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How to Maintain Your Dental Implants

April 15th, 2020 Posted by Dental Implants 0 comments on “How to Maintain Your Dental Implants”

Dental Implants are designed to fit, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. When it comes to missing teeth dental implants are considered the permanent solution because they provide patients with a long-lasting solution to their missing teeth problem. However, although dental implants can be considered a long-term solution it is just as important to be sure they are being properly maintained.

How To Properly Care For Your Dental Implants
Your dental implants are designed to feel just like your natural teeth which makes caring for them very similar to how you would care for your natural teeth. Specifically, this relates to brushing and flossing at least twice a day. Also, when it comes to maintaining your dental implants it is important to maintain regularly scheduled appointments with your dental professional. Doing so will help you maintain good standing with your oral health. Also, it will ensure that your dental implants will last you a long time.


Follow The Maintenance Advice Of Your Doctor

If you want to ensure that your dental implants last a long time then it is very important to be sure that you are following the advice of your doctor. While your dental implants are not susceptible to dental cavities, they are still susceptible to the typical wear and tear the same as would be experienced by your natural teeth. However, when dental implants are properly cared for and maintained they can last a lifetime.

Schedule A Consultation
Now that you know more about dental implants if you are interested in having them installed then it would be very beneficial if you reached out to our office to schedule your dental implant consultation.

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Emergency Dental Care: Getting Dental Treatment During the Coronavirus Outbreak

April 1st, 2020 Posted by Emergency Dentistry 0 comments on “Emergency Dental Care: Getting Dental Treatment During the Coronavirus Outbreak”

You probably already know it. That the dull ache underneath that tooth won’t subside on its own. That chipped tooth will only get worse if it continues to go untreated. That uncomfortable sensitivity to hot or cold food or drink will only increase in severity. Yet, as the world hunkers down to wait out the current coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, many Americans are wrestling with a crucial question, “is my dental problem urgent enough to seek treatment now?” 

Find out what qualifies a dental emergency during the Covid-19 outbreak and take a look at what dental offices are doing to accommodate people just like you who need emergency dental services.

Note: This content does not constitute medical advice. Talk with a doctor or your primary care physician about your personal risks to the Covid-19 outbreak to inform your decision of whether or not you’re healthy enough to interact with strangers.

Can I See a Dentist If I Have to Shelter in Place?

Yes, you can still see a dentist if your issue qualifies. Emergency dental care is considered an essential service during this outbreak. However, the American Dental Association has called on dentists nationwide to suspend all elective procedures. 

In states and municipalities under order to shelter in place, dentists have been urged by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to suspend non-emergency dental services to limit person-to-person contact.

What Qualifies as a Dental Emergency?

Broadly, a dental emergency is any oral-facial issue, including facial trauma, that is extremely time sensitive – that is, any issue affecting your mouth or facial bones that’ll become much worse if you don’t act soon.

The things that make a dental issue an emergency are elevated pain and increased vulnerability:

  • Severe or unrelenting pain
  • The presence of an infection
  • The threat of near- or long-term consequences due to a lack of treatment

What Should I Do If I’m on a long-term treatment plan? 

Call your dentist to get guidance on what you can do at home to maintain the progress you’ve made during treatment until normalcy returns and you can resume treatment. If your treatment is considered an “elective procedure,” your emergency dentist will likely ask you to hold off until they restore normal operations.

What If My Issue is Urgent, But Not an Emergency?

Consider telemedicine. As movement across the country continues to tighten, dentists are increasingly adjusting to these limitations by offering virtual consultations. You may be able to get a preliminary exam via a mobile device, laptop or desktop computer equipped with a camera and microphone. It may be the next best thing to a 24-hour emergency dentist for the time being.

What Can I Do At Home If I’m in Self-Isolation Due to the Coronavirus?

The best things you can do to maintain your dental health at home are pretty much things we should all be doing daily: brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash twice every day. 

What Are Dental Offices Doing to Minimize the Risk of Infection for Patients and Staff?

Like other small and midsize businesses, emergency dentists have been following the CDC’s Infection Control guidelines to minimize the risk of spreading Covid-19. 

These measures include increasing the frequency of cleaning, taking extra care in sanitizing high tough points and minimizing person to person contact. Some dental offices are updating their websites with projected wait times for patients and are offering virtual consultations.