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By StarBrite Dental 18 Jul, 2017

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
StarBrite Dental

By StarBrite Dental 28 Jun, 2017

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.

By StarBrite Dental 26 Jun, 2017
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By StarBrite Dental 12 Jun, 2017

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.

By StarBrite Dental 09 Jun, 2017
By StarBrite Dental 06 Jun, 2017
As a 2015 Doctors' Choice Award winner, Dr. Maryam Seifi , owner of StarBrite Dental is featured in the 2016 Doctors' Choice Awards Dentistry Magazine . The magazine featured a question and answer section dedicated to Dr. Seifi.  Here are some excerpts...

Congratulations to you Dr. Seifi on being the national winner of the Doctors' Choice Awards in Dentistry 2015! What are your feelings on winning this prestigious award?

I am so honored to have received this award from my peers. Helping others live happier, healthier lives through dentistry is my passion. Because oral health is so integral to one's overall well-being, my mission is to provide the highest standard of dental care available.

What dental conditions are commonly treated by you in your office? And what do you believe sets you and your practice apart from others?

In my practice, we focus on General and Cosmetic Dentistry, but we also have specialists on site so that we can provide Comprehensive quality care for our patients who require more complex procedures.

How long have you been established in your practice? And what kind of culture have you created in your practice?

In 1991, I purchased my first practice from another dentist and 25 years later that practice is StarBrite Dental. In the past two and a half decades my patient base has grown from a few hundred that I tracked on paper charts to thousands. The office has had to expand to accommodate and has gone completely digital to be able to handle all the thousands of little details that are associated with providing thorough quality care to each patient. And the staff has expanded as well to be able to continue our excellent service to patients. StarBrite Dental is usually kept pretty busy, but you will find the team here always willing to get an unscheduled patient serviced or fit in an emergency as soon as there is room. We try to go the extra step in patient care, comfort and service.

Also included with the rest of the interview are select reviews that Dr. Seifi received from other doctors, along with other articles on dentistry treatments . Stop by  StarBrite Dental's  office in Rockville, MD and pick up a  free  copy of the magazine today.

By StarBrite Dental 15 May, 2017

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.

By StarBrite Dental 12 May, 2017
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