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Is there any evidence that HCV has been spread during medical or dental procedures?

Is there any evidence that HCV has been spread during medical or dental procedures?

Hep C transmission: There have been several well-known instances of this occurring. Investigation always reveals a failure to follow standard precauations. Hep c outbreak in las vegas was due to crna re-using syringes. Elsewhere failure to clean scopes properly has led to issues. ...Read more

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Dr. Kyle Shank
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Dental Procedures (Definition)

Dental procedures describe a broad category of interventions performed by dentists, oral surgeons, and other dental specialties. The most commonly performed dental procedures are teeth cleaning, tooth polishing, tooth removal and root canal but can also include oral and facial surgery as well as placement ...Read more


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If dental assistant puts hands on her chair with each patient, can HCV be spread(she handles all utensils)?Is her chair usually cleaned between pt's?

If dental assistant puts hands on her chair with each patient, can HCV be spread(she handles all utensils)?Is her chair usually cleaned between pt's?

Highly doubtful: Everything in the room that was used is sterilized or replaced. It would be highly unlikely for an infection to spread between patients. ...Read more

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If ass. Rests gloved hands on back ofchair, then handles dental instruments, can I get hcv, assuming chair isn't cleaned and she does it w/eachpatient?

If ass. Rests gloved hands on back ofchair, then handles dental instruments, can I get hcv, assuming chair isn't cleaned and she does it w/eachpatient?

Very Doubtful: Dental offices/gloves are not sterile, they are clean...There's a difference. The instruments are sterilized b/t each patient's use, and disposable supplies are used wherever possible to the reduce any possibility of cross-contamination. All chairs, trays, counter-tops, drawer handles, etc are disinfected and/or barrier wrapped b/t each patient. That is osha and infection control protocol. ...Read more

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I used a metal teeth cleaner and i got scratched , someone else used it but have hcv. What is the chance of me getting it?

I used a metal teeth cleaner and i got scratched , someone else used it but have hcv. What is the chance of me getting it?

Close to 1-2 percent: You should check yourself for hep c seroconversion at 3-6 weeks , 3 months and 6 months. Hopefully you do not get it. ...Read more

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Is having oral piercings getting in the way of dental procedures?

Is having oral piercings getting in the way of dental procedures?

Yes and more: Although it depends upon the size, location, design and materials used, there is always a greater risk of infection, accidental laceration, and breaking or chipping teeth. Is the risk worth it? Healthy natural teeth are the thing of beauty and once damaged can never ever be restored to their original state. Think about it. ...Read more

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Can poor dental care lead to other medical conditions?

Can poor dental care lead to other medical conditions?

Poor dental care: Poor dental care can lead to chronic periodontal disease (gum disease). There is mounting evidence that inflammation caused by chronic periodontal disease is associated with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and alzheimers disease. In addition, poor dental care can lead to pain and loss of teeth, which in turn can create difficulty in eating properly. ...Read more

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What dental procedures are okay to have when I am pregnant?

What dental procedures are okay to have when I am pregnant?

Pregnancy Dental Work..: Pregnancy dental work.. Dental work such as cavity fillings and crowns should be treated to reduce the chance of infection. If dental work is done during pregnancy, the second trimester is ideal. Once you reach the third trimester, it may be very difficult to lie on your back for an extended period of time. The safest course of action is to postpone all unnecessary dental work until after the birth. However, sometimes emergency dental work such as a root canal or tooth extraction is necessary. Elective treatments, such as teeth whitening and other cosmetic procedures, should be postponed until after the birth. It is best to avoid exposing the developing baby to any risks, even if they are minimal. ...Read more

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What kinds of pain killers are used during dental procedures?

What kinds of pain killers are used during dental procedures?

Pan Killers: Most people wonder about Novacaine however this name covers many drugs(mepivacaine,marcaine....) the 'caines'. They all do the same thing...block pain to the tooth in question for 1.5 to 3.0 hours generally. They are all generally safe so do not worry and consult your dentist for any other questions you may have. ...Read more

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How effective are the sedatives used during dental procedures?

How effective are the sedatives used during dental procedures?

Depends: Effectiveness depends on the level of patient anxiety, the drug or drug combination used, the dosage, the length of the procedure and the stimulation caused by the procedure. All of these must be factored in when selecting an appropriate sedation. Consult with your dentist, physician or anesthesiologist for recommendations. Never self medicate. ...Read more

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Do I have to do all the dental procedures my dentist recommends?

Do I have to do all the dental procedures my dentist recommends?

No, but...: Doing nothing is always an option, but can have poor concequeces! if you are not sure about the treatment your dentist recommends, get a 2nd opinion. You may find that they are just looking out for you. ...Read more

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Is it wrong of me to go to a different dentist for dental procedures?

Is it wrong of me to go to a different dentist for dental procedures?

2nd opinions...: Are your right as a patient. If you are unsure of treatment being offered it is your choice to seek a second opinion. ...Read more

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What are all the different dental procedures in a root canal / crown?

What are all the different dental procedures in a root canal / crown?

Steps: Numb tooth, isolate with rubber dam, remove infected tooth structure/decay, use files to clean out nerve, fill with gutta percha (orange filling material), do a core buildup (foundation filling for crown to sit on), drill tooth to fit for crown, pack a piece of cord to mildly separate gun from tooth for a good impression, remove cord, take an impression, make a temporary. Check bite. ...Read more

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Question about periodontal dental procedures. Should hygienist do them?

Question about periodontal dental procedures. Should hygienist do them?

Some: Some periodontal procedures are delegated to trained and licensed dental hygienists, this varies state by state. More advanced procedures must be handled by a dentist. ...Read more

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Is there anything i can eat to reduce facial swelling due to dental procedures?

Is there anything i can eat to reduce facial swelling due to dental procedures?

Yes: Yes you can help with dental swelling by using non steroidal anti inflammatory like ibuprofen. Also temperature can help with swelling cold the first 24 hours after and warm the following 24 hours+. If it gets out of hand call your dentist and they can prescribe antibiotics and steroids if necessary. Hope this helps, johndds.Com. ...Read more

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Are there ways to compare the price of dental procedures without going to every dentist in town?

Are there ways to compare the price of dental procedures without going to every dentist in town?

Not really.: Most dentists in the same geographic area have very similar fees. We monitor average fees in the area through our dental suppliers. If you find someone who is less expensive than most be very careful. You may not get the same quality of care and you may be treated by a relativity inexperienced associate dentist . Find a dentist you trust and don't be driven by saving a few dollars. ...Read more

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My son 4 years old had dental procedures to put crowns -silver- on the back teeth. How long are going to last do they fall out with the teeth ?

My son 4 years old had dental procedures to put crowns -silver- on the back teeth. How long are going to last do they fall out with the teeth ?

Yes: At four years old, all his teeth will be replaced with permanent teeth and when the teeth are lost, the stainless steel crowns will be lost as well. How long they last meanwhile will depend upon the quality of care, his diet and how well his teeth are kept clean. It is imperative that you understand why this happened in the first place and what has to be done to prevent further cavities! ...Read more

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I currently have medi-cal and was wondering what dental procedures are covered?

State specific : Each state decides what benefits it provides. In california, based on your age, only emergency treatment and extractions are covered. ...Read more

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What is bridge therapy as it relates to warfrin and dental procedures and what is helpern or hepburn?

What is bridge therapy as it relates to warfrin and dental procedures and what is helpern or hepburn?

Waiting for warfarin: Warfarin is the most-available long-term pill used for anticoagulation. Until you become "therapeutic, " the warfarin actually makes you more likely to form clots. Heparin will generally be given as IV drip until warfarin kicks in after a few days. Now, single-dose injectables like Lovenox (enoxaparin) are used. Patients can administer the shots themselves at home instead of remaining in the hospital. ...Read more

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What are the different types of dental procedures?

What are the different types of dental procedures?

Many: Dental procedures include, examination and diagnosis of oral disease, prophylaxis/ cleanings, treatment for periodontal disease, root canal treatment. Extraction of teeth, filling of carous teeth, cosmetics/bonding/veneers. Replacements of missing teeth with implants and bridges. Correction of birth defects and repair of trauma and many many more. ...Read more

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