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What to Do If You Chipped a Tooth

Posted: August 15, 2017 by Dublin Corners Dental

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Uh oh! You’ve chipped a tooth, maybe through playing contact sports (like football or boxing), chewing hard candy, from decay, or any number of other reasons.

Don’t worry; your friends at Dublin Corners Dental know how to fix it!

What to Do When You’ve Chipped a Tooth

First things first, call you the team at Dublin Corners Dental. The specific treatment will depend on the how and where the tooth has chipped, but a chipped tooth is definitely not something you can treat at home. Although a chipped tooth is not generally considered an urgent emergency, you should contact us as soon as possible and make an appointment. Prompt care and treatment is your best bet at avoiding further problems due to chips, because a chip that extends beyond the tooth’s enamel risks infection, which could result in tooth loss.

Before Your Appointment

Since a chipped tooth can be painful (especially if the nerve is exposed), we recommend over-the-counter pain medication to combat the discomfort. It often helps to rinse your mouth with warm water (neither too hot nor too cold in order to avoid triggering any sensitivity). Pressing an ice pack to your face where the chipped tooth is can also help fight swelling.

If you won’t be able to see the team at Dublin Corners Dental for a day or two, you can purchase temporary dental cement from a pharmacy. This is a short-term fix to help relieve pain and smooth jagged edges until you can come in and have your cracked tooth fixed by the dental experts at Dublin Corners Dental.

Types of Chips and How They Are Treated

The treatment to fix your chipped tooth depends on the size and severity of the chip.

  • Small – A small chip on the tooth usually results in jagged edges. This kind of chip is superficial and can be smoothed out and polished, not requiring any further treatment. Even though this is the most minor kind of chipping that can occur, these chips should not be ignored because chips expose enamel and can lead to decay.
  • Medium – Dental bonding, a process that repairs the surface of the tooth with resin that hardens and looks natural, can often repair a medium sized chip. Dental bonding is a single-visit treatment that restores your smile.
    • Many medium chips only involve minor damage to the tooth enamel and can be fixed with a filling, crown, or a cap over the chipped tooth in order to restore its appearance and function, and most importantly to protect the inner layers of the tooth from decay and infection.
    • Some medium chips that are a more serious cosmetic concern, perhaps because they involve multiple teeth or because your dental bonding has broken down repeatedly or become stained due to the passage of time. In this case, you may opt for porcelain veneers. Veneers replace the whole front surface of the affected teeth and last ten to twenty years. This treatment option is a two-step process and more expensive than the other options.
  • Large – If a significant part of the tooth has chipped off, try to save the piece, if possible. In some cases the team at Dublin Corners may be able to reattach it via bonding. If the damage of the chip extends to the root of the tooth and exposes the nerve, this type of chip is likely to be the most painful and will require a root canal. After the tooth’s pulp and nerve are removed, a crown will then be placed over the tooth to restore it to its former strength.

Repairs to chipped teeth are common and very effective. Once your chipped tooth is repaired, you are unlikely to be able to distinguish it from the surrounding teeth, but it is important to call and make an appointment with us promptly so that we can set about putting your smile back to rights!

Don’t wait—contact us today!


Are Tannins Bad for You?

Posted: July 13, 2017 by Dublin Corners Dental

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You may not be familiar with the term “tannins” unless you’re an avid wine drinker or chemist. We come across them in dentistry because they’re sometimes behind the stains that our patients want to get rid of with teeth whitening. We go over the basics about tannins and whether or not they’re bad or good for you.

What Are Tannins?

Tannins are a naturally produced compound. Plants actually use tannin as a defense mechanism against being eaten. They’re found in a number of different foods and beverages like wine, tea, cocoa, chocolate, cheese, and nuts. The commons words to describe the taste of tannins are “bitter,” “puckery,” and “drying.”

So Are They Good or Bad?

Depends what perspective you take. Some people don’t like tannins because they’re irritated by their astringency. If you’ve ever eaten berries and had that dry, tightening feeling your mouth that is the astringency working. Others don’t like tannins because they dislike the bitter or fuzzy taste they leave. Some people even experience headaches from consuming food with tannins.

On the flip side, some tannins are beneficial antioxidants and have been shown to help cardiovascular health. Studies show that they can prevent cellular damage too.

When it comes to your smile and dental health, tannins are a bit of a mixed bag. They can help get rid of bacteria in your mouth and fight cavities. At the same time, they can also stain teeth. In fact, tannins are one of the main factors responsible for tooth stains because they help chromogens better stick to enamel.

The fact of the matter is that different people have different reactions to tannins. Whether or not you consume them is up to your own personal food preferences and priorities when it comes to your smile!

If you’d like more information or if you’re interested in fixing stains left by tannins with teeth whitening, contact Dublin Corners Dental!


Emergency Dental Care: What to Ask Your Dentist

Posted: June 14, 2017 by Dublin Corners Dental

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Dental emergencies happen, and it’s important to talk with your dentist about what your options are so you can be prepared. Here is a list of important questions to ask your dentist when it comes to a dental emergency.

What counts as an urgent dental emergency?

Unless you have nonstop bleeding, immense pain, or a broken or knocked-out tooth, chances are you may not need to see your dentist right away. If you are preparing for oral surgery, it is always good to ask your dentist what is and isn’t normal to expect after your procedure.

Do you offer emergency dental care after hours?

This is a simple but necessary question. Not all dental offices offer emergency care after hours, so it is important to ask your dentist whom he or she would recommend in the event that you may need emergency care in the middle of the night.

What can I do at home in case I have a dental emergency?

There are a few things you can do before you’re able to see a dentist depending on your situation. If you experience swelling and pain, for example, you may want to make a saltwater rinse to clean the affected area. If you knocked out a tooth, put the missing tooth in milk before paying a visit to your dentist to preserve it. Your dentist will be able to give you more thorough tips depending on your situation.

How can I prevent a dental emergency?

It is always important to practice good oral hygiene so that you don’t have to experience a dental emergency. Avoiding hard foods, wearing a mouthguard when playing sports, and visiting your dentist semiannually are good ways to help prevent painful and costly emergencies in the future.

Our team at Dublin Corners Dental is here to help you maintain optimal dental health and provide you with more information on how to prevent or handle dental emergencies. Contact us to schedule an appointment!


EXAMINING FOR PERIODONTAL DISEASE

Posted: June 2, 2017 by Dublin Corners Dental

 

 

Inflammatory periodontal disease ranks among the most common chronic infections in humans.1 These infections are responsible for a large percentage of tooth loss in adults.2 In addition, the ubiquity and recurrence of periodontal disease, and the damage it causes, require frequent examinations to prevent — and, when indicated, treat — these conditions. Examining and recording data on the state of the periodontium should therefore be an integral part of the routine information gathered on every dentate patient. The emphasis of this article is on what constitutes an appropriate periodontal examination, the timing and extent of data collection, and how clinicians can determine end points in therapy based on this information.

The severity and course of periodontal disease can be profoundly affected by the patient’s systemic health. There is also accumulating evidence that chronic infections of all types, including periodontal conditions, can have negative systemic health effects.3 Therefore, gathering information on the patient’s overall health is an integral part of the clinical data. Questions about smoking and diabetes are especially important because both are significant risk factors for periodontal disease.4,5 Medications currently taken, along with drug allergies, should also be recorded. Additional medical history data should include demographics and familial medical/dental history, as well as baseline vitals, height and weight. Any unanswered questions related to the patient’s systemic health should be addressed in writing to the individual’s physician.

An overview of the head and neck, including muscles of mastication, the temporomandibular joints and an examination for any inappropriate extraoral findings, should be performed. This is followed by an intraoral examination designed to identify and record any abnormalities…more http://decisionsindentistry.com/article/examining-periodontal-disease/


4 Home Remedies for Stubborn Plaque

Posted: May 17, 2017 by Dublin Corners Dental

Are you dealing with stubborn plaque? Inadequate brushing and oral hygiene or certain food choices could be the culprit. While your best bet is to visit the dentist for a professional teeth cleaning where we can scrape the plaque from each tooth’s surface, there are some home remedies you can try to get rid of any sticky film that has built up on your teeth.

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Brush with Baking Soda

Baking soda neutralizes acid and helps kill bacteria. Put a small amount of baking soda on your toothbrush (around a tablespoon is fine), and then wet the toothbrush. Brush your teeth like you normally would with toothpaste and then rinse. You can also replace a little bit of the baking soda with a pinch of salt and follow the same instructions.

Use an Orange Peel

The limonene in orange peels is known for breaking down plaque while the vitamin C can help combat microorganisms that contribute to plaque. Take an orange peel and rub the inside, or white part, of it on your teeth. You can even do this right before bed (don’t rinse afterwards!) so it sits overnight and has more time to fight harmful bacteria.

Try Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is an antibacterial, so it can help kill the bad bacteria that leads to plaque. You can either use an aloe vera plant (often found in grocery stores or home stores) or aloe vera juice. With an aloe vera plant, take a leaf, cut it open, and extract the pulp. Rub this pulp onto your teeth. Let it sit for around 10 minutes and then rinse with water. If you’re using aloe vera juice, take one cup of it and distill it with about half a cup of water. Swish this mixture around in your mouth and then spit.

Eat Cheese

Cheese has been shown to prevent cavities because it leaves a protective coating on teeth, shielding them from decay-causing acid. It also results in rising pH levels in your mouth, which fights acid. Try snacking on some cheddar or Swiss!

Don’t Forget About Regular Dental Cleanings

While these home remedies could help you out in the short-term, it’s important to visit the dentist every six months so we can professionally remove any plaque. We can also give you some tips for at-home care so you avoid plaque in the first place. Schedule your appointment at Dublin Corners Dental today!