Lost Fillings or Crowns

When your filling or crown comes out, you may feel a sense of panic. In this recent video, Dr. James J. McCall assures viewers that this is not a dental emergency. While you do want to be seen by the dentist as soon as possible, you can wait until normal business hours to make your appointment.

Why Crowns or Fillings Fall Out

Crowns and fillings are meant to be permanent solutions to your oral decay problem, but sometimes they can come loose. This can happen due to trauma or injury, but it can also happen because the tooth underneath the filling or crown starts to decay again, loosening the hold on the tooth.

What to Do When One Comes Out

If you have a filling or crown that comes out, you may notice some pain or sensitivity in the area. This is because the tooth that is now exposed is sensitive to food, temperature and even the air you are breathing. If the sensitivity is too much for you, apply some clove oil with a cotton swab to the tooth. You can pick this up at your local drug store.

Make an appointment with your dentist as soon as you can. You will need to have the crown re-applied or have the filling replaced. Waiting too long can allow further damage to your tooth. Also, if you have lost a crown the teeth surrounding the crown can begin to shift, which will mean that the crown will no longer fit.

If you have the crown or filling, you can temporarily place it back on the tooth using dental cement or denture adhesive. Do not use household glues, including super glue, to re-apply the filling or crown. These are toxic and not safe for your teeth. Keep in mind that the adhesive is not a permanent solution, and you will still need to make an appointment with your dentist.

If you have lost a filling or crown, don’t delay. Call Dr. James J. McCall for an appointment to address the problem before it escalates. (904) 620-9225 http://www.jamesjmccall.com/

Candidates for Dental Implants

When you’ve lost a tooth, a dental implant can be an excellent way to restore the use of your mouth. For many patients, dental implants provide that option, but these are not available for everyone. If you are interested in having dental implants, the first step is to find out if you are a good candidate. Dr. James J. McCall talks about this in his latest video.

Good Candidates for Dental Implants

A good candidate for dental implants is someone with healthy gums and enough bone in the jaw to anchor the implants. Also, the individual needs to be committed to caring for the implant and the gums surrounding the implant. This means daily brushing and flossing and regular dental visits.

Poor Candidates for Dental Implants

Because dental implants require bone to be anchored, people who have disease affecting the bone are not a good candidate. Also, young people whose bone tissue is still developing should not have implants. Those who smoke heavily or regularly abuse substances like drugs or alcohol should not have implants.

Some disease can impact a patient’s eligibility. Immune deficiencies, hemophilia, connective tissue disease, uncontrolled diabetes and other chronic diseases can label a problem. Some drugs, like immunosuppressive drugs and steroids, are also problematic for the procedure. Finally, people who routinely grind or clench the teeth should not have an implant.

These are just guidelines and do not take the place of your dentist’s opinion of the health of your mouth. If you think that you might need an implant, your dentist is the best one to help determine if you are eligible or not.

The Importance of Flossing

When it comes to your teeth nothing is more important than proper health and hygiene. Without proper oral hygiene your teeth can break down and decay causing many problems including tooth loss. Tooth loss can cause your teeth to shift, cause problems eating and chewing, as well as bone loss and other health issues. Brushing alone does not clean your entire mouth. Flossing is such an essential part of dental care.
There are several health benefits to maintaining proper dental care and flossing can also save you money. Without proper flossing your teeth will have a buildup of plaque which leads to tartar and several types of gum disease. Not flossing can also cause an increase of cavities in the areas your tooth brush cannot reach. Without flossing your teeth can start to stain which keeps your teeth from looking bright, white and clean. It is important to have regular dental exams in Jacksonville, in order to maintain a healthy mouth and ensure proper care and flossing. Read More »