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Imagine a world where dental visits aren't synonymous with drills and discomfort. Drillless dentistry, a revolutionary approach in the field, is turning this vision into reality. For those in Austin seeking a more pleasant dental experience, understanding the advantages of this innovative technique is crucial. Let's explore how Austin dentists are embracing drill-less dentistry to provide a more comfortable and effective treatment for their patients.

What is Drill-less Dentistry?

Drill-less dentistry marks a significant departure from conventional dental practices. At its core, it's a minimally invasive technique that replaces the dreaded dental drill with more advanced and less intimidating technologies. 

The most common method used in drill-less dentistry is air abrasion, which employs a fine stream of particles, such as aluminum oxide, to remove decay or stains from the tooth surface painlessly This technique resembles a miniature sandblasting process, where the abrasive particles are propelled towards the tooth surface, gently wearing away the decay. 

The beauty of this approach lies in its precision and gentleness. Unlike the drill, which can cause discomfort and anxiety due to its noise and vibrations, air abrasion is quiet and smooth. It’s particularly beneficial for minor cavities and surface stains, making it a versatile tool in preventive dental care. 

A Kinder Approach to Dental Care

The transition to drill-less dentistry reflects a broader shift towards more patient-centered care. The traditional drilling process, often associated with discomfort and fear, can be a significant barrier for many patients. Drill-less dentistry addresses this head-on by offering a gentler alternative.

In Austin, where patient comfort is a top priority, dentists are enthusiastically adopting this approach. The absence of the drill's noise and vibration significantly reduces the fear and anxiety that many patients feel during dental procedures. This is particularly impactful for those with dental phobias or traumatic past dental experiences. 

The gentle nature of drill-less methods not only eases current treatments but also helps build a more positive attitude towards future dental care. It’s about creating an environment where dental visits are not something to be endured, but rather experiences that are genuinely comfortable and stress-free.

Preserving Your Natural Smile

The precision of drill-less dentistry is one of its most impressive attributes. Traditional drilling methods, while effective, can sometimes remove more tooth structure than necessary. 

Drill-less techniques like air abrasion target only the decayed or affected areas with remarkable accuracy. This means more of your natural tooth is preserved, which is vital for long-term dental health.

Austin dentists are particularly enthusiastic about this aspect. Preserving natural tooth structure is always preferable, as it maintains the strength and integrity of the tooth. With drill-less dentistry, treatments are not only less invasive but also more conservative. 

This approach aligns perfectly with the ethos of modern dentistry, which emphasizes prevention and minimal intervention. By conserving more of the natural tooth, dentists can ensure a healthier smile for their patients in the long run.

A Godsend for the Anxious and Needle-Phobic

For many, the mere thought of dental work can trigger anxiety, particularly if it involves needles or the drill. Drill-less dentistry emerges as a beacon of hope for this group. By eliminating much of the discomfort and fear traditionally associated with dental procedures, it opens the door to a more calming dental experience.

IDrill-less dentistry is a perfect fit in Austin, where dentists strive to create a welcoming and reassuring atmosphere, The reduction or elimination of the need for anesthesia is a significant advantage. For those who have a fear of needles, this is a huge relief. 

Additionally, the quiet and gentle nature of the drill-less technique means less stress and discomfort during the procedure. This approach is especially important in a city like Austin, where a relaxed and friendly vibe is part of the culture. 

Perfect for the Little Ones

Introducing children to dental care positively and gently is crucial for fostering lifelong dental health habits. Drill-less dentistry is a dream come true in this regard. Its quiet, gentle approach is far less scary for kids, who can be particularly sensitive to the sounds and sensations of traditional dental tools.

Austin's family dentists are particularly appreciative of this method. Not only does it make the treatment process smoother for the little ones, but it also helps in building a positive perception of preventive dental care from a young age. A child who has a pleasant experience at the dentist is more likely to grow into an adult who doesn't dread dental appointments. 

By using drill-less techniques, Austin dentists are helping to cultivate a generation of children who are comfortable with and understand the importance of regular dental care.

Enamel Dentistry: Embracing Drill-Less Innovation in Austin

At Enamel Dentistry, our adoption of drill-less dentistry is more than just keeping up with technology; it's about reshaping the entire dental experience. 

We understand that a visit to the dentist can be daunting, so we've committed to making it as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. Our practice in Austin combines this innovative technique with a warm, welcoming atmosphere, ensuring that each visit is something our patients look forward to.

Drill-less dentistry aligns perfectly with our ethos of providing top-notch dental care while ensuring maximum comfort. It allows us to offer a range of services, from treating cavities to cosmetic procedures, in a way that’s stress-free and effective. 

Also, here at Enamel Dentistry, we don't just treat teeth; we focus on the person behind the smile. Our goal is to make your dental experience so positive that you leave our office not just with a healthier smile, but with a new perspective on dental care. 

Final Words

Drill-less dentistry is more than just a new dental technique; it's a paradigm shift in dental care. It offers a gentler, more precise, and less intimidating alternative to traditional dental procedures. For anxious patients, children, and those seeking a more comfortable dental experience, it's a game-changer. 

In Austin, a city known for its friendly and relaxed atmosphere, dentists embrace this innovative approach to align with the community's values. At Enamel Dentistry, we're proud to be at the forefront of this revolution, offering our patients a unique blend of advanced care and unmatched comfort. 

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Post - OP Instructions: Crowns & Bridges

February 20, 2024

Post – Op Instructions: Crowns & Bridges

Dental crowns and bridges usually take 2-3 appointments to complete. On the first appointment, the tooth/teeth are prepared, scans are taken, and a temporary crown/bridge is placed on the tooth/teeth. A custom fit temporary restoration will be fabricated to protect your teeth and gum tissue while your permanent crown or bridge is being created at the dental laboratory. The temporary prevents the tooth from shifting or moving, so it is essential that it stay in place for the duration of the time in between appointments.

A temporary, however, is not as durable as a permanent restoration, nor is it sealed completely, so it is important to be very careful chewing on that side, as well as keeping the area clean. Having sensitivity on the tooth/teeth while the temporary is in place is normal and will subside when the permanent restoration is placed, however, If the sensitivity gets increasingly worse or does not begin to subside after several weeks after the permanent restoration is placed, please contact our office.

Home Care

While your temporary is in place it is important to keep your gum tissue as clean and healthy as possible. You may need to alter your oral hygiene habits in the interim as temporary restorations are cemented with a special cement that is designed to come off easily. Continue to thoroughly brush and floss every day.

However, when flossing, take special care to pull the floss out from the side rather than out from the top. Pulling out from the top can cause the temporary to come loose. If your temporary does come off, call us immediately so we can arrange to cement it back into place.

Do not attempt to “glue” the temporary crown back in yourself or “go without it” as the teeth may become sensitive or shift slightly, preventing placement of the permanent crown. You can use a denture adhesive like Fixodent or toothpaste to hold the crown or bridge temporarily until you can get to our office.

Once your permanent crown or bridge is cemented, it is important to remember that these ceramic or zirconia restorations do not decay, but the teeth underneath them do. The most susceptible area for decay is at, or below, the area where the tooth and restoration meet. If this area is not routinely cleaned bacterial plaque will form around the restoration, which oftentimes lead to decay. This is the most common reason for needing to replace permanent crowns and/or bridges. Therefore, it is important that you maintain a diligent daily home care program to clean your teeth and gums.

Fixed dental bridges require additional cleaning under the pontic (missing tooth). Since this “false tooth” is connected to the adjacent teeth a bridge threader is used to thread floss under it to remove plaque. These are available at most pharmacies.

Chewing

Although your temporary restoration should be very comfortable, you will need to alter your chewing habits to ensure the temporary stays in place in the interim in between appointments. 

Avoid chewing hard and sticky foods on the temporary crown such as gum, caramels, taffy, or hard candy. Also, if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. If your bite feels uneven or your teeth do not come together as they did before, please contact us immediately.

After the permanent restoration is placed it is normal to feel slight pressure and sensitivity to hot or cold for a few days up to a few weeks. If, however, after 2-3 days your bite still feels uneven, contact our office. Delaying the necessary adjustments may damage the tooth permanently. If the sensitivity gets increasingly worse or does not begin to subside after several weeks, please contact your local office.

Please contact your office if you have any questions or concerns

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Post - OP Instructions: Fillings

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Post – Operative Instructions: Fillings

Your anesthesia will wear off in approximately 1 to 3 hours after the procedure. It is very important not to chew on the numb side (to prevent biting tongue, lip, etc.) until the anesthesia wears off.

Children should be observed until the anesthesia has worn off. Due to the strange feeling of the anesthetic, many children chew on the inside of their cheeks, lips and tongue which can cause serious damage.

Your tooth (or teeth) may be sensitive to hot, cold or pressure following the placement of fillings. This is completely normal. The possible symptoms of hot, cold or pressure sensitivity will cease within a few days to a couple of weeks. In very few instances, this sensitivity could last longer than a couple of weeks. As long as your teeth or gums are continuing to feel better (not getting worse), everything is fine, and there is no need for concern. However if you have any concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to your local dentist.

Once the anesthesia has worn off, if you feel as though any of the teeth we have worked on are hitting first when you bite down, please give our office a call immediately. This imbalance with your bite may cause further discomfort and should be adjusted.

The gum tissue can sometimes be irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days. The anesthetic injection site may also feel sore or bruised. If your gums are tender, rinse with warm salt water, dissolving 1/2 teaspoon of salt in an 8 oz. glass of warm water. An analgesic such as Tylenol or Advil will help to decrease discomfort.

Composite (tooth colored) fillings set up right away and can be chewed on as soon as the anesthetic wears off.

Home Care

Although the treatment that was performed is quite durable, the underlying tooth is still vulnerable to decay, especially at the interface between the tooth and filling. It is important to resume regular brushing and flossing immediately. Daily home care and regulating your intake of sugar-containing foods will increase the longevity of your new restoration. If you have any other questions or concerns, please call your local office.

Please contact your office if you have any questions or concerns

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Post - OP Instructions: Deep Cleaning

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Post – Operative Instructions: Deep Cleaning

Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical treatment for periodontal disease. The purpose of the treatment is to remove bacterial plaque and tartar from around teeth and under the gum line and smooth out rough target areas thereby eliminating the inflammation and infection that is the causative factor in gum disease. The progression of gum disease can be halted by removing inflammation and disrupting bacterial bio-film development with regular maintenance visits and meticulous home care.

After treatment you can expect to notice less redness, less bleeding, and less swelling of your gum tissues. Your teeth may feel smoother, and your mouth will taste and feel better. The following tips will make you more comfortable, help to prevent any possible compilations and ensure the success of the procedure.

Discomfort

You may take an over-the-counter pain reliever for any tenderness or discomfort. Take ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) unless you have medical conditions or allergies.

It is not unusual for the teeth to be more sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, and/or sweets. This is normal. This occurs as the gum tissue heals and shrinks in size and should gradually resolve in a few weeks with proper home care. Consistently brushing two to three times daily with sensitivity toothpaste or using fluoride rinses may alleviate this over time. Avoid toothpastes with “whitening” or baking soda, as this will contribute to the problem. If sensitivity continues or is severe, professional application of a desensitizing agent may be required.

Home Care

To help soothe the area, rinse your mouth 2-3 times a day with warm salt water rinses. If CloSYS is prescribed, use as directed.

Resume your home care regimen of brushing twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and daily flossing immediately, but be gentle with the area recently treated. Your gum health must be maintained with proper home care, as instructed, and regular dental visits. You may use a WaterPik if recommended as well.

Refrain from smoking for 24 to 48 hours after scaling and root planing as tobacco will delay healing of the tissues. Smoking cessation is highly recommended.

Diet

After scaling and root planing, avoid chewing in the area until the anesthetic has worn off completely. It is easy to bite or burn your cheek, tongue or lip while numb.

For several days following treatment, a soft diet is recommended. Avoid any hard foods such as tortilla chips, potato chips, popcorn, or seeds.

Bleeding

Minor bleeding that results in a pinkish tinge to your saliva is normal and may occur during the first 48 hours following treatment. You may rinse your mouth with warm salt water. If excessive bleeding should occur, apply light pressure to the area with a moistened gauze or moistened tea bag and call the office immediately for more assistance.

Follow – Up Care

We ask patients to return in 3-4 months following scaling and root planing for an additional periodontal evaluation. At this appointment the healing response of your periodontal tissues will be evaluated as well as the effectiveness of your oral self-care in order to determine if further periodontal treatments are necessary as well as the frequency of your recall interval. This appointment will include re-probing the periodontal tissues as well as a maintenance cleaning.

Please contact your office if you have any questions or concerns