General Dentistry in Gaithersburg MD

At Lakeforest Dental Associates, we treat patients and their families in Gaithersburg, MD.

Whether your youngest family members need pediatric dentistry, or you and older family members are looking for comprehensive general dentistry, we offer a variety of dental services that fits all needs. We will keep every member of your family happy, healthy, and smiling.

Excellent general dentistry in Gaithersburg, MD, builds a foundation between a patient and their dentist. The American Dental Association recommends routine dental visits at intervals determined by your dentist. During these regular visits, a bond of mutual respect and trust is built. Dr. Neil Daftay and Dr. Robert Zaner are Gaithersburg general dentists and will track any changes to your oral health, maintain a detailed patient record for each visit, and get to know your lifestyle and dental needs.

Your dentist is there to reduce your risk for cavities, gum disease, tooth decay, oral cancer, and other oral health issues. If you participate in an active lifestyle, your general dentist may recommend mouth-guards to protect your teeth. If you find yourself constantly tired and moody, even after a full night's sleep, your dentist might check for signs of sleep apnea. If you have an important event coming up and want to look your best, your dentist can work with you to fix smile flaws and imperfections. In short, your general dentist is your go-to for excellent oral health and general well-being.

Your oral health improves significantly when you maintain the same dentist over the years. If you're looking to switch to a new general dentist, we invite you to give us a visit.

What Is General Dentistry?

group photo of a family partyGeneral dentistry in Gaithersburg, MD, incorporates preventive dentistry services and dental procedures that address any oral health issues. To maintain happy and healthy smiles, we recommend at-home oral hygiene like brushing and flossing in between dental cleanings. Your general dentist can educate patients on good nutrition, proper brushing techniques, and more.

Dr. Daftary and Dr. Zaner are your primary oral health care providers. They identify, diagnose, care for, and maintain your oral health needs. Your general dentist will ensure gum health, provide root canal therapy, tooth-colored fillings for cavities, customize dental crowns and veneers, prescribe bridges and dentures, and continuously educate their patients on proper oral habits.

What Are General Dentistry Services?

Many of our patients may not be completely clear on what general dentistry covers.

General dentistry includes:

  • Preventive dentistry – dental exams, professional dental cleanings, x-rays
  • Restorative dentistry – fillings, crowns, bonding
  • Tooth-replacement – implants, dentures, partials, bridges
  • Emergency dentistry – addressing unexpected dental concerns
  • Cosmetic dentistry – teeth whitening, veneers, cosmetic bonding, tooth-colored restorations, Invisalign orthodontics

What Makes Us Different

Both Dr. Neil Daftary and Dr. Robert Zaner like to take a proactive approach to dental care. We don't believe in a "wait and see" attitude because, in many situations, that only alows conditions to worsen. By diagnosing and treating dental problems early, we can protect your smile and often prevent more complex or invasive treatment in the future.

We welcome family members of all ages. Our office has a multi-generational focus when it comes to family and general dentistry. Our skills allow us to treat patients at every age and every stage of life, recognizing that your oral health will change over time.

We Provide High-Quality Restorations

dental crown caps on a surfaceMissing a tooth can be an uncomfortable experience, but getting it restored doesn't have to be.

At Lakeforest Dental Associates, you have many different options to bring back your smile, from dental bridges to dentures to dental implants. Our restorative dentistry uses high-quality materials combined with the skills of both Dr. Daftary and Zaner to achieve beautiful results. We are detail-oriented and strive to make every dental restoration match your smile perfectly and give you lasting protection.

Dental implants are considered the gold standard for permanent tooth restoration. A thin titanium post is secured in your jaw bone, fusing to your jaw and becoming an artificial tooth root. The dental crown that fits over the implant is shaped and sized to look like your existing teeth. Your general dentist can even make your new tooth look precisely like the original tooth.

Are you tired of living with a gap in your smile? Consider your tooth replacement options! Call Lakeforest Dental Associates today.

Don't Worry about Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy can become necessary to save a tooth. When your root and pulp become infected, your general dentist will need to remove the infection. You may need root canal therapy if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Tooth pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Swelling around the tooth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Gum blister

The most common sign of infection is pain, which root canal therapy in Gaithersburg, MD, can relieve. Your general dentist will do a deep cleaning of your tooth and remove the infection from the root. Your tooth will be filled and, in many cases, protected by a dental crown.

A dental crown is a protective "cap" that covers the whole surface of your tooth to the gum line, protecting your tooth, absorbing bite pressure, and stabilizing the integrity of the tooth. Because dental crowns are custom-shaded to match your smile, no one will ever know.

We Are a Privately Owned Dental Practice

We started this dental practice with you in mind. We keep our schedules open enough that we will always have time to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have. Because we don't have a corporate office to answer to, we never rush our patients to meet a quota.

If you need extra time and attention to go over a procedure or to go over your dental options, our dentists will take all the time you need. We want you to feel educated and aware of each procedure and confident about the treatment we recommend.

We became dentists because we love taking care of people and serving the families in our community.

True Family Dentistry

dentist using an intraoral camera on a patientIn addition to welcoming patients of all ages, we strive to improve the health of our community by spreading the word about effective oral health care. We have families in our office that span four generations, and we love to see the families in our practice grow.

We also never make our patients feel guilty for missing a few (or more than a few) dental visits but focus instead on helping you get back on track to good health. Your oral health and your overall health are connected and affect one another.

Contact Us to Schedule Your Next Dental Exam

If you have questions about whether we are the right dental office for you, contact our Gaithersburg dental office today. You can come by, too, if you would like to meet our team before scheduling an appointment.

We want you to feel confident in the family dentist you choose, and we are honored that you are considering Lakeforest Dental Associates for your general dentistry needs.