Do you or a loved one have dental anxiety? Are you concerned about nightly teeth clenching and grinding? Dr. Srotalina Khanna and her team at Bethesda Family Smiles help patients address their oral health problems with precise, professional care. She takes a comprehensive approach to treat a variety of dental concerns in her Bethesda, MD, dental office. Along with her dental team, Dr. Khanna assists patients no matter their concern, from bleeding gums to a fear of the dentist.
Q&A: Common Dental Concerns in Bethesda, MD
Discover more about your oral health with answers to questions many have about their dental concerns:
Why do my gums bleed when I brush and floss?
Common causes of bleeding gums are aggressive brushing and gum disease. If you brush your teeth and gums too hard, your gums may bleed. Gum disease causes bleeding gums due to harmful bacteria buildup on the gums. Always brush your teeth gently and visit our office for routine checkups. If you notice that your gums continue to bleed or are also experiencing red or swollen gums, we can help. Dr. Khanna offers periodontal therapy for gingivitis and periodontitis.
Can I cover single crooked teeth?
Yes, if you do not require orthodontic treatment for your crooked teeth, we may recommend dental bonding or porcelain veneers. Tooth bonding treatment covers teeth with biocompatible resin. Porcelain veneers are thin shells that cover the front of the enamel. Although tooth bonding treatment is more economical, veneers may last longer than dental bonding.
How can I overcome my dental anxiety?
We know that it can sometimes be difficult for patients to visit the dentist regularly. Some patients fear loud noises, dental tools, or dental procedures themselves. Other patients may have had a negative experience at the dentist. Dr. Khanna and her dental and office team work with patients as individuals to help them get the care they need. We ask that patients contact us if they need accommodation for their next dental visit. Our team will always be happy to help.
Can I reverse my TMJ symptoms?
Sometimes, patients can reverse early signs of TMJ disorders, including jaw and tooth pain or morning headaches and migraines. Sticking to a soft diet for a couple of weeks, relaxing the jaw with exercises, and even physical therapy can stop TMD.
How do dental implants replace single missing teeth?
If you have just knocked out a tooth, we can help. Dental implants may be used to replace one or more lost permanent teeth. Implants consist of a titanium post, abutment, and dental crown. During implant treatment, an oral surgeon places the implant in the jaw bone. Over three to six months, the implant fuses with the jaw bone. Once the implant is healed, we cover the implant with a permanent crown.
Schedule a Dental Appointment
Do you need dental care? If you are a new patient of Dr. Khanna, call 301.500.2205. Current patients can call 301.530.0700. You may also request a dental consultation with Dr. Khanna on our website. Please let Dr. Khanna know if you have any more questions about your current oral health problems at your next dental visit.