✍️By Special Correspondent
When most of us hear the word DENTIST, a shiver runs down our spine and the thought of the dreaded drill and pain makes us run in the opposite direction. For a long period of time pain and dentistry have been associated together and have made a great team, but the time has finally come for them to part ways.
Dr Moon Chattaraj shared her inputs on Painless Dentistry held at a Press Conference at press club today . The press conference was also attended by people who have been treated by Dr Moon and they were well known celebrity, Actress Ms. Rituparna Chatterjee , Mr.Rupak Barua CEO AMRI Group of Hospitals Dr. Rajeev Seal M.B.B.S Consultant Physician, Dr Pranab Dasgupta ( President of East bengal club & renound Gynea, )Director & Producer Mr.Joy Ganguly .
With the advent of new technology, knowledge and latest equipment, dentistry has become almost pain free. We could even go to the extent of stating that if a Dentist in this era of modern dentistry is causing significant pain and discomfort to their patients, they are performing imperfect dentistry.
For those who may not be aware, Dentistry has various branches and specialties. There are specialist dentists who have their expertise in these various fields which include but are not limited to pediatric patients, oral surgery, Endodontist ,prosthodontist, orthodontics,oral pathologist and so on.
A good dentist should be aware of their limitations and should not hesitate in referring the patients to the concerned specialist as and when needed. This ensures superior quality of dental care as well emphasis our point resulting in minimum discomfort to the patient.
“It is very important to perform a team work practice because after BDS a dentist studies 3 yrs and specialises in each field so hundred perc they deliver better as they expertises.with the advent of hard tissue and soft tissue laser with digital dentistry pain is absolutely a misnomer related fear in patients . New ways of giving Anesthesia andIV Concious sedation have made treatment very comfortable for patients . ” said Dr Moon Chattaraj
Most of us consider Root Canal Treatment to be a torture and relate it with severe pain and discomfort. But to our delight, in this new world of dental care, a root canal procedure when performed by a skilled dentist, Endodontist is almost painless under microscope , so can see in big screen , not a blind procedure anymore and with hard tissue laser administering local Anesthesia becomes negligible with that one can completed in a single visit within few minutes depending on the case.
It is performed, using the latest equipment which include hard tissue laser and so no drills required or even Anesthesia ,the Apex Locator (which tells us the exact extent of the root canal reducing the need for unnecessary x-rays), High magnification using a microscope and latest rotary instruments to achieve the perfect Root Canal Treatment.
Even the administration of Local anesthesia is painless now, with the advent of the latest delivery system using extremely thin needles at very low speed. The pre application of a topical spray or jelly makes the procedure even more comfortable.
For sensitive patients Local Anesthesia, could be administered even for general dental procedures such as a restoration (filling) or deep cleaning. The idea is to make the entire dental treatment as comfortable for the patient as possible.
Nowadays, people are extremely conscious about their physical appearance and desire the perfect set of teeth and that million dollar smile. Good news is that now it is easily possible to achieve this goal by orthodontics or aesthetic prosthodontic dentistry.In the years gone by,aesthetic dentistry meant fixing a persons smile and aligning the teeth in position using unaesthetic wires and metal.
The modern world of dentistry offers the option of invisible aligners (Invisalign), with veneers & aesthetic crowns . With the advent of digital dentistry now the patient’s teeth and profile is scanned with a software and according to his or her perfect smile it’s designed , it’s called digital smile dentistry .The patients are able to witness the final result by computer simulation and planning before the treatment is begun.
In cases where the time is limited or the patient does not desire orthodontic intervention or wish to wait for months to achieve the desired smile it brings us to – Dr Moon Chattaraj’s Dental clinic 3rd Floor at 97 A Southern Avenue , Kolkata
Smile Designing involves
· Assessing a patients smile and aesthetic demands
· Scanning the teeth and profiling of patient done
· Taking a set of pictures and models
· Creating the desired smile design using computer imaging and wax up
· Then transferring this new smile onto the patients existing set of teeth for the patient and the dentist to judge and make the necessary alterations.
This transferring of the newly designed smile onto the patients existing unaltered teeth is known as a mock up or trial smile.
The greatest advantage of this mock up is that the patient can decide at this stage if they like the new smile design, make the necessary changes or even refuse to go ahead with the treatment plan.
Once the patient is satisfied with the new smile design, thin layers of ceramic veneers are fabricated and cemented on the existing teeth after minimal tooth preparation.
The desired smile can be achieved in a span of a few days to weeks.
This Modern world of Dentistry, superior quality and perfect dental care can be achieved with comfort if the latest technology and knowledge are incorporated.
So no need to run away from your dentist anymore, just make sure you know which one to go to.