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Posts for: December, 2018
Are you missing one or more teeth? Are you worried your remaining teeth will weaken? Is smiling just plain embarrassing? Why not consider restoring your smile with dental implants from Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana, MD? Experts in everything from general dentistry to gum disease treatment to full mouth reconstruction, this professional team can give you back the smile you want and deserve.
What Is a Dental Implant?
It replaces a single tooth completely from root to crown. Comprised of a titanium screw surgically inserted into the jaw bone, a metal alloy extension post, and a realistic porcelain crown, a dental implant faithfully imitates the appearance and oral function of a natural tooth. Plus, used in combination with bridgework or a full denture, dental implants can breathe new life into a heavily damaged smile.
The American Association of Endodontists says that dental implants last for decades and are highly reliable. This is because the jaw bone actually bonds to the titanium implant through something called osseointegration. Over time, supporting bone strengthens and increases in size and density, as opposed to other tooth replacements (such as conventional fixed bridgework or dentures) that just sit on top of the gums and hold the possibility of weakening the jawbone.
Requirements for Dental Implant Placement
At Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana, MD, our team of oral surgeons, periodontists, general doctors and prosthodontists work together to develop a treatment plan and place dental implants in patients who have good systemic health and enough bone in their jaws to accept the implant devices. They carefully examine teeth, gums, and bone structure through an eyes-on examination, digital X-rays, and special three-dimensional scans. They'll formulate a care plan suited to your needs and desires.
A Versatile Tooth Replacement
Dental implants offer great hope for patients with advanced diseases of the mouth, such as oral cancer. After remaking supporting bone and gum tissue after cancer surgery, many patients qualify for placement of dental implants as part of their full mouth reconstructions. Additionally, people with advanced tooth decay, failing restorations, or damage due to oral injury (falls and motor vehicle accidents) may take advantage of dental implants.
Caring for Implants
It's not hard at all. If you're used to brushing twice a day and flossing daily as the American Dental Association recommends, you'll do well with implants. A nutritious diet keeps gums and bones healthy, as does smoking cessation. Smokers can qualify for implant placement. however, implant sites remain much healthier in a tobacco-free environment.
Find Out More
Enjoy a stable, beautiful smile. Call Pearlfection Dentistry today for a consultation. We're just 45 minutes from Baltimore or Washington, DC, and our professional team includes general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, Dr. Alex Sin Deuk Kim, and Dr. Nikta Pashai, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist Dr. Amos Chi, oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel and orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani.
Whether you’re a preteen or an adult, orthodontic treatment can have a major positive impact on your smile. More adult Americans are opting for braces than ever before, as they comprise approximately 27 percent of all orthodontic patients according to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). Read below to learn more about the benefits of seeing your 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. Nikta Pashai, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist Dr. Amos Chi, oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel and orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani for an orthodontic consultation.
About Orthodontic Treatment
Orthodontia is the science of moving and aligning the teeth. Although the teeth are normally firmly entrenched in the gumline, they can be moved slowly using pressure from an orthodontic device. Orthodontics also help to realign the jaw when there is an overbite, underbite, open bite, or when the bite is crossed. Every patient's orthodontic treatment plan is unique and carefully mapped out by a dentist. The recommended treatment type and length of treatment will depend on the severity of the patient's orthodontic problems.
Benefits of Orthodontics
The main benefit of orthodontic treatment is that your teeth will be aligned in a more attractive way. It can close gaps, whether they are between all of the teeth or just the front ones. It can tame protruding teeth so that they fit in with the others, or realign those that are crowded. Choosing orthodontic treatment with your Frederick, MD, dentist is a sign to others that you care enough about your smile to make an investment in it.
When most people think of orthodontics, they imagine wearing rigid metal braces and brackets. But there are a few alternate options. Ceramic braces have a color that more closely matches the color of the teeth, so they are less visible during the treatment period. Lingual braces are attached behind the teeth so that only the patient knows they’re there. But when a patient requires maximum flexibility and discretion during an orthodontic treatment, Tigani Orthodontic Aligners aligners should be inquired about. For more complex cases, traditional metal braces may still be the best option available.
Make Time for a Visit
Now that you know more about the benefits of orthodontics, make time to see a dentist for a consultation in the very near future. Call (301) 663-5550 today to schedule an appointment at Pearlfection Dentistry of Frederick in Frederick and Urbana, MD. We are just 45 minutes from Washington, DC and Baltimore and serve patients from all over Hagerstown and Germantown, MD
Find out how restorative dentistry can breathe new life into your smile.
Are you dealing with a weak or damaged tooth? If so, our Frederick and Urbana, MD, general, cosmetic and restorative dentists general, cosmetic and restorative dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, Dr. Alex Sin Deuk Kim, and Dr. Nikta Pashai, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist Dr. Amos Chi, oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel and orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani are here to tell you how a dental crown could be the quick fix you need to get your smile back in shape.
In most cases, the purpose of this tooth-shaped restoration is to cover and support a weak or damaged tooth. A crown is often all you need to strengthen the natural tooth’s structure after it’s been affected by decay, trauma or an infection. While a decayed tooth is often treated with a dental filling, if the decay isn’t caught soon enough and has enough time to spread throughout the tooth then a dental filling may not be enough to support the tooth. When this happens, a dental crown is the best option.
Of course, if a bad fall or sports injury cracks or fractures your tooth then a dental crown may also need to be placed over the tooth to rebuild and protect it from further damage. As you might imagine, a weak tooth is susceptible to further problems down the road if left untreated. Not to mention, having a tooth that is clearly broken or fractured is unflattering. By getting a dental crown from our Frederick and Urbana, MD, dentists we can improve not just the function and strength of the tooth but also the shape and size, too.
Which brings us to something else that a dental crown can do for your smile. It can also enhance the appearance of a tooth and improve the symmetry and look of your smile. Think about it: if you have a tooth that is disfigured or discolored it often stands out, and not in a good way. By placing a dental crown over the tooth we can also improve its color, shape and size.
Dental crowns are also instrumental in treating tooth loss. If you decide that you want to get a dental implant to replace a single missing tooth, then a dental crown will be necessary to complete this restoration. Once this implant is in place, a dental crown is secured over top. Are you getting a dental bridge to replace a tooth? Dental crowns will also be used to support and hold the false tooth in place.
Here at Pearlfection Dentistry, we believe that everyone should feel confident smiling. If you are looking for reliable general, cosmetic or restorative dentistry in Frederick and Urbana, MD, then give us a call today. We are conveniently located only 45 minutes away from Washington DC and 45 minutes from Baltimore, and proudly serve patients from the Hagerstown and Germantown area.