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Dentistry: dis comfort after having a bridge put on, finished bridge, permanent bridge
finished bridge, permanent bridge, temporary bridge: Dear Albert, The flexibility of the typical temporary fixed bridge, as well as the softness of temporary cement, makes discomfort a common phenomenon in situations such as yours. This does not necessarily reflect on the success of treatment, unless the...

Dentistry: drank alochol after root canal treatment, root canal treatment, luck mark
root canal treatment, luck mark, flareup: Dear Gary, I very much doubt that the alcohol you consumed had anything to do with the flareup of that tooth-- it is probably a coincidence. However, the delayed onset of symptoms of infection is troubling, and may indicate a less than favorable root...

Dentistry: dry socket, dry socket, gauze
dry socket, gauze, healing process: Deena - You really cannot assist the healing properly. The dentist needs to irrigate the socket and place a gauze soaked in dry socket medication. This may need to be repeated daily in the beginning, then every 2 days, every 3 days, etc. until healed. ...

Dentistry: dry socket, dry sockets, dry socket
dry sockets, dry socket, brooklyn ny: Dear deena, When they develop, dry sockets usually first become manifest between three and ten days after the extraction, and usually last anywhere between five days and two weeks. Hope this helps... Mark Bornfeld DDS www.dentaltwins.com Brooklyn,...

Dentistry: Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and dental issues, ehlers danlos syndrome, gary backlund
ehlers danlos syndrome, gary backlund, dental care providers: Hi Cheryl, Thanks for the note. Actually, I had already Googled EDS to learn more about it. It is rare and I don t remember ever talking about it in school or in my continuing education courses. I take NO offense at your note.....we should all know more...

Dentistry: Electric Toothbrushes, dental hygenist, electric toothbrush
dental hygenist, electric toothbrush, viral contamination: Dave, I have yet to read a reliable study that compares the effectiveness of one electric toothbrush against another. I also have not seen any study that evaluates the relationship of brush head speed to effectiveness of the electric toothbrush. As a guideline,...

Dentistry: Endodontist says extract #14, going on cruise in week??, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, worth the risk
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, worth the risk, tooth pain: Michelle - The best solution is to have the tooth extracted, but to make sure there will be no problems with the extraction, I suggest that your dentist refer you to a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Letting your dentist remove the tooth may...

Dentistry: Ethics and standards in a practice., dentis office, voice mail
dentis office, voice mail, new dentist: Dear Sidney, If the events were as you have presented them, then the actions of your dentists are unconscionable. Dentists are legally and morally obligated to provide prompt treatment in matters of urgency, and an acute dental infection certainly qualifies...

Dentistry: Extraction, upper tooth, wisdom tooth
upper tooth, wisdom tooth, periodontal problems: Nina - Because of the position in the back of the mouth, a wisdom tooth is very difficult to properly keep it clean. Bacteria in you mouth, like all of us, tend to accumulate in the back of your mouth. That is why inflammation and secondary infection is...

Dentistry: Extractions & changing of a plan, upper teeth, brooklyn ny
upper teeth, brooklyn ny, treatment preferences: Dear Nadica, There is nothing rude about expressing your treatment preferences, and you have an absolute right to withhold consent to treatment you don t want. However, I would recommend that you confer with your dentist about the treatment plan, and any...

Dentistry: endodonist, gary backlund, oral surgeon
gary backlund, oral surgeon, root canal: Hi Opal, There are really only two other options. One would be to retreat the root canal and the other would be to do surgery on the ends of the roots. That may be something the oral surgeon does, so that s why you are being sent there. Let me know what...

Dentistry: endodontics, cold sensitivity, dental tooth
cold sensitivity, dental tooth, dental questions: Dear Kavya. If a some nonvital teeth can experience sensitivity to hot. Nonvital pulps do not feel cold sensitivity. Also they can have sensitivity to percussion and to chewing. Some have tenderness in the mucobuccal fold near the tooth s apex(end of...

Dentistry: endodontics (root canal therapy), root canal therapy, third molars
root canal therapy, third molars, searching the web: The indications/contraindications for performing endodontic therapy on third molars is no different than any other tooth. The anatomy is more variable; I wrote a paper on this that was published in the JOE a number of years ago with one of my residents, Stephanie...

Dentistry: epinephrine taking a M.A.O. Inhibitor, oral and maxillofacial surgery, local anesthetic
oral and maxillofacial surgery, local anesthetic, mao inhibitor: Connie - There are medications used to get you numb for quite a while. There is no reason they need to use a local anesthetic with epinephrine on you. It is not worth the risk. You can get a very disabling or life threatening reaction. The doctor who...

Dentistry: extra permanent teeth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, orthodontic brackets
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, orthodontic brackets, permanent teeth: Debbie - Over retained baby teeth can occasionally affect the eruption of the permanent teeth. When this occurs, the baby teeth will not break down and get loose and these baby teeth need to be extracted. Once extracted these overly retained baby teeth,...

Dentistry: extraction, warm salt water, purple dot
warm salt water, purple dot, white stuff: Marciela - Of course, without actually examining you, it is a little tough to be sure what is actually going on. Saying that, I think the purple dot is most likely an injection site. The white stuff around the gums is most likely a combination of new cells...

Dentistry: Failed Pulpotomy? Broken Filling? Bad Dentistry?, new dentist, primary teeth
new dentist, primary teeth, systemic signs: Problem #1 - When a pulpotomy fails it is usually due to the inability of the tooth to tolerate the procedure or the medication. It is not necessarily due to failure to completely remove the decay. When a pulpotomy fails and results in an abcess it is usually...

Dentistry: First Molar Broken, root cannel, chipped molar
root cannel, chipped molar, root canals: Dear Amit, The tooth in front of the wisdom tooth is called the second molar. If a second or first molar is lost or broken, no change in the way the face looks is noticeable. The front teeth and some of the side teeth do impact how the face looks, but certainly...

Dentistry: Fistula over third molar after root canal on 2nd molar, gary backlund, path of least resistance
gary backlund, path of least resistance, molar: Hi Laura, I m sorry to hear you re going through this. When a tooth drains via a fistula, the drainage goes through the path of least resistance....sometimes that can mean it will travel a very weird path and pop out in funny places. That s what may have...

Dentistry: bad taste after wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom tooth, vicodin es
Dentistry: bad taste after wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom tooth, vicodin es, advil

Dentistry: New crown adjustment., gum tissue, dentist office
Dentistry: New crown adjustment., gum tissue, dentist office, dear doctor

Dentistry: peridontal probing, topical anesthetic, light application
Dentistry: peridontal probing, topical anesthetic, light application, dental hygienist

Dentistry: Rhinoplasty - now maybe surgically assisted RME, ear nose and throat doctor, gummy smile
Dentistry: Rhinoplasty - now maybe surgically assisted RME, ear nose and throat doctor, gummy smile, ear nose and throat

Dentistry: surgical expansion of the maxilla, traditional psychiatry, simple sleep
Dentistry: surgical expansion of the maxilla, traditional psychiatry, simple sleep, sleep study

Dentistry: TMJ and TENS unit, neuromuscular dentistry, tmjd
Dentistry: TMJ and TENS unit, neuromuscular dentistry, tmjd, google

Dentistry: tooth - cell transplant, adult stem cells, personalization
Dentistry: tooth - cell transplant, adult stem cells, personalization, future development

Dentistry: tooth decay and gastric by-pass, gum infections, eye teeth
Dentistry: tooth decay and gastric by-pass, gum infections, eye teeth, dentist

Dentistry: tooth enamel erosion and celiac disease, celiac disease, enamel
Dentistry: tooth enamel erosion and celiac disease, celiac disease, enamel, nih

Dentistry: Unexplained tooth pain, nerve problem, face area
Dentistry: Unexplained tooth pain, nerve problem, face area, denist

Dentistry: facial reconstruction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom teeth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom teeth, facial reconstruction: Angela - Removal of the wisdom teeth might have a slight chance of causing a change, but any change would be minimal. You other option would be to make an appointment with a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Depending on the cause of the wideness,...

Dentistry: failed bridge., competent dentist, insurance money
competent dentist, insurance money, oral surgeon: Dear Paul: You are very kind. The first thing I would do is contact your state or local dental association, tell them your story, and ask for them to perform a Peer Review of your case. They will appoint one or more Peer Review dentists to examine your...

Dentistry: filling, tooth ache, resins
tooth ache, resins, decay: resins can be a little tender for a little while but should fade away. if sensitivity continues for a long time, you may need the resin removed and re-filled. i have done that a few times over the years and usually gets rid of the sensitivity. first make sure...

Dentistry: filling in bottom tooth, dentistry residency program, general dentistry
dentistry residency program, general dentistry, dental students: Dear Termikka: The only answer that I can give you, is the one you know I will... go see a dentist. There is probably decay under that filling, and left alone, it will progress and result in more damage to your tooth, eventually resulting in death of the...

Dentistry: freeze/numb, pain sensation, back tooth
pain sensation, back tooth, ill effects: Hi With this particular type of injection there is a risk of the needle touching the nerve - it is just one of those things that can happen and despite being rather unpleasant rarely causes any lasting ill effects. Just because this has happened to you...

Dentistry: Gap Between Crown and Opposing Tooth, metal burr, natural teeth
metal burr, natural teeth, tooth enamel: Dear CK: Unfortunately, the answer to your question is YES. I do not know what type of abrasive the assistant used on your teeth, however, any abrasive that is used to cut down acrylic can damage tooth enamel. I hope that you told the dentist about that....

Dentistry: My Grandson, reddened swollen gums,bleeding, red swollen gums, gums bleeding
red swollen gums, gums bleeding, good oral hygiene: This sounds like a viral infection which may get better in a week or so. Meantime, it s important to maintain good oral hygiene and keep up fluid intake and nutrition. If you don t see any improvement within one week he should be seen by a pediatric dentist...

Dentistry: Gum pulling away from tooth, gum infection, gum tissue
gum infection, gum tissue, pediatric dentist: Without actually examining your daughter it is not possible make an accurate diagnosis. This could be a gum infection which requires the care of a dentist. Another possibility is an abnormal frenum or muscle attachment which is pulling on the gum tissue....

Dentistry: Gums, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, fibroma
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, fibroma, question thanks: Justin - Of course, without actually seeing the area, it is a little difficult for me to be sure, but from what you describe, it sounds like a fibroma. That is a small scarred area. Of course, I don t know the source, but without any change for a number...

Dentistry: genetic dental conditions, 2 year old molars, root canals
2 year old molars, root canals, pediatric dentist: Dear Kris, This is a tough question to answer without seeing a picture of the teeth together with some x-rays. Too many things could cause the kind of problems you are describing. My best advice is find an expert (a pediatric dentist) and ask for another...

Dentistry: gum irritation, hydrogen peroxide, gum irritation
hydrogen peroxide, gum irritation, topical anesthetic: Dear shauna, From your narrative, it seems probable that you sustained a physical injury to the gums. Assuming this is the case, the best short-term solution would be to implement symptomatic treatment (e.g., application of topical anesthetic products such...

Dentistry: gum swelling near wisdom teeth..., oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom teeth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom teeth, oral and maxillofacial: Stancel - It is hard for me to tell you what is actually going on, but it is not uncommon for bacteria to get caught in the region of impacted teeth. When this occurs, the bacteria grow, form periodontal infections and can produce an abscess around the wisdom...

Dentistry: Hard palate swelling, dental residency program, hard palate
dental residency program, hard palate, soft palate: Dear John: Please do not delay! Go to your dentist right away! As I was reading your question, I was anticipating the tobacco and smoking history. It is the biggest risk factor for oral cancer. I hope that what you have is just a local tissue infection,...

Dentistry: Heat reaction to a tooth, gary backlund, dental emergency
gary backlund, dental emergency, root canal: Hi Suzanne, I m sorry you re having this trouble, especially right before vacation! I m afraid I have some bad news. The problem is not coming from the root canal tooth....it s coming from someplace else. When a root canal is done, the nerve and blood...

Dentistry: Herbst, adult teeth, herbst appliance
adult teeth, herbst appliance, referral form: Dear Kim: Whereas I have heard of the Herbst appliance, and actually learned about it long ago, I have never used one. I am not an orthodontist, so I am not very familiar with the subject matter. As I understand it, the Herbst is used to speed the development...

Dentistry: help, horrible headaches, ultrasound treatments
horrible headaches, ultrasound treatments, tight muscles: Kayla, First, you should see a dentist that makes custom hard nightguards. It can fit on the bottom or top and still be effective. I found that my bottom fitting one is most comfortable. I never went to a chiropractor for this condition. If you live in...

Dentistry: Impacted Molar Cysts, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, cystic lesion
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, cystic lesion, new dentist: Vince - Yes I do see a cystic lesion associated with the crown of the horizontally impacted wisdom tooth. The procedure can be difficult for removing the tooth due to the increased density of the jaw bone in those past puberty. The cystic lesion also needs...

Dentistry: Implant abutment or healing cap being loose any problem?, gum pain, abutment
gum pain, abutment, gums: It would be most favorable to have the healing screw or abutment tightened.If not it s not the end of the world it would just mean the gum would get angry in that area and you probably need to be cut again to make it right.I prefer tightening it and be done...

Dentistry: Implant Failure, bottom teeth, natural teeth
bottom teeth, natural teeth, periodontal problems: Hi It could well be the implant is fine, but if your other teeth are moving then this is a sign of periodontal disease which needs treating. An implant fails due to loss of the bone support which can be gradual or happen quite quickly from infection. ...

Dentistry: Implant failure, bone loss teeth, bottom teeth
bone loss teeth, bottom teeth, natural teeth: symptoms of implant failure are mobility of the implant for the most part and sometimes swelling. if it is tight and xray looks good, then you are in good shape. i did mean levels...typo. you just want to check for bone loss. bone loss needs to be gotten under...

Dentistry: Implant Healing Caps, dentist right, stage surgery
dentist right, stage surgery, front teeth: This second stage surgery is much easier than the first.You ll get numbed up and a small incision is made to expose the top of the implant.At that time either the post will be placed or a healing cap.If the healing caps are placed the dr will relieve the partial...

Dentistry: Implants or Dentures?, removable dentures, implant restorations
removable dentures, implant restorations, gum line: Dear Daniel: Your question is a very important one, and is the same question that many patients struggle with everyday. The problem is that you are essentially telling me that you can only afford a Honda civic, but since you know that it is not quite as...

Dentistry: Instrument Cleaning, acceptable practice, brooklyn ny
acceptable practice, brooklyn ny, handpieces: Dear Lisa, I think the hygienist s reply is consistent with what would be considered acceptable practice. The use of an autoclave is normally preceded by some type of mechanical cleansing of the instruments (either manual washing or ultrasonic cleaning)....

Dentistry: An Irratating burn from a wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, dry sockets
wisdom tooth extraction, dry sockets, burning sensation: Dry sockets are infrequent but also unpredictable.We could do everything right and still get a dry socket,It sounds like everything is about what could be expected from what you re going through.Little by little you should improve and this will be behind you...

Dentistry: implant or partial, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus lift
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus lift, bone graft: Teresa - With the extensive problems you suffered, I fully understand the surgeons feeling that an implant is not proper without doing a bone graft. The prosthodontist is not the type of doctor to ever make a decision if your bone can support an implant....

Dentistry: implant removal, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, oral and maxillofacial surgeons
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, torque test: Deb - With the position of tooth that was removed, it is not uncommon for there to be a sinus inflammation. This is what might be causing the continued pain. The surgeon needs to check carefully and make sure that the depth of the implant did not have a...

Dentistry: Two implants or one ?, gum line, excess force
gum line, excess force, pontic: Richard - You are right. There are methods to rebuild teeth that are cracked as long as there is a solid tooth still at the bone edge. If both those teeth are now gone, 2 implants would be better. A cantilevered pontic for #10 replacement would produce...

Dentistry: implants, veneers and gum/bone health, gum irritation, porcelain crown
gum irritation, porcelain crown, titanium implant: Occlusal overload is prevented by the dentist.Ant teeth have an excellent prognosis.Grafts do work.Prematurities are spots you re hitting before everything else.The margins must go atleast as deep as the previously prepared borders to seal up the tooth...

Dentistry: Jaw Ache / Tooth Ache after filling in December 2008, jaw ache, tooth ache
jaw ache, tooth ache, pain discomfort: Hi Ellie Obviously I can t give you an accurate diagnosis without seeing you, but from what you have described I think it is highly likely that the pulp in that tooth is dying. In which case you will end up needing root canal treatment on the tooth. ...

Dentistry: Jaw surgery/lumineers, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw surgery
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw surgery, lower jaw: Trell - It is a little tough for me to tell you if orthodontics is definitely necessary. The important reason that braces are used is to align the back teeth. The back teeth are the foundation of the jaws and if they are not aligned, the surgery will not...

Dentistry: jaw problems, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw problems
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw problems, recurrent episodes: Kelly - It is a little difficult for me to tell you what is actually going on, but when someone has recurrent clicking and popping sounds, it usually means that the cartilage that sits between the jaw and the top of the joint gets stuck. With time of recurrent...

Dentistry: jaw surgery, jaw muscles, brushing my teeth
jaw muscles, brushing my teeth, jaw surgery: Geraldine - Being that it is only about 6-7 weeks since the surgery, the jaw muscles are still adapting to the new jaw position and they are tighter that normal. You need to speak with the surgeon, but in a short time, the surgeon should go over certain...

Dentistry: Knot following extraction, warm salt water, heating pad
warm salt water, heating pad, extractions: Evelyn - Stop the heat to your face immediately. That is the worst possible approach and can increase the swelling. You need to start warm salt water rinses for about 5 minutes 4-5 times a day. As long as the cuase of the knots are not due to trauma by...

Dentistry: Knot in gum after extraction, gum line, extraction area
gum line, extraction area, luck mark: Dear Jennifer, Yes-- you should consult with your dentist. Although your description is insufficient on its own to infer just what is going on, any uncertainty about the quality of healing does merit a follow-up assessment. Not all extractions heal without...

Dentistry: Large baby tooth, central incisor, central incisors
central incisor, central incisors, adult teeth: Dear Laura, nothing serious here. The only way for me to answer this question properly would be for me to see an x-ray of what is going on with the root structure. Any pediatric dentist could answer your question with an x-ray examination. Sorry I can...

Dentistry: Lateral Incisor Root Canal, hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, sodium perborate
hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, sodium perborate, lateral incisor: Extracting the pulp implies a pulpotomy, and that is insufficient. Proper endodontic therapy, however, would be. Bleaching the tooth, which really should take only a couple visits at most, and should be done by placing a mixture of sodium perborate and water,...

Dentistry: Lateral incisor crown reworks, lateral incisor, professional dentist
lateral incisor, professional dentist, prosthodontist: Dear Sophie: I am glad that you called me at the office today. I hope that my assessment of your situation will help you in resolving your quandary. Please keep me updated of your situation as it develops (no-barter necessary.) I am hoping to get the...

Dentistry: Lip and Chin Still Numb after Root Canal, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, strange sensation: Hi Dori, If it is damage to the nerve, it will not have been severed...just injured. 99.9% of these situations heal just fine, but it could be some time before everything feels right again. If the numbness is a result of infection, you nee to be on antibiotics...that...

Dentistry: Loose teeth, root canal treatment, history of trauma
root canal treatment, history of trauma, loose teeth: Dear Michael, Although some teeth do tighten back even without splinting, I do believe splinting is helpful.No, I do not think you should be able to move your tooth back and forth with you fingers. If I splint the loose tooth , I apply bonding on both...

Dentistry: lip swelling after filling, 3m product, novacaine
3m product, novacaine, diagnosticians: brian even with the cut i still cannot figure out why it is still getting swollen 4 weeks later. maybe call an oral surgeon and have him/her take a look. they tend to be good soft tissue diagnosticians. it cannot hurt to have another pair of eyes take a...

Dentistry: loosen first tooth, gum tissue, universal approach
gum tissue, universal approach, ligaments: Joel - First of all, there is no one way to remove all teeth. The most universal approach is to first gently separate the gum tissue from the tooth, use an elevator to slightly loosen the tooth and stretch the ligaments and then use a dental forcept to remove...

Dentistry: Mis-aligned canine (eye) tooth, metal braces, gum line
metal braces, gum line, orthodontic therapy: Dear Lori, I would strongly recommend against extracting the canine. Not only would you sacrifice the strongest tooth in the arch, but you would be left with a worse cosmetic liability than you started with. Your problem lies clearly in the realm of...

Dentistry: Missing Teeth, long term solution, dental implants
long term solution, dental implants, prosthodontist: Kim - First of all, you should know that U Penn is one of the best places to get your son evaluated. I don t know if your son has yet had a panoramic xray to identify if any residual tooth buds, that have not formed teeth, might still be in the bone. ...

Dentistry: MMA, soft palate, sinus pain
soft palate, sinus pain, nerve damage: Vickie - there are probably one of two causes for the non-union you describe. Either the surgeon did not align the cut bone segments and fixate them well and solid in the proper position or the bones were aligned well, but your bite was not prepared properly...

Dentistry: Molar pain after wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom teeth extraction, mg motrin
wisdom teeth extraction, mg motrin, warm salt water: Ben - I cannot be totally sure without examining you, but the type of pain you describe often occurs from trapped fluids from internal swelling from the surgery. If left alone, that pain can last a couple more weeks, but if you want to reduce the pain much...

Dentistry: making room or extraction???, periodontal health, muscle function
periodontal health, muscle function, esthetics: Not always. The decision to extract or not requires consideration of many factors that can have an impact on facial esthetics, muscle function, periodontal health and stability of the final result. Sometimes, especially in borderline situations like this...

Dentistry: maryland bridge probelms, conventional bridge, maryland bridge
conventional bridge, maryland bridge, hi lauren: Hi Lauren A Maryland bridge can be a very successful restoration, but as you have found they can sometimes be problematic. A conventional bridge is far more securely attached, but it would mean trimming down the adjacent tooth or teeth, and this can...

Dentistry: migrating hemotoma after wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, collar bones
wisdom tooth extraction, collar bones, hemotoma: Dear Michael: I understand your concern, however, what you are describing is a typical course of a hematoma. I hope that by the time you read this tomorrow, the hematoma will resolve further. You should still inform your dentist about the situation, just...

Dentistry: milk tooth problems, milk teeth, milk tooth
milk teeth, milk tooth, permanent teeth: It really doesn t make much difference if you remove the loose baby teeth or you let them fall out by themselves. The results will likely be the same. Either way, if the permanent teeth come in crooked and there s enough space available they might straighten...

Dentistry: missing #31, upper molar, quality dentist
upper molar, quality dentist, upper tooth: Johnny - The amount of eruption and the time span until it erupts and gets in the way is very unpredictable. Some teeth erupt 1 mm over a couple of years, while others have a few mm per year. You question is not stupid at all. You really need to be...

Dentistry: missing permanent teeth in toddler, prosthetic teeth, permanent teeth
prosthetic teeth, permanent teeth, missing teeth: If those teeth were to develop I would expect to see evidence of that on an x-ray at age four. The absence of permanent lateral incisors is one of the more common locations of congenitally missing teeth. Once the remainder of the permanent teeth have emerged...

Dentistry: molar extraction, molar extraction, upper molar
molar extraction, upper molar, partial denture: Leslie - The dentist is most likely correct. With time there will be a shifting of the teeth. A relatively inexpensive approach to, at least, temporarily stabilize the teeth is for the dentist fabricate a flipper (acrylic partial denture with an artificial...

Dentistry: mouth pain, strong pain killers, root canal specialist
strong pain killers, root canal specialist, mouth pain: i would let an endodontist or root canal specialist take a look at things. he/she will tell you if it is infected and if so, he/she can treat it and make it all better. do not put off things...the longer you wait for the work that is needed, the worse things...

Dentistry: mucocele removal - numbness?, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, pins and needles
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, pins and needles, salivary glands: Dorothy - First of all, I hope the mucocele was removed by a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Secondly, around the mucocele, there are many other small salivary glands that can become inflamed and retain saliva from the surgery. That is why,...

Dentistry: muscle damage following injection?, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, muscle relaxer medication
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, muscle relaxer medication, warm salt water: Katherine - Of course, I cannot be totally sure what is going on without examining you, but it sounds like you are suffering from spasms of the jaw muscles. This is not uncommon if the dentist struck a muscle giving you a novocaine injection. You need...

Dentistry: New Bridge, unsure wether, bridge question
unsure wether, bridge question, new bridge: Hi Gillian Porcelain fused to metal is the normal material to use for a bridge. As such there is underlying metal which can be visible unless the edge of the bridge is placed just under the gum. Technically this can be hard to achieve, but is feasible....

Dentistry: New crown adjustment., improper position, upper tooth
improper position, upper tooth, luck mark: Dear Dorota, If the crown was improperly seated on your tooth during the cementation process, it needs to be removed. If the reason for the improper position was poor fit, then the crown needs to be re-made. And if the porcelain is cracked, the crown needs...

Dentistry: Numbness, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water, wisdom teeth: Mari - Unless the dentist placed the needle of the syringe through the nerve, it is not the injection that is causing the problem. Most likely the dentist either traumatized or cut the nerve during the extraction. If the nerve was only traumatized, in about...

Dentistry: Numbness in lip and partial chin, wisdom teeth, tooth roots
wisdom teeth, tooth roots, wisdom tooth: Hi Casey Damage to the nerve is a very real risk when a lower wisdom tooth is extracted, and you should have been warned of this prior to the procedure. The nerve can get damaged due to the close proximity of the tooth roots to the nerve itself, and this...

Dentistry: new procedures to graft cementum or enamel?, gum grafts, cementum
gum grafts, cementum, chronic irritation: Kayleen - Because of your obvious reaction to the material used in veneers, the only solution is to have a crown made out of porcelain and gold. Those are materials that it is impossible to have a reaction to. I know it sounds a lot, but it will be the only...

Dentistry: novacaine on tongue, inferior alveolar nerve, lingual nerve
inferior alveolar nerve, lingual nerve, tooth number: Hi Steve, The anesthetic hitting the tongue probably has nothing to do with this. Did your dentist administer the anesthetic way back in the corner of the mouth? That is the most common method to get tooth #30 numb. If so, then in that area are two nerves...

Dentistry: novocaine - root canal, gary backlund, nerve damage
gary backlund, nerve damage, chin area: Hi Constance, I m sorry this is going on. I assume from what you are saying that it is a lower tooth. If that s the case, what you went through with the burning feeling was most likely the nerve being hit by the needle. This happens frequently when we give...

Dentistry: numbness, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, nerve injuries
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, nerve injuries, nerve injury: Baron - Without being there during the extractions, it is a little difficult for me to tell you if the nerve was traumatized, like the dentist indicated, or if he cut the nerve. If the nerve was cut, the numbness will not get better. In this day and age...

Dentistry: numbness, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, cause numbness
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, cause numbness, root canals: Kate - First of all, the work done on your upper teeth would not precipitate any numbness of the lower jaw. So, what s possibly causing the numbness. One of the most common causes is an infection of a tooth that has expanded into the nerve canal. Your combination...

Dentistry: numbness after wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom teeth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
wisdom teeth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bottom row: Giovanna - If you are completely numb with no itching, burning, twitching or shocks to the area, the chances of the numbness going away by itself is not great. If, however, you have one of those other sensations, the nerve should regenerate within a year....

Dentistry: Old Implant Making Gums Hurt Now, quess, medi cal
quess, medi cal, gums: Hi Jessica Yes you are probably right - you could well have an infection around the implant and should get it looked at as soon as you can. It may be minor and treatable, or it could be more severe and lead to the loss of the implant. Regards Tony...

Dentistry: Oral cancer, oral cancer, oral surgeon
oral cancer, oral surgeon, dalin: there is no way for me to give you an answer here without seeing things in person. i will tell you this. in my office i have a protocol when it comes to soft tissue things. i tell my patients that things should heal in 2 weeks. if has not, then i refer them...

Dentistry: Ortho-implant, dentist office, tooth movement
dentist office, tooth movement, small pin: I m surprised that your orthodontist did not discuss this with you prior to actually starting treatment with extractions. An ortho implant is actually a temporary anchorage device or TAD. This is a small pin which is inserted into the bone between your...

Dentistry: Other options for restoration of #31, titanium screw, bone graft
titanium screw, bone graft, wisdom teeth: Elaine - First of all, if you are allergic to metals, the used of a dental implant is not for you, but I think you already know that. Secondly, I personally went through the same situation 30 years ago, before implants. The major problem with the loss of...

Dentistry: Pain in cheeks/gum after extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water, cheek area: Rich - Of course, I cannot tell you what is going on exactly, but it sounds like the dentist who removed the teeth, may have broken off a portion of at least one and now the area is inflamed and infected. First of all, immediately begin a warm salt water...

Dentistry: Pain after filling, possibly from grinding my teeth?, grinding my teeth, mouth guard
grinding my teeth, mouth guard, first few days: Dear Glenna: You are absolutely correct. It is very hard to diagnose your situation without proper X-rays and examination. Nevertheless, there are a few things about which I can inform you. The symptoms that you are describing are consistent with two problems:...

Dentistry: Pain after root canal, root canals, canal dr
root canals, canal dr, root canal: Hi Bill, I m sorry you re going through all this. Let me answer your questions first.....when a root canal tooth is doing well, there is no reason to not go ahead with the bridge. That will protect the tooth from fracturing, so that part was certainly reasonable...

Dentistry: Paresthia after Wisdom Extraction, tingling sensation, wisdom tooth
tingling sensation, wisdom tooth, paresthesia: Rene - First of all, if the sensation you have is tingling and not full numbness of the lip and chin, it means that the nerve was just traumatized. If so, it can take up to a year to resume its normal function. So at 5 months it cannot be determined,...

Dentistry: Part of impacted wisdom tooth lft after surgery, food debris, wisdom tooth
food debris, wisdom tooth, lft: Hi Edward This could be apiece of tooth, but if so the dentist should have informed you that a piece was left. It is far more likely to be a piece of bone or food debris. If you are concerned get the dentist to have a look at it for you. Regards ...

Dentistry: Permanent teeth in before baby teeth out, two front teeth, permanent teeth
two front teeth, permanent teeth, pediatric dentist: Your son is at a very changeable period in his bite development. Sometimes these irregularities have a way of working themselves out as the permanent teeth emerge. I don t think there s any rush in having this evaluated. I suggest you let nature sort this...

Dentistry: Popping under the bridge, going to the dentist, signs of infection
going to the dentist, signs of infection, root canal: Stephanie - Without examining you it is a little tough for me to tell you what might be going on. If you feel a popping sensation, most likely the bridge is not cemented correctly and it is loose. I hope when you saw the dentist, he was able to come up...

Dentistry: Porcelain Crown, porcelain crown, viable proposition
porcelain crown, viable proposition, new crown: Hi Amanda What you want is a UK dentist to remove the old crown, re-prepare the tooth, take the impressions, fit you with a temporary crown but then get the tooth made in Thailand. You then need the UK dentist to fit it for you. You may find a UK dentist...

Dentistry: Post debridement antibiotic?, wisdom teeth, anitbiotics
wisdom teeth, anitbiotics, debridement: Jeffrey - If there is no sign of a continued infection and the surgeon fully removes any tissue that might promote a recurrence, then he might think an antibiotic not necessary. I am a belt and suspender surgeon and see no reason that an antibiotic cannot...

Dentistry: Post operative infection, wisdom tooth extraction, warm salt water
wisdom tooth extraction, warm salt water, strict regimen: Jeffrey - It is just an infection. It is trapped and cannot drain. There is no real name for it. The surgeon is correct in the exposure approach, but again, you need to do the rinses. You do not have to worry about a dry socket if the surgeon is just...

Dentistry: Post Root Canal Pain, gary backlund, root canal procedure
gary backlund, root canal procedure, soft tissue problems: Hi Leann, I m sorry to hear you re going through all this. Unfortunately, X-rays don t don t show soft tissue problems like nerves and ligaments. They only show changes in hard structure, like bone, so that won t help much. If your root canal checks out...

Dentistry: Post wisdom teeth extract, inflammation, wisdom teeth, sequestrum
wisdom teeth, sequestrum, remedial steps: Dear Jing, Although it s uncertain what you are describing, the most likely possibility is that it is what is known as a sequestrum -- a piece of devitalized bone that has become infected. It may also be a fragment of the tooth that was previously extracted...

Dentistry: Post wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, warm salt water
wisdom tooth extraction, warm salt water, post wisdom tooth extraction: Sarah - It is a little difficult for me to tell you how long it will take for you to heal, especially with the spread of the discomfort forward. The socket can take up to a month to fully close. The dentist who removed the tooth needs to place you on an...

Dentistry: Pulling adult teeth due to crowding for braces, adult teeth, orthodontist
adult teeth, orthodontist, jaws: By your daughter s age the amount of space available for tooth alignment has already been determined. Growth of the face and jaws will certainly continue but the additional growth will not provide any additional space for the teeth. Your orthodontist has...

Dentistry: Pulpotomy and crowns for a four yr old., pediatric dentist, pediatric dentists
pediatric dentist, pediatric dentists, pulpotomy: Dear Kristie, pulpotomies and steel crowns are the treatment most often used with children 7years and and under. There is no way for me at this distance to explain how or why your daughters teeth have gotten such severe problems. With young children pediatric...

Dentistry: pain after tooth extraction, tooth extraction, painkillers
tooth extraction, painkillers, 10 mins: Hi Jay I m afraid that after an infected tooth has been extracted it can be pretty painful for a while. All you can do is keep taking the painkillers/antibiotics, keep the area as clean as possible with rinsing and avoid smoking. If it worsens then go...

Dentistry: pain under chin, electric jolt, root canals
electric jolt, root canals, tooth problem: Hi Nicole, I m sorry to hear all this is going on. I really doubt your symptoms are related to your tooth problem however, if you do have a failing root canal, that really needs to be addressed, if for no other reason that to rule it out as a cause of your...

Dentistry: painful jaw, muscle nerve, tmj disorders
muscle nerve, tmj disorders, pain in the right side: You very well might be on the right track. I hope you ve scheduled your visit with a dentist who is experienced and skilled in the diagnosis and management of TMJ disorders. Unfortunately, there is no recognized dental speciality in TMJ so there s no particular...

Dentistry: palate expanders, bottom teeth, permanent teeth
bottom teeth, permanent teeth, front teeth: Lee - Whether she has the expander now or later when she is a little older (girls need to be done no later than about 14)there wiil be some change in her appearance as the upper face widens a little. A crossbite if not corrected can cause premature loss of...

Dentistry: palatine cyst, sinus problem, jaw muscle
sinus problem, jaw muscle, front teeth: Jacqueline - It is a little tough for me to tell you what is going on, but your symptoms are indicative of either a sinus problem or jaw muscle spasms. I cannot tell you which is going on, but you definitely need to get back to the surgeon to examine you....

Dentistry: peridontal probing, dental school, connie
dental school, connie, pockets: Connie - That instructor should lose both his license and his ability to teach. A proper periodontal probing may produce a slight pinching but to encourage bleeding is absolutely wrong. Yes, the depth of pockets need to be measured, but that does not have...

Dentistry: periodontal charting, billable services, intensive examination
billable services, intensive examination, dear liz: Dear Liz, Although there is a separate CDT code for comprehensive periodontal exams (D0180), it is customary to charge only one of the oral examination fees on a given date. Insurance companies will not pay more than one benefit for an oral examination...

Dentistry: post and core / core build up, root canal therapy, core pins
root canal therapy, core pins, dental profession: Dear Chandy, There is some ambiguity here, because the terms core , build-up , post , and dowel are sometimes used interchangeably. (Pins are different, and are less likely to be used in a tooth that has had root canal therapy.) Because of the potential...

Dentistry: post root canal pain, root canal pain, macaroni and cheese
root canal pain, macaroni and cheese, temporary filling: Hi Nancy, It can be one of a few things; - After the root canal, the tooth can still be sensitive for up to two weeks. This is because the ligament around the tooth may still be inflamed, and it can take some time to heal. - Another thing, is that...

Dentistry: post root canal pain, root canal pain, pressure sensation
root canal pain, pressure sensation, front teeth: Dear Kelly: I actually posed your question to several colleagues of mine and here is what I recommend: It is probably a good idea to have a Prosthodontist look at your mouth and particularly the tooth. There might be some structural problem with the veneer...

Dentistry: post root canal pain, root canal therapy, root canal pain
root canal therapy, root canal pain, gutta percha: Candy - Occasionally, after the end of root canal therapy, there is no initial pain or discomfort, but in a month or so later discomfort develops due to an inflammation in the ligament that attaches the tooth to the bone. When this occurs and the canal has...

Dentistry: posterior composite, 3+surfaces, gum pockets, gum infection
gum pockets, gum infection, oral condition: Dear Kat: Since I do not know anything about your oral condition, it is very difficult for me to tell you if the work that your were billed for is correct. Nevertheless, if will try to explain the meaning of the procedures and you can decide for yourself...

Dentistry: pressure on tooth, cracked tooth, bad tooth
cracked tooth, bad tooth, tooth pain: That s probably not pressure that you re feeling...it s simply tooth pain from a tooth that is not healthy. The pulp or nerve of the tooth is inflammed and is very sensitive to just about anything. If you do not have this tooth repaired properly the nerve...

Dentistry: primary herpetic gingivostomatis, herpes simplex virus, fever blisters
herpes simplex virus, fever blisters, cold sores: This is a fairly common infection in young children and is caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv). The virus usually runs its course in a week to 10 days and then becomes dormant, hiding in the nerves around the area of the initial outburst (the mouth)....

Dentistry: to pull or not to pull, exray, permanent tooth
exray, permanent tooth, x ray: If you have that tooth removed it will require placement of a space maintainer to prevent shifting of the other teeth. If shifting occurs it could result in an impacted permanent tooth which would require some extensive treatment to correct. It is almost...

Dentistry: question about crowns, back tooth, root canal
back tooth, root canal, crowns: Hi Sherry This is almost certainly normal - the metal temporary won t be fitting terribly well so the underlying tooth is somewhat exposed and hence prone to sensitivity. Obviously tell your dentist about these symptoms before the permanent crown is...

Dentistry: Rate at which tooth decay occurs, tooth decay, shark teeth
tooth decay, shark teeth, school science: Never having tried this experiment out, it would is hard for me to say for sure. I would design the experiment differently. I would expose some to the chemicals and some not at all. All should get brushed once per day. I would consider bathing the teeth...

Dentistry: RCT on Tooth #3 - Core Build Up or Crown?, gary backlund, temporary filling
gary backlund, temporary filling, candance: Hi Candance, When a root canal is done, the nerve is removed from inside the tooth...that s the sensitive part of a tooth that makes it hurt to hot, cold, decay and dental work. The outside of the tooth is still alive because that s what hold it in your...

Dentistry: RCT on Tooth #3 - Core Build Up or Crown?, molars, rct
molars, rct, root canal: Hi Candace, Once a root canal has been performed, the tooth is essentially dead. The living part of the tooth (blood vessels and nerves), have been removed, and therefore the tooth should not feel anything. So you don t need to be numb for this. Regarding...

Dentistry: Re: root canal?, root canal treatment, abscess
root canal treatment, abscess, appleton: Hi Ana Unfortunately instruments used in root canal treatment can and do fracture - it happens to all of us! Depending on how far down the root canal it is and what stage of the procedure it fractured really defines whether to remove it or leave it. Often...

Dentistry: Recent extraction, silver nitrate, zpack
silver nitrate, zpack, strange taste: Jennifer - Look, without actually examining the area, it is difficult for me to determine if some additional problems were created from the extraction. Being that it is an upper tooth we are speaking of, there might be some sinus or nasal inflammation. ...

Dentistry: Removal of 2nd molar, root canal, horse shoe
root canal, horse shoe, molar: Hi Alexandra If the tooth is such that it can be saved then save it! Losing the tooth will disrupt your eating ability, and you may well have movement of other teeth as a direct consequence. Root canal is not so bad - certainly it is much easier than...

Dentistry: Removal of 2nd molars for orthodontic treatment, second molars, third molars
second molars, third molars, wisdom teeth: I have prescribed removal of upper second molars in selected situations with excellent results. In all cases the third molars emerged satisfactorily. My original decision to do this was based on research and practice in Scandanavian countries where this...

Dentistry: Removal of my Briged crown, root canal therapy, root canal treatment
root canal therapy, root canal treatment, apicoectomy: Dear Dan, Although it is often possible to remove a fixed bridge using specialized tools for this purpose, it is almost never necessary to do so. If root canal therapy is indicated, it can be performed right through the crowns, leaving the bridge in...

Dentistry: Retreated Rootcanal, preventative action, endodontist
preventative action, endodontist, abcess: Hi Joe, I m sorry you re going through all this. No wonder you re frustrated! Let me see if I can help clarify things.... Will the infection clear with everything sealed ( if in fact it is an infection ) and how will I know? Your swelling tells me...

Dentistry: Rhinoplasty - now maybe surgically assisted RME, ear nose and throat doctor, palatal expander
ear nose and throat doctor, palatal expander, ear nose and throat: Avin - If the palatal expander is used along with the surgery to widen the upper jaw, there will be an affect on the nose. The base of the nose will widen a little. That widening can be corrected with a simple corrective approach by a skilled Ear, Nose and...

Dentistry: Root Absorption, front teeth, orthodontist
front teeth, orthodontist, orthodontic treatment: As your orthodontist explained, with root resorption there is a serious risk of loosing your front teeth with continuation of orthodontic treatment. If that is the case I seriously doubt you will be able to find an orthodontist who will take that risk with...

Dentistry: Root Canal, root canal work, cruising altitude
root canal work, cruising altitude, root filling: Hi Katherine You need to get this tooth looked at again - any pain should have completely resolved after 3 weeks. You may still have infection under the tooth, or it could be something simple like the bite on the filling needs adjusting. Whether or not...

Dentistry: Root Canal, temporary filling, oral surgeon
temporary filling, oral surgeon, root canal: Hi Tory, You should tell the dentist it is an emergency, and need to be seen sooner. Or, you should see an oral surgeon ASAP. The tooth most likely is fractured in half. Leaving the tooth in this condition, will only cause more damage to the tooth, and...

Dentistry: Root Canal, sinus membrane, root canal treatment
sinus membrane, root canal treatment, running nose: Dear Ellen: It is possible that the root canal treatment could have initiated an inflammation of your sinus membrane that causes your nose to run. This should have gone away a short time after the root canal was completed. After you see your ENT, contact...

Dentistry: Root Canal, gary backlund, front teeth
gary backlund, front teeth, dull pain: Hi Craig, I m sorry to hear this is going on. It s hard for me to really help without being able to exam you, but it sounds to me like you need a good diagnosis of your problem. A root canal will only eliminate problems associated with the nerve & blood...

Dentistry: Root Canal, root canal specialist, root canal treatments
root canal specialist, root canal treatments, tmj problems: Dear Mark, I do not think the ringing in your ear is at all related to the root canal in tooth #3. If you are still feeling pain in the vicinity of #3 there is no harm in going to a root canal to see if you can get to the bottom of this. What is the...

Dentistry: Root Canal Extraction, gary backlund, oral bacteria
gary backlund, oral bacteria, root canals: Hi Robin, There are many reasons why root canals fail, even after this long period. The most common is leakage into the the root canal by saliva that causes the seal in the filling to breakdown and allows oral bacteria to get back down inside the tooth....

Dentistry: Root Canal Failed, new dentist, definitive diagnosis
new dentist, definitive diagnosis, root canal: Hi Judith, How did your doctor come to this conclusion? Is the tooth or surrounding area painful? How long ago was the root canal treated? I would make 100% certain that the root canal has failed before proceeding with more treatment. If the root...

Dentistry: Root Canal Pain, gary backlund, root canal pain
gary backlund, root canal pain, root canals: Hi Monique, I m sorry you re having this problem. Usually, a root canal on one side does not make teeth on the other side hurt. However, since the treatment was only done yesterday, it could be related to your mouth being open so long or you bite being...

Dentistry: Root Canal Treatment, gary backlund, flare ups
gary backlund, flare ups, root canal treatment: Hi Jay, I m sorry to hear all this is going on. The swelling on the gum is a result of the infection. Once it breaks through the bone, your pain will usually decrease, but the swelling occurs. The root canal will eliminate the infection, so going ahead...

Dentistry: Root Canal Treatment, gary backlund, root canal treatment
gary backlund, root canal treatment, appoitment: Hi Jay, I m gal to hear you re doing well. In most cases, doing the root canal will allow the body to heal and take care of the abscess. It sounds like your dentist is giving you good advice and information. In our office, we see the patient 6 months after...

Dentistry: Root Canal with no tooth pain beforehand?, gary backlund, sinus tract
gary backlund, sinus tract, time college student: Hi Kristina, I m sorry you re going through all this. In most cases, where there is a sinus tract like you have, there are rarely any post op problems. In fact, most root canals we do have no real problems, maybe just an aspirin the next day or nothing...

Dentistry: Root canal abcess, root canal therapy, tooth abscesses
root canal therapy, tooth abscesses, root canal treatment: Dear Kate, The necessity of antibiotics must be decided based on individual circumstance. Antibiotics are certainly not necessary to eliminate infection in all cases, and over-use of antibiotics introduces as much risk as under-use. Not only does inappropriate...

Dentistry: Root canal abscess, antibiotic resistance, allexperts
antibiotic resistance, allexperts, clindamycin: Dear Kate, The CDC information was not referenced by either of the sources you cited. Yes-- it is well established that almost all antibiotics-- especially those with a broad spectrum of activity-- can disrupt the normal balance of digestive tract flora...

Dentistry: Root canal and braces, root canal treatment, wisdom teeth
root canal treatment, wisdom teeth, arch wires: Generally, a root canal treated tooth will move normally under orthodontic forces if the root canal treatment was successful in eliminating the infection. If the crown placed on the root canal tooth was properly done it should not come off during orthodontic...

Dentistry: Root canal filling extends outside root, gary backlund, root canal filling
gary backlund, root canal filling, root canals: Hi Lisa, I m sorry you re going through this...hopefully I can help. Most filling material we use today to do root canals are well tolerated by the body. What has happened to you is not unusual. That s why the filling material is made to be biocompatible....

Dentistry: Roots, root canals, molar
root canals, molar, small portion: Hi Joy It is preferable for the roots to be removed where possible. On occasion it is OK to leave a small portion of root where the root is not infected and removal would be too difficult. If you are concerned get a second opinion. Regards Tony...

Dentistry: Roots left after bridge?, new dentist, old bridge
new dentist, old bridge, oral surgeon: Rebecca - You have no choice. The dentist who only removed the crown of the tooth and not the roots knew exactly what he was doing. He was immoral in not telling you he did not remove the roots and even worse by fabricating a bridge covering the space where...

Dentistry: re: toddler teeth extraction, american academy of pediatric dentistry, academy of pediatric dentistry
american academy of pediatric dentistry, academy of pediatric dentistry, root canal treatment: A pulpectomy, which is more extensive than a pulpotomy, is a complete root canal treatment and may be an option if the infection has spread into the root canal, damage to the tooth is not extensive and the infection has not spread to the surrounding bone....

Dentistry: removal of toddler teeth over root canal, abcessed teeth, tongue thrust
abcessed teeth, tongue thrust, dental experiences: Saving teeth rather than removing them has a better chance of allowing normal development to proceed. Saving the teeth with proper treatment involving root canals and crowns will eliminate the infection and avoid the abcess that you fear. Removing these...

Dentistry: resolution for cavities in a 3-year old, silver caps, stainless steel crown
silver caps, stainless steel crown, metal caps: The important factor regarding the type of restoration to be used concerns just how much tooth structure remains after the decay is removed. Enough tooth structure must be present to properly support a tooth-colored filling with the strength necessary to...

Dentistry: Is this just reversible pulpitis that is resolving?, irreversible pulpitis, root canal therapy
irreversible pulpitis, root canal therapy, reversible pulpitis: Hi Sally It could be either, although it sounds more like it is resolving. I m afraid you are quite right though - if the pain resolves it still doesn t mean you are in the clear. You just have to respond to whatever develops, and see your dentist regularly...

Dentistry: root canal, front teeth, tooth pain
front teeth, tooth pain, bitting: Hi Sarah, I m sorry to hear you have gone through all this. Unfortunately, without being able to exam you and know what tests and things were done to make the original diagnosis, I really can t help with whether you should have had the root canal done....

Dentistry: root canal, adult teeth, primary teeth
adult teeth, primary teeth, primary tooth: The function of the primary teeth is one of space maintainence.They stay in place until the adult teeth are ready to come up.If a primary tooth is badly decayed there are 2 options,save it with a pedo root canal and pedo crown or remove it and have a space...

Dentistry: root canal, gary backlund, rear molars
gary backlund, rear molars, root canal procedure: Hi Tim, I m sorry to hear your daughter is going through all this. The situation with crowns on root canals is this.....when a root canal is done, the tooth is weaker...partly because of cleaning out the decay and drilling down inside the tooth and partly...

Dentistry: root canal, internal decay, will most likely need
internal decay, will most likely need, objective evaluation: Clare- First of all the reason for the failure needs to be determined. It could be from a fracture of the tooth and, if so, the tooth cannot be restored. If extensive internal decay occurred and that caused the problem, it means a poor technique was used,...

Dentistry: root canal, natural teeth, tooth decay
natural teeth, tooth decay, tooth structure: Hi Marisa, If the tooth does need a root canal, and is otherwise a good, functioning tooth, I would try to save it. I see no reason why you shouldn t try and save a good tooth. Down the road, you may loose other teeth, and then you ll be sorry that this...

Dentistry: root canal, gary backlund, root canal treatment
gary backlund, root canal treatment, bone destruction: Hi Opal, We recall all our patients at 6 months to evaluate healing. Complete healing depends on the size of the original amount of bone destruction from the abscess. It could take as long as 2 years for the bone to fill in completely, but evidence of healing...

Dentistry: root canal, upper mandible, root canals
upper mandible, root canals, endodontist: Hi Jim, It s hard to say what the problem is without xrays and examining you. Here s what I would suggest; - First, make sure it s really this tooth that is the culprit. There can be another tooth in the vicinity that is the real problem. - If...

Dentistry: root canal, gary backlund, american association of endodontists
gary backlund, american association of endodontists, antibotics: Hi Emma, I m sorry you re having this problem. While I can t say for sure, I suspect what your dentist is talking about is called an apicoectomy. It s a small surgical procedure when an incision is made in the gum, the end of the tooth, the apex, is located...

Dentistry: root canal, bridge. severe gum pain, gum irritation, gum pain
gum irritation, gum pain, grinding my teeth: Dear Heather: You have answered your own question in your description of the problem. You probably have a microscopic fracture in that tooth, which cannot be seen on the X-ray, but will create the problem with the gum. What I do not like is the series of...

Dentistry: root canal through a crown, gary backlund, root canal treatment
gary backlund, root canal treatment, root canals: Hi Dan, Since I can t examine you, I don t know your situation exactly, but we routinely do root canals through a crown. There is always some risk to the crown, but I would say 95% are no problem. I would suggest that you get an evaluation by an endodontist,...

Dentistry: root canal hell, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, lymph node: Hi Leslie, I m sorry you are going through all this. My all means call again! What you are going through is not normal and you are NOT a wuss! It s your dentist s job to see patient s who are in pain. There should be no hesitation on his/her part to see...

Dentistry: root canal issue, gary backlund, abscessed tooth
gary backlund, abscessed tooth, achiness: Hi CJ, I m sorry you re going through all this. The only effect all this should have is a local reaction, around the tooth, in the gum like what is happening. It s pretty much an old wives tale that an abscessed tooth seeds your body with infection....

Dentistry: root canal issues, gary backlund, root canal specialist
gary backlund, root canal specialist, root canals: Hi Mark, I m sorry to hear you re having this problem. Yes, I would most definitely suggest you see an endodontist. We are trained to diagnosis pain as well as to do root canals. You should then be able to find out if your root canal is causing the problem...

Dentistry: root canal pain, root canal pain, cold compresses
root canal pain, cold compresses, canine tooth: Hi Kelly, I m really sorry to hear you are going through all this. I suspect your pain is coming from all the pressure in your jaw from the infection. When it drained in the office, that was good, but now the temporary has sealed it back up, so the pressure...

Dentistry: root canal results, gary backlund, gum disease
gary backlund, gum disease, root canal: Hi Stan, Sorry about the first time, I hit the wrong button ....:-(.. To answer your question, if the tooth is loose due to the infection from the abscess, then when the abscess heals, the tooth should tighten up nicely. There is also the possibility...

Dentistry: root canal over temporary bridge complications, medrol pack, solu medrol
medrol pack, solu medrol, endodonist: Dear Renee, It seems likely that the failure of your extraction to relieve pain is due to the fact that your pain was initially mis-diagnosed. This suggests that the extraction you had may have been inappropriate, and possibly totally unnecessary. If there...

Dentistry: root canals, root canal treatment, root canals
root canal treatment, root canals, general anesthesia: Theoretically, there are two ways this treatment can be done. You can have all the treatment completed at once under general anesthesia at the hospital or you can have it done in several separate visits in the office under sedation. Not all offices do hospital...

Dentistry: root canals, root canals, dentist office
root canals, dentist office, root canal: Hi again Mic, Here we go..... 1. So after a root canal, when people start complaining about pain, they always say that the dentist didn t clean out everything, and that all the nerves are not removed. Is that true in a lot of cases, where dentists simply...

Dentistry: Salivary Stone, salivary stone, kidney stones
salivary stone, kidney stones, dual training: Dear Karen: The answer to your question is: yes. The stone can pass. This is the reason that the Doctor at the ER told you to suck on the candy. However, I would prefer, that you go to an Oral Surgeon, or a dentist who is an ENT as well (yes, there are...

Dentistry: SCIENCE PROJECT, root canal therapy, plaque cause
root canal therapy, plaque cause, cause decay: 1) tooth enamel is tooth enamel. the strength is the same at every age. it only gets weak when it gets damaged or diseased(decay). 2) front teeth are designed to bite food off...they are sharp and shaped in incise food thus the name central and lateral...

Dentistry: Sealants on child's teeth, microscopic bacteria, removing plaque
microscopic bacteria, removing plaque, cause decay: The accumulation of calculus suggests that you have not been thoroughly cleaning the teeth as well as you would hope. This requires thorough brushing AND flossing. Calculus is plaque that has been allowed to remain on the teeth for a long time and calcifies...

Dentistry: Second Question, gary backlund, temporary filling
gary backlund, temporary filling, new crown: Hi again Mary, This really depends on how much tooth & temporary are left. The critical thing is to keep the root canal filling from being exposed to saliva. If that happens, the root canal filling can fail and then you will need to have the root canal...

Dentistry: Sensitivity due to implant trauma, gary backlund, advil
gary backlund, advil, aleve: Hi Neal, I m sorry to hear you re having this problem. There really isn t anything you can do to help matters along except taking anti-inflammatories which you doing with the Advil. I would take them by the clock, not just when it hurts, because you re...

Dentistry: Sensitivity problems, root canal therapy, amalgam fillings
root canal therapy, amalgam fillings, composite resin: Dear Lindsey, I would advise against any active intervention at this point unless it is clearly necessary. Any additional instrumentation (short of root canal therapy) on the teeth will only serve to make them more sensitive. Also, amalgam is relatively...

Dentistry: Simple Question, decent care, oral hygiene
decent care, oral hygiene, cleaning tools: It really doesn t matter as long as you cover all the bases. Unlike baseball, you don t have to cover the bases in any particular order. You can gauge the effectiveness of your oral hygiene by using a plaque disclosing solution like Trace which will stain...

Dentistry: Sinus / Canine Teeth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, rebecca rebecca
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, rebecca rebecca, dental decay: Rebecca - Not seeing your xrays or examining you makes it a little difficult for me to tell you what might be going on. My suggestion is that you go and get yourself examined by a local board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. With the recurrent...

Dentistry: Sinus Infection after sinus lift, infected sinus, nasal septum
infected sinus, nasal septum, sinus infection: Toni - Your perspective as to the cause for the problem sounds correct. Removing an infected tooth basically prevents the sinus lift at that time until the infection has completely resolved. Of course, without seeing an xray of the sinus, it is a little...

Dentistry: Son with post root canal discomfort, primary tooth, permanent tooth
primary tooth, permanent tooth, root canal: I assume you are referring to treatment done for a primary tooth and not a permanent tooth. Discomfort following a primary tooth nerve treatment is unusual, especially after one week. The only thing I can recommend is the pain relievers which you are already...

Dentistry: Straightening Teeth With A Retainer Instead of Braces, straightening teeth, orthodontic evaluation
straightening teeth, orthodontic evaluation, exact positions: Good question. While that may be possible it really depends on the bite relationship and the exact positions of your teeth. I would suggest that you have an orthodontic evaluation which many orthodontists will do without charge. Then you can decide how...

Dentistry: Superglue?, gary backlund, tooth cap
gary backlund, tooth cap, front tooth: Hi Alan, Wow...that is a tough spot to be in. Super glue won t hurt you. The only problem I foresee is being able to get the crown back off to cement it properly...at this point, maybe not a serious worry for you. Obviously be carful to not get any excess...

Dentistry: Swelling over 2 weeks later, warm salt water, oral bacteria
warm salt water, oral bacteria, wisdom teeth: Anthea - The selling could be an infection from trapped debris and oral bacteria during the healing. A good approach at this point is to immediately begin a regimen of warm salt water rinses for about 3-4 minutes 4-5 times a day. Warm rinses often help...

Dentistry: Swollen cheek/Wisdom teeth, swollen cheek, fractured pelvis
swollen cheek, fractured pelvis, numb tongue: John - I had never come across the same symptoms. It is hard for me to tell you if I have or have not seen similar situations. My best suggestion might be for you to get yourself examined at a major medical center. At a medical center there are many doctors...

Dentistry: Swollen/infected cheek, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, abscessed tooth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, abscessed tooth, clindamycin: Lucy - Biting your cheek can definitely cause an infection due to bacteria injected below the surface level. What you describe is definitely an infection that has generated into an abscess. You immediately need to make an appointment with a board certified...

Dentistry: sensitivity after composite fillings, composite fillings, holy moley
composite fillings, holy moley, pulp chamber: Dear Greg, It s not possible to provide reliable guidance, because the answers to your question depend entirely on the specifics of your case. However, it is widely known that resin fillings tend to provoke sensitivity, even in cavities of modest depth....

Dentistry: side effects on oral sedation and GA, oral sedation, root canal treatment
oral sedation, root canal treatment, emotional consequences: If the tooth has adequate structure to support a crown and there is no significant damage to the root and supporting bone then a root canal treatment is the treatment of choice to preserve the tooth until such time that it falls out at the appropriate time....

Dentistry: sidelying 2nd molar and wisdom teeth, wisdom teeth, orthodontic evaluation
wisdom teeth, orthodontic evaluation, baby teeth: It sounds like your daughter has a rather complicated set of orthodontic problems...over retained baby teeth, impacted 2nd molars...and that s without knowing anything about the alignment or bite situation. I would certainly suggest that you have an orthodontic...

Dentistry: sinus condition, gary backlund, sinus problems
gary backlund, sinus problems, sinus infection: Hi Doug, I m sorry you re going through all this. Yes, it is possible that your teeth could be causing your sinus problems. Sometimes, the roots of teeth will actually penetrate into the sinus. If you were to have an abscessed tooth, that could cause a...

Dentistry: My son's tooth, upper teeth, permanent tooth
upper teeth, permanent tooth, front tooth: Sonia, no problem here. Upper teeth are notoriously slow in coming in. If you dont see anything in the next year or so you might have a dentist take an xray. you will feel much better when you see the permanent tooth developing normally. All the best,...

Dentistry: stuck, gum inflammation, teeth problem
gum inflammation, teeth problem, tooth decay: Hi Brian If there is still some stuck then you will find that you end up getting a localised gum inflammation and bad taste/smell from the area. Did you try floss - that is usually the best thing to use? Decay doesn t develop overnight, but if you are...

Dentistry: sudden bite change/post root canal pain, root canal pain, periodontal ligament
root canal pain, periodontal ligament, teeth and gums: Hi Candy, If the nightguard was made properly, then the bite shouldn t really have changed at all. The alignment of your teeth should be the same as they were before the nightguard. Therefore, I don t know why your trays don t fit and your gums feel this...

Dentistry: surgical expansion of the maxilla, persistent depression, brain problem
persistent depression, brain problem, term depression: Monika - I have seen what Dr. Silkman has said about the size of the jaw and the effects of that and the relative similarity of the amount of room in the brain. I need to tell you that I do not agree. I don t agree for two reasons. First of all, with the...

Dentistry: swelling in cheek, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water, amoxicilin: Jonathan - Your description of what is going on is definitely a sign of an infection. If the tooth is badly broken down, don t see your dentist, make an appointment with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. You need an antibiotic now to help contain the infection...

Dentistry: swollen gum, swollen gum, wisdom teeth
swollen gum, wisdom teeth, periodontal infections: Nicholette - The same reason for wisdom teeth to frequently developing infections and require removing will produce inflammatory and infected conditions in that area. The reason is the difficulty of cleaning the area well enough to prevent periodontal infections...

Dentistry: swollen lymph node after root canal retreatment, swollen lymph node, root canal therapy
swollen lymph node, root canal therapy, gary backlund: Hi Anna, Some overfilling of a root canal occurs often when we do root canals. That s why the filling materials we use are biocompatible. The critical issue is whether the end of the root is sealed. In most cases of an overfill, this still occurs. The only...

Dentistry: Teeth pain after cleaning, front teeth, sensitive issues
front teeth, sensitive issues, appleton: Hi Kevin This is pretty normal, especially if you hadn t had your teeth cleaned for a while. The gum shrinks slightly because before the cleaning it was inflamed and slightly swollen - after the cleaning it returns to normal. The sensitivity will subside,...

Dentistry: Temperature sensitivity after rct, gary backlund, cold liquids
gary backlund, cold liquids, premolar: Hi Debbie, I m sorry this is all going on. I think you are right on! Once a root canal is done, there is no nerve left in the tooth to feel hot or cold. That is coming from another tooth. Since your pain is somewhat improved, it may be that two teeth were...

Dentistry: Thankyou for your time, family photo albums, dental checkups
family photo albums, dental checkups, underbite: It is far too soon in your daughter s development to know how the jaw will develop and it is certainly too early to do anything about it anyway. Most underbite situations are inherited so a look through the family photo albums should help reveal any inherited...

Dentistry: Throat Tightness/TMJ, warm salt water, jaw muscles
warm salt water, jaw muscles, sinus pressure: Megan - What you are experiencing in your throat is completely normal if you are also suffering from spasms of the jaw muscles. 90% of true TMJ problems are directly related to spasms of the jaw muscles. The muscles in that region are not unlike muscles...

Dentistry: TMJ, relaxation approach, electrical nerve stimulation
relaxation approach, electrical nerve stimulation, ultrasound treatments: Brittney - I am sorry to hear about the obvious suffering you have had to endure for the lsst couple of years. The headaches, earaches and shoulder pains indicate that they have not fully relaxed your jaw muscles. Those pains are definitely indicative of...

Dentistry: TMJ, invisilign braces, jaw joints
invisilign braces, jaw joints, appleton: Hi Jamie Yes it can - the pain comes from overworking the jaw joints and muscles, often this will be from grinding your teeth in your sleep, hence pain in the mornings, although clenching your teeth/talking/chewing etc can cause this during the day. ...

Dentistry: TMJ, root canal therapy, ceramic braces
root canal therapy, ceramic braces, cheek bone: Kristy - It sounds like you have had hodge podge dentistry. What do I mean? Whoever has been adjusting your bite with the braces has altered your bite and caused severe spasm of your jaw muscles. These spasms are cuasing the pain in the ear, the pain...

Dentistry: TMJ, otc pain relievers, extreme stress
otc pain relievers, extreme stress, dental technicians: Sandra, I m sorry, I really do not know about reduced cost help. You can call the schools and just ask them. You might want to read the past answers that are listed on the allexperts site, so you can see some of the things I ve done for my TMJ. For example,...

Dentistry: TMJ or Disc dislocated, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, tmj doctor
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, tmj doctor, molar teeth: Garrick - You may not want to hear this, but if your wife s disc is really dislocated it may need a surgical procedure to reposition it. My main question is why it occurred right after the temporary crown was placed. Even if the crown did not fit well,...

Dentistry: TMJ relief, alpha stim 100, tmj patients
alpha stim 100, tmj patients, heat massage: Roseann, Can you see the doctor I recommend in NY, Dr. Rosenberg, 516-791-4000? His nightguard, that fits over the bottom teeth really helped me, as did ultrasound which he and a physical therapist I found on LI, did also, with the same. He has had pain...

Dentistry: TMJ and TENS unit, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, tens unit
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, tens unit, muscle relaxation: Roseann - The TENS unit you describe is the type I have talked about. The problem with you placing the pads on your face, is that you can injure the facial nerve if the pads are placed incorrectly. So using the TENS is not a bad move, but you need an instruction...

Dentistry: TOOTH EXTRACTION WHEN I WAS 15 NOW 23 NEED AN IMPLANT AND BRACES?, front teeth, premolars
front teeth, premolars, incisor: Jessica - Absolutely get an examination from an orthodontist. With the crowding and tipping, the orthodontics may be able to fill the space left by the loss of the tooth. If the dentist needs to cut the tooth next to it to allow an implant, it just shows...

Dentistry: Toddler, adult teeth, dental fluorosis
adult teeth, dental fluorosis, systemic fluoride: It seems that your pediatrician may have given you very poor advice. It is never acceptable to allow a youngster to use fluoride toothpaste as a source of ingested fluoride. There is a very specific allowable dose of systemic fluoride for youngsters and...

Dentistry: Tooth broken off at gum line, abutment teeth, gum line
abutment teeth, gum line, cementation: Dear Nancy, The bridge should be left out of the mouth, because it cannot be securely re-attached if one of the abutment teeth have been broken. Do not attempt to re-cement the bridge with temporary cement, because the loosening of the bridge, which will...

Dentistry: Tooth extraction, upper molar, regional variations
upper molar, regional variations, tooth extraction: Hi Melinda In an ideal world you would replace the tooth with an implant - you are right, a bridge is not an option here with only one possible support tooth in front of it. You will have to discuss the costs with your dentist as there are tremendous...

Dentistry: Tooth sensitivity, tooth mousse, pins and needles
tooth mousse, pins and needles, nerve damage: this is rare but i have heard this before. do you have bleach trays? if so, load the sensodyne right into the trays and place them on your teeth for 5-10 minutes and do this for around 7 days in a row and see if this helps. if you do this in this manner, it...

Dentistry: Treatment options for Class III Malocclusion in 26 yr old adult, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, lateral incisors
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, lateral incisors, class iii malocclusion: Jay - There is one board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon in India who might be able to help. The doctor is Dr. Moni A Kuriakose. He is at the Amrtia Institute of Medial Sciences in Koch Kerala. His telephone number is (944) 713-1409 . There is...

Dentistry: Trouble with root canal/crown, Endodontist says extract #14, vacation coming right up??, bone grafting, dental questions
bone grafting, dental questions, endodontist: This is not a simple answer, but I will offer advice. With an infected tooth, there are no guarantees. It may or not remain quite during your vacation. It is a possibility that it may flare up while you are away. If the extraction will be simple and...

Dentistry: Trying Again, gary backlund, root canal
gary backlund, root canal, x rays: Hi Mary, Unfortunately, without being able to exam you, there is no way for me to know whether you really needed that root canal. There are more issues involved with a diagnosis like this than just pain or X-rays. I think it would certainly be appropriate...

Dentistry: can't have epinephrine, gary backlund, mao inhibitor
gary backlund, mao inhibitor, oral surgeon: Hi Connie, There are a number of different concentrations of epinephrine used in dentistry, including some that have no epinephrine in them at all. There is NO standard amount for an extraction. The problem is, when you eliminate the epinephrine, the duration...

Dentistry: can't have epinephrine, local anesthetic agents, mao inhibitor
local anesthetic agents, mao inhibitor, luck mark: Dear Connie, Technically speaking, the term Novocaine refers to an anesthetic that is not much used anymore. However, there are a wide variety of very effective local anesthetic agents that don t contain epinephrine or other vasoconstrictors that will...

Dentistry: two front teeth, two front teeth, upper incisors
two front teeth, upper incisors, permanent teeth: The permanent teeth should be appearing soon, however in may cases when the primary teeth are lost early there is a significant delay in the emergence of the permanent teeth. The upper incisors usually appear about three months after the lower incisors. ...

Dentistry: Two front teeth, american academy of pediatric dentistry, two front teeth
american academy of pediatric dentistry, two front teeth, academy of pediatric dentistry: It s not unusual for the permanent tooth to appear after three months or more. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends starting regular dental checkups every 6 months starting at age 2-3. Perhaps this would be a good time to bring this to...

Dentistry: teeth, relative proportions, many different ways
relative proportions, many different ways, orthodontic appliance: Very simple question...complicated answer. The short answer is that there are many different ways to solve this problem and they range from quick, easy and painless, to complicated, time-consuming and expensive. It all depends on the tooth and it s relationship...

Dentistry: teeth cleaning, frequent cleanings, deep pockets
frequent cleanings, deep pockets, gum disease: Dear Joanne von Savoye, There is no single standardized frequency of dental cleaning that is appropriate for all patients. Some patients with poorly-controlled gum disease require more frequent cleanings-- typically at 3-month intervals, while others would...

Dentistry: front teeth extraction, partial denture, teeth extraction
partial denture, teeth extraction, front teeth: Joanne - From what you describe, it sounds like you will have an immediate partial denture placed. Immediately after the extractions the partial denture can be placed, but you need to clarify this with the dentist. The dentist might be planning to allow...

Dentistry: temp filing, dalin, pluses
dalin, pluses, dds: tell him that the tramadol is having no effect. do not ask for anything by name. ask him what he thinks would work better than that. discuss pluses and minuses of other alternatives...the codeine derivatives make you fuzzy. if you have good communication with...

Dentistry: Do you think this is reversible pulpitis which is resolving, or irrversible pulpitis?, pulpitis- reversible or irreversible
pulpitis- reversible or irreversible: Dear Sally, As you have pointed out it is difficult to give specific information about your case without examining you and actually looking underneath the filling. I will try to give you some general information. I am not a fan of defining the pulpitis...

Dentistry: three crowns and lots of pain, gary backlund, three crowns
gary backlund, three crowns, root canals: Hi again Marie, Where you go for help is really up to you. If you like your dentist, then you need to be a bit careful. You might say I m tired of living like this and an endodontist on allexperts thought getting an evaluation by an endodontist might be...

Dentistry: tmj ligament tear, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, tmj specialists
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, tmj specialists, ligament tear: Kylene - Tearing of the ligament can occur with trauma, but it can also happen by accident. When there is tightness to the jaw muscles(tightness can occur due to a bite imbalance from bad fillings or teeth that are not lined up well, stress or even just going...

Dentistry: toddler with weak enamil, stainless steel crowns, dental crowns
stainless steel crowns, dental crowns, decayed teeth: Dear Oskana, the back teeth in your daughters mouth are important, she will have them until she is almost 12 years old. They hold space for the important permanent teeth. Stainless steel crowns are the treatment of choice. There are few options other than...

Dentistry: tongue bite, warm salt water, penicillin vk
warm salt water, penicillin vk, tip of the tongue: Beth - You are on the correct pathway for the tongue to heal. The tongue, being totally made of muscle tissue is prone to pulling motions, even with simple actions like swallowing. We swallow hundreds of times each day and that action delays the healing....

Dentistry: tongue numbness after lower molar extraction, tongue numbness, molar extraction
tongue numbness, molar extraction, nerve repair: The numbness is probably caused by the anesthetic injection. The needle undoubtedly traumatized the nerve. It is possible that a surgical extraction could have damaged the lingual nerve, but probably it was the injection. I can t tell you for certain without...

Dentistry: tooth abscess, upper gum, warm salt water
upper gum, warm salt water, strict regimen: Joanna - Your sister needs to be placed on an antibiotic to try to contain the infection and definitely either return to the dentist for the root canal, drain the infection by an incision in the gum and possibly extracting the tooth. The longer the infection...

Dentistry: A tooth broken off above gum line but still in the gum, gum line, wisdom tooth
gum line, wisdom tooth, back bottom: i know this is scary but do not worry. modern dentistry can be done in a simple and pain-free manner. you need to find a dentist you feel comfortable with. first you need a good diagnosis. can the tooth be saved with a root canal and a crown. is it nonrestorable...then...

Dentistry: Can a tooth get brused?, hard tile, pediatric dentist
hard tile, pediatric dentist, tile floor: Technically, a bruise or contusion is an injury to soft tissue, so the term does not apply to a tooth. You are correct, however, in suspecting that the nerve of the tooth has become non-vital. Generally, after sustaining trauma a baby tooth may darken. ...

Dentistry: tooth - cell transplant, periodontal ligament, oral cavity
periodontal ligament, oral cavity, root portion: Dear Don: Your question is one that has been troubling the dental profession for many years. As of now, this is what we know: A tooth takes nine (9) years to achieve full growth. It takes three years for the crown (the white portion that you normally see)...

Dentistry: tooth decay and gastric by-pass, burning sensations, gum line
burning sensations, gum line, gastric by pass: i have not ever read about any correlations between gastric bypass and tooth issues. here are some possibilities for you and your dentist to think about: 1) how is your diet now? any excess sugar in it? 2) are you having reflux problems now post-gastric bypass....

Dentistry: tooth enamel, two front teeth, central incisors
two front teeth, central incisors, tooth enamel: Dear Jakii, It is difficult to diagnose your problem without examining your teeth, but I will try an give you some information that maybe helpful. The thinning edges you describe usually occur due to the excursions your lower jaw makes against them....

Dentistry: tooth enamel!, two front teeth, tooth enamel
two front teeth, tooth enamel, toothpast: What you re describing sounds more like a bite issue than anything you have used to brush your teeth,I would leave things be unless you would consider an ortho consult that could prevent futher wear.As far as rebuilding goes,we are able to rebuild teeth with...

Dentistry: tooth enamel!!!, two front teeth, acidic diet
two front teeth, acidic diet, tooth enamel: Hi Jakii It sounds like your enamel has is eroding, and this is usually caused by an acidic diet. So, if you eat fruit, juice, yoghurt, wine etc you are probably causing the enamel to erode away, and this will also cause sensitivity. Unfortunately it...

Dentistry: tooth enamel erosion and celiac disease, tooth enamel erosion, toothbrush abrasion
tooth enamel erosion, toothbrush abrasion, abfraction: i have not read of any direct correlation between celiac disease and tooth issues. the erosion issue has multiple possible causes: 1) toothbrush abrasion 2) acid erosion (from gums) 3) abfraction or flexing when you grind your teeth 4)most often: we have no...

Dentistry: tooth extraction, tooth extractions, upper tooth
tooth extractions, upper tooth, dry socket: Dear jeni, Although smoking is a presumed risk factor in the development of dry socket, it does not mean that smoking a cigarette will invariably cause dry socket. If you are not in significant pain, then you don t have dry socket. If you cannot see...

Dentistry: tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus infection
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus infection, tooth socket: Jessica - I cannot be sure without examining you, but it sounds like you had a communication with the sinus from the traumatic extraction. Leaving the sinus alone and possibly with an opening into the sinus from the tooth socket is not a good idea. You need...

Dentistry: tooth extraction, iv sedation, general anesthesia
iv sedation, general anesthesia, local anesthesia: Dear Linda, Although local anesthesia is fine, it will not do anything to alleviate your anxiety. If you are considering using an oral surgeon, most offer IV sedation and that should help a great deal to diminish your anxiety. This sounds like the best...

Dentistry: tooth pain, gary backlund, gold inlay
gary backlund, gold inlay, root canals: Hi Clare, When a tooth has become extremely irritated on the inside, we call that hyperemic. What that means is that the blood supply and tissue inside the tooth has been irritated so much that it is super sensitive...why it was hard to numb...and loaded...

Dentistry: tooth pain, tooth nerve pain, sinus pain
tooth nerve pain, sinus pain, root canals: Dear Patricia: You may be suffering from a condition called Trigeminal Neuralgia, wherein the nerve that supplies the teeth is actually signalling the pain. Or you may have TMJ pain, or ear infection or sinus pain. Sometimes, heart pain (angina) is felt...

Dentistry: tooth removal, molar teeth, warm salt water
molar teeth, warm salt water, jaw muscles: Melissa - Of course I cannot be 100% sure without examining you, but from your description of what has gone on, it sounds like you are suffering from spasms of the jaw muscles. After the removal of molar teeth, the bite can change and the muscles can get...

Dentistry: tooth replacement, partial denture, wisdom teeth
partial denture, wisdom teeth, permanent bridge: Dear Mollie: I am sorry to hear that your front teeth are becoming loose. There are several ways to replace your teeth. The simplest and least expensive replacement for these teeth is what is known as a flipper . It is an acrylic partial denture that...

Dentistry: tooth roots, tooth roots, dalin
tooth roots, dalin, dds: joy it depends how much breaks. if it is fairly superficial then usually not. if it down to gumline or higher, then yes. trauma can kill a nerve. exposing the nerve can kill the nerve. so the answer is simply this: how much broke. jeff dalin, dd...

Dentistry: my tooth has gotten squint, gum disease, dentin
gum disease, dentin, front tooth: Hi Sheryl This movement could be just part of the normal wear and tear that teeth go through, or it could be due to a disease process such as gum disease. Either way you really need to have it looked at sooner rather than later. Regards Tony Appleto...

Dentistry: toothache, pain meds, pain medications
pain meds, pain medications, dalin: call your dentist...it sounds like he did not have all of his problems taken care of. you can use pain medications and antibiotics to help. see if he is on these already. but this is all you can do for now. so call your dentist and report this and see if the...

Dentistry: Unexplained tooth pain, wisdom teeth, marcaine
wisdom teeth, marcaine, nightguard: Dear Kristin, Yes-- pain that originates in the teeth does have a tendency to radiate and refer along the distribution of the sensory nerves that serve the face. It is also common for diffuse musculoskeletal pain to accompany bruxism. The clinical picture...

Dentistry: upper jaw surgery, pictures of cleft palate, cheek implant
pictures of cleft palate, cheek implant, lefort 1: Ninaa - Depending on the skill of the doctor, I agree with Option 3. There is no reason that it cannot all be done in one surgical procedure. Of course, I cannot be sure without an examination, but doing it all at the same time often produces a better total...

Dentistry: veneers/crowns on top front teeth, root canal treatment, new dentist
root canal treatment, new dentist, buck teeth: Hi Louisa The choice of veneers or crowns really depends on the amount of tooth substance remaining, and if an experienced dentist is advising crowns then that is probably the better option. You don t necessarily need root canal treatment if a tooth...

Dentistry: White rim at bottom of front teeth, white rim, gum line
white rim, gum line, front teeth: If the white rim is located along the gum line it is due to a deficiency in brushing and represents a defect in the tooth that requires immediate attention. If the white rim is located along the biting edge then it will disappear in time as the tooth wears...

Dentistry: Wisdom Teeth, point syringe, warm salt water
point syringe, warm salt water, wisdom teeth: Ben - The pocket you describe does occasionally occur if the doctor who removed the teeth did not place the sutures correctly or did not tighten them enough. What you need to do is to gently irrigate the hole with a plastic needle point syringe (not a metal...

Dentistry: Wisdom Teeth Extraction, wisdom teeth extraction, four quadrants
wisdom teeth extraction, four quadrants, soft diet: Dear Gina, I generally counsel patients to stay on a soft diet for a full week, especially in cases like yours where all four quadrants are affected, because there is no way to avoid chewing on at least one of the sockets. After that, you can slowly phase...

Dentistry: Wisdom Teeth Extraction, wisdom teeth extraction, warm salt water
wisdom teeth extraction, warm salt water, gum tissue: Jackie - Of course, I wasn t there when the extractions were done, but what you describe often occurs when the doctor removing the teeth does not place sutures properly or not at all to help the reattachment of the gum tissue to the bone surrounding the socket....

Dentistry: Wisdom Tooth Extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, upper molar
wisdom tooth extraction, upper molar, molar tooth: Hi Nina If the wisdom tooth is now in a good functional position then restoring it is a very valid option. You need to know what will happen if the tooth is not restored and is extracted. then you can make your own mind up about which route to go. ...

Dentistry: Wisdom Tooth Pain, wisdom tooth pain, blood clot formation
wisdom tooth pain, blood clot formation, dry sockets: Colleen - Of course without examining you I cannot be totally sure, but you could have an infection or more likely you might have developed dry sockets. Dry sockets are severe inflammation of the bone of the tooth sockets due to poor blood clot formation....

Dentistry: Wisdom teeth gum healing, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth
wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth, safe side: Hi Tonya, That s a good question. As long as the site is healing, albeit slowly, you are on the right track. The tissue can take up to 3 months to fully close up and heal. Having the hole there is not something you should be overly concerned about....

Dentistry: Wisdom tooth healing, warm salt water, wisdom teeth
warm salt water, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth: Josh - Very often within a tooth socket, the blood clot forms and goes through a color alteration. Very often that color is blackish. Do not stick anything into the socket. Not a bad idea to promote a quicker healing is for you to begin a regimen of warm...

Dentistry: Worried about a possible dry socket, molar extraction, warm salt water
molar extraction, warm salt water, bad taste in my mouth: Jessica- First of all, if you develop a dry socket, that should start now through about the sixth day. The yellowish substance you see can be debris plus an accumulation of the normal bacteria within saliva in your mouth. There is nothing wrong there, but...

Dentistry: They want to sedate my 14 month old, dental anesthesiologist, fear of the dentist
dental anesthesiologist, fear of the dentist, pediatric dentist: Dear Tiffany: As a parent of two small children, I understand you concern and trepidations. Nevertheless, the options that the pediatric dentist gave you are the correct ones. I am personally opposed to strapping a child down and forcing work. It is the...

Dentistry: wisdom tooth, wisdom tooth, third trimester
wisdom tooth, third trimester, dentist: Navotny - In the third trimester (32 weeks) extracting a tooth is okay, but the medication used to numb you must not contain epinephrine or any other additive to reduce bleeding. That is something you must advise the dentist before the tooth is removed....

Dentistry: ZOMETA and TOOTH EXTRACTION, temporary fillings, root canal treatment
temporary fillings, root canal treatment, pins and needles: Mark - If at all possible, the root canal should be tried. Even waiting months to a year or two, the jaw might still be vulnerable to developing an osteonecrosis. If there is an existing infection, which does not fully drain during the root canal treatment,...

Dentistry: My 1 month old cutting teeth?, pediatric dentist, ray examination
pediatric dentist, ray examination, hard as a rock: Yes, that s possible, however sometimes these early teeth are actually extra neonatal teeth or enamel pearls. At some point it may be necessary to determine if these are extra teeth or keepers . That can be done by a pediatric dentist with an x-ray examination...

Dentistry: 18 month old teeth, gum decay, old teeth
gum decay, old teeth, pediatric dentist: Dear Amy: This is possible, though unlikely. It is also possible that these teeth are infected, and she is feeling the irritation in her gum. It is also possible that her permanent teeth are coming in way too early. It is time that you made an appointment...

Dentistry: # 19, endontist, new dentist
endontist, new dentist, tooth ache: Karl - I m not sure what you are asking. If you are asking if redoing the root canal or extracting the tooth and following with an implant is the best approach, I really could not tell you without viewing xrays and examining you. If you continue to have...

Dentistry: 19 month son, herman hospital, pediatric dentist
herman hospital, pediatric dentist, front teeth: Lana - If your son s teeth have not fully erupted and now they are decayed, the teeth can be repaired and if it is done under anesthesia, you son will feel minimal discomfort after he awakens. The teeth may be able to be fixed, but if extensive decay has...

Dentistry: 2 failed root canals on molar, question about apicoectomy, flare ups, root canals
flare ups, root canals, intermittent pain: Dear Nicole, Any answer I provide would be purely speculative, because I don t have access to the relevant diagnostic information. However, it is my experience that multiple successive failed attempts to manage dental infection present diminishing probability...

Dentistry: 2 root canals, gary backlund, root canal specialist
gary backlund, root canal specialist, numbness in the face: What I mean is to call specialists....not general dentists, because your right, they want you to come in. Specialists basically work by referral and see the work of ALL their referring dentists. They are in an excellent position to evaluate other dentists...

Dentistry: 28 month old cavity in between two front teeth, stainless steel crowns, two front teeth
stainless steel crowns, two front teeth, silver caps: It s true that many individuals would judge stainless steel crowns on the front teeth of a child as being unusual and unnatural but most children don t begin to develop self-esteem until much later when those teeth being to fall out and are replaced by permanent...

Dentistry: My 2yr old has two loose teeth from a fall, two front teeth, long periods of time
two front teeth, long periods of time, loose teeth: she has to drink so sippy cup should be fine. just don t let her chew on it for long periods of time. what happens here is the fibers that hold the tooth in need to reconnect to the root. if your dentist did not tell you, watch also for darkening of the teeth....

Dentistry: 3 year old & fixed tongue loop, pacifier habit, tongue thrust
pacifier habit, tongue thrust, pediatric dentist: these open bites can be really severe. my now 21 year old had a terrible one with her pacifier and once she gave it up, her bite immediately got better. before going as far as placing that appliance, i would get a second opinion either from another pediatric...

Dentistry: 3 year old son has a blister like thing on his upper gum by front teeth, two front teeth, dear ruby
two front teeth, dear ruby, harmless cyst: Dear Ruby, Sorry but too hard to make a diagnosis here without seeing a picture of what you are trying to describe. It could be an abscess due to a fall a few years earlier, or just a harmless cyst. No way for me to tell at this distance, you should have...

Dentistry: 4-year-old with cavities, pediatric dentist, cavities
pediatric dentist, cavities, second opinion: I would suggest that you have a second opinion with a pediatric dentist. I would also recommend that you have all cavities treated and not just the ones that hurt. Any untreated cavities, even small ones, will continue to decay until they become much bigger...

Dentistry: 5 year old with lots of cavities, alpha 1 antitrypsin, permanent teeth
alpha 1 antitrypsin, permanent teeth, liver problems: Dear Jamie, First let me say that I understand that raising your son must provide you with challenges beyond that facing a child in good health. Also, my own son is a picky eater and seemed to live on air when he was younger. His diet also was not...

Dentistry: 8 montb old's abnormal tooth, tissue swells, pediatric dentist
tissue swells, pediatric dentist, dalin: sometimes the tissue swells and bruises as the tooth tried to come in. i cannot tell you exactly what you are seeing without seeing it in person. call a dentist...maybe a pediatric dentist...and have it looked at in person. i have a feeling it is the erupting...

Dentistry: 9 month old fell and hit mouth on coffee table, lateral incisor, pediatric dentist
lateral incisor, pediatric dentist, permanent tooth: amanda permanent teeth start developing up in the gums at birth. whatever damage has been done can not have been prevented by doing anything other than what you have done. i have seen this sort of things many times. we never know what happens until the permanent...

Dentistry: Atypical face pain after Root Canal, atypical face pain, root canal dentist
atypical face pain, root canal dentist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon: Ruth - It is a little tough for me to tell you what test would be appropriate. It really all depends on the cause. If a nerve was compressed, one type of film may help, but if the nerve was traumatized by the use of a medication during the root canal treatment...

Dentistry: adding a tooth to a partial denture, upper denture, partial denture
upper denture, partial denture, natural teeth: christine this is good that you have choices. i am big on saving teeth at any time. you never know when you might need it. it will cost more to do the crown (might need root canal as well). but you will have the tooth still. the partial and the way it looks...

Dentistry: aneathestising of gum, local anaesthetic, back tooth
local anaesthetic, back tooth, attack response: Hi Karina Some local anaesthetic solutions contain adrenaline, which helps to prolong and deepen the effect on the anaesthetic. This adrenaline, however, can give you palpitations etc. such as you describe. It is not an allergic reaction and is not at...

Dentistry: antibiotics and RCT on baby teeth, incision and drainage, pediatric dentist
incision and drainage, pediatric dentist, systemic signs: I can t accurately answer your question without seeing your child. I can tell you that antibiotics are grossly overprescribed nowadays. They are appropriate ONLY if your child has systemic signs and symptoms, e.g. a fever, aching all over, and so forth....

Dentistry: apicectomy pain after op and extraction, residual infection, upper tooth
residual infection, upper tooth, nerve damage: Dear Pam: It sounds like residual infection in the area of the apicoectomy. Not common after extraction, but happens just the same. An MRI won t likely show much. You will want to contact the last dentist you saw about this. He/she should guide you properly....

Dentistry: apicoectomy vs implant, gary backlund, apicoectomy
gary backlund, apicoectomy, root tips: Hi Grace, Thanks for the Xray. There are a number of problems with that tooth. Any one of which could cause the tooth to be lost. Saving it with an apicoectomy would be very difficult. Just accessing each of the root tips would be difficult as it appears...

Dentistry: how do i get artificail teeth fixed for my dad who has no teeth at all?, health wise, jawbone
health wise, jawbone, dentures: Dear Suntha: There are several solutions. The best would be to implant titanium roots into his jawbone, then build teeth onto these roots. Doing this, you may replace as many or as few teeth as you wish, and would be best in your father s situation. The...

Dentistry: Baby Incisors, upper molar, oral herpes
upper molar, oral herpes, primary teeth: This is a mystery that nature has provided. There are two possibilities. The first, and most likely thing, is that your child s dentition is delayed and the remaining teeth will ultimately emerge. The second possibility, which is very rare, is that there...

Dentistry: Bad molar contact, food impaction, chronic inflammation
food impaction, chronic inflammation, alignment problem: A vertical bony defect is often present in the situation that you ve described. The area is subject to food impaction and chronic inflammation which will further deteriorate the bone in the area. Since the teeth are not properly aligned it is quite possible...

Dentistry: Bad molar contact, root surfaces, genetic susceptibility
root surfaces, genetic susceptibility, dental plaque: Hi Rob It sounds very much like you have periodontal disease. This is where the gum/bone supporting the teeth is eroding away due to dental plaque and a genetic susceptibility. Treatment involves deep cleaning of the root surfaces and possibly use of...

Dentistry: Bad molar contact, warm salt water, two choices
warm salt water, two choices, lower jaw: Rob - Your problem sounds like the gap is due to an advanced periodontal disease. The bone is being eaten away producing the defects in the bone. Cutting the gums and cleaning out the inflamed and infected tissue is appropriate. Is the dentist you will...

Dentistry: BONE SPLINTS COMING THRough GUM, execration, dalin
execration, dalin, tweezers: mike be careful here. i would let your dentist do this. better to let him/her take a look here to make sure that nothing bad is going on. you do not want large pieces working their way out. sometimes small eggshell thin like pieces can work their way out....

Dentistry: Braces and Gum ulcer, 5mm diameter, gum tissue
5mm diameter, gum tissue, front teeth: Orthodontic tooth movement does not result in an ulceration of the gum tissue. However, it s not possible to know from this description what is actually causing the ulcer. That will require an examination. This is something that should be checked since...

Dentistry: Bridge rubbing cheek, mucocele, pea size
mucocele, pea size, fibrous tissue: chrissie, there is not much to rub on these things. you can use the numbing gels but they tend to spread around your mouth and make everything numb. i wish i could come up with a better idea but there really isn t anything. the best thing to do is what i...

Dentistry: baby bottle toothe decay, oral hygeine, composite resin
oral hygeine, composite resin, stainless steel crown: The quality of the restoration depends on the skill of the dentist and the ability to control the treatment conditions which can be very difficult with an uncooperative child. The procedure would require the successful use of a sedative. Under ideal conditions...

Dentistry: bad filling/radiating pain, trigeminal neuralgia, upper teeth
trigeminal neuralgia, upper teeth, bad tooth: Hi Beth, I m sorry you re going through all this. It is not unusual for pain in one area to refer pain to another. Lower teeth to upper teeth is very common. I suspect that when the lower problem is resolved, your upper pain will go away. As for your...

Dentistry: bite issues, root canal specialist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
root canal specialist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, temple region: Mia - 1) Yes the pain or feeling would be similar if it was due to a malocclusion, whether the tooth was crowned or not. 2) Yes it will feel differently since in root canal therapy, the sensory nerves within the tooth are removed. 3) Normal. It...

Dentistry: bone graft, bone graft, bone grafting
bone graft, bone grafting, bone loss: Dear Patrick: I will assume that you mean $350 per tooth for bone grafting. Alveoloplasty MAY be an alternative, but it will not increase the height or thickness of your remaining jaw after extractions, making it less likely that you will wear dentures comfortably....

Dentistry: bone graft, dental bone graft, methylprednisolone
dental bone graft, methylprednisolone: Joan - The major problem is a potential of the bone not being accepted. With long term usage of the methylprednisolone, the overall healing ability has been altered and taking of graft may present problems. The most important thing is to make sure that...

Dentistry: bone graphing options, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, oral surg
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, oral surg, bottom teeth: Brenda - The reason the surgeon feels that the sandwich graft is better, is most likely due to the stability of a graft placed between two pieces of bone versus just on top, like an onlay. The less resorption reason, I really don t know. As as the knee vs...

Dentistry: bone loss, bone metabolism, brooklyn ny
bone metabolism, brooklyn ny, nutritional supplements: Dear alicia, In the dental/periodontal context, bone has only a very limited capability of regeneration. In most cases, attempts to restore bone volume and contour involve the use of surgical bone grafts. Unless there is a specific nutritional deficiency...

Dentistry: bone loss, periodontist, dalin
periodontist, dalin, bone loss: alicia i hate to say it but it is tough to get bone to regenerate around teeth...and i assume you are asking this to be around teeth. if you have bone loss, then maybe talk with a periodontist (a gum and bone specialist). they can check things out and let...

Dentistry: bony lump and numbness, pin pricks, nerve test
pin pricks, nerve test, teeth and gums: Jean - The appearance of an infection on an xray is from the degeneration of bone. If, rather that the infection percolating in the bone, it is not in the bone but under the #30 area. The lump may be inflaming the nerve producing the numbness. If the...

Dentistry: bridge vs implant, upper teeth, questioners
upper teeth, questioners, molars: Mary - I assume that the extraction would be of a lower molar. If so, as I have told many other patients, the upper teeth can be linked and that will prevent an eruption of the upper teeth. As I have told many questioners, this is what happened to me at...

Dentistry: broken teeth, Patient unable to get numb
Patient unable to get numb: Although I have had patients that are difficult to get anesthesia, I have never had a patient that I was not able to eventually numb up . Patients can have different anatomy and metabolism rates which can create a challenge , but dentists have an assortment...

Dentistry: CAD/CAM crown, radioactivity levels, pi resources
radioactivity levels, pi resources, metal oxides: gail whenever you start seeing studies like this, you can never rely on any single study. there are so many variables when these studies are done that you really cannot trust any single study. you have to look at a body of work. you need to read around 10...

Dentistry: Caps and root canal, root canal therapy, tooth structure
root canal therapy, tooth structure, x rays: I can t tell you a lot, because I can t see you. If the temp cracks repeatedly, it is because it is too thin, which is because the dentist didn t, or couldn t (for a number of reasons) remove enough tooth structure. Sometimes the permanent crown will be...

Dentistry: Caps on front teeth, two front teeth, tooth colored fillings
two front teeth, tooth colored fillings, beautiful smile: If the cavities are very small it may be possible to place small, tooth-colored fillings. However, if the cavities are large then the tooth would require a more substantial restoration like a crown. The decision must be made by the dentist who can evaluate...

Dentistry: Cavities, starting a new job, fluoride toothpaste
starting a new job, fluoride toothpaste, little luck: Dear Stephanie, I understand the problem. The good news is that cavities progress very slowly. Two or three months is not a long time if you brush twice daily with a good fluoride toothpaste. That shoudl slow up the progression and with a little luck you...

Dentistry: Child Dentist visit, general anestesia, adult teeth
general anestesia, adult teeth, child dentist: Without an examination and x-rays I cannot determine if this treatment plan is appropriate, although I ve heard nothing here to indicate that it might not be appropriate. Often an x-ray exam reveals much more than can be seen with just a clinical examination....

Dentistry: Childhood tooth decay- What Corrective action can be taken?, baby molars, tooth decay
baby molars, tooth decay, permanent teeth: these are all excellent questions. let me answer them one by one... 1) sealants work only in the grooves of back teeth. they do nothing for smooth surfaces like the fronts of front teeth. you can discuss this with your dentist for the back baby molars. 2)...

Dentistry: Continuing Mouth and Tooth Pain, anxiety level, sticky thing
anxiety level, sticky thing, left hand side: Lisa- I am not saying that the oral and maxillofacial surgeon can help you, but seeing an orofacial pain specialist without truly identifying the cause of your pain is not the correct approach. A more experienced approach by the surgeon and the ability to...

Dentistry: Core Build-up/Root Canal, root canal therapy, hindsight is 20 20
root canal therapy, hindsight is 20 20, therapeutic outcomes: Dear Lucy, It is true that had your dentist been able to anticipate the current turn of events, he certainly would not have chosen to do the pin-retained cores. This falls under the category of hindsight is 20-20 , and merely points out the uncertainty...

Dentistry: Core build up, new dentist, back tooth
new dentist, back tooth, tooth structure: Dear Susan: Since I have no X-rays and am not in position to examine your husband, I do not know if the core build up was necessary. Usually it is done to build up the tooth structure so that a crown can be placed on the tooth. The issue here is not whether...

Dentistry: Cracked crown and failed root canal, root canal specialist, new dentist
root canal specialist, new dentist, new crown: i think you need to get a second opinion from a root canal specialist or endodontist before redoing the crown. you need to be pain free and have all canals filled. maybe a specialist is the only one who can do this. it sounds like this is one tough case. that...

Dentistry: Crown, porcelain crown, translucent porcelain
porcelain crown, translucent porcelain, new crown: Dear Lisa , There are two possible reasons for the crown to appear grayish. If a translucent porcelain crown is fabricated over a dark tooth,sometimes it looks grayish. The crown can be made over with more opacifier added to the porcelain, so that...

Dentistry: Crown vs amalgam "cover", gold crowns, upper tooth
gold crowns, upper tooth, budget issues: Hi Angela, In my practice, we ALWAYS suggest to our referring dentists that a crown be placed on back teeth after a root canal unless they don t have an upper tooth to bite on. This protects the tooth from fracture or cracking. Since this is a military...

Dentistry: Crowns, insurance money, cusps
insurance money, cusps, necessary skill: Most teeth don t need posts; dentists place them for a variety of reasons, all of which are wrong. What you do need is a crown, which will double the chance the tooth has for success. If you can t get it done, have your dentist place a nice amalgam that shoes...

Dentistry: calcified tooch and infection, root canal specialist, gary backlund
root canal specialist, gary backlund, hopeless situation: Hi Feng, I m sorry you re going through all this. When a tooth calcifies, it closes down the root canal. Depending on HOW calcified it is, really determines if a root canal can be done. Since I can t see your X-rays, I really can t tell you what the chances...

Dentistry: ceramic or metal braces, metal braces, kelly kelly
metal braces, kelly kelly, orthodontist: Kelly - I like the stability and strength of the metal braces vs the ceramic. Yes the coloring of the ceramic is more natural, but it is not worth it if they break down easier. So my personal feeling is that metal is better. I am sure there will be...

Dentistry: All ceramic vs metal fused crowns, procelain fused crowns vs all ceramic crowns
procelain fused crowns vs all ceramic crowns: Dear Kris, Without actually examining you it is not possible to say for sure whether in your your dentist is correct, but in general I would tend to agree with your thought to have all ceramic crowns made. Although some front teeth that have had root...

Dentistry: child root canal, permanent teeth, baby tooth
permanent teeth, baby tooth, dentis: If those teeth are removed you will need to have a space maintainer placed for the next 10 years until the permanent teeth are all in. Saving the teeth is almost always a better option. When properly done a nerve treatment can save the baby tooth without...

Dentistry: children cavities, pediatric dentist, adult teeth
pediatric dentist, adult teeth, pediatric dentists: Dear Joneta: The bacteria that cause the disease called caries, what we refer to as cavities are contagious. Once they are present in your mouth, they can be transferred to other teeth and other people. As a parent of a five year old, and a four year...

Dentistry: children's space maintainers, permanent teeth, permanent tooth
permanent teeth, permanent tooth, front teeth: If the tooth forward of the extraction space shifts back slightly it will either fall out before the permanent tooth erupts or it will simply shift forward again when the permanent tooth erupts. Teeth generally shift toward the front of the mouth and when...

Dentistry: continuous, increasing pain, even following pseudo-root-canal, root canal therapy, upper denture
root canal therapy, upper denture, low immune system: I really couldn t say without seeing you, Lisa, but probably not. It is far more likely that the partial root canal is the cause of your problem. Think of the pulp, or nerve as a damaged arm. If you carefully amputate the arm, you can live with it. If...

Dentistry: core build up denied on crown, toothbrush abrasion, gum line
toothbrush abrasion, gum line, deep groove: It is extremely difficult for me to give you specific information without seeing you. However, if you have toothbrush abrasion, all you need is a glass ionomer restoration, which is a white filling that chemically bonds to the tooth. You don t need a crown....

Dentistry: cracked tooth no longer hurts, porcelain onlay, raw veggies
porcelain onlay, raw veggies, uneven texture: Dear Kim: It is very difficult to speculate as to what has happened. Cracked roots cannot heal. However, not using the tooth and letting it rest does help if the tooth had a reversible pulpitis (temporary inflammation) after placement of the onlay. The...

Dentistry: cross bite, new appliance, retainer
new appliance, retainer, palette: From your description I cannot tell exactly what purpose the bite guard serves since the term bite guard does not specify any particular sort of appliance. Generally, any removable appliance would be incompatible with an expander since it would prevent...

Dentistry: crown, temporary fillings, root canal treatment
temporary fillings, root canal treatment, dental records: Hi Doret Orthodontics, periodontics and endodontics are all specialties - some dentists are able to do these treatments without being specialists. All dentists should be able to do crowns - it is good practice to request previous records. Regards...

Dentistry: crown build up/pain, Pain after crown preparation and impressions
Pain after crown preparation and impressions: Dear Elizabeth, Pain, after a crown preparation and final impressions, is not uncommon and does not necessarily mean that root canal is imminent. The retraction of the surrounding tissues can cause soreness and the preparation of the tooth can cause the...

Dentistry: crowns, three crowns, chamber pot
three crowns, chamber pot, dental questions: Dear Patty, If your crown was permanently cemented and fitted properly it would be unusual for it to come out in such a short time. If you were my patient I might still ask you to look for it but I would not have added the if you don t you will have...

Dentistry: Which crowns for anterior teeth?, root canal work, ceramic crowns
root canal work, ceramic crowns, toothless smile: Hi Kris 1. No not if correctly prepared and fitted. However, if you have bite issues then it may well be that PFM crowns are the better option for you - PFM can have really great aesthetics. 2. It depends on the situation, how discoloured the teeth are,...

Dentistry: MY DAUGHTER'S TEETH, good oral health, dental problems
good oral health, dental problems, root canal: My guess is that those cavities are on the back teeth which need to last another 5 years. If you do not have those teeth restored the decay will advance to the point where your child could have pain and significant infection of the jaws. Things will only...

Dentistry: Damon treatment & lower jaw overcrowding, bicuspids, treatment decisions
bicuspids, treatment decisions, lower jaw: Dear Dinh: First, I don t know what Damon treatment is. Second, I cannot make treatment decisions with regard to growth and development, or orthodontic tooth loss, crowding, or muscle tone without the patient here for examination. Third, the only subject...

Dentistry: DEFECTIVE CROWN?, new dentist, flat shape
new dentist, flat shape, brown material: Hi Marc First thing to ask is are you certain this is the new crown? I know it my sound like a stupid question, but if you have a number of crowns it can be really easy to confuse which tooth was treated. If this was the new crown then it would appear...

Dentistry: Decay under bridge, tooth decay, major depression
tooth decay, major depression, brooklyn ny: Dear Candy, Your dentist will be able to diagnose any tooth decay under the bridge, through a combination of visual, tactile, and x-ray data. Even if the bridge has a metallic substructure that blocks x-rays, your dentist will be able to infer the presence...

Dentistry: Dental Crowns, Cerac and Process, porcelain crowns, dental crowns
porcelain crowns, dental crowns, radioactivity levels: I don t think you concerns are warranted.Understand that these restorations are perfectly safe and have been in service on millions of teeth.As far as the laser goes,wear eye protection or just cover or close your eyes when they do the scan if you think it...

Dentistry: Dr. plz look it, amelogenesis imperfecta, enamel layer
amelogenesis imperfecta, enamel layer, kind response: If it s tetracycline stain then the enamel will be present but dark.If it s amelogenesis imperfecta where the enamel is indeed defective then treatment of choice would be meticulous restorative care involving bonding or crowns and flouride treatments as a...

Dentistry: my daughters front tooth, central incisor, central incisors
central incisor, central incisors, knowledgeable specialist: Leslie - The usual age of eruption of the upper central incisors is approximately 8-9. You don t say if her other upper front tooth has come in. If it has been 9 months since the exposure of the tooth while removing the other two teeth and if the other...

Dentistry: decalcification, proper dental hygiene, plastic fillings
proper dental hygiene, plastic fillings, tooth color: eric we see these hypocalcified areas often after braces. if the patient does not object to them, they can be left alone. most of the time they do not progress into decay. if they do progress into decay or if they are an esthetic issue, then we do place fillings...

Dentistry: dental extraction, local anesthesia, general anesthesia
local anesthesia, general anesthesia, dental extraction: Rochelle - Over the years, I have used local anesthesia without epinephrine for patients with MVP. I do that as a belt and suspender approach. Usually the epinephrine will not cause a problem, but some individuals with MVP do get an occasional arrhythmia....

Dentistry: dental implant now infected, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, cankor sore
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, cankor sore, warm salt water: Connie - Absolutely not!! Periodontists are not trained in the closure of the oral antral fistula and they are not familiar with the necessary procedure to insure healing. That procedure, an oral antrostomy and possibly a nasal antrostomy, will insure that...

Dentistry: dental xrays, dental xrays, new dentist
dental xrays, new dentist, signs of infection: Dear Nancy: Anything is possible. But if your dentist saw areas of concern, a schedule of review of these ares should be set, so that if there is any sign of growing trouble, it can be detected early. I would re-examine these areas with additional xrays...

Dentistry: dentist, molar teeth, wisdom tooth
molar teeth, wisdom tooth, baby teeth: Your daughter starts out with 20 teeth.10 upper and lower.These teeth will all be replaced. In addition she will grow a six year molar in each quadrant a 12 year molar and a wisdom tooth at about 18-21.The three molar teeth grow behind the baby teeth being...

Dentistry: dentist, adult teeth, baby teeth
adult teeth, baby teeth, molars: Hi Al There are 20 baby teeth, which will be lost, and ultimately she will end up with 32 adult teeth. The 4 baby teeth she has lost will be replaced, fairly soon. She may already have 4 permanent molars right at the back of her mouth, one in each corner....

Dentistry: dentures, immediate dentures, partial dentures
immediate dentures, partial dentures, dalin: you need to call your denist ASAP and get in there for an evaluation and adjustment. we often have to do numerous adjustments on immediate dentures and partial dentures. there is a lot of change going on in your mouth as things heal and we as dentists have...

Dentistry: difference between temp and perm bridge, difference between temp and perm bridge
difference between temp and perm bridge: Dear Tracey, Possibly I can clear up the confusion. A temporary bridge usually refers to a bridge that is me ant to be used for a short while, a month to up to about a year. It is made usually from acrylic. A permanent bridge is custom made to fit...

Dentistry: digital x-rays, digital radiography, distinct evidence
digital radiography, distinct evidence, x rays: I am not aware of any distinct evidence to support the claim that digital x-rays are more diagnostic and reliable than conventional x-rays. As an orthodontist with very limited experience in other specialty areas of dentistry I would immediately defer to...

Dentistry: External Resorption, root canal treatment, bone graft
root canal treatment, bone graft, bone grafts: Sherri - External resorption is not always stopped by root canal treatment. Occasionally the factors producing the external resorption may be due to factors not within the tooth. In that situation root canal treatment would not stop it. So getting...

Dentistry: Extra tooth, american academy of pediatric dentistry, dental checkups
american academy of pediatric dentistry, dental checkups, academy of pediatric dentistry: This should be evaluated by a dentist to determine if the tooth will have some effect on normal dental development. If that is the case then a course of treatment should be offered. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a child should start...

Dentistry: Extraction, front tooth, tooth replacement
front tooth, tooth replacement, flipper: Tyler - The proper treatment after the removal of the tooth is for the dentist to replace the missing tooth, at least temporarily and immediately after the surgery, with a flipper. This is a simple appliance fabricated in advance from impressions taken by...

Dentistry: extraction site dislodged after 3wks, warm salt water, affordable dentures
warm salt water, affordable dentures, electric toothbrush: Sorry I couldn t respond earlier.The area should heal little by little .I can t really comment since I don t know what the extraction site looked like.It could have just been some granulation tissue.Do rinsing morning and evening with some warm salt water.It...

Dentistry: Fillings, root canals, popular belief
root canals, popular belief, x rays: Hi again Jamie, Hope these answers help.... So, if there is a leakage OR problem in filling, then we can t just change the filling? We have to do the whole root canal process again? Yes, unfortunately, the whole procedure needs to be done again. When...

Dentistry: Fillings inside a root canalled tooth, root canal, x ray
root canal, x ray, xray: Jamie - The main symptom with a leakage of inflammation or infection within a root canal tooth to the surrounding bone or ligament holding the tooth to the bone, would be pain with biting or clenching. That problem can only be seen on xray if the bacteria...

Dentistry: 5 year old with lots of cavities, adult teeth, primary teeth
Dentistry: 5 year old with lots of cavities, adult teeth, primary teeth, bacteria

Dentistry: CAD/CAM crown, galvanism, nickle
Dentistry: CAD/CAM crown, galvanism, nickle, dentists

Dentistry: Childhood tooth decay- What Corrective action can be taken?, root canal treatments, larry burnett
Dentistry: Childhood tooth decay- What Corrective action can be taken?, root canal treatments, larry burnett, permanent teeth

Dentistry: Continuing Mouth and Tooth Pain, problem thanks
Dentistry: Continuing Mouth and Tooth Pain, problem thanks

Dentistry: fantom pain in bicuspids location after extraction, phantom pain, x rays
Dentistry: fantom pain in bicuspids location after extraction, phantom pain, x rays, rct

Dentistry: Gum healing after implant surgery, dental implant surgery, dental position
Dentistry: Gum healing after implant surgery, dental implant surgery, dental position, liquid food

Dentistry: jaw bone???, "ridge plate"??? coming out through my gums, dentist, first person
Dentistry: jaw bone???, "ridge plate"??? coming out through my gums, dentist, first person, taurus

Dentistry: jaw pain after dental work, temporomandibular joint pain, novocain
Dentistry: jaw pain after dental work, temporomandibular joint pain, novocain, dentist

Dentistry: Root Canals, second opinion, good job
Dentistry: Root Canals, second opinion, good job, nerves

Dentistry: TMJ & face asymmetry, vincelli, spint
Dentistry: TMJ & face asymmetry, vincelli, spint, calgary sun

Dentistry: Tooth removal surgery / hearing loss, middle ear bones, conductive hearing loss
Dentistry: Tooth removal surgery / hearing loss, middle ear bones, conductive hearing loss, anatomical relationship

Dentistry: teeth spreading apart, gum disease, periodontist
Dentistry: teeth spreading apart, gum disease, periodontist, bone loss

Dentistry: facial changes, facial changes, academic exercise
facial changes, academic exercise, open bite: This is a very simple question with a very complicated answer since it requires a careful analysis of your son s original diagnostic records as well as his current treatment records and facial structure. To provide an answer without this specific information...

Dentistry: facial numbness post crown prep, facial numbness, septocaine
facial numbness, septocaine, nerve damage: it sounds like your nerve has reacted to the shot and is still numb. this does happen in rare instances. there is really nothing you can do for now except wait it out. make sure you call your dentist to let him/her know about this. certain brands tend to do...

Dentistry: failed implants, informed consent form, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
informed consent form, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus symptoms: Rick - Of course without examining you are viewing xrays, it is a little difficult for me to fully evaluate what is going on, but with your obvious sinus symptoms, it sounds like the dentist who inserted the implants perforated your sinus. With the failure...

Dentistry: fantom pain in bicuspids location after extraction, Pain of undetermined origin?
Pain of undetermined origin?: Dear Veronica, I am not sure what you are experiencing and it is even more difficult to help you with a diagnosis without an actual detailed exam. I will give you some information that maybe helpful. Although it is possible that you may be experiencing...

Dentistry: flipper, acceptable materials, restorations
acceptable materials, restorations, short period: Dear Linda: Fabricated properly means that it is made of acceptable materials, processed according to manufacturer s instructions, fits well, and has sufficient thickness of material. As these are made to last for a relatively short period, sometimes they...

Dentistry: frenectomy for 12-yr old, incisive papilla, adult teeth
incisive papilla, adult teeth, frenectomy: Since your son has acquired all his permanent teeth and there is no gap present I fail to identify a problem here. I don t recommend surgical treatment for a potential problem, especially if there is no indication that there is much potential for a problem...

Dentistry: Grateful of your advice, getting braces, orthadontist
getting braces, orthadontist, x ray: Hi Samantha It is quite normal for an orthodontist to fully examine your teeth, indeed, he needs to be certain your teeth are in tip-top condition before you have any brace work done. An orthodontist is a dentist who specialises in brace work - he is still...

Dentistry: Gum Disease, bone regeneration, inadequate bone
bone regeneration, inadequate bone, tissue regeneration: Perhaps if there is adequate bone anteriorly she could get 2 or 4 implants in the anterior region and a removable overdenture can be made.These are excellent when there is inadequate bone in the posterior region.There is the option of block grafting in the...

Dentistry: Gum healing after implant surgery, warm salt water, single stitch
warm salt water, single stitch, lost tooth: Jack - If the surgeon would attempt to close the opening, he would definitely need to freshen the area so that resuturing would produce healing. I don t like the loose gum, just hanging there. That is not healthy and that type of an area become a focal...

Dentistry: gum number, wisdom teeth, gum line
wisdom teeth, gum line, deep pockets: Dear Ann Marie: I was just notified by the AllExperts team that your question was in waiting. There is so much spam these days that sometimes I do not get the questions right away. I just got it this morning, so here it the answer to your question. If...

Dentistry: gum pain, scaling and root planing, teeth and gums
scaling and root planing, teeth and gums, gum pain: Hi, Did you ever get a cleaning and proper examination? Most likely, the teeth and gums are highly infected, and need to be treated. The medications won t resolve the problem fully, only proper treatment will. This can include extractions, root canals,...

Dentistry: gum pain, gum pain, food substitute
gum pain, food substitute, bottom teeth: Dear Donna: I have no idea why your aunt has had such prolonged pain from the loss of her teeth. Is she wearing a denture, or other appliance to replace her missing teeth? Has she gone back to the surgeon with her complaints? What has he/she suggested?...

Dentistry: Herbst Appliance, overbites, cosmetic reasons
overbites, cosmetic reasons, overbite: Dorinda - If used to make minimal changes, the Herbst appliance serves a purpose. Unfortunately, extensive overbites, when corrected with the Herbst alone, can often produce secondary problems in the jaw joint. This can produce problems with functioning,...

Dentistry: Hospital treatment vs office for a 4 yr old, hospital dentistry, cavities
hospital dentistry, cavities, oat: It depends totally on your child s ability to cooperate, and your dentist s management skills. I think today too much hospital dentistry is done, which of course always entails additional risk, but to a large degree this has been brought on by parents who...

Dentistry: very hard bump on bottom of chin, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sebaceous cyst
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sebaceous cyst, calcium deposit: Justin - Of course, I cannot be totally sure what the bump is, but what you describe as a mobile lesion is a good sign. What you describe could be a sebaceous cyst, a salivary gland scarring or it could just be a scarred lymph node. The best thing to do...

Dentistry: healing of extraction site, warm salt water, food debris
warm salt water, food debris, wisdom teeth: Sarah - An open socket can take up to about a month to heal. In the interim, the best way to keep the area clean and promote a quicker healing is to get a small irrigating syringe in a pharmacy or better yet, your surgeon should provide you one. Just use...

Dentistry: Immediate Partial, immediate dentures, partial denture
immediate dentures, partial denture, partial dentures: Kathy, An Immediate partial lower denture(PLD) is a denture that is inserted at the time of extractions. If your dentist is planning additional extractions later, than it may be inserted when those extractions are done. If the only extractions that you...

Dentistry: Implant/Bridge, prolonged period, empty space
prolonged period, empty space, scaffolding: There is no danger to having the space open as it presents.Over a prolonged period of time the site will become less ideal for an implant as the bone scaffolding will start to smooth out and there will be less bone to place an implant.Also ther adjacent teeth...

Dentistry: Implants and MRSA, lateral incisor, bone graft
lateral incisor, bone graft, mrsa infection: John - It is tough for me to tell you if active bacteria remained in the area at the time of the surgery or if the bacteria were in a quiet state. If that happens, periods of low resistance can generate a proliferation of the bacteria. I cannot tell...

Dentistry: Implants, parcial plate, or captek bridge, two front teeth, candice
two front teeth, candice, dentist: Dear Candice: I am sure your dentist cares about your smile, and is recommending the treatment that would best service it. If you wish to send me a picture, I ll do the best I can to make a recommendation for you. However, if you are not inclined to visit...

Dentistry: Infant/toddler tooth eruption, lateral incisor, first molars
lateral incisor, first molars, adult teeth: It is a bit unusual for your child to be so delayed in her dental development and at two years of age I would expect her to have all of her primary teeth. The pediatric dentist may be able to take some x-rays with the help of you and your husband. Those...

Dentistry: My Infection, cold sensation, pain severity
cold sensation, pain severity, gary backlund: Hi Janice, You would feel hot/cold sensations, achy pain. Possibly sore to bite. If it were severely inflamed it could throb. It really varies a lot depending on the amount of inflammation, how long it has been present and on the pain threshold and pain...

Dentistry: Infection was drained, wisdom teeth, tooth root
wisdom teeth, tooth root, x ray: Hi Jay It is very unusual for a socket to become infected this long after the procedure. It could be a sign there has either been a piece of tooth root left or there is an infected piece of bone. It may be worth having an x-ray of the socket to check....

Dentistry: Inflammation inside/outside of tooth, root canal therapy, apicoectomy
root canal therapy, apicoectomy, s canal: Jamie - Tooth inflammation mainly produces pain. Usually just with biting or clenching, but it can also occur without doing anything. Ibuprofen, if the problem is due to inflammation or infection within the tooth, will not help. Inflammation can occur...

Dentistry: impacted wisdom tooth on nerve..., wisdom tooth extraction, dental xray
wisdom tooth extraction, dental xray, mandibular nerve: Sunny - I don t understand where the surgeon comes up with a 5% figure to estimate the chance of numbness. A two dimensional dental xray or panoramic xray can only show close proximity, but cannot show if there is, in fact, contact. Every patient having...

Dentistry: implant, recurrent problem, abutment
recurrent problem, abutment, insertions: Hossam - The mobility associated with the abutment can be caused by a failure of the implant. It can also be caused by a poorly fixed or inserted post screw into the implant. It can be caused by an abutment that just does not fit. You need to remove...

Dentistry: implants, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, alejandro vega
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, alejandro vega, south america colombia: Darell - Having the teeth removed in Montana is fine. Having the implants done in Columbia is also okay, as long as the doctor performing it is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. In Bogota, there are 3 oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Dr. Santiago Abello,...

Dentistry: infection, bone graft, extractions
bone graft, extractions, denture: Janice - I wish I could tell you that there is a simple approach to control the infection, but there really is no easier cure. The best way is to remove the teeth. The important thing that I must tell you now, that many dentists who make the money from the...

Dentistry: infection above re-root canal, c difficile toxin, apioectomy
c difficile toxin, apioectomy, apicectomy: Hi Connie Your only real treatment options are re-root treatment again, apicectomy or extraction. the first two options have an uncertain prognosis, and the success rates are lower because you have had previous treatment and this is a re-infection. ...

Dentistry: infection and retainer, root canal procedure, continuous trauma
root canal procedure, continuous trauma, shifting teeth: I have never heard of shifting teeth causing an infection. It is possible that if a tooth is not in correct position and it is constantly taking abnormal biting forces, then the continuous trauma can result in the loss of vitality of the tooth. This would...

Dentistry: infection after wisdom teeth removal, wisdom teeth removal, gum specialist
wisdom teeth removal, gum specialist, family dentist: sometimes it takes time for bone to fill in when wisdom teeth are removed, especially if they were laying sideways. your son is young so it should fill back in. the gum specialist may be the one to see here. he/she can add some bone in there to speed things...

Dentistry: Jaw pain and lack of mobility after getting cavity filled, warm salt water, jaw muscles
warm salt water, jaw muscles, jaw pain: Jennifer - Ibuprofen cannot hurt, but I find that the best way to reduce the spasms is to begin a simple regimen of warm salt water rinses for about 3-4 minutes, 4-5 times a day. Try the warm salt water and you ll see the condition will improve within a...

Dentistry: jaw bone???, "ridge plate"??? coming out through my gums, upward slant, bone ridge
upward slant, bone ridge, bone fragments: Celeste - Without seeing your situation, it is a little difficult for me to come up with the cause, but because the dentist seems to be willing help pay for your situation, it sounds like the dentist knows he has done something wrong. Whether it is a loose...

Dentistry: jaw pain, occlusal equilibration, flare ups
occlusal equilibration, flare ups, masseter muscles: Dear Marie, Although it is not possible to actually diagnose your problems without an actual examination, I will try an offer you some information about your narrative that you may find helpful. It sounds like you were experiencing muscle spasms of...

Dentistry: jaw pain after dental work, dental habits, jaw pain
dental habits, jaw pain, cheekbone: Dear Susan: I can t tell you if your pain is due to your bite, or due to a nerve inside that tooth that is going through an irreversible inflammation (pulpitis). Often, an inflamed nerve will cause a tooth to elevate slightly out of it s socket, and cause...

Dentistry: How Long Can I Wait to get my Root Canal, gary backlund, initial appointment
gary backlund, initial appointment, temporary filling: Hi Tyffani, I m sorry to hear you re in this dilemma. Unfortunately, your question doesn t have an easy answer. You are basically dealing with a time bomb. You could go months with no problems or you could be in terrible pain and swelling tonight...there...

Dentistry: Loosing Central Incisors at 5, central incisors, permanent teeth
central incisors, permanent teeth, dental hygiene: Sometimes we see a localized discoloration on a tooth like you ve described. Often this is something that occurred during tooth development and it is not caused by a surface buildup. It is a permanent part of the tooth itself and cannot be removed. Usually...

Dentistry: Lower Immediate Partials, partial denture, extractions
partial denture, extractions, gums: Kathy - The doctor who made the partial and inserted it must help you. You need to contact the office. If he told you that you could remove the partial to clean your mouth, he should have taught you how to replace it. So contact the office. He needs...

Dentistry: Lower Jaw Surgery, lower jaw surgery, open bite
lower jaw surgery, open bite, genioplasty: Gwen - The correct way to determine if the discrepancy of the upper to the lower jaw before the surgery is by a combination of lateral skull films, models of your teeth and a total facial impression. The combination, including a tracing of your lateral skull...

Dentistry: Lump still after apicectomy, check ups, second tooth
check ups, second tooth, scar tissue: Hi Kay, I m sorry to hear all this is going on. Since I can t examine you, I can t give you real specific advice for your situation, but I can make some general comments that should help. First, you re right. There is no way for your dentist to know...

Dentistry: loose teeth, loose teeth, orthodontist
loose teeth, orthodontist, x ray: Dear Seep, This is not a good sign at all. It is possible that the orthodontist moved the teeth too quickly and caused the roots to resorb. I suggest you get a dentist to take an x-ray and observe the roots of the loose teeth. Sorry, that I do not have...

Dentistry: losing a tooth after root canal, bridge services, denisty
bridge services, denisty, front teeth: Dear Wilma: This is not normal, nor have I heard of any such relationship. My guess is that it is purely coincidental, although the odds are not those of coincidence. A removable bridge services many people well. Implants are quickly arriving into the...

Dentistry: lost tooth, fake tooth, tooth decay
fake tooth, tooth decay, lost tooth: Sara - I wish I could tell you that there is some over the counter remedy, but unfortunately there is not. You say the tooth cracked and broke. What you have to worry about is that part of the tooth, most likely the roots, are still there in the space. ...

Dentistry: Maxillary cordectomy, maxilla, osteotomy
maxilla, osteotomy, lefort: Tincy - This procedure is a combination of an incomplete LeForte I osteotomy with a midpalatal bone suture separation. This combination will allow an appliance cemented in the mouth from the teeth on one side of the maxilla to the other side. The appliance...

Dentistry: Mini dental implants, central incisor, essix retainer
central incisor, essix retainer, dental implantation: MDI s are more for denture stabilization not for single tooth impants. for a central incisor, i would go with a conventional implant. it is a pretty good size tooth and needs the size. you can wear a retainer with a tooth on it while things are healing...or...

Dentistry: Mini Implants, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, canine tooth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, canine tooth, tooth root: TRacey - If the tooth root is removed, an implant can be placed and if done properly by a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, the implant can be used if other teeth are extracted. The implant can be used with a denture to stabilize it. So...

Dentistry: Misc. questions, vital teeth, cold challenge
vital teeth, cold challenge, candy bar: Dear Brian, It is quite common for a nerve to die without a patient being aware of it. Sometimes the way the dentist discovers the pulp becoming nonvital is by taking a full series of X-rays and seeing a periapical area at the end of the tooth. This is...

Dentistry: Misc., candy bar, sugar content
candy bar, sugar content, mouthwash: Hi Brian Yes the pulp of a tooth ( nerve ) can die due to decay or trauma, or indeed any work that id done to the tooth. You are far better to rinse/clean your teeth immediately as it reduces the sugar content in your mouth. Regards Tony Appleto...

Dentistry: Misdirected post, annie alexander, root canal treatment
annie alexander, root canal treatment, lateral walls: Possibly. I would remove the post and fill the defect with MTA and see if you were OK. I really need to see the x-ray to see where the perforation is, but in many cases this will work. If the post ends above the bone, then it may require surgery as well. You...

Dentistry: Missing Teeth, dental arches, wisdom teeth
dental arches, wisdom teeth, missing teeth: Some individuals have fewer than the usual number of teeth. Often this is an inherited trait but not always. I assume you ve had a complete x-ray examination to confirm the absence of those other six teeth. With this many missing teeth it is important that...

Dentistry: Molar extracted, getting braces, face shape
getting braces, face shape, dental questions: Dear Nicole, You needn t worry that the shape of your face will change. The space after the orthodontic movement will be too small to effect the shape of your face. It is true if someone has all their back teeth out, the bone, where the teeth were, does...

Dentistry: mass above teeth, family health care, root canals
family health care, root canals, novicaine: this sounds very complex to me. you need to start with an experienced dentist. you will need to get in for a complete set of xrays to check out teeth, bone, nerves...plus a panoramic image to show jaws, sinuses, etc. you need to sit down and review everything...

Dentistry: missing teeth, dental checkup, replacement teeth
dental checkup, replacement teeth, bottom middle: Some teeth can be quite delayed in emerging and this may be such a situation. You can certainly wait another month or two before alerting your dentist but since your child should have a dental checkup every six months, maybe it s time for that checkup anyway....

Dentistry: Needing a second opinion- nothing's working!, composite fillings, white fillings
composite fillings, white fillings, dull ache: We get LOTS of business due to white fillings . The phenomenon you describe is well known, but instead of dentists being concerned about this, they repeat the idiocies of the anti-amalgam crowd, which have absolutely no basis in scientific fact. You see ...

Dentistry: New immediate dentures / extraction "irrigation" fee, saline irrigation, immediate dentures
saline irrigation, immediate dentures, upper denture: Dear Phillip, I share your suspicion. While I don t profess to know the conditions under which irrigation was deemed appropriate treatment, it is seldom performed in the course of routine extractions. In fact, it is more customary to avoid any unnecessary...

Dentistry: Non-stop pain after root canal plus sickness, gary backlund, dry heave
gary backlund, dry heave, tmj problems: Hi Carissa, I m sorry you re going through all this. NO, this is not normal. I suspect you have an infection and will need to be on antibiotics. Your TMJ just makes things worse since you have a tendency to grind or clench and irritate an already sore tooth....

Dentistry: nerve damage after apicectomy, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, apicectomy
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, apicectomy, lyrica: Pam - The type of medication you are taking can occasionally reduce neuropathy or irregular nerve reactions, but there are many other medications that can produce similar improvements. Sometimes these medications do not work. If then there is continued...

Dentistry: nerve damage or severed?, warm salt water, nerve damage
warm salt water, nerve damage, blunt object: Pam - There is nothing you can do other than to try to reduce any inflammation in the area. The best way to do that is to rinse your mouth with warm salt water for about 5 minutes, 4-5 times a day. If the problem is due to an inflammation in the area or...

Dentistry: neuralgia tooth pain?, chronic sinusitis, teething gel
chronic sinusitis, teething gel, cant sleep: Hi Alana This sounds like chronic sinusitis to me. Your sinuses are very closely related to your top teeth and often when your sinuses are inflamed (ie during a cold etc) you will get dental symptoms. Talk to your dentist/doctor about this. Regards...

Dentistry: new crown, gum line, new crown
gum line, new crown, crowns: Dear RS: A good crown can be all that you describe. If possible, I like my crowns to end slightly beneath the gumline (about 1/2 mm). Sometimes this is not possible, and I must finish the crown above the gumline. The sign of a well fitting crown is that...

Dentistry: Overbite, orthodontic records, herbst appliance
orthodontic records, herbst appliance, many different ways: Obviously, your daughter is not experiencing any problems with her bite at this time, either functionally or esthetically, so the question remains, will there be problems in the future due to this bite condition? . That I cannot answer other than the comments...

Dentistry: operation and tooth discolouration, upper teeth, oral hygiene
upper teeth, oral hygiene, discolouration: Hi Robyn I can t think of any reason why the procedure would stain your teeth - other than if you have been unable to maintain a decent oral hygiene regime. The best thing would be to see your dentist and hopefully they will be able to shed some light...

Dentistry: orthodontia at 4 years old?, thumb sucking, cause and effect relationship
thumb sucking, cause and effect relationship, psychological dependence: Your child is way too young to begin orthodontic treatment. First, she needs to stop sucking her thumb and she may be too young for that as well. The sucking reflex should be gone by age 4 so at this point your daughter has a psychological dependence on...

Dentistry: orthodontics, front teeth, orthodontist
front teeth, orthodontist, dalin: this is tough for me to evaluate online. needs to be seen in person. it is good that you are communicating with each other and that he is trying to give you what you want. but it seems that you are not getting your desired results. one option is a second opinion...

Dentistry: orthodontics shifted top teeth, many different paths, treatment result
many different paths, treatment result, orthodontist: There are many different paths to a good treatment result and without having complete information about all the details of your son s treatment plan it is just not possible for me to answer your questions. You have done the right thing by discussing your...

Dentistry: Pain after apicoectomy, broad spectrum antibiotic, gary backlund
broad spectrum antibiotic, gary backlund, root canals: Hi Elizabeth, You re more than welcome, but I didn t really help much I don t think. Maybe I can be more helpful this time....:-). The pus pimple is where the infection, that was causing your pain, is coming to a head. This often happens when you have...

Dentistry: Pain in jaw, not an abcess, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, root canal specialist
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, root canal specialist, mouth ulcers: Katie - Don t waste your time with a general practitioner. Your type of situation, especially where there is no evidence of a problem on xrays, needs to be addressed by a specialist. There are two types that should be able to help. The first in an endodontist(root...

Dentistry: Pain STILL 2 years after filling!, root canal work, silver fillings
root canal work, silver fillings, crunchy foods: Hi Hayley This is either the tooth needing further treatment such as root canal work, or a case of the bite being wrong. The bite has been checked and so it is likely the tooth may need further work. Your dentist may put a sedative temporary filling into...

Dentistry: Pain after tooth extraction, cheek bone, jaw muscles
cheek bone, jaw muscles, jawline: Jennifer - Of course without examining you, I cannot be sure what is going on, but the pain you are experiencing along with the limited opening of your mouth, might be indicative of spasms of the jaw muscles. My suggestion is for you just to begin a simple...

Dentistry: Pain after wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom teeth
wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom teeth, pain killers: Dry socket pain is usually quite severe.It would be within normal limits to have the pain you re describing 5 days after the extractions were done.At this point you could give it a few days and see if the pain decreases in severity every day or if not,if you...

Dentistry: Painful to Pressure, pencil eraser, cracked tooth
pencil eraser, cracked tooth, different feeling: Hi Kim, Pain on release is almost 99% evidence for a crack. If it were my tooth, I would not wait. Waiting only increases the chances of the crack getting worse and perhaps involving the pulp of the tooth which would then absolutely commit you to a root...

Dentistry: Painful sore after dental work, dental work, perfect circle
dental work, perfect circle, abrasion: Hi Nina This could be either - it could have been caused during the dental work or you could have bitten it whilst numb. I m afraid it is impossible to know exactly how it was caused, but the advice to use Zilactin is correct. It will, I m afraid, be...

Dentistry: Painful Tooth, gary backlund, gum specialist
gary backlund, gum specialist, corrective surgery: Hi Joyce, I m sorry to hear you re going through all this. While popcorn may have contributed to your problem, if you really have a deep pocket, it won t heal by stopping popcorn. You will need some treatment to resolve this problem for good. It may be...

Dentistry: Palette expanders.., palate expander, quad helix
palate expander, quad helix, dental arch: The quad helix will not expand your palate so much as it will widen your upper dental arch which may be appropriate for your treatment. True widening of the maxilla usually requires a different type of appliance as well as a surgical procedure. The discomfort...

Dentistry: Pedi-partial for 5 year old . . . helpful for speech?, root canals, pediatric dentist
root canals, pediatric dentist, general anesthesia: The prior damage to the primary incisors necessitated a procedure called a pulpotomy. In this procedure the infected portion of the pulp was removed and the remainder of the pulp was medicated. In time it is possible that the medicated portion of the pulp...

Dentistry: Pediatric Tooth Filing, bottom teeth, permanent teeth
bottom teeth, permanent teeth, strong reaction: I often will do this very same procedure but NEVER with a 7 year old youngster. In my way of thinking this is something that can usually be done safely and without problems in a limited way and doing this at this very young age could eliminate the possibility...

Dentistry: Problems with RC, systematic problem, x ray
systematic problem, x ray, root canal: Christie - The majority of those cases where bacteria remains viable in a tooth produce pressure and fluid within the tooth to make the patient uncomfortable. With time the fluids will leak out and then into the surrounding bone. Then the symptoms can be...

Dentistry: pain after apicectomy and extraction, ear nose and throat doctor, sinus involvement
ear nose and throat doctor, sinus involvement, apicectomy: Pam - Of course, without examining you or seeing an xray, it is a little tough for me to tell you what is definitely going on, but your symptoms might be indicative of a sinus involvement. Just above the area of the apicoectomy and extraction is the maxillary...

Dentistry: pain in filling, pressure sensitivity, pain medication
pressure sensitivity, pain medication, tooth color: Hi Janiece, I m sorry to hear you re going through all this. You raise a couple of issues, let me see if I can help... First, when teeth die, they can be sensitive to hot and not cold...you re correct. However, in your situation, the tooth is hypersensitive....

Dentistry: pain after gumline fillings - need a root canal?, dental abscess, canal age
dental abscess, canal age, fruit juices: Hi Clare I m afraid that if a tooth needs root canal, then the only alternative would be extraction which is obviously not a great idea. You dentist is correct that in the early stages of a dental abscess nothing shows up on an x-ray. The reason for...

Dentistry: palate expanders, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, palate expanders
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, palate expanders, lower jaw: Krisa - It is probably not that the expander caused one side of your face to collapse, but one moved laterally, while the other side moved minimally or not at all. This occurs when consistent and equal mobility has not be established on both sides of the...

Dentistry: permanent tooth??? loss, eruption sequence, deciduous tooth
eruption sequence, deciduous tooth, permanent teeth: Dear Beth, Being a parent is an adventure! It is most likely that your son lost his deciduous (primary) first molar. This is a baby tooth and will be replaced by his second bicuspid tooth. Look at the tooth that popped out and if it is lacking well formed...

Dentistry: possible problem with my root canal, retainer wire, endodontist
retainer wire, endodontist, x ray: Hi Jamie, I am sorry to hear about this problem. The cause of your pain is most likely one of two things; 1. A fracture in the tooth. This is hard to diagnose since it doesn t readily show up on xrays. If this is the case, then unfortunately, the...

Dentistry: post extraction cheek and eye pain, chirurgien dentiste, followup question
chirurgien dentiste, followup question, eye socket: It wouldn t be ethical for me to comment on your condition without seeing you - you had better see somebody over there. In general, there are only the two types of dentist you mention in France, and I have never quite understood the difference, or how...

Dentistry: post tooth extraction facial pain, sinus involvement, root canal treatment
sinus involvement, root canal treatment, warm salt water: Bronwyn - I cannot be totally sure without examining you, but it sounds like you might have sinus involvement and infection causing the problem. The roots of upper molars are closely integrated with the sinus and if during the surgical extraction the dentist...

Dentistry: pre-meds for dental work, new dentist, protheses
new dentist, protheses, knee replacement: Dear Jane, sorry i cant be of more help. My wife has the same problem, a number of protheses in her legs. The modern doctors say there is no need for antibiotic pre-meds. The old fashioned group says , better safe than sorry. I generally go for the...

Dentistry: problems with fillings, teeth decay, rotting teeth
teeth decay, rotting teeth, decayed teeth: fillings do not cause teeth to rot. rotting teeth are decayed teeth. decay is caused by bacteria eating sugar and creating acids which eat away the tooth. all you need to do is go in for a checkup and have teeth cleaned and xrayed. you will be able to check...

Dentistry: Too much procedure for a 4 year-old, dentist office, primary teeth
dentist office, primary teeth, dental specialists: The vast majority of dentists and dental specialists are highly trained, caring, ethical professionals who s best interests lie in the dental care and well being of their patients. Most of the treatment that we provide actually serves to prevent future problems...

Dentistry: pulp and crown treatment in almost 5 yr. old, first molars, silver fillings
first molars, silver fillings, pediatric dentist: Dear Wendy, Your concerns are real and well thought out. However from a historical perspective, crown and only if necessary pulpotomy are the safest and most reasonable choices to make. The safety and strong positive prognosis of success are in your...

Dentistry: Rancid drainage a month after upper molar extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, molar extraction
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, molar extraction, upper molar: Heather - If the hole into the sinus (called an Oral Antral Fistula) has not closed in one month time, the doctor needs to clean the area and do a surgical closure. The longer they put if off after knowing that it won t heal on its own, the more chance of...

Dentistry: Re-swelling after 10 days of extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water, wisdom teeth: Carmen - You definitely need to worry about a brewing infection. You need to immediately begin warm salt water rinses for 5 minutes, 4-5 times a day. You need to get back to the doctor to possibly drain the infection. Many general dentists are not skilled...

Dentistry: Residual Sensitivity following root canal, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, pain diagnosis: Hi again Nicholas, First, you need to keep checking ALL the teeth around there until you can duplicate your cold sensitivity. No matter who you see, you need to find the sensitive tooth. It is possible it could even be a lower tooth, believe it or not!...

Dentistry: Retainer on Root Canalled Tooth, retainer wire, root canal procedure
retainer wire, root canal procedure, excessive pressure: There is only way to determine if there is an issue with the bite and if the retainer is causing that problem. You need to have the retainer and your bite checked by your orthodontist or dentist. There is no way to know based on what you are feeling. You...

Dentistry: Retainer's, retainer, orthodontist
retainer, orthodontist, braces: Your retainer should be adjusted by your orthodontist to fit properly if possible. Otherwise, a new retainer could be made. Removing and re-inserting your retainer more than necessary can loosen your retainer and weaken the material. You should avoid this...

Dentistry: Retainers, retainer wire, root canal procedure
retainer wire, root canal procedure, vital nerve: Pain is always a sign of something wrong. Assuming the root canal procedure was done properly, that tooth no longer has a vital nerve or pulp. However, it still has a vital periodontal attachment to the bone. This is possibly the source of your discomfort....

Dentistry: ROOT CANAL & ZOMETA, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, gum tissue: Hi Mark, I m sorry to hear your poor wife is going through all this. This must be very frustrating for you both! Once an infection and swelling starts, it can take some time to resolve. There are really two types of swelling...the soft type...like a...

Dentistry: Root Canal, gary backlund, strange sensation
gary backlund, strange sensation, cold pressure: here you go.... Is the main concern of not doing anything about a root canalled tooth that is hurting is re-infection? I mean, is that the main consequence? Because since x-ray can show bone, right now my bone is okay, and it s been 2 years. Yes, that...

Dentistry: Root Canal, night sweets, x ray
night sweets, x ray, root canal: Hi Stephanie, First, since I can t exam you, I can only speak in generalities. If your symptoms don t fit the general pattern, then you really need to get an accurate diagnosis from an endodontist. I know it may be tough to see one, but you re not getting...

Dentistry: Root Canal, latex allergy, gary backlund
latex allergy, gary backlund, itchy rash: Hi Lori, Unfortunately, the only way to be certain would be to do a sensitivity test. However, it would be highly unlikely. The root canal filling material is biocompatible and it should be confined within the tooth. Even the cement becomes hard and inert...

Dentistry: Root Canal, gary backlund, endodontic specialists
gary backlund, endodontic specialists, temporary filling: Hi Pennee, Sometimes, we use some pretty strong medications inside the tooth. If the temporary filling has started to leak, you certainly could have a very nasty taste in your mouth. The good news is, there is nothing that will cause any problems except...

Dentistry: Root Canal 2 Months Old Tooth Still Hurts To Touch, canal 2, endodontist
canal 2, endodontist, root canal: Hi Edi, I m sorry you re having this problem. If I were you, at this point I would ask for a referral to an endodontist for an evaluation. You really need answers. Once you know what is wrong, then you can make good decisions about what to do. Unfortunately,...

Dentistry: Root Canals, root canals, apicectomy
root canals, apicectomy, root treatment: Hi Michelle You have to be guided by your dentist as to whether a crown is needed or not - there are a lot of factors that need to be considered in making that decision. If the infection doesn t resolve then you would need either re-root treatment, and...

Dentistry: Root Canals, root canal specialist, root canals
root canal specialist, root canals, bone degeneration: Carolyn - If you are having pain when you occasionally eat or drink, you may definitely have an inflammation or infection within the tooth. If the pain mostly occurs when you bite down, then it may not be in the tooth, but it the bone at the ends of the roots...

Dentistry: Root Canals, root canals, endodontist
root canals, endodontist, x rays: Dear Carolyn: It may be that this tooth is high in your bite, and should be adjusted out. Or that there are canals remaining in the tooth that are vital and responsive. Or that you are experiencing sensitivity from another tooth, and attributing it to this...

Dentistry: Root Canals, Pain after root canal
Pain after root canal: Dear Carolyn, If a tooth has had a root canal, it is extremely unlikely for there to be any living pulp tissue left in it. Even if some pulp tissue was left and not cleaned properly, it would not likely to be vital(a live) at this point. Some patients...

Dentistry: Root Canals, Sensitivity after a root canal
Sensitivity after a root canal: Dear Myla, If there is a missed canal on your root canal it is conceivable that it can still contain vital tissue . As I explained the best way to determine which tooth is bothering you is the ice cube challenge. If you feel comfortable doing so ask...

Dentistry: Root canal 2nd Xray, x ray, xray
x ray, xray, root canal: Hi Emma This second x-ray is not as good quality as the first one you showed me, and you are right it does look different. However, the first x-ray was of excellent quality and really showed the problem to its fullest extent. You are making the right...

Dentistry: Root canal swelling, root canal treatment, root canals
root canal treatment, root canals, caus: Hi Liz, Sorry..I guess I m not making myself very clear. The bone expands due to the pressure of the infection/abscess in the bone, around the end of the tooth. It has nothing to do with doing a root canal and can not be detected inside the tooth...it an...

Dentistry: Rubber dam and veneers/crowns, rubber dam, intense fear
rubber dam, intense fear, acid etching: Dear Jesssie: Sorry for the delay in answering your question. Lately, many of the questions end up in the spam folder, and I check that only every few days. Nevertheless, your concerns are very valid. Many people experience the same sensations that you...

Dentistry: rc, root canal specialist, root canal treatment
root canal specialist, root canal treatment, vital nerve: Belle - The chance of a root canal tooth, even if done properly and cleaned, to not have an inflammatory response is minimal, but not zero. The feeling of hot, cold and sweets are not common, even with a tooth having a poor root canal treatment. What is...

Dentistry: repair for 2 cracked front teeth - temporary, porcelain veneers, resin fillings
porcelain veneers, resin fillings, natural teeth: Dear Jan, No-- by definition, a veneer only primarily covers the front surface of a tooth, and provides little if any protection. In fact, as I implied above, veneers are prone to breakage, and should not be used when there is any danger of clenching or...

Dentistry: over retained deciduous teeth in a female patient aged 15 years.., permanent teeth, oral cavity
permanent teeth, oral cavity, theory exams: sometimes genetics is an issue. sometimes the baby teeth do not get resorbed so the permanent teeth grow in slightly to buccal or to lingual. as far as systemic problems go, there are not a lot...if my memory serves me, look into cleidocranial dysplasia and...

Dentistry: My retainers on my root canaled tooth, canaled teeth, root canal treatment
canaled teeth, root canal treatment, lingual retainer: It takes a fairly long time for the tooth to become brittle following a root canal treatment. Hopefully, by that time your shifting situation should be resolved since it s not a good idea for your teeth to be shifting back and forth. Perhaps you can ask...

Dentistry: my root canal, gary backlund, front teeth
gary backlund, front teeth, strength level: Hi Carol, You ask a great question and one I get all the time. Yes, having a root canal does make a tooth weaker....for two reasons. First, the blood supply inside the tooth is no longer there and that s what keep the tooth wet. After the blood supply is...

Dentistry: my root canal, weird sensation, cold test
weird sensation, cold test, dentist office: i will try to answer these one by one 1) xrays do not always show everything. they are good but sometimes there are tiny cracks or areas that just do not show. you mention that you are hot and cold sensitive. a root canal tooth usually never will have temp...

Dentistry: root canal, root canal work, root canal procedure
root canal work, root canal procedure, x ray: Hi Carol 1. average of about 15 years - no they don t break easily. 2. pain, breakage of crown or opposing tooth. 3. it depends where the pain is from - if it is the tooth itself then the root canal work probably needs looking at which may mean crown...

Dentistry: root canal, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, boat load: Hi Patricia, What you are going through is NOT normal. We do have this type of post op problem and that s why root canals get their bad name, but it s not normal. Usually we expect a little tenderness for 2-3 days after treatment, easily control with an...

Dentistry: root canal?, dental pulp, achy pain
dental pulp, achy pain, exact area: Hi Gretchen The obvious culprit would be one of the teeth you recently had filled. When a dental pulp is inflamed it can be very hard to locate which tooth is responsible. With time the pain does tend to localise and the symptoms become clearer so that...

Dentistry: root canal, weird sensation, achiness
weird sensation, achiness, x ray: Myla - Look xrays are not a diagnostic tool to be accepted without a knowledgeable doctor being able to confirm it via a direct examination. There are many false images on xrays, whether traditiona or digital. I would not run out and get a digital xray...

Dentistry: root canal, gary backlund, inflamed tissues
gary backlund, inflamed tissues, root canals: Hi Belle, Here we go..... 1. If there is a missed canal, like my son s dentist said, how is the doctor able to determine that? The dentist just assumed it, while looking at the tooth. Since you are an endodontist and handle more complicated cases, how...

Dentistry: root canal, severe tooth pain, pain sensation
severe tooth pain, pain sensation, cold test: Sounds like he did the wrong tooth. If you have a toothache, it is because the pulp of a tooth is inflamed. Your reaction to cold in the affected tooth should have been extreme pain, with lingering and aching. If you just had a quick, sharp pain sensation,...

Dentistry: root canal and achness, nerve tissue, root canal
nerve tissue, root canal, x rays: Hi Belle There should be no sensation to hot/cold/sweet etc., although the tooth may respond to pressure. This aching is not normal, and it may be that there is some nerve tissue still in the tooth. This can be hard to diagnose but you may end up having...

Dentistry: root canal if we might be pregnant, sinus tract, local anesthetic
sinus tract, local anesthetic, first three months: Well, like everything else Mom does during pregnancy, there is always a chance that it will affect the child she is carrying. There is relatively little systemic dose of the anesthetic to get to baby, because of the epinephrine used in the solution, which...

Dentistry: root canal pain, root canal pain, root canal treatment
root canal pain, root canal treatment, eye tooth: Hi Patricia Ye sit can be very painful following a root canal treatment. You can have inflammation around the roots of the treated tooth which can cause a lot of pain. Generally it will settle down fairly quickly though. Regards Tony Appleto...

Dentistry: root canal and retainers...help please!, root canal therapy, two front teeth
root canal therapy, two front teeth, little gap: Dear Michelle: I am sorry for the delay in answering your question, all the questions have gone to my spam folder and I just got note from AllExperts that there are questions for me. Nevertheless, I have goo news for you... It is somewhat difficult for me...

Dentistry: root canal or have tooth pulled?, root canals, poor investment
root canals, poor investment, endodontist: Hi Maggie, I m sorry you re faced with this dilemma. Let me start by saying ultimately, this is a VERY personal decision and NO ONE can really make that decision for you. There is no right or wrong and it s your money, your mouth and your time. That said,...

Dentistry: root canal treatment, root canal treatment, molar tooth
root canal treatment, molar tooth, nhs dentist: Hi Jie There are a number of different problems that can cause pain such as you describe, and if the endodontist is happy the symptoms are not from the tooth then a second opinion is a good idea. This type of pain can actually be quite hard to diagnose...

Dentistry: root canals, root canal procedure, root canal treatment
root canal procedure, root canal treatment, root canals: Carol - 1) If there is still inflamed or infected tissue left in the canals, a retreatment with proper cleaning is necessary. 2) If the tooth under the crown becomes decayed, the crown needs to be removed and the decay removed. If extensive decay existed...