Did George Washington Really Have Wooden Teeth?

When he became the first president of the United States, George Washington had only one real tooth left! You heard right—just ONE. Everyone has heard something about this great man and his dental history, but if you heard that Washington had wooden teeth, then you heard wrong.  This myth is totally false—and Dr. Milligan at Incline Dental Care is here to tell you the truth. Read more ›

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The Benefits of Composite Fillings

Traditionally, dentists have used what’s known as amalgam, or special metal alloys, to fill cavities. However, modern dental medicine has advanced to the point that Dr. Milligan can offer Incline Village patients a much better option for filling holes caused by tooth decay: composite fillings. At Incline Dental Care, we would like to educate you on the benefits of tooth-colored, composite fillings, so please let this article serve as your personal fillings fact sheet. Read more ›

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Crack Down on Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Cracked tooth syndrome (CTS), also known as cracked cusp syndrome or split tooth syndrome, is a painful condition that results from a crack in one of your teeth. CTS can mean anything from a tiny hairline split in the crown to a fracture that goes all the way to the root.

If you have a nasty toothache and remember biting down on something hard, it’s time to contact Dr. Milligan. Don’t worry though, because the dental professionals at Incline Dental Care are committed to giving you the best oral care that Incline Village has available. To find out more about cracked tooth syndrome, read on. Read more ›

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Get Your Beauty Sleep Back with Sleep Apnea Treatment

Do you have a spouse or loved one that complains about your snoring? Do you wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air? Do you find that you are always exhausted during the day and just can’t seem to ever catch up on sleep? If these symptoms sound familiar, you may be one of many Incline Village residents suffering from sleep apnea. Dr. Milligan wants you to know you are not alone, there is a solution, and wants to help you get the restful sleep you deserve. Read on to learn about what sleep apnea is and how we can treat it. If you have any questions, our team at Incline Dental Care is happy to answer them. Feel free to give us a call!

Sleep Apnea and Your Health

Getting restful sleep every night is a crucial part of your daily health. Although snoring may seem harmless, it is actually an indication that your breathing is obstructed, and may be a sign of sleep apnea. However, it’s important to note that if you snore occasionally, it does not necessarily mean that you have sleep apnea. If the soft tissues of the mouth and throat become too relaxed (this happens involuntarily), they can form an obstruction and restrict airflow. The result is snoring, difficulty breathing at night, frequent urination during the night, and poor quality of sleep. Some research has even shown that sleep apnea increases the risk of heart attack.

The Solution

If you suspect you might have sleep apnea, Incline Dental Care recommends a visit to Dr. Milligan. Most importantly, don’t give up on a good night’s sleep! The most common treatments available include:

  1. CPAP Machines: Through the use of a face mask worn during sleep, continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) is applied to keep the airway unobstructed. Although some Incline Village residents find this treatment to be effective, others have a difficult time sleeping with a bulky mask on.
  2. Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT): If you are looking for a solution that doesn’t require a cumbersome machine, Dr. Milligan can fit you with a special device that shifts the jaw slightly forward, opening the airway, and allowing for peaceful sleep.

If you would like to find out more about oral appliance therapy or come in for a free consultation, give Incline Dental Care a call! We can help you get your “zzzzz’s” back!

Incline Dental Care
231 Village Blvd
Incline Village, NV 89451
(775) 298-5455
Office Hours
Mon – Thurs: 8am to 5pm

Sources

http://www.yourlunghealth.org/lung_disease/sleep_apnea/facts/

http://www.bodylogicmd.com/for-men/sleep-apnea

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Mouthguards – Do They Really Work?

Sore jaw? Restless nights? Play sports? If any of these apply to you, you might be surprised to hear that you could use a mouthguard!

Functions of Mouthguards

Mouthguards are solid pieces of plastic that keep your teeth and jaw in a specific resting position. The basic function of a mouthguard is protection. Mouthguards help prevent accidental mouth injuries, ease pain from grinding your teeth, and can even help patients with trouble sleeping.

They usually only cover the top row of teeth, but can sometimes be made to cover the bottom row too. You can buy a mouthguard pre-made, custom-made, or use the “boil and bite” method for something in the middle. Custom mouth guards from your Incline Village dentist offer the highest level of protection and the most comfortable fit, but no matter where you get your mouthguard, actually wearing it is the most important part.

Types of Mouthguards

All mouthguards look and function mostly the same, but they might be slightly different based on the need they serve. The main uses for mouthguards include:

  • Sports: Athletes are 60 times more likely to harm their teeth if they aren’t wearing a mouthguard. (Wow!) Even sports where you aren’t likely to crash into another person run a risk against your mouth. And adults aren’t excluded from this—dentists recommend that people of all ages use a mouthguard when participating in sports or outdoor activities. An injury to the mouth could cause permanent tooth loss, or serious injury to your tongue and lips.
  • Night Guards: According to the American Dental Association, bruxism or teeth grinding is very common and occurs in 10-15% of all adults. Grinding your teeth at night can cause tooth damage, headaches, and a sore jaw. A night guard can prevent grinding and the negative side effects. Bruxism can be a serious problem and you should talk with your dentist and doctor about any and all reasons you might be grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw, especially if it’s leading to bigger problems like temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
  • Sleep Apnea: If you temporarily stop breathing in your sleep, a mouthguard or oral appliance can help hold your tongue and lower jaw in place to improve airflow. Sleep apnea can cause a lot of problems for your oral and overall health such as dry mouth and exhaustion, and can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. A mouthguard can also help you stop snoring. Not all cases of sleep apnea can be treated with a mouthguard so ask your dentist or doctor what’s best for you.

And yes, you can wear a mouthguard even if you have braces. Imagine how much more painful it might be to have an accident with braces involved! Talk with your dentist about finding a mouth guard that fits properly and suits your needs.

Care for your mouthguard by regularly cleaning it with soap and water, brushing it with a toothbrush and toothpaste, and keeping it in a ventilated case to prevent bacteria from growing.

Emergency Dentistry

Even with the best prevention, if you do experience an accidental injury to your mouth, emergency dentistry is here for you. Most dentists have an answering service after office hours; so don’t hesitate to call at any time if you need help.

If you experience trouble with long-term issues like TMJ, teeth grinding, or sleep apnea, talk with your dentist. Fixing your oral health can drastically improve many other areas of your life.

Dr. Milligan in Incline Village views dentistry as a total body practice to help you live the life you want. Call Incline Dental Care today to make an appointment and let us be your partners in health.

Incline Dental Care
231 Village Blvd
Incline Village, NV 89451
(775) 298-5455
Office Hours
Mon – Thurs: 8am to 5pm

Sources

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/bruxism/article/mouth-guard-for-teeth-grinding-five-signs-you-need-one-0214

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/mouthguard-quiz

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/bruxism/article/do-i-need-a-night-guard-0313

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/respiratory-conditions/article/is-a-mouth-guard-necessary-for-sleep-apnea-0214

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DDS vs. DMD: A Dental Degree Breakdown

If you are looking for a dentist in Incline Village, you may have picked up on the fact that there are two types of dental degrees – DDS and DMD. Perhaps you’ve noticed that there are far more of one than the other, or maybe they are split 50/50.

Either way, you’re probably wondering what the difference is, and how this will affect your dental care. At Incline Dental Care, we love to spread the word about all things dental, so here are the facts, straight from Dr. Milligan. Read more ›

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What is Dental Botox®?

As specialists in facial anatomy and esthetics, an increasing number of dentists are taking their skills into the world of Botox®. Often associated just with appearances, Botox® can be equally as therapeutic as cosmetic.

Botox® is a purified protein that irons out wrinkles by attaching to a muscle and preventing it from contracting. (Muscle contracting away from skin is what causes wrinkles). This has thus far been its most popular use in cosmetic facial treatments.

What most patients don’t know is this same function can relax other muscles in the jaw and face for pain relief or support of orthodontics. Read more ›

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How Dental Nightguards Can Help You

It’s common to see people wearing mouthguards in Incline Village for protection during all kinds of sports, such as football, basketball, and boxing – but did you know that lots of folks wear mouthguards at night for their dental health? People who grind their teeth (bruxism) and people with sleep apnea can get relief from their symptoms simply by wearing a specially-designed mouth guard at night. Dr. Milligan has helped many Incline Village residents improve their quality of life with nightguards. Our team at Incline Dental Care invite you to come visit us today to find out more.

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Dental Insurance FAQ: the Basics

At Incline Dental Care, we understand that dental insurance can be a tricky thing to navigate. Evaluating dental plans and considering deductibles, benefits, which treatments are covered, and the mountain of other information insurance companies provide can be a headache in and of itself. Dr. Milligan wants every Incline Village resident to have the power to control their own health, so here’s a simplified guide to the basics of dental health insurance. As always, if you have a question, don’t be afraid to give us a call!

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Caring for Your Dentures

The image of a glass full of false teeth on the nightstand is plastered all throughout popular culture. You would think that soaking your dentures in water and cleaner is sufficient, but Dr. Milligan reminds us that proper denture care requires more than just that. In fact, denture maintenance is an important part of oral health. For Incline Village residents who have dentures or are considering them, it is important to know exactly how they function and how to care for them. If you have any questions, please give us a call at Incline Dental Care. Read more ›

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