What Will Pigging Out at Summer Holiday Parties Do to You?

Cosmetic_and_Dental_Implant_Center_Weekly_Blogs2_7615For today’s society, holidays (like the Fourth of July) and social events alike wouldn’t be complete without one thing—parties. It often seems like parties of every possible theme has been held for every possible purpose. Regardless of what your summer party might look like, though, it probably has one crucial thing: an abundance of food.

For many people, it is this combination of good food and socializing that makes parties so appealing in the first place. During these events, however, it’s often hard to think about the health implications of your actions. While it might not be totally disastrous to relax and let yourself eat what you want to sometimes, Dr. Trinh Nguyen from the Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center explains that keeping in mind what your diet means to the rest of your body is nevertheless important.

Nutrition at Parties

While home-cooked meals are always going to be healthier than store-bought fast food, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s actually good for your health. For parties and social events, the focus is often on creating food that tastes good rather than food that provides the proper nutrition.

Because of the Fourth of July, let’s use Independence Day parties as an example: the summer holiday often sparks parties filled with patriotically colorful desserts of all sorts. While these types of cakes, popsicle bars and ice creams are tasty treats for a hot summer day, though, they aren’t the best choice nutritionally. Always having nutrition in your mind and consciously trying to make healthy Fourth of July foods for your party will make sure you and your guests stay healthy.

Nutrition and Teeth

Specifically, making sure that your diet consists of the right amount of vitamins and minerals is important not just for your health in general but for your teeth. Many people unfortunately overlook the effect of nutrition on the teeth, despite their importance to the digestive system, and often these same people misdiagnose signs of a lack of vitamins for other tooth-related maladies.

Getting the proper amount of minerals in your diet is essential for the teeth because these same minerals are the ones that preserve the state of your mouth. Many of the soft tissues in your mouth (for example the gums) depend on a proper nutritional intake. These tissues can become softer and bleed more easily if they aren’t properly sustained, and this weakness could be a precursor to more serious tooth-related problems in the future.

To make sure that your dietary choices haven’t affected your teeth, make sure you visit a qualified dentist regularly for checkups! For a great dentist in Huntington Beach that you could see, you could seek out Dr. Trinh Nguyen from the Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center. Call his Huntington Beach office at (714) 702-1328 or visit the website at www.cdicdental.com to set up an appointment today!

Getting Cosmetic Procedures before the Pool Party

Cosmetic_and_Dental_Implant_Center_Weekly_Blogs_7615It’s no crime to want to look good, especially not right before summer social events, and making sure your smile is perfect is a crucial aspect of that. Perhaps this is why cosmetic dentistry, especially the services provided by Dr. Trinh Nyugen from the Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center, has seen a rise in recent years. Everyone wants whiter, straighter teeth and dentists are meeting their need with increasingly sophisticated cosmetic dentistry technology.

Knowing how to take care of your mouth after these procedures, however, is just as important as deciding you need them in the first place. Understanding what you should and shouldn’t do after you get your cosmetic procedures done is a vital way to maintain your regained beauty and prevent unwanted complications from developing (and interfering with your social life).

Professional Whitening

In recent years, one of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures performed by dentists is professional teeth whitening. Because the majority of Americans agree that white, clean teeth are one of the crowning features of a beautiful smile, patients of all ages are seeking professional treatments for their teeth.

A professional teeth whitening procedure is typically quite similar to the ordinary one you can perform yourself with store-bought materials with one important difference. The chemicals used by professional dentists and hygienists are much more powerful and must be handled with far more care. Dentists often use a variety of acidic solutions to wash out the stains in a patient’s teeth, and these must be treated with extreme care to make sure your teeth aren’t harmed in the process.

The strength of the teeth whitening solutions used means that the aftercare process requires more attention as well. Dentists recommend that you avoid teeth-staining foods and drinks for at least 48 hours after your procedure to give the pores in your teeth type to close up and heal and prevent worst stains from happening. As a general rule, this means that, while you’re at your pool party, you should avoid any foods that could create dark stains in a white shirt.

Professional Crown Lengthening

Another common cosmetic dental procedure performed by dentists is professional crown lengthening. Because some people have gums that appear too prominently in a smile, many patients choose to have a professional cosmetic dentist reshape their gum line and extend the amount of tooth that can be perceived. The change is chiefly an aesthetic one, but it can make the difference in creating a brighter smile.

Because crown lengthening is a surgical procedure, however, it also necessitates very precise aftercare. For example, most dentists prescribe a special mouth rinse to use after the procedure to ensure that the gums heal properly. Never let your social plans interfere with your using this medical mouthwash because you risk infection or other complications would be a worse scenario.

These examples are, of course, only general cases. To get more specific instructions for proper aftercare after your cosmetic dental procedure, make sure you contact a qualified California dentist like Dr. Trinh Nguyen from the Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center. Contact the CDIC office by calling 714-702-1328 or by visiting its website at www.cdicdental.com today!

Five Essential Oils that Help with Dental Care

peppermint-oilPlants have historically been a source for natural medications, but, in today’s world of highly sophisticated chemical drugs, natural solutions have started fading from the market. The technological revolution has given us a plethora of extremely effective medicines, but that doesn’t mean that the plant-based techniques used historically aren’t just as effective in some cases.

Essential oils, for example, are as relevant in dental care today as they has been in the past. Here are five different types of essential oils that dentists like Dr. Trinh Nguyen from the Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center in California recommend to supplement your personal oral health plan.

Peppermint Oil

Have you ever noticed how most toothpastes taste minty and fresh? This is no accident: peppermint oil, a common ingredient found in most toothpastes, is an essential oil that is extremely useful in dental care. Its antiseptic nature means that it can help fight off bad breath and harmful germs as well as sooth toothaches and reduce pain in the mouth. It also has the added benefit of making toothpastes taste better and making your brushing experience more enjoyable.

Spearmint Oil

Given the similarities in taste and smell, it shouldn’t be surprising that spearmint oil’s antiseptic qualities are just as formidable as those of peppermint oil. Spearmint oil can prevent bacterial infections and sooth the mouth, making it an effective way to prevent oral health issues and relieve pain.

Clove Oil

Another scent that likely reminds you of California dental offices and tooth-related products alike is probably that of clove oil. Like peppermint and spearmint oil, clove oil is a type of antiseptic that is extremely helpful as a pain-relieving restorative. Many dentists, for example, recommend rubbing clove oil over an extraction site as a way to prevent dry socket, and rubbing clove oil over toothaches can reduce pain in the area.

There is, however, an important caveat to keep in mind. Clove oil, when ingested in large quantities, can be toxic to the body. If you experience any irritation as a result of using clove oil, you should contact your dentist in Brea to make sure nothing serious is occurring.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is similar to both peppermint oil and clove oil as an antiseptic treatment for the mouth. Research has proven tea tree oil to be an effective way to fight off bacteria, combat plaque buildup and prevent bad breath. Like clove oil, however, it can be toxic when ingested, so it is important to be careful not to swallow too much of it.

Cinnamon Oil

Everyone knows of cinnamon as a spice, but the essential oil created from cinnamon may be less well known. Like essential oils created from other herbs, cinnamon oil is a powerful antibacterial solution, but it is special in that it targets the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease. Using cinnamon oil to rinse your mouth is an effective way to ensure a clean and healthy mouth. Many mouthwashes come in cinnamon flavor now.

These essential oils are a great way to supplement your daily brushing and flossing routine, but they can never be a replacement for the quality dental care you can get from Huntington Beach dentists. If you’re ever in Huntington Beach, Brea, or Placentia, make sure to contact Dr. Trinh Nguyen from the Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center by calling their office at (714) 702-1328 or visiting their website at www.cdicdental.com to get more information about dental implant services.

Why You should not Self-Diagnose Dental Problems despite Information on the Internet

no_to_self_diagnosisIt’s very easy to hit the search engine and diagnose your dental problems online, but are you sure that you’re making a wise move by doing this? It’s simpler to consult the Internet when you’re having oral problems than to book appointments and drive to your dentist’s office, but it’s also too easy for you to misdiagnose yourself, make the wrong decision and jeopardize your entire health.

Self-diagnosis is dangerous

Self-diagnosis based on information on the Internet can be hazardous to your health. Laymen don’t have the appropriate education and training to make a proper diagnosis that dentists have. There are also certain nuances in diagnosing oral problems that only dentists and other dental professionals know and understand. Plus, a certain symptom like toothache may be shared by a number of dental problems like tooth decay, tooth fracture, abscessed tooth, damaged filling, bruxism or gum diseases. Only dentists can know what exactly is the oral problem that you’re experiencing after performing a thorough examination. So what you may self-diagnose as a mere toothache could already be something far more serious.

The nature of the web is haphazard, and the information given may differ from one website to another. Relying on forums is even worse as the people who post their comments or testimonials may be giving the wrong information to you.  Even though the article or blog post looks legitimate, it is not enough because there’s a risk of you downgrading or exaggerating the symptoms you’re experiencing because of certain biases on your part.

Self-diagnosis through the Internet fuels Cyberchondria

Self-diagnosing through information on the Internet fuels Cyberchondria. According to Cyberchondria: Studies of the Escalation of Medical Concerns in Web search by Ryen White and Eric Horvitz, Cyberchondria “is the unfounded escalation of concerns about common symptomology based on review of search results and literature online.”  The London Sunday Times defined it as “the deluded belief you suffer from all the diseases featured in the Internet,” while BBC news referred to it as an “Internet print out syndrome”.

When you have Cyberchondria, you unnecessarily worry about some symptoms that are usually just signs of relatively common illnesses. You would become more fearful, more worried and would be far from being assured after you’ve hit the search engine in the first place. To avoid worrying incessantly and to be absolutely sure about what you’re experiencing, it’s always best to visit your doctor or dentist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Visit your dentist for a more objective diagnosis

Because there’s a high risk that you’ll misdiagnose yourself and buy inappropriate drugs or use home remedies for treatment without knowing all the facts, it is highly advisable to seek professional help rather than use Dr. Google. The Internet should not be your first option for seeking medical help; rather, it must only be used for gathering more information about your dental condition after it has already been properly diagnosed by your dentist.

If you’re experiencing any symptoms indicating an oral health problem, visit Dr. Trinh Nguyen, MD at CDIC for a proper oral examination. Here at CDIC, we have the best dental care professionals and the latest technology in dentistry available to give you the right diagnosis and treatment. You can talk to our dentists or visit our website to know more about the services and treatments that we offer. Call us today at (714) 702-1328, (714) 793-9480 or (714) 804-0592 to book your appointment!

CDIC: What Should You Put in an Earthquake Kit for Oral Care?

emergencykitHollywood has a long fascination with disaster, and perhaps the biggest disaster movies of them all are the ever-popular earthquake movies! In fact, another one is coming out soon. They are fun to watch, but they also may get you to thinking about what you would do if there was an earthquake in your area.

There isn’t too much you can do during an earthquake, except for gathering your family and pets and trying to stay safe. But there is one thing you can (and should) do ahead of time. You can prepare an emergency kit, in case the earthquake results in power and water outages and other problems.

When you prepare your emergency kit, you want to make sure you have included items that will ensure your safety, comfort and health. So when you’re getting that emergency kit ready, don’t forget to include items in there for oral care! Here is a list of items to put into your emergency kit, compliments of Dr. Trinh Nguyen and the staff of the Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center!

Your Emergency Kit

What should you put in an earthquake kit for oral care? You might argue that some of these items you already have around the house, so why should you put them in the kit? Keep in mind that you never know what will be going on after an event, such as an earthquake.

  1. Toothpaste, of course. But don’t just assume you can pack one tube for the whole family. For instance, your toddler would probably do best with a toothpaste made for kids.

  2. Toothbrushes for every member of the family

  3. Floss

  4. Travel-sized mouthwash

  5. Special items for oral care — does someone in the family wear dentures? Don’t forget denture cleaner. Does someone wear braces? Don’t forget flossers or other tools that brace-wearers need to keep their teeth clean.

  6. Does your pet have oral health problems? Don’t forget to pack up tools for cleaning their teeth too.

  7. Gum with xylitol, which helps to keep teeth clean. Gum is a quick way to freshen your breath. Make sure you get sugar-free gum, though.

  8. Bottled water. This is important to include in any emergency kit. You’ll want to make sure you have clean water when it’s time to brush. It’s also good to rinse after eating when you can’t get to brushing right away.

  9. Healthy snacks. Again, these are important for emergencies for many reasons. Make sure you pack snacks that aren’t sugary. Snacks that are good for teeth that will keep well for a long time include: peanuts, almonds and cashews (which contain vitamins and minerals that keep teeth and gums healthy); cans of beans, which contain mouth-healthy vitamins and minerals; and raisins.

It is worth the time and effort to put together an emergency kit before you ever need it. It is easy to do. Once you put it together, all you have to do is periodically check it to make sure items haven’t gone bad and need to be replaced.

We should all be prepared for the worst while hoping for the best. And this could describe visiting your dentist, too! Make sure you visit Dr. Trinh Nguyen and the staff of the Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center twice a year for your regular check-ups! Call the center today at (714)-702-1328.

Getting Your Teeth Ready for Prom

With spring coming up, teens and parents alike are now starting to think more and more about prom. Shopping for the perfect dress/tux, picking up the best makeup, looking for the right bling and reserving limousine services are already being planned

However, you’ve missed one important asset that you would greatly need to help you shine on the big day – your smile. Flashing the perfect smile on prom day is a must! Aside from increasing your chances of winning prom king/queen, it would make you look more beautiful and radiant especially in your photos.

On the road to getting that perfect smile, it is highly advisable for parents to take their teens to visit Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center first to choose among the best and safest options available.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Bright and pearly white teeth can instantly make you look radiant and healthy. A lot of options for teeth whitening are now abundant in the market. Whitening toothpastes and over-the-counter whitening strips may seem to do the trick at first but over time, it won’t really give you healthier teeth. Be cautious because they usually have abrasive substances that may cause the tooth’s enamel to wear away. To achieve those healthy white teeth, the best course would be to avail of professional teeth whitening services. It’s fast, effective and safe. The dentists at the CDIC know what they are doing, so it’s best to leave your oral health to their hands.

Veneers

Do you recoil from taking selfies because of your stained and chipped teeth? Or are you conscious of your teeth gaps? If you’re hiding your smile because of these flaws, why not consider getting veneers?

Veneers are the perfect fix to get that red carpet worthy smile. They can either be made of composite resin or porcelain. They are bonded to the front of the teeth to cover its front surface. Aside from improving the tooth esthetically, it also helps in protecting the tooth from damage.

Invisalign

If you want to have straight teeth for prom but shrink back from having your pictures taken with those chunky metal braces, Invisalign is your best option. Invisalign gently repositions and straightens your teeth using custom-made acrylic aligners minus the mouth sores acquainted with metal braces. Aside from that, these aligners are made of a transparent material so you won’t feel conscious while wearing them because they’re not noticeable. What’s more, it’s removable, so you can easily remove them without affecting your dental treatment.

Six Month Smiles

If you have ample time to prepare for prom, why not try Six Month Smiles? This is a revolutionary dental cosmetic fix which allows you to achieve those straight and perfect teeth in just a matter of months. This is best availed at around nine to six months before the prom so that you’re sure to achieve those perfect teeth in time for the big day. It uses safe, unique and clear braces to move your teeth quickly and safely. With this latest technology in dentistry, straightening your teeth to achieve that perfect smile has never been so subtle!

While these dental procedures promise the fastest and most efficient results, it is still important to stick to the basics of dental care before and after undergoing through any of these procedures. Remember, your oral health is a day-to-day business. So brush your teeth, be faithful to your twice a year cleaning, eat healthy food, go through these dental procedures and enjoy your prom with a beautiful smile.

If you want to get your teeth ready for your prom, call CDIC for an appointment today at (714) 702-1328

Which Is Worse for Teeth — Baseball or Golf?

Do you love baseball? Or is golf more your thing? If you are worried about the safety of your teeth, here are some reasons why you should choose golf over baseball!

Baseball

The first thing that may come to mind when you think of baseball is a man standing on the pitcher’s mound squinting in the sun and spitting tobacco out his mouth. Although baseball teams have started cracking down on chewing tobacco (which can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and even oral cancer) baseball still holds dangers for the teeth.

After all, if you are the hitter, the baseball is coming straight at you at speeds anywhere from 40 to 100 miles per hour (granted, you would have to be a professional player to have a ball coming at you at 100 miles per hour, but even 40 miles per hour is pretty fast if you get a ball to the face!). If you are in the outfield, you are facing a ball that has been hit and is coming at you at 60 miles an hour (or more).

And of course, baseball can sometimes turn into a contact sport, with players crashing into each other as they all try to get the ball or sliding into the base. You could even argue that baseball encourages cavities. Remember when they used to package baseball cards and sugary gum together?

Because baseball can be dangerous for teeth, if you love playing the game, you don’t want to forget your mouthguard! Mouthguards can help protect players from cuts on the lips and tongue, and even more serious problems such as broken teeth and jaw injuries. Mouthguards aren’t just for baseball, though. Basketball, hockey, soccer and football players also should wear mouth protection because you never know what might happen out there as you’re playing the game.

Golf

Golf, on the other hand, is a bit safer than baseball, just because the ball is supposed to be going the other direction and because you are supposedly not standing within your buddy’s swing radius. However, bad golf players can hit balls off the green, which could hurt you or someone near you. If you are careful, though, the danger is minimal.

The odds of golf becoming a contact sport are also not very high. Indeed, the only way golf may be a real danger to your teeth is if you use your weekly golf game as a chance to drink down lots of sugary, cavity-inducing soft drinks!

Whether you love to play baseball or some other potentially dangerous sport, you should always make a special effort to protect your teeth and mouth. But despite our best efforts, bad things do happen sometimes. If you need cosmetic dentistry or dental implants because of an unfortunate accident caused by a fast pitch, the Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center can help!

The CDIC not only offers cosmetic and implant dentistry, but we also offer other personalized and high-quality dental care, all courtesy of our compassionate and expert staff. We offer office hours to accommodate your busy schedule and payment plans so that you can get help for your teeth without emptying out your wallet.

If you have any questions about how best to take care of your teeth while playing sports, if you need help after a sports accident or if you just need a routine cleaning, give the Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center a call at (714) 702-1328!

New Treatment Approach for Internal Root Resorption

Internal root resorption is a pain in the jaw, literally. However not everyone knows what internal root resorption is. It is the deterioration of the dentin and pulp walls within the tooth, though not always resulting from decay. When internal resorption happens sometimes a root canal can save the tooth. However, in other cases, particularly if the crown or root have been affected, the loss becomes too great and the tooth may need to be removed.

Tooth loss can be detrimental to your smile as well as to your self-confidence. No one likes to walk around with a toothless grin. However, if you do lose a tooth resulting from internal tooth resorption, there are treatment options available to help you regain that beautiful smile once more and the specially trained professionals at CDIC Dental can help.

Dental Implants

Whether you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants may be a good choice for you. Implants are titanium posts that are anchored to your jaw bone. Your jaw will need to heal for six to 12 weeks before the connector post can be attached to it. The replacement tooth, or crown, is then cemented permanently in place. Not every dentist is specially trained for perform procedure. So, choose your provider carefully.

Dental implants have some really great benefits to them. They have a 98 percent success rate. They look, feel and work just like your natural teeth, and you can brush and floss them like you would your natural teeth.

Dental implants are not for everyone, however. Most people who are healthy enough to undergo tooth extractions are generally also healthy enough to have the implant procedure, but this is not always the case. When you lose one or more teeth, the gums and bone at the empty socket shrink over time resulting in bone loss. There must be enough healthy gumline and bone left for the implant to anchor.

Bridges

Bridges can be either fixed or removable. A removable bridge, or partial denture, is a gum-colored plastic base containing replacement teeth. It generally has clasps on each side where it will attach to the abutting teeth. A bridge can be made for either the upper or lower jaw.

A fixed bridge permanently affects the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. The dentist will need to remove some of the enamel from the abutting teeth for a crown to be placed over them. The bridge itself consists of two crowns with the replacement tooth centered between them. The crowns are then cemented on the abutting teeth.

A bridge will help prevent your neighboring teeth from changing positions. When you are missing teeth, over time abutting teeth can begin to shift toward the vacant spot and this can create gaps in your smile.

Dentures

Complete dentures are offered in two varieties: conventional and immediate. Conventional dentures are made and worn after your gums have healed from having any remaining teeth removed. However, that could mean going 12 weeks without any teeth in your mouth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be worn as soon as your teeth are removed.

While immediate dentures are a great option to maintain a healthy smile, they do have some disadvantages. Your gums will naturally shrink as they heal and this means that the immediate dentures will need more adjusting and relining than conventional dentures. In many cases, the cost of the first few adjustments is usually figured into the additional overall cost of the immediate dentures.

Which treatment for internal root resorption is right for you? Come visit us at CDIC Dental and find out now. Our caring and devoted staff can help you choose the best treatment option for your individual situation.

How Often Is Mercury Used by Dentists?

Mercury in the dental office is becoming much scarcer, and it is strictly used for patients who are getting amalgam fillings. Not many dental practices offer amalgam fillings any longer due to the healthier and more natural looking alternatives available that do not utilize mercury.

What is mercury?

Mercury is a type of metal that is a semi-liquid when brought to the correct temperature. Dental professionals use the mercury as a bonding agent by placing it on the tooth to secure the amalgam filling. The bonding properties of mercury are very sufficient, which is why it was so commonly used to secure fillings. It is difficult to remove mercury after it has been bonded to the tooth, which can be both a benefit and a negative. Mercury is found naturally within the environment and is not man made, and must be kept in careful conditions to avoid any damage to the health of dental professionals and patients.

How can mercury be damaging to health?

In recent years, it has been discovered that mercury can be toxic to human beings. Mercury omits a vapor that can make it way into the lungs of patients and cause a variety of health problems. When absorbed into the skin mercury also can cause issues but it must be left upon the skin for a longer duration of time. The negative health effects caused by mercury in dental amalgam fillings is not 100 percent confirmed, but it is thought that when placing it in the mouth that patients may be subject to the poisonous vapors that can more easily reach the lungs. Additionally, if a dental professional mistakenly gets mercury in the mouth and it is consumed that it can be devastating the health of patients.

What are dental amalgam fillings?

Dental amalgam fillings are fillings that can be comprised of a combination of metals including silver, copper, tin and gold. All amalgam fillings use mercury as a bonding agent because it is the most secure way to hold the metal filling into place. These fillings have decreased in popularity within the last one hundred years due to their use of mercury as well as their unnatural appearance. Over time, amalgam fillings become dark and unattractive looking in comparison to their original shiny metal look, but they tend to be longer lasting than alternative fillings due to their toxic bonding agent.

What are alternatives to amalgam fillings?

There are a couple different alternatives to amalgam fillings, neither of which utilize mercury as a bonding agent. Porcelain and composite material fillings are the best filling options for patients due to their natural, tooth-colored appearance and safety benefits. Porcelain and composite fillings are used to fill cavities in a semi-solid state and then are cured using a special light. When the porcelain and composite fillings are cured they become a strong protectant against recurring plaque. Selecting an alternative to amalgam fillings is the best way to avoid any unnecessary poisoning that can otherwise occur.

What is the Uvula?

You may have noticed something always hanging at the back of your throat. This is called the uvula. The word comes from the latin word “ūvula” which literally means “little grape”. But what exactly is this body part and how does it contribute to our overall health and functions?

What Does the Uvula Do?

The uvula, medically termed as palatine uvula, hangs from the center of the edge of the soft palate. It is made up of muscular fibers and connective tissues. Science has yet to define the exact functions of this body part, but many patients and doctors have associated it with the following:

  1. Secretion and control of saliva. It has been found that people with no uvula find it hard to produce saliva and often suffer from dry mouth.

  2. Speech and articulation. The uvula helps in the proper pronunciation of certain sounds and phonemes, especially when sounds are produced at the back of the mouth like the letters “K” and “G”.

  3. Protection of air passageways. When you eat and swallow, the uvula covers the air passageways so that food and liquids don’t get into the wrong pathway.

  4. Gag reflex. Stimulation of the uvula promotes gagging, which is often seen when you poke the back of your mouth with your finger.

Why is the Uvula Significant in Dentistry?

In dental practice, the uvula is part of the oral and maxillofacial body systems. When you undergo a dental checkup, your uvula is one of the parts of the mouth that will be observed. Our dentists are trained to recognize and diagnose problems in the uvula such as inflammation, enlargement, and malformation. If anomalies are seen in your uvula, we will perform further testing to see what the problem is and how it can be fixed.

Sleep Apnea and the Uvula

Dentists are also involved in sleep apnea, a breathing problem that only happens when a patient is asleep. Enlargement of the uvula is associated with obstructive sleep apnea. Our dentists will be able to assist you in determining your sleep apnea problem and refer you to a sleep specialist for proper diagnosis. If sleep apnea is confirmed due to the abnormality in the uvula, our dentists may recommend various treatment options, the most common of which are:

  1. Mandibular appliances. These come in splint or mouthguard forms. They are made to move the jaw slightly during sleep to allow better air passage and keep the throat in a position that opens up the passageways.

  2. Palatal implants. Small plastic rods are surgically implanted in the soft palate to strengthen the muscle and prevent it from coming in contact with the uvula and other organs at the back of the mouth.

  3. Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP). This is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of the uvula or a part of it.

Removing the Uvula

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty is considered as the last choice for patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea due to the enlargement or elongation of the uvula. UPPP has a success rate of around 50% and in some cases, UPPP can worsen sleep apnea because of postoperative scarring.

Our dental team will be able to guide you in deciding what treatment to get for your sleep apnea or snoring problems. Just visit CDIC Dental Clinic for more details about these conditions.

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