- + Cosmetic Dentistry
While you may do your best to take care of your smile, sometimes it just needs a little extra boost. The cosmetic dentistry treatments we offer at Lotus Dental Practice allow our team to enhance the natural beauty of your teeth and give you a smile you cannot wait to show off. Cosmetic dentistry can fix a wide variety of aesthetic flaws including:
The goal of cosmetic dentistry is to enhance the natural attractiveness of your smile, and Dr. Rose Tran-Nguyen will work with you to develop a plan of action that meets your needs. Our dentist will discuss what changes you would like to see and how quickly you would like to see them. Then, she will develop a specific set of steps for you to achieve the results you would like. We will take our time with you to make sure that you understand the risks, costs, and benefits involved in each of the treatments. If you are looking to improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry in Ventura, California, you can be confident that Lotus Dental Practice will provide you with the smile you desire.
If you would like to learn more about any of our cosmetic dentistry procedures, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with our talented dentist, please call or visit our office today. We would love to hear from you.
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Worn down teeth
- Missing teeth
- Crooked or twisted teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Dull teeth
- + Teeth Whitening
As we age, our teeth may become dull, yellow, and stained. While some fading is natural, beverages (like tea, coffee, or soda) and tobacco lead to an unattractive smile. These stains are typically only on the surfaces of teeth and can be removed with a whitening treatment at Lotus Dental Practice. Our caring team will work with you to determine your smile goals and help you get the bright, white smile you desire. There are a number of ways that our dentist can whiten your teeth, including a simple in-office procedure.
After determining how your smile can best be improved, Dr. Rose Tran-Nguyen will apply a protective gel to your gums. While the treatment is safe and relatively painless, extra care is taken to protect the soft tissue of your mouth. Next, our dentist will apply a specialized whitening gel and use a light to activate the whitening agents in the gel. In a matter of minutes, you will see a noticeably whiter and brighter smile. If properly maintained, the results from a teeth whitening treatment can last for years; however, it may be necessary to visit Lotus Dental Practice for occasional touchups.
If you would like to know more about teeth whitening in Ventura, California, we would love to hear from you. Please call or visit our office to schedule a consultation with our dentist.
- + Veneers
Our dentist can completely make over your smile with veneers. These thin porcelain shells are custom made to fit over the front surfaces of your teeth and totally transform your smile. Veneers are a convenient way to immediately improve you appearance and give you the smile you desire. Veneers can fix a variety of cosmetic issues, including:
Veneers are typically applied in two visits: the first to prepare the teeth and the second to apply the permanent veneers. After working with you to determine the best plan for achieving your smile goals, Dr. Rose Tran-Nguyen will remove a thin layer of the tooth enamel from the front surfaces of your teeth. The amount removed will depend on how thick the veneer needs to be. In some cases, the veneers can be so thin that no enamel has to be removed. The dentist will then take an impression of your teeth that we will use to create accurate and detailed veneers for your new smile. While the permanent veneers are being created, you will be fitted with a temporary set that will protect your teeth. To complete the process, you will return to Lotus Dental Practice to have the temporary veneers removed and the permanent ones bonded to your natural teeth.
If you have any questions about dental veneers in Ventura, California, please call or visit our office today. We are happy to care for your smile.
- Discolored teeth
- Cracked, chipped, or broken teeth
- Worn down teeth
- Misshapen or uneven teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- + General & Family Dentistry
One of Dr. Rose Tran-Nguyen’s goals is to catch any issues before they become big problems. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily are great ways to do this, but sometimes it is necessary to visit the dentist for professional care. Our routine dental exams and cleanings will include X-rays as well as a visual examination of your mouth. This will help the doctor decide what, if any, other care is needed. Additionally, we use the latest dental technology in treating gum disease, placing fillings, and many other treatments. Whatever your general dentistry needs may be, we are confident that we can find a solution for you.
At Lotus Dental Practice, we care for one-year-old smiles and one-hundred-year-old smiles. Dental care is important at any stage of your life, which is why our family-oriented practice emphasizes gentle care for everyone. We know that children who have been coming to Dr. Rose Tran-Nguyen since their first teeth grew in are more comfortable visiting the dentist. Additionally, we work with our adult patients to ensure they have bright, happy smiles, too. The good habits we develop with all of our patients are the first steps for a healthy smile your entire life.
If you would like to learn more about general and family dentistry in Ventura, California, please contact our office today. We would love to hear from you.
- + Crowns
When a tooth has been severely affected by trauma or decay, it can have detrimental results. The experience is often painful and can leave you looking for any solution. In this situation, Dr. Rose Tran-Nguyen may recommend a crown to restore the function and look of the tooth. A crown is a simple cosmetic procedure that replaces the tooth with a porcelain cap, which protects it against further damage and maintains an attractive aesthetic. While many materials can be used for a crown, our dentist prefers using porcelain because of its high durability and natural look.
Our dentist typically needs two visits to Lotus Dental Practice to place a crown. During the first, Dr. Rose Tran-Nguyen will prepare the tooth by removing the damaged sections and recontouring the core of the tooth. This makes room for the crown and gives it a secure bonding surface. The dentist will then take impressions of your teeth, which she will send to laboratory to make your permanent crown. In the meantime, you will be fitted with a temporary crown, which will protect the area until your second visit. Once the permanent crown in completed, you can return to our office, and Dr. Rose Tran-Nguyen will remove the temporary and affix the permanent restoration.
If you think that your smile can be improved by a dental crown in Ventura, California, please call or visit our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rose Tran-Nguyen. We would love to hear from you.
- + Bridges
Aside from looking unattractive, missing teeth can cause problems when speaking or eating. Additionally, the neighboring teeth can shift into the empty space and cause further dental problems. In order to solve this issue, Dr. Rose Tran-Nguyen may use a bridge to restore you smile. A bridge is a dental prosthetic that uses artificial teeth to restore your smile. Bridges can be made from a variety of materials, and Lotus Dental Practice often uses porcelain to maintain a natural-looking smile. We will make sure that you are confident with the treatment before moving forward.
When you visit our office for a dental bridge in Ventura, California, our dentist will work with you to make sure that you are comfortable with the entire procedure. During the treatment, your neighboring teeth will have a portion of their enamel removed to make room for the crowns that will anchor the bridge. Next, our caring dentist will take an impression of your mouth so that we can make a customized bridge for your smile. While the permanent bridge is being manufactured in a dental laboratory, you will have a temporary restoration placed in your mouth, which will protect the exposed teeth. Once the laboratory has created the bridge, you will return to Lotus Dental Practice and Dr. Rose Tran-Nguyen will bond the permanent bridge in place. You will now have your healthy and beautiful smile restored.
If you feel that your smile could benefit from a dental bridge, please contact our office today. We would love to hear from you.
- + Dental Exams & Cleanings
Routine visits to Lotus Dental Practice are an essential part of your dental care. When you meet with Dr. Rose Tran-Nguyen, she will examine your teeth to make sure there are not any issues with your smile. Included in your dental examination are a deep cleaning, a visual examination, and dental X-rays. Deep cleaning helps to remove any plaque or tartar that may be trapped on your teeth and to prevent tooth decay. A member of our team will also polish your teeth to remove any surface stains. The visual examination by our doctor provides the first opportunity to see if there are any trouble spots in your mouth. Dr. Rose Tran-Nguyen will check for sensitivity, redness, swelling, and other signs of infection. Our team will then use the dental X-rays to more accurately detect any signs of cavities, gums disease, and even oral cancers.
Dr. Rose Tran-Nguyen will also use dental examinations to educate our patients on any work that needs to be performed. If any concerns are discovered, our dentist will make sure you understand your treatment options. Your smile is our top priority, and we want to make sure you choose the best option for yourself. When you come to Lotus Dental Practice, you will be getting quality care at every stage of treatment.
If you would like to schedule your next appointment for a dental exam and teeth cleaning in Ventura, California, please stop by or call our office today. We would love to hear from you.
- + Gum Treatment
Good oral care benefits more than your teeth. Proper dental care can help to ensure that your gums are healthy and strong as well. When your gums are unhealthy, plaque will build up the pockets of your gums and cause the secure connections to break away from your teeth. This causes more bacteria to build up in the pockets of your gum line, putting you at risk for infection and tooth loss. Symptoms of gum disease include:
If you have any of these symptoms, our dentist at Lotus Dental Practice may treat you for gingivitis or periodontitis. Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease that is characterized by plaque buildup and inflamed gums. At this stage, Dr. Rose Tran-Nguyen will deep clean teeth and use lasers to remove any bacteria from your teeth, which will stop the issue from progressing. If left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, in which the gums will pull away from the teeth and cause irreparable damage. Our doctor will use a similar treatment as the one we use for gingivitis to control the growth and spread of plaque and bacteria. This treatment includes root planing, scaling, and lasers to alleviate the issue.
If you would like to learn more about how our dentist treats gum disease in Ventura, California, please call or visit our office today. We would love to hear from you.
- Red and swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Loose or shifting teeth
- + Composite Fillings
Daily brushing and flossing helps to remove bacteria and food from your teeth, but even with good care, the acids in the bacteria and food will eat at the enamel of your teeth and cause a cavity to form. Cavities compromise the structure of the tooth and can cause pain, sensitivity, and even infection. When this happens, our dentist can use a restorative material in order to return the tooth’s function and health.
After going over the risks and benefits of the procedure, our dentist will start a filling by numbing the area so that you have as little discomfort as possible during the treatment. Next, Dr. Rose Tran-Nguyen will remove the compromised section of your tooth. Then, she will disinfect the remaining tooth and prepare the area for the restorative material. Our dentist will fill the area with a tooth-colored resin, create the desired shape, and use a special light to cure the material. Once the material has hardened, you will need to maintain proper oral care to keep the area from being damaged again.
If you think that your smile can be improved by a dental filling in Ventura, California, please call or visit us today at Lotus Dental Practice. We would love to hear from you.
- + Dentures
Our dentist cares for smiles of all kinds, including those that no longer have any teeth. Whether it is because of age, trauma, or decay, we understand that you might be missing all or some of your teeth. In these situations, Dr. Rose Tran-Nguyen can use dentures to replace your teeth and give you a healthy and attractive smile. Dentures are a prosthetic that consists of false teeth and gums that restore both the look and function of you natural teeth. Complete dentures will restore all of the teeth on either your top or bottom jaw, while partial dentures will replace only a small section of your smile.
At Lotus Dental Practice, it is sometimes necessary to remove teeth in order to make room for your dentures. This may be the case when teeth are infected or if the few teeth that remain would prevent a complete denture from fitting properly. Once the teeth have been removed, our doctor can fit your denture right away with an immediate denture or after your mouth has healed with a conventional denture. Immediate dentures prevent you from having to go without teeth, but they may need to be refitted a number of times as your mouth adjusts and heals. Because conventional dentures are created after your jaw has recovered, they often only have to be fitted once.
If you would like to know more about dentures in Ventura, California, we would be happy to hear from you. Please call or visit our office today.
- + Root Canal Treatment
An infected tooth can be an extremely painful ordeal, and the infection can spread to other teeth and even your jaw. To prevent any further dental issues, your dentist will recommend a root canal, which will remove the infection and alleviate the pain. Root canals have had a history of being a painful and invasive procedure, but with advances in dental technology, a root canal at Lotus Dental Practice is no more uncomfortable than a filling. You might need a root canal if you suffer from:
During a root canal treatment, Dr. Rose Tran-Nguyen will hollow out the damaged tooth and disinfect the area. Our dentist will then place rubber posts into canals of the tooth, which will help give the tooth structure and support after it has been repaired. A special restoration material will then be used to fill the area, and our doctor will use a curing light to harden the material. Throughout the entire process, each member of our team will do everything he or she can to reduce any anxiety you may feel.
If you would like to see our dentist for a root canal in Ventura, California, we would love to schedule a consultation for you. Call or visit our office today.
- An extreme toothache
- Intense sensitivity to temperature or pressure
- Swelling of the gums
- Darkening of the tooth
- + Dental Hygiene (Home Care)
Coming to our office on a regular basis is a great way to ensure that your smile stays healthy; however, even more important is taking care of your smile every day. We encourage you to maintain good dental hygiene habits to keep your smile free from damage caused by tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease, and other conditions. Good dental hygiene includes:
Be sure to visit our dentist at Lotus Dental Practice at least twice each year for a routine dental checkup. During these visits, we will provide a professional teeth cleaning and a thorough exam to check for any damage or conditions that need to be treated. Our team will also be happy to provide you with information and tips on how to improve your daily hygiene habits. For more information about dental hygiene in Ventura, California, we invite you to contact our office today.
- Brushing your teeth after each meal or at least twice a day. Dr. Rose Tran-Nguyen recommends that you use a toothpaste that contains fluoride, which is a mineral that helps to prevent tooth decay. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and brush for at least two minutes each time.
- Flossing at least once every day. Flossing helps to remove plaque and food debris that are stuck in areas that your toothbrush bristles cannot reach. The best time to floss is just before going to bed.
- Eating a balanced, nutritious diet with a limited amount of sugary foods. This helps to keep your smile free of decay and disease.
- + Dental X-Rays
When you visit our office every six months, our experienced dentist and dental team will provide you with a careful dental exam. As part of this exam, we may take X-rays of your teeth. Dental X-rays provide us with high-quality images of your teeth, jawbone, and surrounding structures. This gives Dr. Rose Tran-Nguyen a more in-depth understanding of your oral health and allows us to see dental problems and structures that cannot be seen by the unaided eye. Our dentist may use dental X-rays in Ventura, California, to detect and diagnose conditions such as:
Dental X-rays allow us to identify these conditions before they are visible with the naked eye, which helps us to provide the treatment you need before more serious damage occurs. We also use X-ray imaging to plan several types of dental treatment, such as root canal treatment, dental crowns, and bridges. To learn more about dental X-ray imaging, its benefits, and its uses, we welcome you to contact our team at Lotus Dental Practice. We look forward to speaking with you soon!
- Cysts and abscesses
- Developmental abnormalities
- Improper tooth root positioning
- Tumors (cancerous and non-cancerous)
- Fracturing in existing dental fillings
- Infected tooth nerves
- Bone loss
- Tooth decay located between teeth