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Posts for: June, 2018

By PearlFection Dentistry
June 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how this restoration could breathe new life back into your crowns

We know that nothing beats having a healthy smile; however, we also know that dental problems can occur suddenly. When this happens it’s important to have our Frederick and Urbana MD, dentists, Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer and Dr. Amadeus Lopez; periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, oral surgeon, Dr. Brian Chang; endodontist, Dr. Pratik Patel; and orthodontist, Dr. Stephen Tigani, by your side to offer your smile the restorative dentistry it needs right away.

A dental crown is one of the most common restorations we use. This tooth-shaped cap is cemented in place over a tooth to become its new outer surface. There are many situations in which you could benefit from getting a dental crown in Frederick and Urbana MD. You may need a dental crown if:

  • You have a tooth that is severely weakened or worn
  • You have undergone root canal treatment
  • You have a fractured or broken tooth
  • You have extensive decay and a dental filling won’t be enough to support the tooth
  • You have a tooth that is misshapen or extremely discolored
  • You need to cover a dental implant
  • You need to support a dental bridge

In most cases, a dental crown is made from tooth-colored materials such as porcelain or composite resin, which can be matched to the shade of your teeth so that no one will be able to tell that you have a dental crown. Crowns are custom-made based on measurements taken of your tooth. Several steps must take place before you can get a dental crown.

First, the tooth needs to be prepared for the crown. This requires our general dentists to prepare the tooth to make sure the crown can fit over it. Once the tooth is prepped we will take impressions of the tooth. These impressions are then sent to a dental lab so they can create your custom dental crown. Since it can take up to a week to get your dental crown, we will place a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it in the meantime. Once your crown has been made, you will come in so that we can fit you with your new permanent restoration.

Do you have questions about getting dental crowns? Are you wondering if a crown is what you need to improve your smile? Then turn to the experts at PearlFection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana MD, and servicing the regions of Hagerstown and Germantown, MD to get these answers and more.

June 22, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Dental implants - When are they a good option for tooth replacement, what do they cost, and what exactly are they?  A dental implant is usually made up of 3 parts, the implant body, the abutment and the crown.  Total cost varies, but assume about $2000 for the implant and about $1000 to 3000 for everything else. So overall cost is between $3000 and $5000.  Implants are used more today than ever before. They are typically the preferred method of replacing an individual tooth vs a bridge, due to the fact that a bridge requires the abutting two teeth to be cut down to accept the bridge abutments. Implants are also used to secure dentures. 

If you think you might need an implant and want to learn more about your options, set up a free consultation with Dr. Stringer or Dr. Lawson.  Urbana Maryland (301) 831-8303. Frederick Maryland (301) 663-5550


By PearlFection Dentistry
June 12, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Emergency  

Data from the American Dental Association estimates that there are 2.2 million dental emergencies every year, mostly handled in hospital emergency dentistryemergency rooms. The team at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, MD want to encourage you to see one of their dentists for emergency dental care instead. They offer affordable options to ensure that you don’t avoid treatment just because you’re worried about a huge bill. Find out more about getting treated by an emergency dentist. You’re in good hands with a dental team that includes general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, and Dr. Amadeus Lopez; periodontist, Dr. Ashley Seals; oral surgeon, Dr. Brian Chang; endodontist, Dr. Pratik Patel; and orthodontist, Dr. Stephen Tigani.

Reasons to Call an Emergency Dentist
Some patients aren’t sure what is considered an emergency versus a dental concern that can be handled at a normal visit. Here are a few common reasons why someone might want to enlist the help of a Frederick emergency dentist:

- A broken or knocked out tooth from playing contact sports.
- A dental infection (dental pain and headaches).
- Damage to a restoration (crown, bridge, implant, filling, or veneer).
- A swollen jaw or unbearable jaw pain that limits your ability to eat.
- You want to avoid the hassle and expense of going to an emergency room.

Costs of Emergency Dental Care
Many people avoid seeking help from an emergency dentist because they are concerned about the cost. When you visit Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick for an emergency treatment, the cost of the visit and exam will not exceed $200 if you don’t have insurance and $50 if you do have insurance. You will then be consulted about the cost of any necessary treatments and given options so that you can leave the office without feeling pain. The goal is to give you some relief quickly.

Don’t Ignore Dental Pain
Dental pain can progress to something worse than just discomfort. It can lead to tooth loss, pose a threat to your gum health, and even create general health concerns if it’s not treated the right way. Sedation options will help you feel more relaxed at the appointment if you’re anxious.

See an Emergency Dentist
Dental pain and discomfort can interfere with your ability to carry on with normal daily activities. See a dentist for help as soon as possible to get relief. Contact Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, MD (servicing the regions of Hagerstown and Germantown, MD) for emergency dental care. The office is 45 minutes away from Washington, DC and 45 minutes from Baltimore, MD. Call (301) 663-5550 to schedule an appointment.

By PearlFection Dentistry
June 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants have helped countless patients who have struggled with the aesthetic and functional challenges of living with missing dental implantsteeth. You can now have your whole mouth reconstructed using dentures and dental implants. Let a dentist at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, MD, (servicing the regions of Hagerstown and Germantown, MD) rebuild and restore your smile.

Tooth Loss and Restoration with Dental Implants
Approximately 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth according to the American College of Prosthodontists. This is a stressful problem for patients because it doesn’t just affect their self-esteem, it also affects their ability to chew and digest solid foods. Lack of teeth also makes the jawline go slack eventually, which changes the shape of the face. Your dentist can resolve these problems using dental implants. 

A Full Mouth Smile Reconstruction
Patients who have lost all of their teeth can benefit from a full mouth reconstruction using dental implants and a specialty denture. It will restore teeth to the entire arch of the mouth (upper, lower, or both). Your Frederick dentist will create a complete denture device that fits snugly over the jawline and is held firmly in place using about two to four dental implants. This solution allows you to chew and talk without fear of the denture coming loose.

Explore Your Options
Even if you have been neglecting your smile for years, a device supported by dental implants may be an option for you. Pearlfection Dentistry offers an in-office insurance plan that provides discounts to patients who require a full mouth reconstruction with dental implants. The office also offers its own insurance plan for patients, and all types of dental providers are under the same roof, including endodontic, orthodontic, periodontal, and general dentists.

A Fully Restored Smile
Imagine the possibilities for your smile when you have it restored using dental implants and a custom-designed full mouth restorative device. Call (301) 663-5550 today to schedule a consultation with a member of the dental staff at Pearlfection in Frederick, MD. The office is 45 minutes away from Washington, DC, and 45 min from Baltimore, MD, and services the regions of Hagerstown and Germantown, MD. The dental team includes general, cosmetic and restorative dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, and Dr. Amadeus Lopez; periodontist, Dr. Ashley Seals; oral surgeon, Dr. Brian Chang; endodontist, Dr. Pratik Patel; and orthodontist, Dr. Stephen Tigani.

By PearlFection Dentistry
June 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Don’t let traumatic dental injuries affect your appearance and your self-esteem.Full Mouth Reconstruction

From football to serious car accidents, there are many situations in which you may end up dealing with extensive oral injuries. We know that this can be scary for anyone to have to handle. Luckily, our Frederick, MD, general, cosmetic and restorative dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer and Dr. Amadeus Lopez, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel, and orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani specialize in providing full-mouth reconstruction to rebuild and restore your smile so you can feel confident once again.

Whether you are dealing with tooth loss, jaw injuries or other problems, our team of dentists, periodontists and dental specialists in Frederick, MD, are here to meet your needs and provide you with the individualized treatment you need to restore your smile. You could be a great candidate for full-mouth restoration if you are dealing with facial or oral damage as a result of:

  • A bad fall
  • Car accident
  • A sports injury
  • A work-related injury
  • Congenital disorder
  • Cancer

We know that it isn’t just about aesthetics when it comes to getting full-mouth reconstruction. While our goal is to certainly give you a smile that is beautiful and that you feel confident with, we also want to restore your smile to full functionality and strength.

So, what dental problems can be treated with full-mouth reconstruction?

We cater to all of your specific dental needs, which means that we are able to offer comprehensive dental services to be able to treat:

  • Tooth loss
  • Reconstruction due to an accident or injury
  • Eroded teeth
  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Fractured, dislodged or partially dislodged teeth
  • Severely worn teeth
  • Soft tissue or bone injuries

In some cases, facial trauma can also cause dental issues. This is where we come in. We can provide an array of treatments that cater to restoring facial injuries. Here are some of the services we offer:

  • Dental veneers
  • Dental crowns
  • Dental implants
  • Dentures
  • Dental bridges
  • TMJ treatment
  • Root canal therapy
  • Dental fillings

A good candidate for full-mouth reconstruction will be someone who requires more than one of the above cosmetic and/or restorative treatments in order to improve their oral health.

Pearlfection Dentistry is proud to provide comprehensive preventive, cosmetic and restorative dentistry to the Frederick, Hagerstown and Germantown, MD, areas. If you are dealing with serious dental problems that need to be corrected, don’t hesitate to give our office a call and discover what we can do to get your oral health back on track. Schedule a consultation today.