The PearlFection Blog
Posts for: July, 2018
Pediatric dental care is often a concern for parents. Most parents want to know at what age they should start bringing their kids in for dental care and for parents with older kids, they wonder when should they switch from a pediatric dentist to an adult dentist. Like most things in life the answer is "it depends". The doctors who treat pediatric patients at PearlFection Dentistry in Frederick Maryland and Urbana Maryland usually recommend starting kids off kind of early for their first dental experience, usually between ages of 1 and 3. This gets them used to the sounds and sites of a dental practice and we usually try to make it a positive experience. That way, they have a positive impression of the dentist early in life and it transfers through to adulthood. If kids are a bit anxious our child friendly dentists can use some sort of sedation, often nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to put the kids at ease, but we always prefer to not use drugs if we don't need to.
Our doctors in Frederick Maryland and Urbana Maryland will perform everything from child teeth cleanings to root canals and crown and teeth extractions to orthodontics on kids. The other advantage of coming to a dental practice that sees both kids and adults is there is no reason to make a choice when to move from a pediatric dentist to an adult dentist. Kids can stay at a pediatric dentist up to and even beyond age 18, but most parents and kids opt to see an adult dentist soon after their adult teeth are in, but again it's a personal choice. If your kids like the pediatic dentist, there is no huge reason to force them to see an adult dentist too soon. But again, at practices like PearlFection Dentistry you don't have to choose because we see kids and adults in both our Frederick and Urbana locations. We see both adults and children for orthodontic braces and Invisalign with one of the best and most experienced orthodontists in the States of Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, Dr Stephen Tigani.
So if you need pediatric dental care for your young children or your teens, or need to talk about orthodontic, endodontic, or oral surgery, including wisdom teeth extractions, or need emergency dental care for kids, call a dentist with the expertise and reputation your kids deserve. Call PearlFection Dentistry in Frederick Maryland or Urbana Maryland, the most reviewed dentist in the State of Maryland.
Don’t ignore a true dental emergency when it happens to you.
Think you are dealing with a dental emergency? If so, you may be wondering, “Now what?” 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 are here to help you pinpoint a true dental emergency so you know what steps to take next.
So what constitutes a dental emergency? Here are problems that can arise that need immediate attention from your Frederick, MD, dentist:
- A toothache
- A cracked or fractured tooth
- A knocked-out or partially dislodged tooth
- A severely bitten tongue or lip
- Broken dental work or braces
If you or a family member is dealing with any of the problems above, it’s time to get immediate dental care.
Stay Calm and Seek Dental Care
While we know it can be difficult to stay calm when you are dealing with a dental emergency it’s important not to freak out. Here are some pointers to follow to help you know what to do when a dental emergency happens to you or a loved one:
- Call your dentist right away and let them know what’s going on. They will let you know whether you need to come in right away. This is the first and most important step you need to take.
- If you are dealing with pain or swelling, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen to at least temporarily stave off discomfort until you get into our office. Never rub aspirin or any pain reliever directly on your gums.
- If your tooth has been knocked out or cracked, collect the tooth (or pieces of the tooth). If the tooth is fully intact rinse it with lukewarm water (handle the tooth by the crown only; never the roots) and then carefully try to place it back in the socket. If the tooth won’t go back in the socket hold the tooth between your cheeks and your gums and head to our office immediately. Cracked pieces of a tooth can be placed into a protective container.
- If there is bleeding, apply a clean cloth to the area and apply pressure for several minutes. If the bleeding gets worse or doesn’t stop in 15 minutes then you may need to go to your nearest emergency room.
- If there is facial swelling, take a pain reliever or apply a hot or cold compress to your face for 10-15 minutes at a time.
If you are looking for emergency dental care in Frederick, MD, then look no further than Pearlfection Dentistry. We are proud to provide comprehensive dental services to the Hagerstown and Germantown, MD, areas, and we are only 45 minutes from Washington, DC, and Baltimore. If you have a dental emergency call us right away.
Don’t let another night of poor sleep affect your quality of life.
Dealing with chronic and loud snoring is one of the main complaints among partners. If you or a loved one’s snoring is keeping everyone up at night, it’s important that you turn to a sleep specialist to find out if sleep apnea could be the reason for your snoring. Even if sleep apnea isn’t the cause, snoring can disrupt sleep and lead to daytime fatigue and a host of potentially serious and chronic health problems such as heart attacks, high blood pressure and stroke.
So, how can our Urbana, MD, dental team help? While it might seem rather odd to go to a dentist to treat your sleep apnea or snoring symptoms it’s actually not as odd as you might think. After all, there is a connection between your symptoms and your mouth. For example, in those with obstructive sleep apnea (the most common type of sleep apnea) the tissues in the back of the throat, or the tongue itself, end up blocking the airways throughout the night, affecting how much oxygen your brain and body are getting each and every night.
To prevent these obstructions from happening, our dental team will provide you with an oral appliance. Many people with sleep apnea will receive CPAP therapy to treat their condition. This is a standard treatment option, but it’s not the only treatment option. In fact, if your condition is mild you may not even need to wear the CPAP mask at all. You could get the treatment and results you need with our simple oral appliance. Instead of putting a mask over your nose and mouth each night you will pop this custom-made dental device over your upper and lower teeth.
An oral appliance looks similar to a mouthguard; however, it can work in one of two ways: It can either reposition the jaws forward to prevent the tissue in the back of the throat from collapsing at night or it can suppress the tongue so the tongue doesn’t block the airways while you sleep. This treatment has helped many patients get better quality sleep while eliminating snoring and sleep apnea symptoms.
Pearlfection Dentistry in Urbana, MD, is ready to help you get the quality sleep you finally deserve. If you are dealing with sleep apnea or chronic snoring and are ready to find out if oral appliance therapy is right for you, give our office a call today!
Give your family the extensive and gentle dental care they need.
Caring for your family’s smiles shouldn’t be challenging, especially when you have a team of friendly, trustworthy dental experts by your side. Here in Frederick and Urbana, MD, Pearlfection Dentistry prides itself on providing endodontists, orthodontists, periodontists and a regular dental team under one roof. Our general, cosmetic and restorative dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan and Dr. Amadeus Lopez, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, Prosthodontist Dr. Vincent Auth, oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel and orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani are here to tell you why caring for your family’s oral health is easy with us.
First of all, most families these days have hectic, jam-packed work schedules. Finding time to see the dentist can be challenging, but our Urbana and Frederick, MD, dental team wants to make getting dental care for the whole family simpler. Now, instead of visiting different dentists or specialists to get the checkup, treatment or procedure everyone needs, you can get it all here in our office. No need to run to another specialist to deal with gum disease or visit another office to discuss your child’s orthodontic needs. We can help with all of this and more.
Plus, you’ll find it’s far less stressful when you can schedule appointments for the whole family for the same day. No need to keep running back and forth to different dentists and for different appointments. We will work with your schedule to make sure you get the appointments that work best with your life.
Having a dental team you trust is by far the most important. The sooner you get kids to visit the dentist the more comfortable and easy it will be to get them in for routine checkups. Plus, over the years we really get to know them. We know their detailed and changing medical history so we can always provide them with safe, tailored dental treatments. After all, a healthy smile is crucial for a healthy body and mind.
Here at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, MD, we want all families to get the dental care they deserve. We make it convenient for families living in the Hagerstown and Germantown, MD, areas to get the dental care they need. Most days our office is open 12 hours per day including Saturdays and we offer implants and dentures. We are also only 45 minutes from Washington, DC and Baltimore.
Whether you are facing complications of severe gum disease or you were in a terrible accident, if you are dealing with missing teeth and other dental problems it’s important that you have a dentist that you can trust to provide you with thorough, compassionate, and understanding care during this trying time. Here at Pearlfection Dentistry in 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 can provide you with all the restorative dentistry you need to get back the smile you once had.
Many people looking to get full-mouth reconstruction in Frederick are missing some or even all of their teeth, among other dental problems. While dentures can often quickly give you back a full set of teeth, it isn’t the same as having your real smile back and people can be disappointed by dentures. This is where dental implants come in.
Multiple implants can be placed along the entire arch of your jawbone to replace all of your missing teeth. These implants can even support and hold dentures in place, which can be a major relief for those who have dentures but aren’t happy with the way they fit or feel. Denture-supported implants can keep your smile in place so you can feel confident each and every day.
Of course, we also offer a full range of other cosmetic and restorative dentistry services that can complement dental implants and denture-supported implants. Some of these services include:
- Crowns and bridges
- Teeth whitening
- Scaling and root planing (to treat gum disease)
- Dental bonding
- Gum reshaping
- Dental veneers
We also believe that everyone should be able to receive quality dental care whenever they need it. This is why we offer our very own in-office insurance plan, which provides you with the coverage you need to get the dental care you deserve. Our insurance plan is available for all of our patients and you’ll receive discounts on the dental care you receive. So no matter whether you need to schedule a routine cleaning or you need full-mouth reconstruction, our insurance plan has your covered.
We believe in the power of a beautiful smile. We also believe everyone should feel confident in their appearance. If severe dental damage has you embarrassed to smile let our expert dental team here in Frederick, MD and servicing the regions of Hagerstown and Germantown, MD, help you. Call Pearlfection Dentistry today to schedule your consultation.