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Partial Dentures or Dental Bridges: Which Should I Pick?

Filed under: Uncategorized — spdentistry @ 11:01 am
3D render of a dental bridge

If you’re missing teeth and have looked into replacing them, you’re probably well aware that there are plenty of ways to do this. While the variety is certainly nice, it can also make it a little bit overwhelming to decide which method of tooth replacement is best for you.

For example, patients missing a few of their teeth will find that both partial dentures and dental bridges are appealing. If you want to know more about how to select between the two, here’s what you should know.

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Dental Insurance and Medical Insurance, What’s the Difference?

Filed under: Uncategorized — spdentistry @ 8:13 am
Tooth next to a clipboard

At the beginning of the year, most people think a bit more about their insurance than usual. You might have just gotten a brand-new plan, and you could be in the midst of wondering how to best use it.

One thing that often trips people up is the differences between dental and medical insurance. People are often much more familiar with the latter than the former, so if you’re wondering about the difference between these two types of coverage, here are a few things that you should know.

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Balancing Budgets— Dental Insurance vs. Dental Discount Plans

Filed under: Uncategorized — spdentistry @ 5:19 am
Dental insurance form on a table

While most dentists are used to dealing with patients who have anxiety about their procedures, just about any of them will tell you that the thing that nothing makes people more anxious than talking about payment.

Dentists work hard to make their care affordable, but there’s no getting around the fact that navigating payment can be a little disorienting. One of the biggest things that trips up new patients is the difference between dental insurance and dental discount plans, and how to decide which to use. This blog aims to address this issue and to help you make this choice.

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Understanding Your Dental Insurance Deductible

Filed under: Uncategorized — spdentistry @ 5:24 pm
Showing a patient a dental insurance form on a tablet

Dental insurance can potentially help you save a lot of money on your oral healthcare, but it’s important to make sure that you understand all the details of your plan. For example, many dental insurance plans come with a deductible. What exactly does this term mean? And how will it affect the amount you need to pay for treatment out of pocket? The answers can be found below.

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A Closer Look at the Connection between Temperature and Sleep Apnea

Filed under: Uncategorized — spdentistry @ 10:54 pm

Sleep apnea, a condition characterized by interactive breathing during sleep, affects millions of people worldwide—and unfortunately, many more cases remain completely undiagnosed! While various factors contribute to its occurrence, emerging research suggests that temperature also plays a pivotal role in exacerbating and/or alleviating its symptoms. Keep reading below to learn a little more about sleep apnea and how it can be influenced by the temperature of your bedroom, along with some tips for maintaining the perfect sleeping environment!

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Sleeping in a Recliner: Can It Help with Sleep Apnea?

Filed under: Uncategorized — spdentistry @ 2:12 pm
Recliner chair next to lamp and a window

After being told that you have sleep apnea, you are doing a little research online to see if there’s anything you can do at home to manage your disorder. Surprisingly, you found that some people actually recommend sleeping in a reclining chair. It may not seem like an obvious solution, but some studies indicate that there’s good reason to think that it could help with your sleep-disordered breathing. Here’s why sleeping in a recliner may be a good idea if you have sleep apnea.

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Surprising Sleep Apnea Facts You Should Know

Filed under: Uncategorized — spdentistry @ 7:12 am
A man suffering from sleep apnea

Like many adults, you’ve probably heard of sleep apnea. The condition stops and starts your breathing while asleep, blocking airflow in your lungs. As a result, it causes things like loud snoring, daytime sleepiness, irritability, and more. Still, there’s a good chance you haven’t learned any of the lesser-known sleep apnea facts. You really should, too – doing so helps your physical health. Fortunately, your Burien dentist can share some. Here are four surprising facts about sleep apnea you ought to memorize.

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Do Veneers Cause Tooth Sensitivity?

Filed under: Uncategorized — spdentistry @ 5:16 pm
a patient smiling while receiving porcelain veneers

Cosmetic dentistry has taken the world by storm, and more people than ever before are opting to enhance their smiles with incredible, innovative treatments such as veneers. And if you’ve heard of veneers, you might even want them for your own pearly whites—after all, they’re among the most comprehensive of all cosmetic treatments, capable of addressing a wide range of issues. But you might be a little hesitant to commit to them, as you’re worried they might cause uncomfortable issues like sensitivity. Here’s more from your trusted dentist about veneers, the amount of sensitivity you can expect, and some tips for managing your discomfort so that you can continue smiling brightly!

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A Quick Guide to Small Teeth & How Your Dentist Can Help

Filed under: Uncategorized — spdentistry @ 9:05 pm
a man showing his small teeth before and after they were fixed

There are many factors that make a smile beautiful. In addition to their color, their size plays a role in making a grin attractive. If your pearly whites are too small, it can make your appearance look off-balance and even give you a “gummy” look (revealing too much of your gums). Read on to learn the causes of small teeth and how your dentist can transform them into ones you will proudly show off!

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Cost-Effective or Catastrophic? The Dangers of Getting Mail-Order Clear Aligners

Filed under: Uncategorized — spdentistry @ 6:58 pm
Closeup of patient putting clear aligners on top teeth

The commercials and social media ads for mail-order clear aligners focus on one thing: the price. As a result, many patients are drawn in. After all, who wouldn’t want to get professional treatment for a fraction of the cost? Unfortunately, the risks behind these products aren’t discussed, which can result in a lot of stress as well as a financial burden down the line. With this in mind, keep reading to learn the dangers of mail-order clear aligners.

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