Posts for: May, 2015
So you’re tearing up the dance floor at a friend’s wedding, when all of a sudden one of your pals lands an accidental blow to your face — chipping out part of your front tooth, which lands right on the floorboards! Meanwhile, your wife (who is nine months pregnant) is expecting you home in one piece, and you may have to pose for a picture with the baby at any moment. What will you do now?
Take a tip from Prince William of England. According to the British tabloid The Daily Mail, the future king found himself in just this situation in 2013. His solution: Pay a late-night visit to a discreet dentist and get it fixed up — then stay calm and carry on!
Actually, dental emergencies of this type are fairly common. While nobody at the palace is saying exactly what was done for the damaged tooth, there are several ways to remedy this dental dilemma.
If the broken part is relatively small, chances are the tooth can be repaired by bonding with composite resin. In this process, tooth-colored material is used to replace the damaged, chipped or discolored region. Composite resin is a super-strong mixture of plastic and glass components that not only looks quite natural, but bonds tightly to the natural tooth structure. Best of all, the bonding procedure can usually be accomplished in just one visit to the dental office — there’s no lab work involved. And while it won’t last forever, a bonded tooth should hold up well for at least several years with only routine dental care.
If a larger piece of the tooth is broken off and recovered, it is sometimes possible to reattach it via bonding. However, for more serious damage — like a severely fractured or broken tooth — a crown (cap) may be required. In this restoration process, the entire visible portion of the tooth may be capped with a sturdy covering made of porcelain, gold, or porcelain fused to a gold metal alloy.
A crown restoration is more involved than bonding. It begins with making a 3-D model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors. From this model, a tooth replica will be fabricated by a skilled technician; it will match the existing teeth closely and fit into the bite perfectly. Next, the damaged tooth will be prepared, and the crown will be securely attached to it. Crown restorations are strong, lifelike and permanent.
Was the future king “crowned” — or was his tooth bonded? We may never know for sure. But it’s good to know that even if we’ll never be royals, we still have several options for fixing a damaged tooth. If you would like more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Crowns and Bridgework.”
Find out how your entire family could benefit from seeing their Chatham, NY dentists at Countryside Dental.
Why are you told to see your dentist every six months for cleanings and exams? What makes a family dentist so vitally important for you and your family’s smile? Find out why seeing us every six months could be one of the best investments you could make for your health.
Improves oral health
Even if you brush and floss regularly, your at-home tools are no match for the ones your Chatham, NY dentists Domenic Riccobono, DDS and Vicki Cohn, DDS have. Even avid brushers and flossers can still leave plague behind, which can quickly turn to tartar. Unfortunately, tartar can’t be removed with traditional at-home oral instruments. Instead, we can remove this buildup and protect the health of your teeth and gums. So, what’s so bad about leaving tartar on your teeth? If left untreated tartar can eventually cause gum disease.
Protects against dental problems
Did you know that not all dental problems manifest symptoms? Sure, some people might complain of tooth pain or other problems, but this isn’t true of everyone. So how will you know if you, your spouse or your child has a problem? By seeing your Chatham, NY dentists Drs. Riccobono and Cohn At Countryside Dental every six months.
We can usually pinpoint cavities and symptoms of gum disease through a thorough exam. Also, we will perform X-rays each year to detect smaller signs of decay that we might not be able to see with the naked eye. Needless to say, your biannual visits could prevent health problems or prevent them from getting worse.
Saves time and money
While it can be hard to figure out where the money is going to come from to pay for dental cleanings for the whole family, it can be even harder to figure out how to pay for numerous treatments and procedures to get your smile back. Instead of dealing with extensive and costly procedures when they happen why not spend a little money upfront to protect your smile?
Increases personal oral care
If you teach your children the importance of a healthy smile by seeing your Chatham, NY family dentists at Countryside Dental every six months then this will also instill those same habits in your children as they grow older. By making dental health an important aspect in your life, you are also helping to make dental visits a habit for your child. Protect your child’s smiles for the future and keep up with both yours and their six-month dental appointments.
If you are having financial hardships but want to continue keeping you and your loved ones’ smiles healthy, then talk to your Chatham, NY dentists about your payment options.
When a tooth is beyond repair due to disease or injury, it may be necessary to remove it. A “simple” tooth extraction is among the most common in dentistry and certainly not the agonizing procedure depicted in common lore.
They’re referred to as simple extractions because the shape of the tooth and root allows for a fairly straightforward and uncomplicated removal. An example would be the normally cone-shaped upper front tooth that doesn’t offer a lot of resistance during the extraction process.
The process itself is fairly straightforward. Teeth are held in place by the periodontal ligament, an elastic tissue made of tiny fibers that attaches the tooth to the supporting bone. These fibers can be dislodged from the tooth with some careful manipulation — in the hands of an experienced dentist there’s a deft “feel” to the fibers loosening. Once they’ve detached, it requires little effort to remove the tooth; with the aid of local anesthesia, you won’t feel anything but a little pressure.
Immediately after the tooth is removed, we commonly insert bone grafting material in the socket to minimize bone loss until a permanent replacement like a dental implant can be installed after tissue healing. We then place sterile gauze over the site for a few minutes to control bleeding and, depending on the size of the wound opening, we may also place a few stitches to close it. We then give you instructions for caring and cleaning the site over the next few days, and prescribe antibiotics to reduce the chance of infection and anti-inflammatory drugs for any discomfort.
Although a simple extraction is a routine procedure, it’s important to perform a proper assessment of the tooth and the surrounding bone beforehand, including x-rays to determine the tooth’s exact shape and position. If we discover a complication that makes a simple extraction impractical (like multiple roots at acute angles), we may then refer you to an oral surgeon for a more complicated surgical extraction.
It’s our hope you’ll have your natural teeth for as long as you live. But if you must have one removed, you can rest assured it’s a common — and uneventful — experience.
If you would like more information on tooth extraction, 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 “Simple Tooth Extraction.”