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Gettysburg Dentist talks about fun dental history facts!

Posted by Peter Samuels on Thu, Nov 21, 2013 @ 14:11 PM

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The history of dentistry has been an
interesting one. Did you know there is recorded evidence that people were
concerned with the appearance and health of their teeth dating back over 4,000
years ago? And toothbrushes existed before 600AD? Exploring the intriguing
history surrounding the dental arts can be entertaining, fun, and
mysterious.

  • Evidence suggests braces were used to correct teeth in ancient times. They first appeared in recorded history around 2022BC. Around 400-300 BC scholars like Aristotle and Socrates discussed and contemplated the best way to correct one's crooked teeth.

 

  • Think implants are part of modern dental technology? Think again, the Mayans were using endosseous implants in 600AD. The evidence supporting the Mayan's use of implants was unearthed by Archaeologists in Honduras in 1939.

 

  • The first dental book ever published was called The Operator for
    Teeth
    . It was written by Charles Allen in 1685. There are only two known copies still intact, one resides in the library of the College of Dentistry at New York University, the other is in York Minister.

 

  • John Greenwood was the first native born dentist. It was he who designed George Washington's dentures. He made the dentures using Hippopotamus tusks. The bill Greenwood sent to Washington for payment is dated 1799.

 

  • Dr. Horace Wells was the first dentist to use nitrous oxide as an
    anesthetic. The first demonstration performed using nitrous was on December 11, 1844. 

 

  • Over the centuries, dentists have used many different items to fill teeth.
    These have included: stone chips, turpentine resin, gum, metals, cork, lead, and gold foil. Dental cement made of baked porcelain was developed by B. Wood in 1862.

 

  • Miss Lucy Hobbs was the first woman to ever graduate dental school in 1864. Having her diploma she opened her office in Iowa, from there she opened another office in Chicago. Her dental career was considered extremely successful.

If you are considering dental work or are due for a check up, contact the experts at Samuels
Dental Arts, P.C. Their family owned and operated practice offers sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, implants, dentures, and family dentistry.

Article submitted by Peter J. Samuels, DDS

Topics: Dental history, Dentist in Gettysburg, Gettysburg dentist

Considering a Sedation Dentist?

Posted by Peter Samuels on Sun, Nov 10, 2013 @ 15:11 PM

 



Sedation dentist in Gettysburg

 

If you are like many Americans, just the word "dentist" can send shivers down your spine. New innovation and technology has made dentistry less invasive and easier to handle than ever before. Choosing a sedation dentist can help you face your fears and finally have that dental work you have been putting off for so long.

Sedation dentistry is no longer reserved for surgeries or complicated procedures. Sedation dentists offer sedation anesthesia for cleanings, fillings, implants, crowns and almost any dental procedure. When deciding which sedation dentist will be best for you, it is important to evaluate the experience and training of the dentist.  Our office uses the services of a medical anesthesiologist.  The level of sedation he can provide is much greater than with just a pill taken before the appointment  

You may be wondering if you can afford sedation dentistry. To be truthful, the cost varies per procedure, per patient. But one of the most attractive benefits of sedation dentistry is that more work can be done in less time. This means more than one procedure can be performed during a single visit. Fewer trips to the dentist can save you money in the long run.  Often years of work can be caught up in one, comfortable visit.  Many patients feel like they were in the chair for just five minutes!  

Anxiety about going to the dentist does not have to be the norm. Choosing the right dentist can work wonders for your appearance and health. When deciding which sedation dentist is right for you, narrow your search by stopping by the dentists office or contacting them via the internet. In most cases, the dentist's staff will be happy to explain their sedation procedures, services they offer, and potential cost.

For more information on sedation dentistry and how it can benefit you, contact us at Samuel's Dental Arts, P.C. Our family run and operated dental office has proudly serves
the residents of Gettysburg, PA and the surrounding areas using cutting-edge technology coupled with the most gentle approach. 


Topics: Sedation dentist Gettysburg, Dentist in Gettysburg, Gettysburg sedation dentist, Gettysburg dentist, Dentist Gettysburg

Gettysburg Dentist discusses the Benefits of Cerec Porcelain Onlays

Posted by Peter Samuels on Tue, Nov 5, 2013 @ 14:11 PM

Gettysburg Cerec Dentist

 

There are several techniques and  materials that a Gettysburg dentist may use to
restore teeth. Composite resin is usefull if the cavity isn't too big.  Crowns made of porcelain, metal, or a combination can hold a tooth together when the cavity is very large.  Porcelain onlays made by a Cerec machine, are somewhere in between. Here’s a closer look
at what Cerec onlays are and why this Gettysburg dentist likes to use them.

Although similar, a porcelain Cerec onlay is not a crown. Onlays are designed to
restore a tooth’s biting surface. They are often used by Cerec trained dentists
when a patient’s tooth has a cavity that is too large for a standard filling. A
crown, on the other hand, is designed to cover more surface area. Therefore, it
is often used when an entire tooth has sustained extensive damage.

There are several advantages that may be gained by utilizing porcelain onlays
over other restorative materials. To begin with, Cerec onlays allow for the preservation of
the natural tooth. They also tend to blend in nicely with a person’s existing
teeth. As a matter of fact, Cerec restorations are virtually invisible.

 

Cerec onlays generally take one visit to fabricate.  The tooth is numbed.  The decay is removed and an infrared image of the prepared tooth is uploaded to a computer.  No messy impressions necessary!  The Cerec restoration is designed on the computer and milled by a cad cam robot type machine.  It is then chemically bonded to the tooth.  Unlike with a lab made crown, there is no need for the patient to return for a second visit.

To learn more about porcelain Cerec onlays and speak with a Gettysburg
dentist
, please contact Samuels Dental Arts P.C. Our Gettysburg dentists may be
reached online or by calling (717) 778-4268. We also serve patients in
Chambersburg, Hanover and Harrisburg.

Topics: Gettysburg Cerec Dentist, Dentist in Gettysburg

Gettysburg Dentist Warns Against Gum Disease

Posted by Peter Samuels on Thu, Oct 3, 2013 @ 14:10 PM

gum disease dentist

 

Gum disease, more medically known as periodontal disease, is an
infection that destroys the gums and the bone that supports your teeth. It can
affect one or more teeth, removing bone without you knowing until it's too
late.

The primary cause is plaque, a colorless film that forms all the time around
your teeth. When left untended, plaque can harden into tartar, which can only be
removed by a dental professional. However, many factors can affect gum
disease.

  • Genetics. If you're family has a history of periodontal disease, you're more
    likely to develop it.

  • Bad oral hygiene. Not brushing or flossing after every meal allows tartar to
    accumulate.

  • Tobacco. Smoking not only increases the chances of periodontal disease but
    can affect treatment.

  • Poor nutrition. Without the right food, your body is less able to ward off
    infection.

You won't always experience the symptoms of gum disease, but some of them
include the following.

  • Bleeding while you brush or floss.

  • Tender and swollen gums.

  • Loose or separating teeth.

  • Constant bad breath.

  • Gums receding from the teeth, making them appear longer.

Treatment for gum disease varies according to how far the infection has
progressed. In the early stages, we may simply remove the tartar, and
recommend brushing and flossing to minimize the problem. Later stages may see
significant bone loss, which may require surgery.

The best way to determine if you have periodontal disease is to contact us,
your Gettysburg dentist, so we can
examine your gums and teeth.

Topics: Dentist in Gettysburg, Periodontal Disease, Gettysburg dentist

Gettysburg Cosmetic Dentist discusses options for Cosmetic Dentistry

Posted by Peter Samuels on Sat, Sep 14, 2013 @ 15:09 PM

Cosmetic dentistry in Gettysburg

 

You may be under the impression that all cosmetic dentistry involves
time-consuming, expensive, and painful procedures just so your teeth can look
good. In fact, several options are available at different price and convenience
levels.

Teeth whitening treats colored or stained teeth so they
become whiter. This is the least intrusive option and can be done at home with
kits you can buy over the counter. In-office dental whitening and professional, custom, take home whitening using custom, fabricated teeth bleaching trays is far more
effective because it can use stronger agents while protecting sensitive areas of
the mouth, such as the gums.

Fillings are arguably the most familiar of the cosmetic
methods because many individuals have had cavities filled as a protective measure
when they were still schoolchildren. Fillings can also repair rough spots and
chips with resins or porcelain materials that can be colored to look like
natural teeth. They bond directly to the enamel and dentin, adding further
protection.  Modern, cosmetically oriented dentists have the ability to artistically bond composite fillings to front or back teeth making the fillings almost invisible.

Crowns cover broken, cracked or decayed teeth to prevent further
damage in the future which can involve extensive procedures, time,
and expense. In the past, such crowns were made out of gold for better
durability at the expense of aesthetics. Modern crowns can often be pure ceramic.
 They provide strength and durability, and are indistinguishable from
natural teeth even when used in the front of the mouth. 

Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain artistically designed and custom made for your individual teeth.  They can be bonded to the outside surface of front teeth to produce the gorgeous, white smile you have always wanted.

Rather than trying to decide on your own which of these options is preferable
for your appearance, why not contact us for an appointment? We can thoroughly
diagnose your problem and recommend options that are not only effective but also
fit your time and budget constraints.  As unrestricted dental providers, Dr. Samuels and Dr. Berger are able to provide the right dental solution using the most cosmetic dental materials available without worrying about the restrictions of your dental insurance companies.

Topics: Cosmetic Dentistry, dentist, Dentist in Gettysburg, Gettysburg sedation dentist, Gettysburg dentist

The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Posted by Peter Samuels on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 @ 15:08 PM

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Sedation care is a widely used and
popular way for millions of people who have a fear of the dentist to receive the
care that they need. It can be a viable and easy option for those who may have a
fear of the dentist, perhaps from a traumatic event they experienced as a child
or adult, or for those who have a special need, or simply for those who need to save
time. No matter the reason, skipping regular checkups, cleanings and, for some,
forgoing important restorative procedures that can jeopardize  health and is
no reason to avoid the dentist. Especially when there is an option. 

Modern dentistry offers a variety of new tools that can make your trip to the
dentist tolerable and comfortable when using sedation dentistry. 

What are the special benefits?

  • Relaxation
  • Increased comfort
  • Control of movement
  • Patient/dentist co-operation
  • Controlling gag reflex
  • Less memory of treatment
  • Fewer appointments needed (time saving)

Who can benefit?

  • Patients with a physical or mental challenge like autism or other special
    needs (Aspberger's Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Alzheimer's, etc.) 
  • Patients with cardiac or diabetic needs. While sedated, we monitor heart
    rate and EKG, to help ensure our patients safety.
  • Patients who experience seizures, epilepsy, and Parkinson's can benefit from
    a more relaxed and pleasant experience as well. 
  • People with fear, anxieties and phobias related to trauma, stress or dental procedures.
      
  • People who have a low pain tolerance. Because pain is subjective, sleep
    dentistry can often eliminate the issue that may arise from those who have this experience, virtually removing the pain altogether.  

 

  • Those with active gag reflexes. Some people will gag even at the smallest
    item being placed in their mouth, like an x-ray film. Using anesthesia
    techniques, this problem can be eliminated.

 

  • Those in need of extensive treatment. Sedation dentistry is perfect for
    those who may need a more sophisticated treatment (root canals, implant dentistry, full-mouth rehabilitation).  

If you or a loved one falls in any of the catagories above, it may be time to
consider sedation dentistry. Drs. Samuels and Berger have worked with patients
who have varied histories and backgrounds from the PA area, and would love to
answer any question you may have about sleep dentistry and dental anesthesia
services. Contact us by calling 717.778.4268, or by emailing us at  [email protected]

Topics: gettysburg sleep dentist, Dentist in Gettysburg, Gettysburg sedation dentist

Gettysburg Emergency Dentist discusses treatments

Posted by Peter Samuels on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 @ 19:02 PM

 

 

Gettysburg Emergency Dentist

 

What is a dental emergency?

Well that could be different things for different people!  When we watch glamerous TV emergency medicine shows we think of life threatening , every second  is critical, heroic action.  Nurses and physicians rush to gather data and make a diagnosis.  Specialists are consulted.  Bleeding is stopped.  Hearts are restarted.  Patients are stabilized. 

“I have a cosmetic dentistry emergency!”

A broken tooth, right in the front, would constitute an emergency for most of us.  A fractured veneer or porcelain crown would keep most of us from facing the public or going to work.  Quick work with composite bonding usually provides, at least a temporary emergency fix.  The tooth is etched with a mild acidic solution, a bonding agent is applied, and plastic resin can artfully be sculpted to replace the broken parts.

“I’ve been up all night with a toothache.”

Pain, unfortunately, is the motivator for many people to visit an emergency dentist.  Now we are dealing with a medical problem as well as a dental one.  As a matter of fact, many toothache problems are treated in the emergency room.  Pain from an infected, abscessed tooth can land you in the hospital and can even be life threatening.  Just as with any other medical problem a diagnosis must be made.  Sometimes it’s simple. “This is the tooth, doc.  It hurts when I bite on it and I’m swollen.”  An x-ray often shows a dark area under the root where the infection has spread to the bone.  Pain comes from a buildup of pressure.  Treatment involves draining and treating the infection, then  root canal treatment or extraction of the tooth to keep the infection from returning.

But not all toothaches are so straight forward.  “It hurts on the left side, Doc.  I can’t tell which one.”  This can be a challenge to figure out.  First of all the emergency dentist needs to put on his medical cap.  Is the pain from a tooth are something completely different?  Did you know that jaw pain can be the first sign of a heart attack?  More commonly, sinus problems can mimic tooth pain. TMD (jaw Joint pain) can also cause jaw and facial pain. If it is from a tooth, which one and why?  Sometimes the offending tooth can be identified by tapping (percussion)  A tooth with an inflamed pulp will often be inflamed in the ligament surrounding the tooth.  Tapping pressure pushes on the inflammation and causes pain.  “That’s’ the one, Doc!” Now we have to have a diagnosis.  Is the pain reversible with a sedative filling?  Is the tooth cracked?  Is it so deeply decayed that root canal treatment is necessary to relieve the pain?

“I bit on a pretzel and broke my tooth.”

Hard pretzels do bring be a lot of business!  Often a cusp will break off on a tooth already weakened by a large filling.  If the filling is old and leaky and bacteria has found a way to get underneath, the tooth structure becomes soft and it doesn’t take much to snap off a cusp.  If the tooth isn’t cracked down the root or broken into the pulp the fix is usually straightforward; a temporary filling for now and a return trip for a porcelain crown to protect the tooth.

“My little girl fell off her bike and knocked out a tooth.”

This one requires quick action.  If it’s a permanent tooth that came out (was avulsed) try to get to the dentist within thirty minutes to have it replaced.  There is a good possibility the tooth will reattach.

Whether it’s a “cosmetic” emergency or a life threatening dental infection, your local emergency dentist is here to help!

Topics: Cosmetic Dentistry, Dentist in Gettysburg, Gettysburg sedation dentist, Gettysburg dentist

Gettysburg dentist reflects on teaching

Posted by Peter Samuels on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 @ 10:02 AM

Gettysburg Dentist Peter J. Samuels, DDS

 

Friday is my favorite day.  Not that the other days of the week are bad.  I really do still enjoy my family dental practice, but, for the last few years now, I’ve looked especially forward to Fridays.  There is something neat about handing down almost three decades of experience as a dentist in Gettysburg, PA to a new generation of eager minds.  For three years now I have forced myself, against my groggy will, to rise at the crack of dawn and suffer the unpredictable two hours of traffic to the University of Maryland Dental School in Downtown Baltimore. 

The dental school is a huge, modern complex rising eight floors from its inner city block and standing proudly across from the medical school across the street.  While I never went to the University of Maryland, (I’m a Georgetown graduate), I am proud to call this dental school my adopted alma mater.

As I enter the third floor of the building my charges await me.  The huge, ultramodern clinic floor is broken into sections by specialty: one area endodontics, or root canal treatment;  one area periodontics; treatment of gum disease.  One area is devoted to children’s dentistry. My section is for general dental practice; dental fillings, dental crowns, dental implants, cosmetic dentistry,  etc.;   the bread and butter of my Gettysburg dental practice.  Six to eight third and fourth year dental students line up to present their cases.  These are very bright, but totally inexperienced, dental students eager to sap my mind for the experience and dental wisdom they crave.  For the tens of thousands of dental procedures I have performed and could now do in my sleep , they have done, at most, ten!  For the thousands of patients, each with their own unique personalities, medical histories, and nerve anatomies, that I have come across in daily practice as a Gettysburg dentist, they have seen but a handful. 

One by one the students present their cases.  Medical histories can be involved and complicated.  Is it safe for this patient to undergo routine dental treatment?  Has a medical consult been ordered? Which local anesthetic is indicated and why?  What do the x-rays tell us?  What are the indications and contraindications for the proposed treatment plan? What are the choices of materials to be used? 

Once the pre-op discussions are complete it's time to begin.  Sometimes shaky, novice, student hands need my guidance and a little encouragement.  How well I remember the first time I ever injected a patient with local anesthetic!  Over the years I’ve learned how to give a virtually painless injection and I mentor the students in the technique.  I teach them all I can about conservative, modern dental treatment.  I stress the importance of treating the whole patient, not just the tooth.

Three hours later the morning clinic session is over.  With prodding, encouragement, and often a little hands on help the procedures are completed and signed off.  The appreciation of my students for my help more that makes up for the two hour city traffic retreat back to Gettysburg.   I thoroughly enjoy my “day job” as a family and cosmetic dentist in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania,  but I have to say teaching family dentistry one day a week refreshes the spirit and is good for the soul!

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