We will prescribe a bridge when one or more teeth are missing and there are healthy
teeth on both sides of the open space. Bridges can be made from three types of material,
solid gold for reliable long wear, porcelain fused to a gold base for strength and
beauty, and high-strength metal-free porcelain for optimum cosmetic results. With
proper care, your new bridge will increase your overall aesthetic, health and confidence
for years to come.
Crowns are prescribed when a tooth or teeth are too badly decayed, broken or fractured
and can not be easily restored with a filling. Crowns are normally needed for teeth
that have had root canals. Crowns can be made entirely of gold or porcelain fused
to a gold substrate for strength and beauty. However, with new technology, crowns
can be made entirely from high-strength ceramic and porcelain for beautiful cosmetic
With proper care, your new crown will increase your overall health,aesthetic and
instill confidence for years to come.
If you have lost some or all of your natural teeth, dentures can be used to replace
your missing teeth – improving your health as well as your appearance. Dentures
prevent the sagging of facial muscles, which makes a person with no teeth look much
older. Dentures also enable you to eat and speak normally, little things often taken
for granted until natural teeth are lost.
Brush your gums, tongue, and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before
you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and to help remove
plaque. Regular dental checkups are needed so we can examine your mouth and dentures
to ensure a healthy and comfortable fit.
Tooth Colored Fillings
For hundreds of years, dental fillings have been used to restore teeth. Dental fillings
are placed in teeth where a dentist has had to remove tooth structure due to decay
or fracture. In recent years filling materials have been substantially improved
by many technological advancements. Although silver amalgam was the dominant choice
years ago, today we have several other preferred options for tooth restoration including
tooth colored composite filling materials and cementable resins and porcelains.
The basis of sound dental care is routine cleaning and maintenance. We customize
cleanings on the basis of your periodontal, (gums and bone), health. We utilize
medicated gels along with prescription mouth rinses in problem areas if necessary.
Ultrasonic scalers are sometimes used to make the procedure more comfortable and
effective as well.
Sealants should be used as part of a child's total preventive dental care. Dental
sealants are thin plastic coatings which are applied to the chewing surfaces of
the molars (back teeth). Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs in these
surfaces. Sealants cover the chewing surfaces to prevent decay. Applying sealants
does not require drilling or removing tooth structure. It is an easy three-step
process: We clean the tooth with a special toothpaste. A special cleansing liquid,
on a tiny piece of cotton, is rubbed gently on the tooth and is washed off. Finally,
the sealant is painted on the tooth. It takes about a minute for the sealant to
form a protective shield. One sealant application can last for as long as 5 to 10
years. Sealants should be checked regularly, and reapplied if they are no longer
Children and adults at high risk of dental decay may benefit from using additional
fluoride products, including dietary supplements (for children who do not have adequate
levels of fluoride in their drinking water), mouth rinses, and professionally applied
gels and varnishes.
When it comes to replacing one or more teeth in your mouth, a dental implant is
often the treatment of choice and is also one of the most conservative treatments
for tooth replacement. Implants are biocompatible posts that replace the roots of
your missing teeth. They are physically and biologically designed to attach to your
jaw bone and become the foundation for a natural looking restoration.
Your new tooth or teeth will have excellent stability and strength, and will look and feel like your natural teeth.
Gum disease is usually caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on teeth. If plaque is not removed with thorough daily brushing and cleaning between teeth, gums become irritated and inflamed. The irritated gum tissue can separate from the teeth and form spaces called pockets. Bacteria move into the pockets where they continue to promote irritation. Left untreated, the process can continue until the bone and other tooth-supporting tissues are destroyed. The early stage of periodontal disease is called gingivitis. It often results in gums that are red and swollen and may bleed easily.
Scaling and root planning is the most common and conservative way to treat periodontal disease.
Endodontic treatment, more commonly known as root canal therapy, is necessary when the pulp of your tooth becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes such as deep decay, repeated dental procedures on your tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. With proper care, an Endodontically treated tooth will function normally for years to come.
Unlike a crown, which covers the entire tooth, a veneer is a thin shell that is placed over the front or visible parts of the tooth. There are two types of veneers, ceramic veneers that are produced by a dental laboratory and resin-based composite veneers. With proper care, your new veneers will greatly improve your aesthetic appearance and increase your confidence for years to come.
Everyone loves a bright, white smile. Today there are a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the color of your teeth. At ABDental, in Reston Virginia, whitening procedures are done in our office with one visit. Other whitening agents can even be purchased over-the-counter. However, over-the-counter whitening agents will not whiten your teeth as quickly or as effectively as those delivered by a dentist.