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PearlFection Dentistry invests in state of the art Cone Beam CT scanner (3D imaging), Panoramic X-ray System, and Cephalometric X-ray system

PearlFection Dentistry's obsession with providing the best general, emergency and specialty dental care in the State of Maryland and surrounding region, all under one roof and for all ages has driven the need to invest heavily in State of the Art imaging technology.

FREDERICK, Md. - Nov. 17, 2019 - PRLog -- Consistent with the PearlFection Dentistry's mission of providing the best dental care in the Maryland and DC and Baltimore region, the decision was made this week to purchase the state of the art in imaging technology. The new system called the VAtech Green CT2 will allow our team of general dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, endodontists, periodontists, prosthodontists, and pediatric dentists, to more accurately diagnose and treat dental issues and deliver precise diagnoses by providing more accurate 3 dimensional images of the jaw, air way and head.

PearlFection Dentistry - 3D imaging

More specifically it will allow our:

  • Endodontists to accurately plan root canals by more clearly identifying infections, the number and path of tooth roots and more accurately identify tooth cracks.
  • Oral surgeons and periodontists to plan implant surgery by placing the implants in simulated 3D images prior to surgery so ideal bone structure can be accessed, proper depth and size of implants are used, and surgical guides can be fabricated specific to each patient. Oral Surgeons will also be able to take 3D images of any unusual features that concern them, to better identify pathology and give our surgeons one more tool to identify things like oral cancer faster, so appropriate treatment can be provided early.
  • Prosthodontists to create 3D images of jaw structure so highly accurate denture planning can be done resulting in extremely well fitting and comfortable implant supported dentures or standard dentures.
  • Orthodontists, general dentists and pediatric dentists to cooperate together and with our other specialists to more accurately understand what is happening in a patient's mouth, so accurate comprehensive dental treatment plan can be formulated.

All in all, the cone beam CT, pan, ceph will make PearlFection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana Maryland, the one stop treatment option for patients in the Maryland, DC, WV, PA and Virginia region who seek exception dental care.

If you don't know much about the comprehensive dental care that PearlFection Dentistry can provide to you and your family, please visit our website at or or call (301)663-5550 (Frederick, MD) or (301) 831-8303 (Urbana, MD).We see all ages of patients from children to seniors and we have all our doctors and specialists under one roof. We are accepting new patients at both locations and we are obsessed with customer service.

By PearlFection Dentistry
November 14, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral cancer  

Oral cancer can be a scary diagnosis, but you can have a better outcome if it is diagnosed early. Early diagnosis leads to early treatment, and you can help your dentist by regularly doing a self-check for abnormal areas in your mouth. This is especially important if you use tobacco products, but you need to know what to look for. The dentists at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana, MD, offer a wide range of services including oral cancer screening to help you.

So, what are the signs and symptoms to look for? Oral cancer has some definite concerns to look for, including:

  • Areas of thickened, wrinkled, or white tissue in your mouth
  • Open lesions or sores in your mouth that don’t heal
  • Chronically irritated, eroded, or rough areas in your mouth
  • Tenderness or numbness around your lips, cheeks, or in your mouth
  • Swollen lymph nodes or lumps in your mouth, on your face, or neck
  • Difficult or painful swallowing, chewing, or talking
  • Chronic hoarseness or a sore throat

You can do a lot to prevent oral cancer. One of the most important steps you can take is to stop smoking or using tobacco products. You should also avoid drinking alcohol in excessive amounts. The combination of tobacco use and alcohol consumption is the biggest cause of oral cancer in the United States.

You should also do a self check in your mouth regularly looking for any of the signs and symptoms listed above. Check the inside of your cheeks, the top and sides of your tongue, underneath your tongue, your gums, your lips, and other areas of your mouth. Early diagnosis can improve your chances of survival by as much as 75 percent.

If you notice any potential abnormal, precancerous, or cancerous changes, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist may recommend a biopsy to determine if precancerous or cancerous changes are present.

Remember, nearly 8,000 people will die from oral cancer each year, according to the National Cancer Institute. You don’t have to become a statistic! To find out more about the signs and symptoms of oral cancer, call the office of our Frederick and Urbana, 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, and endodontist Dr. Patik Patel today at (301) 663-5550.

Dr Nawab - Oral Surgeon and Maxillofacial Surgeon in Frederick, MDDr Ayesha Nawab joined PearlFection Dentistry in Frederick Maryland with Dr Mullen, Dr Stringer and Dr Patel in June of 2014.  To prepare for the addition of Dr Nawab, the decision was made to invest in the most modern surgical equipment on the market, including digital panoramic x-ray system, life support equipment, sedation dentistry equipment, upgraded hand pieces, and digital x-rays.  The practice purchased the advanced equipment, to ensure we had the best equipment on the market and the best doctors to operate it, so we can provide the best and safest dental care around.  These new pieces of equipment and technology allow the doctors and their assistants to perform advanced dentistry, including surgery with the most modern dental equipment and therefore give the patient the greatest prognosis of a good clinical outcome.

We asked Dr EJ Stringer why the decision was made to bring on a surgeon.  She said “The decision to bring on Dr Nawab was driven by our patients’ request to have more procedures done at the practice.  In the past, we sent out most of our extractions, IV sedation patients, implant placements, and biopsies to surgeons not affiliated with our practice and across town.  Our patients never really liked having to do that and they just felt more comfortable staying at our practice on Thomas Johnson Drive.  Now instead of going out to have these procedures done, we’ll have them all performed in house.  By bringing on Dr Nawab, we are able to have a specialist in the practice who is truly one of the best oral surgeons in the state and region.  Our practice and our patients are very lucky to have her.  Did I mention she is both an MD and a dentist who received both her medical degree (MD) and her dental degree (DDS) at Harvard University and ran the surgical residency program at the University of Texas - Houston  and was a researcher on the cutting edge in dental technology.  She’s the total package and having her on our team will really broaden the dental procedures we can offer to our patients.”

The doctors at PearlFection Dentistry can be reached at 301-663-5550 or visit the website at .  You can request an appointment on line.

PearlFection Dentistry with Dr EJ Stringer, DDS and Dr Joseph F Mullen, DMD has been practicing in Frederick since 1977, making the practice one of the oldest and most respected practices in the region.  Patients consistently rank Dr Mullen and Dr Stringer’s practice as one of the best dental practices in the region.  The practice also ranked as one of the top dental practices in the region by Angie’s list and Google, winning Angie’s List Super Service Award two years in a row in 2012 and 2013.   Dr Mullen says, “We practice advanced and affordable dentistry and try to treat each patient like family.”  The staff, including hygienist, dental assistance and office staff, averages 22.3 years in the dental field and prides themselves in keeping up with the latest dental technology.  

The practice provides dental care in the following areas: General Dentistry, Dental  Hygiene, Tooth Whitening, Crowns, Bridges, Fillings, Restorations, Dental Implants, Restoration, Invisalign Orthodontics, Root Canals (Endodontics),  Dental Surgery, Bone Grafting, Pediatric Dentistry, Extractions, Checkups, Periodontics and preventative dental care, Dentures and Partial Dentures.

One of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family is maintaining good oral health.  The American Dental Association recommends you see a dentist twice a year.