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By Bruce E. Hanley DDS
March 04, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

If you are considering a denture, you might be wondering about the different options to choose from. What will work best for you? Which one should you choose? These are all great questions that Dr. Bruce Hanley in Arlington, VA, wants to help you with. 

You might need a new denture if you have missing or damaged teeth, or if you’ve worn a denture for a long time. Modern denture materials can provide a denture that looks natural and helps you enjoy the foods you love. The right new denture can restore your self-esteem and confidence too.

A full denture is a great choice if you want to replace an entire upper or lower arch of teeth. If you need a full denture, you can choose from:

  • An immediate denture, which is delivered immediately after your teeth are removed; this type of denture has the advantage of you leaving the office with a full set of teeth. After the area has healed completely, a second permanent denture will be made.
  • A conventional denture, which is created and placed over healed tissue after 6 to 8 weeks; conventional dentures are great because you only have to become accustomed to one denture.
  • An overdenture, which uses dental implants or retained root tips to provide support and conserve the bone in your jaws; the overdenture is simply snapped in place over the implants or root tips.

A partial denture is the choice to make if you only want to replace a few teeth and not an entire arch. If you need a partial denture, you can choose from:

  • A transitional partial denture, a great choice if you want to move on to dental implants and don’t want to live without teeth; transitional partial dentures are a temporary choice and are often less expensive.
  • A removable partial denture, the perfect choice if you don’t want implants later; removable partial dentures are made of strong, sturdy materials that will last.

You deserve a denture that enhances your appearance and your life. For more information about tooth replacement options call Dr. Bruce Hanley in Arlington, VA, today! To reach our office, call 703-524-7100.

By Bruce E. Hanley DDS
November 29, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Cleaning   Dentist  

When you take the time to schedule a visit with Arlington dentist Dr. Bruce Hanley, you are able to enjoy a myriad of benefits that are associated with this procedure. Your smile has never looked so good! Read on to see how a professional deep cleaning can be hugely beneficial to your smile.

What Is Deep Teeth Cleaning?

As a leading Arlington dentist, Dr. Hanley is able to remove all of the tartar and plaque that has been given the chance to build upon your teeth. Arlington, VA residents will be able to benefit immensely from the reduction in gum inflammation and improved gum health that takes place as a result of the procedure.

If plaque is allowed to build upon the teeth, bacteria begin to form that cannot be removed by brushing. Once the leftover plaque is able to harden and calcify, a patient is leaving themselves far more susceptible to the onset of gum disease. From there, gingivitis can begin to advance, eventually becoming periodontitis. This condition will erode the bone structure that supports a patient’s teeth.

What Is Involved In The Procedure?

Your dentist will offer deep teeth cleaning that goes well beyond the more routine teeth cleanings. During a routine cleaning, plaque and tartar are removed that have accumulated above a patient's gum line. A deep cleaning gives the patient the opportunity to have plaque and tartar below the gum line removed.

This procedure tends to unfold over the course of one or two visits and each hour will take an hour or two. The first visit is the tooth scaling appointment, which gives Dr. Hanley the chance to remove the tartar and plaque from below the gum line. The second visit is when the root planing takes place. Tartar and plaque will be removed from the roots of the teeth at this time.

What Are The Benefits of This Procedure?

After a deep cleaning procedure has taken place, the patient will be able to stop the increase in gum disease. If the teeth are currently infected, the healing process is given the opportunity to begin. An Arlington, VA patient’s teeth are cleaned above and below the gum line. The negative effects of gum disease can also be combated, such as bad breath. The roots of the patient’s teeth are provided with a higher level of protection.

If you have reason to believe that your teeth are infected or you are experiencing the onset of gum disease, it is time to contact Dr. Hanley and his associates in Arlington, VA. As a leading Arlington dentist, he is on hand and waiting for your call. Call (703) 524-7100 today to find out more about all of the ways that he can help.

By Bruce E. Hanley DDS
August 25, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

Find out what dentures can do for you and your smile.

So, you want to get dentures? Or, at the very least, you want to determine whether dentures are the right way to restore your smile after tooth loss. Many adults turn to dentures for a variety of reasons. Here are the top benefits that have people turning to our Arlington, VA, dentist Dr. Bruce Hanley for dentures,

Restore functionality back into your mouth

You need your teeth and jaws to be able to speak and chew; however, if you are dealing with severe tooth loss then you will certainly notice issues with chewing and speaking.

Depending on the extent of your tooth loss, you may also deal with other complications such as a speech impediment, problems fully chewing food and nutritional deficiencies. By getting dentures you can improve how your mouth functions as a whole.

Boost your self-confidence

Who doesn’t want to feel more confident in their smile? Of course, if you have large gaps between your teeth then you may be hiding your smile or avoiding social activities as a result. Dentures can boost your appearance and your confidence, making it easier to smile again.

An inexpensive solution for tooth loss

If you need to replace several or even all of your teeth, then you may be feeling a bit nervous about the cost of your dental care. Our Arlington, VA, family dentist and his team can work with you to find an affordable solution that will make you happy. Many people choose to get dentures because they are the most inexpensive treatment option.

A more conservative treatment approach

Some patients are looking for the simplest way to get a full smile back. They don’t want to go through multiple procedures or wait months or even a year for their teeth. Their main goal when it comes to treating tooth loss is to get their new teeth right away. In this case, dentures are going to be the best option. Most patients can get their new teeth in about 3-4 weeks without having to go through invasive procedures or surgery.

Do you have questions about dentures? Want to discuss your treatment options with your Arlington, VA, restorative dentist. If so, call (703) 524-7100 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Bruce Hanley.

By Bruce E. Hanley DDS
May 08, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

There are many reasons this versatile restoration is placed. Could you benefit from a dental crown?

Whether you are dealing with severe discolorations, a cracked tooth, or an infected dental pulp, our Arlington, VA, dentist, Dr. Bruce Hanley, may recommend a dental crown to correct the problem and restore your oral health. Here are the top three reasons why dentists utilize these treatments:

They Strengthen Damaged Teeth

Yes, teeth are incredibly strong; however, this doesn’t mean that traumatic injuries, infections, or decay can’t weaken them or cause them to crack, chip, or fracture. When these issues occur, it’s important that you see a dentist right away. Whether you damaged a tooth while playing sports or you have an infection that requires root canal therapy, this tooth-shaped cap will more than likely be placed over the tooth after treatment to preserve what’s left of your tooth’s natural structure.

They Restore Chewing and Functionality

If you have a tooth that is already cracked or damaged, the worst thing you could do is ignore the problem. After all, a damaged tooth won’t be able to take on the same force and pressure from your jaws as healthy teeth. This is why it’s important for our Arlington, VA, general dentist to be able to place a dental crown over the tooth so that you can go on enjoying all of your favorite foods without incurring further and more severe dental damage.

They Conceal Imperfections

While dental crowns are most often used for restorative purposes, this doesn’t mean that this restoration doesn’t also offer cosmetic benefits as well. Dr. Hanley and his team pride themselves on creating incredibly durable and realistic restorations that blend right in with the rest of your smile. This means that we can create a crown that hides imperfections, reshapes an oddly shaped tooth, and covers stains for a whiter and more symmetrical smile.

Due to the pandemic, we are temporarily limiting our office hours. While we will not be providing routine checkups and dental care at this time, Dr. Hanley and his dental team are still here to provide emergency dental care if you are dealing with a serious issue that requires immediate attention. For all dental emergencies please call our Arlington, VA, office at (703) 524-7100.

By Bruce E. Hanley DDS
February 27, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth Colored Fillings CoupleIf you have ever had a cavity, you are probably familiar with dental fillings, which repair a decayed tooth. In the past, fillings were made from materials such as gold or silver. However, they are now made from tooth-colored materials and more inconspicuous than ever. Find out more about tooth-colored fillings and how they can help your smile with Dr. Bruce Hanley in Arlington, VA.

What is a filling?
A dental filling repairs a decayed tooth before the decay has reached the tooth’s inner pulp chamber. The process involves removing the decayed portion of the tooth, cleaning the infection from the area, then — as the name implies — filling the area in. Earlier versions of this procedure used amalgam to fill the area, which was a dark color that stood out from the tooth. Now, however, tooth-colored fillings use a composite resin material to fill the tooth. This material can be customized to fit into a patient’s existing smile and provide a subtler, less obvious look.

What can I expect during a filling procedure?
A filling procedure begins with your dentist administering a local anesthetic to the area of the tooth to ensure you do not feel any discomfort during the filling treatment. Then, they will remove the decayed portions of the tooth. This leaves behind a hole, which your dentist then fills using the composite resin materials. Your dentist then reshapes the tooth, allowing it to fit back into your mouth’s natural bite.

Tooth-Colored Fillings in Arlington, VA
Do not hesitate when it comes to the health of your smile. An untreated cavity can be treated with a dental filling in its earliest stages. However, a deeper, more significant cavity which has infected the soft tissues inside the tooth’s pulp chamber requires a root canal. Treating your cavity helps you avoid this more complex procedure and, in some cases, even a toothache.

To learn more about tooth-colored fillings, please contact Dr. Bruce Hanley in Arlington, VA. Call 703-524-7100 to schedule your appointment for a tooth-colored filling today!