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Posts for: September, 2014

By Colesville Dentistry
September 23, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

Once upon a time, a well-known Hollywood actress might have hired a private eye to keep unflattering pictures from appearing in the media. Today, that’s no longer the case. Take timeless beauty Demi Moore: In a widely circulated set of photos, her gap-toothed grin showed she was actually missing one of her front teeth!

It turns out the actress released the pictures herself, as she live-tweeted the tooth replacement procedure from her dentist’s office. Moore later explained that the tooth fell out suddenly as she was sitting at her desk.

Celebrities are just like regular folks… except they have more followers on twitter. So we’re happy when they show us that no matter how bad a dental problem may seem, there’s almost always a way to regain a gorgeous-looking smile. We’re not sure exactly how Demi’s dentist chose to restore the damaged tooth — but depending on the individual circumstances, modern dentistry offers a number of ways to close the gap.

A crown (or cap) is a replacement for the entire visible area of the tooth. It may be needed due to accident or trauma, or as a follow-up to root canal therapy. Placing a crown usually requires more than one office visit. First, the tooth is prepared by removing any decay and shaping it, and a precise model is made of the bite. Next, the permanent crown is custom-made in a dental laboratory; this is placed during a subsequent visit. Advances in technology, however, have made it possible in some instances to deliver the permanent crown in a single office visit. If the tooth still has a healthy root structure, a crown is usually a viable option — even when most of the visible part is gone.

What if the entire tooth, including the roots, are missing? Then your replacement options could include bridgework or a dental implant. A fixed bridge is a series of crowns joined together as one unit. The teeth on either side of the gap are prepared just as they would be for crowns, and the bridge (including a replacement for the missing tooth in the middle) is attached. Bridges have been used successfully for many years, but they have a drawback: They require enamel to be removed from the healthy teeth on either side of the gap, which could lead to a greater chance of decay, gum disease, or a root canal in the future.

The optimal solution, however, might be a dental implant. With this remarkable technology, the replacement tooth is solidly anchored into the jaw via a screw-shaped post made of titanium — a metal which actually becomes fused with the living bone tissue. A custom-made, lifelike crown is then securely attached to the metal implant. Dental implants are the most successful tooth-replacement procedure; they help preserve bone quality in the jaw — and with regular care, they can last a lifetime.

So if your smile is making you camera-shy, why not talk to us about your tooth-restoration options? If you would like additional information, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Dental Implants.”

By Colesville Dentistry
September 22, 2014
Category: Social Media
At Colesville Dentistry we strive to ensure that each of our patients leave our office feeling and looking better than ever. Many say a picture is worth a thousand words, but we think your smile is, too. If you have visited our dental office serving Silver Springs and Cloverly for a dental procedure, from routine cleanings to teeth whitening and dental implants, we want to hear about your experience with our dental team.

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First, we offer a section on our homepage for you to view what other patients are saying. Feel free to visit our homepage to read about other experiences while at Colesville Dentistry—you won’t be let down! You can also leave a review, or to view them as well, by visiting a popular review site, such as Google or Yelp. You can visit any review site by searching online or by visiting:
  • Google+
  • Yelp
  • Smile Reminder

What are others saying?

While you can view other patients’ reviews on the sites previously mentioned, we want to share a couple with you to view on here. Let’s take a look at a view reviews from Google+, Yelp and Smile Reminder:
On Google+, one patient left a glowing 5-star review that stated:
“The first thing I notice about people when they talk is their teeth, so it is important to me, personally, to present a good first impression with pretty, white teeth. Thank you to Dr. Hysong for giving me such a beautiful smile. It is a real confidence booster! Dr. Hysong is an exceptional dentist, his staff is considerate and professional, and his office is comfortable and convenient. I will never go to another dentist.”
Colesville Dentistry also received a great 5-star review on Yelp from a patient who summarized:
“This is a top tier dental practice—in fact one of the best that I have ever been to. This dental practice is by far the most professional, honest and down to earth practice I’ve ever had the privilege of going to. The prices were excellent and the service was great. The care and communication was excellent.”

Additionally, on Smile Reminder, a patient who was once afraid of the dentist shared her experience:

“Colesville Dentistry is an amazing place. I am a patient who is afraid of going to the dentist. For that reason, I put off things that needed to be done. Since going to this practice (about 5 years now) I have lost my fear because of their kindness and professionalism. I would highly recommend this office!”
As you can see, there are numerous patients who are happy with their experience with our Silver Springs general dentists. If you have visited us recently, please feel free to share your story, too! We want to continue to be your choice in a go-to dentist serving Cloverly and Silver Springs areas and your reviews help us do just that!

By Colesville Dentistry
September 15, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Water has been known as the number one beverage for being healthy, and is known to do wonders in keeping you hydrated. During the summer months in Colesville, it’s hot and we usually reach for a beverage to cool down. Soft drinks, juices, and sports drinks are often convenient, but should be consumed in moderation. Drinking too much of these drinks can cause damage to your teeth because they are loaded with sugar. Colesville Dentistry wants you to know the benefits in choosing water, especially water with fluoride, over other drinks.
Water for you and your children is beneficial not just for the lack of sugars, but also for the fluoride that is in tap water. For nearly 70 years, studies have consistently shown that fluoridation of community water supplies is safe and effective in preventing dental decay in both children and adults. Simply by drinking water, children and adults can benefit from fluoridation's cavity protection whether they are at home, work or school. Fluoride in water has been shown to decrease cavity formation by 20%-40%. It is a naturally occurring mineral that is proven to protect against tooth decay.

The health benefits of fluoride in water are:children sitting in a field

  • Fewer cavities and less severe cavities.
  • Less need for fillings and tooth extractions.
  • Less pain and suffering associated with tooth decay.
It is recommended to adequately get water with fluoride by using your own tap water that has fluoride in it. Using a reusable bottle is a good way to do this. Bottled water normally does not have fluoride inside, so drinking excessive amounts of bottled water does nothing for the health of your teeth.

Other Oral Health Procedures

Drinking water, specifically with fluoride is a good start to oral health, but you should also make sure to follow regular dental cleanings and checkups. Listed below are some at-home tips for you to follow.
  • Get into a routine of brushing and flossing. Brush twice a day, and floss once.
  • Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and replace the brush every 3-4 months.
  • Use toothpaste with fluoride, just like the water with fluoride.
  • Brush all surfaces of the teeth, tongue side and cheek-side.
  • Brush your tongue from back to front.
  • Limit sugary snacks, sugary drinks, as well as tobacco.
To learn more about keeping your mouth as healthy as possible, or why you should keep drinking water everyday, call our office at (301) 384-6000 today to schedule an appointment.

By Colesville Dentistry
September 08, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: osteoporosis  

If you have osteoporosis, one of the drugs you may be taking is alendronate, more commonly known by the brand name Fosamax®. Alendronate is a member of the bisphosphonate drug family, which inhibit bone resorption (the loss of bone mass). While an effective treatment of osteoporosis, alendronate may cause an opposite side effect in other areas of the body, the inhibition of new bone growth. This effect on the jaw in particular could result in an adverse reaction after dental surgery.

The main concern is a condition called osteonecrosis, or literally “bone death.” Bone tissue normally goes through a cycle of resorption (the dissolving of bone tissue) and new growth to replace the cells that have been lost through resorption. Osteonecrosis disrupts the growth phase so that the bone doesn’t recover properly after resorption. This results in the bone becoming weaker and less dense.

There have been a number of cases of increased osteonecrosis in patients on alendronate after experiencing trauma to the mouth. This includes dental surgery, particularly tooth extractions. In addition, patients with certain risk factors like diabetes, tobacco use or corticosteroid therapy appear more vulnerable to osteonecrosis.

Although the risk of osteonecrosis after dental surgery is small, many dentists recommend stopping the use of alendronate for three months before the procedure if you’ve been taking the drug for more than three years. This recommendation is based on a number of studies that seem to indicate three or more years of bisphosphonates therapy makes patients especially vulnerable to osteonecrosis. These studies also indicate stopping the therapy for three months significantly reduces the risk of developing the condition.

There’s still much to be learned about this link between alendronate therapy and dental health. It’s a good idea, then, to let us know what medications you’re taking (especially bisphosphonates) whenever you visit us for an exam. Knowing all your medications will help us develop the safest and most effective treatment plan for your dental care.

If you would like more information on bisphosphonates and their effect on oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Fosamax and Surgery.”

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