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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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: , , , , , , |

LANAP Treatment Columbia MD

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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First Impressions are Everything

Posted on June 29, 2015. Filed under: cosmetic dentistry, Dental Braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Preferred Provider | Tags: , , , , , |

perfect invisalign smileFrom hair and skin to clothes and shoes, one’s appearance is a constant trigger of snap judgments. Whether interviewing for a job or just looking to make a good first impression, a perception study conducted by Kelton for Invisalign®, proved that even the alignment of teeth is a catalyst for assumptions regarding success, popularity, intelligence, and general health.

Like it or not, we are often judged by our appearance and your smile has more of an effect on what others perceive about you than you think. A recent study revealed that 61% of us have been attracted to someone by their smile alone! Given the emphasis placed on straight teeth, Invisalign is a modern way for both adults and teens to straighten their teeth, and it can be done without most people even knowing they are in treatment.

Clear aligners such as Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® straighten teeth just like metal braces, yet they are more comfortable, less intrusive to one’s lifestyle and make maintaining good hygiene much easier because they are removable. This means no food restrictions, the ability to easily maintain healthy dental brushing habits, minimal interference with sports or other activities, and teeth get straightened without most people knowing you are in treatment.

If you have been considering Invisalign® for you or your teen, please make an appointment to see me for a consultation at my dental office in Columbia, MD. If Invisalign® is a good option for treating your particular situation, you can also use this opportunity to have your questions answered, including how long the process will take, how much it will cost, and how Invisalign® will fit into your life. Smile Savers Dentistry is a Premier Preferred Invisalign Provider.

Regards, Dr. Stewart

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Summer is a Great Time to Schedule Your Child’s Exam and Cleaning at Smile Savers Dentistry

Posted on June 1, 2015. Filed under: Childrens Dental Health, Dental Care, Dental Exam and Cleaning, Dental Health, Dr. Daniel Stewart, General Dentistry, Kids Dental Health, Kids Oral Health, Oral Health, Pediatric Dentistry, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , , , |

Call 410-730-6460 Today to Make a Summer Appointment Before Our Schedule Fills Up!

Summer Dental Appointment
Everyone wants to go to the beach in the summertime… but the dentist office? Sure, why not!? It’s a great time to come in to Smile Savers Dentisty in Columbia Maryland. No missed classes or tests to worry about. Well, that may be a better incentive for the parents than the kids… but you get what I’m saying.

It’s important to keep your children on a regular dental check-up schedule. The condition of a child’s teeth can change fairly rapidly. Even if their teeth were evaluated as healthy just six months prior, changes in diet or oral habits (for example, thumb sucking in younger children) can quickly render them vulnerable to decay or misalignment.

Dental X-rays are often the only way to identify tiny cavities in primary (baby) teeth. Though your child may not be feeling any pain, left unchecked, these tiny cavities can rapidly turn into large cavities, tooth decay, and eventually, childhood periodontal disease.

In addition to visual examinations, our hygienists provide thorough dental cleanings during each visit. These cleanings eradicate the plaque and debris that can build up between teeth and in other hard to reach places. Though a good homecare routine is especially important, these professional cleanings provide an additional tool to keep those smiles healthy. We may even decide to apply dental sealants to their back teeth (molars). This impenetrable liquid plastic substance is brushed onto the molars to seal out harmful debris, bacteria, and acid… an added preventive measure!

We’ve even made it easy for you to come in, you can request a dental appointment for your family online. Hope to see you and your kids in the office this summer. In the meantime, enjoy the beach!

Regards,
Dr. Daniel C. Stewart

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The Top Signs/Reasons That You Should See A Dentist

Posted on May 20, 2015. Filed under: Dental Care, Dental Health, healthy teeth, Oral Health, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , , |

Dental Care at Smile Savers DentistryFor one reason or another, over 100 million people in the United States neglect to see a dentist each year, even though regular dental exams and good oral hygiene can prevent most dental disease.

Visiting your dentist on a regular basis is important because some medical conditions or diseases have symptoms that can appear in the mouth. You could have oral health problems that only a dentist can diagnose. Visiting your dentist on a regular basis will also help prevent problems from developing. Remember: keeping your mouth healthy is an important key to your overall health.

Here are 16 signs that you should see a dentist*:

• Your tooth or teeth are sensitive to hot or cold
• You have persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
• Your gums are puffy and/or they bleed when you brush or floss
• You have fillings, crowns, dental implants, dentures, etc.
• You have pain or swelling in your mouth, face or neck
• You have difficulty chewing or swallowing
• You have a family history of gum disease or tooth decay
• You have a medical condition such as diabetes, heart disease, an eating disorder, or are HIV positive
• Your mouth is often dry
• You smoke or use other tobacco products
• You don’t like the way that your smile or teeth look
• You are pregnant
• You are undergoing medical treatment such as radiation, chemotherapy or hormone replacement therapy
• Your jaw sometimes pops or is painful when opening and closing, chewing or when you first wake up
• You have an uneven bite
• You have a spot or sore that doesn’t look or feel right in your mouth and it isn’t going away

At Smile Savers Dentistry, Dr. Daniel C. Stewart and his staff are proud to be proactive in dental care. We recommend that all of our patients stick to their regular six month check-up appointments and might even suggest seeing our at-risk patients more frequently. Call our Columbia, MD dental office at 410-730-6460 today and get on our dental hygiene schedule. We are currently accepting new and emergency patients. Hope to see you in the office soon!

*SOURCE: American Dental Association

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Laser Periodontal Therapy for Bone Regeneration

Posted on May 6, 2015. Filed under: Dr. Daniel Stewart, gum disease, Gum Surgery, LANAP, Periodontal Disease, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , |

My patients know that I am committed to delivering the most precise, comfortable, and time-efficient treatments to each and every person who comes in to Smile Savers Dentistry. To achieve this, I implement only cutting-edge technology and tools that have been proven to produce brilliant results.

One such technology is the PerioLase® Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, or LANAP. This technology vastly exceeds traditional periodontal therapy because it’s implemented by sophisticated laser design to help patients regenerate significant bone loss due to periodontal disease. PerioLase® is the only dental laser to have a 100% success rate in tissue reconstruction!

This treatment sterilizes the gum pocket around the tooth and removes bacteria from the inside of the pocket. By creating a clean, sealed, and stable environment, the PerioLase® procedure promotes a regenerative healing process that culminates in creating an environment that best supports the regeneration of bone in your mouth. Restoring the bone mass and structure in your mouth is vital in strengthening your gums, teeth, and overall oral health.

Bone Regrowth with LANAPThe image on the left is a before and after photo set of a patient’s case. In the photo of the patient’s radiograph on the left, you’ll notice the large open space in-between the center tooth’s roots. When such a space exists it indicates a loss of bone. It’s most often brought about by periodontal disease. As you can see in the photo on the right (taken just 2 months after treatment), the tooth was saved due to proper
bone rengeneration.

You can learn more by visiting our Youtube channel: youtube.com/smilesaversdentistry, or call 410-730-6460 to reserve a seat in our free May informational seminar here at the Smile Savers Dentistry office in Columbia Maryland.

Regards, Dr. Stewart

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Save Face: April is National Facial Protection Month

Posted on April 15, 2015. Filed under: mouth guard, National National Facial Protection Month, Teeth | Tags: , , , , , , |

Save Face with a Mouth GuardThis month we’re spreading the word to remind both kids and adults: as you suit up for outdoor activities this spring, don’t forget to protect your face and head. Many oral and facial sports-related injuries can be easily prevented with the use of helmets and mouth guards. Did you know that just by wearing a mouth guard, you reduce the risk of knocking out teeth or breaking your jaw?

Chances are if your kids play in organized sports, their coach, or the organization itself, may already require that they wear a mouth guard. Any time that you’re engaged in an activity where your face can come in contact with something hard – another player, a ball, the pavement – it’s a time that you should be wearing a mouth guard!

Mouth guards are a smart investment in your dental health. Repairing the teeth and jaw can be painful and can cost thousands of dollars. Many injuries can be far less severe or even prevented altogether by the simple act of wearing a mouth guard.

There are three types of mouth guards available:

Stock or commercial mouth guards: Inexpensive and sold in major department and sporting goods stores. These cannot be modified to fit the individual’s mouth. Least effective in terms of protection.

Mouth-formed or “Boil-and-Bite”: Cost effective. Available from department and sporting goods stores. Tend to wear quickly and may need to be replaced during the sports season.

Custom-made: Made from a full mouth impression taken in the dentist’s office. Provides the most protection and comfort (Covers all teeth and cushions the jaw.) but is also more expensive than commercially made sports guards.

Protect your smile! Mouth guards are a good idea all year long. Because different sports involve risk and potential injury, talk to us at Smile Savers Dentistry near Ellicott City MD before selecting a mouth guard to meet the needs of your child’s specific activity. Call 410-730-6460 to make an appointment.

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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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Smile Savers Dentistry Receives Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service

Posted on February 26, 2015. Filed under: Childrens Dental Health, Dental Care, Dental Health, Dental Hygienist, General Dentistry, Kids Dental Health, Kids Oral Health, NCDHM, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , |

Local Columbia MD DentistThe Howard County Public School System awarded Smile Savers Dentistry for their Outstanding Volunteer Service during National Children’s Dental Health Month. Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.

Staff members from Smile Savers Dentistry wrapped up NCDHM by visiting students at Lake Elkhorn Middle School in Columbia, MD. Dental hygienists Michaela Paschke and Bonnie Carroll, along with assistant Deanna Rohrman and Kelly Green talked to students about the importance of good oral hygiene. They went over important healthy home care habits such as brushing and flossing their teeth and also demonstrated what can happen if you don’t brush. They also asked a student volunteer to brush their teeth as well as they did at home and then used a disclosing tablet to show where he missed brushing. Hygienist Michaela Paschke said “I thoroughly enjoyed going to Lake Elkhorn Middle School and teaching the kids about good hygiene and the risks of bad habits. It’s rewarding knowing that the kids walked away with a new outlook on taking care of their teeth.”

Columbia dentistIt’s important for children to learn the importance of proper oral hygiene. Poor oral care behavior in under 12 year-olds contributes to many American children having cavities. Tooth decay is the number one chronic illness in children with over 51 million school hours lost each year due to dental problems. Research shows that if a child’s tooth decay goes untreated, it can lead to tooth loss, speech problems and even loss of self-esteem. According to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),31 percent of kindergarten and third grade children in Maryland have tooth decay that, if left untreated, can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing and learning. Fortunately, with good oral health care habits, tooth decay can be prevented.

Our dental office is located in Columbia, MD and we’ve been serving the dental needs of Howard County residents for over 25 years. The goal of Dr. Daniel C. Stewart and his staff is to educate and serve their patients in a fun and engaging environment. Each staff member receives specific training and education to fully address the dental and oral health needs of their patients. Smile Savers Dentistry is accepting new patients, if you are looking for a new dentist in the Howard County area, you can call the office at 410-730-6460 to schedule an appointment, or request one online at smilesaversdentistry.com.

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Posted on February 11, 2015. Filed under: Childrens Dental Health, Dental Care, Dental Health, General Dentistry, healthy teeth, Kids Dental Health, Kids Oral Health, NCDHM, Oral Health, Pediatric Dentistry, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , |

NCDHM 2015Children’s teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and a healthy smile is also important to a child’s self-esteem. With proper care, a balanced diet and regular dental visits, their teeth can stay healthy and strong throughout their entire lifetime.

Many parents issue a common refrain at dinnertime: “You’d better eat that – it’s good for you! And the other favorite: “Don’t eat that – it’ll rot your teeth!” Now more than ever, kids are faced with a bewildering array of food choices – from fresh produce to sugar-laden processed convenience meals and snacks. What kids eat and when they eat it may affect not only their general health but also their oral health.

Almost all foods have some type of sugar that cannot and should not be eliminated from our diet. Many of these foods contain important nutrients and add enjoyment to eating. But there is a risk for tooth decay from a diet high in sugars and starches. Americans are consuming foods and drinks high in sugar and starches more often and in larger portions than ever before. The average teenage boy in the U.S. drinks 81 gallons of soft drinks each year! A steady diet of sugary foods and drinks can ruin teeth, especially among those who
snack throughout the day.

So what can you do to reduce your children’s risk of tooth decay?

• Sugar and sugary drinks should only be consumed at meals. Saliva production increases during meals and helps neutralize acid production and rinse food particles from the mouth.
• Limit between-meal snacks. If kids want a snack, offer a nutritious one.
• If your kids chew gum, make it sugarless. Chewing sugarless gum after eating can increase saliva flow and help wash out food.
• Monitor beverage consumption – Instead of soft drinks all day, children should also choose water and low-fat milk.
• Help your children develop good brushing and flossing habits.
• And of course … Schedule regular dental visits!

During the month of February we are offering the Oral-B Pro-Health For Me Power Bundle for only $35. The bundle contains a rechargeable child’s toothbrush with 2 brush heads, mouth rinse, toothpaste, timer and floss picks. It comes in a nifty backpack. Call the Smile Savers Dentistry office near Ellicott City MD at 410-730-6460 to order one.

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