Preparation is the key to handling any emergency, whether you experience a flat tire or a dental problem. Our Mobile, AL, dentists, Dr. James Sitz and Dr. Glenn Steen of Grelot Dental Group, discuss a few common dental emergencies and explains what you should do if they occur.
Your tooth was knocked out
Falls, blows to the mouth and other injuries can dislodge your teeth. In some cases, it may be possible to reimplant your lost tooth, as long as you receive dental treatment within about an hour of your injury. If your tooth is knocked out, rinse it in water to remove debris, then place it back in the socket. Sometimes the tooth won't fit back in the socket. If this is the case, place the tooth in a covered container and add your saliva or enough milk to completely cover the tooth. You can also hold the tooth between your teeth and gum if it won't fit in the socket.
Your tooth is loose
Loose teeth often move out of position after a blow to your face. If this occurs, gently move the tooth back to its original position without forcing it. Don't chew on a loose tooth or move it with your fingers or tongue until you receive dental treatment in our Mobile office. Over-the-counter pain medication can help you feel more comfortable after your injury.
Your tooth broke
Broken teeth may occur as a result of an accident or can happen when you bite with a fragile or cracked tooth. A broken tooth can be very painful, especially if the break exposes your tooth pulp. You can reduce the pain by covering the broken edges with dental cement, taking an over-the-counter pain medication and applying ice to your cheek. A coating of dental cement can also prevent your broken tooth from cutting your cheek, tongue or lips.
You've developed an abscess
Treating dental abscesses promptly prevents the bacterial infection responsible for your pain from spreading. In addition to severe or throbbing pain in your tooth, you might also notice swollen gums or a small pimple on your gums and may develop a fever or swollen lymph nodes.
Emergency dental treatment is essential if you experience any of these problems. Call our Mobile, AL, dentists, Dr. Sitz and Dr. Steen of Grelot Dental Group, at (251) 343-5974 to schedule your emergency appointment.
Has a change in your tooth left you wondering if you may need a root canal? Our Mobile, AL, dentist, Dr. Glenn Steen of Grelot Dental Group, share a few symptoms that can indicate a serious problem with your tooth.
It's not always easy to tell if tooth pain is caused by a cavity or an inflammation or infection in the pulp. No matter what the cause, it's important to visit our Mobile office if you experience chronic pain in your tooth, whether it occurs constantly or occasionally. If your pulp is inflamed or infected, the pain might be mild at first. Unfortunately, if you overlook your symptoms, the pain may steadily worsen until you can no longer ignore it.
Does your tooth hurt more when you chew on it or after you eat or drink anything hot or cold? These signs may indicate that your pain is caused by a problem with your tooth's pulp.
Inflammations and infections, no matter where they are in your body, tend to cause redness and swelling. If you need a root canal, you may notice that the gum around your tooth is red and swollen. Does one side of your lower face look puffy? Swelling caused by inflammation and infection can also spread to the face.
Has your tooth become darker? Discoloration is another potential sign that you'll need a root canal.
An abscess is a painful bacterial infection in the center of your tooth. In addition to severe pain, you may also notice a pimple or pus on the gum near the tooth, swollen gums and lymph nodes, and a fever. Antibiotics will prevent the infection from spreading, but the pulp of your tooth must be removed to save it.
How are root canals performed in Mobile?
If you've ever had a filling, you already understand the basics of root canal therapy. Prior to your root canal procedure, you'll be given local anesthetics to ensure that the procedure is pain free. We'll use a dental drill to expose the pulp, then remove it. Cleaning and shaping the interior of your tooth and the root canals is one of the most important steps. An antibiotic may also be added to the tooth to reduce the chance of infection. After the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it will be filled with a temporary filling. In about two weeks, the tooth will be permanently filled with a flexible rubber-based material.
Worried about a tooth? Call our Mobile, AL, dentist, Dr. Steen of Grelot Dental Group, at (251) 343-5974 to schedule an appointment.
The wisdom teeth are four teeth located at the back of the four quadrants of your mouth. They emerge when a patient becomes an adult (around 18-20 years old). While some people are able to keep these teeth for life, others need to have them extracted to ensure good oral health. Here are a few reasons why your wisdom teeth may need to be removed by Dr. James Sitz at Grelot Dental Group in Mobile, AL.
Growing in Crooked (Impacted)
Wisdom teeth can grow in crooked, sideways, or at an angle, which will eventually become a problem for the other teeth in your mouth. This situation is sometimes called an impacted wisdom tooth. The impacted tooth pushes up against the molars and can cause the entire row of teeth to shift out of place. In this unfortunate case, the tooth must be removed before it causes a secondary dental issue, like crowding, misalignment, or cracking of the enamel.
Partially Erupted Tooth
In some cases, a wisdom tooth doesn’t fully erupt, meaning that it doesn’t come out of the gumline as it should. Part of it is stuck beneath the gums at the back of the mouth. When this happens, the tooth and gums could become infected because you can’t clean it properly. This can be a very painful issue if the problem tooth isn’t properly extracted.
If you go to your Mobile dentist for an orthodontic consultation, there’s a possibility that the wisdom teeth may have to be removed. The purpose of an orthodontic treatment is to move the teeth into an ideal position so that they’re properly spaced and aligned. If a wisdom tooth is interfering with that process, your dentist may have to remove it.
Sometimes even a wisdom tooth that has grown in properly will shift or move, causing pain in the back of the mouth that sometimes spreads to other teeth. Sometimes the pain is minor and goes away after about a day, but in other cases the situation is chronic and needs to be treated.
Have Your Wisdom Teeth Examined
Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth pulled, but if you do, your dentist can tell you at your next appointment. Call 251-343-5974 to schedule a visit with Dr. James Sitz at Grelot Dental Group in Mobile, AL.
A damaged tooth isn’t forever. Find out what dental treatment could keep that tooth safe.
Did you crack your tooth while crunching on ice? Maybe you had a sports injury that affected the health of a tooth. Accidents happen; we know this isn’t something you planned. While no one wants to face dental problems, it really doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Our Mobile, AL, dentist, Dr. Glenn Steen, provides a simple approach to protecting a damaged smile for the future.
What is the purpose of a dental crown?
When you see a dental crown in real life, you’ll immediately see that it’s crafted to look just like the crown of a real tooth. That’s because it’s meant to go over your tooth to protect it. A dental crown is important for both cosmetic and restorative purposes. You may need to get a dental crown in Mobile if…
- You have a tooth that has been damaged by trauma, decay or infection
- A dental filling won’t be able to properly support a tooth
- You have a tooth that is too weak to function properly without incurring more damage
- You have a tooth that is disfigured or severely discolored
- You need to hold a dental bridge in place
- You need to cover a dental implant to replace a single missing tooth
As you can see, a dental crown is a pretty versatile restoration that can be used to handle a variety of oral issues. If you are dealing with any of the problems above then it’s time to talk to us about whether a dental crown is the right approach for improving your oral health. Getting a dental crown could just end up saving your tooth from further damage.
Whether you have questions about dental crowns or other dental services we offer in Mobile, AL, never hesitate to reach out to Grelot Dental Group. Our goal is to provide you with quality, tailored dental care to meet all of your needs.
If you’re looking for a qualified, caring dentist in Mobile, AL, think about giving Grelot Dental Group a call. Dr. Glenn Steen of Grelot Dental Group is ready to help you with your aching tooth. But, no worries, a root canal can help fix that, and with Dr. Steen, you're in good hands.
Root canals aren’t as scary as they sound, but not getting one when you need one can certainly be. What happens is that the inner soft tissue of one of your teeth, known as the pulp, somehow becomes infected and/or inflamed, perhaps because of a crack or severe cavity in the tooth enamel – that’s the hard, white outer layer you see in your mirror when you smile – that has allowed bacteria to cause that infection. Sometimes you will notice it – it can cause sudden and severe pain or sensitivity - but sometimes you won’t.
When Dr. Steen has ascertained the problem, he may suggest a root canal, a procedure during which Dr. Steen will remove the infected pulp from the inner chamber, disinfect the now empty chambers, and refill them. He will then attach a prosthetic known as a crown or cap to the tooth.
If you are seeking the services of a qualified, caring dentist in Mobile, AL, contact Dr. Steen at Grelot Dental Group. For more information call (251) 343-5974.
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