Filling in for Dr. Pointner today! I was recently at a lecture and it was a great reminder on what to do after a tooth injury. The most common causes of tooth injury are slips and falls. Since the summer is such an active time, we could all use some useful tips concerning what to do if you bang you tooth!
If you or a family member sustains trauma to a tooth (or teeth, yikes!) it is important to get in to see us as soon as you can. Upon impact in an injury, teeth can become chipped, broken/fractured, cracked/split, become loose, or even experience avulsion--when a tooth comes completely out of the socket. In the case of an emergency where more than just the mouth is injured, seek prompt medical attention (ER), especially if there is uncontrolled bleeding, unconsciousness, or repeated vomiting. The sooner you can come in the more you can minimize your chances of long term damage. And remember, teeth injuries are managed differently based on if they are baby teeth or adult teeth.
Until you can be seen, there are few things you can do. Assess the damage and identify all affected areas of injury. Gently feel around to see how many teeth were affected, and check if the teeth are in place. If the teeth are in place, gently rinse/clean the area. If there is bleeding, cleanse the area and apply firm pressure for 15 min at a time to help the bleeding stop. Use an ice pack if there is swelling (10 min on and 10 off), and this will help diminish associated swelling. Warm salt-water rinses can be done to help keep the area clean. Avoid eating on the injured area, and stick to a soft food diet. Take OTC pain medication, preferably Ibuprofen (as long as you aren’t taking anything that would react poorly to taking an NSAID and are not allergic) to help manage pain/toothache.
If an adult tooth has avulsed, a.k.a. has fallen out of the mouth. Locate the tooth, and hold the tooth by the crown of the tooth. This is the white part of the tooth. Avoid holding the tooth by the root (which is yellow in color). DO NOT RINSE tooth and avoid wiping off tooth. Replant tooth as soon as possible and hold in place by biting down. If you know for a fact the avulsed tooth is a baby tooth, you don't need to replant tooth. If you are unable to re-position the tooth back in, store the tooth in one of the following liquids (in order of preference):
* Hanks Balanced Salt Solution, can order online from Save A Tooth (see link below)
If you are the on the way to see us, and you have no where else to store your tooth, you can store the tooth in your cheek, as long as you don’t swallow it! You can buy a Save-A-Tooth-Kit online, and it is an ideal storing medium for teeth that have avulsed and it gives us a much higher success rate for teeth that have been replanted.
One more big tip ... Always wear a mouth guard/sports guard when engaging in sports. If you don't already have one, let us know. Have a great summer!
Saema Qadri DDS
Links for Reference http://www.aapd.org/media/policies_guidelines/g_trauma.pdf http://www.uptodate.com/contents/mouth-and-dental-injuries-in-children-beyond-the-basics http://www.uptodate.com/contents/head-injury-in-children-and-adolescents-beyond-the-basics?source=see_link http://saveatooth.com
Posted by FVDC Office on May 24, 2016 at 7:05 PM
Merry Christmas everyone! Its the Monday after Christmas, and having some time to reflect on the Holidays, my dear brother reminded me of a great story that pretty much sums up what Christmas is about:
"A wealthy man and his only son traveled the world together collecting priceless paintings by Van Gogh, Monet, and many other master artists. Tragically, the son died at war during a rescue mission. Distraught and lonely, the old man dreaded the upcoming Christmas day. Christmas morning, a young soldier knocked on his door and said, "I'm a friend of your son. I am one of the men he rescued." Then, the soldier presented a picture he had painted of the son. Though the picture lacked genius, the brokenhearted father saw the features of his precious son and immediately valued this painting above all the masterpieces in his home. Every day, the father gazed at the portrait and told his housekeeper of his great love for it. When the father died, the art world buzzed with excitement over the sale of his extraordinary art collection. The first item offered was the painting of the son, but no one in the self-important crowd would bid on the amateur portrait. The auctioneer insisted that the terms of the will required the portrait must be sold before any other paintings could be offered. Finally, the housekeeper, tears streaming down her cheeks, said to the auctioneer, "May I pay ten dollars for it? That is all the money I have. I knew the son, and I know how much the father treasured his portrait." The auctioneer said, "The bid is ten dollars. Going once, going twice, gone," and the gavel fell. The auctioneer then announced that the auction was over. "What do you mean?" said the stunned audience. "There must be hundreds of millions of dollars of art here." The auctioneer replied, "It is very simple. According to the will of the father, whoever takes the son gets it all."
God's message to you is simple: "Whoever accepts My Son, gets it all -- all My mercy, grace, forgiveness, and eternal love." Do you know the Savior, and have you made Him Lord over every area of your life? No greater gift has ever been given than the one God gives to us through faith in His Son."
Have a great New Year! Blessings!
Posted by FVDC Office on December 28, 2015 at 7:05 PM
It is with great pleasure that we’d like to announce that Dr. Priyanka Jain has decided to join our practice, taking Dr. Cathy’s place after Cathy decided to work closer to home. Although Dr. Cathy’s departure will leave a void and we will always miss her, it's quite a relief to know that the person taking her position is similar in many ways.
After months of interviews, reading resumes, and fielding inquires about working for Fox Valley Dental Care from a multitude of sources, Dr. Jain quickly rose to the top of our list and thankfully has agreed to start seeing patients with us. She will be working Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 7:00pm, gradually integrating with our treatment protocols. Her style of practice will fit right in. She is soft spoken, a good listener, gentle, and well trained in all aspects of dental care at the state-of-the-art Midwestern Dental School.
If you are a patient of Dr. Cathy’s, we thank you for your continued support and we just know that you’ll really enjoy meeting Dr. Jain. And if you are patient of Dr. Pointner or Dr. Qadri and you need to be seen at a time when they are booked already, we hope that you will give Dr. Jain a chance to earn your trust.
So let’s all give a warm welcome to Dr. Priyanka Jain DDS!!
Posted by FVDC Office on November 30, 2015 at 10:22 AM
Howdy everyone! It is with a heavy heart that we are saying goodbye
to Dr. Cathy this week after she has served our wonderful patients for
these last several years. Dr. Cathy has decided to establish herself
closer to home in anticipation of starting a family. Easily one of the
best dentists I have ever worked with, we wish her well.
will be taking her place you ask? Good question. Dr. Qadri will remain
working at FVDC on Monday, Tuesday, and Saturdays as she has for the
past two years and we have added appointment times on Thursday and
Friday until we can find a suitable replacement for Dr. Cathy. But we
don't want to just hire anyone and with associate dentists difficult to
come by, I'll need to remind myself to wait patiently on the Lord. When
the perfect dentist comes along, we'll know it.
Its interesting when you
wonder why it is difficult to find a new dentist. Years ago, there were
three dental schools in Chicago alone, each graduating 125-150 students
year after year. In the early 90's, two of them closed and the
University of Illinois College of Dentistry reduced their enrollment to
under 100. Why? Looking at our brothers and sisters in the legal
profession, we saw an over abundance of attorneys... so much so that
many new graduates were working crazy long hours for little pay because
if they didn't, someone else would. In an effort to avoid saturating
then devaluing the dental professional marketplace, enrollment was cut
way back. But now, years later, we have been seeing that there are many
older practices who's senior dentist is ready to retire, but no one
there to make a purchase. It will help that Midwestern Dental School is
now graduating young dentists, but again, finding a replacement for Dr.
Cathy may take some time. Say a prayer for us, that we will be blessed
with a great new dentist.
That's all for now. Be back soon.....
Posted by FVDC Office on August 29, 2015 at 12:54 PM
At a time and in an age where it seems that everything in health/dental care revolves around insurance, we try to be as insurance friendly as possible. It would be nice if everyone had the luxury of not worrying about things like ‘participating providers” and “out-of-pocket expenses.” But the reality of it is that without help from our insurance plans, dentistry can be very expensive if you are in need of major work. Heck, even if you are not in need of major work.
In an effort to work with as many PPO’s as we can as preferred providers, we try to be active in seeking out those companies that our patients are covered by. We recently heard from a patient who asked us why we weren’t part of her PPO. It was a good question. So we contacted Principal for more information about the possibility of partnering with them. Three short months later, I’m happy to announce that we are now officially participating/preferred providers with Principal PPO. If you have Principal, know that our relationship now with them will allow you to enjoy maximum benefits from your insurance plan. Should you work with someone who is looking for a dental office that takes your insurance, please send them our way.
If you ask we’ll listen. We might now always be able to accommodate all requests, but rest assured, we have your best interest in mind.
Talk to you soon... (I really need to update this blog more than every 5 MONTHS!)
Posted by FVDC Office on May 7, 2015 at 7:06 PM
Long time, no blog! Where does the time go… First I'd like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and hope that 2015 will bring you peace, health, and joy. And I'd also like to thank all of our patients for their loyalty and business this past year. Its been a good year in many ways but also a challenging one. Its been a year that has asked us to maintain the proper perspective. I was reminded of this just this past week.
I've been working with a patient on an extended treatment plan for a while and we got down to what we had hoped would be the final "we're-finally-done" appointment. But as we went to deliver the case, it just didn't look as nice as it needed to. The patient was so gracious, but I was very much disappointed. Maybe if I were a better dentist, we might have been done by now. Maybe I if had a better lab, the case might have looked better. Maybe if the patient had not waited so long for treatment, his case might not have been so complicated. How easy it is to place blame. He was my last patient before lunch, and I stewed about it all afternoon and although we weren't dealing with a pain issue or an infection, I had really hoped to finish him off before Christmas. My last patient of the day was coming in for a routine check up and cleaning. I hadn't seen her for a while and I come to find out that her husband had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and the prognosis was bleak. Wow. It really hit me how although my problems are real to me, in the big picture, being upset about a case that didn't finish up right away is nothing compared to dealing with issues like cancer, divorce, foreclosure… things that good people are suffering through right now. Whatever you are going through, someone always has it worse. I need to remind myself just how blessed I am to have the problems that I do.
Life can really hit you in the face. Its especially hard around the Holidays… a time when you are "supposed" to be happy. For many people, this time of year can be very difficult as it only seems to remind us of what trials we are going through, what dreams we've had to let go of, and what we've lost along the way. We are bombarded with books, councilors, and so called experts that tells us what will make everything ok. If you just follow this diet, you look and feel great. If you just invest in this, you'll be rich. If you do these things, you're marriage won't have any more problems. If you spend this much time thinking about this set of idea's, all your stress and anxiety will go away. If only all those things were true. I like how Jesus put it when He said that in this life we will have troubles. He didn't try to sugar coat the human experience and tell us that everything will go our way. He told it like it is. Its like what my grandfather always told me. "Tommy Boy, if you like solving problems, you'll be happy your whole life."
So if you've had a blah kind of Christmas, don't worry you're not alone. But take heart. There is reason to celebrate. We are not abandoned. We don't have to rely on our own strength to make it past our struggles. There is hope for the future. God is with us. Emmanuel. Happy Birthday Jesus.
Until next time...
Posted by FVDC Office on December 29, 2014 at 8:40 PM
Last month we purchased a new x-ray imaging system
that will now allow us to take all kinds of x-rays and not have to put
the x-ray sensor (or film before the days of digital x-rays) in your
mouth. Gone are the days of struggling to take an x-ray on a patient
with a big gag reflex. Gone are the days of having the sharp edges of an
x-ray dig into the roof or floor of the patients mouth. Gone are the
days of worrying about excess radiation exposure.
panoramic x-rays that some of us remember our orthodontist taking when
we were young(er), our new Pro-Max machine is a stand up imager that
rotates around your head to take the picture. The x-ray "film" is
outside of your mouth so these x-rays are very comfortable and very easy
to use on patients of all ages. Keeping the small x-ray tab out of your
mouth means that patients that tend to gag will now have a much more
pleasant experience having x-rays taken. Patients that have a small
mouth or very sensitive tissues will also like not having the x-rays
pushing on those sensitive spots. And one of the best reasons that we
love our Pro-Max is that the radiation levels that our patients are
exposed to are extremely low. By comparison, you get 8 times as much
radiation taking a flight from New York To LA, 16 times as much
radiation smoking 1 and a half packs of cigarettes, 20 times as much
radiation taking one chest x-ray, 60 times as much radiation taking a
mammogram, and 2800 times as much radiation from an abdominal CT scan
than you do from our new machine.
Lastly, the images that we do
get are very high in diagnostic quality. We are now able to view
problems that we might have previously missed. We have always had a
philosophy of early detection and early treatment and this machine
allows us to do just that. I have had several patients ask if they could
update their current x-rays using the Pro-Max to be sure that
everything is ok. Unfortunately, most insurance companies have limits on
how often certain x-rays can be taken and still be covered under the
patients plan. Our offer.... if you would like us to take a Pro-Max
image of your mouth but your insurance won't cover it due to a frequency
limitation, we will take a new x-ray for only $40 (normal fee is $100).
Please let us know if you would like to take us up on our offer. Just
mention our Pro-Max blog deal and we'll take care of you.
Hope everything is going well for all of you faithful dental bloggers our there. See you soon!
Posted by FVDC Office on May 10, 2014 at 10:33 AM