The importance of a proper airway cannot be over-emphasized. Obstructive Sleep Apnea has more co-morbidities (related health problems) than chronic cigarette smoking. If you, or someone you love has high blood pressure for unknown reasons, or other medical illness for unknown reasons, GET A SLEEP STUDY! We refer to the Health and Wellness Sleep Center here in Pocatello.
Also, if your child snores or is an open-mouth breather, get them to an ear, nose, and throat specialist (ENT) right away for an evaluation of airway obstruction. Children can be cured from sleep breathing disorders in almost EVERY case by removing the tonsils and adenoids and by expanding the palate orthodontically to make room for the tongue.
If not, these kids will have a flattened, long face with greater incidence of “TMJ” disorders, sleep apnea, and even lower IQ’s.
The tongue must be resting in the palate while we breathe and the lips must be together. This can only happen if the nose is able to breathe properly.
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Some may think that our swooping logo is just a fancy looking symbol. Actually, it’s the lower-case version of the Greek letter “phi”.
Phi stands for the Golden Proportion of 1 to 1.618. It’s also been called “the most beautiful number in the world.” Scholars, artists, and architects have known about this ratio or proportion for thousands of years. The Greeks used it in building monuments. The Mona Lisa and Vetruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci have this proportion throughout. Sea shells, credit cards, Barbie dolls, leaves, etc etc have this beautiful proportion naturally (and by design) worked in them. Is it any wonder that when something is balanced that it just “looks” right? Even the most beautiful human faces will have this inate proportion built-in. IT’S THE BLENDING OF SCIENCE AND BEAUTY!!
For this reason, we have chosen it as our logo: A representation of how we approach treatment to not only be scientifically and structurually in harmony and correct, but also to naturally be beautiful.
In this author’s opinion, one of the most overlooked aspects of orthodontic treatment is the evaluation of the airway and the substantial impact it plays on facial and dental development. At our office, the groundwork for any successful TMJ or orthodontic treatment must be laid in order for a successful and stable outcome. In other words, band-aid’ing symptoms is not acceptable. We must understand “why” someone has crowded teeth, a gummy smile, a headache pattern, an overbite, etc etc. Unfortunately, even in medicine, many treatments are only focused on covering the symptom and not going deep enough to cure the problem. Eg. headache/migraine medications like Imitrex and others are prescribed daily by many physicians with complete disregard as to “WHY” the patient has headaches.
So, why do teeth crowd? Just because? Is it really because you have your daddy’s teeth and your mommy’s jaws? An abundance of evidence suggests otherwise. One of the primary factors in crowding is: 1-lack of sufficient airway usually due to enlarged lymphoidal tissue (tonsils and adnoids) and 2- improper oral posture (not keeping the lips shut and breathing through one’s mouth).
By correcting the airway, the patient can breath with the lips together, the tongue resting between the jaws putting gentle adequate U-shaped pressure on the inside of the teeth and developing the nice rounded arches. Jaws that habitually posture open, with the tongue too low, develop long, gummy, and crowded.
We correct the airway, expand the arches and bring them forward to profile norm’s, and establish a balanced esthetic and vertical profile.
(Dr. Davis is a licensed general dentist with residency and specialty areas of training)
Literature references provided upon request.
Our in-office Scanora panoramic and cone-beam x-ray technology gives us safe and instant high resolution x-rays, allowing us to view the details necessary to give our patients the exceptional treatment that they have come to expect from us.
The panoramic X-ray gives a broad overview of the entire mouth. This X-ray supplies information about the teeth, upper and lower jawbone, sinuses, and other hard and soft tissues of the head and neck.
One advantage of the panoramic X-ray is its ease of use. Unlike other X-rays where the film is placed inside the patient’s mouth, the panoramic film is contained in a machine that moves around the patient’s head. The panoramic x-rays are very useful: it reveals deep cavities and dental gum disease, it is a tool for cases with past or present TMJ or jaw joint problems, cases that require full or partial removable dentures, dental implants or dental braces; those who are at risk or suspected of having oral cancer symptoms or other tumors of the jaw, have impacted teeth (especially impacted wisdom teeth) or have had any recent trauma to the face or teeth (i.e. can help identify a fractured jaw); and for those who can not tolerate other types of films (severe gaggers).
The Cone Beam 3-D reconstruction gives doctors the opportunity to more thoroughly analyze bone structure, tooth orientation, and joint space, and detect and evaluate deformities and pathologies.
Cone beam technology has dramatically lower radiation emission and short scan and reconstruction times. Scans take an average of about 20 seconds, and less than a minute later, images are reconstructed on the computer screen. The result is a crystal-clear picture of bone quality and quantity in that area, which are two crucial pieces of information for any implant procedure. So Dr. Davis has undistorted, virtual, rotating models of the patient’s anatomy to work with on his cases.
Wow, the office looks AWESOME! On our first legit day, Staruday, we had 7 new patients from 9am to 1pm. What a great start. I have an awesome core team of girls who really get it and know how to treat people right.
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