Monthly Archives: December 2014

Can dental implants fix bucked teeth?

I have buck teeth, but want to get dental implants to fix them. Will that work?

Brooke S. – Minnesotta

Brooke,

Dental implants are designed to replace missing teeth. They’re not designed to straighten them. if you are having significant problems with your teeth and are in need of replacing them, then yes, dental implants are a great solution. However, it whether or not you are a candidate does depend on your bone structure. I suggest you speak with your dentist and see if you are a good candidate.

If your looking to straighten your teeth, you may want to look into invisalign. This would enable you to straighten your teeth without anyone even realize you’re doing it.

This blog is brought to you by Libertyville dentist Dr. David Potts.

Percocet for a dental appointment

I get percocets from my doctor for pain. I m not crazy about dentists. I wondered if it was safe to take a percocet before my appointment to kind of relax me?

Delaney M. – Washington

Delaney,

You can take a percocet, if you feel that will help you. Just be very certain you let your dentist know, so he doesn’t give you anything that can be counter-indicative. You may want to tell you dentist before you take it. Sometimes, you can forget things while on percocet.

Before you make a decision, I want to suggest sedation dentistry to you. ┬áThis will be a little more appropriate for your situation than percocet. You can choose what level of sedation you get, anywhere from nitrous oxide (to relax you), oral conscious sedation (where you’re not likely to remember the appointment), or if you’re very fearful, IV sedation.

Talk to your dentist about your fear. He can help you decide what is the most appropriate course for you.

This blog is brought to you by Libertyville Dentist Dr. David Potts.