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Saving Your Tooth
Chances are that you or an immediate family member have a condition that merits concern about the decision to save a tooth. Relax! There are many reasons to save a compromised tooth and in most cases, they far outweigh the loss of a tooth. Making the choice to save your tooth today can make a significant difference in the way you chew, talk, smile and interact with others. Retaining your natural teeth for a lifetime helps ensure a more youthful appearance and social ease as well.

What Are The Most Common Causes Of Tooth Loss?
Often, people seek out emergency dental care when they are in pain. Some of the most common reasons for emergency visits to the dental office include:
  • A Broken Or Fractured Tooth
  • An Abscess (Infection) Of The Pulp (Nerve) Of The Tooth
  • A Periodontal (Gum) Infection Or Inflammation
  • Mobile (Loose ) Teeth
  • A Badly Decayed Tooth
  • A Lost Filling
  • A Knocked Out (Avulsed) Tooth
How Can My Tooth Be Saved?
First, the dentist must make an accurate diagnosis, to determine the exact nature of the problem. Usually, this involves taking an X-ray, making a clinical examination and taking a thorough medical/dental history. Depending upon the diagnosis, the dentist will usually make recommendations to save a compromised tooth.
What Are The Advantages And Benefits Of Saving A Tooth?
In the long run, there are many reasons to save your tooth.  As a preventive measure, early treatment is always less expensive than involved treatment. Patients with tooth loss often find themselves with unpleasant results, including further tooth loss, advanced periodontal disease, poor chewing function, TMJ problems, compromised speech and lowered self-confidence.
CRACKED TEETH
Your dentist may ask you which tooth hurts. It is often difficult to determine which tooth is causing the pain, so your dentist may ask you to bite down on an instrument specifically designed to diagnose fractured teeth. This instrument allows your dentist to direct bite pressure to one specific area of a molar (an individual cusp tip or point of a molar).
While biting down and releasing the bite pressure, you may experience some discomfort or pain sensation. This is due to the movement of the fractured tooth that irritates the nerves of the tooth. This pain response helps the dentist pinpoint the specific tooth and cusp which is fractured. Upon further examination, your dentist will recommend a course of treatment best suitable for you.
TREATMENT
There are different types of fractures. Treatment will depend upon the type of fracture, the location of the fracture and the severity of the fracture. Treatment may include a crown, root canal or possibly an extraction followed by some type of restorative dentistry.  Alternative treatment may be recommended for minor fractures diagnosed in the early stages
Your Child's Teeth
It's never too early for good dental care. With good tooth care, your child can grow up cavity free. Start by caring for your baby's teeth. As he or she grows, teach your child the best possible tooth care. And don't forget that healthy teeth require regular visits to the dentist. 
Let's Talk About Brushing
Food particles and bacteria form a sticky substance called plaque on teeth. Bacteria in the plaque produces acid that eats away the tooth's enamel (hard coating). This causes tooth decay. Brushing keeps plaque from forming. Begin brushing your baby's teeth as soon as the first tooth appears. At first, use water and a piece of cotton gauze. As more teeth come in, use a small toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. 
When the child is old enough to brush on his or her own, watch to be sure it's done right. Don't forget flossing; flossing removes bacteria and plaque that brushing can't reach. Fluoride makes tooth enamel stronger. This helps prevent cavities. Sealants are safe, painless, and low-cost way to help protect your child's back teeth from decay. Always watch for tooth decay, thumb sucking and pacifiers. Always call a dentist if you have a loose tooth, a knocked out tooth or brown and black spots on your tooth. Consult with your dentist if baby or adult teeth are crooked or fail to come in. 
X-Ray Safety
Are you concerned about the safety of X-rays? You are not alone. Today, more than ever, patients are concerned about the safety of X-rays in general, as well as the need for them in the dental office.
Are All X-rays The Same?
Actually there are several types of X-rays that may be ordered by the dentist. The most common is what is referred to as "intraoral," a small film packet that is placed inside your mouth. You may be asked to bite on a small cardboard tab that holds a cavity-detecting X-ray film packet in place, or you may be asked to bite down on a small plastic device that helps align the film with the X-ray machine.
Other types of X-rays (called "extraoral") are taken by placing a larger film cassette near your face. You may be either seated or standing while the film is being taken.
What About Radiation Safety? 
That's a commonly asked question and we're glad you are concerned. Radiation, in the amounts used to expose dental X-rays, is very small. In fact, the average American actually receives more radiation from sitting in front of the family television for a period of one year than from routine X-rays taken at the dentist's office!
Are X-rays Necessary Every Time I Have A Checkup? 
Not necessarily. The need varies from patient to patient. X-rays are taken to detect conditions or diseases present in the mouth. Depending upon the findings of your clinical examination, your dentist will determine when X-rays are necessary for you.
What Precautions Are Taken?
We protect patients of all ages with a lead apron. This apron is draped over your shoulders and protects you from your neck to mid-thighs. Because the reproductive organs are also sensitive to X-radiation, we are very careful to protect these areas when taking dental films. Today's film manufacturers make ultra-speed films which require as little as 1/10th of a second of actual exposure. They also permit the lowest level of radiation possible to produce clinically acceptable diagnostic X-rays.

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