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EMERGENCIES ARE SO MUCH easier to deal with if we’ve prepared for them in advance, and that includes dental emergencies. You might be wondering what you can do to prepare for something like an unexpected tooth injury or dental health issue. It’s true that a dental emergency isn’t quite the same as a food shortage or a flat tire, but we can still make plans for what to do.

If A Baby Tooth Gets Knocked Out…

Call the dentist right away if your child loses a baby tooth in an accident, especially if it wasn’t loose beforehand. In most cases, we won’t put the tooth back in because it could create problems for the incoming permanent tooth. Since that tooth will be replaced eventually anyway, this might not seem like a big deal, but there may be other, less obvious damage.

If A Tooth Gets Broken…

In the event of a cracked, chipped, or broken tooth, get straight to a dentist. The sooner treatment happens, the better. What you can do beforehand is find the broken tooth fragments and place them in cold milk to preserve them. You can also rinse your mouth out with water.

Never ignore a crack or chip, because if the damage is deep enough to expose the dental pulp, the tooth is in danger of infection, which can lead to the death of the pulp, a painful dental abscess, bone loss, and worse.

If An Adult Tooth Gets Knocked Out…

If an entire permanent tooth is knocked out, get to the dentist as fast as you safely can, because the clock is ticking on the fate of that tooth. If the dentist sees you within an hour of the accident, the tooth can usually be saved. You can improve the tooth’s chances by putting it back in the socket and holding it in place with clean gauze or a washcloth. If it won’t go back in, storing it in cold milk will also help.

Do NOT handle a knocked out tooth by the root. Do NOT let it dry out. Do NOT scrub it clean or use any soap, alcohol, or peroxide on this. Doing any of these things will kill the root, and then it will be much harder or even impossible to successfully replant.

It’s too bad we can’t just regrow adult teeth, isn’t it?

We’re Ready To Help In Case Of Emergencies!

In addition to being familiar with common types of dental emergencies, it’s essential to know where you’re going to go for help! Our practice is ready to help any patient with an unexpected dental problem. We hope that you’ll never need to use this information and that the only time we’ll see you will be for regular appointments, but it’s always good to be prepared!

You can rely on our practice!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

By Finksburg Dental Associates
August 22, 2019
Category: General Dentistry
Tags: Family Dentist  

Need a dentist for your whole family? A family dentist can meet all of your whole family's needs at one location. Family dentists treat family-dentistrypatients of all ages. Led by Dr. Jan Katzen, Dr. Leland Aiken, and Dr. Lisa Patel, Finksburg Dental Associates (located in Finksburg, MD) offers a full range of top-quality dental services. Read on to explore the benefits of having a family dentist.

Education and Training

Family dentists have received the education and training needed to treat individuals of all ages. All practicing family dentists have earned a dental degree and completed four years of an undergraduate program plus four years of dental school. In all states, dental practitioners are required to hold licensure to practice dentistry. Licensed dental practitioners are also required to meet continuing education requirements to retain their licenses.

A Wide Range of Services

Family dentists provide oral care to their patients. These practitioners offer a big menu of dental services under one roof. Family dentists diagnose and treat dental problems and help patients develop better dental hygiene regimens. They clean teeth, fill cavities, perform oral surgery and extractions, and perform other duties to ensure their patients have healthy smiles. Many offices even offer cosmetic dentistry procedures to the patients they serve.

Have an Emergency Go-To

A dental emergency is a dental problem that requires timely attention from a dentist. Family dentists will provide emergency services when needed. Kids are vulnerable to dental emergencies, expecially if they enoy playing outside or participate in sports. In case of an emergency, it's reassuring to know you can receive prompt treatment from the local office you trust.

One-Stop-Shop Dentistry

One-stop-shop dental offices have become very popular in the United States. With the hectic pace of our busy lifestyles, we all look for ways to make our lives simple and save time. A trip to a family dentist in your area can mean fewer dental visits. You will save a significant amount of time each year by having your entire family's oral healthcare care needs met in one location.

Family-Friendly Atmosphere

Family dental care providers design their offices with the needs of you and your kids in mind. It's important that you and your children feel comfortable when visiting the dentist. If you have kids, search for a dental office that has a comfortable, kid-friendly atmosphere with a staff that is caring and works well with kids.

A Lifetime of Dental Care

A family dentist will ensure your children have a healthy smile for a lifetime. Pediatric dental care providers specialize in the oral health of children, from infants and toddlers to teenagers. After that time, your children will need to search for another dentist. A family dental care provider can treat your children throughout their entire lives.

To keep your family's oral health on track, call Finksburg Dental Associates at (410) 861-8900 today to schedule a dental appointment in Finksburg, MD. Regular visits to a family dentist will get you and your whole family on the road to good oral health. Remember, a healthy smile is a beautiful smile!

By Finksburg Dental Associates
August 22, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Bonding, whitening, contouring and more. There are so many cosmetic dentistry procedures, how can you know what's right for your bright cosmetic smilesmile? At Finksburg Dental Associates, your team of four dentists and their dedicated team craft healthy and spectacular smiles. Together, you'll arrive at the best possible treatment plan.

 

Think, discuss, plan

At Finksburg Dental Associates, cosmetic dentistry changes smiles and lives. But, to have that happen, you and your dentist must think about what changes you wish to make and how they'll happen.

For instance, you and your dentist will discuss things such as:

  • Tooth color, shape, size, and alignment
  • Specific defects such as cracks, craze lines, and chips
  • Gum tissue (some people have too much or too little)
  • Dental bite

Also, you'll undergo a complete exam, X-rays, photos and special imaging. With this information in hand, your dentist will outline a care plan, along with its timeline and costs. You can choose what services to do--one, some or all--and what will fit your budget and schedule.

 

What could your plan include?

Of course, it all depends on patient need and preference and what's actually possible. Common treatments include:

  1. Professional teeth whitening, an in-office or at-home service which bleaches deep enamel stains safely
  2. Enamel contouring, a gentle sanding and shaping to minimize small flaws, even out tooth length and change shape
  3. Composite resin bonding adds a mixture of plastic and glass to repair larger defects and restore tooth decay for a natural-looking and durable finish
  4. Porcelain veneers, customized ceramic laminates which disguise the front of teeth which have chips, cracks, gaps, and more
  5. Porcelain crowns, or caps, which shore up teeth harmed by deep decay, injury, or abscess (they also cover dental implants and support bridgework)
  6. Tooth replacements, such as dental implants, bridges, and dentures, to fill smile gaps and fully restore oral function and personal appearance
  7. Invisalign clear aligners, the quickest, most comfortable, and most discreet way to straighten teeth and correct dental bite (appropriate for older teenagers and adults)

 

It's up to you

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says research shows your smile is a highly personal and valuable asset. So, why not make the changes you desire so you can smile with confidence? At Finksburg Dental Associates, the professional team is ready to help you achieve your aesthetic goals and keep your smile healthy, too. Call today for a one-on-one consultation with one of our wonderful dentists in Finksburg, MD, at (410) 861-8900.

By Finksburg Dental Associates
April 24, 2019
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: Invisalign  

Your dentists at Finksburg Dental Associates can help you straighten your smile so you look your best and have great oral health. In their Invisalign Finksburg office, they offer Invisalign, the clear acrylic aligners which fix smile misalignments and spacing problems without the discomforts traditional braces cause. Let Dr. Leland Aiken, Dr. Jan Katzen, and Dr. Lisa Patel show you how Invisalign can help your smile.

Absolutely discreet

Instead of metal or ceramic wires and brackets, Finksburg Dental Associates uses three-dimensional iTero scans to create 18 to 30 crystal clear Invisalign appliances. These removable aligners fit your teeth perfectly and exert steady forces to shift teeth into better positions.

Worn 20 to 22 hours per day, and changed to a new pair every two weeks, Invisalign aligners are very thin and practically invisible. They do their work quickly and comfortably with customized treatment plans lasting about one year on average. You can continue to enjoy your usual healthy diet without restriction, and your appliances will not irritate your gums or lips as conventional braces can. Plus, you remove them to eat, brush and floss. Nothing could be easier.

Will Invisalign work for you7

Your dentist at Finksburg Dental Associates will qualify you with an oral exam, X-rays, and specialized imaging using the iTero Scanner. The information from this evaluation allows the dentist and the Invisalign lab to create your aligners. 

Invisalign treats many orthodontic problems such as overbite, underbite, crossbite, openbite, overbite, gaps, overcrowding, tooth tipping, tooth rotation, orthodontic relapse, protruding front teeth, and more. Very complex cases, however, need treatment with traditional metal braces. Additionally, children cannot use Invisalign because their jaws have not finished developing and their adult teeth have not fully erupted.

Find out more

As a teen or adult, you want the great health and self-confidence a great smile gives. So, why not pursue treatment with Invisalign aligners? Contact Finksburg Dental Associates in Finksburg, MD, for a consultation.  

By Finksburg Dental Associates
January 08, 2019
Category: General Dentistry
Tags: Dental Blog  

Welcome to the Blog of Finksburg Dental Associates

Whether you are an existing patient or searching for an experienced, specialized dentist in the Finksburg, MD area, we’re excited you are here.

 

With the industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in the dental practice.

As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote dental awareness as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle.

Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including dental news, advancements in the field’s technology and treatments, practical oral health advice and updates from our practice.

 

We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your best dental health.

 

As always, feel free to contact our office with any dental questions or concerns.

-- Finksburg Dental Associates





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