Live Your Best Life with Dentures | Schnecksville Dentist

Whether we like it or not, life happens. And sometimes that life leads to the loss of our teeth. Because our smile is so intricate to our daily lives, having any issues with it makes us feel self-conscious. We don’t smile as much, and we may develop issues speaking or eating that cause us to even step away from being social. Thankfully, this isn’t the end of your smile – it’s just time to call your dental professional for a consultation. Because, for many, the solution to this problem is dentures.

You may be thinking, ‘Am I doomed to keep my teeth in a glass next to my bed for life?’ ‘What if my teeth fall out during a social event?’ And a while back, you really wouldn’t have an option. Yes, those may be instances you would likely face. But you don’t need to have those concerns now. While there are removable dentures available, there are also fixed sets of dentures available to alleviate those uncomfortable situations typically associated with traditional dentures.

Not only that, but here at Extraordinary Smiles, we are pleased to offer our patients both partial and full denture options. Your particular case is exactly that. We are here to design your perfect smile, regardless of the issues you are facing. In fact, we offer lots of various options with your smile makeover to give you the brilliant smile you’ve always wanted, and no one will be any wiser that your smile isn’t natural.

If you feel like your smile’s flaws are causing you to shy away from living your best life, give us a call to set up a consultation. Together we can make the smile of your dreams a reality.

For more information about dentures, call Dr. Sandip Ladani in Schnecksville, PA at 610-799-0600 or visit www.extraordinarysmiles.net.

Dr. Ladani proudly serve patients from Schnecksville and all surrounding areas.

Protecting Our Patients After COVID-19 | Schnecksville Dentist

As the pandemic is beginning to show signs of slowing down and life is beginning to open up again, it is important to start our new post-pandemic life by resuming dental work you were in the midst of before the pandemic hit. This includes orthodontic, cosmetic procedures and sleep dentistry treatments.

For some, this may lead to a bit of skepticism. After all, the country is just beginning to resume, and sterilization is of the utmost importance and we understand that. This is why we are implementing lots of different procedures to ensure that everyone in our office is safe. These layers of protection will not only keep our offices and instruments safe but will control infection from entering during your dental visit. These measures include:

  • Highly efficient central air purification system with ActivePure® (Certified Space technology) – Air Scrubber by Aerus
  • Extraoral aerosol suction unit
  • EPA-approved hypochlorous acid fogging
  • Sneeze guard for safety of patients and staff
  • UV light disinfection of rooms every night
  • Appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
  • Daily staff screening for symptoms
  • Limited use of waiting room
  • Frequent disinfecting of all surfaces including doorknobs, counter, pens, etc.
  • No more than two patients in the office at any given time

So, as you can see, we have made every effort possible to ensure a safe environment for you. So, don’t let your fears prevent you from getting your dental checkups. Checking on your dental health will not only keep your smile healthy, but will also help keep your overall health in top form.

For more information about dental appointments, call Dr. Sandip Ladani in Schnecksville, PA at 610-799-0600 or visit www.extraordinarysmiles.net.

Dr. Ladani proudly serve patients from Schnecksville and all surrounding areas.

Protecting Your Smile During the Pandemic | Schnecksville Dentist

Young woman with toothache and ice bag.

During this rather unpredictable time, one thing we can predict is the way we take care of ourselves. Sure, your dental professionals have tools to keep our smiles healthy, but it is really our jobs to look after ourselves in between our visits. This is why it is important to keep our daily dental routines in place while we stay home and keep ourselves healthy.

Unfortunately, accidents will happen, and we will need to seek professional help. Typically, is would be simple to access a dental professional but during these quarantine times, it is important to know how to identify and soothe yourself until it can be professionally looked at.

When a toothache arises, there are a couple of options that may help. Gargling with warm saltwater will help relieve pain in the affected area by clearing out any bacteria within. If it’s swelling, you may need a cold compress and some over-the-counter pain relievers, like ibuprofen.

When you’ve chipped or cracked your tooth, it is likely that it will need to be looked at. If it gets jammed or loosened, gently try to straighten it. Wrap it with some gauze or tissue to stabilize it until you can get it looked at. If it is knocked out, don’t touch the root and give it a quick rinse with cold water or milk. All of these are considered dental emergencies and your dentist will be the best advice as to what actions need to take place immediately.

Living in this pandemic is a crazy time, but we don’t need to become overwhelmed by things we can control. Taking the time to brush, floss and rinse every day will prevent long-term issues, but having some DIY tips will help when accidents arise.

For more information about dental emergencies, call Dr. Sandip Ladani in Schnecksville, PA at 610-799-0600 or visit www.extraordinarysmiles.net.

Dr. Ladani proudly serve patients from Schnecksville and all surrounding areas.

Do You Have Sleep Apnea? | Schnecksville Dentist

Getting a good night’s sleep is important – it gives our bodies enough time to heal and improve, our minds to settle and reset, and time out of the stressors of our everyday lives. But for 20% of Americans, sleep apnea is causing them to have very poor sleep conditions. What’s worse? There are plenty more that are undiagnosed.

If you are unaware of what sleep apnea is, it is essentially a sleep disorder that causes your body to choke on itself repeatedly while you sleep. Obviously, this is as dangerous as it sounds, especially is the episodes last for longer than a minute. The problem is, we’re sleeping so we don’t necessarily know if we snore or have restless sleep unless a significant other is affected.

Believe it or not, a simple dentist appointment can give you the answers you seek. During a typical checkup, your dental professional will look for the following:

  • Acid reflux disease
  • Macroglossia, or a large tongue
  • Bruxism, or teeth grinding

At Extraordinary Smiles, we have special equipment that can help to efficiently measure the size, structure and collapsibility of your oral and nasal airway – the Eccovision Acoustic Diagnostic Imaging System. Don’t worry – it isn’t as scary as those technical words sound.

With both the Acoustic Pharyngometer and the Acoustic Rhinometer, sleep dentists can measure the size of your airways with sound waves in order to diagnose if they are too narrow or have obstructions that are causing you to have sleep apnea. But these fancy machines don’t make this testing a long, arduous process. They both take less than five minutes – no more reason to have another night of restless sleep!

For more information about sleep apnea, call Dr. Sandip Ladani in Schnecksville, PA at 610-799-0600 or visit www.extraordinarysmiles.net.

Dr. Ladani proudly serve patients from Schnecksville and all surrounding areas.

Relax Your Way to a Healthy Smile | Schnecksville Dentist

Now that the holiday season is over and we are all into our resolutions for a healthier, happier new year, it’s time to focus on not only our physical health, but our dental health as well. After all, having a healthy smile will also help prevent many other physical ailments, so it’s a two bird, one stone combo. Unfortunately, for many of us, it isn’t as easy as one may think. Many patients have dental anxiety, so it makes them nervous just thinking about going to the dentist. But for those patients, we have good news. We at Extraordinary Smiles are proud to introduce our Comfort Menu.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we have the cure for your dental blues. During your dental visit, you will receive a menu of options that will help you relax and set your mind at ease. Not only will you feel like you’re in a day spa, but you will also be improving your dental health. Because the best way to keep a healthy smile is preventive care – maintaining a health dental hygiene routine and keep regular dental checkups.

Are you curious about what this magical menu contains? Here’s a quick rundown to get you excited:

  • Lavender aromatherapy
  • Heated neck wrap
  • Weighted and warm blankets, eye pillows and towelettes
  • Lavender hand lotion and paraffin hand mask
  • 24 karat gold eye treatment mask
  • Stress balls
  • Support pillows
  • Noise-cancelling headphones with your favorite tunes
  • Local anesthesia
  • Nitrous oxide for the more nervous patients

Can you believe this is all at the dentist? You will go in for a checkup and come out feeling fresh and new! How’s that for a start to a happy, healthy new year?

For more information about dental health, call Dr. Sandip Ladani in Schnecksville, PA at 610-799-0600 or visit www.extraordinarysmiles.net.

Dr. Ladani proudly serve patients from Schnecksville and all surrounding areas.

There’s Nowhere to Hide | Schnecksville Dentist

While cavities and plaque build-up may be what’s on your mind before a teeth cleaning, your dentist is looking for a whole lot more. Diseases like cancer, anemia and diabetes will first be identified by the dentist in a regular examination, and this can save lives. So, before you try to think that you can pull a fast one on your dentist, think again…

Flossing only before appointments. Sorry, but you can’t fool your dentist into thinking you floss daily by doing so the night before or morning of your visit.

You’re pregnant. Nearly 40% of women will develop gingivitis during their pregnancy because of an increase of progesterone, which facilitates the growth of bacteria, causing gingivitis.

Thumb sucking. Most children that suck their thumbs or a finger have no long-term effects from the habit, but prolonged activity may show significant changes to their bite or the position of their teeth.

Bad breath issues. Dentists are trained to identify “fruity” smells (uncontrolled diabetes) and “fishy” smells (kidney or liver failure). If the smell is very foul it could be a major health issue.

Eating disorders. Bulimia exhibits a very distinct pattern of tooth wear that your dentist can easily identify. Other possibilities include acid reflux and the use of antidepressants or mood-elevating drugs.

Oral cancer. The first signs of oral cancer can be seen from the following: unexplained bleeding in the mouth, white, red, or speckled patches, swellings or eroded areas on areas inside the mouth.

Soda and energy drinks. Teeth can be softened by sodas and energy beverages over time, which may make a tooth more susceptible to chipping.

For more information about dental health, call Dr. Sandip Ladani in Schnecksville, PA at 610-799-0600 or visit www.extraordinarysmiles.net.

Dr. Ladani proudly serve patients from Schnecksville and all surrounding areas.

Are You Brushing Correctly? | Schnecksville Dentist

In the age of social media, physical appearance has become a focus on everyone’s mind. And what is a selfie without a great smile? Unfortunately, we can’t rely solely on our dentist to give us the smile we want – we also play a major role in how healthy our smiles are. We need to look after our smiles in between dental visits. So, it is important that we are doing a proper job cleaning our teeth daily. We know the basics, but you may be surprised to know you may have picked up a habit or two that aren’t kosher with optimum dental care.

In general, proper oral care involves these four steps:

  • Brushing twice a day for at least two minutes each session
  • Flossing once a day, ideally before bed
  • Limiting the amount of sugar consumed
  • Visiting the dentist every 3-6 months for regular checkups and professional cleanings

The idea of having to brush your teeth for two whole minutes may come as a surprise, but it is the suggested timeframe you should be aiming for in order to properly maintain your bright grin. When brushing your teeth, use short, gentle strokes with a soft-bristled toothbrush, paying extra attention to your gums, the back teeth and areas around dental work.

When flossing, hold about 18 inches of floss between your thumbs and index fingers, then gently slide it in between the gaps of your teeth. Remember, brushing and flossing are two of the most important things in making sure that you have a beautiful and healthy smile, so proper technique is a definite must.

For more information about dental health, call Dr. Sandip Ladani in Schnecksville, PA at 610-799-0600 or visit www.extraordinarysmiles.net.

Dr. Ladani proudly serve patients from Schnecksville and all surrounding areas.

Holiday Dental Tips for the Little Ones | Schnecksville Dentist

It’s no question – children love the holiday season. Not only do they get lots of presents and no school in sight, but everywhere they go there is another delicious treat waiting for them to eat. It’s like a smorgasbord of cakes, candies and other tasty sweets – it’s a veritable sugar plum dream. What isn’t dreamlike is trying to keep a healthy smile during this exciting time. In fact, it can be downright tough to keep a healthy smile on their child’s face. It’s like pulling teeth trying to get them to brush their teeth, but a healthy smile starts with a good foundation.

Here are some tips to start your tiny humans on the right path to a lifetime of dental health:

Daily routines. Repetition is the best way to start a good habit, so make sure your child brushes their teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Get them really excited by having them choose their toothbrush. Supervise their work until they can thoroughly do it themselves. Once teeth coming in begin to touch, introduce flossing.

First dental visit. The AAPD suggests baby’s first dental visit occur when their first tooth comes in, or around the age of one. Keeping them on a six-month dental schedule will not only ensure they keep a healthy smile but will also help prevent dental anxiety as they grow.

You are what you eat. We can instill all the dental knowledge we can, but if you have a bad diet, it won’t help. Same goes for your little one. Keep things in moderation. Limit the sugary snacks, cooked starches and sweetened drinks.

For more information about dental health, call Dr. Sandip Ladani in Schnecksville, PA at 610-799-0600 or visit www.extraordinarysmiles.net.

Dr. Ladani proudly serve patients from Schnecksville and all surrounding areas.