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Dental Concerns Washington, DC

Washington, DC dentist Dr. Justin Deckard provides a full range of comprehensive services that can be tailored to meet each patients’ specific needs. Whether patients are dealing with symptoms like bleeding gums or damaged teeth, Dr. Deckard can work with them to find the right solution to address their dental concerns.

At DC Precision Dentistry our ultimate goal is to equip our patients with the tools, knowledge, and confidence needed to improve their oral health and encourage long-term oral health success.

DC Precision Dentistry is home to a dedicated and experienced dental care team. Dr. Deckard and his team are committed to providing patient-focused, high-quality dental care to each patient. To advance his knowledge of the latest techniques and methods in dental care, Dr. Deckard has dedicated many hours to continuing his education in the dental field.

His constant drive to learn more and his experience have made him one of the best dentists in Washington, DC. In addition to that, our dental office is equipped with state-of-the-art dental technology and high-quality materials.

We strive to provide a safe, relaxing environment for each of our patients. We understand some patients are fearful of the dentist, so we work closely with them to ensure they are comfortable throughout their visit.

Dental Concerns Washington DC

Dental Concerns

Most dental concerns can cause painful or uncomfortable symptoms. Addressing your dental concerns can help restore health and function to the smile. From bleeding gums to missing teeth, Dr. Deckard can create a treatment plan that is right for you.

  • Bleeding Gums: this condition is a sign of periodontal disease and should be treated as soon as possible.
  • Missing Teeth: gaps along the arch are bad for your oral health in addition to being embarrassing. We offer several methods to replace them.
  • Sleep Apnea: we provide oral sleep appliances for patients who suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea.
  • Teeth Grinding: serious damage can occur if patients continually grind their teeth. We offer treatment to protect your teeth as well as fix the damage.
  • Crooked Teeth: clear aligners are now a popular way to discreetly straighten crooked teeth. Dr. Deckard is an Invisalign provider in Washington, DC.

Finding ways to improve your oral can help you avoid complex dental problems, as well as make the most out of your natural smile. We encourage patients to practice healthy oral hygiene habits, undergo routine cleanings, and schedule routine dental exams to maintain a healthy smile for the long run.

Sleep Disordered Breathing

Dr. Deckard has advanced training in airway dentistry. This focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. A patient’s oral structure or abnormalities in the function of breathing can cause sleep apnea.  It can be the underlying cause of a range of symptoms affecting the quality of life.

Accordingly, this condition should not be ignored. The key to finding the appropriate treatment is to correctly identify the factors impacting sleep, including lifestyle habits, medical conditions, and genetics.

Dr. Deckard will work with you on an individual basis to address your symptoms, evaluate your airway and coordinate the testing for a proper diagnosis.

Dental Concerns FAQs

What are the five most common dental problems?

The five most common dental problems are tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, tooth sensitivity, and tooth loss. Tooth decay results from plaque buildup, leading to cavities and potentially more severe issues if not treated. Gum disease ranges from mild inflammation (gingivitis) to more advanced stages, causing bone and tooth loss.

Poor oral hygiene, gum disease, or other factors can cause bad breath. Tooth sensitivity occurs when the tooth’s enamel or gums recede, exposing the underlying dentin. Tooth loss can result from decay, gum disease, or trauma, impacting oral function and appearance.

Is gum bleeding serious?

It depends. Occasional bleeding of the gums may also indicate improper brushing or flossing, so there’s no need to panic unless you are consistently experiencing this symptom.

However, if your gums bleed on a regular basis, it could be an indication of periodontal disease. It is important to see your dentist for examination and diagnosis if bleeding is persistent and does not respond to good oral hygiene habits.

Is it normal to have missing teeth?

It is normal to have missing teeth at certain life stages, such as childhood. However, missing permanent teeth or losing them prematurely due to decay, gum disease, or trauma is a different story. In some cases, individuals may have congenitally missing teeth, a genetic condition where one or more teeth fail to develop.

Regardless of the cause, missing teeth can impact oral function and appearance. Consult a dentist for appropriate solutions, such as dental implants, bridges, or dentures, to replace missing teeth.

What causes crooked teeth?

Various factors can cause crooked teeth. Genetics can play a role. Childhood habits like thumb sucking or pacifier use can also contribute to crooked teeth. Dental problems like tooth loss, cavities, or gum disease can cause teeth to shift out of place.

Finally, external factors like facial injuries can lead to misaligned teeth. Addressing these issues early on through orthodontic treatment can help to prevent more severe problems.

What is the main reason or cause of teeth grinding?

Dental professionals often attribute the leading cause of teeth grinding to stress and anxiety. When people feel stressed or anxious, they may unconsciously clench and grind their teeth. However, other factors can contribute to teeth grinding, such as sleep disorders, an abnormal bite, or misaligned teeth.

Identifying and addressing the underlying cause is important, as continuing to grind your teeth can lead to tooth damage, jaw pain, and other oral health issues.

What are the three types of sleep apnea?

There are three main types of sleep apnea: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), Central Sleep Apnea (CSA), and Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome (CSAS). OSA occurs when the airway becomes blocked, resulting in shallow breaths or complete pauses in breathing.

CSA occurs when brain signals do not reach the muscles responsible for controlling breathing. CSAS combines OSA and CSA, requiring specialized treatment to address both conditions simultaneously.

Addressing Your Dental Concerns

Dr. Deckard can help address your dental concerns and restore health to your smile. We gladly welcome patients from Shaw, Navy Yard, and surrounding neighborhoods in Washington, DC. To learn more about our office, call (202) 851-7554 or request an appointment online.