Tooth Fillings : Amalgam fillings or Composite fillings? Amalgam fillings also known as silver mercury fillings have been in use since the 19th century. Composite fillings were first introduced in the 1960′s and have undergone many generational improvements. They are now cosmetic alternatives to silver mercury fillings.
Dr. Howard Kopel speaks about antibiotics used prior to dental procedures. Dentists routinely prescribed patients antibiotics to take before dental procedures if they had mild heart conditions. Antibiotics were taken several days before and after dental procedures in these patients.
Use of Nonsteroidal Drugs in Dentistry. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications are prescribed for the relief of preoperative and postoperative pain. In other words, these drugs can manage the pain of procedures that create an inflammatory response. Generally, procedures on hard tooth structure that do not involve the pulp create little or no inflammatory response
Antibiotics in Dentistry. It is the responsibility of the dentist: to prescribe antibiotics when necessary; to have the judgment to not prescribe them when not necessary. These medications are not M & M’s and without a reduction in the number of antibiotics taken in this country we are going to have an epidemic of super germs that we won’t have effective treatments for.
Narcotic Pain Medication in Dentistry. Dr. Olga Karnakova discusses the administration of narcotic pain medications and emphasizes these medications addictive qualities. In addition, an addiction and misuse occurs when patients use the medication beyond the doctor’s prescription, with the intention of getting high or relieving anxiety or stress.