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By PearlFection Dentistry
November 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: orthodontics  

Do you have crowded teeth? Maybe you have an underbite? The staff at Pearlfection Dentistry in Urbana, MD offers orthodontics and can assist you in straightening your teeth and recorrecting any dentition that might have moved out of position.

How orthodontics can change your smile

Changing your smile can be dramatic or it can be more subtle, but orthodontics can help you create the smile that you want.

Orthodontics makes it possible to achieve optimal jaw alignment which helps with chewing, bruising, and reshaping the face.

By utilizing orthodontics, your teeth can be straightened -- you will experience less crowding, overbite, and other misalignments that you may face.

With advances in techniques and technology, aligning your teeth has never been more discreet. If you want to straighten your teeth and do not mind wearing trays, Invisalign is a solid option for those who do not want to call attention to their teeth being realigned. Lingual braces, that is, braces that are installed on the tongue side of the teeth instead of the lip are also an option for those who want to be a little more discreet.

One of the boons of orthodontics is how customized they are. Because each mouth and each jaw is different, your dentist has to know how to best accommodate your specific size, shape, or any other characteristic.

Another benefit is that you can utilize orthodontics as many times as you want. If you needed braces as a child, had straight teeth as an adult but have realized that you have some teeth that are starting to move around, you can still obtain orthodontics to recorrect that alignment in your mouth.

No need to hide your smile anymore. Explore what orthodontics can do for you by contacting our staff at (301) 663-5550 to schedule an appointment.

By PearlFection Dentistry
November 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Surgery  

You might be sitting there in pain because of an impacted wisdom tooth, or getting ready to have a gum graft. To treat these conditions and more, you will need oral surgery. Dr. EJ Stringer offers professional, licensed care at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, MD, and provides oral surgery to those who need it.

What is Oral Surgery?

Oral surgery is when your dentist performs surgery of the mouth. Why would you need oral surgery?

  • A patient may need this procedure if they have too much gum tissue exposed, some sort of dental emergency that requires immediate attention, and deep tooth decay that is not easily treated.

What Happens During An Oral Surgery?

Treatments like laser gum treatment reduce the gum tissue to show more of the tooth. Sometimes teeth break through the gum, and the patient opts to have surgery to fix a gummy smile. The most familiar oral surgery that most individuals know is probably a root canal. Different procedures require different steps.

On Average, How Long Does It Take?

The length of oral surgery depends on details like the condition addressed. Dentists also consider which type of surgery to deploy, as well as the patient’s vitals and lifestyle habits. Usually, dentists complete oral surgery within a couple of hours, and the patient can start recovery at home that same day.

How Do I Get Ready For My Surgery?

Be sure you are well fed and hydrated before your arrival. Remember to share with your dentist If you are allergic to anesthesia. Try to stay away from excessive alcohol consumption and tobacco use before your surgery. Alcohol thins the blood and makes it harder to stop bleeding. Tobacco use contributes to infections at the site of operation due to inflammation. Above all, remain as calm as possible.

Contact Dr. Stringer for your oral surgery at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick MD. Find us at (301) 663-5550.

 

By PearlFection Dentistry
November 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: snoring   sleep apnea  

In some cases, snoring can be caused by overweight, cold, alcohol use, or old age. But snoring can also be caused by an underlying condition known as sleep apnea. The team of dentists at Pearlfection Dentistry in Fredrick, MD is dedicated to offering the best quality dental services, general, pediatric, and cosmetic dental treatments as well as oral surgery.

What You Need to Know About Sleep Apnea

While most Fredrick residents who snore do not suffer from sleep apnea, typically people who do have sleep apnea snore quite loudly. This condition can be dangerous if it is not treated. Sleep apnea occurs when your normal breathing pattern is interrupted during sleep. There are two types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea: causing the airflow to lessen or stop completely.
  • Central sleep apnea: the brain sends incorrect signals to the brain, disrupting breathing.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a much more common form.

Who Is at Risk of Sleep Apnea?

You may be at a higher risk of sleep apnea if:

  • You are overweight or obese
  • You are over the age of 60
  • You are a woman
  • You have an enlarged tongue or narrow throat
  • You drink alcohol
  • You smoke

Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Signs and symptoms of this condition include:

  • Snoring
  • Gasping during sleep
  • Frequent waking during the night
  • Night sweats
  • Dry mouth
  • Morning headaches
  • Unrefreshing sleep

If left untreated, over time, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure, which increases your risk of stroke and heart disease.

Treatment for Sleep Apnea

In many cases, making some simple lifestyle changes is all it takes to resolve sleep apnea. In other more severe cases, a CPAP machine may be helpful. In very severe cases, surgery may be recommended.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of the dental specialists at Pearlfection Dentistry, call the Fredrick office at (301) 663-5550.

By PearlFection Dentistry
August 07, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants offer a new approach to tooth restoration. Thanks to the innovative implant process, it's possible to create a brand new synthetic tooth that's firmly rooted in your jawbone. Your Frederick, MD dentist at Pearlfection Dentistry can help you decide if dental implants are a good option for you.

What dental implants can do for your smile

Like any good restoration method, dental implants fill the gaps in your smile. A full smile is essential to your self-esteem and your oral health. When you have missing teeth, whether you've lost one tooth or all of them, you may find yourself reluctant to socialize or explore new career opportunities. Dental implants give you brand new teeth that look and function just like the teeth you lost. Your new tooth will allow you to chew normally and comfortably and will prevent your other teeth from shifting.

Each new tooth includes the implant, a connector called an abutment and a crown. Your implants serve as the roots of your new teeth and are attached to crowns with the abutments. Crowns are restorations that replace the visible parts of your teeth.

How dental implants work

During your first implant visit to the Frederick MD dental office, you'll undergo minor oral surgery to implant tiny titanium posts in your jawbone. Bio-compatible titanium bonds to your jawbone and ensures that your new roots are firmly attached to the bone. Of course, you'll receive a local anesthetic before the procedure begins and won't feel any pain.

Once you've healed and the implants have bonded to your jawbone, the abutments will be added to the tops of the implants. At this stage, your Frederick, MD dentist will also make an impression of your mouth that will be used for crown creation. You'll return to the office in a few weeks for the final step in the process - the attachment of the crowns to the implants.

You'll be able to eat a variety of foods with your new teeth and won't have to worry about a loss of biting power, which can be an issue after tooth replacement. In addition to enhancing your appearance, dental implants also help keep your jawbone strong and prevent the bone from shrinking.

Your new implants become a permanent part of your jawbone as soon as bonding occurs. With regular brushing and flossing, you can expect your dental implants to last your entire life.

Are you ready for a brand new smile with the help of dental implants? Call Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick MD at (301) 663-5550 to schedule your appointment.

By PearlFection Dentistry
May 27, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: invisalign  

How Invisalign treatment from your dentists in Urbana and Frederick, MD, can help your smile

Have you been thinking about orthodontics? If so, you and your smile need to discover the latest type of orthodontic treatment, Invisalign. Instead of brackets and wires, this revolutionary orthodontic treatment uses plastic appliances called aligners.

Located in Urbana and Frederick, MD, and led by 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, PearlFection Dentistry offers a wide variety of dental services, including Invisalign orthodontic treatment to help your smile—read on to learn more.

What Invisalign can do for you

Your Invisalign treatment begins with your first set of aligners, which you wear for two weeks, then you move up to a new set of aligners, which you wear for another two weeks. You keep advancing to a new set of aligners every two weeks until your treatment is complete. Invisalign treatment takes between nine and fifteen months, and you will see your dentist every few weeks to monitor your progress.

Invisalign can treat many of the same issues as conventional brackets and wires, including:

  • Overbite and underbite
  • Crossbite and open bite
  • Tooth rotation and crowding
  • Closing gaps between your teeth

So, why choose Invisalign? Due to how the aligners are made of clear plastic, Invisalign offers discreet treatment that is virtually undetectable to the people around you. All those people will see is your beautiful smile!

Invisalign is also comfortable, because the aligners are smooth, with no sharp parts to irritate your soft tissue.

You can also remove your Invisalign aligners, allowing you to continue enjoying the foods you love and maintain your previous oral hygiene routine.

Interested? Give us a call

You and your smile deserve to enjoy the benefits of Invisalign orthodontic treatment. Now, you can achieve a straight, beautiful smile quicker and easier than you’ve ever thought possible, thanks to Invisalign. To learn more about what Invisalign can do for you and your smile, call one of Pearlfection Dentistry's offices in either Urbana or Frederick, MD, today:

  • Urbana - (301) 831-8303
  • Frederick - (301) 663-5550