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Gum Pain around a Dental Bridge

If you have pain in the gum area around a dental bridge, it may be time to see your dentist. There are several things that can cause pain around a dental bridge, and it is important to make an appointment right away. At The Foleck Center, we offer a flexible schedule and extended hours to help patients that need to be seen right away. Your health is our priority and if you find yourself in pain, we encourage you to contact us right away, so we can help diagnose and treat the issue.

Why Would I Have Pain Around My Bridge?

There are a few different reasons why you may be experiencing pain around your bridge. A detailed examination of your teeth, gums, and the bridge will be required to determine the cause and treatment necessary. Our doctor will ask questions about when the pain started and how long the pain lasts. X-rays may be needed to provide a clear picture of your teeth and gums.

Decay or Infection

Sometimes food or debris can get stuck in between your teeth and cause decay. This can cause pain around the gum area of your bridge. If your bridge does not fit properly, this may allow bacteria and plaque to enter underneath or between teeth, and cause pain or an infection.

Sensitivity

Some sensitivity is common with a newly fitted bridge. Patients may experience sensitivity with hot or cold, but this should subside after a few weeks.

When Should I Call the Dentist?

After a bridge procedure, patients may experience some pain, but this should subside after a few days. If you notice your pain lasts more than a few days we recommend calling our office. This could indicate you have a dental bridge that does not fit properly, or a potential infection. Leaving an infection untreated can cause more serious issues, and should be addressed right away.

We recommend following good oral hygiene habits at home, and carefully brushing and flossing around your bridge. This will help to ensure all of the food and bacteria is removed each day, and prevent pain or infection. Flossing is extremely important, and our staff will discuss how to floss properly, and review how to care for your bridge at home.

Ready to Schedule Your Appointment?

If you have pain around your bridge and would like to schedule an appointment, The Foleck Center is happy to help. Your oral health is our priority, and patients should never leave pain untreated. Our doctor can evaluate your issue, and get you on the road to being pain free quickly.

Pain can indicate infection and can cause more serious issues if it is not addressed immediately. Our team is here to help, and we provide a calm and relaxing environment for our patients. Our office is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and equipment, making the latest dental products available to our patients. We strive to provide exceptional care, and we make sure each visit is a positive experience.

To schedule your appointment, contact The Foleck Center, and our staff will be happy to assist you!

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Silver or amalgam fillings are common, and some amalgam fillings may need to be replaced eventually.  There are many reasons amalgam fillings may need to be replaced. At The Foleck Center we specialize in general dentistry, and have years of experience using state of the art technology. We welcome you to contact us for all of your family’s dental needs, and experience quality and affordable dental care you can trust. We are the preferred dentist in downtown Hampton, VA and look forward to meeting you.

Can Fillings Crack Teeth Over Time?

Fillings generally do NOT crack teeth over time as long as they are placed properly by your dentist and the patient doesn’t have compromised oral health. However, teeth cracking as a result of fillings can occur in some instances.

This is known as a fractured cusp and occur due to tooth decay or trauma. As a result, fillings can exacerbate the risk if given the right circumstances. Thankfully, fractured cusps usually doesn’t affect the pulp of the tooth and as a result doesn’t cause much pain though should be corrected as soon as possible, 

Why Would I Want to Replace My Fillings?

  • Cracked Filling – Over time amalgam fillings tend to develop stress cracks in the surface. This can allow bacteria to enter the tooth. If patients grind their teeth at night, this can also cause your amalgam filling to crack.
  • Crack in Your Tooth – In certain cases sometimes amalgam fillings put extra pressure on the tooth around the filling and cause the tooth to crack. This can allow bacteria to enter the tooth and cause cavities.
  • Broken Tooth – Sometimes after years of having an amalgam filling the tooth breaks away. To correct this issue, we must remove the old filling to retore your tooth.

What Are My Replacement Options?

If your filling needs replacement there are a few options to choose from. Our team will choose the option that is best depending on the severity and condition of your tooth.

  • Tooth-Colored Fillings – We can replace your silver-colored filling with a tooth-colored filling such as porcelain or composite.
  • Inlays/Onlays If more extensive work is needed for larger cracks, we may recommend a pre-molded filling or inlay/onlay to fit in or around your tooth.
  • Crowns Another option to correct large amounts of decay or cracks would be a crown. The crown will help to preserve the tooth, as well as restore the tooth.

Interested in Finding Out More About Dental Fillings in Downtown Hampton?

If you are interested in finding a dentist year you that handles cavities in downtown Hampton, The Foleck Center can help. We are the premier dentist in the downtown Hampton area, and serve patients of all ages. Our doctors work to provide quality and affordable care, and build a foundation of trust with all of our patients. Our state-of-the-art facilities give patients a comfortable and relaxing experience. The Foleck Center is constantly expanding on our education to bring our patients the latest technologies and products.

The Foleck Center has a wellness membership program for our patients. This program gives patients another financial option for dental services at any of our four locations. The wellness membership has different plans to choose from, and offers many discounts for services. Our plan is perfect for individuals, families, retirees, or anyone who does not have dental coverage. To find out more visit our wellness membership page on our website, or ask one of our team members for more information.

Our downtown Hampton office is conveniently located near Vancosta’s Pizza, making us a great choice for families in the area.
To schedule your appointment with us contact The Foleck Center, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!

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Knowing when to call the dentist is important, and if you have a dental emergency you should get in touch with your dentist right away. Our practice offers same or next day appointments to address any emergency situations for our patients. We want our patients to feel comfortable calling us in an emergency situation.

There are signs or symptoms that may tell you there is a dental emergency. Typically, if you are experiencing any pain or discomfort that is a big indicator something may be wrong. If an emergency is not addressed, additional more complicated problems may arise. The quicker you contact us, the faster we can get you in to be seen and help you recover.

Dental emergencies include any problems that require immediate attention. Examples of dental emergencies include saving a tooth, infections, or alleviating pain. Infections are serious, can be life-threatening, and should be addressed right away. One of the most common dental emergencies patients face is a tooth ache. This can be caused by a cavity, and should be addressed as soon as possible.

Common Dental Emergencies

  • Bleeding or irritated gums
  • Tooth Injury, broken, or cracked tooth
  • Abscess or infection
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Tooth pain that is persistent and does not go away
  • Lip or mouth sores that do not go away
  • Jaw pain, popping, or clicking
  • Your tooth changes color, or white spots have formed on the tooth’s surface
  • Loose teeth

If you ever experience any of the above symptoms we encourage you to call our office. Anytime you have pain, or have experienced an injury or trauma is a good reason to call. Our highly experienced team can evaluate the issue, and help get you on the road to recovery. We are ready and trained to handle any dental emergency, and want our patients to know they are in good hands.

Need To Schedule an Appointment?

If you are facing a dental emergency please contact our office, and we will ensure you are seen as soon as possible. Our patients are our priority, and we have flexible hours each day to accommodate all of our patients.

To schedule your appointment contact our office, and our staff will be happy to assist you.

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If you think you may have a dental emergency it is important to know what to do to ensure your issue is addressed as soon as possible. Our office provides same day or next day appointments to accommodate our patients that need immediate treatment.
One of the most common dental emergencies that patients experience is tooth pain. There are tips you can try at home if the tooth pain does not go away while you wait for an appointment in our office. Pain is a way of our body sending a message that something is wrong. Typically, if patients experience pain this means there is a problem that must be addressed.

There are many causes for tooth pain such as tooth decay, issues with a filling, tooth fracture, or infection. If you have any of the below signs you may have an infection, and you must be seen right away.

• Fever
• Swollen or red gums
• Blood or pus around tooth
• Throbbing pain that does not go away
• Swollen or tender face or jaw

What Can I Do at Home to Relieve Tooth Pain?

There are remedies patients can use at home to help treat tooth pain while they wait to be seen in our office. These remedies can help reduce pain and keep you comfortable.

• Take an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen.
• Use a pain relief gel on the area.
• Apply a cold compress covered with a cloth to the area to help reduce inflammation for 20 minutes each time.
• If you have a hot compress this can also be used on the area to help relieve pain.
• Peppermint tea bags can be used on the area and are known to help ease oral pain.
• Clove oil can be used on the area and is known to help reduce inflammation or numb oral pain.

Looking to Make an Appointment to Address Tooth Pain?

If you have tooth pain that does not go away we recommend making an appointment to be seen in our office. Our staff will provide a thorough exam to help identify the cause and address your tooth pain. X-rays may be taken to get a closer look at the issue. We will recommend treatment options, and always address serious issues immediately.

Patients can prevent tooth pain by practicing good oral hygiene habits at home. Brushing and flossing each day is important as well as eating a healthy diet, and avoiding high sugar foods or drinks. We also recommend to avoid hard food items that may cause a crack or injury to your teeth. Regular dental cleanings and exams in our office can help keep your mouth and teeth feeling great.

If you have tooth pain and would like to make an appointment, please call our office and our staff will make sure you are seen as soon as possible!

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