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    How to Reduce Your Risk of a Dental Emergency

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Dental emergencies can affect the teeth, gums, tongue, or lips. Knowing how to avoid a dental emergency and what to do if one should occur can help you prevent permanent damage to your smile. Contact your dentist immediately if you have questions or concerns about an injury or tooth pain.

    Wear a Mouth guard
    If you participate in sports, talk to your dentist about obtaining a custom mouth guard to protect your teeth, tongue, and gums while you play. Mouth guards absorb the shock from blows that might otherwise damage your teeth. If you do use a mouth guard, make sure to clean it after every use and store it in its proper container to prevent bacterial buildup that could lead to dental health problems.

    Don’t Use Your Teeth as a Tool
    Your teeth are designed for chewing food to aid in digestion. Never use your teeth as a tool to rip tape or open packaging and beverage containers. Avoid chewing hard items like pens, ice, hard candy, and even your fingernails. Carry items in your hands, not your teeth, and don’t hold items in your mouth rather than setting them down if you need an extra hand. Using your teeth for purposes other than chewing can result in broken teeth and tooth pain.

    Care for Your Teeth Regularly
    Toothaches are indicative of deep-seated decay or infection in a tooth. You can prevent these dental emergencies by taking the time to care for your teeth every day. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day to prevent the buildup of cavity-causing plaque. Visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings and checkups to identify problems when they are small and before they become an emergency.

    South Riding Family Dentistry provides same-day emergency services to address tooth pain and injuries in Chantilly, Herndon, and beyond. If you need assistance or have questions, please call our office at (888) 802-1571. Visit our website for more information about handling dental emergencies for a healthier smile. 

    The Parts of a Dental Implant

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Dental implants offer a permanent solution to replace a missing tooth. Implants offer comfort, ease of care, and improved dental health over other tooth replacement options.

    This video explains the parts of a dental implant. The implant itself is a metal post made of titanium that sits flush with the bone of your jaw. Above the implant is the abutment, a small component that extends above the gums. A crown, bridge, or denture is attached to the abutment to restore the cosmetic appearance and functionality of your smile.

    Would you like to learn more about dental implants and how South Riding Dentistry can restore your healthy smile? Call us today at (888) 802-1571 to schedule a personalized consultation with one of our experienced dentists. We invite you to click through our website for a full listing of our dental services in Herndon. 

    What to Expect With Dental Implant Surgery

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Receiving dental implants is a three-step process that may take up to a year to complete. During this time, the implants are allowed to fuse with the existing bone of your jaw to create a replacement tooth root that takes the place of a missing tooth. Your dentist can explain the dental implant procedure you will undergo and answer any specific questions about your care.

    Evaluation of Dental Health
    Your dentist must first ensure you are a good candidate for dental implants. Your jaws must have enough mass to sustain the implant post and your gums must be healthy. If your jaws are too weak to support an implant, your dentist may suggest a bone grafting procedure prior to implant surgery. 

    Surgery and Healing
    During dental implant surgery, your dentist threads titanium posts into channels created in your jaw. The gums are stitched closed and your jaws are monitored for the next 4-9 months. During this time, you may wear a temporary prosthetic such as a partial or full denture to maintain the look and function of your smile. Once the healing process is complete, your dentist will expose the tops of the implants during another surgical procedure to place abutments, the portion of the implant to which a crown, denture, or bridge is attached.

    Caring for Dental Implants
    Once you have received your permanent dental restoration, caring for your implants and remaining teeth is essential. Brush and floss a single tooth implant or bridge just as you would a natural tooth. Visit your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and monitoring of your dental implant and overall dental health. If you notice signs of gum disease, such as bleeding or tender gums, schedule a dental visit to address this issue.

    Today, dental implants are the gold standard in tooth replacement technology. If you’d like to learn more, we encourage you to call South Riding Family Dentistry at (888) 802-1571 to discuss your restorative options. Click through our website for more information about tooth replacement, gum treatment, and preventive dentistry treatments. 

    How South Riding Family Dentistry Supports the Community

    Last updated 6 months ago

    At South Riding Family Dentistry, we believe it’s important to support the community that supports us. Our dental team is dedicated to giving back to the community to encourage education, leadership, and the development of the right skills to live a healthy lifestyle. We support Freedom High School’s All-Night Grad Party, as well as the lacrosse team and Athletic Booster Club. Our staff also provides support for the John C. Champe High School Athletic Booster Club, the Liberty Elementary School Fall Festival, and various activities at J. Michael Lunsford Middle School. We contribute to the American Cancer Society, Autism Speaks, and the “MOM” project. Additionally, we support the South Riding Dance Academy, the Friends of the Gum Spring Library, and the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry.

    If you’d like to learn more about the dental team at South Riding Family Dentistry, we encourage you to call us at (888) 802-1571. We proudly provide comfortable, respectful, and supportive general and cosmetic dental care in South Riding, Chantilly, Brambleton, and Aldie. Visit us on the web to learn more about maintaining excellent dental health and a confident smile.

    Maintaining Your Smile After Undergoing a Professional Whitening Treatment

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Whitening your teeth is an excellent way to boost your confidence and create a healthy, younger-looking smile. Tooth whitening treatments from your cosmetic dentist are easy, fast, and effective. After your cosmetic procedure, taking the right steps can help you keep your smile looking its best. 

    Avoid Pigmented Foods and Drinks
    Certain foods and drinks contain pigments that are more likely to stain your teeth. The dentists’ rule of thumb is that if it would stain a white tablecloth, it will stain your tooth enamel. Avoid drinks such as soda, tea, red wine, and black coffee. Foods that stain your teeth include brightly-colored berries, beets, curry, soy sauce, and artificially-flavored candies.

    Rinse Your Mouth
    Regardless of your meal and beverage choices, rinsing your mouth with water after eating and drinking can help to remove stains from the surface of your teeth. If you aren’t able to rinse out your mouth, try eating a piece of cheese with your meal or snack. Cheese helps to neutralize acids from the foods you eat, protecting tooth enamel and keeping it more resistant to staining.

    Use Whitening Products
    Whitening toothpastes contain abrasives that gently scrape away stains from the surface of your teeth before they can sink in and cause discoloration. Brush your teeth twice a day with a whitening toothpaste that contains fluoride. Whitening floss and mouthwashes can provide an added boost to your bright smile as well.

    Visit Your Dentist Regularly
    Professional teeth cleanings from your dentist include polishing the surface of your teeth to keep them looking their best. Schedule bi-annual visits to your dentist for cleanings and checkups to maintain a smile that looks great and stays healthy. Whitening is not a substitute for good dental care, so it’s important to ensure you maintain your oral health after whitening.

    Are you interested in whitening, veneers, and other cosmetic dentistry options in Chantilly, Herndon, and Aldie? Carl M. Steger, DDS, & Associates, PLLC can help you explore your options for a bright and beautiful smile. Contact us by calling (888) 802-1571 or using our convenient web contact form. 

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