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Making precise decisions during times of urgency is of the utmost importance when you have a dental emergency. Oral emergencies usually constitute broken teeth, missing teeth, extensive infections, massive blood loss, and possibly head trauma. Here is what you can do in preparation before visiting Dr. George Zatarain at Z Dentistry in Reno, NV:
- Make sure you have our contact information and reach out as soon as possible.
- Take measures to slow the bleeding. Place ice or some other cold compress on the mouth to reduce swelling and blood loss.
- Non-prescription medication helps to manage pain.
Retaining The Tooth
- Can you find the tooth if it’s not in your mouth? If yes, try to put it in an easy to find place until you can get to your specialist.
- Store the tooth in water and bring it with you when you get to your appointment.
- Rinsing with salt water helps to soothe pain and help with swelling.
Some Ways to Avoid Oral Emergencies
- Sports, especially contact sports, are much safer with a mouthguard.
- Don’t forget to buckle up when driving!
- Shoveling snow, mopping promptly, and keeping walkways clear of objects lessen the chance of accidents and injury.
- Take your time when approaching wet floors, ice, or other slippery surfaces.
- Practice consistent oral care each day.
- It may be necessary for you or a loved one to contact 911 if the injury is potentially life-threatening, for example, obstruction of the throat or signs of unconsciousness.
While some may decide to wait until their next biannual visit to the dentist, we recommend that you come into Z Dentistry in Reno, NV, if you see the signs listed above. Find out what to do next in an emergency or get immediate assistance by calling Dr. Zatarain at (775) 331-1616.
Kill Bill fans have been pressing for a third installment of the stylized revenge tale since Kill Bill, Volume 2 hit the theaters in 2004. Finally, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is talking about the long-awaited Volume 3 as if it might soon become a reality. The third movie in the franchise would most likely focus on the now-grown daughter of the character played by Vivica A. Fox in the first two. Vivica recently made known that should Kill Bill, Volume 3 go into production, she thinks 24-year-old actress and singer Zendaya would be perfect for the role.
Although Zendaya is a few inches taller than Vivica, the two women have a few things in common. Besides being talented movie and television actresses who have won awards for their roles, they both have camera-ready smiles. And both Vivica and Zendaya can thank their dentists for helping their smiles be their best.
In 2016, Vivica told Dear Doctor magazine that her smile needed a boost, so she opted for dental veneers to correct gaps between her teeth—and she's very happy with them. “I love my veneers!” she exclaimed. Zendaya also had help in achieving her Hollywood-perfect smile. In 2011, early in her career on the Disney channel, she wore clear orthodontic aligners to straighten her teeth. To further perfect her smile, she visited her dentist for professional teeth whitening in 2016, inviting a film crew along to show how easy and effective in-office tooth whitening is.
But you don't have to be a celebrity to enjoy smile-enhancing dental treatments. They are great options for anyone who wants to improve the look of their smile.
Teeth whitening. If your teeth are looking yellowed, in-office whitening can make them up to 10 shades brighter in one visit! Some people prefer professional at-home whitening kits, which produce great results more gradually.
Bonding or veneers. For small chips and cracks, cosmetic bonding can cover flaws by adding layers of a tooth-colored material over the tooth. For bigger flaws, heavy discoloration or gaps between teeth as Vivica had, dental veneers may be the answer. These custom-made thin porcelain shells cover the front-facing surface of the tooth, hiding imperfections to give anyone a Hollywood smile.
Orthodontics. Crooked teeth can detract from the look of a smile. While traditional braces are an option, many people with mild to moderate alignment issues find removable clear aligners the perfect way to get the smile they desire with minimal impact on their daily activities. Clear aligners are very subtle and can be removed for eating and cleaning as well as for special occasions—or for filming scenes, as Zendaya knows.
Contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation to see if professional teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding or veneers, orthodontics, or another dental treatment could enhance your smile. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger.”
A root canal treatment is one of today's most successful restorative procedures. Performed by Dr. George Zatarain at Z Dentistry in Reno, NV, root canals save teeth from further damage or worse, extraction. What tells your dentist you need a root canal?
What is a root canal?
Actually, it is part of every tooth in your mouth. Large teeth, such as molars, have up to 4 of these slender passageways which contain blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. This pulp nourishes and supports teeth as they develop.
Unfortunately, this pulp may become inflamed and infected when damaged by decay, trauma, or other circumstance. When it does, the tooth may fail, requiring extraction or in many cases, root canal therapy.
Root canal therapy, or endodontics, is a painless procedure that helps patients at Z Dentistry in Reno keep their teeth for years. After an exam and X-rays, the dentist injects a local anesthetic and opens the tooth to access each canal. He extracts the diseased pulp with small files, smoothing and shaping the canal to receive disinfecting medication and a rubbery sealant.
Typically, Dr. Zatarain covers the tooth with a temporary cap. After a week or so of healing at home, the patient returns to the office to receive a permanent porcelain crown.
What are the signs you need one?
Healthline reports that persistent dental pain is one of the symptoms which may qualify you for a root canal. Others include:
- Dental sensitivity when you eat something cold or hot or simply bite down on a piece of food
- Darkened gum tissue and tooth enamel (indicating a reduced blood supply)
- An obvious crack or chip
- Deep decay
- Pus at the gum line
- Foul discharge
- Bad breath
Caring for your tooth afterward
After your root canal procedure, you'll want to use ibuprofen or acetaminophen for minor discomfort for a day or two. Also, eat a soft diet until your tooth feels completely comfortable. Root canal procedures are highly successful, says the American Association of Endodontists. So if Dr. Zatarain advises you have one, you can expect a good result.
Contact Z Dentistry
At Z Dentistry, Dr. Zatarain and his exceptional team save scores of teeth annually with precise, comfortable root canal therapy. If you have a troublesome tooth, contact our Reno office for a consultation with this highly skilled dentist. Phone (775) 331-1616.
The subject of allergies covers a wide swath in medicine. Among other things, people have allergic reactions to animal fur, various foods and plant pollen. The effects are equally wide-ranging, anything from a mild rash to anaphylaxis, a life-threatening shutdown of the body's vital systems.
Approximately 5% of people are also allergic to various metals including nickel, cobalt, chromium and gold. Reactions to metal can occur when an allergic person comes in contact with items like jewelry, clothing or even mobile phones. There's even a chance of a metal allergy reaction from certain kinds of dental work.
It's unlikely, though, that you should be concerned if you're considering dental treatment or cosmetic work to upgrade your smile. Although allergic reactions like inflammation or a rash have been known to occur with amalgam “silver” fillings, it's quite rare. It's even less of a concern since “tooth-colored” materials for fillings are now outpacing the use of amalgam fillings, which are used in out-of-sight back teeth.
Of course, metal is used for other dental treatments besides fillings, including the most popular of tooth replacement systems, dental implants. An implant is essentially a metal post, usually made of pure titanium or a titanium alloy, which is imbedded into the jawbone. Even so, there's little chance you'll develop an allergic reaction to them.
For one thing, titanium is highly prized in both medical and dental treatments because of its biocompatibility. This means titanium devices like prosthetic joints and implants won't normally disrupt or cause reactions with human tissue. Titanium is also osteophilic: Bone cells readily grow and adhere to titanium surfaces, a major reason for dental implants' long-term durability.
That's not to say titanium allergies don't exist, but their occurrence is very low. One recent study detected a titanium allergy in only 0.6% of 1,500 implant patients who participated.
At worst, you may need to consider a different type of tooth replacement restoration in the rare chance you have a titanium allergy. More than likely, though, you'll be able obtain implants and enjoy the transformation they can bring to your smile.
If you would like more information on allergic reactions and dental restorations, 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 “Metal Allergies to Dental Implants.”
Even though coronavirus lockdowns have prevented TV hosts from taping live shows, they're still giving us something to watch via virtual interviews. In the process, we're given occasional glimpses into their home life. During a Tonight Show interview with Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, R & B performer Ciara, Jimmy Fallon's daughter Winnie interrupted with breaking news: She had just lost a tooth.
It was an exciting and endearing moment, as well as good television. But with 70 million American kids under 18, each with about 20 primary teeth to lose, it's not an uncommon experience. Nevertheless, it's still good to be prepared if your six-year-old is on the verge of losing that first tooth.
Primary teeth may be smaller than their successors, but they're not inconsequential. Besides providing young children with the means to chew solid food and develop speech skills, primary teeth also serve as placeholders for the corresponding permanent teeth as they develop deep in the gums. That's why it's optimal for baby teeth to remain intact until they're ready to come out.
When that time comes, the tooth's roots will begin to dissolve and the tooth will gradually loosen in the socket. Looseness, though, doesn't automatically signal a baby tooth's imminent end. But come out it will, so be patient.
Then again, if your child, dreaming of a few coins from the tooth fairy, is antsy to move things along, you might feel tempted to use some old folk method for dispatching the tooth—like attaching the tooth to a door handle with string and slamming the door, or maybe using a pair of pliers (yikes!). One young fellow in an online video tied his tooth to a football with a string and let it fly with a forward pass.
Here's some advice from your dentist: Don't. Trying to pull a tooth whose root hasn't sufficiently dissolved could damage your child's gum tissues and increase the risk of infection. It could also cause needless pain.
Left alone, the tooth will normally fall out on its own. If you think, though, that it's truly on the verge (meaning it moves quite freely in the socket), you can pinch the tooth between your thumb and middle finger with a clean tissue and give it a gentle tug. If it's ready, it should pop out. If it doesn't, leave it be for another day or two before trying again.
Your child losing a tooth is an exciting moment, even if it isn't being broadcast on national television. It will be more enjoyable for everyone if you let that moment come naturally.
If you would like more information on the importance and care of primary teeth, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Importance of Baby Teeth.”