Dental FAQs

What kind of toothbrush should I use?

Any brand of toothbrush is fine, but always check the size of its head and the type of its bristles. A toothbrush with soft bristles and small head is the ideal choice. These toothbrushes can reach each tooth completely and they are less likely to inflict any injury to your gums. On the other hand, toothbrushes with hard bristles and medium or big heads tend to cause inflammation and be a factor in gum recession. Brushing teeth gently in an oval pattern along the gum line is best. Brushing twice every day and visiting our Vienna practice for a check-up and cleaning will keep your oral health in prime condition.

Which toothpaste is better?

Toothpastes that contain fluoride are the most effective for your teeth. This option helps decrease the growth of dental decay. In fact, any toothpaste is fine as long as it contains enough fluoride and is not abrasive. For individuals with a high decay rate, we advise a daily fluoride gel treatment, which helps increase decay resistance.

How often should I floss?

We recommend that patients floss at least once every day. Flossing once per day helps to prevent dental cavities from developing between the teeth where your brush can’t reach. Gums can also stay healthy if you floss daily.

Is there any difference between a cap and a crown?

Apart from the name, there is no difference. This custom-made restoration helps repair a broken tooth by covering most or all of its natural structure after getting rid of old fillings and decay.

What is the difference between partial dentures and bridges?

Both partial dentures and bridges replace missing teeth. A partial denture is attached by clips to the teeth, and patients can easily remove it. A bridge, on the other hand, is attached permanently to the adjacent teeth using crowns or implants. Usually, patients are more pleased with dental bridges than with partial dentures.

Will I need a root canal because of a crown?

The answer is no. While most root canal treatments do need crowns to strengthen the treated tooth, this isn’t the case is every situation.

Dental care makes me feel nervous and frightened. Can you help?

Studies show us that a majority of the population experiences some level of dental phobia on a regular basis, so you’re certainly not alone. Here in Vienna, VA, our dental team is happy to offer a solution to these negative emotions: sedation dentistry. These techniques can help patients enter a deep state of relaxation or even become unconscious during their procedure so that they can remain fully comfortable.

What are my options for replacing lost teeth at your office?

No one dental solution is right for every single patient. That’s why our team here at Monarch Dentistry offers multiple reconstructive solutions that can rebuild one or several teeth in an effective fashion. In most cases, we recommend dental implants because of their valuable health and aesthetic benefits. Our doctors can even handle the process from beginning to end here in our office, resulting in a comfortable and convenient experience for patients.

 If you aren’t the right candidate for dental implants, a traditional bridge or denture may be more ideal. We’ll discuss the benefits and disadvantages of these options with you beforehand to ensure that the correct decision is made for your smile.

Can you help me improve how my smile looks?

Of course! Dr. Neil Flenniken and Dr. Suzan Rismani-Flenniken are happy to offer several cosmetic services that are designed to achieve that very purpose, including both in-office and take-home whitening, Invisalign, porcelain veneers, and all-ceramic restorations. We hope to exceed your expectations with the quality of our work. 

My doctor told me that a dentist can help treat my sleep apnea. Is that true?

It is. Our Vienna office can provide struggling patients with a customized oral appliance that comfortably adjusts their mouth and helps them breathe easily throughout the night. If needed, we can also provide important assistance with combined therapy for sleep apnea, with involves both an oral appliance and a traditional CPAP machine.

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