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Giraffe in Scotland gets visit from the dentist


A 14-year-old giraffe at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling in Scotland has been put under general anaesthetic so that dentists can check her teeth and try to tackle her problems with chewing food. Kelly the giraffe had a team of 12 vets and park staff to assist with the 30-minute procedure, during which an x-ray was taken and her teeth were inspected.

Veterinary surgeon Ian Rodger found food caught in the gaps between her teeth but was expecting to be confronted with something much more significant than a simple cleaning job after staff reported that the giraffe was struggling to chew her food properly and they found undigested food in her dung – which suggests that the food was not being broken down effectively by her teeth.

Mr Rodger said ‘We don’t undertake anaesthesia in a giraffe lightly but this is a problem that’s been working away for a wee while now and we felt we had no choice but to explore the mouth, and hopefully based on that and based on the x-ray, we can make some decisions as to how to put a treatment programme in place.’ Kelly came round from her anaesthesia gradually and was re-integrated with the other giraffes that she shares a compound with.

More US citizens than ever skipping dental visits


According to a new study performed by PBS Frontline and The Center for Public Integrity, one in three Americans are neglecting their dental care simply because they can’t afford the high price of treatments that the private system demands. The research centred on citizens of Florida and found that only around ten per cent of the state population, including children, were signed up to the dental care programme Medicaid.

Professor at the University of Florida’s College of Dentistry, Dr Frank Catalanotto, spoke to Frontline about the problems children in particular were having when attempting to access treatment; he estimates that around 1,200 minors a year have had to receive dental care whilst under general anaesthesia in hospital, because their families can’t afford the high insurance bills. There were similar findings with the adult population too; more and more people are turning to the emergency room for help, which not only offers fewer treatment options, it also costs around ten times more than preventative care would have in the first place.

In the sunshine state alone, there were more than 115,000 visits to the ER in 2010, for dental problems that could not be treated with specialist care beyond pain relief and antibiotics. Director of the children’s dental campaign at the Pew Center, Shelly Gehshan, said ‘If people are showing up in the ER for dental care, then we’ve got big holes in the delivery of care. It’s just like pouring money down a hole. It’s the wrong service, in the wrong setting, at the wrong time.’

Popularity of botox increases among older men


Popularity of botox increases among older menNon-invasive botox treatments are becoming increasingly common among middle-aged patients, new figures reveal.

According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, non-invasive botox treatments were up by two per cent in 2010, especially among baby boomers.

The number of male surgical operations remained stagnant at 1.1 million between 2007 and 2009, the figure increased to 2.1 million in 2010.

Experts have put the increase in the number of male botox enthusiasts down to the fact that middle-aged men are becoming more conscious of their appearance and are becoming more open to surgical treatments to improve the way they look.

Mumbai-based cosmetic surgeon Manoj Kumar J Manwani, who deals with approximately 5,000 – 6,000 cases every year, said: "All lunchtime surgeries take less than an hour, are non

-invasive or superficial, can be done with local anaesthesia and show results immediately."

Douglas Ray Jr, 65, recently filed a £12 million lawsuit against botox maker Allergan, claiming that the substance caused him to suffer brain damage.  ADNFCR-2621-ID-800513517-ADNFCR

Lily Allen experiences nasal problems after wisdom teeth removal


Lily Allen's wisdom teeth removal did not go as smoothly as she hoped.Lily Allen has said she experienced nasal problems after having all her wisdom teeth removed under general anaesthetic.

The singer went under the knife on Thursday (January 20th 2011) but found the operation did not go as smoothly as she hoped.

In news that may encourage people to seek out private emergency dentistry practitioners, Allen said on her Twitter page that she had a 16-hour nosebleed because of the oxygen tubes that were put up her nose to help her to breathe.

"Chapped lips, mouthful of blood. Not a great start to the weekend. Oh, and hamster cheeks doesn't even cover it," she commented.

Wisdom teeth removal is usually done under local anaesthesia, which should still completely block any pain from the gums. However, those who struggle with anxiety may be offered a sedative to help them relax.

A dentist will be able to explain the most appropriate form of treatment depending on individual circumstances.

Root canal treatment ‘can be pain free’


Root canal treatment 'can be pain free'Delaying treatment for root canal damage is what causes the treatment to be painful, one specialist has claimed.

Talking to Asia One Health, Dr Seah Yang How explained that if people have a dental consultation not long after a toothache develops they could prevent discomfort later on.

The endodontist said: “When the procedure is done in the initial stages of a toothache, local anaesthesia is very effective and the pain can be very minimal.”

Dr Yang How described how the soreness comes from the nerves and blood vessels in the tooth becoming inflamed and advised patients not to put off visiting a professional for fear of tenderness.

He called the belief a “myth” and commented that new technology and anaesthesia could make early treatment painless.

Individuals were recently encouraged by Dr Eugene Antenucci to consider cosmetic dentistry to replace missing teeth and to help stop them looking older than they truly are.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19855424-ADNFCR

Patients ‘anxious over anaesthesia’


Anaesthesia in the dentist’s office causes anxiety for many. Many cosmetic dentistry patients get anxious by the thought of anaesthesia, a new survey has shown. Up to 85 per cent of people feel worried about the use of anaesthesia, according to a poll carried out by the University of Salford.  It showed that the top concerns were waking up during surgery, not waking up after the treatment and simply the general feeling of unease in the run-up to the procedure. Mark Mitchell, senior lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Social Care at the University of Salford, said: “Our survey underlines the importance of patients receiving planned and timely information about anaesthesia, prior to the day of surgery, in order to limit their dental anxiety.” Elsewhere, research carried out by Dr William H Frey and his colleagues at Regions Hospital in St Paul, Minnesota and published in the American Chemical Society’s bi-monthly journal Molecular Pharmaceutics showed the use of a nasal spray or drops in place of injections could be equally effective for anaesthetising patients who are undergoing treatments.

Nasal spray ‘to replace needles’


A new form of anaesthesia could replace needles for dentists.

Brits undergoing cosmetic dentistry procedures will soon be able to undergo local anaesthesia that does not entail large needles, it has been revealed.

According to an article in the American Chemical Society’s bi-monthly journal Molecular Pharmaceutics, researchers have found that the use of a nasal spray or drops in place of injections could be equally effective for anaesthetising patients who are undergoing treatments.

Dr William H Frey and his colleagues at Regions Hospital in St Paul, Minnesota, found that nasal sprays of lidocaine are extremely effective at acting on the trigeminal nerve – the nerve responsible for sensation in the face.

As such, the days of large needles to numb the teeth and gums could soon be coming to an end.

Elsewhere, US dentist Dr Joel Miller of Aesthetic Dentistry of Valencia recently told Homestation News that those suffering from bad breath should visit their dentist, as they can often provide stronger mouthwash that could tackle the problem effectively.

Conscious sedation ‘eliminates stress’


People could reduce their stress by having conscious sedation in place of anaesthesia.

Conscious sedation could be a better choice for people undergoing emergency or cosmetic dentistry treatments if they find being put to sleep too stressful, it has been claimed.

According to Dr Sultan Sherzoy, a dentist from New Jersey, 30 per cent of people who undergo treatments are afraid of anaesthesia and this can result in them putting off visiting their dentist and any problems they have with their teeth getting worse.

However, there is a solution to this issue, he claimed, sedation dentistry, which is where a person is given a pill to put them almost out, but not quite.

Dr Sherzoy argued: “The amazing thing about this is that unlike anaesthesia where a patient is completely unconscious, asleep or unable to respond, patients under conscious sedation are able to respond to commands and breathe on their own.”

Elsewhere, news provider Oromo Index recently reported that there are a range of options available to those looking to sharpen up their smile. These include contouring or reshaping of misshapen teeth, teeth whitening treatments, bonding, dental veneers, bridges and gum lifts.

Drug to reduce dental recovery time created


dental drugsNew anaesthesia reversing drug has been developed.

A new drug has been developed that can reduce by half the amount of time its takes for anaesthesia to wear off after dental treatments.

King 5 reported the drug can help patients feel normal faster and reduce some of the side effects of anaesthesia after an operation, such as grogginess and disorientation.

“It causes vasodilation, so it makes those blood vessels dilate in the area and the act of the dilation helps to reverse the affects of the anaesthetic,” commented Dr Vidya Sankar, director of the oral medicine clinic at the University of Texas Health Science Center.

She added it can help people get back to their daily lives faster.

Elsewhere, a new plasma jet drill has been created by Dr Stefan Rupf from Saarland University in Homburg that could replace the traditional dentist’s drill in as little as three years, he claimed.

Dr Rupf claimed the device would be non-invasive and practically pain-free and could therefore be a large step forward for the industry.

New treatment to speed up recovery


A new drug has been developed to help patients recover faster after treatments.

A new treatment has been developed which could see patients recovering more quickly from emergency and cosmetic dentistry procedures. emergency dentistry recovery

ABC Local reported a drug has been developed which could reverse the effects of anaesthesia, meaning patients will no longer have to suffer the numb mouths that can make it difficult to talk or eat for hours after treatment.

“It causes vasodilation, so it makes those blood vessels dilate in the area and the act of the dilation helps to reverse the affects of the anesthetic,” said Dr Vidya Sankar, director of the Oral Medicine Clinic at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

Elsewhere, a new Waterlase system has recently been created which could speed up the process of having cavity work carried out.

The laser system is combined with water to create vibrations in the tooth which helps to numb the area and also only targets decay, making it easier and quicker for the dentist to carry out the procedure.

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