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Compounding for Dental use

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Going to the dentist can be an unpleasant experience and cause anxiety for some people, but with dental makeup, your dentist and pharmacist can work together to overcome these barriers.

Compounding is a method to create personalized medications for patients where separate ingredients are combine to create a formulation that suits each individual. In the dental composition, your pharmacist works with your dentist to customize a medication, including the concentration and dosage form, according to your specific needs.

What is dental compounding?

Dental compounding has become more popular in recent years because there are so many variables that go into a dental procedure. Not only do the procedures and care change from person to person, but the patients themselves vary greatly in age and tolerance levels, so having a product that can be tailored to your dental needs is a great option.

Dental compounding is a method of preparing customized medications for your dental needs. These products can be prescribed and made for several reasons, including:

  • Procedural anxiety
  • Pain relief
  • Ulcers of the mouth
  • Gum disease
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Cancer sores
  • Treatment for dry socket
  • Tooth whitening

Why is it used?

Dental compounding can be used to address several challenges associated with going to the dentist, from bad tasting medicine to pain relief. Compounding the medication allows it to be made in a different dosage form, like a gel instead of a pill, a different strength, or even a different flavor.

Depending on the problem that is trying to be addressed, several options may be employed:

  • Flavoring: many medications have an unpleasant taste, but the dental composition allows your pharmacist to add flavor in order to create better-tasting medicines without altering their effectiveness.
  • Lollipops: lollipops can be useful for children and people who are nauseated or have trouble swallowing pills. Oral anesthetics or pain relievers can be made into a lollipop that is more palatable and easier to swallow
  • Gels and pastes: gels and pastes are great ways to deliver topical pain relief. These may be used instead of oral pain medications or to numb an area of the mouth before an injection is given

Compounding pharmacies can create multiple medication compounds for dentistry

In other cases, a single active ingredient is not enough to treat a dental problem, such as the case where multiple anesthetics need to be used for a higher potency. In these cases, compounding pharmacies can create compounds with several combined medications which can often be more affordable for the patient because it reduces the need to administer two or more different preparations. These preparations may also save time during procedures by having a faster or more effective activation, improving the efficiency of dentistry procedures.

Not only can the number of medications be controlled, but the flavor of medications can also be altered, which is of particular importance in dentistry when many medications are administered orally. Commercial medications can often be bitter or highly unpleasant, and children in particular may be resistant to receiving these medications. A compounding pharmacy can take a bitter tasting medication and add a chocolate or fruit flavoring to it for instance, and improve the chance that a child patient will find the medication tolerable.

The dental composition can also be used to make medicines to be taken at home after your visit to the dentist, such as mouth rinses, lip balms or whitening gels. Dental Compounding makes the dentist's chair much more comfortable

Some of the special compounds for dentists include:

  • Antibiotics, antihistamines, antifungals, anesthetics, antivirals, corticosteroids, misoprostol, phenytoin, etc.
  • Cosmetic toothpastes such as bleach gel or mouthwash.
  • Medicines and pharmaceutical forms are not available in stores.
  • Special aroma
  • Preparation of medications for intraoral infections such as periodontitis and candidiasis.
  • Pieces of electrolytes for the dry mouth.
  • Discontinued or depleted medicines
  • Drug combinations (topical, oral, injectable)
  • Drugs without sugar, no colorings and no preservatives

Advantage of dental materials

Compounding combines timeless art with the latest medical knowledge and modernster technology and allows trained professionals to prepare custom-made medications for specific needs.

Personalized medications offer benefits for dental patients

  • The best strength

Compounded drugs that contain the right dose to treat the problem without causing unnecessary side effects, and eliminate the need to break the tablets or crush or more capsules.

  • Appropriate Dosage Form

Needed medications can be prepared in the best dosage form or base to treat a specific problemFor example, a lollipop is ideal for keeping an antibiotic or antifungal in contact with an infected area in the mouth.

  • Convenient to use

Taking multiple recipes can be impractical and expensive. Many medications can be combined in a preparation, such as a mouthwash that contains the required concentrations of each medication. Because personalized medications are easier to use, compliance can improve.

The elixirs, syrups and suspensions may contain sugar, which makes the preparation undesirable for prolonged use in the mouth or for diabetic patients or preservatives such as alcohol that can cause reactions or gastrointestinal irritation. Compounding professionals can eliminate unnecessary excipients to provide sugar-free, dye-free, lactose-free, gluten-free, and preservative-free dosage forms.

  • Flavored to Please

Compounded medications are flavoured to make them more patient-friendly and improve compliance. Do you know a child who does not like the taste of his antibiotic? Professionals can aromatize the medication so that it tastes like banana, watermelon or root beer. Someone who does not like sweet medicines can find the taste of coffee more attractive.


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