Dental Emergency on Vacation? Here’s What To Do…

tooth emergency cartoonDental emergencies are not fun and can crop up anytime, but when they occur during a vacation, they can put a damper on one’s plans. This is a perfect example of when it is better to be safe than sorry. Although planning ahead will not prevent an emergency, it will ease the pain.

Dental emergencies can happen anytime and can range from painful toothaches to broken, loosened or knocked-out teeth. Whenever dental pain or trauma occurs, it is critical to seek immediate treatment to maintain oral health and possibly save teeth.

Tips for handling dental emergencies:

  • Toothaches – Rinse mouth with warm water and use dental floss to remove any lodged food. If swelling appears, hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek. Never put aspirin against the gums or on the sore tooth, because it may burn the gum tissue.

  • Chipped or broken tooth – Rinse mouth and any broken pieces with warm water. If bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek to reduce swelling and ease pain.

  • Knocked-out tooth – Retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth) and rinse with warm water. Without force try to replace the tooth facing the right way. If that’s not possible, put the tooth in a small container of milk (or a cup of water that contains a pinch of table salt). A tooth that has been knocked out has the highest chance of being saved when it is returned to the socket within one hour.

  • Extruded (partially dislodged) tooth – Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek to ease pain. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever.

  • Object caught between teeth – Use dental floss to gently and carefully remove the object. Never use a sharp instrument, because you risk cutting your gums or scratching the tooth surface.

  • Lost filling – Stick a piece of sugarless gum into the cavity (sugar-filled gum will cause pain) or use an over-the-counter dental cement.

  • Lost crown – If it is painful, use a cotton swab to apply a little clove oil to the tooth. Try to slip the crown back over the tooth. Before putting the crown back in place, coat the inner surface with an over-the-counter dental cement, toothpaste or denture adhesive to help hold it in place. Never use super glue!

  • Broken braces wire – If a wire breaks or sticks out and is poking you, use the eraser end of a pencil to move the wire. If that is not working, use orthodontic wax, a small cotton ball or a piece of gauze to cover the wire tip. Don’t cut the wire, because you risk swallowing it.

  • Loose braces bracket or band – Use orthodontic wax to reattach a loose bracket or place the wax over the braces for cushioning. If a band is loose, save it until you see the orthodontist.

  • Abscess – These are painful infections that sometimes look like a swollen pimple on the gum, usually at the tooth’s root or in the space between the teeth and gum. Rinse mouth with a mild salt-water solution (one half-teaspoon of table salt in 8 ounces of water) several times a day, which will help ease any pain. It is critical to have this emergency attended to immediately to avoid the infection traveling through your system.

  • Soft-tissue injuries – Injuries to the tongue, cheeks, gums and lips can bleed easily. Rinse mouth with a mild salt-water solution. Hold a damp piece of gauze or a teabag to the site that is bleeding for about 15 minutes. Also hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek for 10 minutes. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, see your dentist right away or go to a hospital emergency room.

One final note to remember is to jot down your dentist’s full name, address and telephone number, plus any significant information about your oral health, and tuck the information into your wallet. Also, be sure to carry your dental benefits policy number if you have benefits.

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Fall Back In Love With Flossing!

flossingFlossing gets the debris in between your teeth and under your gums that cannot be reached effectively by just brushing. These areas of the mouth are the most common areas that give rise to tooth decay and gum disease and by neglecting to floss those areas regularly, you are making yourself more susceptible to dangerous oral health problems.

How important is flossing? According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), flossing is the single most important weapon against plaque. Floss removes plaque and debris that sticks to teeth and gums in between teeth, polishes tooth surfaces, and controls bad breath.

Here are some helpful tips for flossing.

Some do’s for flossing:

  • Use a length of about 18” of floss twine.
  •  Wrap the floss twine around your middle finger.
  •  Now use your thumb and index finger to hold the floss.
  • Begin near the gum line and then gently bring the floss down.
  • Next gently glide the floss between the teeth with a rubbing motion.
  • Curve the floss along the gum line and floss between teeth.
  • Just like brushing, set a flossing pattern and do it daily

Some don’ts for flossing:

  • Do not use the floss in saw like movements.
  • Do not reuse the same part. It is likely to be covered with plaque.
  • Do not floss with aggressive strokes. It may cut the gum and cause bleeding.
  • Do not floss in a hurry.
  • Do not replace brushing with flossing. Flossing should be done once a day, everyday.

Flossing goes a long way in preventing plaque build-up and removing food debris, thus preventing dental diseases. Come visit Center For Advanced Dentistry for more advice on how to floss and take care of your teeth!

Summer Is The Best Time To See Us!

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Summer Is a Great Time to See Your Dentist!

Yes, summer is a great time to see your dentist! Why? The pace of summer is slower, giving your hectic schedule some well-earned downtime. That means you can fit in a dental appointment more easily!

Kids’ Check-Ups

Chances are your kids will be more relaxed without the pressures of school and a full agenda of activities. More relaxed children always make for happier visits with your dentist. Plus, without as many to-dos on the family calendar, finding an appointment time will be easier, as will getting to your appointment. Let’s face it, easier is always better from a parent’s perspective, too. So go ahead and schedule a summertime check-up for your child.

Sports Mouthguards

Will you or your child need a mouthguard for fall sports? For athletes of all ages and stages, a mouthguard is an absolute must to protect your teeth. See your dentist in June or July to get fitted, so you’re all set to start August practices! Why not just buy one off the shelf at a sporting goods store? A mouthguard created by your dentist just for you will not only offer better protection, it will be more comfortable. And if it’s more comfortable, you’re more likely to wear it. Right? Also, we are offering $50 OFF all mouthguards now until the end of July 2019!

Cosmetic Procedures

If you’ve been thinking about looking into cosmetic dentistry, now’s the time! Some great options to get on the calendar this summer include:

– In-office teeth whitening for a whiter, brighter smile
– Invisalign for straighter teeth or to fix spacing problems
– Crowns to correct discoloration or adjust the shape of a tooth

Snore Appliances

Sleep better this summer! Many people joke about snoring, but it’s really no laughing matter. Though it has many causes, one can be your mouth position. Make time this summer to talk to your dentist about your snoring. She can help you determine whether you have a simple snoring issue or something more serious that requires a medical exam and treatment from your physician. If it’s your mouth position, a snore guard can help you snore less, or not at all.

Wisdom Teeth

Will your teen need their wisdom teeth removed? When school’s out, it’s the best time to get them out. They won’t have to miss classes for the procedure or for the recovery time. Especially for college students, get the appointment on the calendar when they’re home for the summer. It may not be a fun summer activity, but you’ll have more flexibility to get it done than during the busy winter break.

Timing

One last tip: Focus on June and July if you can. Or schedule early for August when there are still more appointment times for you to choose from. If you wait until August to call, you’ll be square in the August rush. Sp call now, 770-623-8750!

Say Yes To The Smile For Your Wedding!

Wedding season is around the corner and that means pictures galore! Are your pearly whites prepped and feeling up to the challenge? Here at Center For Advanced Dentistry we have some tips and tricks to keep your smile looking extra camera ready…
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Get Rid of Stains. 
At most weddings, there is usually a bar with all different beverages to choose from. And if you happen choose red wine, make sure to rinse your teeth before any picture. You can also just simply wipe the stains away with a handy damp napkin!
Brighten And Straighten Up Your Smile.
Before yours or your loved one’s big day, come in to our office for a quick teeth-whitening treatment. We also have some great take home teeth whitening trays as well! Not only that, if the wedding is a few months down the road, take advantage of our promotion and get $500 Off Invisalign on cases $5k or more! Your teeth can go from drab and crooked to straight and show stopping in just months!
Rehearse Your Look. 
There is no shame in finding what angles and poses work best for your face and smile. If you practice in the mirror or even take the infamous “selfie”, you will be able to find what works best for you and what gives you confidence you need to feel picture perfect.
Mingle In Makeup. 
Choosing the correct shade of makeup and lipstick will help make your teeth appear instantly whiter and brighter. Bright berry colors are the best option because they lack blue undertones which bring out yellow in teeth. Having a tan can also benefit you in making your teeth seem whiter. We don’t recommend tanning beds, but if you want that instant bronzed look opt for safe self-tanning options make-up bronzers.

About Center For Advanced Dentistry- Suwanee, GA

At Center For Advanced Dentistry, we are a dental practice devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures that will result in beautiful, long, lasting smiles!

We feel that the purpose of our practice is to provide optimum dental care for each of our patients. It is our mission to deal with each person as if they were a member of our family and treat them as we would want to be treated ourselves.

Why You Should See A Private Practice Dentist…

If you are considering your options, you have many dentists to choose from in the Suwanee/Johns Creek area.

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But if you are looking for the best dental care, you should consider choosing a dentist in a private practice (like us for example 😉 duh?!) .

Here are some of the advantages of working with a dentist in a private practice.

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If you’re working with a dentist in a private practice, they are more free to spend time with you. They can listen to you and take the time to fully evaluate your situation. That’s because the dentist decides how many patients they can see in a day and still provide the care they want.

In a corporate practice or other large institution, production quotas may be set up by someone other than the dentist. The dentist is forced to see as many patients as the institution thinks they should, which is likely a conveyor belt of patients, limiting the amount of time a dentist can spend with any one person.

Better Trained Personnel

In a large institution, there is incentive to get mediocre, interchangeable personnel. Processes are designed so they don’t rely on the training or expertise of any one individual. If anything, they’re pitched to the minimum talent level of anyone at that position so that if one person is lost, another person can be plugged into that job quickly.

There’s little incentive to provide training beyond the minimum level. If anything, the incentive is the opposite: more highly trained personnel can command higher wages and are better able to get jobs elsewhere, so the goal is to keep people trained at the minimum level so they can be paid less and are less likely to move elsewhere.

In a private practice, a dentist isn’t going to be hiring a lot of office staff and assistants. They want to get the best quality in the ones they do hire. And they want to train those people up, too, so they can offer more and better assistance to both the dentist and the patients.

More Consistent Care

When you go to an institution for your dental care, you’re more likely to see the Dentist du Jour–whoever happens to be in that day. The Dentist du Jour is probably a fine dentist, but they might not know you from Adam. All they know about your situation is what they read in your chart. And they may do things a little differently than your last dentist, maybe a little better, maybe a little worse. They may give you contradictory advice. It’s unpredictable.

And there’s the risk of handoff-related errors. Every time your care gets passed from one dentist to another, there’s a risk that something is going to be neglected or lost. Test results might never be seen, or tests might not be ordered. One dentist may not pay attention to an issue that the other dentist was trying to keep an eye on.

And then there’s your experience with the other staff. In a private practice, people tend to stay at the practice longer, while larger institutions experience more turnover. And whenever someone leaves a practice, they take vital information with them about your oral health and you lose a personal attachment that helped you feel welcome and cared for.

But if you work with a private dental practice, you will be working with just one or maybe a few dentists. You are more likely to work with the same dentist every time. And even if you don’t, the dentists are more likely to work together closely and be more consistent in their ideas and practice.

Better Value

True, one of the things that draws people to corporate practices is a lower cost. But if you consider what you’re paying for, you’ll see that you get a better value at a private practice.

When you pay for care at a small private practice, what are you paying for? You’re paying for the dentist and their staff to make a good living to support their families. You pay for training for the dentist and the staff. You pay for quality materials that are used in your restorations. You pay for a comfortable and welcoming office environment. All of these are things that directly contribute to your experience and quality of care.

But what do you pay for when you go to an institution? You’re not only paying a modest salary for the dentist and the office staff, which may not be high enough to keep them satisfied and committed to their job, but you’re also paying millions upon millions of dollars for executive compensation, even at nonprofit institutions. And you’re paying for a large bureaucracy that supervises and manages the dentists and assistants.

True, there’s an economy of scale that allows the institution to offer lower prices, but these are akin to cutting corners on patient care: a conveyor-belt approach to patients, less training for dentists and staff, lower-quality materials in restorations, and a joyless, “institutional” setting for your care.

When all is said and done, working with a private dental practice can really improve your experience and your overall results. To learn how it can benefit you, please call  770-623-8750 for an appointment with our dedicated team. 

Dr. Patel Shares Her Food Fav’s Around ATL!

For those who know Dr. Patel, you will know that she is the ultimate foodie! Not only does she love to try new dishes, but she is always whipping up delicious food in her kitchen! The love for cooking is just in her blood!

So, we thought we would share a few of her favorite spots and dishes she enjoys from various restaurants in the ATL!

Rumis Kitchen Avalon

Next time your at Avalon, enjoy a nice lunch or dinner at Rumis Kitchen! Dr. Patel always orders the Chicken Barg with Lentil Rice. 

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Chops Lobster Bar (Buckhead)

seabass

Next time your down in Buckhead, stop by Chops Lobster Bar and get the Sea Bass. Trust me, it wont let you down.

Redlands (Medlock Bridge)

redlands salad

If your in the Duluth/Johns Creek area, stop by Redlands (former J. Alexanders) and refresh yourself with the Chicken Salad. It won’t disappoint.

Pearl Lian 
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Located in the heart of Johns Creek and a hop, skip, and a jump away from our office, Pearl Lian serves up some of the best Chinese, Thai, and Japanese food in the area.
Dr. Patels order of choice is the Key Lime Curry and fresh Sushi!
Bhukara Indian Restaurant
bhukara
If you are looking for authentic Indian cuisine, Bhukara is the place to go. Try the Chicken Tikka- you will leave with a full stomach and a new favorite lunch spot!
Chick Fil A
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This doesnt need an explanation. Everyone loves Chick Fil A nuggets…..like literally everyone. 😉
Udipi Cafe (Duluth area on PIB)
udipi
Another Authentic Indian cuisine spot that is sure to become a regular on your list. Udipi is known for their vegetarian entres. Order the Rava Masala Dosa- and thank us later 😉

VIP Patients Have Special Parking!

Did you know that we have special parking spaces solely designated for our new patients and those patient who have been inducted into our VIP Program? Yup, its trueeee!!!

VIP Parking signs

We know, at this point, you are wondering about how you can be a VIP Patient, right? Well, the good news is that ANYONE can be in our VIP Program. When you become a VIP, you get to take advantage of perks like this and so much more (even $$$ off of treatment and services in our office). We also send each VIP patient to a luxurious dinner! So yah, I guess you could say we like to take care of our patients 😉 Its true, we value ALL of them.

Oh, and its super easy to become a VIP. Just refer 3 friends or family members that become patients, and you join the program and start living the good life. Cool, huh?!