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By Padonia Dental Associates
November 25, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Crowns  

There’s a multitude of reasons why your dentist in Cockeysville, MD, Dr. Rodrigo Vallar, Dr. Ranju Bhasin, Dr. Richa Dutta, or Dr. Youngsook Chae, might recommend dental crowns. This typically includes stabilizing, restoring, or safeguarding a severely worn down or damaged tooth. Our dentists here at Padonia Dental Associates may likewise suggest a crown for enhancing your smile by modifying a tooth’s shape or size or topping an implant as part of a tooth restoration treatment.

Dental Crowns for Protection and Restoration

Crowns can bring back the functionality and look of a tooth that’s been significantly damaged by tooth decay, worn down, or has broken. They can also hold a broken tooth together to prevent it from breaking completely and safeguard it against further damage.

Additionally, they can be utilized for repairing teeth following a root canal treatment or endodontic therapy. This treatment, while vital to saving a tooth, commonly makes the tooth significantly weaker, structurally, and hence, more vulnerable to breaking. Placing a crown over the treated tooth may suffice to keep the tooth from further breakage.

Dental Crowns for Cosmetic Purposes

A dental crown provides a cap for encasing a significantly stained or otherwise damaged tooth. It can likewise be utilized for supporting and covering a tooth with a huge dental filling when just a portion of its natural structure is left intact. Crowns are also commonly used for enhancing the look of a tooth with an obvious dental filling and making it look more natural.

They’re also frequently used for covering dental implants, restoring the appearance of your smile and the function of your teeth. Dental crowns likewise aid in supporting and stabilizing other dental appliances like dentures and bridges.

Dental Crowns for Children

Your dentist in Cockeysville, MD, may likewise use a crown for your child’s primary in the following situations:

  • Saving an extremely decayed tooth that can’t support a dental filling
  • Reducing the frequency of anesthesia for a dental procedure
  • Protecting a tooth with an increased risk of developing cavities

In cases like these, dentists typically use stainless steel dental crowns since they’re more economical for temporary use.

For More Information or Questions About Dental Crowns, Contact Us

Arrange a consultation here at Padonia Dental Associates in Cockeysville, MD, with your dentist, Dr. Rodrigo Vallar, Dr. Ranju Bhasin, Dr. Richa Dutta, or Dr. Youngsook Chae, by dialing (410) 560-1400.

By Padonia Dental Associates
November 19, 2020
Category: Oral Health

While temporary, baby teeth are actually immensely crucial and are very vulnerable to tooth decay, also known as childhood caries or baby bottle tooth decay. Kids require healthy and strong teeth for talking, chewing their food, and flashing a great smile. Likewise, their baby teeth help ensure that their permanent teeth come in properly. It is vital to start kids off with proper oral hygiene to help safeguard their teeth until adulthood and beyond.

If you have any concerns about your baby’s teeth, you can consult with your family dentistry professional, here at Padonia Dental Associates in Cockeysville, MD, Dr. Rodrigo Vallar, Dr. Ranju Bhasin, Dr. Richa Dutta, or Dr. Youngsook Chae, for advice. Until then, find out more about baby bottle tooth decay here.

Possible Causes of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Tooth decay in kids could be caused by various factors. The most common cause is prolonged and regular exposure to sugary drinks and foods. In most cases, it could develop when your baby drinks milk in a bottle while being put to sleep, or when your baby uses a baby bottle as a pacifier.

Additionally, tooth decay could develop due to bacteria that cause the formation of cavities being passed from other people like parents or primary caregivers, for instance. They can be passed via the saliva, for example, when someone uses the same eating utensils simultaneously as the baby. Likewise, when your child doesn’t get sufficient fluoride intake, this elevates the risk of your child developing baby bottle tooth decay. Fortunately, decay can be prevented.

Top Tips to Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

  • Always wipe your baby’s gums with a damp and clean washcloth or gauze pad after eating. Once their teeth erupt, brush them thoroughly, but gently, with an age-appropriate toothpaste and toothbrush.
  • Once your baby’s first tooth comes in, schedule his or her first dental checkup with your family dentistry professional in Cockeysville, MD.
  • Supervise your child’s oral hygiene routine until he or she can swallow and spit out toothpaste.
  • Make sure that your child finishes his or her naptime or bedtime milk bottles prior to sleeping.
  • Use bottles only for breast milk, milk, or formula, and never for soft drinks and juice.
  • Encourage your child to consume healthy foods and stay away from sugary and starchy foods and drinks.

For More Tips and Tricks About Caring For Your Child’s Oral Health, We Can Help

Arrange a visit here at Padonia Dental Associates in Cockeysville, MD, with your family dentistry professional, Dr. Rodrigo Vallar, Dr. Ranju Bhasin, Dr. Richa Dutta, or Dr. Youngsook Chae, by calling (410) 560-1400.

By Padonia Dental Associates
August 18, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Cavity   Dentist   Cavities  

Even the most common dental issues can also cause further complications for your smile. Learn how to protect your smile from cavities!

A cavity is the most common dental problem that affects children and adults of all ages. Whether your general dentist has told you that you have a cavity or you are just trying to learn more about them, turn to your Cockeysville, MD dentist for the answers you need.Dentist in Cockeysville, MD

What is a cavity?

Often referred to as tooth decay, this problem causes holes to form in the enamel of your teeth. Cavities can range in sizes and can grow and become more severe if left untreated by your dentist.

What causes cavities?

A cavity forms when plaque forms on the teeth and isn’t properly removed through daily brushings. Sugar is the number-one culprit for causing cavities. Whenever you consume foods or drinks with sugar, the substance is converted into acid by the bacteria naturally growing in your mouth.

The acid is what eats away at healthy enamel. The more sugar you consume, the more acid attacks your beautiful smile undergoes. This will make you more susceptible to cavities.

What are the symptoms?

Unfortunately, not all cavities cause symptoms, so it can be difficult to know when there is a problem. That’s why it’s important to maintain those six-month visits to see your dentist, who can detect problems right away. Some signs that you may have a cavity include:

  • Dental pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • A black stain on your tooth
  • A hole in your tooth
What complications can arise if left untreated?

If you don’t visit your dentist for cavity treatment, this can cause serious issues for your smile in the long run. Some complications that can occur as a result of ignoring or leaving your cavity untreated include:

  • Chronic or severe dental pain
  • An abscess (an infected pus-like pocket that grows around the tooth)
  • Pain or problems chewing food
  • An increased risk for a cracked or broken tooth

If you don’t seek treatment right away, the cavity could cause damage to the point that the problem might not be reversible and the tooth will need to be removed and replaced with a dental restoration like an implant or dental bridge.

Cavities don’t have to be a serious problem. By coming in for those six-month dental exams, you can protect your teeth from common, but potentially serious dental issues like decay and gum disease. If you are overdue for your next cleaning and exam, then it’s time to call your preventive dentist today.

By Padonia Dental Associates
June 23, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

Here’s why so many people are turning to Invisalign for straight smiles.

Invisalign touts itself as “the invisible way to straighten your teeth” and it’s an amazing option for many older teens and adults who are looking to improve the appearance and health of their smile but feel a bit nervous about taking the plunge to get braces. Our Cockeysville, MD dentist has helped patients getting beautiful smile results through Invisalign. Could you be next? Let’s find out.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign is a unique system that uses a set of clear, custom-made aligners that fit over your teeth similarly to mouthguards or whitening trays; however, since each aligner is custom-molded to your mouth, each set applies the right amount of pressure to your teeth to move them gradually into place.

Will Invisalign work for me?

Invisalign is ideal for older teens and adults whose teeth have already fully developed and are no longer growing. This will ensure that each set of aligners provides a perfect fit throughout the treatment process. If you are an adult or teen who is dealing with a misaligned smile and is looking for a subtle way to straighten teeth that others aren’t as likely to notice then Invisalign could definitely be right for you.

Invisalign can treat a variety of common bad bites (also known as malocclusions) and dental problems including,

  • Crowding
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites

If your teeth are out of alignment or if they don’t fit together properly when you bite then Invisalign may be able to help.

What are the steps involved in getting Invisalign?

Once your dentist has determined that you are an ideal candidate for treatment and they’ve taken impressions of your teeth you will come back into the office to receive your Invisalign aligners. Here are the steps involved in Invisalign treatment,

  • You will wear your aligners for about two weeks at a time, only removing them to eat, drink, brush and floss
  • You will replace your current aligners in two weeks for the next set in your treatment plan
  • You should aim to wear your aligners for around 20-22 hours each day
  • You will visit the dentist about every six weeks for checkups
  • Most treatment plans last anywhere from 9-15 months but can take between 18-30 months

Wondering how Invisalign could improve your smile? If so, schedule a consultation with our Cockeysville, MD, cosmetic dentist here at Padonia Dental Associates by calling (410) 560-1400.

Keeping You Safe

We have exciting news! Padonia Dental Associates is now open for elective procedures. We want to reassure you that we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our patients, providers and team members. It is important not to put your oral healthcare needs on hold during this time as neglect could lead to more severe problems in the future. We also have telemedicine options if you prefer a consultation with our doctors from home. 

We have implemented rigorous measures and infection control protocols in the office to ensure your safety, including the following: 

  • PPE will be worn by all of our providers, including N95 masks, gowns, face shields, and hair covers; masks will be worn by all other team members
  • Office and treatment rooms will be sanitized between appointments and constantly throughout the day
  • Team members and patients' temperature will be taken before entering the building
  • To reduce face to face interaction, insurance and financial related inquiries, medical history and a COVID 19 screening will be handled before your visit
  • Please call our office if you have an upcoming appointment and are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, or chills
  • Patients will call the office upon arrival and wait in their cars until their appointment time
  • Patients are required to wear a mask upon entering the building
  • Adults accompanying other adults must wait in their car unless their assistance is medically necessary
  • Children under 18 may be accompanied by one parental guardian
  • Please remain 6 feet from any other patient while you are in building and follow social distance markings
  • A peroxyl rinse will be done before every appointment to reduce bacterial and viral counts in the mouth

We will help guide you through your appointment and ensure your safety as well as ours. If you have an appointment that was cancelled, we will be giving you a call to reschedule. If you would like to schedule a routine or elective procedure or if you have a dental emergency, please give our office a call at 410-560-1400 so we can get you scheduled.

We may look a little different the next time we see you, but we assure you we are still smiling under our masks! We look forward to seeing you!

~ Padonia Dental Associates

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