Concerned about the health of your gums? You may have good reason—gum disease (i.e. periodontal disease) not only damages your gums, but it is also one of the leading causes of tooth loss today. Fortunately, regular dental checkups provided by your Gaithersburg, MD, dentists, Drs. Adam Schneider and Katie Staub, provide effective gum disease treatments to help protect your smile!
How can I tell if I have periodontal disease?
Often the most obvious symptoms of this condition are bleeding or tender gums. Although a little bleeding when you brush may not seem like a huge problem, bleeding can point to gingivitis, the beginning form of periodontal disease. Other gum disease symptoms can include:
- Chronic bad breath
- Swollen, red, puffy gums
- An unpleasant taste in your mouth
- Receding gums
- Spaces between your gums and teeth
- Pus between your gums and teeth
- Pain, especially when you chew or eat hot, cold or sugary foods and drinks
- Loose teeth or dentures
What types of treatments are available?
Gingivitis can often be reversed with a dental cleaning and improved oral hygiene. Visiting your Gaithersburg dentist every six months for exams and cleanings is a simple way to protect your gums.
If the disease has progressed passed this stage, your dentist may recommend a deep cleaning. During this cleaning, plaque and tartar are removed above and below your gum line. You may also need to use oral or topical antibiotics for a short period of time following the cleaning.
Severe gum disease destroys gum tissue and may also affect the bones and ligaments that hold your teeth in place. If you have this form of the disease, you may need oral surgery to close the spaces/pockets around your teeth to remove the debris, bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Tissue and bone grafts might also be required to replace the lost gum tissue and bone.
Lasers are often used to perform gum surgery today. Many people can return to their normal activities within just 24 hours after laser surgery.
If you've lost teeth due to gum disease, your dentist may recommend bridges, dental implants, full dentures or implant-supported dentures, depending on the degree of tooth loss.
Don't let periodontal disease destroy your smile. Call your Gaithersburg, MD, dentists, Drs. Adam Schneider and Katie Staub, at (301) 948-3111 to schedule a consultation.
Cosmetic dentistry helps patients achieve their dreams smiles through the help of several different aesthetic treatment options. Of course, with today's advancements in dental technology, our Gaithersburg, MD, family dentists, Dr. Adam Schneider and Dr. Katie Staub, can now offer more ways to get a beautiful smile than ever before. Here are some of our top cosmetic dental treatments and how they can help you:
Dealing with a small aesthetic defect such as a chip or discoloration in a tooth? Do you have a small gap between your front teeth that you wish you could cover-up? Bonding is one of the easiest and most inexpensive cosmetic dental treatments available at our Gaithersburg office, and it can quickly take care of these issues. Bonding involves applying thin layers of tooth-colored resin on to dental flaws in order to cover them. Once the resin is applied, it’s hardened into place with a special light—thus creating your new smile!
Are you embarrassed by your gummy smile? If so, then gum contouring may be right for you. This simple procedure involves removing excess gum tissue to reveal more of your teeth and reshape an uneven gum line.
If your teeth have been discolored from years of coffee and darkly pigmented foods, professional teeth whitening can get rid of those serious yellow stains and completely rejuvenate your smile. In as little as a single whitening session, we can get your smile several shades whiter, making it the fastest way to get a brighter smile.
If you want to get a smile that’s just as beautiful as your favorite celebrity’s pearly whites, then dental veneers may be right for you. During treatment, our dentist will bond these thin porcelain shells to the front of your teeth in order to improve the overall shape, color, and alignment of your smile. This cosmetic restoration is ideal for hiding more widespread dental flaws.
Interested? Give us a Call
Want to further discuss your cosmetic dentistry options? Then call Schneider Family Dentistry's Gaithersburg office today at (301) 948-3111 to schedule your consultation.
If you are an adult who is dealing with tooth loss in Gaithersburg, MD, our family dentists Dr. Adam Schneider and Dr. Katie Staub understand just how important it is to get your full smile back. Of course, if you are looking for a restoration that most closely resembles a real tooth then you can’t get closer than a dental implant. Do you have questions about dental implants? We have answers!
What are dental implants?
An implant is a small tapered titanium post that is placed into the jawbone to replace the roots of your missing tooth. In order to place the implant, our Gaithersburg, MD, dentists will first need to open up the gums and drill a small hole into the jawbone where the implant will then be placed. The metal implant is the foundation for the restoration, so it will remain permanently within the jawbone. It’s the false tooth or crown that people will see when you smile.
How many teeth can dental implants replace?
The great news is that no matter whether you need to replace one, several or all of your teeth, dental implants can help replace your missing teeth. A single missing tooth will only require one dental implant; however, multiple implants can also be placed along the top or bottom jaw to support a set of false teeth.
Will implant placement surgery hurt?
Dental implant surgery is a fast, minimally invasive procedure that can take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour depending on how many implants are being placed. This procedure is performed right here in our office under the effects of local anesthesia and sedation so that you don’t feel any discomfort and are comfortable throughout the procedure. It is normal to experience some pain after the anesthesia wears off. We may prescribe painkillers to help ease any post-surgical pain.
How quickly will everything heal after surgery?
This will depend on several factors including your current health status and how many implants are placed. Sometimes it takes only 3 months for the jawbone to fuse together with the implants while for others it can take up to 6 months. Of course, before we can place the next part of the implant, we will need to make sure that the jawbone and implant have fully integrated.
How long do dental implants last?
Since implants naturally meld together with the bone and tissue in your mouth this means that implants have a very high success rate. This coupled with the durable titanium from which they are made ensure that your implants last several decades. In fact, this simple restoration could last the rest of your life.
If you’re interested in getting dental implants in Gaithersburg, MD, the next step is to call Schneider Family Dentistry to schedule a consultation with us. Let us know that you are interested in getting dental implants.
Sleep apnea is a disruptive sleep disorder that affects as many as 22 million Americans according to the American Sleep Apnea Association. More Americans could have this disorder than reported because most glaring symptoms only show when the patient is asleep. Do you believe that you may be struggling with sleep apnea, or has someone you love told you that your snoring has gotten out of control? The team at Schneider Family Dentistry in Gaithersburg, MD, can help you with dental CPAP alternatives.
Struggling with Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea causes intermittent moments of waking while you’re asleep, and loud snoring. This is caused by the tonsils, tongue, or other soft tissues blocking the throat and obstructing normal breathing. Sleep apnea patients usually don’t realize that they’re waking up dozens of times during the night, and can’t understand why they still feel tired in the morning. Men are most likely to struggle with sleep apnea, as are certain cultural and familial groups. Being overweight is also a contributing factor.
Sleep Apnea Help
Living with sleep apnea could lead to other medication conditions (including depression, lack of sexual function, cardiovascular issues, high blood pressure, diabetes, and memory problems) if it isn’t brought under control. Some patients are reluctant to sleep with a bulky, noisy CPAP mask. Luckily, dental CPAP alternatives are available. Your Gaithersburg, MD, dentist can create a custom oral device that you’ll wear while sleeping to position the jaw forward and keep the airway free.
Other Tips for Sleep Apnea Prevention
In addition to wearing a dental device that helps keep your air passageways clear while you sleep, there are additional lifestyle changes you can make to ensure a better night of sleep. Losing weight can provide major improvements for sleep apnea patients. Starting a smoking cessation program and limiting alcohol use can also help improve symptoms. You might also consider reducing your caffeine consumption.
Sleep Better and Longer
The better the quality of your sleep, the better you’ll feel in the morning and throughout the day. Dental CPAP alternatives could provide you with the low maintenance help that you need to cure your sleep apnea. Call (301) 948-3111 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Adam Schneider or Dr. Katie Staub in Gaithersburg, MD.
With CEREC same day crowns, it is now possible to restore a damaged tooth in just one day! Created right in the dentist’s office while you wait, same day crowns deliver a number of benefits, including quickly restoring damaged teeth so that you can resume normal biting and chewing functions without delay. Here at Schneider Family Dentistry in Gaithersburg, MD, Drs. Adam Schneider and Katie Staub are your dentists for same day crowns!
What are Same Day Crowns?
Same day crowns are made at our Gaithersburg dentist’s office in one day using a technology called CEREC, which stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. CEREC utilizes both computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technology to first take a digital impression of the teeth and then create custom ceramic crowns from that digital impression. Your new crowns can be bonded in place on the same day they are made so you leave the dentist’s office with your teeth fully restored.
There are many benefits to choosing CEREC same day crowns for restoring damaged teeth, notably including that there is no multi-day waiting time! Prior to CEREC same day crowns, it often took several weeks and multiple dental appointments to get new crowns.
Another benefit of same day crowns is the use of digital imaging, which eliminates the need for creating a physical impression of the teeth. Making a physical mold of the teeth can be messy. The process can also cause discomfort for some patients, especially those with a sensitive gag reflex. The technology utilized by CEREC same day crowns eliminates the messiness and discomfort associated with making physical molds of the teeth.
Interested? Give Us a Call!
To learn more about how same day crowns could benefit you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Schneider or Dr. Staub, your Gaithersburg dentists, by calling Schneider Family Dentistry at (301) 948-3111.
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