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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.
Find out how restorative dentistry can breathe new life into your smile.
Are you dealing with a weak or damaged tooth? If so, our Frederick and Urbana, MD, 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 are here to tell you how a dental crown could be the quick fix you need to get your smile back in shape.
In most cases, the purpose of this tooth-shaped restoration is to cover and support a weak or damaged tooth. A crown is often all you need to strengthen the natural tooth’s structure after it’s been affected by decay, trauma or an infection. While a decayed tooth is often treated with a dental filling, if the decay isn’t caught soon enough and has enough time to spread throughout the tooth then a dental filling may not be enough to support the tooth. When this happens, a dental crown is the best option.
Of course, if a bad fall or sports injury cracks or fractures your tooth then a dental crown may also need to be placed over the tooth to rebuild and protect it from further damage. As you might imagine, a weak tooth is susceptible to further problems down the road if left untreated. Not to mention, having a tooth that is clearly broken or fractured is unflattering. By getting a dental crown from our Frederick and Urbana, MD, dentists we can improve not just the function and strength of the tooth but also the shape and size, too.
Which brings us to something else that a dental crown can do for your smile. It can also enhance the appearance of a tooth and improve the symmetry and look of your smile. Think about it: if you have a tooth that is disfigured or discolored it often stands out, and not in a good way. By placing a dental crown over the tooth we can also improve its color, shape and size.
Dental crowns are also instrumental in treating tooth loss. If you decide that you want to get a dental implant to replace a single missing tooth, then a dental crown will be necessary to complete this restoration. Once this implant is in place, a dental crown is secured over top. Are you getting a dental bridge to replace a tooth? Dental crowns will also be used to support and hold the false tooth in place.
Here at Pearlfection Dentistry, we believe that everyone should feel confident smiling. If you are looking for reliable general, cosmetic or restorative dentistry in Frederick and Urbana, MD, then give us a call today. We are conveniently located only 45 minutes away from Washington DC and 45 minutes from Baltimore, and proudly serve patients from the Hagerstown and Germantown area.
What's a reliable and realistic way to cover dark stains, large cracks and chips, small gaps, and other defects? Porcelain veneers from Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana, MD, of course! Composed of premier porcelain, these thin, realistically-colored laminates strengthen and beautify teeth for good.
The Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation
A consultation helps your dentist determine the type of services you need to achieve the best-looking smile possible. At this meeting, the doctor will do a thorough oral examination, take X-rays or any other necessary types of imaging, and make impressions of your teeth and gums as needed. From there, you'll receive a detailed treatment plan. If porcelain veneers appear on that plan, expect to make two additional visits to the office.
Creation and Placement
To place veneers, your dentist first must remove about 1/2 millimeter of enamel from the front side of each tooth receiving a laminate. This resurfacing will allow the veneers to fit comfortably inside the mouth. Your dentist will also caution you that the change is permanent.
While you wait for your customized veneers to come from the dental lab, you'll wear functional and realistic temporaries. Your dentist will then remove them when you return in a week or so for the final placement of your permanent veneers.
Placement is a careful process. Your doctor will first try-on and adjust your veneers before securing them with the actual bonding adhesive. This process also entails varying the color and the thickness of the glue as needed to achieve the right look and proper bond. To finish, the doctor will cure the adhesive with a special light.
There are many perks to veneers, one of which is their beautiful resiliency. They hold up well to the ordinary wear and tear of biting and chewing, retaining their sheen, shape and color. They are easy to clean, as your usual brushing and flossing routine keeps them stain and plaque-free. Because they restore just the side of the tooth which shows when you smile, your veneers will also require far less tooth reshaping than porcelain crowns do. Finally, dentists often use veneers together with other cosmetic services as part of a comprehensive smile makeover, putting you on the path for a full cosmetic overhaul.
Find out More
To make an informed decision about porcelain veneers, arrange a cosmetic dentistry consultation at Pearlfection Dentistry. Call us at (301) 663-5530. The office is located 45 minutes from Washington, DC, and 45 minutes from Baltimore. Our professional team includes 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.
Your team of dentists and oral surgeons at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana, MD wish to put an end to tooth loss. That's why they offer a full range of preventive and restorative dental treatments. However, if tooth extraction becomes necessary, you'll be in good hands with this highly-qualified team. Learn here why your dentist may extract a tooth and how the procedure and what recovery looks like.
Reasons for tooth extractions
The American Dental Association (ADA) states that the top three reasons for tooth extraction are trauma (injury), disease (cavities, abscess or gum disease) and overcrowding (impeding orthodontic correction and proper tooth alignment). In addition, your Frederick and Urbana oral surgeon may remove third molars, or wisdom teeth, which are encased in bone or gums (impacted) and are intruding on the roots of neighboring teeth.
Additionally, baby teeth often stay in place long after permanent teeth form and erupt through the gums. In most cases, the baby teeth roots simply dissolve, and the teeth fall out naturally. In cases where the baby teeth are especially stubborn, your dentist at Pearlfection Dentistry may advise simple extractions.
The extraction procedure
Usually, local anesthetic sufficiently numbs the extraction site, making the patient completely comfortable. Some individuals may elect sedation, depending on their comfort level and the nature of the extractions.
For a simple extraction, our periodontist, oral surgeon or general dentist will perform the procedure. The doctor uses an elevator tool to rock the tooth gently, loosening the periodontal ligament. Then, he or she grasps the tooth with a forceps and removes it from the socket.
With a surgical extraction, there may be more extensive incision of the gums and modification of the underlying bone. Sutures finish this type of extraction as well.
At home, extraction patients are encouraged to:
- Bite on sterile gauze to quell bleeding.
- Take antibiotics if prescribed.
- Control pain with over-the-counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
- Avoid brushing, smoking or drinking with a straw for at least 24 hours to avoid dislodging the blood clot and stitches.
- Eat a soft diet for a few days.
In the office, you and your doctor will make the decision if bone graph and dental implants make sense in your situation.
Trust your dentist
The doctor knows when to extract a tooth and when to save it. For your consultation on the best treatment for your compromised tooth, please call PearlFection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana, MD. Located only 45 minutes away from Washington, DC and Baltimore, and welcoming patients from the Hagerstown and Germantown, MD area.