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.

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!

Operating On An Emergency Basis

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We Are Operating On An Emergency Basis Due To The Recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak.

Our front office team is here to help.  They will be answering calls Monday-Friday from 9-5 but we are only treating urgent cases such as pain, infections, swelling, etc.

Stay Safe and Stay Healthy.  This Too Shall Pass.

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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.

Start 2020 With a Smile

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As the new year begins, you may create a list of resolutions that includes things like going after a big promotion, finding a romantic partner, volunteering to help others, or simply finding happiness. No matter what your plans, a bright, healthy, and attractive smile can help you achieve them. After all, when you feel confident because you know your teeth look good, you can achieve great things with ease.

How can you start the new year with a smile that you will be proud to show off? Add proper dental care or cosmetic dentistry procedures to your New Year’s resolution list.

Healthy Dental Options for a New Year of Smiles

Anyone in the SIn City with dental problems that cause you to hide your smile, feel discomfort when biting and chewing, or make it difficult to practice the best oral hygiene possible can get a great boost to their health and well-being by visiting your local Las Vegas dentist Sahara Dental for the new year. With the advancements in digital imaging, 3D printing, and in-house production of crowns and implants, you have more options than ever before.

If you have all your teeth but they are misaligned, braces and other straightening products like Invisalign can help you feel your best and have a much more pleasant time in the future. Although all of these things help to make your mouth healthier, they also provide a boost to your appearance. Forget vanity. The confidence you get when you are able to smile fully does wonders for your self-esteem and how other people see you.

Reclaim Your Confidence With Cosmetic Dentistry

From long-term teeth straightening to simpler procedures like whitening and veneers, you have more opportunities than ever before to get the smile of your dreams. Cosmetic dentistry does so much more than make you look better on an everyday basis. People respond in a friendlier manner when you can smile openly at them. When you stop hiding behind your hand or a tense expression, you will find that you feel better about yourself overall. This can lead to great things for the rest of your life, too. Go after that promotion, get ready to date and find the love of your life, or simply spread happiness wherever you go with a gleaming smile.

As you write down your list of New Year’s resolutions, add dental procedures and cosmetic dentistry near the top. Do not forget to add improved habits of regular brushing, flossing, and scheduled dental office visits, too. These things will not only help you look and feel your best for the next 12 months, but they can affect your entire life in unexpected ways.