Posts for: December, 2017

By Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates
December 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Waiting for a dental restoration to be made can be a long and frustrating process. However, your dentist in Gaithersburg, Maryland same day crownseliminates that problem by offering same-day crowns at Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates. If you're in need of a crown after a root canal or other dental procedure, you'll be interested to learn how Dr. Kenneth Woo, Dr. Edmond Woo, and Dr. Ho Kai Wang make the preparation and placement a streamlined, one day process!

How are same day crowns made?

Your Gaithersburg dentist uses CEREC technology to make crowns right in our office. CEREC stands for Chairside Economic Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, which essentially means that instead of waiting for your crown measurements to be taken by your dentist, sent and processed by a dental lab, and the final product mailed back to your dentist's office, you can have a crown on the same day you visit for your procedure! We use a revolutionary machine that uses digital images of your mouth and 3D printing technology to carve a crown out of porcelain. The result is a lifelike, durable, and accurately-fitted crown that your Gaithersburg dentist can place immediately.

What are the benefits of same day crowns?

As we mentioned before, there's no need to wait for your permanent crown to be made in a remote dental laboratory with CEREC. You don't need to take multiple days off of work in order to have your measurements taken and your crown placed. Same day crowns also cut out the need to wear temporary restorations. Crowns made with CEREC technology are also shown to be accurately made due to the digital specs it uses to create the crown.

If you are in need of a dental restoration, CEREC can make a huge difference for you! Contact Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates, in Gaithersburg, MD to schedule your appointment today!

By Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates
December 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

The development of your child’s teeth, gums and jaw structure is an amazing process. But while it largely occurs on its own, we can’t take it for granted—we’ll need to do our part to ensure their mouth stays free from the effects of disease and injury.

That starts first and foremost with early oral hygiene practices. And we do mean early, even before teeth begin to erupt: a simple habit of wiping their gums after feeding with a clean, damp cloth helps reduce the growth of bacteria, the leading cause of dental disease.

Once teeth do appear, you can begin brushing them every day with just a smear of toothpaste. You can increase this to a pea-sized dose around age 2, as well as begin teaching them to brush and later floss for themselves.

Regular dental visits are the next pillar of preventive care. By and large it’s best to begin visits around their first birthday. Their primary teeth should be coming in at an even pace by then; and the earlier you begin visits the easier it will be for them to become used to them as a routine part of life.

Dental visits are essential for keeping bacterial plaque under control, as well as monitoring overall dental health. It’s also an opportunity to apply other preventive measures such as sealants that discourage tooth decay development on biting surfaces and topical fluoride for strengthening enamel.

Dental visits also provide frequent opportunities to detect bite problems or other situations as they’re emerging. Recognizing these early gives us a chance to intervene with less invasive treatments that could prevent or minimize more invasive treatments later.

You also don’t want to forget about the other major cause of dental problems—traumatic injuries. You can lessen this risk by limiting your child’s exposure to hard, sharp objects like furniture or some toys. And if they become involved with contact sports, it’s a good idea to invest in a custom mouthguard to protect their teeth and mouth from blunt force trauma.

As always, we’re here to support you and give you advice on other ways to keep your child’s dental development on track. Together we’ll give your child the best chance possible to enter adulthood with a healthy mouth.

If you would like more information on dental care for your child, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates
December 05, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: local anesthesia  

A lot of people don’t like dental work because they believe it will be painful or uncomfortable. There’s an anatomical reason to back up that concern — the mouth with its dense network of nerves in the teeth and gums is one of the most sensitive parts of the human body.

But modern dentistry has helped solve much of the problem of pain with advances in local anesthesia. Using substances that temporarily block electrical impulses within the nerves of a selected area of oral tissues, there’s a good chance you’ll feel little to no discomfort even during moderately invasive procedures.

Unfortunately, you might have heard some complaints from others about local anesthesia that might make you wary of it. Many of these complaints, however, aren’t fully based on all the facts. So, let’s set the record straight about local anesthesia and what you can expect.

No need to be afraid of needles. Nobody enjoys the painful prick from an injection needle, and some people are highly fearful of them. But although it’s necessary to use a needle to deliver anesthesia to deeper levels of tissue, it’s possible you won’t feel it. That’s because we’ll typically apply a topical numbing agent to the skin surface that deadens the top layers where we insert the needle.

That numb feeling afterward won’t last long. One of the chief complaints in the past about local anesthesia was the irritating numbness that could long linger after a procedure. Today, however, with more advanced anesthetics and formulae, we’re better able to gauge the duration of the medication’s effect.  This has greatly reduced the length of time afterward your mouth might have that awkward numbing sensation.

Anesthesia isn’t necessary for every procedure. Unless you have hypersensitive teeth, a lot of dental procedures don’t require anesthesia. Your enamel, for example, has no nerves and actually serves as a kind of “muffler” for sensations to lessen their effect. Cleaning your teeth or removing portions of the enamel can normally be performed without the need for numbing medication.

For procedures, though, where pain could be a factor, local anesthesia can make all the difference in the world. In these cases, anesthesia is your friend — it can help you receive the dental care you need without the discomfort.

If you would like more information on pain-free dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Local Anesthesia for Pain-Free Dentistry.”