Cosmetic Dentistry Blog #1 Timothy C Adams DDS,LVIM,ACSDD Carmel, Indiana

Teeth that are less than ideal in their shape, color or size can make you feel like you have an unattractive smile, even if your teeth are otherwise healthy. Your self esteem can be affected and your confidence diminished when you smile. Bleaching is certainly the first line of defense due to its conservative nature. But bleaching can only affect the color of the teeth. If you have a size and or shape concern then porcelain veneers may be a viable option. Porcelain veneers are a very effective and relatively affordable way to improve on the color, shape and size of the underlying teeth. They are thin pieces of porcelain used to replicate the natural tooth. Once bonded to the tooth they are strong, durable and can be absolutely breathtaking in their natural beauty. When planned for by a trained dentist and fabricated by master ceramists, they can closely mimic natural teeth. Porcelain veneers can last for many years if they are cared for properly and the occlusion and night time bite are addressed with the appropriate treatment.

Dentists that have been specifically trained to prepare and deliver porcelain veneers have a better understanding of the intricacies involved in treatment planning and delivering realistic expectations for the patient. This special training allows the dentist to have a better chance of understanding exactly what the patient desires and to be able to deliver an extremely high level of patient satisfaction. Every patient has different needs and demands and it is imperative for the dentist to be able to deliver realistic expectations. This is where training and experience are critical to the end result. Timothy C Adams DDS, LVIM, ACSDD Carmel, Indiana

Sleep Disorders: Timothy C Adams DDS, Diplomat ACSDD Carmel, Indiana

Sleep disorders are becoming more prevalent due to an increased awareness by both the medical and dental communities and the public. The underlying conditions of sleep related disturbances have been with the patient in many cases for years, but the symptoms and the ability to diagnose these symptoms are becoming more attainable and affordable.
It is important for physicians and dentists to work closely together to form a team to help the millions of patients that suffer from sleep disturbances. Dentistry can be an extremely important portal to screen for sleep due to its ability to observe signs and symptoms of the oral cavity during routine dental prophylaxis appointments. By the same token, it is important to realize that sleep disturbances are a medical condition and only a sleep physician can properly diagnose sleep conditions. The only definitive way to diagnose Sleep disturbances is by either an overnight in lab sleep study called a Polysomnogram (PSG), or a home sleep test. Once a diagnosis is made the sleep physician has the responsibility to recommend what type of treatment is best suited for each individual patient.
These treatments can range from a CPAP machine, Oral Appliance Therapy, surgery, Inspire (Upper Airway Stimulation Therapy), medications, weight loss, smoking and alcohol cessation, nasal decongestants, positional therapy and surgery. Each type of treatment has its own pros and cons and all should be addressed when looking at what would be best for each individual patient.