Archive for September 2013

4 Signs You Need a Boise Night Guard

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You’ve probably heard about a Boise night guard to help with Bruxism (teeth grinding), but aren’t sure if you need one. Here are four signs that you grind your teeth and need a Boise night guard to protect them:

1. You Wake Up With a Headache

Bruxism (teeth grinding) is hard on every muscle from your shoulders up, so it can easily cause migraines or headaches. If you wake up with a headache, you might want to visit Boise dentists to see if you need a night guard.

2. Your Jaw Clicks or Is Sore

By putting so much pressure on your jaw throughout the night, you might find that it is sore or stiff, especially in the morning. Long-term Bruxism can even result in your jaw clicking or getting stuck.

3. You’ve Noticed Changes in Your Bite

As you keep so much pressure on your teeth and jaw for so many hours in the night, the pressure can cause your teeth to shift. This can mean loose teeth, or an unmatched bite. Over the long term, teeth grinding can actually change the way your face looks because it affects your teeth and jaw so much.

4. Your Teeth Are Easily Cracked or Chipped

Bruxism not only moves your teeth, it also weakens them.  A dental patient with Bruxism is much more likely to have a cracked tooth or to chip a tooth. A Boise night guard would protect teeth from this by preventing your teeth from grinding against each other.

Have you used a Boise night guard? Have you noticed a difference?





Have a Boise Dental Emergency? (yes sometimes things happen on the weekend)

So you’ve cracked a tooth, lost a filling, or are in severe pain on a Saturday and don’t think you can get an appointment until the work week. Here’s what you can do:

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Call the Boise Dentists at Summit Dental, Even After Hours

First thing you can do is call our Summit dental office in Boise to see if we can help or if we have any available weekends. Boise dentists make themselves available for phone consultations during a Boise dental emergency as well. In a Boise dental emergency, our dental office will connect you with one of our Boise dentists for a quick consultation. Our Boise dentists will let you know what you need to do until you can see a dentist and can even let you know if you can’t wait and need dental care immediately.

Save a Lost Tooth or Even Tooth Fragments

If you’ve chipped a tooth or lost an entire tooth, find the pieces, avoiding touching the tooth’s roots if you can. Sometimes our Boise dentists can re-implant the tooth, especially if you get to the office within 30 minutes of the accident. Before then, avoid touching or cleaning the tooth’s root and keep it in a cup of milk.

Take Care of the Pain from a Boise Dental Emergency

What you are probably wanting to know most of all, however, is what you can do to get the area from the Boise dental emergency to stop hurting. Below are a few things you can do:

A wet compress. Place an icepack next to your cheek to dull the ache, or even get a cloth wet and lightly bite down on it if that helps.

A wet tea bag. A similar idea as the compress, the tea also has tannins that will help with swelling and pain. Simply place the tea bag (dunked in cold water) next to the area in pain. You can lightly bite on it if that helps as well.

Over-the-counter Boise tooth pain medicine and pills. Take the recommended dosage of ibuprofen or naproxen sodium so it can start working to bring down your pain level as well. Don’t, however, place a pain reliever next to the Boise tooth pain. These pills were meant to be swallowed, not applied topically, and they can be harmful to your teeth and gums. Instead, look for a pain relieving dental gel at your local pharmacy.

Salt water.  Mix up a cup of salt water and slowly rinse and spit. Not only will this help with pain, it also gets rid of bacteria.

Have you had a Boise dental emergency? What happened?




Your Tooth Fell Out…Now What?

Lost a tooth? It’s alarming, and sometimes you aren’t sure what to do. Our Boise dentists are here to help you out!

What NOT to do:

There are a few things you should definitely NOT do when handling a lost tooth. For example, DO NOT…

  • Touch the root of the tooth

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  • Scrape dirt off the root
  • Brush the tooth
  • Wash the tooth
  • Find the tooth if possible!
  • Place it in a container in milk
  • Take it to our Boise dentists as soon as possible

Here’s what you SHOULD do:

  • Find the tooth if possible!
  • Place it in a container in milk
  • Take it to our Boise dentists as soon as possible

Other Questions to Our Boise Dentists Might Ask:

So you’ve found the tooth and put it in milk. You aren’t done yet! Here are a few more things to consider:

Was the tooth the result of trauma to the head?

If so, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. Possible complications could be a concussion or a broken jaw, among others. What you should not do is rely on internet articles for a medical issue. Instead, find a doctor who can help you.

Did the tooth fall out as a result of infection?

If the tooth fell out of its own accord and the area surrounding it is swollen and inflamed for no other apparent reason, it may have been caused by decay or infection. In this case, you need to make an appointment with our Boise dentists as soon as possible as it could be a sign of advanced gum disease. Even if it is not possible to restore the tooth, the hole it left can spread infection and can cause your other teeth to shift.

Will I Need Boise Dental Implants?

So, are you wondering whether you’ll need Boise dental implants? The answer is that it depends. If you can recover the tooth  and get to the dentist quickly, our Boise dentists may be able to re-implant the tooth. However, if the tooth fell out due to decay, chances that the tooth can be re-implanted aren’t as high. Instead, you’ll need a tooth implant or tooth bridge to protect the rest of your teeth from shifting.

Have you lost a tooth? What happened, and where you able to save it? Let us know the story on Facebook!



Have Tooth Pain? 3 Things to Do

Everything’s fine, and then all of a sudden a molar on your bottom right jaw is aching uncontrollably, and you’ll do anything short of ripping it out yourself to make it stop. You—and this all-too common story on weekends and holidays—are not alone. Here are three things you should do for Boise tooth pain.

1. Take Over-the-Counter Boise Tooth Pain Killers

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The first thing you can do to help the Boise tooth pain fade away is take naproxen-sodium (brand name Aleve), or ibuprofen as directed. By doing this first, it can get working while you try the other tips below. One thing you should NOT do, however, is put an aspirin next to the toothache. Aspirin is meant to be swallowed, not applied topically, and the harshness of it can hurt your gums and further weaken your tooth enamel.

2. Try Boise Tooth Pain Home Remedies

After you’ve taken medicine to help with the Boise tooth pain and swelling, try out some of these home remedies for topical pain relief:

A Wet Tea Bag. This is what some Boise dentists recommend for Boise tooth pain relief after getting a tooth removed. The tannins in the tea help bring down swelling and can help with the Boise tooth pain as well. By placing the tea bag in cold water, you’ll get added relief from the cold pressure.

Salt Water. This doubles as a Boise tooth pain reliever and disinfectant. Mix a half a cup or cup of water with about 1 teaspoon of ground sea salt, and then swish around.

A Garlic Clove. Take either one fresh garlic cloves or minced garlic and apply it directly to the area in pain.

Tried these home remedies with no luck? Pharmacies also sell pain-relieving gels for a Boise tooth pain that you can place on the inflamed area.

3. Visit Boise Dentists for Boise Tooth Pain

Boise tooth pain is a sign that something is wrong, so even if you can’t get to a dentist right away, you need to visit Boise dentists as soon as you can. Even if the pain of the toothache goes away! It could be a sign of a Boise cavity, a root canal, gum disease, or something else.

You aren’t doomed to be in pain until you make it to the dentist. These three things will keep you comfortable AND take care of the cause of the Boise tooth pain! What have you done for a toothache?