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Protecting and improving your oral health is our goal. If you have small problems our general and preventive services can detect dental issues early so they don't become big problems. With regular preventive care, you can enjoy a lasting, healthy smile and peace of mind as you reduce your risk for serious illnesses.

Preventative and general dentistry may involve: 

Dental exams and cleanings

Routine cleanings detect and prevent dental issues early while keeping your smile strong and healthy. In your dental exam, your dentist will perform the following routine checks:

  • Check for gum disease
  • Inspect for tooth decay
  • Take digital x-rays
  • Screen for oral cancer
  • Verify stability of fillings or other restorations
  • Inform you of findings
  • Recommend treatment(s)

Fillings

Our dentists will gently clean the decayed area of your tooth and seal it either with a traditional filling made of silver (amalgam) or with a contemporary composite resin filling that matches the color of your tooth.

Dentures and partials

Dentures are removable prosthetics designed to replace natural teeth. Our dentists and prosthodontists can create complete removable dentures and partial removable dentures as well as implant-retained dentures (see below).

Implants

Implants can be the solution When you find it difficult or impossible to wear a removable denture or need an alternative to conventional dentures implants might be for you. Similar to having a tooth extracted, the implant procedure is usually performed in two steps. First, a dentist places the implant in the jaw where it remains for three to six months while healing takes place. The final crown, bridge, or denture is fabricated and attached after healing is complete. The prosthesis looks like natural teeth and is made by your dentist to fit on top of one or more of the implants.

Inlays and onlays

Inlays can be a stronger, more durable alternative to traditional fillings. Our prosthodontists and skilled dental lab technicians will carefully craft a custom inlay made from a tooth color-matching porcelain or from gold. We will then finish and polish the inlay so that it is securely and neatly in place. Onlays are the same as inlays, except that they protect the chewing surface of the tooth and can be an alternative to traditional crowns.

Crowns and bridges

A crown usually covers or caps a damaged tooth to protect it. Our dentists will gently reshape the damaged tooth and then cover it with either an all-metal crown or a metal-free tooth-colored crown custom-made by our skilled in-house dental lab technicians.

A bridge, sometimes called a fixed partial denture, replaces one or more missing teeth with crowns to represent artificial teeth. Our dentists will carefully attach the bridge to adjacent natural teeth for a permanent, authentic replacement.

Veneers

Veneers are designed to cover the front side of your teeth to improve the shape and color of your smile. They can also protect damanged tooth surfaces. Veneers are crafted from ultra-thin, strong porcelain or tooth-colored composite resin. Our dentists will craft your veneers and bond them to the front or your teeth for a very smooth, natural, and beautiful result.

Teeth whitening

Everybody loves a bright white smile, and we can help you improve the look of yours. We provide convenient at-home teeth whitening kits.

Occlusal and sports guards

Occlusal guards protect your teeth from bruxism, or teeth grinding. Our dentists will carefully craft an occlusal guard based on a model of your teeth so it will fit securely and comfortably.

We also make mouth guard protectors for athletes that are designed to provide protection for the mouth by absorbing and redistributing the forces generated by traumatic blows.

Sealants

Dental sealants are made of a thin plastic materaial that protect your teeth from decay-causing bacteria. The sealants are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay occurs most often. Sealants are often applied to children and teenagers, but adults can benefit from sealants as well.

Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Dentistry
Department of General Practice
Lyons Dental Building
520 North 12th Street
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0566
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