Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Dental Bonding

If you live in Silver Spring, MD and have cracks or gaps in your teeth, you might want to consider a dental bonding treatment to restore your smile. Dr. David Bishop has become the go-to local dentist for bonding procedures. Unlike veneers, which are manufactured in a laboratory and require a customized mold, bonding can be done in a single visit.
The procedure for dental bonding is non-invasive and quite simple. Patients are not required to be sedated for the procedure. Dr. Bishop will utilize a shade guide in the beginning to match the resin color to the natural color of your teeth so it looks perfectly natural. Dental bonding is not just used to repair teeth that are cracked or damaged, it is also used to:
  • Repair decayed teeth
  • Improve discoloration of teeth
  • Change the shape of teeth
After selecting the proper shade, Dr. Bishop will begin the bonding process. It begins with abrading or roughening the surface of the tooth. The tooth will then be coated lightly with a conditioning liquid. This liquid will help the bonding material adhere to the tooth. Once the tooth is prepared, Dr. Bishop will simply apply the tooth-colored putty and mold it to the proper shape and size. The material is then hardened with an ultraviolet light. The final step is polishing the area to give you a fresh, vibrant smile.
Come on by Bishop and Bishop Dental in Silver Spring, MD for your dental bonding procedure!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Dental Bridges

If you are missing any teeth, you have probably noticed a difference in chewing and speaking. Missing teeth can greatly affect jaw position and tooth alignment as well. Dental bridges are a unique solution for those with missing teeth. We offer all of our patients the opportunity to restore their smiles with this non-invasive, safe procedure.
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Creating a bridge is quite simple. Dr. David Bishop will create an abutment out of your existing teeth where the bridge will be attached. The existing teeth are reshaped to support the base of the bridge. After the abutments are created, a mold is cast of the area and sent to a dental lab. The lab uses the mold to create a permanent bridge. He will then fit you with a temporary bridge in order to keep your teeth from shifting.
In your follow-up visit with Dr. Bishop, he will set your bridge in place. The bridge will be placed on the abutments and an adhesive will be used to make sure the bridge is set. While getting used to your bridge, it is a good idea to eat soft food for the first couple days. After this period, you will be able to return to your normal eating habits.
If you are missing a tooth, you should strongly consider having it replaced with a dental bridge. Dental bridges will restore your smile, help maintain the shape of your face and can prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
Come to our Silver Spring, MD location for a consultation with Dr. David Bishop today!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Proper Oral Hygiene

Proper oral hygiene is essential to maintaining your good looking smile. Regular visits to your dentist are the best preventative measure you can take when it comes to proper oral hygiene upkeep. We believe that patient education is a key factor in keeping your mouth healthy!
We provide our patients with the tools necessary to maintain a healthy smile. Regular brushing and flossing is a must when it comes to proper oral hygiene. You should also know which toothpaste is best for you.  With the wide array of options available, you need to know which product will work best for their oral hygiene goals.
Proper brushing technique is lot more in depth than you might think. While the goal is to prevent cavities and to have a white smile, you might be interested in learning what is known as “correct” brushing techniques. First, your brushing ritual should last at least two minutes. You also need to use the appropriate brush style; this varies person-to-person, so ask us at your next cleaning. You should be using short, gentle strokes and make sure to pay attention to the gum line and hard-to-reach areas such as fillings or crowns. The last step would be to brush your tongue in order to have fresher breath.
When it comes to flossing, most people just not their head “yes” when they see their doctor. Flossing is extremely important in maintaining a healthy smile. It might be hard to believe, but flossing is actually more important than brushing. While brushing twice a day is extremely beneficial, you’re not optimizing your oral health potential. Through flossing, you’re able to get in the small parts of your mouth that brushing cannot reach. Places where if bacteria goes untouched, could cause serious damage to your oral health.
Give us a call today to schedule your appointment!