General dental services are the basis of lifelong oral health. Dr. Alan Dechter and Dr. Matthew Moy provide preventive dental care services in Silver Spring, MD. We focus on preventing oral diseases through routine dental care and general dentistry. Furthermore, we are your dental home for all of your oral care needs.
General Dentistry in Silver Spring, MD
General dentistry focuses on keeping the teeth and the gums healthy. Our dental team will provide you with the dental care you need to achieve this, from cleanings to gum disease treatment. Visiting your dentist in Silver Spring twice a year allows us to perform the treatments that will keep your oral health in check. Our goal is to prevent the development of oral diseases.
Brushing and flossing at home are important and support your dental health. However, a teeth cleaning twice a year will remove plaque from hard to reach spots. This includes between the teeth, along the gum line, and other places you cannot reach in your mouth with a toothbrush. Our trained and certified dental hygienists provide the highest quality care that will lower your risk for decay and gum disease. Additionally, they can spot the early warning signs of dental cavities so that we can offer treatment right away.
During your visits, we will discuss any habits that impact oral health. This includes consuming an excess amount of sugar or smoking. We can offer advice for keeping your teeth and gums healthy between visits. We also work one-on-one with our patients who have medical conditions affecting their oral health, or who have medications that can have oral side effects.
The general dental treatments we provide to our patients in our Silver Spring dental office include the following.
Emergency dentistry is the term that we use to describe instant dental care in a short period of time. Our team can help you get the care that you need. Our goal is always to make sure your visit goes as smoothly as possible, so we’ll do everything we can to keep your appointment on track and make sure you leave with exactly what you need.
In some cases, it may be necessary for a patient to reach out to us because they are unable to reach their regular dentist or hygienist. Dr. Dechter and Dr. Moy can provide second opinions as well. To learn more about emergency dental services, see Emergency Dentistry.
Our dentists provide family dentistry services for patients of all ages that have a variety of dental needs. We offer a variety of different services, including:
- Dental exams and teeth cleanings
- Dental fillings
- Sealants and fluoride treatment
We believe in keeping your family healthy and happy so that they can smile confidently and comfortably. Our dental practice is a comfortable and relaxing environment for all ages. Count on us to meet the needs of your entire family. To learn more about family dental care, see Family Dentistry.
Laser dentistry is a great way to achieve beautiful, healthy smiles without the need for anesthesia or traditional dental drills. It’s also one of the most effective ways to treat cavities and prevent gum disease. We use dental lasers for the treatment of cavities and gum disease.
With a laser, you get a more precise, high-definition treatment on your teeth that we can complete in a single visit with little discomfort. With our laser dentistry, we use the latest technology to deliver treatments that are safe, effective and affordable. To learn about laser dental treatments, see Laser Dentistry.
Custom Sports Mouthguards
Custom Sports Mouthguards are an effective way to protect your teeth, gums, jaw, and smile. Our dentists provide custom sports mouthguards to protect a player during contact sports. The custom sports mouthguard consists of a durable type of silicone or polycarbonate that will not break down under pressure. To learn about protecting your teeth using mouthguards during sports, see Mouthguards.
Root Canal Treatment
Dechter & Moy Dentistry offers root canal treatments to repair damaged teeth and protect then from further decay. We will preform a root canal procedure to save a damaged tooth from extraction. The pulp is the nerve center of the tooth, and without it, your tooth cannot function properly. The goal of this procedure is to repair the damage to your teeth due to decay or trauma.
Our dentists typically conduct root canals when there are multiple cavities in one or more teeth, or when there is a substantial amount of decay on any one tooth. To learn more about this endodontics service, see Root Canals.
If our dentist cannot save your damaged tooth or teeth, he will extract them to stop your tooth pain and prevent any other oral health issues from developing. For example, we may have to remove a cracked tooth rather than repair it because it may cause the neighboring teeth to begin to decay. Reasons for a tooth extraction include:
- You have a severely damaged tooth due to oral health neglect.
- You have a cracked or fractured tooth due to an accident.
- You have an abscess or infection in the roots of a tooth and require a removal of the tooth to prevent further damage to your jawbone.
To learn more about extracting a troubled tooth or teeth, see Tooth Extraction.
The prevention of tooth decay or dental caries is one of the key parts of your preventive dental care. Tooth decay often compromises the structure of your natural teeth and can lay the foundation for bad dental health if left untreated.
During routine visits, we use a handheld digital cavity scanner that can spot the early changes in tooth enamel. Early treatment is often conservative. It will minimize having to degrade tooth structure to remove decay and place a filling.
Preventing tooth decay also helps to prevent gum disease. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy will enable you to enjoy a natural, stable smile for a lifetime.
Feeling nervous about a dental filling? Our team will explain each step in the process. This will help you feel comfortable and shows that we take a caring approach to your care. We understand that many patients feel anxious when faced with a dental filling. We will work with you on an individual basis to help you feel relaxed and confident in the dentist chair.
Our dentists at Dechter & Moy Dentistry can complete a dental filling treatment during one visit to our dental practice. This is typically a simple procedure, especially when the decay is minimal and spotted early. If you have been avoiding the dentist and think that you have tooth cavities, schedule a visit with us and experience the difference that our personalized care can make in your overall comfort. Addressing tooth decay as soon as possible can avoid permanent damage and even tooth loss.
One-visit Root Canals
If you are experiencing advanced tooth decay or infection, a root canal may be the solution for saving the tooth and eliminating pain. Dr. Dechter and Dr. Moy offer the convenience of one-visit endodontics! We can perform a root canal using this advanced procedure in our Silver Spring dental office. Give us a call at (301) 508-9755, or request an appointment online today to book an appointment. We offer quality dental care to support beautiful smiles and welcome patients from the Silver Spring and Wheaton, MD area.