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By Heritage Hunt Dental
July 22, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Fillings  

An important part of keeping your smile healthy and strong is being sure to identify when there’s a dental issue that needs to be treated. Part of that includes regularly visiting your dentist for checkups so that they can help identify these issues. A common issue that almost everyone will deal with at least once in their life is cavities. The only way to treat a cavity and restore your smile is with a dental filling from your dentist, Dr. Chris Houser, at Heritage Hunt Dental in Gainesville, VA, as soon as possible!

How Dental Fillings Restore Your Smile

When a tooth is plagued by a cavity, the cavity can spread throughout the tooth, leaving it damaged and can spread into the bloodstream, causing long-term issues not just in the mouth. However, your dentist in Gainesville, VA, can help stop this from happening by placing a dental filling in your tooth. During your regular checkups, your dentist will keep an eye out for any signs of cavities or damage that would need to be repaired by a filling. Once damage or decay is identified, your dentist can start the process of restoring your smile to a healthy state.

First, your dentist will numb the affected area, giving you the comfort to sit through the procedure easily. They will then remove the affected area, giving your tooth a fresh start. Depending on where the tooth is, your dentist can either use a tooth-colored material or a silver material, filling the tooth and protecting it from any further damage. This helps protect your tooth from infection and bacteria, giving you a healthy smile again.

Contact Your Dentist Today!

Don’t hesitate to save your smile from decay! Contact your dentist, Dr. Chris Houser, at Heritage Hunt Dental in Gainesville, VA, today to learn more about dental fillings and how they can restore your smile. Call (703) 754-5800 for more information and to schedule an appointment as soon as possible!

By Heritage Hunt Dental
June 03, 2021
Category: Oral Health

What's keeping you from seeing your dentist regularly?

Regular dental visits are essential for your oral health. Your Gainesville, VA, dentist, Dr. Chris Houser, will also encourage you to come into his office at Heritage Hunt Dental if you have any of the following symptoms:


A toothache is a clear sign that something is wrong and it could be a dull, throbbing, or sharp shooting pain.

Possible causes of tooth pain include infection and inflammation. You'll need to describe your pain as accurately as possible to your Gainesville, VA, dentist, Dr. Houser, so that he can identify and treat the cause.

Bad Breath

You've brushed and flossed your teeth, so, why won't the funky smell go away? That's a question you should be asking your dentist during your next dental appointment at Heritage Hunt Dental.

Bad breath that fails to go away even after thoroughly cleaning your mouth could be a sign of gum disease or dental cavities. You'll want to nip these oral problems in the bud before they escalate to the point of your teeth loosening or falling out.

Bleeding Gums

Your gums shouldn't bleed each time you attempt brushing your teeth. If they do, quit postponing that dental appointment and schedule one with your dentist in Gainesville, VA, right away.

Bleeding gums might mean that you have gum disease. Other signs of gum disease include swollen gums, red gums, and bad breath.

Mouth Sores

Canker sores come and go and don't typically require special care. However, sometimes your mouth sore is more than a canker sore.

Oral sores that have failed to heal after about 10 days are concerning and require examination by your dentist. Recurrent mouth sores are another reason to visit your dentist.

Jaw Pain

If pain accompanies each attempt to open or close your mouth, you could be suffering from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome.

Don't put off your dental visits. Trust your dentist in Gainesville, VA, Dr. Houser, to handle your oral health before complications arise at Heritage Hunt Dental. Call (703) 754-5800 to schedule your appointment today.

By Heritage Hunt Dental
March 15, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  

Dr. Chris Houser of Heritage Hunt Dental in Gainesville, VA, provides removable dentures for patients missing teeth. Many people have missing teeth due to tooth decay, gum disease, or injury. If you are missing teeth, contact us to learn more about dentures and find out if removable dentures are right for you.

Removable dentures in Gainesville, VA

If you have missing teeth, you may be wondering what the best replacement option for you will be. You have a few options for teeth replacement including dental bridges, implants, or dentures. Dental implants are the most popular for replacing single missing teeth, and bridges can replace multiple missing teeth. But implants need a strong jaw bone and not everyone is a candidate for implants. Dentures are a great option for replacing multiple missing teeth in patients who are not candidates for implants.

Dentures are made from a set of ceramic crowns (artificial teeth) attached to a plastic tray that matches the gums. They fit over the gum ridges and give the patient a full set of teeth and a beautiful smile. Dentures are removable for easy cleaning and should be cleaned often. Dentures can even be more cost-effective than treating missing teeth with implants.

Life with dentures

Getting dentures is an adjustment and you need to commit to caring for them to get the full benefits. Removable dentures need to be cleaned every day and soaked each night. Putting in and removing your dentures will take some practice but will soon become second nature.

When you first get dentures, they may feel awkward or uncomfortable, but it's normal that you need to adjust to chewing and speaking with dentures. If they cause an actual sore spot on your gums, that is a sign you need an adjustment.

You may need a few adjustments at first to get the best fit for your dentures. With great care, a set of dentures can last up to seven years before having to be replaced. Dentures should be brushed with a soft-bristled brush every day and soaked in a denture cleaning solution at night. Soaking dentures while they are not being worn is important so they don't dry out.

If you are missing teeth and are ready to transition to life with dentures, we can help. Come see Dr. Houser at Heritage Hunt Dental for your new set of dentures. Contact us in Gainesville, VA, at (703) 754-5800.

By Heritage Hunt Dental
December 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: crowns   CEREC Dental Crowns  

Find out what makes these two types of dental crowns unique.

A dental crown is a commonly placed restoration designed to protect and preserve a weak or damaged tooth, and our Gainesville, VA, dentist Dr. Chris Houser offers CEREC crowns to his patients. Here’s what makes these two dental crowns different from one another,

Speed of Treatment

If you know anyone who’s ever had to get a traditional dental crown before then you know that they had to visit the dentist twice before they could get the crown placed. With traditional crowns, your dentist has to shave down and prep the tooth and then take impressions. These impressions are then sent to an outside dental lab that will make the crown (this is why it takes weeks to get a traditional crown).

With CEREC technology, our Gainesville, VA, dental team can now make the dental crown in-house, so you don’t have to wait weeks for an outside dental lab to create your restoration. This makes the length of treatment with CEREC crowns faster, as your CEREC crown will be made and placed on the very same day.

Temporary Crown vs. No Temporary

Since you have to wait a couple of weeks for your traditional crown you need to have something over the tooth to protect it in the meantime. This means that your dentist will need to place a temporary crown over the tooth. These crowns can be a bit bulky or flimsy but are truly meant to protect your tooth until your permanent crown is placed. Since our dental team can place your CEREC crown the very same day you never have to wear a temporary crown.

Putty Molds vs. Digital Images

As is the case with most dental restorations, our dentists will need to make molds of your teeth. If you are getting a traditional dental crown, your dentist will most likely use a putty-like material that will be molded and left on your teeth for 2-5 minutes until it sets.

CEREC technology makes it possible to skip the traditional putty molds and use a special device that captures images of your teeth that can then be used to craft your CEREC crown. It only takes a minute or two to take digital images of your mouth.

Heritage Hunt Dental offers cutting-edge dental technologies and techniques to be able to provide everything from CEREC crowns to dental implants to patients living in and around Gainesville and Haymarket, VA. If you want to talk to us about CEREC crowns, then call our office today at (703) 754-5800 to schedule a consultation.

By Heritage Hunt Dental
November 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: mini implants   Implants  

Dental implants have quickly become a popular choice for restoring smiles when teeth are missing. However, not everyone is a candidate for this tooth-replacement option. When standard dental implants are not possible, mini implants could be the solution. Dental mini implants are available at Heritage Hunt Dental in Gainesville, VA, where Dr. Chris Houser can help restore your smile.

Mini Implants vs. Dental Implants

Mini implants are a smaller version of standard dental implants. Like full-size implants, mini implants are made of titanium and resemble screws. One difference between the two types of implants is that more bone tissue is needed to support the placement of standard implants since they are bigger. Patients without enough bone tissue might not be candidates for full-size dental implants.

Another difference between the two types of implants is how prosthetic teeth are attached to each one. An additional piece called an abutment is required to connect replacement teeth to standard dental implants. Mini implants have a ball on the end for attaching dental crowns or other types of prosthetic teeth so no abutment is needed.

Benefits of Mini Implants

Mini implants offer several benefits as a tooth replacement method. One of the most exciting benefits is that patients who are not candidates for standard dental implants due to insufficient bone tissue can still enjoy the security and stability they offer with the mini version. Less bone tissue is needed to anchor mini implants in place, which also means that the surgical procedure for placing them is less invasive. It also takes less time to place mini implants than it does the standard ones.

Although they are smaller than standard implants, mini implants can still offer many of the same benefits. For example, they are versatile and can be used in conjunction with dental crowns, dentures, or temporary bridges. They can also help preserve bone tissue that would otherwise deteriorate following tooth loss.

Another benefit of mini implants is that they tend to be more affordable than standard dental implants so they could potentially be an option for patients whose financial circumstances would otherwise prevent them from having implants. The skilled dentist at our office in Gainesville, VA, can help you decide if dental mini implants are the right tooth-replacement choice for you.

If you are not a candidate for standard dental implants, mini implants could be the solution to restoring your smile. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Chris Houser to learn more about dental mini implants by calling Heritage Hunt Dental in Gainesville, VA, at (703) 754-5800.

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