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"Types of Problems That Fall Under the Category of Dental Emergencies"
Posted on 5/20/2018 by Lemond Hunter
Do you know the difference between a dental problem and a dental emergency? Some issues, even those that are somewhat painful, may be something you can deal with for a few days until you can schedule an appointment with us. Other issues, though, qualify as a dental emergency. If you have one of these emergencies, you need to contact us as soon as you can and set up an appointment. Be sure you describe the problem as completely as you can, too. We need to know how severe it is, so we can get you in as quickly as we can. So, what qualifies as a dental emergency? A Severe ToothacheIf your toothache is severe, shooting pain that is so bad you can't function, it's definitely an emergency. You may be in so much pain you can't even concentrate to drive to our office. In that case, call someone to help you get here. Most people try taking pain medication or using other remedies to control tooth pain. That may help, but if your pain is incredibly severe, don't hesitate to call. A Tooth Gets Knocked Out or BrokenThis is definitely a dental emergency! Call us as soon as possible so we can examine the damage. If you've had a tooth knocked out by an accident, you may need stitches. If your tooth is broken or been knocked loose, we may be able to repair it if you come in as soon as you can. Your Mouth Is Severely SwollenSevere swelling in the face can be a sign of a major dental issue. If your face is swollen so much that it's hard to open your mouth or incredibly painful to swallow, you need care right away. Any time you feel like something major is wrong with your mouth, teeth, or gums, don't hesitate to call us. You know your body and the signals it gives you. Don't hesitate to call with any concerns you have....

Types of Dental Bridges You Can Get
Posted on 5/10/2018 by Lemond Hunter
Tooth loss is extremely common. Many U.S. adults are missing at least one tooth, but a dental bridge might be able to help. There are several different options for dental bridges, and your dentist can help you select the one for your unique situation. Traditional Dental BridgesA traditional dental bridge involves an artificial tooth (or teeth) surrounded by one or more abutment teeth. Abutment teeth are the natural teeth that will receive the crowns during dental bridge placement. These bridges are the most common, and they'll be made from ceramic material or porcelain that has been fused to metal. Implant-Supported Dental BridgesInstead of being supported by a framework or crown, implant-supported bridges utilize dental implants. Typically, one implant is placed for each missing tooth, and they hold the bridge into place. If placing an implant for each lost tooth isn't a possibility, a bridge may consist of a false tooth suspended between two crowns supported by implants. Maryland Bonded Dental BridgesSometimes known as a resin-bonded bridge, this option is made out of porcelain, plastic, or porcelain fused to metal. They are supported by a framework containing wings on one side of the bridge. These wings are bonded to the existing teeth to replace the tooth that is missing. Cantilever Dental BridgesIn the event that adjacent teeth are only available on one side of a missing tooth, a cantilever bridge may be used. This isn't a common scenario, and these bridges aren't recommended for the molars. In these situations, too much force could be placed on the teeth, resulting in damage. However, depending on your situation, they may be a suitable option for missing teeth in the front of your mouth. Do you have additional questions about whether a dental bridge might be right for you? Contact us today for an evaluation....

Making Brushing Easier When You Struggle with Arthritis
Posted on 4/20/2018 by Lemond Hunter
Those who have arthritis find difficulty performing many of the day-to-day tasks. Writing, cleaning, cooking, and bathing can be very problematic. One of the most troublesome tasks, when you have arthritis, is brushing teeth. It can be nearly impossible to hold the toothbrush properly or maneuver your hand in such a way where you are able to clean hard-to-reach places as well. To ensure proper dental hygiene is practiced, adjustments may be needed to your dental routine. Toothbrush ModificationsNeeded modifications should assist in making the handle of the toothbrush firmer and wider. While there is no uniform way of modifying the toothbrush to make it simpler to hold; some individuals have used a firm rubber ball; some use the rubber portion of a bike handlebar. Tools available at your local drugstore and online retailers have tools available that are designed specifically for making a toothbrush simpler to hold. Electronic ToothbrushSome electronic toothbrushes can be helpful for those who have arthritis. First, look for an electric toothbrush that is equipped with a wide, sturdy handle to hold. The width makes it simpler for those who have arthritis to grip the toothbrush while brushing their teeth. The power of an electronic toothbrush is helpful at reaching hard-to-reach places. Cleaning the back teeth can be difficult for those with arthritis due to the pain in their hands. The design of an electric toothbrush allows you to reach those places without moving your hands into painful positions. Flossing ToolFlossing may be difficult for those who have arthritis because of painful hands. Using a flossing stick is one tool you can try to help make flossing simpler because only one hand is needed. Again, your local drugstore and online retailers would have these available. Be sure to visit the dentist at least two times a year for checkups and professional cleanings. For further information about oral health care when you have arthritis, contact us today....

All Posts:

"Types of Problems That Fall Under the Category of Dental Emergencies"
Types of Dental Bridges You Can Get
Making Brushing Easier When You Struggle with Arthritis
How Much of Your Teeth Are Situated Below the Gums?
What Options Do You Have for a Gap in Your Front Teeth?
What is the Difference between Power Flossers and Water Flossers?
What Type of Oral Health Goals Do You Have?
What to Do When a Tooth Comes in Crooked
Why You Need to Replace Your Toothbrush When a Cold Sore Erupts
Why You Need to Limit Drinking Acidic Beverages
Types of Cracks Best Covered by Veneers
Tooth Pain and Fevers Usually Signify a Dental Abscess
Is There Any Benefit to Making Homemade Toothpaste?
How Your Gag Reflex Impacts Your Dental Visits
The Importance of Not Using a Hard Bristled Toothbrush
The Damage That Can Come from Sucking on Candies and Cough Drops
How Stress Affects Gum Disease
How Long After a Cleaning Should You Wait to Eat?
Why Your Toothbrush and Dishwasher Should be Best Friends
Why You Should Go to the Dentist if Your Gum is Sore to the Touch
Why Are People Afraid of Root Canals?
Do You Brush Your Tongue Often Enough?
Why Eating a Sweet Treat Could Cause Your Teeth to Hurt
Why Do You Wait to Brush After Anything Acidic?
There's More to Cosmetic Dentistry Than Whitening
The Weather Can Affect the Way Your Teeth Feel
The Beating Your Teeth Take When You Have an Oral Piercing
Talking to Your Dentist About Having a Filling Replaced
Why You Want to Indulge in Strawberries As A Spring Time Snack
Why Chewing Vegetables is So Good for Your Oral Health
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