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Susan Pearson, DDS
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Silver Spring, MD 20902
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By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
January 11, 2021
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental implants are permanent prosthetic crowns that can be used to replace missing teeth. They are anchored into your jawbone, which gives them a secure foundation and they look and feel just like natural teeth. Dr. Susan Pearson is a dentist at Silver Spring, MD. She provides general and family dental services and specializes in dental implants.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

Here are some of the most common questions that Silver Spring dental patients ask about dental implants:

How long will implants last?

If you practice good oral hygiene and look after your implants just as you would your natural teeth, they can last for a lifetime. This is much better than the outcome for removable dentures, which typically have a lifespan of 5-8 years.

Will they improve my oral health?

If you already have several missing teeth, dental implants will definitely help to keep your mouth healthy. When you lose teeth, over time, your jawbone will gradually begin to erode, which can affect the stability of the surrounding teeth. Because implants fuse with your jawbone, the titanium posts act like your teeth roots and stimulate bone growth.

Will I be able to eat whatever I want with dental implants?

You will not have any dietary restrictions with implants, so the foods you have been avoiding because of missing teeth or dentures will now become options again. Dental implants will not only improve your ability to bite and chew, but they will also improve your ability to speak.

How do I clean dental implants?

You will brush and floss at least twice daily, just as you do with natural teeth. Unlike dentures, there’s no need to remove implants to clean them.

If you live in Silver Spring and would like to find out more about dental implants, call Dr. Pearson at 301-649-2203.

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S
February 18, 2020
Tags: Tooth Replacement  

Replacing missing teeth offers many advantages, including improved appearance and better capability for eating and speaking. If you're thinking about tooth replacement, a consultation with your Silver Spring, MD, dentist, Dr. Susan Pearson, can help you reach a decision on which is best for you. As a primer, consider some of the benefits of bridges, dentures, and dental implants.

Bridges

Bridges are often used to restore one or two missing teeth and consist of artificial teeth connected to crowns. The hollow crown portion of the bridge slips over teeth on either side of the gap to hold the bridge firmly in place. Prior to receiving a bridge, the teeth that will receive crowns must be slightly reduced in size to ensure a comfortable fit. All of this is done during a quick, discomfort-free procedure.

Dentures

Removable dentures rest on your gums and replace all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. Full dentures are used after your mouth has healed completely from tooth extractions. Immediate dentures are placed in your mouth just after the removal of your remaining teeth. Both of these denture-types will need to be adjusted periodically to ensure a secure, comfortable fit.

Partial dentures can also be used to replace several missing teeth in a row. The dentures are attached with small clasps to nearby teeth.

Dental Implants

Dental implants replace the crowns (visible parts of your teeth) and your tooth roots. Titanium posts that serve as replacement roots are implanted in your jawbone during minor oral surgery. The posts gradually bond to your jawbone and eventually become as strong as your natural roots.

Dental crowns attached to the tops of your implants improve your appearance and restore your natural biting ability. Since your new tooth is rooted in your mouth, you won't notice a decrease in your biting ability.

Implants are a very versatile tooth restoration option. Although they're frequently used to replace just one missing tooth, they're also a good choice if you've lost several missing teeth or want to restore all of your teeth with implant-supported dentures.

Interested? Call our Silver Spring Office Today

Are you ready to fill the gaps in your smile with dental implants or another restoration option? Call Dr. Susan Pearson, your dentist in Silver Spring, MD, at (301) 649-2203 to schedule an appointment.

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.



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