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What services does a dentist near Horseheads NY offer?
Finger Lakes Family Dental offers a variety of services to people in Steuben County, Horseheads, Elmira, Bath, Corning, and Painted Post, NY. It also serves people in the Mansfield, PA area. Services include general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, emergency dentistry, periodontal disease treatment, and sleep apnea therapy.

What is sleep apnea therapy?
Sleep apnea is a condition in which the patient stops breathing while asleep. There are two types: central apnea and obstructive sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea is caused by the brain’s failure to send the needed signals to the muscles that control breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea, the more common type, is caused by tissues around the throat relaxing and blocking the airway.

A dentist can provide several appliances that can help a patient with obstructive sleep apnea. The most common appliance is the mandibular advancement device (MAD). It looks like a mouth guard, and it holds the lower jaw slightly forward to prevent obstruction of the airway. The dentist will have the MAD custom-made for the patient.

What is restorative dentistry?
Restorative dentistry describes services done to repair damaged teeth or to replace missing teeth. It thus includes the following:

• Fillings
• Root canal
• Dental implants
• Dentures
• Crowns
• Bridges

Repairing or replacing damaged teeth not only improves the patient’s appearance, it also restores their ability to chew and speak normally.

What are dental implants?
Dental implants are screw-like posts that serve as artificial tooth roots. They are made of titanium, which can fuse with bone and won’t be rejected by the body. The dentist will surgically implant the post in the patient’s jaw. After the post has completely healed with the jaw bone, the dentist will top the implant with a custom-made crown designed to look like a natural tooth.

Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth.

Contact Finger Lakes Family Dental to find a dentist near Horseheads NY.

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