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By Highland Dental
June 30, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Root canals are a way to save your natural tooth from needing to be extracted! Dr. Michael Nguyen of Highland Dental in Smyrna, GA, performs root canals to save your natural teeth and keep your smile healthy and beautiful.

Root canals in Smyrna, GA

When a tooth has a significant amount of decay and it has reached the tooth pulp, a root canal can remove the infected tooth pulp and save the remaining natural structure of the tooth. Root canals have gotten a bad reputation, but most patients find the procedure no more uncomfortable than receiving a new filling because you are numbed.

A root canal involves creating a small opening in the top of the tooth. Through this opening, your dentist uses tools to remove all the decay and thoroughly clean the tooth's canal system. Your remaining natural tooth is sculpted to make room for a crown around it, and the tooth is capped off. You can come in with an infected, painful tooth, and leave with a beautiful replacement!

Signs you need a root canal

A toothache is a sign that you have significant decay in a tooth, but signs of trouble may not always be that obvious. Call your dentist if you are experiencing:

  • Pain in a tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold foods
  • Unexplained bad breath
  • A crack in a tooth
  • Bad taste in your mouth
  • Red, swollen gums around a tooth

Any of these symptoms could mean you have an infected tooth and need a root canal. Don't hesitate to call your dentist because delaying treatment often means more involved and more expensive dental work, including having teeth extracted. Save your teeth by calling at the first sign of trouble!

At Highland Dental, we can save your natural teeth from needing to be extracted with a root canal. To make an appointment with Dr. Nguyen in Smyrna, GA, call (678) 305-9916.

By Highland Dental
April 07, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Embarrassed by your smile? Turn to cosmetic dentistry for help.

Are you fed up with having a less-than-perfect smile? Do you hide your smile from those around you because you don’t want them to see stains, chips, and crooked teeth? If so, you’re in good company. Our dentist Dr. Michael Nguyen has helped many people living in and around Smyrna, GA, achieve the smiles they deserve through customized cosmetic dentistry.

We provide cosmetic dentistry

Whether you’ve hated that gap between your front teeth or you’re a coffee drinker dealing with stains, there are many reasons someone may turn to their dentist for help.

In most cases, cosmetic dentistry is the best option to turn to when it comes to altering and improving the color, shape, size, and even alignment of one or more teeth. The cosmetic dentistry services we offer here in Smyrna, GA, can make minor adjustments or give you a full-on makeover, depending on the problems you are facing and how severe they are.

While cosmetic dentistry may be able to make minimal repairs such as buffing out small chips or cracks or applying dental veneers to protect the enamel from wear and tear, the overall purpose is to enhance the look of your smile.

What types of cosmetic dentistry are available?

We believe that our patients should have choices when it comes to cosmetic dentistry options, which is why we offer a full range of services including:

  • Dental bonding: This simple, non-invasive procedure involves applying a tooth-colored material over small discolorations, gaps, and chips to hide problem areas.
  • Tooth reshaping/contouring: Shaving off small bits of enamel can help improve the overall length and shape of a tooth as well as smooth out pitted, uneven surfaces.
  • Gum contouring: If you are dealing with an uneven, gummy smile and want to make teeth appear longer, we can also reshape and remove excess gum tissue.
  • Teeth whitening: If you are dealing with yellowing teeth, stains, and other external discolorations then professional teeth whitening can quickly and painlessly remove these stains in about one hour. Teeth whitening can also get your teeth several shades brighter in just a single session.
  • Dental veneers: Looking to hide more obvious imperfections such as larger gaps between teeth, visible chips, cracks, minor crookedness, or overlapping teeth that are misshapen or worn down? These thin tooth-colored shells are bonded to the front of your tooth to hide these flaws and to improve the overall appearance of your smile.

If you are interested in what cosmetic dentistry can do for your smile here in Smyrna, GA, you’ve come to the right place. Simply call Dr. Nguyen of Highland Dental today at (678) 305-9916 to schedule a consultation.

By Highland Dental
January 29, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth extractions  

There are many reasons why someone might require a tooth extraction, and if you find yourself needing one it's only natural to want to know as much as possible about the procedure. To learn a lot more get in contact with Dr. Michael Nguyen of Highland Dental in Smyrna, GA.

Typical Causes for Extractions

Dentists want to keep your teeth in your mouth and only specific situations call for an extraction, typically to avoid further trauma, or to assist with an orthodontic procedure. Such as when braces sometimes require the removal of a tooth or two to successfully shift the others into place.

Wisdom teeth are some of the most commonly extracted in adulthood, this is often when they erupt at an angle that threatens to impact nearby molars.

Gum disease and tooth decay can threaten the support and integrity of your teeth, making extraction a last recourse to protect the rest of your mouth.

The Procedure and the Healing After

How invasive the procedure will depend on several factors, primarily whether the tooth to be removed can be seen above the gum line or is damaged.

For a simple extraction, you will need only a local anesthetic and should feel no pain while it's being performed. Your dentist may use a tool called an elevator along with forceps to remove your tooth.

A surgical extraction might call upon stronger anesthetics, perhaps intravenous with a combination of local, or general, as your doctor may need to cut into the gums or remove bone to extract your tooth.

Recovery will depend a lot on rest during the initial 24 hour period, as well as keeping up with your dentist's advice so you may return to your everyday life as quickly as possible. You can manage discomfort with over-the-counter medication, but if the pain persists or worsens, contact your dentist as quickly as possible.

Extractions in Smyrna, GA
You may not be able to determine on your own whether you may require an extraction, so it's important to visit your dentist regularly, it may even help you prevent one. To make an appointment call Dr. Nguyen of Highland Dental in Smyrna, GA, by dialing (678) 305-9916.


By Highland Dental
October 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Root Canal  

Wondering whether or not your dental problems need root canal treatment?

Need a root canal? Have a family member that needs a root canal? Dealing with a toothache and wondering if a root canal is on the horizon? Root canal therapy is one of the most common dental procedures our Smyrna, GA, dentist Dr. Michael Nguyen performs. While there is a lot of misinformation out there about root canals, we are here to explain why they are performed and how to know whether you might need one.

Why are root canals performed?

A root canal is a classic endodontic procedure, which simply means that our Smyrna GA dentist will need to go inside the tooth to treat the problem. There is a wide range of reasons why your dentist may recommend a root canal. Some of these include:

  • Widespread and severe decay
  • A cracked or chipped tooth
  • An infection within the tooth
  • Issues with a faulty crown or filling
  • A tooth that has undergone multiple dental procedures
  • Traumatic injury to the tooth (e.g. sports; car accident)

It all boils down to the dental pulp, a structure that lies inside the tooth. If bacteria get inside the tooth and infect the pulp, the only option is to perform a root canal to remove the pulp before the bacteria continues to spread or turns into an abscess (a serious dental infection that can damage bone, teeth, and tissue).

Do I need a root canal?

Sometimes you won’t experience any symptoms or changes at all. This is why visiting the dentist for routine checkups twice a year is a must for everyone. We can catch these problems that may otherwise go undetected, and we can all agree that the sooner we catch the problem and treat it, the better!

Of course, it’s also important to come into our office right away if you do experience any of these symptoms of an infected or inflamed dental pulp:

  • A sudden, severe toothache
  • Pain that gets worse when chewing or putting pressure on the tooth
  • Intense, lingering tooth sensitivity to extreme temperatures or sugar
  • Swollen, tender gums around the tooth
  • A tooth that suddenly turns dark (a sign of tissue death within the tooth)

If you still have questions about getting a root canal, our Smyrna, GA, dental team is here to answer your questions and assuage your concerns. Don’t hesitate to call Highland Dental at (678) 305-9916 to talk to Dr. Michael Nguyen.

By Highland Dental
October 06, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implant surgery is performed by installing synthetic tooth roots that will bond permanently with the jawbone. This enables your dentist to install the replacement tooth in the form of a dental crown that’s made to function, feel, and appear like your real teeth. Here at Highland Dental in Smyrna, GA, dental implants are one of the most popular solutions Dr. Michael Nguyen uses for replacing one or a couple of missing teeth.

How Dental Implant Surgery Restores Missing Teeth

The procedure spans multiple appointments that will be spaced a couple of months apart. In the first appointment, the mouth is numbed using IV sedation or a local anesthetic to avoid discomfort and pain when the dental implant is surgically implanted. Your dentist will make an incision in the gums where the implant will be implanted into the jawbone. This incision will be closed to ensure proper and safe healing.

You will come back for your second appointment after several months. This will give your jawbone ample time to grow around your dental implant to ensure that it’s strong enough to remain in its proper position. This is known as osseointegration in which the titanium implant combines permanently with the jawbone.

Once your dentist in Smyrna determines that your dental implant is secure, he’ll then place an abutment, which is a connecting device, over the implant’s post portion. This component will be responsible for supporting the new tooth. Once your gums are healed, molds of your teeth will be taken for creating the dental crown. When the crown is ready, it will then be installed atop the abutment, completing the dental implant surgery.

Recovering From Dental Implant Surgery

Expect to feel out-of-sorts for a couple of hours if you were under IV sedation, so make sure you have someone that can drive you home. Following the placement of your dental implants from your Smyrna dentist, you will also experience pain, some bleeding, swelling, and bruising. To manage the pain, your dentist will recommend OTC pain medications.

It’s also vital to remember that implants need to be cared for just like your real teeth. This means keeping up with your regular oral care routine and routine follow-up checkups and cleanings with your dentist. While implants don’t decay, they could be affected by gum disease, so caring for them the right way should be a top priority.

Talk to Us For More Details or Questions About Dental Implants

Call (678) 305-9916 to schedule a meeting here at Highland Dental in Smyrna, GA, with Dr. Michael Nguyen.

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