The Pain of Wisdom Teeth

There are many different causes for dental pain… tooth decay,  a fracture or abscess, a broken or damaged filling, gum infections or wisdom teeth pain.  If you still have your wisdom teeth, you may be experiencing this unique pain.  How do you know?  As wisdom teeth come in they can be very painful.  Many times they grow in crooked or sideways.  They can push on other teeth causing more pain.

The area around the gum can become inflamed or red and tender to the touch. You might even see them poking out from the gum. Some people don’t experience any pain at all.  Most dentist recommend removal before they start to create problems.

But what about impacted wisdom teeth? This occurs when wisdom teeth are prevented from coming out because of being blocked by the jaw bone or other teeth.

According to crest.com …Impacted wisdom teeth are more difficult to remove, leave you at greater risk for complications from surgery, and can permanently damage bones and other teeth. Also, the longer wisdom teeth pain persists, the more likely it is that an infection will result from bacteria entering open tissue. Oral infections can have a negative impact on general systemic health…

If you think your pain could be from your wisdom teeth, call our office today. We will be able to tell you after an examination if your pain is from your wisdom teeth, and what you need to do next.

Be wise! Don’t let the pain of wisdom teeth go on longer than it needs to.

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Dental Emergencies – They Happen

Have you ever had a tooth to chip on your coffee cup?  Or maybe you were chewing on ice or some popcorn and your crown breaks. Dental Emergencies happen and when they do they’re not any fun.  When a dental emergency happens the best thing is to remain calm and don’t panic.  Also make sure that it is really a dental emergency.

According to yourdentistyguide.com any dental problem that requires immediate treatment in order to save a tooth, stop ongoing tissue bleeding or alleviate severe pain is considered a dental emergency.

Is it a Dental Emergency?

Smoothing a chipped tooth, re-cementing a crown that is not causing pain and composite bonding to repair a tooth are not dental emergencies. Typically, such problems can be dealt with during your dentist’s regular office hours.

If you are not sure whether or not you are having a true dental emergency, answer the following questions:

  • Are you bleeding from the mouth?
  • Are you in severe pain?
  • Do you have any loose teeth?
  • Have you been hit in the face or mouth?
  • Do you have any swelling in the mouth or facial area?
  • Do you have any bulges, swelling or knots on your gums?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be having a dental emergency and should call your dentist immediately. It’s important to describe to your dentist exactly what has happened and what you are feeling.

If you experience extreme pain caused by hot or warm foods or beverages, try drinking ice water. It might relieve the pain. Sip on ice water and hold some in your mouth until you see the dentist. If you are having sensitivity to cold or if it causes pain to breathe in air, avoid cold foods and beverages. Breathe through your nose and call your dentist’s office. If you experience pain in a tooth when biting down, it might indicate an abscess. This is an emergency and you should call your dentist’s office.

 

If you experience an emergency we are here for you.  Call our emergency number 423-605-7009 as soon as possible.

 

Sports and Mouthguards

It’s High School Sports time! With school starting back again, sports, such as football and basketball, will be in full swing.  Since dental injuries are common in collision or contact sports and recreational activities, a properly fitted mouthguard or mouth protector in all contact sports are recommend. If you participate in team sports or other activities with risks of injury to the teeth, jaw and oral soft tissues (such as the mouth, lip, tongue, or inner lining of the cheeks) we recommend you use a  mouthguard, especially in any sporting or recreational activity.

Studies of mouthguard users and nonusers have shown that mouthguards offer significant protection against sports-related injuries to the teeth and soft tissues.

“According to a 2007 meta-analysis of studies evaluating the effectiveness of mouthguards in reducing injuries, the overall injury risk was found to be 1.6-1.9 times greater when a mouthguard was not worn, relative to when mouthguards were used during athletic activity. Another study of collegiate basketball teams found that athletes wearing custom-made mouthguards sustained significantly fewer dental injuries than those who did not.

For sporting activities that are inherently contact-oriented (e.g., football), orofacial protectors or faceguards are also appropriate for added safety and protection. The ADA has endorsed the preventive value of orofacial protectors, including helmets, faceguards and mouth protectors, for use by participants in sporting and recreational activities with some degree of injury risk and at all levels of competition.” (according to the American Dental Association)

A mouthguard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of your standard equipment. Talk to Dr Brogdon about selecting a mouthguard that will offer you the best protection. Your smile may depend upon it.

 

 

 

The Daily Grind – Bruxism

Do you sometimes find yourself clinching your teeth, or do you grind your teeth in your sleep? Maybe you wake up in the morning with a dull headache or jaw soreness with pain in your face that you can’t explain.  If you’ve experienced any of these problems you may be suffering from a condition known as Bruxism or more commonly known as teeth grinding.

According to www.colgate.com – Bruxism is clenching or grinding your teeth. Most people are not even aware that they are doing this. In the United States, bruxism affects about 30 million to 40 million children and adults.

In adults, most cases of bruxism are caused by stress and anxiety.  Other causes are sleep disorders, crooked or missing teeth or an abnormal bite.  If you are suffering from stress and anxiety, find ways to help relax. Light exercise such as taking a walk or listening to calming music may help.  About 30% of children grind or clench their teeth and most of them eventually outgrow this and suffer no permanent damage.

If  bruxism in adults or children is related to dental problems, a more thorough examination may be needed.  As well as checking your “bite” (how your upper and lower teeth come together) Dr Brogdon will examine your teeth and gums for damage and may take x-rays of your jaws and teeth.  He may have to adjust your teeth alignment.

Ask Dr Brogdon about fitting you for a mouthguard (a dental appliance) that you can wear at night to help protect your teeth while you sleep.  In some cases this may be all you need.

We live in a stressful world.  Call us today at 423-870-5698 and let us at Brogdon Dental help relieve a little of your daily grind!

Back to School Sports – Mouthguards

With school back in session and football season fast approaching, we wanted to discuss the use of mouthguards to protect your teeth.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry…

A mouthguard is a flexible appliance that is worn in athletic and recreational activities to protect teeth from trauma. The dental profession unanimously supports the use of mouthguards in a variety of sports activities.  A mouthguard can prevent serious injuries such as broken teeth, jaw fractures, cerebral hemorrhage and neck injuries by helping to avoid situations where the lower jaw gets jammed into the upper jaw. Mouthguards are effective in moving soft tissue in the oral cavity away from the teeth, preventing laceration and bruising of the lips and cheeks, especially for those who wear orthodontic appliances. They may also reduce the severity and incidence of concussions.

Mouthguards should be worn by players in a number of sporting activities including, basketball, softball, football, wrestling, soccer, lacrosse, rugby, in-line skating and martial arts, as well as recreational sports such as skateboarding and bicycling.

Here are some points to remember for the proper care of your mouthguard.

  • Clean your mouthguard by washing it with soap and cool (not hot) water.
  • Before storing, soak your mouthguard in mouthwash.
  • Keep your mouthguard in a well-ventilated, plastic storage box when not in use. Make sure the box has several holes so the mouthguard will dry.
  • Heat is bad for a mouthguard, so don’t leave it in direct sunlight or in a closed automobile.
  • Don’t bend your mouthguard when storing.
  • Don’t handle or wear someone else’s mouthguard.
  • Call your dentist if there are any problems.

The best mouthguard is one made by your dentist to fit your mouth. Call us today at Brogdon Dental to set up an appointment to have your child fitted before participating in their sport activities.