Vertical Tooth Root Fractures Explained

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Over time teeth experience wear and tear just like any other part of your body. This can lead to degradation of materials and the possibility of cracks. A vertical root fracture is one of the five different cracked tooth types. As the name implies, this type of break travels from the very bottom of the root all the way up to the top exposed surface. Although some discomfort may exist, many people do not notice this type of damage. They may only seek treatment after infection, swelling, and pain begins.

Common Causes of Vertical Root Fractures

Any cracks occur more readily in weak teeth that have already sustained damage, have had a root canal, fillings, crowns or caps, or other restorative work. They can occur to healthy teeth if they experience trauma, you bite down on a hard object like ice or candy, or if nearby teeth are already cracked or loose. They sometimes occur during root canal procedures. You may notice it happening if you hear a pop, experience a burst of pain, and the area around the tooth begins to bleed.

Vertical Root Fracture Symptoms

As mentioned above, when a tooth is first fractured, there may not be any noticeable issues. Possible symptoms include general discomfort or a sharp twinge of pain when biting or chewing, a visible crack during a dental examination, swelling, and abscess, or boil near the tooth indicating an infection, or a pocket in the gum next to the tooth in question.

A dentist should notice if a vertical root fracture occurs during a root canal procedure. If this happens, they may order x-rays to identify the exact extent of the damage. Another diagnostic option is a process called transillumination. This uses a special light that shines around and through teeth and highlights breakage and cracks.

Treatment Options for Vertical Root Fractures

After diagnosis, dentists can offer multiple treatment options.  One of the simplest involves bonding the tooth itself using dental cement or another type of adhesive. This will stop the fracture from getting worse and can help prevent other physical damage. Unfortunately, this only works in some cases, another option is getting a tooth extraction.  Taking care of these issues sooner than later minimizes the chance of getting a potentially serious infection. Any existing infection can grow easily with a vertical root fracture and damage the surrounding tissue including the jawbone. With a healthy bone, you may be a candidate for a dental implant to replace the lost tooth.

One of the best ways to alleviate potentially serious problems caused by vertical root fracture is to avoid getting one in the first place. Take proper care of your teeth to prevent the need for fillings and root canal. Regular dental checkups for cleaning will detect any cavities and other issues before they become expensive problems.  Discuss all your options if your dental team suggests a root canal to help avoid fractures and structural tooth weakness.

If you experience any of the symptoms described above, schedule an appointment with Sahara Dental as soon as possible. They will diagnose your of vertical root fracture or other problem and suggest appropriate treatment options.  Remember, their goal is to ensure proper teeth health and function now and for many years to come.

Protect Teeth While Playing Sports

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Sports are a great pastime or way to stay in shape but sports have a history of being a contributing factor to injuries. When we think of a ‘sports injury’, terms like a dislocated or a sprained ‘body part’ comes to mind but teeth are at risk too! Especially when it comes to broken or knocked out teeth.

Across all age groups, from the child on the elementary school team to the professional athlete in the big leagues, there are reports of dental injuries and injuries to the mouth. They come in by the boatloads with about 80% of athletes suffering injuries relating to the mouth or teeth. Despite the traditional image of a hockey player with a big smile and missing teeth, basketball is actually the sport that tends to cost players the largest quantity of pearly whites. Luckily for the athletically inclined, there are ways to protect teeth and gums while out on the field.

Helmets and mouth-guards are the most common safety gear.  It can be argued that this equipment can look silly, limit mobility, vision or may even be uncomfortable.  However, protective gear can help reduce the severity of injury or guard against it all together.

When it comes to mouth-guards, there are a few available options.  Generic mouth-guards are sold at sports stores that are not custom fit and are largely reported to be uncomfortable for the user. There are some mouth-guards that can be molded but are less reliable than ones custom fitted made by dentists. If a tooth should be injured in some way, it is possible to put a porcelain veneer on it, put it back in or replace it with a dental implant. If taking up sports, be sure to get a medical exam and visit your Las Vegas dentist for your oral health.

Improve Professional Success With a Bright New Smile

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Your career standing may change at any time, but the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has affected all industries in a big way. If you find yourself on the hunt for a new job, you may struggle to know the best steps to take to maximize opportunities. Of course, career-focused tasks like polishing your resume, networking with other professionals and updating your online presence can help make the right impression on potential employers. You might even want to update your wardrobe or get a new, professional hairstyle. However, do not forget the importance of upgrading your smile at the same time.  After all, the vast majority of people say that they notice teeth health and appearance before almost anything else when meeting someone new.

No matter how closely you follow a dental hygiene regimen, time affects the look of your teeth and smile. Discoloration and yellowing occur normally due to time and everything you eat or drink.  Stress can cause wear and even cracks or chips.  Any repaired cavities may spread or fillings get loose over time. Corrective and cosmetic dentistry procedures can help.

Although dealing with cavities, cracks, and gum disease are essential parts of maintaining and improving mouth health, cosmetic procedures focus on the front teeth only. Whitening, veneers, and other procedures can greatly improve your first impression, make you look a decade younger, and give the impression of vigor and energy. Your smile tells people a lot about the type of person you are.

The Time Has Come for a Brand-New Smile

If you are unsure about how cosmetic dentistry can improve your chances of landing a new job or advancing your career, take a few moments to do this smile test. Give each detail a score between one and ten, with ten being the highest rating that needs no improvement.

  • Color and appearance of your gums
  • Tooth whiteness
  • The line or curve of your smile
  • The length and shape of your teeth
  • Empty spaces or gaps between teeth
  • Angles and alignment

Any score over fifty-five indicates your overwhelming satisfaction with how your smile looks. If you score below that, it is time to consider cosmetic dentistry procedures. An expert can help you explore all the options and determine which are best for your specific needs.

While Covid-19 continues, take the opportunity to work on self-improvement projects that can help you succeed no matter what happens next. Part of that is making an appointment with a cosmetic dentistry service provider to improve your smile. It is part of making a great first impression with company representatives and HR professionals. An attractive, bright smile will also give you the confidence you need to stay competitive in your industry or niche.

A smile makeover starts with an on-site digital imaging examination so the dentist can show you exactly what you can look like in the end. With the latest dental technology and a wide range of services at Sahara Dental in Las Vegas, you can enjoy a return to the brilliant smile of your youth or a completely reimagined look that helps you make great strides forward with your career.

Back To School Dental Checkups

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Start the school year with a healthy, bright smile.  As the Clark County School District officially open its doors on August 9th, families prepare by buying school supplies, new clothes and creating activity schedules makes this the perfect time to schedule your families’ dental checkups too.  Scheduling these appointments before school starts also helps keep a consistent dental scheduling routine and help avoid attendance absenteeism.

Sahara Dental Las Vegas knows that once the school year starts schedules will fill up fast and making a dental appointment may no longer be a priority.  Making and maintaining a clear and practical schedule means less time missed from school so students can stay on the right track.  According to studies, excellent dental health will contribute to better overall healthiness.

Approximately 52 million school hours are missed every year due to common dental issues. Children that have tooth decay left untreated can lead to consequences such as infections and malnutrition. As a result, your child could have a more difficult time focusing on class activities. Dental cavities are one of the leading causes of illness for children!  Maintaining a dental schedule of every six months helps discover potential dental problems as early as possible and treat them before they become too costly in time or money.

Let us help keep your family’s oral health in great shape throughout the school year.

Staying in school helps keeps grades up and students on the right track to success.

Appointments are filling up fast, schedule your cleaning / checkup today!

Keep Hydrated, Combat Dry Mouth

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Dental damage sneaks up on us.  One thing that is usually overlooked in terms of oral hygiene is dehydration which if left untreated can lead to dry mouth. Dry mouth is also referred to as xerostomia.

Some common symptoms of dry mouth are frequent thirst, dryness in the throat, sores in the mouth, cracked lips and bad breath.

Hydrated mouths produce enough saliva which helps combat dry mouth.  Saliva is essential in cleansing and keeping mouths moist which aid in the digestion of foods.  A mouth that lacks enough saliva cannot aid in regulating the amount of fungi and bacteria growing in it which can cause infections.  Tooth decay can happen because the lack of proper saliva flow allows food to get stuck to teeth and not wash away naturally. A dry mouth can also cause plaque to harden on teeth and cause inflammation which can gradually wear away gums.

Xerostomia can also be caused by lifestyle choices such as smoking, side effects of certain diseases & medications, medical treatments and nerve damage.  Sometimes an increase of water intake can quickly remedy this issue.  However, if the cause is medical, having a discussion with your doctor who can adjust the dosage or change your medication may be necessary.

To avoid these problems, be sure to keep hydrated. Making sure the ‘hydrated’ days outnumber the ‘dehydrated’ days can stave off most common oral hygiene problems and inconveniences. If dry mouth persists, however, be sure to check in with a Sahara Dental oral care expert.

Top Solutions to Replace One or More Missing Teeth

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One or more missing teeth can make it impossible to chew food correctly, may affect the positioning and health of nearby teeth, and can destroy your self-confidence quite easily. This is especially true if you lose one of your front teeth necessary to give you an attractive smile. Professional dentists can help restore a good-looking and functional mouth with these top solutions for replacing missing teeth.

Dental Implants
Dentists and patients alike overwhelmingly prefer implants for their ability to closely match existing teeth and offer a permanent solution that needs no real special care. Whether you are missing one or multiple teeth, you can get individual dental implants to replace them.

The process involves attaching a post to your jawbone to anchor a false tooth to the top. In the end, they look nearly indistinguishable from natural teeth. The main drawback involves a higher cost than other options. Nevertheless, dental implants remain one of the most popular ways to manage your mouth if you have lost one or more teeth.  Dental implants are generally permanent and will last the rest of your life without any need for replacement or other invasive procedures.

Dental Bridge
Multiple types of dental bridges can give you the appearance of natural teeth. These include implant-supported, tooth-supported, and a resin-bonded bridge. As the first two indicate, these are false teeth supported by either implanted teeth on either side or the natural teeth that still exist in your mouth. The third type only works for front teeth that do not do a lot of biting or chewing. The false tooth is attached via wings to teeth on either side rather than with complete caps like a tooth-supported bridge.

Partial Dentures
This removable option to replace one or more missing teeth functions just like a whole denture but leaves open spaces for your existing teeth. This affordable option gives you the appearance of an attractive smile but does require more maintenance than the other options listed above. You will need to remove the dentures and clean them separately from your existing real teeth.

Some people find these uncomfortable or awkward, which makes implants and bridges a better choice. Also, partial dentures may make it difficult to eat certain foods. The focus is mostly on aesthetics and not function.

This temporary option for one or more missing teeth is usually used before one of the above solutions is completed. These molded retainer-style inserts are highly affordable, easy to use, and offers a relatively realistic way to fill gaps in your smile. They do not, however, help with overall mouth structure, protecting other teeth, and they must be removed when you eat.

Speak with your Sahara Dentist about the best options for you when it comes to replacing one or more missing teeth. Whether you opt for implants, a type of bridge, partial dentures or a temporary flipper, you can create a better looking and functioning mouth. The dental technology available today offers more options than ever before for maintaining a healthy and attractive smile.

Explore the Future of Dental Fillings

Explore the Future of Dental Fillings

More than 90% of the adult population in the United States experiences cavities in their lifetime. A full quarter of them have more than one dental filling. Even with the best dentistry available, it may be difficult to avoid the future need for this treatment. Understanding today’s options and the future of dental fillings will equip you to work with your dentist and determine the right solutions for you.

Problems With Historical Dental Fillings
People with cavities have received fillings made from a variety of different materials over the years. The earliest modern ones used from the 1800s on were made of amalgam, which is a combination of a few different types of metal like tin and silver. These contained small amounts of mercury, a toxic metal, which is known to have cause many health concerns. These fillings are also hazardous to the environment.

At present, most regular fillings are made from a composite material without dangerous substances in them. They are safe, generally affordable, and white, so they can be used in visible locations in the mouth. These common options protect exposed parts of a tooth with a cavity but do nothing to improve the overall health of a patient’s mouth.

Dental Technology is Always Improving
The future of dental fillings continues to introduce new options to the market. While ordinary composite materials are vastly improved over amalgam, dentists want better choices for their patients all the time. Oral health and increasing interest in cosmetic dentistry has led to a variety of advancements. These include nano options, improved tooth bonding, and more moldable forms used to correct chipped or cracked teeth.

Bioactive Glass — Regrowing Healthy Teeth
Dentists and patients alike have dreamed of regrowing damaged teeth for the whole history of dental care. That is now becoming a reality as researchers develop bioactive glass composites. The first term in their name refers to the material’s ability to replace minerals and actually regrow teeth. This unique type of filling, which is made of crushed glass with interactive properties, also blocks damage caused by bacteria and prevents cavities from forming.

Instead of using a composite one that fills a whole but does nothing to protect the leftover tooth, bioactive glass does both at the same time. While it may sound almost magical, the science behind these future dental filling varieties makes sense. If you introduce the calcium and phosphorus that makes up teeth on a material that oral bacteria do not like, the overall result is a much healthier and stronger mouth.

Dental technology and science continue to improve at a rapid rate. With so many people needing dental fillings every year, it makes sense to explore and understand the options. The future of this common dental procedure is transforming the way professionals help their patients. Speak with a Sahara dentist about the best options to achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.

Protection for Teeth Grinding

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An involuntary reaction to anger or stress is clenching and grinding of teeth.  For some this reaction can occur throughout the day, this involuntary teeth grinding is called bruxism. A sign of nightly involuntary teeth grinding is waking up with a sore jaw.

Bruxism can not only deteriorate enamel but also weaken teeth and hurt the muscles in the jaw or the jawbone itself. The grinding scrapes off enamel, the protective layer teeth naturally have that  keep teeth white and protects the more delicate and sensitive parts of the tooth. It is easy to imagine that this can do a lot of damage to teeth.

Namely, the act weakens teeth. Weakened teeth are at risk of bending or coming loose if grinding persists. Loose teeth run the risk of falling out which can be a hazard if this occurs while eating or drinking. If teeth are inexplicably weak or crooked, be sure to go in for a dental check-up to combat the symptoms of bruxism and discuss what could possibly be causing it.

Treatments to the enamel or braces to realign teeth may be applied. For nighttime grinding, a mouth-guard may be supplied to protect teeth during sleep.

New Year, New Smile!

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For some, a New Year is turning a new leaf and making positive, impactful changes.  Make 2021 a new year for maintaining a healthy, stunning smile – which is as easy as 1,2,3! And 4. And 5.

Number 1 – Brushing – Simple and effective, even preschoolers know the amazing benefits of maintaining a schedule for brushing teeth. Make sure to use teeth whitening toothpaste to keep those teeth bright. Also, always have a toothbrush on hand that isn’t flayed or too old. Getting a new toothbrush is recommended after about 3 months or after an illness. This reduces the amount of bacteria on the brush while also ensuring bristles that can effectively brush away plaque and bacteria.

Number 2 – Flossing – Flossing works the same as brushing but it gets where a toothbrush simply cannot. Food is notorious for getting stuck between teeth and flossing is a great way to get food unstuck as well as scraping away plaque on smaller, tighter corners of the tooth.

Number 3 – Brace Yourself – Braces / Invisalign help straighten teeth which can make flossing and brushing easier along with making a smile simply look nicer. Contact us today to learn more about effective, affordable teeth straightening options.

Number 4 – Making Healthier Choices – Things like sugar and tobacco are the enemy of good oral health as they cause tooth decay and can stain teeth. On the other hand, calcium-rich dairy foods that strengthen teeth are always a safer choice. After a meal or snack, chewing gum with Xylitol can help keep teeth healthy and bright by discouraging plaque build up and bacterial growth while also neutralizing acids. Just be sure to keep track of what comes into contact with that smile!

Number 5 – Routine Dental Visits – Even with a dedicated schedule and extra care to things like reducing sugar intake, routine dental visits with a dentist at Sahara Dental Las Vegas are still key to maintaining good oral health.   X-Rays and professional knowledge of oral care help ensure that overall dental health is kept at the highest standard possible.

Time to Take Advantage of Insurance Benefits

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Insurance companies often have set dollar amounts available to account holders until the end of the year. This means that once the year ends, any money available to account holders will be forfeit and will become unavailable to use. In layman’s terms: It’s wasted money.

Time is running out to take advantage of this coverage. As we move to the end of the year, the date gets even closer to losing these benefits that only come once per year.

Life is busy and sometimes, it’s easy to lose track of things like change, keys and appointments. Let this be a friendly reminder to take a look at any coverage available for dental appointments and be encouraged to use them. Even a simple procedure like a teeth cleaning can have huge benefits in the long run.

During procedures that whiten teeth, dental care experts may also apply agents that help strengthen enamel which can help prevent more troublesome or serious issues in the future. Just like finding cash in the couch cushions while looking for the remote, small problems can be spotted early and taken care of long before they cause any real harm or lasting damage. This can save a lot of money, time and pain.

Reaping benefits available for use is not just a smart move for account holders and their families but also an easy way to save time and money in the future.