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Teeth

Dry Mouth

Why do I have dry mouth?

Dry mouth is a serious dental condition and typically occurs as we age. It is usually caused by medications used, and can also be related to cancer treatments. People with this condition have a decreased salivary flow because the glands that produce saliva have been affected somehow. Many medications cause this condition, and it can be very detrimental to one's teeth because our saliva naturally counteracts the bacteria causing cavities. The best way to treat the condition is to drink plenty of water, and use a saliva-replacement rinse like Biotene or Oasis.

Abscess

What is a dental abscess?

A dental abscess is an infection in the mouth that can be caused by a tooth or gum condition. Dental abscesses can be very painful, or not painful at all. A true abscess is a collection of pus in the bone and or gum tissue. Many times it can be seen on the gum tissue and look like a blister. To treat the condition, the assiciated tooth must either have a root canal or be extracted. However, if it is related to the gums, a proper dental cleaning may be able to resolve the condition. Only a dentist can make these assesments, and perform the proper treatment!

Maryland Bridge

What is a Maryland Bridge?

A Maryland Bridge is a tooth replacement option in which a laboratory-fabricated tooth is bonded to the teeth beside of the missing tooth. This method required little preparation of the teeth beside of the missing tooth, but is also very limited in when and where it can be used. Only your dentist can determine if this is a good option for you.

Tooth Colored Filling

What is a tooth colored filling?

A tooth colored filling, or white filling is technically a composite resin. This material is a very advanced plastic that is placed in the tooth in a soft form and light-cured to harden. These fillings chemically bond to the tooth and have been around for many years.

Toothache

Why does my tooth hurt?

A toothache can be from a varitey of problems. Once a tooth begins to hurt, this indicates that the pulp (or nerve) of the tooth is irritated. This can be from a crack in the tooth, a gum condition, a cavity or other conditions. The treatment options range from a filling, to a root canal, a deep cleaning, or an extraction. Only a dentist can properly assess the situation, and the more it is delayed, the worse it can become!

Tooth knocked out of line

What do I do if a tooth is knocked out of line?

Contact a dentist ASAP! The doctor will try and move the tooth back in line, or advised you how to do so over a period of time.

Knocked-out tooth

What to do if a tooth gets knocked out.

Contact a dentist ASAP! Keep the tooth clean and moist. Do not scrub the tooth; only rinse any dirt or debris off of the tooth with water. Store the tooth in your cheek, in some milk, or at least in a glass of water. The doctor will likely put the tooth back in its proper position.

Toothbrushing

Why do I need to brush my teeth?

Brushing your teeth removes the film that builds on your teeth called plaque. If plaque is not removed, it eats away tooth structure causing cavities

Toothache

What is a toothache?

Inside of the hard surface of a tooth is the pulp (or nerve) of the tooth. This area contains the blood vessels and nerve fibers of the tooth. When the pulp is irritated either by temperature changes, a cavity or a fracture, the pulp becomes inflamed. An inflamed pulp causes pressure to build inside the hard tooth structure, causing discomfort.

Broken Tooth

What do I do if I broke my tooth?

Contact a dentist ASAP! If the missing piece can be located, keep it clean and moist. You may either keep the piece in your cheek, in some milk, or at least in a glass of water. The doctor may be able to put the tooth back together, or treat it as needed otherwise. If you cannot reach a dentist, you may be able to sand down a sharp piece of the broken tooth with an emery board.