February 10, 2017
You have an awful toothache. Or, there’s a sudden dental problem during spring break. A family member falls, breaking a tooth. What action should you take? Hopefully, you have a dentist in mind who you can trust with your most pressing dental needs. Contact Dr. Brenda Gong, your family dentist in Angier. The doctor and her caring staff will help you right away, getting your oral health back on track. That’s their year ‘round mission at Accent Family Dentistry.
Reasons Behind Sudden Dental Problems
Your mouth and face are very sensitive.They react to sudden injury and disease, signalling you that something is wrong. Dr. Gong wants her patients to understand the reasons for discomfort and what should be done to alleviate the problem. Even people with great oral health need to listen to what their bodies are telling them.
A frequent cause of tooth pain is decay. A hole which begins in the outermost layer of tooth structure called enamel, decay often continues down into the soft pulp in the tooth’s interior. The result is sensitivity to hot and cold and to the pressures of biting and chewing.
Dr. Gong can find cavities on oral examination and treat them accordingly. She says that the best ways to avoid decay is a healthy, low-carb diet, brushing and flossing at home and getting semi-annual cleanings and exams at Accent Family Dentistry. Actually, spring break is a good time to round up the family for routine appointments.
Another reason for a toothache is dental abscess. This problem causes pain and swelling at the gumline and jaw, a bad taste and red, swollen gums. Root canal therapy removes diseased pulp and restores the tooth. Those adolescent wisdom teeth often get infected as they become impacted in gums or bone. Dr. Gong has years of experience with these troublesome teeth and performs comfortable extractions at Accent Family Dentistry. In short, if you suspect a deep cavity or abscess, contact Dr. Gong at the first sign of pain.
Other common spring break problems include receiving a blow to the mouth during sports or from an accident. This trauma may displace a tooth to one side, break it or even knock it out (tooth avulsion). Displacement requires immediate treatment from Dr. Gong who can reposition the tooth and splint it to stabilize it.
In the case of tooth fracture, save the pieces in a sealed container with water, milk or over the counter tooth preservative (have a Think Safe Save-a-Tooth Kit handy with your other first aid supplies). Bring them to the office where the dentist may bond them in place or cover the tooth with a porcelain veneer or crown.
When a tooth is completely knocked out, rinse it with water, and try to place it back in the tooth socket. Hold it there while traveling to the dental office. If you cannot replace it, put the tooth in a container with milk, water or tooth preservative. For profuse bleeding, bite on sterile gauze or even a clean handkerchief. If you get to the dentist quickly, chances are good that the tooth will be saved
First aid for bleeding also applies to an oral laceration of the lips, tongue and gums. If bleeding does not stop within 15 minutes, go to the hospital emergency room for treatment. If you believe your jaw is broken or displaced, go to the hospital as well.
You Can Trust Dr. Gong
Depend on Dr. Gong and her professional team for compassionate and skilled emergency dental care. Contact Accent Family Dentistry immediately with an urgent concern during spring break or at any time of year. We want to know you and your family well before any emergencies strike.
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