Veneers – Not Just for the Silver Screen

There’s a lot of hair and makeup that goes into making your favorite stars sparkle on the screen. And while we can’t all hire a professional artist to make us look perfect every day, there is a lasting solution to giving you that perfect Hollywood smile – veneers! Dr. Milligan[LINK] in Incline Village is an experienced and trusted provider of veneer treatments.

 

What are Veneers?

Veneers are a very strong, paper-thin cover over your teeth. They look just like real teeth, but even better. Veneers are often used to improve the look of teeth with spacing and alignment issues or staining problems. They can be applied wherever needed, on one tooth or a whole set. Read more ›

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Gum Disease – More Than Just Gums

Your Mouth: A Picture of Health

Did you know that when a dentist looks at your mouth, they can tell a lot more than just how often you’re brushing? It’s true: your oral health is like a window into your lifestyle and habits. Dr. Milligan at Incline Dental Care should know. We’ve seen mouths from all over Incline Village in our office!

If you’re not taking care of the rest of your body, your gums will give it away. Hormones, sickness, stress, diet, smoking, prescription medicine, and more can all affect your gum health, and that goes both ways. If you don’t take care of your gums, the consequences will stretch beyond just your mouth. Unhealthy gums can lead to an unhealthy heart, diabetes, pregnancy complications, memory problems, tooth decay, and more. Read more ›

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The Importance of Dental X-Rays

The technology of dental medicine is advancing by the minute. There are now sophisticated techniques for diagnosing and tracking oral cancer, correcting crooked teeth in less than a year, treating periodontitis (advanced gum disease) without surgery, and much more. Yet, when it comes down to diagnosing issues and creating an effective treatment plan, nothing beats a fresh set of X-rays.

Dr. Milligan uses dental X-rays to see the whole picture, in order to keep your teeth healthy, bright, and beautiful. If you are a Incline Village resident with questions about how X-rays work, read on, and don’t hesitate to call Incline Dental Care with any concerns. Read more ›

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Fun Dental Facts – Did You Know?

Dentistry is serious medicine, and daily oral hygiene is a top priority. But teeth can be pretty fun, too – not to mention fascinating. For starters, have you ever seen the full sets of baby teeth and adult teeth present in a child’s head x-ray? Go ahead, look it up. There are tons of interesting dental facts out there! Incline Dental Care in Incline Village treats our patients professionally and joyfully—our team thinks teeth are cool. Take Dr. Milligan’s word for it, there’s much to learn and admire about even the most average set of teeth. Read more ›

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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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