At the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria VA, we restore decayed teeth to create smiles that are both healthy and beautiful. Recent advances in techniques and materials have made the impossible not only possible, but affordable.
Tooth decay is the most common dental problem in the United States and the second most common disease in the nation (number one is the common cold). An astonishing ninety-two percent of people between the ages of twenty and sixty-four have had at least one cavity in one of their permanent teeth. Another twenty-six percent – more than one-fourth – are walking around with untreated cavities.
If you have one or more teeth with decay, it’s time to take care of them.
Fillings, inlays, onlays and crowns are used to restore teeth. Even the most basic procedure – filling a cavity – has evolved. There are several types of new materials available including porcelain and composite resin. Each has specific strengths and aesthetic considerations. Alexandria patients who replace silver amalgam with tooth-colored fillings love getting the metal out of their smile.
Inlays and onlays are more extensive restorations. There are two types: direct or indirect. Direct inlays and onlays are made in your northern Virgina cosmetic dental office on the spot and applied in one visit. Indirect inlays and onlays are fabricated in a dental lab. They usually require a second visit but the results are well worth the extra trip.
When a patient has a tooth that cannot be restored with an inlay or an onlay, a natural-looking crown is the answer. At Center for Dental Anesthesia, we create crowns that blend in perfectly with the rest of your teeth. Let us show you some photos of patients who have received smile makeovers – you will not see any “Chiclet” crowns that stick out like a sore thumb. In fact, you won’t be able to tell which of our Alexandria dental patients have crowns.
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