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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

What to Do in Case of a Dental Emergency

Isobel Berry

A dental emergency may cause you so much pain, you might wonder whether or not you will make it through the day! In such an instance, emergency dental treatment might be necessary to ease the pain and also avoid a long-lasting dental impact that might permanently change your overall appearance.

There are several emergency dental treatment methods that are useful in easing the pain associated with a dental emergency; and may also help you reduce the risk of suffering permanent damage.  These treatments differ according to the severity and type of dental emergency. Here is a look at some dental emergencies and their treatments:

Knocked-Out Tooth

If one or more of your teeth have been knocked out, then this constitutes a dental emergency, and hence needs urgent attention.  The first steps of treatment may increase the chances of the tooth being reinstated to its rightful position by a dental professional.  The first steps of emergency dental treatment for knocked-out teeth are:

  • Pick up the tooth via its crown (top)
  • Rinse the tooth gently.
  • Try to place the tooth back in its rightful position (the socket), by biting down as you hold it gently. Do not force the tooth back.
  • If it's not possible to reinsert the tooth, preserve it by putting it in a cup containing milk or salty water.
  • Contact a dental professional immediately. You increase the chances of successfully re-implanting your tooth if you get to the dentist within one hour.

Broken or chipped teeth

If you have a broken tooth that is not painful, then this might not be an emergency. However, you should still plan to see a dentist. On the other hand, if you have a broken tooth that is painful the first steps of emergency dental treatment include:

  • Picking up the broken pieces, rinsing and preserving the pieces in salty water.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm water.
  • Press a gauze over any bleeding area of your mouth for 10 minutes, to stop the bleeding.
  • Apply pressure using a cold compress on the area nearest to the broken or chipped tooth to avoid swelling, such as the lips or over the cheek.
  • Contact your dentist for an emergency check-up.

These are just some of the dental issues regarded as emergencies; there are many more such as a fractured tooth and abscess in the mouth. Generally, a dental problem that causes severe pain, ongoing tissue bleeding and that requires the tooth to be saved is regarded as a dental emergency and requires immediate dental treatment