Our Dental Blog
By Finksburg Dental Associates
October 14, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

Permanent teeth by their definition are not meant to fall out. However, poor oral hygiene, disease, trauma, and tooth decay can make you lose your teeth. Losing your permanent teeth is a dental emergency needing the attention of your same-day emergency dentists in Finksburg, MD, Dr. Jan Katzen, Dr. Lisa Patel, and Dr. So Jung of Finksburg Dental Associates.

What to Do If You Lose a Permanent Tooth

Losing your permanent teeth is a major dental emergency but following the right steps can save the tooth and your smile. Here's what you need to do:

  • Find the Tooth - The first step to restoring your missing tooth is finding the tooth. You can get friends to help in your search if finding the tooth turns out to be difficult. When you find the missing tooth, don't touch the root but pick it up by the crown. The tooth root contains sensitive structures that will help your dentist reattach it.
  • Stop the Bleeding - After your tooth falls out, your gums may start bleeding profusely. Place some dry cotton balls in the bleeding tooth socket and apply pressure. The cotton balls will soak up the blood, and the pressure will help stop the bleeding. If the cotton balls get filled with blood, you can change to a fresh one and continue applying pressure. Rinsing your mouth in between cotton ball changes is crucial.
  • Rinse the Tooth - Clean water will remove dirt particles on your tooth. However, don't brush or scrape the tooth as that can damage sensitive tooth structures necessary for reattachment.
  • Put the Tooth Back - After you've cleaned your tooth and stopped the bleeding, you can put it back into the hollow socket. Putting the tooth back in its socket will help protect its delicate structures. You can stabilize the tooth by placing gauze over it and biting down on the gauze. This will help keep it in place till your dentist attends to you.
  • Preserve in Milk - If your tooth is having trouble staying in your socket, you need to preserve it to prevent drying. Put it in milk until your dental appointment.
  • See Your Dentist - Schedule an appointment with your same-day emergency dentist in Finksburg, MD, for possible reattachment. The window for tooth reattachment is narrow, so you need to get to your dentist's office as soon as possible. If reattachment is not possible, your dentist will suggest other tooth restorations.

If you just lost your permanent tooth or have other dental emergencies, call your same-day emergency dentists in Finksburg, MD, Dr. Katzen, Dr. Patel, and Dr. Jung of Finksburg Dental Associates, by dialing 410-861-8900.

By Finksburg Dental Associates
August 17, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

Although dental crowns are strong and can last for many years, some signs indicate you need a dental crown replacement. To learn more about dental crowns and other implant restorations in Finksburg, MD, visit your dentists at Finksburg Dental Associates.

When should you replace your dental crown?

Sometimes, it is clear that your dental crown needs a replacement. That is seen when the dental crown falls out completely. But in some cases, the patient doesn't notice that their dental crown is damaged and needs a replacement.

That is why you must maintain regular dental visits and checkups to help your dentist find any teeth problem and treat it immediately before it becomes worse. Below are signs that you need a dental crown replacement:

  • Having an old dental crown: the life span of dental crowns is about fifteen years. This period depends on your commitment to daily dental care and regular dental visits. If you have been using the same dental crown for more than ten years, then it’s preferred to replace it before problems start appearing. Consult your dentist about the implant restorations in Finksburg, MD, as they know more about them and their problems.
  • Suffering from a failing dental crown: some patients need to replace their crowns every five years or less. These patients are probably grinding their teeth or biting hard objects all the time.
  • Suffering from pain and swelling in the area that is surrounding the crown: this is an alarming sign that you need an immediate crown replacement. Having pain or swelling around the crown may indicate that the dental crown is old, broken, or placed in the wrong way. Talk to your dentist to find out why your dental crown is causing these problems.
  • Suffering from receding gums: this is a common complication of damaged dental crowns. Gums receding will expose the tooth roots to the surrounding environment, making them sensitive and painful. A receding gum line may indicate that your dental crown is placed improperly or you haven't been maintaining proper dental hygiene practices.

Contact us

If you are looking for implant restoration treatments in Finksburg, MD, contact our qualified dentists of Finksburg Dental Associates. Call us at (410) 861-8900 and book your appointment now!

By Finksburg Dental Associates
July 12, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry  

Cosmetic dentistry can completely transform your smile into the one you’ve always wanted. There is a wide range of services for addressing many different cosmetic concerns, from a chipped tooth to a dull smile. Dr. Jan Katzen, Dr. Lisa Patel, and Dr. So Jung, the experienced dentists at Finksburg Dental Associates in Finksburg, MD, offer several cosmetic dentistry services to help you achieve the smile you desire.

Issues Cosmetic Dentistry Can Address

Cosmetic issues, such as chipped, stained, or crooked teeth, can cause people to hide their smiles. Cosmetic dentistry can give you the confidence to flash those pearly whites by giving you a smile makeover. Some of the issues we can address with cosmetic dentistry at our Finksburg dental practice include:

  • Crooked teeth
  • A dull or stained smile
  • A chipped or cracked tooth
  • Crooked or misshapen teeth
  • Excess spacing or gaps between teeth
  • Crowded or overlapping teeth
  • Gummy smiles

Cosmetic Dentistry Services

Numerous cosmetic dentistry treatments and procedures exist for helping you achieve the smile of your dreams. Our knowledgeable dentists can recommend specific services for creating the smile you desire. For tooth restorations, such as dental crowns, we use digital impressions to create a computer-generated 3D model of your teeth that is then used to fabricate the custom restoration. Digital impressions are the quickest and most accurate way to create the impressions needed for custom tooth restorations.

At our general and cosmetic dental office in Finksburg, some of the cosmetic dentistry services we offer include:

Teeth Whitening: A high concentration bleaching agent is used to quickly and safely brighten dull teeth and eliminate stains or discolorations.

Dental Crowns: Hollow tooth-like caps placed over teeth with cosmetic issues to create a more pleasing appearance. Dental crowns can transform the look of teeth that are crooked, oddly shaped, stained, or have other cosmetic imperfections.

Veneers: Thin laminates permanently affixed to the front of teeth with cosmetic issues, such as discolorations, crackers, or chips. Veneers give these teeth a flawless new look.

Bonding: A method for repairing broken, cracked, or chipped teeth. A tooth-colored resin material is applied to the affected area. As the resin cures, it becomes permanently bonded to the tooth. Bonding can also be used to cover stains and discolorations or close small gaps between teeth.

Contouring and Reshaping: A procedure for reshaping teeth that are crooked, misshapen, crowded, or overlapping. A small amount of enamel is carefully removed from the tooth to reshape it and give it a more pleasing appearance.

Cosmetic dentistry can dramatically improve your smile by addressing a wide range of issues. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Katzen, Dr. Patel, or Dr. Jung to learn more about making over your smile with cosmetic dentistry by calling Finksburg Dental Associates in Finksburg, MD, at (410) 861-8900.

By Finksburg Dental Associates
April 15, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Tooth Pain  

Do you know why your tooth hurts? Your Finksburg, MD, same-day emergency dentists, Dr. Jan Katzen, Dr. Lisa Patel, and Dr. So Jung of Finksburg Dental Associates can determine the cause of your tooth pain and offer helpful treatments.

5 common causes of tooth pain

Tooth pain has a variety of causes. Fortunately, a visit to the Finksburg, MD, dental office can help you determine exactly why your tooth hurts. Common tooth pain causes include:

  • Tooth Decay: Pain in your tooth may be caused by a cavity. Usually, pain isn't a problem until a cavity is fairly large. Regular checkups and cleanings, in addition to good oral hygiene, can help you reduce your cavity risk. If you have a cavity, your dentist will replace the decayed part of your tooth with a filling.
  • Pulp Infection or Inflammation: Inflammation or infection deep inside your tooth may also cause tooth pain. If you have a fever, facial swelling, lymph node swelling, or pus on your gum, in addition to severe pain, you may have an abscess. The bacterial infection requires emergency medical treatment to prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of your body. Inflammation or infection is treated with root canal therapy, a procedure that involves removing your tooth pulp and replacing it with a rubber-based filling.
  • Gum Disease: A problem with your gums may actually be the source of your tooth pain. When your gums are inflamed and tender, chewing may cause pain that seems to come from your teeth. If you have gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease, you may only need a thorough dental cleaning and better oral hygiene to relieve your pain and eliminate the disease. More advanced gum disease may require deep cleanings, surgery to reattach the gums to the teeth, or bone or tissue grafts.
  • Sinus Infection: Do you have a headache and sinus pressure in addition to tooth pain? A sinus infection may be to blame for your toothache. The roots of your upper teeth are very close to your sinuses. Inflammation in your sinuses can trigger pain that feels very much like a toothache. Treating your sinus infection will end your pain.
  • Tooth Sensitivity: Sensitive teeth tend to ache after eating or drinking hot, cold, or sugary foods and beverages. Receding gums due to gum disease, cracks in teeth, or thinning enamel that exposes the more sensitive dentin layer of the teeth may be the cause of the pain. Treating gum disease, covering a cracked tooth with a dental crown or bonding, or applying a desensitizing agent to a sensitive tooth can be helpful.

Does your tooth hurt? Call your same-day emergency dentists in Finksburg, MD, Dr. Katzen, Dr. Patel, and Dr. Jung of Finksburg Dental Associates, at (410) 861-8900 to schedule your appointment.

By Finksburg Dental Associates
January 22, 2021
Category: Family Dentistry

Who Needs a Family Dentist? Everyone! The team at Finksburg Dental Center in Finksburg, MD, understands that getting a dentist for the whole family is a great way to maintain the dental health of everyone in your household. Check out some of the benefits for yourself:

Dental Decay

Going to the dentist twice a year is sure to stay on top of any cavities that may try to form in-between visits. Your dentist will be able to give you advice on how to keep your healthiest smile with x-ray exams, referrals to orthodontists, and visual inspection of the teeth.

A Consistent Presence

If you have any questions or concerns, having a family dentist is a boon because your dentist will have a stronger relationship with your loved ones. A youth that is fearful of the dentist may breathe easier with a dentist that they know and trust.

Keep up good habits

Having your dentist clean your teeth in this way allows you to have sound oral health at home. Brushing and flossing twice a day, avoiding tobacco and sticky foods in-between visits are healthy habits that help maintain a great smile.

Checking for Overall Health

You should check your mouth for anything that may seem out of the ordinary daily. This can include lesions, marks, sores, or anything that may seem like a cause for concern. During your checkup - your family dentist will be able to suggest if there is anything serious or any changes from the last checkup.

Achieving A Polished Smile

Your dentist will brush your teeth with a polishing toothpaste that is effective at getting stubborn calculus and another buildup that may be between your teeth. Afterward, you may receive a fluoride treatment, if necessary.

Finding a compassionate, professional, board-certified dentist for your family in Finksburg, MD, shouldn’t be a hassle. Contact us at 410-861-8900 to schedule an appointment. See you soon!


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