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How the Sun Influences Oral Health

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Marianne Cohan  November 24, 2023
If the sun did not exist, there would be no possibility of there being life on Earth as we know it. In addition to being the source of light and heat, the blazing star is also tasked with protecting the master key that opens the door to life itself. Solar energy, which is required for […]
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13 Different Causes, Home Remedies, and Treatments for Dark Spots on The Lips

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Marianne Cohan  November 10, 2023
When you examined your lips, have you ever been certain that something was there that wasn't there the day before? A dark spot on your lip might make you feel self-conscious about your appearance and can even be embarrassing. The following list includes thirteen potential causes for black spots on the lips. Why do the […]
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Your Ultimate Guide to Buying Toothpaste

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Marianne Cohan  October 13, 2023
Were you overwhelmed during your most recent visit to the toothpaste aisle? Because there are so many options available, and because every company asserts that they are the finest, it can be challenging to choose which toothpaste would serve your needs the best. Some characteristics, such as flavor, might be subject to individual preference. In […]
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6 Commonly Held Falsehoods About Brushing Your Teeth

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Marianne Cohan  September 22, 2023
Brushing your teeth is a well-known and widely-recognized part of overall health maintenance. Due to the interconnected nature of the body, oral health issues can be a precursor to systemic issues. If you want to get the most out of your time spent brushing your teeth, it's crucial that you do so correctly. It's likely […]
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Why Quitting Smoking Will Benefit Your Oral Health

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Marianne Cohan  September 15, 2023
When it comes to your oral health, there are a number of reasons why it is in your best interest to give up smoking. Even though tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of illness and death around the world, a staggering 32.4 million people in the United States continue to engage in the habit […]
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Have white patches in your mouth? Here’s what to do.

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Marianne Cohan  September 1, 2023
Do you have white patches in your mouth and you're not sure what causes them? Find out what's causing your white spots, what symptoms they cause, and how they can be treated. Are you experiencing any pain or discomfort on the inside of your mouth? Do you experience excruciating pain in the white patches that […]
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3 Ways To Treat A Dental Injury

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Marianne Cohan  August 25, 2023
What treatments are available for dental injury? In the following three various ways: In the event that you sustain a dental injury, the first thing you need to do is get in touch with a dental professional as soon as you possibly can. In the event that you are located in the Summerlin area and […]
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Am I Too Old to Have My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

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Marianne Cohan  June 23, 2023
Have you been debating whether or not it would be beneficial to have your wisdom teeth removed? Have you been advised that it is now the appropriate time to have them extracted? It's possible that you're nervous about the procedure itself, or that you feel like you might be a little bit too old to […]
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The Link Between Heart Disease and Gum Disease

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Marianne Cohan  June 16, 2023
The Relationship Between Periodontal Disease and Cardiovascular Disease For a significant amount of time, the majority of us were under the impression that coronary heart disease was primarily a "men's health" concern. This misconception persisted for a significant amount of time. And despite the fact that this is not at all the case, this misconception […]
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White Spots: What They Are and How To Get Rid Of Them

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Marianne Cohan  June 9, 2023
  White Spots: An Explanation of What They Are and Some Suggestions for Their Elimination A typical form of enamel discolouration that can be seen on teeth is white spots. Certain regions of the tooth give the impression of being a brilliant, opaque white color, which makes them stand out from the rest of the […]
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The Untold Danger of Tooth Decay

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Marianne Cohan  June 2, 2023
The majority of people will, at some point in their lives, experience tooth decay, which can affect them to a lesser or greater degree depending on the severity of the condition. This is because tooth decay is one of the most common diseases in the world. If you have pain in a tooth, it's possible […]
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Toothpaste for sensitive teeth: Where to start

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Marianne Cohan  May 26, 2023
Do you have sensitive teeth? Tooth sensitivity is something that will affect the majority of us at some point in our lives, and it's likely that it already has. Even though it's unpleasant, there are some things in life that you just can't avoid doing. And while it might only be a mild annoyance for […]
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Tooth Enamel: Loss, Erosion, Treatment

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Marianne Cohan  May 19, 2023
What exactly is enamel of the teeth? The thin layer of enamel that covers the outside of your teeth is known as the dentine of teeth because it is the toughest tissue in the human body. Hydroxyapatite is the predominant mineral found in tooth enamel, which makes up the majority of this substance. Enamel, which […]
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There Are 6 Ways To Avoid Getting Cavities.

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Marianne Cohan  May 12, 2023
The rate at which our patients accumulate decay, also known as cavities, is something that all dentists face as a challenge that is difficult to overcome. When it comes to the state of your oral health, it is most likely one of your greatest concerns as well. Going to the dentist and being told that […]
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Tips to Make Dentistry More Affordable

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Marianne Cohan  April 27, 2023
Looking for an affordable dentist in Summerlin? Although finding "affordable" dental care isn't always as easy as it seems, there are practical measures you can take to cut down on the costs of maintaining your oral health and the money you'll have to spend on dental treatments in the future. If you can't believe it, […]
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Home Treatments and Remedies For Gingivitis

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Marianne Cohan  April 20, 2023
  Inflammation of the gums, also known as gingivitis, is one of the most common oral diseases found in North America. The following is a list of the most effective home treatments and preventative measures for puffy gums.... In the United States, adults aged 30 and older who are nearly half (47.2% of all adults) […]
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How To Work Up The Courage To Make Your Dentist Appointment

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Marianne Cohan  March 30, 2023
Trying to conjure up the courage to make a dental appointment? Well, it is impossible to stress the significance of maintaining good oral health. Your oral health has a huge bearing on the rest of your body's well-being. As a result of this, it is imperative that in addition to ensuring that you brush your […]
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6 Common Oral Diseases In People Under 40 That Can Be Prevented

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Marianne Cohan  March 23, 2023
Do you think of diseases when you think about your oral health? What you put into your mouth travels down your digestive tract in the first stage, and the food you consume has an effect on the rest of your body and can cause disease. However, the way in which you care for your gums, […]
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What Kind of Effects Vaping Can Have On Your Dental Health?

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Marianne Cohan  March 17, 2023
People are now free to light up whenever they like because vaping is less harmful than smoking, right? A significant number of young people currently believe that vaping is a risk-free alternative to smoking and have therefore begun to embrace this trend. In 2017, 11.7% of high school students reported using electronic cigarettes. [Citation needed] […]
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Why Going To The Dentist On A Regular Basis Will End Up Saving You More Money In The Long Run.

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Marianne Cohan  March 10, 2023
Going to see the dentist at Summerlin Dental Solutions on a regular basis will end up saving you money in the long term. This is for a variety of reasons, all of which will be discussed in more detail below. However, before we proceed, the most important thing to keep in mind is that this […]
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Denture Services and Types of Dentures

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Marianne Cohan  February 28, 2023
A person's full set of lost teeth can be replaced with dentures from Summerlin Dental Solutions in only one visit. There are many different denture alternatives to choose from, and which one you go with will depend on how many of your teeth are missing, whether you want to use dental implants in conjunction with […]
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4 Questions About Dental Sealants, Answered

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Marianne Cohan  February 10, 2023
In response to your four questions about dental sealants, the following is the information: Caries, also known as tooth decay, is the form of chronic disease that affects children in the United States at a rate that is higher than any other. In the state of Washington, children in kindergarten have a cavity rate of […]
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Why You Should Always Replace Missing Teeth

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Marianne Cohan  January 31, 2023
Do you have any missing teeth? Tooth decay is something that can and does occur on a very regular basis. In the event that tooth decay is not treated in the appropriate manner, it can lead to the loss of a tooth, which will result in a gaping hole being left in the mouth. Sadly, […]
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Manual vs. Electric Toothbrushes: Which Is Best?

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Marianne Cohan  December 28, 2022
Both manual and electric toothbrushes are effective in removing plaque and tartar accumulation from our patients' teeth in Summerlin; however, each type of toothbrush has its advantages and disadvantages. If you've been debating whether or not to invest in an electric toothbrush, here are some advantages and disadvantages of each option for your consideration. Toothbrush […]
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Toothaches: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

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Marianne Cohan  December 23, 2022
  How to Treat Toothaches, as well as Their Symptoms and Root Causes You shouldn't dismiss the possibility of getting a toothache as something minor just because it's possible. It's a terrible thing that could happen at any moment, and the pain could eventually become intolerable. If you are able to identify the common symptoms […]
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Why Dental Radiographs Are So Crucial

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Marianne Cohan  December 20, 2022
What We Can Learn From Their X-Rays About Our Teeth We will likely take a variety of dental x-rays during your or your child's initial visit to our Summerlin location. Thanks to these films, we can view the inner structure of your mouth, including the bone, the roots of your teeth, and the nerve tissue […]
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Dental Bonding: The Affordable Alternative to Porcelain Veneers

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Marianne Cohan  December 17, 2022
Dental Bonding: The Affordable Alternative to Porcelain Veneers Do you desire to enhance the look of your teeth with bonding but are unwilling to invest the money required to obtain porcelain veneers? Thankfully, there are still alternative options available to you. Another tactic is composite bonding, which can be used to get similar results without […]
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Rid Your Teeth of Coffee Stains for Good

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Marianne Cohan  December 14, 2022
If you read this article, you won't have to give up your coffee habit because it explains how to remove coffee stains from your teeth and how to prevent developing them in the first place. Is it feasible to consume coffee and maintain white teeth? If you enjoy drinking coffee, you already know the disappointing […]
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How To Get That Million Dollar Smile For Less

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Marianne Cohan  December 11, 2022
How To Get That Million Dollar Smile For Less Do you find yourself envious of the celebrities' perfectly white teeth and consistent-looking smiles? We all do, don't we? A smile makeover using porcelain veneers or a complete set of veneers can cost several thousand dollars. The everyday person will find this to be less than […]
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What You Really Need To Know About Oil Pulling

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Marianne Cohan  December 8, 2022
What is Oil Pulling and why is it for me? A big confident smile can feel amazing. Believe us when we say that we have spent a lot of time and energy looking for new ways to whiten our teeth. Having teeth that are yellow or dull can have a negative impact on both your […]
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Temporomandibular joint disorders: TMJ symptoms and treatment

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Marianne Cohan  December 1, 2022
Disorders of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ): symptoms and treatment options Does that the joint in your jaw hurts so much that you just don't feel like talking much right now? In the United States, those who are coping with temporomandibular joint diseases make up about 12% of the population at any given moment. This phrase, […]
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Canker Sores: How to Treat Them and Their Root Causes

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Marianne Cohan  November 29, 2022
Canker sores are a common problem that our Summerlin patient base brings up to Dr. Cohan, who is their dentist. These lesions are distinguished from others because they are characterized by the presence of sensitive sores within the mouth. They are also known as aphthous ulcers and aphthous stomatitis. They can be found on the […]
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Is it Possible for Me to Straighten Teeth at Home? Options for Straightening Teeth Both With and Without The Use of Braces.

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Marianne Cohan  November 26, 2022
Are you seeking for a way to straighten teeth that doesn't include the use of braces but is less invasive? You may have an overbite, crowded teeth, or slightly misaligned front teeth if you want to straighten your teeth without the metal brackets and wires that are typical of traditional braces. Invisalign is an alternative […]
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Are You Affected by Snoring and Sleep Apnea? Let’s Discuss.

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Marianne Cohan  November 23, 2022
Snoring and Sleep Apnea. The importance of healthy breathing and restful sleep is increasingly being recognized in medical research. While there is still a great deal more to understand, it is now generally known that many significant biological processes take place during healthy sleep. Some examples of these processes include the following: Our bodies can […]
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3 Simple Treatments That Can Improve Your Front Teeth

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Marianne Cohan  November 19, 2022
Are you researching your options for a smile makeover to enhance the appearance of your teeth? Patients interested in aesthetic dentistry now have more alternatives available than at any other time in the history of the industry thanks to recent advancements in dental materials. Yes, cosmetic dental procedures like Invisalign, porcelain crowns, and dental veneers […]
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How the Sun Influences Oral Health

November 24, 2023
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If the sun did not exist, there would be no possibility of there being life on Earth as we know it. In addition to being the source of light and heat, the blazing star is also tasked with protecting the master key that opens the door to life itself. Solar energy, which is required for plant life (and for the entire food chain), is provided by the blazing star. In addition, people can benefit from the powerful star's beams in a variety of ways, including the following: exposure to sunlight can help alleviate depression, aid in the digestion of food, lower blood pressure, help reduce anxiety, alleviate body pain, improve cardiovascular strength, and have an impact on dental health.

Over the course of time, prolonged exposure to sunlight has developed a negative connotation due to the fact that there are negative outcomes associated with receiving an excessive amount of a beneficial factor. Exposure to the sun's rays can, without a shadow of a doubt, hasten the aging process, as well as increase the risk of developing skin cancer, which is the most common form of cancer in the United States, as well as outbreaks of herpes simplex virus, allergic reactions, damage to the eyes, and painful sunburns. Despite the fact that there are risks involved, researchers believe that the positive effects on one's health that are associated with being exposed to a constant stream of light far outweigh the negative effects that are associated with doing so.

Vitamin D from the sun, on the other hand, has its benefits.

Vitamin D, also known as the "sunshine vitamin," is not consumed in adequate quantities by a significant portion of the population in the United States. 25 percent of the population in the United States is at risk for vitamin D inadequacy, while 8 percent of the population in the United States is at risk for vitamin D deficiency, which can contribute to dental problems caused by bone loss. These statistics come from the United States National Center for Health (2011). Both inadequate care and insufficient care are linked to an increased likelihood of developing dental problems.

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The sun is the best (and free) source of vitamin D; skin that is directly exposed to sunlight will start the body's natural production of the organic compound. Vitamin D levels in the body can be maintained at healthy levels with adequate sun exposure. Vitamin D is absolutely necessary for maintaining strong bones and teeth. Vitamin D is an essential component of the process that mineralizes bones. It does this by making calcium easier to absorb, which is why it plays such an important role in the process. Calcium is one of the most important nutrients for preserving dental health; however, without vitamin D, the body is unable to absorb sufficient quantities of calcium. Calcium is one of the most important nutrients for preserving dental health. It is unfortunate that this is the case because calcium is one of the minerals that teeth are made of.

People who have low levels of vitamin D not only have an increased risk of breaking bones as a result of osteoporosis, but they also may have a weakened immune system, stand a bigger chance of developing multiple sclerosis and rickets, and increase the odds of individuals dying from specific internal cancers (http://www.news-medical.net/news/34041.aspx). People who have low levels of vitamin D also have an increased risk of breaking bones as a result of

Canker Sores are bad.

Even though they are only small blisters, cold sores can cause a great deal of discomfort due to the infection they cause in the mouth. Cold sores can appear anywhere in the mouth. The unattractive growths are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1, which typically infects people before the age of ten and can be transmitted from person to person. According to estimates provided by the Herpes Virus Association, approximately six out of ten people are infected with HSV-1, which is the virus that leads to cold sores and herpes above the waist (commonly appearing on the face or lips). Even after the virus has been dormant in the body for a significant amount of time, it can be reactivated by sun exposure and cause an outbreak. In accordance with 1-800-Dentist's findings, "According to estimates provided by the Herpes Virus Association, approximately 60% of people are carriers of HSV-1. "Protecting one's lips from the sun with a product that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 is an absolute necessity, regardless of whether a person is attempting to increase their Vitamin D levels or are simply heading out for the day. The sun can cause significant damage to the lips, including premature aging and even cancer. This level of protection can help shield individuals not only from outbreaks of cold sores but also from sun damage, which can contribute to oral cancer. Not only that, but it can also help shield individuals from outbreaks of fever blisters.

The terrifying foe known as oral cancer.

Oral cancer is the common name for the condition known as head and neck cancer. Head and neck cancer is caused by an uncontrolled growth of cells that invades the tissue around it and causes damage to it, most notably in the head and neck region. Oral cancer has a mortality rate that is significantly higher than that of other cancers because it is typically diagnosed at a later stage than other cancers. The infection has already spread to other parts of the body at this point in time. According to the information that can be found on the website http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/, during the course of this year in the United States, a diagnosis of oral or pharyngeal cancer will be given to nearly 37,000 individuals. Over 8,000 people will lose their lives as a direct result of it, which equates to approximately one death every hour, twenty-four hours a day. Only a little bit more than half of the 36,000 people who have recently been diagnosed with cancer will still be alive in five years. Prolonged exposure to the sun is one of the risk factors that, when combined with other elements, can increase the likelihood of developing the condition.

Even though using tobacco and drinking alcohol is the primary factor in the development of oral cancer, sun exposure (especially at a young age or with continued frequency) also significantly increases the risk that cancerous cells will form. Using tobacco and drinking alcohol is the primary factor in the development of oral cancer. The sun is to blame for this because it emits ultraviolet radiation that travels through the atmosphere and causes damage.

In order to take advantage of the benefit and reduce the likelihood of developing complications as a result of sun exposure, it is necessary to exercise caution. This is because sun exposure can increase the risk of developing complications. One of the steps that can be taken to help deliver the ideal balance is for customers to wear a sun sensor patch that will automatically change colors to warn them when they have reached their sun exposure limit. This will help ensure that customers do not overexpose themselves to the sun.

You don't happen to have a sensor patch, do you? In general, you should spend no more than ten minutes per day exposed to direct sunlight. Exposed time should be limited as much as possible.

  • It is essential to check the local UV index forecast (which can be found at http://www.epa.gov/sunwise/whereyoulive.html) in order to reduce the likelihood of receiving an unsafe level of ultraviolet radiation exposure.
  • Applying a generous amount of sunblock is something you should do even when you are not actively working toward getting the recommended daily amount. Every individual, regardless of their age or gender, should make it a point to apply sunscreen on a daily basis as a matter of routine.
  • Because tanning beds emit powerful ultraviolet beams, which are known to have an effect that is detrimental to the health of the skin, you should do everything in your power to avoid using them.
  • It is important to avoid spending too much time in the sun during the middle of the day, when the sun's rays are at their peak intensity and can do the most damage to a person's health.
  • Direct sunlight should not be used on infants for the first six months of their lives, as this is considered unsafe for them.

If you haven't been to the dentist in so long that you can't remember when you did it, now is the time to schedule an appointment. Dr. Cohan, who works at Summerlin Dental Solutions in Summerlin, Nevada, is able to assist with the diagnosis of dental health issues that are caused by sun exposure. In addition, he is able to assist you with your needs regarding oral hygiene. Summerlin Dental Solutions is located in Summerlin, Nevada.

 

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Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

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13 Different Causes, Home Remedies, and Treatments for Dark Spots on The Lips

November 10, 2023
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When you examined your lips, have you ever been certain that something was there that wasn't there the day before? A dark spot on your lip might make you feel self-conscious about your appearance and can even be embarrassing.

The following list includes thirteen potential causes for black spots on the lips.

Why do the dark patches on the lips exist exactly?

Numerous circumstances might cause a person's lips to develop black or dark patches. Many of the contributing variables to this ailment are manageable at home with simple medicine.

Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is a skin condition that is relatively prevalent and provides no health hazards. This disorder, which is identified by the darkening of skin areas, is also known as melasma. The colorization could appear everywhere and could be either brown or gray.

Hormone changes are frequently the cause of melasma, and pregnant women are especially prone to getting the disorder.

It's crucial to keep them out of the light until the spots go away, however this may take some time. Topical medicines are often suggested as the next course of treatment if the problem persists.

Vitamin Shortage

Skin discoloration and uneven skin tone are both signs of a vitamin deficit. A doctor can identify deficiencies, most frequently through blood tests. Treatment plans frequently include vitamin-rich diets or a variety of vitamin supplements.

For really severe illnesses, the doctor may prescribe vitamin injections.

An Excess of Iron

A condition known as hemochromatosis is brought on by an excess of iron in the body. Iron builds up in the organs and joints in this syndrome. Hemochromatosis patients may notice a darkening of their skin in a number of places, including on their lips.

Schedule a consultation with your primary care doctor to go over your treatment options, which may involve regular blood donations or prescription medication.

Dehydration

A lack of water intake can cause the body to react in a number of harmful ways. It might, however, result in dryness and irritation of the skin on the face. On the lips, rough skin forms and layers of skin start to fall off. It's possible that you'll get scars, scabs, and other color alterations.

What is the treatment? Make sure to drink enough of water and eat foods high in liquids throughout the day to avoid becoming dehydrated.

Dental Appliances

Dental equipment including braces, dentures, retainers, and other dental fixtures can cause pressure sores if they are not placed correctly. These pressure sores typically leave black stains on the lips or gums where they were until they finally heal.

You might need to find a dentist and schedule an appointment with them in order to get the fixture fixed in order to address these sores. The spots also need to be protected from direct sunlight while they are healing.

Allergies

Another sign that allergies may be to blame is dark blotches on the lips. The medical word for allergic responses that show up on the lips is pigmented contact cheilitis.

The potential reasons of lip irritation include the following:

  • lip gloss
  • Hair color
  • emerald tea
  • make up

The following:

If you experience an allergic reaction to any of these ingredients, you need to stop using them right away and seek medical attention.

Medications

One of the potentially harmful side effects of taking several drugs is discoloration of the skin of the lips. Examples of drugs that may result in dark spots to form on the lips include those that fit into the following categories:

Cytotoxic Medications

  • medications categorized as antipsychotics
  • Malaria medications
  • Antiepileptic drugs
  • drugs that stop irregular heart beats

Changing one's pharmaceutical regimen may entail changing one's course of treatment.

Hormone Dysfunction

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Numerous hormonal disorders can induce oscillations in thyroid hormone levels, which can result in the development of black spots on the lips.

To acquire a precise diagnosis and develop a treatment plan, call a doctor as soon as you can.

Vessel Lake

Venous lakes are distinguished by their slender size and high appearance. The hues range from a deep purple to a very dark blue. They are often not malignant, do not hurt, and have no other symptoms, although they can be mistaken for melanoma.

Despite the fact that the precise cause of venous lakes is uncertain, it is widely acknowledged that sun exposure is a contributing factor.

Laser therapy is necessary to eradicate venous lakes.

Sunspots

Sunspots are small, hyperpigmented areas of skin that appear on skin that has been exposed to UV rays for a long time. Those qualities include:

  • a possibly raised surface that is either flat or
  • Colors can range from slightly pink, red, or dark brown to a tone that resembles the user's complexion.
  • a dry, abrasive surface
  • either a crusty or flaky texture
  • at its widest point, it can have a diameter of up to one inch.

Sun spots are regarded as a sort of precancer that might result in skin cancer. In the medical profession, they are also referred to as actinic keratosis. Schedule a visit with your doctor if you are concerned about sunspots. Chemical peels are a method that can be used to eliminate sun spots, and may be one of the alternatives they provide.

Drinking and Smoking

The toxic substances and hazardous chemicals found in tobacco products can hurt the lips and mouth. Additionally, excessive alcohol use can upset the body's normal toxin balance, which can lead to the appearance of dark patches on the lips.

The best way to stop this symptom from happening is to stop or reduce the amount of these goods you consume.

Angiokeratoma

A benign skin growth known as an angiokeratoma can vary in size, appearance, and even color. They are often dark red or black in color, have a strong feel, and have an irregular surface. Usually, elderly persons experience the appearance of these wart-like lesions.

Angiokeratomas often don't pose any health problems. As an alternative, you can speak with a dermatologist about having the growths examined for any indications of cancer.

Angiokeratoma lesions can typically be removed with laser therapy or by freezing the affected area.

Cancer

The appearance of cancerous growths on the lips can take many distinct forms. One or more of the following symptoms are frequently indicative of cancer development:

  • an asymmetrical-profiled growth
  • a development that exhibits a quick size expansion
  • a cut that is bleeding or is open
  • a brand-new advancement
  • a striking color
  • scaly red skin lesions
  • Skin with scar tissue

I was curious if it was possible to develop a freckle on your lip.

The immediate response is, "Yes." A lip freckle, also known as a labial melanotic macule, is an oval area with a flat surface that can range in color from brown to black.

The majority of people with freckles on their lips are middle-aged women, while they can also be seen on men and younger people. It almost often affects the lower lip and usually develops as a lone lesion. Lip freckles can often confused with other pigmented lesions like sunspots or melanomas. It is in your best interest to have your condition evaluated by a doctor if you see a dark spot on your lip.

How does skin cancer on the lips appear?

Although it can occur on the top lip as well, lip cancer most usually affects the lower lip. Most frequently, lip cancer is categorized as an oral cancer subtype.

Lip cancer typically manifests as the following symptoms:

  • a flat or slightly elevated, usually white, discoloration of the lip
  • a lip ulcer that won't get better
  • Lip discomfort including tingling, soreness, or numbness

Although the exact origin of lip cancer is unknown, there are a lot of factors that can increase your risk of getting skin cancer, such as the following:

  • consuming tobacco
  • Light skin
  • too much sun exposure
  • weakened immunity

By avoiding the sun in the middle of the day, using sunscreen that offers wide spectrum protection, avoiding tanning beds, and quitting smoking, you can lower your risk of developing lip cancer. There is no reason to start using tobacco if you don't already.

Homemade remedies are available for treating black patches on the lips.

Many at-home treatments promise to get rid of black patches on the lips. The skin of the lips can allegedly be made healthier or lighter by using the products listed below to remove dark spots:

  • honey
  • Liquid lemon
  • Cider vinegar (apple)
  • Rose thorns
  • White tea.
  • Curcumin
  • 2. Nutmeg
  • Glycerine
  • aloe
  • The pomegranate.
  • Cucumber nectar

The following:

You'll start by applying any of the components mentioned above many times daily to your lips. It's been reported that if you stick to this routine, the dark spot will gradually fade away. Some of these remedies need the components to be broken up or blended in order to create a paste or juice.

Skin Care is Important.

Additionally, you might consider investing in specific lip balms that shield your skin from UV rays. An alternative way of exfoliating is to use sugar or salt scrubs. Exfoliation removes dead, discolored cells from the body.

Quit Smoking.

The best way to treat any black spots that may have developed on your lips as a result of smoking is to stop smoking. The use of nicotine patches or gum is one of numerous strategies for quitting smoking. There are alternatives to quitting smoking "cold turkey," which may not be suited for everyone. If you haven't already started using tobacco products, don't start now.

When should you schedule a visit with a doctor if you see black spots on your lips?

Only after trying every other alternative should you see a doctor. There is evidence that some of these treatments are successful for at least some people, despite the fact that home cures have not undergone rigorous scientific testing. In the event that the problem persists, you should see a doctor.

If you observe that a skin lesion is growing quickly, is glossy, or is unnaturally colored or shaped, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.

To treat these issues, locate a dentist in your region. Dental issues may be connected to some of the reasons of black spots on the lips. You should consult a doctor as soon as you can if you find a dark spot on your lips and think it might be malignant.

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

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Your Ultimate Guide to Buying Toothpaste

October 13, 2023
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Were you overwhelmed during your most recent visit to the toothpaste aisle?

Because there are so many options available, and because every company asserts that they are the finest, it can be challenging to choose which toothpaste would serve your needs the best. Some characteristics, such as flavor, might be subject to individual preference. In some instances, you might require a different quantity of a particular ingredient in your toothpaste compared to the average person. Therefore, rather than making a decision based on what the majority of people want, consult with our Summerlin dentist about which option would be most suitable for your specific requirements.

Components Commonly Discovered in the Majority of Toothpastes

In most cases, the following components can be found in all brands of toothpaste:

  • Detergents: Since most people associate cleanliness with soap suds, many makers of toothpaste will include detergents in their products so that they will foam when they are used. This is because most people associate cleanliness with soap suds. This is a component that is not necessary, and it is up to you to decide whether or not you want it to be included in your toothpaste.
  • Artificial Flavor: There are a variety of flavors available for adult toothpaste, but the most common one is a mint-based one. Other flavors are also available. Additionally typical flavors include cinnamon, bubblegum, cherry, and grape. It doesn't matter, as long as you like it.
  • Abrasive agents: incorporating a very tiny grit into toothpaste is an effective method for removing food particles and stains from teeth. Calcium carbonate and silicates are two types of materials that are frequently utilized as abrasives. When choosing a toothpaste, you want to avoid products that include a strong abrasive because this can cause the tooth enamel surface to become damaged.
  • Thickeners: There is nothing more frustrating than using a toothpaste that is so runny that it slides off your toothbrush before you've even reached your mouth. Some types of toothpaste will have thickeners added to them in order to improve the consistency.
  • Glycerin: The majority of companies who make toothpaste will include glycerin as one of their ingredients so that it does not get dry over time.

Details on the Toothpaste Formulation

Let's look into some specifics now that you have a general idea of the compounds that can be found in the majority of different types of toothpaste.

Sensitivity

Dental disorders such as gum recession can induce sensitivity to both hot and cold temperatures. To address this issue, there are formulations of toothpaste on the market that contain components such as potassium nitrate or strontium chloride.

The way that sensitive toothpaste works is by generating a coating on the outer surface of the tooth that acts as a protective barrier, keeping temperatures from reaching the nerve and causing discomfort. This layer is formed by applying the toothpaste in a circular motion. It is possible that it will take a few weeks after beginning use of this product before any noticeable differences appear.

Whitening

Everyone has the desire to have teeth that are whiter and more brilliant. The removal of surface stains is accomplished by some whitening toothpastes by the use of abrasives. Some, like carbamide peroxide, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda, are used to whiten teeth. Other whitening products may contain these and other substances.

Be mindful of the impact that using whitening toothpaste has on your teeth, even though some of them claim to be safe for use on a daily basis. If you have started to feel sensitivity since you have started using whitening toothpaste, then you should stop using the toothpaste immediately and seek medical attention.

Tartar Control

When plaque calcifies into tartar, it is far more difficult to remove than it was before. It has been demonstrated that tartar control toothpastes containing chemical components such as pyrophosphates and zinc citrate are effective at removing plaque that is resistant to removal. There are several brands of tartar control toothpaste on the market today, and some of them contain an antibiotic called triclosan. This antibiotic eliminates the harmful bacteria that are found in the mouth.

Fluoride

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Fluoride is a mineral that can be found naturally occurring in the teeth and bones of humans. Additionally, it is derived from the earth, plants, and rocks, and it is applied to the teeth of humans in order to promote better dental health. Fluoride has the potential to save a person's teeth. Because it is so helpful, some water treatment plants include it in their systems so that the community's drinking water can have fluoride. This is done so that the community can benefit from having fluoride in their water.

The use of fluoride dental products results in stronger tooth enamel, which reduces the likelihood that the enamel may be affected by tooth decay. Because of the potency of this component, it is able to remineralize areas that have been impacted by acid damage, thereby reversing the early stages of this damage. Fluoride should be included in the toothpaste that people of all ages use, including youngsters.

The ADA's Acceptance and Certification Mark

The American Dental Association (ADA) looks out for the consumer's best interests by conducting clinical trials on currently available toothpastes.

It is required that all toothpastes contain fluoride in order for them to pass muster with the ADA. Additionally, they may contain components that lower dental sensitivity, whiten teeth, minimize gingivitis or tartar buildup, prevent enamel erosion or prevent bad breath.

It is not possible for a toothpaste to receive approval if it contains flavoring chemicals that are known to induce tooth decay, such as sugar. In addition, in order for a manufacturer of toothpaste to have their product approved by the ADA, they will be required to provide scientific proof demonstrating the product's effectiveness and safety. This procedure could take as much as seven years to complete.

Look for the American Dental Association's (ADA) seal of acceptance whenever you go shopping for a new toothpaste. This will assure that you are purchasing a high-quality product.

Remember to Get Your Teeth Checked at the Dentist!

Even though there are many effective dental products available to consumers today, nothing can replace a visit to the dentist for a cleaning that is performed by a trained professional. Make a pact with yourself to do everything in your power to maintain excellent dental health and stick to it. Be sure to schedule routine appointments at Summerlin Dental Solutions in Summerlin, Nevada so that you can maintain the highest level of dental health possible. We look forward to meeting you.? Call us up right away!

 

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

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6 Commonly Held Falsehoods About Brushing Your Teeth

September 22, 2023
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Brushing your teeth is a well-known and widely-recognized part of overall health maintenance. Due to the interconnected nature of the body, oral health issues can be a precursor to systemic issues. If you want to get the most out of your time spent brushing your teeth, it's crucial that you do so correctly.

It's likely that you've heard a wide variety of advice, myths, and specifics about how to brush your teeth. While there is a wealth of useful data available online, I do believe it is important to dispel a few myths. This article will dispel six common misconceptions about proper tooth care and brushing techniques.

It's time we dispelled those six common misconceptions on brushing.
  1. The myth that you only need to brush your teeth once a day. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time. From morning to night, our mouths are constantly in use for a variety of activities, including speaking, eating, and drinking. Every day, not just once, is required. If possible, you should brush your teeth after each meal, but at the very least you should do it twice a day.
  • Two: mouthwash can't replace tooth brushing and toothpaste. While mouthwash can remove some of the plaque and tartar that toothbrushing and toothpaste can't reach, it shouldn't be used in place of regular dental hygiene routines. Brushing your teeth is still the best way to get rid of the bacteria that can cause bad breath, but mouthwash can help with the other tissues in your mouth, too, like your cheeks and tongue. It does not replace the need for a toothbrush to manually remove plaque and bacteria from teeth. Accumulations of plaque are called bacterial biofilms. These biofilms can only be removed by a dentist if they are not calcified (hardened) on the teeth by regular brushing. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day.
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  • Third, flossing is something you should do occasionally rather than every day. If you want to get rid of the bacterial biofilms I was talking about, flossing is the only way to reach the spaces between your teeth where your toothbrush can't reach them. The difficulty in cleaning these areas makes them ideal habitats for bacteria. The recommended frequency of flossing is twice daily, in the morning and before bed.
  • Four, brush your teeth immediately after eating or drinking: You should brush your teeth after eating or drinking certain foods, but not always immediately after. The enamel on your teeth can wear away if you regularly consume acidic foods and drinks (like oranges, lemons, and other citrus fruits). You could do more damage to your tooth enamel if you immediately brush your teeth after eating something acidic, as the acid would be brushed into your teeth. We recommend rinsing with water and waiting an hour before brushing again.
  • When I brush too hard, I end up with bleeding gums; this is a sign that I need to cut back. In fact, this indicates an even greater requirement for dental hygiene on your part. If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, you likely have gum disease or infection. As a result, you should step up your efforts to eradicate the bacteria. Try this: keep up with your regular flossing and brushing routine, regardless of whether or not your gums bleed, and in about a week, you should see a reduction in the bleeding. You can expect a full recovery from the bleeding if you stick to your regular routine (which should also include regular visits to your hygienist to get rid of any bacteria you can't reach).
  • The only way to get my teeth truly clean is with a toothbrush that has very stiff bristles (number 6). Yes, NO! Please only use a toothbrush with soft bristles from now on. Brushing your teeth with hard bristles does nothing but harm in the long run, from the enamel on your teeth to the gums. Keep in mind that you need to disrupt the bacterial biofilms on your teeth when you brush, and as long as you brush for a long enough period of time, using a toothbrush with soft bristles will do the trick just fine.

I'm wondering if there are any other teeth-brushing myths you've heard. It's fine if you bought into a few of them as you went along! This is a real thing that occurs.

Due to the overwhelming amount of data available online and the advice we receive from our loved ones, it can be difficult to determine the best course of action. And I bet there are more urban legends circulating about the state of your teeth and gums that you believe. Sure, send some of those my way! I'd be happy to dispel those misconceptions for you.

 

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

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Why Quitting Smoking Will Benefit Your Oral Health

September 15, 2023
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When it comes to your oral health, there are a number of reasons why it is in your best interest to give up smoking.

Even though tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of illness and death around the world, a staggering 32.4 million people in the United States continue to engage in the habit of smoking cigarettes. This is the case despite the fact that the number of people who smoke in the United States is staggering.

Despite the fact that overall smoking rates have significantly decreased over the course of several decades, the American Cancer Society (ACS) reports that more than 16 million Americans are currently living with a smoking-related disease. [Further citation is required] [Further citation is required]

It is common knowledge that smoking increases one's risk for a number of diseases, the most well-known of which are lung cancer and heart disease. On the other hand, the mouth is where many of the health issues that are associated with smoking become evident the earliest and in the most obvious way. Issues that are not as serious, such as discoloration of the teeth, can be on the same spectrum as diseases that have the potential to be fatal, such as cancers of the mouth and throat. These can range from one another.

Tobacco contains a number of different chemicals, including nicotine, tar, and others, all of which contribute to an accumulation of bacteria in the body, which is harmful in a variety of different ways. To add insult to injury, tobacco use lowers the immune defenses of the body, making it more difficult to combat the diseases that were previously mentioned.

Continue reading to gain a better understanding of the connection between tobacco use and oral health, the signs and symptoms that you should look out for, and the reasons why quitting smoking will be the best thing you can do for your mouth when you quit smoking.

The Adverse Effects That Cigarette Smoking Has on a Person's Gums and Teeth

There are three primary ways in which the use of tobacco, including smoking and the use of other products containing tobacco, can lead to problems with oral health:

  • Tobacco can reduce blood flow, which can make it more difficult for your body to heal.
  • Tobacco can make it more difficult for your body to fight infections.
  • Tobacco can increase the amount of bacteria that are found in the mouth.
  • Tobacco can interfere with the normal function of gum tissue cells, which can cause a greater risk for infection.

The oral health problems that can result from smoking can vary greatly from one person to the next. They may shift depending on a variety of factors, such as the quantity used and the length of time that smoking has been a habit for the individual.

The Lungs of a Cigarette Smoker

Because nicotine and tar are both components of tobacco, "smoker's mouth" can develop after only a brief period of time spent puffing on cigarettes. It can cause your teeth to become discolored, give you bad breath, cause an increase in the buildup of plaque and tartar, which can lead to periodontal disease and cavities, and generally result in poor oral hygiene.

If a person smokes cigarettes for a sufficiently long period of time, they put themselves at risk of developing mouth sores as well as a condition that is commonly referred to as "smokers tongue." This condition gives the tongue the appearance of being hairy and may even cause it to change color, taking on a yellowish, greenish, or brownish hue.

Inflammation of the Gums

One of the most significant risks that smoking poses to a person's oral health is the development of periodontal disease. According to the findings of a study that was published in the Journal of Dental Research, people who smoked had an increased risk of gum disease that was more than twice as high as non-smokers.

The following is a list of the most prevalent forms of gum disease:

1. Gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums that can be harmful to the body and occurs when plaque and tartar build up and become embedded under the gums as a result of poor oral hygiene. Periodontitis can be identified by a number of symptoms, some of which include gums that are irritated, tender, swollen, and prone to bleeding.

2. Periodontal Disease: If gingivitis is not treated, it can progress into periodontitis, which is a more advanced form of gum disease. Gingivitis is the milder of the two gum diseases.

Periodontal disease is an inflammatory infection that eats away at the gum tissues and can be prevented by maintaining good oral hygiene. Periodontal disease can also be referred to as gum disease. This can, over time, result in receding gums, deep pockets, and bone loss, all of which can make infections both more common and more serious. Additionally, deep pockets can make flossing more difficult. If treatment is not received, there is a chance that the teeth will become loose, that they will lose their attachment, or that they will have to be extracted.

Periodontitis can be treated in two ways: surgically and by performing a deep cleaning below the gum line. Both of these methods are effective.

Diseases of the Throat and Mouth Cancer

The most severe forms of oral cancer, which are caused by tobacco use, can affect the lips, tongue, and throat as well as the mouth. These cancers frequently result in death. According to the Mouth Cancer Foundation, the risk of developing oral cancer in smokers is approximately six times higher than the risk of developing oral cancer in people who do not use tobacco. There is a possibility that you will experience swelling or lumps around your mouth or neck, persistent sores or patches, difficulty swallowing, or repeated bleeding in the mouth and throat. These symptoms can be caused by herpes simplex virus type 1.

Attending routine dental checkups increases the likelihood that any abnormalities in the mouth will be detected as early as possible. This allows for more effective treatment. Your dentist has completed specialized training to be able to examine you for warning signs of oral cancer, and going in for these examinations on a routine basis increases the likelihood that any abnormalities will be discovered.

How to Break Your Smoking Habit and Improve Your Oral and Overall Health by Quitting Smoking

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Quitting smoking is the most important step you can take to reduce all of these risks, and it's also the step that most people overlook. Or better yet, never start. The American Lung Association recommends the following strategies for assisting smokers in kicking the habit:

  • Just quit. If you are concerned about your health, you should not make the switch to electronic cigarettes because of the potential risks they pose. Have a discussion with your primary care physician about possible treatments, such as medications or counseling services, that could help you kick the smoking habit.
  • Make a list on paper of the individual motivations that led you to make the decision to quit smoking.
  • Create a plan for quitting, and search for a community of people who can encourage you and hold you accountable while you're making the transition.
  • Investigate scholarly topics and conduct inquisitions of your own. Find out what to expect during the process of quitting, as well as the challenges you should get ready for, and prepare yourself accordingly.

Find ways to keep yourself occupied that are also beneficial to you, and then make sure you actually do those things. Exercising, beginning a new hobby, or participating in an activity that you enjoy with friends who don't smoke are all effective methods for kicking the habit.

Quitting smoking will unquestionably result in a significant increase in benefits, despite the fact that the process of doing so may be difficult. Your lung function will improve over time, your heart rate and blood pressure will decrease, and as a direct result, your risk of developing cardiovascular disease will drop by a significant amount. On its website, the American Cancer Society (ACS) provides a Quit Smoking Timeline, which outlines the numerous positive effects that quitting smoking will have on a person's health from the moment they put their first cigarette out of their mouth to well after ten years have passed since they last lit up a cigarette in their mouth. This timeline covers the period of time from the moment they quit smoking until well after ten years have passed since they last lit up a cigarette

It is possible to reverse some forms of gum disease, and all forms can be halted or prevented entirely by maintaining a healthy oral hygiene routine and going to the dentist for checkups on a regular basis. A study that was presented at the meeting of the American Academy of Periodontology and that was published in the Journal of Periodontology discovered that the likelihood of developing periodontal disease decreased significantly with each additional year since the individual stopped smoking. This information was presented at the meeting of the American Academy of Periodontology.

 

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

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Have white patches in your mouth? Here’s what to do.

September 1, 2023
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Do you have white patches in your mouth and you're not sure what causes them? Find out what's causing your white spots, what symptoms they cause, and how they can be treated.

Are you experiencing any pain or discomfort on the inside of your mouth? Do you experience excruciating pain in the white patches that appear in your mouth? There could be a number of factors contributing to these annoying white spots. And while it is true that if they are not treated they may eventually disappear, it is also possible that these white patches are related to health conditions that need to be treated by either your dentist or your doctor. Continue reading if you've experienced any of the symptoms described above so that you can learn how to bring them under control.

Identifying the white patches on your body

Sores of the mouth and the cold sores

Canker sores, also known as apthous ulcers, are frequently mistaken for cold sores, but there is no comparison between the two types of sores. An ulcer that forms on the floor of the mouth is medically referred to as a canker sore. A cold sore is a viral infection that manifests as a fluid-filled blister on the outside of the mouth, most commonly on the lips. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus. In contrast to a canker sore, a cold sore is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV), and if it is not treated, it can spread to other people very easily. Canker sores are more of a painful annoyance than anything else, and they can go untreated for a long time.

Canker sores are one of the most common oral conditions that people experience. The majority of people who have canker sores only experience them on an occasional basis. However, between twenty and thirty percent of those who have them experience recurrent outbreaks. Canker sores are painful mouth ulcers that typically appear three to four times per year and last for about a week each time. Canker sores that are complex are more severe in both size and pain, and they can last for up to a month.

Causes of mouth ulcers known as cankers

Canker sores are caused by a variety of factors, including but not limited to hormonal shifts, stress, and physical mouth trauma. Canker sores can also be caused by eating certain foods, such as citrus fruits. Deficiencies in essential vitamins, such as vitamin B12, iron, folic acid, and zinc, can also contribute to the issue.

Canker sores' telltale signs and symptoms

Canker sores are ulcers that develop on the gums and other soft tissues of the mouth. They can be round or oval in shape, and the perimeters are colored red, while the interior is white or a very pale yellow. Before the full effect takes hold, you might experience a stinging or burning sensation. Another symptom is a painful stinging sensation, which is especially noticeable when eating or talking.

Canker sore treatments and remedies

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Rinse your mouth with a solution of baking soda and water, or saltwater, to assist in the treatment of your canker sores. You could also try applying a dab of milk of magnesia directly to the wound to see if it helps. Both of these approaches can be repeated multiple times throughout the course of a single day.

If your symptoms have been going on for more than two weeks, getting worse with home remedies, occurring several times per year, or are severe, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist. In the event that your canker sores are accompanied by other symptoms, such as a headache, fever, diarrhea, or rash on the skin, you should seek medical attention. Treatments for canker sores are aimed at alleviating the symptoms, reducing the inflammation, and preventing secondary effects like a bacterial infection from occurring. They are unable to provide any assurance that you will not be susceptible to ulcers in the future.

You could be given a steroid mouth rinse, anesthetics, or antibiotics to treat the infection and relieve the pain. These treatments aim to reduce the inflammatory irritation that is causing the infection.

Protection Against Canker Sores

Canker sores (patches) are, in general, difficult to anticipate and challenging to avoid. Fortunately, once they have made their presence known, there are steps that can be taken to ensure that the predicament will not deteriorate further. Please make every effort to avoid coming into contact with your canker sores. It's best to avoid touching them too often with your tongue and to be extra cautious when you're brushing your teeth. Steer clear of foods and beverages that are particularly acidic, spicy, or hot. Also, try to avoid eating foods that are rough on the teeth, such as chips.

Leukoplakia

It is important to take leukoplakia very seriously. Even though benign leukoplakia accounts for the vast majority of cases, there is a possibility that some cases may be precancerous.

What Sets the Stage for Leukoplakia

Leukoplakia is one of the dental issues that can be brought on by chewing tobacco and smoking on a regular basis. Inadequately fitting dentures, HIV or AIDS, and prolonged sun exposure to the lips have all been implicated as potential contributors to the development of leukoplakia. Oral leukoplakia has been linked to oral cancer in a small number of extremely rare cases.

Leukoplakia's telltale signs and symptoms

The most prominent symptom of leukoplakia is the presence of thick, white patches in the mouth that do not come off easily when scraped. These patches can be flat or take on an irregular shape, and over time they tend to become more rigid or thicker. When the condition is severe, you might have some discomfort or even some pain when you swallow. Erythroplakia are the red lesions that could appear. Leukoplakia that is accompanied by red lesions has an increased risk of developing into cancer or becoming precancerous.

Medications and therapies for leukoplakia

Anyone who has been given a diagnosis of leukoplakia should immediately give up using any kind of tobacco product. A dentist will be able to rectify the situation for you if it turns out that the leukoplakia you have is brought on by improperly fitting dentures, an uneven tooth surface, or an irregular filling surface. You may be given antiviral medications or treatments that are applied topically if it is determined that your leukoplakia is caused, in part, by a weakened immune system.

To determine whether or not your patches are cancer, a biopsy of your leukoplakia should be performed by either your dentist or your doctor. Oral surgery will be performed to remove it if it turns out to be necessary.

Leukoplakia Prevention

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Once you've had leukoplakia, it's possible to get it again in the future. We recommend that you schedule a follow-up appointment with both your primary care physician and your dentist.

Giving up tobacco in any form as well as giving up smoking is one of the most effective ways to prevent leukoplakia. Leukoplakia can be avoided to a large extent by practicing diligent oral hygiene on a regular basis. One more helpful piece of advice is to drink less alcohol and consume a diet that is high in antioxidants.

Oral lichen planus Oral lichen planus is a form of lichen planus that affects the mouth and causes inflammation of the mucous membranes. It is an autoimmune condition. Oral cavity lichen planus is the most common type of lichen planus, but it can affect any mucosal lining, including the lining of the esophagus and the vaginal canal. Oral lichen plus affects only 2% of the population, and the majority of those affected are older women.

The factors that lead to oral lichen planus

There is a school of thought amongst professionals that genetics and immunity could play a part. Some people think lichen planus is caused by an autoimmune disease or a cell-mediated immune response, but others disagree. Oral lichen planus has been linked to the use of beta-blockers and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These links have been substantiated by medical research.

Symptoms of Oral Lichen Planus Oral lichen planus is characterized by the development of lacy white patches. A burning pain may also be present, along with bleeding gums when eating or brushing teeth, redness, open sores, and swelling. Other symptoms include these. You may also find that foods that are too acidic or too hot bother your stomach.

Oral lichen planus treatments and medications

The symptoms of oral lichen planus can be managed, despite the fact that there is no cure for the condition. Corticosteroids can be taken orally, applied topically, or injected to reduce inflammation. A dentist or doctor can prescribe these medications. You might also be given numbing gels to help reduce any pain that you are experiencing.

In addition, the immune system of some people can be controlled or suppressed through the use of certain medications. You should be aware that oral lichen planus can increase your likelihood of developing secondary infections, nutritional deficiencies, and oral cancer. Checkups at regular intervals are something that people who suffer from oral lichen planus are strongly encouraged to do.

Preventative measures for oral lichen planus patches

You may not be able to completely avoid developing oral lichen planus, but you can reduce your chances of getting it by maintaining a healthy weight with a diet that is high in fruits and vegetables and by cutting back on your consumption of alcohol and tobacco.

Thrush of the Mouth

There is a trace amount of the candida fungus present in the oral cavity, digestive tract, and skin of every human being. These are maintained at a level that is conducive to good health by other bacteria and microorganisms. However, if this delicate equilibrium is upset, you may end up developing oral thrush because the fungus candida grows to unhealthy proportions in your mouth.

The Roots of Oral Candidiasis

Oral thrush, also known as candidiasis, can be caused by an overgrowth of candida and can be brought on by a number of factors, including the use of certain medications, such as antibiotics, birth control pills, and corticosteroids. Oral thrush can also develop in people who are pregnant, have cancer, uncontrolled diabetes, HIV infection, or dry mouth.

It is possible to have an overgrowth of candida if you are a smoker, if your dentures do not fit properly, if you are breastfeeding an infected baby, or if you do not practice good oral hygiene.

Oral thrush has the following symptoms:

White sores that are slightly raised patches and have the appearance of cottage cheese can be one of the symptoms of oral thrush.

It is common for the sores and patches to manifest themselves on the tongue or the inner cheeks, but they can also manifest themselves on the gums, tonsils, roof of the mouth, or the back of the throat.

It's possible that oral thrush will make your mouth feel as though it's full of cotton. At the corner of your mouth, it may cause you to experience irritation, pain, a loss of taste, redness, and cracking or bleeding. Visit your dentist or primary care physician as soon as possible if you observe any of these symptoms.

Treatments Available for Oral Candidiasis

Gargling with salt water, quitting smoking or cutting back on the amount of tobacco you use, reducing the amount of sugar you consume, and using an antibacterial mouthwash are all effective treatments for oral thrush. You may also be given an antifungal medication by your dentist or primary care physician.

Oral thrush may be a symptom of another medical problem; therefore, your dentist may recommend that you discuss any possible underlying health issues with a physician.

Protection Against Oral Thrush

Oral thrush can be avoided with the help of proper oral hygiene to the greatest extent possible.

Make it a habit to brush and floss your teeth every day, clean your dentures at least once per day, and maintain regular dental checkups. After using a corticosteroid inhaler, you should always make sure to rinse your mouth with water before continuing with your day. Rapid treatment is necessary for vaginal yeast infections. Reduce the amount of sugar you consume, and if you have diabetes, pay close attention to maintaining stable blood sugar levels.

Concerned About White Spots on Your Skin?

Do you want to get to the bottom of what's causing the white spots in your mouth once and for all? To get started, call Summerlin Dental Solutions in Summerlin, Nevada today.

 

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Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

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3 Ways To Treat A Dental Injury

August 25, 2023
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What treatments are available for dental injury? In the following three various ways:

  • In the event that you sustain a dental injury, the first thing you need to do is get in touch with a dental professional as soon as you possibly can.
  • In the event that you are located in the Summerlin area and are experiencing a dental emergency, you need to call the number 702-341-9160 as soon as possible.
  • In the event that you are unable to get to an emergency dentist and a tooth has become dislodged in any way, you should go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.

On the other hand, there are some preventative measures that you need to take in order to protect your oral health and stop any further damage from being done to your teeth and gums.

1. In the Event That a Tooth Is Knocked Out, What Should You Do?

In the event that one or more of your teeth become partially or completely detached from the gum, you should make an appointment with either your regular dentist or an emergency dentist as soon as possible.

In the event that the tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, the procedures outlined below should be carried out:

  • If there is any dirt on the root, gently rinse it off in standing water until it is clean; do not hold it under a faucet while you do this. • If there is any dirt on the root, gently rinse it off in standing water until it is clean. • It is recommended that adults attempt to gently coax the tooth back into its socket, taking care to ensure that it is positioned appropriately. This is not an activity that should be done with young children because of the potential choking hazard.
  • Do not apply any pressure to the tooth while you are holding a piece of tissue or cotton over it to keep it in place. This will cause the tissue or cotton to move around and cause the tooth to become loose.
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Before going to get the tooth treated, you also have the option of temporarily storing it in a small container of milk or water that has been lightly salted. This can be done before you go get the tooth treated.

In order to save a tooth that has been completely knocked out of its socket, treatment must begin within an hour, or even sooner in some cases. Otherwise, the tooth will not be able to be saved. Your best bet is to look for a dentist who is willing to travel to you and is open to seeing patients outside of normal business hours in the event of dental emergencies.

In the event that you are unable to do so, you need to check into the emergency room of the closest hospital. If there are a number of hospitals in the area, you need to call each one and ask about the dental services they provide in order to figure out which emergency room you should go to.

When applied to the outside of the jaw, a cold compress can help relieve pain and swelling and reduce inflammation. You should also consider taking an over-the-counter pain reliever for the discomfort, provided that doing so is not medically discouraged (if you need it).

2. In the Event That You Crack or Break One of Your Teeth, Here Is What You Should Do

A cracked tooth needs to be treated as soon as possible by a dentist, and a procedure known as root canal therapy (RTC) may be required if the crack has progressed all the way through to the pulp of the tooth.

If the crack or cracks are not treated, they will continue to spread until they reach the area below the gumline. Once they reach this area, the tooth will perish due to a lack of blood flow if treatment is not administered.

If a crack is on the part of the tooth that is used for biting and chewing, it can cause discomfort that ranges from mild to severe whenever the person consumes anything that puts pressure on the tooth, such as food or drink. If you bite on something that causes your tooth to crack or break, you should immediately call your dentist and schedule an appointment for an emergency appointment.

The American Dental Association (ADA) suggests that in the time between visits to the dentist, there are a few things that patients can do to improve their chances of having successful tooth restoration. The following sentence outlines each of these steps in greater detail.

  • Immediately give your mouth a thorough rinsing with warm water;
  • Apply pressure to the wound in order to staunch any bleeding; and place a cold compress on the area in order to reduce any swelling.
  • Immediately give your mouth a thorough rinsing with warm water.
  • Immediately give your mouth a thorough rinsing with warm water.

If you can find any pieces of the broken tooth, you should try to find them, wrap them in some moist gauze or cloth, and bring them with you to the appointment with the dentist. If you cannot find any pieces of the broken tooth, you should not bring them with you.

If the damage to the tooth is not too severe, the dentist may be able to bond the tooth back together or use veneers to cover up the crack in the tooth. Both of these options require that the damage to the tooth not be too severe.

However, depending on the specifics of your case, you may need to get a crown in order to successfully replace the missing tooth.

In more serious cases, the tooth might have to be extracted because of the situation.

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3. In the Event That You Lose or Damage a Crown, What You Should Do to Restore It

If you have a crown that becomes loose or is broken, you should inspect the area that is affected to determine whether or not you need to make an appointment with a dentist who specializes in emergency dentistry. In the event that the crown has become loose, you need to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as you can. In order to reattach the crown to the modified tooth, it is possible that your dentist will recommend that you make use of a temporary denture adhesive that is available for purchase without a prescription from a local drugstore. If you still have the crown and it is in good condition, you should keep it so the dentist can try to reattach it to the tooth if it is still possible to do so. In the event that the crown is lost, a replacement can easily be created from scratch.

  • If you break or lose a crown, you should visit the dentist as soon as possible to avoid having to have another impression made. This should be done within one week of the incident. This is due to the possibility of the gum tissue growing underneath the missing crown, which would render the initial impression useless. You will be required to have another impression taken if you do not visit the dentist within the next week.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should make an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible.

  • You are in significant pain
  • The tooth or crown has a jagged edge that could potentially cause injury to your cheek or tongue.
  • The crown is only partially attached, but it is loose enough to present a choking hazard.

In all other circumstances, please schedule your appointment as soon as possible within the following week.

Choosing the Right Dentist for Your Dental Injury in Summerlin, Nevada

In the event that you or a member of your family has suffered a tooth injury in or around the Summerlin area and require restorative dental work, please contact Dr. Marianne Cohan at 702-341-9160. Your perfect grin is just around the bend in front of you.

 

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT!

 

GET TO KNOW YOUR BEST DENTIST IN SUMMERLIN

Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

summerlin dental solutions

With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT!

Am I Too Old to Have My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

June 23, 2023
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Have you been debating whether or not it would be beneficial to have your wisdom teeth removed? Have you been advised that it is now the appropriate time to have them extracted? It's possible that you're nervous about the procedure itself, or that you feel like you might be a little bit too old to have your wisdom teeth pulled at this point in your life.

Well, I want to shed some light on whether or not you are too old to have your wisdom teeth extracted, as well as things you need to know before you decide to move forward with the procedure. First, I want to address the question of whether or not you are too old to have your wisdom teeth extracted.

Your first piece of information should be that there is no real age that is set in stone when you should have your wisdom teeth extracted. This is the most important thing that you should know. Although it is recommended that you have your wisdom teeth extracted between the ages of 18 and 24, this does not always happen for some people. Even though it is recommended, it does not always happen. People may put off having their wisdom teeth extracted until they are older for a variety of reasons. This is assuming that they even get their wisdom teeth extracted at all.

Therefore, even if you did not get your wisdom teeth extracted when you were younger, there is no reason why you cannot get them extracted now if they are bothering you or causing an issue that your healthcare professional believes is sufficient for you to have them extracted as this point. There is no reason why you cannot get them extracted now if they are bothering you or causing an issue.

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In the event that you make the decision to proceed with having your wisdom teeth removed, there are a few considerations that you will want to keep in mind as you move forward with the process:

Injury to the Nerves: The longer your wisdom teeth remain in your mouth, the closer they get to your nerves. As a result, there is a possibility that you could sustain some nerve damage while undergoing your procedure because of the proximity of your wisdom teeth to your nerves. This could result in additional complications and lengthen the time it takes for you to recover, as well. Before you go ahead with the procedure, you should definitely discuss these potential side effects with your primary care physician.

A Lengthier Time Spent in Recovery: As we get older, our bodies take longer to recover from injuries and procedures than they did in the past. This indicates that the manner in which your body healed from this procedure when you were younger may not necessarily be the manner in which it will heal now that you are an older adult. When you are planning the timing of your procedure, you will need to take this into consideration. It is going to be very important for you to make sure that you give yourself enough time to recover, and it is important that you do not rush into scheduling things that need to be done during this time because it is possible that you will not recover as quickly as you think you will. Even though the recovery time for this procedure is typically only one to two weeks, in the event that there are complications, your downtime may be slightly extended.

Additional Tips for Wisdom Teeth:

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Have a discussion with your dentist about the possibility of applying ice to the areas where the extractions have been completed. This will aid in reducing the swelling by a significant amount!

Please adhere to the post-operative instructions!! This is of the utmost importance because you want to ensure that you reduce the risk of infection as well as other post-operative complications such as dry socket!

If you have been having pain in your jaw or if you have been given the advice that you should have your wisdom teeth extracted, it is something that you should think about doing as soon as possible and give serious consideration to doing so. Even though there is a remote possibility that complications will arise during your procedure, the benefits of having your wisdom teeth extracted almost always outweigh the risks. This is because leaving your wisdom teeth in place can lead to more serious complications.

 

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GET TO KNOW YOUR BEST DENTIST IN SUMMERLIN

Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

summerlin dental solutions

With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT!

The Link Between Heart Disease and Gum Disease

June 16, 2023
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The Relationship Between Periodontal Disease and Cardiovascular Disease

For a significant amount of time, the majority of us were under the impression that coronary heart disease was primarily a "men's health" concern. This misconception persisted for a significant amount of time. And despite the fact that this is not at all the case, this misconception is understandable given the fact that throughout the majority of the 20th century, more men than women passed away from heart disease.

However, since the middle of the 1980s, there has been a steady increase in the number of deaths among women caused by heart disease. Since the year 2017, cardiovascular disease has continued to be the leading cause of death among both men and women. This is the case regardless of gender. In addition, research that was carried out by the American Heart Association indicates that heart disease is the cause of death for one out of every three women in the United States each and every year.

Maintaining a healthy diet and being physically active on a regular basis are two of the most important steps you can take to ensure your heart stays in good health. On the other hand, were you aware that maintaining regular dental appointments is beneficial to the health of your heart? We have joined forces with the American Heart Association in order to raise awareness about the correlation between having healthy teeth and gums and having a healthy heart and circulatory system as a whole as part of their celebration of Go Red for Women day.

What aspects of gum disease are similar to heart disease, and what aspects distinguish them from one another?

Our bodies are complex systems. It is not an exception to the rule that problems in one area of the body can frequently cause problems in other areas of the body, and the mouth is not an exception to this rule. Poor oral health has been linked to a wide variety of health problems, including diabetes and dementia, according to recent research. Researchers have recently come to the conclusion that periodontal disease may have a causal relationship with a variety of heart conditions. According to the findings of various pieces of research, having poor oral health may be associated with a very wide variety of conditions.

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According to a warning that was issued by the American Academy of Periodontology more than 20 years ago, which is when the connection between the two was first discovered, inflammation and infection of the gums can lead to conditions such as heart attack and stroke. The warning was issued because it was discovered that inflammation and infection of the gums can lead to these conditions. Since that time, a significant number of investigations have been carried out to provide evidence for the veracity of the connection between the two.

According to the findings of a review that combined the findings of several different studies, having a history of periodontitis, which is another name for severe gum disease, can increase a person's risk of developing heart disease by as much as twenty percent. "the risk for myocardial infarction was significantly increased among subjects with periodontitis with an odds ratio of 1:49," found the findings of a different study that was published in the year 2016. (That is an absolutely ridiculously high percentage.)

Although researchers in all of the studies have noted that periodontitis is not an absolute cause of heart disease (due to the fact that there are many other factors at play, such as a poor diet and the use of tobacco), it is difficult to ignore the correlation between the two conditions.

To what extent does periodontal disease contribute to the development of heart disease?

Plaque is the primary causative factor in gum disease, which appears clinically as an infection of the gums and is caused by the persistent formation of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is a substance that forms around the teeth and under the gums over the course of the day. Plaque is made up of bacteria and a substance that is sticky, and it is composed of both of these components.

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By maintaining proper oral hygiene practices on a consistent basis, such as brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist on a regular basis, plaque can be removed from teeth and prevented from hardening into tartar. This can be accomplished. Plaque and tartar are both ideal environments for the growth of the pathogenic bacteria that are responsible for gum disease. Both of these environments serve as breeding grounds for the bacteria.

When gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease, advances into periodontitis, it pulls the gums away from the teeth and can lead to visibly receding gums and even permanent tooth loss. Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease. Periodontitis is a more advanced stage of gum disease. The first sign of gum disease is gingivitis, which is a mild form. The most advanced form of gum disease is known as periodontitis. As a consequence of this, the mouth becomes more receptive to the entry of additional bacteria, which then travels to other parts of the body and causes inflammation as well as damage to the blood vessels in those areas.

The bacteria that live in your mouth when you have gum disease can cross over into your bloodstream, enter your heart, and directly infect the vulnerable heart valves, according to Dr. Marietta Ambrose, an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Marietta Ambrose has been quoted as having said these words. "The microbes that are found in the mouths of people who suffer from gum disease."

According to Penn Medicine, this has been shown to be the case in numerous studies. "Oral bacteria have been found by researchers in the fatty deposits of people who have atherosclerosis, a condition in which plaque builds up in the arteries (of the heart). Atherosclerosis is a condition in which plaque builds up in the arteries (of the heart). These deposits, if left untreated, can cause the arteries to become narrower or become dislodged and clogged, both of which can lead to a heart attack or stroke."

How to protect yourself from developing heart disease in addition to gum disease

These facts might be cause for concern, particularly when viewed in light of the fact that it is estimated that roughly half of all adults in the United States suffer from some form of gum disease. On the other hand, just like with so many other aspects of our health, we can all take preventative measures to lower the risk that we will develop the condition.

It goes without saying that brushing your teeth twice a day helps reduce the accumulation of plaque and tartar, both of which attract bacteria that is harmful to your teeth and gums. Brushing your teeth twice a day also helps remove food particles stuck in between your teeth, which can cause cavities. Brush your teeth carefully and in a circular motion using a toothbrush with medium or soft bristles. This type of bristle is less likely to cause damage to the gums than harder bristles. It is important to remember to brush not only your teeth but also the inside of your cheeks and your tongue when you brush your teeth.

You should floss the area that is located between your teeth and gums at least once per day, if not more frequently. (If you want more information, you can read a blog post that we wrote about the differences between traditional floss and a water flosser.) "Regular floss" is the term used to refer to the string that is used to clean between teeth.

•It is recommended that you visit your dentist at least twice a year for checkups and cleanings. These visits should be spaced out evenly throughout the year. In order to keep your health in good standing, it is essential to deal with issues as soon as they arise. For this reason, be sure to mention any problems that you have observed, such as gums that are swollen or bleeding or teeth that are unusually sensitive. Your dentist will be able to determine the cause of the problem and recommend the appropriate treatment. They are able to instruct you on the correct way to brush your teeth and use floss, and they may even suggest specialized products, such as a mouthwash that contains folic acid. In addition, they are able to answer any questions that you may have regarding your oral health.

It is essential to keep in mind, however, that not everyone will have a direct connection between gum disease and heart disease. Not everyone will have a direct connection between gum disease and heart disease. This is something that has been discussed in the past by both of us. There are many people who have one without developing the other, and shared risk factors can make it difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of either condition. In other words, there are many people who only have one of these conditions.

In spite of this, there are a few steps you can take to lower your chances of developing gum disease as well as heart disease, and they are as follows:

  • Immediately give up smoking as well as any and all other forms of using tobacco. (Or, even better, don't even get started in the first place!)
  • Make sure that the majority of your daily intake consists of vegetables, fruits with a low sugar content, and lean proteins. Not only does eating a healthy diet reduce the amount of sugars, starches, and acids that can damage teeth, but it also reduces the risk of developing high cholesterol, which can lead to heart conditions.
  • Maintain your active lifestyle! The promotion and upkeep of our overall health can be greatly aided by engaging in regular physical activity, which is one of the best things we can do for ourselves.
  • Throughout the course of the day, keep an eye out for opportunities to reduce the amount of stress you're feeling. Both prolonged exposure to high levels of stress and hypertension have been shown to have deleterious effects on virtually every part of the body, including the heart and the mouth.

 

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GET TO KNOW YOUR BEST DENTIST IN SUMMERLIN

Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT!

White Spots: What They Are and How To Get Rid Of Them

June 9, 2023

 

White Spots: An Explanation of What They Are and Some Suggestions for Their Elimination

A typical form of enamel discolouration that can be seen on teeth is white spots. Certain regions of the tooth give the impression of being a brilliant, opaque white color, which makes them stand out from the rest of the tooth. Even while your first thought could be that having white teeth is attractive, you should know that this is not the case here. Teeth can look discolored and even damaged if they have white spots on them.

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What are the Roots of White Spots?

There are a few possible explanations for why a person might have white spots on their teeth. In point of fact, it's something that comes up rather frequently in our experience.

Some of the following are potential reasons of spots on teeth:

Genetics or developmental irregularities.

A symptom of a nutritional deficit or an imbalance in mineral levels.

Some children suffer from a condition known as fluorosis, which occurs when either the child's bones take in an excessive amount of fluoride or the child consumes an excessive quantity of fluoride when they are young.

One of the consequences of having celiac disease. People who are gluten intolerant may not be able to properly absorb all of the required nutrients contained in the meals that they consume because they cannot consume gluten.

White spots on teeth, in addition to other types of tooth discolouration, have been linked to the use of certain drugs.

Enamel hypoplasia, a disorder that generates white patches on teeth, is one of the dental concerns that can be caused by smoking while pregnant. Other dental problems might also be caused.

When a person consumes a large quantity of sugary foods, the tooth enamel begins to deteriorate, which leads to decalcification (a state in which the teeth get weaker) and the development of white spots on the teeth.

Plaque buildup around brackets, wires, and other orthodontic appliances is one of the most common causes of white spots, and one of the most common causes of white spots is wearing braces.

Optional Treatment for White Spots According to the Standard

In the past, there were only two different treatment options available for white spots. The initial step was to apply fluoride products to the teeth in order to remineralize them. This approach frequently failed since it did not provide significant results, if any outcomes at all.

The second potential therapy for white spots is to approach the region as though it were a cavity. That is, thoroughly cleaning the region and then filling it with a composite material that matches the tooth's color. However, over time these fillings deteriorate, and eventually they will need to be replaced.

One other alternative for treating white spots is the use of veneers, which has been done in the past. However, due to its high cost, this remedy is not suggested for people under the age of 40. Despite this, children and teenagers are the demographic most likely to get white spots on their teeth.

If the white spots on your teeth are small enough, our dentist in Summerlin may decide not to treat them but instead to monitor them closely in the event that they develop into cavities at a later time.

Optional new treatment for teeth whitening to address white spots

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For the elimination of dental white spots in Summerlin, outmoded methods are not the sole solutions available any longer. We are now able to eliminate white spots without the need for any numbing, drilling, or filling thanks to a breakthrough new therapy. We could take a more cautious approach instead of using solutions that don't work or that need dental treatments that are irreversible. This would allow us to get rid of white spots while still protecting good tooth structure.

During this innovative technique, the white spot, also known as a lesion, is etched away using a unique gel that opens the pores that are distributed evenly across the surface of your tooth. After the white spot has been dried, a specialized drug is administered to the lesion on the skin. This causes the formula to permeate the pores of the tooth, which halts the progression of the white spots. After having any surplus material removed, the tooth is next healed by being placed under a specific light.

The time required for treatment is short, taking approximately 15 minutes for each tooth. The finished product is a tooth surface that is pleasing to the eye and even in appearance.

Avoiding the Appearance of White Spots

Prevention is always going to be the most effective type of dental treatment. Every day, you should practice proper dental hygiene in addition to leading a healthy lifestyle to reduce the risk of developing white spots on your teeth. At least twice a day, give your teeth a good brushing and flossing. If you are wearing braces, you should wash your teeth after each meal. Be sure to give the area around the brackets and wires a careful and thorough cleaning. You should also try to limit your consumption of sugary foods and beverages, such as those found in sodas and energy drinks. Water is by far the most desirable beverage option.

If you are pregnant, you should avoid smoking since it increases the likelihood that your child may have oral problems in the future.

Monitor your child as he or she cleans their teeth. Don't let them use too much toothpaste or you'll have a problem on your hands. Only a very small amount of toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice, should be used for infants and toddlers. A quantity equivalent to a pea is the perfect size for older children.

The Elimination of White Spots in Summerlin

If you are self-conscious about the appearance of ugly white spots on your teeth, then you should make an appointment with Dr. Cohan in Summerlin to discuss the possibility of having these spots removed. The cosmetic dental services provided by Dr. Cohan will have you looking your very best in no time at all! Discover for yourself why the residents of Summerlin have made Summerlin Dental Solutions their first choice for all of their dental care requirements. Contact us as soon as possible.

 

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT!

 

GET TO KNOW YOUR BEST DENTIST IN SUMMERLIN

Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

summerlin dental solutions

With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT!

The Untold Danger of Tooth Decay

June 2, 2023
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The majority of people will, at some point in their lives, experience tooth decay, which can affect them to a lesser or greater degree depending on the severity of the condition. This is because tooth decay is one of the most common diseases in the world.

If you have pain in a tooth, it's possible that you have a cavity; if this is the case, you should schedule an appointment with a dentist as soon as you can. If the pain persists, you should see a dentist as soon as possible.

What are the Causative Factors Contributing to Tooth Decay?

Plaque is produced when food debris and bacteria accumulate in the mouth and attach themselves to the enamel of the teeth. This process takes place over time. The loss of tooth structure ultimately results from this process. When plaque is not removed, it can eventually turn into an acid that will erode the tooth if the situation is not remedied. Cavities can develop in people who have a genetic predisposition to them, but anyone can get cavities if they don't take care of their teeth. Cavities can also develop in people who have a genetic predisposition to them.

What are the most significant dangers to your health that are brought on by tooth decay?

Decay and cavities in the teeth may appear to be unimportant issues with little sense of urgency; however, if you ignore them for an extended period of time, they can have significant repercussions for your health and could even lead to the need for extractions. The following is a list of some of the more serious risks that are associated with dental decay that has not been treated:

  • You run the risk of experiencing bone loss if the decay in your teeth extends below the gum line or if the cavities in your molars are particularly deep.
  • If tooth decay is not treated in a timely manner, it can hasten the process of gum recession, which in turn can make it more difficult for you to have orthodontic implants or any other treatment for your teeth in the future.
  • Normal bone loss that occurs with aging makes the situation even more difficult. It is possible that this will result in an increased risk of periodontal disease that is severe.

A study that was conducted at the Harvard Medical School discovered a link between untreated cavities in teeth and an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

  • The discomfort brought on by tooth decay can reduce quality of life, and if the pain is severe, it can make you miserable and raise the possibility that you'll have trouble sleeping and eating well.
  • The pain that results from tooth decay can have a negative effect on the quality of life. Tooth decay can lead to serious complications, such as an infection that spreads to the bloodstream or septic shock, which can, in extremely rare cases, result in the patient's death. These complications can be avoided by treating the tooth decay as soon as possible.
How exactly can one prevent tooth decay from occurring in their own teeth?

Despite the fact that practicing good oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing regularly, can significantly cut the risk of developing cavities, this does not always guarantee that cavities will be prevented entirely.

It is essential for your health that you receive the comprehensive examination that is performed in conjunction with the twice-yearly cleaning and scaling and x-rays that are taken to detect any hidden decay. This examination is performed in conjunction with the cleaning and scaling that takes place every six months. After that, cavities can be filled, or the tooth can be extracted if the decay is too severe to be treated with fillings. Both of these choices are open to consideration.

Dental decay need not be a significant threat to one's health if it is discovered in its early stages and treated with fillings as soon as possible.

You Should Avoid Letting the Decay on Your Teeth Get Any Worse! Now is the time to schedule your appointment with Dr. Cohan, so get on it!

If you are located in Las Vegas, Nevada, or the surrounding area, and you are interested in learning more about the ways in which dental care can improve the quality of your life, give the friendly staff at Summerlin Dental Solutions a call. They will be more than happy to assist you. They are able to provide you with information regarding routine, emergency, and cosmetic dental care, as well as schedule an appointment for you to speak with Dr. Cohan. In addition, they can provide you with information regarding cosmetic dental care. Today, we ask that you either give us a call at the number (702) 341-9160 or use the contact form that is available online.

 

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Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

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Toothpaste for sensitive teeth: Where to start

May 26, 2023
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Do you have sensitive teeth? Tooth sensitivity is something that will affect the majority of us at some point in our lives, and it's likely that it already has. Even though it's unpleasant, there are some things in life that you just can't avoid doing. And while it might only be a mild annoyance for some people for a brief amount of time, others are forced to put up with it on a more consistent basis.

Make an appointment at Summerlin Dental SOlutions with Dr. Cohan if you have a history of tooth sensitivity that persists for an extended period of time. This will allow the dentist to determine the cause of the discomfort that you are feeling in your teeth. In the meantime, you might want to give a toothpaste specially formulated for individuals with tooth sensitivity a try.

There are many different conditions that can result in sensitive teeth, such as inflamed gums, weakened tooth enamel, cavities, receding gums, and so on. One of the most common causes of sensitive teeth is cavities. However, regardless of the cause, using toothpaste designed for teeth that are sensitive can help manage the pain in the interim while the root cause of the issue with your teeth is being addressed. Because using the incorrect kind of toothpaste can actually make teeth that are sensitive to pain even more sensitive, it is essential to select a toothpaste that is appropriate for the problem you are experiencing.

Because it closes off open tubules that lead to nerves that are more exposed, sensitivity toothpaste makes the nerve endings less sensitive. This happens because it seals off the nerves that are more exposed. It has been demonstrated that fluoride toothpaste is effective in preventing tooth decay and strengthening enamel; consequently, many of these pastes include fluoride as an additional ingredient in their formulations.

Find a toothpaste that is designed specifically for sensitive teeth and use that.

When searching for a toothpaste to treat sensitive teeth, you should first assess how severe your symptoms are and think about whether you require a toothpaste that focuses solely on providing relief from sensitivity. If you do require such a toothpaste, then you should look for one that is designed specifically for that purpose. If you want a sensitivity toothpaste that is truly effective, you might have to sacrifice some of the other benefits, such as the ability to whiten your teeth or your favorite flavor of toothpaste. If you prefer to use natural toothpaste, it may be difficult for you to find a product that offers complete protection against sensitivity because natural toothpaste brands do not typically contain the active ingredients that provide instant relief.

Bear in mind, however, that not all toothpastes designed specifically for teeth that are sensitive offer the same benefits. Some of them will be effective in treating sensitivity, but others of them will not be as effective in preventing tartar buildup or gum disease in the teeth. Some are more comprehensive than others, offering pain relief, cavity protection, and additional breath freshening in a single, convenient package. Others only offer one or two of these benefits. There are even toothpastes that can whiten your teeth while also preventing sensitivity in your tooth enamel.

When looking for the best toothpaste for sensitive teeth, there are a few considerations you should make, including the following:

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Brand: There is a very large selection available for you to choose from! And despite the fact that selecting the alternative that provides the most affordable cost may seem appealing at times, this is not necessarily the most prudent course of action in every circumstance. Choose a product that is endorsed wholeheartedly by the dental community. If you already use toothpaste that you like, you might want to think about switching to a sensitive formulation made by the same brand. This would be ideal for people who have sensitive teeth. When in doubt, Colgate and Sensodyne are two trustworthy brands that are able to provide relief for skin that is sensitive. Sensodyne Extra Whitening and Sensodyne Repair offer a number of additional benefits in addition to relieving sensitivity. These benefits include cavity protection and a more gentle form of whitening than traditional whitening methods. In addition to that, the flavor isn't half bad.

The American Dental Association (ADA) has established that despite the fact that numerous brands of toothpaste claim to have a variety of benefits, this is not necessarily the case in all instances. The American Dental Association (ADA) will give their seal of approval to a product when they are satisfied that it is genuine and that it lives up to the claims that have been made about it. This demonstrates that the product is effective in combating tooth sensitivity, cavities, plaque, and other dental health problems. It is imperative that the toothpaste you choose have this certification in order to guarantee that it will be able to effectively treat your sensitivity. If it does not have this certification, you cannot be sure that it will treat your sensitivity effectively.

It's possible that you think toothpaste specially formulated for sensitive teeth will cost more than regular toothpaste, but that's not always the case. It is not hard to locate a high-quality product in the same price range that you would pay for any other brand of toothpaste. Finding such a product is not difficult. Also, keep in mind that the effort you put into maintaining good oral health will reward you handsomely in the long run. It is true that prevention is always preferable to treatment, and making an investment in products that promote excellent oral health can be done at home and will pay off in the long run. This is an example of a situation in which prevention is always preferable to treatment.

Ingredients: The efficiency of the toothpaste can be traced back to the individual components that go into making up the product. In this particular scenario, the two constituents that stand out the most are the potassium nitrate and the stannous fluoride. Potassium nitrate acts as the agent that soothes the nerves, and stannous fluoride (which is not a character from Game of Thrones) collaborates with the enamel of your teeth to form a repairing layer on the vulnerable parts of each tooth.

As a result, these vulnerable parts of each tooth are shielded from the searing pain that is brought on by sensitivity. Potassium nitrate is the component responsible for the effects. Avoid using toothpaste that does not contain fluoride because it will not provide the same benefits as fluoride-containing toothpaste. Home treatments for teeth that are sensitive include avoiding sugary foods and drinks.

According to the results of a study that was conducted in 2013, it was discovered that one in every eight people who visit the dentist do so because of sensitive teeth. However, in addition to these, there are also some helpful home remedies that you can try at home to combat the pain that comes from those sensitive teeth. There is no doubt that proper dental procedures are available to treat dental sensitivity, and dental insurance can help manage the cost of these procedures. These are the following:

Oil pulling

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It is common knowledge that the technique of "oil pulling," which can be carried out with either coconut oil or sesame oil, can reduce the sensitivity of one's teeth. The technique of oil pulling, which has its origins in Ayurvedic medicine and has been practiced in India for centuries, entails swishing one tablespoon of oil around in your mouth for two to twenty minutes at a time before spitting it out. This process is repeated multiple times throughout the course of the day. According to the findings of one study, performing daily "oil pulling" with coconut oil can help reduce the formation of plaque and deal with the early symptoms of gingivitis.

Additionally, this practice can help deal with the discomfort associated with gingivitis. This, in turn, contributes to a reduction in tooth sensitivity. Research has shown that gingivitis, which is one of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity, can lead to gum recession, which is one of the most common causes of gum recession. Gingivitis is one of the most common causes of both tooth sensitivity and gum recession.

Garlic

For a very long time, people who suffer from excruciating toothaches have turned to garlic as a treatment. When you chew on a raw piece of garlic, the compound allicin, which has antimicrobial properties and kills the bacteria that cause oral diseases and tooth sensitivity, is released. These bacteria are the ones that cause oral diseases and tooth sensitivity. This aids in the fight against tooth sensitivity. It is possible to make a paste by combining three separate garlic cloves, a half teaspoon of salt, and a very small amount of warm water.

After applying the paste to the area of your skin that is particularly sensitive, you should wait a few minutes for it to take effect before removing it with warm water that has been diluted with salt. (And when you are finished, you really ought to go ahead and brush your teeth in the correct manner.)

Guava leaves

The guava fruit is good for your health on its own, but the leaves of the guava tree also have medicinal value and should not be thrown away. They include rutin, kaempferol, and quercetin, which are all anti-inflammatory compounds that can assist in reducing tooth sensitivity. This can be demonstrated by chewing on guava leaves for approximately three minutes, after which time the leaves should be spit out. A mouthwash can also be made by bringing about six guava leaves and one cup of water to a boil in a pot. After allowing it to steep for fifteen minutes, put it to the side so that it can cool down. After you've brushed your teeth, try swishing a pinch of salt around in your mouth for a few minutes.

Clove oil

Cloves have an analgesic effect on the human body! Additionally, it is well known that the condition of one's teeth can be improved by using clove oil. It is effective against a wide variety of oral infections due to the fact that it possesses properties that are antibacterial, anesthetic, and anti-inflammatory. After applying the mixture to the tooth in question, you should then rinse it off with some warm water to remove any remnants of the solution. The remedy can be prepared by combining one drop of clove oil with either one drop of almond oil or one drop of coconut oil.

Hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide, which has been lauded for its efficacy as a mild antiseptic, can also be put to use as a mouth rinse to heal inflammation and care for gums that are sensitive. This use of hydrogen peroxide, which has received praise for its effectiveness, was discovered by accident. It is recommended that you combine approximately two capfuls worth of 3% hydrogen peroxide with an amount of warm water that is equal in volume. It is recommended that you spit out the solution after swishing it around in your mouth for a period of thirty seconds first. After using the hydrogen peroxide, thoroughly clean your mouth with water to remove any lingering residue. This should be done as soon as you are finished using the peroxide.

Saltwater rinse

Because of its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, a saltwater rinse is a time-honored treatment that is still recommended by a good number of dental professionals. Your oral hygiene will significantly improve as a result, as the bacteria that are currently in your mouth will be removed. Simply take about two cups of warm water, add half a teaspoon of salt to it, and then swish it around in your mouth for a few minutes before spitting it out. This should be done three times. This should be of some use. It is essential that you carry out these actions multiple times.

Turmeric

Curcumin is a compound that can help relieve pain and is also well-known for the anti-inflammatory effects that it possesses. Turmeric is a good source of curcumin. To alleviate pain and sensitivity in your teeth, make a paste on your gums using either fresh or dried turmeric and some water, and apply it there. Turmeric can be used either fresh or dried. You could also try rubbing a mixture onto your gums twice a day that consists of a half teaspoon of salt and a half teaspoon of mustard oil. The mixture that was described earlier would then get these additional ingredients added to it. To be clear, no one wants to deal with the discomfort of sensitive teeth.

However, maintaining a high standard of oral hygiene on a daily basis, in addition to taking a few extra precautions here and there, will go a long way toward resolving the issue. On the other hand, it is possible to circumvent the majority of the problems associated with tooth sensitivity. Just make sure to keep your dental appointments on a consistent basis. Yes, it's our mantra. And it's a pretty sound one all things considered.

 

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Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT!

Tooth Enamel: Loss, Erosion, Treatment

May 19, 2023
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What exactly is enamel of the teeth?

The thin layer of enamel that covers the outside of your teeth is known as the dentine of teeth because it is the toughest tissue in the human body. Hydroxyapatite is the predominant mineral found in tooth enamel, which makes up the majority of this substance. Enamel, which is semi-translucent and only contributes partially to the color of a person's teeth, might be light yellow, gray, or even a bluish-white tint. However, enamel's color is not the only factor that determines the color of a person's teeth. If enamel is damaged, the body will not be able to regenerate it because it does not contain any living cells. Once it's gone, there's no getting it back.

What functions does the tooth enamel serve?

Tooth enamel is an important component in our teeth's defense against tooth decay. Additionally, it assists in protecting them from the wear and strain that can be produced by regular activities including as chewing, biting, and grinding.

The formation of enamel as a considerable barrier helps to protect the interior layers of the teeth, such as the dentin, pulp, blood vessels, and nerves. It helps protect these internal structures against acidic substances and plaque, as well as hot and cold foods and drinks. Loss of enamel can expose the dentin and pulp layers of the teeth, which can then get damaged.

How can I tell whether the enamel on my teeth is wearing away?

It may be difficult to recognize the signs that your enamel is wearing away. Here are some of the most fundamental symptoms to look out for:

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• Colour

It is possible that you have enamel erosion if you have noticed a change in the color of your teeth. Examine the surface of the tooth for a coating that is yellow or shiny.

• An increase in both pain and sensitivity

Increased dental sensitivity, which can ultimately result in pain, is one of the signs of enamel loss that is overlooked the most. Does it pain when you eat or drink something that is too hot, too cold, too sweet, or too cold and too hot? If it aches a lot, it's possible that you've progressed to a later stage of enamel erosion.

• The abrasive quality

Roughness around the borders of the teeth, cracks, chips, or indentations can all be signs of enamel loss in its early stages.

• Openness and honesty

Near the margins of the teeth, which are exposed when you bite, erosion can make the teeth appear see-through.

• Glistening flecks

Shiny patches are another early indicator that enamel is beginning to wear away. If you notice shiny patches on your teeth, then you may already be suffering the early stages of enamel erosion.

What causes enamel erosion?

Acids from the meals and drinks we consume are often to blame for enamel erosion, as they are the substances that can be found in our bodies. In a normal situation, the acid in your mouth would be neutralized by the saliva. On the other hand, your enamel will wear away over time if you consume a lot of acidic foods or beverages or if you often skip brushing your teeth. It's not a question of whether, but rather when it will happen.

If you are concerned about how much acidic food and drink you are getting into your body, you should consume the following in moderate amounts: Carbonated beverages, sweet foods such as ice cream, syrup, and caramel, starchy meals such as white bread and cake, and fruit juices (hello, erosion city!) are all bad for your teeth.

A dry mouth can also cause enamal erosion because saliva helps to neutralize the effects of acids on the teeth and gums. Dry mouth, which can lead to erosion of the teeth, is a side effect of taking some drugs on a regular basis. Antihistamines and aspirin are two examples of them.

Bruxism, which is the medical term for the habit of grinding one's teeth, will obviously wear away the enamel, as will acid reflux, which is caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease and bulimia; both of these conditions cause stomach acid to reach the mouth.

Loss of enamel can be a symptom of acid reflux, generally referred to as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In addition to causing enamel to deteriorate, the eating disorder bulimia causes individuals to purge their stomachs of food. The problem, which occurs in both scenarios, is that acid from the stomach is making its way into the mouth and damaging the teeth.

What's done is done; you can't get enamel back. In order to safeguard your smile, it is critical to practice good oral hygiene and take preventative actions before any enamel loss occurs. In the following part of this guide, we will discuss ways to protect your teeth from enamel erosion.

How do you avoid enamel loss?

You are in luck since there are a lot of preventative steps you can take to protect your enamel from wearing away. Here are some extra things you can do to maintain good oral hygiene, in addition to the obvious measures of brushing, flossing, and going to the dentist on a regular basis.

• Try to limit your intake of sugary foods!

It is absolutely necessary to emphasize this point. Sugar provides nourishment for the bacteria that live in your mouth, which in turn produce acids that erode enamel. Therefore, control your consumption. You should try to limit the quantity of added sugars in your diet and instead get your sugar from whole-food sources, such a piece of fruit. This is an excellent place to start.

• Chewing gum should be done after meals.

Chewing gum stimulates saliva production, which in turn helps to neutralize stomach acids. After eating, choose a gum without sugar and chew it for at least half an hour in order to stimulate the production of digestive juices. It has been demonstrated that xylitol can lower the risk of tooth decay, making xylitol gum an excellent option.

• You must wait before you brush your teeth!

After eating breakfast, lunch, or dinner, do not rush to brush your teeth right away. Please wait a half hour before brushing your teeth, since doing so too soon can cause enamel to wear away. Choose a fluoride toothpaste to use when you do clean your teeth.

• Dairy products are a great way to round out your meal.

After you have finished eating, sip a glass of milk to help neutralize any stomach acid that may have been produced.

• Drink more water

Drinking more water will help you stay hydrated throughout the day, both inside and outside of your mouth. (That's just sound advise for pretty much everything there is to know about life.)

Is it possible to rebuild the enamel on teeth?

Even if your enamel has already begun to wear away, there is still a chance that it can be restored. While it is not possible to restore enamel, it is possible to slow the harm being done to it. Enamel can be made stronger by increasing the amount of minerals it contains.

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Enamel remineralization

Remineralization is a procedure that is used to strengthen enamel and restore the mineral content of teeth. Products that include high concentrations of calcium phosphate or fluoride assist remineralize the enamel in a natural way before it reaches a stage where it can no longer be repaired. This method is only useful in the beginning phases of the erosion process. You should be able to get the most out of the remineralization procedure even if the enamel of your teeth is just slightly compromised. Have a look at these tried-and-true home treatments.

  • You should brush your teeth at least twice every day. These steps eradicate the microorganisms that are to blame for the erosion. In addition, make sure to floss your teeth at least twice a day in order to eliminate plaque and avoid gum disease.
  • Brushing your teeth with toothpaste containing fluoride will help the process of reinforcing your teeth and will prevent further mineral loss.
  • Consume probiotics such as salivarius, rhamnosus, or reuteri.
  • Finally, gargle with a remineralizing mouthwash at least twice daily. (This phase in particular feels wonderful as well.)

If the condition of your teeth is such that remineralization would not help, you should make an appointment with a dentist to examine the other treatment options available to you. These may involve getting fillings done, getting veneers placed, or even getting crowns put on. Each each situation will be unique.

Finding a dentist in Summerlin, Nevada

It is essential to look for a dentist that you are comfortable with and can rely on. Begin with the two of us! Simply type your address into the search bar on the Summerlin Dental Solutions website to locate and book an appointment with Dr. Cohan. Plus you can use your dental insurance too. Therefore, let's put a stop to that erosion, shall we? Just keep a happy face in mind whenever you think of us.

 

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Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT!

There Are 6 Ways To Avoid Getting Cavities.

May 12, 2023

The rate at which our patients accumulate decay, also known as cavities, is something that all dentists face as a challenge that is difficult to overcome. When it comes to the state of your oral health, it is most likely one of your greatest concerns as well. Going to the dentist and being told that you have a cavity has got to be one of the most dreaded experiences ever, right? No one! Because cavities are such a significant issue that can have an impact on your entire health and wellness, I thought it would be helpful to discuss some things that you can do to assist in preventing cavities and any other type of tooth decay from developing. I don't care if you find some of these pointers to be common sense; but, I do want you to realize that the information presented here is accurate. Therefore, if you desire teeth that are healthy and free from cavities, you should make sure to apply the advice from this blog post into your daily life.

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Why do we get cavities and how do I avoid them?

Allow me to begin by explaining the process of cavity formation, in the event that you are unfamiliar with it. An oral cavity develops when an acidic environment (pH level of 5.5 or below) is generated in the mouth, and bacteria then begin to eat away at the enamel that covers the teeth of the affected individual. If the cavity is not treated, it can result in more significant dental problems as well as health problems; thus, I want to assist you in preventing cavities before they even begin to develop in your teeth.

Now that we have everything out of the way, let's go over these 6 steps one by one!

  1. First and foremost, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day.

The first step that you need to do is to ensure that you clean your teeth at least twice a day, and preferably after every meal. It never ceases to amaze me how many individuals only clean their teeth once a day, despite the fact that I see it so frequently. Brushing your teeth is the first thing you should do to protect yourself from acquiring cavities. Brushing your teeth twice a day should be something you do every single day, regardless of how much you have going on in your life or how little time you have available to devote to this task. It is imperative that you give the front of your teeth, the sides of your teeth, and the back of your teeth a very thorough cleaning when you practice good oral hygiene. I usually recommend saying it for at least two minutes! Check out this page if you're unsure how to wash your teeth in the most effective manner possible. Another aspect of oral hygiene that is addressed when one brushes their teeth is the tongue's thorough cleansing. Therefore, you should make certain that you are giving that a high priority as well.

  • Make Sure You Floss Every Day

Now, let me explain why this is important: This stage is frequently skipped by so many people. It is true that if you do not floss your teeth, you will not be able to clean a significant portion of the surface of your teeth! Let me paint a picture for you. When you don't floss your teeth, you essentially end up with these problems:

You eat, bacteria begin to consume the food you ate, then the bacteria release their excrement onto your teeth (yeah, I know this sounds horrible, but it's true), and the waste these bacteria create is very acidic. If you don't brush your teeth regularly, bacteria will build up, which will result in an increase in waste production, and voilà! A hole has developed! Plaque and bacteria that accumulate on your teeth will eventually harden to the point where you will no longer be able to remove it using dental floss and a toothbrush. This process can take anywhere from a few hours to a day or even a few days, depending on the person, but as you can see, it does not take very long. To have the hardened plaque, also known as calculus, removed from your teeth, you will need to make an appointment with either your dentist or hygienist. So the next time you feel like skipping this step, think about all of the bacteria that are happily munching away on the food that is stuck between your teeth, and how their waste is being excreted directly onto your teeth and gums.

It is important to floss your teeth at least once every day. If you are only going to floss once, you should do it before bed. However, if you are only going to floss twice a day, you need make sure that you do it at least twice a day.

Additionally, floss can clean beneath your gums, which your toothbrush cannot do, while your toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing maintains the health of your gums, which in turn maintains the health of your underlying bone structure, which in turn maintains the health of your teeth and ensures that they remain firmly planted in your jaw bone. Consequently, you should allot an additional minute or two to ensure that you floss your teeth.

  • Rinse Your Mouth With Mouthwash After Brushing Your Teeth

After you have finished brushing your teeth, you should also make sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly with some kind of mouthwash. A last cleansing of your mouth can be accomplished with the help of mouthwash, which also assists in the removal of anything that may have been overlooked. In a nutshell, it helps minimize the amount of bacteria that are present in your mouth, and it also helps clean your gums and cheeks! It will only take you one minute, but it will do a great deal to assist you in warding off cavities. After you have finished brushing and flossing your teeth, you should consider using a quality mouthwash. I prefer mouthwashes that are alcohol-free and contain remineralizing agents such as fluoride or xylitol. Fluoride and xylitol are two examples of these types of ingredients.This will help in preventing cavities.

  • Consume Significantly More Of It

One of the most underappreciated ways to keep your mouth clean and your teeth cavity-free is to drink enough of water. If you don't have a toothbrush handy, you can always just take a few sips of water and give your mouth a quick rinse instead of brushing your teeth. It's not quite as effective as brushing your teeth, using dental floss, or rinsing your mouth with mouthwash, but it's a heck of a lot better than just letting food stay in your mouth, which can be harmful to your teeth. It is important to thoroughly clean your mouth with water after eating anything, whether it be a meal or something else entirely, and to remove as much food and debris from your teeth as possible.

  • Maintain Regular Appointments With Your Dentist
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It is imperative that you maintain consistent dental care by going to the dentist on a regular basis to avoid getting cavities. Typically, once a year for an exam and some check-up X-rays (although everyone is different, so talk to your dentist about this), and anywhere from two to four times a year for cleanings (depending on what your dentist or hygienist prescribe). I am aware that finding the correct dentist for you or simply determining how frequently you should go to the dentist can be a challenge; yet, going to the dentist on a regular basis is essential. If you go to the dentist on a regular basis, you will either be able to prevent problems from occurring in the first place or, if you have already experienced the beginning stages of some problems, you will be able to prevent them from worsening to an unacceptable degree. It is the most effective approach to stop cavities from developing in the first place or from getting worse. If you haven't been to the dentist in a while, now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment with them.

  • Decrease Your Intake of Sugar

As a final piece of advice, I want to encourage you to make every effort possible to reduce the amount of sugar you consume (click here to watch my video on how you can cut sugar out of your diet). I am aware that putting this into practice is not always as simple as it sounds. Sugar, on the other hand, is one of the primary culprits in the development of cavities and other dental problems that result from it. Consider the quantity of sugar that you add to the foods that you eat, the snacks that you consume, and even the coffee that you consume. The issue is that there are a lot of hidden sugars, and as a result, there are instances when you are not even aware that you are consuming it! You may find out more about some of those sneaky sugars if you watch the video that I linked to in this blog post. Therefore, if you want to reduce the likelihood of developing cavities, you should reduce the amount of sugar that you put into your body on a daily basis.

I really hope that these have gotten you thinking about the many various things that you can do to lower the possibility of acquiring cavities in your teeth. In point of fact, it is not quite as difficult as it may seem. I have no doubt that you are aware of the bulk of these things, but it never hurts to have a gentle nudge in the right direction every now and again.

 

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Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

summerlin dental solutions

With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT!

Tips to Make Dentistry More Affordable

April 27, 2023
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Looking for an affordable dentist in Summerlin? Although finding "affordable" dental care isn't always as easy as it seems, there are practical measures you can take to cut down on the costs of maintaining your oral health and the money you'll have to spend on dental treatments in the future.

If you can't believe it, it's not that difficult to locate an affordable priced dentist in the Summerlin area. It really depends on how you go about maintaining your oral health!

Take note of the following essential guidelines:

The importance of affordable preventative dental care

Most dental disorders are easily prevented. When detected in their earliest stages, problems such as tooth decay and gum disease are amenable to treatment and can even be reversed if recognized early enough (only if the tooth is just starting to demineralize, not if a cavity has already ruptured through the enamel.) However, this requires you to practice proper oral hygiene at home by flossing on a daily basis and setting up frequent appointments with your dental team for exams and cleanings. It is possible to find reasonably priced dental care in Summerlin provided that you pay attention to avoiding the most prevalent tooth illnesses.

Take Care of Issues as Soon as They Become Visible to You

It is a common fallacy that you do not require the services of a dentist in Summerlin until the pain in your tooth becomes unbearable. This is one of the most common myths. In point of fact, "fixing" your teeth as soon as an issue is discovered is the most cost-effective method for repairing them. This means even if there are no obvious signs of pain or discomfort being experienced by the patient.

For instance, if you are seeing Dr. Cohan for your six-month checkup and we find a tiny cavity on your normal X-rays, the most affordable course of action would be to go ahead and have the area filled in. This would be the case even if the cavity isn't particularly large. If this does not happen, the infection will just continue to progress deeper into the tooth, and it may even spread to neighboring teeth. At this point, the treatment progresses from a simple filling to a crown or several fillings on a variety of teeth, depending on the severity of the cavity. Decay, fissures, and other flaws cannot be repaired once they have been caused. Therefore, addressing them as soon as feasible is the treatment choice that will save you the most money. Restorations that are less extensive will almost always be more economical than those that are more extensive.

Choose the one that will cause you the least amount of discomfort.

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Our Summerlin dental practice uses cutting-edge equipment, which enables our dentist to do operations in significantly less time and to place more precise restorations. For instance, rather than going for the more common restoration made of amalgam (metal), you could be better off getting a little white filling instead. Why? Because the white version requires less dental correction, attaches flush to your enamel, and has a lower risk of leaking or causing cracking around it five to ten years down the road. Sometimes shelling out a few extra bucks can end up saving you more money and being more affordable in the long run when it comes to your oral health.

An additional illustration would be the decision to save your tooth by restoring it with a crown rather than immediately opting for extraction. As a result of the excess space that is created in your mouth, the other teeth will begin to shift, which will lead to additional difficulties. At that point, you will need to decide between getting an implant or a bridge. In the end, Dr. Cohan or any other affordable dentist in Summerlin will want to assist you in maintaining your natural teeth for the longest period of time feasible.

Make Sure to Visit a Dentist Who Has the Latest Equipment

It's possible that the dentist in Summerlin that charges the lowest prices is also the one who uses the most up-to-date technology and equipment, both of which demand significant financial investments on their part. Such as laser dentistry, computerized X-rays, or scanning in three dimensions (3D). Why? Because such resources make it possible to diagnose dental disease sooner and reduce the amount of treatment a patient requires to maintain their mouth healthy, it is important to have access to such resources.

Don't Let Your Insurance Plan Determine Your Health Care Decisions

A significant number of individuals will not seek dental treatment unless it is paid for by their insurance provider, which makes it more affordable. Unfortuitously, the vast majority of dental insurance policies are structured to emphasize the importance of preventative care over extensive treatment. That means that your coverage will pay more for a cleaning and exam twice a year than it will for a few fillings every other year. This is because cleanings and exams are considered preventative care. If you let your insurance company decide the treatments your smile receives, you could be putting your teeth's health and look at risk in the broader scheme of things. Unfortunately, the more extensive your oral health demands become, the more likely it is that your dental insurance will pay out less, making it less affordable.

If All Else Fails, Figure Out How to Pay for Your Treatment

Waiting until the tooth hurts and then having to pay for a root canal and crown is a more expensive option than getting a cavity filled at a reasonable cost on a monthly basis rather than getting it taken care of right away. When you work with a cheap dentist in Summerlin, you may be able to obtain 0% financing through options such as CareCredit. This will allow you to immediately begin treatment instead of delaying it further down the road. It is possible that paying for the procedure in full with financing will be less expensive for you in the long run than having your insurance pay for a more extensive operation in a few months' time.

Make an appointment for your six-month checkup at Summerlin Dental Solutions right now to learn more about how you can save money on dental care in the Summerlin area.

 

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Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

summerlin dental solutions

With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

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Home Treatments and Remedies For Gingivitis

April 20, 2023

 

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Inflammation of the gums, also known as gingivitis, is one of the most common oral diseases found in North America. The following is a list of the most effective home treatments and preventative measures for puffy gums....

In the United States, adults aged 30 and older who are nearly half (47.2% of all adults) suffer from some form of gum disease. This condition worsens with age, makes daily life unpleasant, and has a significant negative impact on quality of life. There are a lot of people who struggle with gum diseases like gingivitis, and we have a tendency to believe that there is no effective solution to this unpleasant problem. Is there a treatment for gingivitis? Is there anything that we can do at home to treat the gingivitis that we have? Let's discuss.

What exactly is this gingivitis?

Inflammation of the gums, also known as gingiva, is referred to as gingivitis. Gingivitis represents the first stage of gum disease. It is a form of periodontal disease that can be reversed, and it is characterized by inflammation that is confined to the gingiva rather than spreading to the tooth's other supporting structures. After cavities, gingivitis is the oral condition that is seen the most frequently and is considered to be the second most significant oral ailment. About three-quarters of the world's population suffers from this relatively mild form of gum disease.

Gingivitis is almost always caused by neglecting one's oral hygiene, which is the primary offender in this crime. Inadequate dental hygiene promotes the growth of plaque on the teeth and causes inflammation of the gum tissues, both of which can lead to periodontal disease. Plaque, when left untreated, can harden and turn into tartar or calculus, both of which are bacteria magnets. The gums become inflamed as a result of the accumulation of more and more bacteria, as well as the irritation caused by plaque and tartar.

How can you tell if you have gingivitis? The following is a list of the most common signs and symptoms:

  • Tender or puffy gums
  • The gums have already begun to recede.
  • Unhealthy breath
  • Bleeding gums when you brush your teeth or floss your teeth

Is there any treatment for gingivitis?

It is necessary to diagnose gum disease at an early stage and begin treatment for it as soon as possible in order to reverse or even cure gingivitis. Because of this, it is extremely important to visit the dentist on a consistent basis, maintain good oral hygiene, carefully examine your gums, and pay attention to any changes that you notice. Your gums will be thoroughly examined, and the dentist will make recommendations regarding the treatment that will benefit you the most.

Remember that gingivitis can be cured or reversed if it is discovered and treated early on. Do not disregard any changes in the appearance of your gums, as well as any tenderness or other symptoms. And most importantly, make sure you maintain good oral hygiene and schedule regular appointments with your dentist.

What home remedies can I use to treat gingivitis?

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In spite of the fact that professional dental care is necessary for the effective treatment of gingivitis, there are still many home treatment options available to choose from. In the following paragraphs, we are going to look at how to treat gum disease without going to the dentist and discuss some helpful things you can do at home. Bear in mind that the use of these remedies is in no way intended to serve as an alternative to regular visits to the dentist. Let's get the fundamentals out of the way first.

1) Step up your dental hygiene routine

Dental hygiene is absolutely necessary for both the treatment and prevention of gingivitis, and this point cannot be emphasized enough. Brushing your teeth at least twice per day and ideally after each meal or snack is the best way to ward off gingivitis and even reverse its effects. Because gums are particularly sensitive and tender at this time, it is prudent to use a gentle toothbrush or an electric toothbrush, which are both more effective at removing tartar and plaque than a standard toothbrush. You should also floss your teeth every day and rinse your mouth out with mouthwash, in addition to brushing your teeth regularly. Without maintaining good oral hygiene, none of the other home remedies or strategies will be effective.

You could also use a toothpaste formulated specifically for gingivitis or one that contains a lot of fluoride (almost all drug stores will provide options for this).

2) Oil pulling

Oil pulling is an age-old dental hygiene practice that has its origins in India and has been practiced there for centuries. The practice of using oil to pull on one's teeth in order to whiten them, freshen one's breath, and treat conditions such as gum disease has been utilized by a great number of cultures throughout history and continues to be used today. To perform oil pulling, simply swish some oil around in your mouth for twenty to thirty minutes. This method reduces the number of bacteria that are harmful and gets rid of toxins. One study, for instance, found that rinsing the mouth with coconut oil for ten minutes per day significantly reduced the amount of Streptococcus mutans, one of the most common types of bacteria found in the mouth and a significant factor in the formation of plaque.

Both coconut oil and arimedadi oil have been shown to be effective treatments for gingivitis. Lauric acid, which can be found in coconut oil, has been shown to have beneficial effects against both microbes and inflammation. Oil pulling with arimedadi has been shown to reduce gingivitis symptoms and slow the growth of plaque on teeth. It is necessary to place one to two teaspoons of oil in the mouth, swish it around, then spit it out. Next, the mouth should be rinsed with water, and then the water should be spit out. Finally, the teeth should be brushed, and a full glass of water should be consumed.

3) Saltwater rinse

One of the most straightforward treatments for gingivitis is to gargle with a solution that consists of salt water. It has been shown that drinking saltwater can help speed up the healing process. Rinsing the mouth with salt water appears to soothe irritated gums brought on by gingivitis, according to the available evidence. This straightforward home treatment can be administered by mixing three-quarters of a teaspoon of salt with a glass of warm water, gargling with the mixture, and then spitting it out.

4) Turmeric paste

People have been using turmeric as a home remedy for a variety of illnesses for many centuries. Because of its ability to reduce inflammation and fight fungal infections, this spice can also play a role in the treatment of gingivitis. Gingivitis can be treated with turmeric gels that can be found in health food stores, but it is also possible to make a paste out of turmeric that can be used instead. It is necessary to combine about one-half of a teaspoon of turmeric with an equal amount of mustard oil and salt in order to heal gums that are inflamed. After directly applying the paste to the gums and waiting ten minutes, rinse the mouth thoroughly.

5) Aloe vera

Plants of the genus Aloe are commonly used for their medicinal qualities. This wonderful plant can also assist in the treatment of gingivitis and in lowering plaque levels. Just swish some pure aloe vera juice around in your mouth for about a minute and a half before spitting it out. Aloe vera should be applied twice or three times per day for optimal results.

6) Baking soda

Baking soda and water can be combined to make a paste that can be used to brush teeth and gums. This paste has the ability to neutralize acids that contribute to gum disease. One study compared the effectiveness of plaque-removing toothpaste containing baking soda to that of toothpaste without baking soda. They discovered that toothpaste with baking soda was significantly more effective.

7) Clove paste

When it comes to the management of gingivitis, topical treatments can be of tremendous assistance. Some examples include clove paste. Clove has anti-inflammatory properties and can help prevent plaque buildup. The procedure is straightforward: either finely mince one teaspoon of cloves or soak a cotton ball in clove oil and apply it to the surface of the cotton ball. After that, rub a cotton ball that has been covered in cloves onto the gums in a gentle circular motion, and then rinse with water after one minute.

8) A mouthrinse made at home

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Gingivitis can be treated with a mouthwash that you make yourself, which is something that many people are unaware of. The following are some examples:

• Mouthwash made with lemongrass oil: Dilute two to three drops of lemongrass essential oil in water, swirl it around your mouth, and then spit it out. You should do this thrice a day.

• For a mouthwash containing tea tree oil, mix three drops of tea tree oil with one cup of warm water (since tea tree oil can interact with some medications, consult your doctor first).

• To make a mouthwash with sage, combine boiling water with either one tablespoon of dried sage or two tablespoons of fresh sage. Keep on low heat for ten minutes, then strain the liquid and set it aside to cool.

• To make a mouthwash out of guava leaves, crush six guava leaves and add them to one cup of water that has been brought to a boil. Keep the mixture at a simmer for fifteen minutes, then set it aside to cool.

9) Green tea

Green tea contains a high concentration of anti-inflammatory antioxidants, which reduce swelling and may inhibit the inflammatory response of the body to bacteria found in the oral cavity. Gingivitis is characterized by inflammation and bleeding, both of which may be alleviated by drinking green tea. Green tea contains polyphenols, which have been shown to inhibit the growth of bacteria that can cause gingivitis.

10) Abstain from sugar and cigarettes.

Cigarettes can cause irritation to your gums and make the buildup of bacteria in your mouth worse. Sugar is another factor that works against maintaining healthy gums and teeth. Gingivitis treatment also involves making changes to one's lifestyle, such as decreasing the amount of sugar one consumes and giving up tobacco products.

What are some products that can be purchased without a prescription that can treat gum infections?

Since you now know how to treat gingivitis at home, it would be helpful to mention some over-the-counter products that will be of assistance to you in your efforts to eliminate the condition. You may want to:

  • Use antiseptic mouthwash on a consistent basis to rinse the mouth.
  • Place gels on the gums themselves directly (in case of pain)
  • We recommend using an electric toothbrush.
  • You should use toothpaste that fights bacteria

Make an effort to avoid medicating yourself. Find a dentist who is conveniently located near you and ask them for recommendations on an appropriate toothbrush, gel, or mouthwash that you can use.

What kind of treatment do dentists use for gingivitis?

It is essential to take preventative measures and begin treatment as soon as possible in order to stop the progression of this gum disease. If you or a member of your family struggle with gingivitis, you should probably think about making an appointment at the dentist's office. Professional dental cleaning, also known as "scale and polish" or "scale and root planing," plays an important part in the treatment of gingivitis and is typically performed by dentists. Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums that can lead to tooth loss. At the beginning of the cleaning process, the dentist will use various instruments, such as a laser or an ultrasonic device, to eradicate any and all traces of plaque, tartar, and bacterial residue.

The removal of tartar and bacteria from the surfaces of the teeth and from underneath the gums is the objective of scaling. On the other hand, the goal of root planning is to remove bacterial products that have been produced as a result of inflammation. In addition to this, it polishes the surfaces of the roots and prevents further tartar and bacterial accumulation, both of which are obstacles to the healing process.

Because misaligned teeth or crowns and bridges that do not fit properly can aggravate gum disease in some patients, dental restoration may be necessary for those patients. This makes it more difficult to eliminate plaque during a daily dental hygiene routine. Because of this, a dentist might suggest dental restoration to their patient. Gingivitis management might become less of a challenge if these issues were resolved.

Even though gingivitis is likely to clear up after a thorough professional cleaning, we still need to make a point of practicing good dental hygiene on a daily basis. A patient may also ask their dentist for assistance in developing a routine to perform at home in order to maintain healthy gums. Gingivitis can be avoided and the quality of one's dental health significantly improved by maintaining regular checkups. Be sure to keep your regular dental appointments.

 

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Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT!

How To Work Up The Courage To Make Your Dentist Appointment

March 30, 2023
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Trying to conjure up the courage to make a dental appointment? Well, it is impossible to stress the significance of maintaining good oral health.

Your oral health has a huge bearing on the rest of your body's well-being. As a result of this, it is imperative that in addition to ensuring that you brush your teeth twice daily, you also make it a habit to visit your dentist on a regular basis for examinations and cleanings as part of your dental hygiene regimen.

When you have a dental condition or even when you have a dental flaw that harms your self-confidence and negatively affects the appearance of your smile, it is necessary for you to see a dentist. This is another reason why seeing a dentist is important.

Unfortunately, a significant number of people dread going to the dentist. If you avoid going to the dentist due to anxiety, the following advice may help you overcome that fear and schedule an appointment with a dentist anyway.

Carry out some research so that you gain courage by being aware of what to anticipate.

Most of the time, a lack of information or incorrect information is to blame for the anxiety that comes along with going to the dentist. As a result, you should make an effort to study what a visit to the dentist entails in order to considerably cut down on the amount of anxiety you feel about it.

It doesn't matter if you're going to the dentist for a basic cleaning, a dental implant, or teeth whitening; the internet is plenty with information that should assist you know what to anticipate during your appointment.

Find a Dentist Who Is Right for You in the Summerlin, Nevada

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When working up the nerve to go to the dentist, one of the most crucial steps to do is to locate a dentist that is a good fit for you. You can search for highly qualified dentists in your area using the internet.

When you have compiled a list of dentists in your area, you can go online to read reviews written by patients of those dentists on websites such as Yelp. These reviews will give you an idea of what other patients think of the dentists. The goal should be to choose a dentist who is not just knowledgeable but also compassionate and empathetic while making treatment decisions for you and your family.

A competent dentist should be willing to address your concerns and make every effort to ensure that you are as relaxed and at ease as possible throughout the procedure.

You can search for dentists on your own, or you can ask individuals you know and trust for referrals to the dentists they use. Another option is to browse for dentists online.

You can greatly lessen your dental anxieties and increase the likelihood by gaining courage that you will enjoy your visits to the dentist by selecting a dental practitioner who comes highly recommended by members of your family or social circle. This can go a long way toward building your faith in the dentist.

Are You Interested in Making a Reservation for a Dental Appointment at Summerlin Dental Solutions?

Because of the significance of your oral health, you should have a close working relationship with a dentist in order to avert more serious dental problems and deal with dental concerns when they are in their earliest stages of development. If the idea of going to the dentist makes you feel anxious, preparing yourself by learning what to expect during the appointment and selecting a dentist who is compassionate toward patients' concerns can go a long way toward easing those concerns.

Please don't hesitate to call Summerlin Dental Solutions at 702-341-9160 if you have any questions regarding the dental services that we provide.

 

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT!

 

GET TO KNOW YOUR BEST DENTIST IN SUMMERLIN

Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

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6 Common Oral Diseases In People Under 40 That Can Be Prevented

March 23, 2023
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Do you think of diseases when you think about your oral health? What you put into your mouth travels down your digestive tract in the first stage, and the food you consume has an effect on the rest of your body and can cause disease. However, the way in which you care for your gums, teeth, and mouth in general will have an effect on a number of different aspects of your overall health.

There are several disorders that can affect the mouth, and some of these diseases might progress to more serious consequences. (Always keep in mind that early intervention is the most effective approach to increase the likelihood of treatment success. (Don't forget about your own mouth!)

AND maybe the most pervasive misconception of all is the idea that only elderly people have major oral health issues. Untrue! Even if the likelihood of developing oral disorders rises with advancing age, that does not mean that younger people have no cause for concern.

There are six different oral diseases that might affect younger people.

1. Gum disease

Diseases of the gums, often known as "periodontal" diseases, can take on a variety of forms and can lead to painful swelling as well as changes in the structure of the bite. According to studies, periodontal disease is not only common in individuals of advanced age; it also occurs frequently in young adults and adolescents.

2. Gingivitis

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Inflammation of the gums is a symptom of gingivitis, which is a disorder that can affect anyone. This is a condition that manifests itself in both older adults and younger adults. In most cases, the condition is brought on by the accumulation of bacteria and plaque on a person's teeth. This particular form of periodontal disease is referred to as "periodontal gingivitis." Although it might not be as devastating, it can lead to more serious health concerns if left unchecked.

3. Dental sensitivity and the development of cavities

Decay of teeth can occasionally begin as early as childhood in some people. This can lead to various potential effects. If you have dental decay, your teeth may become more fragile as a result of the disease. This makes it more likely that you will crack or break a tooth, which is something you should want to avoid doing for as long as possible. When you have cavities in your teeth, sensitive teeth are almost a given to follow.

4. Endodontic treatment

When the crown of a tooth becomes loose or falls off, you may require a dental operation known as a root canal, which is performed in the dentist's office. It is a typical operation that is frequently carried out on young individuals, and it is not a very beneficial one. It entails the removal of the tooth's root, which helps to minimize sensitivity as well as pain. After that, a brand new crown is affixed on the very top.

5. TMJ disorder

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is yet another ailment that can affect people of any age. This disorder affects the jaw, and as a result, a crackling sound can be heard in the jaw whenever the patient opens and closes their mouth. A great deal of people also report experiencing pain and stiffness.

6. Oral cancer

Oral cancer is a dreaded disease despite its high incidence rate. A dentist is trained to recognize the earliest warning signs of oral cancer and can devise an effective treatment strategy to stop the disease from progressing and spreading.

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The function of your dental practitioner

People who seek out a dentist typically do so because they are experiencing discomfort in their oral cavity, most commonly in the form of a toothache. It is highly recommended that you get in touch with a dentist at this time; nevertheless, this should not be the only occasion on which you look for one. Everyone requires the services of a dentist that they visit on a consistent basis.

Early in one's life, one should give some thought to initiating preventative dental care. Even in young children, the sooner in life routine dental examinations begin, the lower the likelihood of more serious oral diseases developing.

To get started, schedule an appointment with your dentist at least once every year (ideally twice). After that, make an appointment with your dentist to have a complete checkup done on your teeth, gums, and the tissue around them. When searching for a dentist in your area, you can also make an appointment for a dental cleaning. You can locate a local dentist who has a track record of success with the assistance of a website such as OpenCare.

Conclusion

The maintenance and improvement of one's oral health should be a top priority for people of all ages. Regrettably, many younger people have the misconception that problems such as periodontal disease and cancer of the oral cavity exclusively affect older people. Despite this, a significant number of persons under the age of 40 suffer from these illnesses. Just keep in mind that you should be aware of the potential dangers and acknowledge the significance of seeing Dr. Cohan at Summerlin Dental Solutions as part of your plan for maintaining good dental hygiene.

 

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT!

 

GET TO KNOW YOUR BEST DENTIST IN SUMMERLIN

Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

summerlin dental solutions

With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT!

What Kind of Effects Vaping Can Have On Your Dental Health?

March 17, 2023
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People are now free to light up whenever they like because vaping is less harmful than smoking, right?

A significant number of young people currently believe that vaping is a risk-free alternative to smoking and have therefore begun to embrace this trend. In 2017, 11.7% of high school students reported using electronic cigarettes. [Citation needed] After only one more year, in 2019, that figure had already increased to 27.5%. In 2019, even 10.5% of middle school students were using electronic cigarettes.

In 2020, the global market for electronic cigarettes was estimated to be worth $15.04 billion, and it is anticipated to expand at an astounding compound yearly growth rate of 28.1% until 2028.

However, safer does not always equate to risk-free. Although it's true that vaping is safer than smoking cigarettes, you're still just switching one poison for another when you do it. Let's discuss.

What is vaping?

Vaping, often known as electronic smoking, is a technique of smoking that is marketed as being safer than cigarettes. E-juice, which may contain flavorings, nicotine, a number of other substances, and occasionally cannabis, is aerosolized by a heated metal coil into a vapor that the user inhales. The user may also inhale the vapor directly from the coil.

Vaping, despite the fact that it may leave a mild odor, does not smell like smoking traditional cigarettes. In addition, the marketing of electronic cigarettes is done in such a way as to make you believe that they just release innocuous water vapor.

However, the assumption that you are breathing in a "vapor," which may give the impression that it is harmless, is incorrect. The substance that you are inhaling is more of an aerosol, similar to the kind that you would receive out of a can of hairspray or bug killer. And just like secondhand smoke from cigarettes, breathing in secondhand aerosol can be harmful to others around you.

Effects of nicotine on one's health

Most vaping liquids contain nicotine (even the ones that are labeled nicotine-free). This substance can have potentially life-threatening effects on your cardiovascular system. In addition to causing your blood pressure to skyrocket, this condition can also quicken the rate at which your heart beats and restrict the blood vessels. It is also possible that it will cause the walls of the arteries to stiffen, which will contribute to a heart attack.

It is essential to be aware that, strictly speaking, electronic cigarettes contain less nicotine than conventional cigarettes do. On the other hand, users frequently take in more because it is simpler and more comfortable to puff away for a significantly longer period of time on a vape pen.

The most common oral conditions that might be brought on by vaping

What kind of effects can vaping have on dental health? Vaping not only has the potential to bring about or exacerbate a number of common dental disorders, but it also has the potential to bring about the severe health impacts that nicotine has on your cardiovascular system.

  • Cavities;
  • Tooth Sensitivity;
  • Receding Gums;
  • Dry Mouth;
  • Bad Breath (Halitosis);
  • Bruxism;
  • Gum Disease;
  •  Periodontal Disease;
  • Tooth Loss;

The human mouth is home to a diverse community of germs and bacteria, which are present in equal numbers in each person. Some of it is beneficial, since it helps to maintain the health and strength of your teeth and gums. On the other hand, some of it is harmful and can lead to the development of unpleasant conditions such as cavities and periodontal disease. The microbiome is the collective name for this assortment of beneficial and pathogenic microbes.

It is interesting to note that persons who vape have a microbiome that is comparable to people who have periodontal disease, even though vapers do not exhibit any outward symptoms of gum disease.

In addition, this study discovered that 43 percent of persons who vape had dental infections and periodontal disease, but just 28 percent of people who did not smoke had this condition. To be fair, 73% of smokers experienced concerns with their dental health, thus vaping is technically a superior alternative to smoking.

In addition to this, the nicotine can reduce the amount of saliva that is produced in your mouth. Dry mouth is not a condition that is typically observed in younger people; nonetheless, it is frequently prevalent in younger persons who use electronic cigarettes. Plaque can accumulate more quickly when saliva is not there to help wash it away. This gummy material makes a welcoming environment for pathogenic bacteria in your mouth by providing a cozy environment in which they can thrive. This, in turn, leads to an increase in the number of cases of mouth ulcers, cavities, and other problems related to oral health.

The nicotine contained in electronic cigarettes also has a muscle-stimulating effect, which can lead to or make bruxism worse (teeth grinding). Nighttime teeth grinding affects a lot of people, some of whom might not even be aware that they have a problem with it. On the other hand, discomfort in the jaw upon awakening as well as damage to the teeth are also strong indicators.

To put it succinctly, you won't have much luck finding a dentist that thinks vaping is a good idea. Dentists generally frown upon the practice.

Tobacco use and teeth that are yellow

The absence of smoke and tar in vapor produced by electronic cigarettes is one of the benefits of vaping rather than smoking conventional cigarettes. These are the primary components that contribute to the unpleasant yellowing of teeth that is commonly associated with smoking.

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Nicotine, one of the components that makes up the majority of e-juice, can also give the liquid a yellowish hue, although typically not to the extent that it would produce a significant shift. Some flavored e-juices contain dyes or flavorings that, over time, might cause your teeth to take on a discolored appearance.

If, on the other hand, you take care of your teeth and maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine, you shouldn't have to worry too much about yellowing or discoloration of your teeth as a result of vaping. If you think that your teeth could benefit from a little bit of whitening, bring up the subject of tooth whitening with your dentist when you go in for your next dental appointment.

Oral cancer and e-cigarette use.

At this point in time, the connection between smoking regular cigarettes and developing lung cancer is pretty much common knowledge. When electronic cigarettes initially started gaining popularity, they were frequently sold to smokers as a method that could help them kick the habit. Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly obvious that vaping comes with its own set of risks associated to cancer.

In one experiment, mice were subjected to the vapor of electronic cigarettes over the course of an entire year. After that period of time, it was discovered that these mice had a higher presence of precancerous alterations in the bladder as well as a higher incidence of lung cancer.

In addition, the use of e-cigarettes and other forms of vaping has been linked to the development of a hitherto unknown kind of lung illness. To such an extent that it has been given the name "E-Cigarette or Vaping Use-Associated Lung Injury," the condition affects the lungs (EVALI).

But what about cancer of the mouth?

At this point in time, it is not possible to gain a decent notion of the long-term implications of vaping on oral cancer because vaping is still relatively new. Nevertheless, there are a number of components that raise safety concerns. Formaldehyde, nitrosamines, and acetaldehyde are all examples of cancer-causing agents that have been discovered in electronic cigarettes.

When someone vapes, the heavy metals that are employed in the heating coil become aerosolized and are then inhaled by the person doing the vaping. Periodontal disease, inflammation, mouth cancer, and even dementia can all be brought on by prolonged contact with these metals. In addition, the aerosols from some electronic cigarettes cause DNA damage, which can ultimately result in cancer.

Tobacco use has been linked to periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease is more common in people of advanced age, according to dentists, than in those of younger ages. Periodontal disease takes some time to manifest, therefore maintaining good oral hygiene can be an effective preventative measure.

However, dentists report noticing increasing occurrences of periodontal disease in younger individuals as a direct result of the growth in popularity of vaping. Vaping is typically to blame when younger patients present with periodontal disease, dry mouth, or mouth ulcers. This is especially true in patients who vape.

The nicotine that is found in e-liquids causes constriction in the blood vessels that supply nutrition to your gums and teeth. It also helps to weaken the enamel on your teeth, making it easier for the bacteria in your mouth to start eating away at your teeth and causing cavities. This makes it more likely that you may have tooth decay.

Your inflamed and compromised gums have the potential to reach a stage where they are no longer capable of adequately supporting your teeth over time. If therapy is not received, it is likely that teeth will be lost.

Should you quit vaping?

If you've been wondering to yourself, "Why should I quit vaping?" we hope that you now have a better understanding of the risks to your dental health. The marketing of vaping products would have you believe that electronic cigarettes are a healthier alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. Despite the fact that this statement is accurate, users should be aware that safer does not necessarily mean safe and that electronic cigarettes come with their own set of risks.

Why you need to visit the dentist more frequently if you are a vaper

If you do choose to vape, you should be informed of the potential adverse effects that vaping can have on your oral health. Brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day, along with any other regular dental hygiene practices, will require an increased level of attention and care from you.

In addition, you should visit the dentist more frequently than the twice-yearly appointments that are suggested. If treated promptly by a dental professional, common oral disorders like cavities and periodontal disease can have their detrimental consequences mitigated or even eliminated completely.

 

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Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

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Why Going To The Dentist On A Regular Basis Will End Up Saving You More Money In The Long Run.

March 10, 2023
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Going to see the dentist at Summerlin Dental Solutions on a regular basis will end up saving you money in the long term.

This is for a variety of reasons, all of which will be discussed in more detail below. However, before we proceed, the most important thing to keep in mind is that this is not only about the money.

Dental problems can have a domino effect on the rest of your body. Researchers are aware of a connection between heart disease and periodontal disease; however, they do not yet have a good understanding of the nature of this association.

People who suffer from periodontal disease have an increased likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease, regardless of whether or not this oral condition is the root cause. It is important to bear in mind the risk factors associated with heart disease because it is the leading cause of death in the United States.

And if you think that the fact that you clean your teeth twice a day exempts you from the dangers of periodontal disease, you should rethink that assumption. Even with careful attention paid to dental hygiene at home on a consistent basis, everyone is susceptible to developing periodontal disease. Periodontal disease affects almost half of all persons over the age of 30, according to some estimates.

Your dentist will be able to detect tooth decay, cavities, and even oral cancer in their earliest stages if you get regular dental exams. If any of these problems are discovered in their early stages, treatment will be far simpler (and cheaper). Let's discuss.

Why maintaining a consistent visit schedule will save you more money in the long term.

Let's talk about the greenbacks now that you have a (very general) understanding of the benefits to your health. In order to receive preventative dental care, you will need to shell out some cash. Because the price of these visits builds up over time, one may wonder whether or not they wind up being less expensive than other types of dental treatment, such as restorative dental care or dental emergencies.

If you never require a restoration or find yourself in a situation requiring immediate attention, then skipping dental visits will save you money. However, how probable is that to occur? If you don't visit the dentist on a regular basis, your odds of avoiding the need for extensive dental repair are fairly low. This is because dental problems can develop slowly over time.

Let's take a look at a few of the reasons why spacing out your appointments over extended periods of time results in a higher overall bill.

1) The charges for cleanings and scaling are based on the amount of time spent: More tartar buildup equals more time spent cleaning.

The expert cleaning that the dentist performs is going to take up a significant portion of your appointment. Plaque is a sticky substance that grows on your teeth as a result of the food that you eat. The majority of this can be removed when you brush your teeth (provided that you do it in the correct manner). On the other hand, if there are any particles of plaque stuck between your teeth, over time this will eventually harden into tartar, which is extremely difficult to remove with a toothbrush.

Both of these substances provide an environment in which bacteria can thrive and multiply close to the teeth.

Plaque and tartar will be removed from your teeth in a careful and thorough manner by your dentist or dental hygienist, including from any locations that are difficult to access. The length of time needed to do this task is typically determined by how unclean your teeth are. When there is a greater accumulation of plaque and tartar, cleaning them takes significantly more time. Naturally, the lengthier the dentist session, the greater the cost of the service will be.

2) Your insurance, most likely, includes yearly minimums that must be met in order to continue coverage.

You should also take into consideration the details of your dental insurance plan. The majority of people have access to dental insurance through their place of employment. If you happen to be one of the lucky ones, you should surely make the most of this opportunity.

There are a few key operational differences between standard health insurance and dental insurance. Its primary function is not to be ready to pay the exorbitant medical bills that result from a serious accident or injury; rather, it is to pay for routine preventative treatment. Your plan may compel you to reach certain minimum charges during the year in order to encourage you to visit their establishments. To put it another way, maintaining a regular schedule for your dental checkups will be to your financial advantage.

3) It is essential to detect degradation at an early stage.

One of the reasons some people avoid going to the dentist is due to the dread of being in agony or feeling discomfort there. Dentists, on the other hand, do all in their power to alleviate their patients' discomfort and cut down on the amount of pain they feel. In point of fact, thanks to advancements in dental technology such as local anaesthetic and sedation, the majority of patients have very little discomfort during their procedures.

Having said that, larger cavities and more severe issues will still result in higher costs and greater levels of discomfort. Consider the difference in price between getting a filling and having a root canal done as an illustration.

Dental fillings are a common and routine operation. They are typically able to be performed on the spot, requiring only a brief injection of local anesthesia, and do not incur a significant cost. When you have slight dental decay that has hollowed out a hole in one of your teeth, your dentist will place a filling (after cleaning out and disinfecting the tooth that was impacted). This will be done after the tooth has been cleaned out.

Depending on the extent of the damage, a filling might cost anywhere from $150 to $350 on average.

If, on the other hand, your dentist does not have the opportunity to fill that cavity, the decay of your tooth will continue until the infection reaches the pulp, which is a soft tissue located inside your tooth. If you haven't already, you will almost certainly get a toothache or experience pain at this time, and you will have no choice but to get a root canal.

How much will it set you back to purchase that? You could wind up paying anything from $600 to $1,400 for a single tooth, depending on the market and the kind of tooth you need (molars have more roots and thus are more expensive).

4) Routine dental cleanings prevent the buildup of tartar and plaque, two factors that contribute to more severe forms of gum disease.

It is important to keep in mind that the accumulation of more plaque and tartar in a longer period of time between visits to the dentist is not the only issue to consider. Even if you only have a small amount, the longer plaque and tartar are allowed to remain on your teeth, the more time the bacteria have to create damage, and the deeper it is able to penetrate your teeth.

The situation is just going to get worse as time goes on since it is only getting deeper and more entrenched. When this happens, you will start having significant issues with your teeth. To completely repair your smile, you might even need to have some of your teeth extracted and replaced with dental restorations.

The surface of your teeth does not contain any nerves at all. Toothaches and other forms of dental pain are normally only experienced if the problem has progressed to the point where it is affecting the soft pulp located in the core of the tooth, which is where the nerves are located. That is to say, if you wait until you feel it, it may already be too late to save the tooth, thus you should not wait until you feel it.

5) Preventative medical care is less difficult and more affordable to carry out.

Regular trips to the dentist are not too expensive, particularly if you have dental insurance. If all that is required of you is a speedy cleaning, a visual inspection, and perhaps a set of dental x-rays, you can expect to be in and out of the clinic in under an hour for the cost of a copay. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

If, on the other hand, you require a root canal or restoration, you should plan on several visits and care that is significantly more complex. That translates into dollar signs that are going up as well. According to the findings of a study conducted by the health insurance company Cigna, individuals who did not receive preventative dental treatment had dental costs that were 43 percent greater.

When should I next make an appointment with the dentist?

The majority of patients benefit best from seeing their doctor once every six months. Because of the unique factors affecting their oral health, certain individuals might require more frequent trips to the dentist than others. When you have located a dentist, make it a point to inquire about the frequency with which they advise patients to schedule checkups.

How much does it cost to have a checkup at the dentist?

It's possible that you've overheard some individuals griping about how expensive dental treatment is. It's possible that this is the reason you've put off going to the dentist for such a long time. On the other hand, it's highly improbable that they are upset about the price of a routine dentist appointment.

Depending on the specifics of the market in which you live, the price of a dental checkup might range anywhere from $20 (with insurance) to $500. On the other hand, any service that requires more than just a basic filling or cleaning may easily cost several thousand dollars. For instance, the price of an extraction can range anywhere from $220 to $4,000, and the price of a crown might be anywhere from $500 to $3,000. Dental implants can replace individual missing teeth for a cost ranging from $3,500 to $4,000 per implant.

With just these examples, it is easy to see how the price of these more significant dental procedures far outweigh those of preventative care.

 

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Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT!

Denture Services and Types of Dentures

February 28, 2023
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A person's full set of lost teeth can be replaced with dentures from Summerlin Dental Solutions in only one visit. There are many different denture alternatives to choose from, and which one you go with will depend on how many of your teeth are missing, whether you want to use dental implants in conjunction with dentures, and your long-term objectives.

Learning more about the advantages and disadvantages of various denture designs will give you greater confidence when it comes to formulating a plan for the restoration of your smile. Knowing the different ways may give you some type of indication as to the course you decide to take as there is no response that can be categorically deemed correct or incorrect.

Various Dentures Designs are Available

You can get a wide range of denture designs in Summerlin depending on where you go, including some of the following:

Traditional dentures, often known as "plates," are full mouth prosthetics that replace all the teeth on a single arch at once. The term "plates" also applies to these dentures. Traditional dentures are available in a wide range of materials and "levels" of aesthetic detail, depending on how much priority you place on looks.

In order to create a watertight seal between the denture and your mouth, the dental appliance is positioned such that it fits directly on top of the gum tissues in your mouth. An instant loading denture may provide you the chance to avoid going without teeth while your permanent prosthesis is being created if you still need to have teeth extracted. This is so that a denture with immediate loading can be fitted with teeth right away following an extraction.

Complete dentures Consider having detachable partial dentures if you are missing several consecutive teeth. These are quite efficient. Particularly if a treatment like an implant-supported bridge is not an option for you. In order to fit around the patient's natural teeth, partial dentures are detachable dental prosthesis that are fastened in place by clasps or minute extensions.

Partials can be set up in one of two ways. One choice is a chromium foundation, which is exceptionally sturdy and capable of supporting several artificial teeth at once across the prosthesis. The alternative is a partial denture composed of "Valplast," an acrylic material that is a little more flexible than metal and is intended to blend in with your gum tissues. Acrylic partials are often the most efficient alternative for replacing a single tooth, whether it be a molar or premolar, as long as there are healthy teeth on either side.

Implants or overdentures that are secured in place — An overdenture differs from a regular denture in that it features "locators" or "snaps" on the underside, whereas a regular denture does not. These locators are made to attach to similar dental implants that have been placed at certain locations inside the mouth. It is feasible to convert more modern traditional dentures into snap-on dentures on an individual basis and depending on the situation.

Overdentures can still be removed. They do, however, use dental implants to prevent the prosthesis from sliding, slipping, or swaying during the day. This technique works well for people who may have lost bone mass or have a small bone ridge, both of which make it difficult to properly fit a standard denture to the patient's mouth.

Even implants used to stabilize dentures still require nightly removal. However, unlike some other implant restorations, they won't last a lifetime. Only two to four implants are needed for each denture because they only serve as an additional source of support.

Dentures with permanent implants — These particular types of dentures are also known as "hybrid" or "All-on-4" implant dentures, depending on where you are and who you ask. This is because they employ a single set of artificial teeth to replace every tooth in a patient's mouth. They are essentially a hybrid that combines traditional dentures with a more streamlined design while maintaining the permanency of dental implants. These dental devices cannot be taken out of the mouth like overdentures can. There is no way to take them down once they are set up.

Surgery techniques like the All-on-4 appliance While speaking, remember to keep your smile curved, but avoid letting your "plate" touch the roof of your mouth. You don't need to be concerned about anything slipping or rubbing against them because they are firmly affixed to the implants.

Another choice is dentures for aesthetic reasons.

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Working with a skilled aesthetic dentist is in your best interest if you want to get the most out of the denture design process. Your appliance affects how your profile appears because it is also in charge of supporting your delicate face tissues, like your lips and cheeks. Because they achieve a fuller-looking skin tone once all of their missing teeth are restored, some patients even go so far as to say that their new dentures give them a "facelift." This is so because dentures are made to take the place of a person's entire set of teeth.

Not only may dentures replace lost face volume, but they can also be customized to produce the most aesthetically pleasing outcomes. Our Summerlin cosmetic dentist will specify the details of your denture and will also select the shade for each individual tooth. The secret is to pick colors and contours that look natural and go well with your own features; this will make sure that your smile is both lovely and seems to have a natural appearance.

Should I have false teeth or dentures?

One of our primary goals is helping you maintain your natural teeth as long as possible, and we will do all in our power to help you do so. Therefore, it is advised that you refrain from having your teeth taken if they are healthy, sturdy, and capable of being repaired in ways other than those mentioned above. As an alternative, Dr. Cohan can help the affected teeth heal and then replace the nearby teeth with a dental bridge, a partial denture, or an implant.

We conduct smile reconstruction in Summerlin.

Call Summerlin Dental Solutions to schedule a consultation and get a customized treatment plan for restoring your smile.

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GET TO KNOW YOUR BEST DENTIST IN SUMMERLIN

Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

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4 Questions About Dental Sealants, Answered

February 10, 2023
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In response to your four questions about dental sealants, the following is the information:

Caries, also known as tooth decay, is the form of chronic disease that affects children in the United States at a rate that is higher than any other. In the state of Washington, children in kindergarten have a cavity rate of nearly forty percent, while third graders have a cavity rate of nearly sixty-eight percent. Cavities are a typical dental issue, but the good news is that they do not have to be a cause for concern because they can be prevented.

In addition to brushing, flossing, and going in for checkups on a regular basis, dental sealants are another important measure that can be taken to protect children's teeth from developing cavities. Sealants can be applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Nevertheless, despite the significance of dental sealants, many parents do not have a good understanding of what they are, how they work, whether or not they are safe, and what they do to protect the teeth and oral health of children. This is a problem because dental sealants are important.

What exactly are dental sealants, and why are they essential for children to have at their dentist's office?

What exactly are the components that dental sealants are made of?

A dental sealant is a very thin protective coating that is painted onto the chewing surfaces of your child's back teeth, also known as molars. This helps to prevent cavities and protect the teeth from harmful bacteria. This helps to prevent cavities from developing. Sealants are used to fill the deep grooves that make it difficult for children to properly clean their teeth with a toothbrush. This makes it more important for children to have sealants than ever before. This offers additional defense against the development of cavities and tooth decay.

Cavities do not materialize out of thin air; rather, they are the end result of a process that involves gradual erosion. The bacteria that are already present in our mouths can obtain food from the sugar that is present in the foods that we eat. This process leaves harmful acids behind, which gradually wear away at our enamel and have a significant negative effect on our dental health. As a result, this process has a significant negative impact on our dental health.

Sealants have a lifespan of up to nine years and protect against some acids by acting as a shield against their harmful effects. Sealants do, however, lose some of their effectiveness over time (and can even fall off), which is why it is essential to have routine checkups with the dentist and to continue practicing good oral hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing. In addition, it is important to remember to avoid eating foods that are high in sugar or carbohydrates.

Why Do Children Need to Have Dental Sealants Applied to Their Teeth?

It is critical to begin taking measures to avoid developing tooth decay at a young age. Cavities in baby teeth can lead to cavities in permanent teeth, which can cause issues with a person's oral health for the rest of their lives. Cavities in baby teeth can also cause pain in the gums. In children, the prevention of tooth decay even before it starts to form in their teeth is one of the most important roles that dental sealants play in the process of setting them up for success.

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Sealants, which can be visualized as miniature levies the size of teeth, act as an additional barrier protecting our children's teeth from the gradual erosion that is caused by bacteria and acids in the mouth. Studies that were conducted by the American Dental Association found that the use of sealants brought about a reduction in the likelihood of developing cavities that was as high as 80 percent.

During the course of a routine cleaning appointment at the dentist's office, the sealant that will be applied to your child's teeth can be done so. It is a simple process that, in the vast majority of instances, entails carrying out the steps as follows:

After the teeth have been brushed and allowed to dry, they are given a second rinsing. • The back teeth are brushed, and then they are allowed to dry. • The back teeth are brushed, and then they are allowed to dry. A brush is used to apply the liquid sealant to the tooth, after which it is allowed to dry and harden in the mouth in a matter of minutes or so. In order to speed up the bonding and hardening process, there are instances in which a curing light is utilized as an aid.

After the sealant has been applied to your child's teeth, it is essential for them to keep up with their regular oral hygiene routine. This routine should include brushing, flossing, and using a fluoride rinse at least once per day.

When is the Optimal Time for Children to Have Sealants Placed in Their Teeth?

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The American Dental Association (ADA) suggests using sealants on children between the ages of 5 and 14. Dental sealants are something you should discuss with your child's dentist when they are between the ages of 5 and 7 and getting their first permanent molars. This is the ideal time to get dental sealants for your child. An additional set of dental sealants can be applied to a child's teeth when they get their second set of permanent molars, which typically occurs between the ages of 11 and 14, according to the American Dental Association.

Another preventative measure that can be beneficial for adolescents who are at an increased risk of developing cavities is the use of dental sealants. Sealants are applied to the teeth.

How Much Does the Cost of Sealants Get Covered by Dental Insurance?

It is considered a preventative measure to have sealants placed on one's teeth, in the same vein as having routine dental examinations and receiving fluoride treatments. The vast majority of dental plans offer comprehensive coverage for preventive services and dental sealants; as a result, your child will be able to receive all of the protective sealants that they need at a cost that is minimal to none.

 

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Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

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Why You Should Always Replace Missing Teeth

January 31, 2023
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Do you have any missing teeth? Tooth decay is something that can and does occur on a very regular basis. In the event that tooth decay is not treated in the appropriate manner, it can lead to the loss of a tooth, which will result in a gaping hole being left in the mouth. Sadly, something like this might occur.

There is a widespread misconception that one does not need to replace teeth that have been extracted, particularly if the tooth that was removed was situated in an area of the mouth that cannot be seen by other people. This is especially the case when the tooth was in the back of the mouth (the back of the mouth). However, in order to keep both your oral and overall health in good condition, it is necessary to have any missing teeth replaced with dental implants.

Dental implants are the most practical and long-lasting option for replacing missing teeth. Fortunately, there are a variety of options available to replace missing teeth, and dental implants are just one of them.

What Kind of Repercussions Will Result from the Fact That I Do Not Get My Missing Teeth Replaced?
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1. Bone Loss

It is possible for bone loss to occur as a result of missing teeth, which can then affect the health of your other teeth. This can be avoided by replacing missing teeth as soon as possible. If you put off getting the teeth that are missing for too long, you run the risk of losing so much bone that the teeth that are still there won't have the support they require to function properly. Patients who have undergone a significant amount of bone loss are also ineligible for dental implant treatment.

It is essential to replace any teeth that have been lost as quickly as possible in order to put a stop to the progression of bone loss. Replacement teeth can come in the form of dentures or dental implants.

2. It is harder to chew the food because of the condition.

The majority of chewing is done with the back teeth for the vast majority of people. This is true for both adults and children. If you are missing teeth in the back of your mouth, you may find it difficult to chew the foods that you enjoy eating the most because it will be difficult for you to break up the food. It's possible that you'll experience pain, or you might notice that food is frequently getting stuck in the gaps between your teeth.

Because of this, you may experience significant discomfort as well as bad breath. Dental implants can be used to fill the gaps in the back of your mouth, making it easy and comfortable for you to eat all of the foods you like to eat. If you don't have dental implants, eating can be difficult and uncomfortable.

3. The Spread of Infection and the Reorganization of Positions

It is possible that you will put yourself at a higher risk for infections and gum disease if you do not replace missing teeth. This happens because there are gaps in the roof of your mouth that can accommodate food. In addition, having gaps in your mouth can cause your teeth to shift, which can cause other teeth in your mouth to become crowded. This can happen even if you don't have any cavities.

What Alternative Treatments Are Available to Me for My Missing Teeth?

When you lose a tooth, you will be happy to know that there are several different options for replacing it that you can select from. You can choose dentures, dental bridges, or dental implants. It is possible to avoid bone loss, shifting, and infection by utilizing any one of these treatment approaches. Dental implants, on the other hand, are the treatment option that permanently and effectively replaces both the function and appearance of missing teeth.

If you get dental implants, you won't have to make any adjustments to the way you eat at all because you'll be able to consume almost anything. In contrast to dentures, dental implants cannot be removed and, as a result, do not need to be removed before going to bed. This eliminates the inconvenience associated with the removal process.

You can have the peace of mind of knowing that whichever method you select for the replacement of missing teeth, you are selecting the option that is best for the overall health of your mouth and mouth cavity.

Do You Wish to Receive Additional Information Regarding Dental Implants in the Summerlin Area?

If you are interested in learning more about the significance of replacing missing teeth, please give our office a call at (702)341-9160 or fill out our online contact form. We would be happy to provide you with additional information in this regard. Regarding the provision of additional information to you in this regard, we would be delighted to do so.

 

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Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

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Manual vs. Electric Toothbrushes: Which Is Best?

December 28, 2022
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Both manual and electric toothbrushes are effective in removing plaque and tartar accumulation from our patients' teeth in Summerlin; however, each type of toothbrush has its advantages and disadvantages. If you've been debating whether or not to invest in an electric toothbrush, here are some advantages and disadvantages of each option for your consideration.

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Each product offers some advantages that the others don't have to offer. Our dental customers in Summerlin should find this list helpful in determining which option best suits their needs.

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• Simple to gain access to: Manual toothbrushes are widely available and can even be purchased in convenience stores and gas stations. There is no guarantee that they are of high quality, but they are available everywhere.

• Inexpensive: Who, after all, has the right to complain about a product that, for a relatively small investment, has the potential to make one's teeth last significantly longer?

• It is simple to transport; simply place it in a bag, and you are ready to embark on an adventure anywhere in the globe. (However, I do suggest placing it in a cover so that it is shielded from any bacteria that may be there.)

Toothbrush with an Electric Motor

• A superior cleaning: It has been demonstrated that using an electric toothbrush, which provides vibration and/or a circular motion, results in a more complete cleaning than using a manual toothbrush.

• The optimal amount of pressure, which includes:

To use the toothbrush, you need just to have a light grip on it in one hand and move it around in your mouth in a circular motion. Your teeth and gums receive just the appropriate amount of pressure, which helps to protect them from injury.

People who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome or arthritis will find that using an electric toothbrush is much simpler than using a manual toothbrush due to the fact that the electric toothbrush does the majority of the work for the user.

• Increased awareness: When a person goes to the extra effort to get an electric toothbrush, they become more conscious of the procedures that they use when they brush their teeth. It is possible to noticeably improve the effectiveness of your tooth-brushing routine just by paying closer attention to the technique you employ.

• Timers: The majority of electric toothbrushes are equipped with their own built-in clocks. These timers serve two purposes: first, they assist users become more conscious of how long they should be brushing for, and second, they ensure that they are brushing for the appropriate amount of The mouth is sectioned off into four quadrants, and it is recommended that each quadrant be brushed for a full minute. Some powered toothbrushes may beep or signal you in some other way after each 30-second interval, instructing you to go on to the next quadrant, and then will shut off automatically after two minutes of use.

• Useful Applications: You did read that sentence correctly. Powered toothbrushes typically come packaged with their very own app in today's modern world. When done with children, the activity can be entertaining and involved, and the participants can learn the correct way to brush their teeth. The number of times a child brushes their teeth can be monitored by the parents.

Adults who use the app for themselves can receive notifications when it is time to replace the head of their toothbrush or when they are brushing their teeth with too much force.

Toothbrush Cons

There is always some aspect of a positive thing that can be improved. The disadvantages of owning each product are listed below.

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Some manual toothbrushes have huge heads that are difficult to reach into the back of your mouth. As a result, it is nearly impossible to clean all areas of your teeth with one of these brushes since they are tough to manipulate.

• Brushing too vigorously: many people are under the impression that the more vigorously they brush their teeth, the cleaner their teeth will be. This is a widespread fallacy. The part of the bristles that are responsible for cleaning are the tips. When you put pressure on a toothbrush, you are effectively cleaning the sides of your teeth using the bristles that are on the sides of the toothbrush. This will result in unsatisfactory outcomes and the wearing away of enamel.

• Improper bristles You should only use a toothbrush with soft or extra-soft bristles, but many of the manual alternatives sold in stores have bristles that are medium or hard, which can cause damage to the enamel on your teeth as well as the gum tissue around them.

Toothbrush with an Electric Motor

• Costly: The price of an electric toothbrush can range anywhere from five dollars to three hundred dollars, depending on the features that are most important to the buyer.

•Can make traveling more difficult.

Even though the majority of electric toothbrushes can maintain their charge for a few days, if you are going to be gone for a longer period of time than usual, it is highly likely that you will need to charge your toothbrush. This means that you will need to make space in your luggage for both your charger and your charging station. In addition, if you are going to be traveling outside of the country, the type of energy that is common there might not be compatible with the charger that you have. IN LIGHT OF THIS FACT, manufacturers such as Sonicare and Oral-B have incorporated a convenient manner to transport their toothbrushes into their designs. Additionally, the more recent models are equipped with a charger that is attached to the carrying bag and connects into any standard USB connection, making it simple to transport. Oh, and another additional plus is that the case of all of these brands can contain two toothbrush heads. This means that if you are traveling with a companion, it will be that much easier for both of you!

Vibration: Sonicare and Oral-B electric toothbrushes clean by vibrating (Sonicare) or spinning (Oral-B). The majority of the time, you will become accustomed to this, despite the fact that it can occasionally be ticklish, untidy, or uncomfortable to certain individuals. Because of this, there are some people who can't stand the feeling and won't even use an electric toothbrush because of it.

Locating appropriate replacement heads: The head of powered toothbrushes typically detaches so that it can be discarded once it has served its purpose. Because some manufacturers want to guarantee that you will only purchase their product, there may be no other heads available that are compatible with your base. This means that you will have to purchase new heads only from those manufacturers.

Don't Neglect to Have Your Teeth Cleaned by Your Dentist in Summerlin!

Plaque will always remain on your teeth, no matter how much money you spend on your toothbrush or how often you clean them. This is true regardless of how well you take care of your teeth. It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, for a toothbrush to remove plaque that has hardened and turned into tartar buildup. Because of this, it is extremely important to schedule regular appointments with our dentist in Summerlin. You should try to get your teeth cleaned professionally at least twice a year in order to maintain good oral health.

In Summerlin, Nevada, the most highly recommended dentist is Summerlin Dental Solutions, where you'll find Dr. Marianne Cohan and the rest of the warm and welcoming staff. We can't wait to get to know you better and assist you in taking care of your teeth for many years to come! Give us a call right now.

 

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Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

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Toothaches: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

December 23, 2022

 

How to Treat Toothaches, as well as Their Symptoms and Root Causes

You shouldn't dismiss the possibility of getting a toothache as something minor just because it's possible. It's a terrible thing that could happen at any moment, and the pain could eventually become intolerable.

If you are able to identify the common symptoms of a toothache, you may be able to avoid more severe discomfort or even an emergency situation. In addition, being knowledgeable about the various treatments available for toothaches can help you make a snap decision about which path to take when the time comes.

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Symptoms of a toothache

It is essential to understand that tooth pain does not spontaneously improve on its own. In point of fact, the situation only gets worse. Antibiotics and pain medications will only serve to delay what is ultimately going to happen. If you are experiencing discomfort, you should seek out toothache treatment as soon as possible from a dentist in Summerlin.

Even something as innocuous as occasional sensitivity to cold, such as when eating ice cream or drinking cold beverages, can be the first sign of an impending toothache. The pain will worsen over time and appear at increasingly frequent intervals, such as each time you bite into something or clack your teeth together, for example. In due time, the discomfort will become intolerable to the point where it will consume you and keep you awake at night.

At the first sign of toothache symptoms, you should make an appointment with our Summerlin dentist so that you can avoid having to be hospitalized as a result of a severe tooth infection.

What Causes Toothaches and How to Treat Them

There is a wide variety of possible explanations for why a tooth might be in pain. The cause of your toothache is one of the factors that will go into deciding which treatment option is best for you.

Cavities (Decay)

A cavity develops when the enamel, which is the hard outer layer of the tooth, becomes softer and more fragile.

If you look in your mouth and notice that one of your teeth has changed color, you might have a cavity. Having decay in your teeth can also cause you to be hypersensitive to cold temperatures and sweets.

Our dentist in Summerlin is likely going to suggest getting a filling as the treatment for your toothache if you have a cavity that is small to medium in size. During this procedure, we will first remove the decayed portion of the tooth, then clean and prepare the surrounding area, and finally use a composite filling material to fill in the space created by the decay.

If your tooth has a cavity that is particularly large, then the tooth is likely too weak to be repaired using a filling. We will need to cover the tooth with a crown (also known as a cap) so that it is protected from any additional damage. This crown will prevent the tooth from breaking and will fit over the entire tooth.

Abscess

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An infection in a tooth can lead to the formation of a dental abscess. This condition is typically brought on by a cavity that has not been properly treated. As the decay that already exists in a tooth worsens, it moves deeper into the tooth until it eventually reaches the nerve that is contained within the tooth, which then becomes infected as a result.

If you have an abscess and you feel pain when something hot touches your tooth, this is almost always a dead giveaway that you have an abscess. It is also possible that it will hurt while you are chewing or even just by touching it. In the most severe cases, the pain may be so intolerable that it prevents you from getting a good night's sleep; in these instances, over-the-counter pain medications will not provide any relief.

It is possible for a person to have an abscessed tooth and not feel any pain even though they have the condition. In this particular scenario, it is highly likely that the person in question has a fistula on the gum. This is a pustule that has the appearance of a pimple on the skin. The knot will typically have a hole in it, which will allow the infection to drain and provide you with some relief from the pain.

It's likely that you'll be presented with more than one option to treat a dental abscess. Root canal treatment is absolutely necessary in the event that you would like to keep your natural tooth. Our Summerlin dental practice offers a treatment for toothaches in which the infected nerve tissue within the roots of the tooth is extracted, disinfected, and then sealed off to prevent bacteria from entering the area again.

You have the option of having the tooth extracted if you do not want to attempt to save it. On the other hand, this will leave a gap in both your smile and your bone.

Disease of the Gums

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, can be identified by a number of symptoms, including red, swollen tissue, bleeding gums, and bad breath. This condition has a significant impact on your teeth as well as your overall oral health. The bone that lies just below the gum tissue is what's responsible for the teeth's roots being firmly held in place in your mouth. A severe infection of the gums can eat away at the bone, causing the bone to weaken and deteriorate. When there is less bone support available, it can cause the teeth to shift and rock around in their sockets. When you have loose teeth, even simple tasks like closing your mouth can be excruciatingly uncomfortable.

In this particular instance, treating your toothache by bringing your periodontal disease under control could be an effective option. However, if your gum disease has progressed to the point where it can no longer be treated, there is no way to save your teeth, and you will need to have them extracted.

We are able to assist you in avoiding tooth pain.

Regular visits to our dentist in Summerlin for checkups and cleanings are one of the best things you can do to protect yourself against developing tooth pain. If it has been a while since you have put the health of your teeth as a top priority, then please give our office a call so that we can schedule an appointment for you as a new patient. Dr. Marianne Cohan and the rest of the staff at Summerlin Dental Solutions can't wait to finally put a face to your name.

 

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT!

 

GET TO KNOW YOUR BEST DENTIST IN SUMMERLIN

Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

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Why Dental Radiographs Are So Crucial

December 20, 2022
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What We Can Learn From Their X-Rays About Our Teeth

We will likely take a variety of dental x-rays during your or your child's initial visit to our Summerlin location. Thanks to these films, we can view the inner structure of your mouth, including the bone, the roots of your teeth, and the nerve tissue that connects them.

Radiographs are incredibly useful for diagnosing dental conditions that are not visible to the naked eye. These disorders can affect the teeth and jaw. For instance, if you are experiencing pain but there are no visible abnormalities in your mouth, dental x-rays will reveal whether or not an infection is growing beneath the surface of the tooth or teeth causing the suffering.

We utilize four different types of x-rays, including bitewings, periapicals (PAs), a panorex or panoramic, and a dental cat-scan. Due to the specific characteristics of each form of dental radiograph, we are able to accurately diagnose an extensive range of dental problems. Following is a breakdown of the elements that comprise each film, as well as an explanation of why we want a specific image.

Bitewing Radiographs

When you brush your teeth, the majority of the plaque and tartar buildup on your smile will be eliminated. However, the bristles cannot reach the spaces between your teeth to remove plaque from those regions. Therefore, the dentist at our Summerlin office strongly advises patients to floss at least once every day. In the case that they are not removed, the leftover food particles will begin to erode your enamel, necessitating a dental procedure to remove it.

We rely on bitewing x-rays to offer light on this aspect of your evaluation since we cannot detect what is occurring between your teeth by simply observing your mouth. Once a year, at one of your twice-yearly dental cleanings, we will take this series of radiographs as a matter of routine and policy.

Taking these images is a quick and straightforward process. When it comes to small children, we can collect all the necessary information from two x-rays. When photographing adults, four photographs are taken. This particular radiograph depicts the body of the tooth structure, but there is no trace of anything below the gumline.

Periapical Films

If we have reason to assume that your dental problem is located deeper in your tooth, the periapical x-ray will reveal the whole anatomy of the tooth, including the pulp and nerve canals, as well as the surrounding roots and bone. In this instance, the periapical x-ray will be taken.

If we are dealing with a tooth with an abscess, this film will display a black shadow at the end of the root. In addition to aiding in the diagnosis of your condition, a periapical examination will provide the information necessary to identify the most efficient approach of treatment. For example, if there is adequate healthy tooth structure remaining and the nerve anatomy within your tooth is typical, we will likely recommend root canal therapy to fix it. This will enable us to eliminate the infection and preserve your tooth. If the x-rays taken at the dentist's office reveal that too much of the tooth is gone, the tooth will need to be pulled.

When we inspect the tooth's roots, it will be easier for us to determine whether or not you need to see an oral surgeon to have a tooth out. If the roots are very large and curved, or if there are significant nerves flowing through the area, you may be referred to a specialist for your own protection.

A Panorex ("Pano")

When your child reaches a certain age, we will verify whether their teeth are developing regularly and in the proper sequence. In order to aid in this evaluation, we will take a panorex x-ray, which is a two-dimensional image that displays the head and neck's inner architecture from the nose to the chin and all the way back to the TMJ.

In addition, wisdom teeth, which might be difficult to detect with other forms of x-rays, are far easier to inspect with panorex images. In addition, these photographs will reveal any bone fractures, malignancies, sinus infections, or cysts that may be present.

Dental Cat-Scan

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A dental CT scan delivers the same information as a panorex, but because it generates a three-dimensional image, it provides far more detail. This image can be used to establish the amount of space in the bone, the density of the bone, and whether dental implants are a realistic option for you. If you are considering dental implants, this image can be used. During the implant placement process, the CT scan is crucial in ensuring that the implant is accurately positioned.

Because this three-dimensional imaging allows us to see the exact shape of the tooth's nerves and roots, it is extremely useful for root canal therapy and extractions. As a direct result of this, root canal treatments have a better success rate, and tooth extractions are easier to do.

Trust Our Smile Team

Dr. Cohan, our Summerlin dentist, uses the latest advanced digital x-ray technology to precisely detect and treat any dental diseases his patients may have. When you become a patient of ours, the care of your health will be our top priority. By integrating cutting-edge technology, we can ensure that we are doing everything possible to improve your smile and general health.

Residents of the Summerlin region who have been searching for a new dentist should visit our office immediately. Call us immediately to schedule an appointment!

 

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GET TO KNOW YOUR BEST DENTIST IN SUMMERLIN

Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT!

Dental Bonding: The Affordable Alternative to Porcelain Veneers

December 17, 2022

Dental Bonding: The Affordable Alternative to Porcelain Veneers

Do you desire to enhance the look of your teeth with bonding but are unwilling to invest the money required to obtain porcelain veneers? Thankfully, there are still alternative options available to you. Another tactic is composite bonding, which can be used to get similar results without considerably depleting one's financial resources.

But what precisely is dental bonding?

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A resin composite material is molded to your teeth during the aesthetic dental procedure called bonding. If a patient is unhappy with the way their smile currently looks, dental bonding can significantly alter how it looks. Similar to how porcelain veneers stick to the front surfaces of your teeth, resin does the same. Our Summerlin cosmetic dentist can mould the composite into any unique shape or form, and it is available in a wide range of colors.

The Technique for Dental Bonding

The dentist will first roughen the tooth's surface to prepare it for dental bonding, and then he or she will make any required alterations to make room for the restoration. The cosmetic dentist at our Summerlin office will clean the exposed region after the tooth has been altered and then apply a bonding agent to it to make sure the material sticks properly. The composite material will then be shaped to the desired shade and added to the tooth to create a new tooth surface. After completing this phase, we use a specialized light to solidify the resin. The final phase is polishing your new smile, which entails adding the finishing touches to the form and flattening the teeth.

Tooth Bonding

Why Do Individuals Choose Dental Bonding?

The majority of the tasks that porcelain veneers may carry out can also be accomplished via dental bonding. We have already highlighted this cosmetic technique that can enhance the appearance of teeth that have gotten stained. This is quite helpful if you don't want to go as far as getting veneers and whitening systems haven't been able to remove those pesky stains.

Bonding can be applied to teeth that are too short or too little to enlarge them and make them appear more proportional to the rest of your smile. Smiles with teeth that are slightly misaligned, chipped, jagged, or have gaps between them can benefit from this therapy. Another wonderful option for you to think about is composite bonding if you have gum recession and you can see the roots of your teeth.

What number of teeth ought to be fused together?

You can change the appearance of as few or as many teeth as you'd like using dental bonding. The number of teeth that can be treated is unbounded. It is crucial that you talk about your goals with our Summerlin cosmetic dentist. You can choose the best course of therapy with the help of Dr. Cohan.

You can have what are known as "peg laterals," which are two little teeth on either side of your upper arch's two main teeth. By gluing the teeth together, it is actually a rather common problem that is easily treated. You will have a uniform grin when the composite material is placed to the tooth in a tint that matches the rest of your teeth and is properly formed.

Bonding might be an option for you if you want a more noticeable alteration, one that will be most comparable to receiving a full set of porcelain veneers, but this will depend on the particulars of your case. The majority of people display anywhere between six and eight teeth when they smile. This is the total number of teeth that must be treated as a result for your smile to take on a completely new appearance. Our Summerlin cosmetic dentist can examine your smile and help you decide whether or not you want to move forward with this procedure.

Maintaining Your Dental Bonding's Strength and Durability

When dental bonding is properly cared for, it should last for a number of years. However, you should be warned that it won't last nearly as long as porcelain veneers. You should make sure that you have a great oral hygiene routine that you follow at home on a regular basis if you want to maximize the return on your investment. Additionally, routine cleanings and examinations at our cosmetic dentist in Summerlin are necessary to preserve a healthy mouth and the integrity of any dental work that has already been completed.

Along with it, you should consider the meals and drinks that you often consume. Apples and dry granola bars are examples of hard foods that require biting that can loosen the bonding in your teeth. It is preferable to first cut up all of these items into bite-sized pieces before placing them in your mouth. It will be simpler to swallow and chew as a result.

Because they have the potential to stain dental work, some drinks including red wine, dark sodas, and coffee should be avoided at all costs. If you do choose to drink any of these things, be sure to completely rinse your mouth out afterwards to avoid letting the stuff go into your teeth and gums.

Because smoking can substantially change the color of your newly whitened teeth, it is strongly advised against. Before receiving dental bonding in Summerlin, you should let our cosmetic dentist know if you smoke.

If you clench or grind your teeth while you sleep at night, you should give nightguards considerable consideration to safeguard the bonding that holds your teeth together.

Bonding for teeth in Summerlin

If you are prepared to have dental bonding done as part of your cosmetic dentistry procedure, schedule an appointment with our experienced cosmetic dentist in Summerlin. You may meet Dr. Cohan and the rest of her highly skilled staff at Summerlin Dental Solutions. Finally putting a face to a name makes us happy!

 

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT!

 

GET TO KNOW YOUR BEST DENTIST IN SUMMERLIN

Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

summerlin dental solutions

With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT!

Rid Your Teeth of Coffee Stains for Good

December 14, 2022

If you read this article, you won't have to give up your coffee habit because it explains how to remove coffee stains from your teeth and how to prevent developing them in the first place.

Is it feasible to consume coffee and maintain white teeth? If you enjoy drinking coffee, you already know the disappointing answer and may be undecided between the two choices.

While you yearn for a brilliant smile, the caffeine in your coffee gives you a boost to start the day. If you don't have your morning coffee, you're just not the same person! You're not alone either. On average, coffee enthusiasts enjoy three delicious cups of the beverage each day, but many drink much more than that.

The good news is that each of them can be enjoyed in different ways. It's a win-win situation because you will also be enhancing your dental health in the interim.

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Why drinking coffee can cause teeth discoloration

How is tooth enamel, the strongest material in the body, able to get discolored? You might already be aware of this truth. To be more precise, it has something to do with the structure of your teeth. Despite appearances to the contrary, tooth enamel does not have a flat and smooth texture on a macroscopic level. The pigments that cause yellowing can really gather and be held in a number of tiny pits that are present in the enamel.

Additionally, coffee contains tannins, which are organic compounds. Coffee is not the only food that contains tannins, which are a type of polyphenol that may dissolve in water. Black tea, wine, and other alcoholic beverages all contain tannins.

The brilliant color pigments in your pick-me-up beverage stick to your teeth more readily due to tannins. Over time, this leads to discoloration in addition to the pigments that become stuck in the fissures and pits of your teeth.

Even one cup of coffee each day is enough to have this effect, however it will take a very long time. Because they expose their teeth to coffee on a regular basis, people who drink coffee slowly throughout the day will see a substantial acceleration in the process.

You can't blame coffee alone for discoloring your teeth; many other foods can also cause this; coffee is simply one of several foods that can. Your teeth can become stained over time by tomato sauce, dark berries like blackberries, cherries, and blueberries, dark cola, hard candies, and other foods and drinks.

Does consuming coffee damage one's teeth?

Coffee use and keeping teeth white do not seem to be compatible lifestyle choices anytime soon. Is there anything else that can destroy teeth except the acid in coffee? I regret to inform you that this is the case.

The flavor of coffee is somewhat acidic. Acidity, which can be found in beverages with lighter colours like lemonade, can gradually erode the enamel on your teeth if it is exposed to too much of it. It's possible that this thinning of the enamel also contributes to the yellowing of your teeth that alcoholic drinks cause.

You're probably not going to have any issues if you drink one or two cups of coffee a day. However, those who drink a lot of coffee can discover that their habit leads to tooth decay and more frequent cavities. This puts people who are "coffee grazers," or those who sip coffee intermittently throughout the day, at greater risk.

What can I do to protect my teeth's health while consuming coffee?

You might wonder if diluting your coffee with milk, sugar, and other ingredients will help to slow the discoloration. However, despite the coffee's light brown tone, it is still possible for it to stain your teeth. Don't be deceived by this fact. Even naturally white teeth can become stained by coffee. Actually, more sugar can actually promote to the growth of bacteria and hasten the process of tooth decay.

The best way to prevent your teeth from becoming discolored and developing cavities as a result of coffee use is without a doubt to stop drinking coffee.

Please don't get too worked up about it; we know that for many people, stopping coffee cold turkey isn't an option, so hold on and put away your torches. You're in luck, because there are a few tactics you may use to lessen the staining on your teeth.

Coffee should be consumed in one sitting.

Start by attempting to reduce the amount of coffee you consume during the day. Take your time and enjoy each cup of coffee instead.

An Instant Rinse.

To help get rid of the tannins and pigments that the coffee left behind, give your teeth a good swishing with a few sips of water right after you finish your cup.

drink beverages with a straw.

For those who like iced coffee, another useful tip is to drink it using a straw. This will minimize the possibility that your teeth will become stained as a result of that delicious wine.

Completely Brush Your Teeth.

Another great method for battling the bad breath that coffee is known to promote is brushing your teeth after drinking it. You may have already guessed this. However, it is suggested to wait around 30 minutes after you complete your cup before brushing your teeth because the acid has a degrading effect on tooth enamel. Too soon after eating something acidic, brushing your teeth could further weaken the enamel of your teeth and hasten the process of discoloration.

Additionally, make sure to maintain appropriate oral hygiene. Visit the dentist at least twice a year to get stains removed and to keep your teeth looking healthy and beautiful. Find a reputable dentist to get things started.

Do coffee stains on teeth stay for a long time?

No! It is extremely unlikely that stains will go away on their own, even if you stop drinking coffee every day. However, there is a real armory of dental procedures available, including both at-home remedies and specialist methods. You should see a dentist if you want whiter teeth.

How can the coffee stains on your teeth be removed?

The degree of discoloration of your teeth plays a role in some of it. If your teeth are only slightly stained, you may be able to restore them with some at-home treatments, but if they are significantly stained, you may want the expert assistance of a dental professional.

In any case, let's look into the various options that are available to us.

Consuming Particular Fruit and Vegetable Varieties

To begin with, there is a natural remedy for tooth discoloration. There are some foods that can stain your teeth and there are some foods that can get rid of those stains. The fibers in many other raw fruits and vegetables, like strawberries and lemons, can help to clean teeth and kill bacteria.

To try and eliminate stains from your teeth, you shouldn't go overboard or cover these foods on your teeth. You run the chance of doing more harm than good. For instance, lemons' acidity can do more damage by severely dissolving the enamel that shields your teeth.

Toothpaste Containing Bleaching Agents

The stains that coffee leaves behind on teeth can easily be removed by using whitening toothpaste. Most whitening toothpastes contain mild abrasives that, when applied to the teeth with a toothbrush, help remove pigments that have built up in the fissures and ridges of the teeth.

One of the numerous advantages of this teeth-whitening procedure is the fact that it is carried out in a very gentle way. If you drink your favorite cup of coffee every day, coffee is a fantastic long-term solution for maintaining white teeth. Even while you won't see noticeable changes from day to day, it is a great solution for maintaining your teeth's whiteness in the long run.

Wash With Baking Soda

Although some people dislike the flavor of baking soda, most people can tolerate it because of the added whitening power it offers. You should clean your teeth with baking soda a few times a month, it is advised. It can also be used with your regular toothpaste to help mask the flavor and still provide the advantages.

You can get a one-two whitening punch by brushing your teeth with a paste produced by combining baking soda and hydrogen peroxide in a ratio of one part baking soda to two parts hydrogen peroxide. If you'd want, you could even use it as mouthwash. When you combine these two ingredients, you'll experience a potent bubble action that is tough on stains but gentle on your teeth. This is due to the synergistic effect they produce when they cooperate.

Strips For Tooth Whitening

For stains that are more resilient, over-the-counter whitening strips may be helpful (or faster whitening). However, you should always make sure to use them according to the instructions exactly as they are written. Even while teeth whitening procedures are safe to use frequently, if you don't use them correctly, you risk damaging your teeth and gums, which can result in other oral health problems.

Consistently Seeing the Dentist

Twice-yearly trips to the dentist are advised as a wonderful approach for preserving one's teeth's whiteness and supporting one's general dental health. A professional cleaning may occasionally be able to eliminate coffee stains, particularly if the cleaning is done frequently enough and before the stains have had much opportunity to ingrain themselves firmly into the teeth.

Your dentist will also remove plaque and tartar buildup during your session, which can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues. How recently have you visited the dentist? How recently did you have an appointment? As soon as you can, create one to keep your oral health.

Teeth Whitening With the Help of a Dentist

The best way to get rid of coffee stains, especially those that are deep or persistent, is to go to the dentist for professional tooth whitening. Your teeth can lighten by many shades in only one session of teeth whitening at the dentist's office. Despite having a stunning appearance, this procedure is gentle enough to be performed at home without damaging your teeth or gums.

Under your dentist's guidance, you can also utilize take-home teeth whitening products that are professional-strength. It is possible to buy these kits. After the procedure, which usually takes around two weeks, your teeth will become noticeably lighter by a number of colors. It is guaranteed to be safe and effective to apply this treatment procedure in accordance with the guidelines supplied by your dentist.

However, some people have damaged their teeth by using at-home teeth whitening kits incorrectly, so it's crucial that you follow the instructions on the container.

Enjoy your coffee as well as your pearly whites without the coffee stains!

You now understand the solution! Coffee can be drank while still having a bright smile and healthy teeth. Just make sure you go to the dentist frequently and heed the guidance offered in this article.

 

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

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How To Get That Million Dollar Smile For Less

December 11, 2022
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How To Get That Million Dollar Smile For Less

Do you find yourself envious of the celebrities' perfectly white teeth and consistent-looking smiles? We all do, don't we? A smile makeover using porcelain veneers or a complete set of veneers can cost several thousand dollars. The everyday person will find this to be less than ideal. Therefore, you might believe that the only option you have is to simply fantasize about having that jaw-dropping smile.

Thankfully, improving the appearance of your smile does not have to set you back an arm and a leg if you want it to! Your dream smile can become a reality with the help of a number of different cosmetic options, some of which even include payment plans.

Alternatives for Cosmetic Dentistry That Are Affordable

There are some options available that are within your price range that can make your smile look years younger and give you the self-assurance that you've always wanted to have. The following processes are effective when carried out by themselves, but they yield superior results when combined with the services of other procedures.

Enamel Plasty

An enamel plasty may be able to make a significant improvement in the appearance of your smile if you have teeth that are uneven or jagged. When compared to the expense of porcelain veneers, this quick and easy procedure is a drop in the bucket. The process only takes a few minutes to finish, and there is no need for any kind of anesthesia because the treatment does not cause any discomfort.

An enamel plasty is a procedure in which our dentist will reshape the enamel (the topmost surface) of your teeth in order to give them an appearance that is more consistent and harmonious. This procedure can improve the appearance of teeth that have been chipped, as well as teeth that have uneven edges, and it can also shorten long, pointy teeth, which are a characteristic of some people. The outcomes that you achieve from undergoing this method of treatment are irreversible.

The enamel plasty procedure is only meant to be used in situations that call for a moderate amount of contouring to be done. When you consume an excessive amount, it may cause your teeth to become sensitive.

Whitening of the Teeth

Whitening your teeth can give you a smile that is noticeably more radiant. Whitening can be accomplished using any one of a number of different methods. A bleaching kit that can be purchased over-the-counter may brighten your teeth by a couple of shades if you only have minimal discoloration to begin with. Whitening toothpastes can help prevent the formation of new stains in the time between dental appointments.

If you have a preference for a prescription-strength formula or are looking for more dramatic results, the members of our dental team can assist you in determining which option is most suitable for your needs. We provide a system that can be used in the comfort of your own home and will gradually whiten your teeth over the course of several days. You might want to take advantage of our in-office whitening treatment so that you can see results more quickly. This procedure, which can be finished in about an hour and a half, will provide you with immediate results as well as a variety of levels of improvement.

Whitening your teeth is an effective procedure, but the results are only temporary. It is possible that you will need to make some adjustments to your results approximately twice a year, but this will depend on your habits. Bleaching the teeth can sometimes lead to irritation, so individuals who have teeth that are especially sensitive should probably look into other treatment options.

Dental Bonding

The dental bonding procedure provides a solution that is only semi-permanent for chipped teeth. During this procedure, we will bond a tooth-colored composite material over the surface of your teeth that has been damaged by misalignment or chipping. This gives us the freedom to shape the teeth and make them appear more uniform, as well as the ability to choose a shade that is aesthetically pleasing.

You will need to take very good care of your smile if you want to get the most benefit out of the dental bonding that you have invested in. The material has the potential to discolor over time, and if you have a habit of clenching and grinding your teeth, it may also chip. When you have your teeth bonded, you should avoid habits such as smoking, biting into hard things, and drinking beverages with a dark color.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a method of orthodontic treatment that allows you to continue living your life normally while the aligners are being worn. This method utilizes a series of rigid aligners, which are essentially plastic trays, instead of metal wires and brackets to gradually move your teeth into the desired position.

Because the aligners are transparent, nobody will even be able to tell that you are undergoing treatment. In comparison to conventional braces, the trays are detachable, which makes it simple to clean your teeth and makes it easier to live with traditional braces in general.

Invisalign is able to correct bite irregularities, straighten crooked teeth, and close spaces between teeth all at the same time.

Imagine the results that you would get if you combined getting your teeth whitened at the dentist with having Invisalign done!

White spot removal via Icon Resin Infiltration (ICON)

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If you did not receive proper dental care as a child, your teeth may have been exposed to an excessive amount of fluoride, or you may have had a severe fever when you were younger, all of which can cause white spots to appear on your teeth.

The treatment known as ICON has the ability to remove these white spots. This low-cost method does not involve any drilling or the administration of any anesthetic. The procedure is rapid and uncomplicated. After applying a solution to your tooth and rinsing it clean, we will then cure it using a specialized light. There goes all of your white discoloration for good!

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedure in Summerlin

As you can see, there are various options available for cosmetic dentistry that are suitable for a variety of budgets. Visit Dr. Cohan as soon as possible if you are interested in determining which treatment or combination of treatments will be most beneficial for you.

Our Summerlin dentist and the warm and welcoming staff at Summerlin Dental Solutions are looking forward to getting to know you and playing a role in the evolution of your smile.

 

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Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

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What You Really Need To Know About Oil Pulling

December 8, 2022
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What is Oil Pulling and why is it for me?

A big confident smile can feel amazing. Believe us when we say that we have spent a lot of time and energy looking for new ways to whiten our teeth. Having teeth that are yellow or dull can have a negative impact on both your professional and social life. For this purpose, a technique known as "oil pulling" is carried out. This time-honored practice has the potential to improve not only your oral health but also your general health as a whole.

What exactly happens during an oil pulling session?

Oil pulling is an age-old home remedy that has its roots in the Ayurvedic medical system, which originated in India thousands of years ago. Oil pulling is a remedy that has been used for generations. You can improve your oral hygiene and get rid of bacteria at the same time by swishing oil around in your mouth like you would with water. One must start the process of oil pulling by taking one tablespoon of oil and swishing it all around their mouth and in between their teeth for approximately twenty minutes first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, as stated in an article that was published in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine. In order to perform oil pulling, one must begin the process by taking one tablespoon of oil.

If you are unable to commit to working continuously on the task for the full twenty minutes, you might want to think about splitting it up into two sessions of ten minutes each. Regardless of the circumstances, it is essential to spit it out at the very end of the conversation. This is as a result of the fact that potentially harmful bacteria can be found in oil that has deteriorated to the point where it has a watery and milky consistency.

In light of all of this, we cannot stress enough how important it is for you to schedule an appointment with a dentist in order to obtain detailed information about the state of your oral health. Even though the American Dental Association does not recognize oil pulling as a reliable dental remedy due to a lack of scientific evidence, you should still talk to your dentist about it because it can be beneficial to your oral health. Your dentist will be able to assist you in determining whether or not you should give it a try, as well as whether or not it is appropriate for you.

Does oil pulling work?

There is a vast body of research in the form of scientific studies that has been done on oil pulling. These studies detail the various effects and benefits of the practice. Regarding the topic of oral hygiene and the positive effects that pulling the teeth can have on one's health, we have compiled a list of the sources that we believe to be the most credible. Let's explore.

Using oil extracted from coconuts to pull. Gingivitis was found to be less severe in patients who pulled their teeth with coconut oil, according to a study that was published in the Journal of Natural Science, Biology, and Medicine (JNSBM). It is even more effective than sesame oil, which is saying a lot given that sesame oil is already very effective.

In yet another investigation, it was found that cleaning the teeth by pulling them through coconut oil was beneficial. The findings of the study indicate that its effectiveness is comparable to that of the potent antiseptic mouthwash chlorhexidine. Coconut oil has been shown to be effective at lowering the levels of bacteria in the mouth that contribute to tooth decay. In addition, it whitens your teeth and detoxifies your body as a result of the naturally occurring lauric acid that it contains.

Grabbing some olive oil and pulling it through the hair

Olive oil was found to be effective for oil pulling in the mouth in a study that was conducted at Balikesir University. The study looked at the properties that make oil pulling effective. Antioxidants and antimicrobials are two examples of these beneficial properties.

It is vitally important to keep in mind that these studies were carried out by specialists on a small scale, and that they unquestionably provided encouraging results in regard to oil pulling. Even if you are already taking medication for a condition, this does not mean that you should rely solely on oil pulling as a treatment for the condition. Instead, you should continue taking your medication. In addition, you can combine the tooth-pulling therapy with other dental hygiene practices, such as brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis, if you are diligent about these activities. It is of the utmost importance that you find an experienced dentist with whom you can discuss your oral health in order to improve the quality of dental care that you receive; we cannot stress this point enough.

The many positive effects that oil pulling has on one's health.

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It eradicates bacteria that can be detrimental to the health of your mouth and teeth.

You should already be aware of the fact that millions of microorganisms call your mouth their home, with bacteria making up the vast majority of these inhabitants. In addition to other illnesses that have the potential to disrupt our immune system, some of them can lead to periodontal disease, which causes bad breath and tooth decay.

The findings of a study that was published on the website of the NCBI indicate that oil pulling is an effective method for removing the harmful bacteria that are present in saliva. There were approximately sixty individuals who took part in the clinical trials, and the findings revealed that almost all of them had improved their oral hygiene (and all with coconut oil). Because it also possesses antibacterial properties, it is without a doubt a risk-free and beneficial alternative to chlorhexidine. This is due to the fact that it possesses antibacterial properties.

This results in a person's breath being less offensive.

Bad breath can be caused by a number of different conditions, including gum disease, cavities, infection, a coating on the tongue, or even just a lack of proper oral hygiene. The buildup of bacteria has the potential to bring about these problems all by itself. The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) has published yet another study that shows that oil pulling is one of the natural methods that can be used to get rid of bad breath. In addition to this, you can use it in conjunction with a mouthwash that contains chlorhexidine. Additionally, it prevents your throat, mouth, and lips from becoming dry, which is a major benefit.

It acts as a preventative measure against tooth decay.

As was previously mentioned, the development of cavities can be caused by an excess of bacteria in the mouth, which can occur when an individual consumes an excessive amount of sugar. Plaque, which is a coating that forms on the teeth and is composed of bacteria, food particles, and saliva, can also be a contributing factor in the development of cavities. This coating has the potential to scratch enamel.

Because it eliminates harmful bacteria from your mouth, oil pulling can also, in a roundabout way, serve as a preventative measure against cavities. If you want to have the best possible oral health, in addition to flossing, rinsing, and brushing your teeth, you should think about incorporating pulling therapy into your daily routine. This is something you should do if you want to have the best possible oral health.

Additionally, it helps reduce inflammation while simultaneously enhancing the health of the gums.

Gingivitis, a condition that can be brought on by the bacteria that are present in plaque, can bring on symptoms such as bleeding gums, swollen gums, and other similar manifestations. The anti-inflammatory effects of the properties found in coconut have been the subject of research and discussion in the scientific community. You could also try using sunflower oil, which naturally contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are yet another type of compound that helps reduce inflammation.

It has been demonstrated that performing the technique known as "oil pulling" can improve the overall health of a person's jaws, gums, and teeth. It is one of the holistic treatments that people can try out in the event that their gums continue to bleed.

Anecdotal benefits

Additionally, there is some evidence that gargling with oil can lessen the severity of the signs and symptoms of allergic reactions. It is effective in treating skin conditions such as eczema and acne, as well as reducing congestion in the sinuses, which helps prevent lipoid pneumonia. Other skin conditions that can be effectively treated include psoriasis and rosacea. In conclusion, pulling can help your body expel potentially harmful microorganisms as well as metals from its system. This can be accomplished through the removal of toxins.

Pulling oil from oil Does oil pulling have any side effects or unintended consequences?

There has not been a single adverse effect that can be attributed to pulling your teeth through oil that has been identified on the body. It's possible that the vigorous motion of swishing might give you a slight headache, but don't worry about it too much because this is a perfectly normal side effect.

Keep in mind that you shouldn't swallow the oil either; this is very important. It has the potential to cause diarrhea as well as stomach upset because it is full of bacteria and has the potential to make you sick. In addition, it is always a good idea to look for an experienced dentist in the area who can provide you with an accurate assessment of your current dental health. This can be done by looking for a dentist who has worked in the area for a while.

You might want to try sucking on some oil.

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You can get started with oil pulling right away by following the steps that are outlined in the following paragraphs. The process of oil pulling is very simple, and you won't have any trouble understanding how to do it. If you want to get the most out of this activity for your health, try doing it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. This will give you the maximum benefit from the activity.

  • For optimal results, the recipe should be prepared using an organic oil of superior quality, such as coconut, olive, sesame, or sunflower.
  • Take one tablespoon of it and chew it completely while holding it in your mouth. (In our opinion, the best time to consume it is when you first wake up in the morning when there is no food in your stomach.)
  • Do this for a total of twenty minutes, moving it around in your mouth and in the spaces between your teeth. It is the ideal amount of time to break through the plaque and reach the bacteria underneath.
  • After the 20 minutes have passed, you need to spit it out. (The consistency will be somewhere between watery and milky.) Because it contains bacteria and toxins, the oil should not be ingested because it is not a good idea.
  • Gargle some warm water, making sure to remove any traces of oily residue, and then spit the water out. Brushing your teeth will leave you with a feeling of cleanliness that will linger throughout the day.

What is the recommended time frame for completing it?

If you want to, you can pull your teeth through oil on a daily basis if that is what you find most comfortable doing. It is not a problem to carry out this activity on a daily basis; however, carrying it out more than once per day is not something that is recommended.

Verdict

Because you only get one set of permanent teeth in your lifetime, it is critical that you take good care of your natural teeth. In spite of the fact that more research needs to be done on the topic, there have been no reports of undesirable consequences from oil pulling, and there are even a few benefits that have been identified. Discuss the situation with your dentist, and make an appointment to get started on this treatment as soon as you can.

 

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Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT!

Temporomandibular joint disorders: TMJ symptoms and treatment

December 1, 2022
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Disorders of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ): symptoms and treatment options

Does that the joint in your jaw hurts so much that you just don't feel like talking much right now?

In the United States, those who are coping with temporomandibular joint diseases make up about 12% of the population at any given moment. This phrase, which is a mouthful in and of itself, refers to the joint in your mouth that enables you to eat, drink, and speak. It's a blessing that the majority of issues associated with this joint are only transitory, but while you're in the thick of things, that may not be much of a consolation.

What exactly is TMJ?

Have you ever attended a Halloween party and seen one of those skeletons that sing and dance? If so, you've previously witnessed the function of the temporomandibular joint, also known as the TMJ. Each of us has two of these joints, one on each side of the head. These joints are called the zygomatic joints. They can be found at the area where the mandible, also known as the jawbone, meets the temporal bones of the skull, which can be found all around and in front of the ears. This is where that absurdly long name originates from.

Because it is a synovial joint, the synovial fluid that surrounds it helps to cushion any movement that takes place. It is also a double joint, which indicates that there are two synovial chambers that are completely independent from one another.

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) enables the jaw to move laterally, forward and backward, as well as hinge vertically.

What signs and symptoms are associated with TMJ disorders?

People who suffer from TMJ disorders (TMD) may exhibit a variety of symptoms, including the following:

  • Jaw or jaw muscle tenderness
  • Jaw stiffness, particularly in the morning
  • Jaw pain when eating or yawning
  • Earache
  • Facial pain
  • Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
  • Inflammation around the joint
  • Distinct clicking or popping noises when opening and closing the mouth
  • Headaches
  • Neckaches
  • Toothaches or sensitive teeth with no other apparent causes
  • Restricted joint movement or locking of the jaw

What are the reasons for TMJ disorders?

TMJ issues are more than two times as likely to impact women of childbearing age than they are to affect men. It is believed that increased levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone create ligament laxity (greater play in the joint), which might add to the discomfort associated with TMJ.

Of course, this is not the only thing that might bring on TMD or contribute to its development.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a form of arthritis that is an autoimmune illness. Rheumatoid arthritis can be the primary cause of your TMJ pain since it leads your body to attack its own joints. According to the findings of a study conducted on persons who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, over 93% of them experience issues with their TMJ.

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is not immune to the degenerative effects of osteoarthritis, which can affect any joint in the body.

Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic inflammatory joint disorder that can potentially impact the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and can develop in approximately thirty percent of those who have psoriasis.

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Dislocation or harm to the body

Have you recently been the victim of a hit to the jaw or have you had substantial dental work done? Too much strain on the joint can lead to difficulties, and this tension can be caused by trauma such as a blow to the area or prolonged straining.

Actions carried out repeatedly

Do you frequently pick at your fingernails or bite them? Do you chew gum on a regular basis? Do you clench your jaw or grind your teeth? Bruxism affects the jaws of some persons without their knowledge (nighttime tooth grinding). All of these things can cause your TMJ to get overworked and give you problems.

Jaw misalignment

TMD is frequently experienced by patients whose jaws are not aligned properly. The natural construction of the jaw is flawed, and as a result, it does not fit together as it should, which can result in a painful condition. Find a dentist who can assist in correcting these difficulties and relieving the discomfort.

Connective tissue disorders

Connective tissue disorders can cause the jaw to become too mobile or misaligned, both of which can be uncomfortable for the patient. TMJ pain can be caused by any one of these conditions.

Stress

Because anxiety and stress can have an effect on almost every organ and system of the body, we can't ignore the jaw in this discussion. Tense muscles in the face and neck, as well as a clenched jaw, can all contribute to jaw discomfort.

Medications

A number of different prescription drugs may also cause TMJ as a side effect. Oral contraceptives, antipsychotics, and antidepressants are all examples of these types of medications.

How are problems of the TMJ identified and treated?

The first thing you should do if you think you might have TMJ is to schedule an appointment with your primary care physician or dentist. Talk to your doctor about the symptoms you're experiencing, and don't forget to bring up any other health issues you could be dealing with, including arthritis.

Your jaw will be examined, and your range of motion will be observed, by your healthcare expert while you are being examined. Additionally, they will pay great attention to what you have to say and will feel the joints in your face when you open and close your mouth.

At this stage, if they have any reason to suspect that there is an issue, they will likely order testing so that they can take a more in-depth look. Radiographs taken at the dentist's office can be used to examine both the teeth and the bones. Your doctor may recommend getting a CT scan so that they may get more in-depth images of the bones. It is possible that an MRI will be required in order to examine the joint's soft tissue in greater detail.

TMJ disorders—do they ever go away?

Because the symptoms of TMJ can appear and disappear at any time, some people choose to ignore them when they are present and express gratitude when they are no longer an issue. TMJ can also be effectively treated using at-home therapies like exercises and relaxation techniques, as well as heating or cooling packs to apply to the affected area. You can also temporarily numb the discomfort and continue on with your day by taking over-the-counter pain medicines that aren't too strong.

There is some disagreement among medical professionals as to whether or not TMJ can resolve itself over time. For the vast majority of people, the answer is determined by the underlying reason for their discomfort.

On the other hand, nearly everyone will improve after receiving treatment. Since TMJ is typically quite responsive to a variety of treatment methods, there is really no justification for avoiding TMJ pain alleviation in any way, shape, or form.

Is it possible for a dentist to aid with TMJ?

If you suffer from pain in your jaw joint (TMJ) and have an appointment scheduled with your dentist soon, be sure to bring up the issue with your dentist. They can assist in the diagnosis of your condition and, if the root cause is of a dental nature, they may also be able to assist in the treatment of it.

They will likely recommend you to a medical specialist for expert medical assistance if they determine that the causes of your TMJ problems are related to a medical condition. After that, your doctor will analyze the results of the CT scan or MRI to decide which course of treatment is most appropriate for you.

Are diseases of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) covered by medical or dental insurance?

Concerned about the cost of diagnosing and treating your TMJ disorder? Don't be afraid. The treatment of TMJ disorder is typically covered by insurance. The only concern that needs to be addressed is which types of insurance will pay for it. There are occasions when the question of whether or not your medical or dental insurance will cover it is debated.

Treatments for TMJ are often covered by medical insurance in the majority of instances. This is due to the fact that a joint is still considered to be a joint regardless of where it is situated inside the body.

When should I make an appointment to see a dentist about my TMJ?

Do not put off getting treatment for TMJ if you are suffering any of the symptoms associated with the condition. If you believe that the reason of your troubles is a dental condition rather than one of the other potential causes that we have discussed, then going to a dentist may be the most appropriate first step for you to take.

TMJ can be treated by dentists when the condition is brought on by a misalignment of the jaw or by habits such as clenching the jaw or grinding the teeth (bruxism). The misalignment of your teeth can be corrected by having braces placed on them, or your dentist can build an oral device, commonly known as a splint or a bite plate, that will prevent your upper teeth from grinding against your lower teeth. Both of these options are available.

Medication, including muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatory medication, is also used to treat TMJ, along with other treatments.

Are you interested seeing a dentist in Summerlin, NV?

Are you sick and tired of suffering from the symptoms of TMJ? We sincerely hope that this article has shown you that the therapies available for TMJ issues are nothing to be afraid of and can significantly enhance your quality of life.

 

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Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

summerlin dental solutions

With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT!

Canker Sores: How to Treat Them and Their Root Causes

November 29, 2022

Canker sores are a common problem that our Summerlin patient base brings up to Dr. Cohan, who is their dentist. These lesions are distinguished from others because they are characterized by the presence of sensitive sores within the mouth. They are also known as aphthous ulcers and aphthous stomatitis. They can be found on the tongue, the inside of the cheek, the lips, or the throat, and they appear in a variety of hues, such as white, gray, or yellow with a border of red.

Are Canker Sores and Fever Blisters, which are both other names for cold sores, the same thing?

An infection caused by the herpes simplex virus manifests itself as a fever blister, often known as a cold sore. However, a canker sore is nothing more than an ulcer (HSV). Canker sores, on the other hand, are not communicable, which stands in stark contrast to cold sores, which are notoriously infectious and almost always manifest themselves externally on the lips.

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What Contributes to the Formation of Canker Sores and What Can Be Done to Prevent Them

There are many different things that might create canker sores, and each of these things has a unique effect. Some people, according to the hypothesis that these ulcers are inherited, are predisposed to getting them from the moment they are born. While some people can train themselves to detect particular triggers, some people are born with a genetic predisposition to develop this disorder.

On the other side, canker sores are often brought on by the following, which can also serve as preventative measures:

Sodium lauryl sulfate toothpaste, which is more commonly known to as SLS, is a purifying chemical that is found in a variety of toothpastes, personal care products, and skin care products. SLS is an acronym for sodium lauryl sulfate. The viscosity and frothy quality of toothpaste are both attributable to the presence of SLS. Unfortuitously, it may exacerbate the condition in some persons who already have it. In point of fact, a sizeable percentage of individuals have a sensitivity to these sulfates, which results in the development of ulcers on the mucosal lining of their mouths.

Check the list of ingredients that is printed on the back of your toothpaste if you have recurring canker sores and are unable to identify any other factors that might be contributing to the issue. If it happens, you should find another toothpaste that does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) as an ingredient and discontinue using the one you are now using.

foods that are prepared at high temperatures and foods that include acids Canker sores are typically caused by acidic meals like citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits, tomatoes, and even coffee. Tomatoes are another common acidic food that can cause canker sores.

Consuming foods that are particularly spicy might also irritate the sensitive lining of the mouth.

If you believe that the foods you eat may be the root cause of your canker sores, you should give serious consideration to making adjustments to your diet.

Canker sores have been linked to stress, but the exact mechanism by which stress triggers these sores remains a mystery. Nevertheless, there is no denying that stress plays a role in the development of canker sores. In addition to this, it may cause problems such as headaches, gastrointestinal troubles, and difficulty sleeping. You can reduce the amount of stress in your life by doing things like going to the gym, seeing a therapist, getting a massage, or going on a vacation. Going on vacation, treating yourself to a massage, and pursuing other possible courses of action are also options.

Mouth injury - Canker sores can be caused by a variety of oral injuries, such as extremely forceful teeth cleaning, improperly fitting braces or dentures, or the use of a removable mouthpiece. Canker sores can also be caused by the use of a removable mouthpiece.

Take special precautions to protect the delicate oral tissue in your mouth from getting hurt. Brush your teeth thoroughly, see a dentist to have your mouthpieces and dentures fixed, and cover your orthodontic appliances with wax.

Canker sores are a symptom of multiple diseases, including those that affect the immune system (such systemic lupus erythematosus or Behcet's disease) or the digestive tract (like Celiac disease or Crohn's disease). It is recognized that cold sores can be caused by a wide variety of illnesses, including those that weaken your immune system, such as the common cold or influenza, HIV/AIDS, organ transplantation, or oral cancer.

Several medications, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), beta-blockers, chemotherapeutic therapies, immunosuppressants, and sulfa pharmaceuticals, have been implicated in the development of canker sores. Canker sores are a side effect that have been linked to the use of both over-the-counter and prescription medications.

Talk to your primary care physician about the possibility that the medications you take could be the cause of your canker sores if you have them on a regular basis and take a lot of prescription drugs. This is especially important if you take a lot of medications. They may recommend that you stop using a certain medication or switch to a different medication altogether.

Canker sores' Telltale Signs and Symptoms

Canker sore sufferers would do well to familiarize themselves with the factors that contribute to the development of the condition as well as the signs and symptoms that appear in the days and weeks before a canker sore appears.

The following are some examples of common symptoms and warning indicators that you should watch out for:

  • gums that are easily prone to bleeding, that have a tumor or mass there, or that hurt.
  • Difficulty in swallowing, chewing, or speaking
  • An itchy, burning, or prickling feeling in the area that is likely to develop a canker sore

Keep in mind the factors that led to our discussion of the causes of canker sores in the preceding section. These are the potential causes of a canker sore.

How Are Canker Sores Handled?
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Canker sores, if left untreated, will normally heal on their own between five and seven days after the onset of symptoms.

Applying ice to the affected area can help relieve discomfort, and periodically washing the skin with a warm solution of salt water can help calm the skin. Applying ice can also help reduce inflammation. Baking soda and apple cider vinegar are two other home treatments that can be utilized (never use hydrogen peroxide).

Canker sores are painful and cause swelling, but there are treatments available over-the-counter that can help alleviate the discomfort and reduce the amount of swelling. Infection prevention is another potential benefit of these medicines. Products such as mouthwashes, protection patches, and topical therapies that are applied directly to the skin are included in this category.

Anti-inflammatory drugs and antibiotics are also available for purchase with a prescription from a medical professional in the event that they are required.

When and how to seek the Assistance of Professionals

If you have a canker sore that is larger than usual, is spreading, lasts longer than a few weeks, causes excruciating pain, restricts your ability to eat or drink, or is accompanied by a fever, contact our dental office in Summerlin as soon as possible to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists.

You can count on Dr. Cohan and the rest of our experienced team to lend you a hand whenever it's most convenient for you. If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to give us a call; alternatively, feel free to stop by; we'd be delighted to see you.

 

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

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Is it Possible for Me to Straighten Teeth at Home? Options for Straightening Teeth Both With and Without The Use of Braces.

November 26, 2022
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Are you seeking for a way to straighten teeth that doesn't include the use of braces but is less invasive? You may have an overbite, crowded teeth, or slightly misaligned front teeth if you want to straighten your teeth without the metal brackets and wires that are typical of traditional braces. Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces. As an alternative to conventional braces, you can use something called Invisalign to realign your teeth in a way that does not involve the use of metal. It is possible to realign your teeth into the appropriate position with the use of any one of the several orthodontic treatment techniques that are currently available.

Are you seeking for a way to straighten your teeth that doesn't include the use of braces but is less invasive?

You may have an overbite, crowded teeth, or slightly misaligned front teeth if you want to straighten your teeth without the metal brackets and wires that are typical of traditional braces. Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces. As an alternative to conventional braces, you can use something called Invisalign to realign your teeth in a way that does not involve the use of metal.

It is possible to realign your teeth into the appropriate position with the use of any one of the several orthodontic treatment techniques that are currently available.

Is it possible for me to straighten my teeth without having to use braces?

There are, in point of fact, a few options besides braces that could potentially result in straighter teeth for you.

If your primary concern with orthodontic treatment is how you look after getting braces, you should be aware that you currently have a number of different orthodontic treatment options available to you.

Alternatives to braces, such as clear, customised aligners, are able to successfully straighten the teeth of the majority of people who prefer to avoid getting braces.

If cost is an issue for you in this scenario, you should be informed that metal braces continue to be your best option for straightening your teeth.

What are the steps I should take to straighten my teeth in the comfort of my own home?

Regardless of the method you choose, you will not be able to successfully straighten your teeth in the comfort of your own home.

Without fail, people who attempt to straighten their teeth without the use of braces wind up making the situation a great deal worse.

Some individuals have put their oral health at risk by doing dental procedures on themselves in the comfort of their own homes using a variety of techniques. It is simple to damage one's teeth by cracking or chipping them, and it is also possible to create major trauma that is not immediately visible.

You run the risk of causing major damage to the bones as well as the nerves. Many individuals who have attempted to straighten their teeth at home without the use of braces have ended up with tooth decay or even lost teeth as a result of their efforts.

In order to fix these issues, an orthodontist will need to implement a treatment strategy that is more comprehensive.

There are many other treatments available, such as Invisalign, that can offer you straighter teeth without the need of traditional braces. These treatments can be found all around the world. Having said that, in order to acquire your clear aligners, you will still need to make an appointment with your dentist.

Different kinds of orthodontic appliances.

Metal

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Conventional braces work by applying a correcting strain to the teeth using a combination of metal brackets, metal wire, and metal bands. These components are all made of metal.

After the front teeth have had metal brackets cemented to them, an archwire made of metal is placed along the teeth, and bands are then utilized to secure it to the brackets. The characteristic "metal-mouth" appearance of the wearer is attributable to the braces they choose to wear.

In most cases, orthodontic treatment with metal braces will not begin producing the desired effects for approximately 24 months. During this period, patients are need to maintain regular visits with their dentists so that corrections can be made. The teeth are moved into their ideal positions by gradually tightening the metal braces that are attached to the patient's teeth.

There are times when orthodontic headgear is necessary for the purpose of adjusting the bite and straightening the teeth. The additional pressure that is applied to the teeth as a result of the use of these braces contributes to the acceleration of the process of straightening the teeth.

Ceramic

Ceramic braces are one of the potential treatments that are regarded to be more cosmetically pleasing than other options. These brackets and wires are available in a variety of hues, including clear, white, and colors that suit the patient's teeth. They are the best solution for anyone who wants their braces to be less visible and they are available to anyone.

Unfortunately, ceramic brackets sometimes have a tendency to be significantly larger and heavier than their metal counterparts. This may occasionally irritate the gums and produce discomfort in those areas.

In addition to this, you need to clean them very carefully in order to prevent significant issues with your gums and to prevent stains from developing on them.

Ceramic braces are more likely to shatter than their metal counterparts because ceramic is more brittle. Because of this, less pressure may be applied to them, which in turn makes it possible to stretch out the therapy over a longer period of time.

These braces often have prices that are somewhere in the middle of what you'd pay for metal braces and what you'd pay for Invisalign.

Braces that can ligate themselves or adjust themselves.

The proper amount of corrective strain is applied to the teeth by self-ligating braces thanks to their built-in clips that have spring-loaded doors. These clips have been installed on typical metal braces in place of the elastic bands that have historically been used in their stead.

Self-ligating braces may not be as comfortable to wear as traditional archwire braces because of the unique way in which they are constructed. This is due to the fact that properly aligning the teeth requires less force than other methods. As a direct consequence of this, the duration of the treatment will be cut down.

Because the archwire is able to travel freely within these braces, there is a significantly reduced possibility that any sort of friction will form within them.

Cleaning teeth that have been straightened using self-ligating braces is a lot simpler than cleaning teeth that have been straightened using traditional braces since there is a lot less material implanted in the mouth.

On the other hand, the cost of self-ligating braces is typically more than the cost of regular braces.

Lingual braces are a type of orthodontic appliance that are worn on the tongue and are adjusted from the inside of the mouth to correct the position of the rear teeth. They are an excellent choice for anyone who wants to conceal the fact that they are undergoing orthodontic treatment as a result of this, as they are quite discreet.

The placement of traditional braces is the only characteristic that differentiates lingual from traditional braces. Their framework nevertheless includes components made of metal, such as wires and brackets.

In addition, wearing lingual braces requires periodic visits to the dentist for checkups. They require consistent and regular updates and revisions.

On the other hand, lingual braces enable you to hide your orthodontic appliances but are more challenging to maintain. Traditional braces are less irritating to the skin and require less maintenance.

When you have lingual braces, one of the common side effects is that your tongue and gums will itch. While there are some patients who continue to experience discomfort throughout the entirety of their treatment, there are others who eventually develop accustomed to the sensation.

In addition to this, it is typically much harder to maintain their cleanliness with these materials. People who wear lingual braces need to learn how to brush and floss around the braces because it is vital for their oral hygiene. It is challenging to clean them because of the technical challenges involved, and it is simple to overlook areas that are concealed from view.

Additionally, the cost of lingual braces can be anywhere from one-half to two times higher than the cost of traditional metal alternatives.

Invisalign

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When using Invisalign, a patient will wear a series of clear aligners that have been customized to their mouth. This will progressively move the teeth into the desired position.

When the aligners come into contact with the cheeks, teeth, or gums, the smooth plastic that is utilized to produce them eliminates the risk of irritation to those areas. As a direct consequence of this, wearing them is significantly less uncomfortable than wearing conventional braces.

When it's time to eat, clean, or even attend a special occasion, it's simple to remove Invisalign and get on with your day.

You will need to locate a dentist who is a member of the Invisalign network in order to receive treatment with the aligners. This doctor will perform a digital scan of your teeth, and after they receive the data, the manufacturer will utilize it to make individualized aligners specifically for you.

Every two weeks, the positions of the aligners will need to be switched around. Some patients complete the therapy in as little as half that time, despite the fact that the typical duration of the process is between 12 and 18 months.

Many people consider Invisalign to be the most effective alternative to traditional braces for straightening teeth. This is because Invisalign is virtually invisible while worn.

Dental Surgery

Oral surgery could be required to straighten teeth in extremely rare cases when other methods of treatment have failed. This therapy is used to correct severe cases of skeletal abnormalities, such as overbites, underbites, or jaws that are not positioned correctly.

These treatments are performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons, who are highly trained specialists who specialize in oral and face surgery.

During the first two weeks of the healing process, the patient may require having their mouth wired shut in order to prevent infection.

Unfortunately, there is no realistic method of surgically straightening teeth that does not include the use of braces.

Following oral surgery, it is common practice to have the patient wear orthodontic appliances. In order to have the best possible outcome, it is likely necessary to continue using them for a period of time anywhere between six and twelve months.

In some instances, retainers are also going to be necessary for the teeth straightening procedure to be successful.

In what degree would my old retainers be able to assist me in the process of realigning my teeth?

Only retainers that have been prescribed to you by an orthodontist can be used to make even a modest adjustment to the position of your teeth. If you try to correct the alignment of your teeth with an outdated retainer, you run the danger of making the teeth much more crooked than they were before.

In order to maintain the alignment of your teeth after completing your orthodontic treatment, you should only use the removable retainers that were prescribed to you. If you notice that your teeth have moved into an abnormal alignment, you should make an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible so that they can be realigned into their correct positions.

How much does the least expensive method of getting your teeth straightened cost?

Braces made of metal are by far the most common and cost-effective form of orthodontic treatment. These items have a price range that often falls between $2,500 and $7,500.

This may yet turn out to be an expensive expense. There are a variety of approaches that may be utilized in order to bring down the cost of having one's teeth straightened, including variations in insurance coverage. The cost of orthodontic treatment is typically covered by insurance, however this benefit is typically reserved for minors and children. The cost of having metal braces fitted and worn will have the possibility of being reimbursed in full or in part by additional insurance providers.

If you want to straighten your teeth for cosmetic reasons, it is highly doubtful that your dental insurance will cover the cost of the surgery. If you want to straighten your teeth for health reasons, however, it is likely that your insurance will cover it.

There are a few different avenues that can be pursued to acquire privately funded assistance for dental procedures such as braces and other orthodontic operations.

Should you make an appointment to visit the dentist?

It is imperative that you make an appointment with an orthodontist if you desire to have attractive teeth and a smile that is straight. The process of correcting crooked teeth requires both the development of an exhaustive treatment plan and the expertise of a dentist.

Get in touch with a dentist in the area so that you can schedule an appointment. In order to straighten your teeth without the use of braces, you should consult your dentist about the options available to you.

 

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GET TO KNOW YOUR BEST DENTIST IN SUMMERLIN

Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT!

Are You Affected by Snoring and Sleep Apnea? Let’s Discuss.

November 23, 2022
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Snoring and Sleep Apnea. The importance of healthy breathing and restful sleep is increasingly being recognized in medical research. While there is still a great deal more to understand, it is now generally known that many significant biological processes take place during healthy sleep.

Some examples of these processes include the following:

Our bodies can function normally without food for roughly one to two months, but only for about three to four days at a time without water. How long would we go without breathing if we didn't do it? Imagine now that you are having an episode of choking many times each hour, hundreds of times each night, for a number of years.

When did it become acceptable for us to suffocate while we are sleeping? Today, more than one billion people suffer from episodes in their sleep that are comparable to drowning, and 85 percent of them are ignorant that they have this illness.

It is NOT natural for someone to pop and click their jaw joints, experience pain in their TMJ, snore or wake up gasping for air, breathe through their lips, and grind or clench their teeth. These behaviors should never be observed. These are indications that your body is struggling to get the air it needs and is entering a fight-or-flight phase, which can have a negative impact on your general health.

Why is it imperative to get at least eight hours of sleep each night?

The importance of healthy breathing and restful sleep is increasingly being recognized in medical research. While there is still a great deal more to understand, it is now generally known that many significant biological processes take place during healthy sleep. Some examples of these processes include the following:

Normalization of brain function: A restful night's sleep enables neurons to rearrange themselves. While you are sleeping, the glymphatic system in your brain, which is responsible for water clearance, removes waste from the central nervous system. It rids your brain of the harmful byproducts that have accumulated there over the course of the day. When you wake up, your brain will be in a good position to function properly thanks to this. The consolidation of recent short-term memories into more permanent long-term memories is another way that sleep helps the memory.

Weight control: Sleep has an effect on your weight by modulating the hormones that cause hunger. Certain hormones, such as ghrelin, which stimulates an increased appetite, and leptin, which stimulates an increased feeling of fullness after eating, have their levels regulated while a person is asleep. Ghrelin production is increased whereas leptin production is decreased when sleep quality is poor. Because of this imbalance, you may feel more hungry, which may increase the likelihood that you will consume more calories and gain weight.

Maintaining normal insulin function: There is evidence from some studies that sleep may help prevent insulin resistance. It is possible for cells to process glucose in a more effective manner if their health is maintained. During sleep, glucose is used by the brain less frequently, which may assist the body in better regulating overall blood glucose levels. Insulin is a vital hormone that facilitates the conversion of glucose, sometimes known as sugar, into a form that can be utilized by your cells as a source of energy.

The inability of the cells to respond appropriately to insulin is caused by insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is a risk factor for developing high blood glucose levels, which can ultimately result in type 2 diabetes. A sufficient amount of quality sleep may, according to some research, reduce insulin resistance.

The immune system: While you sleep, your body produces cytokines. Cytokines are a unique type of protein that defends the body against infection and inflammation. A decent night's sleep is necessary for the production of various antibodies and immunological cells. These chemicals eliminate disease-causing microbes, which contributes to the body's resistance against illness. Your body creates cytokines, which are vital proteins that combat infection and inflammation, while you are sleeping.

Cytokines are produced during sleep. When you are sick or under a lot of stress, getting enough sleep is very crucial. At these periods, the body requires an increased amount of immune cells as well as proteins. Your immune system may become stronger and healthier if you get enough quality sleep, which will allow your body to better fight off infections.

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Vitality of the heart: It has also been connected to risk factors that have an influence on overall heart health to sleep that is either disrupted or of poor quality. These conditions include high blood pressure, excessive activity of the sympathetic nervous system, and increased levels of the stress hormone cortisone.

Emotional well-being: A good night's sleep is essential to maintaining emotional well-being. Certain parts of the brain are responsible for actively controlling emotions as well as supporting good brain function and emotional steadiness while an individual is asleep.

• The capacity of each cell in your body to repair and maintain itself is referred to as cellular restoration. This happens during deep, restful sleep. Cells are able to repair themselves and regrow when we sleep. During a restful night of sleep, the body completes a number of critical activities.

Energy conservation: The energy conservation theory explains how our bodies are able to save energy while we sleep by allowing our bodies to lower the amount of calories they need to function properly.

What consequences do we face when our sleep needs go unmet?

Lack of sleep can have a detrimental effect on the function of every single cell and organ system in the body.

The recommended amount of sleep for an adult is between seven and eight hours per night. Sleep patterns that are disrupted or poor can lead to exhaustion, which in turn can lead to poor decision-making and an increased risk of accidents.

In addition, it is becoming increasingly apparent that a lack of sleep can contribute to a number of chronic health problems, including mortality at an earlier age.

Warning signs of chronic sleep deprivation include:

  • daytime sleepiness, chronic depression, chronic pain (especially in the neck and back), migraines or persistent headaches, heart disease, hypertension, and symptoms of ADHD. Chronic fatigue, venous pooling (dark circles under the eyes), snoring, and dark circles under the eyes are also warning signs of chronic sleep deprivation.
  • Difficulty maintaining an erection • Insulin resistance (leading to diabetes)
  •  Bedwetting • Teeth grinding and/or clenching • Moodiness and/or anxiety • Lack of concentration • Crooked teeth • Mouth breathing • TMJ issues • Dry mouth

It should come as no surprise that the most exciting developments in dentistry are related to airways, given how much these innovations can enhance one's quality of life. The new frontier in dentistry is the study of how our mouth, teeth, and airways are connected to the rest of our bodies.

Why does obstructive sleep apnea seem to be so prevalent in today's society?

According to numerous studies, a major contributor to sleep apnea is our contemporary way of life. A limited amount of time spent breastfeeding, eating a diet high in soft foods, and having tongue and lip ties are just some of the factors that can contribute to underdeveloped jaws and narrow palates, which in turn can have an effect on our airways as well as our patterns of breathing and sleeping causing sleep apnea.

Orthodontic procedures that involve the extraction of teeth in order to make room are another major source of issues with the airway and breathing. It is possible that they will straighten the teeth, but they will also diminish the arc of the jaw and, as a result, the room for the tongue muscles. This will push everything toward the back of the mouth, which will reduce the airway.

More than eighty percent of people in today's society have undergone orthodontic treatment to straighten crooked or crowded teeth, and the vast majority of adults have had their wisdom teeth removed because their jaws did not develop normally enough to accommodate them.

Getting older, putting on weight, and having allergies are additional factors.

It is important to be aware that there are three different types of sleep apnea: central, obstructive, and mixed (a combination of the two). The most frequent type of sleep apnea is called obstructive sleep apnea, and it occurs when the airway becomes restricted, blocked, or floppy. The condition known as central sleep apnea happens when there is no obstruction of the airway during sleep, yet the brain nevertheless fails to instruct the respiratory muscles to breathe regularly.

Obstructive sleep apnea therapies

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The use of CPAP machines, surgery, or mandibular advancement appliances has traditionally been the treatment of choice for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). However, these treatments only address the symptoms of the condition and do not address the underlying cause, which can actually make the condition worse over time.

Laser therapy is a terrific new alternative for many different conditions, as it is a non-invasive treatment that does not require any devices or anesthesia and produces effects almost immediately. It does this by stimulating the formation of collagen and decreasing the tissue on the back of the mouth and the tongue, which in turn reduces snoring and opens up the airway. It has a lifespan of approximately one year and can be reapply whenever it is required.

The good news is that we are now able to treat the underlying cause of OSA sleep apnea in both children and adults using innovative technologies and a multidisciplinary approach. This strategy includes chiropractors, myofunctional therapists, sleep doctors, and ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialists. The symptoms of sleep apnea can be reduced or eliminated entirely if the craniofacial structure is slowly expanded while also being remodeled.

This is achieved by the use of a patented piece of equipment. The majority of patients report that they feel the effects of the treatment within the first few days or weeks, and it is non-invasive, practically undetectable, and painless. To make matters even better, once therapy is finished, obstructive sleep apnea treatment for many people is no longer necessary.

We are only now beginning to understand sleep apnea and how the way we breathe impacts our health and what we can do to enhance it. The recent COVID-19 outbreak has brought to light the importance of taking a holistic approach to dental care, which can ultimately result in a longer and better life.

Being healthy is more vital than it has ever been, and a capable ally in the pursuit of this goal is your dentist.

Do you suspect that you might be suffering from sleep apnea? Make an appointment with the best dentist near me at Summerlin Dental Solutions now to get treatment and a better night's sleep.

 

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Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT!

3 Simple Treatments That Can Improve Your Front Teeth

November 19, 2022

Are you researching your options for a smile makeover to enhance the appearance of your teeth? Patients interested in aesthetic dentistry now have more alternatives available than at any other time in the history of the industry thanks to recent advancements in dental materials.

Yes, cosmetic dental procedures like Invisalign, porcelain crowns, and dental veneers can greatly enhance the look of your smile. But occasionally, little is more. Particularly if you have a tooth that stands out from the rest of your smile or if you have a specific cosmetic concern. Your entire appearance can improve by addressing those specific problems!

What procedures are offered to Improve the appearance of teeth?

At Summerlin Dental Solutions, we offer three unique procedures that can be used independently as an upgrade or in combination with other procedures to meet the unique needs of each patient.

OPEN DMG (Resin Infiltration)

Have you recently noticed any white stains on your teeth? These discolorations may have been brought on by conditions including early cavity formation (demineralization), past illnesses, plaque buildup while wearing braces, or even just the amount of fluoride that the person drank while the tooth was still growing.

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Treating white spot lesions used to be one of the trickiest operations in aesthetic dentistry. The process is now lot simpler than it was in the past thanks to the usage of ICON DMG materials. Dr. Cohan will apply a watery composite solution during the ICON treatment, and this solution will flow right into the tubules (micropores) of your tooth enamel. When this happens, the visible white spot lesion is "erased" by restoring the integrity of that area of your enamel, which makes the lesion no longer visible. There is no requirement for bonding or bleaching! Additionally, each location's process simply needs a few minutes.

ICON is a fantastic material for use in operations for aesthetic dentistry because it is constructed of translucent resin. Even if the color of your tooth changes in the future as a result of aging or whitening treatments, the area of your tooth that has been treated with ICON will continue to blend in with the tooth structure surrounding it. The substance very literally seeps into the nooks and crannies of your teeth. It's a pleasant bonus if you also discover that it lessens your teeth's sensitivity in specific areas.

ICON white spot treatments can be added to a smile makeover at a fair price. However, even if no more cosmetic dentistry work is done on the patient, the alteration they create is sufficient to make the operation significant. It appears that you are younger and more attractive when the color of your smile is consistent from side to side.

Professional Teeth Whitening is Performed

With same-day whitening, you can get whiter teeth in only one visit while still maintaining the natural shade of your smile. Even if you are rushed for time or have an event (like a job interview) that was last-minutely booked, you will be able to have brighter teeth before the end of the day.

Whether the discoloration is natural or has been present for years, professional whitening can remove many shades of discoloration. Even if you have had a long-standing coffee habit or were born with naturally darker teeth, the whitening gel is effective enough to provide noticeable results. especially for deeply embedded stains that, despite careful cleaning, remain in tact.

For those of our patients who to us with healthy gums and teeth, bleaching is a fantastic alternative. It won't lighten any fillings or bonding that you currently have on your front teeth, even if you already have them. It is crucial to keep that in mind because you will need some time to make the required adjustments before the transformation is complete.

It's vital to remember that bleaching treatments may make white spots on your teeth stand out more rather than make them more uniform in color. Therefore, in these situations, a white spot treatment like ICON would be more appropriate. However, combining the two strategies yields the best outcomes.

Bonding and shaping techniques

Although these two cosmetic dental procedures are different from one another, they work very well together. The first one, referred to as "contouring," smooths out uneven or sharp edges, whilst the second one fills in voids (bonding.) Each one is brief and causes only a little discomfort.

The tooth is reshaped by contouring it in a way that makes it look smooth and in proportion to the teeth around it. The procedure just takes a few minutes, and in some circumstances numbing may not even be required. Even when the enamel is slightly worn down, this persists.

In order to conceal chips, gaps, or any other surface irregularities in teeth and create the illusion that the tooth structure is once again whole, bonding uses a material that is tooth-colored. By manually shaping the material, Dr. Cohan creates a really one-of-a-kind final product. Like with contouring, it's conceivable that you won't require any anesthesia for the bonding operation.

Even though certain procedures, like dental veneers, have their merits, people frequently neglect to think about these less common and less invasive treatment choices. Bonding or recontouring can be done without involving a lab or taking further impressions of your teeth. They are more practical and effective than other choices when only one or two teeth need treatment.

Examining Cosmetic Dentistry's Various Aspects

Every smile makeover at Summerlin Dental Solutions is approached with a distinctive strategy. Every patient's needs are carefully taken into account by Dr. Cohan, whether they relate to the amount of time available, the patient's personal preferences, or the overall cost of the procedure. Your grin is perhaps your most important accessory, and now you have three quick and easy ways to make it look better. These techniques include tooth whitening, bonding/contouring, and ICON resin penetration.

To arrange a consultation, get in touch with our Summerlin office as soon as possible.

 

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GET TO KNOW YOUR BEST DENTIST IN SUMMERLIN

Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.

 

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851 S Rampart Blvd #230, Las Vegas, NV 89145 | (702) 341-9160
851 S Rampart Blvd #230, Las Vegas, NV 89145 | (702) 341-9160