Posts for: March, 2019
Accidents happen! Next time you'll wear your mouthguard when you skateboard, never use your teeth to open anything again, and carefully step away from your grandmother's hard candy dish. But now that your tooth has chipped, what's the next step in repair? Take a look at many of the common treatment options for repairing chipped teeth.
- BONDING. If the chip is small, then a tooth-colored resin is applied to the damaged area with adhesive, molded to shape, and then hardened with a curing light in a single visit.
- PORCELAIN VENEER. If the chip is too large for bonding, then a thin shell of porcelain can be custom fabricated by the lab from an impression of your tooth and then adhered with a bonding procedure at a later visit.
- CROWN. Larger chips or fractures are commonly treated with a crown also known as a "cap." Impressions of the tooth are made after a preparation and then sent to the lab for a custom fitted crown to be fabricated. A temporary crown will be placed over the tooth until the final visit when the custom crown has been received back from the lab and then adhered to your tooth at the second visit.
No matter what size of the chip, it is important to have your tooth evaluated to determine what treatment is needed. If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our dental office at 918-455-0123!
Some patients may require nitrous oxide to remove pain or anxiety during dental treatments. Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a gaseous sedative that's inhaled through a mask over the nose. It was first used in the mid 1800s when practicioners didn't know they should mix oxygen with the nitrous oxide, which wasn't healthy alone. These days, nitrous oxide is administered with at least a 30% oxygen mix through a fail safe mechanism, which makes it safe for any dental care.
Some of the effects you may experience while you're sedated include:
- Lightheadedness, and tingling in the arms and legs, followed by a comforting sensation
- A euphoric feeling or sensation that you are floating
- Inability to keep your eyes open, so it feels as if your asleep
Unlike other methods of sedation, the percentage of nitous oxide can easily be adjusted and reversed quickly allowing it to be used on patients that may have other plans for the day after they leave the dental office.