Silver Spring, MD Dentist
Susan Pearson, DDS
1131 University Blvd. West, Ste 103
Silver Spring, MD 20902
(301) 649-2203
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By Susan Pearson, D.D.S
June 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Tooth Loss  

Information on missing teeth and your options

Causes of Missing Teeth

To better understand how to treat missing teeth/tooth, you must first understand the reason for dental loss first. There are several reasons people may lose teeth. Some of them include:

  • Tooth decay and gum disease
  • Injuries caused by playing sports or any other accident
  • Genetic condition where people are born without certain teeth

Treatment Options

You must replace missing teeth to restore functions like chewing of food, jaw support and the stability of remaining teeth.

  • Dentures: Dentures are oral appliances, usually made of plastic resin, used by individuals who have lost some or all their natural teeth due to tooth decay, gum disease, or injury.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants consist of a titanium post inserted into your jaws to replace your missing tooth. Dental implants create stability and strengthens the jawbone when the post osseointegrates (fuses) with the bone.

Keeping Teeth Clean

The best preventative measure is caring for your teeth. You need to brush and floss on a daily basis to remove bacteria and plaque. This eliminates tartar buildup and prevents cavity formation. Make sure you brush twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and floss once before going to bed.

You should also stay away from sugary foods and beverages like fruit juice and candy because they help fester cavity-producing bacteria. Opt for healthy foods, fruits and vegetables, to avoid bacterial growth. Another interesting fact about eating fruits like apples is that they actually scrape off plaque from teeth surfaces to help keep teeth clean.

Need a consultation?

Whether you choose dental implants or dentures, you need to speak with Dr. Susan Pearson of Silver Spring, MD, at (301) 649-2203 to figure out what is the best course of action.

How your dentist in Silver Spring, MD, can help you have a healthy smile

Did you know that having a healthy smile can help you maintain a healthy body? It’s true. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, keeping your mouth healthy can lower your risk of diabetes, alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and heart disease.

So, how you do maintain a healthy smile? The key is at-home dental care and regular visits to your dentist and dental hygienist for preventive care. Here at Dr. Susan Pearson's office in Silver Spring, MD, we offer a full range of preventive dental care services to help you have a healthy smile—read on to learn more.

Proper Dental Care

At-home dental care is essential to your oral health. After all, the more frequently you clean the plaque off of your teeth, the lower your bacterial levels. It’s this harmful bacteria that causes gum/periodontal disease and tooth decay.

Remember to:

  • Brush after meals and before bed; use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste with fluoride. Gently clean the surfaces of your teeth and along the gumline, using a circular motion.
  • Floss at least once each day; be sure to wrap the floss around the widest part of your tooth as you go down in between your teeth. By wrapping the floss, you keep the floss next to the tooth surface for better cleaning.
  • Visit your dentist every six to twelve months for a preventive dental examination and x-rays. Regular visits help keep dental problems small, helping you avoid tooth pain and unnecessary expenses.
  • Visit your dental hygienist once every six to twelve months for a professional dental cleaning. Your dental hygienist can help prevent gum and periodontal disease through these appointments, and show you the latest tools and techniques so you can practice excellent at-home dental care.

To learn more about the importance of proper oral care, call Dr. Susan Pearson in Silver Spring, Maryland at (301) 649-2203.

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S
March 09, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

You can get a new and improved smile in just a few weeks with veneers.

If you are dealing with discolored, misshapen or awkward aligned teeth then you may find yourself hiding your smile from those around you. Our Silver Spring, MD, dentist Dr. Susan Pearson wants to see patients happy and confident in their smiles…and this is where dental veneers come in.

What is a dental veneer?

Veneers are bonded to the front of teeth to hide the aesthetic flaws in your smile. A veneer is a thin, porcelain shell that is adhered to the front surface of a tooth, providing a new, improved outer layer. Veneers are typically made from porcelain because this material is incredibly durable and also mimics the look of real tooth enamel.

What can dental veneers fix?

Wondering if you could be a great candidate for dental veneers? Our Silver Spring, MD, family dentist places veneers over teeth that are discolored, chipped, slightly misaligned, and malformed or misshapen in some way. Any problem that affects the appearance of the tooth could be hidden from plain sight with the help of veneers. Veneers could even help you get a slightly straighter smile.

Should I consider dental veneers?

If you are looking for a simple, straightforward cosmetic treatment that isn’t invasive then dental veneers can give you a taste of what our dental team can do for your smile. Veneers require very little tooth preparation and can handle a wide range of aesthetic problems.

Veneers can also be used alongside other treatment options such as teeth whitening and dental bonding, to give you a complete makeover. Of course, the first step is to find out if your teeth are healthy enough for veneers, which involves coming in for a consultation.

Our Silver Spring, MD, cosmetic dentist and her team are here to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Whether you want to sit down and discuss dental veneers, dental bonding or dental implants, call (301) 649-2203 to schedule a consultation with us.

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S
February 18, 2020
Tags: Tooth Replacement  

Replacing missing teeth offers many advantages, including improved appearance and better capability for eating and speaking. If you're thinking about tooth replacement, a consultation with your Silver Spring, MD, dentist, Dr. Susan Pearson, can help you reach a decision on which is best for you. As a primer, consider some of the benefits of bridges, dentures, and dental implants.


Bridges are often used to restore one or two missing teeth and consist of artificial teeth connected to crowns. The hollow crown portion of the bridge slips over teeth on either side of the gap to hold the bridge firmly in place. Prior to receiving a bridge, the teeth that will receive crowns must be slightly reduced in size to ensure a comfortable fit. All of this is done during a quick, discomfort-free procedure.


Removable dentures rest on your gums and replace all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. Full dentures are used after your mouth has healed completely from tooth extractions. Immediate dentures are placed in your mouth just after the removal of your remaining teeth. Both of these denture-types will need to be adjusted periodically to ensure a secure, comfortable fit.

Partial dentures can also be used to replace several missing teeth in a row. The dentures are attached with small clasps to nearby teeth.

Dental Implants

Dental implants replace the crowns (visible parts of your teeth) and your tooth roots. Titanium posts that serve as replacement roots are implanted in your jawbone during minor oral surgery. The posts gradually bond to your jawbone and eventually become as strong as your natural roots.

Dental crowns attached to the tops of your implants improve your appearance and restore your natural biting ability. Since your new tooth is rooted in your mouth, you won't notice a decrease in your biting ability.

Implants are a very versatile tooth restoration option. Although they're frequently used to replace just one missing tooth, they're also a good choice if you've lost several missing teeth or want to restore all of your teeth with implant-supported dentures.

Interested? Call our Silver Spring Office Today

Are you ready to fill the gaps in your smile with dental implants or another restoration option? Call Dr. Susan Pearson, your dentist in Silver Spring, MD, at (301) 649-2203 to schedule an appointment.

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
November 19, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Could your smile benefit from dental crowns? Looking for a dentist in Silver Spring? Getting dental crowns is a great way to improve your smile if you have a damaged or misshapen tooth. They are tooth-shaped dental caps that cover the outside of the teeth and can correct many different types of dental problems. Dr. Susan Pearson in Silver Spring, MD offers full-service, state-of-the-art dental care to her patients. Read on to find out how dental crowns can improve your smile.

1. They can fix your dental issues. Dental crowns are routinely used to restore badly decayed, broken, and damaged teeth. They're used to attach dental bridges, cover dental implants, and protect weakened teeth from fracturing. They are are also used to protect teeth following root canal treatment. They fit, feel, and function like your original teeth.

2. They can beautify your smile. Dental crowns can renew the beauty of your smile. Because all-porcelain dental crowns are the most cosmetically pleasing, they're often used for the front teeth. All-porcelain dental crowns are natural-looking and beautiful. The translucency and gloss of mimic the appearance of your natural teeth.

3. They can give you a natural smile. It is important that you have dental crowns that match your original teeth. They should match the color of your teeth for the best looking, most natural results. Your dental provider can choose from different shades to give you crowns that are better matched to the color of your teeth.

4. They can make your teeth strong. Dental caps can strengthen your worn-down, weakened, and damaged teeth. They are incredibly strong and tough like tooth enamel. Porcelain-fused-to-metal and all-porcelain crowns are strong and produce pleasing aesthetics.

5. They can restore oral function. It's very difficult to eat when you have fractured teeth. Dental crowns will give you the ability to enjoy good food again. They restore the structure of your fractured teeth so you can eat in comfort and with confidence.

6. They can whiten your smile. If your teeth have darkened after root canal therapy, bleaching them won't help. Also, teeth bleaching will not lighten some dental stains. In these cases, your dentist in Silver Spring may recommend covering the stained teeth with dental caps.

Your journey to a strong & beautiful smile starts here. Call Dr. Susan Pearson in Silver Spring, MD at 301-649-2203 to book a dental consultation and get the smile you deserve.

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