Family Dentistry Treatments
Our Oxon Hill, Maryland family dentistry practice can provide a wide range of dental services. With the expertise each of our dentists brings to the table, we can typically provide most dental services without the need to refer you out to other specialists. This flexibility saves you time and keeps your total dental care within one family dentistry practice. Our emphasis is on total preventive care for our patients.
Dental Exams & Cleanings
Whether you are an existing patient or new to our office, we like to see each of our patients at least twice a year. Every six months, patients normally come in for a cleaning and exam. During the exam portion of the visit, our doctor and hygienist will take a close look into your oral health. Some of the things we will look for are the general health of your mouth, any signs of decay, lesions or abnormal growths. It's important that our family dentistry office sees you routinely so that during these exams, problem areas can be identified and treated when they present themselves.
A cleaning will also be performed during your visit. These are not the same cleanings as you do with your toothbrush at home. Our skilled hygienists will scale your teeth, ensuring the plaque buildup that takes place over time is removed. Unfortunately, brushing and flossing is not enough to stop the growth of plaque - which comes from the foods and drinks we consume - so it's important our family dentistry team properly cleans your teeth every six months. After your teeth are cleaned, we'll polish them to prevent future plaque buildup the best we can, and let you know if there are areas in your mouth you can focus on better when brushing at home. At the conclusion of the visit, we'll provide some oral hygiene instructions and suggestions to help you care for your teeth.
Fillings and Crowns
Fillings take place when there is decay on the tooth that needs to get removed. Once the decay is removed, the part of the tooth that was removed is then 'filled-in' with your choice of material which will protect the tooth. Our doctors routinely provide amalgam, silver, and composite fillings so you can choose the material you desire. The process is quite fast and oftentimes must be done on the back molars as these teeth are harder to clean, thus causing decay.
A crown is a custom-made covering that fits over an original tooth that is either decayed, damaged or cracked. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin or a mix of these materials. New technologies have greatly reduced the time needed to make strong, natural-looking crowns. Once the procedure is completed, proper care should be taken to ensure the crown remains in good condition and the teeth and gums are healthy. Given proper care, your crowns can last a lifetime!