When you smile broadly, what do people notice? Hopefully, they see your white, even teeth. However, with some individuals, what shows first is uneven or excessive amounts of gum tissue--what the American Academy of Periodontology calls a "gummy smile." Can this smile defect be treated? In Henderson, NV, your Green Valley Dental Center dentists, Dr. Brad Wilbur and Dr. Emily Ishkanian, understand the aesthetics of gum tissue and how to help patients who have too much or too little.
Gums outside the norm
Beauty really is in the eyes of the beholder as the old adage goes, and it applies to what smile components make you look and feel attractive. White, even teeth surely are one component of a winning smile. So is dental alignment. But what about your gum tissue?
In their experience, Dr. Wilbur and Dr. Ishkanian find that tooth length and the amount of gum tissue which shows should be balanced by smile width and height. Additionally, because gum tissue nourishes and helps to anchor your teeth, it needs to be adequately sized and healthy. Too little tissue leaves roots exposed and too much poses a risk for infection and teeth that look unnaturally short.
People have differences in gum length for a variety of reasons. Commonly, they include:
- An upper lip that simply rises too high when the person smiles
- Improper eruption of teeth (they don't come far enough into the mouth)
- Brushing too aggressively (which pushes gums back)
- Heredity (gummy smiles run in families)
Treating the gums
Most gum grafting (gingivoplasty) or gum removal (gingivectomy) procedures can be done right in the treatment chair at Green Valley Dental Center. For instance, a gingivectomy, or crown lengthening, involves removing a small amount of tissue from selected teeth. For this treatment, topical or local anesthetic usually is sufficient.
Alternatively, your dentist in Henderson may suggest a completely different cosmetic treatment to change the appearance of your uneven gums. Called porcelain veneers, these dental laminates cover the front side of selected teeth, improving aesthetic defects such as tooth length. This is a minimally invasive way to make teeth look longer and gum tissue more appropriately sized.
Get your best smile
You can with a consultation at Green Valley Dental Center in Henderson, NV. Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums and suggest ways to balance their appearance. Contact the office for an appointment, won't you? Phone (702) 896-8933.
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.
How many dentists does your family have? If you regularly make the trip to more than one dental office, you may be wasting valuable time. Why not consider one dentist for the entire group? Henderson, NV, family dentists Dr. Brad Wilbur and Dr. Emily Ishkanian of Green Valley Dental Center share the benefits of visiting a family dentist.
Less mileage, more time
You can probably think of a lot of things you'd rather do with your time than drive around the Green Valley Henderson area visiting multiple dentists. When you choose one dentist for your whole family, you'll put less mileage on your car and spend less time traveling to dental offices and waiting in waiting rooms.
Family dentists are often willing to accommodate your family's schedule. If you prefer, you can arrange for the entire family to come in for one group appointment. When everyone visits the dentist at the same time, you can save your valuable paid time off for other things.
Family dentists offer the care you need
Family dentists diagnose and treat issues that affect the entire family, from infants to senior citizens. They offer a variety of services aimed at protecting, restoring and repairing teeth or improving their appearance, such as:
- Regular dental exams and professional cleanings
- Dental sealants to prevent cavities in your children's molars and pre-molars
- Fillings to restore teeth damaged by tooth decay
- Bonding, veneers and crowns to repair teeth or transform their appearance
- Gum disease treatment
- Root canal therapy
- Extractions when teeth can't be saved
- Bridges, dentures and dental implants to replace missing teeth
Family dentists make visits pleasant
It's not unusual for kids (or even adults) to feel a little nervous about dental appointments. Family dentists understand your concerns and strive to put you and your family at ease the moment you walk through the door. They take the time to explain things in kid-friendly terms and thoroughly discuss all treatment options with you. Because you'll see the same dentist year after year, you and your dentist will become partners in maintaining your oral health.
Family dentists offer excellent care for your entire family. If you would like to make the switch to a family dentist, call Dr. Brad Wilbur and Dr. Emily Ishkanian at Green Valley Dental Center in Green Valley Henderson, NV, at (702) 896-8933 to schedule an appointment.
You shouldn’t ever be embarrassed by your smile.
If minor aesthetic issues are making you feel self-conscious about smiling, then isn’t it time you considered how our Henderson, NV, family dentists, Dr. Brad Wilbur and Dr. Emily Ishkanian, could help change all this? If you’ve been shying away from cosmetic dentistry because you think it has to be expensive or invasive, think again! We may actually be able to improve the shape or size of your smile with a completely non-invasive method known as cosmetic contouring.
What is cosmetic contouring?
This treatment is most often recommended if you are only looking to fix minor issues with the shape or length of a tooth. Dental contouring is a technique in which our Henderson dentists will shave and reshape a tooth by removing small amounts of enamel. Cosmetic contouring is pretty straightforward, painless and non-invasive. It’s also completed in just one visit, which makes it a popular cosmetic option for those always on the go.
What are the benefits of getting cosmetic contouring?
As you may be able to tell, cosmetic contouring will enhance and boost your smile’s appearance right away. This treatment only takes about a half an hour to complete, so you won’t have to keep coming back multiple times in order to get the results you want.
Is cosmetic contouring right for me?
If you are only looking to make minor changes to your smile’s appearance then you could very well be a great candidate for this cosmetic treatment. A lot will depend on how much you want to alter one or more teeth and the results you are looking for. If cosmetic contouring doesn’t end up being the right option for you, we can recommend other options like dental veneers or orthodontic treatment to improve your smile.
Do you have questions about cosmetic contouring? Want to find out if this treatment will be able to correct your dental flaws? If so, then it’s time you called Green Valley Dental Center in Henderson, NV, to find out more about cosmetic contouring.
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.
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