A dental bridge is a device that replaces one or more missing teeth in one section of the mouth. The device can be either permanent or removable. It consists of a fake tooth, called a pontic, that is held in place by crowns or hooks that fit over the adjacent teeth. In some cases, a bridge can be secured by crowns that fit over dental implants if no adjacent teeth are available. Bridges are made from a variety of materials, including gold alloys or porcelain for a more lifelike appearance. Your bridge is custom-designed to fit your mouth and match your natural teeth in color and size. During the creation process, your dentist will shape your bridge so that a healthy bite is achieved when you close your mouth.
Talk to your dentist at Southport Dental about bridges and other tooth replacement options by calling (317) 497-5061. We proudly provide a variety of personalized dental services, taking the time to fully understand our patients’ needs and desires. You can learn more about restorative dentistry, including bridges, dentures, and dental implants, by exploring our blog.
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Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that causes you to cease breathing at intervals while you sleep. Most often, this occurs because the soft tissues at the back of your throat have blocked your airway. Your dentist at Southport Dental can help you identify the signs of sleep apnea and provide a mouthguard to prevent sleep interruptions that can be harmful to your health.
Snoring or Gasping
In many cases, symptoms of sleep apnea may be more apparent to those around the sufferer than they are to the sufferer himself. People who experience sleep apnea frequently snore loudly and disruptively during sleep. Additionally, they may make choking or gasping sounds as the body interrupts sleep to restore proper breathing. At times it may not sound like they are breathing at all as progressive blockage of the airway occurs.
Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
Sleep apnea has been linked to excessive sleepiness during the day. Because your body is constantly waking up to breathe, even if you don’t remember these episodes your sleep is severely interrupted over the course of the night. Those with sleep apnea may wake up hundreds of times over the course of eight hours, resulting in poor sleep quality and tiredness or dozing off during the day. This can also cause difficulty concentrating on tasks or remembering new information, irritability, and trouble maintaining a regular sleep schedule.
Symptoms Upon Waking
Sleep apnea sufferers frequently wake up feeling under the weather. You may experience frequent headaches or a sore throat upon waking. Some people awaken feeling anxious, out of breath, or sweating profusely. Other signs of sleep apnea include excessive morning thirst and frequent trips to the bathroom during the night.
If these symptoms sound familiar to you or someone you love, schedule an appointment at Southport Dental by calling (317) 497-5061. In addition to general dental services, braces, and dental implants, we provide custom mouthguard treatment options for sleep apnea, snoring, and nighttime teeth grinding. Check us out on the Web to learn more about our staff and services.
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Brushing your teeth every day is a healthy dental habit. If you brush with too much force, however, you may be doing more harm than good. This video explains what abrasive brushing is and how you can avoid it. Excessive pressure while brushing is often responsible for tooth sensitivity to certain foods and drinks. Brushing your teeth properly with the right tools will help you achieve a healthy smile without damaging the surface of your teeth.
Are your teeth feeling sensitive or do you wear out your toothbrush soon after replacing it? Talk to your dentist at Southport Dental to learn more about healthy brushing and how to avoid abrasive brushing habits. Check us out on the Web or call (317) 497-5061 to learn more about our full range of dental services in Indianapolis.