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Your Smile, Your Life ™

"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. Clay

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

“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.Unlike a denture or crown, which can replace only the

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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

“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 RTraditional, 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 all too familiar with

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How an All-on-4 procedure works

“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.”AnonymousIf you need several or even all of your teethreplaced with implants, you are probably worried about the discomfort involved,

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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

“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 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 (composite) fillings, which

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Laser Gum Re-contouring

“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 CDr. D. Gordon Rye uses a state-of-the-art diode laser to reshape and re-contour soft tissue. The extreme precision that

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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

“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.”AnonymousPower 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

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At-home 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.Dr. D. Gordon Rye prescribes premium at-home teeth whitening systems

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Teeth Whitening: A Safe Procedure

“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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Which Whitening System Is the Right One for 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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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

“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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Keeping the Mouth Healthy

“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.”AnonymousMaintaining a healthy mouth involves three steps: brushing, flossing, and regular professional care. At Rye Smiles for Life, we are

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Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry Can Calm Your Dental Fears

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

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How Sedation Dentistry Can Help 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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What to do when you are afraid of the dentist

“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.”AnonymousEvery year, thousands of people avoid seeing the dentist because they are too afraid of what might happen. For some,

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Candidates for Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry

“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. ClayMost

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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

“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. ClayDentures

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Dental 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.”AnonymousUnlike 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

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Porcelain Crowns

“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?”AQuinnPorcelain crowns are frequently used to strengthen and repair cracked, broken, or badly decayed teeth.

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Designing an Ideal Smile Makeover

“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 RThe Golden Proportion We design smiles with features that help our patients appear more youthful, healthy and attractive. Using knowledge of anatomy, function, and your aesthetic requirements, we can redesign your smile with tooth color, shape, and relative

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TMJ

Smile Rejuvenation for a Non-surgical Dental Facelift

“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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TMJ Treatment

“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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How Our Neuromuscular Dentist Can Help

“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. ClayTMJ-related

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