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.
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.

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.





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