At GoSmiles Dentistry, we provide dental care services and procedures that are fit for the entire family. Designed to maintain the health of the smile while educating patients on proper oral care, our team’s approach to dental service is beyond expectation. With 30 years of experience and expertise combined with kind hearts and a passion for dentistry, we are able to deliver the happiest and healthiest smiles for patients young and old.
If you are seeking dentistry with a personal touch, contact our Gainesville, VA, office today for an appointment! You’ll be glad you did.
Cleanings & Exams
Regular cleanings and examinations are at the core of everything we do as dental care providers. As a recommended service provided to all ages, at least every six months, these appointments are offered in order to thoroughly clean and polish the teeth while checking for any underlying issues through x-rays and attentive observation.
Dental sealants are blendable barriers that are designed to protect the surfaces of the molar teeth from decay. Molars are the teeth located towards the back of your mouth with wide chewing surfaces and deep crevices.
Due to the structure of these teeth, they can often become prone to decay development as acidic saliva, food debris, and plaque build-up along the fissures of the tooth surface. Sealants prevent this process by providing a shield between the tooth surface and any external substances.
- Before sealants can be applied, teeth are cleaned and dried.
- The sealant material is applied in a liquid form and painted into the crevices of the tooth surface.
- Using an LED light, the material is hardened into place to protect these vulnerable areas.
- Sealants can last up to 15 years and become reapplied as needed.
While sealants are typically used for children as they are still learning how to properly brush and floss their teeth, we also apply sealants for adults with deep fissures or weakened enamel.
Crowns & Bridges
Crowns and bridges are both restorative appliances used in dentistry to restore function and enhance the appearance of the smile.
A dental crown is applied over the top of a decayed or damaged tooth to protect it from further harm or impairment. Usually following a root canal, the crown is designed precisely for the patient to match the shade, size, and shape of surrounding teeth. A crown can also be used to conclude a dental implant procedure! Our offices use porcelain material to craft dental crowns due to its similar appearance and texture to natural teeth. Porcelain is incredibly durable and resistant to staining. Kept well maintained, porcelain crowns can last up to ten years.
Dental bridges are designed to fill the gap left by one or more missing teeth in a subsequent section of the mouth. Bridges are made from multiple dental crowns that have been fused together. In order to fill the area left by one or more missing teeth, the natural teeth on either side of the gap must be prepared and contoured – that way, the crowns on either side of the bridge are able to fit over them and become secured. The bridge will utilize these natural tooth roots as an anchor to stabilize the prosthetic. Dental bridges can typically last up to seven years when well cared for.
VELscope® Oral Cancer Screenings
Our practice takes the threat of oral cancer seriously and uses VELscope technology to detect abnormalities in the oral tissue. When discovered early, oral cancer can be much easier to treat, and we want to give you every opportunity to fight the condition. The VELscope system works by using fluorescent light to penetrate the tissue of the gums. When placed over normal skill cells, the light glows a bright, vibrant color; upon passing over abnormal tissue growth, the light is unable to penetrate. This allows us to spot cancerous cells before they ever begin wreaking havoc on the surface!
For the well-being of our patients, and because we truly care, we provide cancer screenings as a part of every oral care appointment.
Gum Disease Therapy
Gum disease is a fairly common condition that occurs in three separate stages – each becoming more severe and destructive. These stages are gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. In the later phases of the condition, the disease can lead to tooth loss and deterioration of the jawbone; it may even spread to other parts of the body.
The good news is that gum disease is preventable with proper oral hygiene at home and regular professional cleanings in our office. If you have gingivitis, the condition can be treated by implementing an improved hygiene routine. In the later stages, the condition can be managed with the help of trusted dental care experts – like us! Our office offers both scaling and root planing services and gum surgery to reverse the damage and help you regain your smile health.
If you have gum disease, please contact our office to schedule an appointment. That way, we can better recommend a course of treatment that fits you.
Sleep apnea is a condition that prevents patients from gaining a full night of rest due to repetitive breathing interruptions throughout the night. Sleep apnea is most often caused by obstruction of the airway, as the tissues relax and fall back into the throat while the patient is asleep. This can limit the airflow and lead to irritability, depression, morning headaches, fatigue, and an increased risk for heart disease.
It is necessary for sleep apnea to be diagnosed by a sleep lab first, but once the condition is confirmed, our team can certainly help! We can craft a dental appliance just for you that can be worn at night while you sleep. The mouthpiece is simply placed into the mouth, and it shifts your lower jaw forward to open the airway and prevent obstruction. This can help improve sleep and allow breathing to continue through the night – without interruption!
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom teeth are the last sets of teeth to develop in the oral cavity. Typically emerging between the ages of 18 and 21, our team members begin monitoring their growth and movement as soon as they are detected. Most often, we recommend their removal as soon as possible. This is because most patients do not have the space in the mouth to accommodate these teeth; instead, wisdom teeth may grow to damage other teeth, become impacted, cause infections, or impair the nerves of neighboring tooth roots. Our team works to remove these teeth carefully through a surgical process performed in our office.
- First, the wisdom teeth are precisely located through a digital x-ray. This imaging is used to plan and guide the surgery.
- When we are ready to begin, the area is thoroughly numbed to prevent any discomfort.
- Once this is complete, we will create a small opening in the gum tissue at the back of the mouth.
- Through this opening, the wisdom tooth will be accessed and removed as a whole piece or in fragments.
- This process may be repeated at each of the back four corners of the mouth – depending on the total number of wisdom teeth that developed or are emerging at health-compromising angles.
A root canal is a procedure performed to relieve patients from tooth infections once decay or damage has reached the interior of the tooth structure. The root canal eliminates pain and restores the health of the tooth by cleaning infected canals and removing contaminated tissues. While a root canal may seem like a frightening process, it is actually a fairly common procedure that helps save damaged teeth and preserve the integrity of the smile.
- The procedure begins by having the area numbed to prevent any discomfort.
- Once we are ready, we will remove any decay from the tooth and create a small opening on the tooth surface.
- Through this opening, we will remove the inflamed nerves and tissues inside the tooth.
- Then, we will clean the tooth canals.
- The tooth will be filled with a biocompatible material known as gutta-percha.
- Finally, the tooth will be sealed closed and capped with a dental crown.
Dentures are custom-made prosthetic devices used to restore a patient’s mouth after tooth loss. Dentures can replace a full arch of missing teeth, or just fill in areas throughout the mouth where one or more teeth are missing. They also support the tissue surrounding the mouth, and hold the lips and cheeks to prevent facial sagging. Our office provides both full dentures and partial dentures to meet the needs and interests of every patient.
- Full dentures fit the entire upper or lower arch and replace all of these missing teeth. This appliance is typically secured using suction or dental adhesive.
- Partial dentures replace one or more missing teeth and are usually connected or clipped onto neighboring teeth for support.
Creating Better Smiles For Tomorrow
For every patient our practice serves, we are proud of the impact made by keeping a smile healthy. Our team believes that by serving families of the community with excellence, dedication, and kindness, we are helping them build a better relationship with their dental care. This leads to brighter smiles and better futures for all of our valued patients – and we want that for you!
Call our office today to make your appointment. We are looking forward to serving you!