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By Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
August 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental emergencies  

Dr. Adel Mansour, your emergency dentist in Kissimmee, FL says to remain calm in an urgent dental situation. Use what you know todental emergency stabilize the condition, and of course, contact Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry for advice. The actions you take will preserve oral health and function. Learn here about various dental emergencies.

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency involves sudden bleeding, pain or injury to the teeth, gums, lips, and other hard or soft tissues of the mouth. Severe dental abscesses, or infections, are pressing issues needing quick attention, too.

Contrary to what many people think, you can be prepared to handle a dental emergency if you keep some information and supplies handy in your home or vehicle. Remember to take them on vacation and to your children's sporting events.

In your dental first aid kit, keep:

  • A few pairs of vinyl gloves
  • Bottled water
  • Sterile 4x4 gauze
  • Dental floss
  • Sealable plastic bags
  • Instant ice packs
  • Orthodontic wax
  • The phone number for your emergency dentist in Kissimmee
  • Ibuprofen or acetaminophen

The Academy of General Dentistry says never use aspirin to relieve dental pain, especially when bleeding is involved. Aspirin is a blood thinner and can increase blood loss.

Dental first aid actions

Here are some common emergencies where calm thinking, combined with the right treatment, optimizes good results.

Avulsed tooth If a tooth is knocked out, rinse it with water and place it in the empty socket. Hold it there, or if this doesn't work, put it in a sealed container with milk or water. Dr. Mansour likely can replant it if you get to Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry quickly.

Cracked tooth Save the pieces, and bring them to the dental office. Dr. Mansour may use composite resin bonding to repair the tooth. If the damage is more extensive, a porcelain veneer, dental crown or root canal therapy may restore form and function.

Foreign object between teeth This is common with children, and it's painful. Try dislodging the material with dental floss. If you can't, contact the office for instructions.

Severe toothache You could have a dental abscess from deep decay. Left unattended, the infection may spread. At the first sign of dental pain, call Dr. Mansour to schedule an appointment.

Laceration Cuts to the lips, gums and tongue bleed profusely. Apply direct pressure with sterile 4x4s, a clean handkerchief or washcloth. If bleeding doesn't stop within 15 minutes, go to the hospital emergency room for treatment.

Cracked denture, filling or crown When your appearance is compromised, your emergency dentist understands. Call the office for an appointment. Cover jagged tooth edges with orthodontic wax to avoid irritation.

We want to help

Dr. Mansour and his staff at Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry will be there for you when the unexpected happens. Contact the office for an immediate response: (407) 483-9990.

By Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
August 06, 2013
Category: Oral Health
ProtectYourChildAthleteFromInjuryWithaCustom-FittedMouthguard

Youth sports can be a positive life experience for your child or teenager. But there's also a risk of injury in many sporting activities, including to the teeth and mouth. An injury to the mouth, especially for a child or young adolescent whose teeth are still developing, can have a significant negative impact on their oral health.

When it comes to teeth or mouth injuries, the best preventive measure is for your child to wear an athletic mouthguard, especially for contact sports like football, hockey or soccer. But be warned: not all mouthguards are alike — and neither is their level of protection.

Mouthguards can be classified into three types. The first is known as “stock,” which is the least expensive and offers the least level of protection. They usually are available only in limited sizes (small, medium, large, etc.) and cannot be custom-fitted for the individual. This significantly lowers their protective ability, and thus we do not recommend these to our patients.

The next type is referred to as “boil and bite.” These mouthguards are made of a material called thermoplastic, which becomes pliable when heated. When first purchased, the guard is placed in boiling water until soft; the individual can then place them in the mouth and bite down or press the guard into the teeth until it hardens and forms to their palates. Although this type offers a better fit and more protection than stock mouthguards, it isn't the highest level of protection available.

That distinction goes to the last type — a custom mouthguard made by a dentist. Although the most expensive of the three, it offers the best fit and the highest level of protection. A well-made custom mouthguard is tear-resistant, fits comfortably, is easy to clean and doesn't restrict speaking and breathing. We recommend this guard as your best alternative for protecting your child athlete from tooth and mouth damage.

If you would like more information on the use of athletic mouthguards for young athletes, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Mouthguards.”

By Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
April 29, 2012
Category: Oral Health
IfYourChildChippedAToothWhatShouldYouDo

Nearly every parent and caregiver has experienced that almost instantaneous sick feeling when they see that their child has been injured, especially when it is an injury to the mouth and teeth. For some, it is just a bloody lip; however, if the accident chipped a tooth, then you may have a completely different situation on your hands. If the nerve of the tooth has not been damaged, you needn't worry too much — a composite (plastic) tooth-colored restoration that is actually bonded to the tooth is an ideal material for repairing most broken or chipped teeth. See us as soon as possible to assess the extent of injury, so that proper and appropriate action can be taken.

An additional reason why bonding with composite resin may be the ideal choice for repairing a child's chipped tooth is that it can be custom created in virtually any shade so that it perfectly matches the damaged tooth and the surrounding teeth. It is also far less expensive than a crown, an important factor to consider when repairing a primary (baby) tooth that will eventually fall out to make room for a permanent tooth. If the injury is to a permanent tooth, a composite resin still may be ideal to use as a restoration until your child or teenager has stopped growing or playing contact sports. This is because your teenager may be too young for a more permanent restoration such as a crown or porcelain veneer.

An important, proactive step you can take to be prepared for the next time your child has a dental injury is to download Dear Doctor's Field-side Pocket Guide for Dental Injuries. This handy, quick reference guide is a must have for athletes, parents, caregivers, teachers, coaches or anyone who is often in an environment where a mouth injury is likely to occur. Knowing what to do and how quickly you must respond can make the critical difference between saving and losing a tooth.

By Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
July 03, 2011
Category: Oral Health

When it comes to sports, all athletes need to know how to assess their risk for experiencing a sports-related injury as well as how to prevent one. The first step to accomplish this is learning how sports and activities are classified, as they define risks from little-to-no chance of injury to highly susceptible for injuries. These categories include:

  • Low velocity, non-contact sports: These sports and activities have the lowest risk, as they typically include sports where the athletes perform individually at reasonable speed without physical contact. Examples include: golf, Nordic skiing, weight lifting, running and swimming.
  • High velocity, non-contact sports: These sports and activities are those where athletes move at high rates of speed but with no contact with other participants. While there is no contact, anytime you are moving at high rates of speed, accidents can happen. Examples include: bicycling, motocross, skateboarding, skiing and snowboarding.
  • Contact sports: As the title states, these sports and activities include frequent body-to-body contact or body to equipment (e.g., a ball, glove, etc.) contact. Examples include: basketball, soccer, lacrosse, baseball and softball.
  • Collision sports: With these sports and activities, strong, forceful, body-to-body or body-to-equipment contact is a primary goal of the sport. Examples include football, ice hockey, rugby, and boxing. Without the proper protective head and mouth gear, participants are highly likely to experience an oral-facial and/or head injury.

The good news is that you can dramatically reduce the odds of serious dental and oral-facial injury by ensuring that you wear a professionally made mouthguard in addition to a helmet, facemask, or other protective gear that is appropriate to the sport. This is especially true if you participate in the high velocity, contact and collision categories. These simple steps can help reduce worries for not only players, but also for parents, caregivers and coaches. For more information, read, “An Introduction To Sports Injuries & Dentistry.” You can also download a FREE, pocket-sized guide for managing dental injuries.

By Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
February 27, 2011
Category: Oral Health

A recent study revealed that on average there are 22,000 dental injuries in children under the age of 18. This alarming reality makes it clear that parents, caregivers, and coaches need to understand the risks for dental injuries so that they are best equipped to prevent them...or at least be prepared to manage one should it occur. The four most common categories for measuring risks associated with sports injuries are:

  • Age: Age is an important factor when accessing risk. Sports-related dental injuries tend to spike during the teenage years. Recent research shows that children under the age of 13 tend to not be injured as often.
  • Gender: Gender is probably the second most influential factor. The facts are that males top the list for experiencing dental injuries during sports or vigorous activities. However, more and more females are playing highly competitive and contact sports or activities; thus, their risk of injury is increasing.
  • Shape and position of your teeth: Both the condition and positions of the teeth affect their risk of injury. More prominent or “buck” teeth are considered a higher risk for injury than teeth in a more normal position. Furthermore, 80% of all dental injuries involve the upper front teeth.
  • Sports type: This last category is the one most often asked about, as parents, caregivers and athletes want to know which sports or activities have the highest risks for dental injuries. And while baseball and basketball top the list, the American Dental Association (ADA) has put together a comprehensive list of sports and activities. To review this list, read the Dear Doctor article, “Athletic Mouthguards.” The ADA also urges athletes to wear professionally-fitted mouthguards to protect against dental and facial injuries.

Knowing the above categories can help you assess your risk for a dental injury while playing in a sport or recreational activity. To learn more about sports-related dental injuries, read, “An Introduction To Sports Injuries & Dentistry.” Or if you have a traumatized, damaged, chipped or missing tooth from a sports or any other type of injury, contact us to discuss your situation or to schedule an appointment.