If my husband doesn’t stop snoring, I may kill him.

I don’t know what to do. I can’t get another sleepless night. I’ve heard dental problems can cause snoring. Is there anything that can be done to stop it?

Elle M. – Connecticut

Elle,

It’s likely your husband has sleep apnea. The snoring is caused by the way the muscles in his throat relax when he’s asleep. When the airway is partially blocked, it leads to snoring, when it is completely blocked it is sleep apnea.

Sometimes your medical insurance will pay for at least a portion of a sleep study so you can find out what is going on with him.  If it is sleep apnea it can be treated. It’s important to note that this is something that does require treatment. It can negatively impact his health, sometimes with serious consequences.

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Should porcelain veneers fall off?

I have always been embarassed by my smile. Recently my dentist has been studying about porcelain veneers. She offered to do some for me for half price of what they normally are. I was excited about the possibility of getting a pretty smile for the first time in my life.  I spent all of my savings to have this done. I will admit that my smile is prettier. I was just wondering if porcelain veneers should fall off so much? Mine has had at least one veneer fall off a week, for the last three weeks.

Harry P. – South Carolina

Harry,

I’m glad you are excited about your smile. I’m also glad you were pleased with your results. I’m trying to give your dentist the benefit of the doubt, because there is really NO reason for your porcelain veneers to fall off.

I know your dentist is just learning and it is great you knew that ahead of time. You are lucky that your dentist did a decent job on the veneers themselves. Some people end up with a smile worse than what they had and end up quite depressed.

I’m hoping your dentist has just been using a temporary paste and that is why they keep falling off. If she’s using the actual bonding, then she really needs to go back and learn the bonding procedure.

If you’re comfortable asking her what type of bonding she’s doing, then it is in both your benefits.

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My dentist refuses to do a white filling

I recently found out that there is a significant amount of mercury in silver fillings. I have a cavity and need to get a filling, but don’t want any more mercury in my mouth than I already have. But, my dentist refuses to do a white filling. He says they’re not as good.

Audrey P. – Maine

Audrey,

You’re right that there is mercury in silver (amalgam) fillings. In fact, they are 50% mercury.  Though the ADA has declared them safe, many patients just aren’t comfortable with the idea of mercury in their bodies. It is their body, so they have the right to determine what they put in it.

It’s likely your dentist doesn’t know how to place white (composite) fillings and that is why he is putting you off. I wouldn’t force him, because they take extra training to learn. He’s likely to do it wrong and then you’ll be in pain.

My suggestion is that you look for a holistic dentist to do the filling for you. They always do mercury-free fillings and will be happy to do a white filling for you.

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