Sleep Dentistry of Vancouver is home to experts in advanced dental procedures, so you don’t have to be referred out to yet another office and specialist. The treatments listed below are all done in-house with optional sedation by the highly-trained dentists you already know and trust in our Vancouver, WA office.
If a tooth has untreated decay, In severe cases, it can become infected. Sleep Dentistry of Vancouver may perform a root canal in order to save the tooth.
Perhaps because of the pain associated with a toothache, root canal treatment has an unpleasant reputation. However, a root canal is a vital and effective option for saving a tooth, and the level of discomfort is typically in line with a filling and other more routine dental treatments. In addition to a local anesthetic, sedation dentistry makes the experience even easier with different levels of relaxation available for you and your doctor to choose from.
Even knowing that you will be comfortable during a root canal, you may still be wondering why the procedure is necessary. Ultimately, the complexities of the tooth structure are part of what makes severe decay so challenging.
- While the tooth exterior may appear simple, beneath their hard exteriors, teeth have pulp chambers of soft tissues and nerves that extend into the canals of a tooth’s roots.
- The bacteria that is present alongside decay can cause infection in these soft tissues.
- Such an infection further damages the tooth and leads to other health concerns, including bone loss, swelling in adjacent areas, and spreading infection.
- Because of this, removing the pulp may be necessary if the tooth is to be saved and restored.
Having a root canal and keeping a tooth is usually a much better option than extracting and replacing a tooth with an implant.
After the nerve and pulp are removed from the tooth, restoring the tooth’s structure and functionality can begin. Using fillings, crowns, inlays, and onlays, Sleep Dentistry of Vancouver can rebuild a tooth so that it functions as before. Our advanced cosmetic options even let your repaired tooth blend in naturally, so a root canal can save your tooth without affecting your smile.
Inlays & Onlays
Sleep Dentistry of Vancouver uses inlays and onlays as an advanced alternative to fillings or crowns. Inlays and onlays offer stronger, more durable restoration and often require less alteration to the natural tooth so that the impact on your smile is minimized.
Porcelain inlays and onlays blend in to give you a beautiful smile that looks natural—and this worthwhile treatment is made to last. The most appealing aspect of inlays and onlays is that they are substantially more durable than regular fillings and often last up to three or four times longer.
Like a filling or crown, inlays and onlays reinforce the tooth’s existing structure, prevent further decay, and restore its function. They preserve more of a tooth’s healthy structure than other cavity and tooth decay treatments.
- An inlay is placed in the bed of a tooth’s chewing (or occlusal) surface. It covers a relatively small area.
- An onlay is an inlay that extends to one or more points (or cusps) of a tooth and thus is visible on one of its outer sides. An onlay covers more of the tooth’s surface than an inlay but far less area than a crown would.
Depending on your individual needs, inlays and onlays can be made from different materials. Gold is a solid choice, while porcelain and composite resins mimic teeth’s natural look.
Sleep Apnea & Snoring
Sleep apnea, one of the most common disorders, happens when a person’s airway completely collapses, temporarily cutting off breathing. Reduced sleep quality negatively affects almost all areas of a person’s life. Sleep apnea’s interrupted breathing may even be life-threatening. It also can contribute to chronic fatigue, strokes, high blood pressure, and heart attack.
After a pause in breath, many people jolt awake, their airway opens, and they immediately fall back asleep. They feel tired in the morning but are unaware of their disturbed sleep pattern.
Sleep Dentistry of Vancouver can help diagnose this condition by using an in-home device to monitor your sleep and pre-screen you for sleep apnea symptoms. In the state of Oregon, dentists cannot diagnose sleep apnea. If you believe you have sleep apnea, we recommend you see a sleep health specialist or have a sleep study performed. From there, our experts can provide treatment.
An oral appliance is one way to treat sleep apnea and also minimize regular snoring. Placed in your mouth, the custom-fitted appliance is worn during sleep and keeps your throat’s structure from interfering with the passage of air. The TAP appliance can deliver incredible improvement in minimal time. With its use, patients typically experience higher oxygen (SpO2) levels as the norm instead of an exception. With fewer instances of low oxygen saturation, the TAP minimizes interruptions to your healthy sleep cycle.
The TAP device offered by Sleep Dentistry of Vancouver is effective but may not be the best treatment for all cases of sleep apnea. Some patients may seek surgeries to remove throat tissue or use a CPAP machine and mask that mechanically creates air pressure to keep their airway open.
- Having surgeries is not a guaranteed solution.
- Many patients struggle to maintain consistent, nightly CPAP use, especially with travel. It is estimated that only 30% of people continue to use their CPAP long-term.
Treating sleep apnea can lead to consistent, quality sleep and help alleviate related health problems, such as:
- Sudden death
- Increased risk of heart attack
- Chest pain
- Interrupted breathing
- High blood pressure
- Persistent tiredness
- Weight gain
- Poor attention
- Diminished productivity
Vancouver TMJ Treatments
Sleep Dentistry of Vancouver offers diagnosis and treatment for temporomandibular joint disorder—commonly referred to as TMJ.
Located right below the ear, the temporomandibular joint acts as a hinge between the skull (temple) and jaw (mandible). Cartilage covers the parts where bones connect, and a disk of tissue keeps the movement smooth. Similar to your body’s other joints, the temporomandibular joint can experience strain, tears, and chronic disorders. TMJ disorders can be caused by problems anywhere in the bone, joint, or muscles of the jaw and often cause symptoms in nearby areas.
Common TMJ causes:
- Teeth grinding
- Habitual teeth cleaning
- A bad bite
- Misaligned jaw
- Dislocated jaw
- Trauma from impact or whiplash
- Problems in the ears, nose, or throat
Because of its proximity to other systems, TMJ problems quickly affect other areas of your health. Many people who are suffering from a TMJ disorder experience back, jaw, face, or neck pain. Left untreated, TMJ disorders cause acute pain and may lead to tooth and bone damage that’s difficult to repair. Gums, joints, and other soft tissues are soon affected.
Sleep Dentistry of Vancouver can examine and consider your diverse symptoms to diagnose the real cause behind TMJ pain.
- Teeth grinding is preventable, and a normal jaw position can be restored.
- Once properly aligned, the joint works with your jaw to make chewing and talking comfortable again.