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Frequently Asked Dentistry Questions

Nothing makes us happier than answering our patients’ questions, because in our experience, the more you know, the healthier you are! We’ve gone ahead and answered some of our frequently asked dentistry questions below, but if there is anything else you’re curious about, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’re always eager to talk to you and make sure you have all the knowledge you need to take great care of yourself and your family.

Do you see children?

Of course! Your entire family is welcome at our Leesburg dental office. We’re well-known for the wide scope of our general dentistry services, and our staff is very familiar with the unique needs of young children. We’ll treat them to a gentle dental exam every six months and clearly explain hygiene instructions to help them on the path towards lifelong oral health. Additionally, if they experience any dental decay or pain, please contact us as soon as possible!

My smile just doesn’t look as nice as I want it to. Can your dental office help me with that?

Our cosmetic dentistry services are perfect for patients like you! This field of dentistry was specifically created to improve the appearance of smiles. Whether your pearly whites need teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers, or dental crowns to give you the smile you want, our team won’t stop until you’re satisfied with the reflection you see in the mirror.

I’m experiencing jaw pain, and my teeth are looking worn down. Do you think there’s a problem?

There might be. These are common symptoms of teeth grinding, which often occurs during sleep when you are unaware. Jaw pain might also be caused by TMJ disorder, a potentially debilitating condition that results from the misalignment of your temporomandibular joints. Please schedule an appointment with us, so we can take a closer look at the state of your teeth and jaw. If we determine that you are grinding your teeth or having problems with your TMJs, we can provide a customized oral appliance to alleviate your symptoms.

I’ve lost a tooth! Can I come to you for help?

Definitely! We offer various tooth replacement options, including crown and bridge, dentures, and partial dentures. After an examination, our team can tell you the option that will best fit your unique needs and budget. We can also refer you to a specialist who can place dental implants; once the surgical procedure is finished, you’ll return to our dental office where we create a beautiful crown to complete the restoration.

My spouse snores all night and keeps me from getting a good night’s rest. Is it true that a dentist can prescribe something to eliminate this frustrating habit?

Yes, but first we will need more information. If your spouse feels constantly exhausted and seems to wake up throughout the night with gasps or snorts, he or she may be suffering from sleep apnea, a serious condition that can cause health problems if left untreated for too long. A sleep specialist will be able to correctly diagnose whether or not your spouse has sleep apnea. If the answer is yes, then we will have a customized oral appliance fabricated to stop the snoring, so your entire family can sleep peacefully.

I’ve noticed that my gums bleed slightly during brushing. Is this normal?

No, definitely not. Bleeding gums is often a symptom of gum disease. In the early stage, gum disease is referred to as gingivitis and is often treatable with a deep cleaning in our dental office and proper brushing and flossing at home. If left to progress, late stage gum disease, or periodontitis, can lead to tooth loss, bone loss and infection. Treatment includes root scaling and planing, antibiotics and sometimes surgery. If you suspect that you have gum disease, please call our dental office immediately.

I’m so afraid of going to the dentist. Is there anything you can do to help me overcome this fear?

We offer two forms of sedation dentistry for patients just like you. The first is nitrous oxide, or what is more commonly called laughing gas. Once you’re comfortable in the dentist’s chair, we position a mask over your nose so you can inhale a relaxing mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. If you need help settling your nerves before arriving at our dental office, we can prescribe a pre-medication to reduce your anxiety.

My son’s orthodontist recommends that he have his wisdom teeth extracted. Can you do that?

Yes. Wisdom teeth are often crowded or impacted, which causes them to emerge improperly if they emerge at all. As such, they pose a threat to nearby teeth, bone, and gums. What a shame to have newly straightened teeth negatively affected by wisdom teeth! That’s why your orthodontist has recommended extraction. Call our dental office to make an appointment today.