Most people experience a dental injury at one point or another in their lives, from something as minor as a cavity to something as serious as tooth loss. No one should have to struggle with these issues for days, months, or even years on end without relief. At MJM Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, you’ll never have to feel like you’re being unfairly judged – Dr. Malcolm Murray and the rest of our team are focused on repairing your happy, healthy smile in an environment that’s compassionate to your situation and infused with respect and warmth. We offer several restorative services that are designed to repair teeth in durable, lifelike ways. Contact our Fairfax, VA practice today if you have any questions we can help you with, or if you’re ready to schedule your first appointment.
Dental crowns and bridges are designed to restore shape, structure, and aesthetic appearance to teeth that are in need of additional support. Crowns fit over individual teeth and can be used in cases of significant tooth decay, injury, and as the finishing touches for root canal and dental implant procedures. They’re also used in conjunction with dental bridges, which are used to sturdily restore one or more missing teeth in a row. The crowns work as “anchors,” holding the prosthetic in place with the help of adjacent healthy teeth for a lifelike result.
When facing more extensive tooth loss, dental implants and full and partial dentures are also available for patients from Burke, VA and surrounding areas.
For patients with more extensive tooth loss, we typically recommend partial or full dentures. Partial dentures are crafted from a number of replacement teeth set into a gum-colored base that is held in position by clasps connected to remaining healthy teeth. Full dentures comprise a full arch of teeth set into a gum-colored base. The base is crafted from a malleable material that is crafted to seal against the gum line being held in place with natural suction or a small amount of denture adhesive.
Tooth-colored fillings are a big improvement over their traditional amalgam counterparts allowing Dr. Murray to treat areas of decay in a conservative, aesthetically pleasing manner. The lack of metals also makes this treatment perfect for patients with related allergies; it’s more comfortable as well, eliminating the adverse reactions that occur when amalgam fillings experience temperature changes. Our team uses SonicFill™ technology to simplify the filling process further and ensure precise, satisfying results.
Root canal therapy is the last resort when patients are struggling with teeth that are badly decayed to the point that fillings, crowns, and other common restorative procedures will prove ineffective. Many patients worry when they hear its name, but the truth is, you have nothing to fear – today’s advances in anesthesia and technology have helped root canal therapy become no more uncomfortable than common decay treatment. During the procedure, Dr. Murray will access the inside of the affected tooth and thoroughly remove diseased pulp and bacteria before sealing the area shut to prevent further infection.
Our team will always do everything we can to help you maintain a natural, healthy smile. However, there are cases where extracting one or more teeth may be a necessary evil. Maybe you’ve experienced a traumatic oral injury, or your wisdom teeth are causing infection and overcrowding. Whatever the case, Dr. Murray will be sure to handle this procedure as smoothly as possible ensuring you’re comfortable and at ease the whole way through with the help of enjoyable amenities and sedation dentistry, if needed.