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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.
Not sure if your child’s oral routine is up to par? Find out now!
You want your child to maintain the healthiest smile they can, so it’s important that you do your part to keep cavities and other issues at bay. Our Urbana, MD pediatric dentists are also here to help. Find out more about how you and your child should care for their smile.
The minute your child’s teeth come in it’s time to start keeping them clean. Our Urbana dentist can help go through all the instructions and steps necessary to maintain good oral health in your little one. At some point, you can swap out cleaning your baby’s mouth with your finger and start using a toothbrush.
Here are some tips for caring for your child’s growing smile:
- Always choose a child-sized toothbrush that can comfortably and easily fit into their mouths. Opt for soft bristles that will still get your child’s teeth clean but will also be less aggressive on healthy enamel.
- Choose a fluoridated toothpaste that is ADA recommended. Fluoride is a great way to protect child’s teeth from cavities. Child over the age of 6 years old can start getting fluoride treatment.
- Your child should always brush their teeth twice a day. Ideally, these brushing sessions should occur first thing in the morning and right at bedtime. Each time they brush they should shoot for a minimum of 2 minutes. And if you aren’t sure if they are brushing for a full 2 minutes you can set a timer for them.
- It’s also a good idea to replace a toothbrush or a toothbrush head after your child has traveled with it or if your child just got over an illness.
- Even if your child is a great brusher they still need to come in at less twice a year to our Urbana, MD dental office for maintenance care and exams. This is particularly important since your child’s mouth is still developing and sometimes only we are able to pinpoint issues early on when they are simpler to treat.
Pearlfection Dentistry in Urbana, MD is dedicated to making sure that children grow up with beautiful, cavity-free smiles. If it’s time for your child’s six-month dental cleaning then call us today. We will work with your busy schedule to make sure your child always gets the care they deserve.
Do you snore? Does someone you know snore? If so, please continue to read, it can mean there is a serious underlying health issue called sleep apnea or sleep disordered breathing.
What is Sleep Apnea: Sleep apnea is a common condition, affecting 1 in 15 Americans, where the airway collapses and the person stops breathing for a period of time of up to 30 times per hour. People with this condition are at higher risk of heart disease and other health conditions and can occur in men, woman and children.
The most common sign that a person suffers from sleep apnea is snoring and it is often first noticed by the spouse or partner of the snorer.
If you or someone you know has any of the following conditions, sleep apnea could be the cause:
- Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
- Gasping for breath while sleeping
- Frequent urination during the night
- Depression and irritability
- Gastric Reflux
People who are overweight or have large necks are more likely to have sleep apnea
What are the health concerns for people with sleep apnea?
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease / Heart Attack
What can be done if I have sleep apnea?
- CPAP/PAP – positive airway pressure devices
- Body Position modification
- Oral Devices
Why see a dentist to diagnose and treat sleep apnea?
One of the simplest and sometimes most effective way to treat sleep apnea are oral devices that are worn while sleeping. Specially trained dentists, like Dr Robert Kenyon at our Urbana Office, can conduct an in-office evaluation of the airway and if appropriate, conduct an in-home overnight sleep study. The study is then evaluated to determine the best course of treatment. Sometimes the best option is CPAP/PAP or surgery, but if the patient can be treated with body position modification or an oral device, those options are preferable, both from a comfort level and also from a cost perspective.
PearlFection Dentistry is offering in-office airway evaluations free of charge in the month of October. This study utilizes an instrument called an acoustic pharyngometer. This pain free and noninvasive procedure, uses soundwaves to measure your airway. We will evaluate the patient and determine if an overnight sleep study is required. Once the study is completed and evaluated, our doctors will meet with the patient again to determine the best course of action.
Please call our office at (301) 831-8303 to schedule your no cost airway evaluation or visit our website to learn more: http://www.pearlfectionurbana.com/snoring-sleep-apnea.html
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