Root canal therapy, or endodontic therapy, is done when decay will likely damage or has already killed a tooth. During a root canal, a dentist or endodontist removes the pulp from the center of a tooth and fills the pulp cavity. This can prevent the development of a painful infection in the pulp that may spread to other teeth. A root canal can also treat an infection that has developed into an abscessed tooth. This procedure can relieve toothache, stop infection, and promote healing.
Scaling & Root Planing (deep cleaning)
Periodontal scaling and root planing, often referred to as a "deep cleaning", is necessary for patients with active periodontal (gum) disease. Deep cleanings remove disease bacteria and deposits of tartar from below the gumline. Tartar can harbor bacteria that destroy both gum and bone support around the teeth. Left untreated, gum disease ultimately leads to tooth loss
A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
Dr. Nguyen and his staff specializes in preventive & restorative treatment for children, adults, & seniors. Our goal is to provide a lifetime of healthy smiles by providing services to treat existing problems, as well as emphasizing the need for regular check-ups & care to prevent new dental problems and the progression of existing oral disease.
In addition to preventive care, such as exams, x-rays, & regular cleanings, our office performs the following services:
Crowns & Bridges
A crown (often referred to as a “cap”) is typically used to restore a tooth that is too badly decayed, broken or cracked to be restored with a filling. The existing tooth is reshaped, removing the damaged or diseased portion, and a crown shaped to resemble a real tooth is placed over top.
A “bridge” literally bridges the gap created by one or more missing teeth. It is comprised of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and a false tooth (or teeth) in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials. The resulting dental bridge is supported by natural teeth or implants. Bridges are needed not merely for cosmetic reasons, but because a missing tooth can cause serious problems with shifting teeth. A gap between your teeth can also make it difficult to chew and speak clearly—particularly when teeth are missing in the front or rear of your mouth.
An extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, including tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to render the tooth non-restorable. Extractions of impacted or problematic wisdom teeth are routinely performed, as are extractions of some permanent teeth to make space for orthodontic treatment.
A dental emergency is a type of medical emergency involving the teeth or gingiva. Pain involving these parts of the mouth, even when minor, can indicate a severe underlying problem that could worsen with time. It is important to contact a dentist as soon as possible for a professional evaluation to minimize damage to the eeth, gums, and the supporting bone. Short-term action can be taken to relieve oral pain, which can be very severe.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
Dental laser gum surgery can be used to promote healing of diseased gum pockets by eliminating or reducing the pocket depth and helping to restore healthy periodontal structures around the teeth. With certain types of lasers, regeneration and "new attachment" of the bone, ligaments, and gum connective tissue, can be accomplished. Bacteria levels in the gum pockets are significantly reduced by the dental laser.