General Dentistry Washington DC
Dental Lasers for Better Results and Faster Healing
Dental lasers are FDA-approved and offer exciting ways to ease discomfort during dental treatment. Procedures previously performed with scalpels or incisions can now be completed using laser technology. This less-invasive treatment means not only better results, but faster healing. We are able to correct uneven gummy smile lines, clean and re-contour inflamed gum tissue around crowns, halt gum disease, and heal canker sores or mouth ulcers instantly! The results are absolutely amazing!
State-of-the-Art Sterilization for Health and Safety
Sterilization is a high priority in our office. In addition to cleaning and sterilizing all instruments after every use, single-use tools are utilized as necessary. Instruments are sterilized after use with a special machine called the autoclave, which is regularly tested by an independent lab to make sure of the highest level for safety and cleanliness. We don’t take any chances with your health at our practice.
Our doctors are highly trained in the treatment of TOTs (tethered oral tissues), commonly known as “tongue-ties” and “lip ties.” Between 4% and 15% of children have this condition. It means their tongues have an excessively short, tight membrane of tissue (frenum) connecting the tongue to the floor of their mouth. These can vary greatly in severity but may lead to impingement of mobility and function of the tongue. This can cause anything from moderate inconveniences (like not being able to lick an ice cream cone), to severe impairments (such as the inability to properly breastfeed as a child and the development of speech impediments).
A frenectomy is a surgical procedure to remove these restrictions. It is completed with a diode laser with little or no anesthesia, no pain, and generally no bleeding. The process is completed in only a few moments. Patients at any age, from infancy through adulthood, can be treated.
Saving Infected Teeth with Root Canal Therapy
Teeth with damaged or infected roots used to require extraction, which can cause problems and should be avoided if possible. The good news is that we are highly experienced in root canal therapy.
A root canal is a way to repair a tooth by removing the tooth pulp and replacing it with a filling material. This is often needed when decay reaches the tooth nerve (or the tooth is infected), and a regular filling won’t work. Not too many years ago, the situation described above would have required the tooth to be extracted. When dentists began performing root canals, patients dreaded the procedure, and therefore the root canal has gotten a poor reputation. However, with the latest anesthetics, techniques, and technology, root canals are a manageable procedure for most patients.
Senior Dental Care is Unique
As our bodies age, so do our teeth and gums. Years of plaque buildup, as well as the consumption of coffee, tea, or tobacco, can darken the teeth. Be sure to ask us about procedures that can combat these issues. Reduced saliva flow can be a side effect of medications. There are simple products that can be used to help this condition. Your fillings are aging as well. They can weaken or crack over time. Regular check-ups will allow us to monitor your existing fillings. Gum disease and root decay can be serious problems with seniors. Daily brushing and good nutrition are recommended to maintain healthy gums. If your gums become inflamed or bleed, or your teeth loosen, contact us immediately.
For Diabetic or Pre-Diabetic Patients
Did you know there is a connection between dental health and the ability to control blood sugar levels? Not all dentists are equally prepared to help diabetics with their dental health. Untreated gum disease worsens diabetes and advances gum disease. It can be a vicious cycle. You’ll be happy to hear that we have received unique training on dental care for diabetics. Call us for a complimentary consultation. We won’t criticize you for having put off dental treatment. You can be assured of receiving compassionate and non-judgmental care.
Full-Mouth Rehabilitation for Health and Appearance
Oral health can have a major impact on a person’s life beyond what regular cleanings and the occasional filling can address. Many patients who’ve been confronted with injury, illness, bite problems, and general wear and tear can have serious problems that they don’t even realize began with their smile. Bruxism (tooth grinding), TMJ, crooked or misshapen teeth, and even missing teeth may combine and lead to headaches and migraines, toothaches, problems with bad breath, and an unattractive appearance. But you don’t have to put up with this.
Neuromuscular dentistry consists of specific treatments that deal with your jaw joints and the way your teeth mesh together. Many people with these types of problems clench their teeth while sleeping, which can lead to damaged teeth or dental work. It does no good to get a beautiful new smile that will be ruined by a bad bite. We would all prefer your teeth last a lifetime! If you have pain in your temples or jaw muscles, or maybe suffer from earaches, headaches, or difficulties with your jaw locking up or making popping sounds, you may benefit from neuromuscular dentistry techniques.
We will discuss your concerns, symptoms, and treatment goals. After taking digital X-rays, photos, and imprints of your smile, we will present treatment options to address your issues to attain a healthy, pain-free, beautiful smile. We can also discuss phased treatment and financial options that will bring your dream smile within reach.