Is your smile missing teeth? Are you too embarrassed to smile? Dental implants are the gold standard in the replacement of teeth. You dental implantscan get your smile back.  with the help of Dr. Mary Gregory in Arlington, VA. Here are some reasons to consider dental implants.

1. Improve Your Look

Don't let missing teeth ruin your smile. Dental implants can fill in your smile's gaps and improve your appearance. Dental implants are the most natural replacement for missing teeth.

2. Enjoy Your Favorite Foods

If you are missing teeth, chewing can become extremely difficult. Implants can restore your ability to chew food. With implants, you will be able to eat the foods you have avoided in the past. Strong and stable, dental implants restore missing teeth so that they feel and function like natural teeth. 

4. Prevent Teeth Shifting

If you have a missing tooth, the existing teeth may cave in or shift out of their place and into the empty space. This can lead to a potential collapse of bite support. Dental implants can prevent your remaining teeth from shifting out of place. 

3. Preserve Healthy Bone

Dental implants protect your healthy bone. Missing teeth can lead to additional health issues, such as the deterioration and loss of some of your jawbone. When the jawbone is not being used to support a natural tooth, it deteriorates. Dental implants help to stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss. 

5. Improve Your Self-Esteem

Low self-esteem results from a poor self-image and can have devastating consequences. Depression and low self-esteem often go hand-in-hand. Low self-esteem leaves people vulnerable to depression. A dental implant can restore your smile and improve your self-esteem. Consult with an Arlington, VA dentist to find out if dental implants are right for you.

A beautiful smile is a powerful thing. It can boost your self-confidence and help you overcome inhibitions- in both your personal life and professional life. Call Dr. Mary Gregory at 703-527-6495 to schedule an appointment in Arlington, VA. Dental implants will give you that beautiful smile you've been waiting for. 

By Dr. Mary Gregory
March 02, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

Don’t let gum disease surprise you. Be on the lookout for these signs.gum disease

Finding out you have gum disease can be extremely disappointing, not to mention stressful. Our Arlington, VA, family dentist Dr. Mary Gregory can help you if you are dealing with this condition. Fortunately, this condition is something that you can prevent just by providing your teeth and gums with the proper care. Of course, it’s always a good idea to be on the lookout for these dental signs that could be trying to tell you that you have gum disease:

  • Swollen, red gums
  • Gums that are tender to the touch
  • Gums that bleed (you may notice that this happens most often when flossing)
  • Gums that pull away from the teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Bad breath

In the very beginning stages of gum disease (known as gingivitis), it is very common for symptoms to be milder. In fact, many people don’t even notice that there is anything to be concerned about. Fortunately, coming in to see our Arlington, VA, dentist for regular checkups could mean the difference between reversing gingivitis and needing treatment to treat more advanced forms of gum disease. Keep up with your regular dental cleanings to ensure that your smile stays healthy.

Also, do not ignore these symptoms if they do arise. Having red, bleeding and swollen gums is not normal. Take this as a warning that it’s time to pick up the phone and give us a call. A simple physical exam can help us determine whether gum disease is the culprit.

How can I prevent gum disease?

Prevention is key when it comes to your health. Putting in the effort now to keep your smile healthy will bode well for you in the future. Here are the simple ways you can prevent gum disease:

  • Make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day for about 2-3 minutes. Brushing your teeth after breakfast and again before bed are the standard times to brush your teeth.
  • You should be flossing your teeth at least once a day to remove plaque buildup from between teeth. Plaque can very quickly turn to tartar if you don’t floss and we all know that tartar can irritate gums and lead to gum disease. Flossing is a major component to a healthy smile.
  • Eat foods that provide the vital nutrients your teeth and gums need to stay healthy and avoid foods that are processed or contain added sugar.

Whether you have questions about managing your preexisting gum disease or you need to schedule your routine checkup, call our Arlington, VA, dentist Dr. Gregory whenever you need her. She is happy to provide you with the care your smile needs.

By Dr. Mary Gregory
January 19, 2017

Professional teeth whitening treatments applied by your dentist are are a highly effective way to brighten your smile. Over time, teeth canteeth whitening become stained, discolored and dull due to certain foods and beverages, medications, smoking and even aging. With a professionally whitened smile, you’ll always be ready to say “Cheese!” Professional teeth whitening treatments applied by a dentist are safe and effective with results lasting for up to five years. In Arlington, VA, teeth whitening is available from the dental office of Dr. Mary Gregory.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Many people choose to use over-the-counter whitening products to brighten up their teeth. Products such as whitening toothpastes, strips, gels and rinses can all be purchased at your local grocery or drugstore. While these products are convenient, they just aren’t as effective as professional teeth whitening treatments from your dentist. The ingredients in professional treatments are of higher quality and can achieve significantly whiter teeth in much less time than over-the-counter products. The results of professional whitening last much longer, as well.

In Arlington, teeth whitening can be effective for adults whose teeth have become discolored, dull or stained. Anyone interested in professional teeth whitening treatments should already have healthy teeth and gums as the bleaching agents in whitening treatments can be harsh. If your gums are infected, whitening treatments can irritate them with extended contact. This is a primary reason to have teeth whitening professionally done versus doing it yourself at home. Your dentist will take precautions to protect the gums during the whitening procedure.

Having your teeth professionally whitened by your dentist is a great way to brighten and refresh your smile and you’ll never be afraid to say cheese. Professional whitening treatments are available at the dental office of Dr. Gregory, your Arlington, VA, teeth whitening dentist. To schedule an appointment, call the office at (703) 527-6495.

By Dr. Mary Gregory
September 22, 2016

How your dentist in Arlington, VA can help your smile

If you are suffering from broken teeth and a broken smile, your smile can be restored with dental crowns! Dental crowns are the go-to dental crownssolution to strengthen teeth weakened by decay or damage. Dr. Mary Gregory, your dentist in Arlington, VA wants to help you discover the magic of dental crowns and how they strengthen damaged teeth.

Modern dental crowns are made of strong materials that are also cosmetically beautiful. When you choose dental crowns you will experience both the strength and natural-looking beauty of dental crowns.

Unlike huge, bulky metal fillings which can weaken your tooth structurally, dental crowns encase the entire visible portion of your tooth, protecting it like a suit of armor. Dental crowns help to shield your teeth from severe biting forces when you chew.

Your dentist in Arlington can replace your old, broken down metal fillings with dental crowns to provide a stronger, more naturally-beautiful smile. You want people to notice your smile, not your fillings!

There are several different dental crown materials to choose from. Consider:

  • A full gold crown--which is a strong crown material usually reserved for back teeth where you need biting strength
  • A porcelain-fused-to-metal crown--also called a PFM crown, which combines both strength and beauty; this crown is perfect for any location in your mouth.
  • A full porcelain crown--which is the most natural-looking crown because it reflects light, just like your natural teeth; these crowns are typically placed on teeth that are visible when you smile.

You deserve to eat the foods you love without worry. You also deserve a smile you can be proud of, a smile that gives you confidence and enhances your life. Dental crowns can provide you with a lifetime of smiles. Don’t wait when it comes to your smile. Contact Dr. Gregory, your dentist in Arlington, VA, and strengthen your damaged teeth with dental crowns. Call today and get started on your great smile!

By Dr. Mary Gregory
July 13, 2016

Do you feel like your dull, yellowed or stained teeth are causing you to feel self-conscious? If so, you can overhaul your smile with one of teeth whiteningthe fastest and most effective cosmetic dentistry procedures available, a professional teeth whitening session. Learn more about what teeth whitening can do for you with help from your Arlington, VA dentist, Dr. Mary Gregory.

How does teeth whitening work? 
Teeth stain on two levels: the outer enamel layer of the tooth (extrinsic) and the inner dentin layer of the tooth (intrinsic). Extrinsic stains come from outside elements like drinking coffee, tea or soda. Intrinsic staining comes from things like trauma to the tooth, using certain medications or too much fluoride. Additionally, teeth may appear more yellow in color due to the outer enamel wearing thin from everyday use and allowing the yellow-colored dentin found underneath to show through. Teeth whitening treatments use chemical reactions between the stains on your teeth and the chemicals which make up the whitening agents. These chemical reactions break the bonds which hold the stain’s molecules together, dissipating them to give the tooth a whiter appearance.

Teeth Whitening in Arlington
Professional teeth whitening sessions begin with sectioning off the teeth from the soft oral tissues using a dental dam to decrease the chance of irritation from the whitening agents. Your dentist places the whitening gel onto the teeth and directs a special light at the mouth. Most sessions last around an hour. Results are immediate and dramatic, with teeth lightening up to ten shades in a single session. Most patients schedule touch-up sessions every six months to keep their teeth bright and white.

Professional Teeth Whitening vs. At-Home Kits 
At-home whitening kits are widely available over-the-counter from a variety of stores or online websites. However, professional whitening sessions are monitored by Dr. Gregory, allowing the chemicals used to be stronger and more effective in a shorter amount of time. Most at-home kits only produce results after several weeks of continued use. Additionally, in-office whitening sessions decrease the risk of irritation and are generally more effective than at-home kits.

To find out more about professional teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Gregory in Arlington, VA. Call (703) 527-6495 to schedule your appointment for a professional teeth whitening session.

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