Dental fillings or dental restoration materials are placed in teeth where a dentist has had to remove tooth structure due to decay or fracture. In recent years, filling materials have been substantially improved through significant technological advancements. Although silver amalgam was the dominant choice years ago, today we have several other preferred options for tooth restoration, including tooth colored composite filling materials and cementable resins and porcelains.
Dental inlays and onlays are some of the strongest and most lifelike dental restorations available. The tooth or teeth are prepared in much the same way as for a standard filling. When the tooth has been prepared to our satisfaction, an impression is made and sent to a dental lab. You will usually be required to wear a temporary filling until the restoration is fabricated. With proper care, your inlay or onlay will increase your overall health and instill confidence for years to come.
Crowns are prescribed when a tooth or teeth are too badly decayed, broken or cracked
to be easily restored with a filling. Crowns are normally needed for teeth that have
had root canals. Crowns are also placed on dental implants to replace missing teeth.
Crowns can be made entirely of gold or porcelain fused to a metal substrate for strength
and beauty. However, with new technology, crowns can be made entirely from high-
We will prescribe a bridge when one or more teeth are missing and there are healthy
teeth on both sides of the open space. Bridges can be made from three types of material;
solid gold for reliable long wear, porcelain fused to a gold base for strength and
beauty, and high-
If you have lost some or all of your natural teeth, dentures can be used to replace your missing teeth – improving your health as well as your appearance. Dentures prevent the sagging of facial muscles which can make a person with missing teeth look much older. Dentures also enable you to eat and speak normally; the little things that are often taken for granted until the natural teeth are lost.
A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Extractions are performed
for a wide variety of reasons, usually because of disease, trauma or crowding. If
you need an extraction, your dentist will first numb the area to lessen any discomfort.
After the extraction, your dentist will advise you of what post-
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to erupt in your mouth and are
the teeth least needed for good oral health. Most people have four wisdom teeth that
usually erupt through the gums in their late teens or early twenties. Sometimes wisdom
teeth remain trapped in the jawbone under the gums because there is insufficient
room for them to erupt. Wisdom teeth can cause gum disease, crowding or other damage
to adjacent teeth, decay, and bone destroying cysts. Pain and swelling are the most
common symptoms of an issue with wisdom teeth. A special x-
At McDonogh Dental Associates, we are here to help. If you or a member of your family
has a dental emergency after hours, please call our dental office at (410) 363-
Oral appliances are a first treatment for snoring and mild to moderate obstructive
sleep apnea. These appliances help prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues
in the back of the throat, keeping the airway open during sleep and promoting adequate
air intake. These may be used alone or in combination with other treatments for sleep-
TMJ is the commonly used acronym for temperomandibular joint disorder. TMJ disorders cause tenderness and pain in the joint on each side of your head in front of your ear. This joint allows you to talk, chew and yawn.
Bruxism (clenching and/or grinding of the teeth) is the most common factor found
in TMJ disorder. Bruxing may occur without being aware of it while awake, but more
often is done while sleeping. Treatment may include short-
Recently, Botox or Botulinum toxin has been suggested as a treatment for bruxism. Botox causes temporary numbing of the TMJ muscles which lessens their ability to forcefully clench and grind the jaw, while retaining enough muscular function to enable normal activities such as talking and eating. This treatment typically involves five or six injections and it takes a few minutes per side. The patient may start feeling the effects by the next day and these effects may last for about three months. Occasionally, adverse effects such as bruising can occur, but this is quite rare.
Cold sores, sometimes called fever blisters are groups of fluid-
Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose. In our office, you can safely use nitrous oxide to control pain and anxiety. During the procedure, you will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions. Your dentist will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. The effects of nitrous oxide wear immediately after the mask is removed.
Endodontic treatment, more commonly known as root canal therapy, is necessary when the pulp of your tooth becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes such as deep decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth, or a crack in the tooth. With proper care, an endodontically treated tooth will function normally for years to come.
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a persistent infection of the gums and the destruction of the supporting structures of your teeth. It is caused by plaque or biofilm, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on teeth. If plaque is not removed with thorough daily brushing and cleaning between teeth, gums become irritated and inflamed. Left untreated, it can lead to pain, loosening and shifting of the teeth and eventual tooth loss.
Our hygiene team is devoted to educating you on all aspects of periodontal disease. Prevention begins with keeping your teeth and gums healthy. We utilize a variety of scaling techniques, medicated gels and prescription mouth rinses to help treat any periodontal areas as necessary. Ultrasonic instruments are sometimes used to make the procedure more comfortable and effective as well.
Properly diagnosed, designed, and custom fabricated mouthguards are essential in
the prevention of athletic oral/facial injuries. Numerous surveys of sports-
The custom made mouthguards are designed by your dentist and are the most satisfactory
of all types of mouth protectors. A properly fitted mouthguard will serve as the
best available protective device for reducing the incidence and severity of sports-
Close to 42,000 North Americans are diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer per
year, causing over 8,000 deaths or roughly 1 every hour. Early detection and prevention
of this disease starts in your dental office with regular check-
More than 36 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches and women are 3 times more likely to suffer from this debilitating pain than men according to the ADA (American Dental Association). Botox or Botulinum toxin has been approved by the FDA to treat chronic migraine headaches in adults. The FDA says Botox injections have been shown to be effective in the prevention of migraines and is expected to produce results lasting up to three months depending on the individual patient.