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Dentistry: No Cavities on X-Ray, dental hygene, sonic toothbrush
dental hygene, sonic toothbrush, new dentist: Dear Pam, Good for you, questioning the need for a filling. It sounds as though you were lucky this hygienist was there for you. She sounds competent and correct. Please understand since I can t see your x rays I cannot be sure of your condition, but I...

Dentistry: Composite Fillings, teeth floss, composite fillings
teeth floss, composite fillings, dentist bills: Dear Kim, While it is entirely possible that you did develop recurrent decay adjacent to the fillings, it is also possible that this decay developed because they were incorrectly done. Composite fillings on posterior teeth are technique sensitive and can...

Dentistry: Cost Not Covered, oral surgen, ray one
oral surgen, ray one, xrays: Dear James: I understand you completely. I got very upset when a Periodontist who treated one of my patients took a panoramic X-ray one month prior to the date when my patients would have had it fully paid by the insurance company. He had to pay out of...

Dentistry: Crooked teeth in 22 yr old, porcelain laminates, dentist new york
porcelain laminates, dentist new york, perfect smile: Dear Jill, Invisalign can be used to straighten out many smiles. Invisalign involves wearing a series of clear plastic trays that gradually reposition the teeth. I have found it to be an effective way to realign teeth and my patients who have undergone...

Dentistry: Crown, onlay, cusps
onlay, cusps, dalin: crowns can come in many different sizes and shapes. you can start with an inlay (1,2,3 surfaces), an onlay (caps the cusps), a 3/4 crown (which is what it sounds like you got), and a full crown (can be all gold, porcelain fused to gold, or all ceramic). the...

Dentistry: Crown replacement, major component, dental plan
major component, dental plan, crowns: It could be that part of the tooth supporting the crown is badly decayed and when he goes to remove the crown that portion of unsupported tooth is breaking away.I really can t second guess what s ocurring without seeing the tooth when this is happening,sorry...

Dentistry: calcified canals, gary backlund, ahmedabad india
gary backlund, ahmedabad india, root canals: Hi Rupang, You have brought up a tough situation. There really is no correct answer. You are absolutely correct that if you are near to the pupal area, you should do a preventative root canal. However, if you have had pulpal calcification, your tooth preparation...

Dentistry: canine with 2 canals, malpractice, apicoectomy, severe pain, help!!!, root canal treatment, healthy gums
root canal treatment, healthy gums, gum infection: Dear C: I am so sorry that you are going through such difficulty after what should have been a relatively simple procedure. Based on the story you have told me, it seems that your original dentist did the best he could do under the circumstances, considering...

Dentistry: child filling, space maintainer, deciduous teeth
space maintainer, deciduous teeth, necessary space: Get the tooth restored.That tooth is a necessary space maintainer for another 5 years.If it becomes badly decayed and has to be removed a space maintainer will have to be fabricated.If the space is not maintained the underlying premolar that needs that space...

Dentistry: childrens teeth, decay resistance, childrens teeth
decay resistance, childrens teeth, tooth brushes: Hi Nicola and thanks for your question. I can imagine that you have your hands quite full and that this task can become a battle field, to say the least. I am no behavioral specialist or pediatric clinician, but I remember when I was a child, is that I...

Dentistry: clear bump over my left front tooth, periodontal abscess, lateral borders
periodontal abscess, lateral borders, cancerous lesions: Hi Belinda and thanks for your question. Please accept my HUGE apologies for my timeliness in replying but by server has been down for the past week and I have been unable to retrieve anything- nightmare! It is impossible for me to give you a definitive...

Dentistry: complication from bone graft and dental implant, excess salivation, implant insertion
excess salivation, implant insertion, bone graft: Patricia - First of all, it does not sound like the saliva itself is the cause of the bad taste. I am assuming with your statement about an implant was done in October, that the implant was done in the socket where you sustained the dry socket. Possible...

Dentistry: to crown or not?, hairline crack, upper molar
hairline crack, upper molar, onlay: There is no way I can answer that question definitively without seeing you and your tooth and your x-rays. There is little difference between a crown and an onlay in terms of the tooth structure removed, so that should not be a concern. If your tooth is cracking...

Dentistry: crowns, dental council, loose fit
dental council, loose fit, crowns: Hi again Charles and I have a better impression of the situation now. Just remember that when a crown has to be redone, and especially when there is decay which has to be removed, there is less tooth structure for the crown to bond to which might give you...

Dentistry: Damaged Front Tooth, brusing, dental emergency
brusing, dental emergency, front tooth: Dear David: Contact your dentist. If your dentist does not consider this a dental emergency, or does not see you immediately, contact another dentist. Keep repeating this until you find a dentist who will see you right away. There is still a chance that you...

Dentistry: Dental Implant, upper tooth, back tooth
upper tooth, back tooth, good shape: Dear Candice: There is a good chance that your upper tooth will slowly drift out of the gum in an attempt to find something to chew against. Worst case will be that you will want that tooth removed in 5 or 10 years. The loss of your second molar does...

Dentistry: Denture for Bone Loss, bone graft, bone grafts
bone graft, bone grafts, implant dentistry: Dear Brenda: The answer to your question is a resounding YES!!! Please go to www.prosthodontics.org and look up a Prosthodontist in your area. Only after a proper fitting, aesthetic, and function denture is made, can one determine if bone grafts and implants...

Dentistry: Disappearance of Tooth Root, root resorption, good luck with everything
root resorption, good luck with everything, orthodontic work: what happened is called root resorption. and root resorption does take place with orthodontics. it is not anything that can be predicted and it is not an indication that something was done incorrectly. it is just plain bad luck. sometimes you see it more with...

Dentistry: deep filling, root canal, many thanks
root canal, many thanks, dentist: Stay away from chewing hard things for a while and give it several more weeks.As long as the tooth is getting less sensitive over time you should be ok.If you find it s getting more sensitive and the pain lingers or you have pain on hot then you should head...

Dentistry: deep tooth filling, electrical disturbances, dentine
electrical disturbances, dentine, inflammatory reaction: Hi Gail and thanks for your question. Considering that you and your dentist are aware of the extensive depth of this filling and there is a possibility of root canal should the filling not suffice, the next sequence of events will either play in your favor...

Dentistry: Same dental issues as Susan, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, porcelain crowns
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, porcelain crowns, dental crowns: Patricia - Historically, if both implants and bridges are done by qualified dentists, the bridge is probably more highly successful. That is because no surgery is needed and in some dentist s hands, implants are attempted when the dentist has no or minimal...

Dentistry: dentures or repair?, gum infections, bad teeth
gum infections, bad teeth, front teeth: Dear Josh: Dentures can be under $2,000, plus the cost of extractions (about $250-450 each tooth). With the amount of infection you describe, along with the high likelihood that you are becoming resistant to the usual antibiotics that we use to fight tooth...

Dentistry: digital dentistry, digital dentistry, dentistry office
digital dentistry, dentistry office, new dentist: i assume you mean digital xrays...not digital photographs. you cannot make a diagnosis on a photograph. you do use digital xrays to make your diagnoses. so if they are using a photograph then you are doing well to get second opinions. even if they are using...

Dentistry: disputing the bill, managing staff, dear doctor
managing staff, dear doctor, signiture: Hi Tilasmi and thanks for your question. It is very unfortunate that this incident has happened to you, but do not stress too much over it. If I was you, I would write the practice/dentist a letter describing the incident - don t be too lengthy or it might...

Dentistry: drug interaction with dental care, post traumatic stress, perfect teeth
post traumatic stress, perfect teeth, dental hygiene: Corrine, yes you may be correct. many medications cause a significant decrease in salivary flow. Saliva is the bloodstream of the teeth. Without saliva the enamel breaks down very quickly. The drugs could have been a reason for the rapid change in oral...

Dentistry: dying #10 front tooth?, gary backlund, two front teeth
gary backlund, two front teeth, warm salt water: Hi Beverly, I m sorry you re going through all this, especially during this holiday period. If tooth #10 is truly dying, then it should be possible to do a root canal on it. Since an abscessed tooth can affect an implant when they are that close together,...

Dentistry: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and jaw stability, ehlers danlos syndrome, oral and maxillofacial surgeons
ehlers danlos syndrome, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, dental residency program: Stacy - Unfortunately, EDS and ECR can occur together. EDS affects the connective tissue and can therefore affect many of the joint structures throughout the body. Other dental issues are a fragile nature of the teeth. The gum tissue is more prone to inflammation...

Dentistry: Extraction tooth #3, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, stiches
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, stiches, molar: Pat - You are correct to question why the area still hurts and why the dentist did not have you return back to the office to be evaluated. You need to contact the dentist and have him examine you. If the dentist is not sure what is going on or he does not...

Dentistry: Extreme Pain/ Where is it coming from?!!?, root canal retreatment, apico tooth
root canal retreatment, apico tooth, red gums: Dear Cat: There certainly is a way that these two could be related. At the very least, by referred pain. The trick is to find out what is the location and cause of your swelling and pain, then fix it. Assuming that you had an adequate apico-ectomy and...

Dentistry: Extreme Pain/ Where is it coming from?!!?, root canal retreatment, apico tooth
root canal retreatment, apico tooth, red gums: Hi cat Please answer these questions for proper diagnosis : 1- Did the dentist take x-ray before doing root canal treatment to identify with is the accused tooth? 2- If he took x-ray, did he find proximal caries between 18&19 and 22 and did he see periapical...

Dentistry: Extreme Pain/ Where is it coming from?!!?, root canal retreatment, apico tooth
root canal retreatment, apico tooth, red gums: Hi Cathy and thanks for your question. Let me just start by giving you my utmost sympathy and respect for what you have endured - I can really feel your frustration, understandably, with this situation and while I cannot give you a definitive diagnosis...

Dentistry: extraction or crown?, root canal treatment, rooth
root canal treatment, rooth, xray: Laura - Saving the root may be correct, but if there is degeneration of the root of the tooth such that any fabrication of a crown would require removing bone around the root to expose enough tooth to do a root canal treatment, post into the nerve canal and...

Dentistry: Fixed bridge abutment tooth crown broke, tooth bridge, best wishes for the new year
tooth bridge, best wishes for the new year, bridge abutment: If I understand correctly,the porcelain fractured from the back most abutment but otherwise the bridge is in firm.If this is indeed the case the bridge will function just fine without the porcelain.You may want to get the area smoothed out or polished if it...

Dentistry: malpractice? 2 roots on tooth 22, one left infected now bad bone infection., root canals, root canal
Dentistry: malpractice? 2 roots on tooth 22, one left infected now bad bone infection., root canals, root canal, bottom left

Dentistry: facial drooping in child after a filling, ahmed saleh, nerve block
ahmed saleh, nerve block, dr ahmed: Hi Michelle The maximum time for local anesthesia to be released 2-4 hours depending on the kind of anesthesia and the dose given .sometimes when dentist give local anesthesia as nerve block method (often used for lower jaw)the needle may touch the nerve...

Dentistry: failed root canal tooth #19, gary backlund, root anatomy
gary backlund, root anatomy, tooth anatomy: Hi Anna, I m sorry to hear all this is going on. I can really only answer part of your question, about other methods of detecting root anatomy. Some endodontists now have an MRI that can show detailed root structure. The problem is, what do you do with...

Dentistry: failed root canals, gary backlund, judgement call
gary backlund, judgement call, gum problems: Hi again Vas, While I can t say for sure, but with the minimal symptoms you are having, I would guess you will be fine over the holidays. If you should have problems, I m sure your dentist has an emergency number so you could get hold of him/her if you...

Dentistry: Good Endodontists, root canal specialist, physician specialist
root canal specialist, physician specialist, friends and neighbors: Hi Criss, What I always suggest to find a dentist or a physician specialist, is to call around to other professional offices and ask the person at the front desk who they would send their mother to. You can also ask who they refer THEIR practice s patients...

Dentistry: Growth/Bump inside the roof of my mouth., tootsie roll, hot pizza
tootsie roll, hot pizza, palatal torus: Dear M: If it s at the center back of your palate and it s very hard, it s most likely what we call a palatal torus . If I am correct, it s just the way your palate is shaped in this area, with an additional outgrowth of bone. Very benign until it gets scraped...

Dentistry: Growth in Wisdom Tooth Socket, warm salt water, wisdom teeth
warm salt water, wisdom teeth, gum tissue: Liza - Of course, without actually examining you, I cannot be sure what is occurring, but you might have a loose piece of bone being rejected by the body or the gum tissue over the bone was lost. Either way, you need to get back to an oral surgeon. Often...

Dentistry: Gum issues, gum recession, sensitive gums
gum recession, sensitive gums, dear angie: Dear Angie: The dental cleaning could have set in motion the beginning of what would have been your natural gum recession process. The only way to treat it is gently, while letting it heal. It should stop hurting within a week. If it does not, see your...

Dentistry: gum disease, larry burnett, destructive phase
larry burnett, destructive phase, gum disease: Yes Angela, gum disease can affect just one tooth. This is not common. It usually occurs when an obvious cause is present. For instance a defective filling that is causing bacteria to collect in that specific area or food is being forced down between the...

Dentistry: gum question, ahmed saleh, dr ahmed
ahmed saleh, dr ahmed, mouth wash: Hi tricia I see some patients with this symptom ,you can get out from it by follow these instructions: 1-Do scaling and polishing if there is calculus . 2- change the type of the tooth past. 3- Use soft tooth brush with proper method of brushing. 4-...

Dentistry: hard cheek after removal of wisdom tooth, wisdom tooth, debri
wisdom tooth, debri, right direction: What you are describing will resolve itself.Take pain meds recommended or prescribed by your DR.Also stay on the antibiotic regimen if it was prescribed as well.You ll find that within a weeks time things will be looking brighter.Keep the area free of debri...

Dentistry: is there hope?, pediatric dentist, shark teeth
pediatric dentist, shark teeth, pediatric dentists: Dear Elise, sorry there is really not enough information to help you out. for example I have never heard the term shark teeth. I would need a good set of x-rays so I could determine which teeth might be used and which should be removed. Might I suggest...

Dentistry: i hope you help me, teeth and gums, peroxides
teeth and gums, peroxides, peroxide: You re welcome. I do not believe that the light works any better than no light. I have used both in my practice, and I find no difference. What matters is the concentration of carbamide peroxide in the gel. The higher this number, the more powerful the...

Dentistry: Infected Tooth, root canals, apicoectomy
root canals, apicoectomy, tooth root: Dear M: There is the possibility of doing the root canal again. Ask for a referral to an endodontist. Retreated root canals are successful over 90% of the time. Or the endodontist may recommend an apicoectomy which requires a small incision through your...

Dentistry: infection & obess under the gum, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, minimal discomfort
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, minimal discomfort, xray: Elizabeth - I cannot be sure without examining you or seeing your xray, but usually if the tooth is broken below the gum, a general dentist is not usually as skilled in the removal of the remaining tooth without causing excessive trauma to the area. As such,...

Dentistry: inflammed gum behind crown with pin for partial, home remedy, gum disease
home remedy, gum disease, canine tooth: Dear Karen, I would advise you to go to a dentist to have a cleaning and some X-rays taken. It is possible that the crowned tooth you mention may have a vertical root fracture which is causing the swelling you mention. This can happen to a crown that a...

Dentistry: Jaw Expansion, upper canine teeth, periodontal problems
upper canine teeth, periodontal problems, dental arch: Unfortunately, there is no alternative that I can recommend. You ll notice in the photographs that the upper dental arch is too narrow and the upper right and left canine teeth are not in place. Further analysis with other xrays would also show that the...

Dentistry: Jaw Popping, Stiffness, and Neck Pain, strained muscles, new dentist
strained muscles, new dentist, jaw muscles: Dear Marie: OUCH! It sounds like you were developing a temporomandibular joint dysfunction [TMJD]. These are often simple to reduce with medications [nsaid s and muscle relaxers] and an occlusal guard, such as the one you had made. If it is true that the...

Dentistry: Jaw pain, gum recession, silver fillings
gum recession, silver fillings, root canals: Dear Bill: It appears that something has solved your problem, which was likely an inflamed nerve or nerves in one or more of your teeth. If the pain continues to subside without taking medication, then you are home free. If the pain returns, you need...

Dentistry: Jaw pain, gum recession, silver fillings
gum recession, silver fillings, root canals: Bill - I hate to tell you this, but you have been seeing the wrong type of doctor. With the symptoms you have been experiencing, only a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon should be the type of doctor to examine you. So if the pain persists, you...

Dentistry: Jaw popping, wisdom tooth removal, removal of wisdom teeth
wisdom tooth removal, removal of wisdom teeth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon: Tiffani - the removal of wisdom teeth directly should have no effect on the jaw joint. What does happen occasionally is that the jaw muscles go into spasm producing excess forces on the joints. It is tough for me to tell you the true cause of your problem,...

Dentistry: jaw infection, hyperbaric oxygen treatments, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
hyperbaric oxygen treatments, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water: Bob - You should find out if the surgeon you are seeing is a board certified certain and make sure he is. A true bone infection, osteomyelitis, is a very difficult process to correct with just antibiotics alone. Antibiotics work best in areas that have...

Dentistry: Lump in my cheek, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water, natural drainage: Jessica - Absolutely do not them make an incision in your cheek. You immediately need to stop the ice and begin warm salt water rinses for about 5 minutes at least 4-5 times a day. The warm salt water should begin to allow drainage of any infection or other...

Dentistry: Lump on gum, gary backlund, mild infection
gary backlund, mild infection, temporary filling: Hi Sarah, I m sorry you seem to be having problems. Since I can t examine you, I can t say for sure, but it certainly sounds like the tooth has a mild infection. It is not unusual after treatment, especially if it was very recent. No matter really as it...

Dentistry: How long a temporary filling will last, temporary filling, gap year
temporary filling, gap year, routine check: jasmine it all depends on what material was used for the temporary. some can seal well and last for a while. you have no symptoms. that is a good sign. i do not think another 3-4 weeks should matter that much. if you want to go in for the dentist to just...

Dentistry: lump and strange feeling in back of throat, antibiotic usage, left hand corner
antibiotic usage, left hand corner, sinus infection: Hi Melodie and thanks for your question. Being pregnant does make any condition you experience that much more important for you to get a definitive diagnosis for, and preferably treated with as little stress and strain to your body as possible. While it...

Dentistry: Minor Blunt Force Trauma, blunt force trauma, root canal treatment
blunt force trauma, root canal treatment, full disclosure: Dear Adrian: It is not the risk that is important, but the fact that a trained person should really look at the tooth and the mouth to make sure that there are no problems. From your description, it sound as if your body is reacting favorably and should...

Dentistry: Missing lower incisor in infant, tooth eruption, incisor
tooth eruption, incisor, incisors: It might be significant or might not. There is often great variability in the timing and sequence of tooth eruption and it might just be a matter of time until you see that other lower incisor. An x-ray will reveal the position of that unerupted tooth, but...

Dentistry: Mouth Sweling, clogged salivary gland, mucocele
clogged salivary gland, mucocele, dalin: mark you need to get into your dentist for an evaluation. it could be an infection of some sort...could be gum related...could be tooth related...even without pain. perhaps it is some sort of clogged salivary gland (called a mucocele). there are a number...

Dentistry: Moving front teeth, periodontal ligament, orthodontic appliances
periodontal ligament, orthodontic appliances, front teeth: Your first question pertains to movement of the front teeth. This depends on the amount of movement. Teeth sit in sockets and are not directly fused to the supporting bone. There is a fibrous periodontal ligament that connects the tooth to the bone...something...

Dentistry: malpractice? 2 roots on tooth 22, one left infected now bad bone infection., root canal treatment, healthy gums
root canal treatment, healthy gums, gum infection: Finding the second canal on the cat scan is not within the normal scope of treatment.The only reason the scan was done was for diagnostic planning for an implant.Then you were sent to the endodontist,AFTER the scan.Now it s very possible that from the get...

Dentistry: malpractice? 2 roots on tooth 22, one left infected now bad bone infection., root canal treatment, healthy gums
root canal treatment, healthy gums, gum infection: No. Morphology studies consistently suggest that 95% of mandibular canines will have one canal, meaning that once in a while there will be a second canal. It is obviously rare, however. Clinically, when these teeth do have more than one, it will often not...

Dentistry: malpractice? 2 roots on tooth 22, one left infected now bad bone infection., root canal treatment, healthy gums
root canal treatment, healthy gums, gum infection: Cathryn - I will tell you that, most likely, your dentist, when he did the root canal treatment, did not know there were two canals. I my 30+ years of practice, I have only seen one or two cases of two canals, and that was only discovered when I did the surgical...

Dentistry: malpractice? 2 roots on tooth 22, one left infected now bad bone infection., root canal treatment, healthy gums
root canal treatment, healthy gums, gum infection: When I see long term infections as you have I usually suggest an extraction as the bacteria are very difficult to get rid of. I would also not place an implant for at least 4 months to give the bone time to regenerate. Use an oral surgeon or periodontist...

Dentistry: molar extraction, molar extraction, dry socket
molar extraction, dry socket, experience pain: Dear Lisa: I hope that by now your pain is gone. My extraction cases usually do not experience pain after the third day. What you describe could be normal healing, or the beginning of a dry socket, which is usually an ulceration that forms around the...

Dentistry: molar teeth, molar teeth, molar tooth
molar teeth, molar tooth, warm salt water: Huong - Your daughter is probably experiencing an infection. The best thing she can do it to rinse her mouth with warm salt water for about a minute, 4-5 times a day. In addition, you need to contact the dentist and have him prescribe an antibiotic for...

Dentistry: Nerve pain months after root canal, maxillary sinus infection, sinus infection
maxillary sinus infection, sinus infection, nerve pain: Hi Heidi, I m sorry you are going through all this, especially with the holidays here. To start, I think you re getting some bad advice from your physician. The end of tooth #8 is no where near your sinus, so a sinus infection is pretty much ruled out....

Dentistry: neck pain, warm compresses, lower jaw
warm compresses, lower jaw, neck pain: If it is your TM joint, below and in front of your ear, you may have subluxed it. If so, warm compresses and ibuprofen are the way to go, plus avoiding yawning and wide opening in general. If it is actually your neck, which is below your chin and lower jaw,...

Dentistry: OWW!, upper teeth, front teeth
upper teeth, front teeth, dalin: you cannot make your teeth shift by brushing too much so do not worry about that. sometimes the teeth get more crooked as you get older and more teeth are coming in. as far as the sensitivity goes, it could be due to the whitestrips. i would stop them completely...

Dentistry: odor from gums, dental questions, foul smell
dental questions, foul smell, dental radiograph: Dear Dev, It sounds like you never had a dentist extract your tooth, but instead removed pieces as they broke off. It is possible that part of you tooth remains still embedded in your jaw and it is infected. I suggest you visit a dentist and have him examine...

Dentistry: Pain after dental implant, root canals, mg tid
root canals, mg tid, incorrect angle: Dear Clarisa, Without an actual dental examination I can not tell for sure what went on. In my experience most patients having implants do not experience the sort of symptoms you have described. While it is possible that an implant placed too close to an...

Dentistry: Pain in jaw after crown, gargle with salt water, metal fillings
gargle with salt water, metal fillings, amoxicillian: Hi Jodi The most possible cause for this pain is due to infection under one or both teeth that crown made on them ,this infection due to pulp exposure which may be pathological or traumatic. The infection locate at the apex of the root inside the jaw bone...

Dentistry: Post-Extraction, warm salt water, private dentist
warm salt water, private dentist, emergency dentist: Ian - I would assume that the pain of the teeth next to the extraction site is probably due to a traumatic extraction. If the original dentist prescribed medication for from 7-10 days, then you should not need another prescription. The white coating to...

Dentistry: Post Root Canal Concerns, root canal treatment, pain killers
root canal treatment, pain killers, temporary filling: Hi Julianna, I m sorry you re having this problem with the holidays here AND your dentist being gone....bummer! There are really two possible reasons for your problem. Unfortunately, without being able to exam you, I can t tell you which. The two are...

Dentistry: pain/pressure sensetivity following crown prep, wisdom teeth, worse than yesterday
wisdom teeth, worse than yesterday, scrambled eggs: Hi Mimi and thanks for your question. I m one of the best ramblers I have yet to meet, so no need to apologize - the more fact I have the better. I think you are pretty good hands by the sounds of things and clinically I cannot fault any aspect from...

Dentistry: post wisdom tooth removal procedures, wisdom tooth removal, inflammation
wisdom tooth removal, inflammation, gum: Lily - I am not sure about the soft wire like look, but if there is an indcation of inflammation within the extraction socket and the patient is uncomfortable a packing is often repeatedly placed into the socket to reduce the inflammation. This process actually...

Dentistry: pre root canal game plan, gary backlund, abscessed tooth
gary backlund, abscessed tooth, temporary filling: Hi jii, I m sorry this is going on with the holiday season and everything. Yes, there is something that be done to make you more stable and get rid of the pain when the area gets directly irritated. It s a procedure where the dentist numbs you up, cleans...

Dentistry: prepwork quests re: front teeth crowns redo, cosmetic dentists, front teeth
cosmetic dentists, front teeth, tooth crown: Dear S: 1. Yes. 2.5 hours seems reasonable. 2. Yes. In general 2 weeks is sufficient. Different people heal at differing rates. 3. Don t be too concerned, but have it looked at. 4. There is nothing you should be concerned about. It is up to your treating...

Dentistry: pulp stone and RCT, root canal therapy, sodium hypochlorite
root canal therapy, sodium hypochlorite, molar: dear tonu: I hope you are not telling me that you are having a root canal done because of a pulpstone. I see pulpstones in patients all the time, and they do not cause a problem on their own. You can live very will with a pulpstone. If you need a root canal...

Dentistry: I have two questions, peppermint bark, cracked tooth
peppermint bark, cracked tooth, self conscience: A root canal treated tooth is weaker than an intact tooth because generally some of the tooth has been lost due to decay, and more has been removed in the root canal process. So, it can fracture and no longer be restorable if it is not crowned. The risk of...

Dentistry: Re: Bridge for 3 Front Teeth, new dentist, permanent bridge
new dentist, permanent bridge, temporary bridge: Dear Nicole, I am not sure what advice to give you. I myself have never made an all porcelain bridge for a patient and I am not sure they are better than the porcelain fused to metal variety. There are a number of all porcelain varieties available and...

Dentistry: Re: root fracture, gum infection, sinus tract
gum infection, sinus tract, stoma: I can only guess without seeing you, but from what you say, the gum infection is actually the stoma of a sinus tract that is draining the infection from inside your bone. You have no pain because of this drainage. If and when it stops up, you will have pain...

Dentistry: Root Canal, root canal treatment, purple goo
root canal treatment, purple goo, root canals: Hi tricia pleas answer these questions for proper diagnosis : 1- did you feel sever pain or pain on cold and sweet before doing the root canal treatment? 2- Did the dentist take x-rays during the root canal treatment to determine the working length of...

Dentistry: Root Canal on #7, root canal specialist, second canal
root canal specialist, second canal, incisor: Hi Abigail and thanks for your question. Please accept my HUGE apologies for my late reply as my server has been down for the past week and I have been unable to retrieve anything - nightmare! It is pretty unusual for the incisor to have a second canal,...

Dentistry: Root Canal and Crown, cavit, root canal
cavit, root canal, waiting period: If the temporary restoration was Cavit, which is probably the most frequently used, it is good for a couple weeks. After that, it breaks up, dissolves, and leaks. Once it leaks, the bacteria in your saliva will get into the root canal and work their way down...

Dentistry: Root Canal Numbness, gary backlund, cheek bone
gary backlund, cheek bone, root canal: Hi Kim, I m sorry this is going on. It is highly unlikely your numbness has anything to do with the root canal, for three reasons...first the root canal was done on a lower tooth and your numbness is on the upper. Second, the treatment was done over a month...

Dentistry: Root Canal Pain, root canal pain, root canal treatment
root canal pain, root canal treatment, apicoectomy: William - Two days later is a little soon to determine if the problem will last. If the problem does not get better then a surgical procedure, called an apicoectomy needs to be done to cut the tip of the root off and seal the root. If you are still uncomfortable...

Dentistry: Root Canal, possible root fracture?, gary backlund, root canal treatment
gary backlund, root canal treatment, root canals: Hi Ruby, I m sorry all this is happening. Obviously, it s hard for me to diagnosis the source of your problem without examining you. It certainly could be a fracture, but they are quite rare. There are a number of things that could be causing your continued...

Dentistry: Root Canal on Tooth with Root Resorption, upper teeth, orthodontic work
upper teeth, orthodontic work, front teeth: Hi Rebecca, I m sorry to hear you re dealing with all this, especially during the holidays. It is not unusual for us to see shortened roots following orthodontia, especially if the teeth were moved a long ways quickly. The real issue here is whether this...

Dentistry: Root canal infection, gary backlund, dental infections
gary backlund, dental infections, hello doctor: Hi again Maria, Sorry to hear things are getting worse. It usually takes 24-48 hours for the antibiotic to start to work, but it may take 3-5 days for your swelling to go down. You should notice improvement, but things won t resolve for a few days. The...

Dentistry: Root canal with short roots, realistic estimation, root canals
realistic estimation, root canals, complicated question: I believe you mean short fills, where the obturation does not extend to the apex. This is an extremely complicated question, and involves many issues that impact upon whether or not your case will be successful. The studies that have been done suffer from...

Dentistry: re: coding, class 5b, surface restoration
class 5b, surface restoration, occlusal: Dear Cecilia: I cannot answer for another office. However, I can tell you that if you are my patient, and the restorations are done the same day (if you can, of course), you will get charged per tooth. If I restored two surfaces, regardless if they are...

Dentistry: resorption, root canal procedure, front teeth
root canal procedure, front teeth, dalin: unfortunately, there is not a lot that can be done for external resorption...unless they can get to the area. if it is above the bone level, then you cannot get access to the area. if it is accessible, you can sometimes clean the area out and fill it in. there...

Dentistry: root canal, endodentist, formocresol
endodentist, formocresol, temporary filling: If the endodontist removed the pulp, and since it was smelly , presumably the pulp was necrotic (dead) anyway, you could not have thermal sensitivity from it. That is most likely coming from another tooth. The smell depends on what is causing it. If the tooth...

Dentistry: root canal, front tooth, dalin
front tooth, dalin, root canal: i would definitely call the dentist and let him/her know what is going on. it could be something simple like the bite is hitting too hard on the tooth (all you would need is some slight adjustment). it could be some postop inflammation or infection setting...

Dentistry: root canal, root canal therapy, insurance code
root canal therapy, insurance code, calcification: Well, it is legitimate because there is an insurance code for the calcification. However, I figure that calcifications are pretty much the rule rather than the exception, and root canal therapy is already pretty expensive, so I have never extra charged for...

Dentistry: root canals and calcified root, gary backlund, three crowns
gary backlund, three crowns, root canals: Hi Annie, Before I try to help, I need some clarification. The first part really doesn t ask a question....is there one I m missing? Also, you say you need a root canal and a crown, then mention you can t afford 3 crowns...why are you needing 3 crowns?...

Dentistry: root canals and treatments, inexpensive choices, root canals
inexpensive choices, root canals, endodontist: No problem Marbella....fees vary from area to area and office to office. I m only giving you general guidelines....i.e. there is no inexpensive way to fix your problem. I can t tell you for sure HOW expensive as it varies a lot. Gary Backlund DMD, MS...

Dentistry: root nerves of molar, ahmed saleh, root canal treatment
ahmed saleh, root canal treatment, vital nerve: Hi fay 1-If the tooth was infected that is mean there is partial or complete pulp necrosis so that mean there is no nerves to be extirpated and can t make root canal treatment in one visit if the tooth was infected ,if is this done that will lead to post...

Dentistry: Salivary gland, neck ultrasound, thourough examination
neck ultrasound, thourough examination, soft tissues: I m glad you got the right answers that were also in your favor. If they become large enough to block a duct, calcifications in your salivary glands can lead to blockage, swelling, infection and pain. You will know when this becomes significant, usually...

Dentistry: Saving my tooth, root canal therapy, gum line
root canal therapy, gum line, ray one: The info you were provided with is all on the mark.However,the general dentist could still go in there and excavate the tooth clean out all the decay,see what s left and determine if it s salvagable .If you don t have the 2mm ,a crown lengthening procedure...

Dentistry: Scaling & root planing, dental floss, gum disease
dental floss, gum disease, root planing: Dear Mindy: Make an appointment for another cleaning in 3 months. Let them recheck your gums to see if they have healed. I would not recommend a deep scaling for 4mm pockets until I have cleaned the teeth and rechecked the gums for healing. Keep up your...

Dentistry: Second Molar Extraction, molar teeth, molar extraction
molar teeth, molar extraction, upper molar: Dave - Most likely the construction of the crown on the lower tooth was too elevated and cause excess forces on the upper tooth and fractured the upper tooth. Not good or well planned, but already done. As far as the replacement of the upper second molar....

Dentistry: Sensitivity between two teeth, scaling and root planing, root sensitivity
scaling and root planing, root sensitivity, cold sensitivity: Dear Jerry, When patients report symptoms such as yours, I ask is the sensitivity sharp or dull . A sharp pain usually indicates sensitivity coming from the tooth and can be caused by exposed dentin at the side of a tooth. A dull pain is more in...

Dentistry: Indication of significant crowding, permanent teeth, baby teeth
permanent teeth, baby teeth, front teeth: Often it becomes necessary to remove the two baby teeth if they don t loosen up on their own. If the crowding is as severe as you seem to indicate and there is inadequate space for the two permanent lateral incisors then they re not going to move forward...

Dentistry: Subepithelial connective tissue graft, warm salt water, dentist hygienist
warm salt water, dentist hygienist, gum tissue: If the periodontist has told you that the graft will last for a lifetime, then I would be inclined to agree with him. He must have some new grafting procedure of which I am unaware. However, please read the informed consent form that he has you sign before...

Dentistry: Swollen gum under crown, gary backlund, swollen gum
gary backlund, swollen gum, root canal: Hi Jean, I m glad to hear you re doing better...hopefully that will allow you to have a better holiday season. Abscesses can be funny. They can come & go as they become acute or when they swell, they finally create enough pressure to start draining and...

Dentistry: Should I be seeking a second opinion now?, pain medication, mouth guard
pain medication, mouth guard, front tooth: Hi Colleen, WOW...you have really been through it! Obviously, since I can t exam you, I can t really help with your diagnosis. However, I can make a few comments. First, if you are still having hot & cold sensitivity, the problem has not been diagnosed...

Dentistry: sharp pain radiating from teeth, teeth decay, nerve condition
teeth decay, nerve condition, sinus infection: Hi Judy and thanks for your question. I am sure that you can appreciate the impossibility of me giving you a definitive diagnosis without examining you and I advise that you seek a referral to see an endodontist, who might be better able to help you reach...

Dentistry: My son's last dental exam..., Prevention, Dental Hygiene
Prevention, Dental Hygiene: Dear Alicia, Something tells me that if I take the time to write you a long important answer, you will take the trouble to read it all and act on it. The result will be a lifetime benefit for both you and your son. Especially in view of the fact that a...

Dentistry: son's tooth sensitivity after filling, root canal treatment, gum chewing
root canal treatment, gum chewing, pulpotomy: Lori - Root canal treatment for baby teeth is a simple procedure called a pulpotomy. That procedure kills the nerve and the pain should resolve, as long as there is no infection. The proper dentist for your son is a pediatric dental specialist, call a pedodontist....

Dentistry: standard practice during scaling and root planing, scaling and root planing, gum tissue
scaling and root planing, gum tissue, gum disease: Dear Cheryl: Yes. During root planing, one of the things that is done is to remove the inflamed and infected surface layer of the gum tissue that faces the roots of your teeth. This is part of the reason you have gum disease. By removing this layer of gum...

Dentistry: Something sticking out of my gums, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, whitish color
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, whitish color, permanent tooth: Teresa - Of course, without examining you it is a little difficult, but the whitish color may indicate that when the tooth that was removed before the implant was placed in its location, a piece of the tooth may have broken off and what you see might be a...

Dentistry: student made crown, legitimate question, surgical implant
legitimate question, surgical implant, u of iowa: Pain is certainly not inevitable. Especially AFTER the implant has been placed. Implants do not experience pain. In my practice, a local is nearly always sufficient. Patients who are very nervous, or those who experience involuntary tremors, will be sedated....

Dentistry: student made crown, dental student, u of iowa
dental student, u of iowa, dental students: Rodger- I have never worked with students or dentists from U of Iowa, but that dental school has a very good reputation. Having a crown made over an implant is not a technically difficult procedure. The most important factor for success is to have a balanced...

Dentistry: swelling of gums, local anesthetic, onset periodontitis
local anesthetic, onset periodontitis, dental floss: Dear V: Your gums are in the shadows of the picture you sent. However, I believe I can answer your question. What you have is a subacute form of gum disease. It is either named Gingivitis, Periodontitis, or, more likely what you have, Juvenile onset...

Dentistry: swelling after root canal, gary backlund, internet hope
gary backlund, internet hope, root canal: Hi Diana, I m sorry you are having this happen. No, this is not normal. I would suggest that you call your dentist ASAP and tell him/her what is going on. You may need to be on another antibiotic or be seen to evaluate your situation....something I obviously...

Dentistry: My Teeth, root canal specialist, gutta percha
root canal specialist, gutta percha, denist: bobby i am not sure what the time context is here. did this happen today right after your basketball accident...or has it been some time. usually the tooth does not change colors (darken) until a later time. if the tooth was dislodged, this is not good for...

Dentistry: Teeth Cleaning, larry burnett, deep cleaning
larry burnett, deep cleaning, dental hygienist: Greetings Bill, I can only suggest that you get clarification from the dental hygienist. It seems to me that the deep cleaning would include everything needed to satisfy a tooth cleaning. But the explanation would be in policies for that particular office....

Dentistry: Tongue abnormality, blue veins, circumvallate papillae
blue veins, circumvallate papillae, gum line: Hi Julie and thanks for your question. While I cannot give you any definitive diagnosis without proper examination of your oral cavity and consultation of your clinical history and notes, I can shed some light on a few things... The lingual veins on...

Dentistry: Tooth bent backwards, different shape, front teeth
different shape, front teeth, orthodontist: Dear Lucie: You MUST go back to your orthodontist. Just as the tooth was pushed inwards, it can be pushed back out to its proper position. The fact that it interferes with your bite is not good, it will create problems. Please go see your orthodontist!...

Dentistry: Tooth Extraction After Childbirth, breatfeeding, tooth extraction
breatfeeding, tooth extraction, definitive answer: Hi Glace and thanks for your question. Please accept my long delay in responding to you but my server has been down for the last week and I have been unable to retrieve anything - nightmare! So a HUGE sorry from me... From my knowledge and experience,...

Dentistry: Tooth not erupting, baby tooth, permanent tooth
baby tooth, permanent tooth, ray examination: Routine x-rays are limited to the area between the teeth and would not usually show the area where an ectopic canine would be. You mentioned that your daughter was seen by the dentist about the time the baby tooth came out which you also indicated was almost...

Dentistry: Tori, gum tissue, anesthesiologist
gum tissue, anesthesiologist, ulceration: Marianne = First of all, the ulceration of the tori was probably caused by the anesthesiologist when he put you to sleep. He puts a tube into your lungs through your mouth and the instruments he used probably caused the trauma. Rinsing at this time is...

Dentistry: teeth anatomy, ahmed saleh, permanent teeth
ahmed saleh, permanent teeth, primary teeth: Hi anju This gap if happened between the upper and the lower teeth that due to some habits like thumb sucking or sucking anything else or someone with thirsty tongue that s lead to gap between upper and lower teeth and this case named open bite and also...

Dentistry: teeth grinding, milk teeth, permanent teeth
milk teeth, permanent teeth, behavior modifications: Hi Sheila and thanks for your question. Please accept my HUGE apologies for my late reply to you but my server has been down for the past week and I have been unable to retrieve anything - nightmare! It certainly very young for her be experiencing grinding...

Dentistry: can a three year old have shark teeth?, permanent teeth, primary teeth
permanent teeth, primary teeth, shark teeth: Hi Cherie and thanks for your question. Your son s situation is indeed a rare one and one definitely for the dental journal. The premature eruption of his permanent dentition is inherently not too much of a problem, as long as you and him are able to maintain...

Dentistry: throat pain after root canal, gargle with warm salt water, gary backlund
gargle with warm salt water, gary backlund, root canal procedure: Hi Lori, I am REALLY sorry to hear this is going on. The reason we use diluted bleach to irrigate the inside of the tooth is because it is a tissue solvent. When it gets outside the tooth, as in your case, it will also dissolve tissue wherever it gets to...your...

Dentistry: tooth extraction, gum graft, bone spur
gum graft, bone spur, pain med: karen exposed bone can be very painful. sometimes you need some sort of gum graft done to cover it. i assume this is your regular general dentist who did these extractions. sometimes it is good to get a second opinion. i would do that with an oral surgeon...

Dentistry: tooth extraction and shifting teeth?, tooth extraction, x rays
tooth extraction, x rays, dental implant: The tooth will be extracted,usually I like to wait for 6 weeks to get full healing of the gum then place the implant.After 6 months the implant will be activated and you ll have a tooth back.Can t comment on shifting of teeth without exam,x rays and analyzing...

Dentistry: twinging pain in jaw after needle/root canal, ahmed saleh, root canal treatment
ahmed saleh, root canal treatment, muscle spasm: Hi jill Answer the following questions for proper diagnosis please : 1- which tooth you made root canal treatment(upper or lower)? 2- how long did each visit last? 3- how many visits did the tooth finished? 4- after which visit did the problem occur?...

Dentistry: Unfinished Root Canal, gum disease, breath smell
gum disease, breath smell, pain medicine: K - What you went through was completely wrong and malpractice. Once the specialist, probably an endodontist, began treating you, he not correct legally to just leave you alone. He either needed to finish his work or find a different dentist to finish your...

Dentistry: undescended molar, upper molar, orthodentist
upper molar, orthodentist, meaningful answer: This is actually a simple question about a rather complex situation which requires more information. I really see that there are two questions here: 1. If the molar is left in place what are the risks? 2. Should the unerupted molar be removed? The answer...

Dentistry: upper jaw, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw muscles
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw muscles, bone infection: Susan - This is a very difficult question to answer without examining you or viewing xrays of the area. The possibilities are spasms of the jaw muscles attaching in the area, dentist, when he removed the teeth left roots of pieces of the tooth still in the...

Dentistry: Wisdom Tooth Removal Aftercare, wisdom tooth removal, ahmed saleh
wisdom tooth removal, ahmed saleh, dry sockets: Hi tina Don t worry this is normal after surgical removal of wisdom tooth especially you extract all wisdom teeth at the same time. For mouth opening limitation you must follow these instructions : 1- you must not be afraid from opening your mouth even...

Dentistry: whitening teeth, nerve tissue, whitening teeth
nerve tissue, whitening teeth, whitening strips: DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES BRUSH WITH BLEACH. When we use the term tooth bleaching we are not referring to the use of bleach to do so.The actual whitening agent is a peroxide.Bleach is a very strong oxidizing agent that will dissolve soft tissue ie:flesh,nerve...

Dentistry: whiter teeth, tooth pastes, whiter teeth
tooth pastes, whiter teeth, white strips: Hi Tammy and thanks for your question. Please accept my late reply as my server has been down for the past week and I have been unable to retrieve anything - nightmare! Sadly, the only definitive way to whiten teeth externally, is with bleaching agents/kits...

Dentistry: wisdom tooth long root afecting nerve..., oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom tooth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom tooth, tooth position: Cindy - what you are feeling is not uncommon from an impacted wisdom tooth that is inflamed or infected. From the type of tooth position you describe, it is obvious that the only type of dentist who should attempt to remove this tooth is a board certified...

Dentistry: 14 month old has a green spot on her tooth., surface integrity, maternal illness
surface integrity, maternal illness, tooth formation: There are two types of discoloration on a tooth. The first is extrinsic or on the surface. It is an acquired stain, the result of some food or medication and can usually be removed by a dentist. The second is intrinsic or within the tooth structure and occurred...

Dentistry: 2 Lumps on inside of cheeks, parotid salivary glands, inflamed lymph nodes
parotid salivary glands, inflamed lymph nodes, sinus congestion: Hi Ritchie Without a shadow of a doubt these 2 lumps are the openings of your parotid salivary glands - the technical name is Stenson s duct. They are normal anatomical features and everyone has them, although they are more obvious in some people. ...

Dentistry: does a 2 yr old need 4 rootcanals, permanent teeth, front teeth
permanent teeth, front teeth, front tooth: Dear Kim, I agree with your evaluation of the situation. Anesthesia for children , other than local is dangerous and expensive. I recommend against it if the treatment is just for the four anterior teeth If the primary anterior teeth are not now infected,...

Dentistry: 3 year old's xray shows crooked teeth, crooked teeth, permanent teeth
crooked teeth, permanent teeth, baby teeth: You should take this information as an early indication of possible future problems with the eruption of the permanent incisors which is usually expected at around age 6. Until then there is nothing that can or should be done. For now you should focus on...

Dentistry: 3yr old with four cavities, general anesthesia, local anesthesia
general anesthesia, local anesthesia, anest: Three years old is a difficult age for any sort of treatment. For dental treatment there are basically two options. The first is sedation which can be done in the dental office and the second is general anesthesia which should be done in a hospital. You...

Dentistry: 4 front teeth, front teeth, permanent teeth
front teeth, permanent teeth, baby teeth: Marie - Usually, the front teeth will begin to loosen, but if this does not begin to happen within 4-6 months, then the baby teeth should be removed. So you should definitely take her to the dentist to evaluate now and keep and eye on what is happening....

Dentistry: 5 year old daughter has 7 cavities, pediatric dentist, pediatric dentists
pediatric dentist, pediatric dentists, sick to my stomach: Pediatric dentists are specially trained in the treatment and management of children. I don t know if the dentist you are using is a pediatric dental specialist or has had such training and experience but it is important for you to determine the special qualifications...

Dentistry: 7 year old with crooked adult teeth, adult teeth, crooked teeth
adult teeth, crooked teeth, bottom teeth: Sounds like nature has given you an early heads up call about your daughter s future orthodontic needs. You probably already expected that given your history as well as that of your husband. So it should be clear that orthodontic treatment is in the future...

Dentistry: Alpha-stim, alpha stim, anxiety and depression
alpha stim, anxiety and depression, ear clips: Armando, I used the probes on each side of my face where it hurts, at 10 seconds each area, for a total of one or two minutes, once per day. Occasionally I tried using the ear probes but they weren t as effective as the probes. I never saw a hypnotist....

Dentistry: Alternative options, molar tooth, sensitive gums
molar tooth, sensitive gums, local anaesthetic: Hi Amy, WOW..sounds like you re having quite a time! In our office, when we have this problem getting patients numb, we use an injection technique where we give anesthetic right around the tooth. We will not start treatment until the patient doesn t feel...

Dentistry: apico, gary backlund, general anesthetic
gary backlund, general anesthetic, local anesthesia: Hi Y, I don t know if you are seeing an oral surgeon or an endodontist. Oral surgeons usually do things under general anesthetic. In our office, we do these procedures using a local, so it can be done that way. If you don t want a general, then you might...

Dentistry: arestin and implants, exposed implants, bone loss around implants
exposed implants, bone loss around implants, pockets around implants: Hi Sabrina, You can scale and place arestin but it is not going to help for long. With 7-8mm pocket there is lost bone and exposed implant threads - perfect area for retention of plaque, bacteria and calculus build-up. No matter how well you clean it, it...

Dentistry: Bent back front right tooth, teenah, permanent tooth
teenah, permanent tooth, primary tooth: Dear Teenah, After three years of age, the crown on the permanent tooth is already formed. Therefore any injury to the primary tooth becomes relatively unimportant except for infection and appearance. You did the right thing repositioning the tooth. The...

Dentistry: Bite Guards, root canal work, root canal therapy
root canal work, root canal therapy, poor hygiene: I like hard guards that fit over the top teeth. I would seek out a Prosthodontist for treatment. You can find one at www.prosthodontics.org What city do you live in? I would not encourage you to have jaw surgery done at your age. Nerve damage can happen...

Dentistry: Bone showing through gum, bone fragment, dental trauma
bone fragment, dental trauma, wisdom tooth: Lisa - Well it is not the wisdom tooth as the cause, but the dentist, during the tooth preparation may have actually burned the bone adjacent to the crown of the tooth. If that is what happened, the bone would die and be rejected by the body (pushed out...

Dentistry: Braces & surgery, protruding lower jaw, jaw growth
protruding lower jaw, jaw growth, jaw length: There are two schools of thought on this issue. One group says that surgery should be done as early as possible so that further growth can continue on a more optimal track. The other group says that surgery should be done after most or all of jaw growth...

Dentistry: Bump on upper gim near old old root canal, root canal treatment, upper gum
root canal treatment, upper gum, gum tissue: Gina - The color of the gum near the surgery can be a combination of white, pink and a little red 6 days later. The white is usually a sign of scar tissue forming. If the white increases, it could mean an infection. So you need to keep an eye on it. ...

Dentistry: baby teeth, silver caps, gum line
silver caps, gum line, bad teeth: Dear Sheri, What you describe is not unusual. I suspect that by the time you get this answer a lot of the white area will have begun to recede. The crowns extend below the gum line and it takes a day or two for the white to disappear. If the white is...

Dentistry: baby teeth, pediatric dentist, pediatric dentists
pediatric dentist, pediatric dentists, cosmetic dentist: Dear Mychel: As a parent, I do understand your concern. However, it is very difficult for me to speculate as to the reason your daughter has so many cavities. Let s start with the fact that 4 years of age is very late for a first dental visit. The American...

Dentistry: baby teeth, central incisors, month old baby
central incisors, month old baby, dear marie: Dear Marie, there is nothing to worry about. Very often little bits of tooth substance erupt along with teeth and it looks a little strange. Watch and wait and everything should appear as she grows older. Sometime in the next month or so you will want...

Dentistry: bad odor at bone graft site, bone graft, warm salt water
bone graft, warm salt water, linni: Linni - I, of course, cannot be sure what is going on without examining you, but the continuance of the hole is not good. It means that either a low key infection exists in the area or the graft is probably degenerating, at least part of it. The surgeon...

Dentistry: bad teeth and break out on face, gary backlund, tooth abscesses
gary backlund, tooth abscesses, bad teeth: Hi Monica, In some cases, that is possible. When a tooth abscesses, it can drain through the face and that causes a bump that often can see pus draining from it. If you are only talking about pimples, like acne, then that would NOT be caused by your teeth....

Dentistry: where do i begin?, wisdom teeth, rotten teeth
wisdom teeth, rotten teeth, sore jaw: I always like to recommend that you ask friends, relatives, neighbors, co-workers about their dentist and see if you get any high recommendations. I love it when a name repeats. That is usually a good sign. You do not want them saying that they see Dr. so...

Dentistry: bite guard, gums, dds
gums, dds, dentist: a custom guard always fits better. the type i make never push on the gums at all. they are trimmed to stay far away from them. if they feel too tight, they are easily adjusted to make them feel less tight. call your dentist and have your guard looked at. they...

Dentistry: bone loss, gum problems, dental plaque
gum problems, dental plaque, deep pockets: Hi Andrea Pocket depths of 2 would be classed as normal , so depths of 4 means you have a problem with gum disease. Pockets come about when dental plaque is allowed to build up around the teeth, hence flossing/cleaning is essential to prevent/control this...

Dentistry: bone loss, conventional dentures, bone loss
conventional dentures, bone loss, denture: For the implants to be successful it would be advantageous to stop smoking and resolve the perio problem arount the remaining teeth or remove them.Another option that would be better than conventional dentures are implant supported dentures.The teeth would...

Dentistry: broken post of crown, couple hundred, dentist
couple hundred, dentist, teeth: Your dentist may be trying to save you money. The alternatives (of course I have no idea whether they would be right for you without seeing you) are a fixed bridge or an implant, and either of those options will set you back around $300. Adding the tooth to...

Dentistry: bruxism after root canal, root canal therapy, mouthguard
root canal therapy, mouthguard, bruxism: Hi Abby, I would call your new dentist first thing Monday morning and explain what you are feeling. That dentist probably has time set aside for you to do the preparation for the crown and impressions. He/she may not want to do that since you are having...

Dentistry: A bunch of rotten teeth and now a sore jaw., finding a good doctor, wisdom teeth
finding a good doctor, wisdom teeth, feather flock: Dear Ben, Since you think some of the broken teeth are wisdom teeth, you might start by finding an oral surgeon. If you go to him and like him, you could ask for a referral. Most likely he will refer you to a good dentist. It probably is not best just...

Dentistry: Canine Extraction, maxillary sinus, wisdom teeth
maxillary sinus, wisdom teeth, canine teeth: Dear Paul: It is unlikely that the problem is with the maxillary sinus. Usually the sinuses are located farther back than the canines. A dry socket which is a situation where the blood supply to the socket is compromised, is usually common with the wisdom...

Dentistry: Cavity under a Crown, dental implant, xray
dental implant, xray, cavity: Monique - Decay is always possible under a crown, but it usually occurs when a dentist does not do good examinations. So I cannot really tell you if the dentist made a mistake or didn t follow you closely, but it is possible that he is either not a good dentist...

Dentistry: Changes in Bite, upper molar, implant dentistry
upper molar, implant dentistry, prosthodontist: Dear Laura: It sounds like your joints were traumatized, and the disc between the condyles and the auricular eminence (the resting place of the head of the condyles) must have been displaced. I do not know how much time has passed, however, I would recommend...

Dentistry: Class 3 underbite in child 8, malocclusions, jaw surgery
malocclusions, jaw surgery, underbite: Many class 3 bite problems should be treated orthodontically starting at age 8 and in some cases much earlier. With effective early treatment certain class 3 malocclusions can be corrected without requiring jaw surgery. By delaying orthodontic treatment...

Dentistry: CROWNS, porcelain crowns, restorative work
porcelain crowns, restorative work, time factor: Hi Joyce Yes I think it would. It is not unusual when having extensive dental work to need to remake some of the work, as you say, you are not just buying an item from a shop but having complex restorative work carried out, and it can and does take time...

Dentistry: Crack in tooth; twice root canal, brain abscess, candid reply
brain abscess, candid reply, porcelain crown: That is why I suggested seeing a Prosthodontist to direct treatment. They can make a small partial or bond something in, and you won t have to be without a tooth for even a day. The implant needs to be placed perfectly in such an anterior area, and the Prosthodontist...

Dentistry: Crown Darkening, cosmetic dentist, bone infection
cosmetic dentist, bone infection, front tooth: Hi Anna It sounds like you need a new crown on the tooth. From what you are saying I think you have just been having the tooth filled rather than crowned. A crown will cover the whole of the tooth and give good appearance and colour match. Regards...

Dentistry: Crown or Implant, gum line, natural tooth
gum line, natural tooth, abutments: Dear Lisa: There is no right or wrong here. You may go with any of the three choices, since they are all valid. However... I personally prefer to always do the simplest solution first. It is almost always better to try and attempt to keep a natural tooth,...

Dentistry: Crown Lengthening w/bone shaving., doctors office, minimal pain
doctors office, minimal pain, routine basis: Dear Ginger: I can certainly understand your husbands trepidations about the surgical procedure. However, in general, if the crown lengthening is limited to that area, and is done properly, by a qualified operator, it results in minimal pain and discomfort....

Dentistry: Crown prep, canine, crown
canine, crown, prep: You don t say if you re presently in a temporary crown or a permanent crown. Regardless, go back to see the dentist. If you re in a temp crown, it may be something as simple as adjusting the angle of the crown and you ll feel immediate relief. If it s the...

Dentistry: Cut on gum from chips?, superbowl, gum
superbowl, gum, cut: Think of your gums as having a soft marshmallow-like consistency, and chips like a knife . . . the chips cut the gum and the gum area will initially have a cut but will then start to heal on their own and blob together . Don t use listerine b/c listerine...

Dentistry: cavitron use, ultrasonic scaler cavitron, root surface
ultrasonic scaler cavitron, root surface, tooth structure: Dear Deborah: You are correct. The order DOES matter. The ultrasonic scaler (cavitron is actually a brand name, like Kleenex) is used to remove the gross debris off the tooth structure. There are finer tips made for the machine which allow better access...

Dentistry: composite filling leading to root canal, composite fillings, gum disease
composite fillings, gum disease, mild pain: Without an exam it would be unfair of me to judge what kind of treatment you received.If the decay was deep ,even though you didn t have symptoms before it was worked on these teeth could require the rct or extraction.Sorry I m not able to help you further,perhapsd...

Dentistry: constant nerve pain after jaw surgery, inferior alveolar nerve, nerve compression
inferior alveolar nerve, nerve compression, mail id: Dear Tera, I m so sorry that you have to go through all this.The pain that you are suffering is maybe due to nerve(inferior alveolar nerve) compression. Before i advise you anything, I need to see your latest xrays. Will you be able to upload one. or send...

Dentistry: crown-porcelain/ceramic, cosmetic dentist, cosmetic dentistry
cosmetic dentist, cosmetic dentistry, front teeth: All anterior crowns will use some type of ceramic .Today there are many choices for the Dr to choose from depending on the patient s bite,habits,demands,etc.The Dr will choose what s best for your particular case.When done properly the results should be most...

Dentistry: crown work, dental crown, appt
dental crown, appt, half hours: It is not true. It depends on the technique and if the dentist has a ceramic specialist working in the office. 2 appointments .... 2 hours .... your dentist skills and experience is most important with this i am not saying that a dental crown can be done...

Dentistry: crowns, many crowns, bad taste in my mouth
many crowns, bad taste in my mouth, root canal treatment: Theresa - I really cannot tell you if you need that many crowns. If you could get me xrays of the teeth I might be able to tell you better. As far as fees for 20 crowns, it should be anywhere from $18,000 to about $30,000. It could be more if you need...

Dentistry: cutting off one tooth from a dental bridge, root canal treatment, root canals
root canal treatment, root canals, dental bridge: Dear Bobbie: It is nearly impossible for me to answer this question for you, since I cannot examine you and look at your X-rays. However, in general, if there was a pulpitis (infection in the pulp--nerve) and a tooth had to have a root canal treatment, there...

Dentistry: Dental Bridges, dental bridges, temporary bridge
dental bridges, temporary bridge, dental bridge: Hi Dewdrops Yes there are temporary adhesive bridges that can be used - indeed adhesive bridges may be suitable as a permanent option. In general you should wait 4-6 months after the extractions so that the bone is fully healed and has stopped resorbing....

Dentistry: Dental caries needing root canal for 5 yr old girl, stainless steel crowns, dental caries
stainless steel crowns, dental caries, root canals: From your report of your daughter s previous dental experiences it sounds like office sedation may not be sufficient. There is no guarantee that the sedation would be effective and it would still require multiple visits to complete her treatment. It sounds...

Dentistry: Dental plan, dental insurance plans, insurance commission
dental insurance plans, insurance commission, state insurance: Earl - I wish I could just give you a name for a good dental plan. The problem is that each state is different. My suggestion is for you to contact the dental society in your state and ask for names of different dental insurance carriers. Another possibility...

Dentistry: Dental plan, dental insurance company, delta plan
dental insurance company, delta plan, plan delta: Dear Earl, When seniors ask us at our office we usually recommend the Delta plan offered by AARP. It can difficult to obtain good insurance as an individual, but this plan is in my opinion the best one offered and AARP has the clout to negotiate a good...

Dentistry: Dry socket - Am I making it worse?, warm salt water, tooth socket
warm salt water, tooth socket, dry socket: Cassie - It is true that the white/grey covering you are seeing in the tooth socket is a sign of healing and is good. It is important to keep the area clean during the healing process. That cleanliness can be maintained with rinsing, 4-5 times a day for...

Dentistry: My daughter milk teeth, milk teeth, front teeth
milk teeth, front teeth, 4 months: Navjeet - Of course I cannot be sure without examining your daughter, but the black that you describe is usually due to decay. If left, that decay will grow and your daughter could get infections and lose the teeth due to infection. So I cannot be sure,...

Dentistry: decay of milk tooth, gary backlund, root canal treatment
gary backlund, root canal treatment, milk tooth: Hi Arun, I m sorry your daughter is having this problem. Yes, a root canal on a child is OK and very safe. We do a different root canal than ones we do on adults since your daughter will lose that tooth as she gets older. The only other choice would be...

Dentistry: dental local anesthetic, inner ear problem, gary backlund
inner ear problem, gary backlund, dental local anesthetic: Hi Marlys, I m sorry to hear you re experiencing all this. While I can t say for certain, it would be very unusual to have vertigo as a result of Lidocaine. We just don t see that symptom as one from an allergy or reaction to the drug. Also, there really...

Dentistry: dental mistake, bad taste in my mouth, root canals
bad taste in my mouth, root canals, gum surgery: You should have been referred to an Endodontist in the first place, and yes, I think you should be refunded your money by the GP who did a root canal on the wrong tooth. You should see a Prosthodontist to evaluate your entire mouth and treatment plan the bridge...

Dentistry: dental problem in child of 3 years, root canal treatment, dental infection
root canal treatment, dental infection, dental problem: A root canal treatment might have been possible at one time but it now sounds like it may be too late for that. Extraction may have to be considered in order to clear this infection. Since I have not examined your child and I ve not seen an x-ray of the...

Dentistry: dental spacers, permanent teeth, baby teeth
permanent teeth, baby teeth, front teeth: Sometimes when permanent teeth are ready to emerge and the baby teeth don t fall out it is necessary to remove the baby tooth to prevent problems with the permanent teeth. That may be the case with your son but without x-rays I can t possibly know why the...

Dentistry: dry socket?, dry sockets, wisdom tooth
dry sockets, wisdom tooth, dry socket: Dear Paul, It doesn t sound like you have a dry socket, since you have no pain after a week. Usually dry sockets start hurting in the first few days after the extraction and the pain continues. It is also not unsual for a patient post extraction to have...

Dentistry: Expander, periodontal problems, maxilla
periodontal problems, maxilla, alveolar: It s not a simple question that you ve asked. There are basically two types of expansion. The first is dento-alveolar expansion...essentially moving the teeth and their immediate supporting bone. The second is skeletal expansion...actually widening the...

Dentistry: Extracting my impacted/infected wisdom tooth, infected wisdom tooth, religious denominations
infected wisdom tooth, religious denominations, cracked tooth: You should not even consider trying to remove your own tooth. Aside from the pain involved, even if you had the instruments necessary and the knowledge of how to do it, you could not see or get the correct angle to do it. If you take pliers or some similar...

Dentistry: Extraction, adult teeth, orthodontist
adult teeth, orthodontist, premolar teeth: Xiomara - I see the removal of the premolar teeth quite often. It is a technique to give the orthodontist more room to move the teeth. The key factor in the final success is that the orthodontist needs to make sure that all of the space created with the...

Dentistry: Extraction of baby tooth and mesiodens, primary teeth, baby tooth
primary teeth, baby tooth, baby teeth: Generally, I would expect that there should be no problem in waiting to remove the mesiodens until the baby tooth is ready to fall out by itself, but there are other considerations that need to be taken into account. The particulars of this situation may...

Dentistry: Extraction vs. any other option...?, primary teeth, dental bridge
primary teeth, dental bridge, primary tooth: Jen - Without seeing an xray of the area or examining it, I cannot be sure if the tooth could be treated otherwise. Usually, when a primary tooth becomes badly decayed or a problem, it is removed, since repair is usually not successful. As far as the appearance,...

Dentistry: enamel, carbohydrate snacks, electric tooth brush
carbohydrate snacks, electric tooth brush, stainless steel crown: Dear Shelly. No one knows for sure why certain teeth erupt with defects in and/or missing enamel. For some reason the enamel matirix does not properly form on some teeth. It has been suggested that an illness or metabolic disturbance can play a part in...

Dentistry: extraction due 2/24,molar,due to deep infected pocket., root canals, false teeth
root canals, false teeth, cracked tooth: Florence - I worry about a dentist whose patient has that many root canal teeth. It usually means that the dentist is really not good. I know that is a nasty thing for me to say, but that many root canals means he is not on top of your situation. As...

Dentistry: extraction of a root canal tooth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, upper molar
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, upper molar, omfs: Dear andrea, I can understand why you are so apprehensive. You are true that it is some what difficult to extract a root canaled teeth as the these teeth are brittle and tend to break while being extracted. However, a well trained oral and maxillofacial surgeon...

Dentistry: Failed Apio...try again?, clindamyacin, sinus infection
clindamyacin, sinus infection, apico: Hi Holly, I m sorry to hear this is going on. First, the reason you are having continued problems is that there is still something that is allowing the infection to continue. You are right that there is no nerve in that tooth, but it isn t the nerves, or...

Dentistry: Failing implant, upper molar, judgement call
upper molar, judgement call, periodontal probe: Dear Joel, Since I have not had the opportunity to examine your mouth or your X-rays, I can not diagnose your condition, but I can give you some information that you may find helpful. If your dentist has noticed that your implant is losing bone and...

Dentistry: Fillings-Resin/Amalgam, composite restorations, porcelain restoration
composite restorations, porcelain restoration, ceramic porcelain: Dear Stacy: The question is... did they bill your insurance? Insurance companies and medicaid normally allow and pay for a conventional amalgam restoration. It is the most cost-effective, cheapest way to give a person a durable, predictable, long lasting...

Dentistry: Food in extraction site, food debris, wisdom teeth
food debris, wisdom teeth, paranoid state: Amamda - Of course, without examining you I cannot be totally sure, but it sounds like you are undergoing a normal healing. Food debris will occasionally get caught in a socket. At 6 days post extraction, you can now begin to irrigate the sockets with a...

Dentistry: Bone showing through gum, gum line, emergency visit
Dentistry: Bone showing through gum, gum line, emergency visit, bone mass

Dentistry: cavitron use, food debris, dental hygiene
Dentistry: cavitron use, food debris, dental hygiene, tooth surface

Dentistry: implant vs composite bridge
Dentistry: implant vs composite bridge

Dentistry: file lodged in gums, endodontist, oral surgeon
endodontist, oral surgeon, periodontist: I retreated a tooth once that had had an amalgam retrofilling placed, meaning an amalgam fill in the end of the root that was placed surgically. I retreated it non-surgically and the amalgam was dislodged. I tried to follow the patient up and a dentist in...

Dentistry: Gap in teeth after orthodontics, gap in teeth, molar teeth
gap in teeth, molar teeth, first molars: In my experience significant gaps between the teeth are not the usual status at the completion of orthodontic treatment. I use bands only on the first molars so only small gaps remain in that place. Following removal of the braces I also use clear retainers....

Dentistry: Granulation Tissue, warm salt water, strict regimen
warm salt water, strict regimen, pink tissue: Zolonda - Of course, without examining the area it is a little difficult for me to determine the cause of the continued bad smell. Usually, the type of smell you describe, is caused by bacteria. Is that bacteria involved in an infection or is bacteria just...

Dentistry: Grey Tooth, root canal specialist, root canal treatment
root canal specialist, root canal treatment, minor trauma: Sean - Of course, I cannot tell what is going on exactly without examining you or seeing your xrays, but graying of tooth can occur from a simple filling. You don t say if the the tooth has a filling. If the tooth has a filling, that alone can cause graying....

Dentistry: gums growing over wisdom, gary backlund, maxillary sinuses
gary backlund, maxillary sinuses, third molars: Hi again Kristina, Unfortunately, it s not unusual for a tooth to be sensitive right after it has been filled. You should find that each day it will be a little better. If that does not happen or certainly if the pain gets worse, you need to call your dentist....

Dentistry: Help, root canal specialist, root canal treatment
root canal specialist, root canal treatment, upper gum: * * - It is, of course, a litle difficult for me to tell you what is exactly going on, but it does seem like the doctor who was doing the last root canal treatment, that either the dentist did not finish the canal and left inflamed tissue or the area is infected....

Dentistry: Hidden tooth decay, digital xrays, tooth decay
digital xrays, tooth decay, x ray: The advantages of digital x rays are numerous but greater diagnostics is definately not one of them.The problem you experienced is not uncommon.What may appear slight on a x ray could turn out to be much deeper when we re in the tooth.The x ray will reveal...

Dentistry: Hole after wisdom tooth removal, wisdom tooth removal, warm salt water
wisdom tooth removal, warm salt water, strict regimen: Katie - It usually takes about two to three weeks for a socket to heal. The best thing you can do to speed the healing, is not taking antibiotics, but rather you need to begin a strict regimen of warm salt water rinses for a full 5 minutes, 4-5 times a day....

Dentistry: Internal bleaching after apecoectomy, root canal specialist, apicoectomy
root canal specialist, apicoectomy, natural tooth: Hi Allison, First, let me say bleaching internally is a pretty inexact procedure. The color will come close to the natural tooth, but usually ends up slightly darker or slightly lighter due to the nature of how it is done. So you need reasonable expectations...

Dentistry: Itchy extraction sites!, extractions, blood flow
extractions, blood flow, scab healing: Amanda - Of course, without examining you I cannot be 100% certain, but as strange as it sounds, the itching is a good sign. It usually means increased blood flow to the region with healing. A good thing you can do to promote the healing further and probably...

Dentistry: implant vs composite bridge, lateral incisor, bridge question
lateral incisor, bridge question, composite bridge: Hi Linda Now this is making more sense for me. She is missing an upper lateral incisor. This is not that rare. We do see this a lot. At this point I will give the parents (and child) some choices. One is that resin bonded bridge...sometimes called a Maryland...

Dentistry: infection?, root canal treatment, gum infection
root canal treatment, gum infection, bacterial plaque: Dear Dave: I am sorry to hear about your pain and discomfort. However, without proper x-rays and diagnosis, there is not much that can be done over this limited forum. I can tell you that if the infection is periodontally related--gum infection caused...

Dentistry: Jaw, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw movements
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw movements, exact changes: Lauren - Your symptoms are definitely indicative of joint changes of TMJ(temporomandibular joint). The restrictions in opening and closing probably means the the cartilage, that sits between the jaw and the rest of the joint, is probably blocking the normal...

Dentistry: jaw pain p/o crown preps, gary backlund, temporary bridge
gary backlund, temporary bridge, couple suggestions: Hi Annette, I m sorry to hear you re going through this after your crown preps. Without examining you, it s hard for me to help, but maybe I can give you a couple suggestions. First, I would get a good examination and vitality testing of the teeth that...

Dentistry: Levaquin for dental pain, gary backlund, extreme financial problems
gary backlund, extreme financial problems, urinary tract infections: HI Kathy, I m sorry you re having this problem. Usually, for antibiotics to be effective, you need to be on them for 7 days. A shorter dose will help, but will not kill all the bacteria and they will re-grow. We don t use Levaquin as it is not for dental...

Dentistry: Losening of teeth, part time jobs, calcium deficiency
part time jobs, calcium deficiency, periodontal problems: Aditya - Of course, without examining you I cannot be sure, but it sounds like your problem might be due to periodontal problems. That problem is due to inflammation of the ligaments that the teeth into the bone. My suggestion is that you find a periodontal...

Dentistry: lingual nerve damage, lingual nerve damage, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
lingual nerve damage, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, nerve tissue: Sylvia - Mandibular nerve damage is not unusual or uncommon with the removal of the wisdom tooth, since the nerve sits right under the roots of the teeth. With the lingual nerve, this is not common and is is usually due to either poor technique or knowledge....

Dentistry: how long till knot on gum goes away after root canal, gary backlund, lead apron
gary backlund, lead apron, gum line: Hi Chantelle, I m sorry to hear all this is going on. If the knot you feel is very hard, that means the bone has deformed and it will take awhile for things to resolve...2-4 weeks in most cases. If it is soft, like a boil, it should resolve in 5-7 days....

Dentistry: looking for an orthodontist in Ghana, friends and neighbors, orthodontist
friends and neighbors, orthodontist, orthodontists: Tough question. You can verify the credentials of the orthodontist. Where did he/she receive professional training and what professional associations is he/she affiliated with? Check with your dentist regarding satisfaction with patients treated by the...

Dentistry: loss of teeth, going to the dentist, oral environment
going to the dentist, oral environment, good luck with everything: I wonder if the MS has enough of effect on your coordination to affect your ability to brush and floss. This is first possibility. Some medications have effects on the oral environment, particularly the saliva which is your own body s natural defense. Plus...

Dentistry: Middle lower fixed bridge., metal clasps, abutment teeth
metal clasps, abutment teeth, upper teeth: Dear Marie, Of course it is not possible to offer a good diagnosis over the internet and I am not sure I understand your question. I think you are asking if you can have your fixed bridge fixed without entirely redoing it- and the answer to that question...

Dentistry: Missing tooth replacement, Dental implants, implants over bridges
Dental implants, implants over bridges: Dear Saachi, It is so unfortunate that without providing proper information your entist has cut down your teeth. However, you can still have an implant for the missing tooth. But you need to protect the cut teeth with caps ( preferably with zerkonia). Where...

Dentistry: Molar Eruption and Swollen Lymph Gland, swollen lymph node, swollen lymph gland
swollen lymph node, swollen lymph gland, upper molar: Dear Michael, No usual but possible. This is just not the kind of question someone can answer any better over a distance. Sorry.....I cant be of morel help, but I believe you should have someone do an examination on your daughter . All the very best,...

Dentistry: Mouth Xray Growth?, wisdom teeth, root infection
wisdom teeth, root infection, back tooth: Hi Renee It could be an extra tooth that has developed - this is not uncommon, or it could be an area of calcification possibly due to infection. It should be investigated and you need to take advice from your dentist as to how urgently he feels it needs...

Dentistry: Multiple Jaw Problems, jaw problems, mouth guard
jaw problems, mouth guard, rubber bands: Natalie - I would love to simply tell you to forget about the pain, but the increasing pain is not a good situation. It means that within the joint the bone and cartilage are not working together. Leaving this alone may produce arthritis. It might not,...

Dentistry: maxillary bone cyst?, upper canines, bone cyst
upper canines, bone cyst, local anesthesia: Deanne - Of course, without seeing the xray or past xrays I cannot be sure, but it sounds like either the cystic area was missed previously or the formation now is due to inflammation from the eye tooth. Do not worry about cancer. Cancerous lesions in the...

Dentistry: missing tooth, two choices, permanent one
two choices, permanent one, orthodontist: Alicia - There are probably two choices of treatment. Probably orthodontics can be done to realign the teeth and close that space and open the space where #7 was. The second choice is for a bridge to be made utilizing #6 to support a crown in the space....

Dentistry: Nitrous Oxide/Second Trimester Pregnancy, second trimester pregnancy, pregnancy 15 weeks
second trimester pregnancy, pregnancy 15 weeks, oxygen saturation: Robin I would say NO WAY to nitrous oxide with pregnancy. I have always heard never to do this. I am not sure exactly what the mechanism is but I do know it is definitely a No-No. You can google pregnancy and nitrous oxide and see what pops up. One option...

Dentistry: NUMB IN FACE AFTER RC, root canals, sized lump
root canals, sized lump, amox: Hi Jeanne, WOW...sounds like you have gone through it! I have had patients that have experienced similar things. Since I can t exam you, it s hard to know if you have the same type of problem they did, but here is my experience. Sometimes when you have...

Dentistry: how natural does a gold crown feel?, cerec crown, gold crowns
cerec crown, gold crowns, porcelain crown: Dear Darryl: I have never had a complaint of a feeling different from a restoration. Any crown or restoration has to be highly polished so that plaque does not stick to it. The tongue can tell roughness, but the higher the polish, the better. Frankly,...

Dentistry: I need ur help, root canal therapy, going to the dentist
root canal therapy, going to the dentist, broken tooth: Hi Maria, Generally speaking, no, they will not need to numb you up. Some times following root canal therapy a temporary restoration is placed, sometimes a permanent one, and sometimes a temporary crown. I have no way of knowing what your dentist did....

Dentistry: new patient forms, new dentist, ss number
new dentist, ss number, medical questionnaire: You do not need to provide you SS number unless your dental insurance requires it. A complete medical history however is needed as many systemic diseases effect the mouth and oral infections effect the body. A thorough medical questionnaire is a sign of...

Dentistry: niece in need of dental work, drug rehab, front tooth
drug rehab, front tooth, getting a job: I am from South America. While I was living there, i used to work for free every friday (it was something like giving what i receive everyday). Now i am living at Europe but i am going to travel to my country on June (i will stay there for 3 months). If there...

Dentistry: numbness, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, nerve damage
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, nerve damage, penny penny: Penny - It is a little early, but the dentist may have actually stuck the needle through the nerve. If so, this can take time to heal, but usually does. If the numbness lasts for two months, make an appointment with a board certified oral and maxillofacial...

Dentistry: numbness two weeks after teeth extractions, wisdom teeth removal, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
wisdom teeth removal, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, dental xrays: Lori - If nothing was given at the time of crown placement, the cause of the numbness could be residual from the wisdom teeth removal or the crown placed may have altered your bite. If the bite was changed, that could produce spasms of your jaw muscles which...

Dentistry: Occlusal Adjustment v. Root Canal, false sense of security, unnecessary procedure
false sense of security, unnecessary procedure, easy answers: Hi Dawn, You ask great questions but they don t have easy answers. Sometimes, things start to feel better as a tooth dies. It becomes less temperature sensitive, less sore to bite on and generally feels better. That can create a false sense of security...

Dentistry: Which In-Office Whitening is Better?, laser wavelength, nm wavelength
laser wavelength, nm wavelength, laser machines: Hi Catherine It doesn t matter which you choose. The lights used actually make no difference to the effectiveness of the tooth whitening, despite what the manufacturers/dentists who use these systems would have you believe. In fact using any light makes...

Dentistry: oral surgery abbreviations, stainless steel crowns, lateral incisor
stainless steel crowns, lateral incisor, stainless steel crown: some things are universal and some things are dentist specific. i can translate part of this. tooth B is upper right 2nd tooth from the back...SSC is stainless steel crown. if D is a tooth then it is the upper right lateral incisor...one next to front one....

Dentistry: Pain in tooth previously treated by root canal, gary backlund, hi amy
gary backlund, hi amy, inflammatory process: Hi Amy, While it s hard for me to diagnosis your problem without examining you, it sounds to me like your root canal may be failing. The pressure you create by pressing your teeth together cause pressure at the end of the tooth. If the root canal is failing,...

Dentistry: Palatal Expander, soft tissue structures, first molars
soft tissue structures, first molars, jaw structure: I have very little information about you and your dentition to properly answer your questions which are rather specific to your particular situation. Perhaps some generalizations may be helpful. Theoretically, it may be that perhaps the extraction of four...

Dentistry: Palatal expander, palate expander, throat infections
palate expander, throat infections, maxilla: I know of no connection between a palatal expander and sore throat. The expander should remain in the mouth for some time following completion of the expansion since it also serves as a retainer to prevent collapse of the expanded maxilla. You might wish...

Dentistry: Paresthesia after wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom teeth removal
wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom teeth removal, oral and maxillofacial surgeon: Amy - In this day and age a skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeon has a higher chance of success. This is mainly due to the oral and maxillofacial surgeon s knowledge of the jaws and the nerves in the area. I think you will be satisfied with Dr. Farole...

Dentistry: Permanent filling instead of root canal, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, fear of god: Hi Claire, It s hard for me to give you good advice about your situation, but it certainly sounds like there is a communication breakdown here. Placing a filling will not allow an abscess to heal, so it sounds like you really haven t had a root canal done...

Dentistry: Post Root Canal issue, x-ray, root canal
x-ray, root canal, dark spot: Usually, when examining dental xrays(radiographs) black is bad, and white is man made. Usually, a black spot (lucency) will heal over time if a root canal is done. Sometimes, the black spot (lucency) remains. If it s asymptomatic, then we don t worry about...

Dentistry: Post root canal, gary backlund, four crowns
gary backlund, four crowns, root canal treatment: Hi again Lynsey, I have never had a reaction like that from one of my patients. I would doubt very much it is an allergic reaction, since that is not a typical allergic response. The procedure may have irritated something that triggered your response.....like...

Dentistry: Post root canal pain, gary backlund, root canal pain
gary backlund, root canal pain, post root canal pain: Hi Ni, I m sorry you re going through this. Sometimes, after a root canal is done, it will cause the infection to flare up again. The pressure of that infection is what causes your pain. I think I read your question as you are NOT currently taking amoxicillin....

Dentistry: Pressure above crowned tooth, sinus pressure, sinus problems
sinus pressure, sinus problems, gary backlund: Hi Jeff, There are many times when the roots of 2nd molars are actually in the sinus. If you have sinus problems, the pressure can also be applied to the roots and you could develop sensitivity in the tooth. The important thing is whether these symptoms...

Dentistry: Procedure gone wrong, root canal retreatment, endodontist
root canal retreatment, endodontist, x rays: Be angry at your hometown dentist, not the specialist. This was obviously a difficult tooth and the general dentist should never have attempted it. Retreating it is MUCH harder, something the hometown guy did may have blocked the canals and made it impossible...

Dentistry: Prosthodontics, orbicularis oris, lateral pterygoid
orbicularis oris, lateral pterygoid, removable dentures: Dr. Aora As stated in my Bio on this site, I am NOT a dentist therefore I cannot answer your question. As it is stated, I have had TMJ and can only relate my experience with that condition in the hope that it could help other TMJ sufferers. Susa...

Dentistry: Prosthodontics, orbicularis oris, muscles of mastication
orbicularis oris, muscles of mastication, lateral pterygoid: Dear Dr. Arora: I just came back from vacation and was notified by the AllExperts staff that your question has been waiting for me for a while. You must have turned it in just when I went on vacation with my family. I was away for a week without any internet...

Dentistry: Prosthodontics, orbicularis oris, lateral pterygoid
orbicularis oris, lateral pterygoid, removable dentures: In an RPD, the prosthetic teeth need to be in occlusion, never out of occlusion, however, whether or not there is canine guidance or not depends on the number, condition and placement of the existing teeth. All of the muscles can effect a lower denture....

Dentistry: pain after cavity fillings, cavity fillings, gary backlund
cavity fillings, gary backlund, endodontists: Hi KN, I m sorry all this is going on. It is very difficult to tell in the early stages when a root canal is necessary or whether you are just dealing with irritated teeth from the fillings. It may be that your bite is off also and that could give the symptoms...

Dentistry: pain after crown prep, warm salt water, strength tylenol
warm salt water, strength tylenol, sinus pain: Amanda - It is definitely possible that the extent of soreness you are having may be due to the work the dentist performed. The best way to resolve some of the inflammatory reaction producing the pain, as long as you are unable to take anti-inflammatories,...

Dentistry: pain after wisdom teeth removal, wisdom teeth removal, warm salt water
wisdom teeth removal, warm salt water, strict regimen: Sarah - Of course, without examining you it is a little tough for me to be totally correct, but it sounds like you are suffering from spasms of the jaw muscles. These spasms cause the problem with opening and the pain. You need to immediately begin a strict...

Dentistry: palate, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, yellowish color
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, yellowish color, bluish color: April - A bluish color of the blood vessel showing is normal. The blood vessel you are seeing is vein and is just close to the surface. As far as the yellowish color, it can come from iodine usage, from a bruise healing, it can be from elevated levels...

Dentistry: palatine gland blockage?, hard palate, nerve tissue
hard palate, nerve tissue, tegratol: Nancy - Well it could definitely be a blockage of the palatine salivary glands, but that needs to be arrived at via a direct evaluation. On the other question, I have provided 4 board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons in Knoxville. I hope one of...

Dentistry: permanent dentures for the elderly, teeth implants, permanent dentures
teeth implants, permanent dentures, dental implants: Hi Carla This is a question that is all about quality of life for your mother. Can you imagine how miserable it is not to be able to eat properly, or chew because of pain. This is an issue that many people have to live with every meal time of every day...

Dentistry: pulpotomy, stainless steel crown, space maintainer
stainless steel crown, space maintainer, living in toronto: I am assuming the pulpotomy and stainless steel crown involves a primary molar. This tooth generally is lost at age 10-12 so if the tooth is extracted now a space maintainer appliance must be placed in order to prevent shifting of the other teeth which could...

Dentistry: quad helix expander, front teeth, new appliance
front teeth, new appliance, helix: It will take a bit of time to become adjusted to your new appliance. All these problems should gradually diminish as you adapt. Speak slowly and deliberately and your speech will improve in time. Take small bits of food and eat slowly and carefully so you...

Dentistry: question, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, ciprofloxacn
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, ciprofloxacn, jaw muscles: Jennifer - The type of pain you are experiencing can be from an infection of a tooth or you could have spasms of the jaw muscles from tension, stress or a poor bite. I cannot tell you which is the cause, but you need to be examined by either a good dentist...

Dentistry: Another question to ask, stainless steel crowns, composite resin
stainless steel crowns, composite resin, visual illustration: The determination is based on the dentist s experience with restoring teeth and the success the dentist has had using the materials available. I have no idea as to what many pediatric dentists do in these situations. I m sure some use only stainless steel...

Dentistry: Re: Do I have an abscess?, nhs dentist, wisdom teeth
nhs dentist, wisdom teeth, medical illness: Hi Holly You ought to get it looked at by a dentist - a lot of phoning around should find you an NHS dentist! Yes it could be an abscess but it is always better to get something like this checked out - but you knew that before you asked the question! lol...

Dentistry: Removal of 1 wisdom tooth leading to removal of them all?, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth
wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth, mouthrinse: Dana - This is a tough question for me to answer without seeing xrays of the area or examining you. As a belt and suspender approach, removing the other wisdom teeth, when one has gotten infected is a good idea. When one gets infected, it is common that...

Dentistry: ROOT CANAL, endodontist, root canal
endodontist, root canal, prognosis: Hi Joyce The prognosis depends on the location of the file in the canal, and how well the endodontist was able to clean the canal around this instrument. This is obviously not an ideal scenario, but even so the prognosis could be pretty good. Regards...

Dentistry: Root Canal Temporary filling, root canal filling, temporary filling
root canal filling, temporary filling, dental questions: In your situation you probably can choose to not do anything special for today, Wednesday. Possibly try chew your food on the opposite side. Also call and leave a message for your dentist that you have lost your temporary filling and would like to be seen...

Dentistry: Root Canal vs. Extraction, root canal treatment, root canals
root canal treatment, root canals, oral cavity: Dear Charene: You dilemma is very common. However, let s get a few things straight, first. Dental care is not a problem and a solution . It is wellness care throughout life. The mouth is an organ like your heart, lungs, or brain. It works all day to...

Dentistry: Root canal 2nd retreat - Looking at options, reputable university, cosmetic dentistry
reputable university, cosmetic dentistry, apicoectomy: Sam - I think the plan you outline is probably appropriate. Yes you can have an apicoectomy, but having it done by an endodontis would not be a good idea. After the extraction, you need to wait a full 4-6 months before any further treatment. What I don...

Dentistry: Root canal, gary backlund, root canal
gary backlund, root canal, endodontist: Hi James, In most cases. it s a good idea to get the root canal started while the tooth is comfortable. It doesn t necessarily mean immediately after completing the antibiotics. In a busy practice, the reality is there are times when scheduling just doesn...

Dentistry: Root canal filling, root canal therapy, cavit
root canal therapy, cavit, endodontist: It is critical that a good filling be placed in the tooth after root canal therapy. One study found that the canals can be penetrated all the way through the tooth and into the bone by germs in your saliva in as little as three days. That means that the root...

Dentistry: Root Exposure, gary backlund, tooth decay
gary backlund, tooth decay, dental issues: Hi Sara, I m sorry you re having this problem. Root exposure and the accompanying sensitivity can be very hard to resolve. The first thing to try is to desensitize the area. Your dentist started that process with the chemicals. You might try desensitizing...

Dentistry: Very rare/unusual/irregular erruption pattern, medical standpoint, eruption patterns
medical standpoint, eruption patterns, primary teeth: Dear Melissa, My best advice, stop worrying, there is no treatment for anything that might be happening to your lovely son. He is not in danger and eruption patterns don t mean a thing until you are much older. Epithelial pearls , and I doubt that your son...

Dentistry: root canal, root canals, temporary filling
root canals, temporary filling, facial swelling: You have a problem. When the seal that the temporary filling provided was lost, your root canals became contaminated by the bacteria in your saliva. If they weren t infected before, they are now. If you effectively sealed the tooth by putting something in...

Dentistry: root canal, broken instruments, plastic crown
broken instruments, plastic crown, temporary filling: Sounds fishy to me. You are right that a temporary crown is a plastic or metal crown that fits over the tooth. A temporary filling, which is what it sound like you had, is included in the root canal fee. There is a code, 3331, that is for obstructions such...

Dentistry: root canal, root canal, tissues
root canal, tissues, teeth: Thomas - A root canal tooth definitely can crack open. Root canal teeth are more brittle than regular teeth. As far as making you sick, if there is an infection from the tooth that has spread in the surrounding bone and tissues, then it could give you those...

Dentistry: root canal on crak tooth with bracket, gary backlund, cracked tooth
gary backlund, cracked tooth, root canal: Hi Siena, Yes, that should be no problem. The access to do a root canal is through the biting surface of your tooth. I assume the bracket goes around the middle of the tooth, not over the biting surface, so you should be fine. Good luck! Gary Backlund...

Dentistry: root canal on dead tooth, gary backlund, front teeth
gary backlund, front teeth, endodontist: HI Denisearveta, Unfortunately, there is really no way for you to know what is REALLY going on. Things sound suspicious, but without being able to exam you, it s hard for me to give you good advice. I would suggest that you ask for a referral to an endodontist...

Dentistry: root canal question, gary backlund, doctors orders
gary backlund, doctors orders, endodontist: Hi Shawn, It s hard for me to help here without knowing your specific situation and being able to exam you. However, what is going on could be a crack in the tooth that cause pain when you you hit it just right. If that s the case, completing the root canal...

Dentistry: Skeptical of dentist's diagnosis, free health care, complete dental care
free health care, complete dental care, wisdom teeth: Hi Connor There are 2 real issues here. The first is that you aren t comfortable with this dentist s manner and the second is a follow on from that in that you don t trust his diagnosis and treatment plan. This dentist will be a proper dentist and I...

Dentistry: Small Teeth?, lateral incisors, upper teeth
lateral incisors, upper teeth, upper lateral: It sounds like you have a choice between bonding the upper lateral incisors to make them normal size versus removing enamel on the lower incisors to make them abnormally small. I would recommend bonding the upper lateral incisors rather than altering the...

Dentistry: Space maintainers for front teeth, tongue thrust, pediatric dentist
tongue thrust, pediatric dentist, permanent teeth: We usually simply cement the appliance in place without the need for any anesthesia. Generally we see our patients every 3-6 months to check that the appliance is firmly cemented in place. No adjustments are necessary and the appliance is removed when the...

Dentistry: Split Root, gary backlund, upper tooth
gary backlund, upper tooth, tooth extraction: Hi Heather, I m assuming you are dealing with this problem. Unfortunately, there is no way to glue the root together. If the tooth is an upper tooth, in some cases, it is possible to cut off the split root and the tooth will still be stable. It depends...

Dentistry: Spot below Moler, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, whitish area
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, whitish area, cancer screening: Chris - Your description of that whitish area does not sound like cancer, although I cannot be sure without examining you. Usually cancer is not a spot, but it appears as ulcerations. It could be a sore or callused area, but again I cannot be sure. My...

Dentistry: Sweet tooth, dentinal tubules, pain receptors
dentinal tubules, pain receptors, dental pulp: The hydrodynamic theory of pulpal pain holds that micromovement of the fluid in the dentinal tubules causes tooth pain. The pain receptors are in the dental pulp (or nerve ), and are surrounded with fluid, which also permeates the dentinal tubules. When a...

Dentistry: Swelling after root canal, gary backlund, root canal
gary backlund, root canal, rct: Hi Alison, I m sorry you have this going on. If you started the antibiotics before you had the root canal, it sounds like the tooth was infected. It is not unusual for the root canal to make things worse for awhile because once the root canal is done, healing...

Dentistry: silver point, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, silver points: Hi Jim, I m sorry you re going through this. In many cases, it is possible to redo root canals that were filled with silver points. It sort of depends on the level in the tooth at which the silver point was cut off. If it is high enough up in the root so...

Dentistry: swelling of the face, incision and drainage, root canal specialist
incision and drainage, root canal specialist, root canal treatment: Claire - Your dentist is a little off base . When an infection exists within a tooth and the tooth needs root canal treatment, antibiotics will not help to cure the problem. It can, rarely, contain the infection so it does not spread, but in your situation...

Dentistry: Teeth Moved After Braces Removed, invisible braces, upper teeth
invisible braces, upper teeth, narrow face: Your questions involve both orthodontic as well as legal considerations and I am not qualified to adequately respond to the legal side of the issue. Relapse is often due to continuous muscular forces acting on the dentition. In your case you experienced...

Dentistry: Temp crown, worse case scenario, success path
worse case scenario, success path, financial concerns: Ideally it would be best to restore the tooth with the post and crown now.10 months may be problematic,you could lose the tooth to fracture,decay,leakage of seal of the root canal.I appreciate your financial concerns but in the interest of staying on a success...

Dentistry: Temp filling, root canal therapy, upper molar
root canal therapy, upper molar, sure what kind: ask your dentist to use ionomer glass as dental filling material; ask him to fill ALL THE CAVITY (it means without cotton). Ask him if he can let the tooth without contact (this means without contact with the upper molar while chewing and while moving the...

Dentistry: Temporary eye problem after local anesthesia, gary backlund, local anesthetics
gary backlund, local anesthetics, visit to the dentist: Hi Peter, I m sorry you had this problem. I think it is highly unlikely that you will have this reaction again. Sometimes local anesthetics act this way due to prolonged time staying in the area. I think you will be fine next time. Gary Backlund DMD,...

Dentistry: Temporary filling, gary backlund, root canal treatment
gary backlund, root canal treatment, root canals: Hi Armando, Cracked temporaries are frequent problem with root canals. As long as the seal to the inside of the tooth has not been broken, there is no problem. If the seal is broken, it could cause the inside of the tooth to become contaminated and, in...

Dentistry: Third redo of Root Canal. Need to know options., reputable university, cosmetic dentistry
reputable university, cosmetic dentistry, apicoectomy: Hi Samuel You are absolutely right - it is certainly getting to the point where you begin to wonder whether or not it is worth pursuing further with this tooth. Statistically the chance of success of an implant retained crown is far far greater than for...

Dentistry: Time span for Crown after Permanent filling, teeths, time span
teeths, time span, tooth structure: Dear Srikanth, The necessity of crown depends on the amount of tooth structure loss (both due to decay and tooth cutting).If your tooth did not suffered major tooth structure loss it will stay longer without a crown. In general, it is advisable to get a tooth...

Dentistry: TMJ, tmj problems, cost of braces
tmj problems, cost of braces, tmj symptoms: TMJ problems have many different causes and there is no single treatment that will improve the symptoms of tmj dysfunction. Orthodontic treatment will not cure tmj problems. If it has been clearly established that the bite arrangement of your teeth is the...

Dentistry: Toddler Teeth, pediatric dentist, front teeth
pediatric dentist, front teeth, pediatrician: Dear Trisha, No problem here. The deposit you see is calculus forming on the teeth. There is no rush to have it removed. Even a year would not be too long. More good news, children who form calculus on their lower front teeth almost never get a cavitiy....

Dentistry: Tooth Extraction in a 7yr. old, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, upper gum
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, upper gum, skilled hands: Gig - This extra tooth, called a supernumary tooth is usually a simple extraction and in the hands of a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon can be done in few short minutes. The medication needed to render your child asleep should be one that...

Dentistry: Tooth sensitivity post root canal, dissimilar metals, root canals
dissimilar metals, root canals, cracked tooth: It is impossible for me to give you an answer about your particular case without seeing you. You might wish to review earlier posts and answers to see it you can gain some insight from them. In your case, if you had a cracked tooth, the crack may have extended...

Dentistry: Tooth Trauma, gary backlund, tooth trauma
gary backlund, tooth trauma, popcorn kernel: HI Kerik, WOW....I m sorry to hear you re going through this. There is rarely ever a reason not to give a situation more time to heal. If you have a fractured root, it will still be fractured a week from now and any treatment would really not be compromised...

Dentistry: Toothache dilema, gary backlund, root canal treatment
gary backlund, root canal treatment, molar: Hi Deb, That s a great question with an almost impossible answer. I always tell patients that it will do no harm to wait except they run the risk of increased pain. If they get to the point where things are not improving, the pain gets worse, or they are...

Dentistry: Toothache and numbness in the jaw, root canal treatment, pain killers
root canal treatment, pain killers, doctor returns: The toothache is something that might not be unusual under the circumstances but the extensive tingling and numbness is unusual. This could be a reaction to either of the medications. I would pursue this with another dentist and have the situation carefully...

Dentistry: front teeth, inflamed gums, loose teeth
inflamed gums, loose teeth, front teeth: you are only 14. this gingivitis can easily be reversed. gingivitis means inflamed gums...they are puffy and probably bleed easily. to treat this, you need a really thorough cleaning and then brush and floss daily at home 2-3 times a day. this should get them...

Dentistry: teeth, calcium deficiency, sweet tea
calcium deficiency, sweet tea, poor diet: It is true that some people are born with a deficiency of enamel on the teeth. This is called amelogenesis imperfecta and is a rather rare disorder. A similar genetic disorder called dentinogenesis imperfecta is also quite rare. Drinking too much milk will...

Dentistry: Can teeth move during a root canal?, lateral incisor, central incisor
lateral incisor, central incisor, metal brace: No, what you are saying is not possible. The clamp only contacts the tooth in question, and no force imagniable could cause what you are speculating. When you opted to have your treatment done at the dental school, you accepted the fact that it would take...

Dentistry: teeth shifting, tooth number, molar
tooth number, molar, pillars: April - Tooth #14 is a first molar. This is an important tooth in that it is considered one of the pillars of the bite. With the loss of any tooth, the teeth behind can tip into the space. The tooth behind will close the space. The lower tooth may also...

Dentistry: terrible pain from a broken molar., gary backlund, topical anesthetic
gary backlund, topical anesthetic, emergency dentist: Hi Krista, I m sorry your mother is going through all this. If the tooth is broken and the pain is that bad, there is really no alternative medicine she could use. Someplace get some relief, temporary, from a product called Numsit, which is really just...

Dentistry: tongue injury, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water, inflamed area: Sally - Of course, without me examining the area, it is a little difficult for me to tell you what is going on exactly, but it sounds like when you bit the tongue, it formed a piece of tongue tissue that is not fully getting blood flow to it, from the bite,...

Dentistry: front tooth never came down, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, partial denture
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, partial denture, minimal problems: Ruth - The tooth could be partially or fully fused to the bone, but whether it is or not, as long as you see a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon to remove the tooth, it should be removed with minimal problems. After healing, a partial denture...

Dentistry: tooth broken during filling change, upper molar, tooth pulp
upper molar, tooth pulp, endodontic procedures: Dear Jim, I am not sure from your description why you tooth broke, but I will try to offer some information that maybe helpful. Drilling dry will not cause a tooth to fracture and in fact dentists often drill without water spray during endodontic...

Dentistry: tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, mandibular nerve
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, mandibular nerve, molar tooth: Kacy - I cannot be sure without examining you or seeing xrays of what the tooth s position was prior to the extraction, but it sounds like the mandibular nerve, that runs under lower molars was traumatized. Is that trauma minor? If so, the numbness will...

Dentistry: tooth extraction, warm salt water, concideration
warm salt water, concideration, tooth extraction: Tommie- The time until the gum completely covers an extraction socket is variable. In general, it takes anywhere from 10-21 days. The more the area is kept clean with warm salt water rinses after the extraction (starting 48 hours after the extraction)the...

Dentistry: toothache and metallic taste after root canal, gary backlund, metallic taste in my mouth
gary backlund, metallic taste in my mouth, home remedy: Hi again Jessica, A hole in the filling could have the same results as a crack. It exposes the inside of the tooth and root canal filling material. The cement we use to seal the root canal filling is soluble in saliva and will eventually dissolve causing...

Dentistry: Upper jaw expansion surgery?, getting braces, bittany
getting braces, bittany, upper teeth: Bittany - Without seening your xrays and pictures of your face and bite, I cannot be 100% sure of what needs to be done. What you describe, told to you by the doctors of expanding the upper jaw, is simply called surgical expansion of the maxilla. This approach...

Dentistry: Using composite on cavities of child versus amalgam, composite restorations, amalgam restorations
composite restorations, amalgam restorations, permanent teeth: Not at all. Our office uses composite almost exclusively for the restoration of primary and permanent teeth. The composite actually bonds to the tooth and a very tight seal is formed between the restoration and the tooth itself. While amalgam restorations...

Dentistry: upper and lower second molars, second molars, first molars
second molars, first molars, bottom teeth: First, I would like to you understand that each orthodontist develops his/her own method of treatment and there is no right or wrong way to proceed. While I generally approach every treatment plan with a similar series of considerations and goals there is...

Dentistry: Wisdom and second molar extractions, first molars, second molars
first molars, second molars, rebecca rebecca: Rebecca - The xrays you have seen are clear. Saying that, I am an optimist and would probably just remove the wisdom teeth. Often their position hides the actual problems or lack of problems in the adjoining teeth. I don t understand why the 1st molars...

Dentistry: wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
wisdom tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom teeth: Aruba - The main problem and difficulty in removing, especially the lower wisdom teeth, is the increased density of the bone. Due to this increased density, a regular extraction can be potentially difficult. This is why only a board certified oral and maxillofacial...

Dentistry: what is wrong with my jaw?, corrective jaw surgery, photos high resolution
corrective jaw surgery, photos high resolution, initial impressions: Dear vanitha, I m sorry for this late reply. I have seen your photo, although that pic is not enough to diagnose your condition, I m still able to come to some initial impressions. your lower jaw is short horizontally and excess vertically making your lower...

Dentistry: 1 yr. follow-up after implants, human endeavor, failiure
human endeavor, failiure, oral surgeon: Dear Simon: Any human endeavor in medicine and dentistry requires careful follow up and maintenance. Since I do not know what type of implants were placed, why you lost the teeth in the first place, how they were placed and restored, etc. I can only answer...

Dentistry: 12 year old childs teeth sinking back into gums, general anaesthetic, gum support
general anaesthetic, gum support, gum line: You have described what is probably what is called ankylosis of primary teeth. This happens when one or more of the baby teeth actually become fused to the bone around the teeth. Normally, teeth continue to erupt or emerge along with their bone and gum...

Dentistry: my 16 month old.., primary teeth, dental x rays
primary teeth, dental x rays, tooth eruption: The timing and sequence of eruption of primary teeth can be quite variable. There is really nothing that can be done at this age however when your daughter is two years of age it may be possible to take some dental x-rays if she is still behind in her tooth...

Dentistry: 3 yr old, pediatric dentist, permanent tooth
pediatric dentist, permanent tooth, front tooth: Your son should be seen by a pediatric dentist. An x-ray will determine if the tooth is fractured or if it is intruded into the developing permanent tooth. Keeping the area clean is important and will become easier when the swelling goes down. Infection...

Dentistry: 5 year old dental problem, decaying teeth, dental caries
decaying teeth, dental caries, primary teeth: Usually they do not use spacers for primary teeth. Keep your son from drinking soda or too much acid juices. Also, if he drinks bottled water, ask the dentist for fluoride supplements. Fluoride makes a huge difference in dental caries and if a child is...

Dentistry: 9 impacted teeth, 12 year molars, wisdom teeth
12 year molars, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth: Dear Katie, There is no urgency in getting them removed ( unless they have infection or cyst). However, it is always better to get them removed as they are potentially dangerous. Get it done by an expert maxillofacial surgeon. Good luck. Dr.D.VijayVardhan,BDS,MDS(omfs)...

Dentistry: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, medieval torture device, shocking discoveries
medieval torture device, shocking discoveries, upper palate: Dear Joshua: From your description, the only thing that your dentist failed with is his bedside manner. Taking an impression (shoving the stuff in your mouth) is the only way for us to register the structures in your mouth. What was made is called an...

Dentistry: Adult tooth not moving in, baby tooth, orthodontist
baby tooth, orthodontist, braces: Usually there is significant progress over a one year period when applying orthodontic traction to a surgically exposed tooth. On occasion the tooth in question becomes fused to the bone and will not respond to orthodontic traction. If this is the case it...

Dentistry: Alveoloplasty, alveoplasty, alveoloplasty
alveoplasty, alveoloplasty, relining: Walter - Of course without examining you it is a little difficult for me to know exactly what is going on, but let me tell you that the dentist, if he was knowledgeable and skilled would have done an alveoplasty at the time of the extractions to smooth the...

Dentistry: ANTERIOR OPEN BITE, metal braces, open bite
metal braces, open bite, oral structures: Eric, You ve asked a very simple question that requires more than a simple answer. Without having the benefit of an examination including x-rays, photographs, dental casts and other diagnostic information I cannot provide you with an answer to your specific...

Dentistry: Angulation, extracting lower incisor, ortho, gum recession, lateral incisors
gum recession, lateral incisors, overjet: Your doctor has access to all your treatment information including x-rays and other diagnostic data. I have none of that information so I can t give you answers specific to your situation. I can give you some general information that may help your understanding...

Dentistry: abscessed front tooth in 4yo child, root canal treatment, residual infection
root canal treatment, residual infection, root canals: Success in this type of treatment depends, in part, on the ability of the body to fight off the infection and inflammation. There appears to be some residual source of infection or inflammation that the body has not completely repaired. Removing the original...

Dentistry: anterior proclination corrrection without orthodontic treatment, central incisors, angulation
central incisors, angulation, orthodontic treatment: I m in total disagreement with you.I would educate the patient and save those teeth.It would be a shame to devitalize teeth the way you describe then place posts at an unfavorable angle to get the result you want.You ll probably end up with cracked aneriors...

Dentistry: antidepressants for tmj, jaw pain, wise decision
jaw pain, wise decision, tmj: Susan, Since you are going to see the NYC dentist (wise decision!) you can ask him any questions regarding medication, but you may not need it as there are other very effective things that can be done to treat TMJ. I do not think dentists prescribe AD...

Dentistry: apical periodontitis, gary backlund, central incisors
gary backlund, central incisors, root canal filling: Hi Vikram. It is hard for me to give you help without being able to exam the patient. What I can tell you is we almost all root canals in one visit and NEVER remove the root canal filling and redo it if the patient has post op pain, unless it is obvious...

Dentistry: Baby Root Canal - Novocaine Did Not Work?, local anesthetic, root canals
local anesthetic, root canals, pediatric dentist: There are times, especially when there is significant localized tissue damage, that numbness is not complete or profound. Administering additional local anesthetic beyond the usual dose can be toxic so the dentist is left with the unfortunate task of completing...

Dentistry: Baby Tooth - Fall exposing Root?, emergency room doctor, walking up stairs
emergency room doctor, walking up stairs, gum tissue: This is a watch and wait situation. An x-ray would indicate if the root is fractured and that would be an important thing to know. Meantime, it s a matter of seeing if the bone and gum tissue around the tooth will heal. Also, time will tell if the pulp...

Dentistry: Bankrupt orthodontist, invisalign braces, aligners
invisalign braces, aligners, orthodontist: The Biostar retainer should be just as good as the Vivera. As far as the remainder of your question/comments these are legal issues which should be take up by an attorney. I can tell you from my own experience, however, that you are probably out of luck....

Dentistry: Blisters on my gum's after Wisdom Teeth Surgery, wisdom teeth surgery, warm salt water
wisdom teeth surgery, warm salt water, medial side: Alora - It is little difficult for me to tell you if the bubble is an infection or just a traumatic ulceration. Either way, you need to begin rinsing your mouth with warm salt water to help heal the area. If you have additional questions, feel free to...

Dentistry: Bone Graft - Implants, sinus lift, bone graft
sinus lift, bone graft, cow bone: Susan - Natural bone from the patient always works best, but the graft coming from cow bone or even artificial bone should not be a problem in healing. It is not the material used as a graft, but the quality of the surgeon. Of course, you don t really know...

Dentistry: Burning sensation after teeth extraction/tissue graft, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, dental nerve
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, dental nerve, soft tissue graft: Alan - It is a little difficult for me tell you what is going on, but the possibilities are that you might inflammation of a dental nerve used for injection or you might have developing inflammation within your mouth due to bacteria or yeast. I, of course,...

Dentistry: bitter taste after root canal, gary backlund, temporary filling
gary backlund, temporary filling, endodontist: Hi Julia, The bitter taste could be from the temporary filling or from any medication that was put inside the tooth that could be leaking out. Since I don t know exactly what was done, it s hard for me to give you a definite answer. I would suggest you...

Dentistry: black or greying tooth, root canal treatment, veneer
root canal treatment, veneer, veneers: Dovie - Both veneers and crowns are good cosmetic cures for the problem she has. Since the tooth already has root canal treatment, I would suggest a crown. Not only will it be cosmetically pleasing, but it will help increase the strength, if done properly....

Dentistry: bridge v. dental implant, dental bridge, omfs
dental bridge, omfs, al brown: Sorry for this late reply. Any day, Dental implant is superior to Dental bridge. There is no need to cut a normal natural tooth for Dental implant placement. But, you should always choose a skilful maxillofacial surgeon for getting a dental implant. Good...

Dentistry: bridge v. dental implant, upper molar, teeth implants
upper molar, teeth implants, sinus lift: Dear Al. All things being equal, an Implant restoration is usually preferable to a three unit bridge. It is easier to floss and doesn t involve the preparation of two natural teeth. Implants have a very high success rate and tend to be extremely durable....

Dentistry: broken root canal tooth, gary backlund, good oral hygiene
gary backlund, good oral hygiene, root canal: Hi Jessica, I m sorry you re going through all this. The biggest problem with just leaving things alone is that the cement used to seal the root canal is soluble in saliva. If it washes out, then that could create a path for bacteria in your mouth to get...

Dentistry: Choosing a dentist to do a crown, porcelain restorations, root canals
porcelain restorations, root canals, implant dentistry: Dear Chris: If you need lots of work, I definitely recommend looking for a Prosthodontist--the specialist in restorative, cosmetic, and implant dentistry. You will pay more, but the work will last you much longer. The machine you are referring to is newer...

Dentistry: Crown Issues, upper molar, upper tooth
upper molar, upper tooth, cold sensitivity: Dear Kimmie, At this point it is not likely that your sensitivity stems from a high bite. Although an open margin can cause sensitivity, usually it won t cause the sort of symptoms you describe so soon after a new crown is cemented. There are a number...

Dentistry: Crown and post came out, gary backlund, true emergency
gary backlund, true emergency, oral surgeons: Hi Tori, I really don t. I practice on the West Coast. One way to find a good place is to call other specialty offices...oral surgeons, periodontists, prosthodontists, etc. and ask who they would refer to. If you see the same name come us a couple of times,...

Dentistry: Crown Replacement and gum damage, gum tissue, front tooth
gum tissue, front tooth, 2mm: Hi Kelly Are you sure this is gum? It sounds more likely to me that what you are seeing is either temporary crown material or the temporary cement. In which case it is of no consequence. However, as always, if you are concerned get your dentist to...

Dentistry: cap on tooth - remains uncomfortable, gold cap, first cap
gold cap, first cap, endodontist: the plus of gold versus porcelain is that nothing can chip off of the gold. if the fit is good, then there is little difference other than the esthetics. i just thought of another possibility. you need to ask about the metal content used. if any nonprecious...

Dentistry: capping, porcelain veneers, self concious
porcelain veneers, self concious, ceramic crowns: Dear Isu I assume from your narrative that he has not prepared your teeth yet. If he hasn t then you are in luck. I completely understand your reticence about going ahead with this treatment plan. What he is proposing is not malpractice, but it doesn t...

Dentistry: How can cavities come and go, judgement call, going to the dentist
judgement call, going to the dentist, cavities: Watching cavities is a judgement call on behalf of the treating dentist not the patient.What one may see as a watch the other more aggresssive may see as a need to treat.It would be ideal to have one dentist during the time frame you mentioned and follow their...

Dentistry: cheek swelling, cheek, alignment
cheek, alignment, dentist: Genna - What you describe could simply be from biting your cheek. I cannot tell without examining you, but the alignment of the teeth may be such that the teeth actually bite or scrape the cheek tissue when you chew. My suggestion is that you go to your...

Dentistry: child hurt tooth, primary tooth, permanent tooth
primary tooth, permanent tooth, pain relievers: Dear Kiersten, The main problem here is the developing permanent tooth. If the primary tooth is pushed into the developing tooth it can interfere with its growth. Without seeing your daughter it is impossible for me to make a suggestion how to treat the...

Dentistry: composite restoration, glass ionomer, cavity design
glass ionomer, cavity design, occlusal: each material used requires different preparations. amalgam needs a very specific shape...composite and glass ionomer are not so specific (just remove decay and fill in space). i do not have any links to explain this because these decisions are made as you...

Dentistry: congenitally missing permanent teeth, adult teeth, permanent teeth
adult teeth, permanent teeth, baby teeth: Sherry - In a child who is in the midst of problem due to incomplete tooth development, the best type of dentist for him is a pedodontist. That is a dental specialist for only children. So look around and find one. If you are unable to find one, contact...

Dentistry: cosmetic capping, self concious, ceramic crowns
self concious, ceramic crowns, arch shape: Hi Isu You are right to be concerned - crowning perfectly healthy teeth is very destructive of tooth tissue and you need to be certain it is the right treatment before you proceed. The best thing would be to get a second opinion. Regards Tony Appleto...

Dentistry: cracked root, gary backlund, new crown
gary backlund, new crown, root canal: Hi Theresa, I m sorry all this is going on. Must be very frustrating! If you truly have a cracked root, the long term outlook is very poor as we have no way to glue the root back together again. With the pain you are having and the inflammation, you would...

Dentistry: crown with root canal, partial denture, root canals
partial denture, root canals, burning sensation: Dear Bill: It is entirely possible that you have some sort of a galvanic action (like an electric cell battery) between your crown and the partial denture. You must go back to your dentist and address this. If your dentist does not, goto www.prosthodontics.org...

Dentistry: DESPERATE with a long term dental infection, right shoulder pain, brain fog
right shoulder pain, brain fog, painful bumps: Cindy - Whether you had contrast or not, an MRI and CAT scan would disclose a cause of the problem if it caused internal anatomic changes (like infections cause). You really need to see a different type of doctor to fully diagnose what is going on. You...

Dentistry: Dental implants, titanium screws, gum tissue
titanium screws, gum tissue, dental implants: Lynda - The big problem you have with addressing the obvious problem with the dentist is that he thinks he did the correct thing. Why is that? Cause he is not a surgeon and does not fully understand what needs to be done and the potential complications...

Dentistry: Dental pain, mail id, sinusits
mail id, sinusits, gmail: Dear Rohan, Maxillary sinusits can mimic dental pain as the roots of maxillary tooth are almost into the floor of maxillary sinus.So, any inflammation of maxillary sinus can show on tooth underlying. To see if you have maxillary sinusitis i need to see your...

Dentistry: Dental question, inferior alveolar nerve, mental foramen
inferior alveolar nerve, mental foramen, dental question: Dear Arjumand: You are right to be concerned. The area of the lower second pre-molar is where the inferior alveolar nerve comes out of the bone to innervate the lower front teeth, tissues, and lip, through the mental foramen. Even though the tooth was extracted,...

Dentistry: Difficult to diagnose dental pain, food impaction, food debris
food impaction, food debris, tooth ache: Dear Norma, I am sorry but is not possible to diagnose your condition with information that can be conveyed via the internet. It sounds like the source of your pain is difficult to diagnose even with an actual physical dental examination. I will attempt...

Dentistry: Dysphagia, baylor college of dentistry, chills and fever
baylor college of dentistry, chills and fever, sinus problem: Ron - Of course, without examining you I cannot be sure. You didn t say if sinus xray films were taken. A sinus problem could precipitate the symptoms you describe. Even though you do not have symptoms any longer with the implant, there could be a problem...

Dentistry: too damaged for root canal?, sinus lift, canal dr
sinus lift, canal dr, endodontic therapy: No. There is no such rule. If the tooth is abscessed, there is pus created at the end of the root. In the process of the pus trying to drain, it can create a long pocket up the side of the root, which would be what he measured. Successful endodontic thereapy...

Dentistry: dark, small, pin size black dots, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, left cheek
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, left cheek, smoking cigarettes: Adam - It is not uncommon for lesions to develop in the cheek, from trauma or irritation, in the biting line. You need to see and oral and maxillofacial surgeon to examine the area. The surgeon might take a piece for a pathology exam, but don t worry. ...

Dentistry: dark spot in back of mouth, have no fillings, ear nose throat doctor, ear and throat pain
ear nose throat doctor, ear and throat pain, ear nose throat: Mara - My suggestion, especially since the ENT doctor thinks you need to have your tonsils removed. I think you should contact the ENT doctor and ask him to evaluate the area. He will see if it has any relationship with the tonsils. Seeing someone at the...

Dentistry: deep root canal treatment after effects?, root canal treatment, test master
root canal treatment, test master, gmail: Dear Mrs.Peter, Do you have an xray of that tooth? and a photo(both inside and outside of mouth)? As 10 days is little to late but not unusal. I will be able to diagnose your condition better if you can send the above xray to my mail vijay.dr@gmail.com What...

Dentistry: dental bridge clicking, gum decease, dental bridge
gum decease, dental bridge, pontics: Dear Geri, One of my interests is preventive dentistry. I believe that patients with a history of periodontal disease should have their teeth cleaned on a regular basis, every 3 months. This tends to keep the bacteria counts down and suppresses the development...

Dentistry: dental question, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, lingual nerve
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, lingual nerve, dental question: Margaret - If you are numb from the dentist cutting under the tongue, you might have an injury to the lingual nerve. That is not good. If you have full numbness without tingling, itching or burning of the tongue, the nerve may have been badly injured. ...

Dentistry: dental x-ray and teeth grinding, digital xray, holistic dentist
digital xray, holistic dentist, periodontal condition: Sarah - I wish I could give you a better idea if decay exists or not from the xrays, but films displayed on this site are not definitive. If you do have decay, but no pain, removing the decay is appropriate, but again, I cannot tell you if decay does exist...

Dentistry: discoloration due to antibiotic, bleaching your teeth, tooth structure
bleaching your teeth, tooth structure, dalin: unfortunately, tetracline antibiotics get incorporated into tooth structure and can darken teeth. it is something that does not go away. first go in and get your teeth cleaned. make sure you do not have any surface stain. after that you can try bleaching your...

Dentistry: Ear popping after wisdom tooth removal, wisdom tooth removal, wet washcloth
wisdom tooth removal, wet washcloth, warm salt water: Tonya - The medrol will speed up the healing of any inflammation that can be causing the problem. Another approach that also speeds the healing is to simply do the two following exercises. First use warm salt water to begin to rinse your mouth for a full...

Dentistry: Expanders, oral surgen, crowded teeth
oral surgen, crowded teeth, jaw growth: Good questions. Hope I can give you some good answers. Q: Can expanders cause thining gums? A: If teeth are expanded beyond the limits of their bone support there will be unsatisfactory periodontal consequences including gum and bone recession. This...

Dentistry: External Resorption, Cancer, Periodontist vs Oral Surgeon, Orthodontist, renal cell carcinoma, sinus disease
renal cell carcinoma, sinus disease, sinus pain: Mar - First of all, external root resorption is not unusual and usually occurs in instances of a build up of oral bacteria between the tooth and gum. The bacteria in this periodontal pocket not only eats away at the gum attachment to cause deeper pockets...

Dentistry: early loss of primary dentition?, permanent teeth, orthodontist
permanent teeth, orthodontist, 8 years: The timing and sequence of these teeth are quite variable and there s really nothing to do but hang on for the ride. Often over-crowding of the teeth can further alter the timing and sequence. At some point some intervention may be necessary in order to...

Dentistry: excursive contacts, temporomandibular joints, secondary trauma
temporomandibular joints, secondary trauma, sensory mechanism: Dear Sandra: The answer to your question can provide material to more books than one... however, I ll try to give you a concise answer. Our teeth should only contact when we swallow, for a split second. When we chew, our teeth do not really contact at all....

Dentistry: expander/braces, getting braces, primary teeth
getting braces, primary teeth, dentition: Correcting the crossbite is something that should be done at this point. There are a few other issues that can be properly handled at the same time with limited braces at this early stage so there may be some value in applying some braces, but that depends...

Dentistry: extraction, tea bag, exact reason
tea bag, exact reason, extractions: Shiny - It is a little difficult for me to come up with an exact reason for her vomiting, but a common reason, after extractions, is the swallowing of blood from the extractions. If she is still bleeding, even a little, she should bite on a moist tea bag....

Dentistry: Failed RCT? Fracture?, new dentist, chewing food
new dentist, chewing food, qtips: Dear Andrea, Obviously it is not possible to diagnose your problem with any certainty over the Internet, but I will try to give you some information and some advice. First sensitivity to cold is not likely after root canal treatment. If you are still...

Dentistry: Follow up to your answer a few mins ago, wisdom tooth, tooth number
wisdom tooth, tooth number, backlund: Hi Andrea, It certainly could be a fracture and if you have any tendency to grind or clench your teeth, that can certainly make things worse and could also be related to the tooth coming up out of the jaw. It could also be infection at the base of the tooth....

Dentistry: Follow-up questions Tmj, alpha stim 100, ultrasound treatments
alpha stim 100, ultrasound treatments, gum pain: Heather, 1. My nightguard fits on the lower teeth. It took longer than the 10 days you mention you have worn yours, for me to see improvement. 2. I used to do neck exercises to loosen up the neck muscles which can become tight from clenching. I m not...

Dentistry: Fully grown-in wisdom teeth, dry sockets, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
dry sockets, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom teeth: Steph - It is a little difficult to fully predict who will get dry sockets and who will not. If you are a smoker or on birth control medications, you have a greater chance of developing dry sockets. If the extractions are done without any trauma, the chances...

Dentistry: How can cavities come and go, dentistry dentistry, going to the dentist
Dentistry: How can cavities come and go, dentistry dentistry, going to the dentist, brilliant decision

Dentistry: DESPERATE with a long term dental infection, right shoulder pain, dental infection
Dentistry: DESPERATE with a long term dental infection, right shoulder pain, dental infection, care doctor

Dentistry: Dysphagia, maxillary sinus, permanent bridge
Dentistry: Dysphagia, maxillary sinus, permanent bridge, loose piece

Dentistry: External Resorption, Cancer, Periodontist vs Oral Surgeon, Orthodontist, oral hygiene instructions, excess plaque
Dentistry: External Resorption, Cancer, Periodontist vs Oral Surgeon, Orthodontist, oral hygiene instructions, excess plaque, couple teeth

Dentistry: High-risk nerve damage after wisdom tooth/cyst extraction, lingual nerve damage, numb tongue
Dentistry: High-risk nerve damage after wisdom tooth/cyst extraction, lingual nerve damage, numb tongue, wisdom teeth

Dentistry: jaw, bite and facial structure, midline shift, orthodontist
Dentistry: jaw, bite and facial structure, midline shift, orthodontist, 6 years

Dentistry: Tooth extraction - is bone graft necessary immediately?, gum tissue, front teeth
Dentistry: Tooth extraction - is bone graft necessary immediately?, gum tissue, front teeth, bone grafting

Dentistry: tmj facial asymmetry, tmj, god
Dentistry: tmj facial asymmetry, tmj, god, mayo clinic

Dentistry: facial discoloration/numbness after dental work, purple dots, local anesthesia
purple dots, local anesthesia, novocaine: Kristina, l there is a very strong possibility that following the local anesthesia your niece unknowingly bit her lower lip and what you are looking at is a rather common kind of problem that develops after such a procedure. It looks awful, but is not at...

Dentistry: failure to anaesthetize tooth, gary backlund, maxillary teeth
gary backlund, maxillary teeth, place ice: Hi again Vikram, Here are two links for info about the ligamajet or peripress....maybe you can find one to try. I really don t have any other suggestions as this is what we use when all else fails. Give these a try. Hope this helps. Gary Backlund...

Dentistry: failure to file apical third of mandibular ist molars mesial canal, root canal treatment, gentle curve
root canal treatment, gentle curve, gauge needle: Your letter does not contain your e-mail address, so I cannot send anything to you. If your are finding that you cannot enlarge the canal beyond a #10 file, then you should refer the patient to an endodontist. The canals are too fine for a general dentist....

Dentistry: A few questions regarding a deep amalgam filling between two teeth., amalgam filling, routine exam
amalgam filling, routine exam, composite material: Hi Matthew Composite filling material is very sensitive to moisture when it is being placed, and so it can be very difficult/impossible to be sure of a good seal between the tooth and filling when the cavity is deep under the gum - this can then lead to...

Dentistry: fill or pull, root canal procedure, root canal treatment
root canal procedure, root canal treatment, anaerobic infection: Dear Alvin: Yes there is! If a tooth is periodontally sound--solid. Has full bone support and is in proper position for biting, the best thing to do, generally is to perform endodontic treatment (root canal). The dentist will remove all internal contents...

Dentistry: fillings, silver amalgam, dalin
silver amalgam, dalin, health reasons: there should not be any problem here. there is no smoking after an extraction...but a filling should not be affected. now of course i would always recommend giving up this habit for other health reasons. but i know that is a tough thing to accomplish. there...

Dentistry: gap in top front teeth, incisor teeth, front teeth
incisor teeth, front teeth, american doctors: Dear Glen, Please don t be put off by the brevity of this answer. 6 years of age is just too young to do anything. In over two thirds of the population these gaps close by themselves without any treatment at all. In the one third that dont close nothing...

Dentistry: gum inflammation, gum inflammation, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
gum inflammation, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, signs of infection: Dear Cherry, All those are signs of infection in gums. when a surgery is performed with underlying active infection, there is a chance of septicemia( infection spreading in to blood ). However, such tooth can be extracted with proper prophylactic antibiotic...

Dentistry: High-risk nerve damage after wisdom tooth/cyst extraction, nerve damage, wisdom teeth
nerve damage, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth: Jan - I wish I could tell you that there could definitely be a procedure, other than removing the tooth and the cyst, to prevent enlargement and weakening of the jaw. Sometimes, depending on the position of the cyst and the type of cyst it is, a decompression...

Dentistry: Hit my teeth - afraid they are damaged, two front teeth, tiny cracks
two front teeth, tiny cracks, definite reason: Dear Kari, It is not unusual for patients to have craze lines in the enamel of their front teeth. These appear more noticeable when a bright light is shined on them. Patients often discover these lines when examining their teeth after an incident such...

Dentistry: help me with this.., clinical features of TMJ disk displacement
clinical features of TMJ disk displacement: Dear Dr.Deepashree, Nice to get a question from a budding Doc. A hex type implant is the one with an internal hexagonal hollow into which abutments or other external attachments are inserted and screwed. Basically, a two piece endosseous implant. The minimum...

Dentistry: hole in sinus?, hydrocodone cough syrup, post nasal drip
hydrocodone cough syrup, post nasal drip, oral and maxillofacial surgeon: Kristine - You state in your question hole in the sinus . If you have had dental surgery (extractions as an example) on upper teeth just before the time period since you have had the symptoms, then that is a possible source. If not, then another source...

Dentistry: hot tooth, pulp chamber, formocresol
pulp chamber, formocresol, gauge needle: Hi Vikram, This does happen once in a while. You can try the following, if you haven t already, but I don t know if it will help. The first would be to use a intraosseous anesthesia technique, such as X-tip from Dentsply. This is placed distal to the...

Dentistry: hydrogen peroxide, hydrogen peroxide, oral tissues
hydrogen peroxide, oral tissues, tooth enamel: Dear Lee: You would be very hard pressed to find dentists who recommend using hydrogen peroxide as a mouth wash. Most dental pathologists would go as far as urging you to NEVER use it intraorally! We use hydrogen peroxide in the office for two things......

Dentistry: Implant, tooth implants, oral surgeon
tooth implants, oral surgeon, upper jaw: Sooner is better to have the evaluation.Then it would be determined what the next step would be,that is remove or leave the current implants.You really need someone familiar with these type of cases to evaluate this.I m being vague because there really is...

Dentistry: Implant, nerve damage after dental implant
nerve damage after dental implant: Dear wafaa, It is so unfortunate that this happened to your mother. This happened because the surgeon placed the implant over the inferior alveolar nerve and caused damage to it. Now that he removed and replaced it with a shorter one, there is a chance for...

Dentistry: Implant soon..., bone graft, 4 months
bone graft, 4 months, dentist: Andrea - Your dentist is totally correct. Waiting after the extraction before the implant is placed, especially with a tooth that has been giving problems, is imperative. So listen to the doctor. I personally believe in waiting a full 6 months. I wish...

Dentistry: implant complication, nerve injury, alveolar nerve
nerve injury, alveolar nerve, front teeth: alveolar nerve reparations varies a lot on each patient. reparations depends mostly on the type of injury and the severity (it is very different to cut the nerve, to apply pressure or only cut a little part. clot formations can compress nerve ... yes it...

Dentistry: implants -after one year, x rays, oral surgeon
x rays, oral surgeon, bone loss: Hi Tom, The bone around the implants usually recedes back to the first implant thread. Anything more than this amount may be cause for concern. The surgeon will also look to make sure that there is no infection or mobility around the implants. The gums...

Dentistry: infected cheek due to teeth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, teeth and gums
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, teeth and gums, warm salt water: Loralee - Obviously, seeing a dentist sooner would be the best approach. If your dentist is unable to see your husband you should take him to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon as soon as possible. He definitely has an abscess and that infection can spread...

Dentistry: infection after bone grafting, implant over bridge
implant over bridge: Dear Mary, Any day, dental implant is better option over a dental bridge ( provided you are non diabetic and non smoker) , as it is a more natural way of replacing a tooth and its root, and also doesn t need cutting( disturbing) adjacent teeth. Cutting a...

Dentistry: Jaw alignment, jaw alignment, mail id
jaw alignment, mail id, omfs: Dear Tori, It is difficult for me to comment on your condition without seeing you. I will be able to understand your condition better if you can send me close up pictures of face(frontal, profile, intra oral and from under through nose) and also x-rays. ...

Dentistry: Jaw pain after root canal, warm salt water, dull headache
warm salt water, dull headache, jaw muscles: Denise - Is the pain you are having with the tooth also when you tap on it? If the tooth is sore, then it may not be the jaw muscles as the cause, it could be the tooth. To help reduce the pain, if it is muscular, simply do the following two and you should...

Dentistry: jaw, bite and facial structure, wisdom tooth, facial structure
wisdom tooth, facial structure, jaw surgery: Aaron - There are two oral and maxillofacial surgeons I suggest to examine you. One is at Harvard and the other at Massachusetts General. Both are skilled and should be able to help you. 1) Dr. Leonard Kaban - Mass Gen - (617) 724-1646 2) Dr. R. B....

Dentistry: jaw pain from root canal, root canal procedure, custom mouthguard
root canal procedure, custom mouthguard, molar tooth: Maria - I cannot be sure without examining you, but rather than fooling around with a lousy mouthguard bought at Walmart as opposed to the correct approach by making one custom to you by your dentist. What I suggest that you try first, is to begin a strict...

Dentistry: jaw soreness, jaw muscles, tmj
jaw muscles, tmj, appleton: Hi Margaret Yes it is most likely due to having had your mouth open for so long during the treatment. As such any long appointments are likely to give this problem. All I can suggest is that you discuss this with your dentist so they can keep appointments...

Dentistry: Large Filling?, front teeth, black hole
front teeth, black hole, appleton: Hi Sarah It certainly sounds like you need a filling, and generally you will need a small injection. As with all things, the sooner you go and get it sorted out the easier it is. Tell the dentist about your concerns and they will make it as easy as possible...

Dentistry: Loose dental bridge, root canals, dental bridge
root canals, dental bridge, dental habits: Dear Tanya, It does sound like you have had a rough time with your teeth in the last few years. It seems as if you have had more than your share of dental problems. Usually, when dental restorations are well done, and the patient takes the proper care...

Dentistry: Lower left second molar implant crown, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth
wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth, new crown: Paul - First of all you are correct that the surgeon was obviously not skilled to have cut into the second molar to remove the wisdom tooth. Probably just lousy. If the implant crown is not esthetically pleasing, there is no reason that the dentist cannot...

Dentistry: can laser treatment crack a crown?, gum tissues, porcelain crown
gum tissues, porcelain crown, gum tissue: Hi Helen, The way a laser works is to emit a pulse of heat energy which destroys unhealthy gum tissue. However, it can cause some damage to nearby crowns or fillings. Especially if there was a metal pin in the crown, then the laser might have caused the...

Dentistry: can laser treatment crack a crown?, gum tissues, porcelain crown
gum tissues, porcelain crown, silver pins: Helen - It is not a common phenomenon for crown injuries from laser treatment. I am sure, if the dentist was haphazard in his treatment techniques, trauma to the crown is possible. This is not a common situation, but it does occasionally happen...

Dentistry: late eruption in17month old, pediatric dentist, teether
pediatric dentist, teether, x rays: I would agree with the doctor s advice and give nature some more time. Besides, there s nothing that can be done to change the situation at this point. Perhaps a visit to a pediatric dentist at age 2 will provide some additional information if x-rays can...

Dentistry: legal obligation to finish tx, root canal specialist, dental field
root canal specialist, dental field, legal obligation: It varies from state to state.Usually you have to leave the patient in a state that s reasonable.If the Dr does not do root canal and he opened up the tooth to relive her pain and referred her to a root canal specialist there would be no problem with that...

Dentistry: how long for nerve/lip function to restore?, rejection reaction, fascia lata
rejection reaction, fascia lata, nerve injury: Gina - It does not sound like the problem is directly related to nerve injury. It sounds like the problem is muscular in origin. Even though you do not live close to a major medical center, it is important that you get evaluated by one. If you tell me...

Dentistry: MAJOR PAIN, periodontal surgeon, root canals
periodontal surgeon, root canals, jaw area: Dear Lisa, If the problem was really the lower tooth socket, and the surgeon removed the infected bone and obtained fresh bone and adequate clot over it, then he is going to be fine in one week. Pain initially increases up to the 3rd day and will come down...

Dentistry: Mad dentist, fort oglethorpe ga, permanent tooth
fort oglethorpe ga, permanent tooth, best bet: This sounds quite wild to me. It is hard for me to answer specifics without seeing things in person. Your best bet is to get a second opinion from a dentist in your city who can look at things as they are at the present time plus listen to the history. You...

Dentistry: Mental Nerve, gary backlund, rare occurrence
gary backlund, rare occurrence, face numbness: Hi again Sheila, That is REALLY too bad that he/she is not being helpful. Unfortunately, it is probably in fear of some legal action which is so prevalent in our society today. I really don t know of any tests or machines that would be able to tell you...

Dentistry: Missing teeth, lateral incisors, third molars
lateral incisors, third molars, two front teeth: Missing permanent teeth is a relatively uncommon condition usually affecting the third molars or wisdom teeth. In girls the next most commonly missing permanent teeth are the two upper lateral incisors as is the case with your granddaughter. This creates...

Dentistry: Missing tooth replacement, Dental implants, implants over bridges
Dental implants, implants over bridges: Dear Saachi, It is so unfortunate that without providing proper information your entist has cut down your teeth. However, you can still have an implant for the missing tooth. But you need to protect the cut teeth with caps ( preferably with zerkonia). Where...

Dentistry: Molar Extraction, dry socket complication, extraction complication
dry socket complication, extraction complication: Dear April, I m so sorry that you have to go through all this. In the first place, your Dentist doesn t seams to be under qualified to handle such cases. It is better for you to see a good oral and maxillofacial surgeon in your area. The dry socket that...

Dentistry: material used for dental bridge, grey substance, dental bridge
grey substance, dental bridge, artificial tooth: It s the metal substructure it s not a problem whatsoever.It could be silver palladium or some other alloy,there are many silvery colored alloys.If you had an allergy to it you could not tolerate the metal in your mouth at all.Being that it s been in place...

Dentistry: molar extraction, check swelling, cankor, molar extraction, cankor sore
molar extraction, cankor sore, warm salt water: Ashey - Of course, without actually examining you, I cannot be 100% sure, but it sounds like, from your description, that the white skin is just stretched gum tissue from the extraction. This is not uncommon. When this occurs, the tope surface cells die...

Dentistry: molar implant/hole in socket, gum tissue, gum line
gum tissue, gum line, inadequate water: Maureen - Ideally, after the implant is placed, the gum tissue is sutured to cover and seal off the implant to promote healing. Even with the residual exposure, like you describe, the implant itself may have healed. That can be determined by the surgeon at...

Dentistry: Numb Tongue, numb tongue, lingual nerve
numb tongue, lingual nerve, wisdom teeth: Hi Jamie Having a lower wisdom tooth removed does pose a risk to the nerves that supply your bottom jaw and tongue. The lingual nerve supplies the tongue and it is possible this was damaged/bruised during the procedure. Most times this will return to...

Dentistry: narrow smile, narrow smile, front teeth
narrow smile, front teeth, orthodontic treatment: Correction of this problem that you feel may or not require surgery. It also may or not require orthodontic treatment. The only way to know what could be involved is to have an evaluation done by an orthodontist. If braces are necessary you will be informed...

Dentistry: Oral cyst, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, cystic lesion
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, cystic lesion, biopsy results: Suzy - The good news is that Pleomorphic Adenoma is a benign lesion of salivary glands. Of course, without examining you I may not be totally correct, but usually the removal of the whole lesion is important. Being that the adenoma lies on the roof of your...

Dentistry: Orthodontics, plastic vacuum, continual care
plastic vacuum, continual care, orthodontist: Dear Rachel: It is not uncommon to have a situation such as yours. If you are very young, the body will keep remodeling and changing over time and slowly will accept the new position of the teeth. This is why it is imperative for you to wear the retainer....

Dentistry: Orthodontist refused treatment, mail id, omfs
mail id, omfs, advancement in technology: Dear Mark, It is very unprofessional on your orthodontist s part to say such things to his patient. If he is not capable of handling such a case, he should have had the basic courtesy to refer you to a good maxillofacial surgeon. Yes, it is possible to treat...

Dentistry: Osteomyelitis and Root Canal, root canal treatment, pulp chamber
root canal treatment, pulp chamber, root canals: J - First of all, you are wise to question any procedure suggested. As the endodontist explained to you, the nerve pulp chamber within the tooth can be the source of infection if bacteria gained access to the pulp chamber via decay or a fractured tooth....

Dentistry: OverBite and Braces, othodontist, muscular problem
othodontist, muscular problem, overbite: Alex - First of all, your orthodontist is correct about the chances of developing headaches and even a stiff neck from muscular problem development due to a bad bite. The orthopedic doctor, although he may be familiar with his own specialty treatments, he...

Dentistry: orthodontics, class 3, molar
class 3, molar, orthodontics: These are not widely recognized classifications so I can only guess that a super class 1 is a bite relationship that tends toward a class three, and a super class 3 is an extreme class 3. In layman s terms the super class 1 indicates a slight problem with...

Dentistry: orthodontics, orthodontic procedures, initial evaluation
orthodontic procedures, initial evaluation, orthodontists: There are no stardarized fees for orthodontic procedures. I would suggest that you contact an orthodontist in your location and have an evaluation. Many orthodontists will provide an initial evaluation at no charge so you can get answers to your questions...

Dentistry: Pain after bridge, provisional restorations, gum pain
provisional restorations, gum pain, implant dentistry: Dear Lisa: Sometimes people have reactions to the acrylic material of which provisional restorations are fabricated. However, most of the time I hear of problems such as yours, the problem is not with the material, or the procedure, but with the quality...

Dentistry: Pain after extraction, post extraction infection
post extraction infection: Dear Beth, In the first place, there is no rule that tooth #20 can never have a dry socket. Any tooth socket that gets infected can cause pain and swelling. In your case, tooth was removed after several failed treatments means there is lot of chronic infection...

Dentistry: Pain after Nerve filling and crown fixture, pain killers, tooths
pain killers, tooths, dear doctor: inflammation of the bone area beneath the apex of the tooth ... it is not uncommon after a root canal try to use some pain killers and tell me after one week. ask your dentist if he can put you tooth without contacts while chewing it meamns without...

Dentistry: Pain after Root Canal, state dental board, root canal specialist
state dental board, root canal specialist, root canals: This infuriates me. Recent grads know very little about root canals and this kid had no business doing this to you. Go to see an Endodontist (root canal specialist) IMMEDIATELY, get the tooth taken care of and present the bill to the recent grad. Tell him...

Dentistry: Parasthesia after implant surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, tooth implants
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, tooth implants, parasthesia: Wafaa - It is a little difficult for me to tell you what is actually causing the pain for your mom, but sometimes as nerves that are injured heal, the fibers within the nerve occasionally cross and it sets off problems line pain, shocks or burning. That may...

Dentistry: Partial vs bridge, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, partial denture
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, partial denture, partial dentures: Sheila - Partial dentures are good devices, but since they put pressure on the bone, they gradually cause the bone to be worn away. With time, the loss of bone will alter the partial s fit and it may not be as comfortable. The main advantage of dental implants...

Dentistry: Pointed front tooth, baby tooth, front tooth
baby tooth, front tooth, bity: Dear Tiffany, from your description my guess is that your son has a supernumerary (extra) tooth. this is not too unusual. These teeth are small and pointed and occur in the location you have indicated. The treatment is easy and quick. I suspect the dentist...

Dentistry: Possible abscess?, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth
wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth, mouth wash: Kayla, it hurts a lot, it is not an abcess. The flap of skin above the erupting wisdom tooth is infected because circulation of the saliva is restricted. Continue to keep the area clean, and if it get really bad a dentist can open the area and clean out...

Dentistry: Possible TMJ, surgical answer, wisdom teeth
surgical answer, wisdom teeth, root canals: Krista - Your description of those two bottom wisdom teeth indicates teeth that can easily cause spasms of the jaw muscles. Before I would try anything to reduce the spasms, I would suggest having those teeth removed. After that, if it still occurs, you...

Dentistry: Post Root Canal, gary backlund, horrible pain
gary backlund, horrible pain, canal 4: Hi Rhonda, I m sorry to hear this has happened to you. What you experienced is some of the irrigating solution being pushed out the end of your tooth. It can very very irritating and inflammatory to the tissues and bone. That is why you have the swelling...

Dentistry: Pulpotomy, pulpotomy procedure, local anesthetic injection
pulpotomy procedure, local anesthetic injection, pediatric dentist: I will attempt to provide you with some general answers to your very important questions, but you should ask these same questions of the pediatric dentist before the treatment is done. The pulpotomy is a procedure that usually takes approximately 30 minutes...

Dentistry: pain after extraction, oil of clove, warm salt water
oil of clove, warm salt water, gum tissue: Vikram - Without examining the socket, I cannot be totally sure, but it sounds like your patient may have developed a dry socket. A dry socket does not openly look inflamed as it is the bone and not the gum tissue that is inflamed. My suggestion is for...

Dentistry: pain, numbness post bridge work, nerve inflammation, root canal specialist
nerve inflammation, root canal specialist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon: Leslie - Of course, without examining you, I cannot be totally sure what is causing your pain, but the following are possible causes. The dentist made the fake teeth press in the gum tissue and causes pain. Another possibility is that the teeth used to...

Dentistry: pain of pulp or periradicular tissue, flare ups, root canals
flare ups, root canals, naocl: Hi Vikram, In my practice, I find that every time I go back into the tooth, I irritate it more. Opening the apex is never a good idea as it becomes harder to control the fill. I instrument to about 3/4 mm short of the apex and then fill...all in one appointment....

Dentistry: palatal expander, hefty price tag, couple teeth
hefty price tag, couple teeth, jaw problems: Thank you for clarifying your question. I m going to try to give you some general answers without the benefit of adequate information regarding your daughter s dentition, bite, jaw relationship, facial structure and other aspects of her situation which are...

Dentistry: permanent teeth not erupting, upper canines, american dental association
upper canines, american dental association, permanent teeth: Dear Kim: It is very difficult for me, or anyone who has not examined your daughter and her X-rays and other information to advise you. However, I can recommend a course of action you might want to follow: You have to look at the bottom line... if the teeth...

Dentistry: porcelain crown that hurts, porcelain crown, upper teeth
porcelain crown, upper teeth, endodontic treatment: You need to have an endodontist evaluate the teeth and see which, if any, require endodontic therapy. In general, it is not unusual to have some post-op discomfort, but if two weeks has passed and you are no better, you would be better off having the endodontic...

Dentistry: possible dry socket, clove oil, upper tooth
clove oil, upper tooth, pain killers: Dear Mike, It is not a good practice to use eugenol or clove oil over extraction wound. It may further deteriorate the condition, although you may be having relief from pain due to its counter irritant properties. So, I advise you to stop it immediately and...

Dentistry: possible TMJ or abscess tooth?, alpha stim 100, abscess tooth
alpha stim 100, abscess tooth, ultrasound treatments: Ken, , I m not a dentist. I have TMJ so I can relate to others what I have done to alleviate the pain. I did have pain in my teeth and around the jaw area. Once I got a hard bottom fitting nightguard, the pain was much less. I also used the alpha-stim...

Dentistry: procera crown doesn't look right, porcelain crowns, central incisor
porcelain crowns, central incisor, procera crown: Dear Allison. It is difficult to know what the problem was with your particular crown without actually having examined you or had an opportunity to see the shade of the underlying tooth. That being said I will try an give you some general information about...

Dentistry: pulp remnants stucked at apex, gary backlund, lower lateral
gary backlund, lower lateral, premolar: No problem Vikram....I m glad I can help out! Once again...just anesthetize the patient, instrument and fill!!!!! I think you will be amazed at the results. Make sure you let me know how you make out and if you need more help, please write again. By the...

Dentistry: pulpal remnants remaining, taper file, rotary system
taper file, rotary system, emulsifying agent: My guess is that you are not enlarging the canals sufficiently, and not using files with a taper greater than 0.02. You are also probably not using an emulsifying agent. So, either get used to spending time and effort using hand files, or get a rotary system....

Dentistry: RCT, root canal treatment, zev
root canal treatment, zev, extractions: Dear Simran: The pain that you have, and are experiencing today due to your neglect is much, much worse than any pain that is typically associated with root canal treatment. Usually, if the root canal is done in time the pain is almost non-existent. Unfortunately,...

Dentistry: RCT, root canal treatment, infection present
root canal treatment, infection present, xray: Hi Simran I mean it shouldn t be painful - sometimes it can be impossible to fully anaesthetise a tooth if there is a lot of infection present - this can mean being unable to treat the tooth until the infection has settled. Regards Tony Appleto...

Dentistry: RCT, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, crowns: Hi Kim, A thousand pardons!!!!! I left out a few words...must have been before I had my coffee...:-). What I meant to say was there is rarely any problem giving teeth time to show what direction they are going. They will either get better, worse or stay...

Dentistry: RCT, michener novel, upper tooth
michener novel, upper tooth, cold sensitivity: In an attempt to get away from the insult, the cells in the dental pulp that make dentin become re-activated, and fill in the root canal. This can make it impossible to perform endodontic therapy at all. You can see this on the radiograph. I still don t...

Dentistry: RCT, michener novel, upper tooth
michener novel, upper tooth, cold sensitivity: Kim - I wish I could tell you the cause. It could be the necessity for root canal treatment or the dentist s crowns just don t fit properly and your normal bite has been altered and now the pressures on the teeth are increased.. I wish I could tell you...

Dentistry: Re-adjusting bite/jaw problems/orthodontics, wisdom tooth, back tooth
wisdom tooth, back tooth, jaw problems: Dear Aaron: Believe it or not, but your problem is fairly common. The body is a fine tuned machine. We have a very delicate balance between our facial and masticatory (chewing) muscles, our nerves and teeth. As orthodontics is performed, the teeth do shift...

Dentistry: Result after extraction of all upper teeth of my child, arlene arlene, upper teeth
arlene arlene, upper teeth, permanent teeth: Arlene - I fully understand the situation you are in. The permanent teeth usually begin to erupt (front teeth first) about 8 years old. The back teeth will take an additional 4-5 years until they fully erupt. The key thing is that the child s dentist should...

Dentistry: Root Canal, gary backlund, gentle exercise
gary backlund, gentle exercise, jaw stiffness: Hi Margaret, I m sorry your Uncle is going through this. The two most common reason for jaw stiffness is infection from the abscessed tooth or needle trauma from the injections. In either event, your Uncle needs to let his dentist know what is going on....

Dentistry: Root Canal on infected tooth, horrible pain, jaw pain
horrible pain, jaw pain, root canal: Pain is possible in single or multiple visits; studies say there is either the same or less pain in a single visit, so that is not the issue. Sometimes multiple visits are better because they allow placement of a medicament to kill the germs. One study said...

Dentistry: Root Canal or Pull for a 92-Year Old, comic book character, root canal treatment
comic book character, root canal treatment, upper tooth: This is not a medical question but depends entirely upon you. Either option will make her feel better. The question is what it will do for her self-image. If she were bedridden and had such bad dementia that she didn t know what was going on, extraction would...

Dentistry: Root Canal, Retreatment, possible Extraction, root canal retreatment, mouth guards
root canal retreatment, mouth guards, advil: Sounds like your best bet would be to have the tooth removed and the implant placed.The fee quoted is reasonable.The offer that the dentist made to credit you for all his hard work is quite kind (just think ,they don t do that in medicine)The implant is the...

Dentistry: Root Canal Tooth #14, gary backlund, cold liquids
gary backlund, cold liquids, cold sensation: Hi Alex, It never hurts to give a tooth time to tell us what needs to be done. However, since it has been a month since the filling was placed, you may be in the beginning of problems. I would watch it closely. If you find things get at all worse, I would...

Dentistry: Root canal agony afterwards!, gary backlund, emergency appointment
gary backlund, emergency appointment, left hand side: Hi Chantelle, I m sorry you are going through all this. No, having this type of pain is NOT normal. The antibiotics should start working within 24-48 hours and you should be noticing improvement by now...maybe not pain free, but at least improvement. If...

Dentistry: Root canal and crown, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, little canal: Hi Filor, I m sorry to hear you are going through this. I would suggest that before you do anything, you get a 2nd opinion about what is going on, probably by asking for a referral to an endodontist. There could be a number of reasons that tooth is still...

Dentistry: Root canal during pregnancy, root canal procedure, lead apron
root canal procedure, lead apron, dental xrays: Dear Mr.Darshan, Sorry for this late reply. Why is your Dentist in a hurry to perform a root canal when he can t see any problem. Just to relieve the pain?? In that case, her pain is also reduced. So I don t see a reason for root canal. Here are the answers...

Dentistry: Root resportion, gary backlund, root resorption
gary backlund, root resorption, red gums: Hi Jennifer, I m sorry this is going on. Resorption is one of the most difficult problems that we deal with. It can be SO unpredictable. Unfortunately, since I can t exam you, I can t really deal with your specific case, but I can give you general information....

Dentistry: Will I raelly miss molars 30 and 31?, blood in this stone, emergency dentist
blood in this stone, emergency dentist, new dentist: Hi Andrea It would obviously be preferable to keep 31 if you can - but you certainly wouldn t starve if you lost it so it is not life or death! It sounds to me like you need to change dentist - you need to see someone you can trust and if I were you...

Dentistry: re glue root canal cap, permanent one, root canal
permanent one, root canal, crowns: I don t know if you have a temporary crown or a permanent one. Temporaries are not designed to last for more than a short while, so you may have problems due to leakage with the tooth below. Permanent crowns should definitely not come off; there is either...

Dentistry: removing a gold crowm from the front toth, ceramic crown, crowm
ceramic crown, crowm, gold crown: Dear Gregory, A gold crown or any other crown be removed without causing damage to the underlying tooth with a crown remover( an instrument. There are plenty of tooth coloured ceramic crown options for the replacement. ( provided the underlying tooth is healthy...

Dentistry: resin composites, resin composites, dental magazines
resin composites, dental magazines, composite resins: There are myriad composite resins, and new ones are marketed every day. Some claim to be good for posterior restorations because they have a lot of filler and stand up to biting forces, while others are more translucent like teeth and look better in anterior...

Dentistry: root canal, root canal treatments, root canals
root canal treatments, root canals, dental questions: Dear Bohyun, It does sound like first attempt wasn t successful, especially if you do not respond to the antibiotic your dentist prescribed. I do not believe there is one definite answer to your question about the fee. In my practice, if I treated a...