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By PearlFection Dentistry
December 30, 2020
Category: Orthodontics

Why are implant-supported dentures one of today's best tooth-replacement options? Just ask the happy patients who wear them. At PearlFection Dentistry in Frederick, MD, our highly skilled team provides All-on-4 dentures, restoring the stability, smile appearance and self-confidence of scores of qualified patients. Learn more about this amazing dental breakthrough.

Conventional dentures

They are suitable in some cases of extensive tooth loss, but frankly, traditional partial and full dentures do not help you retain the bone density and facial contours you had when your natural teeth were in place. Additionally, conventional tooth replacements change how you eat and speak. Plus, Science Direct reports that the biting power of denture wearers is only one-fifth that of people with complete sets of natural teeth.

Enter implant-supported dentures

Dental implants have revolutionized tooth replacement around the world. Small titanium metal screws inserted into the alveolar ridge of the jaw, implants bond with your supporting bone, recreating tooth roots lost to extraction.

After osseointegration is complete, your dentist attaches a metal post and custom-made porcelain crown to finish a single-tooth dental implant. Amazingly, he or she can place multiple implants--typically two to six--to support a bridge or full denture.

This procedure is called All-on-4. Performed with a local anesthetic, the implant surgery usually places two implants at the front of the mouth and two at the back. When the sites have healed sufficiently, you'll receive your permanent, fixed denture which is lifelike, stable and relatively easy to keep clean. Only your dentist can remove it.

Benefits of All-on-4 dentures

1. They stay in your mouth. There is no soaking or denture adhesives.

2. The implants improve the quality and density of your underlying jaw bone.

3. Have full, youthful facial contours.

4. Enjoy a healthy diet with a variety of foods.

5. Have efficient biting and chewing.

Contact PearlFection Dentistry

At our Frederick, MD, office, our dentists deliver the dental treatments you need all under one roof. Our general, cosmetic and restorative dentists are Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, and Dr. Nikta Pashai. Our specialty dentists include periodontist, Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist, Dr. Amos Chi, oral surgeon, Dr. Brian Chang, and endodontist, Dr. Pratik Patel. Dr.Leo Perez DDS, MD is our on-site oral surgeon and general surgeon, and Dr. Leslie Oakes is our board-certified pediatric dentist, and orthodontist, Dr. Stephen Tigani.

Why not call PearlFection Dentistry today for a consultation on All-On-4 implant-supported dentures? Reach us at (301) 663-5550. We are 45 minutes from Washington, DC, and 45 minutes from Baltimore. We serve the areas of Hagerstown and Germantown, MD.

By PearlFection Dentistry
November 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: orthodontics  

Do you have crowded teeth? Maybe you have an underbite? The staff at Pearlfection Dentistry in Urbana, MD offers orthodontics and can assist you in straightening your teeth and recorrecting any dentition that might have moved out of position.

How orthodontics can change your smile

Changing your smile can be dramatic or it can be more subtle, but orthodontics can help you create the smile that you want.

Orthodontics makes it possible to achieve optimal jaw alignment which helps with chewing, bruising, and reshaping the face.

By utilizing orthodontics, your teeth can be straightened -- you will experience less crowding, overbite, and other misalignments that you may face.

With advances in techniques and technology, aligning your teeth has never been more discreet. If you want to straighten your teeth and do not mind wearing trays, Invisalign is a solid option for those who do not want to call attention to their teeth being realigned. Lingual braces, that is, braces that are installed on the tongue side of the teeth instead of the lip are also an option for those who want to be a little more discreet.

One of the boons of orthodontics is how customized they are. Because each mouth and each jaw is different, your dentist has to know how to best accommodate your specific size, shape, or any other characteristic.

Another benefit is that you can utilize orthodontics as many times as you want. If you needed braces as a child, had straight teeth as an adult but have realized that you have some teeth that are starting to move around, you can still obtain orthodontics to recorrect that alignment in your mouth.

No need to hide your smile anymore. Explore what orthodontics can do for you by contacting our staff at (301) 663-5550 to schedule an appointment.

By PearlFection Dentistry
November 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Surgery  

You might be sitting there in pain because of an impacted wisdom tooth, or getting ready to have a gum graft. To treat these conditions and more, you will need oral surgery. Dr. EJ Stringer offers professional, licensed care at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, MD, and provides oral surgery to those who need it.

What is Oral Surgery?

Oral surgery is when your dentist performs surgery of the mouth. Why would you need oral surgery?

  • A patient may need this procedure if they have too much gum tissue exposed, some sort of dental emergency that requires immediate attention, and deep tooth decay that is not easily treated.

What Happens During An Oral Surgery?

Treatments like laser gum treatment reduce the gum tissue to show more of the tooth. Sometimes teeth break through the gum, and the patient opts to have surgery to fix a gummy smile. The most familiar oral surgery that most individuals know is probably a root canal. Different procedures require different steps.

On Average, How Long Does It Take?

The length of oral surgery depends on details like the condition addressed. Dentists also consider which type of surgery to deploy, as well as the patient’s vitals and lifestyle habits. Usually, dentists complete oral surgery within a couple of hours, and the patient can start recovery at home that same day.

How Do I Get Ready For My Surgery?

Be sure you are well fed and hydrated before your arrival. Remember to share with your dentist If you are allergic to anesthesia. Try to stay away from excessive alcohol consumption and tobacco use before your surgery. Alcohol thins the blood and makes it harder to stop bleeding. Tobacco use contributes to infections at the site of operation due to inflammation. Above all, remain as calm as possible.

Contact Dr. Stringer for your oral surgery at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick MD. Find us at (301) 663-5550.


By PearlFection Dentistry
November 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: snoring   sleep apnea  

In some cases, snoring can be caused by overweight, cold, alcohol use, or old age. But snoring can also be caused by an underlying condition known as sleep apnea. The team of dentists at Pearlfection Dentistry in Fredrick, MD is dedicated to offering the best quality dental services, general, pediatric, and cosmetic dental treatments as well as oral surgery.

What You Need to Know About Sleep Apnea

While most Fredrick residents who snore do not suffer from sleep apnea, typically people who do have sleep apnea snore quite loudly. This condition can be dangerous if it is not treated. Sleep apnea occurs when your normal breathing pattern is interrupted during sleep. There are two types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea: causing the airflow to lessen or stop completely.
  • Central sleep apnea: the brain sends incorrect signals to the brain, disrupting breathing.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a much more common form.

Who Is at Risk of Sleep Apnea?

You may be at a higher risk of sleep apnea if:

  • You are overweight or obese
  • You are over the age of 60
  • You are a woman
  • You have an enlarged tongue or narrow throat
  • You drink alcohol
  • You smoke

Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Signs and symptoms of this condition include:

  • Snoring
  • Gasping during sleep
  • Frequent waking during the night
  • Night sweats
  • Dry mouth
  • Morning headaches
  • Unrefreshing sleep

If left untreated, over time, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure, which increases your risk of stroke and heart disease.

Treatment for Sleep Apnea

In many cases, making some simple lifestyle changes is all it takes to resolve sleep apnea. In other more severe cases, a CPAP machine may be helpful. In very severe cases, surgery may be recommended.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of the dental specialists at Pearlfection Dentistry, call the Fredrick office at (301) 663-5550.

By PearlFection Dentistry
November 30, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Discover what makes dental implants so attractive to patients dealing with tooth loss.

Wondering what dental implants could offer your smile? From the office of our 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, an endodontist Dr. Patik Patel, here are some of the coolest benefits of dental implants,

Dental implants act like the real thing

Want a false tooth that is going to feel and even looks just like your natural teeth? Most people do. That’s why they turn to dental implants. One of the biggest benefits of getting dental implants is that it can restore chewing and biting forces back into your smile. You can also brush and floss dental implants just like real teeth and they don’t require special care.

They can last forever

While most dental restorations will need to be replaced eventually, dental implants are unique because they could last you a lifetime as long as you continue to see your Urbana, MD, dentist for routine checkups and maintain good oral health. Implants offer an incredibly high success rate, which also makes them appealing to many adults shopping for the best tooth-replacement option to fit their needs.

Implants prevent bone loss

When one or more teeth are extracted or fall out the jawbone begins to deteriorate in the places where the roots of the teeth are no longer present to stimulate the jawbone. This complication of tooth loss happens rather quickly, with significant volume loss happening in just the first year. That’s why it’s important to get dental implants as soon as possible after losing a tooth because it can take the place of your tooth roots and prevent jawbone loss.

Prevent premature aging

Another major benefit of dental implants is that they give you a complete smile, which supports the muscles of the face. Since it also prevents jawbone loss, it will also prevent any of the changes that would occur to the face as a result of bone loss such as a receding chin and sunken cheeks. In essence, getting a dental implant doesn’t just make your smile look younger it can also prevent wrinkles and lines from forming on your face to help you look younger overall.

Pearlfection Dentistry has offices in Urbana and Frederick, MD, to make getting restorative and cosmetic dentistry such as dental implants a little easier. To schedule, a consultation with one of our dentists calls (301) 663-5550.

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