Smiles at Fairfax Corner
4210 Fairfax Corner Ave W, Ste 220, Fairfax, VA 22030
While your permanent teeth are durable and intended to last you a lifetime, they are still prone to damage due to tooth decay, gum disease, accidents and general wear and tear over the years. This can lead to cavities, cracks, chips and tooth loss.
Our staff at Smiles at Fairfax Corner is trained to address all of these issues using the latest dental technology. There is no reason for you to put up with tooth pain, tooth sensitivity or a gap in your smile due to tooth loss. We offer a range of tooth repair and tooth replacement options to relieve your discomfort and restore your smile. Call our office today at (703) 997-0928 for a consultation.
Despite the most diligent at-home dental care regimen, more than 90 percent of Americans over the age of 40 suffer from some degree of tooth decay. Tooth decay is caused by the bacteria in the foods and drinks you consume. This bacteria transforms the sugar in food and beverages into acids that corrode your teeth, leaving behind holes called cavities.
The easiest and most cost-effective way to restore a tooth damaged by decay is with a dental filling.
Unlike the conspicuous metal fillings used in the past, today’s composite fillings are made of a material that matches the color of the tooth and bonds to your natural tooth to make it stronger and more resistant to fractures.
Our dentist simply removes the decayed area around the cavity and then fills the gap with the composite filling that is able to withstand the daily pressure of chewing foods.
While a dental filling is effective for repairing a small portion of the tooth damaged by tooth decay, there are times when the damage to the tooth is too extensive to be restored with a simple filling. At this point, our dentist may recommend using a crown to repair the tooth.
A dental crown is basically a cap for your tooth. It completely covers the tooth above the gum line, adding strength to the tooth and allowing you to chew food without pain or discomfort.
Using cutting-edge technology, our staff can create a crown that matches the shape and shade of your other teeth. Once it’s in place, your friends and family won’t be able to tell it’s not a real tooth.
Crowning a tooth usually takes two visits to the dentist. However, our team at Smiles at Fairfax Corner is proud to offer CEREC crowns. A CEREC crown is also called a same-day crown or crown-in-a-day. This type of crown is made right in our office during your visit. We are one of the first offices in the Fairfax area to employ this state-of-the-art technology to customize your crown.
We use computer technology to take a picture of the tooth that needs a crown and of the surrounding teeth. Then we design the crown to match the shape and color of the rest of your teeth. There’s no need to take traditional impressions, send them off to a dental lab and wait days or weeks while the lab creates your crown.
Our CAD software can create the replacement tooth while you wait. You leave our office the same day with a strong, permanent crown. Our in-house lab saves you both time and money.
Another benefit is the strength of your crown-in-a-day. CEREC crowns are made from one block of material, so it is considerably stronger than many other types of crowns.
While fillings and crowns are intended to restore damaged teeth, a dental bridge spans the space left by a missing tooth or several missing teeth in a row.
Not only does a missing tooth leave an unsightly gap in your smile but it can affect the way you talk and eat.
Bridges are custom made to fill this gap. They last 10 to 20 years and are nearly indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Unlike a partial denture, which is removable, a dental bridge is permanently fixed in the mouth.
The bridge consists of two crowns that fit over the intact natural teeth on either side of the missing tooth. The crowns are attached to an artificial tooth called a pontic. This is a referred to as a three-unit bridge. If you have lost two adjacent teeth, you will require two crowns and two pontics. This is called a four-unit bridge. Longer bridges can be created as needed. However, a dental bridge may be more appropriate if you are missing multiple teeth.
The process of fitting you with a bridge may require several visits to our office.
During the initial visit, our dentist will prepare the abutting teeth to be fitted for the crowns.
While your new bridge is being fabricated, you will be fitted with a temporary bridge.
Upon the completion of your permanent bridge, you will return to have your temporary bridge removed and your customized bridge placed.
Dental bridges are easy to maintain. Once you have your new bridge, you simply brush and floss it just as you would a natural tooth.
The staff at Smiles at Fairfax Corner prides itself on its ability to offer patients a wide range of in-house cosmetic and restorative services using the latest dental technology to give you the natural-looking smile you deserve.
Call our office at (703) 997-0928