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By MEHR TUCKER, DDS, LLC
August 01, 2019

It's estimated that almost half of the adult population in the United States has some degree of gum disease. However, gumdiseasejust because it's a common issue doesn't mean it's normal, and if you're in Rockville, MD, Dr. Mehr Tucker wants to help change those odds! She's a dentist who has received special training in the field of gum-related issues, called periodontics, and she's provided some information to her patients who are concerned that they might be have gum disease.

 

How does periodontal disease happen?

The bacteria-filled plaque that builds up on your teeth and causes cavities also causes problems for your gums. That's because the acid that forms from the bacteria interacting with starchy food particles creates an acid that breaks down the structure of the gum tissue, leading to gum disease. There are two levels of periodontal disease that your Rockville, MD, dentist will diagnose: gingivitis is the milder form that only affects the gum tissue, while periodontitis is more advanced and includes damage to the bone that holds the teeth in place.

 

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

Healthy gum tissue is a medium pink color and lays flat against the teeth. If you have periodontal disease, your gums will typically appear red and swollen due to inflammation. They may also bleed easily when you brush or floss. Many people that are in the beginning stages of periodontitis (the more serious form of gum disease) begin to feel tooth sensitivity as the gums recede and the roots of the tooth are exposed to the air. You may even lose teeth if the bone has become damaged enough.

 

Can periodontal disease be fixed?

The good news is that periodontal disease is a treatable condition. However, it's more easily treated in its early stages. The teeth can be cleaned behind the edges of the gums in a procedure called root planing, and antibiotic rinses and medications can help discourage the growth of bacteria. For more severe periodontitis, gum tissue can be grafted onto areas where it has receded, and bone grafts can restore the damaged bone to allow for restoration options like implants. The most important thing you can do to prevent gum disease is to stay current on checkups with your Rockville dentist.

If you're concerned about periodontal disease, contact your dentist in Rockville, MD, Dr. Mehr Tucker, to make an appointment today. Call (301) 963-8900 or email at office@sfaa.dentist.

By Mehr Tucker, DDS, LLC
May 22, 2019
Category: Dental Diseases
Tags: Gingivitis  

Treatments for Gingivitis

Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that causes inflammation of the gums. While it is treatable by dental gumdiseaseprofessionals, if left untreated, gingivitis can progress to advanced gum disease, also called periodontitis. Luckily, here at Smiles for All Ages in Rockville, MD, your dentist, Dr. Mehr Tucker, offers treatments that can rid your mouth of gingivitis. Read on to learn more!

 

Good Oral Hygiene

The best way to treat gingivitis is to practice good oral hygiene, for the condition can usually be reversed with regular flossing and brushing, combined with professional dental cleanings by a dentist. Adding mouthwashes that have antibacterial properties to your routine can also help you fight gingivitis. Additionally, some dentists recommend special toothbrushes, which may be a more effective method of removing plaque than standard toothbrushes.

 

Dental Restorations

Your treatment plan may include alterations to any existing tooth restorations. Crooked teeth, poorly fitting dental bridges, crowns, or other tooth restorations may irritate your gums and make it difficult to remove dental plaque during daily oral care. If problems with your teeth or tooth restorations contribute to your gum disease, your dental provider may recommend fixing these issues.

 

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing, also known as deep cleaning, is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease before it becomes severe. Your cleaning will include removing all traces of dental plaque and tartar deposits from your teeth and root surfaces. Scaling and root planing help to reduce the pockets that develop between your teeth and gums and heal gum tissue. As long as you continue good oral hygiene at home, gingivitis usually clears up after a deep cleaning.

 

Antimicrobials/Antibiotics

Antimicrobial therapy is the use of chemicals to slow down or destroy the growth of bacteria that cause gum disease. The two most common forms of this therapy are antibiotics and antiseptics. Antibiotics are taken by mouth or placed under the gums to treat gingivitis. Antiseptics are found in mouth rinses. Antiseptics show potential for treating gingivitis. In addition, a toothpaste that contains an antibiotic, fluoride, and triclosan is often recommended

 

Need oral care? Give us a call!

If you think that you may have gingivitis, don't delay—call Smiles for All Ages at 301-963-8900 today to schedule a dental consultation in Rockville, MD!

By MEHR TUCKER, DDS, LLC
April 01, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   dental bridges  

Crowns and bridges can do much for you and your smile. When used in conjunction with one another, crowns and dental crownsbridges can do more than just restore your smile by replacing missing teeth. When teeth are missing, several side effects can occur, such as loss of support for facial muscles. By filling in the gaps from missing teeth, crowns and bridges can address many of the concerns associated with having teeth missing, such as providing support for sagging facial muscles. Dr. Mehr Tucker is your dentist for crowns and bridges in Rockville, MD.

How Crowns and Bridges Work

Dental crowns are caps placed over weak or damaged teeth to strengthen and protect them, as well as to restore normal tooth functioning. Dental bridges contain artificial teeth, called pontics, that fill in the gaps where natural teeth are missing. Dental bridges essentially “bridge” the gaps between the remaining natural teeth.

Crowns can be used in conjunction with a dental bridge to hold it securely in place. In such cases, there is a crown on each end of the bridge with pontics in between the two crowns. The crowns fit over the natural teeth on either side of the gap to anchor the bridge in place. Once the crowns have been placed over the corresponding teeth and the bridge is in place, the pontics fill in the gap and your smile is restored.

Benefits of Crowns and Bridges

There are many benefits to filling in the gaps where teeth are missing with crowns and bridges. As mentioned, missing teeth mean there is less support for facial muscles, which can result in drooping and sagging. Using a bridge with crowns to fill in the gaps and replace missing teeth helps support the facial muscles and restore the natural shape of the face. Filling in the gaps where teeth are missing can also improve speech by correcting the placement of the tongue, which can be altered by the gaps.

Additional benefits of crowns and bridges include restoration of biting and chewing functions, as well as reducing wear and tear on the natural teeth. Without a full set of teeth, the remaining teeth must compensate for those that are missing and take on the extra work of biting and chewing food, which can result in additional strain and wear and tear on those remaining teeth. Replacing missing teeth with crowns and bridges can address these concerns. Your dentist for crowns and bridges in Rockville can determine if a bridge with crowns would work for you.

Crowns and bridges can do many things for you, not the least of which is restoring your smile. For crowns and bridges in Rockville, MD, schedule an appointment with Dr. Tucker by calling the dental office at (301) 963-8900 or email at office@sfaa.dentist.

By MEHR TUCKER, DDS, LLC
March 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Same-Day Crowns  

Find out everything you need to know about getting your dental crown on the same day.

Need to get a dental crown? If so, Dr. Mehr Tucker of our Rockville, MD, dental practice could give you a new restoration dental crownsin just one appointment thanks to CEREC crowns. Read on to get all of your questions answered regarding same-day crowns and to find out if they are right for you.

 

What are same-day crowns?

Same-day crowns look identical to regular crowns (i.e. the tooth-shaped cap that is designed to cover a damaged or weakened tooth). In fact, same-day crowns are the same as traditional crowns, the only difference is that this crown can be designed, made, and placed by our Rockville, MD, dentist in just one visit instead of 2-to-3 different appointments.

 

What are the steps involved in getting a CEREC crown?

If you’re interested in getting same-day crowns, you probably want to know what’s involved in getting them. Here are the steps,

  1. Tooth preparation: Before you can get a crown, we will need to file down part of the tooth in order to make room for the restoration. The area around the tooth will be numbed beforehand.
  2. Measurements: Once the tooth has been prepped, we will take digital impressions of your mouth. These will provide precise measurements of your tooth from which we can create a perfectly fitted crown.
  3. Design: Next, we will use special CAD software to design your crown based on measurements provided by the digital images.
  4. Fabrication: We will then choose the ceramic or porcelain block that most closely matches the color of your tooth. We place this block in the milling station, which will chisel out your new restoration while you wait.
  5. Bonding: Now the crown is ready to be fitted to the tooth. We will check to make sure that the crown fits just right before finally cementing it permanently into place.

 

How long does it take to get a same-day crown?

It can take about two hours from tooth preparation to placing the crown, however, the crown only needs about 15 minutes to be made. With traditional crowns, you’d have to wait about two weeks.

 

How long will the crown last?

Same-day crowns can last up to five years or more, provided that you properly care for your new restoration. In addition to keeping your crown clean and avoiding bad habits that could fracture or crack the restoration, make sure that you are also visiting your dentist every six months for routine cleanings and exams.

 

Give us a call!

Are you interested in getting CEREC crowns in Rockville, MD? If so, call our office today at (301) 963-8900 to find out if this is the best approach for improving your smile.

By MEHR TUCKER, DDS, LLC
November 13, 2018
Tags: crowns   Damaged Teeth  

Same-Day CrownsWhen your days are jam-packed, it's not always easy to find time to squeeze in one dental appointment, let alone two. This can really complicate dental procedures such as crown replacement. However, thanks to innovative CAD/CAM technology, you can now receive a dental crown in just one visit! Rockville, MD, dentist Dr. Mehr Tucker offers same-day crown appointments that help you stick to your schedule.

What advantages do same-day crowns offer?

In addition to reducing the amount of time you spend in your Rockville dentist's office, same-day crowns offer these benefits:

  • The Latest Technology: Do you find impressions made with wet digital putty uncomfortable? You're not alone. Luckily, impressions for same-day crowns are made using digital scans. Once the scan is sent to the computer, your dentist uses CAD/CAM software to design your restoration.
  • No More Middleman: If you received a crown in the past, you probably waited two weeks or longer to receive your final restoration. This slowdown occurs because impressions must be sent to a busy dental laboratory that makes crowns for a number of different dental practices. In contrast, same-day crown technology allows for your crown to be fabricated on the spot. An in-office milling machine fashions your restoration out of a block of ceramic or porcelain in about an hour.
  • Elimination of Temporary Crowns: Temporary crowns were an important part of the crown process in the past. After your teeth were filed in preparation for your restoration, your dentist would fit you with a temporary crown. For the next two weeks, you would have to avoid hard or sticky foods to prevent dislodging or breaking of the crown. Luckily, same-day crowns have eliminated the need for this step. Now, your tooth will simply be reduced in size and fitted with a new crown during the same appointment.
  • No Long Waits to Correct Problems: Problems don't happen often, but when they do, you won't have to wait an additional two weeks to receive a crown. In fact, your dentist can make a few tweaks to the software and produce a new crown right away.
  • An Effective Alternative to Traditional Crowns: Same-day crowns are just as effective and durable as porcelain crowns, making them an excellent choice for all teeth.

Same-day crowns offer convenience without sacrificing quality or durability. Call Rockville, MD, dentist Dr. Mehr Tucker at (301) 963-8900 to schedule an appointment!





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