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Dentistry: crack root of a front tooth, gum line, dull ache
gum line, dull ache, crack root: Hi Belinda I m afraid that with only two teeth remaining you are probably fighting a bit of a losing battle! As this tooth is now painful and loosening it sounds like you probably ought to lose it as it is only a matter of time before this really gives...

Dentistry: croked tooth, permanent teeth, bottom teeth
permanent teeth, bottom teeth, primary tooth: First, the 6 year old. The flap over the emerging permanent molar is normal and typical and should improve in time as the tooth comes in. It s important to keep this area clean so that food does not become trapped under that flap and cause an infection....

Dentistry: crossbite, maxilla upper jaw, discrepency
maxilla upper jaw, discrepency, lower jaw: With a skeletal crossbite the maxilla (upper jaw) is too narrow when compared to the width of the mandible (lower jaw). Often this difference cannot be detected by simple examination and requires measurement of the dental cast or analysis of an x-ray called...

Dentistry: Dental pain that resolved, sinus problems, sinus infection
sinus problems, sinus infection, front teeth: niki this sounds like you have a tooth that is beginning to abscess. you need to get into your dentist for an xray and examination. if the nerve has died, you might need a root canal done on it. the antibiotic will ease the pain but it can come back if not...

Dentistry: Dental treatment/implant, bone graft, bone replacement
bone graft, bone replacement, periodontal treatment: Avinash - It is a little difficult for me to really examine the xray, it is quite blurred. I am not able to see that the molar is actually broken. What I do see is a tremendous amount of bone loss. I don t think spending an excessive amount of money to save...

Dentistry: Dentisrty Ethics, dentisrty, dentistry
dentisrty, dentistry, dentist: Denise - Refusal to treat a patient on the day of surgery is possible if the patient has violated any of the rules or requirments for surgery as stated prior to the date of the surgery. If you could be more specific as to the doctor s reason for refusal I...

Dentistry: Dressing/Packing Dry Socket After Wisdom Teeth Removal, wisdom teeth removal, warm salt water
wisdom teeth removal, warm salt water, ball answer: Christine - Just so you know, smokers do get dry sockets more often, but many patients get it and there is no way to predict in advance. The surgeon should not need to do any surgey a all. Repeated episodes of irrgating the socket and placing dry socket...

Dentistry: Dry Mouth, squamous papilloma, bumps on the tongue
squamous papilloma, bumps on the tongue, artificial saliva: Linda - Some patients get dry mouths from a couple of the medications you are taking. The non-alcohol mouthwash can help, but my normal suggestion for patients is to initially try sucking on sugar free, non-citrus flavored candies. In addition, there are...

Dentistry: decreased upper lip movement, upper lip, veneers
upper lip, veneers, crowns: If sensation has not returned within 3-4 days following the procedure, I would definitely followup with the dentist and I would not have anything permanently put on until that resolves. I have heard of this before but have never seen it last more than a day...

Dentistry: deep filling on a cracked tooth, cracked tooth, broken molar
cracked tooth, broken molar, emergency visit: Dear Tammy, Without actually examining you it is not possible for me to know for sure what is going on with your tooth, but I will try and give you some information that may be helpful. It is possible that your nerve has sustained an injury, even without...

Dentistry: dental flipper, dental flipper, lousy job
dental flipper, lousy job, tooth replacement: A properly adjusted flipper should not move around a lot but it is intended only as a temporary tooth replacement. Eating with a properly adjusted appliance can be a challenge and can take some patience and care to get accustomed to the awkwardness of it....

Dentistry: double tooth, double tooth, milk tooth
double tooth, milk tooth, adequate space: The permanent incisors are always larger than their primary precursors and usually darker in appearance as well. Frequently they do not emerge in straight alignment, especially in a crowded mouth. In some instances the new teeth will take better positions...

Dentistry: dry socket treatment, dry socket treatment, warm salt water
dry socket treatment, warm salt water, temporary bridge: Lin - First of all, are you really sure you have developed a dry socket? Only an examination by a surgeon can actually tell if a dry socket has been produced. As an aside, a dry socket, besides cause pain, produces a very bad taste and very bad breath. ...

Dentistry: Ear pain after extrction, jaw muscles, fluid in the ear
jaw muscles, fluid in the ear, ent doctor: Jennifer - Removing any fluid in the ear might make you feel better, but finding the cause of the problem is important. I think you should definitely get a second opinion from a different ENT. Just removing the fluid may not cure the provlem, but just take...

Dentistry: Epinephrine, local anesthesia, general anesthesia
local anesthesia, general anesthesia, high blood pressure: Lynn - Definitely not. If you have epi, it could precipitate a severe elevation of your blood pressure that could lead to a stroke. So, even if you are not happy with the local anesthesia without epinephrine, you should not use any epi or it could really...

Dentistry: Eruption of second teeth, old teeth, milk teeth
old teeth, milk teeth, permanent teeth: This is an early indication that your daughter s teeth will be crowded. Sometimes the primary incisor will loosen up and fall out on its own and I would suggest waiting 4-6 months to see if that happens. There is not much chance that the permanent incisor...

Dentistry: Exposed Root vs. Cracked Tooth?, cracked tooth, cold sensitivity
cracked tooth, cold sensitivity, pain medication: Dear Kim, Although it is not possible to diagnose your problem without an actual examination but I will offer some information that maybe helpful. Your symptoms are remarkably similar to those of cracked tooth syndrome . If you came to my office I...

Dentistry: Extraction of 2nd to back molar, root canal treatment, abcess
root canal treatment, abcess, tempory: The tooth requires a root canal treatment to eliminate the source of infection.After this is done successfully a post and crown should be fabricated.If the root canal was already performed and you re still having problems you have two choices.Retreat the root...

Dentistry: Extraction of Back Upper Right Molar/Implant?, bone graft, wisdom tooth
bone graft, wisdom tooth, tooth structure: Matthew - There is no reason that you should not get a second opinion about possibly placing a crown on that tooth. Another dentist may think that a crown would be succesful. If it cannot be repaired with a crown, have it removed. Just leaving it could...

Dentistry: Extraction on Upper Back Right Molar/Implant?, sinus cavity, wisdom tooth
sinus cavity, wisdom tooth, full complement: If you have the full complement of teeth you describe it would be nice to replace the tooth with an implant.When the tooth is extracted don t wait too long to replace it..2 months is ok.Only further evaluation can tell if you need a sinus procedure or not...

Dentistry: Extraction on Back Upper Right Molar/Implant?, american dental association, new dentist
american dental association, new dentist, implant dentistry: Dear Matthew: Before you do ANYTHING, you MUST see a Prosthodontist! You should not be penalized for not being able to attend to your teeth, and a dentist should not discourage you from treatment, if he/she finds it too difficult. Going to another general/family/cosmetic/holistic/etc....

Dentistry: Never-ending roots, new dentist, root canals
new dentist, root canals, antibiotic solution: Obviously I can only guess from what you tell me. First of all, in general I would say that in my humble opinion, if you want to have endodontic therapy performed, you should see an endodontist, not someone claiming to have had significant experience . ...

Dentistry: My extraction, root canal specialist, nerve tissue
root canal specialist, nerve tissue, oral surgeon: Matthew - Going back to the dentist and having him xray the area, then deciding if he can remove the area, may not be the best approach. The dentist should have noticed the broken piece intially. I think you should see the surgeon to insure a better result...

Dentistry: extractions, front teeth, oral surgeon
front teeth, oral surgeon, molars: David - With a limited amount of money to spend, extraction of the back teeth, both upper and lower and placement of a partial denture, upper and lower is probably best. If you are not attentive to the cleanliness of the teeth after the partial denture is...

Dentistry: extremely nervous about upcoming root canal, grape nuts, wisdom tooth
grape nuts, wisdom tooth, staying up all night: a. I don t know why crown lengthening, which is a periodontal procedure would affect the pulp of your tooth. The pain may simply be from that surgery. I also don t understand why she didn t finish the surgery; that makes no sense to me. b. Some people don...

Dentistry: Facial change with tooh extractions, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sleep dentistry
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sleep dentistry, oral cavity: Toni - Of course, I cannot be sure without examining you, but teeth are like a foundation of a building. Losing some teeth that are supportive of your bite can alter your facial structure. Regaining those teeth with implants may help, but again without...

Dentistry: Fail root canal twice in same tooth, apicoectomy, bizarre symptoms
apicoectomy, bizarre symptoms, tin foil: There is not really any way for you to know whether or not apical surgery is indicated unless you are an endodontist. What you need is to consult one. There are bizarre symptoms that can be the result of non-dental causes that need to be considered as well....

Dentistry: Fibroma, right outer mandible, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, nerve involvement
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, nerve involvement, pathology report: Jennifer - I fully agree with you. The removal of a lesion, like you describe, should be a procedure that should be done by the oral and maxillofacial surgeon. If left, it can enlarge and destroy bone and more structures in the area. Just so you know,...

Dentistry: Filling to abcess?, first few days, close proximity
first few days, close proximity, root canal: Amanda - Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done to prevent an abscess if the broken part of the tooth came close to the nerve. Because the filling that was placed was in close proximity to the nerve, any irritation, such as cold or hot, can affect...

Dentistry: Follow Up for Previous Question, bone graft, wisdom teeth
bone graft, wisdom teeth, skilled surgeon: Lisa - First of all, the reduction of the inflammation and formation of new bone in the socket, naturally and not with a graft now, is important. That socket needs to completely heal which can take a few months. After the few months of healing, then the...

Dentistry: Frequent Bracket Separations, orthodontic brackets, material failure
orthodontic brackets, material failure, patient compliance: I can t offer you advice but I can give you some perspective on this issue. In my practice we see occasional bracket failure with some patients. Few patients experience frequent bracket failure but when that happens we suggest greater care in avoiding certain...

Dentistry: Severed Nerve, wisdom tooth extraction, inferior alveolar nerve
Dentistry: Severed Nerve, wisdom tooth extraction, inferior alveolar nerve, oral and maxillofacial surgery

Dentistry: facial tightness after surgery, implant dentistry, muscular problem
implant dentistry, muscular problem, prosthodontist: Dear Krista: I am so sorry to hear of the problem you are having. You are not alone! Over the years I have seen several people with severe cases like yours. Unfortunately, each is individual and there are no clear cut answers. I can tell you where to...

Dentistry: failed apicoectomy- implant options, replacement tooth, front tooth
replacement tooth, front tooth, root canal: Lori - If you have a skilled dentist, you can have a temporary tooth attached to the teeth on either side of the space where the implant would be healing. It takes about 4-6 months for the implant to heal enough for a crown to be placed. The crown placed...

Dentistry: failed implant, muscle cramps, severe itching
muscle cramps, severe itching, tooth implant: Deb - I am so sorry to hear about your situation. If the implant was broken, that means the surgeon put too much stress on it while implanting it. An implant, although it is tight after placing in the bone, should not be swedged in place with a tremendous...

Dentistry: fibroma, palate, bandage
palate, bandage, ulcer: Mary - After 4 weeks the area should have healed. I don t know, but it is possible that the poor healing is due to the natural process of swallowing with the tongue rubbing against the palate with normal swallowing. With that type of situation, the surgeon...

Dentistry: food stuck on gum's holes, wisdom tooth surgery, warm salt water
wisdom tooth surgery, warm salt water, plastic syringe: Shrawan - You definitely need to rinse with warm salt water now. Not only will an aggressive rinse clean the hole, the warm water will quicken the pace of healing. Don t worry about a dry socket, but you could get an infection if you don t do an aggressive...

Dentistry: Gingival Graft, free gingival graft, gum recession
free gingival graft, gum recession, gum tissue: If he needs the graft then it is very important to have that done to prevent loss of bone or gum around those teeth with the thin gum tissue. At his age the best way to do that is with a procedure called a free gingival graft with donor tissue from the...

Dentistry: Gum Pain After Veneers, chronic inflammatory response, peridontist
chronic inflammatory response, peridontist, gum pain: It does sound like a crown lengthening issue..if the edge of the veneers is put too far into the gums it can aggravate the tissue and cause a chronic inflammatory response causing bleeding, puffiness, tenderness, etc. Without seeing it, it might be a good...

Dentistry: Headgear, patient cooperation, buck teeth
patient cooperation, buck teeth, frankel: There are various ways to manage a single treatment challenge and these are two very different approaches to the same problem. Those who use the headgear claim it is more effective. Those who use the Frankel also claim it is more effective. Truth is, both...

Dentistry: Healing Time, gary backlund, inch incision
gary backlund, inch incision, strange sensation: Hi Jo, I m sorry to hear you re still having some sensations. We often do surgery on the ends of roots of teeth to correct problems that can t be resolved by conservative procedures.....so what you had done is pretty common. When you make a 2 inch incision,...

Dentistry: Healthy Tooth Extraction for 6-year-olds, permanent teeth, baby teeth
permanent teeth, baby teeth, space maintainers: Dear Jeremy, What i can understand with your explanation is that serial extraction procedure has been planned for your children. First you have to tell whether bottom permanent incisors have erupted or not and also X-rays are required before planning serial...

Dentistry: Herbst Appliance with RPE, inch gap, slow approach
inch gap, slow approach, orthodontist: The situation with the Herbst appliance may be an intentional aspect of the treatment plan. It would be best to discuss that with your orthodontist. It is my practice to adjust the RPE once in the morning and once in the evening...one turn about every 12...

Dentistry: Hole in tooth, root canal therapy, constant fatigue
root canal therapy, constant fatigue, health problems: If there s a hole in the tooth there s a problem because the root canal therapy that you had done previously could get contaminated and fail,causing an infective process that could wear you down.I would have the tooth examined carefully and restored.Then have...

Dentistry: healing gums, nancy nancy, bottom teeth
nancy nancy, bottom teeth, immediate denture: Nancy - An immediate denture is a good approach, as long as the doctor removing the teeth also smoothes the bone. If the doctor just removes the teeth and does not open the area to smooth it, it is best to leave the denture out and place it later. You need...

Dentistry: help me with this endodontist please!, tufts dental school, emergency appointment
tufts dental school, emergency appointment, student doctors: Gertie - Unfortunately, you have definitely been abused by a dishonest dentist. The dentist must present an accurate billing with specific treatments billed. That is the law. My suggestion is for you to contact the state dental society and advise them...

Dentistry: hole in gum after tooth extraction, wisdom teeth, havea
wisdom teeth, havea, tooth extraction: The hole should eventually close but it can take weeks to months for it to close completely. Until then, you need to do your best to keep it clean so that it heals(closes) faster. If you are having discomfort with it however, I would followup with the surgeon...

Dentistry: Impacted Canines, panoramic radiograph, nonsurgical option
panoramic radiograph, nonsurgical option, pediatric dentist: Dear Lina, I agree with you, extract the primary cuspids as quickly as possible. It is very easy to do and it will help a great deal in allowing the permanent teeth to find their proper place. Evaluate after 6 months, there is very little chance that...

Dentistry: Impacted Canines, orthodontist braces, panoramic radiograph
orthodontist braces, panoramic radiograph, nonsurgical option: Thanks for your question and the panoramic radiograph. The I agree with the second orthodontist. Braces should first be applied. This is necessary, not only to preserve the spaces but also to open the spaces since there is not enough room available...

Dentistry: Implant Abutment and Crown Pricing, abutment, dear doctor
abutment, dear doctor, dentists: George - I wish I could be helpful, but the rates for those procedures vary so much. Depending on where you live, how important the doctor thinks he is and the difficulty of the procedure, the fees would vary. It is tough for me, not living where you do...

Dentistry: Implant or bridge, skilled doctor, skilled surgeon
skilled doctor, skilled surgeon, molar: Namrata - The replacement technique can be either, but the choice should be made based on the tooth that was removed. A first molar is part of the jaw foundation. Replacing it with a stable tooth is important. If the implant is placed by a skilled doctor,...

Dentistry: Infected Oral cyst on roof of mouth also 28 weeks pregnant, elevated liver enzymes, graft replacement
elevated liver enzymes, graft replacement, financial restraints: Katie - Your best weapon in obtaining treatment is actually your OB-GYN. If the doctor tells the medical insurance company that your health is critical towards the childs health, then the insurance company should cover the procedure. Your surgeon should...

Dentistry: Infection in jaw after root canal, extraction and 6 courses of antibiotics...help!, low grade fever, swelling in neck
low grade fever, swelling in neck, jaw area: Jody - What you are enduring is unfortunately caused by not establishing drainage early. The doctor during the root canal should have initially just opened the nerve canal and left it open to drain. The doctor should have told to you to rinse with warm salt...

Dentistry: Injury to Front Teeth, gary backlund, tooth trauma
gary backlund, tooth trauma, dealing with trauma: Hi Stephanie, I m sorry to hear you had that accident. Anytime teeth are traumatized, they need to be watched VERY closely. Your symptoms could be just normal healing or you could be having something going on. It s really hard for me to tell without examining...

Dentistry: implant/gum, plaque accumulation, soft tissues
plaque accumulation, soft tissues, oral surgeon: Dear Al: It is not uncommon for one to see the cover screw or a healing abutment (a taller cover screw that protrudes through the tissues intentionally), as the implant integrates and the soft tissues heal. However, the redness that you have, can be caused...

Dentistry: infection control and other issues, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, local health department
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, local health department, paralyzing fear: The Mom - You are correct to state that some dentists, especially the older ones, fail to be as clean and practice sterility in their practice. Probably the best way to determine if the dentist you choose has been caught not being clean, is to contact the...

Dentistry: infection following wisdom teeth extraction, broad spectrum antibiotic, wisdom teeth extraction
broad spectrum antibiotic, wisdom teeth extraction, removal of wisdom teeth: Eugenia - I cannot be totally sure without examining your son, but the symptoms you describe happens in many patients who have wisdom teeth removed. The symptoms you describe sounds like spasms of the jaw muscles. In the area of the wisdom teeth, the jaw...

Dentistry: inflamed nerves, neuropathy, root canal specialist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
root canal specialist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, root canal treatment: Charles - Even though the nerve within the tooth is removed during the root canal treatment, it is not uncommon for the infection in the tooth to spread to the surrounding bone. This spread of the bacteria can cause pain. If the spread of bacteria is in...

Dentistry: In July my 6 yr old daughter lost her bottom fron teeth and the new teeth grew in right away. In August, her top front teeth began to grow and pushed the baby teeth out.Just today I noticed that her top teeth are growing slightly inward and the bottom fro, bottom teeth, upper teeth
bottom teeth, upper teeth, front teeth: First, there is no home remedy for this situation. You ll need to see an orthodontist or a pediatric dentist who is also trained in orthodontics for management and treatment of this bite problem. It is very likely that you ll have to wait until the top four...

Dentistry: Kids' Crowns, primary teeth, permanent teeth
primary teeth, permanent teeth, impressive service: Dear Sam, The teeth the dentist wants to fix should be in your daughters mouth until age 11 or 12. Early loss of those teeth can lead to problems with the path of eruption of the permanent teeth. Infection in these same primary teeth can damage the forming...

Dentistry: Latex Free Braces?, latex allergy, types of braces
latex allergy, types of braces, different types of braces: There is no latex in braces which are made of either metal, ceramic or plastic. There may be latex in elastics, gloves and other accessories but alternative materials are widely available since latex allergy is a rather common situation. I personally don...

Dentistry: Lumineers or Bonding?, lumineers, cosmetic dentists
lumineers, cosmetic dentists, natural tooth: Dear Cindy: Because I cannot see the spotting, I cannot make a specific recommendation for you. However, in general, I would begin with the least invasive procedure, and move toward more invasive as needed. I would first attempt bleaching. Have you tried...

Dentistry: locked out tooth, straight teeth, proper diagnosis
straight teeth, proper diagnosis, baby tooth: Very often in cases like this it is important to have braces already in place before the oral surgery is actually done. This is necessary in order to open up the space for the permanent tooth to come down since it is significantly larger than the over-retained...

Dentistry: how long to tell if exposure was effective, wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth removal
wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth removal, second molars: G - I would need to see xrays of your sons mouth to be sure, but removing wisdom teeth early is only necessary if they are erupting at an angle that is tilted forward and puts pressure on the teeth in front. The hygienist is not really correct about the...

Dentistry: Never lost canine baby teeth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, permanent teeth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, permanent teeth, smile thanks: Megan - At age 30, teeth rarely full erupt into your mouth. If there are permanent teeth just above the baby teeth on both sides and xrays show some deterioration of the baby teeth, then removing them and trying to bring the permanent teeth into position...

Dentistry: lost teeth, space maintainer, molar
space maintainer, molar, x ray: Without the benefit of an x-ray and photographs I cannot form an opinion regarding your son s situation. If you would furnish me with a good quality x-ray and photographs of the teeth I can possibly provide you with some advice. In general, when a primary...

Dentistry: Massive Gum Line Cavity With an Old Cap, root canal treatment, gum line
root canal treatment, gum line, new crown: Dear David: Sorry for the delay. Your question ended up in the spam folder, and I get LOTS of spam. The question that you have raised are very valid. It is difficult for me to answer the question...as you stated. I do not have X-rays or the luxury of...

Dentistry: Maxillofacial Reversal, bsso, bony structure
bsso, bony structure, anti depressants: Reah - It is a little difficult for me to tell you what will occur with the setback and downgraft you ask for. I could only project after viewing your xrays and films. Vertical maxillary height can be re-established by placing a bone graft to increase height...

Dentistry: Medicated Fillings, tooth colored fillings, sinus congestion
tooth colored fillings, sinus congestion, root canals: The reason for the medicated fillings is to rule out that you need root canals. If pain persists after the medicated fillings, then you will likely need root canals. If you see improvement then you can get them refilled, they probably didn t want to permanently...

Dentistry: Milk tooth not erupting, milk tooth, lower lateral
milk tooth, lower lateral, permanent tooth: Dear Jo, there are high chances of absence of permanent tooth if milk tooth is absent. But please confirm the absence of milk tooth. An orthopantamogram (Full mouth x-ray OPG) is highly desirable at this stage. Attach the OPG and get back to me so that i can...

Dentistry: Mixed questions, aspirating, cold pack
aspirating, cold pack, harpoon: Are you in dental school? These sound like questions instructors would ask...Let s see if I can help. 1.) r 2.) This is outside my expertise. I don t even have the textbooks for this one since I m a hygienist. 3.)Do you mean re lived? As in they feel...

Dentistry: Multiple Teeth Problems, molar teeth, premolar teeth
molar teeth, premolar teeth, porcelain crown: Dear Marylyn, Nothing the youngster eats or could eat will cause the missing teeth to develop. They are formed during the first 3 years of life from cell material layered down in utero. You will find that a good pediatric dentist is able to make tooth...

Dentistry: milk tooth, pulp tissue, milk tooth
pulp tissue, milk tooth, permanent tooth: The darkening of the tooth indicates that the nerve of the tooth has died as a result of the shock of the trauma. The tooth can be saved if treatment is done soon. Otherwise there is a significant risk of abcess and infection which could damage the developing...

Dentistry: molars teeth feel uncomfortable, wisdom teeth, gum line
wisdom teeth, gum line, nerve damage: Although you do not specify, if it is your lower molar, you may have had some nerve damage during the extraction. This is unfortunately not uncommon. Normal sensation may return anywhere from weeks to months to years, or it may never be the same. I had a paresthesia...

Dentistry: mouth wash, normal flora, mouth washes
normal flora, mouth washes, candida albicans: Dear Gisella, It is and interesting coincidence, but I have just written a post on this very subject on my Blog Ask Dr Spindel . If you are interested you may view this post at: http://lspindelnycdds.blogspot.com/2009/10/do-you-recommend-using-any-over-counter.html...

Dentistry: New Orthodontists, palate expander, many different ways
palate expander, many different ways, permanent teeth: Some orthodontists feel that certain types of problems need to be corrected early to remove interferences to proper growth and development. This is often referred to as interceptive or phase one orthodontic treatment. It is not necessary for every type of...

Dentistry: Numb teeth, upper molar, local anaesthetic
upper molar, local anaesthetic, incisor teeth: Hi Julie This is hard to diagnose without seeing you, but it sounds like it is either a problem starting with the pulp of the tooth, or possibly as a result of bruising after the local anaesthetic. Either way I think this needs time to see how it develops....

Dentistry: Numbness, nerve healing, speech impediment
nerve healing, speech impediment, tens unit: Sherry - I wish I could tell you that just the use of a TENS unit could cause the nerve to function again, but after a period of two to three months with the numbness, nothing can be done to speed the nerve healing. What can be done at an early stage is...

Dentistry: do i need root canal treatment ?, root canal treatment, front teeth
root canal treatment, front teeth, hello doctor: Sheetal - Temporarily capping your teeth at this time is a good choice. Although the nerve may not be a problem now, in the near future, a few months, the nerve may become inflamed. That is why a temporary crown should only be used now. After a period of...

Dentistry: very nervous about upcoming root canal, grape nuts, wisdom tooth
grape nuts, wisdom tooth, staying up all night: Dear Joyce: Dental neglect due to fear is very common. You are not alone. However, what you really need to do is to find a dentist whom you can trust to explain your situation properly. It sounds like your dentist is trying to do the right thing. Sending...

Dentistry: numbness after wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom teeth
wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom teeth, electric shocks: Kylie - If the nerve was just traumatized during the removal of the teeth, then you normally feel the tingling you feel. If, however, the nerve was cut, you would feel nothing. What I am trying to say, by the tingling you are having, it means that you have...

Dentistry: Occlusion, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, craniofacial center
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, craniofacial center, muscle spasm: Kate - Of course I cannot be sure, but you should probably get either an appointment with a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon or if you live in a large city, there might be a hospital there with an oral and maxillofacial surgical residency. If...

Dentistry: Pain 3 days after root canal, sarah dear, dear sarah
sarah dear, dear sarah, root canal: Dear Sarah: Infection. You have likely developed postoperative infection around the end of the root of your tooth. This is uncommon, but it does happen. What I would do is place you on antibiotic immediately, adjust this tooth out of your bite as soon...

Dentistry: Pain for 3 weeks since Wisdom teeth removed, wisdom teeth, pain in the left side
wisdom teeth, pain in the left side, vicodin es: Michelle - Of course, I cannot be sure what is definitely going on without examining you, but the bone irritation that originally formed and caused you great pain, called a dry socket, may have precipitated spasms of the jaw muscles. There are two main groups...

Dentistry: Pain in new onlay, plus TMJ, plus swine flu!, cerec onlay, tmj problems
cerec onlay, tmj problems, composite fillings: Dear Michelle: It is terrible that you have all these issues going on at the same time. However, at this point, I would advise you to let the swine flu resolve first. It has nothing to do with your TMJ issues or the onlay, but it gives you terrible general,...

Dentistry: Plaque build up, front teeth, root canal
front teeth, root canal, flossing: I will first define plaque and tarter for you. Plaque is that sticky white substance that you remove via flossing and brushing. Tarter is hardened plaque and hygienists need to take that off of your teeth. Now, is there a cavity on that tooth? If the cavity...

Dentistry: Porcelain Overlay vs. Crown, silver fillings, new dentist
silver fillings, new dentist, onlay: I would disagree..I would opt for the crown..I have larger success rates with crowns than onlays and not sure I understand the explanation you were given. I would definitely talk to your dentist about why the onlay is the better option as well as determining...

Dentistry: Porcelain veneers, porcelain veneers, fake fangs
porcelain veneers, fake fangs, glue: Dear Mint: Should be ok. But, just to be sure, call and ask your dentist. If you can t get an answer, and you must wear fangs, make sure that you apply them once for the evening, and remove them once. Don t keep removing and refreshing the adhesive. d...

Dentistry: Possible Implant Back Upper Molar, upper molar, wisdom tooth
upper molar, wisdom tooth, hi matthew: As ever, a second opinion may well be useful - another dentist may feel a crown is reasonable. To assess the chances of success for an implant in that area you need to see an implant surgeon for their opinion. There are too many variables to give you a useful...

Dentistry: Possible Need for Root Canal, molar teeth, wisdom teeth
molar teeth, wisdom teeth, root canals: If the root canal is needed for the back tooth, then yes I would recommend seeing an endodontist for treatment as they are better trained and have higher success rates with the molar teeth. Re: the other molar, if you are being evaluated for one already, I...

Dentistry: Puffy under eye after dental work, endodontist, root canal
endodontist, root canal, dental work: It sounds like there may be a new infection around that tooth as there are very few things that was cause swelling. I would consider having the tooth evaluated by an endodontist to make sure the root canal is successful before the permanent crown is put on....

Dentistry: Purplish discoloration of the gums, purplish hue, dentist appointment
purplish hue, dentist appointment, front teeth: Dear Daniel: I doubt that what you describe is significant. Most likely, what you see are either large, flat veins becoming visible through your gums, or hematomas, which usually form after some type of trauma. Good you are seeing your dentist, as I do...

Dentistry: paediatric dentistry, paediatric dentistry, respiratory tract infections
paediatric dentistry, respiratory tract infections, physiological jaundice: Dear Dr Sweta, nothing you have described in the babies history would affect the eruption time or sequence of the teeth. You are correct 11 months is not unusual. My son did not get his first tooth until fourteen months. If you would like to see your son...

Dentistry: pain after crown, root canal therapy, endodontist
root canal therapy, endodontist, prednisone: You have what is known as an irreversible pulpitis, meaning that the tissue inside the tooth (the nerve ) is inflamed. The solution to this is root canal therapy. It is very unlikely that prednisone will do anything. No infection is involved, just an inflamed...

Dentistry: pain experienced after composite filling, worse case scenario, root canal treatment
worse case scenario, root canal treatment, 1 5mm: http://www.nashvillefirstimpressions.net/blog/post/what-is-a-tooth-abscess.html http://www.nashvillefirstimpressions.net/blog/post/cracked-tooth-syndrome.html Read these blogs and see if they fit the description. If they are consistent with this, then...

Dentistry: pain after filling, hot foods, occlusion
hot foods, occlusion, fillings: Dear Jessica, Your symptoms may be caused by a high bite. The fact that the bottom tooth is also bothers you does add support to this idea. After a filling is placed you should be able to close your mouth comfortably in all excursions without the new filling...

Dentistry: painful lesion inside cheek after installation of temporary crown, scar tissue, permanent teeth
scar tissue, permanent teeth, mealtime: Giac - It is important for you to tell and show the dentist what is happening. The dentist should attempt to prevent this with the permanent teeth, but reshaping the tooth so the cheek tissue will not fall into the area. That is the simplest approach to...

Dentistry: partial lower lip numbness after oral surgery, warm salt water, skin flap
warm salt water, skin flap, skin graft: Lana - It is a little difficult without me being there during your surgery to be sure, but it sounds like the surgeon took a flap too wide. There is an exit of the nerve from the bone below the premolar teeth, besides the eye tooth and in front of the molars....

Dentistry: penn allergies - antibiotic alternatives?, time sarah, oral surgeon
time sarah, oral surgeon, azithromycin: Sarah - I too am allergic to the same medications that you are. I usually recommend for my patients with similar allergic medications beginning with erythromycin. It is a medication that kills similar bacteria to penicillin, but its negative is that some...

Dentistry: permanent dentures, permanent dentures, garbage disposal
permanent dentures, garbage disposal, permanents: I can t comment on recourse for the dentist since I don t all the circumstances around what has happened. But I would definitely recommended going back to the dentist and consulting him about your concerns/issues to see if he/she can help improve the situation...

Dentistry: permanent filling after a root canal, root canal treatment, zev
root canal treatment, zev, molars: Dear Jaklynn: You are absolutely correct in your planning. You are young and the chances of fracture of your tooth are not so great, yet. With time, it is a very good idea to get the tooth covered with a crown. It is more than six times as likely to fracture,...

Dentistry: possible dentist malpractice?, new dentist, types of inflammation
new dentist, types of inflammation, root canal: When the filling was redone it was deeper than before due to whatever defects in the original restoration.After excavating,the new restoration is now closer to the pulp.There are two types of inflammation associated with this,reversible(which will go away)...

Dentistry: post-extraction hemorrhage, continued bleeding, tea bag
continued bleeding, tea bag, hemorrhage: Maryam - Post-extraction bleeding is usually caused from small blood vessels, within the socket to continue to bleed. Heavy compressing pressure should be performed by the doctor. In addition, if there was some continued bleeding, immediately after the...

Dentistry: post root canal complications, prescription meds, temporary filling
prescription meds, temporary filling, natural tooth: Dear Patricia, It is truly difficult to say what is going on without the benefit of an examination, but I will try and give your some information that may be helpful. In your question you did not mention whether your root canal was just started or completed...

Dentistry: post wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, post operative care
wisdom tooth extraction, post operative care, wisdom teeth: Gracie - Don t worry. What you are seeing is normal and you are doing the right thing by doing the salt water mouthwash. Just do the washing gentle until after today and then you can begin a little less gentle rinse. So it sounds like what you are having...

Dentistry: premolar extractions: 2 vs. 4, bottom teeth, upper teeth
bottom teeth, upper teeth, premolars: Besides aligning the upper teeth and relieving the crowding your orthodontist is also concerned about the bite relationship...how the top and bottom teeth meet at closure. Sometimes this requires removal of two lower premolars to balance and correct the bite...

Dentistry: questionable dental proceedure, partial denture, fingers in my mouth
partial denture, fingers in my mouth, cost of a root canal: George - First of all, by asking you to remove the partial denture, she placed in your mouth, in her office, she was responsible to correct any problems that arose from the insertion or removal of the partial denture. In my mind, as long as there was no problem...

Dentistry: RCT... Root perforation?, apicoectomy, magnifiying glasses
apicoectomy, magnifiying glasses, granuloma: Depending on how much material has extruded from the root,sometimes the periapical area of the tooth can development inflammation. When this occurs, an apicoectomy is used to help remove residual filling material as well as resecting the root to insure all...

Dentistry: Related to endodontics, root canals, difficulty increases
root canals, difficulty increases, endo: If there are surveys out there, please let me know. I would like to review them. Depending on the tooth, general dentists have the necessary training to do root canals but as it gets father in the mouth, the degree of difficulty increases drastically. Dr....

Dentistry: Retreatment on my front tooth that has a crown., amazing crowns, porcelain crown
amazing crowns, porcelain crown, tooth number: There is a lot of information missing from your letter that I would need to even understand your situation, much less make a recommendation as to what should be done. Other things being equal, if you have a porcelain crown, there is a fair chance that it might...

Dentistry: ROOT CANAL WITH A CROWN, front teeth, new crown
front teeth, new crown, nothing shows: Your symptoms are suggesting root canal but cannot say for sure without seeing. Maybe consider going back to the dentist who did the crowns and have them reevaluate to make sure the crowns are ok. Grinding can certainly make tooth pain worse if you are. ...

Dentistry: Root Canal, time gap, success chances
time gap, success chances, front teeth: Dear Tricia, The sequence of treatment is quite fine, however success rate depends on the time gap between the injury and treatment. As you have written treatment was carried out many hours later so success chances are less. However, the type of treatment...

Dentistry: Root Canal, upper molar, wisdom teeth
upper molar, wisdom teeth, fist fight: Hi Erin, I m SO sorry you have gone through all this. It sounds like a real horror story!What you went through is NOT normal. It would never happen in my office. Since we re dealing with the Internet, obviously, I can t diagnosis your problem. I would suggest...

Dentistry: Root Canal Immediately?, time bomb, root canal
time bomb, root canal, deep cleaning: I have no idea what your situation was prior to the work you had done, what the problem currently is, or whether or not it could have been avoided. If your tooth is not painful, then you can wait with no ill effects until you have the money for the procedure....

Dentistry: Root Canal question, root canal treatment, root treatment
root canal treatment, root treatment, lh side: Hi Juliet 1 The nerve is completely removed 2 Normally 1 root in this particular tooth 3 It may darken, but there is no way to predict whether or not this happens 4 Because there is no 100% guarantee that root treatment will work Regards Tony...

Dentistry: Root Canal and waiting, dental bridge, nerve bundle
dental bridge, nerve bundle, root canal: Hi Brian, You hit the nail on the head. Originally, you felt pain because the nerve was dying. So you were feeling the pain and discomfort. When left untreated, the bacteria spread and destroyed the nerve bundle inside the tooth. Now, your nerve is most...

Dentistry: Root canal problems, cracked tooth, pulpotomy
cracked tooth, pulpotomy, endodontist: I would definitely go back to the endodontist before you see the oral surgeon to determine if this is something the endodontist could assist with. It would be easy to see an overfilled tooth or maybe you have a cracked tooth...please read the blog below to...

Dentistry: Root canal retreatment vs extraction, gary backlund, sinus cavity
gary backlund, sinus cavity, root canal retreatment: Hi Lori, You re welcome. I just wanted to add one thing. If the roots are in the sinus and the tooth is extracted, in almost all cases, healing occurs normally. You would need to be careful blowing your nose and causing back pressure in your sinus for awhile...

Dentistry: Rootcanal, gary backlund, endodontist
gary backlund, endodontist, molar: Hi Judy, While I can t speak for your dentist, but in most cases, in preparation for the crown, if there is any evidence of decay or broken fillings, the whole filling will be removed, decay cleaned out and a good build-up placed to support the crown. Once...

Dentistry: RPE, periodontal bone loss, bottom teeth
periodontal bone loss, bottom teeth, suture line: The question is not about whether or not your son needs RPE which stands for rapid palatal expansion . That certainly appears to be the case. The question is whether or not RPE alone will be appropriate at his age. Here s the issue. The objective of RPE...

Dentistry: root canal, second canal, alergic reaction
second canal, alergic reaction, front teeth: An allergy to the crown would be very unusual, and would manifest in your gums, not as pain inside your jaw. That is undoubtedly related to the root canal issue. Lower front teeth are difficult to treat, and doing this through a crown is particularly difficult....

Dentistry: root canal, gary backlund, afew weeks
gary backlund, afew weeks, jawline: Hi Dina, I m sorry you re having this problem. Depending on what was going on with the tooth, they can be painful for a day or two after treatment. It sounds like your situation has gone way beyond that. This really isn t normal and the cause needs to be...

Dentistry: root canal pain, root canal pain, root canals
root canal pain, root canals, tylenol 3: Hi Lena It is not common to need this treatment, but from what you are describing you problems are complex. I can t really be of much help to you without far more information, x-rays etc, and if the treating dentists are struggling to sort you out then...

Dentistry: Putting off the root canal procedure, root canal specialist, root canal procedure
root canal specialist, root canal procedure, implant dentistry: Dear Kyle: Unfortunately, you might not be happy with what I have to tell you... Your dentist only told you part of the picture. What you really need is a diagnosis as to WHY you have a dead tooth. Usually the cause is very deep caries (decay). Before...

Dentistry: root canal vs extraction, cracked tooth syndrome, quality dentist
cracked tooth syndrome, quality dentist, heart murmur: Vicki - this is a tough question to answer. If the cracking sound is from damage to a tooth, then an extraction of one tooth would be appropiate. If, however, the cracking sound is from a poor bite relationship, then removing of the teeth would be wrong....

Dentistry: how many roots, many roots, eye teeth
many roots, eye teeth, incisor teeth: Penny - Different teeth have differnt numbers of roots. In general, the incisor teeth(the front 4) have one root. The eye teeth also have just one root. The premolars, there are two behind the eye teeth, can have one or two roots. The molars can have...

Dentistry: Scratched Hard Palate?, hard palate, warm salt water
hard palate, warm salt water, gum tissue: Mel - What you are experiencing is not unusual for an appliance used a long time. With time, there is a change that occurs and the appliance often needs to be adjusted or even remade. Just the pressure of the appliance from an altered position could produce...

Dentistry: Sedation Dentistry, sedation dentistry, dental phobia
sedation dentistry, dental phobia, dentist chair: Yes they are both medications that can help with anxiety. The Halcion has been shown to cause amnesia if taken in the right dose. Not sure if Ativan does as I have never seen this. For my patients, we often use a combination of Valium and Halcion as it helps...

Dentistry: Sensitive teeth, what causes sensitive teeth, open cavity
what causes sensitive teeth, open cavity, sugarfree gum: Dear Kayla, Your problem is not too unusual . you are probably right handed and are brushing away the enamel and cementum on the teeth on your upper left side. My suggestion, try not to brush the area for a week or two, if you absolutely must clean the...

Dentistry: Severed Nerve, wisdom tooth extraction, inferior alveolar nerve
wisdom tooth extraction, inferior alveolar nerve, university of pennsylvania hospital: Amanda - I don t know of a doctor in New York who does nerve repair. The two doctors I have referred other patients include one doctor in Boston and the other in Texas. Give one of them a call - I hope they can help. Dr. Larry Wolford, Dallas, Texas ...

Dentistry: Silver caps, stainless steel crowns, silver caps
stainless steel crowns, silver caps, stainless steel crown: When it becomes necessary to restore a tooth, whether from decay or trauma, the dentist should choose a material that will protect the tooth, last long enough and avoid future breakage. There are several different restorative materials and techniques and...

Dentistry: Surgeon meeting, dissatisfaction
dissatisfaction: Reah - You need to be calm and tell the doctor exactly what you think about the outcome that does not meet your presurgical anticipatory results, as described by the surgeon. You need to show him everything and tell him what you expected. I wish you...

Dentistry: Swelling since Root canal, root canal treatment, xray machines
root canal treatment, xray machines, canal area: Cathy - I hate to say this, but I think both the dentist and endodontist were wrong in their recommendations. A swelling, whether after root canal treatment or any other situation that produces inflammation, needs to be immediately addressed. The swelling...

Dentistry: severe sensitivity, white fillings, root canals
white fillings, root canals, front teeth: Sounds you are developing symptoms consistent with needing root canals. When fillings get deep, they get closer to the nerve. When this occurs, you develop symptoms such as cold, sweets and biting sensitivity. With the sensitivity you are describing root canals...

Dentistry: sliding teeth, root canal specialist, root canal treatment
root canal specialist, root canal treatment, root canals: Mark - Saving the teeth is best, but I understand the high fee is imposing. A good root canal treatment is a technical procedure that requires skill. Many general dentists do this work without skill, just to make money. I know a fee of $1000 seems like...

Dentistry: small lump at back of lower gum, front teeth, lower jaw
front teeth, lower jaw, periodontal disease: Renee - Of course, without examining you I cannot be totally sure, but you might just have formed a scar at the site of the tear. Nothing to worry about, but it is important to keep that area to clean, because the gum in that area is prone to periodontal...

Dentistry: spacer, adult teeth, permanent teeth
adult teeth, permanent teeth, orthodontist: Dear KMulloot, i think you are describing an expansion appliance. The selection of appliance is very much case specific. In some cases expansion is needed and in some cases permanent teeth can be extracted (pulled) to make room for permanent teeth. So, i will...

Dentistry: synthetic bone grafts, bone graft material, partial denture
bone graft material, partial denture, bone grafts: Tom - Of course you know I cannot be sure, but it is not a common treatment for a graft to be placed into sockets before a partial denture is fabricated. More important is smoothing of the bone in the extraction sites to facilitate the partial sitting on...

Dentistry: Teeth whitening, hydrogen peroxide, ammonium hydroxide
hydrogen peroxide, ammonium hydroxide, same active ingredient: All whitening materials work off some sort of peroxide formulation. Peroxide is the active ingredient...you need to assess what type of peroxide product is being used and whether or not it is a light assisted product. This will help you determine how it works...

Dentistry: Tmj, central incisors, alpha stim 100
central incisors, alpha stim 100, jaw bones: I have been helped by acupunture, use of the pain device called the alpha-stim 100 (they have a website), tempoary use of muscle relaxants, jaw exercises for TMJ, ultrasound, wearing. Hard nightguard every night which fits over the bottom teeh,avoiding gun...

Dentistry: Toddler Front Tooth Loose, milk tooth, permanent teeth
milk tooth, permanent teeth, pedodontist: Dear Kati, consult a pedodontist at earliest. Injury to milk tooth can result in damage to underlying developing permanent teeth. Also, be on regular check up as the concerned milk tooth may require treatment at some later age, if not now. A radiograph of...

Dentistry: Tooth Advice, root canals, tooth number
root canals, tooth number, root canal: If the nerve becomes exposed, then yes you would need the root canal as well as the crown to further protect the tooth. However, if the tooth is loose, you may not want to spend the time and effort saving the tooth if the tooth is periodontally compromised....

Dentistry: Tooth Decay - 20 Months Old Toddler, brownish coloration, baby toothpaste
brownish coloration, baby toothpaste, soft toothbrush: You need to brush his teeth with a soft toothbrush every night and every morning. You don t need to use toothpaste to get his teeth clean. If you want to use toothpaste, just use a very small dab on the toothbrush. He should not take a bottle to bed or...

Dentistry: Tooth extraction, warm salt water, jaw muscles
warm salt water, jaw muscles, lymph node: Melissa - You have no choice. The rinsing with warm salt water is a good idea for about 5 minutes 4-5 times a day. The doctor should place you on an antibiotic. I don t like the restriction in opening your mouth. That usually means the jaw muscles have...

Dentistry: Tooth extraction, warm salt water, dry socket
warm salt water, dry socket, inflammatory condition: Lisa - The socket will heal without sutures, but from your description of your pain, it sounds like you might have an inflammatory condition, called a dry socket. This situation requires a medication placed into the socket to encourage healing and at the...

Dentistry: Tooth growth, puberty, teeth
puberty, teeth, roots: Randy - No! Teeth do not grow after puberty. By the end of puberty the roots of the teeth have fully formed and the teeth will no longer grow. If you are seeing more of the tooth, then it is not growing, but something is pushing the tooth into a different...

Dentistry: Tooth pain, antianxiety medications, involuntary twitch
antianxiety medications, involuntary twitch, jaw muscles: Jo - Of course, it is a little difficult for me to be sure what is going on without examining you, but some antidepressant and antianxiety medications can produce spasms of the jaw muscles and an of grinding and/or clenching of your teeth, especially when...

Dentistry: tads moving molars distally, anchorage point, tooth movement
anchorage point, tooth movement, molars: One thing that TADs can do is to provide a way to move molars backwards. A reasonable rate of movement would be .5 - 1.0 mm per month. This rate is determined by a healthy bone response to the force applied rather than any limitations posed by the appliance...

Dentistry: two front teeth growing apart, two front teeth, forward changes
two front teeth, forward changes, hi doc: There are many reasons for this to occur. Most commonly it could be due to changes in forces acting on the teeth. This can come from the tongue pushing forward, changes in bite pressure, biting on a pencil, or any number of other possibilities. It s probably...

Dentistry: teeth whitening, dental professionals, local mall
dental professionals, local mall, scams: Absolutely not...these are scams and typically done by people that are not trained dental professionals. Zoom should not be $1000, that s quote costly...my office in TN charges $500 so I would recommending evaluating several other dentists fees. Zoom works...

Dentistry: toddler yellowing of teeth, pediatric dentist, dental checkup
pediatric dentist, dental checkup, appropriate solution: I really can t offer you any answers without an examination and a complete professional cleaning to determine the nature of the staining. Age 3 is a perfect time for you son s first dental checkup with a pediatric dentist. I suggest you have that done and...

Dentistry: no tooth enamel, cosmetic fillings, enamel hypoplasia
cosmetic fillings, enamel hypoplasia, insufficient nutrition: Dear Amanda, this happens in case of enamel hypoplasia. It is a developmental disorder and nothing much can be done to improve the condition. Once they erupt cosmetic fillings or even crowns will be required. All teeth may not be affected with the condition...

Dentistry: tooth extraction, quality approach, xrays
quality approach, xrays, tooth extraction: Matt - This decision all depends on the skill of the dentist. A crown can have decay under it fixed, but often that crown needs to be replaced. Without seeing xrays or pictures of the area, it is a little difficult for me to tell you what is best. An implant...

Dentistry: tooth extraction and heart disease, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, local anesthetic
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, local anesthetic, oral infection: Kathy - You are correct in thinking that infected teeth can accentuate heart disease. Removing the teeth and placing you on an antibiotic afterwards, or starting you on the antibiotic before the extractions, should prevent an complications from extractions....

Dentistry: tooth infection, stomach cramps and diarrhea, cramps and diarrhea
stomach cramps and diarrhea, cramps and diarrhea, removable denture: Dear Ginger: I am sorry to hear about your pain. It appears to me that you, and your dentists have been concentrating on local problems, and not looking at the big picture. It is kind of like trying to repair the air-conditioning in your car while, in actuality,...

Dentistry: tooth/root pain, pulp tissue, root canals
pulp tissue, root canals, sinus infection: There are two reasons for needing a root canal. One is that the pulp tissue is inflamed and painful, and the other is that the pulp is necrotic and infected. According to an old paper, the teeth that are the most painful are partially necrotic, so contain...

Dentistry: torn frenulum, warm salt water, nerve tissue
warm salt water, nerve tissue, nerve endings: Yvonne - In the area of your injury, there is no major nerve tissue. Most of the numbness you feel is due to the cutting of the small nerve endings in the area. That numbness should resolve on its own in a month or two. To speed the healing, rinse the area...

Dentistry: tranxene and nitrous oxide, oxide nitrous, tranxene
oxide nitrous, tranxene, upper jaw: Connie - You should definitely not use the tranxene before having nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide is also a sedative and the combination of the two could make it difficult to predict how much your breathing will be affected. If affected, you could possibly...

Dentistry: Unerupted, unimpacted, rootless third molar, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom teeth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth: Nathan - Not seeing an xray, it is a little difficult for me to be totally accurate, but if the crown of the tooth is formed and there in no roots associated, that means that either it is a deformed tooth, a tooth that has some inflammation in the area causing...

Dentistry: Upper Permanent Teeth erupting behind primary teeth, primary teeth, permanent teeth
primary teeth, permanent teeth, front teeth: Dear Pam, you are correct, it is slightly unusual. I suspect that the upper primary teeth were injured at some time, and as a result their resorption pattern is unusual , leading to irregular eriuption of the permanent teeth. There really is no problem...

Dentistry: ur opinion, class 3 malocclusion, bone fusion
class 3 malocclusion, bone fusion, mri brain: Ihtesham - It is difficult for me to know if the bite imbalance can be corrected by only doing surgery on the lower jaw alone. Often, surgery of both the upper and lower is necessary to create a true bite balance that does not create a major facial change...

Dentistry: Whitening, hydrogen peroxide, ammonium hydroxide
hydrogen peroxide, ammonium hydroxide, same active ingredient: Hi Art, This is a hotly debated topic in dentistry. Let me give you a brief breakdown of my opinions; - Over the counter: Such as those sold in pharmacies. These will work. Your teeth will be whiter. However, the effects won t last as long, and you...

Dentistry: Wisdom Teeth, oral bacteria, wisdom teeth
oral bacteria, wisdom teeth, odd angle: Riann - Of course without examining you I cannot be totally sure, but the pain you are having is most likely not directly do to the odd angle, but an angle, like you describe, is a situation that often creates a site where oral bacteria grows. The poor position...

Dentistry: Wisdom tooth extracion===numbness, wisdom tooth, nerve damage
wisdom tooth, nerve damage, numbness: Deanna- At 5 days post surgery, it is impossible to determine if te numbness you feel will be permanent or not. Saying that, if the patient has a tingling or itching, this is a good sign that the nerve is still living and it will just time to heal. If, however,...

Dentistry: Wisdom tooth removal?, wisdom tooth removal, wisdom teeth removal
wisdom tooth removal, wisdom teeth removal, oral and maxillofacial surgeon: Lauren - Spasms of the jaw muscles is not uncommon after wisdom teeth removal. The jaw muscles attach near the site of the extractions. To help reduce the muscle spasms, you should begin a regimen of warm salt water rinses for about 5 minutes, 4-5 times...

Dentistry: waiting for a cap, temporary filling came out, visit to the dentist, temporary filling
visit to the dentist, temporary filling, q tip: Dear Marion: I don t know what the tooth looks like. If there is a hole you can feel, get a temp from the drugstore. Before you place it in the hole, do your best to clean the hole out, then rinse for 30 seconds with mouthwash, then dry the hole with a...

Dentistry: white spot inside mouth, dear lester, google
dear lester, google, oral cancer: Dear Lester, It sounds like you have an ulcer. I do not understand from your question exactly where the ulcer is, but the standard rule of thumb is that if the ulcer doesn t go away in two or three weeks, most dentists consider ordering a biopsy. Sometimes...

Dentistry: wisdom tooth, wisdom tooth removal, third molars
wisdom tooth removal, third molars, wisdom teeth: I am not aware of any evidence to suggest that the loss, removal or absence of third molars (wisdom teeth) causes cessation of skeletal growth of the jaws. If a third molar needs to be removed it is sometimes recommended that some amount of root formation...

Dentistry: wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, removal of wisdom teeth
wisdom tooth extraction, removal of wisdom teeth, warm salt water: Adam - Without seeing the incisions, it is a little difficult for me to tell you why a releasing incision was necessary for the extractions. Releasing incisions are almost never used for the removal of wisdom teeth. Usually a simple incision along the gum/tooth...

Dentistry: young child teeth, two front teeth, permanent teeth
two front teeth, permanent teeth, dental specialist: Ashley - Yes the front teeth can be removed, but better yet you should take her to a pedodontist (children s dental specialist) and they can often place a simple temporary crown covering the area and retain the teeth. REtaining the teeth in a child, if it...

Dentistry: 14 year old son needing braces, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth
wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth, orthodontist: This is an abnormality with the eruption of that tooth and it is probably localized to that one tooth or a few teeth on that side of the mouth. I am not aware of a particular name for this phenomenon and you are not likely to find anything on the internet....

Dentistry: 2 year old, front 4 teeth cavities, teeth cavities, pediatric dentist
teeth cavities, pediatric dentist, pulpectomy: Loose teeth is not a good sign and absence of pain does not indicate the absence of a problem. Unfortunately, you probably won t know the final treatment plan until after the treatment is completed but you should be aware of and agree to all the options that...

Dentistry: 3 year old - one front tooth and adjacent incisor intruded, gum boil, future signs
gum boil, future signs, pediatric dentist: The traumatized teeth may require pulp treatment if they begin to abcess. This may happen in the first week, the next month or at any point in the future. Signs to watch are discoloration or darkening of the affected teeth, increase in swelling, drainage...

Dentistry: 3-yr old cavities, pit and fissure sealants, root canal treatment
pit and fissure sealants, root canal treatment, cavities: Dear Ken, if cavities have been diagnosed, they have to be treated at earliest otherwise root canal treatment might be needed at later stage. Anti-cavity coating (Pit and fissure sealants) are recommended before the actual cavitation starts, so teeth which...

Dentistry: 4 days post root canal, pain killers, abscessed tooth
pain killers, abscessed tooth, pain medication: Hi Jenni, I m sorry you re going through all this. While what is happening is certainly NOT normal, it is a post op complication we deal with from time to time. When a root canal is necessary, it is often due to an abscessed tooth and/or one that is infected....

Dentistry: 4 yr old and cavities, two front teeth, adult teeth
two front teeth, adult teeth, pediatric dentist: Dear Michelle, these procedures are recommended at that stage and yes if left untreated, this can lead to harmful effects on adult teeth. You should go as per your pediatric dentist. These are rather routine procedures we are carrying out as pediatric dentists...

Dentistry: Allergy to braces, stainless steel wires, types of braces
stainless steel wires, types of braces, steel nickel: The allergy is most likely to the nickel component of stainless steel. Nickel-free titanium brackets are usually a good way to avoid the allergy by but this requires use of non-stainless steel wires. One alternative you may want to explore is using Invisalign...

Dentistry: Apico, decayed tooth, oral surgeon
decayed tooth, oral surgeon, root canal: Jeremy - Of course, without either examining you or viewing your xrays, I cannot tell you what is going on. If the tooth is fracture, and that is not very common unless you had a very badly decayed tooth, the problem is most likely due to inflammation at...

Dentistry: Apicoectomy gone bad?, classic signs, tooth number
classic signs, tooth number, apico: Hi Tanya, First, thank you for the kind words....I m glad I can be of help on this Board! Without being able to exam you, it s tough for me to diagnosis your problem. However, it certainly sounds like things could be going wrong with the apico. They...

Dentistry: Avoid root canal treatment for children, molar teeth, root canal treatment
molar teeth, root canal treatment, permanent teeth: if these are on her back teeth (i assume they are...if they are on front teeth, then you do not have to do these becasue she will lose them in next year), then it is advisable. she may not lose those teeth until age 10 or 11 and you like to have baby teeth...

Dentistry: Avoid root canal treatment for children, molar teeth, root canal treatment
molar teeth, root canal treatment, permanent teeth: Dear Mamatha, You are fortunate to be able to find and afford to have a dentist take care of infected molars in your childs mouth. The molars hold the space for the permanent teeth below them, and when the cavity is removed you also loose the supply of...

Dentistry: Avulsed tooth - 10 years later, uses of calcium hydroxide, removable denture
uses of calcium hydroxide, removable denture, wisdom teeth: Dear Frank: You should not wait until the tooth is ready to come out to start the orthodontic treatment. If the root of the tooth has been and is resorbing, then you should have the braces put on immediately. Straighten your teeth and while the braces are...

Dentistry: abcess, root canal therapy, root canal treatment
root canal therapy, root canal treatment, abscess tooth: Dear Kelly, an abscess tooth will require either root canal therapy or extraction (removal) and that depends on the condition of tooth. If there is extensive bone damage below the baby tooth and there is danger of involvement of adult (permanent) tooth, then...

Dentistry: abscess???, root canal treatment, dental residency program
root canal treatment, dental residency program, warm salt water: Christina - First of all, you will not die from this. The fact that you have that bubble is actually good, since it allows the infection to drain and not greatly expand. It definitely sounds like the nerve in the tooth has an abscess and root canal treatment...

Dentistry: abscess after bone graft, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bone graft
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bone graft, warm salt water: Jeannie - What you are going through is very bad. The graft needs to be removed immediately. Infection grows in grafts in left and can destroy more tissue. I don t know the type of dentist doing the graft, but it needs to be removed immediately. Besides...

Dentistry: abscess in upper jaw?, david meng, root canal treatment
david meng, root canal treatment, los gatos: Diana - I wish I could tell you if Dr. Meng is qualified or not. The fact that he already performd a successful root canal treatment on #4, is not a bad sign. Root canal treatment of tooth #4 is, in general, on of the simplest teeth to perform root canal....

Dentistry: acute pulpitis and local anaesthetic, acute pulpitis, local anaesthetic
acute pulpitis, local anaesthetic, pulp chamber: Hi Sachin You need to treat the acute infection. Primary treatment being drainage, either directly if there is a suitable swelling, or via pulp chamber. Anaesthesia is often difficult in these cases and you may have to use a combination of techniques...

Dentistry: advice about these digital x-rays, dentist office, x rays
dentist office, x rays, film strip: Hi Mickey, You raise a really good point here. Rather than deal with your question exactly, I guess I would wonder a little about the free consultation. Often these are done to generate business. It is in that dentist s financial interest to find treatment...

Dentistry: advice about these digital x-rays, photo quality paper, dentist office
photo quality paper, dentist office, proper expertise: Dear Mickey: Technology is no substitute to proper expertise, judgement, and experience. When digital technology was at its infancy, the standard, regular film based radiographs were better in diagnosing decay. However, todays new systems are excellent....

Dentistry: advice about these digital x-rays, dentist office, x rays
dentist office, x rays, film strips: I thought I had answered this question already. Basically my response was that I could not decide for you if you should spend $30.00 for a copy. However, you might confer with your non-digital dentist to contact your digital dentist to ask for a copy of...

Dentistry: advice about these digital x-rays, dentist office, x rays
dentist office, x rays, film strip: Mickey - the main difference between the digital xray and the regular xray is that digital xrays are actually 3 dimensional xrays. As such, the allegedly pick up small defects when the two dimensional regular xray misses it. The digital film allegedly picks...

Dentistry: advice on digital x-rays, digital xrays, film strips
digital xrays, film strips, x rays: first off copies of digital xrays should not cost anything. all that is needed is to print them on a piece of photo paper. your dentist can even email them to you or to your dentist...even less cost for him/her. i love my digital xrays. i have had mine for...

Dentistry: anesthesia, pediatric dentists, proper supervision
pediatric dentists, proper supervision, several different ways: There are several different ways to manage this situation. While some pediatric dentists will use general anesthesia to manage the patient, others will use medications to sedate the child for dental treatment. We feel that sedation is a safer method that...

Dentistry: anesthesia, new dentist, conscientious person
new dentist, conscientious person, molars: Dear Dianne: You have actually described the most common side effects to dental injections. The only strange thing about your situation is that you got all three, and essentially all together. I think that, before you go and replace your dentist, with...

Dentistry: Baby root canal, pit and fissure sealants, silver cap
pit and fissure sealants, silver cap, root canal: Dear Jessica, many a times decay is much more than what appears to you from naked eye. You can consult to pedodontist in your area for second opinion. What i can understand from your description, something about pit and fissure sealants which can be applied...

Dentistry: Baby teeth, adult teeth, permanent teeth
adult teeth, permanent teeth, baby teeth: At times it happens that one or more permanent teeth do not develop and in that case the baby tooth will often remain in place. In some cases these over retained baby teeth can last a lifetime. While it is possible that no permanent teeth have ever developed,...

Dentistry: Becoming an orthodontist..., worry wart, trip to asia
worry wart, trip to asia, volunteer work: Dear Yen: I was just directed by the AllExpert staff that your question is still pending. I get a tremendous amount of junk mail, and your follow up ended up in the spam folder. I check it about one a week. Let s get to it... Admissions to dental and...

Dentistry: Bite not correct after new crown, upper molar, new crown
upper molar, new crown, definitive answers: once you grind away tooth or crown material, it is gone. you cannot add anything to the crown. nothing will stick to it. sometimes you can add something to a tooth but even that is tough. the only option might be to redo the crown but this is something your...

Dentistry: Biting pain after composite filling, composite fillings, sensitive point
composite fillings, sensitive point, cold foods: Hi E, Welcome to the wonderful world of dentistry! :) Unfortunately, everyone reacts differently to dental treatment. Some people could move on like nothing ever happened, others take weeks to recover. Most people do feel some sensitivity for a few...

Dentistry: Braces for my child, upper teeth, facial growth
upper teeth, facial growth, lower jaw: Actually, I would suggest using orthopedic mandibular restraint with a chin cup to hold back the growth of the excessive lower jaw while the remainder of the facial skeletal complex catches up. This can be very effective, especially in rapidly growing children...

Dentistry: Broken tooth & Alzheimer's, lisa bond, stage alzheimer
lisa bond, stage alzheimer, bottom front: Dear Lisa: Your task is monumental and admirable. Unfortunately, aside of careful, good brushing of your mother s teeth, there is not much that you can do yourself. Keep brushing the tooth, and her teeth in general. The cleaner it is, the less the chance...

Dentistry: balance, root base, prosthodontist
root base, prosthodontist, rough time: ask him point blank if he is recommending a different dentist. one option i would think is to put you back in the temporaries that did feel good and let things settle down and then try to make permanent crowns to match that point. see if that idea gets you...

Dentistry: Which are better and mroe durable- lumineers or traditional lumineers?, porcelain veneers, lumineers
porcelain veneers, lumineers, gum problems: Again, done properly, Lumineers will look beautiful. No bumps. But done properly means that the dentist makes a pre-operative study model to determine with his Lumineers technician, exactly where and how much enamel needs to be removed from your teeth....

Dentistry: bleeding from gums, teeths, definitive answers
teeths, definitive answers, wating: i cannot give you any definitive answers without seeing things in person. but it is not normal to have that much bleeding. you could have a gum issue (bone loss, etc). i would call your dentist and get right in for an examination. if they have not been cleaned...

Dentistry: back left bottom molar, warm salt water, water pik
warm salt water, water pik, periodontal tissues: Rene - As intelligent as your wife might be, her suggestion of placing an aspirin against the gum is probably the worst and most dangerous thing you can do. Aspirin, salicyclic acid, when placed against the gum tissue will initially burn it and then it will...

Dentistry: bridge work that leads to root canal, root canal specialist, bridge work
root canal specialist, bridge work, signs of infection: Megan - Of course without examining you I cannot be totally sure, but the usual cause of the symptoms you now have is a degeneration of the nerve in the tooth. If the dentist removed too much tooth in creating a form for the crown or even nicked the nerve,...

Dentistry: broken file in root canal, gary backlund, root canal treatment
gary backlund, root canal treatment, time bombs: Hi again Jasmine, The real issue here is at what level the files are broken and do they affect the ability to properly clean and fill the root canal. Since I can t exam you, it s hard for me to answer your question. It is quite likely that the files cannot...

Dentistry: broken molar, tooth roots, broken molar
tooth roots, broken molar, broken tooth: No. Either you will have a root canal and crown lengthening procedure OR you will have the roots removed, wait for the bone to heal, then have an implant and crown placed. You would not have a root canal and crown lengthening AND then have an implant placed....

Dentistry: broken root canal file in molar, gary backlund, root canal filling
gary backlund, root canal filling, broken instruments: Hi Carolyn, I m sorry you re going through all this. I guess I m a little confused...in our area, it s endodontists that deal with these problems, not oral surgeons, so I guess I really don t know what the oral surgeon has planned. In our office, we sometimes...

Dentistry: Calcified canal...endodontist could not access root...what next??, root canal work, apicoectomy
root canal work, apicoectomy, endodontist: Hi Olga, I m sorry to hear all this is going on! It would seem that the next step would be an apicoectomy. That would mean you need to see a new endodontist. First, I would get an examination to make sure the tooth is still in good enough shape for a good...

Dentistry: Caps for 3 and 5 year old, dentist visit, pediatric dentist
dentist visit, pediatric dentist, front teeth: Upper front central teeth comes at about 7 years of age with variation of 6 months. Many a times the procedures of fillings and caps are required at these ages also. You can take opinion from pediatric dentist in your region and then can go ahead with the...

Dentistry: Clear retainer with false teeth, false teeth, missing teeth
false teeth, missing teeth, clear retainers: Yes, it s possible to have clear retainers with teeth included, however our experience with this has not been very good. Here is the reason. The false teeth that are bonded into the clear retainers do not always remain bonded and often need to be replaced....

Dentistry: Cracked tooth?, soft diet, cracked tooth
soft diet, cracked tooth, front tooth: Dear Bonnie: The pain is from the trauma. This has caused inflammation in the ligament space between your root and the bone, as well as in the nerve of the tooth. The transparency is not important yet. Soft diet, avoid touching the tooth, and take 2 ibuprofen...

Dentistry: Cracked tooth after filling., cracked tooth, dalin
cracked tooth, dalin, dds: there might have been a crack in there all along and a filling will not help. only a crown will help at that point. as far as charging for both, this is something that each dentist determines on his/her own. i personally will credit the filling cost if i do...

Dentistry: Crown on implant, painless procedure, zev
painless procedure, zev, numbness: Dear Nebojsa: It sounds as if the implant and restoration are done properly. The implant cannot have feeling since it does not have a nerve. Going to the surgeon who placed the implant for a check up is in order and I agree with you. I hope that the specialist...

Dentistry: Crowns, gum tissues, metal fillings
gum tissues, metal fillings, gum line: Dear LaDonna: The four styles of crowns have distinct differences. I am assuming that by high noble metal you are referring to a traditional Porcelain fused to metal crown. I will start, though with a type you have not mentioned, but is very important...

Dentistry: Cutting of the bone, gary backlund, sure what type
gary backlund, sure what type, tooth structure: Hi Michelle, I m sorry you re going through this at your young age. What your dentist is suggesting is called crown lengthening. It s necessary so that good tooth structure is above the gum to put on your crown since the decay was so deep. This procedure...

Dentistry: cantilever bridge, cantilever bridge, lateral incisor
cantilever bridge, lateral incisor, cosmetic dentist: Hi Roni A canine tooth is usually strong enough to support a cantilever replacing the lateral incisor, however this tooth has been root treated and so is weakened. The bite needs to be properly accounted for with any bridge, but particularly a cantilever...

Dentistry: cavities, dental checkups, silver fillings
dental checkups, silver fillings, sugary foods: gwyn first off, let me apologize about the delay in getting back to you. i did not get this question until this morning. now to answer your questions, your teeth sound very healthy. you have had some small fillings done in the grooves. sealants are something...

Dentistry: cavities, disease caused by bacteria, effects of tooth decay
disease caused by bacteria, effects of tooth decay, adult candy: Answer #1: Tooth decay is an infectious disease caused by bacteria. The bacteria require a source of carbohydrate and there must be a susceptible tooth surface available for the bacteria to do it s decay-producing deed. So there are several ingredients...

Dentistry: certification, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, oral and maxillofacial surgeons
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, gum line: Julie - First of all, if the discomfort after the root canal performed on #8 is improving after the three weeks, you have nothing to lose by waiting and seeing if the pain resolves and any inflammation in the area, producing the pain, resolves. If not, then...

Dentistry: child tooth damage, pediatric dentist, tooth damage
pediatric dentist, tooth damage, high chairs: Dear Claudia: You actually gave me more than enough info. Having not seen your child, I have no way of knowing why the pediatric dentist would be concerned that the tooth might be a choking hazard. For most children as young as your son, I would do exactly...

Dentistry: children dentistry, two front teeth, children dentistry
two front teeth, children dentistry, permanent teeth: Hopefully, the teeth can recover from the shock of the injury. You ll need to watch carefully for signs of problems. The teeth should tighten up but if they don t that could be a sign of a problem. Watch for swelling of the gums in the area of the injured...

Dentistry: crossbite, palatal expander., sedghi, several thousand dollars
sedghi, several thousand dollars, dental checkup: Janice - I have seen adjustments made to the appliance to expand the palate if it begins to work improperly. That is why orthodontists need to evaluate the expansion no more than monthly as the palate expands. It is possible that the palatal bone that was...

Dentistry: crown, root canal therapy, jaw pain
root canal therapy, jaw pain, gold crown: Hi Juli, First of all - you shouldn t feel silly calling the dentist! Especially when you are in this amount of pain! Next - sometimes, when therapy is performed on a tooth (such as a crown preparation#, the tooth gets irritated. At times, it can become...

Dentistry: what should i do about crown, root canal treatment, porcelain crown
root canal treatment, porcelain crown, quality crown: Dear Tom: To answer the easier questions first: The standard for high noble metal requires that it has at least 40% gold content. Another 20% must be a combination of platinum and/or palladium. Usually an all porcelain crown is somewhat more difficult...

Dentistry: crowns and bite, dalin, minor adjustments
dalin, minor adjustments, crowns: if you do very minor adjustments, it does not hurt things. but the dentist has to have a good idea of how much he/she is adjusting. you never want to do too much. but a small amount does not hurt anything. let me know if you have any further questions....

Dentistry: crowns/bridge, bridge question, new dentist
bridge question, new dentist, ughh: it is not a problem asking for a new temp if the first one looks bad and/or is cracked. this is very reasonable. try to get in there tomorrow...but tuesday is not that much longer. there are different temp cements out there. some hold better than others. plus...

Dentistry: Dark spot on surface of filling, silver fillings, dental questions
silver fillings, dental questions, old silver: Dear Judith, Sometimes as silver fillings age they can oxidize and turn black and it does not indicate a problem, but other times fillings can be cracked and the cracked areas appear black. If you haven t been to a dentist within the last 6 months this...

Dentistry: Debanding/Retainers, new dentist, types of retainers
new dentist, types of retainers, brick walls: It is customary for orthodontists to offer payment terms spread out over the course of a lengthy treatment plan. However, for a short term treatment such as appliance removal and retainers the course of treatment is less than one month so there is no opportunity...

Dentistry: Delayed eruption of permanent teeth, tongue thrust, permanent teeth
tongue thrust, permanent teeth, open bite: sounds like they are finally coming in. if you are still worried, get her in to dentist for an xray. he/she can make sure nothing is holding them up. i know he/she said they are there but occasionally they get hung up on teeth right next to them. the open...

Dentistry: Dental Trauma Question., two front teeth, dental trauma
two front teeth, dental trauma, signs of infection: My sense here is that the teeth are dying, cannot be saved and will probably have to be removed. The attempt here is to give your child some healing time in the event that one or more of the affected teeth may have a chance to heal and survive the trauma,...

Dentistry: Dentures, gift of a smile, eastern oklahoma
gift of a smile, eastern oklahoma, dental society: Linda - I don t know where in Oklahoma you live, but there is a program in eastern Oklahoma, called The gift of a smile By Eastern Oklahoma Dental Services. I think it is for the (918) area code by contact the following to help or tell you where you can...

Dentistry: Displaced tooth, sensitive to cold drinks, root canal treatment, cold liquids
root canal treatment, cold liquids, nerve problems: Ali - the main symptoms that the nerve in the tooth has been injured and root canal treatment is necessary, is pain when touching the tooth and sensitivity to cold and/or heat. Every tooth with nerve problems respond differently, but having a skilled dentist...

Dentistry: delayed eruption of tooth, pedodontist, ghazala
pedodontist, ghazala, there have been many cases: Dear Ghazala, There have been many cases i have came across in which that kind of delay in eruption (appearance of tooth) is seen. So if there are no other factors which you may find different from same age babies, no need to worry. You can then wait for...

Dentistry: dental implant complication, bone graft surgery, sinus symptoms
bone graft surgery, sinus symptoms, nasal passages: Kathi - I just don t get why the surgeon is avoiding the obvious connection of the implant (that is now mobile and not fused to the bone)and the problems you are having. There is often a direct connection of the upper front teeth and the nasal area. Abscessed...

Dentistry: dental x-rays, routine check ups, digital radiographs
routine check ups, digital radiographs, dental x rays: Dear Kimmy , Digital X-rays probably do not do a better job of showing decay than conventional film pictures. They are usually not 3-D unless they are made with cone beam technology. Most general dental offices do not routinely take cone beam radiographs...

Dentistry: dental x-rays, digital xray, dental x rays
digital xray, dental x rays, film strips: Kimmy - What often shows up early in a digital xray is not really decay, but a decrease mineralization of the enamel. With time that decrease mineralization area might be more prone to decay, while not being decay yet. That does not mean that sometimes...

Dentistry: dental x-rays, dental radiography, dental x rays
dental radiography, dental x rays, megapixel camera: Dear Kimmy: First we have to correct some misconceptions... The only difference between conventional (old style) X-rays and digital X-rays is that the conventional X-rays are produced by a chemical reaction on film just like old styled film slides, and the...

Dentistry: dental x-rays, digital radiographs, dental x rays
digital radiographs, dental x rays, traditional film: Every radiograph is different. The angle taken makes a lot of difference. Things may show up in one that don t in another. Often things are hidden by other structures, usually the bones in your head. Artifacts show up too, so what may appear in one film to...

Dentistry: dentistry, sheena, dentistry
sheena, dentistry, dentist: Dear Sheena: Do not worry. Children develop at different rates. The general rule is the later the teeth come into the mouth, the healthier they will be. So consider yourself and your son very lucky. When your son approaches three years old, take him to...

Dentistry: diagnosing micro-fracture, horizontal fracture, question with regard
horizontal fracture, question with regard, dull ache: Hi Julie, Root fractures are VERY hard to see on X-rays....sometimes they show up and that s god, but if we don t see one, that doesn t mean there isn t one. This is caused by the Xray needing to be aligned EXACTLY right with the fracture, or the overlying...

Dentistry: discolour of toddler teeth, chocolate milk, milk chocolate
chocolate milk, milk chocolate, eye tooth: Yes, that nap or bedtime beverage should only consist of water. And your regular, excellent brushing of his teeth is the best thing to prevent decay. It s quite possible that the staining you notice is simply a surface stain from food or drink that accumulates...

Dentistry: doubt, dr nair, complete dentures
dr nair, complete dentures, impression technique: Dear Dr. Nair: The term wash comes from the traditional ZOE impression technique for complete dentures. The material is very runny and thin and thus washes over the custom made, border molded impression tray. Vaseline can affect the timing of the set...

Dentistry: Effects of Pepsi on teeth., hard boiled eggs, egg shells
hard boiled eggs, egg shells, myerson: Unfortunately, egg shells and teeth have little in common so your project will actually be the effects of Pepsi on egg shells. I don t think that is what you have in mind. Instead, you might visit oral surgeons in your area and ask them to save you some...

Dentistry: ENAMEL, two front teeth, chipped teeth
two front teeth, chipped teeth, wear and tear: The chipped teeth are not related to your weight loss or pregnancy.There is no problem with your enamel it was formed completely when you were a child.The ridge may be due to your bite or simply wear and tear.Get the chipped teeth restored and you re good...

Dentistry: Extraction or try apicoectomy, root cannal, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
root cannal, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, chronic lyme disease: Amy - I am not at all comfortable with you having an apicoectomy with the 9mm pocket. That is an accident waiting to happen. The deep pocket and the surgical exposure of the tip of the root, doing the apicoectomy, could cause a communication between the...

Dentistry: enamel hypoplasia and hypocalcification, enamel hypoplasia, enamel hypocalcification
enamel hypoplasia, enamel hypocalcification, tooth enamel: Enamel hypoplasia describes a general group of defects in tooth formation. Some of these defects involve alterations in the number, shape, and size of the teeth. Others involve variations in the calcification of the tooth enamel. There are sefveral different...

Dentistry: ephinephrine, local anesthetics, vasoconstrictor
local anesthetics, vasoconstrictor, anesthetic: epinephrine is not an anesthetic. epinephrine is added to the anesthetic to make it last longer. it comes in 90% of all local anesthetics we have at our disposal. it makes the anesthetic more profound as well. we are very careful when administering anesthetic...

Dentistry: two exta teeth in one place, dental specialist, baby tooth
dental specialist, baby tooth, bowel problems: Amanda - From your description of what your child has developed in the mouth with teeth seemingly developing all over the place up from in the mouth, it sounds like your child has developed a condition of supernumary. These are actually extra teeth beyond...

Dentistry: extra teeth hidden in the palate which behind the two front teeth, two front teeth, root formation
two front teeth, root formation, minor surgery: Joyce - It is definitely better to have the removal of those teeth done now. At your son s age, the bone on the palate is not very dense and removal is easier. In addition, the root formation of the teeth is not fully complete. If left until he is older,...

Dentistry: extraction, dalin, going all the way
dalin, going all the way, dds: michelle call your dentist ASAP. i wonder if taking the tooth out created an opening into your sinus. you should at least call the dentist and ask about this possibility. he/she may want to take a look at you to check things out. it is worth the call. good...

Dentistry: extraction versus pulpectomy, molar, last resort
molar, last resort, pulp: I would view the extraction/space maintainer option as a last resort. If the tooth can be reasonably saved with a pulp treatment and restoration I would prefer that choice. The space maintainer requires periodic checking to make certain that it does not...

Dentistry: Face/Jaw Pain after filling, mild pain, jaw pain
mild pain, jaw pain, lower jaw: Melissa - It is a little difficult for me to tell you if it is normal or not. Sometimes dentists apply pressure to adjacent teeth during the filling and that might be the cause. I don t know if you have contacted the dentist, but it is important for the...

Dentistry: Fractured Tooth, dental hygenist, root canals
dental hygenist, root canals, wisdom teeth: root canal teeth usually cause a lot of pain. one thing to do is have the occlusion or bite checked on the new crown. if it hits hard, it can remain sensitive to biting. next would be to check the tooth in front of it to make sure it is not cracked as well...or...

Dentistry: dental implant complication, saunders cervical hometrac, cervical spine
Dentistry: dental implant complication, saunders cervical hometrac, cervical spine, neurological center

Dentistry: Gold Crown Repair, robert platt, chester illinois
Dentistry: Gold Crown Repair, robert platt, chester illinois, dentist

Dentistry: Herbst vs. Headgear, palate expander, archwired
Dentistry: Herbst vs. Headgear, palate expander, archwired, weekend time

Dentistry: Pregnant and chipped tooth, calcium requirements, registered dietitian
Dentistry: Pregnant and chipped tooth, calcium requirements, registered dietitian, growth and development of the fetus

Dentistry: TMJ, insurance
Dentistry: TMJ, insurance

Dentistry: trauma & tooth stability, apico, root canal
Dentistry: trauma & tooth stability, apico, root canal, endo

Dentistry: failure of the bridge, jaw pressure, bacterial contamination
jaw pressure, bacterial contamination, wisdom tooth: Dear Vlad: Both of your assumptions are probably correct. I have been placing and restoring implants for well over a decade. What I, and many of my colleagues have noticed is that many times an implant can fail, and the only reason that is apparent, aside...

Dentistry: failure of dental implants & bone graft, sinus lift, partial denture
sinus lift, partial denture, bone graft: Susan - With your medical condition and the failure of the implants and continuing problems, I think the failure of the implants most likely show that the healing of the implants does not completely occur. Redoing of the implant is just setting you up for...

Dentistry: floss stuck under onlay bridge, new bridge, shreads
new bridge, shreads, pontic: sometimes floss shreads and pieces of it get stuck. usually you can thread a new piece in there and move it back and forth and loosen up the piece that is stuck. there is something called superfloss by oral b that might help. it gets fuzzy at one end and...

Dentistry: follow-up questions, dalin, redone
dalin, redone, point blank: some dentists have better eyes for this sort of thing than others. plus you did not really notice #8 until #7 was done. what you need to do is sit down with a mirror and your dentist and point out these things. then ask him/her point blank what needs to be...

Dentistry: any food to avoid eating on implants, central incisors, tooth decay
central incisors, tooth decay, natural teeth: Dear Simon: Congratulations on your new implants. However, you are missing the point entirely... you went through much work, trouble, and money so that you have a functional set of teeth! Treat them as any other tooth in your mouth. Bite with them, brush,...

Dentistry: fourth primary tooth abscess, primary tooth, space maintainers
primary tooth, space maintainers, tooth abscess: Dear Heather, as much as I would like to help there just is not enough information here to have me help you.. I would have to know such things as esactly which teeth were infected, if they had cavities, how much root was remaining before they fell out naturely,...

Dentistry: frenectomy, diastema, proper manner
diastema, proper manner, protrusion: Sometimes frenum is fibrous and causes midline diastema and frenectomy is needed to remove that so as to close the space. Relapse can occur if only teeth are moved and frenum is not removed. If carried out in a proper manner it is only a minor surgical procedure...

Dentistry: Gold Crown Repair, gold crowns, crown repair
gold crowns, crown repair, gold crown: Once the crown is perferated you have leakage.That leakage contaminates the inside of the tooth covered by the crown.Any dentist could patch up a gold crown if they like,the problem is they can t assure you that all the decay ahs been removed.It would be best...

Dentistry: Gum Disease, gum disease, dental solution
gum disease, dental solution, mouth rinse: Dear Steve. I have not heard of Oram Plus. I do know that Chlorhexidine mouth rinse helps correct gum disease. But if you have the usual type of gum disease, you will probably need to see a dentist to help with its resolution. If you decide to see a dentist,...

Dentistry: gum disease/procedures and heart disease, left side chest pain, coronary artery spasms
left side chest pain, coronary artery spasms, bleeding gums: Michael - Like I said in the last response, the relationship of dental and the cardiac symptoms you are experiencing is rare. You problems need to be addressed by cardiologists and not oral and maxillofacial surgeons. I am sorry that you did not get that...

Dentistry: gum recession and orthodontics, gum recession, thin bones
gum recession, thin bones, gum tissue: it is hard to prove anything one way or the other. does orthodontics cause recession? nobody can prove this. can it be a contributing factor if you have thin gums and thin bone? sounds more reasonable. i would sit down with your orthodontist and put it to...

Dentistry: gums hurting, warm salt water, bone fragments
warm salt water, bone fragments, tooth socket: Bola - Of course, it is a little difficult for me to be totally accurate without examining you, but with the pain in the area of the extraction, there are two possible causes. First of all, tooth or bone fragments may have been left in the tooth socket and...

Dentistry: Herbst vs. Headgear, getting braces, orthodontic specialist
getting braces, orthodontic specialist, overbite: Karen - I wish I could give you an honest opinion as to which is the better option, but I am not an orthodontic specialist. You really need to seek an unbiased orthodontist. I do not know where you live, but if you live in or near a large city, see if there...

Dentistry: Hole in Tooth with root canal already done, root canal therapy, gum line
root canal therapy, gum line, dental floss: Dear Gabriela: What you see is probably decay along the gum line of the tooth. A tooth with root canal therapy is better off being crowed anyway since it is much more likely to fracture. You need to go back to your dentist and have him/her check it out...

Dentistry: Hole in tooth, gary backlund, sized hole
gary backlund, sized hole, canal 3: Hi Jenn, I m sorry you re having this problem. It seems strange to me that a patient who calls and is in pain would be sent away. How did the receptionist know that this was not a big deal? I guess I would call back on Monday, tell them the pain is worse...

Dentistry: head pressure, warm compresses, dental anesthesia
warm compresses, dental anesthesia, head ache: Yes. You likely have some inflammation in the soft tissues in the area of the injection. Usually a soft diet, warm compresses applied to the sore area, and, if you can take them, 2 ibuprofen every four hours all help. Do this for a few days and see if the...

Dentistry: Implant in Back Upper Right Region - Safe?, sinus lift, wisdom tooth
sinus lift, wisdom tooth, dental questions: Dear Matthew I do believe that a second opinion is in order. I would advise you to make an appointment with a specialist such as a Periodontist or and Oral Surgeon. Both of these specialists can advise you on whether a sinus lift, either partial or complete,...

Dentistry: Infection after extraction?, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water, clindimycin: Tanya - I do not like to keep my patients on antibiotics more than two weeks unless it is impossible to cure the infection. In your type of situation, the abscess that formed in the bone above the roots of the teeth is most likely still in the bone. That...

Dentistry: Intermittent and Growing Pain in Left Bottom Molar, root canal specialist, intermittent pain
root canal specialist, intermittent pain, molar: Scott - You should definitely not have a crown made until the cause of the pain is corrected. It sounds like you have an infection from that root canal tooth. That needs to be corrected before any crown is placed. If the dentist is not skilled at diagnosing...

Dentistry: impacted wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
wisdom tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, decayed tooth: Linda - Unlike loose fragments of bone can resorb, loose fragments of an extracted tooth cannot be resorbed. If the tooth was inflamed, the remaining tooth structure can produce a chronic inflammatory inflammation or infection. So if possible, the tooth...

Dentistry: implant removal, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, removable denture
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, removable denture, new dentist: Dee - Implant removal can produce secondary effects that can affect the bone and the sinus. A regular dentist should not only not be the one to remove the implants but a regular dentist should not be the one to determine if an implant is salvagable or needs...

Dentistry: inovation c braces, tooth movement, inovation
tooth movement, inovation, braces: The manufacturer claims that these brackets result in faster treatment and fewer visits. I m not convinced that those claims are true and reliable. There are many factors that determine the rate of tooth movement so it is very difficult if not impossible...

Dentistry: Jaw Alignement, jaw growth, jaw surgery
jaw growth, jaw surgery, exact problem: The shift in the jaw may be the result of asymmetric jaw growth, perhaps as a result of the trauma you mentioned. If your jaw has always been shifted then this is likely to be the problem. On the other hand, if the shift is something that you ve just recently...

Dentistry: jaw pain, poor posture, gold tooth
poor posture, gold tooth, upper teeth: Hi Michael, I m sorry you re going through all this. I think the first thing I would do would be to rule in or out a tooth problem. Since your dentist seems unsure, I would ask for a referral to an endodontist for an evaluation. Situations like this can...

Dentistry: how to measure teeth rotations from the casts, axis line, goup
axis line, goup, undergrad student: If I understand your challenge properly this method may provide you with a standard means of measurement. Place the cast on a copy machine and make an image of the occlusal surface of the cast. Then draw a curve on the paper which represents the best fit...

Dentistry: narrow mouth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, frenectomy
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, frenectomy, narrow mouth: Kate - It is a little difficult for me to tell you what the actual reason for the lack of tooth exposure in smiling, without examining you. That lack of exposure is rarely due to a frenectomy surgery. It is usually due to a decreased downward growth of the...

Dentistry: numers, sedative medication, spreading infection
sedative medication, spreading infection, dental chair: Dear Denise: You could die while waiting to get in the dental chair. If your face is swollen, your infection is spreading. Infection that spreads into your bloodstream is more likely to kill you than the dental visit. Have your dentist refer you to an...

Dentistry: Orthodontics query, premolar teeth, ceramic braces
premolar teeth, ceramic braces, clear retainers: You are correct in that the clear retainers will not allow the tooth to move and settle in completely. It may be possible for your orthodontist to revise the retainers to cover only the six front teeth on the top and bottom while your back teeth settle...

Dentistry: Orthodontics and veneers, tooth enamel, open bite
tooth enamel, open bite, natural tooth: It is possible to bond brackets on porcelain veneers, however the bonding is not always as strong as with natural tooth enamel. In addition, there is the possibility of breakage of the veneer at the time of bracket removal. It may be possible to band the...

Dentistry: Overcrowing?, permanent teeth, baby teeth
permanent teeth, baby teeth, inadequate space: I would not want to venture a guess about this without seeing an x-ray of those two unerupted permanent canines. Most of the time when these teeth fail to arrive on schedule it s due to a problem that will require some intervention. Often the permanent teeth...

Dentistry: open embrasure, triangular region, embrasure
triangular region, embrasure, tooth crown: Bob - It is obvious that whoever did the implant did not restore the normal anatomy in the area. You have evidence of a severe bone recession from normal height, as seen on tooth #8, where you had the implant placed. That is the cause of the large triangular...

Dentistry: oral surgery, warm salt water, upper teeth
warm salt water, upper teeth, oral surgery: Yelena - Infected teeth when removed bleed easily. If there is bleeding after the extractions, the bleeding can go internally and that can produce the swelling and discoloration you describe. The best thing to do to reduce the swelling and speed the healing...

Dentistry: Pain after Apico, cold sensation, endodontist
cold sensation, endodontist, facial pain: Hi April, I m sorry all this is going on. If hot %26 cold are a major contributor to your symptoms, you need to be looking at other teeth. When a tooth has had a root canal, the nerve inside the tooth has been removed. Even if the root canal is done poorly,...

Dentistry: Pain when flossing, intesity, flosser
intesity, flosser, sharing your expertise: Hi Sarah, I m not sure what exactly happened. It can be that the rubber dam clamp was placed in a way that bothered your gums. Therefore, when it was removed it pulled on the gums and may have irritated them. Now, when you floss it still is sore and that...

Dentistry: Pain after root canal, root canal work, pain meds
root canal work, pain meds, x ray: Hi Meghan It c an be quite painful after root canal work, but generally this will subside after a couple of days. As the pain is continuing it may be a sign of infection persisting. A decision will need to be made whether to persist with the root canal...

Dentistry: Palatal Expander, pediatric dentist, permanent teeth
pediatric dentist, permanent teeth, premolars: I am confused by the term class II crossbite since this is not a recognized designation. Class II refers to something unrelated to the crossbite and does not actually describe the crossbite in a meaningful way. It s important to know if the crossbite is...

Dentistry: Palate Expander, palate expander, palate expanders
palate expander, palate expanders, titanium screws: Dear Kim, Don t know how I can be of much help here other than to point out that palate expanders are totally painless and relatively easy to wear. If he can deal with screws in the back of his head a palate expander is absolutely nothing in comparison....

Dentistry: Perforated root with pin protruding into gum, upper molar, remedial work
upper molar, remedial work, anaesthetic: Hi Jessica Do you feel confident in this dentist? A perforation like this is not uncommon and happens to the best of us. If you are happy with him then continue with him - if not change. If you are in pain or it is worsening then ask to be seen sooner....

Dentistry: Permanent teeth behind baby teeth, lateral incisor, primary teeth
lateral incisor, primary teeth, permanent teeth: Dear Sandy, Sorry about your daughter s earlier experience. You have no choice here, get the primary teeth out of her mouth as soon as you are able. The permanent lateral incisor should be forward as soon as possible to maintain space in her mouth....

Dentistry: Possible Implant Back Upper Molar, upper molar, wisdom tooth
upper molar, wisdom tooth, hi matthew: As ever, a second opinion may well be useful - another dentist may feel a crown is reasonable. To assess the chances of success for an implant in that area you need to see an implant surgeon for their opinion. There are too many variables to give you a useful...

Dentistry: Post-Root Canal Problems, endontist, barn doors
endontist, barn doors, pain sensitivity: Nothing more can be done. If you are not biting prematurely (you passed my biting test), then it is just sensitive due to the crack. It may give many years of service, but always be a bit tender to biting. The alternative is extraction. All this assumes the...

Dentistry: Post Root Canal Retretment 8 months, gary backlund, wisdom teeth
gary backlund, wisdom teeth, root canals: Hi Mallory, I m sorry all this is going on. Since I can t exam you, it s hard for me to tell you exactly what is going on. However, I can tell you a couple of things. First, if you are having cold sensitivity, it is NOT coming from a root canalled tooth....

Dentistry: Post root canal pain/headache, gary backlund, root canal pain
gary backlund, root canal pain, cheek area: Hi Megan, I m sorry all this is going on. It sounds to me like you may have stirred up the abscess. We sometimes see that when treatment is done. I would suggest that you call your endodontist ASAP, even though it s the weekend...tell him/her what is going...

Dentistry: Pregnant and chipped tooth, proper nutrition during pregnancy, low birthweight
proper nutrition during pregnancy, low birthweight, tongue laceration: Dear Caitlin: First of call, allow me to congratulate you on your pregnancy. Do not worry, your baby is not taking away all of your calcium. The chip in your tooth might have happened as a result of grinding your teeth, or decay underneath. Either way,...

Dentistry: Problems with Maryland Bridge:, gary backlund, maryland bridge
gary backlund, maryland bridge, endodontist: Hi Kelly, I m sorry you re going through all this. I m not exactly certain what your question is, but maybe if I can give a little advice it will help. Sometimes, when dental work is done, it will cause a tooth to become sensitive. In time, that sensitivity...

Dentistry: pain, atypical trigeminal neuralgia, irreversible pulpitis
atypical trigeminal neuralgia, irreversible pulpitis, gary backlund: Hi again Heba, WOW....it sounds like you re really having a time of it! First, let me say that it is impossible for a tooth that has had a root canal to feel cold. It just can t happen no matter how well or poorly the root canal is done. The fact that when...

Dentistry: pain after root canal, endodentist, route canal
endodentist, route canal, nightguard: Hi Sharon, I m sorry all this is happening to you. You have pretty nailed down the options. Bruxism can certainly make things worse and if you continue to brux and aren t wearing your nightguard, that could be complicating things. However, you say the pain...

Dentistry: pain after temporary crown, mild pain, tooth structure
mild pain, tooth structure, molar: Hi Alice If it is not the bite that is the problem then there are several other possibilities. there could be decay, or a crack, or the pulp may be dying. Either way this needs investigating, and the next stage should probably be to remove the remaining...

Dentistry: painful restorations under gumline, healthy teeth, autoimmune responses
healthy teeth, autoimmune responses, prosthodontist: Actually it can mean both. Saliva can both leach cement out from under a crown, as well as leach into the dentin and cause sensitivity. It is likely that, if your dentist was attempting to cement under your gumline, some moisture was left on the dentin....

Dentistry: papilla, gingival margin, periodontal surgery
gingival margin, periodontal surgery, dear bill: Dear Bill. In my practice, when I am restoring an anterior implant restoration, I fabricate a temporary that has space for the papilla to grow. I shape the temporary restoration with as natural shape as possible with the idea that that is the best way...

Dentistry: possible tooth infection?, cheek bones, best case scenario
cheek bones, best case scenario, stomach pains: jaclyn call your dentist ASAP. if the filling is loose and has been loose, you can easily get decay leaking underneath and if it gets deep enough, it could cause you to need a root canal. a simple xray and exam will tell your dentist what is going on. best...

Dentistry: post extraction, warm salt water, food debris
warm salt water, food debris, gum tissue: Allie - Leaving an extraction socket open is not unusual or bad, as long as the gum tissue was not cut. Those sockets can attract bacteria and food debris. The best way to keep them clean is to simply rinse your mouth with warm salt water for a minute or...

Dentistry: pulling primary teeth, decayed teeth, primary teeth
decayed teeth, primary teeth, permanent teeth: I assume that the decay is too advanced to save the teeth, however that may not be the case. Often it is possible to avoid extraction of the decayed primary teeth by doing a root canal type treatment and placing a crown on the tooth. This can only be determined...

Dentistry: pulp and crown for child, pulp tissue, routine procedure
pulp tissue, routine procedure, best route: This is certainly an understandable occurrence. There are occasional variations in the anatomy of the pulp tissue and an unanticipated exposure of the pulp can happen during an otherwise seemingly routine procedure. Placing a medication and capping the pulp...

Dentistry: pulpectomy, pulpectomy, dental caries
pulpectomy, dental caries, primary teeth: Pulpectomy is often necessary in the treatment of decayed permanent teeth. Because the decay, which is an infection, has become advanced there is often pain involved as the infection heals. With early detection and treatment of decay is is usually possible...

Dentistry: pusing after apicectomy, front teeth, endodontist
front teeth, endodontist, antibiotics: No. You need to have the area examined and radiographed by a competent endodontist, and most likely you will need to have the surgery performed correctly. Clearly something is wrong. Antibiotics do not cure anything. You need to have the cause removed or...

Dentistry: Quite a bit of pain after a root canal, correct drugs, pain after a root canal
correct drugs, pain after a root canal, pain meds: Hi Meghan, I m sorry your boyfriend is going through all this. What he is going through is not normal, but we do see it sometimes as a post op complication. It is important to make sure there is no infection and if that is the cause, make sure the correct...

Dentistry: questions about week-old root canal, cold sensitivity, cracked tooth
cold sensitivity, cracked tooth, wet noodle: Hi Jim, I m sorry this is going on. It could be that your bite is just off on that tooth. Hold your teeth together firmly and slide from side to side. If that hurts, then you need your bite adjusted which is simple to do. It is amazing how that can keep...

Dentistry: Repair chipped porcelain crown, porcelain veneer, partial anodontia
porcelain veneer, partial anodontia, porcelain crown: Dear Richard: It is unfortunate that the tooth chipped. However, it is not a disaster. Aside of replacement of the fixed work, which is expensive and at this point undesirable there are two options: 1. Simple composite (tooth colored bonding) repair of...

Dentistry: Repeat Apicectomy, root canal treatment, nose area
root canal treatment, nose area, root tip: I would have no way of evaluating the chance of success of your surgery. If you have had multiple failures on a simple tooth like that, it is likely that either the root is cracked or that you may need to see a different dentist. Altered sensation in a recently...

Dentistry: Residual Root Canal Problem, gary backlund, graduate endodontics
gary backlund, graduate endodontics, best bet: Hi Nick, I m sorry all this is going on. I think your best bet would be to get another opinion from another endodontist or trying to get an evaluation at your closest dental school, but only if that school has a graduate endodontics program. Going in to...

Dentistry: Rinsing with salt water, problem wisdom teeth, tissue swells
problem wisdom teeth, tissue swells, partial remedy: sometimes the tissue swells around a partially erupting wisdom tooth. it can be quite sore to touch. sometimes salt water makes it feel better. but if there is infection, you need an antibiotic. call your dentist and get in there for an exam. make sure that...

Dentistry: Root Canal, root canal treatment, endodontists
root canal treatment, endodontists, endodontist: Dear Crista: I am sorry to hear that you are in pain, and for so long. I cannot comment on your dentist s level of knowledge and expertise, since I do not have all the facts (I cannot examine you, and/or your X-rays). However, I would have handled your...

Dentistry: Root Canal, root canal therapy, black tooth
root canal therapy, black tooth, front teeth: Gray or black discoloration is caused by the pulp ( nerve ) dying and disintegrating inside your hollow tooth. It is the hemin in the blood that causes the discoloration. This material is removed as part of the root canal therapy, and any residual discoloration...

Dentistry: Root Canal, root canal therapy, root canal specialist
root canal therapy, root canal specialist, root canal treatment: Dear Christine: Unfortunately, your situation is very common. At this time, the root canal therapy that was performed for you is probably infected again. Studies have shown that even excellent root canal therapy, if not sealed with a proper crown, will...

Dentistry: Root Canal, root canal treatment, radiolucency
root canal treatment, radiolucency, x ray: Normally what one sees in a tooth with a necrotic (dead) pulp is what we call a periapical radiolucency, which shows up as black on the x-ray, not white. Sometimes we see a radiopacity, which is white, but that can be a variety of things, not necessarily requiring...

Dentistry: Root Canal, wisdom teeth, left cheek
wisdom teeth, left cheek, two tops: this does not sound good. i have a feeling that the tooth is fractured vertically and probably will be lost. call your dentist ASAP and get in there for an xray and exam. you should not have that sort of infection in your body. get moving on this. good luck,...

Dentistry: Root Canal?, medicine for toothache, dear paul
medicine for toothache, dear paul, sensodyne: Do not wait. If all that is needed is an adjustment or temporary filling, then waiting on this tooth may be pushing the nerve in this tooth to require a root canal. If you adjust now, you may prevent this. Think of a stone in your shoe. You re running...

Dentistry: Root Canal Pain, gary backlund, root canal pain
gary backlund, root canal pain, residual infection: Hi Deborah, I m sorry to hear you re having all this go on. The numbness comes from either the injections and some temporary nerve damage or from pressure on the nerve from residual infection from the abscess. In either event, you should tell your dentist...

Dentistry: Root Canal Retreatment, endodentist, pressure sensitivity
endodentist, pressure sensitivity, root canal: Hi Brenda, Thank you for the kind words. I ve been at this a long time and my training was at a great school...I credit them with knowing my stuff ....:-).... To answer your question, there are couple of reasons you may still have pressure sensitivity....

Dentistry: Root Canal Treatment, augmentin 375mg, co codamol
augmentin 375mg, co codamol, root canal treatment: Hi Jamie, I m sorry all this is happening. Unfortunately, it can occur when dealing with an abscessed tooth. Luckily, it only happens in a small % of patients, but it is not abnormal. Your pain is coming from pressure due to the infection. It usually takes...

Dentistry: Root Canal Voids, root canals, bone graft
root canals, bone graft, bone spur: Hi Tiara, Yes, it makes sense. When the voids are not at the end of the root, the chances of problems greatly diminish. That said, the goal of any root canal filling is to fill the WHOLE root, so it becomes a matter of how big a void or number of voids...

Dentistry: Root canal, root canals, gary backlund
root canals, gary backlund, canal dr: Hi Jasmine, I m sorry to hear your in this situation......it s a tough one. In most cases, it is best to let what happened in the past go. If that dentist didn t do them right the first time, I m not sure I d want him/her doing them a 2nd time even if it...

Dentistry: Root canal filling nerve damage, gary backlund, nerve damage
gary backlund, nerve damage, anti biotics: Hi Kevin, I m sorry to hear all this is going on. When you have numbness after a root canal on the lower, there are 2 possible cause. First, the injection to get you numb, may have done some temporary nerve damage that will heal with time. If this were...

Dentistry: Root canal -reg, root canal therapy, molar teeth
root canal therapy, molar teeth, root canal treatment: There is no limit to the number of teeth you can have treated by root canal therapy. You do need to get permanent fillings in them once that treatment is done, and for back teeth a crown is generally advisable. You may have teeth that do not need root canal...

Dentistry: recurrent infection/ pustule ? maxillary sinus, root canal work, root canal filling
root canal work, root canal filling, upper molar: Hi Denise This sounds very like recurrent infection from the tooth. In which case your best bet would be to see an endodontist (specialist in root canal work). Unfortunately this would not be available on the NHS, but is the best way to get a definitive...

Dentistry: regarding pain in jaw, warm compresses, soft diet
warm compresses, soft diet, dentist: Dear Raminder: I m afraid I do not know the names of the medications in your country. Here in the U.S., I recommend ibuprofen, 400mg every 4-6 hours. Combine this with warm compresses on the affected jaw, 15 minutes on/15 minutes off, when you can. And...

Dentistry: No relief from two root canals, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, gum line: Hi Joanna, I m sorry all this is going on. Unfortunately, there are times when no matter what we do, it doesn t fix the problem...it s a small per cent.....but it does happen. Your tooth may be one of those. If you have had the root canal and the surgery...

Dentistry: replaced small filling now in pain, nerve damage, front tooth
nerve damage, front tooth, zev: Dear Reg: The injection could have caused some nerve damage, though very rare. Did the instructor check the student s work? You have to go back and have this checked out. Why was the tooth prepared and a filling made, if you had no decay? Why did the...

Dentistry: retainer and root canal, gary backlund, retainer
gary backlund, retainer, root canal: Hi Lil, Actually, it is HIGHLY unlikely that your retainer would cause the tooth to crack. Even though you re right about it being weaker, it is certainly stronger than the pressure from a retainer. Hope this makes you feel better. Gary Backlund DMD,...

Dentistry: root canal, endodontist, oral surgeon
endodontist, oral surgeon, root canal: Actually, this is another situation I would need to exam you. That is an unusual symptom and one I ve only seen a few times. The cases I saw, there was an oral habit involved, like putting their tongue up there to check things out, or it involved the bite...

Dentistry: root canal during pregnacy?, gary backlund, bad hope
gary backlund, bad hope, temporary filling: Hi Heather, I m sorry this is going on at this time, being pregnant and all. Since your tooth is sensitive to temperatures, etc., you really won t get much relief from just a temporary. You really need the pulp of the tooth removed to stop your sensitivity....

Dentistry: root canal or grown, molar teeth, sodium bicarbonate
molar teeth, sodium bicarbonate, sodium flouride: Dear Barathkannan: You have posed several interesting and important questions. I will try to answer all of them to the best of the information you have given me. 1. The disease called caries, commonly knows as cavities, or decay, is actually caused by...

Dentistry: root canal problem, gary backlund, novacain
gary backlund, novacain, new crown: Hi Amber, I m sorry you re going through this. I have some bad news...since you are feeling hot %26 cold, it can t be coming from the root canal tooth since the nerve has been removed from that tooth. When a root canal fails, it can swell, be bite sensitive,...

Dentistry: root canal after veneers, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, root canal: Hi A, I m sorry you re going through all this. Assuming you need root canals, as long as all the tissue is cleaned out well and the root canal cement is the non staining kind...which is about all that is used today....you should have NO color change after...

Dentistry: root left in after an extraction, new dentist, tooth roots
new dentist, tooth roots, appleton: Hi Ian It is not necessarily egligent to leave tooth roots behind, but the dentist should have discussed this with you at the time. Whether or not these roots need extracting now really depends on their position, whether or not they are infected and what...

Dentistry: Sensitivity after Fillings, plastic fillings, wisdom tooth
plastic fillings, wisdom tooth, dalin: sometimes fillings can be sensitive but this should not be too intense and should not last too long. if they are silver, they can transmit temperatures. plastic fillings usually do not hurt. make sure the occlusion or the bite feels correct. if you hit too...

Dentistry: Severe pain, crying all day, pain medication
crying all day, pain medication, front tooth: sounds like it could be a root canal. call your dentist and let him/her know about this. he/she can put you on some antibiotics and pain medication to get you through the night and perhaps will meet you tomorrow. do not worry about the time. make the call....

Dentistry: Springs, bottom teeth, dental arch
bottom teeth, dental arch, mouth guard: Charlie - Let me answer each question separately. I really don t know what the orthodontist is referring to as springs. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon orthodontists refer patients for various treatments, but often remove any they feel will prevent...

Dentistry: Stitches vs. No Stitches, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, huge gash
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, huge gash, molars: Cyn - Once it is a few days after the extractions, the area must be allowed to heal for about 6-10 days. If then there is still a problem and the dentist is not sure what is going on, you should then seek an examination by a board certified oral and maxillofacial...

Dentistry: symptoms, gary backlund, gum side
gary backlund, gum side, root canal treatment: Hi again Karthika, Actually, without knowing exactly what your problem is and what is causing it, I can t tell you why you have your symptoms. I would doubt that your heart pain is related to your tooth, however. As for the pain during the extraction,...

Dentistry: sensitive tooth, infected wisdom tooth, root canal specialist
infected wisdom tooth, root canal specialist, front teeth: Dear Debra: If you and your dentist are positive that the tooth he filled is the tooth that hurts, then first go back to the dentist and ask if he will adjust it out of your bite. Sometimes just taking the pressure off this tooth will allow its nerve to...

Dentistry: my soon to be 3 year old, general anesthesia, front tooth
general anesthesia, front tooth, gauze: Dear Ann, your dentist is correct. this is not decay you are looking at. put a little sink or dish cleaner powder on a cloth or gauze, put her head in your lap with her feet facing away and vigorously wipe the teeth. You will be surprised to find that...

Dentistry: sore tooth, upper tooth, sore tooth
upper tooth, sore tooth, endodontist: Dear Alison: You have definitely sustained some trauma to your tooth. It might be cracked, but without proper X-rays and a physical examination, I cannot give you any insight. I do recommend that you go see a dentist, preferably an Endodontist (the specialist...

Dentistry: Tartar, chewing gums, oral bacteria
chewing gums, oral bacteria, electric toothbrush: Youssef - Tartar is just an calcification of bacterial growth on the teeth. The best way to prevent tartar is by reducing the overall bacterial numbers in your mouth. The best way to do that is by rinsing twice a day with a rinse that kills oral bacteria....

Dentistry: Teething after all teeth are in, temper tantrums, pedodontist
temper tantrums, pedodontist, dear linda: dear Linda, as you have written about an extra cusp, just make sure that this is not the cause of discomfort, sometimes extra cusp comes between teeth while upper and lower teeth are in contact and can cause problems as per your description. So definitely...

Dentistry: TMJ, barry rosenberg, ear specialist
barry rosenberg, ear specialist, ed ed: Ed, Yes I highly recommend Dr. Barry Rosenberg. 516-791-4000. If his phone number changed,and you have to look him up, he is in Valley Stream, Long Island and also practices one day per week in Manhattan, although I don t think he would be listed in the...

Dentistry: TMJ and teeth grinding, gentle stretches, muscle relaxers
gentle stretches, muscle relaxers, cracked teeth: Chloe - I wish I could tell you that there is a simple cure for tooth grinding. The original philosophy of the cause was due to an irregularity of the bite and the subconcious attempt to level the bite. Well, although that may be correct in a small percentage,...

Dentistry: Toddler missing a tooth, permanent teeth, baby teeth
permanent teeth, baby teeth, dental examination: If the tooth is actually missing there is really nothing you can do about this situation. It s important, however, to determine if the tooth actually developed but failed to emerge. A dental examination with an x-ray can clear that up. Then after all the...

Dentistry: Tongue, dear ellie, oral hygiene
dear ellie, oral hygiene, oral surgeon: Dear Ellie: Unfortunately, I agree with the dentist who saw your husband. The tongue is very vascular and suturing it is difficult. If you had a professional look at it, and he said that there is not much to be done, then I tend to agree. If the laceration...

Dentistry: Tongue issues after apicoectomy, gary backlund, molar teeth
gary backlund, molar teeth, painful tongue: Thanks Diane, It sounds like you are suffering from the after affects of trauma to the nerve that serves your tongue. This is a potential risk when doing surgery on lower molar teeth as that nerve runs in the area of the surgery. If that is what is happening,...

Dentistry: Tooth Decay / Erupted Wisdon Tooth / Sinus Infection, root canal therapy, molar teeth
root canal therapy, molar teeth, maxillary sinuses: I cannot give you definitive advice without seeing you and your x-rays. However, there are a couple things I can tell you. First, we need a diagnosis for your problem. I don t have that. From what you tell me, perhaps you have a necrotic pulp on one or...

Dentistry: Tooth Dis-coloration, gary backlund, silver particles
gary backlund, silver particles, canal 9: Hi Anna, Yes, a tooth can discolor after a root canal, but it really is not seen very much today. The reason it discolors is because all the tissue is not removed from inside the tooth or the cement use to seal the root canal contains silver particles that...

Dentistry: Tooth eruption, cheek muscles, pediatric dentistry
cheek muscles, pediatric dentistry, tooth eruption: Dear Laurissa, Teeth come into the mouth in all kinds of places in young children. Once in the mouth the tongue, lips and cheek muscles move the teeth into position. Yours is a good observation but there is nothing to worry about here. All the best, ...

Dentistry: Trying to improve results, bone graft, gold platinum
bone graft, gold platinum, natural tooth: paul from what i can see, the contour on #7 looks okay. what i see is the concavity on #8. but that is not the fault of the dentist or the lab...it is the nature of an implant. sometimes this is unavoidable and the dimension of the implant is narrower than...

Dentistry: No teeth, eruption sequence, 15 months
eruption sequence, 15 months, gums: Dear Nazish, Please don t worry, eruption sequence varies greatly with children. My own son did not get his first teeth until around the same age. I suspect that during the next month or two you will see more teeth coming into the mouth. If you want to...

Dentistry: teeth numbness, root canal dentist, cheek bone
root canal dentist, cheek bone, couple places: john have you seen an oral surgeon? i might consider visiting one and having an xray taken to make sure nothing is broken up there. that might explain the numbness. plus sometimes with trauma, nerve are damaged. this sort of thing can take time to resolve....

Dentistry: Front teeth options, front teeth, will most likely need
front teeth, will most likely need, dental work: Hi Coleen, A dentist will probably do the front teeth first, as long as you understand that the other teeth need treatment as well. He/she doesn t want you to think that only the front teeth are a problem. However, you also don t want to keep pushing this...

Dentistry: Front tooth ache, signs of nerve damage, gary backlund
signs of nerve damage, gary backlund, tooth trauma: Hi Shawn, I m sorry you re going through all this. Yes, you tenderness could be related to problems with the tooth. Trauma is a really difficult thing to deal with, because there can be effects years after the actual incident. I would suggest that you...

Dentistry: tooth emerging behind baby tooth, loose teeth, permanent tooth
loose teeth, permanent tooth, baby teeth: This is probably a normal tooth emerging a bit out of position and out of sequence. That means the root of the primary incisor has not resorbed so the primary incisor will most likely have to be removed soon. An x-ray at his next visit can verify this. ...

Dentistry: tooth extraction, food debris, dalin
food debris, dalin, tooth extraction: you do have to be very careful. you do not want to dislodge the clot. you can irrigate gently. if you have any questions, call the dentist and get in there and have it looked at in person. they will be able to determine if there is something in there and can...

Dentistry: tooth injury, root canal dentist, family dentist
root canal dentist, family dentist, root canals: it sounds like he has it under control here. this sounds like a rough injury. most likely root canals will be needed one day with this amount of trauma. you can let the root canal dentist take a look now just to get a handle on what is going on here. but sometimes...

Dentistry: tooth pain after a fall, gary backlund, central incisor
gary backlund, central incisor, tooth pain: Hi Miriam, I m sorry this has happened. I think you probably don t need anymore ice at this point, but I would certainly see a dentist, preferably an endodontist, ASAP to have the tooth evaluated. Trauma is a very serious situation and can lead to big problems...

Dentistry: tooth sensitivity after root canal, gary backlund, porcelain crown
gary backlund, porcelain crown, bathroom mirror: Hi Stephanie, I m sorry you re going through all this. Unfortunately, I have some bad news for you.....your problems are coming from another tooth! Once a root canal is done, no matter how well or how poorly, there is no mechanism left inside the tooth...

Dentistry: torn labila frenum, enamel surfaces, primary teeth
enamel surfaces, primary teeth, incisors: Dear Jonathan, Unless the injury was really severe , everything grows back into place without doing anything. I have never seen an injury that needed reattachment of the frenum. Your major concern should be the two primary teeth, if they are pushed...

Dentistry: trauma & tooth stability, apico surgery, root canal treatment
apico surgery, root canal treatment, root canals: Jen - I am a little uncomfortable with the seemingly aggressive early approach to the trauma you sustained. If the teeth were just displaced and not knocked out of the mouth, root canal treatment should not have been initiated early. Often, although the...

Dentistry: unresolved dental pain, wisdom tooth, broken tooth
wisdom tooth, broken tooth, dental pain: Dear Linda: I am sorry to hear that you are in pain. I can give you some insight as to how to proceed. The pain that is due to the wisdom tooth should be alleviated once it is extracted. If you do not do that, it will periodically come back, and can result...

Dentistry: upper gum pain near old root canal, gary backlund, upper gum
gary backlund, upper gum, gum pain: HI Bill, I m sorry all this is going on. It sounds to me like you are having problems with that root canal. If you re dentist is unsure about what is going on, I would suggest that you ask for a referral to an endodontist. When pain occurs, and especially...

Dentistry: upper teeth sit on tongue, tongue flicks, upper teeth
tongue flicks, upper teeth, mcleods: Kathy - Having been in practice for many years and having taught at a couple of dental schools and residency programs in hospitals, I have never heard of McLeod gums and neither have other dentists I just questioned about it. As far as the problem you are...

Dentistry: White Spot, bone ridge, dental questions
bone ridge, dental questions, denture: Dear Amanda, It is not uncommon for dentures to either have a pressure spot or a slightly over extended border that may cause an ulcer or a sore spot. It sounds like you have developed one. The best thing for you to do is to visit a dentist and have him...

Dentistry: After Wisdom Teeth Extraction Issues, wisdom teeth extraction, warm salt water
wisdom teeth extraction, warm salt water, first lump: Zach - I wish I could tell you that there is a simple cure for the problems you describe. I cannot tell if the sharp sore areas are bone or pieces of tooth left. You need to get back to the surgeon and show him the problem areas. He will need to remove...

Dentistry: Wisdom Teeth Post Opt Pain, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom teeth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom teeth, pain medication: Andrew - It is not, at all, normal to develop the pain you now have a few days after the extractions. Infection, inflammation or remaining fragments can all produce pain. You don t say the type of dentist who removed the tooth, but if the dentist who did...

Dentistry: Wisdom Tooth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, oral bacteria
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, oral bacteria, nerve tissue: Thomas - Leaving a portion of the root is an accident waiting to happen. The root has nerve tissue included which is susceptible to oral bacteria in saliva. You need to see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to have that root removed before you develop an...

Dentistry: Wisdom Tooth Extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, dalin
wisdom tooth extraction, dalin, mouthwash: janet i would call your dentist. it sounds like there might be an opening into your sinus from the extraction site. most often this heals fine but i would let him/her know about this. you might even want to go in there in person to have the area examined....

Dentistry: Wisdom Tooth Extraction vs. Root Canal Treatment, wisdom tooth extraction, root canal treatment
wisdom tooth extraction, root canal treatment, tooth wisdom: I apologize. I missed that part of your question. You probably can delay treatment for two months. Understand that I say probably because I do not know what your dentist saw in your mouth and on your xray. Usually, as long as it does not cause you any pain...

Dentistry: Worried. What would make my dentist refer me to endodontrist, root canal therapy, root canals
root canal therapy, root canals, tooth decay: An endodontist is an expert at root canal therapy. Your dentist was right in referring you. Dentists are different than physicians when it comes to referring people. If a physician sees that you have problems with your heart, he immediately sends you to a...

Dentistry: wierd tag on gum of 14 month old, upper molar, pediatric dentist
upper molar, pediatric dentist, eye teeth: Dear Chloe, everything is normal and on schedule. No ortho problems associated with eruption patterns which vary too widely to have ever been characterized by anyone, even the internet cant predict which tooth will erupt next. Please start focusing on more...

Dentistry: wisdom teeth, private dentist, wisdom teeth
private dentist, wisdom teeth, going to the dentist: Dear Kris: Taking medication without a proper diagnosis is not recommended. It is downright dangerous in certain instances. This is why we, as a society have many disease strains that do not respond to common antibiotics. Keflex is NOT the antibiotic of...

Dentistry: wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom teeth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
wisdom teeth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, dry socket: Laci - You are settiing yourself up for a major problem. If you do indeed have a dry socket, you need to be examined now and not wait. If your dentist is not around, make an appointment with a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. I wish I could...

Dentistry: worried mom, swollen cheek, silver crowns
swollen cheek, silver crowns, tissue trauma: It s possible that the swelling is due to an infection but in view of the extensive amount of dental treatment it s also possible that the pain, swelling, bleeding and white is the result of tissue trauma from the dental treatment. If things don t improve...

Dentistry: Not sure what to do, bone graft, emergency room doctor
bone graft, emergency room doctor, bone spur: Dear Tia, Although it is not possible for me to diagnose your problems without a physical examination, I will try and help if I can from afar. From your narrative, it does sound likely that your current problems can be traced back to the extraction of tooth...

Dentistry: x-rays, dental xrays, office prints
dental xrays, office prints, film strips: Kimmy - Look, digital can find decay not found on regular xrays if the decay is blocked by a filling. The regular xray cannot look through the filling to see the decay, while the digital looks around the filling. So digital films are better in some...

Dentistry: too young?, palate expander, herbst appliance
palate expander, herbst appliance, orthodontic work: Both of these appliances correct the types of bite problems that often become apparent at a young age. These problems if not corrected early will continue to distort bite development. When they are corrected early the remaining growth can be more normal....

Dentistry: 12 yr molars and braces, 12 year molars, wisdom teeth
12 year molars, wisdom teeth, practice partner: You should return to the orthodontist of record for an evaluation regarding the status of those unerupted molars. While you may have forgotten about them the orthodontist should have informed you about them before the braces were removed. I don t know what...

Dentistry: 17-mo old with cavities, front teeth - options cradleboard or general anesthesia?, papoose board, general anesthesia
papoose board, general anesthesia, good doctors: Dear Julie, good research. You really know what I am going to say before I know myself. First , a papoose-board is preferable to general anesthesia, highly preferable, there is no other choice. The trauma and terror that you imagine is just fear of the...

Dentistry: 2nd molar extraction to get to wisdom tooth, wisdom tooth removal, molar extraction
wisdom tooth removal, molar extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon: Dave - I hate to tell you this, but it is pretty obvious to me that your dentist is just not skilled at removing wisdom teeth. Having removed thousands over my career, I have seen wisdom teeth is almost every position in the jaw, including below the second...

Dentistry: 2nd root canal failure, tin foil, new crown
tin foil, new crown, crown cap: Hi Virginia, Happy holidays to you too. Unfortunately, at this point, your problem could be anything. All the things you mentioned are possibilities. You just need to take each, one at a time, and eliminate them as causes of your pain. This all can be...

Dentistry: 9 Year Old And Tongue Crib, orthodontic insurance coverage, dental insurance plans
orthodontic insurance coverage, dental insurance plans, bottom teeth: A tongue crib is an appropriate appliance for the management of a tongue thrust which, if not corrected, can lead to significant complications with proper bite development. Since I ve not seen your son for an examination I cannot know if this treatment is...

Dentistry: 9 year old lost tooth but a large piece of skin is left in its place, pediatric dentist, inflamed tissue
pediatric dentist, inflamed tissue, zev: Dear Penny: Sounds entirely normal. It is just an inflamed tissue tag. It should go away in a couple of days. Make sure to brush right over it, gently, and clean the teeth as usual. If it does not go away within a week, please call your pediatric dentist...

Dentistry: Abcess with no insurance, neddle, praying to god
neddle, praying to god, referral services: You can use the needle but first, it must be sterilized. You can use this by placing it (a NEW neddle) in boiling water (100 or more) for 45 minutes after placing the needle , mouthrinse your mouth with salt and water hope to know more about your cas...

Dentistry: Appearance of extraction site, taking a liberty, omfs
taking a liberty, omfs, dry socket: Dear Ms.Jane, I m sorry that I couldn t get back to you immediately. At this point of time(6th day), you don t have to worry much about your healing wound, unless there is increased pain and swelling. the socket will heal nicely. Don t worry and continue...

Dentistry: abcessed tooth extraction, incision and drainage, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
incision and drainage, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water: Carol - Even though infection would be gone, the swelling in the area can remain for a period of time. As long as the source of the infection, the infected tooth, is gone, the swelling should resolve but slowly. The body tends to wall of these infection...

Dentistry: anesthesia, gary backlund, dental student
gary backlund, dental student, manila philippines: Hi Heidar, I don t know what anesthetic you are currently using, but you can get xylocaine with varying amounts of epinephrine. In our office, if we can t use epinephrine at all, we use Carbocaine or Citanest without any vasoconstrictor. Hope that helps....

Dentistry: anesthesia failure, inferior alveolar nerve, molar extraction
inferior alveolar nerve, molar extraction, dental nerve: Hi Helen, I can certainly understand why you are concerned. I have had this happen in my office as well and it isn t fun for anyone involved...patient or dentist. When we give a lower injection, we are trying to inject into an area about the size of a nickle...

Dentistry: apicectomy problem, detist, preferrably
detist, preferrably, front teeth: Generally, apicectomy/periapical surgery is the ultimate treatment for such problems. if that is not working, and your dentist cannot find anything wrong in the xray,the only solution left over is extraction. Howerev, get another Dentist s(preferrably, an...

Dentistry: Best Specialist ?, orthodontist specialist, partial dentures
orthodontist specialist, partial dentures, mandible bone: Cathy - Trying to regain a correct bite is, like you seem to realize, the most important factor in replacing those missing teeth. Often just re-establishing a normal bite will relieve any TMJ symptoms. Saying all that, the best type of dentist to help you...

Dentistry: Brace Rubber Bands, treatment progress, overbite
treatment progress, overbite, rubber bands: Of course you ll have to ask your orthodontist that question since I ve no idea as to your treatment progress. Sometimes elastics have a tendency to move teeth in an unintended way and stopping the elastics for a period of time allows the orthodontist to...

Dentistry: Brittle and falling teeth, tooth mousse, dental decay
tooth mousse, dental decay, teeth problem: Dear Neha, Your dentist is half right. The problem actually seems to be because of prolonged breast feeding, specially night feeding. But this has to be treated at earliest otherwise condition will get worsen. You can visit kidsandteensdental.com for further...

Dentistry: Broken drill bit in tooth (root canal), gary backlund, downside risk
gary backlund, downside risk, root canals: Hi Alyxandra, I m sorry this all happened to you. When a piece of instrument breaks off, the main problem, as you have found out, is that it can result in inadequate cleaning and filling at the end of the root and that can cause the root canal to fail....

Dentistry: Broken tooth after root canal, gary backlund, molar teeth
gary backlund, molar teeth, gum line: Hi Avneesh, I m sorry to hear you re going through all this. It s hard for me to help here since I can t exam you and see your tooth. However, in our office we recommend crowns....and we don t do any crowns.... on ALL back teeth to prevent them from fracturing...

Dentistry: Brown/Gray Between Teeth out of the blue, philips sonicare, tea stains
philips sonicare, tea stains, tea drinker: Dear Angela: What you are describing sounds like smoking/coffee/tea stains. They can be readily removed during a dental cleaning. However, you should be able to have them removed at home if you follow proper brushing technique. The following website has...

Dentistry: Bump on the front of teeth, two front teeth, incisive papilla
two front teeth, incisive papilla, anatomical area: hi jessica i would love to give you an answer but cannot do that without seeing this bump in person. there is no way to diagnose anything like that without looking at it. i am assuming you have a space between your front two teeth and this bump is in between....

Dentistry: Burning Mouth Syndrome, BMS, burning mouth syndrome
BMS, burning mouth syndrome: Dear Sonnie, I m sorry you re going through all this. Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a complex, vexing condition in which a burning pain occurs over widespread areas involving your whole mouth, without any obvious reason. BMS is associated with variety...

Dentistry: baby with cavities??, lovinox, asthma medication
lovinox, asthma medication, dental decay: I am not aware of any causal relationship with Lovinox and dental decay. Decay is an infectious process that is caused by particular bacteria that always exist in the mouth. While you have not given juice to your infant there are other liquids that can support...

Dentistry: baby's gums, top gum, definite diagnosis
top gum, definite diagnosis, orange spot: amy without seeing things in person, it is impossible for me to give you any definitive answer. the best thing to do is take her in to your dentist for an evaluation. it could be some sort of canker sore. it could be some sort of tissue tag. it could be some...

Dentistry: bad mouth odour, causes of bad breath, cause of bad breath
causes of bad breath, cause of bad breath, sinus problems: Dear Easy, It is not possible know for sure what the cause of your bad breath is without an actual examination. Even with an examination it can be difficult to diagnose the cause of bad breath . I will give you some of the causes of bad breath. Dry...

Dentistry: "better-half"...continued, migraine headaches, silver fillings
migraine headaches, silver fillings, terminal cancer: R.J, I think there should not be any worry for brain cancer, as a whole body CT scan was done and the doctors ruled out any abnormality of major concern. Low levels of Vitamin D is a concern. Vitamin D deficiency may sometimes lead to ulcers and kind of...

Dentistry: black spot, blood blister, correct diagnosis
blood blister, correct diagnosis, x rays: Dear Lori: As with any condition, a correct diagnosis is necessary. It has to be based on a clinical examination, history, and X-rays. I am not in a position to administer any of these to your husband over this limited forum. However, I can advise you...

Dentistry: does broken Tooth require removal, gum line, bone material
gum line, bone material, loose piece: Dear Susan: To answer your question, I don t think that it would cause a problem to remove the loose piece. It might be more painful than you expect, much like a hangnail. And it shouldn t affect the surgeon s ability to remove the roots and place the bone...

Dentistry: brown tooth, middle teeth, adult teeth
middle teeth, adult teeth, pediatric dentist: Dear Jen, It sounds as if the edges of your sons front teeth have defects in their enamel. This would make them more prone to decay. His teeth may already have decay present, since decay generally appears brown to black in color. I suggest you take...

Dentistry: Child's Teething, pediatric dentist, x ray
pediatric dentist, x ray, fragments: I m not able to make a reasonable diagnosis from the description you ve provided so I can t begin to advise you regarding proper treatment. I suggest you make an appointment with a pediatric dentist so an examination and perhaps an x-ray can be made...

Dentistry: Chipped Tooth, porcelain veneers, dentist appointment
porcelain veneers, dentist appointment, chipped teeth: Javier - Porcelain veneers are definitely more expensive, but their main advantage, if the dentist is skilled, is the long life of such veneers. The dental filling is a good replacement for the chipped area, but you need to know that the longevity of the...

Dentistry: Clarification on #7 Tooth Calcifying, gary backlund, internal resorption
gary backlund, internal resorption, transfer stress: Hi again Nicholas, When a tooth calcifies, that means that extra tooth structure is laid down inside the tooth filling in what was the root canal space. As a result, there is no channel down the inside of the tooth, so it s impossible to do a root canal...

Dentistry: Class III Malocclusion - treatment now?, maxillo facial surgeon, class iii malocclusion
maxillo facial surgeon, class iii malocclusion, jaw growth: I don t have accurate statistics regarding jaw growth age 15 to 19 but there is certainly a possibility that the lower jaw will continue to grow. I am inclined to agree with everything you have been told thus far and I definitely understand your dilemma....

Dentistry: CORRECTION OF OPEN BITE, central incisor, typical proportion
central incisor, typical proportion, class iii malocclusion: Dear Ajay: Please do not be offended, but you are not a very good candidate for any kind of restorative work. Your oral hygiene is not very good. Any work done on you will get carious (decayed) very quickly. You have gingivitis (gum disease) and very heavy...

Dentistry: Condensing Osteitis, root canal work, upper molar
root canal work, upper molar, molar tooth: Hi Drora, Condendsing osteitis is a reaction, by the bone, to some type of stimulation...often some sort of trauma or irritation within the tooth. Without being able to exam you, it s hard for me to really help here since I don t know all the things that...

Dentistry: Core Build Up D2950, conscious sedation, bone graft
conscious sedation, bone graft, initial application: If the teeth are broken down they could require a buildup before thecrowns are made.If root canal was done then a post-core buildup would be in order.It s not common but occasionally a reimpression would be necessary if the crowns fabricated did not fit properly.I...

Dentistry: Cracked Molar, wisdom tooth, dental history
wisdom tooth, dental history, endodontist: Hi Karen, I m sorry you re going through all this. You are VERY smart to get all the information and opinions before making this decision. For your treatment, it is important that the root canal has a good chance for success and that the crack is stabilized...

Dentistry: Crowns and root canals, root canals, front teeth
root canals, front teeth, endodontist: Hi Jason, Yes, you can have the temporaries made before the root canals are performed! The only difference is that you may experience some sensitivity and discomfort, if the teeth are still vital. However, temporary crowns can be made, and you will...

Dentistry: cerec crown, waxed floss, excess cement
waxed floss, excess cement, water coolant: Dear Sandy. It is not possible to actually diagnose without actually examining your crown. I will try and give you some information that you may find helpful. Crowns, whether no matter what type, can feel either smooth or rough, depending on the glaze...

Dentistry: cerec crown, dental floss, fake tooth
dental floss, fake tooth, snags: Hi Sandy, It s normal for the tooth to feel rough for a few days after insertion. The floss shouldn t snag though. If that still is happening in another few days, I would ask your dentist to recheck that. If the crown is still rough at that time, then...

Dentistry: cheek pain, gum problems, salivary glands
gum problems, salivary glands, left cheek: i wonder if this could be some sort of masseter muscle pain (people call the whole are the temporomandibular joint area or TMJ). sometimes it can spasm and cause a great deal of pain. you mention no tooth pain or swelling so that kind of puts the abscessed...

Dentistry: cheek sewn to gum, swelling after wisdom teeth extraction
swelling after wisdom teeth extraction: Dear Corey, Wisdom teeth are located in highly inaccessible position. Surgery to remove these teeth requires lot of retraction of cheeks and removal of overlying bone. All of this leads to excessive swelling post operatively. The usual course of swelling...

Dentistry: children dentistry, children dentistry, professional judgement
children dentistry, professional judgement, tooth structure: The decision to place crowns rather than discrete fillings should be made on the basis of strength and integrity of the tooth structure. If the cavity has sufficiently undermined and weakened the structure of the tooth then a crown needs to be placed, otherwise...

Dentistry: chipped tooth, two front teeth, narrow gap
two front teeth, narrow gap, insurance problems: stephanie it sounds like (even though i would need to see it in person to give you a definite answer) you chipped some tooth away. the only way to fix this is to add some plastic back on to fill in the gap. the only way to know for sure is to get in to your...

Dentistry: conclusion for nose? after jaw surgery?, rhinoplasty orthognathic surgery
rhinoplasty orthognathic surgery: Orthognathic Surgery(Jaw straightening surgery) has some effects on the nose, as the upper jaw is repositioned from under the nose.So, it is always advisable to carry out Orthognathic Surgery first and Rhinoplasty next ( or atleast, simultaniously). There...

Dentistry: condensing ostitis, oral and maxillofacial surgery, exrays
oral and maxillofacial surgery, exrays, front tooth: I can t help you unless you send me a copy of the radiograph. Your tooth does not need root canal therapy if the pulp is vital (alive). There are anatomical features that can be misinterpreted. Oral surgeons are not the best people to see for the diagnosis;...

Dentistry: crowns, porcelain crowns, restorative material
porcelain crowns, restorative material, tooth structure: Porcelain is quite strong and rarely chips without trauma ie:biting on something other than food. The issue is not how strong the restorative material is, rather how strong the REMAINING tooth structure supporting the restoration is.Once you have crowns it...

Dentistry: crowns and ext, insurance company, crowns
insurance company, crowns, renee: Renee - I don t do the insurance in my office, but I would suggest that you contact the insurance company and explain it to them. Sometimes, depending on the insurance company, you can just say that a root was removed. So I suggest you contact the insurance...

Dentistry: Debridement, topical anesthetic, full mouth debridement
topical anesthetic, full mouth debridement, local anesthetic: Dear Sharon, Full mouth debridement is a term used to describe a partial cleaning that is done when a patients mouth has a great deal of tarter and inflammation and the hygienist or dentist feels the cleaning should be done in two visits. During the first...

Dentistry: Dental Cap/Crown Styles and incorrect sizing, restoration of teeth, cosmetic dentists
restoration of teeth, cosmetic dentists, superior care: Dear Al: You MUST address these issues with your dentist!. Any restoration of teeth, an other structures have to be esthetic and functional. What you have to remember is that NOT all dentists are created equal . All you have to do is look at a dental...

Dentistry: Dental Implants, Dental implants, osseointegration of Dental implants
Dental implants, osseointegration of Dental implants: Although there are immediate loading implants,there is the need for the implants to attach to the bone by a process which was originally described as osseointegration (integration of implant with jaw bone). The length of time for this waiting period varies...

Dentistry: Dry socket?, wisdom teeth, pain tolerance
wisdom teeth, pain tolerance, christmas eve: i have heard that this pain can be severe. you do need to call either the oral surgeon or your dentist. someone needs to help you out. once the clot comes out, this constitutes a dry socket and you have bone exposed...thus the pain. the surgeon or dentist...

Dentistry: dental, long beach california, bottom teeth
long beach california, bottom teeth, periodontal procedures: Dear Patricia: I am sorry to hear the you are losing your teeth. However, if you are already feeling your teeth exposed, they might not be salvageable. The best advise I can give you is to go and see a Prosthodontist and come up with a proper treatment...

Dentistry: dental fractures, gary backlund, front teeth
gary backlund, front teeth, sonicare: Hi Kurt, Unfortunately, you re right. It s part of aging. Calcium only helps when the teeth are developing, so you won t see nay benefit at this point in time. Your sonicare isn t a factor either....and good for you making that choice...it s a GREAT toothbrush!...

Dentistry: which dentist, pediatric dentists, unpleasant experiences
pediatric dentists, unpleasant experiences, routine examinations: Most general dentists have had limited training in the treatment and management of children and some general dentists are much better than others in that regard. You should understand that children s dental needs are special and very different from those...

Dentistry: depression lt. cheek, palatal expander, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
palatal expander, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus problem: Eos - It doesn t matter which is the cause, now there is excessive scarring and that is causing the depression. An MRI might give a better definition, but whatever the cause, the repair, if you choose to have it must be done by a surgeon who knows how to...

Dentistry: discolored molars, h pylori infection, blood transfusion
h pylori infection, blood transfusion, liquid iron: It is very likely that the problem with the first permanent molars was the result of the episode at age 3 years. It is fortunate that the incisors were not also affected by the same factors. Those affected areas of the teeth should be carefully monitored...

Dentistry: Extracted canine, canine bridge, midline shift
canine bridge, midline shift, 1 5mm: Without access to photographs, various x-rays and casts of your teeth both now and at the start of your treatment I would not have sufficient information to comment specifically on your treatment plan and progress. I can, however, offer a few general comments...

Dentistry: Extracted tooth - healing correctly?, slow healer, antiseptic mouthwash
slow healer, antiseptic mouthwash, dry sockets: Stephanie - You need to contact your dentist and get into to him as soon as possible. You may have a dry socket, but you could have an infection or it could be from advanced periodontal inflammation. Do not put this off. In the meantime, just do warm salt...

Dentistry: Extraction vs root canal, root canal specialist, wisdom teeth
root canal specialist, wisdom teeth, molar: Susan - I have to tell you, if your son has to lose a tooth and he doesn t want his teeth to shift, the best one would be the upper second molar (#2). Teeth throughout life have a tendency to erupt and to move forward to the front of the mouth. If a tooth...

Dentistry: EYETOOTH EXTRACTION - IMPLANT REPLACEMENT, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, two front teeth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, two front teeth, titanium implants: Tina - If the implant is done properly it can last a very long time. Is that time lifetime? I cannot say since the type of implants now used have only been used over the last 25-30 years and if they were done correctly, they are still functional. So they...

Dentistry: expander vs surgery, corrective jaw surgery, orthodontic work
corrective jaw surgery, orthodontic work, front teeth: Upper jaw expansion is sometimes necessary in the correction of bite problems. When it is necessary it is much better to have that done at age 12 rather than later during corrective jaw surgery since it can greatly simplify the surgery that needs to be done...

Dentistry: explorers, digital xray, digital xrays
digital xray, digital xrays, lighting contrast: Dear J: Digital xrays and film xrays are equally accurate when done properly. The advantages of digital are the following: Instant capture and viewing onscreen; much lower xray exposure needed to expose digital than film (about 80% lower); no chemicals...

Dentistry: extra tooth, upper teeth, xray
upper teeth, xray, lesion: Michael - If there is no inflammation or cystic lesion surrounding the impacted tooth then it can be left. If the tooth is exposed and not under bone then it definitely needs removing. So you need to know if any of the tooth is exposed. If not, then you...

Dentistry: extractions of 1st bicuspids, facial appearance, facial changes
facial appearance, facial changes, extractions: I cannot answer your specific questions regarding your son s treatment plan since I don t have access to any of the necessary diagnostic information. I can, however, provide you with some brief general comments. Removal of first bicuspids can lead to undesirable...

Dentistry: Facial Swelling and Gum Tenderness, facial swelling, tooth pain
facial swelling, tooth pain, gum: Dear Alicia, You need to elaborate on the condition. it is difficult to diagnose the condition with such little information that you provided.However,The gum swelling and tenderness itself can cause facial swelling. swelling and tenderness are symptoms of...

Dentistry: Filling Removal, porcelain onlay, tooth structure
porcelain onlay, tooth structure, relative price: Hi Jodi, The price can range from $150-$1200. It depends on how much tooth structure is remaining, and what type of material will be replacing the amalgam filling. If it s a composite restoration, then the price may be in the lower end of the spectrum....

Dentistry: Four dental crowns at age 31, dental crowns, better teeth
dental crowns, better teeth, cosmetic dentist: lets get down to basics...a tooth consists of 3 layers: enamel, dentin, nerve tissue. it is supported by periodontal ligaments in a socket that is surrounded by bone. when a tooth is prepared for a filling, veneer, or crown, only enamel and dentin is removed....

Dentistry: Four year old crown with toothache, gary backlund, canine tooth
gary backlund, canine tooth, denist: Hi Georgina, I m sorry you re going through all this. Unfortunately, I have some bad news for you....you re dealing with another tooth. When a root canal is done, no matter how good or bad, there is no mechanism for the tooth to feel hot or cold....it just...

Dentistry: Fused secondary tooth??, lateral incisor, jaw growth
lateral incisor, jaw growth, facial development: I find it rather difficult to diagnose a fusion of developing permanent incisors from an x-ray on a 3 1/2 year old youngster. The film is a 2 dimensional image of overlapping structures so it s just not possible to know if two structures are close to one...

Dentistry: abcessed tooth extraction, golf ball size, clyndamycin
Dentistry: abcessed tooth extraction, golf ball size, clyndamycin, types of antibiotics

Dentistry: jaw surgery - malocclusion - lip closure problems, upper lips, braces
Dentistry: jaw surgery - malocclusion - lip closure problems, upper lips, braces, teeth

Dentistry: overfill - root canal, exact type, root canal
Dentistry: overfill - root canal, exact type, root canal

Dentistry: Severe gum and cheek complications, low grade fever, holistic dentist
Dentistry: Severe gum and cheek complications, low grade fever, holistic dentist, autoimmune responses

Dentistry: Glass ionomer, warm compresses, warm salt water
warm compresses, warm salt water, root canals: James - There is a possibility, of course, that the dental materials used by this dentist might be causing an inflammation, but like the TMJ specialist said, the dental work itself is probably the stimulus. TMJ problems go through high and low periods, as...

Dentistry: Gray stains, tooth diseases, gray stain
tooth diseases, gray stain, back tooth: If it is something internal, perhaps the endodontist did not clean the chamber completely. Hopefully it hasn t had a final restoration placed, so it can be cleaned out. If it has been filled with composite already, you are stuck with it. If it is a back tooth,...

Dentistry: Gum Bleeding, gum infection, bleeding gums
gum infection, bleeding gums, omfs: Ms.Nabiha, Bleeding gums coupled with bad odour from mouth is a sign of Gum infection called as periodontitis. Problem of this nature requires prompt treatment. Consult a good Dentist, preferably a periodontist, before it is too late for treatment. Dr.D.VijayVardhan,BDS,MDS(OMFS...

Dentistry: Gum disease, new dentist, periodontal probe
new dentist, periodontal probe, gum disease: Dear Melissa: In a world of equals, there should be no numbers that require a dentists opinion. The numbers are arrived at by placing a tiny ruler (a periodontal probe) into the tiny space between your gumline and your tooth, then measuring the distance...

Dentistry: Gum Pain, gum infection, gum pain
gum infection, gum pain, x rays: Dear Robert: The pain in the gum can definitely come from a gum infection around the tooth, or in between the roots. I can be because of bacteria in between the roots due to periodontal disease, or a tooth that is dead and is infected. This might be the...

Dentistry: Gum Pain, gum pain, sinus infection
gum pain, sinus infection, dental questions: Dear Robert, The pain you are experiencing could indeed be caused by an infected tooth. If a pulp of a maxillary tooth is in the process of dying or has become infected then a patient can experience pain above it. Sometimes a patient will also complain...

Dentistry: gap after orthodontics, composite resin, wisdom teeth
composite resin, wisdom teeth, evaluation examination: There are several possibilities depending upon the precise details of the bite relationship. One possibility may be to use a retainer to close the gap. Another possibility might require more substantial treatment using Invisalign (www.invisalign.com). In...

Dentistry: gray stains, root canal procedure, root canal treatment
root canal procedure, root canal treatment, pain after root canal treatment: Dear Lana: First, it is not uncommon to have some residual pain after root canal treatment. Depending upon the original diagnosis, if the tooth was alive, or not, and the extend of the infection, just the treatment, by itself could cause a great amount of...

Dentistry: gray stains, root canal therapy, root canal procedure
root canal therapy, root canal procedure, root canal treatment: Lana - Maybe I was not specific enough. The discoloration from internal bleeding does not necessary spread evenly throughout the tooth, but like a bruise, it can just be in one spot. I don t understand how the dentist says it can just be scraped off. If...

Dentistry: HIV and dental issues, dental issues, edication
dental issues, edication, dramatic change: Dave - Usually it is not the medication directly. Often, the amount of saliva released is a bit less and, in a drier mouth, the chances of a decay is more. A help would be to rinse a couple of times a day with an anti-cavity mouthrinse. So contact your dentist...

Dentistry: Implant or bridge, bone graft, general good health
bone graft, general good health, tissue regeneration: I much prefer an implant over a fixed bridge.The fixed bridge is a compromise.The implant keeps the adjacent teeth to the space intact.At your age you would best be served by an implant.It would be ideal to have the bone graft after tissue closure about 5-6...

Dentistry: Implant vs Bridge???, wisdom tooth, molar
wisdom tooth, molar, root canal: The tooth being removed is a second molar,that means a bridge will have to involve your wisdom tooth and the first molar.An implant could just replace the missing tooth and leave the 2 adjacent teeth intact.The restoration of choice is definately an implant...

Dentistry: Implants/Bridges, cantilever bridges, tooth bridge
cantilever bridges, tooth bridge, abutment teeth: Dear Tricia, I not familiar with the term floating bridge . There is a fixed bridge termed a cantilever bridge that does not require a tooth on both side of the missing tooth that it is replacing. This type of bridge can be utilized when there are not...

Dentistry: Infected tooth, routine blood test, white blood count
routine blood test, white blood count, blood cell count: Concerned - An active infected tooth can elevate you white blood cell count or add to an already elevated count. The 30K count is, however, a litte elevated for just a tooth infaction unles you were severely swollend and the infection had expanded to a point...

Dentistry: Internal Bleaching, gary backlund, tooth structure
gary backlund, tooth structure, front tooth: Hi Andrew, I m sorry to hear this is going on. You actually have a difficult problem. If your tooth has the canal closed, then it is risky to even try to do a root canal. In addition, the reason your tooth is dark is that there is extra tooth structure...

Dentistry: Irritated Salivary Glands?, excess saliva production, minor salivary glands
excess saliva production, minor salivary glands, little red bumps: Mark - Your description of what you have gone through is not sweat glands, but most likely minor salivary glands. There are hundreds of these glands in the mouth. These glands have small tubes that go from the glands into your mouth. These tubes (ducts)...

Dentistry: impacted canines, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, eye teeth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, eye teeth, gum tissue: Wendy - First of all, surgeons and all dental specialists usually charge a higher fee for similar procedures. Saying that, the quality of procedures, whether surgical, by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, or periodontal, by a periodontist, a usually significantly...

Dentistry: implants/bridge, tiny cracks, check ups
tiny cracks, check ups, false teeth: Alison - Of course I cannot be completely sure what is going on without examining your sister, but cracks like you describe should have been picked up earlier by the dentist. Other than losing the teeth, I don t understand why saving the teeth with crowns...

Dentistry: infected jaw tissue/rct, digital xrays, root canal treatment
digital xrays, root canal treatment, trigeminal nerve: Liz - I fully understand your confidence in your dentist. Of course, without examining you or seeing your xrays I cannot be totally sure, but the symptoms that you still have, six weeks after the root canal treatment, is usually a key sign in performing an...

Dentistry: Had an inlay put on my bottom molar, root canal therapy, irreversible pulpitis
root canal therapy, irreversible pulpitis, emergency dentist: Sounds like you have an irreversible pulpitis. Root canal therapy will fix that, but then you will need to have a crown placed on the tooth to prevent it from splitting later on. If you already have a crown or onlay, the treatment can be done through it...

Dentistry: JAW PAIN, chewy bread, pain in ear
chewy bread, pain in ear, bottom teeth: Here are some things I have done. 1. Custom made nightguard (hard, not soft) that fits over the bottom teeth. Only a dentist can fit you for one. 2.ultrasound 3. THe alpha-stim100, a pain device. 4.acupuncture 5.aerobic exercise (increases endorphins,...

Dentistry: Jaw pain, After oral surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water, jaw muscles: Amanda - I am so sorry to hear that you are in intense pain. As a surgeon, I hate to hear of other surgeons who doesn t really care about their patients feelings. The cause of the pain needs to be determined. I suggest that you make an appointment with...

Dentistry: jaw pain, front teeth, jaw pain
front teeth, jaw pain, tooth problem: Dear Terri: It appears that you have the problem of clenching your teeth, if not all the time, then most of the time. You are correct, especially for you. But before you have all your teeth built up, you must receive a biteguard, which you must wear 24/7,...

Dentistry: jaw surgery - malocclusion - lip closure problems, corrective jaw surgery, wearing braces
corrective jaw surgery, wearing braces, upper teeth: Dear Manikandan, 75% of people need braces before and after a corrective jaw surgery to align their teeth into proper bite. Another surgery on the lower jaw can also correct the problem, but braces is a non invasive procedure, so it is always better to go...

Dentistry: jaw surgery - malocclusion - lip closure problems, proper jaw alignment, upper teeth
proper jaw alignment, upper teeth, two lips: Manikandan - I am sorry to hear about a result which was less than acceptable. From the xray you provided, it is obvious, at least from the xray, that the upper and lower jaws were either not aligned properly at the time of surgery or there was poor healing,...

Dentistry: knot on jaw, jaw swelling, salivary gland swelling
jaw swelling, salivary gland swelling: Dear Melanie, I cannot be completely sure what is going on without examining you. it is to be diagnosed properly before any treatment is decided.It has to be based on a clinical examination, history, and X-rays. I am not in a position to administer any of...

Dentistry: Large Milk Tooth, middle teeth, milk tooth
middle teeth, milk tooth, front teeth: Until those teeth actually come through and can be examined it s really not possible to know what the situation is. Even then, it s probably necessary to take a few x-rays to get a complete idea as to what is developing and if there is a problem at all. ...

Dentistry: lose crown pain, gary backlund, endodontist
gary backlund, endodontist, root canal: Hi Khalid, I m sorry your daughter is going through all this. The first thing is to get a good diagnosis of what is causing her problem. Is it crown related or a failing root canal or even another tooth? You might want her to see an endodontist for evaluation....

Dentistry: Mandibular tori, Mandibular torus, mandibular tori
Mandibular torus, mandibular tori, torus: Dear Cori, Mandibular tori are usually a clinical finding with no treatment necessary. It is possible for ulcers to form on the area of the tori due to trauma especially when they are large. Repeated trauma may lead to other serious problems. So, it is better...

Dentistry: Maxillary Sinusitis?, sinus problem, nasal irrigation
sinus problem, nasal irrigation, nerve function: Sounds like sinusitis to me. Have you seen an EENT? Your dentist was looking for a non-vital (dead) tooth. The tests are not supposed to produce pain per se, they are simply testing for nerve function. The percussion test is most significant for sinusitis;...

Dentistry: Molars, baby tooth, mild pain
baby tooth, mild pain, definetly: Dear Leanne, Sorry but there is not enough information here for me to render an opinion. This kind of problem definetly needs an x-ray to determine what is happening underneath the gum. For example there might be a piece of the baby tooth that is still...

Dentistry: Multiple Extractions, immediate dentures, baking soda
immediate dentures, baking soda, bottom plate: Dear Gay: I am sorry to hear that you are struggling. This is totally NOT unusual, especially since you have had so many teeth removed. Here is what you can do... the swelling will last for a week and will subside gradually, then faster till it is gone....

Dentistry: molar extraction/dry socket, molar extraction, soft diet
molar extraction, soft diet, dry socket: keep it really clean and chew on the other side(hard, soft does not matter...just stay on the other side away from the hole ). call the dentist and get in there ASAP to get it repacked. you do not want the pain to return. good luck jeff dalin, dd...

Dentistry: New crown, time megan, new crown
time megan, new crown, dentist: Megan - You need to get back to the dentist as soon as possible. Trauma to the tooth from a crown that was inserted wrong, fabricated incorrectly or planned wrong. Any of those situations can produce a tooth that does not feel correctly when you bite down....