222 South Summit Avenue Ste 2
Prescott, AZ 86303
Pace, Scott D.D.S.
7972 W Thunderbird Rd # 103
Peoria, AZ, 85381-4903
North Canyon Ridge Endodontics
2525 W Carefree Hwy # 164
Phoenix, AZ, 85085-6097
1120 W State Route 89a # B4
Sedona, AZ, 86336-5767
Dr. Jonathan M. Gutman, Dmd
310 N Wilmot Rd Ste 102
Tucson, AZ, 85711-2626
Q. What are some examples of dental care emergencies?
A. Some examples of dentistry emergencies are avulsed teeth, extruded teeth, broken teeth, a bitten tongue or lip, objects that are caught between teeth, toothaches, and possible broken jaw.
Q. What are avulsed teeth?
A. Avulsed teeth are teeth that are knocked out.
Q. What should you do if your tooth is knocked out?
A. If your tooth is knocked out you should carefully rinse the tooth with water. You should attempt to place the tooth back in its socket and secure it with a wet wrap. If you can not place the tooth back in its socket, put it in a glass with either saliva or milk. Then you should contact your dentist immediately.
Q. What are extruded teeth?
A. Extruded teeth are teeth that are forced out of position.
Q. What should you do if your tooth is pushed out of position?
A. If your tooth is pushed out of place you should reposition it to its normal alignment using very light finger pressure. You should hold the tooth in place with a moist gauze or tissue. Make sure that a dentist sees you within a half an hour.
Q. What do you do when you have a toothache?
A. When you have a toothache, you should clean your mouth by rinsing with warm water and remove any food that is trapped between teeth by flossing. Do not apply aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissues. See your dentist as soon as possible.
Q. What do you do if you have something caught between your teeth
A. If you have an object caught between your teeth you should try to remove it with dental floss gently. Sometimes it helps to double up the floss. Do not attempt to remove the object with a sharp or pointed device. If you can not still can not remove the object, see your dentist.
Q. How would you treat a bitten tongue or lip?
A. To treat a bitten tongue or lip you should gently clean the area with a cloth and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If the bleeding continues, go to the hospital emergency room.
Q. Why do we brush our teeth?
A. We brush our teeth to remove bacteria and left over food particles from the mouth.
Q. How long should you brush your teeth?
A. You should brush your teeth twice a day for at least two to three minutes (until they are clean!).
Q. What can you do to slow down acid production when you ca't brush your teeth?
A. If you ca't brush your teeth you can rinse your mouth with water after a meal or snack to reduce acid reproduction by 30%. Wiping your teeth with a napkin is also a temporary measure until you can brush your teeth. Chewing sugar free gum helps, too.
Q. What is tooth bleaching?
A. Tooth bleaching or whitening is the process of lightening stains or discoloration of your teeth.
Q. What is involved in tooth bleaching?
A. Your dentist will determine which bleaching method is right for you. They will either use an in-office bleaching system or laser bleaching during your dental visit. But, most patients choose dentist-at-home-supervised bleaching. This method involves a custom-made mouth guard for the patient along with bleaching materials. You will be given instructions on how to wear the mouth guard and this type of method generally required ten to fourteen days to complete.
Q. How does tooth bleaching work?
A. Tooth bleaching whitens the teeth when the active whitening agent, carbamide peroxide, contacts water and hydrogen peroxide is released.
Q. Is tooth bleaching safe?
A. Studies have proven bleaching to be safe and effective. Bleaching does not soften, demineralize, or weaken the teeth.
Q. What are digitized X-rays?
A. A digitized X-ray is a computerized technology that allows a small sensor placed inside the patient's mouth to take the X-ray and instantly display it on a computer screen for the dentist to review.
The crown serves two important functions. First, it restores the appearance of your teeth and your face. If your tooth is severely decayed or cracked, the dentist will need to restore it prior to preparing a cap. Teeth also support the muscles in our faces, so anything less than a full tooth may affect the way you look.
Second, a crown will be the same size and shape as the natural tooth. As a result, it will keep your jaw and bite aligned; it will also make sure that other teeth don't shift locations or take on a greater share of the work of biting and chewing.
Crowns are most often made of gold or porcelain. Crowns also can be made of stainless steel, but those crowns are often temporary and not designed for long-term wear.
Porcelain crowns usually are built on a metal base, which fits snugly over the natural tooth. Your dentist will choose a porcelain that matches the color of your natural teeth. Porcelain crowns usually are so carefully matched in color, they cannot be distinguished from your natural teeth. Many people choose porcelain crowns for the cosmetic appearance and the confidence it gives them.
New materials are now available that allow the use of "all-ceramic" crowns in some cases. They have a beautiful life-like appearance and short-term studies support their success, with long-term trials ongoing.
Crowns also can be made of all gold. Some people prefer not to use gold because it stands out from the other teeth in appearance. At the same time, if the crown is on a back molar, some people feel the cosmetic issue is not a big one. Your dentist will discuss the types of materials available if a crown is recommended.
Once your crown is in place, make sure the area is brushed well and that you floss below the gum line. While the crown protects your remaining tooth from further decay, you must protect the base of the crown from bacterial growth and gum disease. Regular brushing and flossing as you would your natural teeth will ensure that your crown will be in place for years to come!
By Danine M. Fresch, DDS