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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.

By Finksburg Dental Associates
March 27, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Care  

Lots of parents have a difficult time gauging their kids’ dental care needs, and this is especially true for parents of younger children. They’re aware that they should prevent cavities and other dental problems, however, they’re not always sure of how they can effectively do so. Besides routine visits with one of our family dentists, Dr. Jan Katzen, Dr. Lisa Patel, or Dr. So Jung here at Finksburg Dental Associates in Finksburg, MD, here are some top tips that you can try to teach your kids proper dental habits.

Show The Kids How It’s Done

The most effective way to teach kids is by setting an example, so at an early age, you should let your kids see you brushing and flossing your teeth. You could even let them help you with brushing or make them pretend to brush their toys’ teeth. In addition, you can scour the Internet for videos of kids or cartoon characters brushing their teeth.

Make Dental Care Fun and High Tech

Kids love having fun and all kinds of high tech stuff, so why not leverage all of that? Yes, we’re talking about the electric toothbrush. This very handy tool will help make brushing fun, easy, fast, and more efficient. Other things to consider include using water flossers instead of standard dental floss, playing games while brushing, or adding a cute faucet fountain to the tap to help make rinsing more enjoyable. For older children, you could also teach them to set an alarm that will go off when it’s time to brush their teeth and a timer set to beep every 30 seconds letting know that it’s time to brush the next portion of their mouth.

Make Sure That They Clean Their Mouth Gently But Thoroughly

Ensure that your kids know that brushing harder will do more harm than good. Teach them the right amount of pressure and to gently brush in circular motions on all chewing surfaces and along their gum line. Follow up with flossing even if they don’t really need to yet so they can become accustomed to the sensation as early as possible.

Go to The Dentist As Early As Possible

Familiarize your children with your family dentists' office in Finksburg, MD, so that they’ll become accustomed to going there every six months for cleaning and checkups. Explain to them why you are there and what’s going to happen so they don’t become blindsided and feel scared in the office.

Concerned About Your Children’s Dental Health? Give Us a Call.

Reach out to us here at Finksburg Dental Associates in Finksburg, MD, to arrange your appointment with one of our family dentists Dr. Jan Katzen, Dr. Lisa Patel, or Dr. So Jung. Dial (410) 861-8900 for more information.