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Why Has One of My Teeth Become Discolored?

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You want all your teeth to be the same color. It’s understandable—even one tooth that’s a different color sticks out, especially if it’s one of your front teeth. Teeth that become discolored do so for a reason, so it’s always best to get that tooth checked out by your dentist. What are some of the reasons that teeth become discolored? Here’s a list of the top ways one of your teeth can turn brown, yellow, or gray.

An article by Dr. Thomas Bucker. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

Read the full article here: WHY HAS ONE OF MY TEETH BECOME DISCOLORED?

Your Feedback Is Very Important to Us!

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Some of the best feedback our team can receive are the kind reviews from our patients.

“I can’t say enough good things about this office! Dr. Bucker and his staff have went above and beyond to help me achieve the smile i wanted! Not only am I very impressed with Dr. Bucker but his assistant Melissa, the front desk girls and hygienist are all wonderful! I feel very lucky to have found not just a talented dentist but one who is just as kind! I have recommend several people to the office and they are all happy as well!”


Carpathian Dental Is Proud to Be the Official Dentist for Our New Binghamton Devils

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Carpathian Dental is proud to welcomes the Binghamton Devils, our new professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. The team will play in Binghamton, New York at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, and as with our previous team, the Binghamton Senators, Carpathian Dental will continue to serve as the official dentist for the Binghamtom Devils.

Our entire Carpathian staff is excited to support our new local team with comprehensive dental care, from regular cleanings to more advanced cosmetic dentistry and dental restorations.

Go Devils!!!!

Are Dentures Only for Older People?

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Dentures are replacements for your natural teeth that are budget-friendly, easy to use, and help you have a natural smile again. They also help you to speak and chew properly when you’re missing some or all of your natural teeth.

Although dentures tend to be common among older people, the truth is that dentures are an effective tooth replacement for just about anyone. Here’s why.

An article by Dr. Thomas Bucker. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

Read the full article here: ARE DENTURES ONLY FOR OLDER PEOPLE?

Patient Satisfaction Is Our Priority!

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Patient satisfaction is the foundation of our practice, and these kind words mean a great deal to us. 

“This place is top notch! Lisa is the best dental hygienist I have ever had. I don’t normally have a strong opinion of healthcare professionals, but she really goes above and beyond to form a relationship with her patients and make sure they feel relaxed and comfortable. She is so warm and always happy. She felt like a trustworthy friend after just one visit!
My dentist was Dr. Bucker and the experience was always very pleasant. Thankfully, I didn’t need any actual work done so our time together was limited, but, if I did I would have 100% confidence in Dr. Bucker.
I recently moved out of the area and just had a terrible experience with one of those “chain” dental groups. I felt homesick for this dental group immediately. It is hard to find high-quality trustworthy healthcare. This place is definitely it.”


Unexpected Signs That You May Have Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans and often goes undiagnosed. This is because sleep apnea has symptoms that can mimic other disorders. From headaches and fatigue to mood swings and depression, sleep apnea might be tricky to diagnose, but it’s so important that you get a proper diagnosis. Besides the common symptoms of sleep apnea, here are some of the more unexpected symptoms that could mean you have this chronic sleep disorder.

An article by Dr. Thomas Bucker. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.


We Love Hearing from Our Patients!

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We encourage you to see for yourself what our patients have said about us. 

“I have been going to Carpathian Dental for 30 years.. They started off in the Oakdale mall and moved to the hill… I have never wandered anywhere else for dental work, because they make you a family, your not a number or a recognizable face. The staff knows you by name and always so helpful… I will go here for another 30+years with my kids.. Thank you CD for all that you do.. You are truly the best!!!”


Are Genetics to Blame for Poor Dental Health?

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It’s common knowledge that our genes affect just about everything about our bodies. The way we look, our risk factors for certain diseases, and even our smiles are the result of our unique genetic makeup. Recently, researchers have been examining the link between poor oral health and the genes you received from your parents. Are genetics to blame for your dental health? Let’s find out!

An article by Dr. Thomas Bucker. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.




Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Self-Treat for Sleep Apnea

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Self-treating symptoms that you believe are caused by sleep apnea can be dangerous for your health. Sleep apnea is a serious condition in which breathing stops at numerous points while you’re asleep. This leads to increased stress on the body that can result in a host of other conditions—including shortened life expectancy and increased stress and fatigue. Getting diagnosed with a specific type of sleep apnea is paramount to receiving the right treatment. Here are the top reasons why you shouldn’t self-treat for sleep apnea.

An article by Dr. Thomas Bucker. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.


Sleep Apnea Symptoms You Didn’t Know About

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You’ve heard of sleep apnea—a chronic sleep condition in which patients stop breathing at numerous points during the night. Although this condition is more likely to affect those who are overweight or smoke, sleep apnea can affect anyone.

At Carpathian Dental, we’re familiar with many different symptoms of sleep apnea. Common symptoms include loud snoring, daytime fatigue, and insomnia. While many patients are familiar with these signs of sleep apnea, there are other, less common symptoms that people experience.

Since sleep apnea is a dangerous condition that can shorten your lifespan, it’s important to be aware of all of the symptoms of this disorder. The following are some sleep apnea symptoms you may not know about, as well as how to get help for sleep apnea with Dr. Bucker at Carpathian Dental.

Feeling Depressed

Sleep apnea has been linked to depression through numerous studies. The more a person wakes up in the night unable to breathe or the higher the frequency of snoring, the more the patient will report feeling hopeless or worthless.

Since a shared symptom of depression and sleep apnea is fatigue, physicians can help their patients by ruling out sleep apnea as a cause for their moodiness or depression. Sleep apnea can impact serotonin’s effect on brain, which may be what elevates the risk for depression in patients with this sleep disorder.

If you’ve been feeling depressed or anxious, talk to your doctor about your risk for sleep apnea. Dr. Bucker can also talk with you about your symptoms to determine if a sleep test is needed. Receiving treatment for your sleep apnea could help alleviate your depression symptoms!

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (Acid Reflux)

If you have obstructive sleep apnea, which is the most common type of sleep apnea, you could be at risk for developing acid reflux disease. This could happen for a couple different reasons.

First, obstructive sleep apnea causes the muscles in your airway to relax too much, which means your airway closes and you’ll be unable to breathe while sleeping. The pressure in your airway then changes, which could happen because you’re trying to breathe while the airway is collapsed. This could trigger acid reflux.

Secondly, acid reflux may back up into your esophagus and cause you to choke and wake up, which will lead to irregular sleep patterns and potentially sleep apnea. Although a causal relationship is still being established, acid reflux could be a sign that you have sleep apnea, and vice versa.

Fortunately, getting treatment for either acid reflux or sleep apnea seems to help the other condition, even if the second condition is not being treated. Sleep apnea and acid reflux also have overlapping risk factors, including being overweight and smoking.

Since acid reflux can be hugely damaging to your smile, it’s worth getting this checked out by Dr. Bucker to see if one could be causing your symptoms of the other!

Loss of Memory

One of the tasks your brain accomplishes while you’re asleep is categorizing information and storing new memories. When you experience frequently disrupted sleep, your memory may be affected though decreased oxygen.

When you can’t breathe properly during sleep, oxygen levels in your blood plummet. This means your brain isn’t getting the nourishment it needs to function properly. In fact, research shows that people who have sleep apnea were found to have cognitive impairment ten years sooner than people without the sleep disorder.

Your brain also isn’t able to detoxify itself without restful, deep sleep. This means toxins can accumulate in your brain and may negatively impact your cognitive health, including memory loss.

The Best Treatment Options

Although sleep apnea needs to be diagnosed by a sleep specialist, you can schedule an appointment with us at Carpathian Dental to talk with Dr. Bucker about your symptoms. Dr. Bucker can tell if you’re experiencing dry mouth or acid reflux, which both could be symptoms of sleep apnea.

Dr. Bucker can also refer you to a qualified sleep specialist in the area. Once you’ve done a sleep study with the specialist, you can find out if sleep apnea is affecting you. Fortunately, the treatment for sleep apnea is usually simple and can be done by your dentist. This is because for obstructive sleep apnea, an oral sleep appliance may be all that’s needed to help you breathe normally and sleep well again.

An oral sleep appliance is a simple device that fits easily into your mouth and positions your jaw to help keep your airway open. This treatment for sleep apnea can help alleviate your symptoms so you can enjoy a good night’s sleep.

Schedule a Consultation

We invite you to schedule a consultation with us if you’re experiencing any of the common or uncommon symptoms of sleep apnea. Scheduling a simple exam gives you an opportunity to talk about what you’re experiencing and what you can do to counteract your symptoms.

Sleep apnea affects more than your slumber—from dental problems to cognitive disorders to increased risk for chronic disease, it’s worth getting a professional’s opinion on your symptoms!