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Dentistry: Numbness after tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, mandibular nerve
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, mandibular nerve, numbness: Tunisia - The numbness you have could be from the extraction or it could be from the injection to make the area numb. Either situation could possibly traumatize or injure the mandibular nerve that provides sensations to the area you now have numbness in....

Dentistry: do i need filling for a healthy tooth, root canal treatment, cold sensation
root canal treatment, cold sensation, living daylight: Hi Eric If the cavity has gone through to the pulp in the middle of the tooth then you will need root canal treatment. Don t worry though, root canal treatment is very straightforward these days. Ask the dentist to show you the x-rays and explain why...

Dentistry: Do I need a root canal?, gary backlund, front teeth
gary backlund, front teeth, root canal: Hi Sumit, I m sorry you re going through all this. It certainly sounds like the pulp of your tooth is inflamed and if it has not improved in a month, I m not sure it is going to. That leaves you two choices....do a root canal or continue on with your cold...

Dentistry: new teeth, dental checkups, permanent teeth
dental checkups, permanent teeth, oral hygiene: It s a bit early for the permanent teeth to be erupting but that s nature. Nothing you can do about that. Sounds like the teeth are going to be crowded. Also nothing you can do about that until your daughter is much older. Let s just see how she grows...

Dentistry: numbness lip and chin after tooth was pulled, tooth numbers, wisdom teeth
tooth numbers, wisdom teeth, gum line: Lynn - It sounds like the surgeon, during the injection, actually pierced the nerve. That happens occasionally, because it is impossible to predict the exact position of the nerve. If you have changes in the numbness, does that mean and itching, burning...

Dentistry: numbness in tongue, numbness after tooth extraction, numb tonuge after dental procedure
numbness after tooth extraction, numb tonuge after dental procedure, numb chin after dental proced: Hi Kamica; Thanks for asking your question. What you are describing is something called parasthesia. This means numbness and not paralysis. Unfortunately, although not very common, this situation can happen when lower teeth are extracted. Deep within your...

Dentistry: Orthodontic treatment, orthodontics, braces
orthodontics, braces, crowded teeth: Hi Lucas, Thanks for the question and please do not sell yourself short. By that I mean you should expect to have a great smile! Remember, most orthodontic treatment in adults is elective in that they are not happy with the way their teeth look. Occasionally,...

Dentistry: Overfilled root canals, acidic saliva, term inflammation
acidic saliva, term inflammation, root canals: Hi Jenny, I m sorry to hear all this is going on. Some of your questions I can t answer since I can t exam you, but I can give you some general information that may help. The solution we use when we do root canals would not be left in the tooth, so that...

Dentistry: odd, root canal treatment, dentist office
root canal treatment, dentist office, front tooth: Cornella This is a strange one. The root canal filling inside of the tooth is a pink color. But it is not up to the surface. It is down a little bit. There is nothing we use that is red in color. Maybe an option is to have the access filling redone and see...

Dentistry: old fillings, silver fillings, financial dilemma
silver fillings, financial dilemma, nerve problems: Sara - With time, old silver fillings actually develop a corrosion that separates the filling from the tooth. In the space caused by the corrosion, bacteria can gain entrance and begin produce decay under the filling. This is not good, for eventually the...

Dentistry: oral surgery complications, wisdom teeth, honest mistake
wisdom teeth, honest mistake, unfortunate story: Michael - Without actually examining you, it is a little difficult for me to see whether you have enough teeth to accomplish the desired changes. I can suggest, if the tooth that sa indavertently removed is needed, the surgeon might consider replacing it...

Dentistry: overjet, facial musculature, jaw joints
facial musculature, jaw joints, jaw structure: Once again, I can only respond in generalities since your situation is complicated and requires a comprehensive understanding of the details of your bite, jaw structure and facial musculature. The answer to your specific question can only be provided by an...

Dentistry: Pain from anesthetic, sphenopalatine ganglion, pterygopalatine fossa
sphenopalatine ganglion, pterygopalatine fossa, third molars: Dear Evan, It sounds like your dentist gave you a mandibular block. When I give this injection, every 10th injection or so the patient experiences what they describe as an electrical shock in their jaw or lip or tongue. They sometimes say they feel a searing...

Dentistry: Pain following a root canal, gary backlund, sore tooth
gary backlund, sore tooth, temporary filling: Hi Stephanie, I m sorry you re going through all this. It sounds like your bite is high. We sometimes see this occur several days after treatment because it takes that long to show up. What happens is your bite is only slightly off, then you use it and...

Dentistry: Pain in my two left incisors, gum recession, teeth and gums
gum recession, teeth and gums, nasal cavities: Hi Shahrzad This sounds like 2 problems - the accident has caused problems with your nose/sinuses and you also have sensitivity probably secondary to the gum recession. The dentist will check the teeth out and should be able to treat the sensitivity...

Dentistry: Pain after root canal, percha, root canal
percha, root canal, canal 9: Hi Cheryl If it is improving then don t worry - it can take a while for the inflammation to subside following root canal. Overfills are not normally anything to worry about and are in fact far better than an under fill. Regards Tony Appleto...

Dentistry: Pain after temporary crown, nerve tissues, teeth and gums
nerve tissues, teeth and gums, root canals: Hi kari, Thanks for the question. Absolutely you need to contact your dentist asap. The discomfort may be coming from several sources. One possibility is that the material used for fabrication of the temporary crown may be overbulked or overcontoured....

Dentistry: Palate Expansion Down Syndrome, mild speech impediment, orthodontic appliances
mild speech impediment, orthodontic appliances, oral hygiene: All orthodontic appliances have the potential to cause discomfort and difficulty with speech, eating and oral hygiene. Most children also have the potential to accommodate these challenges and do just fine with the appliances. Also, there are a great variety...

Dentistry: Palate swelling, baby ruth candy bar, baby ruth candy
baby ruth candy bar, baby ruth candy, antiseptic mouthwash: Hi Brandy, There is still a possibility that this could be a virus but again I am glad you have an appointment with your dentist for a thorough evaluation. Brandy, have you tried the elixir I suggested previously? The other possibility is that it could...

Dentistry: Payments, dentist office, endodontist
dentist office, endodontist, dalin: i would think a partial if not a full refund is indicated. now every office does things differently. my philosophy is a very customer service/customer friendly one so this is how i feel. others will think that they put in the time and effort so they deserve...

Dentistry: Pediactric dentistry, adult teeth, primary teeth
adult teeth, primary teeth, permanent teeth: The early loss of primary teeth can result in bite problems with the permanent teeth unless proper space maintainers are placed. These appliances will help prevent the teeth from drifting and blocking out permanent teeth when they are ready to come in. You...

Dentistry: Pediatric Tooth Extraction, permanent teeth, temporary bridge
permanent teeth, temporary bridge, pedodontist: Sheri - First of all, no implants can safely be placed in a child. Implants would damage her permanent teeth. The extraction of these teeth is quite simple and the postoperative period is usually not a problem. There are many young children who have lost...

Dentistry: Pediatric tooth extraction to allow incoming permanent teeth to be straight, permanent teeth, primary teeth
permanent teeth, primary teeth, perfect teeth: I agree with the dentist and the orthodontist. Extraction of primary teeth to deal with this crowding is not recommended. There is simply not enough room for all the permanent teeth and removing more primary teeth does not create more space; it simply delays...

Dentistry: Perio exposed impacted wisdom, wisdom tooth removal, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
wisdom tooth removal, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, ball point pen: casey - What you are experiencing is not totally uncommon. Periodontists worry only about the gums and very often fail to consider other potential problems. The wisdom tooth will, now or in the future, need to be removed. Especially with the supererupted...

Dentistry: Permanent Filling, luck steve, having hope
luck steve, having hope, front teeth: Hi Belle, If the filling is not placed next to or below the gum tissue and the margins of the filling are totally above the gum line then by default the discomfort you are having is coming from within the tooth and not the filling. Again, make sure that...

Dentistry: Permanent Tooth Not Coming Down, permanent tooth, front tooth
permanent tooth, front tooth, aggressive treatment: If the tooth fails to emerge by itself then it may require surgical intervention to enable it to emerge. In some cases orthodontic treatment may be necessary as well. In view of that it is wise to wait longer. I would think that a progress x-ray at 6 month...

Dentistry: Permanent tooth stopped erupting, proper alignment, milk teeth
proper alignment, milk teeth, permanent teeth: Dear Tracy There is no problem here that I can determine. Permanent teeth erupt in waves and there is no way to tell when the next wave will come. In many children a tooth will erupt part way, stop and then not continue erupting for another four or five...

Dentistry: Permanent White Fillings, white fillings, front tooth
white fillings, front tooth, root canal: First get the bite checked out and make sure it s not high .After the bite is relieved,I would investigate the root canal further,perhaps some antibiotics may be in order to move the healing along.Your dentist will determine what thenext step would be.Get...

Dentistry: PLEASE HELP--CONCERNED FOR MY 2 YEAR OLD, pediatric dentist, permanent tooth
pediatric dentist, permanent tooth, front teeth: Dear Brandi, The developing dark color represents bleeding that occurred and stopped within the inside (pulp) of your son s tooth. There is no way to whiten it and it has no significance other than it usually indicates that the nerve is dead. The tooth...

Dentistry: PLEASE HELP--CONCERNED FOR MY 2 YEAR OLD, pediatric dentist, front teeth
pediatric dentist, front teeth, pavement: This probably means that the nerve of the tooth has died as a result of the trauma. The tooth can probably be saved but it will require some immediate treatment before an infection develops. I suggest you contact a pediatric dentist as soon as possible...

Dentistry: Please... I need an urgent advice, molar tooth, final x
molar tooth, final x, rotten meat: Hi Aria, I m sorry to hear all this is going on. It is never easy for the patient OR dentist to leave a piece of an instrument in a tooth. Let me try to explain and let you know what happens when we do that in our office. First, anyone who does root...

Dentistry: Post-crown post RCT pain, root canal treatment, sensitive spot
root canal treatment, sensitive spot, temperature problem: I can t help much without seeing you. I don t know what the sensitive spot near the gumline was, and I don t know why he replaced the crown. That is rarely necessary. However, if it was leaking badly, and he had to remove a lot of decay that had occurred...

Dentistry: Post Operative Receeding Gums, gum recession, upper incisor
gum recession, upper incisor, receeding gums: Hi Gail This recession has happened because of the loss of bone subsequent to loss of the two teeth, but the amount of recession that will occur is completely unpredictable - it varies from person to person. You need to speak to the dentist about this...

Dentistry: Procedures, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, extractions
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, extractions, doctor who: Misty - You can be put to sleep for surgery, but the doctor who will do the surgery needs to speak with your physicians. Together they will come up with a plan to make you comfortable and healthy with the extractions. If planned properly, the risks...

Dentistry: Protection, endodontic offices, gary backlund
endodontic offices, gary backlund, dentist office: Hi Kate, Without being TOO evasive, your question is hard to answer. Every office is different and often it depends on what the referring dentist wants done. In our office, we do posts and cores, but only when requested by the general dentist. We place...

Dentistry: pain after root canal - one year and counting, root canal treatment, sinus problem
root canal treatment, sinus problem, nerve inflammation: Gloria - Without examining you or viewing an xray of the area, I cannot be sure what is going on. With the discomfort you have had since the root canal treatment was done, it does not sound like you need the Lyrica. You were placed on the medication cause...

Dentistry: pain after having tooth extracted., warm salt water, anti biotics
warm salt water, anti biotics, gums: Stephen - The pain and swelling could be from an infection or the doctor could have traumatized the bone surrounding the tooth. I don t know what they have told you to do, but the best thing, in addition to the antibiotics, is to begin a regimen of warm...

Dentistry: pain after toothextraction, tooth socket, dry socket
tooth socket, dry socket, gums: Hi Erika The risk after an extraction is a condition called dry socket . This is where the tooth socket becomes infected and is horribly painful. If the pain is improving or at least not worsening then it is probably normal. If not then get back to...

Dentistry: painful gum behing front bottom tooth, swollen glands, initial diagnosis
swollen glands, initial diagnosis, qustion: Hi Gavin We need a diagnosis before any treatment can be done. Often an early infection will not show up on an x-ray so we wait and see what develops, although if the symptoms become too severe we obviously have to treat what we think is happening. ...

Dentistry: painless lump on gum near bottom tooth, gum infection, irritation fibroma
gum infection, irritation fibroma, steve litwin: Hi Linh From what your are now describing it more than likely is an infection of some sort. If the gum is bleeding around the tooth then there it is more than likely a gum infection of some kind that may need to be cleaned out and treated with an antibiotic....

Dentistry: getting a partial on bottom, partial denture, bottom teeth
partial denture, bottom teeth, oral exam: Hi Connie, Sorry to hear about what sounds like a poor experience you are having with the dental school clinic. Connie, I would absolutely contact the advocate and voice your concern/disapproval over the way this student is working with you. From what...

Dentistry: pedi-partials, sticky candy, natural teeth
sticky candy, natural teeth, permanent teeth: Our experience has been very good. Most youngsters adapt very well to the appliance. The challenge is to maintain excellent oral hygiene which is the responsibility of the parents and to restrict sticky candy, and hard foods which can break the appliance....

Dentistry: pediatric dental intrusion, upper incisor, root canal treatment
upper incisor, root canal treatment, pediatric dentist: If the bleeding occurred after bumping the tooth again then that would be understandable. Of course the additional trauma makes it more likely that a root canal might be necessary. Time will tell how that works out. Since the tooth was intruded only 25%...

Dentistry: permanent bridge in front teeth, steve litwin, permanent bridge
steve litwin, permanent bridge, anxiety attack: Hi Al, Thanks for your question. I am not sure if this is a way of your body rejecting the new bridge recently placed. Are you allergic to any metals like nickel or some alloys? Does your gum itch or hurt in anyway? Sometimes people can have allergies to...

Dentistry: permanent crown adhesive, steve litwin, issues bob
steve litwin, issues bob, liability issues: Hi Bob, Unfortunately, to the best of my knowledge there is no over the counter permanent crown adhesive available. This is probably so due to potential liability issues. Bob I understand that financially this is a rough time but let me ask you this. What...

Dentistry: permanent filling, gary backlund, hi mary
gary backlund, hi mary, definite answers: Hi again Mary, The pencil test is really the only test I can have you do without examining you. It doesn t mean you don t have a fracture, but it certainly makes it less likely. Cracks or fractures can cause the tooth to ache. That s because there is something...

Dentistry: permanent fillings, tooth structure, front tooth
tooth structure, front tooth, root canal: Kris - Sure the root canal treatment just occurred, but it should be comfortable if done correctly. A tooth can take time to become weak, unless the root canal treatment done was not adequately. So if the strawberries produce the pain, it probably meant...

Dentistry: persistent gum infection, gum infection, gum tissue
gum infection, gum tissue, oral hygiene: Hi Dana, Again, the first thing that comes to mind is the likelihood of the crown margin impinging on the biologic width. Remember, if this is true then there will be a constant state of inflammation until a crown lengthening is completed. I would definitely...

Dentistry: picking out a specialist, referral form, appointment time
referral form, appointment time, endodontist: Hi Nancy, The simplest way to start is to find an endodontist who is board certified. This credential means he or she has passed rigorous tests and has met or exceeded the highest standards in that specialty. If your dentist has given you a couple ofnames...

Dentistry: picking out a specialist, referral form, endodontist
referral form, endodontist, root canal: Nancy - You can be more assured of quality treatment by seeing the board certified endodontist. Board certification involves extensive testing of the knowledge and skills of an endodontist. These doctors are well educated and have extensive experiene -...

Dentistry: pits, gray dots, gray dot
gray dots, gray dot, ray show: often we see dark spots in grooves of teeth. if they are not soft to the touch and nothing shows on an xray then they are not decay. they can be spots left from fluorides. they can be stain stuck far down in a groove. often they stay like that for years and...

Dentistry: post wisdon teeth extraction, wisdon teeth, warm salt water
wisdon teeth, warm salt water, wisdom teeth: Candace - Of course, without examining you, I cannot be totally sure, but it sounds like you are experiencing one of the common side effects after wisdom teeth area removed. The inflammation from the extraction site, has produced some slight spasming of...

Dentistry: posterior crossbite, permanent teeth, lisa salter
permanent teeth, lisa salter, orthodontist: Lisa - Waiting until some of the permanent teeth are in is important before maxillary expansion. There is no usual age, but a range from about 10 - 15 years old is the time when appropriate. As your daughter gets to about 8, she should probably be evaluated...

Dentistry: problem with gums after canker sore healing, swollen gum, wisdom teeth
swollen gum, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth: I don t believe the flap is related to the canker sore.It s related to the erupting wisdom teeth and as they erupt this area will resolve itself uneventfully.In the event it becomes swollen and painful,then I would recommend getting in to have it excised...

Dentistry: punctured sinus, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, true seal
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, true seal, emergency visit: DJ - The ENT is not the right doctor to handle this. If there is an opening into the sinus from the extraction site, the surgeon should open the wound, clean it out and properly seal the opening. That seal could be created with a double gum flap or it could...

Dentistry: question about lose crown, pain thanks, hi chris
pain thanks, hi chris, crowns: Hi Chris The bottom line here is that something has failed - usually it is just the cement seal, but it could also be the tooth. the dentist needs to remove the crown and then assess the situation. In most cases the crown and tooth can just be cleaned...

Dentistry: questions, x ray, silly question
x ray, silly question, oxidize: Tanya - First of all, dark or black spots above a tooth does not indicate decay. It shows that the bone has lost density. That can be due to an infection, inflammation or a cyst. As far as the dark spot. Most likely the dentist had the crown fabricated...

Dentistry: RC, front tooth, endodontist
front tooth, endodontist, root canal: Hi Carol, The filling materials we use today are inert and well tolerated by the body. There is nothing in them that can cause pain. If the filling is high, that can cause trauma to the tooth which can make the bone & gum sore so when you tap, you are irritating...

Dentistry: RCT, root canal treatment, ent doctors
root canal treatment, ent doctors, sinus infection: It could very well be simply a sinus issue. The nerve to the tooth lies along the floor of the sinus, and if there is a problem in the sinus, that nerve is also affected. Your brain thinks the pain is coming from the tooth, however. I would take Sudafed 60mg...

Dentistry: RED GUMS JUST ABOVE MY VENEERS ONLY, colgate total toothpaste, red gums
colgate total toothpaste, red gums, demarcation line: I do not know how well your cleanings are done, so I cannot comment. Your birth control pill likely has an effect. Altering your hormones can alter your gingival reaction to its environment. If your gums get worse with added vitamins, you should eliminate...

Dentistry: Re-treatment on a Root Canal, gary backlund, tooth problems
gary backlund, tooth problems, mild pain: Hi Monique, I m sorry you re going through all this. While tooth problems can be unpredictable, the fact that the root canal was done 1 1/2 months ago and your symptoms are minimal, I would say the chances are really good that you won t have trouble in...

Dentistry: Receding Gums Following Implant Surgery, gum recession, implant insertion
gum recession, implant insertion, receding gums: Hi Gail, Thanks for the question and the photo. What you are seeing can be at times as a result of the surgical procedure used during implant surgery. Specifically, if the gum tissue is reflected away from the bone and then repositioned after implant placement...

Dentistry: Regarding dry socket, plastic cannula, hydrogen peroxide
plastic cannula, hydrogen peroxide, warm salt water: Dear C: Yes, food getting caught does slow healing, although it will heal despite the food. There are syringes available with a soft plastic cannula to guide irrigation into the socket. Your dentist can probably give you one. Use chlorhexidine or hydrogen...

Dentistry: Removal of the packing, local anesthetic injection, wisdom teeth
local anesthetic injection, wisdom teeth, dry socket: Shernika - I wish I could tell you that there will be no pain, but with a dry socket, the reason to pack a socket with a medicated gauze, the act of placing the medication and removing the packing can hurt. I have had patients who had severe pain and with...

Dentistry: Reswelling after wisdom teeth removal, wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom teeth removal
wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom teeth removal, warm salt water: Silvana - Most likely you have a secondary inflamation or infection. You need to immediately begin a strict regimen of warm salt water rinses for about 5 minutes 4-5 times a day. You also, need to call the doctor who removed the teeth and you need an antibiotic....

Dentistry: Root, root canal procedures, root question
root canal procedures, root question, tooth structure: Hi Kea, When a tooth is fractured the pain associated with the fracture will depend on the type of fracture. If the fracture is above the gum line then most of the discomfort will happen when there is pressure applied to the fractured pieces. If the fracture...

Dentistry: Root, root canal procedures, tooth structure
root canal procedures, tooth structure, front tooth: Dear Kea: Yours, is a common concern. I hear it all the time: I only bit on soft boiled chicken and my tooth broke... Teeth do not brake when you bite down on something hard, unless you were specifically trying to open a bottle using your teeth. It takes...

Dentistry: Root, root canal procedures, root question
root canal procedures, root question, tooth structure: Dear Bea, Thank you for your follow up response. It clarifies things for me. In my experience, sometimes after a root canal is completed things can be quiet for a while and then act up again. It certainly can happen a month after. Usually it indicates that...

Dentistry: Root Canal?, wisdom tooth, canal dr
wisdom tooth, canal dr, root canal: Dear R: The pain you describe is likely coming from the wisdom tooth that was recently filled. You will need to speak to your dentist about this as soon as you can. Meanwhile, if you can, take 2 ibuprofen 200 mg. every 4 hours for the sensitivity. This...

Dentistry: Root Canal for 8 Year Old, endodonist, pediatric dentist
endodonist, pediatric dentist, permanent tooth: Of course a second opinion is always a reasonable option. I would be surprised, however, if a second opinion would differ from the first since this diagnosis is a relatively simple one and there is only one treatment option and that is the root canal...

Dentistry: Root Canal Necessary?, finance plan, root canal
finance plan, root canal, endodontist: A pulpotomy is simply the first step in having a root canal. It is done only when time or finances do not permit completion. How long it will be OK depends upon what was done; no way I can know that. I d get a finance plan and have it finished, preferably...

Dentistry: Root Canal/Pain, wisdom tooth removal, root canal pain
wisdom tooth removal, root canal pain, clindamyacin: It could take a while to fully heal.The Dr. cleaned out and sealed up the tooth but the residual infected area in the bone that s been in the area above the tooth will take some time to heal.Finish the prescribed antibiotic and try Advil instead of the Vicodin.Little...

Dentistry: Root Canal pain numbness, gary backlund, root canal pain
gary backlund, root canal pain, nerve blocks: Hi Mona, I m sorry to hear you re going through all this. Sometimes, when we give injections on the lower, we actually prick the nerve with the needle. You may have felt like an electric shock on your tongue or lip. When this happens, some minor nerve damage...

Dentistry: Root Canals, root canals, dentist office
root canals, dentist office, tug of war: Hi Charice, Thanks for the feedback :)! Charice, a root canal is a procedure that only removes the nerve tissue within the tooth. Remember this nerve tissue is what is responsible for hot and cold sensations. The tiny nerve endings in the periodontal ligament...

Dentistry: Root Canals, root canal system, root canal procedure
root canal system, root canal procedure, gutta percha: Dear Belle, It sounds like your dentist is correct. It is not the filling, since the tooth after a root canal has no vital pulp tissue so it can not feel anything. The only nerve endings are adjacent to the tooth in the periodontal ligaments. These ligaments...

Dentistry: Root canal problems, root canals, wisdom teeth
root canals, wisdom teeth, upper teeth: Hi Sarah, Thanks for the question. From what you have described to me I am thinking that more than likely there is a microfracture somewhere along the root/tooth surface that is causing the problem - assuming the existing root canal is ideal and no untreated...

Dentistry: Root Planing with antibiotic treatment, stages of periodontal disease, dentist office
stages of periodontal disease, dentist office, root planing: Periodontal disease is a chronic, slowly progressing disease. Nothing will happen in three months. I would go to a periodontist and see what he says. I won t malign general dentists, but you should see a specialist. A hygienist can t prescribe placing those...

Dentistry: Root Resorption, internal root resorption, term prognosis
internal root resorption, term prognosis, periodontist: Hi Nancy, Thanks for the question. Nancy, you state that your dentist explained to you that you have root resorption. If this is true then the long term prognosis for this tooth is poor. Root resorption means that the root or roots of the tooth are resorbing...

Dentistry: Root Resorption After Orthodontic Treatment, root resorption, unpleasant side effect
root resorption, unpleasant side effect, american dental association: Dear Damir: It is unfortunate that you have to deal with this problem. It does happen, and it is fairly common, so do not despair. The teeth will not just fall out of your mouth . Blunting and shortening of the roots is a very unpleasant side effect...

Dentistry: radiating pain affecting my left eye sinus earache neck and shoulder pain, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, neck and shoulder pain
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, neck and shoulder pain, eye tooth: Dee - Your symptoms could be directly related to a TMJ imbalance. You also might have an inflammation of the sinus, producing the eye pain. Of course, without examining you I cannot be sure, but you need to get an examination from a different board certified...

Dentistry: really bad toothache?:, tooth ache, toothache
tooth ache, toothache, xray: It is very difficult to know without a xray of the area. But it can be a pulpar inflammation or a periodontla abscees. The type of one of this diagnosis depends on clinical and radiographical evaluation. Can you take a picture of the area and send it...

Dentistry: restraining 2 year old for cavity treatment?, pediatric dentistry, ineffective treatment
pediatric dentistry, ineffective treatment, papoose: The papoose wrap is absolutely standard procedure. It is for the protection of the patient since any movement during the procedure risks injury to the child and could result in ineffective treatment. No youngster of this age is capable of providing the level...

Dentistry: root, root canal specialist, main canal
root canal specialist, main canal, physical evaluation: Lor - As far as the root detector, there are a couple of types. Some are ultrasound in origin and others are scanning electron microscopic evaluators. These instruments can detect the shape and dimensions of the main canal and also detect microscopic branch...

Dentistry: root canal, phantom limb pain, root canal pain
phantom limb pain, root canal pain, american dental association: Dear Annabelle, Your question is an interesting one. This month the American Dental association journal includes an article on pain and something called nueroplasticity . To sum it up people who have had a chronic pain can have the pain continue even...

Dentistry: root canal, digital xray, english second language
digital xray, english second language, asian friends: my native language is spanish so feel free to write me. It is very difficult to tell a doctor something we THINK is wrong (sometimes what is wrong for one doctor is good for another , first we need to know what was the objective of his treatment) ask your...

Dentistry: root canal, gary backlund, digital radiography
gary backlund, digital radiography, dental history: HI Zeep, You raise a couple of issues here. First, it is highly unlikely that a bitewing Xray would show an abscess because those X-rays are designed to focus on decay and do not show the ends of the roots which is where an abscess is located. In addition,...

Dentistry: root canal, follow ups, front tooth
follow ups, front tooth, root canal: Hi Belle, There is the possibility that the tooth structure around where the filling is may be fractured. Belle I understand your frustration but I am sure once you have visited the endodontist you will have a definitive answer. Steve Litwin DD...

Dentistry: root canal and capping teeth, gary backlund, capping teeth
gary backlund, capping teeth, root canals: Hi Diedrich, No, the only times root canals would be necessary is if the teeth are dead, sensitive or in the process of doing the crowns, so much tooth structure would be removed that the nerves would be very nearly exposed. Then sometimes root canals are...

Dentistry: root canal after crown?, cracked teeth, cold sensitivity
cracked teeth, cold sensitivity, cracked tooth: Hi Missy, I m sorry you re going through all this. Unfortunately, cracked teeth are probably the hardest things we deal with as they are so unpredictable. In our office, if we diagnosis a cracked tooth, the first treatment is we send the patient back...

Dentistry: root canal over-filled, gary backlund, abscessed tooth
gary backlund, abscessed tooth, tooth pain: Hi Michael, It is not uncommon to overfill a canal. How much of a potential problem this is really depends on well the root canal is sealed. The material itself is well tolerated by the body, so that is not an issue. It also is pretty impossible to remove...

Dentistry: root canal and porcelain veneers, new dentist, root canals
new dentist, root canals, porcelain veneers: Hi Millie from England :) Thanks for the question and please take a deep breath and relax. Dont work yourself up into a frenzy as it will cloud your ability to think rationally. I am sorry that the new veneers did not come out the way you expected. This...

Dentistry: root canal redone, new dentist, root canals
new dentist, root canals, adequate job: Dear T: You certainly can do what you suggest. However, no medical or dental treatment is guaranteed, and about 2-4% of root canals done well, will require retreatment over time. So, if you do need retreatment of the root canal, and the root canal is deemed...

Dentistry: root canal redone, new dentist, endodontist
new dentist, endodontist, root canal: I have no idea. I don t understand why you are going to a new dentist and want to go back to the old one for treatment. If you are thinking about money, as you think your old dentist will retreat it for free, that would be between you. If you left because...

Dentistry: root canals, root canals, tooth ache
root canals, tooth ache, endodontist: Hi Cheyenne, You ask a lot of good questions, but some done have good answers. Let me try to help. Microscopes only HELP find canals. they are not magic, so some canals can t be located no matter what tool is used. It is really a function of the dentist...

Dentistry: root canals, tooth colored fillings, root canal filling
tooth colored fillings, root canal filling, periodontal ligament: Anne, Thanks for the questions. When a root canal is completed it is assumed that all of the nerves within the tooth have been removed and the canal spaces sealed. If any nerve tissue remains whether accidental or not then the root canal will fail and usually...

Dentistry: root fracture, endodontist, root canal
endodontist, root canal, x ray: If the pulp is vital (alive), it usually just cracks, which we call cracked tooth syndrome. The symptoms are pain to biting and sensitivity to cold. If if broke traumatically, as in being hit by a ball or falling, and the tooth literally fractured from the...

Dentistry: root fractures, gary backlund, front tooth
gary backlund, front tooth, endodontist: Hi Katy, I m sorry to hear you re going through all this. Unfortunately, there are really no symptoms that will point to a root fracture. They will exhibit all the symptoms of a failed root canal. If the fracture is severe and through & through, there may...

Dentistry: roots, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, definitive diagnosis: Hi Karen, Yes, I think endodontists are really the best to work with root fractures. However, detecting them is very difficult. Many can t be seen on X-rays and opening into the tooth really doesn t work because the fracture could be anywhere along the...

Dentistry: S/P #15 extraction, warm salt water, jaw muscles
warm salt water, jaw muscles, initial suggestion: Cindi - It is not uncommon after an extraction for discomfort for a period of time. That pain can be from sinus inflammation, muscle spasms of the jaw muscles or just inflammation of the tooth socket. At three weeks it is a little soon to see much on the...

Dentistry: Sedation, topical anesthetic, general anesthetic
topical anesthetic, general anesthetic, local anesthetic: Hi Carlos, First of all let me tell you that you should not feel pathetic. The anxiety that your are feeling is very real and is shared by many people. Since the major issue here is fear of pain from the needle this is what I suggest you do. Carlos, ask...

Dentistry: Sensitive new teeth, adult teeth, dead roots
adult teeth, dead roots, sensitive teeth: Dear Kim. At age five years the roots of the permanent teeth, even though they have erupted. are not completely formed . This could easily be the cause for her sensitivity It sounds to me that you are doing everything right. Within a year or so the roots...

Dentistry: Sensitive teeth..?, orthodentist, sensitive teeth
orthodentist, sensitive teeth, family dentist: Hi Susan, Thanks for the question. Susan since you have been in braces for such a period of time I am going to assume that you have been going regularly to your family dentist for the normal cleanings and exams correct? The reason I ask this is because...

Dentistry: Severe Enamel Defects, enamel defects, permanent teeth
enamel defects, permanent teeth, upper lateral: Dear Ruqia, sorry to hear about your problem It is not likely that the permanent teeth will show the same problem, they mineralize at a different time and the hypomineralization you are describing occurred at an earlier time during pregnancy. the best treatment...

Dentistry: Severe pain after filling replaced, teeth hurt after fillings, tooth fillings
teeth hurt after fillings, tooth fillings: Hi Kristy, Thanks for the question. Kristy did the dentist tell you if the preexisting fillings or decay under the fillings were deep? If so as long as a base or liner was placed under the fillings then usually the nerve tissue heals without much fanfare....

Dentistry: Sharp, Deep Pain After Root Canal on Crowned Tooth, root canal, tooth pain
root canal, tooth pain, pain after root canal: Hi Julia; Thank you for your questions. First of all, take a deep breath and please realize that there are real explanations as to why you have these issues. First of all let me address the black line you see around your gum under the crown. There are...

Dentistry: Sinus cavity, sinus cavity, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
sinus cavity, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus lift: Ken - I am not familiar with any of the surgeons in the U.K.but you need to look for an oral and maxillofacial surgeon at one of the clinics in the U.K. If you are uncomfortable, you can get back to me, tell me where you will be in the US and I ll give you...

Dentistry: Sore on tongue after dentist visit, steve litwin, dentist visit
steve litwin, dentist visit, sore tongue: Hi Nellie, Thanks for the question. If I understand you correctly, you had a restoration placed on your tooth and now have a sore tongue with a white scab like layer over it? If this is correct then it is possibly one of two things neither of which you...

Dentistry: Specialists, gary backlund, bad egg
gary backlund, bad egg, appointment times: Hi Kate, You are right on with all your information...good thinking! Many referring dentists give a patient two choices so the patient can find someone who meets their needs for appointment times, feeling when they call the office, etc. The referring...

Dentistry: second molar sensitivty after wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, upper molar
wisdom tooth extraction, upper molar, jaw muscles: Katie - I cannot be totally sure, without an examination, but it sounds like you are suffering from spasms of the jaw muscles. When in spasm the teeth will often be traumatized from the nightime grinding or clenching. That problem can be resolved, but the...

Dentistry: Very sick during root canal, horrible pain, root canal
horrible pain, root canal, clorox: In all probability he was using bleach. Yes, Clorox or the equivalent. This, unfortunately, is used by the great majority of practitioners. I personally never use it, because what you had is mild compared to what happens when it gets outside your tooth through...

Dentistry: My son's crooked teeth, palate expander, palatal expander
palate expander, palatal expander, crowded teeth: Hi Huey Thanks for the clarification. Now please understand that I do not have the benefit of seeing your son so the I am somewhat limited in my response. With the information you have described it seems very reasonable to include the use of a rapid palatal...

Dentistry: My son's painful teeth, molar teeth, nerve endings
molar teeth, nerve endings, living in thailand: The answer they gave to you makes no sense to me either. One reason to delay extractions might be to allow antibiotics to begin to work if there was a generalized infection. This does not seem to be the case. I really don t know what you can do other than...

Dentistry: sons chipped permanent teeth, porcelain restoration, root canals
porcelain restoration, root canals, permanent teeth: He could get caps at any time as long as it s with the undrstanding that they will need to be replaced as he reaches maturity and thereafter as well.As we age, the caps stay the same shade but our teeth get darker and as the gum receeeds,the root surface may...

Dentistry: soreness/pain after root canal- crown post, pain after a root canal, bone breakdown
pain after a root canal, bone breakdown, front tooth: Dear Gina, At this point in time the best thing for you to do is to wait and see if the pain goes away. It may go away slowly over the next several months. It is probably too soon to tell whether your root canal is a success or not. Sometimes patients...

Dentistry: spacer needed?, steve litwin, space maintainer
steve litwin, space maintainer, front teeth: Hi Verity, Thanks for the question. What you are referring to is called a space maintainer. This is fabricated when a decidous (baby tooth) tooth is lost prematurely in the back region of the mouth. The purpose of this device is to maintain the space where...

Dentistry: swelling in the cheek, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bone grafting
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bone grafting, periodontist: Nova - Your symptoms and the infection in the implant most likely are directly related. I cannot believe that a periodontist would not just remove the implant. Once infected a dental implant cannot be saved and it can destroy surrounding tissues to prevent...

Dentistry: swelling/inflammation, root canal procedure, definitive diagnosis
root canal procedure, definitive diagnosis, achiness: There is a chance there is an extra canal in there. I would let the specialist take a look at things and give you an opinion. I understand the financial issues but this is the only way you will get a definitive diagnosis. There is a chance this is a gum issue....

Dentistry: swelling/pain, root canal treatment, apicoectomy
root canal treatment, apicoectomy, inflamed tissue: lathan - After a seemingly successful root canal treatment, bacteria from the infected or inflamed nerve canal can escape out of the canal and inflame or infect the bone surrounding the end of the root tip. If that does occur, medication will usually not...

Dentistry: swelling/pain/ibuprofen, front teeth, front tooth
front teeth, front tooth, litwin: Hi Gio, Thanks for the questions. First of all take a deep breath and stop obsessing! lol. Root canals are not cut and dry in that they can be very complex treatments due to anatomical variances in tooth morphology. For example, a front tooth on the lower...

Dentistry: swollen gums, swollen gums, primary teeth
swollen gums, primary teeth, pediatric dentist: At age 3 your daughter should have 20 teeth in her mouth. This is all the primary teeth she will get. The next teeth to arrive will be the first permanent molars which usually emerge around age 6 years. The swelling and discomfort may be due to an infection....

Dentistry: Temporary Filling + Am I Getting Ripped Off?, temporary filling
temporary filling: Hi Eli, Thanks for the question. What you are describing to me sounds like a classic breakdown in communication!! From what I can see the pain you were experiencing, although acute, was probably due to a long term problem in that either decay was probably...

Dentistry: TMJ, personal experience, dentist
personal experience, dentist, good luck: Pratik Most people are unaware that they grind their teeth in their sleep. If i were you i d see a dentist who treats a lot of TMJ cases, to be evaluated. I never had the situation you describe so I can t relate any personal experience to you on that....

Dentistry: TMJ, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, dentist
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, dentist, tmj: Pratik - It is imperative that you see a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon as soon as possible. If left alone, the joint will degenerate and can cause a breakdown. With that, you won t be able to open and close or chew. Do not put this...

Dentistry: TMJ, steve litwin, luck steve
steve litwin, luck steve, ringing in the ear: Hi Pratik, Thanks for the question. If the diagnosis is correct about having a problem with one of your TM joints then I would recommend seeing an oral surgeon if your dentist does not feel capable of treating you. If it is TMD as it is referred to and...

Dentistry: TMJ, alpha stim 100, ultrasound treatments
alpha stim 100, ultrasound treatments, jaw muscles: Caroline, TMJ is pain in and around the jaw muscles caused by clenching/grinding ones teeth at night. It can get worse with anxiety and stress. The first thing you need is a hard, custom made nightguard. THey really help tremendously. If you are in...

Dentistry: TMJ vs...?, second molars, wisdom teeth
second molars, wisdom teeth, cracked tooth: It has nothing to do with malfeasance . I am simply saying that isolating the cusps is a lot better way to diagnose a crack than just biting unselectively on a stick. It is the wedging of the instrument that opens the crack, whereas biting straight down may...

Dentistry: Toddler/discoloured front tooth following fall, primary teeth, permanent teeth
primary teeth, permanent teeth, chipped tooth: Dear Deidre, There is nothing that I know which will alleviate the dark color in the tooth. It is caused by bleeding inside the crown. It is not advisable to treat the tooth in any way. On a similar subject, your concern should be for the permanent...

Dentistry: Toddler Tooth Extraction???, root canal treatment, upper gum
root canal treatment, upper gum, pediatric dentist: The x-ray shows evidence of a chronic infection associated with the tooth. It appears that the pulp of the tooth has become non-vital and is infected. If left untreated the chronic infection can adversely affect the development of the permanent tooth which...

Dentistry: Toddlers Infected tooth pulled, permanent tooth, baby tooth
permanent tooth, baby tooth, loss of a baby: The tooth probably became infected from the repeated trauma. If left untreated the infection could have damaged the developing permanent tooth. Removing the infected baby tooth quickly eliminated the source of that infection and a healthy child will quickly...

Dentistry: Tooth decay, tooth decay, bad tooth
tooth decay, bad tooth, tooth structure: If the tooth was badly decayed perhaps a root canal would have been a good choice if there was enough tooth structure left to restore.It s out now so you would be better served thinking about replacing it. The best replacement would be a dental implant. ...

Dentistry: Tooth implants, tooth implants, forward movement
tooth implants, forward movement, upper jaw: Randy - Teeth do not grow, but throughout life, they erupt further and move forward in the mouth. This movement is stopped if there are teeth in the opposite arch to prevent the additional eruption and teeth in front to prevent forward movement. If teeth...

Dentistry: Tooth pain, decay removal, back tooth
decay removal, back tooth, tooth pain: Dear T: What you describe is common for a tooth which has been cleaned out to the nerve. The old rule was: Once decay has infected the nerve, your tooth must have a root canal. The new rule is: Depending on the appearance of the nerve when exposed by...

Dentistry: Tooth pain activated by, groove wall, severe tooth pain
groove wall, severe tooth pain, gum infection: Hi Domingo, I m sorry you are going through all this. You are exactly right...when a root canal is done, even if it is done poorly, there is no way for the tooth to feel hot or cold. There is no nerve in the tooth any more. Your pain is coming from someplace...

Dentistry: Tooth root left behind, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, root sections
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, root sections, tooth root: dfisher - leaving a root during an extraction is wrong and can produce the type of pain and problems you describe. You need that root removed and you need a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon to remove it. A general dentist is not the appropriate...

Dentistry: Troubling 2nd molars, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth
wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth, cracked tooth: Hi John, This is a tough question. It sounds to me like a cracked tooth. However, if your doctor is 100% certain it s not, then we need to figure out what it is. Depending on the angulation of the wisdom tooth that was removed, can cause problems for...

Dentistry: teeth, root canal specialist, root canal treatment
root canal specialist, root canal treatment, front teeth: Laura - Internal swelling will not show up on xray, but the effects of it may show up by moving structures. Dentists can only see the effects, but not the actual swelling. If there is internal swelling, it just does not happen. There is a cause. That...

Dentistry: no teeth under the baby teeth, central incisors, baby teeth
central incisors, baby teeth, xrays: Dear Cherpaul : Can you ask for a panoramic xray to your dentist? Take a picture of it and send it to my personal email (it would be better if you ask your dentist for the picture, he can use the device for looking xrays and take it) Dont feel worried,...

Dentistry: a tiny red dot, root canal treatment, lighting issue
root canal treatment, lighting issue, dentist office: Cherice - A stain by itself will not cause a problem. If the root canal was done properly, a bad filling or a small crack only in the crown of the tooth should not cause a problem. If the crack extends into the root, that will weaken the tooth and cause...

Dentistry: tmj, wisdom teeth, tmj symptoms
wisdom teeth, tmj symptoms, jaw muscles: Marie - If the wisdom teeth are not properly aligned or biting against the teeth in the opposite jaw, this can precipitate severe muscle spasms of the jaw muscles. These spasms can produce the crepitus and TMJ symptoms. So, the potential improvement from...

Dentistry: toddler cavities/ caps, stainless steel crowns, metal crowns
stainless steel crowns, metal crowns, silver caps: White crowns are certainly an option but if the bite is a problem the crowns will break. The Stainless steel crowns are much stronger and would be the restoration of choice if the bite were a problem. Decay can progress rather rapidly. Waiting another 5-6...

Dentistry: tongue split near the tip of my tongue., time antibiotics, tongue split
time antibiotics, tongue split, geographic tongue: Hi Marie, Thanks for the question. The first thing that comes to mind for me is making sure you are not developing a secondary fungal infection which is easily treatable. Specifically, candidiasis (a type of yeast infection) can occur intra-orally if you...

Dentistry: tooth extraction by dentist for crowding, orthodontic treatment, orthodontist
orthodontic treatment, orthodontist, tooth extraction: Timing of extractions is a very important part of proper orthodontic treatment. The extraction of the four teeth should be done at approximately the same time (within a few weeks) and usually only immediately before placing the braces. No extractions for...

Dentistry: Front tooth root canal, gary backlund, temporary filling
gary backlund, temporary filling, tooth root: Hi again Gina, Unfortunately, if the root is truly fractured, the tooth will probably have to come out. As this is a VERY important diagnosis, I would urge you to see an endodontist. It would be a shame to have the tooth extracted and find that the root...

Dentistry: toothextraction and dentures, partial denture, warm salt water
partial denture, warm salt water, dentures: Erika - Waiting might be the best course of treatment for the addition of the tooth to the partial, but more important at 10 days after the extraction, the swelling should not still be present and that, moreso, must be evaluated and treated, if necessary...

Dentistry: top 4 teeth turned grey for 18 month old, gum boil, pediatric dentist
gum boil, pediatric dentist, pus discharge: It may be that the repeated trauma has resulted in those teeth becoming non-vital. If that is the case they may be saved with root canal type treatment. In the meantime you must be on the alert for signs of infection or abcess. Formation of a gum boil,...

Dentistry: Getting treatment for a root canal in a foreign country, dental hygentist, madrid spain
dental hygentist, madrid spain, dead material: You speak spanish ? Maybe it will be better; í am moving to madrid on august maybe we can keep in contact using my email first then my phone granados_periodoncia@hotmail.com Let your dentist finish with your root canal and wait a little bit for the crown....

Dentistry: trouble with not getting numb for dental work after surgery, steve litwin, tooth ache
steve litwin, tooth ache, general anesthesia: Hi Shannon, Thanks for the question and I sorry to hear about your daughter s situation. Having appropriate anesthesia following jaw surgery is often difficult to obtain but usually not impossible. Sometimes another dentist is able to find the right spot...

Dentistry: Use of space maintainers, second molars, first molars
second molars, first molars, space maintainer: The space that is gained when the larger primary second molars are replaced by the smaller second premolars is known as e-space and it is often desirable to preserve this space during the transitional period...especially in borderline crowding situations...

Dentistry: undecended eye baby tooth, primary teeth, straight teeth
primary teeth, straight teeth, permanent teeth: Dear Maria, Nothing will happen to your child or the tooth if you choose to leave it. Many adults are walking around with un-erupted permanent teeth. There is absolutely no requirement that the tooth be moved or any requirement that it be removed surgically....

Dentistry: underdeveloped roots, adult teeth, negative consequences
adult teeth, negative consequences, root development: I ve seen this sort of problem before and I m not aware of any single cause. Ultimately, the roots have continued to develop in time. The challenge is to protect those teeth from trauma as the root development progresses. If the roots fail to develop further...

Dentistry: upper right side new bridge, delta dental insurance, upper bridge
delta dental insurance, upper bridge, new bridge: Carol Time is not your friend right now. You can try to have the bite adjusted further. There are also issues of nerve health...does the tooth need a root canal? There is no reason to still have pain. Your dentist s job at this point is to come up with a...

Dentistry: White bumps., white bumps on gums, q tip
white bumps on gums, q tip, clinical characteristics: There are many WHITE lesions in mouth but only a couple of them came off when you apply some pressure. Basically two types of autoinmune lesions and one type of candida. Treatment for each one is very different. DIagnosis depends on histological evaluation...

Dentistry: Wisdom Teeth, bleeding after tooth extraction, sutures loose
bleeding after tooth extraction, sutures loose: Hi Sarah, Its very common to have some slight bleeding periodically from the surgical site where the tooth was extracted. Take a moment to think about this: the sutures are in a location that is virtually impossible to keep immobile. As the site heals...

Dentistry: Wisdom Teeth Extraction Numbness, wisdom teeth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
wisdom teeth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, mandibular nerve: Denise - Going out of state is not a bad idea. You are quite fortunate to be next to a state with a wonderful residency program in oral and maxillofacial surgeon. I am not saying that resident there should evaluate you, but the doctor who is the chairman...

Dentistry: Wisdom Teeth Extraction Problem, wisdom teeth extraction, skin numbness
wisdom teeth extraction, skin numbness, oral and maxillofacial surgeon: Nanette - With your pain, burning feeling and topical skin numbness, it sounds like you do have, at least, an inflammation of a nerve. Is it more than that, I cannot tell without an examination. You need to make an appointment with a board certified oral...

Dentistry: Wisdom Teeth and Numbness, steve litwin, facial numbness
steve litwin, facial numbness, wisdom teeth: Hi Betha, Thanks for the question. From what you are telling me it sounds like you have something causing pressure or inflammation around what is called the facial nerve. Betha, it is highly unlikely that a wisdom tooth is causing this issue to the extent...

Dentistry: Wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth extraction, dry sockets
wisdom tooth extraction, dry sockets, wisdom teeth: Hi Allison, Thank for the question and the more information (which you have provided) I have the better I might be able to help with your issue. Allison as you are well aware of there are a couple of issues that are going on. First, there is the issue of...

Dentistry: Wisdom teeth extraction - cheek to gum question, wisdom teeth extraction, third molars
wisdom teeth extraction, third molars, gauze pads: Jonathan - At four days post extraction, you are still in the healing phase. In that phase, the soreness you feel when you touch the area is normal. That will resolve and can take 7-10 days to be completely comfortable. As far as the jaw stiffness,...

Dentistry: Wisdom teeth/post nasal drip, post nasal drip, annie annie
post nasal drip, annie annie, wisdom teeth: Annie - Upper wisdom teeth often have close contact with the sinus. It does not often happen that the eruption of these teeth affect the sinus. As far as the removal of the wisdom teeth, you can definitely wait if they are not uncomfortable. If, however,...

Dentistry: Wisdom tooth removal, wisdom tooth removal, local anesthetic
wisdom tooth removal, local anesthetic, tingling sensation: Hi Jessica, Thanks for the question. What you are experiencing is definitely a variant of neuralgia. Unlike traditional paresthesia where there is numbness from damage to a nerve, neuralgia is more of a pain/burning like sensation i.e. not numb but has...

Dentistry: Wisdom tooth wounds reopend, irrigation syringe, warm salt water
irrigation syringe, warm salt water, wisdom teeth: Fidel - You are not in danger, but with the opening more food and debris may get trapped in the socket. Unfortunately, the use of a syringe can apply a lot of pressure and force the disruption of the healing. I suggest that you stop the syring and just...

Dentistry: wedging filling, removable prosthesis, partial denture
removable prosthesis, partial denture, best case scenario: Hi ED, Here are the following possible things that could be going on: 1) the tooth is cracked and will hurt when pressure is applied 2) the filling is loose/failing and excess pressure is causing the filling to put pressure on the tooth 3) there could be...

Dentistry: white permanent filling, pinkish hue, front tooth
pinkish hue, front tooth, root canal: Hi Laura, I am concerned that the other dentist did not even know a filling was placed on that tooth. If that truly is the case then I would absolutely think about having that dentist remove what is there and replace it with a different composite material...

Dentistry: white permanent fillings, filling materials, root canal
filling materials, root canal, front tooth: Laura - The filling should not cause the tooth to ache, unless the insertion of the implant cracked the tooth. So it is not the surface that is the problem. If you are sore, then something besides the filling itself is going on. If the tooth just hurts,...

Dentistry: whitening, hydrogen peroxide, miracle cure
hydrogen peroxide, miracle cure, whitening teeth: Hi Andrea, Thanks for your question. You ve pretty much stated the fact that there is no miracle cure for whitening teeth. Unfortunately, ALL whitening agents are derived from the same compounds (and no not strawberries). The types of agents that are...

Dentistry: whitening, hydrogen peroxide, miracle cure
hydrogen peroxide, miracle cure, baking soda: Hi Andrea Stay away from home whitening remedies - unless your dentist recommends one to you. Most of them are just too acidic and damage your enamel. I m afraid there is no short cut to successful whitening. Do not clean your teeth immediately after...

Dentistry: why me, sensitive teeth, mouth wash
sensitive teeth, mouth wash, flossing: Dear Sandi, I do not have an answer to your question. It may surprise you and your parents, but I suggest you do just what your brothers are doing and see what happens. Make sure you use the same toothpaste that they use. Remember there is no reason to...

Dentistry: Yellow lines on Toddler's Front Teeth...., nursing caries, two front teeth
nursing caries, two front teeth, mary dear: Dear Mary, To me it sounds like you have been doing everything right. The color and enamel changes on the primary front teeth are most probably developmental. Nursing caries has a different look and occurs on other areas of the teeth than the ones you...

Dentistry: Yellow Teeth in 8yr Old, yellow appearance, permanent teeth
yellow appearance, permanent teeth, primary teeth: Of course without actually examining the teeth I cannot make a diagnosis based on your description. Permanent teeth generally have a yellow appearance and this is due to the thick dentin layer beneath the enamel. When compared to the milk white baby teeth...

Dentistry: yellow line sheer teeth, two front teeth, bottom teeth
two front teeth, bottom teeth, permanent teeth: There is no reason to believe that those teeth are non-vital. The irregular coloration of the teeth is due to the trauma at 20 months of age. At that time these permanent teeth were in the process of developing enamel and the disturbance of that development...

Dentistry: zirconium crown, types of crowns, crown materials
types of crowns, crown materials, zirconium crowns: Hi Lubi, Thanks for the question. The material your are talking about, zirconium has several different varieties. This material is used for the core part of the crown that is the main structural component. As in crowns that are fabricated with metal i.e....

Dentistry: 13 year old broke front tooth, root canal therapy, pediatric dentist
root canal therapy, pediatric dentist, air pistol: Dear Marianna, you are correct there is absolutely no reason whatsoever not to have your son s fractured incisor repaired perfectly at this point. You should use a good general dentist or a prosthodontist, not a pediatric dentist to accomplish this. The...

Dentistry: 18 yr old with baby tooth, permanent tooth, baby tooth
permanent tooth, baby tooth, eye tooth: The presence of this unerupted permanent tooth has the potential of damaging the roots of the other teeth in that area. If it is left in place it should be evaluated by x-ray examination every 18 months or so to determine if any damage is happening. Of course,...

Dentistry: 2 broken teeth, root canals, spring of next year
root canals, spring of next year, correct decision: jennifer you need to get into the dentist to have these teeth examined. you need to find out if there are any nerve issues. they may need root canals which cannot wait until next year. maybe they hurt because food gets stuck in the holes. maybe temporaries...

Dentistry: 2 teeth have sharp pain when biting, cold sensitivity, fillings
cold sensitivity, fillings, fracture: Dear Christine, Your Question raises a number of issues. I will try my best to answer them. First lets start with the first tooth. It sounds like your dentist has the right take on your problem. She has offered to remove the filling to see if that solves...

Dentistry: 3 Root Canal Treatments recommended, root canal treatments, root canal treatment
root canal treatments, root canal treatment, mild heart attack: Hi Carol, First my disclaimer....since I can t exam you or know your complete health history, it hard for me to give you good advice about treatment in the UAE. Now, that said, I can tell you what I would do assuming the teeth are worth saving. First,...

Dentistry: 3 valiums from a dentist?, gary backlund, hassle factor
gary backlund, hassle factor, valiums: Hi Lisa, Every office has it s own standards and routines. All I can tell you is that, in our office, we never use pre-medications like Valium unless the patient is VERY nervous. You will also need someone to drive you back and forth because it is not safe...

Dentistry: 3 yr old sons teeth pushed up into his gums, primary teeth, permanent teeth
primary teeth, permanent teeth, stone ornament: Dear Eugene, sorry I missed your urgent question. I was in my office helping a youngster with a similar problem. The danger here is not your son s primary teeth. The danger is to the crowns of permanent teeth below which are just beginning to form....

Dentistry: My almost 3 yr old has tooth decay., two front teeth, decayed teeth
two front teeth, decayed teeth, tooth decay: Your son will need to have the cavities properly cleaned and filled by a dentist who is trained and experienced in the treatment of children. A complete examination is also necessary to determine if there are any other decayed teeth. I m confused as to why...

Dentistry: 30 year old root canal, sick feelings, sick to my stomach
sick feelings, sick to my stomach, tooth problems: HI Julie, I m sorry you re going through all this. First, before you give up on this tooth, I would suggest that you get a 2nd opinion from and endodontist. It may be possible to redo the root canal or do surgery on the end of the root...we do this all...

Dentistry: 3D CT reliability in finding fractures, conventional radiograph, 3d ct
conventional radiograph, 3d ct, rules of logic: It is new technology, and the machines are owned primarily by folks who perform implant surgery. It would be a nice feature in an endodontic office, but the technology is not that great at this point and the machines are very expensive. I have seen 3D CT s...

Dentistry: 3rd Apicoectomy & bone graft, or Implant?, apicoectomy bone, bone graft
apicoectomy bone, bone graft, root canals: when the api was performed , how much time had the root canal ? api must be performed on new root canals. try this ; but it will take 2 hours aprox. first, a new root canal must be done , immediately the api using MTA, and try using emdogain with HA...

Dentistry: 6 year molar root canal, 6 year molars, permanent teeth
6 year molars, permanent teeth, baby tooth: Hi Cassy, I am SO sorry you are faced with this problem. I know it isn t easy to need to make these kinds of decisions when it involves your kids... I would REALLY hate to see your son loose that tooth at such a young age. It has the potential to mess...

Dentistry: ABBREVIATIONS AND SUCH, dental anatomy, plan document
dental anatomy, plan document, midline: no...does not tell you if this is a first time filling, decay under old MOD restoration, tooth with new decay on distal and an existing MO filling already, etc...this only describes what the final restoration will end up looking like...a 3 surface restoration...

Dentistry: Abcesses on pedatric patient, adult teeth, poor prognosis
adult teeth, poor prognosis, baby teeth: Hi Deborah, Thanks for the question and sorry to hear about what your daughter is going through. Deborah, I am going to assume that the reason your daughter has had these caps placed were due to large cavities that could not be restored with fillings....

Dentistry: Abscess in temporary dentition, use of antibiotics, preexisting condition
use of antibiotics, preexisting condition, dentition: Dear Maria, unless the child has a preexisting condition such as heart disease or compromised immune system, I am not aware of anyone who would suggest the use of antibiotics as a prophylatic measure. Antibiotics are used with extractions only when the...

Dentistry: Abscessed root canal, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, back tooth: Hi Misty, I m sorry all this is going on. Sometimes, when we do root canals, we stir things up and your body reacts with pain & swelling. Antibiotics take 24-48 hours to even begin to work, so you re just at the starting point, so to speak today. If your...

Dentistry: Abscessed tooth, autism spectrum, pediatric dentist
autism spectrum, pediatric dentist, pen vk: Dear Dottie, You have good instincts. You are quite correct, there is no emergency here. I personally would not RX penicillin or any antibiotic unless there was pain and swelling. That abscess has been there a while and discovering it does not make it...

Dentistry: Your Advice, dear arlene, sweet sensations
dear arlene, sweet sensations, two different things: Dear Arlene, It is not a matter of which type of radiograph is more accurate. I do not really believe one type is better than the other. The question is which dentist to believe. Dentistry is an art and not a science and dentists evaluating identical X-rays...

Dentistry: Antibiotics root canal, gary backlund, abscessed tooth
gary backlund, abscessed tooth, tooth infection: That s not a silly question Sandra. Your dentist or endodontist would be the best person to evaluate how a tooth infection is healing. We don t see abscesses spread to other teeth. They may grow larger, but are always confined to the original source. As...

Dentistry: Apicoectomy Question, sinus cavities, sinus membrane
sinus cavities, sinus membrane, bone graft: Wendy - Ideally, saving the tooth with an apicoectomy would be an option, buy with the infection lasting a long time, the infection has spread in the bone. This spreading might have eaten away a lot of the bone. If so, the apicoectomy would be very difficult...

Dentistry: absessed gums, warm water rinse, dear teresa
warm water rinse, dear teresa, baking soda: Dear Teresa: The best thing you can do is to brush and floss your teeth very well. Concentrate on that area especially. Very gently, scrub that area with a soft tooth brush. Even if it bleeds, its OK. The bacteria that lives in our mouths do not care...

Dentistry: adjusting a dental crown, two front teeth, household accident
two front teeth, household accident, root canals: Dear Ann: To correct the items that you describe, the crowns will likely need to be remade. With front teeth, you MUST look at them before you accept them. Go the the dentist who made them, and tell him your concerns. See what he will do before going further....

Dentistry: age 10 and not losing teeth, 6 year molars, first molars
6 year molars, first molars, two front teeth: Hi Kim, Thanks for the question. Kim kids lose teeth at different ages. When you look at the schedule that shows when they are supposed to lose their baby teeth and the age with which the adult teeth should erupt those numbers are based on averages. In...

Dentistry: Are allergies/sensitivities to porcelain possible?, herpes viruses, bleeding gums
herpes viruses, bleeding gums, gum problems: Hi Kat, The short answer to your question is well maybe :). By that I mean if the reaction is due to the when the veneers where initially placed then you could be seeing a residual type of effect even if all of the cement/bonding agents have been adequately...

Dentistry: antibiotics and oral contraceptives, birth control pills, oral contraceptives
birth control pills, oral contraceptives, wisdom tooth: Marie - If your teeth are abscessed before the extractions, it is important to use the antibiotic to prevent a spreading of the infection in your face and in your blood stream. So if the doctors feel it is necessary, go with it, you have nothing to lose and...

Dentistry: apiectomy on #18, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, apicoectomy
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, apicoectomy, apiectomy: Paul - It is true that an apicoectomy on tooth #18 can be difficult. In the region of the surgery, the ends of the roots of tooth #18 can have a close relationship with the sinus and a nerve on the palate that provides sensation to the palatal tissue. There...

Dentistry: augmentin, root canal treatment, swollen gums
root canal treatment, swollen gums, gum infection: Dear Nate: Augmentin is a broad spectrum antibiotic coverage. It is used when one is trying to control more severe infections than amoxicillin can control. However, it is not a pain reliever. What is missing in your question is a diagnosis. Giving antibiotics...

Dentistry: augmentin, swollen gums, tooth ache
swollen gums, tooth ache, amoxcillin: If your gums are swollen, it is due to an infection of some sort, and the same infection is giving you pain. There is most likely some problem with the root canal your dentist did. Antibiotics will not help. There is no such thing as a strong antibiotic,...

Dentistry: augmentin, root canal specialist, gum infections
root canal specialist, gum infections, swollen gums: Hi Nate, The fact that the radiograph shows the root canal to be filled properly is a good thing. What I am saying is is that there might be other things going on here such as a possible cracked root or even periodontal disease (gum disease) if your dentist...

Dentistry: augmentin, swollen gums, gary backlund
swollen gums, gary backlund, tooth ache: Hi Nate, Some infections respond better to one medication than another. If Amoxicillin doesn t work, Augmentin might do the job. It s sort of a trial and error procedure. However, there might be something else going on, like the root canal failing. If this...

Dentistry: augmentin, root canal specialist, warm salt water
root canal specialist, warm salt water, swollen gums: Jon - The pain indicates that the infection is not healing. Bacteria could be trapped in the area producing the pain. Another possibility is an inflammation of the bone and ligament surrounding the tooth s root. Something needs to be done. Initially...

Dentistry: Bad breadth, bad breadth, gum disease
bad breadth, gum disease, chewing gum: Dear M: I cannot suggest anything more from here than cover-ups, like mints, mouthwash or chewing gum. Severe bad breath is usually coming from foods you ate recently or regularly, gum disease, or other infections of the teeth, gums or sinuses. Less likely...

Dentistry: BIG AND SMALL CAVITIES, nerve problems, film strip
nerve problems, film strip, x rays: Kary - A cavity near the nerve canal, may or may not show up on xray or even a digital film. If it shows on digital and not xray, if there are no symptoms, then it is difficult to diagnose. A large cavity should show on either technique. If a cavity...

Dentistry: Black tooth, pediatric dentist, black tooth
pediatric dentist, black tooth, first signs: It varies widely, just keep an eye on it. It is generally impossible to get reliable data fro an 18-month old when trying to pulp test, so that is useless. Watch for pain, swelling of the gum over the tooth, discoloration, etc. See a pediatric dentist periodically...

Dentistry: Blood packet, gum specialist, coagulated blood
gum specialist, coagulated blood, blood blister: definitely looks like a blood blister. need to go in and have your dentist look at it and decide what to do. if you want a specialist, you can always go to a periodontist (gum specialist). they may decide to leave it be...they may decide to do something to...

Dentistry: Bone left in tooth extraction, oral maxillofacial surgeon, periodontal ligament
oral maxillofacial surgeon, periodontal ligament, bone fragments: Dear G: Your question is a bit unclear. However, I have performed many extractions. Occasionally, there will be loose bone fragments left behind, even though we irrigate the socket prior to suturing and packing. These bone fragments either dissolve into...

Dentistry: Braces overseas, types of braces, different types of braces
types of braces, different types of braces, orthodontist: There are many different types of braces and styles of treatment and not all orthodontists can work with all different types and styles so there may be some difficulty making a match that works. Still, I would suggest that she try to find an orthodontist...

Dentistry: Bridge Guard and excess saliva, excess saliva, new bridge
excess saliva, new bridge, dalin: very often people salivate more with an appliance...especially when they first get it. see if things get better over time. often this is the case. sometimes you can cut the guard down a little to make it a little smaller and this helps as well. just work with...

Dentistry: Bridge vs. implant of one tooth #19, root canals, healthy teeth
root canals, healthy teeth, point thanks: Hi Debrina, Thanks for the question and I certainly can understand how you are feeling at the moment. Debrina what you need to understand is that the final look, feel, and fit of the final restoration (whatever restoration chosen) will be completely dependent...

Dentistry: Broken Jaw, broken jaw, dian
broken jaw, dian, dentist: Dian - What your husband went through is absolutely wrong. The dentist was abusive to him and the dentist is also stupid. That bone needs to be properly aligned. The dentist was either too stupid to realize what occurred or he was just trying to cover...

Dentistry: Broken Temp Crown, dalin, crowns
dalin, crowns, dds: katy i do not like leaving things open for any length of time. i like things covered. they are using a stock temporary crown. ask if they can freehand make one out of plastic. often this can be done. there are preformed tooth colored temporary crowns (called...

Dentistry: Bruising and swelling on cheek after dental work, emergency visit, dental work
emergency visit, dental work, bruise: Dear K: This is not normal. However, I do not know what procedure was done. If an injection was given, sometimes it will cause a vessel to leak, which can cause swelling and bruising. If more was done, you may be having some spread of infection. Hard to...

Dentistry: Brushing after breakfast, google search, morning mouth
google search, morning mouth, google: this is an easy one. you always need to brush AFTER eating. the purpose of brushing is to get food, etc off of the teeth. people like brushing before because they want to get rid of morning mouth . so if you like to do that, brush before AND after breakfast....

Dentistry: Bump on gum by tooth, upper molar, temporary filling
upper molar, temporary filling, root canal: Joanne - You are doing the correct thing by rinsing. What the bister means, is that there is an infection in the bone surrounding the tooth and it has created a pathway for the infection to drain. The rinsing encourages the drainage, but you need more than...

Dentistry: baby teeth, adult teeth, pediatric dentist
adult teeth, pediatric dentist, pediatric dentists: It sounds like your child may have dentinogenesis imperfecta. The dentin is imperfectly formed, so the enamel chips off. Since the dentin is much softer than the enamel, severe caries often develops. For sure you need to be brushing her teeth often with a...

Dentistry: baby teeth, steve litwin, developmental anatomy
steve litwin, developmental anatomy, gum tissue: Hi Becky, Thanks for the question. Please understand that without the benefit of a photo or live exam I cannot be sure of what you are observing. With that being said, there are instances when two teeth can fuse together during development and erupt as...

Dentistry: baby teeth extractions, permanent tooth, root tip
permanent tooth, root tip, ray one: Great question Angie. Generally, the root tip will resorb as the permanent tooth emerges, but this does not always occur. I would suggest that you not subject the child to additional oral surgery at this time. Instead, I would recommend taking an x-ray...

Dentistry: billing question, billing question, dalin
billing question, dalin, dds: chuck you will have to ask your dentist why this was done. normally that code is used for emergency visits. he/she might charge for the examination and then charge for what was found and corrected i.e. the filling and i.e. the recementation of crown. this...

Dentistry: black between gum and tooth, tartar buildup, dalin
tartar buildup, dalin, definitive answer: this can be a number of things. i would need to see the area in person to give you a definitive answer. one possibility is stain. another is calculus or tartar buildup. it could be decay. if there are fillings or crowns in there, it could be metal showing....

Dentistry: black teeth, steve litwin, three crowns
steve litwin, three crowns, luck steve: Hi Steve, Thanks for the question. More than likely the black areas you see under the crowns are the margins of the metal from under the porcelain overlay on each of the crowns. Steve, I would be more concerned about the pain you say you have been experiencing...

Dentistry: bleeding canals, gary backlund, apical portion
gary backlund, apical portion, hemisection: HI Hossam, I m sorry you are having this problem. I think there are 3 possibilities...a perforation, doubtful since you say the bleeding is in the canals; a strip perforation, which could occur even without excessive instrumentation if you had an extremely...

Dentistry: bleeding canals, calcium hydroxide, oral cavity
calcium hydroxide, oral cavity, naocl: There is no way for me to tell from here. Bleeding can be from a strip perf, from pulpal remnants, from inflamed tissue outside the apex, from many sources. It all looks the same. Best thing in this case is to put calcium hydroxide in the canals (you can mix...

Dentistry: bone loss, skin grafts, missing teeth
skin grafts, missing teeth, front teeth: you can bridge those teeth if the distance between the abutments (teeth that are going to support the bridge) is not too long. time will depend on biomechanics (your dentist must try to load other teeth; there are many ways to change forces applied to...

Dentistry: braces?, front teeth, rule of thumb
front teeth, rule of thumb, tooth structure: Hi Richard, Thanks for the question. Richard, I am sorry to hear about the Orthodontist and the position you and your daughter are now in. Let me give you some basics and hopefully this will help you in your decision process. A Frankel appliance is one...

Dentistry: braces & dentures, removable denture, open gap
removable denture, open gap, replacement tooth: there are many ways to solve the probmen one is placing a brace with an artificial tooth while your dentist is correcting your teeth position other is a removable denture try to send me a picture of your panoramix xray so i can answer you correctl...

Dentistry: braces and root damage, prosthetic teeth, root damage
prosthetic teeth, root damage, abscesses: Hi Rebecca, Sorry for the delay. I thought I responded to this much earlier, and I realized that I never fully submitted it. To answer your question; Yes, roots can get damaged from braces. If the braces moved the teeth too fast, then they can cause...

Dentistry: broken crown, grinding my teeth, metal hull
grinding my teeth, metal hull, broken crown: mary this unfortunately does happen. hopefully not often...but does still take place. sometimes you can smooth these off. but the reason you went with porcelain was for esthetics and it no longer looks good, especially with the second part chipped. now for...

Dentistry: broken tooth, root canal specialist, nerve pain
root canal specialist, nerve pain, broken tooth: you cannot prove that the preparation hurt the nerve. after all, you had a crack in the tooth for a while and then the tooth split in half...this is a lot of trauma and this trauma can damage the nerve. if this is just a little sensitivity, then this could...

Dentistry: CAVITIES OR ROOT EXPOSURE?, silver fillings, chewing gum
silver fillings, chewing gum, x rays: Hi Debbie, Thanks for the question. Root exposure means that part of the tooth that is normally covered by your gum tissue is now exposed due to recession of the gum tissue and/or aggressive tooth brushing or grinding teeth during the night. If in fact there...

Dentistry: CAVITIES, sweet liquids, check ups
sweet liquids, check ups, cold sensitivity: there are many times where a tooth is symptomatic and we can not find anything on an xray or anything clinically. it is very tough for us to then try to decide what to do to make things better. you would hate to do a filling or a crown on a tooth and then...

Dentistry: Cavities in 4yr old - Best Treatment? Options?, dear timothy, primary teeth
dear timothy, primary teeth, general anesthesia: Dear Timothy, Your daughters top front teeth have a condition that is called today Early Childhood Caries. You can search it on the internet. A good alternate treatment is wiping the teeth daily with a piece of gauze that has a little bit fluoride...

Dentistry: Cavities, silver fillings, matter what type
silver fillings, matter what type, x ray: Hi Nicole, Yes, if there are no open margins, your fillings are intact and you won t have decay. Decay and silver fillings look entirely different on any kind of Xray. Fillings appear as white images and decay is gray/black....you can t confuse them....

Dentistry: Childrens filling and planes, queensland australia, 8 years
queensland australia, 8 years, altitude: Dear Sue, Please excuse the delay in answering you, I too have been traveling. If there is some air between the tooth and your daughters filling it is possible that it expands and contracts as the plane is rapidly changing altitude. The expansion could...

Dentistry: Chipped Filled-In Tooth, upper molar, ortho appointment
upper molar, ortho appointment, dental hygiene: you do not have to wait for the ortho appointment. the orthodontist will not fix the tooth...your general dentist will do that. if he/she has any questions, he/she can talk to the orthodontist and they can decide together what works best for you. call your...

Dentistry: Chipped Tooth, chipped tooth, dalin
chipped tooth, dalin, root canal: hi yvonne from the picture, it does not look that bad at all. the crown preparation should take care of the problem and a permanent crown can be placed and then all should be fine. the picture is a bit blurry so i cannot 100% promise this but i hope this...

Dentistry: Clenching/Grinding, inflammed gums, nightguard
inflammed gums, nightguard, mouthguard: Diane, I did get some root canals which I m not sure were necessary, since it could have been the pain originating in the muscles, and traveling into the teeth. This happens with TMJ. I never stopped using the nightguard. I can t really remember when...

Dentistry: Clenching tooth, bottom teeth, front teeth
bottom teeth, front teeth, front tooth: Hi Roberta, I m sorry to hear all this is going on. Clenching and grinding is a very difficult thing to stop. It becomes a habit and the underlying factor is usually stress. Drug store nightguards work pretty well to diagnosis the problem as they will...

Dentistry: Cracked tooth, root canal failure, root canals, natural teeth
root canals, natural teeth, cracked tooth: Dear Jon: May be more canals in roots in this tooth that are still infected. May be bite is high on tooth. May be another tooth that is infected. If this is the last tooth in the back, and you have all your natural teeth, it may be that you do not need...

Dentistry: Crown, two choices, dalin
two choices, dalin, root canal: bette you have only two choices: filling or crown. the decision to go crown is based on how much tooth has broken and if the tooth already has a large filling present. if you have a good sized filling and break one or two corners of the tooth, a crown is...

Dentistry: Is Crown Necessary?, gary backlund, taking your chances
gary backlund, taking your chances, cosmetic reasons: Hi Lisa, In our office, we suggest crowns on ALL back teeth...and we don t do crowns....as a way to protect the tooth from fracture and cracking. I agree, esthetics is not really an issue. It s more an issue of function. Back teeth have very strong biting...

Dentistry: Crown over root canal?, gary backlund, new dentist
gary backlund, new dentist, front teeth: Hi Mike, In our office, we suggest crowns on all back teeth and any front teeth with large fillings. Root canal teeth do tend to be weaker, so the crown helps protect it. It s not a matter of having trouble with it, it an attempt to prevent you from having...

Dentistry: Crowns, captek crowns, dental perspective
captek crowns, dental perspective, new dentist: If you remian dissatisfied with your dentist s responses and/or your crowns, and if you live in one of the United States, you may contact your local or state dental association, explain to them your concerns, and ask for a Peer Review of your crowns. They...

Dentistry: Crowns, temperature sensation, tooth ache
temperature sensation, tooth ache, steve litwin: Hi Rob, Sometimes a crown can need to be adjusted once or twice but if there is a constant need to adjust the crown then something else is going on. One thought is that something (tooth/teeth) are shifting after every adjustment although this should not...

Dentistry: Crowns vs onlays vs composites on x-rays, new dentist, composite fillings
new dentist, composite fillings, composite material: Hi Deb, Thanks for the question. Deb there are differences between crowns, onlays, and composite fillings. A crown is a covering made of either metal, metal with porcelain, or all porcelain that is fabricated to cover the entire tooth. An onlay is like...

Dentistry: Custom Abutments, abutments, front teeth
abutments, front teeth, abutment: the abutments get attached to the fixtures (what is screwed into the bone). the bridge is made to fit onto the abutments. you can have stock abutments on each...custom on each...one of each on them...does not matter. i hope this clarifies things for you. ...

Dentistry: calcified roots (in french), inlay core, votre avis
inlay core, votre avis, monsieur le professeur: Bonjour Céline, En fait, je suis tout à fait d accord avec vos idées. Premièrement, il faut se demander s il y a vraiment un problème. Si le traitement est seulement radiographiquement laid , mais avec aucun signe, symptôme, ou pathologie radiologique,...

Dentistry: cavities, silver fillings, gum chewing
silver fillings, gum chewing, sensitive teeth: Hi Beatrice, Thanks for the question. Beatrice I certainly understand your frustration. Having large silver fillings can block some of the xrays when taking radiographs and unfortunately can lead to missing the formation of carious lesions. With that being...

Dentistry: cavities, etc...., digital xrays, dental xray
digital xrays, dental xray, mesial: Pam - Those abbreviations are indicative of the location of a filling and the amount of tooth it consumes. MO - mesial/occlusal DO - distal/occlusal MOD - Mesial/occlusal/distal MOB - Mesial/occlusal/buccal Those abbreviations do not indicate where...

Dentistry: cavities, root canals, etc..., symptoms of a cavity, sweet sensations
symptoms of a cavity, sweet sensations, gary backlund: Hi again Pam, It is really impossible to make the call of needing a root canal by describing the pain. The first step is to get the decay cleaned out, see how deep it is, get the filling and then see what happens. If it doesn t get rid of your pain, you...

Dentistry: Is it just a cavity?, warm salt water, strict regimen
warm salt water, strict regimen, wisdom teeth: Cam - Sorry for the delay. It does sound like your problem may be due to a wisdom tooth. The teeth in front should not shift with the retainer. More important, it sounds like your problem is infection. You should immediately begin a strict regimen of warm...

Dentistry: cementoma?, cementoma, absess
cementoma, absess, oral surgeon: Hi Chris, I can certainly understand your confusion. The only was to tell the difference between a cementoma and an abscess is with pulp tests. The most reliable is cold and you can do it yourself. Take a sliver of ice, touch several of the teeth in the...

Dentistry: chemical burn, steve litwin, laundry bleach
steve litwin, laundry bleach, pain kim: Hi Kim, Thanks for the question and I sorry to hear about what happened. Please feel free to send me photos so that I may be able to offer some additional advice. Kim the best thing you can do right now is go to an oral surgeon. I do not know how long ago...

Dentistry: chin numbness one week after root canal, gary backlund, kim hi
gary backlund, kim hi, fri: Hi Kim, I m sorry to hear this is going on. We sometimes have this situation with patients and it is usually due to infection and/or swelling at the end of the tooth that puts pressure on the nerve running under your teeth. This can cause partial numbness....

Dentistry: cleaning teeth, stacy stacy, brushing my teeth
stacy stacy, brushing my teeth, brushing your teeth: Stacy - The appointment with the dentist for a cleaning is more than just a cleaning of the tooth surface. A good dentist will also, besides cleaning and polishing the teeth, clean the tooth surface below the gum where traditional brushing and flossing cannot...

Dentistry: clenching/grinding, root canal treatment, mouthguard
root canal treatment, mouthguard, linda linda: Linda - Your description of what has happened is quite common. It sounds like you are having a break down of the nerve inside the tooth. It has secondarily created inflammation of the tooth and the surrounding ligament that hold the tooth to the bone and...

Dentistry: clenching/grinding, gary backlund, mouthguard
gary backlund, mouthguard, front tooth: Yes...or it could be some other oral habit, like biting on a pencil or chewing finger nails, that kind of thing. Something that you are doing that you re not even aware of. Ask someone close to you...spouse, fellow worker, etc. who is around you during the...

Dentistry: clenching and grinding, shelly shelly, grinding teeth
shelly shelly, grinding teeth, little bits: Shelly - Depending of the length of time with the clenching and grinding. After a period of time, there will be an irregular abrasion and weating away of the biting surface of the tooth. There can be little bits broken off or just small areas of abrasion...

Dentistry: clenching or grinding, definitive diagnosis, sore tooth
definitive diagnosis, sore tooth, dalin: decay usually will show up on the xray. rarely it can be hidden by the filling...but this is rare. have your dentist check for a crack in the tooth. these will not show on xray but will show when you bite on tooth or drink cold. that would be the next thing...

Dentistry: clenching and symptoms, gary backlund, dimensional object
gary backlund, dimensional object, x ray: Hi again Jennifer, X-rays only show changes in density of hard structure..they don t show infections, etc. If no decay is apparent, that doesn t mean you couldn t have changes in the pulp (nerve) of the tooth due to the large filling. Also, X-rays are a...

Dentistry: two conflicting diagonsis, front teeth, malocclusion
front teeth, malocclusion, senior citizen: Hi Debbie, Thanks for the question. I certainly can see where the frustration is coming from. Debbie, I am going to make a few assumptions here to help you with coming to a decision. Please understand that if my assumptions are incorrect then what I tell...

Dentistry: crossbite appliance, pediatric dentist, utter hell
pediatric dentist, utter hell, mouth breather: i have to say that these things rarely relapse. most of the time once you move the teeth, the occlusion will hold them where they should be. they will leave the appliance in for a few months without any tightening to serve as a retainer but then they usually...

Dentistry: crowning for cavities, plastic fillings, porcelain crowns
plastic fillings, porcelain crowns, silver fillings: hi pam if these fillings are really large, then porcelain fused to gold or all porcelain crowns might be your only option. smaller fillings can sometimes be replaced with white, plastic fillings. but if the silver fillings are large, then plastic fillings...

Dentistry: crowns on implants, implant abutments, metal implants
implant abutments, metal implants, metal collar: Dear Jim, It sounds like the implant abutments are exposed and visible. This can happen either if the implant fixtures are not placed with the implant collar deep enough below the gum or if the implant abutment was not designed appropriately for you wife...

Dentistry: crowns and pain, going to the dentist, peaks and valleys
going to the dentist, peaks and valleys, cold temperatures: Hi Vicki, Thanks for the question and I am sorry you are still in pain. Vicki, having eight crowns done at the same time is very difficult. The short answer to your questions/issues is that you should not have any pain at this point. I do not know the condition...

Dentistry: My Daughter, steve litwin, luck steve
steve litwin, luck steve, insufficient space: Hi Ronald, Thanks for the question. Ronald, my guess is that the orthodontist did a cursory evaluation and determined that the amount of space available for your daughter s teeth is insufficient. Yes the jaws will grow but a detain analysis can determine...

Dentistry: Decalcifying root canals, root canal procedure, root canals
root canal procedure, root canals, visit to the dentist: Dear Marjorie: Most likely the substance was RC Prep. In some people, the canals become calcified to the extent that the dentist cannot clean them to the ends of the roots (required for a successful root canal). RC Prep is quite effective at decalcifying...

Dentistry: Dental, good morning sir, decayed tooth
good morning sir, decayed tooth, teeths: Depending on the health of the youngster, the type of anesthesia and the kind of supervision given during the procedure it is reasonable to treat a child this way for significant dental care. There are risks with this as with any procedure and these should...

Dentistry: Dental crowns for babies?, dental crowns, pediatric dentist
dental crowns, pediatric dentist, front teeth: Dear Samina, Crowns are certainly one way to treat upper front teeth that have cavities front and back. Other options are fillings, not doing anything just brushing the teeth with fluoride toothpaste and waiting until the child is older and then doing...

Dentistry: Dental implant, bottom teeth, front teeth
bottom teeth, front teeth, initial impressions: Hi Hassan, Thanks for the question and the photos. Hassan, I would like to think that all of your questions were answered by your dentist prior to beginning the treatment. All costs, options, risks, and benefits should have been thoroughly discussed with...

Dentistry: Discoloration of Teeth?? A problem?, two front teeth, esthetic issues
two front teeth, esthetic issues, oral hygiene: Hi Ivan, Sounds like a good idea but unfortunately it will not make a difference. These spots will not change with any supplement, dentrifice, or quality of hygiene. Ivan, what you need to decide is if you are unhappy with the look of the spots then one...

Dentistry: Disfigurement, alveolar bone, formal consultation
alveolar bone, formal consultation, canine tooth: Dear Rob: Your idea is understandable. However, there is one thing to remember... when your one canine was removed, the growth of the alveolar bone (the bone that houses the teeth, was interrupted. This is why your face looks asymmetric. If you extract...

Dentistry: Dry Mouth-Sinus Infection-New Gold Crown, sinus infection, canine teeth
sinus infection, canine teeth, bottom teeth: Hi Vickie, Thanks for the question. Vickie there are several issues going on here. Lets address the simpler one first and that is the tooth with the crown. I am going to assume that the decay that was present in the tooth prior to the crown being fabricated...

Dentistry: My daughter’s palate expander causing a gap, palate expander, two front teeth
palate expander, two front teeth, bone plates: Hi Joseph, Dont panic everything is going the way its supposed to. When the maxilla is expanded what is happening is that the bones are being pushed out laterally. When this happens the sutures in between the bone plates of the maxilla are stretched so...

Dentistry: delayed incisors, primary teeth, lateral incisors
primary teeth, lateral incisors, upper incisors: Dear Nada, It is hard to imagine that all of your daughters primary teeth have erupted by age 18 months. Remember there should be 10 teeth in the upper jaw and 10 teeth in the lower jaw, 20 teeth all together. The lateral incisors may be missing this...

Dentistry: dental abbreviations, third party insurance, central incisor
third party insurance, central incisor, wisdom tooth: Dear Lauren: I commend you for taking control of your dental care. I wish other people would be so serious. In any case, the designations of the surfaces and directions can apply to the lesion (cavity) or a perfectly well made restoration. When the dentist...

Dentistry: dental implants, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, avascular necrosis
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, avascular necrosis, dental implants: Rose - With the avascular necrosis, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon should definitely be the one to help you. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a doctor who was trained in a hospital residency for about 4 years and is skilled with surgery of the bone....

Dentistry: Is my dentist trying to destroy my teeth?, bottom teeth, front teeth
bottom teeth, front teeth, dental implants: Hassan - In Queens, NY, you are blessed that there are many quality dentists and dental programs (residencies) in the area where skilled dentists are located. There is NY Hospital of Queens that has a center for Dental and Oral Medicine. There is also a...

Dentistry: dentures, eye teeth, canine teeth
eye teeth, canine teeth, acception: Hi Janice Well then I think you need to ask your dentist to have those teeth changed - he may not like it but the fact of the matter is that if other people are remarking on the colour difference then it is just not acceptable - stand your ground with him!...

Dentistry: digital x-rays/regular x-rays, silver fillings, nerve problems
silver fillings, nerve problems, nerve injury: Lorie - Removing the filling to show a potential area of decay will definitely be charged by the dentist. In removing the filling, additional tooth structure can be affected and eventually that can lead to a nerve injury. it is risky, but if decay is potentially...

Dentistry: discolored teeth, discolored teeth, permanent teeth
discolored teeth, permanent teeth, baby teeth: Dear Janet, you may have it all backwards. From what you write , I believe your children may have fluorosis. Depending on how severe it is and where it is located on the teeth it may be easy to fix. Whitening is not appropriate for fluorosis. ...

Dentistry: distal decay, steve litwin, root canal dentist
steve litwin, root canal dentist, gum tissue: HI Darlene, Thanks for the question and dont panic! Did your dentist explain why you need to go to the oral surgeon? Is it to have the tooth removed because it is non restorable or is the visit to have the gum tissue lowered so that your dentist can see...

Dentistry: I don't understand, palatal expander, herbst appliance
palatal expander, herbst appliance, bottom teeth: Hi Ben, My guess is the answer is no to your question. Or at least if it could be done with other methods then you may end up wearing different appliances and for a longer period of time. Ben, if the Herbst is what is needed then I really would consider...

Dentistry: Essix appliance, lateral incisors, tooth movement
lateral incisors, tooth movement, dental questions: Dear patient, It is likely that the appliance is putting slight pressure on the the lateral incisors and the first molar. If you wear this retainer for a significant amount of time it will shift the teeth very slightly into the position dictated by the...

Dentistry: Essix Retainer Replacements, essix retainers, retainer
essix retainers, retainer, replacements: You re on the right track. As long as they re not loose, they stay in place and are free from cracks they should be fine. You should always check to make sure that your teeth fit all the way into the retainer and there is no space between the tooth tip and...

Dentistry: I had an Extraction/Partial placed on same day, first thing monday morning, soft diet
first thing monday morning, soft diet, patricia parker: Hi Pat You may well have to see your dentist if you can t remove the partial. Keep trying as dentures have a particular way of removal and insertion which you need to find. If it gets stuck, don t panic, just push it back in and start again. If it...

Dentistry: Extreme pain post-root canal, gary backlund, endodontist
gary backlund, endodontist, root canal: Hi Jon, I m sorry you re going through all this! Unfortunately, there are really only three possibilities for continued problems. One is a possible infection and/or the root canal is failing....it can take some time for antibiotics to work but usually after...

Dentistry: endodontics, infrequent occurrence, root canals
infrequent occurrence, root canals, gary backlund: Hi again Jane, X-rays do not tell the whole story. They are a 2 dimensional picture of a 3 dimensional root, so even if it looks OK on an Xray, that doesn t mean it is. What I said was if WE did the root canal, we would not retreat. If a general dentist...

Dentistry: your experience, root canals, jaw muscles
root canals, jaw muscles, root canal: Karen, I had several root canals that were not necessary. I found out later that clenching can cause the jaw muscles to get tight and painful, and that the muscle pain can travel into the teeth which makes it feel like there is something wrong with them,...

Dentistry: extraction of number 17 molar tooth on left lower side, molar tooth, bad taste in my mouth
molar tooth, bad taste in my mouth, topical anesthetic: You have a dry socket, and your dentist should pack it. I use iodoform gauze with a mixture of topical anesthetic, eugenol, and Bacitracin. Others use proprietary medicaments which they can purchase. Still others use iodoform gauze with just eugenol, but it...

Dentistry: extraction of teeth, bottom teeth, small jaw
bottom teeth, small jaw, absolute answers: Removal of those teeth shouldn t make your jaw smaller, but the positions of the lower teeth can have a remarkable effect on lip posture and facial form. I would suggest that you proceed with caution as you pursue potential orthodontic treatment and continue...

Dentistry: extraction versus periodontal surgery, sinus lift, electric toothbrush
sinus lift, electric toothbrush, bridge area: you have a lot of options. first you must ask your dentist : why the periodontal surgery didn´t work maybe there is an alteration in the morphology of your tooth, or a crack or something similar (bacteria are growing inside this area and periodontal surgery...

Dentistry: Facial nerve damage, proper oral hygiene, facial nerve
proper oral hygiene, facial nerve, nerve damage: Dear Michael: Unless your friend slashed you with a razor across the cheeks, the chances of nerve damage are very remote. The best thing to do is to keep proper oral hygiene and let your cheeks heal from the trauma. You can use cold packs on your cheeks...

Dentistry: Failed Root Canal Pain -Before and After Surgery, central incisor, root canal pain
central incisor, root canal pain, upper quadrant: Cheri - A root canal can fail, especially after many years, from a periodontal defect allowing bacteria to the bone surrounding the tooth, from a degeneration of the root canal filling material or a microscopic fracture of the tooth. The radiation of...

Dentistry: Fillings in Toddlers, two front teeth, pediatric dentist
two front teeth, pediatric dentist, gum line: Dear Milo, Its not really grinding, the dentist freshens the surface so the sealant holds better. The process removes less enamel than 1/50 the thickness of a tissue paper. There is nothing unusual going on here, and I feel confident that everything will...

Dentistry: FLOURIDEX, sensitive teeth, mint flavor
sensitive teeth, mint flavor, dentist office: Janet - The receptionist does not know the correct approach. This is a high fluoride toothpaste. Elevated fluoride causes an increased density of the enamel of a tooth and reduces sensitivity. You need to brush with this product twice a day, just like...

Dentistry: FLOURIDEX, sensitive teeth, sodium fluoride
sensitive teeth, sodium fluoride, mint flavor: Dear Janet, First I must confess that in my practice I prescribe prevident, a comparable product that is less expensive made by colgate. Both products have 1.1 percent sodium fluoride and 5000ppm fluoride and are prescription strength. Neither should be...

Dentistry: FLOURIDEX, sensitive teeth, mint flavor
sensitive teeth, mint flavor, dentist office: Hi Janet, I would only use the material for 2-3 weeks regardless of how much you have purchased. After this time it works then you can start using it once daily indefinitely. If it does not work its not that there is any harm in using the product rather...

Dentistry: Flouridex, healthy teeth, gingiva
healthy teeth, gingiva, outer surface: Janet - Flouridex is definitely beneficial in reducing sensitivity of the teeth by introducing a higher percentage of Fluorice in the toothpaste. One of the effects, which is the reason it should only be used for one tube, is that it softens the enamel and...

Dentistry: 3 yr old sons teeth pushed up into his gums, permanent teeth, dentist
Dentistry: 3 yr old sons teeth pushed up into his gums, permanent teeth, dentist, nerve

Dentistry: Are allergies/sensitivities to porcelain possible?
Dentistry: Are allergies/sensitivities to porcelain possible?

Dentistry: My daughter’s palate expander causing a gap, dicks
Dentistry: My daughter’s palate expander causing a gap, dicks

Dentistry: FLOURIDEX, potassium nitrate, dentist hygienist
Dentistry: FLOURIDEX, potassium nitrate, dentist hygienist, sodium fluoride

Dentistry: Hyperplastic Teeth, first molars, pillars
Dentistry: Hyperplastic Teeth, first molars, pillars, dentist

Dentistry: NTI Device, nightguards, nti
Dentistry: NTI Device, nightguards, nti, muscles

Dentistry: Repairing a Broken, Partially Filled Tooth
Dentistry: Repairing a Broken, Partially Filled Tooth

Dentistry: swelling and nervousness after tooth extraction, effects of epinephrine, moon
Dentistry: swelling and nervousness after tooth extraction, effects of epinephrine, moon

Dentistry: White spots on my teeth, two front teeth, twin brother
Dentistry: White spots on my teeth, two front teeth, twin brother, moss

Dentistry: Wisdom Tooth in sinus cavity, inferior alveolar nerve, mental foramen
Dentistry: Wisdom Tooth in sinus cavity, inferior alveolar nerve, mental foramen, mandibular nerve

Dentistry: Wisdom tooth, wisdom tooth extraction, mandibular nerve
Dentistry: Wisdom tooth, wisdom tooth extraction, mandibular nerve, second opinion

Dentistry: failed root canal, root canal, xrays
root canal, xrays, dentist: Sarah - If the nerve canal was not completely cleaned out and filled completely, residual tissue can breakdown and cause internal pressure, producing the pain. This residual situation can inflame the surrounding bone to more completely cause the sensitivity...

Dentistry: failed root filling, american association of endodontists, root canal treatment
american association of endodontists, root canal treatment, endodontist: Dear Sarah: As you might have read in my former responses, you know that I am a big proponent of specialty care. Unfortunately, statistically, the chances are that your new general dentist is no-better than your old one. I hope that he/she is wonderful,...

Dentistry: fighting off infections, root canal procedure, root anatomy
root canal procedure, root anatomy, systemic signs: No. Antibiotics are only indicated when there are systemic signs and symptoms, e.g. fever, malaise, increasing swelling in a dangerous area, etc. This is a sign that the body cannot cope with the bacterial insult. Antibiotics are greatly overused. The root...

Dentistry: fighting off infections, endodontics department, root canal
endodontics department, root canal, dental centers: I believe I answered your question with my initial answer and story. You may continue to take antibiotics. And they may help while you take them. But at some point, you will want some definitive treatment, so that you can stop taking antibiotics, and so...

Dentistry: fighting infections, root canal procedure, root canal treatment
root canal procedure, root canal treatment, gary backlund: Hi Lauren, We do not routinely prescribe antibiotics after root canal treatment. Once the source of the problem is removed, the body can heal very well on it s own. We only use antibiotics to treat active infections that cause pain & swelling. Amoxicillin...

Dentistry: finding a qualified oral surgeon, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, cardiac life support
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, cardiac life support, oral and maxillofacial surgery: Patricia - I am a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and I have interacted with many oral and maxillofacial surgeons over my years of practice. It is true that all oral and maxillofacial surgeons need to undergo either a 3 or 4 year residency....

Dentistry: flossing, periodontal pockets, sweet sensations
periodontal pockets, sweet sensations, dental scaling: Becky - Leakage or an improperly placed filling may not be evaluated completely just by looking at it. An explorer can determine an irregularity, as long as the discrepancy is reachable with the explorer. Just because the dentist did not find anything, it...

Dentistry: flouridex, gum inflammation, swollen gums
gum inflammation, swollen gums, gum problems: Jane - Fluoridex is not primarily used for periodontal problems. Its main purpose is to reduce sensitivity to stimuli from cold and sweets due to its high fluoride content. The high fluoride actually makes the enamel (the outside surface of the tooth crown)...

Dentistry: flouridex, inflamed gums, swollen gums
inflamed gums, swollen gums, steve litwin: Hi Jane, Thanks for the question. To the best of my knowledge Flouridex is a concentrated fluoride rinse usually recommended as an anticavity rinse or toothpaste. I am not familiar with the use of this product for issues with inflamed gums. As long as you...

Dentistry: foods and liquids, gum recession, sensitive teeth
gum recession, sensitive teeth, cold sensitivity: since you just had a checkup with xrays and everything looks fine, maybe this is a gum recession thing and there are some roots exposed. this can cause cold sensitivity. ask your dentist about this as a possibility. sensodyne toothpaste might help things if...

Dentistry: forensic odontology, steve litwin, american dental association
steve litwin, american dental association, forensic odontology: Hi Devika, Thanks for the question. I am not personally aware of specific programs in forensic odontology offering degrees in such. I am sure there are courses offered throughout the country and I would suggest that you initially contact The American Dental...

Dentistry: My friend the orthodontist, pendulum appliance, treatment modality
pendulum appliance, treatment modality, physiological limitations: Hi Robert, Thanks for the question. Robert what you have to decide on is whom do do you have a better relationship with. The reason I say this is because there really is no right or wrong answer. Every orthodontist will have an opinion on what is the best...

Dentistry: Gingervitis, steve litwin, electric toothbrush
steve litwin, electric toothbrush, gum disease: Hi Canzetta Thanks for the question. Canzetta from what you have describe to me it sounds like your fiance has some degree of periodontal disease. If he continues to ignore this then the end result will be tooth loss. He really should not take this lightly!...

Dentistry: Gum Disease and Weight Loss, blood test results, gum disease
blood test results, gum disease, periodontal diseases: Reginald : send me your blood test results immediately to my email granados_periodoncia@hotmail.com can diseas can not cause weight loss but Cancer can some types of cancer look like periodontal diseases so we will work very fast in your case ...

Dentistry: Gum injury, steve litwin, two front teeth
steve litwin, two front teeth, adult teeth: Hi Mike, Thanks for the question and sorry to hear about your son s accident. I would not worry about the gums at this point. As the adult teeth erupt into place the gums will follow the teeth and should automatically self contour to the newly erupted teeth...

Dentistry: Gum Pain, gum pain, grinding my teeth
gum pain, grinding my teeth, upper teeth: Dear Jennifer, I am sorry that you are in pain. It sounds like your dentist may not sure either. Without actually examininig you it is not possible to diagnose the nature of your problem. I will attempt to give you some information that you hopefully will...

Dentistry: gum cyst and effects of nerve damage, sensory nerves, nerve damage
sensory nerves, nerve damage, wisdom tooth: Joshua - The extent of changes depends at least partially where it exists. You say the cyst is in your gums, does that also include the cyst going into the bone? Does the cyst go forward towards your eyetooth? I ask that to better define which nerve area...

Dentistry: gum infected after extraction, food particles, q tip
food particles, q tip, qtip: Dear s: It is infected. I can t tall if the infection is getting worse or improving. Continue taking the antibiotic. Rinse with disinfectant mouthwash. Do not put Qtip in hole. Get Glyoxide. Squirt a few drops in hole every few hours. It will foam...

Dentistry: my gum its burning and swollen and bumps, warm salt water, gum tissue
warm salt water, gum tissue, dentisty: Gaby - The source of the obvious inflammation or infection needs to be determined. Is it the tooth or is it the gum tissue around the tooth that is inflamed or infected. You need to see a dentist to have it evaluated. You may need to just have your teeth...

Dentistry: gum over new tooth 6 year old, front tooth, dalin
front tooth, dalin, gums: have him go into the dentist. maybe it is just taking a little longer to poke through. there are things you can do to help out if needed...you can create a pathway for the tooth to move down through. this is not a major ordeal. call the dentist and have it...

Dentistry: gum numbness, medical issue, dental problem
medical issue, dental problem, dalin: karen there are no simple answers for this one. you need to call your dentist and get in there for an xray and examination. he/she will first make sure all of your teeth are doing okay...make sure nerves all okay...make sure no infection present. if all is...

Dentistry: Half of the tooth broken and don't want to pull it out., steve litwin, medical risk
steve litwin, medical risk, artificial tooth: Hi James, Thanks for the question. James unfortunately you have limited options. IF the tooth is restorable then you can have a root canal performed (remove the nerve within the tooth) followed by a crown (a tooth like shell that covers the remaining...

Dentistry: Hard ball in cheek after wisdom tooth extraction and, wisdom tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
wisdom tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water: Anthony - What I really don t understand is why the surgeon never removed all of the teeth. That is an accident waiting to happen. Infection, inflammation and recurrent episodes of swelling are likely. Your dentist is totally wrong. You need to immediately...

Dentistry: Herbst Appliance/future issues, alignment problems, tooth position
alignment problems, tooth position, pubert: Donna - I am not a supporter of the Herbst appliance. I have seen patients who wore this appliance and, although the tooth position with the jaw change was good, the amount of damage in the jaw joint I have seen has turned me off. It is not worth a trade...

Dentistry: Hyperplastic Teeth, first molars, six year molars
first molars, six year molars, term prognosis: Hi Marina, Thanks for the question. Marina as a general rule of thumb having hypoplastic enamel on teeth is not an indication to have them extracted unless there are other issues associated with the anomaly such as deep caries, fractured tooth structure,...

Dentistry: head noise and pain, palate expander, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
palate expander, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, mri exam: Marge - What she is experiencing can be due to the instability in the facial bones that is being created by the expander. Of course, I don t know how much separation and widening has been done, but you need to have her parents speak with the orthodontist....

Dentistry: hello!, sensitive teeth, film strips
sensitive teeth, film strips, film strip: i cannot believe they will charge for this...this takes no time or labor or expense...oh well. in order for a cavity to be a nerve issue, it would easily show up on xrays...i cannot believe it would show up on a digital image and not on film. if the film...

Dentistry: Does hitting a blood vessel mean I should find a new dentist?, molar tooth, new dentist
molar tooth, new dentist, going to the dentist: Hi Yatir, You are welcome. Yes, the size and length of the needle are somewhat smaller than conventional needles but there is still the chance of penetrating a blood vessel with anything that is inserted into the tissue where no one knows where blood vessels...

Dentistry: INFECTIONS, root canal procedure, residual infection
root canal procedure, residual infection, root canals: Hi Lea, Thanks for the question. Lea a root canal is performed not because of an infection on the bone but because the nerve within the tooth is infected. As a result of this infection an abcess, cyst, or garunuloma (all of which are localized swellingings...

Dentistry: Can Infected Roots Cause other problems?, upper tooth, herpes outbreaks
upper tooth, herpes outbreaks, tooth infection: Hi Cheryl, You raise a couple of issues here. First, let s talk about the tooth with the root canal. There can be a lot of things that could keep it sore....your bite may be off, the root canal could be failing or there could be a crack that can t be detected...

Dentistry: Irritation between front teeth, two front teeth, jaw movement
two front teeth, jaw movement, invisalign: Dear Pat: My first guess would be that a thin shard of popcorn husk is wedged between your two front teeth, and it has not been seen by either of your dentists. The jaw movement you describe is likely caused by your tongue pressing forward, and is temporary....

Dentistry: impacted upper canines, adult teeth, eye teeth
adult teeth, eye teeth, diagnostic data: There very likely are other options but without access to the diagnostic data I am not able to provide you with any other information. If your orthodontist cannot offer you other options than you might want to consider obtaining a second opinion for another...

Dentistry: implant crown, porcelain crowns, natural teeth
porcelain crowns, natural teeth, predictable performance: Dear Lisa: Over the years, I have tried both. However, all the research, and experience today suggests that traditional PFM crowns are still the most predictable choice. All-porcelain crowns, or Zirconia based crowns are absolutely wonderful for natural...

Dentistry: infection, hyperbaric oxygen treatment, hyperbaric oxygenation
hyperbaric oxygen treatment, hyperbaric oxygenation, gi infections: Lois - Of course, without examining you it is a little difficult for me to tell you what is going on, but it sounds like, for some reason the breakdown of the sutured gum tissue is due to either a poor vascular flow to the tissues or there is a decreased oxygenation...

Dentistry: infection control, root canal treatment, root canals
root canal treatment, root canals, bacterial invasion: Dear Linda: I have just answered this question today, but here is the copy of the answer so that you do not have to look it up: Root canal treatment is a way for us, to be able to retain a tooth in the mouth even though the tissues inside of it (cells, blood...

Dentistry: infection and curved root, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, endodontist: Hi Im, In our office, we do root canals on curved roots all the time with a VERY high success rate. Since I can t see how curved your root is, it s hard for me evaluate your chances of success. I would suggest that you see an endodontist for a 2nd opinion...

Dentistry: invisalign, orthodontic treatment, retainers
orthodontic treatment, retainers, headgear: Hi Jeremy, Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Invisalign is a great way to move teeth in an invisible fashion. You need to wear them all the time, except when eating and brushing. However, they work great! One thing though; After treatment,...

Dentistry: irregular growth of permanent teeth, adult teeth, permanent teeth
adult teeth, permanent teeth, primary teeth: Dear Deirdre, I know it looks awful , but there is no problem here. On many occasions the primary anterior teeth in the lower jaw are slow in erupting. The permanent teeth erupt behind them. This is not uncommon. The treatment is the removal of the...

Dentistry: irregular tooth eruption, lateral incisors, central incisors
lateral incisors, central incisors, missing teeth: While it s possible that there are missing teeth it s more likely that the teeth are coming in on their own terms and not according to the expected schedule. Variation is a rather common occurrence. If there are missing teeth there s nothing you can do at...

Dentistry: Jaw Popping, bones of the skull, jaw bone
bones of the skull, jaw bone, lower jaw: Hi Amanda, OK so now we can relax a bit with this information you have told me. Amanda it is still important that you tell your parents and your orthodontist what you have told me. More than likely nothing will change with regard to your orthodontic treatment...

Dentistry: Jaw pain, upper jaw pain, ear nose and throat doctor
upper jaw pain, ear nose and throat doctor, sinus conditions: Dear Kim, Unfortunately some sinus problems do cause symptoms in the teeth and differentiating which is causing the problem can be difficult. You neglected to mention any specific symptoms. What are your symptoms exactly. Does hot or cold bother you?...

Dentistry: Jaw popping after wisdom tooth removal, wisdom tooth removal, removal of wisdom teeth
wisdom tooth removal, removal of wisdom teeth, warm salt water: Derek - Of course without examining you I cannot be 100% sure, but from your description of your pain and the popping sounds, it seems that you are suffering from spasms of the jaw muscles. This quite a common phenomenon that occrus after removal of wisdom...

Dentistry: Jaw/sinus/gum pain, gary backlund, sinus drainage
gary backlund, sinus drainage, sore gums: Hi Bryan, I m sorry this is going on. Yes, your symptoms could be caused by the inability to adequately clean and fill the root canals. I guess I would suggest that you get an evaluation by an endodontist to diagnosis your problem and give you options....

Dentistry: jaw pain after surgery, amalgam fillings, upper teeth
amalgam fillings, upper teeth, restorative surgery: Sounds like you have a pulpitis, which is an inflammation in the pulp or nerve of a tooth. Since you had two restorations placed at the same time, and had no symptoms before but did immediately following the work, it is logical that the pulpitis is in one...

Dentistry: jaw popping after wisdom teeth extracted, wisdom teeth, annoyance
wisdom teeth, annoyance, dentist: Carrie, I m not a dentist. I have had TMJ, though, but not any noticeable popping, although my dentist did say I had some popping when he examined me. You can go to a dentist who treats a lot of TMJ if it keeps bothering you, to get a definite diagnoses....

Dentistry: jaw and tooth pain, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, herpes type
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, herpes type, jaw muscles: David - It is a little tough for me to tell you what is going on without examining you. Saying that, there are other factors that can produce the type of pain you are describing. Rather than look at teeth, often it is jaw muscles that produce pain. My suggestion...

Dentistry: Line on side of tongue, steve litwin, hairy leukoplakia
steve litwin, hairy leukoplakia, tissue architecture: Hi Ryan, Thanks for the question. What you are seeing are exactly what you have mentioned i.e. tiny papilla on the sides of the tongue that in part control taste. The white line/streaking you see may or may not be lichen planus and more than likely is...

Dentistry: Loose crown, steve litwin, hydrofloss
steve litwin, hydrofloss, luck steve: Hi Janet, Thanks for the question. Yes from what you are describing the first thing I would consider is a fractured tooth. The mobility factor alone does not mean fracture. If you had a root canal and post placed in that tooth then the mobility could be...

Dentistry: Loose teeth and gum irritation from veneers, root resorption, two front teeth
root resorption, two front teeth, gum irritation: Kat - Redoing the source of the problem, the poorly placed and contructed veneers, can often reduce the inflammation and the tooth can become stable again. If, bone has been lost surrounding and supporting the tooth, grafting, after the veneers are corrected...

Dentistry: large silver fillings, silver fillings, cause decay
silver fillings, cause decay, sweet sensations: Randy - If the dentist cannot find the cause, it may be the periodontal pocketing and the exposure of the sensitive portion of the root that is the cause. If the dentist cannot determine it, you need to see a periodontist to determine if pocketing is present...

Dentistry: large silver fillings, silver fillings, receding gums
silver fillings, receding gums, sweet sensations: next i would look into receding gums leaving root surfaces exposed. this can cause temp and sweet sensitivity. you can try using sensodyne toothpaste and see if this helps. if nothing helps then you might need nerves of teeth to be evaluated. you might even...

Dentistry: Too long of a treatment, archwire, accurate answer
archwire, accurate answer, forsus appliance: Hi Robert, Thanks for the question. Robert, I agree with you that being in treatment for 4 years is a very long time and not the usual amount of time in most cases. Robert, unfortunately I do not have the luxury of evaluating your case from where you started...

Dentistry: Will I lose my front tooth?, steve litwin, front tooth
steve litwin, front tooth, root canal: Hi Mar, Thanks for the question and sorry to hear about the incident. Mar, from what you have described there is a possibility that you may need a root canal on the tooth (meaning the nerve is going bad and needs to be removed). The fact that it has been...

Dentistry: Major shift of tooth after extraction (for braces), oral and maxillofacial surgeon, excess force
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, excess force, orthodontist: Louis - If you ae having that quick of a movement, the doctor who extracted the teeth probably weakened the surrounding bone allowing the other tooth to move. I cannot tell you what exactly occurred without seeing you, but the doctor who removed the teeth...

Dentistry: Metal denture clasps, upper denture, precision attachments
upper denture, precision attachments, partial denture: Greetings, Unfortunately this is one of downfalls of partial dentures. Hopefully, the dentist and lab technician have designed the partial with this in mind and will minimize the visibility of the clasps. There is no material that can be applied to the...

Dentistry: Molar Fracture, steve litwin, grinding my teeth
steve litwin, grinding my teeth, hard candies: Hi s, Thanks for the question. There are many reasons why teeth can fracture. Lets assume the obvious is not what happened in your case, that being having bitten into something really hard like ice chewing or hard candies. Think of the basics in that teeth...

Dentistry: Molar Teeth extraction, molar teeth, mild sedation
molar teeth, mild sedation, root canal treatment: Hi Deborah, Thanks for the question. Deborah the level of your anxiety should not be what decides on the best treatment for you. Specifically, if the it would be better to save the teeth (with the exception of the wisdom tooth) with root canals and crowns...

Dentistry: Too much metal?, palate expander, overbite
palate expander, overbite, orthodontist: Hi James, You will need to inform the orthodontist about this as he will either need to repair it in his office if he can or fabricate a new one. If the appliance is not restored then and advances achieved i.e widening of the maxilla will be lost at the...

Dentistry: mouth guards/night guards, orthodontic retainer, jaw joints
orthodontic retainer, jaw joints, nightguard: Hi Ginger, What you probably need is a combination retainer/bruxism appliance. You are right in that you cannot possibly wear two different appliances at night during the same time. Your orthodontist and possibly your regual dentist should be able to design...

Dentistry: New state new orthodontist, rapid palatal expander, palate expander
rapid palatal expander, palate expander, necessary space: Hi Edward, The reason the palatal expander is used is because there is a narrow palate and a cross bite between the upper and lower back teeth. The primary reason to use a rapid palatal expander is to increase the width of the maxilla (meaning that if the...

Dentistry: Nirtrous Oxide Treatment, topical anesthetic, pediatric dentist
topical anesthetic, pediatric dentist, local anesthesia: Dear Dave. Nitrous oxide is very safe in comparison to general anesthesia which is life threatening. with nitrous the child never loses consciousness . In combination with local anesthesia it also very safe . Pediatric dentist do have the training...

Dentistry: NTI Device, new dentist, migraine sufferers
new dentist, migraine sufferers, severe headaches: David - What I especially do not like about the NTI device, is that it does not cover all of your teeth. A traditional and effective night guard covers either all of the upper or all of the lower teeth. If not all of the teeth are covered, it encourages...

Dentistry: nerve on front tooth, steve litwin, sugary drinks
steve litwin, sugary drinks, sensitivity issues: Hi kev, Thanks for the question. More than likely what you are describing is an enamel defect that may have developed as a result of consuming sugary drinks while undergoing orthodontics. The coating that was applied functions as a varnish like material...

Dentistry: ONJ, stem cell transplant, soft toothbrush
stem cell transplant, soft toothbrush, dental situation: Dear Peggy: I m sorry to hear about your plight. With regard to your teeth, absolutely there is something that can be done to help you keep your teeth. However, you must clear your most important hurdle first, and that is getting rid of (as much as possible)...

Dentistry: Open contact/extraction/bone grafting, rear molars, wisdom teeth
rear molars, wisdom teeth, closing the gap: Hi KD, thanks for the questions. KD the short answer to your questions is yes get them removed. Here is the reason. Wisdom teeth are really not necessary for normal healthy function. In fact from an evolutionary standpoint they are slowly on their way out...

Dentistry: ORAL LICHEN PLANUS, oral pathologist, tongue chewing
oral pathologist, tongue chewing, dental components: Dear Jay: It is certainly possible to be tested for reaction to the contents of the crowns. But it is more likely that you have a tongue chewing habit that keeps the lichen planus irritated. You first need to be tested to see if you are unconsciously biting...

Dentistry: Orthodontic teeth removal, kinds of sutures, stitches
kinds of sutures, stitches, google: absolutely this happens. there are two kinds of sutures...one is nylon and the other is something that dissolves on its own over the course of around a week. they are known as dissolvable or resorbing sutures. you can google this to read about them. jeff...

Dentistry: Orthodontic teeth removal, bone replacement, bicuspids
bone replacement, bicuspids, dry socket: bone replacement is the same as bone grafting. this is done to preserve bone. i am not sure about lowering incidence of dry socket but if i think about it, it probably would lower that incidence. do you need it? it is more a decision that takes place as the...

Dentistry: onlay/crown pain, steve litwin, temporary restorations
steve litwin, temporary restorations, tooth structure: Hi Jen, Thanks for the question. The short answer to your question is not you should not still be in pain at this point. Jen, if the tooth had quite a bit of decay and or had a lot of tooth structure removed for the restoration there is a possibility that...

Dentistry: onlays, onlay, endodontist
onlay, endodontist, dentist: Dear Janet: Although it is possible that your tooth will remain sensitive, it is highly unlikely. And although it is uncommon for an onlay to require so many adjustments, it does happen. Continue allowing your dentist to adjust. My bet is that, over time,...

Dentistry: oroantral fistula, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, oral and maxillofacial
oral and maxillofacial surgeons, oral and maxillofacial, sinus infection: Bill - It was an oral antral fistula initially. That is just an opening from the mouth (tooth socket) to the sinus. Just placing a simple flap will not seal the hole. There are double flap techniques, gold seal approaches and others. You need to be referred...

Dentistry: orthodontic treatment advice, unacceptable situation, orthodontist
unacceptable situation, orthodontist, person face: I am not in a position to discuss your rights since that is a legal question that should be addressed with a legal expert. Conflict resolution is best accomplished directly. You should explain to your orthodontist why this is an unacceptable situation and...

Dentistry: Pain, cold test, front tooth
cold test, front tooth, cellulitis: If you had immediate swelling of your lip, I would say it was angioneurotic edema, which is a histamine-mediated edema, like an allergy. However, several days later, it could be a cellulitis. This would be from a dead tooth. Your dentist might not have known...

Dentistry: Pain after crown prep, painful gums, implant dentistry
painful gums, implant dentistry, upper teeth: Dear Margie: I am sorry to hear about your troubles. The only advise that I can give you is that before the final crowns are delivered to you, you should know the reason for the pain that you are having. The pain can be from fractures that propagate below...

Dentistry: Pain after Root Canal, tylenol with codeine, root canals
tylenol with codeine, root canals, amox: Hi Terry, I m sorry you are going through all this. It s things like this that give root canals a bad name! What is happening is NOT normal, but it does happen in a number of cases. The fact that your lip has gone numb, tells me the tooth is infected...

Dentistry: Painful crown, moderate shock, dull ache
moderate shock, dull ache, nerve root: Hi William, Thanks for the question and I can understand your frustration. William, I am going to make the assumption that definitively speaking the nerve in the tooth is still vital and healthy, and there are no periodontal (gum) issues going on. The reason...

Dentistry: Permanent Crown Spacing, gum pain, gum line
gum pain, gum line, tooth sensitivity: you will need to call your dentist and go in and discuss all of this with him/her. i am not sure exactly what is going on here, especially without seeing things in person. sometimes the gum shrinks a little and creates a tiny space. often the gum will grown...

Dentistry: Please help!!, peniccilin, wisdom tooth
peniccilin, wisdom tooth, temporary pain: sylvia this is something that needs to be diagnosed by your dentist in-office. i cannot do this over the internet. but here is what you need to do and what to ask...first, get a root end or periapical xray of the area. this will show decay if there is any...

Dentistry: Post Root canal pain., gary backlund, root canal pain
gary backlund, root canal pain, root canals: Hi Kassie, I m sorry your having this problem. It does sound like you might have a post op infection since there is some swelling, The Clindamycin should work, but it takes 24-48 hours to get started and probably 3-4 days before you will really feel better....

Dentistry: Preventing root canal with fillings?, lateral incisor, root canal treatment
lateral incisor, root canal treatment, cold heat: James - Either situation can occur. If caught early before the decay in the tooth necessitating the deep drilling of the tooth to remove the decay had not already inflamed the nerve, then the filling should be fine and the nerve should not have a problem....

Dentistry: Preventing root canal with fillings?, steve litwin, lateral incisor
steve litwin, lateral incisor, root canals: Hi James, The purpose of the filling is to restore the residual hole in the tooth that was caused by the decay. Sometimes medicated liners are placed under fillings to help the tooth heal itself and protect the pulp (nerve) but fillings do not have anything...

Dentistry: Preventing root canal with fillings?, gary backlund, lateral incisor
gary backlund, lateral incisor, root canal: Hi James, By removing the decay and putting in a filling, that will stop the spread of the decay. However, if the decay was very close to the nerve, you may still end up with a root canal in the future. What he did only TRIES to prevent a root canal....it...

Dentistry: Problem with filling of a molar, root canal treatment, temporary filling
root canal treatment, temporary filling, molar: Hi Linda If it is just the filling is a bit high and needs adjusting then there would be no charge. If the pulp of the tooth starts to die and you end up needing root canal treatment or extraction then you should be liable for the cost as this is not due...

Dentistry: Problems with a crown..., excess cement, tooth abscess
excess cement, tooth abscess, diamond bur: Dear Chelsea, There are couple of possibilities for your pain. Since your dentist has adjusted the bite, I will eliminate that as a possible cause of your pain. It is possible that your symptoms are related to some excess cement around the crown that...

Dentistry: Problems with implants becoming ineffective because of bone loss, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, teeth implants
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, teeth implants, front teeth: Veronica - It is a little difficult for me to know what is going on, but I suggest that you have your mother examined by a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. You don t say the type of doctor who placed the implants, but a surgeon knows the bone...

Dentistry: pain when biting or when teeth connect on right side, steve litwin, wisdom tooth
steve litwin, wisdom tooth, bottom teeth: Hi Amanda, Thanks for the question. What you are describing sounds like something we call cracked tooth syndrome. More than likely there is a small fracture somewhere in the tooth that when pressure is applied causes you discomfort. Amanda, the dentist...

Dentistry: pain during drilling, nerve fibers, good luck with everything
nerve fibers, good luck with everything, temporary filling: this is not unusual. sometimes when you numb a tooth, it becomes around 90% numb. sometimes extra nerve fibers supply the tooth from areas you are not suspecting. when the patient starts to feel things, i go ahead and give some extra anesthetic and try to...

Dentistry: pain after root canal, gary backlund, upper gum
gary backlund, upper gum, gum line: Hi Gina, Let me try to answer some of your questions...some I can t since I can t examine you..... Can you see inflammation on an x ray? Not really. What you see is changes in bone density. Inflammation is a process, like having a cold. You can only...

Dentistry: pain after root canal, gary backlund, sterile instruments
gary backlund, sterile instruments, lymph node: Hi again Dars, It is possible, but very rare. When we work in the mouth, we are working in an area filled with bacteria. It is always possible that the tooth could become contaminated with bacteria normally found in the mouth. If that were the case, an...

Dentistry: pain from temporary filling, root canal pain, taking pills
root canal pain, taking pills, temporary filling: Dear Sabrina: I am so sorry to hear about your pain. It is unfortunate. However, there are several reasons as to why you can experience the pain: 1. The decay was so deep that the tooth is very inflamed and you experiencing what is commonly known as root...

Dentistry: pain on tooth, root canal specialists, digital xray
root canal specialists, digital xray, minimal density: Bea - It is important for the filling within the nerve canal to be consistantly dense. Changes in the density allow entrapment of fluids and that can build up internal pressure. Xrays can show a very poor filling of the canal, but small areas of minimal...

Dentistry: painful tooth, cold sensitivity, cold foods
cold sensitivity, cold foods, root canal: i am not sure what medication you have heard about. i assume this is a base that can be placed over the deep part of the preparation. this gives the tooth some insulation and the nerves of the teeth react well to it. so you can ask your dentist if he/she plans...

Dentistry: painful tooth, root canal treatment, cindy cindy
root canal treatment, cindy cindy, cold sensitivity: Cindy - First of all, if the root canal tooth is sore when tapped, then there is something wrong there. It could be that the root canal wasn t done well or it could be the bone around the tooth is inflamed from trapped bacteria during the root canal treatment...

Dentistry: painful tooth from cold, cold question, sitting on the fence
cold question, sitting on the fence, cold sensitivity: Hi Cindy, That is really a tough question to answer and a very good question. Cindy, what this boils down to is what are you willing to put up with? Remember, the odds are that the nerve in the tooth is going bad and a root canal may be inevitable. However,...

Dentistry: penicillin and bcontrol pills, birth control pills, dalin
birth control pills, dalin, appt: there are studies to show that taking antibiotics can have an effect on birth control pills. you might want to call your OB to verify this and then you will know to be extra careful for a while. ask him/her how long this has this effect. you might have to...

Dentistry: permanant teeth, primary teeth, baby teeth
primary teeth, baby teeth, xray: Dear Melissa, I know of no circumstance such as the one you describe. Fortunately for your nephew I suspect that you are wrong and the teeth your nephew has are primary teeth and not permanent. If you still believe that you are correct then you must...

Dentistry: please help me, john mascaro, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
john mascaro, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, oral and maxillofacial surgeons: Barbara - I can t believe that you cannot find an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to help you - not good! I am going to give you names of board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons in your county. Contact their office and hopefully these doctors will...

Dentistry: pressure pain, root canal treatment, endodontist
root canal treatment, endodontist, exact position: Dear Jane: I think that there might be a problem with the root canal treatment. I recommend you look up a local endodontist and go in for a second opinion. www.aae.org will have a link to locating an Endodontist. The following is a copy of an answer that...

Dentistry: This pressure pain, root canal, exact position
root canal, exact position, retainer: Hi Kourtney, Thanks for the question. Sorry to hear about your frustration and I am sure the reason to your discomfort will be found. One of the first things that I am wondering about is the possibility of either the crown hitting the opposing tooth prematurely...

Dentistry: problem with single veneer, front teeth, thin pieces
front teeth, thin pieces, veneer: Hi Ella, Thank you. That is sweet of you to say that you wish I was your dentist. I think the commute might be a bit of a problem though....lol. Ella I am sure your dentist is excellent and you are in great hands. I know he will be able to make the changes...

Dentistry: progress of an infection, gary backlund, bone infections
gary backlund, bone infections, x ray: Hi London, Changes on an Xray occur very slowly...both repair and destruction. We routinely recall our patients 6 months after treatment to evaluate healing but sometimes we need to see them at the one year mark to really know what is going on.This is also...

Dentistry: Rapid Palatal Expander, palatal expander, dental arch
palatal expander, dental arch, wise idea: There are basically two types of expansion that can be done in the upper. The first is a skeletal expansion which actually expands the upper jaw bone. For this to be successful it is felt that a surgical procedure called SARPE should precede the actual expansion...

Dentistry: Reconstruction of "Bite", full mouth reconstruction, new dentist
full mouth reconstruction, new dentist, eye teeth: Jenny - I am a doctor who believes that what is natural is best. What I mean is that I do not like falsely placing the condyle into an unnatural position. A relaxed relationship is best. How is that determined? Well there is a simple test of the correct...

Dentistry: Repairing a Broken, Partially Filled Tooth, silver amalgam, inlay onlay
silver amalgam, inlay onlay, cavity preparation: Dear Jay: I am sorry for not being able to answer your question right away. I get a tremendous amount of spam, and sometimes the mail from AllExperts ends up in the spam folder. In any case... Unfortunately, there is no way to apply a filling to the...

Dentistry: Replacement of extracted molars, molar extraction, sinus lift
molar extraction, sinus lift, maxillary sinus: Rhonda - I fully understand your apprehension about what may occur with the removal of #15. Well let me say that there are a couple of possibilities and only one really needs to be corrected. Teeth tend to erupt and move forward throughout life. Once a...

Dentistry: Ridge Augmentation, ridge augmentation, bone graft
ridge augmentation, bone graft, gum line: Gary - If the extraction is done properly and excess bone is not removed in the extraction, then a bone graft can definitely be done at a later time. If you let the area heal without a graft, often bone will completely fill the tooth socket to an adequate...

Dentistry: Root Canal, gary backlund, root canal filling
gary backlund, root canal filling, hi tim: Hi Tim, The biggest risk of leaving a temporary crown on very long is leakage. They are not made to fit well, as they usually are only on for a matter of weeks. Should the temporary crown start leaking, the saliva could get into the root canal filling and...

Dentistry: Root Canal, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, abscessed tooth: Hi JJ, I m sorry this has happened to you. Unfortunately, it is not unusual. When we go in to treat an abscessed tooth, we upset the balance your body has established with the infection. When that happens, your body begins to heal and sometimes that is...

Dentistry: Root Canal, root canal surgery, root canal treatment
root canal surgery, root canal treatment, temperature sensation: HI Naomi, I m sorry you re going through all this. It must be very frustrating! While I can t really diagnosis your problem over the Internet, I can tell absolutely that there is another tooth involved. Your sweet and temperature sensation CAN NOT be coming...

Dentistry: Root Canal, root canal therapy, endodontist
root canal therapy, endodontist, cavity: There are a variety of reasons why this occurs, please see http://www.aae.org/patients/patientinfo/faqs/rootcanals.htm to learn more about root canal therapy and the reasons it is necessary. You should see an endodontist, who is a specialist in root canal...

Dentistry: Root Canal Irrigant, sodium hypochlorite, calcium hydroxide
sodium hypochlorite, calcium hydroxide, germicidal: You are confusing irrigants and intracanal medicaments. I would never use sodium hypochlorite myself due to its toxicity and risk of an accident. Calcium hydroxide is the intacanal medicament of choice, but as such, must be left in the canal for at least a...

Dentistry: Root Canal Needed?, tooth number, root canal
tooth number, root canal, rest of the week: Hi Suzanne, I m sorry to hear you re going through all this. Actually you are right on! You have stated perfectly the dilemma your dentist and you face...do we do the conservative thing and wait or the aggressive thing and start a root canal. There really...

Dentistry: Root Canal Numbness, nervous system health, nerve inflammation
nervous system health, nerve inflammation, root canal specialist: Terry - There are two possible causes to the obvious nerve inflammation that has occurred. Either the dentist s instruments went too far down in the root and hit the nerve in the bone or medication he used to kill any bacteria traumatized the nerve. What...

Dentistry: Root Canal Problem, root canal surgery, root canal treatment
root canal surgery, root canal treatment, local anaesthesia: Dear Naomi, It is not possible to feel sensitivity to cold or sweets from a tooth after it has had a root canal. During a root canal the nerve is removed and the tooth sealed. Even if a tiny bit of the pulp is left behnd it becomes nonvital and loses...

Dentistry: Root Canal Questions - HELP!, tylenol 3, sick to my stomach
tylenol 3, sick to my stomach, endodontist: Hi Linda, I m sorry you re going through all this. Root canals don t usually go this way, but they certainly can as you found out.... From what you told me, I would guess that the endodontist did, what we call and open & broach. That is, going in, removing...

Dentistry: Root Canal Swelling, root canals, pain pills
root canals, pain pills, lower jaw: Hi Stephanie, I m sorry you re going through all this! It s hard for me to give good answers without being able to exam you. However, it will take 24-48 hours for the antibiotic to even start to work. You didn t say when you started them, but that s the...

Dentistry: Root Canals, gary backlund, nerve fibers
gary backlund, nerve fibers, pulp chamber: Hi Stacy, Yes, you are right. If a canal is missed, it could cause problems several years down the road.It is not a certainty this will happen because sometimes the canals are calcified and will NEVER cause problems...that s why they were missed....too...

Dentistry: Root canal?, gary backlund, tooth roots
gary backlund, tooth roots, premolar: Hi Michelle, Cracks can be very hard to diagnosis. The best way, and you can sort of do it yourself, is a bite test. Take a pencil erasure and place it on various spots on your tooth. Bite firmly together and then release quickly. If you feel pain when...

Dentistry: Root canal, Pain during root canal treatment
Pain during root canal treatment: Dear Paul, Since this pain occurred only at towards the end of the appointment, it is likely that your anesthetic was starting to wear off. This is especially likely if your dentist was working on an upper tooth. Maxillary anesthesia can wear off in as...

Dentistry: Root extraction, molar extraction, upper molar
molar extraction, upper molar, oral surgeon: Manish - A root should never be left from an extraction. Whatever the reason for the extraction that problem will still exist in the remaining root and will precipitate a future problem. That root should be removed, but most general dentists don t have the...

Dentistry: Root Resorption, gary backlund, root canal procedure
gary backlund, root canal procedure, molar tooth: Thanks Kate, There are two types of resorption...internal and external. I assume you are talking about external...on the outside of the tooth next to the bone. This can be very difficult to treat. Depending on the level of the resorption, it may be possible...

Dentistry: Root Treatment, gary backlund, root treatment
gary backlund, root treatment, front tooth: HI Tricia, While it s hard for me to tell for sure, since I can t examine you, it sounds like your tooth may be infected. I would suggest that you call your dentist, let him/her know what is going on and see what they want to do. Often, all that is necessary...

Dentistry: rc, periodontium, root canal
periodontium, root canal, gums: Yes. There are two sources of pain - the nerve in the tooth and the nerves in the surrounding periodontium, i.e. the bone and the gums. The root canal eliminated the former, but the latter are still operating. The reason one particular area seems sore is probably...

Dentistry: re: sore tongue due to TMJ/jaw Surgery?, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, lingual nerve
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, lingual nerve, cankersore: Gregg - It is definitely possible. I cannot tell you more without an examination. My suggestion is for you to get an examination from a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Do not put this off. The longer you wait the bigger chance of a problem...

Dentistry: red spot on tooth, pulp tissue, primary tooth
pulp tissue, primary tooth, baby teeth: Dear Michael, This is not uncommon. The primary tooth is resorbing and the root is almost gone showing some pulp tissue through the tooth. The tooth will be lost soon, in the next six months, there is no need for concern. All the best, Dr. Mos...

Dentistry: residual infection maybe?, residual infection, endodontists
residual infection, endodontists, endodontist: Hi Janet, Like I said before, what you really need is a good diagnosis. If I were you, I would seek a 2nd opinion from an endodontist. Something is not right and it is highly unlikely another round of antibiotics will fix the problem. As for flossing...

Dentistry: root canal, dental abscess, root canal treatment
dental abscess, root canal treatment, canal infections: Hi Rosie A deep throb is possibly a dental abscess where root canal treatment may be indicated - sensitivity to hot/cold tends to mean decay and just to heat but not cold tends to indicate a dying pulp. These symptoms are only a guide and must be taken...

Dentistry: root canal, root canal work, x ray
root canal work, x ray, second opinion: Hi Kristie Certainly a second opinion may give you more information - an x-ray can give a good idea of the quality/success of root canal work, although ideally the dentist would also need to see a before x-ray to be able to give the best advice. Regards...

Dentistry: root canal, gary backlund, endodontist
gary backlund, endodontist, excruciating pain: Hi Deborah, I m sorry you are going through all this! No, this is NOT normal. I would call your endodontist, even though it s the weekend there should be someone on call, explain what you are feeling and get help. It may be that they phone in medications...

Dentistry: root canal through bridgework, porcelain crown, crusty roll
porcelain crown, crusty roll, bridgework: Hi Eileen, I can certainly understand your concern. There is always the possibility that chewing is what has caused your tooth to be sore. There is never any problem with waiting on treatment. The only downside is that things could get worse with pain and...

Dentistry: root canal extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, root canal treatment
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, root canal treatment, molar tooth: Marissa - If the tooth to be extracted is a front tooth, eye tooth or even premolar, the extraction is not that difficult on a root canal tooth. If, however, you are speaking of a molar tooth with root canal treatment, then have a board certified oral and...

Dentistry: About root canal timing, root canal procedure, root canals
root canal procedure, root canals, endodontist: Hi Kazi, Actually, the time between appointments really varies a lot from office to office. In truth, it is usually based on how booked up the office is and when they have their next appointment. As long as you are comfortable, there really is no urgency...

Dentistry: root canal treatment, root canal treatment, x rays
root canal treatment, x rays, redone: Hi Yvett, You ask good question, but they don t have black & white answers. I ll try to do my best to answer and explain what s happening.... 1. How do I know for sure that all of the infection is gone? The only way to evaluate healing is with X-rays...

Dentistry: root canals, root canals, gary backlund
root canals, gary backlund, success failure: Hi Dane, Our best way of evaluating treatment is by using X-rays and symptoms. If the bone heals and there are no symptoms, then treatment is successful. If the patient has pain, we know we have a problem that needs to be dealt with. It may not be a problem...

Dentistry: root canals, root canal treatment, bacterial invasion
root canal treatment, bacterial invasion, root canals: Dear Dane: Root canal treatment is a way for us, to be able to retain a tooth in the mouth even though the tissues inside of it (cells, blood vessels, nerve) are dead. When a tooth is affected by trauma, such as a fracture, or a bacterial invasion (due to...

Dentistry: root canals, root canals, root canal
root canals, root canal, fillings: Hi Cindy, There is really no correct answer to your question...it all depends on what you are willing to go through to prevent having a root canal. You do not have an infected or abscessed tooth, yet, so you won t hurt anything by trying medicated fillings,...

Dentistry: root exposures, symptoms of tooth decay, gary backlund
symptoms of tooth decay, gary backlund, gum chewing: Hi Karen, The answer is.....it depends...:-). What I mean is that root exposure, if it occurs naturally over time may not be sensitive at all. The root can lay down extra tooth structure to insulate it from sensations like hot & cold, etc. On the other...

Dentistry: roots, nerve fibers, periodontal ligament
nerve fibers, periodontal ligament, root canals: Hi Karrie, From what you have just told me it sounds like the issue might be coming from a periodontal concern (gum disease). I would have a periodontist evaluate the site and depending on what he finds you may still need to visit and endodontist. Steve...

Dentistry: roots, root canal treatment, root canals
root canal treatment, root canals, residual infection: Karrie - Root canal treatment can produce pain immediately after and during the procedure. That occurs if the ligament holding the tooth to the bone, becomes inflamed during the procedure. Clenching and grinding definitely can cause an irritation and...

Dentistry: Sensitive teeth, silver fillings, sensitive teeth
silver fillings, sensitive teeth, nerve problem: Joan - If decay exists between the filling and the tooth and it has formed at the surface, the explorer can probe into the space. The fact that you are having sensitivity and the digital film shows possible decay, I think removing of the filling and any...

Dentistry: Short roots, periodic checkups, gum infections
periodic checkups, gum infections, nerve damage: Hi Janette, Thanks for the question and take a deep breath its not that bad. Firstly, the short roots are common when orthodontics have been performed especially for such a long time as you indicate. This occurs when the forces to move teeth are a bit strong...

Dentistry: Sinus cavity, sinus cavity, sinus infection
sinus cavity, sinus infection, dalin: have the dentist take an xray of the area. it will be quite apparent if the root is up there or not. as far as symptoms go, these vary. i have heard you feel like you have a sinus infection...but sometimes people are totally asymptomatic. do not worry about...

Dentistry: Size and shape of dental crown, american academy of cosmetic dentistry, two front teeth
american academy of cosmetic dentistry, two front teeth, american dental association: Dear Ann: I am sorry to hear about your trouble, and you are right...the crowns will have to be redone. The question is: Do you trust your current dentist to redo them properly? I advise you to go to the person that can actually deliver the proper result....

Dentistry: Status Post Multiple Tooth Extraction complication, gum tissue, canine teeth
gum tissue, canine teeth, upper teeth: Bernard -It is a little tough for me to tell you what is going on exactly, but the what you describe could just be a trapped area of blood from the extractions and now it is degenerating. I wish I could tell you more, but I would need to really examine you...

Dentistry: Still has Baby tooth at the age of 30, steve litwin, grand scheme of things
steve litwin, grand scheme of things, baby tooth: Hi Purnima, Thanks for the question. I think it is a good idea to proceed with the suggested treatment. The risk of not doing this is that you will certainly lose the retained baby tooth and the angle permanent tooth may start to impinge on the adjacent...

Dentistry: Still sore 2 weeks after root canal, gary backlund, root canal treatment
gary backlund, root canal treatment, lateral canal: Hi Charles, I m sorry to hear this is still going on. It is possible that things are still healing, but you should be noticing improvement as the days go by....certainly you should not be getting any worse. I think, if I were you, I d give it another week....

Dentistry: Stubborn Infection, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, root canal treatment
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, root canal treatment, dangerous infection: Mike - An antibiotic will not stop the infection. We all have bacteria in our mouths constantly. Some will be affected with the antibiotic, but not all. The only way to fight the infection is to remove the source. This means that the cause of the problem,...

Dentistry: salivary gland problem, parotids, oral irritation
parotids, oral irritation, salivary gland: Roxana - I will do a little research and hopefully I can find a specialist. Usually the cancer from Sjogren s is a lymphoma, but with the irritation caused by the thick altered saliva, there is a possibility that chronic oral irritation may produce there,...

Dentistry: sensitive teeth, root surfaces, sensitive teeth
root surfaces, sensitive teeth, cold sensitivity: one option is to replace some of your old fillings and see if that helps. your dentist can isolate each tooth and apply cold or blow air and see if there are any specific areas that elicit the same pain you are feeling at home. that is what i try to do. i...

Dentistry: sensivity to cold after rootcanal, room temperature water, root canal treatments
room temperature water, root canal treatments, pulp tissue: Dear Shazia, I am sorry you are having this symptom even after you had a root canal. After the pulp is removed during a root canal the tooth loses its ability to sense cold and can not be sensitive to cold. I understand that this is a new symptom,...

Dentistry: severe gum pain, gum pain, oral surgeon
gum pain, oral surgeon, jawbone: Dear B: You have infections around the roots in your gums. The infection has eaten through your jawbone and is now draining into the red thing with the white head. You need to contact a dentist to remove your roots. In order to do this, you will need to...

Dentistry: short root and braces, front teeth, orthodontic treatment
front teeth, orthodontic treatment, extra pressure: I have no statistical information that could lead me to give you a probability regarding the loss of the tooth under these circumstances. While you are weighing the possibility of tooth loss as a result of orthodontic treatment, I m wondering about the chances...

Dentistry: What should a socket look like post-extraction?, wisdom teeth, minimal pain
wisdom teeth, minimal pain, dry socket: Hi Monika, If it has been two weeks and the sutures are still present then I would think about having the taken out by another dentist if it will be a week or longer before you see you regular dentist. You do not want to leave sutures in too long because...

Dentistry: swelling gums, periodontal abscess, root canal specialist
periodontal abscess, root canal specialist, swollen gums: Dear Jon, Sometimes when treating an infection with antibiotics and the infection is not clearing up, a dentist will choose to switch antibiotics . Different antibiotic can be effective fighting different types of bacteria. I am not sure what sort of...

Dentistry: swelling and nervousness after tooth extraction, warm salt water, novocain
warm salt water, novocain, tooth extraction: Robin - An extraction or an injection of Novocaine should not produce excess swelling, unless either procedure produced excess trauma and causing internal bleeding. This situation occurs in an extraction when it is very difficult or the doctor doing the...

Dentistry: swollen glands after root canal, drainage pattern, lymph glands
drainage pattern, lymph glands, swollen glands: Hi Cheryl, It would be unusual for an upper tooth to cause swelling in the lower, but it is possible due to the drainage pattern of your head and neck. I would give your dentist a call, explain what you are going through and get his/her advice. You may...

Dentistry: Teeth Whitening, crest white strips, tooth enamel
crest white strips, tooth enamel, custom trays: here is exactly what i tell my patients: you have 4 choices to whiten your teeth. #1 is over the counter bleach such as crest white strips. cost is low...around $40...you place these strips on your teeth twice a day for 2 weeks...results are iffy...most of...

Dentistry: Terminology, gary backlund, 2 different things
gary backlund, 2 different things, dr gary: Hi Melissa, Technically, an infection means that bacteria are involved and an abscess can occur without bacteria. However, often the two are used interchangeably because a sterile abscess is possible, but VERY rare. Hope this helps. Gary Backlund...

Dentistry: TMD/TMD Orthodontics, getting braces, tmj problems
getting braces, tmj problems, tmd symptoms: Hi Brandon, Thanks for the question. You are doing the absolute correct thing in being very careful about undergoing orthodontic treatment if you currently have TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). The reason I say this will become apparent once I start...

Dentistry: Toddler cavities, early childhood caries, dentist appointment
early childhood caries, dentist appointment, fluoride toothpaste: Dear Lynette, you can slow up the development of the decay on your sons front top teeth by wiping them twice daily with a piece of gauze that you have put some fluoride toothpaste on. Also I suspect that your son is using a bottle as a pacifier and...

Dentistry: Tongue/Mouth Problems Since Crown, gum diseases, diagnostic workup
gum diseases, diagnostic workup, mouth problems: Dear Liz: I am concerned that your problem has not gone away for so long after your dentist made adjustments to your crown. And I m even more concerned that the problem seems to be getting worse. If you have not contacted your dentist since the problem...

Dentistry: Tongue Numbness After Surgery, tongue numbness, lingual nerve
tongue numbness, lingual nerve, benign tumor: Lisa - As strange as it sounds, the tickle and the burning is a very good sign. That is the nerve sending out its own signals to reheal itself. How long it will take until you regain all your normal feelings, is tough for me to say. In general, I advise...

Dentistry: Tooth Problem For My 22 Month Old, 2 year molars, lateral incisors
2 year molars, lateral incisors, tooth problem: Dear Angela, Would like to help you , but this is the kind of a question that I would need a recent x-ray in order to be of any help. Sorry i cant do better, but I do suggest you see a dentist and let him or her do an examination. all the best, D. Mos...

Dentistry: Tooth pain, x rays, tooth pain
x rays, tooth pain, dentist: Dear M: It sounds like you have a nerve in one of your teeth that is inflamed or infected. You need to see your dentist once more, or another dentist, or have your dentist refer you to an endodontist (dentists who specialize in treating the nerves inside...

Dentistry: Tooth sensitivity please help!, new dentist, tipped applicator
new dentist, tipped applicator, q tip: Hi J., Thanks for the question. J please understand that without having the ability to visually see what has happened I am limited in the accuracy of my response. With that being said, I would like to believe that the dentist was able to distinguish between...

Dentistry: Toothache, uli uli, caldwell luc
uli uli, caldwell luc, sinus surgery: uli i would go back to the oral surgeon and have your sinus rechecked...just play it safe and make sure the cyst has not returned. once your sinus checks out, you can then look at tooth and gums. you can have the tooth really looked at...make sure no decay...

Dentistry: Toothache, molar tooth, wisdom teeth
molar tooth, wisdom teeth, gum problems: Hi Amy, Thanks for the question. Amy I am going to make a few assumptions here. First, I am going to assume that the only the back molar tooth has an decay/infection and that none of the other teeth on that side top and bottom and front teeth included have...

Dentistry: Toothache, root canal treatment, implant dentistry
root canal treatment, implant dentistry, decayed tooth: Dear Brandy: I am so sorry to hear that you are in pain. I cannot possibly examine you over this very limited forum. I can, however, give you some insight. When you had your teeth examined, the dentist probably probed into the decayed tooth. If the decay...

Dentistry: Top and bottom second molars removed, second molars, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
second molars, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom teeth: Matilda - The extraction holes should heal as long as you are meticulous and keep the sockets clean with frequent salt water rinses. The foundations of our bite is not the second molars, but the first molars. Saying that, if anything were to happen...

Dentistry: Trauma to Front Tooth, gary backlund, gray appearance
gary backlund, gray appearance, color sort: Hi Jessica, Sometimes, the gray appearance can result from ruptured blood vessels inside your tooth that cause the darker color....sort of like a black and blue bruise on your arm. If you are seeing an endodontist, that is the right thing to do as he/she...

Dentistry: Trigeminal Neuralgia, root canal treatments, root canal treatment
root canal treatments, root canal treatment, trigeminal neuralgia: Hi Cheryl, I m sorry all this is going on. It must be frustrating. Trigeminal Neuralgia is really pretty rare. It is possible, but very rare, for a root canal to cause it. In most cases, it is difficult to predict it s pattern or how long it will remain...

Dentistry: tapping of teeth, ligament, decay
ligament, decay, dentists: Monica - A tooth with just decay will not hurt with tapping. A tooth where the nerve in the tooth is inflamed, the ligament that holds the tooth to the bone is inflamed or the bone surrounding the tooth is inflamed will all cause pain with tapping. If in...

Dentistry: teeth, nerve inflammation, periodontal problems
nerve inflammation, periodontal problems, exlorer: Rach - It is hard to differentiate sometimes where the problems is just from the symptoms. They can mimic each other. Just because the dentist cannot gain access to a small separation at the filling tooth border with the explorer, it does not mean that there...

Dentistry: teeth, gum specialist, good oral hygiene
gum specialist, good oral hygiene, new dentist: Alison - First of all, if your gums are sore, that is not good. Although the dentist didn t tell you the cause of the mobile teeth. The most common cause is all patients is a periodontal problem where debris and bacteria get caught under the gums and gradually...

Dentistry: Front teeth not growing in., adult teeth, permanent teeth
adult teeth, permanent teeth, front teeth: Meghan I have seen permanent teeth take 6-9 months to come in after baby teeth lost. So do not panic. If you are concerned, take her in for a quick xray. Your dentist will be able to show you where the permanent teeth are. And if she has some sort of space...

Dentistry: temperature sensitivity, gary backlund, silver fillings
gary backlund, silver fillings, proper insulation: Hi Debs, X-rays are a 2 dimensional picture of a 3 dimensional object. They are not perfect. However, if the decay is big or deep enough, it should show up on an Xray. If the decay is close to the nerve, it could cause all the symptoms you are having and...

Dentistry: I think i have TMJ, national health service, minor headaches
national health service, minor headaches, time emma: Emma, First, I am in the US, so I don t know about surgery cost for you. I am not sure what you mean by a brace . I assume you mean a TMJ nightguard. If so, then some people have them for the upper and some have them on the lower teeth. I don t know...

Dentistry: tingly tongue after dental filling, lingual nerve, oral surgeon
lingual nerve, oral surgeon, dental filling: Dear Denise: It is unfortunate that you are still numb in your tongue after almost two weeks. However, it is not that uncommon. When the inferior alveolar block is given (the type of injection given to you), the danger exists of touching the lingual nerve...

Dentistry: tiny black dot on tooth, baby molars, tooth decay
baby molars, tooth decay, black dot: Without doing an examination it s just not possible to determine if those spots are the beginning of cavities. They may simply be stains that require no treatment at all. If they are cavities they can be properly treated by the dentist when you return home....

Dentistry: tongue, steve litwin, burning tongue
steve litwin, burning tongue, geographic tongue: Hi Kurt, Thanks for the question. You more than likely have something called geographic tongue. What this means is that there are various areas on your tongue that are devoid of some papilla (those hair like bumps which control taste sensations) which will...

Dentistry: tongue bite, peripheral nerve damage, third molar extraction
peripheral nerve damage, third molar extraction, local anesthetic: HI Shoeb, Thanks for the question. What you are describing sounds like a mild form of parasthesia ( numbness due to nerve injury) which can happen during wisdom teeth extractions. Depending on your age this usually goes away but may take quite a bit of...

Dentistry: tongue irritation lateral left lower side, oral lichen planus, oral pathologist
oral lichen planus, oral pathologist, tongue irritation: this should be fairly simple. when we get a crown or bridge done at a dental lab, they can send us the exact composition of the metal used and the porcelain used. i think the program is called identalloy. you can then take this list to an allergist and have...

Dentistry: tooth, orthodontic work, bone structure
orthodontic work, bone structure, x ray: can you explain me your case ??? hi i have just received a answer from someone else about my problem which was very useful. but i am wondering what problems could be found and what they d do if they found anything on the x-ray of the bone structure....

Dentistry: front tooth crown, front teeth, tooth crown
front teeth, tooth crown, front tooth: it should be an exact match. before you have the permanent crown cemented, ask for a mirror to check it out. if you are not satisfied, do not let it be cemented. ask the dentist to make any desired corrections to it at that time. make sure you like color,...

Dentistry: tooth extraction, tooth extraction, bruise
tooth extraction, bruise, molar: Dear r: Purpla under your tongue is either a large vein that you never noticed before now, or a bruise. If a bruise, it will heal like any other, over time. White spots on the gum may indicate either infection or ulceration, both common responses to extraction....

Dentistry: tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, dull pain
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, dull pain, tooth extraction: David - leaving the tooth is absolutely wrong and can cause a major problem. If he was unable to remove the rest of the tooth, he should have immediately sent you to a local oral and maxillofacial surgeon. You need to get that tooth out as soon as possible....

Dentistry: tooth extraction, post nasal drip, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
post nasal drip, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, little specks: Joyce - I cannot be sure, but it sounds like the dentist perforated your sinus. If so, the placement of a graft material is wrong. It will just act as a medium for oral bacteria to grow. Seeing the dentist is necessary, but if the dentist is honest, he...

Dentistry: tooth extraction bad and on antibiotics, clove oil, mouth rinse
clove oil, mouth rinse, disolved: Hi Sandra, Thanks for the question. Sandra the first thing I would do is make sure you see your oral surgeon tomorrow! What you are describing sounds like a dry socket and from what information you have told me you can place a slight bit of clove oil...

Dentistry: tooth extraction complications, tooth extraction complications, warm salt water
tooth extraction complications, warm salt water, cracked area: Melinda - At three weeks after the extraction the sockets should have begun to close. You say that the doctor said you had a dry socket. If so, the doctor should have placed a dry socket medication into the sinus to promote healing. Just so you know, if...

Dentistry: tooth extractions and dry sockets, dry sockets, food particle
dry sockets, food particle, tooth extractions: Sarah - Your dentist was a little aggressive in telling you to just eat normally. You should only eat a soft diet for the first 48 hours. It takes 48 hours for the clot to gain its full density. You can very, very gently swish with warm salt water, but...