Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Everybody Is Brushing With Dr. Patel

Show your kids the importance of oral health with this fun video from 19th Street Dental.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Is Invisalign Really Customized For Each Patient? At 19th Street Dental It Is

Yes, it is, and that’s part of what makes it work. To find out if you are the right candidate for Invisalign treatment, the first thing we do is to take an impression of your teeth as they are now and digitize it. Using special software, we look at the current positioning of your teeth and compare it to the way your teeth should look.

Next we use special software to map out the exact path your teeth will take from the beginning of your treatment to the end. Based on the results, a set of custom aligners are created just for your teeth. Throughout the course of treatment, you will be required to wear these clear, removable aligners one at a time; each one moving your teeth closer and closer to their final, perfectly aligned position. And since the aligners are virtually invisible, nobody around you will even know you are wearing braces!

Dr. Patel is a certified Invisalign provider. If you have questions about Invisalign, or would like to find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment, give us a call at 19th Street Dental.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Dr. Trushar Shares What To Do in the Case of a Dental Emergency

April is National Facial Protection Month. Do you know what to do to protect your teeth if you experience a dental emergency? Dr. Trushar gives us some helpful tips to lessen the severity.

What should I do if I experience an injury to my face and I lose a tooth?

If the injury is severe, call 911, and get to an emergency room as soon as possible. Head trauma can be life threatening so it is important to be seen by a physician to rule out any major concerns. Controlling the swelling and bleeding is important and can be achieved by placing ice on the face to decrease swelling. It is also important to keep the tooth socket as sterile as possible – a warm salt water rinse is usually the best remedy. Call your dentist and try to be seen as quickly as you can. Once a tooth is out of its socket most times we need to think of alternative therapies to replace a missing tooth. There are a number of solutions to replace missing teeth including Dental Implants, which are the ideal solution, there are also bridges and partial dentures. Your dentist will want to make sure that you are out of discomfort and swelling has subsided before determining the best option for you.

If I lose a permanent tooth due to a facial injury, can it be put back?

Rarely can it be put back and if it can a number of therapies are required for it to be a successful re-insertion. A better long term solution can be discussed with your dentist.

If I lose a baby tooth due to a facial injury, will that make my teeth crooked later?

There is a chance that your teeth can become crooked after a facial injury and loss to a baby tooth, however as a youth, orthodontic treatment is readily available to correct any crowding and spacing associated with loss of a baby tooth.

What should I do if I chip or break my tooth while playing sports?

If your tooth chips or breaks while playing sports it is important to seek professional advice as quickly as possible. Trauma to the tooth can lead to infection of the tooth and the severity of the injury can only be assessed by your dentist.

Can a chipped, cracked, or broken tooth be fixed?

Absolutely, if there is enough tooth and root structure, there are a number of treatments that can be performed to save teeth. We want to save teeth and there are some therapies to fixing chipped, cracked or broken teeth. It all depends on the severity of the injury. We can simply restore the tooth with a filling or in major cases restore with a crown.

Have more questions about your dental health? Give us a call at 19th Street Dental!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Protect Your Chompers at 19th Street Dental

Teeth work best when they’re snug in your mouth; but in some situations permanent teeth may become loose or even worse, fall out, because of an injury to the mouth!

Protective gear is vital for anyone engaging in tooth or mouth-threatening activities. With winter on its way out, many children, teens, and even adults will once again pick up the ball, bring the bat out of seasonal retirement, and lace up the cleats to hit the fields for the return of spring sports! Here are a few tips from 19th Street Dental to help every active child, parent, weekend warrior, and professional athlete play it safe this spring:

--Where can I find a good mouth guard? What is the best brand of mouth guard?

A custom made Mouth guard available at 19th Street Dental and is the ideal way to protect your teeth.

--Does your practice sell mouth guards?

19th Street Dental
offers mouth guards at a reasonable price, and is a good solution to protecting your pearly whites while trying to stay in shape.

--Are there different sizes, and how do I pick the right size?

All mouths are different and a custom protective splint is the only way you should select your size as it intimately fits your teeth and protects your TM joint.

More questions? Give us a call at 19th Street Dental, or stop by our office. We'd love to help you protect your teeth!