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!


How Does Flossing Help My Smile and Oral Health?

Published on February 24, 2017 by

Flossing can help your smile and oral health in a myriad of ways. This is why it’s vital to floss at least once a day, preferably at night when you’re done eating and drinking for the day. Flossing can keep your smile in tip-top shape because it can:

Remove plaque: Plaque is the dangerous substance that can create tooth decay and gum disease. It’s a white, sticky substance that is usually unnoticeable. Unfortunately, it can crawl between your teeth and live there. So, flossing is your only option for removing the plaque and saving your smile.

Promote good breath: There are times when food can get stuck in your smile. If this food is odorous, it can cause foul-smelling breath. However, if you have floss handy, you can clean those food particles away and promote a fresher and more pristine breath.

Provide a clean smile: Oftentimes, food particles get stuck in your smile after you eat a meal or snack. This can create an embarrassing food-filled smile. If you floss your teeth when you have food stuck between them, you can have a more attractive smile. In addition, flossing can also be extremely beneficial when you have braces because food particles frequently get stuck between brackets, wires, and bands.

These things make flossing worth the effort, especially because you can prevent tooth decay and gum disease, have a pristine breath, and maintain a clean and attractive smile. So, please remember to floss your smile at least once a day. For more information and details about flossing in Las Cruces, New Mexico, please remember that you can always call Las Cruces Dental Associates at 575.523.1479 and speak to a member of our caring staff.

Dr. Mario Samaniego, Dr. David Samaniego, Dr. Jaime Gonzalez, or Dr. Julia Eron-Crane will be more than happy to help you get your smile back!

How Root Canal Therapy Can Bring Back Your Smile

Published on February 16, 2017 by

As a dental office, we are accustomed to people looking anxious when they are told they need root canal therapy to repair an infected or inflamed tooth. Many people automatically react that way, as they think a root canal is painful. However, having a root canal is like having a dental filling performed, and we will make you comfortable during the procedure. We also like to remind our patients that our goal is to relieve your tooth pain, not add to it!

Your tooth is comprised of a tough outer layer of tooth enamel on top of a layer of dentin, which in turn covers the tooth pulp. Tooth pulp holds nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue, and is the part of the tooth that may require root canal therapy if it is infected or inflamed.

So what does a root canal procedure entail?

— Our dentist will take X-rays to see where the infection is in the tooth.

— During the root canal procedure, the tooth will receive a local numbing agent to make the experience as comfortable as possible.

— Then, the infected pulp will be removed and the area thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

— Then, a rubbery material called gutta-percha will be placed to fill and seal the tooth.

— A temporary filling material will be placed over the gutta-percha until a permanent filling or crown is placed on the tooth.

After your root canal, your repaired tooth will function normally and best of all, be pain-free! If you would like to know more or to schedule a visit with one of our experienced dentists, Dr. Mario Samaniego, Dr. David Samaniego, Dr. Jaime Gonzalez, or Dr. Julia Eron-Crane, we invite you to call 575.523.1479 today. Our Las Cruces Dental Associates team in Las Cruces, New Mexico, looks forward to bringing back your smile with our root canal therapy!


Show Your Oral Health Care the Love It Deserves for Valentine’s Day

Published on January 18, 2017 by

The season of love has come to enraptures us once more. The scent of lit candles, rose petals, and decadent chocolate may find its way into your heart on Valentine’s Day. As with all holidays and festivities, enjoy yourself, but not at the expense of your precious teeth and gums. Show your oral health care the love it deserves for Valentine’s Day. Limit or avoid the following:

– Avoid highly acidic treats such as sour sweets. The acidity in some sour sweets is nearly that of car battery acid!
– If you wish to indulge this year, chocolate is a better choice than most options, as it is much easier to clean off your mouth than sticky, chewy, or hard candies.
– Exercise caution when consuming any hard snacks that can easily crack or chip teeth.
– Sticky candies such as caramels, taffies, and gummies stick to your teeth and gums and can be difficult to remove. Also, be mindful of treats that can get dislodged between your teeth. Floss daily to remove food particles that brushing cannot reach.

Don’t let Valentine’s Day set your smile back all year. If you are looking to set up an appointment for an oral examination or if you need a professional cleaning from Las Cruces Dental Associates, you can schedule an appointment by calling us at 575.523.1479. We can assist you with a wide variety of dental services and treatments. Call us today, and see what we can do for your smile!

How Can Dental Bridges Help Your Mouth?

Published on January 9, 2017 by

If you’ve ever lost a tooth, you probably understand that some tasks that had been simple can be much more difficult. For instance, if you’re missing teeth you could struggle to pronounce some sounds and to chew comfortably. Luckily, there are several options you can consider—including a dental bridge.

Dental bridges, which are designed to match the color and appearance of your natural teeth, are also anchored by your natural teeth. If this isn’t possible, our team may attach your bridge to an implant. In other instances, we could use an implant and a natural tooth to secure your bridge.

Typically, bridges are made to replace up to three consecutive teeth. Once a bridge is placed, your smile should look and feel natural. In fact, once a bridge is placed, you’ll be able to speak regularly, and chew and eat comfortably again.

Our team may need two visits to place your bridge. You see, time is needed to prepare your natural teeth for a bridge and to make sure your bridge looks and feels like your natural teeth. While you’re waiting for your permanent teeth to be placed, our team will place a temporary bridge. During your second appointment, we’ll place your permanent bridge.

Would you like to learn more about dental bridges? Are you interested in learning more about you’re your other restoration options? Would you simply like to set up an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Samaniego? If so, we invite you to call Las Cruces Dental Associates at 575.523.1479. We’ll be happy to address any concerns you could have and offer you personalized advice. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

The Facts About Your Teeth and Aging

Published on December 23, 2016 by

Did you know that your tooth enamel—which is the outer layer of your teeth—is actually the hardest substance in your body? However, teeth tend to grow weaker as you age. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do now to keep your teeth strong your whole life.

You can avoid many issues by using your teeth properly. In other words, please avoid chewing on your nails, ice, or excessively hard foods. If you do these things, you could chip or crack your teeth. If you experience these problems, please schedule our dentist as soon as possible. You should also brush and floss regularly to keep your teeth and your gums healthy and strong.

As you age, you may need to start taking various medications—which could cause dry mouth. Dry mouth can lead to a number of problems, such as making your teeth more vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease. If you’re coping with these issues, we recommend scheduling an appointment with our dentist. We also recommend telling our team about any medications you take when you visit us.

Please feel free to contact our team friendly staff if you’d like to hear more about ways you can protect your pearly whites. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and examine your teeth for signs of trouble. We’ll also gladly offer tips on how you can keep your teeth strong as you age. We’re excited to meet with you!