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Common Causes of Toothaches

Monday, May 4th, 2015
dental emergency and toothaches

Toothaches can be caused by a number of different issues. Consult your dentist to make sure you don’t have a dental emergency on your hands.

Toothaches don’t always indicate a serious problem, but they should be treated as a dental emergency. Toothaches can be caused by a variety of reasons, and are something that should not be taken lightly. Your oral hygiene is important, and tooth pain is an indication that something might be wrong. A toothache could be the beginning of a dental emergency, so it’s important to understand why you are experiencing pain. (more…)

Dealing with a Chipped Tooth

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

chipped-toothImagine this scenario: you’re walking into your office and hit a patch of ice. You slip, and when you catch yourself you bite down very hard. You feel something hard in your mouth and your front tooth feels a little jagged. When you take a look in the mirror it becomes dreadfully clear that you have chipped your front tooth.

In this situation you may be tempted to head straight back into your car and call the dentist for an emergency appointment, but with a chipped tooth, this isn’t always necessary.

Evaluate the chip

When you chip your front tooth, you can be sure that it isn’t going to look pretty, but that doesn’t mean it is a major disaster, or that your cosmetic dentist can’t make you look like new.

Take a second and notice whether or not you feel any pain. If you do you may actually have a dental emergency on your hands. Your tooth could be fractured or it’s possible that you have sustained nerve damage. You should contact your dentist for an appointment as soon as possible.

If you are pain-free, your chip may be mostly a cosmetic issue and you don’t need to treat your predicament as an emergency. You should still try to see your dentist within a few days and consider calling for a little extra assurance and advice.

Manage your tooth

Start by rinsing your mouth out with warm water to clear out any debris and expose any bleeding. If you are in pain, aspirin or an ice pack can help you manage it until your dentist can help you out.

If you won’t be heading into the dentist for a bit, it is most important that you don’t chip your tooth any further. This means you have to be extra careful when you are eating. Avoid hard food and be conscious of how you are chewing.

What will your dentist do?

Depending on the severity of the chip, your dentist may simply be able to just smooth out the area and polish it. Larger chips may require a filling, cap, or bonding. This is a fairly simple process that usually won’t be very painful. If your tooth is severely chipped or cracked, you may have to undergo a root canal procedure.

Leiken & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville

If you have questions about night guards or teeth grinding, or it’s just been a while since you’ve had a cleaning or talked to your dentist, it’s time to make an appointment. You can contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Disclaimer: The writer of this article is not a medical professional. Information contained herein has been collected from sources believed to be reliable, and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided here is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care.

When to Call Your Catonsville Emergency Dentist

Monday, May 19th, 2014

emergency dentistWe have a tendency to think that anything that causes mouth pain is an emergency, and for good reason. Mouth pain can be one of the most miserable types of pain if not treated quickly and appropriately. There are a few things that are ALWAYS designated as dental emergencies, though, since they can cause risk of infection, loss of an entire permanent tooth, or worse. For a dental emergency, you want to immediately call your Catonsville Dentist to avoid some miserable repercussions. So, what exactly does constitute a “dental emergency?”

  • Loss of a tooth – If you have a tooth knocked out or fall out, there are a few things that you need to do before going to see your Catonsville dentist. You should always hold your tooth by the crown and not the root. If you can put the tooth back in your mouth, it is advisable since it’ll prevent the tooth from drying out. Otherwise, try putting the tooth in milk. Call your dentist immediately and try to get in within an hour to save the tooth.
  • Lost filling – Fillings do a pretty good job of taking care of cavities, but occasionally they fall out. There are a few things that you can do if you lose a filling. You can try putting a small piece of sugar free gum (preferably the kind that uses xylitol as a sweetener) in the cavity, or you can buy over the counter dental cement. You should call and make an emergency appointment ASAP.
  • Abscess – An abscess will feel a lot like a pimple on your gum and will likely be very painful. It’ll probably be fairly unpleasant, but you need to bring as much as the infection out as you can as soon as you notice the abscess. Try to bring it out of the sore and then use saltwater to rinse and wash it out of your mouth. Because abscesses are infections, they can cause further health problems for the whole body. Take care to treat abscesses as soon as you notice them.

These are just a few types of dental emergencies. If you chip, break, or otherwise damage a tooth, you should make a point to see your Catonsville dentist immediately. For problems like cavity and mouth pain, make an appointment as close as possible, but don’t stress over making an emergency appointment. If you have any questions about emergency dentistry in Catonsville, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Source: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/handling-dental-emergencies