A Dental Bridge Is a Common Remedy for a Missing Tooth

Published on August 4, 2017 by

Losing a tooth can lead to additional complications. While you will certainly experience a decreased ability to chew, a lost tooth could also alter your smile’s appearance, and the clarity of your speech. The loss of the tooth can also lead to long-term complications.

The empty space in your mouth can cause the nearby teeth to gradually drift out of their correct position. This could lead to excess wear and tear on the related teeth in your bite pattern. In time, the compromised tooth enamel may foster tooth decay and dental fractures.

To prevent these complications, and restore the full use of your tooth Dr. Samaniego might recommend installing a dental bridge. This is a standard piece of dental work that consists of a pair of crowns fused to an artificial tooth. It will eventually be anchored in your mouth on abutments formed from the core of the two closest teeth.

Dr. Samaniego will create the abutments by using a dental drill to remove the tooth enamel from each of those two. A detailed impression is then made of the abutments and any nearby teeth. The impression will be sent to a dental lab where your new bridge will be created.

When it’s ready, you will need to come back for a follow up appointment. Once Dr. Samaniego cements the bridge into place your fully restored tooth will last for many years to come.

If you live in the Las Cruces, New Mexico, area and you’re missing a tooth, you should call 575.523.1479 to explore the dental restoration options offered at Las Cruces Dental Associates.

A Lip Injury Might Need First-Aid While Assessing the Need for Professional Treatment

Published on July 31, 2017 by

Sports injuries can potentially include an accidental blow to the face. When this happens the chances of suffering an injured lip are high. Should this befall you or a teammate, you might need to apply some basic first-aid while assessing the need for professional treatment.

In a situation like this Dr. Samaniego offers a few key insights to help manage the pain and determine the need for more advanced treatment.

The first thing to do is assess the severity of the wound. If you have blood on your lip you can use a wet washcloth to gently wipe it away. Any blood or unwanted debris in your mouth can then be gently rinsed away with lukewarm salt water.

If your lip is bleeding excessively it might require stitches or further treatment at the Emergency Room or a nearby urgent care facility.

You might be able to minimize any swelling by holding a cold compress on the area for up to 20 minutes at a time. If you don’t have one immediately at hand, you can improvise a cold compress by placing crushed ice in a zip-top bag wrapped in a washcloth or tea towel.

If the bleeding persists you can try to control the bleeding by pressing some sterile gauze to the wound. If the bleeding hasn’t stopped after 20 minutes the wound likely requires professional treatment in the Emergency Room.

If you or someone you know has suffered a significant lip injury in the Las Cruces, New Mexico, area and you need help assessing the severity of the wound, you can call 575.523.1479 to speak to a staff member at Las Cruces Dental Associates.

Cosmetic Dentistry Perks and Benefits

Published on June 30, 2017 by

Cosmetic dentistry refers to the aspect of dentistry and related treatments that seek to improve the look of your smile. This consists of a variety of methods, including whiteners, artificial enhancements, gels, replacements, and restorations. Which treatment do you require?

Restorations to improve your smile can be done to your existing teeth. Teeth whitening treatments can improve the look of your smile by removing stains and discolorations. Dental veneers are used to cover the fronts of teeth and improve their look with thin shells. For durable shells that cover all sides of a tooth, dental crowns can be used. If you wish to cover just a small section of a tooth, dental bonding treatments can be used.

In some cases, fixing your smile includes replacing missing teeth. Dentures are temporary replacements that can greatly improve the look of your smile. Dental implants are durable and will blend in with the natural look of your teeth. Dental bridges are also an acceptable restoration to improve the look of your mouth and facial structure and are often a suitable replacement when a patient’s jaw is not strong enough for implants.

For any additional questions or concerns regarding a cosmetic dentistry treatment, Las Cruces Dental Associates is here to help you with all your oral health needs. For a complete diagnosis from Dr. Samaniego and our team at our dentist office in Las Cruces, New Mexico, you can schedule an appointment by calling us at 575.523.1479. We look forward to having you as our guest soon.

How Can Flossing Help My Teeth?

Published on June 29, 2017 by

Flossing is one of the tasks that are strongly recommended to maintain a healthy smile, but do you know why? If not, Dr. Samaniego and our dental team are more than happy to help you! Flossing can benefit you and your smile in a myriad of ways, and we are happy to give you details about each benefit.

First, flossing can remove plaque from the small spaces of your smile. This is important because plaque is a dangerous substance that can create cavities and gum disease. So, to prevent these serious dental issues, you need to floss daily.

Second, flossing can give you pristine breath. This is the case because odorous food particles can sometimes get stuck between your chompers. When this happens, that food often releases an odor, which can result in odorous breath. If you floss, that food will be removed, which can result in fresher breath.

Third, flossing can help you avoid awkward moments. Oftentimes when food gets stuck in your teeth, it can create a food-filled smile. This can be embarrassing when you socialize with friends, family members, or even someone you have a crush on. However, if you floss after you eat, you can avoid these food-stuck-in-your-teeth moments.

If you have questions about flossing in Las Cruces, New Mexico, our dental team at Las Cruces Dental Associates is here to help you. All you need to do is dial 575.523.1479 and we will be more than happy to talk with you and give you the answers you seek. We look forward to hearing from you, and good luck on your flossing journey!

Improve Your Smile with the Assistance of Tooth Replacement Treatments

Published on May 31, 2017 by

Tooth replacement therapies exist to restore the lost function of incomplete smiles. Improve your smile with the assistance of tooth replacement treatments. If you have suffered tooth loss, you can save your smile with one these helpful procedures:

– A dental implant is a highly effective tooth replacement tool that permanently installs material directly in your jawbone. If your jaw is strong enough, a dental implant can be installed that can last a lifetime. Should a dental implant ever break due to an oral accident or injury, they can be replaced.

– A dental bridge is a highly effective tooth replacement tool that can conceal gaps between teeth and fill out your smile and is held in place by directly linking to neighboring teeth or implants.

– Dentures are used to fill the gaps left by lost or missing teeth with alternative replacements that bond directly to your gums. They are effortlessly removed at night and can be stored in a denture cleaning solution while you sleep for added comfort.

To learn more about tooth replacements, or to schedule an appointment with your dentist at Las Cruces Dental Associates, call our dentist office in Las Cruces, New Mexico at 575.523.1479. Dr. Samaniego and our entire team want to ensure your oral health is spectacular for years to come.

A Tooth Suffering with an Abscess May Require Extracted Before It Can Be Restored by a Bridge

Published on May 12, 2017 by

In many cases of severe tooth decay, the dentists at Las Cruces Dental Associates‘s Las Cruces, New Mexico clinic can treat the tooth with an endodontic therapy like a root canal. In an extreme case, where the bacterial presence has caused a severe infection in the root or a dangerous abscess has formed in your gums, we might recommend a total extraction.

This will effectively remove all traces of the tooth from the socket and excise any infected material. Once the gums have been sutured over the remaining socket, your dentist will likely give you a prescription for antibiotics and pain management medication.

After all the tissues have healed and any concerns of infection have dissipated, your dentist can help you understand your options for restoring the tooth’s presence in your mouth.

While dental implants have grown in popularity for dental restorations, some people are put off by the invasive oral surgery involved. If you feel this way, your dentist might recommend a standard bridge restoration.

This is a two-part restoration process that starts with your dentist forming abutments out of the two closest teeth. This is done by using a drill to remove the tooth enamel, leaving behind two healthy dentin pillars with the healthy pulp and root within. We will then form an impression of the area. This will be sent to a state of the art dental lab where your new bridge is made.

Your dentist will then secure a temporary crown over each abutment to protect it while the lab works on your bridge.

You will need to come in for a brief second appointment when your bridge comes back from the dental lab. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented onto the abutments with a strong dental adhesive.

If you live in the Las Cruces, New Mexico area and you’ve lost a tooth to an untreated cavity, you should call 575.523.1479 to seek treatment and restoration at Las Cruces Dental Associates’s clinic.

Eating Disorders Destroy Your Body and Your Smile

Published on April 28, 2017 by

If you haven’t heard already, eating disorders are extremely dangerous. In fact, they are so dangerous that they can destroy your entire body and smile. This is why our Las Cruces Dental Associates dental team strongly encourages you to quit the disorder as soon as possible. We care for you and your health, and we want you to be strong and healthy. Until quitting the habit, it’s important to take good care of your teeth and gums. Otherwise severe dental consequences can occur. So, to help you do so, our dental team has some tips and information for you.

First, keep your smile in tip-top shape by keeping up on oral hygiene. Oral hygiene is vital if you want a healthy, beautiful, and strong smile. So, don’t forget to brush your teeth twice a day, floss your smile once a day, and rinse your mouth daily. Please make sure to use the proper oral hygiene instruments while doing these things so you can clean your pearly whites and care for your oral tissues.

Second, rinse your mouth. Do not brush your teeth after throwing up. Brushing will only erode the tooth enamel more. Instead, swish baking soda mixed with water in your mouth to neutralize the effects of the acid in your bile.

Third, visit Dr. Samaniego and our dental team. This is vital for your oral health and smile. If you don’t, there is a high chance you’ll suffer enamel erosion and tooth decay. So, make sure you receive a dental cleaning and checkup at least every six months. If necessary, visit Dr. Samaniego more.

If you do these things, you’ll be on your way toward a strong smile while you work on quitting your eating disorder in Las Cruces, New Mexico. To learn more, or for further support and encouragement, please don’t be afraid to call Las Cruces Dental Associates at 575.523.1479 and schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you!

The Three Dental Restorations that Can Replace Your Missing Teeth

Published on April 10, 2017 by

Drs. Mario Samaniego, David Samaniego, Jaime Gonzalez, and Julia Eron-Crane care about you and your smile, which is why we encourage you to replace your missing teeth as soon as possible. Missing teeth can affect your appearance, hinder your ability to chew and speak and promote orthodontic issues. So, if you’re missing one or more teeth, it’s important to call Las Cruces Dental Associates at 575.523.1479, schedule an appointment, and consider your tooth-replacement options in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Those options are dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants.

Dentures are removable replacement teeth and gums that can fill your smile whenever you need. There are two denture options to choose from: partial and complete dentures. Complete dentures replace all of your teeth while partial dentures only fill a gap in your smile.

A dental bridge provides stable, dependable, and permanent results without surgical intervention. It anchors onto the neighboring teeth on both sides of the gap in your mouth and it replaces your teeth with strong, beautiful pearly whites. It is generally made of dental crowns on each side and one or more false teeth in the middle.

A dental implant also provides stable and permanent results. However, it does require surgical intervention. During treatment, our dentist will place a small titanium post into the bone socket of the missing tooth and will cover that post with a dental crown. This can give you a natural-looking, natural-feeling, strong, and reliable replacement tooth. Please remember that this option requires recovery time.

These three dental restorations can help you have the complete, functional, and beautiful smile you seek. If you are interested in seeing which restoration is best for you and your oral health, please call our office as soon as possible. Drs. Mario Samaniego, David Samaniego, Jaime Gonzalez, and Julia Eron-Crane will be happy to meet with you and help you restore your oral health and smile!

What You Should Know About Toothaches

Published on March 20, 2017 by

Do you ever wonder if there’s anything you could do about a toothache? Do you know exactly what causes toothaches? Sadly, even though toothaches are annoying, they can also be a sign that you’re coping with a more serious issue.

For instance, did you know that an infection could cause your toothache? This means that gum disease is a common cause of toothaches. To make matters worse, many people have gum disease without realizing it. Toothaches can also be caused by an infection in the center of your tooth. If this is your issue, you may need root canal therapy to save the sore tooth.

Bruxism, which is commonly known as teeth grinding, is another problem that could cause frequent headaches. Like gum disease, you may not know that you have bruxism since many people grind their teeth while they’re sleeping. Still, grinding puts pressure on your jaw, which can cause headaches. Grinding can also crack your teeth, which can lead to several major problems.

Fortunately, you could consider doing a number of things to keep your teeth healthy and strong. As you probably know, you can consider using over-the-counter painkillers. However, these are temporary solutions. You can also deal with your toothaches by having the cause of your toothache addressed.

Do you have more questions about the causes of a toothache in Las Cruces, New Mexico? Would you like to set up an appointment with our dentists, Dr. Samaniego and Dr. Gonzalez? If so, please don’t hesitate to give Las Cruces Dental Associates a call at 575.523.1479. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to meeting with you soon!

Which Tooth Replacement Service Is Best for You?

Published on March 10, 2017 by

Do you have any missing teeth that have yet to be replaced? If so, the longer you leave an empty gap in your mouth, the higher your risk of damage to nearby teeth. The hole can become a bastion for plaque and food particles, which can cause infections in the gums, or increase the rate of tooth decay for your nearby healthy teeth. Getting a replacement can greatly reduce your risk.

Which tooth replacement is best for you? Listed below are some common treatments:

– Dental Implants: Dental implants are tooth replacement substitutes that surgically attach replacement teeth directly to the jawbone for a permanent hold that can last a lifetime.

– Dentures: Dentures are tooth replacement substitutes where missing teeth are crafted that can be removed and reinstalled by the owner at will. They are more likely to suffer damage than dental implants due to the extra care required when handling them outside of the mouth. Partial dentures can be designed for a few missing teeth, and complete dentures can be designed to replace entire rows of teeth.

– Dental Bridges: Dental bridges are tooth replacement substitutes that are designed to fill the gaps left behind by missing or lost teeth. Typically used for only a few missing teeth at a time, prosthetic teeth for bridges, often made of metal or porcelain, are crafted and held in place permanently by attaching themselves to neighboring teeth or implants.

If you have suffered tooth loss and need a tooth replacement service from one of our dentists, Dr. Mario Samaniego, Dr. David Samaniego, Dr. Jaime Gonzalez, or Dr. Julia Eron-Crane please call Las Cruces Dental Associates at 575.523.1479 today. Our team in Las Cruces, New Mexico, is to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted!