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By MEHR TUCKER, DDS, LLC
August 06, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Here are some things you should know about getting dental implants.

Are you on the hunt to learn more about dental implants? If so, our Rockville, MD, dentist Dr. Mehr Tucker can certainly answer any of your questions and provide you with the information you need to decide whether this is truly the best option for treating your tooth loss. Before taking the plunge, here’s some things you should know about dental implants,

Dental Implants Can Last for Life

Once your dental implant is complete you won’t have to worry about needing to replace it anytime soon...or perhaps, at all. A dental implant fuses together with the jawbone, making a permanent home within the bone and tissue. This means that you don’t have to worry about your implant moving around. As long as you maintain good oral hygiene your implant could last the rest of your life.

They Act Just Like Real Teeth

Looking for an artificial tooth that is as close to the real thing as possible? This is typically why so many people turn to our Rockville, MD, restorative dentist for dental implants. We understand that nothing is more important than a tooth or teeth that look and feel similar to natural teeth. You won’t find a better option than dental implants.

Dental Implants Can Improve Your Oral Health

Since a dental implant is made from artificial material this means that it won’t deal with decay. This means that you won’t ever have to worry about your implant developing a cavity. Plus, dental implants are a standalone restoration, which means they don’t require the support of natural surrounding teeth. Since the rest of your teeth aren’t altered or required to hold or stabilize your false teeth, this will also support a healthy smile for the long run.

Implants Preserve Your Jawbone

One pitfall of untreated tooth loss is that the jawbone can also deteriorate. In fact, in just the first year alone, the jawbone can lose a significant amount of its density and shape. This also affects the overall shape and appearance of the face, leading to sagging and pre-mature wrinkles; however, placing dental implants as soon as possible after tooth loss can prevent bone loss.

Implants are Easy to Care for

Another major benefit to dental implants is that you don’t have to provide them with special treatment or care. In fact, you can care for them just like you do the rest of your teeth. No need to use special products or tools; a simple soft-bristled toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste and floss is all you need. Make sure to brush twice a day and floss daily to promote good oral health. It’s that easy.

When it comes to getting dental implants the most important thing is to find a dentist here in Rockville, MD, who can provide you with trustworthy care from beginning to end. Dr. Tucker and her team specialize in providing cosmetic dentistry for patients of all ages at her technologically advanced but environmentally friendly office. To find out if dental implants are right for you call us at (301) 963-8900.

By MEHR TUCKER, DDS, LLC
April 10, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Care  

Now, more than ever, it’s important that you are properly caring for your smile.

With everything going on in the world it may be difficult to think about your oral care routine; however, this is actually the best time to think about it. Our Rockville, MD, dentist Dr. Mehr Tucker wants to help you and your family prevent unnecessary emergency dental situations at a moment when you have enough to worry about. Here are some simple everyday tips to follow to make sure you are keeping your smile healthy so you don’t wind up in the dentist’s chair,

Always brush and floss

As your Rockville, MD, family dentist has probably told you, how you care for your smile each and every day has the biggest impact on your smile’s long-term health. Brushing and flossing can remove plaque, as well as food and bacteria, to prevent decay and gum disease.

Make sure you are brushing at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes at a time. You should also floss daily to remove plaque and food from between teeth. These habits alone can be major contributors to a healthy, beautiful smile.

Limit snacking

While you’re home full time it may be challenging to avoid the kitchen. After all, that’s where all the yummy treats are; however, snacking all day long can increase plaque buildup, which also increases your risk for decay. Therefore, it’s best to limit snacks (two treats a day) and be mindful of your food choices. While snacking on cookies may sound like the ultimate comfort right now, opting for healthier options like hummus and raw veggies is a much safer choice for your teeth and gums.

Replace your toothbrush head

Chances are good it’s time to replace your toothbrush. If the bristles look worn and frayed this is a telltale sign that it needs to go. After all, a toothbrush head is only meant to last about three or four months. Just got over an illness? If so, you also need to replace your toothbrush head immediately. After all, just like everything else, toothbrush bristles can also harbor bacteria, and you don’t want to get sick again.

Wear sports guards

Are your kids about to go outside in the yard and kick a soccer ball around or play hockey? While it might seem like overkill, wearing sports guards will protect them against dental-related injuries. Just as they would wear these mouthguards if they were playing sports at school, they should wear them even if they are playing around in the backyard. This can prevent everyone from having to stress out about a knocked-out tooth or other dental emergency.

Dr. Tucker has been providing dental care to patients living in Rockville, MD, for 20 years. While our offices are no open right now due to the coronavirus, if you or a family member is dealing with a true dental emergency please give us a call right away at (301) 963-8900. Even during these times, it’s important that you have a dentist you can turn to when emergencies happen.

By MEHR TUCKER, DDS, LLC
February 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gingivitis  

Are your gums are healthy? This question speaks to the importance of periodontal health. At Dr. Mehr Tucker's office in Rockville, the dental team looks for signs of gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease. Detected early, gingivitis can be reversed. Learn more here.

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is an infection of the gum tissue. Also called gum disease, gingivitis stems from food residues at and below the gum line. Oral bacteria flourish in this environment, and when untreated, gingivitis progresses like an avalanche, becoming periodontitis.

Periodontitis is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the US, reports the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Symptoms of periodontitis include puffy, red, and tender gums, loose teeth, and deep gum pockets.

Treating gingivitis

In its earliest stages, gingivitis responds well to good brushing and flossing at home and a thorough cleaning at your dentist's office in Rockville. Your hygienist gently scrapes, or scales, your teeth, removing soft plaque and hard tartar, or calculus. In some cases, antibiotics are placed at the gum line.

For more extensive periodontal problems, Dr. Tucker may recommend a deeper cleaning and root planing. As needed, gums and even bone can be grafted to replace degraded tissue.

What should you do?

As with any dental issue, prevention is best. So, brush twice a day with a soft toothbrush for two minutes. Floss daily with the product of your choice to remove sticky plaque and prevent tartar formation.

Additionally, eat a high-fiber, low-carbohydrate diet. Consume plenty of water daily to increase saliva and its beneficial antimicrobial properties. Stop all tobacco, and limit alcohol. See Dr. Tucker every six months for a cleaning and check-up. If you are prone to gum problems, your dental team may schedule more frequent appointments.

Find out more

Arm yourself against gingivitis and its very dangerous cousin, periodontal disease. Keep your best oral hygiene habits, and come see Dr. Mehr Tucker in Rockville for your preventive care. Phone us for an appointment at (301) 963-8900.

By Mehr Tucker, DDS, LLC
January 27, 2020
Tags: porcelain veneers  

Looking for a cosmetic change in one or two teeth or for the best way to complete a smile makeover? Then, discover the benefits of porcelain veneers, or dental laminates. Super-thin, tooth-shaped pieces of fine ceramic, veneers disguise aesthetic defects without harming your teeth or making your gums sensitive. Placed by your dentist, Dr. Mehr Tucker, right at her Rockville, MD, office, veneers remake tooth color, shape and more.

It's a matter of confidence

Your smile tells friends, coworkers and family who you are--in other words, your smile mirrors your personality. However, if marred by stains, chips, mild alignment problems, unbalanced contours and length, your teeth are more of a liability than an asset. You can lose your self-esteem.

Steps in the veneer treatment

Customized to cover and strengthen the front of defective teeth, dental laminates bond directly to the existing tooth structure. Your dentist may recommend veneers singly or as part of a comprehensive cosmetic care plan when you meet with her at her office in Rockville, MD.

Dr. Tucker will perform an oral examination to rule out any health problems before addressing your cosmetic goals. Be sure to articulate those goals clearly so you can both agree to treatment which makes sense for you.

If veneers are the right choice, Dr. Tucker will begin your treatment with enamel reduction. She'll remove 1/2 millimeter of tooth structure to facilitate the placement and fit of your new veneers.

Also, oral impressions and detailed instructions accompany photos and X-rays to the dental lab. There, a technician creates each laminate one by one, coloring and shaping them to suit your smile. On your return visit, your dentist will bond the new veneers in place with a light-sensitive resin.

Benefits of porcelain veneers

  1. They are lifelike and complimentary to your smile and facial features.
  2. Veneers are durable and actually make natural tooth structure more resilient.
  3. They last for many years with consistent oral hygiene at home, in-office exams and cleanings and gentle treatment (No candy apples or peanut brittle, please!).
  4. Veneers require far less enamel removal than a crown. As such, they are a conservative--and very popular--aesthetic service.
  5. Veneers do not decay and rarely stain or cause lasting sensitivity issues.

A fantastic smile

Show one to the world when you get beautiful porcelain veneers from Dr. Mehr Tucker in Rockville, MD. Call today to arrange a consultation. Veneers combine state of the art design and materials with true artistry for outstanding results. Call (301) 963-8900.

By MEHR TUCKER, DDS, LLC
November 13, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

How a root canal from your dentist in Rockville, MD, can eliminate tooth pain

Have you been struggling with recurrent tooth pain? If so, there is a good chance that tooth decay may be to blame. Root-CanalFortunately, root canal therapy is available to help save both your tooth and your smile! Here at Dr. Mehr Tucker's office in Rockville, MD, we offer root canal treatment to eliminate tooth pain and give your tooth a second chance. Read on to learn more!

 

What root canal therapy can do for you

When you give your tooth a second chance, you are eliminating the need for expensive tooth replacement like dental appliances, dental bridgework, and dental implants. Instead, you are keeping your natural tooth in place, and thus maintaining full chewing function as well as your natural smile.

You may need a root canal because the innermost layer of your tooth, an area known as the pulp, has been damaged or bruised. The pulp is where the nerves and blood supply to your tooth are located. When the pulp is damaged, inflammation begins, leading to fluid buildup, pressure, and pain. You may also notice signs and symptoms such as:

  • Increased pain when you consume foods and beverages that are hot, cold, or sugary
  • Pain that continues even after a filling or dental crown is placed
  • Sharp, stabbing pain when you chew or bite down
  • A red or white bump that appears on your gums next to a tooth root
  • Drainage, including blood or pus, coming from the bump on your gums

Other times, you may not feel any pain or notice any symptoms but may still require a root canal. In these cases, the only way to know that a root canal is necessary is to visit our Rockville office.

 

Concerned? Give us a call

If you want to give your painful tooth a second chance, it’s time to think about root canal therapy. To learn more about how you can eliminate tooth pain with a root canal, call Dr. Mehr Tucker in Rockville, MD, today at (301) 963-8900





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