What Preventive Care Visits Consists of near Merrifield, VA

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Six Month Preventive Care Appointments near Merrifield, VA

Has it been a while since you scheduled your last preventive care visit in Merrifield, VA? If you’re struggling to remember the last time you were in the treatment chair for a checkup, it’s safe to assume that you’re past due, and you should schedule an appointment right away. We recommend coming in every six months for optimal oral health.

The periodic checkup is the cornerstone of good oral health, and good oral health is one of the keys to better health overall, but if it’s been a while since you’ve had one, we’ll step through the process, so you have a good idea about what to expect when you come in.

Broadly speaking, a preventive care visit in Merrifield, VA consists of two things: A cleaning and an oral examination. The cleaning happens first. We’ll take you back to one of our treatment rooms, where a dental technician will carefully scrape any plaque that has accumulated since your last visit from the surface of your teeth.

Most people know at least a little bit about plaque and the fact that it causes cavities. What fewer people realize is the fact that a buildup of plaque can also lead to gum disease, gingivitis, which is characterized by red, tender gums that often bleed when you brush your teeth.

By itself, gingivitis is more painful and annoying than anything but left unchecked; it will progressively worsen, blossoming into periodontal disease, which is a much more serious condition. In fact, periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among American adults.

As the disease progresses, it will cause your gums to recede, which exposes the roots of your teeth. The roots of your teeth lack a protective coating of enamel, which makes them much more likely to develop cavities, but this is not what leads to massive tooth loss.

As the disease worsens, your gums will continue to recede, ultimately reaching the point where there’s not enough gum mass for your teeth to remain firmly planted in your mouth. When you reach that point, you’ve only really got two options, and neither of them is great.

You can either opt for dentures to replace your missing teeth, or you can have dental implants installed. Dentures are inexpensive but very high maintenance and have a lot of drawbacks to them. Implants are durable and long-lasting but expensive to install and involve painful, invasive surgery.

The good news is that it never has to come to that. While regular preventive care in Merrifield, VA isn’t a magic bullet, it will dramatically reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease, and even if you get it, we can take steps to correct the issue long before you reach the point of massive tooth loss.

In any event, once the plaque has been scraped from your teeth, the dental technician will give them a good, thorough cleaning and may also take X-rays to help the dentist identify problem areas.

That done, the dentist will enter the room and perform a thorough oral examination. If problems are found, he’ll work with you to map out a treatment plan designed to systematically address those issues and get you back to good oral health.

That, of course, is the priority, but is not the only consideration. Once all the structural issues with your teeth and gums have been solved, if you’re not perfectly happy with the condition of your smile, that’s the time when we can turn our attention to addressing matters of aesthetics. Where building the smile you’ve always wanted is concerned, the two biggest factors are straightening your teeth and whitening them. We’ve got a variety of great options available to accomplish both of those goals.

Where straightening your teeth are concerned, if you don’t want to have to contend with conventional braces for upwards of two years, you don’t have to. We offer two great alternatives in the form of the Six Month Smiles program and Invisalign. These two programs are markedly different from each other, but they both accomplish the goal of straightening your teeth, and they do it more quickly and efficiently than conventional braces.

Where teeth whitening is concerned, we’ve got a trio of outstanding options available. They are:

  • Our Zoom! In-Office Whitening Treatment
  • The Whitening For Life Program
  • And the Kor Whitening System

Zoom is our fastest and most convenient whitening option, and as the name indicates, it is done in-office, and in the space of a single office visit, no less. We guarantee that this treatment will whiten your teeth by up to eight shades. To put that into perspective, you’d have to use over the counter whitening products for up to two full months to see comparable results. Who wants to go through that kind of time and trouble when there’s a much simpler option available?

Our Whitening For Life program is an extremely popular alternative, especially among do it yourselfers. If you decide to enroll, the first step will be to ask you into our office so we can take an impression of your teeth.

We’ll use this impression to create a set of custom bleaching trays for you in a process that takes about a week. Once we’ve got the trays in hand, we’ll ask you to come back into the office so we can give them to you, along with a tube of our powerful, proprietary bleaching gel, which is much stronger than anything you can buy over the counter.

Armed with this gel and an instruction booklet outlining its use, you’ll have the ability to whiten your teeth any time you like, with no appointments to keep. Best of all, as long as you stay current with your preventive care appointments in Merrifield, VA, we’ll give you another tube of bleaching gel for free, every six months for as long as you choose to remain in the program.

Finally, we offer the Kor Whitening System, which is specifically designed to handle deep, persistent stains that the other whitening treatments can’t handle. The bottom line is, we’ve got all the tools to see to your oral health and to help you build the smile you’ve always wanted. Give us a call today!

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