Dental Bonding Can Give You a Beautiful Smile in Midlothian

Beautiful Smile in Midlothian

Dental bonding is a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure in the Richmond area, but there are many patients who don’t know exactly what it is. Today in the White & White dental blog, we explain 7 ways dental bonding is used in cosmetic dentistry to give patients a beautiful smile in Midlothian.

Everything You Need To Know About Dental Bonding

The dental bonding procedure uses a resin material that is sturdy and tooth-colored. The resin is applied to the teeth while it is soft, like putty, and then hardened or set with a special light used by the dentist. The material bonds with the tooth and can then be shaped and polished into a beautiful smile in Midlothian.

Dentists will usually consider the option of bonding when your teeth are either decayed, chipped, or cracked, because the material is capable of healing damage to your teeth. Furthermore, large spaces between teeth can be filled with the bonding material, and roots can be protected by bonding if your gums have receded. Discolored teeth can also be improved using the bonding process, and, since the material is easily shaped, teeth can be made to look longer. With the flexible material, dentists can change the general shape of your teeth. Bonding is often used, along with teeth whitening, as part of a total smile makeover.

Schedule a Smile Makeover

At White & White, we want to give each of our patients a beautiful smile in Midlothian that they can be proud of. Our practice offers the amazing services such as Six Month Smiles, general dentistry, porcelain veneers, and sedation dentistry. If you are in the Bon Air or Midlothian area and are in need of dental care and cosmetic dentistry, please give us a call at 804-302-5592. We hope to hear from you soon!

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

3 Smart Solutions For A Perfect Smile In Bon Air

perfect smile in bon air

Have you always dreamed of having the perfect smile in Bon Air? The solution to your problem isn’t as far away as you might think. In today’s message we will focus on three innovative procedures used in smile transformations.

1. Tooth Implants

Tooth implants are altering the face of dentistry. For most patients, a dental implant is the prime solution for a missing tooth. A dental implant is a metal, usually titanium, rod implanted into the bone to replace the missing root of a tooth that has been extracted. The crown and supporting structure are securely attached to the post.

When the final crown is attached, the dental implant is indistinguishable from a natural tooth. Dental implants have many critical advantages over dental bridges. If you are missing teeth, schedule a consultation with White & White to schedule a procedure or to learn more today.

2. Invisible Braces

If you grew up during the time of clunky metal braces, then you’re in for a treat. Invisible braces allow you to straighten your teeth discreetly, because it is nearly impossible to see them while they are being worn. There are a couple of different brands of invisible braces including Damon Braces and Invisalign clear aligners, but patients are in love with them! Probably because they could give you the perfect smile in Bon Air that you were looking for, without the disadvantages of metal braces.

3. White Fillings

If you had dental cavities in the past, you may have old amalgam fillings. Come in today, and we can set you up with tooth colored fillings that will match your surrounding teeth, significantly upgrading your smile without crowns.

White & White has been providing trusted dental care since 2004. Call us today to learn more about our general and cosmetic dentistry services. We look forward to meeting you and giving you the perfect smile in Bon Air.

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Knowledge Is Power: Dental Anxiety in Midlothian VA

Millions of Americans cope with dental anxiety. The mere thought of going to the dentist for a checkup and cleaning sets their hearts racing. If you’re one of them, know that White & White in Midlothian VA always has your comfort and best interests in mind, and will work with you.

Some people are so anxious about seeing the dentist that they cancel appointments, or don’t even make them in the first place. Common reasons for this include the fear of pain, the fear of novocaine injections, and concerns about the side effects of anesthesia.

These are all legitimate concerns, especially from the patient’s point of view. The down side is that avoiding the dentist puts your dental health at risk.

Knowledge is power, so a good first step for anyone with dental anxiety is to talk to us about your concerns. Understanding what is involved in any procedure can go a long way to alleviating them.

For some, that isn’t enough. In that case, we provide sedation dentistry that can usually get anyone through an appointment. We have three different levels: nitrous oxide, commonly called laughing gas. Oral conscious sedation involves taking a sedative before your appointment. And IV sedation is administered intravenously. It won’t make you sleep, but will put you in a deeply relaxed state.

Nitrous oxide wears off quickly. For oral conscious sedation and IV sedation, though, you’ll need a ride home afterward.

The health of your teeth and gums is vital to your overall health, so it is essential to have a cleaning and checkup every six months. If you’re coping with dental anxiety, sedation dentistry may be the answer you’ve been looking for.

Talk to us at White & White in Midlothian VA. We also provide general and family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Tooth Replacement For The 21st Century

Bon Air tooth implant supported dentures

Not everything was better back in the good old days. Take dentures, for instance. Dentures have been around for generations and have certainly improved the lives of thousands of people. But they keep improving, and at White & White in Midlothian VA, we offer our patients the latest advancements.

Old-school false teeth are no longer the prime tooth replacement. Traditional dentures can impede many vital oral functions: chewing, tasting, swallowing, talking, and smiling.

You may know denture wearers who have stopped attending social activities because they are embarrassed by dentures that are far from inconspicuous. Some have even stopped eating their favorite foods because their dentures curtail their capacity to taste and/or chew.

The good news is that dentures have evolved. Implant-anchored or implant-supported dentures are far superior than old-school dentures for many patients. So much better, in fact, that there really should be another term for this revolutionary tooth replacement system – a term that doesn’t include the word “denture.” (If you can think of a good name, let us know.)

There are two types of implant anchored dentures; removable and permanent. No adhesive is necessary for either system. With the permanent type, screw retentions are anchored in the jaw to serve as attachment points for the denture. Permanent implant-supported dentures are very stable. Moreover, they are usually less pricey than replacing each missing tooth with an implant. (The cost varies depending on the number of implants required and other factors.)

Screw retentions require enough bone thickness to allow the implant to securely mesh with the existing bone. Unfortunately, some patients who have been missing teeth for a long period of time have experienced bone recession. For patients who lack the required amount of bone, mini-implants may be an alternative.

Removable implant anchored dentures have a locator attachment which allows the wearer to snap the appliance in place. Some patients prefer this type because they can remove them at night for cleaning.

The benefits of implant-supported dentures include:

  • Increased comfort
  • Natural appearance
  • Normal tooth function
  • Improved durability
  • Better bone retention
  • Denture relines not required
  • Minimal gum irritation
  • No denture adhesive needed

To find out more about dentures and alternatives, call White & White in Midlothian VA. We treat patients of all ages with general and family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment today.

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Reinvent Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry in Midlothian VA

Bon Air smile makeover

A smile makeover can boost your confidence for an upcoming job interview, promotion or new relationship. It is a function of cosmetic dentistry, of the type we provide at White & White in Midlothian VA, and may include teeth whitening, clear braces, veneers, or dental implants.

Many of these take time. Understanding the process requires only a simple consultation. Small changes can make a big difference!

How The Rich Do It
Public figures from London to Hollywood, from New York to Vegas would advise you to:

  • Choose a dental professional like White & White, with an excellent track record in the field.
  • Consult with the professional, chart a course, and trust the course enough to see it through to completion.
  • Do your homework. Websites (like this one) are great for information, staff description and contact details.
  • Don’t cut corners.

Better Smile, Better You
Is this the year to reinvent yourself? Consider improving your physical fitness, taking up a new hobby, pursuing continuing education or a new career to go along with your new smile.

A smile makeover is defined differently by different people. At White & White, smile makeovers might consist of such cosmetic dentistry as porcelain veneers, dental implants, teeth whitening, and a corrected bite with Invisalign clear braces. Please visit our smile gallery to see examples of what we can do. We also provide general and family dentistry, and are a mercury-free practice.

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Sleep Apnea: A Serious Issue in Midlothian VA

At White & White in Midlothian VA, we see patients who have struggled with insufficient sleep for months or even years. Some of them are diagnosed with sleep apnea.

You Can’t Just “Tough It Out”

Some of these people are reluctant to pursue professional help. This is unfortunate, because sleep apnea is treatable, and takes such a high toll on their health and quality of life.

Sleep apnea is characterized by pauses in breathing. It can happen repeatedly through the night, and last from a few seconds up to a minute. It deprives the brain of oxygen, and is associated with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems, and other serious conditions.

There are several types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Throat muscles soften and cover the airway. This is the most prevalent type.
  • Central Sleep Apnea: The brain doesn’t send signals to the muscles that regulate breathing.
  • Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome (Treatment-emergent Central Sleep Apnea): A combination of the conditions described above.

Signs of Sleep Apnea

  • Loud snoring
  • Abrupt awakenings where you are choking or feel “out of breath”
  • Pauses in breathing while sleeping (as evidenced by another person noticing the behavior)
  • Sore throat or dry mouth after sleeping
  • Restless sleep
  • Falling asleep while performing normal daily activities
  • Inability to concentrate during the day
  • Depression and irritability
  • Awakening with a headache
  • Extreme fatigue

At White & White in Midlothian VA, we provide effective sleep apnea treatment. If you or a loved one suffers from sleep apnea, or even if you just suspect it, call us for a consultation. We also provide cosmetic, general and family dentistry.

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Jaw Pain? TMD Treatment in Midlothian VA

Treatment For Stress Induced Jaw Pain In Midlothian

Everyday issues cause some individuals to respond by clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth. This can bring on TMD, a condition we treat at White & White in Midlothian VA.

TMD is frequently confused with ‘TMJ,’ the acronym for temporomandibular joint. The terms, however, are not synonymous.

Your jaw is able to open and close thanks to many muscles and the intricate temporomandibular joints. These joints enable strength and flexibility as you chew, speak, and yawn.

Damage to them can lead to extreme pain in the jaw, head, face and neck. Pain may be experienced on one or both sides.

TMD is an often misdiagnosed condition because facial pain can result from a variety of problems, not just damage to the temporomandibular joints. Sinus infections, tooth decay, and facial inuries can cause jaw pain. An accurate diagnosis is the first step in treating TMD.

At White & White we have been diagnosing and treating TMD for years, working with other specialists when required. If you are noticing clicking, popping, or discomfort in your jaw, call us today for a diagnosis and treatment plan. We offer general and family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and are a mercury-free practice.

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

No Worries: Root Canals in Midllothian VA

 

There are two words that can strike fear into the stoutest of hearts: root canal. But at White & White in Midlothian VA, root canals are performed with the patient’s comfort uppermost in mind.

A root canal is a procedure that treats the inside of a tooth. It becomes necessary when a cavity infects a tooth’s interior, which can cause a whole lot of pain.

The technical word for a root canal is endodontic therapy. In short, it works like this: after an access hole is drilled in the surface of the infected tooth, the damaged interior, or pulp, is removed. What remains is thoroughly cleaned, filled, and sealed. A crown is placed over the whole thing to protect it, and provide a natural-looking appearance.

No one likes going to the dentist to begin with, and root canals have the reputation of being painful. We have sedation dentistry for those who need it, including IV sedation. It won’t put you completely to sleep, but will make you feel much more at ease. (You’ll need a ride home afterward.)

In addition to root canals, White & White in Midlothian VA offers general and family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and other services.  Call today to schedule an appointment or consultation.

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

15 Things About Teeth, From Your Midlothian Dentist

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This won’t surprise you: at White & White in Midlothian VA, teeth are our business. We’re dentists, after all. We’ve come to have a deep appreciation for teeth, and would like to share some lesser-known facts about them.

  1. Children’s teeth are soft until about age 10.
  2. A tooth with a crown can still get a cavity.
  3. Your gum tissue is as important as your teeth.
  4. Some prescription drugs can increase your risk of tooth decay.
  5. Some home tap water filters remove fluoride.
  6. 19 percent of kids between the ages of 2 and 19 have untreated tooth decay.
  7. Heartburn can be bad for teeth.
  8. Allergies can cause tooth grinding.
  9. Dried fruit is just as harmful for teeth as sticky candy.
  10. Tooth enamel cannot repair itself, though dentin and cementum (the substance that surrounds the tooth root) can partially regenerate.
  11. A Harvard-led team recently used low-powered lasers to activate stem cells and stimulate the growth of teeth in rats and human dental tissue in a lab.
  12. There are about 300 types of bacteria in your mouth (!!).
  13. Chewing sugarless gum after meals can help remove food particles on your teeth. You still need to brush, but if you can’t brush immediately after meals, sugarless gum can help keep your teeth clean.
  14. Cavities often don’t cause pain until they have reached the root and nerve of the tooth. Visit your dentist regularly to prevent cavities or at least to detect them when they are small.
  15. Bone recession can cause tooth loss, even if no decay is present.

We could go on. At White & White in Midlothian, we understand that teeth are living organisms with a complex supply of nerves and blood vessels. And that’s why, as dentists, we urge our patients to brush and floss twice a day, and see us twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. We provide general and family dentistry, and are a mercury-free practice.

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Preventive Dentistry For Dental Health in Midlothian VA

tooth decay pictures at http://www.relaxdental.com/ Are you a parent of young children? Do you want them to have better oral hygiene habits than you did when you were young? Many adults have a mouth full of fillings and want to start their kids on a road to better dental health. At White & White in Midlothian VA, we have a prevention-oriented philosophy of dental care.

Patients of all ages need to start with an exam to determine their current status. Your dental condition is influenced by your dietary habits, previous dental work, physical health, medications, lifestyle and family history. After a comprehensive analysis, we’ll establish a prevention plan just for you.

A prevention plan is a multi-faceted approach designed to maintain optimum dental health. It involves affordable preventative services, twice-yearly exams, and professional cleanings that help prevent a multitude of serious dental issues.

Dental health cannot be maintained solely in our office. Daily brushing and flossing is essential. A healthy diet is necessary and will deliver benefits to your whole body, not just your teeth.

At White & White in Midlothian VA, the dental health of our patients is our primary concern. If you suspect you have a cavity or some other issue, call us before it gets worse. We provide general and family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and are a mercury-free practice.

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113