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Signs You May Have an Infection Inside Your Tooth

Posted on 12/25/2019 by Dr. Simon K Choyee
It all starts with just a mild toothache. You take a few over the counter pain relievers and forget all about it. After a few weeks, the pain does not subside and just gets worse and worse. This could mean you have an infection inside of your tooth that would require immediate dental work. Some of those signs are as follows. Symptoms An infection inside your tooth can be extremely painful and dangerous. Some signs include bad breath, swelling in the jaw, swollen glands of the neck, bitter taste in the mouth, fever, pain, swelling of the gums, and sensitivity of the teeth to hot or cold. If you suspect that you have an infection inside of your tooth it is important to call your dentist right away. Leaving the tooth to infection could result in the infection spreading to other parts of the jaws, the blood, or you could even get sepsis. Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that could ultimately kill you. If you suspect you are septic, go to the emergency room right away! Treatment If you suspect you may have an infection within the tooth there are many ways to deal with it. Things like a root canal allow the dentist to remove the damaged and infected pulp and stabilize the tooth around it. A root canal can kill the infection and allow for a much healthier mouth in the long run. In a worst-case scenario, the afflicted tooth would have to be extracted and can later be replaced with an implant. An infected tooth is not a life sentence and can be fixed relatively easily if caught in time. If you suspect that your tooth pain may be caused by an infection, then please call us today. We would love to discuss treatment options and schedule a consultation. Taking care of a tooth infection is very important! Do not hesitate, call us today!...
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How Does an Extraction Become Complicated?

Posted on 12/15/2019 by Dr. Simon K Choyee
Everyone is familiar with tooth extractions. For one reason or the other, we have had one or more of our teeth removed. While removing milk teeth doesn't require any assistance from the dentist, the permanent ones require a bit more finesse and skill to extract. As such, a dental surgeon is the one usually doing the job. People choose to extract their teeth because of issues such as tooth decay, trauma, injuries, gum diseases or even malocclusion. When a tooth is extracted, there is a host of issues that we have come to expect. These include bruising, inflammation, pain and bleeding. However, sometimes we encounter more complications that need some specialized treatment. They include: A Bite Collapse In cases where several of the back teeth have been removed, we sometimes see a bite collapse. A bit collapse is a condition whereby lower jaw rotates too close to the upper one. Also called a loss of vertical dimension of occlusion, this complication often results in the change in how muscles contract, thereby causing problems chewing and even more outward symptoms such as cracked lips. Osteoradionecrosis For people who have had a history of radiation treatment, Osteoradionecrosis is a very common complication that affects a lot of people in the United States. This condition involves the death of the lower jawbone because of the damage to the blood vessels after a tooth has been surgically extracted. In cases such as these, you need to come in for some specialized treatment so that we can help alleviate the symptoms of the conditions such as swelling, pain, redness and other signs of gum infection. Maxillary Sinus Exposure When the upper molars are surgically extracted, you find that there might be a hole opening up in the maxillary sinus. Once this hole is exposed, it can lead to further complications such as infections. These infections can spin out of control if they aren't handled very carefully. Surgical tooth extractions usually take a session or two, plus some follow up so that we can inspect your dental health and catch any issue before it grows out of proportion. This way you get to keep your smile without worrying about additional complications....
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Best Types of Foods for Oral Surgery Recovery

Posted on 11/25/2019 by Dr. Simon K Choyee
Oral surgery leaves your mouth raw, swollen, with some bleeding, and very tender to touch. Even a simple tooth removal places dietary restrictions on us. There are some foods, though, that you can eat after oral surgery. Best Foods to Have After Oral Surgery Yogurt-rich smoothies are easy to ingest. These tasty treats can be as flavorful as you like. You can choose fruits and veggies that will go into them. They will not only fill your stomach but also help repopulate the useful intestinal flora that is affected by the antibiotics that you'll likely be consuming. Avoid using a straw. Whip up a smoothie with a consistency that enables easy swallowing with least bother. Soups are a commonsense addition to any menu prepared for a post oral surgery recuperative period. Thin, flavorful soups minus chunky pieces of vegetables or meat are ideal. Chunky additions require mastication and are best avoided. Eggs, boiled or scrambled, are easy to ingest with minimum chewing. They are also a great source of protein and minerals. There's no reason why you should lose out on nutrition for the period you're on a restricted diet. Eggs with a smoothie or milkshake constitute a filling lunch or dinner. Cheese, in its many varieties, is another great source of nutrition and useful probiotics for a healthy gut. You can have cheese by itself or grate some over whatever else that you've cooked. Mashed potatoes with Greek yogurt or boiled vegetables with a sprinkling of herbs, salt, and pepper is tempting for the taste buds and also a very easy preparation.Indulge your sweet tooth with cakes and pastries. Get in touch with us for a comprehensive post oral surgery recovery plan. We will help you create personalized, tasty menus that will keep you interested. Wish to recover quickly and healthily? Call us....
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All Posts:

Signs You May Have an Infection Inside Your Tooth
12/25/2019
How Does an Extraction Become Complicated?
12/15/2019
Best Types of Foods for Oral Surgery Recovery
11/25/2019
In the Future, We May Be Able to Test for Oral Cancer Through Saliva Tests
11/15/2019
Sinus Issues That Can Be the Cause of Your Tooth Pain
10/25/2019
Signs You May Have a Broken Tooth
10/15/2019
It Is Possible to Grow Your Own Bone Graft in Many Cases
9/25/2019
How Weather Can Lead to a Sore Jaw
9/15/2019
Who Could Benefit from Nerve Repositioning?
7/23/2019
What is Done During Endodontic Surgery?
7/13/2019
How Recovery Differs When You Have a Surgical Extraction
6/25/2019
How Oral Appliance Can Reduce Sleep Apnea Problems
6/15/2019
Oral Surgery Leaves You with Food Restrictions
5/30/2019
Signs You May Have a Fractured Jaw
5/20/2019
How Often Do We Need to Check Your Mouth for Oral Cancer?
4/25/2019
Does Your Underbite Need Fixing?
4/15/2019
What Goes Into Removing Impacted Teeth?
3/30/2019
Signs Your Toothache is Likely a Dental Abscess Instead of a Cavity
3/20/2019
Lying on an Incline Following Oral Surgery Can Speed Up Recovery
2/28/2019
Is Sedation Dentistry a Good Option to Help Us Improve Your Oral Health?
2/20/2019
Why Do Cheeks Tend to Swell Following Oral Surgery?
1/30/2019
What to Do if Your Lower Jaw Protrudes
1/20/2019
Tips for Keeping Your Mouth Guard in Great Shape
12/30/2018
Tips for Doing a Self-Exam While Looking for Oral Cancer
12/20/2018
Could a Cone Beam Improve Your Chances of Successful Dental Implants?
11/30/2018
Complications That Can Come from Untreated Abscesses
11/20/2018
Can Tooth Pain Stem from Sinus Issues?
10/20/2018
Who is Not a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
9/30/2018
What X-rays Show When Looking for Oral Cancer
9/20/2018
How Bruxism Wears Down Your Teeth
8/30/2018
Ear Aches May Be Something to Come Talk with Us About
8/20/2018
How Crown Lengthening Can Boost Your Confidence?
10/30/2010
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