General Dentistry Specialist

Cattafesta Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

General Dentists located in Herndon, VA

When it comes to your family’s oral health, you want an expert you can trust for everything, from annual exams to periodontal care to smile makeovers. Dr. Michael Cattafesta, founder of Cattafesta Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Herndon, Virginia, takes a long-term approach to dental health. He offers high-tech systems to diagnose dental problems as well as a full array of preventive, curative, and aesthetic treatments. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

General Dentistry Q & A

Why do I need a dentist?

You only have one set of teeth, and they’re constantly exposed to bacteria and acids through the foods you eat. Even if you brush your teeth and floss twice a day, you can’t reach far enough under the gum line to fully remove all of the plaque — a sticky, bacteria-rich film — that collects there.

During bi-annual visits, Dr. Cattafesta and his team will clean your teeth and gums thoroughly, removing plaque and crusty tartar from between and around your teeth. Dr. Cattafesta will also check for cavities using the DIAGNOdent™ laser-assisted cavity-detection system. DIAGNOdent is 90% accurate, compared with just 67% for X-rays.

Dr. Cattafesta will also check your gums to make sure they are healthy and strong. If not, he will refer you to the team’s periodontist. He may also recommend treatments to improve the function or health of your teeth, including using the Invisalign® teeth-straightening system.

When should I start bringing my child to a dentist?

Your baby should have their first dental appointment at Cattafesta Family & Cosmetic Dentistry by their first birthday or when their first tooth starts to come in. Until that time, you can softly brush your child’s gums with a cool, damp washcloth after mealtimes.

What kinds of things does a dentist do?

Dr. Cattafesta’s more than 20 years of experience as a dentist has taught him how important oral health is for overall health. He makes it as easy as possible for his patients to get all of their dental and periodontal needs met, such as:

  • Annual checkups and cleanings
  • Cavity treatments
  • Root canals and extractions
  • Dental implants
  • Dental crowns, bridges, and dentures
  • Teeth straightening with Invisalign
  • Deep cleanings for periodontitis
  • Gum and bone grafts

You can also get a cosmetic smile makeover, treatment for sleep apnea, and custom mouth guards if you grind your teeth or play sports, all at Cattafesta Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.

How can a dentist help me not get cavities and other problems?

You can ask Dr. Cattafesta for advice on:

  • How to brush your teeth and how often
  • What kinds of foods are good for dental health
  • How to get rid of bad breath
  • How fluoride strengthens your teeth

To take control of your oral health, book an appointment at Cattafesta Family & Cosmetic Dentistry online or over the phone today.