Smile Care Family Dentistry Blog
October 3, 2017
It can happen in the blink of an eye. One minute you’re perfectly safe having a great day, and the next you feel a tooth fly out of your mouth. Usually, that feeling is preceded by an impact or bite into something hard, but still, losing a permanent tooth typically comes as a shock. Keep reading to learn more about how to respond if you lose a tooth or experience other dental emergencies.
Step 1 – Take a Breath
We know an accident or injury that leads to a knocked out tooth can be really stressful or frightening, but it’s important you stay calm. Take a few breaths, and give your dentist a call. A good dentist will have a team member available to help walk patients through first aid and pain management over the phone. This will help you stay calm and get the emergency dental help you need.
Step 2 – Retrieve the Tooth
Once you’ve calmed down a bit, look for your tooth. When you find it, handle it by the crown (top of the tooth) rather than the roots. Look over the tooth to see if it’s broken or damaged. You want to make sure there is not a piece of tooth missing or still in the socket.
Step 3 – Clean the Area & Knocked Out Tooth
Holding the tooth by the crown, you can run cool water over it to remove any dirt or debris, but do not brush or rub the tooth as any remaining soft tissue is essential to the reattachment process. Then, rinse out your mouth with cool water. If the vacated socket is bleeding heavily, you can bite down on clean gauze or cloth to stop the flow of blood. An ice pack applied at 20 minute intervals (20 on /20 off) will also help to slow the bleeding.
Step 4 – Replace the Tooth in its Socket
If the entire tooth is knocked loose and there are no small pieces of tooth remaining in the socket, you should be able to return the tooth to its original socket. Once in place, bite down on gauze or clean cloth to hold the tooth in position.
Step 5 – Store the Tooth if You’re Unable to Replace It
If for any reason you cannot safely or comfortably return the tooth to its socket, you can store it in a container filled with water or whole milk. This will keep the tooth moist and protect any remaining soft tissue that’s attached to the knocked out tooth. If you’re comfortable doing so, you can also place the tooth between your cheek and gums in order to keep it in a more natural state.
Meet Dr. Javeed
At the Virginia Beach dental office of Astra Javeed, DMD, we’re here to help whenever patients need us most. Whether you lose a tooth on Monday morning or Saturday night, we’ll do our utmost to see you right away. Contact the Smile Care Family Dentistry team anytime you need us for emergency dental care. From toothaches to facial trauma, we’ll do our utmost to relieve pain and get a smile back on your face right away.
September 10, 2017
The holidays are coming! You know what that means, right? A new year is on its way! With the days we’re facing now, it’s more important than ever to take advantage of your insurance benefits before they reset with 2018.
If you need a dentist in Virginia Beach that’s in-network, you should find one before the end of the year. This blog post explains why!
August 15, 2017
Over the years, you had never expected to lose your teeth, but that is exactly what has occurred, whether due to disease, poor dental hygiene, or trauma. No matter the cause, you need an effective form of tooth replacement to regain a complete and functional smile. Now, several advancements in dentistry offer various solutions, including dentures and dental implants. With both offering several benefits, your dentist in Virginia Beach will help you determine which is the right choice for you.
July 29, 2017
If you’ve ever been to the dentist, then you’re probably pretty familiar with a standard dental cleaning. Your dentist, or a hygienist, use specialized tools to break up and clear away plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth in order to prevent decay and cavities. However, if this buildup is located underneath your gum line, your dentist may need to perform something called a “deep cleaning.” What is it? How is it different from a regular cleaning? Read on to find the answers to these questions and more. (more…)
June 28, 2017
If you have Humana dental insurance, that’s great news for your smile. People who are covered by an insurance plan are eligible for a list of free or greatly reduced benefits that make it easier to maintain a happy, healthy smile. We’ve got even better news — your Humana Dental dentist is at Smile Care Family Dentistry! Dr. Asra Javeed and our team of experts provide the comprehensive, high quality services that can keep you smiling beautifully for a lifetime to come.
May 7, 2017
Tooth-colored Fillings are Your Treatment of Choice
Even with excellent at-home hygiene and in-office care, cavities happen. A chipped tooth decays. Enamel wears thin, and bacteria invades your tooth structure. Plaque accumulates in the deeply grooved surfaces of a molar.
Fortunately, restorative dentistry has used amalgam or gold fillings for decades to repair tooth structure and to allow for natural bite and function. However, both dentists and their patients have desired a filling material that matches tooth color and requires less removal of tooth structure surrounding a cavity.
April 21, 2017
If you have a cavity or more extensive damage to a particular tooth, you may need a filling or a dental crown. These two restorations from your dentist in Virginia Beach, Dr. Asra Javeed, restore the appearance, function and health of compromised teeth. What are the differences between fillings and crowns, and what is the treatment process for each? Your team at Smile Care Family Dentistry uses state of the art diagnostic techniques, quality materials and excellent treatment processes to repair decay, infection and more.
March 23, 2017
When it comes to your dental health, you need to practice proper oral hygiene and maintain semi-annual appointments with your dentist. However, many people delay preventive care because they are concerned about the cost of services. At Smile Care Family Dentistry, we understand your concern. We strive to make dental care more accessible and affordable, which is why we are proud to be an Aetna Dental dentist in Virginia Beach. As an in-network dentist, we will help keep your out-of-pocket costs to a minimum while maximizing your dental benefits.
February 12, 2017
If you’ve been searching for a dentist that can take care of your family’s smiles and accepts Humana dental insurance, then your search ends here. Smile Care Family Dentistry is pleased to offer a wide range of dentistry services so you can find everything you need under one roof. Whether you are bringing in your son or daughter for their very first visit or you need to see Virginia Beach dentist Dr. Javeed for a dental filling or crown, you can be certain the treatment you receive will be provided expertly and compassionately.
January 15, 2017
Your friend’s elbow rockets into your face as they go up for a rebound, and you immediately feel a shooting pain radiate throughout your entire jaw. Your weekly basketball game instantly comes to a halt as you realize one of your teeth has just been knocked out. You’re bleeding, disoriented by the pain, and you don’t know what to do. Should you call 911? Do they even take care of this sort of thing? What is the fastest way for you to get relief? Firstly, don’t go to the emergency room; this is the exact kind of situation where you should call your emergency dentist in Virginia Beach, Dr. Asra Javeed. It’s the only way for you to get the treatment you need quickly. (more…)