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Posts for: August, 2018
Dealing with a cavity? Find out how our Frederick and Urbana, MD, dentists will revive your smile.
Finding out you have a cavity is never fun; however, our Frederick and Urbana, MD, general, cosmetic and restorative dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, Dr Alex Sin Deuk Kim and Dr. Amadeus Lopez, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel and orthodontist Dr. Steven Tigani are here to let you know what to expect if you have a cavity.
First thing’s first—a cavity can’t remain on your teeth, as the decay will just continue to grow until it continues to take over the entire tooth. This is why visiting your general dentist for routine checkups every six months is so very important since it’s usually during these visits that we are able to pinpoint a cavity. The sooner a cavity is treated the better for the health of your tooth.
In order to do this, the first step is to remove the decayed enamel. Don’t worry; while this might sound a little scary, we will apply a local anesthetic to the area to numb it prior to starting. You won’t feel anything while the cavity is being removed. Now that the decay is gone, we can’t just leave the tooth. It needs to be rebuilt and restored, right?
This is where a cosmetic filling, or dental filling, comes in. Just as the name implies, this tooth-colored material is used to fill the holes in the tooth where decayed enamel once was to restore the tooth’s appearance and strength. After all, a cavity of any size can affect the strength and function of a tooth. Our goal is to make sure your tooth is as strong and resilient as possible.
The filling is made from a tooth-colored dental resin, which is first matched to the color of your tooth before it is applied. The resin is similar to putty, so it is easily moldable and shaped over the holes of your tooth to rebuild them. The resin is applied in thin layers. After each layer is applied, we harden it over the tooth with a UV light applied from a special tool called a curing light before applying the next layer. Once the tooth is fully restored, we will give it a polish so that it boasts a beautiful, radiant sheen. And, just like that, your tooth is like new again.
Whether you have questions about the dental services we provide or you are looking for a family dentist in Frederick and Urbana, MD, our team here at Pearlfection Dentistry is here to serve you. We are conveniently located just 45 minutes away from Washington, DC and Baltimore. We welcome patients from all over Hagerstown and Germantown, MD, to make sure everyone gets the oral care they deserve.
Traumatic injuries to the teeth and jaw are not only painful, they can potentially ruin a healthy smile and even affect your ability to eat and speak clearly, which can in turn affect your overall health and quality of life. Whether you or a member of your family has suffered dental or damage to the jaw from a sports injury, fall, or traumatic impact from an accident, 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 at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana, MD, offer a range of restorative and cosmetic dentistry options designed to reconstruct and makeover your smile.
Dental Reconstruction Surgery and Treatment in Frederick and Urbana, MD
Dental injuries and trauma run the gamut from a loose or knocked out tooth to a broken jaw. Pearlfection Dentistry offers emergency dental services for problems that require immediate treatment. This can be anything from a broken crown to the pain of a severely decayed or infected tooth.
Cosmetic Dental and Oral Surgery Treatments in Frederick and Urbana, MD
There are a number of restorative and reconstructive options available to improve your smile and oral health after an injury or dental issues like tooth decay or gum disease:
- Dental Implants
- Crowns and Bridgework
- Root canal therapy
- Bone graft
- Oral reconstruction surgery to repair jaw or dental injuries
- Sedation dentistry
- Extractions (for impacted or severely damaged teeth that can't be saved through restorative procedures like fillings or crowns)
- TMJ treatment
Dental damage not due to tooth decay, gum disease, or the normal wear and tear of the aging process is usually unexpected, but you don't have to settle for a less than perfect smile.
For more information about our general and cosmetic dentistry services, contact Pearlfection Dentistry by calling (301) 663-5550 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today. Our offices are conveniently located within 45 minutes of D.C. and Baltimore. Our dentists also serve the regions of Hagerstown and Germantown, MD.
Wisdom teeth usually arrive during our adolescence, and just like teenagers, they can sometimes cause a little trouble!
Our doctors at PearlFection Dentistry in Frederick Maryland and Urbana Maryland, see a lot of teeth and we answer a lot of questions about when is it recommended to get wisdom teeth removed.
Some folks go through their entire life with wisdom teeth in place and have no trouble, but wisdom teeth often create issues later in life so it is usually recommended that they be extracted and certainly they should be extracted if they begin creating dental pain or get infected. Also, it is usually easier to extract wisdom teeth, and patients experience less complications, if they have the procedure done earlier in their life. Wisdom teeth often get harder to extract later in life.
Complications are commonplace with wisdom teeth; symptoms include failure to fully erupt through the gum bed, the teeth becoming impacted or cause other teeth to shift out of alignment. Wisdom teeth can actually damage other teeth and cause major discomfort. In some cases, orthodontic treatment can be required to correct shifted teeth.
To avoid pain, infections and teeth alignment issues your dentist may recommend a wisdom teeth removal procedure called an extraction or third molar extraction. This procedure is best performed by a board certified oral surgeon with advanced training is the surgical removal of teeth and the skills required to deal with complications. Remember, all dentists in the State of Maryland are licensed to remove wisdom teeth the day they graduate from dental school. They have probably done some wisdom teeth extractions under the supervision of a faculty member at school. Oral surgeons, in addition to having done dental school have gone on to additional years of training to learn how to extract the most difficult teeth and have likely extracted thousands of wisdom teeth. Ask yourself, who would you rather extract your wisdom teeth?
Not everyone will require surgical removal of wisdom teeth. If you suspect your wisdom teeth are causing you pain or you suspect you may have a wisdom tooth infection you should set up an appointment for a consultation at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick Maryland or Urbana, Maryland. One of our oral surgeons can meet with you, look at the xrays and determine a good course of action.
Many folks get their wisdom teeth extracted in their late teens or early 20s. It’s wise to address issues with your wisdom teeth early when your gums are young and healthy and will heal quickly. If you wait, it is likely that you will notice problems and pain when your body is run down due to some life event, like a cold or stress.
- Learn more about Wisdom Teeth
We start teething in our infancy and revisit the process in our late teens or early adult life, when our so called ‘wisdom” teeth emerge.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are an additional set of molars that generally arrive between the ages of 17-21 and are generally considered to be ‘vestigial’ or excess to requirement from an evolutionary perspective. The anthropological view is that the third molars were used to provide the extra grinding power our ancestors needed to break down predominantly raw, unprocessed food but this doesn’t explain why they arrive so long after childhood. Put simply, oral hygiene is a relatively modern concept. Our ancestors were likely to lose teeth at an earlier age, so the arrival of an additional set of molars later in life may have evolved to assist survival. Not everyone gets their wisdom teeth. In some people, only two will emerge, in others four. When wisdom teeth do erupt, they are located at the far back of the mandible (lower) and maxilla (upper) jaw. Modern man has a much smaller jaw than our ancestors and this means there may not be enough room in the mouth to accommodate the wisdom teeth. They may fail to erupt or only partially erupt, which is sometimes referred to as having ‘impacted’ molars. Partial eruption can leave the soft tissue around the tooth exposed to bacterial build up, crowding or movement of other teeth, the formation of cysts and more rarely, tumours.
Symptoms of Adult Teething
In the first instance, teething often proves as painful for teens as it does for tots. The size of the wisdom teeth and the lack of room in the mouth mean it can sometimes take a long time for the teeth to come through. Inflammation of the gums at the back of the jaw can make it painful to chew. There may be increased sensitivity to hot or cold and pressure on surrounding teeth can refer pain into other parts of the face and jaw, resulting in ear ache, headache and a sore throat.
Treating Wisdom Teeth
As wisdom teeth are excess to requirement and their presence can cause complications, it is common for dentists to recommend the removal of wisdom teeth.
How much will Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost?
The cost for having wisdom teeth removed can vary between different areas and dental practitioners. But it can get expensive, if teeth are impacted and need special procedures to come out. Sometimes medical insurance will pay for wisdom teeth extraction and sometimes dental insurance will pay. Make sure you ask your insurance carrier if they pay for wisdom teeth extractions and under what conditions.
When making enquiries with a dentist, it is important to find out more information than simply the cost. Find out their approach, what kind of x-rays they’ll take, and their approach to numbing the pain of the removal and if they offer sedation dentistry. Are they a board certified oral surgeon or just a general dentist? How many extractions do they do weekly? And of course, read on line reviews.
Post-Care – Wisdom Teeth Removal
After wisdom teeth removal, you will need to take some care to ensure you recover smoothly. Here are some of the do’s and don’ts of wisdom teeth recovery, whether you have one, two, three or all four teeth removed.
Immediately following your surgery you will need to take special care not to disturb the surgical area. You should ensure you rest so your body can have a chance to heal. Follow any doctor recommendations.
Food and drink
Make sure you drink plenty of water after surgery, although it is best to avoid using a straw as this can dislodge the blood clot that would have formed in the socket. Although it is essential to remain hydrated, try to stick to water for the first 24 hours and avoid drinking alcoholic, caffeinated, carbonated or hot drinks. It is important to eat after surgery, although you will need to stick to soft foods for at least the first 24 hours. Once you feel you can tolerate them, you can move on to semisoft foods. Hard, chewy, hot or spicy foods should be avoided as they can irritate the wound or become stuck in the socket.
Smoking and spitting
You should avoid smoking as this can slow healing and increase the chances of developing dry socket, which is a painful infection of the extraction socket. It is essential to avoid this in the first 24 hours at least – and longer, if possible. Sucking on lollies or straws and spitting can also remove the blood clot essential to a good recovery, so you should take care to avoid these actions, too.
Cleaning your teeth
Follow your doctor's advise here. But generally you will need to avoid cleaning your teeth at least for the first 24 hours. Don’t brush, rinse or spit. After the first 24 hours are over, you can gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water every two hours or so and after meals. Your salt water mix can be made by mixing half a teaspoon of salt into a cup of lukewarm water. Your surgeon may give you a special mouthwash or paste.
Your oral surgeon or dentist may provide you with a prescription for pain medication, which can include over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen. It is important you follow your dentist’s instructions about its use and never abuse pain medication.
You may be given a course of antibiotics in order to prevent the development of an infection after wisdom teeth removal. It is essential to take these when required and to finish the entire course. Your dentist will be able to provide you with more information.
Like any medical procedure or surgery there are risks. Before proceeding with a surgical or invasive procedure, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Visit Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick Maryland or Urbana Maryland or call today and find out if your wisdom teeth need to be extracted
Find out whether traditional braces are the right approach for a straighter smile.
Dealing with crooked, misaligned teeth? Not only can a crooked smile affect your appearance but also it can negatively impact your oral health by increasing your chances for decay, excessive wear, and fracturing. Luckily, 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 in Frederick and Urbana, MD, are here to tell you when traditional braces are the best option for getting the smile you want.
Traditional braces are still the most popular way to straighten teeth in children, teens, and even adults. Traditional braces involve a series of brackets that are bonded to the front of your teeth and connected through wires that apply pressure and force to move teeth and even jaws into proper alignment. If you have more complicated tooth movements (e.g. severe crowding) or if you need to realign the jaws, traditional braces are the only way to do this.
Of course, you may want to choose a more discreet option even if you need traditional braces. In this case, ceramic braces might be a better approach. Instead of stainless steel brackets and wires, our Frederick orthodontist will apply tooth-colored ceramic brackets to the front of your teeth; however, in most cases, a metal wire will still need to be used to link the brackets to one another.
The Pros and Cons of Metal Braces
Modern-day metal braces have come a long way over the decades and now the metal used is more lightweight and compact; however, they are still visible when you smile, which can make some people (particularly adults) more self-conscious about wearing braces. Of course, metal braces are the most affordable orthodontic treatment option, making it ideal for those on a budget, and it may even take less time to achieve results than with other orthodontic options.
The Pros and Cons of Ceramic Braces
As you might imagine, having tooth-colored braces means that your treatment will be less visible. Of course, it’s also up to you to clean and maintain them and to stay away from stain-causing foods or drinks that could leave behind visible stains on your brackets. Furthermore, ceramic braces are often more expensive than regular metal braces.
Clear aligners are a great option for those who want to straighten their smile but don't like the idea of wearing metal braces. These include Invisalign, Tigani Aligners, and other clear orthodontic aligners. These aligners can be removed so you can brush and floss as normal, and they are easy to clean.
Do you want to find out if traditional metal or ceramic braces are right for you? If you are considering getting orthodontic treatment then call Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana, MD, today to schedule your no-risk consultation. We are conveniently located just 20 minutes from Hagerstownown, 45 mins from Baltimore and 45 minutes from Washington, DC.