When a dental patient comes into our Capital District dental office and says “I do not like my smile” — we ask insightful questions in an effort to better align ourselves with how they view their appearance. Sometimes, our viewpoints can differ from theirs — and we want to have an open, honest conversation to help ensure we are able to achieve every patient’s individual smile goals.
Sometimes a patient is desiring a brighter, whiter smile — and, we have a variety of teeth whitening methods that can work wonders! If patient comments about not liking how their teeth are arranged (sometimes due to overcrowding) — we might suggest Invisalign or a combination of Invisalign and veneers.
A veneer is a preparation in which the front or lip-side of a tooth is reduced and replaced with essentially a half dental crown. Veneers are a cosmetic dentistry treatment performed for aesthetic purposes and can completely reshape and reform a person’s smile. Veneers can hide severe tooth staining (due to antibiotic use as a child, or otherwise), but are most often used if a patient wants to have very uniform teeth. Sometimes known as “instant orthodontics,” veneers also are able to remove gaps entirely from a person’s smile — as well as any chips, cracks, stains, or other cosmetic imperfections.
Are you searching for a dentist in the Capital District to provide the best dental veneers possible and rebuild a beautiful, flawless smile? Our team is ready to put their decades of experience to work for you. Please give us a call to request a consultation and take the first step in achieving your dream smile!
BOTOX® can help alleviate dysfunction and pain associated with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome and migraine issues. Our dentists can use BOTOX® to reduce the force being placed on facial muscles, providing tremendous relief while also enhancing facial aesthetics. Imperfections such as a gummy smile can be eliminated entirely using BOTOX® to relax the muscles around the lips and cover up excessive, exposed gum tissue.
Why would a dentist administer BOTOX®? There is really no other health practitioner better qualified to help! Our dentists provide injections to patients every day, and also are aesthetic enhancement experts. We have been providing Capital District smiles with balance, harmony, and function since 1982, after all!
Are you are searching for a doctor in the Capital District to help with TMD/TMJ treatment? Our dentists are ready to put their decades of experience to work for you. Please give us a call to request a consultation and start living a happier, headache-free life!
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When looking at signs and symptoms that contribute to sleep apnea, our dentists can determine during an examination if a patient has very little airway space. We also have a thorough discussion about sleep patterns, where typical warnings can include if a patient wakes up tired no matter how many hours are slept.
Oftentimes, a sleep study is also recommended. This is performed at a certified clinic where your sleep is monitored overnight and specialized equipment is used to determined how many times you wake up overnight and if there were any episodes in which breathing ceased.
Sleep apnea therapy is a refined skill and specialty we offer not only to improve our patient’s health but in many cases, save their lives.
The general treatment for sleep apnea is a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine. In short, this is a medical device where patients wear a mask at night that pushes air down the throat. The continuous flow of air keeps a patient’s airway kept open, eliminating the negative effects of sleep apnea.
Many people cannot stand wearing a CPAP, and subsequently do not treat their sleep apnea with this device due to its bulkiness, loud operation, and general discomfort.
Sleep apnea appliances are designed to reposition the jaw to open up the airway, allowing a patient to breathe easier at night and virtually eliminate sleep apnea and snoring. They are much smaller, emit no loud noises, can virtually eliminate sleep apnea — and are very cost-effective.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is sleep apnea associated with obstruction of the airway during sleep. Simply put, something is blocking the airway while you are trying to sleep — and in turn, causing complications such as loss of air and less restful sleep. Lingering lifestyle effects such as brain fog, grogginess, weight gain, high blood pressure (and many more) are usually warning signs associated with OSA. An obstruction during sleep could be too large of a tongue — where when you lay your head down to rest, the tongue falls back and blocks the airway. Other times, anatomical considerations can be in play where someone has too small of an airway.
After a simple exam, our dentists can determine if very little airway space is available — and, through a discussion of sleep patterns, we can further figure out if Obstructive Sleep Apnea is inhibiting restful sleep.
Sleep studies are also usually recommended, where a physician monitors your sleep and can tell how many times you have woken during the night and if there are episodes where breathing stops.
Bruxism is often related to TMD. At Capital Smiles, we see a lot of bruxism cases that have no symptoms associated with them except for loose or worn down teeth. We also see a lot of TMD/TMJ (Temporomandibular joint dysfunction) issues which have no bruxism associated with them at all. They are related because bruxism is associated with the overuse of the same jaw muscles. In many situations, the treatment is similar for these different problems.
Bruxism is a damaging, destructive process. We often recommend a soft nightguard so long a patient’s bruxism isn’t associated with any other diseases or problems. If TMJ problems are present, we recommend different types of splints that protect the teeth and remove a lot of the joint discomfort from the overuse of the jaw and facial muscles. Our dentists also offer BOTOX treatments that can help loosen and relax these muscles and prevent them from further damage.
Excessive grinding and pressure from jaw muscles can lead to tremendous TMJ problems, loss of teeth mobility, loss of bone, notches in teeth, and excessive wear. We understand that when a dental patient is suffering from the loss of teeth, there are multiple reasons. When you are taking steps to correct the issue and receive replacement teeth from our office (dentures, crowns, bridges, or dental implants), we always make it a goal to provide relief and protection from pressure (especially with dental implant patients), A tried and true method of ensuring your restorations stay healthy is through delivering Botox to the chewing muscles as a quick post-operatory procedure. This method weakens the force placed on implants and tooth restorations during the healing period, ensuring your dental work lasts. We also have the ability to make our dental patients nightguards that provide protection from involuntary clenching and girding while sleeping.
The temporomandibular joint hinges between the lower and upper jaw with the ability to both rotate and translate. When the muscles that control the movement of the jaw and the disc overwhelm the ligaments that hold it in place, stretching occurs and muscles overreact and get tense. The bite gets dislocated, and patients experience pain in the lower, upper jaw, and temple areas. Sometimes TMD is mistaken for ear pain and ringing in the ears. TMD is a chronic condition that is unfortunately incurable, but at Capital Smiles, we can help you manage it. We can make it more comfortable. And, we’ve had excellent results with many of our patients.
Are you experiencing head, neck, or jaw pain? Our dentists at Capital Smiles have decades of experience helping alleviate TMD and control its symptoms so you can live life to the fullest — and more comfortably. Call us today to request a complimentary consultation and learn about your options!
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When you lose a tooth you have three options: 1) you can utilize a bridge to anchor onto two neighboring teeth, a removable partial denture, or restore a tooth to its most natural state using a dental implant.
A dental implant uses a titanium screw placed in the jaw bone with an abutment attached to a crown. Dental implants are great restorations that mimic natural teeth and allow patients to enjoy the benefit of ultimate function and aesthetics.
If you are missing one or more teeth, contact our Capital District dental practice today! We have been helping friends and neighbors around the area love to smile since 1982, and our two talented dentists have restored countless teeth with dental implants. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation and learn more.
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