Nitrous oxide

Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax.

Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is one option your dentist may offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have. Your dentist will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed.

Talk to your dentist about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for you.

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Accessory Root Canals

Extra Canals In Root Canal Treatment

With proper care, most teeth that have had a root canal can last as long as other natural teeth. In some cases, however, a tooth that has received endodontic treatment may not heal properly. Occasionally, the tooth becomes painful or diseased months or even years after successful treatment. One is the complicated shape and form of root canals, which may be undetected in the first procedure.

Other possible reasons are:

  • Narrow or curved root canals that sometimes pose complications during the initial procedure.
  • The placement of the crown or other restoration was delayed following the treatment, resulting in bacterial re-infection of the root canals.
  • An inadequate seal of a restoration (filling) allowed bacterial recontamination of the inside of the tooth.

Accessory or lateral canals are part of a complicated root canal anatomy that may have been undetected in the first procedure. Root canals, which house the contents of the pulp of a tooth (blood vessels, nerves and connective tissues), can be quite elaborate. Like the root system of a tree or plant, the root canal system of a tooth may have tiny branches coming off the main canals. These accessory canals are usually located in areas where the roots of multi-rooted teeth join, or around the last third of the root, but can also be found anywhere along the length of a main root canal.

ccessory canals can sometimes be quite difficult to detect, clean and fill. If tissue is trapped inside one of them, it can become infected and die. If accessory canals open into the periodontal membrane (the attachment mechanism between the tooth and bone) they can give rise to periodontal (gum) problems in addition to endodontic (root canal) problems.

If your tooth has failed to heal or has developed new problems, you do have a second chance. Another endodontic procedure may be able to save your tooth. This is called retreatment.

While challenging, accessory canals can be successfully treated to save an affected tooth. This often requires the skills of an endodontist, a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of root canal disorders, who will use advanced technologies such as microscopes and specialized filling techniques to treat these minute canals.

(A Consultation with Dr William T. Johnson)

Bad breath

Bad breath happens to almost everybody, even to people who don’t care to admit it. While chronic bad breath (also known as halitosis) might have more serious causes, occasional bad breath can be prevented fairly easily with good oral care.

What Causes Bad Breath?

In the majority of cases, bad breath is caused by the presence of oral bacteria. Bacteria can form on the tongue when you forget to brush properly, become dehydrated, or have dry mouth due to medications you may be taking that reduce saliva in your mouth. However, you can take these easy steps to help keep your tongue free of bacteria and your breath feeling fresh.

Ways to Protect Against Bad Breath

  • Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day to remove plaque bacteria. Follow up with a good tongue brushing. Pay special attention to the back of your tongue, where most odor-causing bacteria are found.
  • Floss effectively to help remove food particles. If reaching back teeth is difficult, a floss holder can help.
  • Round out your routine with a mouthwash that fights bad breath to keep your mouth at its freshest.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. The amount of water you need will vary based on your daily activity level and the number of medications you take that cause dry mouth.
  • Chew sugarless gum to stimulate saliva production. Eating a mint is a temporary but less recommended method for breath freshening because it can leave a sugary residue behind.
  • Chronic bad breath may be a symptom of a more serious condition, so you should consult a dental professional or medical professional.
  • Learn which foods can cause bad breath.
  • Consider limiting behaviors that can intensify bad breath, such as drinking alcohol or smoking.

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New tooth decay technology could end drilling at the dentist’s office

The technology, called “electrically accelerated and enhanced remineralization,” could make it to dentists’ offices within three years.

There may be a time in the near future when fillings for minor cavities are a thing of the past.Researchers at King’s College London are developing a procedure that uses low-frequency electrical currents to help teeth “self heal” lesions (a.k.a. cavities) without drilling.The technology, called “electrically accelerated and enhanced remineralization,” could put an end to fillings for early-stage lesions and moderate tooth decay. Eventually it could lead to new treatments for more advanced decay.Sounds good, right? There’s even better news: This technology could make it to dentists’ offices within three years.

By the time a dentist looks at an X-ray and diagnoses a patient with a cavity, he or she is seeing a tooth after it has lost minerals in the enamel and has started to decay.Teeth can repair themselves by replacing those minerals with ones found in saliva or fluoride through a natural “remineralization” process. Researchers have been trying to figure out how to enhance that process by making it faster and allowing it to work more deeply in the tooth.“We in the dental research field have known about remineralization for some time,” King’s College London Professor Nigel Pitts, a dentist, said in an interview. “People were talking about remineralization in the 1980s, but it’s been hard to achieve a viable way that will remineralize established, large lesions in depth.”

Pitts said his team’s “Eureka” moment came when they began focusing on preparing the tooth by removing barriers to the remineralization process, including saliva and tissue. Step two involves using electrical currents to help drive minerals into the tooth.In theory, a dentist would be able to place what Pitts calls a “healing hand piece” on the surface of the tooth for the duration of the relatively quick procedure. It emits an imperceptible electric current that drives minerals back into the tooth.

The process would be painless and would cost about as much as, or less than, a traditional filling, and would take about as much time, Pitts said.“Using the electrical method, we can achieve remineralization that would have taken weeks and we can do it an order of magnitude faster and better,” he said.The World Health Organization estimates that 60-90 percent of schoolchildren and nearly 100 percent of adults worldwide have dental cavities.Now it appears that technology might be close to meeting the growing demand for pain-free, effective solutions to cavities that don’t discourage people from coming back to the dentist’s office for other serious problems such as gum disease.

“The procedure that’s involved in cutting a cavity and giving an injection is in some ways really uncomfortable. For some patients it’s a real phobia,” Pitts. “When patients are more relaxed, they’ll come for monitoring.”“Dentistry is changing and quite a lot of what we’re doing is about health and well-being, and we need to control the dental decay as much as we can,” he added,Pitts and his partner, dentist Christopher Longbottom, formed a company called Reminova to raise money and run patient trials of the technology in partnership with King’s College. Academic research supporting the validity of the remineralization technology is expected to be published in industry journals in coming months.The pair is aiming to have the devices in dentists’ offices — beginning in Britain — within three years, which Pitts calls “conservative.”As for the prognosis for dental offices on this side of the pond, Pitts acknowledged that the regulatory environment for medical treatments here is a little different. But he and his team have been working with international dentistry organizations throughout the process of developing the technology. By Wed., June 18, 2014

 

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Each aligner shifts your teeth slightly, moving them horizontally and vertically and even rotating them when needed. Your aligners are engineered to use the right amount of force in the right place at the right time.
When you change to the next set of aligners (typically every week) your teeth gradually move into position, following a custom treatment plan mapped out by your doctor.

 

 

Could sitting in the dentist’s chair really be as enjoyable as a walk on the beach?

A group of scientists found that putting patients in a virtual reality (VR) environment while being treated can reduce anxiety levels.The researchers said this “bottled nature” approach could help many people get past their fears – but not all.Those who experienced a more urban VR environment in the study did not receive the same benefits.”Our idea was that if we bring nature into a stressful situation, such as the one in a dentist’s surgery, then that should have a similar benefit as when people are able to go out into nature,” explained co-author Sabine Pahl from the University of Plymouth, UK.”We know about the benefits of the natural environment in psychological and physiological terms – people can feel relaxed and restore their cognitive resources.”We also know in dentistry, there is a high percentage of people with dentist anxiety and their teeth tend to be in a worse state and they tend to miss appointments because they are worried about going to the dentist; and that, of course, has an effect on their teeth.”We are trying to intervene in that dental anxiety process,” Dr Pahl Said.Because it was not possible to walk on the beach or in the woods while receiving treatment in a dentist’s chair, the researchers decided to “bottle nature” and allow patients to experience it via virtual reality technology.