Dentures | Your Family Dentist | Falls Church, VA

Every day tens of thousands of Americans make their decisions to get a confidence of their smiles and comfort when eating by switching to the partial and full dentures. They do it to never look back. The modern dentures may have different designs, but all of them are lightweight appliances, that are capable of simulating a wide variety of teeth shape and color, as well as artificial gum tissue appearance. The studies show that approximately 90% of the edentulous Americans wear dentures. The word "edentulous" means "missing teeth".

Dental Implants | Your Family Dentist | Falls Church, VA

Let's say you recently faced making a tough decision on that tooth that has been an issue for you for some time and eventually you had to extract that tooth or you are looking to extract it soon. Maybe the consequences of the gum disease have put their toll on several of your teeth or you experienced a trauma and the tooth (teeth) got cracked. The biggest issue besides the fear of the actual extraction procedure for you is "what is going to happen after that?" As your dentist probably suggested, you should look into restoring that tooth is a very timely fashion to avoid inevitable chewing problems, speech and cosmetic issues and restorative problems due to shifting of the adjacent teeth. It is much easier and much less expensive to prevent the problem than to deal with it when it's fully developed and affected something else.

Dental crowns

If you are reading this page the chances are that you already had a dental examination and were told by your dentist that your tooth or teeth need a crown coverage. The crown is a custom made non-removable appliance that covers your tooth from all the sides like a cap, looks like a tooth and acts like a tooth.

Your tooth may need a crown if you have a large cavity in it that leaves very thin remaining tooth walls. Even if such cavity has been successfully filled in the past and the tooth is not sensitive, the risk of the tooth fracture still exists until the tooth structure is not supported from outside of the tooth. It is common to cover the teeth with crowns after the root canal treatment because such tooth would become weaker without a blood supply and would require an extra support.

Teeth Whitening

When someone meets a new person, it takes only several brief moments to create an impression of the person and that impression is giong to last for a very long time. This works on a subconscious level and we are not necessarily able to understand it, but all of the sudden we may feel attracted or distracted to our new aquitance without no good explanation! This is because our first impression of the person is affected by many tiny invisible details. Such as the way that person dresses and behaves, that person's manners, confidence, speech and smile. If this chance is missed then the person may never have another opportunity to make a good impression. This is why we all want to look good and not just good - we want to look our best, always!

Gum Disease Treatment at Your Family Dentist, Falls Church and Arlington, VA

Gum disease (or periodontitis) is a chronic inflammation in a space that surrounds the tooth attachment to the bone and the gum itself. This inflammation is usually caused by bacterias found in the dental plaque and tartar build up. Bleeding gums may not seem like a big deal to most of the people. 40% of the people with bleeding gums believe that they do not have any problems at all just because they do not have pain. According to recent studies, close to 80% of the Americans have a gum disease and only 60% show sufficient knowledge to recognize the symptoms and understand consequences of the gum disease. While major symptoms of the gum disease include gingival bleeding, bad mouth odor and change of the gingival appearance, the pain in the gum would not be one of the symptoms. This leads people to believe they are healthy and not have any problems. Not recognizing the disease leads to no treatment and causes devastating consequences on the fragile structure that holds the teeth in the jaw - bone. Bone loss is a most common consequence of the gum disease and most difficult to deal with. The bone loss causes teeth mobility, teeth shifting and eventually teeth loss. Gum disease is much easier to prevent or treat at the early stage than to deal with consequences.
"Healthy gums don't bleed" - this is a very effective approach in looking at the issue. Gum bleeding could be your only tail telling sign that it's time to ask your dentist a question.