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Caring for your dental health is just as important as any healthcare aspect. Deteriorating periodontal health can contribute to other systemic issues. You can just ask Drs. Adam Schneider and Katie Staub who serve the Gaithersburg MD area. The Schneider Family Dentistry doctors have a list of tips to help arm you against serious diseases.
More About Periodontal Health
So, what can deteriorated periodontal health lead to? Periodontitis, among other things. Periodontitis is a serious gum disease that damages soft tissue and teeth if not treated or prevented from the start. Untreated, people may suffer from tooth loss because gums around teeth start pulling away.
Periodontitis is preventable with a few solid tips from your Dentists in Gaithersburg MD:
- Gum disease is a direct consequence of poor oral hygiene. Make sure you brush at least twice a day, floss daily, and use fluoride-containing products like mouthwash.
- Visiting your dentist twice a year for regular checkups and professional teeth cleanings. This ensures early detection of diseases when they're easily treated, and professional dental cleaning removes plaque buildup on tooth surfaces and under gums to prevent gum disease.
- Opt for healthier foods, like apples, that help scrape off food buildup on teeth. Don't go for sugary food and beverages that act as food for acid-producing bacteria. The bacteria eat away at teeth, causing decay and cavities.
What are the symptoms of periodontitis?
Healthy gums are firm, pale pink, and fit snugly around teeth.
Symptoms of periodontitis and signs you need to visit your dentist include:
- Swollen or puffy gums
- Bright red, dusky red or purplish gums
- Gums that feel tender when touched
- Gums that bleed easily
- Bleeding gums after brushing and flossing
- Constant bad breath, and pus between teeth and gums
- Loose teeth or loss of teeth
- Pain while chewing
- New spaces developing between your teeth
- Gums that pull away from teeth, which makes teeth look longer
Need to make an appointment?
If you suspect you have gum disease, you need to speak with Drs. Adam Schneider and Katie Staub who serve the Gaithersburg MD area. You can reach them at Schneider Family Dentistry by calling 301-948-3111.
How your emergency dentists in Gaithersburg, Maryland can help when you have a dental emergency
Dental emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere, and when you least expect it. Your emergency dentist can help. Dr. Adam Schneider and Dr. Katie Staub at Schneider Family Dentistry in Gaithersburg, Maryland offer family, and emergency dental services to help you when you have a dental emergency.
So, how do you know if you are dealing with a dental emergency? There are a few things to pay attention to, such as:
- If you have a toothache that doesn’t go away
- If you have a tooth that is painful when you eat or drink hot, cold, or sweet foods or beverages
- If you knock your tooth loose or knock it out completely
- If your filling or crown is loose or has fallen out
- If your dental implant or dental bridge is loose
You may also be involved in an accident or had an injury affecting your face, jaws, or teeth. In these cases, seek out help from your dentist as soon as you can.
One of your body’s first lines of defense is pain, and that includes tooth pain. When you are experiencing tooth pain, it could be a sign of tooth decay, and you may need a dental filling. If you have lost a substantial amount of tooth structure, you may need a dental crown.
If you are experiencing tooth pain that increases when you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages, it could be a sign you have damaged the inner layer of your tooth, an area known as the pulp. The pulp is where the nerves and blood supply are located. When the pulp becomes damaged, you probably need a root canal.
Your emergency dentist will take x-rays and do a thorough dental examination to determine the appropriate treatment for your dental emergency. The key is to seek out treatment early before your dental problem can become worse.
When you have a dental emergency, it’s nice to know that your family and emergency dentist is on hand to help when you need it. To find out more about dental emergencies and dental emergency treatment, call Dr. Adam Schneider and Dr. Katie Staub of Schneider Family Dentistry in Gaithersburg, Maryland at (301) 948-3111. Call today!
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.
You lost a tooth and desire the best tooth replacement possible. At Schneider Family Dentistry in Gaithersburg, Dr. Adam Schneider and Dr. Katie Staub recommend and place dental implants--true artificial teeth which reside right in the jaw. Highly successful and faithful imitators of natural teeth, implants restore oral health, function and appearance.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium screw or cylinder placed into the jaw bone. At Schneider Family Dentistry in Gaithersburg, your dentist completes the entire implant process--from examination and X-rays to oral impressions to oral surgery and restoration--right in the treatment room. Dr. Schneider and Dr. Staub use implants to fill smile gaps caused by decay, abscess, oral trauma or congenital problems such as misshapen or missing teeth.
A single implant has three parts: the implant itself, an extension post and porcelain crown. The post and crown complete the implant after the site has completely healed.
The jaw bone adheres to the dental implant through something called osseointegration, This process creates a firm and almost unbreakable bond. In fact, that's a main benefit of dental implants: they actually improve the width, height and density of the jaw bone.
In addition to replacing one tooth, implants can support multi-tooth bridges, partial dentures and full dentures. So, even patients with substantial tooth loss can take advantage of these great dental prosthetics.
Can you receive dental implants?
Many adults and older teenagers can if they:
- Are in good overall health
- Have enough bone in their jaws to support implants (this is determined by X-ray and CT scan)
- Faithfully floss daily and brush their teeth twice a day to avoid plaque and tartar build-up
Plan on a consultation with Dr. Schneider or Dr. Staub. They'll fully explain the process, costs and timeline. Dental implant treatments take several weeks to complete; however, the process is comfortable and the results..amazing.
Miscellaneous facts about dental implants
- Research shows that dental implants last upwards of 25 years, says Columbia University School of Dental Medicine.
- Smokers can receive implants but should abstain from tobacco for 3 days before and 3 days after their procedures. Cigarettes can break down implant sites and cause peri-implantitis, an infection similar to gum disease. Quitting tobacco is best.
- Precise imaging techniques help your dentist accurately place your implants for maximum functionality.
Find out more
We recommend you come in for an individual consultation with Dr. Schneider or Dr. Staub. Learn your options, and look forward to a complete and attractive smile. Call Schneider Family Dentistry today at (301) 948-3111.
Ignoring sleep apnea symptoms can have a devastating effect on your health. Luckily, your dentist can help you keep your airway open and reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other diseases and conditions. Gaithersburg, MD, dentists Dr. Adam Schneider and Dr. Katie Staub not only care for your teeth and mouth but also offer sleep apnea treatment.
Do I have sleep apnea?
You may have sleep apnea if you have one or more of these signs and symptoms:
- Loud Snoring: Loud snoring doesn't automatically mean you have sleep apnea, but it is a common sign. Snoring may occur if your airway becomes blocked or narrows while you sleep.
- Breathing Pauses: Sleep apnea stops your breathing for seconds at a time many times throughout the night. Although you may not be aware that you stop breathing, your partner, spouse or family member might notice the problem.
- Sudden Waking: Do you jerk awake suddenly during the night or wake up gasping for breath? Both of these actions force you to begin breathing again.
- Daytime Fatigue: Sleep apnea affects sleep quality and duration and may make you feel exhausted during the day. It may also affect your memory and your ability to concentrate.
- Depression and Irritability: Lack of sleep can lead to feelings of depression, irritability and moodiness.
How can my Gaithersburg dentist help?
If you've been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you may have tried a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. The machine keeps your airway open by sending a constant stream of air into your throat. Although CPAP machines offer an effective way to manage sleep apnea symptoms, they're not the right choice for everyone. If you can't find a comfortable CPAP mask, or the sound keeps you or your partner awake, you may want to pay a visit to your dentist's office.
He or she can fit you with an oral appliance that you'll wear while you sleep. The device holds your jaw forward, which keeps your airway open and prevents your tongue from blocking your throat. The low-tech appliance is comfortable, portable and affordable.
Have you been diagnosed with sleep apnea but aren't sure if a CPAP machine is right for you? You may benefit from an oral appliance. Call Gaithersburg, MD, dentists Drs. Adam Schneider and Katie Staub at (301) 948-3111 to schedule your appointment.