Emergency Same Day Dental Care
We highly recommend these emergency steps: before coming to our office:
Toothache / Severe Pain / Facial Swelling?
Broken Braces / Wires?
- Don't worry. You'll be fine. If your tooth or gums are hurting, please make sure you DO NOT TAKE ASPIRIN.
- Start by cleaning around the sore tooth. Make sure you get every side and corner of the tooth as well as you can.
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water. (This will help loosen any trapped food between your teeth).
- If your face starts swelling, just apply a cold compress to that area (like a bag of frozen peas).
- For temporary pain relief, take an acetaminophen like Tylenol, NyQuil, or Robitussin.
- Did your braces or wires break?
It happens. Don't worry. Just remove the broken piece, if it comes out easily.
If the broken piece is stuck—or too painful to take out—just cover the edges that are poking out with wax, cotton balls, gauze, or chewing gum.
DO NOT REMOVE IF THE WIRE IS CAUGHT IN THE GUMS, CHEEK, OR TONGUE. CALL THE DENTIST IMMEDIATELY. But, usually, if a brace or wire becomes loose or breaks, and you can handle the discomfort or pain, no worries. Just see a dentist as soon as you can. Most probably it does not need emergency attention.
Cut / Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek?
- Did you cut or bite your tongue, lip, or cheek? Just put ice on the bitten area. If it starts to bleed, put firm (but gentle) pressure with a sterile gauze, or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room, or call the dentist.
- It will be fine. It surprisingly happens a lot more than you think.
Knocked-out Permanent Tooth
- Just rinse the area with warm water (to clean the mouth a bit).
- Put a cold compress (like a bag of frozen peas) over the facial area where it hurts.
- Try to collect any broken tooth fragments (that you can use later to fix it).
- See a dentist immediately
- I know it feels uncomfortable. But, it's only for a little while. This is what you need to do:
Possible Broken Jaw (Go to nearest hospital)
- Find the tooth. (When you find it: Make sure you hold it from the “top part” of the tooth.)
- Rinse it under water for a few seconds.
- Re-insert the tooth in the socket, and hold it with a clean piece of gauze, or cloth. (If the tooth refuses to go back in, no worries. Just put it in a cup of water, or milk.)
- See a dentist immediately.
- Just tie your mouth closed with a towel, tie, or handkerchief
Cold or Canker Sores
- Over-the-counter medications, like Orajel, will usually help with temporary discomfort. If the sores don't go away, visit your dentist.
Dental Cleaning / Deep Cleaning
– Dental cleanings not only prevent cavities, stop tooth loss, light up your smile, freshen bad breath, and save you money, but also dental cleanings surprisingly increase your overall health.
Prevent Cavities - Over time, with the foods you eat and drinks you drink, an off-white coating starts collecting on and around your teeth. This is plaque.
Although it does not sound that bad: It is the leading cause of tooth decay. The acidity of plaque starts to erode your tooth enamel, and, if not taken care of every day, it can lead to much-talked-about cavities.
Plaque can only be removed by brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings.
Stop Tooth Loss
When you don't brush your teeth twice a day, floss, or get regular dental cleanings, plaque builds up. Over time, a lot of plaque causes gum disease, which is a serious cause of tooth loss in adults.
As gum disease takes over your mouth, plaque goes further and further down your tooth, where it can ruin the bone in your jaw, causing teeth to become weak, and drop out.
Missing a tooth or two does not sound that bad. But, now studies show the fewer teeth you have, the potentially higher chances you have for heart disease.
Thankfully you can seriously decrease your chances of dental doomsday by just practicing good oral-hygiene habits, and getting regular dental cleanings.
Light Up Your Smile
Naturally eating food and drinking change the color of your teeth. Things like coffee, tea, wine, tobacco, all do their part in staining your smile.
But, that's okay. Dental cleanings can take off stains, and help give back your shiny teeth.
Freshen Bad Breath
In addition to drinking a lot of water each day, brushing and flossing your teeth daily help make your mouth smell less.
Up-close-and-personal dental cleanings can also help remove pieces of rotting food that you've missed all these months.
Dental cleanings are considered to be preventative care. Getting them regularly (with automatic routine oral exams) can help prevent long-term, more life-threatening health issues like heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
Fortunately, most dental-insurance plans have low or no co-payments.
If you use your dental benefits now, you can save money down the road by helping to guard your oral health, and possibly avoid very, very expensive, high-priced procedures and surgeries.
Increase Your Overall Health
More and more studies now show a connection between dental and overall health. Visiting the dentist regularly for cleanings may help lessen chances for diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. In general, many medical problems can be caught on time by your dentist during routine oral exams.
Deep-Cleaning / Scaling & Root-Planing
Deep-Cleaning stops Gum Disease. - Also known as Scaling & Root-Planing, Deep-Cleaning is one of the best ways to cure the early stages of Gum Disease. The dental work itself is quite simple. It removes bacteria between the gums and teeth, all the way down to the roots. We usually use local anesthetic; so, you don't feel anything.
- NOTICE: If you are pregnant, please let us know.
We know dental x-rays sound scary. But, they can be very, very helpful.
Dental x-rays help dentists “visualize diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissue.” They help dentists prepare for dental treatments and surgeries. They help dentists spot and tackle dental issues.
Although dental x-rays sound dangerous (only when overused), they can save you money, stray away from unneeded toothaches, and maybe even prevent life-threatening diseases.
Like most dental offices, Alternative Dental uses two types of x-rays: Bitewing X-rays (look for decay) and Periapical X-rays (look at the whole tooth: the tooth's root structure, bone level, and help in seeing cysts and abscesses).
Fillings, Porcelain Inlays & Onlays -
There are two types of fillings: Direct and Indirect. Direct Fillings are most notably those “silver caps” you see on someone's tooth; and Indirect Fillings are made up of Inlays and Onlays.
As WebMD simply puts it, “To treat a cavity your dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then “fill” the area on the tooth where the decayed material was removed.” Dentists also use fillings to put together teeth that have cracked, are broken, or are eroded from nail-biting and tooth-grinding.
Nowadays, there are several types of dental fillings to choose from: gold, porcelain, silver amalgam (a mix of silver, other metals, and Mercury), white, plastic, and glass.
But, here, at Alternative Dental, we prefer white fillings—or “composite fillings.” This type of filling is more popular, takes the color of your teeth (unlike silver amalgam), and it does not have Mercury in it.
Indirect Fillings: Inlays, Onlays
Like I mentioned, Indirect Fillings are made up of Inlays and Onlays.
Inlays are like fillings. But, they follow the curvature of the tops of your tooth—the “[bumps] on the chewing surface of the tooth.” Onlays, on the other hand, are more expansive, and cover more bumps on a tooth. That's why they are also called partial crowns.
In general, Inlays and Onlays are lighter on the tooth structure, and more sturdy than conventional fillings. They can last for 30 years.
To figure out which type of filling is better for you, call our office at (732) 902-2828.
Dental sealants stop tooth decay -
They are a lightweight, plastic layer brushed on parts of teeth used for chewing, creating an extra “protective shield” around your teeth (especially those back teeth that do most of the chewing, biting, and breaking-down of food). Sealants safeguard weak spots on your teeth that are more susceptible to decay.
Fluoride Treatments -
helps stop tooth decay.
This element found in many foods (and water) makes the tooth more immune to “acid attacks” from bacteria growing in your mouth, and sugars. Fluoride is also known to slow down decay.
While most people consume enough fluoride daily, by using certain toothpastes, and drinking water that is already overly fluoridated, some people might need more.
If you're not sure, don't worry. Make an appointment, and we'll take a look at your teeth, and tell you if you really need fluoride, or not.
Night Guards -
Basically mouth guards for sleeping.
They are protectors for your teeth, cushioning your pearly whites from bruxism or “teeth grinding.” While teeth-grinding doesn't sound that serious, especially when most people do it asleep (when stressed), over time, chronic teeth-grinding can fracture, or loosen teeth. In some cases, it can even cause teeth to fall out, increase TMD/TMJ, and actually possibly change your facial structure.
When teeth-grinding gets that bad, patients end up needing more expensive dental treatments to fix the problem: like bridges, crowns, and implants—or even root canals and dentures.
That's why night guards might be a better, more cost-effective, early-on fix to avoid unnecessary dental treatments.
Caries (cavity / tooth decay) Management –
We explain how to take better care of your teeth, and prevent tooth decay.
Besides just brushing (twice a day), and flossing (once a day), our doctors will see what's right for you. Our doctors will look into your dental needs, and, in turn, prescribe personalized brushing techniques, toothpaste types, and anything else right for you, and your oral health.
Sports Dentistry -
“The face is the most vulnerable area of the body and is usually the least protected,” according to the National Journal of Maxillofacial Surgery.
Sports dentistry is a relatively new field in dentistry. (It came out around the 1980s.) The field is meant to point out parts of the mouth and teeth most vulnerable to dental injuries for certain sports; and, for when accidents do happen, sports dentistry is to be there for swift and long-lasting treatment.
Dental injuries are typical in sports like football, boxing, and hockey. While mouth guards and mouthpieces are very much vouched for, accidents happen.
Preventative Dentistry -
Dentistry is infamous for last-minute dental work—in most cases—for preventable cases: like toothaches, tooth decay, root canals, and gum surgery.
Doing a little bit every day can do a lot. It can not only save you mounds of money on expensive dental treatments and surgeries down the line, but also help keep your oral—and surprisingly, general health—in tip-top condition.
Preventive Dentistry is the practice of taking care of your dental and oral health to avoid tooth decay, gum disease, and other life-threatening issues.
At home, this starts with brushing your teeth and gums (in circles), flossing between teeth, and eating less tooth-decaying sugars. In the office, it's coming in for routine check-ups and dental cleanings twice a year.
The best part? Most insurance companies pay in full for preventative-care services with little, or no co-payment.
Oral-Cancer Screenings -
Oral cancer can be prevented.
By smoking less, chewing less tobacco, and drinking less alcohol, you can reduce chances of oral cancer. But, most importantly, you can visit your dentist.
Dentists play a huge role. Especially during routine check-ups and cleanings, dentists feel for lumps and bumps, and search for special marks in your mouth.
Sealants - Dental sealants stop tooth decay.
They are a lightweight, plastic layer brushed on parts of teeth used for chewing, creating an extra “protective shield” around your teeth (especially those back teeth that do most of the chewing, biting, and breaking-down of food).
Sealants safeguard weak spots on your teeth that are more susceptible to decay.