What are the common causes of toothaches?
Toothaches can be caused by various factors, including tooth decay, dental cavities, gum disease, tooth infection, cracked or chipped teeth, sinus infections, teeth grinding, and sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. It is essential to visit a dentist to determine the exact cause of your toothache and receive appropriate treatment.
Can a toothache go away on its own without treatment?
While some toothaches may temporarily subside on their own, it’s not advisable to rely on them resolving without treatment. Toothaches are often a sign of an underlying dental issue, such as tooth decay or infection, and these conditions typically require professional intervention. Ignoring a toothache can lead to further complications and more severe pain. It’s always best to schedule an appointment with a dentist to diagnose the cause of the toothache and determine the appropriate treatment.
What is oral surgery and when is it necessary?
Oral surgery is a dental specialty that involves surgical procedures for the mouth, teeth, and jaw. It may be necessary for issues like impacted wisdom teeth, dental implants, corrective jaw surgery, and biopsies.
How long does it take to recover from oral surgery?
The recovery time after oral surgery varies depending on the specific procedure and individual factors. Generally, it can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks for a full recovery. Simple procedures like tooth extraction may have a shorter recovery period of about a week, while more complex surgeries like implant retained dentures or dental implant placement may require several weeks or months. It’s important to follow your oral surgeon’s post-operative instructions, including proper oral hygiene, dietary restrictions, and any prescribed medications, to promote faster healing and minimize complications. Your surgeon will provide you with specific guidelines based on your procedure to help you navigate the recovery process smoothly.
What types of dental emergencies require immediate attention?
Several dental emergencies require immediate attention to prevent further complications. Here are a few examples:
Severe toothache: Persistent and intense tooth pain could be a sign of an underlying issue like an infection or dental abscess. Prompt treatment can provide relief and prevent the spread of infection.
Knocked-out tooth: If a tooth gets completely knocked out, it’s crucial to seek immediate dental care. The chances of saving the tooth are higher if it is re-implanted within an hour of the incident.
What are emergency dental procedures?
Emergency dental procedures refer to dental treatments and care provided in urgent situations when immediate attention is needed to address severe oral health issues or alleviate intense dental pain. These services are typically offered outside regular office hours to ensure patients receive timely treatment for conditions such as toothaches, broken teeth, knocked-out teeth, abscesses, and other dental emergencies.
Why might a patient be missing a tooth?
A patient may be missing teeth naturally (congenitally), because they had the tooth extracted due to an infection, a large
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a sterile titanium (metal) or zirconia (metal-free) medical device placed in the patient’s jawbone that heals there. The implant is then restored with an implant crown to replace a missing tooth and fill in the gap in a patient’s smile and restore the ability to chew. Dental implants are very reliable and can be used much like a natural tooth for chewing and cosmetic smiles.
What are dental implants made of?
- Titanium alloy – most implants are made of titanium alloy. These implants have been used for decades and there are long-standing research and clinical trials following titanium implant success. The literature shows that titanium implants have a 95% long-term success rate.
- Zirconia – a newer material option is zirconia. These implants are used with patients who have a rare metal allergy or who state they would like a metal-free option.
Can I replace my dentures or all my missing teeth with implants?
Yes, there are many options to replace a mouthful of missing teeth and Implants are generally considered the best option. Instead of dentures that are removable, and can pop out of the mouth or slide around, implants are fixed in place. At Jain Dental we can replace your dentures or mouthful of missing, or broken/decayed teeth, with dental implants that can be used much like a new set of natural teeth. Alternatively, your existing dentures can be supported or fixed in place by attaching them to implants placed in your jawbone.