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Your Smile, Your Life ™

"I was impressed with the warm atmosphere of the office and it appeared very efficient. I also appreciated the time that was spent with me, never felt rushed or pressured to make a decision about possible treatment."

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At Rye Smiles for Life, we are dedicated to helping our patients live life to the fullest. Therefore, we are concerned not only with dental health but with the relationship of dental health to the overall health and well-being of our patients. Modern medicine has demonstrated the connection between dental health and overall health, and with the knowledge and technology at our fingertips today dentists are capable of doing more than improving smiles; they can assist in improvements to overall health of their patients. With that in mind, we have collected information on this page to explain the many ways that exceptional dentistry relates to overall health.

Many people do not know that the health of their teeth and gums can affect their overall health. Not only is periodontal (gum) disease a risk factor for many common health conditions, but those with poor general health tend to have more dental problems as well. Patients from McLean and throughout Fairfax County, Virginia, can trust in the skill of our cosmetic dentist, D. Gordon Rye, to determine if implant dentistry, periodontal care, or other dental procedures can help them achieve optimum health.

Dental Implants

The Dental Implant Process

“I recently took my 85 year old mother for her dental appointment. She has dementia and I was concerned about how she would react to returning to Rye Smiles after a 2+ year absence. She did amazing well and I attribute it to the staff, who treated her with kindness, understanding and patience. She was greeted by name as soon as we walked in and the staff was genuinely happy

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Benefits of Dental Implants

“Dr. Rye & his team are amazing! I recently had reconstruction work done on my 4 front teeth–2 implants and 2 crowns. Dr. Rye spent a lot of time researching my case before recommending the course of treatment. He was able to find and eventually use state of the art implants that worked perfectly. The end result is beautiful and I would highly recommend Dr. Rye and his team.”J. ClayBecause

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Upgrade Your Dentures to Dental Implants

“THIS is why I recommend Dr. Rye to anyone who mentions they need a dentist! Dr. Rye and Lou are the best team of dental professionals I have ever worked with. They have practically eliminated any hesitation I have with dental procedures and make it an enjoyable experience. Love ’em!”Elizabeth C LTraditional, removable dentures used to be the standard for replacing teeth when most or all of the teeth were

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How an All-on-4 procedure works

“I was impressed with the warm atmosphere of the office and it appeared very efficient. I also appreciated the time that was spent with me, never felt rushed or pressured to make a decision about possible treatment.”AnonymousIf you need several or even all of your teethreplaced with implants, you are probably worried about the discomfort involved, the cost, and how the end result will look and feel. However, it is

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Single Dental Implants Versus Bridges

“I was impressed with the warm atmosphere of the office and it appeared very efficient. I also appreciated the time that was spent with me, never felt rushed or pressured to make a decision about possible treatment.”AnonymousIf you are considering your choices for replacing a missing tooth, you have likely thought about two major options: a dental implant, or a bridge. While each case is treated on an individual basis

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Cosmetic Dentistry

Porcelain Veneers

“I greatly dislike going to ANY dentist for any reason, including just having my teeth cleaned. This is the first dental office that I have returned to on a regular basis to maintain the health of my teeth and gums. It only took be 60+ years to find such a place.”AnonymousDr. D. Gordon Rye can change the shape, color, and length of patients’ teeth with the application of ultra-thin shells

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Dental Bonding

“Dr. Rye & his team are amazing! I recently had reconstruction work done on my 4 front teeth–2 implants and 2 crowns. Dr. Rye spent a lot of time researching my case before recommending the course of treatment. He was able to find and eventually use state of the art implants that worked perfectly. The end result is beautiful and I would highly recommend Dr. Rye and his team.”J. ClayDental

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Tooth-colored Fillings for Metal-free Dentistry

“It was my first time having my teeth cleaned by Dr. Rye’s Office. Susan, the Dental Hygienist, did an exceptional job. She was thorough and caring. I highly recommend Dr. Rye’s Office and his Team.”Stephen HFor more than 100 years, silver-mercury amalgam fillings have been used by dentists to fix decayed or broken teeth. Today, patients of cosmetic dentist D. Gordon Rye in Fairfax have the option of choosing tooth-colored

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Laser Gum Re-contouring

“Great experience once again!!! Everyone is super nice!!! Got a crown and everyone made me feel comfortable and helped ease my anxiety :) the only dentist I’ve ever been to that i would go back to and trust.. we are a military family that moves every two years so I’ve seen it all and been through it all!!! It’s hard to find excellence in such short stays in places and

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Whitening

“Great experience once again!!! Everyone is super nice!!! Got a crown and everyone made me feel comfortable and helped ease my anxiety :) the only dentist I’ve ever been to that i would go back to and trust.. we are a military family that moves every two years so I’ve seen it all and been through it all!!! It’s hard to find excellence in such short stays in places and

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In-office Teeth Whitening

“Great experience once again!!! Everyone is super nice!!! Got a crown and everyone made me feel comfortable and helped ease my anxiety :) the only dentist I’ve ever been to that i would go back to and trust.. we are a military family that moves every two years so I’ve seen it all and been through it all!!! It’s hard to find excellence in such short stays in places and

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At-home Teeth Whitening

“I am not good at giving comments. But this is the dentist you must go to. Work he did in my mouth some twenty some years back is still fantastic. The staff is as good as the leader. The man is a perfectionist and in this field that is what you want right, I mean Rye?”AQuinnDr. D. Gordon Rye prescribes premium at-home teeth whitening systems far superior to over-the-counter whitening

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Teeth Whitening: A Safe Procedure

“Dr. Rye & his team are amazing! I recently had reconstruction work done on my 4 front teeth–2 implants and 2 crowns. Dr. Rye spent a lot of time researching my case before recommending the course of treatment. He was able to find and eventually use state of the art implants that worked perfectly. The end result is beautiful and I would highly recommend Dr. Rye and his team.”J. ClayIt

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Which Whitening System Is the Right One for You?

“It was my first time having my teeth cleaned by Dr. Rye’s Office. Susan, the Dental Hygienist, did an exceptional job. She was thorough and caring. I highly recommend Dr. Rye’s Office and his Team.”Stephen HYou’ve probably seen hundreds of advertisements for different over-the-counter teeth whitening systems, and maybe you’ve even tried a few yourself. If you’ve been disappointed with the results, it can make you hesitate before trying another

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Invisalign® at Our Fairfax Practice

“Great experience once again!!! Everyone is super nice!!! Got a crown and everyone made me feel comfortable and helped ease my anxiety :) the only dentist I’ve ever been to that i would go back to and trust.. we are a military family that moves every two years so I’ve seen it all and been through it all!!! It’s hard to find excellence in such short stays in places and

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Preventive Dentistry

Rye Smiles for Life Coordinating Care with Physicians

“Dr. Rye & his team are amazing! I recently had reconstruction work done on my 4 front teeth–2 implants and 2 crowns. Dr. Rye spent a lot of time researching my case before recommending the course of treatment. He was able to find and eventually use state of the art implants that worked perfectly. The end result is beautiful and I would highly recommend Dr. Rye and his team.”J. ClayCurrent

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Oral Health Linked to Overall Health

“It was my first time having my teeth cleaned by Dr. Rye’s Office. Susan, the Dental Hygienist, did an exceptional job. She was thorough and caring. I highly recommend Dr. Rye’s Office and his Team.”Stephen HRecent studies show a link between the health of teeth and gums and overall health. The following are some of the most common conditions linked to oral health. Periodontal (Gum) Disease Studies show that people

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Keeping the Mouth Healthy

“I had my 6 month check up today and what a treat! No one likes spending time at the dental office but when I am at Rye Smiles for Life it is such a relaxing atmosphere, like a treat for myself. Lou is so gentle, through, very informative and a true professional. You never feel like a number but more like visiting family. From the time you walk through the

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Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry Can Calm Your Dental Fears

“I am not good at giving comments. But this is the dentist you must go to. Work he did in my mouth some twenty some years back is still fantastic. The staff is as good as the leader. The man is a perfectionist and in this field that is what you want right, I mean Rye?”AQuinnIf you’re afraid of visiting the dentist or even making an appointment, it’s important to

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How Sedation Dentistry Can Help You

“Great experience once again!!! Everyone is super nice!!! Got a crown and everyone made me feel comfortable and helped ease my anxiety :) the only dentist I’ve ever been to that i would go back to and trust.. we are a military family that moves every two years so I’ve seen it all and been through it all!!! It’s hard to find excellence in such short stays in places and

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What to do when you are afraid of the dentist

“So glad to have finally found a dental office that truly cares about the individual-professional, skilled and knowledgeable staff. Well-maintained office with up to date equipment and relaxing environment-truly a pleasurable experience.”Kari REvery year, thousands of people avoid seeing the dentist because they are too afraid of what might happen. For some, there is a fear of losing teeth that are decaying. For others, it may be an aversion to

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Candidates for Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry

“Always trust the professionalism of all employees! I was able to be seen at the last moment today with an inflamed gum. X-ray and exam were done and I was put at ease. When I began my work with Dr. Rye’s office several years ago I told them we would be best friends! Well it feels like that whenever I am there. Highly recommend this practice for all dental needs!!!!

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Smile Makeovers

Dental Implants

“THIS is why I recommend Dr. Rye to anyone who mentions they need a dentist! Dr. Rye and Lou are the best team of dental professionals I have ever worked with. They have practically eliminated any hesitation I have with dental procedures and make it an enjoyable experience. Love ’em!”Elizabeth C LFor Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.-area residents seeking a dramatic smile makeover, Dr. D. Gordon Rye often recommends dental

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Dentures

“It was my first time having my teeth cleaned by Dr. Rye’s Office. Susan, the Dental Hygienist, did an exceptional job. She was thorough and caring. I highly recommend Dr. Rye’s Office and his Team.”Stephen HDentures have long been used to replace missing teeth, and today’s dentures are much more comfortable and easier to wear. At Rye Smiles for Life, dentures are custom-made to fit your mouth, face shape, and

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Dental Bridges

“So glad to have finally found a dental office that truly cares about the individual-professional, skilled and knowledgeable staff. Well-maintained office with up to date equipment and relaxing environment-truly a pleasurable experience.”Kari RUnlike restorations that use removable appliances or partial dentures to replace missing teeth, dental bridges, often referred to as “fixed dentures,” are cemented in place. Crafted of porcelain (or porcelain fused to metal), dental bridges fill in missing

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Porcelain Crowns

“I recently took my 85 year old mother for her dental appointment. She has dementia and I was concerned about how she would react to returning to Rye Smiles after a 2+ year absence. She did amazing well and I attribute it to the staff, who treated her with kindness, understanding and patience. She was greeted by name as soon as we walked in and the staff was genuinely happy

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Designing an Ideal Smile Makeover

“Dr. Rye & his team are amazing! I recently had reconstruction work done on my 4 front teeth–2 implants and 2 crowns. Dr. Rye spent a lot of time researching my case before recommending the course of treatment. He was able to find and eventually use state of the art implants that worked perfectly. The end result is beautiful and I would highly recommend Dr. Rye and his team.”J. ClayThe

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TMJ

Smile Rejuvenation for a Non-surgical Dental Facelift

“So glad to have finally found a dental office that truly cares about the individual-professional, skilled and knowledgeable staff. Well-maintained office with up to date equipment and relaxing environment-truly a pleasurable experience.”Kari RMany of the methods used to treat TMJ disorders, restore dental structures, and improve the bite also lead to an improved facial appearance. In fact, patients frequently report a lifting effect to the face after undergoing TMJ treatment.

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TMJ Treatment

“Dr. Rye & his team are amazing! I recently had reconstruction work done on my 4 front teeth–2 implants and 2 crowns. Dr. Rye spent a lot of time researching my case before recommending the course of treatment. He was able to find and eventually use state of the art implants that worked perfectly. The end result is beautiful and I would highly recommend Dr. Rye and his team.”J. ClayTreatment

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How Our Neuromuscular Dentist Can Help

“I was more than pleased with my visit and meeting Dr. Rye and his office staff. The office procedure was very smooth and Dr. Rye took his time in his examination and was very thorough in same. I look forward to my next visit in 2 weeks for a treatment analysis.”Mary CTMJ-related problems are typically caused by an improper bite (occlusion), which puts excess strain on the muscles of the

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