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Your Smile, Your Life ™

"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 C

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 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 a denture or crown, which can replace only the top of a tooth, a

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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

“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 RIf 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 important to note that

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Single Dental Implants Versus Bridges

“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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Cosmetic Dentistry

Porcelain Veneers

“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 LDr. D. Gordon Rye can change the shape, color, and length of patients’ teeth with the application of ultra-thin

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Dental Bonding

“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.”AnonymousDental bonding offers an economical option for results that are similar to porcelain veneers. The quick and painless bonding procedure

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Tooth-colored Fillings for Metal-free Dentistry

“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.For more than 100 years, silver-mercury amalgam fillings have been

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

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In-office Teeth Whitening

“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.Power bleaching is a great option for residents of Fairfax,

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At-home 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 HDr. D. Gordon Rye prescribes premium at-home teeth whitening systems far superior to over-the-counter whitening products found in local drugstores. Our at-home teeth whitening products eliminate stains and discolorations with a bleaching solution held in

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Teeth Whitening: A Safe Procedure

“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.It seems as if every time a cosmetic procedure becomes

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Which Whitening System Is the Right One for You?

“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.”AnonymousYou’ve probably seen hundreds of advertisements for different over-the-counter teeth whitening systems, and maybe you’ve even tried a few yourself.

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Invisalign® at Our Fairfax Practice

“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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Preventive Dentistry

Rye Smiles for Life Coordinating Care with Physicians

“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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Oral Health Linked to Overall Health

“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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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

“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 HIf you’re afraid of visiting the dentist or even making an appointment, it’s important to understand that dental fear is not uncommon, and these fears can be overcome with help. Perhaps you had a bad

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How Sedation Dentistry Can Help You

“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.”AnonymousAnxiety about visiting the dentist is extremely common, and you should not feel embarrassed or ashamed if you’re afraid to

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What to do when you are afraid of the dentist

“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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Candidates for Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry

“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 RMost 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 and shots Have

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Smile Makeovers

Dental Implants

“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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Dentures

“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.”AnonymousDentures have long been used to replace missing teeth, and today’s dentures are much more comfortable and easier to wear.

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Dental Bridges

“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 HUnlike 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

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Porcelain Crowns

“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 CPorcelain crowns are frequently used to strengthen and repair cracked, broken, or badly decayed teeth. Fitting snugly at the

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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

“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?”AQuinnMany of the methods used to treat TMJ disorders, restore dental structures, and improve the

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TMJ Treatment

“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 HTreatment to improve TMJ symptoms may include reshaping or straightening the teeth, use of muscle relaxants, or the use of mouth guards. Depending on the severity of the condition, TMJ treatment may be as simple

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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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