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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!”


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.”


Oral Sleep Appliances – “I really wanted an effective alternative to a CPAP machine for my sleep apnea”

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Unfortunately, patients who have sleep apnea are often still told that CPAP is the only effective treatment for their obstructive sleep apnea.

This simply isn’t true. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines are effective, but they’re also extremely hindering. Many patients find that the machine is just too uncomfortable to sleep with. These patients often forgo treatment because they don’t realize there are alternatives.

A patient of ours was desperately seeking something better. “I really wanted an effective alternative to a CPAP machine for my sleep apnea,” he said. “I just couldn’t take it anymore.”

Fortunately, patients who suffer from sleep apnea can find relief that’s just as effective with oral sleep appliances. Oral sleep appliances are similar to a retainer, except they help position your jaw so that your airway remains open while sleeping.

This effectively eliminates the need to breathe through your mouth, therefore curbing many symptoms of sleep apnea. It can help stop snoring and dry mouth; but more importantly, oral sleep appliances stop you from waking up so frequently during sleep. This enables patients to receive a good night’s rest and reduce their risk of complications from sleep apnea.

“I’ve never slept better!” Our patient was so pleased with his treatment. “I’ll never go back to CPAP”.

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!!!”


Dental Implants – “I hadn’t smiled in years because I was embarrassed of my teeth”

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We frequently see patients who have been missing teeth for years. These patients’ lives have been severely impacted by their missing teeth, and yet they don’t seek help for their smile. Some patients don’t realize that they could effectively replace their missing teeth without the use of dentures.

One patient found that dental implants were the answer she’d been looking for. “I hadn’t smiled in years because I was embarrassed of my teeth,” she shared with us. Her self-confidence was poor, and she was worried that her lack of teeth would continue to impact her image for the rest of her life.

After receiving multiple dental implants at our dental office in Johnson City, the results couldn’t have been better. The patient now smiles constantly and no one can tell that the dental implants are not her real teeth. That’s how seamlessly dental implants fit with your smile. Another important aspect of dental implants is their functionality: dental implants are the sturdiest replacements for your natural teeth out there.

The patient can now enjoy all the foods she did before she lost her teeth. Best of all, her confidence has skyrocketed because she feels how beautiful her smile is—inside and out.

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!

Carpathian Dental Delivers All Smiles for the Binghamton Senators

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As another season comes to an end, the doctors and staff at Carpathian Dental bid a sad farewell to the AHL Binghamton Senators, as they relocate to Belleville, Canada and be closer to Ottawa.It was a privilege treating the players and getting to know them as they progress in their professional careers.  To help protect the players’ teeth, we made custom mouthguards for most of the Senators.  However, give that hockey is a rough contact sport, a few players sacrificed their front teeth for the good of the team.

One of our Carpathian dentists is at each of the team’s home games cheering behind the Senators bench, ready to help in an emergency.  Several of the Binghamton Senators have been called up to the NHL Ottawa Senators and it is exciting to watch them play and pursue their quest for The Stanley Cup. We wish them all the best!

Going forward, we are pleased to announce, and welcome the opportunity to be the team dentists for our new AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Devils for 2018. Go Devils!

Root Canal Therapy: It Isn’t What It Used to Be

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Getting a root canal done isn’t the same procedure it used to be in the past. People often cringe when they hear about root canals—their reputation for being painful has preceded them! However, it’s important to remember that root canals take away pain, not cause it. Modern technology has made the root canal procedure more efficient and less painful than ever. Here’s what’s changed about root canal therapy and why it isn’t what it used to be!

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

Read the full article here: ROOT CANAL THERAPY: IT ISN’T WHAT IT USED TO BE