Factors that Can Affect Dental Sedatives

Dental SedativesSo you need to have an oral procedure done – what a bummer! At All Smiles Dentistry Albion, we know that the idea of having a procedure done can make you feel uneasy, especially if your procedure requires sedation. Now, there are some factors that can affect how the sedation affects you. We have compiled a list of tricks and tips to ensure that you have the best experience possible.

Preparing for Your Procedure

First of all, oral sedation may not be the best option. Novocain can be just as effective as sedation in many cases. However, most people choose sedation because they are afraid of needles. We won’t lie to you – certain shots of Novocain can be uncomfortable, depending on the area where it is being done, but it can sometimes be more cost-effective and even be easier for both you and your dentist to complete the procedure.

If you know that you require full sedation, you may need to avoid eating and drinking in the days and hours leading up to your procedure. The amount food and liquid in your stomach will often affect how well sedatives work, and we often will recommend not eating or drinking within the six hours prior to your appointment. Specific foods may also need to be avoided. For example, grapefruit juice has been known to conflict with your metabolism when it comes to breaking down sedation medication, which is why we recommend not eating grapefruit for a 96-hour period – 72 hours prior to the appointment and 24 hours after the appointment – says Dear Doctor.

If you are taking any natural remedies, prescriptions or over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin, please discuss this with your dentist prior to the procedure, as well. Your dentist may need to adjust the amount of sedation given to you or even the type to avoid a potential drug interaction.

Smoking and alcohol consumption can also impact how sedatives affect you. Please be sure to discuss your habits prior to your procedure. Pre-existing medical conditions may also affect your recovery. For example, conditions like diabetes or hemophilia can affect your recovery time and should be discussed with your doctor ahead of time to discuss any possible concerns or complications.

Each person is unique and will interact with sedation differently. It is better to be up front with your dentist than to be unpleasantly surprised by a potential risk later.

After Your Procedure

What happens after your appointment? First off, make sure that you arrange for a ride to and from the dentist’s office as you will not be able to operate heavy machinery until the sedative has worn off. Depending on the type of procedure you receive, you may want to take some time off work as well so to give your body time to recuperate from the effects of sedation. You may need to take a half day or even a full day off to properly recover. Each procedure impacts each person differently, and there is no definitive way to say how something is going to affect you. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

It is important to remain hydrated and drink water after your appointment, as well. Remaining hydrated will help your body recover from the procedure. We also recommend getting a good night’s sleep prior to your appointment and the night after. Sleep can help you relax ahead of your appointment and can help your body recover from your procedure.

Before any appointment requiring sedation, our team will discuss your medical history and any concerns that you have with you to make sure that your procedure goes smoothly and without any issues. Sedation can seem daunting, but we can help answer your questions and relieve your concerns.

Of course, the best way to avoid requiring sedation all together is to keep up with your dental health regimen – which includes keeping regular appointments with your dentist. Schedule your next visit to All Smiles Dentistry Albion today by calling us at 585-589-0000 or request an appointment online now.

Getting a Crown – And Not As Homecoming King or Queen

CrownsDo you have crowns on the brain this week? While this week might be homecoming week at Albion High School, where a few lucky students will be crowned homecoming king and queen, here at All Smiles Dentistry Albion when we talk about crowns, we’re talking about teeth.

A crown is a cap or covering that encases a tooth’s entire surface, restoring it to its original shape and size after a cavity or injury has wreaked havoc on its structure. Crowns protect and strengthen teeth from further damage that could lead to you losing a tooth entirely when a filling or some other type of fix or restoration is simply not enough.

Crowns are a fairly common practice in the dentistry field. The most common kind of crown is made of porcelain, which is often the same color as your tooth, so you won’t be able to tell a difference where the tooth with the crown covering is just by looking at your teeth. Porcelain crowns last for many years, as well, but may need to be fixed or replaced in the event of chipping or cracking.

All Smiles Dentistry Albion will place a crown on your tooth if you have a decaying, broken or fractured tooth; a large or fractured filling that needs some extra help; or after we perform a root canal to make sure your tooth stays healthy. We can also use crowns and caps to cosmetically fix or enhance parts of your smile that you’re not pleased with.

We typically apply a crown over the span of two appointments. The first appointment will involve having molds or impressions taken of your teeth so that we can create a crown that meets the exact specifications and dimensions of your tooth. We’ll also place a temporary crown on your tooth until the permanent one can be attached. We’ll numb your tooth and the surrounding area, shave away any decaying tooth, and use a temporary non-harmful cement to place the temporary crown.

At your second appointment, we’ll remove the temporary crown, clean your tooth, and place the permanent crown on your tooth. We’ll make sure your bite is neat and accurate, and ensure that you don’t have any discomfort from chewing with the crown in place, ensuring a comfortable and natural-feeling experience.

We want our patients to know that this procedure may seem scary at first, but we perform crown placement procedures on a regular basis, and there’s really nothing to be nervous about! If you have any questions and want to speak to a dentist, make an appointment online today or call us at All Smiles Dentistry Albion at 585-589-0000 and let us help you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.

 

Filling in the Gaps About Fillings

One of the most common dental procedures that patients have done is checking for cavities and having any that are discovered treated with fillings. As most of us know, fillings, which are also called amalgams, are the most common method for treating cavities, but where did this popular treatment method come from?

Cavity FillingSome say that fillings may have been around for more than 6,500 years, with some of the earliest fillings believed to have been made from beeswax and installed after the patient was already deceased, according to 123Dentist.com. Since the concept of fillings is thousands of years old, it’s no surprise that they have gone through many different incarnations to become what we know today.

Moving forward into the 19th century, metal fillings became more popular. These were a variety of metals, most commonly gold, tin and silver, that were softened and fitted into the cavity in the tooth. As the century marched on, amalgams became more commonly used. This mix of metals blended tin, silver, mercury and copper to create a filling material that was more efficient and affordable to create.

Before long, the predominant use of mercury was discontinued as people began to realize that the metal could seep into a patient’s body and cause damage. Upon the realization that fillings were causing mercury poisoning, the method was denounced, but many fringe dentists continued the practice of using mercury due to how inexpensive and easy these fillings were to use.

The use of mercury in fillings has been dramatically diminished, and these days, amalgams are mostly made of gold, porcelain, silver and composite resin, with trace amounts of mercury used to bind the amalgam materials together. Dentists and chemists alike have concluded that using these other metals in the fillings is much safer while still providing excellent results for teeth in the process.

At All Smiles Dentistry Albion, we provide both traditional amalgam fillings as well as new composite fillings that more closely match the look of teeth – perfect for fillings in front teeth or more visible teeth. To learn more about fillings or to schedule your next dentist’s appointment, call us today at 585-589-0000 or request a visit online now.

Lost a Tooth? Here Are the Steps to Take

To most people, having a tooth knocked out can seem like a really scary ordeal. Not only do you have to deal with the pain of the injury, but you also have to go through dental surgery to have a fake tooth implanted. Well, contrary to popular belief, having a tooth knocked out may not actually be as bad as you might think, and you may even be able to save your tooth­ – but you have to be prepared to act quickly to care for the tooth when the injury occurs.

Teeth are knocked out fairly frequently, especially in the colder months with popular winter sports such as skiing and ice hockey and more dangerous walking and driving conditions. In fact, more than 5 million teeth are knocked out per year. That’s a lot of teeth!

So, if you ever have a tooth knocked out, the first thing you need to do is find the tooth and handle it by the crown only – the part of the tooth that you bite with. If you touch the root of the tooth, you run the risk of causing permanent damage to the tooth.

If the tooth is dirty, you can rinse it gently with your own saliva or whole milk. If neither of those are feasible options, you can rinse it very gently with water, but saliva or milk are the preferred options to get rid of any grime.

The next step is to get to a dentist – immediately. The longer you wait, the more unlikely it is that your tooth can be successfully re-implanted. During transport, if you can, you can place the tooth back in the socket gently, and bite down on gauze or a tea bag to keep the tooth in place. If the tooth can’t fit back into the socket, you can keep the tooth in your mouth, either under your tongue or between your lower lip and gums. You can also transport the tooth in a container, as long as it is covered with a small amount of saliva or whole milk. The key is to keep the tooth moist at all times, as once it dries out, the tooth won’t be viable for re-implantation.

Consider adding one of these Save-a-Tooth containers to your home’s first aid kit or adding one to your roadside emergency bag. These containers are an ADA Seal of Acceptance product, meaning that they have been reviewed and approved by the agency’s Council on Scientific Affairs as a means of safely transporting your tooth.

The most important thing to remember if you ever lose a tooth is to stay calm and follow these steps. If you act quickly, your tooth can be successfully re-implanted and last you for many more years to come. In the meantime, don’t forget to wear your mouth guard when you’re playing sports and watch out for black ice on sidewalks and roadways!

Of course, dental care is more than just emergencies like lost teeth – it’s also routine cleanings and preventative care to keep cavities from forming and identifying any potential issues early before they become serious problems. Don’t forget to schedule your next appointment with the team at All Smiles Dentistry Albion. Call us today at 585-589-0000 or request an appointment online now to schedule your next visit!

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Are you unhappy with your smile or looking to get rid of your dentures? Are you ready for a sustainable solution to missing teeth? After speaking with your dentist, you may decide to get dental implants.

Dental ImplantsDental implants are natural-looking artificial roots and teeth that are surgically embedded into the jaw. Implants are an excellent option when you are looking for a more permanent solution to missing teeth or using dentures, and can also even be used to reduce joint pain or restore your confident smile. Dental implants are a stable and strong choice when you are looking for a long-lasting solution.

Unlike dentures or other daily-wear options, you need to brush and floss dental implants regularly just like you would with natural teeth to avoid gum disease and other problems which could result in an implantation failure. Dental implants will last for years when properly cared for, but still may require occasional re-tightening due to normal wear.

If you keep a proper dental hygiene regimen and maintain check-ups with your dentist, your dental implants can last a lifetime, unlike crowns which don’t tend to last beyond 15 years. Although implants in the back of the mouth, which receive more wear, do tend to need replacement more often than those near the front.

Dental implants have become the norm in tooth-replacement. More reliable than dentures and dental bridges, dental implants provide excellent support and don’t decay. Plus, you will be able to chew without slipping and won’t feel pressure on your teeth!

Due to the advancement of dental implants, failures and rejections are rare and most problems occur due to preexisting medical conditions. Consult with one of our friendly and professional dentists at All Smiles Dentistry Albion to see if dental implants are right for you. Call us at 585-589-0000 or request an appointment online now.