H Charles Jelinek Jr DDS February 2019

Goodbye, Dentures!


When you think of false teeth, visions of grandma’s slimy dentures sitting on her nightstand come to mind. Unfortunately, the stigma and outdated technology in the era of dentures and bridges caused many suffering from missing teeth or chronic dental problems to avoid treatment. But thanks to new technology, those with chronically unhealthy and misaligned teeth can now sport a more attractive, sustainable, and durable smile. Dental implants are artificial teeth that are surgically anchored to the bone within teeth sockets. Outright, that sounds terrifying, painful, and complicated, but dental implant technology is anything but that. In fact, most patients report less pain during the procedure than they had when the tooth fell out! When you have missing teeth, the bone in your mouth that once secured a tooth begins to wither away. This can change your facial structure, putting you at risk for a slew of sinus issues. Furthermore, the digestion process — which begins in your mouth — is compromised. The nutrients your body gets from food have an impact on nearly every part of your body, and when you can’t chew properly, your body doesn’t digest the nutrients efficiently. Dental implants directly replace your missing teeth, giving you better assurance for your health and your smile as you chew.

Dental implants are designed to mimic your real teeth, and they act as a substitute to replace the root of a missing tooth. The implants are a permanent fixture in your mouth, serving as a preservation tool for facial bones. It is rare to need further dental work after implants, and the faux teeth will never need root canals or get cavities.

Lastly, when you combine a new, fit-for-you smile, your quality of life begins to improve. You’ll feel comfortable smiling at a neighbor or laughing at a joke, because the implants are designed to look like your regular teeth, even down to the coloration.

If you’re tired of hiding your smile, learn how Dr. Jelinek can help you in a matter of months. Visit NorthernVirginiaDental.com to schedule your free consultation.

Bistecca Alla Fiorentina

For a sinfully delicious Valentine’s Day dinner, turn to this classic Italian steak preparation. It’s simply flavored with rosemary and lemon, allowing the meat to take center stage.



Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

2 bone-in porterhouse steaks

1/4 cup olive oil

Lemon wedges, for serving

2 sprigs rosemary


1. 30 minutes before cooking, remove steaks from fridge to bring them to room temperature. 2. Heat a grill or large cast-iron skillet to high. While heating, brush steaks with half the oil and season liberally with salt and pepper. 3. Place steaks on the hottest part of the grill or pan and cook for 5 minutes. 4. Flip steaks and baste with remaining oil, using rosemary sprigs as a brush. If cooking in a pan, place sprigs next to steaks after basting. 5. Cook for 5–6 minutes for medium-rare. 6. Let steaks sit for at least 5 minutes, slice against the grain, and serve with bone.

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