A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap — these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth — and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants. Bridges help restore your smile, help with biting and chewing and prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of place.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth — to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. Sometimes you may need a crown if you already have a broken tooth or a tooth that has been worn down, to protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together a cracked tooth, or to cover and support a tooth with a large filling when not much tooth is left.
It is import to keep up with your regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings. These twice a year appointments give our hygienist and doctor the opportunity to examine your smile, and provide early intervention when necessary to ensure conservative treatment options. Once a year, we will take xrays. We’re screening for early warning signs of oral health concerns like tooth decay, gum disease, teeth grinding and clenching and oral cancer. Our skilled hygienist will carefully remove any plaque and tartar buildup from the hard to access parts of teeth. She will also make recommendations to help you with your at-home oral health routine. The most important aspect of every checkup is your consultation with our knowledgeable dentists. We’ll go through our findings with you, explain treatment options, and help you create a personalized treatment plan.
Our goal is to keep patients teeth whole and healthy, however, there are cases where even dental crowns, root canals, and other advanced restorations fall short. When this happens, we may have to remove one or more teeth to ensure overall oral health. Depending on the location, size, and positioning of the tooth, the extraction can either be a simple “pulling” or a surgical procedure. We always begin by numbing the area to be treated. If we’re pulling the tooth, we may cut away some soft tissue. Then, the tooth is gently rocked back and forth until it comes away. Surgical extraction is more invasive, but still safe and comfortable in our office. We numb the area, cut away some soft tissue, and in some cases, we break the tooth into two or more sections for easy removal. We offer our patients Nitrous Oxide(“laughing gas”) if needed.
For a full set dentures, all teeth are extracted and the new set of dentures are placed. After healing of the gums, your dentures will need to be adjusted for the right fit. We make our dentures look and feel natural and durable. We strive to restore a natural smile.There is a process to go through to get the perfect set of dentures. Please give us a call for more information on the denture process.
Partials are used to fill the gaps between the teeth. The base is gum colored and formed to fit between the remaining healthy teeth. Metal clasps attach the denture to the remaining healthy teeth restoring the natural shape. Just like a full set of dentures, this is a process as well to get the perfect fit.
We are happy to see children of all ages in our office. Maintaining your child’s dental health now will provide health benefits well into adulthood, as primary (baby) teeth serve some extremely important functions. Dr. Nazemian is our Pediatric Specialist. Please call to make an appointment, due to Dr. Nazemian only being in the office on certain days.
Teeth are composed of two main parts and three layers. Beneath the tooth enamel, there is a supportive structure called dentin, and in the center of the tooth is a soft substance, pulp, that houses the nerve system of the tooth. The pulp allows the tooth’s nerve to connect with the rest of the body. When damage or decay accesses the nerve system housed within this pulp, we may say a patient needs a root canal or root canal therapy. This procedure calls for the removal of the damaged pulp and nerve tissue. The tooth is then refilled with a similar substance. Finally, any access points where the pulp was extracted are resealed, and we will often place a dental crown over the treated tooth for added strength. If this procedure cannot be completed in our office, we work with one of th best Endondtic Specialist in Southern Maryland.
We offer Philips ZOOM teeth whitening! This process roughly takes an hour and a half and is clinically proven to whiten your teeth up to 8 shades. We apply a unique hydrogen peroxide whitening gel, once on your teeth, the hydrogen peroxide breaks down stain fighting radicals. The LED light used helps these stain-fighting radicals whiten faster. ZOOM Teeth Whitening is able to remove ageing stains, smoking stain, genetic stains and tetracycline stains.