I had a bad experience with getting the needle injected anesthetic when I was a child. Is there anything that can be done to eliminate the shot or to remove the pain?
Dr. Corey's method of numbing the patient includes use of a local anesthetic to the gum first. He then releases a small amount of Novocain and gradually completes the process. Patients love this pain-free method. Also, for certain dental procedures, we can use the Waterlase technology, which is a dental laser that uses a hydrokinetic process, which gently washes away decay with laser-energized water droplets. This can be used for decay removal, cavity preparation, and a variety of other procedures. In most cases, use of the Waterlase laser means no drills, no needles, and no numbness at all.
I've heard of dental lasers. Are these safe and what is the advantage to using them?
Yes, dental laser technology is a safe, effective procedure. In the hands of a dentist like Dr. Corey, who is specially training and certified to use this equipment, the laser provides pinpoint accuracy, which reduces the risk of damaging adjacent healthy tissues. The primary safety measure necessary during laser treatment is proper protective glasses. While there are soft tissue (gums) and hard tissue (tooth) lasers, the Waterlase technology that is special laser that is used on both hard and soft tissues. Dr. Corey is currently the only dentist in Fort Wayne using the Waterlase technology. The advantages to using the Waterlase process include the fact that, in most cases, there is no numbness, no drills, and no needles.
If I have a tooth that is decayed and may not be salvageable, isn't it better to just pull the tooth and be done with it?
No. If at all possible, it is better to save the tooth and cover it with a crown. A missing tooth also affects the overall function of your other teeth. They are all needed for proper support and stability in your mouth. Because the teeth on the opposite arch no longer to have anything to chew against, they may begin to shift out of the socket, which could lead to more tooth loss.
I'm in my thirties and finally have the money to spend for braces on my front teeth. Is there a method of correcting my over-bite that is less noticeable than traditional braces?
Yes, one excellent solution is Invisalign, a virtually invisible method of straitening teeth that uses a series of custom-made, nearly undetectable aligners. Using the latest in 3-D computer technology, the Invisalign staff will take Dr. Corey's treatment plan and the impression he has made of your teeth, and they will create a series of precisely customized aligners. The length of treatment is about the same as traditional braces.
Are dental procedures always painful?
Most dental procedures are carried out under local anesthesia, which makes the procedures totally painless. In addition, the modern day high-speed drills cause less vibration and are more comfortable for patients. With the use of Waterlase technology there may be no need for anesthesia. Waterlase is painless.