Do you or your partner snore at night? Beyond being an annoying habit, snoring can be a sign of a more serious condition called sleep apnea. In a patient with sleep apnea, the position of the structures of the mouth obstructs air flow during sleep, causing the patient to snore, and at times, to stop breathing for up to a minute or more at a time. This can affect the quality of sleep for both the patient and their partner, and if left untreated, sleep apnea can be very dangerous. The dentists of Henniker Family Dentistry can help you overcome your sleep apnea. Treatment may include the use of a customized mouthpiece, which comfortably repositions the structures of the mouth, allowing for clear breathing and uninterrupted sleep. If you suffer from snoring, ask a team member about sleep apnea treatment.
Porcelain veneers are a popular choice for complete smile makeovers and for good reason. This conservative treatment can fix a number of dental problems, including crooked teeth, chipped teeth, gaps between teeth, or stained teeth. Your dentist at Henniker Family Dentistry will plan your treatment and skillfully create a beautiful new smile that enhances your appearance and boosts your self-esteem. Ask about how porcelain veneers can remake your smile.
When fixing cracks, chips, and breaks, a less expensive alternative to porcelain veneers is bonding. This tooth-colored material is applied and adhered to the surface of your tooth and requires less preparation, which means more of your natural tooth structure is preserved. Your dentist will sculpt the bonding material so that it resembles a natural tooth, correcting chips or cracks, stains or discoloration, and in some cases, gaps between teeth.
You really can straighten your teeth without metal braces! Thanks to Invisalign® — an FDA-approved system that uses clear, removable aligners to incrementally straighten your teeth ? you can achieve the beautiful, straight smile you’ve always wanted without uncomfortable brackets or wires and without a mouth full of metal. Your dentist at Henniker Family Dentistry will use 3D computer imaging to plan your treatment and will then custom design a series of aligners that will incrementally move your teeth. You will replace each aligner every two weeks with the next aligner in the sequence, and 9-15 months later, you can enjoy a perfectly straight smile. Also, because you remove the aligners to eat and drink, there is no need to worry about food restrictions or problems with brushing or flossing, and best of all, no one will even know you are undergoing treatment. Ask about how you can achieve the straight smile you’ve always with Invisalign.
Implants – Restoration
Missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures don’t just look bad, they also get in the way of living your life to the fullest. Don’t suffer any longer. The team at Henniker Family Dentistry can change your life with dental implants. By closely replicating your natural bite, dental implants are a permanent solution that can restore your mouth’s form and function. Because implants fuse with the existing bone in your jaw, they create a strong foundation for prostheses like crowns or dentures. You can look and feel better than you have in years with implant restorations. Ask a team member today if you are a candidate.
Unlike typical dentures, which require the use of denture adhesives to keep them from shifting around the mouth, implants lock in and fit solidly. This reduces the problems associated with traditional dentures such as gum sores and difficulty speaking and chewing. And, because implant-supported dentures distribute your biting pressure more like natural teeth, they also stimulate your supportive structures and prevent your bone and soft tissues from shrinking away. You can replace an entire set of teeth with beautiful, natural-looking implants.
Teeth In a Day
Those who have lost all of their teeth — or are soon to have their last, failing teeth lost — have several options for tooth replacement. One of the most advanced and reliable techniques is to permanently attach lifelike prosthetic teeth to dental implants. Implant-supported teeth look and function just like real teeth, and are maintained with the same oral hygiene practices, such as brushing and flossing. They provide important health benefits. By permanently replacing missing teeth — and lost gum tissues — implant-supported teeth restore the support of the facial structures, thereby creating a more youthful appearance as well as the ability to function normally. This includes chewing tough foods, eating fresh fruits and vegetables, laughing, kissing, speaking confidently, and smiling. Ask a team member today if you are a candidate.
Do you suffer from headaches, a popping jaw when you open or close your mouth, or pain in your jaw joints and muscles? If so, you could be suffering from issues with your temporomandibular joint (or TMJ). These symptoms could be an indication of strain or of long-term injury due to trauma, complications with your bite, grinding or clenching your teeth, or a combination of these factors. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction affects many people, but your dentists at Henniker Family Dentistry can treat it. Your dentist will custom design a course of therapy to alleviate your pain. If you are experiencing popping or pain in your jaw joint, ask a team member today if you might benefit from this treatment.