How to Find Alternatives to Dental Surgery

Nobody likes the idea of going through surgery. The whole notion of razors, anesthetics, healing time, and even rehabilitation adds up for a long and stressful time. However, before you agree with jumping under the knife, there are a few ways you can go about avoiding these costly procedures.

The first thing you should do when looking for an alternative to surgery is to sit down with your dentist for an in-depth discussion on your teeth. There maybe a possibility that you can treat the ailment at home by sprucing up your oral hygiene or changing your diet. This will only work if problems are found early enough for simple lifestyle changes to work. Regular visits to your dentist are a must for this option to be viable.

Another item you can talk with your dentist about is if a series of smaller procedures will correct your current situation. Items like crowns and dental veneers can be used in place of minor surgical procedures. These maybe more time consuming, but for smaller issues can be easier than a full blown surgery.

If your dentist gives you no other option other than going under the knife, it is time to seek out a second, or third, opinion. Talking with other dentists can be a great way to get a more varied opinion on your current situation. You may also find that another dentist has a solution that is every bit as effective, yet will require no dental surgery. Make sure you are getting second opinions from reputable people as well.

There is also the option of searching the Internet. The Internet is full of information, and you most likely are not alone in your dental diagnosis. Being informed on your ailments will help you when chatting with your dentist. You can also join online communities and talk about what solutions other people have come across in the past. There is a wide world of information out there, you just need to dig through it for what will benefit you.

Finally, there is the dreaded insurance call. If you are facing any major procedure, it is always a good idea to chat with your insurance company to see what they will and will not cover. They may advise you to seek another opinion, try a different solution, or even direct you to a better procedure. The key is that you want to make sure whatever direction you end up going is covered by your insurance company and that they know what is going on.

The best thing you can do to avoid dental surgery of any kind is to maintain good oral hygiene. Stay away from gobs of sugar, brush and floss your teeth regularly, and swing by your dentist every six months. A properly maintained mouth is a happy, less surgical dependent mouth!

How To Treat Sensitive Teeth

Last week we examined the causes of sensitive teeth. So what are you supposed to do now that you have sensitive teeth?

There are several things you can do at home to help alleviate your sensitivity and the corresponding pain. Coincidentally, all of these home treatments will help prevent tooth sensitivity as well.

  • Good oral hygiene. You hear this all the time, but it’s the really one of the few consistencies for preventing dental problems. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss every day, and get your teeth cleaned twice a year.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Softer bristles equals less abrasion on the surface of your teeth and less irritation to the gums. In addition, when brushing around the gumline, brush very, very gently.[..Read More]

What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

Teeth become sensitive when one the dentin–an inner layer of your teeth–is exposed due to receding gums. Your tooth roots are not protected by the hard enamel of your teeth above the gumline, so when the gums recede, the thousands of tiny tubules in the roots that lead to the tooth pulp (the nerve) are exposed to the elements. As a result, when eating hot, cold, and sweet foods, these stimuli reach the pulp and cause a bit of pain.

More people are plagued with sensitive teeth than they realize, and many who are aware have no idea that some of their habits cause this affliction. There are several factors that lead to sensitive teeth, and most can easily be avoided to prevent sensitive teeth or worsening sensitive teeth.[..Read More]

Relieve Dental Pain with 10 Home Remedies

Dental pain never comes at a convenient time. To make matters worse, it usually occurs over the weekend or after dental offices are closed. If this unfortunately happens to you, here are ten home remedy ideas that have proven to help alleviate the pain and will help you get through it until you can see your dentist.

All of these remedies are natural and safe, and some may work better for you than others. However, even though these are safe, this does not mean that you should experiment on your own and create potential remedies. If all else fails, there is always Ibuprofen, Tylenol, and of course, Orajel.

  1. Use a cucumber – Cut up a refrigerated cucumber in pieces that will fit on the tooth. You can try this with unchilled cucumber, but the cold will soothe the pain even more.
  2. Dried peppermint, salt water, and oats - Surround the tooth with either oats or dried peppermint (peppermint will relieve the pain as well), and then spit them out after a few minutes. If you do this several times a day, it will draw out the abscess. After each treatment, rinse with salt water.
  3. Raw potato – This is the same idea as the cucumber remedy. Cut a piece of cold potato and fit it to the tooth.
  4. Real vanilla extract – Dab some real vanilla extract on a cotton ball and place it on the tooth. For more excruciation pain, swish some real vanilla extract in your mouth, focusing on the side of your mouth that hurts. The vanilla will numb your mouth fairly well.
  5. Tea bag – Place a wet tea bag on the sore tooth. For extra assistance, freeze the bag.
  6. Ginger root – Shaved pieces of ginger root will help relieve pain, and sometimes it will also help with tooth infections.
  7. Iodine – Place a single drop of iodine on a tooth for both pain relief and stopping abscesses. Do not swallow the iodine, and always brush immediately afterward.
  8. Table salt and warm water – This is probably one of the oldest remedies for oral pain in the book. Gargle with warm water and salt several times a day.
  9. Oil and oregano – Mix some oregano and oil and apply it directly to the painful tooth or gums.
  10. Hot, wet washcloth – Apply a hot, wet washcloth directly to the site of the mouth pain as many times as you need. This has shown to even work for extreme dental pain.

None of these will cure you what’s ailing you, but it should provide some comfort until you can see your dentist. Just remember to never let dental pain go unchecked for long. If you’re experiencing any tooth pain, call your dentist or contact us as soon as possible.