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By Stonebridge Ranch Smiles
May 27, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain  

What Can I Do About My Tooth Pain?

If you have tooth pain, you may be tempted to ride it out rather than make a dentist appointment. However, although minor toothache may be treated by adjusting your daily oral hygiene routine, a severe toothache cannot be treated this way. See Dr. Kenneth R. Sharp, a family dentist at Stonebridge Ranch Smiles in McKinney, TX, if you are suffering from tooth pain.

What Causes Tooth Pain?

Causes of tooth pain may include:

  • Damaged teeth: Your tooth may become painful if it has been fractured, chipped, or broken.
  • Tooth decay: Oral bacteria can lead to a build-up of plaque and tartar, which can lead to tooth decay. If the decay gets a foothold on a tooth, it can infect the pulp and cause a painful abscess.
  • Gum disease: Periodontal disease causes the gums to swell, bleed, and become painful.
  • Malocclusion: This means having an uneven bite, which can cause pain in the teeth and jawbone.

Dental Treatment for Tooth Pain

How your dentist treats your tooth pain will depend on the cause. For example:

  • Tooth decay: If you have a cavity, your dentist will treat it with a filling. If the decay is severe and the pulp has been affected, you may need a root canal.
  • Gum disease: Your dentist will give you a scaling and planing treatment and may prescribe further treatment depending on the extent of the gum disease.
  • Broken teeth: If your tooth is broken, cracked, or chipped, your dentist will seal the tooth if the damage is not too extensive. If the damage is severe, you may need a crown or a dental implant.

Don’t suffer tooth pain in silence. If you live in McKinney, call Dr. Sharp on (972) 984-1882 to schedule an emergency appointment.

By Stonebridge Ranch Smiles
April 22, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth pain  
WhyandHowtoSaveaDiseasedTooth

Let's say you have a diseased tooth you think might be on its last leg. It might be possible to save it, perhaps with a significant investment of time and money. On the other hand, you could have it replaced with a life-like dental implant.

That seems like a no-brainer, especially since implants are as close as we have to natural teeth. But you might want to take a second look at salvaging your tooth—as wonderful as implants are, they can't beat the real thing.

Our teeth, gums and jaws form an intricate oral system: Each part supports the others for optimum function and health. Rescuing a troubled tooth could be the best way to preserve that function, and replacing it, even with a dental implant, a less satisfying option.

How we save it will depend on what's threatening it, like advanced tooth decay. Caused by bacterial acid that creates a cavity in enamel and underlying dentin, decay can quickly spread into the tooth's pulp and root canals, and eventually threaten the supporting bone.

We may be able to stop decay and save the tooth with a root canal treatment. During this procedure, we remove diseased tissue from the pulp and root canals through a drilled access hole, and then fill the empty spaces. We then seal the access and later crown the tooth to protect it against future infection.

A second common threat is periodontal (gum) disease. Bacteria in dental plaque infect the outer gums and, like tooth decay, the infection quickly spreads deeper into the root and bone. The disease weakens gum attachments to affected teeth, hastening their demise.

To treat gum disease, we manually remove built-up plaque and tartar (hardened plaque). This deprives the infecting bacteria of their primary food source and “starves” the infection. Depending on the disease's advancement, this might take several cleaning sessions and possible gum surgery to access deep pockets of infection around the root.

Because both of these treatment modalities can be quite in-depth, we'll need to assess the survivability of the tooth. The tooth could be too far gone and not worth the effort and expense to save it. If there is a reasonable chance, though, a rescue attempt for your troubled tooth might be the right option.

If you would like more information on whether to save or replace a tooth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?

By Stonebridge Ranch Smiles
September 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Emergency Tooth PainWhat your dentist in McKinney, Texas wants you to know

If you or someone you know has ever experienced a dental emergency, you know how scary it can be. What should you do? That’s an important question because the first response can mean the difference between a good outcome or a difficult one. Dr. Kenneth Sharp at StoneBridge Ranch Smiles in McKinney, Texas wants to share what you should know about dental emergencies.

A dental emergency can happen when you least expect it, but you can protect yourself and others by having your dentist’s office phone numbers handy where you can find them easily.

You should also keep a few items in a dental first aid kit:

  • Tylenol or other over-the-counter pain medication
  • Sterile saline solution for rinsing
  • Sterile gauze or tissue for bleeding
  • A small container with a lid

Trauma to the face and jaws can result in soft tissue injuries to your mouth, fractured or broken teeth, and other problems. If you or someone you know experiences these injuries, there are a few simple steps you should take.

First, gently clean away any debris and rinse with saline solution. Next, press the sterile gauze to the area to stop any bleeding. Apply ice to the area to prevent any swelling and seek out the services of your dentist.

For a loose tooth, try to gently move the tooth into the correct position. If the tooth has been knocked completely out, rinse the tooth with the sterile saline solution. Keep the tooth moist by placing it in the container with saline solution or place it between the gums and cheek. Don’t touch the roots of the tooth because it can cause bacterial contamination.

Seek out the help of your dentist as soon as possible. For more information about dental emergencies and other dental topics call Dr. Kenneth Sharp at StoneBridge Ranch Smiles in McKinney, Texas. Call today!

By Stonebridge Ranch Smiles
August 21, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
CharlizeTheronBackinActionAfterDentalSurgery

When they’re introducing a new movie, actors often take a moment to pay tribute to the people who helped make it happen — like, you know, their dentists. At least that’s what Charlize Theron did at the premiere of her new spy thriller, Atomic Blonde.

"I just want to take a quick moment to thank my dentists," she told a Los Angeles audience as they waited for the film to roll. "I don’t even know if they’re here, but I just want to say thank you."

Why did the starring actress/producer give a shout-out to her dental team? It seems she trained and fought so hard in the action sequences that she actually cracked two teeth!

“I had severe tooth pain, which I never had in my entire life,” Theron told an interviewer from Variety. At first, she thought it was a cavity — but later, she found out it was more serious: One tooth needed a root canal, and the other had to be extracted and replaced with a dental implant — but first, a bone grafting procedure was needed. “I had to put a donor bone in [the jaw] to heal,” she noted, “and then I had another surgery to put a metal screw in there.”

Although it might sound like the kind of treatment only an action hero would need, bone grafting is now a routine part of many dental implant procedures. The reason is that without a sufficient volume of good-quality bone, implant placement is difficult or impossible. That’s because the screw-like implant must be firmly joined with the jawbone, so it can support the replacement tooth.

Fortunately, dentists have a way to help your body build new bone: A relatively small amount of bone material can be placed in the missing tooth’s socket in a procedure called bone grafting. This may come from your own body or, more likely, it may be processed bone material from a laboratory. The donor material can be from a human, animal or synthetic source, but because of stringent processing techniques, the material is safe for human use. Once it is put in place your body takes over, using the grafted material as a scaffold on which to build new bone cells. If jawbone volume is insufficient for implants, it can often be restored to a viable point in a few months.

Better yet, when grafting material is placed in the tooth socket immediately after extraction, it can keep most of the bone loss from occurring in the first place, enabling an implant to be placed as soon as possible — even before the end of a movie’s shooting schedule.

Will Atomic Blonde prove to be an action-movie classic? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure: When Charlize Theron walks down the red carpet, she won’t have to worry about a gap in her smile.

If you have questions about bone grafting or dental implants, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Immediate Dental Implant.”