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.
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.

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
September 06, 2017

How teeth whitening from Silver Spring, Maryland can enhance your smileteeth whitening

Do you want a brighter smile? Are your teeth dull, dark and unattractive? Do you hide your smile, or have you stopped smiling entirely? If you answered yes to these questions, it’s time to get your bright smile back. The answer is a professional teeth whitening treatment. Dr. Susan Pearson in Silver Spring, Maryland wants to share what professional teeth whitening can do for you and your smile.

You may have been tempted to try out over-the-counter products in grocery stores, or whitening products available at kiosks in malls. Many of these products don’t produce the results you want. Either they don’t whiten enough, or the results don’t last very long. Worse still, many of these products are not tested for safety and contain chemicals which can damage your teeth and cause tooth sensitivity.

Professional teeth whitening treatments are different because they offer:

  • The ability to whiten your teeth up to 8 shades whiter
  • Whitening results which can last up to 5 years
  • Safety testing and approval from the American Dental Association

Professional teeth whitening treatments can brighten teeth that have become yellow due to aging. As the years go by, tooth enamel becomes thinner and more transparent. Eventually, the layer underneath the enamel, called dentin, can be seen. Dentin is naturally yellow in color and becomes darker due to aging. The end result is teeth that look dark yellow. Professional teeth whitening can change your smile from dark yellow to sparkling white!

A whitening treatment can also remove stains due to tobacco use, coffee, red wine, and darkly-pigmented foods, giving you the bright smile you deserve. These are just a few reasons you should consider professional teeth whitening:

  • To boost your self-confidence and self-esteem
  • To make a great first impression
  • To look younger and more attractive
  • To look your best for a special event

If you want a brighter smile, professional teeth whitening can help you achieve it! To get started on your best smile, call Dr. Susan Pearson in Silver Spring, Maryland. She can help you on the way to a brighter, whiter smile you will love, so call today!

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.





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