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Dentistry: Root canal, front tooth, medical evaluation
front tooth, medical evaluation, root canal: The procedure is frequently done with children of this age due to severe decay and there are typically no problems associated with the procedure. The most common complication might be that the infection could not be entirely eliminated and the tooth might...

Dentistry: Root canal infection or sinus infection?, ahmed saleh, sinus infection
ahmed saleh, sinus infection, dr ahmed: Hi Cathy If there is defect in the root canal that will lead to infection at the apex of the root and then lead to swelling , this accompanied with pain on tenderness .But your case ,i nominate the cause from maxillary sinus so i advice you to see specialist...

Dentistry: Root Fracture, bridge work, deep cleaning
bridge work, deep cleaning, extractions: Get the tooth out as soon as you can.A general dentist should be able to remove the tooth if he routinely does these extractions,no problem.Get the scaling done soon as well.I would prefer an implant to replace the fractured tooth if you are a candidate.The...

Dentistry: Round spot on x ray below tooth line, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, second tooth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, second tooth, x ray: Kenneth - Of course, without examining you or seeing an xray of the area, it is a little tough to be sure, but it sounds like you might have a cyst of the bone. If so, this area can be treated by the surgeon. Most likely, due to the roundness of the area,...

Dentistry: re: throbbing on tooth that has a root canal, root canals, infected gums
root canals, infected gums, root canal: Hi Cecil, I m sorry you re still having problems. You raise several issues here, so let me try to help and also explain things for you. First, when you have a root canal done, the process removes any nerve and blood supply in the tooth so it will not...

Dentistry: root canal?, root canal specialist, new dentist
root canal specialist, new dentist, root canals: Leah it sounds like the dentist is just covering himself. If done properly, there should be no cold sensitivitya. It might be a good idea to get a second opinion from a root canal specialist. So don t just wait. Find a root canal specialist(endodontist)...

Dentistry: root canal, root canals, endodontist
root canals, endodontist, root canal: Placing cotton without a filling was a very bad idea, and now your tooth and root canals are infected from the germs in your mouth. It may be very difficult, and involve flareups, to try to close the tooth. Frankly, the idea of leaving a tooth open was proved...

Dentistry: root canal, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, gum line: Hi Janet, I m sorry to hear you have this problem. NO, this is not normal! It sounds like something is going on with the root canal. I would suggest that you get back to see the specialist and have him/her evaluate your symptoms. A root canal that has healed...

Dentistry: root canal on a 2yr old, root canals, pediatric dentist
root canals, pediatric dentist, permanent teeth: baby teeth do get root canals when they are needed. they are a little different than what is done on permanent teeth but they accomplish what is needed...that is to stop infection and keep the tooth in there until it is lost naturally. she is only 2...she...

Dentistry: root canal done 9 yrs ago, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, pain killers: Hi Tina, I m sorry all this is going on. Unfortunately, it sounds like you are among the 3-5% of people whose root canals fail.....a bummer to say the least! Since I can t exam you, I can t tell you what will be suggested for your particular situation,...

Dentistry: root canal and capped tooth, ahmed saleh, dr ahmed
ahmed saleh, dr ahmed, stuart walker: Hi stuart please answer these questions : 1- what do you mean by cap?is it crown or light curing composite filling ?if it is crown ,which type(acrylic ,ceramic or zircon )? 2- Did the tooth have root canal and capped or didn t have root canal yet?...

Dentistry: Did Scaling Damage My Teeth?, ultrasonic scaler cavitron, central incisors
ultrasonic scaler cavitron, central incisors, dentistry school: Dear Emily: What you are describing is a common occurrence when someone just hasn t had his/her teeth cleaned properly for a very long while, or have a tremendous build up of calculus (tartar). If you have enough calculus build up on your front teeth, you...

Dentistry: Shaking Teeth, definitive diagnosis, oral hygiene
definitive diagnosis, oral hygiene, periodontist: Hi Anne and thanks for your question. What you need - and pretty seriously - is a referral to see a periodontist. I would imagine that you have some form of periodontics, which weakens the support of the teeth by degrading the bone, which results in the...

Dentistry: Silver caps on childrens teeth, childrens teeth, silver caps
childrens teeth, silver caps, metal caps: Hi Phyllis Ramos It is better to treat the decayed child teeth to protect them from early missing and that lead to crowding of the permanent teeth and you should know that silver and nickel chrome are not harmful inside patient mouth . thank you ...

Dentistry: sensitive molar, sedative, molar
sedative, molar, fillings: Dear Bud. It is hard to say what is the problem via the internet. Fillings can be sensitive for a number of reasons. One reason for increased sensitivity is a high bite. This can be easily dealt with by your dentist. If you were my patient I would ask you...

Dentistry: small white bumps, signs of measles, definitive diagnosis
signs of measles, definitive diagnosis, hi amy: Hi Amy and thanks for your question. I am sure you can understand the difficulty in giving you a definitive diagnosis without properly examining you, but an educated opinion would be that they might be Koplick Spots, which are usually the first signs of...

Dentistry: sore gums after teeth removel, sore gums, poor bone
sore gums, poor bone, better with time: Hi Beth, After multiple teeth are removed, the remaining bone is usually smoothed to help alleviate these problems. However, even in the most diligent cases, there are sometimes when little pieces of bone can become loose and cause irritation. Usually,...

Dentistry: sore mouth!, warm salt water, sore mouth
warm salt water, sore mouth, gums: Hi Leela, Sorry for the delay in responding. You can try using some warm salt water to rinse with and see if this brings down the puffiness. However, if this condition has been present for more than 3 days time, I would recommend you see a dentist...

Dentistry: still pain after root canal, ahmed saleh, dr ahmed
ahmed saleh, dr ahmed, proper diagnosis: Hi Anup shah please answer these questions for proper diagnosis : 1- which tooth had made root canal? 2- describe the pain (sever,mild,temporary,throbbing,in cold ,in sweet,tender pain,localized,generalized,at night) 3- Is the pain the same before doing...

Dentistry: two surgeries after root canal, tooth sensitivity, minor surgery
tooth sensitivity, minor surgery, generalities: Hi Lori, No problem...I ll try to give you good answers. 1) I have been under alot of stress lately, and could be clenching at night, would that lend itself to discomfort? With the history you have of a root canal and two surgeries, it is highly...

Dentistry: swollen/painful roof of mouth, roof of mouth, oral surgeon
roof of mouth, oral surgeon, salivary gland: Christine, with the extent of pain you are having, you should not wait to see the surgeon. Have your dentist give you the name of a board certified oral and maxillofacia surgeon now. Salivary blockages can be sore but not the amount of pain you are having....

Dentistry: Teeth after Zometa, zometa, soft surface
zometa, soft surface, oral surgeon: Patricia - I fully understand the surgeons apprehension about dentures. There have been cases of those who wear dentures developing a degeneration of the bone via osteonecrosis. Since you have already had an episode, you chances of undergoing it again is...

Dentistry: TMJ Follow-up continued, facial numbness, horizontal displacement
facial numbness, horizontal displacement, facial nerves: Beth - I wish that all those pictures you sent could give me a simple answer to your situation. Those pictures do not show a major irregularity that I see and from the films, I do not see a true assymetry. With the symptoms you describe, it definitely sounds...

Dentistry: Tooth Extraction, oral surgeon, regrow
oral surgeon, regrow, tooth extraction: Dear Sandi: The bone will regrow, although at a slightly lower level than it was when it was around your tooth. Healing sockets tend to leave a small dimple or depression in the gum where a tooth has been removed, due the small amount of bone lost during...

Dentistry: Tooth extraction, wisdom tooth, tooth extraction
wisdom tooth, tooth extraction, lower jaw: Matthew - Having not been there during the extraction, I cannot be sure, but often during the extraction of a tooth the adjacent tooth and the bone around it can be traumatized by an unskilled surgeon. Is that what happened to you? I cannot be sure, but...

Dentistry: Tooth pain, root canal specialist, gum infection
root canal specialist, gum infection, definite diagnosis: hi tara i would need to see you in person to make a definitive diagnosis. i will try to give you a few ideas about what might be possibilities: 1) a cavity...this is usually cold/sweet sensitive and you sound like you are having more pain and different pain...a...

Dentistry: Tooth root regrowth?, bony fragment, gum tissue
bony fragment, gum tissue, wisdom teeth: Hi Diana and thanks for your question. What you are describing could either be a tooth root from the wisdom tooth, but more likely it is bony fragment that sometimes dislodges during extractions which, at the time, is attached to the gum. Over time, the...

Dentistry: Tooth weakened/possibility of cracking, upper left quadrant, root canal therapy
upper left quadrant, root canal therapy, cosmetic work: A cap or crown can help fortify an otherwise unstable tooth that you describe.You do not require root canal therapy unless the decay is already penetrating the nerve are or there are other pulp issues with the tooth.The only reason a root canal might otherwise...

Dentistry: Types of toothpaste, prevident 5000, potassium nitrate
prevident 5000, potassium nitrate, prevident: personally i do not think paste or gel is the key. it is more the active ingredients. when i tell a patient to use a desensitizing toothpaste such as sensodyne, i tell them to use it nonstop as their toothpaste for 2-4 weeks. these toothpastes work with repetition....

Dentistry: front teeth propounding ahead, plastic aligners, upper teeth
plastic aligners, upper teeth, front teeth: Dear a: Your use of the word propounding brings to mind the idea that your teeth are moving forward. Are they, or have they been this way for a long time? No matter how you answer my question, here is what you can do: 1. Braces (which you already...

Dentistry: Front teeth replacement, teeth replacement, lumineers
teeth replacement, lumineers, front teeth: are your teeth overly worn down? this could make the situation a little more difficult. you need to get into a dentist who is good at doing cosmetic work. veneers might still be okay (but not lumineers). lumineers are thin and you might need greater thickness...

Dentistry: teeth whiting after braces, teeth whiting, front teeth
teeth whiting, front teeth, whitening product: Dear Ed: I would not advise any whitening product yet, as the first caused sensitivity. I would instead continue with daily fluoride applications for one month, or until the spots go away. If the teeth appear to be dark, then you may consider bleaching....

Dentistry: temporary crown damaged, ahmed saleh, dr ahmed
ahmed saleh, dr ahmed, novacaine: Hi Michele If the crown consist of metal facing with acrylic or ceramic and the cracking was in the facing material ,so don t worry about it and you can wait after birth and there is no risk to the underneath tooth still the metal of the crown is intact and...

Dentistry: tooth, broken tooth, dalin
broken tooth, dalin, root canal: you need to get into your dentist right away and have the area looked at. it might need a buildup and a crown. if the break is really deep, it might need a root canal as well. if it is really broken down, you might even have to have it removed. i know you...

Dentistry: tooth extraction/sinus, sinus cavity, bony plate
sinus cavity, bony plate, referral letter: Hi Wendy and thanks for your question. Sorry to hear about your terrible ordeal, but please bear in mind that unfortunate incidences such as these are sadly a possible consequence of oral surgery, despite making every effort to prevent it from happening....

Dentistry: tooth pain, ahmed saleh, dr ahmed
ahmed saleh, dr ahmed, tooth ache: Hi Anthony Medina Sorry for hearing that about your child hope i can see her to do the best for her,any how,it is better to seen from another dentist to see if there is caries in the upper and lower left teeth and if there is no caries it may be there is...

Dentistry: tooth pushed up into gums, ortodontist, metal walker
ortodontist, metal walker, rough idea: First thing would be to get a panoramic film to get a rough idea where the tooth is positioned.Then an ortodontist will be able to evaluate the prospects of bringing down the tooth.The orthodontist will be able to take that film as well.Get a referral from...

Dentistry: Unaligned Bite, causes of severe headaches, wisdom teeth
causes of severe headaches, wisdom teeth, bottom teeth: There are many causes of severe headaches. Some may be related to problems with the bite but many others are not. I would think you should seek medical advice to rule out the more serious causes along with a consultation with an orthodontist to explore issues...

Dentistry: Veneers or Caps, two front teeth, adult teeth
two front teeth, adult teeth, dear emma: If you had braces 5 years ago, and they brought your front teeth together, and they separated after the braces came off, there was an issue with the retention recommendations for your teeth after braces. I would now contact your orthodontist to find out what...

Dentistry: Wisdom tooth transplant, upper molar, wisdom tooth
upper molar, wisdom tooth, x rays: At this time what you are describing sounds awesome BUT it s definately not an option.Get the bad molar out and consider an implant for replacement.If the wisdom tooth is beneath the gumline and not giving you any trouble you may just leave it be for now...

Dentistry: Wrap Around/Biteblock Retainer Serving as a Night Guard, grinding my teeth, nite guard
grinding my teeth, nite guard, nightguard: Since I don t have a specific understanding of your present and prior situation I can only answer your question in generalities. This answer may or not accurately apply to your specific condition. If the previous retainer sufficiently stabilized...

Dentistry: widom teeth, first molars, widom teeth
first molars, widom teeth, wisdom teeth: Dear Jess, If I understand your narrative and your X-rays, you have had your right upper and lower first molars removed and are asking what you should do now. If you were my patient I would and needed to replace your first molars, my first suggestion would...

Dentistry: wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom teeth extraction
wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom teeth extraction, nob hill: Dear Allana: It is not uncommon to have some bruising in the area of a wisdom tooth extraction. A bruise is actually a visible collection of blood under the surface tissue. So bleeding on pressing is to be expected until you have healed completely. This...

Dentistry: X Ray, vital prerequisite, vital key
vital prerequisite, vital key, x rays: Dear a, thanks for your related question. A OPG is a vital prerequisite for ortho treatment and is a vital key, as I mentioned earlier, used for ortho evaluation of your jaw relationship and TMJ function. It is vital to have a comparable base-line record...

Dentistry: x-rays, colored tabs, new dentist
colored tabs, new dentist, wisdom teeth: Dear Katie: The questions you are asking are important. However the answers are not so clear cut. Technology can only make an excellent dentist perform a bit better. It is like getting new skiis, or a fantastic new tennis racket. If you are a terrible...

Dentistry: Yellow Spot, colored material, cavity
colored material, cavity, yogurt: Dear Sharon, If your child has such a problem it can be fixed easily with a tooth colored material placed into the yellow spot which is easily removed just like a cavity. Since the area is softer than the rest of the tooth, and susceptible to further breakdown...

Dentistry: Yellowed Dead Front Tooth, treatment modality, porcelain veneers
treatment modality, porcelain veneers, acceptable treatment: Hi Christa and thanks for your question. Yes, internal bleaching following root canal is a perfectly acceptable treatment modality and been around for many decades. But as with external bleaching, the results are never permanent and the procedure needs...

Dentistry: baby tooth, baby tooth, front tooth
baby tooth, front tooth, warm water: Without actually examining your son it s not possible for me to determine if this is a problem. It s probably not and it should improve as the gum heals. Have your son rinse vigorously with warm water and then have another look. If it still appears troublesome...

Dentistry: bicuspids, milk teeth, premolars
milk teeth, premolars, premolar: Hi albert, a bicuspid also known as a premolar is a tooth whose main function is chewing. there are four premolars in the upper arch and four in the lower. Premolars are absent in milk teeth. Premolars have two cusps namely, buccal cusp and lingual or palatal...

Dentistry: Black Spots on teeth, correct shape, black spots on teeth
correct shape, black spots on teeth, incomplete treatment: Black spots could be decay or stain can t say without an exam and x rays.If stain then a thorough professional cleaning would solve your problem .If decay the teeth in question should get restored properly,there really is no natural alternative to restorative...

Dentistry: Bone through Gums and Lower Partials, wisdom tooth infection, receding gums
wisdom tooth infection, receding gums, wisdom teeth: Dear Bernie: The problem is that what you are wearing are just transitional (temporary) dentures. A classic removable partial denture is made of a metal substructure, with proper anchourage to the teeth. It is then covered with gum and tooth colored acrylics...

Dentistry: burned gum tissue, board of dentistry, gum tissue
board of dentistry, gum tissue, soft diet: The answer is always yes. You may contact your State s Board of Dentistry and file a grievance. Most State Boards take complaints about professionals VERY seriously. I am not a lawyer, but I doubt that you will receive a monetary reward unless the pain...

Dentistry: canine teeth, canine teeth, tooth enamel
canine teeth, tooth enamel, dentin: Dear J, Not being able to see your teeth, I can answer your question only in generalities. Tooth enamel is translucent. Although it is unusual due to the bulk and shape of cuspid teeth, I have seen cuspids with visibly translucent enamel. This enamel...

Dentistry: Cavities, deep groove, semi colon
deep groove, semi colon, dear james: Dear James, By age 30, the average dental patient will have experienced 6-7 cavities. In answer to your second question, it s about a 50/50 split between cavities that begin in deep groove of your teeth exposed to brushing, and cavities that occur between...

Dentistry: Chin discomfort, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, salivary glands
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, salivary glands, mri: Mason - An MRI can discover any internal swelling and inflammation, but I suggest that you also have yourself examined by a more knowledgeable health professional. I suggest that you make an appointment with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. An examination...

Dentistry: chronic pain post sinus lift, sinus lift, tooth fragments
sinus lift, tooth fragments, mri of the brain: Mary - I wish I had a simple cause and cure for your problem. It could be a neurological problem, if a branch of the trigeminal nerve became traumatized. It could still be a sinus problem, especially with the surgery into the area. I wish I had a...

Dentistry: deep clean?, periodontal pocket, periodontal health
periodontal pocket, periodontal health, dental check: Dear Wo, It is not possible to tell whether you really need a deep cleaning from your narrative alone. An actual examination is needed. Deep cleanings or root planning are performed to remove calculus that can form below the gums. Subgingival tarter can...

Dentistry: deep cleaning and root scaling, deep cleaning, periodontal surgery
deep cleaning, periodontal surgery, scaler: Ginger - cleaning under the gums is scaling. An instrument, called a scaler is placed under the gums to attempt to remove any inflamed or infected tissue, any plaque and any surface calcified materials. This will help to arrest any inflammation, but the...

Dentistry: delayed eruption?, permanent teeth, dental examination
permanent teeth, dental examination, tooth development: By age 12 your son should have at least all eight permanent incisors and four permanent molars and possibly between 4-8 additional permanent teeth. If, in fact he has only five of those teeth then that would be a good reason to have a complete dental examination...

Dentistry: dental cyst, root canel, jaw fracture
root canel, jaw fracture, tooth trauma: Peter - Of course, without examining you or looking at your xrays, it is a little difficult for me to tell you there was any relationship of the problme with the tooth, from years earlier, and the jaw fracture. It is possible that the infection produced...

Dentistry: dental implant question, dental implant, xrays
dental implant, xrays, bone loss: Dear Gail, Do not remove a perfectly good tooth. Are you saying that 19 is also missing and is replaced by a bridge tooth? Does 20 have a crown that also holds 19 in place? If this is the case, and you must lose 18, why would your dentist not recommend...

Dentistry: Should I see a dentist or a general physician, warm salt water, proper diagnosis
warm salt water, proper diagnosis, salivary duct: This is definitely a dentist situation. It is probably a blocked salivary duct and is sometimes called a ranula . The salivary gland cannot empty so it backs up with saliva and swells, becomes distended and appears white, resembling the appearance of a...

Dentistry: Should I see the dentist or general physician, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, dentist
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, dentist, tongue: Robert - You should definitely be evaluated by a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. A dentist does not usually handle pathologic growths, like you describe and physicians don t handle areas in the mouth. I suggest you call your dentist and...

Dentistry: diabetic with dental woes, bottom teeth, time consideration
bottom teeth, time consideration, dental condition: hi gloria, you are suffering from a dental condition known as Periodontitis. I would suggest you call the Medicare helpline and ask them for a dentist who is affiliated to Medicare. If your teeth are very loose i would suggest that you get them extracted...

Dentistry: Doctor or Dentist, dear carmen, soft lump
dear carmen, soft lump, definitive diagnosis: Dear Carmen, My first choice for you would be to see your dentist. Even if this is only to rule out anything that might be coming from your teeth or gums (usually infection). Once ruled out, you should then see your physician for a more definitive diagnosis....

Dentistry: dry tongue, medicinenet com, geographic tongue
medicinenet com, geographic tongue, low testosterone: Hi Scott, Sorry to hear that you are having problems with a dry tongue. I know this can be uncomfortable. I don t think that the Androgel is the problems--I checked the literature and didn t see dry mouth as a side effect. There are some systemic diseases...

Dentistry: endodontic treatment, Root Canal, Endodontics
Root Canal, Endodontics, Austin: Sodium Hypochlorite is the preferred irrigation solution due to it s antibacterial effect. Saline is not the solution of choice because it doesn t disinfect the root canal system. KG Amin, DMD Austin Center for Endodontics (Root Canal Specialists) a...

Dentistry: eye tooth extraction, warm salt water, nose region
warm salt water, nose region, natural drainage: Jennifer - It is not totally unusual for swelling from an upper eye tooth to occur in the nose region. After about two days, it is a good idea to begin warm salt water rinses. These rinses will help to establish a natural drainage of any trapped fluids causing...

Dentistry: Why am I prone to Tooth Infections (Abscess), root canal treatments, abscesses
Dentistry: Why am I prone to Tooth Infections (Abscess), root canal treatments, abscesses, vicodin

Dentistry: Flexible partial denture, Partial
Partial : Sorry for the delay. It sounds to me like the technician over blocked out the model. This would cause the acrylic to be much higher on the teeth than necessary. The acrylic should be just below the height of contour to provide retention. Hopefully your partial...

Dentistry: Fluid where jaw and earlobe meet ?, maxillo facial surgeon, ear fullness
maxillo facial surgeon, ear fullness, speedy resolution: Hi Stephanie and thanks for the question. Sorry to hear about your unsolved dilemma. I am sure you can appreciate the difficulty I have in giving you a definitive answer without examining you myself and would not be as arrogant as to place myself and my...

Dentistry: What could the fluid sound be ?, ear fullness, vascular problem
ear fullness, vascular problem, dental problem: Stephanie- Fluid squishing sounds with just minor stimulation is not a dental problem. The area you describe, where the jaw and earlobe meet, is neither an ENT or Dental problem. Of course, I cannot be sure, but in that area there are some large blood vessels....

Dentistry: Foul Odor/ hard bump, jaw muscles, gum disease
jaw muscles, gum disease, dry socket: Carmalita - First of all, DO NOT STICK ANYTHING INTO THE SOCKET. A dry socket is a problem that is debilitating. Severe pain, terrible breath and taste is indicative of a dry socket. The bad breath is one of the main defining characteristic. Many cannot...

Dentistry: all on four, dental implant procedure, correct diagnosis
dental implant procedure, correct diagnosis, dear peter: Dear Peter: The all on four procedure is an excellent lower cost alternative to traditional design of implant retained detachable (dentist removed) reatorations. It works very well in limited bone situations in the lower jaw. However, you have to make...

Dentistry: A fractured root, going to the dentist, disability pension
going to the dentist, disability pension, missing teeth: Lisa - A fractured root is a problem, especially with a front tooth, to save the tooth. It is also not a common problem. I think the best solution is to get a second opinion. The dentist may just have wanted a simple solution and the extraction is the simplest....

Dentistry: Fractured root, going to the dentist, disability pension
going to the dentist, disability pension, missing teeth: Dear Lisa, You appear to suffer from many ailments, all of which appear to come from whatever it is that causes you to require the medications that you must take that causes your mouth to be dry. I have a lot of ideas for your general conditions. However,...

Dentistry: Full mouth debridement question, periodontal health, flossing
periodontal health, flossing, root canal: Without an exam I can t really tell you whether you would need the debridement or not.I don t know what your general periodontal health is and how often you should be on recall.If you trust your dentist follow their recommendations.If you don t you shouldn...

Dentistry: Gum Tissue Over The Extracted Wisdom Tooth Cut, wisdom teeth surgery, plaque picker
wisdom teeth surgery, plaque picker, gum tissue: Denise - Without seeing what the area looks like now, it is a little difficult for me to tell you, exactly, what needs to be done. You are actually doing the correct treatment now. I fully understand your apprehension about the staining of the teeth associated...

Dentistry: gums after wisdom teeth, warm salt water, wisdom teeth
warm salt water, wisdom teeth, open socket: Michael - All of the sockets with multiple extractions done at the same time often heal at different times. The one socket that has not fully healed and is black, is not terribly unusual. First of all, the black you see is a blood clot. This clot, in a...

Dentistry: healing after wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
wisdom tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, blood vessel formation: Ryan - Usually the hole created by the extraction of a tooth will fill within a month or so. At two months, the area should be completely filled in. That can occur with some minimal debris getting into the socket and it does not completely heal. I suggest...

Dentistry: Herbst, minor imperfections, westergaard
minor imperfections, westergaard, orthodontist: Dale - It is, of course, a little difficult for me to know what your daughter actually needs and what is best for her. In general, I am not impressed with the Herbst. Altough it can efficiently move the teeth, I am usually concerned about the potential...

Dentistry: Hole in the side of tooth, definitive diagnosis, cold sensitivity
definitive diagnosis, cold sensitivity, sized hole: if you are pain, maybe you should not wait too long. 3 weeks is not a long period to wait...things should not deteriorate that quickly. but you have to make the decision as far as the pain goes. one thing you did not mention is what kind of pain are your feeling?...

Dentistry: Implant, Crowns, Pontic Bridge - Pain & Sensitivity, oral maxillofacial surgeon, graft material
oral maxillofacial surgeon, graft material, general anaesthetic: You should really get this straightened out by the treating dentist.What has to be ascertained is whether the implant is the problem or the restoration.This should be done BEFORE a final restoration is placed.It could be something small like a contour issue...

Dentistry: implant vs. crown, permanent teeth, baby teeth
permanent teeth, baby teeth, oral surgeon: Rita - With baby teeth that have remained in the mouth for many years, it is not that the teeth are so strong, but for some reason the tooth and bone and somewhat fused together. With time, that fusion can gradually disipate and the tooth can loosen. A...

Dentistry: indirect pulp cap, root canal, timely fashion
root canal, timely fashion, cavities: The sooner you get this taken care of the better the results will be all around.If the tooth could be saved without the root canal ,great.If the tooth requires the root canal get it done before it blows up .Even though it may not appear to be so it s win -win...

Dentistry: infected tooth, gary backlund, pain medication
gary backlund, pain medication, extraction procedure: Hi Bryan, I m sorry to hear you had this bad experience with a root canal. The good news is, this really isn t serious at all. Once the tooth is removed, the source of the problem will be gone and your body will heal rapidly. You shouldn t even need any...

Dentistry: jaw, heavy weight champion, muhammed ali
heavy weight champion, muhammed ali, fractured jaw: Peter - In fact, if the fractured jaw was aligned properly and the treatment was done correctly, the bone is actually stronger. I am not sure if you are aware, but the former heavy weight champion, Muhammed Ali, broke his jaw during a fight and after a healing...

Dentistry: jaw, bone fracture, metal plates
bone fracture, metal plates, bone formation: Peter - If placed correctly, the metal plates do not weaken the bone at all. As long as there is no reaction to the metal and they were placed properly to promote new bone formation to repair the bone fracture, there is no reason to remove the plates. If,...

Dentistry: Jaw n chin problems, ears ring, trigeminal nerve
ears ring, trigeminal nerve, dysfunction syndrome: Dear Jim, Could be sinuses. Could be facial or trigeminal nerve related. Could be tooth related. Could be the dreaded Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction syndrome. Could be a tumor. You should first visit your primary care physician for a workup...

Dentistry: labial frenectomy, two front teeth, frenectomy
two front teeth, frenectomy, gum disease: Roberta - First of all, if a frenectomy is done properly by a skilled surgeon there is almost no discomfort. After a frenectomy is done, most likely the space between the teeth will not close. Probably the most common causes of space between the two front...

Dentistry: length of time it takes for a permanent tooth to emerge after my child's lost his baby tooth, pediatric dentist, rare occurrence
pediatric dentist, rare occurrence, permanent tooth: There are several reasons why a permanent incisor might be delayed in erupting. Crowding is one cause of delay. If there is inadequate space for the tooth to fit into the dental arch then it often will not emerge. This is called an impacted tooth and often...

Dentistry: Looking for Oral Surgeon familiar with Osteomyelitis of the jaw, oral and maxillofacial surgery, cook county hospital
oral and maxillofacial surgery, cook county hospital, loyola univ: Fred - Osteomyelitis is a profound and potentially devastating problem. The bone soon loses its density and becomes weak. The bacteria present in that bone infection soon proliferates with the ostomyelitis and expands. If antibiotics alone are not helpful...

Dentistry: Losing top and bottom 2nd molars., second molars, wisdom teeth
second molars, wisdom teeth, gum line: Edy - First of all, if the teeth need extractions and the wisdom teeth are behind, the only movement that can happen is of the wisdom teeth. Those two may begin to erupt and move forward. If they do not erupt straight, then they can always be removed in...

Dentistry: Lump in hard palate, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, hard palate
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, hard palate, minor trauma: Leanne - Look, I cannot be sure it is that hemangioma, but you are wise to not attempt to pop the area, just in case it is one. Usually, this type of problem is secondary to trauma. That can be even a minor trauma from biting down on something that traumatizes...

Dentistry: Maxillary lateral incisors., incisors teeth, conservative techniques
incisors teeth, conservative techniques, front teeth: Hi Barry and thanks for your question. I am sure that there were sufficient clinical reasons for this being done, although I am not an avid fan of removing otherwise healthy, sound tooth structure in light of more conservative techniques. So my experience...

Dentistry: Medications, root canal treatment, facial swelling
root canal treatment, facial swelling, ketan: Patients with any facial swelling should receive antibiotics. I tend to give antibiotics to patients with necrotic teeth and periapical radiolucencies after initiation of root canal treatment to reduce the risk of swelling/flare-up. Hope this helps, Ketan...

Dentistry: missing permanent teeth, 6 year molars, natural dentition
6 year molars, natural dentition, dental restorations: Dear Kristen: I personally like the idea of having a natural dentition, minimizing the use of any implants and/or any other dental restorations. Nothing lasts as long and wears as well as one s own natural teeth. In your daughter s case, the fact that...

Dentistry: Missing Front Tooth, tooth problem, front teeth
tooth problem, front teeth, front tooth: Hi Dee, really sorry to hear about your problem, it is indeed awful to go around without front teeth. Some suggestions that might work. Look up dental laboratories in your area, go to them directly and ask if they can help. Find a dental school and go...

Dentistry: molar, material thanks, temporary filling
material thanks, temporary filling, tooth structure: Assuming that sufficient tooth structure remains it sounds like you can have a crown. Crowns or onlays are the best way of restoring molars that are missing a lingual wall. From your description it sounds like you will be able to crown your tooth. Sometimes...

Dentistry: Molar extraction, Root Canal, Endodontist
Root Canal, Endodontist, Swelling: Hi Soumya, Sorry to hear about your recent dental issues. I would try to save the tooth with root canal procedure if possible. The best thing to do is to consult with an endodontist (root canal specialist) to see if the tooth can be saved. Keeping you...

Dentistry: Mucocele, warm salt water, gentle massage
warm salt water, gentle massage, scar tissue: Chris - It is a little difficult for me to give you a complete evaluation of the sutured surgery site, but sutures occasionally do loosen in the lip region from a constant bathing of saliva and the muscular forces in the lip. Sometimes the sutures do not...

Dentistry: I need a second opinion!, gum abcess, two front teeth
gum abcess, two front teeth, root canal treatments: Usually this type of infection is in the teeth which results in the gum abcess. If the front teeth have already had root canal treatments then there s probably nothing that can be done to eliminate the infection other than to remove the infected teeth. If...

Dentistry: Numbness/burning sensation near front of tongue after wisdom teeth removal, wisdom teeth removal, lingual nerve
wisdom teeth removal, lingual nerve, burning sensation: You should see another surgeon for a second opinion. I would not let this guy put in implants either. If you are near LA Peter Moy is very good. If you are still numb after 2 months you can sometimes have repair surgery but waiting 6 months is the wrong...

Dentistry: Numbness/burning sensation near front of tongue after wisdom teeth removal, lingual nerve injury, wisdom teeth removal
lingual nerve injury, wisdom teeth removal, burning sensation: Rachel - Sorry to hear about the injury to the lingual nerve. The lingual nerve injury can be very annoying. Waiting for 3-6 months to see if the nerve sensations return, is a little long to wait. The burning is actually a good sign that the nerve was not...

Dentistry: Opera singer Wisdom Tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, strange flavor
wisdom tooth extraction, strange flavor, opera singer: Hi Paola After extraction wound needs 7 days to heal but sometimes bottom takes some more time. Pain is there may be due to some trauma which is common in some cases, so don t worry. Pain will start decreases day by day after 7 days.The only thing you...

Dentistry: opinion, anatomy physiology, implant dentist
anatomy physiology, implant dentist, missing teeth: Dear Stephanie, Every patient is different, with differing needs, desires, anatomy, physiology and finances. Without seeing you and your xrays, I can t develop an overall plan that might be best for you. Nor should I, as I am not your dentist of record,...

Dentistry: Overbite options, insisting Orthodonist, clinical judgements, esthetic result
clinical judgements, esthetic result, bottom teeth: You are trying to second guess your orthodontist. And that s a good thing because I understand that you want to explore every alternate possibility. The way to do that is to seek another opinion with an orthodontist who can examine you and your x-rays and...

Dentistry: overfill, filling materials, relevant issue
filling materials, relevant issue, root canal: The important question is whether or not an overfill is a relevant issue, and that is the subject of a lot of controversy. Bacteria cause endodontic disease, not root canal filling materials, unless they are of some horribly non-biocompatible material, as...

Dentistry: Pain When Biting Down On New Resin Filling-Dr. Unable to Diagnose, good oral hygiene, grinding my teeth
good oral hygiene, grinding my teeth, q tip: Hi Dee and thanks for your follow-up. It sounds as if you are on the right road now, I expect that the tooth will subside because had it required root canal from the start, your symptoms would have been a bit more severe and not affected by the new filling...

Dentistry: Pain after Dentist, Root Canal, Endodontist
Root Canal, Endodontist, Swelling: Hi Martin, Sorry to hear about your dental pain. I usually tell patients that after a filling is done, there is inflammation in the nerve for 2-4 weeks, which usually manifests as temperature sensitivity: hot and cold pain. This should get better throughout...

Dentistry: Pain/Root Canals, root canal specialist, quality dentist
root canal specialist, quality dentist, root canal treatment: Hi Bryn, Sorry to hear about your recent dental pain. A tooth that has had previous root canal treatment can hurt later if there is a re-infection. At this point, the pain is coming from swelling in the bone and gingiva area around the tooth which still...

Dentistry: painful white spots on gums, soft bland diet, white spots on gums
soft bland diet, white spots on gums, chlorhexidine rinse: Dear Lisa, It sounds like before you first went to the dentist, you were working up to an acute gum infection. Usually we diagnose these as Acute Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingivitis if bacterial, or some type of acute inflammatory viral infection of your...

Dentistry: painful white spots on gums, white spots on gums, gum soreness
white spots on gums, gum soreness, bone infection: lisa this is a tough one to comment on without seeing you in person. you mention there are a lot of white spots. infection is usually red swellings. a fistula or a draining spot, can look white, but they are usually solitary. perhaps you have a bunch of canker...

Dentistry: Partials & bridge, two front teeth, partial denture
two front teeth, partial denture, question pool: Hi Sylvia and thanks for your question, which I am answering from the question pool. I sympathize with your plight and this represents a typical communication error - as to who is at fault, I cannot say, because either the right info was not relayed to...

Dentistry: Pediatric inquiry, gum tissue, pinkish colour
gum tissue, pinkish colour, primary teeth: Sometimes when a tooth is exfoliating or falling out it causes minor bleeding of the gum tissue which will result in discoloration similar to what you describe. This is probably an eruption hematoma without the swelling and should completely resolve when...

Dentistry: porcelain veneers vs crowns, porcelain veneers, tooth enamel
porcelain veneers, tooth enamel, front teeth: Dear Marie, I have no idea why your dentist said what he said. Nor do I know what your dentist had to do to prepare your teeth for your new veneers. Often, when veneers need to be replaced, it is because there is decay under the veneers, and this decay...

Dentistry: Post nasal drip after root canal, post nasal drip, gary backlund
post nasal drip, gary backlund, root canal: Hi Tess, I m sorry to hear all this is going on. Sometimes, and it s rare, when a molar root canal is done, the root of the tooth can be in the sinus. The irritation of doing the root canal can cause a sort of sinusitis causing some post nasal, or in your...

Dentistry: Post root canal pain/fever, low grade fever, root canal pain
low grade fever, root canal pain, general malaise: Yes, it certainly is possible. I can t tell you any more than that as I know nothing about the history or condition of your tooth before or after, and can t examine you. You need to get in touch with your dentist, whom I hope is an endodontist knowledgeable...

Dentistry: Post Root Canal/Temp Crown Pain, back bottom, root canal
back bottom, root canal, periodontitis: Hi Anna , your description was very good. I would like to tell you that i am quite sure that your tooth has apical periodontitis and this may continue for two to three weeks. First don t get the permanent crown be fixed till the pain goes away. Secondly please...

Dentistry: Preventing Teeth from Chipping or Breaking, root canals, gum disease
root canals, gum disease, endodontist: the question i have here is why did he get root canals and crowns done? was there extensive decay? then you need to watch diet (sugar intake) and try to add in extra strength fluoride paste. were they caused by cracks. if this is the case, then maybe a night...

Dentistry: Preventing Teeth from Chipping or Breaking, root canals, proper alignment
root canals, proper alignment, gum disease: Hi Cindy If you are having this problem after having crowns then this might be due to bite. Your bite may not be in proper alignment which can distribute the pressure all over the teeth. So you need to consult your dentist. Thanks Dr.SimarjitKaur...

Dentistry: price quoted for a dental procedure changes, participating dentist, dental procedure
participating dentist, dental procedure, insurance group: this is a tough question. i am not sure exactly what to answer here...it all depends on what they gave to your husband and had him sign. maybe there was some small print on there about that this is only an estimate. this usually is stuck on that type of form....

Dentistry: Why am I prone to Tooth Infections (Abscess), wisdom tooth removal, tooth infections
wisdom tooth removal, tooth infections, tooth infection: I am concerned that you could possibly have a bone infection from the original root canal. Try to find an infectious disease specialist that specializes in osteomylelitis or go to a university with oral surgeons or such that can give you a diagnosis...

Dentistry: Radiation concerns, proper diagnosis, time span
proper diagnosis, time span, x rays: The amount of radiation the patient was exposed to is minimal.Today we use technology that only requires a fraction of what was standard 15 years ago.If they needed another pan to make the proper diagnosis then it was justified.Even the 2 pans don t amount...

Dentistry: root canal, endodontist, root canal
endodontist, root canal, ligament: You had better ask him. I don t know what the problems were, or how successful he was at fixing them. In general, it can take a while for things to settle down even if retreatment is successful, but this should not take more than a couple weeks. I just have...

Dentistry: Root canal, endodontist, root canal
endodontist, root canal, molar: If it s been determined that the tooth is cracked the sooner you get it removed the better.Even though it doesn t hurt the supporting bone will gradually resorb(fade away ) near the crack line.If it s cracked get it out and move on with the implant.Sorry...

Dentistry: Root canal ??, root canal specialist, root canals
root canal specialist, root canals, gum line: Dear Bob, I will be happy to answer your questions: 1. I don t know which other endodontist you mean. I think that you should first decide whether you want to keep your tooth or lose it. Then decide which dentist or endodontist to see. It appears...

Dentistry: Root canal??, root canal specialist, gum tissue
root canal specialist, gum tissue, gum line: Dear Bob, It is hard to give you an answer, since I do not know the dentists involved nor have I examined you. The procedure your last root canal specialist indicated you need is called a crown lengthening procedure. Not all dentists agree when it is...

Dentistry: Root Canal Complete--Feel Poisened, abcessed tooth, bad tooth
abcessed tooth, bad tooth, back of my neck: Danny - It is obvious that your dentist either doesn t know anything or just does not want to admit failure, requiring a referral. Without evaluating you or seeing your xray I cannot be 100% sure, but it sounds like you still have a trapped infection, not...

Dentistry: Root canal or extraction, root canal specialist, root canals
root canal specialist, root canals, gum line: Hi Bob, It s always difficult for the patient to sort through differences of opinion in situations like this....I don t envy you at all! Obviously, I can t diagnosis that for you, but you really didn t ask me to. I can give you some help dealing with your...

Dentistry: Root canal filling in a crowned tooth, zev, root canal
zev, root canal, patronage: Dear Daniella: The crown is not going to get stronger or weaker if it is not filled all the way to the top. However, your comfort level is the most important factor here. Your dentist should be able to fill the access cavity all the way to the top so you...

Dentistry: Root Canal Issue, mandibular nerve, canl
mandibular nerve, canl, endodontist: Your condition is not possible to diagnose without looking at your radiographs. It sounds like you have an irritation on the mandibular nerve. This irritation could be caused either by inflammation or an infection. If you ve been for a number of opinions and...

Dentistry: root canal or pull, root canal specialist, root canals
root canal specialist, root canals, gum line: Hi Bob and thanks for your question. Bob, I am sure you can appreciate the danger and difficulty in giving a definitive answer without examining you personally, but my opinion is this, all the same... The tooth is question is a wisdom tooth and the greatest...

Dentistry: Root canal or pull?, root canal specialist, gum tissue
root canal specialist, gum tissue, gum line: Dear Bob: The person who you should see is the Prosthodontist, the specialist in restorative, cosmetic, and implant dentistry. You need to FIRST ascertain if a crown can be made properly on the tooth and can last for many years. If the tooth is so damaged...

Dentistry: root canal or pull?, Root Canal, Endodontist
Root Canal, Endodontist, Swelling: Hi Bob, I would see another endodontist to get his/her opinion. Express to the endodontist that you would like to attempt to save/keep the tooth as long as possible. I do NOT suggest you return to the original dentist even if he says he does root canals....

Dentistry: Root canal treatement?, root canal specialist, root canals
root canal specialist, root canals, gum line: That is an extremely difficult question to answer, because so many factors enter into the decision. I can t really tell you about your tooth, as I can t see you or your x-rays (although you could scan them and attach them if you like). In general, I would...

Dentistry: Should I get a root canal now or wait?, root canal treatment, costly procedures
root canal treatment, costly procedures, dear mike: Dear Mike: Prior to performing any dental treatment, a diagnosis, and a reason for the treatment should be established. Root canal treatment involves removing the pulpal tissues of the tooth, which include the nerve, blood supply and regenerative cells....

Dentistry: save or pull, root canal specialist, upper molar
root canal specialist, upper molar, root canals: Bob - I too wonder if a second opinion from a different endodontist might arrive at a different suggestion. The type of fracture described is usually from excessive forces. So getting another endodontist evaluate the tooth is probably a good idea. If...

Dentistry: save or pull?, root canal specialist, gum line
root canal specialist, gum line, root canals: the issue of restorability should be decided by your general dentist...he is the one that has to do the restoring once the root canal has been completed. i am not sure why you are getting these conflicting opinions...maybe more tooth has broken off since the...

Dentistry: Sensitive Temp Crown After Root Canal, irreversible pulpitis, new dentist
irreversible pulpitis, new dentist, back bottom: First, your tooth was never infected. You simply had an irreversible pulpitis, an inflammation in the pulp. Your dentist should have never prescribed antibiotics, because they were completely unnecessary and not indicated. The decreased gum sensitivity had...

Dentistry: Sensitive tooth, root canal therapy, irreversible pulpitis
root canal therapy, irreversible pulpitis, clindimycin: If your tooth has an irreversible pulpitis, or toothache, 1) nothing usually shows on the radiograph, and 2) there is no infection, so antibiotics are useless and totally inappropriate. I suggest you see a local endodontist who hopefully knows a little more...

Dentistry: sharp pain in just one spot, excess cement, new dentist
excess cement, new dentist, root portion: Dear Kathy, Before your next visit to the hygienist, call the office and ask them to order a plastic probe for you. Metal can be cold. It can conduct electric current to the exposed root portion of your tooth and cause an electric shock response in the...

Dentistry: Surgical procedures and pregnancy, wisdom teeth, sedation
wisdom teeth, sedation, anesthesiologist: Tee - There is one basic risk associated with sedation, that is oxygen. With sedation your respiration is altered, producing a decreased amount of oxygen circulating in your blood. This decreased oxygen affects the child mostly. If you wish sedation, you...

Dentistry: temporary crown/pain/steriods, root canal treatment, plastic instrument
root canal treatment, plastic instrument, pain meds: Hi Cheryl If you are having pain after temporary crown then it might be due to two reasons. One is that there may be some high point in temporary crown which causes improper occlusion and needs to be reduced.Other is that the tooth may be infected or...

Dentistry: TMJ with bone deterioration, bone deterioration, new dentist
bone deterioration, new dentist, jaw bones: Joy - My suggestion about a school or residency is based on the number of patients they see. Of course, I cannot be 100% sure without examining you, but your situation has probably been seen and treated previously, but many individual practioners may not...

Dentistry: TMJ and implants, TMJ pain, TMD
TMJ pain, TMD, ear pain: Hi, Lisa, I understand your concern. There exists a basis for concern and a basis for non-concern about it. I cover those questions in my entries here. http://somatics.com/Treatment_for_TMJ,1.htm In short, extracting teeth is a shot in the dark...

Dentistry: whitening, crest white strips, teeth whitening strips
crest white strips, teeth whitening strips, zev: Dear David: Since this is a help site, it is not right for me to recommend one specific product over another. However, I can tell you that several of my patients have had excellent success with the Crest white strips product. However, there are other products...

Dentistry: Wisdom Tooth Cavity Filled, tooth cavity, wisdom teeth
tooth cavity, wisdom teeth, emergency room visits: I highly doubt it s related to your tooth, especially if it s cured with Benadryl. That sounds more like an allergic reaction. If it was a problem with the tooth, then I would expect other symptoms surrounding the tooth: pain on hot/cold, pain on chewing,...

Dentistry: Alveoplasty performed?, operative photos, rough transition
operative photos, rough transition, natural teeth: Dear LaDonna, After one year it is very difficult to tell if an alveoplasty was performed. It is possible, but you would need pre-operative photos and xrays and models of your teeth. With these, you could make comparisons of your gums then to your gums...

Dentistry: bad molar, tooth infection, horrible pain
tooth infection, horrible pain, molar: Dear sony, Your dentist absolutely did the right thing to open your tooth and let the pus and infection drain out. Usually, this will relieve your pain quickly. But you say you are still in pain. If you want to keep your tooth, here s what your dentist...

Dentistry: Bitter taste in mouth after filling, bitter taste in mouth, composite fillings
bitter taste in mouth, composite fillings, silver fillings: First of all,I routinely remove decayed wisdom teeth,they really are disposable teeth you could do without.Can t comment on the taste issues without an exam.Galvanism occurs with 2 unlike metals come in contact in solution ie: gold and silver bathing in saliva.You...

Dentistry: Blueish/purple spot where shot was given with novocaine, purple spot, dear mary
purple spot, dear mary, novocaine: Dear Mary, What this sounds like is a hematoma , or a cyst that contains blood. These are usually harmless, but if you are concerned, ask your dentist to send you to an oral surgeon for a second opinion. Let me know what you find out. Howard Finnk,...

Dentistry: bridge work, lateral incisor, gum tissue
lateral incisor, gum tissue, bridge work: Dear Sarah, Unless there is an esthetic issue here, like your gum shows too much in your smile at the Pontic tooth space, I see no reason to cut your gum for the purpose of hygiene. In fact, I can imagine that surgery could make hygiene more difficult....

Dentistry: bridge work, lateral incisor, gum tissue
lateral incisor, gum tissue, black triangles: Dear Sarah: Your Prosthodontist is totally RIGHT, and I am delighted to hear that your are questioning a stste of the art procedure. If you look up ovate pontics , you might find that for the past decade, much has been written in the advanced dental literature...

Dentistry: cavitities, teeth cavities, wisdom teeth
teeth cavities, wisdom teeth, root canals: Hi, I wish I could help you more, but without a physical examination and radiographs, my answer may seem limited. I would recommend seeing an endodontist to make sure there are no nerve issues in any of your teeth. They can examine each of the teeth...

Dentistry: Child tooth, primary teeth, baby teeth
primary teeth, baby teeth, wisdom tooth: shauna this is merely her permanent first molar coming in. you do not lose any baby teeth for these teeth. they erupt on their own just like you are describing. she will get one in each quadrant. plus she should start noticing loose front baby teeth next...

Dentistry: Chipped Baby Tooth, chipped baby tooth, baby teeth
chipped baby tooth, baby teeth, permanent tooth: when the baby tooth gets so thin, it starts to chip in small pieces. you might be seeing the tip of the permanent tooth coming in with the remaining chips of baby teeth still in place. they are sore to chew on. you need to get the rest of the pieces out. you...

Dentistry: Chipped enamel tooth sensitivity, cheek bone, gum line
cheek bone, gum line, intermittent pain: Hi Rachel and thanks for your question. Apologies for my late reply to it. I do agree with you that a more permanent solution would be advisable - not only to facilitate your own comfort, but to ensure that nothing breaks off additionally or that no bacteria...

Dentistry: core buildup, narrative report, bill insurance
narrative report, bill insurance, contractual requirement: Dear Jaxon: You might not like the answer I will give you, but you are responsible for the bill. Insurance coverage varies from company to company and from policy to policy. If your dentist decided that a core build up is necessary, and you seem to agree...

Dentistry: Cracked Tooth, cold test, cracked teeth
cold test, cracked teeth, cracked tooth: Dear Faith, Sorry to take so long to respond. As to your question. It doesn t sound possible that applying a cold test to a tooth could cause a crack to develop. Often cracked teeth do experience increased sensitivity to cold, but the application of cold...

Dentistry: crooked teeth, adult teeth, pediatric dentist
adult teeth, pediatric dentist, family dentist: Dear Glenn: As a parent, I do understand your concern. However, it is premature. Most times the adult teeth come out somewhat out of place and arrive at their proper positions. By now, your son should be seeing a pediatric dentist or your family dentist...

Dentistry: Crown broke off in half, Dr. Giri Palani
Dr. Giri Palani: First the cause of the break must be analyzed. Was it due to decay, heavy occlusion(bite), or something else. An x-ray needs to be taken to evaluate if the remaining tooth structure is sufficient to hold another crown. Sometimes a post may be replaced into...

Dentistry: Crown after root canal treatment - with post or without?, root canal treatment, root canals
root canal treatment, root canals, tooth roots: Dear Roman: Most dentists would advise that you place a post before performing a crown on a root-canal tooth. There are rare exceptions to this rule. More recently, with the broad use of the new, very strong and resilient bonding materials being used...

Dentistry: Dark spot in mouth, poppy seed, wisdom tooth
poppy seed, wisdom tooth, best bet: Dear Niya, Not being able to see you or your spot, I can t give you a very accurate answer. What might help would be If you could send me an image of your lips, mouth, and a close-up of the spot. Being able to see what you describe would make all the...

Dentistry: Dead tooth in a child, space maintainer, permanent tooth
space maintainer, permanent tooth, baby tooth: you always try to fill the tooth and prevent its loss. i would definitely try the same thing unless the cavity was really large. your options now are a root canal (called pulpotomy on a baby tooth) to hold the tooth in the space. if you have it pulled, a space...

Dentistry: Dental Bridges, maryland bridges, maryland bridge
maryland bridges, maryland bridge, dental bridges: Dear Sarah, I can not say with certainty which procedure would turn out better for you, (three unit bridge or the Maryland bridge. The outcome depends on a lot of factors, including the skill and technique of the individual dentist performing your bridge....

Dentistry: dental bridges, maryland bridge, dental bridges
maryland bridge, dental bridges, front teeth: you really have the following choices: 1)something removable...not a great option but the least expensive and least invasive 2)maryland bridge...conservative as well...not sure why your first attempt looked bad. they usually are esthetic. their disadvantage...

Dentistry: Dental question, dental question, dear angel
dental question, dear angel, dentures: Dear Angel, You can take one out and eat. However, taking out your denture will defeat the purpose for which you got the dentures. If you learn to eat without them, you may never learn to eat with them. It takes time to get used to wearing new dentures,...

Dentistry: Dental Whitening, plateau point, free tubes
plateau point, free tubes, sensitivity issues: you do not need to use that much gel. i tell my patients that they only need to use it for 2-3 days once or twice a year...not much more than that needed. it is strictly a subjective thing. do your teeth look good? if you are happy, then do not use it at all....

Dentistry: Dental Whitening, free tubes, sensitivity issues
free tubes, sensitivity issues, whitening gel: Dear John: The only guideline is based on the ability of the solution to whiten to the level you desire. If you can get the whitening level you have in one tube every 3-4 months, then it is fine to wait and space it out. If you don t feel that one tube...

Dentistry: Dental Whitening, free tubes, touch ups
free tubes, touch ups, sensitivity issues: Basically John I instruct patients to use their tubes of bleach until there teeth are the color that they desire. It is possible by the way to over whiten your teeth. What I recommend is that after a week of using your bleach have a friend check your smile....

Dentistry: Dentures, partial denture, pressure bandage
partial denture, pressure bandage, upper mouth: Dear Susan, Yes there is. But if you make a temporary partial denture now, you will likely need a permanent one made after all your teeth have been removed. I practice a bit differently than your dentist. I will make your denture first, then remove...

Dentistry: Dentures, upper mouth, implant work
upper mouth, implant work, front teeth: With the teeth out you could be fitted for a new full lower denture.You should keep in mind that the area still must heal before you could eat anything more challenging than soft food.If you wait say 2 months the resulting denture will fit better.The geography...

Dentistry: Dentures, Dentures, extractions
Dentures, extractions, immediate: Your doctor probably did some type of grafting over the extraction areas to preserve your bone in your lower jaw. He advised against getting an immediate denture to keep pressure off of the grafted site. It sounds to me like he is giving you good advice. Unfortunately,...

Dentistry: Diagnosing a root canal, root canals, cold sensitivity
root canals, cold sensitivity, root canal: Hi Bissy, I m sorry to hear all this is going on. Especially when you thought you only needed a small filling. Extreme cold sensitivity means the nerve inside the tooth is inflamed. There is no infection because that only occurs when the nerve dies,...

Dentistry: Dry Socket, dental mirror, wisdom teeth
dental mirror, wisdom teeth, dry socket: Patience - Relax, your description of the area sounds very normal. Surgical sites are quite different in different cases. If you are not having bleeding, great pain or a terrible bad breath, you most likely are healing just fine. There is not always a profound...

Dentistry: endo can't decide, definitive diagnosis, cold test
definitive diagnosis, cold test, root problem: this is a tough one...having two teeth next to each other that might be problem teeth poses issues. it is hard to differentiate sometimes. i agree that heat causing pain and cold not causing pain and spontaneous pain usually means root canal. cold and chewing...

Dentistry: following up on a Maryland Bridge question.., bridge question, maryland bridge
bridge question, maryland bridge, going to the dentist: you need to search for a dentist who you feel comfortable with. i understand this seems impossible with your fear of dentistry but there are dentists out there that will make you feel at ease. you can then discuss what you dislike about your maryland bridge....

Dentistry: Gum Blister, blood blister, warm salt water
blood blister, warm salt water, soft toothbrush: Hi Elizabeth, Sorry about your mouth sore, and sorry it took me so long to respond to you. There are several things it could be, but most likely is trauma from your increased flossing, or maybe something got wedged up under your gum. My recommendation...

Dentistry: Gum pain, Root Canal, Endodontist
Root Canal, Endodontist, Swelling: Hi Moira, Sorry to hear about your dental pain. Since you have no teeth in the area, it most probably is not a tooth ache. The only possible tooth related issue could be a retained root (perhaps a piece of a root was left in your bone during the past extractions)....

Dentistry: Gums, gum specialist, soft toothbrush
gum specialist, soft toothbrush, gum tissue: You are not supposed to directly brush your gums. By centering the toothbrush on your teeth, the top layer of bristles will address any plague just under the gum layer. In addition, flossing is best way to address plaque/tarter buildup under your gums. ...

Dentistry: Hole in 1st molar next to canines., cold liquids, toung
cold liquids, toung, home remedies: Katie, Your doctor would be correct. You need a dentist. The only home remedy that I know that might work, are toothache drops, available at some pharmacies. But these will give only temporary relief until you can see your dentist. The pain is coming...

Dentistry: Implants, ok sound, molar
ok sound, molar, root canal: I would replace the extracted tooth with an implant.If the root canal treated tooth is now ok,sound and shows no signs of pathology or infection I would prefer you keep it.If however it is problematic then I would remove it and replace with an implant.You...

Dentistry: incomplete root canal?, Root Canal, Endodontist
Root Canal, Endodontist, Swelling: Hi Dan, Sorry to hear about your recent dental/health issues. Most of the studies show that dental infections (problems) do NOT travel to other body parts and cause infections. So, it s unlikely that a dental infection is affecting your lungs to trigger...

Dentistry: Invisalign - should I have it., hairline cracks, front teeth
hairline cracks, front teeth, palani: Hi Grace, Invisalign does not put pressure on a tooth in a way that it would promote cracks or cracking or fractures. In fact your teeth would be less prone to cracking/ fracturing while wearing invisalign. The cracks will not open us, and bacteria will not...

Dentistry: Jaw stiffness, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, joint stiffness
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, joint stiffness, jaw muscles: Jason - It is, of course, a little difficult for me to be sure what is actually occurring, but with the jaw stiffness, it usually means that any infection present might still be spreading and inflaming the jaw muscles. My suggestion, since your dentist probably...

Dentistry: joint pain.. dentist shaved down teeth, dentistry residency program, tooth anatomy
dentistry residency program, tooth anatomy, grinding my teeth: Jasvir - Not knowing any specific dentists in Indiana, it is a little difficult to refer you to a skilled dentist. My suggestion is to have yourself examined and probably treated at the Indiana School of Dentistry Residency program. The doctors there are...

Dentistry: Loose bottom (front) tooth, front tooth, bottom front
front tooth, bottom front, dalin: you need to go see your dentist. an X-ray will be taken to check the area. you could have some bone loss which would make it loose. you need to make sure there is nothing broken. if all checks out then i am sure you bite will be checked to make sure it is...

Dentistry: Mild underbite correction with porcelain veneers, only viable option, underbite correction
only viable option, underbite correction, porcelain veneers: You would want to find someone that has done this before.they may have some photos of cases they ve done similar to yours.Porcelain laminates last a long time.Many factors affect their longevity.Patient habits,home care,diet,bite,and regular exams and cleanings...

Dentistry: Do I need a core build-up?, rct 2, lingual surfaces
rct 2, lingual surfaces, root canal treatment: Dear Eun: A core build up is not meant to hold a crown. It is made to complete the supporting tooth structure if a substantial amout was removed, for example when root canal treatment was done, or when caries (decay) removal resulted in a very irregular...

Dentistry: Nerve Pain after root canal and crown, cold liquids, gary backlund
cold liquids, gary backlund, root canals: Hi Jean, I m sorry all this is going on. When a root canal is done, there is no longer a nerve inside the tooth. Even if the root canal is done poorly, there is no way for you to feel hot and cold...it s just can t happen. Therefore, there is another tooth...

Dentistry: night guard, cosmetic dentist, prosthodontist
cosmetic dentist, prosthodontist, zev: Dear Edwin: The cost of the night guard is usually determined by who makes it and location. There are several types of orthotics (night guards) available. The most appropriate one for you, if you have implant retained restorations and you are trying to...

Dentistry: Oligondantia, removable tooth, implant dentistry
removable tooth, implant dentistry, pediatric dentist: Dear Wendy: You are right, there is a specialist to whom you should turn... the Prosthodoontist. Goto www.prosthodontics.org and look up a prosthodontist near you. It is the specialist in restorative, cosmetic and implant dentistry. The prosthodontist...

Dentistry: pain after root canal completed on #46, tooth ache, oral surgeon
tooth ache, oral surgeon, hair line: Jodie- Of course, I cannot be sure what is going on, but the inflammation of the bone surrounding the tooth is probably correct, but the cause of it needs to be corrected to salvage the tooth. The anti-inlammatory medication can help reduce the inflammation...

Dentistry: pain after temporary bridge work, permanent bridge, real bridge
permanent bridge, real bridge, root canals: Can t give you a good diagnosis without seeing the teeth before they were prepared for the bridge.There is a possiblity that everything will calm down and there won t be a need for root canal.Do not have the final restoration cemented with a final cement...

Dentistry: Painful dark spot inside of cheek, wisdom tooth, dark dot
wisdom tooth, dark dot, mouthrinses: Dear Lauren, sounds like a little infection around the erupting wisdom tooth. Although it is difficult do your best to keep the area clean, mouthrinses with warm water and salt, brushing, a water-pic if you have one. The small spot was a bite, you are...

Dentistry: One particular tooth, root canal treatment, root canals
root canal treatment, root canals, body stress: I was trying to answer but i think there was one problem in the web page. Related to dental treatments, pregnancy has to be divided in three trimesters. During first trimester the problem is that there are some drugs that can develop malformations on...

Dentistry: poor fit of crown, natural teeth, new crown
natural teeth, new crown, molar: jack, this needs to be checked. there is a chance that adjusting the bite on the new crown may help. if not, you may need to make some decisions. you cannot add anything to the crown. things i.e. fillings do not stick to porcelain. sometimes you can do a...

Dentistry: Post Root Canal Pain, root canal pain, upper molar
root canal pain, upper molar, cold sensitivity: Hi again HP, Actually, you and your endodontist seem to be doing everything correctly to try to resolve your problem. Calling again and explaining your problem is really about all you can do further. This has been going on for a long time and the holiday...

Dentistry: Problem with teeth, secondary caries, composite fillings
secondary caries, composite fillings, cracked teeth: Greetings Jeff, I m truly sorry to hear of the pain and suffering you are enduring. My first impression is that you have been sorely mistreated. (no pun intended). Please understand this opinion is based upon your excellent report only. But there are...

Dentistry: questions about some dental experiences, dental experiences, red flags
dental experiences, red flags, x ray: it is difficult for the patient to differentiate what type of work he is receiving. most patients are happy if they are not hurt. some dentists are very nice and friendly but might not do great work...others might have terrible personalities but do great work....

Dentistry: Removal of silver filling, cavity formation, porcelain restoration
cavity formation, porcelain restoration, ceramic porcelain: Dear Debra: Just answered the same question on WebMD and I copied it here: It is, unfortunately, quite common to have terrible pain following the replacement of an amalgam restoration with a large composite one. The composite restoration, as it sets,...

Dentistry: Root canal, wisdom tooth, bad tooth
wisdom tooth, bad tooth, accurate answer: Dear Marisabel, I cannot give you an accurate answer without knowing exactly which tooth needs a root canal, and in what position is your wisdom tooth. I would suggest that if a root canal was recommended, a root canal is most likely the best treatment...

Dentistry: root canal, root canals, stomach gurgling
root canals, stomach gurgling, root canal: Hi Eliazbeth, I m sorry to hear you are still having trouble with your root canal. It can get pretty frustrating. Let me try to answer your questions as best I can. 1# I thought when a root canal was performed the tooth was dead and there was no more...

Dentistry: should i get a root canal?, wisdom teeth, upper tooth
wisdom teeth, upper tooth, surface post: Hi, It sounds to me like the tooth is fractured. There can be a crack deep within the tooth, and every time you bite down on hard foods, it opens the crack slightly and causes the tooth to hurt. A root canal can usually rectify this. However, if the crack...

Dentistry: Root canal, root canal specialist, hot tapping
root canal specialist, hot tapping, x rays: Hi Vicki, You ask great questions and are faced with a dilemma that I see daily. The first thing that we check is to see if the tooth is still alive. The best test for that when it is crowned is ice. If you feel cold in the tooth, then the nerve is still...

Dentistry: Root canal, Root Canal, Endodontist
Root Canal, Endodontist, Swelling: Hi Grace, If the tooth split directly in half, usually extraction is the best course of action. Particularly with a pre-molar tooth. Sometimes with molar teeth: root amputation with crown lengthening is an option to remove the fractured segment and save...

Dentistry: root canal, dental phobias, michael leu
dental phobias, michael leu, phobia treatment: Hi Merari and thanks for your question. Please accept my huge apologies for my very late reply thereto, but I had urgent personal matters to attend to. I hope this did not inconvenience you too much. The fact remains true about general anaesthesia, that...

Dentistry: root canal complications after 2 years, gary backlund, detist
gary backlund, detist, root canal: Hi Kristen, WOW...I m sorry to hear all this is going on especially with the holidays coming. It sounds like you have an infection started, most likely from the root canal. At the least, you need to get started on antibiotics. It may be that you would even...

Dentistry: root canal through exisiting bridge, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, existing bridge: Hi Sam, I m sorry you re having this trouble. Normally, a root canal can be done through the existing bridge with no problem. That assumes that the bridge is still good and not part of the problem like if decay has gotten under the bridge and weakened it....

Dentistry: root canal needle broke and is now left in root, worse case scenario, gary backlund
worse case scenario, gary backlund, check ups: Hi Doug, I m sorry to hear you are one of the patients who has had this happen. Unfortunately, your dentist is right. Anyone who does root canals has instruments break from time to time....it is really unavoidable and a real risk of the treatment. There...

Dentistry: Root Canal problems, root canal treatment, molar tooth
root canal treatment, molar tooth, asthma symptoms: Dan - Recurrent asthma attacks frequently happen from underlying minor infections or inflammations within the body. Even a minor dental infection or inflammation could be the underlying precipitator of these attacks, if you are prone to asthma. The...

Dentistry: Root Canal problems, mental foramen, root canals
mental foramen, root canals, asthma symptoms: Hi Dan, I m sorry to hear all this is going on. You have a couple issues here, let me see if I can help. First, it is very unlikely that your asthma symptoms would be coming from these root canals. Even if they were failing, we just don t see physical...

Dentistry: Sealing a crown, root canal therapy, accurate answer
root canal therapy, accurate answer, best bet: if the tooth has to be filed down so much as to provide clearance and also provide bulk of material on the chewing surface the way you describe it ,it sounds like the tooth will be devitalized in the process and root canal therapy will be required.It s...

Dentistry: separate pain in lower and upper gums/teeth, cold sensation, carpule
cold sensation, carpule, dull pain: Dear Alex, It is hard to know what is going on without an actual dental examination. That being said I will try and offer some information that you may find helpful. When I have a patient with symptoms such as yours I perform an ice cube challenge. I take...

Dentistry: Septocaine Anxiety-How Safe is it?, new dentist, local anesthetic
new dentist, local anesthetic, professional reputation: Hi Dee and thanks for your question and apologies for my late reply thereof. Admittedly, you said you have a small phobia and while I fully understand and sympathize with your plight, you must accept that phobias are, for the most part, an irrational...

Dentistry: sinus perforation, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus membrane
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus membrane, sinus lift: Rick - I really don t get it! Why do the alveolar graft and sinus lift surgery? Is the doctor preparing for an implant? If so the doctor should have referred you to a surgeon. If the doctor doing the procedure was not a surgeon, make an appointment with...

Dentistry: Spot on xray, surgical debridement, new dentist
surgical debridement, new dentist, dry socket: Nicole - the fact there there is some pink in that spot is a very good sign. It means that a normal blood flow to the area is occurring and that does not happen if a dry socket develops. In a dry socket, there is no clot filling the socket and the socket...

Dentistry: stainless steel crown for adult, stainless steel shell, stainless steel crowns
stainless steel shell, stainless steel crowns, food impaction: stainless steel crowns are for the most part temporary crowns. if you go into this knowing this, then maybe they will hold things over until you can afford regular permanent crowns. voice your concern to this dentist. make sure he/she tries to give you good...

Dentistry: Tmj, alpha stim 100, tmj specialists
alpha stim 100, tmj specialists, headaches and neck pain: Stacey: i use a dentist in NY that is very good at treating TMJ. Would you want his name? I found the following to be very helpful also: l. first, I have a custom made hard nightguard. If yours is soft I would try a hard one. 2. the Alpha-Stim 100...

Dentistry: Tooth #15 filling, tooth structure, root canal
tooth structure, root canal, dental work: The squeaking may indicate that the bite has to be adjusted.If the tooth requires a crown it does NOT necessarily mean a root canal is required.If there is adequate tooth structure and the tooth is just broken down with a mosaic of fillings a crown would be...

Dentistry: Tooth Extraction, bone graft, necassary
bone graft, necassary, tooth extraction: Brandon - A bone graft is not always necessary or important for healing after an extraction. Some doctors place graft even if not necessary. If a dental implant is planned for the area, placing an implant can allow a quicker healing, so placement of a graft...

Dentistry: Tooth in maxillary sinus, wisdom tooth, catscan
wisdom tooth, catscan, roof of the mouth: Stacey - the recurrence could definitely be from whatever is in the sinus. It is very unusual for a bump on the roof of the mouth to be a tooth, however, there are extra teeth, called supernumary teeth that form out of position. I wish I could tell you if...

Dentistry: Tooth Sensitivity, tooth sensitivity, question thanks
tooth sensitivity, question thanks, quick reply: large could explain how long it is staying sensitive. we look at symptoms to make a decision. if you would tell me it hurts to bit on it, it could be a crack in the tooth. if you would tell me spontaneous pain, it could mean a root canal. but you are not saying...

Dentistry: tooth vitality test, Root Canal, Endodontics
Root Canal, Endodontics, Austin: In the case you described, the tooth would require root canal treatment. A failure to respond to hot/cold with a periapical radiolucency is consistent with a necrotic tooth requiring endodontic treatment. This can be further validated by using an electric...

Dentistry: trigeminal neuralgia, trigeminal neuralga, sinus symptoms
trigeminal neuralga, sinus symptoms, sinus infection: It is not always easy to tell. The diagnosis of sinus infection or tooth involves a dental examination using radiographs to help rule out a tooth problem. Sinus problems usually are on one side and can be experienced as pain in the cheek or under the eye....

Dentistry: Wifes post Bridge/Root Canal infection, dental infections, back tooth
dental infections, back tooth, unrelenting pain: Hi Brandon, I m so sorry to hear your wife is going through all this. Unrelenting pain can certainly wear a person down...no wonder you are both frustrated. First, she really doesn t have to worry about the infection going to her brain. The path of drainage...

Dentistry: wisdom teeth secondary infection, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water, strict regimen: Priya - there are superficial infections and inflammations. Bacteria in the mouth does not have to penetrate to produce problems. For instance, dental plaque is an accumulation of bacteria that lodges to the tooth and needs to be removed with a toothbrush...

Dentistry: 1 year old, upper gum, upper tooth
upper gum, upper tooth, bottom front: call your dentist and get him right in there today. i cannot visualize exactly what is happening here without seeing him in person. but it should be looked at so you can see if anything needs to be done. at least you will be able to put your mind at ease....

Dentistry: 10 year old daughter hastooyh growing in front of other tooth, going to the dentist, bottom teeth
going to the dentist, bottom teeth, proper attention: First, I can t possibly know how to advise you regarding her teeth without completing an examination and possibly some x-rays. What I can say is that your daughter should be seen and examined by a dentist who she can comfortably visit and trust. The current...

Dentistry: 2nd molar, root canal
root canal: Hi Rafael, I absolutely would not try to remove your tooth or crown at home. You need to see a dentist and more specifically an endodontist (root canal specialist). The endodontist will be able to assess your tooth and save it if possible. I know it...

Dentistry: Abscess?, Root Canal, Endodontist
Root Canal, Endodontist: Hi Kristin, Sorry to hear about recent dental issues. By what you describe, it sounds like you have a localized dental infection and need root canal treatment. Hard to say why two teeth would smell differently; however, it is most probably due the type...

Dentistry: two absece tooth, cheeck, allday
cheeck, allday, dental schools: you HAVE to get into your dentist ASAP. having infection in there can be very serious. do not wait!!! call and get in ASAP!!! you cannot look at costs here. your health/life are more important. see if any oral surgeons are on call at area emergency rooms....

Dentistry: Apicoectomy, root canal treatments, primary immune deficiency
root canal treatments, primary immune deficiency, cheek bone: Hi Anna, I m sorry to hear that you are having these problems.I wish I could see you and your radiographs, but without doing that I really can t tell you very much specific to your case. First I am wondering if you saw an endodontist or a general...

Dentistry: Apicoectomy or Root Canal Re treatment?, root resorption, root canals
root resorption, root canals, bicycle accident: Hi, Whew! That is a lot going on! Depending on whom you ask, you will always get a different opinion. No one is right, no one is wrong. You just have to do what you think is best for you. Here s my take on the entire situation; 1. #8 - Have it...

Dentistry: Apthous Ulcer, viscous lidocaine, oral cancer pictures
viscous lidocaine, oral cancer pictures, warm salt water: Dear Scott, Healing times depend on the size of the ulcer, the healing ability of the host (you), and the trauma that the ulcer is exposed to. Average aphthous ulcers heal in about 7-10 days. Large ulcers can take 2-4 weeks. I have seen some last for...

Dentistry: Arresting cavities, remineralization of early tooth decay
remineralization of early tooth decay: Although there are clinical visual clues that suggest the cavities are arrested the definitive way to tell is to compare x rays from various times to see that the decay is not progressing through the tooth. From your description I would say that your very...

Dentistry: black gums, county zip code, black gums
county zip code, black gums, hospital affiliation: Dear Nancy, You are asking a dentist a question about whether or not they can do anything for your 44 year-old-son who has been told that he will die in several months. Before I can tell you if I can answer your question, I will need to have some more...

Dentistry: Blocked sublingual salivaru duct, salivary ducts, home remedy
salivary ducts, home remedy, salivary duct: Hi scott, usually i perform a small surgery for all blocked sublingual salivary ducts but as you are asking for a home remedy i can only advice that you put some lemon on your tongue and then when it starts salivating you can try to press the gland opening...

Dentistry: Blocked sublingual salivaru duct, salivary duct, home remedy
salivary duct, home remedy, oral surgeon: sometime you can massage the area and unblock the duct. if it does not work, the best thing is to visit an oral surgeon. they are really good and getting these areas unblocked and back to normal. try tonight to massage it...if it does not work, call the surgeon...

Dentistry: Board Certified Oral Surgeon, oral surgeon, dental school
oral surgeon, dental school, surgical residency: Alyce - A board certified surgeon is best because they have fulfilled all the extensive requirements of the profession in learning, surgery and patient care. If the doctor is just out of dental school for a year he is not a surgeon. After dental school,...

Dentistry: Bonding Material Removal, front teeth, material removal
front teeth, material removal, resins: Dear Tim, It is for the reasons that you state, among several others, that I do not recommend that people perform dental care on themselves. There is no solvent, other than alcohol (which works very, very slowly) that will do what you want. This is...

Dentistry: Bone loss and gum recession after restorative process of dental implant., gum graft, gum recession
gum graft, gum recession, bone graft: Hi Alexis and thanks for your question. Firstly, let me just apologize on behalf of my profession for the manner in which some things sometimes get done. And not to make make any less of the behavior of the oral surgeon, but only to add that most surgeons...

Dentistry: broken crown, gary backlund, broken crown
gary backlund, broken crown, moler: Hi Stacy, WOW...what a surprise huh? In most cases it can be recemented, but it depends a lot on why it came out to begin with. If there was decay around the crown that allowed leakage to break down the cement, then more work may be necessary. If the cement...

Dentistry: Broken Tooth, central incisor, second tooth
central incisor, second tooth, broken tooth: There is a chance that the second tooth may need a root canal from the trauma you went through. Have it tested. As far as final restoration goes, we can make crowns look totally natural. Talk over your concerns with your dentist. He/she will make sure you...

Dentistry: Canker Sore on Salivary Gland, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, salivary gland
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, salivary gland, canker sore: Amy - First of all you should immediately make an appointment with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Inflammation of the duct opening of the salivary gland, like what you describe, inflames the duct itself. That gland is located below the jaw. So the...

Dentistry: chipped tooth, quality caps, quality cap
quality caps, quality cap, weak part: Manisha - It is very important that the gap you feel from the gum be kept as clean as possible. Even the slightest amount of food debris there can produce a significant infection and losing the tooth might be the smallest impact from such an infection. My...

Dentistry: Chipped tooth, upper molar, root canals
upper molar, root canals, wisdom tooth: i would get in tomorrow if you can...why take a chance of more breaking if you wait a few days. i would have the tooth evaluated...make sure the nerve is okay. you may need a crown on it...teeth with root canals get brittle and need a crown to protect them....

Dentistry: concerned that hygienist damaged tooth?, enamel hypoplasia, dentist office
enamel hypoplasia, dentist office, definitive answer: did you have any fillings on this tooth before? this could be roughed up. did you have any hypoplasia on the tooth? hypoplasia is chalky, white splotches that people have on their teeth. this could be roughened up. I suppose another possibility is just scratches...

Dentistry: cracked upper 1st bicuspid, essix retainer, bone graft
essix retainer, bone graft, bicuspid: i think you at least need to have the split tooth removed so that you do not have pain/swelling. go to baylor and see if they will get the tooth out for you. you can then have some sort of temporary appliance made to wear while you are healing and saving for...

Dentistry: crowns, gold crowns, ceramic crowns
gold crowns, ceramic crowns, new dentist: sounds like a lot of work. before getting started, maybe get a second opinion. make sure all are needed. if they are all needed, there are choices for materials for crowns. they range from full gold crowns to porcelain fused to gold crowns to all ceramic crowns...

Dentistry: Cyst in upper jaw, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus cavity
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus cavity, office anesthesia: Joe - Absolutely in office anesthesia is safe. Just like in a hospital, if you have medical problem then the doctors need to be informed in advance and adjustments to the anesthesia might be necessary. If there are no medical problems, the in office anesthesia...

Dentistry: dam gum, gum disease, q tip
gum disease, q tip, periodontist: Dear Ambreen, I am sorry to hear about your gum problem. And I also apologize for my delay in answering. First, you are far from losing your tooth. Especially since you have seen 2 periodontists, both of whom have found no pocket in this area. Before...

Dentistry: dark shadow, uppers and lowers, dry sockets
uppers and lowers, dry sockets, symptoms of cancer: Pam - Of course, without seeing the xrays, it is a little difficult for me to be more exact in what is occurring. I assume that the sockets, which are now still black, are indicative of bone loss or a lack of bone formation. That could indicate a cyst formation...

Dentistry: dental nightmare, migraine headaches, muscles of the face
migraine headaches, muscles of the face, baton rouge louisiana: Sharon - My suggestion is that rather than going to the dental school itself in New Orleans, I suggest that you have yourself evaluated by chairman or program director of the schools department of oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program. The...

Dentistry: Dental problems after gastric bypass surgery, iron infusion, water pik
iron infusion, water pik, root canals: Dear Amy, Sounds like you ve got a lot going on with your teeth that will need continued care. The accident in 1995 most likely caused the front teeth to begin to darken. Trauma to the teeth usually does. In addition, root canals can also cause darkening...

Dentistry: dental proposal bone loss, crowns, dentures, root canals, upper teeth
root canals, upper teeth, bone loss: Dear Judy : I need more information for giving you a shientific answer. If you have xrays (new ones) please send it to me so i can give you one idea. Send it to my email granados_periodoncia@hotmail.com Usually , we start with upper teeth but in general;...

Dentistry: My dentist sealed over a possible cavity?, stained grooves
stained grooves: Hi Leah, It is unlikely that the pain is coming from the stained tooth that was sealed. If there were decay deep enough to cause pain in that tooth it would be easily seen on any x ray that was of acceptable quality. I can t see your case but from everything...

Dentistry: two absece tooth, sad reflection, celebrity weddings
Dentistry: two absece tooth, sad reflection, celebrity weddings, treatment referral

Dentistry: Bonding Material Removal, google search, exact website
Dentistry: Bonding Material Removal, google search, exact website, google

Dentistry: Dental problems after gastric bypass surgery, teeth and gums, cavity
Dentistry: Dental problems after gastric bypass surgery, teeth and gums, cavity, dentist

Dentistry: follow up on gray tartar, gum recession, teeth and gums
gum recession, teeth and gums, calcium deposits: I am curious as to why you are not asking your dentist these questions. He or she now have much more information about your teeth and gums than do I. Your dentist or hygienist should now become your principle advisers on the care and feeding of your teeth...

Dentistry: Following supernumerary tooth extraction, central incisors, central incisor
central incisors, central incisor, natural progress: To answer your first question, this is not a normal situation so usual timing of tooth emergence is not to be expected. In this situation I would take an x-ray view of the unerupted permanent central incisor and repeat it at 6 month intervals to determine...

Dentistry: Do formacresol burns heal?, allergy medication, chemical burn
allergy medication, chemical burn, firt: Dear Haleema, You are correct, most unfortunately your child has a chemical burn. You should treat the skin as you would a burn. Without seeing the depth of the burn it is impossible for me to predict how it will heal. From what you have told me , it...

Dentistry: Fraudulent Billing, fraudulent billing, oral surgeon
fraudulent billing, oral surgeon, dental treatment: First Davina I would double check the insurance claims to see if the items mentioned had a date assigned to them. If they have a treatment date, then your dentist did bill them to your insurance. If there is no date assigned to the procedures, then then the...

Dentistry: gray tartar build up, scaling and root planing, dental cleanings
scaling and root planing, dental cleanings, gum diseases: Dear Amy, What you see is a thick layer of calcium buildup, with the gray color being looser plaque and tartar that contains millions of bacteria. Your first visit should be for a thorough examination and a FULL MOUTH DEBRIDEMENT to remove all the...

Dentistry: gum disease, gum disease, periodontist
gum disease, periodontist, disease patient: Dear Ambreen, thanks for your question - it really touched my heart. I can feel your total frustration and irritation with your situation. The first thing to do is breathe, deeply and slowly and center yourself, because giving this problem too much attention...

Dentistry: gum disease, periodontis, gum disease
periodontis, gum disease, periochip: Ambreen : Start making that only one time each day BUT not pressing with Qtip, i prefer if you just place one piece of cotton and let it for one minute (never mouthrinse after this ok). And after one week stop and let it after next month and then again...

Dentistry: gum grafting for gum recession, gum graft, gum recession
gum graft, gum recession, gum grafting: Sorry, I don t have any one I can refer you to. But even if it was someone qualified and honest, the dentist might still think you need a graft procedure. It might just boil down to the dentist s personal preference. My advice is to learn what you can and...

Dentistry: GUM LINE vs INNER TOOTH NERVE, root canal therapy, gum line
root canal therapy, gum line, gum soreness: Pain is pain,the trigger is the same whether it s coming from the tooth or the gum.your best bet is to return to the treating dentist and have them evaluate you to get you comfortable again.This may require root canal therapy or something as simple as an adjustment...

Dentistry: Gum pain after root canal, gum pain, louise louise
gum pain, louise louise, endodontist: Louise - It is difficult for me to determine what is actually occurring, but the sensitivity could be that the band is cutting into the gum. Heat that you put in your mouth that does not hurt anywhere else would not cause pain there. So it sounds like the...

Dentistry: Hole in my gum after wisdom tooth extraction!, wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom teeth
wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom teeth, pain killers: you sound like you have a dry socket. this occurs when the blood clot that forms in the extraction site falls out and you have exposed bone. it can be quite painful. call your dentist ASAP and get in there for an examination. good luck jeff dalin, dd...

Dentistry: Horizontal Cracks and Dead Tooth- Front teeth, horizontal cracks, cosmetic dentist
horizontal cracks, cosmetic dentist, front teeth: there are no hard fast answers here. for the most part, the tooth will change to a darker color and plateau off at that point. but sometimes you will see the tooth continue to get darker...but you have the right idea...wait and see what your tooth is going...

Dentistry: Implant Crowns (4-unit), cementation, crowns
cementation, crowns, cement: Jamie - I am not sure what you are asking. First of all, it is not cement, but a material that promotes fusion of the material. Sure it is like cement, but it is very fine. Any other cement will not allow the crowns to be placed properly and will produce...

Dentistry: infection, chronic sinus infections, sinus pressure
chronic sinus infections, sinus pressure, sinus infection: Dear Dorene, It is widely known among health professionals that infected teeth can infect sinuses. If I were you, with your history, I would see my dentist tomorrow, or sooner. If not from your teeth, your chronic sinus infections, along with swollen...

Dentistry: Iodine toothpaste?, gum diseases, oral lesions
gum diseases, oral lesions, angel dear: Dear Angel, This is a first. I have never been asked this question before. But based on the history of the use of stains in the mouth, I will take a stab at an answer. Over the years, there have been many different antibacterials that have been used...

Dentistry: jaw/cheek, tmj disorders, doctor answer
tmj disorders, doctor answer, canker sore: This type of problem is not usually well understood by a medically trained physician. A dentist would be a much better choice. It seems that your symptoms have been present for some time since you say the other day it cracked like it always does when I yawn...

Dentistry: Lingual frenectomy, lingual frenectomy, warm salt water
lingual frenectomy, warm salt water, dissolvable sutures: Ruth - Dissolvable sutures dissolve in different patients at different speed. It has to do with the acidity of saliva. My suggestion to help retain the remaining sutures is to rinse your mouth a few times a day with warm salt water for a minute or two 4-5...

Dentistry: Lingual Nerve Damage, lingual nerve damage, burning sensation
lingual nerve damage, burning sensation, palliative pain: Dear Leigh: I am sorry for the delay. I was on vacation and forgot to note that. Nevertheless, I am sorry to hear about your problem. Unfortunately, it is common enough and this is one of the reasons that I routinely place lower molar implants with only...

Dentistry: loose molars, loose teeth, molars
loose teeth, molars, molar: Fern - The main problem with loose teeth is that they are sites where bacteria from the mouth accumulates. Accumulation of bacteria will cause infections and that is not good. You should definitely see a dentist, but if these loose teeth are a problem now,...

Dentistry: lower ridge augmentation, ridge augmentation, gum tissue
ridge augmentation, gum tissue, bone material: Dear Brenda, Often with lower front ridge augmentation, the surgeon will gently dissect your gum tissue to locate the mental nerves, mark them, then go forward with the augmentation prodedures, knowing exactly where to avoid. Occasionally the surgeon...

Dentistry: Mini Implants, ridge augmentation, dear sergio
ridge augmentation, dear sergio, bone bank: Dear Sergio, Without seeing your xrays, and without being able to see the height, width and density of your bone, I cannot give you a definite answer. But, in general, I would prefer the 4 mini s to the 2 standard implants. They will do the same job,...

Dentistry: Mini Implants, gum graft, gum tissue
gum graft, gum tissue, tip of your tongue: Can you send me a photo of that area? For the photo, open your mouth as much as possible, ask someone to pull your lower lip, and place the tip of your tongue near yur upper lip. Take the photo using MACRO mode with the camera. Send it to me email granados_periodoncia@hotmail.co...

Dentistry: Mini implants or bone graft, bone graft, long term solution
bone graft, long term solution, denture: Dear Brenda, Minis are the answer. 97% of them last longer than 5 years. And if you lose one or more, they can be replaced. Go to NobHillDentalCenter.com. Click on dental videos. You will find several short videos that will help. Howard Finnk DD...

Dentistry: Mini Implants vs bone graft, bone graft, partial denture
bone graft, partial denture, ridge augmentation: Brenda - the ridge will not be better with the implants, but the mini implants will compensate for the lack of jaw ridge. Again, without an xray I cannot be sure how these implants will work, but the mini should make the partial more fixed and with more stability....

Dentistry: molar transplant, wisdom tooth, missing teeth
wisdom tooth, missing teeth, molar: Dear May, I have not heard of a molar transplant being done since implants took the stage as the best way to replace missing teeth. Without seeing your records, and without knowing the reasoning behind your doctors plans for you, I can only say the...

Dentistry: Non Descending teeth, lateral incisors, adult teeth
lateral incisors, adult teeth, canine teeth: i would go see an orthodontist for an opinion. sometimes they need to move the two centrals together to make room for the lateral incisors to come in. you are right when you were thinking this. sometimes a retainer can be used...sometimes they put brackets...

Dentistry: overbite, bionator, thumbsucking
bionator, thumbsucking, beautiful smile: i am not sure if a bionator by itself will correct your problem. you need to get to an orthodontist for a consultation and see what your options are. i know cost is an issue. is there a dental school nearby? they treat patients for lower cost. plus here is...

Dentistry: painful pressure in root area, root canal therapy, cracked tooth
root canal therapy, cracked tooth, proper advice: I would recommend you get back in to the treating dentist and let them diagnose this.Can t properly advise you without an exam . I gave you excellent advice but like many users of this forum you really believe that you could be diagnosed or even guessed at...

Dentistry: partials, new dentist, generous coating
new dentist, generous coating, oragel: No offense taken.In my dental practice The patient knows exactly what they will receive and what to expect from their treatment choice.We educate the patient make them aware of all the options,outlining the advantages and disadvantages and work with the best...

Dentistry: Permanent teeth not coming out, permanent teeth, x rays
permanent teeth, x rays, orthodontist: DEAR VESNA, This is the kind of question that is not easy to answer without having x-rays of your daughters mouth in front of me. Eruption times of teeth vary greatly among individuals and everyone has his or her own rhythm . Nothing you have written about...

Dentistry: Possible Infection Under Crown, blunt force trauma, porcelain crown
blunt force trauma, porcelain crown, trauma cases: Hi Jeana, Yes, you most likely do have some sort of infection under the crown. I would recommend that you see an endodontist ASAP. You might just have a lingering infection, which needs the root canal retreated. However, in trauma cases, there could...

Dentistry: Post Root Canal, hello doctor, root canal
hello doctor, root canal, endodontist: Hi again Dw, The symptoms you are describing really sound like a clenching problem. Hopefully, wearing the nightguard more and some anti-inflammatories will help. It is really impossible to say whether all this will cause you to need another root canal...it...

Dentistry: Professionals, root canals, endodontist
root canals, endodontist, diagnostic problems: Hi again Katy, After you see the endodontist, if he/she finds nothing, ask them where you should go next. Let the endodontist help you get to the right person. You can spend a lot of time and money trying to solve this by yourself.....just be persistent,...

Dentistry: Whether to replace an upper front crown, gum recession, good oral health
gum recession, good oral health, metal collar: pathology to me would mean decay...but if there was decay present, it would get worse (larger) as time goes on. have they ever stated it like that? otherwise, this sounds more esthetic than anything. if they do say decay and you are questioning this, do not...

Dentistry: Root canal on 2 year old?, root canal treatment, adult teeth
root canal treatment, adult teeth, nerve tissue: Hi Aileen, If your daughter can tolerate the procedure, then local anesthesia should be fine for dental procedures and general anesthesia would not be required. If you have the option of saving the teeth, I suggest moving forward with that with however way...

Dentistry: root canal, root canal specialist, gutta percha
root canal specialist, gutta percha, ear nose throat: Sue - I assume you are asking if what was done by the dentist was normal or was it just traumatic. Aggressively inserting the gutta percha so it is pushed beyond the tooth and into the sinus is not normal and shows the inability of the dentist. Before gutta...

Dentistry: root canal, gary backlund, tooth decay
gary backlund, tooth decay, temporary filling: Hi Mila, I m sorry all this is going on. When a recent root canal is done, it is unusual for any symptoms to come from a collapsing temporary filling. While it is important to keep the temporary filling complete, it is not a reason for your symptoms. It...

Dentistry: root canal-crown, root canal system, diamond burs
root canal system, diamond burs, root canal procedure: Hi James, Sorry to hear about your recent endodontic issues. It is possible to access the root canal system through a zirconia crown. You are correct that it is a very hard material, however, the endodontist will be able to use special diamond burs which...

Dentistry: Root canal extreme pain scared, gary backlund, clindamyacin
gary backlund, clindamyacin, permanent bridge: Hi Marianne, WOW...sounds like you are really having a tough time! To answer your question, it never hurts to get a 2nd opinion. There may be more going on than just the single root canal. The lower front teeth are very small and it could be that another...

Dentistry: root canals and veneers, root canals, gary backlund
root canals, gary backlund, lateral tooth: Hi Jean, You ask a great question. The issue with root canals and veneers isn t really whether a root canal can support a veneer, it is really what is best for the tooth long term. When a root canal is done, the tooth is more susceptible to cracking or...

Dentistry: Soft Teeth, pediatric dentist, permanent teeth
pediatric dentist, permanent teeth, high fever: First, I can t make a diagnosis based on the information provided, so I can t answer your questions regarding your son s condition, whatever that might be. There are many possible explanations for this situation but I wouldn t begin to speculate without first...

Dentistry: Swelling 15 days dry socket, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, upper teeth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, upper teeth, dry socket: Ella - I cannot be sure what needs to be done without examining you. With you dentist not being able to discern the cause of the problem, it is important that he refer you to a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and not any other type of dental...

Dentistry: swollen gums after crowns, swollen gums, root canals
swollen gums, root canals, crowns: HI , Dee , swollen gums are the most common sequel to crown cementation. You can rinse your mouth with a ,12% clorhexidine mouthwash . This mouthwash is available over the counter. If you use the mouthwash regularly then the swelling will go down by about...

Dentistry: Is it tartar?, dental floss, bottom teeth
dental floss, bottom teeth, ketan: Hi Perla, From you describe it s calcified tarter called calculus. I suggest you see your dentist or a gum/bone specialist: a periodontist for an evaluation. Definitely keep up the hygiene at home as you have been. But professional opinion and treatment...

Dentistry: teeth, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, question the answer: Hi Karen, You ask a great question. The answer is no. Root canals can also be caused by trauma, like a car accident or even grinding your teeth. Also, deep fillings, crowns and bridges...things that may have been done long ago...can cause the tooth to die...

Dentistry: Temporary filling material, tomato soup, little chicken
tomato soup, little chicken, broken tooth: Hi, I don t think the Dentek is the problem. It sounds to me like your may have an infection from the broken tooth. If so, the the lymph nodes which travel down your throat can become inflammed and swollen. So when you swallow, it feels like there is...

Dentistry: Tmj, TMJ pain, TMD
TMJ pain, TMD, jaw pain: Hello, Mat. Your muscles of biting when into contraction with the blow. It s a reflexive action and the muscles are now too tight. My answer is, retrain those muscles. Please see my entry at http://somatics.com/Treatment_for_TMJ,1.htm The entry...

Dentistry: tooth, root canal specialist, gum tissue
root canal specialist, gum tissue, strange taste: Hi Kyle, I m sorry to hear about your recent dental issues. The strange taste indicates there may be a small infection in the area. By what you describe, that is most probably from the inflammed gum tissue. I would definitely make sure you are brushing...

Dentistry: tooth in bottom row, time karen, bone support
time karen, bone support, bottom row: you need to get into your dentist and have an xray taken of the tooth. the first thing we would look for is decay...small decay should not cause any of the sensation your are feeling. we would need to make sure you do not have a large cavity in the tooth....

Dentistry: tooth pain after resin filling, tooth pain, undue pressure
tooth pain, undue pressure, temperature changes: Hi Jason, Yes, it is possible that this will get better with some time. After a filling is placed inside the tooth, the tooth may become sensitive to temperature changes and biting pressure. However, if the pain does not subside within 2 week s time,...

Dentistry: Trauma to the teeth, permanent teeth, incisor teeth
permanent teeth, incisor teeth, central incisor: there is no way to 100% know if there will be any effects on the permanent teeth until they come in and you see what they look like. there should not be much of any effects. occasionally the permanent teeth will come in with some marks on them. the baby...

Dentistry: upper lateral incisor is missing, lateral incisor, central incisor
lateral incisor, central incisor, first molars: Right now there is nothing that you can do. Sometimes teeth don t come in because they are slow in developing. Sometimes they just don t develop at all. When your daughter is older, maybe 3 years or more, you can have her seen by a dentist who can take...

Dentistry: Zometa and tooth filling, bone metastases, zometa
bone metastases, zometa, breast cancer: Ferial - If you are simply having a dental filling done and no minor surgery, the Zometa should not produce any problems. Make sure to let your dentist know. It is important that the dentist be careful and not produce any irritations. If done correctly,...

Dentistry: 22 mo. old niece has tooth decay, dental fillings, pediatric dentist
dental fillings, pediatric dentist, tooth decay: Unless the infection spreads beyond the tooth there is no antibiotic treatment that can help. The only treatment at this time is to remove the decay which only a dentist can do for her. The body usually has bacteria, especially in the G.I. tract, and the...

Dentistry: 2nd molar extraction instead of Wisdom tooth, molar extraction, wisdom tooth
molar extraction, wisdom tooth, source of infection: Jenny - Of course, without xrays I cannot fully evaluate your situation, butg from what you describe, removing the second molar would be wrong. The wisdom tooth, which is inclined towards the 2nd molar, will not uplift to be straight in the mouth, instead...

Dentistry: 4 tooth bridge on #9, tooth bridge, nob hill
tooth bridge, nob hill, implant dentist: Dear Mike: I can t answer with any specificity, not having seen your wife or her xrays. As an implant dentist, I don t know that I would be so quick to dismiss the possibility of an implant. If this is not an option, again, without seeing your wife, I...

Dentistry: 6 year-old's Crown/Cap, pediatric dentist, crown cap
pediatric dentist, crown cap, silver crown: The numbers indicate the size and type of crown and should disappear in time with routine brushing. The use of those medications is not routine but is often necessary as a sedative to safely and effectively control the young patient during the dental procedure...

Dentistry: My 6-year old needs an extraction, root canal treatment, space maintainer
root canal treatment, space maintainer, pediatric dentist: I see nothing on that x-ray that would indicate that an extraction would be necessary at this point. I would venture a guess that an endodontist rarely, if ever, has the opportunity to perform a root canal procedure on a primary molar since they are mostly...

Dentistry: Advice, uncontrolled epilepsy, brain tumour
uncontrolled epilepsy, brain tumour, hospital environment: Hi Jasmine and thanks for your questions and heart-felt care and affection for your sister - it is truly moving! I understand your fears and concerns and can see how easily one can get confused about treatment procedure, especially when they are not explained...

Dentistry: adolescent teeth eruption, permanent teeth, baby teeth
permanent teeth, baby teeth, oral surgeon: Dear Mary Kate, Generally these procedures are done by an oral surgeon in conjunction with an orthodontist. I am a little surprised that your orthodontist did not recommend a specific oral surgeon. Without seeing x-rays it is too difficult for me to answer...

Dentistry: Baby Teeth, central incisors, lateral incisors
central incisors, lateral incisors, eruption patterns: Regarding why the laterals came in before the centrals there is no explanation other then we sometimes see significant variations in tooth eruption patterns. In this case there are three possibilities. (1) the central incisors are developing and and somehow...

Dentistry: Baby teething, upper gum, upper tooth
upper gum, upper tooth, orajel: The teething process is uncomfortable and this is just her way of dealing with it. You re doing fine with your own efforts. There s a product called Orajel which might give her some additional relief now and in the future. Teething is a long ride so just...

Dentistry: Bitten CHeek, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water, abscess: Brittany - You should make an appointment with a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon to evaluate the area. It might be infected or inflamed, but it is not worth waiting for a problem to occur. Continue the warm salt water rinses and hopefully,...

Dentistry: Bone loss after extraction, bone graft, wisdom tooth
bone graft, wisdom tooth, bone density: Hi Frank and thanks for your question, which is rather tricky to answer in a direct way - so I ll be a coward and answer it in a round-a-bout-sort of way. lol Considering that the immediate area is not going to be used for another prosthesis and therefore...

Dentistry: Brace if molar is extracted, molar teeth, molar tooth
molar teeth, molar tooth, primary tooth: Hi Jason, After removal of the tooth, in order to hold the space, the only thing that can hold the space would be a fixed bridge. That is a crown on top of the two teeth adjacent to the tooth that is extracted, and a bridge of metal between them. Hope...

Dentistry: Why Bridges, new dentist, root canals
new dentist, root canals, periodontal problems: You re both right! :) Your dentist is right for the following reasons; - The teeth may still shift more. - As they shift, more bone loss and periodontal problems can and may arise. - Since the teeth are shifted, adjacent teeth may also move resulting...

Dentistry: Bruised ligament and now lump near jaw, lump under the skin, leg muscles
lump under the skin, leg muscles, second tooth: Dear Misty: All of your teeth problems are related to your tooth grinding. Imaging running non-stop all day. I ll bet all your leg muscles would be inflamed and painful. This is similar to what is happening with your teeth and jaws when you grind all...

Dentistry: baby top front four teeth, space maintainer, adult teeth
space maintainer, adult teeth, front teeth: Hi, The first thing is to make sure that the toddler s teeth are well taken care of. It s very early on for the child to have to lose so many teeth. There are a number of good products out there to help keep children s teeth nice and clean! :) Onto your...

Dentistry: black on back of teeth, bottom teeth, aesthetic problem
bottom teeth, aesthetic problem, black stain: Dear Bobbi, Stop crying, smile. There is nothing wrong with your young lady. Black stain is common, not dangerous, and is strongly associated with cavity free teeth. I have answered this question many times and if you will go into the answer chain on...

Dentistry: board certification, gary backlund, endodontist
gary backlund, endodontist, msd: Hi Penny, You can go to www.aae.org. At the top of the page is a tab for Board of Endodontics. Click on that and you can see an option to find a Board Certified Endodontist. However, being Board certified is NOT an indication of quality or special training....

Dentistry: bone disease in jaw, root canal specialist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
root canal specialist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bone infection: Karen - I fully understand your apprehension. With you history of problems I think it is very important that you only get an evaluation and treatment by a specialist. That means if you want to know if root canal would be appropriate and if you want to be...

Dentistry: bridge or implants, root canal treatment, mail box
root canal treatment, mail box, decayed tooth: If the decayed tooth is restorable you gain very little by having them seperated at this time.The real benefit of implants is seen when the adjacent teeth have not been prepared.In your case,unless the decayed tooth is not savageable I would just excavate...

Dentistry: many broken teetn, early childhood caries, nursing caries
early childhood caries, nursing caries, broken teeth: Dear Les, This a a relatively common condition. Using the internet look up the condition called, Early Childhood Caries (ECC) sometimes it is called nursing caries or baby bottle syndrome. Wiping the teeth twice daily with a cloth or gauze that has a tiny...

Dentistry: Calcified tooth question, achy pain, pain med
achy pain, pain med, endodontist: Hi Laura, I m sorry this is all going on. First my disclaimer.....it s hard for me to give you good advice without being able to see X-rays and exam you. That said, as long as the tooth is still intact and has not been compromised by looking for the calcified...

Dentistry: Cingulum, nob hill, front teeth
nob hill, front teeth, protuberances: This is a question that I cannot answer accurately from here. To answer your question, I would have to see your crown, and how it fits your tooth. In general, the crown, when finished, should leave you feeling only that it s new. If anything feels strange,...

Dentistry: Cold Feeling in Teeth, cold sensation, sensitive teeth
cold sensation, sensitive teeth, cold feeling: The pain on cold after a restoration may just be a result of the work done on the tooth and should gradually go away.The cold sensation you are referring to on the other teeth is normal.If you like you could try using a sensitive teeth toothpaste like sensodyne.Use...

Dentistry: Crowns not delivered, planning communication, natural tooth
planning communication, natural tooth, prosthodontist: Dear Carol: Your story is a perfect example of how, even among the top specialists there are different levels, and worse yet, different communication skills. I agree with the new prosthodontist. Take it easy. Try to resolve one issue at a time. If the...

Dentistry: Crowns/ Gums/ Dry Mouth, sore gums, nob hill
sore gums, nob hill, pontic: Dear Deneen: What you can do is contact your dentist, who will know your case intimately, and should be able to offer you solutions. Usually all it takes is a slight adjustment and polish, and you should be fine. Call your dentist and let him know. After...

Dentistry: Crowns issues - are they normal?, root canals, sensitive teeth
root canals, sensitive teeth, front teeth: Hi Dominique, I m sorry you re going through all this. It s hard for me to tell you for sure what is going on since I can t exam you, but there are really 2 most likely situations. The first is that this could all be related to your bite being off. This...

Dentistry: cavity in two year old, two front teeth, pediatric dentist
two front teeth, pediatric dentist, grandsons: Decay will steadily progress until it undermines the entire tooth and causes a nasty infection. The proper thing is to have the child seen by a pediatric dentist for an examination and treatment. The treatment is always easier and less costly and much better...

Dentistry: cerec crown lengthen, cerec onlay, tooth enamel
cerec onlay, tooth enamel, hi tommy: Hi Tommy An axial wall is any existing cavity wall that form part of the design of the cavity prep and therefore also of the onlay. It is the part of the tooth which acts as anchorage for the onlay, by virtue of it usually laying over those cusps which...

Dentistry: crown, wisdom tooth, wisdom teeth
wisdom tooth, wisdom teeth, nob hill: Dear Lisa: Without seeing you or your xrays, I cannot make the decision. Sometimes there is not enough bone to support an implant, or anatomical structures are in the way (sinus, nerve bundle, blood vessel). But usually an implant and crown, if placement...

Dentistry: crown, ahmed saleh, root canal treatment
ahmed saleh, root canal treatment, side surfaces: Hi Don First the bridge should be removed out and then see which abutment tooth is decayed to treat it with filling or root canal or something els then we decide either fixed the bridge again if possible or make new bridge ,and if you want to do implant for...

Dentistry: crown instead of core in composite after root canal, lateral incisors, molar teeth
lateral incisors, molar teeth, root canal treatment: Dear Mike , I always recommend crowning posterior teeth after root canal treatment since this is most often the best way to protect these tooth from fracture. I do not believe a bonded core offer sufficient protection. That being said, clearly if the crown...

Dentistry: Dental bridge?, gum graft surgery, gum recession
gum graft surgery, gum recession, middle teeth: Hi Taylor and thanks for your question. I personally, do not think it s a stupid idea at all - you ve weighed up the options, taken finances into account - which is very often the most important thing - and realized that something has to be done to the...

Dentistry: Dental Cleanings and Gingivitis, ultrasonic scaler, dental cleanings
ultrasonic scaler, dental cleanings, scaling and root planing: Dear Mary: There is lots of misinformation on periodontal work. Much of it is caused by the correct dental definition vs. the billing for insurance purposes. Here are the proper definitions: 1. Prophylaxis: It is the routine cleaning that one gets...

Dentistry: Dental Implants, gum recession, dear sylvia
gum recession, dear sylvia, soft toothbrush: Dear Sylvia: Your gums could be receding more rapidly than most, thus exposing more of the length of your tooth. This is how the expression long in the tooth came to be. The older we get, the more our gums recede, the longer our teeth look. I don t...

Dentistry: Dental Plate, complete denture, speech impediment
complete denture, speech impediment, front teeth: Dear Susanna: Lately I have been inundated with questions in which the communication between the dentist and patient has been lost. Your situation is, unfortunately, no different. Putting a patient in a complete denture is akin to putting a person in a...

Dentistry: Dentures, self concious, reline
self concious, reline, dentures: I m not familiar with NHS but from what you describe your current dentures may not be servicable any longer.Perhaps a visit to a dentist can determine if your existing dentures could be better adapted to fit your mouth with a reline .If not then a new set...

Dentistry: Dentures and Depression, abusive relationship, dentures
abusive relationship, dentures, serious health: Dear Patricia: Since I do not know what your serious health issue was, nor do I know about the rest of your health history, I can t tell you how long it might take to get used to your denture. I do know that for many people who get dentures, I am told...

Dentistry: dental exam x ray, dental xrays, cheek implants
dental xrays, cheek implants, dental xray: Andrew - Regular dental xrays do not show the jaw and will no expose the presence of an implant in the cheeks or nose. If the dentist tooth a specific dental xray of the whole jaw in one picture, called a panoramic xray, that would show it. Chin implants...

Dentistry: dental implant, nob hill, sinus infection
nob hill, sinus infection, dental implant: Dear Ricarda: It is possible to be allergic to anything, including titanium dental implant. However, I have not yet read of such an allergy. If there is inflammation surrounding a titanium dental implant, it could result in headaches. Again, this is...

Dentistry: Too many dental problems and never ending pain, wisdom tooth removal, wisdom teeth
wisdom tooth removal, wisdom teeth, upper root: Hi Suma Your case need to clinical examination for proper diagnosis ,may you have many carious teeth that are cause this pain,any how i ll answer your questions : 1- this is not normal any pain mean something abnormal. 2- i prefer to see another dentist...

Dentistry: dentist exray fees, new dentist, x rays
new dentist, x rays, professional licensing: Dear Allen, Although most dentists don t charge a fee for copying records, my understanding is dentists are allowed to charge a nominal fee for copying your records and giving them to you. I think your dentist is allowed to assess a fee of $35 if he wants...

Dentistry: dentistry pain, metronidazole 400mg, emergency appointment
metronidazole 400mg, emergency appointment, raw bone: i wonder if you have a dry socket. this is when the clot dislodges and you have raw bone exposed. it can be very painful. you need to call the dentist and tell him that you are still in a lot of pain. you have given the antibiotics plenty of time. you would...

Dentistry: Excruciating Pain in first Bicuspid on Right Upper Side, bbq ribs, gum line
bbq ribs, gum line, horrible pain: Hi Malissa, I m sorry you are going through all this. With your history, you may have a cracked or fractured tooth. There is no quick fix for this as you need to see your dentist. If the crack is really bad, it may not be possible to save the tooth. If...

Dentistry: extractions, root canal treatment, going to the dentist
root canal treatment, going to the dentist, permanent teeth: Before I could answer your questions I would have to know why the teeth need to be extracted and if indeed they do need to be extracted. Then I would have to understand how your son would react to various dental treatment. This keeps me from directly answering...

Dentistry: FACIAL HEMATOMA, internal scar tissue, warm salt water
internal scar tissue, warm salt water, oral surgen: Mary - Of course, without examining your husband I cannot be sure, but a swelling that has existed since the extractions and insertion of the denture and now is not soft but hard indicates that either blood collected in the swelling after the surgery or an...

Dentistry: Facial Change Due To Extraction Of Two Upper Bicuspids For Ortho, incompetent dentist, oral and maxillofacial surgeons
incompetent dentist, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, white fillings: Nash - I hate to simply give you this answer, but my suggestion is to contact one of the other oral and maxillofacial surgeons I provided for a second answer. I am not saying that something can be done, without examining you, but getting a second evaluation...

Dentistry: Facial swelling after fillings, ahmed saleh, root canal treatment
ahmed saleh, root canal treatment, dr ahmed: Hi Sian This is not allergic ,there is infection under one of the filled teeth cause there is exposed pulp and the dentist may not notice it and made filling over the exposure ,the tooth supposed to treated with root canal ,you can know which tooth cause...

Dentistry: Filling, nob hill, soft diet
nob hill, soft diet, cheeck: Dear Andrea: It sound like you might have bitten your cheek while you were numb. Stay on a soft diet for several days, and this should heal itself. If it is not gone in one week, contact your dentist. If you have any further questions, please feel...

Dentistry: Dentures, nhs dentist, national health service
Dentistry: Dentures, nhs dentist, national health service, nhs website

Dentistry: Facial Change Due To Extraction Of Two Upper Bicuspids For Ortho, oral surgeon, suggestion
Dentistry: Facial Change Due To Extraction Of Two Upper Bicuspids For Ortho, oral surgeon, suggestion

Dentistry: Implant or bridge?
Dentistry: Implant or bridge?

Dentistry: In limbo over tongue issue, dentists, best wishes
Dentistry: In limbo over tongue issue, dentists, best wishes, doctors

Dentistry: Can't Bite After Shallow Filling - Fustrated!, zinc oxide, nightguard
Dentistry: Can't Bite After Shallow Filling - Fustrated!, zinc oxide, nightguard, tooth problems

Dentistry: failed implant, titanium rod, dental extraction
titanium rod, dental extraction, dear marie: Dear Marie: I am so sorry for your pain and for the delay in getting to your question. There is only this many I can answer a day while going on with my primary business. I hope that by now the pain has abated. Nevertheless, you are correct, you can have...

Dentistry: failed root canal?, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, root canal treatment
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, root canal treatment, bicuspid: Deb- that is a very difficult question for me to answer. Was the tooth that had root canal treatment the cause of her pain? That I don t know. Was the root canal treatment done properly? If the tooth, when tapped is sore, then there is still inflammtion...

Dentistry: Is filing down tooth and re-crowning it proper solution for pain after RTCs?, lingual nerve injury, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
lingual nerve injury, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bottom teeth: Jane - Look, I guess you have nothing to lose by having the temporary crowns. Without evidence of an infection there really is no reason for antibiotic prescriptions. I wish you well and hope it turns out to be something simple to treat, like a root fracture...

Dentistry: fillings/exctraction, ahmed saleh, thermal conduction
ahmed saleh, thermal conduction, cement base: Hi Luis There are 2 possible cause for your case : 1- Your tooth are so sensitive and the cavity was very deep and when the dentist made the filling ,he didn t apply a layer of cement base to isolate the pulp from thermal conduction that made the cold to...

Dentistry: food impaction, nob hill, new dentist
nob hill, new dentist, new crown: Dear Rick: Yes. One of the dentists must remake one of the crowns so that it closes the gap which allows the food to pack in and cause your pain. I would start with the last one, who should have closed the gap with the new crown. Good luck, and let me...

Dentistry: Growth on infant gum, pediatric dentist, dalin
pediatric dentist, dalin, gums: sometimes babies are born with tissue tags...you need to call your pediatrician and have it looked at. he/she may call in a pediatric dentist for an opinion as well. do not worry. it might be something that is seen fairly often. but put your mind at ease and...

Dentistry: Gum abscess, ahmed saleh, gum abscess
ahmed saleh, gum abscess, dr ahmed: Hi Natalie First you need to take x-ray for the root canal treated tooth and the adjacent teeth near the abscess to determine the source of abscess if it is from the root canal treated tooth (which is the most possible )or from the adjacent teeth or it s...

Dentistry: Gum Irritation and Tongue Piercing, gum irritation, random location
gum irritation, random location, pro health: Dear Johnathan: Without seeing you, I can t say for sure, but it sound like you have Trenchmouth . Or you are allergic to whatever is in your tongue. I would see your dentist or an oral surgeon immediately for a thorough evaluation. Howard Finnk,...

Dentistry: Gum Trauma, front tooth, dalin
front tooth, dalin, glass table: you really should see a dentist. you want an xray of the area to make sure nothing is broken (roots of teeth or surrounding bone). plus things should be healed better by now. you want to also make sure that there is no infection brewing in the area (can explain...

Dentistry: gingival related, periodontist, definitive answer
periodontist, definitive answer, periodontal disease: Hi Ram and thanks for your question, which I must apologize for taking so long to answer but I had rather urgent and unexpected personal issues to attend to. From what you explained, I get the impression that the margin of the gum has become looser or...

Dentistry: gum inflammation and pain, gum inflammation, gum recession
gum inflammation, gum recession, warm salt water: Gina - I, of course, cannot be sure without examining you, but your description of the white swollen gums sounds like the crowns that were placed were too bulky. The crowns go under the edge of the gum tissue and if too bulky, the gum tissue can be stretched...

Dentistry: gum recession n shaking wearing cap teeth, gum recession, lateral incisors
gum recession, lateral incisors, permanent bridge: Probably not. I wish I had some magic for you, but I do not. You would be best to just give up on that idea. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me. Howard Finnk, DDS Nob Hill Dental Center howard@nobhilldentalcenter.co...

Dentistry: Habit of tapping teeth, nightguard, teech
nightguard, teech, dental school: Lowell - By tapping, I think you are talking about a recurrent habit of rapid clenching of the joint to cause clicking. This is usually considered a habit that occurs from a subconcious action. Allegedly, the only successful techniques to control this have...

Dentistry: Help!!! Painful Mandibular Tori that an oral surgeon refused to operate on, mandibular tori, wire my jaw
mandibular tori, wire my jaw, thin tissue: Ariana - Thin tissue on the jaw bone near the tongue is not unusual. I have seen quite a few of these cases over the years. Yes the bone can be recontoured, but the tissue nees to heal and that takes time. During that healing, I have found that the use...

Dentistry: Herbst, head gears, orthodontic appliance
head gears, orthodontic appliance, orthodontist: Caroline - Any orthodontic appliance, the headgear or Herbst, can cause problems. It is the skill of the orthodontist that is the controlling factor. Historically, the Herbst has produced more problems. That is the best I can say. The problem you have...

Dentistry: Herbst appliance cause TMJD?, wisdom teeth, orthodontic appliances
wisdom teeth, orthodontic appliances, tmjd: I don t believe the Herbst appliance is the source of your pain since I presume that the Herbst appliance and the other orthodontic appliances used resulted in correction of your bite. It is more likely that the lack of occlusion...the absence of proper tooth...

Dentistry: is there help for people who are born with one front tooth?, two front teeth, implant dentistry
two front teeth, implant dentistry, cosmetic dentist: Dear KIKI: Yes there is help for you. You should talk to a Prosthodontist (the specialist in restorative, cosmetic and implant dentistry) for a treatment plan. You might have to have some orthododntic (braces) work and with proper prosthetics/implants a...

Dentistry: Implant or bridge?, wisdom tooth, tooth number
wisdom tooth, tooth number, good shape: Jay - that is a very difficult question fro me to answer. If you could have a copy of the xray sent to me via this website, I could better answer your question. So seeing your film could would allow me tell you if the a bridge or implant would mbe appropriate...

Dentistry: Improper fitting crown and change in gum line, gum line, porcelain crown
gum line, porcelain crown, new dentist: Dear Chantal (what a beautiful name!): Without knowing everything there is to know about you, I cannot answer with assurance the question about whether or not your gum or gums will continue to grow. Commonly, the gums usually shrink over time. Sometimes,...

Dentistry: Irregular eruption of baby teeth, first molars, grand niece
first molars, grand niece, eruption sequence: Hi Barry, Eruption patterns in young children are highly variable. Very few children follow the eruption sequence you find in a book. There are on rare occasions problems associated with eruption sequence, nothing you describe indicates to me that your...

Dentistry: implant hardware, many crowns, dental implants
many crowns, dental implants, malpractice cases: Lisa - I agree totally with you. The fees for the products used, such as porcelain for crowns is very expensive after a dental lab fabricates the crown. Those fees are not controllable by dentists, unfortunately. Sure, if dentists did not do as many crowns...

Dentistry: implants, sinus lift, new dentist
sinus lift, new dentist, implant procedures: Dear Jean: First: Yes, it is true that as you get older you tend to lose bone. This is called osterporosis in medicine. In dentistry, it is called losing bone . Second: Yes, it is possible to do one implant per year. However, the disadvantage...

Dentistry: irratation on roof of mouth, nob hill, pencil lead
nob hill, pencil lead, roof of mouth: Dear Brenda: What you describe sound like denture sores, caused by too much pressure or rubbing against the denture. You need to see you dentist, as this likely will require some adjustment to remove the pressure areas from the denture. Sometimes a reline...

Dentistry: Jaw Fracture and Tooth Extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw fracture
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw fracture, molar extraction: Tnaya - It is important, especially with your mother s history, that only a skilled board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon do the extraction. A skilled surgeon knows how to remove the tooth without placing excess stress on the jaw. Of course, the...

Dentistry: Lignocaine & ephidrine local anaesthetic root block, dental abscess, dental local anesthetic
dental abscess, dental local anesthetic, local anaesthetic: I am unaware of that combination of drugs. We do not use the term lignocaine in the US, but I believe it is lidocaine. It is possible that you received lidocaine with epinephrine, as that is a very commonly used dental local anesthetic. Due to the epinephrine...

Dentistry: Loss of facial tissue, sinus cavity, southwestern medical center
sinus cavity, southwestern medical center, bone grafts: I hope you have a Prosthodontist in place to restore these teeth. I have no idea what is going on with your face but repeated surgery can certainly cause nerve damage. Frankly I do not undetstand having the jaw breaking done in adult patients unless they...

Dentistry: Lots of dental problems, root canel, root canels
root canel, root canels, high sugar levels: Dear Eva: I m so sorry to hear about your dental troubles. After I read the first half of your letter, I was going to tell you to have the bad teeth out, one or two at a time, as your could, and replace them with implants. Then as I read further, I realized...

Dentistry: Is it ever too late to get Jaw Surgery?, wearing braces, jaw surgery
wearing braces, jaw surgery, little tooth: Damian-without examining you is a little difficult for me to tell you what they re doing is correct or not. What I do not like in your description is the elongation of your face that is occurring. By pushing your lower teeth back there opening a long meeting...

Dentistry: laughing gas, two front teeth, back tooth
two front teeth, back tooth, laughing gas: Laughing gas or nitrous oxide/oxygen is a very safe and pleasant way for children to relax when having dental treatment. Based on previous experience with your son the dentist may feel it is necessary to use this in addition to the novocaine. In may practices...

Dentistry: In limbo over tongue issue, massive infection, cold sensitivity
massive infection, cold sensitivity, issue question: Julie - First of all, you are correct that the surgeon should have done a more comprehensive examination. Just pushing of your tongue with a stick and not actually feeling the tongue muscles in action would not be fully diagnostic in the discovery of what...

Dentistry: loss of tooth, bony fragments, bone chips
bony fragments, bone chips, definitive answer: Hi Terrence and thanks for your question. I must apologize for my tardiness in my reply, but I unfortunately had pressing and unavoidable personal matters to attend to. I am sorry to hear of your unpleasant dental ordeal, especially as you ended up loosing...

Dentistry: lumineers issue, lumineer, dear chelsea
lumineer, dear chelsea, brushing my teeth: Dear Chelsea: Your story is the reason I no longer make veneers or Lumineers. The promise of a beautiful smile with very little or no drilling is offset by the reality of early veneer loss and fracture. I just repaired a broken veneer of a friend of mine...

Dentistry: Mandibular fracture repair, titanium plate, automobile accident
titanium plate, automobile accident, mandibular fracture: I am sorry you do not think it is polite of me to direct you back to the person who has your x-rays, medical records and knows exactly what type of injury you sustained. I am curious as to why you think a person on the internet can give you better advice...

Dentistry: Maxillofacial injury, amrita institute of medical sciences, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
amrita institute of medical sciences, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, nasal fracture: Avinash - Unfortunately, I am not privy to the doctors of India. I do not know the skills of these doctors, but I do have the name of one doctor who is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. That doctor is a Dr. Moni Kuriakose. He is at the Amrita...

Dentistry: Missing baby tooth, upper canines, upper incisors
upper canines, upper incisors, eruption sequence: Dear Sunisa, eruption sequence is highly individual, and irregular. it is a little too early to tell whether or not your daughter has a missing tooth. I believe you should do what your pediatric dentist suggests, wait 6 months and if the missing lower...

Dentistry: mini implant problems, bottom center, denture
bottom center, denture, definately: Irene - I hate to say this, but it sounds like your dentist does not know how to properly treat you and correct the problem. Without examining you I cannot be sure, but that is why I suggest, like I said previously, that you get a second opinion from a local...

Dentistry: Nausea after surgeries, strength tylenol, wisdom teeth
strength tylenol, wisdom teeth, gall bladder: No it is not an allergy, just a side effect, which is actually quite common. If you are not eating, or not eating much, that makes matters worse. Vicodin has a low propensity to cause this compared to other opioids. So, if you are experiencing this problem,...

Dentistry: Nerve test, gary backlund, upper incisors
gary backlund, upper incisors, painnot: Hi Gray, It sounds like what you are describing is called an electric pulp tester. It is designed to pass an electric current into the tooth to stimulate the pulp. When it is used correctly, you should only feel a slight tingling in your tooth. The way...

Dentistry: I need help, dentistry residency program, private practive
dentistry residency program, private practive, medicaid patients: Dear Jennifer: There are ways for you to get treatment for less, or maybe even for free: 1. Local dental school. Most work with Medicaid and have sliding scale payment plans. You can find out where there is one just by going online and looking for a dental...

Dentistry: nerve pain post jaw surgery, nerve pain, root canals
nerve pain, root canals, jaw joints: Elzabeth - this is a very difficult question for me to answer without seeing xrays or examining you. Screws can produce neurological symptoms that can mimic the type of problem you are experiencing. I, of course, do not know the endodontist or any of your...

Dentistry: numb for 36 hours, nerve damage, recovery thanks
nerve damage, recovery thanks, bad tooth: Hi Mandi Its not necessary to give the novocaine shot to the area which is hurting in lower jaw. Your dentist must have given you block which is on back side of the jaw by which one can feel numb on one side of the jaw.Effect of novocaine shot lasts...

Dentistry: Oral lesion on hard palate, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, oral and maxillofacial surgeons
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, hard palate: Karey - Unfortunately, recurrent biopsies are necessary to make sure no changes do occur in the lesions. The cause is a tough question. It may be your eating habits, your drinking habits or something else, but without examining you I cannot tell. I don...

Dentistry: what options do I have, straight smile, smile line
straight smile, smile line, whiter teeth: Hi Linda and thanks for your question. I can imagine your shock and horror at hearing that! But just bear in mind that converting back to Rands doesn t always give the right image, but nevertheless, it s quite a sum of money. I m a bit concerned by he...

Dentistry: oral cancer in 15 year old?, oral cancer, dangerous types
oral cancer, dangerous types, oral surgeon: It is extremely unusual for this to be a cancerous lesion in a teenager. There are many more likely, non-dangerous types of growths that can occur and it would be customary to have it removed. Any time some tissue is removed it needs to be sent for biopsy....

Dentistry: order of operations, midface lift, advance plan
midface lift, advance plan, skilled surgeon: Cigderm - If done properly, the midface lift should be done at the same time as the advancement of the lower jaw. Your doctor should have completely planned this procedure properly. If planned properly, you would most likely only need one surgery to do...

Dentistry: Painful Filling, back tooth, chipped tooth
back tooth, chipped tooth, cavity: Your filling should be checked by a dentist. If the bite is high it may cause the symptoms that you describe and the filling should be easily adjusted. If that does the trick great. If it doesn t, and the sensitivity doesn t go away you might consider removing...

Dentistry: Periodontal Treatment, OVER TREATMENT
OVER TREATMENT: Yes, you do have periodontal disease. But periodontal disease is divided into 2 types. 1. Gingivitis which is inflammation of the gingival (gum) tissues only with no loss of the actual supporting structures(bone) which you describe. 2. Periodontitis...

Dentistry: Pointed Teeth, primary dentition, pointed teeth
primary dentition, pointed teeth, permanent dentition: There is often no particular explanation as to why some teeth develop in an unusual manner. I have occasionally seen incisors shaped as you ve described. We refer to them as peg-shape incisors . While we don t do anything with peg incisors in the primary...

Dentistry: Possible fracture????, composite fillings, gum line
composite fillings, gum line, cracked tooth: faith it can be a few possible explanations. #1 is the bite could be off. this is the easiest to correct. all that is needed is to have it adjusted. #2 is the plastic is irritating the nerve. all that is done here is remove the filling and place it back in....

Dentistry: Pregnant, had root canal, serious pain?, fda website, back tooth
fda website, back tooth, root canal: The flame was to heat an instrument to seal the root canal it s routine.You may want to speak with your obs/gyn regarding antibiotics.It is not uncommon to have some pain following root canal.Every tooth presents it s own issues.Also ask about alternative...

Dentistry: Preventive molar cap, molar tooth, larry burnett
molar tooth, larry burnett, professional view: There may be some confusion regarding the term molar cap . I have never heard the term molar cap used. It must mean either a molar crown or a molar sealant. Since an actual crown on a molar would not be indicated here, I will assume you are writing about...

Dentistry: pain with a 3 year old crown, gary backlund, abscessed tooth
gary backlund, abscessed tooth, pain medication: Hi Dawn, I m sorry to hear all this is going on...especially after 3 years! It sounds to me like your root canal is failing and you are developing an abscessed tooth. Since I can t examine you, I can t say for sure, but your symptoms certainly sound like...

Dentistry: pain possible TMJ, alpha stim 100, jaw muscles
alpha stim 100, jaw muscles, bottom teeth: Sharon. I had jaw and tooth pain which I found out was radiating from the tight jaw muscles which were tight from clenching. The first thing I did was get a custom made nightguard from a dentist that treats a lot of TMJ cases. It is hard and fits on the...

Dentistry: pain after root filling, second premolar, intermittent pain
second premolar, intermittent pain, signs of infection: Hi Sarah, I m sorry to hear all this is going on, especially still with all the treatment you have had. What you are experiencing it NOT normal healing. Something is going on. Since I can t examine you, it s very hard for me to diagnosis your problem and...

Dentistry: pain after root filling, second premolar, intermittent pain
second premolar, intermittent pain, signs of infection: Hi Sarah Root canal treatment is to prevent toothache problem. As you mentioned that you have continued to feel pain during treatment, it was because of dead blood in the canals. During root canal treatment as long as infected pulp is inside, you continue...

Dentistry: pain after root filling, second premolar, intermittent pain
second premolar, intermittent pain, signs of infection: Hi Amanda In my experience, the symptoms will fluctuate in severity, but ultimately the cause has to be identified in order to get you pain-free again. Chronic sinus irritation might also be associated with thicker and denser feeling around the sides...

Dentistry: palate exanders and snoring, natural barrier, palate
natural barrier, palate, snoring: Becky - Palatal expansion alone will probably not help snoring. The expansion tightens the palatal tissue, but rather that allowing a natural barrier between the mouth and pharynx, the expansion could reduce the amount of barrier that could be produced. ...

Dentistry: palate expansion with small jaw and only 2 bicuspids, jaw muscles, small jaw
jaw muscles, small jaw, scary idea: Lisha - I wish I could give you an accurate answer if something can actually be done to correct the situation. I think, from your description, that you need a skilled and knowledgeable surgeon to evaluate you to come up with all possible treatments. ...

Dentistry: perforated sinus caused by dental implant, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sterile environment
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sterile environment, dental implant: Kim - the true answer is maybe yes and maybe no. Most likely, when an implant is placed into the sinus in a non-sterile environment (the method used to place implants, especially by a general dentist)it has a good chance of failing. My suggestion is probably...

Dentistry: periodonitis pockets, treating periodontal pockets
treating periodontal pockets: I m glad the Betadine plus Listerine made sense to you. The frequency depends upon your individual case which I can t comment on without more diagnostic information. But in general once a day should work fine. Doing it at least a few times a week will...

Dentistry: permanant Teeth growing behind baby teeth, dentist appointment, permanent teeth
dentist appointment, permanent teeth, orthodontic evaluation: This is your first indication of just how crowded your son s dentition will be in the future. Generally this process of large permanent teeth trying to replace small baby teeth will continue and the crowding will become worse over time leading to a need for...

Dentistry: Is it possible for the alignment of my teeth to shift as an adult?, nob hill, wisdom teeth
nob hill, wisdom teeth, tmj pain: Dear Lauren: Your doctor was correct. It is possible that your teeth are shifting. However, barring trauma to your jaws, you should not be experiencing TMJ pain so severely from this slight shifting. I would advise that you go back to your orthodontist...

Dentistry: post root canal pain, root canal pain, root canal treatment
root canal pain, root canal treatment, lymph node: Dear Lydia, It is difficult to advise you with certainty over the internet. That being said I will try and offer some information. Given the fact that your root canal was just completed this Thursday, it is too soon to say whether the root canal treatment...

Dentistry: Q&A, complete examination, proper position
complete examination, proper position, x rays: A proper treatment plan needs more information than you ve provided. I would need to review a complete history of the trauma, evaluate photographs and x-rays, determine if there is a fracture of the tooth, and determine if the tooth is ankylosed or requires...

Dentistry: RCT, chicken point, fine instruments
chicken point, fine instruments, positive attitude: Hi Tony, I m sorry to hear you re going through all this. It s difficult for me to tell you what the chances are of finding the canal since I can t exam you or see your X-rays. However, I can give you some general advice about situations like this. When...

Dentistry: Reoccurring Upper Mouth Pimple, dental health issues, upper mouth
dental health issues, upper mouth, nob hill: Dear Alex, It sounds and looks like an abscess that originates from one of your teeth. Someone, usually your dentist, ought to be able to put a tiny wire into the pimple and follow it to it s point of origination. This should point to the infected tooth....

Dentistry: Replace crowns?, longevity dental crowns
longevity dental crowns: Greetings Stan, great question, First I want to apologize for the misinformation. Instead of looking it up I relied on my memory. But the literature actually shows the median lifetime for the full crown is about 14.5 years not the 10 years I had guessed....

Dentistry: Replacement for tooth#31, nob hill, wisdom tooth
nob hill, wisdom tooth, tooth number: Dear Jay: I m sure you can understand that I cannot answer your question with certainty without you and your xrays in front of me. However, that having been said, and assuming that you are correct in your statements that both your #30 and #32 teeth are...

Dentistry: Replacing fillings, porcelain inlay, composite fillings
porcelain inlay, composite fillings, amalgam fillings: Dear Sherry: A gray halo around amalgam fillings often are one indication that the teeth that they are in are beginning to re-decay. Without seeing your teeth, I cannot answer for you specifically. In my practice, I very rarely place porcelain inlays....

Dentistry: Retained baby teeth, adult canines in wrong position, two front teeth, lateral incisors
two front teeth, lateral incisors, robbing peter to pay paul: Hi Zoe, I would see an orthodontist for a consult. You definitely sound like you would 100% percent benefit from having braces. In addition, there were a number of large cavities present on that xray, along with impacted wisdom teeth. These can all be...

Dentistry: Root Canal After Fall, root canal therapy, electronic test
root canal therapy, electronic test, bone loss: Hi Laura, Sorry to hear about this. Often, when people fall they do damage to their teeth. The impact of hitting the sidewalk is usually enough to cut off the circulation to the tooth, resulting in a dead nerve. If the tooth needs a root canal,...

Dentistry: Root Canal Treatment., gary backlund, root canal treatment
gary backlund, root canal treatment, root canals: Hi Natasha, I m sorry to hear you re having all this go on. Unfortunately, when the pulp of a tooth has been involved with decay or eating away like your situation, the only option other than a root canal is to remove the tooth....there is no other way...

Dentistry: Root canal affects wisdom teeth?, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water, wisdom teeth: Krishna - Just because teeth are not in front or next to the protruding wisdom teeth, it does not mean you cannot develop problems. Especially when a tooth begins to protrude, bacteria from the mouth gains entrance into the gum tissue surrounding the protruding...

Dentistry: Root canal retreatment failure, root canal retreatment, flareup
root canal retreatment, flareup, endodontist: endodontists usually do not put people on antibiotics routinely. they usually feel things will improve with treatment. they will put you on them if there is any sort of flareup which you had and which you then received. i do not see how he/she did anything...

Dentistry: reddened gum around new teeth, soft brushes, pediatician
soft brushes, pediatician, pediatric dentist: The painful and unusual gum appearance may be attributable to an oral virus which usually resolves in 7-10 days. Meantime it s important to gently clean the teeth which can be a challenge when it s painful. Do the best that you can and things should improve....

Dentistry: redoign a root canal, disappeared 1, chewing food
disappeared 1, chewing food, mouth guard: 1.Not from what you report.2.Yes 3.Hard to say.4.No guarantees period. I would not rush to get the tooth retreated.I would get back to my general dentist and have them check the bite to perhaps relieve it a drop.You could always retreat it,however there is...

Dentistry: redoing a root canal, sinus cavities, root canal treatment
sinus cavities, root canal treatment, chewing food: Hi Mitchell and thanks for the question. To be very honest, endo is not my forte in dentistry but I have done my fair share and am happy to give you my opinions of the matter. The shadow on the X-ray indicates the presence of active infection, like an...

Dentistry: remaining roots in the gum, swollen gum, gum tissue
swollen gum, gum tissue, cystic areas: David - It is a little difficult for me to give you a percentage, but it is more likely that the remaining roots, still with nerve tissue in the roots will become invaded by the bacteria in saliva and produce an infection. Sure, it may not happen and inflamed...

Dentistry: to remove yellow line on the front 2 teeth, ayurvedic treatment, permanent teeth
ayurvedic treatment, permanent teeth, allopathic: Mohit - I wish I could tell you a simple treatment that you yourself can administer to cure the problem. Often what you describe as a line is a reaction from something you injested while the permanent teeth were still forming. At age 7, 15 years ago, the...

Dentistry: retainer question, hawley retainers, straight teeth
hawley retainers, straight teeth, open bite: Fixed wire retainers can make it difficult to properly clean those lower incisors so to that extent they may contribute to periodontal problems, but with proper daily oral hygiene there should be no problems. Removable wire retainers pose no problems with...

Dentistry: root canal, cotton swab, radiographic signs
cotton swab, radiographic signs, cold test: I use the cold test because it is easier to use and less frightening to some patients than the EPT. It should be noted, however, that the commonly used cotton swab does not hold enough cold to work reliably; a #4 cotton pellet should be used. If I get no response,...

Dentistry: root canal, root canal treatment, short answer
root canal treatment, short answer, reconstruction: The short answer is no. A root canal is necessary if the tooth is non-vital which means the nerve or pulp is no longer alive. Sometimes a tooth which is still alive requires reconstruction involving a crown so often a root canal is not necessary. In many...

Dentistry: root canal complication, root canal specialist, root canals
root canal specialist, root canals, midland texas: Do NOT let the original guy touch you again. If the Endodontist thinks he can get some of the material out consider that. I might also ask for the name of an oral surgeon or get a second Endodontist s opinion. Do not let any general dentist deal with this....

Dentistry: roots remain in the gum, david roots, broken molar
david roots, broken molar, pain thanks: Hi David Roots of your molar are sensitive because they are open now and will be sensitive until they are not fully covered by gums. As you mentioned that roots of your other molar are also covered by gums. Its okay unless infection does not come and...

Dentistry: Strange Morning Mouth Taste, metallic ions, amalgam fillings
metallic ions, amalgam fillings, metal ions: Hi Ann and thanks for your question. Let me start by saying congratulations on being pregnant and I hope you enjoy the experience and stay medically fit throughout - and dentally fit! Amalgam fillings, those with contain mercury, have been used for decades...

Dentistry: Swollen Jaw and TMJ, medrol pak, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
medrol pak, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, swollen jaw: Brenda - You need a full diagnosis made for the cause of the problem. A regular dentist is not skilled or knowledgeable about this. My suggestion is that you make an appointment with a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon to fully evaluate you....

Dentistry: saving a crown, removable denture, root canal treatment
removable denture, root canal treatment, existing bridge: Dear Don: I have had many situation such as your. Due to costs, most people do ask to have the good crowns sectioned off the existing bridge. It is readily done. However, it does require some skill. If your dentist is uncomfortable with the procedure,...

Dentistry: scar tissue after apiciectomy, gary backlund, cheek area
gary backlund, cheek area, scar tissue: Hi Heather, I m sorry to hear you are still having this problem after 4 months. This does not sound like scar tissue to me. Scar tissue would not be that big and certainly would not be painful. If I were you, I would call the endodontist back and stress...

Dentistry: sedation, general anesthetic, pediatric specialist
general anesthetic, pediatric specialist, iv sedation: i am in favor of using the simplest method first. if he does fine with it, then you will be a whole lot more relaxed. the main thing here is that your dentist has a lot of experience with all of these methods. is he/she a pediatric specialist? that would be...

Dentistry: strange questions about x ray, cheek implants, skull structure
cheek implants, skull structure, silicone implant: Hi again Andrew, you are more than welcome. I would agree with your postulation, only that, as the implant material is not as dense as teeth or bone, what one might see is more a a show or smudge: area where the implant overlaps the teeth radiologically....

Dentistry: strange tooth problem, milky teeth, milk teeth
milky teeth, milk teeth, calcium deficiency: Hi Kopal and thanks for your question and please accept my apologies for taking so long to answer you, but I had urgent personal matters to attend to - but now I all yours! I can see how a thing like this would be confusing for anyone, especially as many...

Dentistry: swolleness around bottom lip, nob hill, bottom lip
nob hill, bottom lip, dental center: Dear Dawn: Without seeing it, and interviewing your husband, I cannot say for sure. If steroid and antibiotics have not taken it away yet, he needs another visit to the doctor. Uncommonly, an infection from a tooth can cause the lip to swell, but this...

Dentistry: Teeth allignment, nob hill, bottom teeth
nob hill, bottom teeth, cracked tooth: Dear Ashley: The answer that you already know is See Your Dentist Immediately. What is happening is that the infection is spreading from the inside of the broken tooth (the nerve) to the bone and gums surrounding its roots. Often this causes the tooth...

Dentistry: Teeth turn white when sick, nasal congestion, dalin
nasal congestion, dalin, whiteness: very simple answer here, laura...by sleeping your mouth open, your teeth dehydrate and when teeth are dehydrated, they appear extremely white (almost chalky white). and as you re-hydrate them, the normal color returns. not much you can do to stop this since...

Dentistry: Temporary Filling, oil of cloves, nob hill
oil of cloves, nob hill, temporary filling: It is very rare that I will place a sedative temporary filling such as yours. If I must place one, I will always leave a very thin layer of it, so that I do not disturb the nerve inside the tooth yet again, and so that any elements of my permanent filling...

Dentistry: Temporary versus permanent braces, habit breaker, tongue thrust
habit breaker, tongue thrust, open bite: At age 20 your muscular pattern is well established and the prospect of eliminating the tongue thrust is limited. A tongue thrust can certainly be the cause of the open bite or it may be the result of the open bite. In either case an open bite is a very...

Dentistry: TMJ, sinus infection, prosthodontist
sinus infection, prosthodontist, endodontist: See an Endodontist, they are specialists who can diagnose if you need a root canal. If you do, pay to have one done by them. If you cannot afford it, have th tooth extracted. You cannot keep infected teeth. If they find nothing, then your prblem is most...

Dentistry: Tooth Bonding, tooth bonding, dalin
tooth bonding, dalin, veneer: nicola you can always ask that bonding be done now...and you can consider a veneer in the future when finances are easier. bonding is easy to remove when it comes time to do the preparation for the veneer or crown. i have done things in this manner many times...

Dentistry: Tooth contouring., nob hill, front teeth
nob hill, front teeth, rough price: Dear Becky: I know that most dentists are well skilled with tooth contouring. Especially in the front teeth. Teeth that overlap usually need braces, invisible aligners, or some type of orthodontic treatment. Often the orthodontic treatment eliminates the...

Dentistry: Tooth Extractions for 5 year old, stainless steel crowns, tooth extractions
stainless steel crowns, tooth extractions, space maintainer: My practice is to place the space maintainers as soon as possible...usually within one month of the extractions in order to prevent loss of space. Delaying placement of the space maintainers and giving a measuring tool only allows you to actually measure...

Dentistry: Can't Bite After Shallow Filling - Fustrated!, back tooth, mouthguard
back tooth, mouthguard, dear sarah: That s a tough call. Every time a dentist cuts a tooth, there is a period of healing. It s almost always better to wait and see if it will calm down with gentle care on your part. And the filling has already been replaced. Hold off. Wait a while. Stay...

Dentistry: toddler, healthy teeth, iron supplements
healthy teeth, iron supplements, front teeth: Dear Jeux, what you describe is normal for your child. The previous answers regarding black stain do apply to your son. I strongly suspect he is indeed cavity immune and will be for the rest of his life. A little bit of dry sink detergent on gauze...

Dentistry: I told teh dentist the crowns don't look fit but he still cemented on, doctor patient relationship, three crowns
doctor patient relationship, three crowns, new dentist: Hi Gen After cementing the crowns, if a gap remains,it indicates that teeth and crowns are not in proper occlusion. Ideally there should be no gap after cementing the crown or bridge and if gap is there that means this may cause problems like difficulty...

Dentistry: tooth absist, larry burnett, sinus infection
larry burnett, sinus infection, antibotics: Since they are upper molars it is possible the teeth can be a source of recurrent sinus infection. So the answer is possibly, but not definitely. Sorry to be so vague, but that is the best I can do with the information at hand. Larry Burnett DDS Lburnett2@comcast.net...

Dentistry: tooth broke horrible pain, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, alieve
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, alieve, horrible pain: Devon - An emergency room can give you an antibiotic for the obvious infection you have and they can give you an antibiotic, but neither will cure the problem. The infection will return once you stop the antibiotics. You should make an appointment with...

Dentistry: tooth decay, silver fillings, emergency appointment
silver fillings, emergency appointment, tooth decay: Hi Gayle If you had pain in your lower molar only then i don t think you need to consider getting dentures. If in case your dentist said that you are having a lot of cavities then those cavities may be filled up after cleaning them. Its not necessary...

Dentistry: tooth decay, fake teeth, permanent teeth
fake teeth, permanent teeth, missing teeth: Hi Nayumi, I suspect that you will be quite surprised to discover that the removal of the teeth is painless. That he will be eating and drinking just a few hours after the surgery There will be little or no pain the following day. In two to three days...

Dentistry: tooth implant, heart rate increases, tooth implant
heart rate increases, tooth implant, bone grafts: Betsy - Without evaluating you, it is a little difficult for me to come up with a reason. In general, with the experiences you are having of throbbing, it sounds like some inflammatory process is occurring. Whatever is occurring may not be discovered until...

Dentistry: Front tooth length?, gary backlund, two front teeth
gary backlund, two front teeth, front tooth: Hi Peter, Normally, the two front teeth are a bit longer than the other teeth. However, in some situations, depending on how the bite is, the front teeth can wear down and become about the same length as the other teeth, but this is not common. Hope...

Dentistry: tooth sensitivity?, gum recession, visit to the dentist
gum recession, visit to the dentist, dull ache: Dear Jen, If your cold sensitivity persists for more than one month, I think you should consider another visit to the dentist. If it does consider asking your dentist to to shine his bonding light against your tooth. When a tooth is transilluminated often...

Dentistry: tooth trauma/concussion, tooth trauma, poor outcomes
tooth trauma, poor outcomes, front tooth: No. If there was damage, it is already done. If you are banging on the tooth when you bite, you could have that adjusted, and it might prolong the time that the tooth is sore. However, that would be purely for the symptoms; it wouldn t affect whether the tooth...

Dentistry: Unable to bite properly after dental bridge, can this be fixed?, brdige, dental bridge
brdige, dental bridge, upper teeth: Dear Suma: No. It is NOT normal and it is NOT right to have biting problems after ANY dental work. The bite problems should be worked out PRIOR to the delivery of the final product. It is not uncommon to make minor, final adjsutments to dental work after...

Dentistry: Upper Wisdom Tooth Extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, sinus cavity
wisdom tooth extraction, sinus cavity, oral and maxillofacial surgeon: Sterling - Of course, it is a little difficult for me to differentiate what may actually be occurring, it is possible, if the surgeon removed excess bone in the area during the extraction, to epose the sinus (schniederian) membrane, without perforating it....

Dentistry: ultrasound - follow up to your article, ultrasound procedure, new dentist
ultrasound procedure, new dentist, ultrasonic cleaner: Sorry for the delay Jean, The ultrasonic cleaner is the better all around tool for your regular maintenance visits. But cleaning can mean anything from a simple polishing to difficult removal of hard barnacle like tartar or calculus deposits. But since...

Dentistry: Vomiting after wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom teeth extraction, removal of wisdom teeth
wisdom teeth extraction, removal of wisdom teeth, gauze: Jay - Probably the most common cause of vomiting after the removal of wisdom teeth is blood that is swallowed. Other causes could be the medication, even though you have never had that problem previously. If the problem does not resolve within 24 hours...

Dentistry: White "thread" on extraction site, thin white line, sharp point
thin white line, sharp point, healing process: Michael - what you are experiencing is absolutely not normal. What you show is sutures and those should have been removed. Also if you have a sharp area of bone, that bone needs to be smoothed by the surgeon. So, speak with the surgeon and do not let him...

Dentistry: whiten teeth with baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, peroxide and baking soda
hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, peroxide and baking soda, crest whitestrips: Dear Ben, I don t think using baking soda is an effective way of whitening your teeth. The ingredient that most dentists use is based on hydrogen peroxide. If you try brushing your teeth with a combination of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda every day...

Dentistry: whiten teeth with baking soda, brushing with baking soda, whiten teeth
brushing with baking soda, whiten teeth, brushing my teeth: Dear Ben: Since baking soda is somewhat abrasive, brushing with baking soda could help remove some external stains, such as coffee and smoking, but it will not whiten your teeth. In order to whiten your teeth, one must use a peroxide solution that is especially...

Dentistry: whiten teeth with baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, whiten teeth
hydrogen peroxide, whiten teeth, baking soda: ben baking soda will only remove outside stains on the teeth. in fact dip your brush in some hydrogen peroxide first, then pick up the baking soda on it (creates a slurry). this gives the baking soda a little bubbling action. if you have surface stain, it...

Dentistry: Zirconia and PFM crowns, nob hill, natural teeth
nob hill, natural teeth, front teeth: Dear Cathy: I disagree with the lab, as my experience with Zirconia is that it can be opaque, and can be made to not allow that is underneath to show through. Think about it. The metal substructure used in a porcelain-metal crown is usually a silver,...

Dentistry: 12 year molar, wisdom teeth, molars
wisdom teeth, molars, painful experience: Hi there Veronica and thanks for your question and one that many people your age ask about. Your second set of molars generally errupt in the mouth at about 11-13 years of age - on average, but cases have been reported as late as 15. Your 3rd set of molars,...

Dentistry: 12yr old lost front tooth, implant dentistry, accident school
implant dentistry, accident school, gum line: Dear Stephanie: As a parent, I feel for you and I understand your concern. Since your experience with your local family dentist has not been great, I always suggest to contact the specialist in cosmetic, restorative and implant dentistry, the prosthodontist....

Dentistry: My 13 month old sons baby teeth., two front teeth, baby teeth
two front teeth, baby teeth, bottom front: a lot of time, this happens because of the way he holds his jaw. sometimes people just their chin out and the lowers end up in front of the uppers. but sometimes this is how the teeth fit together. this is called class 3 bite or crossbite. at this point, you...

Dentistry: 14 month old has teeth growing behind teeth, adult teeth, pediatric dentist
adult teeth, pediatric dentist, front teeth: Without an examination or x-rays it s just not possible to know what is happening here. I very much doubt if those two teeth are adult teeth since they don t usually emerge until age 7 or 8 years. I would suggest that you have your son examined by a pediatric...

Dentistry: 2nd yr. follow-up on implants, chewing ice cubes, dental restorations
chewing ice cubes, dental restorations, natural teeth: Dear Simon, When checking implants I look at a radiograph to see if they are experiencing any supporting bone loss. This can happen over time. If the bone loss is rapid, it is a bad sign. Also I check the tissue around the implants. I use a perio probe...

Dentistry: All On 4 Implants- Top Arch, dental implant procedure, front teeth
dental implant procedure, front teeth, days before christmas: Candi - I have seen a number of patient with similar procedures done and they have had problems. My suggestion is for you get a second opinion from a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. See what the doctor says. If he sees it was done wrong...

Dentistry: Amalgam under Gold Onlay, nob hill, galvanism
nob hill, galvanism, onlay: Dear Paul: When I went to dental school, I was taught that when I take on any project, it is imperative to remove all the old and all the decay before placing the new. Reason being that I don t know what the old was made of, how strong it is, or what s...

Dentistry: abcess gum due to broken front tooth, root canal treatment, primary teeth
root canal treatment, primary teeth, permanent teeth: Dear Celine, Please excuse me, my mistake, I incorrectly read your question and mistakenly assumed that both teeth had become infected. Today, I would remove only the infected tooth, and over time observe the adjacent primary tooth that is not infected,...

Dentistry: apicoectomy, upper molar, kalra
upper molar, kalra, endodontist: Hi Ellen Apicoectomy is done to remove infection due to failed root canal treatment. If surgery may not work then the tooth may need to be removed. The long-term success rate is reduced when an apicoectomy is needed... Thanks Take Care Dr.Simarjit...

Dentistry: Best treatment after a Root Canal, root canal treatment, fillings
root canal treatment, fillings, best solution: Carla - After root canal treatment, if the dentist was a little not careful, he allowed blood to pool in the tooth and that probably what caused the color change. Bleaching may work, if the dentist doing it is skilled. The major disadvantage is that it...

Dentistry: Braces, braces, aspirin
braces, aspirin, first 48 hrs: Dear Laurence, Patients often complain of discomfort when the wires attaching the teeth to the braces are adjusted since it can put pressure on individual teeth. In the first 48 hrs after adjustment the teeth experiencing movement can be sore. Most patients...

Dentistry: Braces and periodontitis, periodontal ligament, bone resorption
periodontal ligament, bone resorption, precise cause: Hi Jack and thanks for your question, which is pretty tricky one to answer, but interesting to ponder over nevertheless. Let s analyze it more closely... The fact that you have localized periodontitis, immediately places you at higher risk for early tooth...

Dentistry: Bridge, root canal, root canal treatment, proper protocol
root canal treatment, proper protocol, cementation: Dear Robert: Your dentist is following proper protocol. He does not want to cement the bridge with strong cement, since at that point it CANNOT be removed. If at that time, the tooth reacts and needs root canal treatment, the opening has to be made through...