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September, 2017

Stop Dentist Anxiety - Ask us about Sedation Dentistry

If you’re one of the thousands of people in Newport Beach Orange County, who suffer from dental anxiety, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. Our dental team can help you.

A popular treatment option called oral sedation dentistry—conscious sedation through the use of oral medications—can help eliminate your dental anxiety and fear. The treatment allows you to relax and feel comfortable through your entire dental appointment. Due to the type of oral medications used, you’ll remember little-to-nothing of your time in the dental chair the next day. It’s that simple.

Think of that nagging feeling you get after avoiding the dentist for far too long. Or worse, the fear that accompanies actually forcing yourself to go into the dentist? Imagine never having to experience either of those feelings again. With us, you don’t have to.

Here at The Newport Beach Dentist, Dr Omid Haroonian and his team has received exceptional training by leading oral sedation dentistry instructors and is equipped with the knowledge, expertise and equipment to ensure that you have a safe and pleasant dental experience.

You don’t have to let dental anxiety hinder your oral health. Dr. Haroonian and his great team is here to help. We’ll walk you through every step of the treatment process and design a treatment plan that’s right for you based on both your needs and your goals. 

Call our office today to set up a consultation and learn how oral sedation dentistry can transform your dental experience.


January, 2017

What Causes Cavities

Cavities result from tooth decay, a process involving multiple stages. It begins when bacteria inflicts damage the hard surface of the teeth, and if left untreated the destruction will spread into the deeper layers. If you are cavity-prone, take heart because the issue is largely preventable. Regular care of your teeth and a healthy diet can be enormously helpful in warding off this decay of your pearly whites.

Stages of Cavity Formation

The first phase of dental decay involves plaque formation. Some strains of naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth thrive when you consume foods and drinks that contain sugar. When sugars aren't cleaned off your teeth, bacteria feeds on them and produces acids. The acids then combine with bacteria, food particles and saliva to form plaque, a sticky film that covers the teeth.

Once plaque forms, the acids wear away the enamel, which is the tooth's hard outer surface. These tiny openings in the enamel represent the first stage of cavities. After this happens, the acid and bacteria attack the next layer of the tooth, a softer substance called dentin.

Bacteria and plaque continue their destructive march through the tooth until the inner tooth material, or pulp, is affected. At this advanced stage, the pulp becomes irritated, and the bone that supports the tooth may be involved as well. When the decay reaches this point, you will experience sensitivity, toothache and pain upon biting. If the bacterial invasion causes your body to send out white blood cells to fight it, the result may be a tooth abscess and a root canal may be necessary.

When to See a Dentist

Since no symptoms are associated with the early stages of cavity formation, you should see a dentist once or twice a year for a cleaning and examination. It is important to find trouble spots and stop them in their tracks before they develop into a major problem. Also, if you are experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity, make a dental appointment as soon as possible.

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November 21, 2016

8 Dental Care Tips for Moms (and Moms-To-Be)

Moms deserve to be celebrated every day, so if you are a mom, it's time to give yourself a gift that lasts a lifetime - the gift of dental health.

We understand that busy moms don't always believe they have the time to take great care of their teeth. But it shouldn't be that way. By giving your teeth the attention they need - just like you do for your family - you can help preserve your smile for decades.

8 dental care tips just for moms (and moms-to-be):

1. Brush twice a day for 2 minutes - You need all of that time to thoroughly remove plaque!

2. Brush properly - Brush too hard and you might hurt your gums. For teeth brushing tips, check out our article on how to brush.

3. Floss every day - This is the best way to remove plaque and prevent cavities from forming between teeth.

4. Load up on fruits & veggies - Sweets promote tooth decay and gum disease. But fresh fruits and veggies are great for your overall health and your teeth!

5. Bust a move - Diet and exercise may help prevent periodontal disease, according to the Journal of Periodontology. Who knew?

6. Take time to de-stress - Stress can lead to teeth grinding, cause TMJ and trigger canker sore and cold sore outbreaks. Try yoga, meditation or other relaxation techniques to take the edge off.

7. Visit your dentist - You wouldn't let your kids miss a dentist appointment, so why should you? If you're pregnant, it's important to continue with regular dental exams.

8. Be model mom - Your kids look up to you. Dentists know that mothers who make dental health a priority in their own lives set a good example for their kids.

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September 21, 2016

You Can Have A Healthy Foundation For Dental Implants

Many Americans are experiencing the benefits of living with Dental Implants. Having revolutionized restorative and cosmetic dentistry around the world, dental implants are used to replace a single tooth or several missing teeth. Yet, their success depends largely on having enough healthy jawbone to support them. Thus, for those that may not have enough healthy bone structure, due to gum disease, cavities, or trauma, this news may be disheartening. Even so, dental professionals want you to know—you can have a healthy foundation for dental implants.

From planning to application, the practice of implant dentistry requires expertise. If the bone under a patient’s gums is not tall enough or wide enough, a dental implant specialist can essentially build a healthy bone structure within the jawbone that is suitable for supporting the implant. Advancements in bone augmentation, or grafting, including sinus elevation and ridge expansion are discussed below.

Bone Augmentation

Bone can be added to the jaw to support dental implants. Dental professionals may use a patient’s natural bone (from another location), processed bone from a donor, or a synthetic bone material off the shelf. Once the bone is added, it may take several months for it to fuse with the patient’s natural existing bone. Bone Augmentation depends on the location and number of implants that will be used. Typically, implants can be placed within 4-9 months after the bone is added.

Sinus Elevation

A Sinus Elevation, or lift, adds bone to the upper jaw (where molars and premolars are located). This is an option for patients that wish to replace teeth in the upper back region of their mouth, but do not have adequate bone structure. In regards to the shape and size of the maxillary sinuses, this varies from person to person. Thus, in cases where the sinuses are too close to place the dental implants, they will need to be elevated prior to the dental implant procedure.

Ridge Expansion

When a patient’s jaw is not wide enough to support dental implants, a ridge expansion is often performed. This requires the ridge bone to be split or divided, so that the inner and outer parts of the ridge can be wedged apart. The space created will be filled in with a bone graft.

Sophisticated Dentistry

At The Newport Beach Dentist, Dr. Omid Haroonian invites patients of all ages to experience a full-range of general and cosmetic services, utilizing the latest in dental technology. Are you wondering if you’re a good candidate for Dental Implants? Are you afraid that you may not have enough healthy bone? Call us today. Dr. Haroonian will help you make an informed decision that will change your smile—and your life.


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August 22, 2016

The Choice Is Clear—Clear Correct

Helping patients achieve the straight, confident smile that they’ve always dreamed of, Clear Correct Invisible Braces are a revolutionary, non-invasive and affordable option for people of all ages. Providing a discreet way of correcting teeth while remaining just as effective as other invisible methods, the choice is clear—Clear Correct.

Clear Correct Invisible Braces are customized for every patient. To begin, your dentist will work with you to establish a treatment plan. Impressions, x-rays, and photos will be taken. Clear Correct will use these, along with your prescription to develop a series of aligner trays that work for you. Once these trays are sent to your dentist, you’re ready to go!

As with any orthodontic treatment, regular visits to your dentist are necessary. Depending on the treatment plan, each set of aligner trays will be worn for 2-4 weeks. At each dental visit, patients receive a new set of aligners. With each new phase, patients enjoy the benefit of showing off their smile as it develops. In turn, the clear and comfortable aligners have a specially designed surface that resists clouding, making them virtually unnoticeable.

Am I A Good Candidate For Clear Correct?

While a consultation with your dentist is the only way to know for sure that you’re a good candidate for Clear Correct, consider the following dental concerns:

Crooked Teeth: If your teeth are turned slightly outward, inward, or to the side, Clear Correct is generally a good option.

Crowding of Teeth: When teeth grow in at an angle, this can apply pressure to surrounding teeth, causing them to shift. As a result, teeth may become crowded, and keeping them clean proves difficult. Clear Correct is often an effective option for correcting crowded teeth.

Gaps Between Teeth: While a gap between the front teeth can certainly make some feel self-conscious, it can also be a trap for food and bacteria. Thus, closing the gap is often achieved with Clear Correct.

Mild to Moderate Bite Misalignments: Generally, overbites, underbites, and crossbites are a result of misalignments of the top and bottom teeth. Depending on the severity of the bite, Clear Correct may be an option.

At The Newport Beach Dentist, Dr. Omid Haroonian’s genuine passion for dentistry leads him to bring the latest and most innovative treatments to patients of all ages. Dentistry that is efficient, comfortable, accurate, and long lasting is his primary objective. Are you interested in achieving the straight smile you’ve always wanted? Call The Newport Beach Dentist today and ask about Clear Correct.


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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Sail Through Dental Treatments With Sedation Dentistry

Millions of Americans have anxiety when it comes to visiting the dentist. While some have had traumatic experiences, others may worry about having a cavity or needing extensive dental work. Even so, the result is that many are not going to the dentist at all. This explains why dentists are offering various forms of Sedation Dentistry to help patients relax during treatment, while giving them a positive, gentle dental experience.

From minimal sedation to general anesthesia, consider the following types of sedation:

Inhaled Sedation – Chances are, you’ve heard of “laughing gas.” As a common form of inhaled sedation, laughing gas is nitrous oxide. When inhaled through a mask covering the nose, the nitrous oxide helps patients relax during treatment. With minimal sedation, the effects go away quickly. Thus, patients can easily drive themselves home after their appointment.

Oral Sedation – One hour prior to their dental procedure, patients may take a pill, or oral sedative to help them remain calm. This type of sedation is considered minimal to moderate, and patients are likely to feel drowsy. Based on the treatment and the patient’s level of anxiety, a heavier dosage may be prescribed.

IV Sedation – Sometimes used for longer treatments, patients may receive IV sedation. Considered a moderate form of sedation, IV medication can be adjusted as necessary throughout the procedure. IV Sedation is a modern sedation technique, providing dental care in a safe environment. In most cases, patients have little to no memory of treatment.

General Anesthesia – Using a combination of oral and IV medications, general anesthesia sedates patients to a level of unconsciousness or complete unconsciousness. In this case, an anesthesiologist is present to monitor the patient’s airway. Patients will not remember the procedure with this deep level of sedation.

If you are experiencing fear or anxiety about visiting the dentist, it’s important to speak to your dentist. Without a doubt, you can relax with the right form of sedation dentistry for you. A trusted dental professional with knowledge and training in sedation dentistry can make all the difference.

Forget Your Fears and Relax

The Newport Beach Dentist provides sedation dentistry aimed at helping patients forget their fears and focus on pure relaxation. Dr. Haroonian’s passion for dentistry has led him to pursue the latest in dentistry, bringing those advancements to his patients. This means that your family will receive the most sophisticated and comfortable dental care available. Do you have fear or anxiety about visiting the dentist? Call The Newport Beach Dentist today. We are here to help you.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Preventative Dentistry: It’s Never Too Late To Start

As a modern way of obtaining good oral health and maintaining it, the idea behind Preventative Dentistry is less dental treatment. This is why dental professionals urge patients not to forego regular dental checkups as well as good oral care at home. When it comes to Preventative Dentistry, anyone can benefit—at any age. It’s never too late to start.

For many, visiting the dentist is not one of their favorite things to do. For some, the thought alone stirs up anxiety and fear. However, it’s important to keep in mind—regular dental visits are about more than checking for tooth and gum disease. Serious concerns such as abscesses, stomatitis, and even oral cancer can be detected at a routine dental appointment.

Dental Checkups: What To Expect

In a nutshell, the main purpose of dental checkups is to help patients get the healthiest mouth possible. Plaque and tartar are the main culprits when it comes to tooth and gum disease. While plaque can be removed at home through brushing and flossing, tartar cannot. Professional cleaning, including “scaling and polishing,” is necessary to remove tartar and prevent decay. At your checkup, your dentist will help you understand the proper way to brush and floss effectively. You’ll also learn about the best oral care products for you. If you’ve had fillings in the past, the dentist will check those to make sure that they are intact.

Even if it’s been some time since you’ve seen the dentist—you can still achieve good oral health. It’s always better to schedule a dental checkup than dealing with the stress of an emergency visit.

At The Newport Beach Dentist, you’ll find a friendly, knowledgeable, and caring staff that cares about your oral and overall health. With proactive and preventative care, we’ll put you at ease. We believe that everyone deserves a positive and rewarding dental experience. The Newport Beach Dentist welcomes your call today.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

How the pH of Your Diet Affects Your Smile

Taking care of your smile involves more than just brushing and flossing. Paying attention to the foods and drinks you consume can also make a major impact on the health of your teeth and gums. When it comes to cavity protection, it is especially important to consider the pH of your diet. The pH level of a food or beverage refers to how acidic it is. Low (acidic) pH levels can cause cavities.

Acids attack the enamel of your tooth and cause demineralization over time. Eventually, the enamel is so weakened and damaged that a cavity forms. Just because a particular food or drink doesn’t seem acidic, it can still be destructive. The bacteria of sugars and starches that you consume can also produce acids.

To ensure you are doing your part in protecting your smile, take a look at the following pH levels of some common foods and drinks:

  • Water – pH 7
  • Milk – pH 6.4
  • Cheese – 5.9
  • Bananas – 4.6
  • Apples – 3.6
  • Coffee – 2.7
  • Wine – 2.4
  • Candy – 1.6
  • Battery Acid – 1.0

While it is obvious that water and dairy products are your best bet for decay prevention, it may not always be possible to completely avoid some of your more acidic favorites. In such cases, try to rinse with water or grab a stick of sugarless gum to rinse away the acids and neutralize your mouth. Professional fluoride treatments are also an excellent choice, as they can restore lost minerals to your tooth enamel and reduce your cavity risk by up to 75%!

At the dental office of Omid Haroonian DDS, we want you to achieve and maintain a healthy, confident smile through all stages of life. If you are concerned about the way your diet or lifestyle habits have affected your teeth, please schedule an appointment with us. We offer a full range of preventative and restorative treatments using modern dental technique and personalized, patient-centered care.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

The Truth About Root Canals

Root canals top the list as one of the most highly misunderstood dental procedures. In fact, popular belief has influenced people to wince at the mere mention of term “root canal.” However, learning the truth about what root canal therapy is and what it can do for your oral health can help you feel more at ease about the procedure.

Take note of these 5 Truths about Root Canals:

A root canal may be the only procedure that can save your tooth. If your dentist has suggested a root canal, it is because the tooth pulp has become infected or damaged. It cannot heal on its own or be repaired with a filling or crown alone. This infection needs to be removed with root canal therapy in order to save the tooth and avoid an extraction.

Root canals are not painful. Perhaps the most common misconception about root canals is that they are very painful. This is simply not true. Instead, a root canal is no more uncomfortable than getting a dental filling. With today’s modern dental technique and sedation dentistry options, patients can remain relaxed and pain-free during the entire procedure.

A root canal can bring you out of pain. An infected tooth can be a source of significant sensitivity and pain. This is because the area of infection is at the site where your tooth nerves reside. A root canal not only eradicates the bacteria inside your tooth, but it also removes the infected tooth pulp so that your toothache is instantly relieved.

Root canals are a long-term solution. A root canal not only provides immediate pain relief, but it is designed to be a long-lasting restoration for the affected tooth. Root canals preserve the tooth indefinitely, especially when a crown is subsequently used to restore the tooth’s strength and function.

Root canals are safe. There is an old myth that tried to claim that root canals cause illness. Rest assured that root canals are effective and very safe, and this myth was based on poor research in the 1920s.

If you need to have a root canal, don’t fret or fear. Dr. Haroonian is a Newport Beach Dentist that has everything you need to feel comfortable, safe and confident in this important restorative treatment. We deliver root canal therapy with flawless precision and remarkable results.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Why a Mouthguard?

An active lifestyle calls for active safety. And while helmets, goggles and knee pads have become standard equipment to protect our bodies, it's important to remember to protect your teeth as well. Mouthguards offer an easy, reliable method to cushion your teeth during athletic and recreational activity.

Participating in any physical activity involves a risk of contact with the face and mouth. Although many sports teams require some protective gear, the delicate teeth are often overlooked. Considering that even minor direct force can cause teeth to chip, break or come loose, a mouthguard is a crucial piece of equipment for all active or athletic activities.

Mouthguards are especially crucial during contact sports such as football, hockey or boxing, where blows to the body and face are regular occurrences. But even non-contact sports such as gymnastics, and recreational pastimes such as skating or mountain biking, still pose a risk to the teeth. When participating in any activity that may result in injury to the mouth, dentists recommend that the teeth be properly shielded with some form of dental mouthguard.

Your Guide to Guards

There are three basic categories of mouthguards. Your dentist can suggest which type is right for you:

  1. Stock Mouthguards -- These pre-made protectors can usually be bought wherever sporting equipment is sold. Most dentists do not recommend their use because they cannot be adjusted to your mouth and provide only limited protection.
  2. Boil-and-Bite Mouthguards -- Boil-and-Bite guards are softened with hot water and then molded over your teeth. A somewhat customized fit leads to better protection and greater ease in talking and breathing. These are also available at most sporting goods vendors.
  3. Custom Mouthguards -- Your dentist can create a custom mouthguard designed specially for your teeth. These offer the best fit, comfort and protection, but may be more costly than store-bought varieties.

Guard Your Whole Mouth

In addition to cushioning your teeth from unnecessary force, using a mouthguard can prevent injury to the tongue, lips, face and jaw. It can also prevent or lessen the effects of headaches and concussions. Patients who wear dental braces should be especially careful to protect their mouths during physical activity. Make sure to discuss your level of activity with your dentist and find out which type of dental mouthguard best fits your needs.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

All-on-Four Dental Implants | Teeth in One Day

Want to get rid of your denture in one day forever?

Dr. Haroonian, the premier dentist in Newport Beach and Orange County has the best solution for you. If you have lost all of your teeth, or are losing your teeth, unsecured traditional dentures are a solution which in many cases has limited success. They are painful, inconvenient and instable, such dentures can make chewing food difficult, which could stop you from eating many of the foods you once enjoyed. They would also interfere with your speaking most of the times.

Rehabilitation of an edentulous individual (an individual without teeth) can be done in different methods.

1) Full mouth individual Dental Implants

One method is replacing missing teeth by replacing each tooth that is missing with one dental implant or using as many dental implants as we can accommodate in the bone left. This method usually needs bone grafting (like sinus lift on the upper jaw or block bone grafts…) to create enough bone to support the implants and the teeth on them. This method may take 3-4 months at least to developed bone and then implants are placed in the new bone and usually wait about 4-6 more months to start the prosthetic part (teeth or the final crowns and bridges).As you see it takes at least about 8 months to get the final prosthesis done. This method is good in localized tooth losses when there is one or more teeth left and the advantage of it is that we create more bone for the patient and it is a way to go for some patients that are edentulous (toothless). Contact us for a consultation at (949)646-2481.

2) Full Mouth Reconstruction: All-on-Four in Newport Beach

All on Four (4) dental implant is another method that requires less bone or in some cases no bone graft to replace missing teeth. It is also consider teeth in one day or same day implant. This method is suitable for individuals that are edentulous or have severe gum disease or other conditions that has caused them to lose their teeth in a single jaw or both jaws. With this technology, a special design of dental implants are used along with a special temporary bridge that could be either fixed (doesn’t come out by patient) or removable (patient can remove and place it back him/her self). All-on-Four (4) usually can be done in one day means patient walks in our office with their denture and walks out with a fixed (not removable) bridge the same day. The reason it is called All-on-4(four) is that for each jaw we need at least 4 special design dental implants to support the final bridge.


Three steps for Permanent Teeth in 1 day in Newport Beach

The treatment is done in three phases:

Phase 1: Diagnostic and Data Collection
In this phase you will meet Dr. Haroonian and we go over your goals and the options specifically for your case. A full set of Digital X-rays, study models are taken. A CT scan and fabrication of new teeth are going to be done.

Phase 2: Surgical and Temporizing
Four to six special dental implants are placed and in the same day the new prosthesis (new teeth that was made on the phase 1) is secured on top of the dental implants, so you will be able to chew, speak and smile naturally.

Phase 3: Final prosthetic
After healing of the implants (3-6 months after the second phase) a new set of teeth called implant bridge are made and installed on the dental implants.

I, (Omid Haroonian DDS, FICOI) personally usually use more than four dental implants to get better support and stability so if for any reason we are not able to use any of the implants we don’t need to do another surgery to place a new dental implant. Dr. Haroonian has over 20 years experience in placing and restoring dental implants in City of Newport Beach Orange County and Southern California. His expertise and knowledge in Dental Implants and full mouth dental implant reconstruction has made him the premier dentist in city of Newport Beach and Orange County.

Schedule you appointment for a consult online or call at (949) 646-2481.

Modern dentistry has solutions to suit a variety of needs and the All-on-4 is a wonderful solution for individuals who have suffered from not having teeth to chew well.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

How to Pick a Toothbrush

Picking a toothbrush sounds easy, right? But if you've ever walked down the toothbrush aisle of your local drug store, you know how easy it is to get confused by all the choices. Some toothbrushes promise fresh breath, deep cleaning and even teeth whitening. Others are specially designed for orthodontics or dentures. While these special features are enticing, it's best to ask your dentist if they're right for you or if you need them at all. There are, however, some toothbrush basics that you need to know -- these tips should make your search for a toothbrush a whole lot easier!

What to Look for in a Toothbrush

The right toothbrush can help turn bad oral hygiene habits into good oral hygiene habits. Without daily brushing and flossing, your teeth and gums may become especially vulnerable to tooth decay, dental plaque, dental tartar, even gum disease. Don't let that happen -- use these guidelines to help you pick a toothbrush; the more you like your toothbrush, the more likely you are to brush.

Remember: the Softer the better. It might seem like a toothbrush with stiff bristles is the right choice -- after all, many of your household brushes probably have rigid bristles, making cleaning faster and easier. But the opposite is true when it comes to picking a toothbrush. And the reason why is simple: Softer bristles are easier on your gums. When you brush, you want to clean your teeth, not make your gums bleed. A toothbrush with stiff bristles is more likely to cause bleeding gums. However, don't pick a toothbrush that's labeled "soft" unless your dentist recommends it; choose a "medium" one instead. Go nylon, not natural. There's a whole slew of natural dental products available that are environmentally friendly. You may have even heard about something called a "Natural Toothbrush" with bristles made from the root of an Araak tree. Other types of natural toothbrushes have brown bristles that are reportedly softer than nylon bristles. While you may be curious to try a natural toothbrush, keep in mind that there has been little research done in the U.S. on their effectiveness (or harmfulness). Natural toothbrushes may also cost more and wear out faster than standard toothbrushes. Until there's more information about natural toothbrushes, it's probably best to stick to an ADA-recommended toothbrush with medium-soft, nylon bristles.

Get a heads up. When it comes to a toothbrush head, you might think that bigger is better. That's not always the case. If you have a small mouth, a toothbrush with a big head might make it difficult to angle your toothbrush to brush hard-to-reach areas. Go for something that complements the size of your mouth.

Choose a handle with care. The handles of toothbrushes are usually colorful, sometimes translucent or even glittery. But don't be fooled into thinking that "bright and shiny" is all you need. What you should really look for is a toothbrush handle that feels comfortable in your hand and is easy to maneuver. Also look for a non-slip surface, especially if you have arthritis. Don't forget: After daily use, your toothbrush can lose its effectiveness and even become a breeding ground for germs, fungus and bacteria. Who wants that? To get the most out of your toothbrush, replace it frequently -- at least every 1-3 months. And if you recently had a cold or infection, you may have transferred germs to your toothbrush so be sure to use a new toothbrush.

Monday, December 7, 2015

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

Accidents happen all the time and not all of them require immediate care. But if you've had an injury to your teeth, mouth or jaw, you should see a dentist right away. If you’re not sure your problem is an emergency, here’s a list of the most common ones -- plus a few things you can do to minimize pain and damage before seeing your dentist:

Broken Tooth -- Save any pieces of the broken tooth and rinse your mouth out with warm water. Apply a cold compress to the area to decrease swelling and pain until you can be seen by the dentist.

Broken Jaw -- Apply a cold compress to limit swelling and see your dentist right away.

Knocked-Out Tooth -- Gently rinse off the knocked out tooth without removing any attached tissue. If possible, hold the tooth in place in the socket. Otherwise, put the tooth in a glass of milk and get to your dentist right away.

Something Stuck in Your Teeth -- Carefully try to remove the object with dental floss. (Don't try using a sharp instrument!) If you're unable to dislodge the object with dental floss, contact your dentist.

Toothache -- Rinse your mouth out with warm water. Then use dental floss to make sure there isn't any food or other debris causing the pain. If the pain persists, call the dentist.

Lost Dental Filling or Dental Crown -- For dental fillings, seal the area with a piece of sugarless gum or over-the-counter dental cement. If a dental crown has come loose, try to put it back in place with dental cement. If that doesn't work, bring it with you to the dentist.

Dental Abscess -- If you notice a painful, pimple-like swelling on your gums, rinse with salt water and immediately contact your dentist. Dental abscesses can lead to more serious infections if not promptly treated.