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Dental Accidents on Vacation? Be Prepared!

added on: July 9, 2013

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Going on vacation? In addition to cameras, sunscreen, and comfortable shoes or boots, you probably have a small emergency first aid kit for minor scrapes, scratches, or headaches. But dental emergencies can happen anywhere, even if you’re nowhere near our dental office in West Sayville.

In addition to bandages, gauze, and some antiseptic, add a small bottle of oil of cloves. (It’s not a bad idea to keep some around the house!) It can help relieve minor tooth pain if necessary. The Department of Health and Human Services has some tips for dental first aid:

Broken or knocked out tooth – Find the tooth or tooth pieces as soon as possible and gently rinse them to remove debris. If there’s bleeding, rinse the area with warm water and apply pressure with gauze. Apply a cold compress to the cheek or jaw if there’s swelling.

If a knocked out tooth can be re-inserted, gently attempt to put it back into place. This can be the best method of saving the tooth. If it can’t be re-inserted, place it in milk and get to a dentist quickly!

Toothache or abscess – Rinse the mouth with warm salt water to remove any food debris. Do NOT place aspirin at the site of the pain; it can burn the gum tissue. If there is any swelling, place a cold compress on the side of the cheek.

Bleeding from a cut or lost tooth – A cut lip, tongue, or cheek, or even a lost baby tooth can cause bleeding. Gently clean the area with a clean wet cloth and apply pressure for about 15 minutes. You can also apply ice or a cold compress to the area. If the bleeding doesn’t stop after 15 minutes, get to dentist or doctor as soon a possible.

Dental emergencies can happen anywhere. A few precautions and a little preparedness will help you get back to your vacation fun as soon as possible. When you return, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment at our dental office in West Sayville to have the tooth or cut examined. If necessary, we will restore your tooth with bonding, a crown, or any of the restorative or esthetic dental services we provide at Richard M. Sigismondi, DMD.

No matter how nice of an environment your office has, I still feel like I would prefer to be sedated for my dental work. Would I be able to have that service?

added on: June 19, 2012

We recognize that in the course of a person’s life there may be a history of a situation that can elevate a patient’s anxiety level to make them want to avoid dental care. It is for that reason that sedation would be beneficial to make dental treatment as comfortable as possible. The range of sedation can vary based on a person’s needs and desires. Nitrous oxide provides a level of sedation where a patient is awake yet relaxed. Many patient’s enjoy this because it is relaxing yet is completely dissipated by the time the appointment is over. Oral sedation allows a more profound yet still awake experience. This sedation wears off slowly and requires an escort to and from the office. General sedation puts you completely asleep and is performed by a board certified anesthesiologist. This also requires a pre-treatment evaluation by that anesthesiologist, as well as an escort from the office.

Why should I start treatment now when the tooth doesn’t even bother me?

added on: June 19, 2012

It is a common misconception that dental care is not important until things hurt. Waiting until that happens can be bad for your health, bad for your pocketbook, and take up a lot more of your time. Pain in the mouth is a pretty sure sign of infection or something equally serious. Leaving infection in your mouth allows infection to spread through your body and weaken your immune system. When dental conditions are let go until they are on the brink of disaster is certainly inviting costly reparations. Sometimes this line of thinking can go hand in hand with the idea that if it hurts and costs a lot, just pull the tooth. This may seem expeditious but brings on more problems in the future that will just make obtaining good health, function, and attractive esthetics harder and harder to achieve.

I would love to have my teeth removed and have implants placed but I can’t afford a mouth full of implants. I hate the idea of ever wearing a denture. What would you suggest?

added on: June 19, 2012

In times past, when a person was in your position, we removed all the teeth, put a denture in, waited a few months , then put 6 to 10 implants in to support new teeth. Amazingly, research has shown that we don’t need as many implants, you don’t need to wear a denture and you don’t need to wait months. We always believed that you needed many implants for more support and that they were best placed straight up and down to support a bridge, just like real teeth. Engineering analysis shows implants supporting a bridge work better placed at an angle to one another, much like roof trusses or suspension bridge supports. This is not only much stronger, but less implants are needed and they can bear a load immediately. The process is called all on four, representing the four implants needed to support a large bridge. This greatly reduces the cost of what was once pretty expensive procedure.

Call our office for more info on this procedure. Mention this article and receive 10% off your all on four procedure!

Why should I start treatment now when the tooth doesn’t even bother me?

added on: May 17, 2012

It is a common misconception that dental care is not important until things hurt. Waiting until that happens can be bad for your health, bad for your pocketbook, and take up a lot more of your time. Pain in the mouth is a pretty sure sign of infection or something equally serious. Leaving infection in your mouth allows infection to spread through your body and weaken your immune system. When dental conditions are let go until they are on the brink of disaster is certainly inviting costly reparations. Sometimes this line of thinking can go hand in hand with the idea that if it hurts and costs a lot, just pull the tooth. This may seem expeditious but brings on more problems in the future that will just make obtaining good health, function, and attractive esthetics harder and harder to achieve.

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