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Everyone loves a concert where there's plenty of audience participation… until it starts to get out of hand. Recently, the platinum-selling band Fifth Harmony was playing to a packed house in Atlanta when things went awry for vocalist Camila Cabello. Fans were batting around a big plastic ball, and one unfortunate swing sent the ball hurtling toward the stage — and directly into Cabello's face. Pushing the microphone into her mouth, it left the “Worth It” singer with a chipped front tooth.

Ouch! Cabello finished the show nevertheless, and didn't seem too upset. “Atlanta… u wild… love u,” she tweeted later that night. “Gotta get it fixed now tho lol.” Fortunately, dentistry offers a number of ways to make that chipped tooth look as good as new.

A small chip at the edge of the tooth can sometimes be polished with dental instruments to remove the sharp edges. If it's a little bigger, a procedure called dental bonding may be recommended. Here, the missing part is filled in with a mixture of plastic resin and glass fillers, which are then cured (hardened) with a special light. The tooth-colored bonding material provides a tough, lifelike restoration that's hard to tell apart from your natural teeth. While bonding can be performed in just one office visit, the material can stain over time and may eventually need to be replaced.

Porcelain veneers are a more long-lasting solution. These wafer-thin coverings go over the entire front surface of the tooth, and can resolve a number of defects — including chips, discoloration, and even minor size or spacing irregularities. You can get a single veneer or have your whole smile redone, in shades ranging from a pearly luster to an ultra-bright white; that's why veneers are a favorite of Hollywood stars. Getting veneers is a procedure that takes several office visits, but the beautiful results can last for many years.

If a chip or crack extends into the inner part of a tooth, you'll probably need a crown (or cap) to restore the tooth's function and appearance. As long as the roots are healthy, the entire part of the tooth above the gum line can be replaced with a natural-looking restoration. You may also need a root canal to remove the damaged pulp material and prevent infection if the fracture went too far. While small chips or cracks aren't usually an emergency (unless accompanied by pain), damage to the tooth's pulp requires prompt attention.

If you have questions about smile restoration, please contact us and schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty As Never Before” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By TruCare Dental
March 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics  

Would you ever have thought about braces ten years ago? Did time or finances allow you to get the straight smile you've always dreamed bracesof having? Now, you look at your teeth in a mirror and ask yourself, "Do I need braces?" If you're asking the question, the answer is you probably do need orthodontic correction. At TruCare Dental in Garland, TX, Dr. Truc Le offers braces to patients of all ages who desire a more attractive, healthier and easier to clean smile. Learn more about why people get braces.

Types of braces in Garland

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children receive an orthodontic evaluation by age seven. A skilled dentist can see the child's dentition as it is developing and anticipate the possible need for correction. Also, dentists deliver what's called interceptive care to youngsters and take advantage of the fluidity of a child's oral cavity and bone structure. Early care also heads off more complex issues which can occur later in life. In other words, earlier orthodontic treatment is simpler and easier.

However, just because you did not get braces early on doesn't preclude treatment now. Dr. Le can visually inspect your teeth, take X-rays and help you decide if braces--metal, ceramic, or clear aligners--are right for your unique case.

Why someone needs braces

Reasons for orthodontic correction vary widely. Of course, as adults, we all want to look our best, and flashing an attractive smile boosts self-confidence. Plus, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, people really notice smiles and can be influenced positively or negatively by how straight your smile is.

Besides aesthetics, braces help a variety of health issues. For instance, teeth that are very crowded are harder to keep clean, setting the stage for decay and gum disease, but it's far easier to brush and floss straight teeth.

Also, people who are missing teeth, have too many teeth, or experience problems with speech, biting and chewing often benefit from orthodontics. So do many individuals with TMD/TMJ, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction.

Finally, to avoid excessive wear and tear, teeth should be properly aligned. See your professional team at TruCare Dental if you suspect you have:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite
  • Gaps
  • Tooth tipping


People of all ages and walks of life get braces in Garland, TX and really benefit from them. If you think you'd like to pursue an orthodontic consultation, contact TruCare Dental to speak with a friendly team member. Call (972) 864-0000.

By TruCare Dental
March 01, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   hiv  

We’ve come a long way since the early 1980s when we first identified the HIV virus. Although approximately 35 million people worldwide (including a million Americans) now have the virus, many are living relatively long and normal lives thanks to advanced antiretroviral drugs.

Still, HIV patients must remain vigilant about their health, especially their oral health.  In fact, problems with the teeth, gums and other oral structures could be a sign the virus has or is moving into the full disease stage, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). That’s why you or a loved one with the virus should maintain regular dental checkups or see your dentist when you notice any oral abnormalities.

One of the most common conditions among HIV-positive patients is a fungal infection called candidiasis (or “thrush”). It may appear first as deep cracks at the corners of the mouth and then appear on the tongue and roof of the mouth as red lesions. The infection may also cause creamy, white patches that leave a reddened or bleeding surface when wiped.

HIV-positive patients may also suffer from reduced salivary flow. Because saliva helps neutralize excess mouth acid after we eat as well as limit bacterial growth, its absence significantly increases the risk of dental disease. One of the most prominent for HIV-positive patients is periodontal (gum) disease, a bacterial infection normally caused by dental plaque.

While gum disease is prevalent among people in general, one particular form is of grave concern to HIV-positive patients. Necrotizing ulcerative periodontitis (NUP) is characterized by spontaneous gum bleeding, ulcerations and a foul odor. The disease itself can cause loosening and eventually loss of teeth, but it’s also notable as a sign of a patient’s deteriorating immune system. The patient should not only undergo dental treatment (including antibiotics), but also see their primary care physician for updates in treating and managing their overall symptoms.

Above all, HIV-positive patients must be extra diligent about oral hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing. Your dentist may also recommend other measures like saliva stimulators or chlorhexidine mouthrinses to reduce the growth of disease-causing bacteria. Together, you should be able to reduce the effects of HIV-induced teeth and gum problems for a healthier mouth and better quality of life.

If you would like more information on oral care for HIV-AIDS patients, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “HIV-AIDS & Oral Health.”

By TruCare Dental
February 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Persistent dental pain, whether sharp, dull, severe or mild, is never normal. In fact, it usually indicates decay, infection or inflammation from root canalinjury. So don't ignore it, and don't fear it. Your dentists in Garland, TX, Dr. T. Truc Le and Dr. Alissa Nguyen, offer root canal therapy to heal deeply damaged teeth and alleviate pain. At TruCare Dental, expect gentle, precise restorative services which preserve your teeth and get you feeling better fast.

What is a root canal in Garland?

Actually, it's part of every tooth, and in fact, everyone has up to four of them in a single tooth. A root canal extends down each root to the very tip, and it holds soft, innervated and vascularized pulp. If damaged or infected, this pulp can become inflamed, resulting in the throbbing pain characteristic of so many toothaches.

When your dentist tells a patient he or she needs root canal, she really means that person needs root canal therapy. Also called endodontic therapy, this restorative treatment removes the interior contents of each root canal, disinfects it, seals it (with inert gutta-percha) and crowns it with a porcelain filling or custom-made cap.

Is the treatment difficult?

Dr. Le and Dr. Nguyen perform painless root canal therapy. It's true. Contrary to what you may have heard about endodontics, root canal therapy is as comfortable as getting a simple filling. The dentist numbs the area surrounding the tooth and removes the diseased pulp with a series of tiny metal files. After the tooth is sealed and protected with a temporary cap, the patient goes home to heal, needing no more than over the counter analgesics and a soft diet for a day or so.

When he or she returns to TruCare Dental, the dentist removes the temporary crown and places the permanent restoration. Statistics from the American Association of Endodontists show that teeth treated with root canal therapy last as long as other natural teeth.

How do you care for your restored tooth?

The American Dental Association preaches a simple oral hygiene rule: brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, and floss between and around them once a day. Also, see your dentist at TruCare Dental semi-annually for hygienic cleanings and examinations. That's it. Your restored tooth will look, feel and act just like your other teeth, and wasn't it worth saving? Of course, it was. As your dentist will tell you, there's nothing that looks or acts like a real tooth.

If you think you need a root canal...

Find out for sure. Contact TruCare Dental in Garland, TX at the first sign of dental discomfort. You just may need a root canal. Call the friendly office team for an appointment: (972) 864-0000. We even have Saturday appointments for your convenience.

By TruCare Dental
February 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dentures have helped millions of adult Americans who have lost their teeth restore their smiles and their confidence in the way they look.dentures Having a full set of teeth affects everything from your profile to what you can eat on a daily basis. Find out if dentures can help you and know what to expect when you start the process of getting custom dentures made at TruCare Dental in Garland, TX.

Types of Dentures
There are two main types of dentures that dentists can create: complete and partials. Complete or dentures fit over the entire gum line when the patient has a row of missing teeth. The device suctions over the gums tightly and closely resemble the appearance of pink gums and white teeth. Your dentist can fit you with immediate (placed right after tooth extraction) or conventional dentures. Partial dentures are for patients who still have a few strong remaining teeth. Those teeth are used as anchors for the device, which can be designed to fill in multiple spaces. They can be removable or transitional (space maintainers). Some patients have sufficient bone tissue to get implant-supported dentures, which use two or more dental implants as anchors.

How They Can Help You
Dentures will restore your ability to eat your favorite foods. They also will help you pronounce your words more normally—you need your teeth to make certain sounds. Additionally, dentures will help maintain the structure and shape of your jawline and face. Most of all, they will make you feel more comfortable smiling in public again.

The Process of Getting Dentures
Your Garland, TX dentist must take accurate impressions of your gum line and the remaining teeth in your mouth to have a custom denture created for you. After the initial appointment, you’ll return in a few weeks to be fitted with your new device. You'll let your dentist know how it feels, and adjustments will be made if needed.

Restore Your Smile with Dentures
You don't have to keep struggling with the cosmetic and functional problems that come with missing teeth. Consult a dentist at TruCare Dental in Garland, TX about dentures. Call (972) 864-0000 today to schedule your visit with Dr. Truc Le or Dr. Alissa Nguyen.

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