Yearly Archives: 2011

Emergency Dentist Sacramento – Dental Medical Emergencies

 

Just like with other medical emergencies you cannot help when you need services;

emergencydentistsacramento80 Emergency Dentist Sacramento   Dental Medical EmergenciesEven if it’s in the middle of the night.

Dentists are available to take care of emergency  dental procedures 24/7, you just have to know where to find one.

Most people assume that dentists are only available during regular business hours to do routine exams and cleaning, but almost all cities have emergency dentists on call to take care of emergencies.

So what is an emergency?  Well, the first factor in determining if you have an emergency is your level of pain.

If you have relatively no pain odds are that you can wait until the next day to go in.  But if you have a high level of pain you should contact the emergency dentist.

Pain is going to make it difficult for you to sleep, eat, or drink.  It will ruin your night.

Ignoring a dental problem will make it worse.  When it comes to tooth decay, infection, cracked/chipped teeth, or broken dental work it should all be taken care of as soon as possible.

Especially in the case of an infection, if the infection spreads it could be life threatening.  If previously existing dental work falls out or breaks you should go in right away to get it redone so you don’t risk further damage to your dentin or roots.

If you even think you’re having a dental emergency it is best to call and get a hold of a dental professional.  They can give you advice and recommend treatment right away, or waiting until the next day for treatment.

Either way, you’re going to want to know how to get in contact with that dentist and get your problems taken care of quickly.

DENTAL CARE – Who’s Scared To Go?

emergency dentist sacramento11 150x150 DENTAL CARE – Who’s Scared To Go?When is a good time to introduce your child to a dentist and dental care?

I would strongly suggest that you introduce your children to dental care before they had any problems with their teeth.

You want them to start out with a positive experience – thus, lessening the possibility of any dentist phobias.

Go ahead and laugh – I’m one of those people who developed an early fear of dentists.

My First Experience

I was very young, and one of my baby teeth became an abscessed tooth – not a pleasant feeling.  Anyway, it was my father’s duty to take me to the dentist.  In the dentist office, I was told to swish some strong, green liquid in my mouth and spit it out.

I was to do that until all the liquid in the glass was gone – then go back to the dentist chair and sit down.

I, being the obedient child, did as I was told.  I swished and spit, and once done, climbed into the dentist chair.  I did not have a clue of what was going to happen next, until of course, the dentist told me to open my mouth and began to pull my tooth out.

Low and behold, the green liquid I had swished in my mouth was the antiseptic!  Well, surprise, surprise – it didn’t work!

With my father holding me down in the chair, I felt every pain, heard every grinding sound – and the experience remained alive and strong in my memory—a memory that followed me throughout my childhood and into adulthood.

After that experience, my love for the dentist and the very sound of a drill would put me into a panic.  No matter how I rationalized it, no matter how much I told myself how stupid I was for feeling the fear – it would not go away.

My Experience As An Adult

It took me a long time to overcome my fear of dentists.  I finally found a dentist who I could talk too, and say, “Hey, this is the experience I had – this is the fear I have – can I trust you not to hurt me.”  Well, my dentist understood my fears – and I’m happy to say that I felt that if he could calm my fears I could trust him with my young boys.

When To Take Your Children To The Dentist?

When do you take your children to the dentist?  Before they have any cavities or any other ugly problems. Take your children to the dentist to have their teeth cleaned and looked at – let the comfort level build between your child and your dentist.

So when there are any problems with their teeth – they know the dentist won’t hurt them.

That is what I did for my children.  I set them up with my dentist before they had any problems.  I did not want them to have the same fears that I had.  And it seemed to have worked.

If you don’t have dental insurance, look into discount dental insurance, such as Dental Plans – you can choose a plan that meets your budget – and in most cases the cleanings are free.

And if you have dental insurance, and you have children, give them a positive experience to remember – it will make the next visit to the dentist an everyday occurrence, instead of a stressful visit to hell.
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Tooth Loss And The Dental Bridge

Over the years dealing with tooth loss has become something that most people aren’t afraid of anymore.

emergencydentist sacramento058 150x150 Tooth Loss And The Dental BridgeSure, it is inconvenient and can be costly but there is always an option out there to compensate for missing teeth or getting teeth taken out.

That is what makes the dental industry so great, they just keep advancing!

If teeth aren’t replaced the person runs the risk of their other teeth shifting to fill in the gap, this can result in problems with the bite or crooked teeth.

Neither of which is appealing to the eye or easy to live with.  Many dentists are using dental bridges now to fill the space between teeth.

Basically what they do is bridge the gap between two existing teeth with an artificial bridge and tooth.  These bridges strengthen the teeth that they are attached to with the use of crowns.

Usually people can’t tell when someone gets a bridge, because it looks and behaves like a normal tooth most people just think that it looks like a nice smile.

The bridges are constructed at the dentists office using a mold of your existing teeth, and gap, and sent off to a lab where the actual bridge is constructed.

After it is sent back it is only one short dentist visit and then you are all good to go.

Dentists are able to identify the best procedures for filling in missing teeth.  There are always options out there for people that are just looking to live with a normal smile and function in everyday life.

Dental bridges are a fairly common procedure done by dentists to ensure that their patients experience a higher quality of life after a tooth replacement.

Root Canals – When Is It Time To Get A Root Canal?

Root canals are probably the most dreaded of all dental procedures.

emergency dentist sacramento09 150x150 Root Canals   When Is It Time To Get A Root Canal?Getting a root canal consists of removing all the inner parts of the tooth to kill and prevent any future infection or damage to a tooth.  Pulp chambers are the centers in teeth that contain cells, nerves, and the blood supply.

The pulp chambers are removed along with the root, the tooth is then cleaned and filled with compounds to strengthen the tooth.

Technically the tooth is dead after the root canal, but because it has been preserved it should last and function for a very long time.  The reason that root canals are an important, although unfortunate, procedure is that once infection reaches the pulp or root of a tooth it is highly likely that the infection and decay will continue to spread.

In that case invasive surgery is required to kill off the infection and save whatever is possible of the tooth, and surrounding teeth.

Usually people know ahead of time if they are going to need to get a root canal.  Some of the signs that a person may need a root canal are: having a history of tooth decay, inflammation, bleeding, soreness, cracking, and previous dental work falling apart.  Also, if there is a known infection in a tooth it is likely that a person will get a root canal.

Root canals can be painful because not only is a large section of nerve and pulp removed but the drilling can cause inflammation.  If the infection is bad enough a dentist may put their patient on antibiotics to continue to fight the infection from the inside.

Pressure builds up in teeth which can cause pinches nerves and even greater pain.  But in the long run, getting a root canal is less painful than dying of sepsis.