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Dentistry: dental/nerve damage
Dentistry: dental/nerve damage

Dentistry: Failed root canal and apico?, root canals, apico
Dentistry: Failed root canal and apico?, root canals, apico, dental visits

Dentistry: neuralgia, meds, appointment
Dentistry: neuralgia, meds, appointment, doctors

Dentistry: Failed Root Canal after 31 Years, root canal procedure, subject states
root canal procedure, subject states, fractured jaw: Although the symptoms can come on fast , often a failing root canal can be present without symptoms for years. For some reason the infection can flare up and become acute and it can appear to be a new problem. Sometimes the tooth fractures and then cause...

Dentistry: Failed root canal and apico?, dry socket, root canal
dry socket, root canal, oral surgeon: Tiffany A) this pain sounds like tooth related with no 3 B) discuss intentional reimplantation with your endodontist as a last attempt at saving this tooth. C) if you could email/post an xray or request your doctor to email me the xray of no 3, i could...

Dentistry: Filling re-do after 6 months?, digitial photos, new dentist
digitial photos, new dentist, sugary drinks: Kelley - This is a very difficult question for me to answer. Not knowing either of the dentists I don t know which one to believe. The best solution is to get a third dentist to evaluate you. I don t like that there is sensitivity. That usually indicates...

Dentistry: fomy son teeth, pediatric dentist, permanent teeth
pediatric dentist, permanent teeth, tooth development: Dear Elnura, I don t know why his teeth have black lines. If they came in with black lines, this usually indicates that you were ill, or were taking a medication that may have interfered with his tooth development while he was in you. If you are still...

Dentistry: Frustrated!, endodonist, clyndamycin
endodonist, clyndamycin, tooth ache: Thanks Wren, that helps a lot! Since the bump is hard and not like a pimple, that means the bone has been deformed due to the abscess. It will take some time for the bone to reform back to it s natural shape and it s very difficult to tell you how long since...

Dentistry: Guarantee for Denture, clinical situations, denture
clinical situations, denture, dds: sometimes a denture is made perfectly but the patient still has trouble with it, particularly a lower denture, particularly if there is not a lot of lower bone left. guarantees are specific from office to office. this is a communication thing. you need to...

Dentistry: gum recession and sports, running and gum disease
running and gum disease: In general my answer would be no, there would be no effect from athletic endeavors. But someone who runs constantly, like training for a marathon, could possibly drying out the mouth, especially in the front of the mouth letting bacteria grow and multiply...

Dentistry: Gum soreness and bubbles, upper canines, whitish color
upper canines, whitish color, dear jon: Dear Jon, A bubble-like swelling usually indicates an abscess of some kind. Usually these come from the tooth or the gums surrounding the tooth. You need to see your dentist immediately, as these infections often spread to the face, sinuses, neck and...

Dentistry: Gums, gum tissue, oral surgeon
gum tissue, oral surgeon, jawbone: Dear Diane, Yes. You can have the loose, excess gum tissue removed. Better, you can have bone augmentation surgery. With this procedure, a skilled oral surgeon will open the loose tissue, and add bone to your existing jawbone to create a larger ridge...

Dentistry: hot and cold sensitivity in tooth 6 yrs. after root canal, cold sensitivity, composite result
cold sensitivity, composite result, tooth structure: Severe decay can cause pain, but not on an endodontically treated tooth, because the nerves that feel the pain are gone. That is the point of the treatment. The treated tooth can decay, however, and if it is severe enough, it will need to be removed as there...

Dentistry: Impacted wisdom teeth and general anesthesia, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, iv sedation
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, iv sedation, general anesthesia: Luke - I, of course, do not know the doctor and techniques he is using, but in general, when an oral and maxillofacial surgeon says anesthesia, he is using medications that completely eliminate your ability to be aware of anything. The doctor will need to...

Dentistry: Impacted Wisdom Tooth Extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, warm salt water
wisdom tooth extraction, warm salt water, jaw muscles: Sohan - I cannot be sure what you are experiencing, but it does not sound like an infection. Start the regimen of warm salt water rinses that I described. You should feel a relaxing of the muscles in a few days. if not, get back to the doctor to examine...

Dentistry: infection in the bone now that graft is placed, sinus troubles, hydrogen peroxide
sinus troubles, hydrogen peroxide, bone graft: Grace- I completely agree with you that your dentist needs replacing. It is obvious that he is insecure about his abilities and scolding you is his attempt to regain his feelings about himself. I am going to provide the name of a few board certified...

Dentistry: Infection and Root Canal, gary backlund, upper molar
gary backlund, upper molar, burning sensation: Hi Amy, I m sorry to hear you re having this trouble. Usually, 48 hours is the point at which the antibiotics should be working. Sometimes it can take a bit longer. If you are not doing better tomorrow, maybe not great, but at least seeing some improvement,...

Dentistry: i have what looks like a blood blister just above my front tooth, blood blister on my gum, digital photograph
blood blister on my gum, digital photograph, llok: if it is merely a blood blister, it is harmless...sometimes they disappear...sometimes they stay like they appear for a number of years. these are usually asymptomatic. there is not really any swelling involved. sometimes an infection or abscess can appear...

Dentistry: loose bridge, uppers, lowers
uppers, lowers: Hello Lanny, I think I may update my profile a little bit to guard against questions that are outside of my area of expertise. But while I am here on this question, I would like to spout out a little common sense off the cuff advise. Since you are...

Dentistry: Lower partial and bone loss, rapid bone loss, titanium implants
rapid bone loss, titanium implants, natural teeth: Dear Michelle, I m so sorry for the delay. I thought I had answered your question already. Usually, a cast metal and acrylic partial is made. This is the old standby partial, and the one most people picture when they think of a partial. When made...

Dentistry: I'm so frustrated!, endodonist, infection present
endodonist, infection present, clyndamycin: the bubble will not go away until the root canal has been completed and there is no infection present. it is probably what we call a fistula. this is where pressure and infection inside of the bone breaks through to the outside in order to relieve pressure....

Dentistry: What does this mean?, Root Canal, Endodontist
Root Canal, Endodontist: Hi Wren, Sorry to hear about your recent dental issues. During endodontic treatment, files are used to remove the nerve tissue. The files are typically made from either stainless steel or nickel titanium. Both of the these materials are very flexible to...

Dentistry: Milk Teeth Deterioration, silver caps, milk teeth
silver caps, milk teeth, bottle mouth: make sure her parents are not putting her to bed with a bottle. it sounds like something we call nursing bottle mouth caries. people let babies go to sleep with a bottle. the solution in there bathes the teeth all night long and the teeth almost dissolve....

Dentistry: Mouth too small, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw muscles
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw muscles, opening of the mouth: Cari - There are two factors that can restrict the opening of the mouth. The anatomy of the joint is abnormal or the jaw muscles are in spasm or just restrict the opening. Either of these can restrict the jaw opening. I don t know if you have spoken with...

Dentistry: neuralgia, nerve inflammation, upper gum
nerve inflammation, upper gum, nerve problem: Denise - If there was no surgery and you had no previous neurological problems before the extractions, the only possible cause is an inflammation of the nerves. This inflammation might have been induced from nothing and that often produces neuralgia. With...

Dentistry: opening in mouth to sinus, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus lift
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus lift, left nostril: Ed - An opening from the mouth to the sinus from an extraction socket is called an oral antral fistula. This is not a good situation since the sinus is constantly being bathed with saliva which contains bacteria. I don t know what instructions you were given,...

Dentistry: Oral Surgery, teeth extracted, surgery
teeth extracted, surgery: Hi Pamela, Whoaaaa....wow, this definitely does seem like major work! Simply because of the magnitude of the surgery, you may want to seek one or two additional opinions from oral surgeons. I am not a doctor but it does seem like you have a lot going...

Dentistry: pain after cementing molar, room temperature water, gary backlund
room temperature water, gary backlund, root canal treatment: Hi Moin, I m sorry to hear you are still having problems with your tooth. First, my disclaimer...since I can t exam you, it s hard for me to give you good answers, but I can make some general opinions. Since you are feeling pain to even room temperature...

Dentistry: Pain in gums when flossing in one spot, electric toothbrush, nightguard
electric toothbrush, nightguard, pro health: Dear Maria, I m afraid you might be overdoing it in the cleaning area. Here s my plan: Be sure you have a soft or extra-soft electric toothbrush (I like Spin Brush Pro), Crest Pro Health Toothpaste, Crest 3D White mouthwash and Go-Betweens. After breakfast,...

Dentistry: Pain and swelling even with meds, gary backlund, wisdom teeth
gary backlund, wisdom teeth, appointment time: Hi Janet, I m sorry to hear your daughter is having so much trouble. Antibiotics take some time to start working. We usually say 24-48 hours to begin to work and it can take another few days for things to really settle down. The pain medication is supposed...

Dentistry: Partial turning into denture, metal clasps, partial denture
metal clasps, partial denture, prosthodontist: Dear Lois: I would do exactly what you have described. As a mater of fact, I actually plan for contingency in my work all the time. Any time that teeth are left, a partial denture is designed to accommodate for the loss of those teeth and placement of implants...

Dentistry: Peace of Mind, tooth infections, nerve damage
tooth infections, nerve damage, routine checkup: Dear Zoran, Although your story is not a common one, ie: having what a good check up and then finding out two weeks later that a tooth needed extraction, It is possible that your tooth had a pre-existing problem that was not noticed at first. Many dentists...

Dentistry: Permanent acrylic dentures, porcelain teeth, acrylic teeth
porcelain teeth, acrylic teeth, permanent dentures: Dear Ed, There are acrylic denture teeth, composite resin denture teeth, and porcelain denture teeth. These increase in hardness from acrylic to porcelain, with composite in the middle. For complete dentures, I almost always use acrylic teeth. Because...

Dentistry: can porcelain be applied to an all gold crown, pfm crown, gold crown
pfm crown, gold crown, zirconia crowns: i do like the bruxir crowns. they appear to be phenomenally strong. preparation-wise, it is very similar to PFM...maybe even a little less can be removed. margins are margins...if they are done well, they all protect equally. and you bond these in with plastic...

Dentistry: porcelain fused to an all gold crown, gold crowns, third molars
gold crowns, third molars, gold crown: In my practice I recommend all gold crowns for second and third molars and pfm s for first molar and anterior. Most of my pfm s do not chip but if they do, If the contacts remain intact they are still functional. I give my patients a choice of silver colored...

Dentistry: post retreatment, temporary filling, canal area
temporary filling, canal area, pain medication: Hi Jose, I m sorry to hear all this is going on. As far as leaving the crown off, that will not really cause any future problems as long as the root canal area is sealed with a temporary filling of some sort to prevent contaminating the root canal or root...

Dentistry: Post root canal retreatment pain, root canal retreatment, gary backlund
root canal retreatment, gary backlund, bug bite: Hi again Jenny, I m glad to hear you re doing better! The rate at which you heal depends on how bad the infection is/was, the type of antibiotic and the natural ability of your body to fight off the infection. Obviously, this will vary with every infection...

Dentistry: Problem with Tooth 15, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, removable denture
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, removable denture, upper molar: Jay - Ideally, it would be best to try to save that tooth. As far as the dentist doing surgery, I m not sure what type he did. There really is no exploratory surgery for that area, other than doing a precedure called an apicoectomy. It is a little difficult...

Dentistry: Problems with 6 year old teeth, four quadrants, adult teeth
four quadrants, adult teeth, old teeth: Maria, Thanks for your excellent description of your questions. First, it is entirely normal for a child of six years of age to have exchanged the four upper and four lower incisors. The issue of the upper right molar (I assume it is the primary molar)...

Dentistry: pulpotomy, fever reducers, dental procedure
fever reducers, dental procedure, wonderful service: It is certainly a possibility that his pain and temp are related to the dental procedure. Other than using over the counter pain relievers and fever reducers there is nothing that you can do except to have him seen by a dentist as soon as possible for diagnosis...

Dentistry: Purple spot on gum, purple mark, purple spot
purple mark, purple spot, zev: Dear Beth: Unfortunately without personally looking at you I cannot give you a diagnosis or treatment. However, the best you can do is brush and floss regularly and watch the area. If it disappears within two weeks, it was exactly what you said...a traumatic...

Dentistry: recurring abscess, emergency room bills, pain meds
emergency room bills, pain meds, dental abscess: You need to figure out where this abscess is coming from. You need to see an Oral Surgeon. He/she will then decide if it s tooth related then either re-do root canal or take that tooth out. If it s something else then the surgeon will discuss it accordingly....

Dentistry: recurring dental abscess, emergency room bills, pain meds
emergency room bills, pain meds, brain abscess: You need to have the tooth extracted right away, but make sure it is the one that is causing the infection. See an oral surgeon and tell them your story. Have them take a panoramic x-ray which shows all of your teeth. If you do not get rid of this infection...

Dentistry: root canal, dear mike, root canal
dear mike, root canal, x rays: Dear Mike, I don t quite understand your story. So let me rephrase. It sounds like you had a root canal in tooth (B). The root canal went well. Then you had a crown made on tooth (B). This crown has come off twice in one year. You complained, and...

Dentistry: Root Canal?, root canal treatment, pediatric dentist
root canal treatment, pediatric dentist, tooth number: Shannon - Tooth #3 is called a six year old molar. By eight years old, the roots have completely formed and doing root canal treatment to save the tooth is important. The 1st molars are the pillars of the bite and the face. Premature loss of a 1st molar...

Dentistry: root canal, hair line fracture, cracked tooth syndrome
hair line fracture, cracked tooth syndrome, root canal: Symptoms of cracked tooth syndrome are pain on biting and sensitivity to cold. This can change once the pulp necroses. I can t diagnose your tooth without seeing you. Radiographs do not diagnose cracks. Some dentists will place a crown in hopes that this will...

Dentistry: Root canal through a crown, tooth colored fillings, composite resins
tooth colored fillings, composite resins, cosmetic reasons: hi debbie it seems the argument is still not over. well to be honest, tooth colored fillings called core buildup composite resins are routinely employed to fill the hole through which a root canal is done in a crown. yes, he should have asked you...

Dentistry: root canal after crown and bridge, root canal dentist, tooth bridge
root canal dentist, tooth bridge, new bridge: Dear Lynne: I am so sorry for the delay in answering your question. I left on vacation, returned, and forgot to check if there were questions waiting. Nevertheless, your husband s problem is common enough. It is just unfortunate that you have had all the...

Dentistry: Root canal still sore, molar tooth, amoxicilin
molar tooth, amoxicilin, root canal: Hi Charlotte, I m sorry to hear you re still having problems with that tooth. First my disclaimer....since I can t exam you or see your X-rays, it very difficult for me to diagnosis your problem accurately. However, it sounds to me that you may still have...

Dentistry: Scan of teeth, digital software, x rays
digital software, x rays, x ray: Dear Armin, No I can t see any problems when viewing the images you sent. When I view X-rays in my office my digital software has a feature that allows me to enhance the contrast of the images an sometimes that helps see hard to see problems. I do not...

Dentistry: Small bump after tooth extraction?, warm salt water, wisdom teeth
warm salt water, wisdom teeth, incisor: Veeh - It is, of course, difficult for me to determine if the bump is from a tooth or the gum surrounding the tooth. I suggest that the surgeon who extracted the teeth evaluate the bump very soon. In the interim, you can begin warm salt water rinses in...

Dentistry: Sore gums from TMJ?, wisdom teeth extraction, tmd symptoms
wisdom teeth extraction, tmd symptoms, sore gums: Tiffany - Of course, without examining you it is a little difficult for me to be sure what is actually occurring, but when you say the gums are sore, do you mean the gums touching the crowns of the teeth or higher up? I ask that because higher up there might...

Dentistry: Spotting decay in an x-ray, removing old filling
removing old filling: I don t see anything wrong other than a large filling. But I must tell you x ray alone won t always tell you if something is wrong or not. So visual inspection must be part of an accurate diagnosis. Absence from pain can be an indication that nothing...

Dentistry: stains from smoking, hydrogen peroxide, porcelain veneers
hydrogen peroxide, porcelain veneers, baking soda: your dentist should be able to clean off smoking stains...they are normally removeable with a good cleaning. i have heard of oil pulling but this is something that is very unproven. i cannot tell you if this will do anything whatsoever. i prefer to...

Dentistry: swelling, upper tooth, side id
upper tooth, side id, root canal: Hi Denisd, Yes, I have heard of people who have swelling after a root canal. To be on the safe side, just give your dentist a call and let him know your status. If you are able to get to the dentist in person, all the better. Have them look at you. ...

Dentistry: Swelling & discoloration of back gums after Zoom!, laser teeth, dental exam
laser teeth, dental exam, retractor: Dear Kelly, Usually Zoom whitening only involves the front ten teeth, top and bottom. Also if a patient does develop a complication it is noticed immediately afterwards. Given the fact that your swelling involves a back crown your infection is not likely...

Dentistry: teeth issues, whiten teeth, home remedy
whiten teeth, home remedy, dr joel: Gaurav - The problem with using many substances used not by dentists to whiten teeth is that many of the teeth actually are eaten away at the enamel of the teeth. For that reason an acid like Boric Acid will definitely eat away at the enamel of the tooth....

Dentistry: teeth yellowing, amorphous calcium phosphate, soft toothbrush
amorphous calcium phosphate, soft toothbrush, home remedy: Hi gaurav If you are using sensodyne due to generalised sensitivity, then i would not recommend any over the counter tooth whitening toothpastes. Instead i feel that you should start using a regular toothpaste as the abrasive in them helps remove surface...

Dentistry: tooth abcess antibiotics, root canal treatments, tooth abcess
root canal treatments, tooth abcess, back tooth: If your lump is not growing or causing pain you probably can wait until your appointment. If you are concerned you should call your dentist to see whether he can see you sooner. The infection will not go away until your root canal treatments are performed....

Dentistry: Tooth pain ?, gary backlund, dozen shots
gary backlund, dozen shots, novocain: Hi Amanda, I m sorry you are having all this go on. With all those injections, I m not surprised you are having some continued jaw & neck pain. Also, even though you weren t able to complete treatment, there was also some unfinished work done on your tooth...

Dentistry: unexplained pain, Endodontics, Root Canal
Endodontics, Root Canal: Hi Chelsea, Sorry to hear about your recent dental issues. Hard to give you an exact answer without a complete evaluation. There are a few things that can refer pain to the teeth that are not related to teeth. Such things are sinusitis/allergies, TMJ...

Dentistry: Upper Dentures, upper palate, wisdom tooth
upper palate, wisdom tooth, dentures: Dear Glenn I see many patients who have exactly your problem. It is much more difficult to get used to dentures than most people wish to believe. My dad was a pretty tough guy. But he was very frightened of the dentist. So when a wisdom tooth became very...

Dentistry: Upper right tooth, primary teeth, primary tooth
primary teeth, primary tooth, rare occurrence: Mitchell, From the photo it appears that the tooth in question is a primary or baby tooth. That needs to be confirmed by x-ray examination. That s the good news. Now here s the rest of the story and this also needs to be confirmed by x-ray examination....

Dentistry: white lump inside back cheeks, lower jaw surgery, yellow pus
lower jaw surgery, yellow pus, manual drainage: Jason - I am not thrilled with the obvious infection you have been enduring. It is very important to eliminate that infection. Antibiotics alone will help, but bacteria deep within the healing tissues often are not completely affected by the antibiotics...

Dentistry: zirconia crowns,, nightguard, bruxism
nightguard, bruxism, ceramic crowns: hello al high noble/zirconia layered with ceramic all wear at the same rate, because they have a layer of tooth colored ceramic(feldspathic porcelain) over the shell (zirconia/high noble alloy). feldspathic porcelains abrade opposing enamel more than...

Dentistry: 2 year old Anesthesia Dental, pediatric dentist, office hope
pediatric dentist, office hope, mr khan: Dear Mr. Khan, you are quite correct to worry about general anesthesia. It carries with it great risks. With a small child general anesthesia should only be done when absolutely necessary under the good supervision of an expert. I suspect that the teeth...

Dentistry: my 6 year old seems to have a cut, primary teeth, dental exam
primary teeth, dental exam, loose tooth: Dear Timi, That information helped a lot. No problem here. You were correct, you are dealing with a simple case of eruption. When the baby molar falls out the space will be gone and everything will look and be normal. If it were something else your...

Dentistry: #9 toth extraction post root canal, left nostril, horrible headaches
left nostril, horrible headaches, larger hospital: What happened...

Dentistry: Abscessed Tooth, two front teeth, root canal procedure
two front teeth, root canal procedure, root canal treatment: Hopefully, my response will not create further confusion for you. First, understand that there is a very important distinction between pulpotomy and pulpectomy . A pulpotomy is a partial root canal treatment of the affected tooth. It is reserved for...

Dentistry: Apparent line at top of crown, gum recession, gum line
gum recession, gum line, time thanks: Thanks for your question. You seem like a very reasonable and level-headed patient. It is rare for gums to recede that quickly, although it can happen especially if there was inflammation from a gum problem that has been resolved. Another possible reason for...

Dentistry: Baby Teeth, adult teeth, permanent teeth
adult teeth, permanent teeth, baby teeth: Dear Areej, It looks bad, but there is no problem here. The eruption of the permanent lower teeth always occurs behind the baby teeth. The picture you describe is very common. There are two things you can do. 1 - in a few weeks the baby teeth will become...

Dentistry: bicuspid problem!, bicuspids, dalin
bicuspids, dalin, dental school: this sounds like severe wear. you really should have a dentist look at this before you choose an extraction. this is far too close to the front...you will not like the space created if you lose the tooth. you might have some lower cost options. call your local...

Dentistry: bone graft, bone graft, gel pad
bone graft, gel pad, inflammation: Chris - The loss of a graft are contingent mostly on the quality of the doctor placing it. After losing an implant, there was most likely evidence of inflammation in the area. To just immediately place a bone graft is wrong. The area should have been left...

Dentistry: Bone Graft, Dental Implant, Bone Grafting
Dental Implant, Bone Grafting: Hi Cris, 1- It s not necessary to have an implant on #15, but you will gain further chewing efficiency on the left side with the extra surface area that #15 gives you. It will also help prevent the opposing tooth from supra-erupting. 2- It depends what...

Dentistry: Bridge Failure, removable partial dentures, bridge failure
removable partial dentures, bridge failure, eye teeth: All studies show bridges last for about 7 to 10 years and decay is usually the most common cause for failure. The longer the span of the bridge the more stress on the teeth anchoring the bridge. I think you will need to explore other options like implants...

Dentistry: Bridge vs Implant, average life span, root canals
average life span, root canals, valid question: That s a very valid question. Well our studies have shown that the average life span for a bridge is about 7-10 years and the most common failure is due to decay. Implants on the other hand have about 95% success rate, if place correctly and if the crown...

Dentistry: Bridge vs. Implant, wisdom teeth, anatomical structures
wisdom teeth, anatomical structures, oral surgeon: Rob - Of course, without examining you I cannot be 100% sure, but you would need to find a skilled surgeon to do the implant. Many doctors have problems with them. The overall cost is higher. Chances of secondary problems, such as nerve injury, is much...

Dentistry: Bruxism, Bruxism
Bruxism: Hi Demie, Yes, I would like to help you. The good news is that your condition is very fixable. You have correctly discerned that your anxiety is causing your bruxism....which in turn is making your gums and teeth very sore. You need to do address...

Dentistry: Buldge inbetween front teeth, check ups, front teeth
check ups, front teeth, dental check: No, I did not see the blue swelling in any of your other photos. It may have been the way you were holding your lip. This is why your dentist needs to have a look. You should be concerned only to the extent that you talk to your dentist about your concerns...

Dentistry: Buldge in between front teeth, two front teeth, gum tissue
two front teeth, gum tissue, incisive papilla: Dear Ken, It s hard for me to see from your photo exactly what you are concerned about. What I do see is a large brown stained filling which is likely decayed underneath, an enlarged incisive papilla between your two front teeth, some excessive wear...

Dentistry: Buldge on upper lip, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, evaluation appointment
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, evaluation appointment, buldge: Kim - It is difficult in any of those pictures to differentiate what that swelling might be. It does not appear to be very large from the pictures. It could be a blocked gland or an old hematoma (collection of blood cells from a minor bruise), but I cannot...

Dentistry: Bulge on side of tongue, glandular tissues, buldge
glandular tissues, buldge, taste buds: Kim - The appearance of your tongue on all three pictures is completely normal. The bulging areas are just glandular tissue that exists in the tongue. The tongue has taste buds, saliva producing tissue and other glandular tissues. The bulges are all normal...

Dentistry: Chin & lip numbness & pain after wisdom teeth removal, wisdom teeth removal, wisdom tooth
wisdom teeth removal, wisdom tooth, night answer: Cindy - it is obvious that much of the electric shock in the chin, along with pressure on the teeth, is due to a neuritis (nerve inflammation). That can occur from the removal of wisdom teeth, with the mandibular nerve lying below the roots of the wisdom...

Dentistry: class 3 underbite, jaw muscles, palatal expander
jaw muscles, palatal expander, underbite: Kathy - The most important thing that must first be determined by any doctor examining her and suggesting treatment, is to discover if the underbite is due to an over growth of the lower jaw or an under growth of the upper jaw. If caught early on correct...

Dentistry: coffee?, acidity levels, caffeinated coffee
acidity levels, caffeinated coffee, food particles: I have not found significant research to prove the antibacterial effect of coffee as an anticavity rinse. However, there is research showing that drinking black caffeinated coffee regularly significantly reduces the risks of many diseases.Chlorogenic acids...

Dentistry: collapsed bite and bone resorbtion, wearing braces, teeth extraction
wearing braces, teeth extraction, facial structure: Dear Jannie: I am sorry to hear of your troubles. Unfortunately, in order to help you, you must present information to a qualified expert. Since you are dealing with many factors, I recommend you that go to www.gotoapro.org and look up a prosthodontist...

Dentistry: Cracked Tooth Syndrome, cracked tooth syndrome, gum line
cracked tooth syndrome, gum line, tooth number: hi Lori to successfully manage a cracked tooth syndrome one has to understand the orientation of the crack line. A) if the crack line is oblique and ends at the gum line or below it, then the treatment consists of root canal and a cap(which encircles...

Dentistry: Crown resulted in limited jaw opening, pain in lower jaw, front teeth
pain in lower jaw, front teeth, s finger: Dear Pat, The first and the best thing to do is contact your dentist and let her know what s happening to you. She knows what was done, and what to do to correct your problem. Odds are you probably have had some type of nerve or muscle irritation, or...

Dentistry: Crowns on front teeth, porcelain crowns, porcelain veneers
porcelain crowns, porcelain veneers, poor margins: Dear Eva, Sometimes after a patient has crowns or porcelain veneers on their anterior teeth the gums can appear receded after the crowns are inserted. Sometimes this recession is temporary and sometimes it is not. If this happens on one of my patients I...

Dentistry: Cyst after wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom teeth extraction, cyst
wisdom teeth extraction, cyst, curettage: Hello. In answer to your question, a cyst is a fluid filled sac. Generally, a cyst can form if remnants of a prior cyst are not removed completely. However, it may not be a cyst. It is possible it could be infection. My suggestion is, to go immediately back...

Dentistry: DA yanked out adjacent filling, filling, Prosthodontist
filling, Prosthodontist, Dentist: Hi OP, Have you ever heard of the expression that Life is Not Fair? I am sorry to say, this may be one of those situations. And I am sorry that you had to deal with the mishap of having a filling yanked out of that adjacent tooth....and having to pay...

Dentistry: A dental-assistant yanked out an adjacent filling, google, dental assistant
google, dental assistant, thanks in advance: Dear OP: I am sorry to hear about what happened. I understand you and I am here for you and on your side. Your only comcern should be the health of your mouth and here is what you should do: 1. Go back and thank the dental assistant who discovered that...

Dentistry: Dental Asst. pulled out adjacent filling, dental asst, dental assistant
dental asst, dental assistant, google: In answer to your question, no matter how bad a dental assistant she was, a good filling will not come out in an impression. The reason it came out is for 1 reason, the existing filling had microleakage and had allowed bacteria to flow underneath to loosen...

Dentistry: dental phobic:retreatment of root canal/apicoectomy, root canal specialist, root canal treatments
root canal specialist, root canal treatments, retreatment of root canal: Teresa - Run from the periodontist!!! This is not procedure that they are trained in and only attempt it as a way to make additional money. A bone graft, especially if there is an area of inflamed granulation tissue is a situation potentially leading to...

Dentistry: Dentist yanked out adjacent filling, impression material, dental assistant
impression material, dental assistant, google: This is frustrating for you I m sure.Even though all along with exams and x rays and cleanings and no symptoms on the tooth B it was not the fault of the assistant or the dentist for removing the filling in the impression.Understand what transpired here,the...

Dentistry: Denture Reline, denture reline, denture relining
denture reline, denture relining, upper denture: Dear Samuel: Denture relining is by nature the addition of acrylic material to the inside of the denture to make it better adapted to the mouth structures under the denture (upper and/or lower). There are special circumstances in which addition of acrylic...

Dentistry: Disabled and in dire need of a dentist, social service departments, pro bono work
social service departments, pro bono work, free dental care: Dear Philip, I am sorry to hear about your dire straits. I can only imagine what it must feel like to be unable to afford adequate care. You need to find a dentist or dental clinic that will provide care for nothing or near nothing. There are several...

Dentistry: The drill hit my jaw, gum tissue, tooth structure
gum tissue, tooth structure, periodontist: Dear Kurt, If your gums were sore, and they are not now, they are probably healing. This CAN damage the jaw, but rarely is any of this damage permanent. Like a cut on your skin, it will almost always heal. Whatever damage may have been done will not...

Dentistry: Dry socket, clove oil, wisdom tooth
clove oil, wisdom tooth, dry socket: Kayleigh - I too am uncomfortable with just leaving the packing in the socket. The best and correct approach is to place the medicated gauze into the socket for 1-2 days, remove it and irrigate the socket. If there is still soreness, the socket is repacked...

Dentistry: dying nerve on baby tooth, new dentist, baby tooth
new dentist, baby tooth, orthodontist: Dear Kim, If the tooth with the dying nerve is gone, then the dying nerve is moot. It is gone and out of your child s mouth and can cause no harm. If your new dentist is telling you that your daughter needs to see an orthodontist, it is to correct a...

Dentistry: expander, primary tooth, mixed dentition
primary tooth, mixed dentition, teeth: Well now that depends on what teeth have come out . For example, when an expander is used in the mixed dentition, it is quite possible and perfectly normal for a primary tooth to fall out when the expander is removed if the primary tooth was ready to come...

Dentistry: Extraction for braces, narrow smile, front teeth
narrow smile, front teeth, upper teeth: I m going to start right away by saying that it is just not possible for me or any orthodontist to provide you with a treatment plan without careful and thorough consideration of a clinical examination and xrays. I can, however, make some general comments...

Dentistry: Fair dental treatment?, root canals, dentistry
Dentistry: Fair dental treatment?, root canals, dentistry, dentist

Dentistry: Vaseline on teeth, saliva
Dentistry: Vaseline on teeth, saliva

Dentistry: failed root canal, extraction, failed implant, district dental society, signs of infection
district dental society, signs of infection, refund money: I think it would be best at this time to contact the district dental society in your area and let them guide you. You would be best served having this examined by an oral surgeon to atleast give you an objective opinion as to what s going on and how to proceed...

Dentistry: Fair dental treatment?, keflax, canal 1
keflax, canal 1, extreme sensitivity: I do not believe in replacing servicable amalgam fillings, I have heard stories like yours a thousand times. So, whose bright idea was this and who told you working on an asymtomatic tooth was the standard of care? That being said, nerves can die after...

Dentistry: Filling Pain, gum line, wisdom tooth
gum line, wisdom tooth, cold sensitivity: Terry - I, of course, without evaluating you or seeing xrays have a little difficult time diagnosing what is producing your pain. It is not abnormal in a deep filling within the tooth to have some cold sensitivity for a few weeks. If the problem does not...

Dentistry: First bite syndrome, sort period, first bite
sort period, first bite, mayank: Hi marvin I am so sorry for you state, but there is not much a dental doctor can do about fbs. You need to visit a pain clinic and consult a neurophysician. However there is an excellent blog on fbs that i am posting below. Go through it.... It might help...

Dentistry: Gum pulling away from tooth, hydrogen peroxide, warm salt water
hydrogen peroxide, warm salt water, gum pain: Hi Kirill, Sometimes the gum can pull away from the lower wisdom tooth. This is referred to as a pericornitis. What happens is that some food or particles get stuck underneath the gum tissue. This then causes the gum tissue to become infected and swell....

Dentistry: Hard lump inside tongue, chronic ear infections, ent doctor
chronic ear infections, ent doctor, tip of her tongue: Kim = Of course, without examining her it is very difficult to differentiate what the lump might be. In the middle of the tongue, there are many glands that produce saliva and mucous. These glands can become blocked and that can form a lump. There are...

Dentistry: HEADACHES?, sinus infection, allergy tests
sinus infection, allergy tests, check ups: In this case, all a dentist can do is to rule out dental causality. About the only thing that could cause those problems would be a tooth with a necrotic (dead) pulp that is causing infection in your bone or sinus. Often a posterior tooth is pneumatized ...

Dentistry: help me please if you can :(, infected wisdom tooth, wisdom teeth
infected wisdom tooth, wisdom teeth, oral surgeon: Dear Lisa, Infected teeth can be dangerous if left untreated. Often during an acute flare up of an infected wisdom teeth dentist prescribe antibiotics that help deal with the infection. In some cases the infection can be eliminated entirely. In other cases...

Dentistry: horizontal wisdom teeth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water, wisdom teeth: Joan - the upper wisdom tooth do not always need removal as long as they are not inflamed, there is no pathology associated with it and the tooth is not digging into the tooth in front. So it all depends on the position of the tooth and the possibility...

Dentistry: IMPLANT, TOOTH EXTRACTION, new dentist, bone graft
new dentist, bone graft, periochip: Sharon - If the cause of the problem is periodontal, then periodontal treatments should help, but if excess bone has been lost, the situation will return no matter how well you maintain it. I wish I could tell you more if an extraction or just treating...

Dentistry: Infected fillings?, gum line, ray show
gum line, ray show, bone destruction: After a gum line filling is placed most teeth are fine. Sometimes it is possible for the pulp to die afterwards and become infected. The infection is detected by the dentist in a number of ways. The patient may develop pain, swelling, be unable to sense cold...

Dentistry: injury to baby teeth, brushers, baby teeth
brushers, baby teeth, flossers: Good morning Tracy, I m sorry your daughter is going through all this and I can certainly understand your concern. It sounds like one or both of her teeth have abscessed. The blister you see is where the abscess is draining and since it is draining, she...

Dentistry: Jaw Bone Protruding Through Gums, dental abscess, eye ache
dental abscess, eye ache, stranger to pain: Tracy - the exposure of the bone you describe is prone to degeneration, since blood is not actually feeding the bone, since it is exposed. This exposure decreased dramatically oxygen to the bone area. Without oxygen, soft tissue coverage will not occur and...

Dentistry: Jaw and face pain, ear down, face pain
ear down, face pain, moist heat: nikki this is something you will need to see your dentist to get a diagnosis. i cannot tell anything online without seeing you in person. but i will give you some things to ask about. first off, get some xrays taken to check for decay, bone health, and nerve...

Dentistry: Leaking filling, gum recession, cold sensitivity
gum recession, cold sensitivity, sweet pain: i would get an xray of the area to check for decay. there can be other reasons for sensitivity other than decay. one is simple gum recession. it will cause sweet and cold sensitivity. a crack will produce cold and chewing pain. decay is usually cold and sweet...

Dentistry: loose tooth, receding gums, receding gums, gum surgery
receding gums, gum surgery, periodontal problems: Amy - From your description of your periodontal problems, it definitely sounds like an extraction of that tooth is warranted. In my experience, those of us to get recurrent episodes of significant periodontal disease, even though they are cleaning very well,...

Dentistry: Loosening of teeth on biting a hard substance, upper tooth, lakshmi
upper tooth, lakshmi, fracture: Dear lakshmi, Without examining your tooth it is not possible to tell what has happened. If your tooth has a vertical fracture, it maybe hopeless. If there is no fracture, it may tighten up on its own. You should see a local dentist to be diagnosed...

Dentistry: Losing first baby teeth, bed time story, permanent teeth
bed time story, permanent teeth, baby teeth: Permanent lower front teeth erupt behind baby teeth quite often. Generally, as the permanent come further into the mouth, the baby teeth continue to loosen. Have your child wiggle the two bottom teeth while watching TV or during a bed time story each night....

Dentistry: Loss of ridge, denture specialists, reline
denture specialists, reline, dalin: this has to be examined in person by the dentist...i cannot tell you why this is happening so quickly. perhaps a soft reline will make it feel better and fit better but those need replacement periodically. i would definitely get a second opinion and see what...

Dentistry: lower jaw pain, lower jaw pain, inner ear infection
lower jaw pain, inner ear infection, warm salt water: Cynthia - It is probably not an inner ear infection. With the loss of the teeth, especially if no denture has been used for quite some time, the jaw muscles do not have stopping point. The lower jaw tends to just float with teeth to close down to. When...

Dentistry: Lump on Jaw 10 Days After Extraction, wisdom teeth, suchers
wisdom teeth, suchers, jaw bone: Anna - Definitely contact them, but until you see them, in addition to the syringe, you need to rinse both sides of your mouth for about 2-3 minutes, 4-5 times a day. That will usually help to reduce that uncomfortable sensation and soften the lump. You...

Dentistry: Meryland bridge to restore two lower anteriors, central incisors, maryland bridges
central incisors, maryland bridges, maryland bridge: They are usually fine but can fail if the patient has a deep bite, grinds, or has a heavy protrusive. Restoring that area is tricky, it is hard to make a fixed bridge and get the laterals right as they are so small anyhow. Almost better to extract the laterals...

Dentistry: Methadone maintenance and Nitrous Oxide, methadone dose, welbutrin
methadone dose, welbutrin, methadone: you definitely need to do a drug review with your MD or maybe even a pharmacist. it is always good to sit down and check everything you are taking to make sure there are no interactions between them. plus you will also find out best time/way to take them,...

Dentistry: Naturally Yellow teeth and Inadequate Scaling., yellow teeth, calcium deposits
yellow teeth, calcium deposits, dhaka bangladesh: Dear Brown, I am so glad that you are concerned about your teeth, and about your dentist s performance with them. 1. If you needed a scaling, you had a great deal of calcium deposits on your teeth. In our office, this requires at least one hour of scaling....

Dentistry: Need 5 root canals, NY State insurance wont pay., Austin Root Canal, Endodontics
Austin Root Canal, Endodontics, Texas: Hagar, I know dental costs can be expensive but preserving your dental health is worthwhile investment. Perhaps you can start cutting some of your spending expenses and saving that money towards your dental care. If the cost to save the teeth is still too...

Dentistry: Need 5 root canals, 23 years old NO INCOME, affinity health plan, root canals
affinity health plan, root canals, dillema: I don t know what kind of shape your teeth are in without seeing you, but generally the alternative to root canal therapy is extraction. I might suggest that you either try a dental school like NYU, which offers dentistry at reduced rates, or free or low-cost...

Dentistry: Need help before doing route canal, resin fillings, route canal
resin fillings, route canal, bonding agent: The bonding agent used with the resin fillings can irritate the nerve. I don t like them and don t use them unless the patient insists on them. He should have told you he was no longer using metal. You ll have to negotiate the root canal and crown with...

Dentistry: Numb areas where needle didn't numb, nerve trunks, tooth extraction
nerve trunks, tooth extraction, numbness: Dear Bobby, One of the risks of tooth extraction, though very rare, is what we call parasthesia or lingering numbness of the areas serviced by the nerve trunks that have been made numb for a procedure. This usually happens because the areas around these...

Dentistry: Pain around nose and upper gum, Joseph Zelig, Smile in the City
Joseph Zelig, Smile in the City, New York Dentist: Ron, Sorry to hear about your accident. While reading your question, I was thinking that there might be another crack/fracture of the tooth beneath the gum. Your symptoms of throbbing, pressure, and pain along with the history of trauma indicate a possible...

Dentistry: Pain from root canal?, root canal specialist, partial denture
root canal specialist, partial denture, dear tom: Dear Tom, First, see your dentist to find out if the bite is high on the buildup. It may be that all you need is for your dentist to adjust your tooth out of occlusion, so that your other teeth don t hit it when you clench your teeth. If this does not...

Dentistry: Painful tooth, Austin Root Canal, Endodontics
Austin Root Canal, Endodontics, Texas: Hi, Sorry to hear about dental issues. Hard to diagnose based on the information you provided. It may be sinusitis (you can try to take a nasal decongestant to see if that relieves the pain in the teeth and cheekbone area). I suggest you contact a general...

Dentistry: Pediatric dentistry, conscious sedation, general anesthesia
conscious sedation, general anesthesia, pediatric dentistry: Dear Gloria, Both are very safe, with a slight safety edge going to conscious sedation. If your child is very frightened, you will likely prefer that he receive general anesthesia and have all the care provided in one visit while asleep. Although the...

Dentistry: Pediatric Endodontists?, two front teeth, adult teeth
two front teeth, adult teeth, pediatric dentists: That is a rather complex question, and one your dentist is apparently confused about. A pulpectomy can mean different things to different people, but it should mean complete cleansing and shaping of the root canal in this case. The only difference between...

Dentistry: peiro maintance, gum diseases, new dentist
gum diseases, new dentist, treatment demands: I m sorry if you found my words offensive and a waste of your time. I certainly cannot provide you with a periodontal diagnosis from here, based solely on your report of pink gums, no bad breath, no bleeding gums, and no receding gums. I would need to...

Dentistry: Permanent Braces, essix retainer, metal brace
essix retainer, metal brace, smart advice: The smart advice is to continue using a retainer. Otherwise you risk the resumption and increase in crowding of the lower incisors which is a continuous process as one grows older. You don t, however, need to continue with the bonded lower wire. There are...

Dentistry: puss after sinus lift, sinus lift, graft material
sinus lift, graft material, recurrance: Hany - If the pain is a throbbing pain, it is then due to an infection. Just setting a time limit is not correct. Usually if the cause of the infection has been eliminated, then treatment can be rendered 4-6 months later. If you have any symptoms of an...

Dentistry: Receding gum, Receding, Gum
Receding, Gum, Clenching: Hi Brian, I would start with your general dentist. Show him your gums and teeth, particularly your upper left Cuspid. Show him where it is receding. It would probably also be a good idea to see a Periodontist which is a specialty that deals with Gum...

Dentistry: Red spot, 7 months, gum
7 months, gum, dentist: Kim - I, of course, cannot be completely sure without examining you, but the white with the red spot above is most likely a residual scaring from the sore you previously had. Again, I cannot be sure, but that is what it appears to be. Relax these discolorations...

Dentistry: Red spot next to back molar, dentist appointment, gum line
dentist appointment, gum line, dental appointment: The red spot is inflamed gingival tissue. Something is irritating the area by the gum line. The reason may be because of several things, but I cannot tell you without the x-rays and doing a clinical examination with periodontal probing. Why would you wait...

Dentistry: redoing a filling, overbite, molars
overbite, molars, fillings: Dear Carole, Fillings can be redone to correct your bite, assuming that your fillings are not so large that your teeth should be crowned. Before you do either, wait one more week to see if your biet doesn t even out. this is what usually happens...

Dentistry: repeated suture failure, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wick effect
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wick effect, warm salt water: Robert - Of course, without examining the area I cannot be completely sure, but too much activity in an area will decrease healing and, in fact, create future problems. For now leaving the area alone to heal is recommended. Once that area heals, if additional...

Dentistry: Root canal, molar tooth, root canal
molar tooth, root canal, occlusion: Hi Laura, Yes, it is common to file down the tooth. The reason is not so much that it makes it easier to work on the tooth, but rather for post-operatively. If the tooth isn t filed down somewhat, then after the root canal is finished, you would constantly...

Dentistry: root canal, root canal therapy, temporary fillings
root canal therapy, temporary fillings, root canal filling: Again, I m sorry you have had this problem, Vicki. I can t see you, obviously, so all I can go by is what you tell me. I know you are not a dentist and that you are in a sense at the mercy of your dentist, and that you are trying to relate to me what he told...

Dentistry: Root Canal, then apicoectomy, now inflammation, cbct, endodontist
cbct, endodontist, scan report: Dan - failure of apicoectomies can be due to a number of factors. The most common cause is the doctor s failure to create a complete seal into the nerve canal after the apicoectomy. There are no clear diagnostic tests. Direct exam often will disclose the...

Dentistry: Root canal pain during both appointments, root canal pain, root canal treatment
root canal pain, root canal treatment, nerve supply: Hi donna Wish you a happy new year too! Ok, pain during root canal treatment is a harsh reality. Having said that its cruel to continue doing a root canal when a tooth is not adequately numb. From that angle i feel the standard of care was substandard. ...

Dentistry: Is a root canal always required for tooth pain?, gary backlund, cold sensitivity
gary backlund, cold sensitivity, feeling cold: Hi Tonya, I m sorry you re having this go on. Having temperature sensitivity, especially cold does not mean you need a root canal. Cold sensitivity means the pulp (nerve) is still alive, but irritated, and if the decay is removed and is not too deep, the...

Dentistry: root canal retreatment, root canal retreatment, titanium files
root canal retreatment, titanium files, new dentist: I doubt that the tooth in question was #18, as that is the lower second molar, which erupts around 12 years. It is much more likely that it was #19, which would have been in her mouth since she was about 6 years old. Carriers are either plastic or metal...

Dentistry: Second Crown/Pain, Prosthodontist, Crown
Prosthodontist, Crown: Hi Robyn, I am going to preface my answer with, I am not a dentist because I am about to go on a rant about one of my pet peeves! My personal opinion is that a good general dentist, knows a little bit about most dental specialties, but is not the best...

Dentistry: Severe Complications and Nerve Pain after Apicoectomy, horrible headaches, living in misery
horrible headaches, living in misery, sinus pressure: Bryan - I am not personally familiar with oral and maxillofacial surgeons in Houston area who are proficient in this treatment. I am going to give you names of a few board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons there who should be able to help you. ...

Dentistry: sinus problems since tooth extractions, ear nose and throat doctor, sinus cavity
ear nose and throat doctor, sinus cavity, oral and maxillofacial surgeon: Wendy - Of course, without examining you I cannot be sure of the exact method to eradicate your problem, but usually, when there is a long standing opening into the sinus from extractions closure can still be done, but it is more intricate. You need to be...

Dentistry: Can I skip the endodontist, root canal therapy, oral surgeon
root canal therapy, oral surgeon, endodontist: Dear Cate, You didn t say when the root canal was completed, or how long you ve been wearing the temp tooth. It may just need a bite adjustment to remove the temp from your plane of occlusion. Please contact your dentist and have him/her take the temp...

Dentistry: Soft Liner Info, permanent liner, reline
permanent liner, reline, gums: I m not a big fan of soft liners.I prefer a hard reline. The hard reline is also easy to adjust and usually more durable.You might want to ask your doctor the questions you posed and see what he thinks since he is more familiar with your individual case...

Dentistry: Soft Permanent Liner, partial denture, permanent liner
partial denture, permanent liner, reline: Relining a partial denture with a soft or hard reline can help raise the bite. If the original partial was made with the correct bite and the framework still fits properly then a dentist can often add reline material under the saddle area of the partial and...

Dentistry: Swollen Cheek Behind Wisdom Tooth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, swollen cheek
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, swollen cheek, cheek area: Rahul - What you are undergoing is very common with wisdom teeth that are not in a position to keep completely clean. Bacteria gets caught under the gum around the wisdom tooth and an infection forms. Warm salt water rinses can reduce the swelling often,...

Dentistry: Swollen gums, dry socket
dry socket: Hi cathy This problem sounds like dry socket. I need you to go back to your surgeon and get treatment for the dry socket your gp may not be able to manage this. In the meantime make a tiny cotton ball and dip it in clove oil and place it in the socket....

Dentistry: teeth damage, all of a sudden, incisor teeth, dental floss
incisor teeth, dental floss, check ups: No it is not normal for anyone to have that many cavities. You may have some secondary problem that is causing you mouth to be dry,acidic or both. At this point you need to clean out all the decay in your mouth and make sure you follow up with regular 6 month...

Dentistry: Teeth protruding from top to botoom of mouth, upper bridge, broken molar
upper bridge, broken molar, lower jaw: Jim - The answer is yes. Eruption is the tendency to teeth to grow out of the bone. That means on the lower jaw they grow upwards and on the upper jaw they grow down. If there are not teeth touching another tooth on the upper or lower jaw, those teeth...

Dentistry: Temporary filling with eugenol safe if pregnant?, eugenol clove oil, gum inflammation
eugenol clove oil, gum inflammation, breast feeding women: You are correct about bpa, however, these are relatively recent issues that have come to surface. People have been so concerned about amalgam, that they did not want to look at the possibility of more danger from composites.Many dentists are unaware of the...

Dentistry: Temporary Fillings, Prosthodontist, Veneer
Prosthodontist, Veneer, Crown: Hi Emma, Thank you for your question. Yes, I would have to agree with your dentist that root canals on the front teeth are rare. In fact, I don t even think I ever heard of it. If it were me, I would use the sooner than later approach through this...

Dentistry: Do temporary fillings and bondings materials show on x-rays?, temporary fillings, x rays
temporary fillings, x rays, x ray: Although most materials that dentists use to place as fillings, either temporary or permanent have additives that make them appear radio opaque some do not. That being said, it is not always possible to determine by viewing x-rays alone, whether a restoration...

Dentistry: Tissue inbetween front teeth, gum inflammation, gingival inflammation
gum inflammation, gingival inflammation, periodontal conditions: Kim - It is not gingivitis or any gingival inflammation. It is a normal area of tissue that, in some, is prone to inflammation if the attention to keeping it clean is not met. So because of the area, it is prone to inflammation and your job is to keep...

Dentistry: tmj, TMJ, clicking/snapping in jaw
TMJ, clicking/snapping in jaw, jaw pain: Hi, Ann, I ve answered your questions in a series of brief article on TMJ Dysfunction. So, first step: read them. Then, we can talk, some more. In brief, any dental work triggers muscular cringe responses in the muscles of biting and chewing and...

Dentistry: tmj, new crown and cheek biting, root canals, tmj problems
root canals, tmj problems, new crown: Hi Dawn, I feel your frustration. Over the years I have had similar frustrations in dentists offices happen to me. First, you have to understand that not even the best dentists can know what your feeling inside your mouth. So I am definitely behind...

Dentistry: TMJ/Teeth-Shift, removal of wisdom teeth, periodontal gum disease
removal of wisdom teeth, periodontal gum disease, tmj problems: I think that the crown could be the issue. Not that the dentist did anything wrong, but it is documented that some people who get a crown made, specially if it is the last crown on that side, start to develop TMJ problems. The reason being is the condyle on...

Dentistry: Tooth extraction with debilitating pain, bad taste in my mouth, intolerable pain
bad taste in my mouth, intolerable pain, inflammatory condition: Leslie - Without actually examining you I cannot be 100% sure, but the combination of your symptoms of pain and the bad taste in your mouth indicates an inflammatory condition, called a dry socket, has developed. This happens occasionally, but the doctor...

Dentistry: tooth extraction with gold crown, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, fall into pieces
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, fall into pieces, high anxiety: Angel - That is a little difficult for me to answer without seeing an xray of the area. Usually, the crown is only removed if there is mobility to the crown and then it is removed before the extraction. If, however, if the crown is still stable, even though...

Dentistry: Tooth pain without cavities?, sensitive teeth, bar bit
sensitive teeth, bar bit, awkward manner: Hi Andrew, Yes, this can be normal. It can be that the tooth/teeth are just sensitive after the filling(s) were completed. Sometimes, it can take up to 2-4 weeks for the sensitivity to subside. Also, if you do bite into something in an awkward manner,...

Dentistry: Tooth Replacement Options, bone graft, root canals
bone graft, root canals, cantilever bridge: Dear Lisa: It is hard to give you a specific answer to your case without looking at your x-rays and examining you physically. However, if your tooth #12 was properly extracted (a graft is most times NOT needed or desired) and and implant can be placed, in...

Dentistry: What should I do to try and preventent /slow down bone loss, personal credit line, loose teeth
personal credit line, loose teeth, implant dentistry: Dear Cindy: I am sorry for the delay. I actually answered your question, but It did not register and I just came to it again. Since you are limited in funds, you MUST make correct decisions and go to the appropriate person. I am glad you are taking ownership...

Dentistry: Types of crowns (zirconium and insurance), ceramic substrate, upper teeth
ceramic substrate, upper teeth, zirconium: Carol - Zirconium crowns are very strong and their big advantage is that their is no color changes in the crowns near the gum line. They are crowns that are cosmetically advantageous with the front teeth, because of the lack of color changes in the crown...

Dentistry: Vaseline on teeth, soft tissues, educated guess
soft tissues, educated guess, vaseline: Hi Beth, I don t know! To make an educated guess, it may be one of the following; 1. Sometimes vaseline is placed on the teeth to help check the bite. That little paper you bite into shows the dentist your bite. The vaseline helps it show up clearer....

Dentistry: White resin filling hurting, root canal treatments, composite restorations
root canal treatments, composite restorations, route canal: Dear Michael: STOP! Do not proceed with any root canal treatments! White, composite restorations can and do cause sensitivity. Sometimes it is due to the material itself, but many times it is due to improper technique of placement. I cannot possibly comment...

Dentistry: White resin pain, route canal, x ray
route canal, x ray, resin: Hi Michael, I am sorry to hear about this. I do agree that your dentist should have informed you before hand that he was placing a white filling. However, anytime a tooth is drilled into, and any filling is placed (be it a white one or silver one),...

Dentistry: White resin tooth pain, route canal, restorative materials
route canal, restorative materials, tooth pain: The white filling didn t cause your root canal.I routinely use these restorative materials and sometimes the tooth will require a root canal.That s because the tooth was sick to start with even if it felt fine before the procedure was started once the tooth...

Dentistry: White stuff on my teeth, white spots on teeth, dental fluorosis
white spots on teeth, dental fluorosis, front teeth: Hi bethany These white spots/flecks can be: 1) HYPOPLASTIC ENAMEL 2) MILD DENTAL FLUOROSIS http://cyberdentist.blogspot.in/2006/08/white-spots-on-teeth-enamel-hypoplasia.html Read on the above link to help you better understand your problem. Solutions...

Dentistry: White tissue on hard palate next to tooth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, hard palate
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, hard palate, pale color: Kim - All the tissue you show appear normal. The whitish are of the tissue around the teeth is actually thickening gingival tissue, which is normal. No biopsy is warranted and the area looks normal. Just relax and get your teeth clean and leave the area...

Dentistry: Will x-ray show sinus problems?, dental xrays, maxillary sinuses
dental xrays, maxillary sinuses, nasal septum: Dear Tina, Dental xrays can show sinus problems in your maxillary sinuses. The appearance on xray is usually a greyish color, much like a cloud in your sinus. Normal sinuses will appear black. Bright white in the nose area is either nasal bone, nasal...

Dentistry: no xray before (no temporary) crown, gum tissue, gum surgery
gum tissue, gum surgery, new crown: Usually, if there is a lot of discomfort, a crown is placed temporarily with a mediacated cement to help calm the nerve down. If this works, then it is fine to go ahead and cement the crown permanently. If the sensitivity gets worse or does not lessen, this...

Dentistry: Yellow spot on tonsil, tonsil stones, warm salt water
tonsil stones, warm salt water, yellow patches: Kim - Of course without examining him I cannot be sure, but the picture may indicate a trap of inflammatory cells in the area. It is not dangerous, but my suggestion is for him to begin warm salt water rinses in the back of the the throat near these yellow...

Dentistry: 17 month old, 4 front teeth need tratment
Dear Aleksey, Pleased your children are doing well. Welcome to NYC. Regretfully (since I really enjoyed it ) I have retired from practice. In NYC there are a number of fine pediatric dentists who were my students. One of the very best is Emanuela Corelli...

Dentistry: advice
Hi Valentine, I wish I had an answer for your, but I m not sure what it is either without doing a clinical exam and reviewing the X-ray. If you think it s something related to your wisdom teeth, you should seek out an Oral Surgeon for a consultation. ...

Dentistry: amalgum
Dear Val, thanks for your question which I am answering from the question pool. Firstly, let me express my empathy with your plight. Let me start with giving you the info as reported about amalgam... Based on this evidence, FDA considers dental amalgam...

Dentistry: Anesthesia or novacaine
Dan - Novacaine is enough if the doctor performing the extraction is a skilled surgeon. If not, the doctor might create significant trauma and you might be uncomfortable. So I suggest that novacaine is okay if an oral and maxillofacial surgeon extracts...

Dentistry: My answer:.
dear jessica if you have seen my ratings then i am sure that rude is probably the last thing i am gonna be. since you are new so.... if your answer has been rejected on grounds that it has been answered previously as asked by someone else then please go...

Dentistry: Best tea for not staining teeth?
I believe that all teas have the potential for staining teeth but I do not know which teas are least likely to stain your teeth. I believe that teeth are more likely to stain the portion of teeth that are not kept clean when brushing a flossing and If your...

Dentistry: Biopsy
Dear Kim I really sympathize with you and your plight over this issue - it must be grooling. Be assured that I will keep both yourself and your husband in my prayers and I know that your birthday wish will be granted - because you deserve it so much. Take...

Dentistry: Biopsy results
Hi Kim You seem to be losing your original train of thought - the purpose of the biopsy was to eliminate the possibility of oral cancer, which it duly did. It was not to diagnose the obvious, which we have know for some time now, which is the existing...

Dentistry: bite misalignment and TMJ, bite misalignment, bite
bite misalignment, bite, misalignment: Hello Martha, Thank you for your question. I am sorry you have been having so much pain after your root canal. I have recently read articles that one of the TMJ triggers is having your jaw stretched too wide and for too long during a dental procedure....

Dentistry: Bonding and sensitivity
Dear Dave: Unfortunately, the bonding process itself can generate tremendous sensitivity and sometimes outright pain in many people. Up to 25% of restorations can elicit the same symptoms you are experiencing. If the symptoms do not subside within a couple...

Dentistry: Bridge broke
Hello Kandie, I am really sorry to hear about your situation. I wish I knew the exact nature of the fracture of the appliance. I suggest you contact social services in Sarasota for advice as to programs in your area that might help. There are many practitioners...

Dentistry: calci builtup -reg
Hello Kumar, I am happy to know you have adopted good hygiene but even with the best of home care this deposit still will often happen. This is because of the location of a saliva duct just behind them and it bathes these teeth in solutions which eventually...

Dentistry: care for teeth
Kian - The best answer to get teeth whiter, is to make an appointment with a dentist. Often the products sold in stores do not do an adequate job and if not done correctly can create problems. So find a dentist and make an appointment. Tell the doctor and...

Dentistry: changing dentists, dentist, lab stone
dentist, lab stone, prosthodontist: Hello John, Most dentists prefer to work with their own materials, instead of inheriting them from somebody else s project. So it is probably not necessary to take your lab stones to your new dentist. And how much are those things anyway? Probably...

Dentistry: chipped lower front lateral incisor
Hi Jessica and thanks for your question. Firstly let me just say well done on taking the first steps to return yourself to routine dental care. I know full well how difficult is can be, having done extensive work with dental phobia over the past years...

Dentistry: Cracked Tooth?
Hi Charlotte and thanks for your question. Making a diagnosis of cracked tooth is notoriously tricky and often is made by process of elimination of various causes. X-rays are very beneficial and insightful in terms of aiding any diagnosis, giving clear...

Dentistry: Cracked Tooth
Joe-Joe not all teeth that hurt need root canal treatment. A painful tooth can occur if the decay eats through the enamel layer of a tooth and begins to eat into the deeper layer that has nerve tissue that will produce the pain if irritated. Unless the decay...

Dentistry: Cracked tooth -- Possible Crown
Yes, I would. The pain is caused by a microscopic opening of the tooth when you bite on something. This allows fluid movement that causes a toothache sensation. The other cardinal sign is pain to cold, which accompanies the pain on biting because the cold...

Dentistry: Cracked tooth -- possible crown
Hi Joe, Sorry to hear you are developing a crack in your tooth, but it sounds like your dentist has caught it early...good for you both! Usually a cracked tooth s symptoms begin with a sensitivity to hot, cold and biting just a certain way. If that is...

Dentistry: crown lengthening
Hi Albert, There are two main aspects to discuss: function and esthetics. To restore the function, implant will work fine - with or without bone grafting, depending on the individual situation. However, the papilla (spear-shaped gum tissue between the...

Dentistry: crown replacement
Hello Kelly, I am not sure what method was used to remove the crown from your tooth but it s possible that the effort that was made has caused this problem. I would not say it s normal, especially since you were bruised. I have seen this happen after...

Dentistry: crown & silver fillings
hi tom the spot diagnosis for your sensitivity to cold is leaking margins of the temporary crown.... in a vital tooth (one that does nt have root canal). a mere change of the temporary crown is indicated to solve your problem. white fillings are great!...

Dentistry: Crown (Taste/Smell/Slight Movement)
I agree with the first dentist, I don t see any reason to panic as it does not appear there is infection, it s true that it could break off if it is already cracked,but it there are other reasons for tooth mobility. I would not be in any rush to take it out...

Dentistry: dental hygienist ultrasonic training with DDS Burnett
Dear Joyce, I m sorry for the delay. I m no longer on the lecture circuit , but much of what I taught can be found in various articles I have written. If you request, I will e mail you various articles which I m sure you will find helpful. I really am...

Dentistry: Dental implant & bone loss
Jay - Of course without seeing xrays or examining you, it is a little difficult for me to be completely sure, but with the bone loss in the area, there is problem some chronic low grade inflammation or more likely infection that is working on the bone and...

Dentistry: Dental Lab
without seeing this in person, i cannot give you any definitive answer. i cannot quite picture what you are describing. but if you want a good answer, make an appointment with a prosthodontist. these are dental specialists who deal with dentures. they go an...

Dentistry: Dental procedure D2950
Pat - there are options that can be used to prevent toxic metals in dentistry, for those few patients who have your problem. Porcelain is not made with metals and should be fine, but the use of gold as a stable material might also be a good choice. Although...

Dentistry: denture that curls up on the ends!
Dear Diane, I have never heard of anything like this. It may be that the denture edges were made way too long, and appear to curl up at the junction of the inner lip and gum. I have no idea why the edges would continue to curl up after the dentist adjusts...

Dentistry: Denture liner
Dear Janice: There are two issues here. 1. The thickness of your denture has nothing to do with your comfort. It has to do with ultimate strength of the denture over time and the thinner it is,, the more it is subject to fracture. At the same time, if...

Dentistry: durability of temporary crowns / risks to artificial hip
Mark, sorry if my answer appears unclear. I did understand your question. I am not aware of any way that loss of the temporary crown will increase your dad s chance of a bacterimia in his blood stream. Once the root canal is filled the only exposure to...

Dentistry: extreme pain and swelling
Hi Rebecca and thanks for your question. You almost certainly have a condition called pericoronitis, which simply means an infection around the emerging crown of a wisdom tooth - and I know from experience how painful it is. If the condition is left unmanaged...

Dentistry: eye tooth extraction
Hi Donna, I m sorry to hear all this is going on. Hopefully I can help sort things out for you. The fact that you have an instrument in your tooth would not be causing these problems. All our instruments are compatible with bone and gums because, unfortunately,...

Dentistry: 17 month old, 4 front teeth need tratment
Dentistry: 17 month old, 4 front teeth need tratment

Dentistry: facial asymetry
Patricia - I wish I could definitely tell you if any treatment would help, but without examining you are evaluating xrays of the area it is a little difficult. if there is an asymmetry of your face and along with the symptoms you describe, it might be a...

Dentistry: Fillings
Dj - first of all, the grooves you describe are not uncommon and they are caused by brushing your teeth across the teet. Rsther than doing it that way, gently place the bristles of upur toothbrush on the tooth just above the gum. Rsther thsn brushing acroos...

Dentistry: Genetics?
DEar Mathew, I agree with you genetics does play a big part in susceptibility to caries. However you will be surprised to learn that diet plays only a small role in people who are not susceptible. In your own case from your description, my feeling is...

Dentistry: Husband
Hi Kim. Its only a pleasure to be able to help you out and hopefully ease some of your worries in the process. As I said before, making a diagnosis of something so serious as cancer from a photograph alone, has to be one of the most heroic and brave things...

Dentistry: impacted canine extraction
Sunita I fully understand your problem. If you are at a place where there is no dentist to help the eruption of that impacted eye tooth. I know that it sounds like I am not a professional, but having the impacted tooth and baby tooth removed is probaby best...

Dentistry: Implant feels loose
Dear Jasmine: This is actually not a rare occurrence. There are some particular implant designs in which screw loosening is not that uncommon. Your dentist is doing the right thing. If the access opening which he have to make to the crown, is small and...

Dentistry: Injured upper gums
Diane your dentist should grind down the inside of the denture touchingthe sore area. He could just leave it or he could place a soft denture liner in that area to allow it to heal. Your dentist should know that. He should also provide a mild cortisone...

Dentistry: MI Paste - strengthen the teeth?
Dear Aleksey, Neither MI paste or fluoride strengthens teeth. The strength (calcium) comes from the saliva. The fluoride and paste helps the saliva to do its job. Crest or Colgate with fluorie do an excellent job, no need to look for anything else. All...

Dentistry: i need help to treat diagnose and treat post rct pain
The tooth is first or second PREMOLAR ? First premolars usually have 2 canals. if it is only perforation use MTA to fill the perforation, and fill the canal after there is no symptoms. If you can, send me a picture of the tooth and the xray Luis Granado...

Dentistry: Numbness in lower lip and chin
Victoria - Of course, without viewing xrays of the area I cannot determine if the nerve was traumatized, but from your symptoms it seems that your nerve was not severed, it was definitely traumatized and it might have been cut a little bit. The fact...

Dentistry: Pain after molar extraction
Dear Sheryl, This is a question you need to ask of the dentist who removed the tooth. In most cases, normal healing will proceed such that the pain lasts only a day or two. In some cases, post-op infection will cause the kind of pain you describe....

Dentistry: permanent lip numbness due to lower 3rd molar extraction
Wesley - Unfortunately, at this time there is no medical procedure to restore the function of the nerve. There is research, which I just read about, that is working on this problem, but at this time there is no treatment that can reverse the problem. If...

Dentistry: Poorly Fitted Permanent Crown
retention is accomplished by the shape of the preparation. you try to retain as much height as you can and you try to keep the walls as parallel as you can. sometimes you are dealing with short teeth and tight bites so you end up with very short preparations....

Dentistry: Porcelain Crown Causing Jaw/Ear Pain
KJ - It is pretty obvious that the dentist who fabricated the crown and had trouble seating it, along with this new dentist are not skilled at all. The new one doesn t want to get involved with a mess. That original dentist either took a bad impression,...

Dentistry: Question about lower lip
Rob - The little bumps you show on the picture is completely normal. In the lips there are hundreds of small minor salivary glands that produce a mucous secretion mixed with saliva. This helps to lubricate the mouth to help reduce irritation and allow for...

Dentistry: restoration of front lower teeth
Dear Vlad, Fixing the lower crowns can sometimes be done using composite materials to build the areas of the crowns that have been lost. Usually, this does not last very long. I would replace the broken crowns with new ones made of stronger lithium disilicate...

Dentistry: Teeth
Overbite is the amount of overlap that the upper teeth have with the lower teeth. It is usually measured in millimeters and a non extreme overbite does not require correction. In fact to little over bite(less than a mm, can eventually lead to excessive tooth...

Dentistry: Front Teeth Crowned and Fused together...uncomfortable
Dear Sharon: I am so sorry to hear of your troubles. However, you are right, the teeth should not feel as if you are having orthodontic treatment. Even when teeth are connected, for various reasons, the bridge should seat passively and without any tension....

Dentistry: Temporary Crown on 11, implant, veneers
implant, veneers: Dear Joan, Ideally, we want the temporary crown to mimic what the permanent crown would look like. However, this is not always possible or done which is okay as long as the final crown is to the doctor and patient s liking. As far as the veneers, if teeth...

Dentistry: Terribly puffy and red gums over veneers only
I am one of a very few dentists who do not love floss. I especially do NOT like Floss piks, as they tend to snap the floss down into your already inflamed gums, lacerate them, and spread the infection I prefer Go Betweens (tiny toothbrushes on a wire),...

Dentistry: TMJ
it sounds like you have had plenty of diagnostic tests and nothing seems to be finding anything concrete. now you are asking if a night guard can help out. i nor any other dentist will promise anything here, but here is how i am looking at this. why not try?...

Dentistry: TMJ help
Adam - I am assuming, from your Dr and dentist suggesting that you need a mouthguard, they are interpreting your symptoms due to TMJ. Well with your symptoms, it is not actually the temporomandibular joint(TMJ) that might be producing your symptoms. One...

Dentistry: toothbrush?
Dear Ed: Most of the claims you have mentioned are just, as you said, marketing gimmicks. If you read many of my previous answers on this topic and others, such as rinsing, you know that the ONLY way to control plaque is by physically removing it from the...

Dentistry: All upper teeth and gums hurt
it really sounds like sinus issues...they get inflamed and swollen and push on the teeth. here is a trick i tell my patients...if you bend over and stand up fast, do you feel the pressure. that usually means sinus issue. here is another test...if you take...

Dentistry: Wound not healing on roof of mouth, Root Canal
Root Canal: It s odd to have a scab form on the roof of your mouth from a root canal procedure. Anyway, 1) It should eventually go away on it s own. The soft tissue can up to 1 month to fully mature upon injury so if the discomfort lingers for 2 more weeks, I would...

Dentistry: Too young for serial extraction for future braces
I can t answer your question since I don t have any of the important details that go into making the specific treatment recommendations. The timing of extractions for each case needs to be determined after careful consideration of all the diagnostic information....

Dentistry: 5-6 MM pockets in the gum
My advice is to accept the conservative approach. I hope this means she will do it in your original dentist s office. The conservative approach is to combat the bacteria that are causing the disease. This involves no surgery, no laser, and no specialist....

Dentistry: bone exposed
Stephanie - the exposure of bone after an extraction in the region you had it usually means that the dentist either was rough or he did not treat the area of the extraction properly after the extraction. Usually during a proper extraction, the bone surrounding...

Dentistry: Bridge involving a root canal
I really can t answer this question, because I have not seen you. However, the only case I could imagine where lack of orthodontic treatment would contribute to caries incidence would be in an extremely crowded anterior where one could not brush and floss...

Dentistry: brushing technique?
There are many different techniques. The key is cleaning each surface of every tooth. Our favorite method is lay brush at 45 degree angle at the gum line and give it slight jiggle then roll stroke down. Small circles are fine as long as you don t scrub too...

Dentistry: Crown failure?
Dear Megan, Here s the secret that only I know. Now you will know the secret. Only the two of us now will know it. And the secret is.... Every time we cut into a tooth to do something good (remove decay; prepare for a crown, etc) we are cutting into...

Dentistry: dental cleaning?
a cleaning means you scale off tartar or calculus and remove plaque...you then polish the teeth at the end. sometimes people use ultrasonic cleaners which spray water but you still need to do hand scaling as well. i would ask the dentist specifically if this...

Dentistry: dental implants, cost of dental implants
cost of dental implants: Hi Pat, As far as I know, some insurances (for example, Delta Dental) will pay for implants. However, you should forward this question to a dentist working with insurances, or to the question pool. People with savings or with good credit can afford this...

Dentistry: Extraction
Brianna - Relax, it is not usual at all for the surface whitish tissue to dissolve during the healing. First of all, the appearance of a socket is no indication if a dry socket will develop. First of all, a bad taste and odor from your mouth, along with...

Dentistry: growth after extraction, extraction
extraction: Dear Emmanuel, It is probably a piece of root fragment which might have been accidentally left which your body is trying to exfoliate. It s either that or a sharp piece of bone around the socket which could found it s way through the soft tissue. In either...

Dentistry: gum pain after 3/4 crown work
Dear Cyndi, this is not my area of expertise To feel better temporarily, dry the area as best you can and then coat it with vaseline. The pain will most likely go away. Continue to try to get your dentist to determine what the problem is. All the best,...

Dentistry: Herbst Appliance Alternatives
There are many different approaches to treating each of the many different aspects of bite problems. Each single orthodontist utilizes those particular methods that are best applied in view of his or her training and experience. If I were to suggest an alternative...

Dentistry: Hole in gum with bone or maybe tooth showing.
Marie, Here it is January, and I haven t heard from you about what was done and what you found. Please drop me a note to let me know what it was and how things turned out...

Dentistry: loose tooth
I would put your mind at ease and get into your dentist. I cannot quite envision what you are describing here. But I always tell my patients to no hesitate calling me for anything. Why worry. Maybe it is time for that baby tooth to go. That is what it sounds...

Dentistry: Nasal cavity punctured during root canal
Hi Chelsea, I m sorry you are having this all go on. Sometimes, especially if the tooth is actively abscessing, problems like this can develop. The roots of 1st molars, like #3, can actually be inside your sinus. When doing the root canal, some of the infected...

Dentistry: New crown causing bite problems and jaw pain, molar, teeth
molar, teeth, shaving: Hello Adrienne, I think you are correct in guessing that the crown is the probable cause of all these issues. You mentioned that your dentist also shaved the front lower teeth. I am not a dentist, so what I am about to say, please keep in mind that...

Dentistry: In Office Reline Material
this varies from dentist to dentist. some do not like doing chair side relines so they take a reline impression and send it to the lab to have it completed there....patient has to leave denture with dentist overnight. some dentists like chair side relines...there...

Dentistry: Office reline
a reline fills in inside of the denture...unless there is a void, the reline will not do much. what it sounds like is that the outside of the denture needs to have material added to it to make it thicker. the pain to chewing might need a bite adjustment...or...

Dentistry: Please help
Dear Jesse, Usually pain to pressure indicates inflammation or infection at the end of the root of the tooth that hurts. Sometimes it might be a cracked tooth that needs a crown. There may be several less common reasons. Whatever it is, you need to see...

Dentistry: root canal or extration front tooth
Dear Debbie, I don t know the fees at S-A clinic, but a partial is almost always less expensive when replacing multiple teeth. For one tooth, the cost of removing the tooth and having a partial made will be about the same cost as the root canal and crown....

Dentistry: root tip
The surgeon should have advised you that a root tip was left. It sounds like it needs to be removed. If you are having issues with dentures, see a prosthodontist, they specialize in dentures. Many dentists do not make them right. I know also a couple of...

Dentistry: Sinus or tooth
Dear Don, Sounds more like tooth than sinus. Hot and cold sensitivity on a specific tooth or teeth usually indicates early infection in the tooth s nerve. But you say you have had root canals in all your upper teeth. So, there should be no nerves in...

Dentistry: Sinus or tooth
Good that you got the right treatment. Infection should subside in another day or 2. Keep taking the antibiotic until they re all gone. You want to kill the infection in the bone, as well as the infection you can see and feel. Blood pressure will rise...

Dentistry: small crack in lower wisdom tooth near nerve
hi lou its not uncommon for toothache to get reffered to teeth on the same side cos anatomically the main nerve sends of branches to each tooth that cause this mixup of signals and jumbled pain. removal of wisdom tooth wont cause any imbalance in your bite...

Dentistry: Swollen Face and pain
Dear Angel, First, you need to contact a doctor or a dentist who will see you immediately and prescribe the antibiotic that is right for your infection. I suspect the one you got is not the right one. You definitely need antibiotic more appropriate for...

Dentistry: Swollen Face and pain
hi angel please rush to a dentist, get yourself examined and get the swelling actively treated. in india we treat patients with your symptoms with IV antibiotics. however laws of each country vary. your dentist is your best guide in this. in the meantime...

Dentistry: Tartar build up
Dear Patrick: This is the shortest response that I ever had to write: Go and schedule a cleaning with your dentist right away. Let me explain: The every six months rule is an insurance industry standard. They know that if you go twice a year, they...

Dentistry: tongue pain/swelling
It is highly possible you re having a reaction to the piercing even though it s been 12 years. Allergies can develop any time once we become sensitized. I think it s either that or a plugged lymphatic duct but I suggest you go in and have it looked at physically....

Dentistry: tooth splinting
Dear Amy: The easiest, and the best way is to go and see the expert, the prosthodontist. Www.gotoapro.org will have a link to a specialist near you. There are several ways to splint teeth without extensive preparation. I am generally not fond of splintting,...

Dentistry: Unidentified source of pain in relatively healthy molar
hi mathew this sounds like a cracked tooth... a small crack thats evaded your drs. i suggest you get a root canal done on this second molar. all the tests you have mentioned may not be accurate in all situations. its more like a judgement call. take a...

Dentistry: Urgent
Tell her to go to an oral surgeon and have any and/or all infected teeth extracted ASAP. Oral infections won t give you cancer but they will give you heart disease, diabetes and brain infections which can kill you. Having no insurance is not an acceptable...

Dentistry: Veins inside lower lip
I answered this once already but am happy to answer it again. The situation which you describe is very normal. There are two types of gum tissue and they are called free gingiva or attached gingiva. The area of concern for you is free gingiva and it has...

Dentistry: wisdom tooth extraction pain
Dear Lucy, The general rule for wisdom tooth extraction is that you will feel some pain for several days. Usually this pain gets worse for about 2-3 days after the extraction, then the pain slowly goes away. The pain usually is gone by one week after...

Dentistry: baby tooth
hi carolyn yes you can have the permanent tooth removed... but thats what you will loose THE PERMANENT TOOTH. WHICH IS BIG, STRONG AND DESIGNED TO TAKE THE CHEWING LOADS OF AN ADULT DIET! a milk tooth is not designed to do that.... so there is not much hope...

Dentistry: BABY TOOTH
Hello Carolyn, I will be happy to answer this but I need to see exactly what your situation is. If it would be possible for you to send some photographs it would be very helpful to me. Without the photos I can tell you that your dentist is probably right,...

Dentistry: bone graft pain
Michael -what you are describing occurs more often when the doctor extracting the tooth was not careful and prematurely placed the graft before all I flamed or infected tissue was eliminated from the extracted tooth socket. If there was any remaining active...

Dentistry: Could Clinching have caused all of this
You might try seeing Dr. Mark Och, an oral surgeon. He sees complex cases. I also believe there is an oral facial pain clinic at Eye and Ear. However, you have had all of the tests, and if no one can find anything, chances are you have some sort of atypical...

Dentistry: Continued tooth question
Thanks Tom... Glad that you didn t have any pain when you did the clacking . Overall, it seems to me that things are getting better and healing is going just about as expected. I would just give it more time but I really think you ll be just fine. Good...

Dentistry: Crown with/out RCT
Hi Ben, It s obvious you have thought this out very thoroughly...good for you. Many people don t deal with these issues logically. Let me try to help here. Option 1 is actually NOT foolproof. Root canals can fail, so doing treatment that you don t need...

Dentistry: Dental Implant Question
Tammy - What you have experienced is a situation I find that is not uncommon when a bone graft the same day an infected tooth is removed and even if the socket is scraped to remove any inflamed tissue. The problem is that the bacteria in the infected tissue...

Dentistry: Dental Implants, implant, payment plan
implant, payment plan, dentures: Hello Prashant, A couple of thoughts regarding your question to wait a year and continue to use dentures, or do implants. Since you are only 25 and very young, I think you would be much happier with the implants sooner as opposed to later. You are...

Dentistry: Dental implants and root canals
Amanda - Implants placed to facilitate a partial denture or a bridge is a good solution for those with a loss of a number of teeth. I, of course, do not know your financial situation, but if you want the functionally best and cosmetically best result, you...

Dentistry: Dental Prescription
Hello and yes this is a good dosage. Many times I use double this amount so the amount that he has prescribed for you is adequate. Be sure and take it exactly as directed to continue to keep the infection under control until your dentist can work on it....

Dentistry: Can dentists prescibe Promethazine?
Dear Mel, It is within the scope of dentistry to prescribe promethazine. I have no idea why any dentist or doctor of any kind would resent another health professional who is doing his best to help a patient (and succeeding). 1. I have never had to prescribe...

Dentistry: Denture Pain
i would discuss this with your dentist. normally a rebase will fill in all voids and make the denture fit like new again. a few adjustments are needed and maybe you just need a few more spots adjusted. i would just point all of this out to your dentist and...

Dentistry: Hyrax problem expansion?
As I explained before, there may be other forces involved here. It is not simply the laws of physics working. There are also biological forces which may alter how the teeth and supporting bone respond to the forces created by the expansion or contraction...

Dentistry: implants
Hi Mark, Cantilever bridge is always a safe choice. The two implants provide sufficient support for #10. We cantilever lateral incisors even on one implant. The reason is, the lateral incisor is the only tooth in the mouth which does not touch the opposing...

Dentistry: Ligament damage to tooth
I am SO sorry tjis is happening to you. It is not normal for a tooth to drop at all. The sinus drip probably was not caused by the extraction but it might be related to the overall knfection. Please go see another dentist preferably an oral surgeon as soon...

Dentistry: Loosening of Bridge
If you feel movement during chewing it is loose, if the bite seems to change while you re eating it probably needs adjustment. If you feel increased sensitivity around the edges of the teeth to which it is hooked it is probably loose or moving. Of course...

Dentistry: Lymph Node Swelling
Velma - your situation could be from a few different causes. It could still be from an altered bite, but there is a possibility that the blisters are from inflammatory or immunologic situations. I wish I could be the one to give you a definitive answer,...

Dentistry: Mercury amalgams
Dear Russ: Sorry for not responding earlier. I was on vacation and forgot to sign out. There is no particular composite to recommend, since it is NOT the material, but the skill and knowledge of the dentist which determines how good the restoration will...

Dentistry: Minor toothache
hi ben check your dentist s schedule for the month.... either he has some big cases lined up, or he is going out on a vacation? that would explain his reluctance. as far as the cavity is concerned, get it sorted out asap, dont wait. best wishes dr ...

Dentistry: Pain in Gums
Donna - without examining you I cannot be sure that your dentist has actually discovered the exact area of the problem and the cause of your bruising. I don t like that the denture is still not comfortable. If the dentist cannot get it correct now due to...

Dentistry: Pain in root canal tooth
Sharon - I wish I could give you an answer that would definitely produce a resolution of your pain. The fact that the antibiotic treatment helped means that there is some type of infection brewing. Is that infection within the tooth, in the surrounding tissues...

Dentistry: peridontal disease and antibiotics
Melody - A patient with extensive periodontal disease does not need antibiotics prior to full mouth extractions. If, however, the periodontal disease included areas of abscess formation, then an antibiotic would be necessary after the extractions, but not...

Dentistry: Possible Root Canal Needed
Hi again Tom, There is really no way for you to know by yourself for sure whether things have healed or the tooth has died. However, you can test your tooth yourself and that will give you some idea. A healthy tooth should feel some cold, but it should...

Dentistry: Post Tooth Extraction Question
i hate to tell you this but if they are non-resorbable sutures, then you need to get this last one removed. leaving it in there can cause problems later. usually you will end up with a swollen area around the leftover suture. make the call and get it out...maybe...

Dentistry: Root Canal Pain
Hi Sharon and thanks for question which I am answering from the question pool. I am sure you can appreciate the difficulty and danger of me giving you a definitive diagnosis without examining you personally, but from what you explained, I feel there is...

Dentistry: Sarpe Problem!
Domingos - As far as I know the Hyrax is made such that both sides move equally. I don t know of an appliance that allows the two sides to move at different rates. When a palatal expansion occurs unequally it usually happens due to the surgeons mistake...

Dentistry: Silver point removal problem
Hi Cindy, I m sorry this is all going on. Silver point root canals can present problems that s for sure. They were state of the art in their time but we just don t do them anymore. Since you have an abscess that has formed, it is really important to get...

Dentistry: Single non-dissolvable suture remaining (missed) after tooth extraction
Sam - I hate to tell you this because of the lomg ride, but non-dissolving sutures if left can be the source of a future infection site. So do yourself a favor and have it removed. Sometimes you can encourage that suture to come out on its own by simply...

Dentistry: Reply
Debbie - There is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Roseburg. I don t know if he was the one who already saw you. There are a number of surgeons in Eugene and Medford. From what I saw, they are the larger cities near you. 1) Dr. Bruce...

Dentistry: Swelling of palatine glands?
Hi Danielle and thanks for your question. Please accept my sincerest of apologies for my rather late reply, I hope it hasn t inconvenienced you in any way. I am sure you can appreciate the danger and difficulty in offering you a definitive diagnosis without...

Dentistry: TMJ and Denture
anything is possible...if the bite is even then this should not be an issue. if your dentist has reached his or her last idea, then i would get a second opinion and see if another pair of eyes can see something different. it sounds like your dentist has done...

Dentistry: Tooth abscess after a bridge and RCT
Hi again Sunisa, It is very risky to try to remove the bridge. The cement is very strong and it would be possible to break off one or more of the teeth underneath the bridge. That would cause HUGE problems since the bridge would then need to be remade and...

Dentistry: Tooth extraction
Dear Sorren, would be pleased to help, but at this distance it is too hard for me to even guess at a diagnosis. If it were an infection you would have a fever, and the swelling would continue to increase. If it is a salivary duct blockage the swelling...

Dentistry: tooth pain
Dear Tom, I would listen to your dentist. You may be delaying the inevitable, but you can have a root canal done at any time. Back in the olden days, a hot tooth got a root canal. Today we know that tooth nerves can heal given time. They don t always,...

Dentistry: tooth pain
Hello Tom and thank you for your question. The short answer to your question is yes it is possible for a cracked tooth to exhibit such symptoms. I think in this case I agree with the dentists you have seen locally. I am not a big fan of steroids but in this...

Dentistry: Tooth pain after dental work
Hello Reuben, I think from what you are describing I would suggest you treat the left side which is the one hurting most. Have your dentist check to see if the occlusion ( the way you bite together ) on the right side is too high meaning you hit that tooth...

Dentistry: WISDOM TOOTH SURGICAL COMPLICATION
Dear Lori, this is hard question to answer without knowing more details. Where is the lump, what is its color, is it tender when she eats,does she have any fever, etc. If the lump is just at the area where the teeth or a tooth was removed, then a slightly...

Dentistry: from 0 to 7 cavities with new dentist, Diagnodent and Over Treatment
Diagnodent and Over Treatment: When the decay has gone far enough to where an actual hole in the enamel can be seen, that is the definition of a cavity. Early decay eventually advances far enough to cause the enamel to actually cave in a cause a hole(cavity). This is the point at which...

Dentistry: abcess tooth in extreme pain, warm salt water, dental schools
warm salt water, dental schools, extreme pain: Anna - It all depends on the clinic. Each clinic in each area has different rules. My suggestion is that you call them first. If you live in or near a large city in Pennsylvania - like Philadelphia or Pittsburgh, they have dental schools and dental residency...

Dentistry: additional information, warm salt water, continuous pain
warm salt water, continuous pain, information question: Senevene - that you for getting back to me and explaining that you had a surgical procedure done, called an apicoectomy. Usually once the root tip is removed and the doctor seals the end of the root, pain is gone. The fact that you are having pain, may indicate...

Dentistry: Air bubble found in filling after xray, Replace or repair filling
Replace or repair filling: Hi Sam, First of all I must make it clear that I didn t see the tooth and the other dentist did. So I ll just give you my opinion which I don t think you can make an important decision with. First of all, replacing a filling is a big deal in the sense...

Dentistry: alternatives to bleach in root canal therapy, root canal system, root canal therapy
root canal system, root canal therapy, chemical alteration: It is a question of risk:benefit ratio, Jean. Older studies show that simply increasing the volume and frequency of irrigation, even if it is plain water, decreases the number of bacteria greatly. Historically we in the US rely upon mechanically cleansing...

Dentistry: apicoectomy, gary backlund, endodontist
gary backlund, endodontist, front tooth: Hi Jeana, I m sorry that things aren t working well for you...at least not at this point. Since it s been 3 weeks and you still are having some symptoms, I would not go ahead with the crown yet. The tooth should really be completely comfortable. It s very...

Dentistry: Bite off after filling, minor headaches, teeth sensitivity
minor headaches, teeth sensitivity, front teeth: In answer to your question, yes this does happen to others. Your bite needs to be reevaluated, this seems to be quite an extreme bite change from one filling. If this is causing you to not be able to close properly, then it is a big issue which should not...

Dentistry: bone-like fragments in gums, bone fragments, dear jessie
bone fragments, dear jessie, wisdom teeth: Dear Jessie, Interesting question. Especially this week, when I saw a patient with a question very similar to yours. His pieces were coming from his front teeth. He thought he was pulling out pieces of chipped teeth. It turns out that he hadn t been...

Dentistry: broke tooth care, local anesthetic, grinding teeth
local anesthetic, grinding teeth, nerve root: Dear Kristen, Many dentists are reticent about taking X-rays of pregnant women as well as performing non emergency treatment. Of course there are times when we have to perform dentistry on women while they are pregnant. If possible I try to plan my treatment...

Dentistry: Broken crown, root fragments, decayed tooth
root fragments, decayed tooth, broken crown: Hello. After reading your question, I would say that you are most likely correct to assume that this tooth has had a root canal. The metal pin is called a post. It was placed to give the broken down tooth extra support under the crown. When a root canal is...

Dentistry: canine protected occlusion, washington dc area, canine teeth
washington dc area, canine teeth, eye teeth: I m not able to make a referral since I have no knowledge of practitioners in your area. I understand that you are seeking a simple solution to what you believe may be a simple problem, and that is the restoration of your situation before it was altered....

Dentistry: Cavity?, dental examination, cavity
dental examination, cavity, x ray: Yes, it s probably a cavity, but there s absolutely no way to know without a proper dental examination and possibly an x-ray as well. An early cavity often has no pain, swelling, sensitivity or unusual colouring. If it is a cavity and nothing is done about...

Dentistry: cavity/root canal after fillings?, tooth fillings, acidy foods
tooth fillings, acidy foods, cracked teeth: Dear beth, Picture a pothole in the street. The workers fill it with asphalt to level and smooth the road. Then traffic and weather begins to break up the asphalt filling . After some years of wear and temperature change (hot foods to cold ice cream),...

Dentistry: changing bite, front teeth, prosthodontist
front teeth, prosthodontist, dentin: Worn dentition is a common problem that need to be addressed by an experienced dentist, or preferably, a prosthodontist. The treatment might include crowns on all your teeth to stabilize the occlusion. Even after that is done a protective bite guard is needed...

Dentistry: crown to bite change, Bruxism, Patient Point of View
Bruxism, Patient Point of View, TMJ: Hi Chris, One of the most frustrating things about being an AllExperts Volunteer, is writing a long wordy answer, sending it, and then something goes wrong, and it needs to be re-sent. In your case, it is actually a blessing, because it has given me a...

Dentistry: crown problems, clove oil, new dentist
clove oil, new dentist, nerve tissue: dear ruta the process of crowning involves trimming the tooth by nearly 30%. during this process the drill reduces the outer layers of the tooth by grinding because of which a) the nerve inside the tooth comes closer to the external surface, b) the nerve...

Dentistry: Dental crowns, gum margin, dental crowns
gum margin, dental crowns, front teeth: Compiling a list is brilliant. I ask my patients with complaints to do this. This way I have a list of issues to check off after they have been corrected to the patient s satisfaction. Political correctness has nothing to do with it. Your satisfaction...

Dentistry: Dental Inplants & MRSA, dental inplants, dental implants
dental inplants, dental implants, implant placement: Dear Becky, I do not have any x-rays or ct scans to review for me to give you advice regarding damage to the surrounding areas. I can only go by what you told me the Oral Surgeon told you and the surgeon s conclusion should be support enough. As for...

Dentistry: dental jaw pain, jaw pain, horrible pain
jaw pain, horrible pain, front tooth: Dear Mickie, A high filling can place added pressure on that particular tooth when occluding. This will certainly cause you to feel the bite is off and it may or may not cause you pain. I would call the office again and see if the dentist can see you...

Dentistry: Dentisty, root canel, new dentist
root canel, new dentist, maternity leave: Dear Sandy: I am so sad to hear of your ordeal. However, you DO NOT have to go to this dentist. Screaming at a staff member, especially in front of a patient is extremely unprofessional. It IS NOT your fault that the gums were bleeding. If he does not...

Dentistry: Discomfort after placement of permenent crown, routine occurrence, dull ache
routine occurrence, dull ache, time of pain: Hi April, I will preface this answer with I am not a dentist, but... I would have to imagine that some aching is a routine occurrence after putting in a new crown. Or maybe even any kind of invasive dental procedure for that matter. Maybe give a day...

Dentistry: Endless tooth problems after having twins., silver fillings, check ups
silver fillings, check ups, having twins: Dear Bianca, Sorry to hear about your constant teeth pain. Let s see if I can help. I appears to me that, like most moms, after you had your children, you gave your life to them, rather than setting aside some mommy time for yourself. And your dentist....

Dentistry: Extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, skilled doctors
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, skilled doctors, facial appearance: Sandy - If the extraction of the premolars have caused a change in your son s facial appearance, that he is not comfortable with, I assume it is not the extractions, but the subsequent orthodontic treatment. The question is does the orthodontist know what...

Dentistry: Face numbness from abscess, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, face numbness
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, face numbness, chin area: Robbie - If the infection from the teeth has affected the nerve, it is important to have the teeth extracted only by a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Any excess trauma to an already inflamed nerve can produce a better chance of permanent...

Dentistry: Failed root canal under bridge, root canal procedure, bridge question
root canal procedure, bridge question, front teeth: Hi again Margaret, I m really glad to hear all went well and thank you for the feedback...I rarely receive any. Assuming that the endodontist did not have to do a lot of drilling or tooth removal to get back inside the tooth, which is normally the case,...

Dentistry: Filling Edge, natural tooth, smooth edge
natural tooth, smooth edge, routine practice: Hello. It sounds like you had a bonded filling or white filling. Oftentimes when a filling is done, it blends in so well with the natural tooth, it may be hard to see areas of slight excess bonding. However, if you feel it, it is there. It should be polished...

Dentistry: Filling Keeps Falling Out, gum line, dental implant
gum line, dental implant, hi chris: Hi Chris, I am sorry to hear about this. If the tooth on top is hyper-erputed, this can cause the filling to get excessive force on it and may contribute to it falling out. I don t know if that is 100% the cause of the problem, but it can be a part of...

Dentistry: Filling after the root canal have some taste after 7-8 months, silver amalgam, dental materials
silver amalgam, dental materials, mayank: Dear sana, Though its not uncommon for some fillings to have an after taste, i still dont know which white filling has been done. Regardless of the filling type, all dental materials used in humans are safe for consumption and pose no threat to humans. ...

Dentistry: Fissure sealant, Possible Over Treatment
Possible Over Treatment: Hi Julia, Good questions, and others should be interested also. First of all a woman in her forties with no decay and no fillings is considered to be at very low risk for getting new cavities. The only reasons I can guess for you suddenly starting to...

Dentistry: Fistula / Root Canal, front teeth, dead tissue
front teeth, dead tissue, root canal: the fistula is present to drain out pressure/infection from that infected root. you need to get all of the dead tissue out of those roots in order for the body to totally heal that area. it is the best way to treat this. now are there any alternatives? if...

Dentistry: Fixed expanders, rapid palatal expander, quad helix
rapid palatal expander, quad helix, maxillary bone: In my practice there is a fundamental difference between these two appliances. The quad helix is used to simply widen the upper dental arch. The butterfly expander is a rapid palatal expander which is used to expand not only the width of the dental arch...

Dentistry: Fixed implants after radiation, tonsil cancer, implant dentistry
tonsil cancer, implant dentistry, prosthodontist: Dear Ron: It is very difficult for me to answer your question without properly examining you and looking into your history, how much radiation you ve received and the type and amount of hard (bone) and soft (gums) tissues you have. The best advise that I...

Dentistry: Follitate papilla, lingual tonsils, salivary glands
lingual tonsils, salivary glands, geographic tongue: Kim - I, again, cannot be sure, but from the second picture, what appears as foliate, may actually be salivary glands. Those glands are very prevalent in that area of the tongue and the appearance on the picture tends to look like salivary glands. Again I...

Dentistry: fracture, kenalog in orabase, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
kenalog in orabase, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, oral and maxillofacial surgeons: Ryna - Immediately make an appointment with a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. There are a number of different possible causes of the pain you are having and most dentists are not equiped or knowledgeable to handle it. So immediately make...

Dentistry: Is it good to do RCT and crown under GA for 3 years old baby? Please advise, upper incisors, root canal treatment
upper incisors, root canal treatment, decayed teeth: Without actually examining your daughter I cannot determine exactly what dental treatment is necessary. I can, however, tell you that in the case of a 3 year old with severe tooth decay and tooth damage it is necessary to remove teeth that cannot be saved...

Dentistry: Graying teeth, grey teeth after rct
grey teeth after rct: hi darlene the first line of approach would be conservative... get bleaching done. if however you are not satisfied with the result then i would advice capping. having said that darlene, the prime concern in such cases is the extent/size of the damage...

Dentistry: Help tooth pain, periodontal abscess, root canal procedures
periodontal abscess, root canal procedures, incisor: Lydia, this is a tough problem. Antibiotics will quiet your infection and throbbing , but when you stop taking them it will all recur. Since after treatment , you still have an infection and pain it is pretty certain that the root canal was not successful....

Dentistry: Hit Tooth, gary backlund, xray
gary backlund, xray, msd: Hi Michael, I m sorry you had this happen. It s hard to tell if you have a serious problem or just a bruised tooth/gum area. When teeth are hit with a lot of force, many things can happen from nothing, all the way to events jeopardizing the tooth. The best...

Dentistry: Does my husband need surgery to remove tori for dentures?, tori, partial
tori, partial: Dear Katy, Most Tori removal are pretty straightforward and nothing to be apprehensive about so long as your dentist has been trained to do the procedure. Depending on the size and location of the Tori, you might not have a choice but to remove it if your...

Dentistry: Impacted molar, new dentist, wisdom tooth
new dentist, wisdom tooth, molar: Dear Renee: Search for a different dentist. I get calls for second opinions all the time. And I m sure my patients who disagree with my treatment recommendations take my recommendations for a second opinion. Never be afraid to find a dentist who might...

Dentistry: leaking graft particles / bitter taste 8 weeks post-operatively, oral bacteria, bone graft
oral bacteria, bone graft, periodontist: Cheryl - I am a little disturbed that the periodontist who placed the graft is not following you closely. With the repeated loss of particles, infection or not, the periodontist should be examining you closely. That is one of the main problems with periodontists,...

Dentistry: back lower right molar, natural appearance, perfect shape
natural appearance, perfect shape, facial structure: sometimes you can see a little sinking in...the problem is trying to build it back out. implants are a good option. i am not sure what you mean by ruining you healthwise. you should make an appointment with your dentist and first get a complete thorough checkup....

Dentistry: Mucocele damage, mucoceles, cold weather
mucoceles, cold weather, bottom lip: Dear Derek The kinds of postoperative problems you describe, while not common, are known risks of surgical procedures. You may want to take both your problems and your new mucoceles to a university-affiliated teaching hospital that may have solutions to...

Dentistry: Do I need an Endodontist?, gary backlund, upper molar
gary backlund, upper molar, pain diagnosis: Hi Traci, WOW....lots going on after just a filling! Since I can t examine you, I really can t diagnosis your problem, obviously. But it sounds to me like your dentist is having a hard time finding the cause of all this. In situations like this, it is good...

Dentistry: i need help about swollen palate, proper answer, rare occasions
proper answer, rare occasions, hot food: Dear Blessing, the picture looks to me like a palatal bony torus. This is a naturally forming bone structure that may have grown a little during the past few years so that when you had some hot food you burnt the tissue that covers it and noticed it for...

Dentistry: Odontogenic cyst and perforated sinus, ent doctor, sinuses
ent doctor, sinuses, sinus: Rose - Most dental cysts can be completely removed. The cystic area should not affect the cleaning of the sinus by the ENT doctor. Relax about it spreading to other areas. It is a localized cyst and does not metastasize. The flap is used to create a seal...

Dentistry: pain after crown preparation, root canal treatment, mayank
root canal treatment, mayank, severe pain: Hello lana Yes it is sensitivity due to the disloged temp crown, rush back to ur dentist and get it replaced as delay could create problems while fixing the permanent crown. Dont worry it happens but dont delay either. Best wishes Dr mayank kauran...

Dentistry: Pain in recently crowned tooth; old RCT, occlusal, pdl
occlusal, pdl, sharp edges: Dear Andy, I believe you are correct. The tooth is still high in your bite and is irritating your PDL. I would go back to the dentist with your concern. It may be that this crown needs to be ground down a bit more to relieve the sensitivity. This is...

Dentistry: Pain in tooth from warm foods and pregnant, problems in pregnancy, safe during pregnancy
problems in pregnancy, safe during pregnancy, dental infections: you need to get into your dentist for a diagnosis. maybe the crack can get sealed to get you through the pregnancy. i hope it does not mean it is having nerve issues. sometimes heat pain means that. as far as pregnancy goes, both you and the baby are safe....

Dentistry: Please Help me, educated guess, hot food
educated guess, hot food, dental insurance: Hi, Blessing, My guess is the your palate feels hard because the muscle that moves it is contracted. I would also make an educated guess that your throat has also tightened up, affecting swallowing and perhaps breathing. Pain causes us to tighten up...

Dentistry: porcelian crown, root canals, root canal
root canals, root canal, 5 months: Dear Channing: It s not normal, but it does happen. Root canals can become re-infected, or the tooth or root could fracture. Or the tooth may just need a bite adjustment. Go to your dentist with your information. The solution may be very simple...

Dentistry: Post-root canal treatment pain, gary backlund, sinus passage
gary backlund, sinus passage, root canal treatment: Hi Gina, I m sorry all this is going on. It s hard for me to really help since I don t know exactly what we re dealing with. It certainly sounds like the infection is getting worse and leaving town may not be a great idea unless you will just be gone for...

Dentistry: Post wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom teeth
wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom teeth, post wisdom tooth extraction: Lindsay - The problem is that the surgeon is not being attentive to your situation. When a socket is packed, the doctor should be the one to remove the packing material, irrigating the socket then and repacking it if necessary. This situation is repeated...

Dentistry: Will a potential filling require another root canal?, Root Canal, Endodontics
Root Canal, Endodontics, Austin: Hi Caleb, Sorry for your recent dental issues. I know it s frustrating when a tooth has work on it and then needs a root canal. It does not mean that every filling will turn into a root canal. It depends on how deep the decay is, how close it is to the...

Dentistry: problems after proceedure, e mail address, new dentist
e mail address, new dentist, family dentistry: Dear Kelly: I am so sorry to hear of your troubles. There are several issues at play here and I will address them in order of importance: 1. You yourself told me that you used to go to the dentist every year for a check up and a cleaning. Why did you...

Dentistry: I have a question!, worst case scenario, wisdom teeth
worst case scenario, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth: Depending on how badly it s chipped and the extent of the decay you could end up with a tooth that needs a root canal or have to have it removed.Take care of it now at your leisure because the root canal need will be on an emergency basis of severe pain,swelling...

Dentistry: Retained cotton pellet, good starting point, temporary filling
good starting point, temporary filling, endodontist: Dear rebecca Its unfortunate to know that such a thing happened. 1) yes it was inappropriate to leave a cotton pellet behind 2) no the cotton itself cannot lead to further decay. The reason being the same closed isolated environment with a permanent...

Dentistry: root canal, gary backlund, cheek bone
gary backlund, cheek bone, endodontist: Hi Jannie, I m sorry you re having this trouble, but you are VERY smart to try to solve things before going any farther! At this point, I think you need a good diagnosis to see what, if anything, is going on and if there is a problem, what can be done...

Dentistry: Root Canal or Extraction, root canal specialist, molar tooth
root canal specialist, molar tooth, root canals: Hector - Ideally it is best to save the tooth with root canal done by a skilled dentist or a root canal specialist. Sure the space can be maintained with orthodontics, but eventually extensive treatment will be necessary to maintain the space, after an extraction,...

Dentistry: Root Canal or Extraction?, molar tooth, root canals
molar tooth, root canals, gum line: Hector, let s see if I can give you some general information to help with your decision. First of all, it has always been my advice to save a tooth if at all possible rather than having it removed...especially at your young age that is a very good piece of...

Dentistry: root canal tooth extraction, dentist office, abcess
dentist office, abcess, tooth extraction: Carolyn - Extracting the tooth should resolve the whole problem. A general dentist should be able to remove the tooth, but if not, that doctor should be able to refer you to another doctor who can extract it. I hope it all goes well. Most general dentists...

Dentistry: Root Canal Treatment, root canal treatment, temporary filling
root canal treatment, temporary filling, endodontist: Robert - Absolutely you need to follow up with the endodontist to finish the root canal treatment. If not, the nerve of the tooth that was cut to start the root canal will breakdown and possibly become infected. So don t wait. Make an appointment with...

Dentistry: severe pain after stitches' removal from gums, chlorhexidine mouthwash, emergency doctor
chlorhexidine mouthwash, emergency doctor, dear doctor: Senevene - There is definitely the proximity to the sinus I stated in the other response. I cannot tell if that is the problem, but it definitely pays to have it examined. The fact that the warm salt water makes it more uncomfortable tends to indicate a...

Dentistry: small carie under gum line on third molar, gum line, upper tooth
gum line, upper tooth, correct approach: Tom - The decision to fill an area of decay on a third molar mostly depends on the location of the decay and the ability of the dentist to remove the decay, completely visualize the area to insure that only decay is removed and damage to the nerve is not done....

Dentistry: Soft Permanent Liner, partial dentures, permanent liner
partial dentures, permanent liner, prosthodontist: Dear Carol, Sorry for the delay. I am unfortunately not able to evaluate the work. However, as I said, I prefer a hard reline. The best thing to do is to go for a second opinion from a Prosthodontist, the specialist in this area. www.gotoapro.org will...

Dentistry: teeth problem, dammam saudi arabia, teeth and gums
dammam saudi arabia, teeth and gums, teeth problem: Nasir, I actually spent quite a bit of time on Google trying to track down a dentist in Dammam. I was not able to find the name for you, but do have a link to a list of medical and health directories in Dammam. See link below. http://www.saudianyp.com/category/Dentists/city:Dammam...

Dentistry: temporary crown, root canal, gums
root canal, gums: Hello. Generally, there is some soreness after a root canal. the tooth is healing for several weeks following treatment. You may possibly need the height or fit of the temporary crown to be adjusted. Sometimes the tooth lifts slightly out of the socket while...

Dentistry: Throbbing Jaw Pain, wisdom tooth extractions, jaw muscles
wisdom tooth extractions, jaw muscles, wisdom teeth: Kim - Of course and exam would be more beneficial in arriving at a diagnosis of the problem, but your symptoms of pain could simply be spasms of the jaw muscles (a very common reaction after wisdom tooth extractions)or the jaw joint could have been traumatized....

Dentistry: tongue bite, mandibular teeth, overjet
mandibular teeth, overjet, bridge construction: Sometimes patients have an increased likelihood of biting their tongue after crowns or bridges if either the dental work is placed too far to the lingual. Often times the occlusal one half of the restorations are too prominent to the lingual. If this is...

Dentistry: tooh pain chest pain, burning sensation in the chest, tooth abscess
burning sensation in the chest, tooth abscess, chest infection: Hi carolyn Since i dont know ur age group... I will give you a general answer. Yes heart related pain can be referred to the teeth. You should not take the symptom lightly. Visit your physician and get a checkup done. For all you know it could be the seat...

Dentistry: Tooth Pain, tooth pain, root canal
tooth pain, root canal, xrays: Dear Rob, You ve certainly been through a lot with your tooth. I really cannot answer your question with any authority without seeing you, your xrays, and being able to check your bite, the fit of the crown, and the appearance of your gums around the crown....

Dentistry: Tooth pain , root canal, pain root canal, periodontal abscess
pain root canal, periodontal abscess, root canal procedures: No tooth should take 6 procedures to complete. You need to get to an oral surgeon and get an evaluation. The tooth most likely needs to be extracted ASAP. You can go to the ER but antibiotics will only temporarily take care of this infection. Every time...

Dentistry: Tooth pain after root canal, tooth pain after root canal, root canal procedures
tooth pain after root canal, root canal procedures, periodontal abscess: Dear Lydia, I am so sorry for this delay in my response. I usually receive a text when there is a question. I received none for yours. My apologies. There are several technical discrepancies in your question. You had 6 root canal procedures in a tooth....

Dentistry: tooth turning grey, very sensitive to temperature, cold weather, root canal
cold weather, root canal, fillings: I could not tell you what treatment you will need without seeing you. Most likely it is your not seeing the dentist that is the reason your tooth has become as bad as it is. You had better get a hold of yourself and go see a dentist to find out what needs...

Dentistry: Tumor? Dentist unsure., pus pockets, ameloblastoma
pus pockets, ameloblastoma, correct diagnosis: Ashley - It is very difficult for me to arrive at a correct diagnosis of what tumor is growing in your mouth. The fact that there appears to be a percolating effect, with the changes in appearance and texture, says that the tumor is quite active. It is...

Dentistry: Type of dental implants, All-on-4 dental implants
All-on-4 dental implants: Hi Bonnie, Traditional all-on-4 fixed prosthesis was initially done with root-form Dental Implants. Now you can do them with other Implant manufacturers who offer such angled abutments to make an all-on-4 type of prosthesis. Some dentists will...

Dentistry: Upper Palate Chronic Pain, pain management program, health science center
pain management program, health science center, upper palate: Debbie - I am so sorry to hear about the overwhelming palatal pain you have endured for the last 5 years. Unfortunately, I have seem patients who have experienced similar pains, some in the same area and others in different areas. I have used, a number...

Dentistry: Wisdom tooth removed, burning pain while drinking water and closing mouth, burning sensation, wisdom tooth
burning sensation, wisdom tooth, local anesthesia: Aylwin - I wish I could give you an exact answer as to the cause of the problem or how to cure the pain, but it is a little difficult without examining you. I know that the warm salt water rinses seem to hurt, but it is important to continue it. Do it for...

Dentistry: No xray for cavity, new dentist, xray
new dentist, xray, toothache: you can go as soon as you want...there is no time frame in matters like this. if you need an xray, it can be taken. if you need or want a new filling, it can be done. that new dentist can check everything else out and let you know what needs to be done. ...

Dentistry: 2nd Alveoplasty, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, left nostril
oral and maxillofacial surgeons, left nostril, oral and maxillofacial: Sandra - there happen to be a number of board certfied oral and maxillofacial surgeons in Greensburg. The follow are those doctors. 1) Dr. Michael Buckley - (724) 837-7770 2) Dr. Richard McNerny - (724) 836-6631 3) Dr. Robert Queale - (724) 837-7770...

Dentistry: 3 1/2 yr old son losing top 2 teeth, primary teeth, permanent teeth
primary teeth, permanent teeth, speech development: You are entirely correct in your suggestion that a pedi-partial is the best option for him. The only other option to my thinking would be to do nothing and that would be a mistake since leaving the space up front could have significant effect on his speech...

Dentistry: air abrasion, air abrasion, tooth surfaces
air abrasion, tooth surfaces, rubber dam: Dear Mary Air abrasion has been around for a while. It s use has decreased in popularity since it is messy and their is some concern about the aluminum particles. I think if it is used properly it is safe, but for those looking for a drill free experience,...

Dentistry: Amount of acrylic for Partial denture, partial denture, partials
partial denture, partials, gums: Dear Janice, If your partials are causing you pain, your current dentist should adjust it so it doesn t cause you discomfort. If he will not do anything to relieve you of the discomfort originating from the partial, you should find another dentist who...

Dentistry: Bad teeth, need crowns, have 2 options., tooth enamel, bad teeth
tooth enamel, bad teeth, lyme disease: Dear L: A very long question deserves an answer that is short and to the point. And there are several points: 1. Have you done an intake diary to see if you can find out what is making your teeth decay so easirapidly? If not, do one. Then share it...

Dentistry: Bone grafting, Bonegraft, dental implant
Bonegraft, dental implant: Dear Vicki, It s possible, but my first instinct would be to examine the prescribed medications. Are you sure you do not have allergies to the antibiotics or the pain killers that were prescribed? And when did you finish taking the meds? -Dr.Kon...

Dentistry: Bright white spot on tooth, baking soda, front teeth
baking soda, front teeth, lyn: Dear Lyn, From here, it s hard to tell if the bright white spot will go away on its own. My guess is that the baking soda toothpaste has removed a layer of plaque to expose the white spot. If it doesn t go away in a week, contact your dentist. It might...

Dentistry: Brown staining on teeth, drinking water supply, ceramic veneers
drinking water supply, ceramic veneers, ceramic crowns: Hi sky You have floride related stains. I usually happens when drinking water supply during your early childhood has high floride content. Solutions range from: Least invasive, micro and macro abrasion, whitening to Slightly invasive, composite bonding...

Dentistry: calcified root canal, root canals, apicoectomy
root canals, apicoectomy, size hole: Good morning Sibylle, I m sorry to hear you have this going on. Let me first explain a bit about calcified roots to help you understand what s going on. When a tooth has deep fillings, crowns, decay or other things that irritate the nerve(pulp)of the...

Dentistry: cap and tooth broke off after 5 months, fracture line, root canal treatment
fracture line, root canal treatment, question pool: Dear Jessica and thanks for your question which I am answering from the question pool. There are a multitude of possible many reasons why this happened, including weak tooth substructure (could be from decay, a crown or root fracture, a non-vital tooth...

Dentistry: Class III malocclusion in 13 year old, dental arches, class iii malocclusion
dental arches, class iii malocclusion, patient motivation: Invisalign has certain limitations regarding what it can accomplish. Since I haven t examined your daughter I can t know what technique would be appropriate for successful treatment. Perhaps an evaluation with an orthodontist who provides Invisalign treatment...

Dentistry: Crown for core build up, plastic crowns, gold pins
plastic crowns, gold pins, gum line: Hi mike Yes ur tooth would disintegrate very rapidly if left unprotected. Plastic crowns are usually used as temporary crowns as they are softer than natural teeth and grind/wear away rather quickly, besides the worn off stuff goes in your tummy. My advice:...

Dentistry: Cyst in a tooth, jaw bone, bone loss
jaw bone, bone loss, abscess: Dear Tim, Cysts grow at different rates in different people and in different people under different circumstances, for a variety of causes. Sometimes for no known cause. If not already in place due to development, usually cysts take a long time to grow....

Dentistry: decay not shown on tooth surface, digital xray, tooth surface
digital xray, tooth surface, radiograph: Sure. Any radiograph can show that, which is why we take them. We cannot touch all surfaces of the tooth with our instruments, and decay often creeps in between the teeth, which is why flossing is so important. Also, the bacteria are microscopic, and they...

Dentistry: Delayed paresthesia following wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, sending out signals
wisdom tooth extraction, sending out signals, nerve damage: Rachel - the period of time until paresthesia resolves varies. It can be as short as a few weeks, but it could last longer. If the paresthesia is complete with no sensations, stimulating sensations like rubbing the area or a prick with a pin, then the paresthesia...

Dentistry: Dental Bonding Liquid, crazy glue, dental situations
crazy glue, dental situations, dental bonding: the bonding liquid used to repair dentures is a methacrylate resin...not super glue. the word is that superglue is eventually soluble in water so we do not use it in dental situations. if you are looking to repair something, do not try it yourself...give it...

Dentistry: Dental compsoites, dental composites, more detailed questions
dental composites, more detailed questions, particle size: the generations you are hearing about refer to the bonding agents used to bond in a composite. i think we are up to the 8th generation of these. the newest generation are universal...you can use them in just about every application. look at scotchbond universal,...

Dentistry: dental patch, poor workmanship, gum line
poor workmanship, gum line, fillings: Dear Perry Sometimes gum line fillings can pop out and it doesn t necessarily imply poor workmanship. I suggest you return to your dentist and have him try again. If you do have this problem repeatedly, then it probably is time to switch dentists. ...

Dentistry: Dental Problem/Pain/Complex/Confused, amox 500, warm salt water
amox 500, warm salt water, many crowns: Joy - This is such a difficult situation to diagnose with the information you have provided. I don t understand why the surgeon is willing to send you to another doctor, when you seem to indicate that the problem is orally involved. I do not know where...

Dentistry: 72 Hours Post-Extraction, warm salt water, wisdom teeth
warm salt water, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth: Lisa - Of course, without examining you I cannot be sure if you truly are suffering from a degeneration of the blood clot and developing a dry socket. Dry sockets are unique in having the following (tremendous pain, bad breath and horrible taste). A little...

Dentistry: extreme calcium build up on my gums!, teeth and gums, calcium buildup
teeth and gums, calcium buildup, tartar control: i would try to use a sonicare brush...they make claims that you will form less calculus or tartar. also use tartar control toothpastes. this too will help. you will still form some. this is determined by genetics. lastly i would go in for cleanings every 3...

Dentistry: Extreme Pain after Root Canal, Root Canal, Endodontics
Root Canal, Endodontics, Austin: Hi Seba, Sorry to hear about recent dental issues. Complications like you describe after root canal treatment are possible, though they are uncommon. From what you describe, it sounds like a significant dental infection. Antibiotics can take 2-3 days...

Dentistry: Nose widening with palatal expander, palate expander, facial changes
Dentistry: Nose widening with palatal expander, palate expander, facial changes

Dentistry: Filling has started to hurt after a few months, new dentist, sensitive teeth
new dentist, sensitive teeth, dalin: call the dentist and get in there for an evaluation...some possible ideas: 1) bite could be a little off...simple adjustment can take care of that 2) tooth or filling cracked...may need a new filling or a crown if the tooth has cracked 3) nerve issues...need...

Dentistry: Fillings, new dentist, looking in the mirror
new dentist, looking in the mirror, accurate answer: Hi Holly, It really is hard for me to answer this question. Without knowing how deep the previous restoration or decay was, there is no way for me to give you an accurate answer. What I can say is as follows; - Sometimes, if the decay or old filling...

Dentistry: fillings problems, tight seals, intermittent pain
tight seals, intermittent pain, poor job: Hi Marie, Sorry to hear about this. Depending on the size of the filling, and the sheer number of fillings that you had at one visit, it is not uncommon to need to return for further adjustments. The bite should be addressed ASAP, as this will only...

Dentistry: what to do for fixed bridge that came out, removable dentures, tooth number
removable dentures, tooth number, proper diagnosis: Dear Mitchell: Good problems to have at age 80. I am glad that you managed to keep most of your teeth throughout life. For your general health, it is important to you to replace the missing teeth. If you can get a new Bridge from tooth number 18 through...

Dentistry: what to do for fixed bridge that came out, removable dentures, replacement bridge
removable dentures, replacement bridge, upper teeth: Dear Mitch: It depends on the condition of the two teeth holding the bridge. If they have sufficient intact tooth structure then a replacement bridge is a good idea. If the teeth (20 & 18) holding your bridge have decayed and do not have enough intact...

Dentistry: Gold extraction from under caps, gold extraction, refiner
gold extraction, refiner, porcelain: Generally, the amount of gold underlying the porcelain in a peorcelain fused to metal crown is pretty minimal. There are dental refining companies which will pay for the crown and extract the gold themseves, evaluate it and compensate you for its value. Hit...

Dentistry: Gum Blister, gum abscess, bubble gums
gum abscess, bubble gums, jaw pressure: Hi charlie Ur problem is similar to the question i had answered earlier, which u have read. Now in your case i would request u to get an xray done and paste it here. From the sound of it, feels like a gum problem. However i would need to see an xray before...

Dentistry: Help with Jaw, larry burnett, dental experts
larry burnett, dental experts, oral surgeon: I was not clear. I don t know any Oral Surgeons in your area. I meant to say there is a well qualified Oral Surgeon on this dental experts list. His name is Dr. Joel Teig. If you re-post your question and follow up to him on this experts list, I think he...

Dentistry: hematoma in left cheek, hypoechoic mass, mass lesion
hypoechoic mass, mass lesion, left cheek: Pranjal, Wow! That was a very technical description of what is going on inside your mouth. Unfortunately it is not within my area of expertise. One, question though. Since your doctor has already diagnosed the problem, why didn t he say what the treatment...

Dentistry: Hole in gum with bone showing., lower mouth, wisdom tooth
lower mouth, wisdom tooth, dear marie: Dear Marie, It sounds like you may have a wisdom tooth beginning grow through your gum. If you have not seen your dentist in more than one year, you are due for a checkup and cleaning anyway. Find a dentist you feel comfortable with, and ask your question...

Dentistry: Implants and teeth grinding, natural teeth, missing teeth
natural teeth, missing teeth, implant specialist: The story of multiple implants is much different. If we are replacing many missing teeth with implants, then, to the best of our ability, we must create a bite that distributes the pressure of your clenching evenly over all your teeth. Even doing this, your...

Dentistry: Issues with Jaw, oral surgeon, spam folder
oral surgeon, spam folder, zev: Dear Randy: Sorry for the delay. Questions sometimes go to the spam folder and I am not notified until there days later. In any case, since there is nothing wrong with your teeth, and you can pin point the origin of the problem, the expert to see is the...

Dentistry: jaw expander, adult teeth, permanent teeth
adult teeth, permanent teeth, baby teeth: You ask some very important questions. When I see a youngster in my office with the same situation I ask the same questions. And that is why I don t recommend expansion when there is no problem with the width of the upper jaw. I also ask myself, how often...

Dentistry: Jaw Help/Issues, ball and socket joint, ball and socket
ball and socket joint, ball and socket, wash cloth: this is called TMJ problems or temporomandibular joint problems. this is the name of the joint in front of your ears. it is a ball and socket joint that is your jaws opening and closing. sometimes the muscles and ligaments spasm and pull things out of allignment....

Dentistry: Jaw Help, TMJ, occlusion
TMJ, occlusion: Dear Randy, You should seek someone who is proficient with occlusion and TMJ. Unfortunately there is no such thing as a TMJ specialist. Orthodontists, Prosthodontists, Periodontists, Oral Surgeons all dabble with aspects of occlusion and/or TMJ, but...

Dentistry: Jaw Issues, oral maxillofacial surgeon, lower jaw
oral maxillofacial surgeon, lower jaw, meniscus: Dear Randy, You probably did dislocate your jaw when it locked open. This usually happens when the lower jaw subluxates, or passes beyond its physiologic range of motion, but remains inside its joint capsule. When this happens, the ligaments that keep...

Dentistry: Jaw pain, Jaw Clenching | Teeth Grinding | Nocturnal Bruxism | Jaw Pain on One Side | TMJ Headaches | Ear Pa
Jaw Clenching | Teeth Grinding | Nocturnal Bruxism | Jaw Pain on One Side | TMJ Headaches | Ear Pa: Hi, Sonya, Your question is impossible to answer without direct examination. Your best course of action is to call your dentist for an examination. Your jaw fracture, however, is possible to address and probably the cause of much of the pain. Please...

Dentistry: Jaw Pain after Root Canal, lower jaw pain, endodonist
lower jaw pain, endodonist, amoxocillian: Kelli - Of course, without examining you I cannot be sure, but the symptoms of lower jaw pain into the chin and up into the temple is usually symptoms of spasms of the jaw muscles. Often muscle relaxing medication do not work. I don t know if what I am going...

Dentistry: Joint Clicking, TMJ, clicking/snapping in jaw
TMJ, clicking/snapping in jaw, jaw pain: Hello, Arno, Sounds like tight muscles of biting and chewing -- the precursor of TMJ Syndrome. Please see this page for links to relevant articles and course of action. http://somatics.com/Treatment_for_TMJ,1.htm None of the remedies you mentioned...

Dentistry: Joint Poppoing/Clicking, Joint popping, clicking
Joint popping, clicking: What makes you think it is not TMJ? Just because there is no pain does not exclude the possibility of it being TMJ. The symptom that you describe with the clicking of your joint near your ear, is classic TMJ. I am going to recommend that you see a dentist...

Dentistry: Lower partial, denture specialist, q cell
denture specialist, q cell, dental board: I am sorry to hear about your mistreatment. Without seeing your existing situation, it is impossibly hard for me to assess. There are a few options. #1. take your broken partial to your previous dentist to see if it can be repaired. #2. take the new denture...

Dentistry: Maxillomandibular advancement, sleep apnia, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
sleep apnia, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, full face mask: Kevin - First, Dr. Sewall is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. As such, this type of doctor is the type that I feel is appropriate. As far as the nasopharyngeal surgery, that is the type of surgery to assist in the correction of sleep...

Dentistry: Need crowns, I have 2 options., tooth enamel, bad teeth
tooth enamel, bad teeth, lyme disease: Well you are definitely in a very difficult situation. There are a couple of things that you have to put in mind. 1. You are only 22. 2. The problem on your teeth is not that you re not taking care of your teeth, but is the structure of your teeth. This...

Dentistry: I need crowns, and have 2 options., tooth enamel, bad teeth
tooth enamel, bad teeth, lyme disease: this is a very tough case with some tough decisions. if you were here in the united states, i would refer you to a crown and bridge specialist called a prosthodontist. i am not sure if you can find anything like that in your country. they go a couple of extra...

Dentistry: Need crowns on teeth, 2 options., tooth enamel, bad teeth
tooth enamel, bad teeth, lyme disease: Hi liene Its better to simplify things. Charging a lumpsum amout for each tooth makes sense.... Crowns fillings, temporaries and all for 300 sounds more straight forward. Provided the dentist is an honest guy who doesnt take unnecessary short cuts. The other...

Dentistry: Need dentures/On disability, broward county schools, life circumstance
broward county schools, life circumstance, annuity sales: Dear Kathleen, Oh boy. I m sorry to hear about your early life circumstance. No child should have to live in an abusive situation. It is horrifying how many do. I know. My daughter has an MSW and is a Behavior Specialist in Broward County Schools....

Dentistry: need root canal, cold test, cold sensitivity
cold test, cold sensitivity, root canal: No Problem Darlene....just wanted to make sure I was answering the right question. Cold is our best measure of whether a tooth is alive or dead. If you didn t feel cold at all in tooth #2, that could mean that the nerve and blood supply, the pulp, are dead....

Dentistry: Nose widening with palatal expander, facial appearance, facial changes
facial appearance, facial changes, visible changes: Roni - You are definitely observant of the spreading of the lower face with palatal expanders. This situation always occurs and after the palatal expander has been stopped and removed, many have the nasal area return to close where it was. Others retain...

Dentistry: Oral surgery, canine teeth, canine tooth
canine teeth, canine tooth, functional results: Leia - First of all, if you have any questions about the orthodontist, get a second opinion. It is not totally unusual for canine teeth to develop in an altered position. Some of them are vertical and never erupt and a surgeon needs to expose it in the...

Dentistry: oromaxillary fistula repair not healing, maxillofacial prosthodontist, ent surgeon
maxillofacial prosthodontist, ent surgeon, denturist: He needs to see an ENT surgeon. If they still say that the hole could not be close then he ll be referred to a Maxillofacial Prosthodontist who should be able to fabricate what s know as an obturator to close that hole. It should be something that you re able...

Dentistry: overbite, top gum, gum tissue
top gum, gum tissue, upper teeth: I can t address your daughter s specific situation concerning the gum tissue around the lower incisors since I have not had the benefit of conducting an examination. The absence of an explanation regarding the treatment plan and the absence of a second...

Dentistry: Pain and burning sensation after denture reline, faculty dentist, student dentistry
faculty dentist, student dentistry, cheek area: Sarina - Not all, but many patients find that denture reline material is an irritant. There are a number of different materials and you need to find a different dentist, but let him know the name of the reline material. Often dental schools and university...

Dentistry: Pain for months following RCT, cold weather, cheekbone
cold weather, cheekbone, endodontist: There is not a lot I can tell you without seeing you. No, that is not a normal experience. Eliminating hyperocclusion as a possibility is simple, you simply adjust (grind down) the tooth so it does not hit the opposing tooth. Try a simple experiment. Grind...

Dentistry: Pain after root canal, root canal treatment, nerve pain
root canal treatment, nerve pain, front tooth: Hi Jenny, It s really impossible to tell you how long all this will go on. Everyone heals at different rates and the infection/irritation is different in everyone also. As a general rule, anywhere from a few days to a couple weeks for things to be absolutely...

Dentistry: pain after tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw fracture
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw fracture, root canal treatment: Marlene - I am so sorry to hear about what you are enduring. It is important that you have a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon evaluate you. What you are describing could be from adjoining teeth or it could be from other injuries to the area....

Dentistry: Partial Reline Info, reline, dalin
reline, dalin, dds: it depends on how much room we have to work with. we usually leave plastic in there. we can easily get a plastic to plastic bond. a reline is done to make things fit better onto the gum surface so that is the only surface that needs the resin to bond. the...

Dentistry: Post Root Canal Biting Pain, periodontal ligament, infection present
periodontal ligament, infection present, heat test: Hi PJ, I m sorry to hear you are still having trouble with that tooth...not much fun when you thought all would be over quickly & easily. Let me try to answer your questions. 1. Do some people just heal very slowly from RCT trauma plus crown prep or...

Dentistry: REMOVING 6 TOOTH ZIRCONIA BRIDGE, new dentist, tiara
new dentist, tiara, doctor who: Dear Tiara, If you told the dentist that you noticed there was an extra tooth on your bridge, then said you d be willing to try it, I would hope that your dentist would have used temporary cement. This would make your bridge easily removable. If your...

Dentistry: root canal, interest free loan, temporary filling
interest free loan, temporary filling, leak proof: I can t tell you because I have no idea what is sold over the counter. You would have a great deal of difficulty placing it properly to ensure a leak-proof fit. I can t tell you whether or not you need a post and core and crown; it depends on which tooth is...

Dentistry: Root Canal, jaw muscle, false tooth
jaw muscle, false tooth, front teeth: Margie - It is a big mistake for you to even attempt to recement the crown yourself. Even a slight difference from a normal seating can jeopardize the tooth and can stimulate jaw muscle spasms from an uneven bite. In addition, cement can go under the gums...

Dentistry: Root canal medicament, gary backlund, calcium hydroxide
gary backlund, calcium hydroxide, dental student: You are more than welcome! We have actually found NO benefit and in fact medicaments cause more problems, but you need to find that out for yourself. I was taught to use medicaments in Grad school, but discovered on my own the benefits of stopping their use....

Dentistry: Root Canal Troubles, cold sensitivity, tin foil
cold sensitivity, tin foil, canal 2: Hi again Amanda, Having a loose filling could certainly cause all your symptoms, especially the hot and cold sensitivity. You really can t tell if a filling is loose by yourself, but it wouldn t really have to be loose to give you those sensations. There...

Dentistry: Root canals, gum pockets, root canals
gum pockets, root canals, gum problems: Hi again Linda, When we refer to a dead tooth, we talk about one where the pulp, nerve and blood supply, are no longer alive. In most cases, this terminology is lumped together with an abscessed tooth, but this is not technically correct. An abscess implies...

Dentistry: Root fracture, Austin Root Canal, Endodontics
Austin Root Canal, Endodontics, Texas: Hi George, It usually takes 48 hours for an antibiotic to hit it s max effectiveness. So after 2 days of the antibiotics, I would have the tooth extracted. After the tooth is extracted, the main source of the infection is gone and the area will heal faster....

Dentistry: Saving molars, porcelain crown, root canals
porcelain crown, root canals, t rush: Hi Linda, I would talk to your Dad about this and get his input. I understand why the dentist wants to replace the filling with a crown. However, unless there is definitively decay under the filling, I would leave it alone. Why bother your elderly father...

Dentistry: Second opinion?, initial appointment, dalin
initial appointment, dalin, second opinion: absolutely get a second opinion!!! i do not know anything about the office you visited but upselling as you call it can easily take place. you need to make sure you need that work before signing on to doing it. i am glad you decided to step back and evaluate...

Dentistry: Sensitivity to hot/cold, dental procedure, molars
dental procedure, molars, root canal: Dear Karisa, the sensitivity you describe to temperature changes indicates that the nerve in the tooth is irritated following the dental procedure. This is not uncommon , it generally goes away after a few weeks. You may find that by the time you get to...

Dentistry: sinus perforation, sinus cavity, warm salt water
sinus cavity, warm salt water, tooth socket: Jim - Hopefully the surgeon knows about the opening into the sinus, if not, you should immediately contact him and advise him. Now what should you do. Do not blow your nose!!!!! If you sneeze, do it with your mouth open. Begin a gentle warm salt water...

Dentistry: Still numb after root canal 4 days ago., gary backlund, cephalexin 500 mg
gary backlund, cephalexin 500 mg, electric shock: Hi again Heather, Thanks for the additional info. It s hard for me to give you exact info without being able to exam you or see your X-rays, but I can share a few thoughts. There are 3 possible reasons for your numbness remaining...one is that the sealer...

Dentistry: Is surgery necessary?, early childhood caries, permanent teeth
early childhood caries, permanent teeth, primary teeth: Dear Amanda, Children have 20 primary teeth, 10 in the top jaw, 10 in the bottom. The front 4 teeth in both the bottom and the top are lost around 6 or 7 years. The remaining teeth are not all lost till well over 10 years of age. These remaining primary...

Dentistry: swollen jaw no tooth pain, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth
wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth, tooth ache: Hi , Mike , you have a condition known as pericoronitis . It is the inflammation of the flap that covers the wisdom tooth . I have 2 suggestions for you - 1) Get the wisdom tooth removed , as this is the recommended treatment for any condition associated...

Dentistry: thin vertical brown lines upper front 2teeth, attention deficit disorder, gluten free diet
attention deficit disorder, gluten free diet, gum line: Dear Shona, would be pleased to comment, but I need more information. Where on the teeth are the lines , are they even in color, on the incisor tipsl, or near the gum line, front or back, any sign of similar coloration on other teeth, when did the lines...

Dentistry: Is my tooth extraction healing?, peridex mouth rinse, gary backlund
peridex mouth rinse, gary backlund, foul taste: Hi Brit, I m sorry you are having all this pain. The picture you took is a bit fuzzy, but it shows what certainly could be a dry socket. I would suggest you call your dentist, even though it s Saturday, explain what is going on and ask for help. He/she...

Dentistry: Tooth extractions and headaches?, tooth replacements, partial denture
tooth replacements, partial denture, warm salt water: Corey - Of course, I cannot be totally sure without examining you, but what you are describing is a fairly common reaction to have a number of teeth extracted and tooth replacements made. Often the bite is changed, even though the partial is supposed to replace...

Dentistry: toothache, gary backlund, new cracks
gary backlund, new cracks, pain medication: Hi Dawn, I m sorry all this is going on...NO, this is not normal. Usually it takes 24-48 hours for an antibiotic to start working and you are way beyond that. I would suggest that you call your dentist, even though it s Sunday, explain what you are feeling...

Dentistry: veneer for 2mm open bite, open bite, upper teeth
open bite, upper teeth, mayank: Hello ely Yes dear that can be done to solve the problem provided your bite permits it. Its not unusual to have a very tight bite such that wjhen yuo slide ur lower jaw forwards, the lower teeth come very close to the uppers. This phenomenon directs tipping...

Dentistry: Vinyl Putty Impression, dalin, polyvinyl
dalin, polyvinyl, putty: polyvinyl materials are actually very accurate. you need a custom tray made and then an impression made. not sure why the dentist will not do this for you if you have an allergy to alginate (which is very rare i might add). keep making calls and see who will...

Dentistry: White dots on gingiva, gum tissue, definitive diagnosis
gum tissue, definitive diagnosis, oral surgeon: from what i can see in the picture, you might be right with your diagnosis...and yes these granules can be found anywhere intramurally. i always refer to an oral surgeon when i want a definitive diagnosis. you did see one and he said all was fine so you...

Dentistry: White Spots on teeth, mild fluorosis, white spots on teeth
mild fluorosis, white spots on teeth, topical medications: Hi jane White spots on teeth are caused due to following: A)Decreased calcification during tooth development or injury B) initial decay called white spot lesion C) mild fluorosis To acertain the exact cause of this white spot u need to visit a dentist....

Dentistry: Wisdom teeth surgery, impacted teeth extraction
impacted teeth extraction: Hello Les, If the wisdom teeth are fully impacted and close to the nerve, the risks from the extraction may outweigh the benefits. In addition, deeply impacted teeth become symptomatic less often than wisdom teeth cutting through the gum, just because there...

Dentistry: Wisdom Tooth, wisdom tooth, question pool
wisdom tooth, question pool, different shapes: Dear Ava and thanks for your question, which I am answering from the question pool. Firstly, let me express my condolences with your dilemma and I agree, 7 months is a considerable time to have pain and discomfort. I would go back to the practice where...

Dentistry: 20 year problem, root canal treatment, sinus infections
root canal treatment, sinus infections, wisdom teeth: Helen - Of course, without examining the area I cannot be sure of the cause, but bone loss in a tooth such as yours often indicates a fracture of the root of the tooth. Bone loss could also be from a chronic periodontal infection. Root canal teeth are...

Dentistry: ABNORMAL TOOTH, pediatric dentist, x rays
pediatric dentist, x rays, molar: This is an unusual situation that will require an examination and possibly some x-rays to determine an answer to your questions. That is a rather difficult prospect for a three month old infant. I would suggest you have him seen by a pediatric dentist for...

Dentistry: Broken tooth, gargle with warm salt water, hydrogen peroxide
gargle with warm salt water, hydrogen peroxide, warm salt water: i am big on saving teeth so i would always tell you to have a root canal and crown done on the tooth in order to save it. make sure the tooth has good, long term prognosis. don t wait too long...you are best to get this going as soon as you can. good luck...

Dentistry: broken back tooth, fear phobia, dental phobia
fear phobia, dental phobia, dental fear: Hi Pat and thanks for your question. Let me firstly say well done for contacting someone regarding this, despite your understandable dental fear/phobia which you have. Dental phobia is a condition, now fully recognized by the WHO, which affects about 16%...

Dentistry: burning mouth, burning mouth syndrome, metallic taste in my mouth
burning mouth syndrome, metallic taste in my mouth, gum disease: Dear Karen, Burning mouth syndrome can be caused by many things. In your case, the combination of smoking and menopause and the hormonal changes that come with menopause are known to cause symptoms like yours. Without examining the inside of your mouth,...

Dentistry: Calcified root, gary backlund, history of trauma
gary backlund, history of trauma, family dentist: Good morning Vera, I m sorry all this is going on. When a root calcifies, it s a response of the pulp(nerve) of the tooth to some form of irritation. It could be a large filling or crown, decay or a history of trauma. When the canal closes down, it can...

Dentistry: is this a canine tooth? should I remove it?, lateral incisor, canine tooth
lateral incisor, canine tooth, mayank: Hi andrew Yes i see the tooth, its called an impacted canine and its putting pressure on the root of your lateral incisor and it needs to be removed lest you loose the incisor too! You can ask ur surgeon to send this tooth for stem cell harvesting too, that...

Dentistry: choosing a crown, precious metal, dentist
precious metal, dentist, porcelain: Captek is a unique way of making a very well fitting coping(that s what the porcelain gets baked onto.For anterior teeth in the right lab the results could be very nice.I would not use any base metal for my porcelain,I prefer semi precious or precious metal.If...

Dentistry: class 3 bite, good oral hygiene, prosthodontist
good oral hygiene, prosthodontist, jaw surgery: Dear Gary, There are two available options for your situation: 1) Go see a prosthodonist, have your bite properly evaluated and have the prosthodontist fabricate a proper orthodontic device, (nightgard) to protect yor teeth from the damage...

Dentistry: Can dental x-ray get damaged, teeth and gums, x ray
teeth and gums, x ray, electronic record: Dear Nancy, An xray can be duplicated many times. Both the xray and the duplicate can degrade over time if not fixed and stored properly. A suggestion: If the original xray is still good, placed it on a white lit screen (like the ones doctors read...

Dentistry: dentistry in pregnancy, sensitive teeth, back tooth
sensitive teeth, back tooth, signs of infection: Hi natlie Procrastination is not my forte, so i would abstain from analysing the need for treatment or not. Having said that yuor dental work can resume between 3rd month till 6th month. All painkillers are absolutely avoidable except paracetamol and antibiotics...

Dentistry: Dentures, reline, denture
reline, denture, permanent solution: Jack - A new denture may need to be made, but during any healing state, a reline of the denture can regain stability. A reline conforms to the anatomy very closely and allows the denture to fit. This is not a permanent solution, but while awaiting for complete...

Dentistry: Drawing teeth, tooth anatomy, being a dentist
tooth anatomy, being a dentist, front teeth: Hi, This website has an amazing book about esthetics; http://www.lsk121.com/2012v5/den_edu_books_ord.php# You can also Google tooth anatomy to learn more about the different smiles. In general, men s teeth are straighter and slightly flat. While...

Dentistry: Dry socket, dry socket, inhaler
dry socket, inhaler, tounge: Sandra - Potentially any irritation can possibly help increase the chance of a dry socket to develop. Allergies, in general, do not produce a dry socket. Do not keep poking at the socket with your tongue or anything else - that can help produce a dry socket....

Dentistry: Dry socket, dry socket, horrible pain
dry socket, horrible pain, hoke: Terri - It is obvious that the second surgeon is not truly honest. He doesn t want to be bothered with doing any extra work. Instead of removing the old packing, irrigating the socket and repacking it to get it better he does nothing. If the original...

Dentistry: Filling cavity, water droplets, surface post
water droplets, surface post, bill states: Looks like you had a 2 surface resin done on one tooth and a 1 surface done on the other. not sure about how things were done when you describe no drill. you can go get a second opinion and make sure that these two fillings are actually in there and are on...

Dentistry: gap teeth, clinical diagnosis, front teeth
clinical diagnosis, front teeth, frenum: This operation you are referring to takes less than 10 minutes and without removing the pull of the frenum you will continue to relapse probably.I can t make a clinical diagnosis.Also might want to consider getting the space closed with orthodontics and...

Dentistry: Hello I am concerned about my well being., chewing tobacco, oral surgeon
chewing tobacco, oral surgeon, doing the right thing: Greeting Aidan, If I understand correctly, you are no longer using chewing tobacco. I understand your worry about this situation and I know the fear is really horrible. Statistically speaking it is likely that your fears are likely overblown and your...

Dentistry: implant crowns, metal border, natural tooth
metal border, natural tooth, second premolar: Hello, sorry for the delay in response, ive just gotten back from vacation. So, in regards to size... generally the cheek to tongue width should be a bit narrower, and the cusp heights shorter so as not to apply too much torque to the implant. this helps...

Dentistry: implant supported crown size, metal crowns, metal border
metal crowns, metal border, natural roots: Dear Kerry, Many dentists who place crowns on implants, will make the implant crown smaller than the natural tooth so that the implant experiences less trauma than your natural teeth. This is one way to assure the longevity of your implant. I generally...

Dentistry: implant-supported splinted crown, metal border, diameter size
metal border, diameter size, implant design: Dear Kerry, Sorry for the delay in answering your question. Sometimes questions go into the spam folder and I had to go look for them. The questions you have raised are very important and have given the field of implantology plenty of arguments and food...

Dentistry: Infection & extraction for failed root canal, recurring sinus infections, root canal treatment
recurring sinus infections, root canal treatment, sinus surgery: Dear Jae Lynn, Root canal is not always successful, as you have experienced. Even when done by the best of endodontists, about 4% of root canals fail within 5 years. And more than 10% of root canal retreatments fail within 5 years. Despite these statistics,...

Dentistry: IV sedation for dental phobia, cerec crowns, iv sedation
cerec crowns, iv sedation, root canals: here is what i tell my patients...you have to be careful with IV sedation. you want someone using it who really is trained for this. there are dentist anesthesiologists who go an extra few years to specialize in this. these are the dentists i refer to. i would...

Dentistry: Jaw Help Please, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, oral and maxillofacial
oral and maxillofacial surgeons, oral and maxillofacial, oral and maxillofacial surgery: Randy - I read all the sites and it seems that this doctor has treated TMJ for a while. I really cannot determine his abilities so I feel a little uncomfortable recommending him. I m not saying do not see him, but I cannot say if he is truly knowledgeable...

Dentistry: Jaw Locking and poping, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw muscles
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw muscles, jaw movements: Christine - Fortunately, the Boston area has a number of board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons who are highly skilled in TMJ problems. The following is a list of a few: 1) Dr. Leonard Kaban - (617) 724-1646 2) Dr. Allen Tarro - (978) 454-5637...

Dentistry: Jaw Popping, extraction of wisdom teeth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
extraction of wisdom teeth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water: Michele - TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problems that develop after an extraction usually resolves after the extraction as long as the surgery was not traumatic to the joint and if the bite has not changed. Initially, an attempt at relaxing the jaw muscles,...