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San Diego, CA 92130
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Winkler, Gernot D.D.S.
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Fallbrook, CA, 92028-3086
Roncone, Chris D.D.S.
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Fallbrook, CA, 92028-4155
Cooke, Clayton T D.D.S.
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Fallbrook, CA, 92028-2960
Allison, Ronald D D.D.S.
322 N Orange Ave
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Thinking about your baby and prenatal care is normal during pregnancy; however, thinking about your oral health and dental care may not be forefront on your mind, but dentistry is still very important. Women need to pay special attention to their teeth and gums especially during pregnancy to avoid the increased risk of dental problems.
Pregnancy brings a change in oral health and hormones, especially increased levels of estrogen and progesterone, which are linked to plaque buildup on teeth. Plaque that is not removed can cause gingivitis and swollen gums that are tender and prone to bleed. Most pregnant women experience gingivitis to some degree, but it doesn't usually surface until the second trimester.
If you had gingivitis before becoming pregnant, your condition will likely be aggravated; untreated gingivitis can lead to a more serious problem -- periodontal disease. Swollen gums that become irritated can also lead to pregnancy tumors, benign growths that will usually shrink and disappear without treatment. However, if the tumor causes discomfort or interferes with chewing or brushing, the dentist may suggest removing it.
If you experience dental emergencies causing pain, you can be treated at any time; however, consult your doctor if anesthesia is required or a medication is prescribed to you. Avoid X-rays during pregnancy, unless they are critical to emergency treatment.
It is recommended to schedule elective procedures after your baby's birth. While you're expecting, have great expectations for maintaining good oral health. By doing so, you'll keep your beautiful smile and share it with your baby!
By Brian J. Gray, DDS, MAGD, FICO
The answer should be an emphatic "YES!" Fortunately, dentistry has developed new techniques for delivering local anesthetics painlessly. These techniques also assure that the anesthetics act more rapidly and produce a more "profound" level of anesthesia. Additionally, modern dental procedures utilize better technologies that are generally much less traumatic and invasive than those of the past. The result of these advancements is that patients should have minimal or no discomfort during the tooth numbing and/or treatment procedures. Root canal treatment should not cause pain, but rather relieve it when present and keep it from reoccurring. Unfortunately, dental pain may also have a psychological component, possibly stemming from a negative past experience, a story in the media, or even the fear of the unknown. Sometimes these situations can prove challenging for the patient and the dentist to control. Examples include:
These and other distresses are real to the patient. Much of the time, however, the distress can be reduced or eliminated if the patient discusses it with the dentist and gets understanding and reassurance. The doctor and the patient must work together in these situations to make certain that the patient feels as comfortable, trusting, and informed as possible in the dental environment. Most individuals can do this satisfactorily. If patients continue to feel significant distress, even after having these discussions with the dentists, they should be aware that there are supplementary modalities for which they might be candidates. These modalities include:
These sedative techniques and medicines may also be helpful if particularly lengthy treatment procedures are necessary in specific situations.
With all of the advancements in pharmaceuticals and in their delivery, there should be no need for any patient to delay root canal treatment because of fear that the treatment will be painful.
By Clifford J. Ruddle, DDS, in collaboration with Philip M. Smith, DDS