Dental Emergency: what should I do in a dental emergency
Basically, any dental problem that requires immediate treatment in order to save a tooth, stop ongoing tissue bleeding or alleviate severe pain is considered a dental emergency. A severe infection or abscess in the mouth can be life-threatening and should be dealt with immediately. A dental emergency can cause you to have a swollen face, being sensitive to hot and cold fluids and many other symptoms.
When you have a dental emergency pain can be unbearable. You resort to all sorts of remedies. You may put over the counter gels on the area, but in 99% of the time, this will not help. You see, the dental infection is inside the tooth and any gel you put on it, will not reach the infection. You may experience throbbing pain where there can severe inflammation inside the tooth. Does antibiotics work? not always. Again, the problem is inside the tooth and if the nerve has died inside, there is no more blood flow to the tooth. No blood flow, no antibiotic effect. You need antibiotics to reach the site of infection and if there is not enough blood flow, there will not be any effect. That is the reason only a dentist can help in this situation.
Dental Emergency patients require special attention. At our office, once we receive the emergency call, we will accommodate the patient and will see them the same day. We examine the patient, determine the cause and will arrive at a diagnosis. Once we know the reason, we can offer the patient different options of treatment. These can range from extraction, root canal, filling, crowns, denture repair or other issues.
If you think you have a dental emergency, you can visit us at either one of our locations in Gaithersburg, MD at 301-740-2686 or Lexington Park MD at 301-737-4747.
Porcelain dental crowns can renew your smile’s appearance and functionality to give you the teeth you want and the confidence you deserve. Find out just what porcelain dental crowns can do for you with Dr. Ali Fatemi at Fatemi Family Dentistry with locations in Lexington Park and Gaithersburg, MD.
What can a porcelain dental crown do for me?
Dental crowns cover a tooth to provide it with protection and stability. Crowns are most often used after a dental procedure like a root canal. However, dentists can use a dental crown for a variety of other reasons, including:
- to stabilize a damaged tooth
- to improve the appearance of a tooth
- to cover a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
- to anchor a dental bridge into place
- to protect a compromised tooth
The Porcelain Dental Crown Process in Lexington Park, MD, and Gaithersburg, MD
Your crowning process will usually take at least two dental appointments. At your first appointment, your dentist will prepare your tooth to receive the crown then take an impression of your mouth. A dental laboratory will create the crown based on the impression, a process which lasts about two weeks. After the crown is complete, you will have a second appointment with your dentist to fit and permanently place the crown.
For more information on porcelain dental crowns, please contact Dr. Ali Fatemi at Fatemi Family Dentistry with locations in Lexington Park and Gaithersburg, MD. Call (301) 737-4747 to schedule your appointment at the Lexington Park office or (301) 740-2686 to schedule your appointment at the Gaithersburg office today!
Learning that you may need a root canal is not the most welcoming news, but if you’re still a candidate for this procedure it’s actually a good thing. For some patients, the only option is extraction, and that comes with its own set of problems. If you’re eligible for a root canal, it means that you have a chance to give your tooth a second chance. Talk to a dentist at Fatemi Family Dentistry in Lexington Park and Gaithersburg, MD.
Myths About Root Canals
Some people associate root canals with dental pain when in truth this treatment is key to pain relief. Removing the damaged and infected tissue will eliminate the painful sensation, throbbing, and swelling you may be experiencing. You may imagine spending hours in the dentist’s chair for a root canal, but that’s not the case. It's possible to be in and out of the dentist’s office in about an hour. You’ll also be sedated, so there’s no need for the anxiety of feeling discomfort during the procedure.
How Root Canals Help
A root canal helps you by allowing you to avoid unnecessary tooth loss or extraction. The tooth remains stabilized in the jaw, even though the nerves and pulp have been removed. After the tooth is disinfected and filled with a protective material, your Lexington Park and Gaithersburg dentist then reinforces it with a durable dental crown. That crown will safeguard your treated tooth for up to 15 years and can be replaced as needed.
Your Tooth Deserves a Second Chance
It may be tempting to skip root canal treatment and just have a tooth extracted, but there are several reasons why that isn’t the best idea. An open socket attracts food particles and could make the oral cavity more susceptible to gum disease. Other teeth could shift and become misaligned due to the open space. Having an extracted tooth replaced can be costly, so if there’s a way to give your tooth a second chance with a root canal, you should go for it.
Reestablish Your Smile Health
A root canal treatment, especially in the early stages of tooth decay, can return your smile to good health. Set aside your anxious thoughts and make the call to Fatemi Family Dentistry. Call (301) 737-4747 for Lexington Park, or (301) 740-2686 for Gaithersburg today for a dentist appointment with Dr. Ali Fatemi.
Good for you--you're on board with brushing and flossing at home. You eat a healthy diet and limit alcohol. You don't smoke. Your gum health should be great, but do you know that for sure? The way to ward off periodontal disease or to catch it early is through regular check-ups with your dentist in Lexington Park and Gaithersburg, MD, Dr. Ali Fatemi. This fellow in the American Academy of General Dentistry uses six-month check-ups and cleanings to keep your gums (as well as your teeth) as healthy as possible.
Did you know?
Did you know that gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss among American adults and that about 47 million adults over the of 30 have it in some form? The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta reports this disturbing information. It's particularly unsettling because from mild gingivitis to advanced periodontitis, gum disease threatens oral health and even systemic health. So, it's important to prevent it with daily oral hygiene routines.
Symptoms of gum disease
Some individuals may not notice any symptoms of gum problems or may see just a little blood in the sink when they brush and floss. Others, however, experience symptoms which cannot be ignored, and your dentist in Lexington Park and Gaithersburg certainly will spot them on oral examination and through a simple procedure called periodontal probing
As part of your six-month examination at Fatemi Family Dentistry, Dr. Fatemi uses a small handheld probe to measure the spaces between your gum tissue and tooth surfaces. Called periodontal pockets, these spaces are normal when measuring one to three millimeters. Deeper measurements, however, are diagnostic for gum disease as are symptoms of:
- Bleeding, puffy, red gums
- Bad breath
- Pus at the gum line
- Loose, shifting teeth
- Exposed tooth roots
- Gum and bone deterioration
Hygienic cleanings remove the bacteria-filled plaque and tartar your brushing and flossing just cannot reach. Your hygienist scrapes away this build-up with ultrasonic and manual instruments, leaving tooth surfaces smooth and clean.
Treating gum disease
With mild gingivitis, gums recover nicely with regular cleanings and proper brushing and flossing. However, more serious periodontitis needs scaling and root planing, a procedure which goes below the gum line to remove hard tartar (calculus), smooth root surfaces and instill antibiotic medication as needed.
Other therapies include laser gum treatments, gum grafting (to cover exposed roots), and in the most advanced situations, bone grafting. Dr. Fatemi and his team carefully devise gum treatment plans tailored to individual patient needs so gums return to full health.
Learn more about your gums
You can spot periodontal disease before it damages your health. Call Fatemi Family Dentistry today to book your examination and cleaning. For the Lexington Park office, call (301) 737-4747, and for Gaithersburg, phone (301) 740-2686.
How dental crowns and bridges from your dentist in Gaithersburg, Maryland can improve your smile
Do you have an unattractive smile? Perhaps you have gaps where you used to have teeth? Or maybe your teeth have large, broken fillings from years ago? If so, you can rebuild your smile thanks to dental crowns and bridges. You deserve to have a smile that works well and gets noticed! Dr. Ali Fatemi at Fatemi Family Dentistry wants to help you rebuild your smile with crowns and bridges. He has two convenient office locations in Gaithersburg, and Lexington Park, Maryland to serve your dental needs.
Dental crowns are a great way to both protect teeth and enhance your smile:
- Modern, natural-looking materials like porcelain reflect light, so porcelain crowns look just like your natural teeth.
- In addition to full porcelain, you can also choose a porcelain-fused-to-metal or PFM crown. The combination of a metal support and porcelain provides both strength and beauty.
A dental crown covers the entire visible surface of your tooth, making your tooth resistant to breakage. That’s why dental crowns are such a great option for teeth that are already damaged or broken; a crown will prevent further damage. When you bite down or chew food, the biting force is spread out evenly over the entire surface of your tooth, reducing the impact.
Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth and provide you with more biting and chewing surface to help you enjoy the foods you love. Great chewing function helps with digestion, which aids your general overall health. Unlike partial appliances, you never remove a bridge; you clean it along with your natural-teeth, making it a convenient option when compared to appliances. A bridge looks more natural than dental appliances too.
For more information about dental crowns and bridges, please visit the Crowns & Bridgework page on the website at http://www.fatemifamilydentistry.com/crowns-and-bridgework.html
You don’t have to put up with an unattractive, damaged smile. It’s time to restore and improve your smile with dental crowns and bridgework. Get started by calling Dr. Ali Fatemi at Fatemi Family Dentistry, with offices in Gaithersburg, and Lexington Park, Maryland. Call today!
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