Do You Know What To Do For A Dental Emergency?

do you know what to do for a dental emergency

Accidents happen, but fortunately, if you know what to do, then you will be able to save your tooth. Remaining calm is one of the most important things that you can do if you have a dental emergency. Regardless of the type of problem you have, you will need to see your dentist as soon as possible. If you have an emergency outside of the dentist’s office hours, then you will need to go to the emergency room. You should also go to the emergency room if you have bleeding that you are unable to control.

Question: What Should I do if I Have A Knocked Out Tooth?

Answer: If you have a permanent tooth that is knocked, then one of the best things that you can do to protect it is to keep it moist. You should put the tooth back in the socket if possible. Do not touch the root. If you cannot put the tooth back in, then you should place it between your gums and cheek or inside of milk. You can also use a tooth preservation product that has been approved by the American Dental Association.

Question: What Should I do if I Crack my Tooth?

If you have a cracked tooth, then you will need to quickly rinse your mouth out with warm water. You can reduce facial swelling by applying a cold compress to the area. Make sure that you get to your dentist as quickly as possible.

Question: What to do if I bite My Tongue?

Answer: If you bite your lip or tongue, then you will need to use warm water to clean the area. Use a cold compress to stop the bleeding. If the bleeding is severe, then you will need to go to your emergency room.

Question: What Should I do if I get an Object Stuck in my Tooth?

Answer: You may be able to remove an object with floss. However, it is not a good idea to try to remove a sharp object from your teeth.

Question: What Should I Do If I Have A Severe Toothache?

Answer: There are several things that you can cause a severe toothache, such as gum disease, cavity and bruxism. It is best to see a dentist so that the cause of the dental pain can be identified. While you are waiting to see the dentist, you can control the pain with an over-the-counter pain reliever. However, you do not want to apply the aspirin directly to your tooth.

Question: What Are Some of The Things That I Should Put Inside of my First Aid Kit?

Answer: It is a good idea to put floss inside of the first aid kit. This will help you if you get something stuck inside of your tooth. You should also purchase the Save A Tooth preservation kit just in case you get a tooth knocked out.

Question: Is There Anything That I Can do to Avoid an Emergency?

Answer: There are several precautions that you can take to avoid a dental emergency.

You should wear a mouthguard when you are participating in a sport or recreational activity. Many tooth injuries occur while one is playing a sport. You also want to avoid chewing on popcorn kernels and ice. These activities can crack your teeth. Furthermore, you should never try to cut or open anything with your teeth.

Dental Documentary Pioneers: Taking the Fear Out of the Dental Bonding Experience

dental documentary pioneers

There’s fear of flying (Aerophobia), fear of germs (Mysophobia), fear of wide open spaces (Agoraphobia), and then there’s the fear of dentists (Dentophobia).

 
Almost 75% of the adult global population fears the dentist. When you think about a dental visit, it’s not hard to see why this fear is so prevalent. After all, the dentist approaches your mouth with all sorts of tools and then, even if you wanted to, you can’t watch what’s going on in there. You’re only left with strange sounds and sensations and, worst of all, your imagination.

 
Thankfully, we live in the age of technology. For the first time in recorded history, you can witness dental procedures in the luxury of your home, putting to rest fears you may have about visiting a dentist for a procedure.

 

One such procedure that worries people is called dental bonding. Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure in which a tooth-colored composite material is applied to a tooth, sculpted into shape, hardened, and polished. Dental bonding is used for many reasons, including restoration of chipped, broken or decayed teeth, to reshape or whiten your smile, or to fill in gaps between the teeth.

 
This sounds like a lot for the mouth to endure. However, if you simply go to YouTube you can see the procedure completed. You’re essentially getting a backstage pass to a dental bonding experience complete with a real dentist and patient.

 
In fact, searching within YouTube for ‘fixing a chipped tooth’ returned over 4k results. Granted, some results are for educational purposes (dental training), but a large portion of videos are regular people documenting their dental experiences.

 
Whether they realize it or not, these dental documentary pioneers are helping others that may not seek out necessary dental treatment or cosmetic dentistry for fear of what the procedure may entail. Remember, knowledge is power. Watch a few videos of different dental procedures on YouTube and educate yourself. Click Here to view before and after bonding images.

 
If you still have concerns or questions, never be afraid to ask your local Mesa, AZ Dentist Dr. Gary Robison for answers.

Two Little Words Can Make Most Adults Cringe: Root Canal

Two Little Words Can Make Most Adults Cringe: Root Canal

Misinformation concerning root canal treatment has led to many misconceptions about the procedure. In part, a root canal sounds both a little vague and complicated to the uninformed. However, root canal treatment or therapy, is an extremely well understood, predictable, safe, and highly successful treatment that is used as an alternative to tooth extraction. A root canal procedure is a common treatment performed by Dr. Gary Robison DDS.

 
Root canal treatment is a dental procedure used to treat infection at the center of a tooth the root canal system. The cleaning and filling of an infected root canal is root canal treatment. A root canal treatment is performed to save a tooth when there is an infection that is affecting the nerve in its root. If you imagine a system of tributaries feeding a larger river you can understand the root system inside a tooth. There may be small accessory canals present feeding the larger root. Dr. Gary Robison removes any tooth decay and makes an opening through the natural crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber. After cleaning the canals, the Dr. Robison will fill and seal the canals and place a temporary filling in the tooth. Root canal treatment from an experienced Mesa Family Dentist greatly increases the chances that the full length of the canal will be treated and that complications will be reduced.

 
The reality is the pain associated with not having a root canal performed is far worse than having root canal therapy. When one experiences tooth pain or has a deep cavity, Dr. Gary Robison may determine that a root canal procedure is necessary. You may have to wait a few weeks, or even months, before the pulp canal is filled. Dentists usually prescribe antibiotics prior to getting the root canal done, as well as an anti-inflammatory. Post root canal pain normally only lasts a few days, and then settles down. The dental procedure for a root canal is performed on one to three office visits.

 
If you’re suffering from severe tooth pain but fear those two little words, contact your local general dental office, Robison Dental Group in Mesa, AZ @ 480-924-2300 before a more serious problem develops.

Mesa Dentist Oral Cancer Screening

There is clearly a need to raise public awareness towards oral cancer and the risk factors for developing the disease. Regular dental visits can play an important role in the early diagnoses and treatment of oral cancer. The oral cancer screening process is incredibly simple, painless, takes no more than 10 minutes and can help your dentist identify issues early.
All dentists are trained to and should perform visual mouth cancer screening at every examination. The outlook for mouth cancer can vary depending on which part of the mouth is affected and whether it has spread from the mouth into surrounding tissue. Mouth cancer can affect any part of the mouth, including the tongue and lips.
Once you have discussed symptoms, your dentist will use gloved hands to check your mouth, including the sides of your tongue and underneath, inside your cheeks and they will feel along your jaw looking for any signs of swelling, lumps, or red (erythroplakia) or pale (leukoplakia) patches or mouth sores. The doctor wants to know the exact location and size of the malignant tissue, and in what extent it has spread in other areas of the mouth or neck.
Some dentists may use special tests to screen for oral cancer. A couple of these oral cancer screenings may involve:
• Shining a light in your mouth during an exam. The light makes healthy tissue appear dark and makes abnormal tissue appear white.
• Rinsing your mouth with a special blue dye before an exam. Abnormal cells in your mouth may take up the dye and appear blue.
• Using a special brush to obtain cells from areas of the mouth and possibly the throat and lips. These cells are then viewed under a microscope to determine if they’re abnormal.

Men over the age of 45, along with elderly patients, have the highest risk of developing oral cancer. Regular screening for oral cancer is among the most important services provided to you at the dental office. Ensure that you keep regularly scheduled visits with your dentist and do your part to take your oral health seriously!

To schedule your routine cancer screening today , please call 480-924-2300 or visit the Robison Dental Group’s website

2015 Summer Vacation Top 4 Oral Hygiene Traveling Essentials

Mesa Dentist Gives Top 4 Oral Hygiene Traveling Essential Tips

Summer is here! For most of us, summer is the ideal time for vacations! But just because you’re taking a break doesn’t mean you should leave proper dental care at home. Travel can divert us from our healthy dental routine, which can take its toll on our teeth and our breath. Dealing with your teeth is as essential as everything else you will do during your travels. So, what can you do

to keep your teeth looking and feeling their best while away? It’s easy! You just need the right game plan and these four essential items:
1. A Water Bottle
Always travel with a water bottle. Having a dry mouth can increase the measure of cavity-causing bacteria in our mouths. Flush with water after drinking soda or juice. This will help dispose of any remaining sugar and acid in your mouth. It is also a good idea to rinse your mouth well after each snack or meal. In addition to diluting any sugars and acids in your mouths, rinsing your mouth will help prevent bad breath! This tip is beneficial for both, your oral and social health.
2. Tooth-Friendly Snacks
Road trips also include lots of delicious foods, and you deserve to indulge a little – it is a vacation after all. Just be smart. Another issue during travel is dry, stale mouth caused by long travel times without eating. Skipping meals and inserting long stretches of time between eating decreases healthy saliva stimulation. Carry healthy, tooth scrubbing snacks like apples, celery, and carrots. These foods will help your mouth clean itself, resist plaque, and stimulate saliva production.
3. Sugarless Chewing Gum
Once we have embarked on our adventure, whether business or pleasure, making a stop to brush our teeth simply isn’t on the agenda. It just isn’t always feasible to brush after every meal. Fortunately, chewing sugarless gum will freshen your breath and rinse away food particles. Keeping you fit for travel.
4. Oral Care Basics
As you’re packing your suitcase, remember your oral health basics: floss, toothpaste, and a toothbrush. Toothbrush caps are great for protecting brush bristles from germs and damage in your luggage. But you also need to make sure your brush stays dry – a brush that stays wet breeds bacteria. If you can, take your toothbrush out of its travel case when you reach your destination.
Whether your summer arrangements include travel or not, great oral cleanliness is an essential part of staying healthy. If travel is in your near future, keep in mind the best insurance is to have your teeth at their best before you leave.
We hope these tips will come in handy the next time you travel. Do you have any travel tips YOU would like to share? We would love to hear your ideas!
Thanks for being brilliant patients and friends!
Robison Dental Group

Mesa Dentist Dental Phone Apps

 

 

One App to Keep You and Your Dentist Happy!
Develop and maintain good oral hygiene habits simply by using your smartphone! Plaque is soft, but it is a master of hide and seek, which is why is so important to devote a full two minutes every time you brush your teeth. Here are a couple of free dental apps for Android and Apple smartphones to make brushing teeth easier, educational, and fun!
An App to Help with Your Brushing Routine.

 
Developed by Dentist Ben Underwood, Brush DJ is a NHS approved app that helps you to brush your teeth for the complete two minutes to a random musical composition from your playlist. While you brush, Brush DJ is entertaining you with your favorite jams. The app additionally functions as a reminders to brush twice a day, floss, mouth rinse, and visit your Mesa Dentist, Dr. Gary Robison for your scheduled appointments.

 
An App to Teach You about Your Teeth.
Dental Expert is a patient’s guide to understanding dentistry procedures by offering a wealth of easy to navigate dental information. This app answers your most frequent questions about dentistry and includes tips on several dental-related topics, including what to do in a dental emergency, how to prevent bad breath, distinguish the myths from the fun facts, and how to care for your child’s teeth.

 
Apps are an ideal tool to raise awareness of most current dental advice and give non-threatening motivation to brush twice a day for the appropriate amount of time; however, with all this awesome assistance right at your fingertips, keep in mind that your smartphone can’t provide the same oral care that our professional Robison Dental Group team does! Apps provide support and motivation, but nothing compares to the critical one-on-one time with Mesa dentist, Dr. Gary Robison.

 
If you’ve used a dental app before, let us know about your experience! Take care of your healthy smile, and remember Dr. Gary Robison is always happy to help! Give us a call today at 480-924-2300

Mesa Dentist Treats Sensitive Teeth

Do You Have Sensitive Teeth?

 
You would like to enjoy your hot coffee or that bite of frozen yogurt but the pain is sudden and sharp, and shoots deep into the nerve endings of your teeth. For some, even inhaling a breath of fresh air is enough to cause excruciating pain. If this sounds like you, you may have sensitive or hypersensitive teeth.

 
Reasons for Sensitive Teeth

 
From chipped or cracked teeth, worn tooth enamel, or gum disease, there are many reasons people develop sensitive teeth. Typically, sensitive teeth are the result of worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots. The outer layer of your teeth is made up of enamel, a hard, porous, mineralized tissue. A strong layer of enamel covers the visible portion of your teeth, while the roots are protected by cementum, a layer that is not quite as hard as enamel. The underlying layer of the tooth, called the dentine, is a porous layer with many tiny channels running through it to the nerve in the center. When the dentine loses its protective covering, teeth are at even greater risk of exposure to extreme temperatures, acids and sugar.

 
Treating Sensitive Teeth

 
The best way to avoid dental problems is by taking care of your teeth regularly. However, if you already have sensitive teeth you still have options. You can use special toothpaste designed to block sensation to the nerves or Dr. Gary Robison DDS can apply a fluoride gel that can also block sensation to the nerves with the added benefit of strengthening enamel. Depending on the reason for your sensitive teeth, Dr. Gary Robison DDS may be required to use more invasive solutions like performing a root canal, gum graft, or providing you with a restoration (inlay, crown).
You can keep your teeth from developing major problems when you develop a regular dental care routine that includes proper oral hygiene habits and routine appointments with Mesa Dentist Dr. Gary Robison DDS.

 
If you’re not sure about the best way to protect your teeth, or if you have sensitive teeth, contact Mesa Dentist, Dr. Gary Robison DDS of Robison Dental Group @ 480-924-2300 or General Dental Services for a consultation.

Tooth-Colored Restorations

We have placed tooth-colored restorations, also known as “white fillings”, in your teeth. They are a metal-free option for tooth restoration. We use only the finest and most up-to-date materials available today. The resin material used is a composite with small “filler” particles of glass-like material- that bonds to the tooth and helps prevent fracturing of the tooth which can occur with typical amalgam “silver fillings”. Your restorations can serve you well for several years as long as you adhere to the following…
Chewing: Avoid chewing excessively hard foods on the restored teeth (hard candy, ice, raw carrots, shelled nuts, etc.) because extreme force can cause the resin material to be broken from the tooth- just as it can on a natural tooth. In the event that a breakage does occur, contact Dr. Gary A. Robison, for an easy replacement.
Recalls: Often, problems that develop around the restorations can be detected at an early stage and repaired easily. Waiting longer than the recommended six-months between exams may require redoing the entire restoration and may void our warranty. Visit us at regular six-month examination periods to avoid unnecessary dental work.
Preventative
Procedures: To avoid future dental decay and provide the optimal permanency for your restorations, please adhere to the following preventative procedures:
• Routinely brush and floss after eating and before bedtime.
• Use a recommended fluoride rinse daily and swish vigorously for a minimum of 30 seconds.
• Use the fluoride gel that was prescribed by our office.
• Use the Sonicare toothbrush as recommended by us.
We assure you, we’ve done our best to provide you with the finest, high-quality tooth-colored restoration available. With your continued care and concern, you can assure a successful, long-term restoration. Please call us @ 480-924-2300, if you notice any change with your restoration, or if you have any questions.

Mesa Family Dentist Serving the City of Mesa For over 30 Years

The Robison Dental Group is proud to serve the diverse population of Mesa. Following Phoenix and Tucson, Mesa is the third largest city in Arizona and the 38th largest city in the US with over 450,000 people. Mesa Community College, Northern Arizona University Mesa Campus, Wilkes University, Benedictine University at Mesa, Albright College , Upper Iowa University, and the Polytechnic campus of Arizona State University also call Mesa home.

 
Whether catering to students or staff of the many colleges and universities, large employers like Banner Health Systems and The Boeing Company, new or long-time residents, Robison Dental Group offers new patient discounts, and time sensitive appointment scheduling to fit around your active lifestyle. After all, Mesa provides the advantages of a thriving metropolis by offering many recreational, business, and educational opportunities. Enjoying the very best amenities, residents can make the most of a variety of sports facilities, a multitude of parks within walking distance, top-rated golf links designed by PGA pros, Chicago Cubs spring training baseball, and an assortment of special events and community festivals all while enjoying the feel of a comfortable suburb.

 
Mesa is among the fastest-growing cities in the United States, in large part because of the excellent climate and strong local economy, which boasts several of the country’s top manufacturers. No matter where you work or what you do for fun, Robison Dental Group has you covered. We currently accept the following dental insurance providers: Aetna, Banner Health Indemnity Plans, City of Mesa, Cigna, all indemnity plans, Boeing Washington Dental Service, and Delta Dental Premier Plan.

 
Remember, good dental care should be included into your busy Mesa lifestyle. Good self-care, which includes brushing with fluoride toothpaste, daily flossing, and professional treatment, is key to good oral health. Robison Dental Group can help by providing dental checkups, cleanings, x-rays, tooth colored fillings, 24-hour emergency dental care, dental bonding, and dental implants.

 
As you can see, Mesa, AZ is a great place to work and play and Robison Dental Group is the right place for your oral healthcare needs. For additional information about Robison Dental Group, please visit our site. To learn more about the great city of Mesa.