Improving Oral Health with Tysons Preventive Dentistry
Many conditions are detected and treated before they can become unpleasant, time-consuming, costly, and potentially dangerous problems. Studies show that patients who see their hygienist on a scheduled basis are more likely to have healthier bone and gums, and to keep their teeth for significantly longer. We are happy to provide those in our care with regular hygiene exams. Please call us today if you would like to schedule an examination and begin your treatment with us.
Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings
A hygiene appointment consists of a dental prophylaxis and an updated dental evaluation. Our hygienists use the latest tools and medicaments to treat certain problems that may show up at maintenance visits, and they also have the expertise to make sure every patient is free of gum disease. Routine hygiene visits are one of the most common forms of preventive care. Take a look at our services to learn more about the full range of procedures that our Vienna team is capable of performing.
Oral Cancer Screenings
The presence of oral cancer is a serious threat to a patient's well-being and quality of life - in fact, one person dies from the disease every hour on average. Thankfully, successful treatment is possible if the condition is caught early enough. That’s why routine oral cancer screenings are a vital part of your routine checkups with our team. During this process, our doctors will thoroughly inspect your hard and soft tissue in order to detect any abnormalities that may indicate cancerous/precancerous cells. If we locate a suspicious area, our doctors can take the next steps towards providing biopsy and successfully diagnosing your condition.
Common signs of oral cancer that patients can look for when practicing oral hygiene at home include:
- Mouth sores that bleed easily and heal slowly.
- Lumps, thickened areas, or crusts within the mouth
- Noticeably white or red patches of skin within the mouth.
- Discomfort in the tongue
- Difficulty with chewing and swallowing properly
Fluoride is a natural mineral that has been shown to have positive effects on the oral health of patients. People who grow up drinking water with added fluoride typically experience fewer cavities than those who have gone without. This happens because fluoride hardens the enamel on growing teeth and aids in the remineralization process, reducing tooth decay. If you or your family members aren’t receiving enough fluoride, our Tysons Corner dental team may recommend the application of a strong fluoride gel during your routine hygiene visits. This will help your teeth become more resistant against the bacteria in the mouth and may even reverse early stages of cavity development.
Dental sealants are thin coatings that are directly painted onto the chewing surfaces of certain teeth (typically premolars and molars) in order to reduce the risk of cavities. This preventive service forms a protective shield that keeps food and bacteria from accumulating in vulnerable pits and grooves, and the application process is simple, fast, and painless. Our doctors recommend this service for children who are still learning to properly clean their teeth, as well as some adults who are excessively sensitive to decay and could benefit from the additional protection.
Do you (or your child) routinely participate in a sport where physical contact with projectiles, other players, or hard surfaces is a possibility? Your smile could experience severe damage during these events without the proper protection. At Avanti Dentistry, patients can receive a customized mouthguard (also known as a sportsguard) that’s been designed and crafted for their unique measurements. This personalized fit allows for a much greater amount of comfort and movement than a traditional, store-bought appliance. In fact, studies have suggested that the use of a sportsguard can actually reduce the severity of concussions in addition to preventing dental injuries.
TMJ Therapy & Facial Pain
Bruxism, also known as grinding, affects many people across the world, and most have no idea! That’s because this is a nighttime habit in which the jaw clenches or grinds during sleep. This is attributed to stress, and it can wreak havoc on your teeth and jaw. Some people will manifest the signs of TMJ disorder in the form of headaches, clicking in the jaw, lockjaw, and pain. The doctors at Avanti Dentistry can identify those who have bruxism, and respond with TMJ therapy to protect your mouth. Nightguards are an easy solution to the problem. Please call us today to arrange a TMJ therapy consultation for your needs.
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joints. They’re the joints which hinge your lower jaw to your skull, and they are very delicate. When you clench while sleeping, it places undue stress on this area. Additionally, grinding slowly wears away the top and bottom surfaces of your teeth and can even result in cracked teeth. To prevent these unwanted consequences, our friendly team can fit you for a nightguard, which resembles a mouthguard and is worn at bedtime. This stops teeth from being ground away, relieves morning headaches, and can prevent damage to the TMJ.
If one of our doctors notices that the grinding has resulted in difficulty with the manner in which the teeth come together, then we may need to proceed with TMJ therapy through occlusal adjustment. This is necessary when you’ve worn away teeth in such a way that the bottom teeth and upper teeth no longer meet properly, which can cause more problems. Minor grinding of selected biting surfaces are performed to improve the bite. This may be done in conjunction with the use of a mouth guard in order to relieve symptoms of TMJ and protect the teeth from unusual wear.
Your child's first dental visit should be scheduled around their first birthday. One of the most important reasons of this visit is to familiarize your child with the dental office environment and to ease any anxiety associated with future visits. During this time the dentist can examine your child’s dental development and address dental issues such as baby bottle decay, or any teething tenderness while providing preventive care when needed. On this first visit, a gentle but thorough examination will be performed to monitor growth and development and address any problem areas.
Early examination provides your child with preventive dental care while establishing healthy dental habits at an early age. We provide the full-scope of pediatric dentistry including tooth colored fillings, fluoride treatment, sealants, pulp treatment, and space maintainers. Ensure that your child’s future smile is a healthy, confident one. If you live in or around Tysons Corner, contact our office with any questions you may have or schedule a dental visit today.
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