Pain Medications for Dental Patients

Dentists usually recommend for patients with pain in the pulp of the tooth pain medications such as Motrin or Ibuprofen which have an anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect. If patients suffer a stronger pain, Vicodin or Hydrocodone can also be prescribed. What about Antibiotics?

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Fluoride for Children

Research has shown that fluoride reduces cavities in both children and adults. Systemic fluorides can also give topical protection because fluoride is present in saliva, which continually bathes the teeth.

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Materials in Dental Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam, a mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper is a dental filling material used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. Approximately 50% of dental amalgam is elemental mercury by weight. Dental amalgam might cause these individuals to develop oral lesions or other contact reactions.

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Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings or silver mercury fillings are composed of different metals including silver, tin, copper, zinc, and mercury. Amalgam fillings were mainly used for teeth restorations in the past. Studies now show that they may have negative effects on the teeth and overall health.

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Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are dental restorative materials used to restore damaged or decayed tooth structure. Fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth. Materials used in dental fillings are amalgam (a composition of mercury, silver, copper, tin), and composite resin (tooth-colored fillings).

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Gold vs. Porcelain Onlays

Dr. H. Kopel speaks about  an inlay or onlay, which is a type of material placed inside or over the surface of a decayed or damaged tooth. They are made from a variety of materials such as gold or ceramic and cover the top surface of a tooth.

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