November 28, 2016
Do you need to fill a smile gap but are unsure of what replacement option is best? Dr. Wayne Myles frequently advises dental implants in his Reston area practice. Versatile, stable and long-lasting, dental implants are today’s premier dental prosthetics. Learn all about dental implants and what they can do for your smile.
August 19, 2015
When you’re dealing with a missing teeth issue, it can leave your confidence hanging in the balance. Let’s face it, nobody wants a smile that doesn’t look good. It’s just the truth. If you don’t have a good-looking smile, you’re more prone to hiding it instead of showing it off. True, an unattractive smile isn’t nice to look at, but it’s still a smile nonetheless. There are different ways you can go about replacing teeth that have gone bye-bye or that are very unsightly. Most often, patients will whittle down their choices to dental implants or porcelain veneers. These two choices are great for making smiles more beautiful, but they function in two completely different ways. At our office in Reston, VA, we carry both and want you to know the differences between the two before undergoing treatment. The better informed you are, the better you’ll be at making the right decision. You don’t have to deal with missing teeth forever. For the best dental implants or dental veneers Northern Virginia can receive, come to our office.
July 30, 2015
Are you missing one or more teeth? Could your smile use some major upkeep? The fact is, missing teeth can cause a lot of harm to your oral health if it is left untreated. How detrimental is a missing tooth to your health? For starters, it’s very uncomfortable to deal with. Sure, sliding your tongue in and out of places where a tooth should be may be a “cool” trick to show off to friends, but it’s no laughing matter. Your chewing and eating ability is affected in a major way. You want to be able to enjoy the foods you love, don’t you? Replacing missing teeth with dental implants can help you achieve maximum oral health and give you a smile that you can show off with pride. Did you know they are the longest-lasting option when dealing with missing teeth? It’s true. Unfortunately, dental implant treatment isn’t for everyone. Our team in Reston, VA can figure out whether you’re a viable candidate for dental implants, but you’ll need to have a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Myles first. For top-quality dental implants, Reston citizens can put their trust in Dr. Myles to deliver fantastic service with a gentle hand.
October 25, 2014
If you are missing one or more of your natural teeth, modern dentistry offers a number of fine treatments that will help to restore form, function, and health to your mouth. Of these treatment options, however, none can match or even come close to matching dental implants. Simply stated, dental implants represent the single most effective long-term method of replacing missing teeth that dentistry has to offer. In fact, an implant-supported restoration is the closest you can come to having a natural, living tooth inhabit the space once occupied by your missing tooth.
At Smiles by Myles in Reston, dental implant benefits are explained in detail to patients who are missing one or more of their natural teeth so that they can make confident decisions regarding the replacement of these teeth. It is important that they understand these benefits because, while dental implants are undoubtedly expensive, they may provide better value for money than any other elective medical treatment that exists. Most of our patients find the improvements to their quality of life alone to be priceless.
The benefits offered by dental implants are impossible to list in a single blog post; however, here are just a few of the more notable ones.
Oral Health Benefits
Your brain is responsible for distributing your body’s natural resources where they are needed most. When you lose a tooth, your brain makes the executive decision that the gum and jawbone tissues that once supported that tooth no longer serve any vital purpose and therefore no longer require any of your body’s precious blood and nutrients. As a result, these tissues begin to degrade, which ushers in a host of other oral and general health problems.
Because the posts that comprise the artificial tooth root portion of the implant restorations are made of pure titanium, dental implants actually halt this degradation process. You see, your brain cannot decipher between a titanium tooth root and a natural tooth root. When the titanium root is surgically embedded into the jawbone, the brain interprets this as a signal that the gum and bone tissues are once again necessary to the proper functioning of the mouth. As a result, the degradation of these tissues halts, and your oral health returns to its optimal condition.
This benefit is unique to dental implants; no other dental restoration replicates it. Implant-supported restorations also prevent the natural teeth adjacent to a gap from drifting out of their proper positions within the mouth, thereby keeping the bite intact.
Unlike removable partial and full dentures, implant-supported restorations remain snugly and sturdily in place through any activity. There is no fear of shifting or slippage. With dental implants in place, patients are once again able to eat, speak, bite, chew, and smile with ease, confidence, and dignity.
No other dental restoration replicates the entire structure of a tooth from root to crown. Because implant-supported restorations are actually attached to the implants beneath the gum line and rooted at the jaw bone, they look far more natural than any other type of restoration. In fact, even upon close inspection, custom-crafted implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. Now that’s something to smile about.
Learn More about Dental Implant Benefits
To learn more about dental implant benefits, please contact Smiles by Myles today.
September 25, 2014
There are many dental problems that can negatively impact oral health and function, but perhaps none are more serious than adult tooth loss. Many people who have lost adult teeth are first bothered by the aesthetic effects that tooth loss has on the smile, but there are many health concerns to consider as well. Losing a tooth is like losing an important piece to a puzzle, the mouth is not complete without it. The functions of the mouth are compromised, the structure of the jaw becomes at risk, and surrounding teeth are left without proper support. Dental bridges can replace lost teeth so that the mouth is once again complete, allowing patients to regain confidence and a full range of oral functions. Below we discuss which of our Reston patients are dental bridge candidates.
Is a Dental Bridge Right for Me?
A dental bridge is a restorative treatment option that fills in gaps that have been left by missing teeth. While a dental bridge may fill in a gap of just a single tooth, or a larger gap of two or three consecutive teeth, in most cases a dental bridge is used when a patient is missing a small group of teeth from the same area of the mouth.
Traditionally, dental bridges are affixed to two dental crowns (one placed on the teeth on either side of the gap). However, if there is not a tooth on which a dental crown can be placed, dental bridges can be anchored by dental implants, which are surgically implanted to act as artificial tooth roots. With these two techniques available, dental bridges can work for just about any patient who has a single tooth or small set of teeth to replace. Because the success of treatment is largely dependent on good oral health, dental bridges should only be placed in those patients with healthy teeth and gums. If any dental problems are present, they should be addressed before dental bridge treatment.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
For those of our patients who are dental bridge candidates, the results of treatment are highly successful. Most patients find that, with a dental bridge in place, they benefit from the following advantages:
- Improved speech
- Greater comfort when chewing and eating
- Renewed confidence
Deciding whether a patient is an ideal candidate for a dental bridge is based largely on the number of teeth that have been lost. While a bridge can replace a single lost tooth, a dental crown that is supported by a dental implant is another option for treating the loss of one tooth. Similarly, while a bridge can replace a large group of teeth, if tooth loss is significant, Dr. Myles is more likely to recommend a full or partial set of dentures. These treatment options can be discussed at a consultation with Dr. Myles.
Schedule an Appointment
Tooth loss is not a problem to be ashamed of, but it is one that requires urgent attention. If you have experienced tooth loss, schedule an appointment to discuss your restorative treatment options. Dr. Wayne Myles can fill in gaps of missing teeth to create a smile that is beautiful and complete, while preserving the health and structure of the mouth. We look forward to hearing from you!
July 31, 2014
Dr. Wayne Myles has helped countless patients throughout the greater Reston area who are missing teeth. One of the ways he's done this is through the use of dental bridges, which are a great option for people missing a few teeth in a row. A number of patients have asked about implant-supported dental bridges and crown-supported dental bridges, so let's take this opportunity to consider both.
About Dental Bridges
First things first, let's discuss dental bridges.
Dental bridges are appliances that are used to span the gap that is left behind when a person is missing teeth. This restores the appearance as well as the overall bite strength of a person's teeth.
Traditional dental bridges are removable and are held in place by bracing around the teeth adjacent to the tooth gap. The types of dental bridges we're looking at (implant-supported and crown-supported) are fixed and specially held in place by other means.
Implant Dentistry for Dental Bridge Support
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into a person's jawbone and gum tissue. When in place, dental implants offer a level of strength and stability that is comparable to natural tooth roots. The number of dental implants required to support a dental bridge will depend on the extent of the tooth loss that is experienced.
Ideal Candidates for Implant-Supported Dental Bridges
The best candidates for implant-supported dental bridges are people who are in good overall health and have sufficient jawbone and gum density in the area of the tooth gap. Good overall health is necessary since oral surgery is required to set the implants in place; patients who suffer from serious health problems will generally be poor candidates for any sort of surgical procedure.
In addition to the above, the dental implants process requires a months-long healing period. This ensures that the dental implants fuse with the living tissues of the mouth, It's important that patients have realistic expectations about the amount of time required for full recovery.
Dental Crowns for Bridge Support
Dental crowns are caps that fit over teeth in order to restore their strength and appearance. They can also be used to support a dental bridge as long as a patient has teeth bookending the tooth gap. In these instances, a special dental dental bridge is crafted that has crowns attached on each side of the appliance. The teeth that bookend the tooth gap are capped by these dental crowns to hold the dental bridge stable.
Ideal Candidates for Crown-Supported Dental Bridges
The best candidates for crown-supported dental bridges are people who have teeth adjacent to a tooth gap that are viable for receiving a dental crown. Realistic expectations of treatment are important to consider as well given the nature of the procedure.
Which option is right for me?
Though more invasive, implant-supported dental bridges tend to be more ideal since the dental implants are very sturdy and prevent gum recession and bone loss in the tooth gap. That said, the duration of treatment can be a downside for many patients.
Crown-supported dental bridges take less time to craft and the results are generally good. However, the dental crowns will require the removal of some tooth structure on your remaining teeth to place. In addition, this option will not address the bone loss and gum recession as dental implants would.
During your consultation, we will be able to go over all of these matters in much greater detail and help you make the best decisions for your needs.
Learn More About Advanced Dental Care
To learn more about dental bridges and your many options to consider when it comes to missing teeth, we encourage you to contact our advanced dental care center today. Dr. Wayne Myles looks forward to your visit and helping you make the best choices with regard to your dental health and wellness.
July 5, 2013
When a person suffers from many serious dental health issues, it will require multiple treatments and involved therapy in order to improve and restore overall dental health. Thankfully this can be achieved quite easily through full mouth reconstruction therapy, which combines a number of restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments in order to restore overall dental wellness.
What is a full mouth reconstruction?
A full mouth reconstruction is essentially a combination of multiple dental treatments. They are combined in such a way to address major dental problems first down to minor dental health issues. They are a great option for people suffering from tooth decay, tooth loss, gum disease, and other functional oral health problems.
Each Full Mouth Reconstruction is Customized to the Patient
No two patients are alike, and so no two full mouth reconstructions are identical either. Rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach to overall dental wellness, a cosmetic and restorative dentist will tailor the treatment to meet the needs of the patient. Doing so will ensure that each guest at the practice achieves excellent dental health.
Below are some of the most common and popular full mouth reconstruction treatments.
A common treatment option for cavities and minor amounts of tooth decay, dental fillings are a staple of many dental care treatments and are relatively routine as far as dental restorations go.
Inlays and Onlays
When dental fillings are not enough to restore the tooth structure that's been damaged by decay or injury, inlays and onlays are the next best option. These dental restorations are similar to dental fillings in a number of ways, though they are larger and able to rebuild larger portions of a tooth.
When a tooth has suffered major damage or decay, the best option to save the tooth is to use a dental crown. Dental crowns are caps that fit over the damaged or decayed tooth, providing an aesthetically appealing cap while also restoring bite strength.
When patients are missing a tooth or a few teeth, dental bridges are a good option to consider. These sets of artificial teeth fill the gap left behind by a missing tooth. They are held in place by bracing around adjacent existing teeth.
When you are missing many teeth in a row, you may not have the necessary tooth structure remaining to support a dental bridge. In those cases, dentures will prove more ideal. Dentures are held in place by gripping onto a patient's remaining gumline and jaw structure.
In order to provide the best possible hold of dental bridges and dentures, many patients turn to dental implants. These are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the jawbone and gum tissue. When in place, dental implants provide a hold comparable to natural tooth roots.
Periodontal Care and Gum Disease Treatment
The gums are just as important to overall dental health as the teeth. For that reason, gum disease treatment is another common part of full mouth reconstruction therapies. These treatments will seek to get bacterial infection of the gums under control before restoring the gumline itself.
Schedule a Consultation for Full Mouth Reconstruction Treatment
For more information about full mouth reconstruction treatment and your many other options for achieving advanced dental wellness, we encourage you to contact our Reston cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and discussing these matters in greater detail.