Gum Disease Treatments

Gum Disease is Serious But Treatments Are Available

Gum Disease Treatments

If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, you are likely wondering what it is, how it is caused, and what treatments are available. First you should know you are not alone. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, affects almost three quarters of all Americans at some stage in their life. The disease is caused by bacteria from plaque and tartar that has built up on your teeth over time. While periodontal disease is most often related to poor brushing and flossing habits, it can also be linked to tobacco use, grinding and clenching teeth, genetics, and taking certain medications. It can also result from lack of regular professional dental care to remove the plaque and tartar that your toothbrush at home is not designed for.

When giving you the diagnosis, your dentist may refer to your gum disease as either gingivitis, which is the beginning stage of gum disease, or periodontal disease, which is the next stage of gum disease. Periodontal disease is the more serious condition as more damage has been done at this more advanced stage. Untreated, periodontal disease can result in inflammation, tooth loss, and bone loss. If you h

ave red, bleeding, or swollen gums, bad breath, increased tooth mobility, tooth loss, or abscesses, you might be suffering from periodontal disease and should see your dentist.

Treatments for Periodontal Disease

Both gingivitis and periodontal disease can be successfully treated. Gingivitis is the mild stage of gum disease and can be treated at home after learning and adopting a few regular habits. Your dentist will explain brushing and flossing. An electric toothbrush is more effective at cleaning and a good investment in your gum health. Daily flossing and a mild, non-alcoholic mouthwash may become part of your regular routine.

In addition to addressing home care and other causes of your periodontal disease, such as cigarette smoking, there are both surgical and nonsurgical treatments available for periodontal disease. These treatments aim to help restore the health of tissues, and minimize or prevent tooth loss.

Identifying gum disease

Gum Disease Treatments

What happens when you have gum disease? If your gum tissue is healthy, it will fit tightly to each tooth. With gum disease, the gum tissue, inflamed due to bacteria around the gum line, has begun to separate from the tooth. Bacterial plaque builds up under the gum line, causing deeper pockets to form around the teeth. If the pockets between your gum and your tooth reaches 4mm or more, your periodontal disease is reaching a stage where it can cause tooth loss or other problems. In this case, as a first treatment to clean up the bacterial plaque buildup, your dentist is likely to recommend a procedure called scaling and root planing.

The Scaling and Planing Process

Gum Disease Treatments

Scaling and root planing are usually done together, in a two-step process to rid your teeth of dental plaque (yellow, softer debris that builds up) and calculus (harder and white), both of which harbor harmful bacteria and cause inflammation of your gums.

The scaling and root planing procedure is done by the dental hygienist, but it usually takes longer than a regular cleaning. The process may require more than one visit, depending on the sensitivity of your gums and the extent of your periodontal disease. Your hygienist may apply a topical local anesthetic to your gums to ease discomfort.

Scaling involves removing the bacteria and tartar deposits from the teeth just below the gum line. The hygienist uses a hand held dental scaler to scrape plaque from your teeth. He or she may also use ultrasonic instruments that vibrate and spray water for a deep clean.

Root planing is the next step, helping to smooth the rough areas of the root’s surface. When your root surfaces are smooth, this will prevent plaque, bacteria, and tartar from adhering underneath the gum line. This procedure gives your gums time to heal and then reattach themselves to the teeth, closing up the pockets so they don’t get infected again.

The scaling and root planing process is described in this video.

Your dentist may schedule a follow up visit for you where they will check to see how your gums are healing, and see if the pockets are shrinking. In most cases, gums that were red and swollen will turn back to pink, bleeding will be eliminated, and the tissue will become firm again. If the gum tissue responds well to the procedure, you may not need to have another treatment. If your condition is more advanced, further treatment may be required.

Treatments for Advanced Periodontal Disease

Gum Disease Treatments

Scaling and root planing may be needed for all stages of periodontal disease. However, for more advanced cases, where gum disease has resulted in tooth or bone loss or in an unattractive smile due to excess displaced gum tissue, there are additional procedures that you and your dentist may discuss. Depending on your situation and the extent of the damage, your dentist may recommend one of the following:

  • Gum Grafting – If you have lost gum tissue, and the roots of your teeth are not protected, you may need to have healthy gum tissue taken from one section of the mouth and moved to the area where the loss has occurred.
  • Periodontal Surgery – Periodontal surgery is a plastic surgery procedure that reshapes the gum tissues.
  • Laser Treatment – Periodontal laser treatment works by removing the affected tissue with lasers. This procedure is often used to treat gum tissue without shrinking it or causing discomfort.
  • Crown Lengthening Surgery – This type of surgery involves exposing areas that were covered by your gums and bone tissue. This can be done to affix a crown, or to make the teeth appear longer if you are suffering from gum disease.
  • Dental Implants – If you have tooth loss as a result of your gum disease, your dentist may recommend an implant in which a post is placed into the jawbone and attached to a realistic looking crow. It will look and perform like your natural tooth, helping you to maintain healthy gums and bone in the area where the tooth was lost.

Contact Balle & Associates for your Periodontal Disease Screening

Are you suffering from bad breath, red, swollen or bleeding gums? Or perhaps you just want to learn more about preventing gum disease from occurring? At Balle & Associates in Las Vegas, our experienced staff can help you maintain a healthy mouth and provide you with information on how to prevent and treat gum disease. Contact us now to see how we can help you keep or restore your bright teeth and healthy gums.

Teeth in A Day – Get Your Smile Back Fast!

Teeth in A Day - Get Your Smile Back Fast!

If you have tooth loss, you know how hard it can be to regain a confident smile. Our smiles are one of the most meaningful ways we humans communicate with one another. Losing that form of communication through tooth loss can be traumatic. Modern dental procedures make it easy for you to replace lost teeth and be able to smile confidently again.

Replacing missing teeth is also good for your health. Tooth loss can make gum care more difficult, which can lead to other more serious health problems.  Missing teeth create gaps where food and bacteria become trapped and can cause infections. Shifts in the remaining teeth towards the gaps can also cause jaw pain and headaches.

But there is good news. Whether your tooth loss is due to gum disease or an accident, you have more options than ever to restore your smile. There is now a dental procedure that provides patients with permanent tooth restoration, without having to endure the longer, multi-step process required for individual dental implants.

Teeth in a Day may just be the easiest way to get your smile back, fast. Is it right for you?

How Teeth in a Day Works

Teeth in A Day - Get Your Smile Back Fast!

The Teeth-in-a-Day procedure, also known as implant-supported dentures, or One Step Hybrid, uses the same concept as dental implants, but rather than undergoing another lengthy procedure for each tooth, several teeth are affixed to a single implant.  This method eliminates the need for the dentist to perform bone or sinus grafting, making it faster and more cost effective for you. Implants made of ceramic and titanium are attached to four fixed teeth restorations which are implanted during a single appointment.  Precision imaging technology aids the dentist in placing your implants. Many patients prefer to be completely anesthetized during the procedure, but others choose local anesthesia.

During the healing period, which can be from 6 to 8 weeks, it’s important to maintain a soft diet. The success of the procedure depends on maintaining the position of the implants that was determined by precision imaging.  Avoiding crunchy foods like nuts or uncooked vegetables helps ensure that the dental implants don’t move.

The Benefits of Teeth in a Day

Patients who chose Teeth in a Day rather than traditional removable dentures or individual implants have reported a number of benefits. Not having to spend weeks or months without a complete smile is just one of them. The healing process is also shorter, allowing patients to get back to enjoying their lives sooner.

With permanent implants instead of dentures, you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite foods again. You won’t have to deal with messy denture gels or cleaning them, or worry about slippage or discomfort that dentures can cause. You’ll look great and feel great, and be able to relax and enjoy all the laughter and smiles you’ve been holding back.

Teeth in a Day implants have long-term oral health benefits, too. They will stabilize bone loss and prevent changes to the shape of your jaw that occur with tooth loss. Like dentures, these implants are immune to bacterial infection and bio-compatible. This means they contain no substances that could potentially cause an adverse chemical reaction in the mouth, and they will not decay like real teeth. The denture implants are nearly weightless, yet stronger than real teeth. Because the crown is immediately attached to the implant, the gums can grow around it for a more natural look. Afterwards, patients don’t experience any of the discomfort or inconvenience associated with dentures, like gum soreness, slippage, or having to take their teeth out at night. Care for them as you would your real teeth and continue to get regular dental cleanings and checkups and they will give you long-term results.

The Best Candidates for Teeth in a Day

Teeth in A Day - Get Your Smile Back Fast!

The One Step Hybrid Teeth in a Day procedure is often recommended for wearers of partial or full dentures, as well as for people with one or more missing teeth. It can even be performed the same day as a tooth extraction.

Those who are committed to maintaining a high level of self-care have the best results with this procedure. After treatment, healthy eating habits can help prevent or successfully control conditions like diabetes that can interfere with the natural healing process. Not smoking helps prevent heart disease and reduces the bacteria that causes gum disease. If you suffer from any condition that adversely affects the healing process, this procedure may not be right for you. It is important to provide your dental care professional with all the health information necessary to correctly determine what procedure would be best for your situation.

For many people, Teeth in a Day has proved to be a fast, effective and affordable solution to tooth loss. If you are as committed to your overall health as you are to restoring your smile, it might just be the perfect option for you.

Balle & Associates Las Vegas Teeth in a Day

Balle & Associates offer Teeth in a Day implant-supported dentures at our Las Vegas, Nevada practice, along with a range of advanced cosmetic and general dentistry procedures to meet your dental care needs and help keep your smile bright. If you would like more information on whether this may be a solution for you, give our office a call at 702-919-6864.


5 Reasons You’ll Be Glad You Got Dental Implants

5 Reasons You'll Be Glad You Got Dental Implants

Are you still undecided about whether getting dental implants is the right choice over sticking with your dentures? Concerned about whether they’re worth the effort to put them in place? We want to share what our patients tell us are the best things about having dental implants, and why they’re happy they made the decision.

What are dental implants?

5 Reasons You'll Be Glad You Got Dental Implants

Dental implants, unlike dentures, are permanent replacements for your missing teeth. You can get one or many teeth replaced with dental implants. A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted in your jaw over which a new artificial tooth is placed. The result is a natural looking tooth that can last up to 30 years. Dental implants feel and work like real teeth, so you can basically treat them that way. Once you have your dental implants, there’s no extra work like there is for dentures.

There are many good reasons to choose dental implants over dentures, including a number of health benefits. Here are five of our patients’ favorite reasons:

1. Dental Implants Stay in Place

Keeping your dentures in place can be time-consuming and frustrating. The adhesive is a pain to apply. Despite your best efforts, the dentures may sometimes slip or loosen. You may find certain foods impossible to enjoy. Dental implants, on the other hand, allow you to eat, laugh, and converse with confidence. You eliminate the worry and embarrassment you had with dentures that can fall out or slip at inopportune times. There’s also no chance your dental implants will get lost. Avoid the stress of having taken them out in a moment of discomfort and not remembering where you left them. You’ll never again have to worry about going for days or weeks without your teeth until you can get a replacement set built. Travel is a lot easier, too, with no fuss about denture care or losing them on the journey.

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2. Your Smile Looks and Feels More Natural

5 Reasons You'll Be Glad You Got Dental Implants

Even the best-constructed dentures often have a slightly unnatural feel. The titanium metal used to fuse dental implants to your jaw eventually will bond with the bone, providing a solid foundation for your new teeth. Your teeth appear and feel like a natural part of your mouth Think about no longer feeling the soreness that can accompany having a removable dental apparatus in your mouth. You’ll be able to smile as much as you want without feeling discomfort. It’ll feel like you have your natural teeth again and allow you to go about your day more comfortable and relaxed.

3. They Help Prevent Bone Loss

The posts connecting your implants to your jaw do more than make you look good. They improve the health of your mouth by promoting bone growth. Dentures do nothing to prevent you from losing bone tissue over time. Continued bone loss with long-term denture use often leads to increasing discomfort or having to get new dentures as your jaw changes shape. Bone loss can give you a prematurely aged appearance as your chin and jaw recede. It can also increase the chances of a jaw fracture. The additional support that dental implants provide to the jaw bone and surrounding teeth is one of their most significant health advantages.

4. It’s Like Caring for Your Natural Teeth

Imagine saying goodbye to the jaw adhesives and denture soaking solutions. You can brush and floss dental implants the same as you would your natural teeth. They’ll last and provide you with lasting support as long as you maintain good oral hygiene. Dental implants don’t get cavities or need root canals. With good regular dental care for your gums and remaining natural teeth, they are designed to last for decades.

5. You’ll Truly Enjoy Eating Once Again

5 Reasons You'll Be Glad You Got Dental Implants

Permanent and stable dental implants let you consume your favorite foods again without worry or discomfort. You won’t have to turn anything away due to fear of having your dentures come out at the table. Imagine being able to chew a carrot or bite into an apple once again. Relax and enjoy social occasions, birthday parties and restaurant meals without worry.

Anyone who’s been living with a removable full upper denture knows they can also interfere with the taste of food. Adhesives may leave a taste behind that diminishes the flavors of your favorite foods. With dental implants, that problem goes away and you can once again experience the complete taste of food. Everyone agrees that good food is a big part of enjoying life. Get more out of your life with dental implants.

Balle and Associates of Las Vegas for Dental Implants

Balle & Associates of Las Vegas specializes in cosmetic and restorative dental procedures, including dental implants and “Teeth in a Day” one-step denture implant services. Contact us today to find out if one of these may be a solution for you. For more information, fill out our online form or call us at (702) 825-7933.

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!

This Man Didn’t Brush His Teeth for 20 Years!

Ever since you were a kid, your mother and father probably taught you again and again the importance of going to the dentist, brushing your teeth every day, and reporting to them if your teeth hurt. At a certain point, taking care of teeth becomes second nature to us. Unfortunately, the importance of brushing escapes some, and they end up with a mouthful of issues later on in life. We can all learn from this one man’s story.

One Man Learns the Importance of Brushing

Jay, a 21-year-old man from the United Kingdom, was never encouraged to brush growing up. At only 21, his teeth resembled those of an older man who had neglected his teeth. His teeth were both caked with plaque and rotten to the core. The majority of his front teeth had rotted out so badly, they were reduced to brittle black stumps.

At a point which seemed to him like a point of no return, he was obviously very anxious about visiting the dentist, to the point that relaxation dentistry techniques could not coax him into going. His broken smile was just a part of him.

Eventually, the amount of emotional and physical pain he was experiencing proved to be too much to handle. While appearing on a show called Embarrassing Bodies, he decided to do something about it and seek help.

“Over the years, I’ve eaten the wrong foods, I’ve drunk lots of fizzy drinks, and I haven’t really brushed them, I haven’t flossed,” he claimed in his video interview.

The damageThis Man Didn't Brush His Teeth for 20 Years!

Dentist, James Russell, met with Jay and determined that 11 of his teeth were beyond saving. He decided that the best course of action would be to pull them and replace them with dental implants, a procedure that wouldn’t just save his image, but it’d save the structure of his jaw.

Jay decided he’d do whatever it took to give him the smile he desired, as Jay had a dream he wanted to pursue, and he understood that having a bad smile meant he wouldn’t be able to achieve those dreams. Jay wanted to be a physiotherapist. Teeth as bad as his meant and array of issues: bad breath, immense pain, loss of confidence, and a distracting and upsetting appearance—these things would make him struggle in the professional environment he wanted.

Jay’s experience worked out well for him. He shaved the beard he grew out to cover his smile. Now, he smiles wide with his teeth showing. While his teeth are looking great, the trauma he experienced from 20 years of neglect has stayed with him. And now that he understands the importance of brushing and flossing, he brushes twice a day, flosses, and he gave up his favorite fizzy drinks.

Oral Care at Home and with Balle & Associates

You must understand the importance of brushing while visiting your dentist whenever you need a professional cleaning. Visit your Las Vegas dentist at Balle & Associates to learn proper brushing techniques and steps to better oral care.

Dr. Balle Named One of the Top Dentists in Nevada

There are plenty of dentists in the Las Vegas area, plenty of competition. Yet, Dr. Balle has come out on top as one of the top Las Vegas dentist practices in the area. This top dentist award highlights those dentists who are best in their fields. Find out why Dr. Balle just might be the best cosmetic dentist and general practitioner in Clark County.

The Top Las Vegas Dentist

Dr. Balle has been working in the Las Vegas area for more than 20 years, and his reputation as a reliable family practitioner and cosmetic dentist has grown exceptionally.

Our top Las Vegas dentist, Dr. Balle graduated from San Diego University and Case Western Reserve University with degrees in biology and dentistry. It was there he learned his advanced training in dental reconstruction for dentures, crowns, bridges, veneers, and dental implants. His dental license extends his practice from Nevada to Arizona.

His achievements in the dental field are numerous. He has earned fellowship awards at the Academy of General Dentistry, American College of Dentists, and the International College of Dentists. He is also a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Dental Associates, and a previous president of the Southern Nevada Dental Society.

You can also find Dr. Peter S. Balle teaching dentistry as an Assistant Professor at UNLV School of Dental Medicine.

Award Winning Dental PracticeDr. Balle Named One of the Top Dentists in Nevada

Dr. Peter S. Balle has earned the title of top Las Vegas dentist through his work in cosmetic dentistry. Yet, his office is also known for treating Bruxism, TMD, and other jaw related issues.

Here are some of the other services Balle and Associates offers:

  • Dental implants (All-On-4, One Step Hybrid, etc.)
  • Invisalign
  • Dental crowns with CEREC
  • Cosmetic (whitening, fillings, veneers, etc.)
  • TMD and Bruxism treatments
  • And more…

Dr. Balle also offers Facial Aesthetics and Rejuvenation services that truly make his practice sound out against the rest. This practice entails botox, Juvederm, and Bolotero Balance. It goes beyond your teeth and focuses on the muscles of the face, an often overlooked aspect of dentistry. Out of all the Nevada dentists, no one’s as committed to improving your overall facial aesthetics as Dr. Balle & Associates.

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The number one dentist in Las Vegas is ready to help you with whatever you need regarding your oral health. Schedule a visit with the top Las Vegas dentist today.

7 Tooth Myths to Watch Out For

It’s important to understand your teeth. That means getting accurate information and not adding to the divide of misinformation. How exactly do you know what is true and what isn’t? We’ll go over some of the most popular tooth myths and shed light on the honest truth.

Debunking Common Tooth Myths

1. Tooth dissolving in Coke

7 Tooth Myths to Watch Out For

This might be the most popular of tooth myths—the tooth dissolved in coke myth. Many people believe this to be true due to a bold exaggeration that happened a long time ago. Clive McCay, a Cornell University professor, wanted to educate the world about the acidic, tooth-decaying elements of Coca-Cola.

McCay, in front of Congress, claimed that Coke could not only eat through a tooth within several days, but that it could also eat through the steps of the Capitol building.

Although Coca-Cola and other similar sodas contain three types of acid known for causing tooth decay (phosphoric, citric, and carbonic acid), it couldn’t eat all the way through a tooth in any reasonable amount of time—nor could it eat through anything very quickly at all. In fact, relatively speaking, soda isn’t all that acidic when compared to orange juice or coffee, more commonly consumed morning drinks.

However, that is still relative, considering soda is still a leading cause in tooth decay. It’s all about minimizing consumption.

2. The tooth fairy origins

The tooth fairy is as old as Santa Claus, leprechauns, and the Easter Bunny, right? It would make perfect sense, since fairies have been a staple of ancient myths. This idea, however, is exactly that—a myth.

While it’s not completely clear where the tooth fairy came from, it can be traced no further than 20th century America. In fact, the idea of a small fairy creature with wings is the newest incarnation of this mythical creature.

The earliest forms of this concept involved burying children’s teeth for good look—a Viking tradition. In France, La Bonne Petite Souris was a story about a mouse who stole the king’s teeth to save the queen. Strangely enough, this is the closest tradition we can find to our own belief of a tooth fairy.

3. Wisdom teeth have no point

It’s true that wisdom teeth no longer serve a purpose, but what people don’t always realize is that they once were an important part of our diet. A long time ago, we ate rather rough food that involved heavy grinding and breaking down of our teeth. This eventually lead to the eventual need for a new set of teeth. Hence, our third set of molars.

However, evolution can be a tricky thing, as one thing develops and we lose something else. In other words, as our brains got larger, our jaws got smaller.

At the same time, our diets have changed (in an evolutionary standpoint) rather recently. Eating coarse food is no longer a necessity, and we’ve found much more suitable foods. So, it isn’t that they never served a purpose, we just don’t use them anymore.

They can also cause severe problems if they don’t grow in correctly.

4. Bleaching makes your teeth weak

Although excessive bleaching isn’t recommended, the only thing an acceptable bleaching treatment can do is strip a tooth of pigment over time. In severe cases, using bleaching trays can lead to some enamel loss, reaching two nanometers.

However, this says nothing about the structure or strength of the teeth themselves. Your teeth and gums may experience increased sensitivity and slight discomfort, but that isn’t permanent. In any case, tooth enamel has been shown to re-strengthen itself over time.

5. Baby teeth aren’t important

One of the most common tooth myths comes from the simple fact that children eventually lose their baby teeth. While this is true, it’s important to remember that baby teeth are still very important.

Think of baby teeth as the training wheels for the mouth. They teach your baby to eat, bite, and speak normally. If anything impedes these functions, your child will have problems later on in life. In extreme cases, if you don’t take care of your baby’s teeth and they fall out, it can lead to premature bone loss.

Most importantly, like other tooth myths, this one can seriously harm someone as it’s important to maintain proper nutrition for your overall health.

6. Adult teeth are gone forever

It may be less of an issue when baby teeth are lost, considering there’s a whole row of adult teeth waiting to grow right below them, but can adult teeth be saved?

The answer is yes, most of the time. If your tooth gets knocked out, it isn’t the end of that tooth. In fact, without resorting to tooth implantation, you can get your tooth put back in.

It’s important, though, as soon as you lose your tooth to take the necessary steps to save that tooth. First, you must gently rinse the tooth off, preferably with saline solution. Don’t wash it too hard, as it could damage the tooth. The crown is the only place on the tooth you should handle it, since the roots are very vulnerable. Try placing the tooth in a glass of milk while you wait for the dentist to put it back in. This allows calcium and other positive nutrients to flow into the tooth, maintaining it.

As soon as you lose an adult tooth, it’s considered an emergency, so go to the nearest dentist office to have them put it back in. Of course, if the tooth is not salvageable, your dentist at Balle and Associates can always rejuvenate your smile with dental crowns or dental implants.

7. There’s no such thing as brushing too much

Out of all the tooth myths, this one may be the biggest surprise in how damaging it can be. When it comes to brushing your teeth, the more isn’t necessarily the merrier.

Dentists recommend you brush twice a day. That’s it. Simple enough to remember.

Yet, many people believe that you should brush after every time you eat. It may seem proactive and beneficial to get rid of food particles thoroughly as soon as you’re done eating. What many people don’t realize is that your teeth are stronger than you’d think. You can wait until nighttime to get rid of any left overs.

It’s also worth mentioning that even though your teeth enamel is the strongest tissue in your body, you shouldn’t underestimate the powerful cleaning capabilities of your acidic saliva. Yes, your saliva is not only acidic, but it’s vital in maintaining a healthy mouth.

During this time of self-cleaning, your enamel becomes soft, so brushing right after you eat can significantly weaken your teeth. So, if you have a late dinner, wait at least 30 minutes after eating before brushing.

Get the Truth about Teeth from Balle and Associates

With all these debunked myths about the mouth, the honest truth is that your dental health is important. Balle and Associates will give you the care that you deserve, which also means you’ll get the honest facts about what is going on with your oral health. Schedule your appointment with us today.

Top 5 Most Famous Smiles and How They Got Them

We all look up to celebrities as the go-to for fashion and beauty. When you go into your dentist office, you might see their pictures on the covers of magazines in the waiting rooms or on posters. You may worry that your teeth will never look like theirs no matter how many times you visit the dentist. But even the best smiles in the world went on a similar journey as you to get to smile perfection. The answer is almost always cosmetic dentistry and a lot of upkeep.

5 Famous Smiles and Their Cosmetic Dentistry Work

Tom Cruise

Before he became a leading man and action star material, Tom Cruise was yet another victim of unfortunate teeth problems. Not only were his teeth misaligned and jagged, but they were also horribly discolored. Sometime after shooting The Outsiders, where he was just a supporting actor, he had a serious mouth makeover. Using different cosmetic dentistry techniques, such as veneers, whitening, and bonding, he completely transformed his smile. After that, he became a leading man and thrust himself into having one of the most famous smiles.

Nicholas Cage

Speaking of leading man material, Nicholas Cage also suffered from crooked and discolored teeth well into his career. It wasn’t until after his role in Birdy when he had two teeth removed on camera when he decided to upgrade his smile to something nicer. Surprisingly, Nicholas Cage went from pulling his teeth out in movies to having one of Hollywood’s best smiles.

George Clooney

After shooting Facts of Life, this Hollywood A-list and every mom’s favorite actor got a new set of teeth. But unlike the first two on this list, the purpose wasn’t just cosmetic dentistry. Being in a high-stress industry, George Clooney developed a bad habit of grinding his teeth, which wore them down significantly. After getting a full set of veneers and, presumably, took care of his teeth grinding habit, he solidified his spot as one of the best looking celebrities out there.

Hilary Duff

After her Disney Channel days, this former child star geared her career to singing. One night on stage, she accidentally chipped her front tooth. She required an emergency dental procedure to have the tooth repaired with a veneer. It was then that she decided to get a whole new smile full of bright shiny veneers.

Miley Cyrus

The former Hannah Montana star was known for her crooked, uneven teeth. When she was just a child star, it was part of her image. Since then, she’s stretched out to make a name for herself in a much different way. She completely changed her image and, along with that, her teeth. The actress and singer got a whole new set of veneers that straightened and whitened her teeth, giving her a more adult look.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Las Vegas

Balle and Associates is the number one place in Las Vegas for cosmetic dentistry. You can get these beautiful famous smiles without the Hollywood smile tips: just schedule an appointment with us, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Reasons to get Teeth in One Day

Every year, experts make breakthroughs in the medical field. As far as dentistry goes, dentists are always in the front adopting top of the line technologies and innovative dental implants. Dental implants themselves have been around since before George Washington’s wooden teeth, but today, they are something truly remarkable. What is even more remarkable is the new addition to dental implant options, and that’s Teeth in a Day. Here are some reasons you should get dental implants fast.

Reasons to get Teeth in One Day

Benefits of Teeth in a Day

Quick and painless surgery

Traditional dental implants may take a couple of visits during which patients must sometimes endure pain or numbing. Teeth in a Day, however, can be implanted in around one hour. Procedures and recovery time vary from patient to patient, depending on the amount of work needed. Many patients are recommended to come in to prepare the teeth and plan the implant and to create scans and impressions. However, the big procedure itself is quick: Teeth in a Day.

Realistic looking teeth

Teeth in a Day have all the benefits of regular dental implants, but you get them much quicker. They are also best for people who do not want traditional dentures or removable parts. Teeth in a Day are a perfect solution for a quick perfect smile that look just like real teeth.

Fast recovery

Our Teeth in a Day procedure involves a very quick process. Not much needs to be done during the actual installation of your teeth. With that said, your mouth doesn’t require as much healing. It means a much quicker recovery rate and much quicker solution to a better smile.

Better oral health

When we extract the troublesome or damaged teeth, you then become free of the unhealthy decay or periodontal disease in those teeth. You then have a better chance at eliminating future problems. As long as you continue to take care of your new teeth, you can maintain oral health. You’ll still come in for regular visits just like any other patient to ensure your gums, bone, and implants are healthy.

Teeth in a Day with Balle and Associates

The staff at Balle and Associates have the training to implant your new teeth in just one hour. The Teeth in a Day procedure is guaranteed to change your life, so contact us today to set up an appointment.

The Stages of Tooth Loss

Tooth and bone loss may happen when periodontal disease goes untreated. Gum disease causes the teeth and bones to break down or dissipate completely. Another cause of tooth loss can be from decay that has damaged most of the tooth structure. Your teeth are made of different parts: the pulp, the dentin, the enamel, and the cementum. The various stages of tooth loss all start with a little bacteria. Learn more about the process so you can avoid it.

The Stages of Tooth Loss

The Stages of Tooth Loss


  • First signs of tooth decay


In one of the first stages of tooth loss, colored spots may appear on your teeth. They’re either white, brown, or yellow and start out in small areas of your teeth. This occurs when the enamel itself is becoming damaged from failure to remove biofilm, which is called decalcification. At this stage, decalcification may be reversible. To learn about the best treatment for your condition, speak with your dentist.


  • Enamel decay


When the enamel starts decaying, the layer below the surface of your teeth starts breaking down, and your tooth becomes weaker. This is where the outer portion of your tooth can appear damaged and even break open. When caught early, decay can be treated. Remember, all decay does not hurt, and you may not be able to see it without radiographs.


  • Dentin Decay


Beneath the enamel is the dentin, the hard bony portion of your tooth that gives the tooth its density. If your tooth decay goes untreated in the enamel stage, it can proceed to eat away at your dentin. Once your dentin begins to break down, your teeth are at a heightened risk of breaking or fracturing. Understand that at this stage, you may not experience pain, and it is still possible to repair that tooth.


  • Infected pulp


Beneath the dentin is the pulp, a series of blood vessels and living connective tissues keeping your teeth alive. The pulp provides nourishment and keeps your teeth alive and healthy. When decay reaches this area, it causes the tooth to die. This can be extremely painful for most people, but in some cases, it may happen without symptoms.


  • Abscess growth


In the final stage of tooth loss, the tooth is essentially dead. Once the tooth dies, it moves into the bone and jaw. This may cause it to swell, and an abscess may form. At this stage of inflammation, your cheeks may become swollen. Your dentist may give you antibiotics to help with this infection, but more than likely, either a root canal or tooth extraction will be required.


  • Tooth loss


When you lose a tooth to either periodontal disease or tooth decay, the supporting bone may be reduced as well. The surrounding teeth may shift, causing problems with your bite. It is important to learn all of your replacement options and choose the best option for your situation. Upon losing a tooth, you may experience a change in diet, a changed facial appearance, misalignment of teeth, and speech difficulty or change.

Getting Your Smile Back

Tooth and bone loss may be avoided through preventative measures like regular dental visits and proper cleaning techniques, but there are also things you can do to restore that smile once you’ve lost it. One solution is the One Step Hybrid dental implant, a restorative procedure that gives you new teeth in just one day. Call us to help you with prevention of these issues or if you are faced with tooth loss, let us help you get a healthy and happy smile back.