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By Frederick Dental Group
March 04, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: oral surgery   Wisdom Tooth  

Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?

Sometime around the late teens or early twenties, people’s wisdom teeth start to erupt. These are the third and final set of molars. When wisdom teeth come in properly — meaning they are correctly aligned — they do not interfere with the chewing power. Unfortunately, more often than not, wisdom teeth are misaligned, become impacted and unable to erupt, and need to be removed. If you're in need of a wisdom tooth removal, set up your appointment with Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma at Frederick Dental Group in Frederick, MD.

Why do we have wisdom teeth?

It is thought that we have wisdom teeth because — back in the day — we ate a diet that consisted of more rough foods, like roots, leaves, and meat, all of which required more heavy-duty chewing power. As evolution progressed and diets changed, the human jaw has decreased in size creating no space for the 3rd molars. In fact, some people do not develop them at all.

Reasons Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed

While there is no clear-cut rule that says every single person needs to have their wisdom teeth removed, there are certain situations where one or more wisdom teeth are causing a problem or have a strong likelihood that problems will eventually arise in the future that warrants their removal.

1. Fully Impacted Wisdom Teeth

When a wisdom tooth is “impacted”, it means that the tooth is covered partially or completely by gum or bone, thereby preventing it from erupting through the gum. This often occurs when the mouth is too small to allow enough room for the tooth to emerge. Because bacteria, food, or other mouth substances can be lodged under the gum that covers the wisdom tooth, it can lead to an acute abscess, known as pericoronitis.

2. Partially Impacted Wisdom Teeth

When a wisdom tooth is partially impacted, meaning the tooth has partially emerged from the gums, it is almost always advised to be removed. Because of its location in the very back of the mouth, a partially erupted wisdom tooth is more susceptible to not only decay and cavities, but also gum disease.

3. Other Reasons to Have Wisdom Teeth Removed

If you experience any of the below dental issues or changes in your dental health, removal of your wisdom tooth (teeth) may be necessary:

  • Pain at or surrounding the wisdom tooth site, including the jaw or cheek area
  • Repetitive infections
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay (extensive)
  • Tumors
  • Cysts
  • Damage to surrounding teeth

It is important to know that the decision to have a wisdom tooth removed isn’t always cut and dry. It is essential to talk to Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma about the alignment of your wisdom teeth if they have already erupted, the health of your wisdom teeth if impacted or partially impacted, and your overall dental health to determine what is best for your situation. Contact Frederick Dental Group in Frederick, MD, to schedule an appointment today! Call 301-624-1001.

By Frederick Dental Group
January 06, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

If you are looking for ways to replace missing teeth, Frederick Dental Group can help. We offer several denture options, including both removable and fixed options. Our experienced dentists will work with you to find the best solution to fit your life. Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma are professionals who will create affordable dentures for you in Frederick, MD. We are always accepting new patients and look forward to assisting you with various denture options.

Who Should Get Dentures?

Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth. They can replace some or all the teeth in your upper and/or lower jaw. Dentures are useful for people who have lost one or more teeth due to injury, tooth decay, gum problems, an oral infection, or old age.

What are the Different Types of Dentures?

Partial Dentures

A partial denture is an affordable option to replace multiple missing teeth. They are custom-made to fit your mouth. With a partial denture, you can eat and smile again, restoring your confidence in public. The replacement teeth fit around your existing teeth. These dentures can be made in different ways, often allowing them to be nearly invisible when worn. Partial dentures are easier to create and deliver without inconveniencing the patient. 

Conventional Full Dentures 

With a conventional set, your new teeth will come out of the mouth in one piece, and you will need to remove them at night. Complete dentures can be more inconvenient. Most patients will elect to have IMMEDIATE DENTURES. If you want fast, affordable dentures in Frederick, MD, we can give you immediate dentures. With an immediate denture, we will measure your mouth and fit you for dentures. The teeth are removed, and the dentures are immediately inserted into your mouth following the procedure. This skips over being without teeth which patients appreciate a great deal. There are more adjustments with this type of denture and a final denture is typically constructed once healing is complete. A more CONVENTIONAL/TRADITIONAL route is to remove all the teeth, allow multiple weeks of healing prior to construction of dentures. Most patients find this way to be quite inconvenient as they have to be edentuous for multiple weeks before having their dentures made. 

The Frederick Dental Group is the perfect place for all your dentures options in Frederick, MD. Call Drs. Verma at (301) 624-1001 for an appointment today. We look forward to helping you get your smile back!

By Frederick Dental Group
August 31, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sedation dentistry  

Dental anxiety can make even the simplest dental procedures scary. Developing a relationship with your trusted dentist can help put you at ease during your next dental appointment. Your dentist, Dr. Dave Verma, and Dr. Arpana Verma of Frederick Dental Group offer sedation dentistry in Frederick, MD, to make your dental appointments more comfortable.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry helps you relax as your dentist attends to you. Sedation dentistry is different from general anesthesia as you can usually stay awake while your dentist works. However, your dentist can sometimes put you to sleep for specific dental procedures. Sedation dentistry in Frederick, MD, can help if you have dental anxiety, are super sensitive to pain, or have a strong gag reflex. It may also be necessary for dental procedures that take a long time.

Forms of Dental Sedation

Oral Sedation

These are oral medications that your dentist can give you before your dental appointment. They help you relax during your procedure and reduce your discomfort. A huge advantage of oral sedation is that there is no need to start an IV. That makes it an excellent choice if you're scared of needles.

Inhaled Minimal Sedation

Here, your dentist places a mask delivering nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas, over your nose. Laughing gas acts rapidly and helps you get comfortable during your dental appointment. Its effects typically wear off as the gas is turned off allowing you to function normally after the procedure with no lingering effects.

Sedation dentistry is safe with minimal side effects. The dentists here at Frederick Dental Group are highly trained in Sedation Dentistry.  Join the hundreds of patients before you who have conquered their fear of going to the dentist by having their dentistry done with sedation. Call (301) 624-1001 to schedule your dental appointment today.

By Frederick Dental Group
July 07, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Wondering what dental implants can do for your smile after tooth loss?

While some people still haven’t heard of dental implants, the truth is, dental implants have been around since the mid-60s! Today, dental implants have become a popular way for our Frederick, MD, dentists, Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma, to replace one or more missing teeth. If you are a healthy individual who is dealing with tooth loss, dental implants may be able to help. Here are just some of the benefits of getting this dental restoration:

Preserve Your Bone Health

A common complication of untreated tooth loss is bone loss. Since the missing tooth roots aren’t providing stimulation to the jawbone, this leads to bone loss over time. This problem will continue to happen unless a dental implant is used to replace the missing tooth roots. By getting an implant not long after tooth loss, you can preserve the jawbone’s natural structure and prevent subsequent bone loss.

Prevent Premature Aging

Another unfortunate complication of tooth loss is changes to the facial structure. As the jawbone begins to deteriorate, a collapsing bite can affect the overall shape of your face. The cheeks begin to sink inward, and skin also begins to sag and wrinkle since the teeth that support the face are no longer present.

 Fortunately, by getting dental implants from our Frederick, MD, dental team we can support the bite and recreate function.

Restore Chewing and Speaking

When you lose one or more teeth you may find it more difficult to chew certain foods properly. You may even notice that you’ve developed a speech impediment such as a lisp as a result of your tooth loss. You’ll be happy to hear that dental implants can restore function back into your smile; improving your speech and making it easier to enjoy all of your favorite foods.

When it comes to getting dental implants in Frederick, MD, you want only the very best. For more than two decades, Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma have been providing exceptional dental care to patients living in and around Frederick Dental Group. We’ve helped many patients regain full smiles with dental implants, and we can help you, too. To schedule an implant consultation with us, simply call (301) 624-1001 today.

By Frederick Dental Group
December 14, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

At Frederick Dental Group, our entire team is committed to our patients looking and feeling their best. Good overall health includes a complete smile. In their Frederick, MD, practice, Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma place many dental implants and rebuilding lives and smiles one tooth at a time.

Tooth loss is heartbreaking in many ways. Your smile becomes spaced and your bite is weakened as teeth drift. This could cause teeth to lose bone and loosen over time as well as cause a permanent collapse of the bite.

If you're anticipating dental extractions or already have missing teeth, let our dentists recover your smile. Good planning prevents a poor outcome and lets us engineer your function to be as stable as possible going forward. Dental implants may be surgically placed singly or in groups to support bridges or dentures.

Dr. Dave Verma or Dr. Arpana Verma will consult with you about your specific needs. A complete oral exam and digital imaging can confirm if implants are right for you. It allows us to analyze the quality and availability of your bone to support implants. If they are, expect a treatment plan tailored to your particular needs and situation.

Dental implants are screw-like devices that replace your natural tooth roots. In our Frederick, MD, office, your dentist will insert the implant where your natural tooth once stood. Guided planning allows oral surgery to be comfortable, usually completed under a local anesthetic.

Over the healing period, your jaw bone adheres to the implant. Dentists call this bonding activity osseointegration. Once osseointegration is complete, your implant receives structural components that allow it to support a porcelain crown to complete your new tooth.

Advantages of dental implants

  • Most implants readily bond to bone. In fact, the American College of Prosthodontists says that upwards of 95 percent of dental implant treatments succeed and are retained for decades with appropriate care.
  • You avoid the inconveniences of dentures or partials -- that is, appliance slippage, poor biting and chewing power, and that nasty denture adhesive.
  • Implants cannot decay.
  • Patients say their implants resemble real teeth in every way -- appearance, performance, and even how they feel.
  • In the long run, dental implants are cost-sparing. Brush and floss your dental implants just as you do natural teeth. Good home care ensures that your implants, like your natural teeth, will last for years. Implants can require more frequent maintenance visits in some cases and our office will partner with you to ensure your ongoing health.

Rebuilt and renewed

That can be your smile with a state of the art dental implants in place. Call us at Frederick Dental Group for a consultation with Dr. Dave Verma or Dr. Arpana Verma. We will be happy to tell you all about these marvelous tooth replacements.

You can reach us at (301) 624-1001. Ask about our dental implant special.