Dental Treatments | What To Consider After Quarantine

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Dental Treatments

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many people to change their comfortable routines, which often includes medical care like dental work. When you are under lockdown or quarantine, the situation may be unpleasant, but it will eventually end. When that happens, you will have the opportunity to have certain dental treatments performed that you have been putting off.

Many people have also found that their oral health has been negatively impacted by changes in their oral habits or dietary routines during lockdown. Some have been consuming sugary drinks and snacks that are leading to tooth sensitivity or other problems. No matter what the case, the ending of quarantine means that you now have the freedom to receive a wide range of dental treatments, including getting started again with dental exams and cleanings if you have been putting off these types of appointments.

A Dental Implant

If you have been dealing with one or more missing teeth since the lockdowns began, you are probably itching to have a replacement. Although options like dental bridges and partial dentures exist, they are not a superior treatment option when compared to dental implants. Dental implants have become the gold standard in tooth replacement treatments.

Key Benefits

One key benefit to having a dental implant is that it preserves the bone that would otherwise melt away without the presence of a tooth root, artificial or not. After the placement of your dental implant, your jawbone will fuse to it to firmly anchor it and keep it in place.

Dental implants also preserve nearby teeth. If you receive a dental bridge, your neighboring teeth will be compromised eventually. The materials around the bridge can provide safe harbor for bacteria, making your teeth more difficult to clean. This can eventually result in troublesome tooth decay.

The Implant Process

Receiving a dental implant normally occurs in two appointments. In the first, we place a titanium screw into your jawbone so that your jaw will firmly fuse around it in the weeks and months ahead.

Titanium is a type of metal that is commonly used in dental implants.  It is an inert material that should not be expected to react in any way to your mouth, teeth, or gums. It is also quite strong and durable.

An abutment is then attached to the implant, Next, a dental crown is placed on top to serve as both the appearance and function of a tooth.

Schedule Your Consultation

Contact Breeze Dental today! We offer many dental treatments including dental implants. New patients are welcome. Many insurances are accepted . Call (703) 273-5545. You can also book online. We look forward to meeting you!

 

Dentists | Maintaining Your Smile During COVID-19

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Dentists

COVID-19 is a serious health concern that we have addressed by taking a range of measures to protect both our patients and staff. Unfortunately, too many have been neglecting their regular dental exams and cleanings because of their concerns. Our dentists want to take this opportunity to remind our patients of the vital importance of maintaining their oral health by both brushing and flossing at home and keeping up with their routine dental exams and cleanings.

Your regular dental examinations and cleanings are the first line of defense against a variety of oral health conditions. Although it may be tempting to delay your dental exam or cleaning at this time, it is not advisable to do so for a number of reasons.

Why are regular dental exams so important?

Keeping up with your regularly scheduled exams and cleanings is critical to both your oral and general health. One reason is that plaque and bacteria can put down layers since the last time that you had your teeth professionally cleaned. Although brushing and flossing at home is great for regular maintenance, the training and dental tools available to your dental team allow us to provide a thorough cleaning of your mouth and teeth.

Another reason to keep up with your professional dental cleanings is that it helps to enhance the appearance of your smile through the removal of stains and other visible flaws.

Early Detection

At a minimum, each of your dental cleanings is accompanied by a visual inspection of your mouth by your dental hygienist. This is a valuable opportunity to spot any trouble signs before they can become larger problems that require serious intervention. For example, gum disease is a common oral condition among adults that is reversible when detected early. By skipping your regular dental exams and cleanings, you are missing a chance for receiving an early diagnosis so that we can prevent unnecessary and costly intervention down the road. In the case of oral cancer, this can even save your life.

Other Health Concerns

Although we may not always realize it, our oral health is intimately connected to our overall health. A growing body of evidence is showing a link between oral infections and heart health, for example. The oral bacteria in one’s mouth can gain entry into the bloodstream and infect the heart. A blood infection, medically known as sepsis, can also be life-threatening.

Something as simple as maintaining your regular dental exams and checkups with our dentists can make big difference in your oral health.

Schedule Your Appointment

For the small amount of time and energy that it takes to visit your dentist, you can dodge a number of oral care bullets, assuming that you complement your dental exams and cleanings with a healthy diet, regular exercise, and other healthy lifestyle choices.

If you have recently been skipping your dental appointments, we encourage you to contact Breeze Dental.