The 6 Biggest Gum Disease Culprits

When we brush or floss and it caused our gums to bleed, that’s usually a sign it needs more attention. Swelling and bleeding are visible signs of periodontal or gum disease. Three-fourths of U.S. adults develop some form of gum disease. As with any disease, early detection is critical. Here are some of the most common causes of gum disease, along with some ways to prevent it.

6 Causes of Gum Disease

Plaque

The leading cause of gum disease is a plaque or the film around your teeth that builds up due to improper teeth cleansing. Plaque is a bacterial biofilm that is a breeding ground for more bacteria and can cause gum disease and decay. With proper home care, plaque can be removed. However, it is important to schedule your regular dental visits so that a dental hygienist can assess how you are caring for your teeth and help you to improve your daily oral habits.

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Medicine

Medications can affect your dental health in a variety of ways. One of the common side-effects leading to gum disease is dry mouth or xerostomia. When you have dry mouth, you create a breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria. By reducing your saliva, medications also affect the way your mouth breaks down food, allowing plaque to build up.

Nutrition

Nutrition, or the lack thereof, is one reason we get gum disease. Our overall health and what we eat each affect our oral health. Eating food that is high in both sugar and acidity can change both of those factors. For starters, foods that are rich in sugars have a deficiency in water and Vitamin C, which is both necessary for maintaining healthy gums. Sugars and acids also are the most significant reasons our teeth and gums break down and become unhealthy.

Misaligned/Crowded Teeth

Uneven and overlapping teeth can make cleaning teeth difficult, which may lead to more plaque build-up. This increased plaque is what causes gum disease. Luckily, no matter how crowded your teeth are, there are always options for repair.

Tobacco The 6 Biggest Gum Disease Culprits

Smoking and chewing tobacco both have an impressively broad array of adverse effects on your health including your oral health. Cigarettes are full of chemicals that destroy your teeth and gums. If you smoke or use tobacco, your risk of getting periodontal disease dramatically increases.

Smoking decreases the blood flow to the oral mucosa, which can cause gums to appear healthier than they are. It is essential to have periodontal assessments done to diagnose periodontal disease. So, if you have bleeding gums, get to your dentist right away.

Hormones

Unfortunately, we can’t always control our bodies. Our bodies change and make adjustments all the time. During these times, maintaining balance can be difficult. Pregnancy causes hormonal changes, and during pregnancy, women will find that is more difficult to keep their gums completely healthy. Inflamed gums that bleed is a side-effect of pregnancy, so routine dental care is not only safe but an essential part of prenatal care.

The Best Gum Disease Solution

There are plenty of reasons we get gum disease, but no matter what, the best solution is preventative dentistry. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day and scheduling an appointment with your dentist is the best way to prevent gum disease or diagnose and treat it. Learn more about gum disease health.

The Strangest Mouth Conditions (and How to Avoid Them)

Dry mouth, bleeding sores, and swollen gums—those are all prevalent oral health issues. We’ve discussed them quite a bit. But for a little more unusual symptoms in the mouth, you may be a little unprepared if you’re not completely aware of their existence. Here are some of the more strange mouth diseases you could encounter, and how to prevent yourself from experiencing them.

Strange Mouth Diseases  

“Furry” tongue The Strangest Mouth Conditions (and How to Avoid Them)

A white furry and coated tongue is generally a sign of some infections. It’s a temporary condition, usually lasting less than two weeks and is almost always never a cause for concern. However, if alongside a white coated tongue, you’re experiencing pain or the symptoms stay for an extended period, it’s important you see a dentist right away.

Sometimes, white patches on your tongue can be caused by Leukoplakia, which is the most common of white tongue culprits. It is the result of an overproduction of cells in the lining of the mouth and tongue. When this happens, a protein known as keratin is deposited, causing discoloration.

The white “fur” obviously isn’t fur. In cases where Leukoplakia isn’t present, it’s generally caused by a buildup of fungus or bacteria, so what you’re seeing and feeling in your mouth is just that: bacterial build up or fungal yeast.

The best way to avoid a white coated tongue is, in most cases, good oral health care. Alongside your regular brushing and flossing, make sure to brush your tongue. Tongue scrapers have been known to greatly reduce mouth bacteria and bad breath.

Burning mouth syndrome

Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is either painful burning or a tingling sensation in your mouth. This perpetual irritation has many potential causes of diabetes to thyroid disorders. It has also been linked to high blood pressure and drug use. These common causes can help your dental professional in identifying the cause, considering how hard it can sometimes be to find an exact cause.

The problem with BMS is that the doctor must rule out every other possibility before diagnosing it. Since it’s a condition that is very hard to determine the cause of, there is no one way to treat it. Treatments may range from vitamin or mineral supplements to stimulating saliva production.

BMS can range drastically from moderate to severe. Some patients who suffer from BMS endure constant scalding pain for months or even years. It is more common in women than men and, recently, one female patient helped make a breakthrough in finding out what causes BMS.

The best way to avoid BMS is to avoid harmful substances. It’s a bit of a no-brainer, but avoiding tobacco, spicy or acidic foods, and alcohol is the only advisable preventative measure for BMS, since there’s not just one cause of it, and the disease is overall rather mysterious.

Mysterious metallic tastes

Sometimes we get a bad taste in our mouths, and we can’t get rid of them. The usual measure would be to brush our teeth or rinse our mouths out. But when you get the overwhelming taste of pocket change in your mouth, and it won’t go away, it can be very distracting and even upsetting.

A few different things can cause a random taste of metal in your mouth, commonly known as parageusia. We’ve discussed how medicine can create a metallic taste in your mouth, but pregnancy or diseases like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s can be causes as well.

Since your sense of taste is closely related to your sense of smell, sinus and nasal issues can create this mysterious taste. It’s very common, in fact. If you suffer from allergies, sinus infections, or the common cold, you are likely to experience this at least subtly.

Since there are so many causes for this taste change, we can’t limit the preventative measure down to one thing. It may not always be avoidable either. If the reason for the taste change is a sinus infection or a cold, there isn’t much to do besides taking in a lot of vitamins to minimize the effects of getting sick.

Sometimes when medications cause this problem, the medications we take are required, so it isn’t advised to stop making them without discussing it with a doctor first. However, another cause of this taste change is poor oral health. That is something you can work on to minimize the chances of this happening.

Skin peeling inside the mouth

The skin in your mouth is a wet, mucous membrane, so when it starts to dry out and peel, you’ll notice almost immediately. Usually happening inside the cheek, you’ll see your skin begin to lift off the surface and come off completely.

There are a few reasons the skin in your mouth could peel. First of all, it may be caused by a slight allergic reaction to your toothpaste. This is rather common and not very serious, but it’s essential that you switch toothpaste and talk to a dentist as allergies can worsen over time.

In worse cases, mouth peeling can be a sign of horrible gingivitis or untreated gum disease. If this occurs, you’ll see your gum line receding before it starts to peel away, and you’ll need to see a dentist ASAP. Another more painful cause of mouth skin peeling away is a canker sore or ulcer.

Worst case scenario, you may have Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. This condition is an immune hypersensitivity that can cause your mucous membranes to peel and fall away. Other symptoms of SJS are a headache, malaise, joint pain, sputum expelled from coughs, and painful rashes and lesions. This is a severe condition that requires immediate medical attention.

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome can only be contracted from certain medicines or bacterial infections. It’s important to stay on top of that and be careful. If you ever get SJS, let your doctor know you’ve had it, so they can help you avoid getting it in the future.

For other instances of ulcers and gingivitis, make sure you maintain superb oral health. Schedule an appointment with your dentist if you start to experience symptoms of infection. The number one thing is knowing how to avoid mouth disease. Also how to handle it when it comes so that you can prevent worsening symptoms.

The Best Way to Avoid Strange Mouth Diseases

Dr. Balle and Dr. Guild from Balle & Associates are trained to find and treat familiar and strange mouth diseases. The number one way to avoid any peculiar mouth conditions is by getting treated by the top dentists. When it comes to your oral health, the team is more than qualified to handle an array of oral health issues. Schedule your appointment with us today.

Summer Smiles: A Full Mouth Makeover

Summer is coming. As it warms up, we start to think of all the awesome outdoor activities we can do, from swimming to sunbathing. But before the summer hits is a great time to revisit some of those dental flaws that have been bothering you. If your teeth are crooked, damaged, or missing, it may be time for a full summer smile makeover. There are plenty of reasons for a full mouth reconstruction. You can have the smile you’ve always wanted for the summer season.

Why a Summer Smile Makeover?

Have a healthy summer

Some secrets to getting an incredible full mouth makeover start with maintaining that wonderful healthy smile once you get it. That said, as soon as you get your dental implants, you can rest assured that your teeth are at peak performance and cleanliness. Keep it up with proper cleaning techniques, even after your teeth are replaced.

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Smile confidently

Whether you’re going on vacation or spending a lot of time with your family, the best way to top it off is to have a smile you can be proud of. It will make you feel more comfortable and confident no matter what situation you’re in.

Eat whatever you want on vacation Summer Smiles: A Full Mouth Makeover

A full mouth makeover ensures that your teeth are as strong as they have ever been. That means if you had sensitive or cavity-filled teeth and certain foods and drinks hurt your teeth, you can now have a little more freedom with what you eat. So as long as you maintain proper cleaning habits and being a careful not to over consume or eat anything potentially harmful, you can enjoy a vacation full of ease of mind eating.

Feel no discomfort this summer

Your summer smile makeover guarantees that your smile is up to par with the utmost health. If you choose the amazing teeth in a day options, One Step Hybrid dental implants, you’ll experience very minimal pain and little to no stitches. What’s great about One Step Hybrid or teeth in a day is that there is a small process of healing, making your summer smile makeover an almost instant vacation.

Get Your Complete Smile Makeover Consultation

The team at Balle & Associates is your go-to dental practice for cosmetic dentistry. If you’re looking for a brand new smile with summer smile makeover dental implants, consider a life-changing procedure with us. Schedule your consultation today!

How Medication Alters Your Dental Health

Medications often come with a guarantee of side-effects. Any standard bottle of pills has a list of them right on the side for you to read. Go ahead and read as many of them as you can. Chances are you’ll find quite a few that list oral-related side effects. Those symptoms can range from moderate to severe, depending on the medications. What are some of the effects of medication on oral care?

Effects of Medication on Oral Care

“Cotton” mouth How Medication Alters Your Dental Health

Also known as Xerostomia or dry mouth, “cotton” mouth can make swallowing or even speaking difficult. This occurs when your mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva, and your mouth dries out. It isn’t severe on its own, but it has been known to cause more significant problems such as infection, inflammation, or gum disease. Just put: without enough saliva, your mouth becomes vulnerable to bacterial infection.

Dry mouth is one of the most common dental health medication effects. Here are just a few examples of drugs that can dry your mouth out:

  • Antihistamines
  • antidepressants/anti-anxiety
  • Asthma inhalers
  • Acne Medication
  • Parkinson’s medication
  • Heart medication

If you take any of these treatments, make sure to drink lots of water. Also, sugar-free gum like Ice Chips is a good option. Not only do they help produce saliva, but they also influence the growth of good bacteria in your mouth and ultimately can help battle tooth decay.

 

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Taste change

Interestingly enough, some of the pills you take can alter the taste of food. While this is easily the mildest on this list, it could quickly ruin what would generally be a delicious meal for you. The taste changes can range from salty or bitter to earthy or metallic.

A few examples of possible culprits are:

  • Antibiotics
  • Antihistamines
  • Anti-fungal
  • Blood pressure/cholesterol-lowering drugs

The list goes on, but the truth is that it’s widespread and nothing to worry about. So, plan your meals accordingly.

Canker sores

We’ve all had mouth sores a time or two in our lives, but certain drugs can cause them directly. Although they’re an uncomfortable nuisance, mouth sores aren’t severe side effects and can usually be treated with oral creams and antibiotics, but dental laser therapy removal is also an option.

Only a few types of drugs are known for causing mouth ulceration, and those include:

  • Chemotherapy drugs
  • Aspirin and other painkillers

Swelling and Inflammation

You may have excellent oral hygiene and take great care of your teeth, but it’s still possible to experience gum swelling or “gingival overgrowth.” Some medications can damage the lining of your mouth and gums, causing them to swell and turn red. It can also be somewhat uncomfortable.

Treatments for seizures and immunosuppressants can be linked to swelling, and chemotherapy treatments can cause inflammation in the lining of the mouth. Inflammation is also known as “mucositis” and your chances of experience it greatly increases if you smoke or drink alcohol. It can also worsen if you suffer from diabetes, HIV, or kidney issues.

Bleeding

Your mouth is vulnerable to cuts and sores, so when medication hinders your ability to clot, you’re at risk for excessive bleeding. It’s especially dangerous during oral surgery when an incision is made because the heavy bleeding can make you sick or even pose a potential risk of suffocation.

Blood thinners and aspirin can cause heavy bleeding, and since aspirin can also cause open sores in your mouth, taking aspirin puts you at a higher risk for abnormal oral bleeding.

Reduce Your Worry with a Dental Visit

Although these medication effects are rather common, you’ll be fine as long as you remember the most important parts of your oral health: taking care of your teeth and visiting the dentist regularly. Medication can alter your dental health in a minor way, but scheduling an appointment with Balle & Associates is best way to ensure a quality smile.

The Very Best Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments You Can Get!

Cosmetic dentistry treatments range from basic tooth repair to complete smile makeovers. While cosmetic dentistry treatments help your teeth look better, they also revitalize and strengthen them. We must offer you only the best cosmetic dentistry options.

With all the benefits of cosmetic dentistry in any form, which one is most popular?

5 of the Most Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

1. Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are useful in filling cavities and rot in teeth when traditional dental fillings are no longer sufficient. Normally, people may want to get dental crowns before their teeth get bad enough for a root canal. Dental crowns are perhaps made more popular by the innovative CEREC crowns procedure. CEREC, or “Same-day-crowns,” allow for all the benefits of dental crowns with the added convenience of time on your side.

2. Porcelain veneers

If a tooth suffers from damage and discoloration, porcelain veneers can help. Your dentist will get rid of the affected area and apply a thin layer of porcelain to the teeth. This gives them a natural white and healthy look. The porcelain veneer treatment is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments out there.

3. Invisalign

Invisalign is a set of durable plastic tooth correction trays that work compared to a regular set of braces. However, Invisalign is a simpler and more convenient way to correct misaligned teeth. Not to mention, they’re virtually undetectable by anyone who looks at you. As a bonus, Invisalign is more comfortable than a regular set of braces. Invisalign comes in handy for a multitude of intraoral issues, such as overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite, and overcrowded or gapped teeth.

4. Composite Fillings

When a simple cavity is formed, it will most likely need the attention and care of a dentist to perform a composite filling on the tooth. Unlike crowns, these are meant for pretty shallow holes in your teeth and is a basic procedure to fill in the tooth. If ignored, your cavities may be in need of dental crowns or a root canal.

5. Teeth whitening

One of the biggest insecurities many people face with their teeth is that they aren’t as white as they would like. That’s why teeth whitening is such a popular option for cosmetic dentistry. Whether it be at home or in office, a professional teeth whitening is guaranteed to raise your confidence and get your teeth looking better.

 

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The Benefits of Invisalign

Braces have been used, in one form or another, since around 1000 BC. Just like anything that’s been around for that long, there’s been interesting and amazing progress. Take for example that braces are traditionally metal wires, brackets, and rubber bands.

 

Instead of having a mechanical instrument in your mouth, you could reap the Invisalign benefits and switch to a metal-free mouth. Here’s why many people believe Invisalign is the best cosmetic dentistry treatment out there.

Up to 50% faster

When it comes to braces vs. Invisalign, it’s worth mentioning that you’re not only going to look better with Invisalign, but you’ll also see progress faster. The process of getting Invisalign involves visiting the dentist office to get a new set of Invisalign trays every few weeks or so. That’s because your teeth straighten fast, and the new set of dishes comes just in time to continue the job.

More comfortable

Traditional braces leave you sore afterward for quite some time, and while it’s not extreme, you can withstand teeth straightening procedures without having to endure pain. Invisalign is specially fitted to your teeth for maximum comfort.

Dentists recommend patients keep Invisalign trays in as much as possible. However, you can remove them to eat and brush your teeth. With Invisalign, it’s easier to clean your teeth and gums than it is to get around traditional braces and brackets.

Customizable

Since your dentist takes a 3D scan of your teeth, you’ll get a complete Invisalign tray that thoroughly covers the area. On top of that, your dentist will determine the best possible solution for you and will give you a comprehensive custom treatment.

Virtually invisible

While wearing your Invisalign trays, no one will notice they’re in your mouth. The Proprietary SmartTrack material is translucent and, when put in your mouth, the only thing people will see is the whiteness of your teeth. It is for this reason that most people consider Invisalign over traditional braces.

Strong material

Standard braces are easy to break or come off the teeth. If you eat anything sticky or too hard, the brackets can pop right off. Luckily, Invisalign benefits include its strong and durable material. Invisalign creators designed their trays so that patients can take them out while eating. This way, you never have to worry about damaging them.

Great for any age

No matter how old or young you are, Invisalign is right for you. Their complete flexibility allows for users of all ages to quickly adapt to using them, and they’re entirely safe. If all your adult teeth are in, but they are crooked, what better time than now to see Invisalign benefits for yourself?

Curious About Veneers in Las Vegas?

When you smile, do you like what you see? Is your smile crooked, or are the shape of your teeth irregular? Whatever issue you have with your teeth, whether it be their position, condition, or color, you have many options with cosmetic dentistry. Check out the benefits of veneers and why you should consider getting them.

Understanding the Benefits of Veneers

Veneers are custom-made pieces of porcelain or resin placed over the tooth that are cosmetic and intended to enhance the appearance the tooth and a patient’s overall smile. If you’re looking to get veneers, you’ll first schedule a consultation with a dentist. During this appointment, your dentist will deem whether or not veneers are right for you.

At your next visit, the dentist will make an impression of the tooth. That impression will aid in creating the porcelain veneer.

After about a week or two, the veneers will come back, ready for bonding. The cosmetic dentist will then adjust the veneer until it’s the right size and shape before bonding. The natural tooth will be cleaned and etched, and then the dentist cements the veneer over the tooth.

Are veneers similar to teeth?

Dental specialists use porcelain or resin materials to make veneers to simulate the texture and aesthetic of natural teeth. Each material has their pros and cons. Porcelain veneers are more resistant to staining, and they reflect more light, making them appear shinier. Resin veneers have a thinner shell.

In any case, the main benefits of veneers are that people generally can’t tell the difference between these two materials and your natural teeth. That’s what makes veneers an adequate dental implant alternative.

Are veneers safe?

For a person to be a candidate for cosmetic veneers, they must have healthy gums and teeth. Additionally, if you suffer from bruxism or teeth grinding, you should ask your dentist about seeking treatment beforehand.

The benefits of veneers are endless. They’re completely safe and have little to no risk involved, making them one of the safest and most painless cosmetic dentistry procedures you can get. There is also almost no recovery time with veneers.

Benefits of Snap-On Smile

Snap-On Smile is a relatively new cosmetic dentistry that involves a removable appliance, made from a technologically advanced dental resin. It “snaps” into place to give you a beautiful new smile. The convenience isn’t the only selling point to this innovative piece of dental equipment—learn more about the many Snap-On Smile benefits.

It’s perfect for most people

Regarding side-effects or discomfort, there isn’t much to say about Snap-On Smile. It feels great, looks great, and presents an excellent change of appearance for all who wear it. Most people can find benefits from Snap-On Smile. With its versatile material, it can be molded for just about any mouth.

It’s completely safe

Just like a retainer, Snap-On Smile fits over the teeth and stays in place. Because it stays nice and tight around the teeth, there’s little to no wiggle room or any chance it can snap off. It’s made to look and feel like your normal teeth. As long as you use them just as the dentist recommends, you’ll have no issues with Snap-On Smile.

It gives immediate results

While you wear your Snap-On Smile, you’ll already feel like you have a new set of teeth, because the Snap-On Smile looks like regular teeth. But Snap-On Smile benefits more than just your looks. You’ll notice a difference in your confidence above all else. No more having to worry about hiding your teeth when you smile or talk.

It’s fully customizable

Snap-On Smile is right for just about anyone; we can customize it to each’s personal needs. When you go in for your Snap-On Smile appointment, you’ll not only be fitted for the tray, but the dentist will also let you choose the shape, color, and size to suit your needs best.

It’s durable

You don’t have to worry about biting down too hard with Snap-On Smile. It isn’t made up of acrylic or porcelain, but rather a crystallized acetyl resin—a much more powerful and stain-resistant material.  

Best Cosmetic Dentistry Practitioners

If you’re looking for Las Vegas dentists who can assist you with only the best cosmetic dentistry procedures, Balle & Associates is the dental practice for you. We are the go-to office for all things cosmetic dentistry, so see for yourself.

To Scrape or Not to Scrape Your Tongue

As you walk on down the toothpaste aisle, you see all types of oral care items. Toothbrushes, floss, water picks, denture cream, etc. Each and every one has a role when it comes to preventative dentistry. Out of the corner of your eye, however, you see tongue scrapers. You’ve heard about them before, but now you’re asking yourself: “Should I include this in my daily dental routine?”

See for yourself.

Reasons to Consider Using a Tongue Scraper

Your tongue is exposed to millions of bacteria every day. Whether through food, drink, or close contact, bacteria and plaque gather on the tongue more than anywhere else.

It’s no wonder, either. The spongy and porous like tongue can hold on to a multitude of food particles and bacteria for days. This colony of bacteria can potentially reduce the effectiveness of your oral care regimen.

Scraping your tongue can help cut back on the amount of plaque-causing bacteria in your mouth. Additionally, it can also help freshen your breath and maintain your oral cleaning regimen even longer.

In other words, cleaning, or scraping the tongue should be a priority. But does that mean you have to use tongue scrapers? Would simply brushing the tongue suffice?

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Word to the oral care wise To Scrape or Not to Scrape Your Tongue

If you do begin acclimating tongue scraping to your oral care routine, make sure to do it gently. Tongue scrapers may be too rigid or made out of a sharp material, so cutting the tongue is a possibility.

This can make your oral care routine counter-producing as the bacteria now have an opening to invade your body.  

When you use a tongue scraper, make sure to choose a flexible, plastic material and scrape the tongue a few times slowly to reduce the risk of cutting.

Also, remember that most dentists recommended toothbrushes have built-in tongue scrapers directly on the back of the brush itself.

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Why You Should Get Dental Implants

By now, you may have heard about One Step Hybrid dental implants, a fantastic solution to getting new teeth in one day. The questions, though, is whether or not it’s right for you. Whether you choose One Step Hybrid dental implants or standard dental implants., it’s good to know that what you’re doing is worth it. Let’s see some of the benefits of dental implants.

What are Dental Implants?

If you desire a better smile, dental implants are your answer. Dental implants are a realistic replacement for damaged or missing teeth. There are cosmetic benefits of dental implants, as well as functioning like real teeth.

There are two types of dental implants.

  • Endosteal: Dental implants that are drilled directly into the jaw bone.
  • Subperiosteal: Dental implants that are placed into the gums on top of the jaw bone.

With dental implants, you can replace a single tooth or replace all of your teeth. Dr. Balle and Dr. Guild make this process quicker and simpler with our One Step Hybrid dental implant. You can leave our office the same day of your appointment with a better smile.  

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The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are completely safe and natural-looking, so when you get your dental implants, you just might forget you have them. People you encounter will only notice how nice your teeth are. That’s because they are made to look and act just like regular teeth. Aside from them functionally being the same thing as teeth, why else should you consider dental implants?

1. Your new smile will be strong

After you get your new teeth, you’ll feel a sudden sharp spike in your self-esteem. People will look at you in admiration, and you’ll have no reason not to smile. As far as aesthetics go, your teeth will be flawless.

Now, not only will you have nicer looking teeth, you’ll have more confidence in what you can eat. Dental implants will benefit not only the strength of your bite but also the strength of your aw altogether. It’ll feel just like your regular bite, but stronger.

2. Dental implants last longer than any other alternative

The strength of your new teeth is unmatched. As long as you take care of your dental implants following your oral surgeon’s advice, they will last you the rest of your life. That means with dental implants you’ll never have to worry about getting dentures, bridges, or any other corrective treatments.

3. You’ll get a healthier mouth for life

Unlike regular teeth, dental implants can’t get cavities. That’s a major milestone for dental care, especially for those who have weak tooth enamel. Obviously, it goes without saying that daily care and regular dentist visits are still mandatory. It’s just that with your new teeth, you have much less to worry about.

Long term, your dental implants will prolong the life of your mouth. Dentures and bridges have been known to grind down on your jaw. Once you lose your natural teeth, your jaw becomes weak and begins to deteriorate. With dentures and bridges, the chances of that are increased. Dental implants have been proven to prevent bone loss in your jaw as well as being the most comfortable long term dental treatment. That means easier brushing, flossing, and rinsing with even more benefit in doing so.

Recovery Time with One Step Hybrid Dental Implants

There are plenty of benefits of dental implants. But just like with all heavy dental surgeries or procedures, dental implants involve a bit of recovery time. Depending on your condition and the amount of work done, patients can typically expect a few days to a little over a week of taking it easy before you’re considered fully healed. This included being healed enough to eat solid foods—the stuff you really enjoy. Rest assured, eating food with dental implants isn’t an obscure concept.  

Dental Implants Let You Enjoy Your Favorite Food Why You Should Get Dental Implants

The first few days of having brand new dental implants can sometimes cause your mouth to feel a bit sensitive. Dental implants recovery time doesn’t last very long, but it is during this healing period of dental implants where you’d have to take it easier with what you eat. Your dentist can give you more specifics on how long you should wait before eating solid foods, depending on how much work you had done.

That means being a bit careful about what you eat, solely due to the fact that your mouth hasn’t fully recovered. Biting down on something solid may possibly cause some discomfort. It’s a good thing that there are plenty of options for delicious soft food you can eat with dental implants:

  • Broth
  • Tomato soup (or other condensed or creamy soups)
  • Protein shakes
  • Pudding
  • Applesauce

Hold off on cold dairies and treats like ice cream and yogurt for at least a couple days. This is because drastic temperatures can potentially harm the fresh stitches.

Also hold off on hot drinks like coffee and tea, as well as carbonated drinks. When drinking anything, avoid using straws. Sucking on a straw can reopen any wounds or stitches, causing extreme bleeding and delayed healing.

After a week or two

Depending on your healing time and when you start to feel better, you can start ushering in eating solid food after dental implants. It’s important that you, when eating food with dental implants, practice caution. Don’t go straight for crunchy.

Instead, your first few steps into solid food should begin somewhat on the softer side. Some solid foods require very little use of teeth and can be masticated with your gums and very little use of your teeth. It’s important to get comfortable chewing with your new teeth without overdoing it, but also allow you to eat more solid food.

Try these soft solid foods at the end of your recovery period:

  • More hearty soups
  • Fish
  • Soft bread
  • Pasta
  • Scrambled eggs

This is where you get a lot of options, especially with pasta and bread. You can still eat really well in the first week or two of having dental implants.

When you’re fully recovered

Now that you’re fully recovered, you can go back to eating the food you used to eat and love. Thick, chewy steaks and crunchy tacos are not outside the realm of possibilities. In fact, with dental implants, your teeth are stronger than ever. You’ll find that eating food with dental implants is a breeze.

Dental Implant Myths 

With so many benefits of dental implants, there are also many misunderstandings about not they work and the means to get them. To truly understand what you’re buying when getting dental implants, you must first rid your mind of these misconceptions.

“You don’t need to be licensed to implant them.”

You wouldn’t’ go to an unqualified doctor for surgery, right? The same goes for dental implants. However, there’s still some misunderstanding about what sort of training and education oral surgeons need.

Not just anyone can perform the procedure. It’s a job meant for licensed oral surgeons and licensed dentists. Many people have made the mistake of going to under-qualified specialists and paying less (more on that later) but, to their surprise, the dental implants didn’t take, or some other health issue arose.

“Dental implants are always costly.”

The price of dental implants depends on the patient’s condition and the amount of work needed. One dental implants myth is that there are “specialists” who can do it cheaper than oral surgeons and just as good.

Unfortunately, this is a mistake many patients make. Be cautious when accepting a cheaper price for dental implants. Only a certified oral surgeon with appropriate training can put in your dental implants.

“Implants are nothing like real teeth.”

Dental implants are made out of porcelain and are essentially drilled into your gums with screws. With that said, many people believe dental implants are nothing like what normal teeth should look like. Also, they may think that because they’re not natural teeth, chewing must feel strange or at some point, damage your implants.

The truth is, they look just like real teeth. Not only that, they feel and function just like real teeth. Looking at before and after photos of those who have had dental implants only shows one thing: someone with an improved smile. Taking care of them is just like taking care of your teeth, including brushing, flossing, and rinsing.

“I would get implants if they didn’t hurt so much.”

The idea of someone drilling into your jaw and implanting anything in your very tender gums could sound dizzying. Getting a tooth pulled hurts bad enough, right?

Rest assured, you’re only going to feel a bit of pressure after the fact. During the procedure, you’ll more than likely be under anesthesia and given pain meds. If you compare dental implants to other dental procedures, you’d actually be surprised to find out that dental implants really don’t hurt. But if that’s not enough to ease your mind, try relaxation dentistry.

“They’re hard to take care of.”

Dental implants are nothing like dentures. When you get dental implants placed, they are embedded in your gums much like real teeth. It’s understandable why some would think that they are similar to other teeth replacements, but it’s actually the simplest solution.

When your teeth are implanted, you can (and should_ continue your regular daily cleaning regiment. They are, for all intents and purposes, real teeth. Thus, it’s still fully recommended that you visit your dentist regularly.

“Are dental implants impractical?”

Many people think dental implants are too good to be true before even considering this procedure. However, there are a few things to keep in mind about them. First of all, the technology is triest and true. Dental implants have been around for many years, and the technology used is only getting more advanced. On top of that, they’re essentially a tooth replacement. Meaning, you may never notice the difference between them and your regular teeth.

Perhaps the idea of them being impractical comes from the idea that it’s an invasive procedure. This can be another myth on its own, but it ties into this one, so let’s go over it right now. The procedure isn’t any more gory or invasive than a root canal.

“The recovery time will put me down for too long.”

This is a very common myth with a lot of different dental procedures, especially dental implants. It may seem like something that would keep you down for longer than you want to due mostly to the fact that they are drilling artificial teeth into your gums and jaw.

Luckily, that isn’t the case.

The recovery time is really a case by case thing, but on average, you’ll only spend a few days out with minor soreness. Your mouth really adapts to these realistic teeth quite quickly and you’ll be eating normal food in no time at all. Again, it varies based on how many teeth you are replacing, the specialist performing the procedure, and other conditions specific to your treatment.

“Dental implants cause headaches.”

This myth has been going around recently. Where this myth has originates is unknown, but it should be mentioned that there is absolutely no clinical research that suggests dental implants cause headaches or migraines, although it has been reported.

If you have received dental implants and are experiencing heachaches, it most likely is not the result of the dental procedure. However, it you do notice symptoms at all related to the procedure, it might be a sign of something else that went wrong during the procedure. Avoid this by making sure you schedule your appointment with a certified, talented, and experienced specialist.

Dental Implant Alternatives

Traditional fixed bridges

Bridges are partial dentures that only cover a few of your teeth. However, they are all connected into one piece, much like dentures.

For bridges to be successful, patients must have strong bone support in their mouth. Your dentist will evaluate your bone mass during a consultation and let you know if traditional fixed bridges are right for you.

Removable partials

This isn’t a permanent solution to your issues, but it does plenty of work. Your dentist can easily and quickly install partials before any permanent dental work done. A partial, or “flipper,” is used like retainer—you can take it out and put it back in as needed.  

Removable partials are meant to be a short-term solution. Try these in between getting more permanent solutions of dental implants.

Resin bonded bridge

Resin bonded bridges have metal “wings” on each side that attach to healthy adjacent teeth. These basically sit right on top of the natural teeth, much like a retainer.

These dental implant alternatives are often a solution for only the front teeth. Speak with your dentist about your other options for missing teeth in the back of your mouth.

Removable dentures

Dentures are the classic answer to replacing missing or damaged teeth. Although these dental implant alternatives are great to try, they are often short-term solutions.

For the most efficient and long-term solution to your missing or damaged teeth, ask the specialists at Balle & Associates about our dental implant options.

Dental Implants with Balle & Associates

No matter what the benefits of dental implants are, you can replace a missing tooth or get a full smile makeover so simply with One Step Hybrid. On top of having a healthier and more easily managed smile, it will also be much prettier.


Balle and Associates are located in Las Vegas, and we are fully equipped to give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Visit the number one Las Vegas dentists today to set up your consultation or schedule an appointment.

All the Different Ways to Floss

Flossing is the partner of brushing—the dynamic duo that protects your mouth through preventative measures. Brushing, as long as you do it right, is pretty straightforward. Of course, you could always opt out for an electric toothbrush. Flossing, however, has a bit more variety. There are different kinds of floss.

The Different Kinds of Floss

Floss sticks

While floss sticks, or floss picks, are a very convenient alternative to flossing, they are not the same thing. With that said, they absolutely should not substitute regular flossing. Instead, they are meant for when you are on the go, or on the road. That’s all it is, the convenience.

 

The reason they aren’t as good as regular flossers is that they can’t get into the crevices like regular floss. Also, if you have sensitive gums, they can be rather rough against them, especially since they have single-use plastics that can harshly impact your mouth.   

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Water flossers

Also known as an oral irrigator, the water flosser is one of the more ingenious kinds of floss, due to the fact it relies entirely on a pressurized water jet. As you can imagine, the results aren’t as good.

 

By all means, you should consider getting one, but don’t let it replace your routine. Regular floss should be used just as much. A water flosser could work to help clear out plaque and bacteria between brushing and flossing, and it will offer some benefits, your oral care still depends on the old reliable traditional floss.

Traditional floss All the Different Ways to Floss

The more traditional kinds of floss are broken down into sub groups: mint floss, waxed floss, and unwaxed floss. In terms of effectiveness, there is no difference between waxed and unwaxed floss, but you might notice a difference between those two and some other types of floss.

Depending on your preference, whatever floss is right for you varies. It mostly depends on whatever flossing experience you want. Many people enjoy wax floss because of how seamlessly it glides between teeth, providing those who may experience tooth or gum pain a bit of relief. Mint floss offers people a feeling of freshness.

Remember that the best way to ensure that the floss is doing its job is by proper brushing and flossing.

Teeth as White as Snow: the Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening

Spring is almost here, but there’s still snow on the ground. The snow is a pleasantly clean white that everyone enjoys looking at. Can you say the same about your teeth? If not, don’t worry—there are ways to whiten your teeth. The great thing about getting a brighter smile it’s always an achievable goal. So, if your new year’s resolution is to get a whiter smile, consider the benefits of professional teeth whitening.

Why You Should Choose Professional Teeth Whitening

Comfort

When you use over the counter bleachers and whitening treatments, you have an increased chance of experiencing sensitive teeth. You have to extremely careful when using over the counter products yourself, because doing it incorrectly is the number one cause of teeth sensitivity.

Deal with the experts Teeth as White as Snow: the Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening

Instead of doing it on your own and possibly doing it incorrectly, you have the professionals to handle it. They will provide you with all the information you could possibly need about professional teeth whitening. Plus, the experts will be able to provide information on possible attributes to your stained teeth.

With professional teeth whitening, the experts will be able to conduct a more accurate and targeted whitening process.

Safety

As we mentioned before, doing it on your own can be dangerous if you’re not careful. Not only does it increase sensitivity, but anything could go wrong that you wouldn’t be able to handle. While there aren’t immediate safety concerns with doing it yourself, the dentist will be able to provide you with a safe environment with the promise of quality work.

The confidence

When getting your teeth whitened for the new year, don’t you want the assurance that your teeth look their absolute best? That is why a professional teeth whitening procedure is the best option. Not only will you feel assured and comforted that the job was done excellently, but you’ll also feel confident about smiling again.

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Balle & Associates is the number one Las Vegas dentist office for cosmetic dentistry. For the new year, consider your teeth whitening procedure with us.

4 Rare Dental Disorders

There are some truly strange oral health conditions out there. Some are common, others not so much. When we go to the dentist for our frequent checkups, the likelihood of being diagnosed with something like them is unlikely but not impossible. Here are some of those rare dental disorders.

4 Rare Dental Disorders

1. Gingival Fibromatosis

Fibromatosis is typically a hereditary condition that affects the skin all over your body. It manifests itself in abnormally looking skin that seems to “bubble” up. While it’s unpleasant to look at, it can also be rather uncomfortable.

Gingival fibromatosis is a similar condition that takes place in the mouth. It’s essentially and overgrowth of gum tissue that comes in extremely puffy and can be quite uncomfortable. It can also affect the growth of your teeth and the way you talk. The only treatment is oral surgery.

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2. Otodental Syndrome

This is one of the more interesting oral health diseases. Not only does it affect your mouth, it has a few different effects on the facial area. For starters, it can significantly impact your hearing.

The way it affects your teeth is by enlarging your canines and molars. This has detrimental effects on your mouth. The whole facial structure of the jaw becomes impacted and all the other teeth become crowded. The only way to treat it is by tooth extraction and cosmetic surgery.

3. Hyperdontia 4 Rare Dental Disorders

We all had baby teeth and we all lose them. Once we do, the adult teeth come in. But when we lose the baby teeth, sometimes something else happens. Sometimes we get more than that.

Hyperdontia involves growing extra teeth. We are only supposed to have 32 after all of our baby teeth are gone. With those who suffer from hyperdontia, they may end up with 40 or 50. Hyperdontia typically affects people who have one or two extra teeth come in. The really strange part is they usually come in behind or in front of an existing tooth. It can be rather painful if growing in the wrong place.

4. Papillon-Lefeve Syndrom (PLS)

There’s connective tissue that keeps your teeth inside your mouth. If anything were to happen to that connective tissue, it could easily compromise the entire structure of your mouth. In order to keep that connective tissue strong and healthy, there exists an enzyme that supports it.

PLS is a genetic disorder that affects this enzyme, weakening the integrity of this connective tissue. This condition starts early, around birth, and can start taking effect around 2 to 4 years of age, when the teeth are coming in.

Rare dental disorders or not, any mouth ailment should be treated at Balle & Associates as soon as symptoms arise.