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Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Wilmington, DE
 

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Here are some of the most commonly asked questions we are asked by patients, as well as excerpts from Dr. Gladnick's column in the Wilmington News Journal's "Ask the Dentist."

 

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In addition to an increased risk of infection on the tongue as a result of someone having a tongue piercing, I have seen many instances of chipped and broken teeth from biting on a barbell or from a metal ball banging against the front teeth. I have also seen instances of gum recession and bone resorption from the constant trauma. This damage is usually irreversible and may result in tooth loss.

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Visit Drs. Gladnick and Justison today to learn more about all of our dental services and procedures. Our dental team is ready to answer any and all questions so give us a phone call today!

YTop Dentist in Pike Creek DEour dentist doesn't diagnose these conditions but is an important screening person in your health care team. The lips, tongue, gums, salivary glands, and oral tissues can warn of trouble in your overall health.

What Happens At A Routine Dental Check-Up?

During your routine dental check-up, Dr. Gladnick will be on the lookout for any symptoms that might be associated with conditions like oral cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and pregnancy complications. Always remember the adage: "Want a healthy body, start with a healthy mouth." 

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If you have piercing pain that is sensitive to hot or cold foods, or chewing pain that travels to the ear or eye, you should call the dentist immediately as you may have an infection or an abscess. This can be treated with an antibiotic, or it may require a root canal. However, Dr. Gladnick will first perform a series of diagnostic tests to confirm this diagnosis.

On the other hand, if you are experiencing a dull toothache that comes and goes, it may be alleviated by following these simple steps: Make sure you brush and floss carefully, at least twice a day. You should follow this with a warm salt water rinse. After a few days of this regimen, your ache may simply disappear! If not, call the dental office immediately to make an appointment. Dr. Gladnick can be reached anytime, even after hours, for emergencies.

When looking for a dentist, we invite you to use this checklist to see whether other professionals in the Wilmington/Newark/Pike Creek area offer the full range of services and individualized care that you will receive at our office. Once you compare, we will gladly make an appointment for you. Simply call us at (302) 468-6742.

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Great Dentist

Does the Dentist see the patient at every visit (including the cleanings) to assess the condition of teeth, soft tissue, and gums and to screen for oral cancer? (Some practices allow the hygienists to work alone when the dentist is not even in the office!! Not a good idea in our opinion.)

Are appointment times honored to minimize or eliminate waiting?

Is the Dentist available to handle dental emergencies 24/7? Yes, that's right, Dr. Gladnick is always available to his patients with emergencies twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. His personal cell phone number is made available to all of his patients. 

Does the Dentist check in with patients the evening following procedures to assess their level of comfort?

Does the office use digital imaging (x-rays) to minimize your family's exposure to radiation?

Does your Dentist have the latest technology in handpieces to ensure a quiet, comfortable experience for you?

Does your Dentist have a dedicated, enthusiastic staff who will confer with any insurance company to make sure that your procedures are being covered at an optimal level?

Will your child feel comfortable and happy because the entire staff takes the time to make going to the Dentist a happy experience? This happens every time in our office. 

Does the dental practice offer entertainment while you are being treated? We provide sitcoms, movies, music – you name it!

Is the office bright, clean, and up to date?

Tongue thrusting can be a huge problem, causing spacing in between teeth, “bucked” teeth, and an open bite (where the front teeth don’t come completely together upon closure). Tongue thrusting can be caused by breathing problems associated with allergies, enlarged tonsils, narrow jaws, and some dental malocclusions. Ask your dentist to evaluate your child’s swallow or phone us at (302) 468-6742.

By the time your baby is born, 20 'baby' or primary teeth have already begun forming under the gums. The first teeth usually erupt in six months to a year and, unfortunately, tooth decay can begin as soon as eruption starts. 

Here are some guidelines for you to follow:

  • Don’t allow your baby to sleep with a bottle containing anything other than water (not even breast milk.)
  • Don’t dip pacifiers in sugar or honey to make them more attractive (in fact, young children shouldn’t have honey at all!).
  • Begin caring for your child’s teeth before they even erupt! Cleanse the gums after each feeding with a clean, moist gauze pad.
  • Once your child’s first tooth erupts, use a toothbrush made for toddlers and water to gently brush.
  • Schedule an appointment with the dentist for your child before their third birthday. In addition to discussing common concerns like thumb sucking, dentists can counsel you on optimizing your child’s nutrition for healthy dental development.

Women have hormonal changes as they reach puberty; during menstruation, pregnancy, menopause; and from oral contraceptives. Hormonal changes, especially those occurring during the teenage and childbearing years, increase the harmful effect that bacterial dental plaque can have on the gums.

During menopause, increased sensitivity, altered taste sensations ,or a reduction in saliva can occur. A decrease in saliva is associated with increased tooth decay. Regular dental visits, good hygiene, and a balanced diet are essential for women at any stage of life and especially during periods of hormonal changes.

Sealants are used to protect healthy teeth that have a high potential for decay. Most often, these are the molars with deep grooves. A PRR, preventive resin restoration, is a type of filling that is placed when a cavity has begun and is infiltrating the grooves in the chewing surface of the tooth.

As dentists, we prefer to protect the enamel and structure of the tooth and avoid decay completely. Sealants and fluoride are two tools that give us a better chance at prevention.

Ask for digital x-rays – they emit tiny amounts of radiation compared to conventional x-rays. At our office, we are in favor of x-ray use, not abuse. 

There are many reasons for taking x-rays. Not only do they help us visualize decay, they are also used to determine bone levels and detect abscesses and growth discrepancies. I would compare x-ray usage with the concept of routine blood work. Their purpose is early detection and diagnosis of pathology. 

Remember, most big, expensive, time-consuming, nerve-wracking procedures such as crowns, root canals, gum disease, and extractions started as a small spot on an x-ray that was never taken. Our office is equipped with both intraoral and extraoral digital x-rays.

Dental x-rays (digital or conventional) are extremely helpful in detecting diseases of the teeth, surrounding gum tissue, and bone. They can reveal small cavities between the teeth that cannot be seen visually. Infections in the bone, abscesses, cysts, and other abnormalities can be detected with x-rays. However, the new computer-based digital x-rays reveal more diagnostic information than film-based images, at one-tenth the x-ray absorption, with amazing clarity. Our office prefers digital x-rays because of these benefits for our patients

Periodontal disease affects over 80% of the population. There is no cure for it, but it can usually be stabilized with good oral hygiene and regular dental hygiene visits.

It is critical that the areas of periodontal disease be meticulously cleaned by the patient. Often, the teeth are so crowded that it is almost impossible to keep them clean. In these cases, orthodontics (straightening the teeth) will move the teeth into position where they will be easier to maintain and clean. Almost always, the teeth with periodontal disease are the hardest ones for the patient to keep clean. I think your dentist has made a wise suggestion.

The quick answer is "yes."

The more appropriate answer would be that it depends on the desired results and the situation. This is a common mistake made by both patients and dentists. The smile usually does not show “just four or six teeth.” More often than not, the smile shows anywhere from eight to twelve teeth. Depending on the situation and the outcome desired, this is often the amount of teeth needed to allow such a transformation. This is where additional training and knowledge of “smile design” is so important. Imagine having four or six beautiful teeth and the rest not so beautiful! Prior to any smile enhancement being performed, simply pick up a mirror, smile, and count!

If you are experiencing pain when you chew, or pain that increases with pressure and decreases with release, this may indicate a cracked tooth. A number of different situations can lead to cracked teeth. For instance:

  • A large filling could weaken the supporting walls of thetooth.
  • You might experience trauma.
  • You may have developed extensive wear caused by clenching and grinding your teeth.
  • You might have bitten into something hard, like ice or an olive pit.

Full coverage placement of a crown restoration is often indicated to encircle the tooth and prevent the flexing of these walls that is causing the pain. If the crack runs toward the nerve of the tooth, root canal therapy may be needed. If you find yourself avoiding an area or chewing only on one side, let your dentist know.

Let’s start with the real problem – what is leading to your husband’s excessive tooth wear? Since he is aggressively grinding his teeth, it’s absolutely necessary for him to see a dentist who is familiar with jaw joint disorders. Before any work is done to rebuild his teeth, he needs to have the health of his jaw joints assessed. Additionally, balancing the bite may be necessary.

Unfortunately, while veneers are designed to be durable, they simply aren’t strong enough to stand up against the heavy grinding forces caused by bruxism. Porcelain crowns would probably be a better solution in this situation.

Temporaries are typically required after preparing teeth for veneers or crowns. I usually try to make my temporaries close in size, length, and color to the proposed permanent teeth. This gives us a “dress rehearsal” and allows the patient to try the changes before fabricating the final porcelain restorations. The technician uses the temporaries as a blueprint for fabricating the final restorations, as changes can be made easily to the temporaries. The temporaries usually look really nice – but not as nice as the permanent teeth!

A pacifier, if it must be used, is easier for the parent to stop than if the child sucks his/her thumb. Either habit should be discouraged prior to the eruption of any permanent front teeth, around six years of age. Both habits can cause the top front teeth to flare forward and the bottom front teeth to be forced back, changing the bite and appearance of the teeth and face. The constant pressure to the roof of the mouth can result in a high, narrow palate, eventually causing crowded permanent teeth.

About six months after the eruption of the first tooth, it is a good idea to call our office for a first visit. This is the best time to begin preventative dental care. 

Did you know that cavities are almost completely preventable? We can provide valuable information on nutrition and feeding practices that may lead to early tooth decay. We can also discuss teething, pacifier use, and thumb/finger sucking.

Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources, including the ocean, lakes, and some underground wells. Breast milk is typically acknowledged as the most complete form of infant nutrition, but if you are formula feeding, check with your dentist to see whether tap water or filtered water (without fluoride) is the most appropriate water to reconstitute infant formula in your area.

Dietary fluoride supplements are available only by prescription and are intended for children only in areas where optimal fluoride levels are not present in the drinking water.

Restoring a single, dark central incisor to match an adjacent natural central incisor is one of the most difficult challenges for a cosmetic dentist. Bleaching can lighten a dark tooth, but usually the results are subpar. A porcelain veneer can mask a dark tooth, but special techniques are needed to avoid the color showing through because of the transparent nature of a porcelain veneer. Some newer all-porcelain crowns can completely block out the dark color and look very natural. Often we need to restore both central incisors to get a perfect color match. Each case is unique.

While base metal crowns may cost less, they contain nickel or beryllium, both of which have an allergenic potential and often cause irritated gums. We have had to replace many base metal crowns for patients who came to us for relief from chronic gum irritation. Gold or porcelain are preferable because they are very kind to gum tissue while providing optimal strength and, in the case of porcelain, a natural look.

Top Dentist in Pike Creek | Doctor Canker sores can be very annoying to your tongue and even painful. There are several steps that you can take to alleviate the discomfort of aphthous ulcers (canker sores).

What to Avoid

First, avoid direct sunlight and foods containing nuts, raisins, jello, chocolate, whole grains, and wheat germ during the duration of the ulcer, as these foods actually feed the virus! It may help to eat fish, chicken, pork, and lean beef, as well as drinking milk. In addition, take vitamin B, zinc, vitamin D, and selenium.

As a preventative therapy, take 500mg of lysine daily at the first sign of "tingling," which some patients feel in the prodromal stage. (If you are taking medications, check with your doctor or pharmacist to avoid interactions). A homeopathic remedy called calendula tincture placed topically on the ulcer (DO NOT SWALLOW) also seems to help some patients' ulcers to heal more quickly.

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For resistant cases, there is an effective anti-viral prescription medication called acyclovir, which must be taken five times daily for seven days. Lastly, most of my patients experience instant relief with a prescription that is topically applied in the office called laurel sulfate. Hopefully, these remedies will help you to control your canker sores, instead of your canker sores controlling you!

Invisalign

Besides protecting your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), eliminating muscle pain, relieving headaches, and protecting the enamel on your teeth, there are sizable financial savings to using a nightguard versus taking care of dental problems that may arise from not using one. 

Cost Of A Nightguard

Let's do the math. A nightguard will cost about $650. The cost of a single crown that will be needed to protect a tooth that has lost its enamel because of constant grinding is about $1200. Multiply this by six (or more) teeth, and you are approaching $10,000. If there is damage to the joint itself, an operation to repair the joint can cost about $30,000. 

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The decision to simply protect your teeth and joints with an inexpensive night guard seems like a good decision both economically and medically. If you would like to learn more information about nightguards, call Drs. Gladnick and Justison today! Our entire dental team is thrilled to meet you and the entire family.

Invisalign braces are a system of progressive trays that move your teeth little by little until your bite is corrected.

A major advantage from a dentist's perspective is that you will be able to keep your teeth immaculately clean during the process because you do not have to keep the trays in while you eat. You do not have to worry about food particles becoming stuck in your braces. 

What Is Invisalign?

From the patient’s perspective, these “braces” are virtually invisible, which means you don’t have to deal with the hassle and self-consciousness often associated with metal hardware. Plus, Invisalign can often be used to treat misalignments in the bite. Over time, these bite problems often lead to periodontal disease and excessive wear on the teeth. Without treatment, these two problems become worse and often result in tooth loss.

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If you think you could benefit from Invisalign, call our Wilmington, DE dental office today. We are thrilled to meet you and happy to help with scheduling your next dental appointment.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Wilmington DEAbsolutely – a nice smile is a key part of looking and feeling your best. It even adds to your self-confidence and self-esteem. You see, excessively worn front teeth age a smile (some may even suspect you wear a denture!). They often chip and crack, leaving uneven edges. Worn teeth can be lengthened and chipped or damaged areas corrected using advanced dental materials. 

Call Our Dental Office

Here at Dr. Mark C. Gladnick, DDS, we offer a number of cosmetic and restorative options to fit your needs: veneers, whitening, crowns, bridges, and more. Ask your Wilmington DE dentist for a smile evaluation or phone us for a complimentary one at (302) 468-6742.

Pediatric Dentistry

Besides protecting your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), eliminating muscle pain, relieving headaches, and protecting the enamel on your teeth, there are sizable financial savings to using a nightguard versus taking care of dental problems that may arise from not using one. 

Cost Of A Nightguard

Let's do the math. A nightguard will cost about $650. The cost of a single crown that will be needed to protect a tooth that has lost its enamel because of constant grinding is about $1200. Multiply this by six (or more) teeth, and you are approaching $10,000. If there is damage to the joint itself, an operation to repair the joint can cost about $30,000. 

Call Our Dental Office To Learn More

The decision to simply protect your teeth and joints with an inexpensive night guard seems like a good decision both economically and medically. If you would like to learn more information about nightguards, call Drs. Gladnick and Justison today! Our entire dental team is thrilled to meet you and the entire family.

Young girl smiling l Dentist Wilmington DEHere are six steps to stay free of tooth decay:

  1. Good home care with parent-assisted brushing and flossing.
  2. Fluoride topically and in water.
  3. Limited snacking because frequent consumption of starchy foods like crackers, breads, and sweets lead to tooth decay.
  4. Sealants in teeth with pits and grooves.
  5. Mouthguards in sports like football, baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey, skateboarding, and gymnastics.
  6. Regular visits to a dentist. 

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Additionally, if your children are wearing braces, they still need to have regular cleanings. If you have more questions about pediatric dentistry at Drs. Gladnick and Justison, give our friendly dental team a call today and we will be happy to answer your questions.

Teeth that have deep depressions and grooves on their biting surfaces are prime candidates for developing decay. Food can get stuck in those grooves and be very hard to remove even with brushing. Luckily, sealants can save the day!little kid in dental chair

The Process

The surface of the tooth is first cleaned off, and then the sealant is bonded to the tooth (all accomplished without anesthetic). The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting the tooth from plaque, sugars, and acids that cause decay.

Things to Consider

Although thorough brushing and flossing helps keep your teeth clean, the bristles cannot remove everything from the deep grooves on the biting surfaces. Sealants help to protect these susceptible areas by “sealing out” plaque and food. Sealants are an excellent way of helping to prevent decay, usually lasting several years before reapplication is needed.

TMJ Disorders

Besides protecting your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), eliminating muscle pain, relieving headaches, and protecting the enamel on your teeth, there are sizable financial savings to using a nightguard versus taking care of dental problems that may arise from not using one. 

Cost Of A Nightguard

Let's do the math. A nightguard will cost about $650. The cost of a single crown that will be needed to protect a tooth that has lost its enamel because of constant grinding is about $1200. Multiply this by six (or more) teeth, and you are approaching $10,000. If there is damage to the joint itself, an operation to repair the joint can cost about $30,000. 

Call Our Dental Office To Learn More

The decision to simply protect your teeth and joints with an inexpensive night guard seems like a good decision both economically and medically. If you would like to learn more information about nightguards, call Drs. Gladnick and Justison today! Our entire dental team is thrilled to meet you and the entire family.

TMJ | TMJ treatment | wilmington deYou may share a common problem with many other people who have TMJ/TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). There is a complex system of ligaments, muscles, and bones that, if not allowed to work together properly, can result in pain around the jaw and ear, tenderness, clicking or popping when you open your mouth, a sensation that the jaw is sticking or locked, and certain types of neck and headaches.

What Is An Occlusal Guard?

Your dentist can determine the cause and recommend treatment appropriate for you. Treatment often includes an occlusal guard, which is an appliance you wear while sleeping. It fits on your upper or lower teeth and relieves the muscular spasms associated with this disorder.

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If you have jaw pain and don't know where to turn to give Drs. Gladnick and Justison a phone call today! Our friendly dental staff are ready to answer any and all questions you may have about TMJ/TMD disorder, so let's get started!

Dental Chair | Teeth Grinding Help in Wilmington Your problem may be caused by a misalignment of your lower and upper jaws. In dentistry, this is called TMD or temporomandibular dysfunction.

What Are The Symptoms Of TMJ/TMD?

Some of the more common symptoms may include popping and clicking of one or both of the temporomandibular (jaw) joints located in front of each ear. Also included are stiff muscles of the neck and face, difficulty in opening or closing the mouth, and frequent headaches.

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Your jaw joints are complex ball-and-socket joints with a disc in between the bones that acts like a shock absorber. This joint complex can become damaged due to teeth grinding, stress, clenching, poor posture, worn or misaligned teeth, or traumatic injury such as a whiplash. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, you can call this dental office or any dentist who has training in joint pathology.

Absolutely! Earaches of this nature may be due to the intense contraction of the jaw muscles as you clench your jaw or grind your teeth while you are sleeping. The muscle that connects to the ear will suffer as well as your jaw and teeth! Sometimes a bite adjustment or a comfortable night guard, especially contoured to your teeth, will completely alleviate your discomfort.

Learn more about how we can help with teeth grinding and TMJ symptoms here.

The possible causes of headaches are numerous. Sometimes headaches can be caused by the upper and lower teeth not fitting together properly.

When Your Bite isn't Alignedwoman holding jaw in pain

A poor bite can disrupt the normal activity of the jaw joints and muscles, creating muscle pain and headache. By wearing a comfortable, removable appliance that is custom-made to fit the teeth, many times the pain can be eliminated.

Night Guards Help!

The appliance allows the lower jaw to assume its most relaxed, physiologic position and allows the muscles to rest. Balancing your bite and/or aligning your teeth often provides long-term relief.

Give us a call today to learn about how your Pike Creek dentist can help!

All Porcelain Crowns

Besides protecting your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), eliminating muscle pain, relieving headaches, and protecting the enamel on your teeth, there are sizable financial savings to using a nightguard versus taking care of dental problems that may arise from not using one. 

Cost Of A Nightguard

Let's do the math. A nightguard will cost about $650. The cost of a single crown that will be needed to protect a tooth that has lost its enamel because of constant grinding is about $1200. Multiply this by six (or more) teeth, and you are approaching $10,000. If there is damage to the joint itself, an operation to repair the joint can cost about $30,000. 

Call Our Dental Office To Learn More

The decision to simply protect your teeth and joints with an inexpensive night guard seems like a good decision both economically and medically. If you would like to learn more information about nightguards, call Drs. Gladnick and Justison today! Our entire dental team is thrilled to meet you and the entire family.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Wilmington DEAbsolutely – a nice smile is a key part of looking and feeling your best. It even adds to your self-confidence and self-esteem. You see, excessively worn front teeth age a smile (some may even suspect you wear a denture!). They often chip and crack, leaving uneven edges. Worn teeth can be lengthened and chipped or damaged areas corrected using advanced dental materials. 

Call Our Dental Office

Here at Dr. Mark C. Gladnick, DDS, we offer a number of cosmetic and restorative options to fit your needs: veneers, whitening, crowns, bridges, and more. Ask your Wilmington DE dentist for a smile evaluation or phone us for a complimentary one at (302) 468-6742.

image of a patient showing off their new smile wilmington deModern dentistry is redefining beauty. Damaged and decayed teeth (and dark, old fillings) can now be restored with tooth-colored materials that replicate the appearance of natural teeth. Also, because these materials are securely bonded, dentists can be more conservative while preparing your teeth for filling. Thus, you retain more of your natural, healthy tooth so you look and feel great!

Give your Pike Creek dentist a call to learn more about your cosmetic options!

Dental Implants

dental bridge | dental implant | wilmington deThe advantage of getting an implant is that you are able to floss between your teeth, just as you do with your own teeth. An implant will also help to preserve the bone supporting the tooth. The other advantage is that the teeth on either side of the missing tooth will not have to be prepared as they would to accept the bridge.

However, this is not a good option for everyone. Since implants require surgery, patients seeking implants must be in good overall health and have healthy gums. It’s also necessary for you to have enough bone structure to support the implant. When you see the dentist, you can be fully evaluated to see which option is best for you.

Besides protecting your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), eliminating muscle pain, relieving headaches, and protecting the enamel on your teeth, there are sizable financial savings to using a nightguard versus taking care of dental problems that may arise from not using one. 

Cost Of A Nightguard

Let's do the math. A nightguard will cost about $650. The cost of a single crown that will be needed to protect a tooth that has lost its enamel because of constant grinding is about $1200. Multiply this by six (or more) teeth, and you are approaching $10,000. If there is damage to the joint itself, an operation to repair the joint can cost about $30,000. 

Call Our Dental Office To Learn More

The decision to simply protect your teeth and joints with an inexpensive night guard seems like a good decision both economically and medically. If you would like to learn more information about nightguards, call Drs. Gladnick and Justison today! Our entire dental team is thrilled to meet you and the entire family.

When a tooth is lost, the surrounding teeth and the tooth above can drift or move out of alignment, disrupting your bite relationship. Shifting creates gaps where more food can be trapped, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Muscle-tension headaches, migraines, and pain can result from shifting teeth. Your dentist can recommend solutions that recreate strength and beauty while maintaining bite stability.

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If you think you could benefit from tooth replacement options give our friendly Wilmington, DE dental office a phone call today

dental implant | cosmetic dentistry | wilmington deYES!! Dental implants are now considered the standard of care for missing teeth.

Studies show that after ten years, 90% of the implant cases continue to be successful. Unlike bridges, there is no undue damage to adjacent teeth. Why cut two good teeth to replace one missing tooth if you don’t need to?  

With bridges, you still get bone loss in the area of the missing tooth – the opposite is true with implants. Implants help maintain bone integrity. Because implants are stronger, healthier, maintain bone, last longer, and are not damaging to adjacent teeth, in most cases they are and should be considered the standard of care in any office.

Teeth Whitening

Besides protecting your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), eliminating muscle pain, relieving headaches, and protecting the enamel on your teeth, there are sizable financial savings to using a nightguard versus taking care of dental problems that may arise from not using one. 

Cost Of A Nightguard

Let's do the math. A nightguard will cost about $650. The cost of a single crown that will be needed to protect a tooth that has lost its enamel because of constant grinding is about $1200. Multiply this by six (or more) teeth, and you are approaching $10,000. If there is damage to the joint itself, an operation to repair the joint can cost about $30,000. 

Call Our Dental Office To Learn More

The decision to simply protect your teeth and joints with an inexpensive night guard seems like a good decision both economically and medically. If you would like to learn more information about nightguards, call Drs. Gladnick and Justison today! Our entire dental team is thrilled to meet you and the entire family.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Wilmington DEAbsolutely – a nice smile is a key part of looking and feeling your best. It even adds to your self-confidence and self-esteem. You see, excessively worn front teeth age a smile (some may even suspect you wear a denture!). They often chip and crack, leaving uneven edges. Worn teeth can be lengthened and chipped or damaged areas corrected using advanced dental materials. 

Call Our Dental Office

Here at Dr. Mark C. Gladnick, DDS, we offer a number of cosmetic and restorative options to fit your needs: veneers, whitening, crowns, bridges, and more. Ask your Wilmington DE dentist for a smile evaluation or phone us for a complimentary one at (302) 468-6742.

image of a patient showing off their new smile wilmington deModern dentistry is redefining beauty. Damaged and decayed teeth (and dark, old fillings) can now be restored with tooth-colored materials that replicate the appearance of natural teeth. Also, because these materials are securely bonded, dentists can be more conservative while preparing your teeth for filling. Thus, you retain more of your natural, healthy tooth so you look and feel great!

Give your Pike Creek dentist a call to learn more about your cosmetic options!

Tooth Colored Restorations & Fillings

Besides protecting your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), eliminating muscle pain, relieving headaches, and protecting the enamel on your teeth, there are sizable financial savings to using a nightguard versus taking care of dental problems that may arise from not using one. 

Cost Of A Nightguard

Let's do the math. A nightguard will cost about $650. The cost of a single crown that will be needed to protect a tooth that has lost its enamel because of constant grinding is about $1200. Multiply this by six (or more) teeth, and you are approaching $10,000. If there is damage to the joint itself, an operation to repair the joint can cost about $30,000. 

Call Our Dental Office To Learn More

The decision to simply protect your teeth and joints with an inexpensive night guard seems like a good decision both economically and medically. If you would like to learn more information about nightguards, call Drs. Gladnick and Justison today! Our entire dental team is thrilled to meet you and the entire family.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Wilmington DEAbsolutely – a nice smile is a key part of looking and feeling your best. It even adds to your self-confidence and self-esteem. You see, excessively worn front teeth age a smile (some may even suspect you wear a denture!). They often chip and crack, leaving uneven edges. Worn teeth can be lengthened and chipped or damaged areas corrected using advanced dental materials. 

Call Our Dental Office

Here at Dr. Mark C. Gladnick, DDS, we offer a number of cosmetic and restorative options to fit your needs: veneers, whitening, crowns, bridges, and more. Ask your Wilmington DE dentist for a smile evaluation or phone us for a complimentary one at (302) 468-6742.

Periodontics (Gums)

Besides protecting your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), eliminating muscle pain, relieving headaches, and protecting the enamel on your teeth, there are sizable financial savings to using a nightguard versus taking care of dental problems that may arise from not using one. 

Cost Of A Nightguard

Let's do the math. A nightguard will cost about $650. The cost of a single crown that will be needed to protect a tooth that has lost its enamel because of constant grinding is about $1200. Multiply this by six (or more) teeth, and you are approaching $10,000. If there is damage to the joint itself, an operation to repair the joint can cost about $30,000. 

Call Our Dental Office To Learn More

The decision to simply protect your teeth and joints with an inexpensive night guard seems like a good decision both economically and medically. If you would like to learn more information about nightguards, call Drs. Gladnick and Justison today! Our entire dental team is thrilled to meet you and the entire family.

The fact is, people with diabetes are at a higher risk for developing gum disease and losing teeth. This does not, however, mean that this is inevitable!

Infections, including gum disease, cause rises in blood sugar, which can make it more difficult to control diabetes. If you have diabetes, it’s important to let your dentist know.

To help prevent problems from developing, brush and floss your teeth vigilantly and maintain a healthy diet. Give our team a call for a dental cleaning and exam. 

Gum Disease Treatment in Pike Creek DEAnyone can get gum disease (periodontal disease) at any age. Some of the common signs that you may be a candidate are bleeding gums, bad breath, or a red, puffy look to your gums. If you have any of these symptoms, see your dentist as soon as possible. 

So what can you do to avoid gum disease? First and foremost, daily brushing and flossing are essential to maintaining the health of your gums. Second, making sure that you have an adequate amount of vitamin C is important – at least 500 mg/day. Stress can also contribute to periodontal problems. Making sure that you follow the tenets of a healthy lifestyle, i.e. proper rest, diet, excellent home dental care, and exercise will help you to maintain your overall health – including that of your gums!

Your Pike Creek dentist can help! Call Dr. Mark C. Gladnick and his dedicated, experienced team to start gum disease treatment. 

Gum Disease Treatment in Wilmington Pike Creek If your gums are infected, it is necessary to treat the infection first by carefully removing the bacteria, calculus, and toxins that have accumulated below the gumline and on the root surface. Without this root planing treatment, the infection will worsen, destroying the bone that anchors the teeth.  

This procedure can be done painlessly, and the reward – healthy gums – is definitely worth it! Once your infection has been treated, your dentist or hygienist can do a better job cleaning your teeth. Periodic evaluations (every 3-4 months) will maintain healthy gums.

Our Wilmington dental team can help! Give Dr. Mark Gladnick a call to see if your symptoms are gum disease.

Crowns

Besides protecting your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), eliminating muscle pain, relieving headaches, and protecting the enamel on your teeth, there are sizable financial savings to using a nightguard versus taking care of dental problems that may arise from not using one. 

Cost Of A Nightguard

Let's do the math. A nightguard will cost about $650. The cost of a single crown that will be needed to protect a tooth that has lost its enamel because of constant grinding is about $1200. Multiply this by six (or more) teeth, and you are approaching $10,000. If there is damage to the joint itself, an operation to repair the joint can cost about $30,000. 

Call Our Dental Office To Learn More

The decision to simply protect your teeth and joints with an inexpensive night guard seems like a good decision both economically and medically. If you would like to learn more information about nightguards, call Drs. Gladnick and Justison today! Our entire dental team is thrilled to meet you and the entire family.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Wilmington DEAbsolutely – a nice smile is a key part of looking and feeling your best. It even adds to your self-confidence and self-esteem. You see, excessively worn front teeth age a smile (some may even suspect you wear a denture!). They often chip and crack, leaving uneven edges. Worn teeth can be lengthened and chipped or damaged areas corrected using advanced dental materials. 

Call Our Dental Office

Here at Dr. Mark C. Gladnick, DDS, we offer a number of cosmetic and restorative options to fit your needs: veneers, whitening, crowns, bridges, and more. Ask your Wilmington DE dentist for a smile evaluation or phone us for a complimentary one at (302) 468-6742.

image of a patient showing off their new smile wilmington deModern dentistry is redefining beauty. Damaged and decayed teeth (and dark, old fillings) can now be restored with tooth-colored materials that replicate the appearance of natural teeth. Also, because these materials are securely bonded, dentists can be more conservative while preparing your teeth for filling. Thus, you retain more of your natural, healthy tooth so you look and feel great!

Give your Pike Creek dentist a call to learn more about your cosmetic options!

Root Canals / Endodontic Therapy

root canal | wilmington deWe hear this question a lot, and the easy answer is – No! 

Dentists the world over would like nothing more than to dispel all the myths and negativity surrounding root canals! This is a critical procedure that does not cause pain – it relieves it!

Wilmington patients who have had root canals with Dr. Mark Gladnick have nothing but good things to say. Most tell us that the procedure was much easier than they anticipated.

There’s a chamber deep inside your tooth that houses nerves and tissue that keep the tooth alive. When decay penetrates this part of the tooth, it becomes infected, causing severe discomfort. We provide relief from this pain by performing root canal treatment.

The pain you feel before treatment is a result of the infection. Unfortunately, many people associate this pain with the procedure itself. The truth is that as soon as we numb the tooth to start the procedure, you will feel immediate relief. You may experience sensitivity for a day or two following treatment, but that’s true of many dental procedures.

If you think you may need a root canal, please call our Wilmington dental office. We’ll see you as soon as possible to provide you with the relief you need!

Besides protecting your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), eliminating muscle pain, relieving headaches, and protecting the enamel on your teeth, there are sizable financial savings to using a nightguard versus taking care of dental problems that may arise from not using one. 

Cost Of A Nightguard

Let's do the math. A nightguard will cost about $650. The cost of a single crown that will be needed to protect a tooth that has lost its enamel because of constant grinding is about $1200. Multiply this by six (or more) teeth, and you are approaching $10,000. If there is damage to the joint itself, an operation to repair the joint can cost about $30,000. 

Call Our Dental Office To Learn More

The decision to simply protect your teeth and joints with an inexpensive night guard seems like a good decision both economically and medically. If you would like to learn more information about nightguards, call Drs. Gladnick and Justison today! Our entire dental team is thrilled to meet you and the entire family.

Non-Metal Bridges

Besides protecting your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), eliminating muscle pain, relieving headaches, and protecting the enamel on your teeth, there are sizable financial savings to using a nightguard versus taking care of dental problems that may arise from not using one. 

Cost Of A Nightguard

Let's do the math. A nightguard will cost about $650. The cost of a single crown that will be needed to protect a tooth that has lost its enamel because of constant grinding is about $1200. Multiply this by six (or more) teeth, and you are approaching $10,000. If there is damage to the joint itself, an operation to repair the joint can cost about $30,000. 

Call Our Dental Office To Learn More

The decision to simply protect your teeth and joints with an inexpensive night guard seems like a good decision both economically and medically. If you would like to learn more information about nightguards, call Drs. Gladnick and Justison today! Our entire dental team is thrilled to meet you and the entire family.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Wilmington DEAbsolutely – a nice smile is a key part of looking and feeling your best. It even adds to your self-confidence and self-esteem. You see, excessively worn front teeth age a smile (some may even suspect you wear a denture!). They often chip and crack, leaving uneven edges. Worn teeth can be lengthened and chipped or damaged areas corrected using advanced dental materials. 

Call Our Dental Office

Here at Dr. Mark C. Gladnick, DDS, we offer a number of cosmetic and restorative options to fit your needs: veneers, whitening, crowns, bridges, and more. Ask your Wilmington DE dentist for a smile evaluation or phone us for a complimentary one at (302) 468-6742.

Bonding

dental bonding | cosmetic bonding | wilmington deThe appearance of teeth can be improved in several ways. One of them is cosmetic resin bonding. It will give you immediate results, but it may chip and stain over time and it has a limited life expectancy.

Veneers are a better option. Made from strong, durable dental porcelain, veneers are bonded securely to the fronts of your teeth for beautiful finished results. While veneers aren’t right for everybody, they can be an excellent solution to a range of common cosmetic concerns, including:

  • Wide spaces between the teeth
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Uneven or crooked teeth

Besides protecting your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), eliminating muscle pain, relieving headaches, and protecting the enamel on your teeth, there are sizable financial savings to using a nightguard versus taking care of dental problems that may arise from not using one. 

Cost Of A Nightguard

Let's do the math. A nightguard will cost about $650. The cost of a single crown that will be needed to protect a tooth that has lost its enamel because of constant grinding is about $1200. Multiply this by six (or more) teeth, and you are approaching $10,000. If there is damage to the joint itself, an operation to repair the joint can cost about $30,000. 

Call Our Dental Office To Learn More

The decision to simply protect your teeth and joints with an inexpensive night guard seems like a good decision both economically and medically. If you would like to learn more information about nightguards, call Drs. Gladnick and Justison today! Our entire dental team is thrilled to meet you and the entire family.

Dental Bonding in Wilmington Both procedures can greatly enhance the look of a tooth. Depending on your preferences, we discuss the key differences between the two.

Bonding

Bonding is a technique that restores chipped, cracked, misaligned, or discolored teeth. An enamel-like resin is sculpted to the tooth to rebuild it. In this way, gaps in teeth can be closed, chips can be built up, and your tooth can be restored to enhance your smile. 

With the proper care, a bonded tooth can last three to five years before it needs to be touched up to correct wear or discoloration.

Veneers

Veneers are thin sheets of ceramic that are also bonded to the teeth but last much longer, usually eight to twelve years. They look like your natural teeth without the imperfections. Your existing tooth surface will need to be prepared, or etched, to accept the veneers, which will be extremely durable. The final result is one of a natural, beautiful translucency that will give you a perfect smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Wilmington DEAbsolutely – a nice smile is a key part of looking and feeling your best. It even adds to your self-confidence and self-esteem. You see, excessively worn front teeth age a smile (some may even suspect you wear a denture!). They often chip and crack, leaving uneven edges. Worn teeth can be lengthened and chipped or damaged areas corrected using advanced dental materials. 

Call Our Dental Office

Here at Dr. Mark C. Gladnick, DDS, we offer a number of cosmetic and restorative options to fit your needs: veneers, whitening, crowns, bridges, and more. Ask your Wilmington DE dentist for a smile evaluation or phone us for a complimentary one at (302) 468-6742.

Veneers

dental bonding | cosmetic bonding | wilmington deThe appearance of teeth can be improved in several ways. One of them is cosmetic resin bonding. It will give you immediate results, but it may chip and stain over time and it has a limited life expectancy.

Veneers are a better option. Made from strong, durable dental porcelain, veneers are bonded securely to the fronts of your teeth for beautiful finished results. While veneers aren’t right for everybody, they can be an excellent solution to a range of common cosmetic concerns, including:

  • Wide spaces between the teeth
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Uneven or crooked teeth

Besides protecting your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), eliminating muscle pain, relieving headaches, and protecting the enamel on your teeth, there are sizable financial savings to using a nightguard versus taking care of dental problems that may arise from not using one. 

Cost Of A Nightguard

Let's do the math. A nightguard will cost about $650. The cost of a single crown that will be needed to protect a tooth that has lost its enamel because of constant grinding is about $1200. Multiply this by six (or more) teeth, and you are approaching $10,000. If there is damage to the joint itself, an operation to repair the joint can cost about $30,000. 

Call Our Dental Office To Learn More

The decision to simply protect your teeth and joints with an inexpensive night guard seems like a good decision both economically and medically. If you would like to learn more information about nightguards, call Drs. Gladnick and Justison today! Our entire dental team is thrilled to meet you and the entire family.

Dental Bonding in Wilmington Both procedures can greatly enhance the look of a tooth. Depending on your preferences, we discuss the key differences between the two.

Bonding

Bonding is a technique that restores chipped, cracked, misaligned, or discolored teeth. An enamel-like resin is sculpted to the tooth to rebuild it. In this way, gaps in teeth can be closed, chips can be built up, and your tooth can be restored to enhance your smile. 

With the proper care, a bonded tooth can last three to five years before it needs to be touched up to correct wear or discoloration.

Veneers

Veneers are thin sheets of ceramic that are also bonded to the teeth but last much longer, usually eight to twelve years. They look like your natural teeth without the imperfections. Your existing tooth surface will need to be prepared, or etched, to accept the veneers, which will be extremely durable. The final result is one of a natural, beautiful translucency that will give you a perfect smile.

Shade tabs of colored teeth are used to match natural teeth. Both the dentist and the lab technician have these tabs and use them to communicate the shade. We use digital photos of the patient’s smile and the teeth to further communicate the shade. Aesthetically inclined dentists will map out the many different shades and translucencies within a tooth for the best possible match.

Contact Us To Learn More

If you think you could benefit from any of the tooth replacement options in Wilmington, DE at Drs. Gladnick and Justison we welcome you to give us a phone call. We can access your dental needs and then schedule a dental appointment where we start helping you get the smile you deserve!

Cosmetic Dentistry in Wilmington DEAbsolutely – a nice smile is a key part of looking and feeling your best. It even adds to your self-confidence and self-esteem. You see, excessively worn front teeth age a smile (some may even suspect you wear a denture!). They often chip and crack, leaving uneven edges. Worn teeth can be lengthened and chipped or damaged areas corrected using advanced dental materials. 

Call Our Dental Office

Here at Dr. Mark C. Gladnick, DDS, we offer a number of cosmetic and restorative options to fit your needs: veneers, whitening, crowns, bridges, and more. Ask your Wilmington DE dentist for a smile evaluation or phone us for a complimentary one at (302) 468-6742.

image of a patient showing off their new smile wilmington deModern dentistry is redefining beauty. Damaged and decayed teeth (and dark, old fillings) can now be restored with tooth-colored materials that replicate the appearance of natural teeth. Also, because these materials are securely bonded, dentists can be more conservative while preparing your teeth for filling. Thus, you retain more of your natural, healthy tooth so you look and feel great!

Give your Pike Creek dentist a call to learn more about your cosmetic options!

Interceptive Orthodontics (Braces)

Besides protecting your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), eliminating muscle pain, relieving headaches, and protecting the enamel on your teeth, there are sizable financial savings to using a nightguard versus taking care of dental problems that may arise from not using one. 

Cost Of A Nightguard

Let's do the math. A nightguard will cost about $650. The cost of a single crown that will be needed to protect a tooth that has lost its enamel because of constant grinding is about $1200. Multiply this by six (or more) teeth, and you are approaching $10,000. If there is damage to the joint itself, an operation to repair the joint can cost about $30,000. 

Call Our Dental Office To Learn More

The decision to simply protect your teeth and joints with an inexpensive night guard seems like a good decision both economically and medically. If you would like to learn more information about nightguards, call Drs. Gladnick and Justison today! Our entire dental team is thrilled to meet you and the entire family.

Nutrition Counseling

Besides protecting your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), eliminating muscle pain, relieving headaches, and protecting the enamel on your teeth, there are sizable financial savings to using a nightguard versus taking care of dental problems that may arise from not using one. 

Cost Of A Nightguard

Let's do the math. A nightguard will cost about $650. The cost of a single crown that will be needed to protect a tooth that has lost its enamel because of constant grinding is about $1200. Multiply this by six (or more) teeth, and you are approaching $10,000. If there is damage to the joint itself, an operation to repair the joint can cost about $30,000. 

Call Our Dental Office To Learn More

The decision to simply protect your teeth and joints with an inexpensive night guard seems like a good decision both economically and medically. If you would like to learn more information about nightguards, call Drs. Gladnick and Justison today! Our entire dental team is thrilled to meet you and the entire family.

Diagnostic and Preventative Dental Care

Besides protecting your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), eliminating muscle pain, relieving headaches, and protecting the enamel on your teeth, there are sizable financial savings to using a nightguard versus taking care of dental problems that may arise from not using one. 

Cost Of A Nightguard

Let's do the math. A nightguard will cost about $650. The cost of a single crown that will be needed to protect a tooth that has lost its enamel because of constant grinding is about $1200. Multiply this by six (or more) teeth, and you are approaching $10,000. If there is damage to the joint itself, an operation to repair the joint can cost about $30,000. 

Call Our Dental Office To Learn More

The decision to simply protect your teeth and joints with an inexpensive night guard seems like a good decision both economically and medically. If you would like to learn more information about nightguards, call Drs. Gladnick and Justison today! Our entire dental team is thrilled to meet you and the entire family.

Teeth that have deep depressions and grooves on their biting surfaces are prime candidates for developing decay. Food can get stuck in those grooves and be very hard to remove even with brushing. Luckily, sealants can save the day!little kid in dental chair

The Process

The surface of the tooth is first cleaned off, and then the sealant is bonded to the tooth (all accomplished without anesthetic). The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting the tooth from plaque, sugars, and acids that cause decay.

Things to Consider

Although thorough brushing and flossing helps keep your teeth clean, the bristles cannot remove everything from the deep grooves on the biting surfaces. Sealants help to protect these susceptible areas by “sealing out” plaque and food. Sealants are an excellent way of helping to prevent decay, usually lasting several years before reapplication is needed.

Keeping you informed – Current Dental Research

Besides protecting your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), eliminating muscle pain, relieving headaches, and protecting the enamel on your teeth, there are sizable financial savings to using a nightguard versus taking care of dental problems that may arise from not using one. 

Cost Of A Nightguard

Let's do the math. A nightguard will cost about $650. The cost of a single crown that will be needed to protect a tooth that has lost its enamel because of constant grinding is about $1200. Multiply this by six (or more) teeth, and you are approaching $10,000. If there is damage to the joint itself, an operation to repair the joint can cost about $30,000. 

Call Our Dental Office To Learn More

The decision to simply protect your teeth and joints with an inexpensive night guard seems like a good decision both economically and medically. If you would like to learn more information about nightguards, call Drs. Gladnick and Justison today! Our entire dental team is thrilled to meet you and the entire family.

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