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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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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Help! My Crown Came Off!

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You are chewing an apple and hear an odd sound, then something in your mouth feels wrong. One of your crowns has come loose. Chances are, the crown can be re-cemented. What do you do before heading over to Summer Dental in Las Vegas? It’s vital that you take the following steps:

Don’t Swallow It!
This may seem like a no-brainer, but we are mentioning it because it has been known to happen. If you do, you will have some extra issues that aren’t pleasant. Instead, carefully take the crown out of your mouth.

Look Carefully
Inspect the crown and your tooth. If there is damage to either, we will need that information. Which brings us to number 3:

Call Summer Dental
We will schedule an appointment promptly and guide you on whether you should use temporary cement to re-attach the crown until you can get to our office and have it permanently re-cemented.

Clean Gently
Use a toothbrush to carefully clean the crown and the unprotected partial tooth.

Handle With Care
While waiting for the crown to be re-cemented, don’t eat anything that is chewy, sticky, or crunchy.

At Summer Dental in Las Vegas we provide crowns and bridges, as well as emergency dentistry. Call our office to 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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Have Your Dessert!

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At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, we know it’s too much to ask that you never indulge in sugary treats. (Who doesn’t love cake?) But did you know that eating sweets at certain times is better for your teeth than others?

For instance, when you eat a full meal, your saliva production increases. This helps to rinse food particles from your mouth as well as neutralize the acids that cause plaque. This is great news for dessert lovers, because it means that sweets consumed after meals have less of a chance to harm your teeth because your mouth is already in a better condition for cleaning. Sweets eaten with a meal are preferable to sugary treats eaten alone.

Additionally, remember that the type of treat is as important as when you eat it. We are constantly reminding dental patients that sticky candies stay on your teeth for a long time, even when your saliva is flowing. And hard candies that you suck for an extended time give bacteria a perfect environment to create dangerous enamel-weakening acids.

Make no mistake: we still recommend that you limit sweets. But it’s good to know that it’s better to have them at certain times.

At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. 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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Are You At Risk For Bone Recession?

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We all know that a healthy smile requires cavity-free teeth and healthy gums. But here’s a question from Summer Dental in Las Vegas: how often do we appreciate our jaw bone? Our teeth need a strong firm foundation to remain healthy and beautiful.

This post looks at bone recession. Occasionally, a patient experiences bone recession in their jaw which can cause tooth loss and other troubles. However, it is ordinarily the other way around. The bone loss occurs as a result of a lost tooth because the blood supply and stimulus needed for maintaining healthy bone is taken away.

Let’s look at the most common causes of jaw bone recession:

Extracted Teeth
Bone is living tissue and needs stimulation to stay healthy and retain its size and density. Biting, chewing, talking and all the other normal mouth functions keep the portion of the bone surrounding the tooth root healthy. When a tooth is extracted, the bone that used to anchor the tooth root recedes as if it understands that it is no longer needed. A dental implant provides stimulation similar to the natural tooth and can prohibit bone recession.

Gum Infection
A gum infection can result when gum inflammation goes untreated and progresses to periodontitis. With periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth creating pockets which provide the perfect breeding ground for the dangerous infection.

Gum infections can proceed undetected, though there are usually warning signs. Swollen, painful gums, loose teeth, and gums that bleed when brushed are symptoms of periodontitis. The infection dissolves bone as the gums pull away from the tooth. Inadequate oral hygiene increases the risk of gum disease but other factors can compromise gum health. These include smoking (no surprise here), hormone levels, diseases that lower immune system effectiveness, medications that cause dry mouth, and genetic predisposition.

Abscessed Tooth
An abscess is a pus-filled pocket of infection that occurs in the nerve and roots of a tooth. As the infection attacks the tooth and bone tissue it creates a space that fills with pus. There are several treatments for a tooth abscess including antibiotics to kill the infection, a root canal, or extraction, if necessary.

If you would like to replace a missing tooth with an implant, but don’t have enough bone at the implant site, you might be a candidate for bone grafting. Bone grafting may sound like major oral surgery but it is really a routine procedure performed in a dental office.

If you have experienced bone recession due to gum disease, an abscess, an extracted tooth, or any other reason, let’s discuss your options. You may benefit from a dental implant from Summer Dental in Las Vegas. Other 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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Beautiful Teeth For Your Every Emotion

porcelain veneers price Las VegasUnfortunately, not everyone in Las Vegas smiles all the time. And not everyone is smiled at all the time. But even frowns need to be clean if you want to maintain a high level of oral health. If you are looking for a dentist that will keep your teeth ready for a smile at a moment’s notice, we invite you to schedule a consultation at Summer Dental in Las Vegas.

If it’s not a mega-watt celebrity smile you’re looking for, then perhaps we could interest you in a more serious professional look or a sly half grin. If your frown’s getting you down, even when your teeth have been cleaned, let us help you achieve the look that will make you proud to smile. We can meet your needs and answer your questions:

How much do braces cost in North Las Vegas?
What is that pain when I chew?
Do I need a crown?
What can be done with a chipped tooth?
Am I a candidate for veneers?
How does a dental bridge work?
Will my insurance pay for porcelain crowns?

At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, we are enthusiastic about providing improvements to your smile, which will improve your confidence both personally and professionally. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric 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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Patient Education Is A Priority At Summer Dental

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At Summer Dental in Las Vegas,  providing guidance on oral health and all things having to do with dentistry is an essential part of what we do. We know that good dental health depends on good habits, so we want you to have all the information you need.

When patients are in need of a dental procedure such as a filling or a crown, we take the time to explain the treatment and why it needs to be done. We also explain how to care for your teeth post-procedure.

We know that patients want a smile that is beautiful as well as healthy. We work to make you aware of the cosmetic dental procedures that can improve smiles dramatically. Procedures such as veneers are simple but can have amazing results.

If you are in the Las Vegas area and are looking for a highly skilled dentist with superior communication skills, give us a call at Summer Dental. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric 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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Do You Love Your Smile?

Las Vegas Cosmetic DentistryThe people who are happiest with their smiles have healthy, straight teeth that sparkle when they laugh. Most perfect smiles you see were not always that way. They are the result of cosmetic dentistry performed by an experienced aesthetic dentist, like the team at Summer Dental in Las Vegas.

At Summer Dental we provide state-of-the-art procedures that deliver dazzling, flawless teeth for our patients. We treat people of all ages; you are never too young or too old to improve your smile!

Two common smile problems are yellow enamel and chipped teeth.

Discolored Teeth

Few Las Vegas people have pearly white smiles that stay that way forever. Even with consistent brushing, flossing and regular dental cleanings, our teeth darken as we age. Fortunately, the most affordable Las Vegas cosmetic dentistry procedure is tooth bleaching. Picture yourself with a celebrity-caliber smile. It is possible with safe and affordable teeth whitening.

Damaged Teeth

Our teeth work hard for us day after day, year after year. Sometimes they get chipped or cracked in the process. If you would like to fix your tooth flaws, schedule a consultation with us. We use porcelain veneers every day to remedy tooth trauma. Cosmetic bonding has been used with fabulous results for many years and bonding is usually a fraction of the price of a crown.

At Summer Dental in Las Vegas we provide cosmetic dentistry, and have a team of in-house specialists to deliver the best possible care. Schedule your next 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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Floss Pick Facts For Las Vegas

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Health-conscious people want to keep their teeth as clean as possible, and have regular check ups at Summer Dental in Las Vegas. But people also look for convenience. That’s why many of them turn to floss picks instead of standard dental floss.

These little tools are quite handy. They usually have a handle that is pointed and can double as a toothpick, and a length of floss strung in a U-shaped groove. They are reasonably priced and can be used more discretely than floss.

While this may seem like a dream come true for those hoping to make flossing a more regular part of their oral health routine, floss picks are still a step below actual floss when it comes to effectiveness.

The American Dental Association has only approved dental floss for cleaning in between teeth. One issue is that floss picks can’t curve and form the angles needed for superior cleaning.

So, what is a responsible dental patient to do? The first thing is to talk to us at Summer Dental. If you love floss picks, continue to use them when convenient. But try to use regular dental floss daily.

If you are looking for a new dentist, we hope that you consider Summer Dental in Las Vegas. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and check up 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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Why You Need A Local Dentist

Our practice, Summer Dental in Las Vegas, offers family dentistry, general dentistry and many cosmetic dental services. If you have a family and are looking for a family dentist, give us a call.

A Dentist Close to Home is Best

If you live in the Las Vegas area, it is wise to choose a local dentist for your family dentist. It will be easier and more convenient for every member of your family to come in for regular examinations and cleanings. Most busy parents don’t need the extra inconvenience of a long commute to a dental appointment. And what if you experience a dental emergency? A local dentist who knows your family is best equipped to handle an unexpected dental need.

In addition to basic preventative dental health services such as fluoride treatments, routine x-rays and oral hygiene, we offer family dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and orthodontics.

Keep Kids’ Smiles Healthy

Parents with infants and toddlers often ask about thumb-sucking, the health of baby teeth, x-ray safety, and fluoride supplements. Parents with older children are often interested in sealants, tooth protection for sports, tooth straightening, and dental financing.

We look forward to answering all of your questions. Summer Dental in Las Vegas offers general and cosmetic dentistry.

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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