Dental Treatment

A Word From Dr. Stewart: Is Invisalign Right for You?

Posted on July 25, 2012. Filed under: Dental Braces, Dental Health, Dental Treatment, Invisalign, orthodontics, Smile Savers Dentistry, Teeth | Tags: , , , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia Maryland
You can get straight teeth without braces with Invisalign clear aligners. Unlike traditional dental braces, Invisalign aligners are clear, comfortable and removable. And no matter what stage you’re at in life, you’ll appreciate how this cutting-edge approach to treatment has so little affect on how you live but has a significant and positive impact on how you look and feel about yourself.

There are a lot of people who are under the impression that Invisalign is only effective for minor orthodontic issues. Invisalign has a 96% patient satisfaction rate that ranges from a broad range of cases, from overly crowded teeth to jaw problems and tooth misalignment, just to name a few. While each case is different, treatment with Invisalign generally takes a year for adults. The treatment is more comparable to braces for teens. And while the end result may appear the same, when you actually compare Invisalign to other teeth-straightening options. the advantages become very apparent.

Of course the bottom line for most patients is … what is this going to cost me? The cost for Invisalign is based on the specifics of your needs and ranges from $5,000 to $8,000. Factors include the complexity of your case, the length of the treatment and your orthodontic insurance coverage. Many dental insurance plans cover Invisalign just as they would other orthodontic treatments like braces. If your insurance does not cover all of your treatment costs or if cost is a concern for you, please talk to us about payment options.

And one other thing to know about having properly aligned teeth… According to the ADA, straightening your teeth can actually significantly affect your overall dental health. A smile can hardly be perfect if it’s not a healthy smile! Fortunately, with Invisalign, having a beautiful, confident smile and reducing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease go hand in hand. If you think you are a candidate for Invisalign, call our office today to schedule a consultation with me. I will be more than happy to answer all of your Invisalign questions!

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A Word From Dental Hygienist Natalie: Tooth Sensitivity

Posted on July 19, 2012. Filed under: Dental Hygiene Tips, Dental Hygienist, Dental Treatment, Oral Health, Smile Savers Dentistry, Teeth, Teeth Sensitivity, Tooth Sensitivity | Tags: , , , , |

Dental Hygienist Natalie at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandTooth sensitivity can come and go over time. If your teeth or a single tooth is sensitive or even painful when breathing in cold air – or with hot, cold, sweet or acidic foods and drinks, then you have sensitive teeth. Almost half the world’s population suffers from tooth sensitivity. However, tooth sensitivity issues can be treated with either in-office or at-home treatments. The type of treatment will depend on what is causing the sensitivity.

First, it’s important to share with your dentist or dental hygienist if you have a sensitive tooth so that your mouth can be examined to see if the problem is in fact tooth sensitivity (dentin hypersensitivity). If it is, they will help you choose the best form of treatment. Your dentist/hygienist may recommend that you use a low abrasion toothpaste that is made especially for sensitive teeth. You will have to brush with this paste twice a day to achieve results.

Your dentist may instead prescribe an inexpensive brush-on fluoride gel or a fluoride rinse, or a high fluoride level toothpaste that is formulated to make your teeth less sensitive and provides extra protection against decay. These tooth sensitivity treatments are done at home when you are brushing your teeth.

There are other treatments for sensitive teeth that your dentist or dental hygienist can provide in the dental office. These include treatments that are painted onto the teeth and fillings – such as fluoride varnish sealants and plastic resins.

You can reduce your chances of getting tooth sensitivity by keeping your mouth as healthy as possible with good oral hygiene to help prevent periodontal disease. Call our dental office in Columbia today if you are overdue for a cleaning or exam, or if you are experiencing tooth sensitivity.

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A Word from Office Scheduler Kelly: Dental X-rays

Posted on June 6, 2012. Filed under: Dental Health, Dental Treatment, Dental X-ray, General Dentistry, Smile Savers Dentistry, Teeth | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Kelly Green at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia Maryland
Our patients are always asking “Why do I need to have dental X-rays taken?” The reason for these X-rays is they are another diagnostic tool that the dentist uses to check the health of your teeth and bone. The X-rays allow us to view any possible decay that could be forming between the teeth and how deep it can be, they also allow us to view the surrounding bone that your teeth are in to make sure no changes have occurred. Some examples of X-rays that are generally taken when you come in to the dental office are bitewings, Panorex, and P.A.s.

Our office usually takes four bitewings once a year, these X-rays allow us to view both your pre-molar region on the right and left side up and lower as well as the molar region on the upper and lower right and left side. These are the X-rays mainly used to check for any decay to be forming. The name bitewing refers to the little tab of paper or plastic situated in the center of the X-ray film; which when bitten on, allows the film to hover so that it captures an even amount of the needed information.

The Panorex; or “pan,” is only taken every three to five years. This X-ray gives the doctor a full mouth view and we are able to see all of the teeth as well as your sinuses and the tempomandibular joint. This X-ray is to check overall and to see if any bone changes have occurred. It is also used to check the overall health of your mouth.

And lastly the P.A., which stands for periapical film, is commonly used when patients come in and are having a problem with a certain tooth. With this X-ray we are able to get the full view of the tooth all the way from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the root and any surrounding bone.

X-rays are a wonderful tool for the doctor to use to help evaluate and improve your health. If you have questions about your dental X-ray exams, always feel free to discuss them with your dentist.

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A Word From Dr. Stewart: A Healthy Mouth

Posted on May 30, 2012. Filed under: Dental Health, Dental Treatment, General Dentistry, Kids Dental Health, Kids Oral Health, Oral Health, Oral Health and Nutrition, Smile Savers Dentistry, Teeth | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandMany of you who have been with me for a while understand that prevention is the best way to keep your oral health from deteriorating. On your “new patient” visit we gather all the data and form a treatment plan that will get you into optimum health. I tell you that my goal is to get you healthy as fast as possible and then put you on a regimented maintenance program so you don’t have to worry about emergency treatment or losing teeth.

What I have found is that fifty percent of you actually do this but the other thirty percenters don’t do the maintenance part. This worries me. Why spend all of that time, money and nervous energy getting the dental work done and then don’t maintain it? Nothing in this world stays the same, just look at my hairline.

So starting this month I am making it our duty here at Smile Savers Dentistry to contact those of you who have fallen off the wagon. Don’t get mad at us if you are called a few times, just call us back and make the appointment or give us a really good excuse why you can’t. We have two great caring pro-active dental hygienists Beth and Natalie who are awesome and are here to help keep you healthy and on track.

Don’t be one of those patients who needs to call me on the weekend!

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