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By Dr. James Lewis
July 29, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Laser Dentistry  

Find out more about what laser dentistry in New Port Richey entails and how it can help your smile.

Have you heard about laser dentistry but not sure what it’s all about? Your New Port Richey dentist Dr. James Lewis can treat various Laser Dentistryconditions and dental issues more accurately and quickly than ever before with laser dentistry. Find out how our laser treatments could help you.

What is laser dentistry?

While lasers have been used in the dental field since the 90s we have certainly seen lasers become a more integral part of certain dental treatments over the last decade. Our lasers direct a narrow beam of light to treat many hard and soft tissue oral conditions.

When is laser dentistry used?

Laser dentistry is being used more and more in New Port Richey Dr. Lewis because it offers a lot of unique advantages over more traditional methods. Here is when laser dentistry can be employed to treat your smile:

  • To remove tissue for a biopsy
  • To reshape or remove gum tissue due to overgrown tissue or gum disease
  • To treat infections (root canal therapy)
  • To activate whitening gels for professional in-office teeth whitening
  • To treat gum disease irritation and inflammation
  • To expose partially erupted wisdom teeth
  • To treat canker and cold sores

What are the benefits of getting laser dentistry?

Using lasers for different dental procedure offers a multitude of advantages. For one, laser dentistry may make is so that your New Port Richey dentist Dr. Lewis will not need to use a drill or administer anesthesia. Furthermore, a laser is more precise and exact than more traditional methods. Since lasers can also treat conditions that originally required excisions or surgery, this means fewer side effects and post-procedural bleeding, as well as a shorter recovery times.

Is laser dentistry safe?

When used by a trained medical professional like your New Port Richey dentist Dr. Lewis dental lasers are extremely safe. You will be required to wear protective eyewear during your laser treatment, which we will give you before your procedure begins.

Think laser dentistry could improve your oral health? Your New Port Richey dentist Dr. Lewis is here to help make this possible. Call us today to schedule your next appointment and let’s sit down and talk about how laser dentistry could help you.


By James C. Lewis, DMD
July 21, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: topical fluoride  
TopicalFluoridecanEnhanceYourChildsDentalCare

More than likely your child already receives fluoride from your drinking water or toothpaste. So, is it really necessary for them to receive topical fluoride during their regular office checkups?

We highly recommend they do. A naturally occurring chemical, fluoride has the ability to make enamel more resistant to acid attacks that lead to tooth decay. It’s most effective when it works its way into the structure of the enamel during early teeth development.

Both fluoridated drinking water and dietary fluoride supplements (recommended by a doctor or dentist) can be the vehicle for this to occur while the teeth are still forming in the jaw before eruption (when teeth become visible). After the teeth have erupted, fluoride applied directly to the enamel surface (topically) can become infused with it as it continues to develop during early growth.

But can’t fluoride toothpaste accomplish the same result? No — the fluoride added to toothpaste and other hygiene products is relatively low, and only strong enough to maintain and protect enamel. The fluoride levels in topical applications like gels, foam or varnishes are much higher (in the tens of thousands of parts per million) and remain in contact with the teeth during a treatment session for much longer. Some fluoride varnishes, in fact, will continue to leach fluoride into the tooth surface for a month or more.

Topical fluoride applications are especially beneficial for children who are growing up in an area without fluoridated drinking water or without the proper means for good oral care and hygiene. But even for children with access to fluoridated water and oral care, a topical application can still be helpful.

A topical fluoride treatment isn’t a stand-alone application, but a regular part of your child’s dental care of daily brushing and flossing and semi-annual dental cleanings and checkups. Topical fluoride enhances the care they already receive to help produce stronger enamel for future healthy teeth.

If you would like more information on topical fluoride applications, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Topical Fluoride: How Fluoride will Benefit Your Child.”


By James C. Lewis, DMD
July 06, 2015
Category: Oral Health
LamarOdomReboundsFromDentalAnxiety

Professional basketball player Lamar Odom is sometimes known as “the candyman” because of his notorious fondness for sweets. But when his sweet tooth finally caught up with him — in the form of a mouthful of decayed teeth — the six-foot-ten-inch, 230-pound hoops star admitted that he had been avoiding treatment… because he was afraid of going to the dentist!

It took two Kardashians (Khloe and Kim) and a painful toothache to finally persuade Odom to sit in the chair. Once he did, it was found that he needed a root canal, a wisdom tooth extraction, and several fillings. Yet the fretful forward sailed through the whole set of procedures in a single visit, and walked out with a big smile afterward. How did his dentists make that happen?

Put it down to the “magic” of sedation dentistry. With anxiety-relieving medications that can be delivered orally (in pill form or by gas) or intravenously (into the bloodstream), the techniques of sedation dentistry can help even the most fearful patients get the dental care they need. That’s good news for about 50 percent of the population, who admit they’re at least somewhat afraid of the dentist — and even better for the 15 percent who avoid dental care completely due to their fear.

Dentists have a number of ways to ease apprehensive patients through a dental visit. An oral anti-anxiety drug can be given in pill form about an hour beforehand. Nitrous oxide (sometimes called “laughing gas”), which is administered by a mask placed over the mouth or nose, may also be used to relieve anxiety. The calming effects of these medications help make any nervousness melt away — and in many circumstances, mild sedation is all that’s needed to ease the fear.

For lengthier or more complex procedures, intravenous (IV) sedation may be recommended. Unlike deeper (unconscious) sedation, IV sedation doesn’t cause “sleep.” Instead, it puts you in a comfortable semi-awake state, where you can still breathe on your own and respond to stimuli… but without feeling any anxiety. And when the procedure is over, you probably won’t have any memory of it at all.

IV sedation can be administered by dentists who are specially trained and equipped with the proper safety equipment. While sedation is being provided, you will be monitored at all times by a dedicated staff member; when it’s over, you will rest for a while as the medication quickly wears off. Then (as is the case with oral sedation), you’ll need another person to give you a ride home.

Does sedation dentistry really work? Lamar Odom thinks so. “I feel so much better,” he said when his 7-hour procedure was over. “I feel like I accomplished something.”

If you would like more information about sedation dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Oral Sedation Dentistry.”




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