Posts for: January, 2017

By Siwell Dental
January 17, 2017
Category: Oral Health
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For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.

Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.

If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.

If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.

When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.

When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment. Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.

And as for Noah Galloway:  In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!

If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”


By Siwell Dental
January 06, 2017
Category: Dentistry
Tags: General Dentistry  

General Dentistry Offers an Array of Services to Help Maintain Your Glowing Smile

When you are searching for quality dental health care for your entire family, this is where your general dentist in Byram, MS comes in.  A general dentist is available as the primary dental care provider for patientsDental tools of all ages, which is crucial to your total health.  Your Byram dentist takes responsibility for the diagnosis, treatment and overall coordination of services to meet your oral health needs.  
 
When visiting your general dentist, if you need a specialized dental procedure performed, they will work with other dentists to make sure you get the care you need and deserve in order to continue to smile for a lifetime. Making up the majority of the 143,000 dentists that are currently practicing in the United States and Canada, general dentists sometimes become partners or associates with other dentists in a group practice, while others own their own practice.  
 
Your general dentist in Byram is highly educated and trained on all dental procedures.  Instead of just specializing in one phase of dentistry, he can provide an array of different dental services for you and your entire family, including:
  • Cosmetic procedures
  • Crowns and bridges
  • Dental implants
  • Dentures
  • Gum disease treatment
  • Home care instructions
  • Orthodontics 
  • Restorative care
  • Root canal therapy
  • Teeth cleanings

Regular cleanings and checkups

At your regular dental visit, your dentist will check your teeth for tooth decay.  Your dentist will also evaluate the health of your gums, perform a head and neck examination and examine your mouth for any indications of oral cancer, diabetes or vitamin deficiencies.  Don’t be alarmed if your dentist also examines your face, bite, saliva and movement of your lower jaw joints.  Your dentist or dental hygienist will then clean your teeth and stress the importance of you maintaining good oral hygiene at home between visits.  
 
During the cleaning portion of your exam, your dentist will complete the following:
  • Checking the cleanliness of your teeth and gums
  • Removing any plaque and tartar
  • Polishing your teeth
  • Flossing between your teeth
  • Reviewing recommended brushing and flossing techniques
It is important to visit your dentist in Byram every six months so that you can properly maintain the health of your smile. Remember, by visiting your dentist twice a year and following daily oral hygiene practices at home, you are more likely to keep your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime. 

By Siwell Dental
January 06, 2017
Category: Welcome
Tags: Untagged

Welcome to the Blog of Siwell Dental

Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a dentist in the Byram, MS area, we’re excited you are here. With the dental industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.

As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote dental awareness as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including dental news, advancements in dental technology and treatments, practical oral health advice and updates from our practice. 

We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your best dental health. 

As always, feel free to contact our Siwell Dental office with any dental questions or concerns.

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