With that in mind, here are a few tips to help you handle dental emergencies until you can get to the dentist. Rinse your mouth with warm water. You can also use floss to remove lodged food or apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth. Save the pieces and rinse your mouth with warm water. Apply a cold compress until you can get to the office. Rinse off the tooth, but do not scrub it. Try to put the tooth back in place without forcing it into the socket. If you can’t reinsert it, place the tooth in a cup of milk with a pinch of salt. Getting to the dental office within the hour gives you the best chance of saving the tooth. Use dental floss to gently dislodge the object. You can ease tooth pain by applying a small amount of clove oil to the area with a cotton swab until you can get to the dentist.
- Daytime sleepiness.
- Decreased productivity and performance at work.
- Strained personal relationships.
- High blood pressure.
- Increased risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and depression.
- Memory and concentration problems.
Taiwan researchers have created a smart tooth that monitors the daily habits of the individual by understanding that every oral activity, from eating to smoking, introduces a different tooth motion. They placed a sensor with an accelerormeter on an artificial tooth and then covered it in dental resin in order to keep the device safe from saliva. According to my family dental care this smart tooth had an accuracy of approximately 94% when it came to recognizing what oral motion the participants were making. The possibilities of this research are endless in dentistry. Although the smart tooth is only at the stage of using wires for data collection, scientists are now looking into the possibility of placing a miniature radio to transmit radiowaves to mobile devices to analyze data. A patient may monitor their oral activities better and reduce serious visits to the dental office.
With bone grafting, the dentist takes a synthetic material and places it in the empty socket where the extraction took place. The material acts as a scaffold where the bone and graft fuse forming bone, filling up the empty socket and stabilizing the teeth on either side of it. This highly successful procedure aids in preservation of the bone from the receding jaw and stabilizes the adjacent teeth. If an implant is desired, the bone graft allows for enough bone to support the implant. When the patient desires a three unit bridge, the supporting teeth are now stabilized. When the dentist performs advanced extraction therapy, such as placing the synthetic bone material into the socket; the height and width of the ridge is preserved. This allows a three unit bridge to be placed by having a fake crown (pontic) placed where the newly formed bone is and then having a crown on each side.
Bone grafting is by far one of the most successful procedures which allows the dentist to have better flexibility in creating a beautiful, full smile.