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Is Dental Sedation Expensive?

April 11, 2018

Relaxed man receiving dental careWhether you have dental phobia, need advanced dentistry services, or struggle with sensitive teeth, gums, and/or gag reflex, you may want to explore your dental sedation options. Many patients worry about the added cost of using sedation dentistry, but most dental practices provide affordable options to ensure you are completely comfortable, during even the most advanced dentistry treatments. Many dentistry offices offer several dental sedation options at various of price points to keep patients comfortable without blowing their budgets.
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How Do I Choose a Cosmetic Dentist?

July 13, 2017

Relaxed woman with flawless smileFinding a cosmetic dentist is a little different than finding a general dentist. You’ll need to consider a special set of skills that make specific dentists better suited to creating cosmetic dentistry plans. Before you choose a dentist to transform your smile, read this blog to find out what makes a dentist qualified to provide flawless cosmetic dental care.
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Your North Virginia Dentist is Welcoming New Patients

October 28, 2015

North Virginia Dentist

Whether you are new to the beautiful North Virginia region or you have lived here happily for many years, we want to welcome you to the dental practice of Smiles by Myles. Dr. Wayne Myles was named a Top Dentist by the magazine, Washingtonian, and his practice was voted “Best Dental Office” in Reston, VA. So, when you choose Dr. Myles as your dentist, you’re getting the best Reston has to offer and all of the dental services your family needs in one convenient location.
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Do you suffer from dental anxiety? Try Sedation Dentistry Northern Virginia Trusts

September 1, 2015

Woman receives sedation dentistry Norther Virginia trusts from Smiles by MylesMillions of patients every year report skipping or avoiding dentist visits due to dental anxiety or phobia. This is among the most common fears in the US, and luckily, Dr. Wayne Myles and the outstanding Smiles by Myles dentistry team are here to help you learn to love vising the dentist. Our staff is dedicated to providing dental care in an environment free from discomfort and fear. We offer the latest in dental technology and techniques so patients experience the most comfortable, effective treatments, and work to ensure patient comfort from the moment they enter our dental practice. The Smiles by Myles team knows that not every patient is able to overcome dental anxiety even with our helpful staff and relaxing environment. That’s why we offer oral conscious sedation to help patients with the most severe dental anxiety relax, and receive the dental treatment they need.  Call to find out more about sedation dentistry Northern Virginia residents trust, or to schedule an appointment at our convenient Reston, VA dental practice today.
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Long-term Damage Caused by Gum Disease

November 5, 2014

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An older woman smilingPatients in the greater Reston area can rely on Dr. Wayne Myles for their diverse dental care needs. For years, Dr. Myles has been offering comprehensive dentistry, using the latest in general and restorative care to improve the health of the teeth as well as advanced periodontal treatment to improve gum health.

Since many patients take the health of their gums for granted, we would like to take a basic look at the long-term health problems linked to gum disease.

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The Many and Varied Benefits of Dental Implants

October 25, 2014

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A middle-aged man and woman, both smiling to reveal their dental implant supported restorationsIf 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.

Functional Benefits

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.

Cosmetic Benefits

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.

Dental Bridges Fill in Unsightly Gaps to Give Patients a Complete, Beautiful Smile

September 25, 2014

Attractive couple with full, healthy smilesThere 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

Alternate Treatments

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!

What to Expect at Your Next Dental Exam

August 31, 2014

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A female patient smiling broadly during a dental exam being conducted by a young female dentistAt Smiles by Myles, the cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice of Wayne Myles DDS, we strive to offer dental care of a standard that cannot be surpassed. We hold ourselves to this high standard in all that we do, from smile makeovers with custom-crafted porcelain veneers to complex full mouth reconstructions. Even routine dental exams are far from routine in terms of their quality and comprehensiveness.

Twice-yearly dental exams are necessary to the health of your mouth and appearance of your smile. At our state-of-the-art dental office in Reston, each dental exam is performed using the most advanced diagnostic technology to ensure that even the most subtle signs of oral health problems are identified, allowing for quick and timely treatment before they have the opportunity to progress into more serious issues. By attending regular appointments to have your mouth examined and professionally cleaned, you improve the odds that you will be able to enjoy optimal oral health for a lifetime.

In addition to unerring professionalism, courtesy, and kindness, here are just a few of the things you can expect from your next dental exam at Smiles by Myles.

The Dental Exam Checklist

Your first visit to Smiles by Myles will include a consultation with Dr. Myles. During this consultation, you will have the opportunity to discuss:

  • Your past dental and overall medical history, including any medications you take, any restorative or cosmetic dental work you have undergone, and any allergies or health conditions you have.
  • Any apprehension you have about undergoing dental work. Dr. Myles offers sedation dentistry options, which can be discussed during the consultation.
  • Your dental needs and goals. If you have any ambitions for your smile, this will be your opportunity to present them.

During your comprehensive dental exam at Smiles by Myles, Dr. Myles and his highly skilled and experienced team will:

  • Examine your entire mouth, using advanced diagnostic systems to detect abnormalities in the hard and soft tissues. This will include screenings for periodontal disease and oral cancer, as well as a clinical evaluation of your teeth.
  • Take digital x-rays of your mouth to identify potential problem areas that cannot be seen with the naked eye.
  • Evaluate your bite and your jaw for potential problems, including temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction.
  • Examine your head and neck, including the salivary glands and lymph nodes.
  • Provide you with a thorough cleaning of your teeth and gums to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria.
  • Discuss and provide you with tips for improving your at-home oral hygiene regimen, including the demonstration of proper brushing and flossing techniques.
  • Explain their findings in detail and make treatment recommendations based on those findings. If a follow-up appointment is necessary, we will assist you in scheduling that appointment.

During your initial visit, you will have the opportunity to experience the Smiles by Myles difference. We believe that once you discover how comfortable, efficient, and effective dentistry can be when it is focused on your safety, comfort, and satisfaction, you will select our practice to be your partners in oral health going forward.

For further information, or to schedule your next dental exam, please contact Smiles by Myles today.

Dry Mouth Causes and Potential Treatment Options

June 20, 2014

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A dark-haired woman with healthy teeth and gumsDry mouth, officially called Xerostomia, is a common condition and often temporary. However, when a dry mouth becomes chronic, it turns into a serious dental health concern.   

Most dry mouth is a temporary condition caused by a case of nerves or perhaps from a night of drinking. But if the condition is chronic, then the lack of saliva will make you more susceptible to cavities and gum disease, which could lead to the need for restorative dentistry to repair damage to your teeth.

You should contact your dentist if dry mouth has become chronic in your life. A dentist can help determine the cause and help manage the symptoms to reduce the chance of dental problems. Dr. Wayne Myles, a cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry expert in Reston offers dry mouth treatment to manage symptoms and avoid complications.   

Why Is Dry Mouth a Problem?

Dry mouth occurs when you lack sufficient saliva to moisten your mouth. Saliva is important because in addition to making it easier to talk and eat, it is also your first line of defense in oral health. Saliva washes food particles out of the mouth and off teeth, which limits the growth of bacteria. Saliva also neutralizes the damaging acids produced by bacteria.

If you lack sufficient saliva, you will be more vulnerable to oral health problems, including tooth decay, gum disease, and infections in the mouth. 

Signs that you lack sufficient saliva include:  

  • Difficulty tasting, chewing, and swallowing
  • Hoarseness, dry nasal passages, or sore throat
  • A sticky, dry feeling in the mouth
  • A dry, red tongue
  • Sores in the mouth
  • Cracked lips or split skin at the corners of the mouth

What Causes Dry Mouth?

There are several causes for chronic dry mouth. Among them:

  • Medications. This is the most common reason for chronic dry mouth. Many prescription and non-prescription drugs reduce the flow of saliva. These include drugs that treat pain, allergies, colds, depression, anxiety, obesity, acne, diarrhea, and asthma.
  • Diseases and Infections. Specific medical conditions can cause dry mouth. They include Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease that attacks the glands that make saliva and tears; HIV/AIDS; Alzheimer’s disease; diabetes; rheumatoid arthritis; hypertension; and stroke.
  • Medical Treatments. The glands that produce saliva can be damaged during medical treatments, such as radiation of the head and neck or chemotherapy treatments for cancer.
  • Lifestyle. Some common habits can cause a dry mouth, such as smoking or chewing tobacco, which can affect saliva production. Alcohol and recreational drugs can also cause dry mouth. 

How Is Dry Mouth Treated?

Treatment for dry mouth will depend on the cause and how severe your case is. If medication is making your mouth dry, you may be able to switch your medication or reduce the dosage. If it is not possible to eliminate the cause of dry mouth, you will need to manage the side effects.

Treatment focuses on:

  • Increasing the flow of saliva
  • Relieving symptoms by moisturizing your mouth
  • Preventing oral health problems with meticulous oral care and frequent checkups

Next Steps

Patients with dry mouth should be monitored for early detection of oral health issues. If you are suffering from chronic dry mouth, please contact us for an appointment

Arestin® for Gum Disease: A Safe and Effective Treatment

May 5, 2014

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Reston Arestin® Treatment for Gum DiseaseAs one of the more wide-spread chronic dental diseases today, periodontal (gum) disease affects over half of the adult population in the United States, and remains the leading cause of permanent tooth loss. Despite its prevalence, gum disease is also one of the most-highly preventable and treatable dental conditions today, typically forming from little more than poor dental hygiene practices. Besides improving smiles through high-quality cosmetic dentistry services, Dr. Wayne Myles also provides advanced restorative and periodontal care to protect your smile from serious dental health issues. In an effort to combat the effects of progressive gum disease, your dedicated Reston dentist offers Arestin® antibiotic treatment to eradicate the bacteria responsible for gum disease.

A Close Look at Gum Disease

Though it has “disease” in its name, gum disease begins with a bacterial infection, known as gingivitis. At last count, scientists have identified over 600 different kinds of oral bacteria, and many more that have yet to be classified. When allowed to accumulate unchecked, these microbes are the driving force behind gum disease, as well as tooth decay, chronic bad breath, and other dental health issues.

When mouth germs gather, they form dental plaque to protect them from saliva and your mouth’s other natural defenses. Some germs prefer to linger along your gum line, where the tissue meets your teeth, and can release toxins that attack the connective tissues underneath your gums. As the tissue separates from your teeth, small pockets form that allows bacteria to sneak underneath your gums and onto the surfaces of your teeth’s roots. Left untreated, the bacterial infection will worsen as more bacteria infect your gums, and eventually, gum disease will fully develop.

Treatment with Arestin®

Periodontal treatment usually involves a deep periodontal cleaning, or scaling and root planing, that describes cleaning bacteria off of your teeth’s roots, and then smoothing the roots’ surfaces to discourage future buildup. With proper care and maintenance, and an improved home hygiene schedule, you can reverse gingivitis or control gum disease to prevent the destruction it can cause, like tooth loss. Dr. Myles may also recommend applying antibacterial Arestin® to directly target gum disease germs in your periodontal tissues. With the addition of Arestin®, your periodontal treatment has a higher chance of preserving your oral health in the long-term, though diligent hygiene at home is still an important necessity.

Is Gum Disease Preventable?

Once gingivitis becomes gum disease, the condition is no longer reversible. However, controlling the disease is similar to preventing it in the first place, and can prove just as effective at maintaining your good oral health.

  • Brush and floss your teeth at least twice every day to control the population of bacteria in your mouth
  • If you can’t brush your teeth after a meal, rinse your mouth with water to neutralize the substances oral bacteria produce
  • Don’t skip your dental checkups and cleanings. Professional dental care will allow Dr. Myles to inspect your teeth and gums to ensure their good health, or to spot early signs of gingivitis and treat the condition before it blossoms.

Learn More about Effective Periodontal Treatment

To learn more about our periodontal services, including antibacterial Arestin®, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Myles.

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