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Why Do I Get Shaky After Getting Novocaine?

Dentistry and modern science developed local anesthetic (cocaine) in 1884. This has allowed dental and medical procedures to be performed in a painless way. The injectable anesthetic, Novocaine (procaine) was invented in 1905 (from Latin, Novus which means new, caine as in cocaine), but stopped being manufactured for dental injections 20 years ago. There are…
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Tech Talk: Stop Cavities With Dental Sealants

Preventing tooth decay by protecting the biting surfaces of new teeth erupting in the mouth is the role of dental sealants. Sealants have been in use since the 1970s. Products and application technique have continued to improve.   Q: How do sealants prevent tooth decay?   A: Prevention is the answer. The most important time is…
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What If I Don’t Have My Decayed Teeth Fixed?

What If I Don’t Have My Decayed Teeth Fixed?   Dentistry and modern science have not been able to find a cure or prevention for tooth decay, also known as dental caries. Tooth decay is the most common disease in man, found in millions of people.   Q: What is tooth decay?   A: Dental decay…
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What If I Don’t Have The Root Canal Done?

What If I Don’t Have The Root Canal Done?   A root canal (Endodontic Therapy) is a dental procedure to remove the soft pulp tissue inside the center of a tooth, leaving the rest of the tooth – including the roots – intact. The treatment saves the tooth and may last a lifetime. Root canals…
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Oral Health Risks From Piercings

Your oral health affects other body parts. There are a number of personal health risks associated with oral piercings and wearing jewelry in your mouth.   Q: How can oral health be affected by the piercing of one’s tongue, cheek or lips?   A: This needs to be addressed in two parts: 1. During the piercing…
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Five Things You Asked About Laser Dentistry …

Where is laser dentistry now? In their 24 years of existence, dental lasers have evolved, and so have their uses. Dental lasers are here to stay. Recent advances in technology have made the laser highly successful in doing new kinds of dental procedures. Q: What dental procedures do you depend on your lasers for the…
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