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By Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
August 10, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Crown  

Dental crowns are an essential part of dentistry! Got a root canal? Probably need a dental crown. Got a dental implant? Probably need a dental crown. Got aesthetically unpleasing teeth you want to hide while eating, speaking, or smiling? Probably need a dental crown. At Reston Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, Drs. Monica Neshat and Joy Jang offer patients in the Reston, VA, dental crowns to fix major and minor issues.

What is a Dental Crown?

It's a prosthetic oral appliance that fits over teeth like a cap to cover all surfaces. Crowns come in different materials:

  • Metal like palladium, nickel, and chromium. They are durable and require only a small amount of tooth removed.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.
  • All-resin is more cost-friendly than other crown types because it contains liquid synthetic resin materials that are permanently hardened with acrylic polymer and polymethyl methacrylate.
  • All-ceramic or all-porcelain provide the best natural color match, especially for front teeth, and are good for people who suffer from metal allergies.
  • Pressed ceramic has a hard inner core and capped with porcelain to provide a natural color match.

Fun Facts About Dental Crowns:

Fact #1 Dental crowns are a restoration that preserves the remaining structure of heavily decayed, injured, or abscessed teeth.

Fact # 2 They only need a few visits to your Reston dentist's office. Staff will take a digital X-ray to see how viable the tooth is, then begin treatment by numbing the tooth, removing old fillings and/or decay, then shape the tooth and take an oral impression to be sent to a dental lab to make a custom-made crown. The final visit is when the dentist adheres the dental crown to your tooth.

Fact #3 With proper care, dental crowns can last as long as 10 to 15 years. So avoid unhealthy, sugary foods and beverages, and opening containers and bags with teeth.

Fact #4 Because crowns support and protect teeth, they're used with other oral restorations like root canals and dental implants.

Would you like to learn more about crowns?

If you'd like to learn more about dental crowns, don't hesitate to contact Reston Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Drs. Monica Neshat and Joy Jang can make an appointment or answer questions at their Reston, VA, office when you call (703) 437-5555.

By Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
April 23, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

Veneers make it easy to dramatically improve the appearance of your smile. Veneers are thin covers cemented over the front of teeth with cosmetic issues. Teeth that are chipped or stained, for example, can be given a flawless new look. Dr. Monica Neshat and Dr. Joy Jang, the experienced dentists at Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Reston, VA, can enhance your smile with veneers.

Getting Veneers

Veneers are custom-made by a technician at a dental lab using a mold of your mouth. The color, size, and shape of each veneer are customized to look completely natural and perfectly fit your smile. Once the custom veneers are ready, they are sent to your dentist’s office where they will be placed on your teeth. Three appointments are usually needed to complete the process of getting veneers. The first appointment involves diagnosis and treatment planning to identify which teeth could benefit from veneers.

The second visit focuses on tooth preparation. Two important steps occur during this visit. First, the teeth receiving veneers are prepared by gently buffing off a thin layer to create space for the veneers. Creating this extra space allows the veneers to sit flush with the rest of your smile. Second, a mold of your teeth will be created and sent to the dental lab where your custom veneers will be fabricated.

The final visit occurs once your custom veneers are ready to be placed on the teeth. During this visit, the veneers are permanently cemented to the teeth. Once in place, any imperfections will be completely concealed and your smile will be transformed. Veneers can improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, cracked, stained, discolored, oddly shaped, or misaligned. The highly skilled dentists at our office in Reston, VA, can have custom veneers created for you.

Benefits of Veneers

Dental veneers offer several benefits. They make it possible to achieve a complete smile make-over. Veneers are also versatile and can address a wide range of cosmetic issues, from a chipped tooth to one that is misshapen. Another benefit of veneers is that they look like natural teeth and readily blend in with the rest of your smile. They also function like regular teeth and can be used to bite and chew food. Veneers are durable, as well, and can last for many years when cared for properly.

What you should know about veneers is that they look and function like natural teeth, are durable, and can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Neshat or Dr. Jang to discuss a smile make-over with veneers by calling Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Reston, VA, at (703) 437-5555.

By Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
December 30, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

When your teeth are dull and stained, smiling may be the last thing you want to do. Fortunately, your Reston, VA, dentists, Drs. Monica Neshat and Joy Jang can brighten your smile with professional teeth whitening treatment.

Advantages of professional whitening

If you'd like to whiten your smile but aren't sure if you want to visit the dentist or try a do-it-yourself (DIY) method, you'll want to consider these professional whitening benefits:

  • Professional Whitening Offers Uniform Results: It's not always easy to use whitening kits. Strips or trays may not fit your teeth exactly, leaving your teeth looking two-toned. Luckily, that won't be a problem when you choose professional whitening. The whitening gel will be carefully applied to ensure that it covers your teeth completely.
  • Whitening Only Takes About an Hour: If you don't have the time or patience to apply DIY whiteners for weeks or even months, you'll love the speed of professional whitening. The entire process takes just about 60 minutes. While you wait for the whitener to work its magic, you can relax, catch up on a little work or watch videos on your phone.
  • You'll See a Noticeable Improvement in Your Teeth: It's not always easy to see a difference in your teeth after trying an over-the-counter product. With professional whitening, the results are noticeable and often dramatic. The whitening gel your dentist uses contains a stronger formulation of hydrogen peroxide than DIY products contain. Hydrogen peroxide safely and effectively breaks apart the pigments that cause stains. Once the whitening gel is removed, you'll probably see a three- to eight-shade improvement in your teeth.
  • Office Whitening Isn't the Only Option: If you'd rather whiten your teeth at home, your dentist also offers take-home kits. Your kit includes whitening gel and trays molded to fit your teeth. You'll use the kit several times a week for two or three weeks. Take-home kits can also be used to touch up your teeth from time to time, whether they've been whitened at home or in the Reston dental office.

Revitalize your smile with teeth whitening! Call your dentists in Reston, VA, Drs. Monica Neshat and Joy Jang at (703) 437-5555 to schedule your appointment.

By Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
December 30, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Implants  

You need to practice meticulous daily oral hygiene if you wish your dental implants to last your lifetime. Although implants are not prone to decay like your natural teeth, if you don’t take care of your mouth, gum disease can affect implants just as severely as natural teeth. Dr. Monica A. Neshat and Dr. Joy C. Jang are dentists at Reston Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. They are dedicated to providing their clients with high-quality dental service and can help you with advice on how to care for your dental implants at home.

What Are Dental Implants

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth that is comprised of three parts:

  • A titanium post is implanted in the jawbone where it will fuse with the bone.
  • An abutment that is placed on top of the post.
  • A porcelain crown that is cemented to the abutment.

Dental crowns look perfectly natural and can be custom made to match your natural teeth and fit your mouth comfortably.

Dental Implant Care

Reston dental patients should follow these instructions to care for their dental implants:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice each day: wait at least twenty minutes after eating or drinking.
  • Floss your teeth at least once each day. Make sure that the floss gets all the way around the crown. If you find it difficult, use a water flosser. Don’t forget to floss under the bridge.
  • Use the right toothpaste: Toothpaste that contains fluoride is fine, but you should avoid abrasive toothpaste, such as those that contain baking soda.
  • Visit your dentist: Maintain your usual 6-month checkups so you can have a professional cleaning.

If you live in Reston and you have questions about dental implants, call Dr. Neshat and Dr. Jang at (703) 437-5555 to request an appointment.

By Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
December 11, 2020
Category: Dental Treatments

Crowns are one of the best ways to restore damaged teeth. Drs. Monica Neshat and Joy Jang of Reston, VA, are more than happy to tell you more about crowns and their benefits at Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.

What are dental crowns:

Crowns are tooth-like dental appliances made of porcelain. The crown has a hollow interior to fit over teeth and is custom made. Your Reston dentist takes an impression of your teeth and sends it to a lab where it's made in about a week or two. In the meantime, you're given a temporary crown.

So why get a dental crown anyway?

Crowns protect exposed teeth vulnerable to decay. They also reinforce teeth to help them withstand various degrees of pressure, meaning you can enjoy eating your favorite foods without worry. Crowns also protect teeth that have undergone restorative procedures where a significant amount of natural tooth is removed, like a root canal.

They're also used for other procedures like attaching bridges, covering dental implants, covering an existing filling that may be dislocated, and covering stained or discolored teeth.

How do I take care of my crowns?

  • You need to brush twice a day and floss before bed. Make sure to give special attention to the area around your dental crown to avoid plaque and reduce the chances of cavities forming.
  • Dieting can contribute to your crowns lasting up to 8 years, or more. Don't bite into ice and avoid sugary foods like soda and candy. Sugars are food for bacteria that produce plaque. So try eating healthy foods, like apples and carrots, scrape the plaque off your teeth.
  • Drink plenty of water to wash away food debris.
  • Visit your dentist for your biannual checkup and professional dental cleaning.
  • Bruxism, teeth grinding, can reduce how long your crowns last so opt for a mouth guard or splints.

Do you need a consultation with a dentist?

For more information on dental crowns and what they can do for you, contact Drs. Monica Neshat and Joy Jang of Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Reston, VA, by calling (703) 437-5555.

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