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By McLean Dental Care
September 27, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  

Dentures from your dentists in McLean, VA, can give you back your smile

Dentures are a long-term investment in your smile and in yourself. The truth is, your smile is one of your most important assets. Your smile says a lot about who you are. Dentures give you back your smile, providing decades of dependable smiles. It’s important to know how to care for your dentures, so they last and continue to look beautiful.

Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Dr. Samuel Cappiello at McLean Dental Care in McLean, VA, provide a wide range of dental services, including dentures to give you back your smile.

There are a few important things to remember when taking care of your dentures. For example:

  • Be sure to handle your dentures carefully because they can break if you drop them. You should also never try to bend the clasps or the plastic.
  • After eating, take your dentures out and rinse them off. Food debris can irritate your soft tissue and rinsing helps remove traces of food.
  • After rinsing, gently wipe your tissue with a soft toothbrush or a piece of gauze. This will help keep bacteria levels lower.
  • Clean your dentures with a denture cleanser at least once each day to thoroughly remove plaque, debris, and denture adhesive.
  • Soak your dentures overnight in a soaking solution to keep them moist and comfortable. Be sure to thoroughly rinse them free of soaking solution before you wear them.
  • Never sleep with your dentures in. This will help limit bacteria, which can irritate and inflame your soft tissue.
  • Don’t ever use harsh chemicals, abrasive agents, products containing bleach, or sharp tools on your denture. Don’t use hot water when you clean your denture because it can change the fit and shape of your denture.

Dentures are meant to last, but you need to take care of them to get the most from your investment. To learn more about how to take care of your dentures, call Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Dr. Samuel Cappiello of McLean Dental Care in McLean, VA, at (703) 734-0100. Call today!

By McLean Dental Care
July 12, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Most people understand why brushing and flossing daily is an important step to caring for their teeth, but did you know that it’s equally important that you see your dentists for regular check-ups? Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Dr. Samuel Cappiello at McLean Dental Care in McLean, VA, need to be able to see you regularly so that they can keep your smile free of disease and looking healthy and bright for years to come.

Why You Should Visit Your Dentist This Year

An important part of dental hygiene is visiting your dentists in McLean, VA, every six months to rid your smile of any hidden bacteria or plaque. Your dentist will perform professional teeth cleaning and get rid of any built-up tartar or plaque that is hidden in areas that you may have missed or aren’t able to reach without the specialty tools that your dentist uses. This will help stop bacteria from spreading throughout your mouth and damaging your smile. When plaque is left in your smile, it can eat away at your enamel and cause issues like gum disease or cavities to form in your mouth.

Your dentist can also keep an eye out for any signs of disease or any bigger issues that you may not have noticed in your smile. When you have an extra set of eyes on your smile, you can catch problems before they become more serious and harder to treat. This helps keep your smile strong and bright.

Contact Your Dentist Today!

It’s important that you stay up to date on your dental hygiene by visiting your dentist regularly. If you’re due for a checkup, be sure to contact Dr. Gyllenhoff and Dr. Cappiello at McLean Dental Care in McLean, VA, today at (703) 734-0100.

By McLean Dental Care
November 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Is tooth loss threatening your smile? Whether you have upcoming extractions or already have smile gaps, McClean Dental Care can help you with dental implants. Placed by Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff or Dr. Samuel Cappiello, dental implants have preserved the smiles of many patients in the McLean, VA, area. They may be your best tooth-replacement option, too.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a titanium metal screw which, when inserted into the jaw, serves as an artificial tooth root. Single-tooth implants receive posts and crowns after they have integrated with their supporting bone. This natural process is called osseointegration, and it makes these artificial roots exceptionally strong and stable.

People who have lost multiple teeth

If qualified, these patients can receive multiple implants from Dr. Gyllenhoff or Dr. Cappiello right in their McLean, VA, office. Implant-supported dentures may be fitted on either the top or bottom arch. They provide excellent biting and chewing power, superior stability, realistic personal appearance, and excellent support for remaining natural teeth.

The simple treatment and its bone-building power

To qualify for any number of dental implants, you'll undergo a complete oral exam, including a special X-ray that focuses on your bone structure. You must have a strong jaw bone to receive dental implants. Additionally, your oral and systemic health should be good.

Then, your implant procedure happens at McLean Dental Care. You'll receive local anesthesia, and after incising the gums, your dentist inserts the implant screw. A few sutures close the site, and you return home to heal. Osseointegration takes several weeks, but once complete, you're assured of a good foundation for the alloy post and porcelain crown.

Caring for dental implants

Here are some tips on routine care:

  1. Brush twice a day. A soft nylon toothbrush is best.
  2. Floss daily according to your hygienist's instructions.
  3. See your dentist twice a year for a check-up and cleaning.
  4. Stop smoking to avoid infection at the implant site and possible failure. The American Academy of Periodontology calls this condition of the hard and soft tissues peri-implantitis.
  5. Do not clench or grind your teeth. Ask your dentist about a nocturnal bite guard.

Come see us for a consultation

At McLean Dental Care, we know that tooth loss sometimes happens. That's why Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Dr. Samuel Cappiello offer state of the art dental implants. To learn more about them, phone our McLean, VA, office at (703) 734-0100.

By McLean Dental Care
November 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  

Do you want to know whether dentures are right for you?

Missing most or all of your teeth? So are millions of Americans. Even though you’re dealing with tooth loss, the good news is that it’s now easier than ever before to replace missing teeth and to help people regain beautiful, functional smiles again. If you’re interested in getting dentures, our McLean, VA, dentists Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Dr. Samuel Cappiello can help you restore your smile with dentures.


Here are some reasons people choose to get dentures,


They provide you with a full set of functional teeth again

If you are missing several or all of your teeth then time is of the essence when it comes to getting a full smile back. Here at our McLean, VA, dental practice, we understand that dentures are often advantageous for people who are just looking for a convenient and easy way to get a full set of teeth again. Whether you need to get complete or partial dentures, we can create a custom set of teeth that work for you.


The treatment process is fast and simple

Another reason people choose to get dentures is that they don’t have to wait a long time to restore their smiles. Usually, in just two visits we can create and fit your permanent dentures. This means that you’ll have a set of custom-made, high-quality teeth in a matter of weeks. If you don’t want to undergo surgery or more invasive procedures to get new teeth then dentures are a great option.


You are on a tight budget

Dentures are also one of the least expensive ways to replace missing teeth. This is another benefit of choosing this tooth-replacement option. Anyone can be a great candidate for dentures, even those with financial restrictions. If you are concerned about finances know that dentures can be an affordable treatment option. We would be happy to discuss your budgetary concerns during your consultation to help put your mind at ease.


You are looking to protect your oral health

We know how upsetting it can be to deal with tooth loss, but the good news is that by treating the problem and replacing your missing teeth you can actually improve your oral health. If you still have natural teeth remaining, placing dentures can prevent your natural teeth from shifting around.


Additionally, dentures can also provide support to the facial muscles to improve your appearance and to prevent sunken cheeks and other physical changes that occur with untreated tooth loss. Wearing dentures could take years off your face.


If you are interested in getting dentures from qualified dental professionals here in McLean, VA, then the next step is to schedule a consultation with us. Call McLean Dental Care at (703) 734-0100.


By McLean Dental Care
May 07, 2020
Category: Oral Health

If you have a naturally white smile, you’ll want to do your best to keep it that way. While there are many things you can do to preserve your white smile, over time, teeth often begin to lose a little of their luster. In these situations, you may want to consider cosmetic dental options. Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Dr. Samuel D. Cappiello of McLean Dental Care in McLean, VA, recommend the following ways to maintain a white smile.

Your Go-to At-Home Teeth Cleaning Routine

To keep your smile as white as possible, you should:

  • Brush your teeth twice every day
  • Floss at least once each day after brushing
  • Rinse with a dentist-approved mouthwash
  • Avoid sugary foods and drinks
  • Avoid tobacco products

Over time, particularly as you age, stains can build up on your teeth. This may make you feel self-conscious about your smile. At times like this, many McLean residents visit our office to discuss professional whitening procedures. In-chair bleaching can whiten your teeth by up to fifteen shades over a series of visits.

How Veneers Can Help

If your teeth are very stained and the discoloration is affecting the deeper layers of the tooth, dental veneers are a good option to restore your white smile. There are other advantages to dental veneers, as well, including:

  • They provide a natural appearance
  • You can treat them just as you do your natural teeth
  • They are resistant to staining
  • They protect your natural teeth
  • They are tolerated very well by gum tissue

Getting dental veneers is a three-step process:

  • Step one: you will have a consultation with your dentist to discuss your needs and options.
  • Step two: your dentist will reshape your teeth to prepare them for veneers. She will make an impression of your teeth to send to the lab where your veneers will be created.
  • Step three: Your dentist will trim the veneer to make it fit perfectly before cementing it into place.

If you want to find out more about teeth whitening or you’re looking for a cosmetic dentist, call McLean Dental Care at (703) 734-0100.