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By PearlFection Dentistry
November 30, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Discover what makes dental implants so attractive to patients dealing with tooth loss.

Wondering what dental implants could offer your smile? From the office of our Urbana, MD, general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists, Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, and Dr. Nikta Pashai, oral surgeons Dr. Brian Chang and Dr. Leo Perez, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist Dr. Amos Chi, orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani, pediatric dentist Dr. Leslie Oakes, an endodontist Dr. Patik Patel, here are some of the coolest benefits of dental implants,

Dental implants act like the real thing

Want a false tooth that is going to feel and even looks just like your natural teeth? Most people do. That’s why they turn to dental implants. One of the biggest benefits of getting dental implants is that it can restore chewing and biting forces back into your smile. You can also brush and floss dental implants just like real teeth and they don’t require special care.

They can last forever

While most dental restorations will need to be replaced eventually, dental implants are unique because they could last you a lifetime as long as you continue to see your Urbana, MD, dentist for routine checkups and maintain good oral health. Implants offer an incredibly high success rate, which also makes them appealing to many adults shopping for the best tooth-replacement option to fit their needs.

Implants prevent bone loss

When one or more teeth are extracted or fall out the jawbone begins to deteriorate in the places where the roots of the teeth are no longer present to stimulate the jawbone. This complication of tooth loss happens rather quickly, with significant volume loss happening in just the first year. That’s why it’s important to get dental implants as soon as possible after losing a tooth because it can take the place of your tooth roots and prevent jawbone loss.

Prevent premature aging

Another major benefit of dental implants is that they give you a complete smile, which supports the muscles of the face. Since it also prevents jawbone loss, it will also prevent any of the changes that would occur to the face as a result of bone loss such as a receding chin and sunken cheeks. In essence, getting a dental implant doesn’t just make your smile look younger it can also prevent wrinkles and lines from forming on your face to help you look younger overall.

Pearlfection Dentistry has offices in Urbana and Frederick, MD, to make getting restorative and cosmetic dentistry such as dental implants a little easier. To schedule, a consultation with one of our dentists calls (301) 663-5550.

By PearlFection Dentistry
October 08, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Emergency  

If you had a dental emergency, how would you handle it? At Pearlfection Dentistry, our team of eight dentists provides the finest emergency care in the Frederick, MD, area. Plus, they want their patients to know dental first aid to stabilize urgent situations before receiving in-office help.

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is a very urgent oral health matter involving extreme pain, bleeding, infection, loss of oral function or fracture of teeth, restorations, or tooth replacements. As children seem accident-prone, you'll be happy to know we have a pediatric dentist on staff to handle your youngster's particular needs.

Our staff urges you to call our Frederick, MD, office right away when you or a loved one needs emergency dental care. Quick action can spare the life of a tooth, avoid additional damage, and optimize recovery. We are on call to give you immediate advice to stabilize the situation and to give you a same-day appointment as needed.

What to do

Here are some examples of common dental emergencies and suggestions for first aid:

1. Knocked out tooth. It can be replanted if your dentist sees you within 30 minutes of injury, says the Journal of Endodontics. Before you go to Pearlfection Dentistry, rinse the tooth with water, hold it by the crown, and place the roots into the socket. If you cannot do this, put the tooth in a sealed container with milk or water and carry it to the office.

2. Oral laceration. Apply direct pressure with a 4x4 pad or clean cloth. If bleeding does not stop within 15 minutes, go to the emergency room at the nearest hospital.

3. Broken tooth, filling, or crown. Save the pieces to bring to the office. Your dentist may bond them back in place or repair your tooth in another way.

4. Toothache. You may have an abscess or deep cavity. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water, and take ibuprofen for the pain. Ice your jaw to control swelling as necessary. Contact our office for an appointment.

5. Dislocated or fractured jaw. This injury requires immediate medical attention at your hospital ER.

Keep our number handy

At Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, MD, we take emergency dental care seriously. Don't hesitate to call us immediately when a sudden, severe problem threatens your oral health. Our general, cosmetic and restorative dentists are 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.

You will get the quick, accurate, and caring response you need. Phone (301) 663-5550. We are 45 minutes from Washington, DC, and 45 minutes from Baltimore. We serve the areas of Hagerstown and Germantown, MD.

By PearlFection Dentistry
November 13, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

How dental implants from your dentists in Urbana and Frederick, MD, can restore your smile

Have you been hiding your smile because of missing teeth? Are you having trouble chewing and enjoying your food because of missingdental-implants teeth? If so, its time to rebuild your smile just like the original. You can have a great smile once again, thanks to dental implants! The dentists at Pearlfection Dentistry in Urbana and Frederick, MD, offer dental implants to restore your smile.

Whether you are missing one tooth, several teeth, or even an entire arch of teeth, dental implants can rebuild what you have lost. They can even provide strong support for a denture, which is snapped in place over the implants.

Dental implants have become one the most popular dental treatments because they provide so many benefits. When you choose dental implants to rebuild your smile, you can count on:

  • Natural-looking beauty, because dental implant crowns are made of light reflective materials that closely resemble natural tooth enamel
  • Complete stability, because dental implants are firmly surrounded by bone, so they will never move around, even with the most vigorous chewing
  • Unrivaled convenience, because you don’t ever remove dental implants and you brush and floss them just like natural teeth
  • A permanent solution, because they will never decay, and the dental implant crown material resists staining, so your implants will stay beautiful for years

Dental implants may even help you look younger. That’s because once dental implants are placed during a simple in-office procedure, your body will create more bone to fuse with the dental implants and lock them in place. More bone means added volume and youthful fullness to your face, and a firmer jawline.

Dental implants are the most successful surgical implant, boasting a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. You deserve to enjoy the success of dental implants too!

To find out more about rebuilding and restoring your smile with dental implants, talk with the experts. Call our Urbana and Frederick, MD, general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists, Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, and Dr. Nikta Pashai, oral surgeons Dr. Brian Chang and Dr. Leo Perez, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist Dr. Amos Chi, orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani, pediatric dentist Dr. Leslie Oakes, and endodontist Dr. Patik Patel, at Pearlfection Dentistry today at (301) 663-5550 for our Frederick office and (301) 831-8303 for our Urbana office!

By PearlFection Dentistry
April 25, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Oral Surgery  

Some dental problems can be resolved with relatively mild treatments, like deep cleanings, cavity fillings, or taking oral medications to dentistcontrol infections. But other problems may need to be addressed surgically. Know the signs that you may need oral surgery to resolve your dental concern. At PearlFection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana, MD, our general, cosmetic and restorative dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, 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 can perform a wide range of procedures to help restore your teeth, gums, and jaw to good health.

What Is Oral Surgery?
Oral surgery is often a secondary measure that’s used when more conservative treatments, aren’t working and can be used to resolve a disease, abnormality, or cosmetic problem. Patients must be put under sedation for oral procedures, ranging from local anesthesia to intravenous sedation.

Signs You May Need Oral Surgery
An oral surgery procedure may be needed in the event of a dental emergency, to resolve general pain involving the jaw bone or joints, or for a cosmetic solution. These are some signs that you may need to see your Frederick and Urbana, MD, dentist for oral surgery:

  • Your wisdom teeth are emerging and have become painfully impacted.
  • You have a missing tooth that you want replaced with a dental implant.
  • You have advanced gum disease and need periodontal surgery to remove diseased tissue or bone grafting.
  • There’s an unexplained growth or sore that doesn’t heal that needs to be biopsied.
  • You’ve been experiencing jaw pain and clicking from TMJ disorder.


Oral Surgery Aftercare
Like any surgical procedure, after oral surgery, you must closely follow care instructions from your dentist to ensure proper healing. Here are some tips to follow:

  • Minor bleeding after oral surgery is normal; keep firm pressure on the area with gauze.
  • Use an ice pack to reduce swelling.
  • Take the anti-inflammatory pain medication prescribed by your dentist to reduce pain, along with any antibiotics.

Come in for an Exam
Many dental problems can be resolved with non-invasive or preventative procedures, but in some cases, oral surgery is the best course of action. Call (301) 831-8303 for the Urbana office, and (301) 663-5550 for the Frederick location to find out how we can restore and preserve your oral health. Serving the Hagerstown and Germantown, MD, areas, and also conveniently located only 45 minutes away from Washington DC and Baltimore.

By PearlFection Dentistry
April 04, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Veneers  

Say goodbye to cosmetic imperfections in your smile once and for all.

Do you wish you had that picture-perfect smile but discolorations, gaps between teeth and other aesthetic problems are making it veneerimpossible? If so, our dental team here at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, Maryland and Urbana, Maryland, can help you get the smile of your dreams with the help of a simple restoration known as dental veneers.

What are dental veneers?

Veneers are very thin tooth-colored shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth to completely change the appearance of your smile. Whether you are dealing with misaligned, crooked, chipped or discolored teeth, getting dental veneers can hide all of these issues to give you a straighter, symmetrical and whiter smile. Veneers are great for hiding moderate-to-severe cosmetic flaws.

How are veneers placed?

Before veneers can be placed, our Frederick and Urbana, MD, dentist will need to make sure that you are right for veneers. You’ll go through a thorough consultation where we will examine your teeth and gums, and run x-rays to make sure there are no problems that could affect your treatment. Once we have determined that veneers are right for you, we will also take impressions of your teeth and prep your teeth.

Tooth preparation with veneers is very minimal, and only requires us to shave about 0.5mm of enamel from the front of each tooth. Since there are no nerves lying within the outside layers of the tooth, this process is painless and can usually be performed without needing local anesthesia.

Once the teeth are prepped our dentist will decide whether or not temporary veneers are necessary while waiting for your permanent ones to be made. Once the permanent veneers are created you will come back to our office so that we can remove the temporaries and bond the dental veneers to the front of your teeth.

Our general, cosmetic and restorative dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, 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 are dedicated to providing patients with beautiful, healthy smiles with the help of cosmetic dentistry. Pearlfection Dentistry is located in Frederick, Maryland and Urbana, Maryland and servicing Hagerstown and Germantown, MD, our office is just 45 minutes away from Washington, DC and Baltimore. Call us today to schedule a cosmetic consultation.