When you visit our dental practice in Fort Washington, we will spend time getting to know you and learning about any health concerns you have. By conducting a physical examination and taking x-rays, we can determine the current health of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. We will also discuss your lifestyle with you and any goals you have for your smile. This will allow us to create a comprehensive treatment plan. At James E Sullivan DDS, we provide holistic dental care to patients throughout the 20744 area. We do so by creating treatment plans that address any issues that you have, rather than focusing on one isolated problem. For example, if you live in Maryland and have a cracked tooth, but simultaneously do not like the appearance of your smile, we can recommend procedures to address both at the same time. With a focus on both form and function, we can help your smile stay healthy and beautiful.
In addition to performing routine teeth cleanings and completing stunning smile makeovers, there are a variety of procedures we complete on a daily basis that are important for your oral health. Here are a few of the reasons you should call (301) 248-8080 and schedule an appointment to see Dr. James Sullivan.
Visit a dental practice in Fort Washington to reduce your risk of getting gum disease
While most people think professional teeth cleanings are only to prevent cavities, they also serve another important purpose in preventing gum disease. Adult tooth loss is incredibly common, and gum disease is a leading cause of it. At James E Sullivan DDS, we know that gum disease is typically caused by plaque building up on the teeth and becoming trapped under the gums. When you practice good oral hygiene, which includes brushing twice a day and flossing daily, your risk of getting gum disease is reduced. However, no matter how diligent you are, it is possible for plaque to become trapped in hard-to-reach spaces. This is why a professional dental cleaning is so important. We can prevent gum disease by performing a deep cleaning to remove all of the plaque and tartar from your mouth. If we identify early signs of gum disease, we can treat it right away before it causes irritation or gum recession. If you live in the 20744 area, we invite you to call 301-248-8080 to schedule an appointment for your dental cleaning today.
Visit a dental practice in Fort Washington if your tooth becomes damaged
While teeth are made of strong dentin and enamel, it is entirely possible for them to become damaged. If you are in an accident, play sports, or even wrestle with the kids, your tooth can become cracked or chipped. When this happens, it is important to visit our dental office so Dr. James Sullivan can complete a restoration in short order. Leaving your damaged tooth exposed creates an opportunity for bacteria to enter the tooth and start an infection. We can treat the tooth quickly so it can be restored to full functionality and appearance. Selecting the right dentist office is critical, because you want a restoration that will look natural and blend in so seamlessly that you cannot tell the difference between your natural teeth and one that has been restored. This is something we specialize in at our Fort Washington dental office.
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Visit a dental practice in Fort Washington to be checked for oral cancer
Have you been checked for oral cancer lately? If not, you should be. Oral cancer impacts both men and women, killing one person per day in the United States. Men over the age of fifty are at the greatest risk for developing cancer. Also, those who smoke, chew tobacco, drink alcohol excessively, overexpose themselves to the sun, or have the HPV virus are all at an increased risk for developing this disease. At James E Sullivan DDS, we recommend you be checked for oral cancer on a regular basis, because, like all forms of cancer, the sooner it is detected and treated, the better chance you have of successfully irradiating it. Dr. James Sullivan also recommends that you self-examine at home by running your tongue along your gums and cheeks on a daily basis. Look for any bumps, lumps, or rough spots that were not there before. If they do not go away after a couple of days, call 301-248-8080 to schedule an examination with our 20744 dental office. At James E Sullivan DDS, we do not treat cancer, but we can help to determine if anything looks out of the ordinary and whether or not you need further testing.
Visit a dental practice in Fort Washington to have your restorations inspected
In our Fort Washington, MD dental office, we can inspect your restorations to ensure they are holding up. Dental fillings, for example, are not designed to last forever. They can become worn down over time, and the initial space they were filling can enlarge due to further decay. This can create the need to have the filling replaced or a dental crown placed around the tooth. At James E Sullivan DDS, we can inspect your dental fillings, crowns, veneers, bridges, bonding, etc. when you come in for a dental appointment. If they are looking worn, we will let you know, so you can determine if you want to replace them preemptively or wait until it is necessary. Taking action in advance can sometimes prevent future discomfort, so it is important to consider all of your options.
Visit a dental practice in Fort Washington to plan for your future
At James E Sullivan DDS, we help our patients to have a lifetime of good oral health and a smile they can enjoy both now and in the future. This requires careful planning. The best case scenario is for you to maintain all of your adult teeth as you age. To do so, your teeth need to be cared for at home, and you need to have professional teeth cleanings twice a year. This will help to prevent cavities and gum disease. Your treatment plan should also include steps that can be taken to keep your smile bright and beautiful. For example, we can whiten your teeth on a set schedule. When you visit our dental office, we can work together to create a plan that works for your health both now and well into the future. To get started, call 301-248-8080.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Terms. 2015
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home Page. 2015
- WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2015
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- James E Sullivan DDS was established in 1989
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