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By Frederick Dental Group
November 09, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gingivitis  

Gingivitis is often a sneaky problem that can develop quickly and leave damaged gum tissue. Given the recent pandemic and disruption in many patients' routine health visits, this can become an issue quickly. Regularly scheduled visits to the dentist help avoid and catch these issues quickly. Frederick Dental Group can provide a Frederick dentist for Frederick, MD residents to help with this issue. Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma fully understand this problem and will be able to assist you to restore your oral health to its natural state.

How Gingivitis Develops

Gingivitis starts when starches and sugars from the food you eat interact with the bacteria in your mouth. They can produce plaque, a type of biofilm that can quickly harden and spread throughout your teeth. When this plaque is not adequately removed by brushing and flossing, it can cause irritation in the gingival tissues surrounding the teeth. In some cases, it may form beneath the gum line as tartar, move to your gums, and cause gingivitis. Gingivitis can be the start of larger issues that can lead to and cause permanent bone loss. 

Before visiting a dentist, though, it is good to know what kind of symptoms indicate gingivitis. Doing so helps make it easier to manage this problem and gives you a better oral healthcare plan. Here's what you need to know about the many symptoms of gingivitis.

Symptoms of Gingivitis 

Make sure you watch for:

  • Swollen or irritated gums that may be tender to the touch 
  • Red gums that may worsen in color density 
  • Gums that bleed easily even when brushed or flossed even softly 
  • Bad breath that just refuses to go away 

This health issue is one that you must take seriously.

Let Us Help You

Do you need a Frederick dentist whom you can trust in Frederick, MD? Is your gingivitis getting out of control, and you're tired of being in pain? Then please contact us at Frederick Dental Group right away to learn more. Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma can help you better understand your oral health concerns and give you the care you need to recover. Call 301-624-1001 to get started today.

By Frederick Dental Group
May 06, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  

When your teeth become severely damaged, decayed, or infected, your smile is not only incomplete but your health and comfort can be negatively impacted. While one or two missing teeth can be replaced by bridges or implants, many or all missing teeth will require the restoration of your smile.

At the Frederick Dental Group in Frederick, MD, Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma can customize a solution for you. Dentures come in many types and there is often a fit that is right for you.

How do dentures work?

Dentures, available in full or partial sets, consist of a gum-colored base and artificial teeth. The base fits over the bone ridge and is held in place by suction. The artificial teeth attached to the base are sized, shaped, and tinted to look and perform like natural teeth, so you can resume the function of your bite.

What are the benefits of dentures?

Dentures are one of the more affordable replacements for missing teeth, costing less than dental implants. Dentures improve the appearance of your smile by filling in the gaps and spaces from missing teeth and are more natural-looking than you may have thought.

Dentures offer health benefits by allowing you to eat nutritious foods again. They support your facial structures, as multiple missing teeth can lead to the weakening of the jaw bone and significant changes in the structure of the face making the face appear older and collapsed.

How do you care for dentures?

Because dentures aren't permanent, you will need to remove them for sleeping and cleaning. Dentures should be brushed frequently and soaked overnight in water or a dental cleaning solution.

There may be an adjustment period to your dentures, as your mouth will need time to adjust to them. Once you are more accustomed to your dentures you should find them comfortable and secure-feeling.

What are the drawbacks of Dentures?

Dentures rely on adequate supporting bone to create the best fit and security of retention in the mouth. When there is diminished bone for support, dentures may be loose and move around during speech or chewing. Denture adhesive may be necessary to retain them. And, some patients have a gag reflex that may not allow the wearing of dentures. 

For these cases, implant-supported dentures may offer a solution that creates both stability and an esthetic result. Implant-supported dentures are locked in place over the implants and allow a more normal chewing experience than dentures alone. 

Whatever your need, there is a solution that we can assist you in determining. Our modern technology allows excellent diagnostic capability which assists in properly planning our cases. 

For more information or to set up a consultation, please call (301) 624-1001 and a team member will be happy to assist you. 

By Frederick Dental Group
January 23, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral surgery  

How your dentists in Frederick, Maryland can help you and your smile.

Oral surgery can eliminate painful conditions like decayed teeth, broken teeth, or teeth compromised by periodontal disease. It can also help make your smile easier to straighten if you are thinking about orthodontic treatment. Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma at Frederick Dental Group in Frederick, Maryland offer a wide range of dental services including oral surgery to help you and your smile.

Oral surgery may be necessary if you:

  • Have wisdom teeth; most people don’t have enough room for a third set of molars, the wisdom teeth. As a result, wisdom teeth often erupt out of position, or they don’t erupt at all. If they do erupt, they are often too far back for you to clean them effectively, resulting in tooth decay or periodontal problems.
  • Are undergoing orthodontic treatment; it’s often easier and faster to straighten teeth if some teeth are removed. Teeth that erupt out of position are often removed to make way for other teeth to come down into proper alignment. Removing teeth for orthodontics often provides a better result.
  • Have teeth that are so badly decayed or damaged that they can’t be restored with fillings, crowns, or root canal therapy; It’s often better to remove badly damaged or decayed teeth to improve the overall health and beauty of your smile.
  • Have teeth that have lost too much bone due to periodontal disease; if you have teeth that are loose because you’ve lost too much supporting bone, it’s best to have the teeth removed and consider tooth replacement options, to give you a fully functioning bite. Dental appliances and dental implants can restore your ability to chew, which helps your digestion and overall health.
  • Are getting dental implants; a dental implant screw is placed in your jaw during a simple in-office procedure. Over time, bone fuses with the dental implant and locks it in place. After the area has healed, a dental implant crown is placed on the dental implant screw and you have a new tooth.

Oral surgery can improve your smile. To find out more about oral surgery procedures and how oral surgery can help you, call Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma at Frederick Dental Group in Frederick, Maryland today at (301) 624-1001.

By Frederick Dental Group
May 07, 2018
Category: Oral Health

Don’t brush off the symptoms of gum disease—your teeth are too valuable and your oral health can have an effect on your overall health. periodontal diseasePeriodontal disease is as much of a risk to your smile as tooth decay. Visit a dentist at Frederick Dental Group in Frederick, MD to talk about your periodontal treatment options, including oral surgery.

Periodontitis 
Dentist's usually use the word gum disease to describe an oral condition called periodontitis. The disease process is where plaque causes an infection that deteriorates the gumline and underlying bone. It is more common in older adults, but it can also happen in patients who are as young as teenagers. It develops from poor oral hygiene, including a lack of flossing for long periods of time. Other risk factors include system diseases such as Diabetes or it may also be a hereditary problem, as family members often have the same periodontal issues. Periodontitis is an urgent matter because without treatment bone and tooth loss can occur.

Periodontal Treatment Options
The goal of periodontal treatment is to neutralize the bad bacteria, which lives in plaque below the gum line, remove diseased matter, and promote the growth of new healthy tissue around the teeth. Here are the treatments that may be suggested by your Frederick dentist:

- Scaling, root planing, and irrigation. (Also know as non-surgical gum treatment)
- Concurrent Antibiotic medication to stop the spread of bad bacteria. (Saliva testing can help in determining which bacterial profile is present and what antibiotics are most effective)
- Oral surgery to thoroughly remove infected tissue.
- Dental implants for advanced cases that require extraction.

Make Your Gum Health a Priority
Periodontal disease is an issue that develops over any period of neglecting your dental health. Change your habits to secure the future of your smile. Floss as much as possible, but definitely before going to bed. Quit using tobacco products, as they are a major cause of gum disease.

Explore Treatments
If you’ve already been diagnosed with periodontitis, or you feel that you may have some of the symptoms, contact Frederick Dental Group in Frederick, MD to explore your treatment options, which may include oral surgery. Call (301) 624-1001 today for an appointment with Dr. Dave Verma or Dr. Arpana Verma.

By Frederick Dental Group
October 02, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Going to the dentist can be nerve-racking. Some people even have a hard time thinking about going to the dentist and avoid it, which can sedation dentistrylead to the deterioration of oral and dental health. If you're someone who's afraid of the dentist or suffers from some sort of anxiety at the thought of visiting your doctor, then you should discover how your dentists, Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma, in Frederick, MD can help relieve your anxiety.

Methods of Sedation:

There are several methods of sedation used by your Fredrick dentists. If you feel sleep dentistry is something you should consider, then here are a few options to consider when meeting with your dentist to discuss sedation:

  • Oral sedation: Individuals who opt for oral sedation are given a combination of medications the night before and or the morning of the appointment based on the anxiety level of the patient. This will induce a state of relaxation and level of sleep and when the patient is relaxed the procedures the patient is scheduled for are performed. The patient can be sedated through the whole procedure and when they wake up, the dental treatment will already be over. Note that someone will have to drive you to and back from the dentist's office if this is your choice. This is a very common choice for those who are afraid to go to the dentist.
  • Nitrous oxide: Oxygen is mixed with the nitrous oxide and is inhaled by the patient through a mask that's put over their face. The sedative, also known as laughing gas, will not put you to sleep but can help you relax.

If you're interested in finding out more about sedation dentistry from your Fredrick, MD, dentists, Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma, then give them a call at (301) 624-1001. Both doctors are here to help you with your sedation dentistry inquiries.