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Express Your Personality With A Smile Makeover

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What makes up a perfect smile? White teeth? Straight teeth? Teeth with pleasing proportions, relative to one another? At Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, we believe that it’s more than the sum of the parts. Your perfect smile also contains another element: your personality.

What is a smile makeover? It is a combination of procedures that remedy any problems with your existing smile.

Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a multitude of tooth restoration treatments. On the least invasive end, we have dental bonding and inlays/onlays. These can often be completed in just one visit. Porcelain veneers can remedy small imperfections such as chips. A veneer can also correct the shape of a tooth that is misaligned.

If you have teeth that are not structurally sound, you may need a dental crown. The crowns we provide at Providence Dental blend perfectly with your existing teeth. No “chiclet” effect, where the crown sticks out like a sore thumb.

What if you have a missing tooth? Ask us about dental implants. This permanent tooth restoration is actually anchored into the jawbone, offering strength, natural function, and protection from bone recession.

At Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, cosmetic dentistry techniques combine to create perfect smiles in our patients. Other services include family dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today.

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702-852-2244

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Be Glad For Our X-Ray Vision

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At Providence Dental in Las Vegas, we know it isn’t very  comfortable. You have to put on the heavy apron, hold an awkward piece of film in your mouth and sit really, really still while a dental assistant takes x-rays. Is it really required for your dental health? Absolutely! No question about it.

No dentist can see everything that is going on with your teeth, bone, and surrounding tissue without x-rays.

What Hidden Problems Do Dental X-rays Detect?

  • Cavities below existing bridgework, crowns, or other restorations
  • Abscesses, cysts, and infections
  • Cavities between teeth just beneath where adjacent teeth touch (interproximal cavities)
  • The position of wisdom teeth

How Often Should X-rays Be Taken?
This depends on the patient. Someone with no history of tooth decay, no present tooth decay, no braces, and no existing crowns, veneers, or bridgework is at low risk for cavities. A high-risk patient is in the opposite situation and may have one or more of the following: previous dental caries, existing restorations, braces, worn-away enamel, chipped or cracked teeth. In addition, patients with an eating disorder or other medical condition may be considered high risk. People who haven’t had their wisdom teeth extracted also need to be followed with x-rays more frequently.

At Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, we do everything necessary for the dental health of our patients. Our services include general and pediatric dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-852-2244

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Dental Problem? There Is Always A Solution!

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There is no doubt that a healthy, pleasing smile positively impacts one’s life. At Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, we can help you keep your smile healthy and looking its best.

A smile lets us convey confidence and friendliness in business and social settings. A beautiful healthy smile also impacts our personal relationships. When we smile, we appear (and feel!) younger and more attractive.

Research has shown that smiling also helps reduce stress, increase productivity, and express empathy.

But if you are troubled by dental problems, then you may feel insecure about your smile. A smile makeover is the solution to your troubles.

One question to think about before going in is: What changes do you want to see in your smile?

There is no need to feel helpless. There is always a solution. Straightening teeth, fixing chips, replacing missing teeth, re-shaping teeth, and brightening teeth are only some of the changes that we can perform. If you have a problem, we will help you find the solution.

If you feel that a smile makeover can improve your life, book an appointment us at Providence Dental in North Las Vegas. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry, as well as orthodontics and pediatric dentistry. We will give you the dazzling smile that you can be proud of.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-852-2244

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7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
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Inlays/Onlays: Less Invasive Than Complete Crowns

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Restorative dentistry has progressed considerably over the years and there are now several effective ways to repair decayed teeth. In this post from Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, we are going to focus on two similar types of restorations: dental inlays and onlays.

Where possible, an inlay or an onlay can be a less-invasive alternative to a complete crown and either one is usually more affordable than a porcelain crown procedure.

Inlays/onlays are “indirect fillings,” meaning that they are produced in a lab and placed whole on the tooth. A traditional “direct filling” is applied to the tooth while the material is malleable and then shaped by the dentist.

An inlay is used to correct the surface of a damaged tooth, often to fill a small cavity or a natural pit that is at risk for decay.

Typically porcelain or composite resin are used for inlays; these materials are strong and look very natural because the color can be matched exactly to the surrounding teeth. An inlay is precisely fitted to your tooth and looks, feels, and functions like the previous tooth.

An onlay covers a larger part of the tooth. Because they cover such a large area of the tooth, they are often referred to as partial crowns. Onlays are generally applied to the biting surface of the tooth. Just like inlays, they are precisely fitted to the damaged part of the tooth. Composite resin and porcelain are also the main materials used to create an onlay.

At Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-852-2244

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
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89166

 

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Does My Dentist Treat Bad Breath?

Cure Bad Breath In ProvidenceWhen dental patients ask if mouthwash cures bad breath, one of us on the team at Providence Dental in North Las Vegas tells them that treating bad breath with a mouthwash is like drenching yourself with cologne instead of taking a shower. It’s only a temporary mask for odor caused by poor oral hygiene, tongue bacteria, or digestive conditions.

The best-selling mouthwashes have a considerable amount of alcohol, which can exacerbate bad breath by drying out the mouth. Some bacteria grow even speedier in a dry environment.

To do away with bad breath, you need to find the cause. To get rid of hidden bacteria multiplying between teeth, pay more attention to thorough flossing and brushing.

A haphazard, thirty-second brushing won’t prevent halitosis (or cavities). Try to brush for at least three minutes. It may seem like overkill if you have been a speed-brusher, but remember that there is a lot of area to cover on multiple planes.

Devise a system to brush every reachable surface of every tooth. Then floss carefully around every tooth, pulling the floss down into the space at the gumline on both sides. Brush your gums, sides of mouth, palate, and tongue, also.

Schedule a deep dental cleaning at Providence Dental with the best hygienist in the area and request a refresher (no pun intended) course on brushing and flossing.

If your tongue is the culprit, you might want to start using a tongue scraper. Tongue scraping has become quite popular, especially among the college crowd. A tongue scraper works like a squeegee to scrape bacteria and food particles off the surface of the tongue.

At Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, we treat many people with bad breath. There is no reason to feel embarrassed. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-852-2244

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 

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What To Do In Case Of A Dental Emergency

Las Vegas Dental EmergenciesMost of us will experience at least one dental emergency in our lives. Any one of us could break a tooth playing a sport, accidentally dislodge a crown, experience sudden pain caused by an abscess or break a wire on your braces. In the case of a dental emergency, remember the team at Providence Dental in Las Vegas, and call us right!

The following are some immediate treatments:

Broken Tooth: Save any tooth fragments. Rinse mouth with warm water. If the area is bleeding, apply a piece of gauze. A cold compress held on the cheek can reduce swelling and lessen pain.

Lost Filling: Save the filling if you can. It can help us determine why it came out. Do not let food get stuck in the hole left by the filling. Do not chew on the tooth. Brush it gently. Call us to schedule an emergency appointment right away.

Displaced Crowns: If there is pain, you may apply a dab of clove oil with a Q-tip to the affected tooth (a common home remedy that may reduce pain). Save the crown. If you can’t see us immediately, you can apply dental cement (available at drugstores) or denture adhesive to temporarily re-attach the crown until you can get to our office. Do not use other types of glue or adhesive.

By getting to Providence Dental in North Las Vegas as soon as possible, you avoid pain, infection and possible further tooth damage. We offer emergency dentistry, as well as family dentistry. Schedule a checkup with us today.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-852-2244

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 

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Find A Few Minutes To Floss

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One common reason given by people who don’t floss their teeth is that it’s hard to fit it into their daily schedule. If you’ve found this to be true, the team at Providence Dental in North Las Vegas remind you how important flossing is to dental health, and offer some suggestions for finding the time.

  • The most common time is right before bed, but make sure you aren’t too tired to do a good job.
  • Right when you wake up is also an option, but if food is left between teeth all night, it can bring about plaque.
  • Try just after lunch, before you go back to work.
  • Floss while you are in the car sitting in traffic. It’s easier one-handed with the pre-strung floss pics. (You might get some peculiar looks from other drivers, but it’s worth it.)
  • Keep some floss in your gym bag so you can floss after you exercise.
  • While you’re watching the nightly news.

We hope this gives you some useful ideas to help you make flossing part of your daily routine. Flossing is critical for anyone who wants to have a healthy smile.

At Providence Dental in Las Vegas, we advocate for good dental health by providing a full range of family and pediatric dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-852-2244

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
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89166

 

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Love Your Smile

Love Your Smile in Las Vegas There is nothing like bright white teeth that light up a person’s whole face when they smile and laugh. No one has to settle for dull, yellow teeth. Not when there’s professional teeth whitening at Providence Dental in Las Vegas.

If you have an important upcoming event such as a wedding, party or formal family portrait sitting, teeth whitening will give you extra confidence as you pose for photos (even close-ups).

You have probably seen the porcelain tabs in graduated shades that  dentists use to determine appropriate, yet natural looking, shades for tooth restorations. Our teeth whitening can whiten teeth beyond their natural shade.

There are now shade guides with levels significantly whiter than the guides used in the past. Tooth whitening is not a gimmick; it is safe and very effective. Teeth whitening patients can maintain a white shade that equals the brightness of the ‘tooth’ models you see in dental marketing.

Teeth whitening at Providence Dental in Las Vegas will do wonders for your smile. We also provide pediatric dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-852-2244

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7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
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Do You Eat A Tooth-Healthy Diet?

Healthy Teeth and Your Las Vegas DietMaintaining the dental health of all our patients is an important concern at Providence Dental in North Las Vegas. We are passionate about helping you care for your teeth and keeping them healthy.

Everyone knows that maintaining healthy teeth requires thorough daily brushing and flossing. Regular visits to our practice is also necessary for preventing cavities and maintaining proper dental hygiene.

It’s easy to forget that another way to maintain dental health is with a proper diet. A diet that includes foods that help your muscles and bones will also help you develop healthy gums and healthy teeth. Examples of foods to include in your diet are those rich in vitamin B, such as breads and cereals. Foods rich in vitamin C, like fruits and vegetables, help improve the health of your gums. Zinc and magnesium are also good for the health of your teeth and are found in foods like lean beef, fish, and poultry.

Saliva is critical to healthy teeth because it aids in maintaining the pH balance in your mouth. Foods high in fiber also encourage saliva production as does the chewing of sugar-free gum. Chewing gum, however, can damage unhealthy teeth or pull out dental fillings, so always use caution when deciding whether to chew gum.

Just as certain diet choices in the Las Vegas area can be beneficial to the health of your teeth, others can be dangerous. Foods and drinks that are high in sugars – especially soda and energy drinks – are more likely to form the acids that attack your teeth and result in decay.

Making good diet choices and limiting between meal sugar consumption can improve your dental health. And at Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, that’s what it’s all about! We offer family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-852-2244

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
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89166

 

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5 Critical Oral Cancer Facts

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At Providence Dental we urge people to come in twice a year for a dental checkup and cleaning. These are an important part of your dental health. You’ll receive a thorough cleaning and exam, including a screening for oral cancer.

In the last few decades, lung and breast cancer have attracted a lot of attention. There is relatively less awareness of oral cancer even though it claims almost 10,000 lives every year in the United States. If you smoke or have acquired HPV, you have a higher risk for developing oral cancer.

At Providence Dental, we work to increase awareness of oral cancer and the significance of early diagnosis. Here are five essential things to know about oral (mouth) and oropharyngeal (back of mouth and throat) cancers.

  1. About 80% of people with oral cancer use some type of tobacco (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipes).
  2. 40% of individuals who receive late-stage diagnosis of oral cancer die within five years. The survival rate for early stage diagnosis is 90%.
  3. In many cases, it is extremely challenging for the individual to detect oral and oropharyngeal cancers because they can produce inconspicuous symptoms or no symptoms at all. Any abnormality in the mouth or throat, even if small and painless, should be analyzed by a dentist or doctor.
  4. HPV (the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease in the US) is the most common cause of oropharyngeal cancer. Of the various strains of HPV, HPV16 is the one most frequently linked to oropharyngeal cancer.
  5. African American men have a higher risk of dying from oral cancer than do whites.

At Providence Dental in Las Vegas, oral cancer screenings are included in every checkup, to ensure your dental health and overall health. We also offer family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-852-2244

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 

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