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!
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
“Smile, for everyone lacks self-confidence and more than any other one thing a smile reassures them.” – Andre Maurois
But what happens when a smile is the cause of a person’s lack of self-confidence? Missing teeth can be a source of discomfort and insecurity for many people. Fortunately, there are several cosmetic dentistry procedures available – like Dental Implants - to help give you that beautiful smile you so dearly miss.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Quite simply, a dental implant is a replacement tooth root that is made of titanium and anchored into your jaw bone to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or missing teeth as a result of gum disease, injury, or some other reason.
Dental implants are beneficial for a number of reasons:
Look and Feel: Dental implants look and feel like real teeth. They are strong, stable, durable, and do not interfere with your ability to eat, smile, or speak. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
Comfort: Implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures. Because they are anchored into the jaw bone, you will forget the implant is even there.
Maintenance: Unlike other treatment options that require special care, dental implants are cared for just like real teeth – brushing and flossing.
Oral Health: Dental implants do not require the reduction of surrounding teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Dental implants are put into place without harming or affecting the surrounding teeth
Self-Confidence: Dental implants give you a renewed confidence in your smile.
“Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody’s heart.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health and has healthy gum tissue, free of periodontal disease. The candidate must also have an adequate jaw bone to support the implant.
A DENTAL IMPLANT SPECIALIST IN GAITHERSBURG
“Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.” – John Ray
Gaithersburg Sedation & Family Dentistry is well suited to meet all of your dental needs, including dental implants. Dr. Ali Fatemi has taken many continuing education courses, including those in dental implants, and underwent two years of specialized training in implant dentistry. Dr. Fatemi is also a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
If you have any questions about Dental Implants, please contact Gaithersburg Sedation & Family Dentistry by calling 301-740-2686.
Finding a Cosmetic Dentistry Practice in Gaithersburg
Dr. Fatemi and the caring staff at Gaithersburg Sedation and Family Dentistry specialize in family, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry.
According to a new study commissioned by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), more than one-third of American adults are unhappy with their smile. Are you one of them? If so, you don’t have to live with a subpar smile. The solution: Cosmetic Dentistry. From subtle changes to major repairs, a dentist can perform a wide variety of procedures to help improve your smile.
WHAT IS COSMETIC DENTISTRY?
While traditional dentistry focuses on oral hygiene and preventing, diagnosing, and treating oral disease, cosmetic dentistry focuses on the aesthetics of your smile. Cosmetic dentistry refers to any dental procedure designed to improve the color, shape, or arrangement of teeth. Cosmetic dentistry offers many procedures for people who are unhappy with their smile.
Today, cosmetic dentistry is more popular than ever before, and dentists have a wide variety of tools and techniques to help give you that beautiful smile you have always wanted.
“Professional orthodontic treatments have come a long way in recent years, with innovative options such as clear aligner trays, lingual braces, and ceramic braces,” said John F. Buzzatto, DMD, MDS, president of the AAO. “Healthy teeth can be moved at any age…”
The tricky part is finding a cosmetic dentistry specialist in your area, someone you can trust.
DR. FATEMI – A COSMETIC DENTISTRY SPECIALIST IN GAITHERSBURG
Dr. Fatemi and the caring staff at Gaithersburg Sedation and Family Dentistry specialize in family, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry. Dr. Fatemi is a gentle, caring dentist who uses only the most advanced materials and state-of-the-art procedures available. He has taken many continuing education courses, including those in orthodontics, TMJ therapy, dental implants, and pediatrics, and underwent two years of continuing education in implant dentistry
Dr. Fatemi and his staff are ready to help you achieve a beautiful smile in one of our three convenient locations throughout Maryland – Gaithersburg, Upper Marlboro, and Lexington Park. We also offer flexible hours, including Saturdays.
Contact Gaithersburg Sedation and Family Dentistry today and be well on your way to the beautiful smile you deserve! One of our staff members will reply as soon as possible to finalize your appointment.
In the meantime, if you have any questions about Cosmetic Dentistry, please contact Gaithersburg Sedation and Family Dentistry by calling 301-740-2686.
5 ways lumineers can improve your smile
Are you sick and tired of hiding your smile because you don’t want people to see your teeth stains, chips and teeth misalignment? There is a solution. Lumineers can improve your smile by masking those imperfections and creating more uniformity with your smile. You don’t have to remove any tooth structure; you don’t need anesthesia to place in lumineers. Once lumineers are inside your mouth, you don’t have to worry about visible stains, chipping, misalignment of spaced teeth. It is simple. The lumineers get bonded to your teeth and stay secure.
On average, it takes only 2 visits to the dentist once the dentist knows if you are a candidate for the treatment. Staining and discoloration of teeth are the most common dental problems for people and lumineers can address the problem by giving you a long-lasting appearance of beautiful, white teeth — and it doesn’t matter what you eat or drink, lumineers will keep your smile white and aesthetically pleasing. Having lumineers put in is a non-invasive procedure and will help improve your confidence when you smile. How are lumineers made? The lumineers are made from porcelain and contoured into a shell to custom fit your teeth. The average lumineers can last at least 20 years.
You will have no worry about enamel removal when wearing lumineers and there is minimal discomfort after thew new installment of lumineers. During your first evaluation, the dentist will discuss with you the teeth in need of lumineers and make a decision on the best shade of white for your physical features. From there the dentist will take a mold of your teeth and send it off to the laboratory. The lumineers are placed on your teeth with special cement and there is no drilling or shots involved. On average it takes about one hour to complete the installation.
Keep in mind you will still need to keep up with your regular oral hygiene routine to maintain the health of your natural teeth. This oral hygiene routine will include brushing and flossing daily. You should also go for your routine dental check up every six months. If you are ready to improve your smile, Fatemi Family Dentistry is here to do it with our quality lumineers services.
HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT DENTAL HEALTH OR LUMINEERS? WE CAN HELP!
Contact Dr. Ali Fatemi at Fatemi Family Dentistry. We have two convenient locations, one in Gaithersburg and one in Lexington Park. Dr. Fatemi is a gentle, caring dentist who uses only the most advanced materials and procedures. He practices comfortable, health-centered dentistry with a strong emphasis on getting to know each patient. In addition to his technical proficiency, Dr. Fatemi is a careful listener and will explain beforehand what treatment is best for you and your individual needs.
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