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By McLean Dental Care
March 15, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

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.

Better Support

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.


By McLean Dental Care
March 03, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

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.

By McLean Dental Care
November 12, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures   Implants  

Millions of people need dentures to replace their missing teeth. Unfortunately, conventional dentures aren't always effective. Many people don't wear their dentures as often as they should because they fear their teeth will fall out at any time, which can be humiliating.

If you need dentures and want them to stay in place, Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Dr. Samuel Cappiello of McLean Dental Care can help with stabilized dentures in McLean, VA.

What Are Stabilized Dentures?

Stabilized dentures use dental implants in McLean, VA, as holding pegs. Your dentist will modify the dentures, so they snap into the implant peg. The implant will hold the dentures in without needing adhesive, and you won't need to worry about your dentures falling out.

What Are the Benefits Of Stabilized Dentures?

The main benefit of stabilized dentures is that you won't need to worry about them falling out. These dentures will stay in when you eat, speak, and perform other daily activities. Knowing your dentures will stay in will make you feel more confident when communicating with others or dining out with friends. This peace of mind can change your life because you will have peace of mind that your dentures will always remain in place.

Also, with stabilized dentures, you won't need to use an adhesive that can irritate the gums.

If you already have dentures, they can be modified to fit the pegs, eliminating the extra cost of new dentures.

Am I a Good Candidate For Stabilized Dentures?

If you are missing multiple teeth and your jawbone hasn't been affected by decay, you would be a good candidate for stabilized dentures. The pegs that hold the dentures will be drilled directly into your jawbone; therefore, there needs to be enough bone to hold the pegs.

If you don't have adequate bone structure, your dentist can perform a bone graft to build up the jawbone to hold the implant.

What To Expect

During the first phase of the procedure, your dentist will take a mold of your teeth which will help them determine where the implants need to be placed.

When your dentist places the implants, you will need to wait several months for your gums and bone to heal. You will also need time for the implant to fuse with the jawbone.

If you already have dentures, your dentist can modify them to snap into the plugs to hold them in place. If you don't already have dentures, they will create a set with openings for the pegs.

If you need dentures but are worried about how well they will stay in your mouth, contact Dr. Gyllenhoff and Dr. Cappiello of McLean Dental Care. They can examine your mouth to determine whether your jawbone is strong enough to hold the implant or if a bone graft will be necessary. When the procedure is complete, you can wear your dentures with confidence, knowing they won't fall out at the worst time possible. To schedule an appointment in McLean, VA, call (703) 734-0100.

By McLean Dental Care
March 15, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: bonding   veneers   chipped tooth   Buffing  

Do you know what to do if you've chipped your tooth? Your McLean, VA, dentists at McLean Dental Care, offer a variety of treatments that can improve the appearance and function of chipped teeth.

Caring for a chipped tooth

Chips in teeth can occur due to falls, sports injuries, or even biting into hard food or objects. Be sure to let your McLean, VA, dental office know as soon as possible if you've chipped your tooth.

Chipped teeth can be painful if the sharp edges come in contact with your lips or tongue. Put a little dental wax or dental cement over the tooth to prevent cuts. You'll find these products in the oral care aisle at the drugstore or supermarket. In a pinch, a piece of sugarless gum can cover sharp edges until it's time for your dental appointment.

If the chip is large, try not to chew on that side of the mouth and avoid hot or cold foods or beverages. Large chips may expose the pulp at the center of the tooth and cause sensitivity. If your tooth hurts, over-the-counter medications can help dull the pain.

How your dentist treats chipped teeth

Treatment for a chipped tooth varies depending on the extent of the chip but may include:

  • Buffing: Your dentist can use a buffing tool to smooth out a tiny chip at the bottom of your tooth.
  • Bonding: Your dentist applies flexible composite bonding to your tooth to repair smaller chips in teeth. Once the tooth-colored material is added to your tooth, it's hardened with a curing light.
  • Veneers: Veneers are thin porcelain or plastic shells that only cover the fronts of teeth

If you have a larger chip, you may need a filling and a crown to restore the tooth. Crowns, also called caps, are hollow inside and fit over the top of the tooth once it's been reduced in size. If the chip extends into the tooth pulp, root canal therapy may be needed, in addition to a crown. During root canal therapy, your tooth pulp is removed and replaced with a rubber-based filling.

Whether you have a chipped tooth or need to schedule a checkup, your dentists in McLean, VA, are here to help care for your smile. Call them at McLean Dental Care by dialing (703) 734-0100 to schedule an appointment.

By McLean Dental Care
February 20, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Tooth Extracted  

It would be wonderful to retain all of our natural teeth for life, but there are times when a tooth may need to be extracted. When necessary, extracting a problem tooth can actually improve oral health by stopping the spread of infection and preventing the problem from getting worse. Here at McLean Dental Car in McLean, VA, our dentists, Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Dr. Samuel Cappiello, can determine if you need a tooth extracted.

Reasons for Extracting a Tooth

A tooth might need to be extracted for several reasons. For instance, a severely infected tooth that cannot be treated through root canal therapy might need to be extracted. Extracting the tooth helps prevent the infection from spreading to other teeth. Additionally, any discomfort, pain, or sensitivity caused by the infection should be alleviated once the tooth has been removed. Reasons for extracting a tooth include:

  • The tooth is severely infected
  • The tooth is severely decayed
  • The tooth is damaged due to injury
  • Impacted wisdom tooth that will not erupt
  • Overcrowded teeth that do not have sufficient space
  • Deciduous teeth (baby teeth) that have not fallen out on their own in a timely manner

If you have an impacted wisdom tooth, a damaged tooth, overcrowded teeth, or any of the other issues listed above, those are signs you may need a tooth extracted. If you have any of these signs, the dentists at our office in McLean, VA, can tell you if extraction is needed.

Tooth Extraction Procedure

Having a tooth extracted can sound a bit daunting to some patients, but the procedure is not necessarily complicated. Once the dentist determines your tooth needs to be removed, x-rays will be taken of the tooth’s root and the surrounding bone.

Prior to beginning the procedure, a local anesthesia is applied to numb the problem tooth and any surrounding areas. If needed, additional sedatives can be administered for more complicated extraction procedures or to help calm uneasy patients. Other sedatives could include nitrous oxide, oral sedatives, or ones that are administered intravenously. During extraction, the tooth is carefully removed and measures are taken to protect the surrounding bone to avoid damage.

Once the tooth has been removed, the area is stitched closed. Depending on how many teeth are being extracted, and whether there are any complications, the procedure can take up to a few hours. Following the procedure, it can take between one and two weeks for the extraction site to completely heal.

Interested? Give Us a Call

There are several signs you may need a tooth extracted, such as a severe infection or overcrowding. The dentists at our office in McLean, VA, can determine if your tooth should be removed. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gyllenhoff or Dr. Cappiello, call McLean Dental Care at (703) 734-0100.