New Dental Fillings Are Nano-Terrific!

Jun 13th, 2012
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

Sometimes, visiting your dentist on a regular basis and treating a cavity the traditional way just isn’t enough for some researchers.

As we now know, tooth decay affects our physical, mental and social well being. Caused by acids secreted by bacteria in our mouth, tooth decay (cavity) is almost always been treated by removing the decayed area on the tooth and refilling the area with a substance such as gold, silver amalgam, composite, or ceramic. Because of recent scientific development and research at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, we can add one more material to that list—Nanotech!

Researchers using nanotechology (the study of manipulating matter on an atomic and molecular scale) at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry have created a dental filling that can do much more than the traditional dental filling materials used in the past. The new material consists of tiny, nano-size particles of silver and calcium, along with an antibacterial primer and antibacterial adhesive.

Professor Xu, who directs the school’s Division of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, explains, “The reason we want to get the antibacterial agents also into primers and adhesives is that these are the first things that cover the internal surfaces of the tooth cavity and flow into tiny dental tubules inside the tooth.” Simply put, the nanotech filling material not only treats cavities, but it also kills the harmful bacteria that exists in the mouth, in addition to cultivating growth to the tooth structure that is often lost to bacterial decay.

What’s even better is researchers expect the nanotech dental fillings will last longer than the traditional dental filling substances that typically last five to 10 years. However, the exact lifespan of nanotech fillings has not yet be determined and patents are currently pending.

The professionals at The Dental Center at Easton Town Center are consistently following progressive advancements in the field of dentistry and oral health. They actively engage in passing on vital information, promoting the necessity for optimum dental health, to their patients and public, alike. If you’ve delayed a trip to a dentist in your area, now’s the time to make an appointment to remove that tooth decay. We’re accepting new patients now!

Pulling Wisdom Teeth – The Surgery

Apr 12th, 2010
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are a source of dental problems for many people. As an emergency dentist in Columbus Ohio, we see our fair share of patients in pain because of their wisdom teeth.

The wisdom teeth are the last four teeth to erupt in the mouth, usually in the teenage years. The biggest problem with wisdom teeth is that many people do not have enough room on the tooth arches for the wisdom teeth to erupt normally. Because they are cramped for room, many wisdom teeth will try to come up at an angle or sideways. When this occurs, it is known as impacted wisdom teeth.

Most dentists recommend that the wisdom teeth be removed as soon as it is evident that they will not come in straight on their own. Because of expense or fear of pain, many people will choose to leave them alone if they are not hurting. This is not always wise. For one, the risk for complications from wisdom tooth extraction surgery greatly increases as the patient ages, especially if the older patient is on medications for other ailments. Secondly, when a wisdom tooth starts to hurt, it usually means that an infection has set in, making the surgery that much more dangerous. And finally, people in their late teens or early twenties heal much, much faster than older patients. The recovery time is much longer in older patients, which can lead to more opportunity for infections and complications.

Wisdom teeth are removed in a surgical operation, usually in the office of a dental surgeon or sometimes even at a hospital. If only one wisdom tooth is being removed, the dentist will apply a local anesthetic to numb the area. If several or all of the wisdom teeth are being removed, a general anesthetic may be administered. This will cause the patient to sleep through the entire procedure. You will typically not eat or drink anything the night before your surgery.

To remove the wisdom teeth, the dentist will cut open the gum tissue and remove any bone surrounding the tooth. He or she will then remove the tooth from any connecting tissue. Sometimes, the tooth has to be broken into small pieces to be more easily removed, especially if it is deeply impacted.

Once the tooth is completely removed, including the roots, the dentist will stitch the area, usually with a dissolving stitch. The area is then packed with cotton gauze to stop the bleeding and the patient is moved to a recovery area. While in recovery, the patient is monitored to make sure the anesthetic is wearing off and there are no obvious complications. The patient will be sent home with instructions on diet, oral care, and medications.

Next week, we will look at the recovery process and the common complications that arise after wisdom tooth extractions.