Sleep Apnea 101

Have you ever heard of sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a common disorder that is characterized by abnormal breathing patterns while you sleep. This can be caused by lack of oxygen in your airways or even an interruption of the signals from your brain telling your body to breathe while you sleep. Some of the potential dangers from sleep apnea include high blood pressure, stroke, and even death. For more information about sleep apnea, see below:

– If you are a male over the age of 40, you are at a higher risk for sleep apnea.
– Sleep apnea is more commonly seen in individuals with oversized tonsils, tongues, or undersized jaws.
– If you have a family history of sleep apnea, you may suffer from it as well.
– Allergies and sinus problems increase the potential for sleep apnea.
– A deviated septum can lead to sleep apnea.
– Nasal blockages and obstructions can increase your risk for sleep apnea.

Dr. Gonzalez and our team are located in Alamogordo, New Mexico. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Alamogordo Dental Group for sleep apnea treatment, please call our office at 575.437.7473. Let us help you achieve a healthy smile!

Dental Fracture Treatment Can Vary Depending on the Severity of the Damage to the Tooth

There are several things that can increase your chances of suffering a dental fracture on one or more of your teeth. This could be the result of unprotected night grinding, sports injuries, or bad oral habits.

The location and severity of the dental fracture will influence the treatment and restoration method Dr. Gonzalez advocates.

A minor dental fracture in a non-essential location might not cause immediate distress. However, it can still come to harbor tooth decay. So, it’s wise to have Dr. Gonzalez diagnose and repair it to prevent undue complications. Sometimes, this can be as simple as applying an amalgam or composite dental filling.

If a dental fracture is large or it compromises a critical surface of the tooth, Dr. Gonzalez might recommend restoring the tooth enamel layer with a dental crown.  

If the fracture causes significant discomfort it might also call for Dr. Gonzalez to perform a root canal. This will restore sufficient structural integrity to anchor the dental crown in place.

If the damage is severe and the socket structure of the tooth has also been badly compromised the tooth might need to be extracted. Once your gums have healed Dr. Gonzalez can help to restore the tooth by either installing a dental bridge or a dental implant.

If you live in the Alamogordo, New Mexico, area and you’ve recently suffered a dental fracture, you should call 575.437.7473 to seek timely treatment at Alamogordo Dental Group.    

Why Is It Important to Floss Daily?

Do you ever wonder why flossing is important? If so, you have selected the right blog! Flossing is strongly recommended because it benefits your smile in many ways. To elaborate, Dr. Gonzalez would be happy to list those benefits.

First, flossing can remove plaque from the crevices of your smile. This is important because plaque is a dangerous substance that can harm your smile by causing gum disease and tooth decay. To prevent these major and serious dental issues, you need to floss once a day.

Second, flossing can help you have a pristine breath. Sometimes odorous food pieces can get stuck between your pearly whites. When this happens, those pieces can release an odor and result in bad breath. Flossing can remove those pieces and give you a fresher breath. This is even more possible if you use flavored floss, especially mint.

Third, flossing can help you avoid embarrassing times in your life. Oftentimes when you eat, food can get stuck in your smile—and most of the time you don’t even know! This can be embarrassing when you talk with friends, family members, or even someone you have feelings for. However, if you floss after you’re done eating, you can avoid these awkward moments.

Now that you know the benefits of flossing, we hope you continue caring for your smile by flossing at least once a day. If you have any questions about flossing in Alamogordo, New Mexico, feel free to call Alamogordo Dental Group at 575.437.7473. Our dental team will be thrilled to talk with you and give you the answers you need to successfully care for your smile!

Trouble Sleeping? Consider a CPAP Device

Sleeping disorders are a common cause for people not getting a restful night’s sleep. This can be due to an obstruction in the airway or not getting enough air while sleeping. Our dental professionals here at Alamogordo Dental Group want to assist you with any complications you’ve been having.

An oral appliance or a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) device may be the best option for you and your breathing while you sleep. This machine controls the recommended amount of air you are getting during the night, regulating through a tube and mask. There are multiple mask options including nasal, nasal prong, full face, or a nasal pillow. This can be decided by what your dentist recommends or what is most comfortable for you.

CPAP machines may cause your dental arches or incisors to shift which may lead to a reduction in the projection of the jaw. Not every option will do this, it depends on your facial specifications.

Some other simple treatments include positional therapy, where you lay on one of your sides to clear your airway; getting an oral appliance customized to your mouth that is comfortable, portable, and doesn’t make any noise; or having surgery to remodel or remove a part of throat tissue disrupting your breathing.

Call us at 575.437.7473 to schedule a consultation or appointment today if you are suffering any type of sleep apnea or breathing problem while you sleep. Alamogordo Dental Group here in Alamogordo, New Mexico, wants to give you the comfort you deserve so you can have a restful sleep.

Treat Your Smile Right with Tooth Replacement Treatments

If you wish to resume your oral health functions as normal after tooth loss, then quality replacements will be necessary. Treat your smile right with tooth replacement treatments. If you have suffered tooth loss, you can fix your smile with one these helpful procedures:

– A dental implant is a highly effective tooth replacement system that permanently installs material directly in your jawbone. If your jaw is strong enough, a dental implant can be installed that can last a lifetime. Should a dental implant ever break due to an oral accident or injury, they can be replaced.
– A dental bridge is a highly effective tooth replacement system that can conceal gaps between teeth and fill out your smile and is held in place by directly linking to neighboring teeth or implants.

– Dentures are used to replace lost or missing teeth with alternative replacements that link directly to your gums. They are easily removable at night and can be stored in a denture cleaning solution while you sleep for further comfort.

No matter the needs you require from your smile, our team at Alamogordo Dental Group can help. Dr. Gonzalez and our team can give you a comprehensive oral examination to determine which dental replacement treatments are best for you and your oral health care needs. To schedule a visit to our dentist office in Alamogordo, New Mexico, call us at 575.437.7473. Come see us, and let us show you the benefits of a complete smile today!

A Tooth Severely Fractured by Decay Might Require a Bridge Restoration

If you have a bad habit of skipping your routine dental exam at Dr. Gonzalez‘s Alamogordo New Mexico clinic, you are at heightened risk of tooth decay and gum disease problems. If a cavity goes untreated it will gradually grow in size. Sometimes the bacterial presence compromises so much of the tooth’s structure that the tooth can severely fracture.

When this happens Dr. Gonzalez may be able to treat the tooth with a root canal. If there are other complications, such as an infection in the root, or an abscess in the gums, the tooth might not be salvaged by endodontic therapies. In an extreme case like this he might recommend extracting all remnants of the tooth from your mouth and suturing the gums over the socket.

Once all the tissues have knit together and any concerns about infection have passed Dr. Gonzalez can replace the missing tooth’s presence in your mouth with a bridge restoration.

This is a solid piece of dental work with a replicate tooth fused on each end by hollow crowns. It is mounted onto abutments formed from the healthy dentin and internal structures of the two closest neighboring teeth.

Once Dr. Gonzalez cements the bridge in place, it will restore the tooth’s presence and function in your mouth for many years to come.

If you live in Alamogordo, New Mexico and you have a badly decayed or damaged tooth, you should not delay in calling 575.437.7473 to have it treated and restored by Dr. Gonzalez.

Why Are Dental Implants So Beneficial?

If you’re missing a tooth, you’ve probably already heard your many tooth-replacement options, which usually include complete dentures, partial dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. But what sets dental implants apart from all the other treatments? Well, Dr. Gonzalez and our dental team are happy to help you find the answer to that question by telling you all about the benefits of dental implants.

First, a dental implant can enhance your appearance. Having an incomplete smile can hinder your self-confidence and self-esteem. But, once you close the space with a dental implant, you can have the stunning and attractive smile of your dreams. This should dramatically improve your appearance and help you feel better about yourself.

Second, a dental implant can make eating easier. If you fill the gap in your smile with this dental restoration, you will be able to chew with every section of your mouth. You will also be able to chew, eat, and enjoy your favorite meals, treats, and dessert without any discomfort or inconvenience.

Third, a dental implant can improve your oral health. Oftentimes, a missing tooth can severely alter your oral health, especially because the surrounding teeth tend move and close the gap. This results in a misaligned smile that is vulnerable to cavities. However, once you replace your missing tooth, your surrounding chompers will remain in place and your jawbone will stay in tip-top shape, which can help prevent bone degeneration as well.

As you can see, dental implants can help you, your smile, and your oral health in a myriad of ways. So, if you’ve decided to replace your missing tooth with a dental implant in Alamogordo, New Mexico, don’t be afraid to call Alamogordo Dental Group and schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. All you need to do is dial 575.437.7473 and our dental team will be more than happy to help you!

How You Can Avoid Staining Your Teeth

If you enjoy tooth-staining foods regularly and are torn between your taste buds and a bright smile, there are ways to prevent tooth enamel from discoloring your pearly whites when you eat and drink.

Dr. Gonzalez and our team in Alamogordo, New Mexico understand that enjoying your daily coffee or cranberry juice with breakfast is important even though these beverages can stain teeth. Check out the following ways you can limit tooth stains without changing your lifestyle.

–Using a straw: Sipping staining beverages from a straw can effectively limit their ability to discolor your teeth. Straws allow you to continue drinking your favorite fruit juices, soda, lattes, or tea. Not only that but drinking through a straw will help keep them from discoloring the visible areas of your smile while also preventing tooth sensitivity.

–Brush, floss and use mouthwash: By removing oral debris after eating or drinking staining foods helps limit their ability to discolor enamel. Cleaning removes lingering staining agents while rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash helps prevent plaque from developing. Plaque is that sticky substance in the mouth that allows staining agents a foothold to cling to.

–Six-month dental cleanings: Professional dental cleanings are indispensable when it comes to a healthy smile. These cleanings let us remove hardened plaque which otherwise provides a surface that stains can adhere to.

–Say NO to tobacco: Okay, so this is the one tooth staining habit we do recommend quitting. Tobacco stains are notorious no matter whether you chew it or smoke it. Tobacco is unhealthy for your smile and or your body. Fortunately, there are tobacco cessation programs available to help you quit. Talk to your doctor if you would like to know more and your smile will thank you!

Our Alamogordo Dental Group team is here to help you keep your smile its healthiest. We also offer teeth whitening options for our patients in Alamogordo, New Mexico who need help brightening their smiles. We invite you to call 575.437.7473 today to find out more or to schedule an appointment.


Toothaches: The Causes

Have you ever experienced a toothache? Do you ever wonder if there is more you could be doing to avoid this problem? Similarly, do you ever wonder what could be causing your toothache? While toothaches may not seem like something you should be too worried about, they can actually be a sign of more serious trouble.

You see, toothaches can be caused by many different issues. In fact, would you be surprised to learn that toothaches might be caused by an infection located in your tooth or in your gums? In other words, if you are suffering from gum disease, the ligaments that hold your pearly whites in place could be impacted, ultimately leading to your toothache. Similarly, if the center of your tooth becomes infected, you could have a toothache.

Another common cause of toothaches is teeth grinding, which is often referred to as bruxism. If you grind your teeth, you place a huge amount of pressure on your jaw. This pressure could actually lead to tooth injuries like cracks and chips in your smile. To make matters worse, you may not know that you suffer from bruxism. This is especially true if you only grind your teeth at night while you sleep.

Luckily, there are a number of things you may be able to do to deal with your toothache. Generally, if you use over-the-counter medicines, you’ll experience temporary relief. However, if you’re interested in a more permanent solution, we can help you prevent and avoid toothaches by treating the underlying cause.

If you would like to learn more about the care you can receive from our dental team at Alamogordo Dental Group, or have any concerns about dealing with a toothache in Alamogordo, New Mexico, please call us at 575.437.7473. Dr. Gonzalez, Dr. Samaniego, Dr. Samaniego, and our team will be happy to inspect your teeth and gums and offer you personalized advice. We’re eager to receive your call soon.

The Four Steps Involved in Fixing a Broken Bracket on Your Braces

Do you have a broken bracket? If so, it’s important to do all you can to treat the problem so you can avoid delaying your smile transformation progress. To help you do so, our Alamogordo Dental Group orthodontic team encourages you to take the following steps:

Step No. 1: Check the damage. Look to see if the bracket is still attached to the wire. If it is, leave it in place and cover it with orthodontic wax. This will keep it from sliding and also make it more comfortable for your cheeks and gums. If it’s not attached to the wire, remove it and bring it into the office with you.

Step No. 2: Control the situation. If the broken bracket caused a wire to protrude out of place, clip the wire with some fingernail clippers if it’s bothering you. Try to clip the wire as close to the bracket as possible. This will prevent injury to your lips, cheeks,and tongue.

Step No. 3: Make an appointment with Dr. Gonzalez. The sooner you come into the office to get your bracket fixed, the sooner you’ll get back on track toward the beautiful and stunning smile you deserve.

Doing these things can help you progress toward your perfect smile. If you have any questions about our advice or if you would like to know more about how to take care of a broken bracket in Alamogordo, New Mexico, please remember that you can always call our office at 575.437.7473 and talk to a member of our team. We are happy to give you the answers and information you’re looking for!