A variety of activities can create an emergency visit to the dentist: Eating, playing, exercising, and random acts of clumsiness. Knowing what to do and planning for such dental emergencies can reduce stress and potentially save your teeth.
What are dental emergencies?
Dental emergencies can happen when a tooth cracks, breaks, becomes loose or gets completely knocked out. Existing dental work can become loose or fall out. In either situation your mouth, cheeks, gums, and lips can be cut.
Prevention is the best approach. If you are playing sports, wear a mouth guard. Don’t bite foreign objects.
What if my tooth gets knocked out?
If you lose a tooth completely, call us for an appointment. If you can get here within an hour of losing the tooth, chances are better for saving the tooth. Remember, to bring us the tooth. Many trauma’s create panic and patients forget to retrieve the tooth from the scene. Handle it by the part that bites, not the root.
Touching the root can harm the cells necessary to reattaching the tooth. If you can rinse the tooth (don’t scrub) and place the tooth in your mouth (between the cheek and gum) it will keep the tooth moist. Don’t let the tooth dry out. If you cannot put the tooth between your cheek and gum, wrap the tooth in cloth saturated in milk or saline solution (contact lens solution).
What if my tooth is cracked or chipped?
Chipped teeth are actually minor fractures. If you chip or fracture a tooth, rinse your mouth in warm water and apply an icepack to reduce swelling. Call us for an appointment as soon as possible.
What if my mouth is injured?
Damage to your teeth can cause tears, cuts, punctures and lacerations to your mouth, cheek, tongue or lips. Clean the area with warm water. Contact an oral surgeon for treatment. A trip to the emergency room may be necessary. Areas bleeding heavily will need direct pressure using the hand with gauze.
Keep a dental emergency kit handy
• Savannah Dental Solution’s phone number (912) 354-1366
• Handkerchief and gauze
• Saline solution
• Small lidded container
• Ibuprofen (Don’t use aspirin. It will thin your blood and cause excessive bleeding)
Dental Veneers are sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates. Whatever the name, they solve many cosmetic dental requests of our patients. Have you always wanted to correct misshapen teeth, discoloration, gaps in your teeth, or fixed unsatisfactory veneers you may have had in the past?
Are dental veneers right for me?
The only way to know is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chad Schnabel. He’ll want to know the results you expect. After a brief examination, your options will be discussed. Even if you are just thinking about the process, give us a call. We’d be happy to answer all of your questions.
Advantages to dental veneers:
• Look like real teeth
• Resistant to stains
• Great choice for changing the color or shape of your teeth
• Alternative to those who are NOT good candidates for whitening or bleaching but still want a sparkling smile
Good candidates for porcelain veneers range from those seeking a new smile, to those seeking to correct hereditary issues with color and shape. Other patients have heard about veneers and just want to know more. Whatever category you fall into, we want you to have all the information you need to make the right decision. Porcelain veneers can last for 10-15 years and with proper care, a lifetime.
A cracked or broken tooth can happen for a variety of reasons- brittle teeth, teeth grinding, injury. The crack may be invisible to the naked eye and even X-ray, but they can be incredibly painful and create bigger problems if left untreated. If you experience pain when chewing see your dentist. They can diagnose the cause and develop a plan for treatment.
Above article from: MouthHealthy.org
Savannah Dental Solutions
Drs. Chad and Alexandra Schnabel
9A Medical Arts Center
Savannah, GA 31405
Phone: (912) 354-1366