Dr. Alina Gritsan loves helping people feel better about themselves, and dentistry combines her love of art, science, and helping others. She attended Mizzou for undergrad and the University of Missouri Kansas City for Dental School, where she focused on forensic dentistry, extractions, and emergency procedures. She has been practicing dentistry in St Louis for over two years and enjoys volunteering with Give Kids a Smile and Healthworks! She lives within minutes of her office and enjoys spending time with her family. She also loves traveling and cooking. She is very excited to be part of the Sunset Hills team!
A tooth can crack in a variety of ways, and these breaks often go unnoticed until chewing or exposure to hot or cold cause a sharp pain. If left untreated, extensive damage could occur to the inner pulp tissue and lead to infection.
A root canal and a crown will usually be needed to save the tooth. These treatments can also reduce the risk of future infections.
Many employees are unaware that broken teeth are a type of work-related injury that can be covered by workers’ compensation. They are then forced to take on the cost of dental treatment out of pocket. If this happens to you, talk to your employer about filing an accident report and getting referred to an approved Emergency Dentist in Saint Louis MO.
Bad breath (halitosis) is often caused by bacteria that collect between the teeth and gums, or on the tongue. These bacteria release a sulfur compound that creates the unpleasant odor. Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash can help. Certain foods, like garlic and onions, can also contribute to bad breath because of the odors they produce as they are digested.
Poor oral hygiene is a leading cause of bad breath. Brushing twice daily, flossing, and cleaning the tongue with a scraper can eliminate many causes of bad breath. Drinking lots of water is another good way to freshen your breath and increase saliva flow, which helps wash away bacterial deposits and dead cells.
Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, occurs when you clench or grind your teeth subconsciously. It often happens at night while you’re asleep but can also occur while you are awake. It is a problem because it can cause severe tooth damage and can lead to other serious health problems.
This compulsion to grind is common and can result from stress, caffeine, alcohol, recreational drug use, or bite problems like TMJ. If left untreated it can lead to loosened, cracked or worn down teeth as well as headaches and jaw pain.
Seeing your dentist can help you stop this damaging behavior. They can provide a mouth guard to wear while you sleep or analyze your bite relationship and prescribe muscle relaxants if necessary.
Gum disease is a persistent bacterial infection that damages the gum tissue, teeth and bone. It starts with plaque, an opaque film that irritates the gums, and hardens to form calculus (tartar). This bacteria-harboring substance is impossible to remove with a toothbrush and requires professional intervention.
The early stages of gum disease, gingivitis, present few symptoms. However, it’s important to get treated at this stage to prevent further complications.
Prophylaxis removes accumulated plaque, calculus and bacteria, which noticeably improves breath and alleviates irritation. It’s also an opportunity for our dentist to evaluate your gums and identify underlying health issues like diabetes. This helps you manage these conditions and reduces your risk of periodontitis and tooth loss.
A throbbing toothache is often a sign of an infected tooth pulp. If left untreated, the infection could spread to your sinuses, brain or even the heart. Eventually, this may lead to a fatal blood infection known as sepsis.
Fortunately, your dentist in St Louis MO can provide prompt and effective treatment to prevent further complications. He and his team offer a variety of restorative and cosmetic dentistry services to support your oral health and overall wellness.
Sam Cigno, owner of Cigno Dental Care, volunteered his office and staff to serve Covenant House residents on Friday. His event is part of a national effort to provide free Emergency Dentist in Saint Louis MO.