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Dispelling 5 Common Myths About Root Canals

April 15, 2019

Filed under: Blog — tntdental @ 7:12 pm
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Because root canals have received such a bad reputation over the years, there are a lot of myths that surround this dental procedure. While many people believe that root canal therapy is painful, the truth is, it actually helps to eliminate an infected or abscessed tooth and save it from being extracted. Your dentist is here to dispel common myths and finally share the truth about root canal therapy.

Myth #1: Root Canals Are Painful

Root canals have long been associated with pain, and truthfully, if you need this treatment, it’s likely that you are experiencing pain. However, the discomfort you’re feeling is actually being caused by an infection inside the nerve of your tooth. Root canal therapy actually relieves your pain, eliminates your infection, and preserves your natural tooth structure. Read More

One Stop Dentistry in Herndon: General and Orthodontic Services

March 20, 2019

Filed under: Blog — tntdental @ 9:03 pm

If you or a member of your family decides to straighten their teeth with orthodontic treatment, you are committing to regular checkups every few weeks. For many adults, this is a deterrent due to their hectic schedule. What if you could complete your orthodontic treatment at the same place where you receive your general dental services with the dentist you already know and trust? Look no further than Dr. Dilolli at Virginia Dentistry By Design, because this is exactly what she offers!

How TMJ Disorder May Be Affecting Your Quality of Life

March 13, 2019

Filed under: Blog — SoniaD @ 10:00 pm

Did you know that frequent or chronic headaches, neck and shoulder pain, and tenderness when you’re chewing are all symptoms of problems with your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ? This complex joint is responsible for moving your jaw in all directions, and if it’s not healthy, you can experience a host of issues and discomfort. Here’s what you should know about managing TMJ problems and how to alleviate your pain.

Temporomandibular Disorder

The term for chronic problems with your jaw joint is temporomandibular disorder, or TMD. This condition affects patients in different ways that can be very debilitating in some cases. Patients may experience one or a combination of these symptoms:

  • Tenderness or discomfort when chewing
  • Chronic neck and shoulder pain
  • Popping or clicking when opening or closing
  • Jaw locking open or closed
  • Frequent headaches or migraines

Diagnosing TMD

Sometime it may be hard to determine that TMD is the cause of your discomfort, and the root cause of pain differs greatly for each patient. This is where your Herndon dentist can help. Your dentist can determine if you have TMD with x-rays of your jaw joint and a thorough evaluation. Getting to the root cause of the problem helps determine the treatment that will be most effective for your condition.

Treating TMD

For some patients, stress management or relaxation techniques may be all that’s needed to alleviate TMD. Other patients benefit from alternating hot and cold packs on the problems areas. Patients who suffer from bruxism, or clenching and grinding their teeth may see results from wearing a custom mouth guard to help their muscles reposition and relax.

If bite misalignment is the cause of TMD, orthodontic treatment to align teeth and correct the bite may be necessary to alleviate the condition.

Contact Your Dentist

If you think you may be suffering from the effects of TMD, be sure to discuss your concerns when you have your preventive health checkup with your dentist. They can take the proper steps to diagnose your condition and make the treatment recommendations that will best suit your needs. Don’t suffer with pain or discomfort any longer, contact your dentist today for more information.

About Virginia Dentistry By Design

Dr. Sonia Dilolli and her team love caring for patients in Herndon, VA! Dr. Dilolli has completed advanced training in many fields including implant dentistry and orthodontics in order to offer her patients comprehensive treatment in one location. Patients also enjoy the caring and welcoming atmosphere they experience at Virginia Dentistry By Design.


If you would like to contact Dr. Dilolli, please call 703-478-9574 or reach her online.

What Are the Benefits of Herndon Dental Implants?

March 11, 2019

Filed under: Blog — tntdental @ 11:06 pm
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You feel that sinking sensation in your stomach as you walk into the restaurant to meet your friend. What will you be able to order and eat in front of them without embarrassing yourself? You have a missing tooth that makes chewing your food awkward, and you’re wondering if you’re going to have to resort to eating soup again. Did you know that Herndon dental implants can help you eat and chew with ease while also giving you your smile back?

National Nutrition Month: How Your Diet Affects Your Dental Health

March 3, 2019

Filed under: Blog — tntdental @ 2:45 am

March is National Nutrition Month! While you probably hear all the time how a balanced diet is good for your body and your overall health, did you know that it’s also essential for your dental health? It’s true! The foods you eat and beverages you drink play an integral role your oral health, and sometimes in ways that might surprise you. Here’s what you should know.

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Surprising Benefits of Choosing an In-House Discount Plan for Dental Financing

February 8, 2019

Filed under: Blog — tntdental @ 9:36 pm

While the cost of health care continues to increase, getting the services you need from qualified providers starts to feel even more out of reach! Dentistry is no exception, and you may feel this way especially if you don’t have dental insurance. Cost is factor for many patients that often keeps them from getting the dental care they need. The good news is that there other options for dental financing, and an in-house discount plan may be just the solution you’re looking for.

Smiling woman in dental chair.

What Is an In-House Discount Plan?

At Virginia Dentistry By Design, Dr. Sonia Dilolli offers an in-house discount plan that gives patients the preventive care they need to maintain their oral health, with additional savings on any major dental treatment they might need. You receive all of this benefit for one low annual fee that saves you over $200 each year. Here’s what’s included: Read More

How TMJ Disorder May Be Affecting Your Quality of Life

February 7, 2019

Filed under: Blog — tntdental @ 7:47 pm

Did you know that frequent or chronic headaches, neck and shoulder pain, and tenderness when you’re chewing are all symptoms of problems with your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ? This complex joint is responsible for moving your jaw in all directions, and if it’s not healthy, you can experience a host of issues and discomfort. Here’s what you should know about managing TMJ problems and how to alleviate your pain.

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How Full Mouth Reconstruction Can Benefit Your Smile

January 26, 2019

Filed under: Blog — tntdental @ 10:01 pm

Living with teeth that are damaged or failing is frustrating!
Whether you have teeth that are broken or missing, it can make eating the foods
you enjoy difficult. You might also feel embarrassed about the appearance of
your teeth, which can take its toll on your confidence about interacting with
others. Whatever you are dealing with, a personalized full
mouth reconstruction
plan may be the solution to restore your dental health
and your self-esteem.

Woman with a beautiful smile.

What Is Full Mouth Reconstruction

A full mouth rehabilitation plan is truly unique to each
patient and is designed together with your dentist to meet your specific needs.
This plan is different from a smile makeover in that it addresses what you need
to optimize your oral health and the function of your teeth. As a bonus,
however, restorative and cosmetic dentistry often go hand in hand, so it’s
likely that your restorative procedures will also enhance the appearance of
your smile.

Your rehabilitation plan may include multiple procedures
depending on your needs such as:

  • Dental
    : Implants are capable of replacing one or multiple missing teeth
    and they provide added protection for your dental health by replacing both your
    tooth and root.
  • Orthodontics:
    Aligning your teeth not only enhances the appearance of your smile, but also
    protects your oral health by making your teeth easier to brush and floss
  • Tooth-Colored
    : Your teeth may need dental fillings or crowns to restore
    decay or damage that has occurred.
  • Dental
    : A bridge is another option for replacing one or more missing
    adjacent teeth.
  • Porcelain
    : A dental veneer can cover many imperfections such as fractures,
    staining, gaps, oddly shaped teeth, and even small misalignment issues.
  • Teeth
    : Whitening is often recommended as a finishing touch for full
    mouth reconstruction cases. A whiter, brighter smile can make a huge impact on
    its appearance.

A full mouth treatment plan may take place over weeks and
even months, which allows you to better fit treatment into your schedule and

The Benefits of Choosing Full Mouth Reconstruction

Patients who choose a full mouth treatment plan find that it
benefits them in many ways. Quality of life and nutrition improves as they are able
to eat and chew with ease again. Being able to smile with confidence is also
life-changing for many people.

Dental health as well as overall health also improves when
you don’t have to suffer with teeth that are damaged, painful, and could be
causing concerns such as jaw pain and headaches.

Are You Ready to Take the Next Step to Healthier Smile?

Contact your dentist in Herndon today to schedule a
commitment-free consultation.

About Virginia Dentistry By Design

Dr. Sonia
wants to help you smile with confidence! This has been her mission
since childhood, and she has the advanced skills and training to help you
achieve the healthy, beautiful smile you’ve been dreaming about.

To contact Dr. Dilolli, call 703-478-9574 or reach her online.

Do Porcelain Veneers Damage Your Teeth?

November 22, 2018

Filed under: Blog — SoniaD @ 5:00 pm

Many people have turned to porcelain veneers to enhance their smiles because they are capable of changing the shade, shape, and size of your teeth, which allows you to completely redesign your smile. However, you may wonder what the ramifications of this treatment is? Will it damage your teeth? How long do veneers last? Read on to determine if porcelain veneers may be the right solution for you.

What Is a Porcelain Veneer?

A veneer is a micro-thin shell of porcelain designed to fit over your tooth. Your Herndon dentist will need to remove a very minimal amount of tooth enamel to place your veneer, about a ½ millimeter. However, this does not damage your tooth, and since your veneers are bonded directly to them, they add strength as well as aesthetics.

They also provide the additional benefit of being stain resistant, which means that they won’t discolor at the rate your natural tooth enamel does.

You will be able to brush and floss your teeth normally with porcelain veneers, and with excellent home care and regular dental checkups they can potentially last for 12 to 15 years.

What Types of Cosmetic Concerns do Porcelain Veneers Restore?

Veneers are designed to cover imperfections, and they can help with issues such as:

  • Spacing between teeth
  • Stains and discoloration
  • Size discrepancies or misshapen teeth
  • Teeth that are chipped or fractured
  • Repairing excessive wear
  • Small misalignment concerns

Are There Any Disadvantages to Choosing Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are a permanent treatment, so it’s important to consider this before moving forward because treatment is irreversible.

You will also need to wear a night guard while you sleep if you suffer from bruxism (clenching and grinding) since this could cause your veneers to come off.

Porcelain veneers are not ideal if you are suffering from gum disease, as they need a strong foundation of healthy gums for proper support. Veneers also require a commitment to an excellent home care routine as bacteria and decay could develop under the restoration due to poor oral hygiene.

Would You Like to Learn More?

If you are interested in learning if porcelain veneers can enhance your smile, start by scheduling a consultation with your cosmetic dentist in Herndon. They can determine if veneers are right for your needs and suggest alternative treatment procedures if they’re not.

Contact your dentist today to arrange a commitment free consultation.

About the Author

Dr. Sonia Dilolli serves patients in Herndon, VA and its surrounding communities. She has extensive advanced training in the field of cosmetic dentistry and she’s passionate about helping patients achieve not only healthy, but also beautiful smiles.

If you would like to contact Dr. Dilolli, she can be reached online or by calling 703-935-0031.

I’m an FAGD Dentist: What Does that Mean for You and Your Family?

October 24, 2018

Filed under: Blog — SoniaD @ 9:53 pm

Smiling woman in dental chair.When it comes to your healthcare, you want to work with top providers who you know have your best interests at heart. But how do you find these providers? Who can you entrust your health to? When it comes to your dentist, one of the highest honors they can achieve is to earn a Fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Only 6% of dentists in the U.S. and Canada have earned their AGD Fellowship (FAGD) because of the commitment and dedication it takes. Here’s what you should know about your FAGD dentist in Herndon.

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