The 4-1-1 On Dental 9-1-1: Is Your Crisis A Real Emergency?

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Uncategorized Comments Off on The 4-1-1 On Dental 9-1-1: Is Your Crisis A Real Emergency?

When something goes wrong in your mouth, either through injury or decay, the pain can be unbearable, but does that warrant a call to 9-1-1? In some cases, failing to treat dental emergencies like a true emergency can be fatal; however, in others, waiting for normal business hours to resume is the recommended course of action. The only trouble is, though, how do you make that call? Going To The Emergency Room For A Dental Crisis If something involving the mouth or teeth happens to you or a member of your family on a Sunday afternoon or major holiday, you’re not likely to be able to contact your regular dentist. Still, you know you must take action. Under these circumstances, a visit to the emergency room is warranted, and if you have insurance, it should cover you, provided no dental clinic was available at the time. If, however, you do have access to an emergency dental clinic, one which might be open on a Sunday afternoon or major holiday, that’s where you should head. Insurance matters can be tricky, though, so it’s best to know what to expect from your policy long before any type of emergency arises. If you have Medicare, emergency dental procedures should be covered. Also, it may be helpful to check with your dental office regarding payment plans for services not covered by your insurance, or if you don’t have any insurance. Unfortunately, uninsured people are being forced to wait until a dental issue does become an emergency, because they feel they have no other recourse. In fact, 56 percent of them don’t get regular check-ups, and that can have serious consequences. The following situations generally require immediate attention; hence, you need to get yourself or the person experiencing them to either the ER or emergency dental clinic, no matter what coverage you may or may not have: Severe pain: Pain may be an indication that something serious is going on, but even if it’s not, when pain interferes with your ability to sleep or eat, get it checked. Chipped or knocked out tooth: Depending on the angle, impact and other factors, tooth injury can be dangerous; thus, if there’s pain, swelling, or bruising, have it looked at. Additionally, it’s important to know that some teeth can be saved, even after they’ve been jarred right out of the gums. Abscess or infection: If the area near a rotted tooth becomes discolored or inflamed, or you notice an odd blister, infection is likely present and should be treated with antibiotics ASAP. The patient will probably be given a prescription to take for a number of days and advised to visit their regular dentist right away. Other oral injury: Be it a right hook, baseball or hard candy, any number of things can harm the teeth and gums, and if alarming symptoms ensue, a health care professional should rule out anything serious. Waiting For The Dentist To Resolve Near-Emergencies While every dental issue may feel like an emergency to the person enduring it, there are times when it’s better to wait until your regular dentist is available. Provided the pain is bearable, no untreated infection is present, there’s no threat of losing a permanent tooth and you (or the person with the dental dilemma) can function normally...

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Broken Tooth? Minimize The Pain Until You Can Get Your Crown Put In

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off on Broken Tooth? Minimize The Pain Until You Can Get Your Crown Put In

If you’ve broken a tooth and it’s causing you pain, a dentist can pull it and replace or cover it with a dental crown that is cemented into your gums and acts as a permanent structure just like your natural teeth. But until you can get to the dentist and have the procedure done, there are a few things you can do to minimize your pain and the frustration of the experience. Use one or more of the following effective options: Focus on Soft Foods If you find meal time painful, consider creating a temporary meal plan to follow that focuses on soft foods which won’t irritate your broken tooth and gums. Instead of having toast for breakfast, chips for lunch, and steak for dinner, plan meals that are easy to chew and swallow such as: Beans and Rice Smoothies Stewed Vegetables Creamy Soups Mashed Potatoes and Gravy Fruit Salad To ensure that you’re getting enough nutrition each day, eat several small meals throughout the day instead of just three. This will help ensure that you don’t get too uncomfortable before you’re able to finish eating and help keep your appetite up. Rinse Your Mouth Often If food debris or bacteria is allowed to build up in and around your broken tooth, the chance of getting an infection will increase, and you’ll likely feel more pain. To make sure that the area stays clean and free of infection, it’s important to rinse your mouth several times each day with plain or lightly salted water. Rinse first thing in the morning, after every meal, right before bed, and any time you feel a dull pain in your mouth. Don’t swallow the water you rinse with because it may be full of bacteria and germs – spit it out like you would mouthwash. You can also rinse with hydrogen peroxide to help fight off bacteria throughout the day. Just mix a tablespoon of it into a glass of water and rinse with a few swigs. To make the concoction taste better, squeeze a little fresh lemon juice into the water and hydrogen peroxide mixture then stir it thoroughly before using it as a mouth rinse. Meditate on a Regular Basis Meditating can alter your brain activity and help you focus on accepting the pain and mentally moving through it instead of trying to fight it off. Some studies even show a reduced sensitivity to pain after during and after meditation practice. You don’t have to spend hours each day meditating to reap its pain reduction benefits. Spend just 10 or 15 minutes each morning or evening practicing meditation, and you should start to experience some pain relief within just a couple of days. You can rent books and DVDs from your local library to learn some meditation techniques and then incorporate them into a personal practice at home. You should also be able to find several regular meditation opportunities throughout your neighborhood at places like Buddhist temples and community centers. Make Use of Clove Essential Oil Even today, dentists use clove oil in their offices to reduce pain while completing procedures on their patients, so it makes sense to use it at home for your tooth pain until you can get it treated and crowned. Just a little bit goes a...

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Choosing Implant Roots To Reduce Integration Concerns

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off on Choosing Implant Roots To Reduce Integration Concerns

Dental implants work quite well for some people, but there is a risk that the implant will not fully integrate with your jaw. If you are concerned that your implant will not secure to the bone like it should, then there are several things your dentist can do to make sure you are receiving a dental implant device that will most likely be successful.  The Use Of Titanium Roots If you receive an organ or tissue transplant, then your doctor will analyze the transplanted materials and make sure they are as compatible as possible with your own body. Blood type matching and antigen typing are used to make sure that the transplant will not be rejected. The same sort of matching and typing will be used if you receive a cadaver bone graft before your dental implant surgery. However, the implant root itself cannot be specifically matched to your body since the root is constructed out of a strong metal material. This means that the implant is a foreign body and there is some risk of rejection.  To combat foreign body rejection risks, your dental professional will choose a dental implant root made out of a biocompatible material. A biocompatible material is one that can live next to or within the natural tissues of the body without harming them. The metals that are considered biocompatible are stainless steel, cobalt-chromium, and titanium. Titanium is typically used due to its high level of biocompatibility, its overall strength, and its low weight. Titanium cannot be used alone to create an implant root, because the material is a bit too soft. An alloy is required instead, and titanium is mixed with a small amount of nickel. The alloy is called nickel titanium or nitinol. The nickel content in the alloy is extremely low, but the metal can cause issues in some people who have a nickel allergy. There is a possibility that that implant will not integrate into the jaw if you have the allergy. Make sure to discuss your allergies with your dentist. A pure titanium dental implant root can often be used in place of the titanium alloy variety.  Titanium Metal Testing It is fairly rare, but there are some individuals who are allergic to titanium. About 4% of all people tested for the metal allergy showed positive results. If you are allergic to one or several metals that you know of, then your dentist can order a titanium allergy test. A MELISA test will need to be performed. You will need to supply a blood sample to a local testing facility that performs the MELISA test, or your blood will be sent out to a MELISA testing facility.  If you are allergic to titanium, then your dental professional can choose to secure a zirconium root in your jaw. Zirconium is considered a ceramic material and the implant will appear white and opaque much like a dental crown. The material will contain metal ions, but it will act like a ceramic compound and it will be far less likely to cause an allergic reaction. Zirconium implants are strong but not as strong as titanium varieties. This means there is a chance that the root will crack or break, so zirconium should only be used in cases where titanium is not ideal....

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