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What to Do in Case of a Dental Emergency

Accidents happen and sometimes even taking precautions can’t prevent dental emergencies. So what is considered a dental emergency? What can wait for normal dentist’s office hours? What should you do in the event of a dental emergency?

 

Signs of an Emergency

There are specific situations that are always considered dental emergencies. Completely losing a tooth is one of these. If handled quickly and correctly, the dentist may be able to restore the tooth. Severe cracks, large chips, and nerve damage are other dental emergencies. An abscessed tooth is another emergency. Signs of a dental emergency include:

  • Severe pain
  • Infection
  • Bleeding

A chipped tooth or minor fracture that doesn’t have any of these signs is probably not a dental emergency. Make an appointment to see your dentist during their regular operating hours.

What to Do

Knowing what to do in case of a dental emergency can be the difference in saving or losing a tooth. Here is what to do in the case of some common dental emergencies.

Losing a Tooth

The time immediately after losing a tooth is vital in potentially saving the tooth. Try to put the tooth back in the socket for the journey to the dentist. Avoid touching the roots of the tooth. If you can’t reliably keep the tooth in the socket, make sure to keep it hydrated. You can place the tooth in a container of milk or your own saliva.

Abscessed Tooth

An abscessed tooth is extremely important to handle immediately. An abscessed tooth is caused by a pocket of pus that leads to an infection. The infection can potentially spread into your jaw, surrounding tissue, and other areas of the body. An abscessed tooth is a life-threatening condition. Signs of an abscessed tooth include:

  • Fever
  • Tooth sensitivity to extreme temperatures
  • A severe and persistent toothache
  • Swelling
  • A bump on the gums near the infected tooth

If you experience any of these symptoms, see your dentist immediately. Rinsing your mouth with salt water can help ease the pain and will coax the pus to the surface.

The best way to prevent an abscessed tooth is to practice good oral hygiene and see your dentist regularly. To set up an appointment, contact Hyde Park Dental today.

What Are Lumineers?

Research has shown that having a nice smile can greatly impact your self-esteem. Veneers are a way of drastically improving your smile in a short period of time. Lumineers are a brand of veneers that can be made to ultra-thin sizes. Veneers are basically thin shells that are placed over your teeth to cover unsightly chips, stains, or gaps. Both traditional veneers and Lumineers look natural and are comfortable, strong, and durable. Traditional veneers are usually about .5 mm, while Lumineers tend to be closer to .3 mm. Although this doesn’t seem like a significant difference, it does make a substantial change to the procedure.

Traditional Veneers

Traditional veneers require grinding down of the tooth enamel to be placed. Due to this, it is often necessary for patients to wear temporary veneers in between the preparation of the tooth and the arrival of the personalized veneer. Furthermore, this makes the procedure irreversible, because the tooth will already have been ground down. The procedure involves the use of shots, so it may not be a good choice for those who fear invasive dental work.

Lumineers

Lumineers are much thinner than traditional veneers, which actually eliminates the need for tooth reduction. They are durable and last over 20 years. Lumineers fit over the existing tooth’s surface, which might make them feel slightly thicker than traditional veneers. If you ever decide you no longer want the Lumineers, the process is reversible, with little or no damage to your natural teeth. The less invasive procedure eliminates the need for anesthesia.

How Much Do They Cost?

Most insurance companies won’t pay for Lumineers and veneers, because they are considered cosmetic procedures. Check with your insurance provider to determine if any part of the procedure will be covered. Traditional veneers and Lumineers are fairly comparable in cost. Traditional veneers run anywhere from $500-1,900 per tooth. Lumineers typically cost between $800-2,000 per tooth.

Hyde Park Dental thinks that Lumineers might be one of the best ways to instantly improve a patient’s smile. It is easy, effective, and affordable. To find out more about Lumineers and schedule a consultation, contact Hyde Park Dental today.

What You Need to Know About Root Canals

Endodontic therapy is the term for what is commonly known as a root canal. Endodontic means “inside the tooth,” and that’s exactly what a root canal is. A root canal is a treatment for removing infection from the inside of a tooth.

Why Do People Need Root Canals?

The tooth consists of two parts- the crown and the roots. The crown is mostly above your gum, while the roots attach the tooth to the jawbone. Inside the tooth is a hollow section that contains the nerve tissue, blood vessels, and other cells. This is the root canal, which is also referred to as the pulp. If there is a way for bacteria to enter the root canal, it will eventually destroy the pulp. If it can penetrate through the root openings, it can cause an infection in the bone. When the pulp becomes infected or inflamed, it will cause sensitivity and pain. This can be caused by decay, repeated dental procedures, or a crack/chip in the tooth.

What Happens During A Root Canal?

There are three general steps to a root canal. First, the dentist cleans the root canal, removing the nerves and tissue. Second, the dentist shapes the space for the filling and fills the root canals. Finally, they protect the tooth by adding a crown or filling.

Will It Hurt?

Contrary to popular belief, a root canal should be relatively painless. The pain comes from the infection, which the procedure is intended to alleviate. Some tenderness and sensitivity afterwards is normal, and can usually be treated with over the counter painkillers.

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost varies depending on the situation. Generally speaking, a root canal is cheaper than having a tooth extracted and replacing it with a crown or bridge. They are typically covered at least partially by dental insurance, as well.

How Do I Know if I Need a Root Canal?

Signs of infection include:

  • Pain when eating or applying pressure to the tooth
  • Pain and sensitivity caused by hot or cold temperatures
  • Inflammation of the gums near the tooth

 

For more information on endodontic therapy, contact Hyde Park Dental today!

Understanding Composites and Bonding

healthy teeth North LoganWhen you head to your Cache Valley Dentist for a yearly cleaning, it’s common to find out that you have tooth decay or cavities. Just about everyone will have a cavity in their lifetime due to the amount of plaque and bacteria that is starting to break down the enamel on your teeth. So what happens next? If you have a cavity, your Dentist will use special tools to remove the cavity and replace it with composites and bonding.

Bonding simply means that you are having special dental materials secured to your teeth. This happens by using a curing light that will harden the material to your tooth, proving you with a strong tooth again. What is composite material? This is the “white” filling we will place into the tooth where they have removed the cavity. Composites are often used to replace other issues with the teeth like gaps in the teeth or stains on the front of the teeth.

Composite material comes in a number of different shades, making it ideal for anyone that would like to repair their smile. The filling material can be matched perfectly so that no one will even notice that you have had dental work done.

If you have old fillings that are sliver (amalgam) it is common for a dentist to recommend replacement of these fillings. This will improve your smile, especially if you open your mouth and others can see your silver fillings.

Depending upon how large your cavity is and how much work you need done, it will only take the dentist a few minutes or an hour to work on your teeth. Smaller fillings that do not go deep into the dentin (inner part) of the tooth may not even require anesthesia to treat the tooth and to bond the composite material to the tooth.

Call Hyde Park Dental today to schedule your cleaning and examination!

Why You Shouldn’t Skip Dental Cleanings

dental cleaningsIs brushing and flossing enough to protect your teeth against serious dental problems? No matter how well you brush or floss your teeth, nothing can take the place of a regular dental cleaning. Professional cleanings are designed to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums. If left to their own devices, plaque and tartar will cause gum disease and can easily cause serious damage to your teeth, leaving you with limited options when it comes to caring for your teeth.

Our Cache Valley Dentist is ready to protect your teeth against tooth decay and gum disease. Our trained staff will help you feel comfortable if you do suffer from dental anxiety and are concerned about the cleaning process. We treat our patients like members of our family and want to make sure you are receiving the right procedures for your unique needs. Some patients have health conditions that need to be considered prior to a cleaning, other patients may have a history of oral health problems. We recommend coming into the office every six months for regular cleanings and examinations.

Alot of things can change in six months and many patients will end up seeing serious differences in their oral health. We do take x-rays to help us identify issues below the gums and possibly within the root of the tooth. If you are at a higher risk for gum disease, it is important to contact our office. We recommend frequent cleanings for patients with soft teeth or those with a greater risk of oral health problems.

Contact our office if you are ready to have your teeth and gums cleaned and to prevent serious oral health problems.

 

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Are You a Candidate for Dental Sleep Apnea Treatment?

If you suffer from sleep apnea and are dissatisfied with your current treatment, it may be time to look into oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy is used to treat patients who suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea.

What is Oral Appliance Therapy?

As a common disorder, sleep apnea occurs when an individual has one or more pauses in breathing while sleeping. The oral appliance maintains an open and clear airway in the throat, which helps you achieve maximum comfort and opening of your airways during sleep.

How to Use Your Oral Appliance

Our dentist, Dr. Carlson, will discuss the benefits of each appliance and help you determine which sleep apnea appliance option is best for you. When you have chosen the right sleep apnea appliance for your requirements, our dentist will educate you on how to best use your sleep apnea appliance.

Oral Appliance Therapy Results

Most of our patients find the devices very comfortable. According to recent studies, oral appliances are effective in treating snoring 90% of patients.

Contact Hyde Park Dental Today

Our goal is to provide our sleep apnea patients with a great night’s sleep and maximum comfort during sleep. If you current method of treating sleep apnea is ineffective due to discomfort, we can help you resolve those issues through modification to your current treatment method or even changing your course of sleep apnea treatment entirely! Please call Hyde Park Dental today if you are experiencing sleep apnea to see if we can help you get a better night’s sleep.

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Dental Care for Missionaries

Getting ready for your mission is an exciting time for a young man or woman. With so many things to prepare for, it’s easy to forget the simple things, including dental care. Fortunately, we offer missionary specials, including wisdom teeth extraction for all four teeth, 50% off missionary exam, and 20% discount on all other dental work.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

The dentists at Hyde Park Dental creates maximum comfort during wisdom teeth extraction. We use state of the art technology for this procedure to reduce swelling and recovery time following the procedure. We also work quickly to reduce the amount of time the patient is in the chair so they can get home and start the recovery process. We provide each patient with clear instructions for their recovery and we make sure that each patient has someone to drop them off and drive the home after the procedure.

Teeth Cleaning

Before heading off to your mission, it’s essential to get your teeth professionally cleaned by our dentist. This will ensure that any plaque and tartar will be removed and reduce the risk of gum disease. We may also offer fluoride treatments to protect and strengthen the enamel.

Contact Hyde Park Dental for Your Dental Care Needs

Whether you’re about to go on your mission or just get back, we can help make your mouth as healthy as possible with our skilled dental staff and missionary discounts.

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How Pregnancy Affects Dental Health

If you’re expecting a baby, you’ve most likely noticed a lot of changes in your body, including changes in your oral health. The primary changes are due to an increase in hormones. Therefore, it’s essential to practice good dental health during your entire pregnancy. Here’s everything you need to know about a mother’s dental care.

Common Dental Health Problems During Pregnancy

Being pregnant puts you at a higher risk for gum disease, tooth decay, pregnancy tumors, and more. Although these conditions are avoidable with regular brushing and flossing, it may be necessary to make an appointment with your dentist to ensure your mouth stays healthy for the duration of your pregnancy.

When Should I See a Dentist?

We recommend making an appointment with our Utah dentist as soon as you find our about your pregnancy. We’ll assess your oral health and perform a thorough dental cleaning. Throughout your pregnancy, we’ll monitor changes and create a dental plan that will best work for your unique needs.

Are Dental X-Rays Safe for Pregnant Woman?

According to the American Dental Association, dental x-rays are now considered safe. However, if you have any concerns, feel free to talk to our dentists. We can help evaluate whether or not you need an x-ray of if it can be postponed.

Contact Hyde Park Dental Today

We take pride in helping every Hyde Park Dental patient achieve a beautiful smile and good oral health. Call Hyde Park Dental today for your general dentistry needs. We are happy to set up an initial consultation and check-up for you at your earliest convenience!

How Sedation Dentistry Works

Sedation dentistry is effective and safe for patients of all ages. We have a special process to help our patients feel relaxed during the visit to our dentist office. We offer three types of sedation methods, including:

Oral Sedation

Also referred to as “sleep dentistry” or “conscious sedation,” Oral sedation is introduced as pill form. The pill will relax the central nervous system, allowing you to feel sleepy.  Oral sedation is a great option for people who experience anxiety with needles or shots.

IV Sedation

Known as “general anesthesia,” IV sedation is the strongest type of sedation dentistry. Patients receive the sedation drug intravenously, which allows the treatment to work quickly. After the sedative is administered, the patient will become unconscious. Vital signs of patients are supervised at all times. Once the treatment is complete and the patient wakes up, it’s necessary to have a loved one drive you home.

Nitrous Oxide

As the most basic type of sedation, nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedation agent that is mixed oxygen. It’s introduced through a small mask that fits over your nose. Also called “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide helps patients feel relaxed and comfortable during their time at the dentist. The gas tends to wear off quickly.

Customized Sedation Dentistry

We customize the sedation dentistry experience for each patient depending on age, weight, level of anxiety experienced, etc. If you choose the sedation dentistry experience please keep in mind that you will need a ride to and from your procedure. It is not safe to drive under the effects of the sedation medications. Your sedation is monitored by our dental staff in order to ensure that you are comfortable at all times while you are in our dental office.

Contact Hyde Park Dental Today!

For more questions about sedation dentistry, please call the Hyde Park Dental. We are happy to give you further details and help you decide if sedation dentistry is right for you or your family member.

Gum Disease Awareness Month

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During the month of February, the dental community raises awareness about gum disease. Gum disease is also referred to as periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can easily hide behind a beautiful white smile. Paying attention to the appearance of your teeth is great, but it is important to not forget about your gums. The best way to care for your gums, is to floss every day. Flossing removes bacteria build up between your teeth, preventing your gums from becoming inflamed and swollen. If you’re not flossing, you are missing 1/3 of the surface area of each tooth.

Periodontal Disease Correlates with Overall Health

Your gums that surround your teeth are a barrier. Their role is to prevent any inflammation from damaging your body. There are several other diseases and sickness that is related to gum disease, such as:

  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Premature births
  • Low-birth weight babies.

It hasn’t been determined what the exact link is between gum disease and other diseases that come as a result in your body. Experts have a theory that the bacteria that grows in your mouth from sugary and starchy foods get into your bloodstream and affects major organs. The most common symptom that is revealed between gum disease and heart disease, for example is inflammation. Inflammation in your gums is an indicator of gum disease and could perhaps cause inflammation throughout your whole body. Inflammation is evident and an underlying problem in heart disease and other diseases in the body.

Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

There are a few signs and symptoms that if you are aware of, you may be able to prevent further damage to your gums.

  • Red, tender and swollen gums
  • Receding gum line
  • Any bleeding after flossing
  • Constant halitosis (bad breath)
  • Indication of pus forming in the gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Sore or any pain in your mouth

The biggest key to aid in the prevention of gum disease, is to practice perfect oral hygiene and visit your dentist every six months in order to diagnose and provide proper treatment. At any time during your oral care routine, you notice any of the signs and symptoms listed above, schedule an appointment with your dentist and create an action plan before it gets any worse. Call us today if you have any questions.