Posts for category: Oral Health
Find out how a tooth-colored filling can restore a cavity.
If our Henderson, NV, dentists Dr. Brad Wilbur or Dr. Emily Ishkanian just discovered a cavity during your last checkup you may be wondering what’s next. Of course, we talked to you about the fact that you will need to come back into the office to have the cavity treated. The sooner a cavity is treated the better for the health of the tooth; however, we also understand that our patients feel calmer when they understand the procedure they are about to undergo. Here’s what goes into getting a dental filling from Green Valley Dental Center.
Over time, decay can destroy the hard enamel layers of your teeth, causing cavities. When this happens the only way to treat the problem is to remove the decayed enamel from your tooth and then rebuild the tooth with a dental filling. While some people may notice dental pain and sensitivity that tips them off to the fact that they have a cavity, many cavities don’t cause any symptoms. This is why visiting your Henderson general dentist twice a year is important for everyone if you want to maintain a healthy smile.
Traditionally, decay is removed with a dental drill; however, before we remove the decay we will need to numb the area around the tooth. Even though there are no nerves within tooth enamel, you can experience sensitivity when enamel is being drilled away. By numbing the area beforehand we remove any discomfort you may experience during the procedure.
Once the decay has been removed, the next step is to rebuild and restore these holes in your teeth. Dental fillings not only improve the appearance of your tooth but also strengthen your tooth after a cavity. Of course, our goal as your Henderson family dentist is to make sure that you always get a dental restoration that looks as close to a real tooth as possible. This is why we use composite resin fillings. Composite resin can be matched to the tooth so that it blends in flawlessly.
Composite resin is also moldable, which means that we can easily shape and trim it to fill the tooth precisely so no one even knows that you have a filling. The resin will be applied in layers, shaped and contoured, and then hardened permanently to the tooth with a dental laser.
Are you dealing with symptoms of a cavity? Do you need to schedule a routine dental cleaning in Henderson, NV? Whatever the case might be, our dental team here at Green Valley Dental Center has you covered. Call us today!
Find out what could be making your jaws sore and achy.
Do you find yourself rubbing your painful jaws more often than not? Do your jaws often get tired and feel overworked rather quickly? If so, you may be wondering what’s going on. Our Henderson, NV dentists Dr. Brad Wilbur and Dr. Emily Ishkanian at Green Valley Dental Center are here to tell you what it could be.
If you have jaw pain that makes it challenging to eat certain foods or to speak without issues this can be rather disconcerting. Sure, there are several things that could be to blame but one of the most common reasons people experience jaw pain is a TMJ disorder. TMD, which stands for temporomandibular joint disorder, is a disorder that affects how the jaw joints function. It may affect one side or both sides. Since this joint is responsible for all jaw movements, if the joint is dysfunctional this can lead to serious jaw problems.
If you have TMD, along with pain you may also experience:
- Jaw stiffness
- Tired, overworked and achy jaws
- Jaws that pop or click when opening or closing your mouth
- Facial pain and swelling
There are many reasons TMD may manifest, from jaw injuries and certain types of arthritis to bad habits such as teeth grinding; fortunately, our Henderson, NV, general dentist can easily help provide you with simple ways to treat your symptoms.
How is TMD treated?
Most people with TMD are relieved to find out that this condition will often just go away on its own. Of course, our goal is to help you manage symptoms in the meantime. Here are some simple treatment options:
- Find outlets for reducing stress to prevent stress-related habits like teeth grinding and jaw clenching
- Consider wearing a mouth guard at night while you sleep to prevent nighttime teeth grinding
- Massage the achy jaw joints everyday
- Perform certain jaw exercises each day to strengthen and stretch the muscles and joints in the face
Of course, if pain is still bothering you and nothing seems to quell your symptoms then it’s time to talk to your dentist at Green Valley Dental Center about other more aggressive options.
Don’t let jaw pain affect your daily life when there are many options out there for treating the issue and getting your symptoms under control. Call Green Valley Dental Center today. We are proud to provide quality dental services throughout Henderson, NV.
Find out how our dentist could help you get a better night’s sleep.
Have you been diagnosed with sleep apnea? Are you currently using CPAP therapy but still finding it difficult to get the sound sleep you deserve? While CPAP treatment is often the most common way to manage sleep apnea symptoms, it isn’t always right for everyone. If you are wrestling with your facemask night after night then you may want to talk to our Henderson, NV, dentists, Dr. Brad Wilbur and Dr. Emily Ishkanian, also serving the Green Valley area, about a simpler dental option for treating your sleep disorder.
Do you have mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea? If so, then oral appliance therapy could be right for you. This custom-made device is a great alternative to help keep your airways open while you sleep, which will prevent obstructions. Of course, you won’t find this sleep apnea device over-the-counter. You’ll have to visit our Henderson general dentist to make sure that you are right for treatment and to fit with you with your very own device.
How does oral appliance therapy work?
This appliance looks similar to a mouthguard, and there are two main kinds of devices that you can get. One device (tongue retaining) will prevent the tongue from obstructing the airways while you sleep while the other kind (mandibular advancement) will help reposition the jaws so they sit slightly forward. By repositioning the jaws, the airways will also remain open while you sleep.
What are the benefits of oral appliance therapy?
One of the biggest advantages to getting this device is that it provides an easy and comfortable way to treat your sleep apnea symptoms without the bulky facemask and CPAP equipment. Of course, since the only thing you have to worry about is a small appliance that fits in your mouth, it’s also very easy to carry with you on trips. Along with providing relief from sleep apnea, this oral device can also treat snoring.
If you are dealing with sleep apnea in Henderson, NV and are looking for an easy, convenient treatment option that will help you sleep better, then turn to the experts serving the Green Valley area today.
A bright, healthy smile starts with a good oral hygiene routine. Dr. Brad Wilbur and Dr. Emily Ishkanian, your Henderson, NV dentists at Green Valley Dental Center share a few important oral hygiene tips.
Brush away plaque
Brushing your teeth removes plaque, a transparent film that can cause cavities. Plaque forms constantly and can make your teeth feel a little rough. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day gets rid of plaque and lowers your risk of tooth decay.
Plaque can eventually turn into a hard deposit called tartar if you don't remove it promptly. If you've ever noticed gray or brown spots on your teeth that don't go away after you brush, you have tartar. Tartar increases your risk of gum disease and can only be removed at your dentist's office.
Use tooth-friendly products
The type of toothbrush you use is particularly important. Brushes with hard bristles tend to erode tooth enamel and may even cause your gums to recede. Soft bristle brushes don't hurt your enamel and are just as effective at removing plaque. When you buy toothpaste and mouth rinses, choose products that contain fluoride, an ingredient that helps strengthen tooth enamel. Many mouth rinses also kill bacteria in your mouth. Look for products advertised as "antimicrobial" or "antibacterial."
Make time for flossing
Daily flossing gets rid of plaque between your teeth where toothbrush bristles can't reach. Flossing not only removes plaque but helps remove food particles that can lead to bad breath. Special flossing picks and brushes are ideal for cleaning hard-to-reach spots.
Don't skip dental appointments
Twice-yearly dental appointments are an important part of a good oral hygiene routine. During visits, the hygienist removes plaque and tartar from your teeth before it can cause decay or gum disease. Visits also include a thorough dental exam and X-rays when needed. If you keep up with those visits, any cavities that your dentist does spot will more likely be small and easy to treat.
Keep your smile healthy with good oral hygiene habits! Call Dr. Brad Wilbur and Dr. Emily Ishkanian, your Henderson, NV dentists, at (702) 896-8933 to schedule your next dental exam.
What your dentist in Henderson, Nevada, wants you to know
You can purchase a cheap toothbrush for less than a dollar, or you can pay a few dollars more for a name brand toothbrush. What’s the difference? It turns out there are many important differences in toothbrush quality. Your dentists at Green Valley Dental Center in Henderson, Nevada, want you to know the facts about toothbrushes and which type of toothbrush works best.
Inexpensive generic toothbrushes may actually harm your teeth and gums. Many of them are too hard and can cause tooth abrasion or lacerate your gums. Many of these cheap toothbrushes just don’t clean your teeth effectively.
You brush your teeth to remove the plaque clinging to the surfaces of your teeth. This plaque contains millions of destructive bacteria which can cause decay and gum disease if left on your teeth. Choosing the right toothbrush is a critical first step in effective plaque removal.
Your dentists at Green Valley Dental Center in Henderson, Nevada, want to share a few facts about how you can find the type of toothbrush that works best.
Your toothbrush should have:
- Soft bristles, because a soft toothbrush won’t harm your teeth or gums
- Rounded bristles, because they adapt to tooth surfaces better than straight-bristled brushes
- The right size of toothbrush head to fit the size of your mouth; you should be able to clean all the way to your back molars.
- A recognizable brand that is approved by the American Dental Association
Don’t forget to replace your toothbrush when it shows signs of wear or at least every 3 months; don’t use the same toothbrush if you’ve been ill with a cold or the flu.
When you know the difference between toothbrushes, it’s easy to find the type of toothbrush that works best. Toothbrushes are the most important tool to keep your gums and teeth healthy. To find out more about dental care, call your dentists at Green Valley Dental Center in Henderson, Nevada. They can help you keep your smile healthy, so call today!