Posts for category: Dental Procedures
The movie Bohemian Rhapsody celebrates the iconic rock band Queen and its legendary lead vocalist, Freddie Mercury. But when we see pictures of the flamboyant singer, many fans both old and new may wonder—what made Freddie’s toothy smile look the way it did? Here’s the answer: The singer was born with four extra teeth at the back of his mouth, which caused his front teeth to be pushed forward, giving him a noticeable overbite.
The presence of extra teeth—more than 20 primary (baby) teeth or 32 adult teeth—is a relatively rare condition called hyperdontia. Sometimes this condition causes no trouble, and an extra tooth (or two) isn’t even recognized until the person has an oral examination. In other situations, hyperdontia can create problems in the mouth such as crowding, malocclusion (bad bite) and periodontal disease. That’s when treatment may be recommended.
Exactly what kind of treatment is needed? There’s a different answer for each individual, but in many cases the problem can be successfully resolved with tooth extraction (removal) and orthodontic treatment (such as braces). Some people may be concerned about having teeth removed, whether it’s for this problem or another issue. But in skilled hands, this procedure is routine and relatively painless.
Teeth aren’t set rigidly in the jawbone like posts in cement—they are actually held in place dynamically by a fibrous membrane called the periodontal ligament. With careful manipulation of the tooth, these fibers can be dislodged and the tooth can be easily extracted. Of course, you won’t feel this happening because extraction is done under anesthesia (often via a numbing shot). In addition, you may be given a sedative or anti-anxiety medication to help you relax during the procedure.
After extraction, some bone grafting material may be placed in the tooth socket and gauze may be applied to control bleeding; sutures (stitches) are sometimes used as well. You’ll receive instructions on medication and post-extraction care before you go home. While you will probably feel discomfort in the area right after the procedure, in a week or so the healing process will be well underway.
Sometimes, dental problems like hyperdontia need immediate treatment because they can negatively affect your overall health; at other times, the issue may be mainly cosmetic. Freddie Mercury declined treatment because he was afraid dental work might interfere with his vocal range. But the decision to change the way your smile looks is up to you; after an examination, we can help you determine what treatment options are appropriate for your own situation.
If you have questions about tooth extraction or orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Simple Tooth Extraction” and “The Magic of Orthodontics.”
Have you been frustrated with the dull look of your smile? Well, with professional teeth whitening from your Prairieville dentist, Dr. Paul Nguyen, you can quickly achieve a sparkling smile that will light up the whole room! Read on to learn more about this cosmetic dentistry treatment, and contact Nguyen Dental to set up an appointment.
Are your teeth stained?
Many adults experience the same thing. Foods, beverages, tobacco, age, injury, prescription medicines—our porous tooth enamel absorbs all of these substances so aggressively that even excellent brushing and flossing techniques cannot remove them.
Whitening at Nguyen Dental
If a brighter smile is your goal, talk to Dr. Nguyen—he will examine your gums and teeth to make sure that they're healthy enough to begin treatment. After this quick examination, you will choose between an in-office whitening treatment or an at-home variety. Both versions produce wonderful results with little-to-no sensitivity. In fact, your smile will be brightened by up to eight full shades of color!
For the in-office treatment, you will sit comfortably in the dental chair here at our Prairieville practice. Your dentist then places a rubber dam in your mouth to protect your lips and cheeks from the whitening gel. Afterward, he will swab the gel onto your teeth, allowing it to penetrate and do its work before rinsing it off. Repeated applications ensure a sparkling result in just around an hour.
For at-home whitening, you will apply a less concentrated gel using custom-made trays that fit tightly over your teeth. After a week of daily applications, you will see a renewed, bright, and healthy smile!
To keep your smile bright...
- Avoid all tobacco, for all varities will turn your teeth brown (from the tar) and yellow (because of the nicotine).
- Brush twice a day with a soft brush, and floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth and at the gum line.
- See your dentist every six months for an exam and professional cleaning.
- Drink plenty of water every day.
- Limit dark foods and beverages (i.e. coffee, tea, soy sauce, curry, blackberries, and more).
What a beautiful smile!
You will receive that compliment when you brighten your teeth with teeth whitening from Nguyen Dental. Call our Prairieville office staff today for a consultation with Dr. Paul Nguyen: (225) 673-1647.
This clear orthodontic system can help you get a straighter smile.
Are you a teen or adult who wants to fix a crooked smile but doesn’t want the whole world to notice the braces? Here at our Prairieville, LA, dental office, Dr. Paul Nguyen completely understands, which is why he offers Invisalign! Of course, before you can decide whether or not it’s right for you, you need to understand what it can do for your smile.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic system that provides patients with a nearly invisible treatment to straighten their teeth. Here at our Prairieville office, we use special 3D computer technology to plan out which teeth will need to move during the course of treatment and where they will go. From the first movement to the final position of your teeth, we will map it all out so that an Invisalign lab can then create custom clear aligners that will give you the final look that you want!
What are some benefits of Invisalign?
There are several benefits to getting Invisalign, the most obvious of which is the aesthetic appeal of wearing only clear, plastic aligners over your teeth rather than metal brackets and wires. These trays are much less visible than traditional braces, so you can feel comfortable wearing them to school or work.
Invisalign aligners are also custom-fitted to your mouth and are made from a flexible thermoplastic material that is very comfortable on your gums. Plus, these aligners are fully removable, allowing you to take them out prior to brushing or eating.
How often do I need to wear my aligners?
Even though aligners are removable, it’s important that you wear them as often as possible. Generally, it’s always a good idea to wear them unless you are eating, drinking, brushing, or flossing. This equates to wearing your aligners for about 20-22 hours each day.
What dental problems can Invisalign fix?
Invisalign is able to handle a wide range of mild to more serious dental issues in older teens and adults including,
- Spacing between teeth
- Open bites
Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign is designed for older teens and adults whose teeth have already fully developed. Children and young teens will not be right for this treatment because their teeth are still growing. Invisalign is ideal for the issues we mentioned above but they won’t be able to treat more complicated jaw or tooth movements.
Give us a call!
If you are interested in getting Invisalign treatment in Prairieville, LA, then call Nguyen Dental today at (225) 673-1647 to schedule your consultation!
If you're suffering from tooth loss, it's vital to deal with this problem as soon as possible, as it may lead to serious issues like bone deterioration. Luckily, dental implants are a restorative procedure that beautifies your smile, restrengthens your jawbone, and prevents the general mal-effects of tooth loss. Your dentist in Prairieville, LA, Dr. Paul Nguyen, is an expert in restorative dentistry and can help you look and feel your best thanks to dental implants!
Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant procedure begins with a local anesthetic being applied to the necessary area. Your dentist then extracts any remnants of the old tooth before inserting in the jawbone a post made of titanium, a biocompatible material that isn't rejected by the body's tissue.
Next, the doctor surgically closes the area and allows it to heal for a period of 3 to 6 months. During this time, the process of osseointegration takes its full course, meaning that the titanium post has fused with the rest of the bone and can now act as a proper replacement to the missing tooth roots. Now, when you return to our Prairieville office, your dentist will re-open the area, insert an abutment, and place a crown on top of it that matches the rest of your teeth.
Dental Implant Benefits
Dental implants have several advantages.
Here are a few:
- Implants have a high success rate compared to other dental restorations
- They can last a lifetime if cared for properly
- Dental implants look natural and can give you a beautiful smile
- They don't slip out of place like dentures, which makes them comfortable and practical
- You won't have to worry about being able to bite into and chew your favorite foods
- They provide your jawbone with the support it needs so that it doesn't shrink
If you have questions or concerns, Dr. Paul Nguyen can help you out. Call his Prairieville office today at (225) 673-1647.
Make your dream of a whiter, straighter smile a reality.
No matter whether you want to close up that small gap between your front teeth or you want to remove stubborn yellow dental stains, there are many ways in which cosmetic dentistry can fix these issues and more. Our Prairieville, LA, cosmetic dentist Dr. Paul Nguyen is here to tell you about the most commonly used cosmetic treatments available and how these treatments can give you the smile you want.
While cosmetic dentistry is elective, what these treatments can end up offering you and your smile can be reason enough to take the plunge. After all, imagine having a perfectly white, straight smile that you feel confident showing off. You’ll never feel self-conscious about your smile again, and smiling more often can certainly provide a variety of wonderful health benefits.
Here are some of the most common cosmetic dentistry options we offer here in Prairieville, LA:
- Dental bonding
- Tooth reshaping
- Gum reshaping
- Teeth whitening
- Porcelain veneers
- Dental implants
Most people realize that cosmetic dentistry has the power to give them a whiter smile while hiding certain imperfections with treatments such as professional teeth whitening, dental bonding and even gum reshaping, but did you know that certain treatments can also give you a straighter smile? That’s right, sometimes cosmetic dentistry can be an alternative to wearing braces.
If you are an adult who is dealing with small gaps between teeth, or minor crookedness or crowding, getting dental veneers could be exactly what you need to get a more aligned and healthier-looking smile. Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are custom-made to cover the front of one or more teeth to instantly make your smile appear straighter. No braces required.
Of course, we also offer full smile makeovers for those patients dealing with more serious issues that may require multiple cosmetic and restorative dental treatments. If you have a genetic condition that has affected the development of your smile or if your smile has extensive damage due to health issues or a serious accident, a smile makeover might be exactly what you need.
Nguyen Dental in Prairieville, LA, offers a full range of cosmetic dentistry services to meet your needs and goals. We would be happy to sit down with you and discuss which option or options will give you the results you are looking for. Call us today to learn more.