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 flossing 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:
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.
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.
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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If you have ever been scared to go to the dentist and wish you could just go to sleep and wake up with all the work, that you have been putting off for years, done and have the movie star perfect smile, or you wish that bothersome tooth could be gone and with it the pain. If either of these sound familiar you might want to read on. You might want to learn more about sedation dentistry in Frederick Maryland and Urbana Maryland. Also, if you like the idea of all your dental care, from cleanings and Zoom Whitening, to major wisdom teeth surgery and implants, done in one place by the most competent team around, you may want to read on.
Sedation Dentistry refers to the use of drugs to calm and relax a patient prior to and during a dental appointment. The drugs belong to a class of drugs called sedatives, which exert their action by depressing the central nervous system, specifically those areas concerned with conscious awareness. In the dental field of medicine, doctors will use pharmacological chemicals, ranging from pills, to gases to intravenous drugs to achieve a level of sedation that is required to perform the procedures that the patient needs. Most dental patients require little more than local anesthesia, like an injection of Lidocaine or Novocain, but some patients require local anesthesia as well as some sort of sedation procedure.
There are different degrees of central nervous system depression, each corresponding to a level of relaxation which ranges from minimal, moderate, to deep sedation. Minimal sedation is refers to a state of consciousness where a patient is sedated but readily responds to verbal or physical stimulation, Valium or nitrous oxide are the most common examples of minimal sedation. With moderate sedation the patient is even more relaxed, and will respond to purposeful stimulation, but otherwise is not responsive. In deep sedation, the patient may not exhibit any signs of consciousness and therefore will be unresponsive to stimulation. A different level of training is required by a dental team to perform each level. PearlFection Dentistry is sanctioned and licensed by the State of Maryland to perform all levels of sedation, which is both rare for a dental practice and extremely useful when performing comprehensive dental care.
Sedation by pharmacologic methods may be obtained by three general routes. The inhalation route, where a gas is administered to the patient though a mask, where the sedative gas and oxygen are mixed in such a ratio so the patient losses some level of anxiety. The enteral route involves absorption of medication orally, through the digestive tract. This route includes medications that are either swallowed, absorbed through the mucosa of the oral cavity, or inserted rectally. The intravenous route, where pharmacological agents are injected via needle, into the patient’s bloodstream.
What are the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry has become popular because it offers benefits for both the patient and the dentist. Patients who are simply too scared to have work done when they are conscious, can choose sedation as a way to simply not know what is happening. They go in to the office, have a drug administered and wake up with the work done. It’s easy and eliminates most of the fear. For the dentist, sedation dentistry, allows the doctors at PearlFection Dentistry to perform the work, quickly and without having to worry about the reaction of a nervous patient. For some patient groups, the use of sedation dentistry is the only way that they can get the dental care they need and improve their dental health.
Sedation Dentistry can offer:
- Patient relaxation
- Anxiety control
- Increased comfort
- Movement control
- Patient co-operation
- Control of gag reflex
- Little or no memory of treatment
- Blood pressure control
- All work done in one sitting
- Low cost
- Availability for all ages needs patients
What Does Sedation Dentistry Cost?
Depending on type of sedation needed, costs range from a few hundred dollars per session to several thousand. The most expensive sedation option is Intravenous Sedation (IV Sedation) where a team of at least three must monitor the patient’s vital signs. The least costly sedation methods are oral medications and nitrous oxide. Most practitioners charge by the amount of time needed and insurance companies typically reimburse based on 15-minute increments. At PearlFection Dentistry, we charge by the 15-minute increment, unless it’s a very large procedure lasting several hours and then we will give a flat rate. When oral medication is used, there is no additional costs, except the cost of the drugs, which are purchased at the local pharmacy.
Why PearlFection Dentistry for your Dental Care and Sedation Dentistry?
At PearlFection Dentistry in Frederick Maryland and Urbana Maryland, patients come from hundreds of miles away, even across the country to experience what it is like to truly have a team approach for their most complicated dental procedures. PearlFection Dentistry, is a small practice with only two locations, one in Frederick Maryland and one in Urbana Maryland, but our reputation for quality care has become well known far from the local region. With our staff of board-certified Oral Surgeons, Periodontists, Prosthodontists, Endodontists, and renown Orthodontists, as well as our team of general, restorative and cosmetic dentists, and our ability to administer sedation dentistry, the care we provide during sedation, is second to none. While the patient is sedated, each specialist will do his part. If a patient needs several root canals, several extractions, dental implants, and crowns, bridges or dentures, each specialist will do what they do best and hand the patient off to the next specialist. By the time the patient wakes up, all the work is done and the patient recovers and only had to be in the chair one time. It’s a great option and the results speak for themselves.
How do I learn more about Sedation Dentistry and the Multi-Specialty Approach to dental care at PearlFection?
If you are nervous about dental care, really scared, or flat out petrified, you have read the right article and we can help. The first step is to have a consultation by calling (301) 663-5550 or visit our website and request an appointment www.pearlfectiondentistry.com or www.pearlfectionurbana.com . At the consultation there will be no pain. We will ask you some questions, we will take some x-rays and we will go over your entire mouth, one tooth at time, on a big screen with your x-rays displayed, so you can see what our doctors are talking about. We will discuss treatment options and sedation dentistry options. We will go over the costs and how much your insurance will cover. Once you have all the information and are comfortable with the plan we will schedule the work. From there, all you need to do is show up and we do the rest. We can perform, all your wisdom teeth extractions, all your root canals, all you implants, almost everything all at the same visit. We can even do extractions, implants and dentures the same day so you walk out with a new set of teeth in one appointment. Sound too good to be true? You owe it to yourself to see how sedation dentistry and the multi-specialty dental practice can help you get the dental work you need done, without the pain and fear you are worried about.
PearlFection Dentistry in Frederick Maryland and Urbana Maryland would like to announce the newest addition to our dental team and extend a warm welcome for our patients to schedule an appointment to meet our Board-Certified Prosthodontist, Dr Amos Chi. Dr Chi has joined our practice and we could not be more pleased. Dr Chi brings with him years of expertise in the prosthodontist field, and is able to perform the most complicated and technically challenging prosthodontic procedures, like dentures, crowns, bridges, and all-on-four implant supported dentures. This Board-Certified Prosthodontist is supported by the PearlFection team of general and cosmetic dentists, oral surgeons, periodontists, orthodontists, endodontists and entire dental team.
When it comes to providing superior dental care, PearlFection is always looking for the best talent, and with the addition of Dr Chi, our team is that much stronger. Dr Chi, will be the lead prosthodontist on our team, preforming and overseeing the most complicated prosthetic work, ranging from bridges to partial dentures, to full dentures, to total mouth rehabilitations with implant supported fixed dentures, often called “all on four implant supported dentures.” To learn more about dentures, dental implants and the other services we offer, visit our Frederick Maryland dentist website http://www.pearlfectiondentistry.com/services.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. Chi is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. Dr. Chi graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor degree in Biochemistry. He was awarded the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Maryland in 2005. He completed a three-year residency program specializing in prosthodontics at the U.S. Army Postgraduate Dental School in Augusta, Georgia in 2008, and a Master of Sciences in Oral Biology from Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University, August, GA. His thesis entitled ‘Resistance to abrasion of extrinsic porcelain esthetic characterization techniques.’ was published, in July 2017, in the Army Medical Department Journal. Dr. Chi has to his credit a fellowship in Oral Oncology and Maxillofacial Prosthodontics from The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas in 2018 where his clinical work titled ‘Prosthodontic treatment of a patient with Ewing sarcoma of the left maxillary sinus: A clinical report’ was accepted for publication in 2018, in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry.
Dr. Chi has been conferred numerous awards. In 2018, he was conferred the Maxillofacial Foundation Award by the American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthodontics. In July 2016, Dr. Chi was awarded Meritorious Service Medal by the United States Army. Dr. Chi was as an ‘Invited Speaker’ at International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Korea Section and Seoul International Dental Exhibition & Scientific Congress on the topic of ‘Zirconia Restorations’.
Dr. Chi has multiple scientific papers published in both national and international journals as well as poster discussions at national conferences. Dr. Chi presented two abstracts entitled ‘Prosthodontic treatment of a patient with Ewing sarcoma of the left maxillary sinus: A clinical report’ and ‘The effects of zinc on radiation-induced dysgeusia: A meta-analysis’ during American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthodontics and American College of Prosthodontists meetings in 2018.
Dr. Chi is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists and an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics.
When asked what does Dr Chi bring to the table that readers would be interested in, PearlFection General Manager, Stewart Stringer commented, saying “It is rare to have a team as diverse and competent as PearlFection Dentistry is right now. We have searched the Maryland, Delaware, Washington DC, West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania region to find the absolute best dentists and specialists in their specific role. When we bring together this level of specialization great dentistry happens. Dr Chi brings with him year of experience and his expertise in Prosthodontics, combined with our team of Orthodontists, Periodontists, Oral Surgeons, Endodontists and Cosmetic and Family Dentists, is simply hard to find better care in one place. We are proud of what we have created and proud to have doctors like Dr Chi join our team. In addition to being a seasoned and excellent doctor, he’s a genuinely nice guy. We are lucky to have him join our team”
If you would like to learn more about implant supported dentures, dentures in a day, or other prosthodontic options available at PearlFection Dentistry, please call our office at (301) 663-5550 (Frederick Maryland Dentist) and (301) 831-8303 (Urbana Maryland Dentist).
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