What you need to do for a toothache
A toothache can happen at the most inconvenient time and often in the most inconvenient place. It’s helpful to know what to do and your dentists at Dental Pointe in Naperville, Illinois want to help you be prepared to handle a toothache when it happens.
You can try gently flossing and brushing. Simply cleaning your teeth can sometimes decrease dental pain. You may also get relief just from rinsing out your mouth. It’s great to have some things on hand in case of a toothache:
- Over-the-counter pain medication
- Saline rinse
- A toothbrush and floss
- Cold packs
- Your dentist’s phone number
Toothaches can be caused by dental trauma, deep dental decay, erupting teeth, broken fillings or infection. You should see your dentists at Dental Pointe as soon as possible if you have:
- Severe tooth pain that lasts longer than one or two days
- A fever or an earache
- Swelling in your gums or face
- Pain when you open and close your mouth
- Severe tooth pain which keeps you from your daily activities or keeps you awake
Another cause of a toothache can be a sinus infection, so you might try taking a decongestant to see if you get relief.
More often than not, your toothache must be treated by your dentists at Dental Pointe in Naperville. They will take x-rays and do an examination to determine the cause of your toothache. Chances are good that you may have a cavity or dental infection. Don’t wait to be treated because when you let a toothache go untreated, it can lead to you needing a larger filling, root canal or even a tooth extraction!
If you have a toothache, you should take an over-the-counter pain medication and see your dentists at Dental Pointe as soon as possible. Make sure you have a toothache kit handy along with your dentists’ contact information for emergencies and after-hours service at Dental Pointe. So don’t suffer with your toothache! Call your dentists at Dental Pointe in Naperville, Illinois and get relief from your toothache pain!
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It isn’t always easy to tell when your mouth is having issues that your Naperville, IL dentists, Dr. Rani Seeth and Dr. Sarah Janowski at Dental Pointe, need to address. It can be even harder to tell if the issues you are having require oral surgery. Below are some of the reasons someone may have to undergo surgery and what signs you should look out for.
Whether you’ve already lost a tooth or you have a tooth so badly damaged our Naperville, IL general dentists recommend you have it extracted, you will need to consider a tooth replacement. While not all restorations require surgery, if you are looking for a restoration that could last the rest of your life, you may want to consider dental implants.
These strong titanium screws are placed into the jawbone where they serve as artificial tooth roots to hold a dental crown, bridge, or dentures in place. If you have one or more missing teeth, you’ll want to talk to us about whether implants are right for you.
Insufficient Bone Density
Maybe you want to get dental implants, but unfortunately, you’ve lost a significant amount of jawbone density since losing your tooth. Even though this situation may be frustrating, our Naperville, IL restorative dentists have a solution.
Before placing your implant, we will perform a simple bone grafting procedure in which we will build up or add bone to the jaw--using your own natural bone from another area of the body (usually in the mouth) or through a donor. Once the grafted bone has fused with your jawbone we will be able to place your implant. Bone grafting can take anywhere from three to four months to complete.
When your third and final molars come in (usually between your late teens and early twenties), they can cause some pain and discomfort. Many patients won’t be able to keep their wisdom teeth. Sometimes wisdom teeth will only partially erupt through the gums, making this area more susceptible to decay and gum disease. Wisdom teeth can also grow in crooked and put pressure on healthy teeth, causing further damage. If you are dealing with swelling, pain, fever, or other signs of an infection around your wisdom teeth, it’s time to talk to us about an extraction.
These are only some of the reasons why you may need oral surgery, so it’s important to turn to Dental Pointe if you have any dental concerns. Our Naperville, IL dental office is open six days a week to provide full comprehensive services to everyone in your family. Whether you have questions about an upcoming procedure or you are experiencing any of these signs above, give us a call today.
If you need a cavity filled, there is an alternative for metal fillings at Dental Pointe in Naperville, Illinois. Dr. Rani Seeth and Dr. Sarah Janowski are pleased to offer their patients cosmetic fillings, which are durable and attractive. More information about this treatment is available here:
What are cosmetic fillings?
If a cavity is located on a visible tooth, or a patient does not want a metal filling, cosmetic fillings are an excellent way to conceal dental work. Cosmetic fillings are made from a mixture of plastics (hence their alternative name, composite fillings) and are off-white to blend in better with natural teeth. The materials used for cosmetic fillings are comparable to metal in terms of durability but are much less conspicuous. Patients can also have their metal fillings replaced with cosmetic ones to improve their appearance.
How are cosmetic fillings applied?
The process for placing cosmetic fillings at your Naperville dentist is basically the same as placing those made from metal. Dr. Seeth or Dr. Janowski will start by taking x-rays to determine the location and degree of decay on your tooth. Anesthetic will be used to numb the surrounding area. Your Naperville dentist will use a handheld tool to remove the decay and will finish the process by placing the cosmetic filling material in the resulting space. The final step involves a specialized light being situated on the tooth to harden the filling material. The entire procedure usually takes about a half hour and there is no downtime afterward.
If you think you might have a cavity, don't put off having it treated. With cosmetic fillings, you can smile with confidence because you no longer have to settle for a prominent metal restoration. Contact Dental Pointe in Naperville for a totally new and innovative approach to cavity treatment.
Are you thinking about braces for yourself or a family member? Or do you already have braces but need help? Dental Pointe is here to help with some frequently asked questions. If what you need isn't covered here, please call or visit our Naperville dentist office.
Why should someone get braces?
Many people feel embarrassed about their crooked teeth. However, straighter teeth don't just look better; they're healthier too. Teeth that are poorly aligned can be difficult to take care of, making them prone to cavities and gum disease.
How do I get myself or my child started with braces?
Come in to Dental Pointe in Naperville, where we will do an examination. That may include taking a dental and medical history and taking some X-rays. After that, we can discuss options and courses of treatment.
What's the best age for a child to start braces?
The official recommendation of the American Association of Orthodontists is that kids be screened at age 7, when some permanent teeth have started to come in. That way we can tell early on what, if any, treatment will be needed.
I'm an adult. Am I too old for braces?
As long as your gums and bones are in good shape, there's no age limit on braces.
Is my child too young for braces?
Even children as young as two might need treatment if the problem is severe. In any case, the best age to start treatment will depend on the child's particular issue. So if you have any concerns, come into the office and have one of our dentists take a look.
Do braces hurt?
There is often some soreness, but the pain will generally not be severe. Sometimes the patient's condition will require surgery, which can be more uncomfortable. However, we will manage your pain and make your treatment as comfortable as possible.
How long do braces stay on?
Anywhere from 6 months to 4 years, depending on the individual.
Are there food restrictions with braces?
Hard or sticky foods can damage your braces. Your dentists in Naperville will give you a comprehensive list of foods that you will need to avoid during treatment.
What do I do about oral hygeine?
It's very important to keep your teeth clean while you have braces. Brush after every meal or snack. You should also floss every day - your dentists can show you how. And don't forget to have your regular cleanings every six months.
Ready to straighten out your smile? Rani Seeth, DDS and Sarah Janowski, DMD are ready to help! Visit Dental Pointe in Naperville or call (630) 333-9571 today.
Tobacco usage does more than stain your teeth and taint your breath.
The negative effects of tobacco usage are well-documented - a wide variety of life-threatening diseases are associated with cigarettes, cigars, snuff and other tobacco-based products. The gum tissue and teeth are also subject to the problems these chemicals cause. Your Naperville, Illinois dentists, Dr. Rani Seeth and Dr. Sarah Jankowski, want to provide their patients at Dental Pointe with as much information as they can about how tobacco products diminish dental health.
Gum disease and tooth loss
Using tobacco products puts you at risk for a multitude of health conditions, including oral abnormalities. Fifty percent of adults who smoke are thought to have some degree of periodontitis, a chronic gum disease that weakens the gum tissue and can cause teeth to loosen. Tobacco also weakens the body's immune response, so treating gum disease with conventional cleaning methods may not be enough for smokers. The correlation between the tooth loss associated with periodontitis and the fact that smokers are twice as likely to have missing teeth than non-smokers should be fairly obvious.
No such thing as a safe alternative
While cigarettes are the most well-known and highly used tobacco product, other tobacco products like snuff or "dip" are indicated in the formation of mouth cancer. In fact, those who use "smokeless" products have a risk of oral cancer that is 50 times greater than people who have never used them. At the very least, the abrasiveness of these items also wears away the protective enamel on the surface of the teeth. Your Naperville dentist sees patients who have permanent discoloration and sensitivity as a result of using these products.
Benefits to quitting
Have you recently quit smoking or chewing tobacco? Your Naperville dentists, Dr. Seeth and Dr. Jankowski, offer their sincere congratulations! Your body begins its healing process not long after you make the decision to put down the tobacco. If you've noticed that you've still got evidence of your tobacco use from the stains on your teeth, they can often be eradicated in just one in-office whitening treatment at Dental Pointe in Naperville. Call your Naperville dentists today to have your oral health evaluated!
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