Is There a Cure for Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a critical condition caused when a person’s breathing is shallow or interrupted during their sleep. This disruptive breathing can occur hundreds of times in one night’s sleep, and can actually have fatal consequences if the disruption is severe. Most commonly, sleep apnea causes unpleasant symptoms that include snoring, choking, drowsiness during the day, feeling irritable or waking with a headache. While there is no direct cure for sleep apnea, there are sleep apnea treatments
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Common Causes of Cavities

Even today, cavities and tooth decay are some of the most common general dentistry problems. They are caused by a combination of factors and left untreated can lead to serious health consequences. While children and the elderly are more likely to develop cavities, people can get them at any stage of life. There are many factors that can increase your risk. Among the most common risk factors are: Location of the tooth - Molars and premolars are more likely to develop cavities because the
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What is Sleep Apnea?

If you snore loudly and feel tired, even after a full night’s sleep, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. This sleep disorder is characterized by breathing that repeatedly pauses for a few seconds to a few minutes. Left untreated, sleep apnea can be serious because the natural sleep rhythms are disrupted for months or years at a time. There are several types of sleep apnea, and many Pittsburgh patients often don’t know they have the disorder. The primary types are: Obstructive sleep
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College Dorms Increase Likelihood of Toothbrush Contamination

Calling all University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and other Pittsburgh area college students: think your toothbrushes are clean in the dorms? Think again. A recent study has found that regardless of how you store your toothbrush, at least 60% of college students using a communal bathroom in the dorms have a toothbrush containing contamination in the form of fecal matter. That’s poop. Got your attention? An even higher percentage, 80% of those that are contaminated, contain contamination
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How Dental Implant Technology Works

There is no more effective or long-lasting replacement for missing teeth than dental implants. With proper care and maintentance, they can last you the rest of your life, and are designed to grown into your jawbone, strengthening the bone and the implant alike. Best of all, they look and feel just like real teeth, and can be treated as such. You can use dental implants if you need to: Replace a single tooth Anchor a permanent bridge of 3 or more teeth Anchor a set of permanent dentures
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Do I Have Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening disorder that can raise your blood pressure, cause constant fatigue, and put your at a greater risk for stroke. But many people with sleep apnea are unaware that they have it, because the primary symptoms only occur when you are asleep. Most cases are diagnosed when a patient's snoring becomes so loud that it is a problem for their spouse, but people who live alone lack a similar warning. At Dentonics's Pittsburgh dental practice, we see plenty of
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Getting the Most Out of Invisalign®

If you have crooked or misaligned teeth but don't want to deal with the difficulties caused by braces, Invisalign® is an excellent orthodontic option. As one of the leading Pittsburgh Invisalign providers, Dentonics, Inc has helped many patients get the best possible results from the process, and we often get questions from patients asking how they can do their part to make sure Invisalign works for them. Here are some tips to help you get excellent results from Invisalign: Use warm water
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New Toothpaste May Revolutionize Oral Hygiene

Most people don't put a tremendous amount of thought into their choice of toothpaste. They just use the same brand year after year, either out of convenience or preference for the taste. For the most part, there isn't much of a difference between the quality of most major toothpaste brands. However, a new startup company from Silicon Valley is trying to revolutionize the toothpaste industry by providing you with a product that is vastly superior to the alternatives currently on the market. This
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Dr. Quartuccio and Dr. Frye Are Now LVI Fellows

Dentonics is proud to announce that both Dr. Quartuccio and Dr. Frye have recently become LVI Fellows. Dr. Frye received this prestigious honor in June, and Dr. Quartuccio earned the designation in July. This commitment to continuing education is one of the many ways we strive to provide our Pittsburgh area patients with the exceptional dental care they deserve. The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) is widely regarded as the premier cosmetic dentistry and neuromuscular dentistry
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Can Children get Dental Implants?

When a child loses a permanent tooth, he or she will face the same eventualities as adults: adjacent tooth slippage, uneven tooth wear, bite irregularities, and jaw shrinkage and collapse. As with adults, it is important to address missing teeth in children – though dental implants are not always ideal for younger mouths. Dental implants are inserted into jawbone where they act as a new tooth root. This allows implants to prevent jaw shrinkage while also restoring maximum strength and function.
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