Dental emergencies happen. If a permanent tooth is knocked out, don't delay. Call us immediately for an emergency visit. Re-implanting a tooth works best when done within 30 minutes. After two hours, the procedure is unlikely to be successful. Call us after any blow to the mouth. A chipped tooth can be repaired, and any blow hard enough to chip a tooth is hard enough to move teeth out of alignment, even break the jawbone. Other dental emergencies include pain, swelling, or a lost filling. If you think it's an emergency, so do we.
Most dentists will agree that crown restorations are at the heart of general dentistry. We've all studied crowns in dental school, and some of us have done our best work replacing missing teeth and saving the rest. Research has given us the wherewithal to achieve virtually ideal restorations. They are natural-looking, comfortable and stable in the moist environment of the mouth. We're better equipped than ever to build strong, long-lasting and cosmetically superior crowns. What is a crown? A crown (or cap) is a restoration placed over a broken tooth that cannot sustain a conventional filling. By covering the biting surfaces and sides of the tooth, a crown strengthens the damaged tooth by binding together the remaining structures. There are [...]
While cosmetic bonding is well over 25 years old, improvements in the materials have recently made bonding one of the hottest items in dentistry. Bonding is a procedure in which a white plastic filling can be applied to the natural outer surface of the tooth. We can take a discolored or broken tooth and "glue" a fresh surface on it. Another common concern is a space between front teeth called a diastema. Instead of using porcelain crowns, we can now do it with bonding. There are big advantages: It's healthier. No tooth must be removed for bonding, so it is painless. It usually looks as good as a porcelain crown. It's less expensive than a crown. Many new dental materials [...]
During any emergency it's important to remain calm as you arrange for treatment, and be sure to follow these instructions in the the meantime. Toothache Rinse mouth vigorously with cool water. Floss to remove food that might be trapped between teeth. DON'T use heat or place aspirin ON the aching tooth or gum. Call us as soon as possible. Broken Fillings Gently rinse your mouth with lukewarm water to remove debris. If tooth is sensitive, protect it with orthodontic wax or a wad of sugarless gum (be careful while chewing). Call us as soon as possible. Broken Denture/Partial Save all the pieces. Don't try to repair it yourself with "fix-it-kits" or glue. Amateur repairs can ruin your dentures. Lost Crown [...]