Q: I recently needed a crown on a tooth that already had a root canal. Why did the dentist still have to shoot me all up with shots of Novacaine all over again, even though the tooth had its nerve removed? Doris in Stuart
A: Recently I visited my favorite optometrist for an eye exam. (The guy is a dead-ringer for sounding and looking like actor Vince Vaughn). I was worried I was going to have my pupils dilated for the glaucoma test which would render me useless and looking like I was on drugs. Thankfully, his new technology measured my eye pressure with a blast of air with a really cool machine.
Traditionally, many dentists need to have you numb to either pack chords of thread or burn the tissue with an electrosurgery unit to retract the gum away from the tooth and stop any bleeding for an accurate impression. Many of my colleagues and myself now use a diode laser that performs the same task (called: laser troughing.), but without a need to anesthetize the patient. For a link to a video that demonstrates this, contact us.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Mitchell Josephs will be giving a FREE LECTURE on Incision-Free Dental Implant Surgery, Digital Crowns & Veneers, Choosing a Dental Office and NEW TOPIC: Laser Dentistry, at the Double Tree Hotel, PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens on Friday July 13th at 10:00 AM. Attendees will receive a FREE copy of his book: “Tooth Talk”. Seating is limited to 50 attendees. Call today to register at 561-832-2917
Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Cosmetic, Implant and General Dentistry in Palm Beach and hosts “Tooth Talk” on WBZT AM1230 (www.radiotoothtalk.com) Dr. Josephs is a Faculty Advisory Board member at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry and completed his residency at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital.
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