Monthly Archives: April 2015

I’m losing my teeth. Help!

I spent years avoiding the dentist and now I’m paying for it. I’m losing my teeth. Is there anything I can do? I feel like my life is over.

Anya M. – Florida

Anya,

I’m sorry you’ve been through this. The dental fear alone must have felt debilitating. I haven’t examined your case, so I can’t tell you if anything can be done to save your teeth. As a dentist, I would say that would be the first priority.

However, I can tell you what your best solution is if they can’t be saved. If I were in your place, I would look into dental implants. They function the closest to your natural teeth.

There is a possibility that you will need to do some preliminary work to ensure success. If you’re losing your teeth, that could mean you’ve lost too much bone structure.  In that case, you will need bone grafting done in order to be a good candidate for the implant procedure.

You don’t want to go to just any dentist for this type of thing.  Make sure they’ve had a significant amount of post-graduate training in dental implants.  Otherwise you could end up with an even bigger disaster.

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

Can I drink wine before going to the dentist?

I’m a little uncomfortable going to the dentist.  Wine relaxes me. I was hoping you would tell me if it OK to go to the dentist after drinking a little wine.

Christie M. – Oklahoma

Christie,

You’re not alone in your discomfort with a dentist. Many people have either had a traumatic experience with a dentist, usually as a child, or a rough dentist at some point in their life.

Of course, you could drink wine before going to the dentist, but it will affect the way he or she can do his treatment.  There will be some counter-indications between the wine and some dental medication. You might consider doing some form of sedation dentistry instead.  That won’t keep you from any form of treatment, but wil give you the same relaxed feeling you can get from wine.

The one most similar to wine is nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas.  If you want something stronger, you could consider oral conscious sedation or IV sedation.  Those are stronger.  You’ll need a ride to and from your appointment and you’re likely not to remember your appointment.

If you do drink wine, you’ll want a ride for your appointment as well. You don’t want to drink under the influence of any form of alcohol.

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