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

 


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

 


Into The Thick Of It, The Skinny On Toothpaste

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In this post, the team at Providence Dental in Las Vegas takes aim at some common questions about toothpaste, and dental health.

What’s with the strong minty flavors?

Minty flavorants are used to encourage continued use of the paste and to freshen breath. However, powerful toothpaste alone is not designed to cure halitosis (bad breath) for people affected. While unflavored toothpastes exist, the world has also seen such flavors as peanut butter, iced tea, and ginger. To treat halitosis it is best to brush bacteria from far back on the tongue. Removing the source is essential and more effective than covering it up with minty flavorings.

What is Fluoride’s place in a toothpaste?

Fluoride occurs in small amounts in plants, animals, and some natural water sources. It is championed by health-conscious people for preventing tooth decay and controlling gingivitis. Fluoride-containing compounds are included in many toothpastes to add another important dimension to the oral hygiene regimen for preventing decay.

How are toothpaste and flossing related?

Flossing regularly in conjunction with toothbrushing helps with avert bacterial growth, tooth decay, and plaque build-up by simply removing chunks of food or substances that could break down the tooth.

Should you floss before or after brushing? It really doesn’t matter.

Finally, what about the relationship between toothpaste and mouthwash?

The use of mouthwash cannot replace regular brushing and flossing. Mouthwash (or fluoride rinse) simply adds another effective layer of defense against bacterial growth in the mouth.

Providence Dental in Las Vegas is your go-to source for dental health matters in Providence NV. We offer family and cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and treat conditions like gum disease. 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

 


Las Vegas Mouths And Stomatitis

Las Vegas Mouths And Stomatitis

Ouch! The mouth is a bad place for injuries, sores, or inflammation. It seems that even the smallest irritation in the mouth can cause serious discomfort for dental patients.

These non-specific irritations in the mouth have a name. They are called stomatitis.

A good general definition for stomatitis is the inflammation of the membranes in the mouth. These usually affect a person’s ability to speak, eat, and even get to sleep at night.

Some common causes of stomatitis can be canker sores, cold sores, gum disease, biting the inside of your mouth or your tongue, burning your mouth, and irritation caused by braces or broken teeth. Many sores in the mouth will generally clear up on their own in less than two weeks.

However, your dentist will determine if it is caused by a viral or bacterial infection and advise you on treatment. the symptoms of stomatitis with pain relievers and at-home remedies such as salt water rinses.

Hi. I’m Steven Do of Providence Dental in Las Vegas. I help my patients achieve healthy and beautiful smiles. If you have any questions about smile makeovers, give us a call at 702-984-2540.

Common cosmetic dentistry procedures used in smile makeovers include teeth whitening, gum contouring, veneers, bonding, and dental implants. At Providence Dental, we offer:

family and pediatric dentistry
cosmetic dentistry
dental implants
oral surgery
porcelain veneers

We hope to see you in our Las Vegas office soon!

 

Contact Providence Dental:702-984-2540

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 


Gritting Your Teeth: Stress And Your Smile

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Doctors have been telling us for years that stress can increase the risk of everything from high blood pressure to depression. But how often do we think about how stress influences our smile? Here are some dental problems linked to stress.

Canker and Cold Sores
Cold sores are a symptom of the herpes simplex virus. Scientists don’t know exactly what causes canker sores but suspect they are related to infection, virus, or a weak immune system. If you are prone to mouth sores, you probably already know that stress seems to bring them on or prolong healing times. If you frequently get these sores, communicate with your doctor or dentist. Your healthcare provider can advise you on medications, diet, and stress reduction techniques.

Teeth Grinding

It’s no surprise that teeth grinding (bruxism) is bad for teeth. It starts with enamel wear, then loose teeth, and eventually tooth loss. During this progression, there may be other issues such as gum recession, headaches, and TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders). If you grind your teeth, it’s important to address this condition as soon as possible. In addition to stress, there are many factors that can cause or exacerbate bruxism. These include: malocclusion (bad bite), sleep apnea, and prescription depression and anxiety medications.

Your dentist may prescribe an appliance to protect your teeth and keep your jaw in the proper position while you are sleeping. Other treatments include cognitive behavior therapy, relaxation therapies, mandibular advancement devices, physical therapy, and medication. Your dentist can create a treatment plan and work with you and your doctor to manage or eliminate this condition.

Temporomandibular Disorders
There are many direct and indirect causes of TMD. For example, inability to manage stress may cause jaw clenching which, in turn, causes pain in the jaw joint. Other symptoms of TMD include tenderness, pain, or swelling in the neck, ear, face, or shoulder; popping or clicking sounds; and changes in bite alignment. Again, if you experience any of these, meet with your dentist.

Gum Disease
Stress can reduce your ability to fight plaque build-up which can cause gum disease.

Oral Hygiene
Some people forget brushing and flossing when life becomes problematic.

Diet
It’s not uncommon for people to consume more sugar, snack more often between meals, or drink more alcoholic beverages when experiencing increased stress. All this at a time when vigilant oral hygiene is often not a person’s first priority!

Tooth pain and untreated dental issues will only give you something else to worry about. Let’s nip this vicious cycle in the bud.

I’m Dr. Steven Do. If you haven’t seen a dentist in a while and are experiencing an unusually stressful period, I invite you to schedule an appointment with me by calling Providence Dental at 702-984-2540. Let’s determine the status of your oral health, schedule treatment if necessary, and create a plan to restore and maintain a healthy smile. My convenient dental team will make you feel relaxed during your stress-free visit to our comfortable Las Vegas office.

Remember, a healthy smile will give you one less thing to worry about.

 

Contact Providence Dental:702-984-2540

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 


4 Teeth All In A Row

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Perhaps getting everything lined up for a breathtaking smile can take a bit of finagling. Maybe you’re interested in family and pediatric dentistry.

Just the unknown cost of dental implants or the price of invisible braces can paralyze a person from making the move to improve. Ask us about these and the price of dental restorations in general. Call today for a consultation and discussion about restoring your genuine smile of confidence. We’ll plan with you and recommend the best and most manageable path forward.

Here are 4 ways to get all your ducks (or teeth) in a row for your new smile:

Tooth #1 The Two Front Teeth
Knowing how to get to us will be important. Find our own “two front doors” at Las Vegas, Nevada zip code 89166. Jot it down; put it in your phone or GPS; do whatever you have to do. Especially if you’re out in Las Vegas. We look forward to seeing our patients coming from the Centennial Hills, Providence, and NW Las Vegas areas.

Tooth #2 The Wisdom Tooth
Do a little research. Image search for before and after smiles and see what’s possible. A little wisdom will go a long way. But, no worries, we’ll take care of educating you about the possibilities if the research is out of your reach. We want our patients wise about the care they can receive.

Tooth #3 The Canine Tooth
Rest assured you are not barking up the wrong tree. Just as a sampling, we offer these services: dental implants, porcelain veneers, family and pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, and cosmetic dentistry. It’s likely we are just who you need. We’re looking to provide oral surgery, call us today.

Tooth #4 The Sweet Tooth
Talking with our sweet and convenient staff will be a superb experience. Let them set you up. 702-984-2540

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With all your teeth in a row, you are prepared! 

 

Contact Providence Dental:702-984-2540

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 


The Dangers Of Oral Infections

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“It’s just a small sore, it will go away.”
“I’m too busy right now, I’ll go to a dentist later.”
“A little sensitivity is no big deal.”

It happens to most people at least once in their life. Your teeth become sensitive to cold drinks. A tooth develops a dull ache. A sore on the gums doesn’t heal up. An injured tooth darkens. A pain develops in your lower sinus area.

This is definitely not a situation where the “ignore it and it will go away” mentality is wise. If the pain is the result of a harmful infection, there are grave consequences of postponing treatment. Oral bacterial infections can destroy teeth, gums and jawbone and even lead to life-threatening sepsis. In fact, prior to the 19th century, tooth decay-related infection was a leading cause of death.

An oral infection doesn’t always cause pain. Bad breath, fever, swelling in the gums, glands or jaw, or a strange taste in the mouth can indicate the presence of an infection.

If an infection is caught and treated early, there may be no additional problems. However, usually the infection is the result of a dental problem that needs to be treated. If the infection is caused by tooth decay, the decay will have to be removed and the tooth filled. If the decay has penetrated to the pulp of the tooth, a root canal may be necessary.

The infection may be the result of a pocket of undrained pus called an abscess. Pus is a by-product of the immune system’s efforts to fight infection and consists of dead white blood cells.

Mouth sores have various causes including an infection or virus. White patches in the mouth can indicate thrush (an oral yeast infection). All of these conditions can be treated – but you need to see your dentist.

If you have any signs of oral infection, or haven’t had a dental exam in the past year, we encourage you to communicate with our experienced staff. To schedule an appointment, call our office today at 702-984-2540.

 

Contact Providence Dental:

702-984-2540

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 


The Providence Dental Guide To Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Las Vegas Dental News: What To Expect After Wisdom Teeth Extraction For the 65 percent of  adults who detect wisdom teeth in their late teens or early twenties, Providence Dental generally recommends removal. Wisdom teeth can damage adjacent teeth, nerves and, due to their awkward positioning, can increase risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Additionally, they often come in crooked, crowding the other teeth and affecting the bite.

Wisdom teeth are also difficult to clean, especially if they do not fully erupt, which is a common issue for many teens and young adults who discover them. This can cause a dangerous infection, as bacteria can be trapped under the skin where brushing and flossing is difficult.

After removal, Providence Dental recommends wisdom teeth extraction patients carefully follow the instructions given.

Bleeding is inevitable and should be expected to last up to three days. Rinsing is counter-productive, but firm pressure should be applied by biting down on the gauze pads to help stop the bleeding.

Swelling following wisdom teeth extraction is a sign that the healing process is progressing normally. Swelling that recedes and then re-appears after a few weeks, however, is a sign of infection. If this happens to you, it is critical that you talk to us ASAP.

We recommend an examination seven to ten days after the extraction to make sure the wounds are clean and there are no complications. An antibiotic wash can be applied if infection is present.

Keep in mind that many issues can be avoided if you have wisdom teeth removed when your dentist advises. This is a case where a “let’s wait and see” approach can cause problems.

To schedule a dental exam or a wisdom teeth consultation, contact our Las Vegas dental practice today.

 

Contact Providence Dental: 702-984-2540

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 


Small Dental Annoyance Or Serious Problem?

mouth sores ProvidenceStomatitis is dental-speak for something very common: non-specific irritations found in the mouth. Any time the membranes in the mouth become inflamed, they are referred to as stomatitis.

Common Causes

  • Cold sores
  • Gum disease
  • Biting the inside of your mouth

Most individuals have probably suffered from stomatitis and don’t think it’s a big deal. The good news is that these patients are usually right because the majority of these irritations clear up on their own in less than two weeks. While they might affect the ability to speak or eat or fall asleep, they are frequently just a temporary inconvenience.

However, there are cases where a bacterial or a viral infection can occur in these areas of inflammation. Because of this possibility, should be aware of these issues. Even if you are fortunate and there is no infection present, we treat the symptoms of stomatitis.

If you suffer from an inflamed, irritated mouth, schedule a consultation with us. Providence Dental’s friendly, caring staff will help relieve your symptoms and create a treatment plan that works for you.

Source:
“Stomatitis”, WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/stomatitis-causes-treatment, accessed September 5, 2015

 

Contact Providence Dental: 702-984-2540

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166