This Compendium eBook offers a continuing education (CE) article that discusses techniques that have been shown in studies to reduce the initial pain patients may experience with the injection of local anesthetics. A case report article is also highlighted in this eBook, describing the use of esthetic crown lengthening to correct excess gingival display (“gummy smile”). Download to earn 2 FREE CEU now!
CE: Taking Local Anesthesia to the Next Level: Four Strategies Clinicians May Consider Mark Donaldson, BSP, ACPR, PharmD; and Jason H. Goodchild, DMD
Several techniques may be utilized to help mitigate injection pain and improve the patient experience. This article reviews four strategies clinicians may consider to increase the effectiveness of their delivery of local anesthesia: warming or cooling of local anesthetic solutions, vibration and distraction techniques, liposomal encapsulation, and buffering or alkalinization. This article also considers levels of pain anticipation and perception by patients when these techniques are used. Credits: 2 Self-Study CEU Cost:$0 Provider:AEGIS Publications, LLC
Management of Recurrent Gummy Smile After 7 Years: A Case Report Yu-Ting Yeh, DDS, MSD; and Steven B. Blanchard, DDS, MS
This case report describes the management of a patient with esthetic concerns about a gummy smile. The patient stated that the maxillary anterior area had been previously treated with periodontal surgery 7 years earlier but the condition had slowly recurred over time. The authors highlight the possible reasons for the recurrence and the keys to successfully managing the case.