Complete Family Dentistry Blog - Waukesha , WI
Posts for: November, 2016
A child's toothache is no fun for either the child or the parent. But if you're faced with this situation, don't panic — unless they have a fever or you notice facial swelling, it's unlikely an emergency.
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Find out where it hurts and for how long. Tooth pain can stem from a lot of causes, including decay or a localized area of infection called an abscess. See if your child can tell you if it's coming from one particular tooth or from a general area. Although children can't always judge how long they've hurt, try to get a general idea so you'll know if you need to call us sooner rather than later.
Look for problem signs in the mouth. As you look where they say it hurts, see if you can see brown spots or cavities on any teeth — this would indicate tooth decay. Look also at the gums or inner areas of the mouth for sores or swelling. Unless they've had an injury, this could indicate an abscess.
Try to dislodge any food shards between teeth. It's also possible the pain is coming from a piece of hard food like a popcorn kernel wedged between their teeth. Help them gently floss between the teeth to see if you can dislodge any.
Try to ease the pain. Although you may not need to see us immediately, your child's mouth still aches. You can help relieve it temporarily with a child's dose of ibuprofen or acetaminophen. You can also apply an ice pack to the outside cheek for swelling, but don't apply the ice directly to the skin, which can burn it. And don't rub aspirin or other pain relievers on the gums — they're acidic and can irritate soft tissue.
See us for a full examination. It's wise to have any tooth pain checked — the question is often how soon. You should see us the same day or first thing in the morning if the pain has persisted for more than a day or night, pain relievers haven't eased the pain or they have fever or facial swelling. If the pain is short-lived you can usually wait until the next day — but do get it checked out.
If you would like more information on treating your child's toothache, 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 “A Child's Toothache.”
Thanks to cosmetic dentistry, there's no need to live with a smile that doesn't make you happy. Dr. Karen Jahimiak, Dr. Joel Jahimiak and Dr. Cathleen Raz, your Waukesha, WI, family dentists at Complete Family Dentistry, share information about several cosmetic procedures that can transform your smile.
Cosmetic bonding is an excellent choice to correct many imperfections and is one of the least expensive dental treatments. Tooth-colored composite resin is used to lengthen teeth, cover discolorations, close gaps, hide chips, conceal roots revealed by receding gums or improve the shape of a tooth. After applying the resin to your teeth, a special light is used to harden and bond the material.
Porcelain inlays and onlays are used in place of fillings. Inlays fit inside the cusps of your teeth, while onlays extend beyond the cusps. Since they're made of tooth-colored material, they're not noticeable, plus your dentist won't need to remove as much healthy tooth structure when you receive them.
Veneers are a good choice if you want to conceal chips and discolorations, lengthen or whiten teeth, close small gaps or improve the appearance of crooked or oddly shaped teeth. Since they're bonded to the fronts of your teeth only, you won't need extensive dental work to improve your smile.
Your Waukesha, WI, family dentists also offer teeth whitening, which can provide you with a dramatic way to brighten your smile. In-office whitening treatments offer immediate results and may lighten your teeth up to eight shades. If you prefer to use an at-home kit, you'll place whitening gel in your custom-made bleaching trays following the schedule recommended by your dentist. At-home whitening usually takes about two weeks.
Porcelain Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are used to strengthen teeth and improve the appearance of your smile. These hollow restorations fit snugly over your teeth and offer impressive strength and durability. Porcelain crowns may be used to strengthen and restore damaged and fragile teeth, cover discolorations and imperfections and change the shape and length of a tooth. They're also used to anchor artificial teeth in bridges.
Isn't it about time you improved your smile? Call Drs. Karen and Joel Jahimiak and Dr. Raz, your Waukesha, WI, family dentists at Complete Family Dentistry at (262) 549-6850 to schedule an appointment.
While it's possible for a teenager to lose a tooth from decay, it's more common they'll lose one from an accidental knockout. If that happens to your teenager, there are some things you should know to achieve a good outcome.
Our top concern is to preserve the underlying bone following tooth loss. Like other tissues, bone has a life cycle: older cells dissolve and are absorbed by the body (resorption), then replaced by new cells. The biting pressure generated when we chew helps stimulate this growth. But bone around a missing tooth lacks this stimulation and may not keep up with resorption at a healthy rate.
This can cause a person to lose some of the bone around an empty tooth socket. To counteract this, we may place a bone graft at the site. Made of bone minerals, usually from a donor, the graft serves as a scaffold for new bone growth. By preventing significant bone loss we can better ensure success with a future restoration.
Because of its lifelikeness, functionality and durability, dental implants are considered the best of the restoration options that can be considered to replace a missing tooth. But placing an implant during the teen years is problematic because the jaws are still growing. If we place an implant prematurely it will appear to be out of alignment when the jaw fully matures. Better to wait until the jaw finishes development in early adulthood.
In the meantime, there are a couple of temporary options that work well for teens: a removable partial denture (RFP) or a fixed modified bridge. The latter is similar to bridges made for adults, but uses tabs of dental material that bond a prosthetic (false) tooth to the adjacent natural teeth to hold it in place. This alleviates the need to permanently alter the adjacent natural teeth and buy time so that the implant can be placed after growth and development has finished.
And no need to worry about postponing orthodontic treatment in the event of a tooth loss. In most cases we can go ahead with treatment, and may even be able to incorporate a prosthetic tooth into the braces or clear aligners.
It's always unfortunate to lose a tooth, especially from a sudden accident. The good news, though, is that with proper care and attention we can restore your teenager's smile.
If you would like more information on how to treat lost teeth in teenagers, 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 “Dental Implants for Teenagers.”