Regular Exams & Cleaning:

Routine brushing and flossing at home is necessary to maintain your oral health as well as the overall health of your entire body.  The America Dental Association recommends that you should have a comprehensive exam and cleaning every 6 months to stay healthy as well as to prevent problems before they start.   A comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential to help prevent tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.  It can help you save money and unnecessary discomfort by avoiding costly and extensive dental procedures

 

During your visit, your dentist and/or hygienist will check for any problems that you may not see or feel, look for cavities or any signs of tooth decay, inspect your teeth and gums for gingivitis or signs of periodontal disease as well as provide a thorough cleaning.

 

Your exam and cleaning will general take about an hour and here is what you should expect during the comprehensive exam and cleaning:

 

Comprehensive Exam:

We will start your visit by examining your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, screen for oral cancer as well as other problems.  We may also take digital x-rays to see what is happening beneath the surface of the teeth and gums which is not visible to the naked eye.

 

Cleaning:

Our hygienist will start by exploring the surface of your teeth to determine if you have any cavities as well as examine the quality of any existing fillings.  We will also perform a periodontal exam to ensure that your gums adhere tightly to your teeth.  This will help us determine that there are no signs of periodontal disease or any occurrence of bone loss.

 

Next we will carefully clean your teeth to remove any mineral build-up (tartar) using a variety of tools, floss your teeth, polish, and apply fluoride.

 

 

Preventive Treatments:

 

Sealants

Although brushing and flossing helps remove food and plaque from the smooth surfaces of your teeth, it does not necessarily get into the tiny grooves of your teeth.  Sealants are thin plastic resin that will bond and harden in the deep grooves of your tooth’s surface creating a smooth surface.  When these grooves are sealed, they are less likely to harbor plaque and the bacteria that are produced.

 

Sealants are usually applied to children’s teeth as a preventive measure against tooth decay but adults without cavities can benefit from this treatment as well.

 

Sealants usually last about 3-5 years. Protection of your teeth only occurs if they are fully intact.  If it comes off, please contact us so that we can reseal it again.

 

Fluoride

Fluoride is very effective in preventing cavities, tooth decay, as well as help prevent plaque build-up, and hardening the tooth’s surface. It has been shown to protect the teeth from the bacteria in plaque and help with new bone formation.

 

It only takes a few minutes to apply the fluoride treatment. After the treatment, patients may be asked to not rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes. This will allow your teeth to absorb the fluoride.

 

Night Guards

Most people grind or clench their teeth from time to time but when this happens regularly, it can lead to broken teeth, cracked teeth, and even tooth loss. Most often, patients find out that they are clenching or grinding their teeth while they are sleeping by a loved one.

 

If you often wake up with dull, constant jaw pain, earaches, or headaches, talk to your dentist.   We can customize a night guard for you to protect your teeth from grinding while you sleep.

 

Cosmetic Dentistry:

 

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers are thin custom-made shells designed to cover the front side of your teeth to improve the overall appearance.  Veneers are bonded to your teeth changing the color, size, length, and shape of your teeth.

 

Veneers are often used to fix the following:

• Teeth that are discolored

• Gaps between teeth

• Teeth that are worn, chipped or broken

• Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped

 

 

Whitening

There are many products and techniques on the market for our patients to achieve a better and brighter smile.  Patients with yellow teeth tones in their teeth responds best to treatment but this cosmetic treatment is not recommended for everyone.  Call our office today to see what is best for you.

 

In-Office Whitening

In-Office whitening is the quickest way to whiten your teeth.  The whitening product is applied directly to your teeth. Your appointment usually lasts 60-90 minutes and results can be seen immediately.  For dramatic results, more than one appointment may be necessary.

 

At-Home Whitening

An impression of your teeth is taken at our office to customize a mouth-guard like tray which is worn with the whitening gel solution to ensure that it fits precisely to your teeth.  The tray is worn for a period of time.

 

 

Restorative Dentistry:

 

Bonding

A white composite resin is place or “bonded” onto your tooth to improve its appearance.  The shade of the composite is closely matched to your natural teeth.  Although bonding is less expensive than other cosmetic treatments such as veneers, they can stain and are easier to break.

 

Bonding is an option for:

• Chipped or cracked teeth

• Discolored Teeth

• Changing the shape and length of teeth

 

 

Bridges

Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth with artificial teeth.  They are literally the ”bridges” between teeth where one or more teeth are missing.  Bridges are supported by your natural teeth or implants.  They are used to restore your smile, restore your ability to chew and speak properly, prevent the remaining teeth to drift out of position, and correct your bite.

 

Crowns

A dental crown is a tooth shaped cap used to improve your tooth’s shape or to strength a tooth.  Crowns are usually made of porcelain or metal or both. Crowns are created in the laboratory or using our E4D machine from the unique impression of your teeth.  Your unique impression allows the customization to all aspects of your bite and jaw movement and function.

 

There are many reasons why crowns are needed:

• Protection for a weak or cracked tooth

• Restore a broken tooth

• Cover a tooth that has portions destroyed by tooth decay

• Hold a dental bridge in place

• Cover misshapen or discolored tooth

 

 

Dentures

Dentures are natural looking replacement teeth that are removable.

 

There are two types of dentures: Full Dentures and Partial Dentures.

 

Full Dentures

This is an option when all of a patient’s natural teeth have been removed.

 

Partial Dentures

These are attached to your natural teeth and are used to fill in where permanent teeth have been removed.

 

 

Extractions

There are often times when it becomes necessary to remove a tooth such as:

• When baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out naturally.  They

need to be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt.

• When a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth at risk of decay.

• Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth.

 

Fillings

Dental fillings are used to treat a cavity. The decayed portion of your tooth is removed and “filled”.   Although there are many different types of material used for fillings such as silver amalgam (mixture of mercury, tin, zinc, silver, and cooper), gold, porcelain, or composite resin, we at Lake Manassas Dental only use composite resin which mimics the appearance of natural teeth.

 

Implants

Implants are used as a replacement for missing teeth.  They provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement of teeth that are customized to match your natural teeth.  Implants are usually made of metal body (titanium) and porcelain tooth.  When properly maintain, they can last a lifetime.

 

The advantages of implants are:

• Improved appearance

• Durability

• Improved speech

• Improved Comfort

• Improve overall oral health

 

 

Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy is done to save a tooth when it has a diseased nerve.    When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and cause an infection inside the tooth.  This may cause the formation of an abscess, pain and swelling if gone untreated.  A root canal helps to prevent the development of a painful infection from spreading to the other teeth.

 

During a root canal, your dentist or a specialist called an Endodontist removes the affected tissue, clean and seals the tooth.  After a root canal, a crown is often needed to strength and protect the tooth from breaking.

  Patient Education

Learn more about your oral health through the patient education materials offered on our website! Click here to view our patient education materials.

 

Disclaimer The information provided within is intended to help you better understand dental conditions and procedures. It is not meant to serve as delivery of medical or dental care. If you have specific questions or concerns, contact your health care provider.

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