Five Signs You Need to See a Dentist About Your Mouth

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You feel the perspiration running down your forehead. It’s time for the moment you’ve dreaded since you were a kid… it’s time to see the dentist. Hopefully, you see your dentist at least once a year, but there are some cases where it’s especially important to see your dentist.

Mouth pain

Pain is not normal and if you experience any pain in your mouth it’s always a good idea to get it checked out. There are many possible causes of pain in your mouth such as abscess, cavities, broken teeth, grinding, or damaged fillings. Dentin, the inner layer of your tooth, can become exposed from cavities, cracked teeth, receding gums, or worn fillings. When Dentin is exposed, it makes your teeth feel more sensitive when they are exposed to cold temperatures or certain foods, which is also a cause of mouth pain.

Sores in your mouth

Mouth sores can be relatively normal, but if you have a sore that stays for longer than a couple of weeks, it’s important to see a dentist. Mouth sores can be a sign of cancer and they are easier to treat earlier on. Mouth cancer is easily identifiable for a dentist and they can diagnose the issue in a couple of extra minutes during teeth cleaning. Besides cancer, sores can also be signs of other serious problems such as thrush, gum disease, or tooth decay.

Bleeding from the Mouth

Though dentists are stereotyped to say, “You’re bleeding because you don’t floss,” flossing isn’t always the cause. Bleeding after brushing or flossing is important to bring up to a dentist as you may not understand the true cause of the pain. Your dentist will be able to tell if you are simply brushing or flossing too hard or if it is something else. For example, blood can be a sign of gum disease. Let your dentist know of any bleeding in your mouth. They may be able to save you from an expensive surgery.

Shifting teeth

Shifting teeth is very important to look out for especially as an adult. Adult teeth should last the rest of your life. If they are moving around it could be a sign of an infection or even bone loss. Moving teeth can be a mesial drift or normal shifting to the front of your mouth as you age.

Bad Breath

Bad breath is a common problem after eating certain foods and can happen to anyone. If you constantly have bad breath it’s important that you see a dentist. Your dentist can find a way to fix the issue at hand. Persistent bad breath can be a sign of failure in your kidneys, liver, or even diabetes.

There are many reasons to visit the dentist early, but remember to see your dentist at least once a year. If your heart is still racing with dread at the thought of visiting the dentist, some dental agencies such as Family Dental Health Center have options such as sedation dentistry to calm you during your appointment. Remember you only get two sets of teeth, so make sure the second one lasts.

5 Common Ways to get Athletes Foot

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Athlete’s foot is a common infection caused by a fungus called Trichophyton. About 70 percent of people, maybe even you, have been infected by it. Athlete’s foot may be common, but here are five things you can avoid in order to deter the spread of this fungus.

Barefoot in Public Areas

The first suggestion to deter athletes’ foot is to avoid walking barefoot in public areas. Walking on a floor that has been infected with the athlete’s foot fungus can infect you with athletes’ foot.  Athlete’s foot is a contagious fungus that affects your skin and any contact with the fungus, including from the floor, can result in an infection.

An area where people commonly contract athlete’s foot that might surprise you is in nail salons. Nail salons have pedicure baths that are perfect for growing athlete foot fungus and difficult for cleaning. Unfortunately, the same pedicure baths are used for multiple clients, resulting in an outbreak of the fungus. In order to avoid problems with infected surfaces in public areas, make sure that you use sandals or flip flops and try to avoid touching surfaces that will be used by multiple people. 

Sweaty Feet

Sweaty feet are another thing to avoid having if you don’t want athlete’s foot. If your foot has been exposed to the fungus, keeping your feet wet for a long period of time can encourage the bacteria to infect your feet. It’s important to note that some people can be exposed to the fungus and not contract it because the conditions are not right. 

Touching Infected Clothing

When trying to keep athlete’s foot at bay, be sure not to touch any infected clothing. Athlete’s foot is brought on by a fungus and can occur from direct and indirect contact. If an infected person uses a towel and another person uses the same towel, it will spread to the uninfected person. Athlete’s foot can be especially hard to avoid when sharing articles of clothing as some people do not exhibit signs.

Injury on Foot

Injuries on your foot can encourage athlete’s foot to grow by allowing the fungus to enter the broken skin. Your skin is a natural barrier that protects your body. If it is broken it is a lot easier for fungus, bacteria, or yeasts to enter your skin and cause conditions such as athletes’ foot. 

Humid, Wet and Dark

The athlete’s foot fungus will only infect your foot in certain conditions.  It needs a moist and warm area to thrive in. We suggest avoiding humid, wet, and dark areas to lessen the spread of athlete’s foot. Communal showers are one prime example of where athlete’s foot thrives as it is constantly wet, humid, and dark. People serving in the army will refer to athlete’s foot as jungle rot due to the tropical climate conditions.

Avoid exposing your feet in public areas. You should also avoid having sweaty feet for long periods of time. Be cautious of indirectly touching surfaces that are infected. We haven’t talked about treatment for athlete’s foot but if you’re looking for treatment direction, we would suggest checking out Eastern Idaho’s Foot Clinic site as they have a detailed guide on how you can treat athlete’s foot along with other common ailments.

What You Should Know About Hospice Care

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If you have a loved one who needs more attention than you can give, it may be time for hospice. Hospice is all about the care and comfort patients receive as they face a life-limiting disease or illness. Physicians, directors, nurses, social workers, aides, spiritual coordinators, and volunteers all work together to ensure that the best care is provided for patients. 

Patients

Though hospice is typically thought to only help the elderly, it provides care for anyone facing a life-altering condition with a life expectancy of fewer than six months. Hospice care is provided for any qualifying patients with cancer, heart, lung, kidney or liver disease, Alzheimer’s, or Dementia. However, to qualify for hospice, two physicians must certify the patient’s life expectancy.

Expected Care

With large hospice care teams, patients can expect to be treated like royalty. Hospice arranges for 24-hour nursing care, seven days a week, where the patient is equipped with a hospital bed, a bedside commode, and medications, all from the comfort of their home. 

The attending physician, either yours or one provided by the system, helps direct the plan of care with the medical director. A registered nurse helps manage the pain of the patient while looking for symptoms. The hospice aide directly cares for the patient and reports any needs to the nurse. A social worker and spiritual coordinator assist with emotions, finances, and funeral arrangements. The care also includes grief and counseling services to family members and the patient.

A team of people helps patients feel loved, cared for, and comfortablewhich is what people can expect from hospice care. 

Finances

Hospice helps patients by providing constant care and attention, but it comes at a cost. Fortunately, Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurances cover hospice care and the expenses associated with it. However, it is important to check with your insurance provider and confirm the patient’s eligibility before continuingyou don’t want to rack up extra costs on your dime. 

Choosing a Hospice Service

While hospice is an incredible tool for providing top care for patients, unfortunately, some hospice services have mistreated their responsibility. So, it is important to identify a quality service before signing up. Some factors to consider when shopping for a hospice service are accreditation, state or federal surveys, certifications, and size. Also, be sure to check out the reviews and getting a referral from someone you trust. Luckily, hospice care is eased with the knowledge that the patient will be at home and will already have a foundational level of comfort. 

Care and Comfort

Coping with the care of a loved one can be difficult, especially when they are struggling with pain and illness. Providing care at the level you know they deserve can be seemingly impossible; which is why hospice care is designed to help patients feel comfortable with a plan tailored to them. 

 

Shining a Spotlight on Laser Dentistry

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When I was a kid I hated going to the dentist, so in at least one aspect I was a normal kid. Even as adults many of us dread and put off the trip to the dentist. It’s just not a fun experience. 

If you had told me as a kid that I could have the dentist use a laser instead of a drill, that might have made it worse. That is simply because I couldn’t have possibly understood the beneficial use of lasers in dentistry. 

Fast forward to my teenage years when an operation required a laser to be used. I did not feel a thing, and I am a big advocate of laser dentistry.

What is it?

Laser dentistry uses lasers in lieu of classic dental equipment, such as drills and scalpels. The lasers are highly focused beams used to perform most dental procedures. They can be used on softer tissue, like your gums and cheeks, and hard tissue, which would be your teeth.

Laser dentistry is a cleaner, more efficient way to perform these operations. Its effectiveness is second to none, and the benefits listed a little later will show just how enticing it is. 

What can be done with laser dentistry?

Many standard procedures can be performed with the use of lasers. The lasers are precise and when used correctly, bring incredibly efficient results. Here are a few examples of the many applications of laser dentistry. 

Frenectomy

Alligatordentist.com defines this as “a procedure releasing muscle attachment to the tongue or lip. This procedure helps babies who cannot breastfeed and children who are tongue-tied, and in many cases can help to reduce speech impediments.”

Bacteria Removal

Lasers can be used to kill bacteria leading to a cleaner mouth and reduced risk of infection. 

Removal of Sores or Tumors

Lasers can be used to cut out and remove canker sores or tumors in the mouth. 

Gums

Lasers can be used to treat gum disease, ease inflammation, and even trim down gums if they encroach too high on your teeth.

What are the benefits?

The biggest benefit to most people is minimal pain. Some people aren’t even given anesthesia because the lasers aren’t painful. We all love the sound of that.

Laser dentistry is incredibly efficient, with the laser doing the work. It is so precise, and in the hands of an experienced dentist, it is a wonderful tool.

The laser helps blood clots to form so there is less bleeding, and there is less damage done to the tissue being worked on and the surrounding tissue. You also heal a lot faster. 

It is cost-effective for your dentist, and when they save money they can pass that savings on to you. 

Conclusion

Laser dentistry is an amazing use of technology to advance the medical field. What used to be a hard and scary trip to the dentist, may still be a hard and scary trip to the dentist…but it will be less painful and less traumatic. This will lead to better views on dentists for children (yay!) and more efficient procedures are a benefit to us all. Ask your dentist about laser dentistry if you have an operation coming up, you will love the results.

When You Should Visit a Spine Specialist

There is never any reason that you should simply endure back pain. In fact, pain is one of the only indicators that there could be something seriously wrong with your back. Scheduling an appointment with a trusted spine specialist is easy, safe, and will help you get on track to be pain-free once again.

When to See a Spine Specialist

It can be pretty normal to experience mild back pain from time-to-time. Perhaps you slept in a weird position  or tweaked your back while dancing. This kind of pain usually resolves itself within a few days, and there’s usually no need to see a doctor for it. However, here are some signs that you may need to schedule a visit:

  • If back pain is moderate to severe.
  • If back pain has lasted several days and hasn’t resolved.
  • If there are any other symptoms with the pain, such as muscle weakness, tingling, or numbness of the arms or legs.

An Overview of a Consultation

Whenever you go to the doctor’s office for an initial visit, you will be asked for a family medical history, and a list of medications you are currently taking. The doctor will then attempt to diagnose the pain, and help find the right treatment plan for you.

To diagnose the back problem, the doctor will perform a physical examination, usually at and around the source of the pain. After a physical examination, they will likely need some images of your back, in the form of an x-ray, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or a CT scan.

After the doctor has been able to diagnose the issue, they will recommend a treatment plan that is as little invasive, yet most effective, as possible. Non-invasive treatment plans usually include medication or physical therapy. If the non-invasive treatment plans do not fix the back problem, your doctor may discuss surgical options with you.

List of Possible Spine/Back Issues

  • Spinal arthritis. A condition that leaves weakness and pain in the arms and legs. Osteoarthritis of the spine is when the cartilage of the joints and spinal discs begin to breakdown. This will often put pressure on the nerves.
  • Sciatica refers to pain in the sciatic nerve, which is located in the lower back and moves down each leg. When the sciatic nerve is injured or under pressure, it can cause intense lower back and leg pain.
  • Herniated discs. A herniated disc is a disc of the spinal cord, in which a fragment of the disc’s nucleus has pushed out of the disc through a rupture or tear. The fragmented piece often puts pressure on a nerve, which can cause pain.
  • Fractured vertebrae. A fractured vertebra is often caused by a car accident, fall, gunshot, or sports injury. These fractures are very serious, as they can injure spinal nerves, which can sometimes do irreparable damage to the body.

Again, there are a lot of cases of back pain that will resolve on their own. However, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms that would require treatment from a spine specialist. When a back or spine gets injured, it can become very serious, very fast.

 

 

When You Should Visit a Spine Specialist

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There is never any reason that you should simply endure back pain. In fact, pain is one of the only indicators that there could be something seriously wrong with your back. Scheduling an appointment with a trusted spine specialist is easy, safe, and will help you get on track to be pain-free once again.

When to See a Spine Specialist

It can be pretty normal to experience mild back pain from time-to-time. Perhaps you slept in a weird position or tweaked your back while dancing. This kind of pain usually resolves itself within a few days, and there’s usually no need to see a doctor for it. However, here are some signs that you may need to schedule a visit:

  • When pain is moderate to severe.
  • If back pain has lasted several days and hasn’t resolved.
  • If there are any other symptoms with the pain, such as muscle weakness, tingling, or numbness of the arms or legs. 

An Overview of a Consultation

Whenever you go to the doctor’s office for an initial visit, you will be asked for a family medical history, and a list of medications you are currently taking. The doctor will then attempt to diagnose the pain, and help find the right treatment plan for you. 

To diagnose the back problem, the doctor will perform a physical examination, usually at and around the source of the pain. After a physical examination, they will likely need some images of your back, in the form of an x-ray, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or a CT scan. 

After the doctor has been able to diagnose the issue, they will recommend a treatment plan that is as little invasive, yet most effective, as possible. Non-invasive treatment plans usually include medication or physical therapy. If the non-invasive treatment plans do not fix the back problem, your doctor may discuss surgical options with you. 

List of Possible Spine/Back Issues

  • Spinal Arthritis. A condition that leaves weakness and pain in the arms and legs, osteoarthritis of the spine is when the cartilage of the joints and spinal discs begin to breakdown, often putting pressure on the nerves. 
  • Sciatica. Sciatica refers to pain in the sciatic nerve, which is located in the lower back and moves down each leg. When the sciatic nerve is injured or is under a lot of pressure, it can cause intense lower back and leg pain.
  • Herniated discs. A herniated disc is a disc of the spinal cord, in which a fragment of the disc’s nucleus has pushed out of the disc through a rupture or tear. The fragmented piece often puts pressure on a nerve, which can cause pain. 
  • Fractured vertebrae. A fractured vertebra is often caused by a car accident, fall, gunshot, or sports injury. These fractures are very serious, as they can injure spinal nerves, which can sometimes do irreparable damage to the body. 

Again, there are a lot of cases of back pain that will resolve on their own. However, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms that would require treatment from a spine specialist. When a back or spine gets injured, it can become very serious, very fast.

Stem Cell Treatments: The Alternative to Surgery

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Are you experiencing pain from a previous orthopedic injury, arthritis, or spine pain? Most modern treatments would recommend you undergo surgery to treat this pain. Surgery can be a painful and invasive form of treatment for something that would otherwise just have to be endured. Not only is surgery painful in most cases, but it can also lead to long stints of rehabilitation that can add additional pain to the situation.

What are Stem Cell Treatments?

In recent years, different approaches have come to the forefront of modern medicine. Among them, the best alternative is through the use of stem cells. According to MedlinePlus, stem cells are cells with the potential to develop into many different types of cells in the body. They serve as a repair system for the body. There are two main types of stem cells: embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells.

Stem cell treatment is actually quite simple. Stem cells are injected directly into the area of pain, eliminating invasive surgery techniques. As we get older, the body has a hard time circulating these versatile cells to the areas where they are most needed. This is where stem cell treatments come into play. Regenexx treatments, a specific type of stem cell treatment, take a highly concentrated dose of stem cells and inject them into the problem area, allowing the body to take over the natural course and heal, strengthen and relieve that join or bone of the pain that it is causing.

In contrast to surgery, stem cell treatments, like Regenexx, have far less downtime, and avoid a long and painful rehabilitation period in which the joints and muscles need time to recover. 

When Should I Consider Stem Cell Treatments?

Regenexx, a pioneer in stem cell treatments, uses stem cells for the following conditions. If you are suffering from any of these, contact your local spine specialist to go over all possible treatment plans: 

  • Orthopedic Injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Spine Pain
  • Torn or Strained Ligaments
  • Other Degenerative Orthopedic Conditions

Stem cell treatments are an option that anyone who has these conditions, should consider. It is especially enticing to those who have very busy lives and cannot afford the time that is required to recover from invasive surgery. 

Other Reasons for Stem Cell Treatments

With stem cell therapy’s recent break onto the scene, there are many areas of interest for medical professionals to apply it in. Stem cells are able to be manipulated into specialized areas for an individual’s treatment. Some of the other uses for stem cells include:

  • Nerve damage. Specialized stem cells that have been manipulated for this purpose could be injected into the area of nerves that are damaged. These injected stem cells would then contribute to the rehabilitation of those nerves, as dictated by the body.
  • Treat diabetes. According to the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, stem cells could be used to produce insulin that could treat people with diabetes and heart muscle cells that could repair damage after a heart attack.
  • Replacing essentially any tissue or organ that is damaged or diseased.

What You Need to Know About Kidney Stones

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There are two physical pains that are often compared to one another, two pains that are considered some of the worst pains that the human body can experience: childbirth and kidney stones. Unlike childbirth, both men and women experience kidney stones. In fact, it is a very common condition that urologists treat regularly. What, exactly, are kidney stones? Are the signs and symptoms to watch for? How can we prevent them?

What Are Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones are solid, pebble-like masses that form in the urinary tract. They are composed from salt and other minerals from urine, in a process called urolithiasis. When kidney stones form, they can either be a small stone that passes easily through the urethra, or they can build up into larger stones that may block a ureter.

Causes and Risk Factors

There are often a combination of causes for kidney stones, it’s hard to pinpoint a single cause in any case. However, studies show that kidney stones are more common in men than in women, and most often between the ages of 30-60. Here is a list of common factors that put an individual at risk for kidney stones:

  • High urine calcium levels
  • Dehydration
  • Family history of kidney stones
  • Obesity
  • Diets high in animal proteins
  • High sodium intake
  • Excess vitamin/mineral intake

Also, according to Very Well Health, kidney stones are more common in the southern United States, where dry heat and dietary patterns contribute to their development.

Symptoms

There are a number of symptoms that can point to kidney stones. If you have one or more of the following symptoms, make sure to visit a urologist near you so that you can receive a prompt diagnosis and treatment:

  • Intense pain in the back, sides, pelvic or groin areas
  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Burning when attempting to urinate
  • Fever and chills
  • Blood in urine
  • Cloudy or smelly urine
  • Nausea and vomiting

Treatment

Kidney stones are typically diagnosed by an x-ray, ultrasound, or computed tomography (CT scan.) After a diagnosis has been made, there are several ways to treat kidney stones, each way being dependent on the size and location of the stones.

Smaller kidney stones are usually given a more conservative treatment. Doctors may advise the patient to drink plenty of fluids, rest, and wait for the stone to pass through the urethra. Other forms of treatment include the following:

 

  • Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) is a technique in which a machine attempts to break apart the stones from outside of the body, allowing smaller, broken down stones to pass naturally.

 

    • Percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) is a technique in which a doctor inserts a small tube, through a small incision, into the body to help drain the kidney.

 

  • A ureteroscope is a small instrument that is inserted up through the urethra to help either extract the kidney stone, or break it apart into smaller pieces.

 

Prevention

There’s no guarantee that kidney stones are completely preventable. However, there are many dietary tips that can be followed to greatly reduce the risks for kidney stones.

  • Drink plenty of water to continually flush out urinary tract.
  • Limit caffeinated beverages to one or two cups per day.
  • Eat less animal proteins and refined sugars.
  • Avoid excess vitamin supplementation.
  • Reduce sodium intake.

Doing what you can to prevent kidney stones could save you from the most excruciating pain that the human body is able to experience! However, it’s important to seek medical attention right away if you believe you may have kidney stones. A trusted urologist will be able to provide you with an effective treatment plan, as well as help you find ways to manage the pain.

The Anatomy of Tooth Extractions

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“It’s like pulling teeth!” We’ve all heard that phrase used to describe an unpleasant situation. Though many of these situations are hyperbolic, the origin of the phrase holds true.

Getting a tooth pulled, or extracted, is not fun. I say that as if there is a type of medical operation that is enjoyable. Getting a tooth removed is going to be very unpleasant and you should do everything you can to avoid it. Let’s break the process down.

What is a Tooth Extraction?

As noted, and hopefully easily guessed from the name, a tooth extraction is an operation done to remove an infected or rotten tooth, though there can be other reasons too. Tooth extractions are generally done to solve a problem and prevent further complication as a result of said problem.

Reasons for Tooth Extraction

There are many reasons to pull a tooth. Infection is a very common reason that teeth are pulled. Sometimes it could be that a certain tooth is infected, and your dentist wants to prevent the infection from spreading. Other times the risk of infection is enough to pull a tooth, though this would happen mostly with those with weak or damaged immune systems.

The way your teeth have or have not come in is another reason that certain teeth make good nominees for extraction. If your teeth are too close together, also known as crowding, then you may need one removed to give proper space for your teeth to be correctly aligned.

When I was 16 I had my two baby canine teeth pulled. The reason I even still had those teeth is that the permanent teeth were sideways, therefore not coming down properly. I had a brief operation that involved pulling the two teeth, cutting my gums, and attaching a chain between my adult teeth and braces to pull them into the correct spots. It sucked, but the amount of ice cream my mom let me eat during that time was unheard of.

Ways to Prevent Tooth Extraction

This section will not be mind-blowing. These are mostly very basic things that will keep your mouth healthy.

Brush your teeth twice every day. *gasp* I know, not groundbreaking. The number of people who struggle to brush their teeth, floss, and gargle mouthwash is astounding though. It should be a daily, vigilant habit.

What you are putting into your mouth is very important. For example, toothpaste with fluoride is ideal as that will help strengthen your teeth and prevent infection. Foods and drinks that are high in sugar soda, candy, the ice cream I ate after surgery, should be limited in consumption as they are very bad for your teeth.

Good foods like fruits, vegetables, water, and cheese are great things that will help strengthen your teeth and clean bacteria out of your mouth. These are all easy things to snack on and add to a variety of meals.

Conclusion

Having a tooth pulled is very unpleasant, and in many cases very preventable. Make sure you do your part by eating good things, avoiding bad things, and practicing good oral health. By doing so you can maintain good oral health, hopefully not get chastized next time you go to the dentist, and keep all your pearly whites nice, healthy, and as part of your smile where they belong.

Getting a Filling? Here is What to Expect.

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At some point in most of our lives, we need more than just a checkup with the dentist. It could be due to a cavity, an injury to the mouth, or other oral pain.

Cavities are one of the most common reasons for dental trips. Cavities occur when food and bacteria cause plaque to build up on your teeth. The plaque is acidic, and over time this can form holes in your teeth, in other words, your teeth are decaying.

Luckily the dental field has advanced a long way and has treatments readily available for when this happens. When it comes to cavities, usually you will get what’s called a filling. A filling can be resin, plastic, or metal. The cavity is removed and the filling is put in its place, making sure that you don’t walk around with a hold in your tooth.

If you have never had a filling before, it can be unnerving to think about. It is a simple process, the whole thing usually takes no more than an hour. Here is what you can expect.

X-ray

Once you are in the chair, the dentist may take an X-ray of your mouth. The dentist would have already done this previously to identify the cavity, but this is a good way for them to ensure that they have the most up to date information. This doesn’t always happen when you get a filling, but it is very common.

Numbing

Once the dentist is ready to begin, you will get your mouth, teeth, and gums numbed. This is done by administering a local anesthetic (medical speak for pain-numbing medication) into your mouth. To ensure that this is as painless as possible, the dentist will numb your mouth using a gel, and then inject the anesthetic, usually Lidocaine, into your mouth.

This numbing will be present throughout the entire operation and for several hours after. The amount of time it takes to wear off depends on the amount of medication administered, and your body.

Drilling

Once the numbing has been completed, the dentist will start drilling the cavity. They are drilling the rotten or infected part of the tooth and removing it. This is rarely painful, dut to the anesthetic, though if you are experiencing pain they can generally give you more medication.

This part can be a little scary because you can hear the drill and can feel things happening (not pain, but you can feel movement and vibrations from the drill) but you can’t see what is going on. It is important to remain still and calm. Dentists are highly trained and very capable of doing this operation.

Filling

Once the bad part of the tooth has been removed, it is time to fill in the tooth. This is done so that you don’t have an awkward hole in your tooth, but also to prevent the tooth from becoming infected or more susceptible to disease.

There are several different filling types, ranging from resin to gold. There are different benefits to the different types of fillings, and also drawbacks. Gold fillings look super cool and last a long time, but they are quite expensive.

Conclusion

If you are going to take anything from this, just know that the process of getting a cavity filled is not anything to stress about. It is a simple procedure, and your dentist will take good care of you. While all dental services differ in process and intensity, just remember that regardless of what the problem is, the solutions are all tested methods that will allow you to have relief from pain and get maintain your 100-watt smile.