Remedies For A Toothache

It seems that most toothaches happen at night, causing both pain and frustration. Toothaches are usually caused by dental problems like a cavity, cracked tooth, exposed root, or gum disease. Seeing a dentist as soon as possible to resolve the issue is the best solution. However, if you’re unable to get an appointment right away, here are some home remedies that may help.

  • Laying down causes increased blood pressure to your head. Elevate your head to decrease some of the pressure, and decrease the pain along with it.
  • Take an over-the-counter medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen to relieve some of the pain. Avoid taking aspirin because it may increase bleeding.
  • Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water in case there is any trapped food causing discomfort. Gently floss your teeth to dislodge food particles around the aching area.
  • Try placing 2-3 drops of vanilla extract on the aching tooth for instant pain relief.
  • Press a hot tea bag to the tooth to relieve soreness.
  • Try gargling with antiseptic mouthwash, or a glass of water mixed with one teaspoon of salt after meals and at bedtime.
  • Put an ice cube on the tooth or on the nearest cheek for 20 minutes several times a day.
  • Apply clove oil or an over-the-counter antiseptic containing benzocaine onto the gums or tooth. Both of these items will numb the area to provide temporary pain relief.

 

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Smile Makeover: Get the Smile You’ve Always Wanted

2017-2Most people would like to change one or two things about their smile, and there’s a good chance modern cosmetic dentistry can correct these issues. Some cosmetic dental procedures are quite quick and may only require a single visit to your cosmetic dentist in Weston FL. Others are more complex and will need several appointments. Ask your dentist if any of the following cosmetic dental procedures could help you.

Dental Bonding
This treatment is very straightforward and uses tooth colored composite resin to correct minor flaws in your teeth. It’s ideal for problems such as chips or fractures, worn down or irregularly shaped teeth, gaps in between teeth and for hiding teeth that are stained. Treatment can often be completed in one visit.

Dental Crowns
Teeth that have been badly damaged due to trauma or decay will benefit from being completely covered up with a dental crown. This is a hollow shell that fits over your tooth, covering it right down to the gum line. A dental crown can completely restore a tooth so it can be used normally, and it should look completely natural.

Gum Contouring
Some people have what’s called a gummy smile, where too much gum tissue is shown when smiling or talking. Gum recontouring is a process to remove or reshape gum tissue so it complements your teeth, creating a balanced and beautiful smile. It’s quite likely your dentist in Weston FL will use a laser for this procedure, as treatment can be more comfortable and healing is quicker.

Porcelain Veneers
Thin shells of porcelain can be bonded onto the front surfaces of your teeth to hide minor imperfections such as chips and cracks, and to mask teeth that are badly stained. Porcelain veneers are also useful for correcting teeth that are slightly out of alignment. Treatment is simple and noninvasive, but the results can be dramatic.

Dental Implants
Dental implants provide a permanent way of replacing missing teeth. A small surgical procedure is required to place the implant and treatment does take several months to complete.

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When Emergency Dental Care is Needed

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As much as you hope it doesn’t happen, dental emergencies can sneak up on you. Some clinics offer emergency dental care to provide quick, effective, and safe treatment. It’s important to know what kinds of dental problems require urgent care, as opposed to those that can wait until you can get a regular appointment with your dentist. Here are some common types of emergencies that warrant immediate treatment.

Severe toothache
A painful toothache that won’t go away should not be ignored. These can occur suddenly, be confined to a single area, cause pain when eating, and also involve your gums. Symptoms like these may indicate an abscess, which can also lead to facial swelling. Sometimes your airway can even become blocked. A severe toothache requires immediate relief, and therefore is considered a dental emergency.

Excessive bleeding
If you have oral bleeding from something like losing a tooth and you can’t get it under control, you need to see an emergency dentist. Normally when a tooth falls out, the bleeding will stop after a few minutes. If the blood won’t clot for some reason, or if there was severe trauma, excessive bleeding can occur. A dentist can help stop the bleeding by applying pressure, using a hemostatic agent, or even using stitches.

Fractured teeth
Infection may occur when a tooth is fractured, especially if the break goes deep into a permanent tooth, so immediate care is necessary. An emergency dentist will apply dentine padding to the affected area, so that you can visit your own dentist the next day for further treatment.

Surgery complications
If you have had oral surgery and the pain is more severe or lingering than your dentist anticipated, you should seek treatment immediately to make sure complications like a dry socket or jaw fracture hasn’t occurred.

 

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Amalgam versus Composite Fillings

fillingsUp until fairly recently, amalgam or silver colored fillings, were considered the best option for repairing back teeth. Thankfully dental technology has moved on, and nowadays your dentist in Weston FL is more likely to offer you composite fillings. Composite fillings are tooth colored so immediately look more pleasing, but they do offer other benefits as well.

Amalgam fillings have been used for decades and consist of a combination of different metals including silver, tin, zinc and mercury. They were frequently considered to be a good choice as amalgam is inexpensive to place and lasts quite a while. However over time these fillings can begin to crumble and leak and the silver color may gradually turn grey, which isn’t very appealing. There are concerns about the mercury content in amalgam fillings, as some people believe this can cause health issues and as a result are choosing to have these fillings removed. If you are worried, talk to your dentist in Weston FL about amalgam fillings.

Over the past 20 years composite resin fillings have become more widely used. The tooth colored material blends in with your natural teeth, complementing your smile. Composite fillings are healthier and more conservative as less natural tooth structure has to be removed prior to placement. Composite bonds very well with natural teeth and these fillings do not change shape or crumble over time.

At one point these fillings were more expensive than amalgam fillings, but nowadays an increasing number of insurance companies will cover the cost of these restorations. Contact your insurance provider to find out if your plan includes composite resin fillings.

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