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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
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants have the potential to last for a lifetime, but in some cases they can break or be damaged due to injury or infection. The dental implantsdental team at Ruland Family Dentistry in Annapolis, MD, specializes in implant restoration. This restorative treatment can extend the life of your implant and strengthen your entire smile.

Implant Problems
A dental implant is firmly lodged deep into the bone of your jaw, yet it is still vulnerable to breaking, bending, or becoming dislodged. The most common culprit is an injury to the head or mouth. Patients who clench their teeth too tightly as a matter of habit can also cause damage to the implant. Experiencing a case of gum disease, which affects the strength and density of the bone tissue, could also cause the implant to come loose.

What to Do
A broken implant is usually considered a dental emergency, requiring treatment as soon as possible. If an implant breaks, save whatever material comes loose and call an implant restoration dentist at Ruland Family Dentistry in Annapolis for an urgent visit. When you eat, use the side of the mouth that isn’t affected. 

Implant Restoration and Replacement
Implant restoration normally refers to the process of adding a crown to a dental implant after it heals, but it also includes fixing other parts of the dental device when it breaks. You might have to agree to a new surgical procedure to have your dental implant completely restored depending on the problem. Your dentist may perform one or more of the following actions:

  • Removal and replacement of the entire device (including crown).
  • Replacing the abutment piece, which is most vulnerable to breaking or bending.
  • Creating and attaching a new crown.
  • Bone grafting if there is loss of tissue and reinsertion of an implant.

See Your Dentist Urgently
If you have a broken dental implant, time is of the essence. Call (410) 268-5800 for assistance from a dentist at Ruland Family Dentistry in Annapolis, MD. Follow the advice provided, and schedule an urgent appointment with Drs. Louis, John, or Michael Ruland.

Dental implants are the most permanent and effective tooth replacement option available from your dentist. However, even the most dental implantseffective procedures require maintenance to keep them healthy. Implants are no different. Learn about the signs that your dentist may need to take a look at your dental implant with Ruland Family Dentistry in Annapolis, MD.

How do dental implants work? 
Dental implants have three main parts which work together to permanently replace your tooth. The fixture is the implanted portion of the restoration, which lies in the jawbone beneath your gum line. Your dentist places this portion of the implant into the bone surgically. The bone then grows around the fixture to hold it in place and the implant acts as the missing tooth’s root. The implant’s abutment holds the fixture and prosthetic tooth together. The prosthetic tooth, normally a dental crown, bridge or denture, replaces the missing tooth.

Do my implants need maintenance? 
Dental implants are usually low maintenance. However, poor oral hygiene can cause an implant to reject, causing the gum to begin degrading at the implant site around the implant’s fixture. If you notice this situation occurring or experience pain or swelling around the implant site, you should consult with your dentist as soon as possible. This unfortunate situation, while preventable, is treatable and reversible if caught early enough. If left untreated, this condition can end up in bone loss, which is not reversible. These factors make it very important to take good care of both your implants and natural teeth alike.

Caring for Your Dental Implants in Annapolis, MD 
Keeping your implants healthy requires a committed at-home daily oral care routine. Patients can care for their implants the same way they care for their natural teeth. This should include brushing twice daily using a soft brush. Brush for at least two minutes. Floss once a day between every tooth to remove plaque and bacteria buildup. Your dentist may recommend special or prescription mouthwash or toothpaste. See your dentist at least twice a year for regular dental examinations and cleanings to ensure your implants remain healthy.

For more information on dental implants or restoration dentistry, please contact Dr. Louis Ruland, Dr. John Ruland and Dr. Michael Ruland at Ruland Family Dentistry in Annapolis, MD. Call (410) 268-5800 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!