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Cosmetic Dentistry Houston, TXLife is all about progression. We’ve advanced in so many ways just in the last century that it’s hard to imagine how far we’ve come over hundreds of years. We may praise the progression of technology in terms of how we can entertain ourselves and work more efficiently than previous generations, but even dentistry has progressed in some very impressive ways.

The Spotless Smile

Who doesn’t love the idea of having a spotless smile? Up until recent decades, this was quite the wish. In fact, it wasn’t until the 19th century when metal dental fillings became the norm. It wasn’t as though there wasn’t such a thing as tooth decay before that time, nor that humankind didn’t try to address this problem as soundly as possible. Human remains dating back thousands of years indicates that there were techniques to “drill out” decay, at the very least. In some instances, evidence reveals the use of substances like beeswax to fill cavities. We’ve certainly come a long way.

Patients of Royal Dental in the Houston area and in Sugar Land, Humble, and other vicinities can maintain a spotless smile through our use of a tooth-colored composite dental material. The absence of metal makes these restorations both aesthetically pleasing and kinder to tooth structure.

The Fully Restored Smile

Tooth loss has been a problem since the beginning of humankind. We have learned from ancient physical evidence that there were civilizations in which tooth replacement was attempted. At first, shells were inserted into empty spaces (ouch!). Then, many centuries later, dentures became the norm for full restoration. Today, we have the skills and technology that take us beyond tooth replacement and squarely into reconstruction.

The new standard in treating tooth loss is to reinstate the foundation first, then rebuild on that. This is accomplished by placing surgical-grade titanium posts into the jawbone and allowing the bone to grow around them. This integration into bone stabilizes posts to recreate a root system. Once implants are securely held by bone, lifelike restorations such as crowns or dentures can be affixed.

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It is interesting to look back and see how spot-on early civilizations were in their approach to dental repairs. Still, we are incredibly happy to be where we are today. To schedule a consultation with one of our modern dental offices, call (713) 330-7700.

Signs that You are in Dire Need of Sleep

Sleep Apnea Treatment Houston, TXWhile we live in the era of burning the candle at both ends, more people are doing what they can to take good care of their body. In addition to eating well and exercising, sleep has become more highly regarded for its rejuvenating benefits. For people who chronically snore, sleep may be ever-elusive. The initial assumption may be that loud snoring mildly disrupts sleep. There may be more. Here, we want to discuss some of the hidden clues that chronic snoring may be a symptom of a potentially dangerous sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is one condition in a family of apnea disorders that inhibit respiration during sleep. In the case of obstructive sleep apnea, the cause of breathing cessation is that the airway becomes physically blocked. This happens when the tissue around the throat presses on the windpipe as the body fully relaxes in sleep. As the windpipe narrows, snoring grows loud and disruptive. When the windpipe closes, snoring (and breathing) stop. The resultant interruption in brain oxygenation provokes the release of adrenaline to bring sleep into a lighter state. When this happens, the sleeper may choke or gasp before beginning to snore once again.

Obstructive sleep apnea carries several risks. It is vital to obtain effective treatment, but first, you must recognize your need for help.

Three Signs that Sleep Apnea is Interrupting your Sleep

  • Your professional and personal relationships are changing. One of the common but less-discussed signs of a sleep disorder includes relationship decline. The reason why a condition like obstructive sleep apnea can deteriorate relationships is that lack of sleep results in moodiness, anxiety, irritability, forgetfulness, and other behavioral changes.
  • You’re gaining weight for no apparent reason. Weight gain is another hidden sign of sleep apnea. This is because hormones that regulate hunger are active during deeper stages of sleep. If deep sleep is never reached, these hormones cannot complete their function. Subsequently, caloric intake may be higher during the day.
  • You just can’t wake up. Persistent sleepiness is a prominent clue that there may be significant disruption in your sleep pattern. Obstructive sleep apnea may lead to an increase in accidents and even falling asleep at your desk or stoplights.

Obtain Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea in the Houston Area

At Royal Dental, patients can receive assistance that helps them determine if they have obstructive sleep apnea. Furthermore, comfortable oral appliance therapy is available to prevent apnea, so sleep and health are restored.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, call our office at (713) 330-7700 to schedule a consultation.


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