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By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sedation Dentistry  

According to The Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology Journal as many as 20 percent of Americans have some form of sedation dentistrydental phobia. It prevents people from going in for yearly checkups and even causes them to delay treatment until tooth extraction is inevitable. Sedation dentistry can help ease your fears so that you can feel more comfortable getting the treatments you need, when you need them. Explore your sedation options with a cosmetic dentist in Garden Grove or Newport Beach, CA.

Where Do Dental Fears Come From?

As it is with most fears, dental anxieties usually start in childhood. A traumatic experience that happened in the dentist’s chair can stay with a patient for many years. In some cases, people are afraid of going in for dental treatments because society and popular culture promotes negative images and beliefs about going to the dentist.

Why You Should Conquer Dental Anxiety

Your teeth are an important part of your digestive system and the overall health of your body. Without healthy teeth, you can’t mash your food into smaller particles so that it is easier to digest. Untreated tooth and gum-related infections can spread to other parts of the body and contribute to other illnesses. So avoiding dental treatments due to fear can effect more than just the stability of your teeth. Your Garden Grove and Newport Beach cosmetic dentist understands these issues and can help make your next appointment comfortable and relaxed.

Help Easing Your Fear of the Dentist

The main fear that people have of the dentist is experiencing pain. Some people are so nervous that they don’t even want to sit in the waiting area. Sedation dentistry will numb the nerves so that you won’t feel anything while your dentist is working on your teeth. Oral medication can be prescribed before the appointment that will keep your mind off of your dental visit.

Set Aside Your Fears and See Your Dentist

Make the decision this year to go in for a checkup, or for a consultation about how to improve your smile. Your Garden Grove and Newport Beach, CA, cosmetic dentist will help ease your fears with sedation dentistry. Call (949) 675-7750 for the Newport Beach office or (714) 537-0550 for the Garden Grove office today to schedule a visit with Dr. Timothy Bui.


By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
April 23, 2018
Category: Oral Health
UsetheSamePreventionStrategytoDefeatToothDecayandGumDisease

Archeologists can tell us quite a bit about our primitive ancestors. For example, because of their coarse, abrasive diet and a primitive understanding of oral hygiene, their teeth had a rough go of it. They simply wore out faster — a contributing factor, no doubt, to their short life spans of thirty or forty years.

But thanks to improvements in lifestyle, healthcare and diet, people live much longer today. And so do their teeth, thanks to advances in dental care and disease prevention. While teeth still wear to some degree as we age, if we care for them properly with daily oral hygiene and regular dental visits, we can keep that wear to a minimum. Teeth truly can last a lifetime.

Unfortunately, it's still all too common for people to lose their teeth prematurely. The main reason: the two most prevalent dental diseases, tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Tooth decay arises from high concentrations of mouth acid that erode enamel, teeth's irreplaceable protective shell. Gum disease is an infection that damages the bone supporting tissues as it infiltrates deep below the visible gum line.

While they occur by different mechanisms, the two diseases have some commonalities. They both, of course, can lead to tooth loss. And, they're both triggered by oral bacteria found in dental plaque, a thin film of food particles built up on tooth and gum surfaces. Multiplying bacteria feed on plaque and produce acid as a by-product. And certain bacterial strains infect gum tissues.

Both of these diseases can be treated successfully, especially if detected early. But the better approach is to prevent them in the first place. This introduces another commonality — they share the same prevention strategy of daily, comprehensive brushing and flossing for plaque removal, regular dental cleanings and checkups, and a sharp eye for any signs of disease like bleeding gums or tooth pain.

With diligent dental care and close attention to your oral health, you increase your chances of avoiding the full threat of these diseases. And with healthy teeth, you have a better chance of living a long and healthy life.

If you would like more information on minimizing 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.”


By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
April 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental care  
KeepYourSmileBeautifulinAprilandBeyond

There are well-known holidays on the calendar this month, but here’s one that might have escaped your notice: “Keep America Beautiful Month,” which is observed throughout April! At this time, people from coast to coast are encouraged to clean and beautify their communities. So why not think of it as an occasion to spiff up your smile? Here are five ways to do exactly that:

Have your teeth professionally cleaned. A routine dental visit, which includes a professional cleaning and exam, is one of the best preventive healthcare values there is. It’s a chance to catch dental problems (including potentially serious ones like oral cancer) before they become more difficult to treat. A dental professional can remove built-up deposits of tartar from your teeth using specialized instruments—something you can’t do at home. Plus, you’ll leave the office with a freshly polished smile that looks and feels great.

Get a professional teeth whitening. Having whiter teeth often makes people look more youthful. And one of the best ways to brighten dull teeth is with professional teeth whitening. You can achieve the fastest, most dramatic results with an in-office treatment—up to ten shades in just one visit! We can also make you a custom take-home kit to achieve similar results over time.

Repair chipped teeth. If you feel self-conscious about a chipped tooth, consider cosmetic bonding. In this relatively inexpensive procedure, which often takes just one office visit, tooth-colored resin material is applied to the chipped area and hardened under a special light. The translucent resin is built up layer by layer, bringing teeth with minor flaws back to a great, natural-looking appearance.

Replace old dental work. Sometimes old dental work can stand out more than we’d like it to. This is especially true of amalgam (silver) fillings—but even white fillings can absorb stain after many years. If you feel old dental work is detracting from your smile, it may be time to replace it with up-to-date dental materials.

Straighten your smile. Did you know that there is no maximum age for successful orthodontic treatment? It’s true: Healthy teeth can be moved at any age. And if you think metal braces wouldn’t fit in with your look or lifestyle, consider one of the less-visible alternatives to traditional orthodontic hardware—such as ceramic braces and clear aligners.

Having the smile you want can make you feel more confident in any month of the year. If you’d like more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger” and “Orthodontics for the Older Adult.”