Change your smile, Change your life with Veneers

Veneers, and even teeth whitening, used to be a thing that only movie stars could afford. Even then it didn’t seem to be such a big deal. Check out any 80s movie and you will see snaggle teeth and yellow teeth (smoking was just.so.cool) all over the place. But today? Their teeth look amazing!

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David Bowie…. cosmetic dentistry? I think so! Source: listal.com

Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way and is now more affordable than ever. There are tons of information websites out there regarding veneers, whitening, lumineers, and braces. A dentist will be the best person to develop your treatment plan.

dental-veneers_sacramento-cosmetic-dentistOnce patient’s do the upper arch they cannot wait to begin the lower arch. This recent case Dr. Hoang Truong performed is beautifully done and the patient is ecstatic.

Our Sacramento Cosmetic Dentist will tailor a treatment plan just for you. Call us at (916) 649-0249 or visit www.GatewayOaksDental.com.

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Close those pesky gaps between your teeth with FastBraces

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Gateway Dental is now Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry!

logoIt is with great pleasure to inform you that we, Gateway Dental,  have changed our business name to Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry. Please note, however, that our address has not changed.To celebrate our name change the Natomas Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Feb. 12 at 9 a.m.

Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry believes the new name change, interior remodeling and additions to the staff, including an associate doctor, will enable a higher of level care for our patients and the Sacramento area. “Not only is our office state-of-the-art, we now have a full and highly-capable staff, and the latest in technology to provide the best patient experience,” Dr. Hoang Truong  said.

Our new name and logo looks great, but we’re most excited about the increased level of care we’re bringing to our patients.” By adding orthodontic and implant services and additional doctors we help keep convenience of more availability, plus same location, familiar doctors and staff that you already love, and maintaining affordable prices as well. We would like to thank you for your support as we implement these changes!

A Grand Re-Opening Celebration and Open House is in the works so please stay tuned for more details! For more information, call your Sacramento dentist at 916-649-0249.  Check out our new website: www.GatewayOaksDental.com!

Your Sacramento Dentist Can Help You Stop Snoring

Do you or someone you know snore? Don’t worry, more than 80 million people in the United States snore.  At Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry, we understand the effects that snoring can have on you and your families. Not only does snoring interrupt the way you sleep, but it can also cause high blood pressure, increasing the risk of stroke.

Our Sacramento dentist currently offers our patients Silent Nite®, a custom-made snore prevention device. This device, which resembles a night guard, moves the lower jaw into forward position, increasing space in the airway tube and reducing air velocity and soft tissue vibration. Silent Nite® is very comfortable and easy to use. It helps minimize stiff jaw joints and most importantly, prevents the disruptive, unhealthy effects of snoring.

Let us help put a stop to the snoring and make you sleep more soundly and breathe easier with Silent Nite®. Call your Sacramento Dentist today for information on this affordable device at (916) 649-0249).

What Do the Probing Numbers Mean?

teethprobecrHave you ever been curious about what those numbers mean that your Sacramento Dentist or Hygienist calls out while looking inside your mouth. As your hygienist calls out the numbers, “4, 3,..5,2,3…4,2,5…”, they actually use a tiny ruler called a ‘probe’ to check and measure any pockets in your gums. A pocket is described as the distance between the top of the gum and where the “probe” meets bone. The smaller the pocket, the more bone that exists.

At Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry, we categorize problems as mild, moderate or severe, depending on how deep the probe goes:

  • 1-3 mm: indicates health
  • 4-5 mm: indicates a mild problem
  • 6-7 mm: indicates a moderate problem
  • 9-10 mm: indicates a severe problem

Ideally,  the depth of all your pockets should be 3 mm or less. This means that the teeth can be properly cleaned with the bristles of a toothbrush.  When a pocket measures more than 3 mm, this means that there is bone loss around that area of the tooth or that the gums are swollen, or it could be a combination of both.

We want all of our patients to get maintain picket depths between one and three millimeters to indicate healthy teeth and gums. We understand that may not always be the case, so that is why we recommend different treatment options for patients with deeper mouth pockets.

If swollen gums are causing the higher probing depth, then it can easily be reversed by brushing and flossing twice a day. Continuing to do so with tighten up your gums, stop the bleeding and the pocket measurements will be reduced. We also advise the patient to come in for regular cleanings every six  months.

For measurements that are consistently 4-5 mm, we recommend patients to come in for cleanings every three to four months, rather than six.  By having more frequent cleanings, this allows us to get into the deep pockets and clean them out using specialized equipment.

Those with measurements higher than 5 mm will require a type of gum procedure. called a “deep cleaning” or scaling and root planning to effectively reduce the deeper pockets. Once the treatment is completed, patients will be able to clean their teeth on their own — provided they return every three months for a follow-up cleaning.

So next time you are at your Sacramento Dentist, pay attention to those numbers and ask your hygiene what you can do to improve the health of your teeth.

Use it or Lose it: Why You Should Maximize Your Dental Benefits

2014 is quickly approaching and that means there are only two more months left to maximize your dental benefits before they run out.

On December 31, 2013 you will lose any money or allotted cleanings if not used up. The cost of major dental work can easily be avoided by maintaining good oral hygiene and routine cleanings and treatment. Maximizing your dental benefits before the year ends allows you to get all of the necessary work done that is needed.

To find out if you have coverage available, contact your insurance company, or simply call us at (916) 649-0249.

Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry wants to ensure none of your money is wasted and all of our patients get the most out of their insurance. So why not call today to schedule an appointment and use all of your benefits for this year?

If you would like to learn more, please call us at Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry. Dr. Hoang Truong is a Sacramento Dentist serving patients in Sacramento, CA.

Not a Gateway Dental Patient?

No problem! If you are not a Gateway Dental patient, we invite you to come in before the year ends. We currently have a New Patient Special. The special includes an exam, x-ray for only $79!dental-insurance-end-of-year-2011

Should You Let Your Kids Eat Halloween Candy?

ImageHalloween is right around the corner! This means that candy is well within reach for children, but many parents question whether letting their children take part in the festivities of eating Halloween candy.  So, should you let your kids have candy as part of their overall diet?

The answer is YES!  As parents it is important to stress to children the importance of dental health year-long and not just on Halloween. Halloween shouldn’t be to blame for cavities. Cavities develop over time. When children don’t practice good daily oral hygiene habits — that is when the cavities appear.

While it is still important to monitor your child’s sweet intake, it’s OK to have extra sweets for Halloween or any holiday. The American Dental Association recommends brushing two times a day for two minutes at a time. It is also important to rinse your mouth out with water after eating to reduce the risk for cavities and gum disease.

If you ever do worry that your child has cavities or just would like them to have a check-up and cleaning, schedule an appointment in Sacramento. Call Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry at 916-549-0249.

Replace Your Missing Tooth with a Dental Implant

Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way when it comes to restoring your smile. There are many options that vary in price, safety and durability. The latest in smile restoration are dental implants. This is a permanent implant that replaces missing teeth or a permanent fixture that holds full dentures in place. Dental implants can last you the rest of your life with proper dental hygiene checkups, brushing and flossing.

What is a dental implant?Image

A dental implant is a titanium screw like structure that is surgically inserted into a space where a tooth is missing. After the screw is inserted, it is covered with a crown that looks just like a real tooth, so anyone who sees your smile would never know that it was not a real tooth.

How will an implant help me?

The implant helps to stabilize bone and prevent further bone loss due to missing teeth, it supports the facial skeleton, gums, cheeks and lips. Dental implants help you eat, smile, speak and they look completely natural. Implants are the best option to replace missing teeth.

What kind of surgery do I need?

The surgery itself is an outpatient procedure only requiring a localized numbing of the area being operated on. (Of course, when it comes to pain management there are options that general or specialized dentists can provide such as oral sedation or nitrous oxide to make the experience less unpleasant.) In special cases, a sinus lift or bone graft may be needed in order to make the implant a successful procedure.

In the simple form of the procedure, a pilot hole is drilled into the bone that the implant will be placed in. This will guide the implant to ensure an accurate and stable placement. Depending on the dentist performing the implant and if a sinus lift is involved, the surgery for a single implant can vary between 1-2 hours.

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How long will the implant last?

A dental implant, with the proper care of your oral hygiene, should last for the rest of your life. The screw is usually made out of titanium (Ask your Dentist what type of material is used) and the ceramic crown is made to last. For a person who goes to the dentist for checkups on a regular basis and who brushes and flosses after every meal, a dental implant should last for the rest of your life. Just like anything though, you must take the proper care to make your investment last.

I think a dental implant is best for me, now what?

The first thing you need to do is see your Sacramento dentist. Your dentist can determine if an implant is

the best option for you. There are many factors when it comes to implant surgery: your overall health, as well as your oral health can affect the success rate of your implant. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to discuss any health concerns with your regular dentist or specialist.

In some cases, a CT scan, sinus lift or bone graft may be necessary in order to make a dental implant a success. In most cases, these can be taken care of during the same surgery as the dental implant, so no additional surgeries would be necessary.

Call (916) 649-0249 to schedule your consultation today!