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Susan Pearson, DDS
1131 University Blvd. West, Ste 103
Silver Spring, MD 20902
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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.


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.

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.
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 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.











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