Posts for category: Dental Procedures

EarlyOrthodonticTechniquesCouldStopGrowingBiteProblems

The longer many health problems go on, the worse they become. Treating them as early as possible could stop or slow their development.

That holds true for poor bites: while we can certainly correct them later in life, it's often better to "intercept" the problem during childhood. Interceptive orthodontics attempts to do this with treatments that influence how the jaws and other mouth structures develop during childhood. Many of these techniques are usually best implemented before puberty.

For example, some very complex problems called cross bites can occur if the upper jaw grows too narrowly. We might be able to stop this from happening by using an orthodontic appliance called a palatal expander during the childhood years. It works because the bone at the center of the palate (roof of the mouth) has a gap running back to front until the early teens when the gap closes.

We fit the palatal expander up under and against the palate, then extend out metal arms from a center mechanism to the back of the upper teeth that exert outward pressure on them. This widens the center gap, which the body continually fills with bone as the device gradually exerts more pressure. Over time this causes the jaw to widen and lessens the cross bite. Timing, though, is everything: it's most effective before the gap closes.

Another way to aid jaw growth is a Herbst appliance, a hinged device that alters the movement of the jaws. As a child wears it, a Herbst appliance draws the lower jaw forward to develop more in that direction. Like the palatal expander, it's best used before significant jaw growth occurs.

These are just two examples of techniques and tools that can guide structural growth and prevent bite problems. Because they're most effective in the early years of oral development, your child should undergo an orthodontic evaluation as early as age 6 to see if they need and can benefit from an interceptive treatment.

Interceptive orthodontics can stop or at least slow a growing bite problem. The effort and expense now could save you much more of both later on.

If you would like more information on interceptive orthodontics, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Interceptive Orthodontics: Timely Intervention can make Treatment Easier.”

By Dental Choice
March 21, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crown  

How a dental crown from your dentists in Easton, Maryland can save your smile

A dental crown is a unique type of dental restoration because it covers the entire visible part of your tooth above the gumline. A crown crownprovides the best protection against breakage and loss of tooth structure. Dr. Irving Phillips Jr. and Dr. Wade Dressler at Dental Choice in Easton, MD, offer a full range of dental services including dental crowns to save your smile.

If you have a tooth that is badly damaged and has lost a large amount of tooth structure, a crown is the best option. Unlike a large filling, which can actually weaken a tooth by separating the tooth into sections, a dental crown holds your tooth together by covering the entire surface of your tooth, like a glove.

In addition to a badly damaged tooth or a tooth that has lost a large amount of tooth structure, you may also need a crown if you have a tooth that is:

  • Weakened by a large, old, metal filling
  • Worn-down or eroded from aging or grinding your teeth
  • Weakened and brittle from previous root canal treatment

Today’s dental crown materials provide both strength and aesthetic beauty, to give you a resilient, sparkling smile that you can enjoy for years. One of the most popular dental crown materials is porcelain, which is a light-reflective material that closely resembles tooth enamel. When a full-porcelain crown is placed, it is virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. The natural beauty of full porcelain makes it an excellent choice to restore front teeth and teeth that are visible when you smile.

Another popular dental crown material is porcelain that has been fused to a metal framework, known as a PFM crown. PFM crowns combine the beauty of porcelain with the added strength of metal. These crowns are an excellent choice for back teeth where you need the added strength for chewing.

For more detailed information about dental crowns, please visit the Crowns & Bridges page on the Dental Choice website at https://www.dentalchoiceeaston.com/crowns-and-bridges.html

If you want to restore damaged, broken teeth or teeth that have old, bulky, leaking metal fillings, dental crowns are the right choice for you. To find out more about dental crowns and how they can help your smile, call (410) 822-4310 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Phillips Jr. or Dr. Dressler at Dental Choice in Easton, MD. today!

WhyAlfonsoRibeiroIsGratefulforRootCanalTreatment

As the host of America's Funniest Home Videos on ABC TV, Alfonso Ribeiro has witnessed plenty of unintentional physical comedy…or, as he puts it in an interview with Dear Doctor–Dentistry & Oral Health magazine, "When people do stuff and you're like, 'Dude, you just hurt yourself for no reason!'" So when he had his own dental dilemma, Alfonso was determined not to let it turn onto an "epic fail."

The television personality was in his thirties when a painful tooth infection flared up. Instead of ignoring the problem, he took care of it by visiting his dentist, who recommended a root canal procedure. "It's not like you wake up and go, 'Yay, I'm going to have my root canal today!'" he joked. "But once it's done, you couldn't be happier because the pain is gone and you're just smiling because you're no longer in pain!"

Alfonso's experience echoes that of many other people. The root canal procedure is designed to save an infected tooth that otherwise would probably be lost. The infection may start when harmful bacteria from the mouth create a small hole (called a cavity) in the tooth's surface. If left untreated, the decay bacteria continue to eat away at the tooth's structure. Eventually, they can reach the soft pulp tissue, which extends through branching spaces deep inside the tooth called root canals.

Once infection gets a foothold there, it's time for root canal treatment! In this procedure, the area is first numbed; next, a small hole is made in the tooth to give access to the pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels. The diseased tissue is then carefully removed with tiny instruments, and the canals are disinfected to prevent bacteria from spreading. Finally, the tooth is sealed up to prevent re-infection. Following treatment, a crown (cap) is usually required to restore the tooth's full function and appearance.

Root canal treatment sometimes gets a bad rap from people who are unfamiliar with it, or have come across misinformation on the internet. The truth is, a root canal doesn't cause pain: It relieves pain! The alternatives—having the tooth pulled or leaving the infection untreated—are often much worse.

Having a tooth extracted and replaced can be costly and time consuming…yet a missing tooth that isn't replaced can cause problems for your oral health, nutrition and self-esteem. And an untreated infection doesn't just go away on its own—it continues to smolder in your body, potentially causing serious problems. So if you need a root canal, don't delay!

If you would like additional information on root canal treatment, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment” and “Root Canal Treatment: What You Need to Know.”

HeresWhatyouNeedtoKnowaboutaRootCanalTreatment

A root canal treatment is a common procedure performed by dentists and endodontists (specialists for inner tooth problems). If you're about to undergo this tooth-saving procedure, here's what you need to know.

The goal of a root canal treatment is to stop tooth decay within a tooth's interior and minimize any damage to the tooth and underlying bone. This is done by accessing the tooth's pulp and root canals (tiny passageways traveling through the tooth roots to the bone) by drilling into the biting surface of a back tooth or the "tongue" side of a front tooth.

First, though, we numb the tooth and surrounding area with local anesthesia so you won't feel any pain during the procedure.  We'll also place a small sheet of vinyl or rubber called a dental dam that isolates the affected tooth from other teeth to minimize the spread of infection.

After gaining access inside the tooth we use special instruments to remove all of the diseased tissue, often with the help of a dental microscope to view the interior of tiny root canals. Once the pulp and root canals have been cleared, we'll flush the empty spaces with an antibacterial solution.

After any required reshaping, we'll fill the pulp chamber and root canals with a special filling called gutta-percha. This rubberlike, biocompatible substance conforms easily to the shape of these inner tooth structures. The filling preserves the tooth from future infection, with the added protection of adhesive cement to seal it in.

Afterward, you may have a few days of soreness that's often manageable with mild pain relievers. You'll return for a follow-up visit and possibly a more permanent filling for the access hole. It's also likely you'll receive a permanent crown for the tooth to restore it and further protect it from future fracture.

Without this vital treatment, you could very well lose your tooth to the ravages of decay. The time and any minor discomfort you may experience are well worth the outcome.

If you would like more information on treating tooth decay, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Root Canal Treatment: What You Need to Know.”

Family DentistryMaintaining good oral health just became a whole lot easier with a family dentist.

Is your family currently looking for a dentist in Easton, MD, that they can turn to for oral care? Keeping up with your oral health is crucial for everyone in your family, from little ones to seniors. Luckily, our family dentists Dr. Irving Phillips, Jr. and Dr. Wade Dressler can give you the proper and individualized care you’ve been looking for in one convenient location.

Of course, you may be wondering: “What makes a family dentist different from a regular dentist?” Well, they are almost the same thing, the only difference is that we specialize and receive the proper training to be able to provide comprehensive dental care to patients of all ages. This means that instead of taking your child to a separate dentist, you can bring the whole family into our dental office for care, which also means less running around and fewer trips to the dentist’s office. Pretty convenient, right?

Along with saving you time, turning to our dentist in Easton, MD, means that you’ll have a medical professional by your side for life. You never outgrow a family dentist, and we really get to know each patient that walks through our doors. We know your detailed medical history, including chronic health conditions and allergies. This means that every time we provide you with dental care, you can trust that you’re getting individualized and comprehensive dental care tailored to your specific health concerns and needs.

As a family dentist, we also offer a full range of dental services. Need to come in for a routine cleaning? Want to find out if your child’s smile could benefit from braces? Want to discuss teeth whitening or other cosmetic treatments with us? No problem! Whatever you or a family member needs we can provide it. From simple preventive dental care to orthodontic treatment, restorative dentistry and cosmetic care, we offer it all so you don’t have to go searching elsewhere for the care your smile deserves.

Is it time to schedule dental cleanings for the whole family? Do you have questions about the dentistry services we offer here in Easton, MD? If so, don’t hesitate to reach out to Dental Choice today. One of our friendly dental team will be happy to assist you.