…you know the rest. Turns out, Marcia Griffiths was onto something back in 1983, with Electric Boogie – a catchy tune that has been re-rocked out to at countless weddings, despite the chagrin of most involved. But, in the realm of best dental care, all things electric are taking center stage. In fact, Crown Dental is stoked to offer the Oral B Genius electric toothbrush. Now, there is nothing wrong with your old-school toothbrush. If vintage-style is your jam, by all means boogie on. But, you might want to at least consider the merits of a dental technology that is causing quite a buzz…
Preferably, an LED curing light…
Though it’s tough to take in your surroundings when your dentist is working away in your mouth, you might have noticed a blue light during some stage of your dental care, particularly if you’ve ever needed to have a cavity filled. That blue light is called a curing light and is used to cure, or set, resin-based composites to your teeth. As dentistry evolved, so did curing lights, emerging and changing to keep pace with other dental technologies.
Here, a brief history of the curing light and more background on that little blue light than you ever cared to know…
We are but weeks away from St. Patrick’s Day – a day when everyone can claim some measure of Irish heritage while sipping green-dyed beverages after skipping out of work early. Starting with the early “Top o’ the morning,” greeting, followed by toasts of sláinte, the evergreen theme of the day is luck. Rumor has it that St. Patrick drove the dreaded snakes out of Ireland, and somehow leprechauns got in on the action, bringing us to modern-day St. Paddy’s revelers bedecked head-to-toe in green.
But what if your Irish luck is in short supply? What would happen, say, if you suffered some kind of dental emergency amidst all the sham-rocked celebrations? Fortunately, the team at Crown Dental is ready to roll up their sleeves and right any wrong you might encounter when it comes to your teeth and overall oral health. Whether you wind up on the business end of a shillelagh, slip on a stubborn patch of ice, or raise that glass with just a tad too much gusto, take a breath and take advantage of Crown Dental’s emergency dental services. Before you get in the spirit (pun intended), educate yourself on what counts as a dental emergency and what you can do about it, should you be so unlucky to suffer one.
What is a Dental Emergency?
Basically, a dental emergency is anything requiring the immediate professional care of your dentist. There are issues, of course, which you should address with your dentist as soon as possible, but what constitutes a dental emergency involves pain and suffering that cannot be ignored. The key, per the very nature of an emergency, is urgency.
If for example, you chipped a tooth, but aren’t suffering any pain, you can likely schedule an appointment with your dentist within a few days (more on that in a minute). However, if the nerve is exposed and you are uncomfortable, you’ll want to get in right away, as you’re likely dealing with a break, rather than a chip.
Granted, other dental issues like periodontis cause pain and need to be addressed right away for optimal treatment. But, a dental emergency will require an appointment that very day, or within 24 hours of the trauma. Fortunately, Dr. Chen leaves time in her schedule to accommodate these unforeseen upsets and will be able to get you in and fixed up in no time.
The two most common reasons you might need to see Dr. Chen with a quickness pose a real gruesome twosome. Meet Avulsion and Abscess…
Dental Emergency #1 – An Avulsed Tooth
Getting back to that shillelagh for a moment, or that patch of black ice, if you experience an avulsion, you’ll want to call Crown Dental right away. What is an avulsed tooth? Simply put, an avulsed tooth is a tooth that has been knocked free – or partially free – of your gums. The definition of avulsion is the tearing away of a structure or part either accidentally or surgically.
No matter the reason, if you somehow knock out a tooth, there is a chance you might still save it, provided you can locate it. If you have the tooth, it’s important that you rinse it and store it safely so that it is not further damaged when you bring it to your dentist. You’ll want to handle it by the crown only, and avoid touching the root, which has already suffered damage from the avulsion. A good idea is to store the tooth in whatever fluid you used to rinse it (recommendations include saline and milk) and take care not to disturb the container before handing it over to your dentist. Depending on the condition of the knocked-out tooth, your dentist might try to implant it, and subsequently monitor its health and growth in follow-up appointments.
It’s best to seek emergency attention within an hour of suffering an avulsion in order to increase your chances of saving the tooth, and address any bleeding in and around the tissues of the affected area, and prevent infection.
While we’re on the topic of infection…
Dental Emergency #2 – An Abscess
Although it’s unlikely you’ll suffer an abscess out of the blue, an abscess can result following damage suffered by a tooth. So, getting back to that avulsed tooth, part of the urgency in getting it treated is to avoid the occurrence of an abscess. What is an abscess? Basically, an abscess is an infection that has been left untreated. Abscesses grow between your teeth and gums, or at the root of your tooth.
Although abscesses tend to result from long-term dental neglect, and an infection that has festered, they do occur following trauma because the damaged tooth allows bacteria to enter, which causes an infection that can potentially extend not just to the root, but also right to the bone in your jaw.
Perhaps even more crucial than an avulsed tooth, abscesses commonly grow after you break, or even chip, your tooth. This is especially concerning in cases where you’ve chipped your tooth, but aren’t in pain. That’s why you still need to get in to see your dentist within just a few days of the chip. A chip provides a portal for bacteria to enter into the tooth and start wreaking havoc. The trouble here is that you don’t even know it’s happening, until you have a full-blown infection, erupting as an abscess.
While you might have a few days to address a chip, a broken tooth, though not avulsed, needs to be treated within 24 hours. What’s the difference between a chipped and a broken tooth? A chip usually looks superficial, in other words, just on the surface. A broken tooth will likely expose red or dark parts of the tooth, which make up its interior. So, this is basically a significant opening, allowing bacteria to enter easily and take root. Literally.
After you call your dentist to schedule an emergency visit, you’ll want to keep the area clean and avoid any chewing anywhere near that tooth. A liquid diet is the best course of action while you wait for your appointment, which, again, should be scheduled no later than 24 hours after suffering the break.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Safely, with a Smile…
Dental emergencies can occur at any time, following all sorts of activities. There are some common sense measures you can take to cut down on dental emergencies. For example, if you play sports, and certainly if you’re children are involved in team sports, in particular, you’ll want to invest in good mouth guards. A mouth guard can mitigate damage from an impact on the field or court and should be worn whenever the ball is in play.
Safe driving habits, not just on St. Patrick’s Day, but every day of the year, can also help protect your grille – and we’re not just talking about your car. Unfortunately, accidents do happen. If you find yourself struggling with an unlucky streak, call the experts at Crown Dental, #603-521-7739. Karen’s got your back and is available to schedule a dental emergency service for you with Dr. Chen as soon as you need it.
Of course, we hope to only see you for routine dental care and wish you nothing but the luckiest of days! Should your luck run out, we’re still here to keep your smile healthy and happy.
With less than two weeks to go until Valentine’s Day, now is the perfect time to talk about your heart. Don’t worry. This isn’t the Delilah radio hour. We won’t be discussing romance, what makes your heart sing, or whether he or she checked yes or no. This is not about plucking petals off daisies or picking out promise rings. This bit of juicy gossip involves your teeth. There is a proven connection between oral health and a healthy heart. Understanding how the two are related and what you can do to keep both happy is a great way to kick off Hallmark’s month of romance.Read more “Happy Teeth, Happy Heart”
For those of you still coming down from a sugar cookie high, courtesy of the Christmas season – now is the time to harness that energy and schedule your next dental cleaning. With the New Year well on its way, we are faced with the perfect opportunity to greet 2017 with a perfectly polished smile. Whether you are a dental health devotee or drop out, everyone gets a fresh start come January 1. Before you call to make that all-important appointment, you might be wondering what professional teeth cleaning actually entails…Read more “Shine Up Your Smile for 2017”
And your days merry and bright – after all, ‘tis the season of snowfall, those pristine, white flurries falling from the sky, lending an impeccable luster to the landscape enveloping us here in New England. Okay, to quote Bill O’Reilly, “the spin stops here.” Wintertime, for most of us, is beautiful for a white-hot second, but at the first signs of second-day stained snow, we’re over it.
Speaking of stains…how are you feeling about the look of your teeth these days? Are you sporting a toothy, pearly smile? Or does that stained snow put your grin to shame? Not sure? Read on to take our brief test and find out what you can do if you …fail to pass.
Unless you have long-term ambitions to celebrate Halloween every day of the year, courtesy of a Jack O’Lantern-like smile, it’s high time you heavy smokers considered kicking the habit. Smoking wreaks havoc on your smile and is horrendous for your overall oral health.
Sure, since 1964, the U.S. Surgeon General has been admonishing the American public on the dangers of smoking. But for many, the stats just didn’t prove scary enough. Maybe it’s because much of the damage caused by smoking is internal and, therefore, not seen. Out of sight, out of mind? Maybe for a hot minute, but given enough time, the effects of smoking will start to visibly leave their marks, in this case, most noticeably on your smile.
Why is smoking such an unhealthy habit for your teeth, specifically?Read more “Some Sweet Reasons to Quit Smoking”
Getting braces is practically a rite of passage. Sure, there are a lucky few who come away unscathed, but most of us enter high school with a full mouth of metal. While we might not feel super-psyched about it, braces really are a big deal when it comes to a future of bigger and brighter smiles. In an arguably short amount of time – most people wear braces for an average of two years, some as short as six months, and a small percentage for longer than 24 months (they probably prizefight on the weekends), your braces will be just another part of your past.
Although a class bully or two might mock your braces, you should know that you’re actually making a fashion statement. Braces are French. That’s right. And given how long they’ve actually been around, you could argue that braces have gone from classic to absolute vintage-grade style in near record time.
Pierre Fauchard, considered the “father of modern orthodontics,” created braces in 1728, after penning (feather-penning that is), The Surgeon Dentist. Let’s put this into perspective. Braces are approaching nearly 300 years of existence, yet many modern day braced-beauties complain of the pain associated with outfitting and tightening their braces. Kids, what do you think these procedures were like during the dawn of the 1700s?
Give the griping a rest and read on for crucial ways to care for your braces – and your teeth overall – by keeping in mind a few key tips to put your best brace face forward.Read more “Brace Yourself with the Best Braces-Care Tips”
Recently, media outlets were buzzing with the news that flossing, as it turns out, isn’t as impactful on oral health as your dentist would have you believe. Like much media hype, this particular news flash is more rumor mill grist than real deal.
No doubt plenty of people were breathing sighs (smelly ones) of relief, enjoying a false sense of security about their routine failure to floss. Maybe you were even one of them. I knew it, you might have thought. Waste of time. But, you thought wrong. Flossing is a critical step to smart oral care. Skipping it has consequences you will certainly want to avoid. Here, we give you the 411 on flossing.Read more “The Future of Your Teeth Depends on Flossing”
Sure, “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” is a cute song, and children missing either one or both of their front teeth are endearing and adorable. But, for adults, missing a tooth can be a source of embarrassment, especially if it’s missing from the front of your smile, and there is nothing like a healthy, bright smile to present a confident, friendly face to the world.
The good news is replacing a missing tooth is increasingly easier as oral care continues to advance. Single implants are a permanent way to replace missing teeth and actually benefit your oral health. A single implant is a titanium post, which is surgically centered into your jawbone, right below your gum line. Once that post is implanted, your dentist will be able to attach the replacement tooth, also called a crown or cap. It’s a multi-step process completed over a period of time spanning between several months up to a year, depending on the condition of your gums and jawbone.
Here, we’ll take you through the basic steps involved with a single implant so that you can consider whether this route is right for you.Read more “Missing a Tooth? Consider a Single Implant…”