How to Prepare for Your First Las Vegas Dentist Appointment at Desert Breeze Dental

At The DentistVisiting a Las Vegas dentist for regular checkups and teeth cleanings is an essential part of maintaining strong teeth and a healthy smile. Preventive dental care such as regular checkups, cleanings and x-rays can improve your overall health and wellness, and help you avoid costly and uncomfortable dental problems down the road.

Preparing For Your First Visit With Our Las Vegas Dentist

X-rays

If this is your first visit with our Las Vegas dentist, we will some diagnostic X-rays, which can diagnose problems such as impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts, bone loss and decay between the teeth.

Examination

During your first dental visit, one of our experienced dentists will review your dental and medical history with you and perform a comprehensive oral examination that includes evaluating your teeth and mouth for decay, cavities, gum disease and any abnormalities. The dentist will also perform an oral cancer screening and take note of existing dental work, missing teeth, cavities and fractures.

The dentist will also review your x-rays and discuss dental treatment recommendations and options, address any questions or concerns you may have, and work with you to create a customized treatment plan designed to fit your individual needs. Depending on your treatment plan and our office scheduling, you may even be able to begin treatment the same day!

Hygiene Visit

Professional hygiene visits usually are performed by one of our highly-trained dental hygienists.  The hygienist will determine which hygiene mainteance is going to help you sistain your oral health by measuring your gum and bone levels. They will use special dental instruments to remove the calculus (tartar) and plaque from your teeth, polish to remove any additional plaque and stains, and use Laser therapy to remove any harmful bacteria from your gingiva. Leaving your mouth looking and feeling squeaky clean!

Patient Forms and Dental Insurance

We highly recommend you print out our Dental History, Medical History and Patient Registration forms and fill them out prior to arriving for your appointment. The three forms are available here individually or you can print out all three on the link labeled “Patient PDF Forms.” Fill out these forms as accurately and detailed as possible and bring them with you on your first visit, as this greatly assists our dentists in developing the best care plan for you.

If you haven’t completed the forms ahead of time, plan to arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to fill out the three forms and provide insurance information. Desert Breeze Dental accepts most PPO dental plans and offers financing through Care Credit. We also accept checks, cash, credit cards and Health Savings & Flexible Spending Accounts.

Contact Desert Breeze Dental With Additional Las Vegas Dentist Questions

With completed patient forms and insurance card in hand, you are ready for your first appointment! Your caring and knowledgeable Las Vegas dentist looks forward to serving your dental care needs. If you have any additional questions regarding your appointment, please call us at 702-869-0032 today.

The Difference Between Dental Bleaching and Whitening: Insight from Your Dentist in Las Vegas

WhiteningA popular cosmetic dental procedure often performed by our dentist in Las Vegas, teeth whitening is an affordable way to improve the appearance of your teeth and brighten your smile. While the terms “whitening” and “bleaching” are often used synonymously, according to the FDA, the word “bleaching” is permitted on products that can whiten teeth lighter than their natural color. Products that contain active ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide do “bleach” the teeth and can significantly lighten their color. Because whitening has a more pleasant ring to it, most products that could be considered bleaching products are labeled as teeth whitening products.

Daily Oral Hygiene and Whitening

Cleansing agents such as mouthwashes and toothpastes remove stains and debris from the tooth’s surface, thereby “whitening” it. Food and drinks like tea, coffee and red wine can discolor your teeth daily, and using these whitening products with an electric toothbrush can help remove surface stains, whitening your teeth and make the effects of professional whitening treatment last longer.

Teeth Whitening Options with Your Dentist in Las Vegas

Your dentist in Las Vegas can help you determine which whitening options will best fit your desired results and budget. While over-the-counter whitening kits are cheap, these types of products can be messy, take a long time to work and will only brighten your teeth a few shades.

Take-home whitening trays are custom-made by your dentist and fit your teeth precisely. A professional-grade peroxide gel is applied and trays are worn overnight or for about an hour a day for a few weeks, depending on desired results. Because they are custom-crafted, this gel doesn’t have the tendency to seep onto gums and other delicate tissues of the mouth like it can with over-the-counter whitening kits.

In-office procedures such as BioLase Laser Whitening offers the most dramatic whitening effects in the least amount of time. Your dentist will ensure that the gums and mouth are protected, and apply a high-concentration peroxide gel to your teeth that may be used in conjunction with a special laser. This easy, non-invasive procedure takes about an hour and can make your teeth up to eight shades whiter.

Our skilled dentist in Las Vegas can help you brighten and enhance your smile with whitening and other cosmetic dental procedures such as veneers, crowns, implants, and more. We look forward to serving all of your dental health needs. Call us at 702-869-0032 to schedule your appointment today!