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Crowns - Bridges
When Do I Need A Bridge?
Bridges are recommended as a method to replace a missing tooth or teeth. When a tooth is lost, it changes the balance of forces that in turn causes the surrounding teeth to move. Not only does a missing tooth not look good, but the loss of support of your lips and cheeks can also affect your appearance.

What Are the Different Types of Bridges?
As its name implies, a conventional bridge connects two or more teeth together so that the space is filled with artificial teeth called pontics. There are different ways to connect these pontics to the adjacent teeth. The most common method is to connect the pontics between two crowns that are then securely cemented onto the adjacent teeth. This requires that the adjacent teeth be prepared or ground down to fit the type of connection used – in this case, for crowns.
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OCTOBER 2011 Newsletter

Want to avoid restoring teeth with crowns?
The answer is Biomimetic Dentistry. Dr. Arellano attended this remarkable dental conference in Marina del Rey, CA from September 15-17 to further help his patients avoid full crowns when restoring weakened or decayed teeth.

What is Biomimetic Dentistry?
Biomimetic Dentistry treats weak, fractured, and decayed teeth in a way that keeps them strong and seals them from the bacterial invasion that causes tooth decay. Careful sealing against this infection helps avoid most of the crowns and root canals needed in traditional dentistry.

What is unique about Biomimetic Dentistry?
Biomimetic dental techniques take advantage of the advanced ceramics and adhesives developed by modern science and research. These new technologies allow dentists to use smaller onlays that mimic your own natural teeth as opposed to the larger porcelain crowns commonly used in dentistry. Furthermore, the use of strong bonding adhesives allow dentists to predictably use these more conservative techniques without having to grind away healthy tooth structure as is needed for most crowns.

Who invented Biomimetic Dentistry?
The principles of Biomimetic Dentistry were developed by researchers at prestigious universities in Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Italy, Turkey, The United States, and many other countries. Groundbreaking work by Gary Unterbrink, Didier Dietschi, Pascal Magne, Urs Belser, and J-F Roulet in Europe, and Ray Bertolotti, John Kois, and John Kanca III in the United States, have promoted these advanced adhesive dentistry techniques for the past 25 years. Dr. Alleman and Dr. Deliperi have refined biomimetic techniques for more than 12 years and have seen a dramatic improvement in their patients' dental health. Read more
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Snoring can kill
Snoring is usually harmless, if annoying, unless a person has a particular disorder known as sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is marked by irregular breathing and snorting. Sufferers often stop breathing completely for up to several seconds. It usually affects overweight, middle-aged men and has been linked with stroke and heart disease.

A team at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Dentistry set out to see what the physical mechanism is.

Writing in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, they said X-rays showed it is more complicated than seems immediately obvious.

"When persons with sleep apnea fall asleep, their tongue falls back into their throat, blocking their airway. As they struggle for breath, their blood pressure soars," Dr. Arthur Friedlander, an oral surgeon who worked on the study, said in a statement.

"We believe that this rise in blood pressure damages the inner walls of the carotid arteries lining the sides of the neck," he added.

Cholesterol and calcium stick to the injury sites and amass into calcified plaques, which block blood flow to the brain. The result is often a massive stroke. Sleep apnea sufferers compared to others. Friedlander and his team took Xrays of the necks of 47 male veterans who had sleep apnea and compared them to the Xrays of nearly 900 other men. Read more
Article - Snoring and Sleep Apnea

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