What Should I Do If I Have an Emergency?

If you have a dental emergency, the first thing you want to do is relax. Stressing over the matter will only make the situation worse and cause more pain. If you are experiencing pain in your mouth, you can use cold compresses on the cheek to help reduce inflammation. Taking an over-the-counter medication such as Ibuprofen can help ease the pain.

If you have lost your tooth, you want to try to save the tooth. Make sure you never touch the root of the tooth and only hold it by the crown. If your tooth is dirty, you can rinse it off carefully, but do not scrub or pry dirt off the tooth. You should attempt to put the tooth back in place until you arrive at the dentist, but when you cannot put the tooth back, keep it moist with milk in a small cup until you arrive at the dentist.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry refers to the use of medication to help your mind and body relax during a dental appointment. Here at Fairhope Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer both nitrous oxide (gas) and oral conscious (prescription pill) sedations to help even the most frightened patient relax!

We will discuss your need for sedation at your next appointment. Sedation isn’t right for everyone, but we can also offer things like warm blankets, pillows, and music to help you stay calm throughout your next appointment.

Can You Fix My Stained Teeth?

Yes. There are a variety of options to fix your stained teeth. Dr. Boles will go over the choices with you when you come in for an appointment. Our first recommendation is usually for teeth whitening, which we can offer here in the office or through a at-home treatment plan.

If teeth whitening isn’t enough to take care of your teeth, we might recommend that you turn to one of our many veneer options to improve the look of your smile! From nearly prep-free veneers to classic porcelain veneers, we have the solution for your stained teeth.

What Are the Symptoms of Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a gum disease that if left uncared for can lead to periodontal disease. Some of the symptoms of gingivitis include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Pain when eating
  • Red and tender gums
  • Receding gums
  • Changes in the sensitivity of your teeth
  • Loose teeth

What Causes Bad Breath?

Bad breath can be caused by a multitude of things. If you have tooth decay, you will experience bad breath until the decay is taken care of. Infections in the mouth also cause bad breath, and as the decay or infection persists, bad breath becomes more frequent.

Poor dental hygiene, oral cancer, and food are other reasons you may be experiencing bad breath. If you are unsure what is causing your bad breath, call Fairhope Cosmetic Dentistry today to schedule an appointment.

How Often Should I Visit the Dentist?

The number of times you need to go to the dentist will vary depending on the condition of your teeth. Most people visit the dentist twice a year, but if you have a condition that leaves you susceptible to gum disease or tooth decay, you may need to visit the dentist more often.

What Is the Best Toothbrush to Use?

When you begin looking for a new toothbrush, you want to keep three things in mind including size, recommendations, and bristles.

Select a brush that fits well in your mouth and can reach all of the surfaces of your teeth. We can recommend a great brush if you are having trouble finding one that fits! We recommend that you always purchase a brush with soft bristles as hard-bristled brushes can damage your tooth enamel and gums. You will find that there is still a huge variety of brushes to choose from, so let us know if you need any more help finding the right brush for your smile!

 

How Can I Get Rid of My Headache?

Many recurring headaches are caused by issues related to your jaw! The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can become damaged or stressed through injury, extreme movement, or simple wear and tear! When that happens, you need our help!

Dr. Boles has advanced training in the treatment of TMJ pain. In a quick exam, he can let you know if your TMJ is likely the cause of your headaches. From there, we will help you develop a treatment plan that will end your pain and get your TMJ back to full health!

Should I Get a Bridge or an Implant?

The choice between a bridge and an implant will depend on the decision you make with your dentist. A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth. The bridge attaches to two surrounding teeth to create a solid foundation for the prosthetic tooth.

A dental implant is a permanent solution that consists of a titanium post that is situated into the jawbone. Once the bone heals, the tooth is then affixed to the post.

While both restorations can replace your missing tooth, you might find that one is more beneficial to you than the other. We can help you decide when you come into our office for a consultation appointment.

What Is TMD?

Temporomandibular disorders, or TMD, begin when you have a problem with your temporomandibular joint. There is no known cause for TMD, but it is believed that the disorder occurs when there is a problem related to the joint and muscle in your jaw. Often times, injury can cause TMD along with other factors including arthritis, teeth grinding, and stress. If you are experiencing pain in your mouth or jaw, give us a call today.