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4 of the Strangest Dental Emergencies Around

December 14, 2022

Filed under: general dentistry — drwest @ 9:34 am
A woman facing a strange dental emergency

In most cases, a dental emergency stems from fairly common causes. One might be a toothache due to an infection, while another involves teeth chipped by a sports injury. That said, some of these urgent care scenarios can get pretty darn strange. There have even been patients who had dental issues dentists couldn’t believe at first. If you’d like to learn a few of these weird incidents, your Las Vegas dentist can oblige. Here, then, are four of the strangest dental emergencies ever to happen.


When Can You Get Dentures After Having Teeth Pulled?

November 8, 2022

Filed under: general dentistry — drwest @ 11:12 pm
person with dentures smiling

Have you recently had a tooth pulled or are you preparing for an extraction? There are several reasons why this may be necessary, such as decay, trauma, and overcrowding. For those left with gaps in their grin, the thought of having missing teeth replaced can be exciting. Since dentures are a common way to do this, you may be wondering how long you need to wait before you can get them read on to learn when you can get dentures after having teeth pulled.


6 Factors Affecting the Lifespan of Dental Implants

October 11, 2022

Filed under: general dentistry — Tags: — drwest @ 6:01 pm

Model of dental implant500,000 people per year are ditching traditional bridges and dentures to restore their smiles with the next best thing to real teeth. A dental implant is the only prosthetic to replicate both the root and the crown. Not only does it look and feel natural, but a dental implant has over a 95% success rate; however, it’s a big investment because it can last for decades. It’s worth the time and money because you may never need replacements, but how long do dental implants last? The answer depends on 6 factors that affect the lifespan of your new smile.


4 Signs Your Veneers Need to Be Replaced

August 7, 2022

Filed under: general dentistry — Tags: — drwest @ 4:27 pm

Woman at dentist for veneer replacementVeneers cover several aesthetic flaws using a single procedure to create a picture-perfect smile. They can correct stains, chips, and gaps using a solution that can thrive for years; however, veneers won’t last forever. You won’t have to worry about replacing veneers often, but here are 4 signs that it’s time to contact your cosmetic dentist.


3 Tips to Extend the Lifespan of Your Veneers

July 13, 2022

Filed under: general dentistry — drwest @ 1:08 am
person brushing to extend the lifespan of veneers

There is a range of ways to correct imperfections with your smile. Porcelain veneers are a popular option since they can fix a range of cosmetic issues, including chips, cracks, discoloration, alignment problems, gaps, and misshapen teeth. These durable shells are made from dental-grade porcelain and are attached to the front surface of the teeth after a small amount of enamel is removed to make them fit snuggly. Veneers can last upward of 15 years with proper care, but there are several ways to extend their lifespan even more. Read on to learn three tips to make your porcelain veneers last.


Will Getting Veneers Result in Sensitive Teeth?

June 8, 2022

Filed under: general dentistry — drwest @ 10:46 pm
 patient speaking with dentist about sensitive teeth with veneers

If your teeth are beginning to show signs of wear, you may be considering cosmetic dental treatments like porcelain veneers. These thin shells can correct a range of cosmetic issues, including stained teeth, cracks, chips, or alignment issues, misshapen teeth, and gaps. Since a small amount of enamel has to be removed to prepare teeth for veneers, you may wonder if this will cause sensitive teeth. Continue reading to learn how the process works, the perks, and if veneers will make your teeth more sensitive.


Can Porcelain Veneers Be Made Out of Other Materials?

April 14, 2022

Filed under: general dentistry — drwest @ 2:29 pm
Dentist showing patient veneer options

Even if you need dental veneers, you may think they’ll be too expensive.  After all, they’re usually made of porcelain, something that naturally blends with the size, color, and structure of your teeth. It only makes sense, given such high-quality, that treatment would be costly.

However, what if you could get your veneers made with different materials?

Though the popular choice, porcelain isn’t the only material dentists can offer. Find out what’s really available in this guide to alternative dental veneers!


4 Issues That Can Keep You from Getting Dental Implants

February 2, 2022

Filed under: general dentistry — drwest @ 1:38 pm
person with nice teeth thanks to dental implants smiling

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, an estimated 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and approximately 40 million are missing all of them. This can cause people to feel less confident in their smiles and can also lead to a range of oral health issues. Fortunately, dental implants can fill in the gaps and keep your smile healthy. Though these sturdy, titanium posts are an excellent way to once again enjoy a complete set of pearly whites, there are a few things that can keep you from getting them. Read on to learn what they are!


5 Questions You Should Ask at Your Dental Implant Consultation

December 28, 2021

Filed under: general dentistry — drwest @ 10:39 pm
dentist talking during dental implant consultation

Do you suffer from extensive tooth loss? If so, you’re probably looking for ways to rebuild your smile and restore your confidence. Well, dental implants are an excellent solution that can help you accomplish just that! However, because it’s a major treatment that requires oral surgery, it’s crucial to be well-informed before moving forward with the process. That said, here are five questions you should ask at your dental implant consultation.


Sleep Test: What to Expect and How to Prepare

November 9, 2021

Filed under: general dentistry — drwest @ 6:19 pm
patient doing sleep test

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that affects millions of Americans every year, causing numerous pauses in breathing throughout the night. If you suffer from chronic snoring, wake up with a headache, or have trouble getting a good night’s rest, you might be a victim of the sleep disorder. In that case, your dentist will likely recommend a sleep test to confirm a diagnosis. Not sure what that is? Read along as we explain how a sleep test works and what you can do to prepare for it.  

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