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Tooth Extractions

Unfortunately, sometimes a tooth simply reaches the end of its life, and nothing can save it. Perhaps it’s become so severely damaged due to trauma that there are no restorative measures possible, or maybe the level of decay is so bad that a filling wouldn’t be doable. When that happens, there can be little choice but to extract the tooth. Wisdom teeth, of course, often need to be extracted in order to relieve the pain caused when they don’t come in properly. So, regular tooth and wisdom tooth extractions being sometimes inevitable, there are certain things that you should know.

Before you have your extraction, it would be best if you didn’t take any pain medications, or drink alcohol. Either could affect the effectiveness of the anesthetic. If you are on any medication, you should tell your dentist. Also let your dentist know if you have any medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or arthritis. Again, certain conditions can affect the anesthetic.

Following the extraction, you can probably expect some swelling, and there may also be some bruising in your gums. You will probably bleed a bit for a few hours, but this is usually easily controlled by biting down on the gauze pads that your dentist will provide. Some patients experience pain, while others seem to get by quite nicely. Make sure, if you are in pain, that you take only the type of pain killers recommended or prescribed by the dentist. Also, try to keep your tongue out of the hole – I know, that’s far easier said than done, but try. Avoid hot or spicy foods, and don’t drink anything through a straw. If you smoke, wait as long as humanly possible before lighting up. Don’t gargle or rinse vigorously. Don’t spit, and try to avoid lifting heavy objects. If you find that the swelling is bothering you, you can use a cold compress for about 20 minutes, but no sooner than three hours after the extraction. If antibiotics have been prescribed, make sure that you take all of them.

Most of the time, tooth extractions go off without a hitch. But if you find that you have pain that can’t be alleviated using the painkillers that your dentist has recommended, if the swelling gets worse after three days instead of getting better, if bleeding can’t be controlled, or if you develop a fever, call Old Milton Dental in Alpharetta immediately at 678-624-0370, or visit the emergency room.

Root Canals

For many people, the most dreaded words heard in a dental chair are “root canal”, and this is unfortunate because root canals are no longer the difficult, overly painful, and prolonged treatments they once were. At Old Milton Dental in Alpharetta, GA, patients can rest assured that root canals and endodontics (dentistry dealing with the interior of teeth known as the pulp) are expertly done by a dentist whose goal is to maintain the health of the tooth and keep the patient comfortable.

What Are Root Canals?

Perhaps it is more helpful to learn what root canals really are in order to remove the fear factor from them. They are treatments meant to preserve the tooth. Without root canals, you would face an unpleasant extraction and the many problems that can cause.

Instead, with endodontics, you enjoy direct treatment of the cause of pain, swelling, and infection in the tooth – preventing it from spreading or killing the tooth itself. The dentist will numb the area fully, using a comfortable local anesthetic. They will then perform the exact same sort of drilling that is done with any dental filling, and then clean the interior of the tooth and remove all infected tissue. Generally, a root canal is completed with a dental crown instead of a filling to ensure stability and that no further decay can possibly occur.

The benefits of root canals cannot be overemphasized. They save the tooth, prevent further problems, and because they are topped with dental crowns, they enable you to enjoy a stronger bite and better protected tooth structure over the long term.

Is It Always Necessary?

Even with all of the explanations about the benefits and the ease with which root canals are now done, many patients still want to know if the dentist can do something else. The most accurate answer is no – once infection has set in and the decay has reached the pulp of the tooth, it is actually imperative that a root canal be done.

If the idea of a longer than usual filling-like procedure is too upsetting, simply speak with your dentist honestly about your fears, and an appropriate method of pain management will be created.

Root canals may require a return visit in order for the new crown to be made and placed, but by the time of the second visit the pain and discomfort caused by the infection and decay will have ended, and the patient will leave with a strong new crown and a much healthier smile.

Contact our office today to schedule your root canal appointment.

Preventative Dentistry

The professional dental staff at Old Milton Dental believes one of the best ways we can serve you and your family is by teaching preventative dentistry skills and habits. Preventative dentistry is essential to protect your teeth and health from decay, infection, and dental emergencies. Learn what preventative habits you can establish today!

Daily habits are essential to maintain dental health. Your teeth should be brushed a minimum of twice a day. Brushing your teeth removes built up plaque and bacteria, the main cause of tooth decay. Your gums are also stimulated when you brush your teeth, keeping them healthy and clean. It is a good idea to brush your teeth after eating sugary foods or drinks, like candy and soda.

Although it is often forgotten, flossing is equally as crucial as brushing. Although brushing successfully removes damaging plaque, it does not clean as thoroughly and completely as flossing. Flossing removes accumulated plaque in between teeth and other crevices in your mouth. Flossing is an easy way to remove as much plaque as possible.

In addition to establishing healthy personal habits, regular dental visits are crucial to ensure your dental health. Dental hygienists and other professional staff examine your teeth and look for any potential weak areas. If Dr. Mazer or a member of our staff detects a weak spot, we will take preventative measures to keep the tooth healthy and from further decay. Allow us to take care of these problem areas before they become more serious. Semi-annual dental cleanings and check ups are a great way to prevent any serious dental issues.

If it has been six months since your last dental visit, please contact Old Milton Dental. We look forward to helping you and your family on your way towards better dental health!

Contact Information:

Old Milton Dental

4165 Old Milton Parkway, Suite 270

Alpharetta, Georgia 30005

Phone: 678-624-0370
Fax: 678-624-0319

Website: http://www.oldmiltondental.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oldmiltondental

Early Oral Cancer Detection

Old Milton Dental has dedicated this blog entry to inform you about preventing a dangerous and vicious cancer known as oral cancer. Oral and throat (pharyngeal) cancer have the highest death rates among any other cancers. The Oral Cancer Foundation reports the main factor in this high death rate repeatedly is late diagnosis.

Similar to many types of diseases, early diagnosis can result in uncharted benefits and advantages against the raging disease. Old Milton Dental is ready to help you detect and fight oral cancer.

In your defense against oral cancer, it is critical to understand common symptoms. Most patients see their dentist biannually or annually for check ups and dental cleanings. With several months in between visits, we encourage you to pay attention to conditions in your mouth. If are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please contact our office immediately.

  • A sore in your mouth or on your lip that does not heal in 14 days
  • Red or white patches in your mouth or on your lips
  • A lump felt inside your mouth or on your neck
  • Numbness in your face or mouth
  • Persistent ear aches
  • Difficulty in speaking, swallowing, or chewing

The beginnings of oral cancer are often difficult to detect because the symptoms may not seem problematic. Some of these symptoms, like lesions and tumors, can quickly transform into ulcers and cause permanent damage to your mouth and oral cavity.

Old Milton Dental’s expert dentists are ready to screen any problematic areas. Although you may not think your symptom is as serious as oral cancer, we highly recommend you seek a professional’s diagnosis. Our professional staff at Old Milton Dental is ready and willing to help you with any concerns or questions.

 

Contact Information:

Old Milton Dental

4165 Old Milton Parkway, Suite 270

Alpharetta, Georgia 30005

Phone: 678-624-0370
Fax: 678-624-0319

Website: http://www.oldmiltondental.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oldmiltondental

Child Dentistry

Old Milton Dental believes dental and oral health begins in infancy.  As infants begin to develop their teeth, they are also developing the risk of dental caries (ie. cavities and tooth loss). From teething to braces, it is imperative parents are extremely attentive to the dental health of their children.

Unfortunately, reports have shown that parents are not paying as close attention to their children’s teeth and dental health as may be necessary. In the past decade, the Surgeon General and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported tooth decay and cavities as the most chronic ailments in children, as well as teenagers.

“My child just has baby teeth, and eventually they will fall out. We shouldn’t waste our time or money on dental visits for baby teeth.” This is a common argument and justification for not seeing a dentist during early years. Baby teeth will fall out, however oral health needs to begin from infancy, just as nutritional and physical health are priorities. Prevention is essential during this formation years.

Brushing and massaging gums is the first step in establishing dental hygiene. The soft brushing and gentle massaging can help ease the pain many infants experience while they are teething. You can accomplish this using a toothbrush made especially for infants, or a simple washcloth. This will help remove acids from medicines, as well as sugars from milk formulas and baby food.

At 12 months, baby teeth can be brushed with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Teaching children how to brush their teeth early will aid tremendously in forming their own dental hygiene practices. Children will learn the importance of brushing their teeth if it becomes a routine, priority, and their own responsibility.

Our professionals at Old Milton Dental have many suggestions and tips for you as a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or even teacher. The staff at Old Milton Dental strongly believes in the importance of early dental health and prevention. Visit us today to learn more about dental practices and procedures for children, including fluoride rinses and sealants. Time and effort investments today can result in tremendous savings in dental care in later years.

 

Contact Information:

Old Milton Dental

4165 Old Milton Parkway, Suite 270

Alpharetta, Georgia 30005

Phone: 678-624-0370
Fax: 678-624-0319

Website: http://www.oldmiltondental.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oldmiltondental