703-528-3336
1-855-VA-SMILE
1515 Wilson Blvd., Suite 103
Arlington, VA 22209

"A first class practice from top to bottom!" — Bob B.

General Dentistry

Great oral health is about more than just the appearance of your smileóitís about keeping your natural teeth strong and healthy for the rest of your life! We truly believe that general dental treatments, especially routine cleanings, X-rays, and exams, are the keys to preventing more serious dental problems in the future. Identifying and treating potential issues as early as possible will also significantly reduce the amount of money youíll need to spend on dental care, which is really something to smile about.

Dental Cleanings

Cleaning

Having your teeth cleaned at least twice a year is a simple and easy way to maintain healthy teeth and gums, fresh breath, and a bright, white smile. Each day, the naturally-occurring bacteria in our mouths combine with the foods and drinks we consume to form a sticky substance called plaque. Plaque produces acids that weaken enamel, making teeth more susceptible to cavities. The best way to stop decay in its tracks is to keep plaque from setting up shop in the first place!

Proper brushing and flossing do a good job of limiting the buildup of plaque, but our hygienists have the skills and tools to remove hardened plaque, or tartar, that your toothbrush canít. Weíll also polish your teeth to diminish the appearance of surface stains and leave your teeth shiny and smooth.

Individual Consultations & Dental Exams

Unlike corporate dental chains that treat dentistry like an assembly line, our Arlington dental team understands that no two smiles are alike. Your exams and consultations with Dr. LaVecchia will always be thorough and unhurried, with plenty of time to discuss your dental history, oral health needs, and goals for your smile. Youíll also have plenty of time to ask any questions you may have, because we want you to feel confident and informed about the decisions you make for your smile.

Low-Radiation Digital X-rays

We use digital X-rays in the dental exams of patients of all ages, because many problems with teeth and surrounding tissues canít be seen by the naked eye. X-rays are needed to reveal:

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  • Deep cavities
  • Small cavities between teeth or below existing restorations
  • Infections that can develop in the mouth bones
  • Abscesses or cysts
  • Developmental abnormalities
  • Some types of tumors
  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint) dysfunction

Digital X-rays enable us to accurately diagnose your oral health needs with one quarter of the radiation exposure of conventional X-rays. They also donít require any chemical processing, which means the images are available on our computer screen within seconds. Although we do limit all routine X-rays during pregnancy, if an emergency arises, digital X-rays are so safe that they have been approved for use during pregnancy.

Tooth-Colored Composite Fillings

When filling cavities, Dr. LaVecchia uses tooth-colored composite materials that can be easily bonded to the surface of your tooth. Composite fillings require less extensive preparation, so the results are often smaller and more natural-looking than silver fillings. The composite material is shaped and polished to match the rest of your tooth, leaving you with a smooth, durable, and virtually undetectable restoration.

Dental Sealants

Proper oral hygiene is essential for preventing cavities, but toothbrushes cannot always reach down into the deepest crevices of teeth. Dental sealants can compensate for this. The resin sealant material bonds into the grooves of teeth, creating a barrier against food particles, plaque, and acidic foods and drinks. Sealants can last up to 10 years before needing to be replaced, and children and adults alike can benefit from their protection.

Fluoride Treatments

Plaque wears away at tooth enamel in a process called demineralization. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can promote remineralization of enamel, which works to strengthen teeth and protect them from decay.

Many people think that fluoride treatments are just for kids, but people all ages can benefit from the cavity-preventing properties of fluoride! In fact, we highly recommend in-office fluoride treatments for patients with extensive decay, fillings, crowns, root canals, and missing teeth.

Custom Athletic Mouthguards

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Adults and teens who participate in contact sports and high-impact recreational activities are at an increased risk of dental injury. Athletic mouthguards not only protect the teeth and soft tissues, but also help prevent more serious head injuries like concussions. As opposed to the boil-and-bite mouthguards you can buy at most sporting goods stores, our custom athletic mouthguards are made of durable, high-quality materials that can withstand very high levels of pressure. Dr. LaVecchia also takes great care to ensure that your mouthguard is properly aligned to protect your upper and lower jaws.

Drug-Free Headache Prevention

Do you find yourself clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth when youíre stressed? What about when youíre asleep? Night-time teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can do a number on the teeth and jaw muscles, and most people donít even know theyíre doing it. If your jaw feels sore when you first wake up or if youíre experiencing chronic, dull headaches throughout the day, you might be clenching or grinding your teeth at night.

The NTI device is a small and comfortable FDA-approved mouthpiece that fits securely on either your upper or lower front teeth while you sleep. By creating exclusive contact between your incisors (the 8 teeth in the front of your mouth with straight edges), the NTI prevents your molars from touching and stops your pain at its source. Visit NTIís website to learn more.

Custom Nightguards for Bruxism

Another solution for bruxism is a custom-made nightguard. Unlike the NTI, a nightguard covers the entire arch to form a protective barrier between your upper and lower jaws. Nightguards are made out of a hard, smooth acrylic that is comfortable for your soft tissues but firm enough to stay put through intense clenching or grinding.

Treatment for TMJ Disorder/Jaw Pain

Does your jaw pop, click, or ache when you yawn or chew something tough? Your TMJ (jaw joint) could be to blame. TMJ disorder can have a number of different causes, but the most common factor is the bite itself. A misaligned bite places pressure on the jaw joint, forcing the muscles to work overtime to correctly align the upper and lower jaws. This not only compromises the function of your jaw, but also causes a great deal of pain and fatigue in the facial muscles.

Professional treatments for TMJ disorder range from minor in-office procedures to surgery, depending on the cause and the severity of your symptoms. Dr. LaVecchia will perform a thorough examination and help you choose the most conservative plan for your individual needs.

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