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.

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.