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Edward H. Chappelle, Jr.

Dentist

Dr. Edward Chappelle, Jr. is a Dentist practicing in Bowie, Maryland. Dr. Chappelle, Jr. 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.
Edward H. Chappelle, Jr.
  • Bowie, Maryland
  • Meharry Medical College
  • Accepting new patients

How much tooth is needed for a crown?

It's amazing but you don't need a lot of tooth to put a crown on a tooth. if you have about 1 to 2 mm of height all the way around, a crown can be made. 1-2mm doesn't seem like READ MORE
It's amazing but you don't need a lot of tooth to put a crown on a tooth. if you have about 1 to 2 mm of height all the way around, a crown can be made. 1-2mm doesn't seem like a lot until you magnify it. That's 1 to 2 mm above the gum line.

Are veneers better than crowns?

Veneers are not necessarily better than crowns. It all depends what you are trying to accomplish. If you are just changing the color of the tooth or repairing a chipped edge a READ MORE
Veneers are not necessarily better than crowns. It all depends what you are trying to accomplish. If you are just changing the color of the tooth or repairing a chipped edge a veneer is better and more conservative. If the tooth is badly broken down, or has had root canal therapy, a crown is the better choice.

How long does it take to get a full mouth of dental implants?

Hi, Full mouth implants probably will take about a month. They can be done on a temporary basis in about 30 -60 days depending on what type of prosthesis you choose. There is READ MORE
Hi,
Full mouth implants probably will take about a month. They can be done on a temporary basis in about 30 -60 days depending on what type of prosthesis you choose. There is a substantial amount of planning that goes into the process.

Use of mini implants and a removable full denture will be the fastest, and require the least amount of planning and cost.
Regular implants and a fixed prosthesis will be the most expensive, and overall can take about 6 to 12 months depending on the surgeon and the overall health of the patient.

Does massaging gums help gingivitis?

Hi, Messaging you gums probably will not help your gingivitis. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums cause by a foreign body or bacteria. That is usually plaque. Inflammation READ MORE
Hi,

Messaging you gums probably will not help your gingivitis. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums cause by a foreign body or bacteria. That is usually plaque. Inflammation is characterized by redness, swelling and bleeding. What will help, is proper brushing to remove plaque from around the gum line, flossing to remove plaque in between the teeth, and ultimately, going to your dentist to have a professional cleaning to remove all the plaque, but any tartar (old plaque) that has formed and created a rough surface where new plaque sticks more easily.

Dr. Ed Chappelle

What can smoking do to your teeth?

Smoking affects your health in many different ways. The heat from the smoke can cause changes in your gum tissue and inner cheek tissue that may be cancerous. Nicotine is a known READ MORE
Smoking affects your health in many different ways. The heat from the smoke can cause changes in your gum tissue and inner cheek tissue that may be cancerous. Nicotine is a known carcinogen. The smoke stains your teeth. The excessive smoke can lead to C.O.P.D. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. You know those people walking around attached to an oxygen tank, 95% smoking was the cause.

Is maxillofacial surgery used to treat jaw diseases?

Typically, a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacacial Surgeon will treat diseases of the Jaw. However there are Physicians who are head and neck surgeons. they also take care READ MORE
Typically, a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacacial Surgeon will treat diseases of the Jaw. However there are Physicians who are head and neck surgeons. they also take care of jaw surgeries.

The insides of my teeth are turning black. Why?

The question, is it the entire top of the teeth or just some lines? If the entire top is black, it may be stain, or if there is a hole, then it is decay and pain is around the READ MORE
The question, is it the entire top of the teeth or just some lines? If the entire top is black, it may be stain, or if there is a hole, then it is decay and pain is around the corner.

How long does the hole take to close after tooth extraction?

Typically, it takes about 4 to 6 weeks for the whole to completely close, and about 6 months for the bone to fill in.

How do I know if I have an infection after tooth extraction?

There are a few reasons that you still have pain. Sometimes it is just the healing process, or soreness from the trauma of extraction. More intense pain, may be the sign of a READ MORE
There are a few reasons that you still have pain. Sometimes it is just the healing process, or soreness from the trauma of extraction. More intense pain, may be the sign of a dry socket, which is also called alveolar inflammation. (Inflammation of the bone in the extraction site due to premature loss of the blood clot)

Should I see a dentist for TMJ?

A dentist can treat TMJ or TMD. I would recommend that you find some one who regularly treats TMJ/ TMD.

Can gum disease cause your teeth to fall out?

The end result of untreated gum disease is tooth loss. Either falling out or extraction due to pain.

Is losing a crown a dental emergency?

Yes, it would be considered a minor emergency. It should replaced as soon as possible because the teeth in the opposing arch and adjacent to the tooth that had the crown may READ MORE
Yes, it would be considered a minor emergency. It should replaced as soon as possible because the teeth in the opposing arch and adjacent to the tooth that had the crown may shift, and it may occur in just a few days.

What is the safest dental filling?

All of the available dental fillings materials are safe. Each on has some draw backs, some are more esthetic than others. Gold is the strongest, Porcelain is the hardest, Composite READ MORE
All of the available dental fillings materials are safe. Each on has some draw backs, some are more esthetic than others. Gold is the strongest, Porcelain is the hardest, Composite resin is esthetic, and siiver amalgam is functional.

What should I do if my braces are too tight?

Anytime your braces are adjusted, they will feel tight. That just means there is pressure om the teeth so they will move. After a few days the pressure will lessen as the teeth READ MORE
Anytime your braces are adjusted, they will feel tight. That just means there is pressure om the teeth so they will move. After a few days the pressure will lessen as the teeth move into place.

Are electric toothbrushes any better for the teeth?

Hi, electric toothbrushes if used correctly are excellent for your teeth. Just remember, they actually work without you having to do a lot of work.. Most like to use it like a READ MORE
Hi, electric toothbrushes if used correctly are excellent for your teeth. Just remember, they actually work without you having to do a lot of work.. Most like to use it like a regular toothbrush, but you should hold it on each tooth for about 2 to 3 seconds and let the motion of the electric toothbrush do its job.

How should I select my toothpaste?

Most toothpaste on the market are vary similar. some have extra ingredients which may offer some subtle improvements, like baking soda or peroxide. All contain a mild abrasive. READ MORE
Most toothpaste on the market are vary similar. some have extra ingredients which may offer some subtle improvements, like baking soda or peroxide. All contain a mild abrasive. Pick your toothpaste by the flavor you like and how your teeth feel when you have brushed adequately.

I had some bleeding in my gums while brushing. Could it be serious?

Some bleeding is normal, particularly if you haven't had your teeth cleaned in a while. You may have gingivitis which is inflammation of the gums. If this doesn't happen frequently READ MORE
Some bleeding is normal, particularly if you haven't had your teeth cleaned in a while. You may have gingivitis which is inflammation of the gums. If this doesn't happen frequently for you, I'm pretty sure you are okay. If you are concerned then see your dentist.

Will frequent teeth cleanings remove spots from my teeth?

If the spots are extrinsic, meaning they are from coffee or tea, or medication and are outside the enamel, yes, cleaning will remove the spots. If the stains are intrinsic, meaning READ MORE
If the spots are extrinsic, meaning they are from coffee or tea, or medication and are outside the enamel, yes, cleaning will remove the spots. If the stains are intrinsic, meaning inside the enamel, from medications taken from when the tooth was forming, no cleaning will not help. However, professional bleaching/ whitening can help.

What is the right age for kids to brush their teeth on their own?

Most kids under the age of 8 or 9 don't have the manual dexterity to brush by themselves. I would recommend that you monitor the brushing and see exactly what they have accomplished. READ MORE
Most kids under the age of 8 or 9 don't have the manual dexterity to brush by themselves. I would recommend that you monitor the brushing and see exactly what they have accomplished.

My son's teeth are discoloured. Why?

Typically, if the baby teeth are discolored, and there is no decay, it may have been caused by medication or an illness while the teeth were forming. Most baby teeth are in the READ MORE
Typically, if the baby teeth are discolored, and there is no decay, it may have been caused by medication or an illness while the teeth were forming. Most baby teeth are in the process of forming under the gum, even if you don't see them, at birth. So it could have been something you ingested during pregnancy also. Don't worry, the adult teeth should be fine.