Our dentists and staff have received extra training for primary teeth. Our goal is to protect your children’s teeth so they can eat and speak correctly. We will do whatever we can to help your children have the bright smiles they deserve.
We are also here for you, the parents. We know how important (yet difficult) it is to take care of your children’s teeth at home. During your appointment, we will go over the care that you need to be providing at home and look for problems as well. If needed, we will work with your child’s pediatrician.
Dr. Cristelle Rodriguez
(Coming September 2021!) Born in Queens, NY, and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Dr. Rodriguez received her Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1989. She completed her post-doctorate residency training at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, where she received a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Rodriguez also graduated from the DECOD Program (Dental Education in Care of Persons with Disabilities) from the University of Washington, School of Dentistry. Dr. Rodriguez is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Virginia Dental Association, and the Northern Virginia Dental Society.
Dr. Cristelle Rodriguez has been setting the highest standard of excellence in pediatric dentistry since 1989. “Dr. Cris,” as she is known to her patients, is a pediatric dental specialist. With over 30 years of clinical experience she delivers excellent quality in her work as well as the experience of a well versed clinician in esthetics, trauma, oral rehabilitation under general anesthesia, restorative and surgical procedures and interdisciplinary approach with other Specialists from PDSL for the integral treatment of your child. Her passion for children’s dentistry is reflected through her friendly, reassuring personality, as well as her skillful talent in making patients feel at ease. Dr. Cris has always maintained a commitment of “giving back” and as a volunteer has provided much needed dental care to underprivileged children and their families throughout several countries. She genuinely treats every child as if they were her own and continues to help children and adults in her Virginia community.
Dr. Taylor Ludi
For over 20 years, Bita Taylor Ludi, DMD has specialized in general and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Ludi has extensive training in advanced esthetics through the Las Vegas Institute. She is highly skilled in cosmetic procedures including white composite fillings, porcelain veneers, porcelain fillings, restoration of implants, whitening, as well as Botox treatment for migraine/headache and/or TMD relief. Dr. Ludi has worked as a private practice owner for many years, where she provided cosmetic and general dentistry to all her patients including adults, adolescences, and children.
Dr. Taylor Ludi graduated with honors and received her B.S. from George Mason University. She received her DMD degree from University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine in 2001 and obtained a degree in Advanced Education in General Dentistry in 2002 from University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Ludi is also a certified LVI (Las Vegas Institute) dentist for esthetic excellence in cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. Ludi is married and resides in Leesburg and Arizona with her husband and 2 wonderful boys, ages 8 and 11. She enjoys painting, traveling, hiking, pilates, and spending time with her family.
Children (12 yrs + and Adolescent):
NITROUS OXIDE SEDATION:
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose. It’s used to help you relax. Dr. Ludi may offer to use laughing gas to make kids more comfortable during certain procedures.
A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
Dental sealants are thin coatings that when painted on the chewing surfaces on the back teeth (molars & premolars) can prevent cavities (tooth decay) for many years.
Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from cavities by covering them with a protective shield that blocks out germs and food.
DENTAL EXAM (CHILDREN):
A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial dental visit. At regular check-up exams, Dr. Ludi will include the following:
- Examination of diagnostic x-ray (radiographs): X-rays are essential for detection of decay. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
- Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
- Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, stainless steel crowns, etc…
- Gum evaluation: Checking the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal gingivitis.
CHILD PROPHYLAXIS (CLEANING):
Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is comprised of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins that inflame the gums.
Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
Dr. Taylor Ludi also offers general and cosmetic dental treatments as well as other cosmetic services for adults.
DENTAL EXAM (ADULTS):
A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial dental visit. At regular check-up exams, your dentist will include the following:
- Examination of diagnostic x-ray (radiographs): X-rays are essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
- Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
- Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc…
- Oral cancer screening: Checking the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
- Gum disease evaluation: Checking the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
PROFESSIONAL DENTAL CLEANINGS
Your dental cleaning appointment will also include a dental cleaning of your teeth which includes:
- Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time that is firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
- Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is comprised of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease.
- Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling. There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Dr. Taylor Ludi can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth.
An onlay is a form of dental restoration used to repair a decayed, chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged tooth. An Onlay corrects damage extending to the a cusp (the raised points on the biting surface), in contrast to an inlay, which is used to repair only that portion of the tooth between these cusps.
Many times when tooth structure is lost due to severe decay, extensive wear and tear, existing defective restorations or if due to root canals majority of tooth structure is lost, in order to restore the tooth structure back to its original shape and form and to warranty that the remaining structure can maintain its functionality we use crowns. Modern material allows us to eliminate the use of metal in dental restorations. The new era of porcelain dentistry has improved the quality and longevity of restorations significantly.
Porcelain crowns are the best solution to restore functionality and esthetics back to damaged teeth. Dr. Ludi uses the most advanced crown porcelain ceramic substrate which in most cases have an underneath layer of white zirconium covered with hand build and fully customized layered white porcelain on top. This ensures the best quality crowns. Unlike in the past thanks to Our special custom-designed crowns, there is no need to remove a lot of tooth structure to make space for the crowns instead Dr. Ludi has a very conservative approach with minimal prepped teeth.
A porcelain bridge is a custom device that is anchored to neighboring teeth to replace one or more missing teeth. When a lost tooth is replaced with a bridge, the teeth on either side of the missing one are prepared as crowns to hold the artificial replacement tooth in place. Dr. Ludi uses the most advanced metal free frame work covered by hand crafted layered porcelain for his porcelain dental bridge to make sure they last longer and look as natural as possible.
Porcelain Veneers are ultra-thin, tooth-colored, custom-made shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth to improve their appearance. Our Veneers are handcrafted dental porcelain material to create a natural looking result. Dental Veneers can cover discolorations or stains, fill gaps between front teeth, and cover teeth that are worn down, chipped, broken, misaligned,
uneven, or irregularly shaped. Porcelain veneers are absolutely resistant strains unlike resin and reflect light identical to natural teeth. However, resin veneers are usually thinner than porcelain and do not need as much removal of the tooth surface as porcelain veneers do.
Downside For resin veneers would be the plastic dull looking and lake of texture and depth. Veneers are a more conservative choice than crowns when it comes to changing a tooth’s color, size or shape. With veneers your natural teeth remain mostly intact, while dental crowns require more of the tooth to be removed in order to fit.
Dr. Ludi has extensive training at the Las Vegas Institute (LVI) for excellence in aesthetic dentistry.
DENTAL IMPLANT RESTORATION:
Dental implant restoration is a procedure that creates an artificial tooth to replace a missing one. The process involves attaching this tooth to an implanted root that fuses with the bone over a period. The crown or artificial tooth is the placed over the implant, which is a titanium post that serves as the permanent root for the tooth. With the dental implants used as a foundation for a new tooth, there are two options for restorations.
These methods for implant restoration are screwretained or cemented. The screw-retained implant restoration has some advantages over the cemented implant restoration method because it is
more easily repaired in the case of problems with a crown being fractured.
PERIODONTAL SCALING AND ROOT
Periodontal scaling and root planing are procedures used to treat periodontal disease. Thought of by many as a ‘deep cleaning’, this in-office procedure involves the careful removal of hardened plaque near the gum line, where harmful bacteria can grow and cause damage to both the hard and soft tissues of the mouth. The treatment starts with scaling, during which special instruments are used to scrape tartar away from the teeth and gums. Root planing follows, which is a process of smoothing the surface of the tooth’s root in order to prevent bacteria from accumulating there in the future. Finally, an antibiotic is administered to ensure that no bacteria remain at the treatment site.
ARESTIN is an antibiotic a dental professional places directly into infected gum pockets after a scaling and root planing (SRP) procedure. ARESTIN + SRP fights harmful bacteria deeper—and longer—than SRP alone.
NITROUS OXIDE SEDATION:
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose. It’s used to help you relax. Dr. Ludi may offer to use laughing gas to make you more comfortable during certain procedures.
Botox is a protein that relaxes muscles and, most often, is used to reduce wrinkles in the skin. It’s derived from a bacterium, clostridium botulinum, that can be found in many different natural substances. When receiving botox injections in treatment, a small dose is given that lasts only temporarily. Now that approximately 7% to 8% of dentists (and growing) in North America are now providing Botox® treatment to patients for cosmetic treatment, there are other innovative uses being found for Botox® in dentistry. Most dentists are not aware of the substantial benefits that Botox® has as an adjunctive therapy in dental and cosmetic treatment. Botox® has useful clinical uses as an adjunct in TMJ and bruxism cases, even more so for patients with moderate chronic temporomandibular joint and facial pain. Botox® is a muscle relaxer and when given in typically half the dosage used for facial wrinkle smoothing treatment, it can greatly reduce the intensity of the muscle contractions that contribute to TMJ and facial pain and give the patient significant relief. We have all had TMJ patients that have gotten the bruxism appliances, have done full mouth reconstructions, and are still at wits end at trying to find the right answer that will help them with their facial pain. Botox® can play a very important role in reducing or eliminating their facial pain. Therapeutic injections of Botox usually last for three to four months, but you can have pretreatments to maintain your TMD pain reduction or ease wrinkling.
Juvéderm is a line of dermal fillers that help restore hyaluronic acid, a natural compound that gives skin its structure and hydration. Juvéderm products replace the hyaluronic acid you lose as you age and can fill in lines and wrinkles, plump hollow contours in the cheeks, and add volume to this, used lips. Juvéderm is especially effective for lines and wrinkles around the mouth. Juvéderm results last anywhere from 6-18 months. Dr. Ludi injects the filler just below the skin, smooths out the gel-like substance, and leaves you with a smoother, more youthful appearance that improves your confidence and brightens your smile.
Dr. Taylor Ludi will also recommend the use of different types of facial serums containing antioxidants by www.skinceuticals.com/skin-care/category/ antioxidants as an adjunctive therapy for optimal result with your botox and juvéderm treatments. These patented daytime Vitamin C serums delivers advanced environmental protection and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness, and brightens skin’s complexion. The serums are clinically proven to reduce combined oxidative damage from free radicals generated by UV, Ozone, and Diesel Exhaust by up to 41%. The antioxidant serums will be available to purchase in our office.
What causes teeth to discolor?
Aging and lifestyle habits can cause your teeth to discolor.
Stains may be caused by:
* Poor dental hygiene
* Tobacco use
* Foods, such as red wine, coffee, and tea
These types of stains can be corrected with a whitening kit. Other stains, caused by certain medications or trauma, for example, may need aesthetic treatments such as veneers or crowns to correct discoloration. Dr. Ludi can help you determine if your teeth’s yellowness will respond well to an at-home treatment.
At-home whitening kit:
An at-home tooth whitening kit provided by Dr. Ludi consists of a mouth guard-like tray and a gel whitening solution containing a peroxide bleaching agent. You’re sent home with the customized trays that you wear for a designated amount of time each day – exactly how long depends on your desired pace of whitening, the strength of the whitening solution, and your teeth sensitivity level.An at-home tooth whitening kit provided by Dr. Ludi consists of a mouth guard-like tray and a gel whitening solution containing a peroxide bleaching agent. You’re sent home with the customized trays that you wear for a designated amount of time each day – exactly how long depends on your desired pace of whitening, the strength of the whitening solution, and your teeth sensitivity level.