I have a fear of the dentist, what can I do?

I have a fear of the dentist, what can I do?

Learn about how Sedation Dentistry can help dental patients. For many people, the thought of going to the dentist brings to mind feelings of anxiety, tenseness and fear. Some would even rather suffer from a toothache than go to the dentist for the procedures they need. Luckily, sedation dentistry techniques can offer relief to these patients and others so they can receive the care they need for optimal oral health. Both oral sedation dentistry and IV sedation dentistry use medications to make it easier for patients to relax during dental procedures. Different levels of sedation are available, ranging from minimal sedation to general anesthesia. Depending on the level administered, the patient may remain awake or be completely unconscious during the procedure. Oral...

Learn about TMJ & Neuromuscular Dentistry

Learn about TMJ & Neuromuscular Dentistry

Many Fairfax dental patients, and many more from around the country, suffer from TMJ related pain. As a leading Fairfax VA TMJ dentist, many dental procedures Dr. Kelliher provides have the potential to alter the alignment and structure of the jaw and teeth. The proper alignment of the lower jaw’s joint is essential to providing an optimal range of motion. When the joint, called the temporomandibular joint, is misaligned due to injury, disease, degeneration or poor dental work, the result can be a debilitating and painful disorder known as TMD dysfunction. Symptoms of the disorder include facial soreness, pain, clicking and locking of the jaw, tooth grinding, neck aches, headaches and excessive and uneven tooth wear. Patients may also experience ringing in...

Suffering from Missing or Chipped Teeth?

For dental patients in Northern Virginia and across the country, losing the ability to smile with confidence due to chipped or missing teeth can really put a damper on your self-esteem. Fortunately, there are various dental techniques that can restore your smile to its natural beauty and function, including crowns, veneers and dental implants. Teeth can easily chip due to tooth decay, accidents or grinding, but chipped teeth can be restored using dental crowns. The crown is installed directly on top of the chipped tooth to both cover and protect it. Crowns are an effective option for almost any chipped tooth, and they are custom-made to match your natural teeth. Chipped teeth can also be made-over using dental veneers. Made from composite resin or porcelain,...