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General Dentistry for All Ages in Springfield, VA

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Springfield Healthy Smiles provides all of your family’s dental needs under one roof. Book an appointment online or call 703-866-7000 today.

What is General Dentistry?

General dentistry includes the most common procedures, and treatments dentists provide. General dentistry includes preventative and restorative treatments for children and adults.

For example, preventative treatments for children include regular exams, cleanings, dental sealants, and fluoride treatments. Preventative treatments for adults include digital dental x-rays, oral exams, and cleanings.

Restorative treatments general dentists provide are necessary to restore teeth and gums to good health. Examples include dental fillings, root canals, dental crowns, deep cleanings (scaling and root planing), dental bridges, and dental implants.

Benefits of General Dentistry

General dentistry for children (pediatric dentistry) aims to establish good oral health through education, early detection of any problems, and preventative treatments.  Although children will lose their primary (baby) teeth, there are times when a dental restoration will be recommended.

General dentistry for adolescents and adults is also preventative in scope and focuses on good oral health maintenance. The link between poor oral health and the development of potentially life-threatening health conditions and illnesses has been conclusively shown in study after study. Indeed, general dentistry helps you maintain both an attractive and healthy mouth, and it also helps reduce risks to your overall health.

Why Choose Springfield Healthy Smiles?

Springfield Healthy Smiles has served the needs of parents, children, and adults since 2005. As an all-age dental practice, we love caring for your whole family. Our investment in the most technologically advanced dental tools allows us to provide treatments using the most effective and least invasive techniques available.

When you visit our practice, you’ll be welcomed by efficient, experienced, and helpful front office staff who will file insurance claims on your behalf and help you schedule appointments at your convenience.

You’ll find our team of dental assistants, hygienists, and dentists to be extraordinarily friendly, skillful, and gentle. At Springfield Healthy Smiles, we work as a team to provide you with the most comprehensive treatment available.

General & Pediatric Dental Procedures Offered

Springfield Healthy Smiles provides complete pediatric and family dentistry treatments, including:

Comprehensive Evaluation / Oral Examination

Comprehensive Evaluation

An oral examination is a visual inspection of the mouth, head, and neck, performed to detect abnormalities. Low radiation digital imaging allows for a more complete examination, helping the doctor to detect cavities, problems in existing dental restorations, gum and bone recession or other abnormal conditions within the mouth, head and neck area.

Dental Cleaning

Dental Cleaning

A dental cleaning, also known as an oral prophylaxis, is the removal of dental plaque and tartar (calculus) from the teeth. Specialized instruments are used to gently remove these deposits without harming the teeth. First, an ultrasonic device that emits vibrations and is cooled by water is used to loosen larger pieces of tartar. Next, hand tools are used to manually remove smaller deposits and smooth the tooth surfaces. Once all the tooth surfaces have been cleaned of tartar and plaque, the teeth are polished.

Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are made of a safe resin material which is applied to the surfaces of teeth (commonly permanent molars) to prevent cavities. The sealant material fills in the crevices of a tooth and “seals” off the tooth from cavity-causing agents like food and plaque. The teeth are prepared for the sealant application and the sealant is painted directly onto the chewing surface of each tooth and then hardens. Sealants are applied in one visit.

Fluoride Treatment

Flouride Treatment

Fluoride is a natural substance that helps strengthen teeth and prevent decay. Fluoride treatments are administered at this office as an important component of pediatric dental treatment. The fluoride is applied to the teeth in a gel, foam, or varnish form.

Night Guards and Sleep Apnea Devices

Custom Oral Appliances

Our office can fabricate custom oral appliances that can protect your teeth and gums to alleviate sleep apnea symptoms, providing an open airway while you sleep or to relieve stress on the temporomandibular joint caused by clenching or grinding of the teeth.

Learn more about Night Guards and Sleep Apnea Devices

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and Root Planning
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure used to treat gum disease. During the scaling process, specialized dental instruments are used to remove dental plaque and calculus from beneath the gums. Planing is the procedure used to smooth the tooth roots after the scaling process. Root planing helps the gums heal and reattach themselves to a cleaner and smoother root surface.

Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment
Root canals are most often necessary when decay has reached the nerve of the tooth or the tooth has become infected. When root canal therapy is performed, infected or inflamed pulp is removed from the tooth chamber. The inside of the tooth is then cleaned and disinfected before being filled and sealed to limit the possibility of future infection. Soon after the root canal is performed, the tooth is restored with a dental crown or filling to protect the tooth and restore normal tooth function.
Learn more about Root Canal Treatment

Extractions

Extractions

A tooth that can not be saved with restorative procedures may need to be removed. Before removal of the tooth, the area will be numbed with anesthesia. The tooth is loosened from the jawbone and surrounding ligaments and tissues with a gentle rocking motion. Once it is loose, it is gently removed. Stitches may be necessary after the removal of a tooth.

Frequently Asked Questions About General Dentistry

Do you treat uninsured patients?

Yes! We accept all credit cards and CareCredit financing for our patients who do not have dental insurance.

Will insurance pay for a dental cleaning?

Most likely. Most dental plans offer coverage for at least one cleaning and exam yearly. Some policies provide coverage for two per year. Check with your insurance company for details.

Do you provide dental care for babies and toddlers?

Absolutely. Our gentle dentists love working with babies and toddlers. Babies should be examined by their first birthday or within six months of getting their first tooth and should then return every six months for exams and cleanings.  We will spend time educating you and your child during each pediatric dental appointment on best practices for achieving and maintaining a healthy smile.

Book your dental appointment at Springfield Healthy Smiles today by calling 703-866-7000.

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8338 Traford Lane Springfield, VA 22152
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