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What Does Being Under Dental Sedation Feel Like?

March 15, 2021

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patient about to undergo sedation dentistry

Going to the dentist has never been one of your favorite activities. You know that having your teeth cleaned and checked for cavities is important, but your anxiety makes it almost impossible to even pick up the phone and schedule an appointment. You’ve heard that sedation dentistry can help you relax and make your visit a breeze, but what will it feel like? Below, you can read about the four types of sedation dentistry and how each of them feels.  


Am I Eligible for General Anesthesia?

February 15, 2021

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a young man wearing a denim shirt sits in the dentist’s chair smiling while waiting to learn if he’s a candidate for general anesthesia

Do you have a difficult time sitting still for prolonged periods of time? Do you require complex dental work and other methods of sedation don’t seem to be enough? General anesthesia is a safe and effective solution offered by many dental professionals, but how can you know if you are eligible for treatment? Is it available to anyone or are certain requirements needed? A dentist explains the process for using this type of sedation and what you will need to possess to be a qualified candidate.


The Importance of Treating Gum Disease Before Dental Cosmetic Procedures

January 29, 2021

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cosmetic dentist treating patient for gum disease

Gum disease is a common but very serious oral health condition that affects nearly 50% of American adults. If you think you may be among those millions, here’s the good news: it is totally treatable if dealt with in a timely manner. If the look of your smile has been tainted by gum disease, you might be considering cosmetic dentistry as an option to correct flaws. Your Ellicott City cosmetic dentist explains how gum disease affects your smile and why it has to be dealt with prior to undergoing any cosmetic procedures.


What Do Dental Implants Feel Like?

December 17, 2020

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Woman with dental implants holding an apple. Traditional dental prosthetics are a tried-and-true method to replace one, multiple, or all missing teeth. Bridges, partials, and dentures have undergone several improvements over the years, but they will never feel quite like your real teeth. As an alternative, 500,000 people per year are turning to dental implants to treat their tooth loss, but do they feel natural? Here’s what you can expect to ensure you’re making the right choice for your smile.


4 Benefits of Visiting a Multispecialty Practice

October 31, 2020

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Team of dentists at a multi-specialty practice

Whether you just moved to the area or you are just looking for a change when it comes to dental care, finding a great practice for your needs can be a challenge. There are all sorts of factors you want to consider when looking for care. Something you should look into is a multi-specialty practice. They have all sorts of additional benefits for your family. Continue reading to learn more from your dentist about the advantages of a practice with multiple specialists under the same roof.


How Many Dental Implants Do I Need?

October 13, 2020

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Implant retained denture

Did you know that approximately 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth? With modern dental technology, there are a variety of different options out there in order to replace missing teeth. A popular method that is preferred by patients and dentists alike is dental implants. Because of their many benefits, it is often what patients turn to when they are missing teeth, but it can be difficult to know how many you need. When you are missing multiple teeth, you may be able to replace them with a smaller number of implants. Continue reading to learn more from your dentist about how many you will likely require in order to have your smile restored.


10 Reasons Why Your Gums Could Be Bleeding

July 14, 2020

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Blood on toothbrush from gum disease in Ellicott City

Is your toothbrush a little pink after brushing? Have you noticed blood on your floss? Bleeding gums are not all that uncommon and it often times can be easily taken care of. but this could be a sign of a bigger issue that needs treatment. Here are some common causes of bleeding gums as well as more information about gum disease in Ellicott City.


My Gums Are Bleeding! What Do I Do?

June 10, 2020

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Bleeding gums

Have you noticed a little bit of blood on your floss or toothbrush when you’re getting ready for the day? It may not seem like a big deal, but it’s often a sign of gum disease. This shouldn’t be ignored, especially if it’s been happening consistently. It could be a sign of something serious going on. The quicker it’s resolved, the better. Your periodontist in Ellicott City shares what you should do if you have bleeding gums and when you should seek help from a dentist.


Dental Emergency During Quarantine? Don’t Panic!

March 22, 2020

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Woman in white shirt having a dental emergencyDuring the outbreak of Coronavirus, the key is to isolate yourself to prevent the spread of the virus and lower your risk of being infected. That’s why dentists and other medical professionals have closed their offices for nonessential visits. So, what happens if you’re having a dental emergency? Should you risk breaking your quarantine to get treatment? And, is your dentist even available? Keep reading to learn the important answers.


What is a Prosthodontist, and Why Would You Need to See One?

December 14, 2019

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Dental Implant ModelWhen someone loses a tooth, they may expect a dentist to provide a replacement; however, there’s a good chance they’ll be referred to a prosthodontist instead. Why would they do this? Because when it comes to keeping your smile healthy and intact, you’ll always want to get the best treatment – and in the case of missing or broken teeth, that often means seeing a specialist. If you want to learn more about what a prosthodontist is and why you might need to see one, keep reading.


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