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Dental Novocaine Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more
Depends: There are about 10-15 different anesthetics that dentists can use based on a number of factors. The all have different duration's of action. It is also different with different people based on metabolism. The most common anesthetic used- Lidocaine typically takes around 1-2 hours to wear off for your teeth and around 4 hours to wear off for your gums/lips. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unlikely: Local anesthesia is delivered in measured doses. A dentist knows that different patients can tolerate different amounts of local anesthetic. It is unlikely that a dentist would administer enough anesthesic solution to overdose a patient during a routine procedure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a cavity in my front right tooth. The left had a root canal. Will i need novocaine to fill and if so will is sting? I'm a huge dental phobic.
Fillings and numbing: Any filling done on a vital tooth will hurt if no anesthetic is used. A large cavity that you can see means the dentist will have to do some drilling. Ask your dentist to use a topical numbing gel prior to using the needle. It will sting somewhat. Suggest you bring your ipod and headphones to the appt. Crank up the volume to take your mind off the actual injection and the drill noise. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Husband has type 2 diabetes. He has a small area of facial numbness on right side of mouth, like dental procedure/novocaine, fingertips, right.
See doctor: Whether or not the diabetes is well controlled this condition should be evaluated asap. It could be caused by a number of different things. Diabetic neuropathy, a tumor or growth impinging on a nerve, circulation problems, multiple sclerosis are all things that can cause numbness or tingling anywhere in the body. Get him to the doctor quickly. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Painful swollen cheeks persists 3 days after Novocain (procaine) for 2 dental fillings. Never had this before. Should I be concerned? Dentist said its normal.
No worries: No worries. If the treatment was extensive or there was a need for multiple injections this is common and this will go away. Take some Ibuprofen (600-800mg) every 6 hrs for 24hrs and tread lightly on the area. Connect with my Virtual Practice on Healthtap for any dental questions with my special keycode: DFWMCQ! Securely video or text chat by virtual appointment. http://htap.us/28qexs ...Read more
Is there a proven link between breastfeeding and improved lifelong dental health? Do formula-fed babies get weaker teeth/thinner enamel? Thanks!
No direct link: Infants who fall asleep while either breast feeding and/or bottle feeding are both more prone to tooth decay as they don't swallow the last of thy milk or formula and it sits around their teeth all night causing decay. Bottles tend to be worse as the baby does not have to actively suck for liquid to keep dripping into their mouths. Either method used improperly will cause decay. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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