Why choose a family dentist?

These days, like everything else, finding a dentist can feel complicated. There are so many different types of dentists to choose from. You can choose between general dentists, pediatric dentists, cosmetic dentists, and family dentists, just to name a few. How do you decide which dentist is the right one for you? And what about the other members of your family?

What do different kinds of dentists do?

Pediatric dentist explaining to young patient and her mother the x-ray in dental clinic

Most of us want a dentist to help us keep our teeth healthy and take care of problems before they become painful, harmful or expensive. We need a dentist who can clean, examine and make minor repairs, like fillings. But we also want a dentist who can help when we need to make bigger choices like: does my child need braces? Am I dealing with gum disease and what should I do to reduce it? And, ouch, why do I need a root canal?

What most of us need is someone who practices general dentistry and is trained in all these areas, even if he or she may not specialize in them. A general dentist does not specialize in any one thing, but can cover most general types of dental work, such as cleanings, fillings, etc.

Other types of dentists may specialize in certain areas. This includes pediatric dentists, who specialize in dental care only for children and adolescents. Cosmetic dentists work on making your teeth look nicer, using treatments such as dentures, braces, implants, crowns, and bridges to help you restore your confidence to smile again. Other specialists include orthodontists (braces), periodontist (gum disease), endodontists (soft tissue care, such as root canals) and so on.

Specialists are usually only needed if referred by your regular dentist. Because their services are specialized, they won’t be a one-stop shop for your basic regular dental needs. That’s where a good family dentist comes in.

Why Choose a Family Dentist?

Family men from different generations busy with their own stuff

For busy families, finding a trusted family dentist can be a great decision. A family dentist specializes in care for all age ranges, from infant to elderly, so everyone can see the same dentist.  And, as time goes by, there’s no need to change dentists. The dentist knows your family and can help look out for each of you as you reach milestones, from the baby’s first tooth, to how to care for your gums as you age, to granddad’s first implant.

There are a lot of great reasons for choosing a family dentist. Here are a few of the many reasons to use the services of a family dentist:

  • Trusted advisor: When you have a single family dentist, you’ll get to know the dentist and the office staff and they’ll know you and your family. If you have questions or advice, they’ll be able to help faster than a stranger who may not have your dental history. Your children will be able to get to know their dentist from a young age.  This familiarity will help make them more comfortable with dental visits. They’ll find it easier to talk to “their” dentist and ask questions. By the time the enter the dreaded teen years, they’ll have built the trust they need to take the dentist’s advice and practice the good dental habits he has instilled in them over the years. This goes for busy adults too. Your family dentist will be happy to remind you of a missed visit or how you’ve forgotten that regular flossing routine he taught you last year.
  • Save time: It can be really hard to try to schedule and keep track of different appointments for different family members. If you have several different dentists to handle care for your elderly parents, the orthodontist for your teens, general dentist for yourself and your spouse, and pediatric dentist for your little ones, that can add up to a lot of time, planning and running around, including time off work, just to get everyone to the dentist. With a single family dentist, you can schedule appointments for one or more family members at the same time to make the most of the visit.
  • Stay organized: In a household, it can be hard to keep track of everyone’s dental records and appointments. When you go to the same family dentist, it’s easier to keep track of everyone’s dental cleanings and other work. Also, when the same dentist sees everyone in the family, he or she can identify patterns of dental problems that arise due to a family’s genetic history. You don’t get this when you see different doctors at different locations.
  • Get all the work done at one place: Some people only need routine maintenance for their teeth. Others might require more extensive work with braces, root canals, or wisdom teeth extraction. When you visit a family dentist that offers a wide variety of options, including cosmetic dentistry, you can get it all done in one place. While one family member is having their braces put on, another family member can be getting their teeth cleaned. It’s always easier for children to visit a dentist knowing that their parents are nearby and that their parents are getting work done, too. And, when you have a one stop dentist office, you can more easily work out scheduling for everyone and have the staff help you space out any major work to maximize your insurance coverage, plan your expenditures and minimize pain to your pocketbook.

Dr Jesus Medina Jr DDS is a Family Dentist in Las Vegas

With regular preventive care in a supportive and familiar environment, everyone in the family will develop good dental habits and stay confident of their smile all day long. Dr. Medina is a family dentist in Las Vegas, offering a full range of dental services for the whole family, including regular checkups and teeth cleanings, fillings, braces, tooth restoration, dentures, bridges, and a wide variety of other treatments. Whether you are looking to establish regular family care, need to make an emergency appointment, or are looking at options for cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Medina and his friendly staff offer something for every member of the family, all in one place.http:/www.drjesusmedinajrdds.com/procedures/restoration/dentures-partial-dentures/

Give Dr Medina’s office a call today at 702-368-3627 for more information or to set up an appointment with Dr. Medina. Or, save time and request an appointment online. See why so many people in Las Vegas choose Dr. Medina for their family’s dental care.

Why Should I get Dental Braces?

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Fix your Smile and Change Your Life with Dental Braces

Happy beautiful girl with white smile posing and looking at you with an unfocused man in the background

In the past, people associated braces with high orthodontist bills, complaining teenagers and uncomfortable braces worn sometimes for years. Braces were a rite of passage for many young people who could afford them. Other people who wanted to fix their smile and improve their health sometimes couldn’t afford braces, or didn’t feel they could justify the expense because their teeth didn’t seem so bad. They grew up and resigned themselves to less than perfect smile and higher dental bills later in life.

But times have changed, and braces are faster, easier and available to more people than ever before.  Children and adults are finding out that braces don’t have to change your lifestyle, but they may change your life.

Celebrities Wear Braces, Too

Dentist curing a woman patient in the dental office in a pleasant environment. There are specialized equipment to treat all types of dental diseases in the office.

You may think you look fine without braces, and you’re probably right. But even people who are already considered attractive find value in getting braces. Today, even celebrities wear braces proudly, and not just in private. They sport fashionable braces at award shows and other venues where they are sure to get noticed. Superstar Beyoncé showed off her braces to the world, looking as gorgeous as ever.  Faye Dunaway straightened her teeth at 61.  And, country singer Faith Hill sported braces at The Grammy Awards. Forty-five years old, she says she forgot to wear her retainer. As a matter of fact, lots of celebrities, young and old, have worn braces. They know that teeth are the key to a beautiful and healthy smile that will last for many years.

Top 6 Reasons to Get Braces

Here are six important reasons to get dental braces if you need them:

  1. Appearance–Your smile is your greatest asset, and your appearance will be remarkably improved when your teeth are straight and beautiful.  And, people with straight teeth are perceived to be more successful, giving them an advantage for better job and other opportunities.
  2. Health–Of course, when your teeth aren’t aligned they can build up hard-to-reach plaque, which leads to tooth decay and gum disease. Not everyone realizes that misaligned teeth can result in headaches, earaches and even cardiovascular problems.
  3. Self-esteem–Just knowing you’re more attractive can give you that extra self-confidence you need to be more self-assured in everyday life. People with high levels of self-confidence enjoy more success and happiness.
  4. Longevity– Healthy teeth and gums may help you to live longer. Studies show that people who floss daily live on average 7 years longer than those who don’t. Also, people with gum disease are significantly more likely to suffer coronary artery disease.
  5. Prevent breakage–Teeth that are misaligned may apply uneven pressure during chewing, resulting in chipping or cracking.  Crooked teeth may also simply wear down over time.
  6. Easy to clean–Once your teeth line up, you will no longer have places which are almost impossible to reach while brushing and flossing. This ease in cleaning will give you more motivation to take care of your teeth.

FASTBRACES® and Invisalign

Smiling little girl in with braces and glasses showing heart with hands.
Dr. Medina can help you get straight teeth with several options.  He can keep you smiling with Invisalign braces, which are clear, comfortable and removable metal-free braces made specifically for you. These are great for appearance-conscious teens or adults, or anyone who wants the convenience of removing the aligners for meals or outings.

And, now Dr. Medina also provides a quick and easy teeth-straightening solution with FASTBRACES®. Fast, affordable and comfortable, FASTBRACES® uses a new technology with patented triangular brackets. The original FASTBRACES® Standard Metal™ is a popular, affordable alternative to traditional braces. Or you can choose FASTBRACES® Ceramic Clear™ which are more aesthetically pleasing because they are almost transparent. For those who qualify, there’s FASTBRACES®TURBO™ which can finish the process in as little as 120 days.

Dr. Medina can help you determine the best dental braces choice for you.

Find Dental Braces Near You in Las Vegas

Dr. Medina offers cosmetic, restorative and preventive dentistry in Las Vegas, Nevada. With nearly 30 years experience, he welcomes both adults and children to his practice for the comprehensive care of teeth and gums. Contact Dr. Medina for more information on FASTBRACES®, Invisalign or other dental services.

Do I Need a Cosmetic Dentist?

Happy Loving couple after cosmetic dental treatment showing healthy white smiles

Most of us  have memories of going to the dentist as a child. These memories probably included the chalky toothpaste and whirring toothbrush leaving your teeth pearly white, and of course the less fun x-rays and poking around looking for for cavities. Maybe you remember visits for those wonderful and embarrassing braces. For most of us, the dentist is there to keep our teeth healthy and make sure we don’t have any problems that lead to pain or tooth loss.  But, do you know that your dentist today can do a lot more for you?

Why do People Need Cosmetic Dentistry?

You may find that a cosmetic dentist can help with a host of dental issues that come up over time. Some of the reasons people turn to cosmetic dentistry are to improve their looks and aesthetic appeal, while other people may need a cosmetic dentist for mechanical or oral health reasons.  If you’re wondering if a visit with a cosmetic dentist is right for you, read some of the reasons why someone might need a cosmetic dentist:

A Cosmetic Dentist Can Give You a Better Smile

There is a myriad of aesthetic issues that a cosmetic dentist can help with that relate to a person’s smile. A few of these issues include:

  • Invisible dental aligners modern tooth brackets transparent teeth braces to straighten teeth in cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics.A Cosmetic Dentist can Whiten Teeth: Some people have strong stains on their teeth from a variety of cause from smoking to drinking soda, coffee, or tea. People may feel self-conscious about the stains on their teeth and subconsciously avoid enjoyable situations like sharing meals, laughing and talking with friends. With the help of a cosmetic dentist, stained teeth can be restored to look fresh and white once again.
  • A Cosmetic Dentist can Fix Chipped or Broken Teeth: A cosmetic dentist is also capable of helping people who have chipped or broken their teeth. Some people have unfortunate accidents or weakened teeth that result in the complete or partial loss of a tooth, making them unhappy with the appearance of their smile. A cosmetic dentist can apply caps, porcelain veneers, dental bridges, or other treatments to restore missing or broken teeth to their full and natural appearance.
  • A Cosmetic Dentist can Contour Teeth: Some people do not like the shape of certain teeth or need one or more teeth to be contoured to fit the teeth around it and the shape of the patient’s mouth. A cosmetic dentist is able to contour teeth.

See a Cosmetic Dentist for your Health

While some of the reasons for needing a cosmetic dentist relate to appearance and self-confidence, other problems are directly related to oral health. Some of the important health reasons to see a cosmetic dentist are:

  • A Cosmetic Dentist can Straighten Teeth: Whether or not someone had braces to straighten their teeth as a child, there are other issues with a person’s teeth alignment that arise during adulthood. If the teeth aren’t straight, it can be challenging to adequately clean the teeth. This makes it easier for cavities to develop, giving rise to numerous oral health problems. Options for teeth straightening include traditional metal braces and Invisalign, or removable, clear braces. Contouring can help correct misshapen teeth that are not misaligned.
  • A Cosmetic Dentist can Help with Implants: If someone is missing a tooth, there are numerous options available. A patient can elect to have a fixed porcelain bridge or a complete implant. Having an implant placed can help make it easier for someone to chew while also helping to keep their teeth in the proper location.
  • A Cosmetic Dentist can Treat Speech Issues: Crooked or missing teeth can make it difficult for someone to speak properly because people use their teeth and their tongue to articulate sounds and words. If a patient is struggling with these issues, a cosmetic dentist may be able to provide treatment options to move the teeth into positions that allow someone to speak in a clear manner.
  • A Cosmetic Dentist can Help with Sensitive Teeth: Some people have overly sensitive teeth that send painful shocks throughout their mouth when they eat foods or drink liquids at hot or cold Smiling young woman face with perfect teeth.temperatures. This may be a result of microscopic gaps that develop in the surface of the tooth, exposing the underlying material, dentin, which sends signals to the nerves in your teeth. For people who struggle with this issue, a cosmetic dentist may be able to help by restoring the surface of the sensitive tooth.

 

In the end, these are only a few of the reasons to see a cosmetic dentist. Without a doubt, a  healthy, white smile can restore self-esteem and confidence to enjoy the simple things in life again like food and friends. Of course, a cosmetic dentist can also make tasks like chewing, talking, and brushing easier, and help patients maintain their oral health in the process. Either way, to make the most of your dental health, make it a habit to visit a dentist regularly. You’ll enjoy a better smile for years to come.  For more information on how cosmetic dentistry can help, give Dr. Medina in Las Vegas a call or contact us today.

Laser Dentistry: better for your teeth and gums

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laser dental treatment for a little girl

You do everything you can to care for your teeth and gums. You want them to be there for you throughout your lifetime and you know they are an important part of taking care of your overall health. Dental care starts at home with regular brushing and flossing, and of course, we all need regular cleaning and checkups at the dentist.

But, problems with teeth and gums can develop over time.  When you do need additional procedures, it’s good to know that modern dentistry has come a long way. With the equipment, training and procedures available today, going to the dentist doesn’t have to be painful, and our dental care is more effective than ever.

One recent development is the use of laser dentistry for some procedures.  With its gentler approach, laser dentistry can reduce pain and healing time.  Less invasive and more precise, laser dentistry means less damage to surrounding areas that don’t need treatment. Laser procedures may also help minimize bleeding and swelling. When used in conjunction with traditional treatment, laser dentistry is a great option for a number of common dental procedures.

What is Laser Dentistry?

Lasers are beams of light that use heat to cause a reaction on whatever surface they touch.  Used for many things as precision tools, they have also proven to be a safe and efficient way to repair teeth and gums for some dental procedures. It works because laser heat is minimal and so precise it is able to remove only diseased tissue, leaving healthy tissue around it intact and undisturbed. The laser may also be used for “curing” a filling, that is helping it bond to the surface of the tooth, and in tooth-whitening procedures where the laser’s heat helps to activate the bleaching agents.

Laser Dentistry is Better For Your Teeth

Laser dentistry is better for your teeth in two primary ways.

If you have a cavity, it needs to be taken care of quickly. Without treatment, your tooth will decay further, causing pain and eventually the loss of your tooth. In the past, the dentist relied on a drill to remove large chunks of the tooth in order to make sure all the decay was gone. But, with this method, the drill takes out a big part of the tooth, not just the decayed part. You can end up losing too much of your tooth to remove a cavity that is very small. Once it’s weakened, that tooth is more likely to eventually have to be replaced with a more costly dental implant.

Laser dentistry helps address that problem. It’s precise, and it does little external damage, focusing only where it is needed. The healthy part of the tooth stays intact, assuring it will have a better chance of lasting longer.  And, this saves you, the patient, money and inconvenience down the road, because it’s less likely you will have the pain and expense of a tooth that has to be removed and replaced.

Laser Dentistry is Better for the Gums

The second way that laser dentistry helps protect your teeth is by helping to keep your gums healthy. When gums are severely inflamed, they separate from the tooth, allowing bacteria to go deep into the roots. Eventually that tooth will fall out.  So, healthy gums mean healthier teeth.

If you have periodontal disease, or gum disease, during treatment a dental hygienist would typically use various hand instruments to break up the plaque under the gumline and remove the pockets of nasty bacteria. The gum must be pulled away from the tooth in order to scrape this material out from under the gums. But this procedure is also damaging to the gums, delaying healing and often resulting in discomfort and occasionally bleeding.

Dental laser treatment for gums, on the other hand, uses a gentle beam of light to gently dissolve pockets of bacteria at and below the gumline. The laser can more effectively target tight areas that dental tools struggle to reach without causing pain. Since the laser can be finely targeted, damage to the gums is minimal and the procedure is pain free, needing no anesthetic or extended healing time.

The American Dental Association looks “positively” on the dental laser procedure for its potential to reduce the need for local anesthetic, which besides the nuisance factor of having a numb mouth for hours also carries some minor medical risks.  Laser dentistry means fewer times the dentist needs to use local anesthetic, which everyone can appreciate.

While laser dentistry is still in the early stages, it is widely used for a number of procedures where it has proven to be both effective and comfortable for patients.  We expect that its uses will increase as new way are found to use this tool to better care for your teeth and gums, and make a visit to the dentist easier than ever before.

Waterlase treatment available now

Dr. Medina offers Waterlase dental laser treatment for a number of procedures including dental fillings, root canals, gum treatment and more.  Learn how Waterlase works and call Dr. Medina today to see if you can benefit from pain free Waterlase dental laser care.

The challenges of wearing metal braces

People who don’t like uncomfortable and ugly traditional dental braces will love Invisalign

Close-up of teen girl's mouth showing she is wearing metal bracesPeople of all ages tend to avoid getting dental braces for a wide variety of reasons. Most people don’t want to feel or be seen with brackets, wires, or bands on their teeth. While these factor into a person’s general comfort, did you know that there are medical reasons to avoid traditional metal braces as well?

Periodontic Health

Traditional dental brace care can be a hassle. Brushing and flossing are both key components of maintaining your periodontic or gum health, but braces make these practices more difficult. Metal braces partially impede the route to your teeth and gums. As a result, you become more susceptible to plaque buildup, tooth discoloration, and tooth decay. Many people already have trouble flossing without braces, and they’ll have even more difficulties threading floss or using proper flossing techniques with metal braces on. This can lead to an overall lower level of dental hygiene which can lead to tooth and gum health issues.

Injury and Discomfort

Not only can braces be restrictive for cleaning, but they also add uncomfortable bulk between the teeth and the cheek. Brackets and brace wires can cause irritation, mouth sores, and small injuries. While irritation can be somewhat alleviated with dental wax, accidents can and will happen. Allowing an issue to persist not only adds to your temporary discomfort, but may also lengthen your overall treatment unhappy girl wearing metal braces and holding an apple she can't eatduration. For example, something outside your control may cause part of your braces to pop loose. Many a brace-wearer can tell the story of eating a casual lunch, and being interrupted by a sudden loose wire resulting in the need to schedule an urgent dentist appointment to fix it.

Eating Habits

Speaking of eating, traditional metal braces limit your food options as well. To maintain the integrity of the braces, you need to avoid eating things that are too hard or sticky. As a result, many foods that negatively affect metal braces have to be skipped over on the menu. The extra attention and care required to eat some common, healthful foods like crisp apples or carrots may even contribute to a poorly-balanced diet. Even allowed foods can end up being hard to deal with when wearing metal braces. Would you keep ordering something if you knew it got stuck in your braces every time?

A better braces experience with Invisalign

So what alternatives do you have for metal braces? At our dental practice, we regularly provide assessments for Invisalign – a custom-made series of clear, removable aligner trays. Invisalign works by gradually shifting your teeth until treatment is complete. Since the trays are removable, your brushing, flossing, and eating habits don’t need to change. As an added benefit, you’ll avoid the discomfort of metal Woman wearing orthodontic silicone trainer. Invisalign bracesbrackets and remove any insecurities you may have associated with being seen wearing those traditional grill-like metal dental braces.

When considering Invisalign, patients will sometimes ask about other alternatives such as veneers or similar treatments. Since the purpose of these treatments is to cover up dental imperfections, they won’t correct the same problems that dental braces do. They don’t straighten teeth or treat cases of spacing, crowding, crossbite, overbite, or underbite. Most importantly, straightening teeth and addressing jaw discrepancies increase the likelihood of improved oral health and prevention of other health problems.

For more information about Invisalign and how it can help you, give us a call!

Advanced Gum Disease Treatment Reduces Pain and Speeds Healing

Until recently, patients with gum disease dreaded the painful, invasive techniques and the long healing time involved in gum treatment procedures. Many patients delay treatment because of their anxiety over the grueling traditional approach to gum disease care and treatment which allows the disease more time to advance and cause tooth decay, gum erosion, and other health issues throughout the body.

Why is Early Gum Disease Care and Treatment so Important?

mouth infection and gum disease: chart of periodontal diseaseGum disease afflicts many people and can lead to serious consequences. Some people are at higher risk of gum disease and may not know it. Misaligned bite, tobacco use, and some medications, including those that cause a dry mouth, may cause a higher risk of gum disease.  Poor dental hygiene and lack of regular dental care are other major causes of progressive gum disease.

Symptoms of gum disease include red, swollen gums and bleeding during toothbrushing. This stage of the disease is called gingivitis. If untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease in which the gum tissue itself retreats from the tooth and infection below the gum line sets in.  This can lead to breakdown of the gums and bone tissue, as well as tooth decay and eventual loss of the tooth. And, the oral bacteria found in the gum tissue is implicated in other diseases as well, including colon cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

A Less Painful Approach to Gum Disease Treatment is Now Available

Because many patients fear the discomfort of traditional gum disease treatment, finding a solution to making gum care more appealing is an important advance for dentistry. Dr. Jesus Medina, DDS, recently announced a new gum disease care and treatment option  to his patients, offering the revolutionary FDA-approved BIOLASE WaterLase iPlus 2.0™  procedure.

The BIOLASE WaterLase iPlus 2.0™ procedure  eliminates the need to cut the gums, using a fine laser to remove infection instead. And, it stimulates the growth of new, healthy tissue and speeds the recovery process. The procedure is far less painful than traditional gum disease treatment, so it does not require anesthesia or shots. Read more about this groundbreaking new treatment in our recent press release.

Dr. Jesus Medina Jr., DDS

Dr. Medina is eager to get the word out so that patients who are putting off treatment for their gum disease due to anxiety over pain and healing time know that there is a more gentle and effective option for gum disease care and treatment.  Call or contact our office today for more information or to get started on taking good care of your oral health today.

Why a Cosmetic Dentist Is a Good Choice for You

Let a Las Vegas Cosmetic Dentist give you a great Las Vegas smile!

woman with beautiful teeth smiling and talking on cell phoneIn Las Vegas, a party town, we tend smile a lot. We like to see and be seen. It’s no fun to dress up and go out on the town, but be afraid to smile and laugh with friends!  For anyone with stained, broken, missing or just unattractive teeth, smiling can be a real downer.

Already see a dentist regularly?  Maybe you’ve had work done on your teeth, but you still don’t have a smile that you’re totally happy to share with friends and strangers. Maybe your dentist does a great job on keeping your mouth healthy, but you still don’t like the way your teeth look. If so, a cosmetic dentist can make a big difference in your life and get you back out there to enjoy life in Las Vegas.

What is a Cosmetic Dentist?

Cosmetic dentistry is dental work that’s designed specifically to improve the appearance of your smile. While traditional dentists focus mainly on cleaning and fixing teeth and maintaining your dental health, cosmetic dentists focus not only on dental health, but also on how your teeth look, so you really have something to smile about. Cosmetic dentists are trained to perform a variety of procedures, including techniques to improve the color of your teeth, correct the spacing or alignment, repair chipped teeth and replace outdated dental treatments with something more attractive. A great cosmetic dentist will consult closely with you to develop your personal treatment plan to give you the great smile you want.

When Should You See a Las Vegas Cosmetic Dentist?

If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry, you’re not alone. There are lots of things a cosmetic dentist can help you with.  Here are some of the biggest reasons people go  to see a cosmetic dentist:

  • When your smile has lost its brightness. As you age, your teeth typically lose the bright whiteness of youth. Coffee, tea, wine and cigarettes can cause staining that yellows teeth, adding years to your looks. A cosmetic dentist can give you a younger-looking smile with bleaching, bonding or other whitening procedures.
  • beautiful older woman showing teeth after cosmetic dentistyWhen your teeth are noticeably damaged or worn. A chipped tooth can have an uncomfortable sharp edge in addition to leaving an imperfection in your smile. It’s also possible that your teeth have become ground down unevenly over time. Some wear is natural, but too much in one spot can lead to pain. A cosmetic dentist can repair or reshape damaged teeth and prevent additional wear, which can help maintain your good oral health.
  • When you have missing teeth. If you’ve lost a tooth to damage or decay, you don’t have to settle for old-fashioned dentures. Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a wide range of solutions, including bridges, crowns and implants. Replacing a missing tooth is also important for your overall oral health to keep the rest of your teeth in proper alignment.
  • When you feel self-conscious about your smile. If something’s holding you back from flashing your pearly whites, you don’t need to suffer in silence. Problems with your teeth can lead to lowered self-esteem and a lack of self-confidence. It can also hold you back from expressing yourself, and may even affect your ability to thrive in social situations or in your job, if you need to interact with the public. A cosmetic dentist can pinpoint the issue and offer the right solution for you.

Cosmetic Dentist in Las Vegas

Your smile is one of the best things about you, so don’t hide it away.  Dr Medina specializes in smiles through cosmetic dentistry in Las Vegas.  For a consultation, give him a call today  at 702-368-3627 or contact his office for an appointment, and take home a happy new smile!

Do you have bad teeth due to teeth grinding?

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Find out how teeth grinding affects your teeth

Tooth grinding is a condition that is often overlooked and can lead to serious dental and other problems. Find out know what tooth grinding is, how you know you have it, and the treatment.

What is teeth grinding?

Boy in red hat grinding his teethTeeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a disorder in which you clench your jaw and grind your teeth together, putting pressure on your teeth and jaws. The condition may be voluntary, involuntary, or both.  With voluntary teeth grinding, you habitually clench or grind your teeth during times of stress or anxiety. Involuntary teeth grinding, on the other and, causes you to grind your teeth during sleep. Many people experience both voluntary and involuntary teeth grinding, since one can lead to the other.

What are the symptoms of teeth grinding?

If you have voluntary tooth grinding, you are already aware there is a problem. However, if you have involuntary teeth grinding you may not know you have this condition since it happens while you sleep. Here are warning signs and symptoms to look out for:

  • Your teeth seem flatter or more worn than they used to
  • You have chipped or loose teeth that weren’t caused by injury
  • Increased teeth sensitivity
  • Sore or tight jaw
  • Pain or tightness in face, especially in the mornings
  • Earaches
  • Headaches
  • Pain and swelling on insides of your cheeks as if you’ve bitten them, but you don’t remember doing so
  • Fatigue
  • Fatigue in sleeping partner if the sound from tooth grinding wakes your partner

What causes tooth grinding?

There are various reasons you may grind your teeth. Here are the most common causes:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Misaligned bite
  • Missing or crooked teeth
  • Sleep disorders
  • Sleep apnea
  • Neurological diseases
  • Medication side effect 

Why is it important to treat bruxism?

Broken tooth dental symbol and toothache dentistry concept as a single cracked damaged molarBruxism may seem like just an annoying bad habit. If you are noticing symptoms, though, you may wonder if the condition needs treatment or if you should wait for it to go away. Teeth grinding can cause serious dental issues if it’s not treated. The constant force and pressure from your jaw muscles can damage your teeth. Here are possible complications of tooth grinding:

  • Fractured, broken teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • Damage to existing dental work including crowns and bridges
  • Jaw disorders,including damage to temporomandibular joints (TMJ)
  • Headache

What can you do at home to prevent teeth grinding?

If you have voluntary bruxism, you need to become aware of your jaw and teeth. If you catch yourself grinding your teeth, take a deep breath and relax your jaw muscles. If you seem to be frequently under stress, find a way to relieve the stress before bedtime with exercise, meditation, and relaxation techniques. Here are other ways to help reduce your tooth grinding:

  • Avoid products that stimulate the nervous system and can cause anxiety such as coffee, soda, and chocolate
  • Reduce or eliminate alcohol
  • Avoid activities that simulate teeth clenching or grinding as these can lead to both voluntary and involuntary forms, like chewing gum or ice, or nervous habits such as chewing on the ends of pens and pencils.
  • Whenever you notice your jaw tightening, relax it and position your tongue between your teeth or use your tongue to push on the roof of your mouth.
  • Use a warm washcloth on your face and cheeks to encourage muscle relaxation before bed

See your Dentist for help with Teeth Grinding

Doctor Presenting a Mouth Guard with his handWhen home remedies aren’t enough, or you are experiencing jaw or dental pain, it may be time to ask your dentist for help. A dentist can create a custom mouth guard that prevents damage to your teeth from sleep grinding. You simply use the mouth guard every night while you sleep. Mouth guards minimize the damage done to your teeth while you use other methods like stress management to reduce your bruxism. If your teeth grinding is caused by a misaligned bite or crooked teeth, dental work to correct these problems will help.

Tooth grinding may seem like a harmless condition, but it can cause big dental problems as time goes on.  When you wear your teeth down and damage them, you end up needed major repair or replacement of the damaged tooth with procedures like:

  • Crowns
  • Root canals
  • Bridges
  • Partial dentures
  • Implants

If you suspect you may have tooth grinding, make an appointment to see your dentist and work together on a plan to repair any damage and a solution to stop the tooth grinding for good.

More Than a Pretty Face- Dr. Medina’s Cosmetic Dentistry

Jesus Medina Jr., DDS specializes in not only general dentistry in Las Vegas, but also is one of Las Vegas best cosmetic dentist practitioners. Cosmetic dentistry procedures run the gamut from simple whitening procedures or braces to porcelain veneers and porcelain fixed bridges to match your teeth’s natural sheen while fixing gaps and reshaping your smile. At http://www.drjesusmedinajrdds.com, you can get your new smile with little time and effort on your part. Of all the dentists in Las Vegas, Dr. Medina stands apart with his excellent service and wide range of dental procedures. Whether the job is bite correction, tooth filling, or a simple whitening procedure, Dr. Medina can handle it. One patient reports “My son – Sean had a complicated situation with his bite which Dr. Medina corrected perfectly!” showing that even pediatric dentistry is within reach at one simple location.

For many dental patients, tooth fillings are a necessary step in restoring their teeth, and what better to do that than composite fillings, offering a natural look and long-lasting effects? Cracked or missing teeth are also easy fixes, with everything from simple whitening procedures to enamel replacements.

Even removing tartar and plaque can be a cosmetic procedure, turning your teeth from stained and yellow to bright white in no time. The before and after picture below shows just how much a single visit can improve your smile:

A quick tartar removal to get a new, brighter smile!

A quick tartar removal to get a new, brighter smile!

You may need more than a cleaning to fix your teeth, however, and Jesus Medina Jr., DDS offers a wide array of cosmetic dentistry procedures for just that reason. Porcelain crowns, porcelain caps, porcelain veneers, and porcelain fixed bridges are all necessary implements for restoring your smile.

Occasionally decayed or broken teeth need to be fixed, and porcelain crowns and caps are used to not only repair them, but also match your teeth’s natural color and luster. Porcelain fixed bridges can literally “bridge” the gap between missing teeth, filling in and giving your smile a full appearance. This can be an alternative to dentures for many people, and many denture wearers upgrade from the removable appliance to a permanent dental replacement like these.

The cosmetic dentistry procedures listed here are just a few of those offered by Jesus Medina Jr., DDS. For more procedures, or to schedule an appointment online, visit http://www.drjesusmedinajrdds.com or call (702) 368-3627 for more information.

 

It’s the Little Things that Count: Dental Care Without the Cost

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Ever wonder why your teeth aren’t perfect, no matter how often you brush? When it comes to oral hygiene, it’s the little things that count. Brushing may be the most common form of cleaning, but it’s not the only one. Jesus Medina Jr., DDS of Las Vegas offers some tips for maintaining your smile, even when you’re on the go.

There are more than toothbrushes in the dental care aisle of your grocery store; it takes an arsenal of tooth cleaning tools to keep your smile shining. Toothbrushes, including electric ones, obviously only work with toothpaste, and we recommend any brand that uses baking soda for maximum freshness. Toothpaste only covers where you can reach with your brush, however.

For getting those hard to reach places behind your molars and between your teeth, close to the gums, dental floss is essential. Flossing whenever you brush is one of the best ways to brush (hah!) up on your dental hygiene. After brushing, take a piece of floss between your fingers about an inch long (or just use one of the convenient disposable floss-picks that many stores now sell), and work it between each and every tooth to remove any deeply-wedged food particles. Flossing correctly can reduce your risk of tooth decay by 35% on its own!

Not feeling 100% clean yet? Mouthwash covers the rest of those hard-to-reach places, deep-cleaning your mouth and tongue and helping to freshen your breath. Dentists recommend the anti-plaque or anti-bacterial varieties, and Dr. Medina does as well. These ones have several additives that will not only keep your mouth minty-fresh, but will also fight plaque at the same time.

Lastly, don’t forget whitening strips, those thing minty films that you place on your teeth, and they melt away after a few minutes. These can help clean your teeth away from home, in between meals when brushing isn’t an option, and also help keep your breath fresh. These will help passively whiten your teeth, giving you a fresh smile over time in between brushings.

Jesus Medina Jr., DDS, hopes these helpful hints will encourage you to keep your teeth extra-clean in between visits. Maintaining a healthy mouth is a good start for improving your smile, and for everything else we offer a wide range of dental servicesgeneral, cosmetic, and restorative procedures should your teeth need that extra boost.