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What to Expect After Getting a Dental Crown

May 20, 2022

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Illustration of a tooth wearing a crown.

If your dentist has informed you that you’re going to need a dental crown, you might be a little concerned. Although this treatment is obviously meant to help restore your compromised tooth, you might not know what to expect after receiving your crown. But there is absolutely nothing to worry about! Here are four things you can expect to deal with after receiving your new dental crown, and some ways for ensuring that your crown does its job.


Common Reasons for Dental Bridge Failure

May 3, 2022

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Illustration of dental bridge being placed.

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental bridges are one of the most effective treatments available! They can even restore two or three lost teeth in a row, making them an awesome option for many patients. However, they aren’t meant to last forever—even with proper care, they can only last up to 10 or 15 years before needing to be replaced. That said, it’s important to be mindful of some of the things that could potentially cause your bridges to fail even earlier! Keep reading to learn more about some of these causes and what you can do to help prevent dental bridge failure.


6 Traits of a Beautiful Smile

April 26, 2022

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person with nice smile thanks to cosmetic dentistry

If your smile is worn, yellow, chipped, or gapped, you may be considering cosmetic dentistry to correct these issues and give your pearly whites a more gorgeous glow. Though there is a range of treatment options available, it may be difficult to determine what you need to have done to achieve your desired results. To help you on your journey towards a more aesthetically pleasing beam, read on to learn about six traits of a lovely, luminous smile.


6 Tips to Avoid a Dental Emergency

April 1, 2022

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person with a dental emergency covering their mouth

Have you ever had a dental emergency before? Whether it occurs while you’re playing sports or out on the town with friends, injuries to the mouth or jaw are always a cause for concern. Having to stop what you’re doing to visit your dentist and have the damage repaired is a stressful situation to be in, so wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to avoid it? Read on to learn six tips that will make you less likely to encounter a dental emergency.


Could Women with Sleep Apnea Be at Higher Risk for Cancer?

March 19, 2022

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Woman with sleep apnea lying in bed

On its own, sleep apnea is already a very dangerous problem. Having your breathing interrupted repeatedly during the night can take a heavy toll on your blood pressure and heart health, and drowsiness from a lack of quality sleep can lead to accidents during the day. However, recent studies have shown that some sleep apnea sufferers may have even more to worry about. Researchers are finding that women with sleep apnea have a higher risk for oral cancer, and understanding why could be the key to protecting your overall health.


What to Do if You Have a Loose Tooth as an Adult

March 18, 2022

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Woman visiting emergency dentist rubbing jaw

When you’re a child, there’s nothing unusual about a tooth becoming loose and falling out every now and then. Once you reach adulthood, however, all of your teeth should be permanently anchored in place for the rest of your life. Unfortunately, trauma, poor oral hygiene, and tooth decay can all cause adult teeth to come loose. This is an extremely serious dental emergency, and you need to act quickly if you want to protect your smile. The post below covers what you should do if you notice a loose tooth.


Who Should You Call for a Loose Permanent Tooth?

Your first thought may be to call an emergency room, but that will be less helpful than you might think. The doctors at emergency rooms don’t have the experience or equipment to re-implant lost or loose teeth. Instead, you should call an emergency dentist who has been trained to deal with this situation and can get you the care you need as quickly as possible.

What to Do Before Visiting Your Emergency Dentist

You should get to your dentist’s office as soon as possible once a tooth has become loose; it’s best to get there within an hour whenever possible. In the meantime, here are some steps you should take to keep your smile safe until your appointment:

  • Do not touch the tooth at all. Any attempts to straighten it or push it back into place are likely to make things worse. Even if you think the tooth will have to be removed, don’t attempt to do so yourself, as this can be very painful.
  • When you need to eat, stay away from any sticky, chewy, or hard foods. Also, only chew with the opposite side of your mouth so that you can avoid further harm to the tooth in question.
  • Swish warm water around in your mouth to keep the area clean. Do not brush or floss the loose tooth.

How Will the Loose Tooth Be Treated?

Loose permanent teeth are commonly treated with a dental splint. The device is attached to adjacent teeth in order to hold the tooth in question in place so that the roots can reattach to the jawbone. Some loose teeth can’t be saved and will need to be removed altogether. Your dentist can recommend dental implants or another type of tooth replacement to fill in the gap based on your situation.

A loose permanent tooth is an urgent dental problem that needs to be dealt with as quickly as possible. Make sure you have your emergency dentist’s phone number on hand at all times so that you can get in touch with them right away should the worst happen to your smile.

About the Author

Dr. Darren Koch has over 17 years of dental experience. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with honors in 2001 at the University of Buffalo. Today at his practice in Cary, he offers emergency care for patients with loose or knocked out teeth; he can take whatever steps are necessary to save the natural tooth or to replace it if the situation calls for it. To schedule a consultation, visit our website or call (919) 859-6633.

What Are the Dangers of DIY Whitening for Your Teeth?

February 4, 2022

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Woman brushing her teeth with charcoal

Everyone wants to have a bright white smile, but discoloration happens naturally over time, especially if you enjoy items like coffee, tea, and red wine. It is something many people are self-conscious about. No wonder you see so many techniques online for DIY teeth whitening. Unfortunately, a lot of these “hacks” can put your oral health at risk. Continue reading to learn about the dangers of DIY whitening, plus safe alternatives, from your cosmetic dentist in Cary.


Chipped a Tooth? Here’s What to Do Next

January 25, 2022

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It can be nerve-wracking to chip a tooth. You may not know what to do right at first – but placing a call to your emergency dentist right away will help you get relief. Until you can make it to their office, there are a few other things to keep in mind to increase the likelihood that repair is possible. Keep reading to find out what to do after a chipped tooth!


Here’s What You Need in Your Dental Emergency Kit

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woman grimacing with a toothache

If you’re like many families, you probably have a first aid kit tucked away for medical emergencies. If you keep bandages and tweezers on hand for a sprained ankle or hurt foot, why not do the same for your teeth and gums? Preparing a dental emergency kit now can help you keep your cool in the event of an injured tooth, gum, or lip. Keep reading to find out what to pack. 


5 Reasons Sedation Dentistry May Not Be the Best Fit for You

December 16, 2021

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Dentist and patient talking about sedation dentistry

In recent years, sedation dentistry has become more and more sought-after. With more than 50% of Americans struggling with mild to severe dental-related anxiety, it’s not hard to see why. While it’s certainly effective and safe, it’s not an ideal fit for everyone. That’s why your dentist will consider the following factors during your initial appointment to determine your candidacy!

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