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Severna Park Dental Emergency

June 29, 2015 in Dental Emergencies by mccarl_dental
Dental Emergency - Broken Tooth

Dental Emergency – Broken Tooth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing ruins a person’s day like snapping off a front tooth at the gum line.  This Severna Park, Maryland resident called McCarl Dental Group at Shipley’s Choice when he broke his front tooth. Dental emergencies can happen anytime and our dentists do their best to make emergency dental care available as soon as possible. This patient was eating popcorn and bit an unpopped kernel. Although the patient was not in pain, he was embarrassed about his missing tooth.

Dr. Jay saw the patient within an hour, performed a root canal, inserted a post and core, and then cemented the original porcelain crown back in place. The patients smile was restored.

The patient commented that Dr. Jay McCarl is a very gentle, kind and exceptionally competent dentist.

Here are photos of the dental emergency. There are several steps for a root canal, post and core and re-attachment of a porcelain crown.

Rubber Dam

Rubber Dam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After discussing options with the dental patient, Dr Jay explained the dental procedure and placed a rubber dam.  Each tooth has a circulatory system. When a healthy tooth breaks at the gum, a root canal is necessary to prevent pain and infection. During the  root canal procedure, the dentist removes the nerve, artery and vein from the center of the root of the tooth. The nerve, artery and vein are also called the pulp of the tooth. Root canal dental instruments are very small and the rubber dam helps prevent them from falling into the patient’s mouth. The rubber dam also helps prevent contamination of the root canal.

 

Post and Core Dental Procedure

Post and Core Dental Procedure

 

 

 

 

 

 

The canal in the root of the tooth that is prepared by the dentist is also where the post is placed during the post and core procedure. The post and core procedure is necessary to anchor the dental crown. A dental post is a ceramic or metal cylindrical rod that is inserted into the root space of the tooth. The restored root of the tooth is prepared with a series of endodontic files to make room for the dental post. There is no discomfort or dental pain during this procedure because the nerve of the tooth has been removed. The core in a post and core dental procedure refers to a foundation around the post that the dentist builds to help with retention of the crown.

This picture shows the crown anchored in place with the dental post and core before the dentist removed the extra length of the post.

Crown Anchored with Dental Post  after Root Canal

Crown Anchored with Dental Post after Root Canal

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the post and core, the dentist cemented the crown, removed the excess length of the post and polished the tooth. The dental patient was comfortable and delighted with his restored smile.

Severna Park Dental Patient Pain Free after Same Day Dental Emergency Care

Severna Park Dental Patient Pain Free after Same Day Dental Emergency Care

 

 

Continuing Education for Dentists

June 1, 2015 in Dentistry by mccarl_dental

The Maryland Board of Dental Examiners requires that licensed dentists participate in 30 hours of continuing education every two years, including two hours of infection control. The dentists at McCarl Dental Group participate in about four times the required amount of dental continuing education per year. Here are some of the courses that McCarl Dentist have participated in during the last few years.

Occlusal Adjustment/Therapy – Dental Occlusion

New Trends in Esthetic Implant Dentistry

Comprehensive Communication Program – Patient Education

Treatment Planning Session – Diagnosis and Treatment Planning for Dental Implants

Skeletal Relationships: The Impact on Facial Esthetics

Analgesics for Pain Management

Wisdom Teeth – Current Knowledge and Treatment Indications, The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons White Paper

Effective Diagnosis and Restorative Treatment for Worn Dentition

Missing Maxillary Lateral Incisors: The Benefits and Challenges of Implant Replacement – Dental Implant Surgery

New Trends in Esthetic Implant Dentistry

Facial Trauma – Trauma Management

Workshop for Successful Anterior Esthetics – Dental Implant Restorations (Prosthodontics/Fixed)

Management of Complications in Oral Surgery

Intraoral Scanning of the Future

Concepts verses Clinical Realities of High Strength Ceramic Restorations – All Ceramic Restorations

Common Sense Operative Restorative Dentistry

The Art of Cosmetic Dentistry

Efficient Implant Dentistry to Optimize Treatment

Sleep Prosthodontics – Sleep Apnea & Appliance Therapy

Patient Education and Problem Solving

Restoration of Multiple Failing Teeth with Implants in the Aesthetic Zone

Bone Preservation around Dental Implants, the Prosthetic View – Surgical Phase Therapy

The Anterior Single Tooth Implant – Restorative Management of the Soft Tissue in the Esthetic Zone

The Egoscue Method – Chronic Neck and Back Pain Relief

Top Game Changers for Every Dental Practice

Craniofacial Epigenetics – Orthodontics BioModeling Solutions

Aesthetics through Innovation – Esthetics/Cosmetic Dentistry

The Christensen Bottom Line – Operative (Restorative)

The Christensen Bottom Line – Prosthodontics/Fixed Dentistry

Dental Practice Management from a Dental CPA’s Perspective

If I Can, You Can: Overcoming Obstacles

Concepts vs Clinical Realities – Dental Implants

Creating Implant Provisionals to Support Soft Tissue Management

Immediate vs. Delayed Provisional Restoration of Anterior Post-Socket Implants: The Influence on Soft Tissues and Ultimate Aesthetic Success – Implant Restorative Dentistry

Meeting Esthetic Demands with Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning – Dental Implants

Locations of these dental continuing education courses include: Annapolis, MD 21401, Crofton, MD 21114, Rockville, MD 20850, Catonsville, MD 21228, Baltimore, MD 21201

Common Causes of Missing Teeth

May 29, 2015 in Dental Implants,Dentistry by mccarl_dental
Our Greenbelt and Millersville Maryland Dentists help dental patients replace missing teeth and restore healthy functional smiles.

Our Greenbelt and Millersville Maryland Dentists help dental patients replace missing teeth and restore healthy functional smiles.

Have you seen Aziz Ansari’s question about missing teeth on your Chipotle bag? Chipotle decorates their bag with commentary from authors and comedians and calls it their “Cultivating Thought” series.

To answer Ansari’s question… Tooth loss is an indication of overall dental health and access to dental care.

Here are some common causes of tooth loss.

Untreated cavity – you wouldn’t believe how many people delay dental treatment or even ignore holes in their teeth! Unfortunately, a dental cavity cannot repair itself. If the area of tooth decay becomes too large it may be impossible to save the tooth. Regular dental check-ups are vital in identifying early tooth decay. Dental X-rays help us identify decay that may not be visible to the eye. Cleaning by a dental hygienist every six months or more frequently helps remove plaque and calculus and helps prevent cavities. And please don’t forget, prevention starts at home. Brush your teeth three times each day and floss your teeth daily.

Periodontal disease or gum disease is also a leading reason for tooth loss. Periodontal disease starts in the sulcus, the gap between the gum and the tooth. Gum diseases are usually divided into two categories, gingivitis and periodontitis.

Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums that causes tender, red, swollen gums that bleed easily. Gingivitis can progress to periodontitis which damages the bone and connective tissue that supports the teeth.

Symptoms of Periodontitis include:
•    Gum inflammation, with redness and bleeding.
•    Deep pockets or gaps that form between the gum and the tooth.
•    And finally, loose teeth, caused by loss of connective tissue structures and bone.

Other risk factors for missing teeth include:
•    Age – people older than 35 are at higher risk for loosing teeth
•    Gender – men are at higher risk than women
•    Lack of professional dental care
•    Poor oral hygiene – not brushing teeth
•    Smoking (current or past)
•    Diabetes
•    High blood pressure
•    Rheumatoid arthritis

Our goal for our dental patients is that they keep healthy teeth for their lifetime. Our dentists and dental hygienists emphasize prevention and early treatment of tooth decay and periodontal disease. Our Greenbelt Dental Office is conveniently located near Riverdale Park 20737 , University Park 20782, College Heights Estates 20783  and College Park, 20740.

When tooth loss cannot be prevented, there are several options for tooth replacement. Dental implants are an excellent option for tooth replacement. Please read our blog about replacing missing teeth with dental implants.

Ansari continues his musing on the back of the bag about his quest for the perfect toothbrush. “Why do we always want the best?” he asks. Of course he goes to Google for the answer. How often do we do that?!  Click below to hear our thoughts on the best toothbrushes.

Our Millersville Dental Office is located near Crownsville 21032, Gambrills 21054, Crofton 21114, Annapolis 21403, 21401 21409

Maryland Dentists Recommend Hydro Floss

January 26, 2014 in Dental Hygiene,Dentistry by McCarl Dental Group

How Often Do You Floss Your Teeth?
Some dental patients tell us that they don’t use dental floss unless there is something stuck between their teeth. Are you a reluctant flosser?

We think this will change after you try the new Hydro Floss. It is comfortable, affordable, easy and convenient!

How often should you floss your teeth?
The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least daily. The dentists and hygienists recommend flossing with traditional dental floss as well as cleaning between teeth with oral irrigation or water flossing. At McCarl Dental Group, we especially like the Hydro Floss, a magnetized water oral irrigator.

Why should you floss your teeth?
Flossing helps remove plaque from the areas between your teeth where the toothbrush can’t reach.  Plaque that is not removed by brushing and flossing can harden into calculus or tartar within just 26 hours. If tartar and dental calculus are not removed, it can progress into a serious form of gum disease.

Daily brushing and flossing as well as routine cleaning by a dental hygienist remove plaque, tartar and calculus. All are part of the basic dental care necessary to help prevent and treat gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Dentists and hygienists are always trying to motivate dental patients to floss their teeth. Flossing can be challenging for patients with limited dexterity. Some dental patients find flossing difficult and some patients are just too lazy to floss. Water flossing is even easier than traditional dental flossing. Oral irrigation is also ideal for patients with hard to reach areas around bridges, crowns, implants or braces.

We can’t say it too many times: the dentists and dental hygienists at McCarl Dental Group recommend flossing with both traditional dental floss and oral irrigation.

Hydro Floss is an oral irrigation device that delivers a steady stream of water that flushes out food particles, bacteria and plaque from under the gums and between teeth, the areas a toothbrush can’t reach. Hydro Floss is easy to use and cleans hard to reach areas before using traditional dental floss.

Our patients are having great success with the Hydro Floss. It is easy. Turn a switch and let a gentle stream of water clean between your teeth and around your gums. The convenience of water flossers increases patient compliance in maintaining oral hygiene. The result is healthier gums and teeth, and cleaner oral appliances such as braces, bridges and dental implants.

For patients with sensitive teeth, Hydro Floss allows you to adjust the pressure of the water stream through manual controls. You may also fill the water reservoir with warm water (slightly warmer than your body temperature) to maximize comfort.

The dentists and staff at McCarl Dental Group encourage and promote oral health for each of our patients. Part of that responsibility includes teaching about products that can help improve oral health.

The Hydro Floss is $129.95 on their website and is not currently carried in stores. If our patients use our office discount code of #942111 they can purchase the Hydro Floss for $98.00 with no shipping fees. This can be done online or by phone 1-800-635-3594.

If our patient orders a Hydro Floss by phone while in our office the price is only $78.40, again with no shipping fees. Their office is open Central Standard Time on Mon-Thurs 8:30-5:00pm and Fri. 8:30-12:30pm. If these times do not correspond with the time of the patients dental appointment, we recommend just stopping by another day, whenever it’s convenient for the patient. Patients interested in purchasing a Hydro Floss are always welcomed to stop by to order one, no appointment is necessary.

If you’re looking for a dentist, please visit one of our offices near you. McCarl Dental Group at Shipley’s Choice, our Millersville dental office is conveniently located near Severna Park, Crownsville, Gambrills, Annapolis, Crofton, Glen Burnie, and Severn. Call 410-987-8800 for an appointment in our Millersville dental office.

Our Greenbelt Dental Office is close to College Park, New Carrollton, Lanham, Seabrook, Bowie, Laurel, Glen Dale, University ParkHyattsville, and Maryland. Call 301-474-4144 for an appointment in our Greenbelt dental office.

You may also schedule dental appointments online at www.McCarlDental.com.

 

Pregnancy and Dental Care

January 13, 2014 in Dentistry,Pregnancy and Dental Care by McCarl Dental Group

Congratulations!  This exciting time in your life is filled with joy but also additional doctor appointments and educational classes.  One appointment you should make sure to keep is your six month dental cleaning and exam.

During pregnancy, body changes and increased hormones can affect your gums and teeth.  Many women report increased inflammation, redness, and bleeding in their gums during pregnancy.  If this occurs, maintain a consistent brushing and flossing routine even if the tissues bleed a little.  Make sure to use a toothbrush with soft bristles.  Angle your toothbrush towards the gumline and lightly massage the junction where the tooth meets the gum.  Your dental hygienist can suggest a variety of tips and products to help with your individual care during this time.

Pregnancy also marks a time of potential increase of cavity development.  Morning sickness can prevent your usual AM routine while sweet cravings may increase the frequency of sugar intake.  Bland, unflavored toothpaste may help in the morning and remember that only a pea sized dab is needed.  Excess toothpaste may contribute to the nauseas feeling.  Drink lots of water between snacks and remember that the more sugary snacks eaten- the higher the risk of tooth decay.

If you are planning to get pregnant- see your dentist first.  Ideally any dental needs (x-rays, infections, cavities, gum disease, etc.) will be identified and treated before becoming pregnant.  As bacteria can travel from the mouth to the rest of the body, staying up to date with your with dental health before becoming pregnant is another preventive measure to help your developing baby.

During your pregnancy visit, elective procedures will be postponed until after the birth of your child.  These include routine x-rays, cosmetic care, and small cavities that can be safely filled in a few months.  Dental emergencies and infections will be evaluated and if necessary for the health of the mother and child, dental treatment will occur.  According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the low amount of radiation of a dental x-ray should not pose any risk to the baby when your baby’s safety is considered.  With many x-rays a lead apron covers your abdomen, pelvis, and neck area for added protection to you and the baby.  The dental assistants, dental hygienists, and dentists at McCarl Dental Group are all x-ray certified and have taken courses and exams to ensure they understand the highest standard of care in terms of x-ray techniques and safety.  Both McCarl Dental Group offices offer the newest technology in terms of digital x-rays which are faster and less radiation than the traditional film.

Please call Our Millersville Maryland dental office at 410-987-8800 or our Dental Office in Historic Greenbelt at 301-474-4144 to schedule your dental cleaning and check up and rest assured you are taking one more measure to protect the health of your body and your baby. You may also visit our website at http://www.mccarldental.com/ to request an appointment.

Smiles by McCarl

November 19, 2013 in Cosmetic Dentistry,Dentistry by McCarl Dental Group

This book features smile makeovers designed and created by McCarl dentists at our dental offices serving patients from  Millersville, Greenbelt, College Park, Lanham, Seabrook, Bowie, New Carrollton, Laurel, Severna Park, Annapolis, Crofton and Crownsville Maryland.

Several of these patients had complex dental cases with combinations of treatments including Invisalign orthodontics, dental implants and gum recontouring along with porcelain veneers and crowns. Other McCarl Dental patients were able to achieve their goals for their smile in two or three visits.

We are delighted that so many McCarl dental patients are willing to share their beautiful smiles. We also thank Heather Crowder for her fabulous photography and Jay Dixon for transporting our patients into landscapes that reflect their interests and hobbies.

Smiles by McCarl

Millersville and Greenbelt Dental Practice Spans Four Generations

September 18, 2013 in Dentistry by McCarl Dental Group

The family tradition continues as Ashley McCarl Harrison, daughter of Dr. Clayton McCarl Jr., joins the dental practice of Dr. James W. McCarl, which first began at the corner of Ridge and Gardenway in Greenbelt in 1937. Ashley joined the practice as a registered dental hygienist RDH on May 31, 2013 and adds to the family legacy as the fourth generation member of her great-grandfather’s practice.

Ashley McCarl Harrison, DDS – Joins Greenbelt Dental Practice

She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry Division of Dental Hygiene on May 17, receiving awards including: Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society, and a feature as Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Ashley also received the dental school’s Division of Dental Hygiene Spirit Award, which is given to the senior hygiene student who best exemplifies the spirit of teamwork, volunteerism, participation in service to the class and kindness to fellow classmates.

Other notable contributions that Ashley will bring to the practice include her award winning research. As a member of her research team, Ashley and her two other teammates placed first in the University of Maryland Division of the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Healthcare Award for Excellent Research. Their award qualified them to present their paper, “Bactericidal Effects of Natural Oils against Common Bacteria Found in the Oral Cavity,” at the 100th annual meeting of the American Dental Hygienist’s Association in Boston in June. Her team placed second in the nationwide competition.

Ashley began her work at the practice when she was merely a teenager in eighth grade. She was first hired as a dental assistant for her father. Ashley is also excited to work with her and aunt, Sally McCarl Moore who is also an RDH uncle, Dr. Jay McCarl, DDS, and cousin Dr. Dave McCarl, DDS all third generation members of the dental practice.

Dental Implants in Greenbelt and Millersville MD

June 18, 2013 in Dental Implants by McCarl Dental Group
I recommend Dr. McCarl if you need dental work.  Whether it is just cleaning, implants, fillings or any form of replacement, he is the dentist to see. Dr. McCarl will evaluate and propose a plan, but encourages your input in developing the plan of action.  I am so happy to have a complete and amazingly beautiful smile.  I am overjoyed with my new teeth and big smile.

“I recommend Dr. McCarl if you need dental work. Whether it is just cleaning, implants, fillings or any form of replacement, he is the dentist to see. Dr. McCarl will evaluate and propose a plan, but encourages your input in developing the plan of action. I am so happy to have a complete and amazingly beautiful smile. I am overjoyed with my new teeth and big smile.”

Millersville Dentist helps Patient Smile with Confidence!

Dental implants are today’s standard of care for replacing missing teeth and securing removable dentures. The dentists at McCarl Dental Group in Millersville Maryland and Greenbelt Maryland have been placing dental implants for 25 years and work hard to deliver the most current and highest quality dental care. In the past few years, improvements in dental implant technology have made implants more reliable, more comfortable and more affordable.

There are circumstances for which a dental implant has replaced root canal therapy as the preferred dental treatment. When the root of a tooth is too short or too badly damaged to support restoration with a dental crown, it may be best to extract the tooth and place a dental implant. The implant will provide greater support for the restored tooth and improved long term success. Our dental patients love the look and feel of natural teeth that a crown restored with a dental implant provides.

Dental implants are placed in the jaw where they fuse to the bone. They are effective for restoration of a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. In the past, dentists relied on procedures that were often temporary measures to repair badly damaged teeth. Now, in many cases, implants restored with crowns will last longer and cost less than ongoing repair efforts.

When you lose a tooth, your jawbone gradually loses strength and firmness. This leads to bone loss and can even cause changes in facial features. The loss of just one tooth can cause uneven chewing and an unstable bite. The remaining teeth shift and proper cleaning becomes more difficult. A misaligned bite can also contribute jaw joint dysfunction and headaches. Unlike a denture or bridge, a dental implant can prevent bone loss at the site of the missing tooth.

"My 2 lower molar implants, strengthened my jaw bones, consequently improving my bite and virtually eliminating my TMJ issues.  And as a side, I benefited aesthetically with improved facial symmetry."

“My lower molar implants, strengthened my jaw bones, consequently improving my bite and virtually eliminating my TMJ issues. And as a side, I benefited aesthetically with improved facial symmetry.”

Many patients tell us that having a dental implant placed is more comfortable than they expected. Unlike teeth, implants do not experience temperature sensitivity or decay.  Many patients are pleasantly surprised that the cost of dental implants is much lower than they expected.

If you are missing teeth, please call to schedule an appointment at our Greenbelt Dental Office 301-474-4144 or our Millersville Dental Office 410-987-8800 to learn how dental implants can improve the health of your smile. Visit the McCarl Dental Website at www.McCarlDental.com

Dr Dave McCarl now Certified to Treat Sleep Apnea

June 1, 2013 in Sleep Apnea by McCarl Dental Group

Dr Dave McCarl certification in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea

Dr. David McCarl has received certification in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). An estimated 18 million people in America suffer from obstructive sleep apnea – a serious condition characterized by pauses of breath and/or low breathing during sleep.

Sleep apnea is an extraordinarily serious condition which can ultimately contribute to stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, fatigue, and impotence. Snoring is a common side effect, and many people with sleep apnea are often not even aware that they have difficulty breathing.

McCarl Dental Group is now offering the removable Daytime-Nighttime Appliance, or DNA Appliance, a comfortable and discrete treatment that can permanently correct causes of sleep apnea by moving structures of the jaw into a more natural position.

The DNA appliance is new way to permanently correct sleep apnea and reduce snoring, straighten your teeth, and alleviate symptoms of TMJ disorder. The DNA Appliance works by widening the upper arch and the nasal passages, allowing more airflow to pass through. The lower arch can then move into an improved position. This sleep apnea treatment is now available with Dr. Dave McCarl at McCarl Dental Group in Millersville Maryland and Greenbelt Maryland.

Contact Dr. McCarl today at our Millersville Maryland dental office 410-987-8800 or our Greenbelt Maryland dental office 301-474-4144 to find out more about the DNA Appliance and how it can help you.

The DNA Appliance can help with sleep apnea without the need for drugs, surgery, or CPAP (a cumbersome facial gear to be worn at night to help patients control symptoms by keeping the airway open).

The difference between the DNA Appliance and CPAP, is that while those treatments may help control symptoms, they typically only work while the device is being worn. The DNA Appliance works to permanently fix the causes of sleep apnea so that you won’t have to continuously wear uncomfortable gear while you sleep.

Benefits of DNA Appliance
The DNA Appliance can help correct a number of orthodontic issues, in addition to treating symptoms of TMJ and sleep apnea. Benefits of obstructive sleep apnea treatment include:

  • Improvement in sleep apnea and snoring
  • Improvement in TMJ symptoms
  • Improvement in teeth alignment
  • Discrete
  • No uncomfortable headgear or braces
  • Designed for both adults and children

DNA Appliance for Teeth Alignment
The DNA Appliance also serves as an orthodontic appliance. It is designed to be worn at night during sleep. The DNA appliance works to help guide the growth of the jaw into a more desirable position, which can ultimately help improve teeth alignment.
The DNA Appliance is very similar to a removable orthodontic retainer, and is usually effective in about half the time it takes for braces to work. It can also be very effective in children who need upper arch expansion.

Question: The appliance is called DNA or Daytime-Nighttime Appliance. Are genes involved in the treatments?

Answer: Yes, in the sense that the DNA appliance can upregulate or modulate gene expression during orthodontic, orthopedic and/or pneumopedic (non-surgical airway remodeling) airway treatments.  However, no gene-transfer or artificial genes are used at all. Only the patient’s naturally-occurring genes are involved in this orthodontic treatment.

The DNA appliances are involved in a system that has been specially-designed by Dr Singh to bioengineer craniofacial, dental, and airway structures so that natural developmental processes are evoked to enhance the teeth, jaws, TMJ, face and airway into more optimal relations for functions, such as sleep and breathing.

The Daytime-Nighttime Appliance, or DNA treatment, is part of a specialty field of orthodontics called Epigenetic Orthodontics. This technique is designed to enhance the development and function of underlying jaw and nasal structures without using braces or facial “gear.” It can take much less time than other procedures, and has been proven to be very effective at treating sleep apnea, snoring and even TMJ disorder.

Porcelain Veneers – Thin or No Prep and Traditional

February 14, 2013 in Cosmetic Dentistry,Porcelain Veneers,Thin Veneers by McCarl Dental Group

Are You Happy With Your Smile?
We all know that a beautiful and healthy smile makes us more attractive.  Did you know that smiling can also help you feel better?  According to Dr. Mark Stibich, smiling helps reduce your stress level, boosts your immune system,  releases endorphins, our body’s natural pain killers and lowers blood pressure. Smiling helps improve our mood and keeps us from looking tired, overwhelmed, and worn down.

A smiling person brings happiness with them and  helps others feel better. Dr. Robin Smith says a smile is so powerful and contagious your life may change for the better once you start smiling.

At McCarl Dental Group, we specialize in healthy beautiful smiles for a lifetime. A beautiful and healthy smile expresses warmth, confidence and success. However, many people feel extremely self-conscious about their smile. If you do not smile because you are embarrassed by your teeth, there are many options available to give you an attractive and confident smile.

Lorie after Porcelain Veneers by McCarl Dental Group

Lorie after Porcelain Veneers by McCarl Dental Group

Lorie did not like to smile for the camera

Lorie did not like to smile for the camera

Our dental patient Lorie chose porcelain veneers to improve her smile. She said, “My teeth were crowded and a little discolored and considered myself unphotogenic. A relaxed confident smile is important as a public speaker and financial consultant.  After reviewing options with Dr. McCarl and serious consideration, I chose porcelain veneers to give me a smile consistent with my professional image. I am very happy with my veneers and my new smile and will never again shy away from a camera!”

Porcelain veneers improve your teeth’s appearance by making them look straighter, and also whiter; creating a natural-looking and beautiful smile in just two visits. Veneers are more than cosmetic, they can improve the health, form and function of the mouth. Crooked teeth can be difficult to clean and are more prone to tooth decay and gum disease.

Porcelain veneers are an excellent solution for a variety of conditions including:
•    crooked teeth
•    spaces
•    gaps
•    worn or chipped teeth
•    stained or discolored teeth
•    teeth that are too small or too large
Veneers are more durable and effective than bonding, and are a more conservative procedure than crowns.

Thin veneers (also called no-preparation veneers), are also a great option for a natural-looking, beautiful smile. Thin, no prep veneers are ideal for teeth that are worn down, small or unevenly shaped and teeth that have spaces between them. These veneers can also be an excellent solution for replacing old cosmetic bonding.

A dentist experienced in placing thin veneers can create a beautiful smile with NO drilling, No needles and No Novacain!

Laszlo after Thin No Preparation Veneers by McCarl Dental Group

Laszlo after Thin No Preparation Veneers by McCarl Dental Group

Laszlo had worn down, chipped teeth that had darkened over the years

Laszlo had worn down, chipped teeth that had darkened over the years

Like most people, Laszlo’s teeth had darkened with age.  His bite was such that normal wear and chipping on his front teeth were accelerated. He was told by several other dentists that that same bite prevented him from restoring his teeth with veneers.  Although it presented a challenge, we were able to lighten and lengthen his teeth with thin, minimal preparation veneers.  We lightly smoothed the surfaces of his teeth and took impressions.  There was no need for Novacain or temporary crowns. A few weeks later his thin veneers were placed. Before, his smile barely showed the tips of dark, chipped and worn front teeth.  Now he beams with a big, bright, youthful smile.

Laszlo said, “I am a recent recipient of a beautiful set of thin veneers done by Dr. McCarl, fulfilling a long dream of mine to have a full smile showing a nice set of teeth. Dr. McCarl’s artistry and vision to know the process to create that look is amazing! Having a difficult under bite I had been told by other doctors that it would be impossible and yet, Dr. McCarl assured me that this WAS possible and with very positive results. His wonderful disposition and total understanding of the process gave me a look and smile that I thought was only a dream. Well, he made this dream come true and I can’t believe after all these years I am comfortable in pictures and feel confident enough to smile. I feel very fortunate to have found this practice and have Dr. McCarl as my dentist. Smiling is now a pleasure!”

Call 410-987-8800 or 301-474-4144 to contact the dentists at the Millersville Maryland and Greenbelt Maryland dental offices of the McCarl Dental Group www.McCarlDental about ways to keep your smile looking and feeling great. Everyone deserves a HEALTHY and BEAUTIFUL SMILE!

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