When Wayward Teeth Take A Crooked Path

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Malocclusion is dental-speak for crooked teeth. When you examine all the different ways that teeth can be positioned, it is not surprising that malocclusion presents itself in numerous forms. Malocclusion can lead to other issues, but orthodontics from Summer Dental in Las Vegas can help.

The number of ways that teeth can come in may surprise you:

When teeth slant forward, it is called upper protrusion, but you may have heard this impairment described, unkindly, as “buck teeth.”

An overbite occurs when the upper front teeth come down too far over the lower teeth when the mouth is closed. An underbite is the reverse —the upper front teeth close farther back than the lower front teeth. An open bite refers to a bite in which the upper don’t overlap the lower teeth. This can happen on the whole bite or just one side.

Tooth rotation is one of the most prevalent forms of malocclusion. Rotated teeth appear as if they are twisting out of place. Tooth rotation can create the illusion of uneven coloring because of the way light reflects off the face of teeth.

When the upper and lower palate are out of alignment to the point where the upper teeth close onto the wrong side of the lower teeth, it is called a cross bite.

In some rare cases – called transposition – teeth erupt in spots where other teeth should be. For example, a canine (pointed tooth) comes in where an incisor (front biting tooth) should be. Can you imagine trying to chew if your teeth have been playing musical chairs?

Many people with crooked teeth are too self-conscious to smile, but aesthetics are not the only issue at play. Crooked teeth increases the chance of cavities, tooth damage, and temporomandibular joint  disorder (TMD). Children with crooked teeth may have difficulty learning how to speak, and if they can’t chew meat and raw vegetables thoroughly, they may miss out on necessary nutrients due to a limited diet.

If you or your child has crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, we invite you to schedule an examination at Summer Dental in Las Vegas. Our orthodontics, whether it’s traditional metal braces of clear braces from Invisalign, can make all the difference. Call us today.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

725-666-2396

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

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How Long Will A Dental Crown Last?

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Dental professionals use crowns (sometimes called caps) in many restorative treatments. A crown adds strength to a tooth that has a large filling or has been injured, a crown can correct bite misalignments, and a crown is usually necessary after a root canal. In a dental implant procedure, attaching the crown to the abutment is the final step.

Crowns are also used extensively for purely cosmetic problems: yellow teeth, stained teeth, too-small teeth, and teeth that are misshapen.

Dental crowns are fabricated from a variety of materials that vary in appearance and strength:

1. All ceramic (porcelain-based)
2. Porcelain fused to metal
3. Gold alloys
4. Base metal alloys

Your dentist can help you determine which type is right for you. Factors to consider are: the location of the crown in the mouth, your budget, and any allergies to metal.

When many Las Vegas dentists provide a crown restoration, they use a process that requires two office visits. On the first visit, the dentist will prepare the tooth and take an impression for the dental lab. Then, the dentist will make a temporary crown for the patient to use until the permanent crown is ready.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last? Dental crowns can last for many years, but are not designed to last indefinitely. Even with proper care, dental patients should not expect crowns to be trouble-free for decades. There is encouraging evidence, however, that points to a high success rate: a 2009 study found that more than 90% of dental crowns will not require treatment within five years of placement. The study also found that 50% to 80% last from 15 to 20 years.1

At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, we provide quality dental crowns. We also provide orthodontics, and other services. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

725-666-2396

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 


Metal Braces in Las Vegas

A perfect smile and straight teeth look great, but there is more to healthy teeth than just appearance. At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, we offer both clear and metal braces to help our patients achieve a perfect bite.

The simple truth is that almost no one is born with a perfect bite. If you’re among that tiny group that was, well – you’re lucky! For the rest of us, there are some very good reasons to consider improving the bite.

There are problems associated with misaligned teeth and an imperfect bite. There is usually some kind of pain or discomfort when teeth aren’t properly aligned. There can also be undue pressure on the teeth.

Teeth can be brought into alignment with steady pressure to the teeth and the surrounding bone structure. In time, that pressure changes their position, and brings the bite into proper alignment.

Obviously, this is an exacting science. One of the options at Summer Dental is traditional braces. Traditional metal braces are brackets and bands that are cemented to the teeth that are attached to one another with wire, which applies the pressure that, over time, brings the bite into proper alignment.

Clear braces, such as those available from Invisalign, are clear aligner trays that look a lot like an athlete’s mouth guard. They’re removable, but must be worn at least twenty-two hours a day to be the most effective. The aligners are created from impressions of the teeth, along with X-rays and other imaging.

Metal braces and Invisalign clear braces are both available from Summer Dental in Las Vegas. We can help you determine which are best for your bite. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric dentistry, and offer extended and weekend hours for your convenience. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

725-666-2396

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 


Makeovers For Busy Smiles: Cosmetic Dentistry in Las Vegas

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Have you been considering improving your smile with cosmetic dentistry, but think you can’t fit it into your hectic schedule? Let Summer Dental in Las Vegas put your mind at ease.

Cosmetic dentistry is quicker than you think. Some procedures can be done in just one visit.

One of the most popular procedures we offer is porcelain veneers. These are custom-made, medical-grade ceramic shells that five over the front part of your teeth. They can fix chipped teeth, cracked teeth, discolored teeth, and slightly misshapen teeth. Porcelain veneers can change your smile into something dazzling.

Veneers are primarily cosmetic, but they can achieve small teeth realignments. To completely realign your bite, you may want to think about adult orthodontics. Metal braces are smaller and more comfortable than they used to be, and one of the most popular forms of orthodontics available.

Another popular form of orthodontics are Invisalign clear braces. Sometimes called “invisible,” clear braces are so inconspicuous, that people standing just a few feet from you may not realize you’re wearing them.

If you replace your old silver fillings with tooth colored fillings, you can open wide without flashing any silver. Your rear molars will look like they did before you had any cavities filled.

At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, we use cosmetic dentistry to create sensational smiles every day. It’s your turn! Call us schedule an appointment.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

725-666-2396

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 


5 Reasons To Choose Cosmetic Dentistry

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When was the last time you looked into the mirror? Were you satisfied with what you saw? If the answer is, “Not really,” then you may want to check out these 5 great reasons to talk to us at Summer Dental in Las Vegas about cosmetic dentistry.

1. The first reason is that a little cosmetic dentistry goes a long way. Some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as porcelain veneers, are simple and easy to do, but they can have compelling results.

2. Next, you might be surprised at how competitively priced it is! Next time you are in the office of your dentist, ask for a price chart. You may be pleasantly surprised.

3. Don’t worry about pain, we’ll keep you comfortable. Many cosmetic dental patients expect the procedures to be painful, but we’re trained to help you stay relaxed and free from discomfort.

4. You’re never too old! Many men and women think that cosmetic dentistry procedures are only for the young, but teeth continue to change throughout your life and these procedures may be exactly what is needed.

5. We can treat your particular cosmetic dental issue. Some folks have been led to believe that they have to live with chipped, cracked, or missing teeth, but we have the tools and procedures to fix a wide array of dental troubles.

If you are looking for a dentist, Summer Dental would love to help you. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and clear braces from Invisalign, among many other services. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

725-666-2396

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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