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What Are the Most Common Dental Emergencies?

Black man cringes in pain and touches his cheek during a dental emergency in Fredericksburg, VA

There’s never a good time for a dental emergency. However, knowing what to do in advance can help you calmly and confidently take the right steps to help yourself and your loved ones. Here is a brief guide about what to do for common dental emergencies:

Toothache

When you have a toothache, it could mean several things. It might be a sign that your tooth is infected or your gums are irritated. Whether the pain is mild or severe, don't ignore it! Gargle with warm saltwater or apply a cold compress for pain relief while you call our office to schedule an appointment.

Knocked-Out Tooth

If a permanent tooth gets knocked out, there’s a ...

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How to Protect Your Teeth During Sports

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Sports are a great way to have fun and get physical exercise. Participating in sports can also result in unfortunate dental injuries that are painful and expensive to fix. That’s why wearing the proper safety equipment, including an athletic mouthguard, is so important.

Sports-Related Dental Injuries

Trauma to the mouth can happen during sports that may involve contact with other players, equipment, or the ground. This can include football, soccer, hockey, rugby, basketball, baseball, softball, skateboarding, gymnastics, martial arts, racquetball, and more. A cracked tooth, chipped tooth, fractured root, or a knocked-out tooth are common dental emergencies during sports. An “intrusion” is an injury where impact pushes a tooth back into ...

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Signs You May Need a Dental Filling

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A dental filling is a common treatment for cavities. For this restorative treatment, the compromised tooth material is removed, the area is cleaned, and the hole is filled with a special tooth-colored dental material. The filling seals your tooth and prevents the decay from spreading further. This will decrease your pain and preserve your ability to use your natural tooth.

While Dr. Bailey and our team will examine your teeth for cavities during your routine visits to our office, we want to share some of the warning signs that you may need a dental filling.

You Have a Toothache

While not all tooth pain is caused by tooth decay, ...

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Can a Missing Tooth Lead to Bone Loss?

Drawing of the upper arch of teeth missing a front tooth, leaving a gap that will cause bone loss

Missing a tooth? You might think that replacing it is not worth the cost and effort, and that you’ll be just fine with the gap. However, you’re actually putting yourself at risk for bone loss by not addressing the missing tooth.

Yes, a missing tooth can lead to bone loss! When a tooth is missing and you’re left with a gap, that area of the jawbone does not receive the stimulation that the natural tooth provided. Because the activity of bone-remodeling/degrading cells (called osteoclasts) outpaces the activity of bone-building cells (called osteoblasts), your jaw can start to deteriorate as a result.

Preventing Bone Loss with Dental Implants

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Are Dentures Right for Me?

Different configurations of dentures

If you are missing a few teeth or many teeth, you may be considering dentures as an option for replacing these teeth. But are dentures right for you, and what kind of dentures would be the best for your unique smile?

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are custom restorations that are designed to replace a few missing teeth on the same arch. They can be a great option for patients who are missing several teeth and don’t want to have several single dental implants placed. Each partial denture has metal clasps that attach securely to the nearby teeth to hold the denture in place. Partial dentures are completely removable, and they ...

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What Types of Dental Problems Can Preventive Services Save You From?

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Taking care of your teeth with brushing and flossing is important, but you also need to visit the dentist every six months! Our office has a range of preventive services designed to keep your oral health in great shape. In this blog post, we discuss the types of dental problems preventive dentistry can help you avoid.

Tooth Decay

You can avoid decay with good brushing and flossing, but professional cleanings are needed, too. We also offer treatments like fluoride and dental sealants. While cavity-fighting fluoride is found in toothpaste and mouthwash, a professional fluoride treatment contains a stronger concentration. It’s applied right to your enamel (no messy trays involved) and ...

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Use Your Dental Benefits Before They Expire!

Insurance agent helps a patient maximize their dental benefits before they expire

At North River Dental Care, we are committed to providing our patients with affordable dental care. If you have dental insurance, we recommend you to use your benefits to the fullest extent to get your money’s worth and keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. Call our office to schedule a visit before the end of the year!

Schedule Preventive Care

Have you been to our office at least twice this year? If not, now is the time to schedule your next cleaning and exam. Our schedule tends to start filling up this time of year, so the sooner you can get in touch with our team, the better. Scheduling routine ...

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Can Professional Teeth Whitening Fix My Yellow Teeth?

Brunette woman smiles after professional teeth whitening in Fredericksburg, VA

Over time, it’s typical for teeth to become discolored, whether it’s due to our oral hygiene habits, diet, or just general wear and tear. But having a yellow smile can give us an older appearance and impact our self-confidence.

At North River Dental Care, we offer professional teeth whitening services that can dramatically brighten up your smile in a short amount of time, no matter the cause of your tooth discoloration. Let’s take a closer look at how our professional teeth whitening services work.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

Want to have a brighter smile in just one dental visit? In-office teeth whitening is a perfect option for you! Our team will carefully ...

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How to Manage Pain After Dental Implant Surgery

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After the recovery period of dental implant surgery, your results will be amazing and life-changing! We advise patients to take their healing seriously and follow any guidelines and instructions we give you at your appointment to promote a smooth recovery.

In this blog post, we share some tips for managing any pain and discomfort after you get your dental implants.

Take It Easy

After dental implant surgery, it’s critical that you don’t overexert yourself for several days. Get plenty of rest and limit your physical activity for at least 72 hours. If you are up and running around too soon after your surgery, you can put unnecessary pressure on the surgical area which ...

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Questions to Ask Your Dentist in Fredericksburg, VA

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During your routine appointments at North River Dental Care, your hygienist will clean your teeth and Dr. Bailey will check the health of your teeth and gums. This is a great time to discuss any concerns or questions you may have about your oral healthcare. Here are some questions you could consider asking!

What Are My Payment Options?

Before getting any treatments at the dentist, you’ll want to know the acceptable payment methods. Does the office take your insurance plan? If you don’t have insurance, third-party financing like CareCredit helps spread out the cost into manageable payments over time. At North River Dental Care, we also offer an ...

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