Restorative dental treatments are dental services that help revitalize the look, feel, and function of patients’ smiles. Dr. Matthew Gerald works with local surgeons to help provide several types of restorations to his patients. Implants and implant-secured restorations require implant posts to be surgically inserted into the jawbone. Patients with severe gum disease may require the removal of infected gum tissue.
Dr. Gerald is a SPEAR-trained dentist that specializes in treating patients with TMJ disorders. He thoroughly examines the temporomandibular joint and the form of the bite in order to properly diagnose and treat patients. With his expertise in the temporomandibular joint as well as continuing education, Dr. Gerald aims to provide comprehensive restorative solutions.
Restorative Dentistry in Vienna, VA
We utilize restorative dental care to replace missing teeth, remove gum infections, and alleviate jaw pain. Learn more about our restorative services below:
A dental bridge restores consecutive missing teeth. Fixed bridges are the best option for patients with missing teeth and they can be secured with dental implants or crown-capped teeth. When secured with dental implants, bridges offer a more stable and long-lasting result.
Our dental crowns are made of porcelain ceramic, which can be color-matched to blend in with the rest of the smile. Porcelain ceramic also provides durability for weakened or worn teeth. Patients with damaged or stained teeth also benefit from crowns.
Tooth implants are single dental prosthetics that can replace one or multiple missing teeth. They are surgically implanted and fuse with the jawbone. They also blend in with the natural smile because they are capped off with porcelain ceramic dental crowns. Implants are a versatile restoration that can also support bridges and dentures.
Full and Partial Dentures
Full and partial dentures benefit patients with rows or arches of missing teeth. Traditional removable dentures require messy adhesives and can slip around the mouth. Our modern implant-secured dentures retain the bite function and feel like natural teeth.
Temporomandibular joint disorders cause jaw and facial pain and may lead to tooth damage. Any misalignment in the jaw or the bite can increase patients’ risk of developing a TMJ disorder. For patients who clench their jaw and grind their teeth as a result of a TMJ disorder, we recommend oral appliances which can protect the teeth and alleviate jaw pain.
Gum Disease Treatment
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is caused by a buildup of bacteria on and around the gums. Mild to moderate cases of gum inflammation can be reversed with antibacterial rinses as well as scaling and root planing. We may refer patients with severe periodontal concerns to local oral surgeons.
Restorative Dental FAQs
Learn more about the details of our restorative dental treatments:
Why are my teeth chipped and cracked?
Dental injuries, TMJ, and bruxism can chip and crack the tooth enamel. Many patients with TMJ may not realize that they have it as they unconsciously exert jaw pressure and grind their teeth when they are sleeping. We can treat TMJ and provide veneers, tooth bonding, and crowns to address tooth damage.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are permanent restorations. This is because they are made of durable titanium posts that fuse with the jawbone. We ensure that implants do not fail by checking for signs of infection before implant treatment. Healthy gums and bone tissue are needed for long-lasting implants.
Contact Our Dental Office
Call Dr. Gerald for restorative care today at (703) 721-4796. You can also request a dental consultation on our website. We serve patients in Oakton, Vienna, Fairfax, Falls Church, and Northern Virginia.