Braces use steady, gentle pressure over time to move teeth into their proper positions. They don't look like they're doing much just sitting there. But in fact, every moment of your orthodontic treatment, there's something happening in your mouth. Something good for you. The brackets we place on your teeth and the main wire that connects them, are the two main components. The bracket is a piece of specially shaped metal or ceramic that we affix to each tooth.
Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT or CVCT) scanners have been available for craniofacial imaging since 1999 in Europe and more recently (2001) in the United States. The scanner uses a cone shaped x-ray beam rather than a conventional linear fan beam to provide images of the bony structures of the skull.
Did you know that up to 59% of people report that their partner snores in bed? In addition, 23% of couples sleep in separate beds, a trend increasingly dubbed “sleep divorce”.
Obstructive sleep apnea can cause other problems in the bedroom as well. A common symptom of sleep apnea is erectile dysfunction and a low libido or sex drive. But not all is lost, as it is possible to bring sexy back by managing sleep apnea and snoring.
If you or someone you love snores, call Dr. Harrell for an evaluation to determine if it’s just snoring or a symptom of more serious condition.
Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They often occur 5 to 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.
Sleep apnea usually is a chronic (ongoing) condition that disrupts your sleep 3 or more nights each week. You often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep when your breathing pauses or becomes shallow. This results in poor sleep quality that makes you tired during the day. Sleep apnea is one of the leading causes of excessive daytime sleepiness.
TMJ is actually the anatomical name for the "jaw joints" called the Temporomandibular Joints or TMJs. Normally someone has two TM Joints, one on each side and just in front of the ears. The 'socket' where the TM joint articulates, is located in the Temporal bone, i.e. "Temporo". Part of this bone is what makes up what people call "the Temple". The Mandible is the name for the lower jaw bone, which also holds the lower teeth, i.e. "Mandibular" thus the name "TemporoMandibular Joints or TMJ.".