If you are missing a tooth you may be curious about what options you have when it comes to restoring your smile. Dental implants are in many ways the best solution to tooth loss. They are meant to be a final and complete restoration of a missing tooth. This treatment will last much longer and will be stronger than other options. Learn more about dental implants in McLean, VA, from Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Dr. Samuel Cappiello of McLean Dental Care.
The key difference between dental implants and other methods of restoration, such as bridges and dentures, has to do with the way in which they are supported. Dental bridges depend on adjacent teeth to serve as support for the tooth they are replacing. To accomplish this, these healthy teeth need to be reshaped so that a crown can be attached to them, then they will hold your new tooth in place.
Dentures depend on suction as their main method of support. These require a proper fit to perform at their best. So many of the common complaints people have regarding dentures are due to this factor. A dental implant is supported in a very similar way to your natural teeth. They use a titanium post that is permanently implanted onto the bone of your jaw, and it's onto this that your new tooth will be attached.
Dental Implants in McLean, VA
One downside to dental implants is that they do require a longer initial investment of time, as the implanted post can take months to heal and fuse with the jaw bone. Implants can last a lifetime with proper care, and they don't need any special treatment when it comes to hygiene or diet, although good dental habits remain key to maintaining your smile.
If you're ready to restore a single missing tooth or a complete smile, find out if you're a candidate for dental implants. Call (703) 734-0100 to schedule a consultation in McLean, VA, from Dr. Gyllenhoff and Dr. Cappiello of McLean Dental Care.
If you are considering a denture, you might be wondering about the different options to choose from. What will work best for you? Which one should you choose? These are all great questions that Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Dr. Samuel Cappiello at McLean Dental Care in McLean, VA, want to help you with.
You might need a new denture if you have missing or damaged teeth, or if you’ve worn a denture for a long time. Modern denture materials can provide a denture that looks natural and helps you enjoy the foods you love. The right new denture can restore your self-esteem and confidence too.
A full denture is a great choice if you want to replace an entire upper or lower arch of teeth. If you need a full denture, you can choose from:
- An immediate denture, which is delivered immediately after your teeth are removed; this type of denture has the advantage of you leaving the office with a full set of teeth. After the area has healed completely, a second permanent denture will be made.
- A conventional denture, which is created and placed over healed tissue after 6 to 8 weeks; conventional dentures are great because you only have to become accustomed to one denture.
- An overdenture, which uses dental implants or retained root tips to provide support and conserve the bone in your jaws; the overdenture is simply snapped in place over the implants or root tips.
A partial denture is the choice to make if you only want to replace a few teeth and not an entire arch. If you need a partial denture, you can choose from:
- A transitional partial denture, a great choice if you want to move on to dental implants and don’t want to live without teeth; transitional partial dentures are a temporary choice and are often less expensive.
- A removable partial denture, the perfect choice if you don’t want implants later; removable partial dentures are made of strong, sturdy materials that will last.
You deserve a denture that enhances your appearance and your life. For more information about tooth replacement options call Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Dr. Samuel Cappiello at McLean Dental Care in McLean, VA, today! To reach our office, call 703-734-0100.
If you have a broken tooth, a crown could be the solution you need. Dental crowns are tooth-like caps that fit over existing teeth. Crowns can make broken teeth whole again and protect them from further damage. Crowns also strengthen teeth and restore normal biting and chewing functions. In McLean, VA, crowns are available at McLean Dental Care, where Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Dr. Samuel Cappiello can repair your broken teeth.
How Crowns Help
A crown fits over a broken tooth like a shell or cap. Once in place, the tooth is completely encased inside. Broken areas will no longer be visible. The crown gives the tooth a flawless new look and serves as the tooth’s new exterior. With the crown in place, the tooth will be strong enough to resume normal biting and chewing functions that might have been difficult to perform when the tooth was broken. The crown also protects the tooth from sustaining further damage.
Crowns are custom-made to ensure the perfect size, shape, and fit. Various materials can be used to make crowns, but porcelain or ceramic are popular choices because they closely resemble the look of natural tooth enamel. Porcelain and ceramic crowns readily blend in with the rest of your smile so no one will be able to tell they aren’t your original teeth. Our experienced dentists can repair your broken teeth with custom crowns at our McLean, VA, dental office.
Benefits of Crowns
Repairing broken teeth with crowns offers numerous benefits. Some key benefits include:
- Fixing broken teeth
- Strengthening broken or weak teeth
- Protecting against additional damage
- Restoring biting and chewing functions
- Custom made for a perfect fit
- Look like natural teeth
- Last for several years
Another benefit of crowns is that they also improve the appearance of broken teeth by giving them a flawless new exterior. Crowns can conceal a diverse range of cosmetic issues. They can be used to improve the appearance of teeth with cracks, chipped areas, and stains or discolorations. Crowns can also improve the look of teeth that are slightly crooked or misshaped.
Crowns can strengthen, protect and repair broken teeth, as well as improve their appearance. For crowns in McLean, VA, schedule a consultation with Dr. Gyllenhoff or Dr. Cappiello by calling McLean Dental Care at (703) 734-0100.
Know how to get the better of an age-guesser at the carnival? Smile! A recent study found that people tend to underestimate a person's age if they're smiling.
If true, smiling—naturally associated with youthfulness—might help you look younger than you are. Unfortunately, many older people smile less, self-conscious about the effects of aging on their teeth and gums. Their smile doesn't have the same zing as when they were younger.
If that's how you feel about your smile, a cosmetic dentist can help. Here are 3 common age-related problems a skilled dentist can help you improve.
Discoloration. After decades of eating, drinking and possibly smoking, teeth enamel can yellow and dull. But there are ways to brighten discolored teeth. One simple measure is to undergo teeth whitening with a bleaching solution. On a more permanent note, bonding tooth-colored materials, porcelain veneers or life-like dental crowns to teeth can mask stains and other imperfections.
Wearing. Speaking of all those meals, you can expect some teeth wearing later in life that makes them look shorter, and their shape and edges sharper rather than softer and rounded like a youthful smile. Dentists can improve the appearance of worn teeth by reshaping and contouring them to soften harsh edges. A procedure called crown lengthening can reposition the gums to display more of the teeth. Veneers or crowns can also transform the appearance of severely worn teeth.
Receding gums. There's also a contrasting gum problem. What some call "getting long in the tooth," The teeth look longer because the gums have receded from their normal coverage. This is often caused by gum disease, which older people encounter more than other age groups. After treating the infection, the gums may need help regaining their former position by grafting donor tissue to the area to encourage regrowth.
The effects of aging on teeth and gums are quite common, but you don't have to live with them. With a few appropriate techniques and procedures, your dentist can bring back the smile you once had—or one even better.
If you would like more information on maintaining a youthful smile, 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 “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger.”
Even though coronavirus lockdowns have prevented TV hosts from taping live shows, they're still giving us something to watch via virtual interviews. In the process, we're given occasional glimpses into their home life. During a Tonight Show interview with Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, R & B performer Ciara, Jimmy Fallon's daughter Winnie interrupted with breaking news: She had just lost a tooth.
It was an exciting and endearing moment, as well as good television. But with 70 million American kids under 18, each with about 20 primary teeth to lose, it's not an uncommon experience. Nevertheless, it's still good to be prepared if your six-year-old is on the verge of losing that first tooth.
Primary teeth may be smaller than their successors, but they're not inconsequential. Besides providing young children with the means to chew solid food and develop speech skills, primary teeth also serve as placeholders for the corresponding permanent teeth as they develop deep in the gums. That's why it's optimal for baby teeth to remain intact until they're ready to come out.
When that time comes, the tooth's roots will begin to dissolve and the tooth will gradually loosen in the socket. Looseness, though, doesn't automatically signal a baby tooth's imminent end. But come out it will, so be patient.
Then again, if your child, dreaming of a few coins from the tooth fairy, is antsy to move things along, you might feel tempted to use some old folk method for dispatching the tooth—like attaching the tooth to a door handle with string and slamming the door, or maybe using a pair of pliers (yikes!). One young fellow in an online video tied his tooth to a football with a string and let it fly with a forward pass.
Here's some advice from your dentist: Don't. Trying to pull a tooth whose root hasn't sufficiently dissolved could damage your child's gum tissues and increase the risk of infection. It could also cause needless pain.
Left alone, the tooth will normally fall out on its own. If you think, though, that it's truly on the verge (meaning it moves quite freely in the socket), you can pinch the tooth between your thumb and middle finger with a clean tissue and give it a gentle tug. If it's ready, it should pop out. If it doesn't, leave it be for another day or two before trying again.
Your child losing a tooth is an exciting moment, even if it isn't being broadcast on national television. It will be more enjoyable for everyone if you let that moment come naturally.
If you would like more information on the importance and care of primary teeth, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Importance of Baby Teeth.”
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