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Posts for: May, 2016

By H. David Allick, DDS, PA
May 16, 2016
Category: Oral Health

For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.

Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.

If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.

If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.

When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.

When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment. Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.

And as for Noah Galloway:  In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!

If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”

By White Flint Dental Associates
May 12, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Find out how much your smile could be transformed by our cosmetic dentistry services.

When it comes to getting the perfect smile there are so many options. Find out all that your Rockville, MD cosmetic dentist Dr. H. David Allick can offer you when you come in for your smile makeover.Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Have an upcoming event and want to wow everyone with your smile? You could try commercial whitening products from the drugstore and hope for the best or you can get your smile up to eight shades whiter in under an hour with in-office whitening from your Rockville, MD dentist. This is the only system that can get smiles significantly whiter faster. If you want to remove stains caused by smoking or certain foods, then it’s time you talked to us.

Dental Bonding

While minor chips, discolorations or misshapenness might not affect the function of your smile it certainly can affect its appearance. If you have minimal flaws that you are looking to correct, dental bonding might be the best option. This conservative, painless treatment is the easiest and least expensive way to fix small smile imperfections. By applying and shaping a tooth-colored resin over these problem areas we can hide these issues for good. No drills and no anesthesia required!

Porcelain Veneers

Maybe you are dealing with more significant stains, chips, cracks or uneven teeth and bonding just won’t cut it. Fortunately, dental veneers can get you the straighter, brighter and more even smile you want. By removing a small amount of enamel from the surface of your teeth, we can then apply these thin porcelain shells over the front of your teeth to conceal flaws and improve the overall color, size and shape of your smile.

Dental Implants

Whether you are missing one or all of your teeth, dental implants can provide the lifelong solution you’ve been waiting for. Your Rockville general dentist will place a small metal implant into the jawbone, where over time it will fuse together with bone and tissue to become one. Once this happens, the implant is now ready to support a dental crown. If you are looking to replace several or all of your teeth, multiple implants can also be implanted to hold a dental bridge or set of dentures in place.

You want only the best when it comes to your smile. Put your trust in White Flint Dental Associates in Rockville, MD for all of your dental needs. Call us today to schedule your cosmetic consultation.

By H. David Allick, DDS, PA
May 08, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

You’re satisfied with your smile appearance except for one thing — your teeth aren’t as white and bright as you wish they could be. So, you’ve decided to do something about their dull yellow color.

You’re also thinking about buying a whitening product you can use yourself rather than a professional application. But you still want the answers to two questions: are home whitening kits safe? And, are they effective?

By and large the answer to the first question is yes — if you use it as directed. The whitening agents in FDA-approved products are in safe proportions to other ingredients and won’t cause any major health issues. That said, if you go beyond the instructed dosage you could damage your teeth, especially your enamel, and cause long-term problems with your dental care.

In addition, if you (or a family member) are still in your early teens, you may want to wait until you’re older. Although most permanent teeth have come in by puberty, their enamel still needs to mature. The chemicals in a whitening kit could be too strong for their under-developed enamel. It’s best to get our advice on whether your teeth are mature enough for whitening.

As to their effectiveness, home whitening kits should perform as their labeling indicates. But there are some differences in effects between a home kit and a professional application.

Although a home kit usually uses the same whitening agents (like carbamide peroxide), its strength is much lower than a professional treatment — about 10% of volume compared to around 30% in clinical solutions. This means it will take much longer to achieve the desired whitening effect that a professional application can in fewer sessions, and with less precision. In addition, home kits are only effective on surface staining of the enamel — discoloration within a tooth requires treatment by a dentist.

You can get satisfactory results from a home whitening kit. But before you make a purchase, consult with us first — we can advise you on what to look for in your purchase, as well as determine if your teeth can benefit from whitening at home.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, 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 “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”