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Some dental problems can be resolved with relatively mild treatments, like deep cleanings, cavity fillings, or taking oral medications to control 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.
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 impossible? 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.
Dealing with a toothache? You might need a root canal.
A root canal is one of the most commonly performed dental treatments and yet, it has gotten such a bad reputation over the years. Of course, despite all the negative hype and myths surrounding this treatment it actually offers major benefits for a smile that is dealing with an infected or damaged tooth. Our dentists at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, Maryland and Urbana, Maryland could even end up saving your tooth in the long run thanks to performing this simple endodontic procedure.
A root canal is a procedure done by a dentist where the tooth is opened up and a small flexible rotary tool is inserted into the tooth's canal(s), where the nerve and pump reside. The rotary action of the tool, along with other techniques will remove the pump and nerve. This will result in a tooth with no more sensitivity.
We recommend root canals being done by a trained endodontist with advanced training in root canal therapy. Every dentist licensed in Maryland is allowed to do root canals but when selecting a dentist to perform the procedure, ask them how many root canals they do weekly and if they are a board certified or board eligible endodontist. If they say they are a board certified or board eligible endodontist, you will know they have advanced training in endodontic treatment. Also, make sure your root canal is performed by a doctor with an endoscope. This is an advanced piece of equipment with a microscope that allows the doctor to very accurately see inside the tooth and make sure he or she has cleaned out all the canals. Many teeth have multiple canals. Missing one of the canals will likely mean you will need the root canal to be done again at additional expense.
Here are some warning signs that you might need a root canal:
A toothache is certainly not something you want to ignore as it’s trying to tell you something is wrong with your tooth. A toothache doesn’t just happen without a reason. While a toothache can have many causes, including a cavity, abscess and infection, a cracked tooth or nerve damage, it could also mean that the inside of your tooth is inflamed or infected and requires root canal treatment. Some folks are simply more prone to toothaches than others.
If you notice that your tooth suddenly hurts when you put pressure on it or is particularly sensitive to hot or cold foods or drinks this is something that you should have your Frederick and Urbana, MD dentist examine as soon as possible. The sooner dental treatment is done, usually the better and less expensive the outcome. Waiting usually only makes things worth and can infect other teeth and cause irreversible bone loss, which further limits a patient's options for treatment.
If tooth sensitivity suddenly appears and doesn’t go away this might be a sign of damaged tooth roots, which will not heal on its own. To prevent the damage from spreading to other areas of the tooth our endodontist will need to go in and remove the bacteria and infection.
Discoloration in the Tooth
While yellowing teeth often happen as we get older or as a result of the food and drinks we consume, sometimes if the tooth suddenly appears darker this could mean that there is nerve damage. When damage occurs to the nerve and blood vessel (the dental pulp), we will need to open up the tooth to remove the affected pulp. An endodontist can perform both internal bleaching and external bleaching of the tooth, during the root canal procedure.
Even though gum inflammation is usually synonymous with gum disease, if you only notice swollen gums around the problem tooth or a pimple-like growth develops on the gums then you need to get your tooth evaluated right away by a dentist.
If you are experiencing a toothache it’s important that you seek dental care as soon as possible. Luckily, 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 at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana, MD, can handle your dental problem, no matter whether it’s an emergency or not. Call us today. The office is located 45 minutes from Washington, DC, and 45 minutes from Baltimore. We are the number one reviewed dentist in the state of Maryland and all your work can be performed in one location. We also do IV sedation for those patients who are extra nervous. And if you want the entire aesthetic treatment, our doctors will even do Botox treatment at your 6 month cleanings.
When you're in dental pain, all you want is relief. At Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana, MD, we offer fast and accurate emergency dentistry in a compassionate, state-of-the-art environment. If you have an urgent dental problem, contact our office right away for first aid advice and a same-day appointment. Read below for information about various dental emergencies and how you can respond.
What Is a Dental Emergency?
Severe pain, compromise of oral function, or the appearance of hard to control bleeding all constitute a dental emergency. Most can be handled by your emergency dental care team at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana, MD.
Here are some examples of dental emergencies and how you can care for them on your way to seeing your dentist at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick:
- Avulsed Tooth: Accidental injury may knock a tooth out of its socket. However, if replanted by your dentist within the hour, that tooth can sometimes be saved. Rinse the tooth with clear water, put its roots down into the socket, and hold it in place on your way to see the dentist. If you cannot replace it, put the tooth in a sealed container, and cover it with milk, water, or saliva.
- Chipped Tooth: If possible, save the pieces; your dentist may be able to bond them in place with tooth-colored composite resin. More extensive damage could require a porcelain crown.
- Broken Orthodontic Wire or Loose Bracket: Use orthodontic wax to cover the rough edges, and bring the appliance to Pearlfection Dentistry for repair.
- A throbbing Toothache: Take over the counter acetaminophen or ibuprofen (not aspirin). Apply ice to the jaw to reduce swelling as needed.
- Broken Denture or Lost Filling or Crown: Bring the denture or restoration to the dental office for repair.
- Foreign Material Lodged Between Teeth: Try to dislodge it with dental floss. If this doesn't work, see your dentist as soon as possible.
A Word of Advice
Children, in particular, suffer a lot of dental emergencies in falls and sports mishaps. If possible, keep a small dental emergency kit on hand containing gauze, bottled water, dental floss, resealable plastic bags, and vinyl gloves. To be extra prepared, put Pearlfection Dentistry's phone number in your contacts for quick reference.
Contact Us Today!
At Pearlfection Dentistry, we want you to phone us with any questions or concerns about your oral health. We're just 45 minutes from Baltimore or Washington, DC, and we're fully equipped and experienced to help you! Our professional team includes 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. Steven Tigani.
Are you missing one or more teeth? Are you worried your remaining teeth will weaken? Is smiling just plain embarrassing? Why not consider restoring your smile with dental implants from Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana, MD? Experts in everything from general dentistry to gum disease treatment to full mouth reconstruction, this professional team can give you back the smile you want and deserve.
What Is a Dental Implant?
It replaces a single tooth completely from root to crown. Comprised of a titanium screw surgically inserted into the jaw bone, a metal alloy extension post, and a realistic porcelain crown, a dental implant faithfully imitates the appearance and oral function of a natural tooth. Plus, used in combination with bridgework or a full denture, dental implants can breathe new life into a heavily damaged smile.
The American Association of Endodontists says that dental implants last for decades and are highly reliable. This is because the jaw bone actually bonds to the titanium implant through something called osseointegration. Over time, supporting bone strengthens and increases in size and density, as opposed to other tooth replacements (such as conventional fixed bridgework or dentures) that just sit on top of the gums and hold the possibility of weakening the jawbone.
Requirements for Dental Implant Placement
At Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana, MD, our team of oral surgeons, periodontists, general doctors and prosthodontists work together to develop a treatment plan and place dental implants in patients who have good systemic health and enough bone in their jaws to accept the implant devices. They carefully examine teeth, gums, and bone structure through an eyes-on examination, digital X-rays, and special three-dimensional scans. They'll formulate a care plan suited to your needs and desires.
A Versatile Tooth Replacement
Dental implants offer great hope for patients with advanced diseases of the mouth, such as oral cancer. After remaking supporting bone and gum tissue after cancer surgery, many patients qualify for placement of dental implants as part of their full mouth reconstructions. Additionally, people with advanced tooth decay, failing restorations, or damage due to oral injury (falls and motor vehicle accidents) may take advantage of dental implants.
Caring for Implants
It's not hard at all. If you're used to brushing twice a day and flossing daily as the American Dental Association recommends, you'll do well with implants. A nutritious diet keeps gums and bones healthy, as does smoking cessation. Smokers can qualify for implant placement. however, implant sites remain much healthier in a tobacco-free environment.
Find Out More
Enjoy a stable, beautiful smile. Call Pearlfection Dentistry today for a consultation. We're just 45 minutes from Baltimore or Washington, DC, and our professional team includes 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.