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By Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC
November 25, 2016
Category: Oral Health
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For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.

Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.

If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.

If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.

When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.

When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment. Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.

And as for Noah Galloway:  In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!

If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”


By Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC
November 10, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   flossing  
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Great oral hygiene is built on two principal tasks — daily brushing and flossing. Brushing removes plaque — a thin film of bacteria and food particles — from broad tooth surfaces. Flossing removes plaque between your teeth you can’t reach effectively with brushing. It takes both tasks to get the most disease prevention benefit from your daily cleaning.

Many people, though, have a hard time incorporating the latter of the two into their daily routine. This may be because manual flossing with string seems to require a bit more manual dexterity, although it can be mastered with proper training and practice. Some, though, may not possess the physical ability to adequately floss. It’s also difficult for individuals wearing orthodontic braces or other appliances that cover teeth.

Fortunately, there’s an alternative to string floss: oral irrigation. This method removes plaque from between teeth with pulsating water pressurized by either a handheld or countertop device known as an oral irrigator or water flosser, and emitted through a special nozzle directed at the teeth. Studies have shown it to be an effective means for controlling plaque.

As to you switching to a home water flosser, we’ll be happy to discuss if it’s a good option for you. We can also train you on effective techniques for string flossing if you don’t feel you’re doing it properly.

Whichever method you use, it’s important for you to floss daily to keep plaque under control between your teeth. Along with brushing and regular dental visits, it’s one of the best things you can do to ensure your teeth stay healthy and free of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease.

If you would like more information on flossing, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cleaning Between Your Teeth.”


By Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC
November 03, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Veneers  

Looking into options to make over your smile can be a confusing or overwhelming process. However, veneers are one of the easiest and veneersfastest options to give you a dramatically new look. Learn more about veneers and their benefits with your West Hartford, CT dentists, Dr. Robert Bradbury and Dr. Anthony Amato.

What can veneers do for me? 
Veneers improve the appearance of your smile. The veneer itself, which is a thin, porcelain shell, fits over the front of your tooth to cover its imperfections. This process provides dramatic results in just a few dental appointments. Your new look can boost your confidence, making face-to-face encounters a breeze and first impressions stronger.

The Benefits of Dental Veneers 
Veneers differ from other cosmetic dentistry procedures. For example, teeth whitening, which lifts the color of your teeth, cannot change their shape or width. However, veneers change the shape, length, width, height and color of your teeth, allowing you to choose exactly the look you want. Additionally, veneers can close gaps between your teeth or, in conjunction with other procedures like dental contouring, straighten overlapping teeth. You can work with your dentist to choose the exact look and color of your veneers.

Dental Veneers in West Hartford, CT
A dental laboratory designs and creates your veneers. Due to this, you will require at least two dental appointments. At the first appointment, your dentist will prepare your teeth to receive the veneers and take an impression of your mouth. The laboratory uses the impression and your color choice to craft your veneers in such a way that they will fit snugly and seamlessly into your natural smile. Your second appointment allows your doctor to place your veneers and make any last minute adjustments necessary to complete your procedure.

For more information on veneers, please contact Dr. Bradbury and Dr. Amato in West Hartford, CT. Call (860) 561-3050 to schedule an appointment with your cosmetic dentist today!