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By Heritage Hunt Dental
February 24, 2020
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Getting braces now could give you a healthier smile for the future.

We already know that getting braces can give you a perfectly straight smile, but the benefits don’t just stop with a new and improved appearance. Turning to our Gainesville, VA, dentist Dr. Chris Houser for orthodontic treatment can also offer you these other amazing health benefits!

Improve Your Oral Health

Teeth that are misaligned or crooked will deal with more plaque buildup than straight teeth, which can eventually lead to cavities and gum disease; however, crooked teeth are also more difficult to keep clean. Therefore, by getting orthodontic treatment and achieving a straighter smile you can also reduce your risk for cavities and gum disease, while also making it easier to keep your teeth clean.

Make Chewing Easier

If you are dealing with malocclusions (“bad bites”) such as an overbite or underbite this means that the jaws aren’t properly aligned. This is certainly something that our Gainesville, VA, family dentist can address with orthodontic treatment. By getting a straighter smile we can realign the jaws, making it easier to eat any foods you want.

Improve Your Gut Health

Being able to chew food effectively also means that you’ll enjoy better digestion. Since crooked teeth make it more challenging to chew food properly your stomach may have a more difficult time trying to break up such big pieces of food. Therefore, you may just find that getting braces actually makes your digestive tract happier, too.

Prevent Cracked or Fractured Teeth

When teeth don’t fit together when you bite down this means that certain teeth are taking on more pressure and force than other teeth. Over time, this can cause excessive wear and tear on teeth, which can lead to chips, cracks, and broken teeth. By straightening your smile now you could prevent dental damage in the future.

Prevent or Treat TMJ Disorder and Jaw Pain

Again, jaws that aren’t in proper alignment are also more likely to deal with jaw pain and stiffness caused by a TMJ disorder. By fixing your crooked smile you can prevent jaw-related dysfunction and pain, and if you already have TMJ disorder you may discover that your symptoms lessen or completely disappear after treatment.

Want to discuss which orthodontic treatment options are right for you or your child? Our Gainesville, VA, family dentist would be happy to sit down with you and determine the right type of braces for you. Call Heritage Hunt Dental today at (703) 754-5800.

By Heritage Hunt Dental
November 01, 2016
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One-Visit CEREC Crowns for Improved Protection of Damaged Teeth

When teeth are damaged it can take a toll on the appearance and functionality of your smile.  With help from your dentist in [Location], you can restore damaged teeth in just one, easy dental visit with CEREC.  Utilizing cutting edge computer mapping, CEREC is able to make a complex 3D map of the desired tooth, or teeth, that need protection with a dental crown.  
CEREC stands for Ceramic Reconstruction, and is a recent innovation that many cosmetic dentists are using to provide natural looking crowns faster than traditional crown procedures.  This computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing, or CAD-CAM, is used for the creation of your crown to fit your tooth perfectly. 
One of the main benefits of CEREC is that dental crowns can be created in a single visit, which saves time for you and your [Location] dentist.  Potential discomfort is also eliminated because there is no need for a temporary crown between procedures, which allows for a more comfortable experience.  CEREC crowns also do not contain metal, which allows them to be both esthetically pleasing and natural looking.  Other benefits of CEREC include:
  • Hi-tech accuracy
  • Less tooth structure is lost
  • Natural, tooth-colored restoration
  • Less chance for complications with preservation of healthy tissue
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Precise for long-lasting results
With the CEREC system, your cosmetic dentist in [Location] can create beautiful life-like porcelain restorations for your teeth.  

When one or two teeth suffer from untreated cavities the decay has a tendency to spread. Teeth relate to each other’s presence and structure in the mouth, so when one compromised tooth is lost to decay, one or more surrounding teeth may follow suit. Missing multiple teeth in one part of your mouth can severely compromise your ability to chew food and speak clearly. Fortunately, Heritage Hunt Dental’s team of oral healthcare professionals can restore these teeth by mounting a bridge on dental implants.

Dr. Chris Houser will first need to examine your jaw structure. In some cases, severe decay and chronic gum disease can result in a loss of bone structure. If this is the case, then Heritage Hunt Dental’s dentists frequently recommend having a bone graft installed in advance of the implant procedure.

During the implantation, two small channels will be made in the underlying bone. A titanium abutment is then screwed into each channel. Titanium is a biologically safe metal that will eventually fuse to your natural jawbone to create a solid anchor. Once everything has healed, we can go about the process of installing a standard bridge to replace the missing teeth.

If you have lost multiple teeth in one part of your mouth, we invite you to call our Heritage Hunt Dental team in Gainesville, Virginia at 703.754.5800. We are happy to help restore your confident smile!

You likely have memories as a child of going to the dentist – and probably not enjoying it until the end when you got to the toy box – but it’s important to remember that dental visits aren’t just for children who can’t take care of their teeth on their own.

Dr. Chris Houser recommends everyone visit Heritage Hunt Dental at least twice a year in order to receive the dental care they need. Let’s look at a few reasons why you need to visit the dentist regularly.

Deep cleaning you can’t do at home

By far the most prevalent reason to visit the dentist is that your teeth will be cleaned on a deeper level than anything you can accomplish at home. If you don’t have an electric toothbrush – one that cleans your teeth in a circular motion, as opposed to traditional brushes – you’re not cleaning as effectively as you could be. This is just one of many things our team can do at our office in Gainesville, Virginia to help improve your oral health.


This is perhaps the most important part of your dental visit. Over time, plaque builds up around your gum line. This plaque, if left untreated, will harden into tartar. If that tartar isn’t removed, it’ll cause gingivitis, which is a mild form of gum disease.

During a regular appointment, if you have any tartar buildup it’ll be removed via scaling, which isn’t a procedure you can do at home.
If you need to schedule your next appointment, contact us today at 703.754.5800.

Most people choose to have their wisdom teeth extracted at some point in adolescence after all their permanent teeth have replaced their primary teeth. A wisdom tooth extraction is a form or oral surgery, as such it can tax your physical resources.

Dr. Chris Houser offers a few basic tips to help you recover from wisdom tooth extraction without complications.

During the recovery process, you will need to eat a soft foods diet. This includes foods like applesauce, mashed potatoes and yogurt. Proper hydration is also important. Be sure to drink plenty of lukewarm liquids without using a straw. A straw’s suction can harm the incisions or pull blood clots loose, leading to dry sockets.

You should expect that the incisions will develop minor bleeding for a few days after the procedure. When this happens, you can lightly pack the area with sterile gauze. Once the bleeding stops, you should rinse your mouth gently with lukewarm salt water to cleanse the area of residual blood and soothe any irritation in the gums.

If you have additional questions about how to have a speedy recovery from wisdom tooth extraction, you can always call Dr. Chris Houser’s office in Gainesville, Virginia at 703.754.5800 to ask a question.

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