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Why Should I Consider Dental Implants?

If you’re missing one or more teeth, it’s crucial that you replace them as soon as possible. Leaving your mouth with missing teeth is simply not a smart idea and can lead to several major oral health problems. Your remaining teeth may shift to fill in the gap, leading to bite alignment issues. You may also begin to experience bone deterioration which can eventually result in the loss of additional teeth. In addition, you may find it harder to chew certain foods, which can lead to poor nutrition over time. For these reasons, we strongly recommend that you act fast in replacing missing teeth.

While you have several options available to you, dental implants provide you with the most effective and long-lasting solution. They are the only option that replaces your missing root along with your missing tooth. This is important for several reasons:

  • Your underlying jawbone will be stimulated by the implant, preventing bone deterioration down the road.
  • The dental implant fuses with your jawbone, providing a stable, permanent replacement tooth that can withstand normal bite forces.

Additional Advantages of Choosing Dental Implants

dental implant illustration - Las Vegas dentistIn addition to the important benefit of replacing your missing root, dental implants offer several other important advantages compared with alternatives such as dentures or dental bridges:

  • Tooth preservation – Dental implants don’t rely on the support of adjacent natural teeth. As a result, you will experience improved long-term oral health.
  • Preserves facial structure – You will avoid the sunken facial appearance that often occurs when you lose bone density in your jaw. This will help you preserve a more youthful appearance.
  • Improved eating and speaking – You won’t experience any of the problems eating or speaking that occur when poorly fitting dentures begin to slip.
  • Durable, long lasting results – When properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.
  • Beautiful results – Your prosthetic tooth can be matched to the color and shade of your natural teeth in order to blend in seamlessly with your smile.
  • Improved comfort – Because the dental implant fuses with your jawbone, it eliminates much of the discomfort associated with removable prosthetic teeth.
  • Versatile restoration – Dental implants can be used with dentures or dental bridges to improve the function, comfort and convenience of these other restorations.

Dental Implants aren’t Right for Everyone

It’s important to understand that while dental implants may be the most effective tooth replacement option, they aren’t right for everyone. The dental implant process can take as long as 6 months to complete. You must be willing to commit to the lengthy time required of this procedure. If you prefer a faster solution, then you may want to consider alternatives such as dentures or dental bridges.

Dental implants are also more expensive than other options. While this shouldn’t deter you from choosing a solution that will provide you with a permanent, fully functional replacement tooth, we understand that cost may be a consideration for many people. Our dentists offer a variety of financing options to ensure your dental implant procedure fits into your budget. During your initial consultation, our staff will review these financing plans with you in greater detail.

There are also certain important candidacy requirements that must be met in order to undergo the dental implant procedure. Most importantly, you must have sufficient jawbone density to accommodate the implant. If you lack this bone structure, our dentists may be able to perform a bone graft in order for you to become a suitable candidate. In addition, you must be in good oral health before getting dental implants. If you suffer from gum disease or another oral health issue, our dentists will have to treat the condition before you move forward with the procedure.

Contact our Las Vegas Dentists

The best way to find out whether dental implants are right for you is to speak with our dentists in person. During your initial consultation, Dr. Chin and Dr. Pharar will review your options with you and recommend the ideal solution for your unique needs.

Please contact Drs. Chin & Pharar Dentistry using the form on this page or call 702-445-7075 today to schedule a dental implant consultation. We serve patients in Las Vegas, Summerlin, Henderson and the surrounding areas of Nevada.

Quiz: Are You A Candidate for Cosmetic Dentistry?

If your teeth have one or more cosmetic issues such as chips, cracks, discoloration, or crookedness, you may be a great candidate for one of our cosmetic dentistry procedures. Cosmetic dentistry encompasses a wide range of different treatments, including:

  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental bonding
  • Invisalign
  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental implants

Take our quiz below to see if you may be a candidate for cosmetic dental treatments or even a full smile makeover. Keep in mind, though, that the only way to know for sure which dental treatments are right for you is to come in for an in-person consultation with one of our experienced dentists. We will examine your teeth and come up with a custom treatment plan to meet your goals. 

To schedule your consultation, call us today at 702-445-7075. We serve patients in Summerlin, Henderson, and surrounding areas of Las Vegas, NV.

Cosmetic Dentistry: Your Guide to Achieving a Beautiful Smile

A beautiful smile can have a huge impact on your daily life. It can provide you with a boost of self-confidence and help you make your best impression when meeting new people. If you’d like to improve the appearance of your smile, cosmetic dentistry may be right for you.

Our dentists offer a wide range of cosmetic treatments that can achieve just about goal you may have. View our slide presentation below to learn about the options available to deliver the beautiful smile you desire.

 

If you’d like to learn more about your cosmetic dentistry options, please call 702-445-7075 today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in Las Vegas, Summerlin, Henderson and the surrounding areas of Nevada.

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

Porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile cosmetic dentistry treatments available. They can correct a wide range of aesthetic flaws to deliver the beautiful smile you desire. Porcelain veneers are made of high quality dental porcelain that mimics the characteristics of your natural teeth. They are highly durable and easy to maintain, providing a potentially long lasting restoration.

The exact length of time your porcelain veneers will last depends on how well you care for them. If you maintain a good daily oral hygiene regimen, your veneers can potentially last 10-15 years.

Caring for Porcelain Veneers

porcelain veneers patient in Las VegasThe 10-15 year estimate is an average lifespan for porcelain veneers. When properly cared for, your veneers can potentially last 20 years or longer. This should provide you with plenty of incentive to take care of your teeth and gums.

While the dental porcelain used in veneers will not be susceptible to decay, your underlying tooth structure can still become damaged or decayed if you don’t maintain good oral hygiene practices. If this happens, it may damage your veneers.

To ensure your veneers last as long as possible, make sure you:

  • Brush twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Floss once a day
  • Visit our dentists twice a year for regular checkups and cleanings

This will significantly reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. If you develop gum disease, it may cause your gum tissue to recede, exposing the edge of your veneer. When this happens, you may need to replace your porcelain veneers to restore an attractive appearance.

What Causes Porcelain Veneers to Become Damaged?

Dental porcelain is a very strong material, but it isn’t quite as strong as your natural tooth structure. Therefore, it’s possible for your porcelain veneers to become damaged if they sustain any kind of trauma. This can occur from:

  • Grinding your teeth
  • Eating sticky foods such as toffee or caramel
  • Chewing on hard candy or ice
  • Biting your nails
  • Using your teeth to open packages, bottles or other items

These actions can cause your veneers to chip or crack. In extreme situations, porcelain veneers can even fall off due to repeated trauma or excessive force. Therefore, it’s crucial that you avoid these actions in order to make sure your veneers last as long as possible.

What to Do if Your Porcelain Veneers Become Damaged

If your porcelain veneers become damaged or fall off, you should visit our dentists at once so that we can replace them for you. Don’t attempt to glue them back on yourself. It’s important that these repairs are handled by a skilled and experienced cosmetic dentist who uses the proper bonding materials to ensure excellent results.

Contact our Las Vegas Cosmetic Dentists

If you’re interested in finding out whether porcelain veneers are right for you, please contact Drs. Bryson & Margio Dentistry using the form on this page or call 702-445-7075 today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in Las Vegas, Henderson and the surrounding areas of Nevada.

What are the Stages of Gum Disease?

Gum disease is a common oral health condition impacting many Americans. It occurs when bacteria in your mouth cause an inflammation of your gum tissue. Gum disease often develops due to poor at-home oral hygiene practices and a failure to go for regular dental cleanings. However, when not properly treated, gum disease can result in tooth loss and increase your risk of a variety of other serious health conditions.

The best way to prevent gum disease is to brush twice a day, floss once a day, and visit our dentists twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. However, you should also be on the lookout for the warning signs that you may be experiencing gum disease so that you can seek treatment at the earliest sign of symptoms.

Early Stages of Gum Disease: Gingivitis

woman with early stages of gum disease (gingivitis)Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. During this phase, a buildup of plaque and tartar along the gum line cause your gums to become inflamed. At this point, no irreversible damage has occurred and treatment can restore proper gum health.

Common symptoms of gingivitis include:

  • Tender, sensitive or sore gum tissue
  • Red, puffy or swollen gums
  • Bleeding while brushing and flossing
  • Chronic bad breath

At this point, the bone and connective tissue surrounding your teeth are not affected. Treating gum disease while it is still in the gingivitis stage can prevent the loss of tooth and bone down the road.

Advanced Stages of Gum Disease: Periodontitis

If left untreated, gingivitis may gradually become worse and develop into periodontitis, the more advanced stage of gum disease. Periodontitis is much more serious than gingivitis, and it can result in the inner layer of bone and gum tissue pulling away from your teeth to form pockets. As these pockets collect plaque and other debris, they become infected.

Toxins produced by the bacteria found in plaque eventually cause the bone and connective tissue holding your teeth in place to deteriorate. Over time, the pockets in your gums deepen and can result in tooth and bone loss.

Symptoms of periodontitis include:

  • Spaces (pockets) between the teeth and gums
  • Infected gums
  • Bone deterioration
  • Teeth may become loose and eventually fall out
  • Deeper gum pockets may fill with pus (in advanced forms of periodontitis)
  • Your bite may be affected

Once you’ve reached the periodontitis stage, more aggressive treatment is required in order to stem the progression of gum disease and prevent tooth loss.

Periodontal Treatment Options

Dr. Bryson and Dr. Margio offer a variety of periodontal treatment options. They will recommend the best course of action for you based on the health and condition of your gums.

Depending on the severity of your gum disease, treatment may entail:

  • Deep cleaning – Our dentists perform a professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line
  • Scaling and root planing – Plaque and tartar are scraped away from above and below the gum line (scaling) and rough spots on your tooth’s root are smoothed out (root planing)
  • Perio Protect – Perio Protect uses special trays to deliver medication under the gums and into gum pockets which have formed in order to kill bacteria and treat any infection in your gum tissue

If you’re experiencing advanced stages of periodontitis, surgical treatments may be required. In these situations, Dr. Bryson and Dr. Margio may refer you to a specialist.

Please contact Drs. Bryson and Margio Dentistry using the form on this page or call 702-445-7075 today to schedule an appointment. Our dentists serve patients in Las Vegas, Summerlin and Henderson, Nevada.

Sleep Apnea: What You Need to Know

Sleep apnea is a dangerous condition impacting many Americans. Unfortunately, many people don’t even realize they have sleep apnea, resulting in a significant number of these cases going untreated. This can increase your risk of serious health issues down the road.

We’ve created the following Slideshare presentation to provide you with a basic overview of sleep apnea. If you think you may suffer from this condition, Dr. Bryson and Dr. Margio can help. Visit us for a sleep evaluation so that we can determine the ideal treatment plan to restore a restful night’s sleep.

 

Please contact Drs. Bryson & Margio Dentistry using the form on this page or call 702-445-7075 today to schedule a sleep apnea diagnostic exam. We serve patients in Las Vegas, Summerlin, Henderson and throughout the surrounding areas of Nevada.

How Diabetes Affects Your Teeth and Gums

November is American Diabetes Month, which makes this the perfect time for our Las Vegas dentists to talk to you about the effect diabetes can have on your oral health.

We don’t tend to think about diabetes in a dental context, accustomed, as we are, to discussing its very serious long-term threat to your body’s overall level of health and wellness. However, diabetes can wreak havoc on your teeth and gums, and that’s something you should be aware of.

In fact, diabetes-related concerns are among the most common dental problems Americans face. And these aren’t just cosmetic problems – diabetes-related oral health conditions can significantly affect the functioning of your mouth.

Dental Problems Associated With Diabetes

gum disease-diabetes connection - Las Vegas dentistThe most significant oral health concern when it comes to diabetes is gum disease. There’s a strong link between diabetes and gum disease, one that potentially runs in both directions – there are some studies that have found a link between untreated gum disease and an increased likelihood of developing diabetes.

However, we know that those who suffer from diabetes are at greater risk of suffering from gum disease. Because diabetes makes it difficult for your body to regulate its blood sugar levels, constant vigilance is needed to keep them in their proper ranges. Without that vigilance, your blood sugar can spike, which is dangerous for a number of reasons.

You probably already know that sweet, sugary foods and drinks can harm your teeth and gums. Well, high blood sugar can have a similar effect. High blood sugar means there’s more acid to wear away your gums and tooth enamel. This is just one more reason to carefully monitor and regulate your blood sugar levels if you suffer from diabetes.

There are two other oral health conditions commonly associated with diabetes:

  • Thrush, a fungal infection in your mouth
  • Extreme dry mouth – when your body fails to produce enough saliva, it has lost a crucial weapon for removing bacteria from your teeth

As you can see, the oral health consequences of diabetes are significant and require constant vigilance.

Addressing These Concerns

If you already suffer from diabetes and wish to avoid these dental problems, it really comes down to two things: diabetes control and dental hygiene.

Put simply, controlling your diabetes is the best way to minimize the danger to your teeth and gums. Follow your doctor’s instructions. Eat a careful diet. Monitor your blood sugar levels. If you’ve been given medication such as insulin, take it at the proper times and in the proper fashion.

Meanwhile, you should be practicing sound dental hygiene. This is always important, of course, but it takes on added urgency when you’re suffering from diabetes. You need to be very sure that you’re looking after your teeth and gums. This means brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing on a daily basis and seeing our dentists at least twice a year for regular checkups.

And, of course, if you suffer from diabetes, be sure to disclose that when coming in for your initial appointment. It will help us as we seek to provide you with the extraordinary dental care you deserve.

If you live in or around Las Vegas, Nevada and need an experienced dentist, please call Drs. Bryson & Margio Dentistry today at 702-445-7075.

8 Bad Habits that Wreck Your Oral Health

Bad habits have an impact on many aspects of your health, including your oral health. View our SlideShare and see if your lifestyle is damaging your smile. 

Schedule your dental exam and cleaning with one of our dentists in Las Vegas today at (702) 445-7075. Drs. Bryson and Margio serve clients in the Las Vegas area including Summerlin and Henderson, Nevada. 

What Happens When You Stop Brushing Your Teeth

What Happens When You Stop Brushing Your Teeth | VegasYou know it’s important to brush your teeth, and hopefully, you’re doing your best to floss daily as well, but have you ever wondered what would happen if you stopped caring for your teeth altogether? The answer is nothing good, and it may even lead to life-threatening consequences. Our dentist in Las Vegas encourages all our patients to come in for bi-annual dental exams, and some may benefit from three cleanings a year if they have crooked or crowded teeth.

These are just a few aspects of your oral health and the overall health of your body that will suffer when you stop brushing:

1.    Tooth Decay

Cavities, or tooth decay, could set in very quickly, as your mouth depends on consistent brushing and flossing to remove food particles and bacteria from the surface of your teeth. The bacteria will become plaque, which could solidify into tartar. Untreated cavities are a severe problem and jeopardize every aspect of your teeth. The cavity will eat away at your tooth until there’s a small hole. This hole will continue to grow and can easily become infected (abscessed) considering all the other bacteria throwing an unencumbered party in your mouth. A tooth abscess is dangerous. You’ll need a root canal or risk losing the tooth completely. Both of which are costly and require follow-up treatment such as a crown or dental implant.

2.    Tooth Discoloration & Enamel Erosion

If you drink a lot of wine, coffee, tea, or other drinks that cause tooth stains, you’re going to face tooth discoloration sooner or later. Most tooth stains are superficial (extrinsic) and can be easily dealt with before they get worse through rinsing with water after drinking stain-inducing fluids, brushing after each meal, and regular dental cleanings at our Las Vegas office. But, when you neglect your teeth completely, these stains will continue to grow, making them harder to deal with in the future.

Additionally, many people are prone to intrinsic stains which go further than your enamel and impact your dentin (inner tooth layer)—These are difficult to treat as they’re caused by certain antibiotics, too much fluoride, tooth trauma, and other reasons. Intrinsic stains can be gray, amber, purple, or yellow.

The shiny, translucent outer layer of your teeth known as your enamel will erode the longer you go without brushing or flossing. Your enamel is responsible for protecting you from temperature fluctuations and chemicals. When you drink acidic beverages such as fruit drinks or soda without rinsing with water or brushing, your enamel will erode, making your teeth more susceptible to chips and cracks as well.

No dental hygiene will make your teeth sensitive to certain foods and cause stubborn tooth stains, which could be permanent.

3.    Gum Disease

Gum disease is rampant among adults. The first stage is easily reversible, but failure to brush your teeth creates the best environment for gum disease to flourish. There are three phases of gum disease:

  • Gingivitis: As plaque builds up along your gum line, the tissues become irritated, and your lack of brushing will only fuel the inflammation caused by gingivitis. This stage is when people often notice bleeding while brushing or flossing.
  • Periodontitis: Plaque continues to grow at your gum line and causes pockets to form where bacteria and food are trapped. You’ll notice more inflammation and irritation, and your teeth may appear longer as the gum tissue pulls away from your teeth.
  • Advanced Periodontitis: During this final stage of gum disease, the connective fibers and gum tissue separate further and cause your teeth to shift or loosen. Your bite will be affected, and even your jaw bone will suffer because bacterial toxins will weaken your bone tissue. You may lose one or more teeth due to the loss of support. You’ll have bad breath and may even have pus around your gums.

The last two stages of gum disease can only be addressed with gum treatment through a dentist and may not be reversible, so it’s important you brush and floss to avoid periodontitis.

4.    Tooth Loss & Bone Recession

Gum disease and tooth loss | Las Vegas DentistAfter your teeth have shifted or loosened due to severe periodontitis, you’ll likely lose at least one tooth, and a missing tooth can cause a host of other problems. The main issue is your jaw bone. Without the stimulation and pressure from the missing tooth, your bone will recede and lose volume. In just one year, your jaw bone will lose 25 percent of bone width, which means you’re more likely to lose additional teeth, especially if you’re still not brushing or flossing. Dental implants are an efficient way to replace missing teeth, and they look just like your natural teeth.

5.    Increased Risk of Heart Disease

Perhaps the most detrimental aspect of no brushing or flossing is the link researchers have found between oral health and heart disease. While the research is still largely circumstantial, it’s believed that the inflammatory response and tissue damage during the stages of gum disease allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream and cause more inflammation in your body. Inflammation harms blood vessels. Research has found that the common bacteria found in a mouth with gum disease can spread to your heart. Conversely, when a patient had a healthy mouth, researchers found less of the bacteria in the heart.

Take Better Care of Your Mouth

The consequences of not brushing your teeth we’ve listed can arise very quickly in some people, while others may not develop cavities, gum disease or the subsequent problems at all—You can bet that their breath is far from minty-fresh, though. Your social life and career will suffer, and you’ll end up with higher bills from the dentist than if you took care of your teeth daily and stuck to bi-annual dental exams and cleaning.

Schedule your dental exam with our dentist in Las Vegas today at (702) 445-7075. Drs. Bryson and Margio serve clients in Las Vegas, Henderson, and Summerlin, Nevada.

The Best Way for You to Improve Your Smile

The Best Way for You to Improve Your Smile | Vegas, NevadaYour smile is unique to you and a representation of who you are. When you’re unhappy with your teeth or the way your gums look, you avoid smiling, which can be difficult when you’re having a good time. There are many ways to improve a smile through cosmetic dentistry, but what’s the best way to improve yours? First, you have to identify what’s bothering you the most and make sure you have a healthy mouth.

1.  Schedule Your Bi-Annual Dental Exam & Cleaning

The first step in improving your smile is getting x-rays and a cleaning done. Before you have cosmetic dentistry, you’ll need to address any oral health concerns. Our Las Vegas dentist looks for signs of these problems:

In addition to looking for those developing issues, our dentist will clean and polish your teeth, which can improve the appearance of your teeth immensely. Share any changes in your well-being such as diabetes or heart disease as these conditions have been linked to poor dental health and may limit your cosmetic options.

2. Treat Any & All Oral Health Concerns

Cavities need to be filled before you have any aesthetic work done, even orthodontics. Why? Because untreated cavities progress quickly, they can lead to gum disease or exacerbate existing gum disease. They also erode the protective outer coating of your teeth known as enamel. Over time, the cavity destroys the pulp (inside) of the tooth, leading to an infection (abscess). The most effective way to eradicate the infection is to remove the tooth completely.

So, you’ve gone from needing a simple tooth-colored filling to losing a tooth. What’s more, once you’ve lost one tooth, you’re more likely to lose additional teeth because the remaining teeth begin to shift to cover the gap and your jaw bone degrades without consistent biting pressure. Your face will also lose its natural shape.

Gum disease is just as dangerous as an untreated cavity and comes in three phases:

  • Gingivitis: The mild stage in which your gums swell, redden, and bleed easily. You may experience mild discomfort or none at all. Gingivitis is typically caused by poor dental hygiene. This is the prime reason you should brush your teeth (twice a day) and floss (daily or at least three times a week). Improving your dental habits can reverse gingivitis, but without intervention, gingivitis grows into periodontal disease.
  • Periodontitis: This phase of gum disease occurs when the plaque on your teeth stretches beneath the gums, causing them swell even more and pull away from the teeth. This separation creates pockets where your gum line once was which collect bacteria. Periodontal treatments can reverse some of the damage from periodontitis before it progresses to stage three.
  • Advanced Periodontitis: The final phase of gum disease causes bone loss due to the deterioration of your gum tissue that secured your teeth in place. Your teeth with become loose and begin to shift. You may lose one or more teeth or require tooth extraction upon treatment. Advanced periodontitis also causes chronic bad breath.

It’s essential to treat gum disease, cavities, and any other oral health issues before you have cosmetic work done. You want more than good-looking teeth. You want a healthy, stunning smile.

3. Determine What Aspect(s) of Your Smile You’d Like to Improve

Our dentist in Las Vegas offers a variety of cosmetic options for your teeth. The right treatment or procedure for you depends on what specifically you’d like to fix, such as crooked teeth with orthodontics (Invisalign®) or tooth staining with whitening treatments. Aside from those, some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry services we provide include:

  • Smile Makeover: Corrects several problems at once such as a gummy smile, gapped teeth, and tooth stains through several cosmetic treatments.
  • Porcelain Veneers: Thin shells permanently placed over your existing teeth to correct chips, cracks, and other aesthetic concerns. Lumineers® are similar to porcelain veneers but removable.
  • Dental Implants: Necessary for both functional and cosmetic reasons. They can salvage your remaining teeth while also restoring your smile.

4. Schedule a Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation

dental exam, xrays and cleaning in Las VegasYou can discuss your cosmetic choices during your dental exam or schedule a free consultation to go over the details involved and whether you qualify. Dr. Margio and Dr. Bryson, trained at the esteemed Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Cosmetic Studies (LVI), which gave them the necessary skills and expertise to give patients healthy, beautiful teeth. At your appointment, our dentists will listen to what you do and don’t like about your smile and determine the best route to achieve your ideal look.

Why Should You Improve Your Smile?

Many men and women struggle with embarrassing teeth, and this hang up can seep into other aspects of your life as well. If you refrain from smiling, you may seem off-putting to your coworkers and friends, which may prevent you from landing that promotion or a second date. However, an unappealing smile can also be off-putting, creating a lose-lose situation. Improving your smile does more than give you pearly-whites. A good-looking smile enhances your overall life and provides room to grow in your work and personal life.

Cosmetic dentistry can boost your confidence, so you never have to hide your smile again.   

If you’re interested in cosmetic dentistry, please contact Drs. Bryson and Margio in Las Vegas today at (702) 445-7075 to schedule your dental exam and consultation. Our experienced dentists provide cosmetic, general and emergency dentistry as well as TMJ and sleep apnea treatment to patients in Summerlin, Henderson, Las Vegas and surrounding Nevada areas.