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Dentistry: gray spots on crowns, cosmetic dentist, gray spots
cosmetic dentist, gray spots, gray shadow: There are two dentists who I know and respect in the Atlanta area. My first choice for you would be Dr. Mark Shefrin. I do not have his number, so you ll have to google him. The second is Dr. Ronald Goldstein. My preference for Dr. Shefrin comes from...

Dentistry: gum disease, good oral health, new dentist
good oral health, new dentist, gum disease: Dear Andrew It s understandable and I am sorry for letting you worry like that. I feel that you seem somewhat more relaxed and less stressed about the issue, which pleases me. All you have to do, and all you can do, is follow what the people say who know...

Dentistry: gum disease, gum pocket, new dentist
gum pocket, new dentist, measurement chart: The proxy brush is a good tool for cleaning and delivering anti-bacterial agents into the pocket between the tooth, not around the rest of the tooth. Details on technique and tools will be found in the article I wrote. http://www.dentalindia.com/ppfloss.html...

Dentistry: gums, soft toothbrush, gum disease
soft toothbrush, gum disease, gums: Dear Hannah, Yes. You have some form of gum disease, which is infection that resides under your gums and between your gums and the roots of your teeth. You will want to see your dentist for a check up and cleaning, as this usually resolves the bleeding...

Dentistry: gums receding?, gum tissue, consultation visit
gum tissue, consultation visit, autograft: Dear trip, There are things you can do about it. Although most recession is physiologic (our gums shrink as we age), Sometimes it is caused by constant clenching of the teeth, or excessive brushing with a toothbrush that is too hard for your gums. If...

Dentistry: Headache After Wisdom Teeth Surgery, wisdom teeth surgery, wet compresses
wisdom teeth surgery, wet compresses, muscle fibers: well the headache lasts for about a couple of weeks until your soft tissue recovers. During surgery sometimes in order to get to the tooth some muscle fibers from the muscles of mastication have to be severed. this causes pain post operatively when you chew...

Dentistry: Herculite ultra, product data sheets, tooth sensitivity
product data sheets, tooth sensitivity, sybron: Dear Robyn: I just got your rating of my answer, and I was disappointed to find a 3 in Knowledgability. In fact, I stated that I had used your specific product for many years with no unusual untoward results. In fact, I know this product very well, and...

Dentistry: HURTING AFTER ROOT CANAL, gary backlund, deep roots
gary backlund, deep roots, writing a novel: Hi Aimee, I m sorry to hear all this is going on. No, this is NOT normal. Having your bite way off can really make a tooth hurt and even if the bite is right now, it will take several days before you will notice much chnage. If your bite is right, you should...

Dentistry: holes on teeth, call tomorrow, dalin
call tomorrow, dalin, motrin: if that is a hole, then you need to call your dentist ASAP and get in there for an xray and exam. if the decay gets into the nerve, you will then need a root canal so try to get in there and have it fixed before it gets that bad. a hole can be sensitive to...

Dentistry: "Implant" I didn't ask for., gutta percha, root canal treatment
gutta percha, root canal treatment, gary backlund: Hi Alex, I m sorry to hear this has happened. Unfortunately, it is part of doing root canals and happens to all of us who do them, but is distressing to the doctor as well as the patient when it does occur. Usually when an instrument sections off, it...

Dentistry: Impromptu Incisor Extractions in 6yr Old, lateral incisors, adult teeth
lateral incisors, adult teeth, sanity check: Dear Lisa, There is absolutely no need to do anything but wait for the permanent teeth to erupt. No need for space maintainer, no need to worry about their position. Your son has suffered the best of accidents, i.e. no short or long term complication....

Dentistry: Impromptu Incisor Extractions in 6yr old, lateral incisors, upper incisors
lateral incisors, upper incisors, adult teeth: If I am to understand from your description that the two teeth which were lost were primary teeth, then I completely agree with the advice of your dentist. It would have been a mistake to attempt implantation of the avulsed primary incisors since there is...

Dentistry: Instructions after molar extraction, molar extraction, molar tooth
molar extraction, molar tooth, food debris: Camille - I assume you are saying the tooth was extracted. Well after the extraction stay on a soft diet for about 48 hours. Do not rinsing of your mouth for the first 48 hours, then begin a regimen of rinsing 3-4 times a day, especially after meals to remove...

Dentistry: idea of cost for zirconium crowns, porcelain crowns, zirconia crowns
porcelain crowns, zirconia crowns, extreme hardness: Dear Karen: It is not the quality, but rather the durability, which is much better with zirconia crowns. They are very similar to porcelain in appearance. They are somewhat harder than porcelain, and also have some of the resilience of metal. For back...

Dentistry: inability to open mouth well after 2 weeks of wisdom tooth removal, wisdom tooth removal, wisdom teeth removal
wisdom tooth removal, wisdom teeth removal, warm salt water: Tajudeen - It seems you are suffering from a fairly common side effect of wisdom teeth removal. You are dealing with muscles spasms of the jaw muscles. You need to immediately begin a regimen of warm salt water rinses for about 5 minutes, 4-5 times a day....

Dentistry: irregular bottom gum bone, alveoplasty, skilled surgeon
alveoplasty, skilled surgeon, irregularity: Elizabeth - Of course, without examining you I cannot be sure, but it sounds like you have the irregularity due to bone smoothing that was not done at the time of the teeth extractions. What, most likely needs to be done, is to have a surgery, called an alveoplasty,...

Dentistry: irritated papilla behind front teeth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, cystic lesion
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, cystic lesion, cancer answer: Coletta - If the swelling is due to a cystic lesion emanating from the palate, only an oral and maxillofacial surgeon can successfully remove it. If the area is only due to gum inflammation and periodontal disease, the doctor will know that long term care...

Dentistry: Jagged bone in gum following wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, warm salt water
wisdom tooth extraction, warm salt water, jaw bone: Angie - This is definitely not normal. The doctor who removed the teeth did not smooth the bone after the extraction. It is important, before infection develops, to have that bone smoothed out. In the meantime, begin warm salt water rinses a couple of minutes,...

Dentistry: jaw dislocation, jaw dislocation, flare ups
jaw dislocation, flare ups, masseter muscles: It sounds like you are having a problem with your temporomandibular joint. This is the joint that allows the mandible to open and sometimes it gets inflamed. The disk inside can have trouble moving properly and a patient with this problem can have a restricted...

Dentistry: jaw expansion in child, facial appearance, upper jaw
facial appearance, upper jaw, orthodontist: Depending on the details of the bite problem it is sometimes necessary to have expansion done in the upper jaw. This is usually not so drastic a procedure as to cause changes in the facial appearance. It is designed to improve the bite relationship of the...

Dentistry: jaw surgery, invisalign braces, visible braces
invisalign braces, visible braces, lingual braces: Ceramic braces work just as well, although they tend to be a bit more expensive. My wife has ceramic braces, and you have to look very closely to tell that she is wearing anything. Lingual braces take about 25% longer to complete your case, and because they...

Dentistry: Late teething, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, dental implants
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, dental implants, genetic problem: Sam - There are a couple of reasons for your cousin s lack of teeth. He may have never formed teeth from genetic problem or he may have teeth under the gum, but they have never erupted. I cannot give you the answer, but the solution is to see an oral and...

Dentistry: Lump back after Apicoetomy, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, apicoectomy
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, apicoectomy, problem deals: Gina - I am sorry to tell you this, but antibiotics will not cure the infection. As long as the cause is still there, the infection will remain and cause problems. If you have the tooth extracted and do nothing, eventually there will be shifting of the...

Dentistry: Lump in mouth on cheek after surgery, warm salt water, cheek area
warm salt water, cheek area, lump in mouth: Mike - I, of course, cannot be sure what the bump is, but there is normally a small bump located in the back of the cheek area, on both sides of your mouth. This bump is a place where saliva from the parotid gland releases its saliva. So if it is the place...

Dentistry: local anestetic/chart, local anesthetic, lidocaine
local anesthetic, lidocaine, generic name: Type of local ansthetic (brand or generic name) and how much was used. I usually write the amount as the number of anesthetic cartridges I used. Like 3xLidocaine2% , which means that I used 3 cartridges of 2% Lidocaine, where each cartridge contains 1.7-1.8...

Dentistry: loose baby teeth due to an injury, gum tissue, tooth mobility
gum tissue, tooth mobility, bottom teeth: This type of injury may heal uneventfully but if there is a fracture of the root there will be complications including infection. Sometimes a root fracture can only be detected by x-ray, so a visit to a dentist may be wise. Things to look out for are swelling,...

Dentistry: No lost of Primary dentition/teeth, primary teeth, permanent teeth
primary teeth, permanent teeth, sohaib: It is not a disease in the sense that would disrupt your life. What you can do about it is that you should find yourself a multi-speciality based dental practice, consult them, get an OPG ( panoramic xray) done. After that they would give you several options...

Dentistry: lost retainer, retainer check, types of retainers
retainer check, types of retainers, eight nights: It would be best to contact the office on Monday to let them know about the lost retainers so they can be prepared to deal with the situation. There are various types of retainers and they are made in various different ways. Sometimes the original molds...

Dentistry: Mild Gum Disease, gum pocket, new dentist
gum pocket, new dentist, measurement chart: Hi Andrew Before I answer this next question of yours, please take a little bit of time and taking the trouble to please rate my last 2 replies to you. This is a free service, which we all do out of passion and dedication, but all we ask in return is for...

Dentistry: Mild Gum Disease, gum pocket, new dentist
gum pocket, new dentist, measurement chart: Dear Andrew: At age 19 you should have no periodontal disease issues. However, Since you are getting conflicting opinions from your general dentist and hygienist, I advise that you take the following step: Goto www.perio.org and look up a Periodontist near...

Dentistry: Mild Gum Disease, gum pocket, new dentist
gum pocket, new dentist, measurement chart: i would bet that after a good cleaning at the dentist, your pocket depths all shrunk back to 2 mm or so. that is why this does not sound like anything to be concerned about. the pocket depths are the highest right before a cleaning when your gums are ready...

Dentistry: malclusion, bite, jaw joints, temporomandibular joints
jaw joints, temporomandibular joints, socket joint: You definitely need to get in to your dentist for an exam and evaluation. You might need a bruxism night guard made. This will help protect the cheek and stop the grinding and biting of your tongue. You will be so much more comfortable with this. You might...

Dentistry: medicated irrigation during deep root cleaning..., teeth and gums, vet tech
teeth and gums, vet tech, deep cleaning: The best thing would be to ask your dentist this question. At your age, it is likely that you can use a chlorhex rinse before and after your procedure and obtain the same result. However, your dentist knows the status of your tissues better than I do, and...

Dentistry: milk??, smell of milk, commensals
smell of milk, commensals, mouthwash: THE SMELL OF MILK FROM YOUR MOUTH IS BECAUSE OF THE PRESENCE OF A SPECIAL BACTERIA CALLED LACTOBACILLI. THEY ARE NORMAL COMMENSALS IN YOUR CASE I.E NORMAL RESIDENTS IN YOUR MOUTH. ANTIBIOTICS AGAINST THESE BACTERIA MAY BE EFFECTIVE IN REDUCING THE BAD BREATH....

Dentistry: mixing cataflam & hydrocodone, drug tolerance, cataflam
drug tolerance, cataflam, dental pain: I have seen it used in the past. Well I give you a 1 for gracelesness and rudeness. How is a practitioner to know your complete history and drug tolerance by your question? I have seen it used in the past with good results on some people,but it is impossible...

Dentistry: mixing cataflam & hydrocodone, cataflam, dental pain
cataflam, dental pain, severe pain: Kerem - There should be no problem in combining the use of both medications. I just hope the pain gets better soon. More important, the dentist needs to find the cause for the severe pain and treat it to help it go away. I wish you well and hope you...

Dentistry: mixing cataflam & hydrocodone, cataflam, dental pain
cataflam, dental pain, speedy recovery: Hi Kerem and thanks for your question. Combining both these medications would not offer any complications as a result. But please remember to get it checked out by your dentist and don t just forget about it once the pain has subsided. Wishing you the...

Dentistry: mixing cataflam & hydrocodone, severe toothache pain, cataflam
severe toothache pain, cataflam, dental pain: I wouldn t. Cataflam is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, and if you grade those drugs according to the severity of side effects, it is at the top. One of the most dangerous things that they can do is to damage the liver. Acetaminophen is not a NSAID;...

Dentistry: My Nine year old, pediatric dentist, orthodontist
pediatric dentist, orthodontist, orthodontics: George- Depending what the type of treatment that is needed, orthodontics is some times correct. I cannot tell you if your son s tretment is correct or not. My suggestion is that you get a second opinion from either a different orthodontist or a pedodontist...

Dentistry: My Nine year old, primary teeth, permanent teeth
primary teeth, permanent teeth, x rays: Some types of problems are best treated after all the primary teeth have been replaced by permanent teeth. Other types of problems are best treated in two phases...the first phase at around age 8 or 9 followed by a second phase after the permanent teeth have...

Dentistry: Novacaine, heart murmur, heart issues
heart murmur, heart issues, oxide nitrous: Justin - Both novocaine and carbocaine, by themselves will not cause a patient to pass out, unless the dentist makes a mistake and injects into an artery. Usually, when a patient passes out during dental injections or dental treatment, it is a psycological...

Dentistry: Numb Face & Larger Pupil, gary backlund, nerve tracts
gary backlund, nerve tracts, numb face: Hi Lisa, I m sorry you re going through all this. There is really no way all this could be caused by the root canal. When you have numbness to the extent you do, one would have to suspect a problem in a more central location along one of the nerve tracts....

Dentistry: nitrous oxide analgesia, fearful patients, patient cooperation
fearful patients, patient cooperation, phobic patients: Hi Ana and thanks for your question. In general, all patients for whom the experience of dental treatment will impact in a negative way, thereby reducing the degree of patient cooperation with implications for the treatment plan in general. It s ideal...

Dentistry: numb jaw/teeth.., alveolar bone, bone bone
alveolar bone, bone bone, x ray: YOU SHOULD CONSULT A DENTIST WHO WOULD GET AN X-RAY DONE TO CONFIRM IF YOU HAVE AN ALVEOLAR BONE (BONE AROUND THE TEETH) FRACTURE. SUCH FRACTURES ARE COMMON IN THIS TYPE OF INJURY. THE X-RAY WILL ALSO CONFIRM IF YOU HAVE TOOTH FRACTURE ON THE LOOSENED TEETH....

Dentistry: open bite, thumb sucker, tongue thrust
thumb sucker, tongue thrust, bottom teeth: There is no treatment for an open bite at age 2. Persistent use of a pacifier can be problematic, especially if the pacifier is made of a hard plastic material. Fortunately, it is possible for the open bite to resolve if the causative factors are removed....

Dentistry: oral yeast infection, oral yeast infection, herpetic gingivostomatitis
oral yeast infection, herpetic gingivostomatitis, soft diet: This could be a yeast infection. A culture would definitely confirm the diagnosis. It is not a common infection for a child. A viral infection can also have these type of symptoms, eg. herpetic gingivostomatitis. This usual goes away within 7-10 days. ...

Dentistry: PAIN FOLLOWING A WISDOM TOOTH SURGERY, wisdom tooth surgery, dental nerve
wisdom tooth surgery, dental nerve, wisdom teeth: Kishani - I cannot be sure without examining you, but from the traumatic extraction you endured, the doctor might have put excess pressure on the teeth in front of the wisdom teeth. He may have inflamed the bone around the teeth or if he put pressure on...

Dentistry: Pain after Fillings, chronic ear infections, ent doctors
chronic ear infections, ent doctors, wisdom tooth: Dear Nancy: The first thing to do now is STOP! Do not do any other procedures that might complicate the problem. It is highly unlikely that the infections you are having have anything to do with the fillings you have had placed. However, the pain and...

Dentistry: Pain a few months after partial crown, root canal specialist, root canals
root canal specialist, root canals, diagnostic aids: Hi Hillary and thanks for your question. While it is very difficult to give you any definitive diagnosis without proper consultation and evaluation of all the diagnostic aids, I would suggest that based on the description of your symptoms, you perhaps get...

Dentistry: Pain several weeks after RCT, root canals, nerve pain
root canals, nerve pain, dull ache: Hi again Steve, There is always the possibility of some inflammation of the nerve tract. It could be related somehow to the treatment, perhaps needle trauma from the injection, but it is also highly unlikely. An abscess would not act like this...there would...

Dentistry: Post Extraction Problems, ulcer type, warm salt water
ulcer type, warm salt water, wisdom teeth: Josh - Simply, the best way to treat these areas, on your own, is to keep them clean with warm salt water rinses a few times a day. There are medications that can be prescribed to relieve the pain. Do not use any over-the-counter medication. Those usually...

Dentistry: Problem with Bonded Top Retainer, upper incisors, bottom teeth
upper incisors, bottom teeth, lingual retainer: You have discovered the problem with an upper bonded lingual retainer. Because the lower incisors contact the lingual surface of the upper incisors there is usually insufficient space to place an upper bonded retainer that will not interfere with the bite....

Dentistry: Problem after endodontic retreatment, cold sensitivity, pressure sensitivity
cold sensitivity, pressure sensitivity, endodontist: Hi Brian, I m sorry all this is going on. First my disclaimer... :-). Since I can t exam you, it s very hard fro me to help with your diagnosis. However, I can share some thoughts with you...but you may not want to hear them. First, when a root canal...

Dentistry: Pulling Baby Teeth, adult teeth, pediatric dentist
adult teeth, pediatric dentist, long term health: I first recommend taking him to a pediatric dentist who should be able to allay his anxieties and manage this behavior. Once he feels comfortable with the pediatric dentist, then this situation can be addressed. This is a very common situation with children...

Dentistry: Pulling teeth to help adult teeth come in better, adult teeth, diagnostic models
adult teeth, diagnostic models, teeth extraction: There is no right or wrong answer here. Each case needs to be evaluated individually. Yes, some case require both baby and adult extractions to achieve the desired result. Some cases don t require extractions. Without seeing proper X-rays, diagnostic models,...

Dentistry: pain after cavities, teeth decay, interdental brushes
teeth decay, interdental brushes, insulation layer: You are very perceptive. Yes the annoyance in your jaw could very well be from the shots. The main thing is that you want it to show improvement over time. Less likely but possible could be jaw opened too wide too long. I m glad to hear about the problems...

Dentistry: pls help, gum infection, warm salt water
gum infection, warm salt water, blood blister: Julie - I of course cannot be sure, but what you feel could be gum tissue that was torn during the extraction. Another possibility is a minor gum infection. Of course, I cannot tell you what is actually there so you should contact and see your dentist to...

Dentistry: post extraction pain in other teeth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, upper tooth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, upper tooth, wisdom tooth: Nannette - Of course, without examining you or seeing your xrays, it is a little difficult for me to tell you what might be happening. I must tell you that with a lower tooth extraction, you should not have pain or reaction to cold, unless the dentist applied...

Dentistry: post root canal pain, gary backlund, root canal pain
gary backlund, root canal pain, amoxicillin 500: Hi Heather, I m sorry to hear all this is going on. What you are experiencing is NOT normal. No patient should be told they need to live with pain for 10 days. The nerve in your tooth (the pulp)should either already be dead, removed when doing the root...

Dentistry: Root Canal with Numbness Comment, gary backlund, minor trauma
gary backlund, minor trauma, wisdom tooth: HI Bennie, Thank you for your input. When this nerve is traumatized, it can be a very unpleasant experience for patients. The good news is that in situations like Lisa s, there is almost always complete healing since the injection creates only minor trauma...much...

Dentistry: Root Canal/Sinus problems, constant sore throat, dana dana
constant sore throat, dana dana, sinustis: Dana - From your symptoms alone, it definitely seems that you developed an infectious sinustis (sinus infection). I know the British health system is very controlling and, as such, what they do and don t do, right or wrong, is limiting. I think that you...

Dentistry: Root canal, gary backlund, hi mike
gary backlund, hi mike, root canal: Hi Mike, Sorry to hear you had all this go on. The simple answer to your questions is YES . The material is put in as a paste and when it get inside the tooth, it sets and becomes hard. It will not move or shift once set and will stay exactly where it...

Dentistry: Root Extraction related complication, sinus cavity, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
sinus cavity, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, speedy response: Hasan - From what the doctor says, especially in the second paragraph, I agree with him. Obviously, a large segment of bone was removed in the extraction of the tooth. This large amount of bone, internally, will allow sinus membrane to come into the socket...

Dentistry: re: Cracked Crown, temple region, nightguard
temple region, nightguard, x rays: Gary - I wish I could tell you. If the underlying crowns are completely covering the teeth then it might be okay to wait. If, however, the fracture allows saliva to gain access to the underlying tooth, you are asking for decay to form. I wish I could...

Dentistry: removable versus fixed spacers/expanders, 6 year molars, oral hygiene
6 year molars, oral hygiene, dietary restrictions: Certainly this is a very important question to ask when considering those two options. I have always advocated the use of the fixed appliance with the exception of a few exceptional adults who have done well with a removable appliance, although the results...

Dentistry: rotten rooth canal, false teeth, front teeth
false teeth, front teeth, best bet: I really couldn t tell you. Actually, I don t know why you need multiple retreatments, either. Those front teeth are not difficult to treat, so I don t know why the treatment is failing. If they needed the treatment because of trauma originally, the root could...

Dentistry: Salivary gland ducts/ Swollen lips, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water, swollen lips: Emily - I, of course, cannot be totally sure without examining you, but it sounds like you are developing apthous stomatitis. This is a situation where various areas of the mouth develop sores at the same time. Another possibility, especially with the associated...

Dentistry: Seizure or fainting asociated with local anethesia, local anesthetic, local anesthetics
local anesthetic, local anesthetics, wisdom teeth: Linda - I agree with the surgeon. With the wearing off of the local anesthetic blood pressure should not be affected. There is only one possibility that I can think of. If the surgeon used a local anesthetic that contained epinephrine, a common and beneficial...

Dentistry: Sensitive Teeth, what causes sensitive teeth, gum graft
what causes sensitive teeth, gum graft, gum recession: Dear Marie: Many things can cause sensitive teeth. The most common is trauma, usually from chronic, continued clenching and grinding of your teeth. Many people do this, although they are unaware that they do. If you are near or past middle age, the natural...

Dentistry: Severe dental emergancy, gum infections, healthy teeth
gum infections, healthy teeth, abscessed tooth: Charlene - Teeth abscess because decay spread to the nerve within the tooth or if you had periodontal disease. Which is the cause is, of course, difficult for me to determine without examinng you or seeing xrays of your mouth. Why might this occur? During...

Dentistry: Swollen Gum, swollen gum, warm salt water
swollen gum, warm salt water, wisdom teeth: Alaina - Of course, without examining you it is a little difficult for me to tell you what is going on exactly, but after wisdom teeth are removed, minute particles of food can become lodged in the socket, even if you have been rinsing. With these small pieces...

Dentistry: Swollen gum and cheek, swollen gum, wisdom tooth
swollen gum, wisdom tooth, oral surgeon: Dear Angela: It sounds like you re clenching during the night on what gum remains, causing it to become irritated and swell by morining. Two things you can do: 1.Have your dentist make you a biteguard to protect this area at night. 2. Have your dentist or...

Dentistry: sinus elevation, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw ache
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw ache, sinus problem: Zoey - I cannot be sure, but it sounds like you have a situation called a dehiscence. It is a breakdown of the overlying tissue. Is that due to the surgery or is it due to a sinus problem secondary to a perforation of the sinus membrane during the surgery....

Dentistry: sinus and lump on the front side of the ear, ear nose throat specialist, ear nose throat
ear nose throat specialist, ear nose throat, sinus problems: Dear K: You need to see another dentist. It could be either an infected tooth or Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD), an ear infection, sinus infection, or a combination of these. You need a dentist who will not brush you off. You need an Ear/Nose/Throat...

Dentistry: snap implant prothesis, upper gum, cosmetic dentist
upper gum, cosmetic dentist, abutments: Dear Ralph: I do need some more information: A snap prosthesis should include the following: 1. A denture. 2. two or four implants. 3. The abutments (the connectors into the implants). I ll give you comparison fees to what it costs in my office,...

Dentistry: swelling along gum line, mold allergy symptoms, post nasal drip
mold allergy symptoms, post nasal drip, canker sore remedies: I think your dentist needs to see you to assess the conditions that you describe. They are not typical of abscessed tooth or the usual gum diseases we are used to seeing. Although I believe that what you describe is viral and self-limiting, your dentist...

Dentistry: Teeth Extractions, dry sockets, warm salt water
dry sockets, warm salt water, dry socket: Elain - It could be a dry socket(and inflammation of the bone in the tooth s socket). Lower teeth are more prone to developing dry sockets after extractions. I, of course, cannot tell you for sure what is going on but my suggestion is that you get to the...

Dentistry: TMJ muscle pulled, maxillo facial surgeon, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
maxillo facial surgeon, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, root canal treatment: Julia - The best approach is a simple approach to try to relax the muscles. Just so you know, the old saying the hip bone is connected to the shin bone and the shin bone is connnected to .... is true. A simple muscular problem in one small area can spread...

Dentistry: TMJ/TMD pain, biting mouth and lips, crossbite, clenching teeth, warm salt water
clenching teeth, warm salt water, temple region: Kim - The intial cause of the pain associated with teeth clenching, headaches, jaw pain and neck pain is all due to jaw muscle spasms. As such, the muscles themselves need relaxing. The early approach is not medication but a daily approach for you to relax...

Dentistry: Front Tooth, porcelain veneer, restorative dentist
porcelain veneer, restorative dentist, family dentist: Dear Kylie: There are really only two choices in this matter: 1. If the chip is so small and unnoticeable, you might want to leave it alone and do nothing, or just ask your dentist to GENTLY polish it off so that the jagged edges do not bother your lips....

Dentistry: Tooth Abscess, swollen gums, abscessed tooth
swollen gums, abscessed tooth, dental questions: Dear Lisa, Some teeth with infections will not entirely heal even with the help of antibiotics. Although your pain has gone away, if your tooth is missing bone around the apex of the root, has a vertical fracture, or needs a root canal or an extraction,...

Dentistry: Tooth extractions, lateral incisors, two front teeth
lateral incisors, two front teeth, permanent teeth: The process of placing a cap or crown on a primary tooth first involves numbing the tooth and surrounding gum tissue. The decay is then removed and the tooth is shaped to receive the crown which is then cemented in place. Sometimes it is necessary to place...

Dentistry: Tooth did not grow...yet, dental braces, second tooth
dental braces, second tooth, baby tooth: IF AN ORTHODONTIST HAS CONFIRMED THAT THE TOOTH IS ABSENT, IT PROBABLY IS. PERSONALLY, I THINK YOU SHOULD GO BEST OUT OF THREE ON THIS. CONSULT ANOTHER DENTIST TO CONFIRM ABSENCE OF THE TOOTH. YOUR BROTHERS CASE MIGHT HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT FROM YOUR OWN...

Dentistry: Tooth injury question, tooth injury, brushing teeth
tooth injury, brushing teeth, chicken bone: Dear Pius: What happened to you is extremely common. Most times the sensitivity you are experiencing goes away after a while. The tooth was just subject to trauma and needs time to recover. If the pain persists, as it does in some cases, you might want...

Dentistry: Tooth injury question, soft tissue damage, dr fink
soft tissue damage, dr fink, tooth injury: Sounds right. Too late. Occasionally I will ask the patient if really want to keep the tooth, if they are willing to take a chance with a crown. A crown can solve this problem about 50% of the time, but if it does not, you re out the money for the crown...

Dentistry: teeth, two front teeth, warm salt water
two front teeth, warm salt water, gum tissue: It seems that you ve developed an infection in the gum tissue. This should probably be seen by a dentist who can debride the area and perhaps prescribe a medication. Meantime, you can rinse with warm salt water which may relieve the discomfort and swelling...

Dentistry: teeth that have not come in., baby teeth, dear elizabeth
baby teeth, dear elizabeth, back baby: Dear Elizabeth: Delay getting a child s teeth is usually a good thing. In my experience, the later a child s teeth erupt, the less prone they are to decay. Don t worry. They ll all be in by age 3. I promise. The back baby teeth are similar to your back...

Dentistry: teeth, molar tooth, dentists
molar tooth, dentists, teeth: The universal numbering rule for teeth in the USA is: #1 is the upper right third molar. Numbering continues around the upper arch of teeth to #16, which is the upper left third molar. Numbering begins again with #17, which is the lower left third molar,...

Dentistry: Two front teeth broken - child 16 months old, two front teeth, root canal procedure
two front teeth, root canal procedure, adult teeth: I definitely feel that saving these teeth is most important in order to avoid development of speech problems and to avoid the need for a prosthetic appliance to replace the missing primary incisors. In view of the exposure of the pulp chamber of these two...

Dentistry: thermal conductivity, thermal conductivity, metallic elements
thermal conductivity, metallic elements, dental materials: Hi Ana No, thermal conductivity is a concept or property of material, not the material itself. Much the same as sugar is sweet, materials can be thermally conductive or not - as example. Because amalgam is composed of many metallic elements that are...

Dentistry: tmj, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, tmj problems
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, tmj problems, everyday issue: Michelle - TMJ problems often simply begin with jaw muscle spasms. These spasms are caused from a number of different reasons, but they are what initially caused the head pain you speak of. With time, the compression of the jaw into the jaw joint (located...

Dentistry: tmj or my bite??, anxiety panic attacks, jaw muscle
anxiety panic attacks, jaw muscle, social anxiety: Candice - First of all, if you use any appliance that you personally buy it can cause continued problems. Once an appliance is placed, a dentist will adjust the bite on the appliance a number of times as the muscles begin to relax. If any appliance is inserted...

Dentistry: treatment info, dental crowns, food debris
dental crowns, food debris, dental floss: Om - Senstivity and pain after inserted dental crowns usually means that the dentist might have gone too deep in cutting down the teeth to allow crowns to be placed over them. If too deep, the nerves within the teeth might be inflamed and that can produce...

Dentistry: treatment info, prosthodontic specialist, natural teeth
prosthodontic specialist, natural teeth, vertical height: Dear om: I am so sorry to hear about your trouble. Unfortunately, the only thing to do is remove the crowns. If you are having pain and food gets stuck and you cannot function, you will have more troubles in the future and you will end up loosing your teeth....

Dentistry: Undiagnosed jaw and facial pain, silver fillings, root canals
silver fillings, root canals, sinus infection: Dear Tracy, A very long period for what may or may not be tooth pain. First, and most important, the pain is on the left side of your face. So I would eliminate any issues with your heart. See your internist or cardiologist to rule out heart problems....

Dentistry: Upper Front Teeth part 2, lymphoid hyperplasia, necrotizing sialometaplasia
lymphoid hyperplasia, necrotizing sialometaplasia, risk patient: Hi there Ryan and thanks for your question. Intra-oral soft tissue swellings could be literally hundreds of things, incl: 1. Benign Lymphoid Hyperplasia 2. Incisival Canal Cyst 3. Necrotizing Sialometaplasia 4. Reactive Mucosal hyperplasia - in response...

Dentistry: Upper Front Teeth, periodontal abscess, periodontal ligament
periodontal abscess, periodontal ligament, definite diagnosis: Hi Ryan, thanks for your question While it is impossible for me to give you a definite diagnosis in the absence of more diagnostic material, I try to narrow the field a bit. The chance that it is a periodontal abscess, related to the extracted tooth...

Dentistry: ugly black line above cap, porcelain inlay, stain resistance
porcelain inlay, stain resistance, little tooth: Dear Sharon: Once again, yes and yes. It could be easier and cheaper, assuming: 1.Your dentist is willing to do this (some are not), and 2.There is no decay under your crown that your dentist might not be able to remove with this relatively simple procedure....

Dentistry: WHITENING/VENEERS, whiter teeth, implant dentistry
whiter teeth, implant dentistry, front teeth: Dear Diane: If your teeth are not covered by veneers any longer, and we are dealing with enamel, then, Yes, the teeth can be whitened. However, if there is any material on the teeth, such as composite or any other type of restorative work, it will not whiten....

Dentistry: Wisdom Teeth, oral sedative, local anaesthetic
oral sedative, local anaesthetic, wisdom teeth: Marija - First of all, general anesthesia or sedation will definitely make the procedure much easier on you. Not only will you be relaxed, but you should not feel the injections, the surgical cutting or any pressure. If the surgeons injures the nerve...

Dentistry: Wisdom Teeth Extraction, wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom tooth
wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom tooth, oral surgeon: Dear Michael: It is typical for the gum around a tooth to collapse and shrink over time. Your surgeon might remove the extra piece of gum, but most times, if left alone, it shrinks and reforms over time. I cannot give you any more information since I cannot...

Dentistry: Wisdom teeth, oral sedative, local anaesthetic
oral sedative, local anaesthetic, general anesthetic: Dear Marija, thanks for your question. Oral surgeons generally operate in a manner that suits them and has proven by experience, to give the best results in his hands. I think you can be pretty that you are in good and well educated hands, that only want...

Dentistry: wisdom teeth, oral bone loss, bone resorption
oral bone loss, bone resorption, wisdom teeth: Hi there Kyle, good hearing from you again. As I have said to you in previous letters, some bone remodeling will occur in the extraction site with some bone resorption, which is the bodies way of smoothing off any rough and sharp corners. Some of the height...

Dentistry: wisdom teeth, alveolar bone, wisdom teeth
alveolar bone, wisdom teeth, jaw muscles: Kyle - Alveolar bone is the bone that holds the tooth to the jaw bone. It is not a facial supporting structure. When wisdom teeth are removed, that muscles have not actually lost their attachment, but the jaw muscles often undergo spasms after the wisdom...

Dentistry: wisdom teeth, wisdom teeth, bony changes
wisdom teeth, bony changes, dalin: kyle this does not usually take place but without seeing you in person, i am not sure how much bony changes took place. maybe call your dentist and get in there for an exam. let him/her see how things look. i suppose it is possible but i would think you would...

Dentistry: wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom teeth extraction, warm salt water
wisdom teeth extraction, warm salt water, inflammtion: Julie - Whether your dentit stretched your jaw or not, it is not unusual forthe wisdom teeth to cause an inflammtion of the gum. Stop the warm moist heat to the outside of your face. Do warm salt water rinsess for about 5 minutes, 4-5 times a day. The problem...

Dentistry: wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
wisdom tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, chlorhexidine gluconate: Dorota - First of all, chlorhexidine should not be used 3 times a day. That is an overdosage and can create more problems. The pain you are experiencing may not be bacterial in origin, so chlorhexidine might not help. Swallowing pain is common with muscle...

Dentistry: What to do?, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth
wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth, dental questions: Dear Dave, It sounds like you have had two opinions and their treatment plan seems reasonable. If you are not sure you might seek a third opinion given by an independent dentist. If couldn t hurt. Often times a poorly positioned third molar can make...

Dentistry: My 10 years old has big teeth and overlap issue, permanent teeth, upper teeth
permanent teeth, upper teeth, space maintainers: Without having access to an examination, photographs, x-rays and other diagnostic information I don t have enough information to make treatment recommendations or comments on the recommended treatment. I can tell you that there should be significant growth...

Dentistry: 13.5 year olds Ortho Evaluation, molar teeth, upper molar
molar teeth, upper molar, jaw surgery: Dear Caryn: I would not do the implant until the braces are complete. Don t forget that the teeth will be moving, and this space will probably change during treatment. Plus, the later in life that an implant is placed, the longer it is likely to last and...

Dentistry: 13 year olds Orthodontist Evaluation, molar teeth, upper molar
molar teeth, upper molar, jaw growth: Placement of implants must be delayed until all tooth eruption is complete. Even after the permanent teeth appear to be completely erupted they may still be undergoing additional eruption. This may not be evident because all the teeth are erupting at the...

Dentistry: 20month old fell on his mouth, pediatric dentist, permanent teeth
pediatric dentist, permanent teeth, periapical: I AM SORRY FOR WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR SON. UNFORTUNATELY THIS CAN HAVE SERIOUS EFFECT ON HIS PERMANENT TEETH. FOR THIS YOU NEED TO CONSULT A GOOD PEDODONTIST ( PEDIATRIC DENTIST). HE/SHE WOULD PROBABLY ADVISE AN OPG(PANORAMIC XRAY) OR PERIAPICAL X RAYS TO ASSESS...

Dentistry: 5 year old: has molar that is half gone, pediatric dentist, pediatric dentists
pediatric dentist, pediatric dentists, dear kelly: Dear Kelly: I have a daughter the same age as yours, and I understand your concerns! The diagnosis of the situation, however, is correct. I can only recommend that you go to a certified Pediatric Dentist for this treatment. The Pediatric Dentists spend...

Dentistry: 7 year old extraction vs pulpotomy
I, too, am puzzled by the second opinion, but I m at a loss since I ve not examined your child nor have I seen x-rays. I certainly cannot explain why the dentist made those particular recommendations. I do agree with your last statement that save a tooth...

Dentistry: Arresting caries/remineralisation for small cavity., new dentist, novamin
new dentist, novamin, fluoride toothpaste: The good news about this statement is that you have a choice to get a filling or not. Most dental patients don t have that choice. I mean for most patients when a dentist says you need a filling, most patients take that as similar to a physician telling you...

Dentistry: abcesses in gums, root canal treatment, abcesses
root canal treatment, abcesses, caping: Dear Gul Unfortunately, you can keep draining the abscess and draining it, and it will not go away. The source of the infection has to be removed. It sounds like you have a failing root canal treatment in one or more of the teeth. The root canal has to...

Dentistry: abscess tooth
Hi Marcia, thanks for your question, which I am answering from the question pool. But considering the date that sent it and what the date is now, I presume things have been taken care of already. If not, then read on... It is recommended to medicate first...

Dentistry: Bridge cavity under it !, tooth bridge, tooth ache
tooth bridge, tooth ache, new bridge: Des - If what broke is the bridge and it is 20 years old, it cannot be repaired. If you are having a toothache, the bridge itself may not have broken, but you may have decay under the bridge with a piece of tooth having broken off. With the cavity under...

Dentistry: Broken Crown, broken crown, dental questions
broken crown, dental questions, upper jaw: Dear Susan, I advise you to see a dentist in order to find out what happened and what should be done. If your tooth is exposed and not covered by the crown, then the part of the crown remaining probably should be removed and a temporary crown put on. This...

Dentistry: Broken Teeth, soft toothbrush, broken teeth
soft toothbrush, broken teeth, pro health: Dear Nate: It looks like the only solution for you is to see your dentist as soon as possible. Until then, the only things you can do for yourself are the usual: Brush with a soft toothbrush. Use Crest Pro Health toothpaste. This has a fair amount of...

Dentistry: Buccal Fillings, maximum life span, plaque removal
maximum life span, plaque removal, gum line: Dear Anand: The cervical restorations you are referring to are usually caused by flexure of the affected teeth. The current best treatment is actually to graft soft tissue from a donor site, such as the palate, and cover the root of the tooth. If, however,...

Dentistry: bad teeth/low income, social security disibility, abcesses
social security disibility, abcesses, bad teeth: Martha - I, of course, do not know where you live, but in most areas o the country, there are facilities that help dental patients with limited incomes. In some areas of the country there are dental school where they also treat patients for a lower fee....

Dentistry: black spots on teeth, s hook, implant dentistry
s hook, implant dentistry, black spots on teeth: Dear Bree: Many individuals have deep crevices in their teeth. These crevices can stain and look like caries (cavity). When a dentist pokes those spots with an explorer (the shepherd s hook ) and the hook sticks , it is a sign of caries, the disease that...

Dentistry: bony growth, wisdom teeth pain, anticonvulsant medications
wisdom teeth pain, anticonvulsant medications, topical medications: Hi Ada and thanks for your question. Phantom tooth pain is defined as a neuropathic type of pain, in the absence of any diagnosable and causative entity. It is a type of orofacial pain or neuralgia where the pain has no function, unlike physiological pain...

Dentistry: broken tooth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bad taste in my mouth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bad taste in my mouth, gum line: Karen - Of course, I cannot be totally sure without examining you, but with the extent of damage to the tooth and the time that has passed since the last breaking off a piece of tooth and the swelling that has occurred, it seems that the rest of the tooth...

Dentistry: Does Capping require Root canal, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, root canal: Hi Lawrence, In general, it is not necessary to do root canals before doing a crown. However, when a tooth has an odd formation, the process of reducing the tooth in preparation for a crown can cause the nerve to be exposed or nearly exposed. In cases like...

Dentistry: Capping front teeth, two front teeth, getting braces
two front teeth, getting braces, logical request: Dear al: Most often, it is possible to cap the teeth to make them both straight and whiter, if this is what you choose. Sometimes the alignment is so bad that you will need braces to get a better result. I am a general dentist, and I have done the procedure...

Dentistry: CONCERNS WITH NECESSITY OF PROCEDURE, network dentist, cracked tooth
network dentist, cracked tooth, exact numbers: WOW!!! I AM SORRY I CANNOT HELP YOU WITH THIS BECAUSE I AM NOT BASED IN THE USA AND HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE OF YOUR INSURANCE AND BILLING SYSTEM. IN MY COUNTRY, DENTAL INSURANCE IS STILL RUDIMENTARY. PEOPLE WHO CAN AFFORD DENTISTRY PRIVATELY, DO SO, THE REST GO...

Dentistry: Conflicting Dental Information, carrington dental plan, nancy brown
carrington dental plan, nancy brown, new crown: Hi Nancy, I wish I could help more, but without seeing your teeth or xrays, I don t know. One dentist may be a more cautious, wait and watch type of person. The other may be more of a treat it early personality. They may bother be right or wrong....

Dentistry: Cystic Lesion, root canal specialist, inflammatory lesion
root canal specialist, inflammatory lesion, root canal treatment: Shelly - If the cystic lesion has caused a change in the position of the roots of your front tooth, there are two possible causes. You might have a non-vital tooth, meaning the nerve in the tooth is dead. Another possibility is that the cystic lesion could...

Dentistry: canine that may be dead, cusp point, new dentist
cusp point, new dentist, cosmetic appearance: Hi G and thanks for your question, which I am answering from the question pool. You are right to question as you do, considering the large grey area of unknowns surrounding this tooth. Considering that the canine is the tooth with largest and longest...

Dentistry: What can cause the tips of teeth to become transparent?, bottom teeth, transparent sheets
bottom teeth, transparent sheets, dentin: The tips, or incisal edges, of your teeth are supposed to be tranlucent. They are where the enamel from the back and front of the tooth meet. Since there is no dentin, which is pretty opaque and cream color, in between these two relatively transparent sheets,...

Dentistry: cavities, gary backlund, wisdom tooth
gary backlund, wisdom tooth, case thanks: Hi again Rebby, Like I said, decay does not transfer from one tooth to another. Decay forms when bacteria grow on the tooth and isn t removed. Acid is secreted that eats into the tooth. When the bacteria is removed by brushing and flossing, decay doesn...

Dentistry: child tooth, cavities, cavity
cavities, cavity, decay: You need to see a dentist who specializes in treatment of children and have that cavity treated. If you leave it untreated the decay will only get worse and can lead to a nasty infection. While you are at the dentist you should learn how to prevent additional...

Dentistry: child who has tooth filled yesterday now has sore and swollen gums and face, swollen cheeks, swollen gums
swollen cheeks, swollen gums, local anesthetic: If the treated tooth was in the lower jaw then it may be that your son bit himself while he was numb and that resulted in the swelling and discomfort. It s also possible that the swelling and discomfort is from the local anesthetic...either an allergic reaction...

Dentistry: chlldren's teeth, panoramic radiograph, two front teeth
panoramic radiograph, two front teeth, baby teeth: While the radiation associated with a panoramic radiograph is not excessive, the radiation associated with an occlusal radiograph is even less. And the cost should be much less. Also, insurance benefits usually allow a panoramic film only once every three...

Dentistry: cracked tooth during a root canel, root canal therapy, root canel
root canal therapy, root canel, cold sensitivity: I can t diagnose your problem without seeing you, but I can tell you that if the root canal therapy was completed, you could not have hot and cold sensitivity on the tooth. So, it must come from another tooth. Have your dentist test your teeth with cold and...

Dentistry: crooked front tooth at end of treatment, year and four months, front tooth
year and four months, front tooth, proper position: You should not allow the braces to be removed until you are satisfied that the teeth are straight and the treatment goals have been achieved to your satisfaction. It is not normal for this tooth or any tooth to be out of position at this late stage of treatment....

Dentistry: cut in gum line, painful, soft toothbrush, gum line
soft toothbrush, gum line, thin red line: Dear Kent, Avoid eating on that side of your mouth until the sore heals. Stop flossing in this area. Use a mild disinfectant mouthwash (chlorhexidine) after brushing gently with Crest Pro Health toothpaste and an extra-soft toothbrush. Let me know as...

Dentistry: DENTAL HELP! SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY PATIENT, social security disability, county health department
social security disability, county health department, social security office: I am at a loss as to how to help you from here. If you were here, or could get yourself here, as I said before, I could get you to the right places for you. It may be that in order to relieve yourself of any dental pain you are experiencing, you will need...

Dentistry: Delay in baby teething, calcium supplements, pediatrician
calcium supplements, pediatrician, germ: I DO NOT AGREE WITH YOUR PEDIATRICIAN BECAUSE TOOTH GERM FORMATION ALREADY OCCURS WHILE THE FETUS IS FORMING. ON THE OTHER HAND YOUR BABY MUST BE SHOWING HER MILESTONES A LITTLE LATE. DO NOT WORRY HER TEETH WILL ERUPT IN A COUPLE OF MONTHS. CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTS...

Dentistry: Dental Abscess, gum boil, sinus cavities
gum boil, sinus cavities, dental abscess: Dear Jane: On the one hand, you say that all your swelling has gone down. Then you say that you have a lump between bad tooth and gum. This could still be the abscess (with what you describe as swelling being the spread of infection from this abscess),...

Dentistry: Dental Trauma resulting from jaw issue, quick relaxation, warm salt water
quick relaxation, warm salt water, dental trauma: KC - It is, of course, a little difficult for me to be sure what is happening, without examining you, but it sounds like you have endured episodes of jaw muscle spasms. What stimulates these spasms in your jaws is the difficult question. Without examining...

Dentistry: Dentistry and hospital management, dental residency program, private hospitals
dental residency program, private hospitals, hospital management: Chandra - I am not quite sure if it would be beneficial or not in India. If the hospital has a dental residency program or a dental clinic, then it might be beneficial. I am not sure what the salary would be. Whenever you are associated with a hospital,...

Dentistry: Dislocated Jaw??, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, dislocated jaw
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, dislocated jaw, jaw problems: Warren - Whether you son wants to or not, he should be examined immediately by a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Your son could have a contusion with an internal hematoma, dislocation, ligamental tears, fracture of the jaw or muscle spasms....

Dentistry: Dry Socket, wisdom teeth, dry socket
wisdom teeth, dry socket, oral surgeon: Lexie - In my experience, a single packing of the socket with medication is not enough. The patient needs to return with a couple of days, irrigate the socket to view if healing has occurred or is occurring. Then the socket is repacked. This process is...

Dentistry: Dry Socket, google search, dry socket
google search, dry socket, dental questions: Dear Tracy, Although in now way am I an expert on treating dry socket, it sounds like your surgeon is providing appropriate treatment. Healing after a dry socket is slow and takes weeks. Stitching up the socket will not alleviate the symptoms. I did...

Dentistry: dental, bad taste in my mouth, general malaise
bad taste in my mouth, general malaise, defense mechanisms: Hi Jan and thanks for your question. It would not be uncommon for a related infection, if indeed present, to present with a general malaise and flu-like symptoms for a period, especially at the onset, but the symptoms that you are additionally experiencing...

Dentistry: dental anesthesia injections, root canal, inflammation
root canal, inflammation, dentist: It could be a minor infection or inflammation caused by the injection, or it could be TMJ pain from having your mouth open for a long period. Or it could be additional inflammation coming from the root canal tooth. Get back with your dentist to complete...

Dentistry: dental bonegraft, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, oral surg
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, oral surg, new dentist: Greg - First let me tell you that tooth #10 is not close to the sinus. The end of the root of tooth #10 can come close to the floor of the nose, but nowhere near the sinus. It is a little difficult for me to tell you what may or may not is happening,...

Dentistry: dental bridge, temporary bridge, permanent bridge
temporary bridge, permanent bridge, dental bridge: Dear Amy: Here it is Monday, and now I m getting back with my answer. And the answer is yes, it is ok to wait until Monday to see your dentist, as long as it doesn t hurt. Chewing on this side is ok, as long as it does not hurt. You do want the temporary...

Dentistry: dental extraction in diabetics, blood glucose level, dental extractions
blood glucose level, dental extractions, dental extraction: This is a medical question that must be asked of the physician managing the individual s diabetes. As a dental practitioner it is the responsibility of the dentist to ensure that the patient with a medical condition is cleared for treatment by the physician...

Dentistry: dental problem, larry burnett, permanent teeth
larry burnett, permanent teeth, baby teeth: This is a common problem which will usually correct by itself. If the front baby teeth aren t gone in 6 months you can then consider dental help. The tongue will gradually push those new permanent teeth forward into position while pushing out the baby...

Dentistry: how to diagnose this problem, sinus cavity, sinus problems
sinus cavity, sinus problems, root canals: Dear Christine: You have an extreme problem that may be tooth, or sinus, neurological, or a combination of all of these. Because tooth pain is usually tooth-specific, is usually caused by infection or inflammation, and can be effected by sinus problems,...

Dentistry: discolored tooth
Dear Me: Interesting story. I would try bleaching first. Use an at-home bleaching system for two weeks, placing the bleach only on this tooth. It could whiten enough to match the rest of your teeth. If you are still not happy with the color, your dentist...

Dentistry: Exposed nerves as a result of Crown Build-up, root canals, dentist office
root canals, dentist office, nerve damage: Janet - Your experience seems to describe a dental office that does not really care about their patients. If the temporary crown broke, she immediately needed to repair it so no nerve damage from mouth saliva and bacteria occured. Instead, without anything...

Dentistry: Failed Root Canal/Pain/Extraction & Implant?, flare ups, root canal pain
flare ups, root canal pain, root canals: Nicole - I had a similar problem as yours a few years ago. Repeated root canals and a continuation of pain. I underwent an apicoectomy by a friend of mine, a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and I have been pain free since. I personally have...

Dentistry: Filling makes flossing impossible, gum problems, question pool
gum problems, question pool, wise lady: Hi Natalie and thanks for your question, which I am answering from the question pool. You are 100% correct in your reasoning - there should always be a space just big enough to be able to floss between. Any larger, then food impacts between the teeth and...

Dentistry: First molar extraction., molar extraction, straight teeth
molar extraction, straight teeth, dark shade: Kollin - If you were 75 and asking me if you needed a bridge, I would tell you that it is not critical, but at age 21, it is important or a complete shifting of the teeth can occur and cause a bite collapse. As far as the need to section the tooth, not...

Dentistry: Fissure sealing over top of slight cavity??, new discoveries, glass ionomer
new discoveries, glass ionomer, good fortune: I am thankful that your dentist did not try to frighten you into having a filling immediately by telling you the decay would quickly progress to an abscess condition. He told you it was ok to try whatever you want for 6 months to a year without dire consequences....

Dentistry: Follow up, new dentist, uk nhs
new dentist, uk nhs, chewing gum: Lets be sure we have our terms right. Early decay or caries is still in the outer layer of the tooth called the enamel. When the decay penetrates beyond the enamel into the dentin a hole appears in the enamel. You can see it visually and usually on x ray...

Dentistry: Free Dental, free dental clinic, county health departments
free dental clinic, county health departments, florida dental association: Dear Casper: You will need to contact the following: Your local dental society (usually The Name of Your City Dental Society). Your county dental association Florida Dental Association Your local and county health departments Start here. Let me...

Dentistry: black spots on teeth, new dentist, fluoride toothpaste
Dentistry: black spots on teeth, new dentist, fluoride toothpaste, extra care

Dentistry: DENTAL HELP! SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY PATIENT
Dentistry: DENTAL HELP! SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY PATIENT

Dentistry: Fissure sealing over top of slight cavity??, new dentist, x ray
Dentistry: Fissure sealing over top of slight cavity??, new dentist, x ray, x rays

Dentistry: Follow up, larry burnett, cavity
Dentistry: Follow up, larry burnett, cavity, dds

Dentistry: green spots on gum
Dentistry: green spots on gum

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Dentistry: Jaw surgery dilemma, jaw surgery, upper lip
Dentistry: Jaw surgery dilemma, jaw surgery, upper lip, nate

Dentistry: jaw ooth pain, prolific researcher, larry burnett
Dentistry: jaw ooth pain, prolific researcher, larry burnett, pubmed

Dentistry: Nasopalatine Nerve Pain, cbct, angulation
Dentistry: Nasopalatine Nerve Pain, cbct, angulation, front tooth

Dentistry: tooth extraction and facial apparence, cheek area, facial appearance
Dentistry: tooth extraction and facial apparence, cheek area, facial appearance, oral surgeon

Dentistry: fractured bone, soft tissues, chewing gum
soft tissues, chewing gum, root canal: Dear Virginia: I believe what your dentist told you is that you have a fracture in the root of the tooth. A fracture in the bone usually will heal within 6-8 weeks. More that half of root fractures cannot be seen on xray, so it takes some investigation...

Dentistry: Gum problem & root canal, gary backlund, cementum
gary backlund, cementum, endodontist: Hi Tom, I m sorry to hear all this is going on. When a tooth fractures, it cause a split in the tooth, and more importantly the cementum which covers the root to which the gum attaches. Since there is now an area where the gum is not attached, it causes...

Dentistry: green spots on gum, gum tissue, pediatric dentist
gum tissue, pediatric dentist, permanent teeth: Dear Greg, thanks for the clear description and for the excellent photo. Regretfully, I do not know what caused the two areas of discoloration on your daughter s gum tissue. I am certain that they do not represent anything serious and that they will not...

Dentistry: Headache, sinus involvement, cheek bone
sinus involvement, cheek bone, poor judgement: Hi Jobaire and thanks for your question. Pain such as you are experiencing, besides the discomfort and irritability you will have, can be quite tricky to pin point from the start of the diagnostic procedure and nearly impossible for me to give you a definitive...

Dentistry: Hole in my gums, definitive diagnosis, health threat
definitive diagnosis, health threat, crevasse: Hi Gracie and thanks for your question. While it is very difficult for me to make a definitive diagnosis without seeing you, from your symptoms - or lack thereof - I do not think that this lesion, discovered coincidentally, poses any health threat. My...

Dentistry: Hole in tooth, artificial enamel, abfraction
artificial enamel, abfraction, dental questions: Dear Andrea, It is not possible to diagnose your problem with out examining you or at least seeing a photo of your tooth. You may not have decay, but instead it is possible that you have a defect in the tooth termed an abfraction. Abfractions are wear...

Dentistry: hole in gums, abscessed tooth, infectious materials
abscessed tooth, infectious materials, front tooth: It sounds like what we call a fistula , or a tiny tunnel through which infectious materials travel and drain into your mouth from an infection in your gums or jawbone. You may have another abscessed tooth which needs treatment, or the root canal tooth may...

Dentistry: horrible extraction experience, reverse psychology, horrible pain
reverse psychology, horrible pain, t touch: If the surgeon finds you have nerve or jaw damage, call this lawyer, Mike Markey 800 805 7575 and tell him Dr Baxter referred you to him. He is a very good lawyer and does dental cases. You were treated very poorly by this dentist. I hope you recover OK...

Dentistry: Injured tooth/root, sinus cavity, sinus involvement
sinus cavity, sinus involvement, dentist appointment: Hi Mary and thanks for your question, which I am answering from the question pool. In a situation like this, the major concern for me is tooth and/or root fracture, which is notoriously tricky to identify and diagnose as it can mimic other dental conditions...

Dentistry: implant removal, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bone infection
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bone infection, implant removal: Pauline - You yourself nor should anyone close to you should attempt to remove the implant. Not only can it produce tremendous pain if you are not made numb or sedated, but the implant can break the bone if you try to remove it. You can also break the implant...

Dentistry: front left incisor calcified, root canal specialist, question pool
root canal specialist, question pool, central incisor: Hi Ally and thanks for your question that I am answering from the question pool. What your dentist has advised, is exactly what I would advise as well - the conservative approach first, in the hope of saving your tooth, which is what any well trained and...

Dentistry: invisalign, worst case scenario, wisdom tooth
worst case scenario, wisdom tooth, cracked tooth: It sounds like you need to see another dentist for an unbiased second opinion. It is impossible to advise you regarding this situation with regards to a potential crack in a tooth or a filling. If indeed this exists, then it should be taken care of before...

Dentistry: invisalign, worst case scenario, wisdom tooth
worst case scenario, wisdom tooth, chewing food: THE TOOTH YOU ARE REFERRING TO IS YOUR LOWER SECOND MOLAR WHICH IS AN IMPORTANT TOOTH WHEN IT COMES TO CHEWING. YOUR DENTIST IS RIGHT THAT THE TOOTH MIGHT FRACTURE BY THE PRESSURE OF INVISALIGN SO YOU SHOULD GET THE CROWN.IF YOUR TOOTH IS FRACTURED YOU ARE...

Dentistry: invisalign, worst case scenario, fracture line
worst case scenario, fracture line, cracked tooth: Dear tony: The cons to not getting a crown, if the tooth has a meaningful fracture line in it, is that this tooth might fracture. If you wait until it breaks, none of us knows where the break will lead. It may require that you get a root canal plus a crown....

Dentistry: invisalign, cracked tooth, over treatment
cracked tooth, over treatment: Hi Tony, Since I can t see your tooth I can t give you a definitive answer. But I think I can supply some general information which might help you decide to crown or not. The first thing that comes to mind is that the tooth is not causing any pain and...

Dentistry: Jaw surgery dilemma, apologies in advance, natural shape
apologies in advance, natural shape, upper teeth: Nate - First of all, I do not know of any skilled board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons in that gulf side of Florida. As I said in my initial response, the doctors in IL I provided are just board certified surgeons and I do not know their experience...

Dentistry: jaw abcess, warm salt water, jaw bone
warm salt water, jaw bone, lower jaw: Carol - I can, of course, not be sure without seeing xrays or examining you, but it sounds like you have a developing and growing infection. I know you don t want to hear this, but the only way to reverse the process and prevent it from spreading and even...

Dentistry: jaw tooth pain, tooth mousse, sinus pain
tooth mousse, sinus pain, geographic tongue: They last 5 to 10 years, amalgams last a lifetime. They leak under stress if you grind your teeth. Every time you drill you risk a root canal as you heat the nerve more and more. If you end up needing a root canal, see an Endodontist, do not let a GP do...

Dentistry: keeping permanent retainer clean, professional cleanings, gum tissue
professional cleanings, gum tissue, check ups: Your dentist is in the best position to evaluate the health of your gum tissue. Since your dentist is satisfied I would suggest that your present efforts have been adequate and you should continue with that practice. Having those professional cleanings and...

Dentistry: Loose Crown and part of root dislodged, fracture line, oral bacteria
fracture line, oral bacteria, bad taste: Sandra - Of course, without examining you it is a little difficult for me to be certain, but with your medical history it is important for the inflammation to be resolved quickly. With a tooth that has fractured, the fracture line acts as a pathway for oral...

Dentistry: late teething, children dentistry, pediatric dentist
children dentistry, pediatric dentist, child x: Dear Anesu: NO. It is not normal. By age eight, you should have the teeth growing in. There are several reasons why this is happening, but rather than writing a book about it (and there are several), you should go see a Pediatric Dentist-the specialist...

Dentistry: masseter jaw muscle, jaw muscle, nightguard
jaw muscle, nightguard, cyclobenzaprime: Diane - It is, of course, difficult for me to say why the nightguard precipitated the muscle spasms, but it is imperative that a nightguard be placed and the bite adjusted a number of times as the muscles change towards normal. Occasionally, the nightguard...

Dentistry: moving molars, orthodontic therapy, orthodontic care
orthodontic therapy, orthodontic care, molars: Dear Bennie, These small gaps should certainly be closed. Especially after orthodontic therapy on a young person, who has gone through a great deal of time, and spent a great deal of your money in the effort to achieve an ideal tooth-to-tooth relationship....

Dentistry: Nasopalatine Nerve Pain, grasping at straws, gum pain
grasping at straws, gum pain, cotton swab: Ann-Marie - Just massaging the gums after an injecting will not affect the ligament at all. The bone under the gums protects the ligament. Direct contact of the tooth itself affects and stresses the ligament and not touching the gum tissue around the tooth....

Dentistry: Orthodontic pain, dental stress, root canal treatment
dental stress, root canal treatment, invisalign braces: I very much doubt that the trays caused damage to the nerve of the teeth. It is far more likely that the bleaching caused the sensitivity that you re experiencing. The clenching and grinding only adds to the other sources of dental stress that you ve experienced....

Dentistry: Pain around crown, root canal specialist, back tooth
root canal specialist, back tooth, mary dear: Dear Mary: You should have your dentist refer you to his favorite root canal specialist for a exam and consultation. Most likely, there is inflammation in the nerve inside the crowned tooth. The specialist may have instrumentation and testing to confirm...

Dentistry: Pain following root canal, root canal treatment, apicoectomy
root canal treatment, apicoectomy, endodontist: Andrea - Painful sensitivity to the area a month later is not normal. The endodontist is correct that a heavy occlusion can make the tooth sensitive, but now that it had been corrected and pain is still there, it means something else is going on. When...

Dentistry: Pain after root canal, pins and needles, new dentist
pins and needles, new dentist, tooth ache: Hi Shawnna, I m sorry you re going through all this. What is happening I do see from time to time, but I would NOT call it normal. From what you are describing, it sounds to me like your bite is not right. Close your teeth together and slide from side to...

Dentistry: Painful jaw and, pain in the left side, upper teeth
pain in the left side, upper teeth, oral surgeon: Dear Melissa: It sounds like you have one or two abscessed teeth, and the infection is spreading. You need to see a dentist immediately to be treated for this, as it sounds as if it has already spread quite a bit. Let me know what you find out, and what...

Dentistry: Post extraction pain, jaw ache, jaw muscles
jaw ache, jaw muscles, ear ache: Jackie - Most likely the episodes of jaw ache, earache and headache are not directly linked to the break from the contraceptive pill, but the changes in you that occur. With the break, your who demeanor and emotions can be altered from when you are taking...

Dentistry: Post Root Canal, root canal treatment, gary backlund
root canal treatment, gary backlund, dull ache: Hi Jane, I m sorry to hear you have this going on. The bump certainly could be related to your root canal treatment since it sounds like it is near where the root of the tooth would be and you have occasional symptoms. I would suggest that you call your...

Dentistry: Post Root Canal Pain, root canal pain, cracked tooth
root canal pain, cracked tooth, dental questions: Dear Kim, It is not unusual for a tooth that has just undergone a root canal to have some tenderness when biting on something hard. Often the ligaments holding the tooth become inflamed. Usually once the root canal is completed this sensitivity gradually...

Dentistry: Post Root Canal Pain, gary backlund, root canal pain
gary backlund, root canal pain, root canals: HI Terri, I m sorry your husband is going through all this. In most cases, we don t see this type of post op pain, but it certainly can happen....that s how root canals get their bad name. The problem usually comes from going into a tooth that has an inflamed...

Dentistry: Probiotic Lozenges, gum disease treatment, gum disease
gum disease treatment, gum disease, helpful products: Dear Connie, I do not know about that particular product. However, I do know a lot about gum disease, as we treat the majority of cases here in our office in South Florida. Since you know your husband has gum disease, has his dentist told him what he should...

Dentistry: one permanent in the front, central incisor, permanent tooth
central incisor, permanent tooth, 8 years: THE TOOTH YOU ARE REFERRING TO IS THE CENTRAL INCISOR. THE NORMAL TIME OF ERUPTION OF THE PERMANENT CENTRAL INCISOR IS 71/2 YEARS. IF ONE CENTRAL INCISOR HAS ERUPTED EARLIER THE OTHER ONE MAY ERUPT ON TIME BUT IT WILL ERUPT. THE TIME FOR CONCERN WOULD BE WHEN...

Dentistry: permanent tooth not coming in, larry burnett, permanent tooth
larry burnett, permanent tooth, baby tooth: Not to worry. Nothing you describe suggests a problem. Helping the baby tooth out doesn t damage permanent tooth below it. Eruption delay is normal and varies among individuals. I m confident your dentist will confirm all this next week. Larry Burnett...

Dentistry: post root canal swelling, cavernous sinus thrombosis, pen vk
cavernous sinus thrombosis, pen vk, long canal: I cannot tell you what the problem is without seeing you, unfortunately. However, in this case, this is a very dangerous situation. In our nomenclature, #11 is your maxillary canine, so if you are using that system, #11 is dangerous because an infection originating...

Dentistry: TMJ jaw follow-up, muffled hearing, facial muscles
muffled hearing, facial muscles, muscle relaxation: Beth - I would get a better idea if you could send the other images to my email address of: tigertooand2@yahoo.com. I ask you to send this question and previous questions with the new films, but also contact me on this sight to let me know when the films...

Dentistry: Root Canal, root canal therapy, gary backlund
root canal therapy, gary backlund, canals: Hi Danielle, I m sorry you re going through all this. Unfortunately, there is no way to predict how this tooth will respond since complete treatment can t be done. That s why your dentist suggests annual rechecks. The bad news is your only other option...

Dentistry: Having Root Canals soon. Im TERRIFIED!, root canal treatment, root canals
root canal treatment, root canals, bicuspid teeth: Dear Marybeth, It is not uncommon for teeth undergoing root canal treatment to have soreness afterwards. Usually this lasts for 48-72 hours and shows gradual improvement during the next week. This tenderness doesn t happen with every root canal treatment,...

Dentistry: Having Root Canals soon. Im TERRIFIED!, fears and phobias, pigeon post
fears and phobias, pigeon post, root canals: Hi Marybeth and thanks for your question. One that, looking at the date you originally sent it, almost makes me ashamed to reply and I have no answer as to why I only received notification of it now - pigeon post might well have proved quicker lol. But please...

Dentistry: Having Root Canals soon. Im TERRIFIED!, root canal specialist, root canals
root canal specialist, root canals, bottom front: You will be pleasantly surprised. That is a lot of teeth to do at once, so I hope you are seeing an endodontist (a root canal specialist). They will look fine, and you will be able to eat right after your appointment. Go here http://www.aae.org/Patients/ to...

Dentistry: Root canal aftermath, root canal therapy, root canal treatment
root canal therapy, root canal treatment, pain sensation: Dear Susan, I am not sure what a soft tooth means, but surely your pain does not imply that the pulp is still alive. Some patients have symptoms on an adjacent tooth and mistakenly describe the pain as originating in a tooth that had had root canal treatment....

Dentistry: Root canals, gary backlund, oral habit
gary backlund, oral habit, root canals: Hi Lucy, You ask great questions! It very hard to know how long it will take a nerve to die...there are so many variables. I guess my first concern would be whether the nerve is really dying or is just irritated from grinding, deep fillings, oral habit...

Dentistry: Root planing, root planing, non-surgical treatment of periodontitis
root planing, non-surgical treatment of periodontitis: Michelle, Sorry for the delay in answering your questions. Part of the problem was trying to decide how to give you the pertinent information without making it too long to read. So here goes: The short answer is that root planing if done by a dentist...

Dentistry: The right age for braces ., adolescent growth spurt, growth spurts
adolescent growth spurt, growth spurts, jaw growth: You ve asked a simple question about a very complicated aspect of orthodontic treatment. I ll try to simplify the answer and make it meaningful. There is reliable information that jaw growth continues well into the late teen years and early adulthood....

Dentistry: root canal, root canals, denist
root canals, denist, answer asap: I m not certain that I understand your question completely because of issues with the English, but your dentist is absolutely correct in sending you to the appropriate specialists to do your treatment. You would expect a referral to a cardiologist from your...

Dentistry: root canal, signs of nerve damage, root canal procedure
signs of nerve damage, root canal procedure, root canal treatment: If a root canal procedure is necessary on one tooth and is not done this could result in an infection that could damage the adjacent teeth as well as the developing permanent teeth. Sometimes the teeth adjacent to the injured one will develop signs of nerve...

Dentistry: root canal.abscessed tooth, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, abscessed teeth: Hi Kathy, I m sorry to hear all this has gone on. When some of the filling goes out the end of the tooth, it certainly can take a bit longer to completely heal. How long really depends on how much material is out the end and how well your body heals itself....

Dentistry: root canal or extraction?, molar tooth, gum treatment
molar tooth, gum treatment, wisdom teeth: Dear cat: In my answer, I asked you 8 specific questions. You gave me only 3 answers. Based on this, as well as your statement Since it is the last tooth in my mouth I m sure removing it isn t a bad option... I would go with your suggestion. Have the...

Dentistry: root canal failure; resulting abcess, root canals, root canal
root canals, root canal, endodontist: No one could possibly know without seeing your records and x-rays. I don t know if your GP screwed up, but most of them do not do root canals well. That is why I told you to see an Endodontist or have it extracted. These infections are dangerous and can...

Dentistry: root canal gone wrong, worry wart, root canal
worry wart, root canal, severe pain: It sounds like you should be on an antibiotic before the extraction and after the procedure is done. The amount of time is really up to the dentist, it varies. Once the source of the infection is removed (the root canal tooth), the infection should heal...

Dentistry: Second Molars, second molars, third molars
second molars, third molars, wisdom teeth: Dear Jessa: None of what you describe is normal. Your second molars should be in completely by now. If there is infection in the gum around the second molars, this could contribute to your jaw hinge problem. There is a procedure that can be done to remove...

Dentistry: Shock through mouth when freezing, lingual nerve, uncommon occurrence
lingual nerve, uncommon occurrence, electric shock: I assume this happens when she is numbing your mandible (bottom jaw). Your dentist is right, this is not an uncommon occurrence. It is caused by the needle hitting or brushing a nerve as your dentist is numbing it. Most commonly, it is the lingual nerve, so...

Dentistry: Sinusitis/Tooth Implant vs Bridge, sinus cavities, sinus cavity
sinus cavities, sinus cavity, nerve communication: Les - If you do have a blockage of the sinus, that needs to be corrected first before anything else is considered. If the problem is due to the sinus, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon should not be the one to clean the sinus. If, however, the problem is...

Dentistry: Six year-old molars, colored material, molars
colored material, molars, myerson: There is no reason for alarm. Your child is in no discomfort and the dentist will determine if there is a problem that requires intervention so you ve got all bases covered. While I can t make a diagnosis from this description it certainly doesn t seem to...

Dentistry: Small crack on 2nd from back molar, evaluation appointment, magnifying mirror
evaluation appointment, magnifying mirror, dalin: most teeth can show faint lines. most are not true cracks but are craze lines. i feel that you need to show symptoms when a true crack is present. you would have cold and/or chewing pain. in the absence of all symptoms, i tell my patients to keep a close eye...

Dentistry: Smoking, permanent retainer, bad breath
permanent retainer, bad breath, dentist: If you ve been brushing and flossing for the past two months I doubt that the dentist will know that you took 4 puffs of a cigar unless you tell him/her. Smoking is a terrible idea and you probably already know that so why do you care if the dentist finds...

Dentistry: Son got hit on his front teeth, front teeth, hello doctor
front teeth, hello doctor, 9 months: He should be seen by a dentist who can determine if the root of the tooth has been fractured. This will probably have to be watched carefully over the next several weeks and the dentist can tell you if the injury is healing or if some treatment is necessary...

Dentistry: Sore mouth!
Hi Katy, Welcome to the wonderful world of dentistry! :) Unfortunately, deep fillings often cause some nerve pain, as the nerve was irritated by the procedure of removing the decay and restoring the tooth. At times, it can take up to 2-3 weeks for...

Dentistry: Surgery for a protruding african american mouth, oral maxillofacial surgeon, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
oral maxillofacial surgeon, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, david behrman: Marvin - What you are describing is usually due to an overgrowth of the upper jaw and a rotation of the lower jaw backwards during growth. This is a situation that can definitely, not only be corrected, but produce a very attractive final result. Orthognathic...

Dentistry: Swelling in gum, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, root canal treatment
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, root canal treatment, gum line: Denise - Of course, I cannot be sure without examining you, but with the loss of the tooth above the gum due to decay, the beginning of root canal treatment and the swelling on the inside of the gum, it is obvious that you have an infection brewing. This...

Dentistry: Switching Dentist, new dentist, treatment progress
new dentist, treatment progress, orthodontic treatment: IT IS ALWAYS BETTER IF YOU PURSUE ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT WITH THE DENTIST/ORTHODONTIST WHO ACTUALLY STARTED THE TREATMENT. BUT IF YOU ARE MOVING, ASK YOUR DENTIST IF HE CAN REFER YOU TO A NEW DENTIST AS COMPETENT AS HIM NEAR YOUR COLLEGE.IN THAT CASE HE WOULD...

Dentistry: Switching dentist, orthodontic treatment, orthodontist
orthodontic treatment, orthodontist, new doctor: Most orthodontists will accept a transfer of a patient during orthodontic treatment. You will have to have all your treatment records duplicated and transferred to the new orthodontist and you will have to make financial arrangements acceptable to both your...

Dentistry: Swollen gums, tender and bleeding., two front teeth, tender gums
two front teeth, tender gums, swollen gums: FROM THE SYMPTOMS YOU DESCRIBED YOU MIGHT HAVE PERIODONTITIS WHICH WAS SUPERIMPOSED BY SECONDARY BACTERIAL INFECTION CAUSING THE AGGREVATED FEATURES. I RECOMMEND YOU START USING AN ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AND AN ANTI-BACTERIAL MOUTHWASH CONTAINING CHLORHEXIDINE...

Dentistry: Systemic symptoms with dental infections, low grade fever, dental infection
low grade fever, dental infection, dental infections: Divya - One of the main factors, in considering a dental infection producing the significant inflammatory signals of your test results, is the vascularity of the region. The upper jaw is a highly vascular region, as such, a relatively minor dental infection...

Dentistry: severe pain following crown prep, zinc oxide eugenol, pulp infection
zinc oxide eugenol, pulp infection, facial numbness: Good idea to see the Endodontist, then I would see a Prosthodontist to finish the crowns, www.prosthodontics.org Any dentist who would have such problems with the locals and allow such terrible temps to be made should not be returned to. If you already paid,...

Dentistry: sharp jaw bone after extraction, warm salt water, bone spur
warm salt water, bone spur, jaw bone: Katherine - Reformation of the bone is not common at all. I am not there to examine you, but growth of bone, if that is what is occuring is due to inflammation. Another possibiity is that the gum overlying the bone is so thin that with the repeated surgeries...

Dentistry: my son's teeth, central incisors, supernumerary teeth
central incisors, supernumerary teeth, primary teeth: This is not commonly seen in primary incisors. It is sometimes associated with supernumerary teeth which are actually extra teeth. It is too early to determine the extent of this problem since the remaining primary teeth need to be evaluated. I would suggest...

Dentistry: Very sore gums, two front teeth, tender gums
two front teeth, tender gums, sore gums: Hi Tim and thanks for your question. Looking at the date that you originally sent it, I feel almost too ashamed to reply - have no explanation as to why I only got notification of it now but apologize of myself and on behalf of the system . Your symptoms...

Dentistry: sugar in diet, cause decay, tootsie rolls
cause decay, tootsie rolls, tooth decay: Sucralose does NOT cause tooth decay. However, I would check with your pediatrician regarding introducing sucralose into his diet at this young age. You are correct in looking at the ingredients in the foods that he eats. The other major factors with his...

Dentistry: Can suring light cause surface filling to break off?, receding gum, improper technique
receding gum, improper technique, premolar: No. The light only aids in the polymerization of the resin. The most the light could do would be to cure some unpolymerized resin, and that would be a good thing. If you are having trouble with your fillings breaking off, there is a problem with the fillings....

Dentistry: Teeth Whitening, teeth whitening products, minute speed
teeth whitening products, minute speed, qazi: WELL I PREFER THAT YOU GET AN OFFICE TOOTH WHITENING PROCEDURE BEFORE YOU START USING ANY OF THE PRODUCTS ABOVE. ALL THESE PRODUCTS CAN HELP YOU MAINTAIN THE WHITENING DONE FROM THE IN-OFFICE PROCEDURE. THEY ARE LESS EFFECTIVE W/O IN OFFICE TOOTH WHITENING....

Dentistry: Teeth Whitening, teeth whitening products, gum irritation
teeth whitening products, gum irritation, angel dear: Dear Angel Most whitening products contain the same peroxide based whitening ingredients. They differ in concentration and minor components. The higher the concentration of the peroxide, the stronger the action, however, the greater the potential for...

Dentistry: Title letters after dentist name, dentist name, masters degrees
dentist name, masters degrees, title letters: Hi Patty and thanks for your question. The Ph.D.is a Doctoral degree in a specific vocation, which can only be completed and achieved once the related precursor Honors and Masters degrees are obtained in the specific field of study. As for the rest, I...

Dentistry: TMD?, wisdom tooth, dear sarah
wisdom tooth, dear sarah, inflammation: Dear Sarah: There is a very slight chance that a form or TMD could develop from this. However, it is more likely that the pain that you perceive as TMD is just inflammation or infection in or around your wisdom tooth. I would get your top wisdom tooth...

Dentistry: TMJ pain, mild sore throat, warm compresses
mild sore throat, warm compresses, jaw muscles: Laura - First of all, the cause of the TMJ symptoms after placement of the filling can be due to the dental experience or it could be from the filling itself. If the dentist did not properly adjust the filling so it did not alter your bite, then the altered...

Dentistry: Toddler's teeth too crowded to emerge
You can certainly have your child seen by a pediatric dentist. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a child s first visit at age 2-3. This is important to not only examine a youngster for signs of decay and other potential problems but...

Dentistry: Tooth Ache, second molars, tooth ache
second molars, tooth ache, definitive diagnosis: Hi Jude, thanks for your question. I am sure you can appreciate the impossibility of making a definitive diagnosis in this site without any diagnostic tools or clear history, so it would be imperative that you make an appointment with your dentist. The...

Dentistry: Tooth Ache, irreversible pulpitis, second molars
irreversible pulpitis, second molars, tooth ache: Dear Jude: Rather than worry, you would be wise to see your dentist. It sounds like you have what we call irreversible pulpitis , or inflammation of the nerves inside your teeth which will not heal. The solution is either to have a root canal done to...

Dentistry: Tooth abscess, upper molar, dear debbie
upper molar, dear debbie, doing the right thing: Dear Debbie: I love you chickens. Especially in my soup! Keep taking the antibiotic. Stop trying to drain the abscess. It will do the right thing, as long as you are taking the antibiotic. If you begin to swell again tomorrow, give me a call. If not,...

Dentistry: Front Tooth chip filling, incisal edge, bond strengths
incisal edge, bond strengths, front tooth: I have no idea what your tooth looks like, where the chip is, how large it is, or anything else. However, my guess is that it involves the incisal edge, and you are breaking the repairs when you eat. Bonding resins to teeth can give beautiful results, but...

Dentistry: Tooth extraction, bony fragments, resorbtion
bony fragments, resorbtion, bicarb: Hi Jon and thanks for your question. You re not the only one who is amazed at the healing capacity of the human body, but rest assured, given a few months, the socket would have knitted over completely and any spicules, or sharp bony fragments, will be...

Dentistry: Tooth/eyes, bone graft, cataract formation
bone graft, cataract formation, tooth root: Velma - It is not a common phenomenon for teeth infections to produce cataracts. I guess if it infects the sinus, some effect on an eye can possibly occur, but I have never heard of cataract formation from dental problems. If you have been dealing with...

Dentistry: Top Right Lateral Incisor, tooth pulp, nerve endings
tooth pulp, nerve endings, atmospheric temperature: The pain might go away but pain is not the concern it is the alarm which cautions you of the disease. Eventually the nerve endings in the tooth may succumb to disease as well and the pain relay might go away but you would be vulnerable to disease. This might...

Dentistry: my three year old having 2 teeth extractions, pediatric dentist, nerve injury
pediatric dentist, nerve injury, primary tooth: There are appropriate nerve treatments that can be done to save a primary tooth with a nerve injury. Unless the root of the tooth is fractured there s a chance that the tooth can be saved. Since many dentists don t have the training or experience to perform...

Dentistry: tiny hole in gum, lil hole, point hole
lil hole, point hole, tiny hole: Scott - Without seeing the ulcer, it is a little difficult for me to tell you what it is. The possibilities are that the ulcer is from bacteria, virus, allergy or immune cause. The biopsy is the best approach if the cause is unknown. You don t say...

Dentistry: tmj
Keith: The only thing that really helped me with the physical therapist is the Ultrasound which my dentist did also (which I found out after starting with the PT). I recommend you start with my TMJ dentist, Dr. Barry Rozenberg on Long Island. He recently...

Dentistry: my tooth, lateral incisor, buck teeth
lateral incisor, buck teeth, permanent teeth: NORMALLY AT AGE 15 YOU SHOULD HAVE ALL YOUR PERMANENT TEETH. THE TOOTH YOU ARE REFERRING TO IS THE LATERAL INCISOR. IN SOME CASES THE PERMANENT LATERAL INCISOR IS DEVELOPMENTALLY MISSING. IF YOU HAVE THIS CONDITION THAN THE TOOTH SHOULD BE BABY PERMANENT INCISOR....

Dentistry: tooth broke, gums, dentist
gums, dentist, gum: Dear Melissa: See your dentist. Not having insurance does not bar you from seeing a dentist for an exam and an opinion. If you were here in Fort Lauderdale, I would take a look for no charge. However, since it is likely that you are not nearby, find a...

Dentistry: front tooth crown replacement, front teeth, color match
front teeth, color match, natural shade: Hello, Please see answers below; 1) Does tooth structure have to be removed or risked at all in order to remove emax crowns from front teeth? Possibly. If the crowns are bonded in place, then they need to be drilled off. This may potentially cause...

Dentistry: tooth extraction and facial apparence
Angela - It is, of course, a little difficult for me to tell you exactly what needs to be done, without examining you and seeing your bite. In general, it sounds like the the removal of the teeth has collapsed your bite or, at least, closed it. Opening...

Dentistry: tooth extraction on hypertensive patients...
Christine - First of all, a blood pressure of 100/50 is low blood pressure. A safe blood pressure is approximately 120/80, if the blood pressure is beyond that, there is an increased chance of bleeding after the extraction. Other than that, there should...

Dentistry: If your tooth needs drilling, why choose a fissure seal over an ordinary filling??, Durability of fillings
Durability of fillings: My computer is out of order until Thursday. I will respond then. Larry Burnett DDS Hi, I m back. Sorry to keep you waiting. I have been thinking a lot about your fillings lasting 35 years. I wonder, because A lot of what I write is based on tons...

Dentistry: tooth pain, definite diagnosis, gum line
definite diagnosis, gum line, question pool: Hi Clare, thanks for your question, which I am answering from the question pool. I am sure you can appreciate the difficulty in making a definite diagnosis without examining you or without any X-rays or clinical notes, but lets try and narrow things down...

Dentistry: tooth sensitive after a deep filling is replaced, root canal treatment, root canals
root canal treatment, root canals, negative outcomes: I doubt the dentist filled the teeth unless there was a reason, and if the decay goes to the nerve you have to get it out. If it then requires a root canal, it is not the dentist s responsibility to pay for it, it is due to your disease, not something he...

Dentistry: tooth sensitive to tapping, pain in gums, gum pain, cold foods
gum pain, cold foods, molar: I m sorry. I must have answered a similar question very recently. On to yours: If you continue to catch food between these teeth, this indicates an open contact in this area. Contacts between teeth should be relatively tight. Our gauge is dental floss....

Dentistry: toothache and cumidin, poor oral hygiene, good oral health
poor oral hygiene, good oral health, routine dental care: Dear Barbara: You MUST see a dentist. If you are on Coumadin, you have a health reason that requires you to take it. There is a link between poor oral hygiene and heart disease. It is important to have good oral health, but it is even more important to...

Dentistry: Underbite, protruding lower jaw, jaw surgery
protruding lower jaw, jaw surgery, underbite: David, This may turn out to be far more complicated than you ve imagined. There are a number of considerations that need to be clarified before you can proceed. First, age is very important and as an adult you have a distinct advantage in that your growth...

Dentistry: Underbite treatment ?, protruding lower jaw, david answer
protruding lower jaw, david answer, treatment question: I guess you did some thinking. If I might be so bold, the most powerful reason to have this surgery is to improve your appearance. Assuming a good result, this improvement alone will improve your sense of physical well-being. Understand, however, that this...

Dentistry: uncrowned tooth and feeling ill, piece of candy, minor illness
piece of candy, minor illness, how to brush your teeth: Dear Joe: You are dealing with two separate issues. However, the oral issues can and will impact on your general health. The Cavitron used on you is just a name for an ultra-sonic scaler machine. It helps in removal of plaque and calculus (tartar) off...

Dentistry: vaneer teeth, porcelain veneer, root canal treatment
porcelain veneer, root canal treatment, chewing food: You may have a falling root canal treatment, a crack in the root of the tooth, a poor fitting crown, or a high occlusion on the crown. If your dentist can t find the cause of this problem, then I would seek a second opinion from another dentist. Dr....

Dentistry: vaneer teeth, porcelain veneer, root canal treatment
porcelain veneer, root canal treatment, chewing food: YOUR DENTIST MUST HAVE DONE A PORCELAIN FUSED METAL CROWN ON YOUR TOOTH AFTER COMPLETING YOUR ROOT CANAL TREATMENT AND PUTTING IN AN ENDO-POST. THE PROBLEM YOU ARE FACING MUST BE BECAUSE YOUR CROWN MUST HAVE A HIGH SPOT, A VERY SMALL HIGH SPOT IN OCCLUSION...

Dentistry: vaneer teeth, porcelain veneer, root canal treatment
porcelain veneer, root canal treatment, sevral days: Amir - Again, I cannot be sure, but it is possible that when the doctor placed the post he cracked the tooth. Again, I cannot be sure, but with the pain beginning only with the post, it could definitely mean there is a fracture of the tooth. Like I suggested...

Dentistry: vaneer teeth, porcelain veneer, chewing food
porcelain veneer, chewing food, vaneer teeth: Dear amir: You need to leave this tooth alone for about one more month. Do not chew on it. Ibuprofen, 3 every 6 hours for 6 days. You probably clench your teeth. If you do, you need to go to your dentist and have him adjust this tooth slightly out of your...

Dentistry: vaneer teeth, food impaction, porcelain veneer
food impaction, porcelain veneer, gum inflammation: Hi Amir and thanks for your question that I am answering from the question pool. Having had a root canal on the tooth, means the nerve was removed from the tooth, leaving it lifeless or dead, incapable of giving any reaction to any stimulus or pressure....

Dentistry: vaneer teeth, porcelain veneer, jaw muscles
porcelain veneer, jaw muscles, chewing food: Amir, As stated in my profile on this site, I am not a dentist. I can only relate my own experience with TMJ. Sometimes clenching/grinding (TMJ) can cause pain to refer from the tight jaw muscles into the teeth. But only a dentist could evaluate you to...

Dentistry: White streak on newly erupted front tooth, baby tooth, front tooth
baby tooth, front tooth, bottom front: From your description I really can t understand what you are describing. I would really need to do an examination or at least see a properly exposed close-up photograph to get some idea of the situation. I can tell you that it s nothing to be alarmed about...

Dentistry: Wisdom tooth removal and numbness, wisdom tooth removal, two different things
wisdom tooth removal, two different things, jawline: Karen - You are saying two different things about what you are feeling. Is it completely numb or is there tingling? The reason I ask is because of what each one of those means. If you are completely numb, the nerve may have been serverely injured....

Dentistry: wisdom tooth post op infection, warm soaks, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
warm soaks, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water: Bob - Of course I did not examine you and the doctor may think the heat to the face to be helpful. My suggestion is to use the heat to the face like he suggested, but 2:1 use the warm salt water rinses vs the facial heat. I hope you get better soon...

Dentistry: wisdom tooth replacing second molar, nerve problem, wisdom tooth
nerve problem, wisdom tooth, periodontal problems: Francisco - There is a possibility that the wisdom tooth could move forward to fill the space left by the second molar loss, but often the movement is more of a tipping over into the space. That tipping over makes the tooth weak and often produces periodontal...

Dentistry: What to do??, xrays, question thanks
xrays, question thanks, periodontist: David - First of all there is no fee for additional questions. I will be happy to look at the xray. If you would, let me know when you send me an email at: tigertooand2@yahoo.com Please make a copy of the above questions, so I have reference information...

Dentistry: 12 year old's molar, 12 year molars, permanent tooth
12 year molars, permanent tooth, intense pain: Dear Adrianna, At times their is a flap of skin that covers an erupting permanent molar. When the tooth is partially erupted food and debris get under the little flap of skin that covers the crown of the erupting permanent tooth. The area gets swollen infected...

Dentistry: 15 month old needs fillings, general anesthetic, pediatric dentists
general anesthetic, pediatric dentists, general anesthesia: If the decay is very deep and it is not treated right away then you risk some consequences including infection spreading to the bone and face along with the pain and swelling that often accompanies that. Treatment of a child under a year and a half can be...

Dentistry: Adult Eye Tooth in wrong position to come out, eye tooth, gum line
eye tooth, gum line, front teeth: Casandra - No! You should not leave that eye tooth alone. It will cause problems and cannot be left there. Exposing the tooth surgically and placing a brace on it to pull it down is a common and quite simple procedure. So do yourself a favor and have that...

Dentistry: Alveplasty, denture, dentures
denture, dentures, dentist: Judy - If done properly, alveoplasty should be done at the time of the extractions. It is true that occasionally a small sharp bony edge is missed or not reduced sufficiently, but if done properly, no bone alveoplasty should be done later, once the denture...

Dentistry: Applying to dental school, applying to dental school, getting into dental school
applying to dental school, getting into dental school, dental application: hi jessica getting into dental school is not easy thing these days. it is strictly a numbers issue. they get a lot of applications for a limited number of spaces. you need to maintain your high standards and results for the entire undergraduate process. and...

Dentistry: Asymmetrical jawline surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, model coordinators
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, model coordinators, assymmetry: Aasish - If nerve tissue is traumatized or injured and healing is slow due to movement of bone fragments, complications could arise. Just because you will have surgery, it does not mean that you will have a problem. A skilled board certified oral and maxillofacial...

Dentistry: abscess on my 4yr old gum, pediatric dentist, transitional periods
pediatric dentist, transitional periods, missing teeth: Yes. The bacteria in the dead tooth are causing an infection in your child s jaw. Antibiotics will temporarily decrease the number of bacteria in the jaw, and can make it appear that things are getting better, but as soon as they are discontinued, more bacteria...

Dentistry: abscess tooth, gum recession, root canal treatment
gum recession, root canal treatment, intravenous antibiotics: Joe - If, as you say, the tooth has an abscess, removing the tooth an immediately placing a bone graft is wrong. The graft becomes a medium where bacteria from the infected tooth begin to grow and produce more advanced infections. What should be done is...

Dentistry: adult eye tooth removed causing root loss, baby tooth, eye tooth
baby tooth, eye tooth, permanent tooth: Dear yasmine: I don t know how old you are, or which of your front teeth you are talking about, or if the tooth that is going to be removed is a permanent or baby tooth. Usually, I would suspect that your dentist sees a baby tooth that has been retained...

Dentistry: age of braces, adult teeth, permanent teeth
adult teeth, permanent teeth, baby teeth: Yes. The proper time to start orthodontic treatment will vary greatly depending on the circumstances of the individual. The development of an individualized treatment plan must take into consideration the individual characteristics of the child along with...

Dentistry: apicoectomy at 12, root canal system, tooth trauma
root canal system, tooth trauma, sinus infection: Dear Lorena, If your daughter s root canal is failing it is not too soon. Most anterior teeth are not adjacent to the sinus so a procedure will not likely cause a sinus infection. Her alternatives are 1)conventional endodontic retreatment or 2)possibly...

Dentistry: arestin, root planing, arestin
root planing, arestin, aggressive treatment: arestin is used as an adjunct to deep cleaning (root planing). when treating a patient with periodontal disease, this is done first. you then recheck everywhere and see if things have improved (pocket depths have decreased to under 3 mm). surgery is an option...

Dentistry: Bone graft and TMJ, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, crackling noise
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, crackling noise, bone graft: Brenda - Especially since you have TMJ problems, having a graft with a general dentist is totally wrong and can worsen your situation. You need a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon to help you. With all the possible complications due to the TMJ...

Dentistry: Bone growth under bridge, bone metabolism, replacement tooth
bone metabolism, replacement tooth, bridge replacement: Dear Janet: You have a very interesting jawbone. I have never heard of a case where the bone grows under the replacement tooth of a bridge. Usually this bone shrinks over time. Has your dentist expressed any concern about your bone metabolism? Expansion...

Dentistry: Boniva + oral surgrey, proper oral hygiene, bone necrosis
proper oral hygiene, bone necrosis, osteonecrosis of the jaw: Dear Maria: The current studies suggest that a person has to be on Boniva or other bisphsponate drugs for over three years in order to have any chances or bone necrosis. Statistically, the problems associated with a non-treated, failing root canal treatment...

Dentistry: Bridge Bone Grafts, bone grafting, healing time
bone grafting, healing time, oral surgeon: gale i am not sure what was done here. i do virtually no oral surgery. you said he did 5 bone grafts. i am not sure why it was listed at 5 and not just 1. it does not sound like you had 5 different procedures done at 5 different times. and no flaps were...

Dentistry: Bridge Fallen Out, missing teeth, broken tooth
missing teeth, broken tooth, gum: From what you describe it sounds like the fixed bridge is no longer servicable and one of the teeth supporting it has to be removed.Sounds like they will be removing the broken tooth and fabricating a removable appliance ito replace the missing teeth.You should...

Dentistry: Bridge Replacement, ahmed saleh, new dentist
ahmed saleh, new dentist, dr ahmed: Hi David If the margin of the bridge still fit with the finishing line of the tooth ,you don t need replacing the bridge cause this fitted margin will not lead the saliva to leakage under the crown and dissolve the sealant material which occupied the new...

Dentistry: Bridge replacement, new dentist, bridge replacement
new dentist, bridge replacement, unprofessional manner: i would just have this new dentist, who you like and trust, keep a close eye on the area. if things do change and something dissolves, you can always have it remade at that time. it is crucial to have good communication and trust with your dentist and this...

Dentistry: Broken tooth-socially broken, amalgam fillings, bouquet of flowers
amalgam fillings, bouquet of flowers, nob hill: Dear Dare: I m amazed that I m hearing your story today. Just yesterday I saw a 44 year old patient who had broken his front tooth when he was 13 and never had it fixed. His comments were almost identical to yours. He was shy. He hated to smile for fear...

Dentistry: Broken , wobbly ,split bottom molar tooth, molar tooth, wits end
molar tooth, wits end, piece of mind: Hi Jane and thanks for your question. Jane, the fact unfortunately is that what ever if left of the tooth, must come out and the sooner the better for you, your mouth and your your piece of mind. With that piece left wobbling about in your mouth, all it...

Dentistry: Bump, swollen lymph node, wisdom teeth removal
swollen lymph node, wisdom teeth removal, dalin: meagan often swollen lymph nodes can mean infection of some sort. with the timing of this, it could be related to the wisdom teeth. call your dentist and get in there and have the extraction sites looked at to make sure you are not getting any postop infections...

Dentistry: baby teeth, pediatric dentist, permanent teeth
pediatric dentist, permanent teeth, baby teeth: Dear Robin, It probably is time for your grandson to visit a pediatric dentist. Although his broken down teeth might not cause a problem with his permanent teeth, they could. They can allow shifting of the adjacent teeth in a way the may cause a narrowing...

Dentistry: bad taste/sensitivity after new fillings, white fillings, silver fillings
white fillings, silver fillings, strange taste: i would need to know more before i can give you any answers. what material did the dentist use? you say it is white...which brand was used? and you mention something added to it? what exactly was that? i wonder if it was some sort of eugenol base...this would...

Dentistry: band pain, ahmed saleh, triamcinolone acetonide
ahmed saleh, triamcinolone acetonide, dr ahmed: Hi Shelly Don t worry that s will lead to traumatic ulcer and can be healed by using kenalog in orabase (triamcinolone acetonide)three times daily after meal and if it is painfull during eating you can use xcylocain (spray or gel)before 2 min. before eating...

Dentistry: bone frag/ infection following dental implant, gum infection, gum line
gum infection, gum line, bone fragments: It s within normal limits to have some of the particulate bone get pushed out of the site.I would recommend peridex oral rinse twice a day.It should resolve itself ok.If it flares up then you should go in and have it evaluated and treated, otherwise you should...

Dentistry: bone graft lower front gums, bone graft, signs of infection
bone graft, signs of infection, accurate impression: I think the 2 issues are unrelated - the bone graft is 1 issue and the implants another and although the advice that both clinicians are giving you might be correct and in your best interest, it is up to you to decide which to have done - being guided by with...

Dentistry: bone loss after tooth implants, steamboat springs co, poor oral hygiene
steamboat springs co, poor oral hygiene, oral and maxillofacial surgeon: Joan - Trauma to the front teeth during chewing and biting can be extensive. In chewing, our jaw just does not go up and down. It actually is almost a figure of 8 image. This change in forces, if the front teeth are not balanced in the bite, can produce...

Dentistry: braces +hypocalcification + trauma, central incisor, gum line
central incisor, gum line, oral hygiene: The hypocalcification may be a complicating factor but that depends on how severe it is. It may also be a problem if your son is not extremely attentive to his tooth brushing and oral hygiene. On the other hand it may be quite possible to place braces without...

Dentistry: bridge, bridge question, root canals
bridge question, root canals, continual problems: there is no such thing as a cushion. there are just different types and brands of cement. as far as the second dentist looking, we are used to doing things like that. we often act like detectives, taking down histories and looking at things clinically and...

Dentistry: Calcified peg lateral, root canals, family dentist
root canals, family dentist, endodontist: Hi Jamie, WOW...sounds like you re getting conflicting opinions...no wonder you re confused. First my disclaimer, since I can t exam you, it s hard for me to give you good advice. That said, from what you have told me, I would not be in any hurry to have...

Dentistry: Cast Partial Reline, reline, dalin
reline, dalin, gums: brenda the dentist usually will take an impression inside of the partial to get a good replica of the gum area. he/she might then take a second one as a pickup impression and something of the opposing arch. these work very well. good luck, jeff dalin,...

Dentistry: Cause of Sudden Decay?, alpha hydroxy acid, sodium peroxide
alpha hydroxy acid, sodium peroxide, dear elaine: Dear Elaine Thanks you so much for your kind words, they mean the world to me. I offer my service on this site because it is free, believing firmly that by imparting knowledge, it creates educated patients who can only be a asset to any dental practice....

Dentistry: Cavity in partially erupted permanent molar, pediatric dentist, pediatric dentists
pediatric dentist, pediatric dentists, oral surgeon: You may be able to find a pediatric dentist who will also expose the tooth, however doing both procedures at the same time is highly unlikely depending on how involved the exposure procedure needs to be. If it is a minor procedure you might find a pediatric...

Dentistry: CHIPPED TOOTH DUE TO CAVITY, lateral incisor, teeth and gums
lateral incisor, teeth and gums, nob hill: Dear JEREMY: You just broke a tooth. You think it s because of decay. If I were you, I would have been worried about a year or two ago. So... Should you be worried now? Only if you want to keep this tooth. Whether and how much you should worry about...

Dentistry: Contagious Dental Problems, dental caries, gum tissue
dental caries, gum tissue, genetic susceptibility: Dear Kolen, It is too often easier to ask questions then to answer them. For example , dental caries is not a contagious disease, kissing does not lead to cavities. Some cold sores which occur on the gum tissue could be called contagious if you are willing...

Dentistry: Crooked lateral incisor, lateral incisor, nob hill
lateral incisor, nob hill, aligners: Dear C: The way you make it sound, a veneer would not likely solve your problem, and a veneer is s thin, finger-nail thickness porcelain covering that fits over your tooth. If your tooth protrudes, a veneer will likely make it protrude more. The better...

Dentistry: Crown Necessary after Root Canal?, jaw bone, root canal
jaw bone, root canal, conscious effort: i would not take any chances...i would go and get the tooth prepared for a crown. an impression is taken and a temporary crown is made. you then have around 2 weeks while the permanent crown is being made. you want to see the pain disappear or all but disappear....

Dentistry: Crown Necessary after Root Canal?, jaw bone, root canal
jaw bone, root canal, conscious effort: Hi Lianna, I m sorry you re still having problems. The discomfort you are feeling is probably not related to whether the tooth needs a crown or not. Most likely it is due to your grinding. I would let your dentist know what is going on and you may need...

Dentistry: Crown on root-filled tooth, gum line, tooth root
gum line, tooth root, dalin: you need to do a crown on this tooth. root canal treated teeth become brittle and can split easily. having a large filling in there makes it even more prone to breaking. the crown will protect the tooth from breaking further. when a crown is placed, it totally...

Dentistry: Crowns needing replacement, gold crowns, poor margins
gold crowns, poor margins, root canals: thank you for including the xray...it will help me give you a better answer. you will not have any symptoms if they are having problems. the teeth both have had root canals and this makes it so you no longer feel sensitivities. only an xray will help with...

Dentistry: carbocaine, vasoconstrictor, dental practices
vasoconstrictor, dental practices, dds: Dear Donna: I wish I could answer your question, but I can t be sure of the reason or reasons. But I can list a few possibilities: 1. You have an unknown resistance to the chemistry of Carbocaine 2. It often takes more Carbocaine than Lidocaine to make...

Dentistry: Can cavities from baby teeth go away?, time decay, baby teeth
time decay, baby teeth, cavities: i will answer these questions totally honestly... 1) Cavities do not disappear with brushing. Once decay gets into the second layer of the tooth, it needs to be restored. It does not go away on its own. Now then you ask what happened here? Sounds like some...

Dentistry: changed dentist, new dentist, check ups
new dentist, check ups, financial aspect: without seeing things in person and on xray, i cannot give you a definitive answer. my recommendation is to put your mind at ease by getting a second opinion. large fillings do weaken teeth. but a crack is usually symptomatic...hurts to chewing and cold. you...

Dentistry: core build-up, pulp chamber, insurance code
pulp chamber, insurance code, restorative materials: A core is a filling that one puts into the pulp chamber of a tooth that usually requires a crown. So, it is the substructure, if you will, of a crown. Even though the outside opening may be small, it is much bigger inside than a regular filling because it...

Dentistry: cracked root, root canal specialist, dental xray
root canal specialist, dental xray, root canal treatment: Dear Maria: There are many dentists (and other professionals) out there who base their practice on technology. I LOVE technology and use all the new stuff on a routine basis. However, NO TECHNOLOGY CAN REPALCE A DOCTORS KNOWLEDGE, EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE!...

Dentistry: cracked tooth after root canal, canal dr, cracked tooth
canal dr, cracked tooth, temporary filling: Dear Margaret, It doesn t sound good. You may have sustained a fracture and you are feeling the loose part of the tooth. You should see a dentist immediately to diagnose and treat what is going on. Yes a blow could have cause the problem. If you see a dentist...

Dentistry: crib appliances, thumb sucker, habit modification
thumb sucker, habit modification, tongue thrust: Hi Markina and thanks for your question. Crib appliances are habit modification devices and available in 3 basic formats: fixed appliances, removable appliances and night guards and is employed where the patient, for example, is a thumb sucker - as I was...

Dentistry: crown buildup incl any pins, nob hill, bone damage
nob hill, bone damage, abcess: Dear BJ: That you signed for one thing and you were charged for more, is a whole other issue. This does not go to whether or not you needed the build up, but rather whether or not you were informed that you did. If you were not, then you have a case for...

Dentistry: crown with pain, silver fillings, upper tooth
silver fillings, upper tooth, pulpitis: It could be a pulpitis in the crowned tooth. This often happens, since placing a crown involves removing a lot of tooth structure. You can have an endodontist check, but we have no good tests for teeth with inflamed pulps, which is what the condition would...

Dentistry: crowns, soft toothbrush, gum line
soft toothbrush, gum line, proper consultation: Dear June: There are several reasons as to why people get recession. For many of us it is just genetic. It is impossible for me to answer to you specifically since I cannot examine you. However, if you are not creating risks such as smoking, heavy plaque...

Dentistry: cutting a molar, proper oral hygiene, pediatric dentist
proper oral hygiene, pediatric dentist, medical implications: Dear Tanseem: I am a parent myself, so I understand your concern... however, there is no reason to worry. Not all people are alike. The growth charts and tables are averages. Make sure that you are following proper oral hygiene with your child and DO go...

Dentistry: Dental bone graft, dental bone graft, dental implants
dental bone graft, dental implants, mild pain: Don - Of course, without examining you I cannot be sure, but once a graft is infected it usually is ineffective and needs removal. In an infection the bacteria invade and consume the graft so a cleaning out the infection, allowing the area to heal and then...

Dentistry: Dental Trauma on a 3.5 year old, space maintainer, types of sedatives
space maintainer, types of sedatives, dental trauma: Hi Melissa, From your description it sounds like you have a very sophisticated pediatric dentist. First concern should always be for the underlying permanent teeth, and extraction of the teeth is a good solution here especially since it will not require...

Dentistry: Denture Partial., grilled cheese sandwich, abutment teeth
grilled cheese sandwich, abutment teeth, dear marie: Dear Marie: The most predictable and economical way to resolve the situation is to get the denture relined properly. The sores that you have under the denture are due to ill fit. There are several glue materials available and cushions (Seabond). However,...

Dentistry: Dry socket, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, clove oil
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, clove oil, warm salt water: Teresa - there are a couple of possible causes for the pain. First of all, the dentist when he removed the tooth may have left a small piece of the tooth in the socket or you have broken off fragments of bone. Another possibility is you have now developed...

Dentistry: My daughter's cap, ahmed saleh, dr ahmed
ahmed saleh, dr ahmed, proper diagnosis: Hi Samar First the dentist should see clinically the site and texture of the swelling and second you should take x-ray for the swelling and the area around it to determine the source of the swelling and then we can do proper diagnosis for proper treatment....

Dentistry: dead front tooth 2 year old, pediatric dentist, sedation dentistry
pediatric dentist, sedation dentistry, permanent tooth: let s answer these questions one at a time: 1) i am not big on extracting the tooth if there is no pain, swelling, infection present. why not leave it be as a space maintainer. 2) if infection is present, it can affect the developing permanent tooth. you...

Dentistry: decayed cap/crown, teeth and tissue, mouth cavity
teeth and tissue, mouth cavity, gum line: Hi Bart and thanks for your question. Although you probably wont experience pain for some time, as it is root treated, the remaining roots will become a site for infection in the future, as it becomes an area which allows communication between the mouth...

Dentistry: deep down gum pain after 2 root canal and then extraction, gum pain, residual infection
gum pain, residual infection, loose piece: Dear Gillian: It could be several things, some of which are: A piece of root is retained in the bone; a loose piece of bone is retained in the socket; there may be residual infection still in the socket that the antibiotic is not getting to, or that is...

Dentistry: dental abcess, dental abcess, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
dental abcess, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, dental appointment: Dreama - with an infection that seems to be resistant to treatment with just antibiotics, I suggest that rather than seeing a regular dentist, I suggest that you instead make an appointment with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Your problem is more than...

Dentistry: dental bridge, american dental association, abutment teeth
american dental association, abutment teeth, gum line: Dear Pamela: From the information you have given me, I am not at liberty to give you a concrete answer since I haven t had a chance to examine you personally. However, I can tell you that, in general, if the preparation of the former abutment teeth were...

Dentistry: From dental stability and health to rehab, root resorption, university dental school
root resorption, university dental school, restorative dentists: You undoubtedly have an extremely difficult situation. You need to find an orthodontist, surgeon and restorative dentist who will work together as a team to take you to health. They must be hands on which means you must be accessible to them for examination,...

Dentistry: dental work and coumidin, two front teeth, heart issues
two front teeth, heart issues, coumadin: Dear Pam: It is common practice for doctors to take patients off coumadin for three days before a tooth extraction. I have removed many teeth from patients taking coumadin. Almost never is there a problem with bleeding after these extractions. However,...

Dentistry: extreme pain in throat,face,gum, ear nose throat doctor, ear nose throat
ear nose throat doctor, ear nose throat, ceramic cap: April - Of course, without examining you, it is a little difficult for me to tell you what is going on. I need to ask you a few questions to possibly help to diagnose what might be occurring. Do you have headaches? Do you have sore throats? Do you have...

Dentistry: extremely sensitive to nickel / swollen tongue /was on C-pap before identifying food sensitivities, c pap machine, stainless steel wire
c pap machine, stainless steel wire, inner cheeks: I will limit my response to your question about an alternative, nickel-free retainer since I am not qualified to comment on the GI aspect of your question. That should be addressed to a physician experienced in that matter. It is not unreasonable to consider...

Dentistry: False tooth for a 2 year old, pediatric dentist, false tooth
pediatric dentist, false tooth, front teeth: this is a tough situation. a young child is not a good candidate for any sort of removeable appliance. doing something fixed like a bridge cannot be done as well. some people try to make a fixed retainer with a tooth suspended off of it. others have tried...

Dentistry: 12 year old's molar
Dentistry: 12 year old's molar

Dentistry: Bone graft and TMJ, oral surgeon, responce
Dentistry: Bone graft and TMJ, oral surgeon, responce, tmj

Dentistry: Bone growth under bridge, j prosthet dent, replacement tooth
Dentistry: Bone growth under bridge, j prosthet dent, replacement tooth, burkes

Dentistry: bridge, crowns, gum
Dentistry: bridge, crowns, gum, dentist

Dentistry: Crowns needing replacement, x ray, crowns
Dentistry: Crowns needing replacement, x ray, crowns, gaps

Dentistry: Gum Abcess After Tooth Extraction, root 1, bump
Dentistry: Gum Abcess After Tooth Extraction, root 1, bump, gum

Dentistry: Wisdom tooth transplant, time magazine article, time article
Dentistry: Wisdom tooth transplant, time magazine article, time article, molars

Dentistry: filling, dentin, dalin
dentin, dalin, molar: you need to call your dentist and have the new filling checked. sometimes the bite needs adjustment. sometimes the filling material causes a little postop sensitivity. he/she may adjust it...he/she may decide to just give it a little time to make sure the...

Dentistry: filling, ahmed saleh, dr ahmed
ahmed saleh, dr ahmed, premolars: Hi Bud You can take x-ray to the lower molars and premolars to see if one of them carious proximally ,if not,so don t worry that s normal cause the teeth various in sensitivity from one person to another ,and also you must do the correct method of brushing...

Dentistry: fosamax and implants, holocaust survivor, implant dentistry
holocaust survivor, implant dentistry, implant treatment: Dear Morton: Having all of one s teeth removed is NOT a matter of choice. If your mother needs to have all of her teeth removed, she must have some serious problems, either with caries (decay) or periodontal disease. These problems have to be addressed...

Dentistry: fractured tooth?, front teeth, exploratory surgery
front teeth, exploratory surgery, slightest touch: Dear Lisa: Before you have surgery, make sure that your dentist has adjusted this tooth out of your bite, has instructed you to not chew on it for a week, and has given you antibiotic to fight any infection that might not be visible. If it still hurts...

Dentistry: full treatment verses half treatment, lateral incisor, palatal expander
lateral incisor, palatal expander, meaningful terms: Certainly I can t tell you what to do with your treatment options. That decision is up to you alone. I would always suggest that you discover your options which you have already done. It sounds like you have a very minor complaint (the irregular lateral...

Dentistry: Gap between front teeth, two front teeth, permanent teeth
two front teeth, permanent teeth, family dentist: Dear Tamara, Unfortunately this is not a question I can answer without seeing your daughters teeth and feeling the tissues between her two front teeth. If the tissue is soft , most of the time it will disappear as the teeth move together to make room for...

Dentistry: GUM PAIN:(, gum pain, new dentist
gum pain, new dentist, root canals: Dear Kelly: I don t understand why nothing was done after he put his finger in your mouth and felt swelling. At that point, I might have placed you on antibiotic just to help relieve your pain. Right now, all I can do is suggest that you take two ibuprofen...

Dentistry: Gum Abcess After Tooth Extraction, gum abscess, gum abcess
gum abscess, gum abcess, ahmed saleh: Hi maggie Usually the abscess resolved when the cause removed ,so if the extracted tooth had cause the abscess so the abscess should be resolved and if it is not resolved that mean the extracted tooth was not cause the abscess or may be cause the abscess...

Dentistry: gray spots on crowns, cosmetic dentist, gray spots
cosmetic dentist, gray spots, gray shadow: Dear Michelle: I am so sorry to hear that you are continuing to have these problems. It does sound like your dentist may need to find a new ceramist, as the problems you describe are very rare. This once again proves to me that most expensive is not always...

Dentistry: hit tooth after root canal, porcelain cup, front tooth
porcelain cup, front tooth, root canal: If you are concerned, have your dentist look at it. Whatever damage you might have done is already done, so there would not be anything you could do about it anyway. Really, the only thing you have to fear would be fracturing it altogether, and if it didn...

Dentistry: Infection??, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, front teeth: Hi Maria, I m sorry all this is going on, especially when you re not totally adjusted to your recent move. There really is no connection between your sore throat and your dental problem...they are 2 independent situations. The Zithromax is a good antibiotic...

Dentistry: Invisalign for Orthognathic Surgery, cheek implants, upper incisors
cheek implants, upper incisors, bill arnett: Helena - You are correct that the jaws can be wired shut, but that must be done with a correct stable bite; that is what the orthodontics does. I am not an orthodontist, but I think going back to the old traditional approach of applying bands around the...

Dentistry: Keeping bone after augmentation, bone graft, bone bank
bone graft, bone bank, bottom front: Sergio - that is a difficult question to answer. Usually bone that is not under any forces will gradually diminish in size. I think the surgeon wants you in the denture to insure that the bone will remain dense for a longer period of time. So I cannot...

Dentistry: Measuring pockets, rota dent toothbrush, gum pockets
rota dent toothbrush, gum pockets, new dentist: Hi Ginny and thanks for your question. I can feel your frustration over this incident and understandably so! While it is impossible for me to play judge and jury in your case, without examining you and evaluating your X-rays, you should get to the bottom...

Dentistry: Medicaid paying for dentures, state medicaid office, adult dentistry
state medicaid office, adult dentistry, medicaid programs: many medicaid programs do not cover adult dentistry. that is what happens here in missouri...no adult coverage. to find a dentist who does participate, call the local or state dental association. they usually have a list of providers. otherwise call the state...

Dentistry: NTI-tss, gum recession, permanent bridge
gum recession, permanent bridge, gum line: James - Immediately stop the NTI. It is a destructive appliance that places excessive forces on the front teeth. What you have developed is, unfortunately, a fairly common result of using the NTI. A better and more helpful appliance, without causing the...

Dentistry: OPG X Ray, supernumerary teeth, bone resorption
supernumerary teeth, bone resorption, facial conditions: Dear a and thanks for your question. 1. The OPG is a very beneficial X-ray for diagnosis facial conditions such a bone fractures, tumors and cysts, developmental and congenital abnormalities, TMJ pathology, sinus pathology, supernumerary teeth and absent...

Dentistry: Orthodontis wants to remove peg lateral incisor, lateral incisors, central incisors
lateral incisors, central incisors, esthetic result: It has been my experience that the placement of canines in the lateral incisor positions does not lend itself to a particularly esthetic result. Typically, canines are much larger than lateral incisors and bonding the canines to appear like lateral incisors...

Dentistry: oral surgeon or endo?, apicoectomy, bone breakdown
apicoectomy, bone breakdown, oral surgeon: Hi again Lori, Don t worry about asking questions...that s why I m here. :-) Actually, it is MUCH better to see an endodontist for an apicoectomy because oral surgeons are not really trained to do this type of procedure.....many do it, but they are...

Dentistry: Pain after extraction, tylenol 3, tooth extraction
tylenol 3, tooth extraction, oxycodone: Frank - All of the above medications vary as to their effectiveness with different individuals and in different circumstances. In general, in my experience, the best chance of a medication working is with hydrocodone, but simple aspirin or ibuprofin work...

Dentistry: Pain after extractionulysu, tylenol 3, nob hill
tylenol 3, nob hill, dear frank: Dear Frank: Every patient responds differently to different medications. My favorite, based on my near-40 years of experience, if ibuprofen, 400mg, every 4 hours. If this does not work, I will typically prescribe, in the following order: Tylenol #3, Hydrocodone,...

Dentistry: Pain After Filling Replacement, definite answers, good luck with everything
definite answers, good luck with everything, good shape: gerry it is impossible for anyone to give you any definite answers here. part of it might have to deal with how deep the original fillings were. sometimes replacing a deep old filling can stir things up. i would not jump to any final answers here until the...

Dentistry: Pain from Quad Helix Spacers, rubber spacers, pain perception
rubber spacers, pain perception, first few days: This extent of pain is quite unusual for that procedure. I have been using the quad helix appliance for over 30 years with youngsters from age 6 and older and have never had anyone report more than mild discomfort for the first few days. Pain perception...

Dentistry: Partial Root Canal, root canal therapy, worst case scenario
root canal therapy, worst case scenario, running a fever: You have an infection in your jaw which, worst case scenario, could travel down your throat and endanger your life. If you cannot have the root canal therapy, you need to have the tooth extracted. Depending on a number of factors I couldn t evaluate by e-mail...

Dentistry: Particle Bone for bone graft, bone graft, bone bank
bone graft, bone bank, skilled surgeon: Brenda - Bank bone itself does not last, but it acts as a framework for new bone formation. When blood invades the areas in the bone for blood storage, that blood eventually converts to bone formation. As long as the doctor who placed the particle bone is...

Dentistry: Peridontal Disease, perio/endo problem
perio/endo problem: Dear Debbie, It is unusual to have periodontal disease effect only one tooth. This 1 tooth periodontal problem could very well be the result of a tooth (#11) that has died, the inside of the tooth is filling with harmful bacteria, and the only treatment...

Dentistry: Post Root Canal Healing Process: Is this normal?, root canal treatment, latent infection
root canal treatment, latent infection, tooths: Dear Julianna and thanks for your question. The precise time when a tooths symptoms ease after treatment varies greatly from patient to patient, dependant also on the extent of the infection and the difficulty of the root canal itself. A time period of...

Dentistry: PUFFINESS AFTER ROOT CANAL, nob hill, residual infection
nob hill, residual infection, hello doctor: Dear Lisa: The only answer I can give is that there may be some residual infection that has not cleared yet. We cannot see all infections on our xrays. A second possibility is that another tooth nerve is infected. Let s hope not. Let s first assume infection...

Dentistry: Pulp vitality test, root canal therapy, tooth root
root canal therapy, tooth root, radiograph: Pulp is the correct word for the tissue inside the hollow tooth root that most people refer to as the nerve . When endodontic therapy is performed, this tissue is removed. Therefore, it makes no sense to check the vitality of something which is no longer...

Dentistry: pain 7 weeks after RCT, irreversible pulpitis, root tip
irreversible pulpitis, root tip, medrol: Hi again Maureen, It s difficult being in this situation as a patient. All I can tell you is how I and my referrers treat this type of situation and that would be with a GOOD fitting temporary crown to try to splint the tooth together to see if that provides...

Dentistry: pain along jaw & ear after a filling replacement, white fillings, new dentist
white fillings, new dentist, nerve pain: Fillings do not need to be replaced because they are old . If he did this without seeing decay or cracking, it is not good treatment. Do not under any circumstances let him do a root canal (take the nerve out). See an Endodontist who is specialist in this...

Dentistry: pain from tooth rootroot, dull ache, phantom pain
dull ache, phantom pain, tooth root: Hi Elisa, I m sorry you re having this go on. Anytime there is pain, it s the bodies way of telling us something is wrong. We just don t see much, if any, phantom pain in the mouth. It is possible that it could be a root fracture, a failing root canal,...

Dentistry: perio protect, scaling and root planing, adjunct treatment
scaling and root planing, adjunct treatment, miracle cure: cost for perioprotect vary...from $400 per arch on up. the tray has to be made by the dentist at a specific lab who knows how to make these properly. the gel is likewise very specific for trays. i wish there was something more to recommend but it is a very...

Dentistry: practical lab assignment, great memory, lab assignment
great memory, lab assignment, dental student: sometimes it depends on the wire. some have such great memory that they will not straighten out. i am a general dentist and do no orthodontics so i am not a great person to ask this question. you should ask this of an orthodontist. i wish i could give you...

Dentistry: problem front tooth, root canal surgery, crusty rolls
root canal surgery, crusty rolls, front teeth: Dear Rianna: I had answered your question two days ago, but I guess it did not post. I was notified just now that it is still pending. Your dentist is right. The reason that you cannot whiten the tooth from the outside is that the color change is internal....

Dentistry: problems after bone graft, bone graft surgery, dull ache
bone graft surgery, dull ache, bad tooth: Dear Nat: Unfortunately, you are not alone. The more implants are placed, the more we notice problems with compromised sites. I have seen quite a few implants fail in sites where ongoing infections were never resolved. It is sometimes better to just remove...

Dentistry: pulling feeling in teeth, white fillings, nose spray
white fillings, nose spray, temporary filling: Hi Candice and thanks for the follow up. The best place to start will be to contact the Faculty of Health Sciences or the School of Oral Health Sciences which are based in the Midrand and discuss where the best place would be for you get a consultation...

Dentistry: pulpotomy, white stains, x rays
white stains, x rays, 5y: Alexis, sorry I cant be of more help, but without seeing x-rays of your son s teeth, and knowing about the extent of the damage to the teeth, and without seeing a picture of your one year old it is almost impossible to help you with any advice. All the...

Dentistry: Reabsorbed bone in ridge, gum graft, nob hill
gum graft, nob hill, gum line: Dear Brenda: It sounds like you are correct, with one additional step. The periodontist will probably use some type of membrane to shape the bone as you require, and to hold the particles of bone in place while your own bone grows into this mass over several...

Dentistry: Replace Veneers, new dentist, front teeth
new dentist, front teeth, convexity: Hi Susan and thanks for your question. I, personally, would prefer to remove the entire veneer or as much as possible without weakening the underlying tooth and then start the new veneers as they did for the first lot. The problem in over-bonding veneer...

Dentistry: Ridge Augmentation, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, ridge augmentation
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, ridge augmentation, bone graft: Sergio - First of all, I hope you are only having a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon doing the augmentation. Because the doctor has done a CT scan, the local of the nerve is defined and it should be avoided. Most likely the nerve, which will...

Dentistry: Ridge Expansion bone graft, gum graft, denture implants
gum graft, denture implants, ridge augmentation: Dear Sergio: Usually what you will get will be having bone put in under your gum and over your bone to increase the height and width of the bone available to hold your implants. On rare occasions (almost never), a lower ridge will be split to increase...

Dentistry: Root Canal, root canal treatments, root canals
root canal treatments, root canals, western medicine: Grace - Whoever has told you that root canals do not cure the infection and will cause more serious disease are wrong. Of course, in the hands of a dentist who is not skilled, just like a carpenter who does not know how to build, problems can occur. Root...

Dentistry: Root Canal, nob hill, front teeth
nob hill, front teeth, temporary filling: Dear Kamala: I am not sure. How long the filling lasts depends on what type of material is used, and the intensity of your bite on this filling. Before you have this filling done, ask your dentist what material he is using and how long he expects it to...

Dentistry: Root Canal to kids, proper health care, health care regimen
proper health care, health care regimen, adult teeth: Dear Juao: A baby root canal is a very safe and effective way for your child to keep her tooth until it will naturally come out at age 6-7. What concerns me is not the procedure, but that the fact that your 3 year old daughter needs it to begin with. ...

Dentistry: Root canal, gary backlund, oxytetracycline
gary backlund, oxytetracycline, hi chris: Hi Chris, My antibiotic of choice is Amoxicillin 500mg, 1 every 6 hours. It is a better choice than doxycycline. It is also a penicillin, so make sure you aren t allergic. Although you didn t ask, I also wanted to say that dentists can do a temporary...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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