Suspect You Might Have Sleep Apnea?

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Do you think you might have sleep apnea? If so, we encourage you to schedule an exam with your doctor right away. Depending on the outcome of that, sleep apnea treatment is available here at Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia.

Sleep apnea is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition.

Does your bed partner tell you that you frequently stop breathing during the night? What if you sleep alone? Here are some signs that you may have sleep apnea:

  • Loud snoring
  • Abrupt awakenings
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Frequently being tired during the day
  • Waking with a dry mouth
  • Headaches, especially in the morning after awakening
  • Difficulty concentrating

Recurring interruptions in breathing during sleep deprives the brain of oxygen. When the brain is not getting enough oxygen, the heart slows down. When breathing resumes, the heart goes into panic mode to push the oxygen to the brain. Then the cycle repeats itself many times an hour each and every night. This stop-and-start action is dangerous for every organ in the body.

A device called Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is the best-known treatment for sleep apnea. Many people have never heard of any other treatments.

An alternative called Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT)  can be an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea treatment is available here at Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia. To begin, download and fill out our sleep history form. Then schedule an appointment right away!

Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

626-445-2536

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
Arcadia, California
91007

 

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Are You At Risk For Bone Recession?

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We all know that a healthy smile requires decay-free teeth and healthy gums, but how often do we appreciate our jaw bone? Our teeth need a strong firm foundation to remain healthy and beautiful. This post from Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia looks at bone recession.

Occasionally, a patient experiences bone recession in their jaw which can cause tooth loss and other problems. However, it is ordinarily the other way around. The bone loss occurs as a result of a lost tooth. When a tooth and its root is lost, the blood supply and stimulus required for maintaining healthy bone is taken away.

Let’s look at the most common causes of jaw bone recession:

Extracted Teeth
Bone is living tissue and needs stimulation to stay healthy and retain its size and density. Biting, chewing, talking and all the other normal mouth functions keep the portion of the bone surrounding the tooth root healthy. When a tooth is extracted, the bone that used to anchor the tooth root recedes as if it understands that it is no longer needed. A dental implant provides stimulation similar to the natural tooth and can prevent bone recession.

Gum Infection
A gum infection can result when gum inflammation goes untreated and progresses to periodontitis. With periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth creating pockets which provide the perfect breeding ground for the detrimental infection.

Gum infections can progress undetected, though there are usually warning signs. Swollen, painful gums, loose teeth, and gums that bleed when brushed are symptoms of periodontitis. The infection dissolves bone as the gums pull away from the tooth. Inadequate oral hygiene increases the risk of gum disease but other factors can compromise gum health. These include smoking (no surprise here), hormone levels, diseases that lower immune system effectiveness, medications that cause dry mouth, and genetic predisposition.

Abscessed Tooth
An abscess is a pus-filled pocket of infection that occurs in the nerve and roots of a tooth. As the infection attacks the tooth and bone tissue it creates a space that fills with pus. There are several treatments for a tooth abscess including antibiotics to kill the infection, a root canal, or extraction, if needed.

If you would like to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant, but don’t have enough bone at the implant site, you might be a candidate for bone grafting. Bone grafting may sound like major oral surgery but it is really a routine procedure. Call us at Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia. Services include family dentistry. Make an appointement today!

Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

626-445-2536

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
Arcadia, California
91007

 

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Replace Those Old Silver Fillings

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Do you recall what your teeth looked like before you had your first cavity? When you opened your mouth to laugh or yawn, others would only see pearly white molar surfaces. Well, unless, of course, you had been munching on Oreos (LOL). Even if you’ve had a cavity (or cavities), our team at Premier Dental Esthetics, your leading general and cosmetic dentistry provider in the Arcadia, California area, believes that it’s time to move on from those old-school silver amalgam fillings that many family dentists relied on back in the day. Tooth-colored fillings that match your natural teeth are the best option.

If you are like many people, you started developing tooth decay fairly young and started receiving those ubiquitous silver eyesores.  As the years passed, two fillings became three, then three fillings may have become four. Now when you open wide, others see a mouthful of metal.

Fortunately, people with silver amalgam fillings can regain the smile of their youth. The replacement of silver fillings with composite tooth-colored fillings is a relatively inexpensive cosmetic dental procedure available at Premier Dental Esthetics that can transform your smile just as dramatically as more extensive cosmetic dental treatments. Composite fillings are fabricated with a mixture of glass or quartz and resin which results in a natural tooth-colored material. They are quite durable when bonded to the tooth with adhesive.

Hopefully, you don’t have a new cavity; but if you do, you can get a white composite filling. In addition to the cosmetic benefits over silver, they require the removal of less healthy tooth structure. If you would like to improve your smile by replacing silver-mercury fillings, please call us at Premier Dental Esthetics to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation in the Arcadia, California area today.

Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

626-445-2536

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
Arcadia, California
91007


The Royalty Treatment at Premier Dental Esthetics

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When Dr. Peter Young crowns one of our patients, the coronation is a celebration of a stronger smile. The necessity of a dental crown in Arcadia is usually readily apparent. Based on how much tooth is available to hold in a filling, sometimes a crown is needed to add more support and to keep the tooth from falling apart or breaking. Crowns are also necessary as a sturdy support for dental bridges. A dental crown in Arcadia restores your tooth to normal shape, size and strength, and allows it to resume its proper place as a team player with the other teeth.

Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS, located at 301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217 in Arcadia, California 91007, opened their doors in 1997 and has been serving patients throughout California with extraordinary efficiency, expertise and personal attention since 1997. You could be our next royal to smile and wave for the paparazzi.

Consult with Dr. Young to find out if you are a candidate for state-of-the-art restorative procedures meant to increase the life of your precious permanent teeth such as a fabulous dental crown in Arcadia. Keep in mind that crowns come in a variety of strong, reliable materials. Matching the natural color of your teeth increases the beauty of your smile. Gold crowns are incredibly strong and have the “bling” factor, but there are certainly other options.

In addition to restorative services, we would love to talk to you about cleanings, cosmetic services, teeth whitening, braces, veneers, and other smile makeover possibilities. We are equipped to offer general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, family dentistry, orthodontics and a long list of other procedures. Schedule your visit today with our comprehensive staff at 626-445-2536. A crown can return your tooth to all its former glory as a smiling, glowing, expert chewing machine.

Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

626-445-2536

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
Arcadia, California
91007


We Know When A Simple Problem Can Become Serious

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Today in the Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS dental blog we are going to discuss those small irritations in the mouth that have the potential to become big problems. Injuries, sores, or inflammation in the mouth can be very uncomfortable. These non-specific irritations, called stomatitis in Arcadia, have many different causes, but it’s best to get them taken care of as soon as possible.

What is Stomatitis in Arcadia?

They may be caused by cold sores, gum disease, teeth grinding, or biting the inside of your mouth. They may also be linked to broken teeth or braces. In fact, any inflammation of the membranes in the mouth can be classified as stomatitis. Stomatitis can impact a person’s ability to speak, eat, and even to fall asleep at night. Fortunately, most of these irritations clear up on their own within a couple of weeks. However, there is a possibility that a viral or bacterial infection can occur. It’s important to let your dentist know about these sores if they don’t clear up after several weeks. Even if there are no complications, your dentist can help you treat the symptoms of stomatitis in Arcadia.

Schedule Your Next Appointment

At Premier Dental Esthetics, Dr. Peter Young takes care of our patients in the Pasadena area at our comfortable Arcadia dental office. Our friendly dental staff wants our patients to have the best oral health possible. We also want them to look their very best, so if you have any questions about a smile makeover, give us a call at 626-445-2536. Common cosmetic dentistry procedures used in smile makeovers include teeth whitening, veneers, dental bonding, and dental implants. Learn more about us during a dental consultation. We hope to see you in our office soon!

Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

626-445-2536

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
Arcadia, California
91007


Teen Teeth: Adolescent Oral Health

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If you are a teenager or the parent of a teenager, this post from Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia CA is for you. We’ll discuss dental issues of special concern to adolescents. Dental risks for Arcadia teens include both developmental and lifestyle-related factors.

At Premier Dental Esthetics we see tooth decay and gum disease in teenagers far too often. Possible causes and complicating conditions include insufficient dental hygiene, unhealthy diet, malocclusion (misaligned bite), smoking, hormonal changes, tooth grinding, mouth breathing, eating disorders, and side effects of medications.

As children become more independent, some get lax about brushing and flossing. Furthermore, some teens’ diets become worse when they have more freedom to choose what to eat. Few parents let their four year-old drink an energy drink, but they are consumed frequently by Arcadia teenagers – presumably without their parents’ knowledge.

Malocclusion (crooked teeth) can make proper brushing and flossing problematic, leaving even vigilant brushers with decay from food particles that are almost impossible to remove. Malocclusion can also trigger TMD (Temporomandibular disorder).

In spite of numerous public service campaigns aimed at preventing teen smoking, many youth take up the habit even before they graduate from high school. Smoking wrecks teeth as surely as it wrecks lungs.

One of the teen dental issues that impacts most young men and women is wisdom teeth. It’s best to start monitoring your teen’s wisdom teeth early so they can be treated before they result in issues with the jaw or surrounding teeth. And you certainly don’t want to send your high-school grad to an out-of-state college without addressing his or her third molars. If problems develop, they won’t be near their regular dentist, may miss class, and will either need to come home or use an out-of-network dentist or oral surgeon.

This article is by no means exhaustive on the vital subject of adolescent oral health. Future posts will discuss orthodontia, oral piercings, eating disorders, and abnormal teeth growth.

At Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia CA, we offer family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment for you or your teenager today.

Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

626-445-2536

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
Arcadia, California
91007

 

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Terrific Tooth Tips From Premier Dental Esthetics

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At Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia, we like to share useful information about dentistry to help each of our patients maintain dental health. So without further ado, here are some useful and terrific tooth tips.

  1. If you have kids and your municipal water supply does not have the recommended level of fluoride, talk to your pediatrician about fluoride supplements. Fluoride strengthens both the teeth you can see and the ones still forming in the jaw.
  2. Set a timer when you brush to make sure you spend at least two minutes thoroughly (but gently!) cleaning all surfaces. Don’t forget your tongue—it provides a cozy home for bacteria to flourish.
  3. Floss before you brush so that tooth bristles can better reach between teeth.
  4. If you can’t brush after a meal, chew some sugarless gum with xylitol. Xylitol may curb the growth of bacteria on your teeth to reduce plaque formation.
  5. Eat carbohydrates with meals instead of alone as snacks. More saliva is generated while eating a meal and this can lessen the effects of carbs sitting on your teeth.
  6. An oral fluoride rinse used right before bedtime adds an extra measure of decay deterrence. Fluoride rinses (not traditional mouthwash) work best when swished over teeth for at least thirty seconds after flossing and brushing. After spitting it out, don’t rinse with water. Let the residue protect and strengthen your enamel all night long. This is especially important for kids – just make sure they don’t swallow it.
  7. If you have diabetes, it is important to understand that unhealthy blood sugar levels can increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. We can help you maintain oral health in spite of this condition.
  8. Beware of the dental risks of chronic dry mouth (xerostomia). Continual saliva production is essential for keeping the mouth lubricated, washing the food from tooth surfaces, and neutralizing the acid caused by plaque. Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers are some of the medications that can cause dry mouth. We can help you protect your teeth if you live with this unpleasant condition.
  9. Wearing a mouth guard when you participate in sports can prevent tooth injury.

At Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia, we provide family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today.

Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

626-445-2536

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
Arcadia, California
91007

 

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Three Reasons Not to Skip a Dental Checkup

Life gets busy. Sometimes it seems impossible to keep up with everything you “gotta do.” At Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia CA, we understand that. But we encourage you to think twice before you cancel or postpone a dental checkup because you think it’s less important than the other twenty items on your to-do list.

Twice-yearly dental exams are vital for keeping your smile in optimal shape!

“But my teeth feel fine.”
Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. The fact is that no news isn’t necessarily good news. Dental troubles can be progressing without you being aware of it.

1. Your Gums May Be Receding
Gum recession doesn’t happen all at once. Gum tissue can move back almost imperceptibly until teeth and bone are in danger.

2. Decay May Be Lurking
When the acids in plaque start drilling into a tooth, we usually don’t feel it until it has passed through the enamel and dentin and hits the nerve. Ouch! By that time, there is a crater in the tooth. Regular cleanings remove plaque before it can do any damage.

3. Prevent Oral Cancer
About 50,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year.1 Doctor dentist will screen for oral cancer during your exam. As with all types of cancer, early diagnosis is essential.

After your entire mouth has been examined, we will detail what is necessary moving forward. Whether that’s flossing more often or discussing major fixes such as braces, we will make certain that you get all the information you need to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful!

Scheduling twice-yearly exams with Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia CA will ensure you avoid acute dental problems. We offer family and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

626-445-2536

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
Arcadia, California
91007


Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS Works To Earn Your Trust

Premier Dental Esthetics - Peter S. Young, DDS in ArcadiaHello! I’m Dr. Peter Young, DDS, of Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia. I have been practicing general and cosmetic dentistry since 1997. Dentistry is a challenging and fascinating profession; dentists must have diagnostic skills, dexterity, extensive scientific knowledge, and good visual memory. Dentistry also requires artistic ability. In addition to the technical aspects of dentistry, I really enjoy interacting with my Arcadia dental patients.

I recognize that my patients have other choices in Pasadena area dental practices, and I work continually to earn their trust and surpass their expectations.

Each dental patient is unique. Many of my patients come in twice-yearly for an exam and cleaning. We help them maintain excellent oral health. Some San Gabriel cosmetic dentistry patients come to me seeking major restorative dental work. It is extremely gratifying to complete a smile makeover and see the patient’s reaction when they see their new smile for the first time.

When I have a pre-treatment consultation with a new South Temple City patient, it is very informative for both of us. The patient learns the specifics about the possible procedures and I learn about the patient’s goals, concerns and expectations. Then I work with the patient to develop a dental treatment plan that fits the patient’s needs, desired outcome and budget.

My dental practice is located at 301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217 in Arcadia. If you are looking for an experienced dentist in the Pasadena area, call 626-445-2536 to schedule a consultation.

I look forward to meeting with you.

Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

626-445-2536

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
Arcadia, California
91007

 


Makeovers For Busy Smiles

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Have you been considering improving your smile with cosmetic dentistry but are afraid you can’t fit it into your hectic schedule? Let Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia put your mind at ease.

Cosmetic dentistry at Premier Dental Esthetics is speedier than you think. Some procedures such as teeth whitening can be done in just one visit to our comfortable office.

If you are one of the many people who want to have their teeth corrected, check out the new orthodontic options including invisible braces.

A porcelain veneer is a popular minimally invasive cosmetic dental procedure. Veneers can repair chipped teeth, cracked teeth, discolored teeth, and slightly misshapen teeth.

If you replace your old silver fillings with tooth colored fillings, you can open wide without flashing any silver. Your rear molars will look like they did before you had any cavities filled. (How long ago was that?)

At Premier Dental Esthetics, we create stunning smiles every day. It’s your turn! Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

626-445-2536

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
Arcadia, California
91007