Thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm water. Apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth if your mouth is swollen. Call us to arrange an emergency appointment.
If your child is less than 6 years of age, take him/her straight to the Children’s Hospital closer to you. If the tooth is out of the socket, take care handling the tooth, and only handle it by the crown, not the root. If you are unsure about placing the tooth back, place the tooth in milk. Do not store the tooth in water. There are times when a tooth can be re-implanted and saved if done so promptly. Teeth that are reinserted into their socket within 1 hour have the best chance of surviving. Cold packs can be used to help in reducing any pain and swelling. If you play sports, you are more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when you are not wearing a protective MOUTHGAURD. The cost of the injuries sustained without a mouthguard may be more than the cost of having a professional mouthguard made. Call Us to arrange an emergency appointment.
Issues relating to swelling must be addressed quickly and should not be left to be. Antibiotics tend to help in response to these swellings but should only be taken when prescribed by a health professional for the issue at hand. Often the swelling is the body’s reaction to injury or infection. Causes can include infected teeth, trauma, or impacted wisdom teeth. Swelling is often accompanied with pain, but may be the only symptom present. Swelling is considered to be an urgent emergency and it is important it is addressed as soon as possible.Call Us to make an appointment.
The loss of a filling should be addressed as quickly as possible. Even if there are no accompanying symptoms such as pain, the tooth structure may be weakened and more prone to breakage and infection. When addressed to promptly, fillings can often be replaced with minimal intervention saving you time and money on more costly treatments that may result if treatment is delayed. Call Us to make an appointment.
If you lose a more extensive restoration, such as a porcelain crown, then firstly put the piece in a safe place where you won’t lose or misplace it. Majority of the time it is possible to re-cement displaced restorations rather than make new ones. If the tooth is causing pain, use a cotton swab to apply a little clove oil to the sensitive area (Clove oil can be purchased from local super markets or pharmacies). The exposed tooth may be more sensitive and irritating towards the tongue, therefore it is advised that you make a dental appointment as soon as possible and avoid any aggravating factors such as cold foods. Call us to arrange an appointment.
A broken or cracked denture can affect the functionality of the device. It is best to get a crack seen to before it turns into a breakage. Often dentures can be repaired. If a denture breaks and is not worn for a period of time, there is a risk that even once repaired the denture will no longer fit, therefore, to avoid the need for new dentures to be made problems should always be addressed to promptly. Call us to arrange an appointment.
Wisdom teeth can cause severe pain and discomfort. The pain caused by Wisdom Teeth should be cured with antibiotics and pain relief measures first. Once the pain has subsided, Wisdom Teeth can be extracted. Call Us to arrange an appointment.
As soon as your child’s teeth emerge, it is important to keep them clean. You can use a cool washcloth to wipe their teeth until they turn 3. After that time, you can begin to brush their teeth, using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
Routine X-rays let Dr. Kang know if and where cavities are present. They are an essential diagnostic procedure. Our new digital X-rays also emit less radiation than traditional X-rays.
To maintain your bridge you should continue to brush and floss your teeth as normal and continue to see your dentist for your regular dental check up and cleans every 6months. The only additional care your bridge will require is the use of a different floss called “super floss”. This particular floss is designed to get underneath the ‘pontic’ of the bridge.
It is often asked when a child should start to see a dentist? The answer is as soon as they have any teeth. Even if this is just the kids coming along with other family members to watch just to get use to the environment and gives them more time to become more familiar with the dental clinic and more likely to eventually sit in the dental chair and let the dentist examine their teeth.
The bleaching solution used for teeth whitening can cause some sensitivity with some patients. We advise to start using sensitive toothpaste prior to any whitening procedure for approximately 2 weeks and to continue to use it after the treatment to help with any sensitivity.
We are asked this question many times. We suggest you prepare your child the same way you would before their first haircut or trip to the shoe store. Your child’s reaction to his first visit to the dentist may surprise you.
Once they are 3 yrs of age, we recommend that they visit us every 6 months for an exam and routine cleaning.