GENERAL DENTISTRY & CLEANINGS
Our dentists and team of professionals at the Cascades can handle all the general dentistry needs for your whole family. Our Centreville practice is equipped with the latest and most advanced dental technology available anywhere. We diagnose and treat our patients with cutting edge equipment, including low-emission radiology, digital video wands, and more, letting us deliver compassionate care with all the advancements of modern dentistry.
Feel free to ask us any questions about general dentistry treatment, including:
Complete Oral Care
Of course, the most common and important parts of general dentistry are regular dental cleanings and examinations. Combine those with good dental hygiene at home, and you’ll probably keep your teeth longer, and need fewer visits to see us here at the office!
Our team will design every patient a customized oral “wellness” and hygiene program. It all starts with a complete oral examination on your first visit. This exam allows us to assess the current condition of your teeth and gums, diagnose any issues in your mouth, and develop a comprehensive treatment plan to give you the clean and healthy mouth you want.
Whether you need simple care, like regularly scheduled hygiene appointments, or more advanced dental care, we can provide it all right here, in our Centreville office. Our dentists and experienced team of dental professionals can provide treatment for moderate, and even severe gum disease, tooth decay, bone loss issues, and more. There's no need for us to refer you to different doctors, and make you travel to different offices, because our practice is able to provide all manner of dental care right in one place - from periodontal treatments, and deep cleanings to surgical treatment, and full-mouth restoration.
Ask us about dental laser therapy at your next appointment.
Dental Bridges in Centreville
Dental bridges are most commonly used to fill a gap where a tooth used to be, whether the gap is caused by a tooth extraction, or when a tooth was knocked out in an accident. A bridge is just a replacement tooth held in place by crowns on both sides. This artificial tooth “bridges” the gap left by a missing tooth. Not only is it important to close up the space for cosmetic reasons, but there are clinical reasons for filling the space as well: leaving the gap can place additional strain on the teeth on either side. Your “bite” can also be affected, with the teeth on either side of the gap possibly leaning together into the space, thus altering the way the upper and lower teeth meet; which can cause even further problems in the future.
Once the teeth have been prepared, your dentist will take an “impression” of your teeth and take a measurement of how you bite together. Our dentist will also record the shade of the adjacent teeth so that the bridge is an exact match. Often, our dentists will make you a temporary bridge so that you don’t have a large gap while you are waiting for the new bridge to be fitted.
Dental Crowns in Centreville
Teeth that have been broken, worn, damaged or visibly destroyed by decay can still be saved.
A dental crown is a covering placed over the damaged tooth to protect it from further harm and to make it look more natural and beautiful. The placement of a dental crown over a visibly injured tooth is both cosmetic and protective.
To place a dental crown, the dentist first properly prepares and shapes the tooth. Next, an impression is taken and a temporary crown is placed over the tooth. The impression is sent to a dental lab and the permanent crown is made. When you come in for your next appointment, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and cement the new, permanent one in place.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental Sealants are thin, plastic coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Germs in the mouth use the sugar in food to make acids that can create a cavity in the tooth over time. Sealants prevent these acids from penetrating the tooth. If a small cavity is accidentally covered by a sealant, the decay will not spread because it is sealed off from its food and germ supply. Even though dental sealants have been around since the 1960s, fewer than 25 percent of children in the United States have sealants on their teeth.
Getting sealants put on is simple and painless. Sealants are painted on as a liquid and quickly harden to form a shield over the tooth. Sealants can last up to 10 years, but should be checked regularly by a dental professional.
Root Canal Therapy in Centreville
Root canal therapy can often be used to save a damaged natural tooth. It is often needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed. The resulting space inside the tooth is then filled with special medicated dental materials which restore the tooth to its full function. Teeth needing root canal therapy are not always symptomatic.
Having root canal therapy on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would get infected, swell and lead to severe complications. Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the best solution, but extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth. Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although occasionally a tooth may have to be re-treated due to new infections.