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At Short Pump Dental, we aim to provide all of our patients in and around Short Pump, Powhatan, and Richmond, VA with the dental care and treatments needed to attain and maintain a healthy smile. Because of our comprehensive selection of general dental treatments, we’ll be able to take care of all your dental needs without having to refer you elsewhere. This flexibility will provide you with extra convenience and also save you time. We recommend coming in twice a year to see our dentists so that you can receive a much-needed dental exam and a teeth cleaning.
 

Dental Exams 

During your dental exam, we’ll thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, and mouth in order to look for any potential oral problems. In some cases, we may even take X-rays. If we notice any signs of tooth decay or other oral problems, we’ll then determine what your best method of treatment will be. We’ll also provide additional oral hygiene instructions so that you’ll be able to care for your teeth in the most efficient manner possible.

Teeth Cleanings 

In addition to your dental exam, we’ll also provide you with a teeth cleaning, which will remove plaque from your teeth. What’s especially beneficial about these teeth cleanings is that they’ll be able to reach places where your brush can’t, such as underneath the gum line. After your teeth cleaning, we’ll then apply fluoride to give your teeth some extra protection.

 

Dental Treatments 

In addition to our dental exams and teeth cleanings, our Short Pump, Richmond, and Powhatan dentists can also provide many different dental treatments in order to help fix damaged or decaying teeth.

 

Fillings

If you have any damaged or decayed tooth structure, a restorative material will be used to fill in these areas. Our dentists provide several different types of filling materials in our Henrico, VA office and these include:

  • Silver Fillings – While this was once the most commonly used filling material, they’re not as popular now due to not being as aesthetically appealing as other modern options. However, they’re still very durable and inexpensive.

  • Gold Fillings – Like silver fillings, these fillings are very durable and will typically last up to 15 years. Because gold is a precious metal though, these fillings are costlier.

  • White Fillings – These tooth-colored fillings provide the most aesthetically-pleasing look as they blend right into a patient’s natural teeth. They can even be custom-colored to match the exact shade of your teeth. Modern white fillings are also stronger and much longer-lasting than those of the past.

 

Crowns 

A crown is basically a cap that fits over one of your natural teeth that’s damaged or suffering from severe decay. These crowns can be made from many different materials, including porcelain, acrylic resin, gold, or a mix of those materials. Receiving a crown will typically follow this simple process:

  • First the tooth will be numbed so that the decay can be removed.

  • The tooth will then be resculptured in order to allow the crown to fit over it.

  • A physical or digital impression of your teeth will be made for the custom crown.

  • A temporary crown will be made out of acrylic resin and it will be fitted to the tooth while the permanent crown is being made.

  • After a period of time, the patient will come back and have the temporary crown removed.

  • The permanent crown will then be placed over the tooth and after it’s ensured to have the proper look and fit, it will be cemented firmly into place.

Proper care should always be taken to help ensure that the crown (and also the teeth and the gums) remain healthy. With proper care, a crown can last a lifetime!

 

Bridges 

A bridge is a dental device that will fill a spot where there’s a missing tooth. Bridges prove to be important to fix bite problems, prevent teeth from shifting, and ensure the integrity of the surrounding teeth. The most common types of bridges include the following:

  • Fixed Bridges – These are the most popular type; they consist of a filler tooth that’s attached to two crowns that will hold the filler tooth in place over the spot where the missing tooth is.

  • Maryland Bridges – These are typically used to replace missing front teeth; they use tooth-colored metal bands that are bonded to the surrounding teeth.

  • Cantilever Bridges – These use two crowned teeth that are positioned next to each other on the same side of the missing tooth.

 

Root Canals

When you have a tooth that’s severely decayed, infected, or has been inflicted with a serious dental injury, you may require a root canal. A root canal is a procedure that will extract any dead or decaying tissue from inside of a tooth. It will then reshape the root canal and replace it with a strengthened filler. This is a vital treatment because if these problems are left alone, they can cause extensive damage to the tooth structure. Root canals can typically be finished in a single visit, though more extensive cases may require an additional appointment.

 

Tooth Extractions 

A tooth extraction will occur when the entire tooth needs to be removed. These may be necessary if:

  • A primary tooth is preventing a permanent tooth from properly erupting.

  • A tooth has suffered from extensive tooth decay or trauma to the point where it can’t be repaired.

  • The patient has severe gum disease.

  • The tooth is impacted, which is often the case with “wisdom teeth,” as they typically don’t have a sufficient amount of room in the jaw to erupt.

Depending on the case, a tooth extraction can be performed either surgically or non-surgically. A mild anesthetic will be used to make sure that the patient will be as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure.

 

Visit Your Richmond, Short Pump, and Powhatan Family Dentists! 

If you’re looking for teeth cleanings, fillings, or any of our other expert dental treatments, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our dentists by giving us a call at (804) 747-0116. Alternatively, you can schedule a visit by filling out our online appointment request form. We hope to hear from you soon!