Tag: dentistry

Local Anesthetics and When to Use Them

What is a local anesthetic? Local anesthetics are one of the safest, most reliable ways to achieve anesthesia in dentistry. Local anesthetics contain three parts – an aromatic group, an intermediate chain, and a secondary or tertiary amino terminus. The portion known as the… Continue Reading “Local Anesthetics and When to Use Them”

Maintaining Space in the Primary Dentition

When it comes to children, maintaining the amount of space available in their arch is very important. If space is not maintained, the permanent teeth may not have room to erupt, causing long-term problems that may have complications in the future – such as… Continue Reading “Maintaining Space in the Primary Dentition”

Treating a Pregnant Patient

When is it safe to treat a pregnant patient? Pregnancy is divided into trimesters – the first trimester is between 1-12 weeks, the second 13-20 weeks, and the third 20-40 weeks. It is safe to treat a pregnant patient during all three trimesters. Of… Continue Reading “Treating a Pregnant Patient”

Pathology Post: Leukoedema + Epulis Fissuratum

What is Leukoedema? Most commonly seen in African Americans (as well as smokers), leukoedema is a white lesion that appears opalescent, filmy, and does not rub off. This lesion will be seen bilaterally on the buccal mucosa and is very common. Leukoedema is a… Continue Reading “Pathology Post: Leukoedema + Epulis Fissuratum”