Dentist Columbus Ohio | StoneRidge Dental Care Ohio Gahanna Ohio Dentistry - Cosmetic Dentist Gahanna Ohio - Dental Implants Tue, 15 Sep 2015 19:08:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Causes of Snoring Tue, 15 Sep 2015 19:08:48 +0000 There are many causes of snoring, and those causes can be unique to each individual who suffers from snoring. Even if five people in the house snore, each could suffer from different causes of snoring. If you are not sure what could be causing your snoring, then you may want to consult with your physician to see what he or she thinks could be the problem. Here are some common causes of snoring that could be behind the issue for you.

Most Common Causes of Snoring

There are four common causes of snoring. One of the most common causes of snoring is some type of obstruction in and around the airway. This can be due to an illness, such as a cold of the flu, or this can be due to something like allergies. This can create secretions that can become thick and make breathing more difficult. You can also have a physical obstruction, such as a deviated septum or nasal polyp that could be making breathing more challenging, increasing your snoring.

Another one of the common causes of snoring is having bulk in or around the throat. This can come from being overweight, or having swollen glands in the throat, such as the adenoids or the tonsils. Getting sick can cause these glands to swell, such as with tonsillitis, so getting seen by the doctor and getting medication to help relieve the swelling can help when this cause is the culprit.

Having poor tone to the muscles in the tongue and throat is another of the most common causes of snoring. If these muscles relax a bit too much, it can cause your throat to be open less than normal, and it can allow your tongue to fall back and fill the space in your throat.

The fourth most common cause of snoring is having an elongated uvula or soft palate. This can come down to obstruct the airway, or at least narrow the amount of room where air has to move through your airway. This can cause the uvula or palate to vibrate when you breathe, leaving you snoring and you getting less than ideal sleep.

There are many causes of snoring, but each can often be dealt with between home remedies, things you can buy from the store, and things that your doctor can suggest to help.

If you are interested in learning the causes of snoring you may be suffering from, then give StoneRidge Dental Care a call today, and see how we can help!

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How to Stop Snoring Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:06:56 +0000 Have you ever been told that you need to stop snoring? If so, then you are not alone. Just under 50% of adults snore on a regular basis. Some people do not even realize they snore until someone points it out to them. Stopping snoring is something that can be done easily for some people, while others will need the help of a doctor to get to that point. Here are a few of the most common ways to stop snoring that people can try.

Home Remedies to Stop Snoring

The most common remedy people use to stop snoring is to simply change the position they like to sleep in. It is increasingly common for those who prefer to lie on their backs to snore. Simply changing that preference into sleeping on one’s side can make a significant difference in how much a person snores. Since the tongue is able to slide backwards, covering part of the throat when a person sleeps on their back, the change of where the tongue would go naturally can go a long way towards helping someone stop snoring. You can try sleeping with your body against a whole body pillow, tying knots into the back of your shirt to keep you from rolling on to your back, or even putting tennis balls into the back of your shirt to avoid you accidentally rolling on to your back. Reclining instead of lying flat can also help you stop snoring because the tongue would not be able to push over your throat.

Losing weight can also help you stop snoring. Those with weight issues are far more likely to snore than those who are trim and fit. Things like eating healthy, exercising, and getting a good amount of physical activity each day can help you feel better, and sleep without snoring. Avoiding depressants, such as alcohol, can also boost your ability to sleep without snoring. Alcohol, like any sedative, can make breathing more labored, which can ignite your snoring. Avoiding alcohol and similar sedatives can, by itself, stop snoring in those that frequently use these products.

Another thing that people can try to stop snoring is to make sure they sleep on a regular schedule. Going to sleep when you are overtired can make it to where your body is too tired to keep airways open properly. Going to sleep and waking up at the same time each day can make it to where your body naturally dozes off at the right time, and eventually you will not need an alarm clock since your body will begin to wake up at the right time on its own. It will also help you stop snoring because your body will be getting good sleep during the proper times, leaving you feeling more rested when you wake up in the morning.

One of the least expensive ways to stop snoring is to make sure that you are drinking enough water throughout the day. All of the secretions that come from your throat and your nose become thicker when your body is dehydrated. If you go about drinking the right amount of water each day, you can prevent your body from struggling to function properly, and you can stop snoring in its tracks. Staying hydrated not only helps stop snoring, but it also helps your entire body function at a higher level. If you go without drinking enough water, it can disrupt your ability to think, on top of causing you to feel more congested. If you are having a hard time breathing, drink a tall glass of water, make sure you take a nice warm shower and get some good sleep!

Store Remedies to Stop Snoring

One thing that some people have turned to is strips that can help hold nasal passages open wider than natural during sleep. The wider these passages are open, the more oxygen you are able to get, and the easier breathing is during sleep. You can buy these strips from drug stores, and use them nightly, without any worry about how they will affect your sleep. They are an inexpensive way to stop snoring, and to help you feel better when you wake up in the morning.

Another alternative that can help you stop snoring is buying yourself good-quality pillows. Between having a pillow that is old and full of allergens, and sunken down providing less than optimal support, it can cause you to snore and suffer from poor sleep. Going out and buying new pillows can reduce the allergens, plus provide you with a greater level of support, keeping your neck and throat better aligned. However, if you have other things in your bedroom that could be dusty or full of other allergens, then you should dust them prior to bringing in your new pillows so as not to get them all full of allergens again before even getting good sleep on them.

Snoring can be disrupting to both the person sleeping, and those in the vicinity. In order to stop snoring, you need to consider what may be the causes. Once you have the cause narrowed down, you will be able to more effectively stop snoring. If you try these remedies are you are still unable to stop snoring, it may be time to talk with your doctor and see what he or she thinks could be causing the problem.

If you want help to stop snoring, then give StoneRidge Dental Care a call and find out how we can help!

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How to Choose a Dentist Tue, 18 Aug 2015 18:32:47 +0000 A dentist can help guide you and your family down the road to excellent oral health.  Throughout your life you may find yourself in a situation where you need to find a new dentist.  This could be because you’ve moved, your current provider has retired, or maybe you just aren’t happy with the service you receive from your current dentist.  Whatever the reason, choosing a new provider can seem like an intimidating task, but by following the tips below, you can find the right dentist for you and your family.

Finding a Dentist

Recommendations from your friends, family, and coworkers can help point you in the right direction on the path to the perfect dentist for you.  Your family doctor and local pharmacist may also have valuable insight on the providers in the area.  If you are seeking out a new provider because you’re moving then you could ask who your current provider recommends in your new area.

Of course the preferences of your friends, family, and coworkers may not match those of you and your family, so it is important that you don’t rely on recommendations alone.  It’s a good idea to thoroughly read any reviews you can find about each potential provider to see what kind of complaints or praises other people may have to say about them.

Another important thing that you may want to consider is the dentist’s proximity to your home and office.  Since many appointments may fall during your work week, it is handy if the provider you choose is a short distance from your office.  This will cut back on travel time during any midweek appointments.  Similarly, it’s important that your dentist also be relatively close to your home and easy to get to in the event of an emergency.

Narrowing Down Your List of Dentists

Once you’ve gathered a list of potential providers from recommendations and online reviews, you’ll want to reach out to each practice and ask any questions that you may have.  This can easily be done over the phone.  It helps if you write down your questions and have paper and a pencil handy when you call so you can jot down their answers to your questions.  Some of the things you may want to ask any potential new dentist include their hours of operation, if they offer any emergency services, and if they have any specialty.

Dentists who specialize in advanced dental procedures will be less likely to refer you out should you need that procedure.  It’s also a good idea to be aware of what schooling your potential provider has had and if they’ve had any additional training that goes above and beyond what is generally required.

Other questions you will want to ask include finding out if the dentist is covered by your insurance plan.  You may also want to work with the dentist and your insurance to find out what percentage of which procedures are covered.  By doing this research ahead of time you are helping to protect yourself from unexpected bills.

You may also want to inquire about what services your potential dentist offers.  This is especially important if you or someone in your family suffers from anxiety when it comes to dental procedures.  Some dentist offer varying levels of sedation dentistry.  If this is a service that you require you may want to ask which methods of sedation they practice to see if they are something that will work for you.

Meeting Your Dentist

After you’ve narrowed your search down to one or two dentists, you may wish to visit the practice or even schedule an appointment.  This will allow you to meet your potential dentist and also get a feel for how the practice is run.  While you’re there it is a good idea to pay close attention to the details of things happening around you.  For example, while you’re waiting for your appointment, glance around the waiting room to see if it looks clean or dirty.  Pay attention to how long you have to wait for your appointment and be sure that you’re comfortable with the length of the wait.  Check to see what amenities are offered to patients.  Some dentists allow patients to watch a mounted television during their appointment.

The goal of your search for the right dentist for you and your family should be to find an educated provider who makes you feel comfortable and at ease while helping you take charge of your oral health.  You will want to be sure that they are compatible with not only you, but the other members of your family as well.  If you have a good relationship with your dentist then you are more likely to continue on the positive path towards excellent oral hygiene.

If you have any questions about choosing a dentist, please call us at StoneRidge Dental Care.

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Choosing a New Dentist Tue, 04 Aug 2015 18:32:25 +0000 A great dentist can be a huge benefit to you and your family’s oral health.  The right dentist can make visits much less stressful by making you and your family feel more comfortable and in charge of your appointments.  Unfortunately, finding the right provider can seem like a daunting and stressful task.  Following the guidelines below can help you and your family find the practice that is right for you.

Types of Dentists

Many dentists tend to favor various specialties.  You may notice a DDS or a DMD after the dentist’s name.  Both DDS (doctor of dental surgery) and DMD (doctor of dental medicine) study the same program and earn the same degree and they also have the training to perform general dental treatments.

Other differences that you may notice between providers are those who label themselves as “cosmetic” or “family” dentists.  These aren’t necessarily specializations but they do offer more insight into what that specific practice tends to focus on.  The American Dental Association recognizes dental specialists for the categories of pediatric dentistry who specialize with children, endodontists who specialize in root canals, oral and maxillofacial surgeons who specialize in oral surgery, prosthodontists who are restorative specialists, periodontists who specialize in treating gum disease, and orthodontists who specialize in the alignment and bite of teeth.

Knowing what type of dentist you need will play an important part in your search for the best provider for you and your family.  Keep in mind, however, if a situation arises that your dentist doesn’t specialize in, they will be more than happy to refer you to a colleague that they trust.  It is always in your family’s best interest to find a general doctor that can help see you through regular exams and that you trust to refer you to a specialty provider who you will also feel comfortable with if they are unable to perform the required procedure themselves.

Finding a Dentist

Finding the right dentist for you and your family can be done a number of ways.  You may ask friends and other family members or coworkers who they recommend.  You can also check online reviews as well.  Ultimately, you will want to ask yourself and any potential provider a few questions to make sure that they’re the right fit for you and your family.

You will want to decide if the office location is right for you.  Keep in mind that while you may be okay with a longer travel time for regular appointments, you will want to pick a dentist office within a comfortable travel range in the event of an emergency.  With dental emergencies time is of the essence and an office that is a further distance away may impact treatment options in the event of an emergency.

Consider the office hours of your potential new dentist and if they will work for you and your family.  Some providers will offer evening and weekend hours or emergency services.  It’s important to be aware of when your dentist is available.  If they do not provide emergency services then you may want to find out if there’s another dentist in the same practice that does or if they can refer you to someone for emergency care.

Inquire about the training that your dentist has gone through.  You will want to make sure the schooling and experience they have will meet the needs of your family.  It is also a good idea to ask what amenities your provider offers at their practice.  There are many amenities designed to make you and your family more comfortable during visits.  Some practices have televisions or radios built into the exam room.  You can also ask if your provider uses any type of sedation dentistry if you or your family members tend to have anxiety about dental work.  Some providers may use simple sedation dentistry techniques while others may participate in deeper levels of sedation.

Another important part of finding the right provider for your family is finding one that accepts your dental insurance.  It’s also a good idea to find out how much your dental insurance covers for various procedures along with how much the dentist charges so you aren’t caught off guard by a bill.

The Right Dentist for Your Family

Following the hints above can help you and your family find the best provider for your needs.  A great dentist can help relieve anxiety about dental procedures which can lead to you and your family looking forward to future visits.  Studies have shown that people who enjoy their dentist are more likely to attend their regularly scheduled checkups and are less likely to delay visits when there is a problem.

If you have any questions at all about finding the dentist that is right for your family, please call us at StoneRidge Dental Care.

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What to Expect At a Sleep Study Tue, 07 Jul 2015 02:06:00 +0000 A sleep study is a painless procedure which allows your doctor to collect data about your sleep patterns and activity in your mind and body while you sleep.  The data will reflect how well you sleep as well as bring light to any sleeping disorders you may have.  Your doctor may recommend you participate in a sleep study if they suspect that your symptoms may point towards a sleep disorder.

There are four types of sleep studies.  They include the polysomnogram or PSG, multiple sleep latency test or MSLT, maintenance of wakefulness test or MWT.  The fourth sleep study uses a portable monitor that you can use at home.  Another sleep study records data for anywhere from three days to two weeks to give your doctor a better idea of your sleep patterns.

Your doctor may recommend a sleep study if you have excessive snoring, if you are excessively tired during the day, if it takes you more than 30 minutes to fall asleep, if you wake multiple times per night, or any other symptoms that could indicate a sleeping disorder.  There are many sleep disorders that your doctor may request you to take a sleep study for based upon your symptoms.  It is important to follow your doctor’s orders and get tested right away if recommended because sleep disorders can lead to other, severe health problems such as heart failure, high blood pressure, stroke, kidney disease, diabetes, depression and obesity.

Having a sleep study is important because it allows your doctor to evaluate data that you are unable to present during a normal visit.  Many people aren’t aware of their sleep habits including movement and breathing.  Being able to review the data from your sleep study can greatly help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis for your symptoms.  Then you and your doctor will be able to work together to find a treatment plan that will have the highest chance for success based upon your specific needs.

During a Polysomnogram Sleep Study

For the PSG sleep study you will need to stay overnight in a sleep center.  This sleep study will record brain activity along with eye movement, heart rate and your blood pressure.  It also records your blood oxygen level, snoring, chest movement, and air movement through your nose.  This type of sleep study is commonly used to diagnose sleep apnea, sleep related seizure disorders, periodic limb movement disorder and narcolepsy.

During a PSG sleep study, sticky patches with electrodes are placed upon your finger, chest, limbs, face and scalp.  These will sense and record your eye movements, brain activity, heart rate, blood pressure, and blood oxygen level.  Belts are then placed around the chest and belly to monitor breathing and chest movement.

The wires for the sleep study will transmit the data to a computer in the adjoining room so that your sleep is not disturbed.  The wires are bundled together and are thin and flexible so they do not cause discomfort and are not restrictive or disruptive of your sleep.

During the first half of the night, a technician will watch and record your sleep patterns.  For the second half of the night they will wake you to fit you with a CPAP mask.  This mask will create continuous positive airway pressure by gently blowing air through the mask into your mouth and nose to keep your airway open.  The technician will then watch and record your sleep patterns with the CPAP mask and adjust the air flow to find the setting that is best for you.

During a Multiple Sleep Latency Sleep Study

A MSLT is a daytime sleep study that usually follows a PSG.  With this sleep study you will have sensors on your scalp, face and chin.  They may use some of the same sensors from your PSG sleep study.  These sensors will record brain activity and eye movement.  This sleep study typically records the different phases of sleep and how much time it takes you to fall asleep as well as how long you are in each phase of sleep.  The technician will record and monitor the data from the computer in the other room.

About 2 hours after your PSG sleep study ends, you will be asked to try to fall asleep for the MSLT in a dark, quiet room.  This cycle will continue for four or five times throughout the day.  They will give you a 2 hour break between each sleep study test.  During this break you will need to stay awake.  The stages of sleep that you experience during this sleep study and how much time you spend in each stage can help your doctor diagnose sleeping disorders.

During a Maintenance of Wakefulness Sleep Study

This sleep study is also typically done the day after a PSG.  The same scalp, face and chin sensors will determine when you’re awake and when you’re asleep.  During this test you will be asked to sit in a comfortable position in a chair and look straight ahead and simply, stay awake.  This sleep study usually includes four cycles which each last about 40 minutes.  If you do fall asleep, you will be woken after around 90 seconds.  They will typically give you 2 hour breaks during this study as well, during which you can read or watch television but you need to stay awake.

If you are having this sleep study done for a job then they may also request a drug test before the sleep study.

During Other Sleep Studies

If you end up doing a home based portable monitor test then this can be done in the comfort of your own home.  You will borrow the equipment from your doctor or the sleep center and be taught how to effectively use it.  Occasionally a technician will come to your home to help you set up for this sleep study.

Another sleep study that can be done at home is using an actigraph.  This is a small device worn on the wrist like a watch that you will wear during your normal routine.  You will only remove it when bathing or swimming.  This sleep study measures your awake and sleep behavior for anywhere from three days to two weeks.  This extended test gives your doctor a good idea of your sleep habits.  During this sleep study, your doctor may also request that you keep a sleep diary.

After the Sleep Study

After your sleep study is complete, the sensors will be removed and you will be allowed to go home.  Your doctor may request that you undergo additional monitoring with a home based portable monitor or an actigraph depending on your specific situation.

It is normal to not receive a diagnosis right away.  It takes some time for all of the data collected during your sleep study to be compiled and reviewed.  This can sometimes take a few weeks to get your diagnosis.  Once the data has been compiled and reviewed by a sleep specialist and your doctor then you can begin working together to build a customized treatment plan.

If you have any questions about taking a sleep study or have any questions, please call us at StoneRidge Dental Care.

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When to See an Emergency Dentist Tue, 09 Jun 2015 19:56:33 +0000 Emergency dentists handle several different types of dental emergencies.  These emergencies typically consist of an injury to your gums or teeth.  Any type of dental issue that is serious shouldn’t be ignored or the damage could worsen, become permanent, or require more extensive treatment if an emergency dentist isn’t seen right away.

Seeing an Emergency Dentist for an Injury

One of the most common reasons that someone seeks out an emergency dentist for an injury involve teeth that have been knocked out.  If you are ever in the situation where one of your teeth has been knocked out, here are some important steps that you can take to increase the likelihood that an emergency dentist will be able to save your tooth.  Hold the tooth by the crown, not the root, and rinse off the tooth root in water, if it has gotten dirty.  Be careful not to scrub or remove any tissue from the root of the tooth.  Try to put the tooth back in place but do not force it back into the socket.  If you are unable to put the tooth back into place, then place it in a small container of milk.  If milk is not available then you can use water with a pinch of table salt.  You will want to see your emergency dentist right away.  Following these steps and seeing your dentist in one hour or less allows for the best chance of being able to save your tooth.

Another common injury that you may visit an emergency dentist for is chipped or broken teeth.  It is important that you save any pieces of your broken or chipped teeth.  Rinse your mouth and the tooth pieces.  If you are bleeding then you can apply gauze to the area until the bleeding stops.  Using a cold compress can help reduce swelling and relieve pain.  See your emergency dentist as soon as possible and be sure to take the tooth pieces with you.  The emergency dentist will evaluate the situation and determine what action can be taken.

If any injuries also result in soft tissue damage to your cheeks, lips, tongue, or gums  you can try to control bleeding by rinsing with a salt water solution and applying a damp piece of gauze to the injured area for 15 – 20 minutes.  If you are unable to stop the bleeding you will need to see an emergency dentist right away or go to an emergency room.

Other Reasons to see an Emergency Dentist

Emergency dentists can help with more than just injuries.  Sudden, horrible toothaches can also be a reason to see an emergency dentist.  Before you go, you will want to rinse your mouth with warm water and floss to ensure that the discomfort is not caused by lodged food.  If your mouth is swollen then you can use a cold compress on the outside of your cheek or mouth to help with the pain and swelling.  Do not use aspirin or other painkillers on your gums near the tooth because these medications may burn your gum tissue.  Instead, get to the emergency dentist as soon as you can for evaluation.

If you do get an object caught between your teeth and are unable to remove it with brushing or flossing you may wish to seek out an emergency dentist.  It is very important that you do not use a pin, needle, or other sharp object to try to remove what is caught because you can damage your gums or teeth by doing this.

Sometimes, emergency dental situations arise due to failed dental appliances, crowns or fillings.  If you lose a filling, you can temporarily place a piece of sugarless gun into the cavity until you can see your dentist.  Over-the-counter dental cement is also a great option if you are unable to get to your dentist right away.  If you lose a crown then you will want to make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as you can.  Be sure to take the crown to your appointment with you.  If you are unable to see your dentist right away then you can apply a small amount of clove oil to the sensitive area.  If possible, you may try to slip the crown back over the tooth after coating the inner surface with toothpaste, denture adhesive or over-the-counter dental cement.

Broken braces or wires, loose brackets and bands are all issues that result from having braces.  If a wire breaks and is sticking out of a bracket or band and poking you, you can use the eraser of a pencil to push the wire into a better position.  If you are unable to move the wire, you can cover the end with orthodontic wax or gauze until you are able to get to your orthodontist or emergency dentist’s office.  You can temporarily fix loose brackets with orthodontic wax as well.  However, even if you see an emergency dentist you will still want to get into your orthodontist as soon as possible to check your braces and adjust them so that progress isn’t lost.

In the event that your tooth becomes partially dislodged or you notice an abscess you will want to get into your dentist right away.  To relieve pain you can apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth and take Tylenol or Advil.  To draw the pus out of an abscess you can try rinsing your mouth in a salt water solution multiple times per day.

There are several reasons why you may want to see an emergency dentist and several situations that they will be able to help you with.

If you have any questions about emergency dentists, please call StoneRidge Dental Care.

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Emergency Dentist Tue, 02 Jun 2015 19:56:08 +0000 Have you ever found yourself in need of an emergency dentist? Perhaps you have, but didn’t know that such a thing existed? If you ever find yourself in need of someone to help take care of pain in your mouth, your local emergency dentist should be the first person you call. They can help you when you have experienced some type of injury to your mouth, are experiencing pain, or have something stuck in your mouth. Here are the most common problems where an emergency dentist is required.

What Common Problems Require an Emergency Dentist

If you have experienced any type of an injury to your mouth, you need to see a dentist. If the injury is minor, call your regular dentist and get in as soon as he or she can see you. However, if you have a cut that won’t stop bleeding, a tooth that is cracked or knocked out, or swelling from an injury, you need to seek out the services of an emergency dentist.

The same goes if you have pain in your mouth. Some pain is common, such as soreness when wisdom teeth are coming in, but most pain is a sign of a problem. It could be a tooth going bad, an injury you didn’t even know you had, or the initial signs of an infection. This is something serious, and your dentist is the expert on all things having to do with your mouth. This means that he or she is uniquely qualified to take a peek and diagnose the issue.

Going in to see the dentist is something everyone should do at least two times each year, but sometimes going in between those intervals is necessary. Just because it may not be time to see your dentist, doesn’t mean that you don’t need their help. If you need to go in and get seen today, give your local emergency dentist a call and let them help you get to feeling better.

If you need an emergency dentist, call StoneRidge Dental Care now and schedule your appointment.

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How is Periodontics Different from Regular Dentistry? Tue, 26 May 2015 19:40:04 +0000 How is a regular person supposed to know if they need a dentist that specializes in periodontics or if they can visit their regular dentist? The simple answer is if you need something done that involves your gums, jaw, or gum disease, you should seek out someone that specializes in periodontics. If you need something simple comparatively, such as a cavity filled or an extracted tooth, your general dentist is the person to call. Here are a few other ways to tell the difference on which dental professional to contact.

When Periodontics Surpasses What a Regular Dentist Can Handle

Your general dentist is the first line of defense against problems with your oral health. They will clean your teeth, help you brighten your smile, fill in cavities, and take care of the less fun stuff, like pulling teeth, doing root canals, or even putting in a bridge or a crown. If you need something other than these common procedures, you likely need to speak to someone that specializes in periodontics.

There comes to be a point in time during the development of gum disease when your gums go from merely being red and tender, to actually hurting. This is often the first sign you need a dentist that specializes in periodontics. They are going to be able to go in and clean out that bacteria and plaque that is built up within the gum line. They can often scrape the roots of the teeth down, removing the problem areas, and reversing the signs of gum disease. With this procedure and solid oral health practices, your gum disease can actually stop and no longer be a persistent problem.

However, when you have gone beyond what the scaling and root planing procedure can fix, you often need to turn to specialists in periodontics to help restore your smile. This is commonly through procedures like dental implants. Periodontics, also covers getting bone grafts on the jaw to help restore the bone, replacing implants that have broken, and even a recontouring of the jawbone.

If you are not sure if your regular dentists or one that specializes in periodontics is necessary, call StoneRidge Dental Care and tell us what the problem is. We can help!

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What is Periodontics? Tue, 19 May 2015 19:38:36 +0000 The study of periodontics refers to dentists that specialize in treating and managing periodontitis, also known as gum disease. Standard dentists can help with mild cases of gum disease in healthy patients, but if you have a risky medical history, or your case is severe, that’s when a dentist that specializes in periodontics is needed. They can help treat your mouth, and if necessary, can help you get dental implants as well.

Understanding the Basics of Periodontics

Periodontics requires additional schooling and practice treating more severe cases of periodontitis. If you are to the point of needing scaling and root planing, you will likely be referred to a dentist that specializes in periodontics. This is when they will go in and clean off the bases of your teeth under the gum line, getting plague and bacteria off of your teeth in an attempt to salvage the teeth and get the disease out of your mouth.

It takes a lot of time to specialize in periodontics because of the complex ways the disease could spread through the mouth and the rest of the body. If you are trying to get your body healthy, part of that includes keeping your oral health at the top of that list. If you take care of the rest of your body, but neglect your mouth, you could wind up with a higher risk of heart disease and an infection that could spread throughout the rest of your body. You could also put yourself at risk for other health issues if you have other diagnoses, such as pregnancy or diabetes.

A dentist that specializes in periodontics will be able to examine your mouth, including gums, teeth, tongue, and jaw, and determine how severe your gum disease is, and the necessary steps to treating it. Periodontics is also where you will need to go should you need bone grafts to rebuild the jawbone, or should you need dental implants instead of dentures once you have some missing teeth.

If you want to find out more about periodontics, give StoneRidge Dental Care a call and speak to one of our experienced professionals.

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Am I At Risk for Sleep Apnea? Tue, 12 May 2015 19:26:50 +0000 Some people will never have to worry about sleep apnea disrupting how they sleep, but are you one of those people? Or are you one of the unlucky few who may wake in the morning feeling less rested than when you went to bed the night before due to struggling to take breaths during the night? Here are some of the most common risk factors for developing sleep apnea. Find out if you need to be concerned enough to go in and see your doctor.

Common Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea

Here are some of the most common risk factors for developing sleep apnea:

  • Being overweight can lead to a higher chance of developing apnea
  • The older you are, the higher your chances are for developing sleep apnea
  • Men happen to be two times as likely as women to develop apnea prior to the fifties
  • Those with a family history involving sleep apnea are very likely to deal with its complications
  • If you already have a cognitive impairment, it could bring about new, or worsening, sleep apnea as the signals to your brain may be slightly off
  • Those who were born with a naturally thin airway are more apt to have issues with apnea as adults

Sleep apnea can affect people of any age, but the older people get, the higher their risks naturally go. As the body begins to slow down due to aging, the breathing and responses do the same. The more fit you keep your body, the better when it comes to keeping your risks low. Keep your body trim and fit, and see your doctor regularly to ensure you are as healthy as possible.

If you want to find out more about sleep apnea, give StoneRidge Dental Care a call today, and schedule an appointment.

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