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Tooth abscess or dental abscess is a buildup of pus inside the gums or teeth. It is caused by a bacterial infection. Plaque buildup also causes bacterial growth and this in turn effects the health of your teeth and gums and damage them. If the plaque is not removed regularly or you don’t follow effective dental cleaning regime, the bacteria may spread in the soft tissue inside the gums or tooth, eventually resulting in an abscess.
Basically, dental abscess is classified into three different types:
Symptoms of tooth abscess:
Here are a few really common symptoms of dental abscess:
Only a dentist can treat a tooth abscess. Treatment may include typical dental procedure like cleaning and in some severe cases surgery.
In case of patients with a periapical abscess and returning infection, surgery is recommended in order to remove the disease tissue completely.
In case of patients with a periodontal abscess and returning infection, gum tissues have to be reshaped and the periodontal pocket removed.
If the dental abscess reappears even after the surgery, the tooth may be removed.
In case of any dental emergency, feel free to visit EDMONTON EMERGENCY DENTAL CLINIC.
The purpose of this blog post is to give general information regarding some of the very common orthodontic emergencies. Look for follow up care with a physician, dentist or orthodontist for more detailed instructions.
Emergencies for patients in braces are comparatively rare and thankfully are not very severe. However, the uneasiness from a problem with the braces can be disturbing. Here are some of the more common orthodontic emergencies and some possible solutions for temporary relief.
• Discomfort and pain
Discomfort and pain are very normal in orthodontic treatment. The pain starts about 4-6 hours after the braces are placed or adjusted according to the progress of the treatment. The pain aggravates in next 1 or 2 days. Then, after 3-5 days, it starts to reduce. You can opt for over the counter pain medication.
• Poking wire
In some cases, as the teeth move in, initially, the wire used to make teeth straight has nowhere to go except out of the back of the molar band area. Additionally, if the bite is being corrected or spaces are being closed, the wire will start to become longer at the back of the braces. Thankfully, in most cases it can be handled with ease just by using some orthodontic wax. The wax assists in smoothing the area and keeping the tissue from getting trapped on the end. If wax doesn’t seem to help, then contact your dentist so that the wire can be cut short.
• Loose Band
Band or ring around the back teeth, when becomes loose, there is nothing much to be worried about. But, usually the band is cemented on the tooth with an adhesive that envelops the inner part of the band from plaque and saliva. So, if the loose band is left untreated then it can allow saliva and bacteria to enter the crevice between the band and the tooth. The bacteria starts producing an acidic byproduct, which then starts deteriorating the enamel. This in turn causes cavity on the surface of the tooth. So, you should visit Edmonton dentist as soon as possible.
• Damaged braces
Loose or broken braces are usually not considered a serious problem in most of the cases. But, in some cases loose brace may be really problematic, so it is best to consult a dentist when the problem occurs. When a bracket detaches from a tooth, it is still attached to the wire with an elastics tie. So, you can rest assured of at least not swallowing it by mistake, but it may spin or move around on the wire. In case of this problem, you can press a little wax against the bracket to stop it from moving around.
In case of any of these orthodontic emergencies, feel free to contact EDMONTON EMERGENCY DENTAL CLINIC.
What is gingivitis?
Gum disease or gingivitis is inflammation of the tissues supporting and surrounding the teeth and is most popularly caused due to poor dental hygiene. Gum disease is a very common problem and differs immensely in severity. Some of the common signs of gingivitis include: red swollen gums, bleeding on brushing and flossing etc.
What causes gingivitis?
Your gums are attached to your teeth at a lower point than the edges of gums that are visible. This creates a small space called a sulcus. When food gets trapped in this space, gingivitis or gum infection is caused.
Plaque is another reason for gum disease. Plaque is a thin coating of bacteria; it continuously develops on the surface of your teeth. As plaque becomes severe, it hardens, and this is termed as tartar. When plaque reaches below the gum line, it causes gum infection.
When left untreated, it can cause the gums to get disconnected from the teeth. This can cause injury to the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth. The tooth may become unstable and loose. If infection becomes severe, you may finally lose your tooth or get it removed from a dentist.
Risk factors of gum disease:
Here are some of the risk factors for gum disease:
Most people even don’t realize that they have gingivitis. Once can have gum infection without any symptoms. However, here are a few symptoms of gingivitis:
In a dental checkup, your gums are checked with a small ruler. This helps to know about the inflammation. Also, assists in knowing about any gaps around your teeth. X-rays are taken to know about the bone loss.
Feel free to contact us to know about risk factors for gum disease as well as the symptoms. This can assist diagnose your gum infection. If you have gum disease, our periodontist will treat you. They specialize in the treatment of gum diseases.
Toothache is one of the most common dental problems. Every year millions of people with toothache visit dentists in Edmonton. Nevertheless, toothache can be prevented with proper dental hygiene.
Toothache generally happens when the pulp of the tooth is infected, disturbed or exposed. The pulp is the inner layer of the toot covered in a layer of dentin and they by the tough layer that is popularly called the enamel. Toothache can also begin if only the outermost layer is damaged, exposing the dentin.
Sometimes the pain is so severe and unbearable that you have to visit an emergency dentist so that they can help you know the cause and give appropriate treatment to ease your pain.
The most popular dental causes of tooth pain are:
Treatment: Visit Edmonton Emergency Dental Clinic. Sensitivity and fluoride gel toothpastes can assist the root to become stronger and in turn decrease toothache.
Tooth Decay: It happens when the acid created by bacteria in our mouth starts to affect the minerals of the enamel. This demineralisation of the enamel creates a hole in the tooth exposing the dentin which in turn causes tooth ache.
Treatment: In most cases, dentist apply a filling to the the tooth cavity. In cases of large and severe cavities the crown is recommended.
Tooth Abscesses: This condition occurs when dental cavity is left untreated. In this condition the bacteria infects the tooth from the inner pulp to the bone tissue at the end of the root resulting in tooth pain.
Treatment: This condition can be treated by a root canal procedure. In this procedure the pulp of the tooth is removed and then filled and sealed with an inert material.
Gum Disease: This dental problem occurs when the soft tissue in your mouth gets infected due to a build up of tartar or plaque along the gum line. In this condition bleeding gums is also very popular.
Treatment: Dentists usually recommend to improve your oral hygiene. Also remove the build up of tartar. In some cases root planning is also recommended which is the removal of plaque and tartar from the roots of the teeth.
Feel free to contact Edmonton Emergency Dental Clinic in case of any dental emergency.
Injury to the tongue, lips and the inside of the mouth is very common. The exposed location and soft flesh of the lips make them susceptible to injury. A blow to the face can cause your teeth to crush against your lips, causing cuts or bruising. Your teeth can puncture the inside of your skin or cut your lips. A blow or fall may cause you to bite your tongue. Any cut inside the mouth generally bleeds severely because of the huge supply of blood to the area.
Your physician or dentist will ask that how you got injured and do a careful physical exam of the injured area. If the lips are hurt, he or she will check the teeth and bone for injury and look for pieces of damaged tooth.
The healing time for a tongue injury or lip injury will depend on how severely it is cut. However, there are many blood vessels in the mouth, which assists in quick healing.
Many tongue and lip injuries happen during sports or other such activities. But, you can prevent this type of injuries by using a safety mouth guard. Mouth guards are made of soft plastic that is designed to fit the shape of the upper teeth. Guards made for heavier contact sports cover both the lower and upper teeth. Mouth guards protect both the teeth and lips by providing a shield to the front teeth. You can get a customized mouth guard from your dentist.
Regularly using seat belts can decrease the risk of injury as a result of car accidents.
You can clean wounded skin surfaces with mild water and soft clean cloth. In case of cuts inside the mouth rinse with hydrogen peroxide solution or salt water. Make sure you don’t swallow this peroxide rinse. However, don’t get worried if it foams.
If your lip is bruised or swollen, apply a cold compress. In case of bleeding, take a clean soft cloth and apply pressure on the injured area for at least 5 minutes. Using ice can assist limit bleeding, swelling and discomfort. Crush the ice and wrap it in the clean piece of cloth or gauze and keep it on the affected area.
Some injuries will need treatment by the best dentist. It is very important to have an experienced dentist stitch cuts that cross the vermilion border. It is the line that creates the junction between the flesh part and skin of the lip. Experience is important to ensure this border heals correctly. Even a slight change will be clearly visible.
Rush to Edmonton Emergency Dental Clinic if:
Bleeding can’t be controlled with a cold compress or pressure
The lip is punctured
You have a deep cut
Drainage of pus
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Dr. Alexander Yeh and Dr. Iyad Al-Qishawi are registered general dentists. They graduated in the same class at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Dentistry.
Edmonton Emergency Dental Services:
Pain and infection relief
Phone: 587 410 5766
Address: Suite #110 4445 Calgary Trail Southbound NW, Edmonton, AB T6H5R7