At Smiles by Mia, we offer regular general dental treatments for patients of every age. General dentistry focuses on maintaining the teeth and gums to prevent future oral health complications. Oral hygiene and routine dental visits are a large part of preventative dental care. At regular dental appointments, we offer dental cleanings and exams to patients of all ages. Root canals, dental fillings, and other preventative treatments treat tooth decay, a common but highly damaging dental problem.
General Dentistry in Fairfax, VA
Our general dental treatments prevent future oral health issues:
If you or your child need a custom-made sports mouthguard, contact Smiles by Mia. Our dentists use dental impressions to create custom mouthguards protecting natural teeth and orthodontic equipment during sports. Sports mouthguards are needed if patients play contact sports like basketball, soccer, and hockey.
As a family-centered dental office, we are dedicated to helping patients of every age receive dental care. For younger patients, we offer sealants and fluoride treatment to prevent cavities. As younger patients grow up, they can benefit from restorative and cosmetic treatments.
We use the LightWalker for laser sleep apnea treatment and the WaterLase iPlus laser for periodontal therapy and root canal treatment. Laser dentistry offers comfortable and efficient treatment. The WaterLase iPlus laser uses water and heat to clean the root canal, remove infected gum tissue, and even address gummy smiles. The LightWalker adds heat to the tissues in the back of the mouth and tightens the tissue.
Dental sedation is a treatment method we use for complex or lengthy dental procedures. We also typically recommend sedation for anxious or special needs patients. Under sedation, patients feel completely relaxed and do not feel any pain. Sedation is a safe treatment option for patients of many ages.
If you or your partner snore or often wake up at night to breathe, you most likely have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can be treated with a LightWalker laser. The laser heats the tissue in the mouth to open up the airway. Many patients with sleep apnea use laser therapy and wear an oral appliance at night to curb sleep apnea symptoms.
If we cannot save a tooth with a root canal and dental filling, we will need to extract the tooth. Dental extractions also remove severely impacted and even overcrowded teeth. Ultimately, tooth extractions can save other teeth from infections, damage, and impaction. Many patients often need their wisdom teeth removed to prevent overcrowding and injuries to their natural teeth.
General Dental Q&A
Discover more about general dentistry with answers to these popular questions:
Are dental extractions painful?
Although many patients may think that extractions are highly painful, they relieve pain caused by tooth decay, overcrowding, or impaction. We also use a local anesthetic for simple extractions. For more lengthy or complex extractions, we will also use dental sedation so patients will not feel any pain during treatment.
Do I have sleep apnea if I snore?
Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. However, snoring is a common sign of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea may be an issue if you or a loved one have morning headaches, daytime sleepiness, or wake up to breathe properly. Contact our office, and we will consider your symptoms to recommend the right treatment.
How safe are dental lasers?
Dental lasers are often safer than traditional dental tools like drills. The WaterLase laser we use harnesses laser energy and pressurized water to treat the smile. Sharp dental tools can lead to more bleeding post-treatment. Lasers minimize bleeding and also regenerate healthy tissue.
Contact Our Dental Office
Are you looking for a local dentist? Schedule a dental appointment at Smiles by Mia online or call (571) 789-1265. We serve patients from Springfield, Fairfax, and the surrounding areas. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns at your next dental visit. We are always here to help our patients.