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How Do Topical Anesthetics for Dental Treatments Work?

One of the formulations we consistently receive requests for is high-powered topical anesthetic gels. There are numerous numbing gels used by dentists for numbing prior to routine dental care, oral surgery, and orthodontic procedures. How do numbing gels work though, and why are some formulations more effective than others? Anesthetics Designed for Topical Use A topical anesthetic is not just an injectable anesthetic applied without a needle. Unlike an injected…
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Dry Mouth Treatment

Dry mouth (xerostomia) is a common condition that has multiple possible causes. It results from either a decrease in the production of saliva or a change in saliva’s composition. Dry mouth is frequently associated with the use of certain medications and is common in patients undergoing radiation therapy. Individuals with Sjogren’s syndrome have chronic dry mouth that requires long-term care. Compounded treatments include a topical dry mouth spray that can…
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Alternative to Alvogyl for Dry Socket Treatment

Alveolar osteitis, also referred to as dry socket, is one of the most common complications after a tooth extraction. Using a medicated treatment after extraction can decrease the dry socket rate. One treatment for dry socket is Alvogyl, which is a resorbable paste that contains a combination of eugenol, butamben, and iodoform. We offer a dry socket paste that is a compounded alternative to Alvogyl with a higher-strength anesthetic. What…
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Dental Anesthetic Gels – Instructions and Safety

Our topical anesthetic gels including TAC 20 alternate, Profound, and BTT 12.5 are popular with dentists in multiple specialties. Since these products are all compounded, they are not FDA-approved. Without clinical trials and studies that demonstrate the efficacy and safety of particular dosages, most dentists rely on their experience and the advice of their peers when using compounded products. However there are general guidelines that can be used for applying…
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What is the Best Canker Sore Treatment?

Canker sores are a common complaint, with 80% of the population getting them at some point in their lives. In most cases they go away on their own and occur infrequently. For some individuals, however, they can become chronic. The best canker sore treatment is usually a compounded formulation with multiple effective ingredients. For both those who get an occasional sore and those that have them regularly, a compounded treatment…
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Miracle Mouthwash

Miracle mouthwash, also sometimes referred to as magic mouthwash, is a broad term used to describe a variety of oral rinses for treating stomatitis and oral thrush. These mouthwashes are frequently prescribed for patients undergoing radiation or chemotherapy.  A miracle mouthwash most often contains a combination of ingredients that can include an antihistamine, corticosteroid, antibiotic, antifungal, and anesthetic. Since there are no commercially available mouthwashes with each of these ingredients,…
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Frenectomy and Topical Anesthetic

Frectenomies are the removal of a small fold of connective tissue. Most frenectomies are performed in the mouth and can be done with only topical anesthetic. Some dentists find that they can perform a laser frenectomy without any anesthesia, but many patients find that the use of topical anesthetic makes the procedure easier. The use of infiltrative anesthesia for frenectomy is usually unnecessary and a topical anesthetic is sufficient to…
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Antifibrinolytic Mouthwashes for Dentistry

An antifibrinolytic mouthwash can be helpful for a variety of oral procedures where bleeding may be a concern. The antifibrinolytic drugs frequently used by dentists are aminocaproic acid (ACA) and tranexamic acid (TXA). In studies these drugs have been shown to significantly reduce bleeding when applied locally either as a preventative measure or a post-operative treatment. Hematologic disorders that affect the fibrolytic system can result in bleeding complications during oral…
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Dyclonine (DYC Anesthetic)

Dyclonine (DYC) was introduced in 1932 in the form of a throat lozenge sold under the brand name Sucrets. These lozenges are still sold over-the-counter in pharmacies and can reduce pain from a sore throat. Dyclonine can also be made into a mouth rinse that is used by dentists before hygiene appointments or dental procedures. At one point there was a commercially available dyclonine mouth rinse but it has since…
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Dental Antibiotic – Alternative to Arestin

The commercially available drug minocycline hydrochloride is sold under the brand name Arestin in microsphere form. While many dentists who treat periodontal disease have found this product to be effective, the cost per application site can make it an expensive treatment. The expense that must be passed on to the patient is especially high if multiple sites need to be treated. Having a topical antibiotic for treating periodontal disease does…
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