Dentist Blog

By PearlFection Dentistry
September 17, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
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Kids’ Checkup and cleaning at Pearlfection – Mom and Dad, now that the school year is under way and you are through that first crazy week, take a breath and next give us a call to get the whole family in for cleanings and dental checkups.  PearlFection Dentistry in Urbana and Frederick is one of the few practices in the region with 16 operating rooms.  Why is that important for a busy family?   Because it means your entire family can come in and all be seen at once, in and out in 1 hour.  Of course, times and availability are limited but we bend over backwards to accommodate your busy schedule and with 11 doctors on staff, including Dr Leslie Oaks, a board-certified pediatric dentist, we can take care of both the simple and most complicated children dental cases. 

PearlFection Dentistry adds 2nd Oral Surgeon – We already had one of the best oral surgeons in the Delmarva region in Dr Brian Chang, Board-Certified Oral Surgeon, and word must have gotten out because we got almost too busy.  At that point, the doctors and management made the decision to begin searching for another oral surgeon to compliment Dr Chang.  PearlFection is proud to announce that we have recruited Dr Leo Perez, Board Certified Oral Surgeon and Board-Certified General Surgeon.  That’s right, not only is Dr Perez a dentist, but he’s also an MD.  And it doesn’t stop there.  Dr Perez is the head surgeon at Walter Reed Hospital, so when we say we got a great oral surgeon to compliment our team, we did, with one of the best oral surgeons in the region.  Both Dr Chang and Dr Perez will perform wisdom tooth extractions, biopsy, bone graphs, dental implant placements.  Both Dr Chang and Dr Perez are authorized to perform IV Sedation at the Thomas Johnson facility in Frederick Maryland. 

PearlFection Dentistry now offers IV Sedation for both Wisdom Teeth extractions as well as restorative dentistry – If you are afraid of the dentist and simply want to be put to sleep while the procedures are done, ask us about IV Sedation.  IV Sedation is offered at PearlFection Dentistry for both children and adults.  We also offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation (Valium) and of course local anesthesia.  We encourage all patients to discuss with their dentist which, if any, sedation option is best for them.

PearlFection Dentistry Hires Pedodontist (children’s dentist) – PearlFection is pleased to announce that we have hired Dr Leslie Oakes, Board-Certified Pediatric dentist.  Dr Oakes comes to us from Walter Reed Hospital.  Dr Oakes will perform anything from extractions to cleaning for kids and is fully versed in sedation for children.  Patients from both Frederick and Urbana are welcome to schedule with Dr Oakes.

PearlFection Dentistry Hires Prosthodontist (Denture Specialist) – Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana is pleased to announce that we have hired Dr Amos Chi – Board-Certified Prosthodontist.    Dr Chi specializes in dentures, including implant supported dentures.  The beauty of having implant supported dentures done at PearlFection Dentistry is that our dentist form a team, where the best specialist does his or her part.  Dr Chi will act as the quarterback and will team up with either PearlFection’s oral surgeons Dr Brian Chang or Dr Leo Perez or PearlFection’s periodontist, Dr Ashley Seals, Board Certified Periodontist, who will do the dental implants and the teeth extractions. Once the implants are placed, Dr Chi will secure the denture to the implants.  Sometimes this can be done in one day.  If you have been considering dentures or implant supported dentures, please schedule a  consultation.  Dr Chi’s team can review with you which denture option is best for your situation and figure out a good path forward.

PearlFection Dentistry offers free Orthodontic evaluation for all kids – If you are considering braces for your children PearlFection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana Maryland is pleased to offer free 30-minute orthodontic consultations with our orthodontist Dr Stephen Tigani.  During these sessions, Dr Tigani will create a personal plan for each child, talk to you about treatment options, including Invisalign or other clear aligner options or discuss if standard braces are a better alternative.  Dr Tigani’s team is also available to discuss costs and financing options. 

August 27, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Botox  

Find out how Botox can improve your appearance.

This simple injectable treatment has become a popular way for both men and women around the world to get younger-looking skin by botoxsmoothing away lines and wrinkles without ever needing surgery. From the offices of our Frederick and Urbana, MD, general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists, Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, and Dr. Nikta Pashai, oral surgeons Dr. Brian Chang and Dr. Leo Perez, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist Dr. Amos Chi, orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani, pediatric dentist Dr. Leslie Oakes, and endodontist Dr. Patik Patel, here are the benefits of getting Botox:

 

Treat Fine Lines and Wrinkles Without Surgery

When people think about getting younger-looking skin they often think about lifts, nips, and tucks in order to do it—however, our Frederick and Urbana, MD, dentists make it possible to improve your current appearance and take years off your face without ever having to get invasive cosmetic treatment. If you want to target those early signs of aging, then Botox is right for you!

 

Lift the Brow Line

As we get older our skin begins to sag and fold, especially around the brow area. By receiving Botox treatment, you can provide this area with a natural lift, making you look less tired as a result.

 

Treatment is Fast

Another major benefit to Botox treatment is that patients can experience results at an astonishingly quick rate. In fact, it only takes a few minutes to administer the injections, and you can expect to spend around 15 minutes in total in our office.

 

No Downtime

We know that people lead busy lives, and while they want to get the treatment and care they need to feel confident in their appearance, we also know that many patients can’t take days or weeks off of work for elective treatments. Fortunately, patients who undergo Botox treatment can immediately return to their daily routine, whether that entails running errands or going straight back to work. While there may be some slight redness or soreness near the injection sites, these symptoms are usually very minor and won't impede your routine in the slightest.

 

Interested? Give Us a Call

Pearlfection Dentistry provides cosmetic and dental care to patients in Frederick and Urbana, MD. If you are interested in finding out if Botox is right for you, please call our office at (301) 663-5550 (Frederick) or (301) 831-8303 (Urbana).

August 27, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

It’s important to catch gum disease early to prevent further health problems.

Problems that affect your teeth don’t just affect your mouth—they often negatively other parts of the body as well. Although brushing and Gum_Diseaseflossing can go a long way to preventing gum disease, it’s important that you visit our Frederick and Urbana, MD, general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists, Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, and Dr. Nikta Pashai, oral surgeons Dr. Brian Chang and Dr. Leo Perez, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist Dr. Amos Chi, orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani, pediatric dentist Dr. Leslie Oakes, and endodontist Dr. Patik Patel, as well for regular dental cleanings.

As one of the leading causes of tooth loss today, gum disease is surprisingly common, affecting millions of American adults every year. In its earliest stages, you may notice that your gums are puffy or bleed whenever you brush and floss. These are telltale signs of gum disease and they shouldn’t go ignored. By visiting your Frederick and Urbana, MD, dentist right away for care, we can actually reverse these early gum disease stages.

However, if gingivitis is left untreated, it can develop into periodontitis, which not only damages your teeth and bone, but also:

 

Your Brain

That’s right—your gums and brain are linked. In fact, there is a direct link between gum disease, tooth loss, and cognitive functioning. For example, older men who have lost teeth due to gum disease are at a higher risk for cognitive decline than those with full sets. Those with periodontal disease also have an increase in beta-amyloid within the brain, which is a marker for Alzheimer’s.

 

Your Heart

There is also a correlation between heart disease and gum disease. While someone with one disease won’t necessarily have the other, these two often appear together. Additionally, those who smoke or drink heavily are also more likely to develop both of these issues.

While research is still being conducted to figure out the correlation, some doctors believe that the connection is due to inflammation. As inflammation progresses it damages organs and tissues within the body including the cardiovascular system.

 

Cancer Risk

One study also found that there was a small, but exponentially increasing, risk of cancer in people with periodontal disease. More specifically, there was a significant link between gum disease and pancreatic cancer. The link? A type of bacteria that’s found in both gum disease and in tumors of the intestinal system.

 

Concerned? Give Us a Call

If you are dealing with the symptoms of gum disease and are looking for a dental team that can provide you with care in Frederick and Urbana, MD, then call Pearlfection Dentistry today. We are only 45 minutes from Washington DC and Baltimore, making it convenient to get dental cleanings and care either before or after work. Call our office at (301) 663-5550 (Frederick) or (301) 831-8303 (Urbana).

Dr Leslie Oakes, board certified pediatric dentist will join PearlFection Dentistry in Frederick Maryland and Urbana Maryland, serving the children of the region with exception dental care. With this addition of a pediatric dentist, PearlFection Dentistry now has all general dentists and dental specialists under one roof, including pedodontists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, endodontists, prosthodontists and periodontists. Please help us welcome Dr Oakes to our team.

FREDERICK, Md. - June 11, 2019 - PRLog -- PearlFection Dentistry is pleased to announce that we have hired Dr Leslie Oakes, a board-certified pediatric dentist, also known as a pedodontist, who will begin seeing children and adolescent dental patients. We are pleased to announce this new addition to our dental team and we extend a warm welcome for our patients to schedule dental appointments for their children. The team at Pearlfection Dentistry is thrilled to have this additional resource in house.

Board-Certified in pediatric dental care, Dr Leslie Oakes brings with her the skills to see special needs dental patients, young children and adolescent. Dr Oakes is able to perform the most complicated and technically challenging procedures on children, from crowns and bridges, to fillings, cleanings and sedation. This Board-Certified Pedodontist is supported by the entire PearlFection team of general and cosmetic dentists, oral surgeons, periodontists, orthodontists, endodontists, and prosthodontist and support staff.

When it comes to providing superior dental care, PearlFection is always looking for the best talent, and with the addition of Dr Oakes, our team is that much stronger. Dr Oakes, will lead the pedodontist team, preforming and overseeing children's dental cases that our general doctors feel would be better served by a pedodontist specialist. To learn more about dental care for children and the other services we offer at our Frederick dental center or our Urbana dental center, visit our Frederick Maryland dentist website https://www.pearlfectiondentistry.com/pediatric-dentist.html or call (301) 663-5550 or visit our Urbana Maryland Dentist website at https://www.pearlfectionurbana.com/services.html or call (301) 831-8303

Dr Oakes will work closely with our general dentist and especially with our orthodontist, Dr Tigani and oral surgeon, Dr Chang to develop comprehensive treatment plans for our child dental patients.

Dr. Leslie Oakes is a board-certified pediatric dentist and also a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. Dr. Oakes graduated from the University of South Alabama with a degree in Biomedical Sciences after which she then went on to earn her dental degree at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. Upon graduation, Dr. Oakes completed a 1 year Advanced Education in General Dentistry at Ft. Carson, Colorado and practiced as a general dentist for several years prior to pursing her passion in pediatric dentistry. Dr. Oakes was competitively selected among her peers to represent the Army in a civilian program and earned her certificate in Pediatric Dentistry at the Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas. While rotating through Children's Medical Center and Texas Scottish Rite Children's Hospital in Dallas, she had the opportunity to treat a variety of children from healthy to severely medically compromised. She considers it a privilege and an honor to welcome all kids into her practice and looks forward to creating a "dental home" for the children in the Frederick Maryland community.

Dr Oakes has presented papers on pediatric dentistry in international forums in countries from Germany and the United States to Korea and with subjects ranging from sugars in juices to general dentistry to trauma.

Dr Oakes is currently the department chief serving the United States Army at Walter Reed Hospital in Maryland. In additional to serving as a pediatric dentist at Walter Reed, Dr Oakes has served with distinction at pediatric dental clinics at Camp Humphreys, South Korea; Stuttgart, Germany; Heidelberg, Germany; and Mannheim, Germany.

Dr. Oakes practices both traditional and minimally invasive dentistry, and has experience treating children under nitrous oxide ("laughing gas"), oral sedation and general anesthesia. She is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

We asked PearlFection Dentistry for a comment as to why they brought Dr Oakes to Frederick and Urbana to provide child dental care. PearlFection General Manager, Stewart Stringer commented, saying "We have been searching a long time for the final piece to our comprehensive dental care puzzle. We have general dentists, emergency dentists, endodontists, oral surgeons, prosthodontists and denture specialists, we even have periodontists and orthodontists. With the addition of a pediatric doctor we now have all the specialists under one roof. We were still sending out special needs and some kids to pediatric specialist. Patients wanted us to serve their kids and now we can. We can offer 100% comprehensive care to the entire family for any type of dental care. It is rare for a practice to have such a wide and deep team. We provide exceptional dental care in Frederick Maryland and Urbana Maryland and patients from all over Maryland, DC, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania seek us out because of our reputation of providing exception dental care with excellent customer service. I'm proud of our team and I'm proud of the level of care we provide. It has taken us a long time to get here and with the addition of Dr Oakes at the helm of our pediatric department, we have finally reached a goal we have had for 10 years."

If you would like to learn more about pediatric dental care, special needs dental care, or other dental care options for children available at PearlFection Dentistry, please call our office at (301) 663-5550 (Frederick Maryland Dentist) and (301) 831-8303 (Urbana Maryland Dentist).

PearlFection Dentistry’s orthodontist and orthodontic team have made the decision to expand their operating hours to accommodate patient demand in the Frederick Maryland and Urbana Maryland areas.  With this decision, PearlFection Dentistry will now have orthodontic hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 

PearlFction’s General Manager Stewart Stringer attributes the growing demand for orthodontic services at the practice to several factors.  Firstly, he believes that having one of the best orthodontists in the region, who also is very personable, is a huge asset, chairside manner matters to patients.  Second, having multiple disciplines including Orthodontics, Oral Surgery, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Endodontics and General Dentistry, under one roof makes patient care easier for both patient and the dental team the third reason we believe we are busy and need to expand hours, is the fact that we have such a strong reputation in the community.  In fact, we are the number one reviewed dentist in Maryland. The 4th and finally thing that makes PearlFection different is our attention to exceptional customer service.  Those attributes have helped propel PearlFection Orthodontics to be one of the leading providers of orthodontic services in the Frederick and Urbana Maryland areas

Dr Tigani and his orthodontic team offer both traditional braces, Invisalign and Tigani clear aligners.  The choice of which orthodontic technology to use will be a decision made between the doctor and the patient, every situation is different.  Some patients what clear aligners, others want blue brackets, others want the braces not to show  or to show as little as possible.  There is  no one size fits all.

We will see new orthodontic patients, we will see orthodontic patients who are referred by other general dentists, we will see complicated orthodontic cases, we will see easy  orthodontic cases, we will see orthodontic cases where all the patient needs is a retainer and we will see orthodontic patients who simply need a night guard.  We will see adults who need orthodontic care and we will children who need orthodontic care. We will see orthodontic patents who only need a little movement in the front teeth to close a diastema who will be in braces for 2 months and we will see orthodontic patients who have teeth coming out of the middle of their pallet who will be in braces for years.  Bottom line, we will see any orthodontic patient and we will give them exception dental and orthodontic care. 

The really unique thing about PearlFection Dentistry, is that we don’t need a patient to go outside our practice to have specialty procedures done before beginning orthodontic treatment.  Sometimes an orthodontist will need a few teeth pulled.  No problem, Dr Brian Chang, PearlFection’s Oral Surgeon, will step in to do the extractions. Sometimes an orthodontic patient will need to have a periodontal issue cleared up before orthodontic treatment or braces can be started.   No problem, Dr Ashley Seals, PearlFection’s periodontist will do an evaluation and perform any periodontal surgery, deep cleaning or some other periodontal procedure so orthodontic treatment can begin.  Sometimes orthodontic work requires both orthodontic work and prosthodontic or dentures or partials dentures or even implant supported dentures.  When this happens, it can be incredibly complicated coordinating between so many specialists.  Not to fear, at PearlFection Dentistry, you will have one primary doctor who will act as the quarterback and coordinate all the specialists so you get the treatment and outcome you deserve without things getting lost in the cracks.

We encourage anyone in the Maryland, Virginia and DC area to come in for a free orthodontic consultation.  Our orthodontist, Dr Tigani, will spend some time with you and your family, he will work with you to determine the best orthodontic appliances for you, and then work toward a cost effective solution that gets you to the outcome you want.  We even offer orthodontic financing if necessary.  When it comes to orthodontic treatment in Frederick Maryland or Urbana Maryland, we strive for excellent outcomes and happy people with straight, healthy teeth, we stand behind out work and we can be your dentist for life.  Call us for an appointment in Frederick Maryland 301-663-5550 or Urbana Maryland 301-831-8303

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