There’s an old saying that what you don’t know can’t hurt you but, unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Many people make sure to get screenings for colon, breast, or prostate cancer, but don’t know how important oral cancer screenings are. This disease has been on the rise in recent years and is increasingly being found in people with no history of smoking. As with all cancers, early diagnosis is the best way to combat it. Thankfully, these screenings are easy and convenient because they’re automatically included with your dental checkups. April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s a great time to learn more in this blog and find out what a screening is like!(more…)
April 11, 2019
March 23, 2019
When you smile in the mirror, do you see two beautiful rows of teeth reflecting back at you? If you are one of the 178 million Americans that the American College of Prosthodontists estimates is missing at least one tooth, then you likely have a noticeable gap in your smile. A missing tooth can be a major source of embarrassment – but even more, it can affect your physical and mental health as well. Do you have gaps in your smile but are unsure whether it is worth it to fill them? Here are 3 compelling reason why it is important to replace missing teeth.(more…)
February 15, 2019
You’re in the dentist’s chair having your checkup when they break the news. You have a cavity, and it needs to be filled. But, you think, you feel no pain. Is a filling really necessary? Is it really that big of problem this soon? Could you get by without having it filled? Well, not addressing a dental cavity early on can have serious consequences down the road. Keep reading to learn about six potential outcomes from not treating a cavity.(more…)
January 12, 2019
Have you recently been told that you or your child need to have your wisdom teeth taken out? It’s a safe bet to say that most people would gladly trade a little extra “wisdom” in exchange for not needing this procedure! But rest assured that wisdom teeth extraction is easier than you might think and also protects your long-term oral health in many ways. In this blog, you’ll find out why we get wisdom teeth to begin with and how having them taken out will contribute to a healthier smile.(more…)
December 4, 2018
Studies show that when you meet a person, your smile is one of the first traits that will be evaluated. Teeth stains can make an unfavorable initial impression, but with porcelain veneers, that problem can be eradicated. The benefits don’t stop there, though. Learn how the design of porcelain veneers make them resistant to future stains and the steps you can take to preserve your beautiful new smile!(more…)
November 4, 2018
Tooth sensitivity (also called dentin sensitivity) refers to the pain you feel when a tooth is exposed to extreme temperatures, sweet or acidic foods and beverages, or breathing in cold air. The sharp sensations can be unsettling, but thankfully, there is help available for you. Read on to learn what causes tooth pain, the ways to prevent it and how it can be treated.(more…)
October 4, 2018
A chipped tooth can impact the aesthetics and functionality of your smile. Thankfully, there are 3 ways to be restored. An added benefit is that each procedure requires only a short treatment process to complete. Read on to learn what your options are and their benefits!(more…)
September 18, 2018
Do you need a new dentist in Tomball? You have an important decision to make. You have unique oral health needs. Although there are many excellent options in the area, not all will meet you needs or your expectations. To make the process easier, there are 5 tips to follow to make the right choice for your smile.
August 10, 2018
If you find yourself with a sudden dental injury or pain, you may not know whether you should wait it out, call an emergency dentist in Tomball, or go to the hospital ER. You don’t want to seek emergency care unless you really need it, but you also don’t want to let something serious go. In this blog, you’ll get an idea for what truly constitutes an emergency and also learn how to handle some of the most common emergency situations. You can’t always prevent an emergency, but you can be prepared!
How Do You Know If It’s a True Emergency?
Some emergencies are medical in nature and require immediate treatment at the nearest emergency room. Examples include a head and neck injury, or a broken jaw. After you’ve been medically treated, you can call a dentist for any dental work that might need to be done.
For most other dental emergencies, the first step is to call an emergency dentist. They can tell you how serious the situation is and give you specific instructions over the phone about how to handle it until you can be seen.
How Should You Handle These Common Dental Emergencies?
- Broken tooth or filling – Gently rinse your mouth out and save any large pieces of your tooth if you can. If you aren’t in pain, you may not need immediate care, but it’s still important to schedule a visit as soon as possible. Your tooth will be much more prone to breaking again, possibly more severely, if it’s not treated. If you have a sharp edge, you can use dental wax from the drug store to temporarily seal over it.
- Knocked-out tooth – If you’ve knocked out a tooth, it’s crucial to see a dentist as soon as possible (ideally within 30-60 minutes). After you’ve spoken to the dentist, gently rinse the tooth off, making sure not to touch the root. Then try to put it back in its socket (facing the right way). Otherwise, you can put it in your cheek pouch or a glass of milk or water. The most important thing is that it stays moist.
- Toothache or abscess – A toothache or abscess usually means that there’s an infection present, which can be dangerous if its left untreated. Seek out dental care as soon as possible.
An emergency is never planned and often strikes at the most inconvenient time. But with these guidelines, you’ll be much better prepared to handle it!
About the Author
With over 40 years of experience as a general and emergency dentist in Tomball, Dr. James Geer has provided emergency care to countless patients. He knows how alarming dental injuries can be, so he’s made emergency care a priority to provide his patients with the best care at all times. If you have any additional questions about emergency care, he can be contacted via his website, or at (281) 357-4337.
July 31, 2018
Are you missing teeth and desire to regain the life you once had? The best method for restoring your digits and the ability to eat, speak and smile with confidence is dental implants in Tomball. Before you have the procedure done, though, there are some requirements that must be met to ensure that you have a successful outcome. As you read on, you’ll learn about them.