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 25, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Examination  

Oral ExaminationHaving a checkup at the dentist isn't just for kids. Dr. Susan Pearson, your dentist in Silver Spring, MD, sees patients of all ages, and encourages her adult patients to maintain good dental hygiene by scheduling dental exams twice a year. If it's been awhile since you've had a dental checkup, allow us to walk you through the process so you know what to expect.

Cleaning

Our trained dental hygienists will start by scaling your teeth, a process in which they use hand-held tools to remove any tartar that has built up. Tartar is hardened plaque and cannot be removed by brushing or flossing at home. It can lead to decay and gum disease if it is not periodically removed at your Silver Spring dentist's office. Your hygienist will also make notations in your chart for Dr. Pearson to assess later.

X-rays

Once a year, your Silver Spring dentist will recommend having X-rays taken. This is done to check for any cavities that may have developed between the teeth, as well as to monitor any bone loss if you have missing teeth or gum disease. Young adults will also benefit from X-rays as their wisdom teeth begin to emerge; their growth pattern can be evaluated by Dr. Pearson to see if removal is necessary.

Doctor evaluation

After your X-rays, your Silver Spring dentist will come in to talk with you and check your teeth and gums based on information gleaned from the X-rays and cleaning. If any problems have arisen, such as gingivitis or cavities, Dr. Pearson will work with you to determine a treatment plan. Most people will also schedule another cleaning for six months later.

To update your charts and refresh your smile at your Silver Spring dentist's office, contact us to make an appointment with Dr. Susan Pearson today!

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
April 18, 2019
Tags: Dental Implants  

If your untreated, missing teeth have you feeling that your smile is not up to par, your Silver Spring, MD, dentist can help you restore yourdental-implants look with dental implants. These dental restorations are often considered the gold standard of teeth replacement and stand on their own without the need to use the surrounding healthy teeth as anchors. Find out more about dental implants and how they work with some common FAQs and visiting Susan Pearson DDS.

How do dental implants work?
There are three important components that make up a dental implant: the fixture, the abutment, and the prosthetic. Your Silver Spring, MD, dentist implants the fixture directly into the jawbone under your gap. The abutment attaches to the fixture to hold the prosthetic, your replacement tooth, in place.

What is a dental implant made of?
An implant’s fixture and abutment are made from titanium, a corrosion-resistant, implant-grade metal, which is often used in medical and dental devices and procedures. The prosthetic tooth is made of porcelain, which closely mimics a tooth’s natural appearance and light reflecting qualities to blend seamlessly into your smile.

Do I need a dental implant?
If someone has a missing tooth, they can benefit from an implant. Dentists may suggest two implants on either side of a dental bridge for patients who have several missing teeth in a row. Implant-supported dentures are suited for patients missing all the teeth on an arch. Implants work independently of healthy teeth, meaning that patients with multiple gaps can have several implants throughout their mouths to replace multiple teeth.

Are dental implants safe?
Dental implants are FDA-approved and have been used safely in dentist’s offices across the world for over 40 years. Implants are permanent and last a lifetime with the proper care — simply following the American Dental Associations recommendation of brushing twice a day and flossing once.

Dental Implants in Silver Spring, MD
Don’t put off filling in your gaps. For more information on implant dentistry or what it can do for your smile, please contact Dr. Pearson in Silver Spring, MD. Call (301) 649-2203 to schedule your consultation for dental implants today!

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
January 14, 2019

Treat your tooth loss with the next best thing to real teeth.

Dental ImplantsWe know that there are many people out there who are dealing with tooth loss and are looking for a reliable tooth replacement. Dental implants are small metal posts that are placed within the jawbone, allowing them to function just like real teeth do. It’s truly as close as you can get to the real thing. From the office of our Silver Spring, MD, dentist, Dr. Susan Pearson, read below to learn how dental implants can help you!

 

Replace One or More Teeth

No matter whether you are missing one, several, or all of your teeth, dental implants can be the right tooth replacement option for you. While a single implant will only take the place of one missing tooth, several implants can be placed along the jawbone to support a whole set of false teeth.

 

Preserve Your Bone Health

Did you know that one serious complication of untreated tooth loss is a deteriorating jawbone? Since you no longer have all of your tooth roots, your jawbone isn’t getting the ample stimulation that it needs to continue producing new bone cells. As a result, the jawbone loses density and begins to break down. The only restoration that can actually stimulate the jawbone and protect it is a dental implant.

 

Prevent Misalignments

The last thing you want to face after tooth loss is an out-of-place shifting of your remaining teeth; however, this is something that will happen if you don’t fill those gaps with a proper tooth replacement. By placing a dental implant not long after tooth loss, our Silver Spring, MD, restorative dentist can prevent the rest of your smile from shifting or moving around.

 

Feel More Confident

Having a damaged smile in any capacity is enough to make someone feel embarrassed by their appearance. You may find that you smile less often and that you avoid social situations because of your tooth loss. Luckily, the only person who will know that you have a dental implant is you, meaning that you can feel confident sporting a full smile once more. Go ahead, light up that room!

 

Enjoy Your Favorite Foods Again

We know how challenging it can be to enjoy certain meals when you have to worry about the possibility that your remaining teeth won’t be able to properly chew the food. However, since dental implants function just like real teeth, you won’t have to worry about that! They will stay in place and completely restore chewing, making mealtimes stress-free and enjoyable again!

 


Interested? Give Us a Call

Are you dealing with tooth loss in Silver Spring, MD, and want to find out if dental implants are right for you? If so, call our office today at (301) 649-2203 to schedule your free consultation with us.

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
November 09, 2018
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Have you tried whitening toothpastes and over-the-counter strips to whiten your smile? You've been disappointed with the results, haven't you? Dr. Susan Pearson offers a great alternative in her Silver Spring dental office: professional at-home teeth whitening kits! Read below to learn how this popular cosmetic service can rejuvenate your smile.

Teeth develop stains

Why is that? Well, it happens because we put staining organic matter in our mouths, such as tobacco and darkly pigmented food and beverages. Over time, tooth enamel yellows and loses its shine, particularly when combined with poor oral hygiene habits.

Unfortunately, drugstore whitening products are not strong enough to brighten teeth, and often, they also cause dental and gingival (gum) sensitivity. Additionally, without professional supervision, people may apply these products incorrectly or further damage teeth and soft oral tissues which aren't healthy enough for whitening.

The better choice

At-home teeth whitening kits from your dentist in Silver Spring use a concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel to power out deep stains. They take a week or so of daily gel applications to work and they can brighten smiles by up to eight shades with effects lasting for years.

To determine if your smile is healthy enough for whitening, Dr. Pearson will confer with you, examine your teeth and gums and outline a treatment plan safe for your oral health and suited to your smile goals. You can trust her years of expertise and compassionate touch and care.

Keeping a bright smile

You can with once daily flossing and twice a day brushing according to American Dental Association guidelines. Also, your six-month examinations and hygienic cleanings with Dr. Pearson and her team maintain that dramatic tooth brightness indefinitely.

Other ways to maintain your renewed smile include:

  • Limiting coffee, tea, colas, sports drinks, blueberries, soy sauce, and acidic foods such as tomato sauce
  • Avoiding tobacco, both smokeless and cigarettes
  • Rinsing your mouth with water or brushing your teeth right away if you do consume staining food items
  • Getting occasional whitening touch-ups as needed

What a beautiful smile!

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that people notice your smile first before any other physical feature, including hair color, height, weight and more. So an attractive smile is very valuable!

If you'd like whitening results which last and are truly effective and safe for your teeth and gums, see Dr. Susan Pearson for a whitening consultation. Call her staff today for an appointment: (301) 649-2203.

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
September 21, 2018
Tags: Veneers   Porcelain Veneers  

You want to improve the appearance of your smile. Small gaps and a prominent chip mar the teeth in the front of your mouth--what dentists call "the smile zone." Bonding won't work as the needed repairs are too extensive. Could porcelain veneers work? Ask your dentist inVeneers Silver Spring, Dr. Susan Pearson. She understands how her patients wish to look their best. She can tell you if veneers are your right option.

What are porcelain veneers?

Thin, translucent shells of premium dental porcelain, veneers (also called laminates) cover a wide variety of enamel defects such as:

  • Deep stains from pharmaceuticals (tetracycline, for instance) or years of smoking
  • Cracks and chips
  • Surface pits and fissures
  • Congenital malformations such as peg-shaped lateral incisors or teeth which are too long or too short
  • Small gaps and mild crowding

Your Silver Spring dentist resurfaces the front side of the teeth and then bonds the customized veneers in place.

Is the procedure difficult?

Receiving porcelain veneers does take two to three appointments with Dr. Pearson and her team. However, the treatment itself is comfortable and uncomplicated. An initial examination and digital X-rays tell the dentist if your teeth are healthy enough to receive dental laminates. Then, she discusses your ideas of how you want your smile to improve.

While versatile, veneers cannot change every possible defect, but you'll be amazed at how Dr. Pearson can meet your needs and incorporate your ideas into her treatment plan. Oral impressions, photos and detailed instructions tell the dental lab how to make the veneers just the right size, shape and color to suit your smile and facial features.

An important part of the veneer procedure is enamel resurfacing. Dr. Pearson removes a portion of tooth enamel from each tooth. This one-half millimeter slice helps the veneers fit and bite correctly.

However, there is one caution. Because of this resurfacing, you must always wear veneers. But, don't worry. When you diligently care for your veneers, they can last for years.

When your veneers come in from the dental lab, Dr. Pearson will cement them in place. She takes great care to properly seat the veneers on the teeth to avoid gum irritation, chipping or other surface problems. A special dental light activates the cement and hardens it.

It takes a week or so to adjust to how your veneers feel inside your mouth, but you'll love how they look right away. You'll enjoy a great smile that looks like you only better!! Plus, veneers strengthen tooth enamel.

Curious?

Dr. Pearson will help you decide if versatile porcelain veneers could change your smile and your self-confidence. Ask about the other cosmetic treatments she offers, too. Call the office today for your consultation appointment: (301) 649-2203.





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