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Single missing tooth solution

In the case of a single missing tooth, a dental implant can be placed in the jawbone area of the missing tooth. The implant will serve as a replacement for a tooth root and an individual crown. The total apparatus is referred to as a single-tooth implant crown.

Once in place, the implant crown will look, feel, and function like a natural tooth. They are cleaned and flossed just like natural teeth, and best of all, they do not require any special tools to clean around them like bridges. Although dental implants will not decay, they require impeccable oral hygiene.

Call us at (866) 798-0832 for more information about dental implants and if they are right for you.

 

Silver fillings can be replaced with white tooth fillings

Many people in the Reston area have had silver fillings placed into their teeth because they had "cavities". These silver fillings are called amalgams. Amalgam fills the space where the decay in the tooth has been removed.

However, over time, the amalgam corrodes and leaks which blackens the silver, and many times the tooth. This is easily seen as soon as a patient opens his or her mouth and is usually a source of embarrassment for the patient.

At Reston Sunrise Dentistry we can provide you with composite fillings that are made of a porcelain-like material that actually bonds to the tooth for a tight seal. They are strong and stain-resistant, and they are color-matched to the natural tooth, making them "invisible".

Composite fillings also lack the sensitivity that is often associated with silver amalgam fillings. They are especially suited for smaller cavities and for Reston area patients who may be allergic to metal fillings.

Please don't hesitate to call us at Reston Sunrise Dentistry with any questions you may have about the benefits of replacing silver amalgam fillings with invisible composite fillings.

 

Fix cracked, worn discolored or broken teeth with cosmetic dentistry

 

For over 100 years, dentists have been using silver-mercury amalgam fillings to restore decayed or broken teeth. The only other alternative was gold and that was too expensive for most folks.

Now there is a new and economical way to restore teeth in the Reston area using tooth-colored resin fillings. The resin is made up of glass particles in a plastic matrix. Dr. Pham bonds the putty-like material to the tooth with a high-intensity light. This hardens the material and allows it to be shaped and polished for immediate use.

 

Once completed, the tooth has a natural appearance and is actually stronger than before due to the strength of the adhesive agent used to bond the resin to the tooth. Resin restorations not only look better, but they are stronger and last longer than the old silver-amalgam fillings. Resin restorations can range from $150 to $350 per tooth.

 

Please call our office at Reston Sunrise Dentistry with any questions you may have about the benefits of resin restorations.

 

Dental restorations that are tooth-colored

For over 100 years, dentistry has restored teeth primarily with a material made of mercury and silver. It has done its job well, although we have had to live with its weaknesses. Those weaknesses consist of cracking teeth due to expansion of the material, and restorations turning black as the silver in the material corrodes.

Now we have many ways to provide tooth-colored restorations at Reston Sunrise Dentistry. We can use adhesives to bond tooth parts that look and act like teeth. We can provide a bright, healthy and strong smile with these exciting new techniques in adhesion dentistry.

Please don't hesitate to call us at (866) 798-0832 if you believe you would benefit from these advancements. Together, with Dr. Pham, we can help bring a smile back to your face.

 

Discolored, dark or stained teeth fixed with tooth whitening

Tooth bleaching involves the placement of a bleaching solution on the teeth to eliminate stains and discoloration. The solution is held in place by a custom-made, see-through tray that fits over the teeth - much like a mouthpiece worn by a professional boxer.

Bleaching is a safe, effective and relatively easy means of producing a whiter smile.

Two bleaching methods are available at Reston Sunrise Dentistry: Power Bleaching with a Laser, done at our office, and At-Home-Bleaching, which provides for home use (not to be confused with over-the-counter bleaching products available in local Reston area drug stores).

 

The difference between the two is the strength of the whitening agent and the time it takes to get effective results. Power bleaching usually takes three to six visits, while home bleaching may take up to four weeks of regular use.

 

Sensitive teeth, or those that are chipped, eroded or weakened by cavities, should be repaired or protected before they are bleached.

 

Please don't hesitate to call Reston Sunrise Dentistry at (866) 798-0832 with any questions you may have about the benefits of tooth whitening or tooth bleaching for a whiter smile.

 

Broken teeth are comfortably repaired through cosmetic dental bonding

Bonding by Dr. Pham is typically painless and can yield dramatic results in a single office visit. Essentially, bonding hides any natural flaws through the placement of a thin plastic coating on the front surface of the teeth.

 

After treating the tooth surface, Dr. Pham applies a puttylike bonding material that is then sculpted, shaped and colored to suit your needs. A high-intensity light causes the plastic to harden after which the new surface is smoothed and polished.

 

Bonding can lighten stains, close gaps and even alter crooked or malformed teeth. At Reston Sunrise Dentistry we can even utilize it to change the shape or color of a single tooth or if necessary to remake your entire smile.

 

Please call our office at (866) 798-0832 for a cosmetic consultation.

 

Low self-esteem, the result of poor self-image

The appearance of the teeth has a dramatic effect on both the person's attractiveness to others and on their own self-image and self-esteem. Studies have shown that a person's appearance will have a strong effect on their social and career success, by influencing how others perceive them.

 

While the appearance of the teeth is one of the most important contributors to facial beauty, it is also probably the most often neglected when improvements to appearance are sought. A person with low self-esteem connected to their facial appearance, can often be greatly helped by sedation dental procedures.

 

Dental makeovers at Reston Sunrise Dentistry have become more common, less invasive, and more effective in correcting deformities and cosmetic dental problems. The effect of these procedures can be nothing short of dramatic both in terms of appearance and also in terms of correcting, at least partially, personality deficiencies caused by poor self-image. Ugly teeth are no longer a matter of fate; they are now becoming a matter of choice.

 

Please call our office at Reston Sunrise Dentistry with any questions you may have about the benefits of a dental make-over with Dr. Pham.

 

Porcelain veneers and your smile

When teeth require significant changes in their shape or contour, veneers may be the answer. By placing veneers, small or misshapen teeth can be built up to regain a more natural appearance, spaces between teeth can be closed by making the teeth wider and teeth that are too short can be lengthened.

 

The veneer is actually a thin piece of porcelain similar in size to a fingernail. Once it is "bonded" onto the tooth it becomes extremely strong. Dr. Pham also blends the veneer in with the remaining tooth structure so that it is unnoticeable to the naked-eye. Once in place, it looks, feels, and functions just like a regular tooth.

 

At Reston Sunrise Dentistry we can use porcelain veneers to change the shape and color of a single tooth or, if necessary, revamp an entire smile. Porcelain veneers can also be used to correct teeth that have been worn from clenching and grinding.

 

Please call us at (866) 798-0832 for consultation. You may ask Dr. Pham or any of our professional team questions you have about the benefits of porcelain veneers.

 

Dental crowns - Cosmetic dentistry

Teeth are often restored with fillings of silver or composite plastics. These materials can often accomplish the aim of replacing the part of the tooth that has been lost in a strong and good-looking manner.

 

However, there comes a point where the damage to the tooth has removed too much structure to hold a filling. The restoration must be done by a technique that will attach to the remaining tooth, stand up under heavier use and meet more elaborate cosmetic requirements.

 

The crown is the dental restoration that can strengthen and restore the entire top of a tooth. The crown can also be part of the attachment of a fixed bridge for the replacement of teeth. The tooth is strengthened because it is covered from the outside with a casting of metal or ceramic that will wrap up and splint the tooth.

 

The chewing of the tooth can be improved because it can be reshaped to match more efficiently with the opposing teeth. A crown made by Dr. Pham can improve cosmetics by the use of modern ceramic processes that produce translucency and color that is more natural than has ever been possible.

 

Please call our office at (866) 798-0832 for a cosmetic consultation.

 

Silver-mercury filling replacement

For over 100 years, dentists have been using silver-mercury amalgam fillings to restore decayed or broken teeth. The only other alternative was gold and that was too expensive for most folks.

 

Now, at Reston Sunrise Dentistry, there is a new and economical way to restore teeth using tooth-colored resin fillings. The resin is made up of glass particles in a plastic matrix. Dr. Pham bonds the putty-like material to the tooth with a high-intensity light. This hardens the material and allows it to be shaped and polished for immediate use.

 

Once completed by Dr. Pham, your tooth has a natural appearance and is actually stronger than before due to the strength of the adhesive agent used to bond the resin to the tooth. Resin restorations not only look better, but they are stronger and last longer than the old silver-amalgam fillings. Resin restorations can range from $150 to $350 per tooth.

 

Please call us at Reston Sunrise Dentistry with any questions you may have about the benefits of resin restorations.

 

Treatment of halitosis (bad breath)

Dr. Pham feels that while bad breath might be a symptom of some other disorder, it most likely stems from dental decay and periodontitis.

 

Periodontitis is a disease affecting gums and bone that support the teeth, and it results from inadequate tooth brushing and flossing. In this disease, the irritated gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets between the teeth and the gums. These pockets fill with bacteria and pus which give off a foul odor.

 

Patients with bad breath need a complete dental evaluation by Dr. Pham. If gum disease and/or dental decay is diagnosed, it can be treated readily. The patient will no longer have an infection in his or her mouth, and he or she will no longer have the embarrassment of bad breath.

 

Please call our office at (866) 798-0832 if you have questions regarding halitosis.

 

Dental crowns - Cosmetic dentistry

Teeth are often restored with fillings of silver or composite plastics. These materials can often accomplish the aim of replacing the part of the tooth that has been lost in a strong and good-looking manner.

 

However, there comes a point where the damage to the tooth has removed too much structure to hold a filling. The restoration must be done by a technique that will attach to the remaining tooth, stand up under heavier use and meet more elaborate cosmetic requirements.

 

The crown is the dental restoration that can strengthen and restore the entire top of a tooth. The crown can also be part of the attachment of a fixed bridge for the replacement of teeth. The tooth is strengthened because it is covered from the outside with a casting of metal or ceramic that will wrap up and splint the tooth.

 

The chewing of the tooth can be improved because it can be reshaped to match more efficiently with the opposing teeth. A crown made by Dr. Pham can improve cosmetics by the use of modern ceramic processes that produce translucency and color that is more natural than has ever been possible.

 

Please call our office at (866) 798-0832 for a cosmetic consultation.

 

The functions of dental crowns

The crown serves two important functions. First, it restores the appearance of your teeth and your face. If your tooth is severely decayed or cracked, the dentist will need to restore it prior to preparing a cap. Teeth also support the muscles in our faces, so anything less than a full tooth may affect the way you look.

 

Second, a crown will be the same size and shape as the natural tooth. As a result, it will keep your jaw and bite aligned; it will also make sure that other teeth don't shift locations or take on a greater share of the work of biting and chewing.

 

For more information on dental crowns, call Dr. Pham at (866) 798-0832.

 

Make-up of dental crowns

At Reston Sunrise Dentistry our dental crowns are most often made of gold or porcelain. Crowns also can be made of stainless steel, but those crowns are often temporary and not designed for long-term wear.

 

Porcelain crowns usually are built on a metal base, which fits snugly over the natural tooth. We will choose a porcelain that matches the color of your natural teeth.

 

Porcelain crowns usually are so carefully matched in color, they cannot be distinguished from your natural teeth. Many people choose porcelain crowns for their cosmetic appearance and the confidence it gives them.

 

New materials are now available that allow the use of "all-ceramic" crowns in some cases. They have a beautiful life-like appearance and short-term studies support their success, with long-term trials ongoing.

 

Crowns also can be made of all gold. Some people prefer not to use gold because it stands out from the other teeth in appearance. At the same time, if the crown is on a back molar, some people feel the cosmetic issue is not a big one. At Reston Sunrise Dentistry we will discuss the types of materials available if we recommend a crown.

 

Call us at (866) 798-0832 for a complete evaluation of your cosmetic needs.

 

Dental hygiene with dental crowns

 

An Ounce of Prevention Is Still the Rule!

 

Once your crown is in place, make sure the area is brushed well and that you floss below the gum line. While the crown protects your remaining tooth from further decay, you must protect the base of the crown from bacterial growth and gum disease.

 

Regular brushing and flossing as you would your natural teeth will ensure that your crown will be in place for years to come!

 

Dental crowns that reflect light with a natural healthy glow are now available at Reston Sunrise Dentistry.

 

Tooth loss accident

 

If the tooth is loose, even extremely so, but is still attached in any way, leave it in place; do not remove it.

 

If it is out of its socket completely and unattached, but still in the victim's mouth, it is best to have the person hold it there, if possible, until Dr. Pham can attempt re-implantation.

 

If it is out of the mouth, do not let it dry out. Handle it as little as possible. Do not attempt to disinfect the tooth, or scrub it, or remove any tissue attached to it. Call our office at (866) 798-0832 immediately.

 

If it is recovered from the ground or other soiled area, rinse it off in lukewarm water. Preserve it in milk until Dr. Pham can examine it. If milk is not available, lukewarm water will suffice.

 

Time out of the socket is critical in the long-term success of re-implantation. After 30 minutes, the success potential begins to decline. However, re-implantation by Dr. Pham is still possible after several hours, so the attempt can still be made even if the tooth has been out for a long period.

 

Call us at (866) 798-0832 so Dr. Pham can be prepared to help you as soon as possible.

 

The right denture for you

 

"Dr. Pham, what are dentures?"

 

Dentures are removable prosthetic devices designed to replace missing teeth.

 

"What are partial dentures, Dr. Pham?"

 

Partial dentures are dentures that replace only a few missing teeth.

 

"What are complete dentures?"

 

Complete dentures are dentures that replace a complete set of missing teeth.

 

"Dr. Pham, what is the difference between conventional dentures and immediate dentures?"

 

Conventional dentures are dentures that are made and placed after the remaining teeth are removed and the tissues have healed. Immediate dentures are dentures that are placed immediately after the removal of the remaining teeth.

 

"What is an over-denture?"

 

An over-denture is a denture that fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth or implants.

 

For more information about how we at Reston Sunrise Dentistry can help you with denture problems, call us at (866) 798-0832, we will be happy to talk with you.

 

Partial denture FAQs

 

"Dr. Pham, what are partial dentures?"

 

Partial dentures are dentures that replace only a few missing teeth.

 

"How do you wear a removable partial denture, Dr. Pham?"

 

Removable partial dentures are attached to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments.

 

"How long will it take to get used to wearing a partial denture?"

 

Your partial denture may feel awkward or bulky for the first few weeks, but your mouth will eventually get used to it.

 

"Dr. Pham, how long should you wear a partial denture?"

 

Initially, you may want to wear your partial denture all the time. Your dentist will give you specific instructions on how long it should be worn and when it should be removed. Generally, your mouth tissues need to rest so it is advisable that you take out your partial denture at least 15 minutes per day.

 

"Will the partial denture change the way you speak?"

 

Your partial denture may help your speech. It can be difficult to speak clearly when you are missing teeth. However, it also will take time to get used to it.

 

For more information about how we at Reston Sunrise Dentistry can help you with denture questions, call us at (866) 798-0832, we will be happy to talk with you.

 

Questions and answers about dentures

 

"Dr. Pham, what do dentures feel like?"

 

For a few weeks, new dentures will feel awkward until you become accustomed to them. They might feel loose until the cheek and tongue muscles learn to hold them in position. It is not unusual to feel minor irritation or soreness. The patient needs to see his or her dentist for regular fit adjustments to relieve any sore areas.

 

"Do dentures need to be replaced?"

 

At Reston Sunrise Dentistry we find that dentures will need to be relined, remade, or rebased due to normal wear over a period of time and normal shrinkage of your gums and bones.

 

"Are you able to eat with dentures, Dr. Pham?"

 

Eating with dentures will take a little practice. You should start with soft foods that are cut into small pieces. As you become used to chewing, you can return to your normal diet.

 

"Dr. Pham, are there foods you should avoid if you wear dentures?"

 

There are only a few eating restrictions for denture wearers. Avoid biting down directly on crunchy or hard foods, like whole apples, hard pretzels, crusty bread, or large sandwiches. They can break because of the angle where the denture comes into contact with the hard surface.

 

Biting is limited only by the stability of the dentures themselves. Insufficient bone structure (shrunken bone ridges covered by gum tissue), old or worn dentures, and a dry mouth decrease stability. Call us at Reston Sunrise Dentistry to evaluate your personal situation.

 

"If you wear dentures, are dental adhesives necessary?"

 

Today's dentures have been significantly improved through advances in both dental and materials technologies. As a result, dentures that fit properly usually do not require adhesives to secure the dentures. When you are just getting used to dentures, adhesives may be advised, but otherwise should not be necessary.

 

At Reston Sunrise Dentistry we feel a loose denture is a sign that it doesn't fit your mouth correctly. When first getting used to dentures, you may notice them slipping when you laugh, smile, or cough, which is caused by air getting under the base and moving it. The more you wear dentures, the better you will be able to control their movements in these situations.

 

If your mouth has insufficient bone structure, dentures will be more difficult to retain. Dental implants may be advisable. These are placed in the bone and retain the denture with small, precision attachments.

 

For more information about how we at Reston Sunrise Dentistry can help you with dentures, call us at (866) 798-0832, we will be happy to talk with you.

 

Denture care and good oral hygiene

 

"Dr. Pham, how do you clean your dentures?"

 

When cleaning your dentures, you should first rinse away loose food particles thoroughly. Then moisten your toothbrush and apply denture cleanser. Brush every surface, scrubbing gently to avoid damage.

 

"How many times a day does the denture need to be cleaned?"

 

The denture needs to be cleaned two to three times daily.

 

What is good oral hygiene when you have full dentures, Dr. Pham?"

 

In addition to taking care of your dentures, taking care of your mouth also is vital if you wear full dentures. This includes brushing your gums, tongue, and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before inserting your dentures. This stimulates your tissues and helps remove plaque.

 

For more information about how we at Reston Sunrise Dentistry can help you with dentures, call us at (866) 798-0832, we will be happy to talk with you.

 

Repairing broken dentures

 

"What should you do if your dentures crack or break?"

 

Call your dentist immediately. Normally, dentures can be repaired quickly, often on the same day at Reston Sunrise Dentistry. Damaged dentures can cause additional oral health problems, so see your dentist right away. Never attempt to repair dentures yourself. They require professional repair and adjustment.

 

"Dr. Pham, why can't you fix dentures that break with glue?"

 

Glues often contain harmful chemicals and are not effective in the proper repair of dentures.

 

For more information about how we at Reston Sunrise Dentistry can help you with denture problems, call us at (866) 798-0832, we will be happy to talk with you.

 

Xerostomia - Dry mouth

 

Dry mouth problem is common in the Reston area. The lack of adequate saliva is more than bothersome for three out of every ten Americans.

 

When the natural flow of saliva is reduced, you can experience trouble swallowing, pain throughout oral tissues and, nearly always, a short-cut to dental caries and gum disease. The tongue sticks, food doesn't have much taste, and digestion suffers. (For more details call us at (866) 798-0832.)

 

Dr. Pham knows that Xerostomia, or dry mouth syndrome, can come with aging, or often as a side effect of many medications. Half of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy experience an extreme form of xerostomia, with critical effects on their dental health. At Reston Sunrise Dentistry we can help provide relief in the form of prescriptions for dry mouth toothpaste, special saliva-producing chewing gum, or saliva substitute solutions.

 

For more information regarding Xerostomia and methods of treatment, please call our office at (866) 798-0832.

 

Treatment for dental crisis

 

Many people don't see a dentist on a regular basis. They go only when they feel they have a problem. At Reston Sunrise Dentistry we call this "crisis treatment" as opposed to "preventive treatment".

 

While these patients may feel they are saving money, it usually ends up costing much more in both dollars and time. The reason for this is that most dental problems don't have any symptoms until they reach the advanced stages.

 

An example is tooth decay. At Reston Sunrise Dentistry we hear all the time, "Nothing hurts... I don't have any problems". But tooth decay doesn't hurt! Until, that is, it gets close to the nerve of the tooth.

 

Then a root canal and crown are usually necessary, instead of the small filling, which could have been placed several years ago when the cavity was small. Dr. Pham can usually detect a cavity 3-4 years before it may develop any symptoms. It is not uncommon to see a patient with a tremendous cavity and they have never felt a thing!

 

The effect of diet on dental health

 

Diets low in certain nutrients reduce resistance to oral and dental infections, that is, periodontal disease (gum disease) and decay. Dr. Pham feels a healthy immune system is essential to controlling periodontal disease.

 

Counseling in the Four Basic Food groups will improve dental health and general health. The consumption of sugar, especially in sticky forms or in a baby bottle while sleeping, contributes to the rapid development of dental decay.

 

The trace nutrient fluoride, may not be adequately supplied by bottle or municipal water supplies throughout the Reston area. Supplementation with oral tablets and topical application will reduce the incidence of dental decay by more than 60%.

 

Together, a balanced diet, daily use of fluoride, effective brushing, and sensible eating habits can reduce the risk of, or even prevent, infectious dental disease.

 

Please don't hesitate to call Reston Sunrise Dentistry at (866) 798-0832 if you need more information on diet or fluoride supplementation and its relationship to dental care.

 

Prevention of tooth decay

 

Fluoride, in proper dosage, has been shown to significantly reduce dental decay. When fluoridated water has less than the ideal amount or is not available, fluoride supplements are recommended. (A call to your local water district is all that is necessary to determine whether your water has fluoride or not.)

 

When supplements are needed, the administration of fluoride supplements should begin shortly after birth and continue through the time of eruption of the second permanent molars (approx. 12 years of age).

 

Regular dental check-ups at Reston Sunrise Dentistry should begin no later than 18 months of age.

 

If you have any questions or need more information, don't hesitate to contact our office at (866) 798-0832.

 

Dental decay and cavity prevention

 

Fluoride has been a great benefit to patients of all ages in helping prevent dental decay. Regular brushing and flossing lowers the chance of developing "cavities."

 

At Reston Sunrise Dentistry we know that the most decay-prone areas of teeth are the grooves and depressions on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, which require further preventive care.

 

To prevent decay, a plastic-like coating called a sealant should be painted on the chewing surfaces of all the back teeth. Studies have shown that sealants can reduce tooth decay by as much as 90% to 100% in the Reston area and nation wide.

 

The American Dental Association recommends, and Dr. Pham agrees, that sealants be placed as soon as the first adult back teeth come in at age 6 or 7. Sealants should continue to be used as each adult back tooth comes into the mouth. All back teeth that need to be sealed are present by age 13. Sealant application is simple, fast, and painless.

 

Please call Reston Sunrise Dentistry with any questions you may have about the benefits using a sealant in preventing dental decay.

 

Plaque - A visible dental problem

One of the easiest problems to spot is a build-up of plaque. Plaque is the soft, sticky layer of bacteria, which is constantly forming on the teeth.

 

Usually it is invisible to the naked eye, but when a person is not brushing adequately, it can build up to where it appears to be a thick whitish coating on the teeth at the gum line. If not removed, it can lead to gum disease.

 

Another potential problem, which is easy to spot, is missing teeth. Many patients Dr. Pham sees assume that if they are still able to eat, they are O.K.

 

But very often, losing just one tooth can lead to the loss of support, and teeth begin to drift into the empty space, causing a change in the bite. It also forces the remaining teeth to carry an additional load, sometimes past their ability to adapt. In most cases, when even one tooth is lost, the remaining teeth suffer and are more likely to be lost as well.

 

At Reston Sunrise Dentistry our focus is in the treatment of problems such as these. Call our office at (866) 798-0832 for the care you need.

 

My child's first dentist appointment

 

"Dr. Pham, when should my child first see a dentist?"

 

"First visit by first birthday" sums it up. Your child should visit a dentist when the first tooth comes in, usually between six and twelve months of age. An early examination at Reston Sunrise Dentistry and preventive care will protect your child's smile now and in the future.

 

For more answers about your baby's dental care call us at (866) 798-0832.

 
 
 

12359 Sunrise Valley Drive, Ste 330

Reston, VA 20191