How Sleep Apnea is Affecting Your Functionality

Caucasian Couple on bed with white mattress. Man snoring loud makes woman feel annoyed. When you are tired during the day or having trouble paying attention, you typically assume you did not get enough sleep. But what if you did? What could be the cause of your exhaustion in that case? Usually, our minds do not jump to the conclusion that maybe it is a disorder related to oral health, such as that of sleep apnea, but something else that is disturbing our rest. Based on drowsiness alone, it can be difficult to tell what the cause is. Fortunately, Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, California focuses on temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain and can offer you important information regarding sleep apnea and the effects it can have on your day-to-day functioning.

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What Happens When You Develop Gum Disease?

Gum disease is one of the most common oral concerns for adults, though not everyone who has it knows it. Unfortunately, the longer it takes to identify and treat gum disease, the more harm it can cause to your gums and oral health by the time you do. Today, we take a look at what happens when you develop gum disease, including some of the symptoms that could warn you of it if you know what to look for and why it’s important to treat the condition as soon as possible. (more…)

Complicated Impacts of Losing Teeth

If you lose even a single tooth, the potential impact to your smile’s appearance can be significant. In fact, this impact is what prompts many people to address the condition by replacing the lost tooth. However, some of the impacts of tooth loss aren’t visible at all at first, and many of them can have a greater impact on your oral health than just affecting your smile’s appearance. Today, we examine some of the more complicated impacts of losing teeth, and why it’s important to address the problem as soon as possible. (more…)

What to Know About Dealing with TMJ Disorder

There are some dental concerns that are easy to identify, and because of this, they’re often successfully addressed before they have the chance to lead to any significant harm. However, that isn’t always the case, and sometimes, even easy-to-control conditions like tooth decay can become severe enough to impact more of your oral health than you realize. With TMJ disorder, however, the symptoms are rarely as obvious and clear as the signs of tooth decay or other common concerns. This is one of the most important things to remember about dealing with TMJ disorder and the discomfort that it can cause. (more…)

3 Things a Custom Oral Appliance Can Treat for You

When treating most types of oral health concerns, one of the most important aspects of designing your treatment is keeping the extent of it as minimal as possible. For many conditions, this often means utilizing advanced technology and materials to create comfortable, minimally invasive treatment plans. Some of these plans can include the use of a custom-designed oral appliance, which can be crafted to accomplish a wide variety of highly specific treatment goals. Today, we examine a few conditions that you may be able to address with a custom-made oral appliance. (more…)

Using Dental Implants to Support Various Restorations

Over the years, patients who’ve experienced tooth loss to varying degrees have relied on different types of restorations to fully rebuild their smiles and once again enjoy the benefits of full, healthy smiles. Today, those benefits are more extensive than ever before, thanks largely to the use of highly advanced and biocompatible restorative materials and dental techniques. For example, many tooth loss patients can experience the most lifelike results by supporting their custom-designed restorations on an appropriate number of dental implant posts. Designed to replace lost teeth roots, dental implants can offer a higher quality of support for your replacement teeth, promoting a greater level of restoration for your smile and bite function. (more…)

How to Stop Gingivitis Early if It Develops

In most cases, the most effective way to preserve your good oral health is to prevent the concerns that could threaten it. However, while common concerns, such as tooth decay and gum disease, may be highly preventable, they can also form easier than you might expect, and before you realize it. If a concern does develop that could threaten your smile and oral health, then the most effective option for saving your smile will be to address it as soon as possible. Today, we examine what that looks like in the case of gum disease, and why treating its earliest stage (known as gingivitis) can be important to your long-term oral health. (more…)

How to Tell if You’re At-Risk for Tooth Loss

The thing about most oral health concerns is that they’re largely predictable. Conditions like tooth decay and periodontal disease have specific, direct causes (namely, the oral bacteria that accumulate on your teeth every day). They also progress in specific ways, though how far they progress differs from patient to patient. However, when it comes to tooth loss, there are several different potential causes, some predictable and some not. The circumstances surrounding losing a tooth can differ greatly, which is why it’s important to know your specific risk factors and how to manage them properly. (more…)

Are You Getting Tired of Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea isn’t always an obvious condition to the person who experiences it. For many people who experience it, one of the most common giveaways of the condition is the chronic and excessively loud snoring that accompanies the condition. Because of this, many sleep apnea sufferers learn of their condition because they’re prompted by their sleep partners to seek treatment. However, in addition to the telltale snoring, sleep apnea can also be a source for other symptoms, such as increasing daytime tiredness, that could be potential warning signs. (more…)

How to Successfully Prevent Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, which many people recognize as gum disease, is one of the most common conditions to affect adults’ long-term oral health. It begins as an infection in your periodontal tissues, or gums, and over time, it can gradually erode these tissues and the oral structures around them. Fortunately, periodontal disease can be prevented, despite how frequently it occurs. It can also be effectively controlled if it does develop, allowing you to avoid many of the potentially serious consequences that can result from its progression. (more…)