General Dentistry

General Dentistry

Quality Dental Care in Warrenton, VA

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The office of Joseph G. Desio DDS, PC is proud to provide patients of all ages throughout Northern Virginia with comprehensive dental care. We specialize in general and cosmetic dentistry, including dental implants and Invisalign®. Dr. Desio and his caring team are dedicated to helping patients achieve good dental and oral health for life. We understand that each patient is unique, so we tailor our treatments to meet your individual needs. We also work with you to ensure we are creating a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice.

Preventative Care

No matter your age, proper preventative care is important for maintaining good dental and oral health. By practicing good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular check-ups with your dentist, you can help keep your smile bright and healthy for years. Simple preventative care practices include brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and eating a balanced diet.

Regular Exams & Cleanings

During a regular dental exam or routine cleaning, one of our hygienists will clean and polish your teeth, removing any tartar and plaque that has built up on the surface. We also look for cavities or any other signs of tooth decay and inspect your gums for gingivitis. If it’s been six months since your last routine cleaning, contact us today!

Pediatric Dentistry

Our office makes a concerted effort to use pleasant and simple words to describe dental treatments to our younger patients to limit their fears and anxieties about going to the dentist. We want your child to feel comfortable and at home during each visit. Children should visit the dentist by their first birthday so newly erupted teeth can receive proper dental care. To help prevent tooth decay, we can advise you on the best at-home oral hygiene habits for your child. We also recommend fluoride treatments and sealants to keep decay away.

Bridges & Crowns

A dental bridge is used to literally bridge the gap left behind by missing or lost teeth. Attached to surrounding teeth for support, bridges help maintain your facial structure and reduce the stress on your bite. A dental crown is another restoration option for improving the look of your smile. A crown is a “cap” that entirely covers the portion of your tooth that’s above the gumline. Most often used for broken, worn or damaged teeth, crowns look and function like natural teeth and are very strong. Both crowns and bridges are custom made from materials including gold, alloys, tooth-colored alloids, porcelain, or a combination of these.

Dentures & Partials

There are two types of dentures: full dentures and partials. Full dentures are for patients without any existing teeth while partials are used when some natural teeth remain. Dentures are designed to fit comfortably in your mouth and look and function like natural teeth.


When a tooth is damaged beyond repair or has so much decay that it puts other teeth at risk, an extraction may be necessary. Poorly positioned or overcrowded teeth can also be cause for a tooth extraction. If you have a tooth that must be removed to maintain your oral health, we will ensure you feel comfortable throughout the entire procedure. Once the tooth is removed, Dr. Desio may recommend a replacement option to avoid future complications.


A filling is a strong and durable dental material used to help restored teeth withstand the forces of chewing. Dental fillings are made to mimic the appearance of natural teeth. There are direct and indirect fillings. Direct fillings are placed into a prepared cavity in just one visit while an indirect filling requires multiple visits and are used when a tooth has too much damage to support a filling. Indirect fillings include inlays, onlays and veneers.


Fluoride treatment is an effective method for preventing cavities and tooth decay by hardening the tooth’s surface. A fluoride treatment at our office takes just a few minutes. Once it’s applied, you will be asked to not rinse, eat or drink for at least 30 minutes so the fluoride can be absorbed by your teeth.


If you are actively involved in sports or other physical activity where your teeth are at risk of injury, our practice highly recommends wearing a mouthguard for protection. We can help you choose the right type of mouthguard for you protecting your smile, one that’s also comfortable and well-fitted for your mouth.


We supply nightguards for patients who suffer from jaw pain, earaches, or headaches throughout the night. Nightguards are also beneficial if you grind or clench your teeth in your sleep, which may be a common condition known as bruxism. If not corrected, bruxism can lead to cracked or broken teeth. Custom made to comfortably fit your mouth, nightguards are an easy, non-invasive treatment option for bruxism.

Root Canals

Root canal therapy is performed to save a tooth with a severely infected pulp or nerve. When a tooth is cracked or has a large cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp, or nerve tissue, and cause a serious infection. During this procedure, the affected pulp is removed, the interior is cleaned and then the tooth is sealed. For additional strength and protection, we may suggest placing a crown or other restorative option on the tooth.


Sealants help to prevent decay from forming in hard to reach places and tiny areas in your mouth. They are plastic resins that bond and harden to the grooves on your tooth’s surface. When a tooth is sealed, these tiny grooves become smooth and reduces the likelihood of plaque build-up. While sealants are typically applied to children’s teeth, adults can also receive sealants on healthy teeth.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are types of molars that erupt in the back of your mouth in your late teens or early twenties. Sometimes they need to be removed due to their angle of entry or lack of room. If they’re not removed, you may develop gum tenderness, swelling or even severe pain. Dr. Desio provides wisdom teeth removal to prevent future complications with your smile and maintain the health of your teeth.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection of the gums surrounding your teeth. It is one of the top reasons for tooth loss. Many patients don’t even realize they have gum disease until they have noticeable symptoms. Factors that increase your risk of developing periodontal disease include smoking, diabetes, certain medications, crooked teeth, and old fillings. While we always check for signs of gum disease during your regular check-up, if you are experiencing bleeding, red, swollen or tender gums, consistent bad breath or loose teeth, please contact our office right away. Together, we will determine the best treatment plan for alleviating your symptoms.

Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)

Temporomandibular Disorder, or TMD, is a problem that affects the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. Dysfunction with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which connect your jawbone to your skull, can lead to pain, difficulty chewing, muscle spasms, frequent headaches, and more. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact our office so we can determine an effective treatment plan.

Anxiety-Free Dentistry

We are pleased to offer safe and comfortable anxiety-free dentistry for all patients. It’s our goal to minimize the anxieties and fears in our patients by providing a simple and relaxing dental experience. Dr. Desio has years of experience and training with many types of sedation options. He’s trained with the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and has learned the latest techniques for anxiety-free dentistry.


Our practice utilizes DIAGNOdent technology to detect the smallest areas of tooth decay and cavities. This advanced technology allows us to address and treat tooth decay before they become larger issues. DIAGNOdent uses a precise laser scanning system to scan all of your teeth while sending out an audio signal and digital read-out. By measuring the fluorescence within each tooth’s structure, Dr. Desio can identify areas where cavities may be developing. It’s a quick, comfortable process that helps us maintain your healthy, beautiful smile.

Emergency Dental Care

If you have a broken or cracked tooth, severe toothache or other dental emergency, please call our practice right away. We will make every effort to see you promptly and alleviate your pain. Our team is committed to being here for you any time and any day.

For more information regarding our general dentistry services or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at (540) 347-5000. We look forward to hearing from you!