Common Causes of a Toothache

Causes of a ToothacheMost people throughout the country have experienced the pain of a toothache at one time or other in their lives. However, just because a toothache is a fairly common occurrence, does not mean that it isn’t all that big a deal, especially if you’re the person who’s experiencing it. What causes a toothache is one of the most commonly asked dental health questions patients pose to their dentists, and some of the answers may surprise you. Of course, everybody knows that a toothache can be caused by all manner of dental health issues, from cavities and other types and degrees of tooth decay, to chips and cracks in the teeth, to exposed nerve roots. But did you know that the cause of a toothache could be an ear infection or that chronic sinus problem you’ve been enduring? Following are answers to questions about some of the most common causes of toothaches, as well as tips on preventing them. Continue reading “Common Causes of a Toothache”

Benefits of Same Day Surgery

Same Day Surgery
Same Day Surgery

Cost Efficiency for Patients

One of the biggest selling points for patients to use an ambulatory surgery center is the cost. Unlike a regular hospital which may rack up health cost bills in the hundreds of thousands for one individual, ambulatory surgery centers can afford to not charge so much because of the cost it takes to upkeep a center versus a hospital. In fact, if you look at the numbers the cost for ambulatory surgery centers versus hospitals is quite different. Numbers range from %25 to 33% lower for surgeries and treatments in an ambulatory surgery center setting rather than a hospital setting. That could mean a lot for individuals that choose not to get an important surgery or treatment because money is an issue. 25-33% less might not seem like a huge deal, but if you start to look at surgery and treatment costs; you begin to see that small percentage really does make a large impact on your financials.

Consumer Benefits

Most hospitals where I’m from are in the city. They tend to be a pain to get to; you have to deal with a lot of traffic and crowds. Ambulatory surgery centers are usually quite the opposite. They tend to be in more suburban areas which mean they are easier and quicker to get to which means they have better access to patients than a traditional hospital setting. Also, because ambulatory surgery centers don’t deal with emergency surgeries, it’s almost out of the question that your scheduled procedure will be “bumped” for an emergency surgery or situation. This means you can get your procedure or treatment done on the day it was scheduled which means you can get back to life and your job and not have to keep rescheduling when they can do your procedure! Continue reading “Benefits of Same Day Surgery”

What is Corpectomy?

3d rendered anatomy illustration - painful backA spinal specialist may recommend that a patient undergo a corpectomy in some instances. A corpectomy is a surgical procedure on the spine. Corpectomy in its simplest sense means “remove the body.” In this case there is a removal of vertebrae. A spinal surgeon will remove bones or discs to relieve the pressure on a patient’s nerves and spinal cord. During the procedure, the surgeon will remove portions of the bony sections which comprise the spinal column as well as discs that may be adjacent to the section being removed. Once the NJ spinal surgeon removes the discs and bones, there will be an empty space which will need to be reconstructed. The bones will be replaced through a bone graft or bone substitutes. In some cases there is missing tissue that is causing bone to rub against bone. The tissue must be reconstructed in order to prevent further damage. There are two basic reasons that a spine specialist might suggest a corpectomy for a patient: to remove pressure that is being put on the spinal cord or to stop any abnormal movement or motion between the vertebrae. Continue reading “What is Corpectomy?”

How to Make An Emergency Dental Kit

Dental Emergency Kit
Dental Emergency Kit

Almost everyone has a first aid kit in their home. Often they have one in their car as well so they are prepared for emergencies while they are out and about. You may want to consider putting together your own emergency dental kit to provide help with any dental trauma situation that you may come along. The things inside can help in the event of a toothache, loose crown, or broken and knocked out teeth when you do not have access to a dental office immediately. Here are some things that you should put together to keep as a dental emergency kit. Continue reading “How to Make An Emergency Dental Kit”

How to Handle Tooth Trauma

Tooth Trauma
Tooth Trauma

Dental emergencies can happen any time and in any place. You can only hope that you are close to a dental office when something happens, and that it is open.  It is important to know how to handle a tooth trauma situation so that when one such case presents itself, you are prepared. Here is some information about how you can handle someone losing a permanent tooth. Continue reading “How to Handle Tooth Trauma”

Common Dental Questions

Teeth
Teeth

If you have a dentist appointment in your near future, you may be wondering what you should ask your dentist during the visit. These questions will likely have to do with issues that you are having or information that you do not know about your mouth. Here some questions and the answers to things that you could ask your dentist.

New Methods in Preventing Tooth Decay

Be sure to ask your dentist if there are any new methods to prevent and treat tooth decay. There are several new treatments in the development stages. There is an experimental technique using fluorescent lights to detect developing cavities long before traditional means can detect them. There is also a feeling technique being researched that helps prevent further tooth decay by releasing fluoride slowly over time around you’re filling and on adjacent teeth. Continue reading “Common Dental Questions”

How Does the dentist Treat a Cavity

Cavity
Cavity

If you have never had a cavity, you may be clueless as to how the dentist actually treats this problem. By understanding exactly what a cavity is and how your dentist is going to resolve the issue, you can be prepared for the experience. Here is the information that you need to know so you know exactly what to expect if during your next dental office visit a cavity is found. Continue reading “How Does the dentist Treat a Cavity”

What is TMJ?

TMJ
TMJ

TMJ, or the temporomandibular joint, is like a sliding hinge that connects your jaw bone to the rest of your body. Temporomandibular joint disorders can cause a lot of pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles controlling your jaw’s movements. Here is some information about the temporomandibular joint you should know if you’re having any problems. Continue reading “What is TMJ?”

How to Prevent Bad Breath

Bad Breath
Bad Breath

There are many ways to prevent and cover up bad breath. It is important to know what is causing your bad breath to know what will work best in your situation. There are a variety of things that can be causing it that should be fixed in order to stop bad breath from returning. Here are some causes of bad breath and ways that you can prevent it from returning in the future. Continue reading “How to Prevent Bad Breath”

Medical Device Regulations in Canada

Medical Device Regulations in Canada
Medical Device Regulations in Canada

His Excellency, the Governor General in Council, by the recommendation of the Minister of Health, pursuant to the Food and Drug Act, brought forth what was meant to be an answer to a common problem. Medical devices that were sold in Canada needed to be researched and regulated for the safety of the users. Regulations got passed that apply that the sale and advertising of medical devices, and the importation of medical devices. The rules also apply to in vitro diagnostic tools or products, as if the product were an in vitro diagnostic device themselves. Food and Drug Regulations, Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, and the Narcotic Control Regulations all state pretty clearly that you are to stay away from illegal and non-prescribed drugs. Continue reading “Medical Device Regulations in Canada”