Restorative Dentist in Herndon
Patients with tooth decay or damage don’t have to live with a flawed smile or toothache. At Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, Dr. Nazila Ganji and her dedicated team offer a variety of restorative dentistry services that allow patients to renew oral health and return even the most damaged smiles to their full form and function. We welcome patients experiencing dental emergencies and those with less urgent dental restoration needs to contact us to schedule an appointment.
Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns are possibly the most frequently used restorative treatments as these versatile solutions can be used in a variety of situations. A crown is crafted to fit over the top of damaged teeth preventing extraction, preserving remaining healthy dental structure, and restoring damaged smiles. Patients in need of a dental crown should plan to visit our Herndon, VA practice at least two times. During the first appointment, we prepare the tooth, capture impressions that are used by our lab to craft a crown, and place a temporary restoration to protect the treated tooth. Once we receive the custom crown from our dental lab, patients return to exchange the temporary for a permanent restoration. We may recommend dental crowns:
- If a patient experiences decay or trauma that damages a significant portion of teeth or may adversely affect surrounding teeth or gums
- If a patient has undergone root canal therapy and the treated tooth is in need of additional strength
- If a patient chooses dental crown restoration for a single lost tooth a custom crown is attached to the implant post
- If a patient wishes to restore one to three consecutive missing teeth with a fixed bridge supported by two dental crowns attached to surrounding healthy teeth
Root Canal Therapy
Root canals have a reputation for being painful, but though severe toothache is a warning sign that root canal therapy is necessary, the procedure itself relieves pain almost immediately. Root canal therapy is necessary when patients experience decay or damage that reaches the inner layer of the tooth where the nerve system is housed. If root canals are necessary, the process is typically completed in two appointments. First, we numb the area around the infected tooth and drill a small access hole. Then, Dr. Ganji extracts the infected tissue from the tooth through the access point, and refills the tooth with a similar, biocompatible material. In some cases, we’re able to simply reseal the access hole, and patients do not need to return for a second visit. However, many patients need a dental crown to fully restore the form and function of damaged teeth. For these patients, we place a temporary crown during the initial visit, and they will need to return for a custom restoration at a second appointment.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
In most cases, our goal is to help patients maintain their natural teeth, but there are certain circumstances when extraction is the best choice for overall oral health. The most commonly extracted teeth are the third set of molars, commonly referred to as wisdom teeth. These third molars are the last teeth to erupt into patients’ smiles, and frequently, patients do not have adequate space to accommodate this final set of molars. Crowding or impaction (inability of teeth to erupt from the gum line) may occur as a result of wisdom tooth eruption, and if we determine one or both of these concerns are likely, we recommend removal as a preventive measure. In these situations, Dr. Ganji has years of experience offering comfortable, effective tooth extraction.
Dentures & Partials
Partial and full dentures are predictable, time-tested methods of restoring smiles following significant tooth loss. Partial dentures replace any number of missing teeth by filling gaps in patients’ smiles like a puzzle piece. A number of replacement teeth are set into a gum colored base that is shaped to fit between healthy teeth, and the partial is held in position using metal clasps that attach to other teeth. Full dentures are used to replace an entire arch of lost teeth. Similar to partials, full dentures combine replacement teeth with a gum colored base that is crafted to fit firmly against gum and jawbone tissue held in place through suction. Patients interested in more stable restorations may want to consider dental implant supported dentures.