Online Dental Education Library
This section of our Web site will provide our patients with information they can use before and after their treatment. Right now, if you have a dental emergency or oral concern, review our suggestions and then call us at 908-874-4555. After hours emergency phone numbers are available on our phone system.
When Dental Emergencies and other oral problems occur...
Smiling, kissing, and eating... These are some of the wonderful things for which we need our mouths and teeth! Of course, keeping our mouths and teeth clean and healthy is a major concern, but emergencies can arise. Here are some first aid tips to use before you can get some relief from your DENTIST!
- Toothache Help
- Lose a Filling?
- OOPS - A Broken Tooth!
- What's Causing The Swelling?
- OUCH - A Denture Sore Spot!
- OH NO, Your Crown (Or Bridge) Fell Off!
- Do You Have Pain Around Your Jaw Joint?
- Broken Orthodontic Appliance?
- Cold Sores Bothering You?
- Help For Teething Pain
- HELP - My Tooth Got Knocked Out!
- Call your dentist as soon as possible for an appointment.
- Apply oil of cloves to the affected tooth. You can ask you pharmacist for this.
- Apply ice to the affected area.
- Take aspirin or an aspirin substitute to ease the pain.
The best treatment is to let your dentist help you right away. Teeth don't heal themselves. Sometimes a person will have a toothache for 2-3 days and it will "go-away". Don't be fooled! The problem is still there. Remember seeing your dentist early can prevent pain, expense and maybe tooth loss!
See your dentist as soon as you can. Why? The soft inner part of the tooth exposed when a filling is lost can decay quickly! If you can't see a dentist right away, be sure to keep the tooth super clean. If pain should develop, try some aspirin or an aspirin substitute until you see your dentist.
OOPS - A BROKEN TOOTH!
Most often, a broken tooth is a result of a blow to the face or from chomping on especially hard foods. If you happen to break a tooth, don't panic! See a dentist as soon as possible and if the tooth hurts, take some aspirin or an aspirin substitute. Hot or cold foods and drinks can aggravate the tooth so do avoid them. A broken tooth can be scary and even embarrassing! Get to a dentist quickly.
OUCH - A DENTURE SORE SPOT!
Your dentist can usually relieve the cause of irritation quite easily. Adjustments after fitting dentures are very common! Until then, a little Ora-base applied to the spot will serve as a bandage if the area is really sore. If your dentures are old and loose, for your sake, don't try to reline them yourself or use denture adhesives. This can make matters worse, so see your dentist for any denture problem!
OH NO, YOUR CROWN (OR BRIDGE) FELL OFF!
First, check the crown or bridge to see if it's in one piece. If it is, place a thin coat of petroleum jelly inside the crown or bridge. Then, carefully press it back in place. It is important to keep the teeth in their proper position by replacing the crown or bridge immediately. Do not chew on the replaced crown or bridges as it may come off again. This is only a temporary solution. Be sure to call your dentist as soon as you can to have the crown or bridge examined and re-cemented.
- Eat soft foods.
- Use warm, moist towels over the joint area.
- Take aspirin or an aspirin substitute for pain.
- Avoid talking, chewing and clenching as much as possible!
Be sure to call your dentist for attention. This type of pain requires treatment, which should not be delayed. These symptoms can worsen.
BROKEN ORTHODONTIC APPLIANCE?
If this should happen to you, place a ball of wax over the broken and/or jagged wires to prevent stabbing the inside of your mouth. Your pharmacist often has this type of wax for these types of emergencies. Call you orthodontist for immediate assistance.
COLD SORES BOTHERING YOU?
Cold sores are symptoms of a virus and can be awfully painful. As with any virus, these sores run their course in about 7 to 10 days. If these sores appear on or about your lips, keep them moist with some petroleum jelly. Your dentist will be able to help with a new prescription drug especially for these sores. If the sores aren't gone within 7 to 10 days, or worsen, call your dentist!
HELP FOR TEETHING PAIN
Teething can be a difficult time for babies and mommies! If your child seems to be uncomfortable, apply some Ora-jel to the area where the tooth is erupting. This gel is pleasantly flavored and can be applied directly to the problem area. Time cures this problem, so be patient!
HELP - MY TOOTH GOT KNOCKED OUT!
First, find the tooth. Immediately after, call your dentist. Then wrap the tooth in clean wet gauze. It's important not to clean the tooth. Cleaning can damage the attachments on the tooth. Success is greatest if you see your dentist within thirty minutes after the accident. The longer you wait, the less possibility of success! Get to your dentist quickly!
Replacing a single missing tooth with a dental implant offers many advantages over your other choices: a removable partial denture or fixed bridgework. A dental implant stays securely anchored in your jaw, giving you a replacement tooth that looks, feels and functions exactly like a natural tooth. A partial denture, on the other hand, needs to hook onto existing teeth. This added stress may cause the anchor teeth to become loose over time. Fixed bridgework, likewise, presents problems for the natural teeth that are used as supports: In order to hold a bridge in place, we need to prepare or file down and crown (cap) at least two natural teeth, one on either side of the space left by a missing tooth. This may cause those support teeth to become more susceptible to decay. Implants can never decay because they are made of titanium, a highly biocompatible metal.
How It Works
The titanium dental implant becomes the root-part of your missing tooth. During a minor surgical procedure, it is placed beneath the gum, into the jawbone. Over the course of a few months, it will actually become part of your jawbone by fusing to it in a process known as osseointegration. That's what makes implant teeth the most natural replacement teeth that exist today.
The implant will be capped by a dental crown that has been created to match your existing teeth. Often there is a connecting piece that goes between them called an abutment. Like the implant itself, this part won't be visible in your mouth. Only the lifelike crown can be seen.
Sometimes a temporary crown is attached at the same time as the implant is placed so that you can go home that day with a replacement tooth. More commonly, the implant is left undisturbed for several months to complete the osseointegration process before the crown is attached. We will let you know which method would work best in your case. Implants are forever, so we want to make sure it's done right!
What to Expect
The surgery to place a dental implant is a simple, routine procedure carried out under local anesthesia in the dental office. First the area will be numbed so you won't feel a thing. Then the implant will be inserted into your jaw at a precisely planned angle and position to maximize support for your new tooth and avoid anatomical structures such as nerves and sinus cavities. The surgery should take an hour or less, and post-operative discomfort should be minimal. Many patients find over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen is all that is needed; others find they don't need to take anything at all. It will be important to avoid chewing on the surgery site for several weeks; we will advise you as to any diet modifications you need to make during this time.
Once your permanent crown is attached, your new implant tooth will feel just like all your other teeth, and that's exactly how you should care for it — as if it grew there naturally. While it cannot decay, the implant's connection to your bone can be threatened by gum disease. In order to avoid this, keep up your regular oral hygiene routine of brushing, flossing, and coming in for regular professional cleanings. If you keep your mouth healthy, your implant should last a lifetime.
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