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Posts for: June, 2016

By Milford Dental Group
June 28, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental emergency  

More often than not, dentist appointments are planned - usually weeks or even months in advance - for a yearly or bi-yearly oral exam dental emergencyand professional cleaning (at least they should be, if dentists have anything to say about it!) But when accidents happen, many people are unsure of who to call, and where to go to find the emergency dental treatment they need.

Emergency Dental Treatment in Milford

Trauma from the impact of a fall, or from a projectile that breaks or dislodges a tooth is one of the most common dental emergencies. Waiting to get treatment can mean the difference between saving or losing the affected teeth, as well as the potential risk for permanent nerve damage. Other dental emergencies involve the soft tissue of the oral cavity: the tongue, gums, and lining of the cheeks. A serious cut, laceration, or routine extraction that results in hemorrhaging can require stitches and medication to prevent infection. Decayed teeth that cause pain and abscessed teeth are also dental emergencies.

While a minor accident like chipping or breaking a tooth while on vacation or at a family picnic may not seem urgent, failure to receive prompt treatment can lead to more extensive damage and the need for more dental work in the future. When a tooth suffers trauma and chips, bacteria can funnel through to the soft pulp inside of the tooth to the nerves. This can be extremely painful and cause permanent nerve damage. In this scenario, an emergency root canal can clear away any bacteria, and seal the tooth to eliminate pain and protect the nerves. From a cosmetic standpoint, dentists can also apply temporary bonding or dentures until a permanent replacement is made in cases of tooth loss.

Find an Emergency Dentist in Milford

For more information about emergency treatment and dental services at Milford Dental Group, call (508) 966-7923 to schedule an appointment today.

By Milford Dental Group
June 15, 2016
Category: Oral Health

When you’re among the top players in your field, you need every advantage to help you stay competitive: Not just the best equipment, but anything else that relieves pain and stress, and allows you to play better. For top-seeded Canadian tennis player Milos Raonic, that extra help came in a somewhat unexpected form: a custom made mouthguard that he wears on the court and off. “[It helps] to not grind my teeth while I play,” said the 25-year-old up-and-coming ace. “It just causes stress and headaches sometimes.”

Mouthguards are often worn by athletes engaged in sports that carry the risk of dental injury — such as basketball, football, hockey, and some two dozen others; wearing one is a great way to keep your teeth from being seriously injured. But Raonic’s mouthguard isn’t primarily for safety; it’s actually designed to help him solve the problem of teeth grinding, or bruxism. This habitual behavior causes him to unconsciously tense up his jaw, potentially leading to problems with muscles and teeth.

Bruxism is a common issue that’s often caused or aggravated by stress. You don’t have to be a world-class athlete to suffer from this condition: Everyday anxieties can have the same effect. The behavior is often worsened when you consume stimulating substances, such as alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, and other drugs.

While bruxism affects thousands of people, some don’t even suspect they have it. That’s because it may occur at any time — even while you’re asleep! The powerful jaw muscles that clench and grind teeth together can wear down tooth enamel, and damage both natural teeth and dental work. They can even cause loose teeth! What’s more, a clenching and grinding habit can result in pain, headaches and muscle soreness… which can really put you off your game.

There are several ways to relieve the problem of bruxism. Stress reduction is one approach that works in some cases. When it’s not enough, a custom made occlusal guard (also called a night guard or mouthguard) provided by our office can make a big difference. “When I don’t sleep with it for a night,” Raonic said “I can feel my jaw muscles just tense up the next day. I don’t sense myself grinding but I can sort of feel that difference the next day.”

 An occlusal guard is made from an exact model of your own mouth. It helps to keep your teeth in better alignment and prevent them from coming into contact, so they can’t damage each other. It also protects your jaw joints from being stressed by excessive force. Plus, it’s secure and comfortable to wear. “I wear it all the time other than when I’m eating, so I got used to it pretty quickly,” said Raonic.

Teeth grinding can be a big problem — whether you put on your game face on the court… or at home. If you would like more information about bruxism, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Stress & Tooth Habits” and “When Children Grind Their Teeth.”