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Family Dentistry in Richmond, VA

Maintaining dental health is investing in the quality of life you want for yourself and your family. We gladly welcome patients of all ages and offer a variety of services to suit your family's needs.

Preventive Dentistry

Healthy Smiles with Dr. KnaysiHealthy smiles for healthy families start with professional family dentistry. At Fred Knaysi DDS, PC, your bright, healthy smile is our top priority. Of course, you'll only smile if you're as happy with our service as you are with our dental treatment. That's why we take the time to listen to your needs and concerns. Not only do we listen to your concerns, but we use gentle, efficient cleaning techniques. We also hire caring, highly trained professionals.

Call To Learn More About Preventive Dental Services:

•  Exams & Cleanings
•  Fluoride Treatment
•  Tooth Extractions

Our experienced team of specialists is invested in meeting all of your dental needs; from calming anxieties to teaching good habits, from regular check-ups to sophisticated dental surgery.

Restorative Dentistry

Restorative Dentistry by Fred Knaysi DDS, PCYou don't have to live with damage, discoloration or gaps when it comes to your teeth. There is a procedure that is right for you and your unique situation. From bridges, to dentures, to implants, we can help or point you in the right direction.

Call To Learn More About Restorative Dental Services:

•  Composite and Amalgam Fillings
•  Bridges
•  Crowns
•  Dentures
•  Dental Implants

Cosmetic Dentistry

It's easy to take a smile for granted, unless you're self-conscious about yours. In that case, you may spend more time and thought on hiding your smile than enjoying the moment. Natural imperfections, accidental damage, or food stains have always caused embarrassment and social anxiety. Don't dim your smile because of stained, chipped, or crooked teeth. With modern cosmetic dentistry, you can put those days behind you.

Call To Learn More About Cosmetic Dental Services:

•  Composite Fillings
•  Tooth Whitening
•  Veneers

Gum Disease

Gum Disease Richmond, VA

Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment in Richmond, Virginia with Fred A. Knaysi, DDSEveryone is concerned about the health of their teeth, and rightly so. Damaged or decaying teeth can be very expensive to fix, so the goal is usually to take preventive measures against oral maladies like cavities. What a lot of people don’t realize is that the gums play a critical role in the health of your teeth. The gums can become infected and can adversely affect the health of your teeth. At Fred Knaysi DDS, PC, we care about your oral health and want you to be able to enjoy your teeth for as long as you can. Take a moment to learn a few things about gum (periodontal) disease and what steps you can take to prevent it.

What is periodontal disease?

Gum or periodontal disease is the gums equivalent of cavities in your teeth. Just as your teeth become infected by the bad bacteria that live in your mouth and thrive off of the sugars and acids in your mouth, so do your gums become infected with gum disease. It’s the same plaque and tartar bacteria that infects your gums that affects your teeth.

How does periodontal disease start?

When you forget to brush your teeth once or twice it’s probably not going to be that big of a deal. When you forget to brush and floss a lot, it can turn into a real nightmare. The reason we brush and floss is to wash away the sticky bacterial build up known as plaque. If plaque is taken off of your teeth as it forms with regular brushing and flossing, it can’t build up to dangerous levels. If you ignore your oral hygiene for long enough that plaque can harden into a substance called tartar and it can even begin to reach below the gum line.

When plaque or tartar manages to get between your teeth and gums, your gums will become inflamed and infected. This is the early stages of gum disease. If it is allowed to continue unhindered, it can reach late stage periodontal disease, which cannot be cured, only treated.

What You Can Do To Prevent Gum Disease

he way you can most effectively combat gum disease is to stay on top of brushing and flossing. Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. If you can, rinse your mouth out with water after meals to help wash away food particles. Gum disease is not easily noticeable, so you should make sure to come in to see us at least twice a year for routine cleanings and examinations. Some warning signs that you may be developing gums disease include:

•  Swollen gums
•  Irritated gums
•  Gums that bleed easily
•  Bad breath that does not go away
•  A change in the way your bite fits together
•  A change in the way that dentures fit

Periodontitis can have a dramatically negative impact on your oral health and can even result in the loss of teeth and bone in the jaw. Make sure to give us a call today at (804) 554-5599 to schedule your appointment today.


Dental Emergency Richmond, VA

Emergency sign indicating Dental Emergency Richmond, VAA dental emergency can be a frightening and serious event. The actions you take following an emergency could mean the difference between a minor repair and the permanent loss of your tooth. That is why it is important to stay educated, and know exactly what you should do. Whether a tooth has been knocked out, fractured, or worse, contact us as soon as possible to make sure you properly manage your emergency. Follow these tips, and avoid an unnecessary trip to the emergency room.

Knocked-Out Tooth

A knocked-out tooth requires immediate attention. Taking the proper steps can greatly increase your chances of saving the tooth. The most crucial thing to remember is how to properly preserve the tooth. When handling it, make sure you do not touch the root of the tooth. Always pick it up by the crown. If your tooth has fallen out of your mouth, gently rinse it off to ensure its clean. Do not scrub the tooth or remove any remaining tissue. If you can, delicately place the tooth back into the socket. You can gently hold it in place by lightly biting down. If this is not an option, you can place the tooth in between your cheek and gums. If this makes you uncomfortable, store the tooth in a glass of milk. Call Fred Knaysi DDS, PC immediately, so we can get you into the office as soon as possible. The longer you wait to re-implant the tooth, the slimmer your chances are of saving it. Remember, the key is to keep it moist.

Cracked or Fractured Tooth

Although it is not as serious as a knocked-out tooth, a cracked or fractured tooth can still constitute an emergency dental visit, especially if there is pain. Depending on the location and severity, it is possible that a fracture or chip can wait to be handled during normal business hours. However, some fractures are so severe, that your tooth may not be saved. Again, taking the right steps can help prevent this from happening.

Call us immediately for an emergency appointment. Thoroughly rinse your mouth out with warm water until you can no longer see blood. If the injury was caused by facial trauma, you could use a cold compress to reduce swelling and minimize pain. If possible, take acetaminophen (not aspirin), and follow the instructions listed on the package. Do not apply a painkiller or anesthetic directly to the gum because it can damage the tissue.

Other Dental Emergencies

Other injuries inside the mouth can also be classified as dental emergencies. Tissue injuries such as lacerations or puncture wounds in the cheeks, tongue, gums, or lips may require immediate medical attention. It is important to properly clean the area with warm water. If you are bleeding from your tongue, gently pull it forward and place pressure on the wound with gauze. Get to a nearby hospital or oral surgeon as soon as possible.

Call as Soon as Possible

Any dental problem that causes severe pain, or requires immediate action, should be considered a dental emergency. Call us as soon as possible at (804) 554-5599, and schedule an emergency visit now. If you cannot reach us because we are closed, promptly seek hospital emergency room care.


Dental Implants Richmond, VA

Image of Dental Implants in Richmond, VA, at Fred Knaysi DDS, PCWhen tooth loss becomes a problem that you have to deal with, chances are it won’t take too long before you are tired of it. It can be hard to chew some of your favorite foods, sometimes it’s even painful when things poke your gums in a spot where you have lost a tooth. Your speech and the way you enunciate can change dramatically, depending on which teeth are missing. Lots of people who are missing teeth even report that they don’t smile too much anymore because they become self-aware of their missing teeth. When you have had enough of the troubles that come with tooth loss, we have the solution for you – dental implants.

Dental implants are a phenomenal tooth replacement option that allows you to regain the ability to eat and speak as you would with your real teeth. People who have implants placed often feel as though they have their real teeth back because they do such a great job of replacing both the form and function of a real tooth. So what is it that makes dental implants so valuable?

The Concept that Makes Dental Implants Great

Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that are surgically placed into the bone in your jaw. Because they are made of titanium, a metal that is known to be biocompatible, they will eventually be accepted by the bone structure in your jaw through a process known as osseointegration.

When something is said to be “biocompatible” that means that the human body readily accepts it. Osseointegration is the process of the bone growing around the implant and integrating it into your bone structure. When the bone in your jaw accepts a dental implant it is encouraged to grow, which in-turn prevents bone loss and promotes continued oral health.

Dental implants can support single tooth restorations as well as bridges and even full arch restorations. That’s right, you can have all of the teeth in your mouth permanently replaced with the help of dental implants!

The Procedure

A dental implant will take at least two visits to our office to be completed. During the first visit we will take some measurements and an impression of your mouth in order to send to our dental lab. The dental lab will use this data and the impressions to sculpt a perfect replica of your tooth that will cap your implant.

Dental Implants in Richmond, Virginia with Fred A. Knaysi, DDSEach implant is made up of three parts – post, abutment, and crown. Once we are finished taking the impressions we can begin the process of placing the post into the bone in your jaw. We will make a small incision in your gums in order to access the bone below. We will then surgically place the post into the jaw, and suture the gums closed. The healing process can take several months.

Once the healing process is finished, we will have your restoration back from the lab. We will place the abutment into the post and the crown will be permanently affixed to the abutment.

It is important to note that there is a high rate of failure of dental implants among those who smoke. Smoking should be avoided at all costs as it is a serious threat to the health of your dental implants.

Please call us today at (804) 554-5599 to schedule your appointment.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea Richmond, VA

Image of sleepless woman needing Sleep Apnea treatment in Richmond, VAMany of our patients have heard of sleep apnea because it is a common disorder among adults. What many patients do not know, is that Fred Knaysi DDS, PC can help identify, diagnose, and provide treatment options for patients who suffer from sleep apnea.

What is Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by repeated pausing or reduction of airflow during sleep. If a pause lasts for ten seconds or more, it is an apnea. It can be difficult to pinpoint the precise cause of sleep apnea, but common symptoms can be telling indicators of the disorder.

At Fred Knaysi DDS, PC, we specialize in the treatment of obstructive apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by a collapse or interference with your airway. Untreated sleep apnea can prevent you from getting deep enough, healthy sleep. This leads to numerous problems that can severely affect your long-term health.

Causes and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

The most common cause of obstructive sleep apnea is excess weight or obesity. This can lead to an increase in the soft tissue around the mouth and throat. When your muscles relax during sleep, this tissue can block the airway. After your body’s unsuccessful attempt to take a breath, the oxygen in your blood will drop, and your brain will signal your body to wake up.

You do not need to be overweight to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. Hereditary issues, such as a deviated septum, narrow airway, or unusually large tongue, can also lead to sleep apnea. Certain medications or allergies can be contributing factors as well. In children, sleep apnea can be caused by enlarged adenoids, tonsils, or an extreme overbite.

There are several symptoms of sleep apnea to look out for. If you suffer from daytime fatigue or sleepiness, insomnia, poor concentration, headaches, or memory problems, you could have sleep apnea. Mood complications such as irritability, anxiety, or depression can also be indicators. The most common symptom is usually reported by a sleeping partner and includes loud snoring or choking sounds (followed by silence and a gasp for air).

Long-term complications can arise if sleep apnea is not properly diagnosed and treated. You could suffer from high blood pressure, heart disease, heart attack, heart failure, or pulmonary hypertension. Severe cases can even lead to death, so it is important to take action now and find a solution.

Solutions to Sleep Apnea

For light sleep apnea, we offer a variety of home treatment techniques to restore your sleep. We suggest elevating your head using an extra pillow or wedge. You may want to avoid sleeping on your back to prevent your tongue from blocking your airway. You can try to open your nasal passage with breathing strips, a nasal dilator, or nasal flush. If your sleep apnea is caused by weight gain, exercise and dieting is usually the best form of treatment.
If you suffer from moderate to severe sleep apnea, we may recommend you talk to a trained specialist. Some patients find relief with the use of a Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure (CPAP) machine or supplemental oxygen. Our office also has custom-made oral appliances to help keep your airway open.

Contact Us If You Suffer From Sleep Apnea

If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about sleep apnea solutions, Fred Knaysi DDS, PC can help. Call us today at (804) 554-5599, and schedule an appointment now.

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