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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
April 29, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Urgent dental conditions can send you to your dentist's office in between your routine dental checkups. Your Bristow, VA, dentist, Dr. Steve Pleickhardt of American Dental, will handle your concerns when you get these signs.

Dry Mouth

When your salivary glands don't produce enough saliva to moisten your mouth, you experience a dry mouth.

You could experience a dry mouth from breathing dry air through your mouth for some time. Chronic dry mouth could be due to specific health conditions like diabetes or oral infections.

Some medications might cause you to have a dry mouth as a side effect.

A dry mouth could have serious implications for your oral health. Your saliva neutralizes acids that wear your teeth away. It also washes away debris and food particles that contribute to tooth decay.

If you're having a chronic dry mouth, you should see your dentist, Dr. Pleickhardt, immediately because you're at risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease.

Bleeding Gums

If you're brushing your teeth too vigorously, your gums could bleed but you can usually rectify the issue by brushing gently or changing your toothbrush.

However, gums that bleed frequently are something you'll need to see your dentist for. If you're seeing other signs such as inflammation, redness, or soreness, you could have gum disease and need immediate dental care.

Gum disease could progress to advanced stages that could result in damage to your jaw bone and tooth loss if left unattended.

Toothache

If you're having toothaches, especially if accompanied by swelling in the surrounding tissues, you might want your dentist, Dr. Pleickhardt of American Dental, in Bristow, VA, to take a look.

Toothaches might indicate infection at the root of your teeth. Your dentist would prescribe antibiotics to curb the infection and, if possible, save your tooth.

Oral Injuries

Your dentist at American Dental, in Bristow, VA, can handle your dental emergencies. Sporting accidents or a simple fall can knock out a tooth or two and you can have your dentist restore your smile.

Other dental emergencies that warrant a dentist appointment include:

  • Cheek or tongue laceration
  • Chipped or cracked tooth
  • Broken braces
  • Damaged dental restorations such as implants and dentures

Canker Sores

Canker sores that refuse to heal after several weeks require professional attention. If you also have canker sores frequently, you might want your dentist to take a look.

Bristow, VA, residents can resolve their dental concerns with their qualified dentist, Dr. Pleickhardt at American Dental. Call (703) 753-6695 to set up your appointment today.

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.

By American Dental Associates
December 29, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Emergency  

How your emergency dentist in Bristow, Virginia can help when you have a dental emergency.
 

If you or a family member has a dental emergency, it can be a stressful experience for everyone involved. You can prevent some of the stress by being prepared for it when it happens.

Dr. Steve Pleickhardt of American Dental in Bristow, Virginia is an emergency dentist who knows what to do when you have a dental emergency.
 

There are all kinds of things that can lead to a dental emergency including a sports injury, vehicle accident, or even just untreated tooth decay.
 

If you want to be prepared, you should gather together a dental first aid kit for your home or car. The dental first aid kit should contain:

  • Tylenol tablets or other pain medication
  • Sterile saline solution for rinsing
  • Sterile gauze patches or tissue
  • A small container with a lid
  • Dr. Pleickhardt’s office address, phone number, and after-hours contact numbers

If you or a family member suffers a dental emergency, remember to:

  • Gently clean the area free of blood and debris
  • Press a piece of gauze or tissue to the area to stop the bleeding
  • If you have chipped or broken a tooth, you also need to rinse your mouth out
  • Apply an ice pack on the area to reduce swelling
  • If you have knocked a tooth out of position, gently try to place the tooth in the proper position

If you have knocked a tooth out completely, rinse the tooth off, being careful to only handle the tooth by the crown and not the roots. This is to avoid contaminating the roots with bacteria.
 

Place the tooth in the container with saline solution to keep it moist. If you don’t have a container, the tooth can also be placed between the cheek and gum.
 

Being prepared for a dental emergency can help you or a family member do well in a stressful situation. To find out more about dental emergencies and dental emergency treatment, call Dr. Steve Pleickhardt of American Dental in Bristow, Virginia at (703) 753-6695. Call today.

By American Dental Associates
November 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Implants  

The highly recommended and immensely popular dental implant surgery procedure allows for the replacement of the tooth roots with a metal counterpart. It uses a screw-like post as the foundation to replace damaged or missing teeth.

Here at American Dental in Bristow, VA, dental implants are one of the most requested tooth replacement treatments that Dr. Steve Pleickhardt performs since they look and function like your natural teeth. But why do patients recommend dental implants over other tooth replacement options?

A Comfortable Fit

One of the most popular reasons why patients recommend dental implants is due to their comfortable fit. Not only are they designed to look like your natural teeth but they likewise feel and function like real teeth. Using a titanium post that will fuse to your jawbone, an implant mimics the presence of your tooth roots to give you that comfortable fit.

Because of these features, dental implants provide patients with the confidence to engage in social activities and eat their favorite foods without the fear of anything moving or slipping out of their mouths. Unlike other tooth restoration procedures that can be removable, the strength of dental implants lies in the fact that they are permanently fixed in your mouth.

A Longer-Lasting Replacement

Anything that is properly cared for and maintained can last a long time. This is especially true for dental implants, which can last longer than all the other conventional tooth restoration procedures. This is attributed mostly to its titanium post, which is made from the toughest metal known today.

This translates to having dental implants that are designed to last practically your entire lifetime. As the titanium posts fuse with your jawbone, it becomes a part of your body and natural facial structure. This means that there is a strong bond existing that supports the dental crown that will be installed on top. To ensure that your dental implants last a long time, even forever, all you have to do is to follow good oral hygiene habits and visit your dentist in Bristow, VA, frequently.

The Power to Smile Confidently

With its sturdy titanium post, a dental implant helps to restore your confident smile. This means that you can talk without your teeth shifting. The replicated dental crown also covers any gap in your mouth to restore your smile and prevent food and other debris from being caught between your teeth. The realistic-looking dental crowns have a shade that is similar to your natural teeth so they remain undetectable even if you flash your widest and whitest smile.

Contact Us to See If Dental Implants Are Right For You

Schedule an assessment with Dr. Steve Pleickhardt here at American Dental in Bristow, VA, by dialing (703) 753-6695.





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