Dental implants may be permanent with routine maintenance visits. In the implant procedure an artificial tooth root, made from titanium, is surgically implanted into your jawbone. As your jaw heals, the bone tissue forms a strong connection with the implant, holding it firmly in place.
Once the implant has set, we’ll attach a crown or implant-supported bridge to the implant to restore the missing tooth. Because the implant is connected to your bone tissue, it prevents your jawbone from deteriorating due to the loss of your tooth.
A dental implant is permanent. If the crown breaks or wears out we can simply replace it with a new crown mounted to the implant.
Get fast relief from the pain and discomfort of a toothache or other dental injury with our dental emergency services. We provide same-day emergency care for existing patients.
If you have suffered a dental emergency there are some things you can do to relieve pain and discomfort. Over-the-counter pain medication can help manage pain while you are waiting for treatment. You may also find that ice packs help reduce pain and swelling but be careful not to apply them directly to the injured area.
If you’ve knocked out or broken a tooth, bring the pieces with you to our office. If possible, put them in a glass of milk or cool water. We may be able to reattach the lost tooth.
We’re a two-generation dental practice and we provide customized service options for all age groups, from young children to seniors. Trust your family’s care to our family.
We also provide oral hygiene, fluoride treatments and dental sealants to keep your child’s teeth healthy and free from decay.
Our practice is the leading showcase of Geriatric Dental Care for Washington DC and has been chosen as a clinical observation and training site for geriatric dentistry. We’ve designed our clinic to provide convenient access for seniors and patients with disabilities, and we provide customized dental care solutions for seniors.
We look forward to serving your family. Call us today to make an appointment.
Periodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with the gums and tissues that support your teeth. Periodontal treatments include services to prevent and treat infections and gum disease, restore and preserve the health of your gums, and change the appearance of your smile.
Scaling and root planing
Sometimes a tooth needs to be extracted to preserve the health of your other teeth and gums. When we extract a tooth, we minimize the potential harm to your jaws, and we’ll consult you on dental implants or bridges as a replacement for the lost tooth.
Ridge socket preservation
When a tooth is extracted it leaves an empty socket in your jaw. Over time, the surrounding tissue can collapse into the socket, compromising the health of your jaws and other teeth. To prevent the socket from collapsing we fill it with special material.
The bone between your upper jaw and your sinuses can be too thin to support a dental implant safely. In such cases, we augment the bone with donor tissue to make it thick and strong enough to support an implant.
Bone that has been damaged by infection or injury may be too weak to support a dental implant. Bone grafts rebuild your bone tissue to strengthen the area.
If your gums have receded or have been damaged they can be restored with gum tissue grafts. We graft gum tissue over the affected area, where it heals and becomes part of your natural gums.
Pocket depth reduction
Tiny pockets can form around the roots of your teeth. Over time, bacteria can get into these pockets and cause an infection which can lead to gum disease. To protect your gums, we reduce the depth of these pockets so bacteria can’t build up in them.
To perform surgical procedures on your jawbones or the roots of your teeth we need to make an incision in your gums to open a tiny “flap” of gum tissue. After your treatment, we close the flap with sutures.
A frenum is a small piece of connective tissue within your mouth. There’s one between your upper lip and gum that you can feel with the tip of your tongue. If a frenum is too tight it can cause discomfort and interfere with your speech or ability to eat. We can surgically remove the frenum to relieve these symptoms.
Crown lengthening is used to correct a “gummy” smile or to prepare a tooth for a dental crown or other restoration. We surgically remove a small amount of gum tissue from around the tooth to expose more of the root.
Contact our office today to make an appointment for periodontal treatment.
Root Canal Therapy
Every tooth contains a soft bundle of nerves and blood vessels called the pulp. If a tooth is damaged and the pulp is exposed, a dangerous infection can result. Left untreated, this infection can result in the loss of the tooth. To prevent this, we remove the pulp in a procedure called root canal treatment.
To remove the pulp, we drill a tiny hole in the tooth and extract the pulp using special tools. Once the pulp is removed, we clean and sterilize the inside of the tooth to prevent infection, and then seal the tooth to protect it.
After the procedure, we’ll restore the tooth with a dental crown.
Signs a tooth may be infected include sharp local pain, sensitivity to hot or cold and swelling. If you experience these symptoms, contact our office to book an examination.
Your teeth are vulnerable to damage from sports injuries and enamel wear from nighttime grinding (bruxism). Protect your teeth from injury and possible loss with custom made guards that fit your mouth comfortably.
If you play high-impact sports like hockey or football you need to protect your mouth and teeth from injury. Sports guards absorb impacts, protecting your teeth from being broken or knocked out. Our guards are custom-made to fit over your teeth without slipping or interfering with your speech.
Nighttime grinding, also known as bruxism, can slowly wear away the enamel of your teeth. This can leave them vulnerable to decay and infection. A custom bite appliance holds your jaws in place to prevent bruxism. Our bite appliances are designed to fit over your teeth without interfering with the quality of your sleep.
To learn more about our custom-made sports guards and bite appliances please contact our office.
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the soft joint where your lower jaw connects to your skull. The TMJ is a complex joint and can become inflamed, causing a condition known as TMJ disorder or simply “TMJ.”
TMJ can result when the joint is under stress. Common causes include misaligned teeth, stress, clenching or grinding teeth, excessive gum chewing, or injury.
Diagnosis and Treatment
We diagnose TMJ with a dental examination and review of your overall health to determine the source of inflammation. Once the source of inflammation is found we’ll recommend treatment options.
TMJ treatment focuses on reducing the inflammation and addressing its source. Treatments can include anti-inflammatory medication, massage, physiotherapy, orthodontic correction, bite appliances, or stress reduction.
If you suffer from the symptoms of TMJ, contact our office to book a dental examination.