Do you know where your dental crowns came from?

More and more dental offices are outsourcing their labwork these days. Cutting costs is a big factor as is convenience. But what does that mean to you?

Crowns, bridges, veneers, and even mouthguards are being sent overseas to China and surrounds to be fabricated for a much more economical fee. Some of these labs turn these crowns around in 24 hours and then have them back to be inserted by your dentist within a week. Why does that matter?

Australia has a very high standard of infection control as well as a very regulated industry as to what is safe to be used in the mouth. Unfortunately when you have products being fabricated OUTSIDE of Australia, it becomes an issue of not knowing what exactly you’re getting into. Or rather, what might be getting in to you.

Some of the downsides – certain metals that we would deem unsafe in Australia to use in the mouth may not necessarily get the same stamp of disapproval elsewhere. “The Australian Dental Association are now trying to push for disclosure from dentists using overseas crowns and bridges, which account for 50% of all crowns and bridges now made in Queensland, and stress the importance that the patient be told exactly where their crowns come from and any potential risks associated with them.”

We work so hard to avoid chemicals where we can, whether it be in our food, cleaning products hand creams etc…Why would we risk putting something in our mouths long-term that does not meet our level of safety in Australia?

As it stands now, there is no regulation regarding disclosure of where the crown and bridgework has been fabricated and Australian dentists are free to use labs from across the world.  Many dental practices, like ourselves choose to use local labs where they know the technicians and know where their materials are sourced from, but there are many more practices that don’t.

Fun fact: Ancient Egyptians were said to have used animal teeth and even bone pieces as a more primitive replacement. Nowadays though, with our advancement of technology, we have found and continue to improve on the quality of materials used to fabricate our crowns.

When it comes to quality and care it is important to ask your dentist where their crown, bridges and other labwork is made.  Not only to support your local economy, but to ensure you are getting a quality, Australian standard of safety approved fixture placed in your mouth.

Snoring is more than a relationship killer. It can be a sign of a significant medical condition such as sleep apnea.

WHAT IS THE FIRST STEP YOU CAN TAKE FOR SNORING?

Take this Self Assessment for Sleep Disorders:

  1.  Do you snore loudly?
  2. Is your snoring a problem for others?
  3.  Do you wake feeling unrefreshed?
  4. Are you somewhat sleepy during the day?
  5.  Has anyone seen any disturbances to your breathing during sleep such as pauses, gasping, or choking?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions you may be suffering from more than just snoring, you may have obstructive sleep apnea.

It is recommended you contact us for further assessment so we can get you on track to a safer and snore-free sleep.  If you would like more information on how we can help please READ ON >>>

Recent guidelines from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (the peak body in the field) recognise dental sleep appliances as a frontline treatment for snoring and mild-to-moderate sleep apnea. In severe cases of sleep apnea the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine is the optimal treatment, in which air pressure of adjustable intensity is delivered through a nasal mask worn during sleep. However many people find it very difficult, or just cannot use CPAP.

This is where dental sleep appliances are an excellent alternative therapy – for people with severe sleep apnea when CPAP is not tolerated, or when having a machine is not possible i.e. travelling, camping, or no access to electricity.

Here are some answers to popular Frequently Asked Questions on how Dental Sleep Applicances and Jeremy Keating Dental Practice can support you on your way to a healthier sleep.

How does the dental sleep appliance work?
Dental sleep appliances work by comfortably holding the lower jaw slightly forward, which prevents the tongue and structures at the back of the throat from collapsing into the airway. This keeps the airway open.

What is the best treatment for snoring?
Dental sleep appliances are generally regarded as the most effective treatment for snoring, with the least side-effects. Studies demonstrate that dental sleep appliances are far more effective than surgical treatments. Surgery is only around 55% effective with significant potential side-effects including severe post-operative pain and regurgitation of food through the nose.

Comfortable, effective and easy to use
Dental sleep appliances are comfortable and easy to use with studies demonstrating 95% effectiveness in overcoming snoring. Recent guidelines from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the peak body in the field, recognise dental sleep appliances as a frontline treatment for snoring and mild-to-moderate sleep apnea.

Do you also have sleep apnea?
If you snore you also might have sleep apnea If you wake feeling somewhat unrefreshed and are sleepy during the day then your snoring may be more than just a noise – it may be a sign of an underlying medical condition called sleep apnea. Up to 70% of adults who regularly snore have sleep apnea, with most unaware they have this condition.

What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is caused by soft tissues in the throat, including the tongue, collapsing against the back of the throat. This obstructs the upper airway and air flow is reduced. This cycle of obstruction and then breathing can occur many times per hour disrupting the quality of sleep. Sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure, heart and health problems and is an important cause of excessive daytime sleepiness.

***Important note: It is possible to have significant sleep apnea even if no one has seen you stop breathing. Often it is the more severe cases where breathing is halted completely for a period of time.

Benefits of Dental Sleep Appliances: • You and your partner can look forward to a quiet night of sleep. • Wake up feeling refreshed. • Improved quality of life with a better mood and greater vitality. • Decreased risk of fatigue-related vehicle and work accidents. • Improved work performance due to greater concentration and energy levels. • Decreased risk of heart disease, stroke and blood pressure problems.

Dental Sleep Appliances the best solution
Custom made, adjustable dental sleep appliances are scientifically proven and widely regarded by sleep physicians as the best available treatment for snoring and a frontline treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea. Book in today for a consult with one of our dentists at Jeremy Keating Dental Practice.

**Reference: Assessment of dental sleep appliance treatment’ August-October 2010Assoc. Professor G Kennedy PhD BBSc Grad Dip Mntl Hlth Sci (Clin Hypn) Dip Clin Hypn MAPS Victoria University Dr Harry Ball B.D.Sc. L.D.S.(Melb) M. Counsell.(Lat) Grad. Dip. Counsell. & H.S.(Lat)

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