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    How to Handle a Dislodged Tooth

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Any type of blow or fall can dislodge a tooth from the mouth. Taking the proper steps to handle a dislodged tooth before your reach your dentist will increase the chances that it can be saved. First, use pressure to stop any bleeding if there are facial injuries. Find the tooth, handling it only by the crown (the part of the tooth normally visible in the mouth) rather than the roots. Avoid touching or cleaning off the roots, as you could cause damage to any tissue that remains. Fill a sink with water and dip the tooth in to clean it. Never scrub a dislodged tooth. If possible, place the clean tooth back into its socket and hold it there. If this is not possible, place the tooth in a glass of milk or saltwater to transport it to the dentist’s office.

    If you experience a dental emergency, call Dr. Anthony Green, DDS at (718) 739-1300. Dr. Green is an oral surgeon specializing in dental implants, gingival grafting, treatment for avulsed teeth, and more in Queens. Read through our blog for more tips on how to handle dental emergencies. 

    Reducing Your Child's Risk of a Sports Mouth Injury

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Athletics pose a unique risk to oral health—blows, falls, and other trauma can injure the teeth, lips, gums, cheeks, or tongue. However, there are steps you can take to reduce your child’s risk of a sports mouth injury.

    A mouth guard is a specially-designed plastic mouthpiece that protects the mouth during physical activity. It can prevent injuries to the soft tissues as well as broken or dislodged teeth. Your dentist can help you choose the right mouth guard to prevent oral injuries when your child takes part in sports. Check out this video to learn more.

    Dr. Anthony Green, DDS, offers oral surgery for facial trauma in Queens. He is skilled in the treatment of lacerations, fractures, and tooth injuries to restore the look and function of your mouth and teeth after an accident or injury. Click through our website or call (718) 739-1300 to learn more. 

    Steps to Reduce Your Risk of Facial and Oral Trauma

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Injuries to the mouth or face may occur during a fall, an accidental blow, or an automobile accident. Although accidents happen, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of dental injuries. If you do experience an injury, contact your dentist immediately for prompt treatment to prevent lasting damage or pain.

    Wear a Mouthguard and Helmet
    The risk of oral trauma is increased during activities such as sports, weight lifting, or other forms of exercise. A mouthguard is a removable oral appliance made from high-grade plastic that fits comfortably between the teeth. It is worn during high-risk activities to absorb impact and lower the likelihood of dental injuries such as broken or knocked-out teeth. Mouthguards vary in price, fit, and durability; talk to your dentist if you need help deciding which type of mouthguard is best for your needs. Helmets with face protection also lower the risk of a mouth injury. A properly-fitted helmet should be worn during appropriate sports, such as hockey and football, as well as when riding vehicles such as motorcycles or ATVs.

    Avoid Dangerous Habits
    Habits such as chewing ice, opening packaging or bottles with your teeth, and carrying items in your mouth can cause dental injuries. Never walk or run with a foreign object in your mouth and supervise children prevent them from doing the same. Don’t chew on pencils, pens, or other items, and spit out hard seeds or bones to prevent cracked or broken teeth.

    Protect Oral Appliances
    If you wear braces or another oral appliance, take steps to protect it during physical activities. Take off headgear when playing sports and follow your dentist’s instructions regarding foods you should not eat. Damaged dental appliances can cause pain and injury, particularly to the soft tissues of the mouth.

    Dr. Anthony Green, DDS is an oral surgeon specializing in treatment of injuries, TMJ, and other dental conditions in Queens, NY. Please call our office at (718) 739-1300 to learn more or to schedule an appointment. You can find out more about protecting your dental health on our website.

    Reasons to Choose Dr. Anthony Green, DDS

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Dr. Anthony Green and his business associate, Dr. David Chung, are committed to providing high-quality oral surgery services to residents of Queens and beyond. Dr. Green is a New York native who studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Columbia University School of Dental & Oral Surgery. After completing his training at Howard University Hospital, Dr. Green completed a fellowship at the Oral Surgical Institute in Nashville. Dr. Green’s impressive academic and professional background has provided him with a specialized knowledge of oral surgery. Dr. Green is also an Army Reservist and has been deployed to Kuwait and Iraq. Today, Dr. Green proudly serves his local community with his commitment to providing expert oral care in a compassionate setting. Like Dr. Green, Dr. Chung brings years of training and experience to the practice. He studied at University of Alberta, New York University, and Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Chung also holds an appointment at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

    In addition to having great doctors, the practice of Dr. Anthony Green, DDS offers state-of-the-art facilities and a range of treatment services, including dental implants and tooth extraction. To find out more, call (718) 739-1300 and schedule a consultation.

    TMJ Disorders: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Temporomandibular joint disorders, or TMJ disorders, are common conditions that affect the jaw joint and the jaw muscles. The pain and stiffness caused by TMJ disorders can have a significant impact on a sufferer’s life, but treatment is available. If you are experiencing jaw discomfort, schedule an appointment with an oral surgeon to determine if a TMJ disorder is to blame and take a look at the following information to learn more about TMJ disorders.

    It is possible for a traumatic injury to lead to a TMJ disorder, but this is generally not the case. While researchers have not found a precise cause of non-trauma TMJ disorders, there are some associated conditions. These include bite misalignment, arthritis in the TMJ, and bruxism—or grinding and clenching of the teeth. There also seems to be a connection between stress, which can lead to tension in the facial muscles, and TMJ disorders.

    The most common symptom of TMJ disorders is pain in the jaw muscles or joint. The pain may also radiate into the face or neck. Another common symptom is jaw muscle stiffness, which may cause limited jaw movement. TMJ disorders can also cause earaches and clicking, popping, or grating noises when the jaw is opened or closed. In some cases, TMJ disorders can alter the way the upper and lower teeth fit together.

    Treatment Options
    Sometimes, lifestyle changes may be enough to eliminate the symptoms of a TMJ disorder. These changes may include eating soft foods when symptoms are present, performing gentle jaw stretches, and applying ice packs to the jaw joint. Practicing relaxation techniques, particularly before bed, can also help control the symptoms. Your dentist may also recommend that you take pain medication or wear a bite guard when you sleep to help prevent bruxism. If these conservative treatments are not effective, oral surgery may be recommended.

    You do not need to suffer with TMJ pain anymore—visit Dr. Anthony Green, DDS to learn about your treatment options. Dr. Green can help you determine if you are suffering from a TMJ disorder and provide effective treatment. For more information, call (718) 739-1300 today.

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