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LocalAnesthesiaEliminatesPainCompletelyDuringDentalWork

Your teeth and gums are filled with nerves that make the mouth one of the most sensitive areas in the body. But thanks to local anesthesia, you won't feel a thing during your next dental procedure.

The word anesthesia means “without feeling or pain.” General anesthesia accomplishes this with drugs that place the patient in an unconscious state. It's reserved for major surgery where the patient will be closely monitored for vital signs while in that state.

The other alternative is local anesthesia, which numbs the area that needs treatment, while allowing the patient to remain conscious. The anesthetics used in this way are applied either topically (with a swab, adhesive patch or spray) or injected with a needle.

In dentistry, we use both applications. Topical anesthesia is occasionally used for sensitive patients before superficial teeth cleaning, but most often as an “opening act” to injected anesthesia: the topical application numbs the gums so you can't feel the prick of the needle used for the injectable anesthetic. By using both types, you won't feel any pain at all during your visit.

Because of possible side effects, we're careful about what procedures will involve the use of local anesthesia. Placing a sealant on the exterior of a tooth or reshaping enamel doesn't require it because we're not making contact with the more sensitive dentin layer beneath. We've also seen advances in anesthetic drugs in which we can now better control the length of time numbness will persist after the procedure.

All in all, though, local anesthesia will make your dental care more comfortable — both for you and for us. Knowing you're relaxed and comfortable allows us to work with ease so we can be unhurried and thorough. By keeping pain out of the equation, your dental care has a better chance for a successful outcome.

If you would like more information on managing discomfort during dental care, 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 “Local Anesthesia for Pain-Free Dentistry.”


By Golden Dental
August 11, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: nutrition   food  

Learn the effects of hard food on your teeth from your Lancaster dentist.

Your teeth are very tough, but they aren't invincible. If you bite into very hard food, it's possible to crack or chip your teeth. Dr. Roland nutritionMarkarian, your Lancaster, LA dentist, lists a few foods that can damage your teeth.

Popcorn

Pieces of popcorn tend to get stuck to your teeth unless you brush and floss thoroughly after you indulge in a big bowl of popcorn. Unfortunately, popcorn can also crack your teeth. As you reach into the bowl or bag for another handful of popcorn, you may not notice that you've also scooped up a few unpopped kernels. Biting into one of those hard kernels can chip or fracture your tooth.

Ice

Chewing on ice cubes may seem like an innocent habit - until you crack a tooth. Every time you chomp on the ice cubes at the bottom of your beverage, tiny cracks can develop in your teeth. Eventually, those tiny cracks can cause big problems.

Nuts and olive pits

Munching on nuts or olives can also result in an unexpected visit to your dentist. Remove the pits before you eat the olives and never open shells with your teeth.

Hard pretzels and crusty bread

Thick, hard pretzels are a tasty treat, but it only takes one bite of your favorite snack to crack your tooth. It's best to stick to thinner pretzels to avoid damaging your teeth. Eating bread with thick, crunchy crusts can also cause cracks. Avoid the problem by removing the hard crusts.

Candy

Hard candy was designed to be savored not chewed. Whether you enjoy lollipops or peppermints, suck the candy instead of biting into it. Frozen candy bars are a special treat, but if you indulge in one, you may chip or fracture your tooth. In fact, anything frozen should be avoided. If you enjoy popsicles, let them soften up for a little while before you take the first bite.

Whether you have a cracked tooth or it's time for your next dental exam, Dr. Markarian, your Lancaster, LA dentist, is committed to helping you enjoy good dental health. Call him at (661) 948-8100 to schedule an appointment.


KathyBatesPlaysItSmartWithProfessionalTeethWhitening

Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”




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