I had 4 out of my six or so done without anesthetic because I hate the anesthetic more than I hate the minor discomfort from the handpiece.I went to the dentist for the first time in 2 years today for a cleaning. I have a few cavities; one is between two teeth. Anyone ever have a cavity drilled from between the teeth? The last time I went to the dentist the doctor drilled a tooth without any Novocain. So I elected not to go back. Now I have a morbid fear of the dentist.
How bad is a tooth drilling?
BTW, Novocaine has not been used in the US for quite some time as it is an ester and causes allergic reactions in a small but sufficient number of patients. The anesthetics currently in use are lidocaine, septocaine, carbocaine, bupivacaine, and prilocaine, all of which have their own different properties, advantages, and disadvantages.
If you've got calculus (tartar) building up on your teeth, it can lead to gingivitis and then periodontitis, which leads to alveolar bone loss, destuction of the periodontal ligament and loss of the epithelial attachment of the tissues to the tooth, resulting in mobility and often tooth loss. Not that it necessarily will happen, but it does happen quite a bit in people who ignore their dental health.I have a bad fear of that ultrasonic cleaner thing. So bad that I've been ignoring the dentist's calls for my cleaning. I'd rather let 'em rot and have 'em pulled out, that ultrasonic cleaner hurts me so much. I had an extraction last year, and it was nowhere as bad.
Like I've said, I've had it done electively without anesthetic multiple times, no big deal. If they're really close to the gums or pulp though... yeah, get the injection.There are good and bad dentists. Find a good one (ask for recommendations) and you should be fine. The one who drilled without novocain was beyond bad.
The other technique for removal of supragingival calculus (tartar above the gumline) involves scaling with manual curets and scalers (basically, sharp probes). Below the gumline, you have to use them anyway.That bothers me also but they don't have to use it. Tell them to use another technique.
It's a instrument that uses a magnetic field to create vibrations in a stack of discs inside the handle (this is the mechanism for the most popular type), which causes the tip to vibrate. This vibration, which is about 25-50K cycles per second, shatters the calculus off of the tooth. A water spray allows cooling and also helps displace the bacteria in the tooth and the gingival sulcus (the pocket between the gums and the tooth).What is a ultrasonic cleaner thing?
Dentists are nothing but sadists.
They don't actually take the roots out. Inside each tooth, you have the outer enamel shell, the inner dentin layer, and then a hollow space. In healthy teeth, this is filled with the "pulp", which is soft tissue, blood vessels, and nerves (the nerves to the teeth conduct ONLY pain). When caries (cavities) come close to this pulp space, the toxins can leak in through the dentin and inflame the pulp. Once inflamed, the pulp is almost never savable and has to be removed. In a root canal, they drill a small access hole into the tooth, pull out the pulp with instruments, clean it, use sodium hypochlorite to kill any residual bacteria, and then fill the root canals (the hollow spaces inside the tooth roots that lead to the tissues beneath/above the teeth) with a special sealer and material, then fill the access hole like any other cavity.I'm no expert at all.. but root canals are not what they used to be. One visit and they will have all the roots out. Fit a crown and that's all that left. I avoid a root canal if at all possible.. but only because it kills the tooth and makes it more brittle.
Dont' get me wrong.. I don't like the dentist.. but you don't have another set of teeth!!! I avoided the dentist when I was a teenager and I'm pissed at myself. I now have HUGE fillings as a result.
I was forced to sit and watch the Obama inauguration.I've had my fingers crushed off in a chain and sprocket (they're still gone). A slapshot in the heel hurts more.