Look As Young As You Feel By Replacing Missing Teeth

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In this article from Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, we begin with the rewards of growing older. Maturity and wisdom. Increased financial stability. More free time for family, hobbies, or travel. And last but not least: grandchildren!

Gaps In Your Smile?

Anyone of a certain age knows that aging isn’t always a picnic. Physical ailments can lower the quality of life. Dental problems can be as as chronic physical conditions. And missing teeth are one of the more prevalent oral issues for older people.

Fortunately, your smile can be pleasing and healthy at any age.

At Providence Dental in Las Vegas, we restore missing teeth with dental implant procedures.

Dental Implants Are The Restoration Of Choice For Active Seniors

Dental implants help active people of any age look as young as they feel. They are strong, and look and function like natural teeth. Restore the youthful smile you once enjoyed with permanent dental implants.

At Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, a single dental implant can support a single artificial tooth. Several dental implants can anchor a set of dentures. We also offer pediatric dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us to learn more.

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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Treatment For Sensitive Teeth

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For anyone who feels pain when sipping your morning coffee, or who cringe each time you brush or floss, the dentists at Providence Dental in Las Vegas are here for you.

The first line of defense against tooth sensitivity is proper oral hygiene. Incorrect brushing and over-brushing can result in receding gums, which results in the exposure of microscopic tubules in the dentin. When these tubules are exposed, acidic, hot, cold, and sticky foods can then reach the nerve cells in the teeth causing discomfort (who are we kidding—it’s pain).

We can figure out if your brushing style is contributing to your tooth sensitivity and get you on your way to proper oral care habits. We usually recommend toothpaste for sensitive teeth. These reduce pain after several applications. However, some patients may need in-office procedures such as fluoride gel treatments.

Studies show that as many as forty million people have tooth sensitivity. If you’re among them, remember that it most cases you can do something about it. Call us at Providence Dental in Las Vegas for an appointment. We offer family dentistry, and specialties like wisdom teeth extraction. We also offer urgent dental care. Call 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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At Providence Dental, We Love Keeping Kids’ Smiles Healthy

Las Vegas Pediatric DentistryYour child’s dental health is essential to overall health and vitality. At Providence Dental in North Las  Vegas, pediatric dentistry ensures your son or daughter will have a healthy smile for life.

First Visit Before Age One

We recommend bringing your child in for a first exam before age one, or when their first tooth erupts. This is in keeping with American Dental Association guidelines.

During the initial consultation, we will review dental treatments such as sealants, fluoride treatments, brushing and flossing procedures, and orthodontics.

Children’s Tooth Decay Can Be Prevented

Tooth decay is too common in children, but it doesn’t have to be. When parents and pediatric dentists work together, kids can maintain healthy, beautiful teeth.

We also counsel parents about thumb-sucking, pacifier use and other habits that affect your child’s dental health.

Our team will make your child feel comfortable and relaxed in our office. Our dental team is trained to make dental visits fun for kids. Your child will never develop a fear of the dentist.

The entire team at Providence Dental in North Las Vegas is well-versed in pediatric dentistry, and we love having the little ones in our office. We offer family dentistry to treat the entire clan! 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
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 

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A Youthful Smile At Any Age

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Declining health, limited mobility, financial strains – clearly, aging is not for wimps. Though some challenges seniors face can’t be avoided, others can, like issues with teeth, can – especially with he help of Providence Dental in Las Vegas.

Many dental problems common among retirees such as missing teeth, gum recession, tooth damage, and yellowed enamel, can be remedied. With modern cosmetic dentistry, mature men and women can have a wonderful smile that looks as young as they feel (or wish they felt!). Regardless of your age, it is not too late to improve your smile.

At Providence Dental in Las Vegas, we pamper our admired patients. We offer comprehensive dental services including 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
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 

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It’s Better To Prevent A Cavity Than Fill One

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At Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, our goal is to maintain the dental health of our patients so that no restorative dental work is ever required.

In other words, preventing cavities, gum disease, and enamel wear. Brushing your teeth and flossing is a good beginning to preventative dentistry. It is also imperative that you have a checkup and cleaning twice a year. With kids, dental sealants might be a good option.

Dental sealants are a thin plastic covering, usually used on the very back teeth. These teeth are especially susceptible to trapped food particles, and at the same time tend to be the hardest ones to brush. The goal of a sealant is to safeguard a tooth against decay, which is always preferable to filling a cavity.

Despite the best efforts of parents, many children develop cavities during their childhood years. Since the rate of tooth decay generally declines with age, if teeth remain intact during childhood, there is a better chance that these teeth can stay healthy for decades.

Fillings, inlays/onlays and crowns do a great job at saving teeth from extraction, but they don’t last forever. When a 10 year-old gets a cavity in a brand-new permanent tooth, that tooth will probably need periodic attention throughout his life, even if no additional decay arises. Once the enamel has been eaten away by acids, the tooth is forever weakened.

Sealants act as a barrier between food particles, plaque, and the teeth. The good news is that sealants are easy to apply and last for years. After we apply the sealants, they will be checked with each visit and re-applied as needed.

At Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, the dental health of you and your children is always our number one concern. We offer family and pediatric dentistry. Schedule your next 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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Think Before You Pierce

The Dangers of Oral PiercingIf you are considering puncturing your lip or tongue, this post is for you. The dentists at Providence Dental in North Las Vegas would like you to consider the following:

Infection
Your mouth is full of bacteria. Any opening in the tissue carries the risk of infection. The germs from your tongue and mouth can easily get into your bloodstream. Dentists and doctors are constantly treating acute infections caused by oral piercings. Oral infections can be a real problem and should be a major consideration before getting an oral piercing.

Tooth Damage
It should come as no surprise that having a piece of metal bang around in your mouth can easily damage tooth enamel. Though tooth enamel is very strong, once it’s chipped or cracked, it can only be restored with artificial material. Fortunately, Providence Dental in Las Vegas offers many tooth restoration options such as crowns and fillings, but our advice is to avoid the problem if you can.

Prolonged Bleeding and Swelling
The blood vessels in the tongue are often damaged when the tongue is pierced, causing prolonged bleeding and possible build-up of scar tissue. In some extreme cases, the tongue swells up enough to block the airway.

Gum Recession
A number of periodontal disease studies have shown that wearing oral jewelry is linked to periodontal disease which can result in tooth loss. Periodontal disease can cause gum recession which exposes the root of your teeth, potentially causing hypersensitivity and pain. Again, our advice is to avoid the trouble right from the start.

These are just a few of the dangers or oral piercings. At Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, we strongly recommend not getting any. Our services include family dentistry and emergency 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
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 

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New Parents: Educate Yourselves About Children’s Oral Health

This post from Providence Dental in Las Vegas is for new parents, or couples planning for children sometime in the future.

The statistics on early childhood tooth decay are sobering. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 42% of U.S. children between 2 and 11 years old have in their primary teeth.

At Providence Dental, we are dedicated to helping today’s toddlers avoid the prevalent tooth decay that has plagued previous generations. If young children are protected from birth, they are more likely to maintain good oral health throughout the rest of their childhood. But this is only possible if parents make it a priority. We urge new parents to be proactive about child dental health from the moment they leave the hospital.

You do your best to protect your children from illness and infection. It’s essential to understand that tooth decay is an infectious disease with serious long-term consequences.

Anticipatory Guidance

Here is what we at Providence Dental (and the American Dental Association) recommend regarding a toddler’s first dental visit:

It is advantageous for the first visit to occur within six months of the eruption of the first tooth and no later than 12 months of age, and receiving oral health education based on the child’s developmental needs (also known as anticipatory guidance).

Educate yourselves on how to prevent early childhood dental decay before teeth erupt. Then you will avoid creating habits that put teeth in jeopardy.

At Providence Dental in Las Vegas, we want all our patients to have excellent dental health. Our services include children’s dentistry, and family dentistry. Schedule your next 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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You Know It When You See It

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You may not be able to express why all the elements blend in perfect harmony, but you know it when you see it. We’re talking about a beautiful smile, like what we create with cosmetic dentistry at Providence Dental in Las Vegas.

You may be surprised at how many components we consider when planning for a smile makeover. Here are a few of the most obvious ones:

  • Tooth Color: shade, brightness, uniformity
  • Tooth alignment: straight or crooked?
  • Tooth size and proportions: are some teeth much larger or smaller than the rest?
  • Tooth spacing: is there crowding or big gaps between teeth?
  • Gumline margins: how much gum shows when you smile?

Here are some other important elements that may be less familiar to the layperson:

  • The portions of the teeth that are visible when the mouth is at rest
  • The relationship of the smile line and the lip line
  • Zenith points: the highest point of the gumline in relation to the center of the tooth
  • Midline placement: the smile should be centered in the middle of the lips, mouth, and face
  • Mesial inclination: the tops of the teeth should angle slightly away from the midline

If crucial design principles are not followed the smile may look off, or the function of the teeth and jaw could be adversely affected. For example, a cosmetic dental smile makeover completed by an inexperienced cosmetic dentist could change the patient’s bite and put unnecessary stress on the restorations.

At Providence Dental in Noth Las Vegas our services include cosmetic dentisry, pediatric dentistry, and orthodontics. Call today to schedule a consultation.

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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Between-Meal Cleaning

At Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, we constantly advise our patients to brush and floss, brush and floss, brush and floss. It is the best thing you can do to maintain your dental health.

Most of our patients, we’re pleased to say, take that advice to heart. But what happens in the middle of the day? You’re out and about, but your usual stuff – that favorite brush, the container of dental floss – is at home in the bathroom.

What’s the best way to keep your teeth clean during the day?

One of the best things you can do is rinse your mouth with water after you eat. That will give your whole mouth a quick cleansing.

An excellent trick is what we call dry brushing. That means brushing your teeth without toothbrush. Yes, it sounds a little strange – but it’s effective, and we know some dentists who do it themselves. It isn’t quite the same as how you would brush at home, but it’s going to clean the surfaces of your teeth – and that’s half the battle.

The other half of the battle is the stuff that gets between your teeth. A good solution here is using floss picks. They fit easily into a purse, pocket, or backpack. Floss picks are no substitute for regular dental floss, but because they have a convenient handle, you can do it one-handed and without the aid of a mirror. (Just be sure you use regular floss later on, before bed.)

Another effective trick is chewing sugarless gum. It only takes about five minutes of chewing to get the benefits. The gum will remove a lot of the surface debris from your teeth. It also gets your saliva going, which in turn promotes re-mineralization. That’s the process of replacing minerals in your teeth.

Another good idea is to eat healthy snacks. Raw vegetables and nuts are always a better choice than a cookie or candy bar, or some other sugary treat. Not only that, these rough-textured foods help to scrub your teeth as you chew.

And that’s just about all there is to it. Remember, though, that these are just between-meal cleanings. You’ll still want to brush twice a day and use regular dental floss at least once.

At Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, we promote dental health with regular checkups and cleanings. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and take care of serious issues like wisdom teeth extraction. 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
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166


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.

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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