Sedation dentistry refers to the use of medications to calm and relax a patient during a dental procedure. The pharmacological agents or medications used usually belong to a class of drugs called sedatives, which depress the central nervous system, specifically those areas concerned with conscious awareness.
Dentists meeting patients for the first time will do visual check of the neck and face to see if there’s any abnormal bump or swelling. Following that, the dentist will visually check the mouth, gums and teeth, to check for any gum disease or other potential dental problems that can affect the patient’s health. An inventory of the teeth will be made and the dentist will chart the findings – number of teeth, fillings, crowns, bridges, etc. If necessary, the dentist may also order for an X-ray to see details of the mouth which are not visible during the visual check..
Pediatric dentistry is that branch of dentistry that deals with children from birth to adolescence. Pediatric dentists specialize in providing the comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care needs of children. Pediatric dentists take care of children’s oral health exams, preventive dental care such as brushing and food recommendations, regular cleaning and fluoride treatments and the use of sealants to prevent cavities.
An artificial tooth root that is placed into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge is called a dental implant. People who have lost tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease or an injury or other reasons may elect to have dental implants.
Wisdom teeth (third molar) may be removed by extraction and no longer requires elaborate surgery. It can be performed in a dentist’s office.
Cosmetic dentistry refers to any dental procedure that improves the appearance of a person’s teeth, gums or bite, and restores the teeth’s natural beauty. Cosmetic dentistry may include teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, crowns and bridges, contouring and re-shaping and fillings.
General dentists provide services related to the general maintenance of oral hygiene and tooth health. General dentistry involves the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of a wide variety of dental conditions, disorders and diseases affecting the teeth, gums and the jaw and face.
A root canal often has more than one main canal and does not always run straight. The small canal entry points and branches cannot be seen by the naked or with magnifying eyeglass lenses. Expectedly, undetected hollow areas or canals are left untreated which can cause the remaining bacteria to develop inflammation which can lead to loss of tooth. A state-of-the-art dental microscope will allow visual enhancements of the most subtle structures in the root canal. A dental microscope has the ability to view the root canals, both orthograde and retrograde through magnification and clear coaxial illumination of the working area.