Silver Spring, MD Dentist
Susan Pearson, DDS
1131 University Blvd. West, Ste 103
Silver Spring, MD 20902
(301) 649-2203
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By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
January 11, 2021
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental implants are permanent prosthetic crowns that can be used to replace missing teeth. They are anchored into your jawbone, which gives them a secure foundation and they look and feel just like natural teeth. Dr. Susan Pearson is a dentist at Silver Spring, MD. She provides general and family dental services and specializes in dental implants.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

Here are some of the most common questions that Silver Spring dental patients ask about dental implants:

How long will implants last?

If you practice good oral hygiene and look after your implants just as you would your natural teeth, they can last for a lifetime. This is much better than the outcome for removable dentures, which typically have a lifespan of 5-8 years.

Will they improve my oral health?

If you already have several missing teeth, dental implants will definitely help to keep your mouth healthy. When you lose teeth, over time, your jawbone will gradually begin to erode, which can affect the stability of the surrounding teeth. Because implants fuse with your jawbone, the titanium posts act like your teeth roots and stimulate bone growth.

Will I be able to eat whatever I want with dental implants?

You will not have any dietary restrictions with implants, so the foods you have been avoiding because of missing teeth or dentures will now become options again. Dental implants will not only improve your ability to bite and chew, but they will also improve your ability to speak.

How do I clean dental implants?

You will brush and floss at least twice daily, just as you do with natural teeth. Unlike dentures, there’s no need to remove implants to clean them.

If you live in Silver Spring and would like to find out more about dental implants, call Dr. Pearson at 301-649-2203.

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
December 11, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Crown  

No tooth is a throwaway. In other words, you need a complete smile for the best personal appearance and oral function. At Dr. Susan Pearson's Silver Spring, MD, office, your dentist uses beautiful porcelain crowns to restore teeth, smiles, and confidence. Do you know when you might need a dental crown?

Save your tooth

If you have a tooth compromised by cavities, injury, or poor shape, size, and color, don't think you have to lose it. Depending on the health of the tooth, you could qualify for a dental crown and completely avoid the problems losing a tooth may cause.

Shaped and colored just like a real tooth, this ceramic restoration fits directly over your tooth. In her Silver Spring, MD, office, your dentist assesses and X-ray your tooth. If there's sufficient enamel to accept a crown, your procedure can begin.

Dr. Pearson will numb the tooth, remove the damage, and resize the remaining enamel. She'll do oral impressions and send a plan to the dental lab. In a week or so, you'll return to the office where Dr. Pearson will use a strong cement to bond the new, permanent crown in place.

Other reasons for dental crowns

1. A tooth is so weak it may break.

2. The enamel is excessively worn due to age, poor dental bite or bruxism, persistent teeth clenching, and grinding.

3. A tooth has several fillings or one which is so large there is little enamel left above the gum line.

4. A tooth is so discolored even professional teeth whitening or bleaching processes do not improve its appearance.

5. You need to replace one or more missing teeth. Crowns anchor conventional bridgework and restore the finest tooth replacements available--dental implants.

6. You have one or more teeth that are congenitally misshapen, ruining your smile appearance.

7. You have jaw joint problems (TMJ/TMD) and require correction of your dental bite.

8. Your tooth is painful and abscessed. You need a root canal treatment to save it. Installation of a porcelain crown is the final step in this process.

Preserving your dental crown

Be sure to brush two times a day and floss daily to keep your crown margins clear of harmful plaque and tartar. Don't chew caramels, taffy, or other sticky or roughly textured foods that could chip or dislodge your crown.

See Dr. Pearson semi-annually for a cleaning and check-up. She'll inspect your crown for signs of wear and other problems. Thankfully, most well-cared-for dental crowns stay functional and attractive for ten years or even longer, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).

Call us

Dr. Susan Pearson and her staff provide excellent oral health care for patients in the Silver Spring, MD, area. Contact her about dental crowns. This experienced dentist loves to recreate functional, strong, and attractive smiles. Phone the office at (301) 649-2203 for an appointment.

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
November 30, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Maintaining a sparkling smile takes a little effort. Fortunately, following a few of these tips or visiting your Silver Spring, MD, dentist, Dr. Susan Pearson, for teeth whitening treatment can help you keep your teeth white and bright.

Make a few changes to your diet

Smoking, aging, and food stains are among the most common causes of a dull smile. Every time you drink a cup of tea or coffee or snack on a handful of cherries or blueberries, dark pigments in those foods seep into microscope openings in your tooth enamel. As these pigments continue to collect, your smile begins to look dull or yellow.

Quitting smoking and reducing the amount of stain-causing foods and beverages you consume can help prevent stains. In addition to tea, coffee, and berries, other foods and drinks that may cause stains to include red wine, sports drinks, cola, tomato sauce, ice pops, and brightly colored candy.

Sip through a straw

If you're like many people, the idea of giving up your morning cup of coffee or tea may be unappealing. A straw allows you to enjoy your favorite beverage and decrease the impact on your teeth. When you drink through a straw, most of the pigments are deposited farther back in your mouth and don't come in contact with the fronts of your teeth.

Use whitening toothpaste

Whitening toothpaste can help your teeth look their best, as long as you choose products carefully. Some whitening toothpaste or drugstore whiteners may permanently erode your tooth enamel, revealing the yellow dentin layer underneath. During your next Silver Spring shopping trip, look for a whitening toothpaste that features the American Dental Association seal. Products that contain the seal have been proven to be safe and effective.

Try teeth whitening

Teeth whitening treatment offers a simple solution if you'd like a whiter smile. Your dentist uses a whitening gel that contains hydrogen peroxide, a safe, effective, natural bleaching agent. Most people notice a three- to eight-shade improvement in tooth color after just a single one-hour treatment.

Could teeth whitening improve your smile? Call your dentist in Silver Spring, MD, Dr. Pearson, at (301) 649-2203 to schedule an appointment.

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S
June 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Tooth Loss  

Information on missing teeth and your options

Causes of Missing Teeth

To better understand how to treat missing teeth/tooth, you must first understand the reason for dental loss first. There are several reasons people may lose teeth. Some of them include:

  • Tooth decay and gum disease
  • Injuries caused by playing sports or any other accident
  • Genetic condition where people are born without certain teeth

Treatment Options

You must replace missing teeth to restore functions like chewing of food, jaw support and the stability of remaining teeth.

  • Dentures: Dentures are oral appliances, usually made of plastic resin, used by individuals who have lost some or all their natural teeth due to tooth decay, gum disease, or injury.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants consist of a titanium post inserted into your jaws to replace your missing tooth. Dental implants create stability and strengthens the jawbone when the post osseointegrates (fuses) with the bone.

Keeping Teeth Clean

The best preventative measure is caring for your teeth. You need to brush and floss on a daily basis to remove bacteria and plaque. This eliminates tartar buildup and prevents cavity formation. Make sure you brush twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and floss once before going to bed.

You should also stay away from sugary foods and beverages like fruit juice and candy because they help fester cavity-producing bacteria. Opt for healthy foods, fruits and vegetables, to avoid bacterial growth. Another interesting fact about eating fruits like apples is that they actually scrape off plaque from teeth surfaces to help keep teeth clean.

Need a consultation?

Whether you choose dental implants or dentures, you need to speak with Dr. Susan Pearson of Silver Spring, MD, at (301) 649-2203 to figure out what is the best course of action.

How your dentist in Silver Spring, MD, can help you have a healthy smile

Did you know that having a healthy smile can help you maintain a healthy body? It’s true. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, keeping your mouth healthy can lower your risk of diabetes, alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and heart disease.

So, how you do maintain a healthy smile? The key is at-home dental care and regular visits to your dentist and dental hygienist for preventive care. Here at Dr. Susan Pearson's office in Silver Spring, MD, we offer a full range of preventive dental care services to help you have a healthy smile—read on to learn more.

Proper Dental Care

At-home dental care is essential to your oral health. After all, the more frequently you clean the plaque off of your teeth, the lower your bacterial levels. It’s this harmful bacteria that causes gum/periodontal disease and tooth decay.

Remember to:

  • Brush after meals and before bed; use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste with fluoride. Gently clean the surfaces of your teeth and along the gumline, using a circular motion.
  • Floss at least once each day; be sure to wrap the floss around the widest part of your tooth as you go down in between your teeth. By wrapping the floss, you keep the floss next to the tooth surface for better cleaning.
  • Visit your dentist every six to twelve months for a preventive dental examination and x-rays. Regular visits help keep dental problems small, helping you avoid tooth pain and unnecessary expenses.
  • Visit your dental hygienist once every six to twelve months for a professional dental cleaning. Your dental hygienist can help prevent gum and periodontal disease through these appointments, and show you the latest tools and techniques so you can practice excellent at-home dental care.

To learn more about the importance of proper oral care, call Dr. Susan Pearson in Silver Spring, Maryland at (301) 649-2203.

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