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Know how to address a dental emergency if it happens to you.
It can be scary suddenly being faced with a damaged tooth. Before panic sets in, the best thing you can do is remain calm. Know that you have our Frederick and Urbana, MD, general dentists - Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Amadeus Lopez, and Dr. Melanie Smith, as well as our oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel and orthodontist Dr. Jennifer Smith - standing by to help when something like this happens.
So, what exactly constitutes a dental emergency?
It isn’t always easy to know when to come into our Frederick and Urbana dental office for treatment or whether you should just wait a problem out. When it comes to dental issues, most of them won’t get better without proper attention and care. Seeking professional dental treatment is a necessity, and the sooner the better. Of course, we understand that you may be feeling rather uncomfortable, so here are some ways to ease your symptoms until you make it to our office:
If you are experiencing a toothache this could be a sign of severe decay or an infection. Gently rinse your mouth out with warm salt water, which can help to temporarily alleviate pain and swelling. You can also opt for a topical numbing cream from your local drugstore.
This scenario can be a scary one. The most important step is to call us right away. Time is of the essence when it comes to handling a knocked-out tooth. The tooth can often be saved if you come in right after the incident happens. In the interim, make sure to find the tooth, carefully rinse it off and then try to place it back in the socket. If you can’t place it, hold the tooth between your cheeks and head straight to our office.
A Loose Tooth
There are many reasons a tooth may become loose, from severe periodontal disease to a sports-related injury. Very carefully try to move the tooth back into the proper position, then immediately come in to have the tooth treated.
If a part of the tooth has chipped off, try to save the piece and place it in a damp cloth to keep it moist. How we treat a fractured tooth will depend on how much damage has occurred. We may be able to fix minor chips by buffing out the tooth or by placing bonding material over it. In cases of more severe damage, a dental crown may be placed over the tooth to restore it.
If you are dealing with a dental problem, know that Pearlfection Dentistry is ready to provide you with emergency dental care right here in Frederick and Urbana, MD. Put your trust in us.
It’s time to find out how you could benefit from getting dental implants.
If you are dealing with one or more missing teeth then chances are pretty good that you are doing your online research to figure out what dental restoration could restore your smile and replace those teeth. The staff at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana, MD, general dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Amadeus Lopez, and Dr Melanie Smith, as well as our oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel and orthodontist Dr. Jennifer Smith - understand that you have a lot of choices; however, it’s important to know just how advantageous getting dental implants can be for your oral health.
Why get dental implants?
A dental implant is a great option for any adult who is missing one or more teeth. A dental implant is designed to not only look but also function like real teeth so that you’ll get a new tooth that blends seamlessly with the rest of your smile. No one will even know that you have a dental implant.
What are the benefits to getting dental implants in Frederick and Urbana?
While you do have other options from which to choose, many healthy individuals find that dental implants are truly the best way to replace their teeth because dental implants can:
- Restore chewing
- Make it easier to speak (severe tooth loss can affect speech)
- Improve your appearance
- Prevent teeth from shifting out of place
- Prevent jawbone deterioration
- Protect and support the facial muscles to prevent premature sagging
- Last a lifetime, if you care for your smile properly
- Provide superior durability and comfort
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
Most adults dealing with tooth loss can be great candidates for this treatment. Of course, here are some situations that could prevent you from being a good candidate for implants:
- You have unmanageable or untreated gum disease
- You have chronic health conditions that aren’t under control
- You have a weakened or suppressed immune system
- You are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant
- You are a smoker who doesn’t plan on quitting prior to treatment
- You are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation
If you want to find out more about dental implants and whether they are right for you, then it’s time to call Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana, MD. Let us help you achieve that gorgeous smile.
Find out if dental surgery may be necessary to improve your oral health.
While you may not relish the idea of needing surgery, for many people it’s a fact of life if they want to maintain good oral health. But before you get concerned about needing surgery our dentists serving the Urbana, MD, area are here to talk about the most common reasons why oral surgery may actually end up being the best decision you make for your smile.
A Severely Damaged Tooth
Cavities, cracks and fractures can often be treated rather easily if caught right away. This is why seeing your Fredrick general dentist, serving the Urbana area, for routine checkups is important to your oral health. It’s through these visits that we can detect cavities or an infection before it causes too much damage.
While a dental filling, root canal or dental crown can usually treat these issues, if you’ve let the problem go on too long it can affect the overall integrity of your tooth and leave it irreparable. In this case, we have no choice but to remove the tooth.
If you are dealing with missing teeth and have decided that dental implants are the best choice then you will have to undergo surgery in order to get your new restorations. Implants are surgically placed into the jawbone to support an artificial tooth like a dental crown. Since patients wishing to get dental implants have to undergo surgery they will need to be healthy enough for treatment.
While most people will find that their TMJ disorder goes away on its own or can be managed with conservative treatment options those with severe bite problems might benefit from corrective jaw surgery. During surgery, we can correct either one or both of the jaws so that they are aligned properly to improve your bite and reduce your chances of jaw pain, stiffness and other issues.
Wisdom Tooth Complications
Most wisdom teeth will need to be removed at some point during your lifetime. This third set of molars usually comes in around your later teens or early twenties. If they don’t grow in properly they can lead to pain or an infection, or cause damage to surrounding teeth.
Do you have questions about your upcoming surgery? Do you need to schedule a consultation to find out if you need to get your wisdom teeth removed? The dental experts at Pearlfection Dentistry serving Urbana, MD, are here to make sure you get the proper dental care you need whenever you need it.
Find out if you or your child’s smile could potentially benefit from getting braces or Invisalign.
It’s pretty rare to be born with a perfectly straight smile, but that’s okay. Our Urbana and Frederick, MD orthodontists and dentists have you covered. Find out the perfect time to consider getting orthodontic treatment and the telltale signs that it might improve your smile and your oral health.
Here are some of most common situations that can easily be treated with braces or Invisalign:
This is often the most common reason anyone comes to see our Urbana and Frederick general dentist for treatment. Crowding simply means that there isn’t enough room for all of your teeth to fit properly, so teeth crowd and overlap one another. Since teeth are so close together it can make it difficult to properly clean between teeth and even increase your chances for decay or gum disease. By treating this issue at an early age, we can improve your oral health for the long run.
If you smile do you notice that the top teeth actually cover the bottom teeth? If so, then you may have an overbite. In an overbite, the top teeth stick out further than the bottom teeth. A severe overbite can increase your risk of damage to the front teeth or put too much pressure on other teeth and lead to injury.
If you smile and your upper front teeth rest behind your lower teeth this is known as an underbite. This is the result of disproportionate jaw sizes and an underbite can cause issues speaking and chewing, and can affect the structure and appearance of your face.
If you notice that your front teeth do not touch when you smile then you are probably dealing with an open bite. This can lead to speech problems (e.g. lisps) and difficulty eating and chewing.
If you or your child is exhibiting any of these orthodontic issues, it’s time you sat down and talked to us as soon as possible. We will do a free consultation to asses whether braces or Invisalign could help your smile. From mild to severe issues, we are able to tackle them with our wide variety of orthodontic treatments. Isn’t it time you turned to Pearlfection Dentistry in Urbana and Frederick, MD to schedule your consultation?
Find out how you could benefit from crowns and bridges. Your Frederick, MD, dentists at Pearlfection Dentistry explain how these dental restorations can help your smile.
Do I need crowns or bridges?
You can benefit from crowns and bridges if you have one or more of these problems:
- Missing teeth
- Tooth discolorations caused by dental work, cancer treatment or tetracycline use
- Chips or cracks in teeth
- Broken teeth
- Fragile teeth after root canal therapy or other dental procedures
- Oddly shaped teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Short teeth
Dental issues can cause normally confident people to become self-conscious about their appearance. In addition to concerns about appearance, failing to correct problems can result in pain, bite problems, gum disease and difficulty chewing and speaking.
What are crowns and bridges?
Dental crowns, sometimes called caps, are a very effective method of treating many tooth issues because they cover teeth completely. They not only conceal cosmetic issues but also stabilize teeth in danger of breaking. Since crowns must be able to handle wear and tear without breaking, they're often made of porcelain, a tough material that looks like tooth enamel. They may also be constructed of other materials, such as ceramic or resin.
Crowns are also found in bridges used to replace missing teeth. Crowns anchor the bridge and support one or more artificial teeth.
Preparation is the key to ensuring that your new crown or bridge fits perfectly. Your dentist will prepare teeth that will receive the crowns, then make an impression of your mouth. The dental laboratory will use the impression to create a mold of your teeth, which will help them make the crowns or bridge.
Although it will take a few weeks for the lab to create the restorations, you will receive temporary crowns during the first visit. They'll be replaced with permanent versions when you return for your next appointment. Crowns and bridges are very comfortable. In fact, in a week or two, you may forget that you ever had a dental problem.
Would you like to find out if crowns or bridges are the best choice for your smile? Call your Frederick, MD, dentists, at (301) 663-5550 to schedule an appointment.
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