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Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that affects airflow during breathing. While sleeping, the muscles in the back of the throat collapse, obstructing the flow of air. This causes sleep disturbance, as well as low blood oxygen levels. If left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can affect your overall health and eventually cause hypertension, heart […]

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Periodontics

Discover a place where gentle caring dentistry means giving you everything you need. At Bethesda Family Dentistry, we offer comprehensive dental care that gives you everything you need in one location. Our general dentists work alongside a variety of dental specialists to provide our patients with convenient, consistent care. One such dental specialist is our […]

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Endodontics

Endodontics is a type of dental specialty that focuses on diagnosing and treating tooth pain and conditions affecting the inside of the tooth. One common treatment that endodontists are associated with is root canal treatment. Because diseased teeth can usually be saved with root canal treatment, endodontists are sometimes known as specialists in saving teeth. […]

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Dental Emergencies

Like any other type of emergency, dental emergencies can occur without warning and require immediate dental care. Although certain types of dental emergencies can cause panic, quick thinking and staying calm are the best ways to approach a dental emergency and prevent additional unnecessary damage and costly dental restorations. To accommodate you during this stressful […]

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Toothaches

Simple toothaches can often be relieved by rinsing the mouth to clear it of debris and other matter. Sometimes, a toothache can be caused or aggravated by a piece of debris lodged between the tooth and another tooth. Avoid placing an aspirin between your tooth and gum to relieve pain, because the dissolving aspirin can […]

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Invisalign®

Invisalign offers patients an almost invisible approach to orthodontic treatment. Instead of the metal brackets and wires used with traditional braces, Invisalign uses customized trays to maneuver the teeth. These trays are worn for a minimum of twenty-two hours a day, however they can easily be removed during meals and when brushing or flossing. These […]

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Crowns and Bridges

Two common types of dental prosthesis are dental crowns and dental bridges. Dental crowns are prosthesis that cover a single, damaged tooth. Crowns are commonly used to protect teeth that have been damaged as a result of decay or trauma. Dental bridges are prosthesis that cover more than one tooth and are used to “bridge” […]

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Bonding

Dental bonding is a procedure that improves the appearance of your smile by applying an enamel-like material to the surface of your teeth. This material can change the color of your teeth or be used to fill in chips, fillings, or gaps. Dental bonding can be finished in a single office visit and usually lasts for […]

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Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are a preventative dental treatment that seals off the chewing surfaces of your molars and premolars. By sealing off the grooves on your molars and premolars, dental sealants prevent bacteria from entering your teeth and causing tooth decay. Sometimes dental sealants can also be used on areas of early decay instead of a […]

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Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Dental implants are titanium screws that are embedded into the jaw bone to replicate tooth roots. Once embedded, they fuse with the surrounding bone tissue to create a strong foundation that can support a dental prosthetic such as a crown, bridge, or dentures. In providing such a strong base to mount a dental prosthetic, dental […]

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Dentures

Dentures

Dentures are an effective and affordable way of replacing missing teeth. Composed of a durable plastic resin and sometimes porcelain, both partial and full dentures can be fabricated to look and feel natural. Today’s dentures are custom-fit to make it possible to eat foods with confidence and speak articulately. Depending on the patient’s preferences and […]

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Removable Dentures

Removable Dentures

Dentures are removable tooth prosthetics designed to look and function like natural teeth. For thousands of years, some form of denture has been used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth, although today’s dentures are much more advanced and easier to care for. Most dentures are composed of replacement teeth attached to plastic […]

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Bite Guard

Bite Guards

A bite guard is a dental appliance custom-fit to a patient’s teeth. Bite guards serve varying purposes and are often recommended for use in patients of all ages. It is important that bite guards be professionally fit, rather than purchased over the counter, as this ensures maximum comfort and protection during wear. Professional dental guards […]

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Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and Bridges

Dental crowns and bridges are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that are used to replace or restore damaged or missing teeth. Crowns – also known as caps – are fixed over the surfaces of natural tooth structures or dental implants. Bridges are used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth and are anchored in place […]

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Partial Dentures

Partial Dentures

Like a bridge, partial dentures rest on surrounding teeth to fill in the gaps where one or more teeth are missing. But unlike a bridge, partial dentures are fully removable by the wearer. Partials are affordable alternatives to other types of dental prosthetics and are custom-made to blend in with each patient’s natural teeth. It takes […]

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Composite Tooth-Colored Fillings

Composite Tooth-Colored Fillings

Composite fillings are tooth-colored fillings that are used to fill small to medium cavities in the front or back teeth. Because of their ability to blend well with existing teeth, they are the preferred choice when filling cavities in visible teeth, but they are also strong enough to withstand constant chewing force and can be […]

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PFM Crowns

PFM Restorations

Porcelain fused to metal, or PFM restorations have been a standard in restorative dentistry for more than three decades. During that time, dentists around the world have adopted PFM crowns and bridges due to the versatility for use, as well as their ability to be matched to surrounding teeth. PFM crowns provide an excellent balance […]

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Provisional Restorations

Provisional Restorations

Provisional restorations are often used during complex restorative dental procedures to serve as temporary prosthetic replacements while patients wait for a permanent restoration. Provisional restorations offer patients to try-out the look and feel of the final prosthetic and make any necessary changes before the final fabrication and fitting. Unlike temporary prosthetics of the past, modern […]

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Tooth Extraction

Tooth Extractions

Tooth extractions are routine dental procedures used to remove decayed, damaged or otherwise problematic teeth. Dentists usually make every effort to preserve natural teeth, although sometimes an extraction is necessary. Although the procedure is performed in a dentist’s or oral surgeon’s office, it is considered surgery. Depending on which teeth are removed, they may be […]

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Sports Mouth Guard

Sports Mouth Guard

Dental mouth guards have long been used to protect the teeth, gums and supporting tissues from damage, injury and trauma. There are two types of sports mouth guards – over the counter and custom. While OTC guards are helpful for occasional use, many dental patients require the benefit of a customized dental mouth guard fitted […]

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Dental Cleaning & Consultation

Dental Cleaning & Consultation

Preventative care is a foundation of dentistry. The American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist regularly – usually about twice yearly – for full cleanings, examinations, and consultations for potential treatment. Professional dental cleanings help remove built-up plaque that is not removable using conventional brushing and flossing. Often, dentists are also capable of identifying potential […]

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Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is dentistry that focuses on improving the aesthetic qualities of your teeth and overall smile. Some examples of cosmetic dental treatments include: Composite Tooth-Colored Fillings Dental Crowns & Bridges Dentures Dental Implants Inlays & Onlays Veneers Teeth Whitening As you have probably noticed, the aforementioned cosmetic dental procedures are all intended to improve […]

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General Dentistry

General Dentistry

General dentistry encompasses a broad range of diseases and disorders of the oral and maxillofacial region. Everyone should see a general dentist for routine oral health examinations, twice-yearly cleanings, and treatment of routine oral health complications, such as minor tooth decay. General dentistry is as much about prevention as it is about treatment. Patients who […]

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Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is an easy cosmetic dental procedure that can brighten your smile by about 5-10 shades. While whitening toothpaste and some over the counter whiteners can remove superficial stains, professional teeth whitening works by removing stains from both the outer layer (enamel) and middle layer (dentin) of your teeth. In as little as one […]

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Veneers

Veneers and Laminates

Dental veneers – also known as laminates – are used to cosmetically enhance the appearance of one or more teeth. Veneers are very thin, porcelain or resin shells that are customized for a desirable color and shape. They are bonded to the surface of the teeth to reshape broken, misshapen or irregular teeth, as well […]

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tmj

TMJ Treatment

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your temporal bone (skull) to your mandible (lower jaw). In simple terms, your TMJ is the joint responsible for opening and closing your mouth, as well as for biting and chewing. Every person has two joints composed of a capsule, articular disc, ligaments, and nerves. Both […]

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root canal treatment

Root Canals

Root canals are endodontic procedures that remove the infected pulp from the inside of your tooth’s roots. The pulp contains nerve endings, blood vessels, and connective tissues that are normally protected by the outer dentin and enamel layers. However, if the enamel or dentin become damaged, the pulp can become infected. Once the pulp is […]

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Inlay and onlay

Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that are more extensive than dental fillings but less so than caps and crowns. They are typically formed in a dental lab and are made of gold, porcelain or resin depending on the patient’s needs and aesthetic goals. An inlay refers to a restoration that is formed to fit […]

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