Posts for tag: restorative dentistry

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
October 12, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you wish you could change some aspect of your smile? Whether you've never liked the look of one of your teeth or one or more teeth dental bondinghave become damaged, dental bonding offers a simple, inexpensive way to boost your smile. Gaithersburg and Kensington, MD, dentists Dr. Kenneth Woo, Dr. Edmond Woo or Dr. Ho Kai Wang discuss how bonding can revitalize your smile.

What is bonding?

During bonding, a flexible composite resin is added to your teeth, hardened with a curing light, shaped, then polished. The bonded material is extremely tough and durable and looks like your own tooth enamel. Composite resin is one of the most versatile dental treatments, thanks to the unique properties of composite resin. The material is tinted to match common tooth shades and is soft enough to be manipulated into any shape. Once it hardens, it's just as strong as natural tooth enamel.

When is bonding recommended?

During a visit to our Gaithersburg or Kensington office, we may recommend bonding if:

  • Your tooth is chipped or cracked. Bonding repairs chipped areas, covers cracks and can even be used to reattach broken pieces of teeth, in some cases. It's also a good choice if the surface of your tooth is pitted or uneven.
  • Your tooth stands out for all the wrong reasons. Do you have a tooth that looks like it belongs in someone else's mouth? Improving the uniformity of your smile is as simple as using composite resin to change the shape or length of your tooth.
  • Your tooth has become discolored. Teeth whitening isn't effective if your tooth has darkened due to a problem inside your tooth, such as staining from tetracycline use or a large filling. Covering the tooth with bonding material tinted to match the shade of surrounding teeth can help transform your smile.
  • You don't like the gaps between your teeth. It only takes a small amount of composite resin to close slight gaps between teeth. (Larger gaps may require orthodontic treatment.)

Get the smile you deserve with bonding. Schedule an appointment with dentists Drs. Kenneth and Edmund Woo and Dr. Ho Kai Wang by calling (240) 683-3833 for the Gaithersburg, MD, office or (301) 933-1833 for the Kensington, MD, office.

By Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates
August 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Up to 300,000 dental implants are placed every year by dentists according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons,dental implants making it one of the most common procedures in dentistry today. So why are dental implants so important and preferred over other tooth replacement options? Find out the answer in advance of your next appointment with a dentist at Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates in Gaithersburg and Kensington, MD.

About Dental Implants
Dental implants have been available since 1965, but they have become very popular in the past couple of decades. Now patients have an alternative to uncomfortable dentures and other temporary tooth replacements. Implants are surgically added to an open tooth socket and allowed time to “osseointegrate” with bone tissue. Once healed, the implant will become the root of your new tooth and securely support a crown.

Why Are They Important?
Tooth implants are important because they allow you to preserve the health of your gums and your overall dental health. A newly rooted “tooth” will keep your gum tissue healthy and viable. You will also chew better and digest your food more thoroughly with a permanent replacement tooth. Finally, with an implant and crown, the gaps in your teeth are closed so that you don’t have to hide your smile from the world anymore.

Implants vs Other Solutions
Many people still think that their only option for tooth replacement is a partial or full denture that can be removed. Dental implants installed by a Gaithersburg and Kensington dentist are an enduring solution to your problem. Dentures must be replaced or refitted after about five years, whereas a dental implant could last 20 years or longer with good dental hygiene.

A New Smile with Implants
It's never too late to renew your smile with the modern dental technologies that are available at Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates in Gaithersburg and Kensington, MD, including dental implants. Call (240) 683-3833 or (301) 933-1833 today for an appointment to see Dr. Kenneth Woo, Dr. Edmond Woo or Dr. Ho Kai Wang.

By Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates
October 21, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Have you been considering getting dental implants, but aren't sure if they're the right option for you? Dr. Kenneth Woo, Dr. Edmond Woo dental implantsand Dr. Ho Kai Wang, your Gaithersburg, MD dentists, answer a few commonly asked questions about dental implants.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant offers an innovative way to replace your entire tooth, not just the portion visible above the gum line. The titanium implant is placed in your jaw and gradually fuses to the bone, replacing tooth roots. The bonding process generally takes about three to six months. Once it's complete, your Gaithersburg dentist connects a dental crown to the top of the implant.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

Dental implants are a good choice if you've lost one or more teeth and are looking for a long-lasting replacement option. Because implants become part of your jaw, you'll probably never need to replace them if you care for them properly. You can take advantage of dental implants if you're in good health and have healthy gum tissue and good jawbone depth. If your jawbone isn't deep enough to support implants, your dentist may recommend a bone graft to strengthen it. Smokers tend to experience less success with the dental implant process because smoking can cause infections and lengthen healing time.

What are the benefits of implants?

Losing a tooth affects your jawbone as much as it impacts your appearance. Your teeth roots constantly place pressure on your jawbone and help keep it strong. When you lose a tooth, the jawbone underneath may become shallower and weaker. If jawbone weakening is significant, you may even eventually lose other teeth as a result.

Implants feel more natural than dentures or bridges. Since your crown is connected directly to the implant, you won't have to worry about gum irritation caused by rubbing and will be able to continue to eat your favorite foods.

Dental implants offer an excellent way to replace missing teeth! Call Dr. Kenneth Woo, Dr. Edmond Woo and Dr. Ho Kai Wang, your Gaithersburg, MD dentists, at (240) 683-3833 to make an appointment. Restore your smile with implants.