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If you're considering getting an implant, you'll most certainly have questions for Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, MD. You might be wondering how a dental implant compares to a real tooth. Let's look at some of the differences between implants and natural teeth. 

It should be noted that one of the primary goals of implant dentistry is to try to provide the same form and function as your natural teeth. However, with that in mind, know that an implant is not a tooth. An implant does not decay and does not have dental pulp or periodontal membrane-like teeth. 

An implant won't always work in every case, but they do have some great advantages when they are called for.  

Some advantages of an implant: 

  • Often last for decades without needing to be replaced 
  • Create a functional and aesthetically pleasing replacement for your missing tooth 
  • Don't require surrounding teeth for support 
  • Do not decay like natural teeth 
  • Can be fixed or removable 
  • Can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth 

There are downsides to implants where natural teeth win out. The disadvantages of implants include: 

  • Higher cost compared to traditional dentistry 
  • It's a surgical procedure that requires a period of healing afterward 
  • Fracturing of fixtures and loosening of screws can occur (only in about 5% of patients) 
  • Since there is no cushion between the implant and the bone, the fracturing of crowns and bridges is more common with implants than with natural teeth, though this is rare. 

It's best to speak with Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, MD, about your options regarding implants. Let us know what you want to achieve and we'll work with you as best we can to accomplish that. And don't hesitate to contact our office at 301-663-5550.

Our wonderful staff: Our 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.

By PearlFection Dentistry
March 18, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you are missing a tooth you may be curious about what options you have when it comes to restoring your smile. Dental implants are in many ways the best solution to tooth loss. They are meant to be a final and complete restoration of a missing tooth. This treatment will last much longer and will be stronger than other options. Learn more about dental implants in Frederick, MD, from PearlFection Dentistry.

Better Support

The key difference between dental implants and other methods of restoration, such as bridges and dentures, has to do with the way in which they are supported. Dental bridges depend on adjacent teeth to serve as support for the tooth they are replacing. To accomplish this, these healthy teeth need to be reshaped so that a crown can be attached to them, then they will hold your new tooth in place.

Dentures depend on suction as their main method of support. These require a proper fit to perform at their best. So many of the common complaints people have regarding dentures are due to this factor. A dental implant is supported in a very similar way to your natural teeth. They use a titanium post that is permanently implanted onto the bone of your jaw, and it's onto this that your new tooth will be attached.

Dental Implants in Frederick, MD

One downside to dental implants is that they do require a longer initial investment of time, as the implanted post can take months to heal and fuse with the jaw bone. Implants can last a lifetime with proper care, and they don't need any special treatment when it comes to hygiene or diet, although good dental habits remain key to maintaining your smile.

If you're ready to restore a single missing tooth or a complete smile, find out if you're a candidate for dental implants. Call (301) 663-5550 to schedule a consultation in Frederick, MD, from our general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Jared Lawson, 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 of PearlFection Dentistry.

By PearlFection Dentistry
February 18, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Five words no one welcomes: “You need a root canal.” But if you are delaying treatment because you are worried about pain and an uncomfortable day in the dentist’s chair, please think again! Dr. EJ Stringer at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, MD, will put all your concerns to rest. Modern root canal procedures are designed to repair your damaged tooth gently and efficiently and leave you with a restored natural tooth that can last a lifetime.

Why might you need a root canal?

First, a little tooth biology. Each tooth has a crown (the part we see above the gums) and one or more roots (the part of our tooth below the gum line that is attached to the bone in our jaw). The tooth has three basic layers: the hard enamel and cementum that cover the outer crown and root, the softer dentin beneath that layer, and, on the inside, the pulp. Pulp is made of living tissue and contains the blood vessels and nerves that nourish the tooth and keep it vital.

Even with the protection the enamel and dentin provide, sometimes the pulp can be infected or damaged. If you have suffered an injury to your mouth or jaw, or an infection has developed from an opening in the tooth caused by a deep cavity or crack, you may need a root canal to prevent further infection, pain, and even tooth loss. Call our office immediately if you feel pain with chewing or pressure, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, swollen, and tender gums around a tooth, or tooth discoloration.

The Root Canal Procedure

If a root canal is necessary, the procedure is very straightforward. After the area around the tooth is numbed, we will make an opening in the crown to allow access to the pulp inside. Very small instruments will be used to clean the inner tooth and remove bacteria and dead or dying tissue. The area will be thoroughly disinfected, and the inside shaped and then filled and sealed. A temporary filling or crown might be placed on the tooth to prevent bacteria and food from entering the site if a permanent crown needs to be created. The entire process usually takes from one to three visits.

If we suggest a root canal, it is because this is the best way to save your tooth. Please feel free to talk to us about your particular needs and concerns. Which tooth is affected, how many roots are involved, what type of filling or crown might be best—we will work with you to provide all the information you need and all the options you have available.

Common Concerns

Are you concerned about pain?

The most painful part of a root canal is often the severe discomfort your tooth causes before treatment. And infections and damaged nerves can affect not only the injured tooth but the gums, tissue, and even bone surrounding it. With our modern dental techniques, a root canal procedure is often no more uncomfortable than a regular filling. The local anesthetic we use will prevent you from feeling any pain during the procedure, and, while the area around your tooth might be a bit sensitive following treatment, the pain caused by the infection or injury should be gone

No one welcomes the news that a root canal is necessary, but with today’s procedures, this treatment can be just what you need to relieve your pain and keep your natural tooth where it belongs for many years to come. And that is welcome news, indeed! Please call Dr. Stringer at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, MD, today at (301) 663-5550 for an appointment!

By PearlFection Dentistry
January 12, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Many different things can cause missing teeth. Tooth decay, gum disease, or injury are just a few possible reasons that your teeth may fall out. If you are searching for a way to restore missing teeth, dental implants in Frederick, MD, can be a good option. The staff at PearlFection Dentistry can help you.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a great way of restoring missing teeth. They replace single teeth, multiple teeth, or all your teeth. A dental implant is a titanium post that we surgically place into the jawbone. An abutment is then attached to the implant, and a final restoration is placed on top of the abutment. We then cement it into place to create the crown of your tooth.

The main difference between dental implants and other ways of replacing teeth is that we anchor them into your jawbone. This means that you will not have to worry about problems such as shifting or jaw pain.

Why Should You Get Dental Implants?

There are many reasons to opt for dental implants in Frederick, MD. They are a more comfortable and natural option to replace teeth. You don't need to take them out at night, and you will be able to eat all of your favorite foods. Dental implants also help to keep your jawbone healthy and strong.

You can care for them simply by brushing and flossing them like you would your other teeth. Dental implants can last for many years with proper care. You must visit our dental office for follow-up appointments.

When you visit our office for a consultation, we will be able to tell you if you are a good candidate for dental implants. Our staff will examine your mouth and jaw to make sure you have enough bone density to support the implant.

If you are missing teeth, don't wait any longer. Come to PearlFection Dentistry for dental implants in Frederick, MD. Call us at (301) 663-5550 for a consultation to find out if dental implants are the right choice for you. We will be happy to answer any questions that you have.

By PearlFection Dentistry
December 20, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics  

If you require orthodontics in Frederick, MD, give  Pearlfection Dentistry a call today!

Let's Talk About Orthodontics!

If you want to gain a greater understanding of orthodontics in Frederick, MD, the team at Pearlfection Dentistry is here for you. We have the experience you need, and you can expect great results when it comes to orthodontic treatments. Generally speaking, a treatment is considered orthodontic when it is utilized to correct misaligned teeth, overbites, underbites (malocclusion), and other similar issues. These situations can be caused by missing or crowded teeth, genetics, traumatic injury, and thumb sucking.

Common devices used for teeth alignment and correction include:

  • Traditional metal braces
  • Retainers
  • Invisalign

We typically begin to consider such treatments when children reach the age of seven, as treatment is most effective in children when it occurs between seven and 14 years of age. If you or your child have misaligned teeth, bite or jaw issues, or missing teeth, you may want to consider orthodontic treatment.

In addition to the cosmetic advantages of a straight and beautiful smile, these treatments also provide more significant benefits. Misaligned teeth that are left untreated can begin to cause problems with your jaw and your bite. Good dental hygiene and care help you to maintain healthy teeth and gums, and orthodontic treatment can play an important part in good dental care.

If you are curious about orthodontics in Frederick, MD, give Pearlfection Dentistry a call at (301) 663-5550 to set up a consultation with your general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Jared Lawson, 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.