Dental implants can make a smile look fabulous – I know I have them. However, if you are just thinking about getting them, you may have a lot of questions. You may be wondering how smoking affects implants, whether or not wine will stain them, if they can be whitened or other concerns. I also know from experience that it can be intimidating to ask some of these questions to your dentist. In my dental implant blog, I am going to answer the questions that can be hard to ask. I hope you find the info you need in this blog and that it guides you to the right decision about dental implants. Thanks for reading!
Dental emergencies are bound to occur from time to time. When this happens, seek the help of a dentist immediately. Even better, look for a dentist that deals with emergencies and get treatment right away. Here are the most common dental emergencies and what your dentist can do to get you better.
Open cavities and broken teeth
Open cavities and broken teeth can be very painful and quite sensitive to hot or cold foods and drinks. In addition, they can cause inflammation of the gums and make eating unbearable. When you visit a dentist they can carry out a bonding operation to cover the exposed area which will protect the nerves. With cavities, the dentist will add a small amount of composite resin and fill the cavity. With broken teeth, the dentist will roughen the broken area and apply the resin to replace the broken part. The resin is then bonded with special light and you're good to go.
Loose or knocked-out teeth
If you have a loose or fallen tooth, seeing a dentist quickly is the only way to save it. If you have a knocked-out tooth, rinse it and keep it in water or try to get it back in its socket. The dentist may apply a gel to cover the tooth and avoid infection. They may also bond it to adjacent teeth temporarily to hold it in place. With loose teeth, your dentist can provide a mouth guard that will keep your tooth in place or splint it to adjacent teeth. With time, your tooth will affix itself in place permanently. With children who have loose milky teeth, the dentist can extract the tooth altogether to pave way for the second tooth and avoid an in-growth.
Loose or torn braces
Broken braces can be quite dangerous. They can prick your lips and gums and cause serious harm. A dentist can carefully replace the brackets and bands and re-work the fitting. If the damage is extensive, new braces may be installed. Braces can also loosen if not adjusted regularly or after rough use. A dentist can tighten the archwire to keep it in pace and hold the teeth at the required angles.
Items lodged in teeth
Solid items can get lodged in between teeth accidentally. Common experiences include lodged pieces of bone when eating, pieces of tooth pick and even metal bits. An emergency dentist will numb the affected area to ease pain then use special equipment to hold the affected teeth in place before carefully easing the lodged materials off.
Often, dental emergencies are accompanies by severe pain. You might also experience swelling of the jaw or gums. Take strong pain killers and use an ice pack to ease inflammation of the affected area as you make your way to an emergency dentist. Often, the sooner you get treatment (at centres like Mandurah Dental Surgery), the better the chances of avoiding permanent damage.