There's no doubt treating dental problems can improve your health. But because the mouth is among the most sensitive areas of the body, many dental procedures can be potentially uncomfortable after treatment.
We rely on pain medication to alleviate any dental work discomfort, especially during recuperation. Our arsenal of pain-relieving drugs includes strong opioid narcotics like morphine or oxycodone which have effectively relieved dental pain for decades. But although they work wonders, they're also highly addictive.
We've all been confronted in the last few years with startling headlines about the opioid addiction epidemic sweeping across the country. Annual deaths resulting from opioid addiction number in the tens of thousands, ahead of motor vehicle accident fatalities. Although illegal drugs like heroin account for some, the source for most addiction cases—an estimated 2 million in 2015 alone—is opioid prescriptions.
Dentists and other healthcare providers are seeking ways to address this problem. One way is to re-examine the use of opioids for pain management and to find alternative means that might reduce the number of narcotic prescriptions.
This has led to new approaches in dentistry regarding pain relief. In a trend that's been underway for several years, we've found managing post-discomfort for many procedures can be done effectively with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen. They don't share the addictive quality of narcotics and are regarded as safer when taken as directed.
There's also been a recent modification with using NSAIDs. Dentists have found that alternating the use of ibuprofen and acetaminophen often amplifies the pain relief found using only one at a time. By doing so, we may further reduce the need for narcotics for more procedures.
The trend now in dentistry is to look first to NSAIDs to manage pain and discomfort after dental work. Narcotics may still be used, but only in a secondary role when absolutely needed. With less narcotic prescriptions thanks to these new pain management protocols, we can reduce the risk of a dangerous addiction.
How many actresses have portrayed a neuroscientist on a wildly successful TV comedy while actually holding an advanced degree in neuroscience? As far as we know, exactly one: Mayim Bialik, who plays the lovably geeky Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory… and earned her PhD from UCLA.
Acknowledging her nerdy side, Bialik recently told Dear Doctor magazine, “I'm different, and I can't not be different.” Yet when it comes to her family's oral health, she wants the same things we all want: good checkups and great-looking smiles. “We're big on teeth and oral care,” she said. “Flossing is really a pleasure in our house.”
How does she get her two young sons to do it?
Bialik uses convenient pre-loaded floss holders that come complete with floss and a handle. “I just keep them in a little glass right next to the toothbrushes so they're open, no one has to reach, they're just right there,” she said. “It's really become such a routine, I don't even have to ask them anymore.”
As many parents have discovered, establishing healthy routines is one of the best things you can do to maintain your family's oral health. Here are some other oral hygiene tips you can try at home:
Brush to the music — Plenty of pop songs are about two minutes long… and that's the length of time you should brush your teeth. If brushing in silence gets boring, add a soundtrack. When the music's over — you're done!
Flossing can be fun — If standard dental floss doesn't appeal, there are many different styles of floss holders, from functional ones to cartoon characters… even some with a martial-arts theme! Find the one that your kids like best, and encourage them to use it.
The eyes don't lie — To show your kids how well (or not) they are cleaning their teeth, try using an over-the-counter disclosing solution. This harmless product will temporarily stain any plaque or debris that got left behind after brushing, so they can immediately see where they missed, and how to improve their hygiene technique — which will lead to better health.
Have regular dental exams & cleanings — When kids see you're enthusiastic about going to the dental office, it helps them feel the same way… and afterward, you can point out how great it feels to have a clean, sparkling smile.
What Dental Crowns Can Do For You
Dental crowns are used for a variety of situations, including to protect your teeth from decay, to restore a broken tooth, or to cover a dental implant. They are also utilized to hold a dental bridge in place and correct cosmetic imperfections. Traditional dental crown appointments typically take two visits to complete, but here at Outlaw Dental in Winter Park, FL, our cosmetic dentists can finish up your crown treatment in a single day!
A dental crown rebuilds a tooth after it has suffered severe dental damage. Once you and your Winter Park cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Outlaw, decide upon a treatment plan, we can create your permanent crown using ceramic materials. Traditional dental crowns need to be sent off to a laboratory. Meanwhile, same-day crowns are constructed using CEREC technology, which generates a final product within a couple of hours.
Additional Benefits of Same-Day Crowns
- Comfort - software ensures a sealed and tight fit.
- Convenience - the procedure can be completed in a single visit.
- Quick recovery - spend less time in the dental office.
- Save money - fewer visits are easy on your wallet.
You may wonder how dental crowns are placed in a single visit. First, a 3D image of the tooth is generated using digital technology. The software offers design alternatives so that your dental crown can be adjusted to the correct fit. This authorized design is then sent to a milling machine where the crown is formed. The final result provides you with a restoration that has a natural appearance and feel, and is durable enough to last up to 15 years with proper oral care maintenance.
If you are considering Same-Day Dental Crowns, schedule an appointment with one of the cosmetic dentists here at Outlaw Dental in Winter Park, FL. To learn more about Same Day-Dental Crowns visit our website. To set up an appointment with Dr. Outlaw, give us a call at (407) 671-6506.
If you know anyone with a dental implant, you may know it can be a long process in getting one. Several weeks or months can pass between removing the old tooth and placing the implant, and then several more weeks before affixing the permanent crown.
But with recent advances in implant technology, some patients don't have to wait as long for a new implant and crown. In fact, one procedure commonly known as "tooth in one day," allows patients to walk in with a problem tooth and out the same day with a new "one."
Not every implant patient, however, can undergo this accelerated procedure. If you're considering implants, the state of your bone health will determine whether or not you can.
Implants need a certain amount of available bone for proper placement. But bone loss, a common consequence of missing teeth or dental disease, can reduce bone volume to less than what's needed to place an implant. The patient may first need to undergo grafting to regenerate the bone or choose another restorative option.
If your supporting bone is sound, your dentist might then proceed with the implant. But you will still have to wait a while for your new crown. The implant needs to integrate with the bone to improve its hold. This integration process can take anywhere from a minimum of six weeks to more commonly twelve weeks. After the attachment is mature, the dentist may need to undo the gum covering before taking impressions for the formation of the new crown.
But it is possible to have a tooth or teeth in a day. For a single tooth, your dentist may be able to immediately attach a crown right after implant surgery if the implant is very stable. Even so, this crown will need to be temporary, slightly shorter than a permanent crown so that it won't make contact with other teeth and put too much pressure on the new implant. After further healing from bone integration, impressions will be taken so that you'll receive your permanent crown shortly.
Immediate crown placement can allow you to have the cosmetic and limited functional benefit of a new tooth right from the start. If multiple implants are placed in one arch in a day, it's possible to have immediate teeth if enough implants are attached together with a temporary restoration.
This is different from a single implant replacing a single tooth and does create confusion for patients when they read about teeth in a day. Regardless, no final tooth crown can be placed at the time of an implant—only a temporary restoration.
If you would like more information on your options for dental implants, 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 “Same-Day Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants.”
Teeth that are badly stained, shaped or crooked may be improved by a veneer placed on the surface of the affected teeth. Dr. Jim Outlaw, your Winter Park, FL cosmetic dentist, can tell you more.
What are Veneers?
Veneers are thin shells designed to cover the front side of your teeth. They can correct chipped, stained, decayed or crooked teeth.
What do veneers fix?
- Uneven surfaces
- Chipped and/or crooked teeth
- Oddly shaped teeth
- Uneven spacing
How are veneers installed?
The thin porcelain, or plastic, appliances are cemented on teeth surface to improve color and/or shape. Your Winter Park cosmetic dentist uses little or no anesthesia when cementing veneers on teeth. The procedure is irreversible because small amount of enamel are removed off the surface of your teeth.
You need at least three appointments for the procedure:
- Diagnosis and treatment planning
A dental lab technician makes the veneers using a model of your teeth provided by your dentist.
What are the advantages of veneers?
Porcelain veneers hide undesirable defects such as:
- Stained teeth
- Teeth damaged by injury
- Gaps in front teeth
- Chipped or worn teeth
They also have,
- Long life expectancy
- Good color stability
- High resistance to permanent staining
How do you care for veneers?
- Avoid unhealthy food, like hard candy and sodas
- Choose healthy food, like fruits and vegetables
- Brush your teeth twice a day, at least, and make sure you hold the toothbrush at a 40-degree angles
- Floss at least once before bed and make sure you try to floss under the gums on the edge of the tooth
- Visit your doctor twice a year for your bi-annual checkup and dental cleaning
Who should you contact?
For more information on veneers, call Dr. Jim Outlaw at Outlaw Dental in Winter Park, FL, at (407) 671-6506.
This website includes materials that are protected by copyright, or other proprietary rights. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use, as defined in the copyright laws, requires the written permission of the copyright owners.