Last updated 4 days ago
Plaque is a sticky film that collects on the teeth and contributes to periodontal disease. This video explains what you can do to reduce plaque accumulation on your teeth.
Getting rid of plaque depends largely on your brushing techniques. Dentists recommend that patients brush for at least two minutes each time they clean their teeth. This allows enough time to properly scrub away plaque from each quadrant of the mouth. When brushing your teeth, begin at the gums, as plaque often builds where the tooth surface meets the gumline. When one quadrant is done, move to the next, and remember to brush both the inside and outside surfaces of each tooth.
Dental Magic wants you to enjoy a healthy and dazzling smile. Call us today at (773) 432-4682 to schedule a cleaning and examination at our Niles office.
Last updated 6 days ago
Would you know what to do if your child dislodged his tooth? What if he broke his jaw? Thinking about these circumstances may make you anxious, but should such events occur, understanding how to handle them could be significant. In the case of a dental emergency, knowing what steps to take could determine the extent of your loved one’s necessary dental treatment.
Attend to the Injury
If a friend or family member experiences a dental emergency, assess the nature of the injury. Did he knock out a tooth, or has it come loose? Is he having jaw pain because of a fracture or tooth abscess? If your loved one is in pain, try to alleviate it with a cold compress or wet cloth. If his injury has prompted blood loss, try to stem its flow with firm yet gentle pressure to the injury site. In some cases, you may need to stop the flow of blood before you can know its cause.
Safeguard Damaged Teeth
When a dental emergency results in the fracture or dislodgement of a tooth, find the tooth or tooth parts as quickly as possible. When handling an intact tooth, avoid touching its root. Hold it only by the crown. Dentists recommend trying to reinsert an intact tooth into the gum; if the injured loved one cannot manage the tooth, or if the pain is too great, secure it in a cup of saliva or milk. Contain the tooth or tooth pieces until you reach your dentist’s office.
See Your Dentist
A dental emergency necessitates immediate professional attention and treatment. Do not hesitate to call your dentist to notify him of your situation. If dislodgement occurs, minutes will count when trying to restore the original tooth. When you contact your dentist, he can assess your situation and offer additional advice on how to assist your injured loved one until you arrive at his office.
Dental Magic can help you effectively cope with and heal from your dental emergency. If you or a loved one incurs a dental injury, contact us at (773) 432-4682. Our dentists and assistants can attend to both your immediate and long-term recovery needs.
Last updated 11 days ago
Going to the dentist can be an exceptional experience when you are in the right hands. Dr. Ashwini Joshi exemplifies how expertise, vision, and passion can make a family dentist stand apart from the rest. Dr. Joshi began her dental career at the University of Michigan, and her enthusiasm for dentistry continues to fuel her interest in finding better ways to help patients. Her current studies recently won her the Milo Hellman Research Award, which speaks to both her level of proficiency and her commitment to excellence. At Dental Magic, Dr. Joshi provides patients with the kind, capable care they deserve. See for yourself how Dr. Joshi can enhance your oral health and improve your smile by scheduling an appointment.
The family dentists at Dental Magic are waiting to hear from you! To set up a consultation with Dr. Joshi or another one of our dentists, call (773) 432-4682. You can also visit our website to find out more about our cosmetic and family dentistry options for patients of all ages in the greater Niles community.
Last updated 13 days ago
Wisdom tooth extraction is a procedure that many people undergo each year. Given that it is a one-time process, some individuals may have questions about what takes place during this treatment. If you are about to go through wisdom tooth extraction, your dentist is the best person to go to with your questions. He can answer your inquiries before you undergo treatment to ensure that you are completely at ease once it begins. The following information highlights the key steps of wisdom tooth extraction.
Your comfort is a top priority for your dentist. Prior to the start of the extraction, you may receive one or more forms of anesthesia to prevent pain during the procedure. Your family dentist might inject a painkilling solution into your gum tissue or apply a topical numbing agent to the treatment area. He may also decide to put you under general anesthesia, which can render you unconscious during the extraction. Each measure is given for your care and comfort during the dental procedure.
When you undergo wisdom tooth extraction, your dentist will likely remove all of your wisdom teeth during the same visit. This precludes the need to return to have the same procedure multiple times. To provide you with comprehensive care, your dentist must first access your wisdom teeth. He can generally do this with incisions in the gum tissue that reveal the underlying bone. He may remove each tooth as a whole or break the teeth and extract them piece by piece.
Once all of your wisdom teeth have been extracted from your mouth, your dentist can close the incision sites with sutures. Over the next few days, you may be instructed to take painkilling medications or antibiotics for pain relief and infection prevention. You may also need to apply gauze to the incision sites. In many cases, any discomfort from wisdom tooth extraction is gone within days of the procedure.
Do you have questions about wisdom tooth extraction? If so, call Dental Magic at (773) 432-4682. The family dentists at our Niles office want you to be at total ease before your procedure and would be happy to attend to any concerns you may have.