What Constitues A Dental Emergency

The American Dental Association recommends that you schedule at least two dental appointments in a year. However, if your problem is considered a dental emergency you shouldn’t wait for another six months to call your dentist because if you wait that long you’re risking losing your tooth permanently or you could succumb to a life threatening infection that could spread all over your body. It is vital that you understand what a dental emergency is so that if in case it happens to you, you’ll know that it’s not going to be a hassle on your dentist’s part to call him or her in the middle of the night.

We all know that the very first person you should call when it comes oral problems is your dentist. However, not all dentists offer emergency services. Therefore, if you are going to partner with a dental health professional it would be a major advantage on your part if the dentist you choose is also an emergency dentist so that if and when a dental emergency arises you can count on your dentist to accommodate you beyond the usual office hours.

What are examples of dental emergencies? Let’s find out.

Knocked Out Tooth

One of the most common dental emergencies is a knocked out tooth. When this happens to you don’t hesitate to contact your emergency dentist but while you wait you must know what to do to preserve your tooth. When it is handled right there’s a very big chance that the tooth can still be reinserted.

First, you must hold the crown. Never touch the tooth root. Pick it up and rinse it gently to make it clean. Do not attempt to scrub your tooth or detach the tissues that are clinging to it. Before you rinse the detached tooth make sure you place a washcloth or towel at the bottom of the sink so that just in case it accidentally slips from your hand at least it won’t go straight to the drain. If you think it’s possible to place it back inside the socket, do it but if not place it in a clean container to keep it safe while you wait for your dentist. Don’t forget to call your dentist ASAP.

Cracked, Chipped, Fractured Tooth

Not every tooth that gets chipped requires immediate dental treatment. In fact, a chipped tooth is not considered a dental emergency at all. However, you have to be extra cautious when chewing so as not to create more damage. Nonetheless, you’ll still need to see your dentist to have it repaired. A tooth that is cracked or fractured is an example of a dental emergency as this suggests that the nerves inside are potentially compromised. If the fracture is so severe your dentist may not be able to save the tooth. For a broken or fractured tooth, here’s what you need to do to help save it while you wait for your dentist to arrive.

First, rinse your mouth with warm water. If the cause of the fracture is facial trauma, apply a cold compress on the site of the trauma to reduce the swelling. Take a painkiller (but not aspirin) to manage the pain.

Your emergency dentist may order an X-ray to check the condition of your tooth. If the tissues within your tooth are damaged you’ll be asked to undergo root canal therapy but if it’s not damaged you may only need a dental crown to cap it off.

Tissue Injury

Injuries in the mouth like lacerations, tears and punctured wounds are considered dental emergencies. If you incur an injury in the mouth rinse your mouth with warm water. If there is bleeding, apply a pressure using gauze to control it. Never ever take ibuprofen or aspirin when you are experiencing a dental emergency as this can cause abnormal bleeding.

These are all typical examples of dental emergencies. If any of these happen to your or someone you know, call your emergency dentist immediately.

Dr Gerald Regni, DMD, has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years. He does general and cosmetic dentistry, but has a special interest and focus in biological and holistic dentistry. He can be contacted at: Dr. Gerald Regni, DMD 937 Christian St Philadelphia, PA 19147 (215) 351-9399

Why Visits To Your Orthodontist Are Important

In this day and age where everyone is preoccupied and perhaps quite possibly obsessed with making a name for themselves, it’s easy to forget to book your appointment with Modern Family Dentists – Kenosha. With deadlines to beat, presentations to prepare for and unending meetings, the last thing on your mind is to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist. Most orthodontic patients think that once their braces are in place, they are going to be okay. Well, they are mistaken because that’s now how it works.

As soon as your orthodontist secures your braces in your mouth you will be required to book several appointments with your orthodontist on specific intervals until your treatment is completed. This is necessary so that your orthodontist can adjust your braces to move your teeth in the direction they are supposed to go in order to achieve the right alignment and placement. The adjustment of your braces can only be done in the clinic, which means if you don’t show up, your teeth may move in the opposite direction and this will only create bigger problems for you in the long run.

Your orthodontist will understand that you’re busy but it doesn’t mean you’ll cancel your appointments because something came up. In order to ensure that your treatment will still follow the timeline set by your orthodontist you need to find a way to reschedule your appointment. Rescheduling is better than cancelling.

Why Do You Need Adjustments?

Your Teeth Need to Constantly Move

Every time you have your braces adjusted you will feel the pressure it will place on your mouth. This pressure is necessary to move your teeth. Over time, this pressure will slowly dwindle and if you can no longer feel it then it means your teeth are no longer moving. This only means one thing; you need to go back for another visit so that your orthodontist can add new pressure on your teeth to straighten your smile and correct your bite. Without these orthodontic adjustments you will not be able to see the changes in the alignment of your teeth. You can wear braces for N number of years but you will never be able to see your smile improve unless you frequent your orthodontist’s clinic.

Repair Wire and Brackets When They Get Damaged

Even if your orthodontist gives you specific instructions on the do’s and don’ts of wearing braces there are still people who break the rules. As a result, they end up with broken wires and loose brackets. If either of these happens to your braces it will not be able to function as it normally should and if you don’t go to your orthodontist repairs will not be made. This means that your teeth will stop moving and you won’t be able to see the difference in your smile. This also means that your treatment will be prolonged further.

To Expedite the Treatment Process

Another reason why the regular visit is necessary is to expedite the process. You see, your orthodontist has already created a timetable for you during your first few visits to the clinic. This timetable will give you an idea how long you’re supposed to wear the device and by the time the treatment is over your dental problems are already solved. Crooked teeth will be straightened, abnormal bite will be corrected and tooth gaps will be closed. Obviously, if you don’t see your dentist your treatment plan will be extended. So, for example, if your orthodontist told you that your treatment time would last for a year, if you don’t regularly visit your orthodontist, this can extend to a couple more years.

So, you see, these dental visits are not for your orthodontist’s benefit but really, they are for your benefit.

Dr. Michaelangelo Aust is the founder of Modern Family Dentists in Kenosha, WI, a full service dental practice offering general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry.

Dentist Visit Tips

Going to a dentist is perhaps one of the most nerve-racking things that a person can do. However, is it really that bad? The simple answer is no. Today, dentists use a variety of techniques and tools to make your visit both pain-free and pleasant.

However, there are a few things that you should do to make your visit to the dentist’s office more enjoyable. The most important thing that you can do is to visit your dentist at least every six months for a check-up. This will prevent major cavities and other dental issues from occurring. Also, be honest and upfront with your dentist and tell him about any anxieties you may have.