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By Dentistry With A Smile, LLC
October 08, 2020
Category: Dental Care
Tags: Dental Implant  

Are you having dental implant surgery? Then, you have questions about the procedure and your recovery. Dr. Suhair Shamoon at Dentistry With a Smile, LLC in Fall River, MA guides many patients through dental implant surgery and the post-operative period.

What happens during implant surgery?

Whether you receive one or multiple implants, your Fall River dentist places the screw-like implant or implants into the jaw. Over the next few months, the bone adheres to the implant through osseointegration. Once fully healed, the implants receive their crowns or dentures as your treatment plan dictates.

Your post-operative period

Recovering from dental implant surgery progresses quickly. Because you will have an anesthetic in one form or another, you'll need a responsible adult to drive you home, and you should refrain from anything strenuous for at least 24 hours.

You will bite on a gauze 4x4 pad for at least an hour to stop the minor bleeding. Elevate your head at night to discourage heavy bleeding from the site. In the unlikely event this occurs, contact your dentist right away.

During the first few days, expect some soreness at the operative site. Ibuprofen should take care of this mild pain, and if your jaw or gums feel swollen, apply ice as needed--20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. Additionally, if your dentist prescribes an antibiotic, take it as directed with food to avoid any stomach upset.

Regarding your diet, consume soft foods only for a day or two. Mashed potatoes, smoothies, yogurt, soups, stews, and macaroni and cheese are favorites of most surgical patients. Be sure your foods and beverages are not too hot.

Perform your usual careful hygiene routines, but do not brush your implant site for at least 48 hours. Do not smoke as tobacco sets the stage for infection. Smoking is one of the leading causes of dental implant failure, maintains the Journal of Dental Implants.

The wonder of dental implants

You'll love your new smile. So, get ready for a straightforward in-office procedure, a good recovery and excellent oral function. For more information on dental implants and your post-op period, please contact your dentist Dr. Suhair Shamoon at Dentistry With a Smile, LLC in Fall River, MA. Dr. Shamoon and her caring team look forward to serving you. Call (508) 672-6471 today.

By Dentistry With A Smile, LLC
July 07, 2020
Category: Dental Care
Tags: Tooth Pain  

A toothache can actually cause your mouth or jaw to hurt. If you have tooth pain, it is most likely caused by a cavity. However, it also could be attributed to other, more serious concerns. Regardless of the reason behind your pain, you should contact Dr. Suhair Shamoon, your Fall River, MA, dentist at Dentistry With A Smile to treat your tooth right away. Otherwise, your dental issues could get much worse.

 

When the Pain Stabs

Sometimes tooth pain is sharp or stabbing, and you feel it most acutely when you eat or drink something hot, old, sweet or sour, or if you put pressure on the problem tooth while brushing or biting. This kind of toothache usually points to a cavity, a damaged tooth or an exposed root canal. If you have a cavity or a damaged tooth, Dr. Shamoon can repair it with a dental filling or crown. If it is caused by an exposed root canal, a special topical varnish can be applied. Without treatment, the problem could get much worse, leading to decay or even infection.

 

When the Pain Throbs

If the pain is throbbing or radiates into your jawbone, chances are that it already has grown worse. With this kind of ache, you could have an infection or an abscess, which a pocket of pus in a tooth caused by infection. An infection or abscess sometimes is accompanied by bad breath, swelling and a fever. If you have an infected and/or abscessed tooth, your Fall River dentist will examine you to determine the source of the infection and may ask you to take antibiotics. If decay or a cracked tooth causes the toothache, a root canal may also be necessary to replace the infected tissue. If it is caused by gum disease, your dentist may simply clean the space between the tooth and the gum.

 

In general, it is always best to call Dr. Shamoon right away at the first signs of any aches or pains in your mouth. A cracked or chipped tooth, or even a cavity, can lead to an infection that spreads, causing unnecessary pain and growing more serious the longer you wait. So, if you notice any signs of tooth damage or pain in your mouth, call Dentistry With A Smile, your full-service dentist in Fall River at 508-672-6471 right away.

By Dentistry With A Smile, LLC
August 28, 2018
Category: Dental Care

Visiting a dentist regularly is important for maintaining good oral health. Regular dental visits include an oral exam and a thorough dental cleaning. Oral exams allow the dentist to identify early warning signs of potential oral health problems so they can be remedied right away before they progress. Professional dental cleanings keep your teeth and gums healthy by removing tartar buildup, which cannot be removed with routine brushing and flossing at home. At Dentistry With a Smile, Dr. Suhair Shamoon is your dentist in Fall River, MA, for regular dental checkups.

Dental Visits

The standard recommendation for dental visits is once every six months. Your Fall River, MA, dentist can advise you as to how often you should schedule checkups based on your individual situation and your oral health. In some cases, it is necessary to visit the dentist every three or four months. Certain health conditions can increase a person’s vulnerability for developing other oral health problems. Individuals who might need to visit a dentist more frequently include:

  • Women who are pregnant
  • Individuals with diabetes
  • People with a weakened immune system
  • People who smoke

There are times when you should not wait to see the dentist until your regular six month checkup. It is important to schedule an appointment right away if any unexpected oral health problems develop. For instance, if you develop persistent mouth pain or a severe toothache, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. The onset of problems such as toothaches, mouth pain, sensitivity, or bleeding gums, for instance, can be signs of a more serious oral health problem that requires treatment to prevent it from getting worse.

It is recommended that you visit your dentist every six months, unless your dentist advises you otherwise. Regular dental visits help you maintain better oral health. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Shamoon, dentist in Fall River, MA, call Dentistry With a Smile at (508) 672-6471.

By Dentistry With A Smile, LLC
August 22, 2017
Category: Dental Care
Tags: TMJ   tmd   jaw pain  

Painful TMJ/TMD difficulties can affect nearly every aspect of your life. Our Fall River, MA, dentist jaw painDr. Suhair Shamoon of Dentistry With a Smile discusses the condition and explains how dental treatment can help.

What is TMJ/TMD?

Temporomandibular joint disorder may be referred to as either TMJ or TMD. Both terms describe the same condition. TMJ/TMD affects the temporomandibular joints in your jaw that work like hinges. If you place your hands just below your ears, you'll feel the joints move when you open and close your mouth. A problem with the alignment of the bones, ligaments and tendons in the joints is responsible for common TMJ/TMD symptoms. In some cases, it's impossible to determine the cause of the condition. In others, it's linked to injuries, arthritis, bite problems or nightly grinding or clenching.

What are the symptoms of TMJ/TMD?

TMJ/TMD causes a number of unpleasant symptoms, including:

  • Jaw pain and stiffness (Pain may increase when you chew, speak or yawn.)
  • Muscle tension and pain in your neck and upper back muscles
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Popping or clicking sounds when opening or closing your mouth
  • Jaw locking for a few seconds or longer when you open or close your mouth
  • Pain and pressure in your ears
  • Ringing or popping sensations in the ears
  • Difficulty chewing

How can my dentist help me?

After performing a complete examination in our Fall River office, we will recommend treatment options based on your symptoms and the cause of your condition. If TMJ/TMD is caused by a misaligned bite, orthodontic treatment offers an effective solution. As your braces gradually realign your teeth, your symptoms will improve.

Custom-made nightguards can reduce stress on your temporomandibular joint caused by grinding or clenching. The nightguards fit over your bottom teeth and absorb the brunt of the forces you generate when you grind your teeth. An oral splint may also be helpful. The splint repositions your jaw while you sleep, which can reduce stress and tension in your jaw muscles.

TMJ/TMD treatment can ease your pain. Call our Fall River, MA, dentist, Dr. Shamoon of Dentistry With a Smile, at (508) 672-6471 to schedule an appointment.

By Dentistry With A Smile, LLC
June 30, 2017
Category: Dental Care
Tags: Teeth Cleaning  

Have you always wondered why you have to come in for regular dental care?Breath, White Teeth

We’re pretty sure that everyone wants to keep their teeth and gums looking and feeling their best. After all, no one is impervious to decay and gum disease. Of course, you might be surprised to know just how many people don’t visit their dentist as regularly as you should. Find out why you should be visiting our Fall River, MA, dentist, Dr. Suhair Shamoon, about every six months if you aren’t doing so already.

Prevent Dental Problems

Throughout the day, plaque builds up on teeth thanks to the foods you eat. If you don’t brush or floss plaque away it will harden into tartar. Over time, decay and gum disease can happen if you aren’t careful or meticulous about your oral hygiene. Sadly, these issues don’t always present with symptoms so the only way to detect a cavity will be when you visit our Fall River general dentist for routine cleanings. Not only can we remove plaque and tartar buildup but we can also prevent decay from turning into a full-blown cavity through careful monitoring and special care.

Better Breath

Maintaining good oral health is the best way to ensure that you don’t face dragon breath throughout the day. After all, nothing is more embarrassing then having to hide your bad breath while chatting with clients or colleagues. You’ll enjoy fresher, nice breath not only by brushing and flossing regularly (and making sure you include your tongue when brushing your teeth) but also by visiting us so that we can provide the deep cleaning your smile needs.

A Whiter Smile

The foods and drinks we consume can really dull and damper our smile. If you love your morning cup o’ Joe then your smile may have lost a bit of its luster. No problem! By coming in for professional teeth cleanings every six months we can remove minor surface stains and give you a cleaner, more radiant smile.

Be Kind to Your Wallet

We know you lead a busy life, so sometimes it can be difficult to schedule those trips to the dentist, but what if we told you that by keeping up with these routine visits you could actually save yourself money in the long run? These cleanings and exams are the best way to protect your oral health against cavities, gum disease and infection. By providing your smile with the preventive care it needs to stay healthy you prevent the need for more expensive restorative dentistry treatments in the future.

Make sure your smile gets the proper care it deserves. Call Dentistry With a Smile today to schedule your next in Fall River, MA, visit with us. Caring for your smile doesn’t have to be difficult; we are here to help.