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What is Invisalign

Invisalign is the clear, modern alternative to metal braces created for teens and adults. Metal braces may not be the most attractive option to straighten your teeth so when Invisalign was created it opened a window for people to get braces without the metal mouth. Allow Hales Parker Dentistry to begin your process of getting straight teeth without anyone noticing!

Invisalign is available for teens, and adults! Many adults choose Invisalign so that they can straighten their teeth if they didn’t get braces as a child or finally want to take the step to straighten their teeth. Invisalign has become such a great alternative to metal braces. The only way to know if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign is to have a consultation with a dentist at Hales Parker Dentistry. Our Dentists will take a look at your teeth and assess if you’re qualified for the Invisalign treatment.

Once all your permanent teeth have come in is a good time to straighten and fix your permanent teeth. Typically as your permanent teeth come in they could shift around and create an uneven smile. Invisalign will straighten out your teeth and give you a great natural smile that you desire! So whether you get them at a young age or when you’re an adult you want to get Invisalign as soon as you’re ready for a straight smile and good bite.

There are many reasons to get dental implants. Whether you’ve had dental trauma or want to feel comfortable with your mouth again! Several reasons people consider dental implants can include: Dental trauma, tooth loss, no longer wanting dentures. Depending on the reason why you want to get dental implants can affect when you should get them.

If you have lost teeth then you will want to get dental implants as soon as possible because the bone could sink down and deteriorate. If your bones are insufficient and are not in good shape then you may not qualify for dental implants without another procedure. If you do not have sufficient bone you may need an initial bone replacement procedure to qualify for dental implants.

The short answer when you should get dental implants is ASAP before you could become ineligible!

Hales Parker Dentistry, located in Orange County provides a modern alternative to metal braces, Invisalign was created it opened a window for people to get braces without the metal mouth. Allow Hales Parker Dentistry to begin your process of getting straight teeth without anyone noticing!

If you want to straighten your teeth and are debating between Invisalign and traditional braces let us share why Invisalign is the way you want to go!

Fewer Dental visits: when you use metal braces you will be required to visit the dentist office frequently for tightening the rubber bands/wires. With Invisalign, you’ll receive aligner trays for the first phase and then several phases afterward allowing you to move onto the next phase without visiting the Dentist again.

Eat What You Want: Invisalign allows you to eat or drink whatever you want! The Invisalign aligners are removable allowing you to clean your teeth after eating.

Virtually Invisible: No one enjoys a mouth full of metal braces. Invisalign allows orthodontic patients to hide their dental treatments so they are less noticeable by the public.

More comfortable: Anyone who has had braces will tell you, they are not very comfortable. Traditional braces have a cycle of discomfort that you can avoid with Invisalign! Invisalign eliminates the discomfort of the metal possibly irritating your mouth, tongue, cheek, or gums.

There are six major steps in the Invisalign process. With five easy steps, you’ll be on your way to getting those straight teeth you’ve been wishing for.

Step 1. Initial Appointment: During your first appointment, your dentist will tell you if your mouth/teeth are qualified for the Invisalign treatment. If you are considered a candidate for Invisalign then you will discuss the treatment protocol and estimated treatment length.

Step 2. Molding Process: Here you will start the digital molding process. This sometimes does happen during the first appointment but it depends on your dentist’s discretion. The Dentist may require you to get digital scans, photographs, and x-rays to create an accurate model of your mouth and teeth. These will be sent to the Invisalign lab for them to create your custom trays.

Step 3. First Fitting: Once your series of custom trays are completed it’s time to pick them up! Your dentist may fit some small attachments onto your teeth to help the trays stay in place but they are clear, almost invisible. Your dentist will discuss if you require any preliminary tooth reduction and may do it at this time or alternate appointments. Your dentist will make sure the tray fits perfectly and then will explain the aftercare treatments and then you’re ready to go home!

Step 4. Follow-Up Appointments: After a few weeks of your first tray you’ll return to your dentist to check on the progress of your teeth alignment. Unlike braces, you may not need as many follow up appointments throughout the treatment only periodically to check your progress.

Step 5. Enjoy Your Straight Teeth: After your final tray you’ll have that straight smile you’ve always dreamed of. Time to show off that new smile, you earned it!

The cost of Invisalign can vary depending on the number of trays your mouth will need and the severity of your teeth. Treatment typically will costs between $3,000 and $7,000.

Your dentist will assess the scope of the misalignment of your teeth during your consultation and determine your eligibility for Invisalign. Sometimes people’s misaligned teeth and jaw position do not make them a candidate for Invisalign.

Sometimes Invisalign isn’t for everyone. Invisalign is removable which means it can be easy to forget to wear sometimes but if you don’t wear it, nothing will happen! It can seem simple but if you forget to wear your Invisalign then your teeth could move back to being crooked or throw off the treatment plan.

Another obvious potential drawback of Invisalign is the chance of losing your aligner trays. Since they are removable they are much more likely to get lost than traditional braces.

There are several things you shouldn’t do with your Invisalign such as improper storage to create distortion and bacteria, lose them, forget to clean them and disinfect with mouthwash. You will be required to read the care instructions very carefully.

Some people will take their trays out every time they eat or drink something but some people find sipping through a straw very easy!

Forgetting to wear your Invisalign for several hours every day will affect your treatment negatively. We recommend never missing a day as this will prolong your treatment.

Of course! Nothing is stopping you from kissing with Invisalign in. Thankfully your partner will most likely not even notice it is in due to the virtually invisible look.

No, you need to wear your Invisalign for at least 20 hours a day meaning if you’re only wearing them a few hours a day your teeth will not align the way the dentist has intended for them too and will prolong treatment.

Yes! You can wear your Invisalign during swimming. They are made to sit securely in your mouth without falling out or becoming loose.

Patients typically find that Invisalign helps prevent teeth grinding! Persistent grinding will cause wear on the aligners. You can always get a night or bite guard to prevent premature wear on your Invisalign.

Most dentists recommend retainers after braces or Invisalign to prevent teeth from gradually shifting back to their initial position but this depends on each person and their situation. Typically retainers can be worn at night or are permanently placed at the back of each ridge of teeth.

Over 8 million people have depended on Invisalign to help them achieve that amazing smile they’ve desired.

No, the gum will stick to your Invisalign. You can remove your Invisalign if you want to chew gum.

 

What are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown is essentially a “cap” that is shaped to fit over and cover a tooth. This is used to restore a damaged tooth’s shape, size, strength, and performance or over a root canal-treated tooth. The crown is cemented into place over top of the tooth to enclose it with full protection.

Anyone can get a dental crown if they need to cover a damaged tooth or implant as long as a dentist deems their teeth suitable to do so.

You should consider getting a dental crown if you need to:

Protect a weak tooth from breaking or cracking

Restore an already broken or damaged tooth

Secure and protect a tooth with a large filling

Cover a dental implant

Cover misshapen or discolored teeth

Cover a tooth that has had a root canal

Hales Parker Dentistry, offers a broad range of services, including same-day crowns with easy financial help allowing you the opportunity to smile with confidence again.

There are many benefits of dental crowns, some of which include:


Improved Chewing/Eating Support: When you lose or damage a tooth, your chewing and eating habits are often affected. Dental crowns are extremely strong and usually last up to 15 years. This will allow you to continue to eat foods you really enjoy.

Aesthetic: When a dental crown is made out of porcelain, (the most common material used for crowns), they mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel. This allows the crown to make your smile look and feel just right.

Protection: For an existing tooth that is broken, cracked, treated, or decayed, this dental crown will provide protection from bacteria which could cause bigger problems in the future.

Comfortable: You most likely won’t even feel your crown due to the fact that they are molded to fit the specific shape of your mouth and surrounding teeth.

The cost of a dental crown can vary, depending on the patient’s individual needs for their teeth and the experience of the dentist. Prices can typically run anywhere between $1000 to $3,500 for a dental crown procedure.

If a dentist sees that teeth are at risk for fracture, they will often recommend crowns for those teeth.

Ceramic or all-porcelain are the best options to use for dental crowns. This is because they provide the best natural color to fit your teeth compared to other crowning materials.

Yes, however, it is more difficult to reshape a porcelain crown but small adjustments can be made if need be. If a large change needs to be made, usually the entire crowning process has to be redone.

It is possible for decay to form around the edges of a crown if not taken proper care of. If this is the case, the old crown and the decay is removed and a new crown must be placed.

Yes, a filling won’t always protect the tooth or teeth over a long period of time. If a large portion of the tooth needs filling, a crown will be a more suitable option for you.

You will most likely be put under anesthesia if you are getting a crown replaced. This means the procedure itself will not be painful, but you may have some slight discomfort after.

Actually, our dentists at Hales Parker Dentistry, make and place porcelain crowns in about two hours. They do the required imaging, enamel shaping, and design, manufacture and placement of your restoration all in the same treatment room.

No, it’s actually more comfortable than traditional methods. Your dentist will shape your tooth to receive the crown, removing the decay and other damaged portions. This may require some local anesthetic to numb the tooth.


Beyond that, you’ll barely notice the procedure. Oral impressions are taken with a digital instrument which is about the size and shape of a pen. That means no sticky putty and uncomfortable impression trays–just accurate and quick three-dimensional imaging delivered right to the dentist.


Also, because your crown will be ready quickly, you won’t wear an awkward temporary crown. Instead, you’ll wait in your dental chair as your the milling machine carves your crown from a solid block of porcelain. You can even watch it being made!

That’s where your dentist’s expertise comes in. He’ll use computer-aided design software to instruct the machine on the details of your restoration. Then, the fabrication takes only 15 to 20 minutes. When it’s finished, the dentist does a final shading and polishing and then bonds your crown over your tooth. Typically, same-day crowns are a perfect fit will little to no adjustment.

If you take care of it, you should enjoy it for at least ten years. Floss and brush it as you do your other teeth, and come to the office twice a year for your usual check-ups and professional cleanings. Crowns don’t decay, but they can chip and loosen. So, don’t chomp down on ice or use your teeth to open packages or bottles. Also, it’s important to keep the margins of your crown free of toxic plaque and tartar, the causes of periodontal disease.

Myofunctional Sleep Apnea Approach

“Myofunctional therapy” is an unfamiliar term for most people, but it actually offers a proven, non-invasive way to help people reduce and even stop obstructive sleep apnea symptoms. Its main goal is to retrain and strengthen the tongue and orofacial muscles to allow for better breathing during sleep while also preventing the airway from closing down. Often, this approach is necessary for children and adults who have or have had a lip or tongue-tie. Myofunctional exercises only take a few minutes a day to complete, but the long-term benefits cannot be understated.

Each lip as well as your tongue are connected to a thin band of tissue called a frenum or frenulum. During the last stage of gestation right before birth, these tissues are supposed to loosen and elongate, enabling these parts of the mouth to move properly. Sometimes, however, this does not happen, resulting in short or tight frenums that restrict the tongue and/or lips. While often diagnosed in infants, it’s common for mild ties to remain undetected until someone is a teenager or adult.

Due to a lip or tongue tie, the muscles of a person’s mouth may not develop properly, causing them to be relatively weak or flaccid. In addition to making it harder to eat and speak, this also increases the chance of the airway collapsing during sleep, causing sleep apnea. While oral appliance therapy or CPAP therapy can help, they don’t fix the underlying problem, which is the incorrect function of the orofacial muscles. This is where myofunctional therapy can help.

As touched on above, myofunctional therapy is a collection of exercises designed to help the orofacial muscles work as they should. Once a lip or tongue tie has been treated (or “released”), the patient will be given a selection of exercises that teach them to swallow correctly, primarily breathe through their nose, and keep their tongue in the correct resting posture, all of which work to open up the airway and prevent obstructions during sleep.

When a patient comes to see our practice, as part of her exam, we’ll look for the presence of a lip or tongue tie as well as the signs that someone might have had one in the past. Some patients who have had these conditions treated have not gone through the myofunctional process, and therefore, their muscles and airway may still be working improperly. Once a patient’s lip and tongue-tie have been treated, our doctor can prescribe a range of daily exercises that will enhance the airway, which can reduce snoring and stoppages in breathing to improve sleep quality. The best part about this kind of treatment is that the results last for a lifetime.

Implants

At Hales Parker Dentistry, our dental implants can help achieve the smile of your dreams through dental implant placement. Do you want to feel happier, more comfortable, and overall confident? Your smile can be the first thing people notice about you so let’s make it the best it can be! Let us help you restore the function of your teeth to eat all the foods you have been avoiding.

Dental Implants replace teeth with a titanium structure that is placed in the bone to mimic the roots of your teeth. They can be for any adult 18 years or older and allow that person to confidently live their life to the fullest by smiling, eating, laughing, talking, with confidence!

Any adult who is healthy enough to undergo a dental or oral surgery can be considered for dental implants! The patients should have sufficient bone to hold the implant. Our expert implant dentists will require the patient to have good oral hygiene and attend regular dental visits. After dental implants have been placed and restored our expert implant dentists encourage regular oral hygiene appointments. Eligibility for dental implants can completely depend on our expert implant dentist’s discretion. Some patients may not be considered eligible for dental implants. Our expert implant dentists will take a thorough look through a patient’s entire health history. Some patients with uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, blood clotting disorders, drug abuse, smoking, or any problems with their immune system may not be considered eligible but this is completely up to our expert implant dentist’s discretion.

There are many reasons to get dental implants. Whether you’ve had dental trauma or want to feel comfortable with your mouth again! Several reasons people consider dental implants can include: Dental trauma, tooth loss, no longer wanting dentures. Depending on the reason why you want to get dental implants can affect when you should get them.

If you have lost teeth then you will want to get dental implants as soon as possible because the bone could sink down and deteriorate. If your bones are insufficient and are not in good shape then you may not qualify for dental implants without another procedure. If you do not have sufficient bone you may need an initial bone replacement procedure to qualify for dental implants.

The short answer when you should get dental implants is ASAP before you could become ineligible!

You should feel confident with your smile that should last a lifetime! There are lifelong benefits of getting dental implants that can impact your overall quality of life.

Improved Overall Quality of Life: Dental Implants allow your smile and teeth to function normally which can increase your comfort and confidence.

Improve your Appearance: Getting dental implants preserves bone and prevents further deterioration of the facial structure. With dental implants, wrinkles and other facial structures will stay in place and you can look years younger!

Eliminate Health Issues: having dental implants will improve your overall health.

The dental implant surgery is performed in our dental office. Either way that the surgery is performed, the intention is that our expert dentist will replace tooth roots with metal, screwlike posts, and replace damaged or missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function like real ones.

Step 1: Initial Consultation

At this appointment our patient concierge and our expert implant dentists will evaluate and prepare you for your dental implant procedure! The initial consultation will not take long unless bone grafting is necessary then it could take 3-6 months. This can be the most exciting part of the Dental Implant process, you can start to envision your confident life just around the corner!

Step 2: Procedure

The procedure itself takes 1 to 2 hours. You can be asleep during the procedure by using anesthesia or sedation (oral or IV). Many patients will use local anesthetic/freezing which is a popular way to control any pain. The procedure will be virtually painless and quick!

Step 3: Follow-up Visit

After the procedure, there will be a healing time which could be from 3-5 months but you can start eating again within 24 hours! Our expert implant dentists will require a few follow-up visits to monitor the dental implant healing.

 

The cost of dental implants will vary depending on the difficulty of the procedure. Typically, a single dental implant completed with a crown can range from $2,000-$4,000. This price includes the cost of the surgery, implant, all the components, and the implant crown. Unfortunately, generally, dental insurance does not pay for this procedure but the typical way to pay for a dental implant is through optional 3rd party financing offered by our office.

There are three main types of dental implants: endosteal, subperiosteal, and zygomatic.

Endosteal Implants

Endosteal implants are the most common and highly utilized type of dental implants. They are suited for most patients but require an adequate amount of bone for the implant to integrate/fuse into. These implants are the foundation for the final post and crown. Dental implants are shaped like artificial roots.

The type of endosteal implant selected is based on the amount of bone, the quality of bone, and our expert implant dentists expectations of how the final restoration will look, feel, and function.

Subperiosteal Implants

Subperiosteal Implants are rarely used and are the main alternative to Endosteal Implants. This type of implant is the only procedure available when bone grafting and bone levels are inadequate.

Two surgical procedures are required to make and insert a subperiosteal implant. Unlike standard implants, a subperiosteal must be custom-made to fit the contours of a particular person’s bone. Subperiosteal implants rest on top of the bone but are still under the gum.

Zygomatic Implants

Zygomatic implants are an alternative to the more traditional implants listed above and are the least common type of dental implant. These implants are anchored into the jawbone and After the surgery, fixed teeth can be replaced after three days.

There are also two types of alternative non-removable denture dental implant techniques:

All-on-4 and All-on-6 Implants

All-on-Four or All-on-Six dental implant-supported dentures have advantages over both a full set of dental implants and traditional non-supported dentures.

§ Unlike regular dentures, All-on-Four or All-on-Six dentures don’t require relining or replacement on a regular basis, and don’t have to be removed daily for cleaning. Instead, as is common with dental implants, the full-bridge of teeth can be cared for in much the same way as your original teeth.

§ All-on-Four or All-on-Six implants also have advantages over a full set of individual dental implants. These implants are more cost-efficient and four can be supported by existing bone more readily than a full set, and the implants can possibly be set at an angle to utilize existing bone. There can be circumstances that the final bridge/fixed denture can be placed the same day or within a day or two.

§ Having this procedure as soon as possible after complete tooth loss is highly recommended, as the bone will not have less time to atrophy/deteriorate away and will still be able to support the dental implant procedure.

· Can be placed and restored in as little as one day

· Only requires 4 or 6 implants per arch

· Feels & functions like natural teeth

· Fixed into placed

· Allows patients to eat the food they desire

· Preserves facial structure

· Long-term solution/most cost-effective

· Risks of Getting Dental Implants

· Dental implants have a high success rate, and failures are relatively rare. Issues include infection and poor healing, failure to integrate, underlying medical condition, lack of bone or excessive bone loss, implant breakage, or fracture. Our expert implant dentist will review with you if you are at risk for any of these and how to best mitigate and minimize the chance of them happening.

Dental implants provide individuals a lifetime of endless enjoyment of all aspects of life. The joy of being able to eat their favorite foods without worry or discomfort. People smile with total pride, confidence, and a new natural feeling and looking cosmetic appearance. Today’s modern procedures performed by our skilled expert implant dentists using quality materials, combine for very high success rates. Learn about how implants have changed the lives of some of the patients we’ve helped get dental implants.

 

Implants usually last a lifetime as long as you are maintaining brushing, flossing, and routine dental appointments. The lifespan can be affected by several factors including smoking of any kind and drug abuse.

Dental Implants can break, although it’s very rare. The materials and technology used today make them very reliable.

Most dental implant surgeries are successful with a failure rate of less than 5 percent! But if an implant does ever move or fall out then schedule an appointment with our expert dentist immediately.

Most dental implant surgeries are successful, with a success rate of over 95%! There is a rare condition after a dental implant where the implant integration is not successful. Our expert implant dentist may advise you to start with a preliminary bone grafting procedure.

Occasionally some type of food can get caught between the soft gum tissue and the implants. Some food such as popcorn husks or tiny seeds.

Yes, many dental implant procedures can be done in one clinical appointment. However, every case is different and our expert implant dentist will make the final determination. Typically, a traditional surgery requires placement of the implant and restoration/teeth placed 4-6 months this allows for the integration of the implant into the bone.

The crown/tooth placed on top of a dental implant does remain white. They are designed to resist typical staining, but over time calculus/tartar could build up and require routine dentist visits.

Our expert dentist will give you a specific treatment recovery plan on average we recommend only eating soft foods until you have recovered from surgery. Typically, after all, dental surgery, a person should avoid spicy, or extra hot food or drinks. It’s often advised not to drink from a straw for 24 hours as well. Our expert implant dentist will provide specific directions for you to ensure a smooth recovery.

There are many dental implants for different types of situations but experts have said that titanium screws with a permanent crown or implant-supported bridge are the most long-lasting option for most people. Our expert dentist will advise on the preferred methods and materials at your initial consultation.

There are benefits of both, but ultimately our dentist will determine which procedure you are eligible for and which is right for you. Bridges do not require surgery but do require sufficient teeth that are not health compromised. Dental implants which do require surgery and recovery are a long-lasting solution.

Most people do not experience much discomfort within 1-2 days after dental implant placement. Our dentist will prescribe you a pharmaceutical solution to handle the discomfort. Generally, after a few days, regular over-the-counter medications (Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen) can be useful for any discomfort.

 

Veneers

The average cost for our state-of-the-art custom porcelain dental veneers is anywhere from $1,000-$4,500 for each tooth depending on the difficulty of the case. Our veneers will typically last anywhere from 10-15 years if taken care of properly with good oral hygiene. The pricing on our state-of-the-art custom porcelain dental veneers truly depends on our expert cosmetic doctor recommendations, the procedure, and the patient’s oral health.

At Hales Parker Dentistry, we offer veneers that can help achieve the smile of your dreams through veneer placement. Don’t let having damaged or discolored teeth affect your confidence! Your smile can be the first thing people notice about you so let’s make it the best it can be! Let us help you restore the appearance of your smile.

Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells designed to enhance the color and appearance of your teeth. They are carefully molded to attach to the front surface of a damaged or discolored tooth. It is common to find yourself with stained teeth from the long-term effects of things like coffee, wine, and smoking. Veneers can help fix that for you!

 

Veneers are typically made of porcelain or resin composite materials and are a fix to the cosmetic appearance. Dental veneers can help improve the overall appearance of the teeth and create an even, symmetrical, pearly white smile!

Any adult over the age of 18 can make the decision if they are qualified by our celebrity cosmetic dentist and desire veneers over other treatments! Our celebrity cosmetic dentist requires our patients to have good oral hygiene and attend regular dental visits. You may not be eligible for dental veneers if you have a bad habit of grinding your teeth when you sleep. Veneers are made out of porcelain, but intense teeth grinding can splinter or even break the veneer off. Your natural teeth need to have enough natural tooth matter/enamel. A small layer of enamel will be removed to create a strong bonding surface for the veneer.

 

It is important to keep in mind that this is a permanent procedure, so be sure you are wanting to change the look of your teeth permanently. This is an irreversible procedure. If you do not think you are eligible for veneers, there are other procedures you may be able to partake in!

Dental veneers are used to reach a number of results. These include:

 

· Changing the shape of your teeth

· Changing the color of your teeth (whitening)

· Repair chipped teeth

· Improve alignment (straighten teeth)

· Protect teeth from sensitivity


No matter what the reason, veneers will make you feel comfortable about showing off your smile again! You should speak to our celebrity cosmetic dentist about the possibility of getting dental veneers if you feel you have healthy teeth and the minor issues listed above.

Hales Parker Dentistry will help achieve the smile of your dreams through veneer placement gaining the confidence you always dreamed of!! Let us help you restore the appearance of your smile. See what patients are saying.

There are endless benefits to veneers! Whether you are deciding on a veneer or a set for your front teeth, your confidence will be limitless after this procedure. Some of the most common benefits of dental veneers are:

 

· To cosmetically repair teeth

· To get a more natural-looking smile that is aesthetically pleasing

· Minimally invasive procedure

· Results are immediately visible

· Aftercare and maintenance of veneers is simple

· Permanent

Aside from the fact that you may have to have some enamel removed from your teeth, porcelain veneers don’t damage them. Veneers are added around teeth to give them strength. Veneers are irreversible and affect the appearance of your teeth. Good regular hygiene will help to keep your natural teeth and veneers stable.

The time it takes for your gums and other parts of your mouth to heal after your veneer procedure will differ from person to person. Our celebrity cosmetic dentist recommends an average recovery time of two weeks for the mouth to feel normal and chewing and speaking to feel natural.

 

No. If you are having a problem with tooth decay, you will want to go see our celebrity cosmetic dentist right away for proper treatment. After this problem gets taken care of, you may then proceed to get your veneers fitted.

If the veneers are placed correctly, and there aren’t any issues after, they will not cause bad breath. If they are not fitted correctly, food particles and bacteria can get stuck and cause breath to smell.

All-on-Four & All-on-Six Dental Implants

Hales Parker Dentistry can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wished for through all-on-4 and all-on-6 dental implants. Do you want to feel happier, more comfortable, and overall confident? Let us help guide you in the right direction to replace a complete set of missing teeth. Your smile can be the first thing people notice about you so let’s make it the best it can be!

Many people may find themselves in a situation where most of their teeth have either fallen out or have been extracted due to dental problems. If this is your case, you may be looking to find tooth replacement options. We have good news! We offer many different treatments available to our patients with a variety of ways to replace teeth. However, if the majority of your teeth are missing on your top or bottom arches, you may be looking for a more natural solution such as an all on four or an all on six dental implants.

 

All-on-4 and all-on-6 implants have somewhat similar treatments. The phrase “all on” refers to the fact that all of your dentures will be attached to these implants. Both provide options for patients who lack multiple teeth. If the patient prefers all-on-4 or all-on-6 implants, the treatment is identical. It starts with implant placement, which will preserve structural integrity and support removable or fixed dentures. Although the implants will be surgically placed within two to three hours, the implants will need some time to integrate into the bone in your jaw. Temporary dentures will be placed during this time.

 

If the denture is removable it will need cleaning on a daily basis. If it is non-removable regular dental hygiene along with a waterpik is recommended. As is common with dental implants, the full-bridge of teeth can be cared for in much the same way as your original teeth.

The clearest distinction between all-on-4 and all-on-6 dental implants is the number of implants in the mouth. Our expert implant dentists recommend the all-on-6 dental technique offering a more secure foundation for the prosthetic dental arch, resulting in a longer-lasting, more relaxed smile. Taking into account the mechanisms of biting and chewing, additional flexibility and a more even pressure distribution can help to prolong the life of your prosthetic arch.

 

Although both treatments are identical to each other and appear to produce similar outcomes in general, there are several variations between the techniques that may cause our expert implant dentist to direct you towards one rather than the other. The reasons for choosing one over the other will be discussed at your consultation before the implant surgery takes place.

Just like regular dental implants, any adult who is healthy enough to undergo dental or oral surgery can receive all-on-4 or all-on-6 implants! Overall eligibility for these specific implants will depend on the dentist’s discretion. The patient’s health history is also taken into consideration. If the patient has a history of uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, blood clotting disorders, drug abuse, smoking, or any immune system problems, they may not be considered for this type of surgery. But don’t worry, there are always other options!

Hales Parker Dentistry is the leading implant expert in southern California, we will help you throughout the entire process! Helping you achieve the smile you’ve always wished for through all on four and all on six dental implants. Feeling happier, more comfortable, and overall confident? We will guide you in the right direction to replace a complete set of missing teeth.

All-on-4 or all-on-6 implants have advantages over a full set of individual dental implants. These implants:

 

· Can be placed and restored in as little as one day in ideal conditions

· Only require 4 or 6 implants per arch

· Feel & function like natural teeth

· Fixed into place

· Allow patients to eat the food they desire

· Preserve facial structure

· Are a long-term solution

Our expert implant dentist will make a decision following a detailed assessment and study of your overall health condition, checking x-rays and CT scans, and full dental histories. Custom dentures will be created that will match your jawbone and a temporary denture will be attached on the day of the procedure. Usually, multiple implants take approximately two or more hours to complete under general anesthesia.

The average cost for all-on-4 dental implants is around $12,000 to $35,000 per arch. The average cost for all-on 6 dental implants is several thousand dollars more than the all on four implants. The pricing on dental implants truly depends on our expert implant doctor recommendation, the procedure, and the patient’s health.

The prosthesis that is attached to all-on-4 implants can last at least 10 to 15 years with careful treatment and healthy oral hygiene habits.

These implants offer complete comfort mainly because they do not add pressure on your gums. You take care of them the same way as your natural teeth, and they work the same way as far as eating and chewing.

You can expect your mouth, throat, and jaw to be sore anywhere from a few days up to about two weeks after surgery. Because of this, eating can be uncomfortable or difficult which is why it’s recommended to stick to a liquid, or soft diet during this time. Any inflammation or pain will eventually subside. Analgesics will be subscribed by our expert implant dentist.

In implant placement, our expert implant dentist may choose to cover the implants with your existing gum tissue or place a healing collar on the implant and secure the gum tissue around it.

Vivos Appliance

Vivos offers a multidisciplinary treatment protocol that uses nonsurgical, noninvasive, and cost-effective oral appliance technology prescribed by trained dentists and medical professionals to treat dentofacial anomalies and/or mild to moderate OSA. This revolutionary treatment is The Vivos Method is a customized treatment plan that begins with simple and easy at-home sleep apnea screening using our proprietary technology: VivoScore powered by SleepImage.

Step 1: Sleep Assessment

Say goodbye to overnight sleep studies at the hospital! With VivoScore, you can take a sleep test in the comfort of your own bed. FDA cleared and analyzed by a sleep specialist, this test allows for a completely accurate and comfortable diagnosis.

Step 2: Treatment Plan

Based on your VivoScore results, a Vivos Integrated Provider (VIP) will create a tailored treatment plan using our sophisticated algorithm. This step-by-step path will help you get great sleep in as little as one year.

Step 3: Follow the Vivos Method

When you follow the Vivos Method for a period of 12 to 24 months and check in with your provider regularly, this will ensure you are seeing excellent results with a great clinical outcome called the Vivos Method.

Snoring, gasping, and bad sleep can be a thing of the past. Take the first step to renewed sleep. If you’ve been diagnosed with OSA or experience symptoms, you may be the perfect candidate for the Vivos Method!

No! Once your palate is gradually expanded by wearing the DNA appliance at night (usually for 9-18 months), the problem that caused your snoring and sleep apnea will have been corrected. For many patients, this is a permanent cure for snoring and sleep apnea.

Snoring is a common result of sleep apnea, and making it difficult for others to sleep in your presence is only the beginning of the problems these issues cause. Even if you are technically asleep all night, sleep apnea makes it nearly impossible for your body to get the rest and rejuvenation it needs.

Treating your snoring and sleep apnea can help you feel more rested and alert, reduce your risk of cardiovascular problems and type 2 diabetes, improve your immune system function, and even improve your mood.

There are so many benefits of the Vivos systems when compared to other treatment options for snoring and sleep apnea. This is a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment for snoring that is often permanent. It is a safe, painless, and all-natural snoring remedy. Plus, expanding the size of your jaw may also provide cosmetic benefits.

In addition to alleviating or even curing snoring and sleep apnea, Dr. Rice may also employ the Vivos DNA device to give you relief from migraine headaches, TMJ pain, and pain and damage caused by tooth grinding. Since this device expands the upper jaw, it may also enlarge your sinuses and reduce your risk of sinus infections.

The appliances are comfortable.

The appliances are nearly invisible.

The Vivos system is non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical, which means it is an extremely low-risk treatment.

You may begin to notice results within the first few days or weeks of treatment.

Vivos permanently addresses one of the main causes of OSA.

·After completing the Vivos protocol, many patients no longer require any type of OSA treatment.

Unlike other oral appliances, your results will be permanent upon completing your treatment plan, which can take 12 to 24 months. You won’t need lifetime intervention for sleep apnea because the device expands your upper airway to eliminate interruptions in breathing. Overall, you’ll benefit from improved sleep quality, better productivity, enhanced concentration, and a boost to your general health. By treating your sleep apnea with Vivos, you’ll lessen your risk of several health issues linked to a breathing disorder, like hypertension, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Your oral appliance is custom-made for a comfortable fit. It won’t be bothersome, allowing you to get the rest you need. As a result, it offers a higher patient compliance rate than other common sleep apnea treatments, like a CPAP machine.

There isn’t a set fee for Vivos because the cost is based on your specific treatment plan. We’ll provide you with a custom estimate during your initial consultation at our sleep center. Although it might be more expensive upfront than other devices, it is more affordable long-term because you won’t need lifelong treatment. As a result, you’ll save money down the road while benefiting from lasting results. We’ll work with you to find the solutions you need to breathe better without breaking the bank, like using your insurance. If there’s any out-of-pocket cost, we accept several payment options, like third-party financing.

More people than ever know about sleep apnea and the available treatment options to improve their sleep and their health, which is fantastic! What many of our new iSleepSolutions patients don’t know about sleep apnea is the cause. Below, we’ll walk through the two main causes of sleep apnea, common risk factors, and prevention tips.

If you’ve been recently diagnosed with sleep apnea, or you’re concerned you may be struggling with this common sleep disorder, give our Las Vegas sleep dentist and team a call to schedule a complimentary consultation. We’ll review your symptoms, discuss diagnosis options, and help you on your way to deeper, more refreshing sleep.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition where a person stops breathing for ten or more seconds at a time during sleep. Those with advanced sleep apnea can have hundreds or even thousands of apnea events each night. This causes patients to wake up and restart breathing. Even if you don’t remember the repeated sleep apnea wake up calls, the constant disruption will rob you of the deep, restful sleep you deserve.

There are two main types of this condition that are separated based on the underlying cause. The first and rarer of the two is called central sleep apnea (CSA), and it occurs when the brain fails to trigger the body to breathe during sleep. This is a serious and life-threatening condition. Treatment for CSA often involves multi-specialty treatment plans, surgical intervention, and other complex solutions.

Far more often, people are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which occurs when the airway is being physically blocked. This airway blockage occurs for a number of reasons, including:

Excess throat tissue

Misaligned jaw

Tonsillitis

Sinus infections or allergy and sinus issues

Swollen lymph nodes

Anyone of any age, gender, or ethnicity can suffer from sleep apnea. Even if the condition is “mild,” taking it seriously and seeking treatment in the early stages is essential. That being said, both central and obstructive sleep apnea are more common in men over the age of 50. However, there are a number of other factors that increase your risk for sleep apnea, and we’ve outlined these below.

 

Risk factors for OSA include:

Obesity

Inflamed or enlarged adenoids or tonsils

Misaligned jaw, damaged jaw joints, or irregular size or shape of jaw structures

Genetics

High blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke are all linked to sleep apnea, but it’s hard to pinpoint which is the cause or the effect

Asthma and chronic congestion, sinus infection, and allergies

Tobacco usage, especially smoking

Excessive alcohol consumption right before bed

Sleep position (flat on back)

Obstructive sleep apnea is a significant medical condition, and one that can lead to complications involving the patient’s overall wellbeing. These include:

 

Cardiovascular concerns – Significant drops in your oxygen levels can increase your blood pressure and have dire effects on your heart. In fact, coronary artery disease, heart attacks, and strokes are all more common for those with sleep apnea.

Higher risk of car accidents – The lack of restful sleep caused by sleep apnea can lead to serious problems with concentration and fatigue, even causing patients to fall asleep behind the wheel.

Problems involving medication and surgery – Certain medications may worsen obstructive sleep apnea, and complications following surgery can be more common.

Diabetes – There is scientific evidence that a lack of sleep could cause patients to achieve a pre-diabetic state. These conditions also connect the other way, as the presence of diabetes can contribute to sleep loss.

Erectile dysfunction – Studies have shown that the presence of sleep apnea may increase the likelihood of male patients experiencing erectile dysfunction.

Being overweight

Having a large neck

The presence of high blood pressure

Having a naturally small throat/airway

Experiencing consistent chronic nasal congestion at night

Having a family history of sleep apnea

Routine smoking and/or alcohol use

Being male

Being over the age of 50

Excessive daytime exhaustion, no matter how many hours you slept the night before

Dry mouth and/or sore throat in the mornings

Headaches in the morning

Chest pain in the morning

Issues with memory and/or concentration

Pauses in breathing, sudden choking, or gasping when sleeping

It’s important for people to be able to breathe regularly and consistently while sleeping. When the muscles in the back of the throat relax too much, they can minimize or even completely close your airway, causing obstructive sleep apnea. As a result, your oxygen levels can be lowered to such a dangerous degree that your brain sends out an emergency signal, urging you to wake up and readjust your airway to allow proper flow once more. This awakening is usually so brief that you may not even be aware of it; in fact, you may think you had a full, satisfying night of sleep! Sadly, these pauses can occur up to hundreds of times each night, disturbing your most restful phases.

Snoring is a common habit, and it’s one that’s assumed by most people to be relatively harmless. While this is true in some cases, it may actually point to a much more severe and potentially dangerous condition – sleep apnea. While multiple types of sleep apnea exist, the most common is obstructive sleep apnea, which is characterized by constant pauses in breathing while someone is asleep. Anyone can develop sleep apnea, and serious consequences can follow if it is left untreated.

Sleep Apnea & Obesity

Obesity is the most common cause of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that occurs due to a blockage of the airway during sleep. Considering the fact that about 65 percent of U.S. adults are considered overweight or obese, it is not a surprise that cases of obstructive sleep apnea are on the rise. Also troublesome is the fact that more children are exhibiting the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea than ever before.

Obstructive sleep apnea is classified as the partial or complete blockage of the airway throughout the night. It can cause hundreds of interruptions of sleep, forcing the brain to send emergency signals to resume oxygen flow. The sufferer will jerk awake as a result.

 

What causes the blockage? The most common cause is excessive tissue in the neck — and people with a large neck circumference are likely to experience a blockage as these muscles relax during sleep. Children and adults who are overweight or obese are at an increased risk for developing obstructive sleep apnea.

The signs you or a loved one are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea include:

Chronic, loud, disruptive snoring

Frequent waking throughout the night

Dry mouth or sore throat upon waking up in the morning

Constant fatigue or exhaustion, even after a full night’s sleep

Do not wait to seek treatment for sleep apnea from a qualified professional. Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to serious heart complications and even, in the most extreme cases, premature death.

Obstructive sleep apnea treatment may include a CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure machine, custom oral appliance therapy, or a combination of both. For patients who are overweight or obese, sleep apnea therapy should be applied alongside a weight loss program. Some patients find it easier to manage their weight as their quality of sleep improves.

While being overweight or obese greatly increases a person’s risk for obstructive sleep apnea, the condition is not limited to those who have a high body mass index. Obstructive sleep apnea affects patients for a number of reasons, not always related to weight. Additional risk factors for the condition include:

 

High blood pressure

Tobacco and alcohol use (especially when combined in the hours before bed)

Chronic nasal congestion

Uncontrolled diabetes

Naturally narrow airway or large tonsils

CPAP therapy is an effective way to address the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), but many patients find their machine to be inconvenient and uncomfortable. Plus, a CPAP cannot provide a permanent solution to sleep-disordered breathing. Fortunately, alternative treatments are available. One is the innovative Vivos system. This remarkable protocol non-surgically addresses the anatomical abnormalities that cause OSA.

One common culprit behind OSA is the failure of the jaw to develop properly. Maxillary hypoplasia is a term that refers to the underdevelopment of the upper jaw. Mandibular retrognathia defines a lower jaw that is set too far back. Both of these conditions can result in a compromised upper airway and lead to the repeated pauses in breathing that define obstructive sleep apnea.

Lip & Tongue Tie Treatment

“Tongue tied” is a common phrase used in reference to someone who is having difficulty getting their words out. But did you know that tongue tie is a real medical condition? It has nothing to do with your ability to express yourself verbally. Rather, it has to do with how free your tongue is to move around your mouth. A similar, related condition is lip tie. Left untreated, these conditions can lead to numerous problems. Fortunately, our practice offers lip and tongue tie treatment.

Lip ties and tongue ties are the result of thick or short frenums (also called frenulums). The lingual frenum attaches the bottom of the tongue to the floor of the mouth, while the labial frenum attaches the upper lip to the gums above your upper teeth. When a frenum is malformed, it can limit the movement of the oral structures and lead to a range of symptoms. Lip and tongue ties develop before birth. The cause is often unknown, but some believe that it can be due to genetics or nutritional deficiencies during pregnancy.

Parents should be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of lip and tongue tie in their young ones, such as difficulty breastfeeding, digestive issues, and colic. A breastfeeding mother may also experience problems, such as pain while nursing or cuts and blisters on her nipples.

If a lip or tongue tie isn’t addressed during infancy, it can continue to cause problems into childhood and adulthood. For example, a person might experience:

Aversions to certain textures of foods

An increased risk of cavities, teeth grinding, other dental problems

An increased risk of snoring, obstructive sleep apnea, and other breathing problems

Delays in speech development or speech difficulties after even a very small amount of alcohol

Forward head posture

Such issues may negatively affect a person’s self-confidence and their ability to enjoy their life to the full.

A frenectomy in Summerlin is the standard treatment used to address lip and tongue ties. It is a simple and quick procedure that involves cutting a frenum in order to free up the lip or tongue. Most practitioners who offer frenectomies use surgical scissors. The scissors are effective, but they are inferior to treatment with a dental laser.

 

In our practice, we use a laser to perform frenectomies. It minimizes bleeding, has an incredibly low risk of infection, and in most cases, no local anesthesia is even necessary. Infants who undergo a laser frenectomy are usually able to breastfeed immediately after their procedure.

Snoring and sleep apnea afflict millions of people of all ages. The standard way to treat such issues is with a CPAP machine or oral appliance. Such therapies are certainly effective, but they aren’t always necessary.

 

A tongue-tie may cause the tongue to rest in the wrong position, which can increase the risk of airway blockages at night. A frenectomy, along with myofunctional therapy, can allow the tongue to rest in the correct place, decreasing the risk of nighttime breathing problems and possibly reducing or eliminating the need for other forms of snoring or sleep apnea treatment.

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