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Dental Anesthetic for Scaling and Root Planing

Chronic periodontitis affects about half of the adult population over 30 in the United States. Despite the efforts of dentists and organizations advocating for good oral hygiene habits, periodontal disease is still extremely common. Scaling and root planing is the standard procedure used for reducing the severity of chronic periodontitis. However getting patients to return for the multiple sessions needed to see results can be difficult. The deep cleaning of…
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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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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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Topical Anesthesia for Propel Orthodontics

The Propel technology is used in orthodontics to speed up the movement of teeth. The procedure stimulates cell activity to increase bone turnover by making small perforations in the bone. It is used in combination with orthodontic treatments like traditional braces and Invisalign to get patients results faster and increase practice efficiency.  By affecting the biology of tooth movement, Propel can cut the time that braces need to be worn…
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