What to Do When You Crack a Tooth

May 21st, 2018
Easton Dentists May 21st, 2018

Ouch!

Chomp on something your tooth didn’t like? Or get hit in the mouth with a hockey puck?

If you think you may have a cracked tooth, or if you’re holding a piece of your tooth in your
hand, follow these steps!

1. Give us a call to schedule an appointment at 614-414-0111. Let us know about your emergency and we will make our best effort to see you right away! We always try to hold some appointments open for these occasions.

2. If there are tooth fragments that have fallen out, preserve them in a clean container with a moist solution (cold mik, water, saliva), and bring them in to your appointment.

3. Apply a cold pack to your jaw to lessen any pain and swelling.

4. If bleeding, bite down on a gauze pad or a moist tea bag until bleeding stops.

It is also possible to have a cracked tooth and not know it.

If you have any pain when biting down, or when eating something hot or cold, it’s best to get it checked out.

In order to prevent further damage to the tooth or an infection, it’s very important to correct a cracked tooth immediately. Don’t wait until the pain is unbearable. Let us help right away!

St. Patrick’s Day Means 64% More Dental Emergencies

Mar 4th, 2018
Easton Dentists Apr 4th, 2018

St. Patrick’s Day Means 64% More Dental Emergencies According to a study from CNBC, there is a massive spike in emergency dental treatments on the day following St. Patrick’s Day. Nationwide, this spike is 64%, but there are states where the spike can be as dramatic as 150%. The reasons for this spike aren’t terribly surprising. On St. Patrick’s Day, the world consumes 13 million pints of Guinness. All that Guinness can make typically relaxed individuals a bit wild. As a result, there is a significant increase in the number of people who lose teeth in brawls or when they faceplant as they try to walk out of the bar.

If you’re going out on St. Patrick’s Day, be sure to appoint a designated driver. In addition to transporting you home safely, this selfless friend can act as your designated smile protector, too. He or she can see to it that you don’t trip over your own feet or get into any other trouble. Be sure to repay this kind friend by acting as the designated driver next St. Patrick’s Day!

If you do happen to get into some dental trouble on St. Patrick’s Day, rest assured that The Dental Center is ready to get you feeling better in no time. Dr. Gilmer has extensive experience performing emergency dental procedures. In addition, The Dental Center’s extended hours make us an excellent choice for individuals who need to be treated quickly. Hopefully, however, we won’t need to see you the day after St. Patrick’s Day. We’d rather see you for a regular checkup sometime soon! We wish you a safe, happy, and lucky St. Patrick’s Day!

Common Causes Of Tooth Pain

Dec 3rd, 2015
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

Do you have a toothache you just can’t shake? These are the most common causes of tooth pain, and what you can do about them.

Severe tooth pain can throw a wrench in your entire day. Now imagine the pain persists well into your week and before you know it, you’re suffering from a throbbing, swollen mouth. Dental insurance and company plans cover most causes for dental aches and pains. Don’t let something as simple as tooth pain stop you from comfortably living your life. Here are the 4 most common causes of tooth pain and what can be done to save your mouth.

Tooth Decay
When it comes to tooth aches, tooth decay is usually the main culprit. The buildup of plaque and harmful bacteria can dissolve the enamel of your teeth, causing cavities and sensitivity. Take action against the pain and call your dentist to see what they recommend.

Gum Disease
Periodontitis and gingivitis are the two main types of gum disease. Gum disease can be a serious dental issue that may cause a lot of pain. Symptoms of gum disease include swollen or tender gums, gum detachment, sensitive or bleeding teeth, as well as tooth aches. The ache stems from the pockets formed by the gums detaching from the teeth and filling with bacteria. In mild cases of gum disease, daily brushing, antibiotics, and thorough daily flossing may be enough to clean the infected pockets.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth
If your wisdom teeth have become impacted, this means they cannot fully erupt from the gums due to blockage by other teeth or improper growth. In some cases, impacted wisdom teeth have grown in sideways and may affect your nerves if taken out. This can lead to intense pain, inability to open the mouth, and inflammation. The pain associated with impacted wisdom teeth may subside on its own, or with antibiotics, however it’s in your best interest to have the wisdom teeth removed to avoid future infections.

Damage To The Teeth
If you have chipped a tooth, this damage may be the source of the tooth ache. Broken or damaged crowns, fillings, or chips in the teeth can easily be fixed by making an appointment with your dentist.

Are you suffering from tooth pain that just won’t go away? Don’t go on suffering when there are easy solutions to rid your mouth of pain. With dental insurance and company plans available, call and schedule an appointment with Easton Dentist’s today at (614) 414-0111

Emergency Dental Problems and What To Do If They Happen

Apr 15th, 2015
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

If you have ever accidentally chipped a tooth or felt the pain of a wisdom tooth then you know how uncomfortable it can be to wait for the dentist office to open the next morning while you’re left with a swollen jaw. Let’s face it, emergencies are never on our timeline, that’s why when one hits you’ve got to be prepared. At Easton Dentists we provide extended business hours for urgent dental care. Our emergency dentists and dental insurance suggestions are just a phone call away.

So what is a dental emergency, and what should be done when one happens?

1. You Chipped or Knocked out a Tooth
Stay calm. While it doesn’t always feel easy to do so after losing or chipping a tooth, keep yourself under control and calmly try to locate the missing tooth. Call or visit a dentist immediately. The sooner you can get your tooth into a dentist office, the more likely it will be to take root again. If there is any bleeding, have some tissue or gauze handy to bite down on.

2. Swollen gums around Wisdom Tooth
While wisdom teeth are likely to cause discomfort when growing in, intense swelling and pain may be associated with an infection or abscess and should be looked at by your dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, swish salt water in your mouth after eating and drinking to clean the potentially infected area.

3. Broken Fillings
The loss of a filling is uncomfortable, and sometimes painful due to sharp edges around your teeth. Especially when you are trying to eat or drink. Breaking a filling is a common dental emergency and may even make your mouth feel hypersensitive. Take an anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen to ease the sensitivity until you can get to your dentist, but never rub Advil or Aspirin directly to the area as it can burn your gum tissue.

4. Pain when Whitening Teeth
While this doesn’t exactly fall under an “emergency”, pain associated with at-home teeth whitening kits can be uncomfortable, and to some – unbearable. If you are experiencing this common trouble with whitening your teeth, desist using the product and make an appointment with your dentist to discuss why you may be experience this discomfort.

To discuss any emergency dental procedures, contact Easton Dentist at (614) 414-0111.