Dental Treatment

Why is the LANAP® Procedure Better for the Treatment of Gum Disease?

Posted on December 18, 2015. Filed under: Dental Treatment, gum disease, LANAP, Oral Health, Periodontal Disease | Tags: , , , , , , |

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Why is the LANAP® Procedure Better for the Treatment of Gum Disease?

So let’s define gum disease. It’s an infection; that happens over time, of the tissues that surround and support your teeth and is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not even know that you have it. Gum disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth. If you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease, you do not have to resort to painful surgery.

With the LANAP® Procedure there’s no surgery – no cutting or suturing.

Laser-assisted new attachment procedure (LANAP) available in Howard County, MD is a surgical therapy for the treatment of gum disease, intended to work through regeneration rather than resection. There’s much less discomfort with the LANAP® Protocol than with standard surgery for gum disease – both during and after the procedure. LANAP® also takes less time than traditional, invasive surgery. All it generally takes is two 2-hour visits with the dentist and two follow up visits. Traditional gum disease surgery requires four sessions, with follow-up visits for suture removal and additional check-ups.

LANAP® gives better, longer-lasting results.

Your dentist will probably recommend a soft diet for a day or two after the procedure; and common sense should prevail, but in most cases, patients feel good enough to eat anything they want right afterwards. And 98% of LANAP® treated patients remain stable after five years!

Following the invasive, traditional gum disease surgery, recovery can take between to 2-4 weeks during which time patients can experience considerable pain and swelling, where they may be restricted to liquid or soft diets.

There’s less than 24 hour recovery period with LANAP®, so you won’t lose time from work.

The LANAP® Procedure is safe for patients with health concerns such as diabetes, HIV, hemophilia, or those taking medications such as Plavix or aspirin. Watch this LANAP® video presented by Smile Savers Dentistry for more information.

If you have been told that you have gum disease and would like to see if you are a candidate for LANAP®, please contact Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, Maryland at 410-343-9900 for a free consultation with Dr. Daniel C. Stewart before December 31, 2015.

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LANAP for Gum Disease, A Better Alternative to Surgery

Posted on June 9, 2014. Filed under: Dental Care, Dental Health, Dental Treatment, gum disease, Gum Surgery, LANAP, Oral Health, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , |

If you are looking for help in correcting your gum disease, come in to our Columbia dentist office for a LANAP consultation.
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At Smile Savers Dentistry, we have a dental laser that treats periodontal disease without all of the cutting, sutures, and discomfort of traditional, aggressive gum surgery. We have seen miraculous results over the past four years with LANAP. We had a patient say that in one month post-op that he couldn’t remember the last time when he didn’t see bleeding when he brushed! Another patient told us her previous dentist would have had all her teeth extracted and dentures placed. But after LANAP, she still has all of her teeth and they are healthy again.

Quite simply, the FDA approved laser is able to form a clean, closed, and stable environment which allows the body to heal itself naturally and regenerate lost bone. This laser-based approach to treating gum disease makes it easier for you to return your gums to health and the process is far more comfortable than gum surgery.

LANAP is safe for patients with health concerns such as diabetes, HIV, hemophilia, or those taking medications such as Courmadin or Cyclosyporin. The laser treatment is generally no more expensive than traditional gum surgery. However, gum disease treatment plans will always vary with the stage of your periodontal disease, bone loss, and chartings.

If you would like to learn more about LANAP and see if you are a candidate for this safe and gentle treatment for gum disease, please call the Smile Savers Dentistry office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Daniel Stewart: 410-730-6460.

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Teeth Grinding and Your Oral Health

Posted on February 5, 2014. Filed under: bruxism, Dental Care, Dental Health, dental night guard, Dental Treatment, General Dentistry, healthy teeth, mouth guard, teeth grinding | Tags: , , , , , |

Smile Savers Dentistry Columbia MDOccasional teeth grinding (bruxism) doesn’t generally cause harm, but when it is occurring on a regular basis, your teeth can become damaged and other oral health complications could develop.

Most people grind or clench their teeth from time to time, and although grinding can be caused by anxiety or stress, most times it occurs while asleep and is most likely caused by an abnormal bite or missing/misaligned teeth. Most people are usually unaware that they grind their teeth because it generally occurs while they are sleeping. But a sore jaw or constant, dull headache can be signs of bruxism.

Chronic teeth grinding can often lead to fracturing, loosening or loss of teeth. If left untreated, bruxism can lead to expensive dental work like bridges, crowns, root canals and even dentures. It can also affect your jaw or result in hearing loss, and it could even change the appearance of your face.

There are a few solutions you can try to help prevent grinding like avoiding caffeine and alcohol and training yourself to not clench or grind your teeth during the day. If stress seems to be the cause of the grinding, perhaps start an exercise program or seek stress counseling. Another solution is to get fitted with a night guard. The night guard will protect your teeth from grinding while you sleep.

If you suspect you are grinding your teeth (or are being told that you are!), come in to the office for an exam. Call Smile Savers Dentistry at 410-730-6460 to make an appointment and to take advantage of our special offer for February: $100 off a custom night guard.

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A Word From Dental Assistant Deanna: Why You Can’t Ignore Cavities

Posted on October 23, 2013. Filed under: Dental Assistant, Dental Care, Dental Cavity, Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Tips, Dental Treatment, General Dentistry, healthy teeth, Oral Health, Oral Health and Nutrition | Tags: , , , , |

Deanna Roberts at Smile Savers DentistryAs Halloween approaches, it’s always tempting to eat the delicious candy that seems to appear just about everywhere you look. As we all know, sugar is directly related to cavities which are considered a disease. Cavities are decay, they damage and break down your teeth causing a hole to develop. This hole can be microscopic or it can be visible to the naked eye. It just depends on how bad the cavity is. When left untreated, cavities just get worse causing more pain and the chance of the tooth becoming so badly damaged that you lose it.
Candy and Cavities
I’ve been a dental assistant at Smile Savers Dentistry for over a year and I’ve also seen countless cases where patients wait too long to take care of a cavity and end up having to deal with needing an extraction, root canal or crown. All of these procedures will cost you more time and money along with added stress.

The main reason that I love my job at Smile Savers Dentistry so much is that I have the ability to help people. My main concern is that you are happy and healthy! I don’t want to see a simple cavity turn in to a root canal, and I especially don’t want to see anyone in pain, especially pain that could have been prevented. I would love for you to call our dentist office here in Columbia, MD at 410-730-6460. to talk about your treatment options and to see what is involved with fixing cavities. I will gladly answer any questions that you have and hopefully put your fears to rest.

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Dr. Stewart of Smile Savers Dentistry Discusses the Advances in Dental Implants

Posted on August 28, 2013. Filed under: affordable cosmetic dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, Dental Care, Dental Crown, Dental Implant, Dental Treatment, Laserlock, Quality Dental Care, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandI recently returned from an international dental implant symposium that was hosted by the implant brand I use, Biohorizons. There were dentists at the symposium from all over the world. I was extremely impressed to see just how many doctors are embracing this technology and how predictable and well researched the dental implants we offer here at our dentist office Smile Savers Dentistry truly are.

Successful Dental Implants at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, MD

Successful Dental Implants at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, MD.

Biohorizons has a technology that no other brand has. It’s called Laserlok. They have solved the inherent problem of the gums attaching to the dental implant. All implants can attach to the bone but none – up to this point – were able to get the gums to attach. Through the amazing process of laser etching the side of the dental implant, at the size of 7 microns, the gum tissue will literally grow and attach to the laser channels.

I watched an electron microscope video of fibroblasts, the cells that make up the connective tissue of your gums, literally crawl along the channels and then settle in the grooves and become attached to the dental implant. Wow, to see those little cells acting on their own determinism was an amazing testament to life!

So what does this all mean to you, the dental patient? It means that these dental implants are more predictable and more natural than any other implants on the market. I am glad to be able to offer these to you at my Columbia, MD dental office, if you should need them to replace teeth or anchor a denture.

If you have any questions about dental implants, please feel free to give our dental office a call at 410-730-6460 to schedule an appointment. My experienced and caring team and I strive to be the best dentist office in Howard County and would love to help you with all of your dental and oral health care needs. The Smile Savers Dentistry office is conveniently located in Columbia, Maryland and is easily accessible from Route 100 or 29.

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The Many Causes of Halitosis by Dr. Daniel Stewart of Smile Savers Dentistry

Posted on July 17, 2013. Filed under: Bad Breath Causes, Dental Care, Dental Health, Dental Treatment, Halitosis, healthy teeth, Oral Health, Oral Health and Nutrition | Tags: , , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandA frequent question we get at Smile Savers Dentistry is “What Causes Bad Breath?” And believe it or not, the question about bad breath is usually not from the offender, but actually from a long-time suffering family member or spouse. Unfortunately, there are many causes of bad breath, which is called “halitosis” – some serious and some not. Many people decide to just live with it, but the good news is that diagnosing and treating bad breath is easy.

So to answer the question as best as I can, here is a brief list of causes; in no particular order.

Food Containing Pungent Oils Garlic and onions may be extremely healthy, but they also contain oils which may cause an unhealthy reaction to those around you. These odors come from the lungs, last up to 72 hours and can be tough to cover up. Mints, gum and rinses are your best bet for your breath.

Dry Mouth A dry mouth allows dead cells to accumulate on your gums, tongue and cheeks. And while morning breath is a perfectly normal phenomenon due to lower salivary activity at night, it shouldn’t last all day. Those who snore, mouth-breathe, take certain medicines, or even those in their middle ages are prone to dry mouth.

Smoking Smoking dries out your mouth and also, tobacco just plain stinks. If lung cancer and heart disease aren’t reason enough to give up the cigarettes, maybe a constant foul mouth will help you make that life-saving decision?

Routine Illness Colds, sore throats, coughs and sinus infections all cause mucus to get trapped in our mouths, throats or noses, which causes foul breath until the illness is gone.

Chronic Disease or Condition Many serious diseases such as lung infections, kidney failures, diabetes, cancer, anorexia, bulemia and other diseases can cause very specific types of halitosis. The good news is that these are on the rare side, but if anything along these lines is suspected, seek the appropriate doctor.

Causes of Bad Breath

Bad Breath Alert!

Poor Dental Hygiene and Gum Disease Ahhhh… this our favorite at Smile Savers Dentistry. Not because we like people to have poor dental hygiene and gum disease, but because these are very common causes of bad breath and we can usually treat them quite easily here in our Columbia MD dentist office. It’s important that you don’t wait too long. Gum disease, which usually starts with poor brushing and flossing habits as well as a lack of routine dental visits, can do much more than just make your mouth smell.

In just a short period of time, gum disease can advance and eat away at the gums and bone which hold your teeth in place. The result? Loose, unstable teeth which will eventually be lost if not treated. Catching gum disease early is great as treatment is typically conservative. But wait too long and it gets much more difficult and extensive.

So to wrap up, bad breath is not normal! Seeing your dentist and dental hygienist on a regular basis is your best bet for making sure your teeth and gums stay healthy, your smile stays bright, and your breath doesn’t cause others to run for cover in the opposite direction.

If you have any questions about halitosis or any other oral health or dental topic concerning you or someone you care about, please feel free to give our office a call at 410-730-6460. My fantastic, caring dental team at Smile Savers Dentistry are here to help you. You can also visit the Smile Savers Dentistry website for more information about our dental practice. My team and I strive to be the best dentist office in Howard County!

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Facing Your Dental Fears by Dr. Daniel Stewart

Posted on June 26, 2013. Filed under: Dental Emergency, dental fear, Dental Health, Dental Treatment, fear of dentist, General Dentistry, Quality Dental Care, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandFearing the dentist and dental procedures affect a significant amount of adults in the US to differing degrees. About 5 to 10% of US adults are so fearful of receiving dental treatment that they will avoid dental care at all costs. But dental issues that are left untreated can lead to serious health problems, so overcoming this fear is a must for good oral, and overall, health.

Emergency dental patients welcome at Smile Savers Dentistry Columbia MD

Don’t live with dental pain due to your fear of the dentist.

There are several levels of fear about going to the dentist, and there is a difference between anxiety, fear and phobia. Dental anxiety is basically a fear of the unknown. Most people experience some degree of dental anxiety, especially if they’re about to have a procedure that they’ve never experienced before. Dental fear is a reaction to a known or experienced danger (“I know what the dentist is going to do, and I’m really scared!”). Dental phobia is a more intense form of dental fear. It can be so intense that it causes a person to feel sick and/or overwhelmed.

Fear not! We’ve learned many techniques to help our patients overcome their fears. The staff at Smile Savers Dentistry provides a fun, caring and nurturing environment. The biggest step is to let us know if you are having any fear or anxiety about your dental appointment so that we can help put you at ease. We’ll explain your procedure step-by-step and answer all of your dental questions and concerns.

“Wonderful people! Haven’t been to a dentist in years – too scared! But Dr. Stewart and his assistant CJ made my fears a better experience than expected. Will be back for additional work. Great staff!” E.G. of Columbia, MD

Smile Savers Dentistry is a “judgement-free zone.” If you are experiencing a dental emergency or are simply looking for a new dentist office, call our dental practice in Columbia, MD at 410-730-6460 to make an appointment.

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A Healthy Dental Practice by Dr. Daniel Stewart

Posted on January 30, 2013. Filed under: Dental Care, Dental Treatment, General Dentistry, Oral Health, Quality Dental Care, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandFrom time to time you may have noticed that I have an associate working on Thursdays and I am nowhere to be found. Well, I am not hiding under my desk at the office nor am I golfing. I am delivering seminars to dentists around the country who need help with their dental offices.

Because of how well run our office is, I was asked by a national dental consulting company to deliver introductory seminars to dentists throughout the United States. It has been a very rewarding experience for me. I have seen all types of dental practices and have seen the common pitfalls that cause many dentists to dislike the profession.

For a majority of the dentists I have met, it is not the actual dentistry profession, it is managing the business part of it. I have come to the conclusion that when one has a healthy, well run dentist office, then the dentist and the staff are healthy and most importantly they have made their patients healthy through great care. You all are a product of that. We give great care here at Smile Savers Dentistry near Ellicott City Maryland and that is why you are healthy. Don’t forget to tell your family and friends about us. Good, quality dental care is hard to find in this day and age.

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A Word From Dr. Stewart: Could Oral Bacteria Be Linked to an Increased Risk of Pancreatic Cancer?

Posted on October 3, 2012. Filed under: Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Tips, Dental Hygienist, Dental Treatment, gum disease, Gum Surgery, LANAP, Oral Health, Oral Health and Nutrition, pancreatic cancer, Periodontal Disease, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandThe British Dental Health Foundation published a report yesterday that gum disease and pancreatic cancer may be associated with one another. The study found that certain types of bacterium in gum disease are linked to a 2 times higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer. However, this is not to be confused with oral bacteria that is not harmful. If you have been told that you have periodontal disease, please don’t wait for it to further affect your health and well-being. Smile Savers Dentistry offers an excellent, proven alternative to gum surgery… more on that in a minute.

Researchers are saying that while they can’t yet prove that gum disease increases the risk of pancreatic cancer, the new research shows there is definitely evidence that there is a significant relationship between the two. It is not certain if certain bacteria found in gum disease is a cause or a result of pancreatic cancer. Breaking this down to the simplest point … this is yet another indication that good oral hygiene is crucial to one’s overall health. Did you know that only 4% of pancreatic cancer patients live for more than 5 years?

If you have been diagnosed with gum disease or feel you should be evaluated, call our Columbia dental office immediately for an appointment at 410-730-6460. Smile Savers Dentistry offers LANAP which is an FDA approved laser alternative to gum surgery. This laser-based approach to treating gum disease makes it easier for you to return your gums to health and the process is far more comfortable than gum surgery. You can visit our LANAP website for more information on this non-surgical treatment for periodontal disease.

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A Word From Dr. Stewart: Snap-On Smiles

Posted on August 29, 2012. Filed under: affordable cosmetic dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, Dental Treatment, orthodontics, Smile Savers Dentistry, Snap-On Smiles, Teeth alignment, Teeth Whitening, Tooth straightening, Tooth Whitening | Tags: , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandA few of my patients have asked me about the product called Snap-On Smile over the years. I have told them that I was not sure about the merits of this product, thinking that it was just another fly-by-night, pie-in-the-sky dental product that I have witnessed over the last 23 years. But… I have recently had a change of heart.

For those who are wondering what I am talking about, the Snap-On Smile is a patented, easy and painless way by which you would be able to fix the cosmetics of your smile by snapping over top of your teeth, a custom designed set of teeth. They look realistic and you can eat with them.

The Snap-On Smile comes with a one year warranty and can last from 3-5 years. From their track record, they are a legitimate alternative for someone who wants to correct their dental appearance but doesn’t have the finances, time or willingness to get the more permanent fix done.

If you would like more information about the Snap-On Smile or want a consult about this alternative, please give our Columbia Maryland dental office a call for an appointment at 410-730-6460.

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