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Why are There White Spots on my Teeth?

November 9, 2015 in Dental Hygiene,Dentistry,General dentistry by mccarl_dental

There are many possible causes for white spots on teeth, but the most common is a condition known as hypomineralization, hypocalcification, or hypoplasia. Whatever word you hear a dentist use to describe the condition, it refers to the loss of minerals from tooth enamel, and it is quite common. If you have a few of these white spots or they are in highly visible locations on front teeth, contact McCarl Dental Group. Our skilled dental team provides a variety of treatment options to perfect your smile. Watch our informative video, and continue reading to find out more.

The True Consequences of Smokeless Tobacco

November 1, 2015 in Dentistry,General dentistry by mccarl_dental

Smokeless tobacco goes by many names: chew, snuff, dip, and snus. It has many forms: dry, moist, ground, powdered, shredded, leaf, and plug; but a smokeless tobacco by any other name is still tobacco. These products have a long history in the US of being marketed as enhancing athletic performance, helping people quit smoking, and as a non-addictive form of tobacco. The hard truth is that all of this is false. At McCarl Dental Group, we want our patients to know the true story behind the effects of smokeless tobacco on health: Ray’s story. Watch the video within this post to hear Ray’s oral cancer survival story.

Ray’s Story

Ray is a McCarl Dental Group patient who spent a year of his life undergoing combined chemotherapy and radiation to remove a small tumor from the back of his tongue. Ray was a long time user of smokeless tobacco, and his oncologist (cancer specialist) attributes the blame for his cancer to the period in his life when he used smokeless tobacco. Some studies indicate that oral cancer caused by smokeless tobacco can have an incubation of up to ten years. However, that doesn’t mean that quitting is pointless. The damaging effects of the toxins in the body are cumulative. So, the longer patients use, the more damage is done to their oral and whole body health.

McCarl Dental Group Shared Oral Health Tips at the Annual Greenbelt Health & Wellness Fair

October 27, 2015 in General dentistry by mccarl_dental

Greenbelt HEalth and Wellness Fair PhotoMcCarl Dental Group is fortunate to have an opportunity to take part in PG County community events that emphasize oral and overall health. The annual Greenbelt Health & Wellness Fair is one of our favorite events because we get to meet with members of the community and provide oral hygiene goodie bags, free dental consultations, and education on the best practices for at-home dental care. If you missed out on this year’s event, we hope to see you next year for this event dedicated to living happier, healthier lives, and we invite you to contact McCarl Dental Group to schedule a dental checkup and teeth cleaning.

Millersville Cosmetic Dentist Discussed Healthy Attractive Smiles at The Look 2015

October 13, 2015 in Cosmetic Dentistry,Dentistry by mccarl_dental

The Look Blog PhotoIf you’ve ever had a spa day, you have some idea what the atmosphere was like at the Loews Annapolis Hotel on September 25th for The Look 2015. Anne Arundel County women attended from Annapolis, Severna Park, Crownsville, Gambrills and Severn, Maryland for a night of health and beauty seminars, fashion and fun. This year’s festivities included free champagne and hors d’oeuvres, eye brow waxing, manicures, and more. Dr. Jay McCarl, Dr. Clayton McCarl and Dr. Diana Lee attended the event offering women the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary smile analysis and consultation.” We had a great time helping people understand the smile transformation opportunities available from our Greenbelt and Millersville Maryland cosmetic dentists. We invite our community to contact us for a smile analysis with a smile makeover consultation.

Worn Down Teeth? Get Nightguards!

September 28, 2015 in Dentistry,General dentistry by mccarl_dental

Teeth grinding damage needs nightguards from mccarl dentalTooth enamel is the hardest substance in our body, but even the strongest teeth become worn down over time. Dietary changes, improved oral hygiene, and better dental treatment make it possible for patients to retain their natural smiles for a lifetime. One of the first reasons dentists noted this change was the increased necessity for wisdom tooth extraction. The third set of molars are commonly referred to as wisdom teeth because they erupt between 17 and 25 years of age. Anthropologists believed that the early function of wisdom teeth was to replace teeth that were lost because our ancient ancestors ate coarse foods that quickly wore down tooth enamel. Most modern lifestyles are much less tough on teeth. This has made wisdom teeth almost entirely unnecessary. Unfortunately, teeth still wear down throughout our lives (just not before our 20th birthdays!). The caring team at McCarl Dental Group can help you protect your smile. Call our Greenbelt dental office or our Millersville, Maryland dentists. Call for an appointment today.

Dental Cleaning by Greenbelt Dental Hygienists

September 17, 2015 in Dental Hygiene,Dentistry by mccarl_dental

Patient recieves a thorough teeth cleaning for your Greenbelt dental hygienists at McCarl Dental GroupDental cleaning Greenbelt residents prefer isn’t just about having a beautiful smile it’s about optimal oral health, and you can’t get the same results from at-home care alone. Talk to our dentists or hygienists during your next visit about the powerful positive effects of consistent dental checkups and teeth cleanings. Our Millersville, MD dental team is determined to help patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health. Both our Greenbelt and Millersville, Maryland Dental Hygienists receive 5 star reviews! Call to schedule your six month checkup and hygiene appointment today. If you have periodontal disease, you may need to have your teeth cleaned professionally more frequently than every six months. Your dental hygienist and dentist will help you with a schedule that works best for you.

Are Your Teeth Sensitive After Whitening? Try At-Home Whitening in Millersville, Maryland

August 28, 2015 in Cosmetic Dentistry,Dentistry,Teeth Whitening by mccarl_dental

fantastic results with at-home teeth whitening in millersvilleMany patients hear that teeth whitening can be painful for those with sensitive teeth. This may be the case for some patients, but advances in dentistry have made teeth whitening more comfortable than ever. At McCarl Dental Group, our dentists offer professional at-home whitening to help patients achieve the brilliant smile they want without the discomfort they fear. Our Millersville and Greenbelt, MD offices welcomes patients from surrounding areas to contact us to schedule a whitening consultation today.

Teeth Whitening Greenbelt Trusts

Every smile is unique and McCarl Dental Group never takes a one size fits all approach to dentistry. When it comes to helping our patients brighten their smiles, we offer a range of at-home treatments to fit your budget and whitening need. We use Zoom! teeth whitening products, and this versatile whitening line allows our patients the ability to find an option that fits their needs including the ability to customize the strength of whitening gel to avoid sensitivity. Best of all, because McCarl Dental Group is committed to helping Millersville residents have the smiles they deserve, we offer whitening to our patients at our cost.

At-Home Whitening in Millersville

Zoom!, the leader in teeth whitening, offers a full range of at-home whiteners for the comfort and convenience Greenbelt, MD area residents desire. Zoom!’s line of at-home products offer a variety of peroxide levels, durations of wear, and result times. We prepare a customized application tray to make your home whitening more comfortable and effective than generic, over the counter whitening gels and strips. Patients whiten their teeth to remove coffee, tea, and wine stains, yellowing, and to lighten teeth that have darkened with age. Some reasons patients prefer at-home teeth whitening:

  • Patients are in the driver’s seat – choose the strength, time of wear, and can stop at any time
  • Convenience of not having to schedule whitening appointments
  • Ability to touch up their results before special events or photo opportunities

Zoom! at-home products include

  • DayWhite Maximum White – 14% hydrogen peroxide, worn 15 minutes 2 times a day, and shows results in 2 weeks. Great results for minimal wear time.
  • NiteWhite Maximum White – 16% carbamide peroxide, worn overnight or 2-4 hours/day, and shows results in 2 weeks. Great results for those who prefer whitening while sleeping.
  • NiteWhite Quick 3-day – 22% carbamide peroxide worn overnight or 2-4 hours/day, and shows dramatic results quickly. Great for patients with less sensitive teeth who want fast results.
  • DayWhite Gentle – 6% hydrogen peroxide, worn 30 minutes/day, shows results in 2 weeks. Great for patients with very sensitive teeth.
  • DayWhite Touchups – 9.5% hydrogen peroxide, worn 5-10 minutes/day as needed, helps to maintain results of in-office or at-home whitening. Great for all whitening patients who want to extend their results.

Call the Cosmetic Dentist Greenbelt, MD Prefers

For Greenbelt, MD residents with sensitive teeth, a brilliant smile doesn’t have to be out of reach, with the wide variety of Zoom! Whitening products offered by McCarl Dental Group. There are some cases where patients’ teeth will be too sensitive even for the gentlest whitening products. Sometimes dark, staining that goes beneath the enamel layer of the teeth cannot be removed through whitening. When this happens, we offer thin veneers that require no dental preparation, and regular veneers to cover deep set stains. As an added bonus, veneers can also reduce tooth sensitivity. Call our Greenbelt or Millersville offices to find out more or schedule your whitening consultation today.

Invisalign Millersville, MD Residents’ Reason to Smile

August 26, 2015 in Cosmetic Dentistry,Dentistry,Invisalign Orthodontics by mccarl_dental

Kate with Invisalign aligners For 30 years, researchers at the University of California Berkeley invested countless hours and dollars to study smiles. They discovered that patients who are genetically predisposed to laugh and smile more were happier and had more successful marriages. A 2010 study by Wayne State University researchers used MLB baseball cards from the 1950s, and concluded that a player’s smile was a predictor of his lifespan. Our first smile appears before we’re ever born. As the latest 3-D ultrasounds show even more clearly, our first grins happen in utero and seem to be an indication of healthy development. The research is pretty clear: smiling is an essential part of human development, but what if you choose not to smile because you don’t like the way your teeth look? It stands to reason you’ll miss out on a lifetime of positive emotions, and healthy confidence levels. Don’t let crooked teeth keep the smile from your face. Call McCarl Dental Group, the practice that Millersville, MD patients rely on, to find out more about how smile correction with Invisalign gives you a reason to smile

Adult Orthodontics in Greenbelt, MD

There are varying beliefs regarding what caused the recent upsurge in adults seeking orthodontic treatment, but record numbers of US patients over the age of 30 want orthodontic treatment to correct their crooked teeth. Thanks to the ever-improving field of orthodontics, there has never been a better time to get the picture-perfect smile you desire. At McCarl Dental Group, we help Greenbelt, MD adults and teens straighten their teeth with clear braces systems from Invisalign. We can also help patients who prefer traditional orthodontia “propel” their treatment forward using Propel® acceleration to reduce the time it takes to correct misaligned bite and the amount of discomfort associated with bite correction.

Invisibly Straighter Teeth with Invisalign from McCarl Dental Group

For many adults and teens, smile correction with Invisalign offers all the benefits of dental correction without the hassles of cleaning around brackets and wires, giving up favorite foods, or having several years of photos bearing metallic smiles. If you’ve been avoiding smile correction because you worry about your professional image, Invisalign may just be the best orthodontic option for you.

How it works

Not all dental irregularities can be corrected using Invisalign, so the first step is to schedule a smile consultation. Our McCarl Dental Group dentists thoroughly examine your bite. If you and our dentists agree that Invisalign is a good option to perfect your smile, our team takes detailed, digital scans and dental impressions for use in creating a series of clear, plastic alignment trays. These trays are made just slightly different than the current state of your teeth. As you wear the trays, your teeth gradually shift to fit the aligners.

Your series alignment trays are crafted at a dental lab. Once you receive the trays, you’ll visit our office to place your first set. At this appointment, we examine the fit of the aligners and ensure that you are comfortable and understand the process. You’ll need to wear each set for at least 20 hours a day, but can feel free to remove the aligners during meals and while cleaning your teeth. That means no need to give up your favorite foods, or to spend countless hours cleaning around brackets and wires. The McCarl Dental Group team establishes a schedule for you to switch into new alignment trays. This is typically done about every two weeks. You will continue to wear each set of aligners until your teeth reach their optimal alignment. Unlike traditional braces, you will not need to visit us one or more times each month. Instead, you’ll visit about half as often, and even fewer times if your teeth appear to be progressing smoothly. The entire Invisalign smile correction process typically takes between 10 and 18 months, and can be additionally accelerated using Propel®.

Call the Cosmetic Dentist Millersville, MD Turns To

Straighter teeth are easier to keep healthy, make it possible to chew thoroughly and speak clearly, and create a smile that looks as good as it feels. For a smile you’ll love to share, Invisalign clear braces can transform your teeth into the healthy, gorgeous smile of your dreams. Call McCarl Dental Group in Millersville or Greenbelt, MD to schedule your Invisalign consultation today.

The Emergency Dentist Greenbelt Turns to for Cracked or Broken Teeth

July 30, 2015 in Dental Emergencies,Dentistry by mccarl_dental

Severley Broken Teeth Requiring RC & Crown from McCarl Dental group the emergency dentist greenbelt trustsCracked or broken teeth are more than uncomfortable, they can be painful, unsightly and detrimental to oral health. Yet, many patients choose to live with cracked or broken teeth rather than seeking immediate treatment. If you have a cracked or broken tooth, don’t postpone your dental care. The skilled dentist Greenbelt turns to, McCarl Dental Group, can see you quickly (on the same day in most cases) and will work to retain your natural tooth whenever possible. Call our Greenbelt or Millersville, MD offices to find out more today.

Causes of Cracked or Broken Teeth

Many patients use the terms cracked and broken tooth interchangeably, but there is a difference. Cracked teeth are still whole, but there is a crack in the enamel and/or dentin tooth layers. Whereas broken teeth actually have a piece or pieces that have broken off. However, the same types of dental trauma can lead to both cracked and broken teeth. Common causes of cracked and broken teeth include:

  • Biting into a hard object
  • Trauma (fall, car accident, being hit)
  • Tooth decay weakening the enamel
  • Sports related injuries
  • Deteriorated seal between tooth and fillings, inlays, onlays or crowns

Cracked or Broken Tooth Repair

Cracked teeth can often be repaired with a filling, onlay or crown, but most patients don’t become aware that their tooth is cracked until it breaks, decays or causes irritation and sensitivity in the pulp. A cracked tooth can easily be broken during chewing or talking as teeth grind together. Additionally, bacteria entering the crack are unlikely to be removed by routine brushing and flossing making the affected tooth susceptible to decay, and finally, as the crack breaks through the enamel and inner dentine layer of tooth it begins to cause irritation to the soft, pulp layer that contains the nerves. Eventually, this becomes extremely painful and can lead to root canal infection.

There are three main types of cracks: fractured cusps, split teeth, and vertical root fractures. Each is treated differently. In all cases, the fractured part of the tooth will likely need to be removed. A small tooth fracture can be repaired with a bonded filling. A larger fracture needs a crown or onlay.

In the case of split teeth, at least one root is usually able to be retained, and the remainder of the tooth is replaced with a crown. Root canal therapy is necessary before restoration in a split tooth in order to remove infection or inflammation when the crack reaches the pulp. Unfortunately, vertical root fractures usually result in the tooth being extracted. These cracks run through the center of the root and compromise the strength of the rest of the tooth making it very difficult to preserve the structure. We have numerous tooth replacement options at McCarl Dental Group that will restore your smile after tooth loss including dental crown and bridge, dental implants, full and partial dentures.

Broken teeth are repaired similarly to cracked teeth. Once the fractured portion of a cracked tooth is removed, it essentially becomes a broken tooth. Bonded fillings can repair small breaks in teeth. Crowns are needed for larger breaks. Root canal therapy is required for even more extensive broken teeth and extraction for teeth that are broken through the foundation of the root.

Call the Dentist Millersville Loves – McCarl Dental Group

Our dental care practitioners are here to help patients when dental disaster strikes. Whatever the cause of your cracked or broken tooth, we can stop the pain and help get your beautiful smile back. Call to schedule an emergency restorative dentistry appointment today. Our Millersville and Greenbelt dental practices welcome patients from local communities including Annapolis, Crofton, Glen Burnie, Bowie, Laurel, Glen Dale, University Park, and Hyattsville.

Your Emergency Dentist for a Tooth Abscess

July 20, 2015 in Dental Emergencies,Dentistry,Root Canals by mccarl_dental

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If you’ve ever had an abscessed tooth, you know that waiting until Monday at 9 am isn’t an option. An abscess can strike with little to no warning, and the pain can start as a mild heat and cold sensitivity and develop into severe pain within hours. Physicians realized long ago that Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm wasn’t the only time patients needed medical attention. Emergency rooms exist when you have a new pain, when your doctor’s office is closed, but there are no emergency dentist offices. At McCarl Dental Group, we’ve decided to change that. Our emergency dental care is available when you need us. No matter what your dental emergency, call McCarl Dental Group.

Tooth Abscess Causes

Infection in the root of a tooth or between the gums and teeth can cause an abscess or painful toothache that is caused by spreading infection. This can happen if a tooth is decayed, broken, or if a patient has severe gingivitis (periodontal/gum disease) which allows bacteria to enter the soft center of the tooth or pulp, and cause severe pain. If a tooth is abscessed, infection continues to spread, and surrounding gum tissue and supporting bone structure can become infected.

Tooth Abscess Symptoms

Abscessed teeth can cause a toothache, swelling, pus around the tooth or gum, fever, muscle aches, swollen glands, and general nausea or queasiness. Occasionally, a minor toothache especially when chewing and sensitivity to heat or cold is the main symptom of an abscessed tooth. Sometimes, patients do not recognize these symptoms are related to their teeth.

The more severe and abscess becomes the harder it is to ignore. Patients who experience swelling of the gums or jaw, bitter taste in the mouth, bad breath, or draining sores on the gums are much more likely to realize they have an abscess tooth. However, once the infection reaches this point, it is more difficult to treat. If you have recently had tooth decay (cavities), trauma to your tooth (even if you didn’t believe damage was done), or gum disease, don’t hesitate to contact us, if you experience any of these symptoms.

Emergency Treatment

It is important to contact your dentist as soon as you have dental pain. When you seek treatment for an abscessed tooth, there are a number of things we can do to help you feel better quickly. The first priority for dental treatment for an abscessed tooth is to drain the abscess or pus surrounding the tooth. We will likely prescribe antibiotics to help your body fight the infection, and prevent any further infection. Sometimes the patient will need to start antibiotics before the dentist drains the abscess.

Once you contact our on-call dentist, we will work with you to develop a treatment plan. During the treatment planning process, our dentists take digital x-rays and intra-oral photographs and project them on a large television monitor so our patients can see the damaged tooth very clearly.

Our goal is to preserve the tooth whenever possible. An x-ray will help us determine the extent of the infection. If the abscess appears to be only in the gums, it is possible a minor incision may be enough. However, most abscesses are much deeper, in the pulp of the tooth. Root canal therapy to extract the infected pulp, may be the next step. If a root canal is the best treatment option, our team will remove the infected pulp from your tooth. The tooth is filled with gutta-percha (a gum-like substance), and sealed. The tooth may then need to be restored or strengthened with a crown.

In some cases, the tooth may need to be extracted. This is a mutual decision between the patient and dentist. When an extraction is necessary, a dental implant restored with a crown feels and functions like a normal healthy tooth.

Call for Emergency Dental Care

If you have severe tooth pain, nausea, or fever you believe are related to an abscessed tooth, don’t wait until Monday to get help. Call McCarl Dental Group’s on-call dentist. McCarl Dental Group offers same day emergency care during regular business hours as well as evenings and weekends.

If you’re in need of a dentist for any of your oral health care needs, schedule an appointment today.

Our knowledgeable staff is available at either of our two convenient locations Millersville or Greenbelt, MD.

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