Posts for: January, 2017
For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.
Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.
If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.
If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.
When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.
When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment.Â Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.
And as for Noah Galloway:Â In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!
If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”
These small restorations offer amazing benefits for those suffering from tooth loss.
Don’t you just feel better when you smile? Of course, if you are dealing with gaps in your smile where teeth used to be then chances are good that you don’t smile nearly enough. Smiling has an array of wonderful benefits for your appearance, confidence and physical health. It lowers blood pressure, helps keep you relaxed and promotes a stronger immune system. So, if you want to enjoy all these benefits that smiling has to offer then it’s time you talked to our Palatine, IL dentist, Dr. Herman Salzberg, about dental implants.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant functions just like a tooth root. This metal post is placed into the jawbone where your missing tooth was. The metal post, along with the bone and tissue, fuse together to become one. Now the implant is ready to support an artificial tooth.
What are the advantages of getting dental implants in Palatine, IL?
While we know you have choices when it comes to treating your tooth loss, dental implants are truly unique because they offer a variety of benefits that other treatments can’t. Some of the benefits you’ll enjoy include:
- A long-term restoration: Bridges and dentures may last several years but they aren’t designed to last a lifetime. However, a dental implant is designed to last several decades and even the rest of your life with the proper care.
- A realistic restoration: You don’t have to worry about other people noticing which tooth is the implant and which ones are your real teeth. An implant is as close to a natural tooth as you can get. Plus the implant is covered with a dental crown, which is custom made to match the shade of your teeth so that you’ll have full, confident smile.
- Restored chewing and speaking: These are habits we take for granted until tooth loss happens. While dentures can slip around and make it difficult to eat all the foods you want, dental implants will stay in place all day every day so that you can enjoy all your favorite foods and confidently speak to those around you.
- Revived self-esteem: Having gaps in your smile puts quite the damper on your appearance and confidence level, but imagine what would happen if you had a full smile once more? Would you smile more? Wouldn’t you feel better about the way you look? Would you social calendar start to grow? Would you start going to more job interviews?
- Prevent bone loss and misalignments: Tooth loss can also lead to jawbone loss and cause teeth to shift out of alignment. These are nasty complications that don’t have to happen if you get treated as soon as possible. Dental implants stimulate the growth of new bone cells within the jawbone, preventing it from deteriorating. And since the implant replaces your missing tooth you won’t have to worry about other teeth shifting out of place.
If you are ready to take the plunge and get dental crowns then it’s time you called our Palatine, IL dental office to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to sit down with you and make sure that your smile goals will be met by getting implants.
So, you've undergone a root canal treatment to save a decayed tooth. The tooth has a new lease on life — and the pain is gone too. But there's a reality you need to keep in mind — your tooth could become re-infected, putting you back in the same painful circumstance.
Root canal treatments are often necessary when decay works its way deep within a tooth, into the pulp. The excruciating pain a person feels is the infection attacking the bundle of nerves within the pulp tissue. If the infection isn't addressed promptly, it will continue to work its way to the root, eventually damaging the tooth beyond repair.
During a root canal treatment, we drill into the tooth to access the pulp chamber. After clearing it completely of its infected tissue, we then fill the chamber and root canals with a special filling and then seal off the access. A short time later we'll bond a crown over the tooth to protect it and to make it more attractive.
Most of the time, this preserves the tooth for many years. Occasionally, though, re-infection can occur. There are a number of reasons why: the first infection may have been more extensive than thought; the root canal network was more complex and some tinier canals weren't able to be identified; or the protective crown may once again get tooth decay contaminating the root canal.
If infection does reoccur it doesn't mean the tooth is lost. It's possible a second root canal treatment can successfully correct any problems, especially those that may not have been detected the first time. More complex cases might also require the services of an endodontist, a specialist in root canals. They're skilled in advanced techniques and have specialized equipment to handle even the most complicated root canal networks.
In the meantime, if you notice signs of re-infection like pain or swelling around a treated tooth, contact us promptly for an appointment. You should also contact us if the tooth is injured in an accident. The sooner we can treat your tooth, the more likely the second time will be more successful.
If you would like more information on preserving a tooth through root canal treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Root Canal Treatment: How long will it Last?”