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Do you want stronger teeth? Cosmetic fillings, also called tooth-colored fillings, can reinforce your smile and make it strong once more! Cosmetic fillings are used to treat cavities and repair damaged teeth. Led by Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Dr. Samuel Cappiello, McLean Dental Care located in Mclean, VA offers a full range of dental services—keep reading to find out how tooth-colored fillings can help you!
Common Issues That Can Be Treated By Fillings
1. Fix Worn-Down Teeth- Teeth are worn down by brushing overly aggressively, eating foods that have a high acid content, and bruxism (i.e. grinding your teeth). To repair and strengthen these teeth, dentists use fillings, as they are incredibly strong.
2. Restore Decayed Teeth- Cavities, also called tooth decay, are holes in the teeth, and their causes include drinking an excess of sugary beverages, frequent snacking, and bad oral hygiene. Left untreated, tooth decay can cause infection and tooth pain.
3. Repair Broken Teeth- Breaking a tooth is a common phenomenon generally brought on by a sports injury, general accident, or from biting something so hard that it causes a tooth to crack or chip. In these cases, fillings will make your broken teeth whole and healthy again.
4. Restore Function of Teeth- Cosmetic dental fillings restore full function to your weak or damaged teeth, as they are strong enough to withstand biting and chewing forces. With cosmetic fillings, you will be able to eat in comfort and with confidence.
5. Exceptional Durability- Dental fillings may last many years, but eventually, they need to be replaced. However, due to new technology, today's dental filling materials have been substantially improved and are much longer lasting. Tooth-colored dental fillings typically last years before requiring replacement.
If you need dental fillings, why wait? We can help you today! Call McLean Dental Care at (703) 734-0100 right now to schedule a dental appointment in Mclean, VA. We want all of our patients to have strong, healthy smiles that look great, too!
Multi-platinum recording artist Janet Jackson has long been known for her dazzling smile. And yet, Jackson admitted to InStyle Magazine that her trademark smile was once a major source of insecurity. The entertainer said, “To me, I looked like the Joker!” It was only after age 30 that the pop icon came to accept her unique look.
Jackson is not alone. A study commissioned by the American Association of Orthodontists found that more than one third of U.S. adults are dissatisfied with their smile. But there’s good news—modern dentistry can correct many flaws that can keep you from loving your smile, whether you’re unhappy with the color, size, or shape of your teeth. Here are some popular treatments:
Professional teeth whitening: Sometimes a professional teeth whitening will give you the boost you need. In-office whitening can dramatically brighten your smile in just one visit.
Tooth-colored fillings: If you have silver-colored fillings on teeth that show when you smile, consider replacing them with unnoticeable tooth-colored fillings.
Dental bonding: If you have chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth, cosmetic bonding may be the fix you’re looking for. In this procedure, tooth colored material is applied to the tooth’s surface, sculpted into the desired shape, hardened with a special light, and polished for a smooth finish.
Porcelain veneers: Dental veneers provide a natural-looking, long-lasting solution to many dental problems. These very thin shells fit over your teeth, essentially replacing your tooth enamel to give you the smile you desire.
Replacement teeth: Is a missing tooth affecting your self-confidence? There are several options for replacing missing teeth, from a removable partial denture to a traditional fixed bridge to a state-of-the-art implant-supported replacement tooth. Removable partial dentures are an inexpensive way to replace one or more missing teeth, but they are less stable than non-removable options. Dental bridges, as the name implies, span the gap where a tooth is missing by attaching an artificial tooth to the teeth on either side of the space. In this procedure, the teeth on both sides of the gap must be filed down in order to support the bridgework. Dental implants, considered the gold standard in tooth replacement technology, anchor long-lasting, lifelike replacements that function like natural teeth.
After coming to embrace her smile, Jackson asserted, “Beautiful comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors." If you don’t feel that your smile expresses the beauty you have inside, call our office to schedule a consultation. It’s possible to love your smile. We can help.
For more information, read Dear Doctor magazine article “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger.”
Dental veneers, thin layers of porcelain bonded to chipped, stained or slightly crooked teeth, are an effective and affordable way to transform your smile. Their color, translucence and shape blend so well with the rest of your teeth that it's often difficult to tell them apart.
But traditional veneers have one drawback: although they're less than a millimeter in width, they can still appear bulky on unprepared teeth. To help them look more natural, we often have to remove some of the enamel layer from the tooth surface. Enamel doesn't grow back, so this alteration is permanent and the prepared teeth will require a restoration from then on.
But you may be able to avoid this—or at least keep the alteration to a minimum—with no-prep or minimal-prep veneers, two new exciting choices in cosmetic dentistry. About the width of a contact lens, we can bond these much thinner veneers to teeth with virtually no preparation at all or, in the case of a minimal-prep veneer, needing only an abrasive tool to reshape and remove only a tiny bit of the enamel.
These ultra thin veneers are best for teeth with healthy enamel, and can be placed in as few as two appointments. And besides being less invasive, the procedure is reversible—we can remove them and you can return to your original look without any follow-up restoration. One caveat, though: because of the strong bonding process used, it's not always easy to remove them.
Although their thinness makes it possible to avoid or minimize alterations, there are some dental situations like oversized teeth that may still require extensive tooth preparation. With some poor bites (malocclusions) orthodontic treatment to straighten the teeth may also be needed first.
All in all, though, no-prep or minimal-prep veneers could help you avoid the permanent tooth alteration that usually accompanies their thicker cousins. What's more, you'll have the beautiful, transformed smile that veneers can achieve.
If you would like more information on minimal or no-prep veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”
We’ve developed a number of effective treatments for periodontal (gum) disease. Depending on how far and deep a patient’s infection has advanced, treatment can be quite invasive and even require surgery. The more invasive, the longer and more uncomfortable the healing process can be.
But using a medical laser could make that less so. Although its use for gum disease treatment is still in its infancy, the latest observations from the field seem to show patients undergoing laser treatment may have less tissue trauma and bleeding, less discomfort after the procedure and quicker healing times.
Gum disease is a bacterial infection mostly caused by dental plaque, a thin film of food particles that build up on teeth in the absence of effective oral hygiene. The infection can advance deep below the gum line, weakening gum attachment to teeth and destroying supporting bone. Ultimately the affected teeth can be lost.
Traditionally, the only way to stop the disease is to manually remove plaque buildup on teeth and gum surfaces, which is continuing to sustain the infection, with special hand instruments called scalers or ultrasonic equipment. Because it’s important to remove as much plaque and diseased tissue as possible, we may need to perform a surgical procedure called flap surgery to move some of the gum tissues out of the way to get to these deeper areas. As with any surgery, this can create tissue trauma that may cause discomfort during the healing process.
Our new alternative is to use an Nd:YAG medical laser in a procedure known as Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure or LANAP. With light energy delivered through a small fiber no more than the width of three human hairs, the laser can pinpoint diseased tissue and destroy bacteria through intense heat. Because of the laser beam’s tiny width and pulsing action, healthy tissue is at less risk for trauma than with the traditional treatment.
Coupled with other techniques, LANAP procedures could remove as much infected tissue and plaque as traditional methods, but with less healthy tissue trauma. In the future, then, patients with advanced gum disease undergoing laser treatment could have less bleeding and discomfort and faster healing times.
If you would like more information on treating gum disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Treating Gum Disease with Lasers.”
What your dentists in McLean, Virginia want you to know
Do you want to restore both the strength and beauty of your smile? Do you suffer from damaged, broken teeth? If so, you need to discover the many benefits of dental crowns. Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Dr. Samuel Cappiello at McLean Dental Care in McLean, Virginia want to share how dental crowns can help you and your smile.
One of the major benefits of dental crowns is that they provide strong protection against the pressure and force caused by biting down and chewing your food. A crown is stronger than a filling because it covers the entire visible surface of your tooth above the gumline. This means that when you bite down, the force is spread out over the entire surface of your tooth, protecting it from breaking.
Today’s crowns are made of natural-looking materials like porcelain, which provides another major benefit. Porcelain is light-reflective, just like natural tooth enamel, so your crown will look beautifully natural, and blend perfectly with your smile.
Porcelain crowns will also resist stains, which means your new crowns will look beautifully new for years, even if you smoke or drink coffee. The natural good looks, strength and longevity of porcelain crowns make them one of the best ways to repair damaged teeth.
To receive your crown, the dentist prepares your tooth, reducing its size, so that it may fit under your crown. An impression of your tooth is taken and sent to a lab where a custom-designed crown is manufactured. Your doctor can provide you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown arrives from the lab.
There are several things you can do to maintain a healthy oral regiment and prolong your crowns.
Maintain a hygienic oral regimen to avoid plaque buildup and cavities will help crowns last. Make sure your regimen consists of brushing your teeth twice a day, and flossing at least once before bed.
Wear a nightguard if you suffer from bruxism, teeth grinding, as well, so make sure you discuss this with your dentist.
See your dentist twice a year for professional cleanings, and eating healthy improve the chances of your crowns lasting longer.
You deserve to have a beautiful, strong smile so get started by calling Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Dr. Samuel Cappiello at McLean Dental Care in McLean, Virginia. Don’t wait for your new smile! Call today!