Quality Dental Care

When Is a Dental Crown Appropriate?

Posted on January 4, 2016. Filed under: Ceramic Crown, Dental Crown, Porcelain Crown, Quality Dental Care | Tags: , , , , |

dental crown in columbia mdSmile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, MD offers a wide range of dentistry services to Howard County residents. Dental crowns are some of our more popular procedures, as they’re crafted from porcelain and they last for years. A dental crown is often called a “cap” and it covers all of the visible parts of the tooth and has many functions and reasons for placement.

So when are dental crowns appropriate? Dr. Daniel Stewart believes strongly that patients should only undergo procedures that are right for them. He’ll thoroughly examine the state of your dental health to determine if a crown is right for.

Dental crowns are usually recommended:

  • If you have weakened teeth that need to be protected from further damage
  • To restore the appearance of, or strengthen a broken tooth
  • When dental bridges that need anchoring
  • You receive dental implants

Getting a crown typically requires two appointments. The first is a preparation with impressions, shaping, and placing a temporary. The permanent, porcelain crown creation takes about two weeks and you will come in for a short appointment for final placement.

Dr. Stewart has years of experience with dental crowns, so he understands when they’re required and when they’re not appropriate. You can always count on his skill and experience to keep you on the right track to good dental health. If you want to learn more about dental crowns and see if you are a candidate for them, please contact Smile Savers Dentistry today at 410-730-6460. Our Columbia, MD dentist office is convenient to Ellicott City, Hanover, Baltimore and Washington, DC.

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Smile Savers Dentistry Provides Quality Dental Care and Patient Education

Posted on March 25, 2015. Filed under: Dental Care, Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Tips, Dental Hygienist, General Dentistry, healthy teeth, Kids Dental Health, Oral Health, Patient Education, Quality Dental Care | Tags: , , , , , , |

Bonnie Carroll, RDH and Michaela Pashke, RDH

Bonnie Carroll, RDH and Michaela Pashke, RDH, Smile Savers Dentistry

Here at Smile Savers Dentistry we strive to provide quality care and education to our patients. Regular dental visits and proper home care practices are not only important for your teeth and gums, but also your heart! Your mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria that can potentially be harmful. If left undisturbed, this bacteria can lead to periodontal disease – chronic inflammation that causes bone loss, and eventually tooth loss.

Recent studies have shown a link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease (CVD). It was found on average, the risk for a CVD “event” (e.g. heart attack, stroke) was increased by 40% if periodontal disease is present. The reasoning behind this discovery is that the inflamed periodontal pocket forms an open wound in which harmful bacteria (plaque) from your mouth can enter the blood stream. Inflammation in general, as well as bacteremia (bacteria in the blood), can trigger a heightened amount of fats in the blood. Bottom line: minimizing the inflammation in your gums can reduce the rise of bacteremia and improves the overall health of your vascular system, which lessens your chance of a CVD event.

At Smile Savers Dentistry, we are proud to be proactive in the fight against periodontal disease. We recommend all of our patients stick to their regular six month check-up appointments and may even suggest seeing at-risk patients more frequently (3 or 4 month cleaning and check-up appointments). Call the office at 410-730-6460 today and get on our dental hygiene schedule. Hope to see you soon!

Bonnie Carroll, RDH • Michaela Pashke, RDH

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Are You at Risk for Tooth Loss as You Get Older?

Posted on February 24, 2014. Filed under: Dental Care, Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Tips, General Dentistry, healthy teeth, Oral Health and Nutrition, Quality Dental Care, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , , , |

When you think about your oral health, do you have visions of emergency dental extractions, dentures floating in a glass, hours in a dental chair, enduring expensive dental implants, etc.? Although tooth loss is somewhat common, it’s not an inevitable part of the natural aging process.

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Dental Exam – Columbia, MD

Many times the loss of a tooth is through our own doing, either from poor oral hygiene, by using them as a tool, or from disease. Your teeth should never be used as a tool for things like removing lids or tearing off tags. Other no-nos include cracking ice cubes or nut shells, chewing on pencils or cutting thread.

Diseases like diabetes, arthritis and hypertension can put you at risk for periodontal disease and tooth loss. Poor nutrition and smoking can also contribute to the health factors that can cause dental problems. It’s also important to have regular, quality dental check-ups if you are pregnant because of changing hormones.

Coming in to the dentist office on a regular basis for cleanings and exams helps to prevent tooth loss. Generally, unless you are told you have periodontal disease, appointments twice a year should do the trick as long as you are receiving a complete evaluation during one of those visits. If you are due for a dental exam and cleaning, call Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, MD at 410-730-6460. We are accepting new and emergency dental patients.

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A Word From Dental Assistant CJ: Why Should You Straighten Your Teeth?

Posted on October 16, 2013. Filed under: Dental Assistant, Dental Braces, Dental Care, gum disease, healthy teeth, Invisalign, Invisalign Preferred Provider, Oral Health, Periodontal Disease, Quality Dental Care, Smile Savers Dentistry, Teeth alignment, Tooth straightening | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

CJ Burwell at Smile Savers DentistryMalocclusion and Periodontal Disease: A Destructive Relationship

So how are these two things related, and what do they even mean? Malocclusion simply means that the teeth are not aligned properly. This can cause pressure and force on your teeth that they are not meant to handle. These extreme forces can eventually cause trauma to your teeth, such as breaking or chipping which is painful, unpleasant and involves costly dental work. It’s the same principle as a chip in your windshield. At first it’s small and doesn’t seem to matter, except for aesthetic reasons, but you hit a bad speed bump and that small chip turns into a broken windshield. This all could have been prevented if that small chip was fixed! After straightening your teeth, the chance of them breaking is greatly reduced because the force of your bite will be evenly distributed to all your teeth rather than just a few.

Periodontal disease refers to a disease relating to the gums. The more crowded your teeth are, the harder it becomes to clean them. Plaque and harmful bacteria build up on all surfaces of your teeth and below your gums. It’s difficult to remove plaque from areas in your mouth with a lot of crowding because you can’t brush or floss as well there. After straightening your teeth, you will have better access to all the surfaces of your tooth reducing the need for more in depth cleanings, bad breath and the chances for cavities.
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Invisalign ® is a great first step toward keeping your teeth healthy for the rest of your life. People who have healthy teeth and gums live 10 years longer than people who don’t. When periodontal disease is left untreated, you are at a greater risk for heart disease, stroke and complications with diabetes. Adverse pregnancy outcomes and respiratory diseases are also side effects of periodontal disease.

But how are these things possibly related? They are related because the same blood that travels through your whole body also travels to your teeth and gums. When bacteria are lodged below the gum line or in between your teeth they begin to eat away your tissues. This allows more bacteria to grow and eventually they enter the blood stream. When the bacteria get into your blood stream they are free to flow to any part of the body blood travels to, including your heart.

I’ve been a dental assistant here at Smile Savers Dentistry for 5 years now and the best part about my job is helping my patients become as healthy as possible. It’s a great feeling knowing that I can change someone’s quality of life simply by informing them about how important it is to keep their teeth and gums healthy. I really care about my patients and their dental health, as it truly does have an effect on your overall health. If you have any questions about Invisalign, or anything else regarding your teeth, please give me a call at our dental office in Columbia, MD at 410-730-6460.

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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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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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