Many patients visit our office with minor dental concerns or complex dental problems that may be affecting their daily quality of life. At our Lexington, KY dental office, we offer a variety of dental services so that we are prepared to handle any dental concerns that a patient has. Many patients are unaware of how many signs and symptoms are considered dental concerns. Here are three common dental concerns that we treat in our office:
Missing teeth cause more than just cosmetic concerns. In fact, missing teeth can cause a variety of serious dental health concerns included increased risk for plaque, jaw pain, and even further tooth loss. To combat the negative effects of missing teeth, our office offers a variety of restorative treatment options. Often, patients must decide between dental implants or dental bridges for their restorative solution. The main difference in these two options is the dental implants include a surgically implanted titanium post that is allowed to fuse together with your jawbone. This post gives your restoration tooth-root functionality. Dental bridges, on the other hand, are completely external. They require the support of your surrounding teeth to hold a prosthetic tooth in place. Dr. Doyle Freano is happy to discuss both of these options with you and help you decide which one will meet your lifestyle and budgetary needs.
Many patients aren’t aware that loud snoring or sleep apnea is actually a dental concern. However, obstructive sleep apnea is caused by an excess of soft tissues in your mouth that prevent you from breathing properly as you sleep. Symptoms of sleep apnea include daytime sleepiness, loud snoring, gasping while sleeping, and headaches. To treat sleep apnea, Dr. Freano offers oral appliance therapy to address the complications of snoring and reduce health risks. An oral appliance gently shifts your jaw to a position that will allow more air to flow through the upper respiratory tract. This oral appliance closely resembles a mouthguard. It is created custom to your smile so it fits snuggly and comfortably into your mouth as you sleep.
Gum disease is an extremely common dental concern that we treat in our office. Often, the first sign of gum disease development is bleeding gums, or gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs when a buildup of plaque or tartar surrounds your gum line and begins to irritate your soft tissues. If you notice your gums bleeding during flossing or brushing, it is imperative that you visit a trusted dental professional. Usually, we can stop the progression of gingivitis with a thorough dental cleaning. However, if left untreated, gum disease can occur and require more extensive restorative care. If you are currently experiencing bleeding gums or any other dental concern, please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with our team. We look forward to helping you restore your dental health.