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By Advanced Family Dental
July 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental visits  

Are dental visits a priority for you? Regular visits help you keep your smile fresh and clean and may reduce the risk of cavities and gum dental visitdisease. Bedford and Keller, TX, dentist Dr. Phu Le of Advanced Family Dental offers checkups and dental treatments for your entire family.

Am I visiting the dentist often enough?

Most people need to see the dentist every six months. During those visits to your Bedford or Keller dentist, you'll receive an examination, an oral cancer screening, and a dental cleaning. Some visits may also include a few X-rays. Problems with your teeth don't always become obvious until they're fairly advanced. Unfortunately, major problems tend to require extensive dental treatment. When you visit the dentist every six months, issues can be diagnosed when they're minor and easy to treat.

Regular dental visits also include dental cleanings. During your cleaning, a dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth with special instruments. Although you probably brush your teeth twice a day, you may not be able to remove every bit of plaque from inaccessible areas. If plaque remains on these areas, you may be more likely to develop tooth decay.

Tartar, a hard, brown substance forms on your teeth if plaque remains on your teeth too long. It may irritate your sensitive gum tissue and cause gum disease, particularly if it forms below the gum line. Cleanings gently scrape away tartar, reducing your risk of gum disease.

Do I ever need to see the dentist more frequently?

Although experts recommend that you visit the dentist every six months, that timeframe isn't right for everyone. For example, your dentist may suggest that you visit more often if you're prone to developing cavities or have severe tartar buildup. More frequent visits may also be needed if you are being treated for gum disease, are straightening your teeth with clear braces, or are restoring or improving your smile with cosmetic dentistry treatments.

Same-day appointments may be necessary if you experience a dental emergency. Common emergencies include knocked out teeth, loose teeth, fractured teeth, facial lacerations, and dental abscesses.

Protect your smile by visiting the dentist every six months. Schedule a visit with Dr. Le of Advanced Family Dental by calling (817) 354-7840 for the Bedford, TX, office or (817) 337-0072 for the Keller, TX, office.

By Advanced Family Dental
April 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: oral hygiene  

Need advice from your Bedford and Keller dentist?oral hygiene

Good oral hygiene is vital for your overall health. Severe issues like tooth decay, breakdown of enamel, or tooth loss are a result of poor dental hygiene and need restorative procedures.

If you want to prevent the issues mentioned above, here are some tips your Bedford and Keller, TX, dentist would advise you do to maintain dental restorations:

  • Brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day while holding the brush at a 40-degree angle to clean hard-to-reach areas.
  • Getting professional dental cleanings every six months to remove hardened plaque that's accumulated on teeth, and around gums.
  • Receiving fluoride treatment may also prevent issues like gum disease and tooth decay, which repairs teeth; try using fluoride-containing products like toothpaste and mouthwash, or drinking fluoride-containing water.
  • Flossing at least once before bed.

Here are a few restorative procedures that'll need you to take proper care of:

  • Dental Implants: This restorative procedure replaces your tooth root with a titanium post when you've suffered from tooth loss.
  • Root Canal Therapy: This procedure is vital when someone has an infected or inflamed dental pulp that needs to be cleaned, disinfected, and sealed.
  • Veneers: These porcelain restorations are similar to crowns but they are cemented on the surface of teeth to hide unappealing issues like crack, dents, and yellowed teeth.
  • Crowns: These are dental caps that fit over weak and/or unsightly teeth to improve your smile and reinforce teeth that are weakened due to dental restorations or dislodged fillings.
  • Bridges: This restoration is similar to dental implants but it doesn't replace a tooth root, just the gap left from losing a tooth.

If you have any questions or concerns about taking care of your dental restorations, just call Dr. Phu Le at (817) 354-7840 for the Bedford, TX, office or (817) 337-0072 for the Keller, TX, office today!

By Advanced Family Dental
January 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dealing with small imperfections in your smile? If so, dental bonding might be able to help.dental bonding

Most people assume that cosmetic dentistry is expensive or invasive and so they don’t even consider it; however, our Bedford, TX, dentist Dr. Phu Le is here to tell you that cosmetic dentistry can also offer simple, non-invasive, and inexpensive ways to enhance and bolster your smile. Learn more about dental bonding and whether it’s right for you.

What is dental bonding?

Do you know the tooth-colored resin used to fill a cavity? If you said “yes,” then you know the same material used in dental bonding. During bonding, this putty-like material is placed over one or more areas of a tooth and then hardened to it with a dental laser to improve the shape, color, or length of your smile.

Who could benefit from dental bonding?

While this resin can be a great way to enhance and improve the appearance of one or more tooth it’s important to recognize that it won’t be able to make more elaborate or extensive cosmetic changes. It might be time to talk to our Bedford, TX, cosmetic dentist about dental bonding if you are looking to hide these dental flaws:

  • Small discolorations
  • Minor chips and cracks
  • Minimal gaps between teeth
  • Worn or short teeth (to lengthen them)

Dental bonding can even change the overall shape or size of a tooth to give you a more even and symmetrical smile. If your goal is to make aesthetic tweaks to your smile then dental bonding could be the best option for you.

What goes into getting dental bonding?

The procedure is completely painless and it will usually take no more than 30 minutes per tooth.

Here are the steps involved in getting dental bonding:

Step 1: We choose the resin that most closely matches the shade of your tooth

Step 2: We apply the resin to the tooth and contour it over the imperfections

Step 3: Once the resin has been shaped, we will direct a laser over the treated area to harden the resin

Step 4: We will polish the tooth so that the resin casts the same sheen as natural tooth enamel

If you are interested in learning more about dental bonding and how it can enhance your smile then it’s time you called Advanced Family Dental to find out how they can help you. We are happy to provide comprehensive dentistry in Bedford and Keller, TX.

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!





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