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Posts for: January, 2017
Find out if dental surgery may be necessary to improve your oral health.
While you may not relish the idea of needing surgery, for many people it’s a fact of life if they want to maintain good oral health. But before you get concerned about needing surgery our dentists serving the Urbana, MD, area are here to talk about the most common reasons why oral surgery may actually end up being the best decision you make for your smile.
A Severely Damaged Tooth
Cavities, cracks and fractures can often be treated rather easily if caught right away. This is why seeing your Fredrick general dentist, serving the Urbana area, for routine checkups is important to your oral health. It’s through these visits that we can detect cavities or an infection before it causes too much damage.
While a dental filling, root canal or dental crown can usually treat these issues, if you’ve let the problem go on too long it can affect the overall integrity of your tooth and leave it irreparable. In this case, we have no choice but to remove the tooth.
If you are dealing with missing teeth and have decided that dental implants are the best choice then you will have to undergo surgery in order to get your new restorations. Implants are surgically placed into the jawbone to support an artificial tooth like a dental crown. Since patients wishing to get dental implants have to undergo surgery they will need to be healthy enough for treatment.
While most people will find that their TMJ disorder goes away on its own or can be managed with conservative treatment options those with severe bite problems might benefit from corrective jaw surgery. During surgery, we can correct either one or both of the jaws so that they are aligned properly to improve your bite and reduce your chances of jaw pain, stiffness and other issues.
Wisdom Tooth Complications
Most wisdom teeth will need to be removed at some point during your lifetime. This third set of molars usually comes in around your later teens or early twenties. If they don’t grow in properly they can lead to pain or an infection, or cause damage to surrounding teeth.
Do you have questions about your upcoming surgery? Do you need to schedule a consultation to find out if you need to get your wisdom teeth removed? The dental experts at Pearlfection Dentistry serving Urbana, MD, are here to make sure you get the proper dental care you need whenever you need it.
Find out if you or your child’s smile could potentially benefit from getting braces or Invisalign.
It’s pretty rare to be born with a perfectly straight smile, but that’s okay. Our Urbana and Frederick, MD orthodontists and dentists have you covered. Find out the perfect time to consider getting orthodontic treatment and the telltale signs that it might improve your smile and your oral health.
Here are some of most common situations that can easily be treated with braces or Invisalign:
This is often the most common reason anyone comes to see our Urbana and Frederick general dentist for treatment. Crowding simply means that there isn’t enough room for all of your teeth to fit properly, so teeth crowd and overlap one another. Since teeth are so close together it can make it difficult to properly clean between teeth and even increase your chances for decay or gum disease. By treating this issue at an early age, we can improve your oral health for the long run.
If you smile do you notice that the top teeth actually cover the bottom teeth? If so, then you may have an overbite. In an overbite, the top teeth stick out further than the bottom teeth. A severe overbite can increase your risk of damage to the front teeth or put too much pressure on other teeth and lead to injury.
If you smile and your upper front teeth rest behind your lower teeth this is known as an underbite. This is the result of disproportionate jaw sizes and an underbite can cause issues speaking and chewing, and can affect the structure and appearance of your face.
If you notice that your front teeth do not touch when you smile then you are probably dealing with an open bite. This can lead to speech problems (e.g. lisps) and difficulty eating and chewing.
If you or your child is exhibiting any of these orthodontic issues, it’s time you sat down and talked to us as soon as possible. We will do a free consultation to asses whether braces or Invisalign could help your smile. From mild to severe issues, we are able to tackle them with our wide variety of orthodontic treatments. Isn’t it time you turned to Pearlfection Dentistry in Urbana and Frederick, MD to schedule your consultation?
Find out how you could benefit from crowns and bridges. Your Frederick, MD, dentists at Pearlfection Dentistry explain how these dental restorations can help your smile.
Do I need crowns or bridges?
You can benefit from crowns and bridges if you have one or more of these problems:
- Missing teeth
- Tooth discolorations caused by dental work, cancer treatment or tetracycline use
- Chips or cracks in teeth
- Broken teeth
- Fragile teeth after root canal therapy or other dental procedures
- Oddly shaped teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Short teeth
Dental issues can cause normally confident people to become self-conscious about their appearance. In addition to concerns about appearance, failing to correct problems can result in pain, bite problems, gum disease and difficulty chewing and speaking.
What are crowns and bridges?
Dental crowns, sometimes called caps, are a very effective method of treating many tooth issues because they cover teeth completely. They not only conceal cosmetic issues but also stabilize teeth in danger of breaking. Since crowns must be able to handle wear and tear without breaking, they're often made of porcelain, a tough material that looks like tooth enamel. They may also be constructed of other materials, such as ceramic or resin.
Crowns are also found in bridges used to replace missing teeth. Crowns anchor the bridge and support one or more artificial teeth.
Preparation is the key to ensuring that your new crown or bridge fits perfectly. Your dentist will prepare teeth that will receive the crowns, then make an impression of your mouth. The dental laboratory will use the impression to create a mold of your teeth, which will help them make the crowns or bridge.
Although it will take a few weeks for the lab to create the restorations, you will receive temporary crowns during the first visit. They'll be replaced with permanent versions when you return for your next appointment. Crowns and bridges are very comfortable. In fact, in a week or two, you may forget that you ever had a dental problem.
Would you like to find out if crowns or bridges are the best choice for your smile? Call your Frederick, MD, dentists, at (301) 663-5550 to schedule an appointment.