DENTIST LAS VEGAS

We know that dental treatment can be overwhelming, and costly. We also know that our current and prospective patients understand and value the importance of a healthy and a beautiful smile. Therefore, we have designed our practice structure where these concerns are eliminated to create a comfortable, and lasting impression of our services to our patients.

At Dental Atelier we work with all Preferred Provider Organization dental insurances. For those without dental insurance, we have in house payment plans, and discounts available. We make Dental treatment easy, fun, and affordable. We are always happy to see new patients stop by our office for a complimentary cosmetic dentistry consultation, to see our beautiful office, meet our amazing staff and experience our exceptional service. Our office is conveniently located on the ground floor of 851 S. South Rampart Blvd, suite 120, in Summerlin Las Vegas. We offer services in all aspects of Cosmetic and family dentistry. Some of these services are Porcelain crowns, Veneers, Teeth whitening, Emergency dental treatment and root canal, Dental Extraction, and Dental Implants. For a complete list of all our services please follow the link below and we look forward to seeing you soon.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Patients who skip their six-month visit often accumulate plaque and tartar that is detrimental to the health of the gums jawbone. Extended presence of tartar and plaque lead to bone loss around teeth, a condition that is termed Periodontal Disease. Bone loss because of periodontal disease is non-reversible and permanent. Additionally periodontal disease is caused by uncontrolled plaque and tartar build up. Treatment of periodontal disease is often very difficult and expensive. So, investing in the health of your teeth, and maintaining a confident smile requires routine maintenance and dental visits that take place about every six months.

Dental home care is important in maintaining healthy teeth and oral cavity. One aspect of this process is brushing teeth at least twice a day. Dental brushing is a process by which the bristles of the toothbrush mechanically remove the built-up layer of plaque from the surface of teeth, to prevent formation of cavities and gum disease. The effectiveness of plaque removal by brushing is factor of brushing technique rather than the type of toothbrush used. Generally, for most patient, it is highly recommended to use an electric toothbrush, due to electric toothbrushes’ the ease of use and their ability to clean hard to reach areas of the mouth.

However, using toothbrush, electric or manual, with soft to medium bristle texture would provide good cleaning results with minimal trauma to supporting gums surrounding the teeth. At Dental Atelier, we recommend our patients to start by using a toothbrush with medium hardness bristles. If you notice that you are bleeding excessively after brushing, it is necessary to discuss this condition with your dentist as it may lead to gum recession and immediately change to a soft bristle toothbrush. Keep in mind that it is more important to practice good oral hygiene and effective brushing method to enhance plaque removal from hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. Your dentist or hygienist can help you improve your oral hygiene technique.

Bad breath, also called halitosis, is caused by overgrowth of bacteria that normally reside in the oral cavity and upper part of digestive tract. Under healthy conditions, the ratio of oral cavity bacteria is balanced, where good bacteria surpass the number of harmful bacteria and keep the population of harmful bacteria in check. In an unhealthy condition, the number of harmful bacteria increase dramatically. This results in harmful bacteria deposition of calcium-based structure called tartar to protect their population and growth rate from mechanical plaque and tartar removal through the actions of brushing and flossing. Presence of dental tartar is the initiating point of sever periodontal disease and is often accompanied by bad breath.

Uncontrolled growth of harmful bacteria in the mouth leads to release of biproducts of their metabolism, that leads gum to infection, dental cavities, and bad breath. We identify bad breath in individuals where professional dental hygiene has not been performed for an extend period and periodontal disease had entered aggressive stages. In mild periodontal disease, bad breath is also present but fortunately a good dental cleaning and tartar removal can help eliminate bad breath and bring back gums into healthy state. Aggressive periodontal disease would require gum surgery that may not result in success. So, if you are suffering from bad breath, perhaps it is time to schedule a dental visit and address the issue as soon as possible.

Metal fillings also called Amalgam fillings, have been around for over a century and are considered the first form of dental filling material. Historically they have been mixed chair side in a dental office by mixing a combination of metals that included mercury to create an alloy called dental amalgam. The newer amalgam fillings are mixed and packaged in manufacturing facility, and the risk of free mercury poising has been reduced significantly. Although not as poisonous as they used to be, amalgam fillings do have many drawbacks. Some of these draw backs are as follow: 1.They are not tooth colored and cannot be blend in with the natural shade of teeth
2.They stain over time and become darker in color
3.They release a dark stain into the tooth, progressively making the tooth darker as well
4.They tend to break teeth due to the mechanical pressures they exert on teeth
5.They transfer heat and cold easily to the living part of the tooth (the pulp) making teeth permanently sensitive

At Dental Atelier we do not use Amalgam fillings. Understanding the draw back of this restorative material, and the possibility of future complications from use of metal fillings, has motivated us to use only composite fillings that are teeth colored, not toxic, and provide great esthetic and durability to teeth. We perform amalgam replacement for many of our patient with great success, and if you are interested in replacing your old metal fillings, we provide a safe, mercury free zone in our office where we delicately separate mercury from teeth, to be properly discarded, and replace them with tooth colored filling material.

Before answering this question, lets talk about teeth discoloration. The outer surface of teeth is covered by a protective layer that is called Enamel. This dense layer that is considered the strongest tissue types in human body, is comprised of million of tiny tubes that stack upon each other. When looked at under the microscope, surface of Enamel appears porous. The opening of these pores is the opening into the stacked tubes and is where staining causing particles that are naturally found in food can accumulate and cause yellowness and staining of the teeth.
Conventional whitening system that includes, in office dental whitening, at home whitening trays, and whitening strips, use chemical whitening to eliminate stain microparticles from the micro-pores on the surface of tooth enamel. Most whitening toothpastes do not contain any significant chemical whitening components, instead they use tiny silica particles that result in mechanical abrasion of the enamel surface. This means that every time whitening toothpaste is used, a microscopic layer of enamel is abraded and removed. IT is comparable to using sandpaper on teeth. For this reason, people who use whitening toothpastes develop chronic sensitivity. The effects of sensitivity due to use of whitening toothpaste lasts forever and may require additional dental procedure to restore the lost enamel layer.
It is best to discuss all your whitening options with your dentist. In many cases one round of in office teeth whitening in conjunction with take home costume whitening trays yield the best whitening results. In some patients, teeth whitening may not yield any satisfactory results due to intrinsic staining of the teeth that can only be resolved by use of dental restorative procedures such as bonded composite and veneers.