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Your Smile, Your Life ™

"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 to see her. We had had to reschedule this appointment twice due to unexpected health issues, and each time I called, the receptionist asked how my mom was doing. I highly recommend Rye Smiles."

D.B.

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.

Emergency Dentistry

Dental Implants

The Dental Implant Process

“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.”AnonymousUnlike a denture or crown, which can replace only the top of a tooth, a dental implant is used to

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Benefits of 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 LBecause of the numerous benefits of this remarkable treatment, our dental implant patients throughout the Northern Virginia and Oakton

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Upgrade Your Dentures to Dental Implants

“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.”AnonymousTraditional, removable dentures used to be the standard for replacing teeth when most or all of the teeth were missing. If you have worn dentures, or are still wearing them now, you are probably

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How an All-on-4 procedure works

“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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Single Dental Implants Versus Bridges

“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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Cosmetic Dentistry

Porcelain Veneers

“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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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

“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?”AQuinnFor more than 100 years, silver-mercury amalgam fillings have been used by dentists to fix

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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

“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 CDazzlingly white smiles aren’t just for celebrities, thanks to state-of-the-art teeth whitening treatments. Today patients from the Fairfax, Great

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In-office Teeth Whitening

“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 HPower bleaching is a great option for residents of Fairfax, Great Falls, Reston, Vienna, and Washington, D.C. who want quick teeth whitening results. During the power bleaching procedure, a rubber protector guards the gums while

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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

“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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Which Whitening System Is the Right One for You?

“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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Invisalign® at Our Fairfax Practice

“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.”AnonymousPatients in the Great Falls and Washington, D.C. areas have enjoyed remarkable results using Invisalign® invisible braces. Invisalign® is a

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Preventive Dentistry

Rye Smiles for Life Coordinating Care with Physicians

“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 CCurrent literature suggests that patients who harbor certain pathogenic bacteria in their mouths at the time of joint replacement

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Oral Health Linked to Overall Health

“As always, I was treated with the warm courtesy which is constant in this office. My cleaning and other dental issues were attended to immediately and professionally. . . . and I might add painlessly. Visiting the dentist used to be a dread. The care and attention I receive here has always been outstanding. It is now a pleasure to go.”D.L.Recent studies show a link between the health of teeth

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Keeping the Mouth Healthy

“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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Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry Can Calm Your Dental Fears

“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 CIf you’re afraid of visiting the dentist or even making an appointment, it’s important to understand that dental fear

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How Sedation Dentistry Can Help You

“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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What to do when you are afraid of the dentist

“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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Candidates for Sedation (Sleep) 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 HMost people with dental anxiety or a fear of undergoing dental care are good candidates for sedation (sleep) dentistry. It can be most beneficial for patients who: Have extreme dental anxiety and fear Hate needles

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Smile Makeovers

Dental Implants

“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 RFor Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.-area residents seeking a dramatic smile makeover, Dr. D. Gordon Rye often recommends dental implants. Dental implants feel natural and secure, and are an excellent alternative to dental bridges. They offer a permanent

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Dentures

“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?”AQuinnDentures have long been used to replace missing teeth, and today’s dentures are much more

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Dental Bridges

“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?”AQuinnUnlike restorations that use removable appliances or partial dentures to replace missing teeth, dental bridges,

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Porcelain Crowns

“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 HPorcelain crowns are frequently used to strengthen and repair cracked, broken, or badly decayed teeth. Fitting snugly at the gum line, porcelain crowns look and function just like the real teeth, and protect the remaining

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Designing an Ideal Smile Makeover

“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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TMJ

Smile Rejuvenation for a Non-surgical Dental Facelift

“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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TMJ Treatment

“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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How Our Neuromuscular Dentist Can Help

“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.”AnonymousTMJ-related problems are typically caused by an improper bite (occlusion), which puts excess strain on the muscles of the face and joints in the jaw. A traditional dentist is primarily concerned with how the

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