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EMERGENCIES ARE SO MUCH easier to deal with if we’ve prepared for them in advance, and that includes dental emergencies. You might be wondering what you can do to prepare for something like an unexpected tooth injury or dental health issue. It’s true that a dental emergency isn’t quite the same as a food shortage or a flat tire, but we can still make plans for what to do.

If A Baby Tooth Gets Knocked Out…

Call the dentist right away if your child loses a baby tooth in an accident, especially if it wasn’t loose beforehand. In most cases, we won’t put the tooth back in because it could create problems for the incoming permanent tooth. Since that tooth will be replaced eventually anyway, this might not seem like a big deal, but there may be other, less obvious damage.

If A Tooth Gets Broken…

In the event of a cracked, chipped, or broken tooth, get straight to a dentist. The sooner treatment happens, the better. What you can do beforehand is find the broken tooth fragments and place them in cold milk to preserve them. You can also rinse your mouth out with water.

Never ignore a crack or chip, because if the damage is deep enough to expose the dental pulp, the tooth is in danger of infection, which can lead to the death of the pulp, a painful dental abscess, bone loss, and worse.

If An Adult Tooth Gets Knocked Out…

If an entire permanent tooth is knocked out, get to the dentist as fast as you safely can, because the clock is ticking on the fate of that tooth. If the dentist sees you within an hour of the accident, the tooth can usually be saved. You can improve the tooth’s chances by putting it back in the socket and holding it in place with clean gauze or a washcloth. If it won’t go back in, storing it in cold milk will also help.

Do NOT handle a knocked out tooth by the root. Do NOT let it dry out. Do NOT scrub it clean or use any soap, alcohol, or peroxide on this. Doing any of these things will kill the root, and then it will be much harder or even impossible to successfully replant.

It’s too bad we can’t just regrow adult teeth, isn’t it?

We’re Ready To Help In Case Of Emergencies!

In addition to being familiar with common types of dental emergencies, it’s essential to know where you’re going to go for help! Our practice is ready to help any patient with an unexpected dental problem. We hope that you’ll never need to use this information and that the only time we’ll see you will be for regular appointments, but it’s always good to be prepared!

You can rely on our practice!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

By Padonia Dental Associates
August 29, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Implants  

There is nothing worse than losing a tooth. It affects everything from your ability to eat and speak to your oral health and self-esteem. Luckily, our Cockeysville, MD, dentists are able to offer patients dental implants, which are the closest you can come to a real tooth. This artificial tooth replacement is designed to feel and function just like the rest of your natural smile. Here’s what you should know about getting dental implants,

An implant is a permanent artificial tooth root that is placed within the jawbone to take the place of your missing tooth. Once the implant is placed into the jawbone the bone and tissue will fuse together with the implant, providing full functionality and allowing you to be able to eat what you want without worrying about false teeth moving around in your mouth.

Since implants function just like real teeth there are unique benefits that any implant wearer will enjoy. Some of those benefits include:

  • Being able to eat whatever you want without worrying about your teeth
  • Restored speaking (tooth loss can sometimes cause speech impediments such as a lisp)
  • Extreme comfort, as this restoration will feel just like real teeth
  • Restored confidence in your smile (the only person who will ever be able to tell that you have an implant is you)
  • Improved oral health
  • Preserved jawbone health and the prevention of bone deterioration (a complication of untreated tooth loss)
  • Preventing teeth from shifting into open gaps in your smile

Who is eligible for dental implants?

Getting dental implants can be time consuming and it does require surgery; therefore, our Cockeysville, MD, restorative dentist will want to make sure that you are right for treatment. A good candidate will have healthy teeth and gums, good oral hygiene, a strong jawbone and be dedicated to months of treatment before they get their full restoration. It can take up to one year or more to get implants.

Padonia Dental Associates in Cockeysville, MD, wants to give you back the smile you deserve. If tooth loss is affecting you then call our office today to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. Find out if implants are right for you.

By Padonia Dental Associates
June 25, 2019
Category: Dental
Tags: Crowns  

CrownsA crown is often placed as a way to keep a tooth intact when decay or breakage cannot be repaired otherwise. Crowns are part of the daily routine at Padonia Dental Associates in Cockeysville, MD, and our dental teams has outlined the various benefits of dental crowns.

Cosmetic

A whole, healthy smile gives off a great first impression, and crowns are an excellent way to fix dental problems while cosmetically enhancing your teeth. Crowns are made from various materials, including ceramic, silver, and gold. Crowns that are placed on the teeth that are visible when you smile are often custom-colored ceramic in order to blend in with the rest of your natural teeth, making it impossible for others to tell the difference. Metal crowns are more often utilized for the molars, which have more force placed on them with biting and chewing. You can discuss your cosmetic preferences with your Cockeysville dentist.

Diet

People with missing teeth tend to avoid foods that are difficult to chew. Unfortunately, this often includes raw vegetables and protein-rich meats, both of which are necessary for a balanced diet. Crowns from your Cockeysville dentist are the remedy to this issue, as they make it easier to bite off pieces of food and chew them thoroughly. It is important, however, to avoid very hard or chewy foods, such as ice or taffy, to prevent dislodging or breaking the crown accidentally.

Maintenance

Perhaps the most important benefit to crowns is the fact that they prevent the need for extraction. Since teeth function best as a full set, your Cockeysville dentist seeks to avoid extractions unless they are absolutely necessary. Crowns help maintain the healthy roots of your tooth while replacing damaged enamel caused by breakage or advanced decay. Crowns are, in this way, an investment in the future of your teeth.

If you think one or more of your teeth might benefit from a crown, contact Padonia Dental Associates in Cockeysville, MD, to make an appointment with one of our skilled dentists. We look forward to helping you achieve better self esteem and dental health!

By Padonia Dental Associates
April 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Root canal therapy often has an undeserved reputation of being an uncomfortable and invasive procedure. However, the reality is actually Root_Canalvery different from how the procedure is portrayed in the movies. In fact, root canal therapy actually alleviates pain, for the procedure removes the great discomfort brought on by a badly infected tooth. The dentists at Padonia Dental Associates in Cockeysville, MD, offer cosmetic and restorative dentistry services, including root canals, for patients of all ages—read on to learn more!

 

Root Canal Therapy from our Cockeysville Office

A root canal (also known as endodontic treatment) is performed when the soft tissue inside of a tooth (pulp) becomes infected or inflamed. The procedure is simple, and it is used to remove bacteria from the damaged, inflamed tissue as well as the root of the damaged tooth. Once the dentist has cleaned the tooth from the inside out, it is then sealed and is good as new! Prior to the procedure, you will receive a local anesthetic so that any discomfort or pressure during the treatment is minimized as much as possible.

 

Is Root Canal Therapy Painful?

Root canal therapy is often misunderstood, and misconceptions about what the procedure entails often keep people from getting the urgent dental care that they need. This delay often puts the affected tooth and your oral health at risk for further damage. Despite its reputation, root canal therapy is not a traumatic or painful procedure. In fact, it is very similar to the procedure for getting a dental filling and actually helps to prevent the need for more extensive dental work in the future, like extractions.

 

Call Today!

For more information about root canal therapy and how it can improve your oral health, contact Padonia Dental Associates in Cockeysville, MD, by calling (410) 560-1400 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today!

By Padonia Dental Associates
January 23, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

How your dentists in Cockeysville, Maryland can take care of your smile

General dentistry services are a vital part of keeping your smile healthy. The dentists at Padonia Dental Associates in Cockeysville, Maryland offer a full range of dental services to keep your smile healthy.Regular Dental Visit

General dental services can include preventive services like dental examinations and x-rays. These diagnostic techniques are critical to identifying small dental issues before they can become big dental problems. Lack of dental diagnostic care can result in:

  • A small spot of decay turning into the need for a root canal
  • A small spot of decay turning into a large, unrestorable loss of tooth structure
  • Dental decay turning into the need for tooth removal

General dental services also include restorative procedures like dental fillings, root canals, tooth extraction and other services. Restorative dental services are important to keep your smile working, maintaining both the beauty of your smile and your chewing function.

Did you know children are never too young to experience tooth decay? It’s true. In fact, the minute your child’s first tooth erupts, tooth decay is a possibility. That’s why general dentistry is important no matter what your age. From very young children to adults, to seniors, general dentistry services can make the difference in keeping smiles healthy and beautiful.

General dentistry also includes services like dental implants, which can restore the smiles of adults and seniors who have lost teeth or currently wear partials or dentures. General dentistry services can restore your smile and get you smiling again!

The truth is, your smile is important to your self-confidence, self-esteem and well-being. General dentistry is a vital part of keeping your smile great. For more information about general dentistry services and how they can benefit you, call the dentists at Padonia Dental Associates in Cockeysville, Maryland today!





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