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Posts for: March, 2021

By PearlFection Dentistry
March 19, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

If you have ever had a tooth filled you probably remember how much worse the anticipation was than the procedure itself. In truth, a root canal procedure, though it takes longer than a filling, is not much different from having a large cavity filled. But for a clearer picture please reach out to your Frederick, MD, endodontist of PearlFection Dentistry.

You will be seated and your dentist will likely convey to you what you can expect, and then begin preparations. Beginning with local anesthesia, and thanks to it you should not feel more than minor discomfort as the procedure takes place.

What Happens During the Procedure?

What your doctor is doing as you sit back is removing a portion of your tooth, seeking to expose the nerve center of it, which is called the pulp. It's when the infection reaches this part of the tooth that causes that very familiar pain.

To halt the decay and to relieve you of pain the infected parts of your tooth have to be removed, including the pulp all the way down through the canals in the root of your tooth.

Besides pain relief and the stop of harmful decay, a root canal also helps to save your tooth.

Root Canal in Frederick, MD

After the procedure, the tooth is sealed with a temporary material until your next appointment when a permanent filling or a crown is applied. You may require oral antibiotics for a time, but once you return to normal, thanks to the root canal the pain you once felt should be gone and your tooth as useful as it was.

If you want this to be you then don't wait any longer for relief. The longer you do the more you risk complications, and the pain you feel is not likely to quell on its own. So make an appointment today with your local professionals of PearlFection Dentistry in Frederick, MD, by dialing (301) 663-5550.


By PearlFection Dentistry
March 18, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: snoring   sleep apnea  

When snoring or sleep apnea impacts your life and health, we’re here to help.

Are you dealing with chronic snoring or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? If so, you may be surprised to discover that our dental team may be able to help you manage your symptoms. From the office of our Urbana and Frederick, MD, general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists, Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, and Dr. Nikta Pashai, oral surgeons Dr. Brian Chang and Dr. Leo Perez, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist Dr. Amos Chi, orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani, pediatric dentist Dr. Leslie Oakes, an endodontist Dr. Patik Patel, here’s how the team at PearlFection Dentistry can help you manage these sleep problems and get a better night’s rest.

Are there ways to prevent sleep apnea and snoring?

You might be surprised to discover that there are ways to reduce your risk of developing sleep apnea. Some of these preventive measures include,

  • Maintaining a healthy weight (those who are overweight or obese are at a higher risk for developing OSA)
  • Avoiding alcohol, stimulants, and sedatives
  • Quitting smoking
  • Making sure that you get enough sleep every night
  • Sleeping on your side with your head slightly raised

If you are dealing with nasal congestion or obstruction it’s important to address this issue with a qualified ENT doctor, as this problem could increase your risk for snoring or sleep apnea symptoms. For minor nasal issues, you may want to try a neti pot to clean out the sinuses or wear nasal strips to bed.

How can a dentist help with my snoring and sleep apnea symptoms?

A dentist probably isn’t the first person you’d think of when it comes to treating these sleep issues; however, our Urbana and Frederick, MD, family dentists specialize in sleep dentistry. This means that we can provide custom oral appliances that can be used to combat both snoring and sleep apnea.

This simple dental device is worn over the upper and lower teeth (similar to a nightguard) when you sleep and helps to keep the airways open so that you don’t deal with obstructions and pauses in breathing. Oral appliance therapy is ideal for patients dealing with non-sleep apnea-related snoring, as well as mild to moderate forms of obstructive sleep apnea.

Here at PearlFection Dentistry, our Frederick and Urbana, MD, dentists have been able to help countless individuals dealing with chronic snoring and OSA manage their symptoms and improve their sleep hygiene and overall health. To find out how we can help you, simply call us at (301) 663-5550 to schedule a sleep dentistry evaluation.