DENTAL EMERGENCY: When is it urgent for you to go straight to the Dentist?
It is a sad reality but often we do see patients that have waited way too long to come to us and the consequences are pretty sad.
So I thought it would be a good idea to lay out in simple language what is a true dental emergency.
If you ever experience the following signs and symptoms; I will suggest you call us immediately at 305-460-4499.
Do not apply aspirin to an aching tooth. You will suffer an aspirin burn on the soft tissue.
Do not take old antibiotics.
Do call us. I am always happy to help and believe it or not; treating dental emergencies is one of the most rewarding things in my beloved career.
Thank you for staying in contact.
Bring your child for an evaluation as soon as you can. That way he/she will get
used to the dental office environment and to routine check ups and cleanings.
Your child might need fluoride treatments to strengthen tooth enamel and
resist decay. Other measures you should take to avoid cavities are the following:
Why are my gums bleeding?
Amalgam fillings contain mercury, and are often referred to as silver fillings. Their safety has been in question for a number of years due to concerns over the absorption of elemental mercury into the body. Amalgam fillings are a mixture of liquid mercury, small pieces of silver and other metals such as copper, tin and zinc. Although this type of filling is strong and durable, and the American Dental Association approves its use; they can compromise the integrity of the tooth. In order for the silver filling to stay in place the dentist is forced to cut the tooth in a way that may weaken the tooth. Also, because they contain metal, it is difficult to see tooth decay beneath them on a dental X ray as the metal “blocks out” the decay.
Composite resin fillings (also known as bondings) were created as an alternative to traditional metal dental fillings. They are available in a variety of shades and the dentist is able to match the existing tooth color to achieve a virtually invisible restoration. They are made of a plastic dental resin. Composite fillings are strong, durable, and make for a very natural looking smile. They are bonded to the tooth therefore the dentist does not have to remove healthy tooth structure to gain retention for the restoration.
It is important to mention that ALL dental restorations might develop recurrent decay. Recurrent decay is when a tooth that already has been ‘filled” develops once again another cavity. This is one of the reasons why we dentist need to dental radiographs at least once a year to evaluate the integrity and the seal of all existing restorations. Dental restorations do deteriorate and suffer wear with time.
Jocelyn Mendez DDS PA
a Smile Design Studio.
2820 Oak Avenue, Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Phone: (305) 460-4499
Should I replace my silver fillings?
ASK THE DENTIST
You may be suffering from Gingivitis or Periodontal disease. Gingivitis is a milder and reversible form of periodontal disease that only affects the gums. Gingivitis may lead to the more serious and destructive periodontal disease. The following are some factors that increase the risk of developing periodontal disease:
If you think you may have this disease call us immediately for an evaluation
How should I take care of my child's teeth?