“A CBS’ The Doctors(4/7) segment on first aid “dos and don’ts” offered patient advice on what to do if a tooth is dislodged. During the segment, Reader’s Digest editor-in-chief Liz Vaccariello discussed several first aid situations, noting that a tooth that has been knocked out should not be washed or put in any alcohol or peroxide solution. Instead, patients should place the tooth in a container with a small amount of their own saliva or milk. Moreover, during the segment host Dr. Travis Stork advised patients to “get to your dentist as soon as possible, because that tooth could literally be re-implanted and potentially survive if you do the right thing with it.” ” – ADA Morning Huddle, April 8, 2015
“In his column for the Modesto (CA) Bee(3/13), Dr. Michael E. Cadra writes that National Facial Protection Month comes in April, but adds that he has already seen “several dental and facial injuries this month due to baseball” and the unseasonably dry, warm weather. Dr. Cadra writes that the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation forecast last year that some 3 million teeth would be knocked out as the result of youth sporting events. More concerning is an American Association of Orthodontists survey that found that 67 percent of parents said their children do not wear mouth guards during sporting activities, even though the NYSSF reports that ‘athletes who do not wear mouth guards are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth.’ Dr. Cadra goes on to advise parents insist their children wear proper safety equipment while playing sports.” – ADA Morning Huddle, 3/13/2015
Endodontists are trauma treatment experts who follow the AAE Trauma Guidelines that are based on strict research for the best long-term prognosis of injuries. We recommend kids and adults to wear mouthguards for all contact sports, which includes soccer and basketball.
At Southlake Endodontics, PLLC we see the most teeth injuries with basketball and a close second is baseball. We have not seen tooth injuries from football. Of course the players wear helmets, but the mouth guard is the real reason that football players rarely get teeth injuries.
We recommend putting our office number (817-488-3636) in your cell phone for quick access when you need us. The #1 predictor for the most successful outcome is immediate dental treatment following dental trauma.
In a somewhat sarcastic column,Dallas Morning News(1/27) columnist Jacquielynn Floyd wrote in favor of community water fluoridation. Floyd wrote that as anti-fluoridation proponents “fire off crazy-pants news releases and gabble nonsense about neurotoxins in the tap water,” perhaps “what we need is a marching army of professors and pediatricians and dental techs down at Dallas City Hall on Wednesday, yodeling and waving gross-out posters of human mouths disfigured by rutting stumps and broken teeth” in order to convince people that community water fluoridation is important and necessary. Calling those against fluoridation “delusional,” Floyd adds that she “choose[s] science,” and adds that she expects Dallas City Council to “cast a thoroughly routine vote to continue a thoroughly routine public health measure.”
Welcome to our new Southlake Endodontics office!
Atypical odontalgia (atypical facial pain or phantom tooth pain) is chronic tooth pain, or pain at a site where teeth have been removed, without an identifiable cause. Over time, the orofacial pain may spread to involve wider areas of the jaws or face.
It is diagnosed as atypical pain because it doesn't present like typical tooth pain. Typical tooth pain comes and goes. The pain is precipitated by hot or cold food or drink, and/or by chewing or biting on the affected tooth. It is usually caused by decay, periodontal disease, or injury to the tooth and the pain is predictably relieved by treatment of the affected tooth.
With Phantom Tooth Pain – Atypical Odontalgia the pain is described as a unremitting constant throbbing or aching in a tooth, teeth, or extraction site and it is usually not affected by exposure to hot or cold food or drink, or by chewing or biting. With no identifiable cause, patients might seek treatment aimed to relieve the pain such as a filling, a root canal, or even an extraction. This often presents a frustrating and confusing situation for both the patient and the dentist, and can lead to more and more dental treatment, none of which is effective at relieving the pain.
Endodontists are experts at the diagnosis of atypical odontalgia. After a thorough history, clinical examination, and radiographic assessment fails to identify a cause for the pain, the diagnosis can be made and medications can be used to reduce the level of pain.
To Schedule An Appointment call 817-488-3636 or complete the Online Appointment Request on our Contact Southlake Endodontics.