Glen Allen: (804) 270-5214

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Mechanicsville: (804) 559-3250


General Dentistry

Professional Cleanings

Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists.  Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:

  • Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface.  Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
  • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth.  It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva.  The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums.  This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
  • Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.

Dental Exams

A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial dental visit.  At regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will include the following:

  • Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.  X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
  • Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay.

Digital X-rays

Digital radiography (digital x-ray) is the latest technology used to take dental x-rays.  This technique uses an electronic sensor (instead of x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer.  This image can be instantly viewed and enlarged helping the dentist and dental hygienist detect problems easier.  Digital x-rays reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.

Dental x-rays are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam.  Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan.  Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.

Dental x-rays may reveal:

  • Abscesses or cysts.
  • Bone loss.
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
  • Decay between the teeth.
  • Developmental abnormalities.
  • Poor tooth and root positions.
  • Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.

Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage may save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!

Are dental x-rays safe?

We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment.  Digital x-rays produce a significantly lower level of radiation compared to traditional dental x-rays.  Not only are digital x-rays better for the health and safety of the patient, they are faster and more comfortable to take, which reduces your time in the dental office.  Also, since the digital image is captured electronically, there is no need to develop the x-rays, thus eliminating the disposal of harmful waste and chemicals into the environment.

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection.  In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.

Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed.  Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.

Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.

Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy:

  • An abscess (or pimple) on the gums.
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold.
  • Severe toothache pain.
  • Sometimes no symptoms are present.
  • Swelling and/or tenderness.

Reasons for root canal therapy:

  • Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth).
  • Infection or abscess have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.
  • Injury or trauma to the tooth.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Your smile speaks before you ever say a word…

Over recent years, we’ve seen a dramatic interest in cosmetic dentistry.  We realize that having a healthy, bright, beautiful smile allows us to smile with confidence. Cosmetic dental enhancements can:

  • Change the size, shape, and alignment of certain teeth.
  • Fill in unattractive spaces between teeth.
  • Improve or correct bites.
  • Lighten or brighten the color of teeth.
  • Repair decayed, broken, cracked, or chipped teeth.
  • Replace missing teeth.
  • Replace old, unattractive dental treatments.


Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.

Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth.  The most popular method is using a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically.  Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc.  Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.

Tooth whitening is not permanent.  A touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.

Reasons for tooth whitening:

  • Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
  • Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
  • Stained teeth due to medications.
  • Yellow, brown stained teeth.

What does tooth whitening involve?

This type of tooth whitening usually requires two visits.  At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays.

At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary.  The trays are worn with special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening.  It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.

You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.

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Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory.  They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile.

Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile.  They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions.

As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement.  They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.

Reasons for porcelain veneers:

  • Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile.
  • Crooked teeth.
  • Misshapen teeth.
  • Severely discolored or stained teeth.
  • Teeth that are too small or large.
  • Unwanted or uneven spaces.
  • Worn or chipped teeth.

What does getting porcelain veneers involve?

Getting veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure.  The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer.  A mold or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and the dentist.

On the second visit the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond.  Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond.

You will receive care instructions for veneers.  Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.


LUMINEERS are contact lens-thin and are placed over existing teeth without having to remove painful tooth structure (unlike traditional veneers.) LUMINEERS is the painless, permanent cosmetic solution for stained, chipped, discolored or misaligned teeth.

Your LUMINEERS dentist can apply these contact lens-thin “smile shapers” to teeth without any grinding or shaving, transforming teeth into a naturally beautiful smile that looks perfect for every individual. LUMINEERS can even be placed over existing crown or bridgework without having to replace them.

LUMINEERS can only be made from patented Cerinate porcelain unavailable anywhere other than the Cerinate Smile Design Studio. In just 2-3 visits you can have a custom-made smile that is clinically proven to last over 20 years – and it is completely reversible since your natural tooth structure is still intact! Get your perfect smile today!

Contact-Lens-Thin to Save Your Tooth Structure 

  • No shots or anesthetic required — procedure is entirely pain-free
  • Little to no reduction of tooth structure – you keep your natural teeth intact! Unlike veneer procedures that require grinding, cutting and removal of tooth structure
  • Patented porcelain — from Den-Mat Corporation, a trusted name in dentistry and oral care
  • Minimal preparation required
  • No post-operative sensitivity
  • Only two visits necessary
  • Extremely natural-looking because they are so thin (approximately .2 mm) and translucent — patented porcelain
  • No temporaries required
  • Restore and strengthen teeth. Help prevent wear
  • Extraordinarily strong. Clinically proven to last up to 16 years
  • A viable alternative to braces in many cases
  • Can be placed over crowns and rejuvenate old dental bridge work
  • No micro-leakage or micro-cracking
  • Evolving from Cerinate porcelain restorations, lauded as one of the top 100 dental products for 2002 by Dentistry Today, a highly-respected publication


A crown (or cap) encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size.  A crown protects and strengthens a tooth that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.

Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular.  Crowns are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced.

Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.

Reasons for crowns:

  • Broken or fractured teeth
  • Cosmetic enhancement
  • Decayed teeth
  • Fractured fillings
  • Large fillings
  • Tooth has a root canal

What does getting a crown involve?

A crown procedure usually requires two appointments.  Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks.

While the tooth is numb, the dentist will remove any decay and shape the surface to properly fit the crown.  Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked.

At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.

You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.

Porcelain Inlays

An inlay restoration is a custom made filling made of tooth-colored porcelain.  Porcelain inlays are popular because they resemble your natural tooth.  A porcelain inlay is made by a professional dental laboratory then permanently cemented into your tooth.

Inlays can be utilized to conservatively repair teeth that have large defective fillings or have been damaged. They are more conservative than crowns because less tooth structure is removed in the preparation of inlays.

Although highly durable, as with most dental restorations, inlays are not always permanent and may someday require replacement.

Reasons for inlay restorations:

  • Broken or fractured teeth
  • Cosmetic enhancement
  • Decayed teeth
  • Fractured fillings
  • Large fillings

What does an inlay involve?

An inlay procedure usually requires two appointments.  Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate impressions (molds) that will be used to create your custom inlay and a temporary restoration.

While the tooth is numb, the dentist will remove any decay and/or old filling materials and thoroughly clean your oral cavity.   A temporary filling will be applied while your inlay is made by a dental laboratory.

At your second appointment your new inlay will be carefully and precisely cemented into place.  A few adjustments ensure a proper fit and that your bite is comfortable.

You will receive care instruction at the conclusion of your treatment.  Good oral hygiene practices, a proper diet, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new inlay.

Porcelain Onlays

An onlay restoration is made of composite material, gold, or tooth-colored porcelain and popular because they also resemble your natural tooth.  An onlay is sometimes referred to as a partial crown.  Porcelain onlays are made by a professional dental laboratory, then permanently cemented onto the tooth. Onlays are an ideal alternative to crowns (caps) because less tooth structure is removed in the preparation of onlays.  Onlays are essentially identical to inlays with the exception that one or more of the chewing cusps have also been affected and need to be included in the restoration.

As with most dental restorations, onlays are not always permanent and may someday require replacement.

Reasons for onlay restorations:

  • Broken or fractured teeth
  • Cosmetic enhancement
  • Decayed teeth
  • Fractured fillings
  • Large fillings

Dental Implants

As we age, our oral health can become more fragile, and we may experience the loss of one or more teeth. Fortunately, dental implants provide a way for patients to restore their smile with a durable, permanent solution.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants consist of a titanium screw that is surgically placed into a healthy jaw bone. After the placement of a dental implant, a healing process of a few weeks must occur where the implant fuses (or osseointegrates) with the existing jaw bone tissue. This makes the implant more stable. There are a variety of dental implant procedures a patient can receive, including:

Single tooth replacement uses a single dental implant to replace one missing tooth.

Multiple teeth replacement involves dental implants that are placed into the jaw bone for the purpose of serving as anchors for an artificial dental bridge. The bridge attaches to the implants and fills in the missing gap between teeth.

Full arch replacement uses between four and six dental implants to support a full denture arch.

How are Dental Implants Better?

Dental implants take away any discomfort associated with eating and speaking. Since the prosthetics are fixed into place, patients no longer have to be concerned about dentures slipping around or the embarrassment of a tooth falling out. Dental implants also do not involve the preparation of existing teeth. Dental implants do not affect adjacent teeth and still create a seamless smile.

Click here for more information on dental implants from the American Dental Association.

What to Expect During Your First Visit

During your initial consultation with Dr. Soltanian, we determine whether you are qualified for dental implant surgery. The jaw bone must have enough density to support implants, and by taking x-rays and assessing your medical history, we can decide whether you are a good candidate.

Call our Main Office in Glen Allen to consult with our dentists about dental implants:


Invisable Braces and Clear Aligner Treatment

Are you interested in straightening your teeth, but nervous about wearing metal braces? ClearCorrect invisible braces have created a way for individuals to enhance their smile and improve oral health without anyone noticing, and Dr. Far Soltanian offers this clear aligner system in his Glen Allen dental office. ClearCorrect helps you gain the smile you have always wanted without the use of bands, brackets, or metal wires.

What are ClearCorrect Invisible Braces?

ClearCorrect is a straightening method that uses a series of clear aligners to gradually shift teeth into place. The aligners are made of smooth, clear plastic and are custom made to fit the structure of your teeth as they move into their proper position. ClearCorrect should be worn for twenty-two hours per day, only to be removed while eating or brushing and flossing teeth. Depending on your specific case, anywherInvisible Braces Glen Allene from five to twenty-nine aligners are created and take anywhere from six to twelve months to straighten teeth.

Typically, an aligner is worn for two weeks at a time before moving on to the next. The best part is that ClearCorrectstraightens teeth is a virtually invisible manner, meaning that you will discreetly achieve a straighter smile.


No Metalwork Involved

Many people, especially adults, are concerned about the impact of metalwork on their teeth as well as the way it will affect their appearance. Patients can eat, drink, and speak with virtually no limitations thanks to the comfortable, metal-free plastic. ClearCorrect and other clear aligner systems eliminate the worries associated with metal braces and create a way to correct misaligned teeth without diminishing your smile.Glen Allen Invisible Braces

Once we determine that clear aligners are right for you, Dr. Far Soltanian will perform a dental exam, take x-rays, and fill any cavities. Impressions will be taken of your teeth and sent to a laboratory as a basis for your clear aligners. The laboratory will send back a time-lapse virtual guide of your treatment, which allows you to view how your teeth will move into place while wearing ClearCorrect. The laboratory will then send back your custom aligners so that you can begin smiling!

Call our Main Office Today: (804) 270-5214

Emergency Dentistry

At Far Soltanian Family Dentistry, we are committed to our patients with dental emergencies and make our best effort to see emergency patients the same day. We are equipped to handle most dental emergencies. Our knowledgeable team is ready to take care of your emergency dental issues including:

  • Toothaches
  • Chipped or Broken Teeth
  • Partially & Completely Dislodged Teeth
  • Objects Caught Between Teeth
  • Bleeding Gums or Teeth
  • Filling Damage
  • Crown Damage
  • Denture Damage
  • And More…

We reserve openings in our daily schedules specifically for walk-ins, same day appointments and dental emergencies. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, call us immediately as waiting can increase the risk of permanent damage. We will do everything we can to relieve your dental pain and alleviate your dental issue the same day. Contact us at your most convenient location.