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By H. David Allick, DDS, PA
October 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental CrownDon’t Ignore a Broken or Damaged Tooth. After All, It’s a Very Simple Fix.

It might feel like the end of the world when you break or crack a tooth, but don’t panic, our Rockville, MD, family dentists, Dr. H. David Allick and Dr. Ghassan Jacklis, have treated this issue countless times and are here to help! Of course, you should never ignore a damaged tooth, for the sooner you seek care, the better your oral health will be. Read below to find out how Drs. Allick and Jacklis can treat your damaged tooth.

What Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a cap that is shaped just like the crown of a tooth. Its hollow structure allows it to fully cover a tooth all the way to the gums where it operates as a barrier, hugging your tooth and protecting it from further damage. Our Rockville, MD, dentist may recommend getting a dental crown if,

  • You have a tooth that is cracked, broken, or fractured
  • You have a tooth with severe decay
  • You have an infected tooth that requires root canal therapy
  • You have a misshapen or discolored tooth
  • You are replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant or dental bridge

How Is a Dental Crown Placed?

To get a dental crown, we will first need to prep the tooth. Even though the crown is hollow, we will still need to shave down the tooth to make room for the crown. We also need to address any issues such as an infection or decay before we place the crown.

Dental crowns have to be custom made since teeth aren’t all the same sizes. This means that once the tooth has been prepped, we will also need to take impressions of your mouth. These molds will give a dental lab the exact measurements needed to create the perfect crown. Since this process can take about a week, a temporary crown will be placed over the tooth to protect it.

Once the crown is fabricated you will come back in for a final fitting. After all, we want to make sure the crown fits perfectly and doesn’t affect your bite. Once we check the crown to make sure it’s just right, we will then cement it permanently in place.

Interested? Contact Us Today!

Whether you want to find out if a dental crown can improve your oral health or if you have questions about other dentistry services we offer here in Rockville, MD, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call White Flint Dental Associates at (301) 881-6666. We will be happy to answer your questions and schedule your next visit with us!

By H. David Allick, DDS, PA
June 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
3QuestionstoAnswerBeforeYourSmileMakeover

Transforming your smile can be a huge undertaking. And while we have the technical skills, experience and understanding of aesthetics to perform a smile makeover, your input is just as necessary to achieve a satisfying result.

Your part really has to do with expectations — what do you see when you look in the mirror — and what do you want to change?

Here are 3 questions to help guide you in shaping your expectations for that new, beautiful smile.

What do you dislike about your teeth? This is really about specifics and not just a general feeling of dissatisfaction. Are your teeth misshapen, chipped or missing? Are they discolored or stained? Is the spacing off or do you have a poor bite (malocclusion)? Getting a sense of what you perceive as unattractive will help us formulate a plan to improve the appearance of those problem areas.

Are you concerned with how much your gums show when you smile? Your teeth may be perfect, but if your gums seem to steal the spotlight when you smile (known as a “gummy” smile), you may need some remedy like veneers, crowns or even corrective surgery. Which procedure depends on whether the crowns of your teeth are too short in proportion to the gums, or the muscles in your upper lip are allowing the lip to rise too high when you smile. A dental examination will tell all.

Do you want a “Hollywood Smile” — or just a more attractive, natural you? Smile makeovers aren’t just about clinical alterations — it’s just as much about your personal perceptions of beauty. Some patients want the perfectly shaped, aligned and dazzlingly white smile that’s the epitome of Hollywood. Others want only to enhance their smile, perhaps even keeping a few unique imperfections they’re comfortable with. It’s important to know which person you are, and to communicate that with us when we’re putting together your makeover plan.

Changing your smile is a big step in your life. You can help make the process more satisfying and successful if you understand what you want to change — and why.

If you would like more information on smile analysis and makeover, please contact us to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Great Expectations.”

By H. David Allick, DDS, PA
March 18, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
BaseballsFranciscoLindorShinesasMrSmile

At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By H. David Allick, DDS, PA
February 27, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Want a more beautiful smile?cosmetic dentistry

Your confidence is of the utmost importance, which is why your Rockville, MD, dentists Dr. David Allick and Dr. Ghassan Jacklis can help. Cosmetic dentistry is a great way to boost your self-esteem.

Here are some cosmetic procedures:

Crowns:

Crowns look like caps and are made of porcelain. Your Rockville dentist takes an impression of your teeth and sends them to a lab where custom crowns are made just for you. In the meantime though, you're given a temporary crown. The dental crown reinforces the tooth and allows it to withstand various degrees of pressure, meaning you can enjoy eating without the worry of ruining your tooth.

Here are some other procedures that use dental crowns:

  • Attaching bridges
  • Covering dental implants
  • Covering stained or discolored teeth

Veneers:

Think of veneers as a resurfacing process. Your doctor eliminates the flaws ruining your smile. Veneers are placed on the surface of your teeth.

Here are some examples of what veneers can cover:

  • Dents, grooves, cracks and fractures found on the surface of your teeth that may have been caused by injury, for example.
  • Slight gaps, overcrowdedness, and crooked and misshaped teeth can be fixed. These issues can simply be hereditary, but cause issues with bite and chewing function.
  • Discoloration and stains can be removed to give you a brighter smile. Discoloration could be due to age or other factors like smoking or drinking tea and coffee.

Dental implants:

Dental Implants are state-of-the-art installations that are used to fix gaps in your smile. The process of getting a dental implant is straightforward. your dentist applies local anesthesia to the problem area and removes any remnants of the old tooth, and places a titanium post in the jawbone. The titanium post is biocompatible, so your body is less likely to reject it.

Afterwards, they will surgically seal the area and give you a temporary crown. The titanium post will need to osseointegrate, which takes three to six months. This process simply means the titanium post will fuse with the bone, therefore giving your support and strength.

When the three to six months pass, you will go back to your doctor. They will re-open the area and attach an abutment and a permanent crown that matches the rest of your teeth.

If you have any questions or concerns, call your Rockville, MD, dentist.

By H. David Allick, DDS, PA
May 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

If you feel as though your smile is dull, damaged or generally not up to par, you may have looked into porcelain veneers. These versatile veneersdental restorations can accomplish many tasks, from subtly tweaking your smile’s imperfections to renewing an entire arch of teeth to straighten, even and whiten them. Learn more about porcelain veneers with Dr. H. David Allick at White Flint Dental Associates in Rockville, MD.

What can veneers do for me? 
Dentists use dental veneers to improve the appearance of imperfections in the teeth. The veneer itself fits over the front of the tooth and covers the imperfections, providing a completely new appearance. The new appearance can be subtle or dramatic, depending on your preferences. Dentists often use dental veneers to treat issues like:

  • chipped teeth
  • cracked teeth
  • yellowed teeth
  • discolored teeth
  • slightly misaligned teeth
  • slight overcrowding
  • slight under crowding

What can I expect from my veneers? 
Porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years with the proper care. The procedure is permanent and irreversible and patients should understand that a committed oral care routine is necessary to keep their veneers healthy. Before placing your veneers, your dentist will prepare the teeth by removing a small amount of enamel from their surfaces. This roughens the surface of the tooth to help the bond between the veneer and the tooth and makes room for the veneer to fit against the tooth naturally.

Porcelain Veneers in Rockville, MD
If you decide veneers are the right dental procedure for you, regular dental examinations and cleanings alongside a strong at-home oral care routine will become more important than ever. Your at-home routine should consist of brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once. Seeing your dentist for bi-annual checkup appointments will help them catch dental issues like tooth decay early while at their most treatable stages. Additionally, regular dental cleanings will keep both your veneers and natural teeth healthy and free of bacteria and plaque.

For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Allick at White Flint Dental Associates in Rockville, MD. Call (301) 881-6666 to schedule your consultation for veneers today!