55 Old Nyack Turnpike Suite 103
Nanuet, NY 10954

307 Boulevard
Hasbrouck Heights,
NJ 07604
Dental Problems

Loose Crowns

The best thing to do with a loose crown or bridge is keep it safe and not put it back in until you see the dentist. This is often not possible with teeth that are visible in front. In these cases, buying a temporary cement or denture adhesive at your local pharmacy is a temporary solution. However, there is always the possibility of swallowing a bridge or crown that has been temporarily glued. Patients always assume that a loose crown or bridge can be re-cemented and almost never stop and think about what might have caused it to come out. Dental restorations are carefully prepared and constructed not to come out. Putting the crown back on the tooth may not be the very best thing if there is decay underneath!

Loose Dentures

We all know that things change. And so does the mouth. The jawbone recedes, the gums shrink, and a gap develops between the gums and the denture – it no longer fits. People use many different kinds of sticky (and messy) creams or powders to “tighten” the “hold” of the denture. The denture may need repeated relines to fill in the gap. Sometimes, no matter what you do to accommodate these changes, the results are less than perfect. Happily, today there is a solution: shrinkage of the bone and gums can be minimized and even prevented with the dental implants. Placement of these implants will slow down the shrinkage of your jawbone and minimize or prevent sore spots created by dentures rubbing on the gums. The pink plastic “gum” of your dentures can be designed to fill in and support your facial muscles so that wrinkles and aging lines are minimized. With this kind of detail, dentures can actually restore and give you a more youthful appearance. At our facility, your dentures are made very carefully. Much attention is paid to your “s” or “v” sounds to make sure you’re articulating words properly. We know that the stability and retention of your dentures are critical, because little can be accomplished if they are loose. Denture wearers should be able to speak normally and eat without the dentures popping out of their mouths. Remember, dentures don’t last forever. Dentures are no more permanent than eyeglasses. They need to be replaced at certain intervals.
They may break if dropped. Even with meticulous care, the natural appearance of denture teeth may change with diet, chewing and age.

Canker Sores

Canker sores are small painful sores that occur in your mouth. They can appear on the inside of your lips, the insides of your cheeks, or under your tongue. They are usually red or red with a white coating over them. Canker sores are not the same as fever blisters. Fever blisters appear on the outside of your lips or the corners of your mouth.
Although anyone can get a canker sore, teen-agers and young adults are generally more susceptible. Canker sores may run in families, but they aren't contagious. Doctors don't know what causes canker sores, but stress may be a factor.

What should I do if I get canker sores?

If you have small canker sores, you can treat them at home. You can try taking ibuprofen (brand name: Advil) or acetaminophen (brand name: Tylenol) for pain. Other medicines, such as Anbesol, Oragel, Orabase, and Zilactin-B, might keep your canker sores from becoming irritated when you eat, drink, or brush your teeth. These medications can be put directly on the canker sore. Some people believe sucking on zinc lozenges, taking vitamin C or vitamin B complex, using a sage-and-chamomile mouthwash, or taking a lysine supplement can help canker sores heal faster.

Abscess Tooth

An abscessed tooth is one that has become infected. Tooth decay is often the culprit; when tooth decay advances deep into the tooth, it can cause destruction of the pulp, the core of the tooth. When this happens, the pulp gets infected and swollen and pus builds up near the jawbone. Left untreated, infected pulp can cause more serious problems, including damage to surrounding tissue and bone. Root canal treatment is the most common form of treatment for an abscessed tooth. Root canal treatment involves removing the infected tissue, cleansing and sealing the canal of the tooth and restoring the tooth with a crown, or cap.

Simple toothaches can often be relieved by rinsing the mouth to clear it of debris and other matter. Sometimes, a toothache can be caused or aggravated by a piece of debris lodged between the tooth and another tooth. Avoid placing an aspirin between your tooth and gum to relieve pain, because the dissolving aspirin can actually harm your gum tissue.

Broken, Fractured, or Displaced Tooth

A broken, fractured or displaced tooth is usually not a cause for alarm, as long as decisive, quick action is taken. If the tooth has been knocked out, try to place the tooth back in its socket while waiting to see your dentist. First, rinse the mouth of any blood or other debris and place a cold cloth or compress on the check near the injury. This will keep down swelling. If you cannot locate the tooth back in its socket, hold the dislocated tooth by the crown - not the root. Next, place it in a container of warm milk, saline or the victim's own saliva and keep it in the solution until you arrive at the emergency room or dentist's office.
For a fractured tooth, it is best to rinse with warm water and again, apply a cold pack or compress. Ibuprofen may be used to help keep down swelling. If the tooth fracture is minor, the tooth can be sanded or if necessary, restored by the dentist if the pulp is not severely damaged. If a child's primary tooth has been loosened by an injury or an emerging permanent tooth, try getting the child to gently bite down on an apple or piece of caramel; in some cases, the tooth will easily separate from the gum.

Patient Education:

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

Find out more about our practice on these web pages and then give us a call to learn how Perfect Smile Dental and Associates can help you achieve the open, satisfying smile you dream of. For more information, please call us at 845-6237-0710 (NY) or 201-257-8452 (NJ)

NOTE – Information provided on our website should be use as a reference only, proper diagnosis will be given at the time of your visit. Thank you.

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