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.
July 24, 2018
Tags: Root Canal  

What do you do with a seriously damaged tooth? In many cases, root canal therapy presents a viable treatment option. Only your Silverroot canal Spring dentist, Dr. Susan Pearson, can tell. So what are the signs you may need a root canal, and what's involved in this longstanding treatment?

What is a root canal?

Root canal therapy, or endodontics, saves millions of teeth each year in the US, says the American Association of Endodontists. A comfortable procedure which takes only two one-hour visits with your Silver Spring dentist, root canal therapy removes inflamed and infected pulp from inside a tooth and the narrow passageways inside each root.

Then, the dentist cleans and disinfects each root canal and fills it with a naturally elastic substance called gutta-percha. A temporary filling, a week of healing and final placement of a porcelain crown finish the procedure.

Signs you may need a root canal

Ultimately, your dentist determines if root canal therapy can save an ailing tooth. Visual inspection and digital X-ray imaging are the primary diagnostic tools, along with a review of symptoms such as:

  • Pain upon biting and chewing
  • Throbbing toothache
  • Enamel discoloration
  • Loss of substantial amount of enamel through injury, decay, abcess or multiple restorations
  • A pimple on the gums near the tooth
  • Drainage from the tooth
  • Bad breath
  • Sensitivity to pressure, heat and cold
  • Swelling of the gums

Thankfully, root canal therapy relieves these difficult symptoms. It promotes quick healing, and although the restored tooth is without its innermost nerves, connective tissue and blood supply, it likely will remain and place and function well for decades.

Myths about root canal therapy

  1. It hurts. No, root canal therapy relieves pain; it does not cause it. During the procedure, Dr. Pearson uses local anesthetic to numb the tooth so the patient feels nothing. Afterward, over-the-counter analgesics, such as Tylenol, take care of any residual discomfort.
  2. The procedure takes a long time. On the contrary, the first appointment takes about and hour and the second, even less than that.
  3. The restored tooth looks odd. No, teeth repaired with endodontic therapy look natural because Dr. Pearson finishes them will beautiful porcelain crowns.
  4. The tooth will break. After a root canal, a tooth is more brittle. However, the gutta-percha and crown support and strengthen it.
  5. Many root canal treatments fail. As with any dental procedure, problems can occur. However, the American Association of Endodontists states that up to 98 percent of root canals succeed, and the restored teeth exhibit amazing strength and longevity.

Find out more

If you have a troublesome tooth, don't hesitate to contact Dr. Susan Pearson and her team for an evaluation. It's important to do all you can to preserve your natural teeth. Call (301) 649-2203.

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
June 05, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Need advice from your Silver Spring dentist?oral hygiene

Dental hygiene is essential for your oral health. Severe dental issues may result if you don't maintain a healthy dental routine. Dr. Susan Pearson has tips on how to maintain good oral hygiene to prevent serious dental issues.

If you want to prevent the issues mentioned above, here are some tips your Silver Spring dentist would advise you do to maintain dental restorations:

  • Getting professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months to remove hardened plaque that's accumulated on teeth and around gums over time
  • Receiving fluoride treatment and using fluoride-containing products like toothpaste and mouthwash, or drinking fluoride-containing water, to prevent issues like gum disease and tooth decay
  • Brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day while holding the brush at a 40-degree angle to clean hard-to-reach areas, and flossing before bed to remove food debris from between your teeth.
  • Avoiding tobacco, smoking, and drinking too much coffee and tea.

There are several procedures you may need if you don't take care of your teeth. Root canal therapy, which is a dental restoration needed when someone has an infected or inflamed tooth that needs to be cleaned, disinfected, and sealed. Dental implants, which are another restorative procedure that replaces your tooth root with a titanium post when you've suffered from tooth loss. Veneers, which are porcelain restorations are similar to crowns but they are cemented on the surface of teeth to hide unappealing issues like crack, dents, and yellowed teeth. Crowns, which are are dental caps that fit over weak and/or unsightly teeth to improve your smile and reinforce teeth that are weakened due to dental restorations or dislodged fillings, and bridges, which can close gaps from losing a tooth.

If you have any questions, or concerns, about good oral hygiene habits and taking care of your dental restorations, just call Dr. Pearson at her Silver Spring, MD, office today. Call (301) 649-2203.

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
March 21, 2018

You dread the idea of getting a filling. Surely, that dark metal restoration will show when you smile. Isn't there a better way of saving your fillingstooth? With tooth-colored fillings from your Silver Spring, MD, dentist, Dr. Susan Pearson, you can have a strong, healthy tooth that looks good, too. In fact, a composite resin filling is so natural-looking and seamless, no one will know it's there.

How decay happens

Whenever we eat, food residues collect on and around our teeth. That's why we brush, floss, and get professional cleanings. The alternative is plaque and tartar build-up, a condition which leads to dental decay. Thin or cracked enamel decays easily as well, and despite our best efforts to keep ahead of it, you may need a filling from time to time.

Treating dental decay

While some cavities require metal fillings (amalgam), most do not, and you can take advantage of a remarkable material called composite resin. Composite resin blends acrylic and glass particles for a filling material which is strong, long-lasting and realistic. Also, because composite resin bonds right to healthy tooth enamel, a tooth-colored filling needs less enamel reduction than amalgam.

Composite resin fillings take one appointment with your Silver Spring dentist. She'll numb the area around your damaged tooth with a local anesthetic and gently remove the decayed portions with handheld instruments such as a high-speed drill.

When she's finished with tooth preparation, Dr. Pearson begins the bonding treatment. Called an additive process by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, bonding actually layers the composite resin into to tooth. The dentist cures each layer with no-heat, blue light. As she finishes the restoration, she shapes the chewing surface of the tooth to occlude, or bite, with its counterpart on the opposing arch of teeth. As a finishing touch, Dr. Pearson polishes the filling.

It's remarkable

Yes, your tooth-colored filling will support your tooth, strengthen it and improve its appearance. To reduce stress on your restoration, be sure to avoid extra-hard foods, and wear a mouth guard if you grind your teeth at night. Your filling can last a decade or more.

If you need a filling, ask Dr. Pearson about composite resin and other innovative restorative materials. Call the office for an appointment in Silver Spring, MD: (301) 649-2203.

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
January 12, 2018

Need cosmetic bonding?dental bonding

Are you suffering from tooth decay? Do you need your cavities filled, but want to avoid metal fillings? Well, with tooth-colored fillings, that's no problem. Here in Silver Spring, MD, Dr. Susan Pearson can help you get the healthier and whiter smile you want.

Bonding

Bonding uses tooth-colored materials called composite resins, which consist of a mixture of plastic and glass, to provide translucency and strength, and hide cosmetically unattractive defects. The composite bonds with the rest of your tooth and fixes:

  • Chips
  • Discoloration
  • Fractures
  • Minor spacing
  • Irregularities

The Procedure

Composite resins come in a variety of tooth shades for truly lifelike results. Getting a dental bonding doesn't need any laboratory work so your Silver Spring dentist can finish the procedure in one visit, probably about 30 minutes to an hour.

The procedure consists of:

  • Cleaning the surface of the tooth
  • Etch the surface of your teeth with an acidic gel to open up tiny pores in the surface
  • Rinse off the resin in a well-matched shade of filling
  • A special curing light hardens the bonding material
  • After the first layer is cured, another layer is painted onto your tooth
  • Your dentist builds up the tooth until the restoration has the necessary thickness
  • Your tooth is then shaped

Taking Care of Your Bondings

Preventative care is key to maintaining your dental health and dental bondings. Dental bondings require the same care as all your teeth. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day, after breakfast and before bed, and floss at least once. This will help keep your teeth healthy and avoid new cavities from flourishing in your new tooth-colored fillings, or any of your other teeth.

If you have any questions or concerns about dental bonding in Silver Spring, MD, then call your dentist at (301) 649-2203.

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
November 14, 2017

The loss of even one tooth can significantly change your appearance. Fortunately, dental implants offer an excellent solution when your dental implantssmile isn't quite as full as it once was. Our Silver Spring, MD, dentist, Dr. Susan Pearson, explains how dental implants work and shares a few benefits.

Dental implants restore your entire tooth

Dental implants are a good choice when you want to replace your entire tooth, not just the part you reveal when you open your mouth. The process starts by implanting a small titanium post in your jawbone in the exact spot once occupied by tooth roots. If you plan to replace several teeth, you'll need more than one implant, although you won't necessarily need one implant for each missing tooth.

During the next three to six months, you'll wait for your implant to bond to your jawbone before proceeding to the next step in the process, the addition of a crown.

Once your implant has successfully bonded to your jawbone, a small screw will be added that will connect a dental crown to it. Your crown will be custom-made to fit your mouth using an impression made in our Silver Spring office. After the crown is connected to the implant, no one will be able to tell that you lost a tooth.

A few important reasons you may want to consider dental implants

When you receive a dental implant, you'll enjoy:

  • A new tooth that looks and feels completely natural. Because your crown is securely attached to your implant, you won't notice any difference when you use the tooth to eat. Slipping or irritation that can occur with other restoration options aren't a problem with dental implants.
  • Quick and simple care requirements. You won't need any special solutions or other products to care for your implant. In fact, keeping your dental implants healthy only requires regular brushing and flossing.
  • Improved jaw strength. Although it may have appeared that chewing was the only function of your lost tooth, it also performed another equally important job. Roots stimulate the bone in your jaw and help it maintain its strength. When a tooth is lost, the underlying bone can begin to weaken and shrink. In some cases, the bone may become so weak that it can no longer support your teeth. Implants take over for your tooth roots, preventing the problem.

Are you ready to find out if dental implants are a good choice for you? Call our Silver Spring, MD, dentist, Dr. Pearson, at (301) 649-2203 to schedule an appointment.





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