Modern Dental Technology Makes Treatment in Alexandria Less Scary

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Many Alexandria residents are afraid to go to the dentist. For some men and women with dental anxiety, it’s because they had a painful experience at the dentist when they were young. Others fear needles or a perceived lack of control. Another oft-cited reason individuals are scared of the dentist is the dreaded dental drill.

If you need dental treatment and are putting it off, we have remarkable news at Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry in Alexandria. It may not require a dental drill!

Drill-less Dentistry

Drill-less dentistry is frequently called air abrasion or microabrasion. Air abrasion can be used for all types of dental services such as removing tooth decay or preparing tooth surfaces for sealants, bonding, or a crown. An air abrasion instrument works like a little sandblaster. It propels a fine stream of particles at the area that would usually be drilled. After the stream of particles strikes and removes the tooth decay, the materials are suctioned out of the mouth.

What Are the Advantages of Air Abrasion?

Compared with the conventional drilling method, the advantages of air abrasion include:

  • Air abrasion produces no heat, pressure, or vibration.
  • Air abrasion may reduce the need for anesthesia, particularly if the cavity is shallow.
  • Air abrasion leaves more of the healthy tooth tissue behind.
  • Air abrasion reduces the risk of fracturing and chipping of the tooth, which some dentists believe can influence the life span of the filling. (WebMD)

Laser Dentistry

Another technology that helps make a dental visit more quickly and less painful is laser dentistry. Pinpoint-precise Diode lasers are typically easier on the patient and require shorter healing times.

Here are some of the ways dentists use lasers:

  1. Tooth decay. Lasers are used to eliminate cavities within a tooth and prepare the surrounding enamel for the filling.
  2. Gum disease. Lasers are used to reshape gums and remove bacteria during root canal procedures.
  3. Biopsy. Lasers can remove a small piece of tissue (called a biopsy) so that it can be examined for cancer.
  4. Lesion Removal. Lasers are also used to remove lesions in the mouth and relieve the pain of canker sores.
  5. Teeth Whitening. Lasers are used to speed up in-office teeth whitening services. A peroxide bleaching solution, applied to the tooth surface, is ”activated” by laser energy, which speeds up the whitening process. (American Dental Association)

Sleep Dentistry

Still not convinced? If advanced technology and equipment don’t ease your mind, consider sleeping through your treatment. At Mt. Vernon Center For Dentistry, we provide several levels of sedation for even the most terrified patients.

Dental issues don’t go away. They get worse. (And that’s the scariest thing of all.)

A compassionate, understanding dental team is just as vital as the latest dental technology. At Mt. Vernon Center For Dentistry, we understand how debilitating dental anxiety can be. Let us help you through your treatment and get you on the path toward optimum oral health.

Contact Mt. Vernon Center For Dentistry:

703-360-5881

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8101 Hinson Farm Rd Ste 114
Alexandria, Virginia
22306

Alexandria dentists, Dr. James Geren and Dr. Zeyad Mady, of Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry, provide provide exceptional cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, sedation dentistry, family dentistry and more for the Alexandria and Mount Vernon, VA area, including the communities of Old Town, Woodbridge, Newington, Franconia, Rose Hill, Lorton, Huntington, Fort Belvoir and Groveton, Virginia and zip codes 22306, 22308, and 22309.
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