Dr. William Kelson, DDS, holds a degree from New York University College of Dentistry. He has been awarded the June 1989 Saint Charles Hospital award in Port Jefferson, New York. Dr. Kelson obtained his General Practice Residency in 1989-1990 in Knoxville, Tennessee where he acquired is Bachelor of Science Degree. Dr. Kelson has completed the Northeastern Regional Dental Board examination and is a member of the Robert T. Freeman Dental Society. Dr. Kelson is licensed in Maryland, New York and Washington, D.C. His practice currently resides in Silver Spring, Maryland. When not striving to keep his patients happy and healthy, he’s enjoys fishing with his family on the Chesapeake Bay.
Bonding is a composite resin filling and can be used on the back teeth as well as the front teeth. Bonding is often prescribed for restoring decayed teeth, changing the color of your teeth or the reshaping of teeth. It can be used to close up minor gaps and correct crooked teeth. Teeth that become chipped or cracked are often repaired with bonding.
Dr. Kelson will apply a mild conditioning solution to create small crevices in your tooth’s enamel. This provides a slightly rough surface that promotes the resin to bond materials to the teeth.
A high-intensity light will be used to cure the resin onto the tooth’s surface; each layer of resin will harden in seconds.
The bonded material will be sculpted to fit your tooth and then finely polished. Bonding traditionally lasts between seven and eleven years.
Dr. Kelson will often consider dental bridges for people who have missing teeth and practice good oral hygiene. If you have spaces created by missing teeth, your remaining teeth may begin to shift out of position and become more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.
TYPES OF BRIDGES:
Typically, there are three types of fixed dental bridges:
Traditional Fixed Bridge A fixed bridge is a false tooth fused between two porcelain crowns and is used to fill in an area left by a missing tooth. The two crowns, which hold the false tooth, are attached to the teeth on each side of the missing tooth. A fixed bridge can replace one or more missing teeth and cannot be removed like a partial denture.
Resin Bonded Bridge Resin bonded bridges are used primarily on the front teeth. This bridge is most successful when the surrounding teeth are healthy and don’t have large fillings. The false tooth is fused to metal bands that are bonded to the abutment teeth with a resin which is hidden from view. Resin bonded bridges reduce the amount of preparation on the adjacent teeth.
Cantilever Bridge Cantilever bridges are considered for areas of your mouth that are under less stress, such as your front teeth. Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the open space. This procedure involves anchoring the false tooth to one side over one or more natural and adjacent teeth.
Cleaning & Prevention
Dentistry is founded on the principle of prevention. All patients are recommended biannual cleanings and examinations Not only do they help you quash dental problems before they arise, they leave your gums healthier, and your teeth cleaner and whiter. A professional cleaning removes hard plaque that cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone. It also involves a fluoride treatment and polish to help protect and soothe your teeth and gums. Even if you haven’t had a cleaning in over two years, it’s never too late to treat your teeth.
What are some preventative measures I can take?
Brush with a fluoride toothpaste
Use a soft-bristled brush after each meal
Floss daily before bedtime
Use an oral rinse after flossing
Avoid sugary foods, coffee, and tobacco
We offer complete cosmetic dental services for patients who wish to improve the look of their teeth. Whether you desire a brighter smile, or a brand new one. From the simple to the complex, we listen and help you with a plan to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Call to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation.
Years of lost fillings, root canals, grinding of your teeth, all result in teeth that are not structurally sound. If your root system is healthy, but the surface of your tooth is the problem, a crown may be a good choice for sprucing up that smile.
WHAT IS A CROWN?
A crown, otherwise known as a cap, is custom-fitted to your bite and is placed over your natural tooth or dental implant. We recommend this procedure for those who have an intact tooth without root rot. The tooth may be damanged or decayed on the outside.
TYPES OF CROWNS:
There are three types of crowns; gold, ceramic and ceramic-veneered gold crowns. Gold and metal-ceramic crowns are extremely durable and are generally used in molars, where the stress from chewing and grinding are most prevalent. Ceramic crowns are used for front teeth, since they are able to match the natural tooth color.
We will reduce the problematic tooth for a proper crown fit
Our staff will take an impression of your tooth and send it to a dental laboratory for creation.
The color of porcelain prosthetics can then be customized
Dr. Kelson will place a temporary crown on your tooth while you wait for the permanent crown to be made; this process usually takes about two weeks.
When your permanent crown arrives, we will remove the temporary crown and glue the new permanent crown to your tooth. It may be necessary to stabilize your tooth with a filling before your new crown can be placed.
Dr. Kelson knows that to truly feel confident in your appearance, a nice smile is at the top of the list. If you have lost or are losing your teeth, you will want to discuss complete dentures with Dr. Kelson. Should some of your teeth remain and are healthy, a partial denture may be the answer to achieving a great smile.
TYPES OF DENTURES:
Both complete dentures and partial dentures are removable and custom fitted to each patient. They are made of an acrylic resin which may include porcelain or metal for additional structural support. If dentures are properly maintained, they will appear natural and give you the smile you desire. Dentures also help strengthen the muscles in your face that control your expressions and require the support of your teeth, help with chewing, and allow you clear speech that missing teeth can inhibit.
Many times teeth will need to be extracted. You will not need to be without teeth, because we can make the dentures before the last of the teeth would be extracted.
Our staff will take a wax bite impression of your mouth and will take necessary measurements of your mouth and teeth.
An appointment will be made so that you can select the color, shape and fit of your dentures.
When you receive your custom fitted dentures, our staff will work with you so you understand the required care and how to place them.
Our mission is to help you keep the teeth you have, but sometimes, when an infected or decayed tooth can’t be saved, or if a tooth is threatening to impact the surrounding teeth (like a wisdom tooth), the best option is an extraction. We take great care in making sure this procedure is as comfortable and pain-free as possible. We also can provide you with the best options for tooth replacement to help get you smiling again.
Fillings are used to prevent the spread of tooth decay or correct any cosmetic damage, a filling is just one of the ways our dentists preserve your health. Before placement, any rot must be drilled out. We offer local anesthesia along with sedation to ensure maximum comfort for our patients.
TYPES OF FILLINGS
There are two different types of fillings: amalgam (otherwise known as silver fillings) and composite resin, the color of which can be customized to match your natural teeth.
Amalgam – Made up of silver, copper, mercury, and tin, amalgam fillings are the most durable and economical option for our patients. They last up to ten years and are less likely to fall out or break. Commonly used for filling in molar cavities, amalgam fillings can withstand biting pressure and can be fully administered in a single visit. Despite the mercury content, these silver fillings are perfectly safe for anyone aged six and up
Composite Resin – Since the color of a composite resin filling can be customized, it is the most aesthetically pleasing option. However, it is more expensive and not as strong as an amalgam filling. Composite resin is ideal for repairing chipped or cracked teeth, filling in a tooth gap, correcting dental discoloration, protecting any exposed tooth root from gum recession, or changing the shape of teeth. Patients may also choose composite resin for cavity fillings as they are bonded to the teeth in layers and therefore require less drilling away of the natural tooth.
Our office provides a wide range of state-of-the-art general dental services for the whole family, with the same attention to detail as we offer a cosmetic procedure. So whether its for a routine checkup, a restoration, or even if you are experiencing a dental emergency, you can rest assured that you and your family are receiving the highest-quality comfort and care.
Spaces created by missing teeth may cause your remaining teeth to shift out of position and make them more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. Dental implants are made of titanium and are most successful when placed in the front portion of your lower jaw. The implant, once secured, is covered with a natural looking false tooth or set of false teeth, which typically lasts for approximately fifteen years.
Periodontal (Gum) Treatment
You can actively prevent disease and decay through regular home care, regular dental exams and professional cleanings. This will maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. The word “periodontal” literally means “around the tooth.” Periodontal (Gum) Disease is an ongoing infection in the pockets around the teeth. The deeper the pockets, the more infection you have in fact, this is the major cause of tooth loss.
The purpose of Periodontal (Gum) Treatment is to remove this infection and give these pockets a chance to heal. Early detection is key, there are generally two treatments (non-surgical) to treat this condition depending on the severity of your infection:
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing are non-surgical procedures performed to remove periodontal infection from below the gum line. Scaling and planing effectively remove periodontal infections where the pockets around your gums are not too deep. The surfaces of the tooth root are cleaned and smoothed and this removes the bacteria under the gums and makes it more difficult for bacteria to grow under the gums in the future. Scaling and root planing are done under local anesthesia and are quite different from the routine dental cleaning or “deep cleaning.”
If you are experiencing facial pain, pain around your ear, or even swelling in your jaw area, Dr. Kelson would like to see you for an exam. Sometimes tiny canals within your tooth become infected. This can be triggered by a variety of causes but most often an untreated cavity is the culprit. The infection usually causes the pulp inside your tooth to also become infected. When an infected tooth is diagnosed or there’s damage to the pulp, Dr. Kelson will recommend a root canal. Either Dr. Kelson or an endodontist will perform the root canal procedure to remove the infection.
You may be offered mild sedation for the procedure and Dr. Kelson will numb the affected tooth.
During the procedure he will remove all of the diseased pulp, and thoroughly clean the canal with antiseptic solution.
The canals are then filled with a flexible plastic material and a temporary filling is placed over the tooth.
If there are no signs of infection over the next few weeks, a permanent filling or a crown will be placed on the tooth. Crowns are the common choice as the root canal weakens the tooth. Recovery time is usually two to five days of soreness depending on the severity of the infection.