Posts for: June, 2017
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.Â 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:Â 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.”
Missing one or more teeth? Then dental implants could be the right option for you.
While tooth loss may be exciting as a child, it certainly isn’t exciting as an adult. Of course, there are many reasons why you may lose a tooth as an adult. Maybe a bad fall or sports injury knocked out your tooth or you don’t come in for routine care as you should and decay took over. Whatever the case might be, our Gaithersburg, MD, family dentists Dr. Steven Rattner and Dr. Maryam Roosta are here to determine if dental implants are the right choice.
These are some questions to ask yourself to help determine whether or not getting dental implants in Gaithersburg, MD, is the best option for you:
Are you the right age for dental implants?
You’ll be happy to hear that you are never too old to get a dental implant. Implants are a great option for any adult. Of course, you can be too young for implants. We do not recommend implants for children or teens who have lost permanent teeth. Why? Children’s jawbones are still growing, and placing a dental implant into the jawbone would only stunt the jawbone and prevent it from fully developing. When you come in for a consultation, we will be able to examine the jawbone through a series of x-rays to make sure implants are the best choice.
Are you missing one or more teeth?
A lot of people think that a dental implant can only replace a single tooth. While that is true, we can also place multiple implants into the jawbone. By placing several implants, these amazingly stable and resilient structures can support everything from a dental bridge to a full set of dentures. If you are missing multiple teeth don’t automatically think that dental implants aren’t right.
Are you looking for a long-term resolution to your tooth loss?
Some people are looking for an economical way to replace their teeth while others are looking for a restoration that will most closely resemble a natural tooth. Your personal treatment goals will help us determine if implants are the best approach to handling your tooth loss. An implant is the only restoration that will naturally fuse together with the jawbone and tissue to become permanent. Once this has occurred, you could have a new tooth that lasts the rest of your life if you maintain good oral hygiene.
Have questions about dental implants? Want to find out if this is the right restorative treatment for you? If so, turn to Grove Dental Arts in Gaithersburg, MD, to get the care you deserve to improve your oral health. Call our office today to schedule your appointment.
Most people associate bacteria with disease and ill health. But the real story about the trillions of microscopic organisms now living in and on your body is a bit more complicated. With recent advances in genetic code research scientists are learning that many of these microorganisms you’re hosting are actually beneficial for you — including your teeth and gums.
Beginning at birth and throughout your lifetime you are continually developing a distinct microbiome — actual communities of bacteria and other microorganisms that inhabit your body. As your microbiome develops it helps train your immune system to distinguish between “good” bacteria that help with digestion and other bodily processes and “bad” bacteria that cause disease.Â And it continually adapts to changes in what we eat, the pets we acquire or the drugs we take.
But lifestyle choices like diet can also have a detrimental effect, causing harmful bacteria to become dominant. This seems to be the case with Streptococcus mutans, the bacterial strain most associated with tooth decay. Scientists have analyzed biofilm (plaque deposits on teeth) from the pre-industrial era before 1900 and compared it with modern biofilm samples. They’ve found Streptococcus mutans levels to be much higher in modern biofilm, which they directly attribute to the modern Western diet.
As we gain a better understanding of these findings and of the role of bacteria in our lives, it could change many health recommendations not only about diet but about medications too. In the fight against disease, for example, we’ve used antibiotics to eradicate infection-causing microorganisms, but with a broad destructive ability that can also kill many beneficial strains of bacteria. It’s hoped as our knowledge grows we’ll be able to create newer drugs that more narrowly target harmful microorganisms while not affecting beneficial ones.
There’s a new appreciation emerging for bacteria’s role in our lives. As a result efforts to rebalance a person’s microbiome when they become sick may eventually become a critical element in healthcare treatment strategies. The benefits of this strategy for health, including for our teeth and gums, could be quite impressive.
If you would like more information on the role of bacteria in oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “New Research Shows Bacteria Essential to Health.”