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Augmented Reality Allows Patients to Test New Smile

Dental patients may soon be able to “try on” a new smile thanks to a recently unveiled device that uses augmented reality to help patients visualize how different dental procedures could change the look of their teeth.

The device, called the Kapanu Augmented Reality Engine, is a product of the Swiss company Kapanu. The developers hope to make smile restorations easier for dentists and patients alike.

“Many patients looking for smile restoration have a hard time visualizing what they would look like with veneers, implants or other restorations,” Dr. Stefania Caracioni, D.D.S., L.V.I.F., said.

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Study: OSA Increases Cardiac Risks

Researchers at the University of Ottawa have made the claim that obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, may increase the risk of atrial fibrillation.

Atrial fibrillation is a form of cardiac arrhythmia in which the heart begins to beat irregularly and rapidly. It is extremely dangerous and can cause high blood pressure and heart attacks. It is also responsible for 15 to 20 percent of ischemic strokes, in which blood flow and oxygen to the brain are blocked.

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Is There a Difference Between TMJ and TMJD?

Have you been recently diagnosed with temporomandibular joint disorder? If so, you may have started researching your condition — and you may have seen acronyms like TMJ, TMD and TMJD on the Internet as you looked for information. These abbreviations are often used interchangeably, which can be confusing to some people, so Dr. Caracioni makes it a priority to explain to patients the ins, outs and acronyms of their condition so they can understand their diagnosis and treatment plan.

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What Causes Itchy Teeth?

Have you ever experienced itchy teeth? Persistent itching in your teeth or gums can be a strange sensation. It can also be an indicator of something more serious brewing beneath your gums. Dr. Caracioni encourages patients with itchiness, tingling or other strange sensations in their teeth to schedule an appointment for a closer look.

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TMJD Treatment Can Help Ease Meniere’s Disease

Neuromuscular dental treatment for temporomandibular joint disorder has recently been shown to relieve the effects of Meniere’s disease.

Meniere’s disease is a condition of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ringing in the ear, pain and the feeling of pressure in the ear. Some patients even experience hearing loss. According to the Vestibular Disorders Association, Meniere’s disease affects over 615,000 Americans, with more than 45,000 new cases diagnosed each year.

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Are Antibiotics Really Necessary for Dental Implant Patients? Some Say No.

According to a new study in Australia, prophylactic antibiotics for dental implant surgery are no longer necessary and may contribute to antibiotic resistance.

Dental implants are an increasingly popular dental treatment because of their high success rate and durability. Many patients also choose dental implants because they function and are cared for just like regular teeth. Over 3 million people in the United States have dental implants, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and this number grows by half a million implants each year.

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What Foods Whiten Teeth Naturally?

You’ve probably been told to avoid foods that can stain your teeth, like coffee, wine and blueberries, but did you know that there are foods you can eat that naturally whiten your teeth? Adding these foods to your diet can help keep your teeth looking great in between your in-office whitening appointments with Dr. Caracioni.

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Do Wisdom Teeth Really Need Removing?

If a wisdom tooth isn’t giving you problems, does it need to be removed? Dr. Caracioni hears this question a lot from patients who have wisdom teeth that are not causing them pain or discomfort. But is there a risk associated with this preemptive removal?

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Green Tea Extract Could Fight Tooth Sensitivity

Green tea extract shows promise in preventing tooth sensitivity, according to a study headed by researchers at the American Chemical Society and Wuhan University.

The study details the benefits of green tea in protecting teeth from enamel erosion, the primary cause of tooth sensitivity.

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