ensure you receive the best possible care.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

While general dentistry focuses on the overall health of your teeth and gums, cosmetic dentistry can be just as important to make you look and feel your best. Some procedures that fall under the umbrella of cosmetic dentistry include:

  • Orthodontics (repositioning teeth)
  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental implants
  • Porcelain crowns or veneers

Cosmetic dentistry is generally voluntary rather than a medical necessity, but can have a variety of benefits for both your physical and mental health. Many cosmetic procedures take only one visit and can last for years. If you’ve ever felt a lack of confidence regarding your smile, cosmetic dentistry might be right for you.

#1: Ask Friends and Family

The easiest way to find a cosmetic dentist is to poll people you trust. Ask family, friends, or coworkers for recommendations or about where they’ve had work done in the past. If your current dentist doesn’t provide cosmetic dentistry services, they may also be able to refer you to a colleague that does.

#2: Read Reviews

Some of the most popular options for customers to leave reviews include Yelp, Google, and Angie’s List. Be sure to read from multiple sources to get a wide variety of opinions, and always check if there’s been any follow-up or responses to negative reviews. While reviews can be an invaluable tool when deciding on a cosmetic dentist, don’t forget that many people who leave reviews feel very strongly about the business one way or another.

#3: Ask About Credentials

Cosmetic dentistry is very rarely taught as part of a general course in dental school. Because most cosmetic procedures are entirely elective, a dentist will need to pursue additional training in a cosmetic dentistry education program to ensure they’ve mastered the necessary skills. Ask if your dentist is a member of any cosmetic dentistry groups, such as the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

#4: Check Prices

Because cosmetic dentistry requires more time and resources than general dental practices, it also tends to be more expensive. While cost is a factor for many people when making decisions, be careful about cutting corners when it comes to something as important as your dental health! Compare prices for cosmetic procedures in your area, and be wary of practices charging much less than the average. Cosmetic dentistry is like art, and cutting corners to save money may result in work that is subpar or needs replacement sooner rather than later.

#5: Ask for Examples

Many dentists provide before and after photos of cosmetic procedures, and may even post them on their website or social media platforms. You can use these pictures to not only get an idea of what the dentist’s work looks like, but also as a reference for your own cosmetic dentistry goals. 

Savannah Dental Solutions Provides Cosmetic Dentistry

As one of the most trusted cosmetic dentists in Georgia, Savannah Dental Solutions is ready to help with your smile makeover! Call us at (912) 354-1366 to schedule your consultation, or contact us online.

How Do You Treat Sleep Apnea?

Cpap for Sleep Apnea on Woman in Bedroom

A good night’s sleep is important for both your mental and physical health, but what do you do if your sleep apnea is keeping you awake? In the past, large and uncomfortable masks and machines were the main solution for those suffering from sleep apnea. Thanks to modern day technology and advancements in the healthcare industry, however, there are much more convenient options available to help treat your sleep apnea.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your airway is blocked during sleep, causing abnormal breathing patterns or keeping you from breathing at all. This can be caused by a number of different factors, such as:

  • Size and position of your tongue, jaw, tonsils, or neck
  • Obesity, which shrinks your airway
  • Sleeping on your back
  • Drug or alcohol use
  • Nasal congestion that inhibits your breathing

Although men are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea than women, it can affect anyone regardless of age or sex. Sleep apnea affects the quality of your sleep as well as your body’s ability to take in oxygen, which could result in serious health problems if left untreated.

Treatment Options For Sleep Apnea

If you suffer from sleep apnea, your medical professional might recommend a sleep study to analyze your breathing patterns. Methods of treating sleep apnea depend on the root cause and severity of the condition, and can include:

  1. Lifestyle Changes. In some cases, sleep apnea stems from lifestyle choices that can be changed by the patient. Losing weight or quitting smoking may reduce strain on your airway, alleviating your sleep apnea symptoms. Changing your sleeping position to lie on your side or stomach might also open your airway to help regulate your breathing as well.
  2. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Devices. These machines pump pressurized air into your airway at a consistent pressure. This constant airflow promotes steady breathing and keeps your airway from collapsing as you sleep. Although it is an effective sleep apnea treatment, and one of the first most doctors prescribe to patients, it may not be for everyone. Some machines are quite bulky, and wearing the mask may cause discomfort.
  3. Mouthguards / Oral Appliances. An alternative to CPAP machines, these mouthguards are custom made to fit your teeth. The device works by repositioning your lower jaw while you sleep, allowing additional space in your airway to aid in breathing. A mouthguard can also protect against teeth grinding while you sleep, as well as aid in reducing snoring.
  4. Surgery. For severe sleep apnea cases, or ones where other forms of treatment prove ineffective, surgery may be a last resort. One of the most common forms of surgery to help relieve sleep apnea is tonsil removal, though other anomalies in your anatomy may also be altered or removed if a doctor determines they are the root problem of your sleep apnea.

Ready to Treat Your Sleep Apnea?

If you are suffering from sleep apnea and looking for a solution, Savannah Dental Solutions can help. Our dedicated team is committed to your health and wellness, and is ready to help you control your sleep apnea! Call us at (912) 354-1366 to schedule a sleep apnea consultation, or contact us online.

How Much Does Cosmetic Dentistry Cost in Savannah, GA?

Cosmetic dentistry involves any dental operation that improves your smile. Because it is not covered by traditional dental insurance, it is important to know just how much cosmetic dentistry costs. While costs vary by multiple factors, knowing which procedure you have in mind can help determine potential prices. Here’s what to expect for the average cost of some common cosmetic procedures.

Teeth Whitening and Bleaching

Looking for a brighter smile? Looking to fix yellowing or stained teeth? Teeth whitening and bleaching involve the use of chemical agents to alter the color of your teeth. The best advantage of dental bleaching is a customized mold of your teeth that you wear as you sleep. This mold assures that the bleaching agent stays in place, maximizing your whitening process and comfort. Results will occur in as little as two weeks, with occasional maintenance and cleaning. Estimated cost: $200-600.

Implants

Dental implants are complete artificial replacements for teeth. A permanent alternative to dentures, implants provide stability without placing strain on other teeth or injuring the gums. While implants can take some time to heal, there are special types of implants that can be used immediately after being placed. Estimated cost: $2800/tooth.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding, also known as cosmetic or composite bonding, is the use of resin to restore the shape and color of your teeth. It is a popular alternative to fillings with several applications. Composite bonding can close in gaps between teeth, lengthen or change their shape, and replace parts of the teeth that have been chipped or broken. Metal caps or plating can also be replaced, giving a more natural, pleasing look. Estimated cost: $200-600/tooth.

Composite and Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are thin, tooth-like caps bonded to your natural teeth. They can be made of composite resin or porcelain, and are handcrafted to maximize your smile’s aesthetic appeal, shape, and tint. Resin veneers are less expensive but lack some of the customization options of porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are both durable and resistant to stains. Regardless of material, veneers are a long-term investment and last years. Estimated cost: $500-2000/tooth. 

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Worth the Cost?

There are many reasons why cosmetic dentistry may benefit a patient. While everyone has specific needs regarding their dental health, small aesthetic changes can make a huge difference in daily life. Whether it is to improve self-confidence or to make a strong first impression in a professional setting, cosmetic dentistry is an important investment in oneself. Procedures like veneers or bonding provide long-lasting effects and can even prevent future damage to your smile.

Schedule a Consultation With Savannah Dental Solutions Today

If you’re looking for a dental office with a wide range of cosmetic services, Savannah Dental Solutions has the expertise you need. We provide focused attention to all your dental needs and treat you like more than just a patient. At our offices, we can proactively address your concerns, relieve your fears, and make your dental health a positive experience. Contact us at (912) 354-1366 to schedule an appointment today.