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By Elmer A. Villalon, DMD
March 25, 2020
Category: Dental Health

​​​​​​​Does your sleep apnea leave you feeling exhausted and irritable? A dental sleep appliance provided by your Pueblo, CO, dentist, Dr. Elmer Villalon, can help you get the sleep you desperately need.

Sleep apnea disrupts your sleep and may affect your health

Sleep apnea occurs when your airway becomes blocked while you sleep. The problem can happen if your tongue falls against your throat, or the walls of your throat collapse when you sleep.

These blockages prevent oxygen from reaching your brain. Although breathing pauses typically only last a few seconds, you may stop breathing hundreds of times during the night. The resulting oxygen deprivation can soon begin to affect your life and health in several ways. Sleep apnea may:

  • Increase Your Risk of Health Problems: Sleep apnea can be a contributing factor in high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, stroke, diabetes, depression and other conditions.
  • Disturb the Sleep of Your Family or Partner: People who have sleep apnea often snore, sometimes very loudly.
  • Decrease Your Motivation: It's hard to feel motivated and engaged at work or school if you're constantly tired. Your sleepiness can also be downright dangerous if you operate complicated machinery or drive while you're tired.
  • Affect Your Mood: Lack of sleep may cause you to become irritable and short-tempered.

A Dental Sleep Appliance Offers an Effective Way to Treat Sleep Apnea

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines are often used to treat sleep apnea. The machines send a constant stream of air into your throat through a mask. Although CPAP machines can stop sleep apnea, some people just can't adjust to the noise or the mask.

Dental sleep appliances offer a low-tech, yet effective, treatment option. The device is custom-made for your mouth during a visit to the Pueblo dental office. The appliances resemble nightguards and are worn over your teeth while you sleep. Sleep appliances are designed to hold your jaw forward, preventing your tongue from falling back against your airway.

After wearing your sleep appliance, you'll wake up rested and ready to face the day.

Would you like to improve the quality of your sleep with a dental sleep appliance? Call your dentist in Pueblo, CO, Dr. Villalon, at (719) 542-7844 to schedule your appointment.

By Elmer A. Villalon, DMD
March 05, 2020
Category: Medical Conditions

If you don't adequately brush and floss after a meal, dental plaque will accumulate on your teeth around the gum tissue. When this sticky film of bacteria builds up, it will linger and eventually harden. From here it turns into something known as tartar. Only Dr. Elmer Villalon or a member of his staff can remove it. Neglecting your oral health leads to periodontal disease, an infection of the gum tissue that leads to tooth loss. At our Pueblo, CO, office, we do our best to help you reduce your risk and achieve optimal periodontal health.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

If you have periodontal disease, you may notice the following:

  • Mouth sores

  • Loose teeth

  • Sensitive teeth

  • Pain when chewing

  • Persistent bad breath

  • Swollen or inflamed gums

  • Tender and bleeding gums

Stages of Periodontal Disease

  • Gingivitis - is the beginning stage of periodontal (gum) disease. This stage causes little to no discomfort. The first sign is typically tender or bleeding gums, but this stage is often reversible with an improved oral care routine.

  • Aggressive Periodontitis - when gingivitis is left untreated, it progresses into this second stage of periodontal disease. Tissues that support the teeth and surrounding bone become destroyed and loosen the teeth.

  • Chronic Periodontitis - the progression of attachment loss can occur rapidly or slowly, depending on the patient. When this third stage of periodontal disease occurs, inflammation results in the supporting tissues of the teeth.

Treatment for Periodontal Disease

Dr. Villalon may recommend certain treatments depending on the severity of your condition. The goal is to control the infection, and this is most often accomplished with a deep cleaning and routine maintenance at home and in our Pueblo, CA, office. Prevent periodontal disease by visiting us annually for professional dental cleanings. In addition, you need to brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste. Floss regularly to remove food particles that your toothbrush can't reach.

Dr. Elmer Villalon dedicates himself to helping you keep your permanent teeth for a lifetime, and early detection is the key to prevention. If inadequate brushing and flossing habits or lack of dental care are the cause of inflamed, sensitive, or swollen gums, schedule a dental appointment with our Pueblo, CO, office before the problem gets worse. To learn more about the services provided or to schedule an appointment, please visit our website or call 719-542-7844.

By Elmer A. Villalon, DMD
February 13, 2020
Category: Dental Health

Dr. Elmer Villalon performs many cosmetic and restorative dental procedures. He also is a pain management expert, helping hundreds of patients optimize oral health and well-being. In his Pueblo, CO, office, this caring dentist performs innovative dental implant restorations which complete and strengthen smiles and faithfully imitate natural biting and chewing.

What is a dental implant restoration?

A dental implant restoration is a porcelain crown. It is the final step in an implant procedure in which an oral surgeon has installed a titanium screw below the gums in the jaw. Over several weeks to months, the titanium implant and bone bond together through osseointegration. Once complete, osseointegration firmly anchors the implant and a metal abutment post which extends through the gums.

Your dentist adds the post and a porcelain crown through a simple procedure at his Pueblo, CO, office. This final step is often called "dental implant restoration."

Multiple implants may be placed to accommodate a fixed bridge or even full denture. Dr. Villalon will help you determine what prosthetic would suit your bone structure and overall oral health.

Why are dental implants preferable to other tooth replacements?

Dental implants are actual artificial teeth from root to crown. Most implants are termed endosteal, meaning they reside right in the jaw. Once fused and restored, these devices improve jaw bone quality the same way real tooth roots do. Biting and chewing exercise the bone, avoiding the destructive recession which happens after tooth loss.

Additionally, dental implants stay in place. Only your dentist can remove them, but he won't need to because most implant procedures succeed. The devices are retained for decades, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness (IDIA).

What makes you a good candidate for implants?

Several factors determine candidacy:

  1. Overall health
  2. Good oral hygiene habits (you faithfully brush, floss, and get six-month cleanings and exams with your dentist)
  3. Sufficient bone in the jaw
  4. Healthy gum tissue

Oral examination and special three-dimensional X-rays (cone-beam imaging) will tell you for sure if this dental marvel is your best choice for stable, long-lasting tooth replacement.

Consult with your dentist in Pueblo, CO

His name is Dr. Elmer Villalon, and he and his professional team are passionate about patient comfort, smile aesthetics, and excellent oral function. Do you need a dental implant restoration? Then, contact Dr. Villalon for a one-on-one consultation. Phone us at (719) 542-7844.

By Elmer A. Villalon, DMD
August 30, 2019
Category: Dental Health
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Modern cosmetic dentistry provides countless options for improving tooth size, shape, color, and alignment. How can you know which Cosmetic Smileprocedure is right for you? After all, your dentist in Pueblo, CO, Dr. Elmer Villalon, offers an amazing array of aesthetic dental services! Well, don't worry—we can help you find out which treatment is right for you. Read on to learn more.

 

The smile consultation

It happens right here in Dr. Villalon's office in Pueblo, CO. During the appointment, you and your dentist will sit down together to discuss the changes you'd like to see. They may include:

  • Brightening tooth color and shine (one of the most sought-after smile improvements, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry)
  • Repair of small defects (chips, cracks, gaps, craze lines)
  • Repair of large defects (tooth fractures from oral trauma, old fillings, intrinsic stains)
  • Correcting dental bite and alignment
  • Replacing missing teeth

Dr. Villalon will examine your teeth and gums, perform an X-ray screening, take photos, and offer you options to change your smile for the better. Your treatment plan may be as simple as an in-office whitening treatment or as complex as a complete smile makeover. The choices are yours to make according to your budget and preferences.

 

Offered cosmetic services

These are some of the treatments that your dentist uses to address smile defects:

  • Professional teeth whitening (both in-office and at-home versions) to lighten stains
  • Direct bonding, using tooth-colored composite resin to repair corner chips, even tooth length, span small gaps, and more
  • Tooth-colored fillings to restore decayed teeth with state-of-the-art accuracy and realism
  • Dental implants to replace missing teeth and improve the quality of gum tissue and supporting bone in the jaw
  • Porcelain veneers, or laminates, customized to camouflage chips, cracks, and deep stains
  • Invisalign clear aligners, invisible, comfortable and quick orthodontic correction for adults
  • Porcelain crowns to cover and restore a damaged tooth's shape and strength
  • Enamel contouring, a light sanding and reshaping using small dental tools

 

It's your smile

You decide how to improve your smile, and Dr. Elmer Villalon will make it happen. Call him today to arrange your consultation: 719-542-7844.

By Elmer A. Villalon, DMD
July 09, 2019
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Root Canal Therapy  

Have you recently experienced dental pain or noticed changes in a tooth? If so, you may need a root canal. Fortunately, your Pueblo, CO, dentist, Dr. Elmer Villalon, can help! Read on to learn more.

What is the purpose of a root canal?

Root canals protect and preserve teeth with inflamed or infected pulp. Without this treatment, you would eventually lose your tooth. During root canal therapy, your Pueblo dentist opens the tooth, removes the pulp, cleans the tooth and canals, and, finally, replaces the pulp with gutta percha, a durable, rubber-based filling material.

How can I tell if I need a root canal?

You may benefit from a root canal if:

  • You injured your tooth: A root canal may be necessary after trauma to a tooth, or if your knocked-out tooth was reimplanted.
  • Your tooth hurts: Toothaches aren't just caused by cavities—they can also occur if the soft pulp in the center of your tooth is inflamed or infected. Additionally, pain isn't always severe at first, and it may even come and go for a while. No matter what the level of your pain, it's important to schedule a visit with your dentist if you experience a toothache.
  • Your tooth is darker than normal: Changes deep inside your tooth can cause it to darken in some cases.
  • Eating is a painful experience: An inflammation or infection can cause your tooth to become very sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks. Pain can continue for up to a half-hour after you eat or drink.
  • Your gums are sensitive: Your gums may become red and swollen if you need a root canal. You may also notice a bump that looks like a pimple on the gum close to the affected tooth.

Concerned? Give us a call

Root canal therapy can help you avoid tooth loss. Call your Pueblo, CO, dentist, Dr. Elmer Villalon, at (719) 542-7844 to schedule an appointment.





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