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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dentistry: lower teeth, front teeth, oral hygiene
front teeth, oral hygiene, hello doctor: Hi Rajeev and thanks for your question. Besides fixed orthodontics to move teeth into better alignment, your options are pretty limited. Less conservative treatment could involve extracting the skew tooth and replacing it with an implant - as long as the...

Dentistry: Molar Extraction, molar extraction, wisdom tooth
molar extraction, wisdom tooth, dry socket: everything you say here is true...the clot usually will dislodge within the first few days. you are wise to avoid the excess suction and trauma. now that you are past the 72 hours, i would still be a little careful. don t overdo things even at this point....

Dentistry: Pain in dental cap + black speck on biting surface, Austin Root Canal, Endodontics
Austin Root Canal, Endodontics, Texas: Hi Drew, Sorry about your recent dental issues. The black mark on the crown (cap), may be where the metal is showing from adjustments made by your previous dentist. Hopefully the root canal treatment was done by an endodontist (root canal specialist)....

Dentistry: Pain from partial, question pool, reline
question pool, reline, oral problems: Dear Mildred, thanks for your question, which I am answering from eh question pool. Yes, I think you should make this situation very clear to your dentist, because an ill-fitting denture can cause intra-oral problems later on, besides your present discomfort...

Dentistry: pain relief..... too much??, stomach ulcers, emergency dentist
stomach ulcers, emergency dentist, gastric wall: Hi Charlene and thanks for your question. Sorry to hear about your horrid experience, but let me say that your story is far from an isolated one, because a persons desire to pain free can over-ride logical thought in times of acute pain. Pharmacologically,...

Dentistry: Palate Expander - facial changes, palate expander, palatal expander
palate expander, palatal expander, facial appearance: Dear Kim, A palate expander can change someone s facial appearance to widen the face, but usually not the nose, although this can happen. Removing the palatal expander will cause some relapse to return the facial features toward the way they were before...

Dentistry: PDL widening or infection, Root Canal, Endodontics
Root Canal, Endodontics, Austin: Hi Khrystsina, A previously treated tooth (#18) would not cause hot/cold sensitivity if there is a re-infection. Grinding your teeth can cause widened PDL s in multiple teeth, but not a periapical radiolucency with pain on biting. I would first have...

Dentistry: prevention of yellowing of teeth, crest whitestrips, electric tooth brush
crest whitestrips, electric tooth brush, peroxide formula: Dear Jack, There is no Fluoride application to prevent yellowing. In my opinion, the best way to maintain a bright smile is to use a good quality electric tooth brush and to occasionally us a home whitening preparation such as Crest Whitestrips or custom...

Dentistry: Question on Dentistry, question pool, drama coach
question pool, drama coach, voice coach: Hi Sam and thanks for your very interesting question, which I am answering from the question pool. In essence, there is no real way of knowing until the procedure is done. As I am sure you can appreciate, the tone, tempo and volume of your voice are pretty...

Dentistry: Question on Dentistry, lingual frenectomy, tone of your voice
lingual frenectomy, tone of your voice, dentistry: Hello, I assume you are talking about a lingual frenectomy which is the removal of part of the attachment under the tongue. If that is the case, doing a frenectomy will not change the sound or tone of your voice. It will generally make it easier to annunciate...

Dentistry: Raised Filling?, cavity walls, question pool
cavity walls, question pool, brushing my teeth: Hi Leeann and thanks for your question which I am answering from the question pool. You don t mention how long ago these 2 fillings were done but from what you explain, it is unlikely that both these 2 fillings would become raised without a definite joint...

Dentistry: Random Gum Sensitivity, worry wart, gum line
worry wart, gum line, warm salt water: Hi leah Its great to know that u take such good care of ur teeth and ur natural concern! See if ur gum has receeded a little bit exposing a certain amount of root. Sensitivity is a natural outcome as enamel(the insensitive part of teeth) is not present on...

Dentistry: reaction after dental work, cheek area, cheek bone
cheek area, cheek bone, saline water: Hi deborah I am so sorry for your state. What you are suffering from is called as hematoma(localised collection of blood) . The numbing technique used to numb upper back teeth involves the needle to pass extremely close to certain blood vessels called superior...

Dentistry: red bump, endodontist, x rays
endodontist, x rays, gums: Hi, Sorry for the delay in responding! Some people do have bony outgrowths that push on the gums. This will cause a red bump , but is actually just normal, healthy bone. However, I would recommend seeing an endodontist to make certain that there is...

Dentistry: should I remove it?, third molars, canine tooth
third molars, canine tooth, exact positions: You have quite an interesting situation here. Your lower canine is extremely out of position, and your third molars are extremely impacted. Your best bet is to find someone to do 3d imaging or a CT scan to evaluate the exact positions of these teeth. This...

Dentistry: root canal concern, root canals, time and patience
root canals, time and patience, cold sensitivity: Dear John, Teeth with deep fillings can sometimes experience an ache afterwards , but it is not an encouraging sign. If one of my patients experiences this symptom, I believe that they may eventually require root canal. If I have placed a composite filling...

Dentistry: root canal retreatment, apioectomy, professional responses
apioectomy, professional responses, root canal: Hi Sue, WOW....sounds like you are really going through it. No wonder you are starting to consider other options and have fears for the long term. I m happy to try to help here as you are not alone in a situation like this. Unfortunately, I see several...

Dentistry: Root canal retreatment issue, root canal issues root cana infection, root canal retreatment
root canal issues root cana infection, root canal retreatment, implants vs root canals: Dear Diana, The symptoms you described represent a re-infected root canal. At this point, the infected tooth is probably feeding the sinus with pathogenic bacteria. The best treatment is extraction. The tooth should be replaced ideally with metal-free zirconia...

Dentistry: Root canal retreatment problem, root canal retreatment, root canals
root canal retreatment, root canals, endodontist: Hi diana The global success rate of retreatment root canal is about 70% ( 3 in 10 fail root canals dont respond to re rct) Visit your endodontist and seek remedial action asap. If the endodontist throws in the towel and calls it a day, then get the tooth...

Dentistry: Severe pain after root canal retreatment, root canal retreatment, severe tooth pain
root canal retreatment, severe tooth pain, warm salt water: Dear Carmen, There is nothing worse than pain that does not go away after treatment. I feel for you. I hope that by the time you read this, your pain is beginning to subside. It is possible that the antibiotic is not working on your infection. Or...

Dentistry: SINUS INFECTION, Root Canal, Endodontics
Root Canal, Endodontics, Austin: Sorry about your recent pain, Nancy. Sinus issues can cause dental/tooth pain. From what you describe, it sounds like more of sinus issues. I would try a decongestant or over the counter allergy medication till you re able to get in with the ENT physician....

Dentistry: sinus opening into mouth from tooth extraction., sinus cavity, sinus infection
sinus cavity, sinus infection, graft surgery: you should definitely get another opinion here...i would make an appointment with an oral surgeon to have this area evaluated. you should not wait any longer. you need either an oral surgeon or an ENT to check this out and make some sort of decision on what...

Dentistry: size of implant-supported crowns, metal border, natural teeth
metal border, natural teeth, metal collar: Sounds like you got a very nice restoration . The reason for the metal collar on the tongue side surface is to keep the contour of the restoration thin in that area. Porcelain in that region would add unwanted bulk that would be bad for the Gum area. Routinely...

Dentistry: Skin flap on back mouler, skin flap, gum tissue
skin flap, gum tissue, pediatric dentist: Often when a tooth emerges through the gums there remains a flap of gum tissue. Usually this shrinks away in a few months. If it doesn t shrink away it can be annoying or it can get inflammed, swollen and sore. If that happens it might need to be removed...

Dentistry: Sore in mouth, wisdom teeth, saline solution
wisdom teeth, saline solution, oral surgeon: Sores can be caused by a number of things. Viruses, bacteria, localized trauma, and growths(less likely). In general if a sore doesn t go away in about two weeks it should be checked out and possibly biopsied. Fortunately most sores resolve them selves. In...

Dentistry: Swelling and bleeding lump behind two front teeth, two front teeth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
two front teeth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, nasopalatine cyst: Tom -First of all, this cyst is not dangerous, but it can continue to grow. Yes, now that it has drained it is smaller, but there will still be fluids produced within the cyst to again expand it. Expansion will allow the cyst to grow larger and larger. ...

Dentistry: Thank you Dr. Moss, hanson place, going to the dentist
hanson place, going to the dentist, pediatric dentist: Dear Linda, Thank you for the kind memories and for taking the time to share them with me. I do remember your mother and the support she gave me when I was just getting started in treating infants and preschoolers without the use of general anesthesia....

Dentistry: tmj, tmj patients, nite guard
tmj patients, nite guard, cracked tooth: I have TMJ but am not a dentist so I cannot diagnose you if u live in the ny area I can recommend Dr Barry Rozenberg of. Wood mere and Manhattan. He has a lot of experience with TMJ. I suggest you get a second opinion with him or someone else. Once I had a...

Dentistry: Tongue Sores from temp crown cement, tongue sores, departmental store
tongue sores, departmental store, unforeseen circumstances: Hi suzzane Tongue sores from old temporary crowns are common.... Buy an ulcer gel(if available) from a local departmental store..... If u cant find it then i guess u d have togo to a nearby dentist and get it looked into.... My take: plastics like temp...

Dentistry: Tooth infection?, cold sensitivity, tooth infection
cold sensitivity, tooth infection, comprehensive examination: Hi, Sorry for the delay in responding. It s really hard for me to tell you what to do, since there is not much information to go on. Putting your husband on antibiotics was a good first step, but that s not going to resolve the issue. It ll just make...

Dentistry: Tooth pain, new dentist, root canals
new dentist, root canals, healthy teeth: Hi bob! I am sorry for your plight! Root canals fail! Thats a reality! They do.... Even the best ones do... About 10 in 100. I dont see an xray so i cant opine in detail.... Visit ur dentist (i hope he/ she is an endodontist) & get the tooth evaluated...

Dentistry: Torn frenulum., torn frenulum, brushing my teeth
torn frenulum, brushing my teeth, orajel: Hi, As long as it s a minor cut, and not something that requires stitches, it should heal just fine. It will be very sore for a few days up to a week. The best thing is to use warm water rinses, and to keep the area as clean as possible. Using OraJel...

Dentistry: VA Hospital & Elder Care, dementia patient, oral health care
dementia patient, oral health care, health officer: Dear Luther, As long as your dad is alive, it s not too late. Having said that, there are several issues that you raise that need to be addressed. First is his oral health care. For this, you will need to ask your questions to the oral and dental health...

Dentistry: Weird taste after root canal, gary backlund, strange medicine
gary backlund, strange medicine, temporary filling: Hi Nicola, I m sorry this is going on especially when you are far from home. When we see this in my practice, it is usually caused by an issue with a temporary filling, if you have one. Either it is breaking down and pieces are falling off and they taste...

Dentistry: white caps or silver which is best, stainless steel crowns, silver caps
stainless steel crowns, silver caps, white caps: In our experience we have usually been able to successfully restore upper primary incisors with white, tooth-colored crowns. When properly done they are far more aesthetic than the stainless steel crowns and with proper care will last until they fall out...

Dentistry: wisdom tooth., anisthetic, wisdom teeth
anisthetic, wisdom teeth, emergency problem: Abigail - it is not recommended nor completely safe for the child, as long as there is no emergency, that extractions be done during the first trimester which lasts about twelve weeks. At that point the extractions can be considered if there is an emergency...

Dentistry: wisdom tooth extraction, Austin Root Canal, Endodontics
Austin Root Canal, Endodontics, Texas: Anna, After an extraction, you can take the gauze out after 1 hour. If there is a lot of bleeding, reapply gauze for another hour. Please follow up with the dentist who removed the tooth to evaluate that white spot and healing. Thanks, KG Amin, DMD...

Dentistry: should I?, root canal therapy, couple teeth
root canal therapy, couple teeth, cone beam: Yes, it is your lower left canine. Unless it was causing you serious problems, I would leave it alone. There may be resorption of the apices of a couple teeth; these should be pulp tested to see if they are still vital. I can t examine you, so I can t really...

Dentistry: xray attached :), supernumerary teeth, operation andrew
supernumerary teeth, operation andrew, canine tooth: Andrew, There is absolutely no reason that I can think of for you to remove the supernumerary tooth that is seen on your x-ray. There is no pathology associated with such teeth and you can live and thrive very well with the tooth. In fact i myself have...

Dentistry: Bridge, new dentist, metal alloys
new dentist, metal alloys, permanent bridge: Dear Janie, many thanks for your question. Unfortunately, you are not the first patient I have encountered this situation with and it remains one one the most puzzling and somewhat annoying predicaments that clinicians find themselves in. When an otherwise...

Dentistry: Cap popped off, gum line, reassurance
gum line, reassurance, best wishes: Dear sheri A simple photograph taken with a web cam or a mobile phone is usually sufficient. If you needed a nontechnical reassurance, you should have asked a nontechnical question. Patients post on this site looking for expert opinion and knowing about...

Dentistry: cleaning, cavitron, scaler
cavitron, scaler, crevices: Dear James: Sorry for the delay. I am glad that you have decided take good care of your teeth. It is that a good decision and will keep you in good health. There are several procedures which should be done at a dental cleaning. Typically, ultrasonic scaler,...

Dentistry: clogged ear after root canal and new cap, clogged ear, implant dentistry
clogged ear, implant dentistry, temporary bridge: Dear Roberta: Sorry to hear about your pain. If this is related to the dental work, it could be to the compression of your Temporomandibular joint TMJ. The posterior, back, teeth help support the joint. If the temporary work is short of contact with the...

Dentistry: communication with sinus cavity after tooth extraction, ear nose and throat doctor, sinus cavity
ear nose and throat doctor, sinus cavity, ear nose and throat: Vicky - I cannot be sure that the opening is still there without examining you, but in some way saliva from the mouth has probably entered or is still entering the sinus causing an infection of the sinus. After this length of time the sinus needs to be examined...

Dentistry: Confusing bite, jaw muscles, open bite
jaw muscles, open bite, front teeth: Eli - through all that you have been through, your true bite is something that might be difficult for you determine. You need a dentist who is skilled in fully relaxing your jaw muscles and allowing your normal bite relationship to redevelop. That is an ability...

Dentistry: Cracked crown, light lunch, zev
light lunch, zev, floss: Dear Megan: I am sorry to hear that you have a cracked crown. However, without having a look clinically at your crown I can only tell you that in general the crack it is not an issue. as long as you are not in any pain or discomfort, this will not be an...

Dentistry: Cracked mollar, mild damage, soft diet
mild damage, soft diet, cracked tooth: Dear Camila, Your question is a difficult one to answer. If your tooth had decay, and your dentist found that decay, your dentist is obligated to tell you about the decay and about how he will go about fixing your tooth. We know that cleaning out decay...

Dentistry: crowded crown, wisdom teeth, incisors
wisdom teeth, incisors, flossing: You need a thorough exam sounds like you may have a g um problem. The overlapping is one of the signs that you might have lost bone and the teeth gradually shift. Get in and get evaluated.as far as the the tight Contact goes that may be adjustable intra-orally...

Dentistry: crown, natural teeth, cusps
natural teeth, cusps, smooth surface: The crown should have similar grooves and anatomy as your natural teeth.If you grind your teeth and most of the cusps and grooves have been obliterated due to wear then the conforming profile of a smooth surface might be just fine.Ask your dentist see what...

Dentistry: crown, zev, best of luck
zev, best of luck, kaufman: Dear Richard: I am sorry, but I have never heard of such a thing as a double up , there is no such dental term or procedure. If your crown was just inserted several days ago and a piece of the porcelain broke, most dentists would replace the crown right...

Dentistry: crown build up, dalin, plastic material
dalin, plastic material, dental clinic: only the dentist who did the buildup can answer this. i do not know what material he/she used. some people use permanent plastic material but sometimes people use a weaker material that is meant to be under crowns and thus is not permanent. also i do not know...

Dentistry: crowns, impression materials, dental work
impression materials, dental work, dental practice: Dear Laurie, Every dentist is different. 40 years ago when I started my dental practice, I allowed patients to make payments over time for work that was done. Today, it is becoming more common to have the patient pay in advance, or pay each visit as the...

Dentistry: Dental Diet, Root Canal, Endodontist
Root Canal, Endodontist, Swelling: The correlation to diet and dental caries has more to do with frequency of meals than what is consumed. That being said, the diet you described seems fine from a dental health perspective. The best thing you can do is brush your teeth after every meal. ...

Dentistry: Dental procedures and TMJ/jaw pain, appointment time, jaw pain
appointment time, jaw pain, zev: Dear Diane: it is difficult to answer the question since I cannot personally examine you. However, you must remember that the crown preparation appointment, even though given for an hour and a half, does not require you to keep your mouth open the whole...

Dentistry: Double Jaw Surgery Risks, proper alignment, permanent teeth
proper alignment, permanent teeth, jaw surgery: Kamila - this is a tough question for me to answer correctly without examining your mother. The surgery can increase facial fullness or narrow it. It all depends on the pre-existing situation and the plans of the surgeon. So I wish I could be more informative,...

Dentistry: etting a Dental Implant After Tooth Extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, implant placement
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, implant placement, dental professional: Kamila - yes a dental implant can be placed the same time as an extraction as long as the tooth is not infected, there is no periodontal disease or if there is any sign of an inflammation. It is important that the doctor who does the extraction does not produce...

Dentistry: excruciating pain in lower lateral incisor, lateral incisor, lateral incisors
lateral incisor, lateral incisors, root canal treatment: No biting or chewing on these teeth for a few days. Like any wound, a root canal takes time to heal. A root canal over infected jaw takes longer to heal. I like to make my patients think about a scratch or abrasion that becomes infected. You have it treated,...

Dentistry: Filing Down Upper Bicuspid & cap?, coping mechanism, bottom lip
coping mechanism, bottom lip, root canal: Hi, I am sorry to hear about this predicament. You can have the tooth crowned. However, I am not sure if this will totally rectify the problem. You still may bite into the bottom lip. If the entire tooth needs to be changed drastically, then you may need...

Dentistry: Gum Disease, gum specialist, periodontal ligament
gum specialist, periodontal ligament, structure of teeth: Dear Chloe, many thanks for your question and let me firstly express my respect for you for taking such an interest in mom and her oral health. Your mom has been diagnosed with periodontal disease, which in brief, is the gradual destruction of the periodontium...

Dentistry: hard tissue after mucocele surgery, warm salt water, salivary glands
warm salt water, salivary glands, mucoceles: Jason - It is not normal to get a sensation of increased swelling when you chew food after the removal of a mucocele. Of course, I cannot be sure what is going on without examining you, but if a sensation of swelling or swelling itself occurs, there may...

Dentistry: Implant vs. Root Canal, dens in dente, hockey puck
dens in dente, hockey puck, endodontist: Hey Christine, Sorry to hear that this tooth has been causing you so many problems. Based on your description and the history, I would agree that there is an irreversible problem with the tooth. While PERHAPS there are some treatments (antibiotics, root...

Dentistry: Infected tooth, gary backlund, drainage pattern
gary backlund, drainage pattern, eye doctors: Hi Jerry, I m sorry to hear you have all this going on. Unfortunately, I have bad, or maybe good, news for you. It is highly unlikely that your eye problem could be related to the tooth. This is just not the drainage pattern that we see from tooth problems....

Dentistry: loss of bottom first molars - space maintainers needed?, molar teeth, first molars
molar teeth, first molars, sinus tract: Dear Mr.Ridley, Antibiotics are definitely not indicated. If applied well sealants are effective in preventing cavities in susceptible tooth areas. I do not think your son is susceptible to cavities, the bilateral nature of his tooth breakdown in his primary...

Dentistry: my mouth, ingredient triclosan, male enhancement pills
ingredient triclosan, male enhancement pills, geographic tongue: Hi Pat and thanks for your question. While it is very difficult for me to give you a definitive diagnosis without the privilege of examining you, the symptoms that you describe are very similar to burn mouth syndrome and geographic tongue . Both these...

Dentistry: nerve damage, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth
wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth, oral surgeon: Vicki - Without viewing an xray of the relationship of the nerve to the roots of the tooth, it is a little difficult for me to give you an exact answer. In general, the relationship of the roots of a second molar are significantly further from the nerve...

Dentistry: Oral surgery complication, oral surgeries, maxillary sinus
oral surgeries, maxillary sinus, eye tooth: My guess is that there is nerve damage or ongoing infection from the origianl root canals and possibly the initial surgery. You probably have a law suit n there somewhere but where to go is the question. Where are you in California? I can tell you who not...

Dentistry: Prefabricated Post & Core, root canal retreatment, swollen gums
root canal retreatment, swollen gums, root canals: Dear Tom, When a root canal becomes re-infected, or begins having pain, sometimes a root canal retreatment is indicated. This means that the root canal is done over again, first by removing the material (usually gutta percha) used to seal the canal, then...

Dentistry: Question regarding a problem with removal of tooth?, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth
wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth, eye specialist: raymond i would call your eye doctor right away and get in there ASAP. i do not think this is related to the extraction but at this point, you need to see an eye specialist right away. wisdom teeth nerve innervations are different than those going to your...

Dentistry: removing stains in teeth, superficial stains, hydrogen peroxide
superficial stains, hydrogen peroxide, root canal treatment: sometimes a tooth with a root canal becomes darker afterwards. the darkness you are seeing may not be superficial but inside of the tooth. you many need a veneer or a crown on the tooth. if the stain is superficial, it can be polished off by your dentist....

Dentistry: root canal, bad taste in my mouth, root canals
bad taste in my mouth, root canals, warm environment: Hi Shane and thanks for your follow up and don t stress about your lengthy explanations - the more info the better I can assess your specific situation. I must just stress that ethically, I cannot consider myself as arrogant as to assume I know exactly...

Dentistry: Root Canal, Root Canal, Endodontist
Root Canal, Endodontist, Swelling: Sorry to hear about your recent dental issues. It s promising that the Sensodyne toothpaste is helping. You can also use a fluoride mouth rinse to see if that improves things further. If you haven t seen one, I would make sure you see an endodontist...

Dentistry: Root canal/abscess, tooth ache, perio disease
tooth ache, perio disease, vital structures: Hi Frank and thanks for your question. In reality, yes it is, especially if the problem has existed for some time and turned into a low grade chronic infection. This type of infection we usually see with a tooth that has become non-vital or where the nerve...

Dentistry: I have TMJD and Trismus at same time, warm salt water, jaw muscles
warm salt water, jaw muscles, wisdom teeth: Melanie - From the length of time without dramatic improvement, the jaw muscles have probably become nonflexible due to internal scarring from a lack of proper usage. Relaxation of muscles like this is very difficult with the approach that has be used on...

Dentistry: TOOTH BONE LOSS'?, future bone, little tooth
future bone, little tooth, bone loss: Hi, I am not sure what you are asking exactly. If you want to prevent future bone loss, the best way is to brush 2x/day, floss 1x/day, and see your dentist regularly. Meticulous oral home care is important to prevent future problems. If you want to...

Dentistry: Tooth Decay, wisdom tooth surgery, new dentist
wisdom tooth surgery, new dentist, true infection: Dear Chloe, This is a question I cannot answer without seeing you, your tooth, and the X-ray of your tooth. Like your old dentist, I sometimes recommend we wait and watch what may be decay. Sometimes these areas do not grow. Some may recalcify. Usually,...

Dentistry: tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, tooth extraction
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, tooth extraction, extractions: Naomi - The key question is the quality of your dentist. If he is skilled and has experience extracting teeth, the extraction of a canine, as long as it does not have extensive decay should be simple. If, however, that tooth has extensive decay that tooth...

Dentistry: tooth extraction, maxillofacial surgeon, maxillofacial surgeons
maxillofacial surgeon, maxillofacial surgeons, tooth extraction: That is a good question and the measure of a good General Practitioner is when he or she knows their own limits. We, as generalists, use specialists to assist us with complicated cases and the maxillofacial surgeons are adjuncts to us. Some general dentists...

Dentistry: Tooth Problem- What Is It? How do I stop it?, oral hygiene program, monster energy drinks
oral hygiene program, monster energy drinks, tongue scraper: Hi Mark and thanks for your question. Firstly, stay calm and don t panic - you will achieve far more with a cool and clear head than if you allow yourself to get panicked over this. Sadly, what s done is done and it could be that the continuous high sugar...

Dentistry: toothpicks, benefits of flossing, teeth and gums
benefits of flossing, teeth and gums, gum tissue: Anything that can help keep the teeth clean without causing damage is right with me. I ve seen aggressive toothbrushing result in damage to the teeth and gums, and I ve seen dental floss cut through gum tissue. There was a time that you could purchase a...

Dentistry: Trismus and TMJD, trismus and TMJD, TMD
trismus and TMJD, TMD, TMJ: Hi, Melanie, The correct line of thinking is to free yourself from the grip of those tight muscles by retraining them. Neither rest nor stretching are likely to do it. Please see my article on TMJ dysfunction, starting with Common Causes ... . | http://somatics.com/Treatment_for_TMJ,1.htm...

Dentistry: White on teeth:), tooth structure, orthodontist
tooth structure, orthodontist, ocd: Hi, Those areas are decalcifications from around the braces that were on your teeth. This happens as it is hard to clean around the braces, and the tooth structure starts to weaken. I would recommend using a Fluoride based toothpaste such as Pronamel...

Dentistry: wisdom tootg, wisdom tooth, dead bone
wisdom tooth, dead bone, wimp: Dear Lauren, This little piece of tooth could also be a piece of dead bone. It acts like a splinter in your gum. If left there, it is likely to become infected. If the infection is left untreated, it will likely spread to your sinus, your cheek, or other,...

Dentistry: #18 tooth sensitivity, gum recession, soft diet
gum recession, soft diet, specialist test: So far, by your dentist s testing, it seems like you don t need a crown. Elevated sensitivity to tapping or to cold does not necessarily mean you need a crown. The same reasons that I stated before could be the cause. Sometimes just waiting and not chewing...

Dentistry: bad breath, natural remedy, oral mouth
natural remedy, oral mouth, mouth rinse: Sourax - Bad breath can develop from many conditions, but the most common is poor cleaning of the mouth. That means you need to brush and floss your teeth twice daily. In addition, brush your tongue with toothpaste. If this does not help also use an oral...

Dentistry: Bad taste and a loose (portion) of a tooth, upper molar, definitive diagnosis
upper molar, definitive diagnosis, supporting walls: Hi Martin and thanks for your question. While it is very difficult for me to give a definitive diagnosis without being able to physically examine and evaluate your situation, from what you have explained me, I can offer the following: I suspect that...

Dentistry: Bone graft in lower front jaw, bone graft, new dentist
bone graft, new dentist, front teeth: Dear Elise, As you know, I can t answer your question with any certainty. It sounds like what is happening is that you are rapidly losing bone height from around your lower front tooth roots. Lower front teeth roots tend to be fairly narrow. As a result,...

Dentistry: Bumps on both mental foramen., pencil point, 2 bumps
pencil point, 2 bumps, chewing tobacco: Nicholas - I, of course, cannot be completely sure without examining you, but it is not abnormal to have a small bump at the location of where the mental nerve exits the bone. The nerve, when it exits does often not lie completely flat and, in fact, there...

Dentistry: burned tongue from bleach during root canal, household bleach, burned tongue
household bleach, burned tongue, switchboard: Hi Roxan, I am SO sorry you are going through all this. It s a very difficult thin g to deal with. Unfortunately, there is really no quick fix and antibiotics really won t help here since this is really more like a burn rather than a bacterial infection....

Dentistry: Changeing a Clasp, dalin, lower jaw
dalin, lower jaw, clasp: is the clasp metal? sometimes this clasp can be adjusted to fit better. it is made of a metal that can be contoured by the dentist. the clasp is usually cast as part of the entire framework. you can easily get a second opinion from a different dentist if you...

Dentistry: Crown on a cracked molar that has done root canal?, Root Canal, Austin
Root Canal, Austin, Texas: Hi Kay, Vertical Fractures are the most difficult part of dentistry and the most common reason why teeth need to be extracted. It sounds like your dentist is trying to spare you the added expense of a crown since the tooth has a guarded prognosis. ...

Dentistry: Crown after root canal on upper central incisor, gary backlund, central incisor
gary backlund, central incisor, front teeth: Hi Carrie, In situations like yours, the real issue is how much strength the remaining tooth structure has. You say there is no decay or fillings and the access hole is small. Crowns are always used in back teeth because of the forces of chewing. In front...

Dentistry: Dark blackened tooth toddler not hurting, permanent teeth, black tooth
permanent teeth, black tooth, permanent tooth: It s true that the tooth will fall out eventually but you are right to be concerned. First, after 6 months if the tooth is still black then it will probably remain black until it falls out. One concern with an injured tooth is the chance of infection which...

Dentistry: Dentist retired, practice purchased by new dentist, new dentist, dentist office
new dentist, dentist office, dental work: you can try to do this...you might have to keep this secret from the dentist with the good hygienist. he/she might not be happy about this arrangement...kind of a bruise to the ego. but explain the situation to the dentist who you want to do any needed work....

Dentistry: Geographic tongue, geographic tongue, pathological change
geographic tongue, pathological change, definitive diagnosis: Hi Kim and thanks for your follow up. Apologies for my rather late response to your last follow up. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being over cautious and for making sure that you have the correct facts about everything that happens in ones body....

Dentistry: Geographic tongue, Austin Root Canal, Endodontics
Austin Root Canal, Endodontics, Texas: Hi Kim, The hallmark for geographic tongue is that is moves and changes every few days. The fact that lesion is gone now, makes me think it is related to his geographic tongue. However, if it returns, and remains for more than a week, I would see an oral...

Dentistry: gum pain, pro biotic, teeth and gums
pro biotic, teeth and gums, oral thrush: Hi Susan and thanks for your question. Oral thrush can be a tricky one to treat sometimes and it often makes a re-appearance later on. It would seem quite self-explanatory that the 2 courses of antibiotics could have been causatory for this event by changing...

Dentistry: hole in antral fistula and bone fragments after extraction of tooth 3, bone fragments, severe headaches
bone fragments, severe headaches, ears and eyes: Donna - It is obvious that you have been through the bad dentist mill. Your dentist, once he broke off the instrument, should have immediately sent you to the Endodontist to clean the canal properly and hopefully stop the problem. Now that the fistula...

Dentistry: hole in sinus and bone fragments tooth#3, equilibrium problems, bone fragments
equilibrium problems, bone fragments, permanent bridge: Donna - What you are suffering from is not uncommon with an opening into the sinus from the mouth that was there for a while. Closing that hole is fine, but since saliva from the mouth, which is filled with bacteria, had gained entrance into your sinus, you...

Dentistry: impaction, wisdom teeth, panaramic
wisdom teeth, panaramic, angulation: Hi Noah and thanks for your question. My email is doccwp@gmail.com, please attach the OPG X-ray so that I can advise you further. I will respond on this site again once I have received it. Take care. Kind regards Dr Craig Peck Hi Noah, after examining...

Dentistry: Implant won't stay in, removable partial denture, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
removable partial denture, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, implant placement: Charles - A new bridge is possible if the space between the teeth in no more than missing two teeth. If more, then a different approach, such as implants is appropriate. Other options might be a removable partial denture, but rather than giving up on...

Dentistry: Jaw muscles, jaw muscles, weight lifter
jaw muscles, weight lifter, peak growth rate: Hello again Alexander, Jaw growth is dependent on so many thing, including nutrition and as we mentioned previously genetics. The most growth comes in the early teen years which is why Orthodontics is often finished around that time and also retainers...

Dentistry: Lip, mild inflammation, blood vessel
mild inflammation, blood vessel, blood vessels: Kim - The red spot with white around is nothing other than inflammation from some type of local irritation and not dangerous. The small blood vessels are normal and come to the surface in areas of mild inflammation. So in my interpretation it all looks...

Dentistry: Lips, chapped lips, dermatologist
chapped lips, dermatologist, scar: Hi Kim Without additional and sufficient information, it is impossible for me to give you a different diagnosis than a dermatologist did, who also had the benefit of clinically examining your husband. i sure you can appreciate this. Regards Crai...

Dentistry: lump over a permanent bridge, permanent bridge, educated guess
permanent bridge, educated guess, x ray: Hello Christina, This is really difficult to diagnose without seeing him or seeing an x-ray. My feeling it that it s infection. I d really need more information but I ll do my best for you. You are correct it s possible that it s something benign the...

Dentistry: mysterious boundary in x-ray of molar, texture changes, orange border
texture changes, orange border, sensor plate: You are looking at a 2D image of a 3D object . Everything looks ok . The shadows you see are superimposed since the x ray beam is penetrating the tooth from one direction and hitting the sensor plate as a flat capture. The different lines you see represent...

Dentistry: nerve damage, apparent change, numbness
apparent change, numbness, ct scans: Sammy - First of all, what you see when you purse your lips to together is not a nerve, but actually those areas are just due to muscular influences from the muscles surrounding the lips and infiltrating your lips. The doctor who placed the implants should...

Dentistry: New Dentures, upper denture, loss of taste
upper denture, loss of taste, upper jaw: Dear Ashlee, There are ways to get around loss of taste. But they usually involve the placement of implants to hold the dentures, so that the palate covering of the denture can be removed without, and the denture remain secured to the upper jaw. An upper...

Dentistry: non-descending tooth, lateral incisor, pediatric dentist
lateral incisor, pediatric dentist, maryland bridge: Dear Maria: As a parent, I completely understand your concern. However, at this point the only thing that you can do, is to go and see a pediatric dentist, or orthodontist. Each person is an individual, and should be treated that way. The answer to the...

Dentistry: Numbing a tooth, uncommon occurrence, upper teeth
uncommon occurrence, upper teeth, heart race: Hi again Lynn, You are more than welcome. Glad I could help some anyway. Unfortunately, X-rays are really no help because they are a 2 dimensional picture of a 3 dimensional jaw, so locating the spot is still a bit of guessing, experience and using landmarks...

Dentistry: Oral cancer, sinus infection, mouth cancer
sinus infection, mouth cancer, oral cancer: I would suggest you schedule an evaluation with an oral maxillofacial surgeon to evaluate your mouth. One with an MD (dental and medical degrees) would be preferable. If he/she gives the all clear, then you can rest assured. Moving forward you can schedule...

Dentistry: Osteoneycrosis of Jaw, avascular necrosis, cholesterol center
avascular necrosis, cholesterol center, intracranial hypertension: Barbara - I, personally, was never a specialist in the treatment of osteonecrosis. There are doctors in America that are specialists in its treatment. I am going to provide the names of three doctors in America. They may not be close to you, but it might...

Dentistry: Pain and complications following a jaw bone graft, bone graft, upper respiratory infection
bone graft, upper respiratory infection, muscle spasm: Jacek - Of course, without examining you I cannot be completely sure, but from your description of the pain you are suffering through, a fairly common complication seems to have occurred. I sort of question why your surgeon did not think of the obvious. ...

Dentistry: pain and nerve pain after tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water, nerve pain: Marilyn - I cannot be sure without examining you, but the pain you are having sounds like you have developed a condition call a dry socket . If your dentist cannot recognize what is ongoing, then you must see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to treat the...

Dentistry: how to be perfect dentist ?, new dentist, right from the beginning
new dentist, right from the beginning, piece of advice: Welcome to our profession, I am not sure what you mean by a perfect doctor. The best I can offer is to show compassion, be honest with your patients. Be of service and be available, and let your patients you care about them as people. Keep yourself up to...

Dentistry: plz ur advice is needed, Root Canal, Endodontics
Root Canal, Endodontics, Austin: Hi Ehab, As long as there is no increase in size of the radiolucency and no symptoms, then the teeth can remain impacted. If they cause issues, then I would recommend extraction by an oral surgery. Hope this helps, KG Amin, DMD Austin Center for Endodontic...

Dentistry: possible slipped disc in jaw, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water, muscle spasm: Shelley - It is a little difficult for me to come up with an exact answer for your situation, but often your episodes could be caused by spasms of the jaw muscles. These spasms are just like having a muscle spasm in a calf muscle or your arm. When this...

Dentistry: post& core vs just a crown for root canal, lateral incisor, little tooth
lateral incisor, little tooth, extreme circumstances: Hello again Polly, You are very welcome and I m happy to give you my thoughts. I believe the teeth to which you are referring are the upper first molars on each side, we number these teeth number 3 and number 14. I do not want to be evasive and I ll give...

Dentistry: post& core vs just crown, root canals, tooth structure
root canals, tooth structure, root canal: No worries, Polly. If they are the second from the back, and assuming that you have your wisdom teeth (a total of 16 teeth on top), then they would be your second molars, which we call 2 and 15 . These teeth are more important, so worth keeping if possible....

Dentistry: Premolar extraction, braces, central incisors, molar teeth
central incisors, molar teeth, wearing braces: Max - first of all, any wrinkles of the lip region occur most often from a pursing of the lips when smoking too much and not usually from a single tooth loss. Under the eye is not from anything having to do with dental relationships. A symmetrical appearance...

Dentistry: Preventing decay, prevention of decay, dental filling longevety
prevention of decay, dental filling longevety: Dear Susan, Sorry for the delay. I will answer the best I can. First I want you to know that you are doing everything possible to fight tooth decay. I know that if you continue all the preventive measures you described you will be doing everything science...

Dentistry: proper night guard, plaster models, best doctors
plaster models, best doctors, natural position: Shanti - Yours is a very good questions, since there are many night guards made by dentists who know very little about the proper bite and the appropriate night guard. Bite impressions along with plaster models are important to fabricate a proper appliance,...

Dentistry: Recent reply, gary backlund, facial nerve
gary backlund, facial nerve, horror story: Hi Lynn, WOW...the bad news just keeps pilling up! I an SO sorry to hear this. If this is what is really going on, there isn t s good explanation as to how it was missed. A pocket that deep should be diagnosed. Typically, dentists will measure the depth...

Dentistry: resin composite vs crown, Crown, Prosthodontist
Crown, Prosthodontist, resin: Hi Brenda, One of my biggest pet peeves is that I always like directing someone toward a specialist. That is someone who has a more expert focus in just one area giving you the best chance at good advice. Depending on how long ago you went to your dentist,...

Dentistry: Reversal of Le Fort 1 osteotomy, adequate blood flow, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
adequate blood flow, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, proper density: Marty - If the osteopenia is minimal, it is probably possible to do the surgery, but my suggestion is to have your surgeon speak with a specialist who assists in the treatment of osteopenia. That specialist might be a rheumatologist or an endocrinologist...

Dentistry: root canal, root canals, dead material
root canals, dead material, root canal: Hi Theresa, I can certainly understand you being scared if this is your first root canal. I think most patients who come to our office are fearful too because of all the bad press root canals get. I also think that almost all say it was pretty darn easy...

Dentistry: root canal with temporary filling, temporary filling, best bet
temporary filling, best bet, root canal: Your best bet is to restore this tooth with a post and crown.You already had the root canal,go for the finish and get this restored properly.The other option is to get the tooth built up with composite but this is not a long lasting solution and you are at...

Dentistry: sensitivity, gum recession, cold sensitivity
gum recession, cold sensitivity, root surface: grinding can cause some chewing sensitivity...kind of a soreness when you chew, not a sharp pain. the sweet sensitivity can be some exposed dentin or root surface. i would look into the night guard to help take some of the stress away. and maybe try a desensitizing...

Dentistry: sinus lesion?, perio, endodontist
perio, endodontist, dalin: it sounds more dental to me...perio and endo issues. i would get a full set of xrays on her and do a complete pocket measurement on her and see what things look like. you need to rule out dental things first...caries, endo, perio problems. if everything checks...

Dentistry: Teeth, root canals, tooth number
root canals, tooth number, theeth: Hi Sean and thanks for your question. Firstly, I would suggest that you make a concerted effort to find a dental practice and dentist that you trust, so that you are able to discuss these issues freely with them. I get the feeling that you somewhat hesitant...

Dentistry: Tingling , Burning sensation & numbness, aggressive periodontitis, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
aggressive periodontitis, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, nerve tissue: Sethu - Your symptoms of tingling, burning and numbness usually indicates that your problem is of neurological in origin. Usually the problem originates from a localized inflammation of nerve tissue. Is the problem from a tooth or is it from a main nerve?...

Dentistry: Tongue, swollen neck lymph nodes, reactive lymph nodes
swollen neck lymph nodes, reactive lymph nodes, definitive diagnosis: Hi Kim It is always your right and perogative to seek out a second or further opinions if you are not satisfied with the diagnosis. I would suggest that you find a clinician whom you do trust, to save yourself all the effort and worry that comes along...

Dentistry: upper jaw not growing, upper incisors, replacement teeth
upper incisors, replacement teeth, long tongue: First, you should understand that the delayed appearance of the upper incisors does not mean that the upper jaw is not growing or is actually shrinking. The growth of the jaws and the development and appearance of the teeth are two different processes and...

Dentistry: use old bridge with new implants, second tooth, old bridge
second tooth, old bridge, prosthodontist: Dear Guadalupe: I understand your dilemma. The most important thing is to find a dentist whom you can trust. Thus should help you... This is only one of the many companies who will be happy to recycle your gold for you: http://www.garfieldrefining.com/...

Dentistry: Velescope, oral pathologist, geographic tongue
oral pathologist, geographic tongue, dental school: Kim - Darkened areas are usually due to fungus accumulation. This is not totally unusual and for that reason all patients should brush their tongue twice a day, when they brush their teeth. This will clean the area, but it will take a little time to go...

Dentistry: Velescope, geographic tongue, chronic inflammation
geographic tongue, chronic inflammation, visualization tool: Hi Kim Well, I am pleased that you are aware of this unhealthy obsession, but continuing in this manner is hardly a way to address the problem and by me constantly replying to you, I feel I am only feeding your obsession. You are more than welcome to ask...

Dentistry: What Can Be Done?, warranty work, personal practice
warranty work, personal practice, dentist: let me try to answer each of your questions: the dentist might be able to reline it right in the office...it depends on how much is needed and if he/she has the materials to do it right there in the office. sometimes we have no choice but to send it to the...

Dentistry: Zirconium crowns, root canal treatment, pain killers
root canal treatment, pain killers, international travelers: Dear Paul: I am so sorry to hear of your troubles. I also apologize for the delay. I receive an incredible amount of email and sometimes, some end up in the spam folder. In any case... you should NOT have any pain at all. This is not normal. One of the...

Dentistry: 12 teeth removed and imedint dentures, immediate dentures, reline
immediate dentures, reline, extractions: Hi Angela and thanks for your question. Immediate dentures in general lack the degree of fit, comfort and aesthetics immediately after the extractions, but as the swelling and inflammation subsides, the fit and comfort of the denture will greatly improve....

Dentistry: 12 tooth bridge on 4 implants, tooth bridge, permanent bridge
tooth bridge, permanent bridge, traditional choice: Dear Gary, My first choice, because it is both attractive and durable, is ceramic on Zirconia. My second choice, because it is less hard, and so more resilient, is acrylic on titanium. This is a great choice if you clench your teeth. The acrylic will...

Dentistry: Abcess?, tooth abcess, body response
tooth abcess, body response, abscess: Dear Leeann: The main difference is that a cut IS NOT infected and the abscess is the result of an infection. A cut is just a traumatic event affecting the tissues. It is caused by a sharp object lacerating the gums and the body has to mount a simple...

Dentistry: Apicoectomy, oklahoma health science, health science center
oklahoma health science, health science center, oklahoma health science center: Peggy - It is obvious that none of those doctors really know how to deal with this problem. I suggest that you take your mother to the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center -Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for an evaluation. Call (405)...

Dentistry: Arresting caries, tooth decay reversal
tooth decay reversal: Dear Licinda, I m sorry about the delay in getting my reply out. First of all I want to congratulate you for offering the best dentistry to your patients. I m really glad to hear from you. You are correct in thinking you should protect yourself from...

Dentistry: Black line stain, pediatric dentist, self conscience
pediatric dentist, self conscience, precipitate: Darlene, ignore the stain, and the dentists that want to keep cleaning it off. The abrasive makes no difference, you just dont want to damage the enamel by using it to hard or too often. Many people are lucky enough to have this kind of protective saliva,...

Dentistry: bone grafting, bone graft, moral objections
bone graft, moral objections, gum line: Therese - Cadaver bone is a good replacement for a bony defect. It is advisable in certain situations and I prefer synthetic graft in some situations. In certain locations, the healing of the bone with cadaver creates a more dense bone. That is important...

Dentistry: bone loss, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, oral and maxillofacial surgeons
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, bone grafting: Salena - You have obviously endured quite a bit since the grafting. It is now a year later and problems seem to be continuing. At this stage, if healing was progressing normally, you should not still be losing bone. If your surgeon cannot come up with...

Dentistry: brackets keep falling, 13 years, brackets
13 years, brackets, tongue: The most important thing you can do to prevent this from happening is to chew carefully and avoid biting down on that bracket. If you are certain that you are doing just that, then there is nothing else you can do to prevent this bracket failure. Just keep...

Dentistry: Canker sore?, gargle salt water, cancer sores
gargle salt water, cancer sores, swollen glands: Hi scotty , i am definate it is not Cancer sores as you have no fever , you most probably have Apthous ulcer. What you can use is tantum mouth wash , and have vit b 12 supplements , which will greatly reduce the size and occurrence of the lesions. If u can...

Dentistry: Complications following root canal, hairline fracture, root canal treatment
hairline fracture, root canal treatment, calcium hydroxide: Hi Elsie, WOW.... sounds like you have been through it! You are an excellent historian and very through writer...thanks! From what you have told me, it sounds like all your options, except the apico, have been explored. Obviously, something is not right....

Dentistry: Cost of procedure, horrific experience, new crown
horrific experience, new crown, heart problem: It would appear that the problem is more with the endodontist s personality than with the treatment he is rendering. You can have dentists with good personalities who do good work, with good personalities who do bad work, with bad personalities who do good...

Dentistry: dental fillings, molar teeth, composite fillings
molar teeth, composite fillings, amalgam fillings: Mohamed - I am very biased in this area. Being a little older and having gone through the many changes that have occurred and are still occurring in dentistry and dental materials, I find that amalgam fillings are still very good for molar teeth. This material...

Dentistry: Arresting caries, informed consent
Dentistry: Arresting caries, informed consent

Dentistry: foods that don't require much flossing?, sensitive gums, saliva flow
sensitive gums, saliva flow, water pik: Hi Lee and thanks for your question. As I am sure you can appreciate the difficulty in giving you any definitive answers due to huge inter-personal differences one finds with gaps between teeth, tooth composition which affects the porosity and external...

Dentistry: Herbst for 15 year old girl, herbst appliance, tmd symptoms
herbst appliance, tmd symptoms, jaw size: Sharon - I am sure that you realize that I cannot be totally sure what I am telling you is exactly correct,but from your description it sounds like your daughter s problem is not mostly related to the position of her teeth, but the jaws. It sounds like she...

Dentistry: horrible bone pain after root canal, Root Canal, Austin
Root Canal, Austin, Texas: Hi Stephanie, Sorry about your recent dental issues. It is normal for the bone to sink /resorb after an extraction area has healed. Chances are what you are feeling was always there since the extraction. In terms of the pain after the recent root canal,...

Dentistry: Jaw joint question, massive denial, overjet
massive denial, overjet, incorrect position: Barb - I think I understand your questioning of the orthodontists focus on your jaw discrepancy. The natural jaw position is quite easy to determine. Just take your tongue and try to touch as far back on the roof of your mouth as you can go and then bite...

Dentistry: jawbone infection, jawbone infection, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
jawbone infection, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, root canal treatment: Samuel - I cannot be completely sure without viewing xrays and examining you, but just because a root canal treatment appears to be successful, it does not mean that an infection continues to exist in the bone surrounding the tooth. Occasionally, a board...

Dentistry: Lip, Root Canal
Root Canal: Hi Kim, I can t see that pictures you ve attached. Oral Cancer is linked to smoking and excessive alcohol use. If your husband has a history of either, then routine oral cancer screenings are important. The velescope is a decent advancement in oral cancer...

Dentistry: lump in my cheeks in jawline, warm salt water, wisdom teeth
warm salt water, wisdom teeth, strict regimen: Revelyn - Of course, without examining you I cannot be completely sure, but chronic infection like you describe, that required the antibiotic to calm it down, during the healing of a chronic infection excessive scarring deep in the tissues of the cheek occurred....

Dentistry: Lump on Gum after Antibiotic, root canals, hello gary
root canals, hello gary, front tooth: Hi again Mike, I m sorry to hear about your glands & throat swelling. While this is not a typical true allergic reaction, the swollen throat certainly could be, especially when it went away with the Benadryl. If the lump is hard & firm, it probably means...

Dentistry: mouth pain, painful lymph nodes, oral condition
painful lymph nodes, oral condition, oral cavity: Hi Porsher and thanks for your question. I sure you can appreciate the danger and difficulty in me giving you a definitive diagnosis from what you have explained, without further investigation and consultation into the matter. I want to explain some vital...

Dentistry: Photo of Black Line Stain, gum line, aesthetic problem
gum line, aesthetic problem, gauze: Hi Darlene, there is no problem here. For your son the black line at his gum line is normal It does not look good but it is not unhealthy. It can be removed if it looks bad with a little powder abrasive cleaner that you would use on a sink or on dishes...

Dentistry: To Pull All Bottom Teeth or Leave 3 Teeth?, partial denture, new dentist
partial denture, new dentist, bottom teeth: Sunday - It is important that any dentist you choose is skilled. Just because the dentist you are seeing is only out of school 5 years does not mean that she is not skilled. A simple test of the doctor s skill is to ask her for names of patients you can...

Dentistry: question about swelling of face., salt water solution, surgery residency program
salt water solution, surgery residency program, warm salt water: Dear Holly, Most likely your husband has a tooth related infection. Depending on the type of problem he has he may require a root canal, gum treatments or an extraction. He should be seen by a dentist. If it is a holiday weekend and your dentist doesn t...

Dentistry: What can be the reason of pain?, toothpaste for sensitive teeth, upper tooth
toothpaste for sensitive teeth, upper tooth, independent doctors: when a crown is done, the tooth has to be prepared so that the crown can be placed. preparation involves reducing the tooth around 1.5-2mm in all dimensions. so the answer is yes, the tooth is cut down. this is done to make room for the crown. good luck ...

Dentistry: Recent dental exam of my son, good oral hygiene, dental exam
good oral hygiene, dental exam, x rays: Hi Beth, I am sorry to hear about your experience. I hope that the dentist is telling you the truth. I can t imagine a dentist saying a tooth has a cavity if it really doesn t. However, with that being said, every dentist has their own threshold for...

Dentistry: root canal through bridgework, root canal treatment, bridgework
root canal treatment, bridgework, endodontist: Mary - Absolutely the root canal can be done successfully through the crown without any problems. This procedure is done all the time. It is important that the dentist is highly skilled in root canal treatment. Having an endodontist doing the root canal...

Dentistry: Root Canal Therapy, root canal therapy, root canal treatment
root canal therapy, root canal treatment, residual infection: Hi Andy and thanks for your question. What has been advised seems within normal limits for root canal treatment. Remember that the antibiotics have effect in clearing up the current infection and their action lasts much longer than the duration for which...

Dentistry: RPE, gary backlund, mainstream treatment
gary backlund, mainstream treatment, endodontist: Hi Lynn, On this question, I really can t be much help since I m an endodontist. There does not seem to be many dentists doing this, at least at this point, so it doesn t seem to be mainstream treatment. That doesn t mean it s not effective, however. I...

Dentistry: Sharp pain with no cause, muscle spasm, sinus infection
muscle spasm, sinus infection, muscular problem: Steph - I have had patients with severe pain who came to me with it gone. Muscle spasms can produce this type of pain, just like a leg muscle spasm. Likewise, internal inflammation or infection within a tooth can produce episodes of severe pain due to increase...

Dentistry: Teeth filling caused my eye swellen, kind suggestion, upper tooth
kind suggestion, upper tooth, dental work: Jayraj, Eyes can become swollen after dental work for two primary reasons, one is an allergic reaction and the other due to an infection involving an upper tooth. If your selling hasn t gone away by this point, you should notify your dentist and see him...

Dentistry: Tonsil, tonsil cancer, tonsil tissue
tonsil cancer, tonsil tissue, tonsil stones: Hi Kim You cannot possibly expect anyone to give you a positive diagnosis of that nature based on a picture of a lesion - that s hopefully not where modern technology has taken medicine to... Only a small percentage of head and neck cancers are tonsil...

Dentistry: Tooth Bonding, wet pavement, perfect teeth
wet pavement, perfect teeth, tooth bonding: Dear Esther, You have now asked me a question that I cannot answer with certainty. I have not seen you or your teeth or the defect you describe. Having said this, I will tell you that if this area is not decayed, as you say, and if it is not sensitive...

Dentistry: Tooth pocket, gary backlund, periodontist
gary backlund, periodontist, molars: Hi Lynn, You are NOT neurotic! You have been through a lot in a short period of time and have had some real dental surprises in addition. I m glad I could be there to help where possible....it s a bit tough since this is only the internet. It sounds...

Dentistry: Types of Impression Material, gag reflex, fitting dentures
gag reflex, fitting dentures, necessary accuracy: Dear Lois: I understand your problem, and you are not the only one. There are many people for whom impression taking is difficult. However it is not the impression material that makes the difference. It is the technique used. Please take the time to go to...

Dentistry: wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
wisdom tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, mandibular nerve: Andrew - I understand what you are describing and lower wisdom teeth that are not completely erupted of have their roots in a close position to the mandibular nerve. This nerve is the one that when it is in contact with local anesthetic medication the lip...

Dentistry: Zinc-Oxide Eugenol Paste, zinc oxide eugenol, custom trays
zinc oxide eugenol, custom trays, alginates: usually that is a final impression...alginates are used for primary impressions where custom trays are fabricated. the secondary or final impression is made with ZOE or some sort of rubber material. some people use a material called accugel as well. i hope...

Dentistry: Acid, starchy snacks, gastric acids
starchy snacks, gastric acids, diet sodas: Dear James, The best rinse is water. Better: Brush your teeth after sweet or starchy snacks. The enzymes in your mouth break up starches into sugars, and the bacteria in your mouth eat the sugars and turn them into acids. Even if you move to diet sodas,...

Dentistry: astrids question, gary backlund, msd
gary backlund, msd, dmd: Hi Marilyn, Thank you for the kind words! I assume you are having a problem with a calcified tooth as that was what Astrid was talking about. That was some time ago I answered that question. I m glad you were able to find it and that it helped! Best...

Dentistry: Aveololplasty nightmare for son, bugs bunny, dental clinics
bugs bunny, dental clinics, rock and a hard place: Kathy - I am not a specialist in dealing with an obvious malpractice case, but if you seen an evaluation from an attorney and have them contact the dental office, I think the situation will be taken care of. I am so sorry to hear what your son has been through....

Dentistry: baby teeth, first molars, eruption patterns
first molars, eruption patterns, primary teeth: i would not be concerned....you will see all sorts of eruption patterns over your career. they come in in all sorts of different orders and at different times. there is nothing you can do at that age anyway so you merely have to be patient and see how things...

Dentistry: Bump on Palatopharyngeal arch, pediatric dentist, oral surgeon
pediatric dentist, oral surgeon, lesion: Dear Nikki, please excuse the delay in getting back to you. The pictures are great , but this is not my specialty, I am a pediatric dentist. Would feel guilty about giving you an opinion. If the lesion is still present I would try to find an oral surgeon...

Dentistry: chewing tobacco/mouth cancer, oral tissues, chewing tobacco
oral tissues, chewing tobacco, mouth cancer: i am not sure if this has every been calculated...i would imagine your risk is higher, but the fact that you have not used in 10 years is excellent. congratulations. have your dentist do a visual check of your oral tissues every checkup. you can visually see...

Dentistry: chewing tobacco/mouth cancer, check ups, mouth cancer
check ups, mouth cancer, chewing tobacco: Hi David and thanks for your question. The fact that you only used rarely and sporadically certainly counts in your favour, as does the fact that you only used for a 10 year period, in your youth and have not used tobacco for the last 10 years - and I...

Dentistry: chewing tobacco/mouth cancer, sucess story, mouth cancer
sucess story, mouth cancer, chewing tobacco: Hi David, it is very difficult to estimate the risk potential of cancer. It follows a rule called ALL OR NONE PRINCIPAL IT means that if a person cunsumes very less tobacco he might have cancer and a person having tobacco might not have cancer atall.Only...

Dentistry: chronic earache, non-infectious, 3d tomography, trigger point therapy
3d tomography, trigger point therapy, high fever: Molly - Without viewing the xray of the cyst, it is a little difficult for me to comment on it. A splint if used properly, not all day, but just at night during sleep, is a very helpful device that creates stabilization of the bite. Once stabilized,...

Dentistry: coming back to my job, self confidence, dental schools
self confidence, dental schools, dalin: is there any way for you to take some continuing education classes either there in iran or travelling somewhere else? these will help. you also can see if you can do some work at dental schools where you live. that too will help. you can see if you can find...

Dentistry: Complicated implants problem, long term solution, tooth decay
long term solution, tooth decay, double crown: Dear Cheryl, Yes. And the sooner the better. As your lower face continues to change, it becomes more difficult to obtain the result you wish for. You may want to ask your dentist if he can make a temporary partial plate that will provide better support...

Dentistry: continuous pain after an extraction, warm salt water, temporary bridge
warm salt water, temporary bridge, continuous pain: Debra - you might need an evaluation from and oral surgeon, but first for a couple of weeks, begin warm salt water rinses in the area. Do it for 3-4 minutes, 4-5 times a day. The warm salt water helps to drain any trapped fluids that produce discomfort....

Dentistry: crown, porcelain crown, tooth color
porcelain crown, tooth color, necessary thanks: Porcelain fused to metal is a great restoration and strongest. 2750 is the right code .when the dentist prepares the tooth they will be able to tell you if a buildup will be necessary to augment the the tooth and support The crown better. Don t feet over...

Dentistry: crown lengthening, getting braces, new crown
getting braces, new crown, dalin: this is something that does work...it merely takes time. so it is definitely an option. talk with your dentist about this...and then you will have to talk with an orthodontist (remember this means you will be getting braces). good luck with all of this! and...

Dentistry: Dental Crowns, dental crowns, front teeth
dental crowns, front teeth, restorative materials: Dear Paul: It is essentially impossible for me to answer the question for your dentist. I know nothing of what was done, what materials were used and what type of occlusion (bite) you have, and any esthetic and speech issues that you might have if the shape...

Dentistry: Dental Crowns, dental crowns, pictures of smiles
dental crowns, pictures of smiles, little tooth: Don t be angry with yourself. Adjustments can be made. If your crowns are made of zirconia, they may be harder to adjust than porcelain. But they can be adjusted and polished. When you re paying for a new smile, you should get what you set out to get....

Dentistry: Dental crowns too long, zirconia crowns, dental crowns
zirconia crowns, dental crowns, ur family: hi paul hmmm i wonder why didnt your dentist go for mock buildups before fixing crowns. remember that for the next time and ur family and friends ok coming to your question: yes and no. yes : if there is good amount of ceramic on top of the zirconia...

Dentistry: dental implant/face and ear pain, new dentist, depth perception
new dentist, depth perception, snaggle tooth: Jennifer - What you are enduring is not uncommon. Unfortunately, many dentists are not skilled and objective in understanding the cause of the type of pain you have. You symptoms of headache, earache, nausea and dizziness are often caused by the loss of...

Dentistry: Dental pains, root canal treatment, clove oil
root canal treatment, clove oil, nerve irritation: hi shay sorry for the delay. the pain you are describing can be either of the two. a) frank nerve death (called irreversible pulpitis) or b) transient nerve irritation due faulty cap margins ( called reversible pulpitis) c) frank cavity underneath your...

Dentistry: Ear ache, ear ache, earache
ear ache, earache, TMJ: Hi, Sean, If it s TMJ Syndrome, you likely have other symptoms. Please see this write-up. | http://somatics.com/TMJ-TMD%20Symptoms.htm The article accessible from that page gives you an effective course of action -- if it s your TMJ. Inform yourself....

Dentistry: Help! Nerve Exposed while drilling, larry burnett, glass ionomer
Dentistry: Help! Nerve Exposed while drilling, larry burnett, glass ionomer, root canal

Dentistry: Fast Set Impression, question pool, impression material
question pool, impression material, peace of mind: Hi Joann and thanks for your question which I am answering from the question pool. Yes, all clinician I know have fast-set impression paste for the very reason you probably need it, so I wouldn t worry too much. For your own peace of mind, you could always...

Dentistry: full mouth reehab, TMJ, caps
TMJ, caps, crowns: Hello Omi, Before I go spouting off on questions like these, I always like to preface my answer by saying.... I am not a doctor. But I do feel like I have definite Patient Point of View opinions. I have never heard of anybody capping such a large...

Dentistry: full mouth rehab...., face muscles, wisdom teeth
face muscles, wisdom teeth, facial muscles: Hi again Om As I am sure you imagine the difficulty I have in giving you any definitive answers without the privilege of a lot more vital information and being able to examine you clinically. Dentistry is pretty much a hands-on science and the one who...

Dentistry: full mouth rehab......., face muscles, wisdom teeth
face muscles, wisdom teeth, front teeth: Unfortunately neither of the will help that situation, to actually move the lower jaw forward your bite needs to be closed and you ve gone the other way and opened it. From what you ve told me this is the right approach for you to make your muscles and teeth...

Dentistry: full mouth rehab, face muscles, wisdom teeth
face muscles, wisdom teeth, magic answer: Dear om: You are asking me to help you with complex problems after a significant amount of expensive treatment performed on virtually all of your teeth. It would be extremely difficult for me to answer your questions if you were here so that I could examine...

Dentistry: Gray spots on gum line, top gum, gum line
top gum, gum line, gray spots: Dear Alicia, These are either freckles (yes, that s what they look like in your gums), small veins at the edges of your gums, a sign of gum disease, or melanoma (very very unlikely). Get to your dentist to have him check your gums to be sure these are...

Dentistry: gum, definitive diagnosis, thin white line
definitive diagnosis, thin white line, dalin: steph without seeing this in person, i cannot really give you any sort of definitive answer. it does not sound too ominous to me at all. it could merely be some sort of irritation. if this is the case, it will go away fairly quickly. sometimes these things...

Dentistry: Headache ,Dizziness, Nausea, acute periapical abscess, dizziness and nausea
acute periapical abscess, dizziness and nausea, involvment: Hi mychal, sorry for the delayed response . I am 100% sure you have a pulpal involvment in one your teeth . You had an acute periapical abscess which subsided when you took the antibiotics ( which was an excellent decision) now i will advice you to get an...

Dentistry: Headache ,Dizziness, Nausea...., sinus cavity, sinus cavities
sinus cavity, sinus cavities, dizziness and nausea: Hi Mychal and thanks fore your question. Please accept my sincerest of apologies for the delay in my response, but I was man-down with the flu for 3 days. Your questions raises some very urgent and potentially life-threatening consequences of dental...

Dentistry: Help! Nerve Exposed while drilling, wisdom tooth, diagnostic skills
wisdom tooth, diagnostic skills, pain med: Hi Jean, I can not comment on the skill of your dentist since I did not observe her working. However, if she previously told you that a root canal would be necessary, it sounds like her diagnostic skills are quite good. Often times, if the decay is...

Dentistry: implant, cosmetic result, physical appearance
cosmetic result, physical appearance, incisor: Every market differs.In my area the going rate for an implant with the abutment and crown is approx.$3800. You may need additional grafting for a cosmetic result.As time goes by there is less bone and gum to work with. You would need to be evaluated to get...

Dentistry: implant infection & temporal arteritis, temporal arteritis, steroid therapy
temporal arteritis, steroid therapy, chronic infection: Hank - Let me tell you this. With a chronic infection, bacteria is constantly being fed into the blood vessels in the region. This recurrent bathing of the blood vessels with bacteria can produce the arteritis. Is that the only cause? I don t know, but...

Dentistry: Loose tooth, periodontal ligament, nerve function
periodontal ligament, nerve function, time element: You are welcome Luke, don t lose faith and make sure you are very careful of that tooth. To be honest it s not sounding great but there is still a chance. I would have thought by now that it might be tightening a little but since you injured it again what...

Dentistry: Minimal Impression Material, reline, impression material
reline, impression material, bite down: Dear Diane, the answer really depends on the causes of your sores. Sometimes sores are caused by pressure spots. In this event, the sores tend to go away when an adjustment is made to the internal part of the denture. I use a pressure indicating paste to...

Dentistry: mint flavor
jo try searching online for nonflavored mouthwashes. you never know what you might find. if you want to get some stain off, try this home remedy...dip your brush in peroxide...take the wet brush and then dip it in some baking soda, creating a slurry on...

Dentistry: Molar Tooth Extra Nerve Supply and Root Canal, molar tooth, root canal treatment
molar tooth, root canal treatment, nerve supply: Dear Louise, If you must lose the tooth, and you don t want an implant, then you could have a bridge (cemented permanently) or a partial (removable) made. What you decide depends on how you feel about the different types of appliances. You can go to nobhilldentalcenter.com...

Dentistry: mouthwash, hydrogen peroxide, home remedy
hydrogen peroxide, home remedy, peridex: I m not a big fan of mouthwashes. Unless you require an antibacterial rinse like peridex the rest are superficial and do little more than make your mouth feel fresh . You could do very well with any rinse, even a plain water rinse or saline rinse for irrigation.the...

Dentistry: New Denture Advise, upper denture, new dentist
upper denture, new dentist, impression material: sondra if you want a new denture then that is all you should need to tell your dentist. even if a reline might be okay, it is your desire to start fresh (you can use this first denture as an emergency spare one). now keep in mind, when you make a new denture...

Dentistry: two opinions, new dentist, cold test
new dentist, cold test, question pool: Hi Bill and thanks for your question which I am answering from the question pool. I fully understand your confusion with he situation, because the truth is that although dentistry is an exact science, the interpretation therefore is left up to humans, where...

Dentistry: Pain 10 days after lower molar extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, molar extraction
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, molar extraction, warm salt water: Sue - you have nothing to lose by taking the antibiotic at this time. If there is an underlying problem, the antibiotic should help. In addition, you need to immediately begin warm salt water rinses, but increase the rinsing to 4-5 times a day for a full...

Dentistry: Pain in the right jaw, sinus problem, wisdom tooth
sinus problem, wisdom tooth, cold test: Hi, It could be related to your sinuses, as often times the pressure from the sinus pushes onto the teeth. Especially if they found no abnormality on the xrays or intra-orally, then a sinus issue could be the source of your pain. I would give the antibiotics...

Dentistry: pain after root canal retreatment, root canal filling, z pack antibiotic
root canal filling, z pack antibiotic, initial procedure: Nellie - You are correct to question the continuation of the pain and discomfort after the redo and a course of antibiotics. Usually, if the root canal is successful is eradicating the pain and any infection, pain with gradually subside over a few days and...

Dentistry: pediatric pulpotomy, gary backlund, pediatric pulpotomy
gary backlund, pediatric pulpotomy, space maintainer: Hi Kristin, I m sorry to hear you & your daughter are going through all this. I can understand your concern. In situations like this, a pulpotomy is usually the best choice. It allows the tooth to be saved and hold the space for the permanent teeth that...