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How can we manage the eyes injuries in dental office?

How can we manage the eyes injuries in dental office?

Safety glasses: Things tend to fly around when teeth are being worked on. Protection of the eyes with safety glasses is recommended. ...Read more

Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


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How can we manage the airway injuries in dental office?

How can we manage the airway injuries in dental office?

PREVENTION!: Are you referring to objects /debris from dental procedures blocking the airway?

I use latex-free rubber dam when removing amalgam fillings or performing root canal treatment. This prevents anything from going down the airway.
When performing restorative dentistry, I use the isolite (photo attached) which prevents anything dislodged from going down the patients throat/ airway. ...Read more

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What are the etiology of soft tissue injuries in dental offices?

What are the etiology of soft tissue injuries in dental offices?

Various.: Soft tissue injuries in the dental office can involve anyone from the patient to anyone in the office-employees and patients/family in the waiting room. I think you are asking about injuries that occur chairside. These will be due to piercing or slicing with any sharp instrument or spinning bur in a handpiece. It can be the patient accidentally biting the dentist. Needle sticks are possible, too. ...Read more

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What are the etiology of eyes injuries in dental offices?

What are the etiology of eyes injuries in dental offices?

UFO's: Ubiquitous flying objects- eye injuries in the dental office happen when adequate eye protection is not worn. Anything from pieces of restorations thrown by the spinning drill to injuries caused by curing lights damaging the retina are possible. Eye protection is necessary in the lab as many shards of materials commonly utilized are flying through the air, too! ...Read more

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What are the etiology of airway injuries in a dental offices?

What are the etiology of airway injuries in a dental offices?

PREVENTION!: Are you referring to objects /debris from dental procedures blocking the airway?

I use latex-free rubber dam when removing amalgam fillings or performing root canal treatment. This prevents anything from going down the airway.
When performing restorative dentistry, I use the isolite (photo attached) which prevents anything dislodged from going down the patients throat/ airway. ...Read more

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What should I do if I suspect that someone at a dental office who does xrays is actually not licensed to do so?

What should I do if I suspect that someone at a dental office who does xrays is actually not licensed to do so?

DDS, DA, Hygienist: In dental offices, if you need a radiograph (x-ray) --either the dentist will take the x-ray or well trained dental assistants or hygienists, will take the x-rays as well as perform a variety of necessary dental procedures that are allowed by the laws of your state.

Talk to your dentist, if you have questions. ...Read more

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What to do if I hit again. If he gets a custom fitted sports mouthguard made at the dental office, would the crowns come off?

What to do if I hit again. If he gets a custom fitted sports mouthguard made at the dental office, would the crowns come off?

Not likely: If you are involved in contact sports, a mouthguard would be highly recommended. It will not pull off crowns. It will protect the crowns and natural teeth. A good mouthguard also helps prevent concussions ...Read more

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Is the dental office spit bowl cleaned?

Is the dental office spit bowl cleaned?

Spit bowls? In 2014?: Over the past twenty years, most modern dental practices eliminated "spit bowls" because they cannot be cleaned to current standards. Instead, most dentists will high speed suction/evacuate debris from your mouth in "real time." if any debris still remains, your mouth is "sprayed'" with water and you can "spit" into a clean, paper lined, funnel mounted onto a high speed suction line. ...Read more

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I just had strep last month and I intern at a dental office where a girl came in saying she thinks she has strep, could I get it again?

I just had strep last month and I intern at a dental office where a girl came in saying she thinks she has strep, could I get it again?

Yes: One can get strep any number of times working in a dental office you might want to wear a mask to avoid reinfection. ...Read more

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I am a patient at a new dental office. How do I know if I had a periodontal cleaning or a regular one (i forgot to ask/will not call them)?

I am a patient at a new dental office. How do I know if I had a periodontal cleaning or a regular one (i forgot to ask/will not call them)?

Depth of cleaning: Scaling and deep root planing is generally considered a periodontal cleaning. It tends to be deeper into whatever pockets you may have and often requires some form of numbing. ...Read more

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If I get my teeth whitened at a dental office, will it stay white?

If I get my teeth whitened at a dental office, will it stay white?

For a while: These whitening procedures last for several months, the length of time depending on your diet and home care. Also home bleaching can prolong the whitening! ...Read more

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Can I get fillings or dentures from any dental office?

Can I get fillings or dentures from any dental office?

Yes: All dentists are trained to provide fillings, while prosthodontists are specialists in dentures. ...Read more

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Have a dental emergency and he is out of the office. Wait or go to er?

Have a dental emergency and he is out of the office. Wait or go to er?

Another option: Another option is to call another dentist to be seen only for your emergency. Most ers will not do anything more than prescribe pain medications. Waiting on a potential infection can allow it to progress. If your dentist is out of the office, ask his staff if there is another office covering for these type of situations. If not, ask a friend about who they trust. ...Read more

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What is a customary amount of time to wait on a mailed dental specialist consult report to me? (office may be running it via insurance, as well).

What is a customary amount of time to wait on a mailed dental specialist consult report to me? (office may be running it via insurance, as well).

Call the office &ask: As we don't know the dentist, the insurance company, the reason for the report nor the work load of all involved, we can't give you any reasonably accurate answer. I would guess two weeks to over a month. Your best bet is to call the office and ask them that question. ...Read more

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Could I use the gas at a dental office if I have a very mild case of vertigo?

Could I use the gas at a dental office if I have a very mild case of vertigo?

Gas and vertigo: The effects of nitrous oxide gas dissipate in 5-10 mins after the gas is turned off. We usually turn off the gas after the painful parts of the procedure are finished. This begins the clearing of the anesthetic prior to dismissal of the patient. We give straight oxygen for at least 10 mins after shutting off the nitrous oxide. ...Read more

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Should I have my full mouth dental series xrays done first at a new office before having a periodontal cleaning done at another new office?

Should I have my full mouth dental series xrays done first at a new office before having a periodontal cleaning done at another new office?

Sure I Would: I am assuming that you require a periodontist for a more intensive srp. Iif the radiographs are digital then they can be easily transferred from one practice. Your general dental office will also utilize these films for diagnosing caries, failed restorations, tooth abscesses, etc. & you may have something that might need attention prior to srp. ...Read more

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I work in a dental office & take x rays on patients I plan to become pregnant soon. Should I wear a lead apron or just step back enough from exposure?

I work in a dental office & take x rays on patients I plan to become pregnant soon. Should I wear a lead apron or just step back enough from exposure?

Taking x-rays: If you have to ask this question then it becomes apparent that you should not be taking x-rays at all both for your safety as well as the safety of your patients. Taking x-rays involves the use of ionizing radiation and only qualified and trained personnel should be taking x-rays on patients. Research your state licensing requirements and certified courses for proper training. ...Read more

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I will see a periodontist for a 2nd dental opinion. The office offers IV, nitros oxide and oral sedation. I never heard of oral sedation. What is this?

Pill vs. IV: Oral sedation is a process where you take meds in pill form prior to your dental procedure and you are carefully monitored in the office. The alternative is IV sedation where a line is established and meds are given that way with similar monitoring. The convenience of not having the IV is offset by the certainty of a pathway to quickly administer reversing meds if needed. Both have their place. ...Read more

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Questioning recently recommended dental treatment. I recently went for a dental exam/x-rays as a new patient to a dental office on my dental hmo plan. I am a 55 yr old female smoker. I was presented with a treatment plan that would cost me approx. $3, 000

Questioning recently recommended dental treatment. I recently went for a dental exam/x-rays as a new patient to a dental office on my dental hmo plan. I am a 55 yr old female smoker. I was presented with a treatment plan that would cost me approx. $3, 000

The: The basic question is if you are comfortable with your type of insurance (remember an insurance is not a dental plan).
You will feel more comfortable going to a dentist that your insurance will not be dictating. Choosing a dentist should be a decision you make based upon the credentials that will not cause you seeking a 2 nd. Opinion.
Quality dentistry cannot be compromised with economics. We live in a capitalist country all avenues are open.
Socialized dentistry (hmo) cannot offer the latest advances and techniques available.
Cerec crowns are the best restorations, it used to be gold crowns.
Good luck on you selections. ...Read more

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What is the average length for a crown on a molar hi, I go to a prosthedontist for all of the dental work except his hygenists. I have my teeth cleaned by another office that I think is more thorough and has the latest equipment. He is expensive, but I

What is the average length for a crown on a molar hi, I go to a prosthedontist for all of the dental work except his hygenists. I have my teeth cleaned by another office that I think is more thorough and has the latest equipment. He is expensive, but I

Depends: Crowns can last a very long time. The average lifespan is around 10 years. However, if the fit of the crown is excellent, and you brush and floss very well around it, as well as have regular hygiene visits, it's quite possible it may last longer. If not, the crown can fail at any point due to cavities or neglect. Keep smiling! ...Read more

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I work in a dental office and I use bleach even at home as well does bleach give u skin irritation like itchy skin?

I work in a dental office and I use bleach even at home as well does bleach give u skin irritation like itchy skin?

Use app protection: It's a strong chemical and can irritate skin and mucous memberane. In the office you should handle any or all chemicals while wearing gloves. At home do the same or avoid direct contact with skin. ...Read more

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Accidental cut under tongue at the dental office by a dental drill! Should I be concerned about any infection? I'm freaking out

Accidental cut under tongue at the dental office by a dental drill! Should I be concerned about any infection? I'm freaking out

Sadly: This is a reality when you have practiced long enough. Typically there is no permanent damage, rather temporary discomfort as the tongue is always moving and irritates the damaged area. Just make sure you are rinsing frequently -- I'm assuming your dentist gave you rinsing recommendations -- and you should be fine in a couple of days. If the problems persists however, make sure you go back to y. ...Read more

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I was injected with a huge dose of a steroid at a dental office. My hair fell out within hours and I gained 50 pounds within 4 months. I also have a metallic taste. What could it be?

I was injected with a huge dose of a steroid at a dental office. My hair fell out within hours and I gained 50 pounds within 4 months. I also have a metallic taste. What could it be?

Are you sure?: I would hesitate to see why a dentist would be injecting you with "a huge" dose of steroid. If you were having a temporal mandibular joint problem possibly, but I would assume that it would have been explained adequately as to why you were given the steroid. Please check if it was steroid and why. Then get 2nd opiniion if necessary. ...Read more

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The dentist wants to rely on a panoramic xray machine he has in office for a dental implant but I want a 3d image of the quadrant. How do I ask it?

The dentist wants to rely on a panoramic xray machine he has in office for a dental implant but I want a 3d image of the quadrant. How do I ask it?

Talk to him: The internet provides patients with a lot of information about implants and imaging, some of it useful and some not. Talk to your dentist and tell him you have been reading about CBCT imaging for implants and ask him if he has a CBCT unit in the office. Whether he does or not, you can ask him if there would be any benefit to having one performed and that you would not object to the expense. ...Read more

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