Posts for tag: restorative dentistry

By Bayside Dental
January 22, 2018

How dental implants from your dentist in Lexington Park can restore your smiledental implants

A complete smile is both beautiful and functional. If you are missing teeth, chances are you’ve noticed how difficult it is to chew your food. You’ve probably also realized that people notice the large gaps in your smile. You may have even stopped smiling from embarrassment. It’s time to get your smile back! Dr. Denise Owens Mullinix at Bayside Dental in Lexington Park, MD wants to introduce you to dental implants, the state-of-art-way to complete your smile.

There are many advantages to completing your smile with dental implants instead of bridges, partials or dentures. Consider that dental implants are:

  • Completely stable, because they are firmly embedded in bone; they are a permanent part of your smile that won’t move around, unlike partials and dentures.
  • Naturally beautiful, because the implant crown is made of high-grade dental ceramic that reflects light, just like your natural teeth; dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.
  • Easy maintenance, because you brush and floss them just like your natural teeth; dental implants will also never decay and they are resistant to stains.
  • Convenient, because you never have to remove them; dental implants become a permanent addition to your smile.

The dental implant screw is placed during a simple in-office procedure. Over time, your supporting bone fuses around the dental implant screw, securing it in place. The dental implant screw functions as the “root” of your missing tooth. After the area of the implant screw has healed, a beautiful new implant crown is placed on top of the implant screw. You now have a new tooth that is as good or even better as the tooth it is replacing!

To find out more detailed information about dental implants, please visit the dental implants page on Bayside Dental website at

When you choose dental implants to complete your smile, you have chosen the most highly successful surgical implant, with a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

You deserve to complete your smile with the best tooth replacement method available, and that’s dental implants. To find out more about dental implants and other restorative and cosmetic dental services call Dr. Mullinix at Bayside Dental in Lexington Park, MD today!

By Bayside Dental
September 26, 2017

Have a gap in your smile that you desperately need to get rid of? Well, you're in luck! Your Lexington Park, MD, family dentist, Dr. Denise restorative dentistryMullinix, is here to let you know about crowns and bridges!


A dental crown is a porcelain cap that covers a tooth. When your tooth is severely decayed and large portions of it are removed, your Lexington Park family dentist uses a dental crown to help preserve what remains of your natural tooth. The crown will add support to your tooth and will conceal any cracks, dents, and chips.


According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, adults, ages 20 to 64, have around 3 decayed or missing permanent teeth. The solution to this problem comes in many forms, like the crowns mentioned above, but bridges are also helpful.

Bridges are custom-made oral appliances that can conceal dental gaps, and help restore proper bite and chewing functions. There are different types of bridges:

  • Partial dentures, which are bonded to existing dental implants or natural teeth, come in many forms: conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges, and resin-bonded bridges.
  • A removable bridge can be removed so you can clean it yourself, unlike the fixed partial dentures.

Dental Care:

It's important to maintain a healthy diet and a healthy oral regimen. If you like eating hard candies and sugary food, well then opting for fruits and vegetables is a good idea. Sugar-containing food releases bacteria that produce plaque. Plaque can lead to tooth decay and the erosion of your crown.

In addition to abstaining from sugars, brushing your teeth twice a day is a must. Make sure you spend 2 full minutes brushing your teeth and tilt your brush at a 45-degree angle to ensure you remove as much food debris as possible. Flossing your teeth before bed will also help preserve your crowns and natural teeth, of course!

For more information in regards to getting crowns or bridges, don't hesitate to contact your family dentist, Dr. Mullinix at (301) 862-2118. Her office is conveniently located in Lexington Park, MD.