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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.
How dental implants from your dentists in Urbana and Frederick, MD, can restore your smile
Have you been hiding your smile because of missing teeth? Are you having trouble chewing and enjoying your food because of missing teeth? If so, its time to rebuild your smile just like the original. You can have a great smile once again, thanks to dental implants! The dentists at Pearlfection Dentistry in Urbana and Frederick, MD, offer dental implants to restore your smile.
Whether you are missing one tooth, several teeth, or even an entire arch of teeth, dental implants can rebuild what you have lost. They can even provide strong support for a denture, which is snapped in place over the implants.
Dental implants have become one the most popular dental treatments because they provide so many benefits. When you choose dental implants to rebuild your smile, you can count on:
- Natural-looking beauty, because dental implant crowns are made of light reflective materials that closely resemble natural tooth enamel
- Complete stability, because dental implants are firmly surrounded by bone, so they will never move around, even with the most vigorous chewing
- Unrivaled convenience, because you don’t ever remove dental implants and you brush and floss them just like natural teeth
- A permanent solution, because they will never decay, and the dental implant crown material resists staining, so your implants will stay beautiful for years
Dental implants may even help you look younger. That’s because once dental implants are placed during a simple in-office procedure, your body will create more bone to fuse with the dental implants and lock them in place. More bone means added volume and youthful fullness to your face, and a firmer jawline.
Dental implants are the most successful surgical implant, boasting a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. You deserve to enjoy the success of dental implants too!
To find out more about rebuilding and restoring your smile with dental implants, talk with the experts. Call 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, and endodontist Dr. Patik Patel, at Pearlfection Dentistry today at (301) 663-5550 for our Frederick office and (301) 831-8303 for our Urbana office!
When it comes to dental problems, young children are one of the most at-risk groups, largely because they don’t fully understand the importance of keeping their teeth clean. Accordingly, as a diligent and attentive parent, it's incredibly important to help ensure that your child’s smile stays healthy now and into the future. Get help and advice from a dentist here at Pearlfection Dentistry in both Frederick and Urbana, MD.
Importance of Your Child’s Smile Health
As a child, you may have had frequent visits to the dentist to check for and fill cavities. The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that over 15 percent of children ages five to 19 could have untreated cavities. Without treatment, tooh decay can quickly lead to tooth loss—especially in young teeth that haven’t fully developed yet.
Common Childhood Dental Issues
The most pressing dental problem that dentists look for in children in tooth decay. After all, this age group tends to consume more sugar than adults and doesn't often have the best dental hygiene habits. Orthodontic problems are also common in children, and this can have an effect on chewing and speaking abilities. Younger and older teens can also have issues with early-onset periodontitis (gum disease), which sometimes runs in families. Aggressive treatment is required to avoid long-term dental and gum tissue problems.
Tips for Maintaining Your Child’s Healthy Smile
When trying to encourage your child to adopt good dental hygiene habits, consider that you are their main role model—show your child the importance of brushing, flossing, and eating healthier snacks by doing so yourself. Additionally, our offices in Frederick and Urbana, MD, offer the following treatments to boost your child's oral health:
- Dental sealants
- Fluoride treatments
- Regular dental cleanings
- Braces and space maintainers
- Tooth-colored cavity fillings
A Skilled Team of Dentists at Your Service
Get help maintaining the health of your child’s smile by calling PearlFection Dentistry at (301) 831-8303 for the Urbana office, or (301) 663-5550 for the Frederick location. Our 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 are all here to help your child stay in top health.
While you may perceive braces as a way to an attractive smile, also consider this: orthodontic treatment confers health benefits, too. At PearlFection Dentistry in Urbana and Frederick, MD, orthodontics is one of several dental services. Our on-staff orthodontist who splits his time between our two locations, Dr. Stephen Tigani, can show you how your looks and your health can improve through a plan customized to your needs.
Your best path to a healthy, functional smile
For some people, it's orthodontic treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists says that a re-aligned smile is good-looking and also represents inner health and some dramatic changes in both soft and hard tissues. The goal of wearing any orthodontic appliances is aesthetic and functional harmony and balance.
So, what kind of health benefits can you expect from conventional metal, ceramic, or tongue-side braces, clear acrylic aligners or a specialty device such as a palatal expander? Consider these benefits of orthodontics in Urbana and Frederick, MD:
- A proper dental bite where teeth line up symmetrically front to back and side to side
- More efficient chewing and therefore, a healthier digestive process (fewer acid reflux symptoms)
- Correction of jaw joint issues (TMJ/TMD) which cause headaches, earaches and other kinds of facial pain
- Clearer speech
- Teeth which are easier to clean and are less susceptible to decay and gum disease
- More symmetrical facial contours, eliminating protruding front teeth or a receding chin line as examples
- Better oral hygiene habits because wearing braces forces you to be careful as you brush and floss
- Better dietary habits because you cannot eat sticky, sugary foods while wearing conventional braces
- Less wear and tear on tooth enamel as braces correct persistent problems such as teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism)
- Increased psychological well-being because you can be confident and happy in showing your newly refurbished smile in both professional and social situations
Take the first step
Contact PearlFection Dentistry to ask any questions about orthodontics or for an orthodontic consultation with Dr. Stephen Tigani. He and his team treat patients of all ages, offering care plans which address the simplest of issues in young children to the most complex of problems which require oral surgery. Dr. Tigani delivers clear aligners, too, for comfortable and invisible treatment in less time.
Call today, won't you? Feel healthier and look your best. Call 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, and endodontist Dr. Patik Patel at (301) 663-5550.
Come Visit out New Modern Location
PearlFection Dentistry - Urbana is moving from 3280 Urbana Pike, Ijamsville to 3520 Sugarloaf Parkway, Urbana MD (next to Giant Supermarket Urbana) October 25th 2019
After almost 13 years in the same location at 3280 Urbana Pike in Ijamsville, we have decided to upgrade our office and move to a more convenient location next to the Giant Supermarket in the Villages of Urbana. We will be moving about 1 mile, so it’s not a big move, but it will allow for better parking and more convenience for our patients who live in Urbana. We are also upgrading the facility and equipment. The new address is 3520 Sugarloaf Parkway, Urbana Maryland 21704.
After almost a year of planning, we are finally ready. The new space is more modern and better equipped. At the new space, we will have two general doctors, 2 hygienists, an orthodontist and a pediatric doctor. More specialists will be added over time to better reflect the needs of the community and duplicate our Frederick office model, with oral surgeons, prosthodontists, endodontists and periodontists. All patients will have access to our specialists in Frederick or Urbana.
PearlFection Dentistry will also be making a slight name change to reflect our growing orthodontic practice. Our new sign will read PearlFection Dentistry and Orthodontics.
Not only do we want to provide great customer service and dental care, but we also want to provide the best value. This new office is an investment in our patient’s care and comfort, and an investment in our Frederick and Urbana community. If you don’t have a cleaning set up or if you have any questions, please call (301) 831-8303.
Not only do we want to provide great customer service and dental care, but we also want to provide the best value. This new office is an investment in our patient’s care and comfort, and an investment in our Frederick and Urbana community.
If you don’t have a cleaning set up or if you have any questions, please call (301) 831-8303.
Other than the new space, everything is remaining the same, same website address www.pearlfectionurbana.com, same phone number (301) 831-8303, same pricing, same insurance carriers, same team of doctors and staff, Dr Lawson and Dr Pashai (Urbana general doctors), Dr. Tigani (Orthodontist), Dr Oakes (Pediatric Doctor), Dr Chang and Perez (Oral Surgeons), Dr Seals (Periodontist), Dr Chi (Prosthodontist) and Dr Stringer and Badakhshan (Frederick general doctors).
Below is a map to help you see where we will be. Click on link for directions:
PearlFection has become a true “One Stop Multi-Specialty Practice” with On-Staff Orthodontist, Pediatric Dentist, Prosthodontist, Periodontist, Two Oral Surgeons and Endodontist
As a patient, you already know PearlFection Dentistry provides superior preventative, general and restorative care. But sometimes patients say they didn’t realize that we have some of the best specialist dentists in the region working at PearlFection. Having your dental care performed all under one roof by true experts with specialized training, increases the likelihood for the best possible outcome. Some offices refer out specialty procedures like wisdom teeth extractions, root canals, complex denture cases and implant supported dentures, periodontal surgery and orthodontic work; making managing the follow-up and planning difficult. Some office let the general dentist do some specialized procedures. Our philosophy at PearlFection is to get the absolute best clinician, with the most training, to do specific procedures. We want the best for our patients and we don’t settle, neither should you.
Orthodontist - Dr Steven Tigani is our orthodontist, with 30 years of experience. Dr Tigani owns 5 other orthodontic practices around the Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland areas. He is one of the leading orthodontists in the region and is the President of the Washington Dental Society. Dr Tigani provides both clear aligners as well and standard orthodontic bracket type braces and retainers. http://www.pearlfectiondentistry.com/about-orthodontics.html http://www.pearlfectiondentistry.com/tigani-aligners.html http://www.pearlfectiondentistry.com/dental-staff.html
Oral Surgeons - Dr Brian Chang and Dr Leo Perez are our board-certified oral surgeons. Dr Chang and Perez perform our dental implants and major extractions and oral surgery. Dr Chang has his other office in Leesburg, VA and was a former Army Oral Surgeon before starting his own private practice. Dr Perez is full time military and comes to Pearlfection two or three days per week, his is one of the leading oral surgeons in the world and holds both a medical surgical degree and an oral surgery dental degree. Both Dr Chang and Dr Perez are licensed to perform IV sedation at Pearlfection.http://www.pearlfectiondentistry.com/dental-staff.html https://www.pearlfectiondentistry.com/iv-sedation-dentistry.html https://www.pearlfectiondentistry.com/dental-implants.html
Periodontist - Dr Ashley Seals is our board-certified Periodontist. Dr Seals will perform more complex gum surgeries and complex scaling and root planing when patients have periodontal disease. Dr Seals also has her other office in Silver Springs, MD.https://www.pearlfectiondentistry.com/dental-staff.html
Prosthodontist - Dr Amos Chi is our board-certified and world renown prosthodontist who performs our most complex denture cases. Dr Chi is also the lead prosthodontist at Walter Reed Hospital and comes to PearlFection 2 or 3 times per week. Dr Chi specializes in dentures and complex implant supported dentures cases. Dr Chi will team up with our oral surgeons and periodontist who will place the implants and Dr Chi will design and fit the denture to the implants. This is state of the art denture work and PearlFection is one of the leaders in the region in this procedure.https://www.pearlfectiondentistry.com/dental-staff.html https://www.pearlfectiondentistry.com/dentures-frederick-md.html
Pediatric Dentist - Dr Leslie Oakes is a board-certified pediatric dentist. Dr Oakes sees children if our general doctors determine that the child needs certain more complex treatment. Dr Oakes is also a full time military dentist and spends the rest of her time treating children at Walter Reed Hospital.https://www.pearlfectiondentistry.com/dental-staff.html
Endodontist - Dr Pratik Patel is our board-certified endodontist. Dr Patel performs root canals at PearlFection Dentistry and has become the number one reviewed endodontist in the Frederick region. http://www.pearlfectiondentistry.com/dental-staff.html http://www.pearlfectiondentistry.com/root-canal-frederick-md.html
In-office Dental Insurance for less than $1 per day and we accept everyone.
PearlFection Dentistry continues to offer in-office insurance to all patients. For less than a dollar per day, most patients can have all their preventative dental care taken care of. This insurance has been so popular because it’s a great deal. The insurance covers cleanings, x-rays, exams, fluoride, oral cancer screening as well as gets the insured 10 percent off basic dental care and 10 percent off specialty care. If you don’t have insurance or you pay for your employer sponsored plan PearlFection In-Office Insurance is something you should consider. If you come 2 times per year for cleanings, you will save over $100 per year. http://www.pearlfectiondentistry.com/in-office-insurance.html
Refer a Friend and both of you get $400 whitening vouchers = $800
You might already know this, but PearlFection has a program that rewards our patients for referring friends to our practice. If you give this to a friend, and they become a patient you will get a free $400 whitening and so will they. That’s an $800 card, ask for it at your next appointment! So, help a friend get great dental care and help yourself get whiter teeth. We are accepting new patients.
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