Posts for: June, 2016

By Dr David Kahn, DMD & Dr John Pergolizzi, DMD
June 17, 2016
Category: Oral Health

For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.

Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.

If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.

If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.

When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.

When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment. Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.

And as for Noah Galloway:  In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!

If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”

By Dr. David Kahn, DMD & Dr. John Pergolizzi, DMD
June 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: bonding  

Are you concerned about chips and cracks in your teeth but don't want to spend a lot of money to correct minor cosmetic issues? Bonding offers a simple, inexpensive way to improve the appearance of teeth damaged by cracks and chips. Dr. David Kahn and Dr. John Pergolizzi, your Ringwood, NJ dentists, explain how bonding can transform your smile.Bonding

What is bonding?

The bonding material your dentist uses to repair teeth is made of composite resin, a plastic-based material that is very flexible. Composite bonding resembles putty and can be shaped by hand to fit the cracked or chipped areas of your teeth. Although the material is soft when it's placed on your teeth, it quickly hardens and becomes just as tough as your natural tooth enamel.

When is bonding recommended?

Bonding is a very versatile material that is used to:

  • Cover chips and cracks
  • Protect exposed tooth roots
  • Improve the appearance of discolored teeth
  • Make oddly shaped teeth look more uniform
  • Increase the length of short teeth
  • Fill teeth

What happens during the bonding process?

Preparation is an important part of the bonding process. Before using the bonding material, your Ringwood dentist will lightly etch your tooth and apply a pre-bonding liquid. These steps will help ensure that the material adheres well to your teeth. Composite resin is available in a variety of tooth-colored shades. Your dentist will hold up bonding samples to your teeth and choose the shade that most closely matches your teeth.

After the tooth is prepared, your dentist will shape and apply the composite resin material. He'll use an ultraviolet light to cure the resin, which will ensure that it's hard enough to withstand chewing and biting. After the tooth is polished, you won't be able to tell that you once had a crack or chip when you look in the mirror.

Don't let chips and cracks may you feel self-conscious about your smile. Call Dr. Kahn or Dr. Pergolizzi, your dentists in Ringwood, NJ, at (973) 835-3900 and schedule an appointment today. Restore your smile with dental bonding!

By Dr David Kahn, DMD & Dr John Pergolizzi, DMD
June 02, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  

Some things in life look worse than they really are. A condition known as “geographic tongue” is a good example: while it may look serious, it’s not a cause for real concern.

If you’ve never heard of geographic tongue it’s because it’s not a common ailment: it only affects one to three percent of the population. The name comes from patches of redness on the top surface of the tongue surrounded by grayish white borders, which gives the red patches a look similar to land masses on a map.

It’s known formally as “benign migratory glossitis,” which tells us more about the condition: “benign” means the patches aren’t cancerous; “migratory” indicates the patches tend to move and take different shapes along the surface of the tongue. In fact, it’s possible for them to appear, disappear, and then reappear over the course of a few days.

The exact causes of geographic tongue haven’t been fully substantiated. Researchers believe emotional stress, psychological problems or hormonal disturbances (especially women during pregnancy or ovulation) could be triggers for its occurrence. Certain dietary deficiencies like zinc or vitamin B, or acidic foods are also believed to be factors.

While geographic tongue isn’t painful, it can leave your tongue feeling more sensitive with a mild burning or stinging sensation. If you’re prone to having geographic tongue, there are some things you can do to reduce the irritation. Try to avoid eating acidic or spicy foods like tomatoes, citrus fruits or mint, as well as astringent substances like alcohol or certain mouthwashes. We may also prescribe anesthetic mouthrinses, antihistamines or steroid ointments to help ease any discomfort.

The good news, though, is that this harmless condition is more irritating than anything else. With a little care and forethought you won’t even know you have it.

If you would like more information on geographic tongue, 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 “Geographic Tongue.”

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