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Dr. Gregori Michael Kurtzman, D.D.S.

Dentist

Dr. Gregori Kurtzman is a Dentist practicing in Silver Spring, MD. Dr. Kurtzman specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions associated with the mouth and overall dental health. Dentists are trained to carry out such treatment as professional cleaning, restorative, prosthodontic, and endodontic procedures, and performing examinations, among many others.
Dr. Gregori Michael Kurtzman, D.D.S.
  • Silver Spring, MD
  • Accepting new patients

When should I follow up with my dentist after my root canal?

You should follow up with your general dentist within a week or two so they can start restoring the tooth and decrease the potential for it breaking.

Can an iron deficiency affect my teeth health in any way?

An iron deficiency has no effect on the teeth.

Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS, MAGD, FPFA, FACD, FADI, DICOI, DADIA

What are my options for replacing a missing tooth?

There are essentially 3 options to replace a single missing tooth: 1. A removable partial denture - which will need to cover the roof of the mouth if the missing too is on top READ MORE
There are essentially 3 options to replace a single missing tooth:

1. A removable partial denture - which will need to cover the roof of the mouth if the missing too is on top or wrap around if in the lower to have stability and retention. Patients tend not to wear these for a single missing tooth due to their bulk.

2. A dental implant - this replaces the missing tooth and, when restored, the patient has essentially what was there before the trauma that knocked the tooth out. They have a single crown not attached to the adjacent teeth that can be flossed around and replicates a natural tooth.

3. A fixed bridge - This requires the tooth on the right and left of the missing tooth to be prepared and a fixed bridge is made that is cemented to the teeth and not removable by the patient. The result looks like individual teeth, but due to the connection between the units of the bridge, one cannot floss between them.

With trauma leading to loss of a tooth, the adjacent teeth should be evaluated to check if any damage has occurred to those teeth. This could be a crack in the root or trauma to the nerve in the tooth which may require root canal treatment. This can be evaluated with an X-ray and increasing sensitivity to these teeth to pressure to chewing and temperature (hot or cold). It is not unusual to have some sensitivity following the trauma, but this should decrease over a few weeks following the trauma. If it's increasing or persists after contact with food or beverages that are hot or cold, that is indicative of issues that should be evaluated.

Hope this helps,

Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS, MAGD, FPFA, FACD, FADI, DICOI, DADIA

What are the most visible signs and symptoms of a gum disease?

Bleeding when brushing is a key sign of gum disease also referred to as Periodontal disease. Bleeding is always a sign of an issue and not healthy. If you brushed your hair and READ MORE
Bleeding when brushing is a key sign of gum disease also referred to as Periodontal disease. Bleeding is always a sign of an issue and not healthy. If you brushed your hair and saw blood on the hairbrush would you consider that good or bad? Well, bleeding in the mouth is also not a good sign. Too often, we accept bleeding when we brush as acceptable, and this allows the disease to progress, leading to loss of the bone around the teeth, the teeth getting loose, and possible loss of the teeth. Key is seeing a dentist 2x a year to help identify these problems early and to remove plaque and tartar in areas that the patient is unable to reach with the toothbrush or floss and identify decay early when it can be treated easier and less expensively.


Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS, MAGD, FPFA, FACD, FADI, DICOI, DADIA

Abscessed tooth? What could this mean?

A dental abscess is caused by an infection in the tooth that spreads at the tip of the roots. This needs to be treated ASAP so that the infection does not spread. Depending on READ MORE
A dental abscess is caused by an infection in the tooth that spreads at the tip of the roots. This needs to be treated ASAP so that the infection does not spread. Depending on the condition of the tooth that is affected the tooth will either need a root canal or be extracted. Dental infections can be very serious and when ignored can become life threatening. When a tooth begins to abscess the first signs are sensitivity on or around the tooth and possible swelling or a pimple at the tooth on the gum that drains leading to a bad taste.


Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS, MAGD, FPFA, FACD, FADI, DICOI, DADIA

How often will I have to replace my braces?

The brackets that have been glued (bonded) to the teeth are not changed during treatment but the wire connecting them will be changed periodically as the teeth straighten.

I am a diabetic and my gums have been bleeding. Is there something to be concerned about?

Bleeding gums is always a sign of periodontal disease and the that can vary from gingivitis (inflammation of the gums only) to progress to periodontitis (inflammation involving READ MORE
Bleeding gums is always a sign of periodontal disease and the that can vary from gingivitis (inflammation of the gums only) to progress to periodontitis (inflammation involving the bone and losing support for the teeth). Diabetics have a greater chance of gum problems then non diabetics and those who are not well controlled see greater severity of periodontal disease. Conversely, patients who have periodontal disease have more difficulty keeping their diabetes under control. Any signs of bleeding either on the toothbrush or when the patient spits indicates gum problems and should be addressed to stop the inflammation and associated bone loss and also help better control the diabetes. My advice is schedule an appointment with a dentist to have your gums evaluated and get it treated which will also help with your diabetes.


Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS, MAGD, FPFA, FACD, FADI, DICOI, DADIA

I can't fix my teeth sensitivity. What do I do?

First if there is any root exposure covering those areas with tooth colored restorations (composites) will eliminate those sensitive areas. If the root exposure is minor then READ MORE
First if there is any root exposure covering those areas with tooth colored restorations (composites) will eliminate those sensitive areas. If the root exposure is minor then painting on a fluoride varnish will act as a band-aid preventing the exposed fibers in the dentin from being stimulated.

If there is no root exposure, then having the dentist make special trays that you will wear for 15 min 2x a day containing a neutral fluoride gel, MI paste or similar will eliminate the sensitivity after about a week. Continuing to use it will prevent return of the sensitivity.


Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS, MAGD, FPFA, FACD, FADI, DICOI, DADIA
General Practitioner
Leisure World Plaza Professional Building
3801 International Drive, Suite 102
Silver Spring, MD 20906
301-598-3500
301-598-9046 (fax)
email: drimplants@aol.com
www.maryland-implants.com