Over the course of the last 20 years, ER visits because of dental pain or tooth-centric dilemmas have risen dramatically in the United States. According to the American Dental Association, these types of visits have more than doubled since the year 2000, but at the office of Robert M. Walley, DDS, we would much rather handle those emergency dentist visits ourselves. After all, a dentist would know more about oral problems than a general ER doctor, so knowing which issues are more appropriate for a dentist is the first big step in making sure you and your family get the care you need should a dental emergency arise.

Tooth Damage

The most common types of dental emergencies occur because of tooth damage, which can include any of the following things:

Chipped or Broken Tooth

There are a few different ways to treat a chipped or broken tooth, but because of the pain and the way it looks, getting it fixed as quickly as possible is paramount. Keep the chipped piece of tooth in a cool, wet cloth, and if is possible the dentist could be able to fix it.

Tooth Knocked Out of Alignment

Also known as subluxation, this is when a tooth gets knocked crooked and needs to be returned to its original position. On your way, use your tongue to try to keep it in place so you don’t cause more damage to the crooked tooth.

Missing Tooth

If a tooth gets knocked all the way out, do everything you can to avoid touching the root-end of and keep it moist on your way to the dentist, who actually may be able to re-implant it. Getting there quickly is key, though!

Non-traumatic Tooth Problems

Not all dental emergencies are related to tooth trauma, however, as some emergency visits occur as a result of other types of pain and infections:

Severe Toothache

For some people, the pain of a toothache is so severe that they cannot wait until a scheduled appointment to have the issue fixed. If there is excessive pain or swelling in the gums or face, it may be in your best interest to make an emergency dental visit.

Potential Complications with Infection

Sometimes a toothache can get so bad that it leads to an infection, and it is not hyperbole to say that a nasty infection left untreated can become so severe as to lead to death. If there is nasty swelling in the gums or jaw accompanied by a fever, that could mean really big problems and it would be a good idea to arrange an emergency dental appointment immediately.

In a perfect world, nobody ever would find themselves in an experience to visit a dentist in an emergency situation. We all would much rather just make an appointment when it’s most affordable and most convenient for everybody involved. In those instances where an emergency visit is necessary, though, make sure you contact Dr. Walley’s office immediately and let the ER doctors handle issues for which are they more qualified.

It is a sad and frustrating thing to be ashamed of your smile. So many people step into the office of Robert M. Walley, D.D.S., unhappy with their teeth to the point of changing the way they behave in social situations. Human beings need to smile freely to feel completely happy, so for those struggling with their own teeth, dental implants can be an excellent solution to any aesthetic issues a smile may be experiencing.

Four Reasons Why You Should Consider Dental Implants

Like any corrective dental procedure, dental implants are an investment, but compared to so many of the other options out there, they can be especially helpful for transforming a patient’s smile in a way that is built to last.

#1 They Look and Behave Exactly Like Real Teeth

First and foremost, dental implants are an excellent solution because it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between them and normal teeth. The prosthetic teeth, usually constructed of either zirconium or porcelain, look just like real teeth, right down to the color and sheen, and an experience dentist like Dr. Walley can do wonders in matching their hue to your other natural teeth. Even better, they are strong enough to act just like your normal teeth, which is something that is not necessarily true with bridges and dentures.

#2 They Are Durable

The posts that serve as the artificial roots in these surgeries are made of titanium, a notoriously tough metal. The teeth themselves, as mentioned, are made from strong materials, too, which means these are among the most durable options available to those looking to replace a lost or damaged tooth. In other words, these are meant to be permanent, which makes them the most-effective way to replace a tooth. They may need an occasional adjustment, but these absolutely are built to last a lifetime.

#3 They Protect Natural Teeth

It is not good to have empty spaces in your smile because it makes the teeth adjacent to those gaps more vulnerable to decay. Having an intact smile protects your teeth and jaw from deterioration, where dentures and other non-implant options actually can cause problems with the jaw. Dental implants are quite the opposite.

#4 They Do Not Restrict Diet

With certain types of artificial teeth, patients are told what they can and cannot eat for fear of breaking something that would be very expensive to replace. Dental implants stay in your mouth and are strong enough to eat the same types of foods you would eat with your normal teeth. Hard candies, apples, caramel, and all the other things that are problematic for other types of false teeth are fine for those people sporting dental implants.

If you would like more information about your own options for improving your smile, just give Dr. Walley’s office a call to set up a consultation. Dental implants have changed people’s lives for the better, and if your own lovely grin is in need of a touch-up as well, don’t hesitate to seek this durable, convenient, aesthetically pleasing option.

Many of our patients are very regimented and thorough about brushing their teeth, but they aren’t quite as diligent about flossing. Well, our San Francisco dentists are here to remind you that flossing is an important part of your daily oral hygiene routine, and not something to be skipped! In this short article, we’re giving you some simple tips on how to floss to the best of your ability. Take a look at this information, and consider how you may be able to upgrade your regular dental routine.

Let’s begin by talking about when flossing should fit into your routine. In general, the best time to floss is at night, before you brush your teeth. This allows you to dislodge embedded dental debris and plaque, and then promptly brush and rinse it away.

You want to make sure that you floss between all of your teeth—even those in the hard-to-reach spaces in the back of your smile. Move the floss all the way up and down the length of your tooth, taking care to guide the floss gently into your gum tissue.

Make sure that you’re using a clean section of your string of floss as you move from tooth to tooth. Using the same bit of floss can lead you to inadvertently compound the plaque and dental debris as you go from tooth to tooth.

You may find, if you’re out of the habit of flossing, that your gum tissue is prone to bleeding when you floss. This is normal, and should stop occurring once you get back in the habit of flossing. If, however, you find that your gum tissue continues to bleed for weeks or months after you start flossing again, talk to your dentist, as you may be dealing with periodontal disease.

When you start incorporating flossing into your daily routine, you give your smile its best chance of staying strong and healthy for years to come. As always, you can reach out to our San Francisco dentists to learn more and to schedule a personal consultation!

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