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At Dental Associates of Shelton, Dr. Michael Caserta and Dr. Adrian Basu, are fully equipped to deal with pressing dental situations. Bleeding, cracked or knocked-out teeth, pain--our emergency dentists deal with them all in their Shelton, CT, office.
What is a dental emergency?
A dental emergency requires quick action on your part and as soon as possible treatment by your emergency dentist in Shelton. Your pressing situation may involve intense pain, infection, hard or soft tissue loss, fracture, laceration, or burn impaired function, or changed personal appearance. Additionally, a true dental emergency may put your overall health and life in danger.
Your team at Dental Associates of Shelton urges you to contact the office for first aid recommendations and a same-day in-office consultation as needed. Take life-threatening situations, such as a jaw fracture or uncontrolled bleeding, to the hospital emergency room right away.
Examples of emergencies and what to do
Avulsed tooth Dear Doctor says you should wash off the tooth with water and replant it--the sooner the better. Quick restoration of a knocked-out tooth greatly increases its chances of long-term survival. Alternatively, you may carry the tooth in water or milk to the office.
Lacerated soft tissue Apply direct pressure with 4x4s or a clean cloth. If bleeding does not stop with 15 minutes, go to the closest ER or urgent care center.
Lost crown or filling or cracked tooth Bring the fragments to your emergency dentist in Shelton. He may use composite resin to repair chips or cracks. Fillings or crowns could need total replacement.
Toothache Dental pain develops for a variety of reasons, including fracture, abscess, deep decay, exposed roots, and more. Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain, and apply a cold compress to a swollen jaw. A warm compress soothes soft-tissue soreness. Rinse your mouth with saltwater if you taste drainage.
Be careful about your oral health
If you or a loved one play sports, avoid injury with an athletic mouthguard. This acrylic device will cushion your mouth in case of a blow or fall.
If you open packages with your teeth or bite your fingernails, please stop. Also, keep your six-month dental appointments. Your dentist may uncover problems while they are still developing and easier to address.
We'll always help
Please contact your emergency dentist immediately at the first sign of a serious dental problem. You'll be treated accurately and compassionately. At Dental Associates of Shelton, you and your smile are our highest priorities. Phone Dr. Caserta or Dr. Basu at (203) 924-4115.
Teaching your children about good oral hygiene can help them avoid painful cavities and other oral health issues. Twice-yearly checkups at the Shelton, CT, office of your family dentists, Drs. Michael Caserta and Adrian Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton, are another essential aspect of good dental health.
When should oral hygiene start?
Plaque, the sticky, transparent film that causes cavities, can coat your child's gums even before any teeth appear. A new tooth is more likely to develop a cavity if plaque is present as it pushes through the gum. Fortunately, it's easy to remove plaque by gently wiping the gums with a damp washcloth or small piece of gauze.
Once teeth begin to erupt, use the washcloth or a child-size toothbrush to clean the tooth. If your child has only one or two teeth, use a rice-sized dab of toothpaste. As more teeth appear, gradually increase the amount of toothpaste until it's about the size of a pea.
What is the ideal oral hygiene routine for kids?
Just like adults, kids should brush their teeth twice a day and floss once a day. Flossing can begin as soon as children have two teeth next to each other. When your kids can hold a brush, they can start to handle some of the brushing themselves.
Use toothpaste that contains fluoride. The mineral reduces your child's cavity risk by rebuilding weak areas of tooth enamel.
Show your kids how to brush correctly by demonstrating on yourself or on a doll. As you brush, place the bristles against the teeth at a 45-degree angle. Be sure to brush the front and back of teeth and the front part of the tongue to completely remove plaque.
Although young children may be able to hold a brush, they probably won't have the manual dexterity to do a thorough job. Help them by guiding their hands as they brush. By age seven, most kids can handle brushing on their own, although they still may need a little supervision.
Flossing is just as important as brushing, as it removes plaque between teeth. Cleaning these areas shouldn't be painful. Show your children how to gently move the floss back and forth between the teeth.
Dental visits help keep your children's smiles healthy
Regular visits to your Shelton family dentist are an essential part of good oral hygiene. The visits include a checkup by the dentist and a dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar. These appointments help your dentist diagnose and treat cavities and other issues that could affect your child's teeth or his or her growth and development.
Protect your children's smiles with dental checkups. Call your Shelton, CT, family dentists, Drs. Caserta and Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton, at (203) 924-4115 to schedule an appointment.
Developing an infection in the gums can lead to gum disease. Left untreated, tooth loss can result. Learning to recognize the early signs of gum disease so it can be treated promptly. Dr. Michael Caserta and Dr. Adrian Basu, the family dentists at Dental Associates of Shelton, can have several ways to treat gum disease, as well as restore gum health and prevent tooth loss.
Signs of Gum Disease
Gum disease is caused by a bacterial infection. Left untreated, the infection can spread to other areas, including the bone that supports the teeth. tooth loss can occur when the bone becomes severely infected, which is why it is critical to treat gum disease as soon as possible. Early signs of gum disease include:
- Loose teeth
- Gum sensitivity
- Receding gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Red, tender, or swollen gums
- Persistent bad breath
- A periodontal abscess
If you have developed any of these signs, schedule an appointment with one of the family dentists at our office in Shelton. Several treatments exist for restoring the health of infected gum tissue.
Treating gum disease as soon as the early warning signs are detected can help prevent eventual tooth loss by restoring the health of infected gums and preventing the infection from spreading to the bone. Methods for treating gum disease include both surgical and non-surgical therapies. Our family dentists can determine which techniques are best for restoring gum health your case based on the extent of the infection and other factors. Gum disease therapies include:
- Gum Grafting: A method for replacing lost or damaged gum tissue with healthy tissue grafted from another area of the mouth.
- Scaling and Root Planing: A method for deep-cleaning plaque and tartar below the gum line.
- Periodontal Plastic Surgery: A method for reshaping damaged gum tissue to achieve a more pleasing appearance.
- Crown Lengthening Surgery: A method for exposing more of the tooth when there is excess gum tissue covering it. This is sometimes necessary when placing dental crowns over damaged teeth.
See one of the experienced family dentists at our office in Shelton right away if you have developed some of the early signs of gum disease. Starting treatment right away can restore gum health and prevent tooth loss. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Caserta or Dr. Basu, call Dental Associates of Shelton at (203) 924-4115.
Are you doing all you can to prevent cavities and gum disease? Our Shelton, CT, dentists, Dr. Michael Caserta and Dr. Adrian Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton, discuss how you can improve your oral hygiene routine.
A quick swish of the brush might make your mouth feel fresher, but speedy brushing may leave behind cavity-causing plaque. Brushing your teeth too quickly may not eliminate every speck of plaque from your teeth. Unfortunately, your risk of tooth decay rises the longer the sticky bacterial film remains on your teeth.
Plaque soon hardens into tartar, a hard deposit that can cause gum disease. Tartar is so hard that it can only be removed during a thorough dental cleaning in our Shelton office. Luckily, it's easy to protect your teeth from the effects of both plaque and tartar by brushing for at least two minutes every morning and evening.
Make time for flossing
When you're in a hurry to get to work or school, it's not always easy to find an extra minute or two to floss. Unfortunately, if you neglect this crucial oral hygiene task, your risk of both tooth decay and gum disease increases. Tartar can irritate your gums, causing gingivitis, the mildest phase of gum disease. Flossing not only removes plaque between teeth but also gets rid of food particles that can cause bad breath.
Use the proper technique
Good technique is the key to protecting your smile. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and brush using short circular strokes. Make sure you've thoroughly cleaned each tooth before moving on to the next one.
Both brushing and flossing require only gentle pressure. Vigorous brushing can erode your tooth enamel and damage your gums. Flossing too enthusiastically may also hurt your gums. When you floss, use a soft touch when you move the string or tape up and down between your teeth.
Choose the best tools
Avoid using a one-size-fits-all approach when you buy oral care supplies. Select a brush with soft bristles, and pay attention to the size of the toothbrush head. If you have a small mouth, consider using a child's brush to make brushing easier. Both manual and power brushes offer an excellent way to clean your teeth. Power brushes can be particularly helpful if you have arthritis or another condition that makes it hard to manipulate the brush.
Keep your smile bright and health with good oral hygiene and regular dental examinations. Call our Shelton, CT, dentists, Dr. Caserta and Dr. Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton, at (203) 924-4115 to schedule your appointment.
The American Dental Association estimates that over two million Americans have some type of dental emergency every year. Unfortunately, many of these cases are treated at emergency rooms in hospitals instead of at the dentist's office by skilled dental professionals. Thankfully an emergency dentist is available at Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, CT. Be prepared and aware of what you should do in the case of a dental emergency.
What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?
Generally, any oral care related issue that brings you excessive discomfort, could cause tooth loss, or that can cause more serious symptoms to develop is considered an emergency. One example is a knocked out tooth—a common sports-related injury. It can often be restored if the patient is seen by a dentist urgently. Another example is a throbbing toothache, which often can be cured with root canal therapy.
What You Should Do
The first thing to do in a dental emergency is to keep the affected area clean and clear of food particles. Stop any bleeding by pressing gauze against the gumline for up to 15 minutes. Gargle with warm salt water. If there's swelling, place an ice pack over your cheek. Try to carefully reinsert a (clean) knocked out tooth or place it in milk to bring to the dentist. Retrieve any chipped tooth matter and take it to the dentist. Finally, make sure you call Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, CT to schedule an urgent visit to the emergency dentist on staff.
Avoiding Emergencies in the Future
Here are a few tips on how to reduce the chance of future dental emergencies:
- Keep your teeth clean, especially after eating sugar-filled foods or beverages, to avoid dental decay.
- Wear a mouth guard when playing sports.
- Ask your dentist about preventative treatments that can strengthen and protect your teeth.
No More Waiting - See an Emergency Dentist
The team at Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, CT. They understand that some dental concerns can't wait. Call (203) 924-4115 today to schedule an emergency visit with Dr. Michael Caserta or Dr. Adrian Basu.