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Dentistry: Ongoing tooth pain, visible cracks, root canals
visible cracks, root canals, cracked tooth: Hi Jen, Congratulations for working so hard to overcome your apprehension...I wish more patients were like you. You even speak dental lingo quite well....:-).... Now to your questions....cracked teeth are absolutely the most difficult things we have...

Dentistry: Options for Sedation, stay at home mom, chloralhydrate
stay at home mom, chloralhydrate, dental chair: Hello Melinda, I understand your concerns very well. Unfortunately, because of the amount of cavities to be restored, the sedation may be the best idea. Does your son behave in the dental chair... is he relaxed or very anxious? If he is unable to...

Dentistry: Orthondontic Implant Question, orthodontist, brackets
orthodontist, brackets: I m not sure what you re referring to when you say you have an ortho implant.In any event if the spring snapped off as you describe you should get in to the orthodontist asap to have it repaired otherwise the appliance is useless if it s not activated properly...

Dentistry: Is it ok to brush without paste or does it scratch the enamel surface., electronic flosser, enamel surface
electronic flosser, enamel surface, dentish: Dear Hemanth: It is ok to brush only at night, assuming that you brush thoroughly. It is ok to brush without toothpaste, but you lose the benefit of the fluoride, the polishing medium and minty flavor for your breath. The tartar that forms on your teeth...

Dentistry: onlay or cap?, onlay, crown cap
onlay, crown cap, old silver: Darlene - Of course, without directly examining you it is a little difficult, but it sounds like the crown of the teeth is more appropriate in the teeth are cracked. An onlay should only be used if the tooth is not cracked and can totally support the inlay....

Dentistry: only liquid diet after wisdom tooth extraction?, wisdom tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
wisdom tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bottom teeth: Bonnie - The following are board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons in your area. I think you are wise to get a second opinion. 1) Dr. Keith Radack - Burbank - (818) 845-2616 2) Dr. Gabriel Aslanian - Glendale (818) 247-3317 I wish you well...

Dentistry: othodontic treatment, ghana west africa, timely expert
ghana west africa, timely expert, treatment question: My standard routine is to see every patient with fixed braces every 4-6 weeks. There is a style of treatment that was developed in Australia and was designed so that the orthodontist could see patients every 3-4 months since there were few orthodontists and...

Dentistry: Pain, glossopharyngeal neuralgia, teeth and gums
glossopharyngeal neuralgia, teeth and gums, tight knots: William, There are a number of sources of the type of pain you describe. These include myofascial pain, neuralgia, and rarely tumors. Myofascial pain is the result of tight knots of muscle in the head and neck region. These knots, called trigger points,...

Dentistry: Pain after dental visit, hour hands, siegelman
hour hands, siegelman, dental visit: Carol, it would certainly make sense that some of her pain would be the result of being tense. If that is the case it should resolve within the next few days. You might want to have her take some Ibuprofen, 400mg 4 times per day. Also, soaking in a hot...

Dentistry: Pain After Root Canal - TMJ?, root canal treatment, absess
root canal treatment, absess, endodontist: Jen - I normally like to retain teeth if possible, even if they are infected, but since you are taking immunosuppression medications it is very difficult to eliminate the infection that has spread beyond the tooth into the surrounding bone, unless the tooth...

Dentistry: Pain after root canal, gary backlund, root canal treatment
gary backlund, root canal treatment, pain medication: Hi Louelle, Sorry to hear this is going on. It s not unusual for a tooth to be a little tender for 24-48 hours after treatment, but if the pain is increasing, that s not a good sign. The abscess may be stirred up again. You may need to be on antibiotics...

Dentistry: Palatal Expanders, palatal expander, maxilla
palatal expander, maxilla, molars: There are basically two types of palatal expanders...removable and fixed (cemented). I never use the removable type since I don t believe they actually work to expand the maxilla. With my patients I usually wait until the first permanent molars have completely...

Dentistry: Permanent Dental Crown Question., dental crown, siegelman
dental crown, siegelman, taylor taylor: Taylor, most crowns that are permanently cemented should stay on regardless of what you eat. However, things like taffy and foods that are very sticky may pull off any crown that is cemented. Personally, I wouldn t restrict you to any particular diet. Life...

Dentistry: Permanent Retainer on upper and lower teeth, permanent retainers, sensitive teeth
permanent retainers, sensitive teeth, upper teeth: You may have the option of having the permanent retainers removed and replaced by removable retainers that are worn at night. This depends upon the judgment of your orthodontist who best knows the particulars of your situation. Should the night time retainers...

Dentistry: Permanent tooth reabsorbed, permanent tooth, hind sight
permanent tooth, hind sight, bicuspid: There was probably no alternative to the treatment that was provided. Even if you decided to not have orthodontic treatment there was a significant possibility that the tooth would have been lost anyway. Now that it is gone there are essentially two potential...

Dentistry: Pitt and fissure sealants applied over stains, fissure sealants, tooth structure
fissure sealants, tooth structure, sealant: Your dentist was right. These are insignificant areas of stain. Removing them would involve removing tooth structure, which would obviously make the teeth more prone to real decay. Sealing over them prevents bacteria from getting to the tooth structure underneath,...

Dentistry: Polyps, bacteria growth, dental extraction
bacteria growth, dental extraction, polyps: Henry - I am assuming you are speaking of polyps in the sinus above the tooth. If the tooth that was extracted had infection and that infection had invaded the sinus above, then it is possible to get a polypoid reaction within the sinus lining above the tooth....

Dentistry: Possible 2nd Molars in 6 year old., tooth eruption chart, 6 year molars
tooth eruption chart, 6 year molars, primary teeth: Dear CC, No, it is highly unlikely that the lump you re seeing is a second permanent molar; it s far more likely to be a first permanent molar, which usually erupts about age 6. (The second permanent molar normally erupts around age 12.) I would urge...

Dentistry: Possible bone injury with tooth removal?, incompetent dentist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
incompetent dentist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bone injury: Lisa - Run, don t walk away from this dentist. What seems to have happened, as this incompetent dentist tried to remove one tooth and broke the other, was to expand the size of the bone surrounding the teeth. This can happen, but there is no reason that...

Dentistry: Post and Crown, temporary filling, rishi
temporary filling, rishi, root canal: Hello Gopinath, It is common for the crown to feel strange at first, but you should get used to the weight of it and how it feels in your mouth. You may also need some adjustment of the bite if it is hurting you. Hope this helps. If you have any further...

Dentistry: Post-extraction bone grafts, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bone grafts
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bone grafts, wisdom teeth: Chad - Run don t walk away from that dentist. The dentist is just trying to increase their ability to make a little more money. Having removed thousands of wisdom teeth in adolescent and adults over the years, I can honestly say that I needed to place a...

Dentistry: Post Root Canal Pain, root canal pain, root canals
root canal pain, root canals, dull ache: Hi Andrea It is pretty normal to get some pain after root canal - but this should normally settle fully within a few days. As it hasn t, it means there is still some inflammation/infection going on around the root. This could be caused by something as...

Dentistry: Post root canal agony, root canal treatment, root canals
root canal treatment, root canals, month and a half: Hi Susan You can get quite a lot of after-pain following root canal treatment, and that doesn t necessarily mean anything is wrong. However, there could be a build up of infection going on again. See how it goes - generally the pain will only be intense...

Dentistry: Posterior Crossbite, upper jaw, rpe
upper jaw, rpe, orthodontist: The orthodontist locked the appliance so that there can be no change in the width of the upper jaw. The appliance has now become a retainer. What you are feeling is either real or imagined but it is not likely due to a change in the width of the upper jaw....

Dentistry: Pulp Capping, silver fillings, root canals
silver fillings, root canals, new dentist: You need to see an endodontist and have the treatment you need. If you can smell and taste the medication he placed, it is wrong. Pediatric dentists use a material called formocresol, which is anything but biologic, because the teeth they treat fall out...

Dentistry: Pulp testing, irreversible pulpitis, diagnostic algorithm
irreversible pulpitis, diagnostic algorithm, lateral tooth: Hi Deepthi Vitality testing is just an aid to your diagnosis. The actual values recorded will vary depending on which tester you are using, the patient themselves and the health of the pulp. Consequently you need to test a group of teeth and also the contra-lateral...

Dentistry: pain, wisdom teeth, sequestrum
wisdom teeth, sequestrum, pain pills: Your wisdom teeth are the last teeth in each arch, and there are four. if you had six teeth removed, and some were toward the front , those were not wisdom teeth. They were probably premolars. Be that as it may, when teeth are removed, the alveolus, the bone...

Dentistry: How much pain is normal after filling?, root canal therapy, pain root canal
root canal therapy, pain root canal, new dentist: Kristy, I am sorry to hear that you are in pain. While it is possible that the teeth will settle down in time, intense pain is not a normal consequence of a normal filling. This suggests that the nerve in one or more teeth is struggling to heal. If the...

Dentistry: No pain - really?, wisdom tooth extraction, third molars
wisdom tooth extraction, third molars, doctor of dental surgery: it is tough to do this online. sometimes things do not come out like you want to say them. plus you have to wait for return emails to get things clarified. let s try again here...we are close now!!! what i meant to say to you is this: in order to say you are...

Dentistry: pain after a root canal, gary backlund, pain after a root canal
gary backlund, pain after a root canal, canal 3: Hi Fatima, I m sorry to hear you re going through all this. When a root canal is done, we expect mild symptoms for a day or two after treatment. The fact that you re swollen tells me you may still have an active infection and may need to be on antibiotics....

Dentistry: pain after soft tissue graft, soft tissue graft, tongue pain
soft tissue graft, tongue pain, front teeth: HI Brandi, I m sorry to hear that you are having a rough time with this. It is uncommon for this to be hurting as bad as it is. You might have developed a small infection on the roof of your mouth. I suggest you go see your dentist for an evaluation and if...

Dentistry: pain in front tooth, nervous patient, intermittent pain
nervous patient, intermittent pain, front tooth: Hi Kelly Unfortunately with intermittent pain such as this it can sometimes be really hard to diagnose. Often we just have to wait and see how it develops, as frequently this sort of pain just goes away as quickly as it came. On the other hand it could...

Dentistry: Very painful lump on my gum that swells up and goes back down, I can see bone., nova southeastern university, wisdom tooth
nova southeastern university, wisdom tooth, painful lump: Dear Kathleen: You have an abscess, and you need to find a way to see a dentist who will take care of your condition. It sounds like roots are trying to come through you gum. If finances are a problem, call the Oral Surgery Department at the Nova Southeastern...

Dentistry: painkiller injections in lower jaw, anesthetic injections, target position
anesthetic injections, target position, anatomic landmarks: Dear Beth, Sadly, this is an unavoidable risk of anesthetic injections for lower teeth. The so-called inferior alveolar block anesthetic injection relies on lining up the needle using external surface anatomic landmarks to predict the target area,...

Dentistry: partial denture, partial denture, bone rest
partial denture, bone rest, whitish color: Vanessa, sometimes sores caused by dentures rubbing them can appear to have a whitish color. If what you are seeing is bone, rest assured it will still heal, albeit more slowly. Sometimes the partial will rub on certain areas becomes your gums will swell...

Dentistry: please help, 2 wrongs, sure what type
2 wrongs, sure what type, asault: John, I am not sure what type of help you are looking for. Obviously you have been traumatized from a very bad experience with a dentist. At this point I don t think pursuing that dentist is going to yield anything positive for either of you. There is no...

Dentistry: porcelain caps, porcelain caps, going to the dentist
porcelain caps, going to the dentist, yellow teeth: Debbie, the crowns that you had previously made are constructed out of glazed porcelin. It is not possible to change the color of these unless they are removed and then completely re-worked. At the end of the day if you really want to change the way they...

Dentistry: post extraction, warm salt water, emergency appointment
warm salt water, emergency appointment, brushing my teeth: Donald - First, let me tell you that at this point you should do nothing. I hope it heals and everything is good. From your description, it sounds like the dentist who removed the tooth really had no idea how to properly remove a tooth such as yours. Excessive...

Dentistry: post root canal, root canal work, root canal treatment
root canal work, root canal treatment, pain pills: Hi Nick It can take a little while for a tooth to fully settle after root canal treatment. However, you do not want to have the crown re-fitted and sealed until the dentist is certain the root canal work is satisfactory, so make sure you tell him of...

Dentistry: Question regarding tongue, squamous cell carcinoma, oral surgeon
squamous cell carcinoma, oral surgeon, carcinoma: Dear Chris: Glad you sent the picture. I don t like the look of the lesion. If it has been there for a long time (1 month or more), you want to have it removed and biopsied. I just sent a patient to the surgeon to remove and biopsy a lesion under her tongue...

Dentistry: quad-helix, bone modification, pediatric dentist
bone modification, pediatric dentist, proper appraisal: As with everything, you are entitled to a second opinion. In principle, a 7 year-old has already developed the necessary linguistic abilities, so it won t impair his speech after appliance removal. The molars will not be affected if the correct amount of movement...

Dentistry: Radiolucent lesion, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus infection
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus infection, routine checkup: Kathie - What the dentist means by a radiolucent of R of M+ Sinus is a dark area on xray in the region of the sinus. It sounds like he tested the teeth in the region to determine if the teeth in the region were vital and he felt that they were vital. ...

Dentistry: Root Canal, benefit of the doubt, valiant effort
benefit of the doubt, valiant effort, endodontist: Many times the teeth appear restorable and the dentist will give the tooth the benefit of the doubt and make a valiant effort to save it.Sometimes this works out beautifully and the dentist looks like a champ.Other times the tooth doesn t cooperate and the...

Dentistry: Root Canal, root canals, nasal congestion
root canals, nasal congestion, burning sensation: Hi Kathy, I m sorry to hear you had this bad experience. Most root canals don t go like this. As for your fever and congestion, it s really hard to know if they are related to the root canal, but it is certainly possible. Since I can t know exactly what...

Dentistry: Root Canal through a metal crown, root canals, tooth structure
root canals, tooth structure, open to interpretation: Tough question to answer. It technically is a core, because it does replace the tooth structure that is removed to access the root canals. One could argue that it is a single surface amalgam, but it uses a lot of amalgam to fill that hole, much more than a...

Dentistry: Root Canal Problem, molar tooth, breath smell
molar tooth, breath smell, foul taste: Hi John, WOW...you have a lot going on! It s really impossible for me to help with a diagnosis here, but I can address some of your concerns. First, before you even consider extraction, make sure you have a correct diagnosis. What if they take a tooth out...

Dentistry: Root Canal/pulpectomy, pulpectomy, gary backlund
pulpectomy, gary backlund, root canals: Hi Betty, You re right.....pulpotomies are for children. There is a procedure called a pulp cap that is used on adults. Perhaps that is what your dentist was referring to. In this procedure, you remove decay and if there is a SMALL exposure of the pulp,...

Dentistry: Root Canal Therapy, But With Which Office?, wisdom teeth extraction, root canal therapy
wisdom teeth extraction, root canal therapy, preferred dentist program: Interesting ethical question. What you want is the best treatment at the best price. Those things are not always available at the same place. First, you want a real endodontist. You should compare the credentials of the in-house guy with your preferred provider....

Dentistry: Root Canals/Crowns, root canal work, three crowns
root canal work, three crowns, root canals: Hi Iris You need to follow the opinion of the dentist you trust - if you don t trust the original dentist any more then don t use him. Having said that, needing root canal work on the teeth is completely unrelated to the crowns having fractured. It...

Dentistry: Root canals/3rd molar buds/$$$, wisdom teeth, root canals
wisdom teeth, root canals, wisdom tooth: Hi Julie, Thank you for the kind words. I m glad I could help with your problem. I appreciate you taking the time to write back. It is hard sometimes to know whether my answers work for the questioner. Best of luck....I m sure you re on the right track!...

Dentistry: RPE, cleft palates, bottom teeth
cleft palates, bottom teeth, front teeth: Hello Cindy, Although it is difficult for me to make an accurate opinion as I cannot examine your daughter, but I can hopefully shed some light on a few things. It sounds like your daughter needs a lot more room than she will obtain just by normal growth....

Dentistry: Do I really need a Root Canal?, upper molar, diagnostic signs
upper molar, diagnostic signs, cold liquids: Dear Bleakley, A determination of whether an area of tooth decay has breached the pulp is sometimes difficult to make from an x-ray. This is because the actual limits of the pulp are often difficult or impossible to see on a film, due to fine pulp horns...

Dentistry: red roof of mouth/ulcers, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, mouth ulcers
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, mouth ulcers, prodome: Mike - If it is herpes that the doctor you see diagnose, there are medications that can calm it down and cause the ulcerations to dissipate. Yes, if it is herpes the ulcers may occur at times of low body resistance, but in general most of the time the ulcers...

Dentistry: Have I been ripped off?, root canal treatment, bottom teeth
root canal treatment, bottom teeth, orthodontic work: Hi Brooke For the opposing tooth to have over erupted the root filled tooth must have been broken for quite a long time? Presumably your dentist referred you to a specialist for the root canal treatment? I m a little unsure why your general dentist...

Dentistry: root canal, paul levesque, cold sensitivity
paul levesque, cold sensitivity, time paul: Aucune idee. The only thing I can think of is that your dentist may have used a black filling material, such as Ketac Silver, to restore the tooth. It will be covered by the crown, so the color will not show. As fro the cold sensitivity, it is undoubtedly...

Dentistry: root canal, root canal therapy, swollen cheek
root canal therapy, swollen cheek, trap bacteria: Dear Leslie, The exact timing of the emergence of your cheek swelling relative to the course of antibiotic does not in a material sense alter what needs to be done: either a root canal (assuming that the situation allows this) or an extraction. If anything,...

Dentistry: root canal, gary backlund, tooth decay
gary backlund, tooth decay, microscopic level: Hi Leslie, I m sorry to hear all this is going on. Unfortunately, even the best fitting crown is not a perfect fit. On a microscopic level, there are many areas where bacteria can lodge along the margin of the crown and get decay started. Even through cleaning...

Dentistry: root canal and crown---leary, root canal procedure, visit to the dentist
root canal procedure, visit to the dentist, dental work: X-rays are not magical so they often don t show you minute and very important details that your dentist might have found while grinding down your tooth into the peg shape needed for crown placement. She may have discovered that your pulp was too close, and...

Dentistry: root canal pain, root canal pain, amoxicilian
root canal pain, amoxicilian, minimal pain: Get back in and ahve the treating dr check it out.Staying on the antibiotics is preferable.If you need percocet to take the edge off there s a problem.I ve been doing rct for 24 years now and never gave my patients anything more than ibuprofen 600mg which...

Dentistry: root canal & preventative antiobiotics, gary backlund, root canal
gary backlund, root canal, good question: Hi Stacey, You ask a good question. It s hard for me to help since I don t know your history, etc., but, in general, we never use antibiotics pre-treatment unless there is some medical condition that warrants it.....never just for the root canal. I, like...

Dentistry: root canal and restoration, root canal work, gum line
root canal work, gum line, tooth tissue: Hi Donna A root filled tooth will be weaker than a normal tooth because the root canal work has meant some of the tooth tissue had to be removed. having said that, if the dentist felt there was insufficient tooth tissue he could have put a post into the...

Dentistry: root canal test, root canal treatment, root canals
root canal treatment, root canals, siegelman: Shirley, the short answer to your question is absolutely. However, that doesn t mean that the teeth will not need root canal treatment in the future. If this is a concern to you you should discuss this with the dentist who is doing the crowns. Using x rays...

Dentistry: root canals, root canal therapy, dear sir or madam
root canal therapy, dear sir or madam, crowned teeth: Rosie, Sorry to hear that. Each tooth has an inner nerve. This nerve has a limited capacity to heal. A little of this healing ability is used up every time we eat, swallow, grind or clench our teeth together, chase hot coffee with ice water, develop...

Dentistry: rotten tooth, gary backlund, gly oxide
gary backlund, gly oxide, root canal: Hi Heather, You re welcome....you are doing the right things. When you have a burn on the roof of your mouth, the tissue there is very thin. It just takes time for it to heal. I m sure you are trying not to irritate it anymore and that s about all you can...

Dentistry: Scaling in mouth, poor oral health, overuse of antibiotics
poor oral health, overuse of antibiotics, prostate condition: Hi Michael It may just be a build up of calculus around the teeth. In which case you need to see a hygienist to get it cleaned off - you won t be able to shift it yourself. Get your dentist to have a look and they can advise you appropriately. Regards...

Dentistry: Scaling in mouth, poor oral health, overuse of antibiotics
poor oral health, overuse of antibiotics, prostate condition: Michael, unfortunately without actually seeing what your describing I don t think I could give you any type of accurate information. I can pretty much assure you though that it is not from overuse of antibiotics. If you could send me a digital picture of...

Dentistry: Serious mouth pain, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus problem
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus problem, sinus infection: Orion - What is going on is a little difficult for me to diagnose without examining you. You could have a sinus problem, a dental infection or other possibilities. You need to be seen by a local board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. That is the...

Dentistry: Sinus Problems after jaw surgery, ear nose and throat doctor, sinus cold
ear nose and throat doctor, sinus cold, ent ear nose: Tony - Of course, without examining you or viewing your xrays it is a little difficult for me to be 100% sure, but I think I know what might be going on. It is not unusual in maxillary surgery for the sinus lining to become inflamed. The inflammation...

Dentistry: Skin grafts for receding gums, skin grafts, receding gums
skin grafts, receding gums, dental appointment: David, not all teeth that have recession necessarily need skin grafts. That does not mean that your wife may not benefit from them. Nonetheless, I would recommend getting a second opinion from a periodontist. They would be able to do a thorough evaluation...

Dentistry: Son almost 2 only 5 teeth, central incisors, adult teeth
central incisors, adult teeth, missing teeth: No much you or a dentist can do at this point. Even if x-rays were possible on a child at this age and you were to discover missing teeth there is nothing you can do to help or change the situation. Most times this turns out to be a case of late teething...

Dentistry: Son born with two upper labial frenums, speech pathologist, closing the gap
speech pathologist, closing the gap, general anesthesia: I might consider having the extreme labial frenum surgically revised since it will also interfere with the emergence of the permanent incisors in three years. This surgery might be problematic for a 2 1/2 year old since it is usually done in the office. ...

Dentistry: Sore bleeding gums, bleeding gums, brushing my teeth
bleeding gums, brushing my teeth, kind thanks: Julie, the answer to your question is yes. The bigger question is though, are your gums red and tender due to flossing or something else. It might be best to have a dentist evaluate it, as well as your flossing technique to determine exactly what is causing...

Dentistry: Sore Teeth, sore teeth, cusps
sore teeth, cusps, molars: Dear Mitchell : After ortho treatment most patients need oclusal stabilization . It can be made adding or reducing teeth´s cusps. It is normal to feel this kind of sensitivity. Ask your dentist for flour treatment. This will help reduce sensitivity...

Dentistry: Sorry., root canal treatment, orthodontic work
root canal treatment, orthodontic work, endodontist: Hi Brooke I received the same question from you twice, so rejected one of them and answered the other one - you should have received the answer but if not here is a copy: Hi Brooke For the opposing tooth to have over erupted the root filled tooth...

Dentistry: Sprite Zero, natural flavors, potassium benzoate
natural flavors, potassium benzoate, acesulfame potassium: In MY opinion, what s really bad about sodas is not the sugar in them but the acids added to them to give them tartness and to balance out the pH because carbonation makes it go up. This acid is capable dissolving dental enamel (in microscopic quantities of...

Dentistry: Strange sensitivity, gum line, many different things
gum line, many different things, front teeth: Karen, teeth only feel one type of sensation and that is pain. This pain stimulus can be triggered by many different things including cold and hot. It could be a cavity although a cavity in this particular area is not very common. Honestly, without being...

Dentistry: Surgery-Responsibility, root canal specialist, apico surgery
root canal specialist, apico surgery, new dentist: Hi Rob, Sorry to hear all this is going on. First, I have some bad news for you.....the heat sensation is coming from another tooth and if that is why you are having the apico, it will NOT cure the problem. Whether a root canal is done well or poorly, there...

Dentistry: soft tissue graft, soft tissue grafts, soft tissue graft
soft tissue grafts, soft tissue graft, human donors: Maryanne, the tissue that is used that comes from a tissue bank . It is called alloderm. I have used it, but in my opinion it does not offer results that are quite as good as those when using your own tissue. That being said, you can still have good treatment...

Dentistry: son's loose tooth, upper tooth, loose tooth
upper tooth, loose tooth, amoxicillin: Hi Lauren It depends how loose the tooth is. If you can get the tooth to come out very soon then fine, don t go for the extraction, but if it won t shift then it needs to be removed by the dentist. You have to weigh up how much discomfort your son is...

Dentistry: son's loose tooth, upper tooth, permanent tooth
upper tooth, permanent tooth, loose tooth: Dear Lauren, if you have the tooth removed there will be no need for any antibiotic. Removing a loose maxillary incisor is easier than taking out a splinter from the finger. There is absolutely no danger to the developing permanent tooth. At age six the...

Dentistry: sore throat, teeth clenching, mouthguard
teeth clenching, mouthguard, prosthodontist: It could be, Juli. Grinding/clenching is a complicated problem. Try getting a football-type mouthpiece, one that molds to shape under hot water, and wear that when you sleep. See if it helps. If it does, your dentist should be able to make you a custom one...

Dentistry: spanish dentist??, hollywood smile, root canals
hollywood smile, root canals, white teeth: Hi Amanda I think you are right not to trust the Spanish dentist any more. Firstly it is wrong to make a treatment plan just from photos the patient has given you. Far more time and care needs to go into planning such a big case. X-rays need to be taken,...

Dentistry: sudden gray tooth with braces, gary backlund, orthodontic cases
gary backlund, orthodontic cases, straight scoop: Hi Diane, Sorry to hear you re going through all this. Without being able to examine you, it s hard for me to know for sure what s going on. However, we some times see in orthodontic cases a situation where a tooth dies due to the movement of the tooth...

Dentistry: swelling,bruising, upper teeth, luck mark
upper teeth, luck mark, brooklyn ny: Dear Rhonda, Although swelling and bruising is not an uncommon sequel to extraction, some cases of these symptoms are more innocent than others. If in doubt, I recommend that you return to your dentist to assess the quality of your healing and to rule out...

Dentistry: swollen gum by molar, swollen gum, warm salt water
swollen gum, warm salt water, teeth and gums: Alyssa - What you describe as the gum swelling that is squishy and hurts when it is touched is most likely a periodontal infection. I don t know if you know what periodontal disease is, but it is entrapment of bacteria is the small space between the teeth...

Dentistry: Teeth Extractions and I still have pain, teeth extractions, warm salt water
teeth extractions, warm salt water, alveoplasty: Paul - Many people have discomfort after the bone cutting of alveoplasties. The best thing you can do to speed the healing is to begin a regimen of warm salt water rinses for 5 minutes 4-5 times a day. The rinses when done will pull out excess fluids trapped...

Dentistry: Teeth feel rough after resin fillings, resin fillings, glazes
resin fillings, glazes, cavities: Dear Jen: Sometimes, adjusting resin fillings can make them feel rough. If the roughness doesn t go away within one week, contact your dentist. He/she may be able to polish the roughness away. Also, there are glazes that can be applied to the resin to make...

Dentistry: Teeth and gum problems, non hodgkins lymphoma, gum problems
non hodgkins lymphoma, gum problems, lymph node: Dear Hilde, Notwithstanding your prior medical status, the presenting symptoms are primarily dental in nature. This would suggest that a consultation with your dentist would be most appropriate to diagnose the underlying problem. Of course, your dentist...

Dentistry: Teeth & pregnancy, general anaesthetic, local anaesthetic
general anaesthetic, local anaesthetic, anestetic: Hi Tanya A local anaesthetic is of no risk to you or the baby. A general anaesthetic should be avoided. My preference with pregnant patients is generally to keep treatment to a minimum until after the baby is born, not that there is any problem with...

Dentistry: Teeth turning in?, wisdom tooth, front teeth
wisdom tooth, front teeth, liklihood: Carlyn, although I cannot diagnose your problem without actually examining you it sounds like you may be losing bone around those teeth, and subsequently you are getting some shifting of them. The longer you wait to have it evaluated the more expensive the...

Dentistry: Temporary crowns and gum inflammation, gum inflammation, porcelain crowns
gum inflammation, porcelain crowns, gum treatment: Dear Clara Kim, I am not really sure what it is that your dentist did to your gums, but given wheat your are saying I don t like what I hear. I don t think you are dealing with significant permanant damage to the gums, but if the veneers are not done...

Dentistry: Titanium implants, low neutrophils, titanium implants
low neutrophils, titanium implants, hoarse throat: Tina, I am sorry to hear of your brother s difficulties. Titanium is the material used for most dental, hip, knee, and other implants. Titanium is biologically inert and does not produce the kind of problems you have described. Hope your brother is...

Dentistry: Titanium implants, low neutrophils, titanium implants
low neutrophils, titanium implants, hoarse throat: Hi Tina It is incredibly rare to be allergic to titanium (which is what the implants are made from), although not impossible. I think given that all his tests have come up negative it may be worth getting an allergy test for titanium just to see if that...

Dentistry: Titanium implants-, low neutrophils, titanium implants
low neutrophils, titanium implants, viral contamination: Dear Tina : Not the implant but the surgery. Please, send me your personal email to ask you for some biochemical blood tests. We need to know if the organs are working well, also if there is no viral contamination. granados_-periodonciaqhotmail.com...

Dentistry: Toddler and dental work, front teeth, papoose
front teeth, papoose, minimal side effects: Hello Bridgette, I understand your concerns very well. The nitrous oxide will help to calm your son down during the procedure but is not a pain blocker. Naturally, very few 3-year-olds sit still which may mean using the papoose is a good idea. Nitrous...

Dentistry: Tongue problem - please help, thrush infection, oral thrush
thrush infection, oral thrush, tip of my tongue: Hi Andy This is probably nothing to worry about at all, and I would be inclined to see what happens over the next couple of weeks. It may be you have an oral thrush infection, or it could be of no consequence at all. If it worsens or hasn t improved...

Dentistry: Tooth with Crown/Root Canal still hurts, gary backlund, pressure sensitivity
gary backlund, pressure sensitivity, root canal: Hi again Vicky, You are more than welcome...that s why I volunteer here. It s tough sometimes, because without being able to examine patients, it hard to help at times. If you are concerned about the shape of the crown, I would still suggest a 2nd opinion...

Dentistry: Tooth discolored, two front teeth, dental hygienist
two front teeth, dental hygienist, dental treatment: There are basically two different forms of discoloration of teeth. The first is a surface stain which is caused by something in the food, drink or medicine that passes over the teeth. This kind of stain can be removed by a professional cleaning with a dental...

Dentistry: Tooth extraction while abcessed (infected), osteomyelitis, tooth extraction
osteomyelitis, tooth extraction, smoker: Natasha, I don t believe it was the extraction that caused the osteomyelitis, but rather the long standing infection in the tooth that was removed. I don t believe the dentist did anything wrong and I highly doubt what occured was related to your not finishing...

Dentistry: Tooth pain, root canal therapy, root canal specialist
root canal therapy, root canal specialist, permanent bridge: Dear Dianne, Yes-- the scenario you describe is certainly not unprecedented. The implication is that one or more of the teeth have had their pulps irreversibly injured, and you may require root canal therapy. If this treatment is currently out of financial...

Dentistry: Tooth subject to violent removal, bone infection, osteonecrosis
bone infection, osteonecrosis, x rays: It sounds like you have an advanced periodontal problem.Implants would be out of the question and so would fixed bridges until the perio problem is brought under control.Your first priority should be to get a thorough evaluation and full mouth of x rays and...

Dentistry: Does tartar harm the teeth or only gums?, brown stains, tooth surface
brown stains, tooth surface, scaffold: Yes it will. The calculus, or tartar , only serves as a scaffold that helps the bacteria adhere to the tooth surface. It is not inherently brown, but becomes stained by the food you eat. Only an insignificant amount of enamel will be removed by the cleaning....

Dentistry: teeth, dental enamel, adjective
dental enamel, adjective, human body: Teeth are just about the strongest thing in the human body, though the more correct adjective would be hard , which means it is difficult to scratch. Dental enamel is the hardest substance in the body and one of the hardest biologically produced substances...

Dentistry: teeth, operative pain, rishi
operative pain, rishi, sedative: Hello s marie, It is common to have some post-operative pain after havign cavities drilled in your teeth. This can be due to the depth of the decay, but also if the filling is too high or is high in one particular area. I would have your dentist take...

Dentistry: thin sinus bone infection, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus cavity
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus cavity, oral and maxillofacial surgeons: Diane - The most important thing that will need to be done is to find a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon close to where you live. Treating the problem is only 1/2 of the battle. Finding the cause and preventing a relapse in the future may...

Dentistry: toddler tooth problem, tooth decay, enulose
tooth decay, enulose, tooth problem: Hello Sarah, The ridges in the baby teeth at the edge are quite normal (called mamelons) and do go away with normal wear. The pits however are more concerning. Your daughter should see a dentist as soon as possible to rule out any active decay. Not...

Dentistry: tooth, bottle lids, denist
bottle lids, denist, mouth water: Dear Heather. This is probably from your chewing on things that cause damage to your teeth. In addition, it is likely that you are clenching your teeth when you do not have things in your mouth. And, it might just be that you have enough decay inside your...

Dentistry: tooth 31 pain, root canal treatment, endodontist
root canal treatment, endodontist, final option: The preparation of the molar for the crown was probably what caused the trauma to your pulp. That is why many dentists opt to perform root canal treatment before placing a crown, even if the pulp is healthy. It is also possible that the endodontist who performed...

Dentistry: could my tooth be dying or die in the future?, 1 of the girls, older girls
1 of the girls, older girls, safe side: Hi Kate Your dentist was right - there is a chance that this tooth could die at any time in the future. The symptoms you are getting could be a sign of this, or they could also just be down to ordinary sensitivity. Similarly if you have a cavity in the...

Dentistry: tooth extraction, wisdom teeth, bottom sections
wisdom teeth, bottom sections, orthodontic treatment: When it comes to orthodontic treatment there are no rules. Each treatment plan is customized to the particular characteristics of an individual s bite problem. Not all patients (adult or adolescent) require removal of teeth for orthodontic treatment. That...

Dentistry: tooth extraction healing, back tooth, dry socket
back tooth, dry socket, siegelman: Pam, it is not unusual to still have a hole where the tooth was removed. It sounds like you are doing all the right things to keep it clean. I would give it 12 weeks to heal in before I would seek any intervention. You had a rather large tooth removed and...

Dentistry: will tooth extraction be a problem for neighboring implant?, dental history, tooth extraction
dental history, tooth extraction, toothaches: Anna - I understand, but even though the NTI device reduces the stress and contact on the teeth when used, it will not help during chewing when the teeth suffer a lot of the trauma from an imbalanced bite. Yes you can remove the tooth, but you really need...

Dentistry: tooth extraction/ residual pain, cold liquids, desert shield
cold liquids, desert shield, pulling teeth: Hi Dale #31 might be sensitive due to the exposed root surface after ext. of 30.Don t go with a bridge to replace 30 have an implant placed.You really need the proper care, if the tooth needs rct it should be done by a specialist.Try to save your teeth. You...

Dentistry: tooth glue, applying mascara, front tooth
applying mascara, front tooth, female friend: No dentist will fix another dentist s work for free. Have a female friend (female because they have better precision since they are used to painting fingernails or applying mascara) to put some super-glue on it. BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN YOU DO THIS. YOU DON T...

Dentistry: tooth injury, tooth injury, siegelman
tooth injury, siegelman, front tooth: Sarah, there is a good chance that it will tighten up over the next couple of weeks. I would avoice chewing very hard foods during that time. If after a few weeks it still feels sore and is bleeding you might want to have someone evaluate it. Chances are...

Dentistry: tooth pain, wisdom teeth, front teeth
wisdom teeth, front teeth, tooth pain: Mary - Before going to the endodontist, it might not be a bad idea to go to the board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon for a more generalized examination. The endodontist can only diagnose a tooth nerve problem, while the surgeon can test for that...

Dentistry: tooth pain, sensodyne toothpaste, acidic diet
sensodyne toothpaste, acidic diet, fruit juices: Hi Roxy This pain can be caused by a number of things: the most likely cause is just plain old sensitivity - part of the root is exposed and this can be very touchy! This can be caused by over zealous tooth-brushing and/or an acidic diet (carbonated drinks,...

Dentistry: tooth problem, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, foul taste
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, foul taste, tooth problem: John - It is very easy to find a doctor who is competent and has a great deal of success in inserting dental implants. That type of doctor is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. As the only surgical doctor in the entire dental profession,...

Dentistry: tooth trauma, pink coloration, tooth trauma
pink coloration, tooth trauma, nerve damage: Lisa, Darkening or pink coloration to the tooth is sometimes associated with nerve damage within the tooth. Nerve damage from trauma does not always show up right away. It can appear days, weeks, or many months later. Best to be on the safe side and...

Dentistry: tooth trauma and root canal, gary backlund, lateral incisor
gary backlund, lateral incisor, tooth trauma: Hi Karen, Since I can t examine you, it s hard for me to give good advice here, but I can make a few comments that might help. When a tooth has been traumatized, it will often lay down extra tooth structure. This affects the light that passes through the...

Dentistry: toothake, root canal system, root canal therapy
root canal system, root canal therapy, pain root canal: Nina, There are several possibilities. These include: 1. The root canal system within each tooth can include a complex series of channels, narrow flutes, and sharp bends. Some of these passages can be difficult or impossible to locate and clean out...

Dentistry: treatment, orthodontist, waiting times
orthodontist, waiting times, waiting time: Hi Max Yes - waiting times vary tremendously and a year is quite feasible. Usually your dentist will refer you to the orthodontist who will then contact you themselves to arrange an appointment. You need to make sure you have been referred and are in...

Dentistry: underbite correction options, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, correction options
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, correction options: Sue - Unfortunately, at age 37 there really is no way, other than surgery to correct your underbite. I suggest that you get yourself examined by a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and the surgeon might be able to come up with an alternative...

Dentistry: veneers/bonding and gum recession, gum recession, gum line
gum recession, gum line, trap bacteria: Brooke, your asking a great question. If the veneer ends above the gumline and your lip line is high, when you smile you will see the demarcation of the natural tooth and veneer. Rest assured, for the money you are going to spend your not going to like the...

Dentistry: veneers over caps, porcelain caps, yellow teeth
porcelain caps, yellow teeth, upper teeth: Hi Debbie No it is not possible to whiten your existing crowns, which leaves you with two options: Firstly placing veneers over your old crowns and secondly replacing the crowns. I feel that trying to fit veneers over your old crowns really is not going...

Dentistry: Wisdom Teeth, warm salt water, mouth bacteria
warm salt water, mouth bacteria, wisdom teeth: Melody, it indeed sounds like your wisdom tooth is coming in. Now that there is a small hole created by the tooth getting ready to erupt into the mouth, bacteria are getting into that hole and setting up shop in the warm dark environment inside the gums....

Dentistry: Wisdom Teeth, wisdom teeth, exact reason
wisdom teeth, exact reason, extractions: Tiffany - Decay alone is not a reason to remove the teeth. If, however, the position of the teeth is such that they will repeatedly get decay, then removal is best to avoid significant problems in the future. So the dentist needs to be honest with you...

Dentistry: Wisdom Tooth, Was it Fully Extracted?, wisdom teeth, gum line
wisdom teeth, gum line, wisdom tooth: Fred - You are asking a very difficult question to answer. The best sign that everything is okay is that you don t seem to be suffering from devastating pain. I would not get too overwhelmed by what does not look normal. Most general dentists are not very...

Dentistry: Wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, warm salt water
wisdom tooth extraction, warm salt water, minimal pain: It sounds like everything is healing ok.You might have some debris in the socket.Rinse gently with some warm salt water 1/4 tsp in full cup of water a few times a day.If it was a dry socket you d be climbing the walls with pain.Everyday it will get better.If...

Dentistry: Wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, diagnostic signs
wisdom tooth extraction, diagnostic signs, saline water: Dear Shikha, Although some swelling, with difficulty swallowing and opening of the mouth are normal following the extraction of a lower wisdom tooth, whether the severity of your symptoms is within what could be considered a normal range cannot be determined....

Dentistry: Wisdom tooth extraction unsuccessful, wisdom tooth extraction, grinded
wisdom tooth extraction, grinded, getting food: Natalie - Run, don t walk away from that dentist. The dentist is incompetent. No wisdom tooth or any other tooth that needs removal should be ground down and the gum covered over it. The nerve in the tooth can produces significant pain and can lead to infection...

Dentistry: Wisdom tooth and Middle-ear swelling connection, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom tooth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom tooth, corticoide: Swelled - The Nasonex reduces inflammation and internal swelling. Afrin, although it can reduce mucous formation and cause drying, after 3 days it has a rebound effect and will actually accentuate the problem. I would recommend to stay with the medication...

Dentistry: white areas on child's teeth, act fluoride rinse, front teeth
act fluoride rinse, front teeth, baby teeth: You may be describing a variation in the color of these teeth that we see from time to time. It probably was the result of a disturbance during the development of those teeth which occurred when your child was around the age of 18-24 months. Something as...

Dentistry: wisdom teeth, wisdom teeth, upper teeth
wisdom teeth, upper teeth, pain killers: Brandi, what you are experiencing is not outside the realm of what one would expect when 4 wisdom teeth and 2 permanant teeth are extracted at the same visit. The plain truth is some folks are just thrown for a loop and have a lot of discomfort. You are...

Dentistry: wisdom teeth healing inquiry, warm salt water, wisdom teeth
warm salt water, wisdom teeth, bottom teeth: Givenka - Don t worry, just keep rinsing with warm salt water and that should remove most debris. In addition, rinse your mouth twice a day with 1/2 capful of Listerine (the only mouth wash to kill bacteria) in the morning after eating and after brushing....

Dentistry: wisdom tooth extraction gone wrong!, wisdom tooth extraction, warm salt water
wisdom tooth extraction, warm salt water, local anasthetic: Sasha - I really wish I could give you a good answer. Just because you had a hematoma (usually caused by continued internal bleeding) you should not have had additional significant surgery unless the doctor failed to stop the bleeding completely during surgery....

Dentistry: wisdom tooth removal-cavity, wisdom tooth removal, 12 year molars
wisdom tooth removal, 12 year molars, second molars: Tanya, You are right to think it through carefully before having any tooth removed. The value of the wisdom teeth often depends on the nature of the bite. Often, the upper wisdom teeth bite only against the lower wisdom teeth. In this case, removal of...

Dentistry: wistom teeth, warm salt water, wisdom teeth
warm salt water, wisdom teeth, pen vk: Tracey - First of all, the initial treatment for the dry socket is correct, but you need to be seen and have the socket irrigated and repacked every few days until the pain is completely gone. You don t say if you had numbness before the medication was packed...

Dentistry: my two year old has extensive decay, permanent teeth, fake teeth
permanent teeth, fake teeth, front teeth: Dear Vanya, regretfully the condition your son has in not at all uncommon. Nobody really knows the cause. Best guess is that using the breast or bottle for non-nutritive feeding creates an environment around the top front teeth where bacteria rapidly overgrow...

Dentistry: my one year olds' teeth, baby toothpaste, gum line
baby toothpaste, gum line, oral hygiene: Tammy, I don t think he has plaque build up, the mouth is constantly changing at this age. I think your routine for his oral hygiene is good. I would suggest you take him to the dentist once all 20 of his baby teeth are in. In the mean time I wouldn t worry...

Dentistry: 11 month old with a tooth split in 2, pediatric dentist, bottom teeth
pediatric dentist, bottom teeth, front teeth: This is probably a pair of teeth that were fused together during development. Because of the way the teeth become fused there is usually a risk of decay developing along the fusion line. This will require especially good brushing and may require some treatment...

Dentistry: 12 year old molars, permanent teeth, baby teeth
permanent teeth, baby teeth, siegelman: Brienna, one of 2 things is going on. 1) Either you are very late in getting your permanent teeth. 2) You are missing several of your permanent teeth and as a result you baby teeth have not yet come out. I find that in this case you may keep many...

Dentistry: 12 yr old second molar pain, emergency appointment, cavities in children
emergency appointment, cavities in children, thin sheet: Well, it is a complicated situation. The most important thing right now is that the roots are firmly in place and that the root canal treatments have been performed correctly. If there were no orthodontic issue, then I don t see the problem about them being...

Dentistry: 17 month old with ECC and recommended treatment, stainless steel crowns, pulpectomy
stainless steel crowns, pulpectomy, local anesthetic: In severe decay situations with a primary tooth when the nerve is infected there are two options...pulpectomy/crown or extraction. Neither procedure is likely to cause pain following the procedure although some discomfort immediately following the procedure...

Dentistry: 2 year old lost 2 teeth, incisor teeth, pediatric dentist
incisor teeth, pediatric dentist, bottom teeth: Dear Yoga, Don t worry about. Go and see the pediatric dentist. Although the premature loss of the lower incisor teeth usually doesn t cause a problem long-term, there may be some things in the jaw that will need to be dealt with. Not an emergency, but...

Dentistry: 2nd molar extraction, options after removal, molar extraction, bone graft
molar extraction, bone graft, extraction options: Lisa - Yes you can have the extraction and not have bone graft placed. Let me just tell you that if the tooth is infected, I object to a graft placed immediately. The bacteria in the infection can actually grow within the graft and cause a failure. ...

Dentistry: 2nd molars - bottom, invisialign, wisdom teeth
invisialign, wisdom teeth, molars: My first strategy is always to preserve the teeth as long as it is possible and reasonable. The important considerations in your situation are: 1. Will the upper 2nd molars over erupt after removal of the lower 2nd molars? I would question relying on the...

Dentistry: 2yr knocked out front tooth but not root, front tooth, little chance
front tooth, little chance, xray: There s little chance that the root will dissolve. It may work its way out by itself but there s a significant chance that the root will become infected. If you wish to wait then you should be alert for signs of an infection. I would recommend that you...

Dentistry: 3 weeks after root canal treatment, gary backlund, root canal treatment
gary backlund, root canal treatment, new crown: Hi Sushanta, Sorry to hear all this is going on. It is not unusual for a tooth to be a bit sore for awhile after a root canal. It s hard for me to tell from your description what is really going on and obviously, I can t examine you. Do you have any tendency...

Dentistry: 3 year old feel and her two front teeth are dead, two front teeth, silver caps
two front teeth, silver caps, root canals: hi dorothy if she recently fell, then you have a little time to make this decision. see how dark they get. see if a bump forms above the teeth. another choice is do the root canals and then just do bonding (plastic) on the front to cover the darkness up (instead...

Dentistry: 3 year old pushed teeth back, primary teeth, permanent teeth
primary teeth, permanent teeth, root canals: Dear Jackie, This will not be a pleasant answer, sit down. There is only one answer to the question you ask. Extraction. The problem is not your daughters primary teeth, it is her permanent teeth. Injuries to the primary teeth lead too often to white...

Dentistry: 3-year-old underbite, diagnostic radiographs, middle teeth
diagnostic radiographs, middle teeth, dentist appointment: I don t usually begin treatment until age 5. By that time the child is more cooperative and tolerant of the appliance and certain types of diagnostic radiographs can be taken at that point to confirm the diagnosis. Leaving this type of growth pattern untreated...

Dentistry: 4 yr old's tooth, s bridge, space holder
s bridge, space holder, permanent teeth: Hello Lisa, I am sorry to hear this. At the time of the accident, did the dentist say that they could do a root canal at that time to try to save the tooth? Usually, this is the standard of care to try to salvage the tooth. This way, a crown can be placed...

Dentistry: 5 yr old pushed her teeth up into her gums, incisor teeth, first thing monday morning
incisor teeth, first thing monday morning, pediatric dentist: Dear Don: Assuming that your child has calmed down, and is comfortable, these teeth are likely safe until you can get to the dentist on Monday. Just be sure that she remains on a soft diet until she sees the dentist on Monday. Contact your neighbors and...

Dentistry: Air Bubbles in fillings ?, resin fillings, internal stresses
resin fillings, internal stresses, air bubbles: Dear Gary, Although air bubbles can indeed become entrapped in resin fillings, they would not manifest as sensitivity to biting pressure. As such, any exploration for the presence of bubbles is not germane to your current problem. Teeth that receive...

Dentistry: Ankloglossia, pediatric dentist, cosmetic dentist
pediatric dentist, cosmetic dentist, frenum: Dear Danielle, To begin with this is not a serious problem, when or whether or not someone frees the frenum beneath your son s tongue really makes no difference. Each case is different, i.e. the degree of attachment. My best suggestion at this distance...

Dentistry: Apicectomy & bone loss, crown complex, titanium implant
crown complex, titanium implant, root treatment: Hi Martin, If the apico fails, most probably there will be some bone loss at the apex of the teeth associated with same.This could be problematic.I stopped referring patients for apico s atleast 5-7 years.Their success rate is really a crap shoot.Unless the...

Dentistry: abcessed tooth after cavity filled, gary backlund, best guess
gary backlund, best guess, space maintainers: Hi Torrie, I m sorry to hear that your son is going through all this. Let me try to answer your questions.... 1. Sometimes, when the decay is very deep, the process has already been put in motion for the tooth to abscess, whether the dentist treats it...

Dentistry: abscess/extraction/graft/implant, bone graft, chronic abscess
bone graft, chronic abscess, finished restoration: You re asking good questions I ll try to touch on as much as possible with my response. First extraction and graft same day should not be a problem.You should be loaded up on antibiotics.I prefer a periodontist for a front tooth they have a more sensitive...

Dentistry: advice please, cause gum disease, crest pro health rinse
cause gum disease, crest pro health rinse, hydrogen peroxide: Dear Lee, Sounds like you are doing good! Here is what I would say is optimal for oral home care. Brush in the morning, then brush, floss and rinse at night before bedtime. I recommend brushing and flossing before using a mouth rinse. Hydrogen...

Dentistry: apico healing, gary backlund, gum line
gary backlund, gum line, incision: Hi Elizabeth, Since I can t examine you, I can t say for sure, but it sounds like normal healing. After an incision is made, it takes time for the tissues to get back to normal. The fact that you have no other problems is certainly a good sign. I d give...

Dentistry: What is the average lifespan of a dental implant?, average lifespan, dental implant
average lifespan, dental implant, redone: In dentistry, as in medicine, nothing can be fully guaranteed. The human body is so complex and no two are alike, and conditions in each particular patient are so varied and completely beyond the control of the dental professional. Some implants may fail...

Dentistry: Baby with odd shaped front tooth, pediatric dentist, bottom teeth
pediatric dentist, bottom teeth, permanent teeth: Hi Moira It could be any of the things you mentioned - an extra tooth, a malformed tooth or a rotated tooth. Don t worry about it - it is unlikely that her permanent teeth will be similarly affected, but you might want to take her to your dentist for...

Dentistry: Bad experience so far with crowns, porcelain veneers, missing teeth
porcelain veneers, missing teeth, permanents: Dear B: You should have as much time as you need, within reason. In our office, the patient and we usually know within a few minutes. If the patient is not sure, I let them wear the teeth for a day or two, so that he or she can get used to them, then return...

Dentistry: Black stain-causing bacteria on teeth, metal sulfide, powder detergent
metal sulfide, powder detergent, enamel surface: Brendan, I dont believe black stain is caused by bacteria. Green stain and orange stain are, black stain is not. Black stain as I understand it is a precipitate of a metal sulfide compund that forms within a protein membrane (the pellicle) on the enamel...

Dentistry: Black stains, first molars, abrasive cleanser
first molars, abrasive cleanser, black stain: Dear Jessica, no problem here. Black stain, hard to remove, especially prevalent along the gumline, is common in young children. There is no reason other than aesthetics to remove it. It comes from the saliva, has no ill effects, and is almost always associated...

Dentistry: Blood clot on extraction site, sinus cavity, wisdom teeth
sinus cavity, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth: Jodi - In a normal situation, the clot within the socket remains forever and is gradually changed to bone. I worry a little about the sneeze causing the clot to come out. If that is the case, it means that a small hole may exist from the socket base to the...

Dentistry: Blue mark on gum, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, local board
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, local board, biopsy: Tania - It is difficult for me to diagnosis the mark without actually examining the area. You might be with the wrong type of doctor to assist in the diagnosis. I suggest that you take your husband to be examined by a board certified oral and maxillofacial...

Dentistry: Bone loss under crowned tooth, optimal conditions, bone loss
optimal conditions, bone loss, personal choice: Dear Donna : It is impossible to clean the interface/gap between a crown and your real tooth specially if there is a SPACE !!! It is also impossible to answer you if it is or not an appropriate treatmetn. I can only tell you that this will not be my...

Dentistry: Bony lump under gum sore, wisdom teeth, premolar
wisdom teeth, premolar, siegelman: Matt, I am not 100% sure what you are describing, but I can tell you with certainty that it is NOT cancer. What you are seeing through the gum is one of 2 things. It is either the underlying root of the tooth or it is actual bone. I will guess that what...

Dentistry: BRaces!, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, heart murmur
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, heart murmur, orthodontist: Marlene - First of all, I am an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and not an orthodontist. Secondly, the necessity to premedicate patients before dental treatment, even with murmurs, has changed. In general, since orthodontics does really not invade the blood...

Dentistry: Braces and Extraction, maryland bridge, exact circumstances
maryland bridge, exact circumstances, premolar: Each individual case is different and each has its own set of treatment options. The answer to your question very much depends on the exact circumstances of your bite situation. It can only be answered after a complete examination with xrays, dental casts...

Dentistry: Braces & Implants, premolar, bone grafting
premolar, bone grafting, orthodontic treatment: Gina - The premolar tooth is better to remove because the molars are the foundation of the bite and your face. Removing them can produce major effects that would not lend to a successful orthodontic treatment. I wish you well and hope everything turns...

Dentistry: Braces on for long time, root resorption, tongue thrust
root resorption, tongue thrust, endodonist: I agree with you. My opinion, in retrospect, is that it was a huge mistake not consulting with an orthodontist from the start. At this point there is need for orthodontic treatment to rescue the lower 2nd molars. Unfortunately, the previous experience...

Dentistry: Braces and Mouthguards, sporting goods stores, treatment progress
sporting goods stores, treatment progress, orthodontist: Absolutely not. That type of mouthguard fits the teeth and braces closely and will halt any treatment progress. Just call your orthodontist s office and ask if you can come by and purchase an orthodontic mouthguard. You shouldn t need an appointment for...

Dentistry: Bridge, conventional bridge, eye teeth
conventional bridge, eye teeth, eye tooth: without seeing you in person, it is tough to give you a definitive answer. i cannot think of any reason that you cannot do a conventional bridge. no matter how the bite hits, you can always make it work on this new bridge. i do like implants a lot however....

Dentistry: Front Bridge, permanent bridge, temporary bridge
permanent bridge, temporary bridge, new bridge: Dear Dini: I have had your experience myself, from the dentist s side. I was fortunate enough to have a wonderful female associate who was willing to take over the case at no additional charge to the patient, and we have finally been able to make the patient...

Dentistry: Bridge connected to the eye tooth, eye tooth, back tooth
eye tooth, back tooth, far hope: There s absolutely no problem with using the eye tooth as you describe as an abutment for a bridge. BUT It would be a much nicer treatment option to place two implants and leave the three teeth unadulterated.The longevity of the implant restoration is greater...

Dentistry: Bridge Work, bridge work, siegelman
bridge work, siegelman, cold water: Donnell, what you are experiencing is normal. Things should settle down with time. Also, when the final bridge is placed that should also help diminish the sensitivity. In the meantime, I don t think there is anything in particular that you can do. Dr....

Dentistry: Bridge work, gum recession, metal brackets
gum recession, metal brackets, metal bridge: without seeing the bridge in person, I cannot give you any definitive answers. I do have one possible explanation. I assume this is a porcelain fused to metal bridge. Maybe you had a little gum recession take place and now you are seeing a ribbon of metal...

Dentistry: baby tooth out, something still there?, permanent tooth, little tooth
permanent tooth, little tooth, baby tooth: i wonder if you are seeing the erupting permanent tooth already poking through the gum. they do that often. the baby tooth is totally hollowed out by the permanent tooth. when it finally pops out, the permanent tooth is right there. i cannot really give you...

Dentistry: bitter taste in mouth after wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, bitter taste in mouth
wisdom tooth extraction, bitter taste in mouth, warm salt water: Diana - The bitter taste that you had after the extractions could be due to medication placed into the mouth after and before surgery to reduce the bacterial content in your mouth. That substance can be quite astringent and can give off a bad taste. ...

Dentistry: black stains, electric toothbrush, younger siblings
electric toothbrush, younger siblings, dentist office: Dear Monique, No need for concern here, the staining that you see is due to iron deposits in your son s saliva. Children can develop this stain, it may be due to the high iron fortification in alot of children s foods or supplementation. As to a remedy,...

Dentistry: blanket sucking, old sucking, security blanket
old sucking, security blanket, habit: Withdrawing from the blanket sucking should be a slow, steady project. I suggest you cut the blanket in half. After some time has passed, cut it in half again. Continue this process and in time your child will hopefully discard the blanket and the habit...

Dentistry: bottom front teeth, permanent teeth, baby teeth
permanent teeth, baby teeth, rare possibility: That can be quite variable. Usually the permanent incisors begin to appear within 1-2 months. Sometimes, however, they emerge before the baby teeth have fallen out and sometimes it takes several more months. It very much depends on factors such as available...

Dentistry: braces, orthodonist, due balance
orthodonist, due balance, orthodontist: I am going to respond to your inquiry as an orthodontist but I will suggest that you may wish to seek qualified legal advice as well. You can certainly look for another orthodontist, although it might be difficult to find someone who will take you on as a...

Dentistry: braces, back tooth, orthodontist
back tooth, orthodontist, braces: You are dealing here with a psychological or behavioral challenge as well as a problem with the braces themselves. The bulging out of the wire may or not be an intended part of the treatment depending on how the orthodontist adjusted the braces at the last...

Dentistry: bridge vs implant, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bone graft
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bone graft, straight forward procedure: Mark - First of all, if the dentist you see is knowledgeable and qualified, he should be able to fabricate a bridge that looks like your natural teeth and function like them. The main problem is the cutting down of virgin teeth. I fully understand not doing...

Dentistry: broken tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, root canal specialist
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, root canal specialist, dental chart: Laura - I sort of agree with the second opinion. Having the tooth removed and inserting an implant immediately is not a bad choice, but only if the doctor removing the tooth and inserting the implant is a surgical specialist. The endodontist is a root canal...

Dentistry: bump on gum, dentist hygienist, gum disease
dentist hygienist, gum disease, reoccuring: Dear Elisabeth, It could be due to many factors. but is sounds like an infection of some sort. hard to tell without seeing you if it is infection from the tooth or from yur gum. If it goes away completely then you may not need to worry about it (could...

Dentistry: Cantilever bridge PAIN!, gum line, new bridge
gum line, new bridge, premolar: Hi Joanna This is one of the risks associated with bridgework and one of two things has happened. Either the tooth was in a very poor condition before it was prepared for the bridge and doing the work to the tooth has just triggered off this trouble, or,...

Dentistry: Cavities: Me vs. My Boyfriend, crest spinbrush, new dentist
crest spinbrush, new dentist, root canals: Dear Ky, I don t blame you! It is very frustrating in instances like yours were you work so hard only to get more cavities! I commend you on your excellent oral hygiene and urge you to keep up the good work. If you didn t take the steps that you do...

Dentistry: Chewing gum/porselin covered stainless caps, oral hygene, stainless caps
oral hygene, stainless caps, gum chewing: Dear Carrie, Gum chewing has nothing to do with your childrens cavities. Sugarless gum is a good way to stimulate saliva and help prevent cavities. There is no contraindication to gum chewing with restorations, caps etc. I suspect that your older child...

Dentistry: Chipped tooth, dental decay, bottom teeth
dental decay, bottom teeth, chipped tooth: The chip may be nothing, or it may indicate serious decay beneath. No way I could possibly tell without seeing you. The problem with dental decay is that it is rarely felt until it is very serious. So, putting off an exam visit for four years is not a good...

Dentistry: Complex problem/bone growth causing lots of problems, need advice, upper molar, tmj problems
upper molar, tmj problems, left hand side: Helen - There is another oral and maxillofacial surgery facility in your area, but I really do not know much about it. It is University of Pacific/Highland Hospital in Oakland. At that hospital the chairman of oral and maxillofacial surgery is Dr. A. Thomas...

Dentistry: Correcting a chipped top inciser..., chipped tooth, incisor
chipped tooth, incisor, general solution: Dear David, The meaning of the term short tooth is self-evident, and its implications are clear even if the condition isn t recognized formally as a discrete clinical pathological entity. Whether additional shortening of the chipped tooth will have negative...

Dentistry: Cracked Tooth Pain with Temporary Crown, cracked tooth pain, gary backlund
cracked tooth pain, gary backlund, cracked teeth: Hi Jennifer, I m sorry to hear you are going through this. Cracked teeth are one of the hardest things we deal with in dentistry...they are just SO unpredictable. When a tooth cracks, it irritates the nerve and blood supply. When you then reduce it to prepare...

Dentistry: Cracked front teeth, hairline cracks, two front teeth
hairline cracks, two front teeth, natural teeth: Dear Rebecca, The term best represents a value judgment-- whether you most value conservatism in treatment (i.e., non-invasiveness ), or durability, or esthetics, or low cost. Without doubt, the placement of crowns will provide the most durable result...

Dentistry: Craze lines removal, porcelain veneer, front teeth
porcelain veneer, front teeth, materail: hi maya it depends where they are and how many there are. often we see a single vertical brown line down the center of front teeth. we can trace these out with some plastic filling materail. if you are seeing a bunch of lines, you may need something more...

Dentistry: Crown, root canal treatment, nhs dentist
root canal treatment, nhs dentist, tooth tissue: Hi Nina It could be an inlay. An inlay is basically a filling that is made outside of the mouth and then fitted, in much the same way as a crown is made. An inlay is much stronger than a filling. The advantage of an inlay over a crown is that it involves...

Dentistry: Crown lengthening pain- 5 days later., warm salt water, new dentist
warm salt water, new dentist, new crown: Dan, the amount of pain your having is not outside the range that we see from these types of procedures. It sounds though like your having quite a rough go of it. The fact that you are taking Vicodin is unusual, most of my patients take some ibuprofen for...

Dentistry: Crown Replacement, root canal therapy, upper molar
root canal therapy, upper molar, new dentist: Dear Alisa, The replacement of the crown should have no negative impact on the prognosis of the tooth-- as you have pointed out, the crown now has a perforation in its chewing surface, as well as a deficient margin that fails to properly cover the tooth....

Dentistry: Cusp Fracture? Need to Retreat Root Canal?, root canal therapy, root canal filling
root canal therapy, root canal filling, gross majority: Lisa, It sounds like you have been treated in a very professional and competent manner. Short term exposure of the root canal filling during a fracture does not usually cause a problem. The likely reason is that the body s natural defenses are able to...

Dentistry: Cut on my gums, hydrogen peroxide, rdh
hydrogen peroxide, rdh, fingernail: Dear Naomi, It sounds like the cut area has become infected pretty badly. If I were in your shoes I would go to the dentist, it has been a week and it may be at the point were you need to be placed on some antibiotics to get it healthy again. If you...

Dentistry: ceric or crown?, cerec machine, standard porcelain
cerec machine, standard porcelain, upper molar: Dear Diana: Cerec is a type of crown. Crowns can be made of gold, silver, titanium, steel. Or they can be made of composites of glass and acrylic particles. The type I mostly use is porcelain fused to gold. The technician casts a thin thimble of gold...

Dentistry: child with no adult/permanent teeth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, adult teeth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, adult teeth, permanent teeth: Sandra - In this day and age there are definitely more options than there were a few years ago. In the past, those who never developed their permanent teeth could only have chewing by wearing dentures. Now, dental implants can be inserted in the bone, allowed...

Dentistry: class III under bite, recuperation time, dalin
recuperation time, dalin, exact nature: this is called orthognathic surgery in case you want to do some research online. the normal process is braces for a short period of time, then the surgery, then more braces. you need this done if you have a skeletal (bone) issue instead of a tooth alignment...

Dentistry: congenital missing teeth, missing teeth, dental implants
missing teeth, dental implants, front teeth: Laura, I would consult with an orthodontist and see if the spaces could be opened to make room for a lateral that would look good. You probably need 7mm of space. On the other hand given that 1-2mm is not that much there may be a cosmetic solution that would...

Dentistry: congenital missing teeth - 14 year old boy, lateral incisors, missing teeth
lateral incisors, missing teeth, dental implants: In cases of congenitally missing maxillary lateral incisors there are two potential treatment options. In some cases with orthodontic treatment the spaces can be opened in preparation for prosthetic replacement of the missing teeth with bridges or implants....

Dentistry: congenital missing teeth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, lateral incisors
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, lateral incisors, missing teeth: Laura - At age 14, there really should not be a problem. The orthodontist and an oral and maxillofacial surgeon can work together. The teeth behind the canine are usually removed and the upper arch is expanded. That may also not be necessary if the orthodontist...

Dentistry: congenital missing teeth, missing teeth, implant work
missing teeth, implant work, false teeth: Hi Laura There are two basic approaches to this problem. Either close up the spaces and accept the canines in place of the missing teeth, or open the spaces up so that false teeth can be put in. The problem with accepting the canines is that they look...

Dentistry: congenital missing teeth, lateral incisors, premolar teeth
lateral incisors, premolar teeth, missing teeth: Hello Laura, Sorry for the delay in getting to your question. I think the best option for your brother is consultation with an orthodontist, surgeon, and the general/pediatric dentist. The lateral incisors are the teeth that are missing and are commonly...

Dentistry: congenital missing teeth, ortodontist, missing teeth
ortodontist, missing teeth, dental implants: This is a classic case of congenitally missing laterals. The treatment of choice would be to have the space managed to permit the laterals replacement.Treatment of choice would be to have an orthodontist make enough room for the implants.The thing to watch...

Dentistry: crown length vs implant, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, fear of the dentist
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, fear of the dentist, pulpotomy: Cynthia - Crown lengthening is definitely a good alternative, as long as the bone surrounding the tooth is healthy and without periodontal disease. The tooth should also have enough structure to sustain the further exposure. So you do have alternatives...

Dentistry: crowns, crowns, hoes
crowns, hoes, metals: THe metal in crowns is not bad for you.There are a very small fraction of patients that have allergies to certain metals. These pts have to be careful about what type of metals are used.If you have the crowns for 2 years you fall into the majority of pts where...

Dentistry: crowns vs veneers, two front teeth, restorative material
two front teeth, restorative material, tooth structure: Probably not. Veneers are not meant to replace tooth structure, they are to cover what is left. They attach to the tooth with the same bonding that the tooth-colored restorative material that keeps cracking off does, so you would have no better luck with them....

Dentistry: Daughter's permanent tooth is coming in behind the baby tooth, baby tooth, permanent tooth
baby tooth, permanent tooth, permanent teeth: Since the baby tooth is loose it will probably fall out in time. If there is enough room for the permanent tooth to move forward into alignment then nature will take care of it. If there is insufficient room available for the tooth then nature will do the...

Dentistry: Dead Tooth, going to the dentist, front teeth
going to the dentist, front teeth, dalin: Hi Lyndsi You should call your dentist today and get in there for an evaluation. You need an xray taken and make sure nothing was broken. As far as nerve health goes, sometimes the nerves will die right away from trauma...sometimes it takes years to show...

Dentistry: Dental Crown, composite resin, porcelain crown
composite resin, porcelain crown, decision jeff: i have heard nothing negative about captek crowns. i used to do the bio2000 crowns which is a similar brand. lately i have done all ceramic lava crowns. as far as scary stuff goes, what you have read is when people use nonprecious metals such as nickel or...

Dentistry: Dental Crown, cast gold, gold crown
cast gold, gold crown, dental crown: Material cost in a neglible part of the total fee you pat for a crown.Any porcelain fused to semiprecious metal crown will serve you for years to come when expertly done.If it s on a second molar consider having a full cast gold crown. ...

Dentistry: Dental Crown, root canals, cosmetic appeal
root canals, cosmetic appeal, dental crown: Dear Nic: Without seeing your tooth, I can t say. I will say that about 90% of teeth that have had root canals require crowns. Without a crown, the root canal=ed tooth usually splits and is lost. Occassionally, when there has been no other damage to the...

Dentistry: Dental Crowns, porcelain crowns, dental crowns
porcelain crowns, dental crowns, porcelain crown: we never talk about gold in carats. in fact we never even know that number when it comes to the metals we use. we are given percentages only. if you go with gold, ask for captek or bio2000 or something similar. in all honesty i think these have a much higher...

Dentistry: Dental Crowns, metal crowns, ceramic crowns
metal crowns, ceramic crowns, gold crowns: Hi Linda Porcelain fused to metal crowns are certainly stronger than all ceramic crowns, although there are some excellent ceramic options available. It may be worth you seeing a dentist who uses CEREC for a consult. CEREC is an all ceramic restoration...

Dentistry: Dental Crowns, dental crowns, porcelain crown
dental crowns, porcelain crown, gum line: Trust your Dr to do the right thing for you.The labs usually deal with the brands of materials they use we just specify what we want ie yellow gold,noble,semiprecious etc and it gets made up.Noble is usually a white gold which has a silver appearence ...

Dentistry: Dental Crowns, porcelain crowns, captek crowns
porcelain crowns, captek crowns, dental crowns: Hello Linda, The more gold there is in the metal substructure of the crown, the more biocompatible and hopefully longer the crown should last. Also, I believe esthetics will be better if the metal is of higher nobility than base metal, but not a big difference....

Dentistry: Dental Crowns, procera crowns, gold crowns
procera crowns, gold crowns, dental crowns: There are no brands there are laboratories that do this work, I would go with the recommendation of your dentist, since I don t know whare you live. Honestly the white fillings are pretty much the same and as a periodontist I am not an expert in that are...

Dentistry: Dental Crowns, gum recession, porcelain crown
gum recession, porcelain crown, gum line: Dear Linda, Dental casting alloys fall into three broad groups: 1. non-precious (base metal) 2. semi-precious (noble alloy) 3. precious (high noble alloy) Of the three, only base metal alloys sometimes contain nickel. For most applications, there...

Dentistry: Dentures, upper denture, front teeth
upper denture, front teeth, dentures: The only option is to remake the denture.When the new denture is made its important to bring in the original functional denture so the dr could use it as a guide for teeth position etc.The procedure should provide the patient with the opportunity to see the...

Dentistry: Dry Socket, wisdom tooth extraction, dry socket
wisdom tooth extraction, dry socket, gauze: Angie - First of all, the socket needs to have that dressing removed, irrigated and repacked with a dressing daily initially, then every other day and more days in between until healed. The dentist may have placed too much medication on the gauze into the...

Dentistry: dental abbreviations, best guess, computer index
best guess, computer index, hi john: Hi John None of those terms is a standard dental abbreviation, however my best guess is as follows: FCP: probably the item of treatment code for a composite type filling (the computer index for that item). LRS: should probably read LR5 and this means...

Dentistry: dental absecess/implant, chronic abscess, bone graft
chronic abscess, bone graft, concrete answers: That is a good question. The graft is always done at the time of the extraction. During that procedure all of the infected tissue is meticulously removed and then the graft is placed. You would then be on an antibiotic for about 1 week. I honestly have...

Dentistry: dental bridge, temporary bridge, dental bridge
temporary bridge, dental bridge, suplements: It depends on your cleaning ability and time. For example, if patients dont have too much time for using adittional suplements for dental cleaning then you can use a Hygienic bridge (it is called because the space between gums and the bridge lets you clean...

Dentistry: dental flippers, dental flippers, implant procedures
dental flippers, implant procedures, front tooth: There are many alternatives to a flipper. You should discuss them with your dentist. In my office, we don t offer a flipper as a temporary. It s tough enough for a person to psychologically lose a tooth. It s another thing to tell them to wear a denture! In...

Dentistry: dental implant trouble, snap on smile, implant surgeons
snap on smile, implant surgeons, bottom teeth: Hassan, in looking at the picture of the temporary denture that was made I certainly will not question the fact that your are having problems wearing them, but based on what I am seeing it looks like they were made well, and I would consider the result well...

Dentistry: dental implants, wisdom tooth extraction, bone graft
wisdom tooth extraction, bone graft, skin graft: Dear Pete : I can only answer you that bone from yourself is the best graft. All the other questions are related to US dental prices .... they are absolutely different from prices at south america. Procedure prices are also different, if you need an implant...

Dentistry: dentist errors, ethical challenge, root canal
ethical challenge, root canal, ethical guidelines: Judd, this is a great question and an ethical challenge. I think the first thing that needs to be determined is was the dentists actions 100% the cause for the need for a root canal. I don t think that given what your telling me we can make that supposition....

Dentistry: dentist fee's, dental residency program, mouth piece
dental residency program, mouth piece, dental clinic: Hello Brandi, I am sorry to hear about your troubles. I think a good idea is if you go to a dental school (if you have one near you), or a dental residency program, hospital clinic, or dental clinic that uses credit systems that allow you to pay the bill...

Dentistry: dentistry, rheumatic fever, heart valves
rheumatic fever, heart valves, dental procedures: Hi Pinar Rheumatic fever can cause damage to the heart valves. Because of this all patients with a history of rheumatic fever used to be routinely given antibiotics one hour before dental procedures. Here in the UK it has now been deemed unnecessary...

Dentistry: Electric shock, upper molar, dentist appointment
upper molar, dentist appointment, canine tooth: Hi C It sounds like the bridge may be failing on your canine tooth. because of this there could be some decay under the bridge causing the pulp of the tooth to start giving you symptoms. All you can do I m afraid is take pain killers and avoid hot...

Dentistry: Electric shock like pain, dissimilar metals, electric shock
dissimilar metals, electric shock, galvanism: this sounds like something called galvanism. this takes place when you place a new silver filling next to or opposing an old silver filling or a gold crown. the contact of two dissimilar metals in a salty solution (saliva) creates a small electric current....

Dentistry: Excruciating pain 2 days after root canal, root canal treatment, pain killers
root canal treatment, pain killers, pain medication: Hi Alan, I m sorry to hear you re going through this. There are two primary reason for your pain and, actually, it s probably a combination of both. First, any time a tooth is worked on, there is a possibility that it will stir up the infection causing...

Dentistry: External blood clots?, warm salt water, wisdom tooth
warm salt water, wisdom tooth, clot formation: Amanda - You really do not need to worry about a dry socket in that area. It is not unusual for upper wisdom tooth extractions to produce excess bleeding after the extractions due to the high vascular content in the area. The best thing to do to restrict...

Dentistry: Extracanal Invasive Resorption, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, internal resorption
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, internal resorption, gum line: Neal - What sounds a little funny is that the external resorption you talk of looks different that you describe. External resorption shows a darkish change to the white tooth and not white specs. I still don t know what he means. I think it might be...

Dentistry: Extraction/temporary bridge, bridge question, temporary bridge
bridge question, temporary bridge, full bridge: I stress that the wound should not have anything over it until it has fully healed. A quick solution is to simply cut the pontic (the floating crown on the temp bridge) and leave the pillars as individual crowns. This will not be as aesthetically pleasing...

Dentistry: Extractions, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water, bone fragments: James - Of course the dentist should have adjusted the bone to remove any loose particles and smooth the bone at the time of the original extraction. Unfortunately, many dentists attempt extractions and are not skilled or really trained in the care of the...

Dentistry: Extreme jaw and ear pain after dental injection, warm compresses, jaw and ear pain
warm compresses, jaw and ear pain, mucles: Brenda, what has happened to you is not all that unusual. I believe that it was not the injections that has caused this condition, but rather the fact that you had your mouth open for a long time. This can cause the muscles that control the opening and closing...

Dentistry: Eye tooth extraction, dynamic stresses, eye teeth
dynamic stresses, eye teeth, orthodontic therapy: Dear Dale, The problem is not that the extraction of a canine (eye) tooth is a bad or challenging procedure-- the problem is that the loss of a canine substantively compromises the functioning of the mouth. The upper canine tooth has by far the longest...

Dentistry: After effects of jaw wired shut, mandibular condyle, metal screws
mandibular condyle, metal screws, nerve injury: Dear Zachary, I cannot reliably account for your sensory deficits, because neither the fracture of your jaw near the joint nor the midline break would have been expected to affect the nerve. I can only assume that the nerve injury that caused the sensory...

Dentistry: external resorption, gary backlund, root canal treatment
gary backlund, root canal treatment, paula graham: Hi Paula, I m sorry to hear about your situation. Resorption is a tough situation to deal with. There are two types...inflammatory, where the tooth structure is eaten away and not replaced and replacement, where the destroyed tooth structure is replaced...

Dentistry: extract or leave dodgy root canals, pulp infection, root canals
pulp infection, root canals, abcess: If the work was done 20years ago the question I have for you now is if the tooth is syptomatic and if there s any pathology around the tooth.If the tooth is pain free and there s no pathology I would leave it be.If not,removal would be the option of choice...

Dentistry: extraction & bone graft for dental abscess, dental abscess, graft material
dental abscess, graft material, bone graft: Pat - If the tooth being removed is due to an abscess, no graft material should be placed at that time. The graft will act as a place for bacteria to accumulate and continue infection. If you had the extraction and graft done for an infected tooth, you...

Dentistry: extraction of a milk tooth, root canal treatment, milk tooth
root canal treatment, milk tooth, permanent tooth: Antibiotics will not eliminate the infection...but they will help prevent the infection from spreading. Removing the tooth will eliminate the infection and allow healing. In some cases it may be possible to successfully do a root canal treatment, but at...

Dentistry: extreme tooth/jaw pain, dee dee, sore teeth
dee dee, sore teeth, sinus pain: Dee, I am sorry to hear that you are in pain. From afar, the best I can do is provide some information and direction. Without a physical exam it is not possible to provide more specific guidance. Tooth pain is the most common type of facial pain. ...

Dentistry: Facial swelling after two wisdom tooth extractions, wisdom tooth extractions, twenty four hours
wisdom tooth extractions, twenty four hours, facial swelling: Yvonne - Ice to the face to reduce swelling should only be used for the first twenty-four hours. After the 24 hours, begin a regimen of warm salt rinses for 3-4 minutes 3-4 times a day. Also, do not use heat or ice to the outside of the face. The rinsing...

Dentistry: Fillings, amalgam fillings, new dentist
amalgam fillings, new dentist, silver amalgam: Dear Linda: I know of no silver filling that does not contain mercury. There was an amalgam-colored filling (gray-ish) on the market about 20 years ago that contained neither silver nor mercury. But I haven t seen this product for many years. I ve even...

Dentistry: Fillings, amalgam fillings, new dentist
amalgam fillings, new dentist, silver amalgam: Dear Linda, If a crown was not already cemented over the core, it would be a simple matter for a dentist to assess its composition. If the crown has already been cemented, though, such an assessment could not be made without first removing it, with possible...

Dentistry: Fillings, amalgam fillings, root canal treatment
amalgam fillings, root canal treatment, new dentist: Hmm, I m not totally sure if the Ketac-Silver is completely opaque to x-rays, so if it is, it ll be hard to tell it apart from amalgam. On the other hand, I don t think it ll be necessary to remove the post in case you insist on having it reworked. Just...

Dentistry: Fillings, amalgam fillings, new dentist
amalgam fillings, new dentist, silver amalgam: Only amalgam has mercury. An x ray WILL NOT reveal whether it s amalgam or silver/glass ionomer this could be determined only by clinical visual exam. Just for the record,amalgam is NOT poison,Although I very rarely use it any longer there are cases where...

Dentistry: Fillings and pain while chewing, chewing food, experience pain
chewing food, experience pain, lower jaw: hard to say without seeing the size of the retoration.It could get better or you may need more treatment ie:crown to make things right.Give it a few weeks and if yo don t see an improvement get in. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF you asked a question and...

Dentistry: Fillings, now tooth pain, new bite, mouth guard
new bite, mouth guard, horrible pain: Hello Katie, Sometimes when teeth are filled, they may become sensitive for some time afterwards. This can take between 1-4 weeks, sometimes longer. If the fillings are deep, this is especially true, but your dentist can place medicaments under the filling...

Dentistry: Fillings, now tooth pain, new bite, mouth guard
new bite, mouth guard, horrible pain: Katie, your teeth should not meet differently after your fillings have been done. They need to be adjusted right away. I would make an appointment to have them evaluated by the dentist that did them. Your bite being off could be contributing to the pain....

Dentistry: Floss or Proxy Brush with ceramic crowns?, gum recession, ceramic crowns
gum recession, ceramic crowns, dental floss: Dear Dave, I find that interproximal brushes are more useful in cases of moderate to severe gum recession, because they clean more efficiently than dental floss if root concavities have become exposed. In the absence of significant gum recession, though,...

Dentistry: Fusing teeth, wisdom teeth, service answer
wisdom teeth, service answer, look in the mirror: Lauren - Fusion, I really have never heard that term, most likely means that two teeth are linked together with trough drilled facing each other in both teeth. A composite material ( a filling material is placing in the drilled holes linked with a wire between...

Dentistry: Air Bubbles in fillings ?, air bubble, dentist
Dentistry: Air Bubbles in fillings ?, air bubble, dentist, nerve pain

Dentistry: Black stain-causing bacteria on teeth, hydrogen peroxide, hydrogen sulfide
Dentistry: Black stain-causing bacteria on teeth, hydrogen peroxide, hydrogen sulfide, baking soda

Dentistry: bitter taste in mouth after wisdom tooth extraction, food particles, wisdom tooth
Dentistry: bitter taste in mouth after wisdom tooth extraction, food particles, wisdom tooth, mouth wash

Dentistry: Extreme jaw and ear pain after dental injection, exact route, lower jaw
Dentistry: Extreme jaw and ear pain after dental injection, exact route, lower jaw, bloke

Dentistry: Normal Pain following Cerec Crowns, cerec crown, front teeth
Dentistry: Normal Pain following Cerec Crowns, cerec crown, front teeth, new crown

Dentistry: nasopalatine nerve, two front teeth, burning sensations
Dentistry: nasopalatine nerve, two front teeth, burning sensations, septoplasty surgery

Dentistry: Pimple on roof of mouth, dental surgeon, cyst
Dentistry: Pimple on roof of mouth, dental surgeon, cyst, pimple

Dentistry: Question about swollen cheeks without any pain, dental abscess, swollen cheek
Dentistry: Question about swollen cheeks without any pain, dental abscess, swollen cheek, raw foods

Dentistry: Removing gold crown from pulled tooth, gold crown, heat gun
Dentistry: Removing gold crown from pulled tooth, gold crown, heat gun

Dentistry: face swelling after dental procedure, mlg, siegelman
mlg, siegelman, dental procedure: Alisa, what you are experiencing has nothing to do with the anesthesia and everything to do with the procedure. Sometimes, the trauma of having the procedure done can cause a lot of swelling, especially in the lower jaw toward the back teeth. It could also...

Dentistry: facial pain, nerve inflammation, nerve pathways
nerve inflammation, nerve pathways, nerve tract: Hi Donna, WOW...you have been through it! Since I can t examine you, I really can t tell you what the source of your pain is, however, I can certainly share some general thoughts. It doesn t sound like your pain is of dental origin. The fact that you...

Dentistry: fever after root canal, root canal, rishi
root canal, rishi, rajiv: Hello Rajiv, Your body is reacting to the infected tooth and the antibiotics should be of great help to you. It is not uncommon to see such types of reactions from infected teeth. Hopefully the antibiotics will take care of the infection and you will...

Dentistry: fillings, root canal treatment, fillings
root canal treatment, fillings, dentist: Hi Zoe When you have a filling done the dentist needs to remove all of the decay in the tooth. Sometimes this decay will have gone through to the pulp of the tooth, and when this happens we either carry out root canal treatment, or extract the tooth. ...

Dentistry: How to find good Ortho, insurance network, definite need
insurance network, definite need, orthodontist: First and foremost, make sure you are dealing with an orthodontist. Some general dentists represent themselves as orthodontists because they ve taken a few courses in orthodontics. It s not the same. An orthodontist is a specialist who just does orthodontics...all...

Dentistry: four front bottom teeth crowns, metal crowns, bottom teeth
metal crowns, bottom teeth, front teeth: Hi Lynette You could have an infection, but it is possible that the pain is just from the procedure itself and injections etc. Your dentist can check this out for you tomorrow. Porcelain bonded to metal crowns are good. Regards Tony Appleto...

Dentistry: fracture after root canal, canal dr, temporary filling
canal dr, temporary filling, foregone conclusion: Hi Jeff, First, thanks for the kind words...they re the only pay we volunteers get, so it s appreciated. I m sorry to hear your wife is going through all this. The real issue here for me is the diagnosis of a fracture. If that is a for sure thing,...

Dentistry: Gingivitis Treatment while Pregnant, scaling and root planing, low birth weight
scaling and root planing, low birth weight, carbocaine: Erin, you only have 4 weeks to go. There are many studies that show that gum disease if untreated can lead to premature birth and low birth weight babies. If you were 4 weeks pregnant I would absolutely tell you to have the root planing done. However, since...

Dentistry: Graft Rejection?, graft rejection, bone graft
graft rejection, bone graft, incision: Bob - Of course, without directly examining the area it is a little difficult for me to be exact, but it sounds like the application of the graft was not put into a water tight sealed incision area. Whoever placed the graft really does not know what they...

Dentistry: Gum Graft, gum graft, periodontist
gum graft, periodontist, platelets: Sam, I think someone is trying to take you to the cleaners. 1) Sliding the tissue from the old graft site is a very good idea however, the area that it is being taken from does not in any way shape or form need its own graft. It will heal on its own. Cost...

Dentistry: Gums, dear diana, rdh
dear diana, rdh, retainer: Dear Diana, Very hard to say! My brain is reveling with all the possibilities.:P If it doesn t hurt then you should be fine. As with anything that is out of the ordinary, monitor the area to make sure the area eventually subsides. Go and see your dentist...

Dentistry: general anaesthesia for 2 year old with 2 small cavities?, dental anesthesiologist, general anaesthesia
dental anesthesiologist, general anaesthesia, pedodontists: I don t treat 2 year olds but it sounds like it would be a good choice to get some more input from other pedodontists.I would believe that a sedative liquid and perhaps a stabilizing papoose restraint to keep the child still would be more than adequate to...

Dentistry: Put gold crown on cracked molar before root canal, fracture line, gum line
fracture line, gum line, crown gold: Hi Beth, Well....your situation is very similar to Jennifer s. I m glad to hear that patients are taking the time to read some of our answers.....you never know how much help we really are. Let me try to clarify some of my statements and deal with your...

Dentistry: gum desease treatment, gum desease, gum disease
gum desease, gum disease, siegelman: Elizabeth, how expensive do you think the treatment is going to be? My recommendation is to start some kind of treatment with a dentist, I think your using ORALMD is going to be a waste of money. I am not sure in what part of the country you live, but I...

Dentistry: gum recession and bite., gum recession, routine dental care
gum recession, routine dental care, orthodontic evaluation: Matt, You ve listed some important issues as well as a desire to correct them. Here s a possible game plan for treatment: 1) Get a complete dental checkup. Dental health starts with proper routine dental care with checkups at least every 6 months. 2)...

Dentistry: gum surgery, receding gums, gum surgery
receding gums, gum surgery, facial trauma: Deanna, It depends to the experience, education, and comfort level of the individual doctors. Most often, a periodontist provides both non-surgical and surgical treatments that are focussed on improving the health of the gums and bone that holds the teeth....

Dentistry: gumline, aphthous ulcer, popcorn kernel
aphthous ulcer, popcorn kernel, gum line: Does not sound like gingivitis, which is an infection of the gums and tends to be all over. The popcorn kernel sounds like a likely culprit, due to the kernels that can become lodged under the gum line, but I would expect soreness in the area if that was...

Dentistry: Half stuffy ear after a dental filling, stuffy ear, speedy reply
stuffy ear, speedy reply, chipped molar: Gary - I wish I could give you a simple solution to that tooth s sensitivity, but without actually examining it, it is a little difficult. Let me give you a suggestion that tends to soothe the entire area. Start a regimen of warm salt water rinses for 3-4...

Dentistry: Healing Time, warm salt water, temple region
warm salt water, temple region, wisdom tooth: Danielle - The antibiotics you were given only address restricting bacterial growth and formation of an infection. That usually works if the infection that forms is just superficial. If, however, bleeding goes deep into the tissue, the bacteria there often...

Dentistry: healing time for molar extraction, molar extraction, warm compresses
molar extraction, warm compresses, dry socket: This sounds more like infection than healing. Depends on where on the gum is turning white. I would first go with infection, and prescribe antibiotic. If you are already on antibiotic, I would try a different one, one that has a slightly broader spectrum...

Dentistry: help, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, intense pain: Hi Sam, I m sorry to hear you re going through this. In situations like this, the overriding factor is a patient s comfort. It really doesn t matter what the diagnosis is, you can t keep living like this! When you have very deep cavities filled, it can...

Dentistry: help!, anxiety attack, general anesthesia
anxiety attack, general anesthesia, anxiety attacks: Barbara - The only other possible solution is to have another doctor who now cares for you psychologically to contact a surgeon. If you are not seeing a psychologist or psychiatrist you should be first of all and that doctor would be the best vehicle to solve...

Dentistry: help, front teeth, temporary filling
front teeth, temporary filling, easy job: Hi Sam If the bite is wrong you will be very conscious of one of your teeth every time you close your mouth - this is usually a very easy job for your dentist to correct. The other possibility is that one or more of your teeth has not settled following...

Dentistry: husband in pain, numbness in the lips, mandibular nerve
numbness in the lips, mandibular nerve, financial strains: Well the worst thing that could potentially (though very rarely) happen is that the infection gets so bad that it ll lead to blood poisoning (septicemia), which is life threatening. The numbness in the lips is an indication that the infection is so deep...

Dentistry: Implant and infection, otherside, lima peru
otherside, lima peru, gums: Dear Jatin : I dont know if i can write this but i am going to : I hate those doctors who says they can not take care of something because comebody else do it You need to drain the area, use systemic and local antibiotics (i prefer in those cases...

Dentistry: Infected tooth, root canal pain, root canal treatment
root canal pain, root canal treatment, pain after root canal treatment: Hello Wayne, It is common to have pain after root canal treatment, especially if the teeth are infected prior. How do you know there is an infection on the xray? If the antibiotic is not working, I would see a second opinion to determine what your best...

Dentistry: Infection above a root canal, root canal system, root canal work
root canal system, root canal work, pulp tissue: Hi Simon Generally re-root treatment is the preferred treatment in this sort of situation. We rarely perform apicectomies these days because the chances of success are far greater by repeating the root canal work. The reason for this is that root treatment...

Dentistry: Infection after wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom teeth extraction, tooth and jaw pain
wisdom teeth extraction, tooth and jaw pain, warm salt water: Felicia - What you describe does sound like a secondary infection. During the extraction of a tooth and for a while afterwards, bleeding occurs. Much of the bleeding goes into the socket and when you bite on gauze, the pressure of biting stops the bleeding....

Dentistry: Intense pain stars after I get fillings and a crown..., dull blade, new crown
dull blade, new crown, getting food: Dear Mike: Sorry to hear about your pains. It sounds like the temporary crown was in hyperocclusion, or high in your bite, hitting before the other teeth. This causes the nerve inside the tooth and the tissues around the tooth to become inflamed and produce...

Dentistry: implant, root canal, antibiotics
root canal, antibiotics, treatment options: Dear Patty: There are many treatment options. Some doctors place the implant the same day , some use local antibiotics during placement. I prefer to wait 3 weeks after extraction so i will be sure there is no possibility for post infection at implant...

Dentistry: implant alternative, recos, siegelman
recos, siegelman, implants: I would absolutely do the implant in the #7 and #10 area and then do the four unit bridge. When two implants are right next to each other it is very hard to restore the implants in a way that will look natural. Do the 4 unit bridge, its the only way to go....

Dentistry: implants, tooth bridge, cosmetic dentist
tooth bridge, cosmetic dentist, implant specialist: It could definately stay in at night.As long as it s cleaned thoroughly when she brushes at nightshe could put it back in and in the morning do the same thing.Brush it thoroughly with a toothbrush and toothpaste rinse it off and place it back, no problem...

Dentistry: My inner cheek is swollen near my wisdom, wisdom tooth, pericoronitis
wisdom tooth, pericoronitis, mouth wash: Dear Rudy: It sounds like you have pericoronitis, or infection around your wisdom tooth. Usually, we remove the wisdom tooth, and this resolves the problem. You need to see your dentist immediately, as this infection can spread and cause serious consequences,...

Dentistry: Jaw poping... not TMD?, jaw muscles, tmj disorder
jaw muscles, tmj disorder, loud pop: Chris, This will make the most sense if we first review the anatomy of the TMJ (jaw joint). The TMJ consists of four main parts: condyle, articular eminence, disk, and capsule. The joint is held together by ligaments, and all joint movements are controlled...

Dentistry: Jaw popping, whiplash injury, ligament damage
whiplash injury, ligament damage, jaw muscles: Lisa, This will make the most sense if we first review the anatomy of the TMJ. The TMJ consists of four main parts: condyle, articular eminence, disk, and capsule. The joint is held together by ligaments, and all joint movements are controlled by muscles....

Dentistry: Jaw Spasm, muscle spasm, wisdom tooth
muscle spasm, wisdom tooth, jaw muscles: Dear andleeb shahmiri, Because the onset of your symptoms closely followed the anesthetic injection, it would seem far more likely that the injection caused the muscle spasm. Indeed, this is consistent with the facts, because the path of the needle in a...

Dentistry: Jaw/Teeth pain, sinus congestion, teeth and gums
sinus congestion, teeth and gums, muscle cramps: Ron, I am sorry to hear that you have suffered with jaw pain. There are a number of possible sources of this kind of pain. These include sinus congestion, TMJ (jaw joint) dysfunction, jaw muscle cramps, neuralgia (nerve pain), migraine pain (neurovascular...

Dentistry: jaw stiffness, muscle spasm, stretching exercises
muscle spasm, stretching exercises, therapeutic benefit: Dear Barb, The type of reaction you describe typically occurs after an anesthetic injection intended to numb a lower tooth. This type of injection usually takes the needle on a trajectory that penetrates some of the muscles that attach to the lower jaw,...

Dentistry: jaw tightness, warm salt water, temple region
warm salt water, temple region, uncommon problem: Helen - Of course without examining you it is a little difficult for me to be completely sure, but it sounds like you are having tightness of the muscles that help open and close your mouth. This is not an uncommon problem, but it can be quite annoying and...

Dentistry: jaw widening, upper palate, orthodontist
upper palate, orthodontist, x rays: Do not reverse the adjustments. The 21 day period was probably just a first step in the process and he might have simply told you to go another 21 days after that anyway. Typically, I over-correct the expansion since I expect some collapse to occur anyway....

Dentistry: Large holes not closing?!, removal of wisdom teeth, sutures
removal of wisdom teeth, sutures, incision: Cynthia - The healing after the removal of wisdom teeth is so variable. I have seen some areas that haven t healed completely a couple of months after the surgery. If you are still trapping food and it is annoying (I m sure it is), the surgeon who removed...

Dentistry: Loose Gums around Wisdom Teeth., wisdom teeth, food debris
wisdom teeth, food debris, tooth enamel: The surgery to remove the flap of gum is incredibly minor and very quick - oh - and painless!! The best mouthwashes contain chlorhexidine, brand name in the UK is Corsodyl. These mouthwashes are great for gums, but can stain your teeth if used regularly,...

Dentistry: Lower Jaw expansion, central incisors, facial scars
central incisors, facial scars, herbst appliance: There are various different surgical approaches available depending on the exact situation, each with it s particular success rates, side effects, etc. The simplest process with the least side effects is also the one that can only be used in the simplest...

Dentistry: Lower front teeth pain, sonicare tooth brush, nerve inflammation
sonicare tooth brush, nerve inflammation, front teeth: Patty, something doesn t seem right here. You should not have this amount of pain from some plaque and calculus. I believe something more is going on for sure, however, without the benefit of examining you its hard for me to tell you exactly what the problem...

Dentistry: Lumineers, bonding agent, tooth structure
bonding agent, tooth structure, dentist: This is not really my field. No, they will not recalcify. The bonding agent will prevent anything from reaching the tooth. If they are properly bonded, they may need to be cut off. The amount of damage to the tooth can range from none to significant, depending...

Dentistry: laser gum surgery, gum surgery, teeth and gums
gum surgery, teeth and gums, gum disease: Cha, there has been some recent research showing some promise for laser gum surgery. However, the research is very sparse and there is not good solid scientific evidence at this time that it is equal to or better than traditional gum surgery. My opinion...

Dentistry: lip growing between two top teeth, permanent teeth, frenum
permanent teeth, frenum, moss: Hi Jaime, the piece of skin you see is called a frenum. There is nothing to worry about, and absolutely nothing to do at this time. When your daughter s permanent teeth erupt around age 6 or 7 that will be the time to make an evaluation as to what should...

Dentistry: llesion removed now lip problem dentist wants out, board of dentistry, scar tissue
board of dentistry, scar tissue, contingent basis: Jerry - I wish I could give you a simple answer, but there really is none. If the surgeon did not adequately inform you, yet you signed a consent form, there really is not a lot that can be done. I am so sorry to tell you this. To correct the problem,...

Dentistry: Metallic Taste, metallic taste in my mouth, silver fillings
metallic taste in my mouth, silver fillings, rootcanals: Angelica, FIrst, I m not a dentist so I can only answer questions about TMJ as it relates to my own experience with TMJ. I never had a metallic taste from TMJ, and never heard of it, I really cannot say whether a nightguard would help it. However, a nightguard...

Dentistry: Minor pain after temporary filing., root canals, tooth ache
root canals, tooth ache, pain medication: Stacey, after having a large amount of decay removed from a tooth it is not unusual to have some discomfort and sensitivity for at least a couple of weeks. I would not jump the gun thinking you need a root canal just because you are feeling discomfort in...

Dentistry: Molars extraction, third molars, wisdom teeth
third molars, wisdom teeth, perfect teeth: Without access to your complete diagnostic records I can t properly answer your question. In general it is not unusual in crowding situations for the removal of four premolars. If the last four molars are, in fact, your wisdom teeth or third molars then...

Dentistry: MTA, gary backlund, temperature sensitivity
gary backlund, temperature sensitivity, root canal: Hi Nuru, I m sorry to hear you re having this problem. First, MTA is pretty widely accepted now and would not be related to your pain. Unfortunately, your endodontist is correct. There is no way the root canalled tooth can feel hot/cold since the nerve...

Dentistry: MTA in repair of lateral perforation, gary backlund, lateral incisor
gary backlund, lateral incisor, glass ionomer: Hi Masuma, Are you, per chance, the dentist that Nuru wrote about earlier today? It seems to me you did just fine. It appears that MTA is well tolerated by the body and even if overfilled is no big deal...the important thing is to seal the perforation laterally....

Dentistry: maxillofacial surgery, cleft palate repair, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
cleft palate repair, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw surgery: Greta - Yes it is definitely possible to have a repostioning of the upper jaw, even after cleft palate repair. The important factor is going to a surgeon who is skilled and knowledgable about both the cleft and the size and position of the jaw. You may need...

Dentistry: medication interaction, dental extractions, labile hypertension
dental extractions, labile hypertension, medication interaction: Cathie - It is imperative that you do not undergo the extractions until your blood pressure is fully controlled. Having dental extractions done with an elevated blood pressure, especially how high your is, can be dangerous. You can have excessive bleeding...

Dentistry: mendibular tori, tip of my tongue, layers of skin
tip of my tongue, layers of skin, siegelman: Krystal, what has happened to you is not unusual. The mucosa or tissue that lies over the tori is usually very thin. It is not uncommom for it to break down and leave the underlying bone exposed. That newly exposed bone is going to eventually die and break...

Dentistry: missing teeth, gag reflex, missing teeth
gag reflex, missing teeth, rdh: Dear Mary, They do make smaller dentures that are retained by implanted pins, but these can be quite more expensive and only a select number of dentists in the country do them. I am sure though that your dentist would work with you and only have as...

Dentistry: molar question, missing teeth, molars
missing teeth, molars, molar: Dear Patty: Last two molars do much of your chewing. You ll probably get along without them ok. But over time, your other teeth will shift, and the teeth that used to chew against these teeth will begin to extrude out of the gum, as they want to find teeth...

Dentistry: mouth guards for bruxism, mouth guard, mouth guards
mouth guard, mouth guards, bruxism: If your pulps are dying, I cannot believe it is due to bruxism. Sure, grinding your teeth can cause joint or muscle pain, but not multiple dead pulps. You need to find a dentist who can figure out what the real problem is. And how in the world would acupuncture...

Dentistry: Need second opinion please, distinct possibilities, adult teeth
distinct possibilities, adult teeth, mouth breather: i really cannot give you any definitive answers without seeing him in person. i am only giving you some things to discuss with his dentist. if he does not brush, they can decalcify and turn very white. normally this starts by the gumline, not at the tips....

Dentistry: Nerve Pain, root canal pain, nerve pain
root canal pain, nerve pain, pulpitis: Sarah, what you have is called pulpitis, which is inflammation of the nerve that is in the tooth. There are 2 types of pulpitis, reversable, and irreversable. The reversable type occures when the nerve is disturbed or inflammed but then recovers after a...

Dentistry: New teeth, visit to the dentist, child minder
visit to the dentist, child minder, permanent teeth: Hello Maria, Yes, this is certainly normal, and it just means that the baby teeth may have come out early, and the permanent teeth may not be fully ready to erupt into place. It may also be that the teeth are being blocked from coming into place. ...

Dentistry: Normal Pain following Cerec Crowns, cerec crowns, dental pulp
cerec crowns, dental pulp, nerve damage: Dear Maryann, It would be a reasonable explanation if the pain had started prior to your dental intervention. Logic dictates that the dental procedure itself should bear the majority of suspicion if the symptoms started immediately after the procedure....

Dentistry: Number # 9 Root Canal, new dentist, dear don
new dentist, dear don, don jones: Dear Don, My answer is yes, you should definitely have this done. A root canal can fail over time if not properly sealed. Also the tooth which has the root canal is still susceptible to decay. Additionally when a root canal is placed in a tooth the...

Dentistry: nasopalatine nerve, upper incisors, two front teeth
upper incisors, two front teeth, anatomy diagrams: Robert - Unfortunately, injuries to nerves respond at different rates and in different ways. Saying that, the treatments you have had may eventually work, but I cannot tell you when. I wish I could give you better news and a definite prognosis, but nerve...

Dentistry: Do I need crown after root canal?, root canal therapy, dentist visit
root canal therapy, dentist visit, upper tooth: The tooth is already weak from the decay, and will be even weaker after the root canal therapy, so it needs a crown. If it is sensitive with the temporary restoration, it will be worse with a permanent restoration if you don t have the root canal therapy done...

Dentistry: nerve damage, root canal treatment, truama
root canal treatment, truama, hello mike: Hello Mike, With a trauma to the front tooth, and the resulting discolouration, it sounds like the nerve is dead. When this happens, the tooth will change colour, and although it may not be painful now, you run the risk of the tooth becoming infected and...

Dentistry: nerve damage/root canal, gary backlund, nerve damage
gary backlund, nerve damage, root canal: Hi Eliisa, I m sorry you have gone through all this for so long. While I can t say for sure, I would doubt you did any damage by waiting. It sounds to me like your root canal was probably in with works 9 months ago when you had problems with the temporary...

Dentistry: nursing and toddler fillings, baby bottle tooth decay, tooth decay in infants
baby bottle tooth decay, tooth decay in infants, bottle tooth decay: Hello Sarah, What can be possible is that because of the suction associated with nursing, the fillings are more prone to fall out, and if this happens, there is a possiblity that your child could aspirate the filling. Does your child have a bottle of...

Dentistry: Old root canal, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, questionable situations: Hi Marie, In essence, my feeling is that unless your dentist is VERY good at root canals, questionable situations, like yours, and ALL retreats should be handled by specialists. We see more root canal problems in one year than most dentists see in a lifetime...it...

Dentistry: Oral Surgery / Swollen Lymph Nodes, swollen lymph node, swollen lymph nodes
swollen lymph node, swollen lymph nodes, wisdom tooth: Almost all oral surgeries cause some degree of infection, reaction that ll alter the lymph nodes in varying degrees. Some people may have nodes that are more plump than others, which could be your case, but you didn t notice them until now, when they hurt....

Dentistry: Oral Surgery/Swollen Lymph Nodes, swollen lymph node, swollen lymph nodes
swollen lymph node, swollen lymph nodes, wisdom tooth: Dear Marie, Normal lymph nodes are commonly described as soft, small, and freely movable. However, these descriptive terms are subjective, and a tactile sense of soft, small, and freely movable is something that must be developed with experience. I doubt...

Dentistry: occlusal adjustment for tmj, tmj problems, jaw joints
tmj problems, jaw joints, door hinge: Barb, Occlusal adjustment can be a valuable treatment if done for the right problem at the right time. However, it is not a cure-all. TMJ problems involve dysfunction of one or both jaw joints. Since the joints are the hinges of the jaw, the TMJs naturally...

Dentistry: Pain after crown when I chew food., wisdom tooth, second tooth
wisdom tooth, second tooth, new crown: It is certainly possible that the tooth will calm down from the trauma of the dental treatment and you should certainly give nature the opportunity to do so if you can tolerate the discomfort in the meantime. If a root canal were necessary, the pain would...

Dentistry: Pain Following Cerec Crowns, cerec crowns, nerve damage
cerec crowns, nerve damage, hot coffee: I agree that the best course of action is to give things some time to clarify. The additional pain could be related to your primary concern or could be a completely independent thing. I m not sure what the purpose of switching the night guard is? Is the...

Dentistry: Pain in jaw, neck & molars-- bit of a long story, neck muscles, sinus infection
neck muscles, sinus infection, back muscles: Becke - I wouldn t worry about the other things you talk of as long as they are not now producing a problem. Becke - Whether your symptoms are related to the MS or not, you have symptoms of spasms of the muscles that help open and...

Dentistry: Pain with a permanent crown.., dental abscess, back tooth
dental abscess, back tooth, tooth pain: Hi Rebecca Is it an upper back tooth? Pain with movement such as you describe tends to be from sinusitis rather than tooth pain. The two are very easily confused and hard to tell apart. If not then it could be a dental abscess recurring. Regards ...

Dentistry: Pain in tooth with crown, cracked tooth syndrome, persistent pain
cracked tooth syndrome, persistent pain, bottom edge: Hello Marge, It sounds like you may have either irritated the tooth or cracked it. If it is just irritated, waiting for some time and eating soft foods on that side is best to help the ligament heal up. However, if it is indeed a cracked tooth, then...

Dentistry: Pain on whole side of left face and feels like someone has stuck a knife in my ear.....?, temporary bridge, amoxacillin
temporary bridge, amoxacillin, gum line: Dear Courtney, I cannot provide a reliable answer to the questions you posed, because the symptoms you describe are non-specific, and might reflect a wide variety of different problems-- all with different means of management. I very much doubt that removal...

Dentistry: Painful Crown, root canal treatment, dental floss
root canal treatment, dental floss, cold sensitivity: Hi Candice, Yep.....you said in one sentence what took me four paragraphs...:-). I think that is really a good plan. I know nothing about dentistry in Thailand, but here in the States, we have many retirees who go to Mexico for treatment and the results...

Dentistry: Perio Scale & Root Pin-4+ per quad, new dentist, gum disease
new dentist, gum disease, rdh: Dear Anna, Your readings of 4s and 5s are most likely early to moderate periodontitis (gum disease). You are lucky that your new dentist discovered your condition. Many times it well go undetected and become a condition that is advanced and very difficult...

Dentistry: Periodontitis, crest pro health rinse, dear diana
crest pro health rinse, dear diana, scaling procedures: Dear Mrs. Lorence, Thank you so much, I enjoy educating! In private practice it is usually so hectic that there isn t much time for education and it is so invaluable. Chewing SUGARLESS gum will be better than nothing, if a toothbrush is not available....

Dentistry: Permanent bottom incisors, eruption sequence, primary teeth
eruption sequence, primary teeth, pediatric dentist: Dear Jennifer, you write extremely well. You have nothing to worry about, everything you describe may seem a little strange to you but it is all well within a normal range. Lower permanent incisors erupt on the tongue side of the primary teeth. When they...

Dentistry: Permanent teeth, permanent tooth, permanent teeth
permanent tooth, permanent teeth, baby tooth: Don t worry...it was a baby tooth. That s why it s been loose for weeks. You can t break a permanent tooth in half by eating something unless the tooth was completely rotten in the first place. Now you ve got some homework to do. Get rid of the other part...

Dentistry: Pimple on roof of mouth, mucus retention cyst, salivary secretion
mucus retention cyst, salivary secretion, salivary glands: Dear Sharon, Your description strongly suggests that you have a mucus retention cyst, or mucocele . This type of lesion affects one of the many tiny salivary glands distributed over the palate and the lower lip. The presumed cause is injury to the duct...

Dentistry: Pink first molars??, first molars, gum tissue
first molars, gum tissue, gum line: There are two possible situations here and I cannot discern from your description which one you are describing. If the fractured first molar is a permanent tooth then the tooth cannot be saved and will have to be removed. For a variety of reasons I don t...

Dentistry: PLATE FOR 10 YEAR OLD, front teeth, overbite
front teeth, overbite, sports activity: The purpose of the appliance is to keep the bite open in the back so that these back teeth can continue to emerge. If the back teeth erupt some more then the front teeth won t dig into the palate. The appliance doesn t always work but when it does, it s...

Dentistry: Porcelan Crown, partial denture, dalin
partial denture, dalin, clasps: Nila I am not sure exactly what happened here. I am assuming that decay got under the loose crown and too much tooth is destroyed and the crown can no longer fit and be recemented. They are basically saying it is now nonrestorable and needs to come out. First...

Dentistry: Possible dry socket, warm salt water, wisdom teeth
warm salt water, wisdom teeth, dry socket: Jennifer - A piece of the clot may have been irrigated out of the socket, but that alone will not produce a dry socket. A dry socket is an inflammation of the bone, which then does not produce a quality blood clot in the socket. My suggestion is to...

Dentistry: Post Root Canal Swelling/Pain, gary backlund, noticeable reduction
gary backlund, noticeable reduction, endodontist: Hi Bruce, It sounds like the root canal certainly stirred up the infection. While we don t see this routinely, it certainly does happen...as you found out. It usually takes 24-48 hours for the antibiotics to start to work and another 5-7 days to heal things....

Dentistry: Post Root Scaling and Planing, gum tissues, gum tissue
gum tissues, gum tissue, bottom teeth: Lisa, without examing you and knowing what the extent of your gum disease is it is hard for me to give you an answer which I can feel 100% confident about. I will tell you that it is unlikely that your teeth are going to fal out any time soon. As far as...

Dentistry: Post Root Scaling and Planing, loose teeth, bottom teeth
loose teeth, bottom teeth, small spaces: Sounds like the procedure was done right.The spaces you feel are due to the gums shrinking which is what we want .The gum will not grow back and the loose teeth feeling may go away or may not depending on the amount of bone loss associated with the involved...

Dentistry: Post Root Scaling and Planing, gum pockets, gum pocket
gum pockets, gum pocket, scaling and root planing: Flossing effectively once per day is sufficient for most people. The key word is effectively. Many people floss, but are not effective at removing the bacterial plaque. The same goes for brushing as well. I suggest you show your dentist or hygienist how...

Dentistry: Pressure in ears and head following dentist, pressure in ears, jaw joints
pressure in ears, jaw joints, ringing in my ears: Don, Thanks for asking. I ll give you the short answer first, followed by an explanation. It is possible for the dental work and your concern to be related. However, it isn t very likely. Any change in the bite can have an influence on the jaw joints...

Dentistry: Pulling a 5 year olds molar, baby tooth, tooth root
baby tooth, tooth root, 5 year olds: Hello Donna, I understand your concerns very well. Unfortunately, if the tooth is so broken down that even with a pulpotomy (baby tooth root canal) and a crown, it still has a good chance of becoming infected, then extraction is necessary to prevent any...

Dentistry: Pulpotomy vs Extraction, stainless steel crowns, stainless steel crown
stainless steel crowns, stainless steel crown, narrow jaw: Hello Amy, I understand your concerns very well. Generally, if a baby tooth can be saved with a pulpotomy and stainless steel crown, that is the better option since if you extract the teeth, then this can lead to further problems when the permanent teeth...

Dentistry: pain after rct, root canals, qn
root canals, qn, fracture: Hi Elena There are a number of reasons for pain, but I am assuming the tooth has been symptom free initially. The tooth may have reinfected due to inadequate cleaning of root canals or possibly an accessory canal that was missed, or there may be a fracture...

Dentistry: pain after root canal, gary backlund, endontist
gary backlund, endontist, upper tooth: Hi J.J., Glad to hear you may be getting some answers. I really don t have anything to add. Sounds like you are on the right track. Things like this can take time to resolve. All your symptoms certainly could be connected. The risk, always, to to over treat...

Dentistry: pain after root canal, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, pain medication: Hi Steve, I m sorry to hear you are going through all this. You are right, root canals should make things better...not worse! In our office, a normal post op is a few days of some tenderness and then back to normal. What you are going through is NOT normal....

Dentistry: pain after wisdom teeth removal 19 days ago, wisdom teeth removal, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
wisdom teeth removal, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, loose piece: Janet - Of course, without actually seeing the extent of the bone sticking out it is a little difficult for me to fully tell you how long it will take to heal or if some additional surgery is necessary to remove the sharp bone. When you say the it has travelled...

Dentistry: palate irritation, upper palate, water pik
upper palate, water pik, dental aids: Peg - Since you recently had the implants inserted, I think it best that you make an appointment with the surgeon. It is not worth waiting to see if the discomfort resolves if it might be coming from the implants. Of course, I cannot tell you if it is or...

Dentistry: periodontitis, gum disease, root planing
gum disease, root planing, systemic illness: Diana, the short answer is no. Many of the studies that were done show some connection between gum disease and heart disease. However, it is my feeling that once your husband has his gums treated and his mouth is healthy he should be at any increased risk...

Dentistry: permanent teeth coming in, permanent teeth, front teeth
permanent teeth, front teeth, hormone shots: call your dentist and have him evaluated. first you want to make sure they are not getting caught under the teeth next to them. sometimes it does not take much of a hang up to stop eruption. occasionally you need to get him in to an oral surgeon to have a...

Dentistry: pimple on gum, dental abscess, tooth absess
dental abscess, tooth absess, medication treatment: Hi Nicola Cefalexin is not a particularly good antibiotic for a dental abscess - i.e. it doesn t tend to work very well. you are better off seeing a dentist so they can give you the best medication/treatment for your infection. Regards Tony Appleto...

Dentistry: possible re-acurring abcess after pulpotomy, tooth bridge, bridge abutment
tooth bridge, bridge abutment, wisdom tooth: you can get a partial denture to replace as few or as many teeth as you want. they are removeable appliances with wire clasps that hold onto teeth on either side of space. as far as general dentist vs. endodontists goes, it all depends on levels of experience....

Dentistry: post root canal sensitivity, gary backlund, upper molar
gary backlund, upper molar, best guess: Hi Nick, To answer part of your first question....the reason you feel something in a tooth without a nerve is that your pain is coming from the nerves in the supporting structures.....the bone & gum. My best guess is that your problem is somehow related...

Dentistry: post-root canal tooth pain, maxillary sinuses, root canal specialist
maxillary sinuses, root canal specialist, root canal pain: Paul - I think the first doctor you should have evaluate the situation is an endodontist. If a tooth is the cause, that is a simpler solution. If no tooth is the cause, then move on to the endodontist and then the neurologist. I wish you well and hope...

Dentistry: problems with canine teeth, gum recession, sinus congestion
gum recession, sinus congestion, enamel layer: Francois, I am sorry to hear you have been uncomfortable. Tooth pain can have a variety of different causes. Each is treated differently. Thin, worn, or eroded enamel can certainly be a factor. If this is the case, how did it get that way? Do you grind...

Dentistry: What is proper consent for Wisdom tooth extraction?, wisdom tooth extraction, molar tooth
wisdom tooth extraction, molar tooth, wisdom teeth: Ted - In every wisdom tooth or even molar tooth extraction, all patients should be advised of the possibility of nerve injury. Direct trauma to the nerve is not always the cause and the chance of numbness in many cases is totally unpredictable. Saying all...

Dentistry: pulpal vs. extraction on 3yrs old girl, root canals, false teeth
root canals, false teeth, front teeth: emily it is difficult to get spacers to stay in on baby teeth...short teeth, hard to fabricate and cement these. that is why doing the root canals on these teeth seems like a better way to go. you may end up with some darkening and then you can do some bonding...

Dentistry: Question about swollen cheeks without any pain, swollen cheek, proper vocabulary
swollen cheek, proper vocabulary, swollen cheeks: Avraam - Let me tell you first that without directly examining you it is a little difficult to accurately decide what is going on. In general, when you get recurrent episodes of swelling without any pain associated with the swelling, I would first think...

Dentistry: question re. implant procedure, implant procedure, root canal
implant procedure, root canal, decay: It would be ok to place the implant after 6 weeks usually.I would prefer an implant over a bridge for sure if you are a candidate for the implant.I would NOT fill the space with anything for#19.You should not have a problem with the teeth shifting if your...

Dentistry: question regarding braces and herbst, herbst appliance, jaw move
herbst appliance, jaw move, treatment efforts: That may be true, which is one of the reasons that I don t use the Herbst appliance. Having said that, the problem of relapse is a real one in may aspects of medical and dental treatment. Nature and growth both have a tendency to undermine the best of treatment...

Dentistry: Radiolucent #8 Tooth, bone density, endodontist
bone density, endodontist, first appearance: Hi carson, From the link you sent, I would agree with your endodontist....watch it and check in 6 months. If I had to make a call on this based on that one Xray, I would call it normal. On the root of your mouth, there is a hole in the bone called the incisal...

Dentistry: Re Implants, sjogren s syndrome, teeth and gums
sjogren s syndrome, teeth and gums, partial denture: Hi Dil As you are aware, Sjogren s syndrome causes dry mouth which has an adverse effect on your teeth and gums. However, this is not a contra-indication to dental implants. Indeed, an implant retained restoration would be far preferable to a partial denture....

Dentistry: Receding gum line around dental implants, receding gum line, gum graft
receding gum line, gum graft, southern california areas: Peter - Without actually seeing the extent of recession and the gap that now exists, it is a little difficult for me to tell you if something should be done or not. A change in the height of the gum tissue and any bone recession that occurred can definitely...

Dentistry: Recent fillings, jaw muscles, stretching exercises
jaw muscles, stretching exercises, frequent application: Dear Ms. Johnson, The difficulty you are now experiencing in opening your jaw (technically referred to as trismus ) is most likely due to the anesthetic injection rather than the fillings. It is not uncommon for the path of the needle to pass through one...

Dentistry: Removing gold crown from pulled tooth, gold refiner, infectious waste
gold refiner, infectious waste, brooklyn ny: Dear verna norris, The gold does belong to you-- after all, you paid for the crown. Technically speaking, though, your dentist cannot legally give you your extracted tooth, because it is considered infectious waste. Whether your dentist will be willing...

Dentistry: Right Upper Second Molar, immunosuppressive medication, wisdom teeth
immunosuppressive medication, wisdom teeth, temporary filling: Maria - The best solution to this is to have the nerve tested to see if the nerve is vital. An endodontist, root canal specialist, would be the best doctor to do that. Once the tooth is determined vital and the nerve is living, then just save the tooth...

Dentistry: Root Canal Treatment for 3 year old kid, root canal treatment, general anesthesia
root canal treatment, general anesthesia, local anesthesia: Behavior management with small children is very difficult and there is very little that you can do to change your child s fear. Reassuring him is a good start but it probably won t change anything. There are generally two ways to proceed. The first is...

Dentistry: Root canal vs crown w/build-up, root canal therapy, functional integrity
root canal therapy, functional integrity, tooth decay: Dear Charlotte, Root canal therapy is a separate and distinct procedure from a crown and crown build up, although they are somewhat correlated. Usually, root canal therapy is necessitated by either extensive tooth decay or physical injury, either of...

Dentistry: Root canals, rear molars, gary backlund
rear molars, gary backlund, root canals: Hi Mike, WOW...you really are dealing with several issues here. Let me see if I can at least help with some information, but you will ultimately need to make this VERY personal decision about your dental health. When you need root canals, it is either...

Dentistry: Root left in after ectraction, signs of infection, root tip
signs of infection, root tip, justifiable reason: Dear dermot, What your dentist said is essentially correct-- in many cases, an inadvertently retained root tip causes no problems, and may be safely ignored. However, there are exceptions to this rule, and it would be appropriate for your dentist to continue...

Dentistry: Root filling or tooth removal?, root filling, tooth removal
root filling, tooth removal, root canal: Hi Steve You seem to have summed it up pretty well yourself! I m afraid you have to rely on your dentist s advice on the likelihood of success with the root canal/crown option, but, there will be a chance of failure. If you have the tooth out then there...

Dentistry: Root legnthening and infection, low grade fever, allergic to penicillin
low grade fever, allergic to penicillin, fever 99: Fred, it is very unusual after a crown lengthening procedure to have an infection. However, the low grade fever that you are experiencing is not unusual after a surgical procedure. Nonetheless, the drug of choice for an orofacial infectino in penicillin...

Dentistry: radiating pain from a recent filling., metal fillings, protocol options
metal fillings, protocol options, sedative filling: Hello Stan, There are several options that you have. It is true that the metal fillings do transfer temperature differently than tooth material. It may take a few weeks to subside. However, if the pain continues and gets worse, then you may require at...

Dentistry: re root canal treatment and abcess, molar teeth, root canal treatment
molar teeth, root canal treatment, amoxcicillin: Hi Karen, WOW...sounds like you had a rough weekend....to say the least! While I can t exactly diagnosis your problem, I will certainly try to answer some of your questions. It sounds to me like you had an abscess brewing prior to your appointment...

Dentistry: receding gums/stained teeth, composite fillings, receding gums
composite fillings, receding gums, smile line: Hi Sheila I presume that is is the roots of the teeth that are now visible and staining. If there is no decay, and the staining is not visible, then I wouldn t have anything done. Placing fillings in that area will improve the aesthetics - but it is...

Dentistry: recent scaling, hard palate, viral outbreak
hard palate, viral outbreak, chlorhexidine rinse: Nick, you have had a Viral outbreak (a primary herpetogingivostomatitis) which is not uncommon after dental treatment. What you need is anti-viral medication. The antibiotic and chlorhexidine rinse are of no value and will actually make things worse....

Dentistry: regarding dental post, personal preference, optimal treatment
personal preference, optimal treatment, crowns: Hi Ajay The success of post crowns depends on the length of the post you are fitting. The post must be longer than the height of the crown that is being replaced to have a reasonable chance of success. The choice you then have to make is between a custom...

Dentistry: removal or root canal and crown, teeth and gums, wisdom teeth
teeth and gums, wisdom teeth, gum disease: Dear Sherri: Your teeth will likely shift and move after the extraction. I ve been a dentist for 35 years, so my bias would be to keep your tooth. However, the teeth shifting doesn t happen immediately, but rather over several months or years. And I don...

Dentistry: to remove or to fill decay in rear molar?, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth
wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth, tooth decay: Dear Mr. Malnick, Although most wisdom teeth contribute little or nothing to oral function, this judgment must be made based on individual circumstances. For example, there are rare occasions where a wisdom tooth can serve as an abutment for a fixed or...

Dentistry: reoccuring abscess, gary backlund, canal four
gary backlund, canal four, dental abscess: Hi Michelle, Thanks for the kind words. Clinamycin is not a commonly prescribed antibiotic for dental problem, but it is broad spectrum which mean it works in all kind of situations which was probably why you got it. It is a good, but often expensive, choice....

Dentistry: root canal, root canal therapy, surgery thanks
root canal therapy, surgery thanks, dental insurance: A dentist cannot know in advance how deep the cavity is, or how your tooth is going to react to the restorative procedure. Needing root canal therapy is always a possibility. If your tooth had large decay, as it must have, waiting would not have prevented...

Dentistry: root canal, root canal therapy, surgery thanks
root canal therapy, surgery thanks, x ray: Very often the Dr will not be able to ascertain the need for root canal therapy until excavation of all the decay is done.Many times it s a toss up that could go either way.I usually tell the pt before I start the tooth that it MIGHT be root canal if it looks...

Dentistry: root canal, root canal therapy, apicoectomy
root canal therapy, apicoectomy, surgery thanks: Dear Eric, Although it is sometimes obvious before working on a tooth that the need for root canal therapy is a possibility, there are many cases where these types of complications cannot be anticipated. This is just one example that illustrates the unpredictable...

Dentistry: root canal, root canal treatment, nerve chamber
root canal treatment, nerve chamber, surgery thanks: Eric - First of all, root canal treatment is not considered surgery. I really would like to help you, but there must have been a reason the dentist was drilling the tooth. Most likely, because the decay extended into the nerve chamber, she had to invade...

Dentistry: root canal, root canal therapy, diseased pulp
root canal therapy, diseased pulp, soft pulp: Eric, Unfortunately, it is not always possible to know the extent of the damage or the response of that particular tooth in advance. An exam of the visible portion of the tooth and the use of xray images certainly may provide clues, but you often don t...

Dentistry: root canal, root canal treatment, sedative filling
root canal treatment, sedative filling, brooklyn ny: Dear Tiffany, Although there s little doubt that the sedative filling can be done, it is less certain whether it will allow the required postponement of treatment-- this depends very much on the current status of the pulp, and whether it has already begun...

Dentistry: root canal, worse case scenario, nerve damage
worse case scenario, nerve damage, truama: Sorry for the delay ,I ve been away from my computer and forgot to log a vacation date.I don t know about the tooth falling out but one of the complications from trauma like this could be resorption,where thetooth root start to melt away.either internally...

Dentistry: root canal, gary backlund, abscessed tooth
gary backlund, abscessed tooth, time bomb: Hi Nancy, In situations like this, the only real risk is your level of pain. When you have an abscessed tooth, it is sort of like a time bomb ...you never know when it will become acute. The fact that it is sometimes sore tells me you have a low grade,...

Dentistry: root canal gone bad, gary backlund, dentisit
gary backlund, dentisit, nasal cavity: Hi Melissa, WOW....sounds like things have gone downhill fast for you! I m sorry to hear you re having this problem. Unfortunately, your dentist is right. It takes 24-48 hours for the antibiotics to start working. We see this several times a month in...

Dentistry: root canal/crown pain, root canals, endodontist
root canals, endodontist, root canal: Hello Lisa, The tooth may just require some time, as it has had two root canals in such a short timeframe. However, it may be possible that your tooth is fractured, and is therefore very painful on chewing and sensitive. Fractures can happen in various...

Dentistry: root canal failed after surgery three weeks ago!, dear mary, brooklyn ny
dear mary, brooklyn ny, dental society: Dear Mary, Although a poor clinical outcome is by no means a reliable indicator of whether the quality of your treatment was negligent, there is a protocol that can be implemented to adjudicate matters such as these. I recommend that you contact your...

Dentistry: root canal misery, gary backlund, rubber dam
gary backlund, rubber dam, endodontist: Hi Donna, Sorry to hear you are going through this. The good news is, you shouldn t need the tooth extracted. We sometimes see what is going on with your tooth and it can try everyone s patience. The problem is this....not only do you have the original...

Dentistry: root canal mishaps, root canal therapy, gary backlund
root canal therapy, gary backlund, new dentist: Hi Nancy, I m sorry to hear you had this happen. Unfortunately, this is one of the risks of root canal therapy and it happens to everyone who does root canals....even specialists. The good news is that he was able to bypass it. The biggest problem is that...

Dentistry: root canal pain, gary backlund, root canal pain
gary backlund, root canal pain, antiboitics: You re welcome Stephanie, I think that doing an apico should be considered a last attempt to save your tooth. The success rate is low and it is an invasive procedure. It is possible that you will go through the procedure and have NO relief of your pain....

Dentistry: root canal and pregnacy, gary backlund, long term solution
gary backlund, long term solution, 3rd trimester: Hi Wendy, Sorry to hear all this is going on. It sounds like your root canal is failing. We sometimes see this when the filling of the tooth starts leaking...like from the fracture....since the root canal cement inside is soluble in saliva. There is little...

Dentistry: Are root canals optional?, root canal treatment, root canals
root canal treatment, root canals, bad news: Leslie - I wish I could give you good news, but once the nerve becomes inflamed the nerve needs to be removed to avoid a significant infection. Well you now have an infection and the only way to cure the infection and save the tooth is with a root canal...

Dentistry: root reabsorbtion, gary backlund, new dentist
gary backlund, new dentist, wisdom teeth: Hi Glenn, Putting in an implant is really a personal decision. Many people get along fine without that tooth, others miss it terribly. Implants are usually put in after the extraction site heals, so you have nothing to loose and will have time to see whether...

Dentistry: root turned into tooth reabsorbtion in a baby tooth, adult teeth, pediatric dentist
adult teeth, pediatric dentist, gum tissue: Dear Bridget, It is very hard to understand exactly what you are talking about without seeing your son s x-rays. I have seen this same condition quite often , and cannot imagine what the problem is. Primary teeth have very odd patterns of resorption, and...

Dentistry: Sensitive after multiple extractions, insurance plan changes, root canals
insurance plan changes, root canals, wisdom teeth: Hi Alcinda It can take a good few weeks for your mouth to settle following such traumatic treatment - you have had 10 teeth removed! So no, it doesn t particularly surprise me that you are still in pain on day 11, although you should be noticing a gradual...

Dentistry: Severe Overcrowding Issues for a 9-Year Old, rigorous plan, lip bumper
rigorous plan, lip bumper, permanent teeth: Treatment is customized for each patient and reflects the complexity of the problem. Fees vary regionally and depend upon the complexity of the treatment. You ve described a rather complex and lengthy treatment plan and the fee you ve indicated seems to...

Dentistry: Severe pain prior to root canal, gary backlund, abscessed tooth
gary backlund, abscessed tooth, pain medication: Hi Mike, WOW...you sound like you are in a bad way. While I don t know exactly what is going on with your tooth, I don t understand why your dentist is allowing you to stay in pain. In our office, we have emergency time everyday, for people like you, so we...

Dentistry: Sinus Perf from extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus drainage
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus drainage, gum tissues: Joyce - Being examined as early as possible is best to fully define the extent of the injury and opening into the sinus. The following are board certified surgeons in your area. 1) Dr. Bernard Asdell - (574) 289-0080 South Bend 2) Dr. Michael Freid...

Dentistry: MY SON'S MILK TEETH, surgical incisions, milk teeth
surgical incisions, milk teeth, adult teeth: Lower incisors usually erupt before their upper counterparts. The lateral incisors erupt after the central ones. The missing upper ones are still within their eruption age, but you may want to have some x-rays taken just to make sure they are where they re...

Dentistry: Sond teeth, baby tooth, permanent tooth
baby tooth, permanent tooth, rare situations: Usually the baby tooth will ultimately fall out on its own after some time. Then if there is enough room the permanent tooth may actually move forward into position. In rare situations it may be advisable to have the baby tooth removed. For now just give...

Dentistry: Sores on Salivary Glands, cheek area, warm salt water
cheek area, warm salt water, minor trauma: Josh - You can usually see the opening of Stenson s duct in many mouths. It lays in the cheek at the level of the bottom of the upper teeth at about the 1st or 2nd molars. A good way to see if it is the opening of the gland is to take your hand and gently...

Dentistry: Surgery to correct facial assymetry, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, orthognathic surgery
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, orthognathic surgery, orthodontic treatment: Mike - If you have the asymmetry you now describe prior to the orthodontics, the orthodontist made a mistake. They cannot, at all, affect the skeletal relationship without the assistance of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. He should have worked together...

Dentistry: Swollen face after a shot, burning sensation, dental drill
burning sensation, dental drill, swollen face: Dear Becky, Regardless of whether your swelling represents a subcutaneous emphysema, a hematoma, or perhaps something else such as an infection, there is the potential for extension of the swelling into adjacent areas. This sign, however, is an unfavorable...

Dentistry: Swollen gums, molar tooth, swollen gums
molar tooth, swollen gums, visit to the dentist: Edith, it sounds like your wisdom tooth needs to be removed. Unless it is removed you will probably continue to struggle with problems in this area. I would see an oral surgeon very soon and have an evaluation to have the tooth removed. Dr. Siegelma...

Dentistry: save a tooth, sinus cavity, new dentist
sinus cavity, new dentist, root canals: Hi Denise, I m sorry to hear all this is going on. Since I can t examine you, it s hard for me to know exactly what condition your tooth is in, however, if the crack is extensive, there really are no options. If the crack is not too large, it might be possible...

Dentistry: sensitive to cold temperature after veneer, cerec 3d, porcelain veneers
cerec 3d, porcelain veneers, root canal treatment: Hi Evelyn I would suggest you see an endodontist initially - a specialist in root canal treatment - and get a proper opinion on the health of the front teeth. The endodontist may suggest that you need root canal treatment on one or more of the teeth -...

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

Dentistry: snapping in ear, vampire teeth, wisdom teeth
vampire teeth, wisdom teeth, upper teeth: Clint, Thanks for asking. This discussion will make the most sense if we first review the anatomy of the TMJ. The TMJ consists of four main parts: condyle, articular eminence, disk, and capsule. The joint is held together by ligaments, and all joint...

Dentistry: soft tissue graft, soft tissue graft, proceding
soft tissue graft, proceding, bottom front: Lea, I would say that the vast majority of my patients return to work the next day. The discomfort that comes from this procedure is from soreness associated with the donor site, the area where the tissue is taken. This area is usually covered with a dressing....

Dentistry: spacer after extraction, molar teeth, upper molar
molar teeth, upper molar, first molars: Renee - I personally do not like to hear about children losing their first molars. The molar teeth should be looked at as more that just teeth, they are the foundations of the entire face. The contact of the upper molar to the lower molar stabilizes the...

Dentistry: spacers, front teeth, premature loss
front teeth, premature loss, space maintainer: Dear Mark, No-- the current consensus is that premature loss of primary front teeth does not necessitate the placement of a space maintainer. This preventive measure is primarily reserved for premature loss of the primary molars, but NOT the primary front...

Dentistry: spacers, space maintainer, front teeth
space maintainer, front teeth, bottom front: Hello Mark, In my experience, for the bottom front teeth, you usually do not need a spacer, especially considering your daughter s age is close to when the permanent lower incisors should come in. The teeth you want to watch out for are the 2nd primary...

Dentistry: still having milktooth, ray one, canines
ray one, canines, swaroop: Dear Swaroop: Without looking at you and your xrays, I can t tell you what can be done. Usually, if your permeanent canines are in poor position, we remove the baby canines, and, with braces, orthodontically move the poorly positioned permanent canines into...

Dentistry: strange marks on palate, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, pathologic lesions
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, pathologic lesions, hard palate: Stephanie - I wish I could be more exact, but without examining you it is a little difficult. In everyone s mouth in the region you describe, there are many small glands that produce a lubricant form of saliva to help in the swallowing. What you might now...

Dentistry: Could these symptoms be Sinus related or TMJ related?, teeth sensitivity, tmj symptoms
teeth sensitivity, tmj symptoms, sinus infection: Lynne - A splint, when fabricated well and your bite is balanced to it, does not allow your teeth to touch. In that situation, the muscles are not completely flexed and can heal. This process can take a while, especially since you have had the problem for...

Dentistry: Teeth, front tooth, x rays
front tooth, x rays, orthodontist: It will not move back in place on its own; it will heal right where it is and you will have to pay an orthodontist to position it where it should be. Your dentist should have replanted the tooth that came out, repositioned the one that was moved where it should...

Dentistry: Teeth affecting health, post nasal drip, root canals
post nasal drip, root canals, wisdom tooth: Robert, there is no way that I can tell you with certainty that your infected teeth are having an effect on your health. However, I can tell you that leaving the infected teeth in your mouth and either not having them removed or treated is unhealthy. They...

Dentistry: Teeth Whitening, teeth and gums, soft enamel
teeth and gums, soft enamel, sensitive teeth: Harrison, although I have not examined you are seen your teeth I am guessing that whitening is not your answer. The discoloration of your teeth is such that you probably need veneers to really give you the kind of result you are looking for. Whitening can...

Dentistry: Teeth Whitening, teeth and gums, soft enamel
teeth and gums, soft enamel, sensitive teeth: The light is a farce.What the light does is generate heat, the heat dries out the teeth and they appear whiter for a short time.The gold standard in tooth whitening is custom made trays by your dentist and take home gel that is dispensed with the trays.If...

Dentistry: Teeth Whitening, teeth and gums, soft enamel
teeth and gums, soft enamel, sensitive teeth: Dear Harrison, First off let s address the health concerns with your teeth and mouth. There is no sense in whitening your teeth if you will end up losing them anyways to decay(cavities) or gum disease. First, start with a fluoride rinse, fairly inexpensive....

Dentistry: Temp. Crown, sick to my stomach, siegelman
sick to my stomach, siegelman, gaping hole: Catherine, it is important that you keep the area around the temporary crown very clean. That means you need to brush and floss around it daily. I am assuming it won t be more than a few weeks before the final crown is placed and it is unlikely that your...

Dentistry: Temporarily Removing Braces for Wedding, wedding question, treatment time
wedding question, treatment time, treatment progress: The gist of my message is that you will lose some time in treatment and the time you lose is more than just the time that the braces are off. It could be a month or two. Of course this is an estimate and it depends on a lot of factors that I just can t predict...

Dentistry: Temporary Filling after root canal, gary backlund, root canal treatment
gary backlund, root canal treatment, silver fillings: Hi Fiona, Congratulations on your marriage!!!! In almost all cases, the temporary should be fine. My only caution would be for you to make sure your partner does any HEAVY chewing on the other side. Normal use, it should hold up fine. Also, stay away...

Dentistry: Throbbing Pain after Popcorn Removal, extreme trouble, gums
extreme trouble, gums, husk: Angel, this certainly is within the realm of possibility. However, no that the popcorn husk has been removed I would say that within 72 hours things should start feeling normal. Until then I think what your feeling is to be expected. Dr. Siegelma...

Dentistry: Time it takes for adult front teeth to grow?, primary central incisor, dental checkups
primary central incisor, dental checkups, adult teeth: There is a great deal of variation in the timing of tooth eruption so I would not be too concerned at this point. Once the other primary central incisor is gone you can anticipate the emergence of the permanent teeth to follow. You can certainly wait until...

Dentistry: TMJ, medrol dosepak, sinus ct
medrol dosepak, sinus ct, forehead area: April, It is not possible to determine the source of your specific problem without a physical exam. The best I can do is try to provide some direction. Clicking and popping jaw joints are typically associated with some type of disruption in the jaw joint...

Dentistry: TMJ, migraine pain, splint fitting, vascular inflammation, migraine pain
vascular inflammation, migraine pain, nerve problems: Amanda, I am sorry to hear you have been suffering with headaches and jaw pain for so long. Headache pain can be caused by TMJ dysfunction, jaw muscle cramps, migraine (and other neurovascular pains), neuralgia (nerve problems), arteritis (vascular inflammation),...

Dentistry: Tooth Abcess/ Dental phobia, general anaesthetic, root canal treatment
general anaesthetic, root canal treatment, conscious sedation: Hi Chantal You may be able to find someone who will do root canal treatment under general anaesthetic, but it won t be easy! Sedation really is your best bet - it works very well and you won t really care what is going on, and you will most likely not...

Dentistry: Tooth Ache - Should I have a Root Canal?, tooth ache, occasional discomfort
tooth ache, occasional discomfort, upper teeth: Hi Gus, I m sorry to hear you re going through all this. First, my disclaimer....since I can t examine you, there is really no way for me to help with your decision. That said, I can make a few general comments. I am a firm believer in treatment AFTER a...

Dentistry: Tooth Decay during Pregnancy and Postnatal, routine checkups, apprehensive patients
routine checkups, apprehensive patients, dental fear: Hi Annah, Congratulations on your new addition! I m sorry to hear all this is going on....you probably have enough on your hands with your newborn. First, just because you have some dental problems doesn t mean you will need ANY oral medications. Even if...

Dentistry: Tooth is decayed, when should it be pulled, root canal treatment, pain thanks
root canal treatment, pain thanks, tooth structure: Patricia - The ability to save the tooth depends on the amount of remaining tooth structure. If there is enough structure, most likely the tooth can be saved by root canal treatment and a crown placed on the tooth. You need to be directly evaluated...

Dentistry: Tooth Extraction & Following procedures, siegelman, tooth extraction
siegelman, tooth extraction, root canal: Laura, I think everything your dentist is telling you is correct. I don t believe that in 3 months your going to see any significant shifting of teeth. I also agree with you that an implant would be the best choice. In the long run it will be less expensive...

Dentistry: Tooth Problem in my Dauther, visit to the dentist, mesiodens
visit to the dentist, mesiodens, tooth problem: Hello Seema, It sounds like your daughter may have either an extra tooth, also known as a mesiodens, or an ectopically erupting tooth (tooth that erupts in a different place than it should. I would visit your dentist as soon as possible to determine...

Dentistry: Tooth Trauma, tooth trauma, irreversible injury
tooth trauma, irreversible injury, initial injury: Dear Kathleen, Cases such as you describe often follow an unpredictable course. Although the x-rays may not have conspicuously shown any root fractures, it is not always possible to unequivocally rule out a broken root from an x-ray alone. Continued vigilance...

Dentistry: Toothache, new dentist, poor judgement
new dentist, poor judgement, novicaine: I m saying that a medicated filling would calm an irreversible pulpitis only to blow up in the future.We don t want that .If the inflammation is reversible it would heal on it s own if sealed with the final restoration. The only preventive measures are to...

Dentistry: Toothache after the CEREC procedure, crown inlay, root canal treatment
crown inlay, root canal treatment, porcelain veneers: Hi Lorna I doubt that the pain you are experiencing is related to the CEREC procedure itself. It is far more likely that the pulp in the middle of the tooth is inflamed and just hasn t settled down. This can happen following any work to a tooth - even a...

Dentistry: teeth, two front teeth, dental anatomy
two front teeth, dental anatomy, dentine: This is all perfectly normal. First of all, enamel is the outer layer of teeth and it is translucent, so the dentine, which is below it can show. The ridges are also normal: they are development buds from when the tooth was forming; this usually get ground...

Dentistry: teeth have become extremely painfully sensitive after extensive dental work last few months., root canal therapy, upper molar
root canal therapy, upper molar, nightguard: Hi Laura, I m sorry to hear your going through all this. First my disclaimer, since I can t exam you, it s really hard for me to help here. Obviously diagnosis is important in a situation like this and I just can t do that online. That said, I can make...

Dentistry: front teeth cavaties question, anesthetic solution, front teeth
anesthetic solution, front teeth, question question: Yes. But what you describe doesn t happen often when we numb front teeth. And when it does, most people feel their nose clear, rather than get stuffed, due to the decongestant effect of the epinephrine used in the anesthetic solution. Even if one side of...

Dentistry: teeth dealy in 20 month old, lateral incisor, pediatric dentist
lateral incisor, pediatric dentist, tooth eruption: There s a great amount of variation in the timing of tooth eruption from one person to the next. Still, that seems rather unusual. Perhaps in the next 4 months or so you might schedule your child s first visit to a pediatric dentist for a check up. That...

Dentistry: front teeth pain, sonicare toothbrush, warm salt water
sonicare toothbrush, warm salt water, root canals: Hi Patty, Sorry to hear this is going on. I would agree with you...it s highly unlikely that all those teeth need root canals at the same time....especially when no one can find anything wrong. Unfortunately, since I can t examine you, it s hard for me...

Dentistry: temporary fixed bridge, treatment modality, permanent bridge
treatment modality, permanent bridge, blowing smoke: If money is the reason for this temp.I would prefer to hold off until you could afford the final restoration.The temp could last for 2 years if it s a lab processed temp and it s made properly.The thing is,this bridge should be TEMPORARY until the treatment...

Dentistry: think I'm getting ripped off here, space maintainer, stainless steel crown
space maintainer, stainless steel crown, ssc: You re pretty much on track with this. The band and loop is a space maintainer which is necessary if the tooth is extracted. You re looking at an either/or situation. EITHER tooth A requires pulpotomy and a stainless steel crown OR it requires extraction...

Dentistry: toddler and teething, pediatric dentist, rishi
pediatric dentist, rishi, dds: Hello Monica, I would see a pediatric dentist to see if they can take xrays and determine whether the teeth are present, and about to erupt or not. It is not uncommon that teeth take some time to erupt. I would not be alarmed at this point, but take him...

Dentistry: tooth extraction and MRSA, mrsa infection, resistant bacteria
mrsa infection, resistant bacteria, sterile environment: Pat - If the methicillin staphyloccal resistant bacteria gained access into the mouth, then they can definitely gain access to a recent surgical area. With patients who have ongoing infections elsewhere in their body, the surgeon must perform any dental surgery...

Dentistry: tooth upushed upward into gum, pediatric dentist, siegelman
pediatric dentist, siegelman, front tooth: Susie, at this point if he is going to lose the teeth there is probably little you can do to prevent this from happening. You need to watch the teeth for a change in color. If they begin to turn darker and there appears to be swelling of the gums just above...

Dentistry: translucent teeth, porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental procedures
porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental procedures, tooth pulp: Annette, Loss of enamel from acid erosion or grinding/ clenching of the teeth are the most common causes of translucency. Sources of acid include gastric reflux, sucking on citrus fruits, other acidic foods in the diet, frequent swimming in chlorinated...

Dentistry: unexpected root canal, beshara, dimensional object
beshara, dimensional object, x rays: Hello Beshara, With xrays, it is a 2-dimensional picture of a 3-dimensional object, and decay is usually larger clinically than you see via xray. If the decay was just enough that it was close to the nerve but not into it, you are left with a pulpal exposure...

Dentistry: upper cuspid removed-now what?, upper molar, molar tooth
upper molar, molar tooth, wisdom teeth: The ideal choice is to replace the missing tooth with an implant.The crowding you have with the incisors will NOT be affected by the missing premolar since teeth tend to shift mesial- that s towards the center.The only way to manage the space effectively and...

Dentistry: Wearing of bottom teeth, root canal therapy, healthy gums
root canal therapy, healthy gums, bottom teeth: Kat, It depends. I am certain you understand that this format can never substitute for a face-to-face exam. As such, I can only present ideas - I have no way of knowing how these may apply to your specific circumstances. The treatment of heavy tooth...

Dentistry: Wisdom Teeth, silver fillings, white fillings
silver fillings, white fillings, wisdom teeth: Dear Elena, 1. Do you have to have your wisdom teeth taken out if they are not infected nor impacted? A: It depends. There are quite a number of legitimate reasons why a wisdom tooth might need to be extracted, other than infection or impaction. Each case...

Dentistry: Wisdom Teeth., warm salt water, wisdom teeth
warm salt water, wisdom teeth, postoperative instructions: Kayla - Look, I wish I could, but I can t tell you exactly what is going on, but you could have an infection, there could have been bleeding into the tissues and its inflamed and you could also have spasms of the muscles that help open and close your mouth....

Dentistry: Wisdom Tooth Extraction and Infections, wisdom tooth extraction, removal of wisdom teeth
wisdom tooth extraction, removal of wisdom teeth, warm salt water: Kassi - What you are experiencing is not at all unusual after the removal of wisdom teeth. The muscles that help open and close your mouth often go into spasm after the extractions. When in spasm the muscles will restrict your opening and cause pain. My...

Dentistry: Wisdom Tooth Removal, wisdom tooth removal, wisdom teeth
wisdom tooth removal, wisdom teeth, pain killers: Dear Amber, In all likelihood, you are experiencing something called dry socket -- a painful but otherwise trivial postoperative complication of extraction. This is a self-limited condition that will resolve on its own within 10 days to two weeks--...

Dentistry: Wisdom tooth extraction complications?, wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction complications
wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction complications, oral cancer screening: Johnette - With the wide array of symptoms and with your obvious displeasure with recurrent episodes of the symptoms, you really need a doctor who is more versed in what the possible causes are. Your symptoms with the ear, the sore throat, swollen lymph nodes...

Dentistry: Wisedom Tooth Exraction Site Swelling and Pain, oral surgen, dry socket
oral surgen, dry socket, pain killer: Amber - Of course without directly examining you, it is a little difficult to be 100% sure, but it sounds like you might have developed a condition called a dry socket. The dry socket is not totally unusual and occurs when an inflammation in the socket occurs,...

Dentistry: wisdom teeth., extraction of wisdom teeth, tooth extractions
extraction of wisdom teeth, tooth extractions, bone fragments: Dear toothache You should try as much as possible to not disturb the area. It is hard when we use our mouths constantly throughout the day but do your best. If the blood clot keeps being removed you could run the risk of a dry socket Normally,...

Dentistry: wisdom tooth removal/ tissue resection, wisdom tooth removal, swollen glands
wisdom tooth removal, swollen glands, wisdom teeth: Dear Sarah, A general rule of thumb in all of health care is that a diagnosis must necessarily precede therapeutic intervention. In this case, a diagnosis cannot be deemed to have occurred if an x-ray has not been taken. As such, no diagnostic assumptions...

Dentistry: Yellow tooth discoloration (along top of front teeth), front teeth, tooth development
front teeth, tooth development, tooth discoloration: There are two types of stains that we see on teeth. The first is an intrinsic or developmental stain that occurs during tooth development. This stain is actually within the tooth structure itself and cannot be removed. It is usually caused by a disturbance...

Dentistry: zirconium, titanium implants, titanium implant
titanium implants, titanium implant, persons life: Regina, all of the significant literature and studies that we base the success of implants on has been done on titanium implants. I can t see why you wouldn t want to use a titanium implant, they are pretty much going to last the rest of a persons life when...

Dentistry: 12 year molars, 12 year molars, second molars
12 year molars, second molars, third molars: It seems to me that a simple panoramic x-ray will determine the presence or absence of the permanent second molars (and third molars as well). At this point such a film is necessary and justified in determining the need and timing for orthodontic treatment....

Dentistry: #14 Extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus problems
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus problems, endodontist: Mike - What you describe can definitely be a difficult extraction for the common dentist. You definitely need to have the extraction done by a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. If you see a board certified surgeon, the extraction should be...

Dentistry: 16 month old has no teeth, time weeks, jaws
time weeks, jaws, dentist: You can certainly take your son to a dentist, however there is nothing a dentist can do at this point. Often during teething a child will behave as if teeth are about to erupt. This can happen over an extended period of time...weeks or months...until the...

Dentistry: My 17 year old sons mouth, check ups, jaw structure
check ups, jaw structure, upper teeth: My feeling is that expansion at the age of 17 yrs should be surgically assisted. I also feel that if the mandible is normal and the problem is with the maxilla, then the reverse pull headgear in conjunction with the surgically assisted expansion could be...

Dentistry: #2 tooth extraction, bone graft, wisdom teeth
bone graft, wisdom teeth, cracked tooth: Paul - Absolutely not! There is no reason for a graft as long as the tooth is removed and the doctor does not cause excess destruction. If you will not have an implant, a graft is not needed. Many dentists suggest a graft just to make a few dollars more...

Dentistry: 2 year old had his tooth extracted, space maintainer, pediatric dentist
space maintainer, pediatric dentist, permanent teeth: Maintaining space is very important to prevent problems with the permanent teeth. It s too bad the first molar had to be removed because this can be quite problematic with a 2 year old who can provide little cooperation with the procedure and tolerance for...

Dentistry: 20 Teeth Extracted Four Weeks Ago, Help Me Please, I am scared, sandy type, left cheek
sandy type, left cheek, surgical extraction: Alissa - Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. It sounds like the surgeon was a little rough and not really attentive when he removed the teeth. The maxillary fractures should heal on their own but you will be uncomfortable for a while. Rinsing with...

Dentistry: 28 year old full extraction/implants, upper teeth, siegelman
upper teeth, siegelman, molars: Amanda, since I don t know what the condition of your mouth is now or was before treatment its hard for me to tell you if the care you are receiving has been appropriate. It certainly is possible that what was done was correct if you condition warranted removal...

Dentistry: 3 year old early molars?, second molars, first molars
second molars, first molars, primary teeth: My first thought is that you may have miscounted the number of primary teeth that your son has. There should be ten teeth in the lower and ten in the upper. In each quadrant there are two incisors, one canine and two molars. Since your son was late acquiring...

Dentistry: 4 or 6 crowns, porcelain crowns, metal crowns
porcelain crowns, metal crowns, healthy teeth: Lizzie, It is true that matching crowns to veneers is challenging. The bottom line is that some dentists are simply more artistic than others. One alternative is to find a dentist artist that has the ability to meet the challenge. You may need to look...

Dentistry: 4 part bridge or implant, front teeth, hi mary
front teeth, hi mary, old mom: Hi Mary That is a judgement thing. In fact, it is probably better to remove the other crowns with a view to providing a bridge so that the underlying teeth can be examined/repaired and assessed, rather than leave them alone and provide an implant in that...