Friday, February 28th, 2014
Do you grind your teeth?
Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, can be a common sign of a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), commonly called TMJ, and frequently goes unnoticed until it causes damage to the teeth or painful symptoms begin to be experienced. Most patients grind their teeth during sleep and are unaware that they are doing so in many cases.
Dr. Scott Finlay, a highly trained dentist in the field of complex bite disorders, often notices the signs of teeth grinding when patients are examined during preventive care visits:
- Teeth that are worn, have chips or flat edges
- Worn tooth enamel
- Sensitive teeth
- Jaw pain or tightness in the jaw muscles
- Headache and/or facial pain
- Cuts or damage to the inside of the cheek or tongue
Once Dr. Finlay has determined that a patient is grinding their teeth, he will perform a thorough evaluation of the patient’s occlusal system using some of the latest dental technologies, in order to create a treatment plan that will bring long lasting and effective results. Teeth grinding can lead to complex dental problems including gum disease and tooth loss. It is important to correctly diagnose the underlying cause of teeth grinding to bring a patient’s occlusal system back into balance.
There are several types of treatment options for patients who grind their teeth and Dr. Finlay will take the time with each patient to create a personalized plan of TMJ therapy that is best suited to their dental health issues:
-splint therpay/nightguard: this is a conservative avenue of treatment that is worn at night to prevent tooth grinding;
-orthodontics: Dr. Finlay may suggest the use of braces to properly align the teeth;
-bite equilibration: bite correction therapy will involve subtle adjustments to the teeth to restore balance in the bite.
For more complex cases, or situations where teeth are damaged, Dr. Finlay may recommend a restorative procedure to bring the bite back into proper alignment and prevent teeth grinding and its effects.
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Friday, February 21st, 2014
Missing teeth, or losing a tooth, can be a traumatic experience and affects daily life for many patients: chewing food is difficult in many cases and speech can also be affected. Frequently, embarrassment is also a factor and patients find themselves trying not to smile and avoiding social situations.
The restorative options for replacing a missing tooth – or teeth- are dentures, dental bridges or dental implants. In most cases, unless a patient is not a good candidate, Dr. Finlay and Dr. Anderson, leading Annapolis area restorative and cosmetic dentists, recommend dental implants. Dentures and dental bridges can offer patients natural looking replacement teeth that are removable for cleaning and can be adjusted for fit as needed. However, this feature can also cause discomfort for many patients who may find it difficult to eat certain foods due to slippage. Additionally, over time the jaw bone may begin to recede and dentures will begin to feel loose and uncomfortable.
Dental implants, while typically more costly up front, offer many long term benefits and provide a natural looking AND functioning replacement for lost teeth. Anchored into the jaw bone with a tiny titanium post, a dental implant acts much like a natural tooth. The post can also help to preserve jaw bone, minimizing bone recession that naturally occurs when a tooth is removed.
Dr. Finlay will place a custom made crown on the post once it heals which will feel secure and blend with surrounding natural teeth. Implants do not require patients to watch what they eat because they are permanently attached to the bone!
Patients with ill fitting full dentures often choose to replace them with implant secured dentures: Dr. Finlay or Dr. Anderson permanently secure the dental bridge or dentures with strategically placed implants. No more slipping dentures or adhesives!
Dr. Finlay works with local top oral surgeons and uses cutting edge digital technology in his Arnold dental office to provide high quality care for patients needing to replace missing teeth with dental implants or secure dentures with implants.
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Friday, January 31st, 2014
Dental fillings are one of the most common procedures performed in any dentist’s office. Dental fillings are used to restore a decayed tooth to normal function and prevent future decay in an effort to keep a patient’s natural tooth and maintain oral health.
During a typical dental filling procedure, Annapolis area dentists Dr. Scott Finlay and Dr. Chris Anderson will remove all decayed material from a tooth, clean out the area and then fill it in with one of several compound options to restore the tooth and seal any cracks or open spaces where bacteria could enter. The composite use for the filling will be determined by several factors: the severity of decay, the location of the tooth, the desired appearance, and a patient’s budget. In severe cases, Dr. Finlay or Dr. Anderson may recommend the use of a dental crown or suggest root canal therapy to save the tooth and prevent further decay. They will take the time to determine the most suitable treatment, ensuring comfortable and long term results for his patients.
Many patients have chosen to replace old, dark fillings with composite or white fillings, especially those in the “smile zone”. Replacing noticeable dark fillings can offer a quick smile makeover as well as strengthen the natural tooth. In some cases, Dr. Finlay may suggest the use of a dental crown to replace an old filling in order to keep the natural tooth intact and avoid a future extraction or root canal.
There are several types of dental fillings offered by Drs. Finlay and Anderson in their Arnold dental office:
Composite resin fillings: also called “white fillings”, this is the customized cosmetic filling that is often recommended to replace old, dark fillings that are in the smile zone for a more natural appearance or as part of a smile makeover.
Porcelain fillings: these are custom made inlays or onlays created in a dental lab and customized to match a patient’s natural tooth color.
White fillings: Dr. Finlay uses metal free white fillings to provide patients with durable cavity treatment that will not detract from their natural smile.
If you would like to brighten your smile with a new, white filling or have experienced symptoms of tooth decay and need to discuss a filling procedure, contact Dr. Finlay or Dr. Anderson in Arnold to schedule an appointment.
Posted in: Annapolis Dentist, Baltimore Magazine Top Dentist, cosmetic dentist annapolis, Cosmetic Dentistry Annapolis, cosmetic fillings, replacement fillings, white fillings annapolis
Sunday, January 26th, 2014
It’s the start of a new year!
A great time to restore your oral health with a preventive care visit with Dr. Finlay or Dr. Anderson in Arnold, MD, or to consider that “smile makeover” you have always wanted!
In recent years, there has been mounting evidence showing the connection between oral health and overall physical health and well being. These studies have shown that it is important to maintain optimal oral health with regular preventive dental care to reduce and/or prevent the incidence of tooth decay and gum disease- both of which can lead to more complex dental health problems as well as an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and other general health issues.
Keeping your smile healthy is an important part of overall good health! Dr. Scott Finlay and Dr. Chris Anderson will provide not only a thorough cleaning and exam during preventive care visits, but they will take the time to educate their dental patients on proper at home oral hygiene as well as recommend necessary or preventive restorative procedures that can increase the longevity of a patient’s natural smile.
A nationally recognized leading dentist, Dr. Finlay is committed to continuing education and has devoted many hours to teaching both nationally and internationally, focusing his work on complex dental health issues.
Dr. Finlay offers a wide variety of restorative and cosmetic dental procedures to meet the needs of his Annapolis area dental patients. If you are ready for a “smile makeover”, schedule a consultation with Dr. Finlay or Dr. Anderson. With over 30 years of combined experience, Drs. Finlay and Anderson offers their patients not only a personalized treatment plan designed to meet their cosmetic desires, but ensures that any procedure will also enhance and maintain their oral health.
Your smile is an important part of your overall health- keep it bright and healthy with preventive care and a good oral hygiene routine!
Posted in: Annapolis Dentist, arnold dentist, Baltimore Magazine Top Dentist, general dentist annapolis area, preventive dental care, top dentists annapolis
Friday, December 20th, 2013
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can cause a person to stop breathing repeatedly during sleep.
One of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea is snoring, especially loud snoring. Patients suffering from sleep apnea often awaken feeling tired and groggy- as if they didn’t get enough sleep. Sleep apnea can not only interfere with one’s ability to get a good night’s rest, but it can also lead to more serious health problems, such as high blood pressure, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type and is more prevalent among patients who may be overweight or who consume alcohol or tobacco. Some patients find relief from snoring with moderate lifestyle changes that reduce the affects of these common factors. But for many others, professional help is needed to stop the snoring and effectively reduce the health risks associated with snoring and OSA.
Dr. Scott Finlay and his associate, Dr. Chris Anderson, offer oral appliance therapy for patients with OSA. Oral appliance therapy, a conservative approach to treating OSA, involves the use of a custom fit mouth guard that is designed to stabilize the jaw, tongue and other soft tissues in the mouth to prevent snoring and allow for uninterrupted breathing. Oral appliance therapy will help patients get a more restful night’s sleep and reduce the risks associated with sleep apnea. Many patients are successfully treated with this type of therapy, avoiding the need for the use of a machine to stop snoring.
Snoring is not only a health hazard in many cases, but it can also interrupt the sleep of other loved ones! Many people don’t realize they are snoring until they are told by someone whose sleep has been habitually interrupted.
If you notice that you awaken feeling tired, even after “sleeping” for 7 or more hours, you may be suffering from a form of sleep apnea. It is important to discuss your symptoms with Dr. Finlay or Dr. Anderson to see if oral appliance therapy is recommended.
Posted in: Annapolis Dentist, Baltimore Magazine Top Dentist, osa annapolis, sleep apnea, snore guard, snoring treatment annapolis
Saturday, December 7th, 2013
Dental patients who suffer with a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), commonly called TMJ, may experience an increase in teeth grinding and other symptoms of TMJ due to the added stress of the holiday season.
Among the many possible causes of TMJ, stress is a common factor, frequently causing patients to clench their jaw or teeth, grind their teeth and experience increased tension in the jaw and the temporomandibular joint (the TMJ).
Dr. Scott Finlay, a cosmetic and restorative dentist in the Annapolis area, has extensive post graduate education and specialized training in the treatment of bite disorders such as TMJ. The successful treatment of TMJ can be complex and providing long term results relies on the proper diagnosis of the underlying imbalance in the bite. Dr. Finlay uses digital technology known as Tek-scan to evaluate the precision and force of a patient’s bite : patients bite down on a sensor and 3-D images are created which can be used to analyze their bite and identify areas of imbalance. In addition to Tek-scan, Dr. Finlay also performs a thorough evaluation of a patient’s entire occlusal system before creating a customized treatment plan.
There are a wide variety of procedures and treatments that can be used for TMD, starting with the use of a night guard to prevent teeth grinding. This conservative approach is often effective in relieving the symptoms of TMJ and preventing damage to the teeth or TMJ.
For patients who have damaged teeth- either from the TMD or as a root cause- Dr. Finlay may recommend a restorative procedure to realign the teeth. This may involve reshaping the teeth with tooth bonding or crowns, realigning the teeth with orthodontics, or replacing missing teeth. All of these possible treatments will restore balance in the occlusal system.
TMJ can often be painful and affect a patient’s lifestyle: disrupted sleep, headaches, painful chewing are frequent complaints.
Dr. Finlay offers his Annapolis area dental patients the relief they need and restores their oral health with TMJ therapy.
Posted in: Baltimore Magazine Top Dentist, Dentist Office in Annapolis, frequent headaches, teeth grinding, TMJ annapolis
Saturday, November 30th, 2013
For Annapolis area dental patients wanting everything from a subtle change to a complete smile makeover, cosmetic dentistry offers a wide variety of options!
Dr. Scott Finlay and Dr. Chris Anderson offer many choices, including high quality porcelain veneers.
A nationally recognized and highly skilled cosmetic dentist, Dr. Finlay offers his dental patients porcelain veneers as a cosmetic option for those seeking a change to their smile as well as a restorative procedure to treat a variety of dental problems: chipped or broken teeth, gaps between teeth, crooked teeth and stained or discolored teeth.
Porcelain veneers are made from a translucent material and both appear and function just like a natural tooth. They are highly stain resistant, offering years of bright, white smiles! Dr. Finlay, who practices “complete dentistry” , will perform a thorough exam of a patient’s occlusal system and recommend the best treatment option to suit a patient’s oral health needs, their personal goals and their budget.
The choice between different types of veneers should take into consideration a number of factors: oral health, budget goals and cosmetic goals. Dr. Finlay and his associate, Dr. Anderson, will advise each patient on the benefits and drawbacks of each choice so that they can understand the expected results.
The porcelain veneer procedure will require a couple of visits to Dr. Finlay’s Arnold dental office: the first visit will include tooth preparation and impressions which will be sent to a specialized dental lab for fabricating the custom porcelain veneers. At the subsequent visit, Dr. Finlay or Dr. Anderson will place the final restoration. The process only takes up to a couple of weeks and patients will receive temporary restorations to wear while their veneers are being made.
As an alternative, composite- “no prep”- veneers are removable veneers that are attached directly to the tooth. This type of veneer, while also popular, is appropriate only in certain cases where teeth are generally in good shape. Porcelain veneers are permanent and they can last for many years with proper oral hygiene, including regular preventive care visits to Dr. Finlay for thorough dental cleanings and exams.
Dr. Finlay and Dr. Anderson will advise their dental patients who receive veneers how to properly care for them to help them last for a lifetime of beautiful, natural looking smiles!
Posted in: cosmetic dentist, Cosmetic Dentistry Annapolis, dental veneers, porcelain veneers annapolis, top dentists annapolis
Monday, November 25th, 2013
One of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures, porcelain veneers offer dental patients a minimally invasive solution to many dental problems and are often recommended as part of a “smile makeover”.
Dr. Scott Finlay, a cosmetic dentist in the Annapolis area, has extensive education and experience in all areas of cosmetic dentistry, including the placement of porcelain veneers. Dr. Finlay is an Accredited Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists (AACD), a prestigious position in cosmetic dentistry requiring a demonstrated dedication to continuing education, documentation of cases and a rigorous exam. Dr. Finlay offers his Annapolis area dental patients high quality cosmetic dentistry, including the latest techniques and technology in his Arnold office.
For patients desiring or needing porcelain veneers, Dr. Finlay takes the time necessary to fully evaluate their oral health and understand their personal goals before creating a personalized treatment plan. When considering using porcelain veneers as part of a treatment for a dental problem or a smile makeover, Dr. Finlay will use 2-D and 3-D models to plan treatment and enable patients to understand the process and expected outcome. This multi-step process includes:
-comprehensive evaluation: an evaluation of the entire occlusal system to determine the possible causes(s) of any dental problems and to understand a patient’s oral health condition;
-digital imaging and models: digital image modeling to plan and visualize the treatment and outcome;
-tooth prep and temporaries: the tooth surface will be prepared, removing only as much of the surface as necessary for the placement of the veneers. Dr. Finlay will attach a temporary resin veneer while the custom porcelain veneers are created by a dental lab;
-final placement of the porcelain veneers: once completed, the final, custom made restorations will be permanently bonded to the tooth by Dr. Finlay.
Porcelain veneers are made to provide years of comfortable, durable wear with proper oral hygiene, including regular visits to Dr. Finlay for dental cleanings and preventive care.
Posted in: American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry Annapolis, dental veneers, porcelain veneers annapolis, Smile Design
Thursday, October 31st, 2013
Imagine straightening your teeth without anyone knowing you were wearing braces!
While traditional metal braces are what usually come to mind when most people think of orthodontic treatment, Invisalign clear retainers offer patients of ALL ages the opportunity to treat a variety of dental problems, including cosmetic concerns, with clear, removable retainers. Invisalign offers patients the benefit of treatment that is truly “invisible”!
Young patients and teens appreciate the convenience of using the Invisalign system, and adult patients who either need or desire orthodontic treatment really love being able to use braces that are invisible! With the aid of CAD/CAM technology and software, patients can see how they will look after treatment with Invisalign and dentists can help them make more informed decisions about their treatment.
Dr. Scott Finlay, DDS, an Invisalign dentist in the Annapolis area, recommends the use of this clear retainer system when appropriate because of the added benefit of being able to maintain good oral hygiene during treatment because the retainers can be removed for brushing and flossing each day. No more food particles being lodged between or behind metal braces! This also helps to prevent tooth discoloration and the development of oral health issues such as gum disease.
Dr. Finaly may recommend the use of Invisalign for a variety of dental health issues:
- Tooth crowding
- Spaces between teeth
- Narrow tooth arches
- Underbite or overbite
Orthodontic treatment is most successful when the patient is committed and adheres to prescribed care, including dietary restrictions, which is required with traditional metal braces. Invisalign patients will find it easy to follow the treatment plan due to the ease and comfort with which the clear retainers can be removed for cleaning, dental visits and changing into the next retainer. This can be especially important for younger patients who may not be as enthusiastic about orthodontic treatment! In addition, Invisalign retainers will not irritate the soft tissues of the mouth, a common problem for patients using metal braces- especially young patients.
To discuss how Invisalign can improve and enhance your smile, contact Dr. Finlay and schedule a consultation.
Posted in: Baltimore Magazine Top Dentist, cosmetic dentist, Cosmetic Dentistry Annapolis, Dentist Office in Annapolis, Invisalign, Smile Design
Thursday, October 24th, 2013
Dr. Scott Finlay, a cosmetic and restorative dentist in the Annapolis area, has years of education and over 25 years of experience helping patients who have suffered the loss of one or more teeth. Among his many achievements and accolades, Dr. Finlay is one of only 50 dentists nationwide who are recognized as an Accredited Fellow by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Dr. Finlay offers several cosmetic and restorative options to his patients for replacing a missing tooth, but dental implants remain the “gold standard” for patients who want a comfortable, natural looking and long lasting result. Dental implants also provide a secure, comfortable way to anchor a dental bridge or dentures- no more concerns about an appliance coming loose!
Dental implants are permanent structures secured to a patient’s jawbone with a small titanium post that is surgically implanted. A cosmetically matched, natural looking dental crown is placed on top of the post, providing the patient with a “new tooth” that looks and feels almost exactly like their natural tooth. With proper oral hygiene and routine dental cleanings, dental implants will last for up to 20 years! Patients who are committed to follow up care and regular dental visits will see the best results in the long run.
Dr. Finlay will perform a thorough evaluation of patients with a missing tooth to determine if they are a candidate for a dental implant. Patients need to have healthy gums and there needs to be enough bone to support the implantation of the post.
The entire dental implant process takes 3 to 6 months to complete, depending on the amount of time needed for the implanted post to heal completely within the bone. Dr. Finlay works with leading oral surgeons in the Baltimore-Annapolis area and will coordinate all phases of treatment for his patients, ensuring their quality of care for the surgical phase of treatment. Dr. Finlay will follow up with patients after the surgical phase and provide a temporary crown or bridge while the bone is healing. The final restoration, or attachment of the crown, will be done by Dr. Finlay in his Arnold dental office.
If you have been considering a dental implant and want to discuss your options, contact Dr. Finlay to schedule a consultation and discuss your options for replacing a missing tooth or anchoring a dental bridge or denture with dental implants.
Posted in: Baltimore Magazine Top Dentist, cosmetic dentist, Cosmetic Dentistry Annapolis, Dental implants, missing teeth