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By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
February 23, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you’re facing tooth loss, the experience can be quite stressful. You might wonder if your smile will ever be the same again. Fortunately, there are a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures from your Newport Beach and Garden Grove, CA dentist, Dr. dental implantsTimothy Bui, that can work wonders on your smile. For most people, dental implants should be the top choice to replace missing teeth and restore a bright, natural-looking smile.

What Are Dental Implants?

Implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone. The post replaces the tooth root and serves as a foundation for a cosmetic tooth replacement. Crowns, dentures, bridges and veneers can then be placed over them.

Dental implants are permanently anchored into your jaw. Like natural teeth, it’s possible for them to break under certain circumstances, such as trauma to the teeth or jaw. But in general, implants are expected to last several decades, and the likelihood is high that you’ll keep them for a lifetime.

Benefits of Dental Implants

The main benefit of dental implants is their ability to maintain bone tissue in the jaw. Once a tooth is gone, the bone that once supported it begins to break down. This bone loss eventually leads to a collapsed facial appearance and increased risk to your remaining teeth.

The best way to prevent bone loss is to replace the tooth root, not just the visible part of the tooth. Dental implants are the only way to accomplish this. They fuse with the jawbone to stimulate the maintenance of bone tissue, keeping your whole jaw and mouth healthy while improving the look of your smile.

Other benefits of implants include:

  • Better quality of life
  • Higher self-esteem
  • Eat your favorite foods worry-free
  • Improved bite and jaw function

Dentist in Garden Cove and Newport Beach, CA

If you’re looking for a way to replace missing teeth, dental implants should be your first consideration. To find out if implants can help solve your dental concerns, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bui in our Garden Cove and Newport Beach, CA dental office. Call (949) 675-7750 in Newport Beach, (714) 537-0550 in Garden Cove or request your appointment now!


By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
February 19, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
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Did you see the move Cast Away starring Tom Hanks? If so, you probably remember the scene where Hanks, stranded on a remote island, knocks out his own abscessed tooth — with an ice skate, no less — to stop the pain. Recently, Dear Doctor TV interviewed Gary Archer, the dental technician who created that special effect and many others.

“They wanted to have an abscess above the tooth with all sorts of gunk and pus and stuff coming out of it,” Archer explained. “I met with Tom and I took impressions [of his mouth] and we came up with this wonderful little piece. It just slipped over his own natural teeth.” The actor could flick it out with his lower tooth when the time was right during the scene. It ended up looking so real that, as Archer said, “it was not for the easily squeamish!”

That’s for sure. But neither is a real abscess, which is an infection that becomes sealed off beneath the gum line. An abscess may result from a trapped piece of food, uncontrolled periodontal (gum) disease, or even an infection deep inside a tooth that has spread to adjacent periodontal tissues. In any case, the condition can cause intense pain due to the pressure that builds up in the pus-filled sac. Prompt treatment is required to relieve the pain, keep the infection from spreading to other areas of the face (or even elsewhere in the body), and prevent tooth loss.

Treatment involves draining the abscess, which usually stops the pain immediately, and then controlling the infection and removing its cause. This may require antibiotics and any of several in-office dental procedures, including gum surgery, a root canal, or a tooth extraction. But if you do have a tooth that can’t be saved, we promise we won’t remove it with an ice skate!

The best way to prevent an abscess from forming in the first place is to practice conscientious oral hygiene. By brushing your teeth twice each day for two minutes, and flossing at least once a day, you will go a long way towards keeping harmful oral bacteria from thriving in your mouth.

If you have any questions about gum disease or abscesses, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Periodontal (Gum) Abscesses” and “Confusing Tooth Pain.”


By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
February 04, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   tooth wear  
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While tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease destroy more teeth than any other causes, both of these diseases are largely preventable with proper oral hygiene and dental treatment. It’s more than possible, then, to enjoy a lifetime of healthy, disease-free teeth.

But even with healthy teeth, the effects of aging will cause tooth wear over time. And although we can’t prevent the aging process from occurring altogether, there are steps we can take not to accelerate the process.

Most tissues, including bone and teeth, have a growth cycle in which older cells are broken down (known as catabolism), removed and replaced by newer cells (anabolism). As we develop during childhood, the growth phase exceeds breakdown; when we reach adulthood, the two phases come into equilibrium. But as we age, breakdown will gradually overtake growth. This aging effect results in, among other outcomes, tooth wear.

“Normal” wear appears to be greatest — and most visible — along the biting surfaces of the teeth. The forces generated when we bite or chew causes enamel to erode over time. Unfortunately, you can accelerate this process through bad oral habits: clenching or grinding teeth, often times at night while you sleep, as well as habitually chewing on hard objects like nails or pencils.

Normal forces generated when we bite or chew are actually beneficial for dental health — they help stimulate bone growth. But when they exceed their normal range as when we clench or grind our teeth, they can increase tooth wear and cause other problems such as diminished function or changes in appearance, such as a shortened facial height.

To slow the rate of wear, it’s important to modify any behaviors that may be contributing to it. In many cases an occlusal night guard worn while you sleep helps prevent teeth clenching. You may also need assistance with stress management, a major trigger for these kinds of habits, through biofeedback therapy or counseling.

If you’ve already encountered excessive wear, bonding techniques using colored composite resin, veneers or crowns that attach directly to the teeth can restore lost function and rejuvenate the appearance and color of your teeth. We can perform a “smile analysis” to determine if one of these techniques is right for you to help you regain a more youthful and attractive smile.

If you would like more information on aging and tooth wear, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “How and Why Teeth Wear.”