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By McLean Dental Care
December 14, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns   crowns  

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.

By McLean Dental Care
July 09, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: porcelain veneers   veneers  

If you’ve ever seen a celebrity with a perfect-looking smile and wondered how their smile was so nice, the answer is most likely veneers. Porcelain veneers can give you the dazzling smile that you’ve always wanted and can help give you confidence in your smile. Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Dr. Samuel Cappiello at McLean Dental Care in McLean, VA, can inform you of the benefits of porcelain veneers and how they can improve your smile.

How Porcelain Veneers Can Renew Your Smile

Veneers from your dentists in McLean, VA, are shells made from porcelain material that are placed over your teeth to give you a nearly perfect smile. Veneers are designed to cover up any issues such as misalignment, dental staining, shape, or crooked teeth.

Since veneers are made from porcelain, they will look completely natural, and no one will ever know that you have veneers at all. This material is also good for resisting any further staining. Porcelain helps repel stains and doesn’t absorb stains like natural tooth enamel does.

If you properly care for your dental veneers, they can last for years without adjustment or damage. Luckily, caring for your veneers is easy and won’t take any additional work outside of your normal routine. As long as you brush and floss your smile daily and visit your dentist for regular check-ups, your veneers should last for years and stay bright and shining. You should also be sure to avoid things like opening packages or biting straight into hard foods, which isn’t good for your natural teeth!

Contact Your Dentist Today!

Give yourself the perfect smile that you’ve always deserved! Call Dr. Gyllenhoff and Dr. Cappiello of McLean Dental Care in McLean, VA, at (703) 734-0100 today to learn more about veneers and how they can benefit you.

By McLean Dental Care
January 13, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

Dentists would rather spare natural teeth than extract them. At McLean Dental Care, Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff or Dr. Samuel Cappiello adhere to this philosophy of care, and accordingly, they offer realistic porcelain crowns to shore up damaged teeth. Placed in their McLean, VA, office, crowns dramatically improve smile integrity and appearance.

What is a dental crown?

Reliable and durable, a dental crown is a tooth-shaped porcelain jacket or cap which completely covers a tooth directly to the gum line. A crown looks like the original tooth only better because the crown improves the tooth's shape, size, bite and color.

As determined by visual inspection and X-rays, your tooth is a candidate for a crown if it's basically healthy but requires support because of:

  • Tooth decay
  • Large and multiple fillings
  • Root canal therapy removes the inflamed interior pulp and seals the tooth against further infection
  • Traumatic injury and resultant missing or cracked enamel
  • Odd shape, unusual color, and/or an improper bite
  • Extreme enamel wear due to teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism)

Dr. Cappiello or Dr. Gyllenhoff may use dental crowns as anchor points for a multi-tooth bridge or to restore a dental implant.

Details on the treatment

To create and place a crown, Dr. Cappiello or Dr. Gyllenhoff will take oral impressions of your tooth and its neighbors. Then, the dentist will shape the tooth so it accepts the crown. A dental lab makes your restoration from high-grade ceramic which is color-matched to compliment the rest of your smile. Permanent cement holds the new crown in place.

Keeping that crown beautiful

The Cleveland Clinic reports that most dental crowns last up to 15 years. Good at-home and in-office care are must-haves. So, be sure to:

  • Floss and brush carefully every day to remove plaque.
  • See your dentist at our McLean, VA, office twice a year for a cleaning and check-up (including the condition of your crown).
  • Do not bite your nails or eat extra-hard dietary choices, such as candy apples and peanut brittle.
  • Wear an acrylic bite guard at night if you struggle with teeth grinding and clenching.

To learn more...

If you worry about a tooth's strength or longevity, call your friends at McLean Dental Care. Dr. Cappiello or Dr. Gyllenhoff will be happy to evaluate your tooth and outline treatment options. Often, dental crowns are great choices. Phone our McLean, VA, office at (703) 734-0100.

By McLean Dental Care
June 09, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

How veneers from your dentists in McLean, VA, can rejuvenate your smile

Unhappy with the state of your smile? Now, you can change it easily and quickly with the help of veneers!

Here at McLean Dental Care in McLean, VA, Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Dr. Samuel D. Cappiello offer veneers to rejuvenate your smile—read on to learn more.

The Benefits of Veneers

Veneers are thin laminates of beautiful, sparkling porcelain that are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth to change the size, color, shape, and other aesthetic issues with your smile. They can also be applied in just two to three appointments, including a consultation. The speedy turn around time means you can have a brilliant smile just in time for a special event like a wedding or a reunion, when you want to look your best.

Veneers are the perfect choice to hide problems like these:

  • Fracture lines or cracks from an injury or accident
  • Chips or tooth wear from aging or bad habits
  • Staining or discolorations from medications or lifestyle issues

Veneers can also minimize the appearance of gaps between teeth, tooth overlap, and tooth rotation. In fact, veneers are one of the most versatile dental services available. Versatility is only one of the many benefits of veneers—when you choose this cosmetic option, you will also enjoy:

  • Natural beauty, because veneers are made of porcelain, which is light-reflective and looks just like natural tooth enamel
  • Long-lasting durability, because porcelain resists stains, so your smile will stay sparkling for years
  • Conservative treatment, because little to no tooth structure is removed, just enough to compensate for the thickness of the veneers

To view amazing before and after photos of McLean Dental Care patients, please visit the Smile Gallery page on the website at


To learn more about veneers and our other cosmetic dentistry services, call Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Dr. Samuel D. Cappiello of McLean Dental Care in McLean, VA, at (703) 734-0100. Call now, and enhance your smile!

By McLean Dental Care
August 08, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

If cracks, decay, or damage are keeping you from smiling, Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Dr. Samuel D. Cappiello of McLean Dental Care can get you grinning again with dental crowns. A strong and attractive solution to flawed teeth, crowns are a popular option for achieving your best smile—read on to learn more!

What is a crown?

A crown is a resin, ceramic, or metal cap that is permanently adhered to a damaged tooth, thus encasing any cracks or decay. The procedure restores the tooth's full functionality, as well as its original shape, size, and appearance.

Why might I need a crown?

Your McLean dentist may suggest a crown if you have any of the following issues:

  • You have a cracked, chipped or worn down tooth
  • You have a cavity which can't be properly filled
  • You have undergone a root canal
  • Your tooth is damaged or misshapen
  • Your tooth is severely discolored
  • You have a large filling that protrudes

What are the advantages of crowns?

  • Improved appearance of your tooth
  • A stronger, more functional tooth
  • Easier chewing and brushing
  • Better oral structure

How will my McLean dentist apply a crown?

Your dentist will first numb the tooth and its surrounding gum area in order to to reduce any pain that you may experience during your procedure. Using a specialized tool, they will then reduce the surface area of the tooth to accommodate the crown.

Next, your dentist will make an impression of your tooth (either manually with putty or digitally with a scanner) so as to make a true-to-size crown. A temporary crown will then be installed while the permanent piece is being constructed.

At your next visit, the new crown will be affixed to your tooth with a permanent adhesive. Additionally, your dentist will make sure that the crown is perfectly aligned and shaped properly for full comfort and functionality.

How I care for a crown?

With a crown, you can brush and floss like normal. Crowns are strong but not indestructible, so you will need to take care when biting particularly hard foods. As always, you should also see your McLean dentist for regular examinations and cleanings.

Contact us

If your teeth could use a touch-up, call McLean Dental Care today at 703-734-0100.