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By PearlFection Dentistry
October 26, 2018

Find out how dental implants can help improve the fit and feel of dentures.

Mouth DenturesAre you someone who has dentures but isn’t fully satisfied? Are you someone who is dealing with extensive tooth loss who wants to weigh all of your tooth replacement options? Whatever the case might be, our general, cosmetic and restorative dentists general, cosmetic and restorative dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, Dr. Alex Sin Deuk Kim, and Dr. Nikta Pashai, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist Dr. Amos Chi, oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel and orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani in Frederick and Urbana, MD, are here to explain more about this popular dental prosthetic and how it works.

Most people know what dentures are but may not know how they work. Dentures are a set of false teeth attached to a gum-like foundation that is held in place with clasps or through suction with your natural gum tissue. Of course, dentures can shift or move around in your mouth while talking or chewing, making it difficult and sometimes challenging for denture wearers to truly feel at ease with their new teeth. To prevent dentures from moving around, our Frederick and Urbana, MD, restorative dentists offer implant-supported dentures.

What are implants?

It’s important to understand what implants are and how they function before understanding what they can do to improve the fit and function of your dentures. Implants are small titanium posts that are designed to replace your missing tooth roots.

In order to do this, our dental specialists will need to surgically place the implant(s) into the jawbone to act like tooth roots. Some patients may prefer sedation to make the process smoother. Over several months, the jawbone and implants will naturally bond together to become one, making this restoration a permanent fixture within the jawbone.

How can implants hold dentures in place?

When it comes to implant-supported dentures there are two main types: bar-retained dentures and ball-retained dentures. Either type requires a minimum of two dental implants placed in the front of the jawbone, where there tends to be more bone than in the back even if bone loss isn’t present.

For bar-retained dentures, a metal bar that is curved like the jawbone is attached to the top of the implant. From there, attachments secure the dentures over the bar to clip them into place so dentures don’t move around. For ball-retained dentures, specific metal attachments are placed on each implant, which then attaches to the dentures in a ball-and-socket design. Our team of oral surgeons, periodontists, general doctors and prosthodontists will work together to make your implant supported denture function and fit well

If you are interested in learning more about dental implant-supported dentures and how they could benefit your smile for the long run, then schedule an appointment with Pearlfection Dentistry. We are proud to provide restorative dental services to the Hagerstown, and Germantown, MD, areas and are located just 45 minutes away from Washington, DC and Baltimore. Call us today.

By Pearlfection Dentistry
August 01, 2017
Tags: Braces  

Find out if braces could be the best approach for getting the smile you want.Braces


You know that your smile leaves something to be desired but perhaps you just aren’t sure the best way to get the results you want. Most people, particularly adults, forget that they too can benefit from what orthodontic treatment can offer. Our wonderful team of 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 orthodontists, Dr. Jennifer Smith and Dr. Stephen Tigani are all here to help you.

There are many reasons why both children and adults may want to consider getting braces including:

  • Crowding
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites
  • Missing teeth
  • Protruding upper teeth
  • Chewing or speaking problems

Prevent Wear and Tear

Did you know that having a misaligned smile could actually put unnecessary pressure on certain teeth? Over time, the excessive pressure and force from your jaws can end up leading to worn down, chipped, cracked, fractured or broken teeth. By realigning the teeth or even the jaws through orthodontic treatment, our Frederick and Urbana, MD orthodontists could help eliminate this problem from happening to you.

Reduce Decay

Ever thought about how difficult it is to properly and thoroughly brush and floss between overlapping or crowded teeth? Those with misalignments such as these are often more at risk for developing decay or gum disease since it isn’t always easy to get into these tight, crowded spaces to thoroughly brush away food particles and plaque. By achieving a straighter smile it will be easier to brush and floss all surfaces more effectively.

Improve Your Confidence

When teeth are twisted, crooked or crowded, or if there are large spaces between teeth, then chances are pretty good that you don’t feel nearly as confident with your appearance as you should be. If this is the case, then getting braces can help. Of course, you don’t just have to get metal braces in order to achieve the results you want. For teens and adults, there are also clear aligners that can straighten your smile without the obvious metal braces.

Right now there has never been a better time to turn to Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana, MD, for your orthodontic treatment. Most people worry about the expense that will go into their treatment, but now when you get braces with us you can get affordable orthodontics between $75 and $146 per month. This offer also includes the post-treatment retainer (to maintain that beautifully straight smile) and even teeth whitening. This is a limited time offer, so get started by calling us today!