There can be times when a dentist administers anaesthesia in order to abate the pain associated with a specific oral procedure such as removing a few teeth or performing a root canal. What are some key takeaway points to keep in mind?
– In the majority of cases, anaesthesia will be administered locally.
– The associated injection will cause little discomfort.
– The effects of anaesthesia can last for a few hours after the actual treatment has been completed.
“Anaesthesia is administered prior to a procedure to help dull pain or sedate a nervous or anxious patient.”
Dental x-rays are used to assess your oral health, helping to identify cavities, tooth decay and impacted teeth. This is a common and important part of your overall oral health routine.
– A dentist will usually x-ray new patients for their records and on average once a year thereafter.
– With the exception of pregnant women, X-rays use a low enough dose of radiation to be considered safe for both adults and children.
– A lead vest is used to cover the chest and lap, preventing the vital organs being exposed to unnecessary radiation.
“Children may need to have dental X-rays more often than adults because their dentists might need to monitor the growth of their adult teeth. This is important because it can help the dentist determine if baby teeth need to be pulled to prevent complications, such as adult teeth growing in behind baby teeth.”