Family Dentistry Richmond, VA
Oral care is important for every member of your family, young and old. Taking care of your mouth, and helping your children to do the same, can go a long way in ensuring not just a healthy mouth, but healthy bodies as well. At Fred A. Knaysi DDS, we provide a wide variety of family dentistry services to meet the needs of every family member of your household.
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Preventative oral care starts at home, with regular brushing and flossing. However, even those who are diligent with their at-home oral care habits can still use some extra help. We provide some preventative services for your family, including cleanings and exams, fluoride treatments, and even tooth extractions. With cleanings, we can remove the buildup of plaque, tartar, and bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth, helping to prevent issues such as gum disease and tooth decay. Exams allow us to spot any issues in their earliest stages, and take the appropriate measures to correct them (preventing them from becoming worse). Fluoride treatments help to protect teeth from bacterial acid attacks that cause cavities. They are particularly helpful for children, who are prone to missing areas of their mouth when they brush. Extractions are sometimes done as a preventative measure when a tooth is damaged beyond repair. By extracting a severely damaged tooth, we can help you to prevent serious infections.
Even if you take all of the necessary preventative measures when caring for your teeth, accidents, and damage can still occur. Some of this damage can result in risks for infection, while other damage can result in tooth loss. We provide a wide variety of restorative procedures to help give you back the health of your mouth. When it comes to tooth damage, we perform thorough exams and can help to decide what the best treatment actions are for your specific needs. Restorative procedures include:
|•||Fillings, to restore cavities.
|•||Crowns, which restore damaged teeth (avoiding the need for an extraction).
|•||Bridges, dentures, and implants, all of which are options for restoring missing teeth.|
Your smile is, quite often, the very first thing that people notice about you. Any imperfections (natural or otherwise) can greatly affect the impression that others get about you. They can also make you feel rather self-conscious. With cosmetic dentistry services, we can help to restore the beauty of your smile, and give you back the confidence you need to smile proudly once again. Cosmetic dentistry services include:
|•||Teeth whitening, for eliminating discoloration that dulls the brightness of your smile.
|•||Composite fillings, which are metal and mercury-free tooth colored fillings for cavities. They are often used in the front of your mouth.
|•||Veneers, which are thin shells for covering over minor imperfections in your teeth.|
Gum disease is a serious oral health issue that only grows worse the longer it goes untreated. It begins as gingivitis, which is characterized by red, swollen, bleeding gums. As the condition progresses, your gums pull away from your teeth, which creates pockets that oral bacteria and food particles fall into. Eventually, your teeth become loose and may even fall out. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits are the best ways to prevent gum disease, but if you notice any signs (redness, swelling, bleeding gums, gum recession), it is important to seek treatment right away.
Dental emergencies happen, and they can be scary. It is always tempting to run to the emergency room in the event of an emergency, but this isn’t always necessary. Whether you have damaged a tooth, knocked it out, or experienced an injury to the soft tissues within your mouth, we can advise you on the best course of action, and try to get you an appointment right away. There are actions that you can take at home as well to manage any discomfort and prevent infection until your appointment, such as gauze pads to stop bleeding, and salt water rinses to kill bacteria. If you are in severe pain, the bleeding does not stop, you suspect a broken jaw, and you cannot reach us, then you should seek care at an emergency room right away.
Different age groups have different dental needs, and we are equipped to provide every member of your family with the best possible oral care to keep your smile healthy. For more information, or to schedule your appointment, call Fred A. Knaysi DDS today at (804) 554-5599.