|New Dental Prodecures |
|New Dental Procedures | Modern Techniques|
Dentistry is one of those fields where the individual who practices the field has to continually attend schools.
This continued education is essential because there are always new dental procedures being developed. These procedures are not typically all new methods of handling a dental situation, but rather small changes that help to alleviate pain, limit healing times, and create a more pleasurable experience for the patient.
These small changes can often make a big difference in the likelihood of a patient coming back for routine work rather than just when there is a dental emergency.
One of the newest of the ever changing dental procedures is not even really a dental procedure. Instead this is the medication used when operating or working on someone’s teeth. The old local anesthesia was Novocain. This medication worked to numb out the area, and it was most often administered in the form of a shot, but it did have a serious draw back. There were a high number of patients who were allergic to the medication. The new dental procedures for providing anesthesia are to use lidocaine, bupivacine, or septocaine. These medications are less likely to cause allergic reactions and they are even more effective than Novocain was.
Fillings and cavities are also being handled differently due to the new dental procedures that help to make them less painful. These methods include laser dentistry and air abrasion. These methods allow for the cavity to be cleaned out before it is filled without the use of a needle or a drill. The cavity can even be smoothed out and prepared for the fillings with these methods, reducing the noise and discomfort that the patient experiences. Dental lasers are also being used to treat some forms of gum disease and increases the recovery time while decreasing the pain that the patient experiences.
The root canal has also been changed by the new dental procedures in order to make this once feared and painful procedure easier and less invasive. These changes include the use of the dental laser and the nickel titanium dental file. This dental file is stronger and more effective than the older style dental files. It can be mounted on a slow speed dental drill that most offices already have. The old dental files were all manual and would require multiple visits. The new files and new dental procedures help to reduce the time needed for a root canal to one single hour procedure rather than 3 one hour procedures.
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