Wellspring Dental Group
Our Treatments & Services
Wellspring Dental Group offers a comprehensive suite of dental services. We are a full-service family dental practice, so you would not be referred to another office for your general dental needs. If you have questions about any of these procedures, please do not hesitate to call or email our office. This is by no means an extensive list of our offerings, but a guide to the procedures you will most commonly encounter during your dental visits. Should any of these or other procedures become a part of your treatment plan, we will be sure to take the time to thoroughly explain them and, if applicable, describe any alternatives, so you can be well-positioned to make decisions about your treatment.
Our team can even provide emergency dental services if you find yourself in need of urgent dental care.
Dental Exams and Cleanings
The cornerstone of great dental health is regularly scheduled cleanings and exams! Our skilled staff will get your smile clean and bright and assess your dental health every time you come in for a visit. Feeling nervous about your visit? Breathe easy! Our dental hygienists will ease you through the process, and make you as comfortable as possible. We also offer nitrous oxide to help even the most jittery patients relax.
Fillings, Crowns and Bridges
Sometimes tooth decay can damage the enamel of your teeth, requiring our skilled dentists to use more involved procedures to bring your teeth back to a healthy state. From simple fillings to more complicated Crowns and Bridges, our dentists will work tirelessly to make your experience as comfortable and pain-free as possible.
Occasionally, a tooth or teeth can be damaged to the point where it is impossible or not cost effective to repair. Our dentists will help remove the damaged teeth in the most comfortable way possible and help develop a plan to replace the missing teeth through a variety of available methods.
Lip and Tongue Tie Procedures
Tongue and Lip ties often present themselves with difficulty breastfeeding and they continue to be a concern as children grow with impacted speech development, trouble extending the tongue, orthodontic issues, and with sleep concerns. Dr. Chan specializes in the diagnosis and correction of tongue and lip ties through laser frenectomies.
Using a dental laser, bleeding and swelling is greatly minimized and the child is able to nurse immediately.
What to expect after a Frenectomy
Frenectomies are less invasive than a dental filling. The use of local anesthetic is used to ensure comfort. The tissue is reduced using a laser. The laser produces minimal discomfort and minimal bleeding. Lasers sterilize at the touch, decreasing risks of infection and promoting faster healing.
Frenectomies in Adults
Adults who have a tight frenum can experience a number of problems that an elective frenectomy can fix. These problems include:
Jaw Pain: if you are experiencing soreness in your jaw, chronic pain, a sensation of clicking while opening and shutting our mouth.
When you have a tight frenum, it can cause you to develop a different chewing and talking pattern that can cause subsequent lingering pain. If you have received a TMJ diagnosis and are currently receiving treatment that doesn’t seem to work, have your dentist check to see if your frenum is the problem.
Difficulty Eating: A tight frenum can interfere with your eating. While chewing, food gets pushed towards your esophagus automatically, for this to work your tongue needs free movement. When you have limited tongue movement, the food you eat isn’t moving on the path it should be causing difficulty swallowing. A frenectomy can fix this.
Dentures & Braces: You may need a frenectomy if you are getting dentures and your frenum position is interfering with how your dentures fit. In some cases, a frenectomy is needed with braces in
order to aid movement and prevent relapse.
Difficulty Playing Instruments: you may decide to get a frenectomy if your tight frenum is interfering with playing.
3D Digital Scanning
3D digital scanners are rapidly changing the way dentists take impressions, to help create crowns, bridges, retainers, night guards and go about other methods of dental work. Unlike traditional impression-taking methods, our 3D scanners produce digital files. These digital files can then be shared easily with surgeons, other dental staff, or labs. This allows all parties involved in the patient’s oral health to easily and quickly communicate.
Orthodontics, Clear Aligners & Whitening
Everyone wants a perfect smile! Unfortunately, age, diet and other factors can cause misalignment and discoloring of your teeth. Don’t despair! Wellspring dental group can help! We offer a variety of orthodontic and alignment treatments and systems that can help re-align your smile. We also provide a wide variety of whitening solutions that can give your smile that brightness you’re looking for.
Dentures and Implant Retained Prosthetics
For patients with missing teeth, a great replacement solution is often dental implants. The trained dentists at Wellspring Dental group and help guide you through options for single implants or complete denture systems, both traditional and implant-retained. These new teeth provide excellent function and aesthetics and often result in an amazingly natural smile! Schedule an exam and you will receive a personalized treatment recommendation and our dentists can help you decide what restorative treatments are right for your smile!
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What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common disorder that causes snoring and breathing pauses during sleep. These breathing pauses may occur 30 times or more an hour. As a result, the quality of sleep suffers, making patients tired during the day. On top of that, life partners are often suffering too as loud and persistent snoring can keep him or her awake and take a toll on his or her well-being.
How we can help:
Mandibular Advancement for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
A mandibular advancement device is a custom-designed oral appliance fabricated by a dentist to treat snoring or mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. It is also recommended for patients with more severe OSA who are unable or unwilling to tolerate CPAP therapy and/or surgery. The two-piece appliance is designed to prevent apneas by keeping the upper airway open. The lower jaw is moved forward comfortably to relax the tissue at the back of the throat and prevent the base of the tongue from collapsing and blocking the airway.
Obstructive sleep apnea risk factors:
Fragmented sleep such as that induced by obstructive sleep apnea is the most common cause of daytime sleepiness and issues related to sleep deprivation, including problems with memory, reaction time, and concentration. OSA may also lead to serious illnesses due to its reduction of oxygen levels. This combination of disturbed sleep and oxygen starvation may contribute to ailments including hypertension, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, sexual dysfunction, and depression, plus a significantly higher risk of accidents, including those in the workplace and while driving.
Untreated obstructive sleep apnea can increase the risk of:
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack, stroke, or irregular heartbeat
- Severe weight gain
- Work-related or driving accidents
How to get diagnosed for obstructive sleep apnea:
Do you have trouble sleeping, snore loudly or think that you may suffer from obstructive sleep apnea? You should take those signs seriously and talk to your physician about a diagnostic sleep apnea test.
A definitive diagnosis for obstructive sleep apnea is made based on a sleep study. It can be done either with a portable device at home or in a sleep lab, where sensors are attached to your body to enable a physician to monitor your symptoms during the night.
A key piece of diagnostic data generated by the sleep study is the apnea hypopnea index (AHI), which is the combined number of apneas (breathing pauses) and hyponeas (decreased air flow) recorded per hour. Your doctor will use this and other criteria to determine whether you have sleep apnea, its severity, and recommended treatment approaches.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
The most obvious sign of obstructive sleep apnea is chronic, loud, and ongoing snoring. There is usually persistent sleepiness during the day, including while at work or driving. This may cause the sufferer to doze off during periods of inactivity. Other symptoms include morning headaches, waking frequently throughout night, difficulty concentrating and remembering, psychological problems such as depression or mood changes, and sore throat or dry mouth upon waking.
- Snoring that is loud and/or gasping
- Tiredness, fatigue, daytime sleepiness
- Sleep cessation observed by others
- Weight gain
- Irritability, moodiness, depression
- Memory, concentration, learning problems
- Waking with headache, sore/dry throat, or gasping sensation
- Recurrent awakenings or insomnia
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