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The type of toothbrush is more important than the brand of toothbrush. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because you can more easily and completely get around each tooth and are less likely to injure your gums. A medium or hard brush can irritate your gums and may even cause gum recession. No need to scrub your teeth vigorously if you are maintaining a twice per day brushing habit and visiting our office every six months to one year for checkups and cleanings.

There isn’t one specific brand that is better than another, but whichever brand you choose, it should contain fluoride. This helps decrease the chances of tooth decay. So, choose what tastes best to you—as long as it contains fluoride!

To help prevent cavities from forming in those hard-to-reach places between your teeth, we recommend flossing at least once a day. Flossing is also important for healthy gums.

A “crown” and a “cap” are essentially the same thing. Dentists refer to the restoration of the tooth with a covering made of gold, porcelain, composites, or stainless steel as “caps.” However, patients will often call tooth-colored restorations “caps” and gold or stainless-steel restorations “crowns.”

A “partial denture” replaces missing teeth and is removable. Partial dentures attach to the teeth with clasps. A “bridge” also replaces missing teeth but is permanently attached to the teeth or implants. Many patients prefer bridges over partial dentures.

Silver or “amalgam” fillings were the only kind used in the past. Although a report from the U.S. Public Health Service stated there is not a health reason not to use them, many patients today prefer the white or tooth-colored composite fillings. The white or tooth-colored fillings bond to the teeth better, strengthening teeth affected by tooth decay. A couple other benefits to the tooth-colored fillings are they look better and aren’t as sensitive to temperature as silver fillings can be. However, if a tooth is badly damaged, a crown may be a better solution.

Often a root canal and crown go hand in hand. If you have a root canal, you will likely need a crown to help make the tooth stronger and bring it back to normal form and function. But if you need a crown, it doesn’t always mean you need a root canal as well.

  • I LOVE this office !!!! Stephanie taught me proper dental care that in 51 years and several dental hygentists never told me!!!

    Yarn Mom Avatar Yarn Mom
    March 8, 2024

    Peters Creek Dentistry is thorough and attentive to patient needs. Front office staff, hygienist and dentist all friendly and knowledgeable. Equipment is up to date. This was my first visit and I will be returning. Great practice!

    Karlee Mccormack Avatar Karlee Mccormack
    March 1, 2024

    Dr. Ryan and his staff are awesome. Very friendly, down-to-earth and welcoming. As much as I dislike having anything done to my teeth, they make it "painless" in every sense of the word!

    Linda Kirkwood Avatar Linda Kirkwood
    February 15, 2024
  • Amazing! In the past I’ve had really bad dental experiences and anxiety, but not anymore! Highly recommended for anyone who is anxious about going to a dentist. Definitely coming back for life!

    Derek W Avatar Derek W
    February 15, 2024

    This place went over and beyond for my daughter at her appointment !!! Couldn’t have had a better first experience with this place!! Everything about this place was just top notch service! Smiling faces and happy workers! Actually, looking forward to my appointment!

    Ashley Myers Avatar Ashley Myers
    February 15, 2024

    I can’t brag enough about this practice. I highly recommend.

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    January 15, 2024
  • Both hygenist and Dentist were great Very professional

    Karl Stewart Avatar Karl Stewart
    January 15, 2024

    Great office with caring staff! Thank you Dr. Ryan, you’re the best!

    Jane mcclanahan Avatar Jane mcclanahan
    December 15, 2023

    Let me start off by saying I have went to many dentist in the Roanoke area. I have really bad anxiety when it comes to my teeth and I was always so nervous, to the point of dentist offices refusing to help me. This location is much different. They took my worries and fears away. Dr. Ryan is a fabulous dentist that I have been seeing for almost a year now and I have had two-three procedures. I will recommend this place to everyone I can. Thank you Dr. Ryan and staff for always making me feel at ease.

    Hillary Michaels Avatar Hillary Michaels
    November 15, 2023

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