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tooth sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is a common problem, and many patients encounter pain or discomfort when they eat certain foods that are hot or cold. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, around 40 million adults suffer from sensitivity. Usually, the pain is temporary and can be treated to improve, but not cure the condition.

At The Foleck Center, we provide many general dentistry services including treatment for patients that suffer from sensitivity. We strive to provide quality dental care in a caring and friendly environment, where patients can relax during their treatment. We welcome new patients to our practice, and look forward to you joining our dental family.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity can happen suddenly, and to anyone. Typically, symptoms of sensitivity include a sudden sharp pain when your teeth are exposed to cold, hot, or acidic foods. Tooth sensitivity can also come after you brush or floss your teeth. Teeth whitening can cause sensitivity after treatment, so patients should consider this when they are deciding to start a whitening regimen.

Our teeth are protected by enamel, and underneath the enamel is a layer of dentin. Dentin is soft, and if the enamel on your teeth is worn down, or your gums have receded the dentin can become exposed. Dentin can be exposed from cavities or cracks in your teeth. The dentin is connected to the nerve area, and this is what can cause pain or sensitive teeth.

Other Actions That Can Cause Sensitivity

  • Brushing too vigorously
  • Gum recession from periodontal disease
  • Gingivitis
  • Teeth grinding or clenching
  • Cracked or injured teeth
  • Plaque
  • Acidic foods or drinks
  • Dental procedures such as sensitivity after a filling
  • Teeth Whitening treatments

What Treatments Are Available for Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity can never completely go away, but there are treatments available that can help alleviate the sensitivity you experience. If you are experiencing any sensitivity, we recommend you make an appointment for an exam in our office. We can treat sensitivity easier if we know that is what is causing you pain. Never leave pain untreated as this could lead to more serious issues in the future.

Sensitivity Treatments

  • Using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
  • Changing to a soft bristled tooth brush.
  • Use a mouthwash that contains fluoride.
  • Avoid acidic foods or drinks.
  • Avoid clenching or grinding your teeth.
  • Inlays or bonding can help fix a tooth and decrease sensitivity.
  • Gum grafts can help protect the root area of the tooth.
  • Fluoride gel or varnish treatment can help protect your teeth from wear and tear.
  • Root Canal therapy if needed can help with severe tooth sensitivity, but this is typically the last resort.

Taking care of your teeth and knowing when to call your dentist is important. Patients should never have prolonged pain or sensitivity to hot or cold. It is always important to take care of your oral health, and practice good habits at home. At The Foleck Center, your oral health is our priority, and we strive to provide our patients with quality and affordable dental services. Let our team help you take charge of your dental health.

Ready To Schedule Your Appointment?

If you are interested in finding out more about treatments for tooth sensitivity, contact The Foleck Center, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

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Are you looking for a dentist in the Coliseum Central, VA, area that provides excellent dental care and service for the entire family? At Foleck Center we offer many services from general dental to dental implants. Our facilities do it all, and we continue to be the leading family dentist in the Coliseum Central area. We are a full-service practice and are dedicated to restoring and enhancing smiles that last a lifetime.

Why Choose Us?

Our doctors and staff stand by many values including a high standard of excellence and uncompromised safety. The Foleck Center works with each patient to create customized treatment plans discussing all options available. We are equipped to handle dental emergencies, and our flexible hours and schedule allow you to be seen right away. Our state-of-the-art facilities are updated, and provide a relaxing and positive experience for our patients.

Training and Expertise

Our doctors have many years of experience in all aspects of dentistry, and focus on continuing education and training, to give patients the latest products and equipment on the market. Our doctors are constantly expanding on their education, and working to learn the newest techniques in dental care.

Membership Program

Our Coliseum Central location is proud to offer our wellness program that gives patients another payment option for services. Our program includes many plans to choose from, as well as discounts on services at our locations. In addition to our wellness plan, we offer financing options to give patients another choice for payment.

Our plan is ideal for individuals and families, as well as retirees, or anyone that does not have dental coverage. All of our plans include regular cleanings two times a year, a focused exam, x-rays, and fluoride treatment. Ask one of our team members for details on how you can benefit from our wellness plan!

Looking for a Dentist Near You?

If you are looking for an affordable dentist in the Coliseum Central area, The Foleck Center can help. We have been providing families with quality and affordable dental care for years in a relaxing and positive environment. Preventative care is key to maintaining good oral hygiene, and our team at The Foleck Center is ready to help you take charge of your oral health.

Our Coliseum Central office is conveniently located near Peninsula Town Center, making us a great choice for families in the area.

Come experience quality dental care at The Foleck Center!

To schedule your appointment, contact The Foleck Center, and our friendly staff will assist you.

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Dental cleanings are essential, and keep our teeth and mouth looking and feeling great. Scheduling your regular dental cleaning twice a year in our office can help prevent issues, and ensures you are keeping up with your oral hygiene. At The Foleck Center, we are a full-service practice, and offer many services from dental implants to cleanings. We are the leading dentist in Coliseum Central, VA, and provide quality, personalized dental care to patients and families in the area. If you are looking for a dentist near you that provides exceptional dental care, we welcome you to visit The Foleck Center.

Dental Cleanings at The Foleck Center

Dental cleanings and exams are done in one appointment. The exams are done by our doctor, and the cleaning is done by one of our licensed and registered dental hygienists. Dental cleanings and exams take less than one hour, making this a quick and easy appointment for our patients. If the patient has a lot of build up or plaque on their teeth, additional treatment may be recommended, and your appointment may take longer. We welcome you to our office for your next dental cleaning and exam. Let our skilled team take care of your teeth and monitor your oral health.

What Should I Expect During My Dental Cleaning?

When you visit The Foleck Center for your dental cleaning our team will take x-rays. Your teeth will be cleaned, polished, and flossed, and we will check your gums for any signs of disease or gingivitis. Once your cleaning is complete, our doctor will come in and perform the examination.

During the examination our Hampton dentists will check for any cavities, cracks, or fractures. We also check any existing restorations to make sure they are in good condition and are not loose. Part of our exam is to check for oral cancer and ensure your mouth looks healthy.

We recommend patients visit our office twice a year for their dental exam and cleaning. For our younger patients, starting them out at an early age helps to teach good oral hygiene practice, and sets the stage for when they get older.

Looking for a Dental Cleaning in Coliseum Central?

If you are looking for a dental cleaning in the Hampton, VA area, The Foleck Center can help. We have four convenient locations and provide personalized and gentle care to patients of all ages. We are a family practice, and welcome new patients to come experience what we have to offer.

The Foleck Center offers a wellness program to give patients another financial option. This program offers many plans to choose from and includes many benefits for services done in our office. Ask one of our team members for details!

Our Hampton Coliseum Central office is located near The Peninsula Town Center, making us a great choice for families in the area.
To schedule your dental cleaning and exam, contact The Foleck Center, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

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Silver or amalgam fillings are common, and some amalgam fillings may need to be replaced eventually.  There are many reasons amalgam fillings may need to be replaced. At The Foleck Center we specialize in general dentistry, and have years of experience using state of the art technology. We welcome you to contact us for all of your family’s dental needs, and experience quality and affordable dental care you can trust. We are the preferred dentist in downtown Hampton, VA and look forward to meeting you.

Can Fillings Crack Teeth Over Time?

Fillings generally do NOT crack teeth over time as long as they are placed properly by your dentist and the patient doesn’t have compromised oral health. However, teeth cracking as a result of fillings can occur in some instances.

This is known as a fractured cusp and occur due to tooth decay or trauma. As a result, fillings can exacerbate the risk if given the right circumstances. Thankfully, fractured cusps usually doesn’t affect the pulp of the tooth and as a result doesn’t cause much pain though should be corrected as soon as possible, 

Why Would I Want to Replace My Fillings?

  • Cracked Filling – Over time amalgam fillings tend to develop stress cracks in the surface. This can allow bacteria to enter the tooth. If patients grind their teeth at night, this can also cause your amalgam filling to crack.
  • Crack in Your Tooth – In certain cases sometimes amalgam fillings put extra pressure on the tooth around the filling and cause the tooth to crack. This can allow bacteria to enter the tooth and cause cavities.
  • Broken Tooth – Sometimes after years of having an amalgam filling the tooth breaks away. To correct this issue, we must remove the old filling to retore your tooth.

What Are My Replacement Options?

If your filling needs replacement there are a few options to choose from. Our team will choose the option that is best depending on the severity and condition of your tooth.

  • Tooth-Colored Fillings – We can replace your silver-colored filling with a tooth-colored filling such as porcelain or composite.
  • Inlays/Onlays If more extensive work is needed for larger cracks, we may recommend a pre-molded filling or inlay/onlay to fit in or around your tooth.
  • Crowns Another option to correct large amounts of decay or cracks would be a crown. The crown will help to preserve the tooth, as well as restore the tooth.

Interested in Finding Out More About Dental Fillings in Downtown Hampton?

If you are interested in finding a dentist year you that handles cavities in downtown Hampton, The Foleck Center can help. We are the premier dentist in the downtown Hampton area, and serve patients of all ages. Our doctors work to provide quality and affordable care, and build a foundation of trust with all of our patients. Our state-of-the-art facilities give patients a comfortable and relaxing experience. The Foleck Center is constantly expanding on our education to bring our patients the latest technologies and products.

The Foleck Center has a wellness membership program for our patients. This program gives patients another financial option for dental services at any of our four locations. The wellness membership has different plans to choose from, and offers many discounts for services. Our plan is perfect for individuals, families, retirees, or anyone who does not have dental coverage. To find out more visit our wellness membership page on our website, or ask one of our team members for more information.

Our downtown Hampton office is conveniently located near Vancosta’s Pizza, making us a great choice for families in the area.
To schedule your appointment with us contact The Foleck Center, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!

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General Dentists provide services to diagnose, treat, and maintain your oral health. Our office specializes in general dentistry, and this includes preventative, corrective, and restorative treatment for patients. Our general dental care services allow us to remove any decay or disease from your teeth and gums. We preserve your natural teeth and keep you looking and feeling great.

Visiting our office regularly to maintain your oral health is important. Starting out good habits at an early age can create a good foundation for taking care of your teeth. Preventative treatment helps to keep teeth and gums healthy, and stop decay. During your exam in our office, we will evaluate your teeth and mouth, and develop a customized treatment plan that is tailored to your needs.

What Treatments Are Included in General Dentistry?

Our office has many general dental services to help keep you looking and feeling great. We provide consultations to discuss any concerns you have with your smile. Our consultation includes a detailed exam to determine what procedure is needed.

General Dentistry Services

  • Cleanings
  • Oral Exams
  • Fillings
  • Oral Cancer Screenings
  • Dental Implants
  • Extractions
  • Root Canals
  • X-rays
  • Fixed Bridges and Crowns

What Can I Expect During a General Dentistry Appointment?

Our general dentistry appointments begin with a visual exam of your teeth and mouth. If needed, x-rays are taken so we can take a closer look at the health of your teeth, gums, and jaw. We will discuss any prior health history, and review any prior x-rays if the patients had them sent over to our office.

Next, our team will perform a thorough dental cleaning. This removes plaque from the teeth and gums and polishes the teeth. We also check any existing restorations to ensure they are all stable and in great condition. This includes fillings, implant, bridges, and crowns. Our team will also do an oral cancer screening of the mouth and tongue.

If there are any areas of concern, we will discuss those details with you and create a customized treatment plan. Our staff will discuss next steps if you require further treatment. Patients may have to return to our office for another appointment depending on what is required.

Interested in Scheduling an Appointment?

Attending your regular exams twice a year in our office is an essential part to our oral health. We can help maintain your teeth and gums and keep them looking and feeling great. Exams allow our team to get in front of any potential complications or decay, and prevent serious complications. Let us help you take charge of your oral health, and call our office today!

If you are interested in scheduling your cleaning and exam with us, please contact The Foleck Center, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!

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Both tarter and plaque build up on our teeth over time, and good oral hygiene with brushing and flossing can help to remove plaque and tarter, and keep your teeth looking great. Ultimately, Tarter and plaque are not curable, but can be prevented.

At The Foleck Center, we are the leading dentist in Virginia Beach, VA, and provide quality preventative care for patients of all ages. We are a full-service practice, and offer many services from general dentistry to cosmetic dentistry, and many more.

How Can I Prevent Tarter or Plaque Buildup?

Patients can prevent tarter or plaque by practicing good oral hygiene habits and attending their regular visits to our office. Plaque forms on the teeth from sugars and bacteria and is the cause of decay and gum disease. To remove plaque patients must brush and floss their teeth each day. Tarter is calcified plaque or calculus, and can be above or below the gum line. Tarter builds up over time if proper brushing and flossing is not done. Food and bacteria build up and accumulate on your teeth and gums.

We recommend that patients visit our office at least twice a year for their dental cleaning and exam. If you notice you have plaque buildup and are looking for a dentist near you, we encourage you to contact our office. Dental cleanings can remove plaque and tarter build up and ensure your gums are healthy. Leaving sticky tarter or plaque on your teeth over time can lead to gum disease or other more serious health issues.

Our hygienists and doctors work together to clean your teeth, take x-rays, and perform a detailed exam of your mouth and gums. This allows us to monitor the health of your teeth and get in front of any issues or cavities.

Looking for Dental Cleanings in Virginia Beach?

If you are looking for dental exams in Virginia Beach, contact The Foleck Center for quality and affordable dental care. Our doctors have years of experience, and our staff is highly trained to provide exceptional care. We welcome patients of all ages and are trained to work with children. Come experience the difference at The Foleck Center!

The Foleck Center offers a wellness membership program that gives patients another payment option for services in our office. The program includes different plans and offers discounts on services. Ask one of our team members for details!

Our Virginia Beach office is conveniently located near Timberlake Shopping Center, making us a great choice for families in the area. To schedule your appointment, contact The Foleck Center, and our staff will be happy to assist you!

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