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Dentistry: re: sore tongue due to TMJ/jaw Surgery?, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, lingual nerve
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, lingual nerve, cankersore: Gregg - It is definitely possible. I cannot tell you more without an examination. My suggestion is for you to get an examination from a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Do not put this off. The longer you wait the bigger chance of a problem...

Dentistry: red spot on tooth, pulp tissue, primary tooth
pulp tissue, primary tooth, baby teeth: Dear Michael, This is not uncommon. The primary tooth is resorbing and the root is almost gone showing some pulp tissue through the tooth. The tooth will be lost soon, in the next six months, there is no need for concern. All the best, Dr. Mos...

Dentistry: residual infection maybe?, residual infection, endodontists
residual infection, endodontists, endodontist: Hi Janet, Like I said before, what you really need is a good diagnosis. If I were you, I would seek a 2nd opinion from an endodontist. Something is not right and it is highly unlikely another round of antibiotics will fix the problem. As for flossing...

Dentistry: root canal, dental abscess, root canal treatment
dental abscess, root canal treatment, canal infections: Hi Rosie A deep throb is possibly a dental abscess where root canal treatment may be indicated - sensitivity to hot/cold tends to mean decay and just to heat but not cold tends to indicate a dying pulp. These symptoms are only a guide and must be taken...

Dentistry: root canal, root canal work, x ray
root canal work, x ray, second opinion: Hi Kristie Certainly a second opinion may give you more information - an x-ray can give a good idea of the quality/success of root canal work, although ideally the dentist would also need to see a before x-ray to be able to give the best advice. Regards...

Dentistry: root canal, gary backlund, endodontist
gary backlund, endodontist, excruciating pain: Hi Deborah, I m sorry you are going through all this! No, this is NOT normal. I would call your endodontist, even though it s the weekend there should be someone on call, explain what you are feeling and get help. It may be that they phone in medications...

Dentistry: root canal through bridgework, porcelain crown, crusty roll
porcelain crown, crusty roll, bridgework: Hi Eileen, I can certainly understand your concern. There is always the possibility that chewing is what has caused your tooth to be sore. There is never any problem with waiting on treatment. The only downside is that things could get worse with pain and...

Dentistry: root canal extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, root canal treatment
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, root canal treatment, molar tooth: Marissa - If the tooth to be extracted is a front tooth, eye tooth or even premolar, the extraction is not that difficult on a root canal tooth. If, however, you are speaking of a molar tooth with root canal treatment, then have a board certified oral and...

Dentistry: About root canal timing, root canal procedure, root canals
root canal procedure, root canals, endodontist: Hi Kazi, Actually, the time between appointments really varies a lot from office to office. In truth, it is usually based on how booked up the office is and when they have their next appointment. As long as you are comfortable, there really is no urgency...

Dentistry: root canal treatment, root canal treatment, x rays
root canal treatment, x rays, redone: Hi Yvett, You ask good question, but they don t have black & white answers. I ll try to do my best to answer and explain what s happening.... 1. How do I know for sure that all of the infection is gone? The only way to evaluate healing is with X-rays...

Dentistry: root canals, root canals, gary backlund
root canals, gary backlund, success failure: Hi Dane, Our best way of evaluating treatment is by using X-rays and symptoms. If the bone heals and there are no symptoms, then treatment is successful. If the patient has pain, we know we have a problem that needs to be dealt with. It may not be a problem...

Dentistry: root canals, root canal treatment, bacterial invasion
root canal treatment, bacterial invasion, root canals: Dear Dane: Root canal treatment is a way for us, to be able to retain a tooth in the mouth even though the tissues inside of it (cells, blood vessels, nerve) are dead. When a tooth is affected by trauma, such as a fracture, or a bacterial invasion (due to...

Dentistry: root canals, root canals, root canal
root canals, root canal, fillings: Hi Cindy, There is really no correct answer to your question...it all depends on what you are willing to go through to prevent having a root canal. You do not have an infected or abscessed tooth, yet, so you won t hurt anything by trying medicated fillings,...

Dentistry: root exposures, symptoms of tooth decay, gary backlund
symptoms of tooth decay, gary backlund, gum chewing: Hi Karen, The answer is.....it depends...:-). What I mean is that root exposure, if it occurs naturally over time may not be sensitive at all. The root can lay down extra tooth structure to insulate it from sensations like hot & cold, etc. On the other...

Dentistry: roots, nerve fibers, periodontal ligament
nerve fibers, periodontal ligament, root canals: Hi Karrie, From what you have just told me it sounds like the issue might be coming from a periodontal concern (gum disease). I would have a periodontist evaluate the site and depending on what he finds you may still need to visit and endodontist. Steve...

Dentistry: roots, root canal treatment, root canals
root canal treatment, root canals, residual infection: Karrie - Root canal treatment can produce pain immediately after and during the procedure. That occurs if the ligament holding the tooth to the bone, becomes inflamed during the procedure. Clenching and grinding definitely can cause an irritation and...

Dentistry: Sensitive teeth, silver fillings, sensitive teeth
silver fillings, sensitive teeth, nerve problem: Joan - If decay exists between the filling and the tooth and it has formed at the surface, the explorer can probe into the space. The fact that you are having sensitivity and the digital film shows possible decay, I think removing of the filling and any...

Dentistry: Short roots, periodic checkups, gum infections
periodic checkups, gum infections, nerve damage: Hi Janette, Thanks for the question and take a deep breath its not that bad. Firstly, the short roots are common when orthodontics have been performed especially for such a long time as you indicate. This occurs when the forces to move teeth are a bit strong...

Dentistry: Sinus cavity, sinus cavity, sinus infection
sinus cavity, sinus infection, dalin: have the dentist take an xray of the area. it will be quite apparent if the root is up there or not. as far as symptoms go, these vary. i have heard you feel like you have a sinus infection...but sometimes people are totally asymptomatic. do not worry about...

Dentistry: Size and shape of dental crown, american academy of cosmetic dentistry, two front teeth
american academy of cosmetic dentistry, two front teeth, american dental association: Dear Ann: I am sorry to hear about your trouble, and you are right...the crowns will have to be redone. The question is: Do you trust your current dentist to redo them properly? I advise you to go to the person that can actually deliver the proper result....

Dentistry: Status Post Multiple Tooth Extraction complication, gum tissue, canine teeth
gum tissue, canine teeth, upper teeth: Bernard -It is a little tough for me to tell you what is going on exactly, but the what you describe could just be a trapped area of blood from the extractions and now it is degenerating. I wish I could tell you more, but I would need to really examine you...

Dentistry: Still has Baby tooth at the age of 30, steve litwin, grand scheme of things
steve litwin, grand scheme of things, baby tooth: Hi Purnima, Thanks for the question. I think it is a good idea to proceed with the suggested treatment. The risk of not doing this is that you will certainly lose the retained baby tooth and the angle permanent tooth may start to impinge on the adjacent...

Dentistry: Still sore 2 weeks after root canal, gary backlund, root canal treatment
gary backlund, root canal treatment, lateral canal: Hi Charles, I m sorry to hear this is still going on. It is possible that things are still healing, but you should be noticing improvement as the days go by....certainly you should not be getting any worse. I think, if I were you, I d give it another week....

Dentistry: Stubborn Infection, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, root canal treatment
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, root canal treatment, dangerous infection: Mike - An antibiotic will not stop the infection. We all have bacteria in our mouths constantly. Some will be affected with the antibiotic, but not all. The only way to fight the infection is to remove the source. This means that the cause of the problem,...

Dentistry: salivary gland problem, parotids, oral irritation
parotids, oral irritation, salivary gland: Roxana - I will do a little research and hopefully I can find a specialist. Usually the cancer from Sjogren s is a lymphoma, but with the irritation caused by the thick altered saliva, there is a possibility that chronic oral irritation may produce there,...

Dentistry: sensitive teeth, root surfaces, sensitive teeth
root surfaces, sensitive teeth, cold sensitivity: one option is to replace some of your old fillings and see if that helps. your dentist can isolate each tooth and apply cold or blow air and see if there are any specific areas that elicit the same pain you are feeling at home. that is what i try to do. i...

Dentistry: sensivity to cold after rootcanal, room temperature water, root canal treatments
room temperature water, root canal treatments, pulp tissue: Dear Shazia, I am sorry you are having this symptom even after you had a root canal. After the pulp is removed during a root canal the tooth loses its ability to sense cold and can not be sensitive to cold. I understand that this is a new symptom,...

Dentistry: severe gum pain, gum pain, oral surgeon
gum pain, oral surgeon, jawbone: Dear B: You have infections around the roots in your gums. The infection has eaten through your jawbone and is now draining into the red thing with the white head. You need to contact a dentist to remove your roots. In order to do this, you will need to...

Dentistry: short root and braces, front teeth, orthodontic treatment
front teeth, orthodontic treatment, extra pressure: I have no statistical information that could lead me to give you a probability regarding the loss of the tooth under these circumstances. While you are weighing the possibility of tooth loss as a result of orthodontic treatment, I m wondering about the chances...

Dentistry: What should a socket look like post-extraction?, wisdom teeth, minimal pain
wisdom teeth, minimal pain, dry socket: Hi Monika, If it has been two weeks and the sutures are still present then I would think about having the taken out by another dentist if it will be a week or longer before you see you regular dentist. You do not want to leave sutures in too long because...

Dentistry: swelling gums, periodontal abscess, root canal specialist
periodontal abscess, root canal specialist, swollen gums: Dear Jon, Sometimes when treating an infection with antibiotics and the infection is not clearing up, a dentist will choose to switch antibiotics . Different antibiotic can be effective fighting different types of bacteria. I am not sure what sort of...

Dentistry: swelling and nervousness after tooth extraction, warm salt water, novocain
warm salt water, novocain, tooth extraction: Robin - An extraction or an injection of Novocaine should not produce excess swelling, unless either procedure produced excess trauma and causing internal bleeding. This situation occurs in an extraction when it is very difficult or the doctor doing the...

Dentistry: swollen glands after root canal, drainage pattern, lymph glands
drainage pattern, lymph glands, swollen glands: Hi Cheryl, It would be unusual for an upper tooth to cause swelling in the lower, but it is possible due to the drainage pattern of your head and neck. I would give your dentist a call, explain what you are going through and get his/her advice. You may...

Dentistry: Teeth Whitening, crest white strips, tooth enamel
crest white strips, tooth enamel, custom trays: here is exactly what i tell my patients: you have 4 choices to whiten your teeth. #1 is over the counter bleach such as crest white strips. cost is low...around $40...you place these strips on your teeth twice a day for 2 weeks...results are iffy...most of...

Dentistry: Terminology, gary backlund, 2 different things
gary backlund, 2 different things, dr gary: Hi Melissa, Technically, an infection means that bacteria are involved and an abscess can occur without bacteria. However, often the two are used interchangeably because a sterile abscess is possible, but VERY rare. Hope this helps. Gary Backlund...

Dentistry: TMD/TMD Orthodontics, getting braces, tmj problems
getting braces, tmj problems, tmd symptoms: Hi Brandon, Thanks for the question. You are doing the absolute correct thing in being very careful about undergoing orthodontic treatment if you currently have TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). The reason I say this will become apparent once I start...

Dentistry: Toddler cavities, early childhood caries, dentist appointment
early childhood caries, dentist appointment, fluoride toothpaste: Dear Lynette, you can slow up the development of the decay on your sons front top teeth by wiping them twice daily with a piece of gauze that you have put some fluoride toothpaste on. Also I suspect that your son is using a bottle as a pacifier and...

Dentistry: Tongue/Mouth Problems Since Crown, gum diseases, diagnostic workup
gum diseases, diagnostic workup, mouth problems: Dear Liz: I am concerned that your problem has not gone away for so long after your dentist made adjustments to your crown. And I m even more concerned that the problem seems to be getting worse. If you have not contacted your dentist since the problem...

Dentistry: Tongue Numbness After Surgery, tongue numbness, lingual nerve
tongue numbness, lingual nerve, benign tumor: Lisa - As strange as it sounds, the tickle and the burning is a very good sign. That is the nerve sending out its own signals to reheal itself. How long it will take until you regain all your normal feelings, is tough for me to say. In general, I advise...

Dentistry: Tooth Problem For My 22 Month Old, 2 year molars, lateral incisors
2 year molars, lateral incisors, tooth problem: Dear Angela, Would like to help you , but this is the kind of a question that I would need a recent x-ray in order to be of any help. Sorry i cant do better, but I do suggest you see a dentist and let him or her do an examination. all the best, D. Mos...

Dentistry: Tooth pain, x rays, tooth pain
x rays, tooth pain, dentist: Dear M: It sounds like you have a nerve in one of your teeth that is inflamed or infected. You need to see your dentist once more, or another dentist, or have your dentist refer you to an endodontist (dentists who specialize in treating the nerves inside...

Dentistry: Tooth sensitivity please help!, new dentist, tipped applicator
new dentist, tipped applicator, q tip: Hi J., Thanks for the question. J please understand that without having the ability to visually see what has happened I am limited in the accuracy of my response. With that being said, I would like to believe that the dentist was able to distinguish between...

Dentistry: Toothache, uli uli, caldwell luc
uli uli, caldwell luc, sinus surgery: uli i would go back to the oral surgeon and have your sinus rechecked...just play it safe and make sure the cyst has not returned. once your sinus checks out, you can then look at tooth and gums. you can have the tooth really looked at...make sure no decay...

Dentistry: Toothache, molar tooth, wisdom teeth
molar tooth, wisdom teeth, gum problems: Hi Amy, Thanks for the question. Amy I am going to make a few assumptions here. First, I am going to assume that the only the back molar tooth has an decay/infection and that none of the other teeth on that side top and bottom and front teeth included have...

Dentistry: Toothache, root canal treatment, implant dentistry
root canal treatment, implant dentistry, decayed tooth: Dear Brandy: I am so sorry to hear that you are in pain. I cannot possibly examine you over this very limited forum. I can, however, give you some insight. When you had your teeth examined, the dentist probably probed into the decayed tooth. If the decay...

Dentistry: Top and bottom second molars removed, second molars, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
second molars, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom teeth: Matilda - The extraction holes should heal as long as you are meticulous and keep the sockets clean with frequent salt water rinses. The foundations of our bite is not the second molars, but the first molars. Saying that, if anything were to happen...

Dentistry: Trauma to Front Tooth, gary backlund, gray appearance
gary backlund, gray appearance, color sort: Hi Jessica, Sometimes, the gray appearance can result from ruptured blood vessels inside your tooth that cause the darker color....sort of like a black and blue bruise on your arm. If you are seeing an endodontist, that is the right thing to do as he/she...

Dentistry: Trigeminal Neuralgia, root canal treatments, root canal treatment
root canal treatments, root canal treatment, trigeminal neuralgia: Hi Cheryl, I m sorry all this is going on. It must be frustrating. Trigeminal Neuralgia is really pretty rare. It is possible, but very rare, for a root canal to cause it. In most cases, it is difficult to predict it s pattern or how long it will remain...

Dentistry: tapping of teeth, ligament, decay
ligament, decay, dentists: Monica - A tooth with just decay will not hurt with tapping. A tooth where the nerve in the tooth is inflamed, the ligament that holds the tooth to the bone is inflamed or the bone surrounding the tooth is inflamed will all cause pain with tapping. If in...

Dentistry: teeth, nerve inflammation, periodontal problems
nerve inflammation, periodontal problems, exlorer: Rach - It is hard to differentiate sometimes where the problems is just from the symptoms. They can mimic each other. Just because the dentist cannot gain access to a small separation at the filling tooth border with the explorer, it does not mean that there...

Dentistry: teeth, gum specialist, good oral hygiene
gum specialist, good oral hygiene, new dentist: Alison - First of all, if your gums are sore, that is not good. Although the dentist didn t tell you the cause of the mobile teeth. The most common cause is all patients is a periodontal problem where debris and bacteria get caught under the gums and gradually...

Dentistry: Front teeth not growing in., adult teeth, permanent teeth
adult teeth, permanent teeth, front teeth: Meghan I have seen permanent teeth take 6-9 months to come in after baby teeth lost. So do not panic. If you are concerned, take her in for a quick xray. Your dentist will be able to show you where the permanent teeth are. And if she has some sort of space...

Dentistry: temperature sensitivity, gary backlund, silver fillings
gary backlund, silver fillings, proper insulation: Hi Debs, X-rays are a 2 dimensional picture of a 3 dimensional object. They are not perfect. However, if the decay is big or deep enough, it should show up on an Xray. If the decay is close to the nerve, it could cause all the symptoms you are having and...

Dentistry: I think i have TMJ, national health service, minor headaches
national health service, minor headaches, time emma: Emma, First, I am in the US, so I don t know about surgery cost for you. I am not sure what you mean by a brace . I assume you mean a TMJ nightguard. If so, then some people have them for the upper and some have them on the lower teeth. I don t know...

Dentistry: tingly tongue after dental filling, lingual nerve, oral surgeon
lingual nerve, oral surgeon, dental filling: Dear Denise: It is unfortunate that you are still numb in your tongue after almost two weeks. However, it is not that uncommon. When the inferior alveolar block is given (the type of injection given to you), the danger exists of touching the lingual nerve...

Dentistry: tiny black dot on tooth, baby molars, tooth decay
baby molars, tooth decay, black dot: Without doing an examination it s just not possible to determine if those spots are the beginning of cavities. They may simply be stains that require no treatment at all. If they are cavities they can be properly treated by the dentist when you return home....

Dentistry: tongue, steve litwin, burning tongue
steve litwin, burning tongue, geographic tongue: Hi Kurt, Thanks for the question. You more than likely have something called geographic tongue. What this means is that there are various areas on your tongue that are devoid of some papilla (those hair like bumps which control taste sensations) which will...

Dentistry: tongue bite, peripheral nerve damage, third molar extraction
peripheral nerve damage, third molar extraction, local anesthetic: HI Shoeb, Thanks for the question. What you are describing sounds like a mild form of parasthesia ( numbness due to nerve injury) which can happen during wisdom teeth extractions. Depending on your age this usually goes away but may take quite a bit of...

Dentistry: tongue irritation lateral left lower side, oral lichen planus, oral pathologist
oral lichen planus, oral pathologist, tongue irritation: this should be fairly simple. when we get a crown or bridge done at a dental lab, they can send us the exact composition of the metal used and the porcelain used. i think the program is called identalloy. you can then take this list to an allergist and have...

Dentistry: tooth, orthodontic work, bone structure
orthodontic work, bone structure, x ray: can you explain me your case ??? hi i have just received a answer from someone else about my problem which was very useful. but i am wondering what problems could be found and what they d do if they found anything on the x-ray of the bone structure....

Dentistry: front tooth crown, front teeth, tooth crown
front teeth, tooth crown, front tooth: it should be an exact match. before you have the permanent crown cemented, ask for a mirror to check it out. if you are not satisfied, do not let it be cemented. ask the dentist to make any desired corrections to it at that time. make sure you like color,...

Dentistry: tooth extraction, tooth extraction, bruise
tooth extraction, bruise, molar: Dear r: Purpla under your tongue is either a large vein that you never noticed before now, or a bruise. If a bruise, it will heal like any other, over time. White spots on the gum may indicate either infection or ulceration, both common responses to extraction....

Dentistry: tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, dull pain
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, dull pain, tooth extraction: David - leaving the tooth is absolutely wrong and can cause a major problem. If he was unable to remove the rest of the tooth, he should have immediately sent you to a local oral and maxillofacial surgeon. You need to get that tooth out as soon as possible....

Dentistry: tooth extraction, post nasal drip, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
post nasal drip, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, little specks: Joyce - I cannot be sure, but it sounds like the dentist perforated your sinus. If so, the placement of a graft material is wrong. It will just act as a medium for oral bacteria to grow. Seeing the dentist is necessary, but if the dentist is honest, he...

Dentistry: tooth extraction bad and on antibiotics, clove oil, mouth rinse
clove oil, mouth rinse, disolved: Hi Sandra, Thanks for the question. Sandra the first thing I would do is make sure you see your oral surgeon tomorrow! What you are describing sounds like a dry socket and from what information you have told me you can place a slight bit of clove oil...

Dentistry: tooth extraction complications, tooth extraction complications, warm salt water
tooth extraction complications, warm salt water, cracked area: Melinda - At three weeks after the extraction the sockets should have begun to close. You say that the doctor said you had a dry socket. If so, the doctor should have placed a dry socket medication into the sinus to promote healing. Just so you know, if...

Dentistry: tooth extractions and dry sockets, dry sockets, food particle
dry sockets, food particle, tooth extractions: Sarah - Your dentist was a little aggressive in telling you to just eat normally. You should only eat a soft diet for the first 48 hours. It takes 48 hours for the clot to gain its full density. You can very, very gently swish with warm salt water, but...

Dentistry: tooth filling, root canal treatment, nerve damage
root canal treatment, nerve damage, number 9: Kevin - The depth of the decay requiring the drilling and filling does control the amount of pain and the length of time it lasts. If the decay or the drilling came very close to or hit the nerve in the tooth, then root canal treatment might be the only way...

Dentistry: tooth hiting tongue plus possible bms, burning mouth syndrome, visible lesions
burning mouth syndrome, visible lesions, chewing gum: Hi David, Thanks for the question. David if the sore area is very localized meaning right at the area where that tooth is then it is unlikely that what you are experiencing is burning mouth syndrome as this is more generalized. Is the tooth misaligned...

Dentistry: tooth pain, gary backlund, apicoectomy
gary backlund, apicoectomy, front teeth: Hi Heather, I m sorry to hear all this is going on. Since I can t exam you, I can t say for sure, but it sounds like your apicoectomy may be failing. If that s the case, you may need another surgery to fix the problem. I would certainly suggest an endodontist...

Dentistry: tooth restoration in 11/2yr old child, pediatric dentist, tooth decay
pediatric dentist, tooth decay, cavities in children: Dear F: I rarealy see children under the age of 3. If your child does have a cavity, and your dentist does not want to care for it, take your child to a pediatric dentist in your area for another opinion. I m sure you will find a dentist there who will...

Dentistry: travelling tooth, wisdom tooth, molar
wisdom tooth, molar, molars: Marie - Teeth only move in two directions. They can move forward if there is a space or missing tooth in front of it. A tooth can also overerupt if the tooth it hits against on the opposite jaw is no longer there. From your question, I am not quite...

Dentistry: treatment for crowding in 8 yr old, palate expander, jaw growth
palate expander, jaw growth, memory wire: Not all jaw growth will have the effect of mitigating crowding of the dentition. By the age of 8 the portion of the jaws which contain most of the teeth have already achieved most of their adult size. Further jaw growth will influence the way the upper and...

Dentistry: Ulcers, steve litwin, proper evaluation
steve litwin, proper evaluation, kaopectate: Hi Curtis, THanks for the question. Curtis, salt water rinses actually do nothing with regard to the speed with which ulcers heal. I know people have been doing this for many decades but it really does not work. More importantly, you should go to your dentist...

Dentistry: Upper Denture and Overlapping Gums, upper denture, prothesis
upper denture, prothesis, gums: you have something called epulis fussuratum it appear when your tissues are smaller than the prothesis it is solved in different ways and depends on the volume of the epulis fissuratum when it is very little you can solve it by NOT USING the prothesis...

Dentistry: Using Demerol on a 2 year old, high fevers, overactive immune system
high fevers, overactive immune system, high fever: Tracy - Your daughter s confused and scared response can occur with children or adults. It is just an inability to focus and see what is going on. Until the sedative wears off, varies in time with different individuals, balance and breathing is affected....

Dentistry: ultrasounds, ultrasound machines, dental offices
ultrasound machines, dental offices, x rays: Tiff - Ultrasound machines are frequently used in dental offices to fully clean the under the gum tooth area. The machine is not an xray but a high pitched device that squirts water as it touches the tooth to wash away irritation, bacteria and buildup of...

Dentistry: uncoverd bone, oral environment, surface tissue
oral environment, surface tissue, mouthwashes: if there is exposed bone, you must : eliminate part of the bone that is in contact with oral environment (only the surface) tissue surrounding the exposed bone must be bleeding so it starts forming more soft tissue (you can use a scalpel or rotatory...

Dentistry: upper and lower jaw expanders, permanent teeth, many different ways
permanent teeth, many different ways, phase treatment: There are many different ways to approach a single situation so there is no absolute answer to your question. The two different upper expanders accomplish very different things and are not interchangeable. I don t have enough information to know which of...

Dentistry: veneers, porcelain crowns, root canal treatment
porcelain crowns, root canal treatment, root canals: If the veneer preparations were as conservative as they should have been, there is only about a 1% chance that your teeth should need root canals. The fact that you feel cold is a good sign. Assuming the veneers fit well, it is very likely that once they...

Dentistry: White caps vs. current silver, orange county ca, stainless steel crown
orange county ca, stainless steel crown, white restoration: Most pediatric dentists will use a stainless steel crown following a root canal on a primary tooth. The root canal tooth usually becomes quite brittle following the procedure and can fracture under certain conditions so a very strong restoration is necessary...

Dentistry: White Discoloration of Teeth after Braces?, two front teeth, straight teeth
two front teeth, straight teeth, myerson: That s the thing about having nice straight teeth. You start to notice things that you never saw before. This looks like the teeth developed that way and not something caused by poor brushing or braces. It doesn t look like damage or anything that might...

Dentistry: White/Gray Palate, steve litwin, hard palate
steve litwin, hard palate, odd tastes: Hi Bill, Thanks for the question and the candor. Bill, what you are more than likely see is a blanching of the tissue on the hard palate along with something called petechiae which are small red like dots that arise from trauma such as heat/chemical irritation,...

Dentistry: White spots, two front teeth, mouth breathing
two front teeth, mouth breathing, dalin: alicia this very well might be dehydration due to the excessive mouth breathing. you might have some spots that are there naturally and things have gotten worse with this cold. when the cold gets better, see if the white spots got better. if they stick around,...

Dentistry: White spots on my teeth, two front teeth, permanent teeth
two front teeth, permanent teeth, baby teeth: Dear Alicia, If these are your two top front teeth you are talking about, and there are no spots on your lower two front teeth, then the most likely cause was injury to your baby teeth when you were around two years of age. You may have fallen and pushed...

Dentistry: Wisdom Surgery after effects, neck shoulders, jaw muscle
neck shoulders, jaw muscle, hello doctor: Hi Gary, Thanks for the question. Sorry to hear about what you are going through as I know it is very painful and disconcerting. Gary what you are describing is a condition called TMD or Temporomandibular Dysfunction. This is where the joints on either...

Dentistry: Wisdom Tooth in sinus cavity, wisdom tooth removal, sinus cavity
wisdom tooth removal, sinus cavity, sinus headaches: Christi - First of all, your dentist is wrong. There is no nerve that could be affected with an upper wisdom tooth removal. An upper wisdom tooth often is in close proximity to the sinus. A knowlegeable board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon should...

Dentistry: Wisdom teeth and numbess, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom teeth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom teeth, minor trauma: Yen - Injury or even trauma to the nerve can produce paresthesia. If just trauma occurred, it should begin improving within a few weeks, but it could take time to come back fully. In the early stages of getting better, there may be an itchy, burning or shocky...

Dentistry: Wisdom teeth, painful sutures, tiny knots, warm salt water
tiny knots, warm salt water, wisdom teeth: Fred - If the doctor utilizes a nylon suture or a slow dissolving suture material that is quite firm, the ends of the sutures can definitely cause an irritation. You need to initially begin a regimen of warm salt water rinses for about 2-3 minutes, 4-5 times...

Dentistry: Wisdom tooth, mandibular nerve, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
mandibular nerve, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, nerve problems: Adam - You need to definitely find a different oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Make sure this doctor is a board certified surgeon. $14,000 is an absolutely ridiculous fee for the removal of a tooth. As far as nerve damage, under all lower wisdom teeth the...

Dentistry: Wisdom tooth/irrigation syringe, irrigation syringe, wisdom teeth
irrigation syringe, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth: Brooke - the use of a syringe is not a bad idea, but the irrigation should not be done with a lot of pressure. You should rinse gently. The bleeding you had was done by the dentist irrigating a little too hard, so you don t want to repeat what he did. ...

Dentistry: weird "taste", steve litwin, metallic taste in my mouth
steve litwin, metallic taste in my mouth, sinus problems: HI Ed, Thanks for the question. Ed, most of the time the symptoms you describe often are due to sinus related issues. Specifically, if you have allergies, sinus problems etc the taste/odor will come from the sinuses. The other things that can cause this...

Dentistry: wisdom teeth, wisdom teeth, medullary bone
wisdom teeth, medullary bone, sequestrum: It probably is bone. It is a portion of the bone that used to be around the tooth. Since it is a sandwich , with cortical bone on the outside and medullary bone on the inside, when the tooth is moved, the soft medullary bone, which has the blood supply, becomes...

Dentistry: wisdom teeth, warm salt water, wisdom teeth
warm salt water, wisdom teeth, water squirter: Anissa - Using the syringe is not a bad idea, but at three weeks since the extractions, I would suggest that you change to doing just an aggressive rinsing of you mouth with warm salt water. You will need to keep rinsing, especially after meals until the...

Dentistry: Can X-rays rule out abcess?, gary backlund, jaw area
gary backlund, jaw area, endodontist: Hi Cheryl, I m sorry to hear all this is going on. X-rays are only one tool for ruling out an abscess, however, it is the primary one used when a root canal has been previously done. With the symptoms you are having, I hope they examine other teeth in the...

Dentistry: Can I do it myself?, history of trauma, black tooth
history of trauma, black tooth, dalin: you have a history of trauma to this tooth. what you are seeing here is an internal bruise. if this has been like this for a while, it might need a root canal done on it. after that, you can have the dentist do an internal bleach on it or have a cap or crown...

Dentistry: x-rays and decay, silver fillings, minor irritation
silver fillings, minor irritation, x ray: Michelle - Large silver fillings usually do not block them out, but if there are symptoms and nothing shows on an xray, further testing and treatment needs to be done to determine what is actually occurring. This might involve the use of digital films or...

Dentistry: x-rays, x-rays, x-rays, silver fillings, root canals
silver fillings, root canals, x rays: there are no hard, set rules here. some people with minimal decay will be very sensitive and some people with huge decay right down on the root canal will not feel anything at all. so this varies person to person. there are no guarantees as far as decay, depth,...

Dentistry: Yellow spot on my 6 yr olds permanent tooth, primary teeth, permanent teeth
primary teeth, permanent teeth, circular spot: Dear Chanon, I suspect that if you think back 3 or 4 years ago when your daughter had her primary teeth in her mouth you will remember that she had an injury to the primary tooth above the permanent tooth that now has the yellow spot. It is a developmental...

Dentistry: 10 Month Old Busted Lip, day care provider, dear jill
day care provider, dear jill, daughther: Dear Jill: Usually with a 10 month old child in a situation like yours, there will be no permanent damage to her teeth. I would take a look today or tomorrow, as soon as she lets you. If they seem in place and not loose, and the gums around them are not...

Dentistry: 10 year old has a "Class lll" Underbite, orthodontists, necessary procedures
orthodontists, necessary procedures, corrective surgery: This may be something that can be managed with mandibular orthopedic restraint, a form of orthodontic treatment that most orthodontists are trained and capable of providing. This treatment holds back growth of the lower jaw while the upper jaw catches up....

Dentistry: 10+ years of paresthesia - is it too late to treat..?, tissue regeneration, wisdom tooth
tissue regeneration, wisdom tooth, chin area: In my career spanning 35 years, I have not heard of a paresthesia of long duration being corrected. However, miracles are occurring with each passing day, with the constant development of microsurgical and tissue regeneration techniques. This is why I suggested...

Dentistry: 12 yr olds bottom jaw stopped growing, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw joints
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw joints, pleasing result: Kay - This smaller formation of the jaw is not actually too uncommon. The eventual surgery, after she has stopped growing, after about age 16, is the only tried and true approach to giving her a sounds foundation and a cosmetically pleasing result. There...

Dentistry: 15 month old grand daughter, pediatric dentist, introducing solid foods
pediatric dentist, introducing solid foods, crankiness: Dear Deb, eruption of the teeth is often delayed . One of my sons did not get his first tooth until 18 months of age. If you are concerned and don t see some teeth in the front of the mouth by next month , you might want to take the infant to a pediatric...

Dentistry: 15 month old grand daughter, crankiness, typical situation
crankiness, typical situation, grand daughter: You are describing a very typical situation as an infant starts teething. My own granddaughter went through the same misery (as did her parents) just last month. Things improved dramatically when those first two teeth came through the gums. This is the...

Dentistry: 16 month black stained teeth, stained teeth, black stain
stained teeth, black stain, baking soda: Dear Ebony, Black stain on children s teeth is not uncommon. It is not dangerous in fact it is almost always associated with no cavities. It comes from their saliva and bonds to the tooth. As children get older the stain tends to disappear. You should...

Dentistry: #18, bone graft, dentist chair
bone graft, dentist chair, dark shade: Dear Mark: It is best that you remove the tooth, wait several months for healing, then see how you feel about replacing it. You may decide you would rather not replace it, and you can speak to your dentist about the disadvantage of not replacing a second...

Dentistry: 18 month old with all top teeth and only 4 on bottom, central incisors, lateral incisor
central incisors, lateral incisor, upper canines: This is a rather unusual eruption pattern. It s natural to be concerned but there s nothing that can be done about it at this point. When your son is 2 years old you could have him examined by a pediatric dentist. It may be possible at that point to take...

Dentistry: 2 year molars, 2 year molars, patchy area
2 year molars, patchy area, low grade fever: Dear Jen, Usually there is no pain associated with the eruption of the teeth. I suspect the symptoms you describe are more of a low grade cold then eruption symptoms. I am aware that this opinion is much different than many books or things you will...

Dentistry: 2 year old tooth extractions and trauma, tooth extractions, pediatric dentist
tooth extractions, pediatric dentist, wheeled chair: Dear Devon, Sounds absolutely awful for you. Worse even for your young lady. I feel confident that you would like to have me criticize the procedure. I cant, I sincerely believe the dentist did exactly the right thing. Sedation, nitrous oxide, just...

Dentistry: 20 month old has black teeth.... Urgent, detergent powder, black stain
detergent powder, black stain, abrasive material: Dear Mrdula, there is no danger or problem other than appearance with the black stain. If you are concerned that you are unable to keep detergent out of the babies mouth than please dont use it. find some other abrasive material if you must. I feel confident...

Dentistry: 20 yrs past Wisdom teeth removal, wisdom teeth removal, steve litwin
wisdom teeth removal, steve litwin, bone fragments: Hi Betty, Thanks for the question. Betty what you are describing is fairly common and yes perplexing. Bone is in a constant state of repair and disrepair especially after an extraction of a tooth. Sometimes these tiny bone fragments (think of tiny bone...

Dentistry: 21 months only 8 teeths.., pediatric dentist, 21 months
pediatric dentist, 21 months, x rays: It is usually possible to take some x-rays at age 2-3 so at some point in the future a visit to a pediatric dentist might provide you with some information about the developing teeth. Since there is nothing you can do at this time it just makes a lot of sense...

Dentistry: 24 hour headgear, lateral incisors, orthodontist
lateral incisors, orthodontist, orthodontists: You re a pretty smart guy, Joey. You know that, assuming your parents approve, you can see any doctor, dentist, orthodontist any time you choose. Last I looked, this was a free country, and I don t think your orthodontist makes the laws. Talk to your folks...

Dentistry: 2nd molar removal, wisdom teeth, fake teeth
wisdom teeth, fake teeth, molars: Hi Jennifer, When removing teeth, they need to be removed in pairs. Otherwise, they will shift and can cause problems. In your case, the solution is very simple. Just have the other wisdom teeth removed also. I am not sure why you only had half of them...

Dentistry: 3/4 crown over molar, grinding, clenching
grinding, clenching, bruxism: Some dentists like to be more conservative and not file down the the other 1/4 of the tooth that is virgin tooth(i.e. has never been touched with filling or cavity). My personal feeling is to do the full coverage crown because what happens if the uncovered...

Dentistry: 3 year olds teeth knocked, artificial teeth, front teeth
artificial teeth, front teeth, second tooth: It sounds like that second tooth has been traumatized beyond saving at this point. It s only chance to survive these traumas is to allow it to re-attach but with the thumb and tongue pushing there is very little chance of that happening. My expectation is...

Dentistry: My 3yr olds front tooths infected., root canals, pedodontist
root canals, pedodontist, front teeth: Hi Maria, I m sorry you & your son are going through this. Depending on how bad the decay is, it may be possible to save the teeth with root canals. We do them different than on adults, since the teeth will be lost around 7 years old. Before you have any...

Dentistry: 4 year old's front teeth, root resorbtion, primary teeth
root resorbtion, primary teeth, pediatric dentistry: Dear Tammy, Remember that as primary front teeth get older their roots get smaller in preparation for falling out naturally. You might try googling root resorbtion in primary teeth. or try to look in a book of Pediatric dentistry. It is most likely...

Dentistry: 5 Year Old - Dentist wants to remove teeth, pediatric dentist, dear ruth
pediatric dentist, dear ruth, permanent teeth: Dear Ruth, Remove the teeth ASAP. Infection from primary incisors can hurt the developing permanent teeth. Their removal is fast, easy, at age five the roots are small. The good news is the permanent teeth will ccme in faster, and their is no need to...

Dentistry: 5 Year old, put to sleep for tooth removal and cavities??, anestisia, local anesthesia
anestisia, local anesthesia, tooth removal: Kelly - First of all, you should know that the level of anesthesia in the office, although it will make your child totally comfortable and unaware of what is going on, is not as deep as in the hospital. The lighter level of anesthesia is safer. If your daughter,...

Dentistry: 7 month old baby teeth bumped out, month old baby, permanent teeth
month old baby, permanent teeth, pediatric dentist: Hi Elizabeth, I am sorry to hear about this. You do need to take him to a dentist to make sure that the teeth are fully out. If a piece of tooth broke off and remains in his mouth, this can lead to many complications. You should seek out a pediatric...

Dentistry: 8 year old with full set of baby teeth, adult teeth, heather moore
adult teeth, heather moore, loose teeth: As a dentist I would be very interested in evaluating the development of the permanent dentition. This calls for a comprehensive x-ray examination and based on the findings of that examination a proper course of action could be suggested. I wonder why this...

Dentistry: Adjusting bite for TMJ, accentuation, inexperience
accentuation, inexperience, neck pain: Nancy - You need a qualified and knowledgeable dentist to help you. By making you a softer appliance after you lost yours, it shows the dentist s inexperience in treating problems like yours. With the unequal bite with the guard, it definitely needs to...

Dentistry: Anterior Open Bite Bi-Maxillary Osteotomy, orthognatic surgery, open bite
orthognatic surgery, open bite, bone plates: Julie - After orthognathic surgery, I have seen relapses in those patients where the surgeon did not provide enough stability of bones and the alignment of the teeth was not correct. In addition, some doctors do not close the patients mouth after the surgery....

Dentistry: Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Mitral Valve Prolapse, congenital heart conditions, mitral valve prolapse
congenital heart conditions, mitral valve prolapse, artificial heart valves: Dear John, I went to the American Dental Association website and found this information for you. According to the article I found there: The guidelines say patients who have taken prophylactic antibiotics routinely in the past but no longer need them include...

Dentistry: Apico and Healing, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, penicillin vk
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, penicillin vk, healing question: Sheryl - By three weeks the mobility and soreness should have resolved. The bacteria that aggresively ate through the bone may have penetrated deep into the regional bone and that may be part of the problem. I think you definitely need to get back to the...

Dentistry: Apicoectomy, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water, fistula: Melinda - First of all, if you do have the apicoectomy, the endodontist is not really a surgeon. A board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon would be better to do it. As far as putting it off until January. Antibiotics may help, but you will also...

Dentistry: Asymmetric Jawline, assymetry, jawline
assymetry, jawline, asymmetrical: Andrew - Although it is possible that unequal strength of the muscles on one side of the face vs the other can produce a bony assymetry, the most common reason is the growth center may have been injured. That injury can be minimal. The growth center is at...

Dentistry: Avulsed tooth, space maintainer, bone graft
space maintainer, bone graft, gum tissue: The space that was occupied by the now lost tooth must be maintained with a false tooth of some design. Moving the other teeth into that space is a very unsatisfactory option. If there is some loss of bone over the years before an implant is done it will...

Dentistry: abcess, gary backlund, absesses
gary backlund, absesses, root canals: Hi Sterling, I m sorry you re having this problem. While there is something going on, obviously, if it is tooth related, it would not cause a chemical imbalance in your brain or alter your behavior. However, this problem may or may not be tooth related....

Dentistry: alveolar nerve recovery, alveolar nerve, cold drinks
alveolar nerve, cold drinks, mandible: Norrie - It can definitely take as long as two years for the sensations to return. If, however, the nerve was torn a little, some parts of the nerve s functions may not return. From the improvements you have had, it sounds like only trauma occurred to the...

Dentistry: anesthetic gone wrong, gary backlund, nerve damage
gary backlund, nerve damage, taste buds: I Arabella, I m sorry to hear you re experiencing this. I can guess this is a lower tooth and you probably felt like an electric shock when you got the injection. Every dentist has this problem on lower injections....it s a bull s eye...where the needle...

Dentistry: apicoectomy complications, gary backlund, endodontist
gary backlund, endodontist, clindamycin: Hi Elizabeth, I m sorry you re having this problem. While it is difficult for me to be certain, since I can t examine you, it certainly sounds to me like the surgery has failed. If you are seeing no improvement and it s been 2 weeks, there are problems....

Dentistry: apiectomy, root canals, dental hospital
root canals, dental hospital, abcess: Hi, I am sorry to hear about this predicament. Root canals can be very difficult procedures. Sometimes there are more nerves than expected which are hard to locate. Other times, the bacteria are very resilient and are difficult to remove completely....

Dentistry: Baby tooth won't come out, permanent tooth, baby tooth
permanent tooth, baby tooth, financial concerns: Sara - I see the baby central incisor. This problem occurs if the permanent tooth is not aligned straight so it does not push the baby tooth out as the permanent tooth attempts to erupt into place. You are totally correct to be concerned. At age 15, you...

Dentistry: Black dots on child's teeth, children, pediatric dentistry
children, pediatric dentistry, cavities: I am not familiar with that option but I also don t agree with her being too young to see a dentist. I see children down to 3 years old so if your dentist will not see her, have a pediatric dentist evaluate her. Sounds like there could be cavities there but...

Dentistry: Black stain, black stain, cosmetic issue
black stain, cosmetic issue, pellicle: Dear Kayll, Black stain is great. It is always associated with very few or no cavities. It is a sediment , a sulfide of tin or iron that comes out of your saliva. It is not un-healthy. It does not look good and messes up the aesthetics. Don t knock...

Dentistry: Bleeding gums during visit to dentist, scaling and root planing, bleeding gums
scaling and root planing, bleeding gums, visit to the dentist: Dear Kevin: It sounds to me as if your delaying going to the dentist has contributed to a slowly developing gum disease that has not yet been treated completely. Rather than avoiding, what you likely need is a thorough examination of your gums, which should...

Dentistry: Bone resorption, nerve canals, bone resorption
nerve canals, bone resorption, root canal treatment: Dear Cheryl (one of my favorite names): What has happened is that, rather than filling your nerve canals to the ends of the roots, at least one of your canals were overfilled (root canal filling material escaped beyond the end of your root). Although...

Dentistry: Braces help?!, upper incisors, bottom teeth
upper incisors, bottom teeth, lower bottom: There s more to orthodontic treatment than just correcting the alignment of the teeth. An orthodontist must also evaluate the bite...the way the teeth meet. The photo shows nicely aligned upper incisors and moderately crowded lower incisors but it tells...

Dentistry: Braces/Lower Jaw Surgery, lower jaw surgery, metal braces
lower jaw surgery, metal braces, accurate answer: Destiny - A terrific solution to help the irritation from the braces against your lips, is to purchase, in most pharmacies is oral wax. It is actually pressed into position over the braces and will protect the lip. In my experience, after setback surgery,...

Dentistry: Bridge, tooth bridge, root canal treatment
tooth bridge, root canal treatment, cantilever bridge: Peter - Not havine examined you after the bridge was place, what you describe as happening usually is due to the dentist not properly balancing your bite with the bridge. Excess pressure was applied to the cantilever tooth and it cause excess flexion on...

Dentistry: Brushing your tongue, point of the tongue, tongue ring
point of the tongue, tongue ring, semi circle: Martin - The majority of the trapped micro-debris and bacteria accumulates in the front 2/3 of the tongue. The best way to reduce it is to use a toothbrush with toothpaste. Brush it for about 10 seconds twice a day and it will go a long way to making your...

Dentistry: Burning Mouth Syndrome/Implant sensitivity, burning mouth syndrome, front tooth implant
burning mouth syndrome, front tooth implant, clonazapam: Stan - An oral medicine dentist is a specialist is medical conditions that precipitate problems related to the mouth. Unfortunately, there are not many in private practice and they are usually associated with a dental school. So if you live in or near a...

Dentistry: Burning/Numb/Tingling Tongue, nerve fibers, tingling tongue
nerve fibers, tingling tongue, lingual nerve: Hi Shelly, Thanks for the question. Shelly, what you are describing is a classic form of something called parasthesia. What this means is a prolonged, even possibly permanent, numbness on your tongue. When lower back teeth are removed or even the lower...

Dentistry: baby tooth extraction with root tip left behind, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water, surgical extraction: Lauren - After the removal of baby teeth, unless the doctor created a surgical extraction by opening the gums to get access to the teeth, there should not be pain two days later. It could be the root or there could be an infection You should really take...

Dentistry: my babys gum are inflamed, children, pediatric dentistry
children, pediatric dentistry, cavities: Your son is likely experiencing eruption of his baby teeth and as they cut through the gums you can experience swelling, inflammation, bleeding and sometimes an unpleasant aroma can develop. This typically is not serious and I would continue to keep the teeth...

Dentistry: bite changes during pregnancy, warm salt water, jaw muscles
warm salt water, jaw muscles, temple region: D - I cannot be sure without examining you, but you might have spasms of the jaw muscles. These spasms can occur with stress or just tiredness. Your dentist should be able to diagnose the muscle problem. You might have him make a simple appliance you wear...

Dentistry: bite problem/dentist frightening me, preventative purposes, splint
preventative purposes, splint, root canal: Margaret - I set you a small answer to this, but let me repeat, just in case you didn t get my other answer. Do not wean off the splint on your own. You should make an appointment with a doctor associated with the dental school in the department that treats...

Dentistry: bleeding gums, plaque deposits, bleeding gums
plaque deposits, bleeding gums, root surfaces: Absolutely. Dear Donna: From your description you have a severe case of gingivitis. It is a disease that is caused by plaque deposits on our teeth. Plaque is made of bacteria and their by-products that stick to our teeth. Once these accretions are removed,...

Dentistry: braces, adult braces, metal braces
adult braces, metal braces, type of braces: Hi Harold, The price ranges based on location, severity of treatment, and type of braces. Average costs range between $3,500 - $7,500. Again, this number will vary based on your locality, if you are getting clear, ceramic, or metal braces, and how complex...

Dentistry: Calcium Hydroxide Treatment and Continuing Pain, calcium hydroxide, electric toothbrush
calcium hydroxide, electric toothbrush, dull ache: Hi again Emily, The worst case scenario is that the resorption cannot be controlled, the tooth will continue to resorb and you will loose that tooth. As bad as that sounds, it isn t all doom & gloom . Retaining a tooth with a very short root can sometimes...

Dentistry: Captek vs Lava crown, irreversible pulpitis, dear catherine
irreversible pulpitis, dear catherine, yr warranty: Dear Catherine: Given your choices, I would tend to agree with you. Although you want a crown that looks like a tooth, rather than metal, you do not need the best esthetics in the molar region, as it will likely only be seen by you, your dentist, and maybe...

Dentistry: Concern Raised by my Dental Hygenist, dental hygenist, free gum
dental hygenist, free gum, oral cancer: Hello Anne! This habit can be a difficult one to break, but your hygienist is correct about her concern. My advice would be to chew something else, such as sugar free gum and see if that helps. Also try perhaps sucking on a sugar free lozenge so that your...

Dentistry: Cracked Crowns, nightguard, grinding
nightguard, grinding, crowns: Cheryl, It is difficult to say with out seeing the crown. Was the tooth prepared correctly? Was the crown made correctly? These are many things that could contribute to the problem. Grinding can aggravate the problem so it could be a combination of all...

Dentistry: Cracked Tooth, new dentist, cracked tooth
new dentist, cracked tooth, dental questions: Dear Jim, Although I have not examined your tooth, you put in your subject cracked tooth , so I assume that you were told your tooth has a crack in it. If that is the case it often prudent to protect the tooth by crowning it. Waiting for the tooth to...

Dentistry: Cracked tooth?, gary backlund, gum line
gary backlund, gum line, cracked tooth: Hi Heidi, I m sorry you re going through all this. Yes, your crack could be more involved than what has been seen. There are times that these teeth end up being extracted and, if you do need an implant, it would not be possible to reuse the crown. Before...

Dentistry: Crown, food particles, temporary filling
food particles, temporary filling, appleton: Hi Dan The dentist will have been sure that the tooth was clean enough - if there were any large particles adhered to the tooth then the crown wouldn t have fitted. The cement will then have sealed the crown to the tooth so you will be fine. Regards...

Dentistry: Crown, porcelain crowns, ceramic crown
porcelain crowns, ceramic crown, cold sensitivity: Hi Nicole, 8 weeks is a long time to have a temporary crown on the tooth! :-o I would recommend letting your dentist check the bite again. Although it doesn t feel high, that spot you are referring to may be an interference when you are chewing. This...

Dentistry: Crown on 4 year old, metal crowns, stainless steel crown
metal crowns, stainless steel crown, silver crown: Perhaps she had some beginning cavities 6 months ago that progressed into larger ones.. I m sorry to hear that though. I have never seen a non stainless steel crown on a child, and reason being, the stainless steel only takes one visit because it s prefabricated....

Dentistry: Crown Elongation, local anesthetic, gum line
local anesthetic, gum line, implant dentistry: Dear Trudy: The cost of crown lengthening can range from $750 to $2500. The reason for the large range is for the following reasons: 1. Location. There is some variability of fees due to location. 2. Operator variability. Different dentists value their...

Dentistry: How to care for tooth while awaiting treatment, gary backlund, wisdom tooth
gary backlund, wisdom tooth, hollow cave: Hi David, I m sorry to hear you re going through all this. There are temporary filling materials that you can buy at any pharmacy that might do the job. Without being able to see your tooth, I don t know if they will work, but it s worth a try. It s usually...

Dentistry: cerec vs other crowns, cerec crown, gum line
cerec crown, gum line, root canal: Hi John Cerec is a fantastic technique and does produce a better fitting restoration than you will get from a laboratory. However, it is just that - a technique - and there are always alternatives. As your insurance pays more for a conventional crown...

Dentistry: A child's dental problem from the Philippines, sedative drugs, republic of the philippines
sedative drugs, republic of the philippines, adult teeth: Dear Shadi, Without actually examining this child it is not possible give you complete advice on her particular problem. I can offer some general information that you may find helpful. Young children who have extra teeth growing where they should not...

Dentistry: My child needs crowns, new dentist, molars
new dentist, molars, crowns: Dear Katrina: I can t tell from here if your child s teeth actually had decay, or if the amount of decay was so much as to require crowns. Upon making the recommendation for the crowns, did You express your concern to your dentist? Did your dentist discuss...

Dentistry: chromium implants and plastic crowns, plastic crowns, porcelain crowns
plastic crowns, porcelain crowns, bone graft: Jovi - Some metals can produce toxicity. Chromium, because it does not easily oxidize, does not send off chemicals into the body that are toxic. Of course, without seeing your teeth, I cannot tell you if a bone graft is necessary, but if you are seeing...

Dentistry: clenching and grinding/mouthguards, jaw alignment, jaw sizes
jaw alignment, jaw sizes, grinding my teeth: Dear Kris: You have raised many important and difficult questions. The profession has been pretty conflicting on this for a long time but today, the consensus among the specialists in this field is as follows: 1. If you have pain in the morning, either...

Dentistry: clenching/grinding and night guards, skilled dentists, root canal treatment
skilled dentists, root canal treatment, muscular problem: Michelle - Progressive tooth pain can occur from a tooth infection, nerve inflammation or ligament trauma. The ligament actually holds the tooth to bone. Even though you grind at night, your might might have a simple premature spot that is traumatized when...

Dentistry: clenching/grinding and night guards, root canals, nightguard
root canals, nightguard, tooth pain: Michelle, I clenched at night. I m not sure about the daytime, but most people are not aware that they clench whether they do it day or night. When I was having pain, i usually slept ok because I would take something to help me sleep, so I wouldn t be...

Dentistry: clenching/grinding and night guards, root canal treatment, jaw joints
root canal treatment, jaw joints, nightguard: I am not familiar with that brand...the thing about the number one brand by dental professionals is a bunch of crap...thats just a marketing ploy to get you to buy it. While it probably works ok, it truly depends on the level of grinding, your existing bite...

Dentistry: clenching and grinding/nightguards, jaw alignment, jaw sizes
jaw alignment, jaw sizes, grinding my teeth: Hi Kris I m not a great fan of the shop-bought appliances because they are not made to fit your mouth, hence they are bulky and uncomfortable and don t take proper account of your bite. A dentist made one is far far superior. Regards Tony Appleto...

Dentistry: I have a constant tooth ache in my upper front mouth that goes up into the area below my nose, periodontal ligament, wisdom teeth
periodontal ligament, wisdom teeth, upper mouth: Alastair - Of course, without examining you or seeing an xray, it is a little tougn for me to tell you what is actually going on. With the intense pain you are experiencing, you could have an infection of a tooth, the periodontal ligament surrounding the...

Dentistry: core build ups, steve litwin, root canal
steve litwin, root canal, ups: High Duane, Thanks for the question. Duane, a core buildup is a type of filling that is done after a root canal is completed. Specifically, if the tooth is going to have a crown placed then a special filling material is used to buildup the inside aspects...

Dentistry: cosmetic problem, two front teeth, dental veneers
two front teeth, dental veneers, esthetic concerns: 1. Yes you can whiten individual teeth as you dont have to whiten everything. This is fairly uncommon but I have done this on patients. 2. I can t recommend crowns or veneers without looking at your teeth, your bite, your xrays, and assessing your specific...

Dentistry: crack in temporary crown, gary backlund, good advice
gary backlund, good advice, msd: Hi Lucy, Without being able to see the hole, it s hard for me to help. If you are not having any pain or sensitivity, it is probably just fine to wait. There is cement under the crown. Just to be sure, I would call your dentist and explain what you have...

Dentistry: cracked tooth, invisalign braces, temperature extremes
invisalign braces, temperature extremes, cracked tooth: It is not unusual in adults to find superficial cracks in the enamel of the incisors. These rarely result in problems and are due to the normal temperature extremes like eating ice cream and drinking coffee or tea. Still, you should bring this to the attention...

Dentistry: crown lengthening, pain threshold, upper teeth
pain threshold, upper teeth, front teeth: Hi Linda, I don t feel this to be all that uncomfortable of a procedure....compared to having a tooth extracted I think crown lengthening is more comfortable. Having said that, everyone has a different pain threshold so sedation would be acceptable for...

Dentistry: crown then root canal, root canal specialist, gold crown
root canal specialist, gold crown, new crown: Hi Bruce, Thanks for the question and I am sorry for your experience. Bruce, sometimes definitively determining whether a tooth requires a root canal is not so direct. Ideally, if there was suspicion that the tooth might need one then it would have been...

Dentistry: crowns, metal crowns, porcelain crowns
metal crowns, porcelain crowns, ceramic crowns: Hi Kurt, This unfortunately is a very loaded question that I cannot give you a good answer for the following reasons: 1. Posts do not make teeth stronger...they more less help hold in the foundations that the crowns sit on so they are more for retention,...

Dentistry: Daughter not growing upper front teeth, central incisors, front teeth
central incisors, front teeth, x ray: Dear Rosalee, You are right to be concerned. 11 years is too long to wait for the permanent central incisors. It seems to me that there is a problem here, but without being able to look at the x-ray I do not think that I can be of too much help. I suggest...

Dentistry: Dead tooth course of action, root canal therapy, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
root canal therapy, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bone resorption: Yath - Without examining you or seeing your xrays, it is a little difficult for me to tell you what is definitely the best treatment. In general, the tooth needs to be removed immediately and the socket needs to heal(that can take a few months). After the...

Dentistry: Delayed Root Canal, jaw bone infection, root canal therapy
jaw bone infection, root canal therapy, gary backlund: Hi again Lilian, It is possible that delaying will increase the chances of infection in the jaw, but once the root canal is done, that will heal nicely. There is really no connection with extractions and a women s period, nor would that apply to doing...

Dentistry: dangling flap of gum because of erupting molar?, oral irrigators, gum tissue
oral irrigators, gum tissue, molar: If the piece of tissue hanging is on the tooth, then it s normal. Sometimes, however, the gum tissue can become inflamed and painful. Make sure to keep this area very clean when you help him brush his teeth. If it does become inflamed and painful, you may...

Dentistry: daughter's tooth, tootsie rolls, permanent teeth
tootsie rolls, permanent teeth, fruit chews: I m a pediatric hygienist, and I see things like this every so often. Some children just are more susceptible to decay than others. It s very possible for decay to occur in a tooth that already has a filling because the tooth structure around the filling...

Dentistry: dental, warm salt water, root canal treatment
warm salt water, root canal treatment, jaw muscles: Sal - Of course, without examining you it is a little difficult for me to tell you what is actually going on, but you might have spasms of the jaw muscles or you might have an inflammation of the bone. The best and simplest approach to reducing any inflammation...

Dentistry: dental anxiety/ dental woes, partridge in a pair tree, dental anxiety
partridge in a pair tree, dental anxiety, root canals: James, I can see you are very apprehensive and very frustrated with your oral health. But going to dentures is NOT the answer. That is an absolute last resort that I would not think you need at this time. Nothing is better than your natural teeth. Re: future...

Dentistry: dental query during braces treatment, prevident, front teeth
prevident, front teeth, mouth rinse: You are correct. People with braces tend to have these spots more so than people without. To help remineralize your enamel, rinse your mouth daily with a fluoridated mouth rinse. The brand name is called ACT, but any one containing fluoride is just as effective....

Dentistry: dental school, biomedical engineer, financial circumstances
biomedical engineer, financial circumstances, monetary issues: Hi Nisha, thanks for the question. Nisha I think the answer to your question lies within your heart. Your choice of careers should not be based on monetary issues but rather passion. You can have a great paying job/career but be absolutely miserable if...

Dentistry: dental sealant color and BPA, dental sealants, 3m brand
dental sealants, 3m brand, dentist hygienist: Dental sealants range in color, from clear to yellow. Perhaps the sealants that are more yellow were done with a different brand of sealant material. Just because it s an unattractive color, does not mean it will be less effective in preventing cavities on...

Dentistry: The dentist told me not to continue antibiotics even though I have a infection, root canal, antioch tn
root canal, antioch tn, nashville dentist: 1. I would continue your antibiotic regimen if there are remaining doses however an additional antibiotic should not be necessary provided the root canals were done adequately. 2. Yes I would not do permanent fillings or crowns until the infections have...

Dentistry: dentistry, gary backlund, upper tooth
gary backlund, upper tooth, scare tactics: HI Nanette, Everything you were told by your dentist is absolutely true....however, it doesn t always happen. The problem for you is that you won t know whether you are an exception until after the tooth has been removed. If your teeth start shifting, then...

Dentistry: EXCRUTIATING PAIN-UPPER LEFT BACK 2 TEETH, wisdom tooth, autoimmune diseases
wisdom tooth, autoimmune diseases, white raisins: Teri - What you need, is a medical center where skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeons, who can help you, are also surrounded by skilled physicians. Together the surgeon and other doctors can help you. In South Carolina, there is not a program, but a little...

Dentistry: Expansion vs. pulling adult teeth, adult teeth, vampire teeth
adult teeth, vampire teeth, jaw growth: Without having the benefit of evaluating the specifics of your daughter s situation I can only make a few general comments regarding treatment options. While there is usually a significant degree of jaw growth remaining in a 13 year old, that future growth...

Dentistry: Exposed nerve, temporary, crown
temporary, crown, smyrna dentist: If the nerve is exposed, it would be better to resolve the pain prior to having the overlay completed. If nerve was exposed, it is highly likely you will need a root canal to remove the infected nerve prior to the onlay being finished. If is not wise to have...

Dentistry: Extraction Methods, www.nashvillefirstimpressions.net
www.nashvillefirstimpressions.net: There is no one correct way to remove a tooth because it depends on the following things: 1. Is it broken? 2. Is it infected? 3. Front tooth or back tooth? 4. Condition of adjacent teeth? 5. Plan to replace tooth? These are just some of the questions...

Dentistry: endodontics, root canal therapy, pulp tissue
root canal therapy, pulp tissue, pulpectomy: Theoretically, a pulpectomy is supposed to remove all pulp tissue, while a pulpotomy does not. If the tooth needs root canal therapy, a pulpectomy should be performed. However, in an operative or trauma situation, where it is desired to keep the pulp alive,...

Dentistry: eruption of permanent central incisors, primary teeth, permanent teeth
primary teeth, permanent teeth, primary tooth: I presume you are referring to the lower incisors. Usually, the primary incisors will ultimately make way for the permanent teeth. Three months would be a reasonable time to wait. If it doesn t resolve by then you can have your dentist remove the stubborn...

Dentistry: expander for 8 yr old, rapid palatal expander, quad helix
rapid palatal expander, quad helix, permanent teeth: The expander is probably stainless steel and not sterling silver. There are two basically different types of expanders. A quad helix type expander is something I like to use at age 8. It s used to correct a dental crossbite. A rapid palatal expander is...

Dentistry: extractions, www.nashvillefirstimpressions.net
www.nashvillefirstimpressions.net: Dentures are not indicated in children only on adults. I would consult a pediatric dentist about your concerns and have them do a comprehensive evaluation to determine his susceptibility to cavities and see if he will need additional treatment to prevent premature...

Dentistry: extreme tooth decay, dentistry school, dental question
dentistry school, dental question, wisdom tooth: Amanda - If your boyfriend gets dentures now, there is no reason that implants cannot be inserted later on. The key thing is that implants are expensive and will probably always be. Another option might be for him to not lose his teeth. Associated with...

Dentistry: Facial Hematoma, warm salt water, hematoma
warm salt water, hematoma, pain medicine: Amber - Usually, when the swelling occur immediately, it means that the doctor, while giving you the injection, probably went through an artery with the needle. That s what caused the hematoma. You will not feel better until that hematoma drains. The best...

Dentistry: FISTULA, gary backlund, upper molar
gary backlund, upper molar, abscessed tooth: Hi Kell, I m sorry this is going on. No, the fistula is not something that is contagious. It forms as a result of the abscessed tooth, under your crown, that has been draining. It has been abscessed since you first noticed the bump and the reason you have...

Dentistry: Fixing an overbite, steve litwin, bionator
steve litwin, bionator, overbite: Hi Sammi, Thank for the question and dont worry things will work out well for you. Sammi, I believe what you might be referring to is something called a Bionator. An expander appliance only widens the top jaw and unless it is incorporated into the design...

Dentistry: 10+ years of paresthesia - is it too late to treat..?, root canal filling, missing teeth
Dentistry: 10+ years of paresthesia - is it too late to treat..?, root canal filling, missing teeth, dental problem

Dentistry: 2 year molars, 2 year molars, cold snacks
Dentistry: 2 year molars, 2 year molars, cold snacks, gummy bears

Dentistry: Anterior Open Bite Bi-Maxillary Osteotomy, life isnt, braces
Dentistry: Anterior Open Bite Bi-Maxillary Osteotomy, life isnt, braces, half years

Dentistry: Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Mitral Valve Prolapse, antibiotic prophylaxis, heart failure
Dentistry: Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Mitral Valve Prolapse, antibiotic prophylaxis, heart failure, ada

Dentistry: clenching/grinding and night guards, root canals, dead tissue
Dentistry: clenching/grinding and night guards, root canals, dead tissue, endodontist

Dentistry: crown then root canal, new dentist, root canals
Dentistry: crown then root canal, new dentist, root canals, endodontist

Dentistry: dental sealant color and BPA, sealant material, clinpro
Dentistry: dental sealant color and BPA, sealant material, clinpro

Dentistry: follow up on your answer to (my front tooth is black), front tooth, root canal
Dentistry: follow up on your answer to (my front tooth is black), front tooth, root canal, upper portion

Dentistry: Jaw Surgery vs Herbst Appliance, inner ear, orthodontist
Dentistry: Jaw Surgery vs Herbst Appliance, inner ear, orthodontist, 9 months

Dentistry: Problems with new porcelain crowns cracking, dentist, cool head
Dentistry: Problems with new porcelain crowns cracking, dentist, cool head, answering your questions

Dentistry: palatal expansion surgery
Dentistry: palatal expansion surgery

Dentistry: persistent pressure and pain after teeth extraction, similarity, sx
Dentistry: persistent pressure and pain after teeth extraction, similarity, sx

Dentistry: root canal, false tooth, front tooth
Dentistry: root canal, false tooth, front tooth, inset

Dentistry: root canal, holistic dentistry, zev
Dentistry: root canal, holistic dentistry, zev, kaufman

Dentistry: tooth extraction, gauze, advil
Dentistry: tooth extraction, gauze, advil, tylenol

Dentistry: failed root canal, grinding, clenching
grinding, clenching, bruxism: They can give you a second opinion and help rule out whether or not the tooth is in fixable condition. They can also do what is called an apicoectomy where they surgically remove the infected root tips of the molar to help eliminate the discomfort. So to answer...

Dentistry: A few questions about crowns, gold crowns, root canals
gold crowns, root canals, tooth structure: Hi Shawna! Gold crowns are the most compatible with your teeth. If you don t mind having gold in your mouth and you can afford it, go for it. Are you getting a root canal on number 20?? After root canals, a crown is necessary because the...

Dentistry: filling, root canal treatment, proper perspective
root canal treatment, proper perspective, abcess: Hi Danielle, Thanks for the question. Danielle, please understand that I cannot tell you with certainty what is happening so please take this advice in proper perspective. More than likely the nerve is inflamed due to the severity of the decay and the trauma...

Dentistry: follow up on your answer to (my front tooth is black), family dentistry, cosmetic dentist
family dentistry, cosmetic dentist, front teeth: Hi Monica I am glad I can help. Internal bleaching requires a small hole to be made on the back side of the tooth deep enough to the point where the nerve would have been. Removal of the existing veneer is not necessary nor indicated for this procedure....

Dentistry: food impact on dental crown, implant dentistry, prosthodontist
implant dentistry, prosthodontist, dental crown: Dear Theresa: This is a common problem with an upper last molar, when a contact is made too tight. The tooth will drift back in order to establish the proper contact tension. At this point, the crown has to be redone and the proper contact has to be created....

Dentistry: Gums won't grow over extractions, baking soda, sad situation
baking soda, sad situation, medical complications: Dear Toni: I am so sorry to hear about your brother s problem. However, there is a solution. You must go back to the VA hospital and ask them to reline the denture with soft tissue conditioning material. It will stimulate the healing and allow for the...

Dentistry: gaps, two front teeth, orthodontist
two front teeth, orthodontist, best solution: Danielle, depending on the rest of your bite situation it may be possible to close that gap with braces. Generally, that will also involve a minor surgical procedure to modify the gum that is blocking the gap from closing. I suggest you have an evaluation...

Dentistry: gum problem, gum surgery, gum tissue
gum surgery, gum tissue, little gap: Dear E: I don t know exactly what type of procedure was done. But always, when gum surgery is performed, especially in areas that are visible when you smile, there is a good chance that the gum will shrink down during healing, exposing root surface of the...

Dentistry: gums, gum tissue, gum disease
gum tissue, gum disease, actual blood: Hi Sue, Thanks for the question. Sue, please understand that without the benefit of seeing you live and the limited information I have my opinion may not be completely accurate. From what you are describing it sounds like your gums are inflamed. If flossing...

Dentistry: gums, pediatric dentist, hematoma
pediatric dentist, hematoma, supportive therapy: An eruption hematoma sometimes occurs before a tooth breaks through the gum. Some blood gathers around the tooth and the blood turns black or dark purple. When the tooth breaks through the gum the blood drains away and the gum heals normally. I ve never...

Dentistry: Hard lump gum, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, chronic inflammation
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, chronic inflammation, dental implants: Laura - It is a little difficult for me to tell you what is actually going on, but with your symptoms and the relationship of the implant and the area of swelling, it really does sound like the implant is the cause. Xrays only show so much. If there was...

Dentistry: Helioseal F Sealant color, white pigment, mary dear
white pigment, mary dear, white shade: Dear Mary Helioseal F comes in a white shade. I use a different brand of sealant in my practice. When using it I have noticed that sometimes when I am applying it it comes out of the tube not well mixed. All composites, sealants included, are made by...

Dentistry: Herbst appliance, many different ways, cosmetic purposes
many different ways, cosmetic purposes, malocclusion: There are several reasons for correcting an 8mm protrusion and esthetics is one. With this degree of protrusion there is a significantly greater risk of damage to those teeth since they are so far out in front. Also, with this amount of protrusion it is...

Dentistry: Can my headaches be caused by tooth filling?, root canal specialist, motrin ib
root canal specialist, motrin ib, sinus infection: Dear Joelle: The headache certainly could be coming from the tooth. Perhaps not. If you can, I would switch to ibuprofen (Advil; Motrin IB), and take 2 every 4 hours for 5 days (you do not have to wake during sleep to take the meds). if the headaches do...

Dentistry: help! veneers, conservative approach, quandary
conservative approach, quandary, different times: I would let them try to match it to the other one before you replace both. Remember, if it doesn t match, you can always opt for him not to cement it permanently. You can always go back and redo the other one as well but I like the conservative approach better...

Dentistry: hematopoietic bone marrow, exact diagnosis, hematopoesis
exact diagnosis, hematopoesis, sinus infections: Amber - Depending on the exact diagnosis of what was found in the bone hole, it might be a possible cause of your discomfort. Hematopoesis is just a site of blood formation stem cells. By itself that is not necessarily a problem. The formation often occurs...

Dentistry: hey, nerve tissue, two choices
nerve tissue, two choices, 5 months: Melissa - You don t say where the hole is, but I assume it is in a tooth. The black is from decay that is eating away at the tooth. The beginning of pain means that the nerve tissue in the tooth is beginning to become inflamed. You really only have two...

Dentistry: Infected root canal, root canal surgery, serveral questions
root canal surgery, serveral questions, dental appointments: Hi Liv, I m sorry you re having this problem. With a schedule like you obviously have, it must be hard to make dental appointments. Let me try to answer your questions... Where is the most likely place the infection is coming from, given that I ve had...

Dentistry: Inlay, gary backlund, onlay
gary backlund, onlay, endodontist: Hi Myra, After a tooth has been worked on, i can be sensitive for awhile just because of the irritation of the procedure. When that sensitivity lingers, it means the nerve inside the tooth is inflamed. This can be caused by the procedure, the bite being...

Dentistry: impacted 6 year molar, first molars, eruption schedule
first molars, eruption schedule, space maintainer: Dear Cheryl, Without examining your child it is not possible to fully advise you but I will give you some information that you may find helpful. Sometimes the best approach is to do nothing. Although it is possible that a tooth can be locked out from...

Dentistry: infant teething, pediatric dentist, incisor
pediatric dentist, incisor, exact science: That is a little unusual however there is no exact science in predicting which teeth will erupt and in what sequence. It is likely that they will erupt within the next 3-6 months however xrays would be needed to say for sure. I would consider taking him to...

Dentistry: infection?, going to the dentist, extreme pain
going to the dentist, extreme pain, root canal: Stephanie, She likely does an infection that go go bad very quickly if not tended to. Take her to a dentist, an emergency room visit can be quite costly and why waste your money to pay someone to tell you to do see a dentist. In terms of persuading her,...

Dentistry: information abt baby teeth, information abt, baby teeth
information abt, baby teeth, teeh: Dear Jyothi, 16 months of age is the time that most people begin to have concern about the appearance and eruption of their children s teeth. My son did not get his first teeth until 16 months. If your daughter does not have any teeth at 16 months you...

Dentistry: injection, tongue numbness, onlay
tongue numbness, onlay, panic attacks: Bob - It sounds like you are having the tongue numbness most likely from the needle use to get your numb for the only repair. The dentist most likely nicked the nerve with the needle. This should get better, but it may take a few months. You should see...

Dentistry: invisalign, cosmetic dental treatment, front teeth
cosmetic dental treatment, front teeth, honest opinion: Hi Ali Yes the veneer can be placed temporarily but I would recommend that you bring someone you trust friend or family at the time the veneer is placed so that both of you could evaluate the veneer both inside the office as well as outside in normal lighting....

Dentistry: Jaw Ache, jaw ache, wisdom teeth
jaw ache, wisdom teeth, relaxation techniques: It could be wisdom teeth or it could be night grinding/clenching. Grinding your teeth at night can lead to a condition called TMJ disorder and can cause headaches and jaw joint clicking. This joint is located right in front of your ear, so the ear pain can...

Dentistry: Jaw cyst treatment- root canal?, root canal procedures, root canal treatment
root canal procedures, root canal treatment, root canals: Louis - Let me first tell you that you do not say if your teeth were sensitive or a problem before the exam. I have a question for you about the cystic area in the bone. Is it a circular or smooth area or does it have a smoother bottom and at the top scallops...

Dentistry: Jaw expansion, speech impediment, speech problem
speech impediment, speech problem, unnecessary treatment: I d love to give you some specific advice about the proper treatment in this case, but I lack the information necessary to do that. I would advise a third opinion and maybe this time you can ask the very questions that you ve asked here. By the way, I don...

Dentistry: Jaw pain after root canal treatment - further question, pain root canal, molar teeth
pain root canal, molar teeth, root canal treatment: Susanne - Apicoectomy is usually performed on a root canal treatment already completed. The only problem I see is the temporary filling used in the canal. A permanent filling needs to be used first and then the apicoectomy done. The surgery, in the...

Dentistry: Jaw Surgery vs Herbst Appliance, gum tissue, jaw joints
gum tissue, jaw joints, gummy smile: Lori - let me first tell you that I am not a fan of the Herbst appliance. I have seen quite a few children where the Herbst was used and it caused a deformity of the jaw joints and secondary functional problems. The Herbst alerts the jaw growth by putting...

Dentistry: Long term affect on TMJ of bite corrector springs?, class ii malocclusion, herbst appliance
class ii malocclusion, herbst appliance, overbites: Anne - Rapid movements to correct the 10 mm overjet and 6mm overbite in only a few months needs to create excess forces. If the doctor told you that it would require a longer period of time, I would be less worried. The excess forces in just a few months...

Dentistry: Lower Central Incisor Not shed, central incisor, milk teeth
central incisor, milk teeth, permanent teeth: Sarah - First of all, dental implants should never be placed on any patient before the age of 18. It takes that long until the bone is dense enough to properly support the implant. If an implant is placed properly, by a knowledgeable surgeon, it can last...

Dentistry: labial frenectomy in adults, labial frenectomy, two front teeth
labial frenectomy, two front teeth, thumb sucker: Nic - What you describe is quite common. The labial frenum, in many, attaches not in the front but between the teeth and onto the pad between and behind the two front teeth. A simple test to see if that is the situation, is to look in the mirror and pull...

Dentistry: lingual gum recession, gum grafts, gum recession
gum grafts, gum recession, microscopy techniques: Dear Leigh: You are not the first, and not the last to have this problem. The problem is the source. If you do have the graft done, or implants placed, the result will be the same. The tongue ring will affect those as well. Unfortunately, there is not...

Dentistry: Mercury filling in Root Canal, gary backlund, x rays
gary backlund, x rays, x ray: Hi Maximilian, Unfortunately, X-rays only show changes in radioactive...ie, things that don t allow X-rays to pass through. They cannot differentiate between mercury containing material and anything else that would block X-rays from passing through. The...

Dentistry: Midline Mesioden, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, two front teeth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, two front teeth, mesiodens: Kimberly - For a normal positioning of the permanent teeth, I think it would be wise to have the teeth removed soon. The longer you wait, the more chance of a problem developing. Make sure that only a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon remove...

Dentistry: Milk teeth not falling out, milk teeth, permanent teeth
milk teeth, permanent teeth, baby teeth: if they are not loose, then you might have to see the dentist to have the baby teeth removed. this happens quite often so do not worry. once the baby teeth are out of the way, the permanent teeth should move forward to the correct position. call and have him...

Dentistry: Molars, food debris, molars
food debris, molars, gauze: Alexis, I suspect that you may have some food debris caught in the flaps of skin around your erupting molars. Its real easy to fix. Use some warm water and swish it around the teeth forcefully with your mouth closed. Do it three or four times a day, and...

Dentistry: Money Hungry Dentist, root canal, cavity
root canal, cavity, dentist: Shane, That is not likely...depending on the size of the cavity, the cavity may have encroached or entered the nerve which would have caused an eventual infection and its better to treat it now before it becomes very painful. Did your dentist discuss this...

Dentistry: Mouth Guards, stainless steel crowns, second molars
stainless steel crowns, second molars, permanent teeth: I have several concerns, first about his ability to tolerate the appliance in the first place. Next, as teeth loosen up and fall out and new teeth come in the appliance will have to be repeatedly adjusted and probably remade. There is an alternative option...

Dentistry: Mucocele on lower lip, minor salivary glands, incision line
minor salivary glands, incision line, oral and maxillofacial surgeon: Meghan - A knowledgeable and skilled board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, knows that not only should the mucocele be removed, but all surrounding minor salivary glands also need removal (that prevents a recurrance of the problem). It is actually...

Dentistry: matrix band placement, knurled knob, molars
knurled knob, molars, retainer: The matrix band retainer has a handle that sticks out with a knurled knob that the dentist must tighten to snug the band around your tooth. On certain teeth, usually lower molars, the knob rests on your lower lip. If he is not careful, he can pinch your lip...

Dentistry: mild swelling 10 days after root canal treatment, worse case scenario, gary backlund
worse case scenario, gary backlund, root canal treatment: Hi Saurabh, I m sorry to hear you re having this problem. Sometimes, when a root canal is done, it causes a reaction like this. We see pretty often in our practice. It is really your body trying to heal and it does it with pain and swelling. If bacteria...

Dentistry: molar extraction, molar extraction, orthodontic braces
molar extraction, orthodontic braces, wisdom tooth: Wuzair - Not a very good chance. The wisdom tooth might move forward, but rather just moving forward it will tip over. The reason is that teeth will attempt to erupt and move forward when there are missing teeth. The only way to have the tooth move straight...

Dentistry: Necessary timing for implant, bone graft, tooth socket
bone graft, tooth socket, 4 months: Regina - To insure a stable and successful implant, it is important to allow the bone that forms in the extracted tooth socket to become dense enough to support the implant. That process of healing takes at a minimum of 4 months, but to insure good bone,...

Dentistry: Night Guards, jaw sizes, jaw problems
jaw sizes, jaw problems, dental professionals: Kris - A properly constructed appliance should help relax the muscles, but it is not just an overnight process. It take, at least, a few days before any changes are noticed. You can spend the money for it and try it for a few days, but in that period...

Dentistry: Night Guards, jaw sizes, mouthguard
jaw sizes, mouthguard, dental professionals: Dear Kris: I knew nothing about sleep-right until you asked and I Googled it. It appears bulky, relative to the ones we make. And I do not know if it s hard or flexible. Hard guards are better, as they tend to discourage clenching, whereas flexible guards...

Dentistry: Nightmarish pain...., oil of clove, temporary bridge
oil of clove, temporary bridge, canine tooth: Dear Jennie: At first it sounded like you might need a root canal in the front tooth of the bridge. But after reading your story, I m not sure that the pain is not radiating from the painful socket. It seems to me that you ought to wait until this pain...

Dentistry: Numbness on right side of mouth, weird occurrence, novacaine shot
weird occurrence, novacaine shot, nerve pain: HI Kathleen, Thanks for the question. Kathleen from what you are describing I cannot think of any reason how the cleaning alone would have caused the symptoms you are describing. I would strongly suggest that if not done so already your dentist take something...

Dentistry: Numbness after wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, numbness in the lips
wisdom tooth extraction, numbness in the lips, burning sensation: Kim - I fully understand that the burning pain is disturbing. A good solution to reduce the pain and promote healing, besides the steroid, is neurologic medication. You should speak with the surgeon or your physician and see if you can be referred to a neurologist...

Dentistry: needle in gums, needle, oral surgeon
needle, oral surgeon, sedation: Hi Teresa, How much of the needle broke? Where did the needle break? Where are your headaches coming from? Needles breaking in the tissues is relatively uncommon but is possible. Depending on the size of the needle, it sounds like the oral surgeon could...

Dentistry: nerve damage, oral surgery, IV sedation
oral surgery, IV sedation, oral sedation: The numbness on the lower jaw is within normal limits being only 10 weeks out as it can take up to 6 months to gain total sensation back on the lower lip on chain. You should expect to see some or all of the sensation gradually return as you heal. Re: the...

Dentistry: nerve trauma, tooth structure, root canal
tooth structure, root canal, decay: Hi Leisa, You raise a couple of issues here, really. Let me try to explain. When decay starts, as it moves toward the pulp (nerve), the tooth will lay down extra tooth structure to insulate it from the effects of the decay. As a result, there may actually...

Dentistry: Should this have been noticed earlier?, interdental brushes, private dentist
interdental brushes, private dentist, check ups: Ann - Whether in the UK or anywhere else in the world, patients need to have, at least, bitewing xrays to determine decay. These xrays, do not do the whole tooth, but the crowns of the teeth, where decay occurs. That is why they are done every year. Every...

Dentistry: numb area of gum, teeth and gums, root canals
teeth and gums, root canals, roof of the mouth: Dear Nancy: The most common cause is slowly-growing infection in the area. Cyst or tumor are less common causes. Way down the list is loss of circulation in this area, or neurologic damage. Contact your dentist to evaluate this problem, as it may develop...

Dentistry: no numbing please, gary backlund, root canal
gary backlund, root canal, anesthetic: Hi Patti, The problem is that we never TRY to numb the tongue. However, that nerve runs very close to the nerve that serves your lower teeth, so in order to get your teeth numb, we invariably also get your tongue numb. The only way to not numb your tongue...

Dentistry: numbness of my lower right lip, teeth extraction, irreversible damage
teeth extraction, irreversible damage, oral surgeon: I would discuss with your dentist what you are describing as you may have irreversible damage to the nerve that provides sensation to your face, tooth, gums and jaw. You may need to be evaluated by a oral surgeon to assess the extent of the damage to assess...

Dentistry: numbness after root canal, injections, pain free dentist
injections, pain free dentist, nashville whitening: I would first have the dentist reevaluate the area as well as where the injections were given. Inquire about where the injections were given and what kind of anesthetic was used. If the dentist cannot help you determine the best course of action, I would ask...

Dentistry: old cracked filling - possible root canal, root canal procedure, cancal
root canal procedure, cancal, second tooth: Hi Lori, I think you information you got from the endodontist is accurate. When a tooth is sensitive to cold, that means the nerve is still alive. That would mean that there could not be a granuloma since those only form around dead teeth. At this point,...

Dentistry: old root canal, gary backlund, root canal
gary backlund, root canal, molars: Hi Erica, Since I can t examine you, I can t tell you for sure what is going on, however, since this lump is fairly new, it is most likely associated with a failing root canal. Not all lumps are soft. As the bone expands from a failing root canal, it can...

Dentistry: opinion, medical community, dentistry
medical community, dentistry, educator: Working with people, learning new things all the time, serving the community, being active in the medical community, helping people get the smile they always wanted, being an educator/teacher and not just a doctor, ability to determine how much or how little...

Dentistry: opinion, personal motivations, daily basis
personal motivations, daily basis, appleton: Hi Anik It depends what you are looking for from life. The perceived benefits relate to you as an individual and what your own personal motivations/desires may be. In other words it depends what rocks your world - do you enjoy meeting a diverse range of...

Dentistry: orthodontic treatment, orthodontic treatment, suitable replacement
orthodontic treatment, suitable replacement, retainer: Hi Marie The hospital currently have the responsibility for your daughter s orthodontic treatment, and you will probably find that your own dentist really wouldn t want to take over treatment at this stage. As a parent I would be jumping up and down at...

Dentistry: Pain 5 weeks post wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, warm salt water
wisdom tooth extraction, warm salt water, jaw muscles: Trevor - Without an examination I cannot be sure, but it sounds like the continuation of pain and swelling is indicative of either trapped debris, bone particles or just bacteria. You need to immediately begin a regimen of warm salt water rinses in the area...

Dentistry: Pain after filling, coedine, ear ache
coedine, ear ache, accurate diagnosis: Dear Mat: You are correct, I can t make an accurate diagnosis from here. However, I can make a suggestion. Assuming that the bite is not high, ask the dentist if he will remove the filling, prepare the cavity slightly deeper, place desensitizer and base,...

Dentistry: Pain after fillings, coedine, ear ache
coedine, ear ache, damege: Hi Matt It certainly sounds like you do need to have the filling removed and possibly a temporary sedative dressing placed for a while. Most likely you won t need root canal, but there is a small chance you may. If you do then it is not the end of the...

Dentistry: Pain after fillings/ Sinus, ear nose and throat doctor, steve litwin
ear nose and throat doctor, steve litwin, composite fillings: Hi Stephanie, Thanks for the question. Stephanie, the three possibilities are sinus infection, tooth infection, TMD (inflammation of the temporomandibular joint which is the jaw joint near the ear). I would absolutely contact your dentist first so that...

Dentistry: Pain after a Root Canal, tylenol extra strength, root canal procedure
tylenol extra strength, root canal procedure, throat glands: Jeff - I cannot be sure without examining you, but it sounds like you still have an infection or, at least, an inflammation of the bone surrounding the tooth. You need to immediately be placed on an antibiotic. Sometimes, if an infection developed over...

Dentistry: Pain after Root Canals, temporary fillings, bone lesion
temporary fillings, bone lesion, root canal treatment: Hi again Laura, Heat on the outside of your face may certainly help. If you use it, make sure it is moist heat, like a wash cloth with or without a heating pad. I really don t know what to tell you about the popping...I have never had a patient express...

Dentistry: Pain and root canal, root canal pain, adult educator
root canal pain, adult educator, hello doctor: Sounds to me like your endodontist is managing things as well as he can. Some pain following root canal therapy is not unusual, though by no means does it always occur. It is more common, however, when a patient was in pain before the treatment, as you were....

Dentistry: Pain for over a Year, oragel, pertruding
oragel, pertruding, beleiving: when we study anatomy, we are always told that nerve A is placed in position A, nerve B in Position B, nerve C in position C BUT THIS IS NOT A RULE. Maybe you have a small nerve placed or a projection of SOMETHING there. I need a scan (tomography). This...

Dentistry: Painful tooth, front teeth, pull up bar
front teeth, pull up bar, front tooth: It s possible that the pain can be due to the trauma. Your pain can be due to a variety of things such as pulpal resorption, nerve death, etc. Sometimes the nerve can be fine for a long time and then suddenly change. Extraction may not be needed, perhaps a...

Dentistry: Papoose Board, pediatric dentist, dear paul
pediatric dentist, dear paul, management technique: Dear Paul, Follow your instincts. I agree with you about the papoose board. Start by understanding there is no emergency here. Cavities in a four year old who brushes his teeth with a good fluoride toothpaste progress very very slowly. Why not wait six...

Dentistry: Pediatric Dentistry, permanent teeth, pediatric dentistry
permanent teeth, pediatric dentistry, baby teeth: Dear Bryan, your instincts are good. If the cavities are small they can be slowed up in their development by daily aggressive brushing with a fluoride toothpaste. If you can wait a year or two before any treatment, then if the teeth have to be extracted...

Dentistry: Persistent Upper Jaw Pain - Where do I go now?, upper jaw pain, upper left quadrant
upper jaw pain, upper left quadrant, paralyzed vocal cords: Jackie - First of all, you need to see a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Your symptoms could definitely be muscular spasms. The neck and jaw pain is a common expression of muscular pain. You don t say, but if you ever have even slight headaches...

Dentistry: Possible sinus puncture after root canal, maxillary sinus, root canals
maxillary sinus, root canals, s drain: Kathi - Above the upper molars and bicuspids, the maxillary sinus comes into close communication with the roots of the teeth. I wasn t there to see, but it sounds like the endodontist was a little aggressive in his treatment and actually perforated the end...

Dentistry: Possibly Infected Tooth, gary backlund, pulp cavity
gary backlund, pulp cavity, use of antibiotics: Hi Steve, You are right...using an antibiotic means your dentist think you have an infection. You are also justified to be concerned about finishing the crown over an infected tooth. Your dentist may be just using the antibiotic to buy time to see what...

Dentistry: Post extraction pain, warm salt water, strict regimen
warm salt water, strict regimen, jaw muscles: Vinita - It is not unusual for the jaw muscles to go into spasm aftr the loss of teeth. The change in the bite often creates a difficulty of the muscles to adapt to the change in the bite. You can definitely reduce the muscular discomfort. You immediately...

Dentistry: Pre-implant procedures?, dental implants, front teeth
dental implants, front teeth, implant procedures: Ann - To place an implant properly, enough room is needed for the tooth. This room may need to be created with braces, but if it is just one tooth and the est align properly, then the space will be created within a short time frame. Other that the space,...

Dentistry: Problems with new porcelain crowns cracking, porcelain crowns, porcelain crown
porcelain crowns, porcelain crown, broken crown: Dear Chuck: It took me a while to carefully read your e-mail. The story is quite common, unfortunately. Once in a while, there are those, unlucky situations. However, on the basis of the second opinion, this is not the case. Dentists come in many shapes...

Dentistry: Procera vs Empress/PFM vs no PFM, aesthetic reasons, front tooth
aesthetic reasons, front tooth, mockup: You can t go wrong by being conservative..consider 4 with the possibility of going to 8. Ask them do a simulation/mockup of what it will look like before you go forward. Procera or Empress are both esthetic options are either would work fine. Can t tell if...

Dentistry: Are Puffs Good or Bad?, cause extreme pain, root canals
cause extreme pain, root canals, 3rd root: Hi Cheryl, The pain after root canal treatment comes from a reaction at the end of the tooth, in the tissue, as a response to having the root canal. It may not be related to a puff at all, so I wouldn t be too focused on that. Even if a puff isn t created,...

Dentistry: Pulp Damage to 1st Set of Teeth, two front teeth, root canal procedure
two front teeth, root canal procedure, pediatric dentist: The dark color of the tooth indicates some degree of damage to the tooth. It is possible that the pulp has become non-vital. In that case there is treatment that should be done as soon as possible. That calls for a modified root canal procedure which can...

Dentistry: pain after 3rd crown, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, root canal treatments
oral and maxillofacial surgeons, root canal treatments, mandibular nerve: Carolyn - I would love to give you my opinion about what is there, but without viewing your xrays it is a little tough. From your description, it does sound like you have an inflammation or infection associated with the tooth. The problem is not within...

Dentistry: pain after composite filling, oral hygiene, tooth decay
oral hygiene, tooth decay, back tooth: Dear Daniel: You can wait until your appointment with your dentist next week to open the space up. However, it has to be done! It cannot be left as final treatment. Unfortunately, it is very common to have sensitivity after a composite, or any kind of...

Dentistry: pain after molar endo, gary backlund, dental nurse
gary backlund, dental nurse, endodontist: Hi Cheri, I m sorry you re going through all this. Making sure you are not hitting the tooth excessively when you bite is critical. If you hold your teeth firmly together and slide from side to side, you should feel no pain. If it hurts, you need your bite...

Dentistry: pain question, new dentist, root canals
new dentist, root canals, electrical shock: Can I ask which teeth in the past you have had root canals and extractions? There is a certain injection on the inside of the jaw that they give to numb certain teeth (not all) that causes the electrical shock more often than others. Perhaps you have never...

Dentistry: pain relif root canal treatment, gary backlund, root canal treatment
gary backlund, root canal treatment, pain relif: Hi Kate, I m sorry to hear this about your son. If the teeth are abscessed, then it would be possible to do them without anesthetic. I assume your son is young. If he is a GREAT dental patient, that would help also. However, in our office, we tend to discourage...

Dentistry: pain after root canal, crown, root canal
crown, root canal, dental pain: Kathy, It is normal to have discomfort following a root canal depending on how much infection was in the tooth as well as what tooth was involved. I would continue to use anti inflammatories such as ibuprofen but if you do not see relief within 2-3 more...

Dentistry: palatal expansion surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, female puberty
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, female puberty, ugly teeth: Tamy - If done by a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, there should not be a problem. This is quite a simple surgery with limited problems or pain associated. The orthodontic part may make you a little uncomfortable as you are slowly expanded...

Dentistry: pediatric anxiety and pain management, low income health insurance, pediatric dentist
low income health insurance, pediatric dentist, baby teeth: I can t comment on why certain treatment was or was not prescribed. I can say that the instruments that were used by the resident are perfectly acceptable and often times necessary to deliver the best care. That does not excuse ignoring the child s fear, anxiety...

Dentistry: perforated root during RTC???, root canal, crown
root canal, crown, cosmetic dentistry: Hi Carolyn, A perforated root can present with some of the symptoms you are describing but impossible to say for sure without evaluating the tooth as well as the existing root canal. It is also possible there is an underlying fracture that can extend down...

Dentistry: about perfurationa and use MTA, country brazil, immages
country brazil, immages, root canal: I m not sure that I understand your entire question. Were you able to successfully treat the tooth endodontically? If so, then packing MTA into the perforation may work. I have done this on a number of teeth. If you were unable to treat the tooth endodontically...

Dentistry: persistent pressure and pain after teeth extraction, teeth extraction, second tooth
teeth extraction, second tooth, scar tissue: Anna - What you are experiencing is probably due to trapped inflammatory tissue. This is not uncommon in an area that has sustained a long term infection and inflammation. Removing the trapped fluids from the inflammation that is producing the swelling and...

Dentistry: possibility to get cross infection, warm salt water, mouth ulcers
warm salt water, mouth ulcers, routine checkup: Sophia - First of all, hygiene should be just fine at the school. The school needs to teach the future doctors the correct way to treat their patients in a clean environment. After the removal of teeth or even just regular dental treatment, it is not...

Dentistry: post Root canal pain, root canal pain, golf ball size
root canal pain, golf ball size, back tooth: Hi Berry, I m sorry to hear all this is going on. Especially with you leaving so soon. When you have a flare up after treatment like this, which does happen obviously, it is usually due to changing the equilibrium your body has reached with the abscess...

Dentistry: post root canal pain, gary backlund, root canal pain
gary backlund, root canal pain, post root canal pain: Hi Robin, I m sorry you re going through all this. I don t think your past surgeries have anything to do with lowered resistance or your present tooth problem....we just don t see that in practice. Some teeth just take longer to feel right. You should...

Dentistry: post treatment following root extraction, gary backlund, ceramic crowns
gary backlund, ceramic crowns, gold alloy: Hi Andrew, You are getting good advice. We suggest crowns on all back teeth to prevent fracture which can occur in as high as 30% of teeth. They become more brittle after root canals because there is no longer blood flow inside the tooth. I think that your...

Dentistry: query regarding white spot on front teeth, front teeth, oral hygiene
front teeth, oral hygiene, bhumi: Dear Bhumi: Since the braces have been placed only for a couple of months, decalcification is unlikely (unless your oral hygiene is terrible). More than likely these are spot of extra cement that is left on the teeth. Either way, I recommend going to your...

Dentistry: question??, warm salt water, tetracyline
warm salt water, tetracyline, question thanks: Ana - If you have the infection, it is not a good idea to apply heat to the outside of your face with a compress. The infection tends to drain to where the heat is applied. The heat to your face can cause the infection to drain on your face with a hole...

Dentistry: question, grinding, clenching
grinding, clenching, bruxism: I think it is a possibility but not very likely. An infected root canal to cause systemic problems would have to be very involved and very serious. I would have the dentist evaluate the root canal on the tooth and explain to him your concerns to see if he...

Dentistry: RCT, root canal treatment, surgeory
root canal treatment, surgeory, front teeth: Hi Varun Presumably at surgery he found the tooth was not savable and hence removed the tooth. Stem cell treatment is not close on the horizon - it will be years before it ever reaches general use. A dental implant is certainly a good solution, but...

Dentistry: Re Root Canal, gary backlund, wisdom teeth
gary backlund, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth: I m glad to hear that. There is not another tooth behind in the Xray you sent and it is a 2nd molar. Most people don t have their wisdom teeth and it s a good thing you do. Just make sure the wisdom tooth has good roots and support as they often make poor...

Dentistry: Re root Canal Treatment, gary backlund, root canal treatment
gary backlund, root canal treatment, upper tooth: Hi Virginia, I m sorry to hear all this is going on. Unfortunately, when a root canal is retreated, we sometimes see things stirred up again for awhile. That s because the treatment has changed the equilibrium your body has established with the failing...

Dentistry: Recent Crown, Left lower molar, dissimilar metals, electrical charge
dissimilar metals, electrical charge, lower jaw: Dear T: No. Two dissimilar metals in an electrolytic environment often cause a small amount of electricity. Your spoon, likely steel, near your crown, likely gold, will generate a small electrical charge. I can t say for sure if you got a high-noble crown,...

Dentistry: Recurrent jaw pain after fillings, sticky saliva, root canal specialist
sticky saliva, root canal specialist, saliva gland: David - As far as the liquid from the cheek, you are probably seeing saliva from the duct of the Parotid Salivary Gland. As far as the pain, more than a cold test, there is an electrical stimulator that can define the viability of the nerve within a tooth....

Dentistry: Removal of Second Molar, worst case scenario, wisdom tooth
worst case scenario, wisdom tooth, wisdom teeth: Hi Alisha, Thanks for the question. Alisha, from a technical standpoint you will be able to function perfectly normally and should not have any negative effects should the decision be made to remove the remaining wisdom tooth and second molar. The worst...

Dentistry: ROOT CANAL, root canal specialist, root canal treatment
root canal specialist, root canal treatment, canal dr: Cathy, Hard to say without seeing the tooth. Re: pain medications, you need to consult your OB/GYN before you take ANY other medications. They are more knowledgeable about your pregnancy than your dentist is. It is better to have the root canal done than...

Dentistry: ROOT CANAL/ABSCESS, root canal, crown
root canal, crown, cosmetic dentistry: Good question, Antibiotics help clear up the infection around the tooth and by the sinus but it does not fix the problem. I tell my patients, it buys them 1-2 weeks of time to make a decision on what to do with the tooth. I would definitely get to the endodontist...

Dentistry: Root Canal Infection, steve litwin, stomach pain
steve litwin, stomach pain, front teeth: Hi Jeremy, Thanks for the question. The first thing you should do is inform your dentist if you think you are having issues. From what you have told me you have gone through some invasive treatment and there is always a risk of infections even though you...

Dentistry: Root Canal Therapy, root canal therapy, gary backlund
root canal therapy, gary backlund, pain in the right side: Hi Pamela, When you say definitive , that always is answered no . In dentistry, there are MANY grays where the diagnosis is not black or white. Sometimes, experience enables a dentist to make a better guess. Endodontists only do root canals. We see many...

Dentistry: Root Canal Treatment and side affects, root canal treatment, jaw muscles
root canal treatment, jaw muscles, finger width: I would go see an oral surgeon as they might be able to speed up the healing process and there might be something else going in your jaw joints that will need to be treated. If you are not getting any improvement, perhaps an oral surgeon can help. Dr....

Dentistry: Root Canal & Veneers, front tooth, root canal
front tooth, root canal, fingernail: Katie, Veneers would be contraindicated based on what you are telling me. Veneers have great cosmetic effects but offer very little protection for teeth that are cracked or are susceptible to griding. Crowns would definitely be a better choice given your...

Dentistry: Root Canal To Wisdom Tooth, implant, sedation
implant, sedation, dental sedation: If you were going to get a root canal on a wisdom tooth, I would consult an endodontist first. Wisdom teeth are very unpredictable and if it were me, I would bypass getting a root canal on that tooth and look into getting implants to replace the missing teeth....

Dentistry: Root canal, sinus cavity, left nostril
sinus cavity, left nostril, severe sinus infection: Hi Anne-Marie This is obviously a difficult problem to diagnose - but what I would suggest is that you see an endodontist to get the tooth/root canal thoroughly checked out. The medical specialists you have already seen have no knowledge of root canal...

Dentistry: Root canal and crown, root canals, endodontist
root canals, endodontist, tooth structure: Dear Shamma, Root canals can be well done by endodontist with or without microscopes. It is true that magnification can be an aid in locating and negotiating calcified canals, but even with a microscope some canals can not be fully negotiated. Although...

Dentistry: Root fracture, dentist antioch tn
dentist antioch tn: Hi Vivian, I don t think there is anything wrong with how your bridge was treatment planned however I am concerned with the discomfort you are having with your bridge(temporary). I would have the dentist reevaluate #9 prior to having the permanent bridge...

Dentistry: Root fragment, post wisdom teeth removal, wisdom teeth removal, root fragments
wisdom teeth removal, root fragments, oral surgeon: It s possible, but you would need a radiograph to determine that. Root fragments generally do not work their way out, so to speak. You would need to call your dentist or oral surgeon and have them re evaluate the site to make sure everything is healing...

Dentistry: Rubber bands on braces, wearing braces, orthodontic treatment
wearing braces, orthodontic treatment, rubber bands: Rubber bands are certainly not the last step in orthodontic treatment. In some cases they are started as soon as the braces are applied, in others they are started a few months later, and in some they are started in the second half of the treatment. Your...

Dentistry: re-occuring cheek swelling, sinus infection, definitive diagnosis
sinus infection, definitive diagnosis, mild dose: Hi Melanie, This is a tough question to answer. The reason could be one of many, and a thorough work up and diagnosis needs to be determined with the help of a dentist/oral surgeon and physician. Does the swelling come when you are doing a certain activity?...

Dentistry: recurrent gum abscess, gum abscess, term prognosis
gum abscess, term prognosis, scource: Hi Caily, Thanks for the question. Sorry to hear about your situation. Caily, abcesses can be very serious as you have learned. One question I have is would it not be better to remove the tooth and replace it with an implant after the bone heals? I am not...

Dentistry: root canal, tooth colored fillings, tooth structures
tooth colored fillings, tooth structures, dear joy: Dear Joy: I understand your frustration! It is always disheartening when you go in for a simple procedure and end up in a more complicated, costly treatment. Worse yet, the pain is not gone. However, unfortunately, this is common enough. Since I do not...

Dentistry: root canal, root canal, temporary filling
root canal, temporary filling, crown: Judy, It sounds like the temporary filling has been out long enough that the tissue has grown into the tooth. When this occurs, the tooth gets very irritated and as a result, will swell up and bleed and be very sore. Not to mention if the temporary has...

Dentistry: root canal, front tooth, root canal
front tooth, root canal, pimple: Your dentist did not kill your tooth. The decay did that. It was almost dead already, which is why it was so sensitive. When he removed the decay, which is full of bacteria, it was too much for the pulp or nerve in the tooth, and finished it off. This...

Dentistry: root canal, root canal, crown
root canal, crown, cosmetic dentistry: Not necessarily...there is a slight chance the tooth can darken over time as as result from a previous infection, trauma or the root canal itself. I would not be concerned with that unless you started to notice some discoloration within the tooth. There is...

Dentistry: root canal, root canal specialist, root canal treatment
root canal specialist, root canal treatment, palate: Polly - I really have no idea, at all, what having a tooth on the palate means. If the dentist is unable to find the root canal, if he was honest, he would refer you to a root canal specialist, endodontist. Again, I don t know what he is talking about....

Dentistry: root canal, root canal therapy, success rate
root canal therapy, success rate, dentist: Depends on the tooth, its position in your mouth, the extent to which it was damaged prior to and during the root canal therapy, and other factors. In general, posterior teeth have double the chance of survival (not fracturing) if they are crowned, but for...

Dentistry: root canal, gary backlund, root canal
gary backlund, root canal, molar: Hi Mike, In our office, we recommend crowns on all back teeth....and we don t do crowns. The reason is that after a root canal is done, the tooth is weaker. The reason it s weaker is a hole has been drilled through the center of the tooth so structurally...

Dentistry: root canal, root canal treatment, holistic dentistry
root canal treatment, holistic dentistry, family dentist: Dear Margaret: You are perfectly right... your dentist probably did not remove all the pulp that was infected. It is very common as an emergency measure. All it takes is removing most of the pulp and the pain usually goes away. However, the Endodontist...

Dentistry: root canal filling, gary backlund, root canal
gary backlund, root canal, msd: HI Carrie, As long as the filling didn t come out because the tooth has cracked or fractured, you should be able to have it fixed. I would get in Monday to get the temporary replaced and get a crown appointment. The worry now is keeping the root canal filling...

Dentistry: root canal pain after second treatment same tooth, root canal pain, root canal treatment
root canal pain, root canal treatment, apioectomy: He may or may not be able to see the fracture so difficult to say. The temporary filling doesn t have anything to do with the pain. I would give it a couple more days and if no improvement, talk with the endodontist where you go from there as it sounds like...

Dentistry: root canal problems, root canals, crowns
root canals, crowns, antioch tn: I am not familiar with green fillings...but since you said the specialist mentioned that the filling powerized , it sounds like it was a temporary filling. A permanent filling would not powderized upon removal like a temporary one would. Temporary fillings...

Dentistry: root canal question, root canal, molars
root canal, molars, fillings: Rosa - Deep decay requiring fillings occasionally cause an irritation of the nerve within a tooth. This irritation can produce the symptoms you describe. The filling was necessary early and often a dentist does not know if the filling will inflame the nerve....

Dentistry: root canals/sedation, root canals, medical history
root canals, medical history, fillings: Kelly, It is very much safe and I have done that many times before on patients. Having said that, it truly depends on your past experiences and medical history. I would address the risks, benefits, and alternatives with your dentist prior to any treatment...

Dentistry: rotten teeth, rotten teeth, adult teeth
rotten teeth, adult teeth, baby tooth: I m not quite sure what you mean by cut through , but if you mean that the cavity is through and through her tooth that s something that needs to be taken care of ASAP. Any decay on a child that young is serious and should be fixed right away because it can...

Dentistry: All Second Molars Removed?, second molars, molar teeth
second molars, molar teeth, wisdom teeth: Cathy - The molar teeth are the foundation of your bite. Their loss can actually cause a collapse of your bite and a change in your face. Speak with the orthodontist you work for and see what he says. Retaining these teeth might be very important in the...

Dentistry: Sensitive to Cold, gary backlund, possible solution
gary backlund, possible solution, msd: Hi Nit, When a tooth is sensitive to cold, that means the nerve inside is inflamed...it is NOT dead. The question then becomes why. There are a number of possibilities including decay, clenching/grinding, recent trauma, and early stages of a tooth dying....

Dentistry: Sensitive tooth/negative xrays, tooth sensitivity, fillings
tooth sensitivity, fillings, cavities: Hi Marie, See this all the time, and I can t say I would recommend a root canal without further information. Is it possible you have some root exposure? Sometimes if your gum receeds, even only 1 mm, you can get exposed roots which causes thermal sensitivity...

Dentistry: Sensitivity after replacing old filling, toothpaste for sensitive teeth, porcelain dish
toothpaste for sensitive teeth, porcelain dish, fracture line: Hi Debra, Thanks for the question. Debra the issue of sensitivity when biting down could be as a result of a microfracture withing the enamel or tooth itself. Think of a porcelain dish that has been through the dishwasher too many times. Upon exam you may...

Dentistry: Skin flap hanging from tooth, children, pediatric dentistry
children, pediatric dentistry, cavities: Not likely to be serious because typically when the permanent teeth erupt ( cut ) they cause alot of local irritation, inflammation and swelling that resemble a skin flap. I would not be concerned and would encourage you to keep the tissue as clean as possible...

Dentistry: Make My Smile Wider?, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, unrealistic expectation
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, unrealistic expectation, surgery thanks: Alex - Although this surgery is rarely performed, some plastic surgeons will widen your mouth. There is no technical name as it is unusual. The only other way would be to actually widen the lower and upper jaws; that will widen the bite. This is done by...

Dentistry: Split tooth, broken bridge, bridge question, root canals
bridge question, root canals, gum tissue: It does matter because the cement can also aggravate the gum tissue around the bridge. Before you would use super glue, go to a local pharmacy(if you don t have access to a dentist) and see if there is any temporary cement you can use to put it back on...

Dentistry: Stannous fluoride, topical gel, orthodontist
topical gel, orthodontist, enamel: Very hard to say without visually seeing the teeth. You definitely need to discuss this with your dentist or orthodontist as you may stay be able to reverse some of the effects with teeth whitening. It really depends on how much mottling your teeth have...

Dentistry: Strength of gold crown vs bite forces in mouth, steve litwin, strength purposes
steve litwin, strength purposes, luck steve: Hi katie, Thanks for the question. katie unfortunately I cannot tell you the actual strength in factual measurements regarding the forces tolerated dental materials versus the forces found as a result of clenching. You may perhaps contact the ADA and ask...

Dentistry: Successful root canal, temporary filling, kind advice
temporary filling, kind advice, endodontist: Hi again Sharmin, When roots on a tooth are calcified, that can mean it is impossible to find them and/or properly clean them out. That doe NOT mean the treatment was done improperly. Sometimes the calcification is complete and if so, the tooth has basically...

Dentistry: Swelling after Crowns, left nostril, warm salt water
left nostril, warm salt water, left cheek: Diane - Without examining you I cannot be sure, but the swelling you feel is usually due to some type of inflammation or infection brewing. Antibiotics would not be a bad idea, but immediately, you need to begin a regimen of warm salt water rinses for about...

Dentistry: Swelling after filling, warm salt water, gum problems
warm salt water, gum problems, wisdom tooth: Joanne - If you had a filling done on a tooth that was not erupted, you wasted your time. The tooth should have been extracted. The gum problems you are now getting would have occurred, even if the tooth was left alone. Now that the filling was done, you...

Dentistry: Can I safely delay my treatment?, cracked tooth syndrome, receding gums
cracked tooth syndrome, receding gums, upper tooth: As you say, I can t diagnose you, but it sounds like your dentist can t, either. You say several of your lower teeth feel like your upper tooth felt. That is difficult to understand, but if you have nervy pain, it indicates exposed dentin. That can be as...

Dentistry: saliva, clogged saliva gland, acute care clinic
clogged saliva gland, acute care clinic, fever blister: Hi kathleen, Thanks for the question. Kathleen please understand that without having the benefit of actually seeing your husband I may not be completely accurate in my statement. Perhaps you can take a closeup photo of the lesion and send it to me...

Dentistry: severe face pain., mouth abcess, panuveitis
mouth abcess, panuveitis, sinus infection: Louise - Of course, without examining you I cannot be sure, but it sounds like you are definitely having dental problems that need to be addressed. The pain you are having behind your eye and across your forehead could just be caused by jaw muscles in spasm....

Dentistry: "This shouldn't hurt" - TMJ or what?, temple region, jaw muscles
temple region, jaw muscles, emergency appointment: Samantha - I cannot be totally sure without examining you, but your symptoms can actually be due to spasms of the jaw muscles. These muscles are from the bottom of the jaw to the temple region, with attachments in front of the ear. When these spasms occur...

Dentistry: side effects, steve litwin, facial swelling
steve litwin, facial swelling, preexisting condition: Hi Jo, Thanks for the question. Jo what you are describing does not sound like a result of the anesthetic. It could be coincidental with a virus that she contracted and it may just need to run its course. Jo, do you know how bad the cavitie(s) were that...

Dentistry: small cyst on palate, retention cyst, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
retention cyst, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, soft palate: Natan - If the lemon juice does not help, removal of the gland would be appropriate. I don t know the type of doctor you have seen so far, but you should get yourself examined by a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. I wish you well and hope...

Dentistry: son has knocked out 2 teeth[not baby teeth], gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, baby teeth: Hi Malcolm, I m sorry to hear this has happened to your son. I am REALLY glad you wrote. Trauma is something that needs to be handled correctly, the first time, because you usually only get one chance. I would suggest that you ask for a referral to an endodontist...

Dentistry: split in bottom gum, dentist appointment, front teeth
dentist appointment, front teeth, labial frenum: Dear Debra: It sounds like she has a labial frenum that is attached too high on her gum around her front teeth. She will need a dentist or an oral surgeon to nip this, and re-attach it at a lower level. The procedure is a relatively minor one, and should...

Dentistry: split gum, grinding, clenching
grinding, clenching, bruxism: If the crown needs to be constantly recemented, it is very likely at least you will need the crown replaced if not more. If the gum has split above the crown, it could be due to many different reasons. I would have the dentist evaluate the condition of the...

Dentistry: stained teeth!, concentrated bleach, fixed brace
concentrated bleach, fixed brace, whitening toothpaste: Dear Nadia: After the braces come off, the first thing to try is bleaching. Begin with a whitening toothpaste (Aquafresh Whitening) and Crest Whitestrips. You can buy them anywhere, and they are relatively inexpensive. Go through two packages, wearing...

Dentistry: supernumerary tooth, supernumerary teeth, both with regard
supernumerary teeth, both with regard, gumboil: Dear katkat: at this point, I cannot be sure that the tooth that was removed was the tooth that was causing the infection. Your uncle is correct. Contact an orthodontist immediately for an evaluation, both with regard to the persistent infection and the growth...

Dentistry: surgical upper palatal expansion, functional relationship, arches
functional relationship, arches, surgeries: Callie - It is a little difficult for me to tell you if the proposed approach is correct. In general, the palatal expansion is a good surgery to accomodate the mandibular set back. You will notice a much better bite relationship with the expansion of the...

Dentistry: swollen tender gums after root canal, gary backlund, tender gums
gary backlund, tender gums, clindamycin: Hi Judy, Sometimes the bacteria present are not sensitive to the antibiotic chosen. Clindamycin is a very good antibiotic but does not work on ALL bacteria. It sounds like you need another type of antibiotic, so you should call your dentist and ask for...

Dentistry: Teeth Filing, misaligned jaw, tmj symptoms
misaligned jaw, tmj symptoms, upper teeth: Under certain circumstances it is not unusual to adjust the bite by reshaping a few teeth. Because the bite has been suddenly adjusted it may feel unusual until one becomes accustomed to the change. Occlusal splint therapy is often used in cases of tmj disorder...

Dentistry: Teeth Grinding, night splint, neck stiffness
night splint, neck stiffness, jaw muscles: Diane - One of the problems with repeated grinding of the teeth is that the jaw muscles often go into spasm. These spasms can produce the neck stiffness you have, but it can also produce headaches in the temple region and some stiffness opening and closing...

Dentistry: Teeth shifting after extraction, smyrna tn dentist
smyrna tn dentist: Michelle, Tough question to answer...teeth can very likely shift following removal and it is impossible to predict how much and how quickly the teeth will shift. Without seeing your teeth, I would discuss your concerns with your dentist to see if anything...

Dentistry: TMJ, wet washcloth, warm salt water
wet washcloth, warm salt water, jaw muscles: Krista - Popping and cracking sounds can be joint trauma, but often the initial symptom is headaches and stiffness opening and closing the mouth. The cause of the headaches is usually due to spasms of the jaw muscles. That is often the initial cause of more...

Dentistry: TMJ Advice, oral appliances, bottom teeth
oral appliances, bottom teeth, new bite: Natalia, Dr. Rozenberg made me a very very good nightguard. He also gives ultrasound for TMJ pain. The only other dental work he did for me was to replace a large silver filling. I use a dentist that is closer to my area for my regular dental work....

Dentistry: TMJ and root canal, skilled doctor, nightguard
skilled doctor, nightguard, mouth guard: Maddy - If your root canal tooth is giving you pain, it is, most likely, not the night guard producing it. The nightguard, if anything, reduces trauma to the tooth. If the tooth is still in pain, it has to do with the root canal. It could be within the...

Dentistry: Toddler Teeth, pediatric dentist, dental development
pediatric dentist, dental development, x ray: There is nothing that you can do to help out with this process. If your son still seems to be lagging in his dental development an examination by a pediatric dentist would be recommended at age 2-3. If possible an x-ray can be taken at that time to further...

Dentistry: Tooth extraction, dentist antioch tn
dentist antioch tn: Richie, Unfortunately I have heard of this, and this is the typical patient I encounter who is scared out of their wits because of what you have described. I have never done this before as if that much force is needed, then the tooth was not removed as...

Dentistry: Tooth Injury, tooth injury, hygenist
tooth injury, hygenist, mild pain: If it were to darken, it would darken very slowly and I have never seen it occur overnight. There is nothing you can do to prevent it as the source of the discoloration occurs within the tooth. I would recommend having it periodically check at your biannual...

Dentistry: Tooth movement after first molar extraction, molar extraction, tooth movement
molar extraction, tooth movement, human mouth: Dear Ratan: The answer has nothing to do with opinion or a four year rule (there is no such thing, by the way). It is a known fact to all dentists that the human mouth will not tolerate a change in the dentition without a compensatory action. When a tooth...

Dentistry: Tooth movement after first molar extraction, molar extraction, tooth movement
molar extraction, tooth movement, tooth replacement: Hi Ratan, Thanks for the question. When teeth are extracted and not replaced the concern is that other teeth will migrate such that the occlussion (how the teeth come together) could be adversely affected. Furthermore, there is also the strong possibility...

Dentistry: Tooth pain after filling, local anaesthetic, jaw pain
local anaesthetic, jaw pain, tooth ache: Dear John: It is common for a tooth with such a deep cavity to be sensitive for several weeks after filling. I advise my patients to take ibuprofen, 2 every 4 hours, as this helps to reduce the inflammation in the nerve, as well as relieve the sensitivity...

Dentistry: Tooth Sensitivity, sensodyne toothpaste, dentist appointment
sensodyne toothpaste, dentist appointment, new dentist: Dear Maria: Placing new fillings in teeth that have chronic sensitivity will tend to make them more sensitive for a while, after which they calm down. Sometimes a high bite, or thin or no enamel at the gumline, or you clenching your teeth, will prolong this...

Dentistry: Toothache after filling., rare occurance, coedine
rare occurance, coedine, ear ache: Dear Matt: You are right, it is essentially impossible for me to give you a diagnosis. However, if the filling is not too deep, then the composite restoration could be the culprit. This is not a rare occurance. It is reported up to 20-25%. What is normally...

Dentistry: Tori Removal, oral surgery, lavergne dentist
oral surgery, lavergne dentist, locate dentist: Dave, It sounds like the tori are very thick and are impinging on the gum tissue. If the tissue is really thin around the tori, the tissue will ulcerate and cause a great deal of localized soreness. The pain goes away because the bone splinter falls out...

Dentistry: my teeth expander, new pair of shoes, couple days
new pair of shoes, couple days, couple of days: It depends on why they put the expander on and how quickly you respond to therapy. It may or may not depending on what they are trying to accomplish. You will get used to it...kind of like buying a new pair of shoes that you always feel when you first buy...

Dentistry: temporary crown, skin inflammation, going to the dentist
skin inflammation, going to the dentist, layers of skin: Preparing a tooth for a crown is similar to abrading the skin (rubbing off several layers of skin until it bleeds). This causes inflammation, which is the beginning of healing. Sometimes the inflammation in a tooth nerve, rather than healing, becomes more...

Dentistry: tmj, alpha stim 100, tmj dentist
alpha stim 100, tmj dentist, ultrasound treatments: Vicki, I wear a hard bottom fitting nightguard every night. Dr. Barry Rozenberg made it for me (he s in the NY area). He also gave me ultrasound treatments. If you can see him, he s really good and treats a lot of TMJ. I found it took a long time to find...

Dentistry: tooth, implant, sedation
implant, sedation, dental sedation: Implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and usually have very minimal discomfort. Sedation is an option for the implants but typically not necessary as it not typically painful procedure...I feel having a tooth removed is much more uncomfortable...

Dentistry: My front tooth is black, root canals, family dentistry
root canals, family dentistry, cosmetic dentist: Hi Monica, Thanks for the question and don t despair. Monica has anyone tested the nerve in the tooth to see if it is alive/healthy? I suspect that it may be necrotic meaning dead and a low grade chronic infection may be present that has not bee addressed....

Dentistry: tooth colour after root canal treatment, root canal treatment, dear mona
root canal treatment, dear mona, tooths: Dear Mona: Before you get veneers, crowns, or any other restoration, go to the dentist (preferably an Endodontist-the specialist in root canal treatment) and ask for something called Internal Bleaching. The discolored tooth is opened from the back side,...

Dentistry: tooth extraction, gauze pad, gum tissue
gauze pad, gum tissue, blood circulation: Dear Kylie: I am sorry to hear that you are in pain. However, without a proper examination, I cannot possibly give you a diagnosis. I can tell you, however, that you must brush your teeth very well, yes, even in the extracted area. Make sure that you are...

Dentistry: tooth falling into pieces, dental fears, brushing my teeth
dental fears, brushing my teeth, little pieces: It s hard to say because I don t know what your tooth looks like. Usually when the area that needs a filling is large, the dentist will put a crown rather than a huge filling because large fillings can crack and the crown is stronger. Many people have dental...

Dentistry: tooth fragements after tooth extraction, tooth fragments, bone fragment
tooth fragments, bone fragment, bone fragments: Dear Emily: Sometimes your story is just unexplainable. It may be that the bone was so infected that osteomyelitis had set in. True osteomyelitis is rare, and very difficult to diagnose. We usually cannot visualize the bone surrounding the infected tooth,...

Dentistry: tooth implant, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, top gum
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, top gum, dentist office: Vicky - I wish I could tell you something different, but it sounds like the implant is failing. Recurrent infections associated with implants is not good. The use of dexamethasone, if there is an infection there, is totally wrong and can allow the infection...

Dentistry: tooth injury, tooth injury, front teeth
tooth injury, front teeth, x rays: Hi again Terry, Let me try to answer your questions..... 1]If a tooth is fractured is it true that it cannot be saved? It really depends on where the fracture is and how loose the tooth is. If the fracture is just at the very end of the tooth, it...

Dentistry: toothache, root canal treatment, radiograph
root canal treatment, radiograph, abscess: It s hard to say. It s very possible that it could be an abscess, but you can see it in your mouth. It looks like a pink pimple. If it s draining, it ll look a bit different with a hole inside and yellow colored pus. A radiograph will tell if you need the...

Dentistry: top right k9 tooth, children, pediatric dentistry
children, pediatric dentistry, cavities: If you pushed something under the gum and have not been able to retrieve it, you could be dealing with a gum abscess. Have a dentist evaluate it as it could be something as simple as a foreign body trapped under the gums where you can t get it. Dr....

Dentistry: treatment for TMJ pain, jaw muscles, muscle relaxants
jaw muscles, muscle relaxants, joint dislocation: Dana - The continued usage of the night guard only at night is okay. You should not use it at all during the day time. So wearing it as much as possible is not how the appliance was designed. It relieves the subconcious stresses of the jaw muscles due to...

Dentistry: Underbite, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, cosmetic appearance
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, cosmetic appearance, new bite: Anne - Depending on the size of both the upper and lower jaws as compared to a normal range, the jaws can widened, made narrower, tilt them or alter the bite. So there are many options. Without knowing the specific facts it is a little tough for me to tell...

Dentistry: Upper right jaw pain, no sinus problems, gary backlund, nasal cavity
gary backlund, nasal cavity, bone graft: Hi Mike, I m sorry to hear you re having problems. After all this time, it is doubtful that the extraction of #3 and the hole are connected with your present problem. But, the pain is coming from somewhere, that s for sure. If I were you, I d start with...

Dentistry: Upper wisdom teeth removel, wisdom teeth, sinus infections
wisdom teeth, sinus infections, proper proportion: Hi Emily, Thanks for the question. I am a bit confused. You said that the issue is that your upper jaw did not grow adequately and that your lower jaw is in proper proportion? If this is true then you will undergo a surgical procedure called a Laforte procedure...

Dentistry: undiagnosed pain, www.nashvillefirstimpressions.net
www.nashvillefirstimpressions.net: The tooth aching likely has nothing to do with the gums and more to the fact that the crown is close to the nerve. For the 6mm pocket to go to a 3mm pocket is a significant improvement. I would see if the dentist can put you on a mouthrinse called Peridex...

Dentistry: uneven bite/raised tooth, grinding, clenching
grinding, clenching, bruxism: Without seeing the teeth in question, its hard to comment on whats going on. I can definitely say that root canal teeth definitely need crowns and as soon as possible as root canals on back teeth need further protection or they can fracture catastrophically...

Dentistry: front upper cavity, steve litwin, dental drill
steve litwin, dental drill, front teeth: Hi Simon, Thanks for the question. Simon fillings are routinely placed on front teeth. Access depends on where the decay is and the extent of the filling will determine if a filling can be placed versus a crown. As long as there is sufficient tooth structure...

Dentistry: using electrode to test if nerve is living, all-around the head x-ray, gary backlund, great conductor
gary backlund, great conductor, electric impulse: Hi Ellian, In our office, we never remove crowns to do testing. If a tooth has a crown on it, we use ice to test to see if the tooth is alive. The metal of the crown is a GREAT conductor of cold and gives us pretty reliable information. As for the electrical...

Dentistry: vitality testing, gary backlund, gutta percha
gary backlund, gutta percha, false positives: HI Charlie, We don t use hot very often since cold is much more reliable. We use hot only when we can t get good results other tests AND the patient reports hot sensitivity. We don t use gutta percha either, we use very hot water. The advantage is we can...

Dentistry: Wisdom Teeth, department of forensic medicine, forensic odontologist
department of forensic medicine, forensic odontologist, wisdom teeth: Dee - Having removed thousands of wisdom teeth over my career, I can honestly tell you that I have never seen any facial changes with the removal of those teeth. What does happen, however, is that with the extractions your face can swell and many look at...

Dentistry: Wisdom Teeth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bone graft
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bone graft, wisdom teeth: Matt - If the tooth socket is still unhealed and there is a hole exposing the root of the tooth in front, you need to have the socket filled with a bone graft, after it is cleaned out, and then the area sutured to close the hole. This should be done soon....

Dentistry: Wisdom Teeth Extraction, wisdom teeth extraction, panorex
wisdom teeth extraction, panorex, dear doctor: Elzabeth - Throughout life, all teeth erupt and move forward in the mouth. These movements are stopped if the tooth hits another tooth. The prevention of forward movement is the tooth next to it. If it is lost the tooth behind will begin to tip over. ...

Dentistry: Wisdom Tooth cavity and Course of Action, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, tooth cavity
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, tooth cavity, root canal treatment: Ronald - Root canal treatment on a wisdom tooth is a little difficult. The internal anatomy of the nerves is so varied and makes the root canal treatment a little difficult. With the extensive decay, I think removing the tooth would be best. That extraction...

Dentistry: Wisdom Tooth Extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom teeth
wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom teeth, dry socket: Dry socket is fairly common after having wisdom teeth removed. What you are describing is exactly what most patients report when having a dry socket. I think you are experiencing normal postop discomfort. I would give it 3-4 more days and if no improvement,...

Dentistry: Wisdom Tooth Healing Process, gum graft, tooth fragment
gum graft, tooth fragment, warm salt water: Sean - At this stage, a month after the extraction, it is not totally unusual for a socket to not heal completely, especially if excess trauma was applied (the removal of the tooth fragment). The most important thing you can do to encourage a more normal...

Dentistry: Wisdom teeth removal, chronic sinus infections, wisdom teeth removal
chronic sinus infections, wisdom teeth removal, rare occurrences: Dear Emily: With all of your concerns about all of the relatively complex procedures you describe, I don t understand why you are considering going forward with them. Removing upper wisdom teeth rarely causes chronic sinus infections or headaches. But you...

Dentistry: Wisdom teeth removal, wisdom teeth removal, steve litwin
wisdom teeth removal, steve litwin, overbite: Hi Omar, Thanks for the question. As far as I am aware of removing wisdom teeth has no effect on changing the overbite. Unless there has been a major shift in your occlussion (the way your teeth come togther) some other issue may be the cause for your change...

Dentistry: Wisdom tooth extraction now pain and odor, wisdom tooth extraction, pain meds
wisdom tooth extraction, pain meds, amoxicillian: Dear Stephanie: While it is not common to have the issues you describe, it does happen in about 7% of wisdom tooth extractions. Sometimes this is simply painful healing, and may require added pain medication. The smell is usually infection, and should resolve...

Dentistry: white spot and yellow teeth, yellow teeth, dear mary
yellow teeth, dear mary, moss: Dear Mary, would like to be of service but there is not enough information in your description for me to help you. Can you send a picture or be a little more descriptive, is it all the teeth, the biting edge, the bottom third, etc. All the best,...

Dentistry: wiggling teeth, 5357 Mt. View Rd. Antioch TN 37013
5357 Mt. View Rd. Antioch TN 37013: I would go see a dentist as by age 16, you should have lost all of your baby teeth at this point. I really can t say without seeing what your teeth are doing. I would definitely consult a dentist to find out if you have any baby teeth remaining, and if not,...

Dentistry: wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, gum line
wisdom tooth extraction, gum line, brief and to the point: Shauna - I hate to tell you this, but leaving it just leaves you very vulnerable to developing an infection of the tooth and the sinus. You need to have the tooth removed. Of course, without examining you I cannot be 100% sure, but the extraction looks quite...

Dentistry: wisdom tooth root canal, wisdom teeth, dentist visit
wisdom teeth, dentist visit, wisdom tooth: Dear Chris : I am not from Peru and with 11 grand you can actually have 15 dental implants here 1. i work and live at Peru ; but in general way dentists MUST explain their patients about their treatment plan (remember that in US you can ask for a second...

Dentistry: 1 yr old molar looks like its stuck under gum, pediatric dentist, bubble sort
pediatric dentist, bubble sort, molar: This should be seen by a pediatric dentist who can determine what should be done. It is quite possible that the gum needs to be cut (a minor procedure) to release the fluid around the tooth and allow the tooth to come through. That way the gum can heal,...

Dentistry: 12 year molars in a 6 year old?, 12 year molars, 6 year molars
12 year molars, 6 year molars, second molars: You ve asked a number of medical questions and one dental question. I am qualified to respond to your dental question only... is there a possibility she is cutting her 12 year molars? Yes, in view of the very early appearance of her dentition it is possible...

Dentistry: 12 year old molars, molars, water rinse
molars, water rinse, dear doctor: You are experiencing normal discomfort of your 12 year old molars cutting through the gums. It is normal to have gum soreness and discomfort. I would focus on keeping them clean with salt water rinse or Listerine and would consult a dentist if the pain does...

Dentistry: #15 molar abscess, endodonist, endodontist
endodonist, endodontist, root canal: Hard to say without doing an evaluation but it sounds like you are saying the tooth is not infected(abscessed) but very aggravated and sensitive. Depending on the symptoms and duration, a root canal might be viable option but the endodontist might be ruling...

Dentistry: my 18month old son, root canal treatment, pedodontist
root canal treatment, pedodontist, cavities: Hello Nikki. Yes, these cavities should be treated at earliest otherwise they will increase in size and can reach the deeper layers of teeth. Then they may require root canal treatment or even extraction. In other words you need to see a pedodontist for your...

Dentistry: 2 year old, cold compresses, topical anesthetic
cold compresses, topical anesthetic, oragel: That is very likely and very normal. Consider some children s Oragel or using cold compresses or cold foods. Cold foods can help numb the area as well as biting into the cold provides pressure that helps relieve some of the soreness. Oragel is a topical anesthetic...

Dentistry: My 2 year old daughters's crowns fell out, stainless steel crowns, adult teeth
stainless steel crowns, adult teeth, pediatric dentist: It is not normal for crowns to fall out immediately after being put on. Long term use of fluoride should pose no problem as long as the fluoride is not swallowed since ingested fluoride is dose sensitive. I m not familiar with Gel-Cam but I question the...

Dentistry: 2 yr old with minor cavities, history of anesthesia, general anesthesia
history of anesthesia, general anesthesia, local anesthesia: Dear Corrie, you are correct to worry about general anesthesia, especially for a young child. My strong suggestion is clean the teeth twice daily with a little piece of gauze and a bit of a good fluoride toothpaste. This will dramatically slow up the caries...

Dentistry: 6-yr old rapid tooth lose, adult teeth, bottom teeth
adult teeth, bottom teeth, front teeth: I am not aware of anything called a 1st year molar . Perhaps you are referring to a primary first molar in which case age 6 is a bit young for that tooth to fall out. I would be curious enough to recommend taking a complete x-ray series or a panoramic x-ray...

Dentistry: 8 year old dental question, adult teeth, dental question
adult teeth, dental question, bottom teeth: While it is rather unusual for so many permanent teeth to emerge at this young age it is certainly not unheard of. I had a patient many years ago who lost her last baby tooth at age 8. She went on to have a terrific dentition although she did need orthodontic...

Dentistry: 83 year old - apiicoetomy or extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, apicoectomy
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, apicoectomy, skilled surgeon: Margi - An apicoectomy if done by a skilled surgeon is a simple surgical procedure. Especially with her medical history, the more significant procedure of extraction plus implant should be avoided if possible. So my recommendation is for you to take her...

Dentistry: Advice, upper molar, abutment teeth
upper molar, abutment teeth, dental situation: Dear Jack: You are correct!!! Here are the steps I would take to remedy your situation: Visit 1: 1. Take proper impressions of BOTH your arches. 2. Have my technician fabricate a high quality, heat and pressure cured, long term, acrylic provisional....

Dentistry: Alergic reaction to Invislign, aligntech, aligners
aligntech, aligners, invisalign: I have not heard of this before. I suggest you speak with your orthodontist and ask him/her to inquire with the folks at Aligntech about previously reported cases of allergic reaction to the plastic. Also consider the possibility that your reaction may not...

Dentistry: Anesthesia during Root Canal, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, tooth roots
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, tooth roots, apicoectomy: Lisa - I think what you mean by saying that the root canal will be finished by going through the side of your gum, is that you will be undergoing a surgical procedure, called an apicoectomy. That procedure involves cleaning the infected bone at the end of...

Dentistry: Anesthetic error, gary backlund, root canal treatment
gary backlund, root canal treatment, nerve damage: Hi Richard, I m sorry you have experienced all this. Unfortunately, what happened to you occurs from time to time. The burning you felt was when the anesthetic and/or needle came in contact with DIRECTLY with the nerve....a bull s eye. When that happens,...

Dentistry: Apicoectomy sutures split, gary backlund, root canal treatment
gary backlund, root canal treatment, absess: Hi Maggie, Unfortunately, sometimes sutures don t close properly. I m sorry this is happening to you. Since I can t exam the situation, it s hard for me to really tell you what the next step might be. I would suggest that you call your dentist, explain...

Dentistry: abcess after tooth extraction, sinus cavity, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
sinus cavity, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, cheek bone: Lisa - Theresa there are many surgeons in Lansing, but there are also in another large city, Saginaw, that is not too far away. The following are board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons. 1) Dr. John Faber - Lansing -(517) 323-1000 2) Dr....

Dentistry: abscessed teeth, dental situation, bone infection
dental situation, bone infection, abscessed teeth: Rene - Antibiotics alone, cannot remove infection in a dental situation. The source of the infection, a tooth or bone infection, needs to be fixed and then the antibiotic will help to calm down the infection. You need to tell me what the source of the infection...

Dentistry: absessed tooth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water, dangerous approach: Rosemarie - Antibiotics do not eliminate the infection, but only helps to contain it. Your dentist was totally wrong in just giving you the antibiotic and not trying to eliminate the source of the infection. If a tooth is the cause, either he should have...

Dentistry: amoxil and infection, amoxil, abscess
amoxil, abscess, antibiotic: Sounds like you are having a reaction to the antibiotic, and I would discontinue it if you continue to have those symptoms. You need to get in to see a dentist ASAP so that they can change your antibiotic regimen. Even though the abscess is no longer present,...

Dentistry: apico procedure or tooth extraction, root canal therapy, endodentist
root canal therapy, endodentist, sinus lift: Dear Jan: The answer to your question has nothing to do with respect. It has to do with two factors: Prognosis, and Economics. What you need to do is to carefully evaluate the integrity and functionality of the bridge. If there are no caries (decay),...

Dentistry: BABY ROOT CANAL, oral gel, restorative material
oral gel, restorative material, tooth structure: The appropriate restorative material will depend on the amount of tooth material that has been lost due to the decay. We prefer to use the white material since that bonds directly to the tooth structure and forms an excellent seal to prevent leakage around...

Dentistry: Baby Root Canal or Extraction 4 yrs, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, root canal: Hi James, I m sorry your daughter is going through all this. You are getting excellent advice! Everything you say is right on. There is no difference between trauma and decay as a cause of baby root canals and if I were the father, there is no doubt I would...

Dentistry: Baby Root Canal or Extraction 4 yrs, root canals, front tooth
root canals, front tooth, root canal: The greatest difference between the trauma and the decay is that with decay the nerve canal is likely to be infected by the decay. That is not the case with the trauma situation if the procedure is done before the tooth has had a chance to deteriorate. In...

Dentistry: Baby Root Canal vs. Extraction, root canal procedure, space maintainer
root canal procedure, space maintainer, permanent teeth: It is my opinion that preserving the tooth, if at all possible, will provide a better guide for the permanent tooth. If the primary tooth cannot reasonably be preserved with a root canal procedure then extraction and a space maintainer is a good second choice....

Dentistry: Baby tooth intruded into gum, spontaneous eruption, pediatric dentist
spontaneous eruption, pediatric dentist, permanent tooth: Dear Tiziana, re-eruption of the intruded tooth can occur that means pushed tooth can come out of its own over a period of time. Tooth is injured at a early age so there are less chances of injury to the permanent tooth which is inside the bone. In short,...

Dentistry: Very Bad Taste in Mouth, gary backlund, bad taste in mouth
gary backlund, bad taste in mouth, bad taste in my mouth: Hi Cathy, I m sorry you re going through all this. I would agree with your endodontist...once a root canal has been done, there is no mechanism left inside the tooth to feel cold. The nerve has been removed. Even if the root canal has been done poorly,...

Dentistry: Bi-Max Surgery, neck stiffness, jaw muscles
neck stiffness, jaw muscles, facial muscles: Tristan - With the improper alignment of the upper to lower jaw, your upper teeth are not in alignment with the lower. Of course, I cannot be sure, but it sounds like the surgeon under or over rotated the upper jaw. Teeth are the foundation of the face....

Dentistry: Bicuspid pain, root canal specialists, wisdom teeth
root canal specialists, wisdom teeth, bicuspids: You are leaving out one person that you have not consulted with: an endodontist. They are root canal specialists that can give you more feedback on whats going on what is the best course of treatment. I would be more inclined to have them evaluated and saved...

Dentistry: Black on crown of back molars, dentist appointment, dental crown
dentist appointment, dental crown, molars: Hi Michelle, Do you have a dental crown on the tooth? If so, then this is normal if the crown was made with a metal base. You are either seeing the actual metal, or the oxidizing effects of the metal on the surrounding gums. If these teeth do not have...

Dentistry: Black stains, dental kit, molars
dental kit, molars, thin line: Dear Julie, not a cavity, comes from your saliva, totally harmless and only seen in people who have no cavities. Lucky you. If it really bugs you because you are concerned with your appearance take a little AJAX or COMET cleaning powder, place it on a...

Dentistry: Blisters, front teeth, temporary solution
front teeth, temporary solution, blisters: Hard to say without seeing but sounds like you may be experiencing infection around that tooth. The blisters typically are pockets of infection as a result of the tooth becoming infected. Attempting to drain them yourself may be a temporary solution but it...

Dentistry: Bone fragment, bone fragment, xray
bone fragment, xray, dentist: Its not unusual to see this, as the fragment could could be small piece of bone or root that may have been dislodged from within the socket. It will likely come out on its own but if you start to experience symptoms, I would definitely have a dentist take...

Dentistry: Bone graft, bone graft, oral surgery
bone graft, oral surgery, fosamax: Christina - I don t think any doctor knows if you will have a problem. It is definitely true that those on Fosamax or other medications to fight osteoporosis occasionally have problems with oral surgery. Will that be your case, I don t know. In general,...

Dentistry: Bone Loss, oral bacteria, systemic antibiotics
oral bacteria, systemic antibiotics, soft tissues: first, dont be afraid 100 % of cases of bone loss can be treated but diagnosis must be done quickly because of the quantity of bone loss Most of the cases of bone loss is because oral bacteria located at calculus around teeth (after you remove calculus,...

Dentistry: Braces & Jaw Surgery, palate expander, tmj symptoms
palate expander, tmj symptoms, ear discomfort: Hi Elizabeth Jaw surgery is not to be undertaken lightly, and it doesn t sound to me like the right thing to do! Surgery should really only be carried out on people with major jaw discrepancies, because the surgery is major and the risks to you, your teeth...

Dentistry: Braces & Jaw Surgery, palate expander, tmj symptoms
palate expander, tmj symptoms, ear discomfort: Elizabeth - There are two main reasons that orthognathic surgery (jaw repositioning or recontouring)is necessary. First, when the teeth on the upper jaw and the teeth on the lower jaw cannot touch due to an inequality of sizes of the two jaws. The second...

Dentistry: Brittle Teeth, brittle teeth, gum line
brittle teeth, gum line, cavities: It sounds like both...I would have your dentist evaluate what is going on. There are rare tooth disorders that affect development of teeth that make teeth more brittle and susceptible to fracture. I would definitely recommend you get your teeth evaluated before...

Dentistry: Brocken retainer, types of retainers, clean break
types of retainers, clean break, protective case: There are many different types of retainers and they can break in various different ways. Generally, the appliance will break if excessive force is applied to the appliance, usually when it is not in the mouth. The most frequent breakage occurs by putting...

Dentistry: Broken metal band, gary backlund, jaw pain
gary backlund, jaw pain, dental insurance: Hi Kathryn, I m sorry you re going through this. If the pain you are having is associated with the tooth, then something is going on. Even if it isn t, the fact you are noticing a space that wasn t there could mean things have changed. You really need to...

Dentistry: Brushing, bristle brush, oral hygiene
bristle brush, oral hygiene, spam report: Dear Mike: Yes. It is possible to overbrush. However, mostly, the problem is not brushing enough, or well enough. The important thing is to use a SOFT bristle brush and replace it regularly. As soon as the bristles start bending out, the brush should...

Dentistry: baby teeth, molar teeth, baby molars
molar teeth, baby molars, permanent teeth: Dear Barbara, The baby teeth are important, especially the ones in the back of the mouth, they guide the permanent teeth into place. For example the back primary (baby) molars are not scheduled to be lost for at least 7 more years. Early loss and the teeth...

Dentistry: bad tongue, accurate diagnosis, white stuff
accurate diagnosis, white stuff, tastebuds: I m not so sure you have a bad tongue, sherie. It may just be that you are looking at the major tastebuds for bitter, which are located at the back of your tongue. You will want to see your doctor or dentist for a more accurate diagnosis, and treatment if...

Dentistry: black stains/spots on teeth, gluten allergy, cavities
gluten allergy, cavities, gauze: Dear Shannon, try a little AJax or Comet, sink or dish cleaner on a little piece of gauze, that should make them go away . relax then are harmless and come from your saliva, also they are the reason you have very few or no cavities. All the best, Dr....

Dentistry: Did my blood clot fall out?, dry sockets, warm salt water
dry sockets, warm salt water, wisdom tooth: Sue - Blood clots in sockets after the extractions are quite variable in appearance. Usually minor irritation or trauma does not destroy or move the clot. Repeated manipulations can produce a problem. It does not sound like you were really abusive. It...

Dentistry: bone generation for dental implants, blood vessel growth, distraction osteogenesis
blood vessel growth, distraction osteogenesis, support teeth: Jennifer - An onlay graft, usually is not used to widen the bone. To widen it, usually the jaw is split and the graft placed into the split area for new bone formation. Especially on the lower jaw, an onlay graft would require an incision to reflect the...

Dentistry: bone grafting for implants improve soft tissue?, alveolar bone, bone graft
alveolar bone, bone graft, dental implants: No,I m saying that the teeth definately support the facial musculature and tissues but in order to achieve the desired appearance a mockup of the replacement teeth will prop up your face as if the case was finished.If when the mockup is done you see a significant...

Dentistry: braces to reopen extraction site, lingual braces, overjet
lingual braces, overjet, dental implants: I m not familiar with the use of the pendulum appliance with adults. TADs are something entirely different and they are used with adults in difficult and challenging situations like yours. I cannot comment on fees since they vary greatly from one situation...

Dentistry: bridge replacement, root canal specialist, root canals
root canal specialist, root canals, gold bridge: Amilcare - The removal of the bridge and the root canals can be done by a qualified general dentist. If, however, you wish to see a specialist for both procedures, the root canal would be done by a root canal specialist, endodontist, and the bridge would...

Dentistry: bridge gone wrong, partial denture, hi chris
partial denture, hi chris, regrowth: Hi Chris The best option would be the implants - although a partial denture would be OK - it really depends what you want? If you don t mind the thought of a partial denture then go for that - you can always upgrade to implants later if you want to....

Dentistry: broken post in root canal, gary backlund, ultrasonic instrument
gary backlund, ultrasonic instrument, new crown: Hi Judy, Without being able to exam you and see an Xray, it s hard for me to tell you accurately how that will be done, however, in almost all cases, it is possible to use a hollow drill and cut a small area around the post to loosen it and then extract...

Dentistry: broken tooth repair, upper molar, tooth repair
upper molar, tooth repair, broken tooth: It really depends on the size of the filling, location, symptoms present and the bite. So to answer your question, hard to say without seeing. I can appreciate the dentist being conservative in nature as I am very conservative but it really depends on the...

Dentistry: bump behind incoming tooth, primary tooth, front teeth
primary tooth, front teeth, permanent tooth: Dear Kayla, you might want to have a dentist look in your baby s mouth. Most children don t erupt their first tooth until around 6 months. If your child has a tooth now it may be his primary tooth but it would be a little unusual. I am sure there is no...

Dentistry: Caps or No caps, remote option, front teeth
remote option, front teeth, necessary strength: The decision to place crowns rather than fillings must be based on the extent of the decay and the remaining structure of the tooth after the decay is removed. The remaining tooth must be strong enough to contain the filling without breaking. Otherwise a...

Dentistry: Child Molar?, pediatric dentist, pedodontist
pediatric dentist, pedodontist, child dentist: Mr Billie, its not common to have teeth at that age because milk/baby teeth(primary dentition )completes at about 3 years of age and first permanent tooth (Permanent first molar) erupts (comes)usually at 6 years of age. Please mention exact age of child(in...

Dentistry: Children/Loosing Teeth, children loosing teeth, permanent tooth
children loosing teeth, permanent tooth, dental checkups: I would not be concerned about this. As the permanent tooth begins to emerge the gums should heal around the new tooth. Hopefully, your child is being seen for routine dental checkups every six months and if this is not improved by his next visit then you...

Dentistry: Chipped front tooth crown bridge, partial denture, missing teeth
partial denture, missing teeth, tooth crown: I have also have several unsuccessful attempts to bond composite to the metal of a bridge and have came to the conclusion that it simply just does not work. Getting 32 years out of a bridge is a tremendous success and I would be very content with that. Having...

Dentistry: Cold sensitivity to wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom teeth
wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom teeth, cold sensitivity: Yes, it is likely that when the wisdom tooth was removed that the root of the tooth in front of it could have become exposed as a result of the surgery. An exposed root can cause thermal sensitivity to things such as cold and sweets. It not an infection and...

Dentistry: Concerning my Receding Gums, receding gums, natural peppermint
receding gums, natural peppermint, bee propolis: Dear Mat: I ll start this answer by saying that you re over the top . You have large teeth with very little, if any, gum recession. I don t know your age, so I ll imagine that you are relatively young (18-30). Based on your picture, your teeth have erupted...

Dentistry: Continuous pain after root canal, healthy teeth and gums, teeth and gums
healthy teeth and gums, teeth and gums, continuous pain: normally you do not have these issues. once root canals are done, things are usually back to normal. this is highly unusual. one possibility is some residual infection. see if the clindamycin works (it is a very good antibiotic for a flareup). if it still...

Dentistry: Core Build Up Charges, couple teeth, mouth restoration
couple teeth, mouth restoration, bridgework: Dear Kyle: If your dentist felt that there was a need for the buildups, and you agreed to his plan of treatment and costs, and if he did these buildups as planned, then you are responsible to pay. Unless you were watching him as he worked, and definitely...

Dentistry: Cosmetic dentistry or combination, rear molars, analysis paralysis
rear molars, analysis paralysis, good oral hygiene: 100% absolutely totally agree with the orthodontist!!!! This is more conservative and you can always get crowns later. I am conservative in nature so I side with the orthodontist first. Its not that either are wrong..but if it were me...I would want to do...

Dentistry: Cosmetic problem resulting from common dental procedure, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, scaling and root planning
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, scaling and root planning, cosmetic problem: Dee - I just don t know. I have never heard of a permanent change in the lip, unless the dentist actually injured the nerve. Since you don t still have numbness, the nerve was not injured. I wish I could give you an answer to the change in your lips, but,...

Dentistry: CROWNS, stainless steel crowns, pediatric dentist
stainless steel crowns, pediatric dentist, family dentist: As a pediatric dentist I often deal with this situation, and often I see youngsters who have not received appropriate treatment from their family dentist. That s not to say that some family dentists can t or don t manage children s dental needs properly....

Dentistry: Cracked tooth, cracked tooth, hard candy
cracked tooth, hard candy, temporary filling: It has to be examined to determine if the crack makes the tooth no longer restorable.If all this time you had a temporary filling I would be inclined to say the tooth is history.The tooth could be infected and you wouldn t feel a thing or it could swell up...

Dentistry: Crown, porcelain crown, gum line
porcelain crown, gum line, gold platinum: you can always ask for an all ceramic or zirconium/porcelain crown. there is no metal used here at all. they are strong and very esthetic. brand names here are lava crown or procera crown. ask your dentist about these? you will be very pleased. good luck,...

Dentistry: Crown, internal decay, back bottom
internal decay, back bottom, good solution: Mike - If the tooth does, in fact, have micro-fractures, they can be a source of leakage of saliva and the bacteria in saliva into the tooth. This might produce internal decay, which could affect the nerve. I cannot tell you if there are actual cracks, but...

Dentistry: Crown/Root Canal, crown inlay, wisdom tooth
crown inlay, wisdom tooth, root canal: Yes the pain can be an indicator for a root canal but you want to rule out grinding first as grinding can exacerbate or aggravate an already irritated tooth. You can have the tooth extracted but I would rule out the other things the dentist has mentioned prior...

Dentistry: Crowns, ceramic substrate, upper teeth
ceramic substrate, upper teeth, occlusion: Hi Sol The second type is much stronger so may last longer - appearance should be the same. A lot depends on which teeth are to be crowned and what your occlusion (bite) is like - your dentist should really advise you on this. Regards Tony Appleto...

Dentistry: Crowns, front teeth, esthetics
front teeth, esthetics, crowns: Depending on the esthetic situation, this is sometimes done so both front teeth complement each other better in color, length and symmetry. More commonly seen with veneers but is done from time to time with crowns as well. This is more aggressive but also...

Dentistry: "caine in the vein", heart palpitations, intense reaction
heart palpitations, intense reaction, racing heart: Yes to answer your question, if anesthetic is accidentally placed into a blood vessel such as a vein, you will likely experience all of the symptoms you described. I am basing this on the fact that you said you have never this type of reaction before to anesthetic....