Posts for category: Cosmetic Dentistry
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.
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 http://www.mcleandentalcare.com/smile-gallery.html
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!
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.
If your teeth could use a touch-up, call McLean Dental Care today at 703-734-0100.