Trick or Treat – Take Care of Your Teeth

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Halloween! Time for fun costumes, crazy parties, delicious candy and the ever terrifying cavity! It is no secret that sugar is dangerous for teeth. The sugar contained within each piece of candy can feed bacteria that will in turn produce acid that will wear down tooth enamel.

Without its enamel, a tooth will not only lose its pretty shine and color but also become weaker. Weak teeth are more likely to chip or open a gateway to more dangerous conditions like cavities and gingivitis.

To combat these little monsters and potential conditions, it is firstly recommended that sugar consumption is limited. Make sure not to eat too many candies a day. This will not only help control oral bacteria but also keep the waistline in check and let the candy stockpile last just a little longer.

Then, after eating just a couple of pieces and being careful not to spoil supper, make sure to brush those teeth and be sure to include the tongue. Washing away the sugar and bacteria that will begin to build up due to the candies will help keep that smile white and bright.

Frequently brushing, flossing and visits to our pediatric dentistry for kids helps keep teeth white, healthy and strong and also keeps gums strong and healthy to discourage any periodontal disease that can flare up from poor oral care.

Scared brushing just is not doing the trick? Do not be shy about calling for an appointment.

Top Benefits of Dental Checkups – Schedule Your Dentist Visit

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Many people may procrastinate when it comes to scheduling a dental checkup  or had to cancel their routine dental check-up because of Covid-19.  Understand the long list of benefits of healthy teeth, gums, and overall well-being, a visit to the dentists at Sahara Dental Las Vegas may top the list of things to do. For everything from a basic cleaning to dental procedures for specific problems, the sooner you get in to see the dentist, the better.

Fix Existing Dental Issues and Prevent Future Ones
Toothaches, gum soreness, and other painful problems need attention as soon as possible so that they do not get worse. Even a seemingly healthy mouth may have hidden issues between or behind the teeth even though it may not appear in a mirror. Dental checkups allow a professional to fully examine the mouth and stop problems from getting worse.

Prevent Discoloration, Tooth Breakage, and Tooth Loss
The last thing anyone wants is to lose their teeth, have one break or crack, or look extremely attractive. These are all serious signs of dental issues that need attention quickly. When you schedule a dental visit, you help to ensure that these problems do not happen.

Fight Gum Disease and Receding Gum-lines
Accumulation of plaque and tartar at the gum line can irritate those delicate tissues and introduce harmful bacteria that cause infection. Over time, this leads not only to cavities and other tooth issues but also to gum disease. Gingivitis and other issues need prompt attention from a skilled dentist at the next checkup.

Prevent or Improve Chronic Bad Breath
Although eating onions or other strong foods can cause bad breath for a little while, people with chronic halitosis cannot escape this embarrassing problem. A dental checkup can help. A deep cleaning, solution for any oral infections, and instruction about better hygiene habits can keep breath fresher on a long-term basis.

Stop Harmful Infections Before They Happen
Surprising research shows that oral infections and poor dental health have a correlation to serious health issues like heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis. The whole body works as an interconnected system, and optimum health depends on keeping every part of it in good order.  Regularly scheduled checkup with a dentist helps not only the teeth and gums but the entire body.

Look and Feel Better Every Day
An open smile helps make a good impression and sharing it with others can make a person feel good about themselves every day. Keeping teeth and gums healthy, bright, and attractive can boost personal and professional relationships, give confidence to share more with others, and help connect with individuals and opportunities in life.

These benefits of regular dental checkups should outweigh most reasons of putting off scheduling a visit to the dentist. Even if being nervous, worried about the expense, or have a very busy schedule, ignoring overall dental health will make things worse in the long run. Look and feel better, avoid expensive procedures in the future, and take care of the whole body health in the best way possible.

Teeth Sensitivity Treatments

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Ever get a painful jolt from that special treat, hot or cold? It could be due to any number of causes including worn fillings or cavities, worn down tooth enamel or fractured teeth, gum disease or the roots of the tooth being exposed due to receded gums.

Usually, our teeth have a protective layer called enamel. This is the part of the tooth that should be most familiar as it is usually the only part of the tooth exposed. The top part of the tooth that sticks out of the gum, which is referred to as the ‘crown’, has a nice thick layer of enamel protecting the more sensitive parts of the tooth. While the decay of enamel can lead to sensitivity and generally unattractive teeth, the sensitive parts are more exposed under the gums.

When the gums are inflamed or receded, a very sensitive part of the tooth called dentin is vulnerable to abuse from heat, cold or even the pressure of the gums themselves pressing on the sensitive roots. Teeth sensitivity can be treated and treatment options will be explained by a Sahara Dental Dentist.

A common treatment is the use of desensitizing toothpaste. This toothpaste is designed to protect sensitive parts of the tooth while restoring enamel.

Another common treatment practiced by many professionals is the application of fluoride gel. Despite the name, this treatment can be in many different forms and relies on the distinction of the doctor.

On the more surgical side, we have gum grafts and root canals. Gum grafts are as they sound; the doctor will take a small bit of skin from the gums or palette also known as the roof of the mouth and move it to the exposed root. Root canals have more steps but are also simple. These procedures are done when there is something wrong with the tissue around the roots of the tooth. The damaged parts of the tooth are removed to get to the damaged area then refilled and topped with a crown.

Minimizing Dental Exposure to Covid

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We are living in delicate times now and a first impression is more significant than ever.  Nevada has seen over 30,000 confirmed cases for Covid-19 alone and the number, sadly, increases day by day. Make sure that impression, whether it be through a video call or behind a mask, is a good one. Use Invisalign to help get that perfect smile that will exude confidence and support to all who see it.

Sahara Dental wants to ensure the safety of our staff and customers, we’ve implemented new 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.

Important Things to Know about Invisalign

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Sahara Dental in Las Vegas, NV offers the latest methods of treatment for correcting and straightening teeth. One such treatment offered is Invisalign and is available for teens and adults. Invisalign are clear braces that are becoming the go-to for people who want straight, beautiful teeth.

Here is a list of important things to know while using Invisalign:

For the first 48 hours of use, make sure to keep the Invisalign braces on as long as possible! Removing the aligners to practice good oral hygiene is fine but do so quickly as the braces only work if worn for at least 22 hours a day.

The end goal of the perfect smile might be exciting but make sure to listen to the doctor helping with the process. Do not jump ahead or lag behind as this will set back or delay any progress made rather than help.

When beginning that perfect smile journey, plenty of users of the Invisalign aligners will say that they feel pressure on their teeth. This is normal and the sensation will fade if the aligners are kept on for the minimum 22 hours a day. 

Another situation users notice is a lisp that forms when wearing the aligners. While strange at first, it will go away as you practice talking with the aligners and get used to their presence. 

The aligners being pressed directly to teeth does not allow the natural washing away of most bacteria and other germs that occurs. A thorough flossing and brushing will wash away any harmful substances and bacteria and allow the process to continue unhindered.

Make sure to clean the aligners each time they are removed. There are many ways to go about it, from denture cleaners to official Invisalign cleaning crystals to clear antibacterial soft-soap, but it is important to not clean them with toothpaste as this will cause tiny abrasions which can house bacteria.

Using the aligners will make you salivate; it is the body’s way of trying to get rid of foreign materials. This extra salivation can cause dehydration so be sure to review with the dentist how much water to drink and what drinks to avoid.

Be sure to wear the braces after treatment! The journey to the perfect smile is not over after treatment and should be followed up by using the provided braces as instructed.

With experience, dedication and state of the art technology, Sahara Dental will guide and assist any journey to reach that picture-perfect smile. With these simple nuggets of wisdom, we are positive that you will walk away with a dazzling smile! Please contact us with any questions or concerns you have about the Invisalign products—we will be happy to help you!

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.

 

Restore Your Flawless Smile with Dental Bonding

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Experiencing a chipped tooth or a space between the front teeth that is a bit unsightly? Dental bonding may be the answer.

Dental bonding is the cosmetic procedure where a resin composite tooth-colored material is applied to the teeth to improve a smile. Bonding improves the appearance of teeth that are broken, chipped, stained, cracked, or have gaps between them.

Bonding the front teeth requires slight preparations of the tooth. Typically, anesthesia is not needed unless decay or an old restoration is present. A tooth is then roughened with a conditioning gel to aid the bonding material in adhering. Afterwards, a composite resin is applied and cured with ultraviolet light. Then the dentist will shape and polish the bonding until it reaches the final look.

Benefits

Bonding is one of the least costly cosmetic procedures and does not require as much time as other operations. More often than not, dental bonding may be completed within just a single visit. Whereas veneers and crowns take more time to prepare and multiple visits, dental bondings do not require as much time out of your day. In regard to the invasiveness of a procedure, there is no need to break a sweat over dental bonding, as it requires negligible tooth removal. Quite often patients receive multiple bondings in a singular appointment. The minimally invasive procedure is also what draws many to this choice, as it seems less intensive for those concerned with or withholding dental fears.

Drawbacks

Despite the great benefits, dental bonding does have its drawbacks. One of these is staining, and although brilliantly shining results can be obtained through bonding, over time, any bonding resin will begin to stain. For a more permanent solution a veneer or crown will be the way to go. Although dental bondings are faster and easier to get, they typically lack the durability of veneers and crowns. The latter remain the more resilient when it comes to avoiding chips and breaks.

Durability of Dental Bondings

Success of dental bonding is defined, in part, on the location of the repair on the tooth. If the bonding is on the edge of the tooth, it typically will not last as long because of biting forces and certain types of food bitten into. Chewy, tough or crunchy foods will diminish the bonding at a faster rate than soft foods. Patients with bonding on their visible teeth often avoid direct bites into food that could damage the structural integrity of dental bonding. Tooth-colored bondings may last 5 to 10 years, depending on bonding location, the patient’s eating, chewing, and biting characteristics.

How To Maintain Dental Bondings

Regular brushing and flossing for the areas are necessary as is for natural teeth. However, as mentioned above, dental bonding can and will stain over the long-haul. The potential for stains will be much higher (and will occur much faster) for those who ingest more red wine, coffee and tea, tobacco products, or dark soda.

Dental bonding is a wonderful choice for particular aesthetic circumstances. There are several limitations with the composite resin material, so refer to the dentists at Sahara Dental in Las Vegas, NV about the best option for moving forward.

Metal-Free Dentistry

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Benefits of Metal-Free Dentistry

Due to advancements in the dental industry, metal-free restorations for dental work safely restores smiles and delivers a natural look without the amalgams that contain metal elements such as mercury. There are now alternative solutions to conventional metal-based materials in the market.  These include lithium di-silicates, ceramics and zirconia.  Metal-free solutions have greatly improved over the last decade, expanding the variety of metal-free options.

Natural Look

The new science of ceramics and the physical and optical properties of zirconia have allowed for detailed customization for all patients. These new solutions are lighter in color than their metallic counterparts, making it easier to adjust the shade to match any tooth.  They are very appealing and look like the real deal but feel like natural teeth too. 

Improved Durability

The lasting quality and strength of metal-free materials present an optimally durable restoration, and also provide safety and reinforcement for the natural tooth.  While wear and tear of the teeth is normal and inevitable, solutions such as all-ceramics for patients are in higher demand due to its fraction toughness, friction resistance, and strength when compared with traditional materials.

Biocompatibility

Advantages such as their realistic presence and erosive-resilience alone make metal-free restorations desirable to patients, but it is the safety of metal-free restorations that is among the main consideration of dentists and patients alike. Metal-free remedies are exceptionally biocompatible, ensuring a positive interaction with the patient’s body.

Metal-free solutions are safer for individual patients and the environment as well. According to the EPA, high levels of mercury in the bloodstream can cause brain damage and neurological problems. If released into the environment, it can enter the food chain and make it into our bloodstream. With the reduction or removal of mercury from labs and practices, we can help mitigate risks to the environment and people.

Versatility

The elimination of relying on mercury-based metal restorations enables the safest solution for all patients of all types and is especially important for pregnant women. For those who have experienced oral trauma, an all-ceramic crown placed alongside an implant is an exceptional alternative to prevent resorption of bone tissue.

Choosing the Best Metal-Free Option

It is important to pick the proper metal-free material based on the need of the patient. 

Zirconia, the hardest ceramic in the world of dentistry, is sintered then refined to procure a coping, substructure, or full-contour crown.  On top of its use in crowns, it can also be utilized for implants and implant abutments.  Well-known for outstanding durability and natural look, Zirconia is a leading pick in metal-free options.

Composite Fillings are made of a resin, a compound of plastic and ceramic materials. This resin also mimics the natural look that teeth have, and blend right in. Proving good resistance to fracture in up to medium-sized fillings, and good durability, they are good for front or back teeth.

How We Can Help

Our dentists in Las Vegas, NV can restore a patient’s smile the metal-free way with any of the products that Sahara Dental has to offer.  Whether it be restorative or cosmetic, there are numerous benefits for both oral health and aesthetics that all-ceramic alternatives offer. Call or email us today for more details, scheduling, and pricing.

The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

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WHAT ARE PORCELAIN VENEERS?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells made to cover teeth and to improve the appearance of a smile.  Porcelain is white glass-like ceramic and a veneer is a decorative cover.  Charles Pincus invented veneers in 1928 for actors in film shoots.  In 1982, Simonsen and Calamia invented the improved porcelain variant.  Since then veneers have gained traction into the mainstream market.  As cosmetic dentistry technologies and procedures advance, prices became more affordable.  As a result, porcelain veneers are finding themselves in the smiles of millions. It is important to note that this procedure does NOT ruin, weaken, nor harm the teeth.  In fact, veneers often make teeth stronger than before. It is not a replacement for teeth, it is an enhancement. Take note though, as temporary veneers have many restrictions. These range from dietary restrictions to activity limitations.

Porcelain veneers are not always considered a permanent solution.  Although, if taken care of in a correct manner, porcelain veneers can last for decades!  Some people never have to replace them.  They can be for a single tooth or a whole smile. Many consider porcelain-veneers superior to resin-veneers.  They better mimic and reflect light similar to natural teeth.

HOW DO THEY WORK? Porcelain veneers replace the enamel on the teeth. By removing existing enamel, the dentist creates the space needed for a veneer insert. A less intense enhancement, Lumineers, is available to those who wish to keep their enamel. The dentist will prepare a tooth or teeth for veneers, by reshaping the surface of the teeth. This entails a numbing anesthetic, enamel trim, and veneer design. After the veneers are created the bonding process begins.  The dentist will fine-tune the veneers by first observing the fit. Necessary adjustments become obvious by placing the veneer atop the patient’s teeth. The dentist will trim the veneer until they craft the masterpiece that will be a perfect smile.

Porcelain veneers are more of a permanent option than Lumineers. They can last a lifetime and lessen the frequency of dental visits. Gum tissue, on a biological level, accepts porcelain with more ease than other veneers. This is due to porcelain’s pleasant property of mimicking a natural tooth. Plus, they are very stain resistant, unlike natural teeth.  On top of that, the color of a veneer can be fine-tuned to the patient’s preferences.  Opting for veneers avoids the extensive work crowns need. They also offer a more aesthetic and fortified alternative.

WHEN ARE PORCELAIN VENEERS A GOOD OPTION?

On deciding when to get porcelain veneers, everyone has a different opinion. People use them to fix tooth discoloration or teeth that have chipped, broken or worn-down. They are also used for misaligned or irregular looking teeth, or even to close the gap between teeth.

It is important to weigh in the opinion of the dentist as well, as they will be able to give professional advice. This will help the patient determine if it’s the best option for them. Not all dental offices offer porcelain veneers. The dentist office at Sahara Dental in Las Vegas does offer porcelain veneers. Not all offices have the same amount of experience with this procedure. A patient should be active and take part in the discussion. The patient should also be concise and explain the results they are trying to achieve. When everyone is on the same page on how to move forward, everyone will be happy with the results.

Invisalign: The Clear Option

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Imagine yourself with a perfect smile, shining white teeth, all lined up in a clear and orderly fashion.

Had you read this a century ago, it would be nothing more than a fleeting daydream, where only the lucky enjoyed an easy smile. Thankfully, for the lot of us, we can all enjoy perfect, beautiful smiles all year round, and without the pain or structural rigors of metallic braces. Most of us remember when Invisalign first hit the market, considered by many to be more favorable than braces. While both are effective, why not get braces that are almost invisible?

Over the years, the planning, technology, and materials that go into creating Invisalign braces has been evolving and improving, resulting in a more efficient and comfortable fit. All it takes is a simple yet thorough scan, and a road map is fine-tuned by a dentist, to achieve the smile that both you and the dentist agree. Your dentist may show you the range of what is possible and healthy, and may provide suggestions, but you have the final say.  Thankfully, technology today even allows you to see how your smile will look on you before the process begins.

Highly Customized Aligner Plan & Design

Through utilizing a state-of-the-art process, aligners are created based off a digital scan. From that easy to capture scan, an advanced material engineered for comfort is formed into your aligner. For added comfort and a more polished look, each aligner is individually trimmed to fit your exact gumline. Through every stage of this process, periodic examinations are made, to ensure only the highest of standards are met.

What to expect next

After receiving the beginning of your perfect smile, the first aligner, the dentists at SDC will double check that everything was properly finished. Ask any and all questions that come to mind, and mention any concerns you may have, your dentist will be more than happy to explain everything. Good questions to ask include discussing your insurance, monthly payment plans, how long your treatment will last, the total costs, and how the treatment will begin.

Each and every stage is like a milestone, and you will be able to see the difference with each new aligner. You may soon notice that your old aligner no longer fits, and there is no better proof and finer feeling as your teeth aligning. A beautiful thing about Invisalign is you still get to enjoy all your favorite foods, from movie theatre popcorn, to the crunchiest of almonds and protein bars.

Considerations

These aligners will need to be worn for 20-22 hours a day for the best, and the fastest results. This means that you will have just enough time to eat, and perhaps a 2-hour break, depending on how you schedule your day.

Each aligner is a phase that only lasts about a week or two, with check-ups every six to eight weeks. A little pressure and possibly soreness may last a few days the beginning of each week or two, but this is normal and should not impose any sort of significant barrier to everyday life. You will want to utilize an Invisalign cleaning system to keep your aligners crystal clear and picture perfect, on top of rinsing them and gently brushing them. The entire cleaning process only takes a few minutes out of your day once you understand how to perform it correctly. Other than generally straightening teeth, Invisalign can effectively provide remedies for baby or permanent teeth; gaps or crowded teeth; and over, under, open or cross bites.


What makes Invisalign the world’s leading clear aligner?

Invisalign is the pioneer and the leader of the clear aligner market. Millions of smiles have been transformed since its advent, with hundreds of industry-changing technologies under its belt to match. Since 1997, Invisalign has gone over 7 major advances including improving treatment timespans, material innovations and digital scanning for top-notch accuracy. Other brands use inferior materials and lack in precise and accurate designs, as Invisalign utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and highly refined patents that leave no room for competition. In this day and age, although metal braces are still effective, if you want a corrected and a perfect smile then Invisalign is the clear option! It will change your life!