In one of our videos, Dr. Jay McCarl sat down with a patient to discuss dental implant supported tooth replacement available from our Greenbelt team. We invite you to watch the video and read this blog to find out more. Contact our team if you have questions or would like to schedule a dental implant consultation today. (more…)
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Many patients still think of dental implant supported tooth replacement as a new and unproven treatment, but dental implants have been common dental practice for decades. Actually, some archaeologists believe the ancient Mayans performed implant dentistry thousands of years ago. Today, dental implant placement techniques and the materials used have advanced profoundly. Those who are relatively healthy overall and who have adequate jawbone volume and density to support implant posts, have a 96% rate of success. There are some things patients can do to increase their chances for successful dental implant restoration, and the McCarl Dental Group team is happy to help. (more…)
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At McCarl Dental Group, we’ve been offering advanced tooth replacement services with dental implant supported prosthetics for decades. As part of our dedication to continuing education, we continually attend lectures, seminars, and trainings in advanced procedures. Recently, Dr. Dianna Lee, Dr. Jay McCarl, and Dr. Clayton McCarl attended a lecture from the preeminent dental implant expert, Dr. Dennis Tarnow. We’re proud to share some of the insights from Dr. Tarnow’s Triple Crown Study Club lecture with our patients, and look forward to continuing training to and integration of Dr. Tarnow’s dental implant research findings. (more…)
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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)
• 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 Par 2782, 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
“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 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
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