My sister is having a procedure which involves sedation at the dentist’s office. Her dentist told her she won’t be able to be alone that day. She’s asked me to stay with her. I have a couple of questions.
- Will I have to be there for the procedure? I don’t do well with blood.
- What do I need to do for her during the day? I don’t want to mess up.
Lacey Q. – California
It sounds like you’re a caring sister who likes to be prepared. Let me put your mind at ease. You can wait in the waiting room during the procedure. So, you likely won’t have to witness anything bloody.
Mostly during the day , you’re there to make sure she doesn’t do anything to hurt herself. Sedation dentistry is fantastic, but she’ll be woozy and unsteady on her feet. You’ll need to keep her comfortable and resting.
I can’t tell you any post-operative procedures because you didn’t mention what she’s having done. However, the dentist’s office will give you both verbal and written instructions for you to pass on to her when she’s in better shape.
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Several months ago I had a filling placed. It was fine at the time, but then a few weeks later the tooth became sensitive to cold. Do I need to replace the filling?
Anthony S.-Bache, OK
When a tooth feels fine immediately after a new filling is placed, but then becomes sensitive later, that usually means that there are bacteria from the original decay that had penetrated into the pulp of the tooth. Generally, you wait it out and hope your normal body defenses kick in and deal with it.
The key as to whether you need to do anything will depend on if the sensitivity is getting better or not. If the sensitivity is improving, then you probably don’t need to do anything. If, however, the sensitivity is getting worse, then it is possible you will need to get a root canal treatment. If so, you’ll also need a dental crown.
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My little boy has spots on his teeth. They are brown in color and are from fluoride. He has had his teeth bleached by a local dentist to try and get rid of them. But it did not work. The brown stains are still there. Now the dentist is recommending porcelain veneers. Can you tell me how much more expensive veneers are than dental bonding?
– Laura from Florida
Unfortunately, I think it’s time to find a new dentist. Brown fluoride stains will not be remedied by teeth whitening or bleaching, which you are now aware of.
Dental bonding is a possibility. But it all depends on how bad the staining is. It is imperative that you research an expert cosmetic dentist. Tooth bonding takes artistic talent and not every dentist can do it well.
Porcelain veneers tend to be a more expensive treatment but will give the best results. Pricing varies from dentist to dentist, so you will have to discuss cost comparison with the dentist you choose. Again, I would urge you to have a consultation with a cosmetic dentist that has trained with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. An AACD dentist should be able to provide you with the best recommendation and cost based on your specific circumstance.
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