Posts for: June, 2015
As an emergency dentist, we are here when you need us. It is impossible to avoid ever having a dental emergency, but when you do it is important to visit an emergency dentist rather than waiting for care. We are specifically trained to deal with sudden tooth damages or other dire dental circumstances. We can correct a variety of issues, including the ones below.
What do I do if I my tooth gets knocked out?
If your permanent tooth gets knocked out, you should keep it moist until you visit our office. If possible, you can try to keep the tooth in your mouth without harming the roots, or you can keep it in a glass of milk. Come straight to our emergency dentist office to have your tooth placed back in its socket. Our dentist will need to see you within an hour of knocking your tooth out for the most positive outcomes. If we are unable to save your tooth, we can provide you with other permanent replacement options that look like your original tooth.
What can you do my tooth is cracked?
If you crack your tooth, you should first rinse the area with warm water to remove debris and to calm your discomfort. You can put gentle pressure on the area with a cold compress or ice to reduce swelling and bleeding if your gums were also injured. As an emergency dentist office, we can give you a durable crown to reduce the likelihood of the crack spreading. This will serve as a permanent brace for your tooth since cracks do not heal. If your crack is more of a chip, we can apply a bonding material to fill in the area. This material will be hardened and will make it look and feel like your tooth has not been altered.
I have an object stuck in my teeth, how can I remove it?
If an object gets lodged in your teeth, you should first try flossing. If flossing does not remove the object, we can take a closer look at the area and use specialized tools to remove the object before it causes any permanent damage or any more discomfort to your gums and teeth.
I bit my tongue, and it won’t stop bleeding, what should I do?
When you have bitten your tongue or cheek, it can cause discomfort. We can provide relief. If you have bitten it so badly that it won’t stop bleeding, you should visit our emergency dentist office. In the meantime, apply slight pressure and/or a cold compress to the area to slow the bleeding and swelling. Once you get to our office, our emergency dentist can evaluate the seriousness of your injury and determine whether you may need sutures or not. If you do need sutures, we can numb the area and apply your sutures quickly and without discomfort. Sutures will help return your oral tissue back to a healthy, whole state.
If you have any of these questions or problems, visiting our emergency dentist should be your next step. Don’t delay if you have a dental emergency. Not seeking immediate dental attention can result in tooth loss, infection, or other detrimental effects. Our emergency dentist office can provide a solution for your needs right now.
If you want answers, speak with a general dentist. We are experts regarding oral health and can help you to stay healthy and cavity free. If you do develop an issue, we can treat it right away so that you can feel better and get back to normal health. In the meantime, we have realized that many people don’t know very much about dental care, something we aim to correct. Here are a few of the questions that we have been asked on a regular basis.
Is it okay if I only brush once a day?
No, it’s not. This may seem convenient but if you only brush once per day you are selling yourself short while exposing yourself to the potential for cavities and gum disease. You should actually brush three times a day, floss once per day, and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash. This will give you the best chance of removing the plaque and bacteria that can lead to oral health problems. Just remember that you need to be brushing with a new, soft toothbrush in order to get the best results.
My gums hurt when I brush them, why?
You may be brushing too aggressively or using a hard toothbrush. If this is the case, we recommend buying a new toothbrush and being sure to brush in a circular pattern. However, typically your gums will hurt or feel irritated because you have gum disease. This is a perfectly treatable condition that, unfortunately, many people simply live with. Common signs of gum disease are gums that are red, swollen or bleeding. If your gums start to pull away from your teeth creating pockets or making your teeth appear longer than normal, you should call our general dentist office and schedule an appointment to determine the best course of treatment.
Can I live with a cavity?
You can, but you shouldn’t. A cavity is really just a decayed portion of your tooth. It needs to be removed, and the area should be cleaned. Next, a filling is typically used to restore the missing tooth structure. This is an essential step for ensuring that you can bite down on your tooth and eat with comfort. As a general dentist, we want your cavity to be tread immediately so that it doesn’t have the chance to spread or create a severe toothache.
What is making my teeth sensitive when I eat and drink?
You may have a loss of enamel. This is the hard outer shell of your tooth. It can wear away over time or be ripped off due to damage. When it does, you have a problem because the dentin underneath is porous, and this is where your nerve endings are. If anything touches them, the tooth will feel sensitive. In order to protect you from experiencing unnecessary irritation, we may recommend that you have dental crowns placed in order to prevent anything from directly touching your tooth. This has proven to be an effective method, and we use it frequently in our general dentist office.