Photo by Connie Palen
Dr. Laurie Bloch is a cosmetic dentist with a commitment to offer comprehensive dental care, often accepting complicated restorative cases, to create the best possible solutions to restore or build a smile. Dr. Bloch graduated from the Oregon Health & Sciences University and practiced in Oregon before relocating to Las Vegas after purchasing the practice of the founder of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies.
Dr. Bloch has continued her advanced education including dental implant training, soft tissue laser for cosmetic recontouring and periodontics, cosmetic dental photography, occlusion, comprehensive aesthetic reconstruction, full mouth neuromuscular reconstruction, K-7 training, and laser certification. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Nevada Dental Association, the International Association of Comprehensive Aesthetics and the International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics.
Dr. Bloch’s father was a dentist and that was a big factor for her to enter into the health care field. “Dentistry is the perfect blend of art and science. It is a profession that is both creative and mentally challenging. It is a great career for women. I was able to have a family and balance my career with being a mom,” she said.
“I love watching the transformation that happens when a patient is given back the smile and jaw support that they had in their youth,” explained Dr. Bloch, “For many patients it is like getting a nonsurgical facelift. It is very gratifying to be able to give my patients the ability to smile with confidence, but also not have to worry about having a dental emergency and in some cases, relieving a lifetime of pain.”
According to Dr. Bloch, there are steps people can take in order to take charge of their dental health such as slowing down and spending four to five minutes brushing, preferably with a Sonicare tooth brush. She admits many people hate flossing, even though it is important for gum health. In her practice, she teaches patients how to use a Waterpik or other device to clean between their teeth. She does warn that if gums are bleeding, it could be a sign that gums, and possibly the bone, are infected. “Most adults need to have their teeth cleaned more than twice a year. If you grind your teeth, suffer from headaches or notice your teeth chipping and breaking, go to your dentist to find out why,” she said.
Dr. Bloch is a senior instructor at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. “My practice is on the campus and not only do I get to teach some of the brightest dentists from all over the world, I also get to learn from some of the greatest minds in dentistry,” she said.
She volunteers at the Huntridge Teen Clinic and in the month of October, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Bloch will offer free teeth bleaching for a donation to the Breast Cancer Society.
When not working, she loves to travel and spend time with her family who is spread out all over the country. She is also an avid reader, plays the piano and loves the outdoors. “This always helps me remember the big picture,” said Dr. Bloch, “I am able to look at nature and realize that the problems we face day to day are not nearly as big as the ability to solve them by taking a step back and acting with integrity and kindness.”Office contact information Exceptional Dentistry
9501 Hillwood Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89134
Specialty: General Dentistry with a focus on cosmetic, reconstructive and TMJ