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What Is Considered A Dental Emergency?

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Dental emergency services provide immediate care for patients who have suffered some kind of trauma to the mouth resulting in fractured or dislodged teeth, pain, bleeding, or lacerations to the gums. Most dentists have flexible schedules to accommodate emergency appointments for patients in distress. Depending on the severity of your case, you may be instructed to go to the emergency room and then visit the dentist for additional treatment if necessary. But what constitutes a dental emergency? Dental emergencies that require immediate care include: Knocked-out teeth: A knocked-out tooth could lead to extensive bleeding, which can be controlled by applying direct pressure on the site with a cold compress. Recover the dislodged tooth, rinse it to remove dirt, and then gently restore it in its socket, making sure that you don’t touch the root section. Alternatively, you can place the tooth in a cup of milk or wrapped in a…

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What To Expect After Root Canal Treatment

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The root canal treatment procedure is usually recommended to restore severely damaged or infected teeth. The procedure involves the removal of the damaged or infected tissue (pulp), cleaning and disinfecting the area, and filling and sealing. After successful root canal treatment, it is not unusual for the patient to experience some pain and sensitivity that can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. You may also notice a small bubble in the gum tissue and some roughness around the restored tooth. These symptoms are completely normal, and should subside gradually as your mouth heals. It is important that you take good care of your teeth and mouth after root canal treatment to avoid any discomfort and hasten your recovery. Below are a few things to expect during the recovery period. Slight discomfort for a couple of days after treatment, though the restored tooth will remain tender to chewing for a little…

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How A Dental Night Guard Can Improve Your Sleep

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Dental night guards are usually recommended for people with severe cases of TMJ disorders, jaw clenching, or bruxism—clenching and grinding your teeth while asleep. Any of these problems can disrupt your sleep patterns and even lead to insomnia, in addition to causing tooth damage and facial pain. Although there are several ways to help reduce these symptoms, such as stress management, eating softer foods, and using relaxation techniques to ease jaw tension, custom dental night guards offer immediate relief and allow you to sleep better as you work on other strategies. Generally, dental night guards improve your sleep patterns in the following ways: Custom Design for Maximum Comfort Custom night guards are designed to fit the shape of your teeth and mouth to maximize comfort, as you need to wear them all night. They are made from lightweight material and are designed to reduce the amount of stress in the…

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What To Eat Following A Tooth Extraction

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After undergoing a tooth extraction procedure, your mouth will be a little sore. You will have trouble chewing and even your gums and tongue may feel a little tender. After a tooth extraction procedure, you’ll still need to eat healthy foods that are rich in protein, so you can’t rely on sugar-free Jell-O for every meal. Here’s what you can eat following a tooth extraction: Mashed or Whipped Foods Hummus, mashed potatoes and avocados are good examples of foods that are easy to eat after you’ve had a tooth extracted. Although hummus is generally enjoyed as a dip with crackers or vegetables such as carrots, you’re going to have to forgo the crunchy foods. This group of foods also includes polenta, mousse, yogurt and pudding. You can have oatmeal or cream of wheat, too, but it mustn’t contain nuts, dried fruit or anything hard. Room Temperature Soup Soup is great…

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5 Solutions For Dental Phobia

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Dental phobia is unfortunately common, and plagues people of all ages. There are many solutions for dental phobia, ranging from nitrous oxide sedation dentistry to seeing a therapist. Each of the below methods for combating dental phobia is proven effective, so it all depends on what works for the individual. Below you’ll find five solutions to help you get over your fear of the dentist. Therapy Going to therapy isn’t reserved for battling depression, it can also help you deal with your dental phobia. Seeing a psychologist will equip you with coping mechanisms to get you through your next dental appointment. However, therapeutic breakthroughs don’t happen overnight. Don’t expect to come out completely cured after just one session with a psychologist. Therapy takes a little time, but in the end, it is an incredibly useful way to get over the anxiety associated with going to the dentist. Sedation Dentistry This…

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