Dental Safety is Our Priority

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This year has been a trying and troubling year. The Department of Health and Human Services for Nevada announced that seniors are the most impacted by the Covid-19 virus which makes every smile and grin all the more important.

Dental implants, painless and simple additions to the jaw, will fill in the gaps of any missing teeth and strengthen the jawline to return that beautiful smile. Confidence in each and every meeting is something nothing can take away.

To ensure the safety of our staff and customers, we’ve implemented new dental procedures with the goal of minimizing exposure and contact to others. The waiting room will only hold two patients at a time and those waiting can check in contact-free using their phones. All individuals within the building are required to wear masks and patients will be asked to sanitize their hands, rinse their mouth with mouthwash and submit to having their temperature examined by staff. Any items and surfaces expected to be handled or touched by any patients will be sanitized by staff before and after use.

Treatment rooms will not be used within 30 minutes of each other so as to allow sanitation of the surfaces in the room and filtration of the air. Throughout the practice, there are air purifiers while treatment rooms are isolated using aerosol vacuums. The air within the rooms is isolated and removed by way of ultra HEPA filters alongside the plastic treatment each room is given so viruses do not spread.

In accordance with local government, we are also limiting the number of patients we see a day to limit exposure to people, maintain social distance and keep the area clean and virus free.

New Safety Procedures

During these unprecedented times, we are taking new precautions to ensure the safety of our patients and our team.

Updated Safety Procedures:

  1. When confirming or scheduling our front desk team will remind patients that there will be added safety protocols during their visit.
  2. There will be up to 2 patients allowed in the waiting room at a time. All others must wait in their vehicle.
  3. Our patients must bring a protective mask and wear it at all times while in the office.
  4. Our patients must sanitize their hands upon arrival.
  5. Our patients will rinse their mouth with mouthwash upon arrival.
  6. Our patients will have their temperature taken upon arrival to ensure they do not have a fever.
  7. Our patients will be given sanitized pens and clipboards to fill out their paperwork.
  8. Our front office staff will be wearing protective masks and disinfecting all surfaces in their work area.
  9. Our patients will be taken to a treatment room that hasn’t been used in at least 30 mins has had the air ozonated. (no patient will go in immediately after treatment room use)
  10. Our treatment rooms are disinfected and the air is ozonated after each use.
  11. Our staff members will change protective gear after seeing each patient.
  12. We will be introducing aerosol extractors by mid-May to reduce the spread of airborne pathogens.
  13. We will be isolating each treatment room with plastic treating so viruses do not spread in the office.
  14. Our doctors will be performing limited procedures in accordance with Governor Sisolak’s latest directives.

 

Operating On An Emergency Basis

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We Are Operating On An Emergency Basis Due To The Recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak.

Our front office team is here to help.  They will be answering calls Monday-Friday from 9-5 but we are only treating urgent cases such as pain, infections, swelling, etc.

Stay Safe and Stay Healthy.  This Too Shall Pass.

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Dental Checkups After the Coronavirus Pandemic Subsides

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When life as we know it returns, feel absolutely confident that our Las Vegas Smile Dental Office is sanitized and our dentist, dental hygienist and staff apply the proper Covid-19 sanitizing measures for keeping you safe. 

Not everybody wants to go to the dentist every six months, especially during the Covid-19, however, when the risk of the Covid-19 subsides, it is still a very essential appointment. Frequent dental cleanings and check-ups help prevent more costly problems in the long run.

Even the best flossers and brushers miss spots when it comes to dental hygiene. These small spots, despite due diligence in regard to hygiene habits, can still build up and form plaque. When this plaque is left untreated, it may solidify and become tartar, the bane of all teeth. Tartar removal, 99% of the time, requires professional dental help.

Periodic dental cleanings help avoid tartar and the damages it causes from eroding teeth, creating holes and cavities. Very rarely do cavities give warning signs as they are born. Typically, a small ache is noticed after the fact, when the tooth has already decayed. After this, a dental visit will be required to have the cavities filled and other problems fixed. Fortunately, this entire process can be avoided by simply attending routine visits that remedy plaque and tartar before it becomes serious. These biannual cleanings are also much more affordable than fillings, so tight budgets ought to get ahead of the game and make an appointment now.

Gingivitis is also a concern, that may spread along tissue and gums causing them to break down, resulting in a weak foundation for the teeth. It is created when a buildup of tartar causes infection along the line of where tooth and gum meet, which makes the gum pull away from the tooth. This is why it is important to avoid and get rid of plaque and tartar buildup as it arises. Unfortunately, the early signs of gingivitis can quickly evolve into a fully-fledged gum disease, which comes with swelling, soreness, and potential bleeding. Alongside the gum tissue damage, a breakdown of the tooth-holding bone eventually occurs. The teeth will commonly loosen or fall out altogether at this point and a dental specialist will have to employ drastic methods of treatment to remedy the problem. Catching gingivitis before it gets out of hand, and addressing it, is as simple as attending regular dental cleanings.

Dental professionals are not only here to fix teeth and solve problems already surfaced, but they are here to also professionally clean teeth, scan for abnormalities, and ensure that everything looks healthy and is good to go. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and regular dental visits will save you a lot of pain and time in the big picture. A dentist can also spot indications of larger health issues and are also able to help correct poor habits that could be sabotaging oral health (which is a more common occurrence than most people realize). Stay ahead of problems and avoid them altogether, maintain or schedule a dental checkup today.

PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

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The reason why children have their own dentists is simple, tiny teeth require a whole new set of considerations. Caring for children’s teeth sets the framework for the adult teeth on the way, and the oral hygiene habits they will retain for many years. Here are a few reasons to book an appointment with a pediatric dentist.

Overcoming Fears

Anxiety and fear associated with going to the dentist is fairly common, with up to 15% of Americans (about 40 million people) completely forgoing dental visits. This fear of dentists is so widespread that it is professionally recognized as dental phobia or dental anxiety.

Dentistry has made tremendous advancements over the years, making the treatment process more comfortable than it was even a decade ago. Nevertheless, this has not done much to cease dental phobias. A helpful way to possibly lessen this fear in adults is to make dentist appointments a regular part of their childhood.

Catch Problems Early

Adult teeth take root in locations largely depending on the origin of baby teeth. If teeth fall out or are removed early, it may lead to misalignment as teeth lose the guides that should have marked the correct place which, in turn, can lead to the requirement of braces in preteen or adult years.

A professional dental care routine can be started early on by parents to prevent this problem. Before problems worsen, a pediatric dentist will catch them ahead of time and refer children to an orthodontist if needed. Basic solutions during the early signs of problems almost always cost less than fixing a problem that has compounded over the years.

Building Dental Hygiene Habits

Great dental care doesn’t take place immediately. It is a routine that takes time to develop and sustain. For many kids, brushing their teeth is a pointless annoyance. It is important to take the time to teach them the significance of investing time into in their dental health.

When children visit the dentist, they are regularly asked to answer crucial questions about their dental hygiene. These questions are in regard to their habits, frequency, and methodology of brushing and flossing. This helps to deliver the subtle affirmation they may need to comprehend the value of following through on these essential practices.

Lifting Self-Esteem

Kids are not frequently worried about losing teeth or gaps in their grins. The countless forms of malocclusion normally don’t mean much of anything to them either. Even cavities only become a problem when it begins to cause pain. Nevertheless, as they move toward their teenage and “grown-up” years, this may change.

For the majority of teens and adults, the smile is an expression and foundation of confidence. As a result, having a healthy smile becomes a main concern. Better to get a head start on this while they are children than wait until the insecurities of teenage years begin to appear. While teenagers with braces are a frequent sight, it is rational to presume that most would desire to have better and brace-free smiles.

The work really starts with educating youth when caring for little teeth. Kids do not always recognize the meaning of participating in the now, so they can be grateful for the advantages later. Nor do they always realize how skipping out on crucial hygiene habits now may catch up to them later in life.

Las Vegas Pediatric Dentists With the aid of our premier Las Vegas dentistry practice, parents in and around the area may better educate children on how to safeguard their smiles. Don’t wait until your kid begins to show signs of cavities or complains of a toothache. Call Las Vegas Smile Center today at 702.433.6825!

Sweets and Teeth

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We all already know that sweets lead to cavities. Despite this, sugar consumption in America is skyrocketing. Especially around the holidays like Valentine’s Day and Halloween where the consumption of sweets has a propensity to be higher. 

In the early 1900’s, Americans only consumed an average of 4 pounds of sugar a year.  Currently, we consume a WHOPPING 160 POUNDS of sugar a year.  Even in just the past decade, despite public announcements and health trends, sugar consumption is steadily increasing.

In everyone’s mouth is a realm of bacteria. This can also be referred to as oral ecology. Entire colonies of microorganisms live within the mouth, most of which do no harm. Those who brush their teeth have about 1,000 to 100,000 bacteria living on each tooth. Those who do not, well, they can have between 100 million and 1 billion bacteria on each tooth.

When proper hygiene is practiced some of the bacteria are beneficial in preventing disease. However, Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sobrinus are the two destructive ones that aid in the formation of cavities. These two species of bacteria feed on the sugar that is eaten, and as a result, form a sticky, colorless film known as plaque. Regular flossing and brushing removes most of the plaque before it causes significant damage.

THE IMPORTANCE OF HEALTY HABITS

30% of Americans only brush their teeth once a day. Most dentists concur that twice a day is the bare minimum. Brushing your teeth for one minute is considered not nearly enough, while two minutes is about right. 

When this healthy brushing habit breaks, it gives way to the production of tartar. Tartar is what plaque turns into, if left unattended. Tartar is formed from plaque, mixing with minerals in saliva, eventually hardening into a strong bond with discolored deposit that traps stains.  These bonds can be removed by a dental hygienist during a dental check-up and cleaning.

In a perfect world, we would reduce the amount of sweets we eat and brush our teeth three times a day, an hour after each main meal and visit our dentist at Las Vegas Smile Center on a routine basis.

Dental Prosthetics: Life Changing Improvements

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DENTAL PROSTHESES

Dental prosthetics such as dentures or veneers, whether fixed or removable, can provide a range of life changing improvements.

When it comes to comfort, function, and appearance of a smile, look to dental prosthetics as an option. Pioneered in the 18th century by Pierre Fauchard, a French Surgeon, this field of dental specialty has undergone tremendous advances over the centuries. From President George Washington’s wooden dentures to modern zirconium crowns, innovations are arriving on a yearly basis now. In fact, dentures of the future may not be dentures at all. Surprisingly, authentic human teeth, grown in a laboratory, are making headway. Back in 2005, scientists were able to regrow parts of a tooth. In late 2019, a method by which enamel can be regrown was developed. Normally, once it fades, enamel does not grow back. This new method was able to regrow enamel within two days. Until these technologies become available to the market, there are a range of excellent options to help improve everyday lives today. These options provide both aesthetically pleasing alterations and significantly effective health benefits. The list of dental prosthetic options fall under two main categories, mobile prosthetics and fixed. These may be made out of a variety of materials, each with their own unique benefits.

Removable Prosthetics

Complete Dentures 

Complete dentures are normally used when all the teeth are missing. They are held fast by suction or muscles in the mouth. A complete set of dentures often look better than real teeth and provides support for the facial muscles–helping to maintain a more youthful look!

Partial Dentures 

Partial dentures are a good option if you have a significant number of natural teeth or prior implants. Similar to a complete set, these are held in place via suction or muscularly. Since this is a partial set, it will need to match the color of the surrounding teeth.

Fixed Prosthetics

Bridges

Dental bridges are a crown that spans empty space between two teeth. It works by sitting on the surrounding teeth, and easily can cover a few gaps with several false teeth. They also help prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position, maintain facial shape, and restore proper speaking and chewing capacities.

Crowns

Crowns are a cap placed over a natural tooth. They help to aid in teeth that have undergone significant decay or damage, helps to protect a tooth after a root canal, and may be used to improve the appearance by changing the color or shape of the tooth. For example, you may have a perfectly healthy tooth, but it might not look the way you want it to. A crown can add width or length to help attain a look you prefer.

Materials

Zirconia
Stain resistant, durable and strong, hypoallergenic
Titanium
Biocompatible, lightweight and strong, comfortable, resistant to corrosion
NickelChromium
Adequate hardness and resistance to corrosion at an affordable cost
ChromiumCobalt
Adequate hardness and resistance to corrosion, good for nickel-allergy patients
Gold Alloy
Extremely durable, minimal wear to adjacent teeth, never fractures, requires less removal
Ceramics
Natural color match, good for visible teeth and patients with metal allergies
Acrylic Resin
Fracture resistant, easy to adjust if needed, higher impact strength

When to consider moving forward with a dental prosthetic

Dental prosthetics are good for anyone who has missing teeth, or want to improve functionality and quality-of-life, or perhaps simply looking for a better smile. In addition, prosthetics helps with improving speech and reducing occurrences of inflammation in the mouth. It is important to schedule an appointment with a Prosthodontist dentist because neglect can lead to periodontal disease, among other things, which will end up costing more in the long run.

Dental Implant Trends in 2020

Dental implants have long been a solution of choice for people with missing, damaged, and troublesome teeth. The ability to re-create a healthy and attractive mouth has been one of the most beneficial advancements in dental technology in the past decade or more. Research and development projects go on all the time that continue to improve every aspect of the process. The following dental implant trends for 2020 will allow patients to have higher-quality results with potentially less time and overall cost.

The Rise of Smart Technology

One of the most important aspects of dental implant planning and insertion is getting an accurate scan of the patient’s face, mouth, and specific device needs. With smart technology and cone-beam computed tomography, additional control is now possible through the use of touch screens, computer-aided devices, and integrated video cameras that gather more information than the dentist could on their own.

Virtual Implant Planning

The extra information mentioned above facilitates a more precise virtual implant planning process. Using computer-aided design systems, implant specialists can now create the exact tooth shape necessary to deliver a perfectly comfortable, effective, and realistic feel and appearance to every patient. A large part of this comes about because new software programs are able to utilize the input from multiple data sources at the same time and come up with a smarter solution from every angle.

3D Printing for Dental Devices

Once all the high-tech scanning and virtual planning processes are complete, the manufacturing process begins. What used to take a considerably long time and cost hundreds of dollars per tooth implant can now be done with a relatively low-cost 3D printer for an average of $30 per implant instead. The cost savings do not only come from the increased ease of production or the innate ability for the different machines to use the same digital information but also because each dental lab or office can use their own 3D printer. This represents one of the most impressive new ways to keep costs down for patients who need replacement teeth.

Higher Degrees of Collaboration Between Specialists

The new, interconnected focus in the entire medical and dental communities leads to improved collaboration between dentists, computer experts, implant manufacturers, and patients themselves. With a focus on efficiency and faster production, every member of the diverse team focuses on the patient’s well-being and satisfaction with the final dental implants.

As 2020 begins, dental implant patients in Las Vegas have the opportunity to take advantage of some of these new trends at an affordable price. LV Smile Center is running a dental implant special for the start of the new decade. Therefore, now would be a great time to get that healthy smile and replace any missing, damaged or troublesome teeth.

Oral Cancer


Cancer happens when cells grow uncontrollably and cause damage to tissue. Oral cancer looks like a mouth sore that doesn’t leave. If not diagnosed and treated early, oral cancer can be deadly.

What Are Symptoms Of Oral Cancer?

  1. A sore on the mouth that is not healing
  2. A white or reddish area inside your mouth
  3. A growth inside your mouth
  4. Pain in your mouth
  5. Pain in your ear
  6. Having trouble swallowing
  7. Teeth that are loose

How Can I Prevent Oral Cancer?

  1. Cut Tobacco Use – Do not use tobacco or stop immediately if you are currently using
  2. Cut Alcohol Use – Stop or reduce alcohol consumption
  3. Protect Your Lips – Protect your lips from excess sun exposure by using sunblock
  4. Regular Dental Visits – While visiting your dentist, ask your doctor to perform an oral cancer screening

About Us: At the Las Vegas Smile Center, we believe that proper Dental Care begins with you, the patient. We have consistently been rated as one of the best Las Vegas dentist and as one of the best Las Vegas dentists, we take pride in our ability to deliver an amazing experience to our patients.

If you are ready for your oral cancer screening our are suffering from any dental health issues contact us today to schedule your appointment.