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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.
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 14, 2016

Find out what factors make you an ideal candidate for this long-term tooth replacement treatment.

Losing a tooth many centuries ago may have spelled disaster for a smile, but with modern-day dentistry, tooth loss treatments have dental implantscome a long way. Our Silver Spring dentist, Dr. Susan Pearson, understands how stressful this issue can be and that’s why we offer amazing options like dental implants for replacing your missing teeth for life.

You Want a Restoration that Stays Put

Dentures rest on the gums, which can cause them to rub against gum tissue and cause irritation. Dentures also use suction to stay in place, but some patients find that dentures actually move around in their mouths, making it difficult to chew or speak. But implants actually fuse together with the jawbone so you won’t have to worry about implants moving around at all.

The Rest of Your Smile Isn’t Affected

If you get dental bridges we will need to file down natural teeth so that they can anchor the bridge in place. So instead of just one tooth being replaced three teeth will be affected to get a dental bridge. But when you choose to get dental implants in Silver Spring you won’t have to worry about altering the rest of your smile.

Enjoy Your Favorite Foods

If you have dentures and want to dine on a delicious steak you may bite down just to find that your dentures pop right out. This can be frustrating when all you want to do is enjoy meals but your dentures dictate what you can and can’t eat; however, with implants you won’t have this problem. Implants are a permanent part of your jawbone, so enjoy that beautiful steak or whatever your heart desires.

Clean Implants Like Real Teeth

When it comes to implants you won’t need to remove them to soak them overnight. Instead, implants can be cleaned just like natural teeth. There is no special toothbrush or toothpaste needed for your implants. Just keep using the same products you’ve been using for keeping your mouth clean. And don’t forget those six-month professional dental cleanings!

Dental implants have been saving countless smiles and they could be the ideal restorative dentistry you’ve been looking for in Silver Spring. If you want to find out more about getting dental implants then call Dr. Pearson today for a consultation.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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