Treatment Paired with Education for Your Oral Health
At Dentistry at the Center we work with you to ensure a youthful, natural smile for a lifetime.
We recognize that every patient is different; because of that, we pride ourselves on offering various dental treatment options for any given situation. Whether you are in need of teeth whitening, dental implants, or a simple restoration, we strive to provide the most current treatments available. Going beyond just performing treatment, our goal is to also educate you on the best dental health practices. Our dental professionals will always explain your options and provide the pros and cons to each, allowing you to make an informed decision that best suits your needs.
Our Professional Dental Services
Restorative Dentistry Endodontic Treatments Periodontal Treatments Infection Control
Oral Exams | Digital Decay Detecting Films | Sealants | Laser Dentistry | Tooth Removals | Full & Partial Dentures | Cosmetic Dentistry | Tooth Whitening | Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Dental Insurance Claims Assistance
As dental professionals, our first priority for any patient is preventative care. Preventing disease / concerns is the best treatment for maintaining your health – both your oral and physical health. Many health conditions – more than 90 percent of systemic diseases – display symptoms in your mouth, which is why it is always important to address new oral health symptoms as soon as possible. For this reason, and others, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends you routinely see your dentist every six months. Establishing a positive relationship with one of our dentists can help you not only maintain your oral health, but also prevent or detect other health issues before they become serious.
At Dentistry at the Center our preventative care services are tightly integrated with our general / cosmetic dentistry treatments.
General / Cosmetic Dentistry
From teeth whitening to porcelain veneers, at Dentistry at the Center we provide a vast array of Cosmetic Dentistry services. All of our general dentistry procedures start with a thorough dental exam; from there we inform you of any health findings and provide treatment options. Our general dental procedures include...
- Comprehensive Oral Exams – including reviewing your medical history
- Educational Case Presentations
- Routine Preventative Care
- Digital Decay Detecting Films
- Teeth Whitening
- Fluoride Treatments
- Dental Bonding
- Porcelain Veneers
- Tooth Removals
- Silver & Tooth Colored Restorations
- Oral Cancer Screenings
- TMJ Evaluations
- Periodontal Screenings
- Daily Regimen Recommendations – Toothpastes, Brush Types, Flossing Schedules, Diet, Individualized Instructions, etc.
If you feel something has changed with your oral health, or you know that it has been too long since you have seen a dentist, feel free to give us a call. We are always accepting new patients at our Alexandria clinic and we would enjoy working with you to maintain or improve your smile. Contact us today to request an appointment.
3D Imaging – The New Generation of Patient Care
At Dentistry at the Center we always look to stay up-to-date with the latest industry advancements. With that, we are proud to provide our patients with the very latest imaging technology – 3D Dental Imaging – providing enhanced convenience, safety, and an overall better clinical experience. 3D dental imaging enhances our doctors' ability to diagnose conditions, and develop treatment plans that result in better predictable outcomes. With 3D imaging we have a fast, accurate, and consistent tool to view your dental anatomy from different angles, allowing better view of your bone structure and root positions. We often rely on these scans when preparing tooth extractions, performing root evaluations, and placing dental implants.
Implants are a great time tested treatment when it comes to replacing missing teeth. As part of our restorative dentistry treatments, dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or even support a full set of dentures. Whether you have experienced tooth loss due to decay, gingivitis, or injury, implants may be a viable restorative option. Unlike crowns or bridges, dental implants do not rely on existing teeth; they act as a fused-in-place, stand-alone replacement. As such, placement of an implant generally is a three part process that takes several months to complete. In the end, the result is a natural looking tooth that simply requires the same routine care as your original teeth.
Do not settle for permanent tooth loss, turn to a dental professional who can provide you with all your replacement options – turn to Dentistry at the Center. From providing detailed explanations of the various implant stages to offering cost estimates and insurance claims assistance, we are able to give you the answers you need to make an informed decision on whether implants are right for you.
What is it? At its heart, restorative dentistry is a variety of procedures used to repair natural teeth that have been damaged, decayed, or lost. At Dentistry at the Center our restorative procedures go hand-in-hand with our general dentistry offerings. Each of our dental experts is trained in various restorative methods, and products. The various treatment methods we perform include:
- Tooth Colored & Silver Restorations (more commonly known as fillings).
- Crowns – A crown is essentially a cap that covers your entire natural tooth. Crowns are most often recommended for patients with excessive decay or loss of natural tooth structure. The crown is permanently cemented on to the tooth and provides the strength you need to chew and the look you desire for a pleasing smile.
- Bridges – A bridge, or multiple bridges, are used to fill gaps due to missing teeth, to strengthen the jaw, and to aid in proper facial structure. Dental bridges are not removable; they provide a natural-looking tooth replacement that relies on your existing teeth.
- Full & Partial Dentures – A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues.
- Dental Implants – Used to correct missing teeth, dental implants differ from bridges in the sense that they are a stand-alone replacement. They do not rely on any other existing teeth.
Endodontic Treatments – Root Canal Therapy
Endodontics is the area of dentistry specifically concerned with the tissues surrounding the tooth root and tissue inside the tooth (tooth pulp). Often referred to as root canal therapy, endodontics is used to save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. When damage to the tooth pulp occurs it can result in severe pain and swelling, to correct the issue endodontic therapy may be recommended. During a root canal treatment the damaged pulp is removed and the resulting root canal of the tooth is properly cleaned and sealed.
Signs indicating that you may need a root canal:
- Severe toothache pain when chewing or applying pressure to the tooth
- Prolonged sensitivity or pain to hot or cold temperatures even after the hot or cold has been removed
- Discoloration (a darkening) of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
- A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums
Periodontal Treatments – Gum Disease
As part of our preventative care, we place emphasis on screening for gum disease at every visit. If we determine that gum disease is present we will discuss a variety of treatment options available – surgical and non-surgical therapies – as well as ongoing maintenance to correct and reduce the risk or progression. At Dentistry at the Center our dentists are familiar with the signs and treatment options available for all stages of periodontal disease. Along with consulting with each other, we maintain working relationships with outside clinics specialized in working with advanced stages of periodontal disease. Generally, we recommend periodontal maintenance patients schedule appointments at intervals of every 3-4 months.
Signs of gum disease:
- Puffy, red, and sore gum tissues
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth possibly related to loss of bone around the teeth
At Dentistry at the Center, your safety is one of our top concerns. As such, we follow the highest infection control procedures put-forth by the CDC for the dental industry. Visit mouthhealthy.org for more information on infection control standards within the dental industry.