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    Insights on the Process of Being Fitted for a Set of Dentures

    Teeth that have been compromised by chronic tooth decay problems or complications resulting from periodontal disease, can severely impact your quality of life. Beyond simply impairing your ability to efficiently chew food, it can also slur your speech and leave you feeling self-conscious about your physical appearance.

    In a situation like this, Amy Gearin, DMD’s oral healthcare team will often recommend fitting you for a custom set of removable dentures.

    Dentures, are designed to look like real teeth that have been set into a pink material that mimics the appearance of your gums. This effectively restore the full function and appearance of your teeth.

    You might only need their upper teeth or lower teeth replaced, while others might need both their upper and lower teeth replaced by dentures. This often requires having any remaining teeth removed to allow for a clean and even relationship between the base of the dentures and your gums.

    After any remaining teeth have been addressed or extracted we will cast an impression of your mouth. This is sent to a dental lab where your new permanent dentures are custom crafted to fit your mouth.

    Many people with dentures like to secure them in place with denture adhesive. This can also help to block food particles from getting between the dentures and your gums.

    If you are interested in learning more about dentures and if they’re right for you, please call Amy Gearin, DMD’s office in Las Vegas, Nevada at 702-367-4040 to set up an appointment.


    A Tooth with Large Cavities Can Be Restored with a Crown

    A large cavity that goes unrepaired by Dr. Amy Gearin can spread, causing significant decay throughout a large amount of the enamel layer. If the damage to the enamel is extensive, your dentist might recommend having it restored by a dental crown before the decay can spread to the dentin, pulp or root of the tooth.

    A dental crown in Las Vegas, Nevada, effectively replaces the entire enamel layer of the tooth with gold, porcelain or base metals. The ideal material for the crown will be based on the tooth’s function and place in your smile.

    To begin treatment, your dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic before using the drill to remove most of the enamel layer. This creates an abutment, which will later serve as an anchor for your permanent crown.

    Then, he will create an impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth before covering the abutment with a hard, plastic temporary crown. The impression will then be sent to a professional dental lab to serve as a guide for the lab technicians who will custom craft your permanent crown.

    Our dental team will call you in for a brief second appointment when your new crown is ready. During this appointment, the temporary crown will be removed and your new permanent crown will be cemented in place.

    If you have a badly decayed or troublesome tooth, you should call Dr. Amy Gearin at 702-367-4040 to explore your treatment and restoration options.


    Finding the Best Option for Achieving the Smile You’ve Always Wanted

    As time passes it’s not uncommon for you to experience small chips and stains on your teeth. This could be compounded by other imperfections, like past dental work that no longer matches the current shade of your tooth enamel. In a situation like this, many people will seek out Amy Gearin, DMD to explore their options for having the winning smile they’ve always wanted.

    At Amy Gearin, DMD our highly trained staff is experienced in a wide variety of cosmetic improvement options. The type and degree of imperfections that need to be addressed will determine the treatment options we recommend for you.

    If your teeth suffer from staining issues, either from dark foods and drinks or the natural processes of aging, you might be interested in whitening products or procedures. Many people like to use whitening toothpaste or whitening strips to help maintain their bright, white smile between dental cleanings and checkups. But here at Amy Gearin, DMD we offer the ZOOM! tooth whitening system, one of the safest, most effective ways to whiten your teeth.

    Porcelain dental veneers can be used to remedy teeth with chips and deep staining issues. The veneers are custom crafted in a dental lab out of a porcelain that will fit over the faces of the teeth in your smile.

    If you would like to explore your teeth whitening options or you would like to know more about being fitted for dental veneers, you should call Amy Gearin, DMD at 702-367-4040 to schedule an appointment.


    What Stains Teeth?

    Are you ever worried about the color of your teeth? If so, you’re far from alone. In fact, did you know that Americans spend $1.4 billion dollars every year on home whitening kits? If you’re unhappy with the color of your smile, we recommend giving us a call—but wouldn’t it be nice to avoid the need for a whitening altogether? Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to prevent discolored teeth.

    As you probably know, a few external factors can cause discoloration. For example, tobacco can adversely affect the color of your teeth, whether you chew, use a pipe, or smoke cigarettes. Some beverages, such as cola, tea, or coffee, can also stain your teeth. Finally, certain medications have been known to darken teeth.

    The color of your teeth color can also be determined by things you can’t control. In fact, did you know aging and genetics can be responsible for the color of your teeth? Fortunately, you have a few whitening options. Of course, our team can help. After inspecting your teeth, we’ll see that your needs are met and will develop a whitening plan specifically for you.

    While a whitening kit may be more affordable, did you know that a professional whitening will yield results much more quickly. A professional whitening treatment is also safer than a home treatment. Sadly, at-home treatments may make your teeth more sensitive and cause permanent damage to your enamel. Also, since at-home kits are not made specifically with you in mind, your gums are more likely to be irritated.

    If you are considering whitening your teeth or if you have problems with tooth discoloration, please contact our office so we can help you decide your next course of action. Our team, including Dr. Amy Gearin can help answer any question or concerns you may have. If you’d like to learn more, please give our caring staff a call at 702-367-4040. We’ll be happy to help however we can.


    Is Dry Mouth Creating Problems for Your Smile?

    Healthy teeth and gums depend good oral habits, such as brushing and flossing every day, and regular dental checkups and cleanings. But did you know that saliva production is vital to oral health, and especially for your teeth and gums?

    Saliva travels through the salivary ducts and into your mouth after being created in your salivary glands. It is needed to lubricate the oral tissues in the mouth so that you can swallow, chew, and speak comfortably. Not only that, but a healthy saliva flow is also essential for controlling bacterial levels in the mouth and helping with digestion. Chronic low levels of saliva production is known as xerostomia, or dry mouth.

    Causes of Dry Mouth

    –Nerve damage

    –Disease

    –Infection

    –Dehydration

    –Tobacco use

    –Prescription medications

    –Antihistamine and decongestants

    –Medical treatments

    Chronic dry mouth puts you at higher risk for both gum disease and tooth decay. So what can you do if you suffer from chronic dry mouth? First, to increase saliva production you need to stay hydrated. Take the time to sip water throughout the day and limit your consumption of beverages such as alcohol, coffee, tea, and caffeinated sodas as they act as diuretics, flushing water from your system.

    Second, stimulate saliva production by chew sugar-free gum or suck on sugar-free candy. Medication use it a little trickier; if your medications are causing dry mouth, your doctor may want to lower the dosage or put you on a different medication instead. Avoid using alcohol-based mouthwashes, and switch to a fluoride rinse instead. Be sure to use a fluoridated toothpaste as well. Finally, if you have discomfort during sleep because of dry mouth, use a room humidifier while you sleep and develop the habit of breathing through your nose, not your mouth.

    Don’t chronic dry mouth keep you from a healthy smile. Practice good oral hygiene, see your dentist for regular checkups and stay well hydrated. To schedule your next dental visit with Dr. Amy A. Gearin, please call our dental team in Las Vegas, Nevada at 702-367-4040 today.


    What Are the Benefits of Brushing My Tongue?

    When you think of what you can do to protect your oral health, what comes to mind? If you immediately think about brushing your teeth and flossing, good for you, but please don’t forget to visit your dentist once every six months for a routine cleaning. However, have you ever considered adding tongue brushing to your normal routine?

    Strictly speaking, brushing your tongue isn’t necessary—though it may not be a bad idea. Your tongue will naturally clean itself as it moves against food and is covered in saliva. Similarly, the bacteria on your tongue can spread to your teeth. However, it takes twenty-four hours for plaque to form, so as long as you brush every day, your smile should be safe. However, because your tongue does house bacteria, it can lead to bad breath. Therefore, if you struggle with bad breath, brushing your tongue could help. Similarly, it could be good to brush your tongue if you eat foods that cling to your tongue or leave an unpleasant aftertaste, such as garlic, onions, and salmon.

    Fortunately, brushing your tongue is as simple as it seems. You can use your brush to gently remove plaque from your tongue, but some people find that brushing with a toothbrush causes gagging. If you have this problem, a tongue scraper could be all you need. These useful tools come in a variety of shapes and materials designed to meet your specific needs.

    Finally, if you’re dealing with recurring bad breath, please visit our practice]. You could have gum disease or another issue that Dr. Amy Gearin should address. If you’re interested in learning more, please feel free to contact us at 702-367-4040. We’re excited to hear from you!


    Could Dentures Be What You Need?

    If you are missing a tooth, what would you do? Many dentists can provide you with a restoration to complete your smile. However, did you know that dentures have been in use (at least in one form) for thousands of years? Of course, they were made from more primitive materials than they are now. In fact, even a few generations ago, dentures looked like pieces of chalk. Fortunately, today’s dentures are specifically made with cosmetic appeal in mind.

    In fact, dentures have come a long way. Now they are made from high quality materials, including fiberglass, acrylic, and metal—though they are often made of a combination of these ingredients. These dental appliances can be extremely useful since they let individuals with missing teeth speak clearly and chew properly. Furthermore, they can even prevent wrinkle lines.

    Still, when you think of dentures, do you think of your grandparents? In reality, dentures can benefit anyone who is missing teeth. In fact, y our dentist could recommend a partial denture (if you’re only missing one tooth) or a complete denture to replace all the teeth in a jawline. In fact, rather than worrying about whether or not you’re too young for dentures, we recommend comparing their benefits to other potential restorations.

    Aside from helping you speak and eat clearly, dentures can preserve our remaining teeth. Similarly, these useful appliances will stop your teeth from shifting and support the sides of your mouth, preventing wrinkles. Finally, of all dental restorations, dentures are the most cost effective.

    If you’d like to learn more, please contact us at 702-367-4040. Dr. Amy Gearin and our team are excited to hear from you.


    Implants: Worth The Cost?

    Do you have a broken tooth? Have you explored your options? If you looked at the price of implants, you may have been intimidated and immediately dismissed them as options. However, while they may be more expensive now, implants have many long-term benefits you should consider. Furthermore, you can also enjoy several benefits of an implant immediately.

    With implants, you can immediately enjoy a natural-looking smile. In fact, your implant will be shaped to match the tone, size, and shape of your other teeth. Similarly, implants will feel and function like your natural teeth—meaning you’ll be able to chew and speak comfortably. And like your natural teeth, implants are very hard and durable. If implants are well cared for, they can last more than 25 years. In reality, if you care for them properly, you may only need one set in your lifetime.

    When comparing your restoration options, please account for the longevity and durability of implants. Your implants will require little maintenance once they’ve been placed. Conversely, restorations like crowns or bridges may need to be replaced eventually. This additional work can ultimately be more expensive than an implant.

    In essence, an implant will function as well as any of your other replacement options and may ultimately be less expensive. Still, please speak with your dentist before you make a decision. A dentist will be able to recommend the treatment that best meets your needs.

    If you’d like to learn more, please feel free to contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you.


    Living with Invisalign®

    When you are going through a transition of any kind, it’s important to understand what to expect, so you can have the smoothest transition possible. The same is true with straightening your teeth with Invisalign®. That is why our team is here to help you understand how to live with Invisalign so you can get the most out of your treatment.

    One thing to remember is that during the process with Invisalign, oral hygiene must be your top priority. If you don’t properly brush and floss often, plaque and food particles can get caught in your Invisalign aligner, which can cause bad breath and cavities. To prevent this, brush and floss your teeth after each meal and snack. Your teeth will stay cleaner, your breath will stay fresher, and you will have healthier gums and whiter teeth.

    Another thing to keep in mind is the recommended wear time is at least 22 hours a day. This may be easier said than done. Keep the aligner in your mouth unless you’re eating or brushing your teeth. This will help you achieve results faster and more accurately.

    Remember that everyone has a different smile transformation. Some people’s teeth and jaws move slower than others. However, no matter how long or short the process is for you, be open to the idea that you may have to wear more aligners than you thought.

    If you have any questions about Invisalign, call our office today. Let us help you receive a smile you can truly be proud of this festive season.


    Dental Implants Are Helpful

    If you find yourself missing a tooth and you don’t know what to do, talk to your dentist about dental implants. Dental Implants are an effective way of replacing a missing tooth, and they will provide fixed, permanent results that make eating talking, laughing, and smiling much easier.

    Your dentist will place the implant into your jawbone, which will give your new tooth the support it needs. Once the jaw bone heals, your dentist will put an artificial tooth in place. This tooth can be customized for your specific needs and matched to fit your smile so it doesn’t stand out or look awkward. Once everything is in place and healed, your smile will be complete again.

    This process can be tricky, but if you have any questions about dental implants, be sure to talk to your dentist. Your dentist is here to assist you and guide you in a direction of achieving a pristine oral health. Don’t be scared or embarrassed of your smile, especially if you are missing a tooth. Call Amy Gearin, DMD today and schedule an appointment so you can know if dental implants are right for you. Give yourself the smile you always dreamed of by calling 702-367-4040 today.