Dental Implants: Stains, Whitenings and Other Considerations
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Dental Implants: Stains, Whitenings and Other Considerations

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 Implants: Stains, Whitenings and Other Considerations

Situations In Which You Need An Emergency Dentist

Isobel Berry

Many dental procedures such as teeth cleaning are important, but you don't have to treat them like an emergency. However, there are some instances in which you must immediately seek the help of an emergency dentist, a specialist who works 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Here are examples of some situations in which you must seek your emergency dentist without delay.

If You Have Broken A Tooth...then you need to visit an emergency dentist right away. A broken tooth can cause nerve damage that can affect the long-term viability of the tooth, so you must get to an emergency dentist as soon as possible. In some instances, an emergency dentist can make you a temporary cap for the broken portion of the tooth while you wait for a veneer to restore the tooth. Temporary caps are made from an impression that the dentist takes while you're in the office, and it hides the broken part of your tooth when you smile.

If One of Your Wisdom Teeth Is Throbbing With Pain...then an emergency dentist can perform an extraction. A wisdom tooth that begins to throb with unbearable pain is usually a strong sign that the tooth is impacted or damaged in some way that is generating intense pain. In some cases, the growth of a wisdom tooth may require an emergency dentist to break the tooth in two pieces for a more efficient extraction.

If the Nerve of Your Tooth Has 'Died'...then an emergency dentist must perform a root canal to relieve you of pain and to prevent your gum from becoming infected. Root canals can also preserve the majority of your tooth if they are performed in a reasonable time before the infection in your tooth destroys the entire tooth structure. In a root canal, an emergency dentist removes a portion of your tooth known as the pulp, which sits under the enamel and dentine of your tooth. The pulp is made up of tissues and nerves that become inflamed and infected, causing the nerve to die. Your dentist removes the pulp and cleans out the area, filling it with sealing material. Dentists often have to drill away a portion of the enamel to ensure that all the decay is gone. A dentist will then place a crown, which is an artificial tooth made from porcelain, on top of the area that he drilled away to restore the appearance of your tooth.

If you have other questions about oral hygiene, contact a dentist with a practice like Pakington Dental Care.