Jennifer Sokolosky DMD
A Great Dentist

We will help you achieve and maintain a healthy, bright smile you can be proud of.

I found the best and caring dentist, she has all the patience and calmness to treat you well and make you comfortable. I don't like to go to the dentist if I can avoid it, but she helps my attitude to dentist to be changed. Finding the right one who is caring is important. So don't hesitate to visit Dr. Sokolosky. Thanks. - Azeb H.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Having a clear understanding of all facets of your dental care is essential, so we encourage you to be proactive about asking questions. You deserve to be fully informed, and we believe that no question is too small or unimportant. If it matters to you, it matters to us.

We answer lots of questions for our patients, and some of those we hear most often are listed below. If you don’t see your specific question here or you would like more information, feel free to give our office a call!

Other

​If a manual toothbrush is used for the appropriate amount of time, and done with proper technique, it can perform just as well as a powered toothbrush. But many people don’t brush for the recommended two to three minutes. Children are also good candidates for powered brushes as their brushing habits tend to be less than optimal, especially when they are in braces.

Talk To Your Ellicott City Dentist

While everyone certainly does not need an electric toothbrush, in many instances they can be beneficial. Please feel free to call and ask us which brush is best for you!

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We are providers for the insurance plans listed below but are happy to file all claims as a courtesy to our patients. 

Our Network

  • Alliance Network
  • Delta Dental Premier
  • Cigna Radius PPO{ Non-par with Cigna Advantage}
  • CareFirst:
  • Participating Provider Dental Network (PAR)
  • Preferred Provider Dental Network (PPO)
  • Basic and Standard Plan
  • Federal Employee Plan Preferred Dental Network (FEP)
  • FepBlue Dental
  • United Concordia Alliance
  • United Concordia State and Federal are covered as Out of Network

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If you have questions about your specific insurance coverage, please don’t hesitate to contact our office for more information.

 

dental x-rays | family dentistry | ellicott cityAt the office of Jennifer Sokolosky, DMD, our priority is patient safety and comfort alongside modern dental technology. During our dental exams and check-ups, we improve our ability to accurately identify and diagnose oral health issues through the use of digital x-rays.

Preventive dentistry is the practice of keeping your teeth and gums healthy so that major dental issues are caught right as they begin. Being able to clearly see your oral structure, including your bone, tissues, and joints, is critical in observing anything unusual. 

Are Digital X-Rays Safe?

Digital x-rays are extremely safe, especially when compared to traditional x-rays, which expose you to 90% more radiation than digital x-rays; we always have your utmost safety in mind. 

Not only do digital x-rays expose patients to less radiation, but the images can also be viewed within seconds, whereas film x-rays can take some time to develop. Since the images are digital, your dentist can zoom in, control the contrast, and share instantly with insurance providers and dental specialists. The best part is how environmentally friendly digital x-rays without the need for a darkroom and related chemicals. 

What Can Digital X-Rays Help With?

  • Identifying tooth decay, especially between teeth or under a dental crown or filling
  • Bone recession related to gum disease
  • Abscesses or cavities 
  • Issues with your root canal
  • Dental implant placement

When You'll Need X-Rays

For some patients, we recommend digital x-rays every six months. However, if you don’t have a history of oral health problems like gum disease, you may only need an x-ray exam every couple of years. New patients can always expect to have x-rays taken during their first dental visit to MD Smiles so that we can track any dental changes. 

Contact Our Ellicott City Dental Office

If you still have additional questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our Ellicott City dental office. We’ll be happy to talk to you and explain the steps we take to keep you and your family safe.

Dental implant diagram​When a tooth is lost, a whole series of events can begin to occur. Chewing on the affected side becomes more difficult and over time the remaining teeth can actually tilt and erupt into the open space. Teeth like to touch so they will move in all directions.

Replace Missing Teeth!

Depending on the location of the missing tooth, we would most likely recommend either a dental implant, a bridge, or a partial denture.

Call Our 21042 Dental Clinic

All of these options have their benefits and drawbacks. If you would like more information, Dr. Jennifer Sokolosky, DMD can schedule a consultation to go over the specifics of your case. Just give us a call at (410) 531-2690 or email us at [email protected]

teeth with sealantsThe pits and grooves of the teeth are prime areas for opportunistic decay. Even regular brushing sometimes misses some of these intricate structures on the chewing surfaces of your teeth.

Sealants are thin coatings applied to the biting surfaces of your child's permanent molars and sometimes premolars that help prevent bacteria and other debris from getting into the deep crevices on the teeth.

Who Gets Sealants?

Young children are great candidates for preventative measures like sealants because in many cases, decay has not set in. Children’s teeth tend to benefit more from sealants because these pits and groves tend to be deeper and less calcified then they are in adults.

Contact Our Ellicott City Office

If you have any more questions about sealants or would like to schedule an appointment, please don't hesitate to call Dr. Jennifer Sokolosky, DMD today!

dentures | partial dentures | ellicott city Full & Partial Dentures

You can find information on coupons for dentures and partials at: www.mydenturecare.com. To schedule an appointment, please contact the Ellicott City, MD dental office of Jennifer Sokolosky, DMD.

Woman getting teeth cleaned at dentist​In a perfect world everyone would brush and floss twice a day. Plaque builds up over time and this sticky bacterial film can solidify and turn into calculus or tartar. This cement-like substance is removed by our hygienist at your regular cleaning visits. A six-month interval not only serves to keep your mouth healthy and clean, but it also allows potential problems to be found and diagnosed earlier.

Family Dentistry and Exams in Ellicott City, MD

In some instances a six-month schedule in not enough. Based on your dental history, rate of calculus buildup, and pattern of decay a 3 or 4-month interval may be needed. We can work with you to determine what will be best for you.

If you have any questions about regular cleanings or would like to schedule an appointment, please don't hesitate to call Dr. Jennifer Sokolosky, DMD today!

Dental Implants

md smiles | family dentistry | ellicott cityOur highly experienced and talented team has the skill and expertise to handle almost any situation in-house. However, our goal is to make sure you always receive the very best dental care possible. If we determine that your specific needs will be best handled by a specialist, you can be confident that we will refer you to someone who is a master in their particular area of expertise.

Placing dental implants requires highly specialized skill and training, so we will always refer placement of dental implants to one of our trusted oral surgeons. We will oversee the process, and after your implants have healed, you will return to our office where we will place your final restoration such as a crown, bridge, or denture. 

Call Our Ellicott City Dental Office

For more information, contact our Ellicott City, MD dental office today!

Dental implant diagram​When a tooth is lost, a whole series of events can begin to occur. Chewing on the affected side becomes more difficult and over time the remaining teeth can actually tilt and erupt into the open space. Teeth like to touch so they will move in all directions.

Replace Missing Teeth!

Depending on the location of the missing tooth, we would most likely recommend either a dental implant, a bridge, or a partial denture.

Call Our 21042 Dental Clinic

All of these options have their benefits and drawbacks. If you would like more information, Dr. Jennifer Sokolosky, DMD can schedule a consultation to go over the specifics of your case. Just give us a call at (410) 531-2690 or email us at [email protected]

Family Dentistry

toothbrush and flossThe best way to avoid dental emergencies is by practicing proper at-home oral health hygiene. Prevention is always the best method.

At the dental office of Jennifer Sokolosky, DMD, we offer a few tips to maintaining your beautiful smile:

Floss Once a Day

Flossing removes built-up plaque and food particles that your toothbrush cannot reach.

No matter what time of day you chose to floss, it's right at any time!

Brush Your Teeth at Least Twice a Day

Even if your teeth appear healthy, it's best not to skip brushing. Throughout the day, our teeth become covered by a sticky film that hardens; this film often contains harmful bacteria that can create oral issues.

Brushing polishes your teeth of anything harmful that could build up. 

Schedule Regular Cleanings With Your Ellicott City Dentist

Only your dentist can detect early signs of gum disease and tooth decay, infection, dental abnormalities, and oral cancer.

It's always easier to treat a problem when it first starts than to allow it to become a significant undertaking. 

Quit smoking

Smoking is often a leading cause of gum disease and other health issues; it can also weaken your immune system and make it harder to fight off an infection. Smoking and tobacco products can also yellow or stain teeth. 

We Can Help Keep Your Smile Healthy

If you have questions about how to care for your teeth and gums at home, please let us know. Your local Ellicott City dental team is here to help you keep your oral and general well-being in top shape. 

Call us at (410) 531-2690 to schedule your next dental cleaning and examination. 

​If a manual toothbrush is used for the appropriate amount of time, and done with proper technique, it can perform just as well as a powered toothbrush. But many people don’t brush for the recommended two to three minutes. Children are also good candidates for powered brushes as their brushing habits tend to be less than optimal, especially when they are in braces.

Talk To Your Ellicott City Dentist

While everyone certainly does not need an electric toothbrush, in many instances they can be beneficial. Please feel free to call and ask us which brush is best for you!

oral cancer screening | dentist | ellicott city

We care about your general health and well-being, so every routine checkup and teeth cleaning at our Ellicott City dental office includes a thorough oral cancer screening. This is an easy process and is absolutely nothing to worry about.

Oral Cancer Screenings in Ellicott City

Routine oral cancer screenings are essential because the symptoms are often so subtle that you may not realize what they are. In many cases, a dentist is the first person to detect oral cancer, and these routine screenings can potentially save your life. With early detection, oral cancer is highly treatable, with a 90 percent survival rate.

Statistics provided by the Oral Cancer Foundation show that as many as 50,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed in the US each year. Unfortunately, the mortality rate associated with oral cancer is high because it is often not detected until it has progressed to the more advanced stages.

How We Perform an Oral Cancer Screening

During your oral cancer screening, Dr. Sokolosky will examine your lips and the soft tissue in your mouth to look for signs of growths or abnormalities. What appears to be a simple white spot may be recognized by Dr. Sokolosky as precancerous.

Please contact our Ellicott City dental office, and we'll be happy to arrange an exam and cleaning that includes an oral cancer screening. 

woman holding jaw from pain | emergency dentist ellicott cityEmergency Same-Day Dentistry

If you're experiencing tooth pain or need emergency dental services, we will find the next available appointment with your emergency dentist in Ellicott City, MD

At the dental office of Jennifer Sokolosky, DMD, we understand how painful an emergency can be. We make time to serve you as soon as we can, no matter if you're a current patient or a new one.

We do our best to accommodate same-day appointments; however, it may be necessary to schedule a next day appointment. 

If you think you need immediate professional attention, give us a call at (410) 531-2690. We can assess your dental emergency and determine if you need to come in right away. If you are an existing patient, we may arrange a re-evaluation while new patients may need a comprehensive exam.

What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?

  • Tooth pain
  • Swollen or painful jaw
  • Cracked or broken tooth
  • Loose or lost fillings
  • Loose or lost dental crown 
  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Broken dentures
  • Abscessed or infected tooth

Establish a Family Dentist in Ellicott City, MD

Emergency dental situations can happen when you least expect it, and they can require immediate treatment. In cases involving a knocked-out tooth, the sooner we see you, the better chances we have to save your tooth. Time can be a critical element.

Finding a last-minute emergency dentist you can trust can add to your stress. It's essential to have a local dentist you know and trust that sees you regularly. This way, when the unexpected happens, you know you have someone you can call who knows you. 

Give Us a Call If You Need Immediate Attention

The best way to get an emergency dentist in Ellicott City, MD, is by calling us at the first sign of dental trouble. We can usually find room in our schedule to fit patients in. 

dental x-rays | family dentistry | ellicott cityAt the office of Jennifer Sokolosky, DMD, our priority is patient safety and comfort alongside modern dental technology. During our dental exams and check-ups, we improve our ability to accurately identify and diagnose oral health issues through the use of digital x-rays.

Preventive dentistry is the practice of keeping your teeth and gums healthy so that major dental issues are caught right as they begin. Being able to clearly see your oral structure, including your bone, tissues, and joints, is critical in observing anything unusual. 

Are Digital X-Rays Safe?

Digital x-rays are extremely safe, especially when compared to traditional x-rays, which expose you to 90% more radiation than digital x-rays; we always have your utmost safety in mind. 

Not only do digital x-rays expose patients to less radiation, but the images can also be viewed within seconds, whereas film x-rays can take some time to develop. Since the images are digital, your dentist can zoom in, control the contrast, and share instantly with insurance providers and dental specialists. The best part is how environmentally friendly digital x-rays without the need for a darkroom and related chemicals. 

What Can Digital X-Rays Help With?

  • Identifying tooth decay, especially between teeth or under a dental crown or filling
  • Bone recession related to gum disease
  • Abscesses or cavities 
  • Issues with your root canal
  • Dental implant placement

When You'll Need X-Rays

For some patients, we recommend digital x-rays every six months. However, if you don’t have a history of oral health problems like gum disease, you may only need an x-ray exam every couple of years. New patients can always expect to have x-rays taken during their first dental visit to MD Smiles so that we can track any dental changes. 

Contact Our Ellicott City Dental Office

If you still have additional questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our Ellicott City dental office. We’ll be happy to talk to you and explain the steps we take to keep you and your family safe.

teeth with sealantsThe pits and grooves of the teeth are prime areas for opportunistic decay. Even regular brushing sometimes misses some of these intricate structures on the chewing surfaces of your teeth.

Sealants are thin coatings applied to the biting surfaces of your child's permanent molars and sometimes premolars that help prevent bacteria and other debris from getting into the deep crevices on the teeth.

Who Gets Sealants?

Young children are great candidates for preventative measures like sealants because in many cases, decay has not set in. Children’s teeth tend to benefit more from sealants because these pits and groves tend to be deeper and less calcified then they are in adults.

Contact Our Ellicott City Office

If you have any more questions about sealants or would like to schedule an appointment, please don't hesitate to call Dr. Jennifer Sokolosky, DMD today!

dentures | partial dentures | ellicott city Full & Partial Dentures

You can find information on coupons for dentures and partials at: www.mydenturecare.com. To schedule an appointment, please contact the Ellicott City, MD dental office of Jennifer Sokolosky, DMD.

Woman getting teeth cleaned at dentist​In a perfect world everyone would brush and floss twice a day. Plaque builds up over time and this sticky bacterial film can solidify and turn into calculus or tartar. This cement-like substance is removed by our hygienist at your regular cleaning visits. A six-month interval not only serves to keep your mouth healthy and clean, but it also allows potential problems to be found and diagnosed earlier.

Family Dentistry and Exams in Ellicott City, MD

In some instances a six-month schedule in not enough. Based on your dental history, rate of calculus buildup, and pattern of decay a 3 or 4-month interval may be needed. We can work with you to determine what will be best for you.

If you have any questions about regular cleanings or would like to schedule an appointment, please don't hesitate to call Dr. Jennifer Sokolosky, DMD today!

Pediatric Dental Care

​If a manual toothbrush is used for the appropriate amount of time, and done with proper technique, it can perform just as well as a powered toothbrush. But many people don’t brush for the recommended two to three minutes. Children are also good candidates for powered brushes as their brushing habits tend to be less than optimal, especially when they are in braces.

Talk To Your Ellicott City Dentist

While everyone certainly does not need an electric toothbrush, in many instances they can be beneficial. Please feel free to call and ask us which brush is best for you!

teeth with sealantsThe pits and grooves of the teeth are prime areas for opportunistic decay. Even regular brushing sometimes misses some of these intricate structures on the chewing surfaces of your teeth.

Sealants are thin coatings applied to the biting surfaces of your child's permanent molars and sometimes premolars that help prevent bacteria and other debris from getting into the deep crevices on the teeth.

Who Gets Sealants?

Young children are great candidates for preventative measures like sealants because in many cases, decay has not set in. Children’s teeth tend to benefit more from sealants because these pits and groves tend to be deeper and less calcified then they are in adults.

Contact Our Ellicott City Office

If you have any more questions about sealants or would like to schedule an appointment, please don't hesitate to call Dr. Jennifer Sokolosky, DMD today!

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The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their first dental visit when their first tooth appears or by age one—whichever comes first. At this age, they’re starting to get their baby teeth, and Dr. Sokolosky can begin monitoring their oral health.

The goal of your child’s first dental visit at our Ellicott City dental office is not to perform any involved exam or treatment. We want your little one to get the most positive start with dentistry, and the best way we can do that is by letting them get used to the new experience at their pace.

Each successful visit helps build their confidence, and in no time at all, they will come to see that the dental office is not a scary place.

Your Child's First Dental Visit

Your child’s first dental visit is meant to be a fun adventure where they get to meet new people in a friendly and caring environment. We proceed slowly, and at a pace your child is comfortable with. We’ll give them a ride in the dental chair, count their teeth, and let them look in the little mirror.

If your son or daughter is relaxed and receptive to it, our Columbia, MD dentist will look at their teeth to see if there are any signs of obvious problems. We know that the first visit can be a little overwhelming for adults too, so you are always welcome to stay with your child throughout their appointment.

Call Our Ellicott City Dental Office

Our team loves treating kids, and we know exactly what they need to have the best possible experience with us. Please give our Ellicott City dental office a call to arrange your child’s exciting first dental visit!

Periodontal Disease Treatment

family dentistry | dry mouth | ellicott city You can find information on dry mouth products at: www.biotene.com. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact the Ellicott City, MD dental office of Jennifer Sokolosky, DMD today!

sensitive teeth | general dentistry | ellicott city You can find information on sensitive teeth at: www.us.sensodyne.com. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call the Ellicott City, MD dental office of Jennifer Sokolosky, DMD today at (410) 531-2690. 

Woman getting teeth cleaned at dentist​In a perfect world everyone would brush and floss twice a day. Plaque builds up over time and this sticky bacterial film can solidify and turn into calculus or tartar. This cement-like substance is removed by our hygienist at your regular cleaning visits. A six-month interval not only serves to keep your mouth healthy and clean, but it also allows potential problems to be found and diagnosed earlier.

Family Dentistry and Exams in Ellicott City, MD

In some instances a six-month schedule in not enough. Based on your dental history, rate of calculus buildup, and pattern of decay a 3 or 4-month interval may be needed. We can work with you to determine what will be best for you.

If you have any questions about regular cleanings or would like to schedule an appointment, please don't hesitate to call Dr. Jennifer Sokolosky, DMD today!

Porcelain Crowns

Dental implant diagram​When a tooth is lost, a whole series of events can begin to occur. Chewing on the affected side becomes more difficult and over time the remaining teeth can actually tilt and erupt into the open space. Teeth like to touch so they will move in all directions.

Replace Missing Teeth!

Depending on the location of the missing tooth, we would most likely recommend either a dental implant, a bridge, or a partial denture.

Call Our 21042 Dental Clinic

All of these options have their benefits and drawbacks. If you would like more information, Dr. Jennifer Sokolosky, DMD can schedule a consultation to go over the specifics of your case. Just give us a call at (410) 531-2690 or email us at [email protected]

dental fillings | dental crown | ellicott city Have you had a dental filling in the past but are being told that now you need a dental crown? You may find it hard to understand why a filling wasn't sufficient.

The answer is that a filling is designed to restore only a small portion of your tooth. A dental crown is needed to restore tooth structure if

  • Your tooth has been damaged by decay
  • You've had root canal treatment
  • Your tooth is too broken or decayed for a filling

How Dental Crowns Work

A dental crown fits over your tooth like a cap and reaches to the gum line. Using a crown protects the integrity of your natural tooth root, while also allowing you to chew and eat with ease. 

Dr. Sokolosky works with the top dental laboratories and uses only the finest materials when creating your new crown. Ceramic porcelain is durable, and it can be customized to blend with your smile and provide a natural look. Dr. Sokolosky uses porcelain crowns for teeth that are visible to provide you with a seamless appearance to your smile. If you have questions about porcelain dental crowns in Ellicott City, MD, don't hesitate to contact your team at MD Smiles for more information

Snap-On-Smile

Dental implant diagram​When a tooth is lost, a whole series of events can begin to occur. Chewing on the affected side becomes more difficult and over time the remaining teeth can actually tilt and erupt into the open space. Teeth like to touch so they will move in all directions.

Replace Missing Teeth!

Depending on the location of the missing tooth, we would most likely recommend either a dental implant, a bridge, or a partial denture.

Call Our 21042 Dental Clinic

All of these options have their benefits and drawbacks. If you would like more information, Dr. Jennifer Sokolosky, DMD can schedule a consultation to go over the specifics of your case. Just give us a call at (410) 531-2690 or email us at [email protected]

snap on smile | dentist | ellicott citySnap-On Smile uses dental resin to create an appliance that fits snugly over your teeth to cover imperfections and deliver the beautiful smile you've always wanted. We don't need to modify your natural teeth can usually complete treatment with your Ellicott City dentist in two visits. Snap-On Smile is also more affordable for patients than other cosmetic procedures, such as porcelain veneers.

How does Snap-On-Smile Work?

But it is essential to understand that Snap-On Smile is a temporary solution only. It doesn't eliminate the underlying problems of stained, broken, or oddly shaped teeth. These are still concerns that you should deal with in the future. However, Snap-On Smile can give you a look that allows you to smile with confidence until you're ready for more permanent solutions in the future.

Would you like to learn more about Snap-On Smile in Ellicott City, and determine whether it's right for your needs? An appointment with Dr. Jennifer Sokolosky is the first place to start. She'll be happy to discuss your ideas and goals for your smile with you. Working together, we'll create a treatment plan that meets your needs without breaking your budget or interfering with your lifestyle. Contact MD Smiles today to schedule your appointment

 

Snoring & Sleep Apnea

woman holding pillow over ears while spouse snoresSleep apnea is the cessation of breathing during sleep for at least ten seconds at least five times an hour. Snoring is when the airway through which you breathe becomes partially or fully blocked. This results in a small airway passage and results in a muffled sound secondary to vibrations in the throat. 

Contact Our Ellicott City Dental Clinic

If you struggle with Snoring or you have more questions about sleep apnea, please don't hesitate to call Jennifer Sokolosky, DMD in Ellicott City, MD. 

 

Teeth Whitening

before and after image of discolored then white teeth ellicott city mdWhy Do Teeth Yellow or Stain?

Over time the natural white of your teeth can fade for many reasons. Most people are aware that things like coffee, teas, soda, and smoking can yellow or stain your teeth. Flossing and brushing can naturally eliminate some discoloration. However, even with the proper diet and lifestyle choices, yellowing can still occur.

Underneath your enamel is a layer of yellow dentin. Dentin is the hard, bony tissue that forms your teeth. Some people have yellowish dentin; others may have a blueish-gray color. As your enamel thins over time, dentin becomes more visible. Dentin itself cannot be whitened, so the shade of white you may want depends on how thin your enamel is. It’s important to consult with your dentist first to make sure you don’t create more damage to your teeth. 

What Are Common Reasons Teeth Become Discolored?

  • Smoking
  • Injury to teeth
  • Soda
  • Certain medicines or antibiotics
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Natural aging
  • Genetics
  • Wine
  • Poor brushing and flossing

If you’re worried about staining your teeth through food and drink, bear in mind that anything that would stain your shirt will also stain your teeth. Foods like soy sauce, chocolate, tomato sauces, vinegar, blueberries, beets, etc. will stain your teeth when eaten in excess. Drinks that are acidic, like sodas, or high in tannins, like wine, also stain. Most people are aware that red wine stains, but even white wine can affect your teeth color.

Please contact our Ellicott City dental office for more information about teeth whitening.

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