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By Dr. Patrick Gallagher, D.D.S.
October 01, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental ImplantsDental implants are a beautiful and permanent way to restore your smile without the hassle of daily maintenance or the worry of your teeth shifting or falling out during a conversation. Knowing the ins and outs of dental implants is crucial in determining if this is the best tooth replacement option for you. Find out more about dental implants and how they can help you with Dr. Patrick Gallagher at Gallagher and Eden Family Dentistry in Westminster, MD.

How does a dental implant work? 
Your dentist uses an oral surgery to place your dental implants into the jawbone beneath your missing tooth or teeth to replace them below the gum line. Throughout the healing process, the bone grows around the implant, locking it naturally into place to provide a solid foundation for your implant’s prosthetic, which replaces the missing tooth itself.

Are dental implants safe? 
Dental implants have been in use for over 50 years, are FDA-approved, and are a tried-and-true gold standard for teeth replacement. They are considered safe to use and have a low risk of complications or rejection. Dentists recommend dental implants for patients who are in good dental and medical health and can undergo the appropriate procedures without complications.

Can a dental implant help my smile? 
Dental implants can help most people with at least one missing tooth. A good candidate for implants has healthy gums and enough bone underneath the missing tooth to support the implants’ fixtures. After receiving dental implants, patients should have a great at-home oral care routine which consists of brushing at least twice daily and flossing between each tooth at least once. These two at-home steps paired with a strong commitment to biannual dental examinations will keep your teeth and implants healthy and clean for years to come.

Dental Implants in Westminster, MD

To find out if you can benefit from dental implants, consult with your dentist to ensure that this is the best treatment option for you. For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Patrick Gallagher at Gallagher and Eden Family Dentistry in Westminster, MD. Call (410) 848-3866 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Gallagher today!

By Dr. Patrick Gallagher, D.D.S.
August 08, 2017
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Cosmetic bonding  

Are you dissatisfied with the appearance of your smile? Would you like a more attractive look to your teeth? When tooth enamel iscosmetic bonding damaged by chips or hairline fractures, or if you have small gaps, pitted enamel or other irregularities, you may be too self-conscious to laugh or grin broadly. What's the answer to this dilemma? Dr. Patrick Gallagher, your dentist in Westminster, offers a simple, but very effective, cosmetic dental service. It's called composite resin bonding, and in just one short visit to Gallagher & Eden Family Dentistry, those annoying smile defects literally can disappear.

How composite resin bonding works

Composite resin is an amazing combination of acrylic and glass particles. Translucent and tooth-colored, composite resin is very realistic-looking and durable as well. When applied by your cosmetic dentist in Westminster, the resin may be shaped, trimmed and molded to mimic the look of actual tooth enamel. Repairs are seamless and last for many years. Here how the procedure goes.

First, Dr. Gallagher examines the teeth you want to enhance through cosmetic dentistry. If they are healthy, but simply marred by minor flaws, he can proceed with the bonding process. He'll remove rough spots, and then, he'll apply an etching liquid. The etching liquid ensures a strong and stable bond between the resin and the surface of the tooth.

Next, Dr. Gallagher applies the resin, and throughout the shaping process, he cures, or hardens, the material with a special light. When he is satisfied with the shape, color and bite, he polishes the sculpted areas to a bright finish.

Caring for bonded teeth

Like any synthetic dental material, composite resin does eventually wear out. However, Dr. Gallagher's patients find that with good care, these simple smile makeovers last for many years. Your usual preventive maintenance at home (brushing and flossing) and getting six-month exams and cleanings with Dr. Gallagher ensures your bonded teeth stay in good shape.

Additionally, avoid biting and chewing extra-hard foods such as ice or taffy, and never open bottles or plastic packages with your teeth. These actions chip and crack composite and natural tooth enamel as well.

Find out more

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that over 80 percent of people surveyed maintain they feel their best when they smile. Would you like to smile more often? Then, a quick makeover with composite resin may be just what you need.

Besides cosmetic bonding, your Westminster dentist offers other aesthetic treatments, including porcelain veneers, teeth whitening and more. Why not contact Gallagher & Eden Family Dentistry today to learn how to enhance your teeth and gums? Call (410) 848-3866 for an appointment.

By By Dr. Patrick Gallagher, D.D.S.
June 12, 2017
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Find out how dental veneers can get you on your way to the smile you’ve always wanted.Veneers

Do you feel embarrassed by your smile? Do you try to cover it up as much as possible? Do you wish you felt more confident in your appearance but aesthetic issues stand in your way? If so, our Westminster, MD, dentist, Dr. Patrick Gallagher, might just have a solution for hiding these cosmetic flaws and finally giving you a smile to show off.

Your Consultation

This is the very first step to getting dental veneers and one that cannot be skipped. After all, our Westminster general dentist needs to make sure that you are right for dental veneers. He will sit down with you and discuss your treatment goals to make sure that veneers will meet your needs or if another cosmetic restoration would work better so that you can get the results you want. Dr. Gallagher will also need to examine your smile to make sure that it’s healthy and free of decay.

Tooth Preparation

In order to get veneers, your teeth will need to be prepped for them first. Don’t worry; the process is simple and painless. In order for veneers to fit properly, we will need to shave off some enamel from the front of your teeth (typically less than one millimeter). From there, we will also take impressions of your teeth, which will be used as a model from which design your very own set of veneers.

Veneer Fitting

You’ll come into the office one last time for your final fitting before you can display your amazing new smile. We will place the bonding resin between your veneers and the front of your teeth. You will be able to approve the final look before we use a special light to harden the resin, as well as your veneers, permanently to your teeth.

If you are ready to transform your smile and you think cosmetic veneers are the best way to go, then call Gallagher & Eden in Westminster, MD, today. We would be happy to schedule an appointment with you to find out if your teeth are healthy enough for this cosmetic treatment. Let’s get you that perfect smile!