Reston, VA Dentist
Perfect Smiles of Reston
12040 South Lakes Drive
Reston, VA 20191
(703) 955-4440
By Perfect Smiles of Reston
May 14, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Could a root canal save your tooth and end your pain? Our Reston, VA, dentist Dr. Aramesh Darvishian, can discuss root canal therapy root canaland a few things that may happen if you need a root canal.

Why are root canals needed?

Root canals are used to treat inflammations or infections in tooth pulp. The pulp is the soft core of a tooth that contains nerves, blood vessel, and tissues. Inflammations and infections not only cause significant pain, but can also lead to the loss of your tooth if they're not treated promptly.

Removing the tooth pulp during a root canal is the only way to eliminate the infection or inflammation. Although the pulp was crucial when your tooth first formed, your tooth can function very well without it now. After the pulp is removed, we'll clean the inside of your tooth and the tiny root canals, and replace your pulp with a flexible filling material. Adding a crown to the treated tooth will help protect and strengthen it.

How can I tell if I need a root canal?

Although it can be difficult to tell if you have an inflammation or infection, you may notice one or more of these symptoms if you need a root canal:

  • Pain: Pain can be mild to severe and may increase when you bite and chew. You may also notice pain after you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages. If you don't receive treatment when you first begin to notice pain, it may gradually intensify.
  • Discoloration: Teeth that need root canals may darken and look gray or brown.
  • Gum Changes: In addition to pain, a change in the gum around your tooth may be another clue that you need a root canal. You may notice that the gum is sensitive, red and swollen.
  • Abscess Symptoms: Abscesses can cause severe pain, lymph gland and facial swelling, fever, and pus or pimples on the gum surrounding your tooth. The bacterial infection can be quite serious, particularly if it spreads to your heart or brain. If you notice any of these symptoms, call our Reston office immediately. In addition to a root canal, you'll also need antibiotic treatment.

Are you worried that your tooth may be inflamed or infected? Call our Reston, VA, dentist Dr. Darvishian, at (703) 955-4440.

By Perfect Smiles of Reston
January 25, 2018
Category: Oral Health

A dental patient once described her symptoms like this: "I feel like the side of my head is going to come off." Your toothache symptoms toothachemay be better or worse, but regardless, you know that receiving the right treatment is critical to your oral health and overall well-being. At Perfect Smiles of Reston, your dentists, Dr. Aramesh Darvishian and Dr. Julija Kondratyuk, expertly treat toothaches with diagnostics and premiere dental materials. Learn more about this common oral health problem and restorative dentistry at its best.

Symptoms of a toothache

The Cleveland Clinic lists several undeniable signs that you have a toothache which requires attention from your Reston, VA dentist. They include:

  • Throbbing pain
  • Redness at the gumline
  • A pimple at the gumline
  • Drainage
  • Bad breathe that does not resolve with brushing or mouth rinses
  • Extreme sensitivity to heat and cold
  • Sharp pain upon biting or chewing
  • Decay or fracture that is obvious upon visual inspection
  • Fever
  • General malaise

While toothaches vary in intensity from person to person, one thing is sure: no toothache should wait, especially if the source of pain is a dental abscess. Quick treatment avoids unnecessary pain and extraction.

Additionally, any toothache that originates with infection, oral injury or wisdom tooth impaction (tooth is encased in bone or gum tissue) should be seen immediately by your dentist at Perfect Smiles of Reston. The staff strives to accommodate dental emergencies with same-day appointments if possible and if the situation warrants. The quicker the treatment is, the faster you'll feel better and have the best chance of saving that ailing tooth.

In-office treatment for toothache

Much depends on the results of your Reston dentist's examination. Extraction is always a last resort, but sometimes must happen if a tooth is irreversibly damaged due to root fracture, deep infection or other factors. Restorative treatments include root canal therapy, tooth-colored fillings and dental crowns. Your award-winning dentist performs each with an eye toward keeping as much natural tooth structure as possible and making you completely comfortable during treatment.

At-home treatments for toothache pain

While you wait to be seen, Dr. Darvishian and Dr. Kondratyuk advise:

  • Applying ice to the swollen jaw (20 minutes on and 20 minutes off)
  • Over-the-counter analgesics such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen (no aspirin)
  • Warm salt water rinses
  • Clove oil to the affected area
  • Elevating your head

Don't suffer

At the first sign of toothache pain, contact Perfect Smiles of Reston for an appointment. Trust the experience, skill and kindness of Dr. Darvishian and Dr. Kondratyuk for the best result. Call for your appointment: (703) 955-4440.

By Perfect Smiles of Reston
October 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   invisalign   braces  

If you have thought about straightening your smile but are put off by the thought of wearing traditional metal braces, you may feel as invisalignthough your misaligned teeth are simply your permanent reality. Luckily, however, you can straighten your smile discreetly, without needing to wear cumbersome metal braces. Invisalign, an easier, less obvious answer to traditional orthodontics, can help you get the smile you have always dreamed of. Find out more about Invisalign with Dr. Aramesh Darvishian and Dr. Julija Kondratyuk at Perfect Smiles of Reston in Reston, VA.

Am I a candidate for Invisalign? 
A good candidate for Invisalign is an adult or teenager over the age of 12. While some patients may be allowed to begin treatment before age 12, this is often not the case since children’s mouths and jaws are still growing. In addition to age, Invisalign requires that patients have exceptional at-home oral care habits to keep their teeth healthy and clean throughout their treatment. Issues like teeth decay and gum disease can hinder treatment and lengthen the procedure’s required time.

Can Invisalign help my smile? 
Invisalign can help you if you require orthodontic care. Some of the most common uses for orthodontic care is to treat teeth which are:

  • misaligned
  • uneven
  • overcrowded
  • under crowded

Orthodontic care can also treat bite issues, such as:

  • overbite
  • underbite
  • open bite
  • crossbite

Invisalign Treatment in Reston, VA 
Invisalign is unique in that it is removable and does not use metal brackets or wires like traditional braces. Invisalign’s trays, made from clear plastic, are custom made by Invisalign’s laboratories to fit exactly into the mouth. Patients wear the trays one after the other until the end of their treatment. The trays, each a little different from the last, slowly and steadily move the teeth into their correct positions. Patients remove Invisalign’s trays to brush their teeth, floss, and eat. Patients should be committed to wearing their trays at least the recommended 22 hours a day.

For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Aramesh Darvishian and Dr. Julija Kondratyuk at Perfect Smiles of Reston in Reston, VA. Call (703) 955-4440 to schedule your Invisalign consultation with your Perfect Smiles dentist today!

By Perfect Smiles of Reston
August 01, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

It’s neither normal nor necessary for an adult person to lose teeth at any point in life, but unfortunately, it happens pretty often. Statistics oral hygienepublished by the American College of Prosthodontists show that 120 million Americans have at least one missing tooth and 36 million have none. Poor oral hygiene is the main reason why people have dental health problems and tooth loss. Are you keeping good oral hygiene habits? Find out for sure when you visit Perfect Smiles of Reston.

What Is Oral Hygiene?
The steps you take to keep your teeth and gums clean are all a part of oral hygiene. When you have good oral hygiene, it means that you take meticulous care of every part of your teeth. The goal is to keep your mouth free from bacteria that can cause infections, including periodontitis and tooth decay.

Why Is It Important?
People who prioritize good oral hygiene have a significantly higher chance of keeping their teeth well into their senior years. Oral hygiene, whether good or bad, becomes a habit and the results show when you visit your Reston, VA dentist for a checkup. People who have chronic dental problems including cavities, gum disease, and abscesses almost always have poor oral hygiene habits. It’s important for young children to learn better habits so that they can carry them into adulthood.

Oral Hygiene Tips to Follow
Here are a few oral hygiene habits that you should adopt if you want to keep your mouth healthy and clean:

- Do not go to sleep with food stuck between your teeth.
- Brush at least twice per day with a high-quality fluoride toothpaste recommended by your dentist that has whitening properties.
- Floss once a day.

Get Help Maintaining Your Smile 
There are so many simple things you can do at home to keep your smile healthy, but one of the best actions you can take is to see your Reston, VA dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups. Call Perfect Smiles at (703) 955-4440 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aramesh Darvishian or Dr. Julija Kondratyuk.

By Perfect Smiles of Reston
April 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Most dental patients crave that beautiful smile they once had before suffering from chipped, damaged or discolored teeth. There are many restorative dentistryreasons why the teeth become damaged, but thanks to crowns and bridges the appearance of your smile can be restored. Your dentist in Reston, Virginia Dr. Aramesh Darvishian from Perfect Smiles of Reston can examine your smile to determine whether crowns or bridges are a viable treatment option for you.

More about Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and bridges are a way your Reston, Virginia dentist can help provide you with the smile you’re proud of. If you have lost a tooth because of decay or damage, a bridge can be used to give you that tooth back. These new teeth are held in place with crowns that go over two existing teeth on either side of where your bridge will fit. If you have a damaged tooth that is well rooted, you can most likely save that tooth with the help of professional dental crowns. These crowns are fit perfectly over the damaged tooth to hold it together and to protect further damage from occurring. Dr. Darvishian also offers advanced same-day crowns with CEREC technology. This means he custom designs your new restoration while you’re sitting in the dental chair. This means no additional visits and no need for temporary crowns. Talk about convenient!

When you’re looking for a solution to your imperfect smile, crowns and bridges can help you achieve the dream of having a perfect smile again. Your Reston, Virginia dentist Dr. Darvishian from Perfect Smiles of Reston can give you the new smile you want. Don’t wait to seek his help! The longer you wait, the more likely your teeth will worsen causing additional dental procedures to be needed. Call her office today to schedule an appointment to learn more about what crowns and bridges can do for your smile at 703-955-4440.

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