Learn Proper Gum Contouring Aftercare, from Your Garland, TX Dentist

perfect smileGum contouring (or crown lengthening) has become a very popular procedure to correct smiles with an uneven gum to enamel ratio—also called a gummy smile. To ensure her patients have a successful recovery after a gum contouring procedure, your Garland, TX dentist, Dr. Vi Truong-Mai, shares the following aftercare instructions.

What to Do Post-Procedure

  • Take over-the-counter medication. After the gum contouring procedure, expect some mild discomfort at the site. You can take the recommended dosage of ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or aspirin. Should your Garland, TX dentist provide any additional medication, make sure to take it diligently. Following any aftercare instructions to the letter promotes a speedier recovery time.
    Furthermore, if you have any swelling, take care to apply ice to outside of your mouth. This not only numbs the area to alleviate any discomfort, it also constricts the blood vessels to reduce swelling.
  • Control the bleeding. For the first 24 to 48 hours you can may experience some minor bleeding at the site. To stop the bleeding, simply apply light pressure with a piece of gauze to the area for 20 to 30 minutes at a time. Additionally, avoid hot liquids or foods since this could prolong the bleeding.
  • Eat soft-foods only. During this time, you’re advised to only consume soft foods that require little to no chewing. Items to avoid include: nuts, popcorn, chips, and even ice cubes. Instead, opt for mashed potatoes, eggs, and easy-to-chew pastas. Also, drink plenty of fluids to maintain hydrated throughout the healing process.
  • Keep the area clean. Ensuring the area remains clean and free of food particles is crucial. After eating or snacking, make sure to rinse with lukewarm salt water to stave off infections. Moreover, for the areas not affected by the gum contouring procedure, continue your regular teeth cleaning regimen.

Mai Cosmetic and Family Dentistry Offers Excellent Cosmetic Dental Services

If you would like more information on gum contouring or other cosmetic dental procedures, consult with Dr. Mai. She can explain which procedures prove most beneficial at enhancing smiles. To schedule an appointment with our Garland, TX dental practice, call us at (972) 530-0552. Also, visit our website to view services, print patient forms, and to read more about our team. We look forward to treating patients from Garland, Richardson, Plano, Sachse, Rowlett, and surrounding cities.

Garland, TX Dentist Shares Some Important Facts about Dental Implants

dental implantsFor patients who have endured tooth loss, finding a tooth replacement method is key in order to stave off oral issues later on. One of the most popular and secure methods is to have a dental implant placed at the sight of the missing tooth (or teeth). To help her patients learn the facts about dental implants, your Garland dentist, Dr. Vi-Truong Mai, presents this blog.

Factual Knowledge Needs to Come First

  • Implants offer more security. Patients who wear partial dentures as their tooth replacement method know the hassle those pose. Nightly removal is required for proper cleaning and the partial is incredibly fragile. Furthermore, over half of patients who chew with partials find that chewing without it is actually easier. A dental implant bypasses those issues.
    With an implant, you don’t have to worry about losing your teeth or completing a special cleaning routine. Instead, a
    dental implant allows you to eat, speak, and clean your teeth trouble-free. It’s secured within your jaw bone (like a tooth root) and the restoration produces years of flawless smiles.
  • Fight bone loss. Not having teeth tends to weaken the structure of your jaw and wearing dentures enhances this problem even more. Without tooth roots, your jaw bone isn’t stimulated properly, and therefore, begins to atrophy. Eventually, your facial features sag, making the denture wearer look much older.
    However, a
    dental implant allows the jaw bone to remain active, thus, fighting bone loss. Additionally, according to your Garland, TX dentist a gradual decrease in your bone structure creates opportunities for more tooth loss.
  • Beware of the time. While dental implants do sound great, patients should know this tooth replacement option isn’t flawless. The implantation and healing periods take a while to complete. In fact, some patients may not have full functionality in their restoration until a year after the initial procedure began. Other tooth replacement options can’t compare to an implant; yet, patients need to understand the reality of this treatment method.

Talk to Your Mai Cosmetic and Family Dentist about Dental Implants Today

If you’ve considered dental implants as a tooth replacement option, talk to Dr. Mai. She explain the benefits the procedure and determine if you qualify for this tooth replacement option. To schedule an appointment with our Garland, TX dental practice, call us at (972) 530-0552. Also, visit our website to view services, print patient forms, and to read more about our team. We look forward to treating patients from Garland, Richardson, Plano, Sachse, Rowlett, and surrounding cities.

Learn How to Clean Partial Dentures, from Your Garland, TX Dentist

partial denturesDo you wear partial dentures? If you do, then you may have some experience—or already have established—a nightly cleaning routine. Cleaning partials each is night is essential to maintaining sound oral health. To remind her patients of the proper cleaning procedure, Dr. Vi Truong-Mai, your Garland, TX dentist, provides the following post.

Use These Instructions to Keep Your Partials Squeaky Clean

  • Soak. Each night, take care to remove your partials for a soak in Polident or a similar denture cleaning tablet. This is important for a number of reasons. First, it allows your gums to take a break as you sleep. Overuse of partial dentures or full dentures can produce sores on the gum line.
    Additionally, just like natural teeth, partials gather bacteria and food particles throughout the day that can produce bad breath, if they’re not cleaned. Plus, an unclean partial can lead to infections that affect your gums and teeth.
  • Brush. Before replacing the partials the next day, make sure to brush them off first. Using a soft-bristled denture brush offers the most effective results. While soaking does help remove many leftover particles and bacteria, brushing removes anything the soak may have missed.
    Note: Avoid using toothpaste when completing this step. Dentures don’t have the same hardness that natural teeth do, therefore, toothpaste can scratch the surface. In fact, those scratches allow more bacteria to accumulate on your dentures.
  • Rinse. After brushing, your Garland, TX dentist recommends rinsing your partials. Also, take care to rinse the partials in a sink half-filled with water, in case you drop them—dentures, of any kind, tend to break easily. Lastly, discard any remaining soak water.

Get Outfitted for Partial Dentures Mai Cosmetic and Family Dentistry

For more information on caring for your partial dentures, talk to Dr. Mai. She can give you proper cleaning instructions to ensure your partials last for years. To schedule an appointment with our Garland, TX dental practice, call us at (972) 530-0552. Also, visit our website to view services, print patient forms, and to read more about our team. We look forward to treating patients from Garland, Richardson, Plano, Sachse, Rowlett, and surrounding cities.

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