Do you know what types of dental problems are considered emergencies? Miamisburg, OH, emergency dentists Dr. Gerald Brown and Dr. Robert Wolcott explain when you may need to make an urgent call to the dentist.
What are common dental emergencies?
Dental emergencies occur if an accident, injury or infection threatens the health of your teeth. Common types of emergencies include:
- Knocked Out Teeth: Although your teeth are held in place by strong roots, they can be knocked out you strike your mouth on a hard surface during an accident or receive a blow to the face. In some cases, knocked out teeth can be successfully reimplanted in your mouth. If your tooth is knocked out, call our Miamisburg office immediately. Reimplantation is more likely to be successful if you receive treatment in about an hour. Once you locate your tooth, rinse it to remove dirt and put it back in the socket. If it won't fit, place it next to your gum, or cover it with milk or your saliva and place it in a sealed container.
- Loose Teeth: Accidents and blows may also cause teeth to shift out of their normal positions become loose. Both problems require emergency care. If your loose tooth has shifted, call the office right away.
- Broken Teeth: Broken teeth also require emergency treatment. Pain relievers and ice can also be helpful in relieving your discomfort until you receive treatment. Broken teeth can be very sensitive when exposed to the air. You can reduce sensitivity by applying a layer of dental cement, available in drugstore oral care sections, to the broken edges.
- Abscesses: The bacterial infection responsible for an abscess can cause severe pain, swelling on one side of the face, pus or a pimple on the gum next to the tooth, swollen lymph glands and a fever. It's important to treat the infection as soon as possible.
Receiving emergency dental treatment after an injury or infection is the key to protecting your smile. If you experience any of these problems, call Miamisburg, OH, emergency dentists Dr. Brown and Dr. Wolcott at (937) 866-5501 to schedule an appointment.
Dental implants from our Miamisburg, OH dentists, Dr. Gerald Brown and Dr. Robert Wolcott, completely replace missing teeth. From root to crown, these artificial teeth look, feel and act just like natural ones. If you're in good overall health, you most likely can receive one, two or more implants to fill your smile gaps as needed. The friendly and professional staff at Miamisburg Family Dental will provide details on the benefits of these amazing prosthetics and on how treatment proceeds. It's easier than you may think!
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a completely artificial tooth from root to crown. Typically, an implant has three distinct parts:
- A titanium screw or cylinder placed into the jaw during a simple oral surgery
- A metal extension post
- A customized porcelain crown
Dr. Brown or Dr. Wolcott inserts the implant screw and then allows an extended period of healing before affixing the post and crown at a later date. Healing takes several weeks because the jaw bone gradually wraps itself around the implant, creating an exceptionally stable and strong foundation for the rest of the prosthetic. This bonding process is called osseointegration, and you'll find it in no other tooth replacement option--only the dental implant.
Benefits of dental implants
There are many, in fact. Besides the strength and durability provided by osseointegration, a dental implant actually helps the jaw bone and gum tissue retain their health, density and size. Unfortunately, when a tooth is lost to gum disease, decay, abscess or injury, the underlying hard and soft tissues recede because they are not exercised through biting and chewing.
However, a dental implant exerts pressure on the gums and bone just as a real tooth does. So normal facial integrity is maintained, and teeth adjoining the implant acquire extra support to stay strong and well-aligned.
With good oral hygiene at home and at Miamisburg Family Dental, an implant should have a lifespan of 40 to 50 years, depending on the age of the patient. Conventional bridgework or partial dentures last only about a decade, says the American Dental Association, and they require some enamel reduction on neighboring teeth to stay in place with clasps or crowns.
Finally, dental implants are versatile. When inserted in multiples, they can support bridges and even full dentures, giving the patient excellent oral function and appearance.
Find out more
Please contact Miamisburg Family Dental today to learn all about wonderful dental implants. Bring your questions and Dr. Brown or Dr. Wolcott will answer them fully at your personal consultation in Miamisburg, OH. Call (937) 866-5501.
We may not want to think about oral cancer, but we should be aware that it's deadly and far too common. Your dentists in Miamisburg, OH, Dr. Gerald Brown or Dr. Robert Wolcott, check each of their patients for oral cancer during their six-month examinations at Miamisburg Family Dental. Also, they want you well-educated about this disease which affects thousands of Americans annually.
The statistics are alarming
According to the American Cancer Society, almost 50,000 people in the US will be diagnosed with some form of oral cancer in 2017. Because of late diagnosis and other factors, 20 percent will succumb to the disease the very same year.
Unfortunately, oral cancer knows no boundaries and can affect all kinds and ages of people. However, men over the age of 40 seem to receive the diagnosis of oral cancer more frequently, and cancerous lesions are being discovered in an increasing number of younger women in their twenties, says the Oral Cancer Foundation.
Additionally, other risk factors include:
- Excessive alcohol use
- Smoking and using smokeless tobacco
- Exposure to the Human Papillomavirus, or HPV, a sexually-transmitted microorganism
- Too much sun exposure
- A weakened immune system
Keeping ahead of oral cancer
The key to dealing with cancer is vigilance--both on your part and on the part of your dentist in Miamisburg. Here are the signs of oral cancer that you should watch for in your own mouth and face:
- A sore or red/white patch in the mouth or on the back of the throat or lips that does not heal within 14 days
- An unusual area of swelling or tenderness
- Persistent hoarseness
- Loose teeth
- One-sided ear or facial pain
- Problems with chewing, talking or swallowing
Additionally, Dr. Brown or Dr. Wolcott will inspect your mouth carefully, including the roof of the mouth, tongue, under the tongue, the lips and back of the throat. The entire process takes just a couple of minutes, and it's a great way to ensure your mouth is totally healthy.
Knowledge really is power; so know the signs of oral cancer, and be sure to keep your six-month exam and cleaning appointment in Miamisburg, OH, at Miamisburg Family Dental. Your dental team will assist you in having the best oral, and systemic, health possible. Call the office today: (937) 866-5501.
How dental crowns and bridges from Miamisburg will help your smile
You may be suffering from an unsightly smile due to broken or missing teeth. If so, your self-esteem and self-confidence are probably suffering too! It’s time to change all that by discovering dental crowns and bridgework. Your dentists at Miamisburg Family Dental in Miamisburg, OH want to share how beautiful crown and bridgework can restore your smile.
Modern dental crowns and bridges don’t just restore the functionality of your smile, making it possible to chew and enjoy the foods you love. They can also make your smile more beautiful, giving you more self-confidence and pride.
Dental crowns cover the entire visible surfaces of teeth, protecting them like a suit of armor against severe biting forces and trauma. They literally hold your teeth together. If you choose large fillings instead of crowns, large fillings can actually weaken teeth, forcing them apart by creating a wedge between different sections of your teeth. When you chew, you may fracture the filling and your tooth at the same time.
If you need a crown, you can choose from a variety of materials, depending on your preferences:
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal; this crown is both strong and beautiful
- Full porcelain; this is the most natural-looking crown material
If you suffer from an incomplete smile due to missing teeth, dental bridges are an excellent option to restore your ability to chew, and give you a beautiful, complete smile. Whether you are missing a single tooth or many teeth, dental bridges can fill in the gaps.
Unlike removable partials, dental bridges are firmly cemented in place so they won’t move around. They are also convenient because you never have to take them out. Dental bridges provide the natural look you need and the beauty you deserve.
You don’t have to hide your smile! Now you can restore your smile with dental crowns and bridgework. Don’t let a damaged or incomplete smile impact your self-esteem. For more information on dental crowns and bridges and other dental services call your dentists at Miamisburg Family Dental in Miamisburg, OH today!
Have you ever considered improving the appearance of your smile with veneers? This novel cosmetic dentistry option offers a simple way to hide the things you don't like about your teeth. Miamisburg, OH, dentists Drs. Gerald Brown and Robert Wolcott discuss the many benefits of veneers.
Chips and cracks disappear
Sometimes it's the little things that cause big problems. Small surface cracks and tiny chips can be very noticeable on teeth, but luckily, they're easy to conceal with veneers. Veneers are very thin pieces of porcelain that are attached to the fronts of teeth with dental cement. They're created from molds of your teeth to ensure that they not only fit well but look good. Have you ever had a crown or other restoration that hasn't quite matched the color of the rest of your teeth? Because veneers are produced in multiple shades of white, you can be assured that your tooth won't stand out.
No more gaps
Some people think that gaps between their teeth add character, while others would do anything to get rid of them. If you don't like the slight spaces between your teeth, you'll want to consider veneers. Once the veneers are in place, it will be impossible to tell that you ever had a gap. Veneers are ideal for slight gaps between your teeth, but if you have large gaps, Drs. Brown and Wolcott may recommend orthodontic treatment when you visit their Miamisburg office.
An easy way to lengthen teeth
Teeth aren't always the same height. One tooth may be naturally short, or may have become shorter if you tend to your grind your teeth at night. Unfortunately, a short tooth can ruin the symmetry of your smile. Adding a veneer ensures that your smile doesn't suffer just because one tooth is a little shorter than its neighbors.
A long-lasting whitening option
The effects of teeth whitening treatment only last six months to about two years for most people. If you don't want to deal with the hassle of regular touch-up sessions, you'll want to think about adding veneers to your teeth instead. Veneers are very stain resistant. In face, even coffee or red wine don't cause stains. Since veneers are available in so many shades of white, they offer better results than whitening.
Improve your smile with a cosmetic dentistry treatment! Call Miamisburg, OH, dentists Drs. Gerald Brown and Robert Wolcott at (937) 866-5501 to schedule an appointment.
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