What your dentists in Venice want you to know
You never know when you will experience a dental emergency. You can suffer trauma to your face through an accident or sports injury. You can suffer extreme pain from untreated dental decay. If you are a young adult, you can have pain from erupting wisdom teeth. Whatever the dental emergency is, your dentists at Davis & Beyer Dental Health Professionals in Venice, FL want to help.
There are some things you can do to be prepared for a dental emergency. You should keep a dental emergency kit in a convenient place in your home. The kit should contain an over-the-counter pain medication, sterile gauze, saline solution, a small container with a lid, and the emergency, after-hours and office numbers for Davis & Beyer Dental Health Professionals.
If you are involved in a dental emergency, the first thing to do is stay calm and don’t panic. When you are calm and thinking clearly, you will be better able to assess the situation and do what is needed.
First, you should clean the affected area and put pressure on it with a piece of gauze to try and stop the bleeding.
If the problem is a chipped or fractured tooth, rinse the area and place an ice pack to prevent swelling.
If the problem is a tooth that has been knocked out, keep the tooth moist. If it's possible, without forcing it, you can attempt to put the tooth back in its socket, without touching the roots. The best place is between your cheek and gums, but you can also place it in the container with the saline solution. Remember to carry and hold the tooth by the crown so you keep the roots of the tooth free of germs.
Contact your dentist at Davis & Beyer Dental Health Professionals as soon as possible. These are just a few of the steps which are helpful in a dental emergency. For more detailed information about dental emergencies, please visit the emergency care section on the website at http://www.venicedentist.com/library/8214/EmergencyCare.html
A dental emergency can be a scary situation, but just remember that help is a phone call away from your dentists at Davis & Beyer Dental Health Professionals in Venice, FL.
Teeth can take a lot of force over a lifetime of biting and chewing, thanks to enamel, their outer layer made of the strongest substance in the human body. Unfortunately, they’re not invincible: it’s even possible for you to break or “fracture” a tooth while biting or chewing normally.
Although such a fracture might seem to occur out of the blue, it’s usually related to a condition known as cracked tooth syndrome. It usually occurs in three stages: in the first, miniscule cracks in the outer enamel known as craze lines develop. They’re not immediately dangerous since they only involve the enamel surface; but left untreated they could deepen and progress to the next stage, a larger crack that penetrates the tooth’s underlying dentin.
If allowed to grow, this crack in turn can lead to the third stage, a full fracture that could extend down to the root. A fracture can put the tooth in danger of loss, especially if its inner pulp becomes exposed. To avoid this worst case, it’s best to treat the tooth at the earliest stage possible when craze lines are just developing.
There is a difficulty, though, with detecting craze lines — they’re small, too small to detect normally with x-rays. We, therefore, rely on other methods such as using an instrument called an explorer to feel for cracks, having the patient bite on a stick or rubber pad to replicate pain symptoms or using fiber-optic lighting with special dye stains to highlight possible cracks. Endodontists, specialists in root canals, can use microscopic equipment that’s quite adept at detecting craze lines.
There are also some signs you can be on alert for that might indicate a craze line or crack. If you feel a short, sharp pain — a “wince” — when chewing and releasing food, you could have a crack that hasn’t yet affected the nerves. If a true fracture occurs, the pain will intensify and you may notice pieces of the tooth coming off. If the crack extends to the root, the pain will become greater and more chronic.
It’s important then that you see us for any recurring pain symptoms as soon as possible. If it’s a crack, the sooner it’s treated the better your tooth’s chances for survival.
If you would like more information on cracked tooth syndrome, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cracked Tooth Syndrome.”
You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:Â He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.
“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”
Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?
In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.
There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.Â Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.
If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”
Stains and discolorations are among the most common cosmetic dental problems. Over the counter whitening products can help to an extent, but when it comes to removing stains and significantly whitening your teeth, a professional whitening treatment is necessary to really improve your smile. Davis and Beyer Dental Professionals in Venice, FL, offer both in office and at home whitening treatments with the Kor Whitening system.
Professional Teeth Whitening in Venice, FL
Even with the best of care, your teeth are vulnerable to staining from food, medications, trauma, and the natural aging process, which causes the enamel layer to thin as we get older. Many people find that a professional whitening treatment can even take several years off of their appearance. Take home treatments allow you to obtain the same professional results over time in the comfort and convenience of your own home and on your own schedule. For more stubborn stains, an in-office treatment can get your teeth anywhere from three to eight shades whiter within a two-hour treatment.
The Kor Whitening system turbo charges the teeth whitening process with special trays designed to limit saliva and acids from mixing with the whitening gel during application, which can interfere with the effectiveness of the treatment and long-term results. In addition to the specialized trays, Kor Whitening gels are continuously refrigerated and composed of Dual-Activated Tri-Barrel Hydermide Peroxide Technology, which delivers six to ten hours of whitening activity, compared to approximately 25-30 minutes with standard teeth whitening treatments.
After a professional teeth whitening procedure, minimizing exposure to food and lifestyle habits (like smoking) known to cause stains and discolorations are important to help prolong the effects of the treatment and to keep your teeth from developing new stains. Schedule a yearly dental check up and professional cleaning to maintain both your oral health and the cosmetic appearance of your smile.
Find a Dentist in Venice, FL
A professional teeth whitening treatment can transform your entire smile. For more information, contact our office by calling 941-488-1075 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Davis or Dr. Beyer today.
Porcelain crowns have been used to restore problem teeth since at least the early 20th Century. Crown technology has gradually progressed from the early use of precious metals like gold or silver to more life-like porcelain crowns, often with a metal interior for added strength. Today, most crowns are all-porcelain, made with newer materials that not only look attractive but can endure under the pressures of daily chewing or biting.
While crowns are often part of restorations for missing teeth, they’re also commonly used to cap or fit over a viable tooth with structural or appearance problems. Here are 4 situations where a crown could improve a tooth’s form and function.
Traumatized teeth. A significant blow to the face or mouth could generate enough force to chip away or fracture a significant amount of structure from a tooth. If the root remains healthy and firmly attached within the jaw, however, a crown can replace the missing structure and restore the tooth’s function and appearance.
Root canal treatments. Root canal treatments remove infected or dead tissue within a tooth’s pulp chamber, its inner core, and the root canals. The procedure rescues the tooth but can in the process significantly alter the tooth’s structure and appearance. A crown not only restores the tooth but also provides added protection against further decay or tooth fracture.
Teeth with multiple fillings. We can effectively treat cavities caused by tooth decay by filling them. But with each filling we must remove more of the decayed structure and shape the cavity to accommodate the filling. After a number of times, a tooth may not have enough structure left to support another filling. If the tooth is still viable, a crown could solve this dilemma.
Abnormally developed teeth. Teeth sometimes don’t erupt in the jaw as they should and may be only partly visible. The tooth not only looks out of place but it can’t fully function like a normal tooth. Capping an abnormally developed tooth with a crown will help normalize it and allow it to blend in with surrounding teeth.
If you would like more information on crown restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”
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