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    Misconceptions about Oral Health During Pregnancy

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Pregnant women are often at a higher risk for gum disease and other oral infections that can lead to more serious issues. Unfortunately, too many women believe that they cannot get teeth pulled, cavities filled, or abscesses taken care of when they are pregnant.

    It is even more important to get dental care while carrying a child to avoid more serious health issues that could affect you both. If you are having trouble with your teeth, make an appointment with your family dentist as soon as possible. Learn more in this video.

    Whether you are pregnant or just need a checkup, South Riding Family Dentistry is here with some of the best dental care in the Chantilly area. Our dental team will work with you to find a solution for your specific issues. Call (703) 327-0327 to set up an appointment. 

    Dealing with a Broken Tooth

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Dental emergencies can happen at unexpected times. If you break a tooth and cannot immediately get in to see your dentist, it is important to know what to do to minimize the pain and the damage. Use the following tips to deal with a broken tooth until you can make a dental appointment:

    Call the Dentist

    Even if you are not sure that your tooth is completely broken, you should call the dentist as soon as possible and make an appointment. Whether you are dealing with a small chip or a full break, you will definitely need to see a professional to get the care that you need to prevent the problem from getting any worse.

    Take Precautionary Measures

    As soon as you break the tooth, you should rinse out your mouth with warm water to reduce your chance for infection. Use gauze to stop the bleeding. If the affected area continues to bleed after ten minutes, try to place a tea bag over it. Use a cold compress or ice on your cheek to reduce swelling.

    Keep the Broken Part of the Tooth Safe

    If you cannot safely put the tooth back into place in your mouth, it is important to store it safely until you can get in to see your dentist. Rinse the tooth off with warm water and place it into a glass of milk or some water mixed with salt. This keeps the broken part of the tooth viable so the dentist has a better chance of successfully reattaching it. It also reduces your risk for losing it before you can get in for your appointment.

    South Riding Family Dentistry proudly serves South Riding, Chantilly, Brambleton, and Aldie with some of the best family and cosmetic dental services in the area. Whether you have a dental emergency or need a basic checkup, our staff will take care of you. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, visit us online or call (703) 327-0327. 

    Understanding How Dental Crowns Work

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Dental crowns provide an aesthetic and functional solution for teeth that are weak, chipped, broken, or even discolored. If you are suffering from any of these issues, talk to your dentist about dental crowns and how they can help improve the look and feel of your smile.

    A crown is a cap that the dentist can place over the damaged part of the tooth. The crown makes the tooth stronger and more aesthetically appealing to give the patient better oral function. Crowns can also be placed over dental implants or with bridges to provide a permanent solution for missing teeth. This oral solution helps prevent further tooth decay, which enables a person to take better care of his or her teeth and gums.

    Come to South Riding Family Dentistry for access to some of the best cosmetic dental services in Chantilly, Virginia. Our dentists and hygienists work hard to find the ideal solution for all of your oral issues. To learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation, visit us online or call (703) 327-0327. 

    What to Expect When Getting Porcelain Veneers

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Porcelain veneers provide a successful solution for a variety or oral health issues. From chipped to gapped teeth, your cosmetic dentist might suggest these thin porcelain coverings to give you a smile of which you can be proud. If you are scheduled to get veneers, keep reading to learn what to expect from the procedure.

    The Consultation

    Your first appointment to the dentist is almost always a consultation. During this time, the dentist will examine your mouth and decide if porcelain veneers are really a viable option for you. He or she will also talk to you about the results that you expect from the procedure to make sure you have realistic expectations of what the veneers can do for your smile.

    The Preparation

    Before he or she can apply the veneers, the dentist must first remove a small amount of your tooth enamel. This preparation will most likely happen during your second visit to the office. The dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area and then will get to work removing about ½ millimeter of enamel. Once the enamel is gone, he or she can make an impression of your tooth and create custom veneers.

    The Application

    On your third appointment, the dentist will use a cement to bond the veneers to your natural tooth. Before permanently applying them, he or she will first put them in place to make sure they match the aesthetic of the rest of your teeth and make any necessary adjustments before bonding the veneers. You might need to return for one more visit so the dentist can determine that the veneers look just like your natural teeth.

    If you think porcelain veneers can solve your dental issues, make an appointment with South Riding Family Dentistry. Our cosmetic services help you get the smile you want in Herndon and Chantilly. To learn more about our cosmetic or general dentistry services, or to schedule an appointment, visit us online or call (703) 327-0327.

    A Look at Dental Tools

    Last updated 7 months ago

    The dental hygienist uses a variety of tools to assist the dentist with preventative care. Air water syringes, saliva ejectors, and high-volume evacuators all allow the dentist to give the patient the best care possible.

    An air water syringe is used to deliver water and air to the mouth. The saliva injector sucks out debris and saliva to clear space for the dentist to work. The high-volume evacuator is usually required during fillings to generate more suction. Check out this video to learn more about these tools.

    At South Riding Family Dentistry, our dentists and hygienists offer you the best oral care in the Herndon and Chantilly areas. We work hard to keep our patients comfortable while taking care of their dental issues. To learn more about our family dentists, visit us online or call (703) 327-0327.

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