Regular Dental Exams and Cleanings
It is important to have regular dental exams and cleanings at least every six months from your dentist in Silver Spring. Some people think that regular brushing and flossing will ensure overall oral health. The truth is, there are many oral health problems that can happen with or without proper daily oral care. Regular exams by Dr. Dana Keith and his team are cost-effective due to early discovery and treatment of any problems that may exist. In addition to examinations, cleanings by our oral hygienist are also much more effective than brushing and flossing at home. The tools used to clean your teeth at a dental office can remove plaque or other build up that brushes and floss are not equipped to handle. Here is a list of what to expect during your typical exam and cleaning:
- Check for any problems you may not see or feel
- Look for cavities or other signs of tooth decay
- Inspect your teeth and gums for gingivitis and signs of periodontal (gum) disease
- Clean, polish, and rinse your teeth to remove any tartar and plaque that may have built up on the tooth’s surface
Each examination and cleaning will take less than an hour and you can rest assured that your oral health is being properly maintained.
If you have slightly chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth, bonding can be a cost-effective way to have your teeth fixed in just one visit to our office. In a typical dental bonding procedure, a filling will be bonded to the tooth to improve the appearance. Bonding filling comes in many tooth-colored shades to ensure a nearly perfect match to the appearance of your natural teeth.
Our dentists in Silver Spring use bridges are to replace missing teeth, help maintain the shape of your face, or alleviate stress on your jaw. A bridge will most literally “bridge” the gap between teeth with artificial teeth. Bridges can be made out out of gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and are bonded to the surrounding teeth for support.
When someone requires a filling where there is insufficient tooth strength to hold a filling, the typical procedure involves placing a crown on the tooth, which will then act as the new outer layer of the tooth. The crown will be created in a lab using impressions made from your teeth to ensure that the fit is perfect and unnoticeable. The preferred material for making crowns is porcelain, because it most accurately replicates a tooth’s appearance and strength.
Dentures are natural-looking, removable replacement teeth. There are two types of dentures: full and partial. Full dentures are created for patients when there are no remaining natural teeth. Partial dentures are connected to the remaining natural teeth and are used to fill in the spaces where natural teeth have been removed.
Even for the best dentists in Silver Spring many abnormalities of the teeth are not noticeable to the naked eye and x-rays allow practitioners to clearly see exactly what is happening. In our office we use advanced digital x-ray technology in order to provide you with dental imaging that is safe and convenient. Our digital x-rays provide clearer pictures and expose patients to less radiation than traditional x-ray technology.
When it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed, your dentist may be able to extract the tooth during a regular checkup or, if you prefer, schedule another visit for the procedure. The typical tooth extraction will be relatively fast and painless using very precise surgical tools and proper amounts of anesthetic. Once a tooth has been removed, there is a tendency for neighboring teeth to shift. This shifting of your teeth may cause problems down the road. To avoid these complications it may be recommended that you have the extracted tooth replaced.
The most typical dental restoration procedures performed by our Silver Spring dentists are fillings. Fillings can be made out of gold, porcelain, plastic, or ceramic and are often used to fill in cavities after the cavity has been prepared by the dentist. This “direct filling” procedure is completed within one visit at our office.
Silver Spring Implant Restoration
When you are missing teeth, it is imperative that you have them replaced. Missing teeth can cause discomfort when chewing and eating due to a destabilized bite. In addition to causing pain, missing teeth can cause your neighboring teeth to shift and often make you look much older than you actually are.
Fortunately, having an implant installed is a great way to permanently replace a tooth or teeth. Implants use a titanium anchor that acts as an artificial root to hold a tooth colored crown. Your implant will look just like a tooth and nobody will be able to tell the difference, so you can smile with confidence again! If you happen to break a crown on a dental implant, Dr. Dana Keith and his team can easily replace it and restore your beautiful smile in no time.
Using intraoral cameras during your regular exams and procedures gives an unparalleled view of the inside of your mouth for both the dentists and you. Using this technology gives us the opportunity to see exactly what is going on within your mouth and observe problems that x-rays could potentially miss. With this technology we are also able to more accurately explain thorough cleaning procedures and see any problem areas that may exist. After an exam with an intraoral camera, you will feel much more informed about your dental health. When you are more informed about your oral health, you will be able to make more confident decisions about treatment options.
Fluoride is an effective way to prevent cavities and tooth decay. Fluoride also prevents plaque from building up and hardening on the surface of your teeth. Having fluoride applied to your teeth only takes a few minutes. You will want to have a fluoride treatment every three, six, or twelve months depending on your dentist’s recommendation.
Laser therapy for general and cosmetic dentistry in Silver Spring provides patients with a more comfortable dental treatment experience.
There are soft tissue and hard tissue laser treatments. Hard tissue treatments include cavity detection, dental fillings, and tooth sensitivity reduction. Soft tissue treatments include gum reshaping, gum surgery, and muscle attachment improvements. Using lasers to perform these treatments will result in a recovery time that is much quicker than traditional treatment methods, and there will be no need for anesthesia.
If you participate in any kind of full-contact sports, the American Dental Association recommends that you wear a mouth guard. While there are pre-made mouth guards and “boil-and-bite” mouth guards, you can also have a mouth guard custom-made by your dentist. A custom-made mouth guard is more comfortable than traditional mouth guards, and you can rest assured that the protection of your teeth is in the hands of a professional.
Root Canal Therapy
Nowadays when you have a diseased nerve, you no longer need to have your whole tooth removed. In modern dentistry, there is a root canal procedure that will allow you keep your natural tooth. During this procedure, the best Silver Spring dentists remove damaged tissue, then clean and seal the interior of the tooth. Finally, they fill the tooth with a dental composite.
It is important to not let diseased tissue remain in teeth, as this can allow bacteria to enter the pulp tissue and result in painful infections. If left untreated, an abscess may form. This can not only injure your jawbone, but it is also detrimental to your overall health.
When brushing alone is not enough to reach difficult spots on your teeth, it is recommended to have these spots filled with a sealant. When you neglect to fill in these cracks and grooves in your teeth, these locations can develop tooth decay. The sealant will give you extra protection and help prevent cavities.
If you are embarrassed to smile because of gaps, chips, stains, or misshapen teeth, having our Chevy Chase cosmetic dentist place veneers on your teeth can be a perfect solution to your problems. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells produced from tooth-colored materials, such as porcelain. When your veneers are in place, you will be pleased to see the immediate difference in your smile.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
When you have wisdom teeth attempting to grow into back of your gum line, there is often little space for them to fit in properly. Because of this phenomena, your wisdom teeth may become impacted or grow in at an angle that is not in alignment with your current molars. The common practice to resolve this problem is to remove your wisdom teeth.
The process of removing wisdom teeth in Silver Spring does not take very long, and recovery can take as little as a week. Your dentist will share with you what to expect and provide instructions for a comfortable, efficient healing process.
Call our dentists in Cloverly and Silver Spring at (301) 302-0920 to schedule an appointment!