Vinh Tran DDS
We examine your entire mouth for a complete assessment of your oral health. We also take several x-rays in order to identify problems that might not be visible to the naked eye. We discuss any findings, your specific concerns, and formulate a treatment plan that best fits your life.
We focus solely on your specific concern, whether it be a broken tooth, pain, infection, etc. We may take an x-ray to verify proper diagnosis of the situation. Depending on the complexity of the problem and time availability, we may even be able to resolve the problem in the same visit.
Normally performed in conjunction with a comprehensive exam, all plaque and calculus above the gum line are removed. This type of cleaning is appropriate for patients who have already achieved satisfactory oral health.
Patients that exhibit periodontal disease (bone loss) are candidates for deep cleaning because we need to clean well below the gum line in order to restore oral health. The procedure requires that we numb sections of your mouth prior to removing all plaque and calculus below the gum line. Heavy stain removal is also performed.
If you have a cavity (dental caries), we may recommend a filling to restore the tooth. The procedure involves numbing the tooth, removing areas of decay, and restoring the tooth to good health with a tooth-colored filling material.
If you have a tooth with a cavity so severe that the nerve becomes infected, then a root canal may be necessary to remove the infection. The procedure involves numbing the tooth, removing the nerve, and filling the canals that the nerve used to occupy. After a root canal, the tooth is very weak and prone to breakage, so it will need a filling in the center of the tooth (core buildup) and a crown for protection.
If you have teeth that have lost too much tooth structure due to decay, then a filling will not be strong enough to withstand forces inside the mouth and the tooth will be prone to fracture. A crown will be necessary to restore proper form and function. Teeth that have had a root canal will be very weak and need a crown for protection. In instances where a tooth is missing, a bridge may be one possible solution for fixing the empty space.
If you are missing several teeth or all of your teeth, then a denture may be a potential solution that will allow you to eat as well as smile. The procedure involves taking multiple impressions of your mouth, setting the location of the false teeth to match your jaw, and adjusting the denture to fit your mouth properly.
If a tooth has suffered too much decay or bone loss, and cannot be saved, then extraction may be the only solution. The procedure involves numbing the area around the tooth and performing the surgery necessary to remove the diseased tooth.
If your teeth are healthy and are simply discolored due to staining, in-office teeth whitening with Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed can quickly restore your brilliant smile.