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Bedford, TX 76021
817-354-7840
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Keller, TX 76248
817-337-0072

 

By Advanced Family Dental
October 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Could your dental symptoms be trying to tell you that a root canal is needed?root canal

That tackle was pretty violent but you didn’t initially realize that your tooth was cracked. Unfortunately, dental pain has now set in. This pain is making it difficult to eat. What is going on? Our Bedford and Keller, TX, dentist Dr. Phu Le is here to tell you what the problem might be and whether root canal therapy could help.

Here are some of the scenarios in which root canal therapy may be recommended by our Bedford, TX, family dentist:

A Cracked or Damaged Tooth

While sometimes minor cracks and chips can be buffed out or filed down and covered with a filling, there are some traumatic injuries that not only affect the crown of the tooth but also the dental pulp that lies within the tooth. The dental pulp is made up of nerves, tissue and blood vessels. Since the pulp is made up of nerves, when the structure is damaged it results in dental pain. Sometimes pain is the one and only symptom that is warning you that it’s time to come in for a dental evaluation. Heed its warning before complications set in.

Decay

Sometimes decay is caught during your routine cleanings and can easily be treated and a filling used to restore the tooth; however, if you don’t come in for routine exams then decay will continue to spread until it destroys the hard outer layers of the tooth (also known as enamel) and affects the health of the dental pulp.

As you can imagine, the minute the pulp is affected pain and discomfort take over. You may also notice that the damaged tooth has become darker or discolored. The pain you experience can manifest in many different ways. It may be persistent or it may come and go throughout the day. You may also notice that pain gets worse when chewing or applying pressure to the affected tooth.

A Dental Infection

It isn’t always possible to be able to spot an infection brewing until symptoms appear. This is why coming in every six months is the best way to keep your oral health in tip-top shape. Of course, if you aren’t good about following through with your check-ups then the infection will continue to spread. Besides dental pain, you may also notice that the gums surrounding the tooth are red, swollen and tender. An abscess (a pus-like growth) may also form around the tooth.

If you are experiencing any dental problems, or if you just need to schedule your six-month exam, turn to the dental team at Advanced Family Dental in Bedford, TX. We provide comprehensive dental services to meet the needs of you and your family.

By Advanced Family Dental
July 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If you have missing teeth, you have most likely seen their effects. Chewing and eating become more difficult and inefficient and, dependingdental  implants on where the gaps are in the mouth, even something as simple as saying hello can be frustrating. However, you can replace your missing teeth with dental implants, a modern and effective approach to filling in your gaps. Find out more about the benefits of dental implants with Dr. Phu Lee at Advanced Family Dental with locations in Bedford and Keller, TX.

The Benefits of Dental Implants at Bedford and Keller

  • Permanent: Your dentist places the implant’s fixture into your jaw’s bone. The bone then grows around the fixture to hold it permanently in place. This process, known as osseointegration, replaces your missing tooth’s root, a task not accomplished by other tooth replacement options like dental bridges.
  • Effective: Once your dentist places an implant, it replaces both the root and the missing tooth itself. This keeps the bone in which it lies stimulated to reduce the chance of bone atrophy and also restores the biting surface of the missing tooth, making chewing and eating easier and realigning the bite itself, reducing the risk of jaw-related conditions like TMJ disorder.
  • Natural Looking: A dental laboratory creates each implant’s prosthetic from an impression of your mouth, customizing the prosthetic tooth to fit seamlessly into your smile. The porcelain from which the prosthetic is made has the same light-reflecting qualities and color as your natural teeth, further ensuring the implant’s natural look.
  • Long Lasting: Dental implants are made to last thanks to their quality materials and careful execution. With the proper care, your dental implant should last for a lifetime. Additionally, caring for your implants is as easy as caring for your natural teeth. Simply brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and seeing your dentist for regular dental examinations and cleanings twice a year is enough to keep your implants and natural teeth clean and healthy.

If you think you could benefit from dental implants, please contact Dr. Phu Lee at Advanced Family Dental with locations in Bedford and Keller, TX. Call 817-354-7840 to schedule your appointment at the Bedford location and 817-337-0072 to schedule your appointment at the Keller location today!

By Advanced Family Dental
March 28, 2017
Category: Dental Appliances
Tags: Straight Teeth  

Could you benefit from braces, but don't want to commit to wearing metal or ceramic braces for a few years? Why not consider clear braces? Bedford, TX, dentist, Dr. Phu Lee of Advanced Family Dental, describes how these braces work.

No metal in sight

There's more than one way to straighten your teeth. Although wires threaded through metal brackets have been a very effective way to change the position of teeth for years, there's another option today. Realigning your teeth can be as simple as wearing a series of removable aligner trays that gradually change the position of your teeth. The trays are clear, which means that a glimpse of metal won't be the first thing people notice about you.

Each set of trays is designed to be worn for two weeks. At the end of the two-week period, you'll insert a new set of trays. When you wear clear braces, you'll visit Dr. Lee's Bedford office every six to eight weeks for follow-up appointments.

An excellent straightening choice

Clear braces are just as effective as traditional braces in improving your smile. Although you may not be able to wear them if you have severe orthodontic issues, the braces are a good choice if you have mild to moderate problems, including gaps between your teeth, crowding, or an underbite, overbite, crossbite or open bite.

Removable trays offer several important benefits

Eating with metal or ceramic braces can be challenging. You'll have to avoid sticky or hard foods and must spend 10 minutes brushing and flossing after you eat to ensure that nothing has gotten stuck in your wires. When you wear clear braces, you'll take them out to eat, which means you can continue to enjoy the same foods you've always eaten.

Caring for your trays is very simple. You'll rinse them after you take them out and before you put them back in your mouth.

Do you need to wear a mouthguard when you play sports? If you wear metal or ceramic braces, you'll have to obtain a special mouthguard designed to fit over braces. When you wear clear braces, no special mouthguard is needed. You can wear the same type of guards your teammates were. You'll simply remove your aligners before you hit the field or court and reinsert them at the end of a game or practice.

Are you ready to transform your smile with clear braces? Call Dr. Lee of Advanced Family Dental at his Bedford, TX, office (817) 354-7840 or Keller, TX, office (817) 337-0072 to make an appointment.

By Advanced Family Dental
January 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

In today’s aesthetics-focused society, straighter and whiter teeth are becoming more and more of a beauty standard. However, in order cosmetic dentistryto accomplish this, you will probably require help from your cosmetic dentist. Learn more about cosmetic dentistry and its procedures with Dr. Phu Le at Advanced Family Dental in Keller, TX and Bedford, TX.

How can I straighten my teeth? 
No matter the severity of your misaligned teeth or bite, your dentist can help you get the smile you have always dreamed of with orthodontic treatment. Orthodontics, which used to be limited to traditional metal braces permanently attached to the teeth during treatment, has come a long way in recent years. You now have options to straighten your teeth, including traditional metal braces, ceramic tooth-colored braces, and Invisalign. While orthodontics may bring up visions of teenagers and high school, braces are available for both children over 12 and adults of all ages.

How can I make my teeth whiter? 
Teeth whitening treatments take only about an hour of your time and can give you dramatic results in just one session. The procedure takes place in your dentist’s office. Though the results are not permanent, they last for up to two years without requiring a touch-up appointment, making your teeth whitening sessions few and far between and a small price to pay for a beautiful smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Keller, TX and Bedford, TX 
After straightening your teeth with orthodontic treatment, you may feel as though it needs a further boost to truly complete its makeover. Together, cosmetic dentistry procedures like orthodontic treatment and teeth whitening can give you a whole new look which you will love for years to come. If you think you could benefit from cosmetic dentistry, you should contact your dentist for a consultation and to find out more about other cosmetic procedures available.

For more information on orthodontic treatments, teeth whitening options, or other cosmetic dentistry procedures please contact Dr. Phu Le at Advanced Family Dental with offices in Keller, TX and Bedford, TX. Call 817-354-7840 to schedule your appointment at the Bedford, TX office or 817-337-0072 to schedule your appointment at the Keller, TX office today!

By Advanced Family Dental
October 17, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental visits   oral hygiene  

There is a lot you can do to keep your smile healthy and looking its best. Brushing and flossing at home daily, as well as scheduling oral healthregular dental checkups, will help keep your mouth healthy and free of dental problems, such as cavities and gum disease. Dr. Phu Le, your Bedford, TX dentist, can help you achieve exceptional oral health while maintaining a healthy smile.

Healthy Habits

Developing healthy habits is an excellent way to keep your smile healthy. There are several healthy habits you can implement immediately to keep your smile looking its best. Some positive habits that promote a healthy smile include:

  • Practicing good oral hygiene at home
    • Brush teeth twice a day
    • Floss teeth at least once daily
    • Use a fluoride mouthwash once a day
  • Getting regular dental checkups with cleanings
  • Eating a healthy diet every day
  • Drinking plenty of water daily
  • Limiting intake of sugary foods and drinks
  • Avoiding smoking (tobacco can stain teeth)

Brushing Tips

Brushing your teeth twice a day is one of the most important things you can do to maintain a healthy smile. Brushing removes plaque and prevents tartar from developing. Once tartar forms on the teeth, it can lead to the development of gum disease, cavities and potentially tooth loss. Tartar can only be removed with a professional dental cleaning done by your Bedford, TX dentist. Brushing with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day is the best way to prevent tartar from forming.

The American Dental Association recommends brushing teeth with a fluoride toothpaste twice daily. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles that is an appropriate shape and size for your mouth. The toothbrush should fit comfortably without being too big. Be sure to brush all areas of the mouth, including all around each tooth, along the gums, the tongue and the roof of the mouth. For best results, replace toothbrushes whenever the bristles begin to fray or every three to four months, whichever is sooner.

Practicing good oral hygiene daily is an easy way to maintain a healthy smile. Regular dental checkups and professional cleanings with your Bedford, TX dentist, Dr. Le, can help you keep that healthy smile for life. You can schedule your next checkup with Dr. Le by calling Advanced Family Dental at (817) 354-7840.





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