By Dental Choice
July 19, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

When you replace a lost tooth, you might be worried that they won't feel exactly how your natural teeth used to. You might worry about having to make some changes about what you eat and how you care for your teeth. However, that's not the case with dental implants. Your Easton, MD, Family dentist, Dr. Irving Phillips, and Dr. Wade Dressler of Dental Choice offer dental implants to restore your smile.

What Are Dental Implants?

Chances are you've probably heard of dental implants because they're pretty popular for tooth replacement. In case you haven't, dental implants are tooth replacements closely resembling your natural teeth that your dentist can surgically implant into your jaw bone.

They Are Versatile

If you're looking to replace a single lost tooth, a few teeth, or all your teeth, dental implants could be your best bet. For complete tooth replacement, you don't need to get a dental implant for each tooth. As little as two, four, or six dental implants could support your tooth restoration.

They Restore Your Jaw

Tooth loss could present with the dreaded side effect, jaw bone density loss. This side effect happens because of lost stimulation to your jaw bone and most tooth restorations don't restore this stimulation. Losing bone density could cause facial sagging and wrinkling around your mouth.

However, dental implants can help prevent jaw bone mass loss because they're implanted into your jaw bone. Therefore, getting your dental implants from your Easton, MD, family dentist could help you preserve your youthful appearance.

They Are Secure

With dental implants, you never have to worry about your tooth restorations coming loose or falling off. Your dental implants could last you a lifetime with proper care, so, they're a great investment too.

They Look Natural

One of the reasons dental implants are so popular is how natural they look and feel. After installing the metal root into your jaw, your dentist will attach the dental crown to your dental implant. They can customize your dental implant crown to look like your other natural teeth and no one will be able to tell the difference.

Want to know if your smile could benefit from dental implants? Your Easton, MD, family dentist, Dr. Phillips and Dr. Dressler of Dental Choice can tell you more about dental implants when you call (410) 822-4310 to schedule your dental appointment.

Missing, damaged, or decayed teeth can affect the function, health, and appearance of your smile, but you don't have to live with a less than perfect grin. From cracks to chips to gaps in your smile, crowns and bridges can restore your oral health and the look of your teeth.

Family dentists Dr. Irving Phillips and Dr. Wade Dressler of Dental Choice in Easton, MD, offer crowns and bridges that leave you feeling comfortable and confident.

What are bridges?

Bridges replace a tooth that has fallen out or requires removal, filling the void with an artificial tooth. Bridges, also known as partial dentures, consist of an artificial tooth, tinted, sized, and shaped to match your natural tooth, which is supported by and bonded to the neighboring teeth. A bridge not only completes your smile so it looks great, but it prevents bacterial growth and infection from developing in the empty space. Brushing, chewing, and biting will likely be more comfortable and easier now that your tooth has been replaced.

What are crowns?

Crowns are coverings for a tooth that is cracked, chipped, jagged, severely discolored, or has a cavity that can't be filled. Made of durable ceramic or resin, a crown is custom-made to fit snugly over the tooth to conceal imperfections and protect the tooth. Your family dentist at our Easton, MD, office will start by buffing away some of the surface areas of the affected tooth before attaching the crown with permanent cement. Your dentist will make any needed adjustments so the crown blends in with your tooth and looks and feels natural. You will be able to bite, chew and brush comfortably.

How do I care for crowns or bridges?

As both crowns and bridges are long-lasting and strong, you can brush and floss like normal. Make sure to also make regular appointments for dental exams and professional cleanings to keep your entire smile healthy.

Make an appointment with your family dentists  Dr. Phillips and Dr. Dressler of Dental Choice in Easton, MD, today by calling (410) 822-4310.

Oral cancer screenings are among the many services provided by your Easton, MD, dentists, Dr. Irving Phillips, and Dr. Wade Dressler of Dental Choice. Screenings help you protect your health and ensure that you get prompt treatment if you're ever diagnosed with oral cancer.

Why oral cancer screenings are so important

About 53,000 Americans receive an oral cancer diagnosis every year, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Cancer affects the mouth or back of the throat and can spread to other parts of the body if it isn't detected early enough.

Risk factors for oral cancer

Anyone can develop oral cancer, but your risk may increase if:

  • You smoke or use tobacco.
  • You are a heavy drinker.
  • You're 55 or older.
  • You have an immune condition or disease or take a medication that affects your immune system.
  • You've had human papillomavirus (HPV) infection of your mouth or throat.
  • Your diet is unhealthy.
  • You've had significant sun exposure or don't use sunscreen.

Oral cancer screenings help you stay healthy

The signs and symptoms of oral cancer don't seem very alarming at first. Fortunately, your dentist knows how to identify potential cancer signs during oral screenings. The screenings are part of every checkup visit to the Easton dental office.

Did you know that a sore that never heals can be a sign of oral cancer? Although everyone gets canker sores from time to time, most of these sores begin to heal in a week or two. If you have a sore that hasn't gotten better after a few weeks, it's a good idea to ask your dentist to look at it.

Other symptoms of oral cancer can include:

  • White or red patches in your mouth
  • Growths or spots on your lips
  • Lumps or bumps anywhere in your mouth, throat, or neck
  • Pain when chewing
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Dentures that don't fit well
  • Numbness in your mouth or tongue
  • A constant sore throat

Should your dentist spot any of these signs, you may need a few tests to determine if you have oral cancer. Fortunately, early detection can help you ensure that you'll have the best possible outcome if you receive an oral cancer diagnosis. Keep in mind that these changes in your mouth don't automatically mean that you have cancer. Other issues could be to blame for your symptoms.

Oral cancer screenings help you stay healthy! Call your dentists in Easton, MD, Dr. Irving Phillips and Dr. Wade Dressler of Dental Choice, at (410) 822-4310 to schedule your appointment.

By Dental Choice
December 29, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

How cosmetic dentistry services from your dentists in Easton, MD can help your smile.

If you want to dramatically enhance your smile, your dentist has the answer you’ve been looking for. It’s called cosmetic dentistry, and the services available can change your smile from boring to extraordinary.

Dr. Irving M. Phillips Jr. and Dr. Wade P. Dressler of Dental Choice in Easton, MD offer cosmetic dentistry services to help your smile.

This is just a small sample of the cosmetic dentistry services available at Dental Choice:

  • Professional teeth whitening; this is an excellent choice if your smile is stained, dull, or yellow. This type of whitening treatment is completely safe and can whiten and brighten your smile up to 8 shades. You will be amazed at your results, which can last up to an astounding 5 years!
  • Dental implants; this tooth replacement solution is the closest alternative to having your natural teeth. Dental implants are the go-to solution to make your smile whole again. They both look and function like natural teeth, and you clean them like natural teeth too, by simply brushing and flossing. They also help to conserve and maintain bone, giving you a firmer jawline and more youthful face!
  • Porcelain veneers; are thin laminates of sparkling, spectacular porcelain that are cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth. They can hide both minor and major flaws like fracture lines, areas of lost tooth structure, tooth wear, chips, and other problems. Porcelain is stain resistant too, which means your new veneers will stay looking bright and beautiful for years!

To view a complete list of cosmetic dentistry services available from your dentists at Dental Choice, please visit the Cosmetic Dentistry section on the website at

Cosmetic dentistry is the answer to achieving an outstanding smile quickly and easily. Dr. Irving M. Phillips Jr. and Dr. Wade P. Dressler of Dental Choice in Easton, MD can make it happen. Call (410) 822-4310 right now to start on your beautiful smile!

By Dental Choice
November 06, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

Are you ready for a smile makeover? Porcelain veneers can make your dental fantasy come true and give you a bright, white smile that looks perfectly natural. Veneers are very thin shells that can be cemented to the front of your teeth to hide discoloration, minor chips, and cracks and to fill in gaps between teeth. Dr. Irving Phillips Jr. and Dr. Wade Dressler are dentists at Dental Choice in Easton, MD. They provide cosmetic dentistry services including porcelain veneers.

What Can Veneers be Used to Improve?

Dr. Phillips and Dr. Dressler use porcelain veneers to improve the following dental flaws:

  • Small or misshapen teeth
  • Teeth with gaps
  • Small chips or cracks
  • Discolored teeth
  • Uneven teeth

The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Easton dental patients can enjoy the following benefits from porcelain veneers:

  • They have the appearance of natural teeth
  • Porcelain is well tolerated by your gums
  • Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant
  • They can be used to make your teeth look whiter
  • They are stronger than crowns and don’t need as much shaping

Porcelain Crowns Procedure

Before the procedure, Dr. Phillips or Dr. Dressler will examine your teeth and make impressions. You will be given an anesthetic to prevent any discomfort. The dentist will then remove a very thin layer of enamel from the front of your teeth. This enables the porcelain veneer to adhere to the teeth. The veneers will then be bonded in place and you have a smile makeover.

If you are an Easton, MD, resident and you would like to find out more about porcelain veneers, contact Dr. Irving Phillips Jr. and Dr. Wade Dressler at (410) 822-4310 to request an appointment. The doctors are dedicated to providing high-quality dental care for all their patients and are always happy to discuss your concerns and answer any questions.

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