Having a solid oral healthcare plan is the best way to prevent most dental problems. For most patients, this involves daily at-home care combined with biannual dental visits for professional cleanings, x-rays, and routine screenings. Lack of a good oral health care plan puts you at greater risk of developing serious oral conditions and diseases, such as periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay, and other infectious conditions.
Routine dental care and early intervention can eliminate long-term dental problems and decrease patients’ risk for developing a range of overall health problems. Dr. Andrew Cobb provides minimally invasive dentistry in Washington, D.C.
General dental services may include:
- Biocompatible tooth-colored fillings
- Minimally-invasive Inlays and Onlays
- Dental crowns
- Non-Surgical periodontal care
Biocompatible tooth-colored fillings
Biocompatible tooth-colored fillings match the color of your natural teeth and are metal-free, making them a much safer, more effective, and discreet treatment option. Biocompatible fillings are made from a durable, tooth-colored composite material that adheres more strongly to the teeth than metal alternatives. We use this material in the majority of cases.
- Less tooth preparation
- Less invasive procedure
- Bonded directly to teeth for improved strength
- Mercury and metal-free
Minimally Invasive Inlays and Onlays
We use inlays and onlays when a tooth has sustained too much damage for a simple filling. A range of materials can be used from tooth-colored porcelain to resins. The best Inlays and onlays are made in the dental laboratory using a precise 3D digital scan of the tooth.
A dental crown is a highly versatile dental restoration for improving the health and appearance of a damaged or decayed tooth. They can have both cosmetic and restorative purposes. We place high-quality dental crowns using a variety of materials and advanced 3-D design capability. Dr. Cobb and Dr. Cima place dental crowns to restore the stability of a tooth after removal of a cavity or after a root canal. Crowns are also placed as part of a dental implant to replace a lost tooth.
Once in place, a dental crown will support natural tooth structure as well as the function of the bite. Maintaining your dental health with regular dental care and daily oral hygiene will sustain the longevity of a dental crown, which can last for 10 years or more.
Non-Surgical Periodontal Care
Healthy gums and supporting structures are the backbones of maintaining perfect long-term dental health. Periodontal (gum) disease is responsible for a host of unpleasant symptoms, including bleeding, bad breath, recession, and tooth loss.
Unhealthy gums have also been linked to a number of serious health issues including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and dementia. When gum health fails, the teeth are usually quick to follow. Our complete dentistry approach recognizes that gum health is the foundation of great teeth and a beautiful lasting smile.