Good for you--you're on board with brushing and flossing at home. You eat a healthy diet and limit alcohol. You don't smoke. Your gum health should be great, but do you know that for sure? The way to ward off periodontal disease or to catch it early is through regular check-ups with your dentist in Lexington Park and Gaithersburg, MD, Dr. Ali Fatemi. This fellow in the American Academy of General Dentistry uses six-month check-ups and cleanings to keep your gums (as well as your teeth) as healthy as possible.
Did you know?
Did you know that gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss among American adults and that about 47 million adults over the of 30 have it in some form? The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta reports this disturbing information. It's particularly unsettling because from mild gingivitis to advanced periodontitis, gum disease threatens oral health and even systemic health. So, it's important to prevent it with daily oral hygiene routines.
Symptoms of gum disease
Some individuals may not notice any symptoms of gum problems or may see just a little blood in the sink when they brush and floss. Others, however, experience symptoms which cannot be ignored, and your dentist in Lexington Park and Gaithersburg certainly will spot them on oral examination and through a simple procedure called periodontal probing
As part of your six-month examination at Fatemi Family Dentistry, Dr. Fatemi uses a small handheld probe to measure the spaces between your gum tissue and tooth surfaces. Called periodontal pockets, these spaces are normal when measuring one to three millimeters. Deeper measurements, however, are diagnostic for gum disease as are symptoms of:
- Bleeding, puffy, red gums
- Bad breath
- Pus at the gum line
- Loose, shifting teeth
- Exposed tooth roots
- Gum and bone deterioration
Hygienic cleanings remove the bacteria-filled plaque and tartar your brushing and flossing just cannot reach. Your hygienist scrapes away this build-up with ultrasonic and manual instruments, leaving tooth surfaces smooth and clean.
Treating gum disease
With mild gingivitis, gums recover nicely with regular cleanings and proper brushing and flossing. However, more serious periodontitis needs scaling and root planing, a procedure which goes below the gum line to remove hard tartar (calculus), smooth root surfaces and instill antibiotic medication as needed.
Other therapies include laser gum treatments, gum grafting (to cover exposed roots), and in the most advanced situations, bone grafting. Dr. Fatemi and his team carefully devise gum treatment plans tailored to individual patient needs so gums return to full health.
Learn more about your gums
You can spot periodontal disease before it damages your health. Call Fatemi Family Dentistry today to book your examination and cleaning. For the Lexington Park office, call (301) 737-4747, and for Gaithersburg, phone (301) 740-2686.
How dental crowns and bridges from your dentist in Gaithersburg, Maryland can improve your smile
Do you have an unattractive smile? Perhaps you have gaps where you used to have teeth? Or maybe your teeth have large, broken fillings from years ago? If so, you can rebuild your smile thanks to dental crowns and bridges. You deserve to have a smile that works well and gets noticed! Dr. Ali Fatemi at Fatemi Family Dentistry wants to help you rebuild your smile with crowns and bridges. He has two convenient office locations in Gaithersburg, and Lexington Park, Maryland to serve your dental needs.
Dental crowns are a great way to both protect teeth and enhance your smile:
- Modern, natural-looking materials like porcelain reflect light, so porcelain crowns look just like your natural teeth.
- In addition to full porcelain, you can also choose a porcelain-fused-to-metal or PFM crown. The combination of a metal support and porcelain provides both strength and beauty.
A dental crown covers the entire visible surface of your tooth, making your tooth resistant to breakage. That’s why dental crowns are such a great option for teeth that are already damaged or broken; a crown will prevent further damage. When you bite down or chew food, the biting force is spread out evenly over the entire surface of your tooth, reducing the impact.
Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth and provide you with more biting and chewing surface to help you enjoy the foods you love. Great chewing function helps with digestion, which aids your general overall health. Unlike partial appliances, you never remove a bridge; you clean it along with your natural-teeth, making it a convenient option when compared to appliances. A bridge looks more natural than dental appliances too.
For more information about dental crowns and bridges, please visit the Crowns & Bridgework page on the website at http://www.fatemifamilydentistry.com/crowns-and-bridgework.html
You don’t have to put up with an unattractive, damaged smile. It’s time to restore and improve your smile with dental crowns and bridgework. Get started by calling Dr. Ali Fatemi at Fatemi Family Dentistry, with offices in Gaithersburg, and Lexington Park, Maryland. Call today!
Fight Back against Dental Fear, Look into Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry is an excellent option for those with dental fear.
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
Sorry, FDR. It turns out there is actually a lot that Americans fear. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there are over 6.3 Million Americans with a diagnosed phobia. Some of the most common include fear of public speaking (74 %), fear of death (68 %), and fear of spiders (30.5 %). But what about Dental Fear?
Fear of the dentist is not as uncommon as you may think. According to the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS Education), roughly 30% of the population has some form of dental fear keeping them from receiving the regular dental care they need. This is just as true for adults as it is for children.
WHAT IS DENTAL FEAR?
A phobia is an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something, like the dentist. This fear can be brought on by a traumatizing event, such as a painful experience with a filling, or a feeling of helplessness. No matter the cause of the phobia, dental fear is the reason why 36% of those who don’t see a dentist regularly skip their 6-month checkups, according to a survey by the British Dental Health Foundation. Are you one of the 36%? If so, there could be a solution to all of your problems – Sedation Dentistry.
WHAT IS SEDATION DENTISTRY?
Sedation dentistry is an excellent option for those with anxiety, but is also appropriate for people who have a low pain threshold, have sensitive teeth, have a sensitive gag reflex, or need a large amount of dental work. Sedation dentistry uses different levels of sedation to help patients relax during dental procedures.
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SEDATION DENTISTRY IN GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND
With three state-of-the-art locations throughout Maryland – Gaithersburg, Upper Marlboro, and Lexington Park – Dr. Fatemi is well suited to meet all of your dental needs. Dr. Fatemi specializes in sedation dentistry, having completed one year of intense training for intravenous (IV) sedation at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. IV sedation is both safe and effective when administered by a trained professional, like Dr. Fatemi. He further Obtained the prestigious Title of Master of Americal Colldge of Sedation Dentist from the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology.
You can make your appointment directly at our website through Zocdoc. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Fatemi Family Dentistry at our Lexington Park Office or Gaithersburg office by calling 301-737-4747 or 301-740-2686.
Root Canal Procedures: How DoYou Know You Need One
A tooth needing a root canal procedure can be extremely painful. You may have a deep infection. Call our offices today!
Pain while chewing? Temperature sensitivity? We’ve all been there. Having a problem tooth can distract you from the things in your life that are important. Frequent dental visits prevent tooth infections, but if it’s already too late a root canal procedure could be necessary. Be sure to visit your dentist if experiencing any of these signs or symptoms.
PROTECT YOUR ROOTS!
When a cavities’ infection runs deep, it will start to eat through the root of your tooth. The root itself will then become infected. A procedure called a root canal is required to keep the infection from causing permanent damage. The pulp, or inner core, of the tooth, may be infected as well, in which case, a root canal procedure will clear all affected areas and then clean and seal the tooth. Nerves and blood vessels encompass the pulp and must be removed as well if the infection is bad enough. A tooth’s nerve is not vitally important to its function. It really only helps you sense heat and cold. Therefore, the removal of the pulp does not affect dental functioning.
Signs of infections severe enough to require a root canal procedure are going to be extremely painful. As most infections are often pain inducing, the specific types of searing oral misfortune are as follows.
Serious discomfort when chewing or applying pressure to the problem tooth
Sensitivity to hot or cold that will often linger once temperature degrees are removed
Discoloration, or darkening of the problem tooth
Painful bumps or cysts forming around the problem tooth closer to the main area of discomfort
Swelling, bleeding, or tenderness of the gums surrounds the problem tooth
The procedure itself is much quicker and far less painful than the root infection itself. Don’t worry! The tooth will be numbed first, so you won’t have to worry about crying out in discomfort during the procedure. Root canals sound scary, but you’ll feel so much better afterward. Neglecting a root canal is far more frightening. Once the tooth is numbed, an opening is created through the crown of the tooth to the pulp chamber. Special tools are then used to clean the pulp infection and canals. The canals and pulp chamber are filled with a permanent material called ‘gutta-percha.’ It will create a barrier so that further infection cannot occur. A temporary filling is used to cap the tooth off and receives a permanent crown so the internal structures cannot be penetrated. Once all of this is finished, the risk of infection is a thing of the past. Your pain and suffering will be over!
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTERWARD
The problem tooth area may be tender afterward, so it’s best to keep pressure off it for a while. Practice chewing on the other side of your mouth. This will avoid recontaminating the tooth or breakage post procedure. If the tenderness becomes too much, taking over-the-counter painkillers will reduce your pain. It should only feel sore for a couple days. If pain persists call mmediately, 301-740-2686, Dr. Fatemi
THINK YOU NEED A ROOT CANAL PROCEDURE? CALL FATEMI FAMILY DENTISTRY
Call Fatemi Family Dentistry. Located in Gaithersburg and Lexington Park our experienced dental professionals have the skills and tools necessary to determine if you should have your wisdom teeth pulled. And if you do, we can perform the procedure quickly and painlessly, getting your mouth back in shape and you back on your feet.
Call Fatemi Family Dentistry today at 301-740-2686
Dr. Ali Fatemi in Gaithersburg and Lexington Park, MD, knows his patients want to have better-looking smiles. For that reason, he suggests dental veneers.
Veneers are used to resurface an individual's teeth, especially if they're damaged.
Here are some things veneers can help with:
- Stained teeth or discolored, due to poor hygiene, drinking coffee and tea, smoking, chewing tobacco or even antibiotics containing tetracycline.
- Mishappened teeth, which includes: crooked, worn or chipped teeth, irregularly shaped teeth, uneven surfaces and uneven spacing, like overcrowdedness.
When you come into the Gaithersburg and Lexington Park office, your doctor will examine your teeth and assess whether veneers are right for you. Any underlying issues, like cavities, will need to be resolved first. Your dentist will remove some enamel from the surface of your teeth, then a model of your teeth will be sent to a lab where a custom set of veneers matching the color of your teeth will be made for you.
When your veneers finally arrive, the dentist will then cement the veneers. Because your dentist removes some enamel, which is an irreversible process, and because veneers are made out of thin porcelain or plastic, you won't feel like your teeth are protruding. On the contrary, they will feel smooth, even and properly aligned with the rest of your teeth.
In order to take proper care of your veneers, you need to brush twice a day and floss at least once before bed. It's important to prevent the buildup of plaque, which may result in cavities and other serious issues.
For more information on veneers, contact your dentist in Gaithersburg and Lexington Park, MD. Dr. Ali Fatemi will be more than happy to help you with your dental needs!
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