When Should a Sudden Issue Cause You to See an Emergency Dentist?

Atlanta GA Dental EmergenciesEvery person across the globe only receives one set of permanent teeth during his or her lifetime. These teeth are meant to remain inside the mouth to provide a complete, functional, and beautiful smile, and they are expected to last for years and years. However, in order for these teeth to last decade after decade, taking proper care of the teeth is essential. While daily flossing, brushing at least twice a day, avoiding bad habits, and protecting the teeth are vital components of oral health, being able to know when a sudden issue should cause you to see an emergency dentist is also vitally important.

As with all types of emergencies, taking the appropriate steps within an appropriate time frame when a dental emergency occurs can make the difference between saving a tooth and losing a tooth. The most traumatic dental experiences typically revolve around the loss of a permanent tooth or a permanent tooth that has been knocked out of alignment. Permanent teeth are not naturally replaced, so knowing how to respond to this type of dental emergency is essential in protecting your smile. If a tooth has been knocked out of alignment but it still hanging on by its roots, you have a good opportunity to save it. Try to gently push it back into its proper position. Do not use force, as you do not want to snap any of the roots that are keeping the tooth alive. Once the tooth is closer to its natural position, bite down gently to keep it in position and then seek immediate dental care. The success rate for saving a tooth that is still attached to its root is high, but it requires dental intervention quickly.

A tooth that has been completely knocked out of the mouth is one of the scariest and traumatic dental emergencies. Do not panic! First things first, find your tooth. The only way that a knocked out tooth can be placed back in the mouth is if you have it. Once you find the tooth, hold it by its crown (the top of the enamel) not the root. If necessary, rinse any dirt or debris off the tooth – but do NOT scrub it. You do not want to damage any of the root ends that are still alive inside the tooth. Try very carefully to place the tooth back into its socket. The roots within the gum are still alive, and there is a possibility that they will begin to reattach themselves to the roots within the tooth – but this must occur very quickly after being knocked out. If your mouth is in too much pain to place the tooth back into its socket, keep it moist in a small amount of milk. You must seek dental intervention immediately from a dentist for the highest chance of successful treatment. Remember, remain calm, think fast, act quickly, and get to the dentist’s office.

Other dental emergencies are often not quite as traumatic as damage to or loss of a permanent tooth. A chipped or broken tooth is quite common, and while you should arrange to see your dentist as soon as possible, it is typically not a life or death situation for your tooth. If you have the chipped or broken pieces of the tooth, they should be placed in a cool cloth that has been dipped in milk. This cloth should be kept in the refrigerator so that the milk does not spoil, and should be taken with you when you go to the dentist.

A cracked tooth is another emergency that often does not require immediate attention, but should be addressed sooner rather than later. A cracked tooth that is causing you severe pain should, of course, be brought to your dentist’s immediate attention in order to alleviate your pain and prevent further damage. Cracks in the teeth are considered emergencies because they leave the teeth vulnerable to infection and more damage. If you have a cracked tooth, it is wise to have it addressed by your dentist within a few days’ time.

Any type of toothache, abscess, or significant swelling of the gums or mouth should be seen by your dentist straightaway. A toothache is often the first symptom that a more serious issue is present. Intervention from your dentist at the onset of a toothache can often prevent the serious issue from becoming a problem. An abscess or severe swelling inside the mouth is also an indication that a serious infection is present within your mouth. Oral infections must be treated promptly to prevent them from spreading into the blood stream and posing serious health issues to the rest of the body.

Sudden issues that arise within your mouth require you to make a choice: have the issues addressed immediately or ignore them. If you care about your smile and want to keep it healthy and complete, it is vital that you seek emergency dental intervention for dental emergencies. Acting quickly can make the difference between saving your tooth or losing your tooth. Saving a tooth will also save you a significant amount of money and time.

At Pure Dental Health, we go out of our way to help patients who have suffered a dental emergency. Your comfort is our priority, and restoring your mouth to excellent condition is at the center of all that we do. Our practice is open Monday through Friday from 7am to 7pm, and we allow time in our schedule to dedicate towards emergencies that may arise. Call us now if you are suffering from dental trauma or pain!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Justin Scott
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2285 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 203
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (678) 666-3642

Emergency Dental Care

Dental emergencies catch everyone off guard, and they are often accompanied by severe pain. Prompt treatment is almost always required to alleviate pain and to repair the tooth for the best possible chance of full restoration. At Pure Dental Health in Buckhead we offer same day services for patients who need emergency dental care. We have extended weekday hours because we know that no emergency occurs at a convenient time, and we try our best to be available for all of our patients and their needs. Our practice has luxurious patient amenities, advanced sedation for those who have anxieties about visiting the dentist for any reason, and a caring staff that is dedicated to giving you the attention it deserves.

Chipped teeth, cracked teeth, and avulsed teeth (teeth that have been knocked out) are the most common types of dental emergencies. While adolescents are more prone to sports related injuries, adults are typically more prone to cracking or fracturing a tooth by biting down on hard objects. Fillings and crowns can also be damaged or fall out of the mouth completely, leaving a vulnerable place in the tooth that is exposed and painful. The pain caused by any sort of dental emergency will continue to worsen until it receives proper treatment, and dental injuries can seriously jeopardize a person’s overall health because infections can quickly travel throughout the blood stream.

If you have received an injury or trauma to your mouth it is essential to see a dentist immediately. At Pure Dental Health, we are proud to provide patients with the most convenient dental appointments here in Buckhead. While dental emergencies are often quite stressful incidences, our goal is for our patients to have a positive experience no matter what brings them in. Please contact Pure Dental Health for the best emergency dental care as soon as possible.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Justin Scott
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2285 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 203
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (678) 666-3642

Dental Emergencies

Accidents happen to everyone – and they typically do not happen at convenient times. Dental emergencies are no different. Any time there is injury to the teeth or gums it can be a potentially serious situation, and people should go to the dentist as soon as possible. Ignoring an oral injury can increase the risk of permanent damage as well as the likelihood for extensive (and expensive) dental treatment later on. At Pure Dental Health in Buckhead, we understand that all dental emergencies need prompt treatment. That is why we offer same day dental appointments and extended hours during the week and on Saturday. Please do not ignore any type of pain in your mouth; doing so only makes things more difficult for you and your dentist.

Toothaches often indicate decay, infection, or abscess is present. It is important to have any sort of toothache examined by a dentist for prompt treatment so that the cause does not spread to other teeth. Chipped or broken teeth are extremely common in children and adults. Whether they are chipped during a sporting activity or broken by biting down on a hard substance, chipped teeth require quick treatment in order to repair the tooth the most effectively. A tooth that has been completely knocked out of the mouth is considered to be the highest dental emergency. There is a very short span of time where the tooth can be reset in the mouth so that it has a chance of reattaching itself. One must retrieve the knocked out tooth, holding it by the crown, rinse it off with water, and then try to put the tooth back in place. If it will not go back in place, put the tooth in a cup with saliva or milk. It is essential that a dental professional address this situation immediately.

There are many other dental emergencies (e.g. lost filling, lost crown, broken braces, etc.) that can occur at inopportune times. It is important to never ignore a dental emergency because of the impact that it can have on the entire mouth. Whether you have a dental emergency that needs attention or you are looking for a practice to trust with your dental care needs, Pure Dental Health is the name to trust in Buckhead. Call today for the next available appointment.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Justin Scott

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2285 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 203
Atlanta, GA 30309
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Summer Can Mean More Dental Traumas, Especially in Kids

It is summertime!  Time to relax and hang out with your family and friends and to enjoy some downtime with your kids while they are out of school.  Unfortunately, summer also means an increased number of dental traumas, especially among children.  This is because kids are more likely to play outside during summer and to engage in activities that involve more physical contact.  This includes climbing trees, swimming in pools, playing sports such as baseball, soccer and football and just rough-housing in general.  While all this activity is great for their development, it also leaves them more at risk for dental traumas.

One way to cut down on the risk of dental traumas is to make sure that your child wears a protective mouthguard while participating in contact sports.  You can buy mouth guards at any sporting goods store, however, you can also get a custom fitted mouth guard from your dentist.  A custom fitted mouth guard is made especially to fit your child’s mouth and can be more effective in protecting their teeth from traumas and injuries.

However, even with the best of prevention, accidents can still occur.  Following are some tips on what to do about damaged teeth:

•  If a tooth is broken, find the missing piece and go immediately to the dentist.  This is especially important if the tooth appears to be bleeding from the middle and not just at the gum line.

•  If a tooth is knocked out, it is important to put it immediately back into place, then get to a dental office immediately.  If a tooth can be placed back into the mouth within a half-hour of the injury, a full recovery is much more likely.

•  If a tooth is knocked out and cannot be put back into the mouth, place it in milk and go straight to the dentist.  Avoid touching the root of the tooth and do not clean it beyond rinsing it gently under water.

Hopefully, you wil not experience any dental traumas this summer!  However, if you do, it is good to know that many dental offices including Pure Dental Health in Atlanta offer extended hours and are available the same day to handle dental emergencies.  Have a great summer!

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Dental Care When You Need It The Most

It is Saturday morning and you chip your front tooth playing in a pick-up basketball game with some friends.  You have an important presentation with some potential clients out-of-town on Monday at 3PM.  How are you going to get your tooth fixed in time for your presentation?  You want your audience to focus on your presentation, not your snaggle tooth!

Does your Dentist handle dental emergencies?  Does he or she offer extended hours?  If not, you may want to find one who does.  Dental emergencies have a way of occurring at the most inopportune times.  For this reason, many dental practices are offering emergency dental care and extended office hours.  If your current dental practice does not offer these services, you don’t want to wait until you experience a dental emergency to find this out.

Extended hours provide more time to handle dental emergencies and enable working professionals to schedule dental appointments before and after working hours.  Extended hours also allow stay-at-home mothers to schedule dental appointments during times when their spouses or other family members can keep their children.  This prevents them from having to pay babysitting fees or shuffle multiple children to their dental appointments.

So you call your dental office and find out that they do handle dental emergencies and they do, indeed, offer extended hours.  Thank goodness!  You go in at 7AM on Monday morning and by 9AM, your tooth is fixed.  Just in time to catch an 11AM flight so you can make your presentation at 3PM.  Now, if you can just convince your potential clients to go with your firm…

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Youth Sports and Dental Injuries

Dental injuries are the most common type of orofacial injuries sustained during participation in sports.  In fact, the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation estimates that more than three million teeth will be knocked out during youth sporting events in the United States this year.

The best way to prevent a dental injury while participating in sports is to wear the right equipment, including a properly fitting mouth guard.  However, even with the right equipment, injuries do occur.

If you or your child has sustained a dental injury while participating in sports, it is important to visit a qualified dentist as soon as possible.  Sometimes teeth that have sustained trauma can be repaired and saved using dental procedures such as fillings or root canals.  Teeth that are chipped or broken may sometimes be capped with a crown.  Cosmetic procedures such as bonding, shaping and porcelain veneers can be used to improve the appearance of teeth that have become chipped, broken or discolored due to trauma.

If one or more of your teeth is knocked out during a sporting event, it is especially important to go to the Emergency Room as soon as possible.  The faster the tooth is back in the mouth, the better the chances for its long-term survival.  Even if the tooth or teeth cannot be saved, you still have some options.  Bridges, dentures, partial dentures and dental implants are all viable options for replacing a missing tooth or missing teeth.

Participation in group sports is good for your body, good for your mind and is an important part of development for many children.  However, safe participation in group sports is essential for maintaining good oral health.

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Painless Tooth Extractions

A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone.  When most of us think about having a tooth extracted or pulled from our mouth, it automatically conjures up thoughts of pain and discomfort.  However, with dental advances including sedation dentistry, this does not have to be the case.  The truth is, having decayed, infected, or impacted teeth can be much more painful than having a tooth extracted.

There are a number of reasons why a tooth extraction may be necessary.  If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, the first course of treatment is to try to save the tooth with a crown, filling or other treatment.  However, if the tooth has been damaged beyond repair, it must be removed.  This is the most common reason for a tooth extraction.

Often times our third molars or “wisdom teeth” become impacted and are not able to properly erupt into the mouth.  If not properly treated, they can become infected and cause pain and swelling in the jaw.  This is another common reason for tooth extractions.  Lastly, people getting braces may need to have teeth removed to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place.

It is common practice for dentists to use local anesthesia to numb the area surrounding a tooth before it is removed.  Many dentists also offer Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) or oral sedatives to keep patients relaxed and comfortable during tooth extractions.  If you are in need of a tooth extraction but are concerned about the pain and/or discomfort associated with this procedure, do not risk your oral health by putting it off.  Contact a qualified dentist in your area to get more information about tooth extractions and the sedation options available.

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Dental Emergencies

It is Friday afternoon and you fall and break one of your teeth.  You have an important social event to attend on Saturday night.  What do you do?  Do you cancel your event and hide out at home for the entire weekend until you can get to a dental office to have your tooth fixed on Monday?  Or maybe you have a throbbing toothache and a weekend full of activities planned with the kids.  They simply will not understand why you cannot attend their championship soccer game.

Unfortunately, dental emergencies have a way of occurring at the most inopportune times.  Dental emergencies such as cracked or broken teeth, lost fillings, loose implants and throbbing toothaches can really throw a kink in our plans.  For most of us, waiting until a dental appointment can be scheduled is a not a good option.  When dental emergencies occur, we want help now!

To respond to this need, some progressive dental practices are changing the way they practice.  By offering same day appointments and extended hours, these practices enable patients with dental emergencies to get the care they need right away.  Extended hours also allow working professionals to get the dental care they need without taking precious time away from work.  This can save patients both time and money!

Before you choose a Dentist, it is important to find out how his/her practice handles dental emergencies and whether or not they offer extended hours to accommodate working professionals.  If you do this research ahead of time, you will be in a better position if you experience a dental emergency.

Posted on the Behalf of Pure Dental Health.