Dental Tips Blog

Mar
27

Going on Vacation? Get Your Teeth Checked First, Dentists Urge

When you’re making plans for a trip out of town, visiting a dentist isn’t exactly at the top of your list of priorities.

It’s not exactly reasonable to head to the dental office every time you take a roadtrip. But what if you have more serious plans in the works…say, international travel? Getting a dental checkup could be the smartest thing you do before your trip!

For one thing, it’s a pain and inconvenience to develop a toothache while you’re out of the country.

Where would you go for treatment in a dental emergency?

Who could you trust to safely repair your smile?

What about all those expensive tours and activities you booked? That dental pain won’t let you enjoy a minute of what you planned.

There’s also this thing called “barodontalgia” that’s worth considering.

Barodontalgia is tooth pain that results from a change in pressure. A previously unnoticed fracture in a tooth can suddenly explode with throbbing pain at an extremely inconvenient time. Some call this issue “tooth squeeze.”

What changes in pressure, you ask? Flying. Commercial jets fly at an altitude of around 30,000 feet.

Tooth squeeze starts to be felt at altitudes over 9,000 feet.

How does a killing toothache on a nine-hour flight sound?

If your vacation package includes scuba diving at any tropical destinations, then that can trigger a tooth issue, as well. Atmospheric pressure increases the deeper you go.

So consider this your friendly reminder to make sure your teeth are good before you head out! The point of a vacation is to forget your worries, for a while. Tooth pain will only add unwanted stress.

Schedule a dental checkup before your next exotic excursion!

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

Jul
24

Symptoms of an Abscessed Tooth

How can you know whether or not you have a dental abscess? These infections are nothing to joke about, but they may not always cause pain or discomfort alerting you to their presence. Once a tooth has abscessed, it is no longer vital and requires immediate attention. What signs and symptoms should you look out for?

•       Swelling on the gums along the root

•       “Pimples” on the gums that come and go

•       Heightened sensitivity

•       Pain when pressure is applied

Abscesses can’t wait; you need to get professional dental care right away. Especially for children. Why? Because they can become so severe that in certain circumstances they even result in hospitalization. Treating the abscess with an antibiotic can clear up any residual infection, but it won’t prevent it from coming back. It simply makes it easier to treat the tooth during the root canal procedure.

Why a root canal? Because these restorations go down into the nerve chamber and seal it of – preventing reinfection from occurring. During the procedure all diseased nerve tissues are removed, saving the tooth from the possibility of decomposing prematurely. Cleaning the area out and placing a filling into the root allows the dead tooth to remain functional for several more years. However, the tooth will become more brittle and can therefor wear down or chip away during regular biting and chewing. That’s why your dentist will recommend placing a crown over the tooth following your root canal treatment.

If you suspect that you have an abscessed tooth – call your dentist today to schedule a quick exam and x-ray. Catching the infection quickly can save your tooth!

Posted on behalf of:
Rowe Family Dental Care
2320 Satellite Blvd NW #120
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 622-5909

Oct
28

Four Signs You Need to See a Dentist

Posted in Periodontics

Do you think you need to see a dentist but just aren’t sure? Here are a few things you need to be on the lookout for when it comes to keeping your teeth healthy:

Food Packing Between Your Teeth

After meals do you have specific areas in your mouth that tend to collect food? Is this something that suddenly started happening or has become so severe that you can’t enjoy a meal without a toothpick or piece of floss handy? This could mean that something has broken and needs to be fixed as soon as possible. 

Sensitivity to Sweet, Hot, or Cold

Temperatures and sweet flavors can cause pain or discomfort in specific areas if there is gum recession, tooth decay, or an abscessed tooth. If you can pinpoint this to a specific tooth and other teeth don’t seem to be bothered by it, then you need to have an X-ray taken of the tooth to find out what is wrong. 

Discomfort Caused by Chewing or Pressure

When pressure to a tooth causes pain or discomfort, it may be an indication that you have active periodontal disease or an abscessed tooth. A healthy tooth will not hurt when normal chewing pressure is applied.

Swelling Along the Gums

Inflammation along the gumlines or formation of “pimples” on the gums is not normal. This infection not only affects your teeth, it can also spread into other areas of your body and strain your immune system.

Are you experiencing any of these symptoms? Then it’s time to see your dentist for an exam to find out how to stop them before they become more severe. Call your dentist for a check-up today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hamir Contractor, Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates

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Dec
19

Can the Doctor Call Something in for Me?

One of the most common things we hear at the dental office when a patient calls in with a toothache is “Can the doctor call something into the pharmacy for me?” At times, calling in a medication for pain or infection is appropriate, but there are times when your dentist will tell you no, and that you’ll need to be seen in the office. There are a few reasons for this.

Calling in pain relievers or antibiotics for patients doesn’t make the problem go away, it just covers it up temporarily. Some patients get care when they need it, while others just want something to get them by until the next time their tooth flares up. This can cause drug dependence, antibiotic resistance, and the delay of dental care. In the end, the dentist isn’t doing the patient any favor by repeatedly calling in medication for them, because the patient is going to lose the tooth due to infection. Instead, the patient needs to be seen immediately in the office for emergency dental care and then any necessary medication to help them through recovery.

Dentists won’t call medication in for you if you’re not a patient of record, or haven’t seen them in quite a while. Only patients of record can have medication called in to the pharmacy, if the dentist has seen them recently and is familiar with their medical and dental conditions.

Patients that routinely see their dentist and don’t usually experience problems are typically those that a dentist will call medication in for. That is, after the dental team has already determined what the problem is, and set up a time for the patient to come in at their earliest convenience. The prescriptions will buy them time for a few days before they arrive for their appointment.

Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli

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Jul
30

When it Hurts to Chew on a Tooth

A common dental ailment is discomfort, sensitivity or pain when pressure is applied to a tooth during chewing or biting on food. Usually this pain goes away when there is no pressure applied, causing people to eat their food on the other side of their mouth. Unfortunately this does not solve the problem, and the underlying cause can continue to get worse and become more painful each and every time the tooth is used to chew.

There are typically 3 causes that contribute to pain when you bite down:

Gum Disease

Each tooth has a ligament around the root to hold it into place. When gum disease exists, this ligament becomes strained and overworked due to a lack of healthy bone and gum support. When the ligament works overtime, it becomes stretched out, bruised and sore when the tooth is used. There is usually evidence of mobility in the tooth as well.

Tooth Decay and Abscessed Teeth

Untreated tooth decay will quickly spread into the nerve chamber of the tooth. This severe infection will cause abscesses to develop at the tip of the root, which drains out the side of the gums. Applying force to the tooth puts pressure on the abscessed area and surrounding tissues.

Sinus pressure

Believe it or not, the upper teeth frequently become sore if you are also experiencing concurrent sinus allergies, pressure or infections. When you chew on the teeth, the roots of the teeth push against the sinus cavity and cause additional discomfort, creating the appearance of tooth pain.

How can you find out what is causing the pain when you chew? A quick examination by your dentist and possibly an x-ray can quickly determine the cause and if any treatment is needed.

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