Posts Tagged ‘oral surgery’

How To Prepare For Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Friday, October 26th, 2018
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Check out these tips on how to prepare for wisdom teeth extraction.

Wisdom teeth extraction is a common procedure, so when it comes time to have your wisdom tooth (or teeth) removed, remember that there is no need to worry! However, there are a few things you can do to be prepared for the procedure and the recovery process. Continue reading to learn how to prepare for your wisdom teeth extraction to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible. (more…)

Can I Prepare for My Root Canal?

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
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If you have an upcoming Root Canal, there are important measures to take first.

When your dentist tells you that you need a root canal, it can sound intimidating. It

really doesn’t have to be. Your dentist has likely performed the procedure hundreds
of times before and it will be done in no time. And with numbing agents, a root
canal is typically no more painful than a filling. There are a few things you can do to
prepare for your root canal that can help it go as smoothly as possible.

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Is Wisdom Tooth Removal Necessary?

Friday, April 15th, 2016
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Wisdom tooth removal is always necessary if the tooth is impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth are unable to erupt from your gums, resulting in severe pain and pressure.

Having a wisdom tooth extracted is common practice for several people in their late teens and early twenties. Regardless of how frequent this procedure takes place, it is not actually necessary for everyone. The need for wisdom tooth removal depends on various factors unique to your oral health. Affinity Dental is here to share indicators with you that may signal it is time to have your wisdom teeth removed. (more…)

Your Wisdom Teeth and You

Monday, June 29th, 2015

 

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Getting your wisdom teeth removed doesn’t have to be a nightmare.

If you haven’t had your wisdom teeth removed, then are probably dreading it a bit. There are tons of horror stories of the pain and recovery that comes along with having wisdom teeth removed, but your story doesn’t have to be one of them. We’re here to give you a little guidance on what you can expect when you’re getting ready to get your wisdom teeth removed. Would you like learn more? Let’s do it! (more…)

Preparing for Oral Surgery

Friday, January 16th, 2015

If you are scheduled for, or are contemplating having, oral surgery, we know that the prospect can seem daunting. Nobody wants to have an area as sensitive as the mouth cut open. Fortunately, modern medical science and technology has made most oral surgery a relatively painless process, one that can be made fairly smooth with the right preparation. Affinity Dental is here with the steps you should take to properly prepare for oral surgery.

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Talk to Your Dentist

It seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people avoid conversing with their dentists even when something as serious as surgery is on the line. Talk to them about the process, ask questions, we promise they don’t bite. Find out if there’s any medicine you’ll need afterwards, and make sure you’ve taken care of the prescriptions before the procedure. Schedule a ride to take you home afterwards and above all, talk about what makes you afraid or concerned about the surgery. Your dentist will almost certainly be able to help put these at ease.

Follow Pre-Surgery Instructions

It’s important to follow any guidelines your dentist suggests closely, especially if they’re administering any anesthetic. Typically, you can’t eat or drink for about 8 hours prior to oral surgery, although if local anesthetic is being used, you should probably have a small meal. Make sure you’ve brushed and flossed beforehand and, most importantly, do not smoke for at least 24 hours prior to the surgery.

What to Wear

It’s important to wear clothing that has short sleeves and fits comfortably. While your dentist will do their best to avoid any clothing staining, you may want to wear something you don’t care about getting a few spots on. Don’t wear contact lenses, and avoid putting on any makeup.

Plan Your Diet

What you eat after oral surgery is important. You’ll most likely need to stick to soft foods that don’t need a lot of chewing. You should also stay away from anything that’s highly acidic or spicy, which could cause irritation in your gums. DO NOT drink beverages after oral surgery using a straw, especially if you’ve had a tooth removed. This is caused when a protective blood clot, which usually forms when a tooth is removed, is dislodged and raw bone and nerve tissue is exposed, causing severe pain and potentially leading to an infection.

Need an Experienced Oral Surgeon?

Call Affinity Dental. Affinity Dental’s team of experienced and highly personable dentists have the technology and skill necessary to make oral surgery quick and painless. Affinity Dental is dedicated to providing Maryland with the best dental service and oral surgery practices in the state. We offer morning, evening, and weekend hours to accommodate our patients and provide access to care to fit your busy schedule. We’re trained and equipped to tackle any dental problem you have, from routine cleaning to advanced oral surgery.

Contact us by phone at 410-719-7900, or on our website.

Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!

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Treating Gum Disease in Maryland

Friday, November 14th, 2014

gum diseaseWe’ve recently covered some of the potential causes of gum disease. Whether your gum disease has resulted from poor brushing, medication, hormonal changes, or as a side effect of another illness, one thing’s for sure: It’s painful. If you have gum disease you’ll want to consult your Maryland dentist quickly on possible treatment options for this common condition. Affinity Dental, your Maryland family dentist, is here with some of the possible treatments for advanced gum disease.

Professional Dental Cleaning

Plaque is a hard substance that builds up on tooth surfaces, forming a hardened layer of bacteria laden gunk. Often the first procedure used to address gum disease is a thorough dental cleaning, wherein your Maryland dentist will use special tools to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth.

Scaling and Root Planing

If general plaque cleaning isn’t enough, but your gum disease does not yet warrant surgical intervention, your Maryland dentist may recommend scaling and root planting. During this procedure your dentist will, after anesthetizing you, clean plaque and tartar from your tooth roots, as well as from your visible gum line, and anywhere that tartar has caused your gum line to deteriorate.

Pocket Reduction

The most common surgical procedure that a Maryland dentist will perform on patients suffering from advanced forms of gum disease, pocket reduction, also called flap surgery, involves your dentist making an incision in your gums and peeling back a flap to remove subsurface tartar and plaque. Your dentist will also smooth damaged tooth structure and more tightly sew your gums back in place, reducing the space that bacteria can grow in.

Do You Need Gum Disease Treatment in Maryland?

Contact Affinity Dental! Affinity Dental’s team of experienced and personable physicians have the technology and skill necessary to treat your gum disease quickly, effectively, and painlessly. Affinity Dental is dedicated to providing Maryland with the best dental service, keeping mouths gum disease-free and smiles gleaming white. We offer morning, evening, and weekend hours to accommodate our patients and provide access to care to fit your busy schedule. We’re trained and equipped to tackle any dental problem you have, from routine cleaning to advanced oral surgery.

Contact us by phone at 410-719-7900, or on our website.

Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Recovery After Dental Surgery

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

recovery from dental surgeryWhile dental science and surgical practices have come a long way since their invention, and recovery times have shortened drastically, you should still treat recovering from a dental surgery with the gravity it deserves. Failure to observe proper recovery procedures can lead to stich ripping, infection, and in some cases permanent tooth damage. Here are a few tips Catonsville residents should observe when recovering from certain procedures.

Bleeding After Tooth Extraction

It’s normal for sleight bleeding to occur up to 24 hours after having a tooth removed via dental surgery. Your Catonsville dentist will provide you with gauze you should use to bite down onto firmly for 1 hour. After this, use a little water to gently remove the gauze for a safe recovery. If bleeding occurs after this period contact your dentist immediately.

Swelling

A typical response to many kinds of dental surgery, swelling during your recovery period should be addressed by elevating your head with pillows and applying an ice pack to the affected area for the first 24 hours after dental surgery. Swelling should dissipate within 7-10 days. If you are concerned about swelling or it has not gone away after this period, contact your Catonsville dentist.

Pain Management

Depending on the procedure performed, you may experience pain during your recovery from dental surgery. Your dentist will provide any necessary pain medication. Do not take over-the-counter medicine without consulting your dentist first.

Resting

It’s generally advised to rest with minimal physical activity for at least two recovery days after any dental surgery.

Oral Hygiene

Rinsing and spitting should be avoided for at least 24 hours after any dental surgery. Brush and floss gently, if you are able to open your mouth and your dentist has not instructed you otherwise. After 24 hours of recovery, rinse gently with a salt and warm water solution (1tbsp salt to 1 cup water) and be sure not to swallow.

Tobacco

Tobacco products of any kind should be avoided while in recovery from dental surgery for at least several days. Tobacco use during your recovery can cause infection, inflammation, and a very painful condition called dry socket that will require additional dental treatment.

Affinity Dental

If you’re looking for a Catonsville dentist with unmatched expertise in dental surgery and recovery then call Affinity Dental. At Affinity Dental we strive to provide our patients with the personal, professional, quality dental care they need, while making it convenient, painless, and affordable. We offer morning, evening, and weekend hours to accommodate our patients and provide access to care to fit your busy schedule.

Contact us by phone at 410-719-7900, or on our website

Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Be sure to check out all the information we have to offer about Oral Hygiene!

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

It’s a fairly common thing to feel anxiety about visiting the dentist. Almost every patient, at one point or another, can feel nervous about a procedure and have to talk it out with their dentist to be reassured that everything will be fine (which it will!). But for those who feel their anxiety is interfering with their ability to go through with dental procedures, or even routine check-ups, sedation dentistry could potentially be the key to helping you overcome your fears.

Sedation dentistry, sometimes referred to as relaxation dentistry, is primarily suggested to patients who feel more than a typical amount of anxiety or nerves about sitting down in the dentist’s chair. There are varying degree of sedation dentistry that you can opt for: while lighter sedation methods can be used for those undergoing a brief procedure, you can also choose to undergo heavier sedation if the procedure will take longer, or if you are particularly anxious.

“Laughing gas,” or nitrous oxide as it is more officially known, is commonly used in sedation dentistry. Laughing gas can help a patient feel more relaxed going into a procedure, and is even appropriate to use during some forms of oral surgery. One of the benefits of laughing gas is that though you will technically be “sedated” when you use it, you will also remember the procedure. That way, you can know exactly what happened and how your dentist performed the procedure, and the positive feelings associated with the laughing gas could come to be associated with the dental work itself. This could put you on the right track to overcoming your dentist-anxiety once and for all.

Sedation dentistry can be accomplished with other things as well. In addition to laughing gas, dentists can use anti-anxiety pills and liquid medications if that is your preferred method, and they can also us intravenous sedation for those patients who do not wish to remember the dental procedure or oral surgery at all. No matter which method you select, sedation dentistry may be the help you need for your next trip to the dentist.

Do you have questions about whether sedation dentistry is right for you? Call Affinity Dental today!

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At Affinity Dental, we strive to provide our patients with the personal, professional, quality dental care that they need, while making it convenient, painless, and affordable. We offer morning, evening, and weekend hours to accommodate our patients and provide access to care to fit your busy schedule. If you have and questions concerning sedation dentistry, give us a call at 410-719-7900 or visit our homepage.

 

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http://www.dentalfearcentral.org/help/sedation-dentistry/