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Dr. Duong C. Nguyen, D.D.S

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Dr. Duong C. Nguyen D.D.S is a top Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in Westminster, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Duong C. Nguyen D.D.S is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Duong C. Nguyen D.D.S is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Duong C. Nguyen D.D.S is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Westminster, CA, Dr. Duong C. Nguyen D.D.S is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
Dr. Duong C. Nguyen, D.D.S
  • Westminster, CA
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Why do I have antibiotics after my extraction?

There are two school of thoughts regarding prescribing antibiotic post surgery of wisdom teeth. One believes that the oral cavity has full of bacteria, so whenever there is an READ MORE
There are two school of thoughts regarding prescribing antibiotic post surgery of wisdom teeth. One believes that the oral cavity has full of bacteria, so whenever there is an open wound, for prophylactic purpose we prescribe antibiotic to prevent infection. Also, for compromised patient, giving antibiotic after surgery is a must to prevent any potential complication, since their immune system is low. The other school of thought is that antibiotic is not necessary after the surgery, unless the procedure takes much longer than usual due to complication during the surgery, the wound was exposed to the environment over a period of time, it will increase the risk of infection. Otherwise exposing the patient to unnecessary antibiotic may create resistance to antibiotic.

Should I get all of my wisdom teeth extracted in one appointment?

Yes, if your health condition permitted, and financially available, then I recommend that you should have all of out at once, that way you only have to go through the process once. READ MORE
Yes, if your health condition permitted, and financially available, then I recommend that you should have all of out at once, that way you only have to go through the process once.

What questions should I ask my surgeon about jaw corrective surgery?

You surgeon will explain to you step-by-step of the procedure including see an orthodontist before and after the surgery, the risks and potential complications of the surgery, READ MORE
You surgeon will explain to you step-by-step of the procedure including see an orthodontist before and after the surgery, the risks and potential complications of the surgery, the recovery time, the pre and post operative preparations etc. you do not need to be nervous, you will have plenty time to discuss with the surgeon from the time you decide to have the surgery until the actual date of your operation

Can I eat meat after an oral surgery procedure?

After everything heals up you can eat whatever you like, your jaw bone will be as strong as before the surgery

What should I do to prepare for jaw corrective surgery?

Your oral & maxillofacial surgeon should prepare you for the surgery, including all the consents, the risks and potential complications of the surgery, the pre-op and post op instructions, READ MORE
Your oral & maxillofacial surgeon should prepare you for the surgery, including all the consents, the risks and potential complications of the surgery, the pre-op and post op instructions, and follow up appointments. You will be under general anesthesia, at least that is how I treat my patients. Good luck.

Does an impacted tooth require surgery?

Yes, most the time the wisdom teeth need to be removed, unless it erupts straight up and aligns with the molars on the opposite arch, and you can keep up with your oral hygiene, READ MORE
Yes, most the time the wisdom teeth need to be removed, unless it erupts straight up and aligns with the molars on the opposite arch, and you can keep up with your oral hygiene, i.e., brushing back there, then it does not require to be extracted.

What is the treatment for an irregular jawline?

Depending on the etiology that causes your jaw line to look physically irregular, there are treatments available in each situation. The best way is to have an evaluation by an READ MORE
Depending on the etiology that causes your jaw line to look physically irregular, there are treatments available in each situation. The best way is to have an evaluation by an Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon.

Can facial birth defects be treated with oral surgery?

Yes, there is treatment for birth facial defect for cleft lip, cleft palate. It can start at very young age like few months old, depends on the severity and the treatment will READ MORE
Yes, there is treatment for birth facial defect for cleft lip, cleft palate. It can start at very young age like few months old, depends on the severity and the treatment will require different phases throughout the childhood. Seek the evaluation by an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, since this is one of our specialty.

Is TMJ genetic?

There is no study show that TMJ diseases are not genetically related. However, if you develop TMJ because of your facial skeletal deformity, and your child carries the same features, READ MORE
There is no study show that TMJ diseases are not genetically related. However, if you develop TMJ because of your facial skeletal deformity, and your child carries the same features, then she can develop TMJ problems as well. If that is the case, the best recommendation is to have your child sees the orthodontist at the young age in order you detect any early symptoms and provide appropriate treatment.

What are the potential treatments for TMJ?

There are many levels of treatment for TMJ disease, depending on the severity of the disease. It can be from non-invasive, such as physical therapy to TMJ appliance, to the invasive READ MORE
There are many levels of treatment for TMJ disease, depending on the severity of the disease. It can be from non-invasive, such as physical therapy to TMJ appliance, to the invasive one, i.e., surgical intervention. Permanent treatment also varies base upon the degree of the problem and varies from patient to patient. My recommendation for you is to seek treatment from an Oral Maxillofacial surgeon who is specialized in TMJ.
Good luck.

My wisdom teeth haven't come in. Is this normal?

They may already grow underneath your gum or your jaw bone. You need to see a dentist for X-ray in order to know where are they located.

I have a large boil in my mouth. Will it have to be removed surgically?

I cannot perform a clinical exam to give you a definitive diagnosis, however, based on your description, it would be best that you see an OMFS for evaluation. It can be something READ MORE
I cannot perform a clinical exam to give you a definitive diagnosis, however, based on your description, it would be best that you see an OMFS for evaluation. It can be something serious that requires surgical intervention. Any lesion in an oral cavity that has signs of infection like pus, or ulcerated, you must take extreme precautions before it becomes too late.

Good luck.

When is corrective jaw surgery needed?

Othognatic surgery or corrective jaw surgery is best when the patient passes a growth spurt to prevent any relapse. How to measure it? The easiest way for a boy is when the shoe READ MORE
Othognatic surgery or corrective jaw surgery is best when the patient passes a growth spurt to prevent any relapse. How to measure it? The easiest way for a boy is when the shoe size does not change anymore.

I have a hard bump in my gums after my tooth extraction. What can I do?

How long ago did you have your tooth extracted? The bump on your gum, if it is hard, then it is the jaw bone. It can remodeled it by itself with time. If it is painful, then you READ MORE
How long ago did you have your tooth extracted? The bump on your gum, if it is hard, then it is the jaw bone. It can remodeled it by itself with time. If it is painful, then you need to see the oral surgeon to smooth it out (alveoplasty). If the bump is soft, then it is the scar tissue and eventually will go away.

My wisdom tooth hurts a lot. Is extraction the only option?

Yes, you must see the oral surgeon to have them removed.

My wisdom tooth is aching. Is it better to have it extracted?

You better have it check by an Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon, and have it extracted. Most the time the wisdom tooth grows sideways you won’t be able to see or feel it. If you let READ MORE
You better have it check by an Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon, and have it extracted. Most the time the wisdom tooth grows sideways you won’t be able to see or feel it. If you let it becomes infected then it will be more serious and can be life threatening.