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Dentistry: cracked front tooth, front tooth, mouthguard
front tooth, mouthguard, broken tooth: Dear Kenny: I m as sure as I can be that it can be fixed. If there is no pain, all you can do is eat only soft foods and fluids, do not chew, do not clench your teeth. If you have the habit of clenching your teeth, go to a sports store and buy the smallest,...

Dentistry: cracks, little red dot, root canals
little red dot, root canals, dear jane: Blood can seep into a cavity and stain a white filling pink, red, brown or black. The moisture usually reduces the strength of the filling and the bond strenght to the tooth, and may allow leakage through the margin where the filling meets the tooth. This...

Dentistry: cracks, and fillings, gutta percha, tooth ache
gutta percha, tooth ache, dental material: Jon - A simple cracked filling, where there is no secondary decay, should just be replaced. If, however, decay has proliferated from the crack. The decay needs to be removed with the cracked filling. If the removals have left a weakened tooth that cannot...

Dentistry: cracks/fillings, root canal treatment, gray spot
root canal treatment, gray spot, front tooth: Angel - First of all, infections within a tooth do not show up on xray. Only if the infection escapes the tooth and secondarily infects the surrounding tissues. If a root canal tooth has decay on the crown of the tooth, it can be repaired with a filling....

Dentistry: crown, front teeth, natural tooth
front teeth, natural tooth, dalin: there really is not much you can do. i hope the tooth did not break off inside of the crown. i would just leave it out overnight. you do not want to take any chances of swallowing it. fixodent or some adhesive like that is really all you can do at this point....

Dentistry: crown, front teeth, natural tooth
front teeth, natural tooth, cavities: Hi Kim, I am sorry to hear about this. Fixodent does usually work well. If it s not holding, the pharmacy usually sells temporary dental adhesive to recement crowns that have come loose. These kits cost between $5-15. However, they may not work either....

Dentistry: crown preparation, many crowns, plastic cement
many crowns, plastic cement, chemical burns: Dear Deana: You must tell this to your dentist. It sounds as if they are etching (conditioning the tooth with an acid), in order to use a composite (plastic) cement. That acid should be carefully evacuated by suction out of your mouth, and not rinsed around....

Dentistry: is a crown really required for my front 2 teeth, root canal treatment, little tooth
root canal treatment, little tooth, front tooth: There are two reasons you would need a crown on an anterior tooth. One would be if there is very little tooth structure left, due either to trauma that fractured the crown, or due to severe decay. The other would be if you were concerned about the esthetics...

Dentistry: Darkening Spots, melanin pigment, two front teeth
melanin pigment, two front teeth, blood blister: Dear Kelis, Without examining you and looking at your X-ray, it is hard to say exactly what is going on. Again I will try to relay some general information that may be helpful. First lets talk about the dark spot on the X-ray. This indicates an absence...

Dentistry: Dental Extraction, wisdom teeth, dental extraction
wisdom teeth, dental extraction, appleton: Hi Ronnie You don t need to worry about this - often wisdom teeth are quite difficult to remove, but if you are referred to a specialist then it will be fine. It is pretty normal to have pain for a few weeks after this sort of procedure - it will improve!...

Dentistry: Dental Filling, dental questions, dental filling
dental questions, dental filling, dentist: Dear Mateo It is not possible for me to determine the status of your tooth. The dentist you saw found nothing wrong with your tooth other than a broken filling and replaced the part that was broken. If that was the extent of the problem then you should...

Dentistry: Dental implant with all -on-4 prosthesis, color meters, denture cleansers
color meters, denture cleansers, correct questions: Dear Sydney : There are many different brands for prosthesisī teeth. Ask your dentist to use the best one; it is the only way. I used a lot of Ivoclar teeth because most of my patient combine it with Ivoclar porcelain. Maybe it would be better for your...

Dentistry: Dental Pain, gary backlund, pain thanks
gary backlund, pain thanks, pain medication: Hi Angela, You need to call your dentist RIGHT AWAY...even on Friday night! If you are having this type of pain, you can probably not control it with anything over the counter. You may need further treatment or at least a prescription pain medication. Since...

Dentistry: Dental tartar, tartar removal, wisdom teeth
tartar removal, wisdom teeth, gum disease: Dear Worried: A small amount of tartar buildup is not uncommon in someone of your age. Not to worry. Do have it removed. The question will come after the removal: Is there any infection remaining under your gums which is causing the beginnings of gum...

Dentistry: Dental Veneers, porcelian veneers, soun
porcelian veneers, soun, permanents: Dear Melissa: Your cheeks should not be swollen or tender by now. Any swelling or pain should have disappeared after 2-3 days. You likely have some type of infection. Dentists often reshape temporaries in an effort to obtain the best result in the temporaries,...

Dentistry: Dentist, root canal treatment, root canals
root canal treatment, root canals, novacaine: Dont feel bad about your experience. There are different ind of pain disorders and i can state that probably 90% of patients have one type. Let me ask you some questions. Have you tried other kinds of anesthesia (lidocaine, bupivacaine, etc) What kind...

Dentistry: Discolored tooth, permanent teeth, baby teeth
permanent teeth, baby teeth, baby tooth: Permanent teeth are never as white as the baby teeth and they look especially discolored when compared side by side to the baby teeth on each side. This is entirely normal. It also appears that you child s dentition will be crowded and as more permanent...

Dentistry: dark spots, two front teeth, harmless cyst
two front teeth, harmless cyst, gray spot: Dave - A cyst is not harmless. It is a fluid filled sac that expands with internal pressure. An inflamed tooth will definitely not produce a whitening of the surrounding bone. I wish I could honestly tell you what the dark spot is, but without a look...

Dentistry: darkening of spots, xray machine, pathologic processes
xray machine, pathologic processes, microscopic evaluation: Hi again Mary, I ll try to answer here, but some of your questions are really a matter of semantics. Infection and inflammation are confusing terms and really don t have much application. The real question is, do I need a root canal? Any way, here goes.......

Dentistry: my daughters tooth, two front teeth, baby teeth
two front teeth, baby teeth, x rays: Dear Miranda: Very uncommon in baby teeth, but you may be looking at her two front teeth fused together. More likely, if she lost her baby teeth early, and is beginning to get her permanent front teeth now, you may be looking at just one of her permanent...

Dentistry: dead tooth nerves, root canal treatment, nerve degeneration
root canal treatment, nerve degeneration, drilling holes: BA - If the problem is due to a nerve degeneration and an abscess associated with these teeth, then root canal treatment is the only successful approach. What the dentist describes as drilling holes in the teeth may or may not work. You need root canal treatment....

Dentistry: decay in root canal, root canal work, worse case scenario
root canal work, worse case scenario, worst case scenario: Hi Toni The decay needs removing, otherwise it is highly likely you will develop an abscess. Consequently the root canal work may need re-doing. The worst case scenario is that the tooth can t be restored and you have to have an extraction, but your endodontist...

Dentistry: dentition - late teething, tooth development, x rays
tooth development, x rays, x ray: Usually late teething is not due to a deficiency or illness...it just happens. There is really nothing that can be done and in most cases the teeth will arrive without trouble. At some point it may become possible to have x-ray films taken to evaluate tooth...

Dentistry: dentures vs implants, receding gums, missing teeth
receding gums, missing teeth, bad teeth: Stephanie - You don t say if your mother is taking medication to fight osteoporosis. If she is, the less oral surgery the better to decrease the chance for bone infections from the medications used for osteoporosis. The simpler and probably just as effective...

Dentistry: Endodontics, gary backlund, low income families
gary backlund, low income families, root canals: Hi Kale, I m sorry you re in this situation. Since endodontics is considered elective treatment, since extraction is an option, there are really very few, if any low cost programs that cover this treatment. One option that might help you would be a local...

Dentistry: ehlers-danlos, dental residency program, ehlers danlos
dental residency program, ehlers danlos, orthopedic surgeries: Kate - That is a tough question. I don t know the dentist or where he was trained, but you need to tell the dentist of the weakness of your tissues. That weakness can easily promote a joint that is not stable and easily slides out. You need to tell...

Dentistry: endondontics, gary backlund, root canal
gary backlund, root canal, apparent reason: Hi Lei, We do retreatments every day. It s a large part of our practice. It can be for many reason...incomplete, contaminated, no apparent reason for failure, insurance before major restorations, and others. Many are due to poor treatment by the original...

Dentistry: excruciating pain, county health department, excruciating pain
county health department, excruciating pain, dental schools: Dear Faiza: Contact the dental schools in your area and find out what they charge to remove a tooth. School fees are usually less than half of private office fees. If this proves not helpful, contact your local, county and state dental association (Maryland...

Dentistry: extraction, gum neck, fustration
gum neck, fustration, gap: Hi Jodie At the end of the day what treatment you have is your choice. Once you understand the different options and the risks of each option it is up to you to decide what you want to do. If this dentist won t discuss this reasonably with you then...

Dentistry: extraction of tooth leaving root in., inflammatory cells, back tooth
inflammatory cells, back tooth, molars: united kingdom people are always polite !!! =) most molars have 3 roots but most of them are fused so it looks like they have only 2 but itīs 3 .... ok . you need to remove the broken root that is inside the bone. it will be easier know because of inflammatory...

Dentistry: eye teeth clashing?, alignment problems, eye teeth
alignment problems, eye teeth, new bite: Dear Sam: The human body is a very complicated and sensitive machine. There are people who never experience any problems with anything, but as you know, some of us a very attune to any changes. I, obviously, cannot analyze your bite over the Internet. ...

Dentistry: Facial Pain Post Root Canal w/ bridge, perioguard, cheek bone
perioguard, cheek bone, gum line: Ellie - This is a little tough for me to diagnose without examining you and seeing xrays. Your symptoms are indicative of at least an inflammatory condition in the surrounding bone. The problem, even though it shows no evidence of sinusitis on CT scan, may...

Dentistry: Failed root canal, root canal procedure, endontist
root canal procedure, endontist, temporary filling: Dear Gloria (Annie?): You are asking a very tough question, and unfortunately, I only have your side of the story. I can tell you that things like this are very common. Dentists go through four years of dental school, following college. At which time,...

Dentistry: Failed root canals, root canal filling, tooth bridge
root canal filling, tooth bridge, root canals: Hi Dave, I m sorry you re going through all this. In my opinion, when a root canal fails, you have 3 options....redo the root canal, do surgery on the end of the tooth or extract the tooth. Anytime you are considering treatment, you need to answer the question...

Dentistry: FILLINGS, root canal treatment, back tooth
root canal treatment, back tooth, front tooth: Hi Cheyenne, I ll try to answer your questions, but some of the answers are not black and white. If you have these problems, you really need to see a dentist for an examination. Here goes... 1. I just wanted to know when a patient has a root fracture,...

Dentistry: Flap of skin on gum, 6 year molars, gum tissue
6 year molars, gum tissue, excess tissue: The flap of tissue is probably some excess gum that formed when the 6 year molars emerged. This is not uncommon. Usually the excess tissue will shrink and disappear by itself but you may want to have it removed by your dentist if you prefer. This is not...

Dentistry: FMD, Resin filings and Implants, tooth colored fillings, composite fillings
tooth colored fillings, composite fillings, wisdom tooth: FMD is a very deep cleaning. An implant is a nice option and will give your more chewing efficiency.The night guard will act as a retainer in theory to keep the teeth from shifting further.If possible the implant is a nice option. That s alot to have...

Dentistry: FRENECTOMY, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, front teeth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, front teeth, frenum: Pam - If the frenum needs to be removed, it can be done before the permanent molars come in. I personally think the frenectomy should be held off until both front teeth are in. Snipping is actually better than laser. My suggestion is to get an evaluation...

Dentistry: cost for Osseous surgery, dental discount plan, money
Dentistry: cost for Osseous surgery, dental discount plan, money

Dentistry: Dentist, mepivacaine, prilocaine
Dentistry: Dentist, mepivacaine, prilocaine, anesthetics

Dentistry: implant / crown / gum transplant, gum graft, gum tissue
Dentistry: implant / crown / gum transplant, gum graft, gum tissue, natural tooth

Dentistry: Substitute for human teeth, chicken bones, body tissue
Dentistry: Substitute for human teeth, chicken bones, body tissue, science class

Dentistry: what do you think about this?, root canals, root canal
Dentistry: what do you think about this?, root canals, root canal, advil

Dentistry: filling, molar tooth, silver type
molar tooth, silver type, cold feeling: Angie - Before deciding whether just a new filling, a crown or root canal is needed, the area needs to be examined by a dentist. Decay may be present or just the cracked filling is the problem by exposing the underlying dentin portion of the tooth, which...

Dentistry: fillings, oral pathologist, wisdom teeth
oral pathologist, wisdom teeth, pediatric dentist: Dear Stephanie: You are very welcome. It will be more than my pleasure to restore your teeth. My very good neighbor (same building, different floor) is an excellent oral surgeon. We can co-ordinate an appointment to get all your work done. We are in...

Dentistry: fillings, going to the dentist, pediatric dentist
going to the dentist, pediatric dentist, accuring: You have asked me to make a judgement regarding a specific situation, but I am not in a position to judge another s work since I have not directly done an examination of your child or the treatment record. I understand the need for you to obtain a definitive...

Dentistry: Gray Tooth, brushing my teeth, baby tooth
brushing my teeth, baby tooth, premolar: Gray teeth are usually from trauma, but you don t mention this, and from the time the tooth erupted you must be talking about a premolar, and they are rarely traumatized. If you had a cavity, and you have not done anything about it, it could be severely decayed,...

Dentistry: Grinding, Abcessed Root Canal, Inplants, bone graft, porcelain crown
bone graft, porcelain crown, slippery slope: Elizabeth - The lost of #2 & 15, by themselves, would not affect the viability of #3 & 14. That is true, unless the doctor who removed those teeth removed extensive bone supporting #3 and 14. Probably the best way to find a doctor in your area who deals...

Dentistry: The Guarantee, root canal specialists, root canal procedures
root canal specialists, root canal procedures, root canal treatment: Lana - I hate to tell you this, but even root canal specialists, endodontists, cannot guarantee success. The main reason is that, besides the main canals within a tooth where the nerve runs, there are occasionally microscopic fibers that branch off the main...

Dentistry: Gum disease, Alveolar surgery & implants, upper palate, gum disease
upper palate, gum disease, facial muscles: Rose - Added bone will begin to shrink if not utilized in jaw function. This resorption can begin within 6-9 months after the full healing of the graft. For complete healing of the graft, it takes about 6 months. The implants, themselves, is now what...

Dentistry: Gum Grafts - Singer, gum grafting, hard palate
gum grafting, hard palate, gum grafts: Sue - What you need to have done is not unusual, but the quality of the periodontist is the main factor in determining if you have a change in you singing after the graft. The location of the graft should not be behind the front teeth from canine to canine...

Dentistry: Gummy Smile, gummy smile, gum surgery
gummy smile, gum surgery, smile line: There are several different reasons for a gummy smile . One of them is gingival hyperplasia, a condition caused by overgrowth of the gum tissue. This is best managed by a periodontist or a general dentist who is skilled in periodontal surgery. My recommendation...

Dentistry: gap, frenectomy, muscle attachment
frenectomy, muscle attachment, front teeth: Yes Sarah. You will have to have a surgical procedure to move the muscle attachment (the frenum) higher. Even if the teeth are moved together, the tissue, if not removed, will always cause problems, and will eventually push the teeth apart. Even if you...

Dentistry: gap teeth, horse teeth, cosmetic dentist
horse teeth, cosmetic dentist, veneers: In order to close the gaps without moving the teeth you will need to find a restorative or cosmetic dentist who will either crown the teeth or place veneers. In either case the restored teeth will be made larger to fill the gaps. This often leads to very...

Dentistry: Help!, dental xray, dental situation
dental xray, dental situation, nerve stimulation: Abby - There really is no need for the dentist or the patient to request removing a filling, unless there is discomfort that cannot be diagnosed. A dentist, if he is planning a root canal correctly, will actually measure the length of the canal and cut...

Dentistry: High arched palate, high arched palate, orthodontic evaluation
high arched palate, orthodontic evaluation, upper jaw: This describes a particular configuration and shape of the maxilla or upper jaw. A high arched palate is not necessarily a problem by itself, but it may be part of a larger package of problems. Any treatment would depend on the details of the entire bite...

Dentistry: High palate, high arched palate, ortodontist
high arched palate, ortodontist, high palate: Dear jon: Most dentists consider high roof and arched palate to be the same. An ortodontist looks at your palate s height and its arch (the arrangement of your teeth around your upper jaw). Most people with a high plate have a V -shaped arch, which is...

Dentistry: hello, root canal procedure, cold test
root canal procedure, cold test, x ray: Rebby, you need a good diagnosis. All of this discussion really has no meaning until you REALLY know what is going on and I can t help there. I ll answer these questions, but if you need a root canal, you need a root canal. There is no way to avoid it and...

Dentistry: herbst appliance, jaw growth, brush teeth
jaw growth, brush teeth, patient compliance: That is an excellent question to which I cannot offer a conclusive answer. These various approaches are all termed functional appliance orthopedices and they all have their successes and failures. In my opinion there is no single approach that has been...

Dentistry: INFECTION ON BONE, root canal treatment, apicoectomy
root canal treatment, apicoectomy, bone infection: Kim - It s tough for me to determine the source of the soreness, but with the infection, it could definitely be that. The root canal treatment may eradicate the infection and the soreness might get better or if the infection has spread beyond the tooth to...

Dentistry: Infant iron stains, non fluoride toothpaste, iron stains
non fluoride toothpaste, iron stains, professional dental care: Try regular brushing with a non-fluoride toothpaste. You don t want to use fluoride toothpaste since he will probably swallow it and that s not a good idea at this age. You may not be able to remove all the iron stains since they are difficult to remove...

Dentistry: Infection or something else, two front teeth, tooth pulp
two front teeth, tooth pulp, gray spot: Hi Ashley It can be quite tricky to diagnose the health of the tooth pulp, as the tooth can be alive or dead or dying. If it is dying then you will often get a response to cold from the pulp. In this case I think you will need to wait and see what happens...

Dentistry: Infection, root canal procedure, back of a tooth
root canal procedure, back of a tooth, tooth ache: I can t help you with your tooth without seeing you. As for the second question, bacteria always escape, and your body takes care of them. Only in cases where the bacteria overwhelm your body s defenses do you need antibiotics, and then they take care of the...

Dentistry: Infection, root canal procedure, back of a tooth
root canal procedure, back of a tooth, gary backlund: Hi again Lauren, Actually, when I re-read my words, should probably should be could . When the end of the tooth is infected, imagine the roots sitting in a pocket of stuff . If the tooth is hit anywhere on it, the sensation will be transferred down...

Dentistry: Infection, antibiotics and the body, root canal procedure
antibiotics and the body, root canal procedure, back of a tooth: Yes, that can happen. Pain comes in may forms, and for many different reasons. I have already answered your question about why the pain may have returned. There is also the possibility of accessory canals not addressed, or root fracture. But these are rare...

Dentistry: Infection, root canal specialist, cold sensation
root canal specialist, cold sensation, cold test: Mary - A tooth in the inflammatory stage can feel cold, but a true infected tooth is not usually affected by cold. So there may still be inflamed tissue present, but most likely not an infection. So the prolonged pain after the cold test on the tooth,...

Dentistry: Infection, gum recession, root canal treatment
gum recession, root canal treatment, gray spot: Mary - Even if there is not infection and there is acute inflammation which expresses itself with sensitivity to cold discomfort that lingers are the cold is applied, then root canal treatment is usually necessary. Inflammation within a tooth is just like...

Dentistry: Infection on Bone, two front teeth, white bumps on gums
two front teeth, white bumps on gums, gary backlund: Hi again Monique, No, what you are going through is not normal, but it does happen. It s one of the reasons root canals get a bad name. As for the antibiotics, I can t really tell you if that is the right thing to do since I can t exam you and know REALLY...

Dentistry: Infection after extraction w/perforated sinus, warm salt water, severe sinus infection
warm salt water, severe sinus infection, sinus infection: Charlotte - Do not wait. An opening from the tooth socket into the sinus allows oral bacteria to gain access and can lead to a severe sinus infection. Do not wait!! You need to immediately see a board certified orla and maxillofacial surgeon. Make sure...

Dentistry: Infection/Pain, root canal treatment, apicoectomy
root canal treatment, apicoectomy, front tooth: Laura - If done correctly, bacteria from the canal should not escape and spread to the surrounding bone. Dentist prescribe antibiotics after root canal treatment as a catch basin to affect any living bacteria. Antibiotics usually do not eliminate infection,...

Dentistry: Infections, root canal specialist, root canal treatment
root canal specialist, root canal treatment, endodontist: Damien - If a tooth is infected, it is non-vital. If I said different, it was my error. If there is internal bruising of a tooth, it is just a matter of time until the nerve dies. So the bruising might initially have symptoms of inflammation, but eventually...

Dentistry: Infections, gray spot, cold test
gray spot, cold test, dear mary: Cold that lasts a long time usually indicates a hyperemic pulp , or early sensitivity in your tooth nerve, caused by engorged vessels inside your tooth. This is still reversible (curable) by several methods: 1. Coat the area on the tooth that is most sensitive;...

Dentistry: Infections, upper tooth, jawbone
upper tooth, jawbone, tooth infection: Re-read my answer. That is not what I said. What I said was These infections do not infect other teeth as often as they spread through your jawbone, and into your bloodstream. This does not mean that one tooth infecting other teeth does not happen, just...

Dentistry: Infections, root canal treatment, gray spot
root canal treatment, gray spot, hi mary: Hi Mary The dentist was testing to try and discover the health of the pulp of the tooth. Unfortunately it is not always obvious whether or not the pulp has died or is dying. Hence sometimes we monitor a tooth for a while before determining whether or...

Dentistry: Infections, radiolucency, root canal
radiolucency, root canal, dental office: No. There is an ongoing debate in the literature as to whether that black spot , which we call a periapical radiolucency, represents infection or simply inflammation. It is dark because bone has been destroyed by your body s immune system trying to get rid...

Dentistry: Itchy Teeth and Gums, septo rhinoplasty, itchy teeth
septo rhinoplasty, itchy teeth, teeth and gums: Renee - With nerve injury producing a hypersensitive response, there are two possible solutions to making it feel better. The first, and initially the simplest and with less side effects, is to see a neurologist who can give you medication to reduce the response...

Dentistry: implant / crown / gum transplant, central incisor, lateral incisor
central incisor, lateral incisor, gum grafting: What you re experiencing is root sensitivity from some recession of the gum in the area.It s quite common adjacent to missing teeth.The easiest thing to do is try sensitive tooth toothpastelike sensodyne for a few weeks and see if that helps.The purple lineyou...

Dentistry: infant's first teeth, moss, pregnancy
moss, pregnancy, teeth: Dear Lindsay, not likely that it was you during pregnancy, if so it would have affected both teeth in the same fashion. Lets wait a few more months when the teeth have erupted some more, and lets talk then. Nothing serious here. All the best, dr. Mos...

Dentistry: infection, root canals, cold test
root canals, cold test, time bomb: Sorry, Lawry, I did mean cannot. Since there is no nerve in the tooth, it can t feel sensations from food, hot, cold, sweets, etc. Make sure you understand the difference between infection and inflammation. If a tooth is infected it is dead, if inflamed, it...

Dentistry: infection or something else, root canal specialist, two front teeth
root canal specialist, two front teeth, gray spot: Get to an endodontist have them perform the exam and tests to determine exactly what s going on. I didn t say ask your dentist.I advised you to get the opinionof a root canal specialist that deals with these issues.How on earth do youexpect someone give you...

Dentistry: infection from braces? and retainers, braces and retainers, root canal treatment
braces and retainers, root canal treatment, gary backlund: Hi again Jeff, I m starting to repeat myself, but I ll give it one more try... I have an inflamed tooth according to my dentist, so I wonder if the retainers would make it worse... It is possible, but not likely. Are you also saying that root canalled...

Dentistry: infection control, root canal procedure, root canal treatment
root canal procedure, root canal treatment, residual infection: Kelly - If infection was in the bone prior to the finishing of the successful root canal treatment, often it needs to be directly removed. A small incision, a small hole in the bone is made and the infection is scooped out of the bone, while sealing the...

Dentistry: infection perhaps?, root canal specialist, root canal procedure
root canal specialist, root canal procedure, vital teeth: Hi Rebby, That really is a lot of questions, so I ll answer them briefly. If you want more info, I would suggest you check out www.aae.org which is our endodontist s web site. Here goes: So inflammation can be a sign that an infection is about to occur?...

Dentistry: infections, root canal treatment, dead cells
root canal treatment, dead cells, correct diagnosis: Dear Damien: You are asking many questions that are very situation specific. Once a root canal treatment is performed properly, and every canal is treated, a tooth can feel only pressure. It can feel pressure since the periodontal ligament which surrounds...

Dentistry: Jaw mouth pain after replacing fillings, nerve fibers, tooth ache
nerve fibers, tooth ache, dear kelly: Dear Kelly: It sounds like one or more of these fillings has set off an inflammation in your tooth nerves. In general, I also expect new fillings to cause increased sensitivity, usually to hot or cold, in the newly filled teeth. Almost always, cleaning...

Dentistry: Jaw Surgery to correct jaw alignment, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw alignment
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw alignment, wearing braces: Brenda - Unfortunately, the surgery cannot be performed without a properly dental alignment. The main reason is the teeth are the actual foundation of the jaws. A poorly aligned foudation with cause a lack of stability in the new jaw position and possibly...

Dentistry: jaw pain, jaw pain, ear pain
jaw pain, ear pain, t pay: Dear Pattie: The tooth that is sensitive is likely in the beginning stages of becoming abscessed (acute periapicitis). This causes the sensitivity to pressure, along with the raised feeling. Crowns can loosen and come up slightly. If it was something dental,...

Dentistry: Late Teething, teeths, dental examination
teeths, dental examination, upper jaw: There is nothing that can be done regarding this situation, but you can certainly take your child for a dental examination and x-rays to determine if the teeth are developing properly. Sometimes the teeth are simply delayed, but knowing that they are developing...

Dentistry: lenia alba, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, gum bleeding
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, gum bleeding, painful gums: m. izaz - It is a little tough for me to be totally sure, but with the painful gums, the gum bleeding and the white lines, you may have advanced periodontal disease or you might just have a viral infection. Either situation will cause the gum pain and bleeding....

Dentistry: Milk tooth decay, root canal surgery, root canal treatment
root canal surgery, root canal treatment, rapid decay: Keeping to a healthy diet is something that should be a life long commitment. It is important to maintain the baby teeth until they normally fall out. Early loss of the baby teeth can create problems with the permanent teeth as well as with speech development...

Dentistry: Mixed fillings, adhesion problems, prosthodontist
adhesion problems, prosthodontist, gold crown: we can mix some materials. for example. if a cavity is too deep we first place ionomeric glass cement then a resin or an amalgam. I dont have experience using it vice versa but if we think that composites / polimeric restorations ALWAYS hace adhesion...

Dentistry: Monster Toothache, cataflam 50mg, anti inflammatory medications
cataflam 50mg, anti inflammatory medications, anti inflammatory medication: Lizbeth - Different patients have different effects from different medications for pain. Some can only tolerate the post surgical pain with narcotics, while others do well with aspirin and tylenol. Ansaid is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication...

Dentistry: making a toothbrush, dental floss, toothbrush
dental floss, toothbrush, dalton: Alyssa - I think you are describing a toothbrush, as far as the vibration type, that already exists. If, in addition, you can add a vibrating dental floss, that should be new and probably useful. I wish you well and hope you can fabricate a sample that...

Dentistry: making a vibrating floss box, floss, dalton
floss, dalton, 11 years: Dear Alyssa, Thank you for your question. I think you have a fine idea. Anything that will help people to remember to use floss and remove food from around their teeth should help. Good luck on your idea, let me know how you are doing. Dr....

Dentistry: making a vibrating floss box, periodontal disease, floss
periodontal disease, floss, dalton: Alyssa - If the invention was easy to use, small and not expensive, then it might be good. It is tough to say if it will take off, but your description definitely sounds like a functional item that can be used to help prevent decay and periodontal disease....

Dentistry: molars, teeth molars, molar teeth
teeth molars, molar teeth, permanent teeth: Unless the tooth is about to fall out anyway, it is never a good idea to remove a baby tooth if it can be restored. The primary molars are not replaced with permanent teeth until age 9-10 and sometimes later. If these teeth are lost prematurely it can interfere...

Dentistry: molars and toddlers, first molars, primary teeth
first molars, primary teeth, pain thanks: Once the 20 primary teeth have emerged, usually by age 2-3, the next tooth to arrive are the four permanent first molars. These teeth generally emerge around age 6 but there is significant variation in the eruption age and it is possible that your son is...

Dentistry: Need help deciding if I should get a root canal, room temperature water, signs of infection
room temperature water, signs of infection, hot tea: Hi Joan This is always a difficult situation. I think from the sound of it that you are going to end up having root canal work on this tooth, as the pulp is obviously inflamed and this is why you are getting the symptoms. The difficult issue arises because...

Dentistry: Need for Root canal, root canal, pulp
root canal, pulp, cavity: Hi Binyomin If decay had breached the pulp then root canal is the only option (short of extraction). Pulp capping only really works where the pulp was not at all infected by bacteria - not in this sort of case. Sure, you may end up symptom free but you...

Dentistry: Novocaine Insertion Technique, insertion technique, new dentist
insertion technique, new dentist, mandibular block: Dear Susan: I hate to be the one to tell you that being a nice guy/gal is not a profession. Dentists, just like any other professionals, come in different shapes, sizes, and more importantly knowledge and skill levels. There are excellent techniques of...

Dentistry: normal cost of pulp testing a tooth, root canal treatment, tooth pulp
root canal treatment, tooth pulp, procedural error: If you think that there is some sort of test that can determine the health of the pulp in your tooth, I m afraid you are misinformed. The only sort of testing that can be done is a simple go-no go test for vitality. This is done either with cold or with an...

Dentistry: numbness, nerve sheath, mandibular nerve
nerve sheath, mandibular nerve, tooth roots: Dear J: Don t worry:) It is most likely that your numbness will go away. Usually numbness caused by anesthetic goes away within several hours. Sometimes, if anesthetic is injected directly into a nerve, or a nerve sheath, it causes inflammation which can...

Dentistry: numbness after root canal, gary backlund, nerve damage
gary backlund, nerve damage, root tip: Hi Verona, I m sorry you re going through all this. It can take a long time for nerve damage to repair. The bad news, in some cases, it never really heals right. You might get a consultation by an oral surgeon, but there is not much that can be done...either...

Dentistry: Old crown, replacing or recementing, good shape, cements
good shape, cements, cement: Dear Jim: A crown should fit the underlying tooth perfectly, or nearly perfectly, in order to be cemented properly. The inside of the crown, and the outside of the tooth should be dry before the crown is cemented. There are cements that will bond an ill-fitting...

Dentistry: occlusion, premolars, myerson
premolars, myerson, orthodontist: Generally, brackets are placed in an ideal location on each tooth, but because of the position of a tooth a bracket could interfere with normal bite closure for a period of time. Sometimes a particular bracket must be placed in a non-ideal or unconventional...

Dentistry: oral bite alignment, invisalign braces, jaw muscles
invisalign braces, jaw muscles, mouth guard: Monica - I m not sure what you are saying. The guard should still fit over your teeth, but if the bite relationship is incorrect, it can accentuate your problems. You need this appliance checked and aligned properly or more damage. If you doctor is incapable...

Dentistry: overbite in baby with sucking problems, overbite, lower jaw
overbite, lower jaw, lips: While an underdeveloped lower jaw is normal in infants, a severely underdeveloped lower jaw certainly is not. If the lower jaw is severely underdeveloped it could interfere with the ability to suck and that, of course, could result in failure to thrive. ...

Dentistry: Pain!, abscess, x rays
abscess, x rays, advil: It certainly could be an abscess, but I can t tell you the source of the problem without seeing you. The two things could definitely be related, but again, I can t tell you without seeing you what is going on. If your dentist merely offers to give you antibiotics,...

Dentistry: Pain after getting new crown, root canal procedure, back tooth
root canal procedure, back tooth, new crown: Dear Key: it s very hard to tell of you need a root canal, if the bite is high, or the crown does not fit properly. The only SURE way to relieve the pain is to do a root canal. But I would first want to be sure that the crown fits properly, and the bite is...

Dentistry: Pain after root canal, flare ups, radiographic lesions
flare ups, radiographic lesions, capitalization and punctuation: Please don t apologize for your spelling. You got it right, and the fact that your letter is correct in spelling, capitalization, and punctuation puts it in about the top 5% of the letters I receive, so thank you very much! As for your problem, I unfortunately...

Dentistry: Pain after root canal, root canal treatment, 3rd root
root canal treatment, 3rd root, emergency clinic: As with Dr. Liewehr s answer, I cannot give you a definite answer without seeing you and your xrays. It is most likely that you had a flare-up (acute apical periodontitis), usually caused by bacteria, sometimes by the chemicals we use to disinfect and seal...

Dentistry: Painful and sensative bottom front teeth, root canal work, root canals
root canal work, root canals, accurate diagnosis: Hi Gavin We don t do any treatment without having an accurate diagnosis first. This could be an issue with your bite, particularly if you grind your teeth at night - in which case root canal work would not give you any relief as it would be the supporting...

Dentistry: Pediatric Tooth Trauma, tooth trauma, replacement teeth
tooth trauma, replacement teeth, pulpectomy: The other option would be to treat these teeh with a pulpectomy.It s like a baby root canal.Then they will remain in place, passive and should not interfere with the developing replacement teeth.This is ajudgement call made by the treating Dr But it is one...

Dentistry: Penicillin after wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, minor surgery
wisdom tooth extraction, minor surgery, funny feeling: Hi Kemi You have had minor surgery, which can make you feel lousy. The sore throat may just be incidental because you were run down, but you should probably see your doctor for advice. Your mouth will return to normal but it can take weeks to feel completely...

Dentistry: Pericornitis and has braces, warm salt water, wisdom teeth
warm salt water, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth: As a temporary measure you should rinse with warm salt water. You can also rinse with a preparation called Glyoxide or Peroxyl. These are cleansing and oxygenating solutions which can help minimize inflammation and swelling and speed healing. After the...

Dentistry: Playground accident, pediatric dentist, bottom teeth
pediatric dentist, bottom teeth, root damage: I would not expect that a molar would have been affected by the incident you described so it s possible that the sensitivity there is due to something else...possibly an early cavity. If it persists for more than one week I would contact the pediatric dentist...

Dentistry: Porcelain inlay keeps falling out., porcelain inlay, johannesburg south africa
porcelain inlay, johannesburg south africa, new dentist: Dear Daneel: This is not a common problem. What could cause it is a high bite on the onlay, not enough retention between the tooth and the onlay, weak or poor or poorly set cement, or not cementing the onlay onto a dry tooth surface. You should probably...

Dentistry: Post-filling sensitivity when flossing, molar teeth, resin fillings
molar teeth, resin fillings, extreme sensitivity: Hi Leanne, Depending on how deep the cavities were, will determine how long it takes to heal from them. If they were moderate to severely deep, than the tooth and surrounding area can be sensitive for up to 1 month. However, if the pain progresses beyond...

Dentistry: Problems with Root Canal/Extraction, hairline crack, bone graft
hairline crack, bone graft, periodontal pocket: 1 try sending a picture to my email granados_periodoncia@hotmail.com 2 first, we must ask ourselves Why your tissues repair so slowly or in a different way ? i would recommend you some auxiliar exams like blood exams, histological, and nutritiona...

Dentistry: pain, frequent pain, nasty taste
frequent pain, nasty taste, sublingual glands: Paula - I cannot tell you if the problem is related to the Sjogren s or if the swelling is related to an infection within the bone from the infected tooth. I suggest that you immediately begin a regimen of warm salt water rinses for about 5 minutes, 4-5...

Dentistry: pain in bottom front teeth, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, gum line: HI Gavin, Unfortunately, since I can t examine you, it s hard for me to give you good advice. The problem is making sure where your pain is coming from. By doing a root canal, it will only get rid of hot/cold/sweet sensitivity where the nerve is inflamed....

Dentistry: pain after root canal, gary backlund, nerve supply
gary backlund, nerve supply, root canals: Hi Tressa, I m sorry your going through all this. When a tooth feels hot & cold, that means there is still live nerve supply in the tooth. As a result, your pain will NOT be coming from the root canal teeth. Since we don t know what was done to the 3rd...

Dentistry: pain from TMJ?, root canal treatments, relaxation tapes
root canal treatments, relaxation tapes, tight muscles: Hi Jenna, TMJ pain is caused by tight muscles and the pain often travels into the teeth, gums as well as the neck, back, jaw area, etc. Many unnecessary root canals and/or extractions are performed because of misdiagnoses and the failure of the dentist to...

Dentistry: pain on tooth, root canal therapy, nerve tissue
root canal therapy, nerve tissue, ligaments: Dear Susie, A crack away from the gum in a root canal tooth will not hurt. If there is a fracture near or in the gum a tooth can eventually become loose. Fractures not only cause pain but eventually cause bone loss adjacent to the crack in the tooth....

Dentistry: palate surgery adult, palate surgery, orthro
palate surgery, orthro, periodontal health: I strongly advise all my adult patients to complete all necessary periodontal treatment prior to starting orthodontic treatment. When teeth are moved in the presence of gingival and periodontal inflammation there is a significant risk of bone loss. This...

Dentistry: pediatric dental crowns, baby molars, dental crowns
baby molars, dental crowns, pediatric dentist: Dear Cynthia: As a father of a six year old, and a four year old myself, I can understand your concern. However, I am not a pediatric dentist and this question should really be directed to the expert. I can tell you that there are tooth colored children...

Dentistry: pediatric dental surgury, food debris, pediatric dentist
food debris, pediatric dentist, pedodontist: Erin - The early formation of decay that has precipitated the dental work now necessary, usually is caused by improper cleaning of the area. You are doing right by brushing her teeth, but with children and adults, if the food debris or sweetness, from candy...

Dentistry: pediatric dentristry: pmt tooth above baby tooth, baby tooth, dentristry
baby tooth, dentristry, permanent tooth: This is a fairly common situation you ve described. The baby tooth is almost completely resorbed and ready to fall out...it just hasn t yet done so. Since the tooth is no loose it probably has a remnant of a root still holding it in. Your dentist should...

Dentistry: permanent bridges, permanent bridge, bottom teeth
permanent bridge, bottom teeth, new bridge: 7 months is a long time to have a temporary without finishing up the case.You probably got decay under there and that s what made the tooth a candidate for root canal.Once the decay extends beyond the original parameters of the restoration the restoration...

Dentistry: problem with 2 year old sons front teeth, pediatric dentist, front teeth
pediatric dentist, front teeth, bad teeth: The proper specialist for managing this problem is a pediatric dentist so you have made the correct choice in a dentist for your child. If the teeth could have been saved the dentist would have presented that as an option but after having examined your child...

Dentistry: provisional restoration, break in two, student doctor
break in two, student doctor, rotary tool: Flippers are a nuisance, bigtime.Perhaps seek out the student Dr s instructor who has more experience and they could carefully trim it back for you.Unfortunately they are a very important part of the process you re going through and leave much to be desired.To...

Dentistry: Question about tooth abscess, wisdom teeth, bad tooth
wisdom teeth, bad tooth, tooth abscess: Hi Mayu, I m sorry this is all going on during a holiday! Since you just saw a dentist and everything checked out OK, it is highly unlikely you have an abscessed tooth. Sometimes, food will be under the gum and it will swell. In most cases, it will heal...

Dentistry: question about core and crown, gary backlund, gum specialist
gary backlund, gum specialist, natural teeth: Hi Krishna, Since I can t examine you or see your tooth, it s hard for me to give you a helpful answer. What I can say, is there is nothing better than your natural teeth. If you have the tooth extracted, which would be the only other option, you would...

Dentistry: RC, sweet sensations, cold test
sweet sensations, cold test, anti inflammatory medications: Hi June, After a tooth has a root canal, it should not be sensitive to sweets or cold sensations. This is because the nerves were removed and the tooth has no more feeling. The tooth may be sensitive to touch and pressure, and the area may be slightly...

Dentistry: Receeding gums and brittle teeth, receeding gums, connective tissue diseases
receeding gums, connective tissue diseases, brittle teeth: Dear Tina: You have an excellent and very complicated question. Any one of the factors you mention can cause the problems you describe. The Lupus and RA are inflammatory diseases which can effect your gums, as well as all the other tissues in your body....

Dentistry: Replacing 2nd Molar without post, cantilever bridges, versalok
cantilever bridges, versalok, removable tooth: Dear Gail: There are cantilever bridges like one you describe. They are used uncommonly. Making yours would involve capping both your second bicuspid and your first molar (19 and 20), welding the caps together, and then welding the second molar replacement...

Dentistry: Retainer problems, lateral incisors, proper supervision
lateral incisors, proper supervision, front teeth: Good question. The answer depends on how much out of alignment the lateral incisors have become. The potential exists for things to go worse rather quickly, but with proper supervision and adjustments you may be able to recover your alignment with minimal...

Dentistry: My Root Canal, root canal procedures, cold sensation
root canal procedures, cold sensation, endodontist: Hi again Lon, I m sure every dentist probably means a slightly different thing when they use the word guarantee, so I really can t speak for them in general terms. When I speak of a guarantee, I mean that a small amount of root canals fail...3-5 %....no...

Dentistry: My Root Canal, root canal procedures, root canal treatment
root canal procedures, root canal treatment, endodontist: Lori - By the way I am Dr. Teig and not Dr. Backlund. To answer your questions, the dentist is probably correct to send you to an endodontist. His first attempt at root canal treatment seems to have been incomplete and your dentist is probably not skilled...

Dentistry: Root Canal, two front teeth, tooth repair
two front teeth, tooth repair, faint line: Hi Katy, I am SO sorry to hear about the accident to your front teeth. Trauma to teeth can be a difficult thing to treat correctly and in most cases you only get one chance. It s hard for me to really help here since I can t examine you, but I would strongly...

Dentistry: Root Canal/Extraction problems, hairline crack, bone graft
hairline crack, bone graft, extraction problems: We like to leave an extraction site for around 2 months before placing an implant, and we have quite a range of techniques available for replacing missing bone. Provided the bone is infection free you should have no problems. Regards Tony Appleto...

Dentistry: Root Canal Infection or Wisdom Tooth Pain?, wisdom tooth pain, wisdom teeth
wisdom tooth pain, wisdom teeth, cracked teeth: Lyndsay - I wish I could tell you. To come up with a diagnosis of what is occurring without examining you is tough. A good way you can check to see if it is the cracked teeth causing the pain is to take a spoon and tap on the two teeth. If they hurt, then...

Dentistry: Root Canal Overfill, molar tooth, endodontist
molar tooth, endodontist, root canal: Hi Jo, Since there are no other teeth in the area, the pain is most likely from that tooth. However, that doesn t mean the pain is due to the overfill. It could be from an inadequate root canal, a crack in the root, etc. Before having the surgery, it is...

Dentistry: Root Canal Pain (intermittent), flare ups, root canal pain
flare ups, root canal pain, apicoectomy: Hi Nicole, I m sorry you re going through all this. You re right, I can t diagnosis your situation with examining you, but I can make a few observations. First, I don t see anything on your Xray that makes me believe there is a perforation. One root appears...

Dentistry: Root canal on 3 year old, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, slow economy: Hi Julie, I m sorry to hear your daughter is going through this. Obviously, since I can t exam your daughter I can t be sure, but baby teeth don t have very thick tooth structure over the pulp of the tooth. If the decay is really deep, it may be possible...

Dentistry: Root canal on # 30, gary backlund, calcium hydroxide
gary backlund, calcium hydroxide, endodontist: Hi Katie, It s hard for me to answer you since I can t examine you or see your X-rays, but I suspect, if you are a night grinder and the occlusion was adjusted just 2 days ago, that this is the source of your problem. Sometimes it takes more than once to...

Dentistry: Root canal, root canal procedure, root canal treatment
root canal procedure, root canal treatment, sweet sensations: Marie - The source is from the outside and residual from an inside infection if there is no living tissue left within the tooth. If, however, there is living tissue or living bacteria within the tooth that can precipitate the infection outside a tooth. ...

Dentistry: Root canal, antibiotics, gary backlund, tooth cavity
gary backlund, tooth cavity, antibiotic treatment: Hi Liz, Actually, it doesn t make much difference. This is really a question of style and preference rather than science. In our office, and in most endodontist in the US, we do ALL root canals in one appointment, so the is no antibiotic treatment put inside...

Dentistry: Root canal and crowns, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, zero pain: Hi Robert, Pain is not necessarily a determining factor in needing a root canal. Abscesses can develop due to decay or large fillings and show up on routine X-rays. Also, if any testing was done, that could find a tooth that had died. We recommend crowns...

Dentistry: Root canal determination, would like a second point of view., painful sensation, root canals
painful sensation, root canals, insurance situation: Hi Steph, I m sorry you re going through all this. First, it never hurts to get a 2nd opinion. The fact that you felt something when your dentist was working may mean there is still some live tissue in the tooth, but not necessarily. Also, your present...

Dentistry: Root canals and MRI's, root canal fillings, gary backlund
root canal fillings, gary backlund, mri results: Hi Lisa, Since I don t know for sure what kind of root canal filling material was used on your root canal, I can t say for sure. However, most root canals are filled with a soft rubbery material. Even if you have metal root canal fillings, they are so small,...

Dentistry: Root canals/Onlay sensitivity, dental scaler, crusty pizza
dental scaler, crusty pizza, root canal treatment: Hi Robin After 3 years this is not related to the acid etch at cementation. It may just be sensitivity, or it could indicate a further problem. If is is sensitivity then it is likely that part of the cause is diet related i.e. if you have a diet with...

Dentistry: Root Sensations, root canal specialist, root canal treatment
root canal specialist, root canal treatment, objective exam: Sandra - Of course without examining you or viewing xrays of the tooth it is a little tough for me to be 100% percent sure, but it sounds like you either had an incomplete root canal treatment, with some inflamed tissue of the nerve left within the tooth...

Dentistry: rc, root canal treatment, cold test
root canal treatment, cold test, anti inflammatory medication: June - If there is inflammation within the tooth, the only way to save the tooth and fix the inflammation is with root canal. Anti-inflammatory medication will reduce the discomfort temporarily becasue it obtunds pain, but the inflammation will recur, unless...

Dentistry: rc, sweet sensations, anti inflammatory medications
sweet sensations, anti inflammatory medications, dalin: adele a tooth with a root canal can have symptoms but not temperatures. if you are feeling that, you might have something going on on the teeth next to the root canal tooth. if you are sure it is in that tooth, then perhaps there are extra nerves in there...

Dentistry: red spot, and gray stain or spot, root canal procedure, gray stain
root canal procedure, gray stain, gray spot: The red spot could be a number of things ranging from minor inflammation to more complex issues.Without an exam I can t guide you.The root canal treated tooth tend to be more gray in color and brittle as well.You should get this tooth restored properly asap...

Dentistry: regarding tooth extraction, wisdom tooth, decayed tooth
wisdom tooth, decayed tooth, temporary filling: Hi Lee Yes, infections in the mouth often cause the lymph glands in the neck to swell, and this may well be the case here. Not so sure about the blocked ears though. Get your teeth sorted and see what happens to your symptoms. Regards Tony Appleto...

Dentistry: replacing a missing tooth, back tooth, false tooth
back tooth, false tooth, casual approach: Hi Dilly I m really sorry to say this but I don t actually think this is caused by the missing tooth, but is probably just the normal passing of time that is responsible. A dentist could replace this tooth for you, although there isn t really a suitable...

Dentistry: retainers and trauma, pulp infection, root canal treatment
pulp infection, root canal treatment, gum infection: As I wrote in my initial reply, Retainers are passive appliances, designed to prevent the teeth from shifting so there should be no trauma to the teeth. If the teeth shift when the retainers are not in and they move back into place when the retainers are...

Dentistry: root canal, root canal treatment, root treatment
root canal treatment, root treatment, gold crown: Hi Sonia It sounds like the nerve in the middle of the tooth has died, hence the need for root canal treatment. It is quite common for a tooth to give these sorts of symptoms following root treatment, as the roots themselves can become inflamed. Generally...

Dentistry: root canal, root canal, taking your time
root canal, taking your time, rct: Hi Elle The tooth could well be infected - you need to get the dentist to look at it again. You may just need some antibiotics, or it could mean further treatment. Ask the dentist before he does any further treatment what is involved and what the charge...

Dentistry: root canal 2 weeks and 2 days ago, dull ache, severe headaches
dull ache, severe headaches, signs of infection: Dear Dee: Don t worry. You will not have a severe or a fatal blood infection. The problem might be as simple as a proper bite adjustment to the tooth. If there are no signs of swelling, or inflammation, that it what your dentist should check. The trauma...

Dentistry: root canal broken file, root canal treatment, private dentist
root canal treatment, private dentist, nhs dentist: Hi Saffron Yes the dentist should have informed you of the broken instrument. Broken instruments are quite a common occurrence in root canal treatment, and happen to all of us at some time. This may or may not affect the prognosis for the tooth. You...

Dentistry: root canal and cracks, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, root canal: Hi Matt, Do cracks underneath a filling be able to be detected by the naked eye by a dentist? Or does the dentist have to take out that filling and search themselves to see? If the crack is under a filling, it would have to be removed to be seen unless...

Dentistry: root canal/extraction, wisdom tooth, terrible year
wisdom tooth, terrible year, debridement: Dear Sean: You are dealing with tooth #2, which is usually the last molar in your mouth (except for the wisdom tooth). You will get along fine without replacing it for 6 months. During that time, you may want to get one or two additional opinions about...

Dentistry: root sensitivity after RCT, root sensitivity, radiographic signs
root sensitivity, radiographic signs, nightguard: I don t know. If there were an additional, unfound canal, it should respond to cold testing. I have a tooth that was endodontically treated, had the mesial root fractured in retreatment, was hemisected, and now has a mini-bridge to replace the missing mesial...

Dentistry: Severe throbbing after Exo & Bone Graft of #14, bone graft, ankylosed
bone graft, ankylosed, extraction technique: Susan - The chances of #14 being truly ankylosed is almost impossible. The dentist, most likely, is not truly skilled with removing a tooth. The excessive trauma, due to the difficult extraction technique, may have precipitated a dry socket. As a former...

Dentistry: Signs of Infection after Bone Graft, flap closure, graft material
flap closure, graft material, bone graft: Joy - It usually takes a full 6 months before the bone graft has healed adequately for an implant to be fully stable. In the healing time, it is imperative that you maintain extra clean in the surgical area. If the prosthodontist did not allow enough room...

Dentistry: Sinus area pain after apicoectomy, oral maxillofacial surgeon, bottom rim
oral maxillofacial surgeon, bottom rim, putting on makeup: Ksummer - I think seeing the ENT doctor is important at this stage to rule out a sinus or nasal problem producing the pain. If nothing is noted by the ENT, then looking back at the teeth where the apicoectomy was done needs to be re-evaluated. So get the...

Dentistry: Slightly extruded tooth, family dentist, implant dentistry
family dentist, implant dentistry, prosthodontist: Dear Tom: Please do not delay any longer!!!! Go see a dentist or a Prosthodontist (the specialist in restorative, cosmetic and implant dentistry) right away. There are things that can be done to save your tooth. If you delay, you might end up loosing the...

Dentistry: Smile, crest spinbrush, mouth ulcers
crest spinbrush, mouth ulcers, whitening toothpaste: Dear D: First, find a dentist that is taking patients. Right away. Until you do, stop brushing hard. I recommend the Crest Spinbrush Pro EXTRA SOFT. Use a whitening toothpaste (Aquafresh Whitening) and a whitening mouthwash (Listerine). Your dentist...

Dentistry: Steriods, natural steroids, dental conditions
natural steroids, dental conditions, invasive procedure: Hi Carisa It is crucial that your dentist knows ALL of your medical history - not just the medication you are on but why you are on it. Medical conditions can have an effect on the mouth and dental tissues and can give rise to all sorts of dental conditions....

Dentistry: Strange tooth eruption pattern in baby, pediatric dentist, tooth eruption
pediatric dentist, tooth eruption, x ray: That is certainly an unusual eruption pattern and if there were some sort of intervention or treatment possible I would suggest having it checked out. Since there is nothing that can be done the reasonable approach would be to wait it out. Perhaps at age...

Dentistry: Subcutaneous Emphysema, gary backlund, subcutaneous emphysema
gary backlund, subcutaneous emphysema, rare occurrence: Hi Sandi, I m sorry to hear about your experience. Assuming the diagnosis was correct, there really should be no long term danger to your eye. Usually, the swelling is localized, like yours was, and when it subsides, then thing return to normal. You should...

Dentistry: Substitute for human teeth, hydrogen peroxide solution, wisdom teeth
hydrogen peroxide solution, wisdom teeth, computer glitch: Dear Luna, I apologize for not getting back to you sooner. There was a computer glitch. I can not think of an artificial material to test bleaching on. I think that using extracted teeth is the best way for you to go. When I was a dental student...

Dentistry: Swollen Gums, swollen gums, warm salt water
swollen gums, warm salt water, gum tissue: Shayla - Of course, without examining you I cannot be 100% sure, but what you describe is usually caused after the removal of a wisdom tooth by the development of a deep periodontal pocket on the backside of the tooth in front. When the extraction was done,...

Dentistry: sedating a 4 year old, conscious sedation, general anesthesia
conscious sedation, general anesthesia, molars: Our experience is that with conscious sedation as it is done in the office there is a significant amnesiac effect so the youngster has less recall of the experience even if the child fussed during the procedure. While the general anesthesia approach renders...

Dentistry: sensitive tooth, gum tissues, root canal treatment
gum tissues, root canal treatment, gum treatment: Hi Sinead It certainly sounds like you have an infection on this tooth. There are 2 possible areas that can be affected - the tooth itself or the supporting gum tissues. If it is the tooth itself then root canal will probably be needed, if it is the gums...

Dentistry: severed never upon extraction of wisdom tooth, extraction of wisdom tooth, oral surgeon
extraction of wisdom tooth, oral surgeon, numbness: Gary - If the surgeon told you that he severed the nerve, it needs to be repaired. Not all surgeons are skilled in this technique. The surgeon should refer you to an appropriate surgeon if he doesn t do it. If he does, and not many do it properly, then...

Dentistry: silver fillings, silver fillings, dalin
silver fillings, dalin, cold call: june you can see lines in fillings. sometimes you are seeing grooves carved into them. sometimes you are seeing junctions between fillings if more than one was placed in the tooth at different times. sometimes these lines are cracked. if they are cracks,...

Dentistry: silver fillings, cause decay, silver fillings
cause decay, silver fillings, oral bacteria: Adele - I cannot tell you if the lines you see are bad contouring of the filling, which is not unhealthy, or if it is a crack. If bacteria gets in the crack decay can form within a few months to a couple of years. There is nothing that I can tell you...

Dentistry: sons mouth, blister, appleton
blister, appleton, dentist: Hi April This could be any number of things - it may just be normal, or it may indicate an infected socket, or it may be that he bit his lip whilst numb. If you are concerned then get him back to the dentist to get it checked. Regards Tony Appleto...

Dentistry: split tooth, primary teeth, absess
primary teeth, absess, baby tooth: Dear Sara, not much to worry about here. Sometimes primary teeth do splinter and they fall out in little pieces. If you or your daughter cant shake the pieces loose and get them out, then your suggestion of having a dentist do it is a good one. Try to...

Dentistry: spreading of infection, gary backlund, abscessed tooth
gary backlund, abscessed tooth, x rays: Hi Damien, I m sorry to hear you re going through this. When you have an abscessed tooth, it DOES NOT spread to other teeth. It can grow larger, but it will not cause other teeth to die. If the cause of the lesion is treated, the bone will fill back in...

Dentistry: stain after rc, root canal procedure, gary backlund
root canal procedure, gary backlund, gray stain: Hi Abbela, What I am saying is I don t know where the gray is coming from. I have no idea what is REALLY inside your tooth, just that the stuff we use is not gray. It would take months for decay to eat away tooth structure..that s why you get dental...

Dentistry: stained braces, plastic brackets, whitening toothpaste
plastic brackets, whitening toothpaste, foods and beverages: You ve now discovered the main reason why I don t use plastic brackets in my practice. You can try to use a whitening toothpaste daily for a month and see if that improves the aesthetics. Otherwise you may find that replacing the brackets will be prohibitively...

Dentistry: stains and dots, root canal treatment, gray stain
root canal treatment, gray stain, residual blood: Gunther - The stain usually occurs in time and not initially. If the root canal treatment was done incorrectly or not completely, then infected, dead or living tissue could remain in the nerve canal. Decay, as long as it is not blocked by a filling,...

Dentistry: sudden shift in bite, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sewing by hand
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sewing by hand, chewing food: Stella - Popping of the jaw is often caused by a displacement of a cartilage in the joint. This displacement can prevent normal function and can actually block normal opening and closing. You need to have this problem examined. You will need an MRI...

Dentistry: Three year old's facial structure and teeth, beautiful smile, facial structure
beautiful smile, facial structure, double rows: I would not recommend any treatment of this sort at this age unless there were already some drastic problems. By your own description your daughter has a beautiful, natural smile. She has a very long way to go in development and to begin treatment based...

Dentistry: Time for braces after extraction, getting braces, premolars
getting braces, premolars, extractions: The answer to this question very much depends on the extent of crowding and the orthodontist s specific treatment plan. Often the orthodontic treatment plan requires using 100% of the extraction space. In that case it would be necessary to begin braces within...

Dentistry: Tooth # 19 Issues, root canal treatment, endodonist
root canal treatment, endodonist, root canals: Kari - Very often, the type of sensation you are enduring after a seemingly successful root canal treatment, is caused by an inflammation of infection. Not of the tooth itself, but of the ligament that holds the tooth to the bone or even the bone itself....

Dentistry: Tooth, nerve supply, tooth problems
nerve supply, tooth problems, pain medicine: Hi Rose, I m sorry to hear you ve been through all this....must be really trying on you. I guess I would suggest first seeing an endodontist to rule in or out tooth #29. If it checks out OK, then I would see a neurologist as I suspect you might have...

Dentistry: Tooth, gary backlund, cold sensitivity
gary backlund, cold sensitivity, bathroom mirror: Hi Evelyn, I m sorry to hear you re having this happen. How long to wait is really a question I can t answer. This could go on for a long time. I think it is better to get a 2nd opinion, probably from an endodontist, so you can, hopefully, find out what...

Dentistry: Tooth decay extractions, stainless steel crowns, tooth decay
stainless steel crowns, tooth decay, baby teeth: Some teeth may be saved by performing nerve treatments and placing stainless steel crowns to restore the teeth. If this is possible and no teeth need to be removed then the space maintainer would not be necessary. I don t know if this would result in any...

Dentistry: Tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, dry sockets
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, dry sockets, tooth extraction: Matthew - Most likely that retained root will produce a problem in the future. I cannot tell you when that will occur, but eventually it will cause pain and possibly an infection. If the dentist was not skilled enough to remove the root, I suggest that...

Dentistry: Tooth extraction and infection, jaw bones, chronic infection
jaw bones, chronic infection, tooth extraction: Hi It is not uncommon to get an infection in the socket after an extraction - particularly a difficult extraction. This will generally respond to antibiotics and you should notice improvement. If you don t then see the dentist again. Regards Tony...

Dentistry: Tooth issues, gray stain, direct observation
gray stain, direct observation, tiny holes: Dear Gunther, From your description it is hard to tell whether anything serious is going on. If you were my patient and you called and offered this description I would suggest you stop by for me to make a direct observation of your tooth. This visit...

Dentistry: Tooth Mechanisms, root canal procedures, root canal procedure
root canal procedures, root canal procedure, root canals: No medical or dental procedures can be guaranteed, because people are not cars - they respond differently to treatment. Many times, dentists say, the root canal is failing . The reality is that you are not responding to the treatment. Sometimes it can be...

Dentistry: Tooth Sensitivity and Crowns, toothpaste for sensitive teeth, gum recession
toothpaste for sensitive teeth, gum recession, root planing: Hi Gellia No a crown isn t really the answer here - the dentist can desensitise the tooth plus there are various desensitising agents you can use and your dentist should advise you on this. Try and avoid acidic food and drink, as this will make the sensitivity...

Dentistry: Trismus/numb face, numb face, wisdom tooth
numb face, wisdom tooth, numbness: Hi Sue This could be a response to the injection you had - you can sometimes get bruising deep within the tissues which can put pressure on the nerve and give numbness and trismus. I think you just have to see how it goes - if it worsens or doesn t improve...

Dentistry: teeth cracking sound when eatting yogurt?, rare occurrence, front teeth
rare occurrence, front teeth, inflammation: Dear JO: Cracking and moving slightly with yogurt is a very rare occurrence in dentistry. It may be that one or more of your teeth are experiencing some type of inflammation inside their nerves which may be making your teeth feel like they do. It s time...

Dentistry: teeth decay, gary backlund, teeth decay
gary backlund, teeth decay, root canal treatment: Hi Mario, You are on the right track! To avoid root canals, you need to prevent decay and fillings. Unfortunately, once you have the decay or large fillings, it is pretty much impossible to prevent needing a root canal if that s what will result from the...

Dentistry: teeth whitening, tea coffee, red wine
tea coffee, red wine, appleton: Hi Don Teeth whitening, when done professionally, works very well. However, tea/coffee/red wine etc. will all darken the teeth again. You can top up the whitening every couple of months so the results should last indefinitely. Regards Tony Appleto...

Dentistry: What do you think about this?, endodontist, tooth root
endodontist, tooth root, office time: Carla - It sounds like you are on track with the use of the endodontist to do the root canal properly. If the original dentist did not do it correctly, because he missed canals, you need a dental specialist who will not miss. If the dentist would do it...

Dentistry: What do you think?, dear kelly, endodontist
dear kelly, endodontist, root canal: Dear Kelly, Although I find your distress entirely understandable, it is not common practice for a dentist who has performed a root canal that consequently needs a retreatment,to offer to help pay for this further treatment. Go to the endodontist and...

Dentistry: what do you think?, endodontist, root canal
endodontist, root canal, x rays: Dear Lana: First of all, Yes, I have seen many patients with pain after root canal treatment. It could be caused by several factors. Sometimes a canal was missed , other times, it is just because the infection was very long standing and takes time to...

Dentistry: what do you think about this?, tooth root, endodontist
tooth root, endodontist, timely delivery: Let me explain. There are two pathways of sensation to each tooth. The first is through the pulp or nerve of the tooth. Completing a root canal treatment removes this avenue of sensation. The other pathway is through the periodontal attachment. Completing...

Dentistry: what do you think about this?, root canals, tooth root
root canals, tooth root, endodontist: Carla, As I stated in my last reply to you, I did still have pain in the root canal tooth and later found out that because I was clenching/grinding at night, this caused my muscles around the jaw to get tight resulting in pain that radiated into my teeth....

Dentistry: what do you think about this?, tooth root, endodontist
tooth root, endodontist, root canal: As I said earlier, I cannot comment on another dentist s financial policy. As with any business, that is between you and your dentist. If the crown has already been permanently cemented, I would likely access the nerve chamber by placing a hole thru the...

Dentistry: what do you think about this?, tooth root, endodontist
tooth root, endodontist, x ray: Dear Carla : Sorry but you are telling me this : Oh, just in case you re curious, the x-ray did not show anything wrong . How can I be sure about this ? I would need a picture of the xray to evaluate it by myself. How can i advice a patient with...

Dentistry: toddler plaque problems, professional dental care, going to the dentist
professional dental care, going to the dentist, colored substance: Sounds like you ve done all that s possible at home. This would be a good time to get your little one started with regular dental visits...before a big problem starts. See if you can find a pediatric dentist in your area and start him on regular professional...

Dentistry: tooth ache from cracks, gray stain, root canals
gray stain, root canals, tooth ache: 1. Why pain? There may be infection or fluid pressure that remains around the roots, which requires more time to heal and be disposed of by your body. The bite on this tooth may be high, requiring that your dentist adjust this tooth out of your bite, so...

Dentistry: tooth color, tooth color, mineral deficiency
tooth color, mineral deficiency, x rays: The black you re referring to might be decay,stain or defective enamel.First you would have to determine which it is.The best way to do this is to get a thorough exam and x rays.If it s decay the teeth require restoration.If it s stain,removal of the stain...

Dentistry: tooth extraction in a 4 year old, front teeth, baby teeth
front teeth, baby teeth, baby tooth: A second opinion would be a good idea. We very rarely remove a lower primary incisor when we see the situation you are describing. Usually, the baby tooth will loosen up eventually and fall out. If there s enough space available the tongue will often gradually...

Dentistry: tooth extraction, upper molar, tooth socket
upper molar, tooth socket, follow ups: Dave - If there is no discomfort and no fluid coming from your nose after drinking a liquid, that usually indicates that, if there was an opening into the sinus from the tooth socket, it has most likely closed now. The length of time for a sinus perforation...

Dentistry: front tooth extraction, upper incisors, pediatric dentist
upper incisors, pediatric dentist, composite resin: This is a judgement call that needs to be made on the basis of a clinical examination, x-ray evaluation and assessment of the patient to determine the best means of patient management during any necessary treatment. I cannot make that determination based...

Dentistry: tooth extraction, wisdom teeth, selective cox
wisdom teeth, selective cox, nerve injury: can you tell me what kind of pain killers are you using ? Maybe it would be better for you to combine anti immflamatory pills with analgesic pills . I use a lot of this combination after wisdom teeth extracions. I dont know if there is ARCOXIA in the...

Dentistry: tooth mechanisms, root canal procedure, nerve cells
root canal procedure, nerve cells, sensations: Dave - Even after the main nerve was removed, sensations can still possibly be felt if small nerve living fibers are still present within the tooth. If that occurs, a recurrent cleaning and the use of a medication to kill off all living cells is performed....

Dentistry: tooth pain, root canal therapy, tooth pain
root canal therapy, tooth pain, antibiotics: Yes, it could be cracked, and you might experience the symptoms you describe. Cracked teeth, and particularly cracked roots, can be extremely difficult to diagnose. You should never need to take multiple courses of antibiotics following root canal therapy...

Dentistry: tooth pain, back tooth, dry socket
back tooth, dry socket, oral surgeon: Venus - If you truly have a dry socket and the dentist just placed a medication into the socket and has not had you back, he is totally wrong. It is fine to place a medicated dressing into the socket after it is irrigated, but the patient needs to return...

Dentistry: tooth prob., claritin d, enamal
claritin d, enamal, moler: Hi Kristin This brown spot may not actually need to be filled, and I would be quite surprised if 3 dentists had missed it! I think it would be very difficult to prove either way that the orthodontist was responsible for this. Decay is caused by sugar...

Dentistry: tooth pushing upward and out, upper tooth, bottom teeth
upper tooth, bottom teeth, dense bone: Sheryl - It is a little difficult for me to tell you which doctor would be more appropriate. As we get older, orthodontics does not work as well due to our more dense bone. Linking the two teeth together should be done by your dentist. He cuts down the...

Dentistry: treating cavities in two year old, pediatric dentist, careful supervision
pediatric dentist, careful supervision, pediatric dentists: Good questions, Deena. Hope this helps. Usually, anesthesia refers to general anesthesia which is usually a hospital procedure involving an anesthesiologist. The patient is asleep for the entire procedure and this requires a very close, careful supervision...

Dentistry: Uneasy bite and mascular pain, front teeth, upper teeth
front teeth, upper teeth, stretching exercises: You clearly have a complicated problem involving teeth, jaw position, and muscles. This requires a very thorough and careful evaluation before a comprehensive treatment plan can be developed. I suggest you find an orthodontist who is experienced in a gnathological...

Dentistry: Upper left cross-bite, first molars, permanent teeth
first molars, permanent teeth, necessary correction: It is important to make this correction well before all the permanent teeth have emerged. I generally wait a few more years until the permanent first molars have fully erupted before starting crossbite correction. I find it much easier on the patient (and...

Dentistry: Upper jaw surgery complications, inflammatory state, neuro surgeon
inflammatory state, neuro surgeon, jaw surgery: Angie - Whatever I say that may be the cause is only based on my experience and it may or may not apply to your situation. When the maxilla has surgery and the sinus is violated, the quality of the healing is such that a chronic inflammatory state exists...

Dentistry: unresolved abscess, gary backlund, cold sensitivity
gary backlund, cold sensitivity, dental exam: HI Randal, Unfortunately, a lot of abscessed teeth are found on routine X-rays with absolutely no symptoms. Many patients may have had problems in that area LONG ago, like hot or cold sensitivity, but it went away they they thought all was well. Don t know...

Dentistry: upper jaw surgery, infraorbital nerve, surgical incision
infraorbital nerve, surgical incision, eye lids: Nelly - Your description of the altered nerve function sounds like an injury to the infraorbital nerve. The nerve exits the bone under the lower rim of ther eye. Depending on the surgical incision used in removing the bone plates, the infraorbital nerves...

Dentistry: using expired penicillin vk 500mg for tooth abcess, tooth abcess, penicillin vk 500mg
tooth abcess, penicillin vk 500mg, upper molar: Dear Kathy: I m sorry, but I cannot advise you to use any medication other than the one that was prescribed. However, expired prescriptions are safe. They just begin to lose their effectiveness after the expiration date. This is your son. Get the prescription...

Dentistry: White spots, implant dentistry, tooth decay
implant dentistry, tooth decay, cosmetic dentist: Dear Alison: The white spots that you have can be caused by many factors. They can be genetic, induced by bleaching solution, created by a mineral deficiency when you were a child and the teeth were forming... and others. If your dentist checks you out...

Dentistry: WISDOM TEETH, wisdom teeth, salty water
wisdom teeth, salty water, hi chris: Hi Chris Your dentist should be able to clean out the gum around the wisdom teeth and give you some antibiotics. This will really help. In the meantime rinse with warm salty water and keep the areas as clean as possible. Regards Tony Appleto...

Dentistry: Wisdom Teeth, warm salt water, strict regimen
warm salt water, strict regimen, wisdom teeth: Ashley - Without examining you it is a little tough for me to tell you if you are now having an infection, but with an infection there is usually pain, swelling and a fever. I don t know what you are doing as to treat the swelling, but if you immediately...

Dentistry: Wisdom Teeth extraction, wisdom teeth extraction, dear lynda
wisdom teeth extraction, dear lynda, dental residency program: Dear Lynda: I understand you concern. As a parent, I cannot imagine my daughter being in pain, and I cannot do a thing about it... As to your questions... The stitches typically have to come out in 7-10 days. The problem is that, if left too long, depending...

Dentistry: widened periodontal ligament, gary backlund, periodontal ligament
gary backlund, periodontal ligament, theer: Hi Becky, A widened PDL means that, on an xray, the space around the end of the root is larger than normal. This is often the first xray sign that there is problems with a tooth requiring a root canal. I would NEVER make a diagnosis on this alone, especially...

Dentistry: wisdom tooth, warm salt water, internal drainage
warm salt water, internal drainage, wisdom teeth: Ralph - First of all you are correct to stop the vicodin. To help with the pain, you should use ibuprofen or another over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. The best way for you to help reduce the pain and swelling is to immediately...

Dentistry: x-ray question, ear pain, t pay
ear pain, t pay, emergency number: Hi Pattie, An abscessed tooth results when the nerve dies in the tooth. Until there is loss of bone at the end of the tooth, nothing will show up on an Xray. It is even possible that nothing will show up, even today, and even if you DO need a root canal....

Dentistry: 1 Week after wisdom teeth, small bumps?, warm salt water, wisdom teeth
warm salt water, wisdom teeth, brushing your teeth: Tina - It is a little difficult for me to be exact about what is happening, but occasionally after extractions, there is an inflammation that develops. A suggestion might be for you to begin rinsing, in addition to warm salt water rinses at least 4-5 times...

Dentistry: My 2 1/2 yr oldl grandson, starchy snacks, gum line
starchy snacks, gum line, front teeth: There s very little that can be done other than to make certain that the teeth are brushed throughly twice a day by an adult. Staying away from sugar, sweets and starchy snacks will also help, but until the decay can be removed and the cavities filled the...

Dentistry: #2 apicoectomy and patholgy report, apico surgery, granuloma periapical
apico surgery, granuloma periapical, gary backlund: Hi Jean, The only thing I find interesting is the phrase Possibility of a combined endodontic-periodontic process might also be considered . What this means is that your problem may not be just a root canal problem, but could be related to gum disease....

Dentistry: 2 year old - is this an overbite?, american academy of pediatric dentistry, academy of pediatric dentistry
american academy of pediatric dentistry, academy of pediatric dentistry, dental checkups: Infants normally have an overbite and will frequently grow into a more normal bite relationship as the jaws develop. Time will tell how your daughter s growth pattern will develop over the years. There is nothing that could or should be done at this point,...

Dentistry: 2 year old with root fracture, soft diet, front teeth
soft diet, front teeth, pureed foods: While there is a small chance for a root fracture to heal itself there is a much greater chance that the tooth will become infected and have to be removed. The only thing I will add to the instructions you ve been given is a caution to look for signs of infection...swelling...

Dentistry: 2 yr old with cavity, pediatric dentist, fluoride toothpaste
pediatric dentist, fluoride toothpaste, cavities: Dear Maria, I agree with you, don t have him put to sleep, the risk outweighs the benefits. There is no emergency here. By cleaning his teeth twice a day with a little fluoride toothpaste you should be able to delay and stop the progression of the cavities....

Dentistry: 20+ Years after TMJ Surgery, tmj patients, jaw surgery
tmj patients, jaw surgery, evaluation treatment: Donna - It is true that many surgeons no longer do those surgeries, because insurance companies are not allowing the treatment to be covered. I think a good approach would be for you to look to be examined by a doctor who heads a oral and maxillofacial surgical...

Dentistry: 2nd permanent molars with a 5 yr old?, 6 year molars, eruption sequence
6 year molars, eruption sequence, front tooth: Dear Traci. Eruption sequence in children your son s age varies greatly. I would not be the least bit concerned about when or where his teeth are coming in especially if you have seen a dentist within the last year. However, the 12 year molar has me...

Dentistry: 2yr old with small decay in front teeth, general anesthesia, front teeth
general anesthesia, front teeth, small pin: General anesthesia and sedation are two different approaches to pediatric dental treatment. With general anesthesia the child is put in an unconscious state during treatment. This involves an anesthesiologist along with the dentist and dental assistant and...

Dentistry: 4yr old's gum boil, gary backlund, gum boil
gary backlund, gum boil, facial swelling: Hi Kerri, As long as your child is having no pain or facial swelling, you will be fine to wait. The gum boil probably means the traumatized tooth has died and is abscessed. The boil is the drain and should keep your child comfortable until you can get in...

Dentistry: 4yr old's gum boil, pediatric dentist, constitutional symptoms
pediatric dentist, constitutional symptoms, zev: Dear Kerri: As a parent of a four year old, as well, I can understand your concern. However, unless your child is in incredible pain, or has constitutional symptoms (fever, malaise, etc.) there is no need to go and spend the day at the emergency room. I...

Dentistry: My 5 Year Old, stainless steel crowns, baby teeth
stainless steel crowns, baby teeth, dramatic fashion: Extensive grinding of the teeth can be a problem depending on which teeth are affected. The proper size and shape of the teeth can be restored by placing stainless steel crowns on the primary molars. These are not likely to wear down. There is no single...

Dentistry: 6 year old molars, 6 year old molars, running a fever
6 year old molars, running a fever, permanent teeth: Dear Nikol, The one word answer to your question is no. Fever and pain are not associated with the eruption of the permanent teeth. It is most likely something else, such as a cold or flu that is bothering your daughter. It is a myth that erupting...

Dentistry: 6 year olds new tooth is clear. Why?, two front teeth, permanent tooth
two front teeth, permanent tooth, x ray: Dear Greg, would like to help but there really is no way to answer your question without seeing the tooth and an x-ray image of its root. It seems to me that your daughter may have injured her first tooth at a very young age and that affected the permanent...

Dentistry: 6yr child root canal, stainless steel crown, root canals
stainless steel crown, root canals, pulpectomy: Gail There are no absolutes here. This is strictly an odds game. If I say it is okay to leave it as is, it could break tomorrow. You can say forget it and it stays fine until he loses it at age 11 or 12. Neither your dentist or I can give you any definite...

Dentistry: 8 month old popping jaw out of place., underbite, teeth
underbite, teeth: I ve not heard of that before so I nothing to offer you in terms of advice except that I don t believe it s possible to get an 8 month old to stop doing anything you don t want him or her to do. Perhaps you can try to distract her when she is popping her...

Dentistry: 9yr old girl with soft teeth?, shades of white, oral hygiene
shades of white, oral hygiene, radiation therapy: There is really no such thing as soft teeth . This is often used as an over-simplified excuse for someone who has had a high incidence of decay. There are a few rather uncommon disorders where the teeth do not have normal enamel or dentin, however, in most...

Dentistry: Abscess on baby tooth, upper molar, warm salt water
upper molar, warm salt water, adult teeth: This is a baby tooth that is in desperate need of being removed and it sounds like that has been scheduled for tomorrow. while this may be an uncomfortable situation for the next day or so it is certainly not an emergency situation. Your son should rinse...

Dentistry: Abscess Tooth, steve litwin, root canal surgery
steve litwin, root canal surgery, luck steve: Hi Stef, Thanks for the question. Please do not attempt to open and drain the blister you see. This blister can be anything from a pus pocket from the infected pulpal tissue within the tooth to a type of viral lesion that could easily spread within your...

Dentistry: Abscessed Tooth, receding gum line, local anesthetic
receding gum line, local anesthetic, nerve tissue: Hi Susan, Thanks for the question. Unfortunately, the only way to eliminate an infection that is found to be coming from a tooth is to either remove the infected nerve tissue inside the tooth with a root canal or extraction. Even if you were to take an...

Dentistry: Abscessed Tooth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, cns problems
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, cns problems, local anesthetic: Susan - I wish I could give you a simple answer about which doctor to remove the tooth. A doctor who only does extractions, like the surgeon, has seen everything and will probably remove the tooth without complications. I am not saying that the other dentist...

Dentistry: Absess tooth relief, tooth abcess, tooth pain
tooth abcess, tooth pain: Hi Kanani, Thanks for the question. If I understand you correctly you were told that you have a tooth that has an abcess developing below the root and that your only option is to remove the tooth? Also, am I correct in assuming that the tooth has been painful...

Dentistry: Abutments, nobel biocare, branemark system
nobel biocare, branemark system, abutments: The dentist and periodontist should coordinate what gets placed on top of the implant.It should be the restoring dentist s call as to what type of restoration is finally placed and what type abutments used.At this time have the two of them communicate(which...

Dentistry: Adult tooth extraction, adult teeth, wisdom teeth
adult teeth, wisdom teeth, dental appliance: Therese - Teeth are the foundations of the jaws and the face. During life, the teeth erupt and only stop erupting when they hit a tooth in the opposite jaw. When no tooth is there, there will be excessive eruption and the erupting tooth can begin to chew...

Dentistry: Apical Infection - Root canal failure -, manchester dental hospital, root canal treatment
manchester dental hospital, root canal treatment, sporadic bursts: Hi James Being unable to remove the tooth roots is not in itself negligent. Failing to tell you that the roots remained, to discuss the possible outcome and to appropriately refer you on may, however, be deemed negligent. Removing the tooth roots should,...

Dentistry: aae.org, gary backlund, endodontists
gary backlund, endodontists, endodontist: Hi Bella, The endodontists listed on aae.org are only a list of those who are trained as endodontists and members of the AAE. There is no certification of quality. However, all will have gone through extensive training and do ONLY Endodontics. In general,...

Dentistry: abnormal teething, central incisor, eruption patterns
central incisor, eruption patterns, upper teeth: Dear Peter, Good question. Nothing to worry about here. The variation in eruption patterns and times of eruption among young children is huge. Where ever you got your information from failed to explain to you that they were talking about the average....

Dentistry: adult realignment, upper palate, wisdom teeth
upper palate, wisdom teeth, patient returns: In the area of medical and dental treatment there are never any guarantees. This is because even with the best of care the individual variables of growth and physical changes create many factors which can result in partial or complete relapse of a treatable...

Dentistry: advice, root canal specialist, family practice physician
root canal specialist, family practice physician, free consultations: Hi Lauren, I feel badly for you because I can sense how frustrated you are in this decision. Lauren I really dont think there is a right or wrong answer here. I understand that finances are a very real concern because of the expenses that can be incurred....

Dentistry: advice, endodontic consultation, initial consultation
endodontic consultation, initial consultation, x rays: Hi, I see no harm in going to get a free consult. Worse case, you can request a copy of your xrays and take them to the specialist. Just because she is not a specialist does not mean she is not good. I know plenty of general dentists that do a much better...

Dentistry: your advice, root canals, brain surgeon
root canals, brain surgeon, brain surgery: There is no way to generalize about dentists who practice together. The owner may or may not have more expertise than the staff dentists. If you need brain surgery, would you go to your family doctor or a brain surgeon? In medicine, your family doctor would...

Dentistry: your advice, endodontic consultation, bells and whistles
endodontic consultation, bells and whistles, new dentist: Dear Lauren: I have answered similar questions many times before... 1. The new dentist (regardless of price) is another general dentist, and statistically, unfortunately the chances are actually that a new dentist will be less qualified than the current...

Dentistry: advice, silly side, strange question
silly side, strange question, mail: Annabelle - Two different dentists, attorneys, physicians and even carpenters in the same office are different and there are different level of skill and expertise. Is the other dentist good? I cannot tell you, but what I suggest is for you to ask the...

Dentistry: advice, dentist offices, steve litwin
dentist offices, steve litwin, root canals: Hi Lauren, Yes the digital xrays can certainly be printed from a computer. They can also be downloaded onto a disc and viewed on another computer as well. Either way the copies will be clear enough to read by the other dentist. Steve Litwin DD...

Dentistry: anesthetic, moving to france, anesthetic
moving to france, anesthetic, dental work: Dear B: If he pushed it through the bone in your jaw, the technique he used is used very rarely here. More likely, he scraped the tip of the needle over the surface of the bone, which is very painful. It is my opinion that your dentist is a bit sadistic...

Dentistry: asthma, asthma treatment, asthma attack
asthma treatment, asthma attack, asthmatic: Dear I: Asthmatics tend to be more sensitive to things than non-asthmatics. Be sure your dentist knows what you are sensitive to. Other than that, you must be sure you are following your doctor s regimen for your asthma treatment, and that you bring your...

Dentistry: avoiding problem, upper molar, sinus lift
upper molar, sinus lift, pectrum: it can be solved by a flap. your dentist MUST close the socket. you must prepare yourself with antibiotics (wide pectrum) for not less than 10 days (you start 2 -3 days before) both can solve this kind of extraction. ask them for collagen membranes to...

Dentistry: Bad breath., food impaction, wisdom tooth
food impaction, wisdom tooth, foul smell: You should have a full mouth series of x rays and an exam.Both procedures were to treat problems that could cause a foul smell.There could be a whole bunch of other things going on that could also cause a foul smell as well.Get a thorough exam and xrays get...

Dentistry: Board Certification, question board, endodontists
question board, endodontists, top notch: Hi Andrew, You ask a great question. Board certification is a test given at the National level that basically gives a rubber stamp to an endodntist s training. It is sort of the ultimate in our specialty. However, many grad schools feel the Board is...

Dentistry: Burn just below lip after root canal, root canal system, sodium hypochloride
root canal system, sodium hypochloride, rubber barrier: Hi Heidi, It most likely is one of two things; 1. An etchant, used to condition the enamel and/or dentin of a tooth OR 2. Sodium Hypochloride, a disinfectant used to kill bacteria within the root canal system. At this point, you should moisturize...

Dentistry: baby teeth, bottom teeth, esthetic reasons
bottom teeth, esthetic reasons, grey lines: Sylvia, no problem here. Black stain is not a problem, in fact it is related to teeth that almost never get cavities. The black line stain is harmless, the only problem it looks bad. My advice don t knock yourself out trying to remove it. if you must...

Dentistry: baby teeth, permanent teeth, primary teeth
permanent teeth, primary teeth, baby teeth: This very much depends on the situation as determined by the x-rays, so I can t give you a specific answer to your individual problem without seeing the x-rays. Extracting the primary teeth may result in the permanent teeth coming in but if they don t respond...

Dentistry: backets continually breaking, kit kat bar, matter a fact
kit kat bar, matter a fact, orthodontist: I completely understand the frustration you and your daughter feel. It is, however, typical for an orthodontist to provide a limited amount of appliance repair without additional charge. It is also standard practice to charge a fee for repairs beyond that...

Dentistry: bad teeth, two front teeth, wisdom teeth
two front teeth, wisdom teeth, bad teeth: Meg Sounds like you have to get going and have your teeth treated. The longer wait, the worse they seem to be getting. I know costs are high. You will have to find a way to manage this and get things done. If you are near a dental school, try there. You will...

Dentistry: best practice for cavity refill/cracked tooth, potassium nitrate, root canal treatment
potassium nitrate, root canal treatment, american dental association: Dear Faith: Yes, you are right, it is important to know if the tooth is dead or alive prior to any restorative work. What happened is that when your old restoration was removed, and usually the reason is because there was decay forming around it, more tooth...

Dentistry: black spots on teeth srufaces, black spots on teeth, coffee tea
black spots on teeth, coffee tea, dalin: Michael They can be a few things: 1) stain in the grooves...can be from coffee, tea, etc 2) fluoride recalcification areas...flouride treatments can recalcify early decay areas but they often look dark brown...not decay 3) decay...if these are decay, your...

Dentistry: bleeding gum, proper oral hygiene, pregnancy gingivitis
proper oral hygiene, pregnancy gingivitis, steve litwin: Hi Jen, Please understand that there is no way for me to tell you with absolute certainty that what you have going on is pregnancy gingivitis without having the benefit of seeing you in person. If in fact the area is specific to one locale and is more of...

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: Getting to the bottom of a toothache, toothache, x ray
toothache, x ray, dentist: The dentist will take an x ray,examine your mouth and ask you some questions that could help in determining what the problem might be.After the fact finding they ll diagnose the problem and offer you treatment options.Take care of it before it gets worse...

Dentistry: braces for crowding, judgement call, bottom teeth
judgement call, bottom teeth, cosmetic reasons: In my experience I have started braces on just the bottom teeth but in every case I had to place braces on the top teeth as well. It is very difficult to treat just one arch so after over 30 years practicing orthodontics I no longer treat just one arch and...

Dentistry: braces for a deep bite, jaw alignment, treatment modality
jaw alignment, treatment modality, patient cooperation: All of these options have the potential to effectively treat the malocclusion as do other approaches as well. They also have the potential to not be successful since some of the treatment success or failure is due to growth and patient cooperation...two essential...

Dentistry: braces and extractions, braces, dentist
braces, dentist, teeth: Sometimes it s necessary to start treatment immediately after the teeth are removed. If extractions are done first then the teeth might start shifting before the braces can be placed and this could complicate treatment. Placing the braces first will eliminate...

Dentistry: braces on teeth with lot's of restorations, steve litwin, crowded teeth
steve litwin, crowded teeth, bottom teeth: High Anna, Thanks for the question. In general if you are considering veneers and your teeth are crowded then it would make sense to first straighten them out prior to placing veneers. The reason is because if veneers are placed on crowded teeth (which...

Dentistry: bridge implants, sinus lift, permanent bridge
sinus lift, permanent bridge, bridge 2: Do you have a xray of the bridge you are losing. SOmetimes, the brdge can be lost but teeth could be treated. It is possible to bridge 2 or more implants, this would depend on how much forces, implants, would receive. I would not recommend it , specially...

Dentistry: broken jaw bone, implant dentistry, prosthodontist
implant dentistry, prosthodontist, eye tooth: Dear Scott: You are correct. It is a problem. When a tooth is extracted, a void in the bone is left. This void has to be handled properly. If you are planning to replace your teeth with implants in the future, this extraction socket (void) has to be handled...

Dentistry: broken root, partial denture, back tooth
partial denture, back tooth, finding a dentist: Hi Bob, Thanks for the question. Bob I am sorry to hear about your experience with this tooth. Of course something does not sound right when I hear that there were three attempts at fabricating a crown for this tooth all of which have failed. It seems...

Dentistry: brushing tongue, steve litwin, little buggers
steve litwin, little buggers, tongue scraper: Hi Lee, Thanks for the question. Glad to hear someone is using a tongue scraper! Lee, think of your mouth as a giant breeding ground for bacteria. Since there are ideal conditions in your mouth for them to grow i.e. moist warm dark environment you need...

Dentistry: bubble and white spot on gums, irritation fibroma, oral cancer screening
irritation fibroma, oral cancer screening, white spot on gums: Hi Liv, Thanks for the question. From what you are describing it probably is one of two things: an irritation fibroma or a mucocele. Neither of these things are anything to worry about. A mucocele is a fluid filled sac that can change in size periodically....

Dentistry: bump in gum, root canal treatment, marble size
root canal treatment, marble size, new crown: Dear Dee: I am sorry to disappoint you, but this is a problem that will not go away by itself. The pulpal tissues (nerve, artery, vain, and cells) in tooth #3 died. This is why you had severe pain for several days. After the tissues die, the pain is gone,...

Dentistry: Cavity under a crown, financial standpoint, stone model
financial standpoint, stone model, new crown: Hi Tom, Thanks for the question. Logic would certainly say why not remove the crown and then recement it back on the tooth. Here is the problem: crowns are cemented or even bonded to teeth to help keep them in place. These materials form a chemical bond...

Dentistry: CHILDREN'S ROOTCANAL, root canal treatment, space maintainer
root canal treatment, space maintainer, local anesthetic: Those teeth that require the root canal treatment are probably molars which need to last another 3-5 years. It is quite usual that badly decayed primary molars will require root canal treatment and crowns in order to preserve them. Early loss of these teeth...

Dentistry: Child dentistry, child dentistry, complete physical examination
child dentistry, complete physical examination, general anesthesia: There are a variety of sedative medications in use today that make it possible to avoid general anesthesia and treatment in the hospital. Each medication routine has its own associated risks which can be minimized by making certain that the patient is healthy...

Dentistry: Children's molars-Permanent or baby teeth?, permanent teeth, baby teeth
permanent teeth, baby teeth, tooth fairy: Dear Carrie, nothing to worry about here, your daughter did the right thing. The tooth fairy will be happy. The tooth your daughter removed was a primary molar, she has one more behind that. It will get loose and come our also. the permanent molar develops...

Dentistry: Conjoined Teeth, developmental anomalies, primary teeth
developmental anomalies, primary teeth, permanent teeth: What you have described is a relatively uncommon situation called dental gemination where a developing tooth has split into two teeth which are partially or completely fused. This is different from a related situation called dental fusion where two different...

Dentistry: Consultation with an Endodontist, root canals, top notch
root canals, top notch, x rays: Hi Marissa, Most patients are referred by their dentist to a particular endodontist. This usually works best since the referring dentist knows the specialist, have worked together for some time and know the quality of work and how the patient is treated....

Dentistry: Cracked tooth?, family dentist, cracked tooth
family dentist, cracked tooth, prosthodontist: Dear CJ: Your tooth might be cracked, or just traumatized. It is OK to wait and see. If it is something called reversible pulpitis, you should see resolution in a couple of days and the tooth will be back to normal. If the tooth is cracked, the pain will...

Dentistry: Cracked tooth or something else?, cracked tooth, ligaments
cracked tooth, ligaments, bruise: Hi CJ See how it goes - you have probably just bruised the ligaments that support the tooth and this should return to normal. If you had cracked the tooth you would expect really quite sharp pains which wouldn t improve. Regards Tony Appleto...

Dentistry: Cracked tooth?, cracked teeth, soft diet
cracked teeth, soft diet, cracked tooth: Dear C: If you bit on a pit accidentally and smacked the tooth, and it is not badly decayed and does not have a large filling, it is likely to have the same reaction from trauma as would any bone (like your shin getting smacked). Sore and sensitive for a...

Dentistry: Cracked tooth and bent tooth, cracked tooth, front teeth
cracked tooth, front teeth, bike accident: teeth is a HARD tissue; inside of teeth we have a vascular complex (veins, arteries) and nerves. Pulp is this complex. When the exterior of teeth is damaged SOMETIMES the pulp is also damaged (imagine something like an injury inside bone around your teeth...

Dentistry: Cracks, etc etc..., gum recession, root surfaces
gum recession, root surfaces, hot coffee: Hi Lina, Any break in the surface of the enamel of a tooth could provide an entrance for bacteria. In craze lines these surface cracks are in areas that are easily cleansed. If staining is seen withing these fracture lines then there is the possibility...

Dentistry: Craze lines -- whitening, bleaching teeth, strength materials
bleaching teeth, strength materials, white strips: Hi Shannon, Thanks for the question. Shannon if the bleaching material has expired (there should be a date stamped on the material) and/or has not been stored properly then more than likely it has lost most of its strength. Even though this would not cause...

Dentistry: Crown, mixture of metals, anxiety reaction
mixture of metals, anxiety reaction, natural dentist: Hi Robin, Thank you so much for asking me about showing my response to your dentist. I really think that the response I have is more appropriate for you rather than your dentist. There are certain assumptions we have to make about all dentists and that...

Dentistry: Crown on eye tooth, gum ache around crown, new crown gum hurts
gum ache around crown, new crown gum hurts: Hi Kathy, Thanks for your question. My initial thought is that when the crown was replaced the edge of the crown (called a margin) may be too deep below the gum tissue. The gum tissue is not firmly affixed to the entire tooth. There is a small space called...

Dentistry: Crown lengthing or extraction for BC20, root canal, orthodontics
root canal, orthodontics, chunk: Joe - The main problem with removing the tooth and not replacing it is the effect of the space on other surrounding teeth. Throughout life, our teeth erupt and move forwards. When there are teeth next to it to prevent a forward drifting, nothing occurs....

Dentistry: Crown Suddenly Sensitive to Cold Food/Drink, root canal treatment, cold drinks
root canal treatment, cold drinks, cracked tooth: Dear Mike, Your dentist is probably correct in his observation that your crown does not have a hole in it. Probably only a piece of the metal coping is exposed, so plugging it will not decrease your sensitivity. If you can live with your sensitivity,...

Dentistry: Crowns, root canal therapy, broken tooth
root canal therapy, broken tooth, south china: It is not normal to have the pain you describe.I could only advise you to try and get the proper care as it sounds like things went awry. Something is going on under this new restoration,perhaps the tooth is a candidate for a root canal therapy.It s not from...

Dentistry: cavities, moot point, litwin
moot point, litwin, radiograph: Hi Michelle, Thanks for the question. When viewing an xray of a tooth that has a current amalgam (silver colored filling) the filling will appear very white in the film. Unfortunately, the metal in the filling does not allow the xray beam to penetrate through...

Dentistry: cavities, silver fillings, x rays
silver fillings, x rays, xray: Michelle - When silver fillings get old, there is corrosion and can cause a darkness of the surrounding tooth. Black spots can mean only corrosion, but there can be associated decay if there is a void where oral bacteria has gained entrance and began producing...

Dentistry: cavities, digital xray, x rays
digital xray, x rays, laser pen: Bea - If the allegedly found decay on the digital xray in under a filling then it might be considered. If, however, the decay is found to be under a surface, then I would not believe it. In the enamel outer coating of a tooth and the inner dentin, there...

Dentistry: cavities, digital xrays, external surfaces
digital xrays, external surfaces, fool proof: Hi Lor, cavities if left untreated for a long period of time will eventually cause nerve damage to the tooth and require either a root canal procedure or extaction. Teeth that have existing restorations that are healthy and functional should not need root...

Dentistry: cavities...., digital xrays, skilled doctor
digital xrays, skilled doctor, x rays: Alex - I fully understand your apprehension. Digital xrays are said to find decay when it cannot be found with a regular xray. I guess I am experienced with the regular xray and feel the digital is not fully necessary. If you dentist cannot find one with...

Dentistry: cavities, etc..., silver fillings, lateral dimensions
silver fillings, lateral dimensions, diagnodent: Nancy - It is not unusual for decay to develop on the perimeter of a filling. If there is a space between the tooth and the filling or if there is a crack in the filling, bacteria can gain entrance to areas covered by the filling. Diagnosing decay under...

Dentistry: cavities, etc..., digital xrays, silver fillings
digital xrays, silver fillings, amalgam fillings: Hi Nancy Since there seems to be a discrepancy on what both sets of xrays show you might ask your dentist if it would be ok to wait for 3 months then come in for another set of xrays. This way the sets of xrays can be compared to the previous ones to see...

Dentistry: cavities and fillings, careful physical examination, digital radiography
careful physical examination, digital radiography, redundant images: Dear Nancy: Digital radiography has been the one thing that has changed dentistry forever in the past decade. However, as with everything else, technology, without proper knowledge, experience, and judgement, is useless. The key to digital X-rays is the...

Dentistry: cavity, steve litwin, check ups
steve litwin, check ups, tooth decay: Hi Erika, Sorry about the confusion. Let me put this another way. Currently you have a very deep filling. What is not known for sure is whether you have decay under it or not. What is known for sure is that the filling is deteriorating and pulling away...

Dentistry: chipped tooth with temp filling after root canal, gary backlund, bathroom mirror
gary backlund, bathroom mirror, chipped tooth: Hi Angie, The only concern with a chip is whether it exposes the root canal filling material. If it does, the cement used to seal the root canal filling is soluble in saliva and can cause the root canal to fail. If the root canal is still sealed, then you...

Dentistry: clenching/grinding, oral appliance, acrylic material
oral appliance, acrylic material, front tooth: Nadia - Clenching and grinding is a process that can be varied in the local of the grinding and when it occurs. Because of that the use of an oral appliance that is made from a hard acrylic material covering all the teeth is best. Once in the mouth, and...

Dentistry: clenching/grinding, temporomandibular joints, tooth mobility
temporomandibular joints, tooth mobility, jaw movement: Hi Nadia, Thanks for the question. An anterior deprogrammer is a device that is fabricated to help reposition the condyles (long part of the lower jaw bone) in the joint called the temporomandibular joint. These are two joints on either side of the jaw...

Dentistry: clicking / cracking sound when chewing?, upper teeth, moist heat
upper teeth, moist heat, dalin: Hi Jean Sounds like something in her temporomandibular joint...the joint in front of your ears that is how you open and close your mouth. You will hear people call it TMJ. People get clicking/popping noises in there when they eat. It could be something arthritic....

Dentistry: contaminated bone grafting, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, real nightmare
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, real nightmare, initial failure: Ellette - I, of course, cannot be sure, but the doctor who did the procedures on you does not sound like surgeon. After the initial failure, nothing should be done for a minimum of 6-8 weeks to allow tissue healing. You don t say the reason for the graft,...

Dentistry: cracked porcelain fixed bridge, two front teeth, traditional choice
two front teeth, traditional choice, brigde: Dear Grace, I think you should ask your dentist to replace it for you. If you were a patient in my practice and I had made a bridge and it only lasted one year, I would make you a new one with no additional fee. That being said, I would most likely try...

Dentistry: cracks and such, nerve injury, vertical line
nerve injury, vertical line, flossing: Lina - Your sensitivity symptoms to heat and flossing, shows something is going on. Of course, without examining you I cannot tell if that line is really a crack or not, but the area should not be sensitive if it were not a crack or the nerve in the tooth...

Dentistry: crossbite, orthodontic consultation, gums
orthodontic consultation, gums, braces: A crossbite causes the teeth to contact in an unnatural and unbalanced way even though the teeth don t look bad. This can result in uneven wear of the teeth and problems with the jaw joint. Some crossbites can also result in problems with the gums and bone...

Dentistry: can crowding cause physical discomfort ?, gum recession, root surface
gum recession, root surface, incisor: The answer depends on the nature of the discomfort you are experiencing. Since I have no idea about that I cannot offer you an opinion regarding your particular situation. Perhaps an example will help you understand as a generalization. I could imagine...

Dentistry: crown feels too high, premolar, new crown
premolar, new crown, occlusion: Dear b: If there is not enough space to accomodate your occlusion (bite) in this area, and your occlusion is otherwise ok, then the best thing to do is reduce your tooth more, to allow more space between it and the opposing tooth. Then make a new impression...

Dentistry: crown seating, steve litwin, wise option
steve litwin, wise option, sticky foods: Hi Sue, Thanks for the question. I would definitely listen to what your dentist suggests. The reason he is saying this is because he thinks there is a very good chance that you may need a root canal in the near future due to the condition the tooth was...

Dentistry: crowns with post, orthodontics braces, provisional restorations
orthodontics braces, provisional restorations, getting braces: Dear Lisa: Not only it sounds reasonable, but it is probably necessary. The crowns are not held in by the cement. The cement is used to seal the crown in, so that saliva and bacteria do not get in and cause further decay. The crown is held in by proper...

Dentistry: crowns with posts and braces, orthodontic brackets, root canals
orthodontic brackets, root canals, steve litwin: Hi Lisa, Thanks for the question. Lisa, a post and core us usually recommended when there is not enough tooth structure left to hold a crown. If the teeth preps are small but have sufficient tooth structure remaining then I would forgo the post but have...

Dentistry: cut gum, steve litwin, nerve fibers
steve litwin, nerve fibers, shard of glass: Hi Anthony, Thanks for the question. I am sorry to hear about the glass incident, sounds awful!!!. Anthony, if the piece of glass that penetrated the gum tissue did not involve other fragments then it is unlikely that the symptoms you are having should...

Dentistry: Debridement and infection, warm salt water, hard palate
warm salt water, hard palate, grinding my teeth: Hi Essie, Thanks for the question and sorry to hear of your situation. Essie, what I think you are describing to me sounds like you have been dealing with a periodontal (gum) issue that has become an acute situation. My first thought is have you been seen...

Dentistry: Decay, ray technology, x rays
ray technology, x rays, x ray: Detecting decay under a restoration is difficult using conventional x-ray technology. Often a base material is placed before a filling is done and this can sometimes give the appearance of decay in an x-ray film taken subsequently. Often a clue is the shape...

Dentistry: Dental abscess after root canal, dental abscess, root canal treatment
dental abscess, root canal treatment, gum line: Hi James You need to see your dentist again - this may or may not be significant but your dentist may want to prescribe antibiotics. It really then depends on what happens and what your dentist finds as to the next step. Regards Tony Appleto...

Dentistry: Dental Cyst?, warm salt water, wisdom teeth
warm salt water, wisdom teeth, going to the dentist: Hi Cathleen, Thanks for the question. What your are describing sounds like either one of two things both of which will not be resolved unless the tooth is removed. One possibility is something called operculitis. This is where a wisdom tooth has no room...

Dentistry: Dental Extraction and Implant, college graduation gift, planning a trip to europe
college graduation gift, planning a trip to europe, dental extraction: Lisa : Sorry, i hope it is not too late for the answer. First, there are not temporary implants (thy only damage bone) Second, if she is planning implant placement i would not recomment an immediate loading (it means place the implant and also the crown)...

Dentistry: Dental implants, implant dentistry, dental implants
implant dentistry, dental implants, upper teeth: Dear Randy: Sorry for the slight delay, your question ended up in the spam folder. It happens sometimes, as I am flooded with e-mails. Our bodies do keep growing and changing through life. If teeth are not replaced in a timely fashion, the body will attempt...

Dentistry: Dental School at Age 40?, education aspect, environmental engineer
education aspect, environmental engineer, dental career: Hi Corey, Thanks for the question. Whew, this is certainly a major life change you are about to go through! Corey, the best advice I can give you is only do this if you know for sure that this is really what you want. The fact the you have a second chance...

Dentistry: Dental work with shingles, poison oak, dental questions
poison oak, dental questions, dental treatment: Dear Jill, You did not mention where the rash is. Is it on your face? If it is not on your face it does not really have much bearing on your dental treatment. I certainly would mention it to your dentist. Even if it is on your face, if it is not too painful...

Dentistry: Drugs for infection/swelling, pain killers, advil
pain killers, advil, motrin: Hi Gin Advil/ibuprofen are pain-killers and are anti-inflammatory so they will help the swelling a little but do nothing at all for infection. Antibiotics will fight the infection and hence will allow the swelling to subside. If swelling is a problem...

Dentistry: Dry Socket, dry socket, correct approach
dry socket, correct approach, dentist: Markita - The correct approach in treating a dry socket, requires that you return to the dentist in a day or two. At that time the dressing is removed and the socket irrigated. If there is still pain, it needs to be repacked and you return to the office,...

Dentistry: darkening spot, root canal treatment, definitive diagnosis
root canal treatment, definitive diagnosis, cold test: Hi Marie, Thanks for the question. Unfortunately without seeing the radiograph I can only offer suggestions rather than a definitive diagnosis (as you are well aware of). You mentioned your dentist did the cold test and that the discomfort although minor...

Dentistry: Went in for deep cleaning - infection now?, fever blister, local anaesthetic
fever blister, local anaesthetic, cheek area: Hi Stephanie You have damaged your lips etc whilst they were numb from the local anaesthetic. This will heal, although it can be pretty painful. Keep up with the pain-killers and use a decent mouthwash. Any serious worries and you should let the dentist...

Dentistry: delay in permanent teeth, primary teeth, permanent teeth
primary teeth, permanent teeth, front teeth: Dear Hu Khan, nothing to do, and nothing to worry about. there is a wide variation in age of eruption of teeth. Many children do not begin to lose their primary teeth until age 8 If the top front teeth do not get a little loose during the next year , you...

Dentistry: dental crowns-choices and confusion, nickel allergies, metal crowns
nickel allergies, metal crowns, dental crowns: Sami If you have gum issues, deep cleaning is a treatment for that. If there is no bone loss, etc, then maybe it is not needed. One option is going in for cleanings every 3-4 months instead of every 6 months. Resins are good filling materials. They are...

Dentistry: dental filling, teeth hurt after fillings, fillings
teeth hurt after fillings, fillings, cold sensitivity: Hi Lauren, Thanks for your question. Sometimes teeth can have some cold sensitivity after fillings are placed but that should only be for a short time. Depending on whether a metal filling was placed or a tooth colored filling was placed may also be a...

Dentistry: dental problem of my child, public water supply, adult teeth
public water supply, adult teeth, child drinks: Hi Ajay I am sorry to hear that your child has decay at such an early age. You do need to bring your child to the dentist ideally a pedodontist (a dentist who specializes in working with children especially young children. Ajay, I am not familiar with the...

Dentistry: dental x-ray dose, x ray, ray machines
x ray, ray machines, ray machine: X-ray machines deliver a dose of radiation based on the setting that is dialed into the machine and not based on how long the button is held. The button simply starts the sequence. For example, if a dose involving a 1/5 second exposure is set, the button...

Dentistry: digital x-ray charge, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, free consultations: Hi again Nancy, If decay is medium to large, it should show up on any type of Xray. The real advantage of digital X-rays is hat you can alter the contrast, zoom in, etc. just like working with digital photographs. But it is still basically X-rays going...

Dentistry: digital x-rays, digital xrays, steve litwin
digital xrays, steve litwin, hi lauren: Hi Lauren, Glad to see you made the decision as we talked about. If you can get to the office that has the digital xrays I would suggest doing so. I have been using that technology for about 10-15 years since it became available and it is remarkable with...

Dentistry: digital x-rays, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, digital xrays
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, digital xrays, digital xray: Linday - Look, digital xrays are more refined and often can give a better definition of what might be going on. In your situation with a root canal tooth giving you problems and an infeciotn in the bone, the dark spot is showing that infection. Without...

Dentistry: digital x-rays and cavities, dental questions, x rays
dental questions, x rays, print outs: Dear Ginger, Although decay can spread at different rates depending on hygiene and diet, usually it is not a problem to wait one month to three months to fill a small, beginner cavity. If it is under an old filling it can be more problematic, since it can...

Dentistry: dry socket, dry sockets, feeling unwell
dry sockets, feeling unwell, dry socket: It would be a good idea to find out what s in the gauze.Ask the Dr to inquire if that info isn t readily available.Perhaps there s a suitable substitute for the packing he used.I don t treat dry sockets,that s when I refer to an oral surgeon(twice in 24 years...

Dentistry: Endodontists, gary backlund, endodontist
gary backlund, endodontist, membership roster: Hi Andrew, When you get to the map page to search, at the bottom of the map there is a link find a board certified endodontist . The AAE is a dues paying organization. If you don t pay your dues you don t get listed. Neither membership in the AAE or being...

Dentistry: Endodontists, endodontic offices, dentist office
endodontic offices, dentist office, cosmetic dentist: Hi Danielle, I would guess most endodontists have microscopes in their offices, but there is no way to confirm that without asking. You can just say Does your office use a microscope if necessary? Not all procedures require a microscope...that s up to...

Dentistry: Extraction not healing, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water, strict regimen: Terry - If you are still uncomfortable a full month after the extraction, some inflammation is creating a poor healing. The dry socket you initially had is inflammation, but it may still exist in another form. If your doctor who removed the tooth cannot...

Dentistry: Extraction and new bridge, temporary bridge, new bridge
temporary bridge, new bridge, advil: I would also use the same product as your dentist. COntinue using antibiotics (i dont know what type you are using but in your case, i you dont have allergy to it, i would recommend clyndamycin 300 mg} use it 3 times per day.... Probably you will have diarreah...

Dentistry: Extractions-to suture or not to suture, gum tissue, moist environment
gum tissue, moist environment, proper environment: Hi Abbey, Thanks for the question. I do have to wonder if you have any background in the field of dentistry? Not many people are familiar with the terms apical or socket ... Abbey, your question is difficult in that you will find different answers from...

Dentistry: Extremely small central incisor (top) on 14 month old, pediatric dentist, mesiodens
pediatric dentist, mesiodens, permanent teeth: This may be an extra tooth, called a mesiodens, and for now it probably does not create a problem. In time it may interfere with the normal emergence of the permanent teeth but that is five years from now. I suggest this should be evaluated by a pediatric...

Dentistry: effects of surgery for implant, sinus headache, false tooth
sinus headache, false tooth, eye tooth: Four weeks sounds like a long time to be having the symptoms you describe.I would get back to the treating Dr and proceed from there.The stitches usually get removed after a week but there are cases where the Dr could want them in for a longer time.Get in...

Dentistry: endodontists, microscopic endodontics, american association of endodontists
microscopic endodontics, american association of endodontists, long term relationship: Hi Ginger, Actually, there is no difference. The American Association of Endodontists only recognizes Endodontists . The term microscopic endodontics is a marketing term trying to stress the fact that this person uses a microscope. Most endodontists,...

Dentistry: an explorer, explorer question, tooth surface
explorer question, tooth surface, diagnostic tool: Mike - An explorer is a very sharp instrument that will enter into, even the smallest areas of decay by the softness of it. They are accurate in only defining a soft area in the enamel. It is only a tactile diagnostic tool and from there additional testing,...

Dentistry: an explorer, steve litwin, xrays
steve litwin, xrays, cavities: Hi Mike, Thanks for the question. A dental explorer is an instrument that has two ends both with very sharp points. The purpose of the explorer is to see if it sticks in any crevices or pits within the tooth and to evaluate the integrity of any restoration...

Dentistry: extraction, fentanyl patches, jaw muscles
fentanyl patches, jaw muscles, dry socket: Rebecca - Of course, without me examining you I cannot be sure, but it sounds like you might be suffering from a condition call a dry socket where the walls of the socket are highly inflamed. You need to have the extraction site examined as soon as possible...

Dentistry: extraction of upper eye teeth, eye teeth, bicuspids
eye teeth, bicuspids, eye tooth: I think removing the maxillary canines is a bad idea. If that is done then the first premolars will be adjacent to the lateral incisors. This will very likely predispose you to a periodontal problem in that area due to the mismatch of tooth countours. I...

Dentistry: Fillings?, amalgam fillings, fissure sealants
amalgam fillings, fissure sealants, new dentist: Hi Martin Did you have any x-rays taken? It is possible that you have developed these cavities, but I would be inclined to suggest a second opinion may be in order. It certainly sounds like this dentist was downselling the amalgam fills and upselling...

Dentistry: Fracture, calcium supplements, eating habit
calcium supplements, eating habit, calcium supplement: calcium supplements will not work. inapproriate habits like ??? applying too much force to the teeth can cause fracture but usually it happens while we are sleeping. if you eat too hard food and you have big cavities then it can also get fractured It would...

Dentistry: Fractures and Root Canals, root canals, endodontist
root canals, endodontist, root canal: Hi Ginger, I m sorry you re going through all this. It is certainly possible that if you have a crack or fracture in your tooth that it could cause pain. It will cause the tissues that support the tooth...the bone & gum...to become inflamed and when you...

Dentistry: 6 year old molars, moss, teeth
Dentistry: 6 year old molars, moss, teeth

Dentistry: Abutments, abutments, abutment
Dentistry: Abutments, abutments, abutment, alloys

Dentistry: Crown, cerec crowns, porcelain crowns
Dentistry: Crown, cerec crowns, porcelain crowns, gum pain

Dentistry: Crown Suddenly Sensitive to Cold Food/Drink, favourable direction, core treatment
Dentistry: Crown Suddenly Sensitive to Cold Food/Drink, favourable direction, core treatment, root canal

Dentistry: clicking / cracking sound when chewing?, mid 20, google
Dentistry: clicking / cracking sound when chewing?, mid 20, google

Dentistry: Dental School at Age 40?, stay at home mom, having faith
Dentistry: Dental School at Age 40?, stay at home mom, having faith, veterinary school

Dentistry: inflammation, molar, 5 months
Dentistry: inflammation, molar, 5 months, gum

Dentistry: Pain from anesthetic, upper molar, syringe
Dentistry: Pain from anesthetic, upper molar, syringe, dentist

Dentistry: pain after root canal - one year and counting, sinus ct, nerve damage
Dentistry: pain after root canal - one year and counting, sinus ct, nerve damage, cone beam

Dentistry: painless lump on gum near bottom tooth, cold test, xray
Dentistry: painless lump on gum near bottom tooth, cold test, xray, alexis

Dentistry: fillings, energy drinks, honest answer
energy drinks, honest answer, cavities: Hi Lindsey Glad I could help. As I stated previously, I really think you should go to another office for a consult. Lindsey, do not just pick an office based on an ad you have read or heard as that is pure marketing and is designed for people to make a...

Dentistry: finding a good endodontist, root canal procedure, endodontist
root canal procedure, endodontist, dear kate: Dear Kate: If you read previous answers, you must realize that I am a firm believer in specialty care. However, going to a specialist in any discipline, does not guarantee you success either. It only tells you that the person has been trained further in...

Dentistry: first tooth a molar, dental checkups, molar
dental checkups, molar, vitamin d: I m not aware of any association with problems with bones. I think that you just need to wait and see how the remainder of the teeth develop along with the bite. This is going to take many years and there is really nothing you can do other than make sure...

Dentistry: foul oder/taste after extractions, warm salt water, immediate dentures
warm salt water, immediate dentures, bad taste in my mouth: Trish - After the extraction of a number of teeth and the insertion of an immediate denture, fluids drain from the sockets for a number of days. This fluid supports the growth of bacteria and that is what produces the bad taste and odor. A good solution...

Dentistry: foul oder/ taste after extractions, immediate dentures, bad taste in my mouth
immediate dentures, bad taste in my mouth, mouth washes: Dear Trish : First, what was the reason of the full mouth extraction ? (It is important to know for bad breath diagnosis) Did you used antibiotics ? use clindamycin 300 mg if you have no allergy to this product. also use clorhexidine 0,12 % for mouth...

Dentistry: fracture and root canal teeth, periodontal abscess, gum tissue
periodontal abscess, gum tissue, drilling the hole: There are two sources of pain - the nerve in the tooth and the nerves in the surrounding periodontium, i.e. the bone and the gums. The root canal eliminated the former, but the latter are still operating. So, if your tooth is split, it could hurt to biting,...

Dentistry: fractures, root canal treatment, cause bacteria
root canal treatment, cause bacteria, dental world: Anna - If the crown of the tooth is only cracked and there is no extension to the root, there should be no pain on that tooth. There is one possibility that can produce pain. If the crack alters the bite and that tooth is sustaining more pressure in chewing,...

Dentistry: Gap btwn crown and adjacent tooth, wisdom teeth, second opinion
wisdom teeth, second opinion, cavities: Hi Joe Thanks for the question. Joe, from what you have told me it sounds like the gap was there once the crown was delivered is that true? If so then I would expect that the crown is at fault and not the filling on the tooth next to it. If the adjacent...

Dentistry: Gold crown and amalgam, galvanic action, adverse health effects
galvanic action, adverse health effects, galvanism: Hi Jeff Galvanic action occurs mostly when the two different metals are in contact, so it is not a good idea to place a gold crown directly contacting an amalgam filling - it will lead to corrosion over time. I wouldn t say there are any proven adverse...

Dentistry: Gum infection, gary backlund, path of least resistance
gary backlund, path of least resistance, gum infection: HI Susan, Since I can t examine you, it s hard for me to really help here. However, most likely you are dealing with one of two problems....either the surgery is failing or there is another abscessed tooth. Sometimes, the infection will travel the path...

Dentistry: Gum problems, dental residency program, root surfaces
dental residency program, root surfaces, gum problems: Dear Todd: Periodontitis is a silent killer. You do not know that you have it, until it is too late. Your family history, the fact that your gums bleed and that your teeth are moving, indicate to me that you are in progressive stages of the disease already....

Dentistry: genetic no enamal on teeth., electric tooth brush, diet sodas
electric tooth brush, diet sodas, leaps and bounds: Hi David, Thanks for the question. What you are describing is a genetic disorder called Ameliogenesis Imperfecta. This is where the enamel on teeth is inadequate or in rare but severe cases totally absent. David as you are also aware this disorder can...

Dentistry: gray tiny dot, steve litwin, gray dots
steve litwin, gray dots, gray dot: Hi Vicky, Thanks for the question. Vicky, it is not too uncommon for there to be anomalies in the enamel of teeth. Some teeth can have a concavity in the surface due to many reasons and does not necessarily mean the presence of decay. The important issue...

Dentistry: gum graft, gum graft, steve litwin
gum graft, steve litwin, natural tissue: Hi Jeannie, Thanks for the question. The color that you are seeing might be because of the type of tissue graft that was performed. Specifically, if resorbable membrane was used meaning a type of graft other than your own tissue then this material will...

Dentistry: gum health, gutta percha point, irritation fibroma
gutta percha point, irritation fibroma, gum tissue: Hi Lisa, Thanks for the question. Do you know if the bump was present when you had the root canal originally completed? Has it definitively been ruled out that the root canal is ok and not failing? If it has been established that the source of the lesion...

Dentistry: gum pain, gum pain, holiday in japan
gum pain, holiday in japan, renal diseases: you need a xray to be sure the origin of the problem, meanwhile you can use a combination of : amoxycilyn 500 mg (each 8hours) dexametazone 4mg (each 12 hours) arcoxia 120 mg (each 12 hours) YOU CAN USE THIS IF YOU DONT HAVE RENAL DISEASES OR ALLERGY...

Dentistry: Hard Bump on Upper Right Gum, cystic lesion, wisdom teeth
cystic lesion, wisdom teeth, chewing tobacco: Elizabeth - Your description of the bump, especially that it hurts when you touch it, indicates that it is not cancer. It sounds like you either have an infection from a tooth where the nerve in the tooth is infected or you may have an inflamed cystic lesion....

Dentistry: Hello, root canal filling, gary backlund
root canal filling, gary backlund, front teeth: Hi Cherice, Unfortunately, there isn t anything we can put on the outside of a tooth to solve a problem that is on the inside or in the bone and gum surrounding the tooth. You really need to get a good diagnosis of why the tooth is sore when you press on...

Dentistry: Helpppp! Infected again., immediate dentures, wisdom teeth
immediate dentures, wisdom teeth, bottom teeth: Hi Sonia, Thanks for the question and sorry to hear about your situation. Sonia, it sounds like there are more issues going on with your heal than just this acute infection. I am wondering why you have been on so many antibiotics in such a short period...

Dentistry: Hit my tooth with a key ring, steve litwin, luck steve
steve litwin, luck steve, front tooth: Hi Monica, Thanks for the question. Monica, take a deep breath and relax. I don t think you did any irreparable harm to your tooth. The only thing you need to look out for is the possibility of the tooth getting darker in color. If this happens over time...

Dentistry: Hole in the mouth!!!, sinus connection, sinus pressure
sinus connection, sinus pressure, maxillary sinus: Hi Gail, Thanks for the question. More than likely one or more of the roots of the tooth were partly into what is called a maxillary sinus. When a tooth is removed that is connected to the sinus often time there is a tear or break in the thin membrane (Schneiderain...

Dentistry: healing time for gums, dentures, immediate dentures
dentures, immediate dentures, teeth extractions and dentures: Hi Joy, Thanks for your question. The treatment that you have just undergone is called extractions followed with placement of an immediate denture. The healing of your gum tissues will to some extent depend on how the extractions were performed. Specifically,...

Dentistry: hello, silly side, strange question
silly side, strange question, silly question: Hi Annabelle, Glad I could help. Regarding digital xrays, I do feel they are far superior to conventional xrays for a couple of reasons. First, the amount of radiation that you would be exposed to is barely negligible and second, the clarity and amount...

Dentistry: hello, root canal procedure, root canals
root canal procedure, root canals, frequent headaches: Hi Lauren, Lauren ask your dentist about what I mentioned about the anterior deprogrammer in my last response. If he does not think that is appropriate then it may be that you do not need it. I would then consider another opinion from a specialist i.e....

Dentistry: hello, real diagnosis, conventional films
real diagnosis, conventional films, gary backlund: Hi Bea, Digital X-rays are great but only because we can manipulate them like with digital photos. The real diagnosis, however, often depends on the quality, angle and ability of the person who is examining the films. This is true for conventional X-rays...

Dentistry: help, gum infection, gum tissue
gum infection, gum tissue, bone infection: Hi Kendra, Thanks for the question. I understand how frustrating this could be. Have you had a crown placed on the tooth following the root canal? It is possible that the crown (or filling if present) might be too high and causing premature contact on the...

Dentistry: herbst appliance, orthodontist, elaine
orthodontist, elaine, herbst appliance: Elaine - One of the main problems wit the Herbst Appliance is that it places a lot of pressure inside the jaw joint. Some kids get past this, while others develop a more significant problem inside the jaw joint (TMJ - tempormandibular joint). I guess you...

Dentistry: herbst appliance, jaw growth, front teeth
jaw growth, front teeth, permanent teeth: From your description it seems your son has a variety of issues that combine to produce a bite problem. Some of these are tooth related and some are growth related. The Herbst appliance is designed to assist in the development of the lower jaw by enhancing...

Dentistry: hole in gum, oral surgeon, zev
oral surgeon, zev, molar: Dear Tina: It is not uncommon to have a hole in the gum following an extraction, even four weeks after the event, especially if the tooth was very large. However, usually by 6-8 weeks you should have closure of the site. I would recommend asking your...

Dentistry: holes, food, hurt!!, broken tooth, hole in tooth
broken tooth, hole in tooth, pain in broken tooth: Hi Jackie; Thanks for your question. From what you are describing it sounds like you may have an area of exposed pulpal(nerve)tissue. When teeth break at or below the gums and are left untreated for long periods of time the nerve tissue dies and soon becomes...

Dentistry: Ibuprofen, dental pain, advil
dental pain, advil, pain reliever: Advil is ibuprofen.All medications have nasty possible side effects.It a risk versus benefit issue.It s an excellent pain reliever for minor dental pain. The best relief would be to have the problem treated and resolved. Swelling could be caused by infection...

Dentistry: Ibuprofen, dental pain, advil
dental pain, advil, adverse reaction: Hi Don Ibuprofen is a good drug for dental pain relief, and yes, advil is ibuprofen. Every drug has possible side-effects and you need to adhere to the recommended dose and seek medical advice if you get any adverse reaction. Swelling is a part in inflammation....

Dentistry: IMPLANTS, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, place crowns
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, place crowns, gum tissue: Joanne - First of all, the veneers don t have any affect on the upper implants. There are many types of dental implants used. Most are fine, but the most important factor controlling the success is the cleanliness of the doctors office and techniques....

Dentistry: Inadequate diagnosis & treatment?, check ups, diagnosis treatment
check ups, diagnosis treatment, endodontist: Dear Dawn: Answers to your questions: Yes I don t know Yes Yes FYI: I don t know I believe that it is time to find a new dentist whom you can trust. If it is true that you have been taking your son to the dentist on an annual or semiannual basis...

Dentistry: Infection and Inflammation, gum infection, root canal
gum infection, root canal, inflammation: Hi TJ, I m glad you went back to your dentist for an evaluation. Did he take any x-rays? Did he check your bite meaning to see if you are hitting on the tooth too hard? Did he check to see if the tooth might be fractured? TJ do you know if you have or...

Dentistry: Infection/Pain, root canal procedure, canal systems
root canal procedure, canal systems, good question: Hi Linda, That s a good question. Many teeth have more than one root to them. Therefore, the infection can be localized to one root, or spread amongst all the roots of the tooth. It is common that one part of the tooth is sensitive to tapping more than...

Dentistry: Infection/swelling, gum infection, root canal
gum infection, root canal, abscess: Dear T: The area you describe as larger and whiter sounds like it may be an abscess in your gum. It depends on when it arrived and what it feels like, along with what it looks like. Swelling in the mouth is usually a sign of inflammation or infection. ...

Dentistry: Infections and Lost Teeth, root canals, gum disease
root canals, gum disease, root surface: Hi Samantha; Thanks for the questions. The answer to your questions depends on the type and source of infections. For example if you are talking about gum disease then typically the destructive process occurs over many years. However, there are type of...

Dentistry: Inflamed gumline., blank piece of paper, gum tissue
blank piece of paper, gum tissue, root canals: Hi Dave, Thanks for the question. It sounds to me that your dentist had attempted something close to a crown lengthening procedure. This is where the gum tissue is lowered to expose solid tooth above the gum if there is not sufficient healthy tooth structure...

Dentistry: Inflammation, root canal procedure, inflammation of the gums
root canal procedure, inflammation of the gums, sore muscles: Hi Mindy, If you have swelling, in most cases it s a result of a bacterial infection. Antibiotics are the most common treatment of choice. Advil is simply an anti-inflammatory and will do nothing to solve the underlying infection. It is used for pain control...

Dentistry: Inflammation, swelling, and pain, gum inflammation, antibiotics and the body
gum inflammation, antibiotics and the body, inflammation of the gums: TJ - This is a very exacting examination and the procedure needs to be adjusted based on the findings. As such an endodontist would be best to evaluate it. This evaluation can be done during the procedure. To do it, the dentist needs to drill a hole and...

Dentistry: Irrigation, gum disease, periodontal therapy
gum disease, periodontal therapy, periodontist: Dear David: I do not know what they do with the irrigation either. Sometimes Antibiotics, or antibacterial solutions are used after periodontal therapy and are placed into the gums, but there is a separate code for that. I actually spoke to a a friend of...

Dentistry: ibuprofen, gastrointestinal problem, recurrent problems
gastrointestinal problem, recurrent problems, periodontist: Lor - First of all, ibuprofen will not conquer gum swelling. The source of the swelling needs to be found and fixed. Secondly, be careful with the ibuprofen. When taken for the 10 days every 4-6 hours you are putting yourself in a situation where you can...

Dentistry: ibuprofen, gary backlund, root canal
gary backlund, root canal, gums: Hi TJ, Usually, if you have swelling after a root canal it means that there is infection. If that is the case, you really need a drug that will kill bacteria and that s an antibiotic. Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory but will not kill bacteria, so will...

Dentistry: ibuprofen, moderate discomfort, luck steve
moderate discomfort, luck steve, proper evaluation: Hi Lor, Thanks for the feedback. OK now Lor I really think that you are reading too much into Ibuprofen use, inflammation, swelling, infection, and pain. I think it is fair to assume that the root canal that you had is failing and that an infection is present...

Dentistry: imediate dentures, immediate dentures, fitting dentures
immediate dentures, fitting dentures, denture base: Hi Judy, Thanks for the question. Judy, let me explain what the term immediate dentures means and then we can see how it applies to what you are hearing from different advertisements. Specifically, in this case the idea is to have the dentures fabricated...

Dentistry: implant vs. bridge vs. keep flipper, long bridge, nerve damage
long bridge, nerve damage, failure rate: Hi Lee When an implant fails it is due to infection and the implant becomes loose. It is very easy to remove, usually without any surgery - it just comes out. If an implant needs to be surgically removed it is normally because something has happened like...

Dentistry: infection around gold crown???, gum tissue, stipling
gum tissue, stipling, dental hygiene: Sorry.Thats what I m suggesting.Understand This has to be confirmed by an exam and follow up.Don t jump to any conclusions without the proper diagnostic input recommended earlier.Even if it s so it s not as bad as it sounds.Have to tooth replaced with an...

Dentistry: inflammation, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, root canal treatment
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, root canal treatment, infection present: Lauren - If done properly, the apicoectomy would section off the portion of the root that encompasses those branches. The main canal would then be sealed and the defect in the wound cleaned out. The root canal treatment, most likely will not be necessary...

Dentistry: inflammation, gum inflammation, root canal treatment
gum inflammation, root canal treatment, definite evidence: Dear Lauren, If you had the root canal treated several months ago and it still bothers you regularly, it is certainly possible that the root canal treatment was not a success. However, some teeth that have had a serious infection can take a long while...

Dentistry: instruments, root zx, apex locator
root zx, apex locator, root canal: A Root ZX is simply the brand name of an electronic apex locator. I use one, but you can accomplish the same thing using radiographs. I also like my microscope, but don t use it for every case, and did endo for many years without one. Do not confuse equipment...

Dentistry: issues with root canal, root canal procedure, periodontist
root canal procedure, periodontist, radiographs: Hi Marine, I m sorry you re in this situation. Rather than try to answer each of your questions, let me explain what happens. The, if you need more info, please write back. When there is a problem with a root canal and you are referred to an endodontist,...

Dentistry: itty bitty pits, debris particles, gray dots
debris particles, gray dots, oral bacteria: Katilin - If it was true decay, it would not be gray, but it would actually be a little brownish-gray. Without the brownish-gray, a dentist would not even look to it as decay. If true decay, it should show up on xray if tooth destruction has occured...

Dentistry: Jaw displacement, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw joints
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw joints, jaw muscles: Martins - A true displacement or dislocation of the jaw does not often occur from an accident. Often what is occuring is acute trauma to the jaw joints with secondary swelling inside the joints restricting opening and closing the mouth properly. With the...

Dentistry: Jaw Pain, jaw ache, wisdom teeth
jaw ache, wisdom teeth, ringing in the ears: Hi George, Thanks for the question. From what you are describing it sounds like the pain is coming as a direct result of jaw position when having the whistle in your mouth. If in fact you always have the whistle in your mouth while at work more than likely...

Dentistry: My jaw, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, true anatomy
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, true anatomy, jaw joints: Megan - The popping sounds and the changes in opening, you descrbe, are usually do to changes in the jaw joints. This can be produced from trauma, arthritis or even jaw muscle spasms. To determine what is going on, you need to see a doctor who knows the...

Dentistry: jaw pain, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus infections
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus infections, sinus infection: Carrol - There are three possible causes that I can think of from your symptoms. First of all, the extractions may have been done poorly and broken pieces of teeth may still be present. The second cause could be the sinus infection itself causing the pain....

Dentistry: jaw pain, cartilage degeneration, sudden trauma
cartilage degeneration, sudden trauma, uncommon phenomenon: Jessica - The dull pain, especially in front of the ear, usually indicates that you are having a couple of things going on. The grinding and clenching of your teeth has most likely caused spasms of the jaw muscles. Repeated episodes of jaw muscle spasms can...

Dentistry: jaw tumor xrays, dental xrays, oral surgeon
dental xrays, oral surgeon, jaw pain: Mandy - Maybe it is the film, but I don t see anything that appears terribly wrong. I see an area of darkening around 29 and 30, but, at worst, with its appearance, it might be a cyst. So relax and let the surgeon examine you. He may suggest a biopsy...

Dentistry: Late Teething Toddler, eruption sequence, pediatric dentist
eruption sequence, pediatric dentist, pediatrician: Dear Holly, absolutely nothing to worry about here. Everything seems perfectly normal. Eruption sequence varies greatly inside and outside of families. I would take my child to a pediatric dentist before the age of three, in order to insure that that...

Dentistry: Loose front tooth-mild swelling, two front teeth, root canal treatment
two front teeth, root canal treatment, permanent teeth: The swelling is probably due to an infection in the gum. This could be due to the shedding of the baby tooth or something else. Generally, the infection will clear up when the cause is eliminated so if it s the baby tooth, once it falls out the infection...

Dentistry: Losing baby teeth, losing baby teeth, steve litwin
losing baby teeth, steve litwin, front teeth: Hi Emma, Thanks for the question. Don t worry about the timing of when your child s teeth will erupt. Nature is on her own schedule and even though there are certain guidelines for when teeth are supposed to erupt the pattern may not follow our rules ....

Dentistry: Lost blood clot after tooth extraction?, warm salt water, dry socket
warm salt water, dry socket, tooth extraction: Fatma - Don t worry. Sure, you did the wrong thing by dislodging the blood clot, but the socket should still heal, as long as you do not traumatize it again. So just do a little warm salt water rinses and you should see a socket that has healed. A...

Dentistry: Lost Filling, steve litwin, going to the dentist
steve litwin, going to the dentist, pharmacy store: Hi Ben, Thanks for the question. Ben, rather than trying to put the filling back in your tooth which could be a dangerous situation I would suggest the following. Go to the pharmacy store and ask for something called orthodontic wax. Its a very soft wax...

Dentistry: Lower Jaw...correct surgery???, lower jaw surgery, westlake village
lower jaw surgery, westlake village, michael newton: Gwen - I looked at your profile film, but without a direct exam, it is a little tough for me to give you an accurate opinion. Going to a surgeon s office who is knowledgeable is the right move. On the west coast there are many oral and maxillofacial surgeons,...

Dentistry: large cavities and nerves, nerve damage, shallow level
nerve damage, shallow level, fillings: Nicole - If you do have decay under an existing filling, you really have no choice but to remove the filling and clean out the decay. If left alone, you will lose that tooth. So have your dentist clean it out and hopefully the nerve is not a problem. ...

Dentistry: local anesthetic, local anesthetic, blood pressure medication
local anesthetic, blood pressure medication, toprol xl: Dear Bea. It certainly sounds like you had a reaction to the epinephrine that is placed in the anaesthetic as a vasoconstrictor. Patients can experience a feeling that their heart is racing and they say that they feel shaky. The vasoconstrictor is...

Dentistry: losing teeth, jawbone, vital areas
jawbone, vital areas, tooth pain: Dear T: When there is a root fracture, the tooth can become loose. It can also become painful, especially to pressure. It can also become infected, with infection spreading both through your jaw, and into your bloodstream. Infected teeth all behave differently....

Dentistry: lower anterior root/gum, gum recession, oral piercings
gum recession, oral piercings, tissue diagnosis: Dear Candis : I have some cases of gums recessions after oral piercings, specially at lower labial area. Dont feel afraid, there are always treatments but sometimes it takes some time. First, take a picture of the area and send it to my personal email...

Dentistry: Front lower tooth, front tooth, black dot
front tooth, black dot, decay: Mary - Of course, without examining you, I cannot be sure what it is, but it could be decay or trapped debris. If it is decay, the dentist should be able to fix it, as long as the decay does not extend under the gum and bone, and in doing so, it greatly...

Dentistry: lowr jaw thrust, jaw thrust, odd intervals
jaw thrust, odd intervals, jaw joints: I really can t answer that since this is simply a discussion of the possibilities. There is no specific study or information that measures the liklihood of problems from this sort of situation. The general principle is that an abnormal or parafunctional...

Dentistry: lumineers, dental hand instruments, dental questions
dental hand instruments, dental questions, sharp instruments: Dear Jayna, Yes, it is possible for some of the dental instruments to make small scratches in veneers(lumineers included), but it is more likely that the hygienist chipped off excess bonding material, that should have been removed anyway. When any...

Dentistry: MAOI and epinephrine, dental anesthetic, anathesiologist
dental anesthetic, anathesiologist, carpule: Hi Connie, Good to hear from you again. Connie the concern about having epinephrine in dental anesthetic really only comes into play if the material is accidentally injected into a blood vessel, This would not be a great thing to have happen and thankfully...

Dentistry: Misaligned teeth after jaw surgery, corrective jaw surgery, dentist appointment
corrective jaw surgery, dentist appointment, misaligned teeth: Dear David: You have answered your question yourself in your last paragraph. The purpose of corrective jaw surgery is to correct malocclusion. Jaw surgery is very complex and has to be planned and executed very carefully. In many instances minor orthodontic...

Dentistry: Mouth Wash, periodontology 2000, journal of periodontology
periodontology 2000, journal of periodontology, fictional piece: you can read about dental hygienist functions at US at the ADA page. I am from Peru, South America; You know here we work in a different way like in US. If you want to create your own mouth wash. First, you need to know that there is no toxic chemicals...

Dentistry: marks on teeth after braces, orthodontist, floss
orthodontist, floss, braces: Dear erin: You are doing everything you can now to prevent discoloration of your teeth from braces. When the braces are removed, and before you leave the orthodontist office, look closely in a mirror for discoloration. If there is any that concerns you,...

Dentistry: metal allegy in child using retainer, stainless steel wire, titanium wire
stainless steel wire, titanium wire, plastic watches: The stainless steel wire used to fabricate retainers certainly has a component of nickel which could be responsible for the allergic reaction that your daughter has experienced. Titanium wire is available and is quite costly but it s quite possible that the...

Dentistry: mini implants for dentures, mini dental implant, upper denture
mini dental implant, upper denture, dental implants: Dear Judi : i dont work in USA so i can not answer many of your questions but iīll try. Different fees ? it depends on each dentist. Definetely we (dentists) know that when we place implants, we need to use some devices for connecting the implants with...

Dentistry: missing adult teeth in child, legal guardianship, adult teeth
legal guardianship, adult teeth, permanent teeth: Thanks for the additional input. We often find that the baby teeth can remain in place for a significant amount of time...sometimes a lifetime...due to the fact that they don t resorb because of the missing permanent teeth. Unfortunately, this can have...

Dentistry: Need an Input, molar tooth, final x
molar tooth, final x, rotten meat: Dear Aria: I am very sorry to hear about your troubles. Here is what I can advise you... I will answer your questions in order: 1. Possible complications include infection and possible failure of the root canal treatment. 2. The worse that can happen...

Dentistry: Nephews gums, amox clav, motrin
amox clav, motrin, gums: This sounds more like an oral virus than simple gingivitis. Unfortunately there is no treatment for the virus and it must run its course which is 7-10 days. Meantime you should make sure the child gets plenty of fluids and nutrition and try to keep his teeth...

Dentistry: Numbness after Root Canal, numb feelings, nerve damage
numb feelings, nerve damage, genuine response: Hi Diana, First, there is NO way nerve damage can be seen on an Xray...only hard tissue, bone & teeth, show up on X-rays... getting some feeling back is a good sign. Unfortunately, since I can t exam you, it s very hard for me to give you advice. It is...

Dentistry: Numbness after root canal, gary backlund, mandibular nerve
gary backlund, mandibular nerve, orthodontis: It s all the same nerve. We give the injection back behind your last tooth because that s where the nerve leaves the bone, but that nerve serves all your lower teeth, chin and lip...that s why we ask if your lip feels fat ...when it does, we know you re numb....

Dentistry: Numbness after tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, mandibular nerve
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, mandibular nerve, numbness: Tunisia - The numbness you have could be from the extraction or it could be from the injection to make the area numb. Either situation could possibly traumatize or injure the mandibular nerve that provides sensations to the area you now have numbness in....

Dentistry: do i need filling for a healthy tooth, root canal treatment, cold sensation
root canal treatment, cold sensation, living daylight: Hi Eric If the cavity has gone through to the pulp in the middle of the tooth then you will need root canal treatment. Don t worry though, root canal treatment is very straightforward these days. Ask the dentist to show you the x-rays and explain why...

Dentistry: Do I need a root canal?, gary backlund, front teeth
gary backlund, front teeth, root canal: Hi Sumit, I m sorry you re going through all this. It certainly sounds like the pulp of your tooth is inflamed and if it has not improved in a month, I m not sure it is going to. That leaves you two choices....do a root canal or continue on with your cold...

Dentistry: new teeth, dental checkups, permanent teeth
dental checkups, permanent teeth, oral hygiene: It s a bit early for the permanent teeth to be erupting but that s nature. Nothing you can do about that. Sounds like the teeth are going to be crowded. Also nothing you can do about that until your daughter is much older. Let s just see how she grows...

Dentistry: numbness lip and chin after tooth was pulled, tooth numbers, wisdom teeth
tooth numbers, wisdom teeth, gum line: Lynn - It sounds like the surgeon, during the injection, actually pierced the nerve. That happens occasionally, because it is impossible to predict the exact position of the nerve. If you have changes in the numbness, does that mean and itching, burning...

Dentistry: numbness in tongue, numbness after tooth extraction, numb tonuge after dental procedure
numbness after tooth extraction, numb tonuge after dental procedure, numb chin after dental proced: Hi Kamica; Thanks for asking your question. What you are describing is something called parasthesia. This means numbness and not paralysis. Unfortunately, although not very common, this situation can happen when lower teeth are extracted. Deep within your...

Dentistry: Orthodontic treatment, orthodontics, braces
orthodontics, braces, crowded teeth: Hi Lucas, Thanks for the question and please do not sell yourself short. By that I mean you should expect to have a great smile! Remember, most orthodontic treatment in adults is elective in that they are not happy with the way their teeth look. Occasionally,...

Dentistry: Overfilled root canals, acidic saliva, term inflammation
acidic saliva, term inflammation, root canals: Hi Jenny, I m sorry to hear all this is going on. Some of your questions I can t answer since I can t exam you, but I can give you some general information that may help. The solution we use when we do root canals would not be left in the tooth, so that...

Dentistry: odd, root canal treatment, dentist office
root canal treatment, dentist office, front tooth: Cornella This is a strange one. The root canal filling inside of the tooth is a pink color. But it is not up to the surface. It is down a little bit. There is nothing we use that is red in color. Maybe an option is to have the access filling redone and see...

Dentistry: old fillings, silver fillings, financial dilemma
silver fillings, financial dilemma, nerve problems: Sara - With time, old silver fillings actually develop a corrosion that separates the filling from the tooth. In the space caused by the corrosion, bacteria can gain entrance and begin produce decay under the filling. This is not good, for eventually the...

Dentistry: oral surgery complications, wisdom teeth, honest mistake
wisdom teeth, honest mistake, unfortunate story: Michael - Without actually examining you, it is a little difficult for me to see whether you have enough teeth to accomplish the desired changes. I can suggest, if the tooth that sa indavertently removed is needed, the surgeon might consider replacing it...

Dentistry: overjet, facial musculature, jaw joints
facial musculature, jaw joints, jaw structure: Once again, I can only respond in generalities since your situation is complicated and requires a comprehensive understanding of the details of your bite, jaw structure and facial musculature. The answer to your specific question can only be provided by an...

Dentistry: Pain from anesthetic, sphenopalatine ganglion, pterygopalatine fossa
sphenopalatine ganglion, pterygopalatine fossa, third molars: Dear Evan, It sounds like your dentist gave you a mandibular block. When I give this injection, every 10th injection or so the patient experiences what they describe as an electrical shock in their jaw or lip or tongue. They sometimes say they feel a searing...

Dentistry: Pain following a root canal, gary backlund, sore tooth
gary backlund, sore tooth, temporary filling: Hi Stephanie, I m sorry you re going through all this. It sounds like your bite is high. We sometimes see this occur several days after treatment because it takes that long to show up. What happens is your bite is only slightly off, then you use it and...

Dentistry: Pain in my two left incisors, gum recession, teeth and gums
gum recession, teeth and gums, nasal cavities: Hi Shahrzad This sounds like 2 problems - the accident has caused problems with your nose/sinuses and you also have sensitivity probably secondary to the gum recession. The dentist will check the teeth out and should be able to treat the sensitivity...

Dentistry: Pain after root canal, percha, root canal
percha, root canal, canal 9: Hi Cheryl If it is improving then don t worry - it can take a while for the inflammation to subside following root canal. Overfills are not normally anything to worry about and are in fact far better than an under fill. Regards Tony Appleto...

Dentistry: Pain after temporary crown, nerve tissues, teeth and gums
nerve tissues, teeth and gums, root canals: Hi kari, Thanks for the question. Absolutely you need to contact your dentist asap. The discomfort may be coming from several sources. One possibility is that the material used for fabrication of the temporary crown may be overbulked or overcontoured....

Dentistry: Palate Expansion Down Syndrome, mild speech impediment, orthodontic appliances
mild speech impediment, orthodontic appliances, oral hygiene: All orthodontic appliances have the potential to cause discomfort and difficulty with speech, eating and oral hygiene. Most children also have the potential to accommodate these challenges and do just fine with the appliances. Also, there are a great variety...

Dentistry: Palate swelling, baby ruth candy bar, baby ruth candy
baby ruth candy bar, baby ruth candy, antiseptic mouthwash: Hi Brandy, There is still a possibility that this could be a virus but again I am glad you have an appointment with your dentist for a thorough evaluation. Brandy, have you tried the elixir I suggested previously? The other possibility is that it could...

Dentistry: Payments, dentist office, endodontist
dentist office, endodontist, dalin: i would think a partial if not a full refund is indicated. now every office does things differently. my philosophy is a very customer service/customer friendly one so this is how i feel. others will think that they put in the time and effort so they deserve...

Dentistry: Pediactric dentistry, adult teeth, primary teeth
adult teeth, primary teeth, permanent teeth: The early loss of primary teeth can result in bite problems with the permanent teeth unless proper space maintainers are placed. These appliances will help prevent the teeth from drifting and blocking out permanent teeth when they are ready to come in. You...

Dentistry: Pediatric Tooth Extraction, permanent teeth, temporary bridge
permanent teeth, temporary bridge, pedodontist: Sheri - First of all, no implants can safely be placed in a child. Implants would damage her permanent teeth. The extraction of these teeth is quite simple and the postoperative period is usually not a problem. There are many young children who have lost...

Dentistry: Pediatric tooth extraction to allow incoming permanent teeth to be straight, permanent teeth, primary teeth
permanent teeth, primary teeth, perfect teeth: I agree with the dentist and the orthodontist. Extraction of primary teeth to deal with this crowding is not recommended. There is simply not enough room for all the permanent teeth and removing more primary teeth does not create more space; it simply delays...

Dentistry: Perio exposed impacted wisdom, wisdom tooth removal, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
wisdom tooth removal, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, ball point pen: casey - What you are experiencing is not totally uncommon. Periodontists worry only about the gums and very often fail to consider other potential problems. The wisdom tooth will, now or in the future, need to be removed. Especially with the supererupted...

Dentistry: Permanent Filling, luck steve, having hope
luck steve, having hope, front teeth: Hi Belle, If the filling is not placed next to or below the gum tissue and the margins of the filling are totally above the gum line then by default the discomfort you are having is coming from within the tooth and not the filling. Again, make sure that...

Dentistry: Permanent Tooth Not Coming Down, permanent tooth, front tooth
permanent tooth, front tooth, aggressive treatment: If the tooth fails to emerge by itself then it may require surgical intervention to enable it to emerge. In some cases orthodontic treatment may be necessary as well. In view of that it is wise to wait longer. I would think that a progress x-ray at 6 month...

Dentistry: Permanent tooth stopped erupting, proper alignment, milk teeth
proper alignment, milk teeth, permanent teeth: Dear Tracy There is no problem here that I can determine. Permanent teeth erupt in waves and there is no way to tell when the next wave will come. In many children a tooth will erupt part way, stop and then not continue erupting for another four or five...

Dentistry: Permanent White Fillings, white fillings, front tooth
white fillings, front tooth, root canal: First get the bite checked out and make sure it s not high .After the bite is relieved,I would investigate the root canal further,perhaps some antibiotics may be in order to move the healing along.Your dentist will determine what thenext step would be.Get...

Dentistry: PLEASE HELP--CONCERNED FOR MY 2 YEAR OLD, pediatric dentist, permanent tooth
pediatric dentist, permanent tooth, front teeth: Dear Brandi, The developing dark color represents bleeding that occurred and stopped within the inside (pulp) of your son s tooth. There is no way to whiten it and it has no significance other than it usually indicates that the nerve is dead. The tooth...

Dentistry: PLEASE HELP--CONCERNED FOR MY 2 YEAR OLD, pediatric dentist, front teeth
pediatric dentist, front teeth, pavement: This probably means that the nerve of the tooth has died as a result of the trauma. The tooth can probably be saved but it will require some immediate treatment before an infection develops. I suggest you contact a pediatric dentist as soon as possible...

Dentistry: Please... I need an urgent advice, molar tooth, final x
molar tooth, final x, rotten meat: Hi Aria, I m sorry to hear all this is going on. It is never easy for the patient OR dentist to leave a piece of an instrument in a tooth. Let me try to explain and let you know what happens when we do that in our office. First, anyone who does root...

Dentistry: Post-crown post RCT pain, root canal treatment, sensitive spot
root canal treatment, sensitive spot, temperature problem: I can t help much without seeing you. I don t know what the sensitive spot near the gumline was, and I don t know why he replaced the crown. That is rarely necessary. However, if it was leaking badly, and he had to remove a lot of decay that had occurred...

Dentistry: Post Operative Receeding Gums, gum recession, upper incisor
gum recession, upper incisor, receeding gums: Hi Gail This recession has happened because of the loss of bone subsequent to loss of the two teeth, but the amount of recession that will occur is completely unpredictable - it varies from person to person. You need to speak to the dentist about this...

Dentistry: Procedures, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, extractions
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, extractions, doctor who: Misty - You can be put to sleep for surgery, but the doctor who will do the surgery needs to speak with your physicians. Together they will come up with a plan to make you comfortable and healthy with the extractions. If planned properly, the risks...

Dentistry: Protection, endodontic offices, gary backlund
endodontic offices, gary backlund, dentist office: Hi Kate, Without being TOO evasive, your question is hard to answer. Every office is different and often it depends on what the referring dentist wants done. In our office, we do posts and cores, but only when requested by the general dentist. We place...