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By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
July 18, 2017
Tags: Crowns  

Crowns are coverings made of a strong material such as porcelain. These caps are placed on top of a tooth. They help to restore a tooth’sCrowns appearance and function after a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay becomes so advanced in a tooth, large portions of the tooth must be removed. During this time, crowns are used to restore the tooth. Your Silver Spring, Maryland dentist Dr. Susan Pearson can examine patients and determine whether crowns are a viable dental procedure for each oral health situation.

More about Crowns

Crowns can be used to cover dental implants, attach bridges, keep an old filling in place or to prevent a cracked tooth from getting worse. They also can be used for aesthetic purposes and are applied when a stained or discolored tooth could use some improvement. A tooth must be reduced in size to accommodate this new crown. A cast will be made of the existing tooth by your Silver Spring dentist. The impression is sent to a dental lab which creates the custom crown. A temporary crown is applied until the permanent one is ready. Once it comes in, the permanent one is cemented into place.

Good quality crowns can last up to 10 years or longer. It is important they are cared for regularly just like any other tooth in the mouth. Regular brushing and flossing are necessary in order to avoid excess plaque or debris from building up around the dental restoration. Teeth grinding can shorten the life of a crown. Also, eating ice, hard candy or brittle foods can compromise the tooth and even damage it.

To learn more about dental crowns from your Silver Spring, Maryland dentist Dr. Pearson, call our office to schedule an appointment today at 301-649-2203.

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
May 30, 2017
Category: Dental Treatments
Tags: Veneers  

Could dental veneers be exactly what you’ve been looking for to cosmetically enhance your smile?Veneers

When you smile, what do you see? If you are more likely to pick apart certain flaws and defects rather than be proud of the smile you have, then it might be time you talked to our Silver Spring, MD, dentist Dr. Susan Pearson about whether or not dental veneers are right for you.

What are dental veneers and what do they do?

When people often think about covering up a tooth to improve its appearance many times they think they need a dental crown in order to do it. Of course, getting a dental crown requires significant tooth preparation and the shaving down of enamel; fortunately, there is an easier alternative: dental veneers.

These thin translucent shells are each custom-designed to fit over a specific tooth to hide everything from a gap between your front teeth to discolorations and misshapen teeth. If you have dental flaws, then chances are good that veneers could help make the changes you want to see.

How do I get dental veneers?

Before we place your veneers, anyone who is interested in getting dental veneers in Silver Spring, MD, will have to undergo a consultation. During the consultation, we will need to perform an oral exam to ensure that your teeth are healthy enough for treatment. If decay or gum disease is present, these are issues that will need to be treated before you can get dental veneers.

If your smile is healthy, then it’s time to get you those dental veneers. We will help you determine the right shade for your veneers and then take impressions of your smile. The molds we take of your teeth will be used to create your veneers. All veneers are custom-made, so no two will ever look the same. By using these impressions, you know you’ll get veneers with a superior fit.

Next, the teeth will need to be prepared, but don’t worry; it isn’t nearly as intensive as getting dental crowns. While enamel will be filed down from the front portion of the tooth, it’s a very minimal amount and can often be done without the need for a local anesthesia to numb the area beforehand.

Once your veneers have been made, we are ready to place them over the front of your teeth. We will sandwich a tooth-colored bonding resin between the tooth and the veneer and then direct a dental light beam over the tooth to harden the resin into place.

If you aren’t happy with your smile then isn’t it time you changed it? Our Silver Spring, MD, dental office can make your dream smile a reality. Call us today to schedule your cosmetic consultation.

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
March 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Know the best ways to keep your oral health in the best of shape.oral hygiene

You want a smile that will last forever, so why not give your mouth the care it needs in order to thrive? With tooth loss, gum disease and decay causing so many issues it can feel as if there is nothing you can do to prevent it, but our Silver Spring, MD, dentist, Dr. Susan Pearson, is happy to tell you that there is actually a lot you can do.

Don’t Put off Routine Cleanings

There is a reason our Silver Spring general dentist recommends coming in every six months for preventive checkups and cleanings. We are properly trained to be able to pinpoint issues that you might not be able to catch on your own. The sooner we detect a problem the better.‚Äč

Don’t Forget About Floss

Most people don’t find flossing exciting or fun, but it’s a necessary part of a good oral health routine. It’s a fact of life that food and plaque will buildup on teeth and along the gumline, but they can easily be removed with the proper techniques and tools. While brushing is great for cleaning most surfaces of your teeth, they won’t be able to thoroughly clean between teeth. By flossing prior to brushing you can prevent decay from ruining your smile.

Think About What You Eat

Your diet also impacts your oral health, so if you want to have healthy chompers and pink, beautiful gums then you will want to ensure that your diet is doing only good things for your smile. Avoid snacking between meals, particularly reaching for sugary, starchy snacks like candy or potato chips, and make sure you are getting the proper nutrients for a healthy smile. Sure, we know that broccoli and fish aren’t the most exciting foods you could eat, but they will certainly protect your smile for the long run.

If it’s time to schedule your routine cleaning or if you have questions about caring for your smile don’t hesitate to contact our Silver Spring, MD, dental office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Pearson.

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
January 27, 2017

If it seems like everyone has become obsessed with whiter, brighter teeth in recent years, it turns out there is a lot more at stake than teeth whiteningpersonal vanity. According to Forbes and popular dating site Match.com, studies have found that not only will whiter teeth help people land a date, they can also help to elevate an applicant to the top of the candidate pool when looking for a job. But with so many options to choose from, knowing how to get - and maintain - whiter teeth, while also preserving oral health and avoiding abrasive and ineffective products can be overwhelming. Consult with Dr. Susan Pearson, your Silver Spring, MD dentist, before investing in a tooth whitening product, in order to find the most effective and safe option.

Professional Teeth Whitening Treatment in Silver Spring, MD

There are a number of over the counter products designed to help reverse the effects of diet, lifestyle factors like smoking and aging on our teeth. While products like whitening toothpastes and gel trays can help to some degree, professional whitening treatments are the best option to permanently remove stains and protect the teeth from harsh and abrasive agents that can strip away protective tooth enamel over time. Dr. Pearson offers at-home teeth whitening options. A custom tray is made specifically for your smile and a bleaching gel which is more effective than over the counter options is used.

When to See a Dentist for Stained and Discolored Teeth

All dental stains are not created equal. Some stains (usually gray or brown in color) develop from damage to the dentin, the layer below the enamel. Typically caused by trauma, or as a side effect of certain medications, this type of stain does not respond to surface whitening treatments. In this case, a dentist will likely recommend cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers, which are an effective and long term option for whitening teeth.

Find a Dentist in Silver Spring, MD

Professional teeth whitening is an affordable, fast and minimally invasive way to upgrade your smile and refresh your appearance. For more information, contact the office of Dr. Pearson by calling (301) 649-2203 to schedule an appointment today.

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
November 18, 2016

Many people live with minor to moderate smile imperfections, the most common being stained, chipped or uneven teeth. While dental contouringadvanced treatments like braces, crowns and bridges are recommended to fix significant alignment problems or tooth loss and decay, cosmetic contouring can help reshape teeth that just need a few minor adjustments to improve the overall cosmetic appearance of the smile.

Dr. Susan Pearson, your dentist in Silver Spring, MD recommends dental contouring for patients looking to refine and improve the size or shape of their teeth, without the need of undergoing major cosmetic dental work.

Cosmetic Dental Contouring in Silver Spring, MD

When it comes to the specific factors that go into making a smile beautiful, symmetry is generally considered to be one of the most important. Cosmetic contouring makes subtle improvements to the shape, size and spacing of the teeth, without drastically altering the characteristics that make our teeth and smile unique.

Am I a Good Candidate for Cosmetic Dental Contouring?

Contouring is ideal for anyone who would like to improve on minor cosmetic imperfections to the teeth, such as small chips and cracks, and mild spacing and sizing issues (making teeth slightly shorter or longer to improve symmetry). If you are generally happy with your teeth but are looking to make minor cosmetic improvements, cosmetic dental contouring may be right for you.

Cosmetic contouring is not used to correct orthodontic problems like crooked teeth or crowding and oral health problems, like teeth that become damaged or misshapen as a result of advanced tooth decay or trauma. It's best to schedule a consultation with us to discuss your options and determine the appropriate treatment option for your situation.

Contact your Silver Spring dentist

For more information on the benefits of cosmetic dental contouring and the smile enhancement solution that is right for you, contact Dr. Susan Pearson by calling (301) 649-2203 to schedule an appointment.

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