What is it?
Invisallgn is an esthetic alternative to traditional braces. Clear plastic trays apply strategically staged forces to move crooked teeth into more ideal positions.
How can Invisalign help me?
Dr. Kahn is a certified Invisalign provider who uses treatment in two ways. The first is comprehensive orthodontics…or how you would traditionally think of orthodontics. Teeth are “straightened” to create a functionally esthetic, healthy smile.
At times, Dr. Kahn uses Invisalign as an adjunct to implant,
cosmetic and rehabilitative dentistry. When crowns and veneers are subject to excessive forces from improperly aligned teeth, they are at higher risk of porcelain fracture or even falling off. By including Invisalign in treatment, Dr. Kahn can ensure that biting forces are aligned and balanced, making veneers and cosmetic crowns more predicable, more conservative, and more durable.
Dr. Kahn treats teeth orthodontic cases that meet specific criteria. More complex cases may be referred to an orthodontist who specializes in braces and Invisalign.
What is it?
Root canal therapy is a procedure that is necessary to save a tooth when the nerve and blood vessels are irreversibly damaged by microorganisms or by trauma. The canal that houses the nerve is cleaned out, disinfected, and then sealed with material that is compatible with our bodies.
How do I know if I might need root canal?
Several signs may arise that could indicate the need for root canal. These can include swelling, sensitivity to hot or cold and/or pain in the tooth or gums. However, these symptoms can be caused by other conditions and proper diagnosis with digital imaging and nerve testing is necessary before deciding to proceed with root canal treatment.
How can root canal help me?
Root canal helps to save teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted and replaced with implants, bridges or removable partial dentures.
Dr. Kahn treats most of his own root canal cases. However, more complex cases are may be referred to a endodontic, who specializes in root canals.
What is it?
Implant dentistry is a way to replace missing teeth. An implant is a titanium screw placed underneath the gums, within the jaw bone to support a restoration similar to how a root supports a crown. There are various types of restorations that are supported by implants including single crowns, bridges and dentures.
What is it?
The removal of a tooth. When a tooth is visible and “out of the gums” it is said to be erupted. When a tooth has not come out of the gums and cannot be seen in the mouth it is said to be impacted.
Why might I need an extraction?
The most common reason for an extraction is that teeth and/or their supporting structures are so damaged and broken down that it is the only available treatment.
Dr. Kahn will perform extractions of erupted teeth under local anesthesia and nitrous oxide analgesia. For more complex cases, such as wisdom tooth impactions, or if you would like to be sedated for treatment, Dr. Kahn will refer you to an oral surgeon.
What is it?
Dental sleep medicine is treatment by your dentist to lessen or eliminate snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Kahn can fabricate a night-time appliance that is worn while you sleep. That appliance can be made to fit over your teeth or tongue to ensure that you can breathe properly.
How do I know if I might have a dental sleep problem?
The most obvious sign of a dental sleep problem is snoring. Dental sleep problems arise when people develop obstructions in their airway that affect breathing during sleep. These blockages can limit the amount of air that gets to your lungs and can even eliminate all airflow for several seconds at a time. You may have obstructive sleep apnea if someone has told you that you snore loudly while asleep, gasp for air while asleep, or if you are excessively tired during the day.
How can dental sleep medicine help me?
Obstructive sleep apnea often occurs as a result of the tongue moving back towards your throat while you lie down. Dr. Kahn can make an appliance that is worn on your teeth almost like a retainer or mouth guard. The appliance is designed to move your lower jaw down and forward to provide extra room for your tongue and open your airway. Dr. Kahn can also make an appliance that pulls the tongue forward, which is a helpful alternative for patients with obstructive sleep apnea who do not have teeth.
What is it?
Dr. Kahn works with Guard Lab to making custom fit mouth guards that are worn during athletic activity.
How can a Guard Lab athletic guard help me?
First and foremost, a custom made athletic guard will help reduce the risk of impact trauma to your teeth that can occur during athletic activity. In addition, some athletes may grind or clench their teeth while exerting energy or while concentrating. A custom guard will help protect your teeth in the same manner a night guard offers protection for people who clench or grind while sleeping.
How do I get a custom athletic guard?
First thing that you have to do is visit Guard Lab’s homepage at www.guardlab.com. On Guard Lab’s site you choose and design your custom guard. Once payment is submitted to Guard Lab, you can schedule with Dr. Kahn for your 3-D virtual impression. Dr. Kahn will use a camera that fits inside your mouth to make a virtual impression of your teeth and record a bite with proper sports posture. The file is sent to Guard Lab securely where the athletic guard you designed is 3-D printed and then mailed to your home within a few days.