George Tisdelle, D.D.S.

2214 Ivy Road, Suite 106, Charlottesville, VA 22903

(434) 295-6880
By Comprehensive Dental
June 02, 2015
Tags: Teeth Whitening   Veneers  

Teeth Whitening Are your teeth stained or discolored? If so, you may have more treatment options available to you than you would think when you visit your cosmetic dentist George Tisdelle, D.D.S., at Comprehensive Dental in Charlottesville, VA. For example, did you know that both professional teeth whitening and veneers can restore your pearly white smile once again? Read on to learn more about the benefits of each treatment so you can decide which option is best for you.

Professional Teeth Whitening

What it is: Professional teeth whitening is a dental procedure in which your cosmetic dentist Dr. Tisdelle at Comprehensive Dental in Charlottesville, VA applies a special paste or gel to your teeth and shines a special light on your teeth while you relax. The procedure is repeated a few times within the course of a one-hour office visit, and when it is done, you leave with a beautiful, brilliant smile.

Benefits: Professional teeth whitening is safe, quick and very effective. You can achieve whitening of up to several shades in a single visit. Once the procedure is done, the results are immediate.

Drawbacks: Teeth whitening from a cosmetic dentist at Comprehensive Dental in Charlottesville, VA cannot treat every type of staining. It also does not work on dental implants, crowns, bridges and veneers. Your teeth can discolor once again.


What they are: Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are attached to the front of the teeth, completely covering up any discoloration, no matter the cause. The procedure requires two office visits, but once it is complete, the results are immediate.

Benefits: Veneers can fix several dental problems simultaneously, including minor crookedness, gapping and discoloration. They can provide a brighter white than teeth whitening and they will not stain again in the future. They can treat some types of discoloration that professional teeth whitening pastes cannot treat.

Drawbacks: In order to get veneers, you have to have the front of your teeth shaved down slightly. Veneers can chip, break or wear out, and when they do, you have to replace them with a new set. Veneers require multiple office visits with time in between.

Depending on the nature of your staining, what other dental problems you have and your goals for teeth whitening, both professional teeth whitening treatments and veneers can provide excellent results. Call and talk to a cosmetic dentist Dr. Tisdelle at Comprehensive Dental in Charlottesville, VA to find out which treatment might be right for you.

By George Tisdelle, D.D.S.
April 06, 2015
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Give your smile a little radiance boost with our professional in-office system.

With spring in full force, it’s easy to welcome the beautiful warmer weather. While some people turn their attentions to getting that Teeth Whitening perfect bikini body before summer hits, there are also some other ways to revamp your look. If you are ready to give your smile a little boost, then consider how teeth whitening in Charlottesville, VA could give you the refreshed look you want.

In-office teeth whitening is one of the fastest and most effective ways to get a significantly brighter smile. If you’ve ever tried at-home whitening kits and found the results less than satisfying, then it’s time to find out how in-office professional teeth whitening could finally give you the results you deserve.

How Teeth Whitening Works

What makes our whitening system ideal is that it can give most patients the results they want in only one session. In fact, professional teeth whitening can get some smiles up to 10 shades whiter. When you opt for in-office whitening, we will apply our professional-grade bleaching gel to your teeth and then use a laser to activate the gel and speed up the whitening process.

After fifteen minutes, we will remove the gel and reapply a fresh, new layer. Then we will use the laser to activate the newly applied layer of gel. Your whitening visit will consist of three, 15-minute applications.

Teeth Whitening Candidates

Professional teeth whitening is a wonderful option for someone dealing with yellow stains due to consuming certain foods or drinks, or even from normal aging. Our whitening system can also be performed on those with tooth sensitivity, as we can tailor your whitening treatment to remove stains while still being gentle on your smile. Just let your Charlottesville cosmetic dentist know about your tooth sensitivity beforehand.

Keep in mind that teeth whitening won’t work on all stains. Internal stains, which are often blue or grey in color, will not respond to professional teeth whitening. Furthermore, dental work will also not brighten with this treatment. However, we would be happy to talk to you about other cosmetic treatment options to give you the smile you want.

It’s never too late to get a more radiant smile. If you’re interested in professional teeth whitening, then schedule a consultation with your Charlottesville, VA cosmetic dentist, Dr. George Tisdelle with Comprehensive Dental.

By George Tisdelle, D.D.S.
February 17, 2015
Tags: Dental Implants  

Restorative dentistry has advanced tremendously in recent years. One breakthrough technology is the dental implant. For the patient with good overall health and sufficient gum tissue and bone, the dental implant beautifully restores a smile when teeth are missing orDental Implants failing due to:

  • extensive decay
  • periodontal (gum) disease
  • trauma such as a blow to the mouth

In addition to replacing individual teeth, implants may be used to securely anchor a full denture or support bridgework. Made of titanium metal that adheres well to existing bone, dental implants literally screw into the patient's jaw, and then accept an abutment (post) and ceramic crown which is glued to the post. The gap is filled, and patients remark that their replacement teeth look, feel and function as if they were the real thing.

The process of dental implants

The dentist performs an oral examination and may take x-rays or use other imaging to help decide if implants are the right choice. With the decision made, the doctor formulates a plan specific to the patient's needs and desires and will take impressions of existing teeth for proper sizing, fit and bite.

During the procedure, the dentist surgically screws the metal implant directly into the bone at the site of replacement. This is an in-office procedure and requires local anesthesia. After a period of healing, usually several weeks, the patient returns for placement of a post and ceramic crown.

Crowns are custom fabricated by a dental lab. Durable and perfectly matched to the size of the surrounding teeth, crowns are tooth-colored and natural-looking. For individuals missing multiple teeth, the doctor may choose bridgework anchored by implants or a full denture supported by several mini-implants.

Life with dental implants

Dental implant procedures have a high success rate and can last for years. However, dentists caution that implant patients must take care to brush two times a day and floss daily as well. While dental implants cannot decay, they can become infected at and below the gum line if not cared for. Also, the patient must continue routine check-ups and cleanings and avoid obvious high risk behaviors, such as smoking, which undermine oral health.

The friendly staff at Comprehensive Dental in the Charlottesville, Virginia area encourages people who wish to explore implant dentistry to contact the office for an appointment. George Tisdelle DDS is highly knowledgeable and credentialed in implant dentistry and would be happy to discuss your options with you. With all that dental technology has to offer today, there's no need to delay achieving your best and healthiest smile. Call Dr. Tisdelle at Comprehensive Dental today: 434-295-6880.

By George Tisdelle, D.D.S.
December 16, 2014
Tags: Veneers  

Are you thinking about getting porcelain veneers put on your teeth? Veneers can be expertly applied at our Charlottesville, VA office. Due to the popularity of putting these thin porcelain shells on teeth, many people decide to get them without understanding the facts. They are an amazing way to brighten your smile, and we want you to know all you can about them before you choose to get them.


Who is Not a Candidate for Veneers

While a lot of people want veneers, not everyone is a candidate to get them. If you have significant tooth decay, veneers are not a good choice for you. Since they are only thin shells, veneers are not used to fix broken teeth either. Also, if you grind your teeth, the overlays will not last very long, and may even pop off. This is part of why a consultation is a key part of deciding whether veneers are right for you.

Getting Veneers is a Commitment

Veneers are not reversible, and work best when you are committed to a long-lasting smile. Taking a little extra effort in preventive dental care, brushing, flossing and check-ups can extend the life of a veneer. A veneer has an expected lifespan of 10 to 20 years, meaning that you can go decades without worrying about smiling.

Not Every Dentist is an Expert in Veneer Procedure

Getting veneers is becoming common. There are some dentists that provide the service who don’t have the proper skill and experience to apply them correctly, and you should visit a dentist whose skill and experience you can trust, like Dr. George Tisdelle.

If you are in or around Charlottesville, VA and are thinking about getting veneers, give us a call at (434) 295-6880. We will give you the straight scoop and will help you make the decision that is right for you.

Smile MakeoverIn the U.S. alone, we spend trillions of dollars each year to improve our health. From gym memberships to nutritional supplements, it seems that everyone is trying to find ways to boost their appearance and get healthier. However, did you know that the best way to boost your health and mood is actually free? Smiling offers a host of benefits, and here at our Charlottesville dental practice we love to see the smiling faces of our patients.

Smiling doesn’t cost a thing and can offer a host of unlimited benefits:

1. Increases productivity: There is certainly a strong correlation between happiness and work productivity. In the book, Happiness at Work, the author Jessica Pryce-Jones discovered that happiness was indeed correlated with greater performance and productivity while at work, as well as increased energy, faster promotions, higher income and better overall health. Plus, this increased productivity also benefits your employer. Who doesn’t want this?
2. Reduces Stress: Smiling can instantly make us feel better and actually plays a role in reducing stress. One researcher recommends that the next time you find yourself in a stressful situation like a traffic jam or bad day at work, hold that smile for a little while. The old adage, “grin and bear it” actually has some truth to it, and some psychologists have found that those who smiled more had a lower stress response and heart rate.
3. Boosts your immune system: You’ve probably heard the cliché, “laughter is the best medicine”; however, it might not actually be as far-fetched as it seems. Laughter and smiling can decrease stress hormones and in turn increase the production of immune cells and antibodies, for fighting and warding off nasty infections.

Call Comprehensive Dental Today!

If an imperfect smile is keeping you from reaping all of these benefits, then it’s time to do something about this. Call us today to setup an appointment. We would be happy to sit down with you and discuss cosmetic and general dentistry services in Charlottesville that will truly give you something to smile about. Don’t wait any longer, start garnering those smile benefits right away.
Smile challenge: Make a list of the things that make you laugh or smile, then try to incorporate at least two of those into your day. Give yourself something to smile about and you may start to notice subtle, positive changes.
Are you a patient of Comprehensive Dental? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences below!

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