General & Preventive Dentistry in Alexandria VA

General & Preventive Dentistry Alexandria

We’re More than “Just a Dentist.”

At Braddock Dental, we believe that a comprehensive approach to dentistry is what keeps our patients’ smiles healthier, longer. That means we start with comprehensive screenings and preventive care to keep problems from cropping up later on. But if they do, we have exactly what you need.

Our treatments are:

  • Patient focused
  • Minimally invasive
  • Performed in-house with Dr. Caligan
  • Available during flexible appointment times for your busy schedule

Emergency Care
We have evening and weekend office hours, so we are available for you. Our first priority is to help relieve your discomfort. Call our office anytime, during or after business hours. Someone will always return your call as quickly as possible. New patients are welcome!

White Fillings

Composite fillings are tooth-colored restorations that make your smile look great while repairing areas that are damaged by decay. The material bonds directly to tooth enamel, which allows this type of restoration to be less invasive and smaller than traditional metal fillings.

Inlays & Onlays

Inlays and onlays are larger restorations that are used to repair badly damaged teeth that need more than what a filling can provide, yet don’t quite call for a full coverage crown. Instead, an inlay or onlay repairs up to three quarters of a tooth’s surface, to prevent future damage. When repaired with an inlay or onlay, the tooth looks whole once again and functions as normal.

Crowns & Bridges

Crowns are full-coverage restorations that are useful for restoring teeth that have suffered from large cavities or fractures, including teeth that have been treated with a root canal. Bridges are essentially multiple crowns connected together to replace missing teeth. Today’s advanced bonding techniques and beautiful, high-strength porcelains allow Dr. Caligan to restore broken down teeth more conservatively. We work with high quality local laboratories to produce stunning restorations that blend right in with the rest of your mouth.

Partials & Dentures

Removable partials and dentures are some of the most straightforward ways to replace several or all of your teeth at one time. We take great consideration in the design of your denture or partial, because we want it to not only function appropriately, but to look great as well. Your facial profile, jaw anatomy, and smile outline are all things that we take into consideration when creating a custom prosthesis.

Root Canals

When decay or trauma has damaged the nerve inside of your tooth, root canal therapy is the only way to save the tooth and prevent future pain and infection. The treatment involves cleaning the inner chamber of the tooth and placing a filling material inside to seal out bacteria. Dr. Caligan performs most root canal treatments right here in our office, using a microscope to magnify the inside of the tooth up to 20x the naked eye. This attention to detail helps minimize the risk of future problems. Believe it or not, more patients fall asleep during this procedure than any other we perform.

Comprehensive Exams

At Braddock Dental, comprehensive examinations are just that: comprehensive. Dr. Caligan believes in doing a thorough evaluation to identify any urgent concerns as well as any risk factors that may lead to future problems. In addition to evaluating gum health and checking for cavities, Dr. Caligan performs an oral cancer screening, TMJ assessment, and cosmetic evaluation. We review the findings with you along with x-rays and photos, and together we customize a plan to address immediate needs and prevent future concerns. Dr. Caligan performs periodic exams at each follow up appointment to monitor these findings and identify new developments as they arise.

Digital X-rays

Dental x-rays are an important part of your diagnostic and preventive dental care. With low-radiation digital x-rays, we can screen for cavities, bone loss between the teeth, and other conditions which might otherwise not be detected until they reach advanced stages. The high definition images are also great for us to enlarge and review with you, so that you better understand your oral health conditions.

Hygiene

Professional cleanings are one of the most important services that we provide to our patients. During these appointments, we remove calcified bacteria that has accumulated since your last cleaning – bacteria that can cause gum disease and tooth loss. We use ultrasonic instruments for gentle, thorough cleanings every time.

Fluoride Treatments

We apply fluoride varnish after every patient’s cleaning appointment (adults and children). Not only does varnish help fight off tooth decay, it makes your tooth enamel stronger. It’s also very useful in the reversal and management of tooth sensitivity, providing relief for up to three months after each application.

MouthGuards

A mouthguard, or sports guard, is a flexible appliance that is generally worn during athletic activities to prevent injuries such as broken teeth, fractured jaws, and concussions. A mouthguard custom made on a model of your teeth is far more comfortable and effective in preventing injury than any you may get over the counter.

Periodontal Therapy

Gum disease is a serious condition that causes bone loss, tissue detachment, tooth mobility and tooth loss. Common symptoms include gums that bleed when you floss or brush, visible tartar buildup, and sore or receding gumlines. It’s also linked to health problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and premature labor. Our non-surgical periodontal therapy services help you reverse disease symptoms to keep your teeth healthy for a lifetime.

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