2486 Pruden Blvd. Suffolk, VA 23434

Current Patients 757.539.3021

New Patients 757.982.8467

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General Dentistry Suffolk VA

General dental treatments focus on disease prevention and are also used to treat dental injuries, infections, and more. A key aspect of general dentistry is preventative dental care, including routine dental cleanings and exams. Oral health problems like gum disease, missing teeth, and cavities can often be treated conservatively in the early stages with routine dental care.

At Gwaltney Dental, our dentists and dental hygienists provide tooth cleanings, examinations, and screenings for all ages at regular biannual appointments. During these regular dental office visits, we focus on patient education and disease prevention. Healthy smiles start with early dental care and good oral habits.

We can also help parents of young children learn the best methods of caring for their child’s growing and changing smile.

General Dentist in Suffolk, Virginia

General Dentists in Suffolk, VA

Dr. Steve Gwaltney, Dr. J. Ryland Gwaltney, and Dr. Whitney Gwaltney are members of the American Dental Association and Virginia Dental Association. With years of experience treating patients of all ages, Drs. Gwaltney are able to provide high-quality, long-lasting dental care. General dentistry can include routine dental treatments for tooth decay or solutions for dental fear or anxiety.

Custom Sports Mouthguards

Mouthguards worn during contact sports help protect teeth from injury and tooth loss. Comparatively, store-bought mouthguards do not fully conform to teeth and can fall out. With custom sports mouthguards, patients do not need to clench their teeth to keep their mouthguards.

Emergency Dental Care

Contact our office if you have a dental emergency. We work to schedule dental appointments for all of our emergency patients as soon as possible. The most common dental emergencies we treat include toothaches, knocked-out teeth, and broken dental restorations. We can treat dental trauma with cosmetic care, restorations, extractions, repairs, and more.

Family Dentistry

We offer family dentistry to patients of all ages. Our dentists help parents care for their child’s primary teeth and educate younger patients about the importance of oral health. Scheduling regular dental visits for you and your child helps to ensure a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Sedation Dentistry

Dental sedation helps keep patients relaxed during procedures. Patients with dental fear or anxiety benefit from sedation dentistry because they often do not remember the procedure and may even fall asleep during their care. During our procedures, we offer nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide provides pain-free and comfortable treatment for all patients.

Tooth Extraction

Tooth extractions are needed when patients have severely decayed or damaged teeth. Painful, impacted wisdom teeth also need to be removed. Wisdom teeth are considered impacted when they are not fully erupting properly. We can also replace infected or damaged teeth with dental implants.

General Dental FAQs

Patients often have questions about what to use for at-home dental care, including:

What kind of toothbrush should I use?

Adults should use a small or medium toothbrush with soft-to-medium bristles. Patients with sensitive teeth benefit from using soft-bristled toothbrushes that are gentle on the teeth. Children should use small toothbrushes with soft bristles.

How often do I replace my toothbrush?

Adults should replace their toothbrushes every 3 to 4 months as the bristles can wear down with each use. Children need their toothbrushes replaced more regularly than adults, typically every three months.

What is the best type of toothpaste to use?

We don’t recommend any specific toothpaste. However, fluoride toothpaste helps build tooth enamel and prevent decay or infection.

How long is too long without dental cleaning?

Going more than two years without a dental cleaning is too long. Most dentists recommend regular cleanings every six months. These routine cleanings are crucial for removing plaque and tartar that daily brushing and flossing can’t eliminate. Skipping regular cleanings can cause you to develop gum disease, cavities, and other dental problems. If it’s been a while, scheduling a cleaning with us is a good idea to keep your oral health on track.

Can the ER take out a bad tooth?

No. Only a dentist or oral surgeon can perform an extraction. ER doctors, on the other hand, do not have the training or equipment for tooth extractions. They can, however, provide temporary relief if you are experiencing tooth pain. Moreover, ER doctors can prescribe you medications to manage infection or pain.

How long after a tooth extraction can I eat?

After a tooth extraction, it’s best to wait until the numbness from the anesthesia wears off before eating anything. It usually takes a few hours. After this, you can start with soft foods like yogurt, soup, and applesauce. You’ll want to avoid hot foods and drinks for the first 24 hours to prevent irritating the extraction site. Also, steer clear of chewing directly on the extraction site until it has healed sufficiently.

Request a Dental Exam Today

Are you in the Carrollton or Suffolk, VA area? Are you looking for a new dentist? Try Gwaltney Dental. Call our dental office for comprehensive treatment at 757.982.8467 or request an online appointment with our dental team. Please let our staff know if you have any questions about your treatment options. We will gladly help you find the best treatment to meet your needs.