Friday, October 12, 2018

Factors of Bad Breath

If you don’t brush and floss your teeth on a daily basis, food particles will remain in the mouth and leave a foul odor that causes bad breath. Bad breath is embarrassing and can leave a person feeling self-conscious when they aren’t the only one who notices. Bad breath is usually the result of poor oral hygiene habits, so it’s important to visit Dr. David Bishop of Bishop & Bishop Dental twice a year to get your oral hygiene under control.
Plenty of factors play into the foul odor that is caused by bad breath, which is also known as halitosis. It may be caused by foods a person eats, poor oral hygiene, medical conditions, and even dry mouth. Treatments for this condition include practicing proper oral hygiene by brushing and flossing on a daily basis, mouthwash, quitting smoking and changing bad habits. In addition, our staff at Bishop & Bishop Dental recommends dental checkups and professional cleanings twice a year to assist in providing you with the freshest breath on the block.
If you have questions or concerns regarding oral care or dental hygiene, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.bishopdental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. David Bishop at Bishop & Bishop Dental here in Silver Spring, Maryland, call 301-608-9270.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

What Happens When a Dental Implant Fails?

Any patient with dental implants should know the signs and symptoms of peri-implantitis. Peri-implantitis is an inflammatory process affecting the soft and hard tissues surrounding an implant. By knowing the early signs of this disease, a patient can receive professional help in time, before the bone loss around the implants becomes too intense. This is what happens when a dental implant fails, and if it happens to you, Dr. David Bishop of Bishop & Bishop Dental is here to help.
Peri-implantitis, or infection, can set in when bacteria is present during oral surgery or any time post-surgery without proper dental hygiene. It can also be caused by the dental cement used to secure crowns onto the abutments when it escapes from under the crown during cementation and gets caught in the gums. A form of periodontal disease, peri-implantitis can sometimes be treated, but in most cases, the implant must be removed. Patients who smoke, have thin gums, diabetes, or poor oral hygiene are at greater risk of developing the infection.
If you have questions or concerns regarding dental implant failure, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.bishopdental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. David Bishop at Bishop & Bishop Dental here in Silver Spring, Maryland, call 301-608-9270.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Apicoectomy after a Root Canal

An apicoectomy is performed after an unsuccessful root canal. When an infection will not go away or returns after a root canal have been performed this procedure is usually necessary. Dr. David Bishop of Bishop & Bishop Dental is known for taking a comprehensive, but gentle approach to dentistry. In most cases, he may suggest a second root canal before an apicoectomy since it is a simpler, less invasive procedure.
Most apicoectomies take between 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the location of the tooth and the complexity of the root structure. Procedures on front teeth are generally the shortest. Those on lower molars generally take the longest. Before the procedure, Ballston Metro Dental will provide you with a consultation to see what action best fits your needs. With the advances in endodontic microsurgery at Bishop & Bishop Dental, you’ll feel confident about the quality of care you’re receiving.
If you have questions or concerns regarding endodontic treatment, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.bishopdental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. David Bishop at Bishop & Bishop Dental here in Silver Spring, Maryland, call 301-608-9270.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Dental Instruments

We don’t want patients to feel nervous at Bishop & Bishop Dental in Silver Spring. Too many people have preventable tooth decay because they’ve missed regular appointments. Since dental instruments are often the source of patients’ anxiety, we wanted to get patients used to them by explaining how they work.
The instruments dentists and hygienists use the most often are the handheld mirror and the explorer. The handheld mirror allows us to move the patient’s cheek away from their teeth in addition to providing different views. The explorer, also known as a probe, is the hooked instrument used to scrape tartar off teeth. We also use the explorer to test the hardness of tooth enamel and to clean debris out of the gum pockets.
When patients have tooth decay, there are several tools we use to provide fillings. Modern dental drills emit a stream of water to prevent heat damage. We mix white resin composite material on a small spatula and place it on the cavity using an instrument called a burnisher. A burnisher is a metal instrument with a blunt end, and they come in many shapes for contouring fillings. If a tooth ever needs to be removed, we rock it back and forth with a small, flat spoon called an elevator to loosen it before removing it with reverse-action forceps.
David Bishop, DDS and Dorienne Taylor-Bishop, DDS, operate Bishop & Bishop Dental at 8830 Cameron St, #504, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910. To set up an appointment, call 301-608-9270 or visit Bishop Dental and fill out acontact sheet.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Sleeptember

People suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can count on quality care at Bishop & Bishop Dental in Silver Spring. We are providers of custom-fitted oral appliances that keep peoples’ airways open at night. But sleep apnea is one of the most underdiagnosed conditions, which is why the American Sleep Apnea Association has launched the Sleeptember campaign to raise awareness of it.
OSA is a potentially life-threatening condition. When people have it, their throat tissue sags into their airway when they’re asleep, causing them to be taken out of deep sleep throughout the night. In the short-term, they may have a harder time waking up if they stop breathing and will feel tired the next day. In the long-term, they are at increased risk for heart disease and depression. Sleep apnea is also a major factor in vehicular accidents and is often the cause of nighttime teeth grinding, also known as bruxism.
Snoring is one of the most significant red flags for sleep apnea. Other signs are lax eyelids and inexplicable fatigue. Patients can visit a sleep center for a diagnosis. If they test positive, we’ll work with their care team to fabricate a night guard that will protect them from bruxism and keep their jaw in a position that is less likely to cause an obstruction.
David Bishop, DDS and Dorienne Taylor-Bishop, DDS, operate Bishop & Bishop Dental at 8830 Cameron St, #504, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910. To set up an appointment, call 301-608-9270 or visit Bishop Dental and fill out a contact sheet.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Thank You for Your Positive Testimonials!

Here at Bishop & Bishop Dental, our staff appreciates feedback from patients because it teaches us how to improve as a team. Our staff would not only like to thank Gerald Y. for this positive review, but we would like to thank him for being a dedicated patient. If you recently experienced exceptional service from our office, please let us know!
“Professional, knowledgeable and convenient location is important factors for me in continuing to see him. I have been satisfied with his care and treatment.” – Gerald Y.
If you would like to leave a testimonial or are interested in learning more about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.bishopdental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. David Bishop at Bishop & Bishop Dental here in Silver Spring, Maryland, call 301-608-9270.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Central Sleep Apnea

Dr. David Bishop at Bishop & Bishop Dental can diagnose and treat sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea differs from obstructive sleep apnea. With obstructive sleep apnea, breathing stops and starts because the airway is narrowed or blocked due to obstruction. Central sleep apnea results when the brain temporarily stops sending signals to the muscles that control breathing. In either type of sleep apnea, the lack of oxygen usually causes a patient to wake up from REM sleep, leaving them fatigued and sleepy the next day.
Central sleep apnea occurs in an on-and-off cycle. It is usually a result of the brain or heart because the brain and heart move an abnormal amount of air into the lungs. Common signs of central sleep apnea include abrupt awakenings during sleep accompanied by a shortness of breath, excessive daytime sleepiness, and/or difficulty concentrating. Treatment will depend on the diagnose and severity of the apnea.
If you have questions or concerns regarding sleep apnea treatment, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.bishopdental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. David Bishop at Bishop & Bishop Dental here in Silver Spring, Maryland, call 301-608-9270.