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Virginia Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michael J. Paesani
Dr. Michael J. Paesani is an experienced cosmetic dentist who provides an array of dental services at the NOVA Dental Studio in Falls Church, Virginia.
An Experienced Cosmetic Dentist in Virginia
A cosmetic dentist specializes in using state-of-the-art dental products and innovative techniques to restore tooth functionality and enhance an individual’s smile. For example, when a patient has missing or broken teeth, as an experienced cosmetic dentist in Virginia, Dr. Michael J. Paesani can repair or replace these teeth to provide the patient with a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
A Cosmetic Dentist Can Restore a Patient’s Beautiful Smile, Which Frequently Improves Self-Esteem
A beautiful smile can dramatically increase an individual’s confidence level, which may positively affect other areas of his or her life. As such, many of Dr. Paesani’s patients consider improving their smile with the help of a cosmetic dentist as an investment in their future.
Having a bright, beautiful smile can increase an individual’s self-esteem, thus improving his or her ability to socialize comfortably. In addition, this newfound confidence can lead to a desire to explore more lucrative career opportunities.
Replacing Missing Teeth With a Top Cosmetic Dentist in Virginia
At the NOVA Dental Studio, Dr. Michael Paesani, who is an experienced cosmetic dentist in Virginia, uses a variety of cosmetic dentistry techniques to replace missing teeth as well as to address gaps in between the teeth.
As an experienced cosmetic dentist, Dr. Paesani frequently performs tooth-replacement procedures. Dr. Michael J. Paesani’s skill and artistic vision allow him to provide each of his patients with the beautiful, natural-looking results they desire.
Tooth replacement options available at the NOVA Dental Studio, in Falls Church, Virginia, include:
Porcelain Dental Crowns
A dental crown, which may also be referred to as a dental cap, is a tooth restoration prosthesis that a cosmetic dentist uses with a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. A crown can also be used to cover a damaged natural tooth.
A porcelain dental crown is designed to closely resemble a natural tooth. Since a porcelain crown is designed to cover an entire tooth, this crown also offers protection to a damaged tooth.
Whether a crown is being used to cover a damaged tooth or as the aesthetic portion of a dental implant, when Virginia Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michael Paesani uses this restoration option, his patients enjoy a strong, stable tooth and natural-looking result.
Full Teeth-Replacement Options
Traditional, Removable Dentures
Prior to dental implants, the cosmetic dentist in Virginia used a variety of removable prostheses to address tooth loss. These prostheses include: removable full dentures, partials, flippers and affixed dental bridges. Until dental implants became available, these were the prostheses of choice for replacing missing teeth.
Although the traditional options are still effective for replacing teeth, whenever possible, a cosmetic dentist recommends dental implants and implant-supported removable dentures to patients. Dental implants offer patients a permanent solution that, with proper care, can last a lifetime.
Surgically Guided Implant Placement at the NOVA Dental Studio in Virginia
While placing each dental implant, Dr. Michael J. Paesani uses a surgical guide. This guide helps ensure Dr. Paesani places each implant at an angle and depth that will provide the patient with optimal results.
When a tooth is missing, the area of the jawbone that held the root of that tooth is no longer being stimulated. This lack of stimulation leads to jawbone deterioration.
The jawbone deteriorates because the bone is no longer being stimulated by the root of the missing tooth. If multiple teeth are missing, the patient’s facial structure could be negatively affected (e.g., the cheeks may appear to be sunken-in). Replacing the missing root is the only way to keep the jawbone from deteriorating and a dental implant is the only way a missing root can be replaced. Dr. Paesani is a cosmetic dentist in Virginia who frequently performs the dental implant procedure
Parts of a Dental Implant
A dental implant consists of a post, which is used to replace the root of the missing tooth. This post is usually made of titanium.
Same Day Dental Implants in Virginia
This innovative tooth replacement option allows an experienced cosmetic dentist like Dr. Paesani to place a patient’s implant, apply a healing abutment and attach a temporary prosthesis that will remain over the patient’s implants as they heal during a single surgical session.
An Overview of Dental Implant Surgery in Virginia
While performing dental implant surgery, top Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michael J. Paesani, uses special tools and a surgical guide to create an opening in the patient’s jawbone.
Once the opening is created, the titanium post is inserted. After putting the post in place, a healing abutment is attached to the post and then, if the tooth being replaced is visible to others, the cosmetic dentist can affix a temporary prosthesis to the healing abutment, which is essentially the connector between the prosthesis and the post.
Upon the patient’s request, Dr. Paesani is happy to place a temporary prosthesis on a tooth that is being replaced in the back of the mouth as well.
The temporary prosthesis and healing abutment remain in place until the jawbone fuses with the titanium post. This process is referred to as osseointegration. It takes from four to six months for the osseointegration process to complete.
Once this four to six-month timeframe passes, before moving forward with the rest of the process, top Virginia Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michael Paesani will check to ensure that osseointegration was successful.
Once Osseointegration is Complete, An Impression is Made
After determining that the osseointegration process was successful, Dr. Paesani will remove the temporary prosthesis.
The healing abutment is removed and replaced with the permanent abutment. Then, Dr. Paesani makes an impression of the patient’s mouth. The dental laboratory uses the impression that the cosmetic dentist makes to create a custom-designed permanent dental prosthesis.
All-on-4 Dental Implants
When this technique is used, Dr. Michael J. Paesani provides the patient with an entire arch of teeth (upper or lower) using four, strategically placed dental implants.
All-on-6 Dental Implants
With this method, the cosmetic dentist uses just six implants to replace an entire arch of teeth (instead of four).
Implant-Supported Removable Dentures in Virginia
Individuals who wear removable dentures frequently complain about their instability. Since dentures can move and slip, causing embarrassing issues like slurred speech or random clicking sounds, these complaints are understandable. Furthermore, eating with unsupported removable dentures can be a challenge. Now, this instability can be addressed by a cosmetic dentist at the NOVA Dental Studio in Virginia with implant-supported removable dentures.
Implants Offer Stability
With implant-supported dentures, the patient can still remove his or her dentures, however, while the dentures are in place, they will be stable.
Implants Prevent Jawbone Deterioration
By choosing to have implant-supported removable dentures, patients can prevent jawbone deterioration. In addition, since the patient’s dentures are stable, they offer better support for chewing.
A Dental Bridge in Virginia
A bridge is commonly used to replace a row of missing teeth. Typically, the natural teeth on either side of the bridge are modified and then fit with crowns. These teeth serve as the anchors for the dental bridge.
Just as with traditional dentures, the bridge sits on top of the gums, therefore, due to lack of stimulation, the jawbone can deteriorate.
When deterioration occurs, it frequently causes a gap to develop between the bridge and the gum. A gap where plaque can accumulate. To stay on top of this potential issue, following a good daily oral hygiene regimen and keeping up with biannual cleanings, and exams allows Dr. Paesani, a top cosmetic dentist in Virginia, to monitor the dental bridge.
An Implant-Supported Dental Bridge
To eliminate concerns associated with a gap between the bridge and gum, patients can choose an implant-supported dental bridge.
With an implant-supported bridge, instead of reshaping the natural teeth on either side of the gap and then covering them with crowns, Dr. Paesani uses dental implants to serve as the roots for the missing teeth.
These implants stimulate the jawbone, which keeps it from deteriorating. Furthermore, implant- supported dental bridges will not slip because they are firmly attached to the posts.
Full Mouth Restoration Options in Virginia
Smile Makeovers at the NOVA Dental Studio
A porcelain veneer is a thin sliver of porcelain that is bonded to the front of a tooth to improve an individual’s smile. Dr. Michael J. Paesani’s patients choose to have veneers placed to address small cracks, a tooth affected by tooth decay and stains that have developed on their teeth. A cosmetic dentist in Virginia, like Dr. Paesani, can use porcelain veneers to address issues related to a single tooth or multiple teeth.
There are two kinds of porcelain veneers available. One covers the entire front of the tooth (i.e., full) and the other covers just a portion of the tooth (i.e., partial). Although most stains, small cracks and areas affected by tooth decay can be addressed with porcelain veneers, when a tooth is severely damaged, Dr. Paesani recommends that the patient has a dental crown placed as opposed to porcelain veneers. This is his recommendation because a crown offers the damaged tooth more support than a veneer.
Invisalign is a more comfortable solution than traditional braces are for addressing crooked teeth. At the NOVA Dental Studio in Falls Church, Virginia, Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michael J. Paesani offers the revolutionary Invisalign teeth-straightening system.
The Invisalign Process
The Invisalign process involves using custom-designed clear trays (i.e., aligners) that are manufactured by Invisalign. These aligners are unique, consisting of a plastic blend that is strong enough to slowly move the teeth into a more desirable position.
With Invisalign, Consistency is Key
Invisalign trays must be worn from 20 to 22 hours a day, otherwise, the patient may not see results or may see very little change. The cosmetic dentist gives patients their set of aligners, these aligners are changed out every week or two.
Changing Out Aligners
Patients state that the new replacement tray will feel slightly different than the previous one. For this reason, some patients choose to change out their trays before heading to bed. That way their mouth adjusts to the changes while they sleep.
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments being performed in Virginia today.
Professional teeth whitening treatments are more effective and safer than the over-the-counter products that are available.
At the NOVA Dental Studio in Virginia, Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michael J. Paesani performs teeth whitening treatments to provide his patients with bright, white, stain-free smiles.
The KoR Whitening System is Available in Virginia
Many teeth whitening kits claim to remove discoloration and brighten the teeth, however, most options found in stores are unpredictable and sometimes painful. At the NOVA Dental Studio, Dr. Paesani offers patients an innovative and unique solution for a brighter, whiter, stain-free smile, the revolutionary KoR Whitening System.
The KoR Whitening System’s high-potency gel remains refrigerated until it is combined with its unique, scientifically designed application system. By keeping this gel refrigerated from the time it is manufactured until it is mixed with its application system, the chemicals within it remain stable and maintain their potency.
Take Home Whitening Kits
Virginia Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michael J. Paesani also offers his patients professional teeth whitening kits that they can use at home.
These professional at-home kits contain a higher concentration of carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide than the kits that can be purchased over-the-counter. Therefore, the results attained with these professional products are superior to the over-the-counter teeth whitening kits.
A Cosmetic Dentist Can Address Flaws in a Single Tooth
Unless Dr. Michael J. Paesani is filling a cavity, dental bonding does not require any type of anesthesia. Furthermore, bonding usually only requires one visit. Dr. Paesani uses tooth bonding to fix an imperfection or defect within a tooth. Bonding can also be used to repair a discolored, cracked or decayed tooth. If there are small gaps between the teeth, bonding can be used to close them. In Virginia, bonding can even be used to increase the size of a small tooth.
The Dental Bonding Procedure in Virginia, an Overview
During this procedure, Dr. Paesani uses a guide to determine the composite color that matches the patient’s natural teeth the best.
The surface of the tooth receiving treatment is roughened and a liquid is applied. This liquid allows the bonding agent to adhere to the tooth.
A composite resin is applied over the liquid. Dr. Michael J. Paesani shapes or molds the tooth.
An ultraviolet light is used to harden the bonding material. If necessary, Dr. Paesani can mold and shape the tooth more once the resin hardens.
Improving the Appearance and Health of the Gums
Laser Gum Contouring
When a patient has overgrown gums that make his or her teeth appear too small, or an individual has severe periodontal disease that has been resistant to other treatments (e.g., antibiotics, etc.), Dr. Michael Paesani may perform laser gum contouring to address these issues.
When this procedure is done solely for cosmetic reasons (e.g., overgrown gingival tissue/gums), dental insurance does not cover it, however, if laser gum contouring is considered medically necessary (e.g., resistant periodontal disease), the insurance usually covers a portion of this procedure.
A Fast, Innovative Procedure
One of the main benefits of laser gum contouring is that while the laser removes the gingival tissue, it cauterizes the wound. Since cauterization immediately closes the wound, there is minimal bleeding and the likelihood of infection is reduced.
The cauterization process also allows patients to enjoy a faster recovery than those who have traditional gum contouring procedures that are performed using a scalpel.
Dr. Michael J. Paesani is a cosmetic dentist who enjoys helping people attain the beautiful smiles they have always wanted. At the NOVA Dental Studio in Falls Church, Virginia, individuals can have general dentistry procedures as well as innovative, state-of-the-art cosmetic procedures performed. Dr. Paesani wants his patients to be able to have all their dental needs met at the NOVA Dental Studio.
Dr. Paesani’s artistic vision, skill and dedication to excellence have made him a top cosmetic dentist in Virginia. If you want to learn more about the innovative treatments and tooth replacement options available at the NOVA Dental Studio, which is located at 200 Little Falls Street, No. 101, Falls Church, Virginia, please call (703) 237-7725. There is also an online request form available. To use this online form, please click here.
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