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Dr. Neil Daftary and Dr. Robert Zaner

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3 Reasons Why We Can Offer Gentle Root Canals

Root canals have almost always been plagued with a terrible reputation for being a long and painful procedure. The truth is, the pain you are feeling is likely because your tooth is infected, and root canal therapy will actually relieve your pain and eliminate your infection. Today's modern dental technology makes root canals in Gaithersburg even more comfortable and efficient. Here's what you should know.

Exceptional Anesthetics

The anesthetics that your dentist uses these days will ensure that you don't feel a thing during your procedure. The anesthetics also work quickly to relieve any pain you are feeling from your infection or abscess.

Rotary Endodontics

Modern rotary tools are made of nickel titanium, which ...

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3 Ways We Use Dental Crowns

At Lakeforest Dental Associates, dental crowns are one of the most common treatments we recommend in our Gaithersburg, MD dental office. Often, dental crowns prevent the need to extract teeth if they become decayed, infected, or compromised. Moreover, dental crowns can improve comfort and self-confidence for our patients – something we can all smile about.

#1 Dental Crowns to Repair Teeth

Enamel covers each tooth, protecting them from the forces of chewing and providing the white, attractive appearance of teeth. When the enamel becomes compromised because of decay or a broken tooth, it opens the softer dentin to the outside world, making the tooth more likely to break or decay dramatically.

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The 3 Biggest Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings

Remember back to the days when you received the news that you needed a dental filling and you had a metal amalgam filling placed? Whenever you smiled or laughed that tooth stood out from the rest. Well, gone are the days of unsightly metal fillings marring your smile! Your dentist in Gaithersburg shares a few ways that tooth-colored fillings benefit you.

Aesthetics

First and foremost are the aesthetics we just talked about. Tooth-colored fillings are made of composite resin which can be custom shaded to match your tooth, which means that it blends flawlessly with your smile. No one will ever notice your dental fillings again!

Durability

Composite resin is a durable material that ...

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The Link between Smoking and Gum Disease

If you are a smoker, you already know the habit can take a terrible toll on your health and well-being. But many people who smoke are not aware of all the other ways that nicotine affects oral health.

One way your oral health is affected is tooth staining, a fact that every smoker is well aware of. Over time, nicotine will discolor all your teeth and leave them with unattractive brown staining.

The Effects of Smoking on Your Oral Health

Unfortunately, however, there are other significant oral health problems like chronic gum disease that are the result of tobacco use. As your family dentist in Gaithersburg, Dr. Neil Daftary wants you to be ...

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3 Reasons Not to Skip Your Dental Cleaning

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Gaithersburg families are busier than ever, making it tempting (especially for parents) to skip their routine dental cleaning appointments. After all, if you are in good dental health, skipping just a dental cleaning or two might not seem threatening to your oral health.

Here are three reasons why this faulty thinking can get you in dental trouble.

#1 Gum Disease Develops Fast

Even if you brush and floss with dedication, plaque still forms near the gumline and just beneath the tissue. Plaque hardens into tartar within 48 hours, which means if you do not remove it quickly after it forms, it will be too hard for your toothbrush to eliminate. 

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3 Common Dental Fears and How We Address Them

When was the last time you went for your dental appointment feeling calm and confident? Have you ever approached a visit to the dentist with anything other than fear and apprehension?

It’s estimated that as many as 20 percent of Americans have anxiety that makes them want to avoid the dentist. Dental phobia is a more severe form of anxiety that leads to feelings of panic. Phobic patients typically do everything to avoid the dentist including waiting until they’re in severe pain to finally pick up the phone to make an appointment.

Obviously, neither is a pleasant way to live. But as your top dentist in Gaithersburg, Lakeforest Dental Associates has found ...

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How Can I Care for My Teeth After Invisalign?

You've aligned your teeth with Invisalign, and now you're enjoying your beautiful smile! The important thing is to protect your investment and learn how to care for your teeth and keep them from shifting over time. The best way to do this is with retainers.

Invisalign and Retainers

Whenever you complete orthodontic treatment, whether it's with traditional braces or with Invisalign, you will need to wear retainers. This is because teeth tend to shift back into their original position without retainers, which would mean that the treatment you just completed was all for naught.

After your teeth are set, you will be able to wear your retainers at night while you sleep; however, ...

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