What to Expect at Your Dental Crown Appointment-By Garland Family Dentist, Dr. Tran

woman confused about dental crownsA damaged or decayed tooth can cause you to feel a great deal of discomfort. When left untreated, tooth decay may infect the inner chamber of the tooth root, requiring the need for root canal therapy or an extraction. In order to deter the need for such dental procedures, Garland family dentist Dr. Nghi Tran suggests the use of dental crowns. To help you feel at ease with your decision to have a crown placed over a weakened, cracked, or damaged tooth, Dr. Tran explains what to expect during your dental visit.

If you have a severely damaged tooth in need of restoration, Garland, TX dentist Dr. Tran has an easy solution. For more information about dental crowns, schedule your appointment today. Call 469-969-0149.

What Is A Dental Crown?

When a tooth has been damaged by bacteria, a filling is usually the simplest way to halt decay and restore the portion of enamel that has been lost. The decayed tooth matter and bacteria are removed and the cavity is cleaned and filled with composite resin. However, when too much enamel has been damaged, there may not be enough tooth remaining to support a filling. In cases like these, a dental crown is created to envelop the tooth and protect it from further damage, while restoring its structure and function.

Dental crowns are one of the most common restorative dental procedures that we provide. They offer protection for damaged or weakened teeth and help create a seal over the entire tooth, reducing the risk for further decay. They are also helpful for restoring teeth that may have deep cracks, or a series of smaller cracks that cause sensitivity and leave the tooth vulnerable to bacteria. A dental crown can easily restore your ability to chew and bite without pain or sensitivity to hot and cold foods.

Dr. Tran offers multiple types of  custom-made dental crowns and will recommend the type that best suits your needs. If you’re worried about a crown diminishing the appearance of your smile, you can choose to have a crown made from ceramic, zirconia, or lithium disilicate. Ceramic crowns are created to look natural and match the color of your surrounding teeth, therefore eliminating the possibility of your restoration drawing attention when you smile. For damaged back teeth that are less visible, more durable metal or porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crowns may be recommended. Regardless of the material your crown is fashioned from, it will act as a protective cap, allowing you to chew comfortably while protecting the tooth from infection.

What to Expect

Once you and Garland family dentist, Dr. Tran have determined that a dental crown is the best restorative solution for you, you will need two separate dental appointments. At the first visit, Dr. Tran will examine your damaged or cracked tooth and take a series of scans to ensure that it can support a dental crown, and determine whether a root canal treatment will be needed. Next he will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and bacteria and cleaning the cavity. He will then take a dental impression, which will be sent to an off-site dental laboratory. There, your dental crown will be custom-made to fit snugly onto your tooth and look natural in your smile.

Before leaving your initial dental visit, Dr. Tran will place a temporary crown on the treated tooth. This will offer some protection while your permanent restoration is created. Be gentle with your temporary crown, as it is not as strong or well bonded as the permanent crown will be. Try to avoid any hard or sticky foods; if the temporary crown is damaged or dislodged, you may experience sensitivity in the affected tooth.

Once your permanent crown is created and delivered to our office, Dr. Tran will permanently bond it to your tooth during your second dental appointment. You may need time to get used to the feeling of your new restoration. In most cases, patients adjust to the crown within a week or so. If, after a week, the crown does not feel right or causes pain when you bite down, contact our office to make an appointment.  Although it is rare, crowns may become loose or fall off; schedule an appointment with Dr. Tran if this ever happens.

With proper care, you can expect your crown to last anywhere from 5-15 years. Although most dental crowns provide long-lasting support, you may need to have the crown replaced after five or more years, depending on how you use it.

Don’t wait to discuss your need for a dental crown with Garland, TX dentist Dr. Tran. Schedule an appointment today. Call 469-969-0149.


Garland Dentist Explains the Benefits of Minimally Invasive Laser Gum Therapy

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Gum disease isn’t curable, however it is manageable with the help of Dr. Nghi Tran in Garland, TX. Laser gum therapy can remove harmful bacteria that build up, causing undesirable gum disease. Mouth bacteria are  the root cause of this unwanted disease: as bacteria proliferate and sink deep into your periodontal pockets, they can damage gum tissue, teeth and bone. Laser gum therapy with Dr. Tran is accurate, highly effective, and offers minimal recovery time.

Untreated gum disease can lead to tooth loss, frequent bleeding, sensitivity, and even jawbone recession. Don’t let your gum disease worsen. Schedule your dental appointment for laser gum therapy with Dr. Tran, your  Garland family dentist – Richardson, TX. Call 469-969-0149 today.

A Little About Gum Disease 

Often referred to as a silent disease, periodontitis is sometimes asymptomatic, meaning you may not notice the warning signs. If you gums frequently bleed when you brush or floss, then you may suffer from the earlier stages of gum disease.

Other, more noticeable symptoms, include gum sensitivity, red or swollen gums, and gum recession. If you notice that your gums appear to be pulling away from the teeth at the gum line, then it’s far past time to schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Tran.

Periodontal disease has two forms: gingivitis, which is the less severe form and periodontitis, which is the most severe form. Unfortunately, there isn’t a cure for this disease, however symptoms can be managed and long-term damage can be minimized with the help of an experienced dentist, such as Dr. Tran in Garland, TX.

When bacteria plague your gums, due to poor oral hygiene, pockets form. Bacteria collect in the pockets located in your soft tissues. This is where laser gum therapy can reduce the presence of bacteria and the calcified plaque they feed on. If you suffer from moderate to severe gum disease, then you’re a great candidate for laser gum therapy.

What Is Laser Gum Therapy?

During your laser gum therapy appointment, Dr. Tran will place a tiny laser fiber into your gum tissue and your dental roots. You will be placed under a local anesthetic for the duration of the procedure, to ensure optimal comfort. The powerful energy emitted from the laser will destroy the bacteria in the soft tissue pockets. It will also rid the pockets of any diseased tissue. Ultrasonic tools work to smooth rough patches found on your dental roots. This will prohibit the destructive microbes from returning.

A second laser is used to wrap up the procedure. The final laser will kill of any leftover bacteria found at the bottom of the pockets. During this time, the laser will cause your blood to clot, which will protect your sensitive tissue, while also sealing off the cleaned pocket. This prevents any further disease or bacteria to enter the pocket during recovery time.

Benefits of Laser Gum Therapy

 Our patients who have undergone laser gum therapy with Dr. Tran agree that the best benefit of this procedure is the highly effective results. We use state-of-the-art lasers, which are incredibly accurate. Dr. Tran can target the destructive bacteria in your diseased tissue, without negatively affecting your healthy tissue. Laser gum therapy is non-invasive and offers minimal discomfort during the procedure. You will experience very little bleeding during and after treatment, due to the clotting from the final laser.

Although gum disease isn’t curable, laser gum therapy improves the condition of the disease. We recommend that you maintain good oral hygiene after your therapy and continue to schedule regular dental checkups and professional cleanings. You will recover in record time after receiving therapy.

Schedule your consultation with Dr. Tran, your Garland family dentist – Richardson, TX today to discuss if laser gum therapy is right for you. Call 469-969-0149.

All-On-Four Dental Implants Available in Garland Dentist Office

all-on-four dental implants provide a happy smile.Have you experienced significant tooth loss? Are you unsure which tooth replacement option is best for you? Have you been told that you are not a good candidate for traditional dental implants? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, we are proud to announce that All-on-Four dental implants are now being offered at Hue Dental, your local Garland family dentist – Richardson.

If you are interested in learning more about this revolutionary dental implant system, contact our Garland, TX office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tran. You can reach us online or by calling (469) 969-0149.

What are All-on-Four Dental Implants?

This innovative dental implant system is designed to support a full arch denture on just four dental implants. Each implant is strategically placed to provide the utmost support and durability. Traditionally, an implant-supported denture requires two oral surgeries for the placement of at least six dental implants and an extensive healing period. In addition, patients must have adequate jawbone strength to support the implants.

Because All-on-Four dental implants are tilted when inserted into the jawbone, patients who may not otherwise qualify for dental implants, due to bone degeneration or insufficient jawbone strength, are able to receive a beautifully customized and permanent implant-supported denture. Often times, this procedure can be completed in as little time as a single appointment. If you are looking for an affordable and quick solution to replacing your smile, you may enjoy the benefits of All-on-Four dental implants.

Who is a Good Candidate?

Believe it or not, almost anyone with good oral health and a healthy immune system is a candidate for All-on-Four dental implants. When Nobel Biocare® created this implant system in 1998, they wanted to provide dental implants for patients who wanted to avoid complex oral surgeries, bone grafting, or simply needed an affordable solution to repairing their smiles. Good candidates for All-on-Four dental implants include:

  • Patients unable to qualify for traditional implants
  • Patients with bone loss
  • Patients looking to avoid bone grafting
  • Patients with partial or complete tooth loss in their upper and/or lower jaw
  • Patients who do not smoke
  • Patients who do not have chronic, immune system weakening diseases
  • Patients currently wearing, but dissatisfied with traditional dentures

Benefits of All-On-Four Dental Implants

Choosing to replace your smile with an implant-retained denture supported by All-on-Four dental implants provides many great benefits, including:

  • Improved dental function and speech
  • Durable, long-lasting results
  • Beautifully customized restoration with realistic aesthetics
  • Enhanced desire to smile and increased self-confidence

This implant system is cost-effective and delivers faster results, unlike traditional implants that generally require an extensive four to six month healing period and numerous follow-up appointments. In most cases, All-on-Four dental implants and the placement of your restoration can be completed in just one appointment, making it ideal for patients with significant tooth loss.

Contact Us Today

If you are missing most or all your teeth in your upper and/or lower jaw, Dr. Tran can provide you with a full arch implant-retained denture supported by just four dental implants.

To learn more about All-on-Four dental implants and how you can personally benefit from this teeth replacement solution, contact Dr. Hue today, the Garland family dentist – Richardson by calling (469) 969-0149 to schedule your appointment.

Garland Emergency Dentist Offers First Aid Tips for Athletes and Parents

Before goalAt Hue Dental, we understand that dental emergencies happen during sports. Whether you have a toothache from being bumped in the face by another player or a broken or knocked out tooth from having a basketball hit you in the mouth, Garland emergency dentist, Dr. Nghi Tran provides you with a list of tips to get you through until you can schedule an appointment. Emergency dentistry requires urgency, therefore we do our best to make same-day appointments and offer weekend appointments to accommodate any potential emergencies.

If your athlete experiences a dental emergency, try to stay calm. Call our Garland, TX office to schedule the next available appointment. Call 469-969-0149.

The Importance of Mouth Guards

Contact sports are sometimes dangerous and can often cause serious facial injuries. The best thing you can do to prevent injury is to invest in a high quality athletic mouth guard that fits comfortably in the mouth during play time. There are several levels of quality to sports mouth guards, but the best fit comes from a customized mouth guard from Dr. Tran. Boil-and-bite mouth guards are not ideal, since biting too hard can result in not enough tooth protection, and biting too soft can result in a bulky fit. If you or your child plans on playing sports regularly, it’s best to protect those teeth with a mouth guard that is made to fit and protect comfortably.

Hit In The Face?

Even while wearing an athletic mouth guard, your athlete may experience some tooth pain after taking a hit to the face. When that happens, it’s important to take non-steroidal  anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID) and apply a cold compress to the painful area on the outside of the face. (Do not apply ice to the inside of the mouth.) This will reduce any swelling and will provide some relief from the pain. If the toothache can’t be managed with these tips, schedule an appointment with our Garland, TX office. Dr. Tran will examine your athlete’s mouth for any damage to the teeth or soft tissues. If you have a cut in the mouth that continues to bleed, you may need stitches and should go to a hospital immediately.

Knocked Out or Broken Teeth 

Teeth can easily get knocked out or broken during contact sports. When a tooth becomes dislodged, it can be very scary for both the athlete and the parent. Dr. Tran advises you to stay calm, even if you feel the need to panic! It’s important to find the tooth, if possible. If you can locate the missing tooth, pick it up by the crown, or the white part. Be careful not to touch the root of the tooth because it could damage the connective tissues that may make re-attachment possible. Gently rinse the tooth in a small cup of saline water or pure water and then put it in a small cup of milk for travel to our office. You might feel tempted to sterilize or scrub the dislodged tooth to clean it off–do not do this! Dr. Tran can’t stress enough how important it is to handle the tooth as little as possible.

Do not try to reattach the tooth without the help of emergency dentist Dr. Tran. Only a dentist should attempt to re-place the tooth into its socket, so call us as soon as possible and we will arrange to meet you in our Garland dental office.

If the tooth can’t be reattached, Dr. Tran will discuss your options for permanent tooth replacement, including dental implants and dental bridges.

What To Do

We can’t stress enough how important it is to stay calm and think smart when a dental emergency arises at a sporting event. Call our office after finding the tooth (if possible). If the emergency takes place after hours, you’ll be redirected to an emergency phone line where you’ll receive tips and guidance on how to manage the emergency until you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Tran.

We take sporting emergencies very seriously and can often get you into an appointment on the same day, even if it’s the weekend. Dr. Tran is always happy to help his patients, and will even see new patients on the weekends, as well. Time is of the essence when it comes to knocked out or broken teeth, so stay calm, but act quickly!

Don’t hesitate to call our Garland, TX office to schedule an emergency appointment with Dr. Tran. Call 469-969-0149.

Emergency Dentist Garland, TX – Call 469-969-0149.