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Dentistry: full arch overdenture over my 7 implants, porcelain teeth, acrylic teeth
porcelain teeth, acrylic teeth, upper mouth: Dear Karen: If you are referring to an implant retained overdenture, plastic teeth would probably be your better choice. They are easier to work with and adjust, and in most cases, they are the only ones that can fit over misplaced implants. I can tell...

Dentistry: full-mouth bridge vs. all-on-four procedure, maxilla upper jaw, branemark implant
maxilla upper jaw, branemark implant, permanent bridge: Dear Ray: The all on four procedure has been advocated for years by Dr. Paulo Malo from Portugal, using the Branemark implant system from Sweden. It is not a new concept and it has gained popularity in Europe, since many European countries have a socialist...

Dentistry: Gum Graft on Monday ... stop smoking?, gum graft, smoke inhalation
gum graft, smoke inhalation, time scott: Scott, any type of smoking will delay and compromise healing. However, even if you do smoke it will still heal. Obviously the less you do the better. My advice is to quit, but if you don t just limit your smoking as much as possible. Good Luck Dr. Siegelma...

Dentistry: Gum healing after a wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, gum tissue
wisdom tooth extraction, gum tissue, wisdom teeth: Dear Tommy: Normal soft tissue healing takes two weeks on average. Bone takes longer: 2-3 months for initial reformation and up to 6 months for final re-organization and maturation. When an extraction socket heals it heals from the edges. Soft tissue containing...

Dentistry: gingival grafts, creutzfeld jacob, bone grafts
creutzfeld jacob, bone grafts, sterilization procedures: Dear Marjory, Although allograft and xenograft materials (i.e., derived from human or animal donors, respectively) are generally regarded as safe, there is no absolute guarantee of absence of risk. Although it is a fairly simple thing to eliminate bacterial...

Dentistry: grinding teeth pain, alpha stim, tmj pain
alpha stim, tmj pain, grinding teeth: James, I had several unnecessary root canals which the dentist and I did not at the time understand that the pain was coming from the sore and tight muscles. Usually a dentist will do a root canal if they can t figure out the cause of the pain. Here are...

Dentistry: gum infections, root canal fillings, gary backlund
root canal fillings, gary backlund, gum infections: Hi Janet, I m sorry to hear you are having trouble again. Root canal problems develop because the nerve and blood supply of the tooth ( the pulp )has been irritated to the point where it can t repair itself anymore. The most common cause is decay and/or...

Dentistry: gum inflamation after crown, gum inflammation, successful retreat
gum inflammation, successful retreat, new crown: It may be your only option to get a healthy result.They would take away about 2 mm of bone .it would have to be determined in advance as much as possible whether this would impact implant placement or there is ample bone even with the cl procedure.Get another...

Dentistry: gum inflamation after RC retreat and new crown, gum inflammation, gum line
gum inflammation, gum line, successful retreat: Dear wendy, I cannot comment on whether any your dental treatment may have an impact on your IVF. However, there are some observations I d like to make: 1. Any gum inflammation you are experiencing is almost certainly a consequence of some issue with...

Dentistry: gum pocket, gum pocket, gum specialist
gum pocket, gum specialist, good oral hygiene: Dear Patricia, Yes, if you hear them calling out numbers, they are measuring the depth of the pocket or space between your gum and your tooth. A healthy gum is attached at a a level of 1-3mm. In general anything above a 3 is at some stage of gum...

Dentistry: gum recession, gum recession, gum grafts
gum recession, gum grafts, front teeth: Hi Michael This is not easy to do - if we try to block the gaps by either bonding to the teeth or placing crowns/veneers this will actually accelerate your gum recession, and to place gum grafts to fill in the soft tissue can be done for localised recession,...

Dentistry: gums, permanent tooth, baby teeth
permanent tooth, baby teeth, baby tooth: Carla, I have to assume that the dentist removed the tooth because there was no other choice. Without examing her I really can t give you advice as to whether or not this was the best thing to do. My experience though is that dentists should not be doing...

Dentistry: gums, gum recession, oral hygiene
gum recession, oral hygiene, gums: The first stage of gum healing appears white so that is quite normal. Whether it will heal properly is another matter entirely. Under normal, healthy conditions with excellent, non-traumatic oral hygiene you can expect healing to result. In all other circumstances...

Dentistry: Hole in my tooth, root canal treatment, blood poison
root canal treatment, blood poison, soft drinks: Hello Chris, It sounds like you have some cavities that require treatment. You should see a dentist as soon as possible to have an exam, cleaning, and xrays, and from there determine the best course of action. If the cavities are not very large, then...

Dentistry: headache after bone grafting, warm salt water, postoperative instructions
warm salt water, postoperative instructions, graft material: JP - When surgery is performed, excess bleeding often occurs in the space of the surgery and can cause pressure in the healing area. With grafting, depending on the graft material used, an inflammatory reaction can occur during the ear phase. This is nothing...

Dentistry: headache,toothache, muscle relaxers, upper tooth
muscle relaxers, upper tooth, endodontist: Dear sirios: I am sorry, but I cannot answer the question you posed. Pain is never desired, but is, sometimes, unavoidable and can be brought on by many factors. You should really ask the doctors who are treating your mother, since they know all the details...

Dentistry: holes in my mouth, warm salt water, entrapment
warm salt water, entrapment, six weeks: Sean - By six weeks the socket should definitely be closed. The continued opening may mean that there is entrapment of debris in the socket. It is a good idea for you to get back to the dentist to evaluate the socket. That evaluation should first involve...

Dentistry: horizontal lines, high fever, front teeth
high fever, front teeth, horizontal lines: The lines you describe sound more like developmental fever lines.The seperating matrix used for restoring teeth have no way of making lines of any kind.This is perfectly normal and probably when you were a small child 2-8 years old you had a high fever that...

Dentistry: hot/cold sensitivity post new crow and temp. crown, upper tooth, cold sensitivity
upper tooth, cold sensitivity, endodontist: Hi Christine, I m sorry you re going through all this. Since I can t examine you, it s hard for me to give you good advice, however, the upper tooth sounds like it s related to the poor fitting temporary. However, whenever treatment like a crown preparation...

Dentistry: IMPLANTS, implants
implants: Hi Rick, Sorry I did not address this part of your question previously. I try to not go on, and on, and on, and on as that can be a problem for me. When implants first were introduced to dentisty there were multiple types: Ramus frame, blade, root form,...

Dentistry: Implant or partial?, partial denture, course money
partial denture, course money, front tooth: Hello Jonathan, Actually, you have three options available to you: 1). Implant 2). Partial denture (flipper) 3). Bridge Given your age and all things considered, an implant would be the best option for you. However, if the two teeth next to the...

Dentistry: Invasilign, orthodontic therapy, invisalign
orthodontic therapy, invisalign, brooklyn ny: Dear ns, Invisalign is a technique used to move poorly-positioned teeth; it is sometimes used as a substitute for the more traditional braces in orthodontic therapy. The advantage of Invisalign appliances is that they are far less visibly conspicuous than...

Dentistry: implant, dehiscence, fenestration
dehiscence, fenestration, 10mm: Dear Hossam : Dehiscences can be evaluated by probing (always use a titanium or pastic probe). Does your patient have 47 ? It it too much pressure for the 46 implant if there is no more distal tooth, specially if it is a bridge. Dr. Luis Granado...

Dentistry: implant, favorable situation, available solutions
favorable situation, available solutions, zev: Dear Dr. Hossam: You have given me very little information. However, immediate load cases are risky and difficult. The distribution of the implants, as well as the stresses imposed on them will affect the ability to integrate. If an implant failed to integrate,...

Dentistry: implants, sinus lift, natural bone
sinus lift, natural bone, zelig: Hi Elaine, It depends how much natural bone is present beneath the sinus. If there is enough bone to stabilize the implant, then I would place the implant and do the sinus graft at the same time. The implant can be restored in 4-6 months. If, on the other...

Dentistry: implants, prosthodontist, experence
prosthodontist, experence, x rays: Dear Patty: I m so sorry to hear that you are stuck in the middle of your treatment. However, there are over 50 implant companies on the market. Some are compatible with others and it is usually not a problem to figure out which implant it is, or which...

Dentistry: implants and gums, gum pockets, gum disease
gum pockets, gum disease, periodontal disease: Hi Dick It is essential that your gum disease is completely under control before you consider having an implant put in, otherwise you will just end up losing the implant. Your pocket depths per se don t rule out implants, but the fact that you have this...

Dentistry: how important is it to have a CEREC crown?, cerec crown, glazing machine
cerec crown, glazing machine, tooth tissue: Dear Pete: Once again, wishful thinking focusing on materials rather than technique. I ve listened to statements like this since dental school. Everytime someone shows a nice result, there is someone else who asks: what material did you use for this? ...

Dentistry: injections, root canal treatment, eye tooth
root canal treatment, eye tooth, roof of the mouth: Hi Belinda It is not unusual to need quite a lot of anaesthetic for the first root canal treatment. This is because the pulp of the tooth is very inflamed and/or infected, and that tends to reduce the effectiveness of the local. This is normally not a problem...

Dentistry: invisalign?, versatile technique, front teeth
versatile technique, front teeth, overbite: Dear brandi, No-- although Invisalign is not a particularly versatile technique, it can be used to correct an overbite (actually, Invisalign is poorly suited to correction of a different type of malocclusion-- an anterior open bite). Be advised that...

Dentistry: Jaw pain after filling, jaw pain, minimal space
jaw pain, minimal space, molar: Ok, first of all, your tongue can feel the filling because before it there was a hole. It s just something you ll get used to in a few weeks. Second, the pain may be due to a filling that is too high and is bumping into the opposing teeth to early. Have...

Dentistry: Jaw realignment, oral maxillofacial surgeon, mail matter
oral maxillofacial surgeon, mail matter, jaw realignment: Dear Maria: It is absolutely imperative that you contact your Oral-Maxillofacial Surgeon! The air bubble could be a communication into your sinus. That should be checked and handled properly. The swelling also should have been gone by now. If it persists,...

Dentistry: LOOSE DOUBLE CROWN, local drug store, double crown
local drug store, double crown, siegelman: Martin, sometimes your local drug store may have something you can use to cement it in. However, my suggestion would be not to do that, but rather keep the area clean as best you can and see your dentist as soon as possible. Good Luck Dr. Siegelma...

Dentistry: Long term flipper usage., upper mouth, dental checkups
upper mouth, dental checkups, brooklyn ny: Dear Jim, The long-term wearing of a flipper is no more or less hazardous than long-term wearing of any other denture prosthesis. Flippers may be regarded somewhat differently by dentists simply because of their customary intent as a temporary transitional...

Dentistry: how long after apico should crown be placed, gary backlund, pain medicine
gary backlund, pain medicine, endodontist: You re welcome Stephanie....if cost is not a consideration...check with your dentist about that.....then I really don t see any reason to wait. In a worst case scenario, if the temporary crown were to leak and contaminate the root canal filling material, it...

Dentistry: loose crown, 3rd root, root canal
3rd root, root canal, appleton: Hi Michelle The success of a crown depends on the amount of support the underlying tooth can give to it, and the amount of retention that can be created by e.g posts, core build-up etc. The way you bite will also affect the survival of a crown. It may...

Dentistry: loose tooth, going to the dentist, soft diet
going to the dentist, soft diet, loose tooth: Dear Maria: If the tooth looks like it s in good position, and if it is not extruded, so that it is not hitting the lower teeth too heavily, usually wait and see is reasonable in most cases like your son s. Nothing to chew. Soft diet. No biting on the...

Dentistry: lower incisors, lateral incisors, adult teeth
lateral incisors, adult teeth, brooklyn ny: Dear michelle, This is the normal eruption pattern. Unless there is insufficient room to accommodate the adult teeth in their normal position, the pressure of the tongue will eventually force these new teeth into better alignment. This will also be the...

Dentistry: lower front teeth, front teeth, rishi
front teeth, rishi, sure things: Hello Michelle, What you are seeing is quite normal. As the teeth come in, they will shift forward into the space, so not to worry. If she has not seen a dentist recently, a checkup is a good idea to make sure things are moving along well. Hope this...

Dentistry: Maryland bridge, root resorption, maryland bridge
root resorption, maryland bridge, good luck with everything: Hi, Hi old friend! Good to hear from you again. Sorry that you lost the teeth. I do think that the maryland bridge is your best option. HOWEVER, I would not do the maryland bridge if the abutment teeth are at risk of being lost. You don t want to put money...

Dentistry: Metallic taste after third crown, metallic taste in mouth, precious metals
metallic taste in mouth, precious metals, porcelin: michelle metallic tastes can be a tough one. i do not know why a new crown would casue this. i would call your dentist and sit down and discuss it with him/her. find out if he/she used a different metal this time. make sure only precious metals are used....

Dentistry: Miracle crown?, denist, novacaine
denist, novacaine, siegelman: I am guessing that the temporary crown probably didn t fit very well which is why you had so much sesnsitivity and pain. Now that the permanent crown is in place you have a much better fit and seal and thus the tooth is not being exposed to the environment....

Dentistry: Molar Roots In Sinus Cavity, sinus cavity, root canal specialist
sinus cavity, root canal specialist, bottom teeth: Beth - Of course, without directly examining you it is a little difficult to fully determine what is going on. In general, when pain occurs so soon after the dental treatment and does not resolve soon thereafter, I usually believe that the nerve in the tooth...

Dentistry: maryland bridge, removable partial denture, teeth decay
removable partial denture, teeth decay, lateral incisor: Hi: A Maryland Bridge is contraindicated in your case. It is designed for very small, non-stress situations such as replacing a lateral incisor, or a small premolar. It is also very difficult to make properly and requires a great deal of skill to achieve...

Dentistry: maryland bridge, root resorption, maryland bridge
root resorption, maryland bridge, pontics: Maryland bridge is out of the question.I would prefer a removable partial until you could see your way to having the implants.There s no question the implants would be the restoration of choice.Md bridge will be dislodged in no time. They were designed for...

Dentistry: maryland bridge, abutment teeth, support teeth
abutment teeth, support teeth, partial denture: Hi Diana This really is rather a long span for a Maryland bridge, and the support teeth would need some preparation for this type of bridge. I feel a partial denture would be the best option, certainly initially. If your husband then finds he doesn t like...

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Dentistry: maryland bridge, root resorption, partial denture
root resorption, partial denture, maryland bridge: Hello Diana, The span of #2-6 is a long one even for a permanent bridge. Putting implants aside, I think your best option is a partial denture to restore the edentulous space rather than a maryland bridge, as I think the maryland would not be strong enough...

Dentistry: Should my midline be corrected?, private doctor, orthodontist
private doctor, orthodontist, orthodontic treatment: That s quite an involved and unfortunate story. I question the statement that the tmj problem will not go away until the midline is corrected. That may be a bit over-simplified. Tmj is not a diagnosis...it s a collection of symptoms that could be the result...

Dentistry: midline deviation, true evaluation, xray
true evaluation, xray, measures: Christelli - It is not actually either jaw that is used to determine the midline. A true evaluation takes a frontal xray and measures skeletal midline. Once that is done, the deviation on either the upper or lower arch can be determined. If you have...

Dentistry: milk teeth extraction, poor oral hygiene, quality dentist
poor oral hygiene, quality dentist, good oral hygiene: Melody - Of course, without looking at your son s xray, I cannot tell you for sure, but in general, the permanent teeth should erupt with a normal anatomy and without problems. I don t know what your were told by your son s dentist, but advanced caries in...

Dentistry: missing teeth, palate expander, jaw bone
palate expander, jaw bone, permanent teeth: A palate expander is used to increase the width of the maxillary jaw bone. This would be appropriate only if there is a discrepancy between the maxillary and mandibular skeletal width, so unless that is the case it doesn t make sense to use a palate expander....

Dentistry: molar extraction, molar extraction, endodonist
molar extraction, endodonist, endontist: Kat, you ask a good question. However, once a tooth is fractured it allows bacteria from your mouth to migrate into the opening and move down into the bone that supports your tooth. Over time this bacteria will cause a very serious infection that will damage...

Dentistry: mouth guards, bottom teeth, upper teeth
bottom teeth, upper teeth, mouthguard: I must start by stating that I an not an expert on mouthguards and cannot answer many of your questions since I have no way of comparing different types. My experience has been limited to the use of a hard, plastic mouthguard fitted to the upper teeth. This...

Dentistry: mouth guards, detailed explanations, bottom teeth
detailed explanations, bottom teeth, mouth guard: Dear Michaela: There is a significant difference between a soft and a hard night guard. There are also several different types of hard guards. I cannot get into extremely detailed explanations as to the physiology involved but I can give you some guidelines....

Dentistry: Narrow mouth, tongue chewing, narrow mouth
tongue chewing, narrow mouth, jaw clenching: Seth - If you were younger, there would be more simple procedures to correct the situation. Now, at 37, you could have the tongue narrowed surgically. This procedure involves removing a chunk of tongue from the middle and narrowing it. If it is only a...

Dentistry: Need another opinion, legal recourse, unexpected problems
legal recourse, unexpected problems, lack of communication: Dear Ed, The problem with all of this is lack of communication. I see it all the time. It is very possible that the small filling that was in your tooth had been placed improperly or was starting to decay around the margin. I apologize for all you...

Dentistry: Nerve pain when preparing tooth for perm. crown and when flossing, upper molar, nerve pain
upper molar, nerve pain, appleton: Hi Julie When a tooth is prepared for a crown the pulp in the middle becomes slightly inflamed. This can then lead to the sort of symptoms you describe. In the vast majority of cases it will settle down completely with a bit of time. If not then you will...

Dentistry: New crown?, root canal treatment, cold sensitivity
root canal treatment, cold sensitivity, adavance: Sarah, it is possible that the crown they have sent to the lab may fit, but it is also possible that it may not, we will have to wait and see how much tooth structure will be removed to do the root canal treatment. The pain in your temple could be caused...

Dentistry: Night guard, bottom teeth, nightguard
bottom teeth, nightguard, physical therapist: Diane, I really cannot remember how long before I saw improvement, since it s been quite awhile, and also I did other things in addition to the nightguard that helped. I have a hard custom made nightguard that fits on the bottom teeth, but it doesn t cover...

Dentistry: in need of a root canal?, gary backlund, upper molar
gary backlund, upper molar, gum pain: Hi Sandy, I guess the real question is do you want to spend the rest of your life like this? . I think you really have given it a lot of time. The good news is, the upper tooth settled down. The bad news is the lower one hasn t. I really doubt things will...

Dentistry: nerve damage?, rainy weather, oral surgeon
rainy weather, oral surgeon, myofascial pain: Lisa - Of course, without me actually examining you it is a little difficult for completely diagnose what is going on. Just by your symptoms it sounds like the majority of the symptoms might be muscularly related. As far as the biopsy, it is again difficult...

Dentistry: nerve damage?, nerve damage, neurologist
nerve damage, neurologist, doctors: Lisa - If the tongue moves to the affected side, it could be muscular, but it also could be neurologic in origin. I hate to have you running around to different doctors, but I guess a neurologist might also be beneficial. Again, sorry to make things worse...

Dentistry: new teeth filling, whitening toothpastes, whitening toothpaste
whitening toothpastes, whitening toothpaste, tiny gap: That s certainly a possibility although I question whether the whitening toothpastes actually make a difference at all. Here s the deal...I have orthodontic patients who have braces bonded to their teeth. They use whitening toothpaste for two years while...

Dentistry: numbness in lip and face, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth
wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth, nzingha: Hi Nzingha I m afraid it is impossible for me to accurately diagnose your pain without examining you. It sounds like the pain/numbness is probably from infection - maybe from your impacted wisdom tooth, although it could be from any other tooth also. ...

Dentistry: numbness after wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, time folks
wisdom tooth extraction, time folks, siegelman: Anila, I think you may be dealing with 2 separate issues. One is the numbness. If it has been 3 years since the tooth was removed I will say that the numbness you still have will most likely not resolve. What you now have is what you will probably have....

Dentistry: Oil of Cloves, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, oil of cloves
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, oil of cloves, dry sockets: Dan - You really should not be treating yourself if you do, in fact, have a dry socket. You really need to be evaluated and treated by a local oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Placing something in the socket without a full evaluation can lead to other problems....

Dentistry: Oral Surgery, fixodent, jaw area
fixodent, jaw area, dry blood: Well, in my personal opinion, you shouldn t be wearing any dentures at all until the extraction sites heal completely. I believe you may be experiencing some sort of discharge from the sockets. I know it is very awkward to be without any teeth, but I strongly...

Dentistry: Orthodontic treatment leading up to orthognathic surgery (BSSO & LeFort 1), university dental school, class iii malocclusion
university dental school, class iii malocclusion, line shift: Dear Greg: The fees you are quoting are not unreasonable at all. I am located in New York City and I work with top end orthodontists and oral surgeons and they charge much more. Nevertheless, if you are not in a university system, I would recommend starting...

Dentistry: Pain almost 3 weeks after dental surgery, front teeth, bridgework
front teeth, bridgework, cheekbone: Diana - As you say, it is a little difficult for me to fully diagnose what is going on without a direct exam, but it sounds like the infected source, requiring the surgery a few weeks ago, is still there. Without seeing the extent of surgery performed by...

Dentistry: Pain 5 day after extraction, cocodamol, dear christine
cocodamol, dear christine, professional intervention: Dear Christine, Your description most closely suggests a postoperative complication known as dry socket . This condition is painful, but otherwise self-limited and benign, and resolves without the need for professional intervention. However, it can be...

Dentistry: Pain After A Composite Filling, adult teeth, cosmetic reasons
adult teeth, cosmetic reasons, fillings: It is a good thing that you had your bite adjusted. Your teeth should be comfortable when you bite down, without food in your mouth and you should be able to slide your teeth in side to side excursions without it hurting. If it still does hurt when you bite...

Dentistry: Pain after crown placement, oral analgesics, subjective symptoms
oral analgesics, subjective symptoms, brooklyn ny: Dear Heather, Although it s risky to draw any reliable conclusions from subjective symptoms, an amount of pain that would necessitate oral analgesics or would prevent chewing on the teeth a full week after crown placement is not what I would consider normal....

Dentistry: Pain and dry mouth after wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom teeth removal
wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom teeth removal, parotid glands: Rosemary - I am sure that you now know that what you are experiencing is quite unusual. Nothing in an extraction would affect the production of saliva. If a general anesthesia was used, a medication is given to quiet the formation of saliva. I know you...

Dentistry: Pain during root canal treatment, pain during root canal
pain during root canal: Hi Neil, Unfortunately, this type problem is very common. Frequently teeth needing endodontic treatment have a total 40,000 severely inflamed nerves with inflammation and/or infection in all the surrounding jaw. Obviously trying on clothes when you have...

Dentistry: Pain In Lower Front Teeth, central incisor, grinding my teeth
central incisor, grinding my teeth, front teeth: Hi Bobbie You could have an abscess developing in that tooth. An early abscess won t show up on x-rays, but will progress, as your pain is doing. You need to go back to the dentist as this needs sorting out. It may be due to grinding, but I doubt it....

Dentistry: Pain where silver cap is, warm salt water, silver cap
warm salt water, silver cap, advil: Sounds like agood idea.There should be no puss,no pain and no swelling associated with the work you ve mentioned.Get in and have it checked out and remedied accordingly.In the mean time some Advil and warm salt water rinses will relieve some of the discomfort...

Dentistry: Pain in tooth adjcent to tooth with recent root canal, gary backlund, maria ortiz
gary backlund, maria ortiz, initial relief: Hi Maria, Sometimes when treatment is done in the area, it can cause other temporary problems....sometimes due to the residual of the original problem, or your bite, or treating the other tooth. The risk is to over treat you in an attempt to make your pain...

Dentistry: Painful spot on gums/clicking jaw, wisdom teeth, clicking jaw
wisdom teeth, clicking jaw, check ups: Dear SR: I am glad that you are getting an appointment to see a dentist! Dental problems never go away, and pain is not a good indication at all. As a matter of fact, if you have pain in a tooth, it is usually too late for conservative action. It sounds...

Dentistry: Pedatiric dentist and braces, pediatric dentist, orthodontist
pediatric dentist, orthodontist, stage one: Well that s a good question. I took residency training in each of the two specialties. I did not learn orthodontics in my pedodontic residency program other than the most rudimentary procedures and I did not learn pedodontics in my orthodontic residency...

Dentistry: Pediatric crowns, pediatric dentist, primary teeth
pediatric dentist, primary teeth, cavities: Pediatric crowns are a rather common means of restoring and saving primary teeth that have large cavities or previous fillings that have left the tooth too weak to support a typical filling. It would be a shame to have a regular filling placed just to have...

Dentistry: Perio scale - Periodontal Disease, insurance fees, quadrants
insurance fees, quadrants, zelig: Hi Cathie, There is a different billing code for quadrants with 1-3 teeth. Insurance fees are usually lower than quadrants with 4 or more teeth. However, if your dentist is not in network with your insurance company, then he can charge what he feels is...

Dentistry: Periodontal, deep cleaning, siegelman
deep cleaning, siegelman, dental hygienist: Mike, if you have a couple of areas that probe around 5mm the hygientist can certainly do a deeper cleaning on those particular sites. Seeing you every two months is unnecessary, however, every 4 months might not be a bad idea. The notion that it is gainst...

Dentistry: Periodontal Surgery & Cost, aggressive periodontitis, anti biotics
aggressive periodontitis, anti biotics, periodontal surgery: Without seeing the x rays I cannot tell you if the prognosis for these teeth is hopeless. If they do indeed need to be removed it is not difficult to fabricate temporary removable partial dentures to replace the teeth. I usually find though that the removal...

Dentistry: Permanent crown using temporary cement, cracked tooth pain, root canal treatment
cracked tooth pain, root canal treatment, endodontist: Hi Anton Successful root canal treatment depends on there being a good coronal seal - i.e. on the top of the tooth being very well sealed. This is because the bacteria that cause infection originate from your mouth. The endodontist therefore wants the seal...

Dentistry: Permanent numbness, needle prick, sensory nerve
needle prick, sensory nerve, gingivae: It is possible that the there was a little bit of nerve damage during the extraction. By 28 you mean a lower right premolar (bicuspid), don t you? If that is the case, then there may have been a needle prick that hurt the mental nerve, which is a general somatic...

Dentistry: PLEASE help me, luck mark, front teeth
luck mark, front teeth, bottom front: Dear Chantel, Since you clearly have an acute infection, you need to be seen by a dentist as soon as possible. If you cannot prevail upon your dentist to provide you with immediate emergency treatment, you should ask him for a referral to another dentist,...

Dentistry: Please Help, possible infection on apico or need root canal, wisdom teeth, back tooth
wisdom teeth, back tooth, apico: Dear Alisa: First, you need to know the original source of the infection before thinking on dental restorations (implants). Can you send me a pictures of the periapical xrays of the infected area. (try to take a picture of the area also. granados_periodoncia@hotmail.com...

Dentistry: Please Help, possible infection on apico or need root canal, wisdom teeth, back tooth
wisdom teeth, back tooth, apico: Hi Alisa, I m sorry to hear all this is going on. While I really can t diagnosis your problem without being able to examine you, I can make a few general comments. The swelling is obviously coming from somewhere. I don t think waiting is a good idea...wait...

Dentistry: Post Op Root Canal Re-Treatment, flare ups, gary backlund
flare ups, gary backlund, treatment question: Hi Michael, Usually these draining areas will resolve in 3-5 days, but that assumes the underlying problem is resolved.....obviously, I can t help there. If it is still draining in a week, I would call your endodontist and let him/her know what is going...

Dentistry: Provisional Crown, diffrent types, compressive strength
diffrent types, compressive strength, tensile strength: Dear Anton, There is no formal definition of the term provisional crown , at least insofar as its construction; it refers more to the intent of the crown (temporary, or transitional), more than its design. So, a provisional crown can be designed in as...

Dentistry: pAIN AND SENSITIVITY AFTER ROOT CANAL, root canals, nerve pain
root canals, nerve pain, q tip: Hi Meg, Sorry to hear you re having this problem. Unfortunately, I have bad news...your endodontist is right. Teeth that have had root canals, even if they are done very poorly, do not feel hot/cold/sweets. There is no nerve inside the tooth anymore to...

Dentistry: pain after extraction, periodontal ligament, upper tooth
periodontal ligament, upper tooth, oral surgeon: Cathy - The thought that comes into my mind, especially since you have been in pain for 3.5 years and until recently the apparent cause was not found, is that that may not have been the entire cause of the pain. You need to get back to the surgeon and he...

Dentistry: In so much pain, I can hardly stand it., short term disability, tooth bridge
short term disability, tooth bridge, new dentist: Nancy - Whoever told you that an attorney won t take a malpractice case for under $100,000 is wrong. There are attorneys who take cases for less potential money. So first of all contact an attorney. Secondly, contact the local dental society and tell...

Dentistry: pain from old 3 unit bridge, intermittent pain, root canal
intermittent pain, root canal, extreme pain: I think you most likely do have a problem with the tooth that didn t have the root canal. Are you sensitive to drinking cold on that tooth? If so you might have a crack on the tooth under the bridge. I would go to your dentist and have him take one or two...

Dentistry: pain after permanent crown, swollen gum, wisdom tooth
swollen gum, wisdom tooth, back tooth: Corina, it is unlikely that your wisdom tooth is going to migrate forward and replace the one in front of it. Teeth usually don t move that much. My recommendation to see another dentist still stands. The one you are now seeing sounds like bad news...

Dentistry: pain after root canal, root canal therapy, root canal specialist
root canal therapy, root canal specialist, root canal treatment: Dear Connie: I am so sorry to hear that you are still having pain. Nevertheless, my Endodontist recommended opening the tooth to allow for drainage. In general, if a tooth is vital (alive) it is OK to start and seal a root canal in the same visit. However,...

Dentistry: pain after tooth cleaning, kind of varnish, x ray
kind of varnish, x ray, dentist: Hi James Your dentist could well be right - and having had the tooth cleaned up could well have just upset it a bit more. All being well it will calm down over the next couple of days. If not then it could be something more serious and you will need to...

Dentistry: pain in tooth where crown was cleaned in cleaning, calcium deposits, food material
calcium deposits, food material, hot foods: Dear Rebecca: This is a very good question. However, my vision is clouded by the physical distance between us. Because I can t see your tooth, or make tests or take xrays, I can t give you an answer without speculating. So I will speculate. Often, after...

Dentistry: painful gums, immediate dentures, painful gums
immediate dentures, painful gums, root tips: Dear Linda, Unless your dentist can identify the problem with your current dentures and have reasonable confidence of prevailing over that problem, simply re-making the dentures in hopes that it might help offers no assurance of avoiding a second set of...

Dentistry: palate color, hard palate, soft palate
hard palate, soft palate, whitish color: Keith - There is quite a variation is the color of the palate in different people. Depending on your habits, the food you eat, any irritants like alcohol or tobacco smoke you use and your swallowing pattern, the color can be different. A whitish color is...

Dentistry: pedo partial for almost 5 year old, prosthetic teeth, asthetics
prosthetic teeth, asthetics, adequate space: If there is adequate space to support two prosthetic teeth and the upper first permanent molars are in place then a pedi-partial is certainly a possibility. The question remains how soon to expect emergence of the permanent incisors. If it will be more than...

Dentistry: permanent crown on, but part of tooth bad, porcelain crowns, laminate veneers
porcelain crowns, laminate veneers, porcelain restorations: Dear Shirly: Sorry to hear about your problem. There could be several reasons for your pain: 1. About 20-25% of any bonded restorations--any restoration that requires etching (preparing the tooth with an acid solution) and bonding (gluing) with an organic...

Dentistry: pocket size, scaling and root planing, gum tissues
scaling and root planing, gum tissues, plaque control: Diana, the pocket depths that you are talking about represent the space that is present between the gum tissues and the roots of the teeth. The fact that you have spaces of this size is an indicator that you have lost bone due to peridontal disease. For...

Dentistry: post exposure and bonding problems, topical anesthetic, wisdom teeth
topical anesthetic, wisdom teeth, dental wax: Robert, it sounds like some of the bone might be exposed where the surgery was done. That could be what is really making it hurt. There is a peridontal dressing that could be used to cover it which is going to be a lot better than dental wax. I would find...

Dentistry: post extraction problems, extraction problems, dear catherine
extraction problems, dear catherine, oral surgeon: Dear Catherine: This is exactly the reason that there are specialists in any area of medicine and dentistry. Your general dentist might not even recognize that there is something wrong. Even if she did, I am not sure that she knows how to handle the complications....

Dentistry: Are there precautions with joint replacement and ultrasonic cleaning?, radiation treatment for breast cancer, jaws 2
radiation treatment for breast cancer, jaws 2, oral bacteria: Dear Ms. Mann, The concern with dental treatment and artificial joint prostheses is the possibility of oral bacteria disseminating through the bloodstream and causing infection of the prosthesis. This can theoretically happen any time that bleeding is provoked...

Dentistry: primary tooth extractions, 6 year molars, baby teeth
6 year molars, baby teeth, primary tooth: Excellent questions. You re absolutely correct in your understanding that there will be significant crowding in the future. I would not recommend any extractions of lower primary incisors at this point. Such extractions at this point will not likely improve...

Dentistry: procedure code, code dr, office lady
code dr, office lady, insurance carrier: Susan, even if the code was changed to D0140 it will be rejected because most insurance carriers will only pay for one of these once every six months. So if they already paid for one exam you will not be able to have another exam that will be covered for...

Dentistry: to pull or not to pull, adult teeth, pulling teeth
adult teeth, pulling teeth, periodontal health: I feel that it is always preferable to not remove teeth if that is at all possible. If adequate space can be created without adversely affecting the facial esthetics and periodontal health of the patient, then it is worth the extra effort, time and expense...

Dentistry: Question, gum pain, gum disease
gum pain, gum disease, eventual loss: Dear Boris, Both of these things are likely possibilities. Unfortunately in both situations the crown would have to be redone to remedy the problem. I know this is the last thing that you want to do, but if it is compromising the health of your...

Dentistry: Question on bite, prosthodontist, sure what type
prosthodontist, sure what type, molars: Jim - It sounds like your dentist disturbed the balance in your bite. You need to see a prosthodontist. That type of dentist is a specialist in creating a balanced bite when restoring teeth. So you need to look up in the yellow pages for a prosthodontist...

Dentistry: question, abutment, prosthesis
abutment, prosthesis, lifespan: They usually refer to the whole assembly ,that is the fixture placed in the bone as well as the abutment and associated crown or prosthesis.Since there is no decay associated with implants as with teeth the whole issue of lifespan of restoration is practically...

Dentistry: Another question about a partial, front tooth, time hope
front tooth, time hope, rishi: Hello Jonathan, Are you missing any additional teeth in the back of your mouth? If so, then yes, a metal partial will have better retention and last a long time. If you are only replacing the front tooth, then a one tooth partial is also a good option...

Dentistry: two questions, sufficient space, teeth
sufficient space, teeth: Permanent lower incisors frequently appear as you ve described. If there is sufficient space available these teeth often gradually migrate into better positions. The best age to take fluoridated water is during the time when teeth are developing. That would...

Dentistry: Two questions: sinus communication, and pain meds, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, maxillary sinus
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, maxillary sinus, pain meds: Adrian - First of all, just because the roots of teeth have close proximity to or even on xray looking like they are into the sinus, it does not mean that the sinus will be injured. If the dentist is knowledgeable and talented, there should not be a problem....

Dentistry: after RC: persistent pressure sensitivity (temp issue resolved), pencil eraser, pressure sensitivity
pencil eraser, pressure sensitivity, tooth decay: Hi Samantha, I m sorry to hear you are still having problems. When there is biting sensitivity after a root canal, the two most common reasons are a crack or clenching/grinding. There are a couple things you can try to rule these in or out. Hold your teeth...

Dentistry: Re: Unbelievable Pain, jagged glass, unbelievable pain
jagged glass, unbelievable pain, concrete answers: Hi Allen If the infection can t be controlled by antibiotics then the piece of tooth will need to be removed. Whenever a lower wisdom tooth is removed there is always a chance of some nerve damage, but this shouldn t pose too much of a problem for a...

Dentistry: Regular cleanings after a deep cleaning, dental cleanings, gum disease
dental cleanings, gum disease, deep cleaning: Jamie, if you have periodontal disease and receive treatment, by definition your cleaning are coded differently then if you never had diseae. Perhaps your dentist needs to be a little bit more specific with you with regard to the diagnosis of your problem....

Dentistry: Remainder of last message, taking drugs, siegelman
taking drugs, siegelman, abscess: Rhode, it is obvioulsy not a good idea to be on antibiotics for too long, but at this point I don t think what you have done is going to create any significant long term problems for you. As far as the tooth goes, you might want to have a specialist take...

Dentistry: Resin Fillings, resin fillings, molars
resin fillings, molars, rishi: Hello Khrysti, You may just need another adjustment, as the fillings can be high in a certain area of them, and you feel it more when chewing and eating. Afterwards, your teeth can feel sore, and sensitivity usually goes away in 2-6 weeks. See your...

Dentistry: Restoration of Root Canal in Lower Right Molar, root canal treatment, wisdom tooth
root canal treatment, wisdom tooth, temporary filling: Dear Dana: I hope that by another doctor you mean an Endodontist! Don t waste your time with another general dentist. You have no idea if the new one is better than your existing one... a friend s recommendation is not enough, either. Your friends, family,...

Dentistry: Reverse-pull headgear, pediatric dentist, myerson
pediatric dentist, myerson, treatment time: Perhaps you did not fully understand my first response. I ll try to expand my explanation. Palatal expansion treats one set of problems and the reverse pull headgear deals with something entirely different. Those patients who received the reverse pull headgear...

Dentistry: Root Canal Recovery, gary backlund, hi mary
gary backlund, hi mary, root canal: Hi Mary, Since I can t examine you, it s hard for me to know for sure, but it sounds like you just have a little tissue damage from the injection. Unfortunately, this happens from time to time since the needle will break a blood vessel or tear some tissue...

Dentistry: Root Canals on #4 and now #2, ounce of prevention, root canals
ounce of prevention, root canals, wisdom teeth: Since #2 is the last tooth in your upper right quadrant, a bridge is no a good option. You should visit a dentist to see whether your tooth is still restorable. You need to find out whether you have enough sound tooth structure to hold a crown and a dentist...

Dentistry: Root canal, root canal dentist, root canals
root canal dentist, root canals, generous time: Hi Gina, The problem with a high bite is that it keeps the tooth from healing. Every time you bite together, you re-injure the supporting mechanism of the tooth...the fibers that hold the tooth in your mouth. That s the primary place where your pain was...

Dentistry: Root canal, root canal therapy, root canal specialist
root canal therapy, root canal specialist, pain after a root canal: Dear marie, It depends on how long your pain has continued after the last root canal attempt. Some amount of pain after a root canal is normal, so this symptom alone does not necessarily mean that the root canal was unsuccessful. However, if the pain does...

Dentistry: Root canal, root canal indications
root canal indications: Hi Amada, This is definitely not a dumb question since you are not experiencing constant or severe pain that is definitely coming from one tooth!!! Unfortunately current research now shows that 80% of sick nerves don t hurt. Naturally teeth with huge fillings,...

Dentistry: Root canal with problems, gary backlund, nerve problem
gary backlund, nerve problem, root canals: Hi Cheryl, The only reason an endodontist would redo your root canal was if there were some problem with the initial one. Perhaps all the root was not cleaned out or filled properly...I don t know.....but your dentist must suspect something is not right...

Dentistry: Root canal procedure., root canal procedure, cracked teeth
root canal procedure, cracked teeth, brushing my teeth: Hi Sharon, It sounds like you are receiving EXCELLENT treatment. The key in treating cracked teeth is to stabilize them so the crack doesn t get worse and hopefully the root canal resolves things. Stabilization can be done either with a band or a temporary...

Dentistry: Root filling/crown, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, new crown: Hi Pat, In most cases, doing a root canal through a crown is no problem. In addition, there aren t too many other options. If you try to remove the crown, there is a high likelihood that the underlying tooth will break and the crown will no longer fit....

Dentistry: Root re-trearment, root canal work, root canal treatment
root canal work, root canal treatment, nhs dentist: Hi Bonnie The surgeon is absolutely correct - re-root treatment is most definitely the treatment of choice in this situation. It has a far higher chance of success than an apicectomy does. You may well find that dentists don t want to do root canal treatment...

Dentistry: Rooth Canal vs Bridge, partial denture, gum line
partial denture, gum line, tooth crown: Depending how the tooth broke, you may be able to have a crown-lengthening procedure plus endodontic therapy, followed by a post and core and crown. Other than that, a bridge or implant are about your only options, unless you are missing other teeth and want...

Dentistry: reaction to novocaine, whiteness, allergic reaction
whiteness, allergic reaction, appleton: Hi Michelle You may have had an allergic reaction to the local that was used. Your dentist will know what this particular anaesthetic was, and will want to avoid using it on you in the future. If the reaction worsens then you need to see a doctor. ...

Dentistry: receding gums, receding gum lines, gum graft
receding gum lines, gum graft, gum specialist: Dear Ella, The only technique that provides benefit in reversing the recession of gums (inconsistent benefit, I might add) is some type of surgical gum grafting procedure. In this technique, gum tissue is harvested, either from a remote site in the mouth...

Dentistry: redoing a root canal, Failing Root Canal
Failing Root Canal: Dear Janet, I have practised dentistry, specializing in endodontics, since 1975. Unfortunately I have seen this scenario many times in mature patients. Most likely cause for the soreness is hairline cracks in the root system that are not large enough to...

Dentistry: root canal, gary backlund, partial denture
gary backlund, partial denture, partial dentures: Hi Patty, Unfortunately, that s true. It really depends on how badly the teeth are leaning. Partial dentures need to draw .....all come out in a straight line so you can take the denture in & out. If a tooth is leaning badly, then you need to shape it...

Dentistry: root canal, root canal therapy, root canal treatment
root canal therapy, root canal treatment, unfavorable result: Dear becky, The time required for resolution of a dental infection can vary following a root canal treatment, depending on the initial severity of the infection. However, I think most dentists would agree that a failure to experience some improvement in...

Dentistry: root canal caused cheek to swell bad!, warm salt water, clavical bone
warm salt water, clavical bone, bleach solution: Tiffany - First of all, are you sure they were flushing with a bleach solution? That is terrible and can cause significant damage to the surrounding tissues around the tooth snd supporting structures. The best solution to help resolve a hematoma is warm...

Dentistry: root canal problem, inferior alveolar nerve block, inferior alveolar nerve
inferior alveolar nerve block, inferior alveolar nerve, oral maxillofacial surgeon: Boar Kellie: The problem can be of a different origin than the root canal. It is not un-common to have residual pain following root canal treatment. However, what is commonly overlooked is a complication of the injection given to facilitate the root canal...

Dentistry: root canal re-treatment, root canal retreatment
root canal retreatment: Hi Sara, You bring up several issues....none easy to answer. I will try to be brief yet answer to the best of my ability. First question you ask about paying for the same treatment can only be answered by the dentist who provided the original treatment...

Dentistry: root canal/root fracture, hemisection, best bet
hemisection, best bet, attractive option: The procedure you re referring to is a hemisection of the tooth.That means one root would hold the biting forces of the two previously connected roots.In the days implants was a dirty word this was an attractive option.At this stage of the game, get the whole...

Dentistry: root canal still having pain, gary backlund, dull ache
gary backlund, dull ache, tooth number: What you are going through is NOT normal. You need answers because things should not be going on & on. If you were 100% fine, then waiting a month to finish things up would be no big deal, but you re not! I would call your endodontist back and be firm...you...

Dentistry: too many root canals, root canals, gum disease
root canals, gum disease, oral hygiene: Dear Jenny, Bless your heart, that IS alot! I personally would be concerned with what you are experiencing. And with your recent decay(cavity) and all the root canals you definitely need to focus on your oral hygiene. Does your dentist have a good...

Dentistry: is root filling the only solution?, root canal treatment, two choices
root canal treatment, two choices, success rate: Hi Wei If the pulp of the tooth is involved by the decay then there are only two choices - root canal or extraction. Not doing one of these will lead to you developing an abscess. Success rate is pretty good for root canal treatment. It does depend...

Dentistry: Sensitivity to hot/cold after root canal, root canal therapy, root canal treatment
root canal therapy, root canal treatment, dear angie: Dear Angie, Normally, a tooth that has successfully completed root canal therapy is insensitive to thermal stimuli. Therefore, the fact that you do feel sensitivity to hot or cold food means one of two things: 1. The sensitivity is coming from some tooth...

Dentistry: Separated file in tooth, separated files, root canals
separated files, root canals, endo: Hi Sheila, Unfortunately separated files are at the top of the list of mishaps along with failure to have 100% numbing during the entire procedure, and loss of tooth if follow up care is not timely enough. Often the canal spaces needing shaping are very...

Dentistry: Simulteneous sinus lift and implant placement, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus lift
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus lift, oral and maxillofacial surgery: Tina - What I really need to know is who evaluated you? Was it your dentist or was it an oral and maxillofacial surgery specialist? If you are to have a sinus lift, only an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who works in the sinus often should do the lift. ...

Dentistry: Still have major swelling 3 weeks after bone graft sugery., oral maxillofacial surgeon, sensative teeth
oral maxillofacial surgeon, sensative teeth, oral maxillofacial surgeons: Dear Maria: There could be many reasons as to why you still have pain. As a matter of fact your description of the procedure is very incomplete. Rather than questioning and waiting, find another qualified Oral-Maxillofacial surgeon, bring before and after...

Dentistry: Stopped packing dry socket and it still hurts., wisdom teeth, dry socket
wisdom teeth, dry socket, jaw area: Brianne - I don t know what you are rinsing with, but it should be only warm salt water. The warm salt water should produce a lot less discomfort afterwards. It is also a good idea to just rinse your mouth 4-5 times a day for 5 minutes with the warm salt...

Dentistry: Swelling due to Abscess, sinus infection, heart flutters
sinus infection, heart flutters, lymph node: Sharonette, I am doubtful that what you are experiencing is the result of a dental infection. However, I would recommend that you see a dentist and have films taken of all your teeth to rule out any infection that they are missing. Your symptoms sounds more...

Dentistry: How safe is chloral hydrate & vistaril for a five year old?, iv sedation, oral sedation
iv sedation, oral sedation, pediatric dentist: The decay pattern may very well be the result of prolonged night nursing. When proper doses are used the combination of chloral hydrate and vistaril is quite safe in a healthy youngster. I question just how successful these medications would be in a five...

Dentistry: scaling & planing treatment, root morphology, dear diana
root morphology, dear diana, flap surgery: Hi: Pockets will shrink BUT, how much they shrink will depend on many factors. An ideal probing depth is 3 mm, a patient with an ideal cleaning will not have problems with 4-5 mm BUT deeper probing depths in teeth with irregular root morphology is a time...

Dentistry: sealants, dental resins, mercury toxicity
dental resins, mercury toxicity, dental amalgam: Dear Logan, That s a good question. It is true that bisphenol A-based plastics such as those used in dental restorative composite resin have been speculated to be endocrine disruptors and may exert a pseudo-estrogenic effect. However, this potential...

Dentistry: Do sealants contain fluride?, dental sealants, application of fluoride
dental sealants, application of fluoride, fluoride toothpaste: I am not aware of any sealants that contain fluoride. But I am confused about your attitude regarding fluoride. Fluoride has been shown over the past 60 years to be the most effective means of strengthening teeth to become more resistant to decay. Fluoride...

Dentistry: second molar removal, root canal specialist, root canal treatment
root canal specialist, root canal treatment, wisdom teeth: Hello Gabe, In order to try and save the tooth, the best option is a root canal treatment. While the endodontist does the root canal, the cystic area can be rinsed out as well, and hopefully, will diminish on its own. If this does not happen, then the...

Dentistry: severe jaw pain, warm salt water, acetomenophen
warm salt water, acetomenophen, temple region: Gina - I wish I could examine you. It is a little difficult to really determine if your pain is muscular or due to the teeth themselves. The best way to determine if it is muscular is to test for it and, if so, the test will also help make it feel better....

Dentistry: getting silver teeth AND fillings, dental amalgam, cosmetic procedure
dental amalgam, cosmetic procedure, fillings: No they won t fit the teeth for you on the NHS - this is not an NHS item and is not being done to make you dentally fit - it is a purely cosmetic procedure so you have no entitlement to have it done on the NHS. If you want this sort of treatment then you should...

Dentistry: my son fell & hurt his front upper tooth, pediatric dentist, upper tooth
pediatric dentist, upper tooth, tooth discoloration: Dear Christy: There could be damage you can t see. But children tend to heal from their injuries quickly and well. The things to watch for are persistent visible swelling which increases in size, or does not go away. This indicates infection. Persistent...

Dentistry: son's treatment, orthodontist, orthodontists
orthodontist, orthodontists, orthodontics: Hi Cindy There are two basic approaches to orthodontics - extracting teeth and not extracting teeth, and this is something that orthodontists argue over! To my mind non-extraction would be preferable for your son, provided the orthodontist is confident...

Dentistry: sweet taste at point of dental crown, sweet taste in my mouth, titanium screws
sweet taste in my mouth, titanium screws, bone graft: Dear Taste tester: It is highly unlikely that Titanium or the screws used for the graft are the cause of the taste you are experiencing.It is much more likely that you have some food trapped under the crowns. Unfortunately, it can also be a sign of infection,...

Dentistry: swelling after upper molar extraction, molar extraction, upper molar
molar extraction, upper molar, warm salt water: Jessica - Swelling can easily occur if excess bleeding occurs and is trapped under the gum tissue (like a blood clot). It is important to try to reduce the swelling or it can be a site of a potential infection. I suggest that that you begin a regimen of...

Dentistry: swollen gums, gum specialist, swollen gums
gum specialist, swollen gums, dear doctor: Hi Jeff You need to go and see your dentist again, maybe for some more cleaning and/or advice. If your dentist can t improve your gums she may suggest you see a periodontist (a gum specialist) who should be able to sort you out. Regards Tony Appleto...

Dentistry: About Teeth, cramming, wisdom
cramming, wisdom, teeth: Well, the pressure caused by erupting wisdom teeth is not particularly noticeable. You could maybe get a clue that cramming is going on if you now find it harder to floss your teeth because the floss is not going in between teeth as easily as before. Have...

Dentistry: Teeth Extracted, Now What?, warm salt water, soft diet
warm salt water, soft diet, dry socket: Krista - You should begin a regimen of warm salt water rinses for 2-3 minutes 4-5 times a day. You can brush the teeth, but stay away from the extraction site. Do not use a mouthwash, with or without alcohol. You can begin to eat a soft diet and make sure...

Dentistry: Teeth and Gums, porcelain laminate veneers, removable denture
porcelain laminate veneers, removable denture, teeth and gums: Dear Katy: It is incredibly important for your father to go to a dentist. Periodontitis (disease or the jaw bones and gums around teeth) is painless and progressive. You describe classic symptoms. Your father stands to loose several teeth, if not all of...

Dentistry: Teeth..lol, front tooth, rdh
front tooth, rdh, veneers: Dear Tyler, There are many options to fix your front tooth and make it look even with the other. It is hard to know what you need without seeing you and price for just filing it would be very cheap $50+ or you could need braces $4,000+ or veneers(which...

Dentistry: Temporary bridges, quality dentists, bottom teeth
quality dentists, bottom teeth, dear james: Dear James: The answer to your question is: Absolutely NOT! The provisional restoration (temporary) is the basis for the final. It allows both you, and your dentist, to determine the desired color, shape, and function of the final restoration. As a Prosthodontist,...

Dentistry: Tender jaw and neck muscles, clenching, tmj
clenching, tmj, muscular: Hmm, it now sounds like you clench your teeth. This is done unconsciously, specially at nighttime and it usually leads to two consequences: severe tooth wear on the biting surfaces and muscular and/or TMJ pain. Do you also get headaches and pain in your temples...

Dentistry: TMJ, skilled doctor, second premolar
skilled doctor, second premolar, capsulitis: Valerie - First of all, whether you have a large or small tooth, a knowledgeable and skilled doctor who really knows TMJ therapy could make you the proper splint. Once the splint is made and hopefully the symptoms decrease, new crowns can be made to the relaxed...

Dentistry: Tooth Extraction, wisdom teeth, periodontal infections
wisdom teeth, periodontal infections, upper tooth: Jason - Your holistic doctor really does not understand what actually happens when a tooth is lost. Yes teeth behind and above the lost tooth move, but the movement is not good. The tooth and teeth behind do not just move forward, they actually tilt forward....

Dentistry: Tooth Extraction, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth
wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth, holistic doctor: Hi Jason If you have the first molar out you may end up with more room for the wisdom tooth - but this is by no means certain. I have seen cases where this happens beautifully well, and others where it doesn t! There is no right or wrong to this either...

Dentistry: Tooth Extraction, food impaction, wisdom teeth
food impaction, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth: Dear Jason, Although the removal of the first molar may indeed permit the wisdom tooth to erupt, it is doubtful whether it will erupt into a favorable orientation. The loss of the first molar would probably cause both the second molar and the wisdom tooth...

Dentistry: Tooth Extraction, holistic dentists, wisdom teeth
holistic dentists, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth: Jason, I would not pull the tooth because the filling has fallen out. It sounds like this tooth may need a crown, not a filling. Honestly, holistic dentists are quacks in my opinion and I don t hold any stock in anything they say. I would have someone evaluate...

Dentistry: Tooth Extraction, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth
wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth, holistic doctor: Dear Jason. I am hopeful as I am sure that you are, that this idea is true. I have not seen it occur yet, but it only seems logical. I don t think it would occur however if you are older. If the teeth have stopped moving and are impacted in the bone,...

Dentistry: Tooth Extraction, third molars, molar tooth
third molars, molar tooth, wisdom teeth: Hello Jason, I would not remove your 1st molar tooth, as even with this, your wisdom tooth may not come into place. It depends on your age, but also how much room you have in the back of your mouth. It will not be that if you remove your 1st molar, your...

Dentistry: Tooth Extraction, third molars, wisdom teeth
third molars, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth: Jason : It can be located at the extraction place by pushing the other molars if you are very young but commonly third molars appear around the 20´s. Do you have an xray of the molar you are talking about ? If so, send it to my personal email granados_periodoncia@hotmail.com...

Dentistry: Tooth Extraction, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth
wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth, holistic doctor: Primitive man more than losing teeth, ground them down a lot quicker, because the food was tougher and grittier because it wasn t washed or cooked. Since teeth wore down, there was always space for settling. Also, anatomically, more primitive humanoids had...

Dentistry: Tooth Extraction, orthodontist braces, third molars
orthodontist braces, third molars, wisdom teeth: Dear Jason: We evolved from primates. If you examine their jaws you will see that they are longer and offer more room for more teeth. As we evolved over millions or years, our jaws became more adapt to talking, and not so much for hunting. Our jaws became...

Dentistry: Tooth extraction, partial dentures, conservative method
partial dentures, conservative method, dental implants: Valerie, there are many ways of using implants you would probably need at least 6 implants to support a restoration that would replace all your upper teeth and give you something that won t come in and out of your mouth. You would probably be looking at a...

Dentistry: Tooth fell off, underbite and weak gums, visit to the dentist, siegelman
visit to the dentist, siegelman, gums: Jean, it sounds like you are long overdue for a visit to the dentist. Without examining you there is no way that I could really give you any advice that would be of any value to you. The long and the short of it is that you need to get into a dentists office...

Dentistry: Tooth infection...?, ear ache, tooth infection
ear ache, tooth infection, lower jaw: Phoenix not my area of expertise. But you sound like you really need some help. Might be TMJ, a way to find out would be to take a piece of cork from a bottle, slice it about as thick as a silver dollar. Place a piece on both sides of your mouth and hold...

Dentistry: Tooth Pain and Sensitivity after Apicoectomy, apico tooth, root canals
apico tooth, root canals, cold beverages: Hi Paula, Sorry to hear all this is going on. Since I can t examine you, it s hard for me to give you a diagnosis of your problem, but I can certainly make a few comments that might help. First, the cold sensitivity is not coming from #19. There is no way...

Dentistry: Tooth pain but no cavity nor discolored., sinus infection symptoms, cracked tooth syndrome
sinus infection symptoms, cracked tooth syndrome, sinus infection: It is impossible for me to diagnose your problem without seeing you. You did not even tell me which tooth you are talking about, so that makes it difficult as well. However, from what you say, it is likely that you are suffering from cracked tooth syndrome,...

Dentistry: Tooth pulled, bump in gums, loose debris, dry socket
loose debris, dry socket, inflammatory reaction: Kerry - You could have a developing dry socket or other inflammatory reaction in the area. You need to get back to the dentist. He needs to irrigate the socket to remove any loose debris and look at the socket. He may need to pack the socket with dry socket...

Dentistry: Tooth regrowth, liver cells, scar tissue
liver cells, scar tissue, variable success: Bone is constantly repairing itself, just like your skin and many other tissues in your body. So, when you break it, as long as you replace the pieces where they originally were, that process, somewhat intensified by inflammation, continues and repairs the...

Dentistry: teeth and back, living in italy, scoliosi
living in italy, scoliosi, orthopedic doctor: Estimada Cristina : Puedes iniciar el tratamiento de ortodoncia sin ninguna complicacion. La condición sistémica que presentas no es una contraindicación para el tratamiento; el tratamiento tampoco ocasionará problemas a la columna tan solo leve malestar...

Dentistry: teeth, silver caps, complete examination
silver caps, complete examination, gray color: You should have your teeth cleaned and a complete examination. If you require any dental work you should have that done before you start braces. Any esthetic work you might wish to have done should be postponed until after your teeth have been straightened...

Dentistry: teeth, partial dentures, pleasing appearance
partial dentures, pleasing appearance, surgical exposure: I am not sure I understand your question, but I will try and answer it anyway. When people refer to fangs they usually mean their cuspid teeth. If cuspids are out of position, usually an extraction is not the only option. Usually orthodontic movement is a...

Dentistry: temp root canal filling fell out, gary backlund, emergency appointment
gary backlund, emergency appointment, temporary filling: Hi Kelly, Thanks for the clarification. The biggest risk is that the cement we use to seal the root canal is soluble in saliva. Usually a day or two is not a big deal but prolonged exposure to saliva could cause the root canal to fail. I m surprised no...

Dentistry: Why do I have to have a temporary filling first?, root canal work, temporary fillings
root canal work, temporary fillings, temporary filling: anne when we remove the deep decay, we want to avoid the nerve. the process that a temp does is as follows: remove as much decay as you feel comfortable...place the temp filling in and leave it in for a year or so...what happens here is the nerve of the...

Dentistry: Why do I have to have temporary fillings, root canal work, temporary fillings
root canal work, temporary fillings, root canal treatment: Hi Anne Your dentist wants to be sure of the health of the teeth prior to placing permanent fillings. This is normal procedure where there is a lot of decay or the teeth are broken down or heavily filled. If she doesn t use temporary fillings first then...

Dentistry: three root canal attempts and still in pain, root canal specialist, root canal treatments
root canal specialist, root canal treatments, root canal treatment: Hi Julie, I m sorry to hear you have gone through all this....very frustrating, I m sure! Without being able to exam you, it s hard for me to give you good answers, but after having had the root canal redone, I doubt that is a reasonable option again. If...

Dentistry: throat breathing problems after chin bone-graft, titanium implants, control sensation
titanium implants, control sensation, bone graft: Richard, the procedure you had in the lower front chin area could have left you with one or more of the following: You might feel a little tightness when you move your lips around, especially puckering since there may have been some scarring when everything...

Dentistry: tooth extraction, eating raw carrots, tylenol with codeine
eating raw carrots, tylenol with codeine, nerve damage: Tammy - First of all, don t put drops of clove oil in the socket. The repeated usage can precipitate inflammation and produce a secondary cause for the pain. The fact that things are improving is a good sign. To quicken the healing, instead of the mouthrinse...

Dentistry: tooth extraction, symptoms of dry socket, moderate pain
symptoms of dry socket, moderate pain, oral surgeon: Dear Tammy: Please don t waste any more time. An extraction should feel fine and tissue should heal over in two weeks. Bone takes 6-8 weeks to heal. So as you can see, you have an urgent problem. Go to an Oral Surgeon. He/she is trained to handle these...

Dentistry: tooth extraction pain-possible dry socket, tooth extraction pain, oil of cloves
tooth extraction pain, oil of cloves, warm salt water: Dear Tammy, If you re still in that much pain a full month after the extraction, it s unlikely you re dealing with just a dry socket, which would have resolved by now. It s not possible to infer the nature of the problem from your description alone,...

Dentistry: tooth extraction problems, immediate dentures, extraction problems
immediate dentures, extraction problems, upper teeth: Dear Jeanette: What you describe is not normal , but I ve had cases like yours several times in my 35 years as a dentist. I don t know how many teeth you had pulled, or how loose they might have been. But 45 minutes does not sound unreasonable, as long...

Dentistry: tooth extractions, root canal treatment, tooth extractions
root canal treatment, tooth extractions, local anesthetic: Patty - If you have bone loss, depending on the site of the bone loss, the loss could be from an infection from a failure of the root canal or it could be periodontal in origin if the loss is more so around the crown of the tooth. Bacteria is always around...

Dentistry: treating a crossbite, permanent teeth, orthodontic treatment
permanent teeth, orthodontic treatment, retainer: Most crossbites should be corrected early since they tend to interfere with proper bite and jaw development. About 80% of youngsters who have limited early treatment will also require complete orthodontic treatment later on when all the permanent teeth are...

Dentistry: troubling symptoms post RC retreatment, root canal retreatment, facial tension
root canal retreatment, facial tension, endodontists: Hi Cathy, I m sorry to hear you re going through all this. The good news is, it sounds like your symptoms are probably not related to problems with the tooth. You don t mention any pain in the tooth itself, so I would be suspicious of your bite/TMJ. Having...

Dentistry: Upper Cuspid Implants, milk teeth, implant treatment
milk teeth, implant treatment, cuspid: Hi Charles When you say you have impacted cuspids, I presume you mean the teeth are still buried and never cam through. Do you have retained milk teeth or spaces where the teeth should be? Generally removing the teeth would necessitate removal of a fair...

Dentistry: umm...???, root canal, fillings
root canal, fillings, appleton: Hi Chantel Don t be terrified about having root canal - it is nowhere near as bad as the pain you are getting now! If you don t trust her speak to your parents - they must also be aware that your fillings have kept failing and there is nothing wrong...

Dentistry: Wisdom Teeth, dry sockets, warm salt water
dry sockets, warm salt water, wisdom teeth: Jonna - Don t worry. Whether you are nauseous and vomited or not, that does not influence whether you get a dry socket or not. Don t worry now. Beginning 48 hours after the surgery you should be rinsing with warm salt water. The salt water promotes healing...

Dentistry: Wisdom Tooth and crown Questions, root canal treatment, crown
root canal treatment, crown, wisdom tooth: Regarding the wisdom tooth, if the cavity is not invasive, and the pulp is healthy, I see no problem in performing a filling on it. If the tooth was so injured as to need root canal treatment, then the most practical option would be to extract it, since RTC...

Dentistry: Wisdom teeth, removal of wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth
removal of wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth, cosmetic dentist: Hi Keith Straightening them is unlikely to be feasible. Having them removed won t cause any problems with the adjacent teeth, and will certainly make the area more comfortable and easier to clean, however, there are certain risks associated with removal...

Dentistry: Wisdom teeth, third molars, wisdom teeth
third molars, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth: Jenny, I seriously doubt that you have wisdom teeth at age 12. Typically the wisdom teeth or third molars begin to first develop in the jaws at age 12 and do not appear in the mouth until age 18-19 or later. In the complete adult dentition there are 32 teeth...

Dentistry: Wisdom teeth, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth
wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth, gum tissue: James - Right away after the wisdom tooth area is cleaned periodontally, bacteria regains growth in the situation you describe. Wisdom teeth don t necessarily erupt at the same rate, but if the one that is bothering you has not showed any real change over...

Dentistry: Wisdom teeth removal necessary?, wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom teeth removal
wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom teeth removal, philosophical bias: Dear Joe, Your question actually touches on several philosophical points, but in all cases, wisdom teeth should be extracted when individual circumstances dictate that the expected benefits to the patient outweigh the risks. The most important aspect of...

Dentistry: Wisdom teeth swelling, warm salt water, wisdom teeth
warm salt water, wisdom teeth, pain in the right side: Hi Rebecca This sort of infection is not particularly serious, but it can make life fairly miserable for a while! Rinsing with warm salt water will help (a teaspoon of salt dissolved in a tumbler of warm/hot water), and it will probably settle after a...

Dentistry: Wisdom tooth extraction complications, wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction complications
wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction complications, tooth extraction complications: Dear Kori, It s difficult to infer reliable information from subjective symptoms such as pain; my general principle is that regardless of the speed of recovery, a definite improving trend in the symptoms is suggestive of a favorable postoperative course,...

Dentistry: well i've talked to my parents, chantel, dentist
chantel, dentist, antibiotics: Dear Chantel, And how does your dentist propose that the infection will get cleared up? If my memory serves correctly, you haven t even been given a prescription for antibiotics (please correct me if I m wrong). Unless your dentist intervenes in some...

Dentistry: whitening despite periodontal disease, flap surgery, root planing
flap surgery, root planing, whitening product: Hi Diana I m sure there won t be any harm, but my advice would be to wait until his gums have fully healed following the flap surgery before continuing his whitening. He may also find his teeth are far more sensitive than previously and it may take a little...

Dentistry: whitening despite periodontal disease, periodontal flap surgery, dear diana
periodontal flap surgery, dear diana, custom mold: Dear Diana, The wisdom of continuing with the whitening is uncertain, and will depend on your husband s tolerance of the side effects. The most common adverse reaction to bleaching gel is tooth sensitivity; this may occur even under optimal conditions....

Dentistry: whitening despite periodontal disease, flap surgery, dear diana
flap surgery, dear diana, custom mold: Dear Diana: Your question about whitening should be directed at the dentist who provided the root planing and scraping. My question to you is: If your husband is healing satisfactorily, why will he be receiving flap surgery two months from now? Healing...

Dentistry: whitening despite periodontal disease, appleton dr, root resorption
appleton dr, root resorption, flap procedure: Dear Diana : The disease will never gone. At all We can only slow periodontal disease activity or stop it for a time. I need more info to tell you if it will be better to go for a flap procedure. (periodontal chart, xrays) Dr. Luis Granado...

Dentistry: whitening despite periodontal disease, flap surgery, root planing
flap surgery, root planing, whitening products: Hey Diana! I think I would miss you if I didn t get a weekly question : ) I would NOT recommend whitening at this time. The bleach (although a low percentage) can be very irritating to the gums, and at this time he needs to let the gums work on getting...

Dentistry: wisdom tooth, warm salt water, cheek area
warm salt water, cheek area, gum tissue: Alice - It is not normal, but occasionally bleeding can occur under the gum tissue and you develop a clot under the cheek tissue. You should begin a regimen of warm salt water rinses for 5 minutes 4-5 times a day. The rinsing will cause the lump to break...

Dentistry: wisdom tooth, gum inflammation, wisdom teeth
gum inflammation, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth: Dear Sonjee, The appropriate course of action depends greatly on individual circumstance. For example, episodes of pain and swelling around the wisdom teeth may be mild, of short duration, and present only once or twice; other episodes may be severe, recurrent,...

Dentistry: wisdom tooth loss of sensation to face, teeth and gums, wisdom teeth
teeth and gums, wisdom teeth, loss of sensation: Hi Helen As I am sure you were warned before the procedure, removing a lower wisdom tooth risks damage to the nerves that supply your teeth/lips/tongue on that side. As far as I am aware there aren t really any investigations that would help this. The...

Dentistry: 1 or 2 teeth sensitive to cool water, gary backlund, tooth grinding
gary backlund, tooth grinding, cool water: Hi Ray, When teeth become sensitive to cold, that means the pulp, nerve & blood supply, of the tooth has become sensitive for some reason. It could be decay, stress with tooth grinding or the early stages of a tooth dying. The only way to know which of...

Dentistry: My 10 month old baby looks like he has an overbite, month old baby, relationship problem
month old baby, relationship problem, upper jaw: Amanda - It really is too soon to know if your son will develop of jaw relationship problem or not. A young child has relatively softer bone which is more easily adaptable to habits, like sucking of the finger. At 10 months there really is no need to stop...

Dentistry: 12 year old with 4 baby teeth still in mouth, lateral incisors, top of mouth
lateral incisors, top of mouth, 12 year old girl: Hi Erica Yes it is possible for teeth to appear late, although presumably your orthodontist has x-rays and so knows whether or not the permanent teeth are present as this is crucial to your daughters orthodontic treatment. If the orthodontist wants the...

Dentistry: 15m old's tooth eruption, lateral incisors, central incisors
lateral incisors, central incisors, lower lateral: That eruption pattern is not the usual and expected order of appearance of the primary teeth but we frequently see variations such as what your son is experiencing. If the lower lateral incisors are a bit delayed in their development, which is the most likely...

Dentistry: 2 year old daughter & cavaties, careful excavation, root canal treatment
careful excavation, root canal treatment, anything but a shot: Hello Jodi, I understand your concerns about your daughter s dental health. To me, both dentists are correct in what they are saying. Generally, just based on xrays, a practitioner can usually tell if the cavities are into the nerve and if the tooth...

Dentistry: 2 yr old with extra tooth??, american academy of pediatric dentistry, academy of pediatric dentistry
american academy of pediatric dentistry, academy of pediatric dentistry, pediatric dentist: Very often these extra teeth need to be removed at some point so that they don t interfere with normal bite development. Depending upon the exact situation that treatment may not need to be done at age 2, but in order to comment on this situation I would...

Dentistry: 2 yr old with extra tooth??, lateral incisors, central incisors
lateral incisors, central incisors, pediatric dentist: Hello Carol, Does your son have a full complement of baby teeth (should have 20 teeth in total: central incisors, lateral incisors, canines, 1st molars and 2nd molars). If so, and it appears to be a 5th tooth growing into the lower jaw, then you should...

Dentistry: 2nd teeth delay, primary teeth, permanent teeth
primary teeth, permanent teeth, front teeth: Sometimes there is a delay in the emergence of permanent teeth once the primary teeth are gone. If the teeth have not appeared after a 6 month period it might be advisable to have here seen for a dental examination and x-rays just to confirm the presence...

Dentistry: 3 yr old needing extractions under GA, dental anesthesiologist, stainless steel crowns
dental anesthesiologist, stainless steel crowns, pediatric dentist: Delaying these procedures can lead to significant infections that can threaten the development of the permanent teeth and lead to additional pain, damage to the baby teeth and a worsening of prognosis. It may be possible to complete the necessary treatment...

Dentistry: 32 and still have 2 baby teeth!, baby teeth, smile makeover
baby teeth, smile makeover, dental implants: Your dentist s suggestion is probably the safest and most predictable way of solving this problem. Other options depend on how much of the roots remain on the baby teeth. Often, by the time someone is 35 the roots a pretty well resorbed by the body and the...

Dentistry: 39 year old black line, dr fink, dark stains
dr fink, dark stains, porcelain veneers: Dear T: Yes. My suggestions, in order: First, most conservative and least expensive is bleaching. About this, your dentist is correct. Bleaching tends to work poorly with the kind of discoloration you have. But it works some. And in a few cases, it...

Dentistry: 4 YEAR OLD GIRL TOOTH EXTRACTION, front teeth, pediatric dentist
front teeth, pediatric dentist, local anesthesia: Dear Doug, the condition you describe with your daughter is quite common. Loss of her four front teeth will make absolutely no difference to her dental development, in fact her permanent teeth will come in sooner. there is no need to place a maintainer for...

Dentistry: 4 yr old with 8 cavities/afraid of general anesthesia, risks of general anesthesia, fear of the dentist
risks of general anesthesia, fear of the dentist, dental situation: Dear Dana, follow your instincts. General anesthesia is life threatening, avoid it if possible. Nothing you have told me about your son s dental condition indicates that general anesthesia is the only choice, or that there is some emergency that requires...

Dentistry: Abcess, hospital emergency room, dental residency program
hospital emergency room, dental residency program, yellow pus: Dear Blake: Sorry to hear about your troubles. However, you MUST go to your local dentist or a hospital emergency room. You have serious problems that should not be left unattended. It is impossible for me, or anyone else to give you a diagnosis without...

Dentistry: Abcest tooth, hospital residency, abscess tooth
hospital residency, abscess tooth, financial trouble: Dear Mark: The best over the counter combination that you might try in 400mg (two 200mg tabs) ibuprofen (motrin-advil) and combine it with two tablets of Tylenol (acetaminophen). They have different mechanisms of action, and will abate most of the pain....

Dentistry: Amalgam tattoo, silver fillings, dentis
silver fillings, dentis, oral surgeon: Dear Amanda : Of course there is a solution . But i will not trust dentists that dont know how to solve something that is very easy. Call to my personal numer, i´ll explain, writting takes too much time 511 - 999852262 Dr. Luis Granado...

Dentistry: Apicoetomy - Post Op, gary backlund, bone graft
gary backlund, bone graft, new dentist: Hi Nelson, I m sorry to hear you re going through all this. It sounds like the milky white stuff may be pus, but since I can t exam you, I can t say for sure. I think you need to go back to the surgeon....after 1 1/2 weeks, you shouldn t be having drainage....

Dentistry: adult with baby tooth, gum line, baby tooth
gum line, baby tooth, permanent tooth: You should have an x ray taken to determine how much of the tooth is left and if it s worth the effort and expense saving.Luckily it could be replaced today without getting the adjacent teeth involved using a dental implant.Get the x ray and exam,go from there...

Dentistry: aftern root canal pain, root canal pain, root canals
root canal pain, root canals, wisdom teeth: Hi Dawn, Sorry for the long delay in getting to your question. I have moved and can not get internet yet at my new address among other problems. Ambesol can not hurt so of course you can give it a try. Taking the antibiotics and pain pills might get you...

Dentistry: alveoplasty (not sure spelled right), implant dentistry, time constraints
implant dentistry, time constraints, prosthodontist: Dear Lorena: Sorry for your trouble, but I think that the main problem is not money, but communication between your dentist and your oral surgeon. I do not know how much bone you have, or do not have, but there are ways that professionals can communicate...

Dentistry: apioectomy vs extraction, mercury amalgams, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
mercury amalgams, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, apicoectomy: Michelle - First of all, the filling placed at the tip of the root, the amalgam filling, has mercury, but as stated just last week by the Food and Drug Association, the mercury in an amalgam filling does not leak out as it is bound to the other materials....

Dentistry: Bite feels different, wisdom teeth removal, front teeth
wisdom teeth removal, front teeth, molars: Hi Sol I must admit this is a strange set of symptoms! I wonder if you have got some foodstuff wedged between two of your teeth - that could disrupt your bite as you describe. Make sure you floss every gap thoroughly and if this doesn t revert back to...

Dentistry: Bridge Necessary?, food impaction, full complement
food impaction, full complement, typical patient: Dear Kristen, It is almost never a matter of whether a particular therapeutic endeavor is truly necessary -- after all, many people get by on very few teeth. When a tooth is lost, the relevant question is whether the replacement of that tooth will promote...

Dentistry: baby root canals, second molars, first molars
second molars, first molars, root canals: Dear Kim, The answer depends on which molars are under consideration. It is sometimes possible to prematurely remove the primary first molars without adverse consequences. However, the early removal of the primary second molars can allow the permanent first...

Dentistry: baby tooth injury, tooth injury, pediatric dentist
tooth injury, pediatric dentist, baby teeth: This is something that should be evaluated by a pediatric dentist, perhaps as soon as Monday morning if possible. Sometimes the displaced tooth will gradually return to a more normal position and the intruded tooth will re-emerge. If this does not occur...

Dentistry: bleed out in cheek after temporary crown, anti inflammatory drugs, interstitial cistitis
anti inflammatory drugs, interstitial cistitis, blood thinner: I looked up your drug on it s web site and the site said ELMIRON is a weak anticoagulant (blood thinner), which may increase bleeding. Call your doctor if you will be undergoing surgery or will begin taking anticoagulant therapy, such as warfarin, heparin...

Dentistry: bleeding after tooth extraction, coagulopathy disease, luck mark
coagulopathy disease, luck mark, liver disease: Dear Donna, If the wound continues to bleed more than three or four hours, your husband should return to his surgeon to assess the situation and institute further measures to stop the bleeding if warranted. This is especially the case if your husband is...

Dentistry: blood, research aspects, reddish color
research aspects, reddish color, mathematical research: Dear Raja Rama : You are describing periodontal disease but i would need to evaluate you. You can strat asking a doctor for periapical xrays (from every teeth. Try to take a picture of the xrays and send it to me. granados_periodoncia@hotmail.com...

Dentistry: blood, research aspects, reddish color
research aspects, reddish color, mathematical research: Dear Raja: It is quite possible that while your are sleeping you grind your teeth. Or that during the day you get tense. Don t worry anymore Raja, a little blood in the saliva is normal for many people. Please try brushing less aggressively and less...

Dentistry: bone graft, tooth sockets, alveolar ridge
tooth sockets, alveolar ridge, bone graft: Hi Dick No it doesn t make the procedure any more difficult. There are a number of different techniques that can be used, varying from just placing some artificial bone right through to removing a piece of bone from your chin/hip and using that. Your surgeon...

Dentistry: bridge, temporary bridge, bridgework
temporary bridge, bridgework, entire bridge: Hello Brian, You may be in pain if the entire bridge comes off if your teeth are still vital. If they have been root canal treated, then you should not experience any pain, as the nerves have been removed. See your dentist to have the temporary bridge...

Dentistry: bridgework, plastic sheath, periodontal ligament
plastic sheath, periodontal ligament, wisdom tooth: Dear Vlad: I ll answer the questions in the order that you have posed them: 1. It is very possible to make an abutment from a plastic wax up cylinder without the gold/plastic abutment. Some regard it as less accurate, but it is an excellent way to conserve...

Dentistry: broken front teeth, proper shape, cosmetic dentistry
proper shape, cosmetic dentistry, front teeth: Yes. You have two good choices. You can have bonding material added to the tooth to give it its proper shape and color(less expensive) or you can have a porcelain laminate made to fix your tooth(probably better appearance but more expensive. In my practice...

Dentistry: broken front teeth, root canal treatment, front teeth
root canal treatment, front teeth, appleton: Hi Lahoni Yes it is usually quite possible to repair this type of injury. How involved the repair is depends on how bad the break is - at best a tooth coloured filling can just be bonded to the tooth to restore it s shape and colour. If the break is more...

Dentistry: broken tooth, dentist appointment, broken tooth
dentist appointment, broken tooth, clean break: i am sorry to hear that you could not get into 5 dentists to have a temporary placed. without seeing the tooth in person, i really cannot give you any accurate answers. if there is no decay and this is a clean break then you should be fine infection-wise....

Dentistry: brown stains on teeth, braun oral b, crest toothpaste
braun oral b, crest toothpaste, brown stains: Dear Kim, It s uncertain whether staining will be entirely avoidable. Not only does this depend on the quality of the oral hygiene skills of the patient (which in my experience can almost always stand a bit of improvement), but it also depends on the intrinsic...

Dentistry: Calcification, gary backlund, endodontist
gary backlund, endodontist, tooth structure: Hi Kendra, When we talk about calcification, what that means is that the nerve and blood supply....the pulp....has laid down extra tooth structure, usually in response to some irritation, like deep fillings, decay or some trauma. Most cases are from trauma...

Dentistry: Calcification due to poor brushing - any hope?, tooth colored fillings, two front teeth
tooth colored fillings, two front teeth, decayed tooth: The damage you are describing is called decalcification which is the loss of calcium from the enamel, usually due to inadequate oral hygiene measures. This is unfortunately all too common and is one of the major risks with orthodontic treatment. Of course,...

Dentistry: CEREC and circonia crown, cerec, ceramic material
cerec, ceramic material, crowns: Hi Vlad Zirconia is a very strong material that we often use as the base for a crown. It is not good enough aesthetically to make the whole crown from and it is normally then covered with a ceramic material. As such CEREC doesn t make zirconia crowns....

Dentistry: Constant pain after root canal, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, internet hope: Hi Amy, I m sorry that you are going through all this. It sounds to me like you have an infection, but since I can t exam you, I can t say for sure. It takes 24-48 hours for the Keflex to BEGIN to work, so you are probably in for 2-3 days of a rough time....sorry...

Dentistry: Crown lengthening, gum line, oral surgeon
gum line, oral surgeon, heart problems: Dear Sonja : I still dont understand US dental practice. oral surgeon for PERIOODONTAL TREATMENT ???. It is like you have some heart problems and they call a gastro specialist, well .... it is very common at some countries where you pay more than what...

Dentistry: Crown Replacement, problems with crowns
problems with crowns: Hi Julie, One of my favorite songs is something about keep on dreaming of living in a perfect world... . Anyway in a perfect world, once a tooth was crowned it would have no more problems. Unfortunately here are some of the common ones: 1. decay underneath...

Dentistry: calcified lower front tooth, calcified canals
calcified canals: Hi Dawn, It is not unusual for a general dentist to run into difficulties such as severe calcification on endodontic procedures. Pre op x-rays do give some idea as to how difficult the procedure will be. I do not understand why you are not being sent...

Dentistry: cantilever bridge pain question, root canal therapy, cantilever bridges
root canal therapy, cantilever bridges, periodontal probe: Often time patients ability to pinpoint pain is + or - one tooth. You possibly might be having pain due to a failing root canal in #15. Also on a cantilever bridge, the pontic can be irritating the gum. Ask the oral surgeon what he thinks of the root canal...

Dentistry: cavity, prevident, question thanks
prevident, question thanks, dental treatment: It seems we have a disagreement regarding that cavity. If it is truly a cavity then waiting will only result in that cavity getting larger. If it is not yet a cavity then you might benefit from MI Paste which requires a prescription from your dentist. You...

Dentistry: cavity, gary backlund, tooth structure
gary backlund, tooth structure, thanks in advance: Hi James, Unfortunately, toothpastes don t reverse or heal cavities once they get started. They only make tooth structure stronger to resist decay. You will need to see a dentist to have the cavity repaired while it is small since it will certainly get...

Dentistry: cavity, tooth pastes, disease caused by bacteria
tooth pastes, disease caused by bacteria, air abrasion: Dear James: To date, there are several tooth pastes that advertise that they contribute to the remineralization of tooth structure. However, the evidence is very week. The best thing to do is to go to your dentist and have him/her evaluate the extent of...

Dentistry: cavity, cavities, cavity
cavities, cavity, toothpaste: Cavities, once develop, do not heal. One thing that is possible is that it becomes, with good hygiene, a chronic caries. This means that it will stay static and will not progress any further. Using fluorinated toothpaste and/or mouthwash daily, with the...

Dentistry: cheek sewn to gum - wisdom teeth, warm salt water, wisdom teeth
warm salt water, wisdom teeth, food collection: Tom - I agree with you that what you describe is bizarre. Sure the socket should be sewn over with sutures after the extraction, but the tissue should not be pulled so the cheek is pulled in. You should probably have those sutures removed or the area can...

Dentistry: complications from alcohol jaw injection, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, denatured alcohol
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, denatured alcohol, neuralgia: Grace - I wish I could tell you that there is a simple solution, but there is not. Once the alcohol is injected, it disperses and really cannot be removed. I suggest that you go to a local oral and maxillofacial surgeon and see if they might be able to...

Dentistry: cown w/root canal, root canal treatment, cold liquids
root canal treatment, cold liquids, jaw area: Hi Karen It sounds very much like the tooth has become infected. You need to see your dentist and if this is the case, then your choice will be either re-root canal treatment or extraction. I would be inclined to suggest that if you are opting for re-root...

Dentistry: Over-crowding, stone age humans, refined carbohydrates
stone age humans, refined carbohydrates, aboriginal australia: You ask a very interesting question and you are on the right track with your suggested answer. Yes, the increase in crowding that we see today is due to the kind of food we eat...less fiber, less chewing, more refined carbohydrates. But your time line is...

Dentistry: crown, new crown, peices
new crown, peices, floss: Ask the dentist to close the contact for you on the new crown.This will solve your problem.Unless there was sme extreme shifting of the two teeth in question this should be no problem at all.Get the contact closed and you l be fine.You want to be able to snap...

Dentistry: crowns vs bridges, root canal therapy, decay removal
root canal therapy, decay removal, root canals: Dear Leigh, If it has been conclusively established that the two damaged teeth will need root canal therapy, it is true that (generally speaking), there would be no need to subject yourself to a separate decay removal by your general dentist. However, if...

Dentistry: Dental Crown, root canal therapy, plastic crowns
root canal therapy, plastic crowns, porcelain crown: Dear Jerry: Not only can you grind down the ridge... but you MUST do that. A Crown, or any other restoration should work seamlessly in your mouth. It should recreate the original shape of the teeth. The only time people have to learn to use rather...

Dentistry: Dental help after extraction and sinus issues, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, upper teeth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, upper teeth, nasty smell: Lee - Of course without directly examining you it is a little difficult to determine what exactly is going on, but with the symptoms you describe you might have a communication between the socket and the sinus. If this is the situation, it can become a significant...

Dentistry: Dental surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, mandibular nerve
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, mandibular nerve, class iii malocclusion: Shuzelle - Whether you are in Trinidad or the US, the insurance companies try to avoid paying by saying the procedure is totally cosmetic. In my experience a physician can work together with the surgeon to come up with medical reasons, like gastrointestinal...

Dentistry: Dentures, dentures cost, fixadent
dentures cost, fixadent, tongue scraper: Dear Ksue: The metallic taste that you have in your mouth could be related to the healing extraction sites. Since a little over two weeks passed, you might still have blood clots in the sockets and blood contains iron. As to the dentures...I hate to tell...

Dentistry: Discs out in jaw/Dental work, work question, mouth guard
work question, mouth guard, arthroscopy: Deborah - I wish I could tell you the exact surgery, buy it is variable and all depends on the amount of change and the present condition of the tissues and cartilage. You really need to see a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon who is familiar...

Dentistry: dental adhesive, gold teeth, foryou
gold teeth, foryou, cements: There are various cements used for different restorative purposes.I would NOT recommend you cement anything in your mouth yourself.Any hard cement would be very difficult foryou to clean,as far as excess is concerned.Perhaps your dentist could help you.Also...

Dentistry: dental bridge/root canal, root canal specialist, cause tooth decay
root canal specialist, cause tooth decay, dental bridge: Hi Collette, I m sorry to hear you are going through all this. In most cases, a root canal is not done on teeth being prepared for a bridge unless they become symptomatic. There is really no way to test for the need of a root canal...all we can test for...

Dentistry: dentistry, gary backlund, molar tooth
gary backlund, molar tooth, root anatomy: Hi Sharon, Molar root anatomy can vary a lot. It is certainly possible that what you are seeing is just normal variation. Another possibility is that the root is resorbed which is a process, usually due to some injury or trauma to the tooth, where the body...

Dentistry: dentistry abroad, periodontal problems, periodontal treatment
periodontal problems, periodontal treatment, periodontal health: Hi Luigi The best way to find any dentist is by personal recommendation so I m afraid you are just going to have to do some research. One thing that you need to bear in mind is that periodontal treatment is not just a one-off treatment and then you are...

Dentistry: dentistry abroad, international dentists, periodontal problems
international dentists, periodontal problems, native india: Dear Luigi: It all depends upon what level you want your treatment to be... We have clinics such as Vital Europe here in the States as well... They operate on a business model, not a traditional Doctor-Patient model. Such clinics hire mostly young dentists,...

Dentistry: dentistry abroad, periodontal problems, periodontal treatment
periodontal problems, periodontal treatment, senior professionals: I have not heard of any similar scams. Nonetheless, my advice is that the cheapest option usually is visiting a dental school to get worked on by the students. All work done to you is obviously supervised by senior professionals. Prices usually only cover...

Dentistry: dentistry abroad, periodontal problems, periodontal treatment
periodontal problems, periodontal treatment, cosmetic treatment: I don t know anything about it first-hand, Luigi. I only know what I read on the Internet (same as you read in the paper). I know people in this country go to Mexico for dentistry, but there is a big difference in quality between Mexican dentistry and American...

Dentistry: discoloration at top of tooth, gingival tissues, gum tissue
gingival tissues, gum tissue, gum line: Hello William, The area you are questioning doesn t sound like decay as much as it does the line where the enamel of the crown meets the cementum of the root surface. When gum tissue recedes from the tooth surface, the cementum (root) surface can be quite...

Dentistry: discomfort after extraction, alveolar bone, left behind 2
alveolar bone, left behind 2, wisdom teeth: Dear Amy: Two things can be happening here: 1. You had a piece of tooth break off during the extraction and it was left behind. 2. A piece of the alveolar bone (jaw bone broke off during the extraction and was left behind. Either scenario is common enough,...

Dentistry: dry socket and exercise, wisdom teeth, proper blood
wisdom teeth, proper blood, excess blood: Dear Chris: In general, the reason that most doctors would probably advice against exercise it that excess blood pressure and engorgement of tissues could stimulate bleeding. However, if there is a proper healing response with a proper blood clot, that should...

Dentistry: Epinephrine while pregnant, fetal heartrate, adrenilin
fetal heartrate, adrenilin, adrenal disease: If you had given me a medical history including adrenal disease, I would have inquired what sort of adrenal disease. If you are over producing adrenaline then I would not have used lidocaine with epinephrine. Lidocaine with epinephrine is not contraindicated...

Dentistry: Eruption Cyst? - 13 month old, swollen lymph glands, first molars
swollen lymph glands, first molars, pediatric dentist: Dear Trade, without fever, swollen lymph glands, and your youngster crying most of the time, I have to lean toward the advice you got from your pediatric dentist. leave everything alone and check again in 4 weeks. I also trust your instincts, if you are...

Dentistry: Extraction/fixed bridge, bridgework, siegelman
bridgework, siegelman, periodontist: Anna, since I cannot examine you I cannot confirm that your tooth #14 is cracked. However, I would trust the peridontists opinion and lets say he is right and it is cracked. First of all, what has happened to this tooth is not uncommon, I see it every day....

Dentistry: Extraction needed 30 days after root canal, wisdom teeth removal, second molars
wisdom teeth removal, second molars, dr cox: Hi Karen, Simple cost/benefit reason. Most patients function fine with first molar forward occlussion. Also the upper second molars are usually the only teeth you can remove, not replace, and not have shifting of the remaining teeth. Besides that the maxillary...

Dentistry: Extreme sensitvity/throbbing tooth after problems with biospy site healing, punch biopsy, gum margin
punch biopsy, gum margin, periodontist: Hi Emily Have root canal done. This tooth is obviously not going to settle down with conventional treatment so the next option is root canal, which is really not a big deal. The pulp is inflamed and not responding, so I think you will find that if you...

Dentistry: external resorption, gary backlund, external resorption
gary backlund, external resorption, x rays: Hi Richard, You ask a good question. Resorption does not spread from one tooth to another, but the most common cause of resorption is from trauma. We often find several teeth in an area affected by resorption if some kind of trauma has occurred. If this...

Dentistry: extracting a RCT tooth, oral surgeon, temporary filling
oral surgeon, temporary filling, endodontist: Dear Adrienne: At this point, since your tooth had been treated three years ago, and was left unfinished, as you said, it is very brittle and full of decay. Even though I know nothing about your general dentist, and he/she might be wonderful and fully capable...

Dentistry: extraction, warm salt water, first extraction
warm salt water, first extraction, absess: Victoria - Of course, without actually examining the area, it is a little difficult for me to be exact as to what you are seeing, but it sounds like the dentist did not clean out the tooth socket of the infected tissue after the extraction. The lumpy tissue...

Dentistry: extraction and spacers, pediatric dentist, pediatric dentists
pediatric dentist, pediatric dentists, space maintainer: Orion Sorry about the delay...Was out of computer range for a day or so and just got this. You ask how much will it cost to have extractions done and space maintainers. This will vary from area of country to area of country...it will also vary from dentist...

Dentistry: eye tooth, replacement tooth, eye tooth
replacement tooth, eye tooth, cementation: Dear Patricia: From top to bottom, in my estimation: 1. Implant and crown. If this is your choice, find someone who can do them together (I have done several implants and crowns in 2 visits: First visit for impression; second visit for implant placement...

Dentistry: FACIAL PAIN AFTER DENTAL RESTORATION OF A MOLAR, dear lorraine, dental cleanings
dear lorraine, dental cleanings, nerve involvement: Dear Lorraine: Based on your recent dental history, and your long-term pain which began immediately following dental surgery, I would have a strong suspicion that the nerve in your broken tooth is inflamed or infected, and needs a root canal to eliminate...

Dentistry: Fitting a dental Crown, upper tooth, tooth crown
upper tooth, tooth crown, new crown: Dear Mr. Vanderpriem, It is sometimes perfectly acceptable to grind an opposing tooth to allow a crown to fit, assuming there are reasons why space cannot be provided for the crown thickness in the more conventional way (grinding the chewing surface of...

Dentistry: Frenum and Tooth Gap, Diastema opening up
Diastema opening up: Teeth can move 1mm in a month(or not)! It may not be your imagination. Your space may or may not open up. Teeth can slowly move as time goes by. Even people without high frenums can have their teeth shift. The best way to avoid undesired tooth movement...

Dentistry: Fused teeth, adult teeth, pediatric dentist
adult teeth, pediatric dentist, pediatric dentists: Dear Kym, I am not selling pediatric dentists, but the best advice you can get about your daughter s teeth is find one, have them take x-rays and give you a professional opinion. No emergency here, but waiting too long may take away some better treatment...

Dentistry: cheek sewn to gum - wisdom teeth, left cheek, wisdom tooth
Dentistry: cheek sewn to gum - wisdom teeth, left cheek, wisdom tooth, gums

Dentistry: Dental Crown, plastic crown, route canal
Dentistry: Dental Crown, plastic crown, route canal, oral surgeon

Dentistry: Jawline and wisdom teeth, wisdom teeth, scare tactics
Dentistry: Jawline and wisdom teeth, wisdom teeth, scare tactics, cheekbones

Dentistry: Pain after filling, white fillings, nhs dentist
Dentistry: Pain after filling, white fillings, nhs dentist, pain killers

Dentistry: painful injection site, antibiotics, gum
Dentistry: painful injection site, antibiotics, gum, injection site

Dentistry: Retained root tip after wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom teeth, oral surgeon
Dentistry: Retained root tip after wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom teeth, oral surgeon, lower jaw

Dentistry: Wisdom Teeth and facial structure, wisdom teeth, maxilla
Dentistry: Wisdom Teeth and facial structure, wisdom teeth, maxilla, forensic

Dentistry: fillings, composite fillings, root canal treatment
composite fillings, root canal treatment, tooth tissue: Hi Roy The advantage is that the fillings will look more natural. The downside is that you will be having the fillings removed which will necessitate loss of further tooth tissue, albeit minimal amounts. Any treatment done to a tooth risks possibly upsetting...

Dentistry: fillings, composite fillings, root canal treatment
composite fillings, root canal treatment, negative consequences: In my experience and opinion, this only has cons . Removing old fillings has two very negative consequences: a) the tooth may become sensitive, and may even need root canal treatment b) removing previous material invariably leads to removal of more...

Dentistry: fluoride, permanent teeth, fluoride in drinking water
permanent teeth, fluoride in drinking water, last decade: Dear Michelle, the most important time for your daughter to have fluoride in the drinking water is AFTER the teeth erupt into the mouth. The action of fluoride is topical, it has little or no benefit pre-eruption. all the best, Dr. Moss PS I know this...

Dentistry: follow-up question: a deep hole at tooth extraction site and numb chin, warm salt water, nerve problem
warm salt water, nerve problem, nerve injury: Mary - Of course, without directly examining you, I cannot be 100% sure, but the sensations of your lip, chin and front teeth are most likely directly due to the nerve injury. This sensation can last for a month or two more. As far as the extraction site,...

Dentistry: foul taste in mouth, gum inflammation, upper gum
gum inflammation, upper gum, periodontal condition: Mark - Yes the bad peridontal condition can also be a cause of the foul taste. Like I said before, everyone has bacteria in their mouth. It is normal and necessary for proper food digestion. So don t think you are abnormal with bacteria. What is abnormal...

Dentistry: Gum and mouth roof swollen, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water, gumm: Anna - You should contact your dentist or a local oral and maxillofacial surgeon to address the cause. The hospital will just give you medication and you need to have the cause taken care of. In the interim, you should definitely begin a regimen of warm...

Dentistry: Gum peeling, discoloration, after root canal, root canal problems
root canal problems: Hi Cathryn, Let me try to answer the questions in order: Q: Any ideas whats wrong with my mouth? A: Severely traumatized tissue is not going to look and feel great... spent alot of time digging, proding, and poking . Q: Should I be worried? A: Only...

Dentistry: Gum Swelling Causes, new dentist, fear of the dentist
new dentist, fear of the dentist, family dentists: Dear Rebecca: You are probably right. The fracture in your tooth is well bellow the gum line and cannot be repaired. You are describing exactly what happens in that situation. At this point it is a critical decision that you have to make with the help...

Dentistry: Gums pull away from gum line, gum line, gum disease
gum line, gum disease, siegelman: Shanna, although I cannot examine you, based on what you are saying I would tell you that is important that you see a dentist immediately to have your mouth evaluated. Whatg is occuring could be a sign of gum disease and letting it go could cause problems...

Dentistry: glogged saliva gland, salivary gland stone, saliva gland
salivary gland stone, saliva gland, mineral deposition: Hello Bryan, The salivary gland under your tongue (either could be the submandibular or sublingual) can be blocked due to an infection or salivary gland stone (sialolith) which develops from excess mineral deposition. This causes sialolithiasis, or an...

Dentistry: growth in mouth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, oral pathology
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, oral pathology, wisdom tooth: Bethany - I cannot be sure, from your description, what is going on. It could be a virus infection or a benign inflamed ulceration, but you need to be examined by a doctor who really knows oral pathology. My suggestion is to look up in the yellow pages...

Dentistry: gum grafts, gum grafts, sensitivity problems
gum grafts, sensitivity problems, cosmetic concern: Hi Stephanie, Recession isn t always a bad thing. When a person has a history of periodontal disease and bone loss, recession is a way to reduce the pockets and prevent or minimze bacterial colonization. Studies show that most recessions are stable over time,...

Dentistry: gum inflammation, gum inflammation, warm salt water
gum inflammation, warm salt water, x rays: Hello Katie, It may be that you irritated the area in trying to remove the piece. It is entirely possible that a piece of carrot could be there, and it may work itself out with brushing and flossing regularly. If you don t feel better in 2-3 days, then...

Dentistry: High Porcelain Crown, porcelain crowns, porcelain crown
porcelain crowns, porcelain crown, new dentist: Dear Tamika, Yes-- porcelain crowns can be shaved or adjusted, but with care, and within certain limits-- if the bite discrepancy is too big, adjusting the crown may make it too thin or even break it. Although re-contouring of the opposing tooth is a...

Dentistry: High spot on filing sensitivity, unfortunate side effect, composite resin
unfortunate side effect, composite resin, resin fillings: Dear Amanda, If several months of adjustments have not effectively addressed your complaint, then your dentist clearly needs to use a different strategy. By now, it should be obvious that the tooth needs more than just an adjustment. Admittedly, composite...

Dentistry: Hole in Gum, top gum, pin hole
top gum, pin hole, tiny hole: Hi Tk This is probably either an abscess on the root of a tooth, or an ulcer. If it is just an ulcer it should heal after a few days - if it is an abscess it won t. If it doesn t completely heal gop and see your dentist Regards Tony Appleto...

Dentistry: healing time between extraction & bridge, permanent bridge, temporary bridge
permanent bridge, temporary bridge, false tooth: Hi Erin You need to wait a period of time because once the teeth have been extracted the gum and bone that were supporting the teeth starts to shrink back. If you have a bridge made before this has happened then you will end up with a space under the false...

Dentistry: high filling, uncommon event, broo
uncommon event, broo, molars: Dear Mecca, Yes-- a high filling indicates that the dentist allowed too much filling material to project from the cavity in the tooth. This is not an uncommon event; while a patient is numb, it is sometimes difficult for him to precisely duplicate a normal...

Dentistry: i got hit in the top of my front teeth, denists, front teeth
denists, front teeth, gums: The mouthpiece protected the teeth from fracture but if you got hit hard enough the trauma might be deeper and could affect the inside of the tooth.All you could do at this time is wait and see.Everything else you describe sounds OK give it some time unless...

Dentistry: hydrogine peroxide, gargle with peroxide, hydrogen peroxide
gargle with peroxide, hydrogen peroxide, gum disease: Georgina: The hydrogen peroxide that you are using is not enough in concentration, duration, or specific location to appreciably whiten your teeth. It is not the best possible mouth rinse, either. You might be actually inducing some changes in your gums...

Dentistry: Implant, low grade fever, general anaesthetic
low grade fever, general anaesthetic, implant placement: Hi Amy You shouldn t have a fever, although may feel tired and off colour . If you had a general anaesthetic or sedation you will probably feel worse than if you just had local anaesthetic. The pain following implant placement is usually as you describe,...

Dentistry: Implant. fixed bridge or wait, dental prosthetics, sinus lift
dental prosthetics, sinus lift, prosthetic options: Dear David, Allowing a tooth with a fractured root to remain is not a good strategy-- it may become acutely infected at any time, causing significant morbidity and inconvenience. It would be far better for you to take the initiative, rather than leave things...

Dentistry: Implant retained upper denture, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus lift
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus lift, implant insertion: Wesley - The maximum number of implants used to support an overdenture provides more much stability and longevity. Back in the early 80 s when implants first became more prevalent, 2 or 4 implants were early on used to support overdentures. It was noted...

Dentistry: Implants and my gumline.., gum disease, porceline
gum disease, porceline, implant placement: Andre, the only way of really making this look better is to redo the crowns and place pink porceline at the gumline to make the teeth look less long. I am guessing the reason why your teeth look long is because of bone loss in the area of the implant placement....

Dentistry: Implications of extracting tooth #2 vs. RCT, root canal specialist, root canal treatments
root canal specialist, root canal treatments, root canals: Dear Aubrey: I understand your concern, but here are some thing to consider: 1. Root canal treatments, done correctly (preferably by an Endodontist-the root canal specialist), are extremely successful up and over 90%. Unfortunately, not all dentists are...

Dentistry: Infant Broken Tooth, pediatric dentist, pulpectomy
pediatric dentist, pulpectomy, broken tooth: First, even though she is only 10 months old she may require dental treatment. Look at the broken tooth and see if you can see a red spot in the center of the broken edge. If you can, she needs to see a pediatric dentist. The tooth may have an pulp exposure...

Dentistry: Injured baby tooth, pediatric dentist, baby tooth
pediatric dentist, baby tooth, x ray: I ve not done an examination and I haven t seen an x-ray so I can t make any comment regarding the doctor s recommendation. I can only suggest that you have the doctor explain to your satisfaction the reason why the tooth has to be removed. Otherwise, you...

Dentistry: Inverted Mesioden, mesiodens, surgion
mesiodens, surgion, diagnostic images: Typically conventional periapical films plus a panoramic film will give some indication as to the position of an object. There are also certain kinds of x-ray views called tube shift films that can give some indication of the position of a mesiodens but...

Dentistry: IRRITATION LEFT LATERAL TONGUE, mild dysplasia, oral steroids
mild dysplasia, oral steroids, implant dentistry: Dear Jay: Please do not go pulling any teeth out! Situations like yours could be caused simply by stress and subconscious tongue thrusting. I would advise you to go to a specialist for a consult. Go to the Prosthodontist. It is the specialist in restorative,...

Dentistry: ice chewing, old baby girl, month old baby
old baby girl, month old baby, cold feeling: Hello Jenny, Does your daughter have any more teeth left to come in? If so, it may be that she is teething. Another idea is that he just likes the cold feeling or is thirsty or the weather is too warm. I would not worry too much, just make sure she...

Dentistry: ice, periodontal tissues, chewing on ice
periodontal tissues, chewing on ice, jaw muscles: Dear Ken, Using the teeth for any purpose other than what nature intended has the potential for damaging the teeth while providing no benefit. For example, using the teeth to bite off a piece of food is considered functional use, while a carpenter s use...

Dentistry: implant question, chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse, low grade fever
chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse, low grade fever, bone graft: Amy - I have never heard of implants themselves causing the symptoms you describe unless the sinus was violated, even slightly. You just have to wait it out now and hopefully the symptoms will resolve. The best thing is that it is only a few days postop...

Dentistry: implants, molar tooth, titanium alloy
molar tooth, titanium alloy, rotational component: Dear Brad: Thank you for the kind words. It is more than my pleasure to be of assistance. The teeth is a day technique is an excellent technique. But that is all it is! It is just another excellent way for us to render treatment to our patients. Unfortunately,...

Dentistry: implants with a fixed bridge, periodontal ligament, eye teeth
periodontal ligament, eye teeth, term prognosis: Dear Anthony: I understand your concern. However, connecting implants and teeth is not the best idea. Teeth are connected into the jaw with a ligament called the periodontal ligament. This ligament allows a tooth to move up to a 0.25mm in any direction....

Dentistry: infection around the root, gary backlund, root question
gary backlund, root question, x ray: Hi again Penny, Let me try to answer each of these questions in order.... Having an implant and crown is always an option...but it can get VERY expensive and time consuming. Make sure you have all the info before making that choice. Also, implants can...

Dentistry: infection/oral surgery, amoxicillion, warm salt water
amoxicillion, warm salt water, minimal trauma: Melissa - In general, when an infection develops from a tooth and invades the surrounding bone, the extraction will precipitate drainage from the infection. During the couple of post extraction days, drainage that occurs and is enhanced with warm salt water...

Dentistry: info, neck stiffness, temple region
neck stiffness, temple region, compresses: Taylor - As in most people a level bite is important. When the bite is not level the muscles that help open and close your mouth often go into spasm. This can precipitate symptoms such as earaches, headaches, sore throat, stiffness opening and closing your...

Dentistry: Jaw Popping--Pain, siegelman, inflammatory agents
siegelman, inflammatory agents, moist heat: Rayce, if this is something that is new it is very possible that it may be temporary due to spasm that may be occuring in the muscles that control the opening and closing of your jaws. This can be brought on by stress. I would recommend using Non-steroidal...

Dentistry: Jaw problem, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bottom teeth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bottom teeth, dental issues: Lisa - Of course without examining you it is a little difficult to fully diagnose what is going on, but it sounds like you have been suffering from spasms of the muscles that help open and close your mouth. With time, if the spasms are not fully addressed,...

Dentistry: Jaw Surgery, bone fragments, jaw surgery
bone fragments, jaw surgery, liquid diet: Abigail - Unfortunately, it will take a minimum of six weeks for any bone to heal, even minimally. In a situation where you did not get good healing, the second time healing is dependent on the surgeons cleaning out the soft tissue that forms between bone...

Dentistry: Jawline and wisdom teeth, wisdom teeth, cheek bone
wisdom teeth, cheek bone, facial shape: Dear Kenny, No-- the contours of the face in the wisdom tooth region are not determined by the presence of the wisdom teeth, but by the cheek bone and the lower jaw, which remain unaffected after extraction. The removal of the wisdom teeth does not affect...

Dentistry: jaw pain, tmj problems, tmj pain
tmj problems, tmj pain, pain killers: Laura, First, I suggest you look at my answers to other questions, in case I forget to put something in this answer! I had horrible TMJ pain. I got very nervous and upset about it. I had to learn that getting upset and anxious is the very thing that pain...

Dentistry: jaw pain and eye twitching, warm salt water, muscle relaxers
warm salt water, muscle relaxers, temple region: Dharma - First of all, your primary symptoms are indicative of muscle spasms. The muscles of the jaw, when in spasm, definitely produce the symptoms you describe. I suggest you begin a simple regimen of warm salt water rinses for 5 minutes 4-5 times a day....

Dentistry: LATERAL TONGUE DISCOMFORT, removable partial denture, cellular atypia
removable partial denture, cellular atypia, oral pathologist: Dear JAY, Although it may indeed be possible to construct either a fixed bridge, a removable partial denture, or an implant-supported prosthesis to replace your missing tooth, it is highly unlikely that doing so will eliminate your tongue lesion-- dysplasia/cellular...

Dentistry: Loose gum, oral hygiene, front teeth
oral hygiene, front teeth, periodontal treatment: Leah - 99% of what you are complaining of is due to inadequate oral hygiene. If you have even the slightest pocket around the tooth, bacteria from the saliva will go into the pocket and begin to grow and percolate. The bacteria and the inflammation it produces...

Dentistry: Loose Tooth, wisdom teeth, upper tooth
wisdom teeth, upper tooth, wisdom tooth: Katrina - What you are describing should not be normal after the removal of the adjoining wisdom tooth. The bone around the tooth that is now sensitive could be inflamed or the ligament holding the tooth into the bone could be swollen and inflamed. You don...

Dentistry: Loss of incisor at infancy, adult teeth, permanent teeth
adult teeth, permanent teeth, permanent dentition: Hi Colin I feel it is unlikely that this trauma will lead to any problems with her permanent dentition - at that age her permanent teeth haven t developed to the point where this sort of injury will cause any damage. However, you can never be 100% certain....

Dentistry: Lost baby tooth-purple root showing, second tooth, baby tooth
second tooth, baby tooth, healing process: Without an examination I can t actually know what it is that you are questioning. It may just be part of the healing process if the gum was irritated before the tooth fell out. Give it a week to resolve. If it persists then you should have a dentist examine...

Dentistry: Lost Rubberbands in gums, front teeth, rubberbands
front teeth, rubberbands, periodontist: Dear Kristy: As a parent I can only sympathize with your concern. At this point, since I do not have the luxury of examining your daughter or seeing the x-rays, I can only assume that the Periodontist, who is the right specialist for this diagnosis is doing...

Dentistry: Lower Jaw Pain, lower jaw pain, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
lower jaw pain, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, nerve tissue: LaVerne - Secondary pain to a nerve a few years after is was traumatized could be a neuroma. A neuroma is a benign growth attached to the nerve and made of a twisted mass of nerve tissue. These can be uncomfortable. Surgery can be done to remove it, but...

Dentistry: Lumineers, porcelain laminate veneers, implant dentistry
porcelain laminate veneers, implant dentistry, proper diagnosis: Dear Ron: Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. I can understand your urgency and want to give your fiancee a new smile. However, before you start considering treatment modalities, a proper diagnosis should be made. When someone has small teeth, there...

Dentistry: no lateral teeth, lateral incisors, lateral teeth
lateral incisors, lateral teeth, orthodontic evaluation: Actually, missing upper lateral incisors are the most common missing teeth in girls. Orthodontic treatment will be necessary to create an esthetic alignment of the teeth and early planning is recommended for the best results. Theoretically, there are two...

Dentistry: lingual frenectomy, scalpel, pediatrician
scalpel, pediatrician, yellowish white color: Dear Jamie, This sounds unusual to me, if your daughter develops a fever, or the swelling continues to grow, I would contact the surgeon right away. If you cannot get in touch, go to an emergency room at a hospital and have a pediatrician look at your daughter....

Dentistry: loose front tooth, two front teeth, adult teeth
two front teeth, adult teeth, tooth root: Hi Daniel This tooth may firm up again and be OK - but there is no guarantee! There could just as easily be permanent damage to the tooth root/pulp of the tooth. I would suggest you see how it goes - if it settles back to normal then you may have got...

Dentistry: lower jaw front extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, nerve fibers
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, nerve fibers, nerve ending: Robert - Unfortunately, you are a victim of a non-skilled dentist who was unable to properly remove a tooth. Yes some teeth are more difficult to remove than others, but even the most difficult teeth can be totally removed. Secondly, all lower teeth send...

Dentistry: lump in cheek post wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom teeth extraction, ping pong ball
wisdom teeth extraction, ping pong ball, warm salt water: Andrea - There are a couple of possible causes for the lumpy area in the cheek you describe. It could be an internal blood accumulation. When there is internal bleeding or more external bleeding like an extraction, the blood can pool in the soft tissues...

Dentistry: Marilyn/Maryland? bridge, osteoporosis hope, abutment teeth
osteoporosis hope, abutment teeth, maryland bridge: Dear Anita: A Resin Bonded Bridge (Maryland Bridge) is a very difficult restoration to execute properly. The original design (put out in an article by one of my professors Dr. Gerald Barrack over 20 years ago) relied on careful parallel groove preparations...

Dentistry: Microscopes for RCT, root canal system, root canal specialists
root canal system, root canal specialists, root canal specialist: Although microscopes are useful when doing root canals, not all root canal specialists use them. In fact the root canal specialist that I like to refer to, does not use one and does a fine job treating my patients. So I would say that not having a microscope...

Dentistry: Missed canals during RCT, root canal system, root canal treatment
root canal system, root canal treatment, pulp tissue: Hi Jan The anatomy of the root canal system is complex, and although the main canal system consists of a fairly predictable pattern of main canals there is a delta of very fine canals and a number of tiny accessory canals that are impossible for our instruments...

Dentistry: Missing permanent teeth, dental xray, visit to the dentist
dental xray, visit to the dentist, missing teeth: Sometimes the same teeth on different sides of the dental arch appear at slightly different times. At 6.5 years some tooth buds have started to appear while it is still too early for others. In situations where there are many missing teeth it is important...

Dentistry: Molar pull, financial dilemma, gum tissue
financial dilemma, gum tissue, broken molar: Micharl - All I can tell you is to be very carefull. Often, although the tooth feels loose and only attached to the gum tissue, the tip of the root is still attached to bone. I fully understand your financial dilemma, but be very careful and gently apply...

Dentistry: Mouth Wash, oral malodor, phenolic compounds
oral malodor, phenolic compounds, acidic saliva: Dear Philippe, Commercially available mouthwash products are not universally endorsed by dentists unless a particular therapeutic objective is sought. Although most mouthwash products are marketed as a means of reducing oral malodor and bad breath, they...

Dentistry: mandibular turus, competent dentist, oral cancer
competent dentist, oral cancer, x ray: A torus is a bony growth. At your age it would not be growing, but you may never have noticed it. Since it is so common and presents no problem, there is no reason why any previous dentist would have noticed it. An x-ray would be of no use in diagnosing it,...

Dentistry: molar extraction/bone graft, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, molar extraction
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, molar extraction, bone graft: Tina - Without knowing the extent of a defect left from the extraction it is difficult to say if a graft is necessary. In general, as the socket heals, new bone forms within the socket and in 4-6 months complete bone formation has occurred. If in six months,...

Dentistry: mouth, skin trauma, proper diagnosis
skin trauma, proper diagnosis, cheeck: Dear Denise: From your description, it is impossible for me to make a proper diagnosis. The spots could be just pigment deposits (like moles on the skin), trauma, or anything else. If the spot have been there for more than two weeks, I would suggest to...

Dentistry: Necessary extra work?, gum surgery, periodontist
gum surgery, periodontist, new crown: Dentistry is an art and not a science and different dentists handle dentistry in different ways. In my practice, if a patient needs a crown lengthening procedure by a periodontist, I can handle the removal of decay in one of two ways. Often, I excavate the...

Dentistry: Nerve injury, pain thanks, nerve injury
pain thanks, nerve injury, dental work: That would be extremely unlikely, as the nerve is quite large and the needle quite small. You may have chronic pain from some other source. You need to find a pain center where your pain can be diagnosed and treated. Some universities have these, but unfortunately...

Dentistry: Nerve pain following filling, wisdom teeth, internal anatomy
wisdom teeth, internal anatomy, nerve pain: Dear Laura, The answer to your question is uncertain, and will depend on factors that cannot be assessed in this forum. Sensitivity to pressure is a non-specific symptom, and could reflect a variety of different causes. For example, you may just be experiencing...

Dentistry: My new denture, immediate denture, pallett
immediate denture, pallett, aslo: Dear Britt, There is nothing that you need to specifically ask your dentist in order for him to help you-- dealing with denture sore spots and gagging is fundamental to denture service, and your dentist, assuming he is competent, will be able to help with...

Dentistry: non-impacted wisdom tooth, iv sedation, dental anxiety
iv sedation, dental anxiety, wisdom tooth: Once You re adequately anesthetized acces will be much easier for the dr.You ll be fine.If you re really very anxious another option is to get some IV sedation,this is usually done by an oral surgeon.I routinely remove the type of teeth you describe with just...

Dentistry: OLDER FILLINGS, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, dental fillings
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, dental fillings, dental specialists: Ken - In the Huntington, New York area, the following are doctors I recommend. 1) Dr. Peter Pruden - I primarily recommend this doctor - ( 631) 421-2471 2) Dr. Anthony Casino - (631) 427-7373 I know both of the above surgeons and think working...

Dentistry: Ongoing infection, temporary fillings, root canal treatment
temporary fillings, root canal treatment, cheek bone: Hi Emilia You have quite a nasty infection going on, so yes, it is common to have this pain and swelling. The tooth needs to be removed - this can be done whilst the infection is still there, but the dentist will have to make a judgement as to whether...

Dentistry: Open margin on crown, new dentist, proper restoration
new dentist, proper restoration, dr wong: Dear Kristi: ...so let s get couple of things straight before we make some decisions... Margins of crowns do not just open . Either the crown fit properly when it was inserted, or it did not! The job of a dentist is to prepare the tooth (shave it...

Dentistry: order of tooth loss, teeth molars, space maintainer
teeth molars, space maintainer, crooked teeth: Dear Michelle, there is no proper order other than front teeth (incisors) and then back teeth (molars.) There is absolutely nothing your daughter can do that will cause harm or change the eruption pattern of her teeth. Let her do all the wiggiling she wants....

Dentistry: order of tooth loss, 6 year molars, space maintainer
6 year molars, space maintainer, loose teeth: Hello Michelle, I understand your concerns. The next teeth after the lower central incisors are the upper central incisors. These come out between 6-8 years of age, so your daughter is on the right timeline. The next to go will be the lateral incisors,...

Dentistry: order of tooth loss, space maintainer, loose teeth
space maintainer, loose teeth, crooked teeth: The first teeth to exfoliate are the two lower central incisors. Next come the two upper central incisors. Then the two lower lateral incisors and finally (for a while) the two upper lateral incisors. The age that all this occurs varies from child to child....

Dentistry: overcrowding, primary dentition, permanent teeth
primary dentition, permanent teeth, primary teeth: In ideal situations there should be spacing between all the primary teeth. The permanent teeth which will replace those primary teeth are almost all larger than their predecessors. The absence of spacing in the primary dentition certainly suggests that there...

Dentistry: overhang filling, bone resorption, periodontal pocket
bone resorption, periodontal pocket, second premolar: Hello Farea, When you have a tooth that has been root canal treated, a crown is usually the best option in order to restore the tooth to optimal health. This would take care of the overhang in the proximal area and allow the periodontal pocket to heal....

Dentistry: PAINFUL CROWN CEMENT, painful crown cementing
painful crown cementing: Hi Suzy, Sorry for the delay getting back to you...problems with my Internet that were very difficult to resolve, tech support calls, new hardware, etc. Q: How many cements out there? A: As many as there are types of colas and types of cars. Plus are...

Dentistry: Pain from crowned tooth with root canal, problems after root canal
problems after root canal: Hi Kay, If you want a bottom line type of answer, yes have the tooth extracted and replaced. When everything possible has been done to save a tooth and it remains problematic, it is usually time to pull the plug . Often there are hairline cracks so small...

Dentistry: Pain after filling, colored fillings, silver fillings
colored fillings, silver fillings, root canal treatment: Dear Dmitry: I understand your many questions and frustrations. However, many of the questions are premature. You need to talk to your dentist, who had an opportunity to study your X-rays and work with you clinically. Your dentist has to address your concerns...

Dentistry: Pain following onlay, root canal specialist, temporary filling
root canal specialist, temporary filling, persistent pain: Dear Suzanne, Your description of the chronology of the events suggests that your tooth is cracked. I recommend that you have that onlay taken out of the tooth so that the floor of the cavity can be inspected under high magnification for any fractures....

Dentistry: Pain after Permanent Filling, gary backlund, nothing but troubles
gary backlund, nothing but troubles, tooth number: Hi Pam, Thanks for the additional info...it helps a lot. First the disclaimer....since I can t examine you, it s really hard for me to diagnosis your problem for sure. However, your symptoms sound to me like you have a cracked tooth. The crack may have...

Dentistry: Pain after having permanent bridge installed, inflamed gums, permanent bridge
inflamed gums, permanent bridge, steady improvement: Hi Ivana This could be just a case of waiting for the teeth to settle - in which case you should notice a steady improvement in your symptoms. On the other hand it could be symptomatic of problems with either one or more of the teeth, or the bite. Either...

Dentistry: Pain after root canal, gary backlund, wisdom teeth
gary backlund, wisdom teeth, cracked tooth: Hi Andrew, You re welcome...glad I can help you out! Many people do very well without their last tooth. However, there are two problems....you won t really know whether you will miss the tooth until it s removed and being the last tooth, there really...

Dentistry: Pain between upper teeth, upper gum, upper teeth
upper gum, upper teeth, front teeth: Mark, without examining you there is really now way for me to know if this is something that is going to resolve on its own. However, given what you have said it doesn t sound like its something that is very serious. You may have gotten something caught...

Dentistry: Palatal Expander, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, teeth extraction
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, teeth extraction, permanent teeth: Ellina - As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon I am not usually involved with expanding the palate with a very young child, but expanding the palate for a narrow upper jaw relative to the lower is not an uncommon approach. I personally have never actually...

Dentistry: Partial tooth fell out, rishi, cavities
rishi, cavities, cavity: Hello Mary, It sounds like you have a cavity. The likely case is that you have had the cavity for a long time, to the point where the nerve is non-vital (i.e. dead), and this is why you don t feel any pain. The gum helped part of the tooth to break off...

Dentistry: Past root canal, gary backlund, sinus problem
gary backlund, sinus problem, bicuspid: Hi Christina, Thanks for the additional info...that helps. It sounds to me like you have a failing root canal. Unfortunately, the cement we use to seal the root canal filling is soluble in saliva and now that a piece of the tooth has broken, I would suspect...

Dentistry: Pediatric Dental question, two year old molars, root canals
two year old molars, root canals, dental question: Hello Kris, Generally, cavities are made in environments where there are a large amount of continuous fermentable carbohydrates present for the bacteria to use as fuel and eat away at teeth. Is your daughter having a lot of juices or candy, carbohydrate-rich...

Dentistry: Periodontitis, middle teeth, triangle shape
middle teeth, triangle shape, gum tissue: Tom : Laser is not the best options for periodontal disease. It is very difficult to answer you without looking at you but xrays can help a little bit. Can you send me a periacpical serie. granados_periodoncia@hotmail.com Dr. Luis Granado...

Dentistry: Persistent pain following onlay, root canal treatment, temporary filling
root canal treatment, temporary filling, persistent pain: Hi Suzanne No you shouldn t have the tooth extracted. The first step would be to remove the onlay and place a temporary sedative dressing. If the symptoms settle then have the tooth restored again, if not then you could have root canal treatment done....

Dentistry: Popcorn Kernal... ugh, nail cuticles, dentist appointment
nail cuticles, dentist appointment, popcorn kernel: Dear Lena: Sorry that I could not answer your question any sooner. This was busy weekend. However, there are two ways that I can recommend to you: 1. Use a floss. Make a knot in the floss and pull it though in order to dislodge the kernel (if it is stuck...

Dentistry: Popping of the jaw, TMJ/TMD, jaw popping
TMJ/TMD, jaw popping: Hi Summer, The popping sound is when you hear bone on bone, similar to someone popping their knuckles. There is supposed to be a small disc that moves with the jawbone to prevent that. Often that is worn through or out of position. Also night time clenching...

Dentistry: Problem with tooth being reabsorbed, bottom front, front tooth
bottom front, front tooth, lower jaw: Sara - If your dentist is skilled at orthodontics he should be able to create a bite balance that will also be cosmetically pleasing. If he cannot, then he is the wrong doctor to do the closure of the space. It is not a major procedure, but must be done...

Dentistry: Problems after extractions, wisdom teeth, oral surgeon
wisdom teeth, oral surgeon, surgical options: Vanessa - Without sounding too blunt, the surgeon sounds like he knows he screwed up and is just covering his ass . I can t believe he left a portion of the lower right tooth in. That can now become infected and produce a major problem. As far as...

Dentistry: pain, gary backlund, breast bone
gary backlund, breast bone, upper breast: Hi Sandra, I m sorry to hear you re having this problem. I think it is highly unlikely that your tooth has caused the inflammation in your ribs. It would also be very unusual for pain to be referred from your tooth to your shoulder and ribs. I suspect you...

Dentistry: pain after crown, cementation, molars
cementation, molars, root canal: If you didn t have pain in your temporaries, it is possible that your bite on the new crowns is high. You should be able to bite down and slide your teeth side to side without pain. If the bite is high, it may cause your teeth to ache. Also, sometimes the...

Dentistry: back pain after dental anesthetic, dental anesthetic, local anaesthetic
dental anesthetic, local anaesthetic, muscular pains: Hi Kitty I can t think of any link whatsoever between the local anaesthetic and your symptoms. However, it sounds very much like this is due to your posture in the dental chair - you have probably pulled a muscle due to being tense for a long time whilst...

Dentistry: pain after filling, local anaesthetic, small jaw
local anaesthetic, small jaw, usuall: Hi Heather It sounds as though the local anaesthetic didn t work fully, and it is not unusual to get a degree of pain after treatment. The pain in your jaw could be due to a combination of the injection and having to keep your mouth stretched open during...

Dentistry: pain after prep for bridge, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bridge question
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bridge question, permanent bridge: Hyer - A dry socket is an inflammatory reaction to the actual bone lining the socket. When the bone becomes inflamed in this way, the blood clot that fills the socket after the extraction either does not form properly or if formed it does not actually adhere...

Dentistry: pain after root canal, root canal treatment, advil
root canal treatment, advil, fillings: Hi Sarah Some after pain is pretty common with root canal treatment and you just need to see how it develops. If it is worsening then you may have an infection developing and should see your dentist again. It is most likely due to some inflammation and...

Dentistry: painful injection site, warm salt water, wisdom teeth
warm salt water, wisdom teeth, precipitate: Emily - What you complain of can occur if the doctor did pierce a muscle, if he injected until the periosteum (membrane that covers bone), if bacteria got access to the injection site or if he caused some bleeding into the tissues. Any of the above could...

Dentistry: palatal expansion, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, teeth braces
oral and maxillofacial surgeons, teeth braces, getting braces: Carolyn - First of all, if your teeth are wearing down due to poor tooth position from a small upper jaw striking the lower jaw teeth, then you need the surgery. The surgical expansion of the upper jaw and advancing it forward, is a straight forward and common...

Dentistry: partial plate not fitting, partial denture, new crown
partial denture, new crown, careful hands: Dear Leslie: Sorry for your troubles, but aside of going to a specialist (the Prosthodontist) there is not much you can do. It is very much possible to fabricate a crown to fit an existing partial denture, however, it is tricky, even in the most careful...

Dentistry: pediatric dental intrusion in a 16 mo. old, upper gum, permanent teeth
upper gum, permanent teeth, orthodontic appliances: Katrina - I have seen teeth resurface in as short a period of time as about 10 days. If after 6 months no change has occurred, the area first needs to have an xray. The doctor needs to look for degeneration of the teeth, inflammation or infection in the...

Dentistry: permanent incisors, permanent teeth, baby teeth
permanent teeth, baby teeth, incisors: Dear Michelle, Normally, the lower primary incisors have at least some space between them, which is consistent for the greater amount of space required for the larger permanent teeth that will replace them. The implication of a lack of space between the...

Dentistry: post root canal problem, failing root canal, retreatment
failing root canal, retreatment: Hi Jamie, Sorry your root canal is not working out well. If the infection coming from #13 drains well, it usually will not be a healthy situation but it will keep it from being painful. If your dentist is unable to treat the tooth succesfully, then your...

Dentistry: pre whitening mouthwash, ear nose and throat doctor, swallowing razor blades
ear nose and throat doctor, swallowing razor blades, oral thrush: Dear Colleen, I m not sure I m fully qualified to answer, since the majority of your symptoms seem to be located outside your mouth. However, short-term rinsing with a mouthwash, regardless of whether it contains hydrogen peroxide, is unlikely to provoke...

Dentistry: problem with root tip under bridge, retained roots, pain
retained roots, pain: Hi Lisa, Yes there is a way to remove whatever root tips are left under the bridge without removing it. Problem could be the teeth that support the bridge could need root canals. In that case removal of root tips will not help at all. No quick fixes...

Dentistry: About the Rapid Maxillary Expasion or RME?, lower jaw surgery, two front teeth
lower jaw surgery, two front teeth, lantern jaw: Chan - A 6 mm closure should definitely be done within six months, but it is important that the bone is stable around those teeth. Once the teeth have touched, it will take another couple of months to full form supporting bone around the teeth. I cannot...

Dentistry: Re-Root canel, root canel treatment, root treatment
root canel treatment, root treatment, new crown: Hi Dave I m afraid if you have an infection then the choice of treatment is between re-root treatment and extraction. I have to say that £1200 does seem rather expensive for this treatment. The specialist endodontist I use charges around £500 for root...

Dentistry: Resin Based Composite Filling - Are we lied to?, poor appearance, filling materials
poor appearance, filling materials, life span: Dear Leo, No-- there are no resin filling materials that look like amalgam filling material-- in fact, there would be no logical reason to make resin look like amalagam, because then the filling material would then have all the disadvantages of amalgam...

Dentistry: Retained root tip, root canal therapy, root tip
root canal therapy, root tip, root tips: Dear Larry: I will answer your questions in the order asked: 1. It is not common practice to leave root tips after an extraction. 2. The root tip CAN cause problems if left in. It can get infected, or form a cyst. However, most of the time the bone...

Dentistry: Retained root tip, tooth socket, root tip
tooth socket, root tip, wisdom tooth: Hi Barry It is not uncommon for a root tip to fracture during an extraction, and the benefits versus the risks of removing it need to be taken into account. As this tooth was not infected there is a high chance that the bone will just grow around the root...

Dentistry: Retained root tip after wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, root tip
wisdom tooth extraction, root tip, root tips: Dear Kerry, I will respond to each of your questions: 1. Is it common practice to leave a root tip in after an extraction? A: No dentist would go into an extraction with the intent of leaving a root tip in the jaw, but the wisdom of such a decision...

Dentistry: Retained root tip after wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, mandibular nerve
wisdom tooth extraction, mandibular nerve, root tip: At this point it would be a good idea to get an oral surgeon s opinion.If the root tip is in a location that is too close to the mandibular nerve they may opt to leave it be as you were told.The oral surgeon would be able to diagnose and if necessary treat...

Dentistry: Retained root tip after wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, oral wounds
wisdom tooth extraction, oral wounds, mandibular nerve: What your dentist told just about covers it. Thin a curvy roots break very easily, and in some cases it is risky to attempt to remove them because of the danger of hurting the mandibular nerve (a nerve that runs along the middle of the jaw and gives sensitivity...

Dentistry: Retained root tip after wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, inferior alveolar nerve
wisdom tooth extraction, inferior alveolar nerve, root tips: Hello Kerry, Sometimes, depending on the anatomy of the roots (i.e. very curved) and the proximity of the roots to the inferior alveolar nerve (the nerve running from the back to the front of your jaw) then the root tips may break off, as in your case,...

Dentistry: Retained root tip after wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
wisdom tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water: Kerry - It could be bone that has not covered over yet with new tissue formation. This just needs to be kept clean with warm salt water rinses after meals. It could be a piece of tooth left there, but that is a little difficult to diagnose. You know,...

Dentistry: Retainers, going to the dentist, retainers
going to the dentist, retainers, orthodontic treatment: Dear Mori: I have never heard of retainers that can be bought online, but I guess one can buy anything on line... Retainers are made to keep your teeth aligned (retained) after orthodontic treatment. They have to be custom made to each individual patient...

Dentistry: Retreatment of a root canal, Peer Review Committee, retreatment
Peer Review Committee, retreatment: Hi Jim, Bottom line because dentistry is an art and a science , dentists are taught not to guarantee their work . It is up to each practicioner to have a moral compass at play when things go wrong. One thing you may not have been aware of is the Peer...

Dentistry: Root Canal, Peer Review Committees
Peer Review Committees: Hi Susan, This would be probably best be resolved by contacting the Peer Review Committee of the State Board of Dentistry for the state you reside. Calcified is a matter of degree and obviously is a condition some dentists are better at being able to deal...

Dentistry: Root Canal, gary backlund, nerve pain
gary backlund, nerve pain, time bombs: Hi Clare, I m sorry to hear you re in this predicament. I m afraid I don t have the best news for you. These situations are like time bombs...there is simply no way to predict when you will have serious trouble again. You could go 6 months with this minor...

Dentistry: Root Canal/Abcessed Tooth, gary backlund, abcessed tooth
gary backlund, abcessed tooth, time bomb: Hi Susan, Unfortunately, yes. The only other option would be extraction. If you leave the tooth untreated, it is like dealing with a time bomb....at some point you will have problems and Murphy s Law says it will be the day you start your vacation or Friday...

Dentistry: Root Canal Failure, canal 5, root canal
canal 5, root canal, abscess: It is possible. The fault is more likely with the internal restoration (a post in the canal for example) that is then driven into the tooth by hyperocclusion. What is theoretical and what happened to you may be quite different, however. I have no way of knowing...

Dentistry: Root Canal Retreat, cold cereal, freak accident
cold cereal, freak accident, cold test: Hi again LuAnne, Well, it sounds like you are making progress in resolving all these problems...maybe not fast enough....but you re on the right track! The questions you are asking now are very difficult for me to answer since I can t exam you or know...

Dentistry: Root Canal Treatment - 1 or 2 Sittings ?, root canal treatment, sittings
root canal treatment, sittings, x ray: Hello Ninad, The vitality of the tooth is what matters in this case. If the tooth is vital, then the root canal can be finished within one appointment. However, if the tooth is non-vital, then the nerve is dead and/or contaminated with bacteria. Because...

Dentistry: Root Canal - Two weeks later, gary backlund, root canal
gary backlund, root canal, better hope: Hi Brooke, I m sorry to hear you re having this problem. No, what you are going through is NOT normal. It sounds like you may have an infection started in the root canal and it is referring pain to your lower jaw. We see this often and it can be very alarming...

Dentistry: Root canal, acute care center, ms hanson
acute care center, ms hanson, luck mark: Dear Ms. Hanson, This is clearly an unfavorable treatment result, and represents an acute infection. Your mother is in need of prompt professional attention to assess the seriousness of the infection and provide any necessary additional intervention. It...

Dentistry: Root canal necessary?, root canal questions
root canal questions: Hi Samantha, Good questions, I will answer them in the order you asked them. 1. You can not just stay on antibiotics because of the side effects, such as yeast infections, diarrhea, negation of birth control in women, etc. When you are not on the antibiotics...

Dentistry: Root canal still hurts?, gary backlund, going to the dentist
gary backlund, going to the dentist, root canal: Hi Amy, Thanks for the extra information...it helps a lot! I have some bad news....what is hurting is another tooth. When you have a root canal done, no matter how good or how bad it was treated, there is NO WAY for it to feel hot and cold because the nerve...

Dentistry: Root fragment and infection, incision and drainage, oral surgeon
incision and drainage, oral surgeon, molar: Danny - What you need now, if you don t want to have the root removed now, and it should, because you have a semi-emergency situation with the infection is to at least have an incision and drainage of the infection. Leaving the infection to percolate and...

Dentistry: Root treatment 4 months ago, upper molar, root treatment
upper molar, root treatment, bruise: Hi Dawn It could be something as simple as the bite is a little bit high, in which case adjusting the bite will cure it. It could also be infection under the tooth which would need either the root treatment re-doing or extraction. A bite guard will...

Dentistry: RPE, rapid palatal expander, study models
rapid palatal expander, study models, history study: Dear Tanner: The whole premise of an RPE is to expand your palate while you are growing and bring it into proper position. Once your jaws are grown, they do not go back. However, as you are expanding, some reversal is possible, but this is why you have...

Dentistry: Russian Red, Russian Red, apicoectomy
Russian Red, apicoectomy, retrograde filling: Hi Alex, Most dentists have never run across this problem. I have seen this several times over the last 33 years, and have never found a way to drill all the way through the Russian Red. The material used in the U.S. for root canal filling material (gutta...

Dentistry: Is rate of dental development related to learning how to read in children?, 6 year molars, eruption sequence
6 year molars, eruption sequence, dental development: Dear Jean, Good logical question. over the years many people have tried to correlate eruption sequence of teeth, with intelligence, strength, and other physiologic processes. To date nobody has found a correlation. The answer to your question is no, there...

Dentistry: root canal, Peer Review Committee, Retreatment of endo
Peer Review Committee, Retreatment of endo: Hi Claudia, I would not say retreatment is typical , but sometimes it is necessary. As far as retreatment at your expense, you might consider contacting the Peer Review Committee associated with the State Board of Dentistry to see if they can be of help....

Dentistry: root canal, dear clare, nerve pain
dear clare, nerve pain, delay treatment: Dear clare, The answer is unknown. Ideally, that root canal should have been performed in April-- as soon as an infection had been diagnosed. With the passage of time, the probability of a successful root canal outcome diminishes, and the probability of...

Dentistry: root canal, dear clare, nerve pain
dear clare, nerve pain, temporary filling: Dear Clare: The root canal should have been done, or at least begun, back when the abscess started to form months ago. I do not understand why it was not done then. Especially with you knowing that you were leaving the country. It would be best to have...

Dentistry: root canal complications, vertical cracks, root canals
vertical cracks, root canals, dr cox: Hi Nicole, When you go to sleep at night you can place over 1,000 lbs. of force on your teeth. This can overwork even healthy teeth, jaw joints and muscles. Unfortunately a vicious cycle can be set up with too much stress in your life and dental problems....

Dentistry: root canal or extraction., gary backlund, bridge repairs
gary backlund, bridge repairs, root canal: Hi Victoria, You ask a great question, but it doesn t have a simple answer. In general, however, if you can save a tooth and have a reasonable expectation of success ( and that s where the complications occur ), that is certainly better than a bridge. Bridges...

Dentistry: root canal or extraction., root canal treatment, internal anatomy
root canal treatment, internal anatomy, gum tissue: Dear Victoria, The decision as to which option is preferable is entirely dependent on the individual circumstances. For example, depending on the characteristics of the internal anatomy of the tooth, a root canal treatment may be a predictably successful...

Dentistry: root canal for kids, root canal therapy, pediatric dentist
root canal therapy, pediatric dentist, primary teeth: Dear Han, from what you say everything seems to be going well. Root canal therapy in primary teeth is very effective. Perhaps a root canal wont be necessary, there is no way to tell by x-ray , as a dentist you only know while you are cleaning decay from...

Dentistry: after root canal pain, root canal pain, endontist
root canal pain, endontist, gum pain: Hi Dawn It could well be an infection starting, and it is always safer to get these things checked out. I m sure your dentist will have emergency cover of some sort arranged with a colleague - see if you can get an appointment as you may need some antibiotics,...

Dentistry: root canal pain & numbness, root canal pain, loricet
root canal pain, loricet, pain meds: Hi Again Charlene, At 48 hours, the new antibiotics are just beginning to work. I would try to give it another day or two and if there is no improvement, you may need to have the tooth extracted. I really think you will feel better soon, however. You have...

Dentistry: root canal procedure, gary backlund, root canal procedure
gary backlund, root canal procedure, ceramic crown: Hi Kerry, I m sorry to hear you are going through all this. In most specialist s offices, doing a temporary crown and/or a post buildup is not part of the normal treatment. We can do it, but only if requested by the general dentist. In most cases the general...

Dentistry: root canal reinfected after permanent crown - is this possible?, gum line, julie julie
gum line, julie julie, tooth root: Hi Julie, I m sorry to hear you re having this problem. Unfortunately, I think I have some bad news for you. You problem is coming from another tooth. When a root canal is done, the nerve and blood supply of the tooth is removed. As a result, there is no...

Dentistry: root canal on a tooth with a bridge, pulp cavity, root canal treatment
pulp cavity, root canal treatment, anxiety medication: Dear Pam: Let s start with your last question...yes, it is safe to take a valium or any other anti-anxiety medication prior to most dental procedures. You have to make sure that it is OK with your dentist and have him/her write you a prescription. As to...

Dentistry: route canals., route canals, root canal procedure
route canals, root canal procedure, mild discomfort: The discomfort associated with a root canal procedure could vary from none at all to significant. This depends upon the patient s level of tolerance for dental procedures, the extent of infection in the tooth, and the skill of the dentist. I have personally...

Dentistry: Sharp pain on the left side of my face, upper molar, left hemisphere
upper molar, left hemisphere, wisdom teeth: Shahrzad - As you say, it is a little difficult for me to be completely sure what is going on, but from the symptoms you describe, it sounds like you are suffering from severe spasms of the muscles that help open and close your mouth. I don t know if you...

Dentistry: Stain under filling on front tooth, cosmetic problem, front tooth
cosmetic problem, front tooth, blue food: Dear Sarah: I am so sorry, but to my knowledge there is nothing that you can do at home. You should go back to your dentist, not only for the cosmetic problem, but for the fact that if the restoration is not sealed properly, then not only die can get in,...

Dentistry: Staph,Steroids and tooth problems, dental caries, inhaled steroids
dental caries, inhaled steroids, teeth sealants: Staph infections on the skin have nothing to do with dental disease. In fact, although dental caries is caused by multiple types of bacteria, staph subspecies are not players. Inhaled steroids would have no effect one way or the other on your teeth. Sealants,...

Dentistry: Swelling after root canal, month old baby, dental procedure
month old baby, dental procedure, apical: If you have and infection, you should be on an antibiotic. It is possible to have some puffiness from a prolonged dental procedure. Also, sometimes after a promotional treatment a patient can have some localized tenderness apical to the tooth. The best...

Dentistry: Systemic Fluoride supplement, systemic fluoride, dear danny
systemic fluoride, dear danny, water fluoridation: Dear Danny, both water fluoridation, and toothpaste with fluoride work the same way. they both work at the tooth surface AFTER the tooth is in the mouth. There is very little measurable pre-eruptive benefit of fluoride. I know this is different than most...

Dentistry: scar tissue, warm salt water, scar tissue
warm salt water, scar tissue, wisdom teeth: Rebecca - The loose scar tissue that consumes the extraction socket after the extraction will actually become more dense and act as a framework for the development of new bone in the socket. To help it along and speed it up, you should begin a regimen of...

Dentistry: sensitive crowned root-canal, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, oral and maxillofacial surgeons
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, upper molar: Tracie - You really needn t travel very far, there are quite a few board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons in Calgary. 1) Dr. Steven Bureau - (403) 685-1314 2) Dr. John Conley - (403) 242-2600 3) Dr. Robert Goos - (403) 244-3678 Contact...

Dentistry: sensitivity after root canal, root canal post op sensitivity
root canal post op sensitivity: Hi Melissa, This is very common in list of unwanted post op problems. Most likely cause is teeth on either side of root canal tooth. Next most likely cause is extra nerve tissue not found in root canal tooth. Most molars have three canals, but it is not...

Dentistry: severe sinusitis after a root canal procedure, root canal work, upper molar
root canal work, upper molar, root canal procedure: Hi Mohamed It is pretty normal to have pain after root canal work, but this generally subsides within 2-3 days. A risk with root treating an upper molar tooth is that root canal filler can be inadvertently pushed through the tip of the tooth root and...

Dentistry: shock-like pain, oral activity, luck mark
oral activity, luck mark, brooklyn ny: Dear marg91856@cox.net, I assume that your pain is perceived as coming from the mouth. As such, your best first step would be to consult with your dentist so that the condition of your mouth can be properly assessed. Be advised that pain of dental origin...

Dentistry: shock-like pain, proper diagnosis, x rays
proper diagnosis, x rays, zev: Dear Marg: The human body is a very complicated system. There could be many reasons for many symptoms. There is much missing from your description, and I know nothing about you, and cannot perform an exam. Rather than trying to diagnose yourself, go to...

Dentistry: side effects of Novocane, new dentist, pediatric dentist
new dentist, pediatric dentist, novocaine: Dear Jennifer. it is possible but not likely that the infection is related to the injection procedure. Regretfully this is not something that I can help you with without examining your son. Try to find a pediatric dentist perhaps they can help. Sorry...

Dentistry: sinus perforation from dental implant, medrol dose pack, collagen plugs
medrol dose pack, collagen plugs, oral and maxillofacial surgeon: Trish - I fully understand what is going on. You now have what is called an oral antral fistula or an opening from the mouth to the sinus. This is a bad situation where saliva from the mouth, which contains bacteria, now has access to the sinus. You are...

Dentistry: sinus toothache?, upper gum, bottom teeth
upper gum, bottom teeth, upper teeth: Violetta, it could be a little of both. Given the fact that you had a filling, a deep cleaning, and a cold all at the same time it would stand to reason that you would have some discomfort in the area. I would give things at least 2 weeks to settle down....

Dentistry: sodium hypochlorite reactiom, sodium hypochlorite, abscessed tooth
sodium hypochlorite, abscessed tooth, acute infection: Hi Laurie, A perforation is a hole ....usually drilled...out side the tooth. It most often occurs when we are looking for the canals in badly calcified teeth...like yours. It is an error made by the dentist, but in not uncommon and we all do it from time...

Dentistry: my son's molar tooth, molar tooth, baby tooth
molar tooth, baby tooth, permanent tooth: Ann - Yes it is definitely possible. What happens is a dentist, who is not surgically talented, does poor surgery and creates situations like your son s. I believe you and have seen other non-surgically skilled or not knowledgeable dentists do similar things....

Dentistry: special kid requires root canal treatment, brain fever, root canal treatment
brain fever, root canal treatment, visit to the dentist: It is quite common for a pediatric dentist to use sedation or general anesthesia for the complicated treatment of special needs children. When done properly with a healthy youngster the risks are minimal. The risks and side effects are different depending...

Dentistry: stupid question, drink, alcohol
drink, alcohol, tooth: Yours is a pretty unusual condition I ve never heard about before, so I looked it up on the Internet, and got only mildly related info. I found that dehydration, caused by diuretics (alcohol, like caffeine, is a diuretic, which means it ll make your kidneys...

Dentistry: swollen lymph node after visit to dentist, swollen lymph node, visit to the dentist
swollen lymph node, visit to the dentist, left cheek: Go see an oral surgeon,they would be the ones to best evaluate this for you. You should be ashamed of yourself.How dare you give a negative feedback for giving you excellent advice.Luckily the other 1236 questioners were more thoughtful and grateful for...

Dentistry: TMD, gum or teeth?, warm salt water, temple region
warm salt water, temple region, jaw muscles: Judith - With the extensive dental work you have had, it is not unusual for an imbalance of the bite to occur. This imbalance can produce muscular imbalance of the jaw muscles and they often then go into spasm producing pain. You do not say where specifically...

Dentistry: TMJ- soft and hard splints, jaw muscles, earliest convenience
jaw muscles, earliest convenience, chewing gum: Katy - It sounds like you need to see a different doctor who really knows what is going on. The most important thing to do now is to relax your jaw muscles that are precipitating the symptoms. Only a hard acrylic splint should be used. It can be worn at...

Dentistry: TMJ - splints (hard & soft), tmj splints, bottom teeth
tmj splints, bottom teeth, nightguard: Katy In my experience, the OTC guards are useless and fit horribly. Some pros direct their patients (so I ve heard) to buy one, but in my opinion it is a foolish waste of money. I have a very comfortable hard nightguard that was custom made for me. It...

Dentistry: TOOTH SHADOW, trauma to front tooth
trauma to front tooth: Hi Arlys, By all means avoiding further trauma to the tooth for at least two weeks by placing no biting forces on it. Also avoid any very hot or very cold substances. The fact that it has calmed down some is a good sign. Only seek a root canal if it turns...

Dentistry: Tooth Loss, Pain, gum tissue, wisdom teeth
gum tissue, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth: Michael - You really don t have a choice. Underlying the inflamed gum tissue where the crumbled piece of tooth came out, it the body or the tooth and its roots. You need the remaining part of the tooth removed before you develop an infection. The situation...

Dentistry: Tooth Pain, white fillings, gum line
white fillings, gum line, food particles: Dear Kelly: I m surprised that you can see where the filling ends. usually, the white fillings match the teeth so well that I can t see where the filling ends. Anyway, there may be a space between the filling and the tooth, through which saliva and tiny...

Dentistry: Tooth pain (original, I know), gum line, brushing my teeth
gum line, brushing my teeth, t touch: Hello Kelly, It sounds like there is a gap where the filling meets the tooth, and therefore you are feeling sensitivity from this area on touching it. Have your dentist take a look at it, and determine if the entire filling is to be replaced, or if the...

Dentistry: teeth changes, hairline cracks, little torch
hairline cracks, little torch, tooth enamel: Hi Bella It is quite normal to have hairline cracks in your tooth enamel, and in most cases these will never give any cause for concern. Similarly your teeth are not uniform in colour - there are subtle differences in the shading in the different areas...

Dentistry: My teeth hurt :(, gum recession, muscle fibers
gum recession, muscle fibers, front teeth: Kayla - As far as the space between your front teeth, it is a very common problem. Sometimes there are muscle fibers from under your lip which are attached to the palate behind your front teeth under the gum, which, after orthodontic closure, force the teeth...

Dentistry: teeth sensitive to cool water, colgate total toothpaste, crest spinbrush
colgate total toothpaste, crest spinbrush, dental care products: Dear Ray: This is related to your pulp. Also related to gingival recession and bruxism. May be tooth decay. Best dental care products according to me: 1. Crest SpinBrush Pro Extra Soft 2. Colgate Total toothpaste 3. Go-Betweens for brushing in...

Dentistry: teeth sensitive to cool water, tooth sensitivity, cool water
tooth sensitivity, cool water, molar: Hi Ray This is probably either just tooth sensitivity, or it could mean that you have a leaking filling or some decay going on. You could try an anti-sensitivity toothpaste, and if it is just sensitivity that is the problem that will help. If not, see...

Dentistry: teeth sensitive to cool water, oral cavity, water question
oral cavity, water question, cementum: Dear Ray: I do not particularly endorse any company or product. I am a firm believer in no-excuses JUST BRUSH YOUR TEETH! However, there are different techniques. The following link (just copy and paste into your browser) will take you to the Colgate...

Dentistry: teeth sensitive to cool water, maxillary sinus, plaque removal
maxillary sinus, plaque removal, proxa: Sensitivity to cold can be from a number of sources. Among the possibilities are seasonal allergies causing a sinusitis(the molars are positioned just under the maxillary sinus), a tooth with a crack in it, and a tooth with a large cavity. If this sensitivity...

Dentistry: teeth whitening, whitening teeth, front teeth
whitening teeth, front teeth, bleach: Dear Susan: Have her teeth whitened using dentist-made custom bleaching trays with dentist-strength bleach. Apply one hour per night for one week. Usually the darker parts of the tooth will whiten much faster and much more than the white spots. If two...

Dentistry: tmj missing teeth, wisdom teeth removal, jaw alignment
wisdom teeth removal, jaw alignment, facial symmetry: Benjamin - First of all, wisdom teeth have a minimal effect on the jaw alignment and structure. That is why their removal is recommended even in minor inflammatory situations. The 1st molar is the most important tooth in the alignment and stability of the...

Dentistry: tooth, tooth exfoliation
tooth exfoliation: Hi Midgie, Most likely severe periodontal disease which had destroyed all the healthy bone holding the tooth in securely. In that case the tooth should have been somewhat loose and possibly sore for awhile. This is most likely to happen with the lower front...

Dentistry: Could a tooth abscess have been prevented?, root canal specialists, achy pain
root canal specialists, achy pain, onlay: Hi Samantha As far as could you have prevented this abscess...the answer is really no. The nerve started dying at a much earlier point than May 12th when you firs had cold sensitivity. I assume you had a deep cavity or something similar. When the tooth was...

Dentistry: tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, oral and maxillofacial surgeons
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, warm salt water: Joanne - There is no closure of the sinus by itself. You need to immediately get examined by a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Do not leave this as this can lead to a severe sinus infection and problem. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon...

Dentistry: tooth extraction with infection and bone loss, implant dentist, right on target
implant dentist, right on target, cosmetic dentist: Jodie - I am going to start my answer with an approach that has always worked. Keep it simple!!! From what it sounds like, you need to have that infected tooth removed. Once the tooth is removed and the socket fully cleaned to remove the cyst, let it heal....

Dentistry: tooth extraction/sinus pressure, warm salt water, sinus pressure
warm salt water, sinus pressure, water rinse: Liz - You could have an infection or just an inflammation(sinusitis). If this continues the area of the original opening really needs a good evaluation to make sure no saliva is actually gaining entrance into the sinus. You really need to be evaluated,...

Dentistry: tooth pain, pain pills, bad tooth
pain pills, bad tooth, tooth pain: Hi Sharon, Sorry for the long delay in getting back to you. I have been unable to get internet service where I moved a little over a week ago among other problems. One of two scenarios is likely...either the tooth is starting to abscess or it has irreversible...