September 30, 2016
What is the best way to restore a tooth? How much force do dentures give someone? And how quickly can you change the shade of your teeth? Find out all of these answers and more by taking our quick dental quiz. Hint: If you regularly read this blog, you’ll have a leg up. There is nothing at stake here. This is simply a fun quiz to get you thinking about ways modern dentistry can help you, and I’ll have the answers at the end of the blog. Once you’re finished, call my office at 703-552-2530 to schedule an appointment.
1. What tooth replacement option nearly mimics your natural teeth?
A. Removable dentures
C. Dental implants
2. What’s a low-cost alternative to CPAP for treating sleep apnea?
D. Oral appliance
3. What oral health problem claims more teeth than anything?
A. Tooth decay
B. Gum disease
C. Dental trauma
D. None of the above
4. You can whiten your teeth in less than an hour.
5. My teeth don’t hurt, so that means I’m in good oral health.
1. C. Dental implants are by far the closest thing to natural teeth on the market. Once placed in the jawbone, healed, and restored with either a crown, bridge, or dentures — the implants can provide about 90 percent of the chewing force you have with your natural teeth. Removable dentures only provide about 35 percent of the power of your natural teeth. If you are missing entire arches of teeth, we can even use dental implants to give you beautiful, natural-looking replacement teeth. Instead of dealing with missing teeth or floppy dentures, you can eat whatever you want again!
2. D. Sleep apnea is a problem that affects nearly nearly million Americans. The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. This occurs when the airways are blocked during sleep. For years, the most common way to treat sleep apnea was with a CPAP machine. This machine is worn at night and constantly pushes air into the patient’s mouth. But the major problem with a CPAP machine is that it’s uncomfortable, and the compliance rate is only about 50 percent. That’s why we offer oral appliances to treat obstructive sleep apnea. The appliances are custom-fit and move the jaw forward, allowing the airways to stay open while you sleep. Our oral appliances are comfortable, and most people see their sleep apnea issues fade within a few days.
3. B. You might be surprised to learn that tooth decay is not the leading cause of tooth loss. But gum disease claims more teeth than anything. Gum disease is so destructive because the bacteria that causes gum disease can strike with little warning and spread quickly. Gum disease typically begins with swelling or bleeding of the gums, but in it’s more serious stages, gum disease can cause the gums and teeth to pull apart.
4. A. Teeth-whitening procedures have been around in dentistry for decades. Teeth-whitening is still one of the most affordable and easy ways to brighten your smile. And thanks to modern technology, you can brighten your smile in only about an hour. Our office uses high-strength whitening gels that are then activated by a special LED light. The entire procedure takes only a few steps, and you can sit back in the dental chair and see great results after only a few minutes.
5. B. While we certainly hope that no pain means you’re in good oral health, that’s not necessarily the case. You can have cavities or even serious medical issues like gum disease or root issues without pain. In fact, it’s important that you visit a dentist before you are in pain. Our office can knock out dental issue before they balloon into a more serious problems. Preventive dentistry is always less invasive and less expensive than restorative dental treatments.