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By Apple Valley Dental
February 19, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain  

Why does your tooth hurt so much? At Apple Valley Dental in Helendale, CA, our team of five specialty dentists uncover the reasons for dental pain and effectively treat them. Combining innovation with expertise preserves as much natural tooth structure as possible.

Never wait on dental pain

At Apple Valley Dental in Helendale, CA, your dentists see numerous patients who are experiencing dental discomfort ranging from intermittent sensitivity to extreme toothache pain and everything in between. If you're one of them, please don't wait. Call the office right away so we can make you comfortable, examine and X-ray your teeth and formulate a treatment plan to restore you to full oral health.

The American Association of Endodontists cites several causes for dental pain:

  • Sensitivity to heat, cold and pressure due to cracked fillings, exposed roots, dental abscess, decay or thin enamel
  • Toothache from decay, infection, teeth clenching (bruxism), traumatic injury or poor dental bite
  • Abscess, or infection of pulp in the interior chamber and root canals
  • Traumatic injury, causing tooth avulsion, fracture, chips or lateral displacement
  • Gum disease, or periodontitis, which degrades the support structures surrounding teeth

Treating dental pain

Common treatments for dental pain include:

  • Fillings made of amalgam, composite resin, porcelain or glass ionomer
  • Porcelain crowns to cover and protect damaged tooth structure
  • Root canal therapy which removes the inflamed pulp, seals the tooth and covers it with a filling or crown
  • Tooth scaling and root planing for gum disease
  • Extraction for impacted wisdom teeth or hopelessly damaged teeth
  • Replacement of old fillings or crowns
  • Revision of dental bite with orthodontic treatment (traditional braces or aligners)
  • Customized mouth guards for bruxism
  • Regular use of a sensitivity toothpaste for exposed roots and thin enamel
  • Splinting of mobile or displaced teeth
  • Orthodontic correction for malocclusion and jaw joint dysfunction

Of course, your professional team at Apple Valley Dental always recommends consistent brushing and flossing at home, a nutritious diet, plenty of water and preventive exams and hygienic cleanings every six months.

Feel better and be healthy

At Apple Valley Dental, our team excels at the latest in preventive, restorative and cosmetic dental services. Whatever you need, we can provide it on-site at our modern facility in Helendale, CA. Call us at the first sign of a problem: (760) 247-6007.

By Apple Valley Dental
September 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Emergency Dental PainThe pain and pressure build. You have an awful toothache. For emergency dental treatment, call Apple Valley Dental in Apple Valley, CA, and serving Helendale. Dr. Samuel Kim and his team offer accurate, quick and compassionate care for pressing oral health concerns such as your toothache. Learn here what constitutes a dental emergency and how to provide first aid for some of the most common.

What is a dental emergency?

It's any oral health condition which comes on suddenly and causes intense pain or loss of structure and function in the mouth. Examples include:

  • A knocked out, cracked or displaced tooth
  • An abscessed tooth
  • Bleeding of the lips, tongue, gums or other soft oral tissues
  • A lost restoration such as a crown or filling
  • Cracked denture or other tooth replacement
  • Intense swelling of the jaw or gums
  • Jaw dislocation or fracture (this requires an immediate trip to a hospital emergency room)
  • A foreign object stuck between teeth

Fortunately, your dentist and his team are available for phone consultation and same-day emergency dental treatment as needed. So, if you experience one of the above situations, call Apple Valley Dental right away for first aid advice.

What to do in the meantime

Save a tooth, stop bleeding or quell pain with the following interventions:

  • Grasp an avulsed tooth by the crown, rinse it in clear water and place it back in the socket--roots downward. Hold it in place until you see Dr. Kim. If you cannot replant it, place it in a sealed container with milk, water or even your own saliva. Knocked out teeth may survive if replanted by your dentist within an hour of injury.
  • Try to dislodge foreign material between teeth with dental floss.
  • Save the pieces of a broken tooth or restoration in a sealed bag, and bring them to the office for possible bonding.
  • Ice a swollen jaw (10 minutes on, 10 minutes off) to reduce the pain and swelling associated with a dental abscess.
  • Take over the counter acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain (no aspirin).
  • Place direct pressure on a laceration with sterile gauze or a clean washcloth. If bleeding does not stop within 15 minutes, call the dental office.

Preparation and prevention

Consumer Guide to Dentistry recommends keeping an emergency dental kit handy particularly if you go on a family vacation or are involved in team sports. The kit should contain:

  • Vinyl exam gloves
  • Gauze 4x4s
  • Clean washcloth or handkerchief
  • A bottle of water
  • Dental floss
  • Orthodontic wax to cover jagged tooth edges
  • A sealable container or plastic bag

Additionally, prevention is always the best medicine or intervention. Take care of your teeth and gums with routine at-home hygiene and six-months check-ups and cleanings at Apple Valley Dental. If you notice any problems developing, call the office right away. Finally, if you or a family member play sports, use a mouth guard.

Your best emergency dentist

It's Dr. Samuel Kim at Apple Valley Dental in Apple Valley, CA, and serving Helendale. Don't hesitate to call when a problem arises. Phone (760) 247-6007.

By Apple Valley Dental
September 13, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth decay   cavities   tooth pain  

Not sure if the issues you are facing are because of a cavity? Find out now.

Most people will deal with a cavity at some point in their lifetime, but often times they don’t even know that they have a problem until they cavitiescome in to visit our Apple Valley, CA dentist Dr. Samuel Kim. If caught early enough a cavity can easily be treated. Learn more about what to look out for when it comes to a dental cavity.

Signs of a Cavity

If you have a cavity you may notice a dark spot on your tooth. This is often a very good indicator that you have dental caries. Of course, there are other symptoms to look out for including:

  • Dental pain, particularly when chewing
  • Sensitivity or pain when consuming hot or cold foods or drinks, as well as sensitivity to sugar
  • Darkening of the tooth or dark spots
  • White, chalky spots on teeth (this is a very early warning sign of mineral loss in tooth enamel)

If you are experiencing any of these problems then it’s time to call our Apple Valley general dentist to have your teeth examined. The sooner you can catch and treat a cavity the better.

Preventing Cavities

It doesn’t have to be impossible to prevent cavities. Simple measures such as brushing and flossing every day, using toothpaste that contains fluoride and maintaining a healthy diet that is low in sugar can greatly help with cavity prevention.

Also, visiting us every six-months for routine cleanings and exams are crucial for identifying the early stages of cavities when treatment is much easier. Plus, we can also recommend other treatment options to prevent cavities for those at a high risk of developing cavities.

Apple Valley Dental is here to provide your family with the dental care everyone needs to maintain healthy smiles. Turn to Dr. Samuel Kim, your Apple Valley, CA family dentist you can trust.