Gum tissue recession, a common side effect of periodontal disease, can be detrimental to your oral health, leave you at greater risk for whole body health concerns linked to gum disease, and it can negatively impact your appearance. After treating conditions that lead to soft tissue recession, most people have just one question, “Will the recessed gums grow back?” In this blog, the McCarl Dental Group team provides the short answer to that question and a more detailed explanation as well as details about how this issue is addressed in our Millersville dental office.(more…)
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September 15, 2020
August 15, 2020
A tooth abscess is a serious dental emergency. Many people don’t know the symptoms of a dental abscess or treatment. Instead, they go from experiencing mild sensitivity to heat and cold to debilitating toothache pain within just a few hours without any idea what to do next. What anyone who has ever had a tooth abscess will tell you is that waiting to see a dentist at 9 am on Monday morning isn’t going to work. If you’re experiencing a tooth abscess, you need help right away. Unfortunately, most dental offices just don’t offer treatment outside of the regular 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday hours. That means patients either muddle through until they can get an appointment, or they end up spending way too much money and time having the tooth abscess treated in an emergency room. That’s why McCarl Dental Group decided to do things a little differently. We offer emergency dentistry solutions whenever our patients need us because we believe no one deserves to spend hours in pain. If you need emergency dental care, don’t wait for 9 am to call our dental office. Reach out now.
What is a Dental Abscess?
A dental abscess is a pus producing infection. White blood cells are the infection fighting soldiers of our blood stream. If the cells lose the battle fighting an infection, pus forms. Dental pus causes pressure in your teeth or gums and can cause extreme dental pain. An infection in the tooth and pulp of the tooth is treated differently than an infection in the gums, which is called a periodontal abscess. A periodontal abscess involves gums and can weaken the bony structure supporting the teeth and can lead to loss of your teeth. Dental abscesses are best treated with direct drainage and then with antibiotics.
What Causes a Tooth Abscess?
An abscess occurs when bacteria in the mouth accumulate between the tooth and the gums or inside of the tooth’s inner layer of soft tissue called pulp. These infections can occur due to untreated tooth decay or gum disease, or when a tooth has microscopic cracks that allow bacteria to accumulate in large numbers. When a tooth is abscessed, the infection will spread to surrounding bone and gum tissue, and it can lead to whole body health concerns.
What are the Symptoms of Tooth Abscess?
In most cases, tooth abscess begins as a mild pain when biting down or minor sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages, but it can escalate quickly to extreme discomfort and other symptoms of infection. You should contact McCarl Dental Group right away if you notice any of the following symptoms of tooth abscess:
- Severe toothache
- Swelling of the gums at the site and in the face and jaw
- Pus or noticeable infection around the tooth
- Draining sores
- Bad breath that doesn’t improve with cleaning
- Swollen glands
- Nausea or queasiness
Who is at Risk for Tooth Abscess?
Like other dental concerns, it’s more difficult to treat an abscess that has reached a severe level, but many patients don’t realize the concern is serious until it’s too late. We understand not wanting to reach out for emergency dentistry until it’s really necessary, but we also want to see you as soon as possible to minimize the spread of infection. For this reason, we encourage people who are at risk for tooth abscess to reach out to us as soon as they notice any minor discomfort or sensitivity. High risk individuals include the following groups:
- Those who struggle with gum disease (even if they’re on a periodontal maintenance plan)
- Those who have untreated cavities, which are caused by tooth decay
- Those who recently had any dental work completed
- Those who experienced dental trauma even if they didn’t notice any damage at the time
Is Tooth Abscess an Emergency?
We absolutely treat tooth abscess as an emergency, and our team of dentists want to see you as soon as possible to halt the spread of infection and begin renewing your oral health. When you contact our on-call dentist for emergency treatment, we’ll work with you to create a treatment plan to get you out of pain and on the road to recovery as soon as possible. In most cases, this will include performing diagnostic examinations and x-rays. We will explain what we see on the x-ray on s chairside computer and explain what to expect during treatment.
In order to treat an abscessed tooth, we’ll need to take a number of steps. First and foremost, we remove any infection around the tooth by draining sores and prescribing oral antibiotics to help your body eliminate the damaging bacteria. If the infection is very severe, we may need to administer antibiotics before we drain or remove the abscess.
We want to keep your natural tooth if possible, so the x-rays will tell us the severity of the infection and damage. If the abscess is only in the soft tissue, minimally invasive draining, antibiotic treatment, and wound care will likely be enough to renew full oral health. Unfortunately, the bulk of tooth abscesses go much deeper into the pulp layer of the tooth, which means root canal therapy is necessary. This procedure allows us to remove the infected internal tooth structures and replace them with a biologically inert substance. Then, a dental crown will be placed to seal and protect the damaged tooth.
When it’s just not possible to repair and save a damaged tooth, we may need to recommend tooth extraction. This is always our last option, but if you do need to remove your tooth, we have a variety of tooth replacement solutions to fully restore your damaged smile. The McCarl Dental Group team will partner with you from start to finish to address tooth abscess and restore your healthy, beautiful smile.
Request an Emergency Dentistry Visit at McCarl Dental Group
If you’re experiencing any of the warning signs of tooth abscess or you need our help during any dental emergency, the McCarl Dental Group team would love to hear from you. You can reach our on-call dentist at any time. Call our regular dental office number and follow the emergency instructions if it’s after hours, or if you’re an existing patient, you can contact your dentist directly. If you’re in need of routine dental care, you can request an appointment using our simple online form.
July 21, 2020
WaterPiks were all the rage after their introduction in the mid 1960s, and when they became a little more affordable in the 1980s and 90s, it seemed like just about everyone bought one to try out. These days, you’re less likely to see a WaterPik or other water flossers in people’s homes, but new research indicates that oral irrigation (water flossing) may be the best way to maintain oral health for those who replace one or more missing teeth with dental implant supported restorations, which is bringing the WaterPik back in vogue. Keep reading to learn more about WaterPiks and other water flossing tools and how using a WaterPik can improve your oral health.(more…)
July 11, 2020
In the early days of vaping, this habit was promoted as a healthy alternative to smoking cigarettes or using other forms of tobacco. Today, we know that vaping is NOT safe! Vaping may be just as bad for people or even more dangerous. Electronic cigarettes are as addictive as regular cigarettes and many e-cigarette users get even more nicotine from vaping than from tobacco. Vaping products may contain fewer toxic chemicals than traditional cigarettes, but there have been many lung injuries and deaths associated with vaping.(more…)
June 17, 2020
Since coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020, the McCarl Dental Group has met or exceeded every safety recommendation from the Maryland Department of Health, American Dental Association (ADA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We know this is not the first time you’re hearing about this from our team, and it probably won’t be the last. It’s very important to us to make sure our patients know that their health and safety are of the utmost importance to us. Now that non-emergency patients are back in the dental office, there will be larger numbers of people in and out of the practice, so we will continue to adjust our safety protocols to protect our patients, employees, and the Millersville Community. To learn more about the most recent changes in our COVID-19 safety protocols, watch the video from Dr. Jay McCarl or continue reading this blog.(more…)
June 7, 2020
If you’re one of the many longtime patients of the McCarl Dental Group, you’re likely already familiar with our use of pre-rinses to reduce oral bacteria before we start dental treatments or preventive dentistry appointments. However, before the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, few of our patients knew that this rinse was doing more than just freshening their breath. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a lot of talk about the use of pre-rinses to combat the spread of this virus during dental treatments. It seems like there are just as many supporters of pre-rinsing as there are opponents, and we know that all the misinformation and conflicting data can be confusing for our patients. We want to make sure that our patients understand why we’re continuing to use pre-rinses and why we switched to a product that actually exceeds the pre-rinse recommendations of the American Dental Association (ADA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We’ve taken some time to discuss the benefits of pre-rinses in this blog.(more…)
May 26, 2020
Why are they taking my temperature at the dentist’s office? Why can’t I bring my gloves inside? Why do I have to wear a mask? You don’t feel sick, so why do you have to take so many extra precautions? It may seem silly, but these steps play a big role in keeping you and our community safe during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Keep reading to learn a little more about the steps our dentists are taking to protect your health and safety as we welcome patients back into the dental office to see us.(more…)
May 6, 2020
Just when we all got used to our “new normal” during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, everything is changing again. We’re thrilled to be able to open the doors of the McCarl Dental Group office in Millersville, but we know that many of our patients are feeling a little worried about their safety during dental appointments, trips to the grocery store, and other everyday tasks we used to take for granted. During this uncertain time, social distancing is one of the main ways you can prevent exposure to COVID-19, but how can you maintain a 6-foot distance from others when you’re visiting the dentist? We’ve come up with great ways to keep you safe and practice social distancing in our Millersville dental office. Read this blog to find out about them!(more…)
April 25, 2020
Brushing your teeth is important, but if you’re not keeping your toothbrush clean, you may be introducing new bacteria, germs, fungus, and mold into your mouth. In this blog, we explain why it’s so important to keep your toothbrush sanitized and provide tips to decontaminate your toothbrush.(more…)
April 5, 2020
If you’re one of our dedicated dental patients who come to see us in our Millersville dental office every six months like clockwork, you know how passionate our dentists are about helping patients keep their smiles healthy with preventive dentistry services. We can’t wait to see you in our dental office for regular preventive dental checkups and teeth cleanings, but to protect our communities during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, we are currently limiting dental care to only emergency patients. Read our blog to learn a little more about our response during the COVID-19 pandemic and get some tips to keep your mouth healthy until we see you again.(more…)