Posts for: December, 2020
Are you dealing with symptoms of an infected tooth?
If you are dealing with a toothache, sudden and increased tooth sensitivity, or pus coming from the gums around the tooth, it’s important that the next trip you make is to see our Madisonville, KY, dentists Drs. Ben and Stuart Baldwin for immediate root canal treatment. The sooner a dental infection is treated the better.
No, a root canal shouldn’t hurt
Many people cringe at hearing the words “root canal” because this common dental procedure has gotten a bad rap over the years. We’re not really sure why, but our dental team can assure you that when you get root canal treatment here at our Madisonville, KY, practice you won’t have to worry about pain.
A root canal is performed under local anesthesia, which means that your mouth will be fully numb before we even start. You won’t feel a thing throughout your procedure, but if you do notice any discomfort all you have to do is let us know. How the goal is to make any treatment you receive as comfortable as possible for you.
Root canals actually get rid of the pain
When you have an infected tooth, you’ll certainly know it. While the outside of the tooth doesn’t contain any nerves, the inside of the tooth (known as the dental pulp) does. This means that when you suddenly notice a throbbing or aching pain within the tooth this is often a sign that the tooth is infected or inflamed. This can cause some pretty horrible pain. The good news is that this procedure can remove the infected parts of the tooth, disinfect the tooth, and get rid of pain almost instantly.
Root canals save teeth
Nothing is better than being able to preserve your own natural teeth and a root canal can help. After all, an infected tooth that isn’t treated right away can lead to irreparable damage. This is why it’s so important that you visit your dentist as soon as symptoms such as a toothache appear. We can remove the infected pulp and save the tooth, so you don’t need to have it extracted.
If you are ever concerned about the health of your teeth or suspect that you may need root canal treatment, don’t hesitate to call Baldwin Dental Group in Madisonville, KY, today at (270) 245-1547. We provide immediate care for those dealing with true dental emergencies.
We're all tempted occasionally to use our teeth in ways that might risk damage. Hopefully, though, you've never considered anything close to what singer, songwriter and now social media persona Jason Derulo recently tried in a TikTok video—attempting to eat corn on the cob spinning on a power drill. The end result seemed to be a couple of broken front teeth, although many of his followers suspected an elaborate prank.
Prank or not, subjecting your teeth to “motorized corn”—or a host of other less extreme actions or habits—is not a good thing, especially if you have veneers, crowns or other dental work. Although teeth can withstand a lot, they're not invincible.
Here, then, are four things you should do to help ensure your teeth stay healthy, functional and intact.
Clean your teeth daily. Strong teeth are healthy teeth, so you want to do all you can to prevent tooth decay or gum disease. Besides semi-annual dental cleanings, the most important thing you can do is to brush and floss your teeth daily. These hygiene tasks help remove dental plaque, a thin biofilm that is the biggest culprit in dental disease that could weaken teeth and make them more susceptible to injury.
Avoid biting on hard objects. Teeth's primary purpose is to break down food for digestion, not to break open nuts or perform similar tasks. You should also avoid habitual chewing on hard objects like pencils, nails or ice to relieve stress. And, you may need to be careful eating apples or other foods with hard surfaces if you have veneers or composite bonding on your teeth.
Wear a sports mouthguard. If you or a family member are regularly involved with sports like basketball, baseball/softball or football (even informally), you can protect your teeth from facial blows by wearing an athletic mouthguard. Although you can obtain a retail variety in most stores selling sporting goods, a custom-made guard by a dentist offers the best protection and comfort.
Visit your dentist regularly. As mentioned before, semi-annual dental cleanings help remove hidden plaque and tartar and further minimize your risk of disease. Regular dental visits also give us a chance to examine your mouth for any signs of decay or gum disease, and to check on your dental health overall. Optimizing your dental health plays a key part in preventing dental damage.
You should expect an unpleasant outcome involving your teeth with power tools. But a lot less could still damage them: To fully protect your dental health, be sure you practice daily oral care, avoid tooth contact with hard objects and wear a mouthguard for high-risk physical activities.
If you would like more information on caring for your cosmetic dental work, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “An Introduction to Sports Injuries & Dentistry.”
Are you unhappy with the way your smile looks after tooth loss? Dental implants, one of the treatments and services provided by your dentists in Madisonville, KY, Drs. Ben and Stuart Baldwin of Baldwin Dental Group, can make your smile whole again.
How dental implants replace lost teeth
Just like buildings need strong foundations, teeth require strong roots to function optimally. Roots give your teeth the strength they need to bite, tear, grind and chew a variety of foods. Unlike other tooth restoration options, dental implants not only restore the crowns (tops) of teeth but also replace the roots.
The dental implant process starts when small titanium posts called implants are placed in your jawbone during minor oral surgery. In just three to six months, the implants bond to your jawbone, becoming just as strong as your natural tooth roots.
Dental crowns are added to the tops of implants once they're securely attached to your jawbone to complete the restoration of your missing teeth. Crowns are created from an impression of your mouth made during a visit to the Madisonville dental office.
Dental implants are an excellent option for most people
Your dentist may recommend dental implants if:
- You don't like the way your smile looks: Dental implants fill the gaps in your smile, helping you feel more confident.
- You're having trouble chewing: Biting and chewing can become difficult after tooth loss. Dental implants improve your appearance but also give you the biting power you need to eat hard, tough and sticky foods.
- You're in good oral and general health: If you're healthy, you're probably a good candidate for dental implants. If you have an immune system condition or take medications that suppress your immune system, implants may not be a good idea. Immune conditions and immune-suppressing medications interfere with healing.
- You don't smoke: Smoking also affects healing and makes it difficult for dental implants to bond to your jawbone.
- You practice good oral hygiene: Daily brushing and flossing will keep your implants in good condition and help you avoid infections.
Restore your lost teeth with dental implants. Call your Madisonville, KY, dentists, Drs. Ben and Stuart Baldwin of Baldwin Dental Group, at (270) 245-1547 to schedule your appointment.
Despite your best intentions to plan ahead, the holidays have sneaked up on you. And what good intentions you had: presents to buy, halls to deck, parties to throw. Perhaps you even aspired to a little something for yourself to prepare for all the festivities—a more attractive smile!
But, alas, the calendar bell tolls and it tolls for thee—and now you have little time for any major work on your smile. But fear not! Although a full makeover might not be possible right now, there are a few smile enhancements you can get in a single dental visit. And that might be just what you need for a “merry” smile this holiday season.
Here then are three things you can do to get a little smile pizzazz right before the holidays.
Dental cleaning. The main purpose for a dental office cleaning every six months is to prevent disease by removing any plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) you might have missed during daily hygiene. But ridding your teeth of yellowing plaque deposits followed by a bit of polishing can also improve your smile appearance. You can do your dental health and your smile some good with a dental cleaning before the holidays.
Teeth whitening. A whitening procedure can turn a dull, yellowed smile into a bright and beautiful one. Although you can use a whitening kit at home, you can enjoy better results with a trained dentist. A professional whitening tends to last longer, and there's more control over the level of brightness. With a fine-tuned whitening, we can help you get a smile that's subtly natural or Hollywood dazzling.
Bonding. You might think repairing a chipped tooth requires veneers or crowns that could take weeks to get. But we may be able to rectify mild to moderate dental flaws in just one visit with dental bonding. This technique uses a dental material called composite resin that's applied in layers to a tooth in paste-like form. After shaping, it's then hard-cured with a special light to produce a durable finish that looks and feels like a normal tooth.
These simple one-visit procedures could make a big difference in your smile and your confidence this holiday season. Now, about that smile makeover…sounds perfect for a New Year's resolution!
If you would like more information about improving your smile, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Repairing Chipped Teeth.”