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What to Expect During a Dental Implants Procedure
April 23rd, 2016 07:12 AM

Placing a dental implant is a process that is different for each patient. The healing process and the steps required all depend on what’s going on in your mouth. The only way to know exactly what to expect is to consult with us at our office, but we’d be happy to give you an overview here:

Can I go back to work right away?
You may have read that it can take months to completely heal from a dental implant procedure. This is true, but a little misleading. Many patients are able to return to work the next day, but the mouth takes time to truly be ‘good as new’. It all depends on your specific procedure. We recommend that you plan to rest for a day. Keep in mind that your body will heal faster if you avoid exhausting yourself. If you take good care of yourself, you should be back to work very quickly.


How can I care for myself while I heal?
After the surgery, you will need to go easy on your mouth. Just like after any oral surgery, we recommend eating only soft foods for at least two weeks. You may be given antibiotics and instructions to rinse with salt water. Keeping your mouth clean is important to prevent infection. Avoid smoking.


About Bone Grafting
It may be the case that your bone is not strong enough to support the implant. In this case, bone grafting may be necessary. During this routine procedure, we take bone from a stronger part of your jaw or another part of your body, implant it into the jaw and are thus able to encourage your body to begin growing strong, new bone in its place. If you only need a small amount of bone, it may be possible to do the procedure during the same appointment as your implant surgery. However, it may be the case that you need to wait for bone growth to occur prior to us placing the implant. Every case is different.


Let us properly inform you on what you personally can expect! Schedule an appointment today call us at (301) 464-2323.


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February 22nd, 2016 02:13 PM


Looking for a quality Dentists Bowie MD that you and your family can trust? Superior Dentistry is a family dental practice providing attentive care to families in Bowie. We offer a welcoming and warm atmosphere and only use state-of-the-art equipment with the highest quality dental materials.
Superior Dentistry provide quality dental care for children, teens and adults. We strive to provide the families of the Bowie community with the most comfortable dental experience. Superior Dentistry offers a wide variety of dental services, including Dental Implants,Whitening, Nitrous Sedation, Invisalign, Lumineers, Deep cleaning, Extractions, Root canals, Crowns, Bridges, Night guards and cosmetic dentistry treatments in Bowie MD. If you are looking for a cosmetic or family dentist in Bowie MD then give Superior Dentistry - Cosmetic & Family Dentistry a call to set up your appointment for a new and better dental experience. Best Dentists in Bowie MD

Dangers Of Plaque & Gingivitis To Your Health - Maryland Dentist
April 2nd, 2015 12:47 PM
Dangers Of Plaque & Gingivitis To Your Health

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Sticky bacterial plaque that builds up on your teeth can cause inflammation and bleeding gums and jeopardize your dental health. Additionally, bacterial plaque found in your mouth can threaten your OVERALL HEALTH!

A growing body of research finds that bacteria and inflammation in your mouth are also linked to other problems, including heart attack and dementia, and may well jeopardize your overall health.

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Scientists have found links between periodontal disease and a number of other problems, including

             Heart Disease
             Diabetes
             Dementia
             Rheumatoid Arthritis

Experts believe that oral bacteria can escape into the bloodstream and damage major organs.


Inflammation is probably a common factor according to experts. Periodontal disease, marked by inflammation, may increase inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation is the underlying problem in heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

Diabetes


People who have Diabetes are more likely than people who don't have diabetes to have gum disease. Why? Again, inflammation may be partly to blame. And, those with diabetes are more likely to contract any infections, including gum disease.

Dementia


Gum disease has also been found to raise the risk of dementia later in life.

Researchers have found that periodontal problems may also be associated with milder cognitive impairment, such as memory problems that make activities of daily life more difficult. In a recent study, participants who had the worst gum disease scored the worst on memory tests and calculations.

Rheumatoid Arthritis


People with RA are more likely to have periodontal disease, 
Chronic inflammation is common to both conditions.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease marked by inflammation and painful joints. 

Although scientists haven't found evidence that one condition causes the other, a 2009 study found that people with a severe form of RA had less pain, swelling, and morning stiffness after their periodontal disease was treated.

What can you do to prevent gum disease and protect your overall health


Practice good oral hygiene habits daily!

Brush 2 times a day and floss regularly.

Avoid sticky, sugary foods that can cause tooth decay.

Visit your dentist for professional cleanings and have them advise you on what is a good cleaning schedule for you!

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Dr. Shatergholi is a dentist in Bowie, Maryland, who treats bleeding gums, gum disease and gingivitis through a wide range of general dentistry treatments.



Interesting Dental Facts | Maryland Dentistry
March 3rd, 2015 10:25 AM


Interesting Facts about Teeth and Dentistry:


  • • The electric toothbrush was invented in 1939.

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  • • Before the mid-19th century dentures were commonly made with teeth pulled from the mouths of dead soldiers.

  • • Dreams about losing teeth are one of the most commonly interpreted dreams, usually indicating anxiety or a profound change in your life.

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  • • George Washington’s false teeth were made of ivory, lead, and hippopotamus teeth.


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  • • The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

  • • The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot repair itself.

  • • Humans produce about 37,854 liters of saliva in a lifetime, that’s about 1.5 liters of saliva in one day.

  • • Redheads are harder to sedate than any other group. They require on average about 20% more anesthesia.

  • • John Lennon’s tooth sold for more than 31,000 at an auction. 

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Smile Makeover with Porcelain Veneers | Bowie Dentists
February 26th, 2015 09:12 AM

Want To Give Your Smile A Makeover? 
Porcelain Veneers Can Make All the Difference

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Porcelain veneersare thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth

Porcelain veneers also:


      ·     Provide strength 

      ·     Resilience comparable to natural tooth structure 

      ·     Often the material of choice for making slight position alterations 

      ·     Change tooth shape, size, and color 

      ·     good choice for fractured teeth 

      ·     gaps between teeth (spaces) 

      ·     Good option for superficial stains that do not respond well to tooth whitening or bleaching. 

      ·     Veneers are individually sculpted for each patient, it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between a veneer and a natural tooth. 

      ·     Custom-made veneers resist coffee and tea stains, and cigarette smoke because they are made of high-tech materials. 

Cons of porcelain Veneers


      ·     Once porcelain veneers are attached you will probably have some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures due to the removal of that thin layer of enamel. This typically disappears within a few days. 

      ·      Porcelain veneers are comparable to your own teeth. Although they’re very strong, veneers are also brittle. You should avoid the same excessive stresses you would avoid with non-veneered teeth: don’t bite your fingernails, chew ice, or open beer bottles with your veneers 

Dr. Melika Shatergholi is a member of the International Academy of Facial Aesthetics, and has had extensive training in lumineer and traditional veneer preparation and placement. Veneer treatment begins with a consult to determine if you are a potential candidate for the procedure. 

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Tooth Fractures: Possible Causes & Prevention
November 8th, 2014 11:33 AM
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Dental Problems, Treatment, and Prevention

Causes and Prevention

  • Teeth can occasionally chip or fracture when you bite down on something hard, like a popcorn kernel or hard bread.

  • Often teeth that have fillings or root canals are at higher risk, because they are not as strong as those that have not had these procedures. However, even intact teeth can chip or fracture if you happen to bite down in just the wrong way on something hard.

  • If you have fillings on your back teeth, try to avoid chewing on bones, hard candies, and ice. Wear a mouth guard if you play sports that could injure your teeth. A survey of college basketball players found that mouth guard users had a much lower risk of dental injuries.

  • Teeth are built to chew and grind food. But if you grind or clench them often, you can damage their surfaces over time.

  • Too much grinding can also cause headaches, muscle pain, and jaw injury.

  • Many people who grind a lot don't realize they have a problem until a dentist notices the signs on their tooth surfaces. That is why it is so important to get a routine checkup every six months!

  • Researchers think stress or anger may lead to tooth grinding. Try to manage your stress by taking walks, meditating, yoga, or other activities that are soothing and relaxing.

Here are some cases before and after of tooth fractures that were restored in our office!

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  • Patient 2
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Oral Surgery Care | Tooth Extraction Surgery Bowie, MD
July 18th, 2014 08:56 AM
Post Op Instructions After Oral Surgery Procedures


One of the most common questions we get from our patients is how to take care of their mouths after any type of Oral Surgery; primarily extractions.  While the mouth can be a bit sore after procedures such as prepping for a crown, fillings, etc. (swishing with warm salt water will help soothe the gums), we run into the most problems when it comes to extractions.  The following tips will help heal the gums as fast as possible and make for an experience involving as little pain and discomfort as possible!


1. Starting the day AFTER the extraction, swish 3 to 4 times a day with warm salt water (about a teaspoon of salt to 8 ounces of water).  After swishing for about 30 seconds, stand over the sink and let the salt water mixture “drool out”, do not forcefully spit it out!

2. DO NOT drink through a straw for at least 72 hours.

3. If you are a smoker, hold off for as long as possible.  We recommend at the VERY LEAST 72 hours, however the longer the better.  If you smoke before the 72 hour time frame you can experience what is known as a “dry socket” and experience extreme pain.  For more information on the definition, symptoms, causes, and remedies of a dry socket visit: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-socket/basics/definition/con-20025990 

4. Stick to as soft of a diet as possible.  Foods such as mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, ice-cream, Jell-O, applesauce, broth, scrambled/poached eggs, etc.  Avoid anything that can get stuck in the area such as popcorn, peanuts, rice, chips, spicy foods, alcohol, etc.

5. In many cases Ibuprofen is recommended to help subdue discomfort (over the counter Ibuprofen can be used, but in some cases the doctor may write a prescription for a higher dosage of Ibuprofen).  Ibuprofen also acts as an anti-inflammatory so it will help reduce swelling and soreness.

6. Always schedule a follow-up appointment to see your doctor so they can evaluate the extraction site and verify that you are healing accordingly!

**Always be sure to follow your doctors’ specific directions for home care after any type of oral surgery!  Each patient is different and may require further and/or different care instructions!**


Dental Floss | Flossing Techniques | How to use Dental Floss
June 25th, 2014 06:18 AM

The Importance of Flossing - Dental Care


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One of the questions that we ask every one of our patients is how often do you floss your teeth?  The most common answer we get is two to three times per week.  While we highly recommend flossing once a day (preferably at night after you have brushed your teeth), we want to give our patients some other uses for all that dental floss that they have lying around!

5 Simple Uses For Dental Floss

 1. Use unflavored dental floss to cut through cakes, soft cheeses, fresh baked bread, etc.  Simply wind the floss around your pointer fingers and use a slight sawing motion to get the perfect slice!

 2. Use dental floss to hang pictures, ornaments, and even wind chimes!  During the holiday season dental floss can be used to string popcorn together to decorate your Christmas tree by tying it to the end of a sewing needle!

 3. If you are ever camping and run out of fishing line, dental floss can be used as a perfect substitute!

 4. If you just took cookies out of the oven and need to serve them quickly, you can slide a piece of dental floss underneath of the cookie to prevent it from crumbling and put it directly onto your serving dish!

 5. If you ever have a leaky sink that is keeping you awake at night, tie a piece of dental floss around the faucet and make sure the floss is long enough to reach down into the sink.  The water will slide down the piece of floss ending the dripping noise!
    Hopefully you are using your dental floss predominantly for cleaning in between your teeth, but we hope these few tips and tricks will be helpful to you in your everyday lives!


    Top 5 Ways to Combat Dental Phobia
    May 29th, 2014 02:00 PM
    Overcome Dental Anxiety


    Let’s face it; we have all been scared to go to the dentist at one time or another.  However, for some of us, going for our dental check-up every six months is downright terrifying.  Whether it is because of a bad experience as a child, fear of the unknown, or what we call “white-coat syndrome”, we want to help our patients to move past this fear and make their experience at our office the most pleasant and comfortable that it can be. 

    The best things that you can do to overcome your dental phobia are as follows:

      1.  Make sure you are comfortable with your dentist.  This may seem like a simple request; however it is of the utmost importance.  If you are not comfortable with your provider you may feel that you cannot ask him or her questions or express your thoughts and concerns which can lead to problems in the future.

      2.  Inform yourself!  Before having any procedure done, do some research on your own and make sure you understand exactly what is going on.  Also be sure to ask your dentist ANY and ALL questions that you may have.  Good communication is key!

      3.  For many of our patients, the noises of the instruments are scarier than the work that is actually being done in their mouth.  We have installed Netflix in our office, which has been a great comfort to our patients as a way to take their mind off of what is being done around them.  Many of our patients also bring headphones in order to block out the noises from the instruments and focus on their favorite music or audio book.

      4.  Don’t wait to bring your children to the dentist!  The best time to bring a child to the dentist for their first check-up is when their first tooth erupts.  These appointments are mostly to get them used to being in the “dental atmosphere”, get them acquainted with the surroundings, and to let them know that they are in a safe and comfortable place.

      5.  As a last resort, most offices offer Nitrous gas as a means of relaxing patients.  Commonly referred to as “laughing gas”, the Nitrous is used to “take the edge off” which makes the dental appointment more bearable for the patient.  In addition, for extreme cases of dental phobia, medication can be prescribed before even coming to the office in order for the patient to feel the most comfortable.


      Remember, dentist visits may seem scary but we are only trying to get you and your mouth in the best health as possible!J 

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      At Home Whitening | Teeth Whitening - Home Remedies
      March 24th, 2014 05:13 PM


      How to Whiten Your Teeth At Home


      These days, where you see celebrities plastered all over magazine covers smiling with perfectly white, straight teeth, it is understandable that many of our patients have been very interested in whitening their own teeth. Our in-office KOR whitening as well as the take home whitening kits are both phenomenal systems, however sometimes finances come into play and these systems are not affordable. We want to give our patients other alternatives, especially those who have invested a lot of energy and effort in sustaining a healthy mouth!

      Steps to take for cleaner, whiter teeth:


      1. Avoid sodas and dark colored beverages (i.e. red wine, tea, coffee, etc.) as much as possible. If you cannot give them up, make sure to drink through a straw in order to minimize the amount of liquid touching the teeth.


      2. After having your morning cup of coffee, swish with water and spit it out in the sink so the leftover particles of coffee do not sit on your teeth for the rest of the day and cause stains.


      3. Some foods to avoid are blueberries, blackberries, ketchup, and hard candies (anything that turns your tongue a neon color is affecting your teeth too!).

      Recipes for at home whitening treatments:


      1. Mix about two tablespoons of Hydrogen Peroxide with baking soda until it is the same consistency as regular toothpaste. Brush your teeth with that mixture and rinse afterwards. This paste can be used twice a week.


      2. Another good whitening agent that most of us have at home is apple cider vinegar. Simply dip your toothbrush into the vinegar and brush your teeth. Rinse afterwards, since apple cider vinegar does contain acids.


      3. A final tip for whitening is banana peels! Although we have not tried this one out, many experts say that if you peel a banana and rub the inside of the peel around on your teeth, leave it sit for two minutes and then brush your teeth you will see whitening effects. If you've tried this one, let us know about your experience!

      **Always keep in mind that with any whitening treatment (whether it is at home or something stronger from your dental office) abrasive materials are in the ingredients and can cause some tooth sensitivity**

      We hope these tips and recipes are helpful to you in your whitening journey! :)

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