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Your family dentists in Annapolis, MD, can rebuild your smile with crowns and bridges

Teeth are strong, but they can get damaged. Chewing on hard objects, grinding your teeth at night, and accumulating every day wear-and-crownstear are just a few of the issues that can damage your smile. You can also lose teeth due to dental trauma, severe decay, and other causes. This can result in you losing your whole, beautiful smile.

Luckily, you can restore your smile with dental crowns and bridges! Dr. John P. Ruland and Dr. Michael P. Ruland at Ruland Family Dentistry in Annapolis, MD, offer a wide range of dental services including crowns and bridges, to rebuild your smile.


More about Crowns and Bridges

Crowns can restore individual teeth that have been damaged or have lost a large amount of tooth structure. Crown materials are strong and natural-looking, giving you the strength you need along with the aesthetic beauty that you want.

Porcelain is one of the most common crown materials. It is light-reflective and closely resembles natural tooth structure. Full porcelain crowns are so lifelike that once they are placed, they are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. They are an excellent choice for front teeth or teeth that are visible when you smile.

Another common choice is a combination of porcelain and metal underlay, known as a PFM crown. The porcelain gives you a great aesthetic appearance, and the metal gives you superb strength. These crowns are the perfect choice for back teeth, which need increased strength for chewing.

If you are missing multiple teeth, dental bridges can give you back a complete, beautiful smile. Bridges contain natural-looking prosthetic teeth which are held in place by being cemented to the adjacent teeth. Dental bridges give you back your full smile, increasing your ability to chew food and helping digestion.


Need Dental Work? Give us a Call!

If your smile needs a little restoration, you need to find out more about crowns and bridges. Call your family dentists at Ruland Family Dentistry in Annapolis, MD, today to reclaim your smile! Our number is (410) 268-5800.

By Louis Ruland
March 27, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Tired of your dull smile? Try professional teeth whitening from Ruland Family Dentistry in Annapolis, MD! Dr. John Ruland and Dr. Michael Ruland are accomplished in all aspects of cosmetic dentistry and will guide you toward your goal of a refreshed smile. Read on to learn theHealthy White Smile answers to some of the most frequently asked questions on this popular treatment!


FAQs on teeth whitening

Would over-the-counter whitening toothpaste or one of those rinses help my teeth look whiter? Some whitening products from the drugstore or supermarket improve tooth color a bit. However, if incorrectly applied, they can hurt your gums and any exposed roots. Professional teeth whitening is safer because your cosmetic dentist in Annapolis, MD, inspects your teeth and gums first before whitening. Also, he takes steps to protect your soft tissues as you undergo either the in-office or at-home treatments.

Is teeth whitening for everyone? Teens and adults with healthy teeth and gums may have their teeth professionally whitened. However, people with many restorations may not be good candidates and could benefit instead from other services such as bonding or veneers. Pregnant or lactating moms should postpone whitening and other cosmetic procedures.

How did my teeth get so stained? Smoking could be to blame, as could highly colored foods and beverages. Consuming very acidic foods such as tomato sauce and citrus fruits can also have an effect, given that they soften enamel and make it porous. Age, some prescription medications, oral injury and root canal therapy darken tooth color, as well.

What's the active ingredient in teeth whitening products? Our professional team uses concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel for both in-office and at-home treatments. In-office whitening treatments usually take no more than an hour, and involve the simple process of applying the gel, allowing it to penetrate enamel, and finally rinsing it off. At-home gels are less concentrated and do their work over the course of several days, through the use of custom-made trays.

How well will it work? Most patients see several shades of color improvement—a dramatic improvement from before!

How can I make my new look last? Be careful what you put in your mouth, drink plenty of water every day, and avoid tobacco. Eat few items that are darkly pigmented (e.g. coffee, tea, and soy sauce). Brush and floss daily, and come to Ruland Family Dentistry twice a year for an examination and hygienic cleaning.


Give us a call!

If you are interested in giving your look an overhaul, call the office today for a consultation: (410) 268-5800.

By Louis Ruland
February 01, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

How our cosmetic dentists can provide you with a healthier-looking and more attractive smile.

We know how important a first impression is, and if you don’t have a smile that is as perfect as you would like you may find that it leaves a rather negative impression. Unfortunately, the shape and appearance of our smiles are very important to our professional and social success. Here's some good news though—if your smile isn’t quite up to snuff, our Annapolis, MD, cosmetic dentists, Drs. John and Michael Ruland, can help!


Dental Bonding

This cosmetic solution is used to cover small gaps between teeth, as well as minor chips, cracks, and stains. Dental bonding requires our Annapolis, MD, dentist to apply a tooth-colored material over these common aesthetic issues. While bonding won’t be ideal for more serious or widespread dental problems, if you have a small chip or discoloration, this technique can greatly improve the look of your tooth.


Tooth Contouring

If you are dealing with an oddly shaped or excessively pointy tooth and want to alter its shape, dental contouring can help. During contouring, we will only shave a very small amount of enamel from the tooth to reshape it and improve its appearance. Since we are only removing trace amounts of enamel, this treatment is painless and doesn’t require numbing or anesthesia.


Teeth Whitening

A whiter smile can be yours with the help of professional teeth whitening. Teeth whitening can remove stubborn and set-in surface stains on your teeth by breaking up the stain molecules within the enamel to get your smile several shades whiter. You will see visible results after just one in-office whitening session.


Porcelain Veneers

If you are dealing with more moderate-to-severe dental flaws such as chips, discolorations, misshapen teeth, or gaps between teeth, the best approach for hiding these problems while improving the overall shape and color of your smile is by getting porcelain veneers. To get dental veneers, we will need to shave off a very small amount of enamel from the front surface of your teeth before bonding these very thin porcelain shells to your smile.



Ruland Family Dentistry in Annapolis, MD, is dedicated to giving you healthy, beautiful smiles. Call our office today at (410) 268-5800 to schedule a consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists!

Cosmetic Dentistry ProcedureYour confidence is of the utmost importance, and your Annapolis, MD, dentists, Drs. Louis, John, and Michael Ruland, can help boost your self-esteem through cosmetic dentistry! Here are some of their offered procedures that can help aesthetic appeal and improve functionality.


Crowns are porcelain-like caps that are placed over a damaged or severely discolored tooth. To create them, your dentist takes an impression of your teeth and sends them to a lab where custom crowns are made just for you. In the meantime though, you'll be given a temporary crown. The dental crown reinforces the tooth and allows it to withstand various degrees of pressure, meaning you can enjoy eating without the worry of ruining your tooth.

Crowns are used for several procedures, such as covering dental implants and stained teeth.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants are state-of-the-art installations that are used to fix gaps in your smile. The process of getting a dental implant is straightforward:

  1. Your dentist applies local anesthesia to the problem area and removes any remnants of the old tooth.
  2. A titanium post is placed in the jawbone.
  3. The dentist will surgically seal the area and give you a temporary crown.
  4. The titanium post will need to osseointegrate, which takes three to six months. This process simply entails that the titanium post will fuse with the bone, therefore giving your jaw support and strength.
  5. After those few months, you'll go back to your doctor where they will re-open the area and attach an abutment and a permanent crown that matches the rest of your teeth.

Teeth Whitening

Your Annapolis dentist provides a convenient in-office procedure that doesn't take long. They apply gel with high-concentration of hydrogen peroxide on your teeth for a few minutes and, if necessary, a laser is used to speed up the process. The gel may be removed then reapplied to your teeth several times throughout the one-hour treatment.

Dental Bonding and Reshaping:

Tooth-colored fillings, also known as composite resin, are used during dental bonding and reshaping procedures. The composite resin that matches the color of your teeth is applied and molded to the right shape then the composite is hardened using a curing light.

Dental bonding can fix issues such as:

  • Chips and cracks
  • Fractures
  • Decays
  • Discolored and stained teeth
  • Short teeth

If you have any questions or concerns, call your Annapolis, MD, dentists, Drs. Louis, John, and Michael Ruland at (410) 268-5800 today!

By Louis Ruland
August 28, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: crowns   Damaged Teeth   Missing Teeth  

Dental CrownVersatile crowns offer the ideal solution if you want to protect or transform your smile. Annapolis, MD, family dentists Drs. Louis, John, and Michael Ruland offer crowns and other restorations and services you need for good oral health.

What are crowns?

Multi-purpose crowns are just as effective at improving your appearance as they are strengthening damaged teeth. The hollow restorations look like natural teeth minus the roots. They're frequently made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, or resin. Before you receive a crown, your tooth must be reduced in size.

After decreasing the size of your tooth, your Annapolis family dentist will make an impression of your mouth, which the dental laboratory will use to create a crown that fits the space in your mouth perfectly. You'll leave the dentist's office with a temporary crown, which you'll swap for a permanent one in just about two weeks.

How can crowns help my smile?

Crowns can be used to:

  • Repair Damage: Has your tooth chipped or fractured? Crowns restore the appearance and function of teeth and allow you to chew normally again.
  • Strengthen Cracked Teeth: A crack in your tooth, even if it's small, increases your risk of a fracture. Crowns absorb biting forces and keep teeth from breaking.
  • Protect Fragile Teeth: Whether your tooth is brittle or you've recently had a dental procedure that weakened it, such as a large filling or root canal, crowns offer an effective way to protect your smile.
  • Improve Your Appearance: Crowns also offer cosmetic benefits. They can be used to lengthen teeth that are too short or conceal discolorations due to tetracycline usage, trauma, or other cause. Is one of your teeth crooked or twisted? Although braces might be the best choice to correct these issues in some cases, crowns can be a good choice if you have one or two oddly shaped teeth that don't affect your bite.
  • Replace a Missing Tooth: Crowns can often be found in bridges, appliances used to replace missing teeth. Artificial teeth called pontics are securely anchored by crowns at either end of the bridge.

Could you benefit from a crown? Call Annapolis, MD, family dentists Drs. Louis, John, and Michael Ruland at (410) 268-5800 to schedule an appointment.

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