Preventive dentistry is a close collaboration between you and your doctor and the importance of maintaining a good oral hygiene routine at home cannot be overstated in ensuring optimum oral health. Preventive procedures performed by your doctor range from the most basic services that have been used successfully for decades, to recent technological innovations. These procedures include:
- X-Rays. X-ray is an indispensable tool to diagnose tooth decay, gum disease, bone density, bone volume and tumors.
- Exam. The yearly comprehensive exam includes evaluating your risk of developing oral problems including Oral Cancer screening
- Oral Cancer Screenings. Your best chance of surviving oral cancer — a disease that affects not only lifelong smokers but also young non-smokers — is early detection and treatment. Oral cancer screenings are a routine part of every regular dental exam.
- Cleanings. This is where dental health starts. There's just no substitute for physically removing disease-causing dental plaque and calculus (tartar) from your teeth — especially in hard-to-reach areas near the gum line. That's why regular professional cleanings are so important to your health.
- Dental Sealants. These invisible coatings fill the tiny grooves in back teeth so they do not become havens for bacteria. They prevent cavities from forming and the need for fillings later on.
- Fluoride. This mineral is readily incorporated into the teeth's mineral structure, thereby making them stronger and more decay-resistant. Fluoride can even reverse tiny cavities that are starting to form. If you are not getting enough from your toothpaste and drinking water, it can be applied directly to your teeth at the dental office.
- Mouthguards/Nightguards. These guards are designed to absorb and distribute the forces of impact and minimize traumatic injury to both the hard and soft tissues of the mouth and are custom-made for you by your dentist.
Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry
Restorative Dentistry is aimed at identification, diagnosis, and treatment of dental disorders or diseases and “restore” the affected tooth to its previously healthy state. These treatments include:
- Dental Crowns & Bridges
- Dental Implants
- Partial or removable dentures
- Inlays and Onlays
- Root Canals
Cosmetic Dentistry aimed at improving the appearance of your teeth, gums, and bite and fighting the effects of age and wear that affect even the healthiest teeth. From alignment, shape, or size to whitening and stain removal, our cosmetic dental services can improve the aesthetic quality of your teeth so that your smile looks as good as it feels.
- Porcelain Veneers. Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth, changing their color, shape, size or length. These veneers are a popular option because they mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Dental veneers can also provide relief from the tooth pain associated with worn enamel.
- Smile Makeovers. A smile makeover is a process of improving the appearance of your smile through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as:
- Dental veneers
- Composite bonding
- Alignment and Spacing
- Teeth whitening
Some of the components taken into consideration include your facial appearance, skin tone, hair color, teeth (color, width, length, shape and tooth display), gum tissue and lips. Smile makeovers are performed for many reasons and customized according to your unique considerations.
Contact Virginia Dental Care, located in Arlington, VA, today at (703) 276-1010 for more information or to schedule an appointment!