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By TruCare Dental
November 22, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Tooth Extraction  

If you are careful about dental hygiene and have regular visits to your dentist, you may go a lifetime without needing a tooth extraction. Many people think of extractions as only necessary for teeth that are compromised by decay, but there are many reasons for extractions. Dr. Truc Le and Dr. Alissa Nguyen at TruCare Dental offers consultations and tooth extraction in the Garland, TX, area. Before worrying about if an extraction is necessary for you, consider the why, when, and how of tooth extraction.

WHY

Here are some of the reasons a tooth extraction may be necessary:

  • A tooth that has decay that has reached deep into your tooth.
  • Baby teeth may not come out in time for adult teeth to grow properly.
  • Wisdom teeth or other molars may crowd teeth and negatively impact your bite. Removing them can give you more room in your mouth.
  • Similarly, your dentist may remove some of your teeth before orthodontia is applied in order to create more room as your bite is changing.
  • In cases of trauma or injury, tooth removal may be required for teeth damaged beyond repair.

WHEN

Except in the case of unexpected trauma or injury, most extractions will be planned in consultation with your dentist. Dr. Le and Dr. Nguyen at TruCare Dental are available to discuss your tooth extraction at their office in Garland, TX. Normally, your dentist will work with you to schedule your tooth extraction and any steps needed to take (for example, pain management) prior to your extraction appointment.

HOW

If the tooth being extracted is visible above the gum line, the procedure will usually be done with local anesthesia like Novocaine. The tooth is carefully extracted with dental forceps. If the tooth is broken off below the gum line or has decay that makes grasping the tooth difficult, your dentist may perform a surgical removal. This may require a different kind of anesthesia, so plan to discuss the procedure of surgical tooth extraction with your dentist.

Dr. Le and Dr. Nguyen at TruCare Dental are full-service dental professionals who can consult with you about whether a tooth extraction in the Garland, TX, area is necessary for your oral health. Call them today at (972) 864-0000 to schedule your appointment. 

By TruCare Dental
October 14, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Tooth Extractions  

How tooth extractions from your dentists in Garland, TX, can help your smile

If you have suffered from tooth pain, you may have wanted to take the tooth out. It turns out that this is a good option in some cases. Tooth pain is just one of the reasons why a tooth might need to be extracted. Whatever the reason is, your dentist can help.

Dr. Truc Le and Dr. Alissa Nguyen at TruCare Dental in Garland, TX, offer a wide range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental services, including tooth extractions to help your smile.

Along with severe tooth pain, some of the other reasons for extraction include:

  • A tooth that has lost substantial tooth structure and can’t be repaired with a filling or a dental crown
  • A tooth that is too severely decayed or infected to be treated with root canal therapy
  • A tooth that has lost bone support from periodontal disease, so that the tooth is loose

Orthodontic treatment is another reason why teeth may need to be extracted. An orthodontist may recommend extracting some teeth to make it easier, quicker, and more comfortable to move the remaining teeth. Removing teeth can often lead to a better outcome.

Wisdom teeth also often need to be extracted. Most people don’t have enough room for the third set of molars, the wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth may also erupt sideways or out of position, or they may not erupt at all. In any case, they don’t help with chewing and are difficult to keep clean. Wisdom teeth are prone to decay and other dental problems. Removing them can help your smile.

Your dentist is the best judge of when you might need a tooth extracted. To find out more about why you might need a tooth extracted, talk with the experts. Call Dr. Truc Le and Dr. Alissa Nguyen at TruCare Dental in Garland, TX. You can reach them in the office at (972) 864-0000, so call today!

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Our primary aim as dentists is to preserve teeth. There are times, however, when preserving a tooth is no longer worth the effort and we must recommend removing it. Fortunately, extracted teeth can be replaced with a functional and attractive restoration.

Today's top tooth-replacement option is the dental implant. Composed of a titanium metal post imbedded into the jawbone, a single dental implant can replace an individual tooth or a series of implants can support other restorations for multiple teeth. Besides being incredibly life-like, dental implants are highly durable and can last for decades.

But dental implants aren't an optimal choice for everyone. Their cost often matches their status as the premier tooth replacement method. And because they require a minimum amount of bone for proper implantation, they're not always feasible for patients with extensive bone loss.

But even if dental implants aren't right for you, and you want a fixed restoration rather than dentures, you still have options. What's more, they've been around for decades!

One is a bonded crown, which works particularly well for a tooth excessively damaged by decay, excessive wear or fractures. After removing all of the damaged portions and shaping the remaining tooth, we cement a life-like crown, custom created for that particular tooth, over the remaining structure.

Besides improving appearance, a crown also protects the tooth and restores its function. One thing to remember, though, is although the crown itself is impervious to disease, the remainder of the natural tooth isn't. It's important then to brush and floss around crowned teeth like any other tooth and see a dentist regularly for cleanings.

Dental bridges are a fixed solution for extracted teeth. It's composed of prosthetic teeth to replace those missing bonded together with supporting crowns on both ends. These crowned teeth are known as abutments, and, depending on how many teeth are being replaced, we may need to increase the number of abutments to support the bridge.

Although durable, crowns or bridges typically don't match the longevity of an implant. And, implants don't require the permanent alteration of support teeth as is necessary with a bridge. But when the choice of implants isn't on the table, these traditional restorations can be an effective dental solution.

If you would like more information on crown or bridge restorations, 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 “Crowns & Bridgework.”

By TruCare Dental
September 11, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  
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Self-improvement is an estimated $10 billion annual market—smartphone apps, one-on-one coaching and, of course, books that instruct and inspire people on everything from selling yourself to increasing your self-esteem. But as helpful as these resources might be, don't overlook the self-improvement opportunities that could be awaiting you at a familiar place: your dentist's office.

Cosmetic dental techniques can enhance more than your physical attributes. Because of the importance of smiling in everyday life, improving the appearance of your teeth and gums can fill you with a renewed sense of confidence. A transformed smile might just be a game changer in social and career settings, not to mention your romantic life.

Many cosmetic techniques also improve oral health. It's a double benefit! A more attractive smile is more likely to be a healthy smile.

So, in recognition of Self Improvement Month this September, here are 4 ways you could improve your smile appearance.

Teeth whitening. One of the simplest and most affordable ways to improve your smile appearance is with a teeth-whitening procedure. Years of eating, drinking and (for some) tobacco use can leave teeth yellowed and dull. A professional whitening can brighten your teeth and take years off your smile. With proper care and occasional touch-ups, your brighter, more attractive smile could last for years.

Dental veneers. Chipped, discolored or slightly gapped teeth can detract from an otherwise beautiful smile. Dental veneers could completely change all that. Thin wafers of dental porcelain, veneers bond to the front of teeth and mask all manner of imperfections. And because they're custom designed and colored to blend with other teeth, only you and your dentist need know you're wearing them.

Dental implants. Missing tooth gaps, especially in the visible "smile zone," stand out like a sore thumb. Dental implants, the premier method for tooth replacement, can fill those unsightly gaps and restore your smile. Implants are titanium metal posts imbedded in the jaw that develop strong attachments with the bone. This makes them durable and long-lasting for a truly life-like result.

Orthodontics. Realigning teeth through braces or removable clear aligners is first and foremost therapeutic—it's primarily performed to improve overall dental health. But a huge secondary benefit is a more attractive display of perfectly aligned teeth. That's why orthodontics is widely regarded as the "Original Smile Makeover."

To see if any of these or other procedures—or a combination of them—could transform your smile, make an appointment with us for an exam and consultation. Self-improvement might actually be as close as your teeth.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental options, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry.”

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For centuries, people who've lost all their teeth have worn dentures. Although materials in today's dentures are more durable and attractive than those in past generations, the basic design remains the same — prosthetic (false) teeth set in a plastic or resin base made to resemble gum tissue.

If you're thinking of obtaining dentures, don't let their simplicity deceive you: a successful outcome depends on a high degree of planning and attention to detail customized to your mouth.

Our first step is to determine the best positioning for the prosthetic teeth. It's not an “eyeball” guess — we make a number of calculations based on the shape and size of your jaws and facial features to determine the best settings within the resin base. These calculations help us answer a few important questions for determining design: how large should the teeth be? How far forward or back from the lip? How much space between the upper and lower teeth when the jaws are at rest?

We also can't forget about the artificial gums created by the base. How much your gums show when you smile depends a lot on how much your upper lip rises. We must adjust the base size to accommodate your upper lip rise so that the most attractive amount of gum shows when you smile. We also want to match as close as possible the color and texture of your natural gum tissues.

There's one other important aspect to manage: how your upper and lower dentures function together when you eat or speak. This means we must also factor your bite into the overall denture design. This may even continue after your dentures arrive: we may still need to adjust them while in your mouth to improve function and comfort.

Ill-fitting, dysfunctional and unattractive dentures can be distressing and embarrassing. But with careful planning and customization, we can help ensure your new dentures are attractive and comfortable to wear now and for years to come.

If you would like more information on removable dentures for teeth replacement, 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 “Removable Full Dentures.”