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By American Dental Associates
February 17, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Emergency  

Nobody can predict a dental emergency. That’s what makes them so inconvenient. The good news is that American Dental in Bristow, VA, is always available to assist you, so there’s no reason you should minimize an emergency. Just call to see Dr. Steve Pleickhardt and Dr. Eric Capps.

Among the most common emergencies we see are lost fillings, lost crowns, and broken dentures. Lost fillings and lost crowns are very similar. A key difference, however, is that fillings are used to repair cavities but crowns are used to cover broken or damaged teeth.

Over time, it’s not uncommon for fillings and crowns to grow loose and fall out. If you lose a crown or a filling, hot or cold temperatures will likely begin to trigger pain because of the exposed tissue. The discomfort might seem manageable, but it’s better to get these situations fixed as soon as possible so you can avoid getting food stuck or developing an infection.

Unlike a busted filling or crown, a broken denture is more likely to make itself known constantly, every day. It can make chewing, swallowing, and eating properly difficult. Depending on the damage, you may require a new denture altogether.

If you’re experiencing any problems with your dentures, or suspect that they might be broken, it’s best to contact American Dental in Bristow, VA, immediately to avoid further damage. Dr. Steve Pleickhardt and Dr. Eric Capps are always here to help, especially when your dental health is at risk.

These things happen, so don’t feel embarrassed, and please don’t hesitate to give us a call as soon as you notice or suspect something’s wrong! Get in touch with us … the sooner the better. Call (703) 753-6695.

By American Dental Associates
February 17, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Tooth Extraction  

Tooth extraction is necessary if a tooth suffers from serious decay, trauma, or overcrowding, according to the American Dental Association. Dr. Steve Pleickhardt of American Dental can help his Bristow, VA, patients figure out what's best for you!

More About Tooth Extractions

Surgery scares people and oral surgery isn't any different but if you follow these tips, you may be able to avoid getting a tooth extraction:

  • Brush your teeth
    • You need to brush twice a day
    • Make sure you use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid damaging enamel
    • Brush your molars to avoid decay
  • Floss at least once before bed
    • Make sure you floss around each tooth, especially molars
    • People don't always know how to floss so ask your Bristow dentist
  • Avoid poor lifestyle habits
    • smoking and chewing tobacco
    • drinking excessive amounts of coffee and tea

What if you need a tooth extraction because of trauma?

If you need a tooth extraction because of trauma, a severely damaged tooth while playing a sport, or overcrowded teeth because you have a small mouth, then oral surgery may be necessary.

What does the process entail?

  1. Examine the severity of the situation
  2. Schedule an appointment with your dentist
  3. Your dentist will give you a sedative before the procedure to numb your mouth
  4. After extracting the tooth, the doctor stitches the extraction area and places gauze to stop bleeding and prevent blood clot formation

Care After your Tooth Extraction:

  • Change the gauze periodically
  • Avoid using a straw
  • Use a painkiller prescribed by your dentist
  • Avoid smoking or drinking alcoholic beverages
  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water

Want to learn more?

If you think you need a tooth extraction, consult Dr. Steve Pleickhardt of American Dental at his Bristow, VA: (703) 753-6695.

By American Dental Associates
September 21, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Do you have gaps in your smile? Missing teeth affect the look and function of your smile. Your dental team at American Dental offers dental implants in Falls Church, VA, also serving Bristow, VA, to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth so you can smile with confidence.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a complete tooth replacement option because they are placed in the jaw bone and act like natural tooth roots. Implants consist of a small screw-shaped post that is permanently implanted in the jaw bone during minor surgery. As the implant area heals over a period of several weeks, the post will fuse with the bone. Your dentist will then add a custom-made crown to the implant that looks just like a natural tooth. Your new implant will blend in perfectly with the rest of your smile.

Caring for your dental implants is easy because you just brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once the way you normally do. They will not require any special care, and they will never decay.

Dental implants are versatile and can be used to replace one or several teeth. Dental implants can support full or partial dentures and implant-supported bridges.

Are You A Good Candidate for Dental Implants in Falls Church, VA, or Bristow, VA?

Dental implants aren’t right for everyone. Missing teeth come with other side effects like bone loss. If you don’t have enough bone density to support an implant, you will have to look into getting a bone graft first. Smoking will interfere with the healing process, so you should quit before getting implants. Another thing to consider is your oral health. Any problems with your gums or cavities in your teeth need to be addressed by your dentist before you get dental implants.

To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants in Falls Church, VA, also serving Bristow, VA, contact the team at American Dental. Call (703) 753-6695 to schedule an appointment today.

By American Dental Associates
August 24, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Complete your smile with dental implants from your Bristow, VA, dentists, Dr. Steve Pleickhardt and Dr. Jason Hwang of American Dental.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a tooth replacement method that replaces your tooth’s crown as well as its root. The tooth roots are replaced with metal screw-like posts to support the upper part of the implant. It can be single or multiple crowns, fixed bridges, or removable loose dentures.

How is the procedure performed?

Before starting the procedure, your dentist will evaluate your dental health and take X-rays to check if you are a good candidate for the procedure. During the checkups, your dentist will make sure that you don’t have any tooth decay and your jawbone can tolerate the posts and support them well. After that, the screw-like posts will be placed to serve as the tooth roots. The titanium inside these posts will fuse with your jawbone, giving the implant its stability. After the implant completely fuses with your jawbone, your dentist will attach the new artificial tooth crown. The dental implant will mimic your original tooth in its shape and function.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

The following are some benefits of having a dental implant in Bristow, VA:

  • Dental implants look completely natural that no one will notice you are having an implant
  • Dental implants provide strength and function just like the original teeth
  • Dental implants preserve the facial structure by keeping your jawbone strong
  • Dental implants don’t require any special care, the daily brushing and flossing are enough to keep the implant healthy
  • With dental implants, you can eat anything you want without the fear of instability
  • Dental implants are durable

Who are the candidates for dental implants?

To have a dental implant, patients must have the following:

  • Enough bone density
  • Fully developed jawbone
  • Healthy oral cavity

Tobacco smoking and some health conditions might delay bone healing. Your dentist will evaluate your health conditions and make the best decision.

Restore your smile with dental implants in Bristow, VA, and enjoy your fabulous appearance. Visit Dr. Pleickhardt and Dr. Hwang of American Dental to get the best dental care. Call us at (703) 753-6695 and book your appointment now!

By American Dental Associates
February 08, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Want to know more about getting a dental crown?
 

Has our Bristow, VA, dentist Dr. Steve Pleickhardt recommended that you get a dental crown? If so, you may be online trying to learn as much as you can about a crown before you get it. A crown is a very versatile and common type of restorative dentistry. Of course, there is more than meets the eye when it comes to dental crowns and what they can offer your smile.
 

How Dental Crowns Work
 

A dental crown is a hollow, tooth-shaped cap that covers and protects the crown of a tooth. This dental cap is custom-made to fit perfectly over your tooth to the gum line. The crowns that our Bristow, VA, family dentist offers is made to look just like a real tooth, so it’s often crafted from tooth-colored material such as porcelain since porcelain mimics the look of natural tooth enamel and is also incredibly durable.
 

Preparing for Your Crown
 

To get a dental crown, our dental team will first need to treat and prepare the tooth. If there is an infection present, we will need to perform root canal therapy to treat the tooth first. If the tooth is cracked or chipped, we will need to file away these fractured parts to prevent it from getting worse. We will also need to shave down the tooth so the crown can fit over it.
 

Once the tooth is prepared, we will need to take impressions of your mouth. These impressions offer exact measurements of the tooth for a dental lab. The lab will use this mold of your tooth to create your custom dental crown. It usually takes 3-4 weeks for your crown to be made. Once we have your crown, you’ll come into the office to check the fit, shape, and overall look of your new restoration before we permanently bond the crown to the tooth.
 

Caring for Your Crown
 

While a crown is quite durable, how well you care for your crown will determine its longevity. You will want to brush and floss it and keep it as clean as you would all of your natural teeth. You will always want to be careful not to eat anything too hard and crunchy, which could break your crown.
 

Interested in meeting with our Bristow, VA, dentist today to find out if a crown can preserve your damaged, misshapen or decayed tooth? Call American Dental today at (703) 753-6695 to schedule a consultation.



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