The Natural Look of Dentures

Incredibly lifelike and long lasting, dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth that are designed to duplicate the look of natural teeth. Dentures are not only aesthetically pleasing, they can also improve your oral health and overall sense of well-being, allow you to eat, smile and enjoy life to its fullest.

Complete Dentures

A Complete denture replaces the arch for a full set of upper and/or lower teeth. Dentures consist of acrylic or ceramic teeth and a lifelike gum-colored acrylic base that covers the gums and whole arch.

Partial Dentures

A removable partial denture is a natural-looking replacement that fills in the spaces created by missing teeth. While they serve a cosmetic purpose and make eating easier; they also keep natural teeth from shifting or losing bone levels. A partial denture typically uses clasps that grip the natural teeth. Less noticeable precision attachments are sometimes affixed to crowns on natural teeth.

Implant-Supported Dentures

An implant-supported denture can be fixed or removable. First, titanium implants are placed and intergrated into the jawbone. After the healing of 4-6 months is complete, your denture will be fabricated. There are special attachments on implant-supported dentures that snap onto the titanium implants. Candidates for implant-supported dentures must have healthy gums and sufficient bone, though bone augmentation can sometimes be performed before if needed.

Contact Us to Learn More About Dentures in Las Vegas

If you would like to learn more about how Desert Breeze Dental can help you improve your smile and your oral health with dentures in Las Vegas, please contact us at 702-869-0032 today! Our compassionate and experienced dental team looks forward to serving all of your dental care needs.

Suffering from TMJ? Your Dentist in Las Vegas Can Help

TMJ disorders are caused by a number of factors, and can lead to conditions such as headaches, pain and stiffness in the jaw, and difficulty opening or closing the mouth. If you are looking for a dentist in Las Vegas to help treat your TMJ disorder, there are a few things you should know before you go.

What Is TMJ Disorder?

The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) on each side of your head connect your jawbone to your skull. They act as hinges when you open and close your mouth, eat, speak and swallow. In addition, these joints, muscles, bones and ligaments control the lower jaw as it moves side-to-side, forward and backward.

The bones that work together within the joints are coated with cartilage and separated by a disc that sits between the ball and socket. This disc cushions the joint and allows for smooth movement of the jaw. Anything that impedes the complex elements of the joint from working in-sync can lead to a painful TMJ disorder known as TMD.

Causes and Symptoms

Oftentimes, the specific cause of a TMJ disorder may not be clear – causes may include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
  • Jaw injury
  • Chronic grinding and/or clenching of teeth
  • Certain connective tissue diseases
  • Joint dislocation
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Misaligned teeth and bite
  • Erosion or misalignment of the disk in the joint

Symptoms of a TMJ disorder may include:

  • Pain or tenderness in one or both of the temporomandibular joints
  • Aching pain in and around the ear
  • Headaches and aching facial pain
  • Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
  • Limited range of motion
  • Clicking or grating when opening or closing the mouth
  • Locking of the temporomandibular joint

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is an important step in determining the most effective treatment for TMJ disorder. Your dentist in Las Vegas will palpate joints and muscles to identify areas of tenderness, listen for clicking and popping when you open and close your mouth, and observe the range of motion in your jaw. Some types of X-rays can also help your dentist determine whether you are suffering from a TMJ disorder.

Often, the discomfort associated with TMJ disorders is temporary and can be relieved with nonsurgical treatments, such as:

  • Eating a soft food diet
  • Medications such as anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxers
  • Mouth guards or bite plates that protect teeth and jaws from grinding or clenching
  • Application of heat packs
  • Relaxation techniques such as medication to control jaw tension
  • Jaw-strengthening exercises
  • Fixing an uneven bite by adjusting or reshaping teeth
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Botox injections to relieve jaw pain and headaches

How Our Dentist in Las Vegas Can Help

Our compassionate and professional dentist in Las Vegas can help you find solutions for your TMJ disorder. Our experienced dental team is dedicated to providing comfortable, top-quality dentistry for all of our patients. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Desert Breeze Dental at 702-869-0032 today!  We look forward to taking care of all of your dental care needs.

Improve Your Smile by Visiting a Las Vegas Cosmetic Dentist

Many people with damaged or missing teeth stop smiling because they are self-conscious about the way their teeth look. When they make the decision to enhance their smiles with the help of a Las Vegas cosmetic dentist, many are surprised to learn that it can be life-changing.

Using state-of-the-art techniques, materials and technology, a cosmetic dentist can repair many dental problems, including:

  • Worn, chipped or fractured teeth
  • Discolored or stained teeth
  • Misaligned or spacing within teeth

Common Procedures Performed by Your Las Vegas Cosmetic Dentist

Porcelain Veneers – Dental veneers are custom tooth-colored porcelain restorations that are bonded to the front of the teeth. They are natural-looking and enhance your smile by covering imperfections such as fractures, cracks, stains and gaps.

Tooth Bonding – Typically used to improve the appearance of decayed, discolored or fractured teeth, bonding is one of the least invasive and most affordable ways to improve your smile.

Laser Teeth Whitening – One of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures, whitening is an affordable, convenient and non-invasive way to effectively whiten and brighten your smile.

White Composite Fillings – These metal-free tooth-colored fillings are strong and durable, and create natural-looking restorations that blend with your own tooth.

Ceramic Crowns – Strong porcelain crowns are often the most aesthetically pleasing option when it comes to protecting teeth that have been compromised by decay or large fractures.

Dental Implants – If you are missing teeth, implants can fill that individual space in your smile. These wonders of modern dentistry look, feel and function like real teeth.

Contact Us for Las Vegas Cosmetic Dentistry

Our dentists will thoroughly examine your teeth, assess your oral health and discuss the problems you’d like to address, such as repairing misalgined, fractured or discolored teeth. Replacing missing teeth and fixing any other dental imperfections that you may have. They will then craft a customized treatment plan to fit your individual needs and help you receive your desired results.

Dr. Paul VreNon is the only Las Vegas cosmetic dentist accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Our compassionate and professional dental team is dedicated to providing the best in comfortable, modern cosmetic dentistry. If you are ready to improve your smile and your life with cosmetic dentistry, contact Desert Breeze Dental at 702-869-0032 to schedule an appointment today!

 

Exploring the Benefits of Botox

When someone expresses an interest in getting a Botox treatment, others often assume that it’s to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles around the face.

This is a fair assumption since this application is far from what most people assume that BOTOX® Cosmetic actually addresses. Botulinum toxin injections can be used to treat a wide range of conditions and maladies, from migraines to excessive sweating. You may not agree with others who herald Botox as a “wonder drug,” but you are wise to explore the full range of applications to see if it might benefit you.

Botox for Cosmetic Purposes

  • For the eyes

Botox weakens the muscles that control squinting and other facial expressions, which in turn reduces or eliminates wrinkles and the ‘crow’s feet’ that form around the eyes. It’s important to note that the injections affect only the muscles, not the nerves, so patients experience no loss of sensation around the eye area.

  • For the forehead

Horizontal wrinkles tend to form along the forehead as people age, and Botox injections can erase these creases and leave behind smoother skin.

  • For the eyebrows

Stubborn furrows that settle between the eyes are no match for Botox injections. Botox injections have proven to be so effective at eliminating brow lines that many people undergo this treatment in place of a brow lift.

  • For jaw contouring

Most recently, Botox has been used to shrink the masseter muscles, which are the jaw muscles that control chewing. Injections in this area can gently reshape a square-shaped face into a softer, oval shape.

Botox for Dentistry

  • For jaw pain and TMD (temporo-mandibular disorder)

Whether you are a teeth grinder, diagnosed with TMD or suffer from jaw tension, Botox injections may be able to relieve your headaches and other jaw pain. After an injection, most patients see relief within a week if not sooner in the day or two following treatment.

  • For migraines

In October of 2010 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Botox for the treatment of migraines. Researchers are still unsure as to how Botox helps, but the belief is that the treatment, “ blocks a nerve’s ability to activate a muscle,” according to the Mayo Clinic. “However, the migraine prevention effect likely goes beyond this, even potentially modifying how the brain perceives pain.”

Schedule a Botox Consultation at Desert Breeze Dental

There is no doubt Botox has become more commonplace in the last 20 years, but it should always be administered by a certified medical professional who can screen you carefully for any potential health risks. Place your trust in Desert Breeze Dental, currently offering a 20% discount on Botox treatments until November 30, 2017. Call 702-869-0032 to take advantage of this limited time offer and to schedule a consultation to see whether Botox can, in fact, do wonders for you.

Protect Your Smile with a Las Vegas Dentist Prescribed Sports Mouth Guard

Teeth and mouth injuries are common in sports players all year round, regardless of what sport you play. Your Las Vegas dentist, Dr. Paul VreNon at Desert Breeze Dental can create a custom-made mouth guard that protects the teeth from trauma and injuries that can occur while participating in a variety of sports activities.

Why Should I Invest in a Dentist Prescribed Custom-made Mouth Guard?

According to the National Institute of Health, the face is often the most exposed part of the body during sporting endeavors. A mouth guard protects the teeth and limits the risk of damage from traumatic impact and unconscious grinding. A mouth guard also protects the gums and other soft tissues in the mouth from cuts and tears, reduces the chance of TMJ trauma and jaw fractures, and may even reduce the chance of concussion from certain types of impacts. A properly fitted mouth guard can help to avoid costly dental procedures and the added discomfort and inconvenience of having to undergo extensive treatment.

Mouth guards that are available for over-the-counter purchase will provide slight protection, but will not provide the same level of protection or customized fit of custom-made mouth guard. Boil-and-bite mouth guards are softened in boiling water and then molded to the mouth, but the internal layer can easily thin out, which can then lead to inadequate protection. Stock mouth guards are ready-to-wear but can easily become loose and oftentimes pop out. Both types of mouth guards are also more bulky and less comfortable than custom-fitted models.

A Customized Fit with Flair

Your Las Vegas dentist and team at Desert Breeze Dental will take custom impressions that fit your teeth and mouth precisely in order to create a durable, comfortable mouth guard to provide optimal protection. You can also express pride for your favorite sports team and/or alma mater by getting a mouth guard to match your favorite team’s colors!

Protecting your mouth and jaw with a custom-fitted sports mouth guard is well worth the expense when compared to other costly protective athletic gear. If you’re playing football, would you forgo wearing a helmet? Of course not. Protecting your whole body, including your mouth, is essential to staying healthy and injury-free.

Take Advantage of the Fall Sports Guard Special at Your Las Vegas Dentist

From November 1 – 30, 2017, all custom-made sports mouth guards are only $350, a savings of $175, at Desert Breeze Dental. Schedule a consultation with your Las Vegas dentist at Desert Breeze Dental by calling 702-869-0032 to get started!