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Dentistry: abscess tooth, definitive treatment, oral surgeon
definitive treatment, oral surgeon, root canal: Hi Coddy, I am sorry to hear about this. I am not sure why a root canal or extraction wasn t performed. The antibiotics will only help a little bit. You need some sort of definitive treatment to completely resolve the problem. You most likely will...

Dentistry: alternative to spacer?, space maintainer, spacer
space maintainer, spacer, retainer: The only alternative to the space maintainer is a removable retainer. However, that is usually more difficult to tolerate and would have to be frequently adjusted and occasionally remade to accommodate the changes in the mouth as teeth fall out and new ones...

Dentistry: antibiotic choice post extraction/implant, allergic to penicillin, history of c
allergic to penicillin, history of c, specialist work: Hi Julie Your dentists are just using an appropriate antibiotic as the first 2 choices cannot be used. I can t give you data on this as it is not a commonly used alternative. The efficacy of antibiotic prophylaxis post implant surgery is questionable...

Dentistry: anxious 7 year old needs 6 fillings and 3 crowns, pediatric dentist, general anesthesia
pediatric dentist, general anesthesia, primary tooth: Dear Michelle, If your son is brushing his teeth twice daily with a good fluoride toothpaste, the teeth with cavities can last for years. There is no way of telling without looking at the teeth. My first suggestion remains, don t allow yourself to be put...

Dentistry: appliance cleaning, retainer brite, plastic retainers
retainer brite, plastic retainers, sanitizing: Raintree Essex is a company that specializes in clear plastic retainers like the one you have. They sell an excellent sanitizing product called Retainer Brite and a sonic cleaner like what you are looking for. Check their website: https://www.essix.com/orstore/productsearchgrid.aspx?categoryid=RB|RETAINE...

Dentistry: appointment with dr moss, pediatric dentist, pediatric dentistry
pediatric dentist, pediatric dentistry, kind answer: Dear Alessandra, Thank you for your inquiry. I am no longer in practice, however in NYC there is an excellent pediatric dentist. Her name is Emanuella Corrielli ((212) 355-7760). Dr. Corrielli was born in Milan and trained with for many years. She teaches...

Dentistry: Baby Tooth Abscess, baby tooth, tooth abscess
baby tooth, tooth abscess, myerson: Depending on just how much damage has occurred there is treatment available for an abcessed baby tooth. The treatment is like a root canal where the infected tissue inside the tooth is removed and replaced with a filling. Very often this is enough to save...

Dentistry: Bone Graft Failure?, graft failure, graft material
graft failure, graft material, bone graft: Susan - It is a little hard for me to tell you if your graft is failing or not. I don t always place a graft after an extraction for an implant. Some doctors only feel comfortable with a graft. The advantage of a graft does give more solutions to the...

Dentistry: Bone Grafting Implant over infection, root planing and scaling, gum pain
root planing and scaling, gum pain, amoxicilin: Dear Ruth: Considering the area in which you are experiencing the pain, and the level of pain you describe, along with the time elapsed since the surgery, and the apparent lack of concern of your periodontist, I would recommend you see an oral surgeon as...

Dentistry: Bone regeneration, bone regeneration, medical research centers
bone regeneration, medical research centers, gum disease: Dear Tony, This is not my area of expertise. At NYU there is a professor Dr. Stuart Super. Your question is something that he may be able to answer and possibly even treat. I suggest you look in the phone book find his number and call his office in NYC...

Dentistry: Bridge Problem, broken blood vessel, tooth bridge
broken blood vessel, tooth bridge, corn on the cob: Dear Karen, You certainly could have a fractured root on one of the bridge s abutment teeth-- in fact, that s what I was thinking even before you stated your suspicions. This raises the question of why your dentist did not consider this-- perhaps there...

Dentistry: Brown Tooth, loose, donating blood, concrete floor
donating blood, concrete floor, ligament: Hi Kelli, Thank you for donating blood! I m sorry that this mishap occurred though. You should see a dentist ASAP. When a tooth is hit, as in a fall, the blood vessels to the tooth can get crushed. This causes the nutrients to the tooth to be cut off,...

Dentistry: Buckling fillings, amalgam fillings, clinical decision
amalgam fillings, clinical decision, radiograph: Hi Candice, The amalgam fillings over time, do have a tendency to pull away from the teeth. This pulling away effect does allow new bacteria to enter into the tooth, and cause new decay. On a radiograph, you may not see that decay since it is being blocked...

Dentistry: baby root canal vs. extraction, nerve involvement, dental appointments
nerve involvement, dental appointments, space maintainers: I assume the trauma that you are referring to is the temporary and very short-lived upset that your child may or not experience during a few dental appointments. Most children, if properly managed, will get over that experience. If there is a reasonable...

Dentistry: bad teeth, local anesthetics, pain killers
local anesthetics, pain killers, bad teeth: It is good that you have decided to have this work done. You can have all the teeth taken out at once, or incrementally; talk it over with your dentist. Local anesthetics and methadone are no problem; pain killers after the surgery, however, would probably...

Dentistry: black teeth, permanent teeth, baby teeth
permanent teeth, baby teeth, first thought: The appearance of these teeth indicates a significant problem with the teeth. My first thought is that the teeth are decayed. If the infection has spread to the permanent teeth it is quite possible that they will be affected as well. Perhaps it would be...

Dentistry: boil on gum, fever blister, proper diagnosis
fever blister, proper diagnosis, dental treatment: I am not quite certain what you are referring to since the term boil is not particularly descriptive. Typically, the term refers to a pimple-like lesion on the gum near a tooth. This is often associated with an abcessed or deeply infected tooth and indicates...

Dentistry: bone graft question, removable denture, best wishes for the holidays
removable denture, best wishes for the holidays, bone graft: Dear Pam: Bone loss occurs over time and appears to be genetically/biologically driven. Having a removable denture for the first year or two after tooth loss is not terrible and should be OK. Many people are not quite ready to proceed with implants due...

Dentistry: bone grafts, graft material, bone grafts
graft material, bone grafts, bone graft: Dear Pamela: Risks include post-operative infection, untoward reaction (allergy) to the graft material, and rejection of the bone graft. I will say that bone grafting done today is extremely successful, with less than 2% of patients experiencing negative...

Dentistry: bone grafts, removable denture, dental profession
removable denture, dental profession, tooth socket: Dear Barbara: You have asked an interesting question that cannot be answered in a yes or no manner. However, I ll try and give you some information that can help you understand the subject better. Once a tooth is extracted, the body will resorb part of...

Dentistry: bone grafts, removable denture, bone graft
removable denture, bone graft, dental profession: Dear Kurt: As I answered before... (I copied the most recent grafting answer): You have asked an interesting question that cannot be answered in a yes or no manner. However, I ll try and give you some information that can help you understand the subject...

Dentistry: bone loss, bone graft, gum disease
bone graft, gum disease, periodontist: Dear Dave: It is my belief that only a periodontist would place a bone graft to save your tooth. This does not mean that an oral surgeon could not perform this procedure, but that this is the periodontist s specialty. I would first perform deep scaling...

Dentistry: bone loss/nerve pain, nerve inflammation, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
nerve inflammation, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water: Patrice - As you recognize, there are a couple of different potential reason for the pain. You should get hold of the dentist and have the area evaluated. The tooth could be suffering from a nerve inflammation or infection or you may be developing a periodontal...

Dentistry: bridge, span bridges, failure rate
span bridges, failure rate, dental questions: Dear Dave, The longer the span of the bridge, the less likely the bridge is to work without complications. Three unit bridges tend to work well, but 4 and 5 unit bridges, in my experience, have more problems. If you only have two abutments(teeth holding...

Dentistry: bridge, missing teeth, molar
missing teeth, molar, root canal: Hi Dave, Yes, lower molar bridges are usually effective. However, you do need to account for a few things.. 1. How many teeth are included in the bridge? The longer the bridge, the more chance there is something can go wrong. 2. How are the teeth...

Dentistry: bridge/implant, sinus surgery, oral bacteria
sinus surgery, oral bacteria, wisdom teeth: Nathan - It is a little difficult for me to say if it is important to replace #2. You say that #1 is present. In general, a bridge fabricated using the wisdom tooth as a part of a bridge is not recommended. The roots of upper wisdom teeth are usually not...

Dentistry: bridges vs. dentures, partial denture, gum problems
partial denture, gum problems, oral hygiene: Hi Don A partial denture or a bridge per se will not cause the adjacent teeth to fall out. Having a partial denture or a bridge will put extra load onto the adjacent teeth, and it also makes it harder to clean those teeth properly. As such you can end...

Dentistry: bridgtework - Wisdom tooth involved, wisdom tooth, second tooth
wisdom tooth, second tooth, novocain: Hi Joyce, I m sorry to hear all this is happening. The simple answer to your question is, yes. Anytime anything i done to teeth, there is always the chance of problems in the future. Getting a root canal on the tooth is really not the answer, because someone...

Dentistry: broken tooth, gary backlund, two front teeth
gary backlund, two front teeth, root canal treatment: Hi Faye, I m so sorry to hear about your son s accident. There are a number of factors to consider when a young tooth has been traumatized. First, you need to make sure that root development is complete and the root canal itself has gotten small enough...

Dentistry: broken tooth on a molar root canal, broken tooth, happy new year
broken tooth, happy new year, root canal: Hi Kelly, Happy New Year! As you know, prices vary by region. Here in NYC, the average crown price starts at $750 and goes up to $1500. So the price you were quoted is not incorrect. Depending on how much of the tooth was broken, will determine whether...

Dentistry: broken tooth after root canal, working visa, consultation fee
working visa, consultation fee, broken tooth: Your question is a good example of why I cannot give you specific information. I have no idea which tooth you are talking about, what condition it is in externally or internally, or whether its condition is likely to pose a problem for you in the long or short...

Dentistry: burned lip, spicy foods, trauma
spicy foods, trauma, teeth: This will heal by itself and that will take 7-10 days on the average. There s really nothing that will speed up that natural process so try to prevent additional trauma to the area. That s sometimes difficult when it s swollen. Also, avoid spicy foods since...

Dentistry: Charege for Dental "Temporary Bridge", dentist office, insurance year
dentist office, insurance year, temporary bridge: Dear Michelle: I cannot provide you with any kind of standardized financial policy for any dentist, as there are none. I can tell you that, if you were a patient in our practice, the charge for the temporary bridge would have likely been used to provide...

Dentistry: Chipped Tooth?, timely reply, pain signals
timely reply, pain signals, chipped tooth: Hi, Unfortunately, once a part of the tooth is broken, it can t be fixed by itself. All that will happen, is that the pain will intensify, and the problem can get worse. I don t know if this classifies as an emergency, but I would try to see a dentist...

Dentistry: Chronic Eye pain since getting Orthodontic braces, getting orthodontic braces, jaw muscles
getting orthodontic braces, jaw muscles, opthamologists: Karen - My main question for you is the location of your son s headaches. If those headaches seem to localize in the temple regions, the jaw muscles might be in spasm. That situation does occasionally occur during orthodontic treatment. If there is an...

Dentistry: Color, best guess, tooth color
best guess, tooth color, tooth brushing: Of course, without actually examining you it s impossible for me to make a diagnosis of this situation, but I can certainly give you a best guess. I believe the white line is decalcification. This occurred at a period in your life, probably as a youngster...

Dentistry: Composite Crown, stainless steel crowns, front teeth
stainless steel crowns, front teeth, baby teeth: The alternative is to place stainless steel crowns, but that is a rather unesthetic way to restore those front teeth. Some pedodontists will place a porcelain covered metal crown on front teeth but that often requires removing more tooth structure than a...

Dentistry: Crown came out, dear elaine, root canals
dear elaine, root canals, luck mark: Dear Elaine, Although it may be possible to re-cement the crown temporarily, that may not be the best strategy. First, it is unlikely that temporary cement would be able to reliably hold the crown if permanent cement was unable to; secondly, if the root...

Dentistry: Crown too big, upper tooth, root canal
upper tooth, root canal, floss: Hi Grace, 1. When a tooth is restored, it usually does get a little bigger. However, most people get used to it after a short period of time. It is something new in the mouth, and it does take some time to adjust to it. However, if after a month, it still...

Dentistry: Crown on a live tooth?, root canal, dalin
root canal, dalin, doing the right thing: hi lori do not worry. the rule is every tooth with a root canal has to have a crown...not visa versa. i would say 95% or more of all crowns i do never have had a root canal. do not worry...he/she is doing the right thing here. good luck jeff dalin, dd...

Dentistry: Crowns -ceramic, ceramic crowns, front teeth
ceramic crowns, front teeth, dental clinic: Hi Sarah These are all issues that should be corrected by the dentist who fitted the crowns. From the sound of it the crowns should probably be remade - this is the only way the shade could be altered. The crowns can be adjusted to a degree, but doing...

Dentistry: canker sore, canker sore, tooth pain
canker sore, tooth pain, brooklyn ny: Dear Amy, Although a canker sore can be quite sensitive to direct contact, it would not cause an adjacent tooth to also be sensitive to touch. I suspect that the tooth pain is unrelated to your canker sore. This would be further corroborated if the tooth...

Dentistry: if cavity is in the back of the last tooth, sensitivity caused by recession and erosion
sensitivity caused by recession and erosion: Dear lee, It is indeed likely that you have gum recession and some exposed dentin on the distal of your upper molar. The erosion on the buccal can go around the tooth and can be present on the distal as well as the mesial. This could be sensitive when...

Dentistry: cheek biting with temporary crown, wonderful christmas, happy holidays
wonderful christmas, happy holidays, adjustment period: Your temporary crown is misshaped. Since the temp has nothing to do with the final that comes from the lab, hopefully this will not be the case with the permanent crown. I think your dentist should adjust it properly for you, but if the crown is due in a few...

Dentistry: children's dentistry, 6 year molars, baby molars
6 year molars, baby molars, six year molars: We sometimes see very rapid progression of decay, even in children with good diet, oral hygiene and fluoride supplimentation. The unknown factor is bacteria and resistance. It could be that your child has a very cariogenic strain of bacteria and low resistance...

Dentistry: chipped filling, patient exam, thanks alot
patient exam, thanks alot, good shape: Hi Gertie, Unfortunately, without an xray, I can t say whether you need a crown or not. If both dentists said you do, then you most likely do. However, they should at least help out with some sort of restoration in the meantime. Please let me know...

Dentistry: chipped teeth, first molars, chipped teeth
first molars, chipped teeth, permanent teeth: Sealants are placed on the four permanent first molars to prevent cavities from developing in the deep grooves that are present on the biting surfaces of those teeth. If you wait until cavities develop then deeper fillings need to be placed instead. Prevention...

Dentistry: clean toothbrushes, listerine, clinical significance
listerine, clinical significance, toothbrush: I m not aware of any studies that show the effectiveness and clinical significance of any toothbrush sanitizing procedure, so common sense needs to guide us in deciding how to clean a toothbrush. Rinsing with any sanitizing solution is probably not going...

Dentistry: complications following wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, removal of wisdom teeth
wisdom tooth extraction, removal of wisdom teeth, warm salt water: Susan - Muscle spasms after the removal of wisdom teeth is not uncommon at all. In general, the spasms do respond to warm salt water rinses and warm moist compresses to the outside of the face. Warm salt water rinses alone can help, but the compresses help...

Dentistry: composite resorations, carious lesions, materials scientists
carious lesions, materials scientists, root surface: Hi Sumeet Composite is stronger than glass ionomer, so you really want as much composite as possible, but you need the gi to adhere to the root surface. I m sure the materials scientists will tell you precisely how thick the gi needs to be - but in reality...

Dentistry: "consultation", oral and maxillofacial surgeon, implant insertion
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, implant insertion, new dentist: Nathan - Splitting the procedures in doing a dental implant is a good choice of your dentist s. I assume your dentist will fabricate the crown that will be placed on the implant after it has healed after 4-6 months. Most quality general dentists realize...

Dentistry: cracked tooth, gary backlund, cracked tooth
gary backlund, cracked tooth, endodontist: Hi Ann, I m sorry to hear your husband may lose his tooth due to a crack. To answer your question, a cracked tooth should be fixed as soon as it is determine to TRULY be cracked. The only way to do that is with a crown, which splints the tooth together...

Dentistry: crest of tooth bone loss, loss of tooth enamel, front teeth
loss of tooth enamel, front teeth, dental terminology: Sorry - your initial question describes loss of bone at just the top/crest of one s lower front teeth . In dental terminology the crest means the bone that supports the teeth, and that is what I thought you meant. Do you actually mean loss of tooth...

Dentistry: crown, dalin, tiny hole
dalin, tiny hole, root canal: ray this is something you need to discuss with your dentist. it is strictly an esthetic decision. the crown is sealed by the metal so nothing will leak inside of it. the dentist has to make the bite perfect so occasionally we grind through the porcelain and...

Dentistry: crown came off along with part of the tooth, history of trauma, root canal
history of trauma, root canal, appleton: Hi Jeff Yes this is common - it is generally how a crown will ultimately fail, although 5 years is a bit short - average life would be around 15 years. The dentist may well be able to clean up the tooth and crown and recement it. Regards Tony Appleto...

Dentistry: crown on broken tooth?, sachem dental group, molar tooth
sachem dental group, molar tooth, canal life: Dear kelly, There are many different kinds of crowns, and some of them command a higher lab fee than others. Although I suppose it s possible that some of the new CAD-CAM crowns are quite expensive, an $800 lab fee would make crown service economically...

Dentistry: crown buildup after a crown?, gum line, tooth structure
gum line, tooth structure, ingress: If what you say is correct, you are absolutely correct. Unless the cervical areas are really very badly eroded (you would see this as a wedge-shaped deep ingress into the tooth structure) and thus weakened, or actually carious, there is no reason to restore...

Dentistry: Dental/gum/allergy confusion..., ear nose and throat specialist, swollen gum
ear nose and throat specialist, swollen gum, cat dander: Hi Ralph I think you should get this tooth looked at. It could be there is an infection developing under the tooth, although your other symptoms do complicate the diagnosis somewhat. Get it checked by a dentist, if only to eliminate infection. Regards...

Dentistry: Dentistry, phillips sonicare toothbrush, dropping like flies
phillips sonicare toothbrush, dropping like flies, germs: Two issues: 1) Do you currently sterilize your toothbrush after every use? Do you ever sterilize it? Are people dropping like flies due to their unsterilized toothbrushes? 2) Does this machine actually sterilize the toothbrush? Is is killing 100% of...

Dentistry: Dry Socket, clove oil, bone fragments
clove oil, bone fragments, dry socket: Myles - You are correct that excess clove oil is not good. This is so, because it expands the irritating quality of the clove oil and spreads throughout the mouth without a positive benefit. The best way is to take a small piece of gauze, dip it in...

Dentistry: delayed permanent teeth eruption, delayed tooth erruption
delayed tooth erruption: Dear Sue, Although this is not that common, I have seen it before. Some kids have very delayed eruption of their permanent dentition. There seems to be no correlation between tooth eruption (or lack there of ), and the regular growth patterns. Late tooth...

Dentistry: delayed permanent tooth eruption, primary teeth, permanent teeth
primary teeth, permanent teeth, loose teeth: Dear Sue, You are correct to be concerned. By 9 and a half your son should have loose anterior primary teeth . My suggestion is you find a pediatric dentist and ask him or her to evaluate the development of the permanent teeth by looking at your son s...

Dentistry: delayed teething?, eruption patterns, bottom teeth
eruption patterns, bottom teeth, 15 months: Dear Bre, Many parents have a similar experience. Nothing to be worried about here. Eruption patterns during the first two years of life are highly irregular. Some children who use a pacifier or have unusual ways of biting a nipple on a bottle slow up...

Dentistry: dental abcess/ severe facial swelling, gary backlund, emergency dentist
gary backlund, emergency dentist, pain killers: Hi June, I m sorry you re going through all this with the Holidays so near...bummer! No, what is happening is NOT normal. You didn t say if this tooth has had a root canal. If it has, about all you can do is antibiotics. You can also start hot water...

Dentistry: dental effects of morphine on premature baby, root canal therapy, effects of morphine
root canal therapy, effects of morphine, root canals: Denice - Morphine alone would not be a problem, but if the child had difficulty swallowing from the morphine, food debris in the mouth could produce decay. I am assuming the child s pulpotomies (child s root canal therapy)was use to quiet any infection in...

Dentistry: dental law, dental xrays, dalin
dental xrays, dalin, toothache: john there is nothing in the dental law regarding xrays. this is something the dentist and patient decide together. if a patient refuses to have xrays taken, often the dentist will have them sign something to relieve them of responsibility. we really do need...

Dentistry: my dental nightmare, headaches and neck pain, tmj disorders
headaches and neck pain, tmj disorders, orthodontic evaluation: Good questions. You certainly don t need a referral for an orthodontic evaluation. Many orthodontists will do an initial evaluation for no charge but you should be prepared to pay for an x-ray if necessary. Ask when you make the appointment. As for a TMJ...

Dentistry: dental socket packing, wisdom teeth, dry socket
wisdom teeth, dry socket, dental assistant: I don t know what is going on here. The only reason to pack your socket would be if you were in severe pain due to a dry socket (where the blood clot falls out). When that happens, if it is packed correctly, it would need to be removed; it would not fall...

Dentistry: Can dental work damage teeth in proximity?, dull ache, pain source
dull ache, pain source, unrelated problem: Dear Steve, Although even the most unlikely events cannot be unequivocally excluded as possibilities, it would be very unexpected for a dentist to inadvertently and unknowingly damage an adjacent tooth to the point where pulp injury was incurred. Granted,...

Dentistry: Root canal or not, gum recession, gum surgery
gum recession, gum surgery, menstral cycle: Hi Emma I think you should probably get the dentist to at least start root canal treatment on that tooth - he will make a hole in the back of the tooth and drain out any infection then place a temporary dressing. The problem is that if you leave infection...

Dentistry: Extraction and Bone Grafting, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, graft material
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, graft material, root planing and scaling: Ruth - If the tooth that was removed was indeed infected, placing a graft is one of the worst things that can be done to prevent healing. The graft material acts as a medium that bacteria likes to grow in. That is why placing a graft in an infected area...

Dentistry: Extraction of baby tooth, lateral incisor, incisor tooth
lateral incisor, incisor tooth, back tooth: Excellent question. While concern about shifting of primary molars is a concern with the early loss of a back tooth, we don t usually see the same problem occurring with incisors. In severely crowded situations there may be some shifting but that, too, is...

Dentistry: extraction, gumboil, clinical decision
gumboil, clinical decision, x rays: Dear Dawana: Given the very limited information that I have about your situation, all I can say is that either way is correct. Removal of the tooth, which is the source for the infection is the key factor. Sometimes the infection is better addressed first...

Dentistry: extractions and grafts, bone graft, extractions
bone graft, extractions, grafts: Hi Dave This would be bad planning!! The health of the adjacent tooth should have been ascertained before graft placement. If the tooth needs extracting then it needs extracting - indeed if it is infected not extracting it will compromise the graft. ...

Dentistry: eye pain with orthodontics, getting orthodontic braces, jaw muscles
getting orthodontic braces, jaw muscles, opthamologists: I agree with Dr. Teig that muscle spasm may be the culprit but I would not think that such symptoms would last 2 1/2 years. Yet, it is possible. Another possible link might be an allergic response to the nickel component of stainless steel in the braces....

Dentistry: Follow up Root Canal Question, root canals, gary backlund
root canals, gary backlund, scar tissue: Hi Chi, While those X-rays may be helpful, what you really need are the X-rays from the first dentist who did the root canals...the issue still is, are these teeth healing or not. Just because there is some darkness at the end of the roots does not mean...

Dentistry: Fosamax, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, oxygen treatment
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, oxygen treatment, favorable climate: Debi - I wish I could give you an opinion that will define when the extractions can be done without side effects. Unfortunately, no perfect time frame has been established. Some patients have waited for surgery for a few years after the stopping of Fosamax...

Dentistry: Fron tooth extraction, front teeth, dry socket
front teeth, dry socket, jaw bone: Hi Maya It is quite normal for there to be some pain, and for the socket to be oozing a little at this stage. Similarly where you have a denture made and fitted at the same time as the teeth are extracted you can expect the fit not to be perfect. the...

Dentistry: Apicoetomy and bioplant graft, bone graft, evidence based dentistry
Dentistry: Apicoetomy and bioplant graft, bone graft, evidence based dentistry, apicoectomy

Dentistry: molar extraction and sunken cheeks, second molars, nhs dentists
Dentistry: molar extraction and sunken cheeks, second molars, nhs dentists, facial structure

Dentistry: Pain and swelling 10 days after wisdom teeth extraction, gum abscess, face ache
Dentistry: Pain and swelling 10 days after wisdom teeth extraction, gum abscess, face ache, wisdom teeth

Dentistry: pain in upper four teeth due to jaw gland, x rays, problem thanks
Dentistry: pain in upper four teeth due to jaw gland, x rays, problem thanks, dentist

Dentistry: palate expander/face change, facial changes, mom
Dentistry: palate expander/face change, facial changes, mom

Dentistry: reaction to novocaine, thyroid replacement hormone, effects of epinephrine
Dentistry: reaction to novocaine, thyroid replacement hormone, effects of epinephrine, tricyclic antidepressant

Dentistry: Sensitive tooth, abfraction, fillings
Dentistry: Sensitive tooth, abfraction, fillings, crowns

Dentistry: severe jaw muscle pain after filling, subluxation, chiropractor
Dentistry: severe jaw muscle pain after filling, subluxation, chiropractor, tmj

Dentistry: Toddler - Extraction of baby teeth, fake teeth, false teeth
Dentistry: Toddler - Extraction of baby teeth, fake teeth, false teeth, front teeth

Dentistry: first cavity, dalin, molars
dalin, molars, cavities: do not worry, Ed. you can get your first cavity at any age. unless you are seeing a bunch of cavities, i would not worry. where is the cavity? if it is in between the teeth, then you need to floss. if it is down in a groove, maybe consider having sealants...

Dentistry: how to fix a front tooth that is grown sideways?, dear emma, natural appearance
dear emma, natural appearance, restorative treatment: Dear Emma, Although I cannot conclusively tell if it is possible from the photo alone, I think your best approach would be to consult with an orthodontist. The intent here would be to spread the teeth on either side of the tooth to create room, and to rotate...

Dentistry: fluid after root canal, anti biotics, front teeth
anti biotics, front teeth, canal 5: Hi Thomas, I m SO sorry to hear all this is going on during your vacation and so far away from help. First, my disclaimer...since I can t exam you or know exactly what is going on, it s hard for me to give you good advice. That said, here goes.... At...

Dentistry: Gray tooth, canine tooth, permanent tooth
canine tooth, permanent tooth, baby teeth: i wonder if the tooth turning color is merely due to the fact that it is getting closer to be lost. as the baby teeth get eroded away by the permanent tooth, they get thin and can appear darker in color. i cannot give you any definitive answers without seeing...

Dentistry: Gum recession, resin composite fillings, gum recession
resin composite fillings, gum recession, oral bacteria: Dennis - What I don t understand is the purpose of the Resin Composite Fillings to treat gum recession. The most important initial treatment is to correct the cause of the gum recession and do an approach that will prevent any additional recession. Without...

Dentistry: Gum recession treatment, gum recession treatment, gum disease
gum recession treatment, gum disease, healthy teeth: Dear Dennis: I am glad that you have contacted me prior to having anything done to your teeth. Only if you are missing tooth structure should any kind of restoration be attempted. Once you place a restorative material next to the gum, you might end up with...

Dentistry: graft/ tooth coming out, jaw bone, bone graft
jaw bone, bone graft, oral surgeon: D - If possible, removing the tooth that needs to be extracted, before the placement of the graft is best. That will allow the graft to be untouched as is possible during an extraction. Speak with the surgeon about the sequence. If you have more questions,...

Dentistry: gray tooth, light gray color, adult teeth
light gray color, adult teeth, permanent teeth: Dear Robert, nothing to be concerned about here. The primary root on the injured tooth is very small and following the injury there was some bleeding in the tooth that causes the gray color. This has nothing to do with your son s permanent teeth, it s crown...

Dentistry: growth on jawbone, ear nose and throat doctor, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
ear nose and throat doctor, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, ear nose and throat: Jo Ann - I cannot be sure, but there is a salivary gland (parotid gland) located in front of the ear. If you have a blockage of the duct that brings saliva from the gland to your mouth, you can quickly develop what appears to be a growth. A doctor who knows...

Dentistry: gum abscess, gum abscess, motrin
gum abscess, motrin, lesion: Dear Mandy, difficult to say what it is at this distance. Your description makes it sound like an eruption cyst, a totally benign lesion that quickly disappears when the teeth erupt. Children get many such growths in their mouths during early years, There...

Dentistry: gum health, gum pocket, bone graft
gum pocket, bone graft, depth measurements: Dear Pam: It s never too late for root scaling. Almost always, root scaling is our initial therapy for our patients with gum disease, regardless of pocket depth measurements. Almost always, we get at least some improvement and healing over time. Even though...

Dentistry: gum pocket size, gum pocket, physical topography
gum pocket, physical topography, flap surgery: Dear D, The benefits of root planing are quite inconsistent, because they depend in large part on the physiology of the patient, which varies greatly from person to person. In some cases, modest pocket depth reduction does occur as a result of a re-attachment...

Dentistry: gum problems, gum pocket, bone graft
gum pocket, bone graft, gum problems: Hi, Good question. Root planing is used to remove the bacteria from inside the pocket. This is an essential first step, and bone graft or not, this needs to be done first. Unfortunately, once bone is lost, it will not grow back on its own. The only...

Dentistry: gums, scaling and root planing, local anesthetic
scaling and root planing, local anesthetic, gums: Dear D: A size 7 pocket can often be reduced to a size 3-5 pocket with deep scaling and root planing, usually using local anesthetic, then irrigation with antibacterial solution, and the possible placement of additional medication into the pocket. Occasionally...

Dentistry: Heavy Tetracyclin stain damage, tetracycline stained teeth, captek crowns
tetracycline stained teeth, captek crowns, lumineers: Hi Rajesh i would suggest that before opting for either of these solutions you investigate bleaching. Bleaching of tetracycline stained teeth is difficult but when done properly and fairly intensively can get superb results. You need to find a dentist...

Dentistry: Help!!! PAINFUL tooth, root canal therapy, luck mark
root canal therapy, luck mark, scrpt: Dear Dawn, It is indeed possible for a tooth that has recently received root canal therapy and a crown to hurt, as you have personally experienced. What I cannot determine in the absence of diagnostic information is the reason. Pain is a non-specific...

Dentistry: Hypoplastic Permanent teeth, porcelain laminates, hypoplastic teeth
porcelain laminates, hypoplastic teeth, brown coloration: Bonding is a general term for restoring teeth with a tooth colored composite material.We BOND this material to the tooth surface using a number of steps and then it gets polished to a beautiful lustre.Downside is that it could break with abuse and stain as...

Dentistry: hole in gum area, two front teeth, muscle attachment
two front teeth, muscle attachment, frenum: rosanne that is a muscle attachment that connects your upper lip to your gum area. it is called a frenum. they do tear now and then...usually not during a cleaning...usually due to some sort of trauma. they usually take a while to heal because they are constantly...

Dentistry: Implant crown, curve area, gum infections
curve area, gum infections, gum tissue: Montse - Unfortunately, it sounds like you will just have to get use to it. What you are feeling is where the crown hits the implant. Usually that is below the gum and you would not then be able to feel it, but in your case you could definitely feel it....

Dentistry: Infant Underbite, pediatric dentist, overbite
pediatric dentist, overbite, bottom lip: I would suggest that you have your son seen by a pediatric dentist at age 2. Until that time there is a lot of growth and development that can dramatically change the situation. Treatment before age 2 is recommended for severe decay so excellent brushing...

Dentistry: impacted wisdom teeth, swollen gum, wisdom teeth
swollen gum, wisdom teeth, dental department: Dear Lydia: The only advise that I can give you without sounding harsh is ... STOP PUTTING IT OFF!!! You MUST see a dentist as soon as you can, that means tomorrow. You already have an infection in your head (mouth), and the longer you wait, the more serious...

Dentistry: implants, poor oral hygiene, bone grafts
poor oral hygiene, bone grafts, natural bone: Hi Patty Most failure will occur soon after the implant is placed, and the success of the graft is obviously integral to the success of the implant. Late failure occurs but would not necessarily be related directly to a graft, but rather other factors...

Dentistry: implants, central incisors, alveolar ridge
central incisors, alveolar ridge, pontics: Dr. Sumit - Actually it is quite simple to use a simple pontic between the remaining teeth to give the patient a positive cosmetic result and at the same time maintain the space for the final restorations. The pontic should not be via a removable appliance...

Dentistry: implants in a day, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, corrective surgeries
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, corrective surgeries, gum tissue: Bean - I am a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. As such, I can tell you that I have seen many patients treated by periodontists for implants and I have been approached at this website for implant insertions. In general, I find that the periodontists...

Dentistry: No insurabce - many extractions, removable partial denture, dental residency program
removable partial denture, dental residency program, partial dentures: Dear Steve: Although you are not posing a definitive question, I do understand and sympathize with you. It is very difficult, mentally, to loose ones teeth. However, it is only teeth, and you can lead a very productive, full, life with dental replacement...

Dentistry: internal root resorption, scaling and root planing, root resorption
scaling and root planing, root resorption, endodontist: Hi, Once the root canal is completed, and all the bacteria are out of the tooth, then the resorption should be halted. It definitely should not get any worse. However, depending on how much damage the resorption caused, will most likely be the reason...

Dentistry: intubation, rare occurrence, brooklyn ny
rare occurrence, brooklyn ny, endotracheal tube: Dear Alan, I would like to believe that most anesthesiologists are respectful of their patients teeth, and that cracked caps and teeth are a rare occurrence. It is customary to check the mouth for any temporary crowns or removable denture prostheses in...

Dentistry: Jaw, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, internal derangement
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, internal derangement, temporomandibular joints: Christine - Of course, without examining you I cannot be totally sure, but it sounds like you have developed and internal derangement of your temporomandibular joints. The joints, just in case you have not been advised up till now, lie in front of the ears...

Dentistry: Jaw Injury / Okay to wait and see?, earaches, oral surgeon
earaches, oral surgeon, going to the doctor: SMD - Trauma to the area you describe, can produce bleeding into the jaw joint. If that is what happens, the jaw will be thrown off kilter and will not align properly until the extra fluid in the joint goes away. If you notice a continued difficulty in opening...

Dentistry: Jaw infection, earache, headache, rash, dental bone, neckache
dental bone, neckache, penecillin: Lokeanwolf - It does not sound like a true dental bone infection is producing a continuation of the problem. Where there is a torus removed and the dentist has not be extra gentle in the soft tissue incisions made, the flap can break down over the bone where...

Dentistry: Jaw Popping and Locking, muscle relaxers, oral surgeon
muscle relaxers, oral surgeon, oatmeal: Rachel - Any kind of surgery can be difficult if the doctor performing the surgery is not skilled. You need to find a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon who does TMJ surgery, if that is the recommended treatment. Don t think that only surgery...

Dentistry: jaw infection, nina nina, warm salt water
nina nina, warm salt water, health symptoms: Nina - Antibiotics can help, but cleaning out trapped infection is often the only cure. You actually can do a lot to help resolve the problem. If you have not been told to rinse your mouth with salt water frequently, begin immediately. You need to rinse...

Dentistry: jaw misalignment with pain, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw misalignment
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw misalignment, internal derangement: Tandy - Of course it is a little difficult for me to be 100% sure without examining you, but is sounds like you might have an internal derangement of the temporomandibular joint. This joint exists on both sides of your face in front of your ears. The joint...

Dentistry: My jaw popping, tmj, dentist
tmj, dentist, good luck: Maria, I have had TMJ, and I try to relate my story so it can help people, but I never had any jaw popping. You should go to a dentist for his opinion. I can recommend someone in NY if you are in the NY area, otherwise you should look for a dentist...

Dentistry: Knocked mouth and teeth, two front teeth, soft diet
two front teeth, soft diet, dear anne: Dear Anne: Ouch! What you are experiencing is likely the teeth healing in your gums. Like a knock on your noggin will give you a headache, a smack in your teeth will give you a mild toothache. Soft diet. Nothing to chew for a week. If swelling or pain...

Dentistry: Knocked tooth, soccer game, front tooth
soccer game, front tooth, root canal: Hi Christina, That s why dentist always recommend wearing a sports guard! ;) I m not as concerned as the placement of the tooth, as I am the vitality. Often, when teeth get knocked around, the blood vessels to the tooth get crushed. This then causes...

Dentistry: Loose Molar, wisdom tooth, nightguard
wisdom tooth, nightguard, luxation: RJ - It is a little tough, as you realize, that I can tell you what is going on, but if you are a grinder, that can cause the looseness. Grinding can cause damage and it is why dentists fabricate a simple appliance, nightguard, that protects the teeth during...

Dentistry: Loose tooth..., front tooth, loose tooth
front tooth, loose tooth, permenant: Dear Nisha, Accidents happen, it is part of growing up and perhaps your dad should rethink his position. A dentist should see your brother, and carefully examine the tooth. It would be a disaster for your brother if he were to lose his front tooth, especially...

Dentistry: Loss of gum tissue around bridge support, gary backlund, flesh eating bacteria
gary backlund, flesh eating bacteria, upper incisor: Hi Ken, I m sorry to hear all this is happening. Yes, I think you need another opinion. It seems to me you need a good diagnosis of your problem and what can be done to treat it. Your situation may involve several specialist as it sounds, from what you...

Dentistry: Lower jaw, oral surg, shadow area
oral surg, shadow area, defintly: Hi Amanda, Happy New Year! I am sorry to hear that you have been dealing with this. Although your doctor saw something abnormal on the panoramic xray, this doesn t tell the full story. To be certain what it is would require further xrays, and a biopsy...

Dentistry: Lump on jaw, bad tooth, tooth problem
bad tooth, tooth problem, abscessed tooth: Mort - The recently developed lump on your jaw could, of course, be from a bad tooth. My suggestion is to not only get a potential tooth problem evaluated, but also have the doctor who fixed your broken jaw evaluate that. I am not saying that your jaw is...

Dentistry: lump in gum, oral surgeon, periodontist
oral surgeon, periodontist, root canal: Dear Heather: This sounds like some type of infection. It could be from the trauma of the preparation for the cap, or the trauma of the preparation of the tooth for a filling, or the nerve in one or both of these teeth might have been becoming infected even...

Dentistry: lump on my gum, gary backlund, dry socket
gary backlund, dry socket, question thanks: Hi again Bruce, If you have white stuff coming out, that could be pus. If that s the case, you may have an infection. I think I would call my dentist and get in for a check...it doesn t sound too much like just a blood cot with that extra info. Gary...

Dentistry: Maximum time after extraction for implants?, molar extraction, root canals
molar extraction, root canals, dry socket: Dear Zach: I will answer in reverse order. You are right, the best thing to do is to quite smoking. However, 48hrs should be sufficient, but the longer, the better. Not everyone who smokes, get a dry socket, even though smoking is a contributor. An excellent...

Dentistry: Molar Tooth queries, gary backlund, thermal sensations
gary backlund, thermal sensations, root canal surgery: Hi Myko, Sorry to hear all this is going on. You have a couple of issues here. First, any hot & cold will be coming from another tooth. Once a root canal is done, there is no mechanism for the tooth to transmit thermal sensations through the tooth...it...

Dentistry: Mucocele excision, scar tissue formation, conscious sedation
scar tissue formation, conscious sedation, facial plastics: Dear Wendi, When used to treat mucous retention cysts (i.e., mucoceles ), marsupialization is primarily reserved for cysts of the sublingual salivary glands-- seldom if ever is it used for cysts in the lower lip. Therefore, second guessing the surgical...

Dentistry: midline deviation, anchor placement, wearing braces
anchor placement, wearing braces, premolars: It s nearly impossible for me to imagine the exact tooth to tooth relationships that are involved with your bite to know what could or could not have been done previously. In your situation with a previously missing upper right molar I would anticipate that...

Dentistry: molar extraction and sunken cheeks, molar teeth, molar extraction
molar teeth, molar extraction, college tutors: Steven - Without actually examining you, it is a little difficult for me to fully answer your questions. I am not quite sure which teeth were removed on the upper or lower. In general, the teeth that act as a foundation for our jaws and are critical to maintain...

Dentistry: multiple tooth extraction in a 2-year-old, permanent teeth, upper teeth
permanent teeth, upper teeth, fluoride toothpaste: Dear Nancy, you are getting some very good advice. When any one of the four teeth become infected have all four removed at the same time. The early loss of these teeth has no consequence other than appearance. When the teeth are lost early the permanent...

Dentistry: Nerve Damage, wisdom teeth extraction, removal of wisdom teeth
wisdom teeth extraction, removal of wisdom teeth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon: Dawn - It does not sound like your only problem is nerve damage. The knots you describe are most likely due to spasms of the jaw muscles. This is quite common after the removal of wisdom teeth. It is not often that it lasts as long as yours has, but you...

Dentistry: New upper dentures, denture base, denture wearers
denture base, denture wearers, complete denture: Dear Ben, Almost every person who first starts wearing complete upper dentures experiences some subjective change in comfort. This is natural, because the denture covers a substantial area of sensitive tissue that is accustomed to stimulation from direct...

Dentistry: Numbness After Wisdom Teeth Extraction, wisdom teeth extraction, warm salt water
wisdom teeth extraction, warm salt water, nerve damage: Matt - First of all, it does not sound like you have direct trauma to the nerve causing the numbness sensations. Since you have tingling and itchy feelings, the swelling you are going through is most likely the cause. I don t know what type of post-operative...

Dentistry: need for pediatric crowns justified?, dental xrays, molars
dental xrays, molars, cavities: The cavities you ve described can only be approached by drilling down from the top. 100 years of research and experience indicate that this is the most conservative and most effective way to restore decay between the teeth and that any other approach is just...

Dentistry: nesbit partials, nesbit partial
nesbit partial: Dear P, It is true that valplast nesbit partials can cause some gum problems over time. The original type of nesbit is a unilateral partial with chromium cobalt framework and clasps. Acrylic is added to the framework to make the partial. It also uses...

Dentistry: nesbit partials, abutment teeth, alignment problems
abutment teeth, alignment problems, maryland bridge: Dear Patty: Yes, it is true that a Nesbit partial can affect the abutment teeth. It also depends on the type of Nesbit used. The traditional cast metal prosthesis is better. It is fabricated to a more precise impression and design. The problem is that...

Dentistry: novacaine problem, visible landmarks, happy new year
visible landmarks, happy new year, anesthetic: Hi Steve, Happy New Year! There can be a myriad of reasons why it didn t work; 1. The anesthetic wasn t administered in the right spot. The area where the anesthetic has to be placed is a small area, with no visible landmarks to accurately gauge and...

Dentistry: novocaine, anesthetic drugs, anesthetic agent
anesthetic drugs, anesthetic agent, local anesthetic: Dear kelsey donnell, An accurate answer to your question requires consideration of the specific local anesthetic agent under consideration. The term Novocaine is used in the vernacular in a non-specific way to refer to any of the numerous local anesthetic...

Dentistry: Old Root Canal, gary backlund, popcorn kernel
gary backlund, popcorn kernel, gum problems: Hi Melissa, I m sorry you are still having pain. You are very smart to want to resolve this before you get new veneers over it. The problem is, I can t really help diagnosis your pain. I m not at all sure it s the crowns. I would suggest that you ask for...

Dentistry: Old root canal hurts up through face, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, upper tooth: Hi Kristine, I m sorry this is going on...especially with the holidays upon us. Since I can t exam you, I can t tell you for sure, but from what you are describing, it sounds like you are having a failed root canal. You are right, there are no nerves in...

Dentistry: Options for fractured molar, periodontal problems, healthy teeth
periodontal problems, healthy teeth, financial rewards: Kim - You ve pretty much covered the options. As crazy as this sounds the fabrication of bridge utilizing the teeth on either side of the missing tooth is a conservative approach. A dental implant is common today, but many doctors who are not skilled surgeons...

Dentistry: Orthodontics and recession, gum recession, getting braces
gum recession, getting braces, gum tissue: It is certainly possible for the occlusion or bite relationship to result in gingival recession. It is also possible that the very position of the teeth can result in gingival recession. Combining orthodontic treatment to correct the occlusion and properly...

Dentistry: oral antral fistula closure, antral, inflamed tissue
antral, inflamed tissue, tiny hole: Andrew - The problem is the potential that the fistula was always open and saliva from the mouth had access to the sinus. If this is the situation, you probably have a sinus irritation and the sinus may need to be cleaned to allow a good healing. Of course,...

Dentistry: oral thrush, oral thrush, antibiotics for strep throat
oral thrush, antibiotics for strep throat, brush teeth: Edward - Yes he can take a culture. The culture just involves taking a swab and running it along your cheeks or tongue. Sensodyne is a good approach to reduce sensitivity of the teeth to cold. It takes about a week to reach its reduction, so it is important...

Dentistry: Pain in gum, nerve pulling and burning sensation, gum specialist, nerve degeneration
gum specialist, nerve degeneration, nerve problem: Nanci - There are two causes that are most likely. Of course, without actually examining your mother I cannot be sure, but it could me a nerve degeneration problem or she could have an bacterial, viral or fungal problem. I know she has been on medication,...

Dentistry: Pain in new tooth after apicoectomy, gum graft, upper molar
gum graft, upper molar, sinus infection: Hi Willie, Without an xray, this would be a tough one to answer. If your dentist saw no cracks, or pathology in the tooth or on the xray, then the tooth most likely is OK. However, if the gum around the tooth has receded somewhat, this may be the cause...

Dentistry: Pain several weeks after extraction, temple region, jaw bone
temple region, jaw bone, severe pain: Christina - It is a little hard for me to be exact without examining you, but let me ask a couple of questions. The pain you now have does it only occur at the extraction sites or does the pain also occur in your temple region? Have you had earaches when...

Dentistry: Pain and swelling 10 days after wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom teeth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
wisdom teeth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, weeks answer: Sarah - Unfortunately, this time of year is very tough to get an appointment. I really cannot tell you if there is or is not nerve damage without an exam. The symptoms of nerve damage are often mimicked with infection. My suggestion, until you get...

Dentistry: Pain in upper gum, upper gum, zev
upper gum, zev, dental problems: Dear Helen: Please go see your dentist as soon as possible. There is no way for me, or anyone else to diagnose your situation without a proper physical examination. Dental problems do not just go away without intervention. Do not neglect your mouth....

Dentistry: Panaramic X-ray Radiation Exposure, lead apron, abundance of caution
lead apron, abundance of caution, ray radiation: Cindy, There is no question that a lead apron would have been better than no apron. The amount of radiation with the new panorex machines is very very little. It amounts to almost 100 times less than one of the old single film xrays. There really should...

Dentistry: Partial Blood Clot, Extraction socket lost blood clot
Extraction socket lost blood clot: Dear Ann, Obviously I cannot tell for sure what is going on without and actual examination, but I will try to give you some general information that you may find helpful. Clots eventually do come out of the socket and if you have no continuous bleeding,...

Dentistry: Perio Protect, gum recession, periodontal disease treatment
gum recession, periodontal disease treatment, proper diagnosis: Dear Lynn: As the case is in many of the questions that I receive, you have described clinical findings to me, not a diagnosis. There are several reasons as to why you have 5-6mm probing depths and recession. The deciding factor in treatment of any condition...

Dentistry: Periodentitis, gum problems, wisdom teeth
gum problems, wisdom teeth, gum disease: jane if you take out your teeth, your would no longer have gum problems...the problem you are having is the gums and bone surrounding the teeth. but you are 31 years old. you really do not want to start with dentures this young. over the years, the bone can...

Dentistry: Perminent teeth, permanent teeth, primary teeth
permanent teeth, primary teeth, six years: The permanent teeth don t begin to develop until 18 months and it takes another six years for them to develop to the point where they begin to emerge into the mouth. If a child were to be born with only permanent teeth, they would not begin to appear until...

Dentistry: PMC available in US?, metal crowns, pediatric dentistry
metal crowns, pediatric dentistry, tooth surface: JT, they are quite common and used quite often. There are also some made for anterior teeth with acrylic facings that are fairly acceptable. They require very little reduction of tooth surface and can be fitted quite well in just a few minutes. All the...

Dentistry: Problems with a dental crown, periodonist, metal allergy
periodonist, metal allergy, porcelain crown: Carol - With what you have been through, you really need to get evaluated by a different dentist. Going to a prosthodontist is not a bad idea. Get the information from your present dentist of the type of materials used to fabricate the crowns. Also ask...

Dentistry: Problems after Root Canal, gary backlund, upper molar
gary backlund, upper molar, root canal: Hi Steve, Sorry...I hit the wrong button..... I m sorry you re having this problem. Unfortunately, without being able to exam you, there is really no way I can help with what is wrong.....there are many reasons you could continue to have pain. If you...

Dentistry: Pulpotomy, Cracked tooth under a crown.
Cracked tooth under a crown.: Dear Carolyn, I am sorry you are having this problem and I wish I was able to examine you first hand but I will try and help you as best I can. It is not always possible to offer good dental advice without an actual physical examination. I can give you...

Dentistry: Pulpotomy, crowns, anesthesia in a 3 year old, stainless steel crowns, bottom teeth
stainless steel crowns, bottom teeth, permanent teeth: Everything the dentist told you makes a lot of sense. An early fever can definitely interfere with the teeth that are developing at that time and that is exactly what you ve described. The course of treatment that was recommended is quite usual for this...

Dentistry: Pulpotomy healing, dull ache, molars
dull ache, molars, siad: Hi Sarah, Are you getting a root canal performed on this tooth soon? The pulpotomy should make the tooth feel a little bit better. However, until the entire root canal is finished, you may have some tenderness and discomfort on that side. Also, did...

Dentistry: pain at apicoectomy site, upper molar, root canal treatment
upper molar, root canal treatment, warm salt water: Mary Jo - What you describe with the stuffy nose and blood in your nostril would most likely mean that there was a communication with the infection at the end of the root of the extracted tooth and your sinus. This is not really unusual, but it can be a...

Dentistry: pain after fillings, white fillings, brushing teeth
white fillings, brushing teeth, metal tool: Dear Julie, There is very little that can be reliably inferred from qualitative assessment of subjective symptoms-- dental pain and sensitivity are quite non-specific in their implications, and completely different problems may feel similarly, or identical...

Dentistry: pain in the teeth, ear and mouth, endodonist, root canals
endodonist, root canals, oral surgeon: Sharon - This is a tough question and the solution may be a little difficult for me to suggest. If the original root canal was performed on a tooth that was allegedly infected and it did not respond to an antibiotic after the root canal (that is assuming...

Dentistry: pain in tooth, gary backlund, cause nerve
gary backlund, cause nerve, nerve pain: Hi Denise, Sounds like things aren t going well. Your are right on....sounds like your pain could be either a tooth dying or the pressure from the partial. The problem is knowing which. If you didn t feel cold in the tooth when it was tested, it could be...

Dentistry: pain in upper four teeth due to jaw gland, wisdom teeth, dintist
wisdom teeth, dintist, septoplasty: Sanjay, I am not a dentist so my answer will be very limited. I do not know anything about the jaw gland. I only can help people that have TMJ, by relating my own experience with it. Again, I am NOT a dentist. Sometimes the pain from TMJ which is caused...

Dentistry: pain after wisdom teeth extraced, warm salt water, wisdom teeth
warm salt water, wisdom teeth, home remedy: Lori - There is not a simple home remedy to relieve the painful symptoms. The most important thing you should now do is to begin a regimen of warm salt water rinses for about 5 minutes 4-5 times a day. In addition, as long as you have no problem with aspirin...

Dentistry: palate expander/face change, palate expander, anatomical components
palate expander, anatomical components, facial bones: Marleen - Appearance changes occur due to the attachments of many anatomical structures to the bone being expanded. Those anatomical components are muscles, cartilage and the periosteum that directly covers the bone. There are other components like skin,...

Dentistry: plastic retainers, plastic retainers, molar tooth
plastic retainers, molar tooth, polishing wheels: It is certainly possible and necessary to have that retainer modified by your dentist just prior to the extractions. I don t suggest this is something you should do at home. When I make this sort of adjustment I use a very small, very sharp curved scissor...

Dentistry: porcelain veneer fell off, porcelain veneer, oral hygiene
porcelain veneer, oral hygiene, front teeth: Dear Karen: The most important thing to do is to follow excellent oral hygiene! Make sure to brush and floss your teeth as well as you can. Yes, even over the prepared (cut down) tooth. You want to make sure that you do not accumulate plaque on the tooth...

Dentistry: post mucocele surgery issues, scar tissue formation, conscious sedation
scar tissue formation, conscious sedation, facial plastics: Wendi - Of course, without actually examining your situation, it is a little tough for me to tell you what to do, but I do have some suggestions that may help. First of all, I hope the surgeon was knowledgeable enough about the excision of the mucocele to...

Dentistry: pulpotomy, gary backlund, oil of clove
gary backlund, oil of clove, root canals: Hi Sarah, Actually, I m a little mystified by the treatment you re getting. I really don t know what your dentist is trying to do. Typically, in adult teeth, when there is an exposure of the nerve any bigger than microscopic, it is an indication for a root...

Dentistry: purplish gums, dental checkups, gum tissue
dental checkups, gum tissue, pediatric dentist: The usual age to begin regular dental checkups is 2-3. In this case, however, you should arrange for an examination with a pediatric dentist in the next few weeks. The color of the gum tissue is a bit unusual and should be evaluated to make sure there s...

Dentistry: Question About Dental Implants, oral surgery residency, dental implants
oral surgery residency, dental implants, ramsey county: Sheila - I wish I could give you a simple answer to your dilemma. There really are no charity organizations, that I know of, in the U.S. that pay to have dental implants inserted. Sure there may be some companies that manufacture the implants that pay to...

Dentistry: questin about my bite!, desirable type, bottom teeth
desirable type, bottom teeth, underbite: Dear daniel, Yes-- the bite pattern you describe is formally referred to as an Angle Class I Occlusion , and it is considered the statistically normal and desirable type of bite. Hope this helps... Mark Bornfeld DDS www.dentaltwins.com Brooklyn,...

Dentistry: question, replacement tooth, molar
replacement tooth, molar, splint: Dear Donald; In my estimation, second to appearance, the most important reason to replace a missing tooth is for that very reason. The bridge acts like a splint or retainer, holding the two attached teeth in place, while replacing your missing tooth At...

Dentistry: question, Nesbit partial vs maryland bridge
Nesbit partial vs maryland bridge: Dear Donald, A Nesbit is not the same as a maryland bridge. Nesbits are removable bridges-you take them out at night. Maryland bridges are a type of acid etch bonded bridge. The teeth are lightly prepared on the lingual, and intraproximal area and the...

Dentistry: question, molar teeth, partial dentures
molar teeth, partial dentures, bone graft: Dear Dan: You first asked a question about partial dentures, which I answered. If you are now referring to complete dentures, then the answer is yes. Complete dentures (those which are made to replace all your teeth, which are now missing) remain in more...

Dentistry: Red Growth On Gums, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, strawberry mark
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, strawberry mark, front teeth: Sandra- It is a little difficult for me to give an exact definition of what is going on without examining your granddaughter, but a red hanging growth is most likely an inflammatory reaction or a minor tumor. Either way, your daughter needs to be examined...

Dentistry: Retained baby tooth, two front teeth, routine appointment
two front teeth, routine appointment, emergency appointment: It s certainly not an emergency. You might want to schedule a routine appointment for the extraction. If the tooth happens to come out before the scheduled appointment then you can just cancel the appointment. If not, then the tooth can be removed by the...

Dentistry: Rhinoplasty, Genioplasty and SARPE, genioplasty, oral surgeon
genioplasty, oral surgeon, lefort: Joe - First of all, a SARPE and a genioplasty can definitely be done at the same time without affecting either surgical procedure. The rhinoplasty should wait a while due to the fact that the SARPE affect the base of the nose and can produce difficulty for...

Dentistry: Who's Right, Who's Wrong?, new dentist, visit to the dentist
new dentist, visit to the dentist, temporary filling: Hi Jeff, It s hard to say who is right and who is wrong. Looking at an xay now won t show anything. If there was a cavity there, and your previous dentist removed it, then you won t be able to see it on the xray. So I am not sure what your dentist was...

Dentistry: ROOT CANAL, gary backlund, cold sensitivity
gary backlund, cold sensitivity, canal 5: Hi Marie, I m sorry to hear all this is going on. On top of that, I have some bad news for you. The problem with your cold sensitivity is NOT related to the root canal you had done.....it s coming from another tooth. When a root canal is done, the nerve...

Dentistry: Root Canal on #15, dental insurance plan, wisdom teeth
dental insurance plan, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth: Hi Leeshie, WOW....you have a lot going on here. I can certainly understand your concerns. Some of your questions have a lot of gray areas, but let me see if I can help.... 1. Fractures and cracks, unless they are HUGE, just can t be seen routinely....

Dentistry: Root Canal, gary backlund, sinus infections
gary backlund, sinus infections, eye tooth: Hi Nancy, I m sorry to hear you re having problems. Your sinus actually is a bit farther back than the eye tooth, so it s highly unlikely there is a connection with your pain. I would suggest that you see your dentist to evaluate your pain. Hope this...

Dentistry: Root Canal, root canals, gary backlund
root canals, gary backlund, scar tissue: Hi Chi, In situations like this, we try to get some old X-rays of these teeth right around the time the root canals were done. You can request them from the dentist that did the root canals. That will show what the bone was like after your treatment. If...

Dentistry: Root Canal - Possible Nerve Damage, gary backlund, nerve damage
gary backlund, nerve damage, 3rd root: Hi Lisa, I m sorry to hear you re going through all this. Unfortunately, we do this this from time to time and it makes it rough on the dentist as well as the patient. Usually, what causes this problem is that the needle does some temporary nerve and/or...

Dentistry: Root Canal Post Fell Out, wisdom tooth, favorable outlook
wisdom tooth, favorable outlook, luck mark: Dear Maria, Although it is theoretically possible to do what you propose, it is seldom practical to move teeth that far in the adult. At best, attempts to move the molars would most likely result in teeth that are tipped forward, which compromises their...

Dentistry: Root Canal while pregnant, happy new year, root canal
happy new year, root canal, heart rate: Hi Heather, Happy New Year! If you need the root canal done, get it now before the infection gets worse and could spread to the baby. Your doctor can use an anesthetic without epinephrine, as this won t affect the baby s heart rate. In addition,...

Dentistry: Root Canal Sensitivity, gary backlund, cold liquids
gary backlund, cold liquids, root canals: Hi Sam, I m sorry to hear all this is going on. On top of that, I have some bad news for you. The problem with your cold sensitivity is NOT related to the root canal you had done.....it s coming from another tooth. When a root canal is done, the nerve is...

Dentistry: Root Canal on Tooth # 8, root canal treatment, root canals
root canal treatment, root canals, front teeth: Jan - If done properly, the root canal treatment should have eliminated any bacteria that could produce problems in the future. Even though the dentist probably did not completely flush the canals or make sure there was no bleeding before he filled the canals,...

Dentistry: Root canal, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, university of southern california: The real issue of a microscope is seeing things that aren t visible to the naked eye....obviously. Tooth # 19 usually has 3 or 4 canals. If the canals are large, it is easy to find them without a microscope. If they are very small & calcified, then a microscope...

Dentistry: Root canal complication..., tender gums, upper tooth
tender gums, upper tooth, root canal: Bilal - Of course, without directly examining you I cannot be totally sure, but it sounds like the dentist actually pushed bacteria from the infected nerve in the tooth to the bone at the end of the root of the tooth. This can happen if an over aggressive...

Dentistry: Root canal for cosmetic crowns, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, toothless smile: Hi Kris, I can understand your confusion. Unfortunately, since I can t exam you, there is no way for me to help with whether the crowns can be done without the root canals. I can tell you that a well done root canal should last a lifetime....there is no...

Dentistry: Root canal or extraction?, apicoectomy, sad history
apicoectomy, sad history, new crown: Hi Gail, Root canals, if done properly have an awfully high success rate. As long as no cracks or fractures are noted, I would opt for the root canal. If this was my tooth, I d want to try and save it for as long as possible. You can always have it...

Dentistry: Root canal failure or nerve damage, gary backlund, jaw misalignment
gary backlund, jaw misalignment, nerve damage: Hi Art, WOW...sounds like things are not going well at all! I agree, you can t go on like this. Pain is an indicator of problems and you re not getting answers. I really can t help with a diagnosis since I can t examine you, but I would suggest that you...

Dentistry: Root canal too long..., tender gums, upper tooth
tender gums, upper tooth, root canal: Hi Bilial, I am sorry to hear about this problem. It s hard to say exactly what is going on. Some people do take longer to heal, and that may be what is occurring with you. Also, it can take up to a few months for the tooth to be 100% healed. However,...

Dentistry: Root canal problem..., tender gums, upper tooth
tender gums, upper tooth, root canal: Bilal, I am NOT a dentist so I cannot answer any of your questions pertaining to your root canal. I do have TMJ, and in this subject, I can help.. The only thing that I can say reguarding TMJ and root canals, is that sometimes the pain from TMJ (caused...

Dentistry: Root canals, root canal specialist, molar teeth
root canal specialist, molar teeth, root canals: Hi Mackenzie, I am sorry to hear about this experience. Without xrays and seeing the teeth, it would be hard to gauge what happened... Every dentist likes to do things their own way. Some dentists - if the root canal isn t perfect, they will tell...

Dentistry: Root canals and referred pain., atypical odontalgia, root canal therapy
atypical odontalgia, root canal therapy, gary backlund: Hi Marc, I m sorry you have been going through all this for so long.....that can become VERY frustrating. The short answer to your question is, yes, the lower tooth could certainly have been referring pain to the upper. We see this often and it can everyone...

Dentistry: Root problem after extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, upper teeth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, upper teeth, root tip: Julie - Leaving a root after multiple extractions is not common. Not all doctors are honest and tell the patient that they have broken a root off and left it in place. Often they leave it because they are not skilled surgeons and cannot remove the root tip,...

Dentistry: reaction to novocaine, dalin, having some sort
dalin, having some sort, blood vessel: hi kelly here is one possibility...most anesthetics have epinephrine in it. this makes it last longer. if you get any directly into a blood vessel, you will get some of these reactions. there is always the allergy reaction. find out what brand they used....

Dentistry: removing implants, bone graft, scar tissue
bone graft, scar tissue, bone grafting: Dear Dave: I would guess that it would be slightly easier to remove an implant from bone where there has been grafting than from bone that has no bone grafting. Scar tissue is usually not an issue. With bone grafting, the object is to cause more bone to...

Dentistry: resorption, bad taste in my mouth, wisdom tooth
bad taste in my mouth, wisdom tooth, panorex: Karen First of all, I could not find in my previous answer where I said I don t think you will be disappointed . Anyway, I don t like the recurrent episodes of a bad taste and the red inflammatory ring. You dentist might be correct, but the fact that the...

Dentistry: retainer, missing teeth, extraction area
missing teeth, extraction area, shifting teeth: Hi D, Good question. Teeth love to touch each other. :) When there is a tooth missing, the surrounding and opposing teeth start drifting into that area. So both adjacent teeth will start to drift towards that area as will the teeth on the opposite...

Dentistry: retainer, space maintainer, happy new year
space maintainer, happy new year, shifting teeth: Dear B: The goal of any space maintainer, one with a tooth, or without, but with proper means of retention, is to keep the teeth from shifting. As long as the retainer has a way to stabilize your teeth in their place, it is just fine. Ask your dentist how...

Dentistry: no root bone, bone graft, inflamed areas
bone graft, inflamed areas, periodontists: Patty - It is a little difficult for me to tell you which situation is better, but if the surgeon felt that there was inflammation or infection at the extraction site, waiting is the best method. Premature insertion of a graft if inflammation or infection...

Dentistry: root canal or not?, root canal treatment, 16yr old
root canal treatment, 16yr old, treatment recommendation: Sometimes in the presence of an infection an extraction is not done until antibiotic level can be adequately assured. This can help prevent the infection from spreading after the extraction. In the case of a deeply infected tooth the options are (1) root...

Dentistry: root canal, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, pressure sensitivity: Hi Dave, I m sorry to hear this is going on. Pain is Nature s way of telling us something isn t right. Root canal teeth should fell like any other tooth...there shouldn t be pressure sensitivity. That said, it doesn t necessarily mean there are problems...

Dentistry: root canal, root canal work, hairline fracture
root canal work, hairline fracture, tooth ache: Hi Amanda It sounds like the initial diagnosis was incorrect, and that the root canal work probably should have been carried out initially. In the scheme of things this doesn t really matter as you haven t had the crown fitted yet. Regards Tony Appleto...

Dentistry: root canal, gary backlund, health care providers
gary backlund, health care providers, cold sensitivity: Hi Natalie, I m sorry you re going through all this. I can understand your concern. If I were you, I would cancel the root canal appointment, ask for a referral to an endodontist and let him/her diagnosis your problem...maybe even treat it if necessary....

Dentistry: root canal retreatment following retreatment, root canal retreatment, cold sensitivity
root canal retreatment, cold sensitivity, endodontist: Hi Nancy, I m sorry to hear all this is going on. You have a lot of issues here, but let me start with the big one. The problem with your cold sensitivity is NOT related to the root canal you had done.....it s coming from another tooth. When a root canal...

Dentistry: root canal of a front tooth, gary backlund, impact injury
gary backlund, impact injury, front teeth: Hi Trish, I m really sorry to hear this has happened to your son. Unfortunately, we see this a lot with kids, but it never makes it easy. My first advice is to ask for a referral to an endodontist. Trauma can be a difficult thing to handle correctly...

Dentistry: root canals, gary backlund, partial denture
gary backlund, partial denture, parallel bridge: You re right, Dan, it s usually the back molars because they are often tipped. However, if front teeth are not aligned properly, it might be necessary there too. The partial just needs to be able to slide in and out since it is made of rigid metal and can...

Dentistry: root canals, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, root canal: Hi B, Actually that is a great question and one I get asked almost daily. The truth is, whenever there is a problem with one root canal, the chances of success go down with a 2nd treatment. How much really depends on what was wrong with the first one. Some...

Dentistry: root canals, gary backlund, pharmacy mix
gary backlund, pharmacy mix, root canals: Hi Jeff, Actually, not much else. I don t find RC Prep left in the tooth to be very effective, although I have done that myself. I also have my pharmacy mix liquid EDTA which seems to be a bit more effective. In most cases, it s slow going and use of a...

Dentistry: root filling, gary backlund, american association of endodontists
gary backlund, american association of endodontists, root canals: Hi Betsy, I m sorry to hear you re going through all this. Basically, when we do a root canal, we numb the tooth, drill a hole into biting surface, clean out all the material inside the tooth and then fit a filling down to the end of the roots. When we...

Dentistry: root scaling, scaling and root planing, nightguard
scaling and root planing, nightguard, retainer: Hi, Root scaling refers to treating the disease above the gum level. However, root scaling is usually done in conjunction with root planing. This refers to below the gum level. Often referred to as scaling and root planing, this is where the dentist...

Dentistry: root of tooth left by dentist after tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, antibotics
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, antibotics, absess: Pam - My first question for you, is if you have been treated by a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Most general dentists, if that who has been treating you are not skilled in the removal of retained roots. So if you have not been examined...

Dentistry: Second Molar, upper molar, perio
upper molar, perio, orthodontic treatment: I don t really understand why the intrusion using tads can t work but then I haven t seen what the periodontist has seen. Endo and shortening the tooth may be an option depending on how much the tooth has extruded. However, this can seriously compromise...

Dentistry: Second Molar, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, dentist link
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, dentist link, upper tooth: Fern - Fortunately, I am personally experienced in the exact same problem that you have. At the age of 16 my lower second molar was removed and after finishing dental school and learning of the problem and what was happening, I had the upper 2nd molar cut...

Dentistry: Second Molars, second molars, blood bubble
second molars, blood bubble, gum: Dear Mauree, Nothing to worry about here. Leave it alone, dont let anyone poke or treat the blue bubble, it is normal. It is not unusual. As long as your son has no swelling of his face or is in great pain leave it alone and it will resolve to normal...

Dentistry: Sensitive tooth, dental anatomy, dalin
dental anatomy, dalin, fingernail: this is common. it sounds like you have a little erosion area up at the gumline. this is very minor. sometimes we can bond a little plastic into the groove and fill it in and stop all of the sensitivity. sometimes you are merely feeling the cementoenamel junction...

Dentistry: Sleep Apnea, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw joints
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw joints, soft palate: James - The treatment for sleep apnea has come far over the past few years. Your pulomonolgist is correct that there are two treatments that are now provided that can greatly help your sleep apnea. The first, is fabrication an appliance that you wear...

Dentistry: Small hard lump in mouth, minor salivary glands, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
minor salivary glands, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, lump in mouth: Anthony - Of course without actually examining you it is a little tough to come up with the diagnosis, but in that area, it is not unusual for minor trauma to cause a blockage of minor salivary glands. This blockage can produce a lump. As it heals it can...

Dentistry: Spaces in between teeth, dental cleanings, wisdom teeth
dental cleanings, wisdom teeth, upper teeth: Dear Dana, I am not completely sure what type of spaces you are describing, but I will give you some information about two types of spaces that can develop between teeth. It sounds like your gums may be receding. When the gums in between the teeth recede,...

Dentistry: Splitting Baby teeth, losing baby teeth, good dental health
losing baby teeth, good dental health, primary teeth: Dear Channon, Good observations on your part. Primary teeth do fracture easily when they become dry. Saliva is necessary for primary teeth to maintain their physical form, when they dry out they fall apart. Your daughter is fine and the fragile exfoliated...

Dentistry: Strange toothache, gum infection, wisdom teeth
gum infection, wisdom teeth, root canals: Hi Jen This is obviously difficult to diagnose without examining you, but the 2 most likely causes are that the filling is failing, or that there is a gum infection going on. Your dentist should be able to sort this out for you. Regards Tony Appleto...

Dentistry: Sugar & whiteners, receeding gums, receding gums
receeding gums, receding gums, artificial sweeteners: you are young but there might not be that much recession taking place. that is why i recommend seeing your dentist and having everything checked out. i am sure it is something very minor. do not worry. just have it all checked out and i am sure your dentist...

Dentistry: Swelling 8 days after tooth extraction, upper molar, extraction area
upper molar, extraction area, operative pain: Hi Dee, It sounds like this was a tough extraction. Even if you followed all the instructions to a T , there is always some post operative pain and swelling. This is normal and to be expected. Do you have a fever at this time? Is the swelling getting...

Dentistry: Swelling in left cheek, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water, new dentist: Marilyn - If there is pain and soft swelling, there is most likely a residual infection from the tooth that was removed. Most likely the tooth s infection perforated the bone before the extraction and the infection continues to percolate. You need to be...

Dentistry: Swollen Gum/Filling and Root Canal, gary backlund, swollen gum
gary backlund, swollen gum, root canals: Hi Rhonda, I m sorry to hear all this is going on. First, my disclaimer....since I can t examine you, it s really impossible for me to tell whether you need a root canal or not. That said, swelling is certainly one of the symptoms of an abscessed tooth....

Dentistry: Swollen Parotid Gland, swollen parotid gland, warm compresses
swollen parotid gland, warm compresses, dental question: Hi Riley, I would advise you to see an ENT. Do you have very dry eyes and a dry mouth usually? If so, this may be a symptom of something larger. Otherwise, it may just be a blocked salivary gland. Does it hurt more when you eat? If so, then it s probably...

Dentistry: sanitizing a retainer, toothbrush sanitizers, denture cleaners
toothbrush sanitizers, denture cleaners, retainers: Hi, In most drug stores, they sell denture cleaners. They are little kits, where you place water and a disinfecting solution in it. It then vibrates the denture and ultrasonically removes any debris on it. Although they are meant for dentures, they are...

Dentistry: second lower molar, upper molar, wisdom teeth
upper molar, wisdom teeth, forward movement: Stefania - It is quite uncommon for a tooth to erupt with a 27 year old, but teeth do erupt throughout out lives. Both upper and lower teeth constantly erupt and they also move forward. This happens throughout our lives, but people don t realize it because...

Dentistry: second molar extraction, gary backlund, molar extraction
gary backlund, molar extraction, third molars: Hi Mamie, The only problem with losing both teeth is your ability to chew. You won t really know until one is extracted. Once you lose the lower one, you won t be able to chew there anyway, so losing the top one becomes less of a big deal. Hope this...

Dentistry: sensitivity 1 year after root canal and apicoectomy, gary backlund, canal 1
gary backlund, canal 1, root canal: Hi Laura, I m sorry you re having a problem again. Since I can t exam you, it s hard for me to say for sure, but you certainly could be having new problems with #3 or a problem with #2. It also could just be a simple gum problem. You need to be seen and...

Dentistry: severe jaw muscle pain after filling, warm compresses, jaw muscle
warm compresses, jaw muscle, anti inflammatory medication: Hi, I am sorry to hear that you are not 100% better yet. I would recommend the following; Stay on the soft food diet and warm compresses, and take 600mg Ibuprofen every 8 hours. Do this for another 2 -3 days and see how you feel. Sometimes, just...

Dentistry: severe pain in teeth, cause nerve damage, vital nerves
cause nerve damage, vital nerves, trigeminal nerves: Dear Kristin, A routine dental cleaning will not cause symptoms such as yours. Occasionally a routine cleaning results in a localized gum infection or a patient can experience a flair up of a preexisting oral herpetic condition, but the symptoms would not...

Dentistry: sinus lift, bone graft material, post nasal drip
bone graft material, post nasal drip, sinus: Hard to say what s going on it s too early to tell.The sinus lift procedure is a surgical lifting of the sinus and placement of bone graft material in the area the sinus was originally.A small window is made from the side and very gently elevated to become...

Dentistry: sore incisive papillae & tongue, papillae tongue, warm salt water
papillae tongue, warm salt water, tip of my tongue: Martha - I wish I could help, but I would actually need to directly examine what it going on to understand it. I don t know what else they have told you to do to decrease the inflammation in the area, but frequent warm salt water rinses will definitely reduce...

Dentistry: sore/swollen gums, swollen gums, bottom teeth
swollen gums, bottom teeth, gum disease: Dear Connie: Sore and swollen usually indicates two possibilities. First is some form of gum disease which is rapidly progressing. Second, one or more tooth nerves may have become infected for some unknown reason. Much lower on my list is trauma (occasionally,...

Dentistry: sore teeth, sore teeth, sensitive teeth
sore teeth, sensitive teeth, sore tooth: Hi Alice If you haven t got TMJ problems or any symptoms why were you wearing a splint in the first place? It is pretty obvious that the hard splint is what has been causing the trouble. If these splints aren t accurately fitted and adjusted they will...

Dentistry: super glue (Cyanoacrylate) used on a crown, new dentist, gum tissue
new dentist, gum tissue, nerve root: hi karen you will have to go with what the second dentist told you. i cannot give you any definitive reasons for what went on here without seeing things in person all the way along. can superglue hurt your tooth? i have never seen anything published anywhere...

Dentistry: switch dentist?, new dentist, dental health
new dentist, dental health, dentists: Dear K.Anne: In my practice, under normal circumstances, I will see my patients at each visit, even if only to look in and say hello and make sure their teeth look clean after their cleaning. Many dentists will examine you on the first visit, then the hygienist...

Dentistry: swollen gums, swollen gums, happy holidays
swollen gums, happy holidays, cleocin: Dear Jia, I m surprised that your dentist didn t see anything wrong, given the swelling, which is a sure sign of either inflammation or infection. The open contact between your crown and the adjacent tooth is a significant issue, even if you didn t have...

Dentistry: Teeth Mobility, gum diseases, middle teeth
gum diseases, middle teeth, oral bacteria: Tonya - Just a little tartar, which normally contains oral bacteria, is enough to inflame the gum and bone tissue around teeth. The mobility should get better if the dentist cleaned the area well and you are able to maintain the cleanliness. If you are not...

Dentistry: Temporary crown fell out, gary backlund, dental emergencies
gary backlund, dental emergencies, product manufacturer: Hi Judy, I m sorry to hear you re having this problem during the holidays....bummer! The material you have should work fine. Just make sure to keep it a bit runny and to seat it on your tooth quickly so that the crown won t be high because then your tooth...

Dentistry: Terrible pain after root canal, amoxcicillin, novacain
amoxcicillin, novacain, temporary filling: Hi Brittany, I m sorry to hear you are going through all this! It sounds like the final treatment has caused your infection to become acute. We sometimes see this when treatment has gone on so long. You probably need to be on antibiotics ASAP. Even then,...

Dentistry: Thin sharp bone after extractions, goodwill gesture, oral surgeon
goodwill gesture, oral surgeon, corrective surgery: I would consider it my responsibility. On rare occasions, when patients continue producing sharp edges of bone for months after correction, I do charge for more complicated care. Had I done your extractions, and if smoothing the bone could be done in one...

Dentistry: Thinner,, gum problems, carbonated drinks
gum problems, carbonated drinks, diet fruit: Hi Steve If you have a lot of acid in your diet (fruit/juices/carbonated drinks) then the enamel could well be wearing away. The gaps between the teeth could be a sign of gum problems so your best bet is to go and see your dentist. Regards Tony Appleto...

Dentistry: Thinner,, steve cross, tooth structure
steve cross, tooth structure, periodontal disease: Hi Steve, Teeth generally get thinner in diameter from the top of the tooth to the root area. Sometimes, the gums and bone recede around the teeth, and you start seeing more of the thinner tooth structure that was previously covered by the gums and bone....

Dentistry: TMJ, tmj dentist, root canals
tmj dentist, root canals, general dentistry: Roya, I highly recommend Dr. Barry Rozenberg, 516-791-4000 in Valley Stream, Long Is. He also has an office in Manhattan. I went from doc to doc and dentist to dentist, and was not helped until I went to him. He made me a good, comfortable nightguard and...

Dentistry: TMJ and eye pain link?, tmj pain, eye muscles
tmj pain, eye muscles, jaw muscles: Kim, TMJ pain can worsen after extensive dental work. You are correct in that holding your mouth open for the work could have caused spasms and pain. It all has to do with the muscles in and around the jaw joint, becoming tight. Wet heat can be helpful,...

Dentistry: TMJ pain after molar extraction, molar extraction, warm salt water
molar extraction, warm salt water, jaw muscles: Alexis - Of course, without examining you, I cannot be 100$ sure, but when a few injections are given in an area to make the patient numb, the needle often goes into muscles. When the jaw muscles have a needle stuck through them, they often go into spasm....

Dentistry: Toddler - Extraction of baby teeth, upper molar, root canal procedure
upper molar, root canal procedure, fake teeth: You ve asked several excellent questions. Some I can answer, others perhaps not. Let s take them one at a time. Is this the same recommendation you would make to a parent? Without actually seeing the xray I can t make a diagnosis and determine if there...

Dentistry: My Toddler has not grown his first tooth, eruption patterns, son jonathan
eruption patterns, son jonathan, gums: Dear Noell, Splitting the gums frightens me too. Lets wait another 6 months. My son Jonathan was 14 months before he got his first tooth. Imagine my wife wanted to take him to a specialist. Eruption patterns are highly variable, if your son is healthy...

Dentistry: Tooth #18, root canal treatment, long term solution
root canal treatment, long term solution, bottom teeth: Yvonne - Ideally replacing the tooth with an implant is the best course of action. Even though a tooth had root canal treatment, the tooth can still erupt into the space. There really is no easy solution. You can probably wait 6 months or so, but eventually...

Dentistry: Tooth Decay, gary backlund, tooth decay
gary backlund, tooth decay, food packs: Hi Chi, No..they can t. Each tooth is independent of other teeth. Sometimes, decay can start between two teeth at the same time, but that s because the patient doesn t floss so food packs between the teeth, but each decay is separate of the other. Hope...

Dentistry: Tooth growing after a root canal?, root canals, strange one
root canals, strange one, dalin: hi meridith this is a strange one. but here are a couple of possibilities...1) if the tooth is abscessing, it can swell and move up a little bit...but you would have a toothache and would know that one. 2) the crown is loose and partial dislodging...the dentist...

Dentistry: Treating an open-bite with Invisalign., composite resin, open bite
composite resin, open bite, front teeth: Dear Mr. Sanchez, The resin attachments used in Invisalign are just small bumps made of tooth-colored composite resin-- they are nearly invisible, so their presence should not detract from the cosmetic advantage of Invisalign appliances. That being said,...

Dentistry: tapping on tooth causes slight discomfort, root canal treatment, premolars
root canal treatment, premolars, x ray: Hi Steve, This does sound like an interesting dilemma. I would try avoid eating any hard food on that side at this time. Then in a few days, you should see if the tooth still hurts. If it doesn t - great! ;) If it does, then you might need the root...

Dentistry: teeth extractions & synthetic bone graft, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bone grafts
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bone grafts, bone graft: Chuck - Without actually seeing the shape of your jaw bones and how the teeth, that are to be extracted, sit in the bones, it is a little tough for me to tell you if bone grafts are really needed. In general, bone grafts are not usually needed except if the...

Dentistry: teeth proximity, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bone graft
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bone graft, ego problems: B - Invading the location right in a row asks for problems. The grafting should all be done at the same time if possible. Either doctor is able to do it, but, as a surgeon, I think the oral and maxillofacial surgeon should be asked to give his opinion and...

Dentistry: terrified of root canal, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, rubber dam: Hi Marcie, I can certainly understand your concerns. I can t speak for all dentists, but in our office, we are especially concerned with patients fears and apprehensions. The fact that you can vocalize them is a HUGE step to help you get good care. When...

Dentistry: toddler use of a pacifier, nuk pacifier, nap time
nuk pacifier, nap time, open bite: hi jessica my rule of thumb in my practice is that it is okay to use until age 3-4. i do not like it after age 4-5. what i tell parents to do is slowly wean them off of these. at first try to limit use to only nap time and bed time. then try to get rid of...

Dentistry: toddler w/unusually large first molar?, moderate malnutrition, toddler molars
moderate malnutrition, toddler molars, pediatric dentist: Without any further information from an examination or an xray my only thought is that you ve described an unusual tooth. As for any implications regarding the tooth and it s effect on the future dentition, that will have to wait until there s further developments....

Dentistry: tooth color change years after root canal?, gary backlund, root canal filling
gary backlund, root canal filling, tooth color: Hi Griffin, More than likely, your color change is due to staining inside the tooth due to the cement used for the root canal filling or debris inside the tooth. It has probably been going on for all the last 10 years and is just now stained enough to be...

Dentistry: front tooth damage, self esteem issues, proper idea
self esteem issues, proper idea, tooth damage: Hi Sherry I can t say what needs to be done without seeing you. However we can generally sort most things out! Go and see a dentist and discuss all of your issues with them. they can then give you a proper idea of your treatment options and costs. ...

Dentistry: tooth extraction, bone graft, implant placement
bone graft, implant placement, tooth extraction: Patty - If there is no infection or inflammatory area within the extraction site or the one done a year earlier, a graft can be done immediately. My question is why a graft? Are you planning an implant placement. If so, a graft is not always needed. The...

Dentistry: tooth extraction, happy new year, intense pain
happy new year, intense pain, tooth extraction: Hi Dale, Happy New Year! If you leave the area alone, then a new blood clot should form normally. Just try to avoid dislodging it again by eating soft foods and eating gently on that side of the mouth. However, if you have intense pain, or the bleeding...

Dentistry: tooth extractions and retainers, tooth extractions, retainer
tooth extractions, retainer, tooth extraction: Hi Doug, You should be able to start wearing the retainer a day or so after the extraction. It shouldn t affect anything to any real degree that you can t wear it. As for a new retainer, I would wait at least 3-4 weeks, since you want the tissue to heal...

Dentistry: tooth/jaw pain, systemic yeast infection, gary backlund
systemic yeast infection, gary backlund, root canal specialist: Hi Linda, I m sorry your daughter is going through all this. I doubt there is any connection with her pain and the treatment for yeast infections. There just isn t any mechanism that would connect those two. If I were you, I would call the specialists office...

Dentistry: toothache on molar?, gary backlund, molar
gary backlund, molar, molars: Hi Jen, I m sorry to hear you re having this problem. First, my disclaimer..:-)....since I can t exam you, I really can t help with where your pain is coming from. That said, pain is the bodies way of telling us something is wrong, so, yes, you have reason...

Dentistry: torn ligaments, bottom teeth, sore jaw
bottom teeth, sore jaw, jaw pain: Sara - You are, unfortunately, a victim, like many other patients with your type of problem, of a dentist who is not really knowledgeable in the diagnosis of the true cause. Making the guard he initially applied can help if there is only a simple muscular...

Dentistry: Which type of crown would be best?, gum irritation, new dentist
gum irritation, new dentist, cosmetic dentist: Dear Michelle, Lower molars are relatively bulky teeth, and the differences in the depths of preparation between the various types of crowns are unlikely to be important as regards the potential for pulp injury. I think the more relevant consideration...

Dentistry: Underbite, dental arches, orthodontic braces
dental arches, orthodontic braces, vertical relationship: Usually in a non-growing patient the best result involves a combination of orthodontic treatment and surgical repositioning of one or both of the jaws. As you surmise there are many different factors involved in making the appropriate treatment plan. Among...

Dentistry: Upper jaw pain, upper jaw pain, root canal specialist
upper jaw pain, root canal specialist, sinus lift: Barb - Of course, without examining your it is a little difficult for me to be sure what is going on. Saying that, it sounds like your might be having a problem due to the proximity of the baby tooth and the sinus. The extraction may have created a small,...

Dentistry: upper incisor broken, root canal treatment, primary tooth
root canal treatment, primary tooth, soft food: This is not going to be good news. A root fracture on a primary tooth is not a very treatable situation. The prognosis depends on where on the root the fracture is located. If it is near the root tip then the tooth will require a root canal treatment and...

Dentistry: upper back molar ..concerned about nerve dying, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, back tooth: Hi Ellen, Before I try to answer, are you talking about extracting the last tooth and whether that should be done now or later? I guess I don t really understand what is happening? If your dentist checked it and it was OK, what exactly is your question?...

Dentistry: using restraints during a cavity fill, local anesthetics, going to the dentist
local anesthetics, going to the dentist, pediatric dentist: About half of dentists do not allow parents in the treatment room, and half do. In our practice, it always depends on the child. If the child feels comfortable with the parent in the room, we will ask the parent into the room. If the child is more comfortable...

Dentistry: Veneer/Cap Whitening, porcelain veneers, white smile
porcelain veneers, white smile, bad habit: Dear Tonya, Unless your veneers and caps were badly cemented, any staining you see will be on the surfaces of the restorations. Porcelain is relatively non-porous, and is essentially impervious to penetration of stain. Because of this, any staining from...

Dentistry: veneer prep ( drilling), anisthetic, family dentist
anisthetic, family dentist, veneers: Hi Jessica I very much doubt the drill went anywhere near the nerve, and it is quite common for any tooth that has had work done to be painful for a while afterwards. Even if it had, it can be sorted out, but I very doubt that the dentist has made a foul...

Dentistry: Wisdom Tooth Extraction - Complications.., wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction complications
wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction complications, tooth extraction complications: Lena - Most likely the surgeon in making an incision to expose the tooth on that side, made an incision between the gum and the teeth to relax the tissue. After the removal of the tooth, he did not suture the area well and that has created the detachment...

Dentistry: Wisdom teeth, developmental anomaly, wisdom teeth
developmental anomaly, wisdom teeth, odontoma: Dear Rob, Dr. Teig is entitled to his opinion, and I am sure that many dentists would agree with him. On the other hand, I m sure that many dentists would opt for a more conservative, watch and wait approach. Also, keep in mind that Dr. Teig is an oral...

Dentistry: Wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom tooth
wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom tooth, objective decision: Rob - It is not whether a tooth is covered with gum, bone or erupted that determines the need for an extraction. The position of the tooth and its relationship to the teeth in front are the main factors in deciding if a tooth needs to be removed. If there...

Dentistry: Wisdom teeth woes, second molars, wisdom teeth
second molars, wisdom teeth, facial expressions: Many dentists exaggerate the problems associated with wisdom teeth. There is no way I can tell you what problems you may or may not have with your teeth, and whether or not they are responsible for your pain. The problem you are having with opening your mouth...

Dentistry: Wisdom tooth extraction and root canal treatment, wisdom tooth extraction, root canal treatment
wisdom tooth extraction, root canal treatment, left cheek: The stitches are where you describe because the surgeon had to reflect the gum in that area to access the impacted tooth.That s normal and it should be no problem at all.Use routine pain reliever like Advil and you should notice that within a few more days...

Dentistry: Wisdom tooth extraction and root canal treatment, wisdom tooth extraction, root canal treatment
wisdom tooth extraction, root canal treatment, treatment question: Nandini - The reason for the extension of the incision you give for a more evenly distributed blood flow is not appropriate. Allowing blood to flow is not good and, in fact, sutures are placed to prevent excess blood flow. I just think either the surgeon...

Dentistry: Wisdom tooth extraction and root canal treatment for neighbouring tooth, wisdom tooth extraction, root canal treatment
wisdom tooth extraction, root canal treatment, left cheek: Dear Nandini A, It is customary to make an incision in the gum as wide as necessary in order to provide adequate access to remove an impacted tooth. As such, it would not be unexpected for your surgeon to extend that incision to include the neighboring...

Dentistry: wisdom teeth removal, wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom teeth removal
wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom teeth removal, exact diagnosis: Leigh - Of course, without directly examining you it is a little difficult for me to give you an exact diagnosis with what might be going on. Saying that, let me tell you that some of the symptoms you describe could be indicative of a minor inflammation...

Dentistry: Yeast infection on gums, oral manifestations, root canals
oral manifestations, root canals, amoxacillin: Shelly - In addition to the diflucan, the dentist can prescribe an antibacterial/antifungal oral rinses, Chlorhexidine, that you can use twice a day to more quickly quell the oral manifestations. Even with that treatment, the mouth will be sore for a while,...

Dentistry: two year old grandaughter, two front teeth, pedodontist
two front teeth, pedodontist, jaw bone: Teresa - The tissue growing between the front two teeth of your grand daughter is not that unusual. That is called a labial frenum and is a muscle band that attaches the lip to the upper jaw bone. Sometimes that muscle fiber does not wear away, as it does...

Dentistry: 10 1/2 YR OLD DAUGHTER CHIPPED UPPER FRONT TOOTH, two front teeth, pediatric dentist
two front teeth, pediatric dentist, cosmetic dentists: Minimal immediate treatment is essential to prevent further damage to the traumatized tooth. The tooth needs a protective, medicated insulating layer bonded over the exposed portion of the tooth if there is to be any chance that the tooth will recover from...

Dentistry: 10 teeth bridge with 3 teeth abutments, eye teeth, temporary bridge
eye teeth, temporary bridge, eye tooth: Dear Lois : Personally, i think 10 teeth is too much for 3 abutment teeth BUT ... i read some cases that worked with the same number and type of teeth. I suggest you to place some dental implants. I know it is expensive but you can go to some places...

Dentistry: 2 year old front tooth extraction, adult teeth, space maintainer
adult teeth, space maintainer, specialist clinic: The simple answer is that since there is an infection present the removal of the damaged tooth must not be delayed or there is a significant risk that the infection will spread and get worse. There is no post surgical intervention necessary such as placement...

Dentistry: 22 Month Old Teeth, congenital hypothyroidism, old teeth
congenital hypothyroidism, old teeth, tooth development: Hello Patricia, What your daughter is experiencing does happen more often than we think. It sounds like she is just having delayed eruption of her teeth, and this can be attributed to local factors or systemic factors such as illness at the time of tooth...

Dentistry: 2nd molar extractions, dental nerve, wisdom tooth
dental nerve, wisdom tooth, molar: Dear Pat : Numbness could occur after second molar extaction if the inferior dental nerve is injured (it is very uncommon) Root canaled teeth may need drilling because most of them get fused to the bone. If your dentist drill it , it is ok. Dr. Luis...

Dentistry: 2nd molar removal and dental implant, second molars, dental implant
second molars, dental implant, molar: Dear Terry: It is wise if you plan on keeping your one remaining second molar long-term. On the other hand, if you were fine without 3 second molars, what makes you want to keep the fourth? Are you having trouble chewing? is your cheek sinking in due to...

Dentistry: 3 yr. old chipped tooth, dental checkups, pediatric dentist
dental checkups, pediatric dentist, primary tooth: Your idea of a small amount and my ideal of a small amount may not be the same. It doesn t take a lot of damage to a small primary tooth to cause significant trouble over the next 3-4 years until it s replaced by a permanent tooth. My advice is to have your...

Dentistry: 4 year old and her 1st loose tooth, absolute answer, baby teeth
absolute answer, baby teeth, loose tooth: If this is a lower front tooth then I would guess that it is simply falling out a bit early. Of course, it s impossible to know without an examination and x-rays so if you need an absolute answer I would suggest you schedule a visit once you ve located a...

Dentistry: 4 year old's recent teeth discoloration, apple juice, dalin
apple juice, dalin, dds: my guess is that she bumped these teeth and you did not know about it. when teeth are bumped they can turn a little darker. another possibility is that she has some sort of film on them. a good cleaning would remove it and they will brighten back up. sometimes...

Dentistry: 4 yr old - 31 pounds multiple cavities sedation, complete physical examination, conservative measures
complete physical examination, conservative measures, check ups: I personally favor conscious sedation in the office rather than general anesthesia in the hospital, although if the office procedures prove inadequate then general anesthesia may need to be considered. I also favor saving the teeth with pulp treatment and...

Dentistry: 5 1/2 yr old, dribs and drabs, car journeys
dribs and drabs, car journeys, pediatric dentist: Dear Katy, please follow your instincts. General Anesthesia is a serious life threatening procedure. Low risk yes, but is it worth the risk, In general I think not. My best suggestion, have the infected tooth removed with local anesthesia. leaving infection...

Dentistry: 5 years old, replacement teeth, baby teeth
replacement teeth, baby teeth, check ups: We can reasonably expect a 5 year old with all 20 baby teeth to start acquiring his first permanent molars. These four teeth arrive behind the last baby tooth in each dental arch and no baby teeth are lost in the process. They are additional teeth and not...

Dentistry: 5 yr old extraction of two teeth, pediatric dentist, going to the dentist
pediatric dentist, going to the dentist, upset stomach: The pediatric dentist is trained and experienced in managing the young dental patient in the best possible way. I would presume that the dentist will make your child as comfortable as possible during the appointment. This requires that the teeth are numbed....

Dentistry: 6 year old son's teeth not coming in, permanent teeth, bottom teeth
permanent teeth, bottom teeth, baby teeth: Hello Shawna, I can understand your concerns, especially with finding that the bottom teeth are congenitally missing. Even though permanent teeth may begin to push out the baby ones, they may still take a while to come in. I would not worry about this,...

Dentistry: 6 year olds loose tooth, incisor teeth, primary teeth
incisor teeth, primary teeth, loose teeth: It is certainly acceptable to encourage a naturally exfoliating primary tooth so she can go ahead and remove it if she wants. The grinding is another matter altogether. It s possible to fabricate a night appliance to wear, however, at this stage of her...

Dentistry: 6 yr old teeth problem, teeth problem, old teeth
teeth problem, old teeth, primary teeth: You can feel okay about doing nothing except continuing to brush the teeth. We find that with the lower four primary incisors there is no advantage to removing the primary teeth when the permanent teeth emerge out of position. In time the primary tooth will...

Dentistry: Abcess in childs tooth, upper tooth, abcessed tooth
upper tooth, abcessed tooth, abcess: There are certainly ways to treat an abcessed tooth and preserve it. Extraction is the treatment of last resort and should be done only if the prognosis for saving the tooth is limited or hopeless or if the youngster is medically compromised. If extraction...

Dentistry: Abnormal tissue?, oral pathologist, surgical excision
oral pathologist, surgical excision, oral maxillofacial surgery: Dear Jammy, You clearly need to get that abnormal tissue identified. I recommend that you ask your general dentist for a referral to either an oral surgeon, or even better-- an oral pathologist, to examine that lesion and have it properly identified. Normally,...

Dentistry: ACTIQ, root canals, tooth decay
root canals, tooth decay, front teeth: Although I m not familiar with this particular medication or lozenge I regularly see patients that have dental problem due to their different medications.Most of the time these meds decrease salivary flow.When this occurs,the first area of concern would be...

Dentistry: ANUG?, black hairy tongue, doxycycline 100mg
black hairy tongue, doxycycline 100mg, bad taste in my mouth: Brandon, it sounds like you have been on a merry go round. I would doubt seriously that you had anug. It is very hard for me to tell you what is going on since I cannot examine you. What you really need is a diagnosis of what the problem is, not another...

Dentistry: Anterior crowns feel rippled, color size shape, finished stage
color size shape, finished stage, satin finish: Dear Colleen: I can t believe that you would allow these crowns to be placed before you had a look and a feel and approved. They can be taken out and redone. If this is the route you choose, take a picture of your old smile to your dentist. Tell him that...

Dentistry: Apicoectomy, xray, apicoectomy
xray, apicoectomy: Jackie - It is a little difficult for me to tell you that you need further treatment or not without examining you and seeing an xray of the tooth. I can say that if you still have discomfort something is going on. I would suggest that you get back to...

Dentistry: abscess in a 6yo?, pediatric dentist, tooth removal
pediatric dentist, tooth removal, hot compresses: This sounds like an abcess. As long as the infection remains localized to the area of the tooth you don t need antibiotics. For now the best you can do is apply hot compresses to the gum in the area of the redness and the dot. That will help to drain the...

Dentistry: abscess, gum tissue, siegelman
gum tissue, siegelman, oral surgery: Sandra, infection after surgery is a common complication. You need to contact the doctor who did the work and have them evaluate the area. You may need to be put on an antibiotic. Loose gum tissue around an extraction site is normal, but the infection is...

Dentistry: My adult tooth has not regrown, permanent tooth, baby tooth
permanent tooth, baby tooth, x rays: It is definitely something else. Milk has nothing to do with the emergence of a tooth in a 16 year old individual. The tooth is probably either crowded or in an unusual position which is preventing it from emerging into place. There is another possibility...

Dentistry: alpha stim 100 for tmj, alpha stim 100, cheek area
alpha stim 100, cheek area, tmj pain: Lawrence, The way I used it is that I put it on the setting that promts the device to beep every ten seconds which prompts you to change the place you are placing the probes. I would put one probe on one side of my face, and at the same time, the other...

Dentistry: anesthetic reaction, allergic reaction to latex, dental anesthetic
allergic reaction to latex, dental anesthetic, siegelman: Ann, I know your concerned and want an answer right away, but unless I knew exactly what was done and what the areas look like I would only be guessing as to what is going on. I do think he should be seen by the dentist who did the extractions right away....

Dentistry: apicoectomy/sinus, chronic sinus infection, two front teeth
chronic sinus infection, two front teeth, bone erosion: Lindsay - Without seeing xrays of the area or directly examining you, what I say is only my impression from the symptoms you describe. I wonder if the sinus was perforated during the procedures of root canal treatment or apicoectomy. If so, that would definitely...

Dentistry: Baby Teeth, adult teeth, baby teeth
adult teeth, baby teeth, permanent tooth: Hi Hollie, You are correct, !3 years old, is a little late to still have some of your baby teeth. The best advice I can give you is have a dentist look at your mouth and perhaps even take an x-ray to determine where the permanent tooth are in relation...

Dentistry: Baby tooth lost early, upper canine teeth, central incisors
upper canine teeth, central incisors, baby tooth: Very often when one canine is lost early it is recommended to remove the canine on the other side to prevent the incisors from drifting toward the one side. As for the recommendation about braces or rpe I cannot comment without benefit of an examination and...

Dentistry: Bad Breath, tongue scraper, metal fillings
tongue scraper, metal fillings, coated tongue: Lisa I would ask the dentist what he/she used to fill the teeth. Is is silver or plastic? do you have other metal fillings in there (gold or silver) and are they touching the new fillings. this could explain a metallic taste but not anything like bad breath....

Dentistry: Bad Breath, teeth and gums, root planing
teeth and gums, root planing, root canal: Could be decay else where or a gum issue.Perhaps you need a full mouth scaling a root planing.If the tooth is so far gone that it needs a rct there still might be decay there.Get the treatment you require and get a through diagnosis of the teeth and gum...

Dentistry: Bite Does Not 'Bite', dental crowns, grinding my teeth
dental crowns, grinding my teeth, tongue thrusting: Hello Doug, It sounds like what you have is called an Anterior Open Bite. There are different reasons for this, such as thumb-sucking habit when you were little, or even a habit of Tongue thrusting (pushing your tongue against the backs of your front teeth)...

Dentistry: Black Spot, blood cyst, biopsy specimen
blood cyst, biopsy specimen, oral pathologist: Not seeing your grandson it is obviously impossible for me to diagnose his problem. I certainly would follow your doctor s recommendation. I do want to mention, however, that there is an entity called a neuroectodermal tumor of infancy, or melanoameloblastoma...

Dentistry: Black spots/stains on 3yr old, chromogenic bacteria, doctor visit
chromogenic bacteria, doctor visit, dds: Hello Laxmi, What you are seeing is bacteria accumulating on your child s teeth. Just like you or I get plaque accumulating on our teeth, some children get a different type of plaque which can be coloured green, brown, orange or black and the colour is...

Dentistry: Black spots/stains on 3yr old, black stain, doctor visit
black stain, doctor visit, stains: This appears to be a surface stain and not a problem with the tooth itself. Frequently the cause of a black stain can be traced to iron, either in the water or in the vitamin. The stain is very difficult to remove with simple brushing and requires a professional...

Dentistry: Black stains on toddler's teeth, iron stains, baking soda
iron stains, baking soda, aesthetic problem: Dear Debi, Everthing sounds OK to me. A black line , a little greenish in places is not at all uncommon in children. It is not dangerous and interestingly is associated with children who almost never get cavities. The stain is very difficult to remove...

Dentistry: Bone Loss requiring tooth extraction, wisdom teeth extractions, nightguard
wisdom teeth extractions, nightguard, hotmail: Steve : 1. Teeth grinding is not the reason for bone loss BUT it can make bone loss faster. A night guard will not prevent bone loss when it started specially at molars area. 2. Bone CAN regenerate if it has all the conditions to regenerate (clinical...

Dentistry: Bone loss, loose/sensitive molar, wisdom teeth extractions, food debris
wisdom teeth extractions, food debris, nightguard: Steve - First of all, with the extensive bone loss described, I am not sure that the tooth is salvageable. Secondly, the bone loss described is rarely due to grinding of the teeth at night. In fact, the bone around such teeth that are ground on is usually...

Dentistry: Born with missing adult teeth. -Recent Jaw pain, adult teeth, jaw joints
adult teeth, jaw joints, jaw muscles: Proper jaw posture depends on muscular balance and a properly working set of temporo-mandibular jaw joints (TMJ). Stress can certainly affect the muscular balance and that, in turn, can cause discomfort and alter the jaw position. Avoiding chewing gum and...

Dentistry: Born with missing adult teeth- Recent jaw pain..., adult teeth, jaw muscles
adult teeth, jaw muscles, jaw pain: Jess, I absolutely believe your stress is directly related to your jaw pain. When your stressed it directly implacts your jaw muscles. I would suggest you take some ibuprofen and apply moist heat to the muscles of your jaw. You can use a hot washcloth on...

Dentistry: Braces, getting braces, seventeen years
getting braces, seventeen years, overbite: I cannot provide you with any specific opinion regarding your treatment as I have no idea what you refer to as incisor blocks . As for the remainder of your question it is impossible for me to respond in any meaningful way without having access to an examination,...

Dentistry: Bridge - Broken front tooth - options, esthetic result, bridge repair
esthetic result, bridge repair, entire bridge: Hello Maria, Unfortunately, there is no way to fix a crown if porcelain has been chipped off. This is because the porcelain is baked onto the metal at very high temperature. So, unfortunately, you are looking at either doing a bridge repair crown, or...

Dentistry: Broken Root, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, tooth fragments
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, tooth fragments, root removal: Debbi - What you are experiencing is a common situation when general dentists attempt extractions. The general dentist, not well trained or skilled in extractions, frequently leave roots or tooth fragments. Having a denture overlying the root can definitely...

Dentistry: Broken tooth, broken tooth, root tips
broken tooth, root tips, routine procedure: Hello Elizabeth, The oral surgeon may have to create a flap (push your gums down) in order to visualize the tooth in the bone. However, if some of the tooth is still above the gums, then the surgeon just has to elevate the tooth with instruments and extract...

Dentistry: Building up a tooth, composite resin, porcelain crown
composite resin, porcelain crown, new dentist: Dear Peggy, No-- if the intent is to increase the contour of the upper tooth, then removal of tooth structure would be counter-productive and unnecessary. Your dentist will be able to bond the composite resin directly to the tooth surface without the need...

Dentistry: baby bottle teeth, juice diet, bottel
juice diet, bottel, sippy cup: Dear Connie, perhaps you have been misinformed. it does not matter what is in the bottle, milk, juice, etc. It is use of the bottle as a pacifier that is the problem. My suggestion , feed the baby whatever he wants from the bottel, do it over a short...

Dentistry: baby root canal on 2 year old, baby bottle tooth decay, bottle tooth decay
baby bottle tooth decay, bottle tooth decay, two front teeth: This is, unfortunately, a far too common problem that we see as pediatric dentists. The treatment is absolutely necessary since denying or delaying treatment will result in infections, abcess and damage to the permanent teeth. Root canals on primary teeth...

Dentistry: baby root canal failed, space maintainer, back tooth
space maintainer, back tooth, permanent tooth: That depends on just what tooth you are referring to. If it is an incisor (front tooth) then the answer is that nothing needs to be done at this time. If it is a molar (back tooth) then a space maintainer should be placed to keep the space open for the permanent...

Dentistry: baby root canals, porcelain crowns, root canals
porcelain crowns, root canals, primary teeth: Dear Amy, your dentist should be answering some of these questions. Babies do feel pain, just like adults. i have answered the question about the abscess. There is none now and if you keep the teeth clean with some colgate or crest toothpaste your daughter...

Dentistry: I have a baby tooth that never came out., adult teeth, fake tooth
adult teeth, fake tooth, baby tooth: Hello Breanna, This depends on whether there is a permanent tooth underneath the baby one. Usually, baby teeth fall out because your adult teeth are coming through pushing them out. The reason that you may not have lost your baby tooth is: 1). the permanent...

Dentistry: baby tooth that appears to be split, permanent teeth, pediatric dentist
permanent teeth, pediatric dentist, bottom teeth: Dear Laura: This is not normal. I don t think it s anything to worry about. I don t think her permanent teeth will look like this. And it is odd that she has only 2 teeth at 12 months. But my opinions aside, I think you have enough concerns that it s time...

Dentistry: bad metalic taste in mouth for 1 month, metalic taste in mouth, metal taste in my mouth
metalic taste in mouth, metal taste in my mouth, lead acid battery: The most common causes are medications (specially some antibiotics) which can give you the foul taste and other medications (or ailments) that suppress the production of saliva (like drugs for depression). The fillings, unless there is a newer one coming...

Dentistry: bleeding gums, animation interface, bleeding gums
animation interface, bleeding gums, public games: You are probably not doing it correctly. Check out these animations: http://www.ada.org/public/games/animation/interface.asp (beware that the bristles need to slightly get underneath the gums -into the pocket formed between the gum and the tooth- to properly...

Dentistry: bottle rot, partial dentures, systemic infection
partial dentures, systemic infection, rishi: Hello Tori, I am sorry to hear about that. I think a second opinion is always a good idea if you have even a little hesitation, especially when it involves teeth that will not come into place for the next 5-6 years. However, if the teeth are that decayed,...

Dentistry: braces, overbite, orthodontic treatment
overbite, orthodontic treatment, daugher: Dear Beverley, Except in the rarest of cases, orthodontics is done solely for esthetics. You daughter has nothing rare going on. I agree with you , there is no reason for prophylactic orthodontic treatment, the risks out weigh any potential benefit. All...

Dentistry: braces w/perio, scaling and root planing, periodontal health
scaling and root planing, periodontal health, orthodontic work: Hi Bren Your Periodontist needs to advise you on this. Certainly you need your gum health to be as near perfect as possible before having braces, or the results could be disastrous! Regards Tony Appleton Hi Bren Sorry you didn t like my answer,...

Dentistry: bridge/root canal, partial denture, separate entities
partial denture, separate entities, wise idea: Hello Julia, The root canal and the bridge can be considered two separate entities, but what I think your dentist is trying to achieve is a good result whereby you have a tooth next to an open space that needs a root canal, which I would do to try and save...

Dentistry: bridge work, american dental association, permanent bridge
american dental association, permanent bridge, bridge work: Hi Angela, There are some terrific general dentists who can do nice work. However, the specialty that is recognized by the American Dental Association as being specialists in crowns and bridgework are prosthodontists . However, just because a dentist...

Dentistry: broken needle tip inside gum, gum tissue, residual infection
gum tissue, residual infection, needle tip: Dear John, Are you certain that you accurately understood what your dentist told you? If the tip of the anesthetic needle did break off within your gum tissue, this would be a serious issue, because the needle can migrate and cause tissue damage. Breakage...

Dentistry: broken temporary crown/cost to replace, permanent tooth, zelig
permanent tooth, zelig, dentist: Hi, In most cases, the dentist who is doing the crown should repair and replace the temporary. Usually, there is no charge for the dentist who is making the crown to repair the temporary. However, each case is different, and your dentist may have specific...

Dentistry: CAPS/GUMS, old teeth, health tourism
old teeth, health tourism, talking horse: Dear Kristine : It is very difficult for me to answer you because it is very different here. We spend a lot of time with our patients asking how they feel with their treatments and we change it if the patient is not feeling good. I know this would be...

Dentistry: Caps on Baby teeth., natural dentition, root canal treatment
natural dentition, root canal treatment, poor prognosis: I strongly recommend that you take necessary measures to preserve the teeth. Early loss will require placement of a pedi-partial prosthesis, which, if necessary will suffice, but there is nothing better than keeping the natural dentition. I disagree that...

Dentistry: Cavity, dental pulp, benign tumor
dental pulp, benign tumor, polyp: If the cavity was a deep and very rotten one, then this could have been a pulpal polyp (if the lump, as you call it, was projecting directly from within the tooth through the cavity), which is a kind of benign tumor of the dental pulp. These are usually asymptomatic...

Dentistry: Child dentistry, child dentistry, permanent teeth
child dentistry, permanent teeth, front teeth: Hi Adil It is not practical to provide a young child with dentures. His gums will harden up, but it does take some time. The really important thing is that you drastically reduce the sugar in his diet. This is what caused the decay in the first place,...

Dentistry: Core Buildup D2950, tooth structure, endodontist
tooth structure, endodontist, root canal: Dear Paula, I m guessing here, because your endodontist is (I think) using language intended to be understood by a lay person (you) rather than the more descriptive technical jargon. However, I suspect that your general dentist used a particular means of...

Dentistry: CROWN P/M AND CORE BUILDUP, letter in the mail, x rays
letter in the mail, x rays, molar: Bruce, I am sorry I misunderstood your question. I am not sure why he is removing the other crown. I think I would get another opinion, what you are telling me sounds a little suspect. Usually you can see cavities on x rays, although sometimes they can...

Dentistry: Cracked molar, root canal treatment, stainless steel crown
root canal treatment, stainless steel crown, fracture line: Dear Chris, No, cracks do not heal; in this regard, teeth behave differently from bone. The sensitivity is a non-specific symptom, but suggests that there may be some inflammation in the dental pulp. While this would normally argue for a root canal treatment,...

Dentistry: Cracked tooth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, root canal treatment
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, root canal treatment, cracked tooth: Katlin - A fracture in a tooth allows saliva to gain access to the underlying bone the holds the tooth in. If saliva and the associated bacteria that floats in the saliva gain entrance to the bone, it can possibly spread and inflame the bone near the implant....

Dentistry: Crossbite, risk of failure, periodontal problems
risk of failure, periodontal problems, bone problems: Correcting the crossbite in a young adult without surgery invites a significant risk of failure as the crossbite has a tendency to relapse and return. In addition, not having surgery invites a significant risk of periodontal problems in the upper back teeth....

Dentistry: Crown, root canal treatment, front teeth
root canal treatment, front teeth, broken tooth: Well, if you wanted a prosthetic repositioning of your teeth, then the procedure is the correct one. Pity for the pulpal exposure on the healthy tooth. Regarding the chipped tooth, many dentists prefer to do root canal treatment on a unit that is to be...

Dentistry: Crown broke of leaving half of the post, brushing my teeth, brushing teeth
brushing my teeth, brushing teeth, precautionary measures: I m sure it s not that comfortable without a tooth in place. It s better to get in and have the remainder of the post removed and a new post placed.It s pretty inert the way it is, but you do run the risk of contaminating the root canal with the tooth being...

Dentistry: Crown broke of leaving half of the post, brushing my teeth, brushing teeth
brushing my teeth, brushing teeth, precautionary measures: Dear Stephen : You should ask your dentist what KIND of material she/he is using. It is not normal to break the post in half. dont wait more time and change the post and crwon. Filtration can cause caries or also you will have to re do endo treatment....

Dentistry: Crown with post came out, temporary filling, rishi
temporary filling, rishi, oral care: Hello Robyn, There is a temporary filling material that you can buy in the drug store in the oral care section. It is to place crowns back temporarily, and this should work, but you will likely be using a lot less because the post space is quite small....

Dentistry: Crown and Teeth Cleaning, teeth cleaning, periodontal surgery
teeth cleaning, periodontal surgery, prosthodontist: It is impossible for me to give you a definitive answer without seeing you, Jamie, so I have to rely upon what you tell me. I have never heard of a mandatory scaling, nor of a scaling that costs over $800. If you had periodontal issues that needed to be addressed,...

Dentistry: Can CT/MRI detect fused teeth in order to avoid additional costly procedures?, adult teeth, correct diagnosis
adult teeth, correct diagnosis, spinal fusion: Karen - Of course, not viewing the type of xrays taken, I am sure that the surgeon took a panoramic xray of the jaws. This is long film, almost a foot long, and it gives the best vantage of seeing the development of the teeth. The exposure of the unerupted...

Dentistry: cant yawn, real hack, nerve problem
real hack, nerve problem, hack job: Steve, I would have an evaluation by a board certified oral surgeon. I don t think what you are experiencing is a nerve problem, but rather an anatomical one. It is possible that during the extractioin something may have happened to one of your joints that...

Dentistry: cavaties under fillings, cavaties, routine check
cavaties, routine check, fillings: Hello Ed, It is hard for me to say for sure, as I cannot examine you, but if the fillings have been there for 25 years and you go every two years for a checkup, it is entirely possible for some of the fillings to have decay around their margins, and this...

Dentistry: cavities in my 5years old daughter, pediatric dentists, dental treatment
pediatric dentists, dental treatment, cavities: Dear Julio, General anesthesia is life threatening. You should only use it if you have exhausted all other possibilities. Pediatric dentists are trained to work with children who have a fear of dentistry. Five years of age is not too young to learn to...

Dentistry: What are the chances of my tooth dying?, root canal treatment, front teeth
root canal treatment, front teeth, front tooth: Hello Justin, Is your tooth loose now? If it is very loose, then the chances of it even being saved are much slimmer. However, if it was just pushed back a bit, and your retainer corrected it, then that is a good idea that you had. The tooth may...

Dentistry: child's grey teeth, root canals, permanent teeth
root canals, permanent teeth, front teeth: hi missy teeth turning grey could very well mean the nerves are dying. It might be simply some bruising inside of the tooth. You need to watch for bumps or pimples above these teeth on the gums. This would mean that the nerves have died and root canals are...

Dentistry: chipped tooth, taking a nap, chipped tooth
taking a nap, chipped tooth, rishi: Hello Lindsey, Do you grind your teeth while sleeping? If so, this is likely the cause of the problem. Perhaps the tooth that chipped has a cavity which is also a cause of the problem. Visit your dentist as soon as possible to have the chipped portion...

Dentistry: cosmetic dentistry, tooth enamel, upper teeth
tooth enamel, upper teeth, cosmetic dentistry: Dear Helen: You re learning the hard way what I ve learned over the years. Veneers will be successful (last a very long time without chipping or breaking) in only certain cases. I have had to replace about 20% of my veneers with crowns, whicn are much more...

Dentistry: cost of implant crown, bone regeneration, quality labs
bone regeneration, quality labs, siegelman: Ronald, at this stage you need an attachment that goes onto the implant and a crown that will go onto the attachment or abutment. The dentist who will do it will have to pay a laboratory to provide these for him, he will obviously pass that cost onto you...

Dentistry: crown cost, bone regeneration, little bit
bone regeneration, little bit, punk: Ronald : There is always an idiot that thinks that paying more is receiving something better. Please try to buy 1 brain because I think yours doesnt work. And HOW CAN YOU EVALUATE MY KNOWLEDGE with this kind of question ... PLEASE.... be a little bit...

Dentistry: crowns, two front teeth, contact point
two front teeth, contact point, crowns: Yes, Susan. First, you must change those corwn to new temporal crowns. The margin of temporal crowns MUST NOT BE CHANGED FROM THE ORIGINAL ONES or recession will never be faded. Then, the contact point between temporal crowns must be changed not in place...

Dentistry: crowns, two front teeth, crowned teeth
two front teeth, crowned teeth, gum treatment: Hi Susan It sounds as though you have some gum disease going on around the crowned teeth. You need to see your dentist to have this looked at. It may be that you need some gum treatment doing and/or the crowns replacing. Regards Tony Appleto...

Dentistry: crowns, sonia gray, gum line
sonia gray, gum line, blue dye: Dear sonia gray, Yes-- it is customary to check the bite of a newly-constructed crown, although there are several other legitimate techniques besides the use of articulating paper (the method you cite). The use of retraction cord prior to taking crown...

Dentistry: crowns for children, fillings, crowns
fillings, crowns, second opinion: Dear Pam, Crowns for childrens back teeth are the best choice. Had they been available and as safe and easy to use when we were children dentists would have made them their first choice. Once decay starts on the sides of the back teeth simple fillings dont...

Dentistry: cure for gingivitis, scaling and root planing, cure for gingivitis
scaling and root planing, cure for gingivitis, proper diagnosis: First get a professional cleaning by a dentist or hygienist.Get the proper diagnosis . You may need to have a scaling and root planing procedure performed.Once this is done get on an excellent home care regimen.Brushing flossing and perhaps rinsing with an...

Dentistry: Dead Teeth, root canal therapy, root resorption
root canal therapy, root resorption, x ray: Without seeing your girlfriend, I cannot speak with authority, but I can tell you that I have never heard such a thing. Occasionally, if a tooth is moved too quickly, it may experience some root resorption, but that is not really a problem other than looking...

Dentistry: Debridement vs SRP cleaning, scaling and root planing, full mouth debridement
scaling and root planing, full mouth debridement, arestin: Jen, you could probably go to several other dentists and they would all give you a different answer. Dentistry is a science, an art, and a business. I have no doubt that you need scaling and root planing of your whole mouth, you could do this all in 4 visits...

Dentistry: Debriment, new dentist, calcium deposits
new dentist, calcium deposits, gum disease: Dear Ruth: Because I did not look at your teeth, I cannot tell you if this was really necessary. Your dentist seemed to believe it was. If you were concerned about your findings, you might have respectfully declined treatment, and gone to another dentist....

Dentistry: Deep Cleaning, new dentist, root canals
new dentist, root canals, correct diagnosis: Tyler, you should address all of the problems that you have. Its hard for me to tell you which dentist is giving you the correct diagnosis since I have not examined you. However, the teeth that have large cavities in them should be addressed immediately....

Dentistry: Deep Cleaning, ultrasonic scalers, root canals
ultrasonic scalers, root canals, new dentist: Tyler : It is right that a regular cleaning can harm your gums if they actually have 6mm pockets. Imagine a tunnel with one side closed, full of bacteria; if you take out bacteria from one side, bacteria from the deepest side will continue growing. I...

Dentistry: Deep Cleanings, healthy teeth and gums, teeth and gums
healthy teeth and gums, teeth and gums, new dentist: cd if you have not had your teeth cleaned for 2 years I would assume you probably need a deep cleaning. I doubt that after 2 years it is unnecessary. It is also possible that this deep cleaning will not be accomplished in only one appointment. Good Luck...

Dentistry: Dental Crowns, Replacement of front six teeth; Question!, dental crowns, enamel hypoplasia
dental crowns, enamel hypoplasia, bottom teeth: The slight darker color could be due to the underlying metal ie gold or semiprecious or non precious metal used as a substucture for strength. It s perfectly normal. Over the years as the gums receed you might find a need to replace the crowns if this shows...

Dentistry: Dental Implant Pain, sinus lift, sinus pain
sinus lift, sinus pain, face problem: Sharon, I am honestly not 100% sure either way. I have stayed away from the bovine bone implants. However, based on what I know I would be willing to say that your problems are more related to the surgical procedure you had done and not a foreign body reaction...

Dentistry: Dental Implants, delta airlines, dr fink
delta airlines, dr fink, dental implants: Dear Belinda: I would be honored to see you at our office in Dania Beach. I find it disturbing that your teeth are falling out despite what appears to be adequate dental care on your part. Before I can quote any fees, I would have to meet you, perform an...

Dentistry: Dental implant?, exray, new crown
exray, new crown, dental implant: Yes - too many x-rays are to be avoided. Any new dentist you see should request the x-rays from your previous dentists - this is normal practice (certainly here in the UK). It is difficult to know who is good, as you say. You will find that dental bodies...

Dentistry: Dental implant - single molar -, gum tissues, implant system
gum tissues, implant system, molar: Andrew, what really needs to be done is to have the case remade. There should not be a gap where you are describing. The problem is is that your dentist is going to have to absorb the cost of redoing this as there is no way he will be able to charge you...

Dentistry: Dental School, year of physics, inorganic chemistry
year of physics, inorganic chemistry, degree in psychology: garrett this is no simple way of doing this. to get into dental school, you will need a year of inorganic chemistry, a year of organic chemistry, a year of physics, and a year of biology. you need to enroll in a university and start taking these. i think...

Dentistry: Dental Treatment Cost, scaling and root planing, carpules
scaling and root planing, carpules, carpule: I have no idea, how many carpules did they propose. Max, there is no such thing as a technician who specializes in cleaning and scaling teeth. There are dental hygienists who do that but they have no specialty training or certification. I would find out...

Dentistry: Dental versus skeletal overbite, top gum, herbst appliance
top gum, herbst appliance, unknown element: You have discovered that there are many different approaches to every problem. I can give you some general information but nothing specific to your daughter s situation since I have no specific information about her upon which to base an opinion. The difference...

Dentistry: Dry Socket!, dry socket treatment, dry sockets
dry socket treatment, dry sockets, oral and maxillofacial surgeon: Leslie - Your dentist is inexperienced and stupid. Many people who do not smoke get dry sockets. She should have immediately placed dry socket medication on a piece of gauze into the socket after irrigating the socket. Eugenol is not a good choice - it...

Dentistry: Dry Socket and ignorant dentist?, clove oil, empty sockets
clove oil, empty sockets, new dentist: Sarah - Whichever dentist said to continuing treating the area yourself should have their license revoked. You are suffering from an inflammatory reaction in the sockets. It could be a dry socket or it could be something even worse. The proper way to...

Dentistry: damage after wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom teeth extraction, gum tissues
wisdom teeth extraction, gum tissues, gum tissue: Sarah - It is possible that the dentist who removed the tooth used an instrument caused an elevation of the gum tissue that detached it from the wisdom tooth and the tooth in front. This is done so that the gum tissue does not tear during the extraction....

Dentistry: decaying uncrowned root canal, root canal treatments, open holes
root canal treatments, open holes, temporary filling: Hello Katie, Root canal treatments are not 100% effective, and yes, if the tooth has not had a crown on it, it is possible for the tooth to become reinfected. However, because you have a root canal, the tooth is less likely to become reinfected, provided...

Dentistry: decaying uncrowned root canal, rare occurence, open holes
rare occurence, open holes, temporary filling: Katie, if you already had a root canal done on the tooth you will not get an infection in the nerve because it has been removed. If the tooth itself cracks then it is possible to have infection that will get into the bone around the tooth. You may or maynot...

Dentistry: deep cleaning while iam pregnant, early signs of pregancy, signs of pregancy
early signs of pregancy, signs of pregancy, definitive treatment: You need to postpone any significant dental treatment until the 2nd trimester. Meantime, I would strongly recommend that you check with your dentist about any non-invasive, treatment that can alleviate the symptoms and help control the gingival problem until...

Dentistry: deep cleaning while pregnant., early signs of pregancy, signs of pregancy
early signs of pregancy, signs of pregancy, local anesthetics: Hello Miraj, If you are indeed pregnant or suspect so, tell your dentist this fact. Likely, your dentist may do just a superficial cleaning and wait until the second trimester to do the full deep cleaning. It is best to avoid local anesthetics with...

Dentistry: dental abscess, sinus drainage, dental abscess
sinus drainage, dental abscess, root canal treatment: First of all, the new x-ray will not show any recent decay, since bone loss due to infection will usually take a whole lot longer than a couple of weeks.What she saw was probably the same that your first dentist discovered before performing the root canal...

Dentistry: dental bridge work- tooth now hurts, dry sockets, root canal treatment
dry sockets, root canal treatment, dental bridge: Hello Diana, I am sorry that you have been in so much pain. I had a case like yours recently, where the tooth had a cavity in it while preparing for a bridge. It sounds like the filling is quite close to the nerve, which is why you are having pain now....

Dentistry: dental implant, upper molar, endontist
upper molar, endontist, dental implants: Sorry .. I studied part of the Post Graduate at US but i am from Peru (South America) and I work at Peru also. I dont know too much about the difference of prices of dental implants at US but ..... they are very EXPENSIVE there. Beside prices, if...

Dentistry: dying from toothache!, root canal work, upper molar
root canal work, upper molar, bad tooth: Dear Denise : Your dentist must send a referall to a Neurologist. There are some neurological disorders with manifestations similar to yours. Your dentist can help the specialist with nerve block tests in specific areas. Tell him to try at different points...

Dentistry: Exposed bone?, wisdom tooth, gum disease
wisdom tooth, gum disease, tooth root: Hi Greg This is most likely a piece of the tooth root that may have been left behind, or an extra tooth starting to erupt. This will not be exposed bone - that would be painful and you would have a bad taste/smell. Don t worry but show it to your dentist....

Dentistry: Extracted teeth, rishi, molar
rishi, molar, open space: Hello Reddy, It is difficult to say exactly how much your teeth will shift into the space, as this depends on the strength of your bite, the alignment of the teeth, and if you grind your teeth or not. However, it is usually best to have the bridge placed...

Dentistry: Extracting a tooth, root canal, cavity
root canal, cavity, dentist: No, that s silly. The government is certainly into your business, but not yet into your mouth. Of course, if they can find a way to tax it, that will be another story. Seriously though, your dentist s job is to inform you of his suggested treatment, possible...

Dentistry: Extraction due to weak bone / abscess, gum disease, perfect shape
gum disease, perfect shape, teech: TG. Since I have not examined you and really don t know the extent of the bone loss around the teeth its very hard for me to give you an answer. It sounds like you have gum disease, and that is an infection that does require professional treatment. You alone...

Dentistry: Extraction after intruded baby teeth, permanent teeth, front teeth
permanent teeth, front teeth, baby teeth: I understand your concern. You should also understand a concern your dentist has about a persistent infection or inflammation that does not completely resolve. This could result in damage to the developing permanent teeth. Also, if the intruded primary...

Dentistry: Extreme Pain After Socket Packing, wisdom teeth extractions, alveolar osteitis
wisdom teeth extractions, alveolar osteitis, dry socket: David - I know exactly what you are going through. Dry socket pain and the recommended treatment does not always work any length of time in some patients. I have seen some patients, early in the postextraction time, where I irrigated the socket and repacked...

Dentistry: ear pain, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, temple region
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, temple region, wisdom teeth: Shannon - Frequent clicking associated with ear pain is usually due to muscular spasms and imbalance. Often the removal of lower wisdom teeth precipitates spasms of the muscles that help open and close your mouth. There are two main groups on each side...

Dentistry: most effctive antibiotic, pen vk, pharmacy student
pen vk, pharmacy student, penvk: ken i hate to say it but there is no way this can be put off for a year. any antibiotic will only give temporary relief. penvk is a good one. biaxin is not any better. i would ask if you can do the work and make payments for it. or if you are by a dental...

Dentistry: enamel hypoplasia, enamel hypoplasia, color variations
enamel hypoplasia, color variations, natural fluoride: While enamel hypoplasia and fluorosis are both disturbances in the formation of the enamel they are quite different. Enamel hypoplasia that affects the primary molars is the result of some disturbance that occurred during tooth formation in utero. Enamel...

Dentistry: extra tooth, permanent tooth, baby tooth
permanent tooth, baby tooth, ontact: This is either an extra tooth (called a supernumerary) or it s a regular permanent tooth. Occasionally, a permanent tooth fails to emerge and the baby tooth that precedes it remains in place. This can be overlooked by a dentist during a regular examination....

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/implant, bottom teeth, extreme problems
bottom teeth, extreme problems, molars: Dianna - As an objective doctor not treating you, I can tell you that if you are removing both the top and bottom last molars in the mouth without any molars behind there really should be no problem. Teeth tend to erupt through life and move slightly forward....

Dentistry: extraction/implant, bottom teeth, molars
bottom teeth, molars, molar: Hi Dianna You could have both teeth removed and it probably wouldn t impact too much on your chewing ability, although it is generally preferable to keep teeth where practical. You shouldn t need a retainer to stop your teeth moving. Regards Tony...

Dentistry: extraction root canal., root canal treatment, luck mark
root canal treatment, luck mark, brooklyn ny: Dear Lynn, What s the rush? If you wait for your current extraction wound to heal before you get your root canal, you ll have at least one side of your mouth to chew on if there is some problem with the new treatment. On the other hand, there is the potential...

Dentistry: extractions, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, tooth decay
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, tooth decay, minimal pain: Mary - If you are having 12 teeth extracted by an inexperienced or unskilled general dentist then you could be in for discomfort and potential problems. If, however, you are having these teeth removed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon the surgery you...

Dentistry: eye teeth and cleft palate, cleft palate, getting braces
cleft palate, getting braces, eye teeth: While it s important that the orthodontist is aware of your history of cleft palate and surgery, that should not be a deterrent to having orthodontic treatment to complete your dental correction. Some orthodontists may be hesitant to pursue treatment due...

Dentistry: Filling, metal fillings, gold filling
metal fillings, gold filling, dull ache: Hello Elizabeth, Cracked teeth usually do not get any better, and so, if you are in pain, then likely the tooth will have to be extracted. However, if the crack is at the bottom of the tooth, then it may be possible to perform a root canal treatment and...

Dentistry: Filling vs. Root Canal, hollow interior, root canal
hollow interior, root canal, x ray: There is no such option. A deep filling probably is a term the dentist uses to try to explain the concept of the destruction of the tooth by the caries bacteria being extending nearly to the hollow interior of the tooth, in which space resides the pulp or...

Dentistry: Frenulectomy, facial appearance, minimal risks
facial appearance, minimal risks, minor surgery: Other than the minimal risks that accompany any minor surgery (discomfort, infection, bleeding) I am not aware of any other risks or side effects including any changes in oral/facial appearance. Actually, I ve never heard of any incident of infection or bleeding...

Dentistry: ACTIQ, root canals, tooth damage
Dentistry: ACTIQ, root canals, tooth damage, lozenges

Dentistry: apicoectomy/sinus, ent ear nose, sinus pain
Dentistry: apicoectomy/sinus, ent ear nose, sinus pain, lateral tooth

Dentistry: Black spots/stains on 3yr old, stains, adulthood
Dentistry: Black spots/stains on 3yr old, stains, adulthood, 17 years

Dentistry: Born with missing adult teeth. -Recent Jaw pain, adult teeth, perfect smile
Dentistry: Born with missing adult teeth. -Recent Jaw pain, adult teeth, perfect smile, front teeth

Dentistry: Bridge - Broken front tooth - options, tooth bridge, pork chop
Dentistry: Bridge - Broken front tooth - options, tooth bridge, pork chop, 120 bucks

Dentistry: broken needle tip inside gum
Dentistry: broken needle tip inside gum

Dentistry: Core Buildup D2950, root canal procedure, root canals
Dentistry: Core Buildup D2950, root canal procedure, root canals, colored material

Dentistry: cant yawn, dental work, dentist
Dentistry: cant yawn, dental work, dentist

Dentistry: Debridement vs SRP cleaning, gum diseases, school of dentistry
Dentistry: Debridement vs SRP cleaning, gum diseases, school of dentistry, gum disease

Dentistry: Dental Treatment Cost, quads, teeth
Dentistry: Dental Treatment Cost, quads, teeth

Dentistry: Dry Socket!, irrigation, eugenol
Dentistry: Dry Socket!, irrigation, eugenol

Dentistry: dental implant, sinus lift, root canals
Dentistry: dental implant, sinus lift, root canals, simplant

Dentistry: foul smell and taste with new crown, soft toothbrush, whitening toothpaste
Dentistry: foul smell and taste with new crown, soft toothbrush, whitening toothpaste, dental floss

Dentistry: HPV in the Mouth, test hpv, diagnostic lab
Dentistry: HPV in the Mouth, test hpv, diagnostic lab, new test

Dentistry: Impacted eyetooth exposure and braketing, eye teeth, eye tooth
Dentistry: Impacted eyetooth exposure and braketing, eye teeth, eye tooth, oral surgeon

Dentistry: Infection 3 weeks after wisdom tooth removal, wisdom teeth, dry socket
Dentistry: Infection 3 weeks after wisdom tooth removal, wisdom teeth, dry socket, emergency surgery

Dentistry: Sinus/face pain after sinus lift and implant
Dentistry: Sinus/face pain after sinus lift and implant

Dentistry: Sinus problem after anesthetic injection, dental procedure, sinusitis
Dentistry: Sinus problem after anesthetic injection, dental procedure, sinusitis, sinus cavity

Dentistry: Surgery versus full mouth reconstruction(reconstructive dentistry), missing teeth, malocclusion
Dentistry: Surgery versus full mouth reconstruction(reconstructive dentistry), missing teeth, malocclusion, overbite

Dentistry: Toddler has skin from lip between two front teeth, two front teeth, frenum
Dentistry: Toddler has skin from lip between two front teeth, two front teeth, frenum

Dentistry: x-rays, x rays, dentist
Dentistry: x-rays, x rays, dentist, capability

Dentistry: facial/jaw pain, regional pain syndrome, disc displacement
regional pain syndrome, disc displacement, trigeminal neuralgia: Dear Carol, Actually, orofacial pain does not correlate well with structural deformity in the TMJ. Severe arthritic changes or disc displacement can cause limitation of joint range of motion and pain, but without functional impairment (i.e., reduced range...

Dentistry: facial swelling...., peridex, front teeth
peridex, front teeth, quick reply: About the swelling: Imagine you fell off a ladder, hit your face, and lost your six front teeth. Do you think you d be swollen for a few days? Of course you would. What you had done was similar to my imaginary accident. About eating: Soft foods should...

Dentistry: failed root canal - 3 times ugh, chronic inflammatory cells, upper molar
chronic inflammatory cells, upper molar, fibrous connective tissue: Yes it is. An oral surgeon could tell you whether or not you are a candidate for an implant based on the location of your sinus, as I mentioned, but that is about it. He does not have the expertise to know what prosthetic treatment would be best for you. If...

Dentistry: failed root canal, upper molar, molar tooth
upper molar, molar tooth, root canals: They say that one definition of insanity is to repeat the same procedure and expect a different outcome. If we assume that the retreatment was done correctly, and you did not respond, then we can assume that there was a problem the reatreatment could not address....

Dentistry: filling frustration, root canal specialist, dental pulp
root canal specialist, dental pulp, natural assumption: Dear Mr. Barr, Because pain is a non-specific symptoms that could reflect a wide variety of disorders, it is not possible to reliably infer the nature of your problem. However, the natural assumption when there is postoperative pain following a filling...

Dentistry: fillings, root canal specialist, pain meds
root canal specialist, pain meds, luck mark: Dear Ashley, Although the exact nature of your problem cannot be properly assessed from your description alone, the implementation of your dental treatment is clearly the cause. If your dentist is too close to the situation to candidly evaluate the quality...

Dentistry: never finished root canal, regretting it now, gargling with salt water, family health center
gargling with salt water, family health center, dental inssurance: Amber, this is not something your going to resolve on your own. One of 2 things needs to be done. Either the root canal needs to be re-treated or the tooth needs to be removed. Do not go to the emergency room, you will wait hours and you will leave only...

Dentistry: flipper, scaling and root planing, gingival tissues
scaling and root planing, gingival tissues, gum disease: Hello Gary, I would still suggest that you have the scaling and try to control the periodontal disease before making the flipper, as you want the best result, and you will not be happy if the flipper does not fit in the future. Hope this helps. If you...

Dentistry: flouride vitamins, good oral health, systemic fluoride
good oral health, systemic fluoride, tooth enamel: Systemic (ingested) fluoride supplements only work when enamel is developing. Since most tooth enamel development is completed by age 12 there is no benefit to continuing systemic fluoride supplementation after age 12. Continuing topical (surface) fluoride,...

Dentistry: follow up question, root canal treatment, new crown
root canal treatment, new crown, endodontist: Hello Joanne, Anytime you drill on a tooth, there is going to be trauma to the tooth. If there is significant decay, then the drilling may get even closer to the nerve and traumatize it. What this means is that if the tooth does not calm down, then you...

Dentistry: food is getting caught between two bottom molars, captek crowns, premolar teeth
captek crowns, premolar teeth, natural teeth: Toni : Crown size depends on the tissues next to the tooth. When bone is resorbed sometimes the crowns need to be bigger. About the contact point ... there are two ways to solve your problem: 1. Use interpximal brushes ALWAYS. 2. Ask your dentist to...

Dentistry: food gets stuck between bottom crowns, captek crowns, premolar teeth
captek crowns, premolar teeth, natural teeth: You have an open contact.Not acceptable.If it s between the 2 new crowns perhaps one getting redone will solve the problem.Make sure before you leave the office floss snaps through the restorations.The dentist should check contacts before cementation.In regards...

Dentistry: foul smell and taste with new crown, luck mark, tooth preparation
luck mark, tooth preparation, foul smell: Dear Mr. Claussen, You may indeed have an infection or inflammation in the gum surrounding the crown. This may be residual inflammation from the initial tooth preparation, or it may be a more persistent problem due to either poor crown contour or excess...

Dentistry: fowl odor from gum area, peridontist, back tooth
peridontist, back tooth, harmful to your health: Ella, up to this point the tooth in question has not given you any trouble. It now is causing an odor that you probably will not be able to eliminate because the bacteria that is growing in the pocket below the gumline is in a place you can t reach to keep...

Dentistry: Gapped front teeth, two front teeth, adult teeth
two front teeth, adult teeth, pediatric dentist: That gap is quite common in infants and frequently it closes as the frenum (that string you mentioned) alters its position during growth and allows the teeth to adjust their positions. I would suggest that you have your daughter seen by a pediatric dentist...

Dentistry: Gum after apico, gum recession, apico
gum recession, apico, root canal: Hi Marie It takes a little while for the tissues to settle after a procedure such as this. You may well get some gum recession around the tooth, and it could be this that you are seeing. Any concerns go back to your surgeon and show them. Regards...

Dentistry: Gum inflammation, gum inflammation, non hodgkins lymphoma
gum inflammation, non hodgkins lymphoma, inflammation of the gums: Jennifer, I am guessing that most of your problems stem from the loss of your salivary gland. I would guess that your mouth is very dry, this is going to make you prone to inflammation of the gums and decay. You need to keep your mouth lubricated with artificial...

Dentistry: Gum recession caused by retainer?, gum recession, bone resorption
gum recession, bone resorption, periodontology 2000: Dear Emily : First, you MUST go to a dentist (there are good ones around the world). Let me know what your dentist told you or tell him/her to comunicate with me if you need more info. The main cause of gum reccessions is not tooth brushing (you can...

Dentistry: gum graft, gum graft, american academy of periodontology
gum graft, american academy of periodontology, southern california area: JJ, although I don t know any specific doctors in Southern California you can look on the website of the American Academy of Periodontology, which is www.perio.org it has a section where you can put in your city or zip code and it will show you who practices...

Dentistry: gum laser, gingivectomy procedure, tooth decay
gingivectomy procedure, tooth decay, conventional instruments: Dear Angela, No-- every general dentist is not necessarily proficient with a laser. In fact, one could ask whether any given dentist is proficient with any instrument, and you might get varying responses to that question. The decision as to what instrument,...

Dentistry: gum removal, gum removal, gum tissue
gum removal, gum tissue, tooth decay: Angela, if there is decay below the gumline, lasering the gum tissue away is not always the best way of dealing with the problem. Sometimes are procedure called a crown lengthening needs to be done. Just lasering the tissue to get access to the decay and...

Dentistry: gum ulcers, fitting dentures, oral conditions
fitting dentures, oral conditions, chronic irritation: Rinsing with warm saltwater some 3 times a day can help, and reduce as much as possible the use of the dentures. Have your dentures fixed as soon as you can. Many different malign oral conditions can originate from the chronic irritation of mis-adapted dentures...

Dentistry: my gums hurt alot, bottom front, gums
bottom front, gums, health insurance: Savannah, why can t you see a dentist? You don t need health insurance to go. I don t think there is anything your going to be able to do on your own. If your finances are limited you can do some research, I am sure there are places where you live who will...

Dentistry: Hairline crack, worse case scenario, fear of the dentist
worse case scenario, fear of the dentist, hairline: Hi Marie It really depends on the extent of the crack. Worse case scenario is that part of the tooth actually breaks off because of this crack. However, if it is only minor then it could be left alone. I know you want me to say just leave it, but here...

Dentistry: Herpes type 1, antiseptic mouthwash, herpes type 1
antiseptic mouthwash, herpes type 1, superficial sores: Herpes treatment is usually very long, so after only three days of treatment it is very unlikely that you will notice any change. Ask your doctor about which pain medication you can use, and I would suggest that you start using an antiseptic mouthwash some...

Dentistry: Herpes type 1, herpes type 1, herpes infection
herpes type 1, herpes infection, gum pain: Susie - Acyclovir is the medication of choice to arrest the herpes infection. As you say, it does not make it feel any better at this time. You can ask your physician or dentist to prescribe Lidocaine 2% oral rinse. This won t make it get better any quicker,...

Dentistry: Herpes type 1, herpes simplex virus, oral ulceration
herpes simplex virus, oral ulceration, oral pathologist: Dear Susie, Unless the diagnosis of herpes simplex type 1 was made by a combination of cytological and serologic testing, I suspect that your condition is not due to herpes simplex virus. In the absence of immune suppression due to chronic disease or drug...

Dentistry: Hole in a tooth, two front teeth, sugary drinks
two front teeth, sugary drinks, natural tooth: It all depends on what is causing the grey coloring. It can be dealt with either by bleaching, bonding, a veneer, or a crown. Unless I saw exactly what it was its hard for me to tell you exactly what they will do. Rest assured though, they can make it look...

Dentistry: HPV in the Mouth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, pathologic lesions
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, pathologic lesions, necessary treatment: Christopher - Let me first tell you that general dentists, in general, are not skilled pathologists. As such, they usually refer their patients with unknown pathologic lesions to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for an examination and necessary treatment....

Dentistry: hardness on the gum, alveolar, gums
alveolar, gums, amoxicillin: It s probably some part of the contour of the alveolar crest (the area of bone in the jaw where teeth are inserted) and has always been there but you didn t notice it untill now, when you are paying more attention to that spot in particular. If the color...

Dentistry: hypoplastic teeth condition, hypoplastic teeth, dental checkups
hypoplastic teeth, dental checkups, enamel hypoplasia: 1. Cavities should be cleaned and fillings placed as soon as possible. Frequent dental checkups should be done (at least every 6 months) to check for new cavities. Extra careful brushing and flossing of the teeth is necessary since the teeth lack the usual...

Dentistry: Impacted eyetooth exposure and braketing, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, facial structure
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, facial structure, orthodontist: Zacky - The determination of the ability to adequately expose the tooth to allow eruption should not be determined by an orthodontist. They do not do surgery and do not know if exposure is possible to facilitate eruption. My suggestion is to bring your daughter...

Dentistry: Implant failure, lymph glands, gum tissue
lymph glands, gum tissue, light exercise: Francie - There are hallmarks of failure such as swelling and pain that stand out and there are implants that fail with no warning. When the implant is exposed 4-6 months later to then place a crown on it, a non-symptomatic mobility can the be found. ...

Dentistry: Implant Question, upper areas, mild pain
upper areas, mild pain, siegelman: Janice, your right it doesn t sound right, but sometimes it can happen. Pain can be referred from the upper areas to the lower. If there is a problem with the implants this problem will not go away. At this point it is probably prudent to give things time...

Dentistry: Implant questions, left nostril, implant questions
left nostril, implant questions, gum tissue: Stephanie - When you describe the lump, you don t say if the lump is firm or soft. I say that, because that can mean two different things. If hard, especially since the implant was placed where the upper eyetooth was, the insertion of the implant could...

Dentistry: Implant supported bridge vs Indiividual Implants, understandable fashion, cosmetic issues
understandable fashion, cosmetic issues, general idea: Cost should really be similar.For 7 teeth to be replaced if there s adequate bone I would place 7 implants.If cosmetic issues are a concern I might place 5 to give me more room to get a nice result.These are not decisions for the patient to make.The decision...

Dentistry: Infection 3 weeks after wisdom tooth removal, wisdom tooth removal, incision and drainage
wisdom tooth removal, incision and drainage, warm salt water: Alice - It sounds like you might have infection spreading out and inflaming the muscles that help open and close your mouth. The antibiotics can help to prevent the infection growing internally, but drainage of the infection to remove the bacteria is important....

Dentistry: Intense pain in all fillings, composite fillings, composite resin
composite fillings, composite resin, unfavorable result: Dear Leah, Although some postoperative pain is quite common when composite resin is used as a filling material, the severity of your pain and its delayed onset suggests something other than a normal postoperative course. I can t comment on whether the...

Dentistry: implant or bridge?, bridge work, baby tooth
bridge work, baby tooth, prosthodontist: These are good question that should be directed to the prosthodontist...the dentist who will be doing the bridge, or the oral surgeon who will be doing the implant. I would presume that a certain amount of healing will be necessary following removal of the...

Dentistry: implant crown cost, bone regeneration, begining
bone regeneration, begining, segment: I do the whole procedure from begining to end and my fee is roughly 3400.I can t tell you how much just one segment of the procedure would be because I don t do it that way.I would assume it would be in the neighborhood of 950-1400.It depends on your locale...

Dentistry: implant options, implant options, overbite
implant options, overbite, occlusal: The treatment plan outlined for you by your dentist is well thought out.I would concur.Do the ortho first.Definately opt for the implants if it s within your budget as this is the best restoration,especially on a young patient like yourself.Forget about a...

Dentistry: implant question, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, upper molar
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, upper molar, oral and maxillofacial surgeons: Amy - Recuperative time after an extraction is 5-7 days on the outside. Most patients are better within a day or two and if you are seeing a board certified surgeon I am sure you will be able to work on Monday without any problems. I know a few surgeons...

Dentistry: impressions done for a crown, need temp?, root canal therapy, typical procedure
root canal therapy, typical procedure, brooklyn ny: Dear Ms. Gray, It is sometimes feasible to omit a temporary crown if the involved tooth has previously received root canal therapy; this would eliminate any sensitivity that would otherwise follow the drilling of a tooth in preparation for a crown. However,...

Dentistry: infantoverbite, american academy of pediatric dentistry, academy of pediatric dentistry
american academy of pediatric dentistry, academy of pediatric dentistry, pediatric dentist: Nearly 100% of newborns appear to have an overbite. Since your baby is very healthy and has no trouble nursing I would estimate that there is no significant problem at this point. Except in the case of a very severe developmental problem which would be quite...

Dentistry: infection after root canal, apicoectomy, oral surgeon
apicoectomy, oral surgeon, root canal: Angie - See the surgeon. Endodontists sometimes try to surgically correct this situation, but they are not surgeons and, as such, they have more complications. The area may need to be surgically drained of the infection and the surgeon might be able to seal...

Dentistry: no insurance/no money, private dental office, county welfare
private dental office, county welfare, welfare agency: Dear Brian: After savings, there is her bank. She can obtain a loan for dental care. If not, then look for a dental college near you. They can provide dental care for 1/2 to 2/3 less than private dental office fees. There may be county dental clinics in...

Dentistry: Jaw Pain, hospital emergency rooms, luck mark
hospital emergency rooms, luck mark, jaw pain: Dear Missy, In my experience, hospital emergency rooms provide palliative interim treatment, and are unlikely to offer services that get at the cause of the problem. Unless you are in extremely urgent need of immediate care, a better strategy would be to...