By Joonho Song, DDS LLC
December 28, 2017
Category: TMJ
Tags: tmj   jaw pain  

Find out why your jaws may be causing you so many issues.

If jaw pain is happening to you then chances are good that it’s affecting your daily life, from not being able to eat certain foods or being injaw pain enough pain that it affects your ability to concentrate on work. If this sounds like something you’re currently experiencing then our dentist in Monrovia and serving Damascus, Mount Airy, Urbana, New Market and Monrovia, MD, Dr. Joonho Song, is here to tell you whether TMJ disorder might be to blame.

What is TMJ disorder?

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint and these joints are found on both sides of the jaws. These joints are responsible for all jaw movements including speaking and chewing. If arthritis, an injury or a structural imbalance in the jaw occurs this can affect how the jaw joints function. This often occurs as a result of long-term habits like teeth grinding or jaw clenching.

If you are experiencing these symptoms then you could very likely have a TMJ disorder:

  • Jaw pain and stiffness
  • Difficulty chewing or opening your mouth wide
  • Tenderness around the jaws
  • Pain when chewing
  • Morning headaches (common in those who grind their teeth at night)

While most people will find that their TMJ disorder will go away on its own, we know that it isn’t always easy to manage your symptoms. If you are sick and tired of being in pain then it’s time you turn to our general dentist serving Damascus, Mount Airy, Urbana, New Market and Monrovia for ways to manage your symptoms. This is particularly important if you find that you aren’t able to reduce pain and jaw problems through pain relievers, icing or other conservative options.

While TMJ disorder is the most common cause of jaw pain it isn’t the only thing that could be causing your symptoms. Headaches, sinus infection complications and even an abscess (a dental infection) can cause these symptoms. If you aren’t sure what’s going on we can give you the answers you need for peace of mind.

If you are looking for relief from your jaw pain then it is time you turn to a dentist that can meet your needs. We are proud to provide dental services to the Mt. Airy, Damascus, New Market, Urbana and Monrovia, MD, areas. Call us today to find out how we could improve your TMJ disorder symptoms.

By Joonho Song, DDS LLC
September 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry  

Taking good care of your teeth is important not only to your oral health but to your general health as well. Unfortunately, even the most teeth whiteningcareful of brushers and flossers may miss a spot sometimes or suffer an injury, leading to tooth decay, broken teeth, or other issues. Luckily, your dentist provides a myriad of procedures to help you keep your smile in tip-top shape. Learn about some common dental procedures with Dr. Joonho Song in Monrovia, MD and serving the Damascus, Mount Airy, Urbana, New Market, and Monrovia areas.

  • Dental Implants: Dental implants replace a missing tooth, several teeth in a row, or all of the teeth on an arch. Dentists place implants into the jawbone, where the bone grows around the implant itself, permanently anchoring it into place and providing the most effective foundation for tooth replacement available.
  • Root Canal Therapy: Root canal therapy becomes necessary when a tooth’s nerve becomes damaged or infected with decay. Dentists remove the inner pulp of the tooth along with its nerve, then scrub the inside of the tooth to ensure no decay remains within the tooth. After filling the tooth with composite resin materials, your dentist will usually suggest a crown to protect the tooth from further damage.
  • Sealants: Teeth often have deep, naturally-occurring grooves which lie out of the reach of your toothbrush’s bristles. These grooves can trap food particles and bacteria, causing decay. Sealants are a thin layer of plastic, which fill in the grooves to increase the surface area of the tooth, allowing for easier and more thorough cleaning.
  • Veneers: Dental veneers fit onto the surface of the tooth to cover their imperfections. Made from porcelain, veneers improve the appearance of chipped, cracked, discolored, yellowed, too-big, too-small, or uneven teeth. In some cases, veneers can also improve slight misalignments like overcrowding and under crowding.
  • Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening is one of the fastest and easiest ways to renew your smile. This hour-long procedure is safe and effective, noticeably lifting the color of your teeth in just one session.

For more information on these dental procedures or how we can improve your smile, please contact Dr. Song in Monrovia, MD and serving Damascus, Mount Airy, Urbana, New Market, and Monrovia, MD. Call (301) 831-6677 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Song today!

By Joonho Song, DDS LLC
June 23, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: cavities  

When you have a toothache, one possible reason for the pain is a cavity has developed. A toothache is not the only possible sign of a cavitiescavity, though. There are a few other symptoms that can be indications of a possible cavity. If you develop any of the signs of a potential cavity, it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible. Dr. Joonho Song is your dentist in Monrovia, MD, and serving Damascus, Mount Airy, Urbana and New Market. He can diagnose and treat your cavities.

Signs of a Cavity

One of the obvious signs of a cavity is a toothache, particularly when biting into something. Tooth sensitivity is another sign you might have a cavity. If your teeth are especially sensitive to foods and beverages that are hot or cold, you could have a cavity. Additionally, sensitivity to sweets is another indication of a possible cavity. The formation of a visible hole in the tooth is a sign of decay, which could mean a cavity has developed. Finally, changes in the color of the teeth can also occur in conjunction with cavities.

Treatment of Cavities

If you have any of the signs of a cavity, see a dentist in Monrovia and serving Damascus, Mount Airy, Urbana and New Market for diagnosis and treatment. The dentist can often identify potential cavities through a routine exam, but x-rays are usually taken to confirm the presence of cavities. If you do have cavities, the decayed area will need to be removed, cleaned and filled to seal the hole. Removing the decayed will stop the decay from spreading to other areas of the tooth. Filling the area after cleaning helps preserve the tooth so that it can still perform normal functions, such as biting and chewing.

There are several signs you have a cavity. Signs include a toothache, tooth sensitivity and visible holes in the teeth. A dentist can confirm whether or not you have a cavity and treat it if you do. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Song, your Monrovia, MD, dentist serving Damascus, Mount Airy, Urbana and New Market, call the office at (301) 831-6677.

By Joonho Song, DDS LLC
March 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry  

Perfection and beauty are relative, especially when it comes to our smiles. While there are a few basic characteristics that underly what cosmetic dentistrymakes a smile attractive, such as the size, shape, color, and overall symmetry and straightness of the teeth, a beautiful smile means different things to different people. Most people have a specific feature they'd like to change or improve about their smile, from making the teeth whiter to fixing a cracked tooth or using veneers to renew their smile. Cosmetic dentistry makes it possible to improve your smile without drastically altering the general characteristics that make it unique. Dr. Joonho Song, a cosmetic and general dentist serving Mt. Airy and New Market, MD, offers a range of cosmetic procedures designed to fix mild to severe dental imperfections.

Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments in the Mt. Airy and New Market, MD area

Stains and tooth discoloration are one of the most common cosmetic dental issues, and one of the biggest sources of personal dissatisfaction and embarrassment. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), there are two main types of stains: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic stains develop on the surface of the teeth. They can generally be treated with bleaching and gels. Extrinsic stains are caused by certain foods, smoking, and the erosion of the enamel layer over time. Intrinsic stains develop deeper in the dentin layer, essentially staining the teeth from the inside. They result from trauma, or as a side effect of certain medications. Intrinsic tooth stains generally require cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers to whiten the teeth.

Cosmetic dental procedures can also be used to fix a broken or chipped tooth, to close small gaps between teeth, and to resize uneven teeth. Cosmetic and restorative dentistry also overlap in certain situations: to replace missing teeth, to fill cavities or seal a tooth after a root canal, and to correct alignment problems.

Some of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Cosmetic bonding
  • Crowns and bridges
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Dental implants

Find a Dentist serving the Mt. Airy and New Market, MD area

Getting a smile you love has never been easier and more affordable. To learn more about cosmetic dentistry procedures and to find the option that is best for you, contact the office of Dr. Joonho Song by calling (301) 831-6677 to schedule an appointment today.

By Joonho Song, DDS LLC
March 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Many of us think that tooth loss will never happen to us, despite the statistics. Even with drastic improvements to dental technology and restorative dentistrytreatments in the last few decades, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that roughly half of Americans over the age of 30 are missing at least one tooth. Millions more are missing half to all of their natural teeth, some well before the expected age of 65, when the risk of periodontal disease generally increases according to the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Joonho Song, a dentist serving Damascus, MD recommends dental implants as the most secure and permanent replacement for missing teeth.

Restore your smile with dental implants by Dr. Joonho Song serving Damascus, MD

Nothing will ruin a smile quite like missing teeth. Even if your teeth are white and otherwise healthy, tooth loss can have an effect on everything from self-esteem and confidence, to social life and even job prospects according to some studies. Missing teeth can also affect oral and general health. After a tooth falls out or is extracted, the bone and gums start shrinking which causes loose, ill-fitting dentures, and can cause a sagging appearance around the jaw that makes us look older.

Implants are made of small titanium screws and take the place of the missing tooth's root in the gums. The implant then fuses with the surrounding bone, locking the implant in place and stimulating the growth of the new bone. After the healing stage is complete, a cosmetic crown is attached, making your smile look and feel as good as new.

Find a Dentist serving people in Damascus, MD

Whether you have recently suffered tooth loss or have been living with missing teeth for years, implants are the closest restoration to natural teeth. For more information, and to find out if you are eligible, contact the office of Dr. Joonho Song by calling (301) 831-6677 to schedule an appointment today.

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