By James Delaney Jr., D.D.S. & Melanie Burke, D.M.D.
September 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

How Invisalign treatment from your Baltimore, Maryland dentist can improve your smileinvisalign

Whether you are a teenager or an adult, you can benefit from orthodontic treatment. Modern orthodontic treatment can straighten your teeth discreetly and quickly, thanks to Invisalign. This revolutionary orthodontic treatment doesn’t use metal brackets or wires.

Invisalign uses a simple, effective system of clear plastic trays, called aligners, which are smooth and comfortable. Dr. James Delaney Jr. and Dr. Melanie Burke in Baltimore, Maryland want to share more about Invisalign and what treatment can do for you.

There are many reasons why people love Invisalign. When you choose Invisalign, you can count on:

  • Discreet treatment, because no one will see the clear plastic aligners
  • Comfortable treatment, because there are no sharp metal parts
  • Healthy treatment, because you remove the appliance to brush and floss
  • Enjoyable treatment, because you can eat the foods you love

You can also count on rapid results because from your first set of aligners to your last set of aligners, treatment only takes 9 to 15 months. You receive your first set of aligners, which you wear for two weeks, and then you change to a new set of aligners. You wear these for another two weeks. You change aligners every two weeks until your treatment is complete.

Invisalign aligners may look delicate, but they are strong enough to fix all the same orthodontic issues as conventional brackets and wires, including issues like these:

  • Overbite and underbite
  • Crossbite and open bite
  • Poorly positioned and rotated teeth
  • Overlapping or gapped teeth

Why settle for old-school metal brackets and wires when you can have state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment from Invisalign? If you are thinking about achieving a straighter smile, think about Invisalign as the solution to straightening your smile discreetly.

For more information about Invisalign, call your family dentists Dr. Delaney and Dr. Burke in Baltimore, Maryland. Don’t wait to get a straight smile you will love, call today!

By James Delaney Jr., D.D.S. & Melanie Burke, D.M.D.
July 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

What your dentist in Baltimore wants you to knowroot canal

Tooth pain can be complicated because your teeth can hurt for many reasons. Sometimes your pain can be relieved with just a simple filling, but what if a simple filling isn’t enough? What if you need a root canal? Dr. James Delaney Jr. and Dr. Melanie Burke in Baltimore, MD want to share some of the common signs and symptoms you may need a root canal.

There are many incidents which can lead to root canal treatment. You are at an increased risk for a root canal if you have experienced:

  • Traumatic injury or an accident involving your face or jaws
  • Deep, extensive decay which has reached the inner portion of your tooth
  • Chronic clenching or grinding your teeth

Teeth can also die naturally, for no apparent reason. All you may notice is that the tooth will appear darker and grayer than the teeth around it. Typically, you will experience little or no symptoms from these teeth.

If you have tooth pain that continues and doesn’t resolve with a simple filling, you may need a root canal. Some of the other signs and symptoms to look for include:

  • Sharp, throbbing pain that can radiate
  • Severe pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages
  • Soft tissue swelling and redness around a tooth
  • White drainage coming from around the root of a tooth

When you need a root canal, it means that the innermost tissue of your tooth, an area called the pulp chamber, has become diseased. The tissue becomes inflamed, causing pressure and pain from deep inside your tooth.

During root canal treatment, this diseased, inflamed tissue is removed and replaced with an inert material. Pressure and pain are eliminated and you still get to keep your tooth.

If you are experiencing tooth pain and pressure, it’s best to visit your dentists in Baltimore. They will use the latest diagnostic tools including state-of-the-art dental x-rays, vitality testing and temperature testing to determine if you need a root canal.

If you think you may need a root canal, seek out the help of the experts and call Dr. Delaney and Dr. Burke in Baltimore, MD. Don’t wait; get relief from tooth pain by calling today!

By James Delaney Jr., D.D.S. & Melanie Burke, D.M.D.
June 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

When you get dental implants you would be amazed just how much it can do for your oral implants

Tooth loss can cause some pretty messy ramifications for your oral health if you aren’t careful. If left untreated, you may face a shrinking jawbone, changes to your facial structure, shifting teeth and a host of other issues. Fortunately, one simple restoration can change all that. Our Baltimore, MD, family dentists, Dr. James Delaney, Jr. and Dr. Melanie Burke, open up about the wonders of getting dental implants.

A Restoration that’s Just Like a Real Tooth

While we know that nothing is as good as having your natural teeth, dental implants are really the next best thing. No other restoration fuses together with bone and tissue to become your new tooth roots, but dental implants can. This means that you’ll have a restoration that will last you the rest of your life, if you are dedicated to maintaining good oral hygiene during your treatment and after getting your implant.

A Stable, Permanent Restoration

Some people loathe the idea of wearing dentures because they can shift around in your mouth when trying to chew or speak. This can be both embarrassing and frustrating. If you want a restoration that will stay in place then dental implants are the way to go.

A Strong, Healthy Jawbone

You may not realize it, but there are a host of other issues that can happen if you suffer from tooth loss and don’t end up treating it. In fact, without your tooth roots the jawbone will begin to deteriorate and shrink. Other restorations like dentures or dental bridges will be able to replace missing teeth but they won’t be able to provide the stimulation the jawbone needs to stay healthy; however, implants can.

A Major Boost to Your Appearance

Tooth loss may have made you embarrassed to smile in public. Of course, when you get dental implants in Baltimore, no one will ever know that you suffered from tooth loss. All you’ll see when you look in the mirror and smile is a full, beautiful set of teeth. Having a healthy smile can go a long way to enhancing your appearance; just you wait and see!

Increase Your Self-Esteem

It’s amazing how much your appearance affects how you feel about yourself. If you are feeling depressed or self-conscious about your appearance because of tooth loss, then it’s time to talk to us about whether dental implants are right for you. Once you get your new restoration you’ll be amazed by all the confidence you’ll regain.

If you are ready to get dental implants in Baltimore, then turn to us for the compassionate, tailored care you deserve to get a complete smile again. It’s never too late. Call our office today and schedule your initial consultation.

By James Delaney Jr., D.D.S. & Melanie Burke, D.M.D.
March 28, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sleep apnea  

What your dentist in Baltimore wants you to knowsleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition that is much more than just loud snoring. Sleep apnea is a condition during which your airway is cut off while you sleep. Fortunately, there is a remedy to deal with sleep apnea. Dr. James Delaney Jr. and Dr. Melanie Burke, your family dentists in Baltimore, MD, want to help treat your sleep apnea and protect your health.

Sleep apnea is more common than you may think. In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation, there are 18 to 20 million adults in the U.S. suffering from sleep apnea.

Your airway may be blocked several times each night. This repetitive sleep disruption and lack of oxygen can result in drowsiness during the day and inability to concentrate. It can also contribute to life-threatening medical conditions like these:

  • Diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Heart disease
  • Memory impairment
  • High blood pressure

The conventional remedy for sleep apnea is a device called a Continuous Positive Air Pressure machine, also known as a CPAP. The device supplies a continuous flow of air through your mouth and nose. The CPAP has its disadvantages including:

  • It’s uncomfortable to wear
  • It can cause sinus problems
  • Patients don’t like how it feels
  • It often doesn’t fit well

There is a new way your dentist can treat sleep apnea. It’s called an Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance. The appliance is custom-made to fit you exactly and is much more comfortable that the CPAP. It keeps your airway open by moving your lower jaw and tongue forward, while you sleep. You can sleep deeply and continuously throughout the night.

There are many reasons why people choose the oral appliance instead of the CPAP. They like it because it is:

  • Comfortable, fitting easily into your mouth instead of over your face
  • Portable, because it’s small and easily packable
  • Convenient, because you just put it in your mouth before you sleep
  • Easy care, because you just clean one small appliance, not multiple parts

You don’t have to suffer from sleep apnea when a simple solution is just a phone call away. To find out more about sleep apnea treatment, call Dr. Delaney and Dr. Burke, your family dentists in Baltimore, MD. Call today and get some restful sleep!

By James Delaney Jr., D.D.S. & Melanie Burke, D.M.D.
January 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Do you think wearing metal braces is the only way to straighten your teeth? Although that was the case for years, an innovative new invisalignbrace system offers a better option. Dr. James Delaney, Jr. and Dr. Melanie Burke, your Baltimore, MD, dentists, share some information about the Invisalign system.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign uses removable aligner trays to realign teeth, rather than wire metals and brackets. Your dentist takes X-rays, impressions and images of your teeth, then uses a special computer program that creates a 3-D model of your mouth. They use the model to design a series of aligners that will gradually move your teeth into the proper alignment. Every two weeks, you'll switch your aligners for a new set.

A good choice for many orthodontic problems in Baltimore

Invisalign can correct all of the same orthodontic issues metal braces do. Whether you have an overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite, gaps or crowding, Invisalign can improve your smile. If you have a severe orthodontic issue, metal braces may be the better option.

Invisalign is virtually unnoticeable

Many people dislike the appearance of metal braces. No matter what you do, it's impossible to hide or disguise them. Because the Invisalign aligner trays are clear, most people won't even know that you're straightening your teeth.

Eating is easy

If you've ever shared a meal with someone who wore metal braces, you probably noticed that they had to avoid hard or sticky foods and needed to run the restroom immediately after eating to clean bits of foods from their wires. Since you'll remove your aligner trays to eat, you won't have to avoid any type of food and will just brush and floss your teeth as usual.

The best choice for your lifestyle

Sometimes even clear braces can be inconvenient. When you want to attend a special dinner, prom or other event, or play your favorite sport aligner-free, you'll simply remove your trays and reinsert them a few hours later.

Are you ready to experience the Invisalign difference? Call Dr. Delaney and Dr. Burke, your Baltimore, MD, dentists, at (410) 764-7764 to schedule your appointment. Straighten your smile with Invisalign!

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