The PearlFection Blog

By PearlFection Dentistry
September 20, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Here’s why you shouldn’t ignore gaps in your smile.

We know that dealing with tooth loss can be traumatic all on its own, but we also know that it’s important not to ignore this issue. These days, our Frederick, MD, dentists offer a wide range of options to replace missing teeth. One popular solution is dental implants. This artificial tooth is the next best thing to your real teeth.

Why You Should Replace Missing Teeth

Whether you’ve just had a tooth extracted or you had a tooth fall out that you weren’t able to save, it’s important that you don’t leave that gap in your smile. One of the first calls you make should be to our Frederick, MD, dental team to find out if dental implants are right for you. Here are some of the downfalls of ignoring your tooth loss,

  • Teeth drift into the open gap in your smile, causing more spacing issues and bite problems
  • Trouble properly chewing food, which can also impact digestion and proper nutrition (people with tooth loss often deal with nutritional deficiencies)
  • The jawbone loses density and shrinks
  • As a result of jawbone loss, the face shape will also change leading to sunken cheeks and sagging skin
  • You may also develop TMJ disorder, a painful jaw joint disorder, due to a misaligned smile
  • Speech problems such as lisps may occur due to gaps between teeth

Since the jawbone can lose a significant amount of density just in the first year alone after tooth loss, it’s important that you seek professional care to find out if dental implants or other tooth replacement options are right for you.

Why Choose Pearlfection Dentistry to Replace Missing Teeth

Here at Pearlfection Dentistry, we are dedicated to providing our patients with all the care and dental services they need under one roof. That’s why we have an entire team of dental providers including endodontists, periodontists, and orthodontists. We make it easy to get the care you need here in Frederick, MD, whether you want dental implants or braces.

We also believe that dental care should be for everyone. If you’ve been on the fence about getting implants or other dental care because of the cost, ask us about our very own insurance plans that could help you save money while saving your smile.

With an office in Frederick, MD, Pearlfection Dentistry and its dentists are proud to also serve Hagerstown and Germantown, MD. To schedule a consultation to find out if dental implants are right for you, call us at (301) 663-5550.

By PearlFection Dentistry
August 19, 2021
Tags: orthodontics  

Orthodontics from your dentists in Frederick, MD, can improve your smile.

Have you been thinking about straightening your smile? If so, you probably have been thinking about which orthodontic treatment is right for you. Each type of orthodontic treatment has advantages, and your dentist or orthodontist can help you decide.

Your doctors at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, MD, offer comprehensive general, cosmetic, specialty, and orthodontic dental care, to improve your smile.

Now that you’ve decided to take the important step of straightening your smile, let’s take a quick look at how a straight smile helps you. A straight smile will:

  • Enhance your appearance, because a straight smile is more eye-catching and appealing
  • Boost your self-esteem, because you know you look your best
  • Improve your chewing ability, which aids your digestion and benefits your overall health
  • Improve your oral health, because straight teeth are much easier to keep clean with brushing and flossing

So, which orthodontic treatment is right for you? Let’s talk about your options:

Conventional braces- which consist of brackets and wires are the tried-and-true choice and are often an excellent option for more complex cases. They can be customized to give you a more discreet look. You can choose from:

  • Ceramic braces, with ceramic brackets and tooth-colored wires
  • Metal braces, with metal brackets and wires
  • Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back surfaces of your teeth

Aligners- which are dental appliances. You wear the aligners for a couple of weeks and then move on to the second set of aligners, which you wear for another couple of weeks. You keep progressing to new sets of aligners as your teeth gradually and comfortably move.

The dentists of Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, MD, can help you achieve the straight, beautiful smile you deserve. To find out more about which orthodontic treatment is right for you, call Pearlfection Dentistry at (301) 663-5550. Get started on your new smile by calling the office of our Urbana, MD, general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists, Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, Dr. Nikta Pashai, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist, Dr. Amos Chi, oral surgeon, Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist, Dr. Pratik Patel, Dr. Leo Perez DDS and MD (Board Certified Oral Surgeon and General Surgeon), Dr. Leslie Oakes DDS - Board Certified Pediatric Dentist, and orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani.

By PearlFection Dentistry
May 06, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Learn more about how dental implants from our Frederick, MD, office can help heal your smile

Tooth loss is still a major problem for many Americans. According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), close to half of adults over age 40 are missing at least one tooth, and over 40 million are missing all of their natural teeth. In addition to the self-esteem problems and social/professional embarrassment that come with tooth loss, the condition can also lead to serious oral and even general health problems if left untreated. 

Fortunately, the dentists here at Pearlfection Dentistry, in Urbana, MD, and Frederick, MD, offer dental implants to give you back your smile and improve your oral health. Read on to learn more about this miraculous restorative treatment.

From the office of our Frederick, MD, general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists, Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, Dr. Nikta Pashai, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist, Dr. Amos Chi, oral surgeon, Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist, Dr. Pratik Patel, Dr. Leo Perez DDS and MD (Board Certified Oral Surgeon and General Surgeon), Dr. Leslie Oakes DDS - Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and orthodontist, Dr. Stephen Tigani

Q: What are Dental Implants?

A: An implant, provided by your Urbana dentist, is a small, biocompatible titanium screw that anchors a dental crown or set of dentures in place. The implant is placed in the socket of the missing tooth so that it replaces the root, thus helping to prevent any bone loss following tooth loss.

Q: How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

A: Implants are designed to be a permanent replacement for a missing tooth. With proper care habits, including rigorous oral hygiene and follow-up care with your dentist, dental implants have a very high success rate.

Q: Can I Use Dental Implants if I Have Dentures?

A: Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, or to support a set of dentures on the upper or lower jaw. If you already use a pair of traditional dentures, you may be able to switch to implant-supported dentures, as well.

Dental Implants From our Urbana, MD, Office

For more information about dental implants and how they can help to fix your smile and protect your oral health, contact our office in Frederick, MD, by calling (301) 663-5550 to schedule an appointment with one of our oral surgeons today.

By PearlFection Dentistry
March 31, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Hygiene   Dental Care  

It's important to establish good dental health habits for children at an early age. your child's smile needs protection because even baby teeth serve a very important purpose. They will depend on you and their dentist to help them maintain a healthy smile. If you want to learn more, contact your pediatric dentists at Pearlfection Dentistry in Urbana, and Frederick, MD.

Dental Hygiene at Every Stage

Even before your child's very first teeth have erupted, dentists recommend that a baby's gums be cleaned after each feeding. Because there are no teeth present, a soft damp cloth should be enough to stop bacteria from accumulating.

Bacteria is what we're battling against with good dental hygiene, even as adults. The bacteria that linger on our teeth in the form of plaque expel acids that damage the enamel on our teeth and our gums.

As your child ages and teeth begin coming in, you can switch from the washcloth to an infant toothbrush. Dentists suggest beginning to use fluoride toothpaste at this point; about the size of a grain of rice should be enough.

You can increase the amount of toothpaste used as your child grows, but they should be monitored to make sure they don't swallow it and that they do a good job on their own until they're ready to do it by themselves which is typically around the age of eight.

Pediatric Dentists in Urbana, and Frederick, MD

Your child's pediatric dentist plays a very large role in keeping your child's smile healthy as they grow. Temporary teeth help guide permanent teeth into place, which is why it's important to make sure they don't fall out too early. Keeping these teeth cavity-free will help a great deal with your child's nutrition and confidence. The ADA recommends that children have their first dentist appointment around their first birthday.

Keep your child's smile healthy at Perlfection Dentistry. We have two convenient locations in Urbana, and Frederick, MD. Schedule an appointment today with our general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists, Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, Dr. Nikta Pashai, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist, Dr. Amos Chi, oral surgeon, Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist, Dr. Pratik Patel, Dr. Leo Perez DDS and MD, Board Certified Oral Surgeon and General Surgeon, Dr. Leslie Oakes DDS, and Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and orthodontist, Dr. Stephen Tigani. You can reach us at (301) 663-5550.

By PearlFection Dentistry
March 19, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

If you have ever had a tooth filled you probably remember how much worse the anticipation was than the procedure itself. In truth, a root canal procedure, though it takes longer than a filling, is not much different from having a large cavity filled. But for a clearer picture please reach out to your Frederick, MD, endodontist of PearlFection Dentistry.

You will be seated and your dentist will likely convey to you what you can expect, and then begin preparations. Beginning with local anesthesia, and thanks to it you should not feel more than minor discomfort as the procedure takes place.

What Happens During the Procedure?

What your doctor is doing as you sit back is removing a portion of your tooth, seeking to expose the nerve center of it, which is called the pulp. It's when the infection reaches this part of the tooth that causes that very familiar pain.

To halt the decay and to relieve you of pain the infected parts of your tooth have to be removed, including the pulp all the way down through the canals in the root of your tooth.

Besides pain relief and the stop of harmful decay, a root canal also helps to save your tooth.

Root Canal in Frederick, MD

After the procedure, the tooth is sealed with a temporary material until your next appointment when a permanent filling or a crown is applied. You may require oral antibiotics for a time, but once you return to normal, thanks to the root canal the pain you once felt should be gone and your tooth as useful as it was.

If you want this to be you then don't wait any longer for relief. The longer you do the more you risk complications, and the pain you feel is not likely to quell on its own. So make an appointment today with your local professionals of PearlFection Dentistry in Frederick, MD, by dialing (301) 663-5550.

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