We are focused on preventive care, restoring mouths that have been damaged by dental disease and injury, and cosmetic dentistry. Our primary goal for our patients is to achieve and maintain optimum oral health for them and their families. Hence our emphasis on preventive care through periodic examination, treatment and education with our hygiene staff. Our sophisticated array of treatments and techniques enable us to offer our patients a full range of general dental services as well as treatment in these specialized areas:
HAVE YOU EVER WISHED THAT YOU HAD SOMEONE ELSE'S SMILE?
Are you embarrassed when you speak or laugh because of:
Discolored, chipped or cracked teeth?
Crooked or crowded teeth?
Uneven or worn teeth?
Unsightly spaces in your teeth? You don't have to feel embarrassed or uncomfortable about your smile anymore because: Today, A BEAUTIFUL SMILE CAN BE EASIER THAN EVER AND ALSO AFFORDABLE.
Yes, Dr. Egber & Dr. Mehta have transformed the smiles of many of our patients and are ready to work with you to:
Design & Create the Smile of Your DREAMS!
For a complimentary smile evaluation & analysis, schedule your free appointment by calling us today @ (703) 256-2556.
Our teeth naturally darken over time. When we eat certain foods, consume beverages like coffee, tea, and soda or use tobacco, our teeth can get stained. Discoloration can also be the result of childhood medications or illnesses. To restore your naturally looking teeth color and brighten your smile, we provide bleaching and tooth whitening.
One of the most effective whitening products today that we provide is the Opalescence teeth whitening system. It is not only an effective way to whiten your teeth. It is a fast and simple procedure.
Veneers are thin, semi-translucent facings or "shell" usually customized from porcelain and bonded permanently to one's teeth. While not suitable for every patient, veneers are a cosmetic alternative for a variety of dental conditions of the front teeth including:
- Spaces between the teeth
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Unsightly, stained or discolored teeth
- Permanently stained or discolored teeth
We can make changes to the shape, size and color of your teeth using porcelain veneers. These subtle changes can aesthetically enhance your smile dramatically and change your overall social outlook. In most cases, only two visits are needed create your new and improved looks, possibly bypassing orthodontic treatment.
The concept of "filling" is replacing and restoring tooth structure that is removed due to decay or fracture with a material. Our dentists will replace old, broken down amalgam/metal fillings that contain traces of mercury with white fillings (composites) to restore your smile to a more natural look.
With today's technology, you no longer have to suffer the embarrassment of unsightly and unhealthy silver/mercury fillings or metal margins of the past. Space-age, state-of-the-art, tooth-colored resin or porcelain adhesive materials are used to replace dark, looking amalgam fillings.
White Fillings versus Silver Amalgam fillings:
Because white fillings bond to the tooth, they strengthen the tooth by restoring most of its original strength. Silver amalgams on the other hand weaken the teeth and make them more susceptible to breaking. Since broken teeth are very expensive to restore, white filling composites can save a lot of money to the patient in the long run.
White filling composites, unlike silver amalgams, restore the natural appearance of the tooth, and enhance your smile tremendously. Our patients prefer them because of the way they look and feel and the fact that they strengthen their teeth.
Teeth restored with composites are less sensitive to hot and cold than those restored with silver/metal amalgams.
Teeth restorations with composites require less removal of tooth, structure to place than those with amalgams and especially with new cavities, the size of the hole for the filling can be dramatically smaller with a composite.
White fillings are healthier because they do not have any traces of mercury in them, unlike silver amalgams.
Bonding is a dental technique or solution for:
Repairing and fixing chipped or cracked teeth
Hiding discoloration on the tooth's surface and
Reducing unsightly gaps between the teeth. It is often used to improve the appearance of your teeth and enhance your smile. As the name indicates, it refers to any composite material, either a plastic or resin that is bonded to an existing tooth. Unlike veneers or crowns, composite bonding removes little if any of the original tooth
Composite bonding has many advantages over veneers or crowns namely:
It is a quick process, which typically lasts less than one hour.
It is a popular choice because it does not reduce the tooth's original structure and is relatively inexpensive.
Composite resins also come in many different shades, which therefore allow for matching the shades to the natural color of your original tooth. However, composites are typically not as durable and long lasting as veneers and crowns and may need to be re-touched or replaced every five to ten years.
In order to insure the longest possible duration of the bonding, proper care of the bonded tooth is recommended. This means, like the rest of your teeth, it should be brushed and flossed daily especially if you drink coffee, tea, or smoke tobacco, all of which stain composite bonds.
A crown is a permanent covering that fits over an original tooth that is decayed, damaged or cracked. Crowns are generally made of porcelain, gold and other metals. Porcelains typically have the most natural appearance although they tend to be less durable than the other materials.
For a patient qualifying for a crown, the treatment plan generally involves:
Numbing the tooth to be crowned to remove the decay in or around it.
Re-sculpturing the tooth to provide an easy fit for the crown.
Making an impression of your teeth to send to a dental laboratory where custom-made crowns will be created (usually takes two weeks).
Making a temporary crown out of composite resin and fitting them onto the teeth during the interim period when the permanent custom-made crowns are being created.
Applying the permanent crown (when received from the lab) by removing the temporary crown and fitting the permanent one onto the tooth.
The dentist makes sure the crown has the proper look and fit and then cements it into place. A minimum of 2 visits over a two week period is what it takes for the treatment to be completed.
Again, once the procedure is completed, proper dental hygiene care including daily brushing and flossing is required to maintain your teeth, gums and crown healthy and free from the bacteria that can cause gum disease. Given proper care, your crowns can last a long time.
A bridge is a dental device that is used to fill a space where a tooth has been removed. A bridge may be necessary where spaces exist in the mouth to prevent:
Multiple shifting of the teeth that can lead to biting (occlusion) problems and/or (TMJ)
jaw problems and resultant periodontal disease. Bridges safeguard the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy vibrant smile.
There are three types of bridges namely:
- Fixed bridge- the most popular among the three, consists of a filler tooth that is attached to two crowns, which fits over the adjacent teeth to hold the bridge in place.
- "Maryland" bridge-commonly used to replace missing front teeth, consists of a filler that is attached to metal bands that are bonded to the adjacent teeth and the metal bands are hidden with a white colored composite resin.
- Cantilever bridge- a type often used when there are teeth on only one side of the span. A typical 3 unit cantilever bridge consists of 2 crowned teeth positioned next to each other on the same side of the missing tooth space. The filler tooth is then connected to the two crowned teeth, which extend into the missing tooth space or end.
Dental Implants are artificial tooth replacements that were first developed about half a century ago by a Swedish scientist named Per-Ingvar Branemark out of a real need of patients to secure their loose-fitting dentures. Since then, the knowledge and engineering of implants has enabled dentists and their patients to expand their usefulness in many ways that was once not possible including replacing missing or lost tooth. Today, the implant techniques provide a wide range of tooth replacement solutions including:
- Single Tooth Replacement
- Anterior Replacement
- Posterior Replacement
Full Arch ReplacementThe implant mirrors the size and shape of a patient's natural tooth. And many times, it will be as strong structurally as the patient's original tooth's root. The implant is placed by an oral surgeon or periodontist with precision and care into the jawbone under local anesthesia, then allowed to integrate with the bone. The healing process takes three to six months.
IMPLANT AS A MORE APPROPRIATE TREATMENT OPTION
If the missing tooth space has no surrounding teeth, as is always the case with a cantilever bridge and sometimes with the "Maryland" bridge, the dentist may decide an implant as the most appropriate treatment choice or option.
The treatment plan for a bridge which usually require 2 trips to your dentist generally involves:
- Numbing the surrounding teeth with a local anesthesia and cleaning any plaque or decay that remains.
- Reducing the teeth so that the crowns can be fitted.
- Making a mold or impression of the teeth and sending it off to a dental laboratory where the customized permanent impression is prepared (generally takes 1-2 weeks to return to the office).
- Fitting patient with a temporary bridge made of acrylic resin until the permanent bridge is returned from the laboratory. Removing the temporary bridge and replacing it with the permanent one.
- Adjusting the bridge for the proper bite and fit and permanently bonding it into the mouth.
POST IMPLANT CARE
Although proper dental hygiene care is always recommended for maintaining good dental health care, this is especially true once a patient has received a dental implant. Bacteria can easily attack sensitive areas in the mouth when teeth and gums are not properly cleaned causing gums to swell and jaw bones to gradually recede. Continued recession of the jawbone will weaken implants and eventually make it necessary for the implant to be removed. Patients are advised to visit their dentists at least twice a year to ensure the health of their teeth and implants.
Why is there a need for endodontic treatment?
Sometimes the nerve inside your tooth becomes inflamed or infected. This can be caused by deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, a crack or chip in the tooth, or a blow to the tooth.
What are the signs of needing endodontic treatment?
Signs to look for include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, discoloration of the tooth, and swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums. But sometimes, there are no symptoms.
How does endodontic treatment save the tooth?
The dentist removes the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the tooth, then fills and seals the space. Afterwards, a crown or other restoration is placed on the tooth to protect it and restore it to full function
Will I feel pain during or after the procedure?
While many patients may be in great pain before root canal treatment, most report that the pain is relieved and that they are comfortable during the procedure. For the first few days after treatment, the tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications. The endodontist will tell you how to care for your tooth at home.
Full and partial dentures are needed when all or some of the teeth have been lost and all extraction sites have healed (up to eight weeks or longer.) The denture process takes about one month and five appointments: the initial diagnosis is made; an impression and a wax bite are made to determine proper jaw position; a "try-in" is placed to assure proper color, shape and fit; and the patient's final denture is placed, following any minor adjustments. New denture wearers need time to get accustomed to their new "teeth" because even the best fitting dentures will feel awkward at first. While most patients can begin to speak normally within a few hours, many patients report discomfort with eating for several days to a few weeks. To get accustomed to chewing with a new denture, start with soft, easy-to-chew foods. In addition, denture wearers often notice a slight change in facial appearance, increased salivary flow, or minor speech difficulty.
Years ago, if you suffered from periodontal disease, the only definitive treatment was surgery. This procedure was often painful and costly. The teeth became very sensitive to changes in temperature afterwards and in many cases the disease would return.
With advances in periodontal treatment it is now possible to treat even severe periodontal disease with non-surgical methods. As with any dental or medical procedure, sometimes the disease may not respond totally to this treatment. In these situations, the patient would need to decide between surgical treatment or to continue with non-surgical treatments, but at more frequent intervals (usually every three months). Both surgical and non-surgical treatments of moderate to advanced cases usually require cleanings at three month intervals to keep the disease under control.
Non-surgical treatment is recommended before surgery. This results in significantly healthier gums and minimizes the need for surgery.