If it is a commonplace that we are afraid of the dentist, when we think of cosmetic dentistry we also assume that it must be painful.
On a daily basis I operate without causing a patient any discomfort or pain and I personally undertake to use the best techniques offered by technology to meet all my patients’ needs.
ARE DENTAL AESTHETIC TREATMENTS, SUCH AS THE APPLICATION OF DENTAL VENEERS, PAINFUL?
As for the veneers, you have certainly heard of “tooth filings”. Let me point out that the filing, after applying veneers, is almost never necessary and that I always more frequently apply dental veneers without anesthesia not preparing the natural tooth.
In the (rare) cases where a small filing is necessary (approximately 0.2 mm) the treatment is not at all painful because the enamel is a tissue without innervation. The patient may experience a temporary sensitization of the tooth at most, but nothing more.
WHICH TECHNIQUES DO YOU USE IN YOUR STUDIO TO PREVENT THE PATIENT FROM FEELING PAIN?
The first technique I use is … my hand!
Needless to say, the dentist’s ability to master certain techniques and tools is fundamental to preventing the patients from feeling pain.
In addition, I obviously use techniques of local anesthesia or conscious sedation.
WHEN AND HOW ARE THESE ANESTHETIC TECHNIQUES USED?
When we talk about short operations I use a gel or a spray to apply on the mucosa during the hygiene sessions. However, in some cases I also resort to stronger anesthesia, especially when a patient has a strong tooth sensitivity.
For short-medium-lenght operations I inject an anesthetic drug under the mucosa near the apex of the tooth: the patient doesn’t feel almost anything, as the discomfort is equal to being bitten by a mosquito.
In other cases, I use truncular local anesthesia when I want to interrupt the transmission of pain on all the teeth and soft tissues of the area to be treated with immediate effect.
Having in my staff also the anesthesiologist I practice, upon request, total anesthesia in complete safety and obviously only for the most complicated and long operations.
Finally I also use conscious sedation with nitrous oxide. In this case the patient becomes completely insensitive to pain but at the same time can collaborate serenely throughout the operation with me.
It is important to choose a dental practice that carries out and deals with cutting-edge techniques and knows all the sedation techniques to perfection, taking care of your smile on a daily basis. Only in this way will it be possible to intervene with minimal invasiveness.