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Posts for: February, 2019

By Highland Dental
February 27, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: wisdom teeth   extractions   Molars   Toothache  

Molar Tooth ExtractionHow tooth removal from your dentist in Smyrna, Georgia can save your smile

Sometimes having a tooth removed is the best choice for the health and beauty of your smile. So, how do you know if a tooth extraction is needed? You should talk with an expert. Dr. Michael Nguyen at Highland Dental in Smyrna, Georgia offers a full range of dental services including extractions, to help save your smile.

Pain is often a reason to have a tooth extracted. If your tooth is badly decayed, broken, or damaged and it can’t be restored with a filling or crown, you may need to have the tooth removed. Sometimes a tooth is so badly damaged that there is not enough tooth structure to restore the tooth. Your dentist can help determine the best course of action if you are suffering dental pain.

You also may need to have a tooth extracted for non-painful reasons. Many people don’t have enough room to accommodate a full set of teeth. Orthodontic treatment is an excellent choice to bring teeth and jaws into proper alignment, but sometimes teeth have to be removed. Tooth removal can make orthodontic treatment more effective and speed up the process.

The most common tooth extraction is removal of third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth. Most people don’t have room for three sets of molars and the wisdom teeth put pressure on your jaw and your other teeth. Often, wisdom teeth don’t erupt fully, or they erupt out of position or sideways. They can also stay completely surrounded by bone and never erupt all. If wisdom teeth are left in place, they are very difficult to keep clean and may decay. They can also have cysts form around them, which can destroy bone.

If you do need a tooth extracted, don’t worry. At Highland Dental, you will be treated by highly skilled professionals dedicated to your comfort. To find out more about tooth extractions and other dental services, call Dr. Michael Nguyen at Highland Dental in Smyrna, Georgia. Call today!


By Highland Dental
February 19, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: bonding  
3AdvantagesforImprovingYourSmilewithCompositeResins

Are you embarrassed by your front teeth? Maybe it’s just moderate defects—a chipped tooth here, an irregularly shaped tooth there—but it’s enough to make you less confident to smile.

There are a number of ways to transform your teeth’s appearance like porcelain veneers or crowns. But a relatively inexpensive method that’s less involved is to bond dental material called composite resin to your teeth to correct defects. Made of synthetic resins, these restorative materials can mimic your own natural tooth color. We can also artistically shape them to create a more natural look for an irregular tooth.

If you’re looking to change the way your front teeth look, here are 3 reasons to consider composite resins to restore them.

They can be applied in one office visit. Although effective, veneers, crowns and similar restorations are typically outsourced to dental labs for custom fabrication. While the results can be stunning, the process itself can take weeks. By contrast, we can colorize, bond and shape composite resins to your teeth in just one visit: you could gain your “new smile” in just one day.

They don’t require extensive tooth alteration. Many restorations often require tooth structure removal to adequately accommodate them, which can permanently alter the tooth. Thanks to the bonding techniques used with composite resins, we can preserve much more of the existing tooth while still achieving a high degree of artistry and lifelikeness.

Composite resins are stronger than ever. Over the years we’ve learned a lot about how teeth interact with each other to produce the forces occurring during chewing and biting. This knowledge has contributed greatly to the ongoing development of dental materials. As a result, today’s composite resins are better able to handle normal biting forces and last longer than those first developed a few decades ago.

Composite resins may not be suitable for major cosmetic dental problems, but you might still be surprised by their range. To learn if composite resins could benefit your situation—even a large defect—see us for a complete examination.

If you would like more information on composite resin 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 “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth with Composite Resin.”


InfectionControlStandardsKeepDentalPatientsSafefromDisease

The chances of contracting an infectious disease from a dental visit are extremely low, thanks to the stringent safety standards practiced by over 170,000 dental care providers across the U.S. Without these standards, you and your family would be at risk for diseases like hepatitis from even a routine office visit.

The main prevention focus centers on blood-borne diseases in which blood from an infected person is introduced into the body of another through a cut, incision or injection site. While HIV/AIDS (autoimmune deficiency syndrome) is perhaps the most well known of blood-borne diseases, a more common and thus a more threatening disease is hepatitis. Caused by a pair of viruses known as HBV and HCV, hepatitis damages the liver, which disrupts normal bodily function and can even cause death.

The spread of hepatitis and similar diseases is a major concern for blood transfusion and surgical centers that commonly use invasive procedures and intravenous (IV) equipment. It’s also a concern in dental offices where even a hygienic cleaning may result in some bleeding. To reduce the risk of disease, the dental profession has several layers of both mandatory and recommended standards for protection against viral or microbial transmission.

The Center for Disease Control, for example, publishes and regularly updates recommended procedures for equipment sterilization and disinfection. State level dental licensing boards also mandate safety procedures and require continuing education for infection control as a requirement for re-licensing, as often as two years. Professional organizations such as the American Dental Association (ADA) also encourage safety protocols among its members.

The vast majority of dentists place infection control among their highest priorities. These care providers institute and practice daily protocols and procedures for hand washing, use of masks, gloves and other biohazard protection, and disinfection. Through effective infection control you and your family can receive the dental care you need without endangering your general health.

If you would like more information on health safety in the dental office, 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 “Infection Control in the Dental Office.”