You’ve probably heard a lot about dental implants . In truth, they are one of the most effective ways to replace missing teeth. Let me explain why.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth that is permanently placed in your gums. Unlike bridges and dentures, implants look, feel and function like your natural teeth. This prevents jawbone loss, allows you to enjoy your favorite foods and enables you to chew properly so you receive proper nutrition from your food.
Implants are also versatile. For instance, if you have dentures that don’t fit right, implants can be used to permanently anchor the dentures in your mouth. With implant-supported dentures , there is no embarrassing slipping and you can fully chew your food. Similarly, an implant-supported bridge is more secure and enables you to chew more comfortably.
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, I recommend dental implants to all my patients who are candidates for the procedure. They can often completely transform someone’s quality of life. If you wonder if dental implants are right for you, come see me for a complimentary consultation. Call my office in Rockville, MD today to request an appointment.
I look forward to seeing you.
Dr. Maryam Seifi, DDS
While no one looks forward to a root canal, the procedure can save teeth and prevent you from needing a bridge or a dental implant. On the other hand, while a root canal can be very helpful, it’s valuable to know how to prevent needing one in the first place. We’ll tell you how to do this, but first, we’ll go over the root canal procedure so you understand what will happen if you do need one.
It’s something most people have suffered one time or another and one that many people dread—a toothache. When people are in pain, they don’t know what to do. How soon should they get to the dentist? Should they try to just deal with it on their own? What do they do?
Obviously, the first thing to do is call your dentist’s office. If there is an emergency number for the office, call it. Leave a message or ask any staff who answer how quickly you can be seen. Describe the ache, its location and what makes it worse. Heat? Cold? Pressure? Lying down? Standing up? Are your gums bleeding in that area? Is there any pus being discharged? Is there a bad taste in your mouth? Is the pain continuous or does it only come on at certain times? Is there any fever?
The key is to get to the dentist as soon as possible. A toothache means that you actually have a health problem. Putting this off will only make things get worse. And even if the pain eases up, the underlying cause for the pain hasn’t been addressed. Infections do more than cause pain—they can actually cause further problems if not handled. Therefore, you must get to a dentist as quickly as you can. At StarBrite Dental, the office of Dr Maryam Seifi, we have emergency after hours because of this exact reason. The first thing to do is call and let us know what problem you’re having.
However, even with the fastest trip to the dentist, you still may be in pain for a couple hours. Following are a few tips to follow while you’re on the way to the office.
It’s a problem as old as mankind itself—teeth lost to decay or injury. Of course, primitive man didn’t have a solution for missing teeth. As man became more technologically savvy however, he began to address this problem in ingenious ways.
As far back as Roman days, artisans would carve false teeth out of bone or ivory. Studies of ancient Roman skeletons showed that they had high rates of decay, chipping and gum disease, all of which can contribute to tooth loss. They valued white teeth, too, using urine to brighten their smiles.
Some Roman women would have their front teeth removed for cosmetic reasons, and have replacement teeth crafted out of gold. But these days, most people try to keep their teeth, both for appearance and functionality. Sometimes, a tooth can’t be saved and must be extracted to protect the health of the patient.