Dr. Vernon Sheen has been providing comprehensive, personalized dental care for patients of all ages for over 20 years. Our dentist in Annapolis, MD and dental care team are dedicated to patient-focused oral health care, with an emphasis on maintaining wellness through disease prevention. Our Annapolis family dentistry is your go-to for complete dental care.
Keeping your smile healthy plays a key role in the long-term enjoyment of good physical condition and quality of life. Through advanced general, cosmetic, and restorative dental care, we can help you maintain a beautiful, functional smile.
General Dental Services in Annapolis
Dr. Sheen recommends that children begin visiting with us once the primary teeth have begun erupting and that all patients come in twice a year for routine preventive care. These regular visits go beyond teeth cleaning, providing the opportunity for us to screen for other health concerns and spot developing problems early. Our comprehensive general dental services include the following:
Cosmetic Dental Services
If you have concerns about smiles that turn people away or the general appearance of your smile, Dr. Sheen offers experienced cosmetic dental care and can help you achieve the smile you desire. Depending on your needs and goals, Dr. Sheen may suggest one or a combination of the following cosmetic treatment options for your smile:
Restorative Dental Treatments
Tooth wear, damage, or loss affects both the beauty and function of your smile. In addition, chipped, cracked, or missing teeth can also impact your quality of life. Dr. Sheen offers restorative dental procedures to fix your smile. For missing teeth, Dr. Sheen will recommend dental implants, the second-best option aside from your natural teeth. The dental implant process offers the most long-term benefits when compared to dental bridges or dentures.
Restorative dentistry at Annapolis Center for Dental Health and Wellness includes:
Tips for Sensitive Teeth
You may find yourself wincing in pain from the cold air touching your teeth. You may also experience a similar feeling when eating ice cream, drinking hot chocolate, or simply brushing your teeth. If this sounds like you, you may have sensitive teeth. Our Annapolis dental care team has some tips to help reduce the symptoms of sensitive teeth.
Common causes of sensitive teeth include:
- Tooth decay
- Fractured teeth
- Worn fillings
- Exposed tooth root
- Worn tooth enamel
In healthy teeth, a layer of very hard, mineralized material covers the crown of the tooth. Below the gum line, a layer of cementum covers the root. Dentin, which lies below both cementum and enamel, is much less dense than either of these materials and contains tubules that, when exposed, allow hot and cold materials to reach the nerves in teeth. This contributes to feelings of hypersensitivity.
Treatment of hypersensitivity can be accomplished in a number of ways, and diagnosis can be as simple as a visual examination or a radiograph. If you feel that you have sensitive teeth, please talk with Dr. Sheen at your next preventive care visit about the potential treatment options listed below:
Desensitizing toothpaste: such as Sensodyne. With several applications, this type of toothpaste can block dentinal tubules from allowing hot or cold substances to reach nerves in teeth.
Fluoride gel: Applied in the office, fluoride can strengthen tooth enamel and reduce the risk of dentin exposure.
Dental restorations: Restorations like dental crowns or composite bonding can be used to replace decayed tooth structure.
If sensitivity worsens over time and causes pain and discomfort, a root canal treatment may be necessary. In addition to the aforementioned options, proper oral hygiene and a diet low in sugar and acid are crucial for preventing tooth sensitivity.
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Dr. Sheen is the most personable dentist Annapolis MD has to offer. He welcomes new patients and families from the greater Anne Arundel County area, including Severna Park, Crownsville, Millersville, and Crofton. To make an appointment to visit our Annapolis dentist contact us at (443) 482-5202 or request an appointment online.