Dental Tips Blog


Help! My Kid Has Two Rows of Teeth!

“Shark teeth” or double rows of teeth is a very common occurrence in kids. It frequently happens around the lower front teeth in children about six years of age.

As your child’s adult teeth start to grow in, they put pressure on the roots of baby teeth. This makes them start to break down and loosen. With time, the baby tooth gets wiggly and falls out, making room for the adult one to take its place.

Well, that’s how the process is supposed to go. But on occasion, things seem to happen out of order.

Make Way for Adult Teeth

If there isn’t enough room in the mouth for the adult teeth to move into place, they may start to erupt just behind the baby teeth. Or perhaps a baby tooth’s roots were too tough to resorb properly. In either case, an adult tooth may decide to grow in where there’s nothing blocking it.

The problem with this is that now the baby tooth has nothing pushing on it, so it’s not going anywhere. Your child could end up permanently stuck with some double rows of teeth.

Fortunately, your kid’s dentist can do something about this. An examination will help you find out for sure whether tooth extraction is necessary or whether the baby teeth will soon fall out on their own. Get the stubborn primary teeth removed quickly, and there may be time for crooked adult ones to drift into the proper place.

If your dentist advises extracting stubborn baby teeth, everyone can rest assured that it will be a quick and surprisingly comfortable process. Contact your child’s dental office for more information.

Posted on behalf of:
Stafford Oral Surgery & Specialists
481 Garrisonville Rd. Suite 103
Stafford, VA 22554
(540) 322-1808


Do These 5 Things to Quickly Recover from a Tooth Extraction

You might not look forward to having a wisdom tooth or other tooth extracted, but you’ll probably find that the experience is more comfortable than you might think. Here are a few tips to help you bounce right back after a tooth extraction.

  1. Stay Away From Straws

Suction of any kind will put tension on the blood clot forming at the extraction site. Disturbing that clot will only cause more bleeding and delay the healing process.

If your mouth is swollen and sore after oral surgery, it may be tempting to use a straw. But it’s better to just sip carefully.

  1. No Smoking!

Smoking is another activity that creates suction in the mouth. But not only that, it constricts blood vessels throughout the body which slows down the delivery of nutrients to your gums. Avoid smoking after any type of oral surgery.

  1. Eat Healthy

Vitamin C is essential to healing as is protein. Make sure you stick to very soft food for the first couple days, however. Enjoy minimal-chewing-required meals of:

  • Applesauce
  • Yogurt
  • Soup
  • Soft pasta
  • Pudding
  • Scrambled eggs
  1. Get Lots Of Rest

Strenuous physical activity that gets the heart pumping raises blood pressure. That will only put more tension on the healing site and disrupt the blood clot. Take a break from hard work and physical exercise for a couple days.

  1. Put Off Brushing

Yes, you get to skip tooth brushing immediately after your surgery. On the following day, you can start gently brushing your other teeth. Just make sure to avoid the extraction site. Also, don’t swish your mouth with water or mouthwash too vigorously, since that can disrupt healing.

Follow your dentist’s other instructions for a fast and successful recovery!

Posted on behalf of:
Gastonia Family Dentistry
2557 Pembroke Rd
Gastonia, NC 28054
(704) 854-8887


Does My Tooth Have To Be Extracted If It’s Not Bothering Me?

It may feel like more hassle than it’s worth to have a tooth removed when it doesn’t hurt. However, your dentist has your best interests in mind when he or she advises you to have it extracted, anyway.

How could that be the case? Consider three common scenarios in which extraction is a good idea.

Effects of Gum Disease

Advanced gum disease gradually loosens the supports, which anchor teeth in place. Once those supports break down, your tooth would become very loose and useless for chewing. Taking out the diseased tooth prevents the infection from spreading to other teeth and gives you a clean slate for replacing it with a dental bridge or implant.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

When your dentist finds a wisdom tooth growing in the wrong direction on an x-ray, he or she may recommend that you have it removed before it goes any further. An impacted wisdom tooth can push other teeth out of alignment and even permanently damage the roots of neighboring teeth. You might not feel it now, but later on, you very well could!

Extra Teeth or Retained Baby Teeth

A tooth that sits out of alignment with the rest of your teeth may cause you more problems than you’d expect. Being out of line makes it harder to keep clean. It’s more likely to trap bacteria in hard-to-access places, putting it and neighboring teeth at risk for developing tooth decay and gum disease.

Schedule a consultation with your local dentist for a complete dental examination. Your dentist will help you make the best treatment decisions for your smile, whether or not that includes any extractions.

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


3 Signs Your Tooth May Be Dying

Posted in Root Canals

Are you having pain in your tooth?  Maybe your tooth is starting to turn darker than the others?  It could be that you are experiencing a dying tooth.

What is a dying tooth?  Each tooth has its own, living nerve inside of it. When the nerve dies, has been traumatized, or has been removed in a root canal procedure, your tooth is considered non-vital or “dead.”  How do you know if your tooth is dying?

Here are 3 signs and symptoms:

1)      Pain– You may not always have tooth pain but in some cases you may.  The type of pain can vary from a mild, occasional pain to extremely painful.  Some people don’t experience pain at all!

2)      Darker tooth – The colors can vary from shades of grey, yellow or black.  This is a like a bruise in your tooth.  You will be able to tell by comparing the tooth to the ones next to it.

3)      A “pimple” on your gums – An abscessed tooth causes a “pimple” along your gums to release inflammation.  This can give you a bad taste or a foul odor in your mouth.

These are just a few symptoms of dying teeth. Seeing your dentist regularly can help you prevent problems like these before they progress to the point of irreversible damage.

Do you think your tooth is infected and possibly dying?  Call your dentist today to have your examined and tested to see if it is the case.  If your tooth is in fact dying, it will need to be treated by either a root canal or be extracted to prevent spread of infection.

Posted on behalf of:
Heritage Dental
23945 Franz Rd Suite A
Katy, TX 77493
(832) 709-2429


Should I Sleep Through My Extraction?

If the thought of having a tooth pulled makes you feel uneasy, you might consider sedation dentistry. Depending on the type of extraction that you need, sleeping through your procedure could help it go more smoothly and comfortably.

Not every type of tooth extraction is the same. For instance, some extractions are simple, while others are surgical. The size, shape, location and health of your tooth will impact how easily the tooth can be removed. For some people, a very simple extraction need only be done with local anesthesia.

More tedious extractions can take a bit longer. Even though the area is still completely numbed with local anesthesia, some people would prefer to not know what is going on. In this case, sleeping through the extraction may be the best option. Choosing sleep dentistry is a common method used in more complex extractions such as wisdom tooth removal.

Which type of sedation is best? Not all dentists offer sedation, or all types of sedation. You may want to discuss the pros and cons of options like oral sedation vs. IV sedation. In most cases, oral sedation is one of the simplest ways to sleep through the extraction. You simply take a prescription sedative prior to the procedure, and feel as if you’re napping throughout the entire thing. The medication wears off after a few hours, giving you enough time to make yourself comfortable at home before the medication wears off.

When in doubt, it’s best to ask your dentist which type of sedation he or she would recommend. Everyone responds differently and has different comfort levels – your sleep sedation dentist can give you input on the choice that’s right for you!

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642


To Extract, or Not to Extract?

Posted in Dental Implants

Toothaches and pain can be one of the most uncomfortable experiences a person could ever have. Often, those people are in such discomfort that they simply want the tooth extracted as soon as possible, giving them alleviation of their pain. Other people request to have teeth extracted instead of having restorative treatment done because they believe it will be more affordable to do so. When you’re thinking about whether or not to have a tooth extracted, there are a few things to consider:

What tooth replacement option do you have planned?

That’s right, you’re going to need to replace that tooth. After all, it holds other teeth into place and bites against other teeth in the mouth. If it’s not there, the rest of your smile will begin shifting out of place, causing gaps between the teeth that collect food, and predispose them to gum disease. Replacing the tooth with a dental implant, bridge, or partial denture will prevent the other teeth from shifting out of place.

What alternatives do you have?

Does your dentist recommend a crown or root canal to help save the tooth? Although it may seem like a larger initial investment, it can save you time, discomfort, and money later on. There’s nothing quite like having a natural tooth, and teeth should be preserved when at all possible. Replacement treatments over the span of your lifetime may cost more in the long run than it is to restore the tooth that is already in place.

Ask your dentist what he or she would do if it was their own mouth. Most dentists can help you alleviate pain very quickly so that you have time to clear your mind and make the best choice.

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



Why Does My Child Need to See an Oral Surgeon?

One of the many enjoyable parts of being a parent of a young child is playing the role of the “tooth fairy”, leaving a dollar under the child’s pillow in exchange for a tooth that recently fell out.  In most cases a child’s “baby teeth” fall out naturally, as the child’s permanent teeth come in.  In essence the new tooth pushes the “baby tooth” out.

However in some cases the child’s “baby teeth” are stubborn and will not be expelled.  Obviously, this will cause the child discomfort, as well as potentially other issues as the permanent teeth fight to emerge.  In these cases, often a dentist will refer the child to an oral surgeon to assist nature in forcing the child’s “baby teeth” out of the way for the child’s new teeth.

The oral surgeon, who is experienced in working with young children, will use a variety of methods to remove the child’s “baby teeth”.  It is important for parent’s to remember that the oral surgeon and their entire team will make the experience as pleasant as possible making both the child and the parents comfortable before, during and after the procedure.

In many cases the oral surgeon will use sedation dentistry techniques to make the young patient basically sleep through the entire procedure.  Sedation dentistry is widely used and is completely safe, as the patient breathes without assistance and drifts in and out of consciousness.  Unfortunately, sedation is not available for parents during the procedure!  Once the procedure is complete, the patient is sent home along with a tooth or two for the “tooth fairy”.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel 



Dental Extractions

There are times when it may be necessary to remove a tooth. Dentists perform dental extractions for a variety of reasons. Children may need to have a tooth extracted (pulled) if a baby tooth has irregular roots that prevent it from falling out and making way for a permanent tooth to move in. Adults may need to have a tooth extracted if the tooth has decay or is causing other oral problems.

Severe tooth decay is the number one reason for dental extractions. Decay can easily transfer to the surrounding teeth, so it is advisable to remove the decaying tooth in order to promote oral health. Severe gum disease is also a common reason to extract teeth. When the gum line has been compromised by decay, the supporting tissue and bone of the tooth is typically affected. If not removed, a decaying tooth or tooth compromised by gum disease can lead to serious health problems. The gums in a person’s mouth are made up of living tissue. Infections easy transfer throughout the body through tissue; therefore, by removing a decaying tooth a dentist is helping to restore health to a patient’s overall being.

There are two types of teeth extractions:

Simple Extractions are typically performed under local anesthetic with forceps to “break” the tooth away from the supporting bone and/or gum line.

Surgical Extractions are often performed under general anesthetic because they are not easily accessed.

If your dentist recommends a dental extraction to you, your dentist will most certainly talk to you about the next steps after your tooth has been removed. For many patients, replacing the extracted tooth with a bridge, dental implant, or other prosthetic device is not only esthetically desired, but can also be medically necessary to promote your oral health. Talk to your dentist about any concerns you have regarding a dental extraction.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Byron Scott, Springhill Dental Health Center



Tea Bag Use after Tooth Extractions

Having a tooth extracted is a common dental procedure, but requires special care to prevent infection as well as promote optimum healing. It’s very important to follow your dentist’s home care recommendations that include things such as avoiding tobacco products, drinking through a straw, or consuming carbonated beverages. Several things we do every day may hinder healing and make you prone to develop a dry socket. Dry sockets occur when the blood clot dislodges from the extraction site, and are extremely painful.

Following the tooth extraction, your dentist will place a sterile gauze pack over the surgical site to help stop bleeding. Most patients only need to change the gauze out no more than two or three times after going home. Keeping pressure on the area helps suppress bleeding so that a clot can form.

Some patients have problems forming a blood clot, and have heavier than normal bleeding after they leave the office. Using a tea bag is an effective measure to help treat prolonged bleeding. Place the tea bag in your mouth over the extraction site (you may want to seep it in ice water first.) Gently bite down onto the bag and hold it in place for about half an hour. If necessary, replace the tea bag with a fresh one.

The tea against the extraction site helps clot formation and reducing blood flow by constricting the blood vessels in the area. When used in joint with the other home care procedures that your dentist has asked you to do, tea bags are an effective measure for managing bleeding after extractions. If prolonged or heavy bleeding continues to occur, you should see your dentist.

Posted on behalf of Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants


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