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.

Are Your Teeth Sensitive to Hot and Cold?

Are Your Teeth Sensitive to Hot and Cold?

When you drink hot coffee or eat ice cream, does it make your teeth hurt? Do you find yourself avoiding hot and cold drinks and food because you’re worried about the pain? If so, you may have sensitive teeth. You can try self-care or home remedies to see if it helps ease your pain. Depending on how bad the pain is, you may need to visit a dentist to find out what is causing your tooth sensitivity and discuss treatment options. Don’t worry, most tooth sensitivity can be at least reduced or even completely eliminated fairly easily.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

One possibility is that your tooth enamel, which is a protective layer on the surface of your teeth, has worn away and nerve endings are exposed. This can be caused by brushing your teeth too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush. Eating candy, soda, sugar, and acidic drinks and food can also wear down your enamel over time.

Other reasons for sensitive teeth include:

Gum disease: The gum tissue becomes inflamed and sore, which can lead to sensitivity since nerves in the tooth can become exposed.

Teeth grinding: This can wear away the enamel on your teeth and expose tissue where nerves are stimulated by heat and cold.

Whitening and bleaching the teeth: Use of these products at home may lead to tooth sensitivity, along with using toothpaste with baking soda and peroxide.

Using mouthwash: Some mouthwashes have acids that can damage the tissue in your teeth. Check with your dentist to see if a neutral fluoride wash would be better for your teeth.

A cracked, chipped, or broken tooth: This can become inflamed if the tooth gets filled with bacteria from plaque.

Cavities and worn fillings: These can also cause sensitivity because they can expose nerves.

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How can you treat tooth sensitivity at home?

Are Your Teeth Sensitive to Hot and Cold?

Depending on what’s causing the sensitivity, you might be able to treat it on your own:

Desensitizing toothpaste: This usually has a compound to block transmission of pain from the surface of the tooth to the nerve. It may take up to several applications before it helps to reduce sensitivity.

Avoid products that might be causing sensitivity:  Try stopping the use of tooth whiteners or certain mouthwashes as explained above.

Change your diet: Instead of snacking on junk food, eat fruits and veggies with lots of fiber, or plain yogurt or cheese. These types of food help your mouth to produce saliva, which helps to protect your teeth from acid and bacteria.

Wear a night guard: If you grind your teeth, wear a night guard when you sleep.

If none of these self-care remedies seem to help, schedule a visit with your dentist to see what’s causing the sensitivity.

Can a Dentist Treat Sensitive Teeth?

Are Your Teeth Sensitive to Hot and Cold?

Your dentist can help reduce your tooth sensitivity. The first thing he or she will do is to eliminate any obvious cause, such as tooth decay, broken or cracked teeth, thin enamel, gum disease or other issues.

After examining your teeth and gums, your dentist may suggest one of these treatments:

Fluoride: A dentist can apply fluoride to where your teeth are sensitive to help strengthen the enamel and lower the pain. In some cases, your dentist may prescribe fluoride you can apply at home with a custom tray.

Bonding resin: If a tooth’s root is exposed, a dentist can apply bonding resin protect it.

Surgical gum graft: If a tooth’s root has a loss of gum tissue, a dentist can remove gum tissue from another part of your mouth and place it into the root.

Root canal: If you’re having severe pain and other treatments aren’t working, you may need to have a root canal. A dentist removes a tooth’s pulp and cleans and seals the inside of the tooth. While many are concerned about getting a root canal, with today’s new surgical methods, most people say that it’s no worse than getting a filling. A root canal is often the best option for getting rid of tooth sensitivity permanently.

Once you’ve completed your treatment, it’s important to:

Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste that’s not abrasive. Instead of brushing harshly, use gentle strokes.

Floss at least once a day.

If you clench or grind your teeth, talk to your dentist about getting a mouth guard to prevent a tooth fracture and sensitivity.

Visit your dentist every six months. Having regular teeth cleanings, exams, and other dental care is one of the best ways to prevent dental problems or catch them early when treatment is easier and often less expensive.

Do you need a dentist to treat sensitive teeth?

Balle & Associates in Las Vegas offers a wide range of dental care for patients, including the latest procedures for sensitive teeth, CEREC crowns created at their office in minutes, dental implants, and more. To learn more about their services, visit, visit the contact page, or call Balle & Associates at (702) 803-9892. Balle & Associates dental practice is located at 2801 West Charleston Boulevard, Suite 100, Las Vegas, NV 89102.

Get Amazing Results with Airflow Teeth Cleaning

Get Amazing Results with Airflow Teeth Cleaning

Taking good care of your teeth is essential for your overall health and a confident smile. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy starts with a few easy steps, like regular brushing and flossing at home as well as regular checkups and teeth cleaning. To help keep your teeth and gums healthy, your teeth should be cleaned by a dental professional twice a year.

Is Teeth Cleaning Necessary if you Brush Daily?

Yes. Professional teeth cleaning helps wash away plaque and dangerous biofilm that builds up and allows bacteria to cause tooth decay or gum disease and can even contribute to other health problems. Regular brushing, even with an electric toothbrush, can’t clean away this dangerous biofilm.

Sometimes teeth get stained and discolored, even with regular brushing. Some substances like tea, coffee, tomato sauce, or tobacco are highly staining. Professional teeth cleaning can help remove tooth stains along with the damaging biofilm build-up.

Airflow teeth cleaning, known as guided biofilm therapy, can help with both of these dental issues. It’s painless, easy and effective. Here’s how it works.

What is Guided Biofilm Therapy?

Get Amazing Results with Airflow Teeth Cleaning

Airflow Teeth Cleaning uses guided biofilm therapy to prevent tooth decay. Biofilm-containing harmful bacteria build up on your teeth between dental visits. This is referred to as plaque. Unless it’s removed, plaque can erode the surface of your teeth, weakening the tooth enamel and opening the tooth to decay and staining.

Guided biofilm therapy uses biocompatible and safe powders, such as glycine or sugar alcohols, along with water and air to wash away the biofilm on your teeth. The therapy is safe for both natural teeth and dental work, including braces, crowns, and veneers.

Airflow Washes Away Tooth Stains

How does a puff of air clean stains from your teeth? Airflow uses compressed air combined with water and powder in a highly effective process that not only cleans your teeth but also polishes them.  It’s more effective than laser whitening for some tough tooth stains, like smoking or coffee. Laser can also be too harsh for people with sensitive gums. Airflow is recommended for people with stubborn stains and can make a difference in just minutes. Got a big event coming up? This is a great choice for anyone who wants a whiter smile, fast.

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The Airflow Teeth Cleaning Experience

Airflow is simple, painless and fast. The process starts with a consultation with your dentist who will examine your teeth and discuss what results you want to achieve. At your Airflow teeth cleaning appointment, you will just  lie back and get comfortable. Your dentist will apply a painless, soft jet of air, powder and water to your teeth. You may even have a choice of flavors, which is a popular option for children getting the procedure. Results will be obvious right after the treatment.

Comfortable, Effective Teeth Cleaning

Airflow teeth cleaning is more effective than many other teeth polishing therapies on the market. Traditional teeth cleaning methods are not as effective in cleaning hard to reach places.  The stream of compressed air and water can get into tiny spaces in teeth and between gums better than other treatments. Airflow also tends to work faster.

With Airflow, there’s no scraping or picking at your teeth. Most people find it less stressful because of that. The powder that is used is less gritty than traditional cleaning paste as well.

If you have sensitive, weak, or damaged teeth, airflow may be the right choice for you. This procedure is less abrasive than traditional scraping and polishing, making it gentler on the teeth. There’s no direct contact between tooth and instrument, and it doesn’t use rough powders, heat, or vibrations like certain other methods. All of this can help prevent irritation to gums and is more comfortable and easier on your nerves.

Do You Wear Braces?

Are you going to have an orthodontic procedure that uses bonding or sealants? This is often needed to prepare your teeth for traditional metal braces, as well as veneers and caps. If so, your dentist may recommend airflow to prepare your teeth. Airflow can remove virtually all staining and bacteria, creating an ideal surface for bonding your orthodontic devices. And, Airflow is great for a thorough teeth cleaning if you already wear metal braces, where bacteria hides inside the metal brackets and is hard to clean out with other methods.

Balle & Associates Now Offering Airflow Teeth Cleaning

Are you interested in gentle dental care that uses all of the latest technology? At Balle & Associates, we are experienced working with clients of all ages and dental needs. Contact us today to learn more about our dental services or to request an appointment.

New Dental Technology is Changing Dental Care

New Dental Technology is Changing Dental Care

Dentists and their support staff are armed with more helpful technology today than ever before, improving our dental care experience and our dental health. These new developments are giving dentists more options to treat more conditions, and patients have more choices than ever for more efficient and affordable dental care. Here are just a few new technology developments in the dental field that have changed the dentist visit experience.

Digital X-Rays

Traditional X-rays are slow, clunky, and involve a potentially dangerous exposure to radiation. Digital x-rays are a new technology that has minimal radiation exposure, a faster turnaround time, and is often more accurate than traditional x-rays. In this quick and pain free process, the digital imaging camera produces a full and clearer picture for the dentist to examine. This technology allows dental professionals to better determine the type of treatment the patient needs and deliver the best dental health care.

3D Printing and Dental Molding

New Dental Technology is Changing Dental Care

3d printing is being used to make parts for everything from homemade pizza pies to spare parts aboard the International Space Station. The computer-driven modeling process makes a three-dimensional model of an object by combining layers of material over and over again in a specific shape. Today, dentists are able to use 3d printing to make virtually identical copies of your teeth, gums, and jaw. These molds can be used to help prepare for surgery or to create models of bridges and crowns that will fit precisely over your teeth. And 3d digital images are faster, sometimes completing a mold in less than an hour rather than weeks of waiting if it is sent to a lab. And, 3d modeling means no more gooey stuff in your mouth to take an impression.

Laser Treatment Dentistry

While you may assume that lasers can only be used to cut things, they can actually be used for much more in dentistry. Laser dental care provides a much less invasive option for many dental procedures. It is far less painful and makes healing time significantly less. Here are just some of the uses of dental laser treatment:

  • Preparing the tooth for crown
  • Completing a dental filling
  • Treatment for tooth sensitivity
  • Periodontal treatment for gum disease and inflammation
  • Addressing cold sores
  • Removing benign oral growths

This type of treatment is also very effective to remove bacteria and to improve oral hygiene. It also results in less discomfort in many kinds of dental procedures.

Dental Implants

New Dental Technology is Changing Dental Care

Advances in dental implant technology have revolutionized tooth replacement. Patients who have lost some or all of their teeth no longer need settle for messy dentures. Dental implants provide an effective, convenient and practical solution to completely replace teeth that must be extracted due to severe decay or other damage. Today’s implants fit and function just like real teeth. They are fully integrated into the jaw bone, and are a suitable solution for a majority of adult dental patients. And, they help preserve longer term dental health by keeping the jaw bone and gums active and healthy. Today, the process can be completed much faster, instead of having to wait months for the area to heal as in the past. Balle & Associates also offers our “Teeth-in-a-Day” procedure for even faster dental implants.

Air-Abrasion Tooth Repair

Instead of having the dentist use a drill on your teeth, you may be able to benefit from air-abrasion, also called microabrasion, to treat smaller cavities. Tiny particles are air-blasted on the surface of the tooth allowing the dentist to clear away decayed material more precisely and with less impact on the rest of your tooth. This technology allows you to not only decrease the chances that you compromise the tooth structure, but you may not need to use a local anesthetic for the procedure either. Air-abrasion pinpoints specific decay areas and blasts them with a combination of aluminum oxide and air. It is very useful in hard-to-reach areas, like between teeth and where a portion of the tooth has already been restored.

AirFlow Teeth Cleaning

Guided biofilm therapy, known as Airflow teeth cleaning is a more effective and easier way to have your teeth cleaned and polished. The process uses a flow of water, air and a low-abrasive powder to pressure clean your teeth. The steady stream of water cleans away the biofilm that forms plaque, so teeth and gums are even cleaner than with traditional dental cleaning. A great alternative for both adults and kids, the process is painless with less irritation than regular cleanings.

Composite Dental Materials

New technology has created new materials that can be used to fill cavities and bond with the tooth. Composite resins feel more “tooth-like,” and have become increasingly popular in recent years. They make dental fillings look more natural. Materials today can match tooth color better, last longer, and keep their shape better than previous substances. They are quick to set up as well.

Invisalign® Braces

New Dental Technology is Changing Dental Care

If you are unhappy with how your teeth look or you are experiencing dental problems due to crooked or crowded teeth, you may be considering braces or other teeth-straightening procedures. Today, Invisalign® dental aligners offer a clear substitute for braces that is both cost-effective and convenient. In many cases, it also provides betters results. The entire process is easier to control compared to braces, and it can address problems that are bigger than just crooked teeth—like over or underbites, for example. Patients can also take the Invisalign® mouth tray out as needed, for example, to make mealtime easier and more enjoyable than with regular braces.

Talk to Balle & Associates for Quality Dental Care

At Balle & Associates, we make it a priority to learn and adopt the best new technology wherever possible to make your experience the best that it can be. We offer a range of state-of-the-art general and cosmetic dentistry services to patients in Las Vegas. Give us a call at 702-825-7468 to learn how we can help you or visit our contact page.

Caring for Yourself after Dental Surgery

Caring for Yourself after Dental Surgery

If you’re planning or have just completed a restorative or cosmetic dental procedure, whether it is dental implants, tooth restoration or a new bridge or dentures, you’ll want to take care to follow your dentist’s post-operative care instructions. Following the advice given to you will help you feel better faster. Follow some simple aftercare guidelines to shorten your recovery period, reduce your pain and help you avoid complications after surgery.

Follow Your Dentist’s Post-Operative Care Guidelines

Before you have your dental procedure, take your time to find a skilled, experienced cosmetic dentist or oral surgeon who can best provide the right solution and perform your surgery with good results, so you can enjoy better oral health and a brighter smile with the least hassle and worry. With your comfort and oral health in mind, a good dental surgeon will continue to take care of you even after your dental procedure is complete.

It’s important to follow the post-operative care instructions recommended for your particular procedure. While each operation may require unique aftercare, there are certain general guidelines pertaining to diet, medication and other activities that are wise to follow after any dental surgery.

Rinse your Mouth

In many cases, rinsing with salt water or a prescribed solution in the days following your procedure can help reduce soreness. You can make a simple salt solution using ½ teaspoon of salt and 6 oz. of warm (not hot!) water to use a few times per day, particularly after a meal. Your dentist may recommend a brand of alcohol-free mouthwash or provide a mouth rinse for you to use.

You may experience mild bleeding after surgery. Mild bleeding at the site usually stops within 24 hours and can be treated with moist gauze or by biting down on a wet black tea bag which contains tannin, known to aid clotting and help reduce bleeding. If the bleeding persists, give your dentist a call.

Apply Ice

You also can minimize the appearance of swelling and/or bruising after oral surgery by applying an ice pack wrapped in a towel to the outside of the face. During the first 12 to 24 hours, apply the pack on a cycle of 20 minutes on followed by 20 minutes off. Mild bruising is a normal occurrence after surgery, such as with an implant-supported bridge, but applying moist heat to the bruise area will help promote blood flow, causing the discoloration to dissipate faster.


Caring for Yourself after Dental Surgery

Any kind of surgery puts added stress on your body, and dental surgery is no exception. After the procedure, take it easy and give yourself at least 24 hours to replenish your energy. Plan to take time off from work or school. Don’t skimp on sleep before or after your surgery. Relax and avoid strenuous activities or those that require concentration. Keep your head elevated when sleeping for the first few nights to help reduce any swelling.

Avoid Tobacco and Alcohol

Tobacco and alcohol use in the days after surgery can delay the healing process in your mouth. Ask your doctor for help if you have trouble avoiding these products in the days following your procedure. Your doctor can also help you if want to stop smoking or drinking permanently, which will benefit your oral and overall health for the long term.

Medicate if Necessary

In some cases, depending on the type of dental procedure, you will be prescribed pain medication, medicated mouthwash, or other drugs that should be taken as directed. In other cases, you may simply want to control pain after the anesthetic wears off, in which case a mild analgesic can do the trick.

If you want a stronger painkiller, talk to your dentist or oral surgeon about a prescription. If you are taking strong narcotics, remember it can impair your mental alertness and impede your ability to operate a car or use machinery, so read the label carefully and don’t exceed the recommended dose. Unless instructed otherwise, you can stop your pain medication as soon as you feel better.

Eat a Soft Diet

Caring for Yourself after Dental Surgery

After certain procedures, you will want to be careful about what you eat, although that doesn’t mean you should avoid eating altogether. You need to consume proper nutrition and drinking plenty of fluids to help aid recovery.

For a few weeks following oral surgery, getting dental implants, temporary restorations, or a tooth extraction, you should avoid hard and/or sticky foods and substances that require lots of chewing before swallowing. Also try chewing on the opposite side of your mouth from the surgical site. Some nutritious but easily swallowed foods to use in the first few days or until healed include broths and soups; ice cream, custards or yogurt; rice and pasta; chopped or ground meat; eggs; malted milk or shakes, especially those with added nutrients; and baby food (or anything mashed enough to be eaten by an infant). Eating soft foods will help prevent food particles from contaminating or injuring a still-healing surgical site.

Keep Brushing Your Teeth

In most cases, you should continue to brush and floss as usual, since food debris will only invite more bacteria and soreness. Avoid the areas with open wounds and be gentler until your mouth has healed. When flossing around restorations or implants, gently push the floss to the gum, but remove by pulling from the side, rather than yanking back down between the teeth. Use a gentle mouthwash that does not contain alcohol which will irritate the sensitive tissue. You also should keep your dentures or partial dentures thoroughly cleaned.

If You Have Questions or Problems Call Your Dentist

It’s normal to experience slight swelling, pain or light bleeding after dental surgery. If you have severe bleeding, call your dentist right away. Swelling of your face or jaw, such as with wisdom tooth removal, may last up to a week. For persistent pain, your dentist or doctor can advise proper pain medication.

Download Post-Operative Care Instructions for your Dental Surgery

In general, remember to take it easy the day of your dental procedure. Most importantly, follow the post-operative instructions recommended by your oral healthcare provider for your dental procedure. Here’s a link to post-operative instructions for a variety of dental procedures that we offer to our dental surgery patients at Balle & Associates:

Balle & Associates post-operative care instructions

Balle & Associates Dental Surgeons

Balle & Associates, a cosmetic and general dentistry practice in Las Vegas, Nevada, takes care to inform patients what they should expect before, during and after a dental surgery procedure. To find out more or to schedule a consultation, contact us or call (702) 825-7468.

6 Reasons to Love your Dentist

6 Reasons to Love your Dentist

We know all about how people sometimes feel about dentists. We hear it all the time, even from our own friends and family. But we understand. It’s not always comfortable to sit with your mouth open, not sure what’s going on in there. But, things have changed with dentists and their patients. It’s more common nowadays to hear people say they love their dentist. How can that be?

Below are six good reasons patients can actually love their dentist:

1 A Good Dentist Prioritizes Your Comfort and Makes Visits Stress-Free

Dental procedures sometimes come with a risk of some discomfort. Good dentists recognize this, and are trained and ready to do everything possible to minimize any discomfort. This means using painless techniques for cleaning your teeth and gums and for other non-invasive treatments, like tooth whitening. For other procedures, such as filling a dental cavity, it may mean providing you with pain relief before a procedure. The dentist may even offer the option of sedation for more anxious patients.

However, the best way to avoid pain is regular care. After your regular cleaning, you dentist or hygienist can teach you how to reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease with daily care at home. And, if you do have problems, the dentist can catch them early before they cause serious pain. So, going to the dentist actually means less pain and discomfort, not more!

2 Avoid Embarrassing Bad Breath and Bad Teeth

6 Reasons to Love your Dentist

Do you brush, floss, and use mouthwash every day, and still suffer from bad breath? That can be embarrassing and discouraging. A common culprit is gum disease or another oral health problem. A good dentist can help you get to the root of the issue and resolve it, leaving you with healthier teeth and fresher breath.

With good dental care your teeth will be whiter and your smile brighter. Your dentist can replace lost teeth, repair broken ones or straighten crooked ones. With regular dental care, you’ll be less likely to experience tooth loss which can affect your looks and your health as well as make you feel embarrassed when you smile.

3 Enjoy the Lifetime Benefits of Good Oral Health

The health of your teeth and gums affects your oral health as well as your overall health, including heart health. It can help you keep your teeth for a lifetime and avoid pain associated with decaying or damaged teeth and gum disease. And, getting regular dental cleanings and checkups not only keeps your mouth healthy, it can also save you money because you may avoid extensive repair work for problems that were left too long unaddressed.

4 Your Dentist is Your First Line of Defense against Oral Cancer

Oral cancer screenings are simple and a part of regular dental care. Oral tumors can grow inside of a person’s mouth for a long time before displaying any symptoms, but a dentist can help catch problems early. Most people will not notice tumors until they are advanced, and medical doctors don’t regularly screen for oral cancer, so your dentist is your vital partner in this painless and simple, but important, routine.

5 Get Great Advice on Dental Care that Fits Your Lifestyle

6 Reasons to Love your Dentist

A good dentist will spend time with you to explain what is happening with your dental care, and explain your dental health to you. They may recommend the best techniques and tools for brushing, flossing or other home care that will address your particular situation. They can even recommend the right toothbrush for you. With a good dental care team on your side, you can take worry and dental pain off your list and get on with more important things in your life.

6 Today’s Dentistry Is Better Than Ever

Everyone has seen an old movie where the dentist is yanking out a bad tooth with pliers. Ok, that was probably a comedy, but many people still have that feeling about dentists. In reality, dentistry today uses advanced technology and refined techniques that make dental care better, faster, more pain-free, and easier than ever. Techniques like laser dentistry can accomplish some procedures without using a numbing agent (no injection). CAD-CAM technology that takes a detailed digital scan of your tooth means you can get a dental crown or even a dental implant in a day. These and many more techniques give dentists and patients many ways to make sure you have a full set of healthy teeth that make you feel good and look good.

Balle & Associates is a Dentist You Can Love

At Balle & Associates we take the time to understand and care for our patients’ needs and concerns. We prioritize our most important job – keeping our patients’ smiles healthy and glowing. To help patients feel comfortable, we go over their treatment with them and explain what we are going to do. We offer a wide range of dental treatments and financing is available, making the whole process easier.

Even if you have avoided dentists in the past, you’ll feel welcome at Balle & Associates. If you are searching for a dentist you can trust, we welcome you to contact us at Balle & Associates in Las Vegas, where we will make you feel part of the family.

Tips for New Denture Wearers

Tips for New Denture Wearers

Dental work is crucial to maintaining your smile, the shape of your face, and your overall health. Sometimes having dental work means replacing teeth that have been lost or become too damaged. You want to be able to smile again with a full set of healthy looking teeth.

For those who need them, dentures have come a long way in recent years. They have become easier to care for and are more comfortable to wear. But, they can take some getting used to and require proper maintenance. Here are four dental tips that all new denture wearers should know:

Make Sure You Give Your Mouth a Break

New dentures take some getting used to. At first, you will feel some mild discomfort as your mouth adapts to wearing them.  So, it’s important to give your mouth a break every now and then. At night, remove your dentures and soak them in a warm water or a denture solution. Next, give your gums a quick rinse with warm salt water. Leave your dentures out until you wake up the next morning. This can help relieve pressure, let your gums rest and recover, and alleviate sore spots that may develop from initial use. If at first, you are noticing more soreness, consider taking breaks throughout the day.

Wear Your Dentures Every Day

Even if you are experiencing soreness, make sure you wear your dentures every day. The dentures have been fit to your current gum and bone shape. If you go for periods without wearing them, the gums and bone can shift and make them more difficult to fit. Also be prepared to see some of your gum line and bone areas recede slightly over time. Since the shape of the dentures doesn’t change, when the recession gets more prominent, you will need to be refitted for new dentures.

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You also want to make sure that you talk and eat as regularly as you can each day. This is important to get your muscles and mouth in shape for long-term use of the dentures and speed up your recovery and adaptation to the new dentures.

Take Good Care of Your Teeth

Tips for New Denture Wearers

Even though your dentures are not real teeth, maintaining your dental health is just as important as before. This includes brushing on a routine basis. One of the benefits of dentures is that you can remove plaque and tartar buildup more easily since you can thoroughly brush your dentures when they are removed.

Make sure you brush your tongue, gums, and insides of your cheeks when your dentures are out to help remove bacteria buildup. Making and keeping regular dental appointments is also critical. These appointments are essential for maintaining the health or your mouth, checking the fit of your dentures, and making sure your gums stay healthy.

Watch What You Eat

It’s important to eat a healthy and balanced diet with your new dentures as good nutrition will help keep your mouth and gums heal and stay healthy. Chewing and swallowing may seem awkward at first. Start with soft foods and make chewing easier by taking small bites. There are some foods that are best avoided when wearing dentures. This includes hard and sticky foods such as nuts, corn on the cob, caramel, or chewing gum or tobacco. These can not only be difficult to clean from your dentures but can also damage them. Coffee tends to stain dentures, so limit your intake.

As a denture wearer, It is important for you to stay hydrated by drinking eight 8 ounce glasses of water daily, more if you live in a dry climate. Dentures can lead to a dry mouth, which can result in irritation and bacterial decay harming your gums and remaining teeth. Make it a habit to stay hydrated throughout the day.

After a break in period, you will feel more comfortable with your dentures. If you have continuing discomfort after a month, contact your dentist so your dentures can be adjusted if necessary.

Balle and Associates for Natural Looking Dentures

Balle & Associates offers Swiss-designed natural looking dentures that help maintain your face shape and provide you with a smile that you will always want to show off. Results look so natural no one will even know you wear dentures.

Another Option in Dental Implants

Tips for New Denture Wearers

If you are looking for a more permanent and natural-feeling alternative to replacing lost teeth, consider dental implants. These permanent tooth replacements feel and function like natural teeth. They use a titanium post that will act similarly to your tooth root and keep your natural looking tooth implant attached to your jawbone. Once the dental implant is in place, you’ll never have to deal with dentures again. You will feel like you have regained your natural teeth.

Balle & Associates offers a range of choices in cosmetic dentistry, including dentures and dental implants that restore your most natural and comfortable smile. Talk to our dentists to decide which procedures are right for you.

Contact Balle & Associates today at 702-919-7719 to schedule your appointment where we will assess your current situation and help you determine the best procedure for your situation, and of course, a bright new smile.


Have To Wear A Temporary Dental Crown?

Here’s How to Cope with A Temporary Crown

Have To Wear A Temporary Dental Crown?

There are a variety of reasons why a dentist may recommend a dental crown, which may involve wearing a temporary crown during the process. These reasons include the restoration of the appearance and function of a damaged tooth. While dental fillings are used for minor tooth damage, dental crowns are used to protect teeth that are more seriously damaged by tooth decay, fractures, or other conditions. Dental crowns are just that, a cover, or crown, over the tooth to protect it from further damage.

Conventional crown placement generally takes a few weeks to complete and requires two dentist visits. The first visit is to prepare the decayed and damaged tooth to be fit for a crown. The dentist will also take a mold of the tooth. The crown is a custom-fitted replica of the old tooth that fits snugly over your natural tooth. After the initial visit, you must wait generally one to two weeks for your permanent crown placement to be fabricated at an outside dental lab. During the wait, you will wear a temporary crown to cover and protect your prepared tooth.

What Is A Temporary Crown?

Have To Wear A Temporary Dental Crown?

A temporary crown is just that, quick, fitted replicas of your permanent crown.  As only a temporary solution to protect your tooth, it is not permanently attached to your tooth. It is made with acrylic resin and designed to match the natural color of your teeth. These are also commonly referred to as transition crowns because they act as the bridge to permanent crown installation.

A dental lab fabricates temporary crowns using a tooth impression that is taken before the tooth is shaped and prepared. The dentist prepares your natural tooth before the permanent crown is formed and placed on it. This involves carefully shaping it by reducing its size to make room for the crown’s installation. After the tooth is prepared, a second tooth impression is taken and sent to the lab where it’s used to create your permanent crown. Meanwhile, before you leave your appointment, the dentist will secure a temporary crown on your prepared tooth. He will check to see that your bite is good. The temporary is attached using an impermanent adhesive.

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Although temporary crowns are not permanent, they offer a broad range of benefits and you need to take good care of them as though they were your natural teeth or a permanent crown.

Why You Must Have a Temporary Crown

A temporary crown is necessary to protect the dentist’s work on your tooth while your new permanent crown is being made. One of the main benefits of temporary crowns is preventing discomfort and hypersensitivity on a prepared tooth. When a dentist shapes your tooth to create space for the permanent crown, part of your natural tooth structure is removed. Sensitive areas such as the dentin may be left exposed. Temporary crowns cover these areas and prevent contact with hot or cold foods and beverages.

Temporary crowns also play a crucial role in ensuring the prepared tooth and its adjacent teeth do not shift before the permanent crown’s placement. They also prevent the growth of gums over the edges of a damaged tooth. Without temporary crowns, these cases could lead to dental health complications and make the placing of a crown difficult.

What Do I Need To Do When Wearing a Temporary Crown?

The acrylic material that is used to make temporary crowns is not as sturdy as metal, porcelain or ceramic materials used to create permanent crowns. And, with only temporary bonding, the temporary crown can be unintentionally loosened and fall out. While wearing your temporary crown, here are some simple ways to protect it and avoid complications and extra visits to your dentist:

  •    Limit or reduce the amount of chewing on the side of mouth with the temporary crown
  •    Avoid hard foods and snacks such as candies, nuts, crunchy vegetables and carrots
  •    Don’t eat sticky food products such as jelly beans, licorice, popcorn, caramels, or gummy bears
  •    If you experience some discomfort when eating hot, cold or sugary foods, avoid them
  •    Avoid aggressive brushing especially in the area where the temporary crown is located
  •    Don’t use an electric toothbrush while wearing a temporary crown
  •    Take care when flossing through the space next to the temporary crown

When you have to wear one, a temporary crown can feel and seem inconvenient. Fortunately, you only need to wear it for a short time. Sometimes, such as if you have heat or cold sensitivity, those couple of weeks can seem longer. But, there is an easy way to avoid a temporary crown altogether.

Don’t Want To Deal With Temporary Crowns?

Have To Wear A Temporary Dental Crown?

While it serves an important purpose in the traditional placement of dental crowns, a temporary crown can be a hassle for today’s busy people. Two appointments and two weeks of paying attention to everything you put in your mouth can disrupt your routine. Fortunately, there is an easier alternative available.

Modern dental restoration has a new process that provides for single visit, same-day permanent crown placement. The method is called CEREC (Chairside Economical Restorations Esthetic Ceramic). CEREC uses a CAD/CAM, or computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing system to create your permanent crown at the dentist office. With this procedure, the dentist prepares your tooth and takes a digital scan of the tooth (no more gooey molds!). He uses the onsite CEREC milling unit to create your permanent crown while you wait, and in just a few minutes. You don’t need two visits to the dentist and temporary crowns are out of the picture. Even better, the ceramic crowns created from this procedure are more refined and natural-looking.

Balle & Associates Offer Same Day Dental Crowns

If s same-day crown sounds like a good option for you, contact the experts at Balle & Associates, DDS in Las Vegas today for more on CEREC and any of our dental procedures. Balle & Associates focuses on providing comfortable, convenient and quality dental services for all your family dental needs.

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


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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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, 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.


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.