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You know the importance of brushing your teeth and having good oral hygiene to avoid cavities. But did you know that cavities aren't just in your teeth?

Yes, even when you take care of your enamel, you can still end up with a cavity between your teeth. This has a technical term called an interproximal cavity. It forms like other cavities: when the enamel is worn away and bacteria are able to get into the tooth.

When this happens with your permanent teeth, it can cause tooth pain that you don't want to have to deal with, as well as other problems when the cavity penetrates into the bloodstream.

The Goal is to Keep Your Healthy Teeth Free From Decay

Preventive dentistry is the best way to make sure you don't end up with interproximal cavities and tooth decay. These tips will teach you how to recognize if you have the signs of a cavity in your teeth and how to prevent cavities in general.

Keep in mind that if you're concerned that you may have a cavity, you should contact your dentist early. The sooner the problem is taken care of, the less likely you'll need more serious fixes like a dental crown or root canal treatment.

Understand What a Cavity Is

You've been taught to brush your teeth since childhood to avoid cavities. But what exactly is this dental concern, anyway? And do you really need to floss?

A cavity is an easily preventable dental condition in which the hard surface of your teeth (the enamel) ends up with a tiny hole in it. This permanent damage is caused when the bacteria stick to the tooth.

Cavities Can Be Avoided With Regular Care

As you engage in frequent snacking, eat sugary foods or drink sugary drinks, and don't effectively clean right after, the food particles form dental plaque.

As plaque, bacteria sticks to the enamel and decays the tooth. If you don't remove decay fast, it turns into a hole that requires a large filling to fix it. However, if it's caught early, the enamel could be recalcified with fluoride gel.

Preventing a Cavity

The best way to prevent interproximal cavities and other cavity types, according to the American Dental Association, is to brush at least twice a day.

Use toothpaste with fluoride to get rid of the bacteria, and follow with flossing and a mouth rinse. Fluoride is a commonly added ingredient to most over-the-counter tooth products.

Tooth Sensitivity? Stop What You're Doing and Check Your Technique

If you notice tooth sensitivity, you could be using the wrong brush. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush unless your dentist recommends otherwise. Brush your teeth in a circular pattern, and include your gums to prevent gum disease.

Habits Are Important, Too

Flossing is important since interproximal cavities form between the teeth, and the floss and mouthwash get up in those hard-to-reach places.

Avoid sugary snacks and drinks, quit habits like using tobacco, and head to your dentist during office hours for preventative cleanings. If you need professional help quitting bad habits, your primary doctor can provide medical advice.

Recognize the Symptoms of Interproximal Cavities

If you're concerned that something isn't quite right, but you're not sure what's going on with your teeth, look for these symptoms to guide you:

  • Sensitivity to heat or cold- This is usually one of the first side effects you'll notice as the cavity erodes your enamel and gets into the second layer of tissue, the dentin. Once temperatures reach this layer, discomfort is the natural side effect.
  • Pain in the teeth - Sensitivity is annoying but it goes away. Pain, on the other hand, is different. It's constant, mild to moderate, and often throbbing. It can be hard to narrow down where the pain is coming from because it feels like it's in your other teeth, too. The dentist can take x rays to figure out where the interproximal cavity is.
  • Bad breath - Officially called halitosis, bad breath is a warning that there's tooth decay going on somewhere. Halitosis is harder to diagnose yourself, but if you know you have it, you want it gone quickly.
  • Browning or yellowing teeth - When you see dark spots on your teeth, it's not normal. This is a sign that a hole is beginning to form inside the tooth. It can be recalcified with fluoride gel if you catch it before tooth decay becomes a hole. At that point, the dentist can use tooth colored filling material to cover the hole, but it can't be reversed.
  • Abscesses or pus forming - If you have a weird spot on your gums that is beginning to show pus, it's a sign your cavities have progressed. This means you have to schedule an ASAP visit with your dentist before your interproximal cavity requires a root canal, bridge or dental implant.
  • Chips - Sometimes, a chip or broken tooth occurs without us realizing it. If you ate something hard or sticky, it could have cracked the top layer. To prevent cavities from destroying the tooth, the dentist can place a natural looking cover over the tooth or add a filling treatment. This keeps plaque from getting into the dentin and causing discomfort. But a chip or crack that isn't treated becomes a serious dental issue, often requiring a root canal to correct.

Head to the Dentist Before You Think You Have a Cavity

So how can you avoid interproximal cavities between two teeth or cavities in general? The best thing to do is to seek out preventative care at least every six months, according to the American Dental Association.

Professional cleanings and dental exams help catch problems early, before cavities can form. And if you do need a filling, the dentist can use a variety of metal alloys to solve minor issues.

Prevention or Early Care, Either Way is a Good Reason to Visit the Dentist

Interproximal cavities form when bacteria is ignored and allowed to run rampant. Head to your dentist for routine visits, and call for an urgent appointment if you think you may have an interproximal cavity or any other dental issues.

Your six to eight hours of slumber every night is an important part of life. It gives your brain a chance to recover from the stresses of the day and prepare for tomorrow. 

If you’re waking up most mornings feeling unrested and you’re tired all day, there’s a reason your “good night’s sleep” isn’t refreshing you. You could be tossing and turning and not realizing it. Or you’re up half the night counting sheep and doing everything you can to sleep, but you just can’t.

In the case of many patients with sleep apnea, both of these situations are common. Sleep apnea is a condition that is hard to diagnose unless the patient is showing specific symptoms or they sleep with a partner.

But sleep apnea is a significant medical condition that should be addressed as soon as possible. It can cause you to stop breathing for seconds or longer in your sleep, resulting in chronic and severe problems.

Anyone who thinks they may have a sleep disorder, especially an apnea-based one, shouldn’t ignore the issue. Over time, certain disorders can develop into serious or fatal conditions.

At ARC Dental Health Dental, we can help you work with your physician to check for signs of sleep apnea. If you have this diagnosis, we have treatment plans to reduce the symptoms—and the dangers that come with them.

Understanding Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a common, although dangerous, sleep disorder. It interrupts your sleep cycle’s natural flow, often causing you to stop breathing, then restart. Since this breathing interruption happens multiple times in a session of sleep, it keeps your brain from getting the rest it needs.

One way to learn if you have sleep apnea is to use a special machine that records your breathing and snoring. If your “apneas,” or breaks in breathing,” happen for ten seconds or more, you have sleep apnea.

A more severe type of sleep apnea is called central sleep apnea. The symptoms are the same but last longer and are more likely to result in chronic breathing conditions or even fatalities. Obstructive apnea, luckily, is more common than central apnea.

All sleep apnea conditions occur because your unconscious brain controls your breathing. But sometimes, the muscles in your throat can’t keep the airways open, for whatever reason, when you’re asleep. The struggle or gasp for air wakes you up to a point, then restarts the breathing session.

In severe enough conditions, the struggle for air doesn’t wake you up at all, and the results could be fatal. Sleep apnea is not a medical problem you should play around with. It’s a serious issue.

How Do I Know if I Have Sleep Apnea?

The majority of patients with sleep apnea only find out they have a problem because their sleeping partner points it out. It can be terrifying to have the person you’re in bed with suddenly stop breathing, gasp for air, and breathe again.

But if you sleep alone, you can still narrow down your symptoms for your doctor or dentist. If you have this condition, chances are, you never feel alert and refreshed after sleeping. You could be “asleep” for the entire night and still wake up tired.

Your blood oxygen levels in the morning will likely be low since your brain struggled to circulate the blood. Eventually, you’ll start to notice memory problems, and you may develop cardiovascular issues. High blood pressure is a common side diagnosis in sleep apnea patients.

If you think you have any of these symptoms, don't wait. Talk to your doctor or schedule a visit at ARC Dental Health to see how we can help.

Dental Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Not all dentists are trained specialists who can treat sleep apnea. Our experts have studied the field of dental sleep medicine. In this specialized area, oral appliance therapies are used to reduce symptoms in sleep disorders.

Patients who have trouble breathing because of obstructive sleep apnea and other disorders can benefit from this type of therapy. Your lack of restful sleep carries over to the quality of your day and your overall health. Without sleep, your physical and mental wellness is negatively affected.

With oral appliance therapy treatments, we work with your physician to help you get your sleep back. 

The first specialists to use oral appliances to treat people with breathing problems were dentists. Over the years, we’ve perfected the devices to the custom-fit, comfortable appliances used today.

These devices are worn by the patient when they sleep. They enter your mouth as a retainer would. The custom fitting and special design works as a manual airway opener, keeping you breathing even when your airways can’t. A collapsed airway results in snoring, but if it isn’t fixed, you won’t be able to breathe at all.

Your specific oral appliance would be tailored to your symptoms. The goal is to support your jaw in a way that holds your airway open without disturbing your rest.

ARC Dental Health Can Help You With Your Sleep Apnea

Oral appliance therapy is a specialized field of dentistry, so treatments have to be performed by a trained dentist. At our office, we have the knowledge, equipment, and experience to get your sleep—and your life—back to normal.

Before we create a treatment plan for your sleep disorder, we’ll review your medical history and any current medications you’re on. From there, we will work with you and your physician, if necessary, to devise a plan of action.

Together, we’ll get your sleep apnea symptoms under control. With restful sleep, your body and mind will be able to function on the optimal level they’re supposed to. And if you have a sleeping partner, they’ll be able to get their full night of slumber back, too!

Contact ARC Dental Health today to talk to our friendly staff. We’ll guide you along the way as you learn how to live with sleep apnea and still get the rest you need to enjoy your daily activities.

Cosmetic procedures like dental implants are becoming more popular around the world. Studies have shown that a person’s smile is one of the biggest factors of self-esteem. A healthy smile gives you the confidence to show it off. And when you’re smiling at other people, you’re creating positive interactions that can change your entire day.

On the other hand, if you’re always trying to hide your smile because of ‘flaws’ you don’t like, you lose that interaction. Gradually, shying away from conversations with others to hide missing or decayed teeth hurts your confidence. 

But implants can solve your dental problems and give you back your positive engagement.

You might have been thinking about this cosmetic solution before but didn’t want to deal with the long process. In the past, traditional implants have taken months to go from start to end result. Now, it’s possible to have your new teeth in one day!

How can dental implants be done in one day? It’s a simplified version in which the dentist takes all the steps of traditional implants and combines them into one procedure.

Not every dental office is able to do this innovative technique. At ARC Dental Health, our expert staff has the training and knowledge necessary to offer our patients same day dental implants.

Are one day dental implants right for you? Keep reading to find out more and see if you are a candidate for this amazing procedure!

Understanding One Day Dental Implants Vs. Traditional Implants

The idea of a dentist doing implants in a day can seem like magic, but it’s simply a matter of advanced technology. Implants have evolved significantly since they were first used by the Mayan civilization around 500 B.C. 

Can you imagine having a wooden implant inserted with no anesthesia?

Luckily, we’re privileged to live in a time where technology is so advanced. Dental implants as we use them today were recorded for the first time in 1958. Over the past few decades, these have become safer and more effective.

To explain same day implants, it helps to know the steps to getting traditional implants. This typical route to new teeth has three separate procedures involved:

  1. First, you’ll have an appointment to remove any teeth that have to be out of the way for the implants to be placed. These could be decaying teeth that can’t be saved or surrounding teeth near the implant site. 
  1. Next, after the extraction site has healed, you’ll schedule an appointment to have the implants placed. This healing process can take a few weeks. During that time, you have to be cautious to avoid infection, bacteria growth, or other complications.

On the day of the implant surgery, you’ll have small, screw-shaped posts inserted into the jawbone. These are your implants, and they act like the roots of your natural teeth to hold the tooth in place.

The implant and jawbone fuse together via osseointegration. Once this process is complete and your body has accepted the implant, you can schedule the next step.

  1. Finally, you’ll have the crown placed atop the implant. The crown is the dental term for the visible part of the tooth. This is cemented to the implant with a special bonding agent that keeps it permanently adhered together. You can eat, chew, and talk like you would with your natural teeth once this step is completed.

So, can dental implants be done in one day if this process normally takes months to complete?

Yes, it can, if you are a candidate for full dental implants in one day!

How Can You Get Denture Implants in One Day?

ARC Dental Health has the equipment and training to provide same day dental implants to qualifying patients. But in order to have this procedure, you have to be in good overall health.

The reason this is so important is that the same day implant procedure combines all the steps of traditional implants into one surgery. You don’t have to go through the surgery/recovery process multiple times, but it’s harder on the body at first.

After the same day implant surgery, you can expect to have more discomfort and swelling than you would after the more minor traditional procedures. If you’d rather get it all over at once, though, this is a great alternative.

With this streamlined procedure, the tooth extraction and implant are on the same day. As soon as your tooth is pulled, immediate dental implants are inserted. This covers up the gap and reduces the chance of infection or complications.

If you opted for custom-made crowns and they’re ready, they will be bonded to your implants. If not, you’ll have temporary crowns placed, and you’ll come back when the permanent ones are available.

Aside from those steps, the only other visit you’ll have to make is a follow-up so we can be sure the surgery site is healing well. You’re off to enjoy the benefits of your new smile!

Schedule a Consultation Today

While getting dental implants in one day does have a lot of benefits, the procedure isn’t for everyone. If you have certain health conditions, you might not be able to have it performed. The best way to know if you’re a candidate is to schedule a consultation with ARC Dental Health. 

Implants carry a risk of jawbone deterioration at the implant site. Same day implants have a slightly higher risk than traditional kinds. You should have a healthy amount of jawbone density before having implant surgery.

The dentist will review your x-rays, as well as your medical and dental history. Some conditions, like autoimmune diseases, heart problems, and advanced gum disease, could prevent you from having same day dental implants. If that’s the case, your dentist will discuss other treatment options for you to reach your dental goals.

During your consultation, we’ll be able to give you more of an estimate of the same day dental implants cost. Every patient has individual needs, so until we see you, we won’t be able to give you a price. However, traditional and same day teeth costs are usually comparable.

No matter what your dental needs are, at ARC Dental Health, we want to help you reach them. When you need a cleaning, a cavity fixed, or have any oral health problems, call us for your go-to dentistry care!

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