How to Deal with Bad Breath

Nearly everyone has had a case of halitosis (bad breath) at least once or twice in their lifetime. It can be one of the most embarrassing moments of your life when you are young, and unpleasant but not nearly as embarrassing when you are older. As people get older, they learn to use all of the many different options that exist for the sole purpose of making bad breath less noticeable. Some of these remedies include mouthwash, breath mints, gum designed for dry mouth, and gum in general. Is that enough to deal with bad breath or should you make an appointment with your Las Vegas dentist?

What Are Some of the Common Causes of Bad Breath?

In all honesty, some of the causes of halitosis are serious dental issues that should be addressed by your dentist, especially if the odor is persistent and entirely unpleasant. If any of the following reasons are responsible for your bad breath, it is going to take more than a simple pack of gum to resolve it.

  • Cavities: Tooth decay can cause an odor, particularly if the damaged portion of the tooth is filled with debris and bacteria. Once the cavity is repaired, the odor should go away.
  • Dry Mouth: If your mouth isn’t producing a sufficient supply of saliva, you can develop dry mouth, which often results in bad breath. Your dentist can provide you with strategies to help reduce this problem.
  • Gum Disease: If your gums have been damaged through the buildup of plaque and tartar, a bad odor can occur. Treating the gum disease should help to minimize the odor resulting from this disease.
  • Poor Oral Hygiene: Failure to brush your teeth properly and regularly can lead to a buildup of bacteria, food particles, and plaque. Incorporating a regular routine of brushing and flossing should help to eliminate the odor.

If you are experiencing bad breath frequently, it’s a real problem. You should make an appointment with your dentist for a full exam and cleaning. Schedule an appointment soon!

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What is Gum Disease?

An Introduction to Gum Disease

Comprehensive dental examinationMost people at one time or another have visited a dentist to treat gum problems. Bacterial growth is a result of plaque buildup and the major cause for gum disease. If plaque is not removed, it can harden and cause problems. This plaque is known as tartar and you’ll find it very difficult to remove by flossing or brushing. The removal of tartar needs professional cleaning by a trained dentist or a dental hygienist. If left untreated, it could lead to gum diseases.

What are the complications related to gum diseases?

When tartar buildup is left untreated, the gums get attacked and it could lead to bleeding and swelling. A common symptom is the redness of the gums. The removal of tartar by ultrasonic devices and regular brushing along with flossing can halt the spread of this condition which is known as gingivitis. When gingivitis is left untreated the gums are weakened further. This condition is known as periodontitis. The gums pull away from the teeth causing gaps (also called spaces). Plaque normally enters below the gum line and harmful bacteria attack the bone and connected tissue, weakening the gums further. Eventually, the tooth becomes loose and often extraction is the only form of treatment.
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What causes gum disease?

Smoking is a major risk associated with gum diseases and diabetes can also have a negative impact on your gums. Girls entering puberty are also at risk due to hormonal imbalances. OTC (over-the-counter) medications can reduce saliva and that has a direct bearing on the cause of gum issues.

What are the symptoms in recognizing gum disease?

Continuous bad breath despite repeated brushing and flossing is a common giveaway. Swollen and tender gums can also indicate a problem. In severe cases, receding gums and shaky teeth is a defining symptom.

How is gum disease treated?

Before and after bleaching or whitening treatment, isolatedThe periodontist will first prescribe medications to control the infection. The doctor may also ask you to stop smoking so that the treatment is more effective. Plaque is removed by scraping below the gum line and sometimes hard tartar is removed by using lasers. Medications are administered to treat harmful bacteria. These medications can be a mouth rinse containing chlorhexidine which is an antimicrobial solution. Antibiotic gels that contain doxycycline may also be prescribed. For spaces below the gum line the antibiotic, minocycline, is normally advised.

When is surgical treatment indicated?

When the above treatments do not give the desired result then surgery is required in the form of bone and tissue grafts along with flap surgery. In this surgery, the gums are lifted up surgically so that tartar is removed and the gums are then sutured. In severe cases, a mesh like material is inserted between the gum tissue and bone so that new tissue is regenerated. Surgical intervention is normally a last resort as there is a level of discomfort.

If you suspect that you have symptoms of gum disease it is best to take action immediately and get in touch with a dentist who can help.

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How to Deal with Bad Breath

Nearly everyone has had a case of halitosis (bad breath) at least once or twice in their lifetime. It can be one of the most embarrassing moments of your life when you are young, and unpleasant but not nearly as embarrassing when you are older. As people get older,...

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What is Gum Disease?

An Introduction to Gum Disease Most people at one time or another have visited a dentist to treat gum problems. Bacterial growth is a result of plaque buildup and the major cause for gum disease. If plaque is not removed, it can harden and cause problems. This plaque...

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Root Canal Treatment?

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Root Canal Treatment?

Understanding Root Canal treatment

In dental parlance, root canal treatment is termed as endodontic treatment; where ‘endo’ means inside and ‘donto’ means tooth. Inside the tooth is a cavity that is filled with soft pulp and tooth nerves. Once the tooth has emerged from the gums and is fully grown, the nerves have no function as the tooth can sustain vitality from the surrounding tissues.

When is Root Canal treatment necessary?

Sometimes, the pulp gets infected and becomes inflamed. You may experience pain and find it difficult to chew food. Infection in the pulp can be caused due to tooth decay which is primarily due to bacterial buildup. Constant dental procedures on the same tooth (like replacement of excessively large fillings) can erode the enamel and expose the tooth to infections. Injury to the tooth due to a fall or even a tooth fracture can also cause an infection. Further, gum diseases can also be a factor.

What is meant by inflammation of the tooth?

When the pulp gets infected it will start to swell. Pressure builds up inside the tooth and you’ll experience severe pain as the pressure has no outlet. If left untreated, the pulp will die (pulp is a living tissue) inside the tooth and the pain will subside. This is the lull before the storm as the dead tissue increases the infection and infects the surrounding tissue, leading to acute pain. This condition is called an abscessed tooth. The word abscess refers to the pus that is formed at the end of the root.

What is the procedure during a Root Canal treatment?

Local anesthesia is injected to numb the tissues that surround the infected tooth. The injection is merely a pin prick and in a few minutes
the area will become numb. Only then will the endodontist start the procedure. The infected tooth is isolated by means of a dental dam. This is done so that other teeth are not contaminated by bacteria. A small hole is drilled at the back of the infected tooth to gain access to the pulp area which is then removed. The cavity is cleaned with antibacterial solutions. Root canal fillings (rubber compounds called gutta-percha) are then put into the cleaned canal area and then sealed with adhesive sealer. The access hole is then sealed and the dam removed. A course of antibiotics is prescribed to control any residual infection.

Will there be any pain post Root Canal treatment?

The discomfort will be mild and if required, anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or aspirin can be taken. In a couple of days, the pain would have disappeared. It is important that a permanent seal is placed at the top of the tooth and a proper filling or crown will do the job. This is done so that re-contamination with bacteria is avoided and the tooth is spared further infection.

Can any dental practice offer root canal treatment?
Root Canal treatment is very precise. Endodontists are trained to use ultrasonic procedure to seal the side as well as the main branches of the root canal system. The spaces are very small and a dental practice with the proper instrumentation and radiographic imaging (preferably digital) will ensure safe and healthy treatment.

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Nearly everyone has had a case of halitosis (bad breath) at least once or twice in their lifetime. It can be one of the most embarrassing moments of your life when you are young, and unpleasant but not nearly as embarrassing when you are older. As people get older,...

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What is Gum Disease?

An Introduction to Gum Disease Most people at one time or another have visited a dentist to treat gum problems. Bacterial growth is a result of plaque buildup and the major cause for gum disease. If plaque is not removed, it can harden and cause problems. This plaque...

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Root Canal Treatment?

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Second Location Now Open!

New Location Address: 3225 South Rainbow Blvd Suite 104, Las Vegas, NV

std-blog-new-locationSmiles Today Dental is a one stop full service dental office in Las Vegas. After a number of years at 1580 East Desert Inn Road, we have added another state-of-the art dental facility at 3225 South Rainbow Blvd Suite 104.

Our new facility is equipped with the latest dental tools and technologies and manned by professionals who have gained extensive expertise in their specialties. As always, you’ll receive a superior level of care irrespective of the complexity of the procedure you have opted for. We are focused and dedicated in our vision to offer high quality treatment so you can lead a healthy and happy lifestyle.

Why Visit us at Smiles Today Dental?

Our team takes great pride in our chair-side manners. You’ll find a warm, friendly and stress-free environment that is highly conducive to health and healing. Instead of long waiting hours, you’ll be happy to find prompt service as we don’t take your time for granted. Our center is spotlessly clean and equipment is sterilized to ensure high quality health standards.

Although we offer an extensive range of dental products by highly experienced dentists, we have made every effort to keep our prices affordable. We have several payment options and financing plans which can help you plan ahead for any treatment. Further, our in-house lab ensures that there is a quick turnaround and no delay at any time. Every member of our team is committed to offering a special and personalized service where you’ll never be just another patient. Your needs and health are our first priority.

A Wide Range of Services

Most people dread having to visit the dentist as it is normally associated with pain or discomfort. On the contrary, since the medical team at Smiles Today Dental is backed by years of experience and expertise, we know how exactly to treat problems without causing you too much stress. Whether you’re looking for dental bleaching, an extraction, braces, implants, root canal therapy, gum treatments, tooth restoration, porcelain veneers or intraoral/extraoral x-rays; we’ve got you covered.

There’s no reason why you should continue living with tooth pain or dental issues. This is not something that you should ignore or postpone as dental problems can get complicated and delayed treatment could be expensive. It is always best to get in touch with an experienced and professional dental center who can tackle the problem head on. Do get in touch with us and we would be delighted to help you.

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Nearly everyone has had a case of halitosis (bad breath) at least once or twice in their lifetime. It can be one of the most embarrassing moments of your life when you are young, and unpleasant but not nearly as embarrassing when you are older. As people get older,...

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What is Gum Disease?

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Root Canal Treatment?

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The braces boost!

Give your confidence and image this brace!

The chances of being born with perfectly aligned teeth are very slim and lucky are the few who are blessed with perfect teeth. For the many that are not, braces provide an effective solution.

What is the biggest benefit in wearing braces?

There’s no doubt that the biggest difference is in your smile. Straight well-formed teeth can make your smile more infectious. Further, you’ll enjoy improved self-confidence and esteem. Braces can also improve the way you chew your food and this reduces unnecessary stress on your teeth. Straighter teeth can aid in keeping your gums healthy which in turn leads to good dental hygiene.

What are the other benefits?

Wearing braces can also change your eating habits in a positive way. When you chew your food properly it increases enzyme production and this aids the digestive process. Dental problems due to irregular teeth can cause plaque (the buildup of bacteria on teeth that destroys the protective enamel) which in turn can lead to gum diseases and periodontal issues.

When is the right time to wear a brace?

Orthodontists (the dental specialists who treat malocclusions – misaligned teeth and bite) recommend that the right age is during the growing stage. Post 2000, dental technologies have advanced and now clear braces are the standard dental treatment for adults.

Tell me more about clear braces for adults?

Clear braces can be removed when eating and then later put back again. Further, you can remove them when brushing as well. The plastic retainers function exactly like the wire and metal retainers. Over time you’ll see a positive change as your teeth will straighten out and you won’t have alignment issues anymore. Uneven wear and tear of the teeth is also prevented. In the long run, you’ll avoid expensive restorations.

Can anybody get clear braces?

Not everyone is a right fit for clear braces as your overall dental health is a major deciding factor. Get a consultation with an experienced orthodontist to get a clear picture of whether you qualify.

Why is it necessary to get braces when young?

Children who enjoy a positive self-image grow up in a healthy atmosphere. Today, peer pressure and low self-esteem can greatly impact their developmental process. Sometimes, simple things such as having a beautiful smile and straight teeth can go a long way in enhancing self confidence in a child. Apart from social benefits, a child with straight teeth is less prone to dental-related injury and it improves basic oral hygiene, resulting in fewer problems as the child grows.

What are the different types of braces?

There are many types of braces worn by people of different ages. Damon braces are the most popular as it is self-ligating and involves a slide mechanism instead of plastic. Then there are Forus appliances, Ceramic braces, Palatal expanders and Clear braces. Check with your orthodontist which type will be best suited for your dental needs.

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Nearly everyone has had a case of halitosis (bad breath) at least once or twice in their lifetime. It can be one of the most embarrassing moments of your life when you are young, and unpleasant but not nearly as embarrassing when you are older. As people get older,...

read more

What is Gum Disease?

An Introduction to Gum Disease Most people at one time or another have visited a dentist to treat gum problems. Bacterial growth is a result of plaque buildup and the major cause for gum disease. If plaque is not removed, it can harden and cause problems. This plaque...

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Root Canal Treatment?

Understanding Root Canal treatment In dental parlance, root canal treatment is termed as endodontic treatment; where ‘endo’ means inside and ‘donto’ means tooth. Inside the tooth is a cavity that is filled with soft pulp and tooth nerves. Once the tooth has emerged...

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Dental Implants for me?

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Dental implants come in many forms. The most common form currently used is known as the endosteal implant. This type of dental implant utilizes a three component system to replicate the effects and appearance of a natural tooth. The process is performed differently among different dental practitioners, but there is a general method employed by all dentists. Read on to learn more about the dental implant procedure, its costs, and how it is performed.

What is a Dental Implant?

The dental implant concept is a broad umbrella term. At its most basic, this term is used to define any method of permanently adding new material to the mouth such as a bone graft for the jaw bone, or a new artificial tooth. However, in modern dental offices it is most often used as an interchangeable term for an endosteal implant.

The endosteal implant is a procedure that allows a dentist to install a new artificial tooth directly into the jawbone. The term endosteal literally means, “Within the bone.”

Dental implants are used to replicate the actions and the appearance of a natural tooth. Depending on the materials used, the artificial tooth may take on the exact color shade of the neighboring teeth and become virtually indistinguishable from a natural tooth when casually observed.

The endosteal implant has three components. These components are the base, abutment, and crown. Each of these components has their own unique function within the implant.

  • The Base – This component is installed directly into the jawbone and has three primary shapes. It comes in the form of a screw, a cylinder, or a blade. The most common shape used is a screw. Typical materials utilized for the base are titanium and zirconium.
  • The Abutment – This component is used to connect the base and the crown. It can sometimes be pre-attached to the base. This means that it won’t exist as a separate component. Typically, the abutment is shaped like a cone or rod. It is normally made of either titanium or zirconium.
  • The Crown – The third component is the one that will be visible under normal circumstances. The crown is designed to mimic the appearance and function of the tooth that the implant is replacing. The materials used in the construction of this implant are more variable than the other components. Dental acrylic, zirconium, gold, and porcelain are frequently used materials for crowns.

How is a Dental Implant Performed?

The endosteal implant procedure is often performed during three stages. These stages coincide with the installation of the three individual components. In the case of an implant that has the abutment and base pre-attached the entire procedure can be performed in 1 – 2 stages. The implant stages are:

  • The gums will be cut and a hole will be drilled into the jawbone. The base will be implanted and stabilized then the gums will be sewn back together. After the base is properly set, the patient will experience a healing period that typically lasts between 2 – 4 months.
  • The gums will be cut once more during the second stage. The abutment will be attached to the base, and the gums will be sewn back once more. This procedure will be followed by another 2-4 weeks of healing time. If the abutment was pre-attached this stage will be skipped.
  • The crown will be placed once the gums and jawbone have fully healed. This final step will be followed by a period of adjustments to make certain that the artificial tooth is still viable and the crown is not loose. If the abutment was pre-attached a dentist might add the crown on the same day.

No matter how the procedure is performed there will be a period of several months where the patient will need to treat their mouth with care. Once the healing period has ended the artificial tooth will work with the exact same capacity as a natural tooth.

At present there is a 95+% success rate after five years for dental implants placed on the bottom, and a 90+% success rate for artificial teeth placed on the top. Generally speaking, if the implant lasts beyond the five year mark it may continue to be a viable prosthetic for several decades, possibly even an entire lifetime.

What Does the Implant Cost?

The cost for dental implants will vary based on several factors. The location they are performed, the surgeon performing the operation, material costs, and the possible need for accompanying procedures will cause the price to change dramatically.

The typical single dental implant will cost approximately $4250 on average in America and Canada. However, the range of prices available will often waiver between as little as $1500 and as much as $6000 for a simple implant with no complications. The price can balloon up to $10000 or more if the procedure will require tooth extraction, bone grafts, or includes premium dental materials such as gold or porcelain.

If the patient requires extensive dental reconstruction the price can rise to over $95000. This high-end estimate includes 2 – 6 dental implants used to act as permanent anchors for premium quality, realistic, dentures. Bone grafts, expensive materials, realistic craftsmanship, and a host of extra surgical services and procedures are included in this cost.

Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

The endosteal implant is not particularly invasive. There is no upper age limit for the procedure, and most adults can have this procedure performed with little to no concern. However, there are a few people who may not be compatible with this procedure. You may not be compatible with this procedure if:

  • You do not perform proper dental hygiene regularly. Improper hygiene can cause the implant to fail.
  • You have health issues that would conflict with anesthesia being used, such as heart conditions.
  • You have degenerative bone disease in your jawbone. This will make it difficult for the implant to fuse properly with the bone.
  • You are a young teenager. Your jawbone must be fully matured before this procedure is recommended. This typically does not happen until around the age of 14 – 15 for girls and 16-18 for boys.
  • You do not have a jawbone that can support the implant. If this is the case, you may be able to receive a dental augmentation bone graft to reinforce and reshape the jawbone.
  • You are a hemophiliac. While this surgery is not particularly invasive, it can be dangerous for someone who bleeds without clotting appropriately.

Despite these restrictions, if you are in reasonably good health you may be able to receive an implant. You will need to discuss the specifics with your dentist or oral surgeon prior to the implantation process.

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Nearly everyone has had a case of halitosis (bad breath) at least once or twice in their lifetime. It can be one of the most embarrassing moments of your life when you are young, and unpleasant but not nearly as embarrassing when you are older. As people get older,...

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What is Gum Disease?

An Introduction to Gum Disease Most people at one time or another have visited a dentist to treat gum problems. Bacterial growth is a result of plaque buildup and the major cause for gum disease. If plaque is not removed, it can harden and cause problems. This plaque...

read more

Root Canal Treatment?

Understanding Root Canal treatment In dental parlance, root canal treatment is termed as endodontic treatment; where ‘endo’ means inside and ‘donto’ means tooth. Inside the tooth is a cavity that is filled with soft pulp and tooth nerves. Once the tooth has emerged...

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