General & Preventive Dentistry in Vienna, VA
Many people completely underestimate how critical it is to take care of your dental health. A healthy mouth not only affects your smile but also your overall health. Your dentist is an important part of this all-inclusive care. Start by involving a dentist in the overall oral care plan for every member of your family. Comprehensive dental care often involves both preventive and restorative services.
Preventative and restorative services encompass a broad range of solutions for dental diseases and disorders. Dr. Gary Ellenbogen gives each patient individualized care.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that everyone visit a general dentist twice a year for evaluation and professional cleanings. This timing is key to maintaining optimum oral health and being able to identify and keep ahead of more serious dental complications. Your teeth can last a lifetime with the help of the modern general dentistry techniques Dr. Ellenbogen provides.
Preventive General Dentistry
Your smile is valuable and should last a lifetime, which is why preventative care is the most important service we provide for you and your family. Neglecting your oral health could end up costing you much more in the end and have a negative impact on your overall health. Dr. Ellenbogen and his staff work together to help safeguard your smile against infection and decay by emphasizing the importance of in-home oral hygiene habits and in-chair dental treatments. Preventative care is the foundation of our practice.
Some of the preventative treatments we provide for patients include:
- Routine dental cleanings and screenings
- Fluoride therapy
- Patient counseling on at-home oral health care, proper diet for healthier teeth and the importance of avoiding smoking
We believe our patients should know and understand as much as they can about their oral health so they are better prepared to maintain and benefit from a healthy smile. An educated patient is better equipped to make the decisions needed to keep their teeth healthy.
Restorative General Dentistry
Sometimes, despite the best and most comprehensive preventative care, genetics and other circumstances may put teeth at risk of infection and decay. This is why restorative procedures are just as important as preventative care. Dr. Ellenbogen will discuss all your treatment options with you and help you decide on the best course of action for your particular needs. Each patient receives their own treatment plan.
Restorative dentistry, basically, involves the diagnosis and management of diseases and also includes rehabilitating teeth and their supporting structures to restore a person’s mouth to proper form and function. The most common restorative procedures include:
Many of these restorative procedures are part of cosmetic dentistry because modern technologies and materials make restorations look and feel natural.
What to Expect During Your Regular Dental Checkup & Teeth Cleaning
A routine exam and professional teeth cleaning includes Dr. Ellenbogen asking questions about the state of your teeth and gums and your overall health including any updates on your medical history or medications you may be taking. After inquiring about any problem areas, the dentist will evaluate your teeth, gums, lips, cheeks, and other supporting structures of your mouth. X-rays are usually taken once every year unless the dentist or hygienist suspects a problem. Dr. Ellenbogen may check your head and neck area as well. We are typically screening for signs of common oral health concerns including:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism)
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction
- Oral Cancer
We take time to answer patients’ questions, review smile goals, and create a personalized treatment plan. Our goal is to help patients achieve and maintain a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Our skilled hygienists carefully clean smiles removing plaque and tartar buildup from even the hardest to reach parts of teeth.
Do I Really Need to Visit a General Dentist?
Many patients ask why they need to keep their six-month appointments if they are regularly brushing and flossing and don’t notice any pain, discomfort, or swelling. Even with the best regular oral hygiene practices at home, tartar and cavity and bad breath-causing bacteria can accumulate. These issues can only be addressed by a general dentist.
It is also very important to realize that just because you don’t feel any pain doesn’t mean there isn’t a problem. Actually, pain is usually a sign that a condition (tooth decay, gum disease) has been left unnoticed and untreated for too long, and not the beginning of a problem. This is another reason why regular dental checkups every six months are necessary.
Teeth Grinding and Clenching Solutions
For those patients who suffer from unconscious teeth grinding and clenching commonly referred to as bruxism, treatment is often as simple as wearing a comfortable, custom mouthguard at night As most patients experience teeth grinding during sleep, wearing a nightguard places a barrier between teeth preventing potential wear or damage. Additionally, nightguards allow the bite to rest comfortably relieving strain on the jaw joints, and preventing TMJ dysfunction. Over the counter varieties are available, but only custom crafted nightguards offer maximum protection, support, and comfort.
Choosing Dr. Ellenbogen for General Dentistry
Dr. Gary Ellenbogen is the top dentist in Vienna, VA. He understands the necessity of developing a lasting relationship of trust with all our patients. This can only happen through effective communication and mutual respect. Our staff will do our best to schedule your appointments at a time most convenient for you, make you feel comfortable when you arrive, and get you back to life as soon as possible. After all, you deserve the best general dentistry techniques from an experienced and reliable dental professional you can trust.
Contact us at (703) 734-1095 with any questions you have about general dentistry or to schedule your first or regular visit today.