It’s estimated that 50% of adults snore on a regular basis. Many of us have experienced firsthand that loud snoring can negatively affect sleep. Snoring can also be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Our sleep apnea CDA dentists help people in Coeur d’Alene stop snoring and start sleeping better.
What causes snoring?
When your tongue and other tissues in the back of your throat relax after you fall asleep, snoring happens. As airflow speed increases and your airway narrows, the relaxed tissues begin to vibrate, creating the snorting or rattling sounds we know as snoring.
How do you stop snoring in Coeur d’Alene?
- Changes in Lifestyle
- Over-the-Counter Options
- Medical Treatments
Should permanent teeth wiggle?
Among children, wiggly permanent teeth are a common occurrence. But for adults, any tooth that moves beyond 1mm is not considered normal. If your tooth is loose, it should be addressed immediately, as it could be a sign of trauma or disease. Schedule an appointment right away in our Coeur d’Alene dental office and we’ll determine the cause of your loose tooth and help prevent tooth loss.
Causes of Loose Teeth Coeur d’Alene
- Gum Disease
- Grinding & Impact Injury
We can prevent a loose tooth from falling out by:
- Treating gum disease – this is achieved with a deep cleaning, stabilizing your gums with soft tissue or bone graft, or other gum therapy.
- Stabilizing your tooth - while your tooth heals, we apply a bonding agent that acts as a splinting material across the back surfaces of your tooth.
- Removing the tooth - it may be best to remove the tooth and replace it with a durable, long-lasting solution, such as a dental implant.
Need Tooth Pain Relief Coeur d’Alene?
It’s likely that a toothache won’t go away on its own. Even if the pain is alleviated, the underlying issue needs to be addressed or the toothache will return, often worse than before.
Consult our Coeur d’Alene dental office to get help for a toothache. We offer emergency appointments and various sedation options to help ease your discomfort as quickly as possible. Call us at 208-667-7461 and we’ll be happy to assist you.
Common Toothache Symptoms:
- Pain aggravated by chewing, cold, or heat
- Sudden, sharp pain in your mouth and face
- Swollen gums/cheeks
- Dull throbbing pain in your face, jaw or mouth
- Discomfort or excessive bleeding when flossing or brushing
How to Fix a Toothache in Coeur d’Alene
Common treatments for a toothache in Coeur d’Alene may include dental crowns or dental fillings, wisdom tooth extractions and root canals. Or perhaps you may need treatment for gum disease, TMJ, or bruxism (teeth grinding). Our dental office has the latest high-tech equipment and diagnostic tools to ensure you receive the best care and your dental pain is resolved quickly.
Home Remedies for Toothache Pain
Consider the following home remedies for pain relief:
- Use a cold compress for 20 minutes
- Gently rinse your mouth using warm saltwater
- Administer an over-the-counter pain reliever
- Place clove oil or a warm, wet tea bag against the problem area(s)
What if you have stained teeth in Coeur d’Alene?
Did you know that Americans spend nearly $2 billion dollars each year trying to whiten their teeth? If you want to remove teeth stains, or if the over the counter or other teeth whitening home remedies haven’t produced ideal results, talk to our dentists. The DIY remedies don’t work for everyone and can also cause severe tooth sensitivity.
What causes stained teeth in CDA?
- Medication & Genetics
Fixing Stained Teeth Coeur d’Alene
Surface stains are easily removed with our professional teeth whitening treatments. We offer in-office and take-home whitening options to meet your needs. To remove deep stains from teeth (intrinsic stains), it will depend on your unique situation. You may consider options like veneers, crowns, root canals, or fillings.
Lost a dental crown (or maybe swallowed it)? Contact us today!
Dental crowns are designed to withstand a lot of wear and tear and with proper care, should last 10-15 years. Accidents happen, however, and if your crown feels loose, is broken, or is lost completely, our dentists can help. If you can’t find your crown and think you swallowed it, don’t worry. Crowns are made of non-toxic material and will pass naturally. Book online now or call us at 208-667-7461 so we can fix or replace your dental crown Coeur d’Alene.
Is a lost tooth crown an emergency?
A lost or broken crown shouldn’t be ignored, even if it doesn’t cause any pain. It’s important to see our Coeur d’Alene dentist about a lost or broken dental crown to prevent decay, disease, and pain in the underlying tooth. Failure to replace the dental crown within a couple of days will increase your risk of the original tooth becoming loose, falling out, or developing an infection.
About Missing Tooth Replacement Coeur d’Alene
Are you missing one or more teeth?
- At some point in their life, nearly 30% of adults will lose a tooth.
- There’s no need to let a missing tooth negatively affect your health, lifestyle, confidence, or career.
- Talk to our Coeur d’Alene tooth replacement dentists about your options.
There’s always a solution regardless of when or how you lost a tooth!
What are my options for missing teeth Coeur d’Alene?
Missing teeth can contribute to serious health problems — from headaches and bone loss in the jaw, to loss of self-confidence and lifestyle changes. Thanks to advances in technology and dentistry, there are excellent options for replacing missing teeth including:
- Dental bridges
- Dental implants
- All-on-4 Implant Dentures
Can bad breath be fixed in Coeur d’Alene?
If you have bad breath in Coeur d’Alene and feel like you’ve tried everything to get rid of it, know that there is a solution for you.
Our CDA dentists will conduct a dental examination, diagnose the cause of your bad breath, and create a custom treatment plan to cure it!
What are the causes of bleeding gums?
- Are your gums red and swollen?
- Do you notice blood in the sink after you brush your teeth?
Minor tooth sensitivity and irritated gums can be a sign that you have plaque buildup, are using the wrong toothbrush, or are starting to floss for the first time in a while. However, if bleeding gums persist, you may be dealing with periodontal disease (gum disease).
Treatments for Bleeding Gums Coeur d’Alene
- Root Planing: The roots of your teeth are cleaned and smoothed to remove bacteria
- Scaling: Tartar and plaque pockets are completely removed from beneath your gumline
If the appearance of your teeth makes you feel self-conscious or if misaligned teeth are affecting your health, you can do something about it! Our Coeur d’Alene dentists can help.
What causes crooked teeth?
- Jaw size or alignment
- Your genetics
- Not wearing retainers after orthodontic treatment
- Missing teeth
- Thumb sucking
- Tongue thrusting
- Mouth breathing
How to Fix Crooked Teeth Coeur d'Alene
Metal braces aren’t the only solution for fixing crooked teeth. Coeur d’Alene Dental Center offers modern clear aligner treatment options like Invisalign to suit your needs. Invisalign is an ideal option to create beautiful smiles in a timely and comfortable manner with no wires or brackets!
Find Relief for Sensitive Tooth in Coeur d'Alene
Do you have sensitive teeth in Coeur d'Alene? Perhaps a throbbing and/or sharp sensation in your teeth and gums when you brush, eat, and drink cold or hot foods? Our CDA dentists specialize in treating tooth sensitivity and are ready to help you comfortably chew, speak, and smile!
Causes of Sensitive Teeth
- Chipped or fractured tooth
- Over bleaching of teeth
- Teeth grinding (enamel wears away)
- A compromised filling
- Gum disease
Treatments for Sensitive Teeth Coeur d'Alene
At Coeur d’Alene Dental Center, our dentists will perform a thorough examination and recommend a treatment to stop your sensitivity and address the root of the issue. Common tooth sensitivity treatments include:
- Gum disease treatment
- Dental fillings or crowns
- Sleep mouthguard
- Fluoride treatments
- Root canal
Do you have dental anxiety in Coeur d'Alene?
It’s unfortunate that nearly 20% of adults are so nervous about seeing a dentist that they avoid going at all! Poor oral health is linked to numerous illnesses so skipping dental checkups due to dental anxiety has consequences beyond cosmetic degradation or tooth loss.
At Coeur d’Alene Dental Center, we’re proud to offer comfortable care for those with dental anxiety. We can help our patients overcome their dental fears with our friendly team, high-tech care, and sedation options.
Sedation Dentistry for Dental Anxiety Coeur d'Alene
Sedation dentistry helps make dental treatments painless and effective. If you’re feeling anxious about your upcoming appointment, we often recommend a sedation option to help you relax.
At Coeur d’Alene Dental Center, we offer the following types of sedation:
- Nitrous oxide
- Oral sedation
- IV sedation
Can bruxism permanently damage your teeth?
Bruxism, or clenching and grinding your teeth while you sleep, is a common but involuntary issue. This dental issue needs immediate treatment to reduce adverse health effects. When left untreated, bruxism can cause teeth to crack, loosen, or even fall out.
What happens when you grind your teeth?
- Cavities develop
- TMJ and jaw pain become common
- Teeth may chip or fracture
- Enamel wears away
- Gum recession develops
Treatments for Bruxism Coeur d'Alene
Most cases of bruxism can be treated with a custom-made nightguard. Depending on how much damage your tooth grinding has caused, your teeth may also require some repairs. These might include:
Dental Deep Cleaning Coeur d'Alene
A standard dental cleaning focuses on removing plaque and tartar build-up that’s above the gumline on the teeth. The risk of gum disease is heightened, however, when plaque build-up is significant. It can be difficult with a standard cleaning to remove bacteria that start to form pockets just under the gumline.
That’s when deep cleaning gums, also referred to as root planning or scaling, becomes necessary. Coeur d'Alene Deep cleaning effectively removes plaque and bacteria from below the gumline to prevent gum disease and possible tooth decay in the future.
Gum Recession and its Causes
Dental gum recession is when the gums pull back from the tooth’s surface. When this happens, the receding gums create pockets between the gums and the tooth, allowing harmful bacteria to build up. Gum recession also exposes more of the tooth’s root surface, which in turn makes the surface area under the gums more vulnerable to bacteria. If there’s a prolonged presence of harmful bacteria, it can lead to tooth decay, gum infections, and even tooth loss.
Treatments for Gum Recession Coeur d’Alene
The treatment plan for gum recession is determined by how advanced the condition is in the patient. Our dental team can treat even the most severe forms of gum recession.
In some cases, dental gum recession could be corrected by a deep cleaning session, also known as root planing or scaling. During this procedure, a local anesthetic is applied to numb the affected area. Then, plaque and tartar build-up are scraped away below the gum line. This treatment promotes healing in the infected and receding gums by discouraging further bacteria from sticking to the teeth.
A dental deep cleaning will cause some discomfort after treatment so gums could be sore and swollen, and teeth could be sensitive for a few days afterwards. Consider using over-the-counter pain relievers for some relief.
What is TMJ?
The term “TMJ” is short for temporomandibular joints. These joints connect your jawbone to your skull and are responsible for opening and closing your mouth. Pain in the TMJ joints affects up to 12 million adults in the United States. To relieve pain in your jaw, it’s crucial to receive a diagnosis by a TMJ specialist who can pave the way for your TMJ treatment.
Causes of TMJ:
- Teeth clenching or grinding
- Injury or dislocation
- Alignment issues in the teeth or jaw
Our TMJ dentists at Coeur d’Alene Dental Center will provide a diagnosis, develop an effective treatment, and provide a prevention plan that will help relieve your TMJ pain.
Treatments for TMJ Coeur d'Alene
So that a proper treatment plan can be developed, our Coeur d'Alene TMJ specialists will start by diagnosing your TMJ pain. The treatment plan often depends on the cause of the TMJ pain, whether it’s clenching, arthritis, alignment issues, or something else.
We’ll work with you to provide much-needed relief and effectively treat your TMJ pain. To help alleviate TMJ discomfort, consider the following common treatments:
- Dental appliance or bite guard to prevent clenching or grinding
- Treating undiagnosed sleep breathing disorders
- Muscle relaxers or anti-inflammatory medications
- Braces or aligners to fix poor tooth alignment
- Jaw surgery for extreme cases of TMJ where bone or tissue growth is hindering the joint