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By John N. Kim, D.D.S., P.A.
November 25, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

After a dental examination revealed you had periodontal (gum) disease, you began undergoing treatment. Now after several cleaning sessions, the infection has subsided and your gums have returned to a healthy shade of pink.

But your gum care isn’t over — depending on the infection’s severity you may need to visit us more often than the normal six months between regular checkups.

Gum disease arises from dental plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food remnants built up on tooth surfaces due to poor oral hygiene. The bacteria cause an infection in the gums, which initiates a response from the body’s immune system that triggers inflammation.

Without proper treatment, periodontitis can come back in which the infection spreads deeper below the gum line. Pockets of infection can reoccur as gum tissues weaken and lose their attachment to teeth. This continuing damage can ultimately lead to both tooth and bone loss.

To stop the disease it’s necessary to remove all the infection-causing plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) from tooth surfaces, including around the roots. This is performed manually and could require surgery once again to access areas below the gum line.

To guard against this it’s necessary for you to undergo regular periodontal maintenance (PM). Besides cleaning, PM gives us an opportunity to check for signs of returning gum disease and, if found, plan for another round of treatment.

Although not written in stone, the interval between PM appointments that seems the most effective for preventing recurrence is every three months. In cases of advanced, aggressive gum disease, appointments may need to occur at even shorter intervals, for example every two months.

PM for susceptible patients with decreased resistance to disease require extra time and effort for the hygienist, along with a renewed daily hygiene habit of effective brushing and flossing by you to keep the disease at bay. But preventing another occurrence of gum disease and its consequences is well worth this extra attention for the health of your teeth and gums.

If you would like more information on dental care after gum disease treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By John N. Kim, D.D.S., P.A.
November 20, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

When it comes to the appearance of your teeth, even mild cosmetic concerns can cause you great displeasure.

The slightest gaps or misalignment can prevent you from feeling fully comfortable with your smile. Teeth that don’t respond to whitening Veneerstreatments can leave you feeling frustrated and disappointed.

But you don’t have to feel this way forever. For these minor cosmetic changes, veneers are an ideal option to improve the look of your smile quickly.

John Kim, DDS provides cosmetic dentistry to the Laurel, MD community and is ready to help you achieve the bright smile you’re looking for. To learn more about how veneers can improve your smile, call 301-604-8117 today for your consultation with Dr. Kim.

Benefits of Veneers

Veneers are thin porcelain covers that are bonded to your natural teeth to alter their shape, size, or color. They are a permanent solution to cosmetic concerns that keep you from being happy with the appearance of your teeth.

Veneers are ideal for improving the look of teeth that are:

  • Permanently stained
  • Slightly misaligned
  • Chipped or cracked
  • Worn down or too short
  • Jagged or ridged

Veneer Procedure

It typically takes about 3 appointments to complete treatment planning, shaping and coloring your new veneers, and permanently bonding them to your teeth.

Once the process is complete, you should be able to eat and drink most anything you want. You'll want to be careful with foods that are very hard, and avoid habits such as chewing on nails or pens--veneers are quite strong, but it's possible for them to chip with excessive wear.

You may feel some soreness immediately following the procedure, but once the initial discomfort fades your veneers will feel completely comfortable and natural--and so will you as you proudly show off your new smile every chance you get.

Laurel, MD Cosmetic Dentist

To find out if veneers could give you the confident smile you want, call our Laurel office at 301-604-8117 or request your appointment online. You could be just a few appointments away from having a brand new smile to love!

By John N. Kim, D.D.S., P.A.
November 10, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   braces  

Have you started orthodontic treatment recently? Are you having a little trouble getting used to your braces? If so, you are not alone: Everybody goes through an adjustment period during which they momentarily wonder if they’ll really ever get used to this. Don’t worry — you will! And we’ve never heard anyone say, on the day their braces come off and their new smile is revealed, that they aren’t glad they went the distance. Just ask Houston Rockets all-star center Dwight Howard, who discussed his own orthodontic treatment in a recent interview.

“I’m sure I was no different than anyone else who has ever had braces,” he told Mediaplanet. “At first I hated them so much… That changed once I got used to them and I actually grew to love them.” What’s Howard’s advice? “Do exactly what your orthodontist says and know that the outcome is well worth it in the end.” We couldn’t agree more! Here are some tips for wearing braces comfortably:

  • Hard & Chewy Foods: If you love fresh fruits and vegetables, that’s great; there’s no reason to give them up, just the really hard ones. You don’t want to bite into an apple or carrot or any other hard foods like bagels and pizza that have any “size” to them. Small pieces may be ok as long as they can’t bend your wires. Chewy, sticky candy should really be avoided completely. Same with soda, sports drinks and so-called energy drinks because they contain acids that promote tooth decay and can cause a lot of damage around the braces.
  • Effective Oral Hygiene: Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever, but also more challenging than ever. It’s easy for food to get stuck under wires and around brackets, but failing to remove it can cause tooth decay, gum irritation and soreness. Therefore, the cleaner your teeth and your braces are, the healthier you will be. Use interdental cleaning brushes and/or a floss-threader to get behind your wires. A mouthrinse can also help strengthen teeth and keep bacteria in check. If you have any questions about how to clean between your teeth, please ask for a demonstration at your next visit.
  • Pain Relief: Some soreness at the beginning of orthodontic treatment is normal. To relieve it, you can use an over-the-counter pain reliever and/or a warm washcloth or heating pad placed on the outside of the jaw. If brackets or wires are rubbing against the inside of your cheeks or lips, try applying wax to these areas of your braces. If this does not offer enough relief, we may be able to trim the end of a poking wire. Call us if you need help with this.

Our goal is to make your orthodontic treatment as comfortable as possible on the way to achieving your all-star smile. If you have questions about adjusting to braces, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Caring for Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”

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