Dental care Bend Oregon. Dr. Brad Johnson is a skilled Dentist located in Bend. He can handle all your family dental needs, from TMJ disorders to basic teeth cleaning, Dr. Johnson is your dentist. An orthodontic problem is called a malocclusion, meaning "bad bite." Some examples of causes of malocclusion are crowded teeth, extra teeth, missing teeth or jaws that are out of alignment. Most malocclusions are inherited, although some can be acquired. Acquired malocclusions can be caused by accidents, early or late loss of baby teeth, or sucking of the thumb or fingers for a prolonged period of time. Children and adults can both benefit from orthodontics. It is recommended that every child receive an orthodontic evaluation by age seven. Treatment may take a little longer for adults. Because an adult's facial bones are no longer growing, certain corrections may not be accomplished with braces alone. The average treatment time is about 24 months and varies with individual patients. Usually, adult treatment takes a little longer than a child's treatment. Invisalign is the invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces. Dental Bend Oregon. Invisalign uses a series of clear removable aligners (pictured to the left) to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets. Invisalign has been proven effective in clinical research and in orthodontic practices nationwide. In fact, over 70% of all U.S. orthodontists are certified to treat patients with Invisalign. If you're missing one or more teeth, you may notice a difference in chewing and speaking. There are options to help restore your smile. Bridges help maintain the shape of your face, as well as alleviating the stress in your bite by replacing missing teeth. Sometimes called a fixed partial denture, a bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. The restoration can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support. Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, a fixed bridge can only be removed by a dentist An implant bridge attaches artificial teeth directly to the jaw or under the gum tissue. Depending on which type of bridge your dentist recommends, its success depends on its foundation. So it's very important to keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong. Are you aware that 20 million Americans are unable to maintain regular breathing while sleeping? As a result, they do not receive the necessary amount of oxygen for their bodies to rejuvenate or get proper restful night sleep. A properly fitted oral sleep appliance may be the answer to a better nights sleep. Symptoms that you may not be getting a good nights rest: Memory loss, Morning headaches, Irritability, Snoring, Dry mouth and throat, Daytime sleepiness, Anxiety or depression, Reduced sex drive, Inability to concentrate. With the proper equipment and diagnostic testing we can place an oral sleep appliance that best fits your situation. An oral examination, which includes an evaluation of the head, neck and facial area, teeth and supporting structures needs to be performed. Upper and lower impressions are needed, along with x-rays for study of your jaw position and airway potential. An accurate, non-invasive, yet cost-effective screening technique called a Pharyngometer/Rhinometer will be done. Along with an Overnight Pulse Oximetry Study, a convenient home diagnostic study used to determine the severity of Sleep Apnea. Your TMJ (Temporomandibular Joints) is the most flexible, yet sophisticated joints in the human body. They move up and down, side to side and in a wide range of motion. If this joint is displaced is can cause mild to severe pain. Symptoms of “TMJ” disorder: Headaches, Migraines, Click, pop or grating sound in the, jaw joint, Pain behind eyes, Head, neck or facial pain, Shoulder stiffness, Earaches, congestion or ringing ears, Sinus Headaches, Dizziness, Facial and throat pain, Clenching or grinding teeth, Numbness or tingling of the fingers, Tired jaw, Headaches. Dentist Bend Oregon. Headaches are our number one pain problem in America. About 40% of “healthy” individuals suffer from chronic headaches. There is a growing realization that a common cause of tension headaches is a bad bite. Signs that indicate that the headache may have a dental origin: Pain behind your eyes, Sore jaw muscles or “tired” muscles upon awakening, Teeth grinding, Clicking or popping jaw joints, Head and/or scalp painful to the touch. To determine if dental stress is the source of your headaches, the dentist will examine your teeth, muscles, and your jaw joints. Treatment for dental related headaches will involve correcting your bite so your muscles can function without extra strain and tension. Remember your health is your most priceless possession. We want to help you have the most optimal quality of life and long-term health.
Located in Bend Oregon, Contemporary Family Dentistry is your local choice for dental care

Contemporary Family Dentistry
1016 NW Newport Ave. Bend OR, 97701

Telephone (541) 389 - 1107

Braces have now been replaced by Damon Systems and Invisalign. We can now straighten teeth without braces.
You can now find all of your invisalign needs here in Bend.
Dr. Brad Johnson is your Bend dentist, careful and friendly, a dentist you can trust

Check out our website for information on TMJ (T M J), mouth guards, missing teeth, dentures, retainers, and all of your dental needs.
Sleep Disorders

sleepapnea.jpgBreathing Easier: Making Sleeping Restful

If snoring, nighttime clenching, or labored breathing are keeping you or someone you know from getting a good night’s sleep, there may be something wrong with their breathing function during sleep. When we sleep, muscles necessary for breathing relax much more than during waking hours. In most cases, this process causes no problems. However for some, when muscles relax excessively or airway obstruction is present, breathing is compromised and sleep is restless.To compensate some people’s jaw muscles actually tighten to try to improve the airway.

What is sleep disordered breathing?

Sleep Disordered Breathing can affect both adults and children. In adults, the airway loses its muscle tone during sleep, collapses in on itself, and as a result oxygen is blocked from entering the lungs. In children, lack of oxygen during sleep is generally caused by either enlarged tonsils or adenoids or a malocclusion of the teeth and/or narrow jaw and nasal passages.

When the muscles of the throat and tongue relax, they begin to sag and obstruct the airway and make breathing labored and noisy. As pressure to breathe builds, muscles of the diaphragm and chest work harder. If the airway walls collapse, breathing will be completely blocked. When breathing is blocked, snoring will be followed by a brief lapse in breathing until the sleeper gasps for air and awakens. Most often, the awakening is so brief that the sleeper does not remember it. Some people compensate for their physiological changes by tightening their jaw muscles to reposition the mandible, and of a self-induced CPR.

When these interruptions of breathing occur, oxygen in the blood drops causing a spike in blood pressure. Over time, these episodes can lead to serious medical issues such as hypertension, stroke, gastroesophageal reflex and cardiopulmonary problems. Basically your body’s physiological systems are not getting the rest they need to recover and prepare for the next day due to the lack of oxygen.

Determining the source of the problem

snoringAppliance.jpgAt Contemporary Family Dentistry, we work closely with general physicians, ENTs, pulmonologists, cardiologists, and other sleep specialists to conduct a complete medical screening and assessment and develop a treatment plan. Using CAT Scan and Acoustic Reflection Technology – a painless and non-invasive technology that uses sound waves to produce an image of airways – we will determine the location and cause of the obstruction, narrowing or collapsing.

Treatment through dentistry

For many patients, Sleep Disordered Breathing does not require surgery and may be treated successfully through dentistry. Often lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise and side sleeping coupled with sleep dentistry will make significant improvements. If the Sleep Disordered Breathing is due to a
malformation in the orofacial area, we can provide acoustic reflection and CAT scan technology and oral appliance therapy to correct structural problems that result in airway narrowing or collapse.

Snoring Appliances

cpapMachine.jpgThere are several ways to treat snoring and sleep apnea. The most common is with a device called a CPAP machine. CPAP stand for continuous positive air pressure. It is usually applied through a tube to a mask that covers the nose. The air pressure that is generated splints the structures in the back of the throat holding the airway open during sleep.

Treatment can also be accomplished with surgery to the soft palate, uvula (that thing that hangs down from the roof of your mouth), and tongue to eliminate the tissue that collapses during sleep. More complex surgery can reposition the anatomic structure of your mouth and facial bones but this is done only in extreme cases.

Oral appliances that treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are small plastic devices, worn in the mouth, similar to orthodontic retainers or sports mouthguards. Oral appliance therapy involves the selection, design, fitting and use of a specially designed oral appliance that, when worn during sleep, maintains an opened, unobstructed airway in the throat.

Currently, there are over 40 different types of oral appliance available. Oral appliances may be used alone or in combination with other means of treating OSA, including general health and weight management, surgery or nasal continuous air pressure (CPAP).

Contemporary family dentisty can help stabilizes the joints and functions of muscles around the jaw.
We can also help with neck pain, ear pain, and neck noises.
With powerful tools available, we can examine TMJ issues with cat scans and 3-D Dental Imaging scans.
Orthodontic work is one of Dr. Johnsons specialties. Sleep Disorders effect many people, come and see if we have a treatment for you.

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