Century Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Dr. Fernando Archuleta and the team at Century Dental always welcome questions from our patients. We understand there's a lot involved with maintaining a healthy smile, and we are here to provide all the information you need.

Some common questions we hear are listed below, but please don't hesitate to contact us if you have a question or concern that isn't included.


We file all insurance claims as a courtesy to our patients and are currently in-network with the providers listed below. If you don't see your plan here, please don't hesitate to contact us as we may have added new insurances to this list. 

Aetna PPO
Carefirst PPO
Cigna PPO
Delta Dental PPO 
Dominion Choice PPO 
Guardian PPO 
Health Allies
Lincoln Financial
Mutual Of Omaha
United Concordia PPO
United HealthCare PPO 


General Dentistry

Dr. Archuleta recommends the same six-month teeth cleaning schedule as the American Dental Association does. When your hygienist cleans your teeth every six months, they have the best chance of finding gum disease early and treating it promptly.

man smiling in dental chair after cleaningDo You Have Gum Disease?

Gum disease is a widespread problem in America, with half of all adults over age 30 having some degree. Fortunately, when your hygienist catches it in the early stage called gingivitis, gum disease is reversible.

Without treatment, gingivitis advances to periodontitis, which attacks bones and structures that hold your teeth in place. Eventually, the loss of bone leads to tooth mobility and possible tooth loss.

Six-Month Teeth Cleanings for a Healthy Smile

Routine teeth cleanings every six months at our Germantown, MD dental office are the best way to stay a step ahead of gum disease. If you have the early stages of gum disease, our hygienist will work with you to develop a treatment strategy to eliminate gingivitis. 

The plan typically includes a thorough teeth cleaning and a commitment on your part to improve your brushing and flossing skills. Gum disease commonly develops due to inadequate oral hygiene, and our hygienist will be happy to demonstrate the proper technique.

At Century Dental, we also recommend six-month dental checkups with Dr. Archuleta to ensure that the rest of your mouth is also healthy. If he discovers a cavity, he can treat it while it is small and before it can damage any more of your tooth.

Schedule Your Next Dental Exam and Cleaning in Germantown

Are you due for your preventive exam and cleaning? Please call our Germantown, MD dental office to schedule so we can work together to ensure your smile stays strong and healthy.

Same-Day Emergency Dentistry

An urgent dental emergency is any situation that occurs with your oral health that involves pain, swelling, or bleeding. Other problems like lost crowns and fillings are not critical but still require prompt treatment to protect your oral health.

How can you tell the difference? You can’t always, which is why we recommend that you contact our dental team at (301) 972-1600 as soon as a situation arises. All our team members are knowledgeable about dental emergencies and can provide guidance and reassurance.

woman holding jaw from pain during dental emergency in GermantownCall an Emergency Dentist in Germantown, MD

If you experience any of the following dental emergencies, please call our Germantown, MD dental office as soon as possible:

  • Tooth pain or discomfort
  • Jaw pain and swelling
  • Painful dental abscess
  • Root infection
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Pain when chewing
  • Cracked, loose, or broken teeth
  • Broken fillings, crowns, or dentures

In each case, there are steps you can take for self-care until you see our dentist. When you call and we know the specific nature of your emergency, a helpful member of our team will explain them to you.

Same-Day Emergency Dentistry for Your Comfort

There’s nothing worse than having a toothache and waiting to be seen by a dentist. Dr. Fernando Archuleta knows that you want prompt relief and treatment, so he offers same-day emergency dentistry at our Germantown dental office.

If you are in pain or experience unusual problems like bleeding, swelling, or extreme tooth sensitivity, call us at (301) 972-1600, and we will arrange to see you right away. 

Dental Implants

Your teeth endure the extremes of stress and pressure to bite and chew foods that nourish your health and well-being. This means that your teeth require a strong foundation, which they have in your jawbone.

man smiling after getting dental implants in germantownHowever, as your bone supports your teeth, your teeth return the favor. In addition, the pressure from chewing transmits through your tooth roots and helps your bone regenerate.

As soon as you lose a tooth, the bone lacks what it needs to restore its complete structure. If you lose multiple teeth, bone loss is compounded. Over time, some consequences of bone loss are a hollow facial appearance, movement of surrounding teeth, and even additional tooth loss.

Dental Implants Prevent Bone Loss in Germantown

A dental implant is an ideal missing tooth replacement because its structure helps maintain a strong and healthy jawbone. This tooth replacement option mimics your natural tooth from top to bottom.

When your implant dentist determines you’re a good candidate for a tooth implant, the next step is the surgical placement. Your dental implant’s base resembles a screw made from titanium, which is biocompatible, so your bone won’t react to it.

After surgery, you will undergo a healing process for several weeks as your jaw grows around the dental implant, creating a secure anchor for the tooth restoration that will be attached to the implant screw. This aspect makes a dental implant the next best thing to your natural tooth available today.

When you lose a permanent tooth, it's crucial to replace it as soon as possible. Gaps in your smile can cause teeth to shift and even affect your facial appearance if left untreated. 

Dental bridgework and traditional dentures are time-tested methods for tooth replacement and are still an excellent solution in many cases. However, for long-term tooth replacement, dental implants are becoming the preferred solution by dentists and patients.

Older couple smiling at a park in Germantown MDThe Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are an ideal tooth replacement for several reasons. Whether you need to replace a visible front tooth or one in the back of your mouth where you chew, implants are an excellent choice.

Unlike a bridge or denture, a dental implant is designed to replace the tooth and the lost root. This is a significant benefit because the artificial tooth root helps prevent bone loss that occurs immediately after tooth loss.

Implants also offer ultimate comfort and stability because they're anchored in the jawbone and not on top of your gums. Once the implant heals and we restore it with a natural-looking crown, bridge, or denture, it will look and function just as a natural tooth does. 

Dental Implant Placement in Germantown, MD

Dental implants restore your smile's appearance and improve comfortable chewing function so you can eat all the foods you love. As a long-term tooth replacement, a dental implant can last for decades when cared for properly. 

Dr. Fernando Archuleta is experienced in placing and restoring implants at our Germantown, MD dental office. If you'd like to see if you are a good candidate for one or more implants, please call Century Dental to schedule an appointment with Dr. Archuleta.

Invisalign Clear Braces

Clear aligners are a popular orthodontic treatment representing a different approach to creating a straighter smile. Traditional braces depend on metal brackets and wires to reposition teeth. While these appliances are effective, they also are uncomfortable and highly visible.

woman holding clear alignersAt Century Dental, we offer the clear teeth aligner system provided by Invisalign because they are constantly advancing their system to treat more conditions. The process in Germantown starts with a complete evaluation of your bite and existing teeth alignments to make an effective treatment plan.

Invisalign Treats Many Malocclusions, Including Overbites

A malocclusion is a condition you may have when your upper and lower teeth are out of alignment when your mouth is closed. An overbite is a malocclusion where your upper front teeth extend over your lower front teeth. While most people have a slight overbite, when your overbite is too extensive, it can cause tooth wear and jaw joint problems.

Invisalign clear aligners can treat minor to moderate overbites, and the system can target this condition, especially in younger patients. According to the manufacturer, clear teeth aligners from Invisalign now include mandibular advancement that can address overbites. Contact our Germantown MD dental office to schedule an Invisalign consultation. 

At Century Dental, we know how important it is to have a confident, attractive smile at all times and that wearing metal braces isn’t an option for some people. With Invisalign, patients can achieve a more beautiful smile without feeling embarrassed by metal brackets and wires covering their teeth.

close up of woman using invisalign in germantownStraighter Teeth Without Metal Braces

Invisalign is unique because it moves teeth using clear plastic aligners instead of metal bracket-and-wire braces. Dr. Fernando Archuleta recommends Invisalign for patients who want a straighter smile but are worried about smile aesthetics during treatment. Thanks to crystal-clear plastic, Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible when worn, and most people won’t notice you’re wearing them. 

Benefits of Invisalign in Germantown

Take a look at the benefits Invisalign offers compared to metal braces.

  • Invisalign is perfect for mild to moderate smile misalignments
  • Invisalign’s discreet appearance allows you to maintain a polished, professional appearance. 
  • Invisalign offers comfortable treatment that achieves results in about the same time as traditional braces.
  • Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can clean your teeth easily and enjoy your favorite meals. 

If you’re interested in learning more about Invisalign, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Archuleta at our Germantown, MD dental office. He will perform a thorough exam to see if Invisalign is the right treatment approach for you.

Please call Century Dental to get started!

Cosmetic Dentistry

If you’re interested in improving your smile’s aesthetics, cosmetic dentistry offers numerous options, and we can customize your treatment plan to meet your needs. 

man and woman smiling while taking a selfie in Germantown MDA Cosmetic Dental Treatment to Fit Every Need

At Century Dental, we offer a wide range of cosmetic dental treatments from simple teeth whitening to complex smile makeovers—and everything in between! With updated dental techniques and technology, combined with our cosmetic dentist’s skill and expertise, we can deliver the beautiful, confident smile you desire.

To achieve your cosmetic smile goals, all you may need is a fast and affordable treatment like dental bonding to fix chipped or broken teeth. Or, you may opt for porcelain veneers for a more dramatic smile makeover. Our all-porcelain crowns are another excellent choice for concealing problematic teeth. 

Are you an adult who wants to straighten crooked teeth but doesn’t want metal braces? We offer Invisalign clear aligners so you can get a straight, even smile without the inconvenience of brackets and wires.

There’s no limit to the smile transformations we can create at Century Dental in Germantown, MD! 

Get Started with Cosmetic Dentistry in Germantown, MD

If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry, we invite you to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Archuleta. After meeting with you and evaluating your needs, he will make honest treatment recommendations personalized for your unique smile.

Please call us to arrange a consultation appointment with our cosmetic dentist to get started! 

Porcelain Veneers

Are you unhappy with the appearance of your teeth because they’re dull or misshapen? At Century Dental, we offer patients various cosmetic dentistry services, including dental veneers in Germantown, MD. Veneers are a quick, easy, and affordable way to instantly upgrade your smile and boost your self-confidence. 

illustration of dental veneersVeneers Are Versatile 

Veneers are strong, thin coverings your dentist bonds to the front of a tooth to conceal aesthetic imperfections. A veneer can correct several minor smile flaws, including:

  • Cracks and fractures
  • Chips and breaks 
  • Discoloration and staining that won’t go away with teeth whitening 
  • Teeth of uneven or irregular sizes and shapes 
  • Gummy smiles
  • Small spacing and gaps between teeth 
  • Crooked teeth 

Your dentist can custom-design a dental veneer or set of veneers to cover damaged or less-than-perfect teeth.

Porcelain Veneers in Germantown, MD 

Flawless, white teeth are no longer just for A-listers in Hollywood; you can have your dream smile too! If you have a cracked or discolored tooth or want a more radiant and polished smile, call us today about porcelain veneers. 

Our cosmetic dentists at Century Dental can create a treatment plan that meets your needs and exceeds your expectations. 

We look forward to helping you create the smile of your dreams! 

Teeth Whitening

two women with bright smiles taking a selfieProfessional teeth whitening in Germantown, MD, is safe because your dentist approves you for treatment. To approve you, we check your oral health and look for any issues that make teeth whitening problematic. This is especially true if you’re a new patient and we’re unfamiliar with the state of your oral health.

Store-Bought Whitening vs. Professional Whitening

However, when you whiten your teeth on your own, using store-bought products, we can’t vouch for safety. It could be that certain ingredients are too harsh or not suitable for your teeth and gums.

Besides safety, you can’t count on a predictable result with store-bought products. Instead, you may be disappointed with uneven results or prolonged tooth sensitivity.

We use Zoom! Teeth Whitening in our dental office, which can lighten your smile by several shades, and it only requires one office visit. Alternatively, we can provide prescription-strength whitening strips for at-home use. With the latter option, you follow the instructions provided by our dental office. As a result, your teeth lighten across two weeks.

Contact Your Cosmetic Dentist in Germantown, MD

For safe teeth whitening with predictable and lasting results every time, trust your smile to the team at Century Dental. Give us a call today to arrange your teeth whitening consultation or if you have any questions about our options.

Crowns & Bridges

If your dentist in Germantown, MD says you need a dental filling, it’s because you have a cavity. A cavity is an area of decay on your tooth. If a cavity is not filled promptly, it grows in most cases. So what once needed a simple tooth filling now requires a dental crown.

man smiling during dental exam in GermantownImportance of Regular Dental Visits

The best way to catch a cavity in the early or emerging stages is to visit your dentist regularly for checkups and teeth cleanings. You’ll not have to worry about cavities growing and requiring a complete tooth crown if you do this.

You may think that you’ll notice an emerging cavity, but not necessarily. Cavities can start between teeth or in a place that you can’t see—behind teeth or the back of the mouth, for example.

As the area of decay increases, you may notice tooth sensitivity or a discolored spot on your tooth. Failure to treat cavities can lead to tooth breakage.

A tooth-colored filling is a composite material applied to the treated tooth. But a dental crown is a cover that fits over the entire tooth.

Contact Our Dental Office for Tooth Fillings and Dental Crowns in Germantown, MD

If you suspect a cavity or if it’s time for your six-month checkup and teeth cleaning, give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

Root Canal Treatment

If you require a root canal treatment in Germantown, MD, you have a deep infection at the center of your tooth. These infections can be painful, cause swelling, and disrupt your day. Without treatment, you’re looking at sleepless nights and an ache that won’t quit.

woman getting root canal treatment in Germantown dental officeFortunately, a root canal treatment relieves the discomfort while restoring your tooth to health.

Treatment requires numbing the area and clearing the deep infection. The tooth canal is then rinsed and filled temporarily. Finally, your dentist crowns the tooth to prevent breakage and restore function at a future appointment.

In our dental office, we use rotary endodontics, which provides you with an easier and often faster root canal treatment compared with the older manual instruments.

Root infections are largely avoidable with regular dental care and excellent oral hygiene. These habits not only lower your risk for root infection but also cavities and gingivitis, saving you time and money on future treatments.

For Root Canal Treatment, Contact Your Germantown, MD Dentist

If you suspect a root infection, it’s crucial to seek a diagnosis as soon as possible. Mild pain can escalate to severe discomfort and a dental emergency in no time.

Give us a call today to arrange a dental visit.

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