Wisdom: Extractions in Providence NV

Wisdom teeth don’t have much to do with actual wisdom. They’re called that because for most people, they come in during the late teens or early twenties, that time of life when we are supposedly gaining our adult wisdom. At Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, we’ve made wisdom teeth one of our specialties.

For some people, wisdom teeth are never a problem. Unfortunately, they’re in the minority. Wisdom teeth have a way of coming in crooked, which can cause problems. Since they’re our third set of molars, they can also crowd the gums and jaws, leading to pain, and even disease.

They also are not really necessary, and most people have them pulled. In fact, the American Dental Association recommends having wisdom teeth examined as soon as they come in – even before, through X-rays – to determine whether they should be removed.

Another reason that wisdom teeth cause problems is that since they’re way in the back of the jaw, they’re the hardest teeth to reach when you brush and floss. Using a long and slender toothbrush can help.

But other problems are associated with wisdom teeth. If they don’t come in all the way, and remain covered by gum tissue, they are called impacted. Cysts may form beneath these impacted teeth, which can cause bone loss and pressure on the jaw’s nerves.

So, there are a lot of good reasons to have wisdom teeth extracted. An extraction is a fairly routine procedure. The reason we recommend having wisdom teeth extracted no later than around the age of twenty is that there are fewer complications, because the roots are less developed.

Providence Dental offers wisdom teeth removal to its patients. We also offer family and cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and emergency dentistry services. Make an appointment today.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-984-2540

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 


Lasting a Lifetime: Dentistry for Children in Providence NV

Teeth are meant to last a lifetime, which is why early dental care is so important. Providence Dental in Las Vegas is committed to providing excellent dentistry for children.

A big part of keeping teeth and gums healthy is daily care. That means teaching your youngsters good brushing and flossing habits. It also means taking them to the dentist for a checkup and cleaning every six months. The American Dental Association recommends bringing children in for their first visit within six months of their first tooth coming in, and no later than their first birthday.

Keeping teeth and gums healthy also means having a balanced diet that is low in sugar. More and more children are showing signs of early tooth decay. It has even been called the most common chronic childhood disease. By minimizing sweets and establishing a good dental health routine, they can be limited.

A good tool for protecting teeth is dental sealants. It’s a thin protective layer of plastic material applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, where tooth decay is most prevalent. Along with brushing and flossing, sealants go a long way toward preventing cavities.

Early dental care is vital. The children’s dentistry provided by Providence Dental in Las Vegas  helps to ensure your youngster’s teeth and gums will stay healthy throughout their lives. We also provide orthodontics to patients of all ages, plus family and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-984-2540

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 


The Cure, Not the Cause: Root Canals

Root canals have a bad reputation. Just hearing the words make a lot of people uneasy, because they’re associated with pain. But at Providence Dental in Las Vegas, we stress that root canals do the opposite: they don’t cause pain, they relieve it.

A root canal usually becomes necessary when a tooth is infected or badly damaged. Formally known as endodontic treatment, root canals involve cleaning the inside of the tooth by removing bacteria, soft tissue (called pulp), decayed nerve tissue, and any debris. When that’s finished, the tooth is sealed and a crown is placed over it.

Root canals are done on teeth that are very sick, and if they aren’t performed, the tooth will probably die. Even more ominous are the blood-borne infections that spread through the body because of the infected tooth.

The tip-off that something is going on with one of your teeth may be as ordinary as a toothache. But that ache is telling you something, so if you have a toothache don’t ignore it. Schedule an appointment with us right away. Remember, root canals are nothing to fear.

In addition to root canals, Providence Dental in Las Vegas provides family dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-984-2540

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166


Never Too Late: Adult Orthodontics in Las Vegas

“It’s never too late to get them straight.” We hear that sometimes at Providence Dental in Las Vegas, in the context of adult orthodontics. Many adults never had braces when they were younger, but still want to straighten their teeth.

Did you know that nearly a third of all orthodontics patients are adults? It’s true – so it really is never too late! We offer traditional metal braces, clear braces, and aligner trays from Invisalign.

Traditional braces do an excellent job is correcting misaligned teeth. So do clear braces, which are similar to traditional braces, except that their color is matched to the color of your teeth, so they’re less noticeable.

Even so, many adult orthodontic patients prefer the least conspicuous choice possible, and choose Invisalign.

Invisalign clear braces produce excellent results. Unlike traditional braces, there are no wires or brackets or rubber bands. Even better, they are almost undetectable to people who are standing just a few feet away from you.

One of the things that people like best about Invisalign clear braces is that they are removable. You can take them out at mealtime, and when you brush your teeth at night. You should wear them while you sleep, however. For the best results it’s recommended they be worn for at least twenty-two hours each day.

To find out more about adult orthodontics, and whether Invisalign clear braces are right for you, schedule a consultation with Providence Dental in Las Vegas. We also provide dentistry for children, and a full range of cosmetic dentistry services. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-984-2540

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 


Six Month Checkups: Dental Health in Las Vegas

Have you scheduled your next cleaning and checkup? As a matter of dental health, you should see us at Providence Dental in Las Vegas every six months to ensure your teeth and gums are in good shape.

No one really looks forward to going to the dentist. We get that. (What they look forward to is getting it over with.) But we also know that taking good care of your teeth is one the best things you can do. Not only is it ideal to have healthy teeth and gums, but there is a direct correlation between your dental health and your overall health.

Here are four very good reasons why you should see us every six months:

  • Plaque and tartar. We’ll give you a thorough, professional teeth cleaning. The simple fact is that your toothbrush and dental floss can’t do it all, even with the most committed routine. Keeping your teeth clean of plaque and tarter puts you on the road to dental health.
  • X-rays. The dental x-rays we take allow us to spots potential problems we can’t see with a simple visual inspection. Identifying them early is the best way to treat them.
  • Oral cancer. We perform oral cancer screenings. Again, identifying this early will lead to the best outcome.
  • Gum disease. Gum disease is preventable, which is one of the reasons why your home dental care routine is so important. Checking your gums in our office every six months is the best way to catch problems early.

Notice the common theme in these four points? Prevention. When it comes to your dental health, prevention is the key.

At Providence Dental in Las Vegas, we advise all our patients to schedule their next six month cleaning and checkup, even as they leave our office after the last one. We provide family and pediatric dentistry, as well as popular cosmetic dentistry treatments like teeth whitening. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-984-2540

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 


Correcting Severe Dental Problems At Providence Dental

Correcting Severe Dental Problems in Las Vegas Each separate restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedure performed by Providence Dental in Las Vegas can address a specific dental problem. For example, a porcelain veneer can correct the surface of a tooth that is discolored or slightly misshapen. Dental bonding can fill a small chip in an otherwise healthy tooth.

Some dental procedures are more extensive and require a combination of procedures. Crown restoration combined with soft tissue grafts can restore a severely decayed tooth with the root exposed. A bone graft and dental implant can restore a missing tooth in an area where the jaw bone has receded. Orthodontics followed by tooth bleaching totally transforms a smile by straightening and whitening.

What is the difference between tooth bleaching and whitening? Whitening is the term for procedures which remove surface stains to restore the degree of natural lightness. Bleaching goes even further by lightening teeth beyond their natural shade. That’s right: you don’t have to resign yourself to yellow teeth even if they have been that way your whole life! The natural shade of your teeth, by the way, like your skin and hair color, is determined by genetics.

Some smiles have been gleaming for years by regular whitening. You can maintain the whiteness of your teeth just as you maintain your fitness level.

We live in an age where severe dental problems can be permanently corrected. You don’t have to participate in a TV makeover show to access these restorative dentistry procedures. They are available right here at Providence Dental in Las Vegas. We also provide family dentistry. Make an appointment today.

Adults’ and Children’s Dentistry

 

Contact Providence Dental:

702-984-2540

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 


Pregnancy And Dental Health

Pregnancy And Oral Health In Las Vegas

In today’s Providence Dental blog we will discuss how pregnancy impacts your dental health. Taking care of your mouth and teeth while waiting for your bundle of joy is important your dental health.

You’ve already got a lot on your mind, of course. And there are lots of changes going on in your body. Changes in your hormone levels increase your risk of a number of oral health issues, like gum disease.

Hormones can lead to a condition called pregnancy gingivitis. The signs of pregnancy gingivitis are much like ordinary gingivitis: you may notice bleeding gums when you brush your teeth. One of the best remedies for this is to get more frequent cleanings from your hygienist, at least for the duration of your pregnancy.

Another condition unique to pregnancy are what a known as pregnancy tumors. They sound frightening, but they are not malignant. They usually show up during the second trimester, and look like little raspberries. They usually go away as soon as the baby is born. But if they bother you, we can remove them.

Many women experience morning sickness when they are pregnant. This too can bring up an oral health issue. The acids in your stomach can damage your enamel. The best way to counter this is to rinse your mouth out with baking soda and water right after it happens.

It’s a common misconception that dental X-rays are not safe when you are pregnant. Not only are they perfectly safe, but medical professionals actually encourage it as a part of your overall health care during pregnancy.

There’s a lot going on in your life as you carry new life within you. It’s essential that you take care of your teeth and gums, along with everything else. See us at Providence Dental in Las Vegas for regular checkups and cleanings. We provide family and cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, and many other services. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-984-2540

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 


Raise Your Dental IQ

Raise Your Dental IQ

There are many simple things a health-conscious person can do to raise their Dental IQ and improve their oral hygiene. One lesson the team at Providence Dental likes to share involves bacteria. Everyone’s mouth has a lot of it.

But don’t worry, bacteria isn’t the problem in and of itself. It’s the balance of bacteria that’s important. This is where brushing and flossing come into play. Brush and floss properly each day and you will have a better chance of keeping the appropriate balance.

Another precaution you can take to guard against the wrong kind of bacteria is to keep your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible. Also, close the lid of the toilet before you flush.

Make sure to wash your hands before you brush and floss. No exceptions!

When it comes to your toothbrush, don’t get sentimental. The American Dental Association recommends replacing it every three to four months. If you can avoid the unhealthy balance of bacteria in your mouth, you can avoid gum disease, tooth decay, as well as bad breath.

If your teeth are sensitive, avoid rinsing them after you brush. The fluoride in the toothpaste can help remineralize your enamel. If you go to bed with some toothpaste left on your teeth, it has a chance to go to work.

If you can avoid cavities, it’s less likely that you will need more extensive dental work such as dental implants and crowns.

At Providence Dental in Las Vegas, we offer family and cosmetic dentistry, including popular procedures like teeth whitening. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-984-2540

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 


Emergency Dentistry in Las Vegas

Emergencies are never convenient. If they were, they might not be considered emergencies. Knowing what to do in case of a dental emergency can make the difference between losing a tooth and saving one. That’s why it’s good to know about an emergency dentistry provider like Providence Dental in Las Vegas.

Dental emergencies always seem to happen at night or on the weekends. That’s when a lot of us take part in activities that can result in chipped, broken, or even knocked out tooth.

If you get a cracked tooth, the first thing you should do is rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out. Cold compresses can help to keep the swelling down. It’s also time to head for our office.

The same applies if you bite your lip or tongue: clean it gently by rinsing it with water, and then apply a cold compress.

A lot of our emergency cases involve a knocked out tooth. All it takes is one rough tackle or an elbow to the jaw. If you have a knocked out tooth, time is of the essence. If possible, put the tooth back into your jaw, making sure not to touch its root. Otherwise, keep it between your cheek and gums, or even in some milk. The important thing is to make a beeline for our office. If you see us within an hour of your accident, chances are good the tooth can be saved.

We’ve mentioned only a few dental emergencies. There are so many others, like the severe toothache in the middle of the night, or objects stuck in your teeth. Providence Dental in Las Vegas offers emergency dentistry, as well as family dentistry, orthodontics, and many other services. Keep us on speed dial!

Contact Providence Dental:

702-984-2540

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 


Our Team Takes Care Of You: The Dentist in Providence NV

Las Vegas Dental Team

At Providence Dental, each member of  our team plays a critical role, from the hygienist to the dentist. In this post, we’ll examine the role of the dental assistant.

Dental assistants help us operate smoothly and provide a high level of care. Duties include everything from assisting in patient care to helping the office run smoothly and efficiently.

A dental assistant’s knowledge of patient care and dental lab procedures is probably more extensive than you realize. Assistants may help the hygienist with polishing during a cleaning, or explain proper brushing and flossing techniques.

It’s the dental assistant who preps examination areas before appointments begin. They clean up afterward, too, sterilizing equipment. And before supplies begin to run low, they order new ones.

Whether a patient is receiving dental implants, undergoing an orthodontics adjustment, or settling in for teeth whitening, the dental assistant has set the stage for a comfortable and efficient procedure.

But along with the dentist and our hygienists, dental assistants are part of the Providence Dental team. All of us urge you to take care of your teeth, and to remember your six month checkups and examinations. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-984-2540

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166