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Dental Emergency

Have you ever had, or heard of, a dental emergency? The most common dental emergencies include having a tooth knocked out, cracking a tooth, biting down too hard on your tongue or cheek, or severe toothaches from infections or cavities.

Whether you sustain a blow to the face/mouth or have been ignoring a toothache for some time and it has finally become unbearable, can a dental emergency cause enough pain to send you to the ER? The answer to this question is yes, a dental emergency can cause an ER trip. In fact, 10% of all ER trips come as a result of a dental emergency or dental pain. Of the 10% of ER trips related to dental pain, 80% of those could have been avoided by maintaining routine appointments with your dentist.

Dental Emergency

If you do have a dental emergency, you should contact your dentist’s office ASAP. Even if it is after hours, your dentist will likely have an emergency phone number you can contact. Going to the emergency room should be a last resort when it comes to dental pain. The reason for this is that most emergency rooms are not equipped with proper dental equipment of a dentist to treat your afflictions properly. If you go to the ER and don’t follow up with your dentist about your dental emergency, chances are that you will end up back in the ER for your pain. If you keep doing this, the expenses are going to add up!

Remember: the vast majority of dental emergencies can be completely avoided by maintaining your routine visits to your dentist. Tooth decay often leads to infection, discomfort, and an eventual trip to the ER. However, tooth decay is almost completely avoidable through good hygiene care at home and your dental appointments.

Are you in need of a dentist to avoid a dental emergency?

If you are in the Sidney, OH area and need to visit a dentist, feel free to schedule a visit today! Dr. Van Treese and his team are always welcoming new patients to their office who are serious about maintaining good dental health!

Gum Disease

Often you hear the terms gum disease and gingivitis, and they are used almost interchangeably. In addition to gum disease and gingivitis, you may also hear the terms periodontitis, periodontal disease or pyorrhea.

You might be confused if all of these things are the same, or if they are different, but similar, diseases.

If your mouth is working in the correct manner, your teeth are held in place by your gums, jaw bone, and ligaments. However, if you are not careful with your hygiene care, you may start to experience a build up of plaque and tartar on your teeth and along your gum line. As plaque and tartar build up, it causes your gums to inflame and recede away from your teeth. After your gums recede, tiny pockets are created where additional plaque, tartar, and bacteria can gather. This is the first stage of gum disease and is commonly referred to as gingivitis.

Gum Disease

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If you have developed gingivitis, it is imperative to receive treatment. If you do not receive treatment, your gingivitis can advance into a more serious form of gum disease, often referred to as periodontitis. The bacteria, plaque, and tartar that sits along your gum line and the newly created pockets will begin to break down your gums and jaw bone. Eventually, this will lead to teeth that loosen and will eventually need to be removed.

So, in conclusion, gingivitis is more of a stage of gum disease than anything else. However, no matter which terms is used, gum disease, gingivitis, periodontal disease, or periodontitis, you NEED to receive treatment!

Do you have gum disease?

If you are in the Sidney, OH area, have gum disease, and want to receive treatment, Dr. Van Treese welcomes you to his office. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, or click here.