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What Does It Feel Like to Have Dental Implants?

May 13, 2024

Filed under: general dentistry — drwest @ 9:25 pm
Lady thinks something over

Dental implants are titanium posts used to replace lost teeth by supporting a crown, bridge, or denture. These posts are surgically placed in the jawbone, where they fuse with the surrounding structure through the natural process of osseointegration to create a strong hold that allows the appliance to function just like a natural tooth. If you’re considering getting dental implants, you are undoubtedly wondering about what they feel like. Here’s how it feels to have dental implants when you first get them and after you’ve gotten used to having them.


DIY Tooth Rescue: Can You Reinsert a Knocked-Out Tooth?

February 9, 2024

Filed under: general dentistry — drwest @ 7:32 pm
A woman holding her knocked-out tooth

A knocked-out tooth is a serious dental emergency that needs to be resolved quickly. Because of their unique biology, teeth can’t survive outside of the socket for very long before the chances of putting it back in successfully go down significantly. So, many patients want to know if they can put the tooth back in themselves if the worst happens.

If you’re curious whether a DIY solution for a knocked-out tooth is possible, continue reading.


Veneers or Lumineers: That is the Question

January 8, 2024

Filed under: general dentistry — drwest @ 8:29 pm
Nose to chin view of someone smiling with half of their teeth covered by veneers

It’s natural to feel self-conscious about chipped, cracked, stained, or overcrowded teeth. Fortunately, your dentist has cosmetic solutions to address these problems, such as porcelain veneers or Lumineers. Both are attached to your teeth to mask imperfections, but how do you know which is best for you? Only your dentist can recommend one over the other based on your current dental condition, but it helps to be well-informed about the options. Keep reading to learn more so that you can make an educated decision when the time comes!


From Turkey to Tannins: Thanksgiving Foods That Stain Your Teeth

November 17, 2023

Filed under: general dentistry — drwest @ 5:23 pm
A family enjoying Thanksgiving after Mom's teeth whitening treatment

Thanksgiving is the time of year when your closeness to family is seconded only by the fullness of your stomach. It’s a special time to celebrate togetherness and indulge in your favorite vibrant holiday dishes and rich beverages. Consequently, it’s also the time of year when many people consider teeth whitening treatments

If you want to see the top five worst Thanksgiving foods and beverages for your pearly whites, continue reading. 


What Causes a Black Line Near a Crown?

September 5, 2023

Filed under: general dentistry — drwest @ 8:50 pm

Dentist discussing dental crown with female patientA dental crown is a great option to preserve a tooth that’s been compromised by decay, infection, or other issues. Crowns are made of high-quality materials to last for a decade or more with the correct care. However, you may see a black line appearing where your crown meets the gum line over time. Don’t panic. Here’s what’s causing the blemish and what your dentist can do to resolve it.


How Many Hours a Day Can You Wear Dentures? 

July 6, 2023

Filed under: general dentistry — drwest @ 12:48 am
older person with dentures smiling

Dentures boast an extensive historical legacy, dating back to ancient civilizations, and they maintain their status as a preferred remedy for tooth loss. These dental prosthetics not only reinstate functionality and aesthetics but also bestow individuals with the assurance to smile, speak, and eat comfortably. If you’re new to the world of dentures, you may be curious about the recommended duration for wearing them to avoid potential issues. In this conversation, we’ll explore the concept of denture wear time, illuminating why wearing dentures continuously throughout the day and night may not be the most prudent approach.


What Does a Tooth Extraction Feel Like?

April 12, 2023

Filed under: general dentistry — drwest @ 1:00 am

Extracted tooth and dental instrumentsYour dentist always strives to preserve every natural tooth, but extraction is best in many situations, like severe decay. If your dentist recommends having a tooth removed, it’s normal to have concerns about the road ahead. You don’t have to worry about a painful day in the dentist’s chair, but there are a few things you should know. Here’s what you can expect your tooth extraction to feel like.


Common Causes of Tooth Pain

February 26, 2023

Filed under: general dentistry — drwest @ 6:09 pm

Digital image of a toothacheDid you know even an occasional toothache isn’t normal? Your teeth shouldn’t hurt. Tooth pain is a symptom of an issue that may require treatment from an emergency dentist. The type of pain you’re having can help determine what’s behind your discomfort. Here are the most common types of toothaches and how to stay comfortable until you see your dentist.


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.

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