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By H. David Allick, DDS, PA
January 27, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: porcelain veneers  

Porcelain veneers offered by your Rockville, MD, cosmetic dentists, Drs. Ghassan Jacklis and H. David Allick provide a simple way to upgrade your smile and conceal imperfections. If you've been thinking about revitalizing your teeth with veneers, you'll want to take a look at these commonly asked questions about the restorations.

What are veneers?

Veneers conceal flaws the same way a slipcover hides a stain on a couch or refacing improves the appearance of damaged or outdated kitchen cabinets. The wafer-thin restorations are made from an impression of your mouth and applied to the fronts of your teeth with dental cement. They're constructed of porcelain, a translucent material that reflects light the same way tooth enamel does. As a result, your veneers will look and feel completely natural.

What types of imperfections can veneers improve?

Veneers provide an ideal way to conceal a variety of tooth flaws. They're an excellent choice if a tooth has a shallow, noticeable crack, or wear and tear caused a small chip in the bottom of your tooth.

Braces may not be necessary if you have just a few crooked teeth. Porcelain veneers can completely change the appearance of oddly shaped teeth and make crooked or twisted teeth look perfectly straight.

The restorations are also used to close slight gaps between teeth, hide uneven surfaces and lengthen short teeth. If your teeth have shortened due to your grinding or clenching habit, your Rockville cosmetic dentists may recommend a nightguard to prevent damage to your veneers and your teeth.

Do you wish your smile was as white as your favorite celebrity's? Adding stain-resistant veneers is an excellent, long-term alternative to teeth whitening treatment. A porcelain veneer can also improve the appearance of a single discolored tooth by matching its shade to those of nearby teeth.

Is it difficult to care for veneers?

Brushing and flossing your teeth will keep your veneers in good condition. Veneers are designed to withstand chewing and biting, but they can break if you gnaw on ice or use your teeth to open packages. You may also want to avoid abrasive toothpastes that may scratch the porcelain.

Renew your smile with porcelain veneers! Call your Rockville, MD, cosmetic dentists, Drs. Ghassan Jacklis and H. David Allick, at (301) 881-6666 to schedule your appointment.

By H. David Allick, DDS, PA
November 19, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

The circumstances surrounding tooth loss vary from person to person, and so do tooth replacement needs. Here at White Flint Dental Associates in Rockville, MD, Dr. Ghassan Jacklis and Dr. H. David Allick offer dental implant solutions as unique as your oral health requirements. Read on to learn here how these inventive prosthetics help people regain their smiles after tooth loss.

A smile is worth saving

When teeth are lost through periodontal disease, decay, or trauma, the mouth and face change in significant ways, including:

  1. Bone and gums recession—up to 25 percent in the first year post-extraction, says Dear Doctor.
  2. A development of premature facial wrinkles.
  3. Speech changes
  4. Dramatic diminishment in biting and chewing ability—even with the loss of a single tooth

As such, when extraction or other forms of tooth loss are unavoidable, the professional team here at our Rockville office often recommend dental implants as the premier tooth loss solution.

How dental implants work

Constructed from biocompatible titanium, dental implants are placed into the jaw bone at the site of the lost tooth, thereby replacing the structure from root to crown. That's right—implants give you a totally new, functional, and attractive tooth! Additionally, patients report that dental implants are practically indistinguishable from their healthy natural teeth.

To begin your dental implant journey, you will visit your Rockville dentist for a consultation. There, he will evaluate your remaining teeth, gums, and overall health, as well as take an X-ray screening to determine the condition of your jaw bone (adequate bone density is essential to implant success). If you lack enough bone, the doctor may advise bone augmentation procedures before starting implant placement.

Once cleared, the implant surgery takes about an hour to complete. During the procedure, the dentist inserts the device into the jaw, and something called osseointegration begins. Over time, the bone cells fully meld with the titanium screw, forming a sturdy bond well able to withstand the substantial pressures of chewing and biting. Then, you can receive the metal alloy post and porcelain crown which complete your customized dental implant.

How dental implants last

Most implant procedures succeed—to 98 percent of them, studies show. However, longevity depends on good oral hygiene habits, a tobacco-free lifestyle, and gentle treatment (no teeth clenching or grinding). Additionally, you should get your usual semi-annual exams and professional cleanings at our Rockville office.

Remember—being proactive about your oral health keeps all your teeth (implants or not) strong, bright and healthy!

For more information...

Please contact White Flint Dental Associates for a one-on-one implant consultation. Bring all your questions, and Dr. Allick or Dr. Jacklis will answer them completely. Phone us today at (301) 881-6666.