Posts for category: Dental Procedures

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
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.

By Joonho Song, DDS, LLC
December 01, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Patients who have missing teeth or major tooth and gum problems often have questions about dental implants. Implants are the modern solution for replacing teeth and are now often preferred over other solutions like dentures and bridges. Here are a few of the most common frequently asked questions about dental implants, answered. Having more knowledge of this dental treatment may inspire you to take action and call your Monrovia, MD dentist to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure.Dental Implants

How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are designed to serve the same purpose as the root of a tooth. They are small titanium devices that resemble screws that are inserted into the bone tissue below the gumline. When the implant heals into the bone, which may take several months, an abutment and permanent crown are placed on the top. With a porcelain or ceramic crown, the implanted tooth is indistinguishable from your other teeth.

Why Are Dental Implants the Best Solution?
The main reason why dental implants are the ideal solution is that they are permanent. Once they’re installed, they’re no different than any of your other teeth in terms of function and appearance. They also help keep the bone tissue healthy and strong. When you get dentures or bridges, the bone tissue can degrade over time. 

Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Only patients who have generally good dental health can get dental implants. Viable bone tissue is needed to ensure that the implants will stay rooted. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist for a tooth implant as early as possible. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure can help improve a patient’s chances of having a dental implant integrate successfully.

How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
For patients of a certain age, a dental implant has a good chance of lasting for a lifetime. The crown part of the implant can last for up to 15 years before it may need to be replaced. Seeing your dentist at least two times every year for professional cleanings and becoming meticulous about at-home dental care will ensure that the implant (and your other teeth) stays strong and healthy.

Contact your Monrovia, MD Dentist

Dental implantation is a straightforward and effective procedure that can help improve your dental health and the appearance of your smile. Call your Monrovia, MD dentist to schedule an appointment.

By Joonho Song, DDS LLC
December 01, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry  

Cosmetic Dentistry Offers Improvements for the Appearance of Your Smile

People choose cosmetic dentistry to repair a defect in their smile such as a malformed bite, or crooked teeth.  Whatever the reason, the ultimate goal is to restore your smile and bring it back to life.  Your dentist in Monrovia is available to offer cosmetic procedures to help you put your best smile forward. 

Brighten Your Smile with Teeth Whitening 

It’s not uncommon for years of drinking tea and coffee or bad habits like, smoking to gradually result in a discolored smile. With teeth whitening, eliminating stains and enhancing your natural white can produce dramatic results in as little as an hour.  In-office teeth bleaching performed by your professional Monrovia dentist involves applying a bleaching gel to the teeth and activating the whitening solution with special lighting for approximately 30 minutes. 
Your dentist in Monrovia at Joonho Song, DDS, LLC can also provide you with trays, custom designed to perfectly fit your teeth so that you can continue the bleaching process at home with a less powerful gel. By using the gel and the trays on a regular basis, you can touch up and continue the bleaching process. 

Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants

If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants can replace them and restore function to your mouth.  Dental implants are artificial tooth root replacements that are used in order to compensate for tooth loss.  The result is an enhanced smile, in addition to a more youthful appearance. The use of implants can successfully restore function to your mouth and successfully bring your smile back to life.

A Hollywood Smile with Veneers

If your teeth are cracked, stained, uneven or chipped, veneers may be the perfect option for transforming the most damaged smile.  These thin, porcelain shells are custom-designed by your Monrovia dentist to perfectly cover and match your natural smile to mask most any dental blemish, including stains and cracks. Compared to many treatment options, veneers will last a long time, up to 20 years, and correct the alignment of your smile by covering damaged or misshapen teeth. 
Talk to your Monrovia dentist at Joonho Song, DDS, LLC about cosmetic dentistry, your goals for treatment, and which options may be best for your teeth. In as little as one appointment, you’ll be smiling bigger and brighter.