15068 Jog Road
Delray Beach, FL 33446
Dr. J. Edward Carroll, DMD
2156 Harden Blvd.
Lakeland, FL, 33803
Periodontal & Implant Excellence
2247 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL, 33409
Dr. Richard Gray, D.D.S.
840 US Highway 1 205
North Palm Beach, FL, 33408
Dr. Emilio Martinez, D.D.S.,
5120 Turnpike Feeder Rd
Fort Pierce, FL, 34951
Q. What is the new technology dentists are using that reduces or eliminates discomfort from shots given during a dental procedure
A. A computerized injection system called The Wand has been shown to significantly reduce patient discomfort in delivering oral anesthetics. In a study of patients who have had procedures using it, more than 80% of them reported that it was a completely painless process. Consult your dentist to see if this dental procedure is covered by your dental care payment plan.
A very thin needle is attached to a pen-sized wand and placed near the gums. A drop of anesthetic numbs the gum before the needle is inserted. There is no prick or burning sensation with this system. As the needle glides through the gum, the anesthetic continues to be released. When the needle is fully inserted, the computer slowly releases the anesthetic. This eliminates the usual cause of the discomfort of the traditional dental shot -- the pressure associated with the stream of anesthetic flowing into the gum.
Q. How can early tooth decay be detected?
A. A dentist can put a "caries detection dye" on a suspicious tooth. This colored liquid helps identify the position and the extent of decay that is not visible to the naked eye. The dental procedure price may very.
Q. Are there any new prevention treatments for reducing tooth decay?
A. New prevention treatments are being studied. Research has shown that a tooth-decay inhibiting treatment can effectively eliminate the bacteria that cause tooth decay in humans. One promising treatment still in development is a caries vaccine, CaroRX, a tasteless, colorless antibody from genetically-altered plants, which is painted on clean teeth to prevent decay-causing bacteria from sticking to teeth. Planet Biotechnology, the manufacturer of CaroRX, hopes to gain FDA approval and make this product available to dentists within the next few years.
Q. What are intraoral cameras?
A. An intraoral camera is a miniature video camera that the dentist places in the patient's mouth so that together they can view any dental problems that the patient is having. The image from the camera is enlarged and sent to a monitor for viewing.
Q. What is the purpose of intraoral cameras?
A. The purpose behind intraoral cameras is to allow the patient to see the specific area that needs treatment so that they are more likely to understand the dentist's recommendation and accept it. Ask your dentist about this dental procedure and whether it's covered under your dental patient financing program.
Q. If a pain in a tooth goes away, should you still see a dentist?
A. Either minor or severe pain that goes away may indicate that you have a cracked tooth. A cracked tooth hurts because the pulp, the soft inner tissue of the tooth, is irritated. If treatment is delayed, the tooth may split and be more difficult to treat successfully.
The sudden absence of pain also may be a sign that the nerves of the tooth have died. It might also be due to a chronic infection that is draining. Even if the pain stops, if the pulp is damaged or diseased, pain will likely return and the tooth will require treatment. It is important to find a dentist who can treat the situation.
Q. After a traumatic injury, if teeth aren't chipped or broken but there's bleeding in the gums, is dental care necessary?
A. It's not always easy for people to tell when to seek a dental evaluation. However, if the gums bleed, it's important to see a dentist because the trauma may have caused damage. The tooth may have been "jammed" into the socket and severe problems could develop.
Prompt treatment often prevents more serious problems or complications from developing later. A tooth can develop problems long after the injury, so it's very important to be checked.
Q. What might be the cause of a dull ache in your upper teeth and cheek?
A. It can indicate several conditions. It could be associated with a tooth or gum problem, bruxism (grinding teeth), TMD (temporomandibular disorder), a sinus infection, headache, or salivary gland infection.
Check with your dental provider first, and if it's not related to a dental condition, you will be referred to a physician. Click here to find a dentist who specializes in TMJ/TMD.
Q. What should you do when you have a toothache?
A. Clean your mouth by rinsing with warm water and remove any food that is trapped between teeth with dental floss. Do not apply aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissues. See your dentist as soon as possible.
Q. What should you do if your tooth is knocked out?
A. If your tooth is knocked out, you should carefully rinse the tooth with water. You should attempt to place the tooth back in its socket and secure it with a wet wrap. If you cannot place the tooth back in its socket, put it in a glass with either saliva or milk. Then you should contact your dentist so you can be seen immediately.
Q. What are extruded teeth?
A. Extruded teeth are teeth that are forced out of position.
Q. What is the treatment for a broken tooth?
A. Rinse the mouth with warm water. Try to remove any dirt, blood, or debris from the injured area using sterilized gauze or a clean cloth and warm water. Apply cold compresses on the face next to the injured tooth to reduce swelling. Cover the tooth with cotton or gauze if the rough edges are cutting you or if it is sensitive to air, and see your dentist immediately.
Q. What should you do if your tooth is pushed out of position?
A. If your tooth is pushed out of place, you should reposition it to its normal alignment using very light finger pressure. You should hold the tooth in place with a moist gauze or tissue. Make sure that a dentist sees you ideally within a half-hour.
Q. What causes a constant throbbing pain in your jaw or tooth?
A. A throbbing pain is usually a symptom from two different causes: either the nerve inside the tooth or the ligament around the tooth is damaged, irritated, or inflamed. A cavity, traumatic injury, or other factor can damage or irritate the pulp inside the tooth.
Severe gum disease affecting the ligament that surrounds and cushions the tooth roots can result in throbbing pain. An erupting tooth, including a third molar or wisdom tooth and TMD are also potential sources of throbbing pain.
Q. What is considered to be a minor tooth fracture?
A. A minor fracture is considered to be a tooth that is only broken in the hard outer enamel part.
Q. How do you treat a minor tooth fracture?
A. Your dentist can smooth a minor fracture with a sandpaper disc or just leave it alone. You can also restore the tooth with a composite restoration if necessary.
Q. What do you consider to be a moderate tooth fracture?
A. A moderate fracture is considered to be damage to the enamel, dentin, and/or pulp of the tooth.
Q. How do you treat a moderate tooth fracture?
A. A moderate fracture can be restored with a full permanent crown if the pulp is not permanently damaged. Sometimes, an onlay or bonding will be appropriate as well. Occasionally, root canal treatment (endodontics) may be required.