Monthly Archives: August 2012

It’s Like Pulling Teeth!

“It’s Like Pulling Teeth”

Everyone has heard that saying before.  And unfortunately, getting a tooth pulled or extracted has gotten a bad reputation.  Luckily for everyone living today, with the improvement of technology and medication, it’s more of a positive experience!

Just like ripping that band-aid off, getting a tooth pulled may just be the best choice in the long run.  Remember, living with tooth pain just isn’t normal!

At Glasscock Dental, we do a wide range of extractions in our office. However, there are times when we do need to refer out to a specialist for wisdom teeth or impacted teeth. Also, referrals to an oral surgeon are given when a patient would rather be sedated for the entire procedure or they are just very apprehensive about having the procedure done because of a previous bad experience

We want every visit to be as comfortable as possible. So, if you choose to have a tooth removed in our office, ask us about “oral sedation”. We do not use Nitrous Oxide in our office instead, we offer Valium for those that are nervous or anxious.

Extractions are done for a variety of reasons.

  •  Very large cavity or caries that cannot be restored.
  •  Periodontal diseases.
  •  Fractured or broken teeth.
  •  Teeth that are traumatized.
  •  Teeth that fail to erupt or are unable to erupt.
  • Abscessed teeth that have infection that has spread.
  • Teeth that are abnormal in development.
  • Teeth that are involved in cysts or tumors.
  • Ectopic teeth that have erupted in a wrong place.
  • The orthodontist requesting removal of the teeth.

All teeth can potentially cause problems and become infected; which will call for the removal of the tooth or teeth. Extractions can range from a single tooth, to removing several teeth at one time. Dental extractions are done after administration of local anesthesia that makes the tooth and the surrounding tissues numb. Thus, extractions are not painful, but a feeling of pressure will be felt by the patient during the procedure.

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Why see your dentist for a Mouth Guard?

Just like wearing a helmet or shoulder pads, mouth guards are an essential piece of equipment in contact sports.  They should be worn by athletes of all ages who participate in sports such as:

  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Baseball/Softball
  • Soccer

Youth and adolescent sports participation has grown steadily over the years. It is estimated that 20 to 25 million youths participate in competitive sports. As a result of this growth in participation levels, incidence of injury has also increased. Some have reported sports to account for approximately 36% of all unintentional injuries to children and adolescents. Of those injuries, 10-20% of all sports related injuries are maxillofacial injuries according to the American Dental Association.

The National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety reports dental injuries as the most common type of orofacial injury sustained during sports participation. They contend that an athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a protective mouthguard. Often times these injuries will result in permanent damage to oral structures which require medical intervention.

Types of Dental Injuries

Injuries to the teeth can be grouped in three different categories with care specific to each type.


– can be classified as a root fracture, broken tooth or chipped tooth

– if possible, stabilize portion of tooth still in mouth by gently biting on towel to control bleeding

– athlete and tooth fragments should be transported immediately to a dentist

– best methods of transport of the tooth are in Hank’s Balanced Salt Solution, milk, saline soaked gauze, or under the athlete’s tongue


– entire tooth, including root, knocked out

– do not handle tooth by the root (tooth should be handled by the crown)

– do not brush, scrub, or sterilize tooth

– if tooth is dirty, gently rinse with water

– if possible, place tooth back in socket and have athlete gently bite down on towel

– if unable to reimplant tooth, transport tooth with the athlete as described above to the dentist immediately


– tooth in socket, but in wrong position

– Extruded Tooth – tooth appears longer than surrounding teeth

– Lateral Displacement – tooth pushed back or pulled forward
Wearing a mouth guard helps prevent against structural damage to your teeth and jaw and also helps prevent injuries such as lacerations to your cheeks, tongue, and lips. It is also believed that Mouth guards could possibly help decrease the risk of concussions.

Mouth guards are available in most any sporting goods store, but you should be careful when purchasing a mouth guard.  Mouth guards like this do not offer the best level of protection.  They are also usually ill-fitting and uncomfortable.

For the highest level of comfort and protection, you should visit your dentist for a custom mouth guard fitting.  A custom mouth guard is created specifically for the optimal protection of YOUR mouth.  It is created with thin plastic that is hardened to protect your teeth.  The thinness of the custom mouth guard allows for easy breathing and also allows for easy communication (especially important for you star quarterbacks calling out the signals). Ask us about our custom mouth guards that protect your teeth.

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