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Sedation Dentistry Explained

Posted by Peter Samuels on Mon, Apr 24, 2017 @ 13:04 PM

 

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I often ask new patients who come to me for sedation dentistry what it is that they are most anxious about. Many times it is simply a fear of being judged.  “I haven’t been to a dentist for 20 years and I’m afraid you’re going to lecture me!”  We are non-judgemental and we cater to cowards! If going to the dentist makes you uneasy, nervous or stressed out you are not alone. We are grateful that we can provide sedation services for those who would otherwise not go to the dentist. Fear is the problem. Sedation dentistry is often the solution.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses IV medicine to help patients relax and rest comfortably while having dental work completed. This is called conscious sedation anesthesia. It is safely administered in our office by a trained, medical anesthesiologist. You are carefully monitored throughout the procedure. This kind of care should not be confused with just taking a pill or using laughing gas given by a regular dentist.  During sedation patients remain conscious but often are so relaxed that they feel like they slept through the entire appointment. Time seems to go by very quickly.  The treatment may take several hours while many patients feels like only a few minutes went by. Sedation anesthesia often allows dentists to complete complex procedures such as deep cleanings, fillings and crowns in one visit versus having a patient return multiple times. This can save you time, money and discomfort.   

Sedation Dentistry - Overcome Dental Phobias

If you or a loved one is reluctant to go to the dentist because of a fear or dental phobia, consider IV conscious sedation dentistry. From regular check-ups to complete reconstructions, we can help you overcome your fears and walk away victorious, with a healthy smile as your prize.

Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

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Topics: Sedation dentist Gettysburg, Gettysburg sedation dentist

Teeth in a Day All-On-Four in Gettysburg?

Posted by Julie Berger on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 @ 10:04 AM

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Root canals, gum disease, fillings, and crowns…oh my.  If you’ve been through the mill with your teeth you know who you are.  We all want to keep our natural teeth for a life-time, but sometimes enough is enough.  Recent new TeethXpress technology allows some great solutions.

 

It used to be that removable dentures were the only option.  You had your teeth removed and had an immediate, temporary type denture placed, and then, after several months of healing, another final denture.  You hoped you could accommodate to a new lifestyle of wearing a removable piece of plastic in your mouth.  You hoped that your mouth was shaped right so that the denture would stay in.  If you had a dry mouth or a gag reflex then removable dentures might never work well.

 

Along came dental implants.  Now we had a way to give you fixed teeth that were almost like your own natural teeth.  But the procedure was long and complicated.  You had to have the teeth removed and wear removable dentures for six months to a year.  Then implants were placed and you waited another six months or so.  Finally the process of making fixed teeth held in by implants could be started.  This would take another several months.  It was not uncommon for the process to take about two years from start to finish, and it was very expensive.

 

Today, with the proper planning and technology such as TeethXpress, we can often remove teeth, place implants, and make fixed teeth all at the same visit.  You’re sedated and comfortable and leave with a new smile held in by dental implants.  There’s a period of healing and the first set of teeth are temporary for several months, but you are never without fixed teeth; no loose dentures and no big piece of plastic covering the palate. Most patients feel good enough to get back to their normal routine with practically no down time.  A brand new set of teeth in one day! The price tag has also come way down from just a few years ago.

 

Eat healthy, socialize without embarrassment, date again, get that new job.  A new TeethXpress smile with fixed teeth can help get you there!

 

 

Julie C Berger, DDS, MS is a local Gettysburg dentist and prosthodontist specialist. 

 

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Topics: Teeth in a Day, All on Four, Gettysburg

Can ALL-On-4 or TeethXpress implant teeth Change Your World?

Posted by Peter Samuels on Mon, Apr 10, 2017 @ 16:04 PM

 

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Good teeth are essential for health and happiness.  Unfortunately, people sometimes lose one or more teeth and require a suitable substitute.  Removable dentures have been around for a long time and while they can be a viable choice, many people choose dental implants for a more natural feel and functionality.  Dental implants really can make your world a better place!

 

Dental implants function much more like natural teeth than anything removable.  Once anchored in the bone, they act much like the roots of natural teeth which prevent jaw bone facial structure from melting away.  Single tooth replacements with implants can reduce the stress on adjacent natural teeth to help prevent further tooth shifting and loss.  Replacing a single tooth with a dental implant is often the most natural tooth replacement that doesn’t involve making crowns for adjacent teeth.

 

Missing all your teeth?  You’ve never had so many options.  If your teeth are in such bad shape that it’s no longer worth trying to save them, today we can often remove the teeth and replace them with implants with fixed teeth all at the same time.  You never have to be without fixed teeth.  Other options are to use as few as two implants to help anchor a removable denture in place.  You can snap the denture on and off of the implants, but no one else will know. 

 

Dental implants can help you eat the foods you crave without embarrassment.  Bring on the salads, carrots, and steaks!  Unlike with a removable upper full denture, with fixed teeth held in by implants there is usually nothing covering the palate.  You can taste and enjoy foods normally. Fixed teeth held in with dental implants, such as the TeethXpress or All-on-4 procedures avoid the slippage that occurs with conventional removable dentures.  You no longer need to avoid eating in public or going out socially. 

 

Fixed dental implants and a great new smile can preserve the structure of your face which can make you look and feel younger.  You can regain confidence to network and make new friends, date more, explore new activities, and even go after that new job or promotion. Your world only gets better!

 

Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

 

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Silver Mercury Amalgam and Composite and Porcelain. Oh My...

Posted by Peter Samuels on Mon, Apr 3, 2017 @ 17:04 PM

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When you see a dentist for a filling, the question often arises about which type of filling is the best;  Silver amalgam, porcelain, composite or even gold?  Depending on your particular dental situation the doctor can explain the pros and cons of each. Remember that no matter the material, advantages and disadvantages will always exist.

Silver fillings, often called amalgam, are actually a mixture of about half silver and half mercury with small additions of tin and copper. They’ve been in use for over 100 years, so they've definitely stood the test of time. The material is pliable and hardens quickly. Silver amalgams can last for many years, and they're less technique sensitive to place than other materials. They are, however, less aesthetically pleasing.  If you're allergic to silver or concerned in any way about the use of amalgam, other choices are available

Composite Fillings: These fillings -- made of acrylic plastics, quartz fillers, and colorants -- have become a popular choice in the modern dental office. They maintain their size and shape, they are mercury free, and they are cosmetically pleasing. Composite fillings can generally be used in any area of the mouth because they blend in with your natural tooth color. They're resistant to breakage and easier to polish. Composites can also be chemically bonded to the tooth.  This often means that the cavity preparation can be more conservative.   

Porcelain inlays and onlays:  Large composite fillings don’t always hold up very well.  Porcelain inlays and onlays are stronger and can be bonded into a large cavity to help hold the tooth together.  These kinds of fillings can be made by a laboratory, similar to a crown, or they can be made in the office with a CAD/CAM computerized machine, such as Cerec.  They are tooth colored and contain no metal.

Gold Fillings:  Gold inlays and onlays have also stood the test of time.  Gold is very biocompatible and possibly lasts the longest of any dental filling material.  There’s a reason why most dentists I know have their own cavities restored with gold!

Most dentists have their own a preferences when it comes to fillings, so talk to your doctor about your options.  

 

Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

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