Posts for: December, 2017
“Don’t panic” is your first priority when faced with a sudden mouth injury. Of course, that may be easier said than done when you or a family member has just experienced a chipped, fractured or even dislodged tooth.
It helps, therefore, to have some idea beforehand on what to do and, especially, when to do it. You should think in terms of immediate, urgent and less urgent injuries: a tooth completely knocked out of its socket requires immediate action — within 5 minutes of the injury; a tooth that’s moved out of its normal position but still in the socket is an urgent matter that needs professional attention within 6 hours; and a chipped tooth is less urgent, but still needs to be seen by a dentist within 12 hours.
As you may have gathered, the most important thing you can do when a dental injury occurs is to contact our office as soon as possible. If for some reason you can’t, you should visit the nearest emergency center.
There are also some actions you should take for a knocked-out permanent tooth because there’s a chance it can be replanted in the socket if you act within 5 minutes of the injury. First, rinse the tooth with cold, clean water (bottled or tap) if it’s dirty. Be sure to handle it gently, avoiding touching the root. Grasping the crown-end with your thumb and index finger, place the tooth into the empty socket and push it firmly into place. Apply light but firm pressure with your hand or a wad of wet tissue to make sure it doesn’t come out. Don’t worry about correct alignment — we can adjust that later during examination.
If the tooth is chipped or broken, try to locate the broken pieces — it may be possible to re-bond them to the tooth. You should store them in a container with milk or the injured person’s saliva (the same can be done for a knocked out tooth if reinserting it isn’t practical). The broken pieces should then be transported with the injured person to emergency treatment.
Taking these actions may not ultimately save a traumatized tooth, but they will certainly raise its chances for survival.
If you would like more information on preventing and treating dental injuries, 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 “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”
One trip to our office could get you a smile that’s truly dazzling.
Whether you drink multiple cups of coffee a day or you used to be a hardcore smoker, there are many day-to-day habits that can affect the color of your teeth. We can all admit that a yellow smile is anything but attractive. Fortunately, our Novi, MI, cosmetic dentist, Dr. David Salah, offers an amazing and fast way to remove these stubborn dental stains and get an instantly whiter smile.
Whether you choose to get in-office whitening treatment or you would prefer to whiten from the comfort of your own home, our Novi dentist can help you out. The teeth whitening you choose really depends on your specific cosmetic goals as well as your finances. If you are willing to spend a bit more money to get a visibly whiter smile in about one hour then our in-office whitening system might be the better choice.
In most cases, in-office teeth whitening can get your smile multiple shades whiter in just one treatment session. Imagine walking into our office and walking out with a more vibrant and radiant smile. The success lies in our high-quality and powerful whitening gel. In order for whitening gel to work you need either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.
Of course, the whitening products that you get over-the-counter will contain one of these active ingredients but in a much smaller quantity. Our in-office whitening gel is the strongest you’ll find, and since you have a dental professional to provide you with this treatment you know you’ll have not only an effective but also safe whitening treatment.
Does whitening from home sound more up your alley? If so, then you can also talk to us about your at-home whitening methods. By providing you with custom-made dental trays and an effective whitening gel, you’ll notice results after just a couple weeks of continual use. While you won’t see results as quickly as you would with in-office whitening you’ll save a little money but still achieve a brighter smile.
Isn’t it time you felt proud to show off your smile? Progressive Dental Group in Novi, MI, is ready to help you achieve a brighter smile with professional teeth whitening. Let’s find out if this is the perfect cosmetic treatment to fit your needs.
Nearly half of all Americans have some form of periodontal (gum) disease. Without proper daily hygiene and treatment, this aggressive disease can ultimately cause tooth loss. It also appears the effects of gum disease reach beyond the mouth, as researchers have found relationships between it and other systemic diseases.
Inflammation, the body’s response to infection, is at the center of these relationships. In the case of gum disease, periodontal tissues become inflamed as the body attempts to isolate and fight the infection. If the inflammation becomes chronic, however, it will begin to damage gum tissues.
Inflammation is also a major feature of diabetes, a condition in which the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin. Without enough of this hormone that transforms sugar into usable energy for the body, the sugar accumulates in the blood stream; as a result, the patient becomes more susceptible to an exaggerated inflammatory response when the body encounters an infection. This is especially true for periodontal infections: the resulting inflammation can be greater and harder to control in diabetic patients. What’s more, uncontrolled gum disease may worsen their blood sugar levels.
Although not as prominent as with diabetes, cardiovascular disease also seems to share a connection with gum disease. This collection of chronic conditions like high blood pressure or restricted blood vessel flow raises the risk of heart attack or stroke. Like gum disease, inflammation is a major component in the progression of cardiovascular disease — in fact, both diseases leave similar chemical “markers” in the blood that indicate their early development.
Ongoing research has also produced some promising treatment findings for both gum disease and inflammatory diseases, which also include osteoporosis, respiratory disease and rheumatoid arthritis. We’re now finding in many cases that treating one side of the disease connection can have positive effects on the other side. For example, diabetics who receive professional treatment for gum disease may see better blood sugar control.
With this in mind, the best approach is to practice effective, daily oral hygiene to reduce the risk of gum disease, coupled with regular office cleanings and checkups. Not only will this help you maintain optimum oral health, it may also contribute to better management of other conditions you may have.
If you would like more information on the relationship between periodontal (gum) disease and other diseases, 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 “Good Oral Health Leads to Better Health Overall.”