Services

dental Hygiene

Hygiene isn’t just about cleanings and scrutinizing your flossing and brushing habits.

Our comprehensive hygiene program combines routine visits with proactive education and home care because we want to empower you to "stay well," so you don’t have to "get well." We have your best interest at heart, so you can take dentistry off the list of things about which you have to worry.


Dam Isolastion

Dam isolation is not a procedure in and of itself, but a crucial step in most dental services.

It is also evidence of Dr. Morrison’s provision of superior care for you, his excellence, and his concern for your health. Dental dams are a standard which most dentists ignore due to time saving and money maximizing measures. No complex procedure or dental material was designed to be implemented without it, however. Dams serve to isolate the teeth Dr. Morrison addresses to keep those teeth dry, improve your end results, and best of all, maintain your comfort while achieving these advantages. This is just another difference to which you can look forward to when you choose Dr. Morrison as your dentist.


transforming restorations

Whether they are to solve a defect or decay, restorations are the answer to many dental dilemmas.

They come in all types, shapes, and sizes, but some are better than others. In regards to the material used for the restoration, the common amalgam, or silver, fillings are considered the worst, with many drawbacks such as, weakened or discolored teeth and gums; easily worn, split, and broken fillings; as well as mercury poisoning and a higher chance of further decay. Better are tooth colored restorations such as composite resin and porcelain. They provide better health, durability, fit, versatility, strength, and esthetics. Best, however is gold, which is Dr. Morrison’s recommendation, lasts the longest, and offers the best benefits dentistry has to offer. Please see Go Gold for more information.In terms of shape and size, there are also many options, which are mainly determined by your needs. A filling refers to a directly applied, non-bonded material and thus can be done only with the amalgam, or silver, materials. If a small section of a tooth is in need, a tiny gold foil is inserted into that part of concern. This conserves as much of the natural tooth structure as possible. For more expansive damage, an inlay or onlay restoration must be selected. These restorations are bonded, with a specially strong resin, to the damaged area. Inlays are done for areas inside the cusp tips of the tooth. Whereas, an onlay is more substantial, extending over one or more of its cusps. Inlays and onlays can increase the strength of a tooth and last from 10 to 30 years, depending on the material utilized. If more damage has been done to the tooth than that which can be treated by an onlay, a crown is merited.

Besides the discouraged amalgam, or silver, fillings as well as gold foils, all restoration options require two appointments. The first is to prepare the prospective teeth: removing the portion to be replaced, taking an impression for the careful creation of your custom-made restoration, and sealing the tooth with a temporary restoration. The second visit is for the delivery of the final result. In the hands of Dr. Morrison, this final product will be one you will surely feel confident showing off, having both a natural look and feel.

 

long lasting Crowns

Crows are an extremely reliable technique for making some of the longest lasting corrections to the most severe of dental problems.

Where damage to teeth is extreme and seemingly beyond repair, our crowns make your smile appear "as new" with the closest possible look and feel to your natural teeth. This is an extremely reliable technique for making some of the longest lasting corrections to the most severe of dental problems, which can be caused by accidents, diseases, or simple wear and tear. The corrections can include supporting misshapen, cracked, or broken teeth; fixing dysfunctional bites; and replacing broken fillings or missing teeth.

In two painless appointments, you can have the perfect crown for your smile. In one visit, you will go through personalized preparation of the tooth and crown and, in another, delivery of the final, custom crafted product. This treatment alleviates many toothaches and problems; can prevent future breakage and decay; and improves appearance. Lasting, particularly when done in gold as opposed to porcelain, as long as 20 to 30 years, this is as close to permanent as dental treatment can be.


Go Gold

Going for the “GOLD” isn’t just for Olympians, Gold is the #1 choice for dental restorations.

Benefits of going “GOLD”
  • GOLD will not discolor your teeth, but is beautifully detailed and forms to the teeth.
  • GOLD allows you to keep your natural bite with no discomfort because of its pliableness.
  • GOLD is healthiest because it forms to the tooth and polishes so well there is less chance of catching debris or harboring plaque and so there is less chance of decay.
  • GOLD expands and contracts just like teeth do so there won’t be tiny fractures or cracks from too much expansion as seen with other materials.
  • GOLD can last a lifetime because it is strong and does not wear away, fracture, or chip like other restorations.
  • GOLD is similar to natural hardness of yourteeth and therefore wears consistently with any natural tooth surfaces it comes in contact with. A “softer” material would be worn away quickly by constant contact by the other teeth. A “harder” material would, inversely, cause irreversible damage to the opposing tooth surface.
  • Finally, one of the best reasons to go GOLD is Dr. Morrison is the foremost gold expert and thus extremely experienced with how to use it and still provide an amazing esthetic smile. He is even nicknamed Dr. Gold and titled a master of gold work among his dental peers.
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Root Canals

Being one of the most common dental procedures, a root canal is a simple treatment that can save your natural teeth as well as avoid the necessity for implants and bridges.


Tooth Extractions

Severe decay, advanced periodontal disease, poor positioning, preparation for another procedure, and extensive breakage are common reasons to need a tooth extraction.

Despite a common belief to the contrary, however, the procedure is painless, thanks to Dr. Morrison's very gentle anesthetic injections. You will merely feel painless pressure as the tooth is properly loosened and extracted.

Upon extraction, replacement will be discussed so as to avoid problems related to chewing ability, the jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which otherwise can have an important impact on your dental health. Lastly, it is important to follow the proper homecare instructions, which will be shared during your extraction appointment and are also found online under your resources.


Dental Bridges

A great option for a tooth replacement is a bridge, or fixed partial denture, which attaches artificial teeth to adjacent teeth so as to fill the gap created by the loss.

Tooth loss is not inevitable, but if it does occur, must be corrected to maintain optimal alignment, function, appearance, and health of your mouth so you can eat, speak, and smile with ease and confidence. The bridges themselves can be constructed out of a multitude of different materials.

Additionally, two types of bridges exist, fixed and removable. The more stable of the two is the fixed bridge, which is also more definitive and suggested. These bridges are applied either by delivering crowns, which are placed on the gap adjacent teeth and provide support for the bridge or, more typically, by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the existing ones. Either can be done in two or three appointments. One or two are for preparation, of both your teeth and the impressions for the bridge construction, and another to deliver the precisely personalized bridge.


Dental Implants

A dental implant is an attractive replacement for a missing a tooth.

With similar placement and construction to a real tooth, implants look, feel, and function like the real thing. Implants are thus an effective basis for restorations, having had their use perfected over many years. As titanium anchors attached to tiny posts, implants provide a firm foundation for replacement teeth. They act as tooth root substitutes, placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating the aforementioned very strong foundation and preventing deterioration of the bone and your facial structure.

Being such an important life change, the implant process will take several visits. The first few visits will be consultations where your specific needs and considerations will be addressed along with the completion of an appropriate dental examination, health history, and preparation. Our team will work very closely with you to help make your procedure a success. After your consultations, the implants are surgically delivered. During a specified recovery period, a temporary denture is worn to allow the implants to bond. Dr. Morrison will use this time to design your bridgework or final denture, which will be attached to the implant posts.

After healing, the posts are attached and Dr. Morrison will take an impression so as to finish your new teeth and their attachments. When this is complete, the new smile is delivered. Most guests lose no time from their life during this process.

Gain the ability to eat virtually anything and to smile, laugh, and enjoy life with confidence and comfort, knowing their teeth and facial structure appear natural. In this way, dental implants change the way people live their lives for the better.


Custom Dentures

A denture is an appliance that is inserted in the mouth, replaces natural teeth, and provides support for the cheeks and lips.

Most dentures are made of acrylic and can be attached one of two ways. Conventional ones attach with denture adhesive, whereas an alternative is attachment to dental implants or natural teeth, which provide a more secure fit. Regardless of attachment method, dentures are made after teeth are removed and the mouth has healed. During the healing process, an immediate denture allows gum tissue to heal underneath it. For the final appliance, the upper denture has acrylic, usually flesh colored, to cover the roof of the mouth and the lower is shaped like a horseshoe to leave room for the tongue. The teeth themselves are made of plastic, porcelain, or a combination thereof.


Tooth Whitening

A brighter more beautiful smile may be as simple as whitening your teeth.

Over-the-counter bleaching agents are an option, but these products can cause harm to the gums and teeth. Instead, we recommend our whitening procedure, which uses the latest technology and is safe, quick, and inexpensive for any smile. To begin, we create clear, custom bleach splints from an impression of your mouth. We then provide for the splints a special whitening agent, which bubbles stains right out of your enamel in merely a few hours of wear per day or night. These splints should be worn until the teeth are beautifully lightened which may be up to two weeks.

Dental whitening can be a great solution to correct tooth discolorations caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Restoring brightness and life to a dulled smile, the significant whitening which occurs with our teeth whitening procedure will leave you with a beautifully brilliant smile that will leave a perfect, lasting impression.


Cosmetic Contouring

Cosmetic contouring helps enhance your smile without restorations.

This simple, fast, and effective procedure reshapes teeth not with a filling, but with filing. For basic imperfections, such as uneven or misshapen teeth, this service can yield very noticeable results that significantly improve your smile.

Other advantages to contouring include cost and enhanced esthetics without major alteration to your own smile. The consultation and procedure can even be done in one simple visit with Dr. Morrison.

Cosmetic Contouring

Tooth Bonding

Bonding is used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored, or misarranged and is an alternative to the more costly and complex veneers.

Bonding involves applying sculpted resin to fill-in, even, and whiten teeth. To do so, the tooth in question is prepared by lightly etching the surface and applying a bonding liquid. Once the liquid sets, a plastic resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape. When this bonds, the resin is trimmed, smoothed, and polished to a natural appearance.

This bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit and can improve the appearance of a tooth significantly. The procedure typically lasts three to five years before need of repair.


Porcelain Veneers

Veneers, which are mainly made of porcelain, improve a smile as thin shells of ceramic bonded directly to the front surface of individual teeth. 

When bonded, the ultra-thin ceramic is virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, and even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options, but if damage should occur each veneer is easily repaired. They are clearly an ideal choice for significantly enhancing your smile and thus have become increasingly popular.

While seemingly simple, placing custom veneers requires a high degree of technical skill as well as attention to cosmetic detail, which Dr. Morrison has mastered. In two visits, you can have a redesigned smile with no inconvenience to you. In the first visit, Dr. Morrison will take a mouth impression so as to design your veneers to match and enhance the characteristics of your smile at our trusted lab. During your next visit, Dr. Morrison will deliver your customized veneers, which will brighten your smile with proper care for well over a decade.

Morrison Cosmetic Dentistry

5454 Wisconsin Ave
Suite 1505
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

803 Russell Ave. 
Suite 2-C 
Gaithersburg, MD 20879

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