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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

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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 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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