General Dentistry

General Dentistry Treatments in Leesburg

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Well general dentistry, there's what we use the term bread and butter dentistry a lot. What that really means is that those are the things we traditionally have always done with patients. That includes things like cleanings, routine care and monitoring with the hygienist mostly, and we do exams and monitor things and make sure that we're catching things early. Certainly things like fillings, in our office the fillings we do are tooth colored. They're not metal. They're not mercury.

Extractions, emergencies, dentures, those are what we consider part of the general dentistry. We get outside of that a little bit when we start talking about cosmetic things that are elective. The things that don't need to be done to improve your dental health so much as a lot of times improve your psychological health, that make your teeth look good, that you're comfortable in public, comfortable socially.

Things involving surgeries, implant placements, third molar/wisdom tooth extractions. That may not be considered so much in the general dentistry realm, but the point was to make that available as well so that it wasn't necessary to constantly be referring patients out, making them go to other offices, filling out more forms, having to get comfortable with a new doctor.

Honestly in a referral situation, that doctor really will never see that patient again once they've seen that one time. Their involvement with the patient and the patient's well-being although they're excellent people, they don't ever have the relationship and the rapport that develops here. I know patients are always very happy when they find out they can stay here for that root canal or that extraction or that implant and not have to go to another office and get that done.

Some people think dentistry is all about the big stuff, like replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant or repairing damage from a big cavity with fillings, inlays, onlays, or even a dental crown. But at our Leesburg, VA dentist office, we know the importance of the little stuff that’s why we offer general dentistry. Cleanings, exams, and mouthguards can all help prevent small problems from turning into the kind that are big, unhealthy, and expensive.

Why Do I Need A Dental Cleaning And Exam Every Six Months?

If you own a car, there is a lot of maintenance you can do at home: change the oil, rotate the tires, and so on. But unless you live in a fully stocked garage, you don’t have the tools needed to truly take care of your car’s engine. The same is true with your teeth. Brushing and flossing is necessary to keep your teeth and gums healthy, but unless you have the same training and tools as those at our Leesburg, VA dental office, you just can’t get your teeth truly clean. WIth our fluoride treatments, varnishes, and sealants, we can keep your teeth incredibly clean.

Plus, we give a thorough exam to detect problems before they get big, such as cavities and even oral cancer. And because we always put your family first, we never lecture or make you feel bad about neglecting your teeth. We are simply here to help.

What Is Gum Disease?

Harmful bacteria love living in your mouth. When they take up residence on your teeth, they cause tooth decay and cavities. But the same bacteria can irritate and even infect your gums, causing gum disease. If your gums are red, swollen, or bleed when you brush and floss, you probably have gum disease. We can help treat it by using a deep cleaning method called scaling and root planing to help.

Why Does My Jaw Make Noise When I Open My Mouth?

The joint that lets you open and close your mouth is called your TMJ, or temporomandibular joint. When this joint gets overworked, injured, or sore, it can lead to a temporomandibular disorder, or TMD. There are several signs of TMD, including popping and clicking noises when you use your mouth, jaw pain, and difficulty open and closing your mouth. To help give your joint time to heal, we can provide a special mouthguard that lets the joint rest while you sleep.

Aren’t Mouthguards Just For Sports?

Mouthguards are great for protecting your teeth while you’re active with biking or sports like hockey and football. They’re like helmets for your teeth. But dental devices like mouthguards have many uses. If you suffer from TMD (pain in your jaw joint), a special mouthguard can help. The same is true if you have bruxism, or unconsciously grinding your teeth especially at night. Wearing a mouthguard while you sleep can help protect your teeth from bruxism and relieve TMJ-related headaches and migraines.

For more information on how we can help you or your family with general dentistry, or to schedule your next appointment, call our office today at 703-297-4353 or use our convenient online form.