General Dentistry Rockville
Cast Gold Fillings
Cast gold fillings have excellent durability and do not abrade surrounding teeth. However, they can conduct heat and cold, and cause irritation. Cast gold fillings, inlays, and onlays are made with 14 to 18kt gold. For years, gold was the dominant choice of filling material due to its durability.
A comprehensive oral examination is an essential component of your visit to Dr. Siegel. It involves a complete examination and recording of the health of your teeth and oral tissue. We may also take X-rays of your tooth structure and jaw to better diagnose any potential problems. Our exams are tailored to the needs of children, adults, and seniors.
Seventy percent of the time, oral cancer is not visible to dental professionals until the cancer has reached an advanced stage. The VELscope® technology enables Dr. Siegel to locate any abnormal tissue in the mouth very early. No rinses are necessary and the screening method is simple.
Dental cleanings are an essential part of your dental visits. Dr. Siegel or one of our dental hygienists will clean your teeth in order to remove the plaque and tartar that builds up over time. Most adults and children come in for a teeth cleaning every six to 12 months.
Soft tissue management is the care of the gums and soft tissues of the mouth. Periodontal disease affects three out of four adults. By preventing periodontal disease and subsequent tooth loss, dentures or other tooth-replacement appliances may not be needed later in life.
Sealants are made of plastic and are used to coat the teeth in order to protect them from decay. The first sealants became available to dentists in the 1970s. Many children have successfully avoided serious cavities since then by having sealants applied to molars and chewing surfaces.
Root canal treatment is a much-feared dental procedure, but it need not be. Dr. Siegel has the experience to perform root canal treatment with minimal discomfort. In fact, many of our patients have said that it is similar to replacing amalgam fillings with tooth-colored fillings.
Sedation protocols have been safely in use for over 30 years. After a thorough review of your medical and dental history, Dr. Siegel will schedule your appointment. On the day of the appointment, you will take a pill and have a companion drive you to our office.
X-rays have been a valuable tool used in dentistry for decades. Now, digital imaging allows us to further refine the process. Digital x-rays emit a fraction of the radiation compared to traditional systems. We are also better able to plan treatment and track the progression of certain conditions.
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a common condition which can have a detrimental effect on your oral health. Dr. Siegel can create a customized oral appliance to protect your teeth from wearing and fractures. Mouth guards can also help to relax the jaw, minimizing headaches and other effects.