Our Dental Blog
By Finksburg Dental Associates
November 23, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Here’s how we can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.

As we get older our smiles start to change. They may develop small chips, discolorations, or other imperfections. The good news is that cosmetic dentistry can help to fix these imperfections. In fact, more and more people are turning to our Finksburg dentists for cosmetic dentistry.

Let’s talk about the top three most popular cosmetic treatments we offer,

Invisalign

One of the reasons more and more adults are turning to our Finksburg, MD, cosmetic dentistry team for orthodontic treatment is that we offer a discreet alternative to the traditional metal braces that you’re probably used to. Invisalign allows our dental team to help you fix gaps between teeth, crowding, and a misaligned smile by simply using a series of completely transparent aligners that fit over teeth like a mouthguard.

Many people have turned to Invisalign to get them perfectly straight smiles they have today. In fact, celebrities including Oprah Winfrey have this nearly invisible orthodontic system to thank for their smiles. Invisalign can be a fast, effective way for older teens and adults to correct their imperfect smiles.

Teeth Whitening

Dealing with dull, yellowing teeth? It happens to most of us as we get older; however, everything from smoking to the foods we eat can leave us with some pretty nasty stains on our teeth. The good news is that when whitening toothpaste and other products just don’t cut it, our Finksburg, MD, dental team can help get your teeth multiple shades whiter in just a single in-office whitening session. Our professional whitening treatment is completely customized to fit your needs.

Dental Veneers

Many celebrities have veneers to thank for their perfect set of teeth (we’re looking at you, George Clooney!). Veneers are great because this simple restoration can easily revamp and transform your smile all while hiding common dental flaws. These thin porcelain shells cover the front surface of your teeth and can,

  • Lengthen and alter the shape or size of your teeth
  • Hide cracks, chips, and discolorations
  • Give you a whiter smile
  • Straighten teeth and improve crowding or gaps between teeth

Don’t you want a smile that looks as beautiful and as healthy as you feel? No matter your age, you can have the perfect smile thanks to the cosmetic dentistry treatments we offer our patients here in Finksburg, MD.

To schedule a cosmetic consultation with us, call Finksburg Dental Associates at (410) 861-8900.

By Finksburg Dental Associates
November 10, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Implants  

Hiding lost or broken teeth can take a toll on an individual's confidence. If this is you, you may be a candidate for dental restoration. Not sure about your next steps? Visit Finksburg Dental Associates in Finksburg, MD, to explore your options concerning dental implant restoration.
 

Restoring your dental implants

Dental implants are metal posts that are placed into the jaw to replace lost natural teeth. Installation is supported by the bone, so it is considered more permanent. There is no need to remove the implants daily, like dentures.
 

This dental restoration is usually a two-step process. The first step is to place the titanium post to which the false tooth is attached. It will take a while for the gum to adjust and grow around the post. After this has finished, your dentist will be able to adhere to the false tooth.
 

Caring for your implants

Brushing regularly and taking care to avoid extreme temperatures ensures that your installation lasts a long time. Patients should also make sure that they do not consume hard, sticky, or otherwise challenging foods.
 

Benefits of implants

  • Implants are a great way to restore the smile because you can also make use of other dental techniques, like bridges and crowns, to improve the appearance of your teeth.
     
  • Dental implants can restore one or several teeth at a time, without needing the teeth to be nearby.
     
  • While dentures can sometimes be slightly uncomfortable, dental implants do not pinch your gums. Implants end up feeling more natural and less painful to use.
     
  • Additionally, implants help to keep the integrity of the jawbone and the muscles of the face. Patients' confidence in their smile returns and they can resume usual activities like chewing, biting, and speaking.
     

Patients in Finksburg, MD, need to look no further to find trained staff who can assist with restoring dental implants. To schedule an appointment for an exam, contact Finksburg Dental Associates at (410) 861-8900 today.

By Finksburg Dental Associates
July 09, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Invisalign  

What Invisalign Can Do for You

Do you want an even smile but worry about the embarrassment of wearing metal braces? There’s no need to worry any longer, Invisalign is a clear and flexible teeth alignment solution that is virtually invisible, so no one will even know that you’re wearing braces. Dr. Jan Katzen, Dr. Lisa Patel, and Dr. So Jung are dentists at Finksburg Dental Associates in Finksburg, MD. They will be happy to discuss how Invisalign can help you attain a beautiful, straight smile.

How Invisalign Works

For Finksburg residents who don’t want the look and feel of metal braces, or the long time they take to straighten their teeth, Invisalign is the perfect solution. Compared to traditional braces, Invisalign will give you even teeth without compromising your smile during the treatment.

You can remove Invisalign trays before you eat, brush, or floss, so you don’t have to worry about food particles becoming trapped between the aligners and your teeth, and you can keep up with your normal oral hygiene routine.

Will Invisalign Work for Me?

If you have any of the following dental issues, you may be a good candidate for Invisalign:

  • Small gaps between your teeth
  • Minor tooth overcrowding
  • Minor tooth overlapping

Invisalign is suitable for teen and adult patients.

At Finksburg Dental Associates, we believe that the key to successful treatment with Invisalign depends on a highly-skilled dentist developing the right treatment plan for your needs. This is why our team takes the time to create a custom treatment plan from your initial visit to the final outcome. Once your treatment plan is approved, you’ll be ready to commence your Invisalign treatment.

If you’re looking for a family dentist in Finksburg, MD and you would like to find out more about Invisalign orthodontics, call Finksburg Dental Associates on (410) 861-8900.

By Finksburg Dental Associates
May 22, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

Are your gums sensitive? Do they bleed while brushing and flossing? You could be suffering from gum disease. Dr. Jan Katzen, Dr. Lisa Patel, or Dr. So Jung of Finksburg Dental Associates in Finksburg, MD, provide patients with the necessary care to prevent gum disease.

More About Gum Disease

Gum disease (gingivitis) is a medical condition caused by long-term exposure to plaque, sticky colorless film on teeth, that forms when someone doesn't brush and floss consistently, and/or not having your teeth professionally cleaned. Plaque forms after eating or sleeping and if teeth aren't cleaned, plaque turns to tartar.

Gum disease originates in gums because of harmful bacteria left behind from eating. People experience chronic bad breath, tender or painful swollen gums and minor bleeding after brushing or flossing. If you aren't keeping an eye out for your oral health, gingivitis can go unnoticed and eventually cause gums to separate from teeth. This creates more gaps for further infection and decay.

If you don't take care of this problem as soon as possible, you may suffer from tooth loss, abscesses, bone loss or periodontitis.

What is periodontitis?

Put simply, it is untreated gingivitis. Plaque spreads below the gum line and toxins produced by bacteria irritate and stimulates a chronic inflammatory response. Your Finksburg dentist may even find pockets of bacteria between teeth and as the disease progresses, the pockets deepen and destroy bone.

How to prevent and treat gum disease?

Preventative measures include a healthy oral regimen and regular visits to your dentist. In the case that you do get gum disease, your dentist may treat your gum disease using a technique called root planing. This is when your dentist cleans your tooth by scraping below the gum line to smooth the roots. Gums should be able to reattach themselves to the tooth.

Do you need more information?

Root scaling isn't the only procedure available to treat gum disease and if you'd like to learn more, you should contact your dentist. Dr. Jan Katzen, Dr. Lisa Patel, or Dr. So Jung of Finksburg Dental Associates in Finksburg, MD, are here to help. So, call the office at 410-861-8900 today.

Keeping You Safe 

 

We have exciting news! Finksburg Dental will be open now for elective procedures starting Monday, May 11th.

We want to reassure you that we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our patients, providers and team members. It is important not to put your oral healthcare needs on hold during this time as neglect could lead to more severe problems in the future. We also have telemedicine options if you prefer a consultation with our doctors from home.

We have implemented rigorous measures and infection control protocols in the office to ensure your safety, including the following:

  • PPE will be worn by all of our providers, including N95 masks, gowns, face shields, and hair covers; masks will be worn by all other team members
  • Office and treatment rooms will be sanitized between appointments and constantly throughout the day
  • Team members and patients’ temperature will be taken before entering the building
  • To reduce face to face interaction, insurance and financial related inquiries, medical history and a COVID 19 screening will be handled before your visit
  • Please call our office if you have an upcoming appointment and are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, or chills
  • Patients will call the office upon arrival and wait in their cars until their appointment time
  • Patients are required to wear a mask upon entering the building
  • Adults accompanying other adults must wait in their car unless their assistance is medically necessary
  • Children under 18 may be accompanied by one parental guardian
  • Please remain 6 feet from any other patient while you are in building and follow social distance markings
  • A peroxyl rinse will be done before every appointment to reduce bacterial and viral counts in the mouth

If you have an appointment that was cancelled, we will be giving you a call this week to reschedule. If you would like to schedule a routine or elective procedure or if you have a dental emergency, please give our office a call at 410-861-8900 so we can get you scheduled. We will help guide you through your appointment and ensure your safety as well as ours. We may look a little different the next time we see you, but we assure you we are still smiling under our masks! We look forward to seeing you!





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