At Pike District Smiles, we want our patients to feel empowered when choosing the best care for them. Here we answer some of our most frequently asked questions when it comes to dental care and the services we provide in North Bethesda.
From preventative care to dental implants to cosmetic services, let’s review a few commonly asked questions at our practice.
General Dentistry FAQs
Preventing tooth decay and gum disease, two very common oral health issues, begins at home with daily brushing and flossing. You can also eat a diet that’s low in refined sugar with plenty of fruits and vegetables for even healthier teeth!
Regular dental visits will also help you prevent oral disease for a healthy, beautiful smile, as professional cleanings can remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria that are responsible for decay and gum inflammation to prevent more invasive treatments down the line.
Visiting your dentist in Rockville is the best way to prevent oral health issues—combined with regular oral care at home, of course! While not every patient will need to come in every six months, we recommend an exam and cleaning at least once a year and more often as recommend by Dr. Nikkhah.
Some patients are predisposed to certain oral health issues and may need a higher level of care and more frequent dental visits, while other patients won’t need to come in as often. However, professional cleanings can be instrumental in keeping your smile healthy and stain-free!
Not at all. In fact, we offer an in-house dental plan for those who don’t have insurance to help patients in North Bethesda get the oral care they need without dental insurance. Visit our payment page or contact us to learn more about our flexible payment options. We also accept CareCredit!
Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs
At Pike District Smiles, we want you to have your dream smile, which is why Dr. Nikkhah specializes in a variety of cosmetic treatments. We offer professional teeth whitening for brighter teeth, dental bonding to repair chips and cracks, and Invisalign for a straighter smile. We also offer dental veneers for poorly-shaped teeth or teeth that have set-in stains or mild orthodontic issues.
Most people are eligible for the procedures we offer to improve the look of your smile. However, people who have underlying oral health issues such as tooth decay or gum disease will need to have these problems addressed before any cosmetic procedures take place.
People who invest in cosmetic dentistry often find that the health of their smile improves. Not only are underlying oral health issues taken care of beforehand, but people are more motivated to properly care for their new and improved smile to make the effects of procedures such as teeth whitening last as long as possible.
Dental Restoration FAQs
At Pike District Smiles, we offer a variety of options to replace missing teeth in Rockville. Each smile is unique and your choice of restoration will depend on what procedures you qualify for, your budget, and your goals for your smile.
Your restoration options for missing teeth may include dental implants, dental bridges, and dental crowns. We also offer dentures and partial dentures, including implant-supported dentures for patients who are missing most or all of their natural teeth.
Dental implants consist of a post that’s surgically implanted into your jaw bone and a dental crown which help form an artificial tooth. Dental implants are designed to effectively replace missing natural teeth and provide an alternative to dentures and bridges.
At Pike District Smiles, we offer a variety of options for dental implants, including single dental implants, implant-supported dentures, and dental implants for multiple missing teeth.
Dr. Nikkhah is proud to be an Invisalign provider in the North Bethesda area. Invisalign is an orthodontic appliance that can correct misaligned bites (think overbites or underbites), straighten crooked teeth, and close gaps in your smile. In fact, Invisalign can fix the majority of orthodontic issues for patients in Rockville.
To find out if your unique smile would qualify for Invisalign, Dr. Nikkhah will conduct an oral exam and take x-rays during your consultation. The good news is that most patients will qualify for Invisalign treatment, with some exceptions where traditional braces would be more appropriate.
While every patient is different and has unique issues to correct, patients can expect an average treatment time of 12 to 18 months. Your treatment may be shorter or longer. During your consultation with Dr. Nikkhah for Invisalign, she can give you a more accurate estimate for how long your treatment would take.
Have More Questions? Contact Us
Don’t see an answer you have here on this list? Simply call (301) 679-0398 and we’ll be glad to answer all your questions. You can also schedule a consult with Dr. Nikkhah to learn more about your treatment options with us.