Fairfax Preventive Dentistry Protects Your Healthy Smile
Prevention is the vital foundation of quality dental care – after all, being able to stop problems before they start is much simpler, safer, and more affordable for patients when compared to treating severe oral damage later on. Here in Fairfax, VA, patients can turn to Dr. Malcolm Murray and the rest of our team for the respectful, compassionate approach they need. We’ll support you with routine checkups, revitalizing cleanings, and other services designed to strengthen and protect your smile for years to come. Patients from Centreville, VA and other nearby areas are welcome to contact us today and schedule an appointment!
Checkups & Cleanings
Attending an in-depth evaluation and cleaning every six months (or twice each year) is the most important way patients of all ages can help their oral health thrive. During these visits, our team’s goal is to form the most comprehensive picture of your unique smile possible. Dr. Murray will review each tooth, your gums, bite, jaw, current restorations, and more in order to discover even the smallest areas of damage or discomfort. Periodontal disease and oral cancer screenings provide important information as well. After we’ve completed your checkup, it’ll be time to sit down and discuss the findings, as well as our recommendations for treatment.
Refreshing cleanings are also necessary for good oral health because they allow our team to remove stubborn, decay-causing plaque and tartar from the smile, as well as minor dental stains. You’ll leave our practice with teeth that feel nicely polished!
Fluoride treatment is often a great preventive choice for both children and adults who are susceptible to tooth decay and sensitivity. This topical treatment is applied directly to the teeth in a fast, concentrated manner helping to harden tooth enamel and reduce the risk of cavities. It can even reverse cavities in their earliest stages!
Nightguards for Bruxism
Bruxism (more commonly known as teeth grinding) is a very common condition, and one that can lead to painful headaches, dental damage, and other unpleasant consequences if it’s left untreated for too long. Because the grinding tends to occur while the patient is sleeping, Dr. Murray typically recommends a custom nightguard as an effective solution. This oral appliance will provide a valuable barrier to protect vulnerable teeth keeping them safe as you rest easy.
TMJ Diagnosis & Therapy
TMJ disorder is a serious, potentially debilitating health condition that’s caused by misaligned jaw joints. Dr. Murray can help provide much-needed relief from the significant pain caused by TMJ disorder with diagnostic services and revitalizing treatment options. The use of an oral appliance (also known as occlusal splint therapy) can help reposition the jaw into a more comfortable resting position, while occlusal adjustment involves the relatively minor alteration of certain teeth in order to eliminate stress and aggravation. Our goal is to get you to feeling better as soon as possible!
Do you play a sport where contact with hard surfaces, objects, or other people is a definite possibility? You need a customized sportsguard from Dr. Murray in Fairfax. Unlike uncomfortable, one-size-fits-all models from the local athletics store, our oral appliances are precisely designed to complement your unique smile and allow for plenty of movement, unhindered breathing, and clear speaking. These devices can do more than just protect your teeth and lips – studies have shown they may even help reduce the severity of concussions.
Additional preventive services include:
- Children’s Dentistry
- Dental Sealants
- Quality Oral Hygiene Products