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By MEHR TUCKER, DDS, LLC
November 18, 2021
Tags: Dental Veneers  

If you admire the near-perfect teeth of actors, Instagram models, and news anchors, you'd be happy to hear that you can get them too. Veneers in Rockville, MD, can fix lots of oral problems so that your smile becomes flawless. Your dentist, Dr. Mehr Tucker, can help you achieve that perfect smile.

What Problems Can Dental Veneers Fix?

Teeth Discolorations

Teeth discolorations can appear over time due to foods, drinks, smoking, medications, and tooth decay. Your genes also contribute to your natural teeth color. When your dentist glues the porcelain veneers to your teeth, your teeth discolorations become history. Even if you have teeth stains that resist teeth whitening, you can still get brilliant teeth with porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers also reduce your chances of developing more teeth stains because they resist stains.

Teeth Gaps

If you'd prefer to close the gap in your teeth, your dentist can help you. Installing veneers in Rockville, MD, can cover the gaps to even out your smile.

Crooked Teeth

Veneers can help you correct mildly crooked teeth. Therefore, by getting veneers you bypass the long process of getting orthodontic treatment for your teeth. Properly aligned teeth can be yours in minimal time. Veneers can also correct other dental misalignment problems including overbite and underbite.

Worn Teeth

Your teeth can become worn out due to your uneven jawline, abrasive toothpaste, or acidic drinks. Worn teeth can cause jaw discomfort. Thankfully, when you install porcelain veneers, they can help balance your teeth.

Uneven Teeth

Do some of your teeth look odd when compared with the rest? Porcelain veneers can help your teeth that look too narrow or too short blend in with the rest. The perfectly even smile you desire can be yours when you get veneers.

Cracked or Chipped Teeth

Accidents happen and can chip your tooth's edge or create a crack. Veneers can hide the uneven edges and cracks on your teeth.

Tooth Sensitivity

Veneers provide an extra layer of protection for your sensitive teeth. Hence, it'll help reduce your discomfort.

If you'd love to learn more about how you can benefit from getting veneers in Rockville, MD, call (301) 963-8900 to schedule your dental consultation with your dentist, Dr. Tucker today.

By MEHR TUCKER, DDS, LLC
October 29, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gingivitis   Bleeding Gums  

Dr. Mehr Tucker treats patients with gingivitis in Rockville, MD. Gum disease can wreak havoc on your mouth if you don't treat your bleeding gums. Keep reading about gum disease and come see us if your gums are bleeding!

Gum disease

Anyone can have bleeding gums if they brush or floss too hard, but if your gums are bleeding easily when you brush and floss, this is a sign of gum disease. Gum disease happens when plaque and tartar build up on the surfaces of the teeth. The bacteria irritate the gums, and they become red and inflamed and start to pull away from the teeth. When you have gingivitis in Rockville, MD, you'll want to see your dentist as soon as possible.

Why you need to treat bleeding gums

It's important to treat your gums as soon as you notice bleeding. When you don't treat gum disease it only progresses. The advanced stage of gum disease also called periodontitis, is when patients start to notice loose teeth, which can easily become shifted or lost teeth.

Your dentist may treat your bleeding gums with a deep-cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. Scaling removes all the plaque and tartar from your teeth and root planing reshapes the surfaces of your teeth near the gums so they can grow back around your teeth properly. Gum surgery may be recommended in some cases.

Oral hygiene

Your best defense against gum disease will always be keeping up a great oral hygiene routine at home and scheduling regular teeth cleaning visits. Your dentist will recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and coming in for professional teeth cleaning appointments twice a year.

Dr. Tucker loves to see patients keeping their smiles and gums healthy with great oral hygiene. If you have gingivitis in Rockville, MD, come see us to treat your bleeding gums. Contact us for an appointment at (301) 963-8900.

4ThingsYouCanDoToMakeSureYourChildsBiteIsontheRightTrack

So, how's your child's bite? No, not how well they clamp down on things (like fingers—yikes!), but how the teeth on both jaws interact with each other. It's important to know because a bite problem can be a serious health concern.

A poor bite can lead to more than an unattractive smile. Misaligned teeth are more difficult to keep clean, which can increase the risk of both tooth decay and gum disease. Poor bites also lower the efficiency of chewing and food processing, making it harder for the body to absorb the nutrients it needs for optimum health. And, a poor bite can adversely affect the airway, which could lead to problems with obstructive sleep apnea later in life.

But finding out that your child's bite is going off course is a good thing—provided you discover it in its initial stages of development, that is. Early detection opens the door for interventions that could "right the ship," so to speak. In recognition of National Orthodontic Health Month this October, here are 4 things you can do to make that possible with a developing bite problem.

Get a bite evaluation. Although an abnormal bite develops gradually, it often provides early, subtle signs. An orthodontist or pediatric dentist can often detect these before the bite problem becomes too pronounced. It's a good idea, then, to have your child undergo an orthodontic evaluation around age 6.

Be alert to abnormalities. You may also be able to pick up some of these signs of abnormal bite development yourself. For example, if all the upper teeth don't slightly overlap the lower, something could be amiss. Likewise, crooked teeth, excessive gaps between teeth, or front teeth jutting too far forward are causes for concern. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, see your dentist as soon as possible.

Seek early treatment. You don't always have to wait until the teen years to start orthodontic treatment. Depending on the type of bite problem, interventional treatments can lessen or even stop poor bite development—in some cases, you may even be able to avoid future treatments like braces. As mentioned before, a bite evaluation around age 6 will facilitate the most treatment options.

Follow through on treatments. Orthodontic treatments are a lot like running a marathon—even after a long race, you're only truly successful if you cross the finish line. With bite correction, that finish line isn't necessarily when the braces come off—treatment continues with retainers to ensure there isn't a reversal of all that's been accomplished.

A bite problem can reverberate throughout a person's lifetime. But it doesn't have to! Being alert to your child's developing bite and taking prompt action can ensure they'll enjoy straighter teeth, more efficient dental function and an attractive smile.

If you would like more information about your child's orthodontic health, please contact us or schedule a consultation.

By Mehr Tucker, DDS, LLC
September 22, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: gum recession  
GumRecessionDoesntHavetobePermanent

The worst outcome of periodontal (gum) disease is tooth loss—but it isn't the only form of misery you might suffer. One of the more troublesome results associated with gum disease is gum recession.

Normal gum tissue covers teeth from just above the visible crown to the roots, providing protection against bacteria and oral acid similar to the enamel on the crown. But advanced gum disease can weaken these tissues, causing them to pull away or recede from the teeth.

Not only can this diminish your smile appearance, but the exposed areas are more susceptible to further disease and painful sensitivity. And it certainly can accelerate tooth loss.

But there are some things we can do to reduce the harm caused by gum recession. If we're able to diagnose and treat a gum infection early while the gums have only mildly receded, the tissues could stabilize and not get worse.

The chances for natural regrowth are unlikely, especially the more extensive the recession. In such cases, the gums may need some assistance via plastic periodontal surgery. Surgeons reconstruct gum tissues by grafting like tissues to the area of recession. These grafts serve as a scaffold for new tissues to gradually grow upon.

There are two general types of grafting procedures. One is called free gingival grafting. The surgeon completely removes a thin layer of skin from elsewhere in the mouth (such as the palate), then shapes and attaches it to the recession site. Both the donor and recession sites heal at approximately the same rate, usually within 14-21 days. This procedure replaces missing gum tissue, but doesn't cover exposed tooth roots to any great extent.

In cases of root exposure, dentists usually prefer another type of procedure, known as connective tissue grafting.  The donor tissue is usually taken again from the palate, but the design of the surgery is different. A flap of tissue at the recipient site is opened so that after the connective tissue from the palate is placed at the recipient site to cover the exposed roots, the flap of tissue covers the graft to provide blood circulation to the graft as it heals.

Both kinds of procedures, particularly the latter, require detailed precision by a skilled and experienced surgeon. Although they can successfully reverse gum recession, it's much better to avoid a gum infection in the first place with daily oral hygiene and regular dental care.

If you would like more information on treating gum recession, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Periodontal Plastic Surgery.”

By Mehr Tucker, DDS, LLC
September 12, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  
HowMLBStarAaronJudgeChangedHisSmileandHowYouCanToo

Between the final game of the World Series in late October and spring training in February, major league baseball players work on their skills preparing for the new season. Reporters on a Zoom call to the New York Yankees' training camp wanted to know what star outfielder Aaron Judge had been doing along those lines. But when he smiled, their interest turned elsewhere: What had Aaron Judge done to his teeth?

Already with 120 homers after only five seasons, Judge is a top player with the Yankees. His smile, however, has been less than spectacular. Besides a noticeable gap between his top front teeth (which were also more prominent than the rest of his teeth), Judge also had a chipped tooth injury on a batting helmet in 2017 during a home plate celebration for a fellow player's walk-off home run.

But now Judge's teeth look even, with no chip and no gap. So, what did the Yankee slugger have done?

He hasn't quite said, but it looks as though he received a “smile makeover” with porcelain veneers, one of the best ways to turn dental “ugly ducklings” into “beautiful swans.” And what's even better is that veneers aren't limited to superstar athletes or performers—if you have teeth with a few moderate dental flaws, veneers could also change your smile.

As the name implies, veneers are thin shells of porcelain bonded to the front of teeth to mask chips, cracks, discolorations or slight gaps between teeth. They may even help even out disproportionately sized teeth. Veneers are custom-made by dental technicians based on a patient's particular tooth dimensions and color.

Like other cosmetic techniques, veneers are a blend of technology and artistry. They're made of a durable form of dental porcelain that can withstand biting forces (within reason, though—you'd want to avoid biting down on ice or a hard piece of food with veneered teeth). They're also carefully colored so that they blend seamlessly with your other teeth. With the right artistic touch, we can make them look as natural as possible.

Although porcelain veneers can accommodate a wide range of dental defects, they may not be suitable for more severe flaws. After examining your teeth, we'll let you know if you're a good candidate for veneers or if you should consider another restoration. Chances are, though, veneers could be your way to achieve what Aaron Judge did—a home run smile.

If you would like more information about porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty As Never Before.”





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