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Posts for: February, 2017

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
February 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health

For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.

Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.

If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.

If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.

When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.

When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment. Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.

And as for Noah Galloway:  In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!

If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
February 02, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Root Canals   tooth decay  

Learn more about root canals from your South Atlanta dentist.
root canals
When you ask most people what most keeps them from going to the dentist they often comment on root canal. While root canal is certainly not something that patients look forward to, it is certainly something that can be of great help to keeping your natural teeth. When visiting a South Atlanta, GA root canal expert, such as those at Dentistry at Camp Creek, it can be determined whether a root canal is the best option or not.

When is a Root Canal Needed?

A root canal is often warranted if you have a tooth that is fairly sound and in good condition except for the decay that has been found. If the tooth is still well rooted in the gums it is likely that it can be saved with a root canal. The root canal is the process of removing the root from the tooth, cleaning the interior of the tooth by removing all decay and then sealing the tooth to prevent further decay. The root is not actually necessary in the tooth once the tooth has matured and has embedded itself in the gums. If the South Atlanta root canal specialists believe that there is a chance that further decay could occur if left untreated, a root canal is a good option that could save your tooth.

Don’t let your fear of root canals stop you from working with a qualified South Atlanta root canal specialist. Get help before it is too late and before you need a tooth removed. You can save your tooth and prevent further decay if you are able to have a root canal. Call Dentistry at Camp Creek in South Atlanta, GA today at (404) 629-9290 to schedule an appointment. Our team of dental experts is ready to help you get the healthy mouth you need and want so that you can feel confident with a smile.