What to Do About an Impacted Tooth

Have you ever heard of impacted teeth? Do you ever wonder exactly what an impacted tooth could do the health of your smile? Do you know what you can do to address this issue? Fortunately, there are a number of things you could consider doing.​

An impacted tooth is a tooth that can’t fully emerge from your gums, typically because it doesn’t have enough room. Your wisdom teeth, also known as your third molars, are the most likely to become impacted. An impacted tooth can lead to other problems and can disturb the position of your other teeth. However, an impacted tooth can be completely painless, so you may not realize you have an issue.​

If you have an impacted tooth, your gums could also swell or become infected. This may be painful and could cause infections in your other teeth. An impacted tooth could also lead to infections in your jaw and ear as well. You may be able to recognize an impacted tooth if you have a constant bad taste in your mouth, bad breath, or pain when you bite or chew.​

Usually, our team can address this issue simply by removing the tooth. If you’re interested in learning more about impacted teeth, please don’t hesitate to contact Pell City Dental Center PC at 205-473-0044. Dr. Scott Barnett and our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


Understanding Dental Implants

At Pell City Dental Center PC in Pell City, Alabama, we offer dental implants for our patients seeking long-lasting improvements to your smile. Unfortunately, there are some myths around dental implants that might deter some of our patients from looking into this type of restoration. To better understand implants, we would like to dispel some of these myths today.​

Myth: Dental implant placements are painful

Dental implant placement is a surgical procedure, so there can be some discomfort and pain, but no more than having a tooth extracted. Dr. Scott Barnett and our team will ensure that you are as comfortable during the procedure as possible, offering aesthetic options to suit your needs.​

Myth: Dental implants can be rejected or even fall out

Dental implants are made from biocompatible materials—typically titanium, so your body shouldn’t reject it. In fact, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons has found that dental implants have a success rate of 95 percent.

Myth: Dental implants are expensive

While dental implants do cost more than dentures or dental bridges, initially, in the long run, dental implants are more cost-effective because they last longer than dentures or bridges, lasting up to 25 years.​

Myth: Any dental provider can do an implant, so you can shop for a bargain

Discount dental providers may cut corners using less experienced staff, outdated equipment or poor quality materials leaving you with sub-standard results. If you want your dental implant to last, you want quality work done using quality materials. Dr. Scott Barnett will ensure that your dental implant is the highest quality available.​

Myth: Dental implants are only for healthy young people

Dental implants can only be done when jaw growth is complete, but once that happens you can have a dental implant restoration successfully performed up into your 90’s. Most health issues which are treated and controlled will allow you to be a successful dental implant candidate.​

At Pell City Dental Center PC in Pell City, Alabama, Dr. Scott Barnett and our team are always happy to provide our patients with the quality care they deserve. So, if you are ready to find out whether you are a good candidate for a dental implant, please give our team a call today at 205-473-0044!


Foods You Need to Avoid if You Have Sensitive Teeth

It’s never fun to bite into one of your favorite foods only to experience a sudden burning or painful sensation. As you may know, if you’re experiencing this discomfort, you could have sensitive teeth. Do you know what could be causing your sensitivity, or if there are any foods you should consider staying away from?​

There are several options you can consider if you do have sensitive teeth. For instance, there are a number of foods and beverages you should consider avoiding, especially extremely hot and cold foods. Similarly, you may need to avoid acidic foods and drinks, as they may cause discomfort. You may also want to consider staying away from spicy and sugary foods.​

You see, you may experience sensitive teeth if you have gum disease or if your roots are exposed. Luckily, our team can help you address either of these issues. If your sensitivity is not too extreme, certain low abrasion toothpaste may help you keep your smile strong. Furthermore, if you use these types of toothpaste, you may be protecting your teeth from tooth decay.​

If you have sensitive teeth, please don’t hesitate to contact Pell City Dental Center PC by calling 205-884-2370. Our dentist, Dr. Scott Barnett, and our team will examine your teeth and offer you personalized advice. We look forward to hearing from you soon.