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5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, VA 22311
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Over the course of a person's life, his or her teeth will be subjected to some damage and wear and tear. Occasionally traumatic injury, a medical condition, or some other factor may cause serious structural damage requiring corrective treatment, such as dental implants. In cases like these, professionals at the Center for Dental Anesthesiology, in Alexandria, Virginia and serving the Washington, D.C. area, apply the most advanced restorative techniques available to ensure that our patients can eat, talk, smile, and live their lives normally once more. We can do everything from fillings or replacing a single missing tooth to a total full-mouth implant restoration. For patients suffering from serious dental damage, the results of high-quality dental restoration truly are life-changing.
Recent advances allow a restorative dentist to completely replace missing or irreparably damaged teeth with state-of-the-art artificial implants. Once any remaining part of the tooth to be replaced is extracted, an aluminum alloy implant is anchored in the jawbone. Over a few weeks, dental implants fuse with the jaw to become a permanent part of the mouth. The final step is to attach a replacement tooth that looks and feels completely natural and realistic. These dental implants are intended to last for decades, and they require no more upkeep than the original teeth.
Dentures are a time-honored strategy to replace missing teeth. There are a variety of types of dentures depending on the scope of tooth loss and the wishes of the patient. Removable partial dentures (which people sometimes call a "bridge", although this name is not technically accurate) are available for patients who want to replace a few missing teeth on a single arch. Fixed partial dentures are also available. For patients missing most or all of their teeth, we also offer complete dentures for total replacement.
Porcelain dental crowns are the latest method of repairing a damaged tooth using a prosthetic attachment. Crowns are also made from a variety of metals, but these can lead to allergic reactions and are accompanied by a variety of possible health risks. A porcelain crown is shaped outside the mouth and then bonded in place, resulting in a realistic, functional, and durable replacement for a damaged tooth. With proper care, porcelain crowns are extremely long-lasting.
Inlays and onlays are alternatives for restoring damaged or decayed teeth that do not require a full coverage dental crown. An inlay involves bonding material to the tooth to replace areas missing from damage or cavity excavation and to cover a part of the chewing surface. In cases involving more serious damage, onlays cover the entire chewing surface, including one or more of the tooth cusps. The final result is similar in both cases: a stronger, healthier, and more attractive new tooth.
A dental bridge consists of an artificial replacement tooth or teeth fused into place between two porcelain crowns. A bridge is fixed in place and cannot be removed from the mouth by the patient, but must be removed and adjusted by a dental professional. Bridges involve some elevated dental hygiene requirements, but they can improve bites, smiles, and speech patterns immensely.
To learn more about the restorative treatments we offer, including dental implants, please contact Dr. James Snyder, a premier Virginia dentist serving Alexandria, Washington, D.C., Arlington, and surrounding communities.