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Whether you need a basic dental cleaning, restorative dental care, or a cosmetic treatment near Zephyr Cove, NV, make your dentist appointment at Zephyr Cove Dental Center today!

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New Patient Forms

To save yourself some time on the first appointment, you can fill out our patient forms at home. Download and print our patient forms here and bring the completed forms to your first appointment. Be sure to make copies of the medical form for each family member.




Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?

Sensitive teeth often come from the fact that your gums have slightly receded. This recession of the gum line allows the underlying dentin to show and allows water and food easier access to the sensitive nerve. To manage this, there are a number of toothpastes, gels and even some dental procedures that can be applied. Contact us  if you have very sensitive teeth.

What Should I Do To Prevent Gum Disease And Tooth Decay?

Great teeth and gum care starts at home. Brushing and flossing on a daily basis is the best way to take care of your teeth and gums on a continual basis. By keeping to a daily routine you will minimize the risk of gingivitis or tooth decay as you age.

What Is Tooth Whitening?

Tooth whitening is a cost-effective and safe procedure to create a beautiful, healthy smile. Over the years, fluoride has been added to the whitening product, reducing the risk of tooth and gum sensitivity.

Tooth whitening must be monitored by your dentist and only done after a comprehensive exam and hygiene cleaning.

The whitening process can last for many years if maintained properly, though beverages such as coffee, tea, cola, and wine will reduce the lasting effect. Remember, if it could stain a white shirt, it will stain your smile!

What Is Bonding?

Bonding is a cost-effective procedure used to fill gaps in front teeth and to change a tooth’s color. The immediate results are amazing. Within a few hours, you will have a great smile! Like tooth whitening, bonding may change color over time due to coffee, tea, cola, and wine.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that go directly on your natural teeth. This entire procedure can take as few as two visits. Veneers change the size, shape, and color of a patient’s teeth. This procedure is used to repair fractured teeth, teeth darkened by age or medication, or a crooked smile. Patients often ask for porcelain veneers to simply feel and look younger with a straighter, whiter smile!

What Are Crowns?

Crowns are a permanent cosmetic procedure covering the entire tooth. It will change the size, shape, and color of the teeth in as few as two visits.

What Are The Benefits Of Dental Implants?

  • Dental Implants look and function like your natural tooth
  • Dental Implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth
  • Dental Implants are maintained by routine hygiene visits to your dental office
  • Dental Implants decrease the possibility of bone loss, periodontal disease, tooth movement, and further tooth loss
  • Dental Implants replace the need for a removable full or partial denture
  • Dental Implants focus only on the tooth or teeth that are missing. A traditional bridge would involve the two or more adjacent teeth being compromised to create a false tooth in between

What Does The Dental Implant Procedure Involve?

The average dental implant procedure takes 3–4 visits. The first visit is to x-ray the area and take an impression for a surgical guide and a temporary prosthesis to cover the Implant.

The next visit is to place the implant. A local anesthesia is applied to the area. The dentist will make a minor incision, place the implant into the jaw bone, and cover the area with sutures. The procedure is usually completed with minor pain.

You will return in approximately three months to begin creating the porcelain crown.

Does Your Office Offer Financing For Services Provided?

Please contact us to discuss the options we have available to make your perfect smile today!

What Is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a condition caused when bacteria surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. The gums can become irritated, inflamed and often bleed. In order to prevent the condition from worsening, regular hygiene visits are highly recommended. During your visit, our hygiene team will teach you proper flossing techniques and oral hygiene protocol for home preventative care.

What Is The Difference Between A White Filling And A Silver Filling?

Silver fillings known as amalgam have been around for decades. Made from a metal alloy, it was once the best restoration for fillings. The metal expands and contracts with the heat and cold placed in the mouth. This allowed for little bacteria to enter a tooth once filled; keeping the tooth healthy and strong.

White fillings, also known as composites, are often made of plastic or glass polymers. These cosmetic fillings allow us to fill a cavity with a substance that will look and feel just like your existing tooth structure. This restoration is created with a resin material and fits tightly into a tooth to prevent decay. Rather than a gray or silver material in your mouth, the composite color will match the tooth color.

How Do You Treat Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease is a chronic condition that needs immediate attention. Through a series of periodontal cleanings, root planing and scaling, laser therapy, and local antibiotics, this condition can be controlled. Periodontal Surgery is only necessary for severe cases.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease begins with little or no symptoms. It is caused by bacteria that surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. The immediate condition is known as gingivitis. The gums become irritated, inflamed and often bleed. If not properly treated the condition worsens causing more noticeable symptoms including:

  • Bad Breath
  • Gum Recession
  • Gum Sensitivity to Acidic Foods
  • Abscesses
  • Tooth Pain
  • Tooth Loss

What Is A Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a “man-made” replacement for a missing tooth or tooth root. Made from titanium, this screw-like object is inserted under the gum and directly into the upper or lower jaw bone. There is usually minimal discomfort involved with this procedure. After a few months, the dental implant and the bone fuse together, creating an anchor for the new tooth to be placed onto the dental implant.

How Can I Improve My Smile?

There are several ways to enhance your smile. Certain procedures include:

  • Tooth Whitening
  • Bonding
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Porcelain Crowns

Who Is A Candidate For Dental Implants?

With major advancements in dentistry and dental implants, most people are candidates for dental implants. There may be exceptions due to chronic illness, heart disease, and severe osteoporosis.

How Much Does a Dental Implant Cost?

Fees from dental implants vary from dentist to dentist. Always schedule an implant consultation to discuss the procedure and all fees involved.

How Long Does A Dental Implant Last?

With routine dental hygiene scheduled and proper home care, a dental implant can last approximately 30 years to a lifetime.

Post-Op Information

Before Anesthesia

There are a few steps that patients need to take prior to anesthesia. First, you should not eat or drink anything at least 8 hours prior to surgery and refrain from smoking 12 hours prior to surgery. You will need someone to accompany you to the surgery and drive you home after. On the day of surgery, do not wear any jewelry, contact lenses, or dentures. If you regularly take medications, discuss those with the doctor to ensure they are approved prior to surgery. Other than these simple considerations, there is nothing else you need to do to prepare for surgery.

After Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure that requires some post-operative care to reduce the chance of infection or other complications. Immediately after surgery, a gauze pad will be placed over the extraction site, which should not be removed for at least 45 minutes, and then discarded after that. Refrain from drinking from a straw or rinsing the mouth to ensure that you do not dislodge the blood clot. Limit your activities that day. You can resume your regular activities the following day. Take the pain medication as prescribed to reduce the amount of discomfort you feel after the local anesthetic wears off. As with any oral surgery, refrain from drinking through a straw as doing so creates suction and may disrupt the sutures.

After Impacted Tooth Removal

A tooth becomes impacted when there is not enough room to accommodate the space in the dental arch, and growth becomes impossible. After surgery to remove an impacted tooth, mild discomfort and swelling are expected. This is part of the process and should not alarm you. You may use cold compresses to alleviate the swelling. In addition, your doctor will prescribe pain medication, which should be taken as directed. Patients are also advised to favor the extraction area and modify their diet for a few days to allow for healing.

After Multiple Tooth Extractions

The removal of one or two teeth is a simple procedure. Extracting multiple teeth requires that the jawbone be shaped and removed to prepare for a denture. You may experience the following after a multiple tooth extraction procedure. Within two days, you will experience the maximum swelling both inside the mouth and possibly around the eye as well. The area around your eye may also become discolored, which may be alleviated by a warm compress. The muscles near the extraction site may become sore after surgery, causing a sore throat. The corners of your mouth may become dry and cracked from being stretched open during surgery. In most cases, you will have a follow-up appointment with your dentist within 48 hours after surgery to discuss any post-surgery symptoms that you are experiencing.


Dr. Melanie Carver is kind, professional, and amazing at her job! She and her staff do a wonderful job of explaining the processes during an eye exam, and happily answered any questions me and my children had. Highly recommend!!”

Kali C.

The Staff at Long Family Eyecare were very courteous, professional and helpful. Melanie Carver is my Optometrist and does a great job in taking care of my exams and giving me the best possible vision options. Long Family Eye Care have the latest tools available for the best possible vision diagnosis!”

Ted P.

Everyone we met there was so kind and knowledgeable! They were fantastic with my 8 year old. Highly recommend this office for all of your ophthalmology needs!”

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Zephyr Cove Dental Center
120 Mc Faul Way
Zephyr Cove, NV 89448

Tuesday - Friday | 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM