Check Out The Checkup!

At Summer Dental in Las Vegas we want to see each one of our patients for a cleaning and checkup twice a year. Most of the time we try to get you to schedule your next appointment even as you leave the office from your latest one.

There are some very good reasons for seeing us twice a year. Along with daily brushing and flossing, six-month cleanings and checkups are the best way to ensure you have good dental health. That means clean teeth with no cavities, and pink healthy gums.

Most appointments begin with a cleaning from the hygienist. During the cleaning we’ll scrape any tartar from your teeth. Tartar is hardened plaque, and you can’t get it off with a toothbrush and floss. That’s one of the reasons brushing twice a day is so important: it helps prevent plaque buildup!

Scraping tartar off of your teeth is known as scaling. Once your teeth are scaled, we’ll polish them with a gritty toothpaste. This is pretty harsh stuff, and it does a fabulous job removing any surface stains on your teeth. Sometimes patients wonder if they can get something like it for use at home. The trouble with that is that it’s just too abrasive to use every day.

After scaling and brushing, the last step is flossing. Then, it’s the dentist’s turn.

During the checkup we look for any new cavities that may have appeared since your last visit. We might take X-rays, although this is not done at every visit. We’ll examine your gums, too, for any signs of gum disease.

Finally, we’ll look at your tongue, throat, face and and head, and your neck. We’re checking for swelling or redness, or any signs of cancer.

And that, in a nutshell, is how your visit to the dentist goes. At Summer Dental in Las Vegas our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today!

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

702-852-2829

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

10965 Lavender Hill Dr., #120
Las Vegas, Nevada
89135


Relieving Your Dental Anxiety At Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces

Relieving Your Dental Anxiety At Summer Dental - Kids|Adults|Braces

If you tense up just thinking about going to the dentist, you may benefit from sedation dentistry offered by Summer Dental in Las Vegas.

Millions of Americans stress out because they have to see the dentist. It is referred to as dental anxiety. There is a more severe form, too, called dental phobia. In both, some people would rather skip the dentist altogether than sit down for a checkup. The problem with that is it puts their dental health at risk.

There are lots of reasons why people develop anxiety or phobia over dental care. It often stems from a bad experience they had with a dentist as a kid. Fear of pain is often involved, as well as a fear of anesthesics and possible side effects.

Whatever the cause, sedation dentistry has helped millions of people get through their dentist appointments. We offer three types:

  • Nitrous Oxide. You also know this as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide has been used in dentistry for more than a century and is highly effective.
  • Oral conscious sedation. You take a sedative an hour or so before the appointment. You won’t sleep, but will be in a deeply relaxed state. When the appointment is over, someone will have to drive you home.
  • IV Sedation. As the name suggests, this is a sedative that is administered intravenously. You won’t sleep with this on, either, but will be in a deeply relaxed state. You’ll need an escort for a ride here and back.

It is essential that you do not compromise your dental health by skipping the dentist. Sedation dentistry from Summer Dental in Las Vegas may be just what you need. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

702-852-2829

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

10965 Lavender Hill Dr., #120
Las Vegas, Nevada
89135

 

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Multi-Procedure Dental Visits Save Time And Hassle

Multi-Procedure Dental Visits in Las VegasIf you are planning extensive cosmetic dental work at Summer Dental in Las Vegas, you may be wondering whether to do it all at once or one procedure at a time over an extended period. Here are some factors to look at:

Cost
In the long run, it is less pricey to do it all at once. At Summer Dental, we are able to complete several procedures in one visit. We know that complete smile transformations are a significant investment.

Time
With the latest materials and unprecedented cosmetic dental techniques, healing is faster than in the past. However, some procedures may require a healing period.

It is easier physically and psychologically to have the fewest possible visits to the dentist. You should also consider how your dental visits and necessary healing periods will affect your employment and family life. You will have less down time if you receive several procedures at once.

Aesthetic Results
While we routinely achieve great outcomes when doing a smile makeover in steps, multiple porcelain restorations are best fabricated in the same “batch” for the most precise color matching.

Sedation Dentistry
When you come in for a smile analysis, we can discuss sedation dentistry. Many dental patients benefit from this safe and effective solution for pain and anxiety management.

At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, cosmetic dentistry can transform your smile. Schedule a consultation with us and we’ll devleop a plan that works best for you. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

702-852-2829

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

10965 Lavender Hill Dr., #120
Las Vegas, Nevada
89135

 

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Not Too Late To Get Them Straight

North Las Vegas cosmetic dental and adult braces

Are you an adult with misaligned teeth? Do you regret not having orthodontic treatment when you were younger? It’s not too late to straighten your teeth, and with clear braces from Summer Dental in Las Vegas, you can do it discreetly.

Clear braces produce excellent results in many patients. Unlike traditional braces, there are no wires or brackets or rubber bands. Even better, they are almost undetectable to people who are standing just a few feet away from you.

Clear braces are so undetectable, in fact, that some people call them invisible. Of course, they are not invisible – but they’re really close.

They look a lot like an athlete’s mouth guard. The proper term for such braces is “aligner.” They are made of clear plastic and are worn over your teeth to gradually bring them into alignment.

One of the things that people like best about clear braces is that they are removable. You can take them out at mealtime, and when you brush your teeth at night. You should wear them while you sleep, however. For the best results it’s recommended they be worn for at least twenty-two hours each day.

Clear braces are a great choice for adults who didn’t have braces when they were younger, but don’t want to wear traditional braces at work. They are not for everyone, however. They are not good for patients who, for example, have severely rotated teeth.

To find out if clear braces are right for you, schedule a consultation with Summer Dental in Las Vegas. We have clear braces from Invisalign. We also provide a full range of cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

702-852-2829

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

10965 Lavender Hill Dr., #120
Las Vegas, Nevada
89135

 

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Dental Breakthroughs On The Horizon

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At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, we use the latest technology to provide our patients with quality dentistry. In addition, we keep up-to-date on the latest research that is pushing the industry forward.

Here are some of the intriguing dental technologies currently being studied and tested:

Fill and Heal: Bioactive Glass
A new type of filling created from ‘bioactive glass’ has been shown to lengthen the life of fillings by restricting secondary decay and replacing lost minerals.

“Bioactive glass, which is a type of crushed glass that is able to interact with the body, has been used in some types of bone healing for decades. This type of glass is only beginning to see use in dentistry, and our research shows it may be very promising for tooth fillings.” Jamie Kruzic, professor of advanced structural and biomaterials at the Oregon State University College of Engineering

Stem Cells
Stem cell regenerative medicine is poised to provide a plethora of exciting innovations in dentistry.

A research team from the University of Nottingham and Harvard University is applying stem cell technology to dentistry with the development of stem-cell based biomaterials that regenerate tooth dentin.2 The intent is to use them in fillings and root canals to save and regenerate tooth structure. The research is in its early stages, but this technology could one day help preserve millions of smiles for individuals worldwide.

3D Printing
3D printing is already being used in some dental offices to fabricate aligners, retainers, drilling guides for implant placement, and extremely accurate models for restorations. As the printers become faster and less costly, you will be seeing them in more Nevada  dental offices.

Technology has its place, but experience, proficiency, and a warm and attentive chairside manner are just as crucial. The experienced team at Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces invites you to appreciate the difference at our comfortable dental office. Call today to make an appointment.

At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, advanced dental technology is an important part of the dental care we provide. Services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

702-852-2829

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

10965 Lavender Hill Dr., #120
Las Vegas, Nevada
89135

 

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Summer Dental Takes Care Of Plaque, Calculus, And Cavities

Las Vegas Guide To Plaque, Calculus, And Cavities

At Summe Dental in Las Vegas, we find that many of our patients get a couple of dental terms mixed up. In  this post, we would like to clarify the differences between plaque, calculus, and cavities.

Plaque is a film that covers teeth – a sticky layer of bacteria. You can remove plaque through daily brushing and flossing. However, if it isn’t removed it can build up and harden into calculus.

Calculus, also known as tartar, is hardened plaque that also accumulates minerals from food and saliva. Regular check-ups and cleanings are necessary to remove tartar as well as hard-to-reach plaque.

Plaque and calculus are not cavities

A cavity is basically a hole in the tooth caused by decay. Because plaque and calculus contain bacteria, the bacteria release acids which accelerate tooth decay and eventually lead to more cavities.

A good rule of thumb is this: Avoid plaque to avoid calculus and tartar to avoid tooth decay to avoid cavities.

We hope you’ve found this helpful. At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, our staff loves to answer any questions you have about dental health. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. To keep your smile clean and tartar-free, schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today!

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

702-852-2829

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

10965 Lavender Hill Dr., #120
Las Vegas, Nevada
89135

 

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5 Cavity Basics

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The desire to prevent tooth decay is one of the main reasons people go to their regular checkups at Summer Dental in Las Vegas.

In this post, we are going to talk about five things you need to know about cavities.

1. Cavities are also called caries. When a tooth is permanently damaged in the hard surface, tiny openings emerge. These little holes are cavities.

2. Factors that contribute to decay are:

  • Frequent eating
  • Consuming sugary beverages
  • Oral bacteria
  • Poor dental hygiene

3. Cavities may get so bad that you will see pits or holes in your teeth, but symptoms may be more subtle, such as sensitivity, pain when biting, or a toothache. If you observe any of these symptoms, you should call your dentist today to schedule an appointment.

4. Cavities are more common among youngsters, but that doesn’t mean adults don’t have to take precautions.

5. Avoiding cavities is straightforward. Be sure to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, eat right, and forego frequent snacking.

At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, we want all our patients to enjoy excellent dental health. Toward that end, we encourage you to come into our office every six months for a professional cleaning and checkup. Services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

702-852-2829

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

10965 Lavender Hill Dr., #120
Las Vegas, Nevada
89135

 

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How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

North Las Vegas tooth implants cost

This blog post from Summer Dental in Las Vegas looks at the cost of dental implants. If you’ve researched it online you may have found that getting a straight answer can be elusive. But there is a reason for that.

It can be confusing to research the cost of a dental implant and finding nothing solid. We’ll use this space to discuss why most dental practice websites don’t publish this information.

1. The Math Might Come Out Higher Than it Should
The number of teeth being replaced may be more than the number of implants needed to cover that section of the mouth. Implant dentists want to offer accurate pricing rather than scare you away with higher estimates. It takes a quick consultation to review dental history, evaluate needs and construct a treatment plan. This could mean a more efficient surgery with fewer implants.

2. There Might Be Something Better For You
While dental implants really are the state of the art in tooth replacement, much better than a bridge or denture, sometimes the technique won’t be what you thought it was going to be, or maybe you aren’t a good candidate for the process.

3. Supply Costs and Lab Costs Change

A ballpark number might be possible to post on the Internet but the changing cost of supplies and lab fees make it impossible to guarantee an accurate price. Dentists who offer implants can precisely calculate dental implant surgery costs based on current prices when you come in for a consultation. Please make an appointment to quickly and accurately get these answers.

At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, our patients always come first – whether it’s for a dental implant, or a simple checkup and cleaning. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

702-852-2829

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

10965 Lavender Hill Dr., #120
Las Vegas, Nevada
89135

 

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Pregnancy And Oral Health

Pregnancy And Oral Health In Las Vegas

In this post from Summer Dental in Las Vegas, we will discuss how pregnancy impacts your dental health. Because of the changes going on in a pregnant woman’s body, there are potential dental health issues that may arise.

During their pregnancies, many women experience morning sickness accompanied with vomiting. The gastric acid increases the acidity in the mouth which can easily lead to enamel loss and tooth decay. Heightened levels of progesterone and estrogen may relax the ligaments that support the teeth causing them to loosen.

Also during pregnancy, the hormonal changes increase the risk of gingivitis. Without proper dental care gingivitis can lead to gum disease.

If you are planning to start a family, we recommend that you have a cleaning and exam prior to your pregnancy. If you need any dental procedures, it is a good idea to get them done as soon as possible.

At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, we offer general and cosmetic dentistry for the entire family. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

702-852-2829

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

10965 Lavender Hill Dr., #120
Las Vegas, Nevada
89135

 

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How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

North Las Vegas tooth implants cost

This post from Summer Dental in Las Vegas looks at pricing dental implants. Many patients say it’s hard getting a quick answer, which they find to be frustrating. But there is a reason for that.

It can be confusing to research the cost of getting a dental implant and finding nothing solid on the web. Let us take a moment to explain why most dentistry sites don’t publish the cost of implants.

1. The Math Might Come Out Higher Than it Should
The number of teeth being replaced may be more than the number of implants needed to cover that section of the mouth. Implant dentists want to offer accurate pricing rather than scare you away with higher estimates. It takes a simple consultation to review dental history, evaluate needs and design a treatment plan. This could mean a more efficient surgery with fewer implants.

2. There Might Be Something Better For Your Mouth
While dental implants really are the state of the art in tooth replacement, much better than a bridge or denture, sometimes the procedure won’t be what you thought it was going to be, or maybe you aren’t a good candidate for the process.

3. Supply Costs and Lab Costs Change

A ballpark number might be possible to post on the Internet, but the changing cost of supplies and lab fees make it impossible to guarantee a specific price for full mouth dental implants. Dentists who offer implants can accurately calculate dental implant surgery costs based on current prices when you come in for a consultation.

Please make an appointment to quickly and accurately get these answers abourt dental implants from Summer Dental in Las Vegas. We also offer orthodontics, and a full range of dental services. Call for an appointment today.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

702-852-2829

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

10965 Lavender Hill Dr., #120
Las Vegas, Nevada
89135

 

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