Routine dental examinations are one of the most important parts of preventive dental care. During your first visit and every periodic visit after that, Dr. Sachi D. Patel will check for gum disease and cavities. We will also evaluate your risk of developing other oral health problems by comprehensively checking your face, neck, and mouth for abnormalities.
After a thorough evaluation and analysis, Dr. Patel will discuss your diet, oral hygiene habits, lifestyle factors and possible cosmetic improvements to your teeth.
In addition to preventing new dental issues from occurring, examinations also allow us to correct existing issues in the early stages. Since most dental problems progressively worsen when left untreated, it’s very important that you come in for dental check-ups every six months. Some patients, such as those with advanced gum disease, may require more frequent visits. We will discuss this with you during your initial appointment.Book An Appointment
The brushing and flossing you do on a daily basis helps to get rid of a lot of the light plaque or food that gets stuck in your teeth throughout the day. However, in addition to this, you also need to come in for dental cleanings once every six months, or in some cases, more frequently.
Dental Cleanings involve the professional removal of plaque and tartar through ultrasonic and hand instruments, stain removal, polishing of teeth, fluoride application and sealants for children.
The benefits of professional teeth cleaning include:
No two patients are the same. In order to provide the best dental care possible, we work with you to figure out what your unique needs are, as well as any specific dental issues that are troubling you.
Some dental issues aren’t detectable with just a visual inspection. In order to better assess your oral health, Mosaic Dental uses Digital X-Rays for our patients. Digital X-Rays allow the dentist to diagnose potential oral care issues in a patient’s mouth that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to identify.
There are two types of dental X-rays, intraoral and extraoral. Intraoral is taken inside the mouth, and extraoral is taken outside the mouth. X-rays allow a dentist to:
Digital X-rays reduce radiation by as much as 80% and limits the rays to an area less than three inches in diameter. To ensure the safety of our patients, X-ray machines go through regular inspections and licensing.Book An Appointment
As a part of our dental cleaning service, we apply a fluoride treatment to strengthen your teeth and help prevent cavities.
Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent cavities and can repair teeth in the very early, microscopic stages of the disease.
Anyone who is at risk of dental decay is a good candidate for topical fluoride treatment. Even adults who use toothpaste or mouthwash with fluoride in it may benefit from fluoride treatment, particularly if you live in an area that does not have fluoridated drinking water. Other common situations where fluoride treatment may be beneficial include:
The fluoride is applied directly to your teeth. The fluoride preparation used in dental offices is a much stronger concentration than what is found in toothpaste or fluoride mouth rinses that may be available in a store or at a pharmacy.Book An Appointment
Accidents happen. Whether your child falls off their bike or you get hit in the mouth during contact sports, dental emergencies can happen to anyone. When you find yourself in need of emergency dental treatments, call Mosaic Dental if you are in need of an emergency dentist in Sterling, VA.
It’s vital that you seek dental treatment as soon as possible after suffering facial trauma that impacts your teeth.
Often times, patients wait to visit the dentist because they aren’t sure if their situation qualifies as an emergency. Here are some common situations that may be considered a dental emergency.
If you’ve had any sort of trauma to your face that resulted in a tooth being dislodged, but still attached, you should contact the dentist as soon as possible. An emergency dentist may be able to reposition and stabilize the tooth to prevent further damage from being caused or a complete tooth loss.
Depending on your situation, the tooth may be able to be saved or it may require a root canal treatment. Our dentist, Dr. Patel, will be able to make a determination on the best route to take after she examines the damage.
Did you know that over five million teeth are knocked out every year in children and adults? In these cases, it’s very important that the tooth is replaced quickly and correctly in order to be saved. When a tooth has been properly replaced, it can last for years.
When your tooth is chipped or cracked, it can be difficult to tell if it’s an emergency or not. If you are bleeding or are experiencing severe pain after cracking a tooth, it may be a dental emergency.Book An Appointment
Dentures serve to replace missing teeth and can be taken out as well as put back in the mouth. Though they take some getting used to, they feel exactly like natural teeth do and can effectively improve the appearance of a smile. If you are interested in dentures in Sterling, VA, contact Mosaic Dental today!
In the event of several missing teeth, dentures help to accommodate such tooth loss and prevent facial muscles from sagging over time. Other benefits it includes are:
At Mosaic Dental, we provide three types of dentures:
Knowing which one will suit you best will be determined by Dr. Patel.
Dentures function by having the upper denture cover the roof of your mouth (palate), while the lower is placed on the bottom to accommodate the tongue. They are also custom-made in a dental laboratory based on the impressions that were taken from your mouth.
Over time, your dentures will require realignment as well as need to be remade due to frequent wear. Your mouth also changes as you age, which may require you to replace your dentures eventually to fit properly. This is why itâ€™s important to keep up checkups with Dr. Patel so she can monitor how your dentures are working.
Dentures may need to be adjusted after they are newly fitted. Hard and soft relines become necessary when the dentures become loose fitting after healing from extractions.
A rebase completed in a laboratory becomes necessary when dentures have become loose over time.Book An Appointment
Mosaic Dental offers dental sealants to its patients in need of cosmetic dentistry. They are plastic coatings that are adhered to the surface of the back teeth (molars and premolars) to prevent from decaying.Book An Appointment
When deep gingival pockets occur due to the presence of gum disease and bone loss, scaling and root planing becomes necessary.
Dental scaling happens with the use of manual hand instruments, ultrasonic instruments or both. When dental scaling takes place, it eliminates plaque bacteria with sonic vibrations and removes tartar, plaque, and biofilm from the tooth surface as well as underneath the gum line. The remainder may be removed with a manual instrument.
Root planing entails scaling the root surface to reduce inflammation of the gum tissue. The dentist then scales the root surface to even out tough target areas and remove plaque/biofilm buildup.
Depending on the condition of your gums (if they are sensitive or inflamed for any reason), local anesthesia may be given to numb the area.
Dental scaling and root planing may take two to four visits to complete based on a patient’s level of oral disease. For example, if a patient has periodontal disease, dental scaling and root planing will be done first and periodontal surgery afterward.
Caring for your teeth is essential! At Mosaic Dental, we provide our patients with the know-how to care for their mouth so they can maintain teeth longevity.Book An Appointment
Root canals are needed when a tooth’s root becomes damaged by a large cavity. The process consists of extracting the tooth’s pulp which is a small tissue-like thread in the center. Upon removing the pulp from the tooth’s center, the empty space is then cleaned and filled.
Root canal therapy can preserve infected teeth and restore their health. The most common causes of pulp damage are:
It’s imperative that the pulp is immediately treated so pus does not potentially build up to the root tip in the jawbone. If this does happen, it forms an abscess that destroys bone surrounding the tooth and cause pain.
Root canals require several office visits in order to complete. These are the typical steps of a root canal treatment:
Under proper care and maintenance, your restored tooth can last a lifetime! However, tooth decay is susceptible to happen if oral hygiene isn’t maintained. This is why keeping up with regular dental visits and hygiene is imperative!
Also due to there not being a pulp existing to keep the tooth alive anymore, teeth that have received root canals are more prone to fracture.Book An Appointment
Teeth grinding is a common issue that several people have. However, if it starts to cause health issues, it isn’t so common anymore. Severe night grinding is also referred to as bruxism which can lead to worn and cracked teeth.
Teeth grinding can be a difficult habit to break, but luckily there is a solution for it. Wearing a night guard while you sleep can prevent teeth grinding which in turn will stop jaw clenching.
Because most grinding of the teeth is done while sleeping, it’s usually noted by the spouse or partner that they are being disturbed by a grinding noise. So unless your partner is a light sleeper, it may go unnoticed until you pay a visit to the dentist.
In this instance, Dr. Patel will determine if you have bruxism through a dental examination and will provide a custom fitted night guard or recommend an over-the-counter one.
Night guards, also referred to as mouth guards, are similar to the function of retainers in that they cover either the bottom or top set of teeth. The guard acts as a cushion for teeth that come in contact to grind and prevents clenching.
At Mosaic Dental, we provide custom-made night guards to our patients so they and their partners can rest peacefully!Book An Appointment
There are a few reasons why Dr. Patel may suggest tooth removal for a patient. Some reasons may include:
When teeth are only partially erupted, it’s highly recommended to extract them because bacteria can still enter and infect the tooth. When it comes to impacted teeth, they will continue to break through gum tissue despite there not being enough room. Because of this immense pressure, it can also damage the roots of the surrounding teeth. This is why it is highly recommended to extract impacted teeth so no infection can occur or risk damaging surrounding teeth and bone.
Before any procedure takes place, Dr. Patel will go over your medical and dental history as well as take digital X-rays.
Once the X-rays are taken, they will be used to see the shape and positioning of the tooth as well as understand the extent of the procedure. X-rays can also help determine if the patient needs to see an oral surgeon.
Before the procedure, Dr. Patel will numb the tooth in need of extraction, pull the tooth out with dental forceps and stitch back up the area.
In order to avoid any chance of infection, it is imperative to keep the area of extraction clean. Dr. Patel will ask you to bite down gently on a piece of sterile gauze which you will need to keep in place for 30-45 minutes in order to resist the bleeding.
The next 24 hours will require you not to smoke, rinse your mouth or even clean your teeth next to where the teeth were extracted.Book An Appointment
For decayed, chipped, and/or fractured teeth, bonding can be a cosmetic solution to consider! With just one office visit, Dr. Patel will apply a tooth-colored composite resin and repair your damaged tooth.
Bonding is a simple and inexpensive dental solution that shapes and polishes in order to match surrounding teeth. Other benefits of bonding include:
Bonding is done by creating a resin that is molded to the structure in need. Once it is placed on the tooth, it is cemented by an ultraviolet light which allows for polishing.
With proper care and maintenance, bonding can last well over 10 years.Book An Appointment
Are you looking to replace any gold or silver fillings as well as have them remain long lasting? Composite fillings are the perfect solution!
When a cavity happens, it means the tooth’s structure has become weak due to decay. This requires correction as soon as possible. At Mosaic Dental, Dr. Patel will remove the decayed area and replace it with a tooth-colored composite filling.
Nowadays, dentists can use composite fillings (cosmetic fillings) to fix cavities and have it blend in naturally with the rest of the teeth. The material used is made of composite resin in order to give an authentic look.
They don’t just serve as a better alternative to having amalgam fillings, but they also offer other benefits as well:
Unlike dentures that can be removed, tooth colored crowns are kept in place by cement and adhered to existing teeth. Mosaic Dental provides tooth colored crowns to patients in need of cosmetic dental services.
A crown is used to cover a damaged tooth and improve the appearance of your smile. Crowns can also be placed on top of an implant in order to give a tooth-like shape for function.
Whether you receive a porcelain or ceramic crown, they can be matched to your teeth’s natural color.
Reasons why you may be given a crown include:
The tooth in need of coverage will be reduced in size so the crown can fit appropriately. Once the tooth is resized, Dr. Patel will take an impression with the mold to get the exact size. Depending on if porcelain is being used, she will determine the right shade for the crown to match your teeth.
In order to maintain the longevity of your new crown, oral hygiene must be practiced daily. By keeping teeth and gums healthy with dental cleanings and brushing/flossing, you’re creating a long lasting life for your crowns!Book An Appointment
A popular alternative to traditional metal braces, Invisalign is noninvasive and a convenient solution for straightening teeth. At Mosaic Dental, we offer Invisalign in Sterling, VA to help patients achieve a straighter, healthier smile.
Here are just some of the benefits Invisalign offers:
With traditional braces and depending on the condition, it requires the patient to get them tightened every six weeks or so. Invisalign on the other hand, comes with many months of new aligners which can be replaced at home every two weeks.
Invisalign has its perk of being virtually unnoticed when you smile. Some may feel a bit self-conscious showing a mouth full of metal, but Invisalign remains clear and discreet!
With conventional braces, a bracket or wire may become loose and will require a trip to the orthodontist in order to get fixed. Unlike traditional braces however, Invisalign does not require repairs. Any lost or broken aligners can be replaced within the series.
Anyone who has worn traditional braces knows the difficulty of cleaning teeth. This is an important step with traditional braces as food can get stuck in the brackets and around the gum line. An orthodontist usually will have to educate the patient on how to properly floss, brush and clean.
Invisalign allows you to remove the appliance and clean your teeth normally.
Invisalign works by gradually moving teeth with a set of clear plastic aligners. With the use of a computer program, it can create a series of aligners that will keep producing gradual changes in the alignment of teeth.
At Mosaic Dental, Dr. Patel will examine your teeth to see if you’re an eligible candidate for Invisalign.Book An Appointment
Mosaic Dental offers its patients teeth whitening in Sterling, VA to get that whitened and brightened smile! For patients who are tired of looking at stained and yellow teeth, we can help!
The reflection of light off your tooth’s enamel creates your teeth’s natural color, in combination with the color of the dentin underneath it. When it comes to your enamel, it is affected by the kind of genes you have; whether it will be smooth or rough.
Daily, the enamel encounters and picks up stains. The main reasons stains form are:
Whitening your teeth can have several benefits to not just your smile, but to your confidence! At Mosaic Dental, we provide reusable custom whitening trays for your mouth! Other reasons why several people opt for teeth whitening services are due to:
Ready to improve the aesthetics of your smile? Dr. Patel can help advise on which type of teeth whitening treatment is best for you.Book An Appointment
Provided as a cosmetic dentistry treatment, veneers are thin ceramic layers that cover a structured tooth in order to reshape and fill any empty space between teeth. Veneers are made of a composite resin and are custom made to fit over any patient’s set of teeth. At Mosaic Dental, we offer veneers in Sterling, VA to improve the look of your smile!
Veneers are used in order to improve the following:
Veneers also have their advantages when it comes to their investment. They are:
At Mosaic Dental, Dr. Patel will be sure to properly educate you on the ropes for caring for your veneers. The most important part however, is continuing to implement your oral hygiene routine and dental checkups.Book An Appointment
$99 Adult exam, xrays, and cleanings
$75 exam for children under 12 - including xrays, cleanings, and fluoride
Complimentary same day emergency exam including necessary xrays
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