Learn About Our General Dentist in 77042
Our practice is committed to providing you with one of the highest quality and some of the best services in dental care. In order to do so, we pride ourselves on staying committed to the following values:
First and foremost, we are focused on results. General Dentist in 77042 Dr. Mai Diem Nguyen understands how important your smile is to how you look and feel, and we pride ourselves on delivering one of the highest quality of dentistry in Houston, TX. Our years of education and experience have given us the training to work at the highest level. This training, when combined with our focus and attention to detail, enables able to provide one of the best possible treatment for our patients.
Commitment to Service
We know that many patients are often uncomfortable when visiting the dentist. Our goal is to create an atmosphere of comfort and care for your dental treatment. In order to do so we have created a warm and relaxed atmosphere at our Houston, Texas office. Additionally, our friendly staff are committed to ensuring you feel at ease during your visit.
We know that we can do our job only when our patients feel comfortable with us and our services. In order to maintain a high level of trust, we carry out an open dialogue with our patients, keeping them in the loop on what procedures we are doing, and why. By educating them on all the various options available, Houston dentists Dr. Mai Diem Nguyen can create a treatment plan that is right for their unique needs.
When choosing a dentist in Houston, it is important to make sure they stay current with new procedures and technology as the dental industry evolves. Our dentists and hygienists stay up to date by attending lectures, conferences, and reading industry literature. This helps us provide our patients with the most up to date information and options. Additionally, we ensure that our Houston dental office is equipped with the latest in dental technology.
At Richmond Dental, we provide a wide range of dental treatments and procedures that are preventative, restorative, or cosmetic in nature. The following is a brief overview of our procedures.
Everyone should go for regular dental cleanings at least once every 3 to 6 months. During a dental cleaning procedure, the dental hygienist or dentist examines your teeth for signs of bacteria, plaque, or tartar. A dental cleaning procedure comprises scaling and root planing. During scaling, the dentist removes all accumulated plaque and tartar. During root planing, the dentist smoothens the root surface to reattach the tooth to your gums.
Dental Exams and X-Rays
Dental exams and x-rays are essential to prevent gum disease and other oral issues. The dentist conducts a physical examination followed by several imaging tests to identify any oral issues before they get serious. They also run oral cancer tests to detect possible cancerous lesions before they grow further.
Composite fillings are tooth-colored dental fillings that are inserted into your cavities. This is usually done if you’re suffering from dental decay. In that case, the dentist removes the decayed parts of your teeth and replaces it with composite fillings. This prevents the decay from spreading and also secures the tooth.
Root Canal Therapy
If the bacterial infection or dental decay spreads into your tooth’s pulp chamber, you have to go for a root canal treatment. During this procedure, the dentist removes all of the infected pulp and dead nerves from within your tooth. After that, the pulp chamber has to be sealed and the dentist may recommend attaching a dental crown to protect your tooth.
Tooth extraction is a procedure in which the dentist physically removes one or more of your teeth. This may be done for several reasons. It’s possible that the bacterial infection may spread so much that tooth extraction is the only way to prevent the decay from spreading to other teeth. Wisdom tooth extraction may be done if your wisdom teeth don’t erupt correctly. Tooth extractions may also be done for several other reasons like fixing overcrowded teeth.
Porcelain crowns are tooth-colored dental caps that are attached over your existing teeth to cover them up completely. The dentist has to shave the existing tooth down to a small size and attach the porcelain crown over it. This may be done to strengthen your teeth if you’ve gone through a root canal treatment. It may also be done for cosmetic reasons.
Teeth whitening is a procedure in which the dentist removes the surface stains on your enamel caused by years of smoking, consumption of coffee and tea, red wine consumption, poor oral hygiene, or other factors. The dentist applies a whitening gel on your teeth made of hydrogen peroxide and then uses a special light to catalyze the whitening gel. This removes the surface stains and whitens your teeth completely.
Dental bridges are a series of fake teeth that are used to replace missing teeth. The fake teeth are supported either by dental implants or dental crowns on one or both sides of the missing tooth. If you use crown-supported dental bridges, the dentist has to alter the structure of the surrounding teeth to receive the dental crown.
Dental veneers are covers attached to the front face of your teeth. They are tooth-colored covers made of porcelain, ceramic, or composite resin material. The dentist removes some of the enamel from your teeth and attaches the dental veneers. This can instantly transform the external appearance of your teeth.
Dental bonding is a minimally-invasive alternative to dental veneers. If your teeth are suffering from minor stains, cracks, or other surface deformities, dental bonding can fix the issue. The dentist applies a composite resin substance to your teeth and sculpts it correctly in order to transform the external appearance of your teeth. There’s no need to alter your tooth’s structure.
Dental Inlays and Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are tooth-colored fillings that are used to fix cracks or fill up cavities. They’re used instead of regular fillings because they’re more durable. Dental inlays are used on teeth in which the decay hasn’t reached the cusps of the teeth. Dental onlays are used on teeth in which the decay has reached the cusps of the teeth.
Dental implants are metal frameworks and posts drilled into the jawbone under the gums of the missing tooth. Your actual bone grows around the post, turning the dental implant into a part of your body. Dental crowns or bridges are then attached to the post. This is the most effective replacement for missing teeth.
Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. They are a full or partial set of teeth supported by a pink or gum-colored base. You have to simply insert the dentures in your mouth to give the impression of teeth. They can be removed any time you want.
Pulpotomy is a type of root canal treatment. This procedure is used if dental decay or bacterial infection has spread into your pulp chamber but hasn’t yet infected the nerves. In that case, the dentist removes the infected pulp and then uses an antibacterial solution to disinfect the nerves. The cavity is then ready to be sealed.