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Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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... Inlays & Onlays Surgical treatments Extractions Surgical Extractions Removal of wisdom teeth Implant placement TMJ Treatment Diagnosis of problems between your jaw, muscles and TMJ (temperomandibular joint) Tekscan - computer scan that analyzes your bite Centric Relation diagnostic models Splint Therapy Medications as needed to relax muscles Reshaping, or adding to your teeth if necessary to align your TMJ & your bite Coordination with expert physical therapists & surgeons, as needed Emergency Treatment For patients with pain, swelling and trauma Extractions & Surgical extractions Root Canal Therapy Replacing teeth knocked out due to an accident Preventive care Sealants, cleanings fluoride treatment exams  treating tiny cavities before they get big...

Our Services
...   Nitrous oxide for mild sedation and medications for deeper sedation are available, when requested...

Diabetics, Watch Out for a Hidden Enemy: Gum Disease
...Type 2 may be treated with exercise, diet, medications, and insulin supplements...

Sedation Dentistry FAQs
...The medications are administered by mouth (orally) to help transition you from feeling nervous to a more comfortable state of being...

Five Facts About Dental Implant Surgery
...If you're especially anxious about the procedure, it's possible to be given sedatives or anti-anxiety medications beforehand...

The Importance of Oral Hygiene During Cancer Treatment
...We may recommend salivary stimulating medications to fight against this condition...

FAQs About Calming Your Fears With Oral Sedation Dentistry
... Most of the medications used in oral sedation dentistry belong to a class of medications called benzodiazepines, tried and tested over decades to be safe and effective...

Dry Mouth - Causes, Risks and Cures
...It is also a common side effect of some medications...

Chronic Jaw Pain: What to do About TMJ Disorders
...If you do have TMJD, treatment should always begin with some conservative therapies: moist heat or cold packs, along with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications if you can tolerate them...

Dry Mouth FAQs
...This is one reason we so often find it in senior citizens, as they are typically on more medications than younger, healthier people...

Kicking the Tobacco Chewing Habit a Must for Long-Term Health
...You should begin your efforts to quit with a consultation with your doctor or dentist — they will be able to prescribe cessation medications and provide other suggestions for quitting...

Know the Causes and Treatments for Chronic Dry Mouth
...One of the most common arises as a side effect of over 500 medications, both prescription and over-the-counter...

What is Pediatric Conscious Sedation?
...Because the medications are commonly administered orally (by mouth), there’s no needle to provoke fear...

Herbal Supplements: Do You Have to Tell Your Dentist?
If you’ve come in to our office lately, chances are you’ve been asked to fill out a form or answer a question about what medications — both prescription and non-prescription — you are currently using...

While Usually Benign, Lichen Planus Lesions Should Still be Examined
...Certain medications and substances may also cause a lichenoid reaction...

No "Glee" in Tooth Grinding
...It may also result from bite problems, the overuse of stimulating substances (caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs), and as a side effect of certain medications...

Conscious Sedation Eases Treatment Anxiety for Young Dental Patients
... While general anesthesia creates a total loss of consciousness, conscious sedation uses precise medications to suppress consciousness at different levels ranging from light to deep suppression, and create a relaxed state for the patient...

IV Sedation can help Relax Patients with Acute Dental Visit Anxiety
... While there are a variety of IV medications, the most popular for dental offices are the benzodiazepines, most often Midazolam (Versed)...

Even Celebrities Like Jennifer Lawrence Aren't Immune From Bad Breath!
...” Certain health issues and some medications can also cause “dry mouth,” or xerostomia...

Ariana Grande Breaks Free - of Her Wisdom Teeth
...Anti-anxiety medications may also be given, especially for those who are apprehensive about dental procedures...

Keep an Eye Out for Problems if Your Children Grind Their Teeth
...And there may be a link with certain medications, especially for hyperactivity disorders like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)...

Not All Bacteria are Harmful to Oral Health
... As we gain a better understanding of these findings and of the role of bacteria in our lives, it could change many health recommendations not only about diet but about medications too...

Nitrous Oxide
...Before beginning treatment, we will take a complete medical history, including your use of both prescription and non-prescription medications...

TMD
...Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and muscle relaxants can also provide relief...

Nitrous Oxide for Children
...Before your child is treated, you will be asked for a complete medical history, including any medications your child is taking...

Pregnancy & Your Child's Developing Teeth
... Seek Guidance on Dietary Supplementation & Medications If you feel your diet is inadequate in some nutrients during your pregnancy, it's best to seek professional medical advice on what supplements you may need...

Periodontal Flap Surgery
... The Flap Surgery Procedure Flap surgery is typically done under local anesthesia, sometimes accompanied by oral anti-anxiety medications; alternatively, it may be performed under intravenous conscious sedation...

Blood Thinners & Dental Procedures
Millions of people regularly take anticoagulant or antiplatelet medications (sometimes called “blood thinners”) to help prevent heart attack and stroke, and to manage a variety of medical conditions including cardiac arrhythmia and stent placement...

Headaches & Migraines
...Gentle stretching exercises, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, and muscle relaxants can also provide relief...

Oral Diagnosis and Biopsies
...Over the past two decades, antiviral medications have been developed to help prevent outbreaks and speed healing...

Sedation Dentistry
... Before any particular sedative is recommended, you will be asked to provide your complete health history, including any medications you are currently taking — both prescription and over-the-counter...

Aging & Dental Health
...It's possible that medications prescribed for other diseases can adversely affect a person's oral health; it's also possible that a decline in oral health can worsen existing maladies (such as diabetes), or even cause systemic (whole-body) inflammation...

Antibiotic Premedicationfor Dental Treatments
... Guidelines for Antibiotic Premedication Prophylactic antibiotics might be recommended before dental procedures if you have one or more of the following heart conditions: A heart transplant Artificial heart valves A history of infective endocarditis Some types of congenital heart problems - particularly if they haven't been completely repaired, or if their treatment involves prosthetic material If you have undergone a joint replacement procedure, prophylactic antibiotics might be recommended if you also have one or more of the following risk factors: A systemic inflammatory disease such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus erythematosis A weakened immune system resulting from HIV, cancer, radiation or chemotherapy, or another cause Insulin-dependent (type I) diabetes or hemophilia A history of previous infection in a prosthetic joint Undernourishment or malnourishment There are other circumstances where taking prophylactic antibiotics would be a prudent step; there are also a number of situations where these medications might have been recommended in the past, but aren't currently required in all cases...

Bad Breath
...A chronically dry mouth (xerostomia), which is often a side effect of certain medications, and tobacco use can also contribute to this problem...

Blood Pressure Medications & Your Gums
Before prescribing any medications — even lifesaving ones, such as those used to reduce blood pressure or prevent epileptic seizures — your health care professionals carefully weigh the benefits a drug offers against the possible risks of taking it, including its potential side effects...

Dry Mouth
... Possible Causes There are several possible causes for xerostomia, including: Medications...

Osteoporosis & Oral Health
...For this to occur, that bone must be relatively healthy; yet osteoporosis — and certain medications used to treat it — may affect your oral health...

Stress & Oral Habits
...Additionally, teeth grinding is believed to be an uncommon side effect of certain medications...

Root Canal Surgery (Apicoectomy)
... Before an apicoectomy procedure, diagnostic images (such as X-rays) of the affected tooth and surrounding bone, a careful review of your medical history including medications you take (both prescription and non-prescription), and other factors are reviewed...

Root Canal Treatment
...Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen are generally effective in relieving discomfort, but prescription medications may also be given if needed...

Oral Surgery
...It's always important to let your healthcare providers know what medications you are taking (both prescription and over-the-counter), any chronic health conditions you have, and whether you smoke...