Are you afraid of having Dental Implants?

What are Dental Implants?

A Dental Implant is an artificial tooth made out of titanium that is placed in the jaw bone. There are three parts to an implant. First, a post is placed is the bone. Second, an abutment is placed allowing a place for thecrown/bridge/denture will be attached. After the tissue has completely healed, a crown, bridge or denture can be placed.

The artificial tooth or teeth are made of porcelain and will be customized to look natural to your smile.

Are dental implants painful to have done?

Pain is a common concern for patients planning to get dental implants. Dental implantsurgery is performed with either local or general anesthesia, the procedure itself is not painful. The implant is surgically placed while your mouth is numb.

Many patients find that they experience a mild level of pain following dental implant surgery, which is why the dentist may prescribe a pain reliever to alleviate discomfort. Over- the- counter relievers are also available.

There are several factors that can affect the amount of discomfort felt after dental implant surgery. If your surgery is particularly complex, or requires bone grafting, sinus surgery, or other additional treatments, you can expect some level of discomfort post-surgery. Patients have found pain lasting anywhere from 2 to 6 days.

What is recovery like after having a dental implant placed?

Recovery after dental implant surgery depends on many factors. Everyone heals at their own rate. If you experience pain two to three weeks post-surgery, contact your dentist. If you are concerned whether the side effects you experience are normal, contact your Oakton Family Dentist.

Following post-procedure instructions carefully after treatment can help reduce pain after your implant procedure. These instructions will include-

  • Taking a painkiller as needed following the procedure to reduce discomfort. 600mg every eight hours of Ibuprofen is the standard recommendation. If you still experience pain, let your dentist know so they can make other recommendations.

  • Placing an icepack on the cheek or lip as soon as you get home can help reduce swelling. Continue icing for the first 24 hours.

  • Rinse with warm salt water 2-3 times a day to help with inflammation and the healing process.

  • Avoid hard foods that can irritate the surgical site. Soft foods, such as smoothies, yogurt, eggs, jello, and icecream are recommended.

  • Get plenty of rest. Strenuous activity can slow down the healing process and should be avoided a week after surgery.

At Oakton Family Dentistry, we strive to make each dental procedure as painless as possible. Please contact us with any questions or concerns about your dental treatment.

Call us for your free dental implant consultation 571-318-6202

Why Dental Health Check Ups are so Important

Do you know someone who never goes to the dentist? Maybe that someone is you. Dental professionals understand there are many different reason for not visiting the dentist, but it is still important to understand the significance of visiting the dentist regularly.

How often should you visit the dentist?
Adults and children should visit the dentist regularly. The average visit is every 6 months, but depending on your overall dental health and certain medical conditions, your dental team may want to see you more frequently.

It is important to remember that certain medical conditions and medications can have a major impact on our oral health. For instance, many medications cause dry mouth, dry mouth allows plaque formation to happen quickly and increase an individual’s risk for getting tooth decay and will need to see their dentist more often.

Why are dental checkups so important?
Many people that ignore the health of their mouth until a problem develops, but with new research showing the link between oral health and systemic health, visiting your dentistis more important than ever to prevent serious long-term effects.

Allowing gums to bleed
Bleeding gums are the first sign of infection. Bleeding gums are a sign of gingivitis, which is reversible, but the longer your gums bleed the chances of periodontal diseaseincreases. You may notice sore, red or bleeding gums. If left untreated, the bacteria enter the blood steam and travels to other parts of your body. Research shows that the bacteria from Periodontal disease puts patients at greater risk for respiratory disease, osteoporosis, heart disease and certain blood cancers. Visit for more information.

Tooth pain
Tooth pain often occurs from cavities forming. Waiting to treat a cavity till pain is involved usually leads to root canal treatment or possibly tooth loss. Regular dental check-ups will allow the dentist to identify decay at an earlier stage.

Overall, regular dental checkups decrease the chance for oral health problems from becoming serious. Catching decay early will save you money because the treatment will be less, which also means less time spent at the dentist to repair the problem.

If you or someone you know is in need of a dental checkup, call us today! Oakton Family Dentistry is here to make your dental visit comfortable and pain free.

Associations between periodontal diseases and systemic diseases: A review of the inter-relationships and interactions with diabetes, respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases and osteoporosis
Kuo, Lan-Chen et al.
Public Health , Volume 122 , Issue 4 , 417 – 433

National Children’s Dental Health Month

In celebration of Children’s Dental Health Month, we gathered a few simple tips to keep your child’s teeth healthy.

Did you know that cavities or tooth decay is one of the most common health issues affecting children in the U.S.?
Studies show that school-age children and youth in the U.S. miss 51 million hours of school each year due to oral health problems. These absences can mean losing critical learning time, especially in the early grades when foundational skills are being developed. What’s more, students that experience oral health pain are 4x more likely to have lower GPAs than their peers that don’t.

Fortunately, tooth decay and gum disease are almost entirely preventable. Here are a few tips parents and caregivers can use to improve children’s oral health.

  • Pregnant women should visit the dentist and practice good oral hygiene. A mom’s oral health has a direct impact on her baby’s oral health.

  • Wipe your baby’s gums with a clean, damp cloth after each feeding.

  • Start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as they appear.

  • To prevent baby bottle decay, never put your child to bed with a bottle of juice or milk.

  • Schedule the first dental visit for your child by age 3. Age 1 if you have any concerns.

  • Check to see if your water is fluoridated. If not, talk to your dentist or pediatrician about fluoride options.

  • Help your toddler brush twice daily with a small drop of fluoride toothpaste (size of a rice grain for age 0-3 and the size of a pea age 3-5) and floss at least once daily.

  • Encourage your child to eat nutritious foods, drink plenty of water and avoid sugary snacks and juice.

  • Talk to your dentist about fluoride varnish and dental sealants to prevent the incidence of tooth decay.

  • Have dental sealants as soon as their permanent teeth grow in.

  • Talk to your teenager about not smoking or using any other tobacco product.

To find out more about the importance of good oral health and the direct link between oral health and your child’s overall health and well-being, please visit these resources or call Oakton Family Dentistry today to set up a free consultation (703) 281-6201:

American Academy of Pediatrics –
American Dental Association – MouthHealthy
Center for Disease Control – Children’s Oral Health

Additional educational resources for children:
NIH – Children’s Dental Health Month
NEA – Children’s Dental Health Month

Source: Action for Dental Health: Bringing Disease Prevention into Communities. A Statement from the American Dental Association. December 2013.

Oakton Family Dentistry provides quality dental care for all ages for Oakton, Vienna, Fairfax, Chantilly, Tysons and all surrounding Northern Virginia areas. To make an appointment, call 703-281-6201 or visit our “Request Appointment” page.

The importance of regular dental visits for patients with dentures

Some people who have full dentures and no remaining natural teeth are under the impression that they no longer need to visit the dentist regularly, as long as their dentures fit and they are able to eat and speak clearly. But there are several important reasons, seeing a dentist at least annually is still a good idea even for denture wearers.

The stability and comfort of dentures depends upon the “foundation” that supports them. Good oral health includes healthy gums and adequate bone to support the denture. The longer patients wear dentures, the more likely it becomes that the denture may begin to fit poorly due to hard and soft tissue changes. Often, patients don’t recognize the changes that are happening and become accustomed to using denture adhesives to keep the denture in place. Regular dental visits, proper homecare and wearing your dentures are important factors for keeping your mouth healthy and your dentures in good shape.
During a routine dental visit, the dentist will remove the denture to check the health of the tissue under it. If any sore spots exist, the denture can be adjusted to eliminate this issue. An oral cancer screening exam is an important part of a routine dental visit since it is the soft tissue in the mouth where oral cancer occurs. Oral cancer screening is especially important for denture wearers since many people who lose their teeth are older and may be at greater risk for oral cancer.

Ill-fitting dentures can also lead to other health issues such as poor nutrition. Patients can experience difficulty eating healthy foods if their dentures don’t fit properly. Often, as patients age, if their dentures don’t fit and function properly, they lose weight, compounding the difficulty to stay healthy. Dentures should be worn daily and left in a recommended cleaning solution overnight. Always use the products that are meant for dentures and not for natural teeth. When soaking overnight, place in a closed container away from pets.

Regular preventive care can lengthen the life of your denture and keep the “foundation” secure. Oral health is essential to general overall health. If you have dentures, callOakton Family Dentistry today to schedule your routine checkup.

The Ultimate Toothpaste Guide

We have all been there, at the grocery store standing in the dental care aisle looking for a tube of toothpaste, and the amount of choices is so overwhelming that you grab the stuff that is most similar to your last tube of toothpaste and promptly leave, left wondering if you grabbed the best option.
This post is meant to help you decided if you are using the best toothpaste for your oral health needs.
Where Do I Start?
First, let us identify the two main difference in toothpaste. Gel vs. Paste and is there a difference?
Actually, they both have similar ingredients, so it comes down to personal preference. Gel toothpaste is going to feel smooth vs paste, which will have a gritty texture. Either way your teeth will get clean if you are brushing following the “Rule of 2”(Brush two minutes, two times a day).
Fluoride… To Fluoride or not to Fluoride, that is the question.
There is much debate about fluoride online, but what is it and what does it do? Fluoride is the 13th most abundant element found in the earth’s crust. Fluoride aides in re-mineralization of the teeth, protecting them from cavities and decay. It is added to some cities water supply and toothpastes.
The Oakton Family Dentistry doctors recommend – Fluoride in your toothpaste
Stained or Yellow Teeth
If your teeth are yellowing or have stain, a whitening toothpaste is a good place to start. Typically, whitening toothpaste does not contain bleach, instead mild abrasives and chemicals polish and remove the stains. If you are not satisfied with the result after 1 month of using whitening toothpaste, contact Oakton Family Dentistry for a free consultation to discuss stronger options.
The Oakton Family Dentistry doctors recommend – Sensodyne true white
Sensitive Teeth
Have you experienced hot or cold sensitivity? First, visit Oakton Family Dentistry to rule out a problem such as a cavity or another dental problem that could lead to a root canal or tooth loss. Once we know there isn’t a dental problem starting, a desensitizing toothpaste will be your next option. Look for a toothpaste that has desensitizing ingredients such as potassium nitrate or strontium chloride.
The Oakton Family Dentistry Doctors recommend – Sensodyne
If you prefer Natural
This can be anything from baking soda or a homemade recipe, to an actual all natural toothpaste you can purchase. These toothpastes are not mainstream; however, they are gaining popularity. If you prefer not to make your own, Toms of Main whitening and children’s toothpaste have been accepted by the American Dental Association.
The Oakton Family Dentistry Doctors recommend – Homemade paste. Mix baking soda and water
If you wear Dentures
Any ADA recommended toothpaste will work for cleaning your denture. The best option would be Denture Tablets, they are proven to be more effective at cleaning your dentures than brushing alone. Place a tablet in a glass of water and soak your dentures.
The Oakton Family Dentistry Doctors recommend – Polident
The flavor of your toothpaste is a personal preference and does not make one toothpaste better than another.
Dr. Scimeca– Mint
Dr. Elhady– Spearmint
We hope this list of toothpastes will help you make a more informed decision the next time you find yourself in the toothpaste isle.
If you have more questions about what type of toothpaste to use, call Oakton Family Dentistry today!

Mothers Day Dental Health Tips

With Mothers Day just around the corner, I can’t think of a better time to start taking care of yourself as good as you take care of your family.

The team at Oakton Family Dentistry understands that busy moms don’t always have time to take the best care of their teeth. But it shouldn’t be that way. That is why we are here to help!

Here are a few tips to help you.

Follow the “Rules of Two”-

How many times a day do you tell your kids to follow the rules? But have you been following the rules? When taking care of your teeth, the rule is to brush 2x day for 2 minutes. We know you are busy, that is why we recommend a rechargeable electric toothbrush. These toothbrushes usually have the 2-minute timer built into it.

Floss every day-

Flossing does more than keep your smile beautiful and healthy. Flossing removes the bacteria from between your teeth where the toothbrush cannot get to. If bacteria is left between your teeth, you are putting yourself at risk for more serious diseases, some of which can be life threatening. Flossing can also save you money. Not flossing allows cavities to form, and the larger the cavity, the larger the bill to repair it.

Load up on fruits and veggies-

The more sweets you eat, the more you put yourself at risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Eating fruits and veggies are great for your overall health and your teeth. Crisp fruits and raw veggies, like carrots, celery and apples clean plaque from your teeth and freshen breath.

Find some time for fitness-

Getting out for a daily power walk or jog not only helps your overall health, but benefits your teeth and gums as well. Exercise lowers your risk of gum disease because it reduces inflammation in your body, which includes your gums. Gum disease has been links to more serious health issues such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, so take a few extra steps in order to prevent it.

Visit Oakton Family Dentistry-

Visiting the dentist for regular checkups is important not only to make sure you are on track with your at home routine but to check your head and neck for cancer or abnormalities, check for gum disease, check bite, look for decay, check for damaged fillings, and clean any bacteria off your teeth that may have been missed after brushing and flossing.

Be the amazing mom you are-

Your kids look up to you. We know mothers who make dental health a priority in their own lives set a good example for their kids.
Call Oakton Family Dentistry today to set up your (and your kids) next preventative care visit. 703-281-6201

Back To School Dental Visit

As the summer comes to an end, it’s time to start thinking about a healthy back to school routine. Taking care of your child’s teeth is an important part of the routine. Research shows “poor oral health can mean missed school and lower grades.”

Tooth decay is preventable, but continues to be the most chronic disease in children.

A dental infection and pain can cause problems with your child’s daily activities, such as sleeping, eating and learning, which can lead to an un-fun school year. Start your child’s school year off right with these 8 helpful tips.

1. See the Dentist
Before summer ends, set up your child’s next dental check-up at Oakton Family Dentistry. Bring all necessary school forms signed. A check-up will ensure a healthy start to the school year.

2. Establish Healthy Habits
Make sure your child is brushing 2 times a day

3. Don’t eat after brushing teeth
This is especially important before bedtime, as salivary flow decreases while they sleep and teeth become more vulnerable to cavities.

4. Use Fluoride toothpaste
Kids over the age of 3 can use fluoride toothpaste. If your child wont spit, or eats the toothpaste, only use a rice grain amount. Once your child can spit, only a pea size amount of toothpaste is needed.

5. Eat Nutritious Foods
Encourage healthy eating. Tooth friendly snacks include fruit, string cheese, vegetables, unsweetened applesauce and nuts. Avoid sticky foods, such as candy, fruit roll ups, and granola bars. These foods stick to teeth surfaces and cause decay.

6. Don’t nibble food or sip continuously
Allowing time between snacking and sipping allows saliva to neutralize acids and repair teeth.

7. Drink Water
Choose water for your child instead of drinks sweetened with sugar. If your child wants a sweeter drink, try adding fresh sliced fruit such as lemons or strawberries.

8. Ask About Sealants
Dental sealants can also protect your children’s teeth from cavities. Sealants, which are applied to the chewing surfaces of molars, act as a shield between the tooth and harmful bacteria.

Finally, make sure your child visits Oakton Family Dentistry approximately every six months for a checkup and routine cleaning! Call today to schedule their next dental check-up!

Pinhole Surgical Technique Corrects Gum Recession Instantly

A Breakthrough Treatment for Gum Recession

Scalpel-Free, Suture-Free, Conventional Graft-Free

We are excited to announce the latest in gum rejuvenation for patients with gum recession.

What is Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation?
Back in the day, the only way to treat gum recession was with a painful gum graft surgery. With Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation, patient experience a non-invasive procedure that brings gum back to a healthy level.

The procedure works by making a small pinhole in the tissue, the gums are loosened and massaged back down over the tooth where it belongs. To keep the gum in a place, a collagen strip is placed between the teeth to stabilize the gum. Most patients have minimal or no side effects from the procedure and people are able to return to normal activity within days of the procedure.

Advantages of Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation
Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation has become the most popular gum recession treatment, being featured in hundreds of news stories around the world. Before this procedure was available, the only treatment for gum recession was to graft tissue from the roof of your mouth which is a slow painful process that took weeks to recover from. It’s easy to see why Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation has become the top choice to treat gum recession. Some advantages include:

• No scalpel or sutures needed
• No skin grafting surgery
• Recovery is usually between 1-3 days
• Treatment is quicker than traditional grafting
• Can treat many teeth in one visit

Many people know they have receding gums, but were turned off by the thought of grafting skin from the roof of their mouth to restore their gums. But now, with Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation, patients can get the minimally invasive treatment option they want with results that can last a lifetime!

For more information on why gums recede and how the Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation is done, Click here!

Call Oakton Family Dentistry today to find out if you’re a candidate for Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation. Don’t wait until more problems occur because of your gum recession.