Dental Emergencies that Require Immediate Care

Dental emergencies can be stressful situations, but with the right knowledge and prompt treatment, they can usually be easily resolved. In many cases, your dentist can restore or repair injured teeth like there was never any accident at all. Never hesitate to contact your dentist if you are worried that you may need emergency dental care.

Tooth First aid

Avulsed Tooth
Injuries to teeth can happen anywhere and at any time. A tooth that has been knocked out of the mouth or severely dislocated from its natural position should receive immediate dental care. In many cases, the avulsed tooth can be saved if action is taken immediately. Address any bleeding and ensure that there is no serious head injury that requires medical care. If the tooth has been knocked out completely, keep it in the tooth socket, tucked into the cheek, or in a cup filled with milk until you reach the dentist’s office. Call your dentist immediately for further instructions and emergency dental care.

Damaged Restoration
If you lose a crown or filling, call your dentist right away. You may need immediate care to prevent infection. In many cases, a temporary filling or crown can be placed until a regular appointment can be scheduled. A lost crown should be replaced as soon as possible to prevent shifting of your other teeth.

Severe Toothache
A severe and sudden toothache is an indication of a deep infection in a tooth or in your gums. If you experience intense pain in a tooth or in your jaw, call your dentist immediately. Your infection could be serious, so you should not wait for a regular appointment for treatment. Other signs of infection include swollen gums, sores in your mouth, and the onset of a fever or pain when chewing.

Sanford Dental Excellence understands that dental emergencies often occur at inconvenient times. We offer emergency dental services so you can get the care you need at any time and ensure that your smile stays bright and healthy. Call us at (407) 320-1700 or click here to visit our website and find out more about our Lake Mary dental services. 

Learn to Care for Your Teeth As You Get Older

This video offers tips for minimizing the effects of aging on your oral health. If you’re worried about the natural darkening of your teeth over time, talk to your dentist about veneers or whitening for a more youthful smile. Maintaining a healthy oral care routine of flossing, brushing, eating healthily, and visiting your dentist for checkups can keep your smile looking great at all ages.

As you age, your dental needs and concerns change. Your dentist can help you maintain a healthy, happy smile throughout your life.

Visit Sanford Dental Excellence for comprehensive dental care. We offer exams and cleanings, as well as cosmetic and implant dentistry to keep you smiling brightly. Visit our website or contact us by calling (407) 320-1700 today. 

The Advantages of Porcelain for Tooth Restorations

In recent years, many dentists have made the switch to porcelain as the material of choice for tooth restorations. Porcelain has many advantages when compared to traditional dental amalgam filling materials. Your Orlando dentist will be happy to discuss your restoration options with you and help you understand why porcelain may be the best choice for your dental treatment.


Porcelain crowns, bridge (dentistry), dental plate

Porcelain is a great material for restorative dental work because it is strong and durable. Your teeth are put under a great deal of pressure each day as you chew food. A tooth restoration needs to be able to withstand these forces over time. The longer the lifetime of your restoration, the more it saves you in time and money.  Porcelain fillings and dental restorations can last for well over 15 years, while on average, amalgam dental restorations last only 12 years.

Traditional dental amalgam is only used for small dental fillings and cannot restore large areas of a tooth’s structure. However, if a large portion of your tooth is affected by damage or decay, a porcelain onlay or inlay can effectively restore it. Porcelain is also used in dental crowns, which have many purposes in dentistry. A broken tooth or a tooth that has undergone a root canal may need a crown to provide added stability. Dental bridges are also supported by crowns on adjacent healthy teeth, and dental implants require a crown to restore the natural look of your smile. In all of these cases, the dental crown can be made from porcelain.

When you receive a dental filling using amalgam, the filling is metal-colored and stands out against your natural teeth. Porcelain, however, can be colored to exactly match your existing tooth surface. Porcelain inlays, onlays, and crowns blend seamlessly with the natural look of your smile for completely invisible dental restorations.

Learn more about the value of porcelain as a restorative material by visiting Sanford Dental Excellence of Lake Mary. We offer all-porcelain restorations for natural and long-lasting smile makeovers. Call us today at (407) 320-1700 or explore our website to find out more about our services.

A Note from Dr. Seidler & Staff About Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Do you Suffer from OSA?

OSA, or Obstructive Sleep Apnea, has been linked to excessive tiredness, depression and reduced resistance to infection. When left untreated, OSA can increase the risk of heart attack, hypertension, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, catching colds and even death. 

If you have OSA or display symptoms of OSA such as loud snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue and witnessed apneas, it is essential that you seek the right treatment option.

What Causes OSA?

During sleep, muscles relax, including those that control the tongue and throat. The soft tissue at the back of your throat can sag, narrowing the airway. Incoming air then makes the tissue at the rear roof of the mouth (the soft palate), the flap of skin hanging from the palate (uvula) and the throat vibrate-a sound we know as snoring. Loud snoring may be a sign of a more serious problem-OSA. This is where the airway becomes completely blocked and breathing stops. The brain then detects the lack of oxygen and prompts a momentary arousal to draw breath.

How do you Treat OSA and Snoring?

In the past, the only effective treatment for OSA was using a CPAP unit, a mask that you wear while you sleep that forces air into your throat to keep your airway open. Although effective, many find the CPAP unit to be noisy, claustrophobic and generally a nuisance. In fact, sleep physicians report that only 30% of patients that have been prescribed to use a CPAP unit actually use it.

Fortunately, through an appropriate oral appliance that resembles an upper and lower retainer, we can now treat OSA with equal effectiveness  to that of a CPAP but far more conveniently and comfortably.

If you think you may have sleep apnea or suffer from snoring, why not call the office today to schedule  a no charge consultation?  Dr Seidler can evaluate if you likely have sleep apnea and if you could benefit from Oral Appliance Therapy. Best of all, this treatment may be covered by your Medical Insurance.

Again, thanks so much for choosing us as your dental practice. Wishing you and yours a fantastic holiday season!


Dr. Seidler and Staff

Click Through These Sites To Get More Information About Your Oral Health

Sanford Dental Excellence is here to serve all of your dental needs in Orlando and Lake Mary. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry, as well as sedation dentistry to ensure that every patient has a positive experience with dental care. Call us today at (407) 320-1700 to find out how we can help your smile, or click on our website to find more information on dental treatment. 

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