Dental Caps and Crowns
- If the tooth is loose, even extremely so, but is still attached in any way, leave it in place; do not remove it.
- If it is out of its socket completely and unattached, but still in the victim’s mouth, it is best to have the person hold it there, if possible, until a dentist can attempt re-implantation.
- If it is out of the mouth, do not let it dry out. Handle it as little as possible.
- Do not attempt to disinfect the tooth, or scrub it, or remove any tissue attached to it.
- If it is recovered from the ground or other soiled area, rinse it off in lukewarm water. Preserve it in milk until a dentist is available. If milk is not available, lukewarm water will suffice.
- Time out of the socket is critical in the long-term success of re-implantation. After 30 minutes, the success potential begins to decline. However, re-implantation is still possible after several hours, so the attempt can still be made even if the tooth has been out for a long period.
Prenatal Dental Concerns
- Custom-Made: designed by a dentist and made on a cast of your teeth. These cause very little interference with speaking or breathing. They provide the best protection and fit over braces and fixed bridges. They also cost more.
- Ready-Made: purchased at most sporting goods stores. They are the least expensive, the least effective and least comfortable.
Please call our office if you would like to “play it safe” and wear a comfortable mouth guard to protect your teeth.
Replacing Missing Teeth
- Your oral health is deteriorating because you are afraid or terrified of the dentist or dental treatment
- Your oral health is deteriorating because you are afraid or terrified of needles
- You have had a traumatic dental experience
- You have difficulty getting numb
- You gag and it prevents you from getting dental treatment
- You have complex dental problems
Senior Dental Concerns
- Denture Problems: A new denture, or one that doesn’t fit well, can irritate your entire mouth.
- Reduced Salivary Gland Function: This will cause the mouth to become dry, inviting oral discomfort, difficulty eating or swallowing, loss of taste, and a burning mouth. Salivary gland dysfunction sometimes comes with age. But there are saliva substitutes and rinses to protect your oral tissues, and soothe burning sensations.
- Medications: These often dry the mouth (because of side effects).
- Vitamin Deficiency: There is some evidence linking burning mouth syndrome to Vitamin B deficiency.
- Candida Infections: This is a common oral fungus, usually apparent to the eye but sometimes undetectable. A topical antifungal agent can be prescribed.