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By contactus@pasadenadentalimplants.com
August 18, 2021
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Stop the Pain: What to Do for Dental Emergencies

An unbearable toothache is enough to keep you up all night. And a knocked-out tooth will need professional dental care right away in order to preserve the tooth. From minor injuries to serious emergencies, when dental problems arise, it’s important to understand how to care for your injuries until you can get to your dentist in Pasadena, CA
 

How to Stop Agonizing Tooth Pain

Oftentimes, a toothache is a warning sign of some other underlying dental problem, such as an infected tooth. When severe, a toothache can keep you from enjoying normal activities and even keep you up through the night. You will want to make an appointment with your dentist in Pasadena right away to get to the bottom of the pain, especially if it lasts for more than a few days. A dentist can detect any problems and administer the appropriate treatment to ease the pain and prevent any additional damage. 
 
You can also help ease your tooth pain before you can get to your Pasadena dentist by:
  • Applying a cold compress to the side of your cheek
  • Elevating your head to reduce the pressure on the affected tooth
  • Rinsing with a mixture of salt and water to remove and food particles or debris that may be irritating your toothache. 
  • Avoiding foods that intensify the pain, such as foods with extreme temperature or foods that are hard to chew
 

Preserving a Knocked-Out Tooth

If your tooth is knocked out, try to stay calm. You will need to act quickly in order to save the tooth and have it successfully re-implanted by your Pasadena dentist. First, gently rinse the tooth with water, being very careful not to remove any of the attached tissue. Carefully try to place the tooth back into the socket, as this is one of the best ways to preserve the tooth before you can get to your dentist. If this isn’t possible, gently place the tooth into a small cup of milk and take it with you to the dentist immediately.
 
Generally, getting to the dentist within one hour of having it knocked out will be its best chance of recovery. If successful re-insertion of the tooth isn’t possible, don’t worry. Advances in modern dentistry have made it possible for dentists to offer advanced restoration procedures, such as dental implants. 
 

Preventing Injuries to the Teeth and Mouth

It’s not surprising that the majority of dental injuries occur during sports-related activities. All it takes is an elbow to the face during a soccer game to knock out a tooth or cut your lip. What is surprising is that many athletes fail to wear the appropriate mouth protectors during these vigorous events.  A mouthguard is the best way to protect the mouth and teeth. This simple appliance can go a long way to prevent serious dental problems- an investment that’s well worth it. 
 
You can also avoid unnecessary dental emergencies and pain by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist in Pasadena for regular checkups. This is one of the easiest and best ways to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy, and your Pasadena dentist can detect problems in their earliest stages to make recommendations for treatments and prevention. 
 
Just as a broken bone or a sore throat requires medical attention from a doctor, an injury to the teeth or mouth needs to be examined and treated by your dentist as well. Don’t put off dental injuries until it’s too late. 
By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
August 15, 2015
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Tags: dental implants   crowns  
CementedorScrewedWhichImplantCrownAttachmentisBestforYou

In the realm of restorative dentistry, dental implants are king. A dental implant can replace a tooth with a permanent, life-like restoration with a solid reputation for durability.

Implants are also known for one other quality — variety. Not all implants are alike, and they have varied applications for use. Available in various shapes and sizes, they can be used for a single tooth or as part of a multiple tooth bridge or overdenture. And while their basic architecture is the same, you also have two options for how the permanent crown (the visible tooth portion) attaches to the implant: screwed or cemented.

A screw attachment can securely fasten a crown to an implant without the need for cement; it also allows for easy removal for repair or replacement should the crown become damaged or worn. On the other hand, it could pose a cosmetic problem — even though the access hole for the screw may be covered with a tooth-colored filling, it could still be distinguishable from the rest of the crown. There’s also a slight risk of the crown chipping around the access hole.

A crown cemented to the implant won’t have this cosmetic issue with an access hole, and will look just like a natural tooth. But unlike a screwed crown, removing a cemented crown can be more difficult. The cement may also cause gum inflammation and potential bone loss in sensitive patients.

The condition of your mouth, the type of implant you’re receiving and other circumstances will all factor into determining which method is best for you. If we’re “immediately loading” the crown (meaning we’re affixing a temporary crown to the implant immediately after placement in the jaw), then the screw method may be more advantageous. Aesthetically speaking, though, a cemented crown may be a better option in terms of final smile appearance.

But whichever method is used, you’ll still benefit from what implants do best — help you regain the function lost from a missing tooth and change your smile for the better.

If you would like more information on your options with dental implants, 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 “How Crowns Attach to Implants.”

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
June 16, 2015
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CouldADentalCheckupSaveYourLife

Most everyone knows that going to see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings can help save your smile — but did you ever stop to think that it just might save your life?

That's what recently happened to 11-year-old Journee Woodard of Edmond, Oklahoma. The young girl was having a routine teeth cleaning when hygienist Rachel Stroble noticed something unusual: The whites of her eyes (her sclera) had a distinctly yellow tint. Dr. Michael Chandler, Journee’s dentist, confirmed the hygienist’s suspicions, and advised her mom to take her for further testing. The tests revealed that Journee had a tumor covering parts of her pancreas, gallbladder and liver; it could have ruptured at any moment, with devastating consequences.

The tumor was removed three days later in a 9-hour operation, and Journee is now recovering. As for her dentist, Dr. Chandler told reporters that he and his staff were just doing their jobs thoroughly. “It's hard to feel like I’m a hero,” he said (though others might disagree).

Is this a one-in-a-million case? Maybe — yet for many people, a family dentist may be the health care professional who is seen more often than any other. That can put dentists in the unique position of being able to closely monitor not only a person’s oral health, but also their overall health.

There are several reasons why that’s so. One is that most systemic diseases (such as diabetes, leukemia, and heart disease, for example) can have oral manifestations — that is, symptoms that show up in the mouth. If your dentist notices something unusual, further testing may be recommended. Dentists also regularly screen for diseases specific to the mouth — such as oral cancer, which has a much better chance of being cured when it is caught at an early stage.

But beyond checking for particular diseases, dentists often notice other things that may indicate a health issue. For example, if you complain of dry mouth or snoring, and appear fatigued in the dental chair, your dentist may suspect undiagnosed sleep apnea: a potentially serious condition. Many other signs — such as yellowed eyes, a pounding heart rate, or shortness of breath — can indicate potential problems.

Of course, we’re not even mentioning the main reason for regular dental checkups — keeping your smile healthy and bright; for many people that’s reason enough. How does Journee’s mom feel about keeping dental appointments? “I will never miss another dentist appointment,” she told reporters. “I will never reschedule.”

If you would like more information about routine dental checkups, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Dental Hygiene Visit” and “Good Oral Health Leads to Better Health Overall.”

When you hear the term “oral surgery,” it might not give you many good thoughts.  However, by understand oral surgery in Pasadena, you can better understand the importance of various dental procedures.  Some oral surgery procedures offered in Pasadena by Dr. Peter Cooper oral surgeryinclude:
  • Teeth extractions
  • Excess bone reduction
  • Smile enhancement
Oral surgery is available for Pasadena residents so that you can enjoy an improved appearance of your smile.  Dr. Cooper will work with you to determine the best treatment available so that you can continue to smile with confidence. In Pasadena, oral surgery options from Dr. Peter Cooper all you to improve your smile’s appearance, whether it is dramatic or a simple procedure.  Oral surgery is available to improve your self esteem about your teeth and your smile, while improving your oral health.
 
Contact our office to learn more about available oral surgery treatment options.  As your periodontist in Pasadena, Dr. Peter Cooper will work with you to create a smile you will want to show off.
 


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