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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dentistry: chewing pain on temp crown, gary backlund, endontist
gary backlund, endontist, cold sensitivity: Hi Brooke, I m sorry you re having this problem. Actually, you should be a dentist! What you are suggesting is EXACTLY what I would suggest if you were my patient....cement the permanent crown temporarily and see what happens. That assumes that the tooth...

Dentistry: chewing pain on temp crown, endontist, cold sensitivity
endontist, cold sensitivity, endodontist: Dear Brooke, I think your questions are on the money. In my practice, I find that patients commonly complain that they have some sensitivity when chewing on hard things with a temporary crown. It may very well be that their temporary cap is either moving...

Dentistry: chewing pain on temp crown, endontist, cold sensitivity
endontist, cold sensitivity, root canal: Good question...yes I will sometimes put on the permanent crown with temporary cement and watch it for several weeks. If I temporarily cement it, and other work needs to be done, such as a root canal...then we won t damage the crown for further work. I definitely...

Dentistry: chewing pain on temp crown, endontist, cold sensitivity
endontist, cold sensitivity, pulpitis: The tooth could be cracked, the crown could be high (if it hurts when you bite together without anything in your mouth, then it s high). The tooth could also have a pulpitis, brought on by either the preparation of the crown or a pre-existing crack. Unless...

Dentistry: child dentistry, respiratory tract infections, physiological jaundice
respiratory tract infections, physiological jaundice, child dentistry: I am not aware of any influence of consanguinous union on tooth development. Tooth development can be quite variable from one individual to the next and delayed development is not at all a rare occurrence. Frequently delayed dental development occurs without...

Dentistry: child's teeth growing in too fast, incisors, bottoms
incisors, bottoms, dentist: At age six I would expect several of the permanent incisors to have emerged. As for the appearance of the teeth I can t render an opinion without actually seeing the teeth. I suggest that if you are concerned then this would be a good age for your child...

Dentistry: cold sensitivity after root canal, gary backlund, upper tooth
gary backlund, upper tooth, cold sensitivity: Hi Stacie, Only once in my career, have I seen a root canal tooth be sensitive to cold. Even after retreating it ( I didn t do the original root canal ), we were unable to fix the problem and the tooth was extracted. Without being able to exam you, I don...

Dentistry: cosmetic dentistry for dentinogenesis imperfecta, removable dentures, pediatric dentist
removable dentures, pediatric dentist, month old baby: Dear Molly: I answer this question as a Prosthodontist, a father of two small children, and a brother of a Pediatric dentist... I understand your concern very much. There are many options available to you, from simple bonding to acrylic crowns, to removable...

Dentistry: cosmetic dentistry for dentinogenesis imperfecta, month old baby, cosmetic dentistry
month old baby, cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentist: Hi Molly, There are different levels/variations of this and this ultimately determines what type of treatment would be successful and to what degree. I am not very familiar with how young children are treated with this but adults can be treated with this...

Dentistry: crowns, loose teeth, gum disease
loose teeth, gum disease, disease means that: periodontal disease doesnt mean that you can not use crowns. periodontal disease means that you have to know what is happening with your bone and how to control it. both dentists had information that i dont have, please send me your xays so i can explain...

Dentistry: crowns and sticky lollies, sticky sweets, jaw breakers
sticky sweets, jaw breakers, jolly ranchers: Your prosthodontist is correct. Hard foods such as ice, jolly ranchers, jaw breakers, etc. can be very hard on fillings and crowns. Crowns are designed to help protect the underlying tooth but they have limits just as natural teeth. Extra attention and care...

Dentistry: Deep bite- root canal, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, root canal treatment
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, root canal treatment, front teeth: Bala - If you truly have a deep overbite, it is usually caused by an overgrowth of the upper jaw downwards. The only true way to correct the problem is not with root canal treatment and then cutting down the teeth to a very short level, it is probably wise...

Dentistry: Dens In Dente and a problem 10 years later, dens in dente, strange pain
dens in dente, strange pain, nasal passage: Hi Alex, I m sorry you re going through all this. What you are describing sounds very much like a failing root canal. Dens in dente can be very hard to treat because of the formation of the roots. I would guess that you either need the root canal redone...

Dentistry: Dental, dental aptitude test, extracurricular activity
dental aptitude test, extracurricular activity, dds 4: Dear Roy: By the numbers: 1. High grade point average. In the U.S., in general, no dental school will accept you if your GPA is below 3.2. The higher the better. Also, a high score on your Dental Aptitude test (DAT). Plan on taking it more than once....

Dentistry: Dental, applicant pool, dental schools
applicant pool, dental schools, waking up in the morning: Dear Roy: I am glad to hear that you are looking for a career in dentistry. It is a wonderful profession that allows one to have a comfortable life style, along with financial security and an educationally stimulating field. However, I am sure that you...

Dentistry: Dental, kaplan course, dental schools
kaplan course, dental schools, dental school: 1. Shadow a dentist and talk to them about what you want to do and see what they recommend 2. Your interview, DAT scores, letters of recommendation 3. 4 years 4. I took a Kaplan course so I could do well on testing. I took it my junior year around when...

Dentistry: Dental, dental schools, dental school
dental schools, dental school, dental offices: Hi Roy, I m glad to hear that you are interested in dentistry! It s a fun and rewarding experience, but the path to there can be bumpy! 1) What advice would you give me to get accepted into dental school? Before even applying, make sure that this...

Dentistry: Dental cyst, two front teeth, root canals
two front teeth, root canals, wisdom tooth: Hi Ruqqia It sounds to me like your dentist has been rather hasty with his diagnosis - firstly in removing your wisdom tooth for this problem, and now in saying you need two root canals doing. It may be that you do need two root canals, but I would be inclined...

Dentistry: Dental Implant questions., lateral incisor, lateral incisors
lateral incisor, lateral incisors, implant questions: You treatment plan is good. you need first an orthodontist so a gap is produced (for the lateral incisor) then an implat can be placed or a Maryland bridge also if you dont want to wait too much time, BUT also a specialized doctor can place the implant and...

Dentistry: Dental Implants/Sinus lift, sinus lift, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
sinus lift, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, root canal treatment: Amanda - To be honest with you, the surgeon, if he is knowledgeable, should have known that a sinus lift and grafting should be necessary. He should have advised you then, at least, of the possibility that a sinus lift may be necessary. Sometimes, although...

Dentistry: Dental injections, gary backlund, anaphylactic reaction
gary backlund, anaphylactic reaction, numbness: HI Brandy, The only way a person could die from a dental injection would be if they were allergic to the anesthetic and had an anaphylactic reaction....and that would not be due to not being given accurately. Probably the worse thing could be permanent...

Dentistry: Dentinogenesis Imperfecta, primary teeth, permanent teeth
primary teeth, permanent teeth, genetic defect: There is no cure for D.I. The teeth have a problem with the dentin layer so the enamel is also defective. As a result the teeth are susceptible to excessive wear and must be crowned to prevent further damage. Sometimes the permanent teeth are not affected...

Dentistry: Dry Socket, oil of clove, wisdom teeth
oil of clove, wisdom teeth, dry socket: Dear Pam: It is likely a piece of bone. It is likely making this area hurt. You may try to gently tweeze it out, but this is likely to hurt as well. If it does hurt, or if it does not come out easily, see your dentist. He may need to remove it, or treat...

Dentistry: What i'd consider inflammation..., preventitive measures, endodontist
preventitive measures, endodontist, root canal: Derriello, Its really hard to say without evaluating you. I would feel more confident that the chances of success for that tooth are much higher if an endodontist redid the root canal. I don t think he wasn t acknowledging it, but probably felt that a retreatment...

Dentistry: damage to 3yr olds teeth, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, permanent teeth: Hi Helen, I m sorry to hear your daughter took a fall. Traumatic for Mom as well as daughter, huh? When a baby tooth discolors, it usually means blood vessels inside the tooth have ruptured..just like a black & blue bruise on an arm. This often leads to...

Dentistry: dead root, root canal treatment, permanent teeth
root canal treatment, permanent teeth, milk teeth: Dear Maria you have not specified age of child and whether milk teeth are broken or permanent teeth. If permanent teeth are broken and tooth has become non-vital (dead) then root canal should be done early otherwise it can lead to spread of infection and also...

Dentistry: decolorization of teeth, decolorization, grayish yellow
decolorization, grayish yellow, bristles: Hi Nehe There are various techniques available to restore the appearance of your tooth, and may be as simple as tooth whitening, or the use of a veneer or a crown. You do need to see a dentist initially to diagnose why this tooth has discoloured, and...

Dentistry: delayed eruption of permanent teeth, tooth eruption, permanent teeth
tooth eruption, permanent teeth, emotional trauma: While the timing and pattern of tooth eruption can be quite variable I have never heard of any linkage to emotional stress. This may be a good time for your daughter to have a complete dental examination including x-rays to evaluate her dental health as well...

Dentistry: dental crowns, dental crowns, front teeth
dental crowns, front teeth, old photo: Hi Ann, There are a couple things that can contribute to esthetic appearance...the two that jump out at me are: 1. The lab- the lab controls the designs of the crowns with input from the dentist. There may be an issue with the design of the crown depending...

Dentistry: dental implants bone grafting improving soft tissue, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bone graft
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bone graft, dental implants: Jennifer - In my other response, I suggested that you see a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. When teeth are moved in orthodontics, the bone of the face can recontour. Just by putting the teeth back may not change anything. Again, I suggest...

Dentistry: dental implants bone grafting improving soft tissue, bicuspid teeth, cheek bone
bicuspid teeth, cheek bone, bone graft: Jennifer - It is a little difficult for me to tell, without examining you, if the movement of the teeth during the orthodontics is the real cause of the change in your face. The extractions alone, I am assuming that the teeth extracted were bicuspid teeth,...

Dentistry: dental procedures, root canal dentist, plastic fillings
root canal dentist, plastic fillings, root canal specialist: connie here goes...first amalgam 1S means one surface silver filling....resin 2S means 2 surface plastic fillings. as far as pain goes, you might need nerve evaluated by root canal specialist to make sure nerve is okay. if all tests fine, perhaps the plastic...

Dentistry: dental x-ray of root-filled tooth, gary backlund, raw carrot
gary backlund, raw carrot, hard nuts: Hi Gisella, You ask a GREAT question and one I get on a weekly basis. When a root canal is done, the tooth tends to dry out and become more brittle. As a result, it is more likely to crack or fracture. Crowns help protect the tooth. How susceptible a certain...

Dentistry: My dentist has concerns about putting a post and crown on my root canal, bottom teeth, canal dr
bottom teeth, canal dr, root canal: I can understand your frustration. The answer lies back at the person that did the root canal. Your dentist needs to communicate with the person who did the root canal. Are they recommending extraction because they could not clean all the nerve out of the...

Dentistry: dentist liabilty, root canals, liability questions
root canals, liability questions, root canal: Tony, I can t answer liability questions as every dentist has their own policy and standard of care for what should be done. Because 3 years have gone by, it would be hard to know what how the dentist views this situation. Unfortunately with root canals,...

Dentistry: dimple that disappeared after novacaine, dental appointment, local anesthesia
dental appointment, local anesthesia, laughing gas: Well that s quite interesting. It s hard for me to understand any connection between her dental appointment and the dimple since the local anesthesia would not have been delivered to the cheek. Still, if there was any swelling involved that might result...

Dentistry: displaced meniscus question, maxillofacial surgery residency, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
maxillofacial surgery residency, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, oral and maxillofacial surgeons: Charlotte - My suggestion if for you to see the oral and maxillofacial surgeon who is chairman and program director of Long Island Jewish Medical Center s oral and maxillofacial surgery residency Dr. Michael Lessin. You should not see a resident. I suggest...

Dentistry: Enamel Hypoplasia, upper incisors, enamel hypoplasia
upper incisors, enamel hypoplasia, adult teeth: Most bonding will make those teeth even thicker than they are. Since the upper incisors are already somewhat protrusive and prominent I suspect that bonding them will be rather unattractive. Placing veneers on the teeth may be an acceptable way to mask the...

Dentistry: Expired Nite White, nite white, shelf life
nite white, shelf life, bleach: Dear Carol: They will likely not damage your teeth. But they also will likely not bleach them, either. There is a one-year shelf life on most professional bleaching materials. If kept refrigerated, that may stretch another 6 months. After 3 years, I doubt...

Dentistry: Extraction and after effects, extraction of wisdom tooth, support teeth
extraction of wisdom tooth, support teeth, decayed teeth: Rahul - Of course, it is a little difficult for me to be sure, but it is not unusual to develop small sores in the area of dental treatment. These sores are called stress ulcers and it is thought that they are not due to bacteria or viruses but just from...

Dentistry: Extreme sudden lower molar pain, infected wisdom tooth, wisdom teeth extraction
infected wisdom tooth, wisdom teeth extraction, warm salt water: Dear Marlee: It sounds like you have an infected wisdom tooth, and will likely need to have it removed. Call either this dentist, or your orthodontist. They might be willing to provide you with an antibiotic prescription until you can see your new dentist....

Dentistry: Eye Teeth, sinus cavities, molar teeth
sinus cavities, molar teeth, eye teeth: Kristina - First of all, tooth position does not affect the sinus. Of course, without examing you it is a little difficult for me to tell you what actually needs to be done to better align your teeth and allow your lips to relax, but I think you should make...

Dentistry: endodontics, gary backlund, calcium hydroxide
gary backlund, calcium hydroxide, thick base: Hi Jak, In situations like this, it really depends on how big the perforation is. If is is very small, placing a THICK base of calcium hydroxide may close the hole and may even recalcify the tooth in that area. If the hole is larger, you may need to fill...

Dentistry: expander, roof of the mouth, jawbone
roof of the mouth, jawbone, orthodontist: Your daughter s experience with the expander is certainly not normal and not typical. The expander should not apply significant pressure against the roof of the mouth so as to cause ulceration of the soft tissue. Since I don t know any of the details of...

Dentistry: extraction, front teeth, front tooth
front teeth, front tooth, orthodontist: Before you have additional teeth removed, you need to take your daughter to an orthodontist to see what they recommend. They can help determine if the teeth will move into place and make suggestions on what if any teeth should be removed. I would involve an...

Dentistry: extraction of the bottom front tooth, tooth number, front tooth
tooth number, front tooth, orth: It depends on what it is for. If he has severe crowding of his teeth, the dentist may be recommended having a tooth removed in order to help with creating room to realign the teeth. Depending on the situation, there are many times, a tooth or teeth will be...

Dentistry: extraction/root canal failure, sore tooth, best bet
sore tooth, best bet, root canal: Sealing the tooth off will help prevent saliva and other fluids from leaking in and aggravating the tooth. Your best bet is to have the root canal completed by the specialist(endodontist) as that will be what will resolve the discomfort and pain you are having...

Dentistry: extraction site bleeding, wisdom tooth, dry socket
wisdom tooth, dry socket, heavy bleeding: I would try and stay away from smoking at least 5-7 days following an extraction...smoking after an extraction greatly increases your chances of a dry socket and also delays healing of the area. The roof of your mouth is likely irritated due to injections...

Dentistry: eyeteeth extraction, porcelain veneers, gingival tissues
porcelain veneers, gingival tissues, celebrity smile: Dear Cheryl, Without seeing a photograph of your smile it is hard to give you a definitive answer, but I will offer some general information that you may find helpful. If you have two ugly and misplaced cuspid teeth, then probably the most affordable...

Dentistry: Failed Root Canal, now infected -- Lymph nodes swollen, infected lymph nodes, new dentist
infected lymph nodes, new dentist, jessa: Dear Jessa: You could also have it re-treated by doing another root canal, but that is more expensive, and usually less successful than a first root canal. From here, I would recommend that you lose the tooth, allow the gum to heal, then decide if you want...

Dentistry: Concerning my Receding Gums, gum line, whitening products
Dentistry: Concerning my Receding Gums, gum line, whitening products, exact replica

Dentistry: cosmetic dentistry for dentinogenesis imperfecta, pediatric dentist, pediatric dentistry
Dentistry: cosmetic dentistry for dentinogenesis imperfecta, pediatric dentist, pediatric dentistry, permanent teeth

Dentistry: Deep bite- root canal, esthetics, orthodontist
Dentistry: Deep bite- root canal, esthetics, orthodontist, root canal

Dentistry: large holes after wisdom teeth removal and rotten taste in mouth, penicillin, gum
Dentistry: large holes after wisdom teeth removal and rotten taste in mouth, penicillin, gum

Dentistry: Why is my mouth still numb?, bottom lip, numbness
Dentistry: Why is my mouth still numb?, bottom lip, numbness, cavity

Dentistry: Nerve damage due to trauma, root canal treatment
Dentistry: Nerve damage due to trauma, root canal treatment

Dentistry: What is your opinion on my Lumineers problem?, lumineer, broken tooth
Dentistry: What is your opinion on my Lumineers problem?, lumineer, broken tooth, knock on wood

Dentistry: Root canal/crown lengthening or extraction/implant?, periodontist, dentist
Dentistry: Root canal/crown lengthening or extraction/implant?, periodontist, dentist

Dentistry: re: muscle spasm after impacted wisdom teeth removed, acupuncture, alignment
Dentistry: re: muscle spasm after impacted wisdom teeth removed, acupuncture, alignment

Dentistry: Zirconia crown, root canal, dentist
Dentistry: Zirconia crown, root canal, dentist, teeth

Dentistry: filling, permanent retainer, 1 of the 2
permanent retainer, 1 of the 2, tooth pain: Hi Jamie, I cannot diagnose you but I can give you some things that I would think about. Depending on the size of the cavities, the deeper the cavities, the closer they are to the nerve. The closer to the nerve, the more likely you will experience sensitivity,...

Dentistry: fillings, composite fillings, silver fillings
composite fillings, silver fillings, intraoral camera: Dear Nancy: I have read the original question and the additional questions and answers, and I have some additional information. Decay UNDER an amalgam is usually visible on xray. Decay beside an amalgam is blocked by the metal, and usually cannot be seen...

Dentistry: fractured molar, gary backlund, dental terms
gary backlund, dental terms, endodontist: Hi Mary, I m sorry to hear you re faced with this dilemma. Fractures are very difficult things to predict how they will respond long term, because it is really impossible to determine how bad/deep the fracture goes. That said, most of the teeth that are...

Dentistry: frenum, elastic fibers, front teeth
elastic fibers, front teeth, extra skin: The frenum often consists of a bundle of elastic fibers like a rubber band. This can place constant pressure on the teeth forcing the space between them to open. Although the retainer will resist that force while it is worn there is still that constant pressure...

Dentistry: fusion of teeth, anatomy and physiology courses, lateral incisors
anatomy and physiology courses, lateral incisors, good dental health: No need to worry. This is usually an isolated event of tooth development and rarely affects other teeth. In some cases the fused teeth may interfere with the eruption of the permanent teeth in 5 years but that can be managed with good advice from a pediatric...

Dentistry: Gina, gary backlund, tin foil
gary backlund, tin foil, endodontist: Hi Christine, I m sorry, she didn t. That whole situation can be very frustrating. Did you have an endodontist do the root canal? If so, you should go back for a recheck. If not, you might want to see one for an evaluation...just a thought..... Gary...

Dentistry: Gum boils, gum boil, sinuses
gum boil, sinuses, abscess: Dear Chandra: You need to see a dentist as soon as you can. You have an expanding abscess, likely caused by one or more infected teeth which require treatment. Antibiotics will likely protect you for now, but it will come back stronger later until it is...

Dentistry: Gum damage, dear annie, necrotic bone
dear annie, necrotic bone, spicule: Dear Annie, In my practice I ask patients to return seven days after an extraction for observation. I like to see that the healing is doing well. I find that it is quite common for small pieces of bone to work loose from the jaw after an extraction. These...

Dentistry: general anesthesia for 8 month old, upper incisor, general anesthesia
upper incisor, general anesthesia, tooth enamel: Dear Maria, Australia, India, USA, children are children, teeth are teeth. Wipe the tooth twice daily, with a good fluoride toothpaste. Stop worrying , the tooth will survive until she is a bit older. At least a year or so. If there is no infection now...

Dentistry: hey, grinding my teeth, upper teeth
grinding my teeth, upper teeth, teeth grinding: This is a possibility however stinging sensations typically refer to something going on with the nerves of the teeth. Grinding is more likely to cause biting sensitivity and soreness. I would continue to monitor this and if it continues beyond several days,...

Dentistry: Infant Tooth Loss, space maintainer, month old baby
space maintainer, month old baby, pediatric dentist: While it is necessary to place a space maintainer for the early loss of a back tooth, there is no need to place an appliance to keep the space open for an incisor. Sometimes with the loss of two or more upper incisors, however, an appliance is recommended...

Dentistry: Infected dry socket treatment, dry socket treatment, wisdom teeth
dry socket treatment, wisdom teeth, pain medications: Unfortunately there is not alot that can be done to relieve a dry socket beyond pain medications and time. They irrigated your extraction sites to keep them clean. The cleaner they are, the quicker they heal, and the quicker the discomfort will go away. A...

Dentistry: Infected tooth, urgent care center, infectious organisms
urgent care center, infectious organisms, mrsa infection: Dear Kim: You must contact your dentist immediately. Infection from a tooth, like infections from anywhere else, can spread through your bloodstream and and through your lymphatics to just about anywhere else inside you. Our primary concern with infections...

Dentistry: Intense problem with tooth #13 or 4, post nasal drip, gum specialist
post nasal drip, gum specialist, new dentist: Joyce - I hate to tell you this, but what your dentist created by enlarging the tooth, created a place where oral bacteria loves to hide. You might remove a little of it with the flossing, but a deep cleaning is probably necessary. I say this without seeing...

Dentistry: implant or recrowning?, two front teeth, implant dentistry
two front teeth, implant dentistry, natural teeth: Dear Amber: I have answered your question many times before, and it is one that we struggle with on a daily basis. The question is: What is appropriate in YOUR case? It is hard for me to advise, since I do not have the benefit of examining you and seeing...

Dentistry: implants, root canals, dental implants
root canals, dental implants, bottom teeth: Dear Jackie : You are very smart !!!! Dental implants weaken the strength of bone, thats why we can only place implants if the patients have the conditions. Osteoporosis affects implant placement. They will work but it needs some consideration when placing...

Dentistry: implants or other extractions, wearing braces, bottom teeth
wearing braces, bottom teeth, upper teeth: Dear citra: It appears from your picture that you are still wearing braces. Your orthodontist should be able to move your teeth together such that your midline is corrected, and your back right teeth come together with your right cuspids so there is no visible...

Dentistry: incisive papilla, diamond bur, alveolar ridge
diamond bur, alveolar ridge, incisive papilla: Dr. Sangeetha - Of course a maxillary osteotomy to elevate the anterior maxilla would be an ideal approach, but not appropriate at this stage. A correction that corrects it might be easiest done using an alveolar ridge reduction. That can be easily done...

Dentistry: incisor, root, crack, arteries and veins, pulp chamber
arteries and veins, pulp chamber, gum tissue: Tony - First of all, the doctor who advised you that you should continue bracing with the floss is totally wrong. Bracing is important to allow stability of the tooth, but the use of floss will cause a problem with the peridontal tissues if it slips toward...

Dentistry: infected root canal??, nose cartilage, root canal
nose cartilage, root canal, nostril: Sounds like either the cement seal has weakened within the root of the tooth or there is a possibility that the root could have fractured from the stress of the post. If it is pressure sensitive, I would definitely have your dentist evaluate whats going on....

Dentistry: infected tooth and feeling just ill, rear molars, infected sinus
rear molars, infected sinus, root canals: Jon - It is a little difficult for me to tell you what is causing the continued fatigue and light headed feeling. Begin that the two teeth that were removed were from the upper jaw, it is not inconcievable that any infection from the teeth drained into your...

Dentistry: infection, gum infection, peridontist
gum infection, peridontist, tooth infection: Yes I would be concerned about whats going on and I would have the endodontist what he is seeing in the are that is promoting recurring infections. I am wondering if he is flapping the gums to determine if the infection is a tooth infection vs gum infection....

Dentistry: internal scar tissue, internal scar tissue, warm salt water
internal scar tissue, warm salt water, gentle massage: Anne - First of all, steroid injections, at this stage of healing, might create more problems. The best method of reducing the swelling from internal scar tissue is a combination of warm salt water rinses, focused on the lip area, and a very gentle massage....

Dentistry: invisalign, face shape, front teeth
face shape, front teeth, small chin: The distallization of the molars is not an issue. The important consideration in facial esthetics is the movement of the front teeth which can have a significant effect on the appearance of the face. If the molars are moved back to make room for the other...

Dentistry: Jaw Surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bone graft
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bone graft, wisdom teeth: Victor - I wish I could give you an idea of how long it might take. You really need to be examined before any plan can be achieved. So my suggestion is that you make an appointment with a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon to get an evaluation....

Dentistry: Listerine Whitening pre-brush rinse, children, pediatric dentistry
children, pediatric dentistry, cavities: I am not familiar with this reaction. Typically the peroxide will foam up as it rinsed in the mouth and can leave a white residue that can be simply wiped off but I m not sure if this is what you are referring to...has a dentist had a chance to look at it?...

Dentistry: Loose teeth, full denture implants, competent dentist
full denture implants, competent dentist, partial dentures: Dear Clyde, You have many options including Full and Partial dentures. If you were a patient in my dental practice you would start the process by having a good cleaning and having a full set of radiographs. I would also do a complete and thorough examination...

Dentistry: Loose Front teeth cap, two front teeth, corn on the cob
two front teeth, corn on the cob, half year: Until the dentist can see your daughter she should avoid eating foods that require her to bite using the front teeth. For example, she should avoid corn on the cob or apples and the like. If the crown should fall off you should keep the crown, call the dentist...

Dentistry: large holes after wisdom teeth removal and rotten taste in mouth, wisdom teeth removal, rotten food
wisdom teeth removal, rotten food, food taste: you have to be very careful when irrigating these extraction sockets. you do not want to dislodge the clot. if you have any questions whatsoever, call the oral surgeon and have him/her take a look at your daughter. make sure everything looks okay. he/she can...

Dentistry: lower jaw/chin pain, submandibular lymph glands, teeth and gums
submandibular lymph glands, teeth and gums, dental problem: Dear Theresa, It doesn t sound like a dental problem. The area you are touching sounds like the location of the submandibular lymph glands. Because you have bilateral tenderness, it probably is not a dental problem. Although Lymph glands can be tender for...

Dentistry: front lower tooth, blunt force trauma, front teeth
blunt force trauma, front teeth, cold pressure: Yes I m really a dentist and if you look at my feedback on this forum, I think you would see most people appreciate the time I spend giving advice. By the way, I m here doing research not heal myself Are you in the United States...do you speak English?...

Dentistry: missing two molars in upper jaw, palate expander, molars
palate expander, molars, prosthodontist: Yes it is possible but you will need to talk with a prosthodontist as well as orthodontist. They would work together to come up with a way to realign the teeth and properly fill the spaces from where the other teeth were removed. This should get you on the...

Dentistry: missing two molars in upper jaw, palate expander, molar teeth
palate expander, molar teeth, molars: Dear Deni, You have a serious problem. Regretfully there is no easy solution, and any removable appliance will not be able to move the permanent molar teeth into a correct position. My only suggestion is that you see an orthodontist and get an opinion....

Dentistry: Why is my mouth still numb?, numb tongue, type of anesthetic
numb tongue, type of anesthetic, numbness: http://www.nashvillefirstimpressions.net/blog/post/numb-tongue.html This link highlights what you have already described. If you are numb 3 days later, I would definitely followup with the dentist to inquire about what could be contributing to the prolonged...

Dentistry: mucocele, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, general anesthetic
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, general anesthetic, needle aspiration: Cara - A determination of what is there needs to be done with, at least, a piece of it removed and sent for a pathological exmaination. If it is just a mucocele, it can be reveresed by a procedure called a decompression where the roof is removed and the inside...

Dentistry: Nerve damage and Doctor's accountability, wisdom teeth extraction, space constraint
wisdom teeth extraction, space constraint, constraint problem: RC - At two days after the surgery, it is impossible to tell you when you will begin to feel better. First of all, at this point, stop the ice to the face. Only use warm salt water rinses for about 2-3 minutes, 4-5 times a day. The warm salt water rinses...

Dentistry: Nerve damage due to trauma, tooth pain medication, nerve chamber
tooth pain medication, nerve chamber, pinkish tinge: Dear Sarah: It looks and sounds like the trauma to your tooth has caused its pulp (the contents of the nerve chamber and canal is actually made up of nerve tissue and blood vessels, separated and held together by connective tissue) to bleed. This does appear...

Dentistry: Do I need a root canal, dentist appointment, front teeth
dentist appointment, front teeth, cold glass: Dear Jonathan. From your story it does seem likely that you do need a root canal, but getting a second opinion is never a bad idea. The pressure placed on teeth by braces can occasionally cause a tooth s pulp to die. A change in color of a tooth can often...

Dentistry: numb lip after partial, nerve damage, oral surgeon
nerve damage, oral surgeon, blood vessel: I cannot say I have ever heard of permanent nerve damage on the top lip as it is very common on the lower lip. Extended numbness is normal with several injections and depending on where they were placed. I would continue to monitor this for another week or...

Dentistry: Occlusal adjustment for TMJ?, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw muscles
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, jaw muscles, occlusal guard: Elise - It sounds like you have arthritic changes in the joint. Adjusting the bite is not the best way to approach it. With the changes noted on the MRI, you really need to be evaluated by a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Correcting the...

Dentistry: Old silver filling now sensitive to cold, old silver, cold beverage
old silver, cold beverage, x ray: That doesn t sound like an old filling,to me 15 to 25 years is old.Anyway,it would be a good idea to have the tooth evaluated and an x ray taken to know what s going on.You can t always go by symptoms alone,that s why I encourage you to have it checked out...

Dentistry: Orthodontic correction bands, metal braces, orthodontia
metal braces, orthodontia, elastics: We frequently use double elastics to increase the tension applied. It is not unreasonable to do so. The force applied by elastics is somewhat subjective and the actual tension produced by elastics changes over the day as the elastics weaken due to stretch...

Dentistry: Overbite correction, metal braces, removable appliances
metal braces, removable appliances, orthodontic evaluation: It may be possible to correct your malocclusion with Invisalign appliances (www.invisalign.com), although that depends on the exact circumstances of your situation. In some limited situations it may be possible to treat one dental arch alone. I am not...

Dentistry: Overjet after orthodontic treatment, upper teeth, adult teeth
upper teeth, adult teeth, overjet: Theoretically, that is a possibility. Space would need to be made so the upper teeth can be retracted, and one must consider the effect that will have on the bite relationship...how the upper and lower teeth meet once the retraction is accomplished. There...

Dentistry: What is your opinion on my Lumineers problem?, lumineer, dentist referral
lumineer, dentist referral, dentist chair: Sounds like there are some bite issues that are preventing the Lumineers from being successful. I don t do many Lumineers unless the conditions are right. You have to have a certain bite to be able to do those. There are other things that can cause them to...

Dentistry: oral/sinus problems, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus problems
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, sinus problems, sinus infection: Amy - Of course, without examining you it it a little tough for me to be sure, but the opening into the sinus that originally allowed liquids in your mouth to gain entrance into your sinus may still be there, although the opening might be very small or microscopic....

Dentistry: Pain after Fillings, white fillings, plane rides
white fillings, plane rides, motrin: Hi Shannon, If the filling was deep, it is common to feel pain for a period of time. Everyone is different, so it s hard to gauge if (or when) the pain will stop. If the pain is slowly subsiding, then that should be a good indication. However, in some people,...

Dentistry: Pain Following Root Canal, gary backlund, front teeth
gary backlund, front teeth, sore bottom: Hi Linda, I m sorry to hear you re having this experience. These are NOT normal post op problems from a root canal. In fact, I suspect they are not even related. You sore bottom front teeth are certainly not associated with the root canal and your sore...

Dentistry: Painful to Pressure, gary backlund, cracked tooth
gary backlund, cracked tooth, pain medication: Hi Kim, Unfortunately, cracked teeth only get worse. Every time you bite down, you take the chance of widening the crack. The treatment for a cracked tooth is a full crown. The sooner you can that, the better the chances of not needing a root canal. ...

Dentistry: Palatial Expansion, palate expander, jaw joints
palate expander, jaw joints, muscular function: As I said previously, the answer to your question depends on information that I just don t have. Your orthodontist has the necessary information about your daughter s pre-treatment condition and can evaluate her current status so that he/she can advise you...

Dentistry: Past dentist ruined my teeth - is new dentist any better?, new dentist, root canals
new dentist, root canals, check ups: Hi Gillian Only you can decide whether or not to complain about your first dentist, and to a degree it depends what you want to achieve. You may feel better by writing a letter to the first dentist outlining your concerns and disappointment - see how he...

Dentistry: Pedi partial or not, pediatric dentist, self esteem issues
pediatric dentist, self esteem issues, tooth decay: The night/nap bottle should contain ONLY water. Milk, juice and any other sweetened liquid...natural or artificial...must be avoided at night and nap to prevent further decay of the other teeth. I would certainly recommend a pedi-partial with the loss of...

Dentistry: Poorly designed crowns, porcelain crowns, lateral incisors
porcelain crowns, lateral incisors, two front teeth: I would spend a great deal of time discussing what your goals are with new crowns and what you don t like about your existing set. There is always risk from removing a filling and/or crown as it could result in removal of more tooth structure and increased...

Dentistry: Post Root canal pain, root canal treatments, root canal treatment
root canal treatments, root canal treatment, root canal pain: Dear Makky, Sometimes after a root canal a tooth can hurt for a period of time or be sensitive to pressure or biting . Sensitivity to biting can last for a while (months even). It is also possible that your pain may mean that your root canal treatment...

Dentistry: Pregnancy & Crowns, root canals, front teeth
root canals, front teeth, novocain: The best person to answer that is not me or your dentist...its your OB/GYN. Talk with your OB/GYN and explain your situation as they ultimately determine what you can take safely and what you can t. This must be coordinated with your dentist to make sure you...

Dentistry: Premature pulling of eye teeth?, lateral incisors, eye teeth
lateral incisors, eye teeth, new dentist: We should be talking about two different aspects of bone growth here. The first is alveolar bone growth. This is the bone that immediately surrounds and supports the teeth. The second is skeletal bone growth and this is refers to the actual jaw...mandible...

Dentistry: Prolonged numbness, potent medication, nerve pain
potent medication, nerve pain, wisdom teeth: LeTisa - Lyrica is a potent medication for pain, but there are otheres that do not have as many side effects. They are Neurontin and Tegretol. They may not be quite as potent, but many with nerve pain find these medications very effective. Speak with your...

Dentistry: Pus still there after root canal, gary backlund, root canal treatment
gary backlund, root canal treatment, rubber dam: Hi Clare, In our area, using a rubber dam is the standard of care . Any dentist not using one would be left in a difficult position if anything negative happened while the treatment was being performed. I would NEVER do a root canal without a rubber dam....

Dentistry: pain above treated teeth, root canal specialist, front teeth
root canal specialist, front teeth, career one: It is not unusual to see this but to make certain that is what is going on and that you are comfortable with the situation. I would consult an endodontist(root canal specialist) to have them evaluate your condition to ensure that there is not any lingering...

Dentistry: pain after composite filling, cold liquids, root canals
cold liquids, root canals, endodontist: Hi again Jenny, The real question here is will the nerve settle down ? It sounds to me like you are getting worse. If that s the case, you probably need a root canal. The options are, wait to see what happens or commit to a root canal to get rid of the...

Dentistry: pain after root canal treatment, nerve canals, root canal treatment
nerve canals, root canal treatment, pain after root canal treatment: Sabyasachi - It is a little difficult for me to tell you exactly what is going on, but either the dentist did not removed all the nerve and the remaining nerve is now inflamed or infected or he perforated the tooth with the instrument used to clean the canal....

Dentistry: pain after temporary bridge, warm salt water, temporary bridge
warm salt water, temporary bridge, dry socket: Marie - It is not good that you have this problem. it could be an infection or an inflammation, called a dry socket. You need to contact the doctor. He needs to examine you immediately and probably prescribe an antibiotic. If it is a dry socket, he needs...

Dentistry: painfully scared!, dentist appointment, brushing my teeth
dentist appointment, brushing my teeth, cold foods: Antoinette - I hate to tell you this, but it sounds like you have a combination of problems. I cannot be sure from your description, but you most likely have infections of some areas and probably decay that has invaded the nerve area within teeth. You don...

Dentistry: perforation of root during RTC, pain after a root canal, root canals
pain after a root canal, root canals, root perforation: Dear Carolyn, Do you suspect that you have a root perforation during a root canal performed by an endodontist and was not told about it? It is not terribly likely. Most endodontists are quite skilled at performing root canals and are quite aware that if...

Dentistry: permanent retainer, interdental brushes, gum tissue
interdental brushes, gum tissue, interdental brush: That white residue is called calculus or tarter and is an irritant to the gum tissue. Calculus is a leading cause of gingivitis and can lead to periodontal disease and subsequent bone loss around those teeth. It needs to be removed with a professional cleaning...

Dentistry: porcelain fused to metal crowns, porcelain crowns, metal crowns
porcelain crowns, metal crowns, time decay: They have been around much longer than all porcelain crowns. They are known for strength and I typically do these on back teeth. They do work well on front teeth but can be more challenging to make them look esthetic. I would talk with your dentist about doing...

Dentistry: porcelain veneers, new dentist, porcelain veneers
new dentist, porcelain veneers, red herring: Hi Alix The dentist should replace these for you free of charge. You can t get a proper appreciation of the appearance until you have had chance to properly try the veneers, so it is perfectly reasonable for you to go home and then find you are not happy....

Dentistry: possible bone infection, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bad tooth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bad tooth, bone infection: Joanna - You definitely need a second opinion. Seeing the oral and maxillofacial surgeon would definitely be a good idea. It seems that something was injured in your treatments and that needs to be corrected. I wish you well and hope you can be made...

Dentistry: post op wisdom extraction, 7 months, warm salt water, wisdom tooth
warm salt water, wisdom tooth, periodontal disease: Handy - What you are experiencing is not directly blood pressure related. When there is excessive inflammation, the body causes excessive blood vessels to swell and more blood is in the area. With the increased blood in the area, bending over increasing...

Dentistry: post root canal abcess, root canal filling, root fillings
root canal filling, root fillings, nasal drainage: Hi J, I m sorry you re having this problem. In almost all cases, once a failing root canal is removed, the problem will heal nicely. Since the root canal filling is inside the tooth, when the tooth is removed, it will come out too. If the tooth that...

Dentistry: problem with a temporary crown., root canals, root canal
root canals, root canal, novocaine: Dear Kathleen: The first things I would have your dentist check are your bite (it is likely high on this temporary), and whether or not it is still sealed to your tooth (it may have become slightly dislodged, or there may be some moisture under it). Once...

Dentistry: progression of cavity toothache, dental appointment, cavity
dental appointment, cavity, toothpaste: CJ - I fully understand your discomfort with what you are dealing with. I don t like the continuation of pain, even without continued stimulation. It is possible that the decay that is present may have eaten deep into the tooth and may be inflaming the...

Dentistry: pulling a 14 year olds molar, upper molar, wisdom teeth
upper molar, wisdom teeth, bottom teeth: In general I would recommend attempting to orthodontically move a tooth into place if at all reasonable rather than extracting it. Admittedly, it is often just not reasonable to do so with a second molar. Without actually seeing models of the teeth and x-rays...

Dentistry: pulp or root?, pulp tissue, primary tooth
pulp tissue, primary tooth, baby teeth: Depending on the age, it might be time to have that tooth removed. Its apparent the red spot is likely the gum growing into the remnants of the tooth and as a result, it is not coming out on its own. Removing the tooth should very quickly alleviate this problem....

Dentistry: question, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bicuspid teeth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, bicuspid teeth, skilled surgeon: Nguyen - The removal of 4 teeth for orthodontics, usually means that the teeth needing removal are bicuspid teeth(also called premolars). Of all the teeth in the mouth, these teeth are some of the simplest to remove in the hands of a skilled surgeon. There...

Dentistry: question about porceline crown, stain resistance, front teeth
stain resistance, front teeth, shiny surface: calling your dentist is the best idea. have him/her take a look and put your mind at ease. and if you do not feel comfortable with what you are told, you can always get a second opinion from a different dentist. but you should be 100% satisfied with the work...

Dentistry: RCT, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, detist: Hi again Nicole, If it truly was the clindamycin you tasted, then the temporary is leaking. A more common taste would be the temporary filling that was put in to seal the inside of the tooth. I would suggest that you call your endodontist and let him/her...

Dentistry: RE: 13 month old's upper teeth, caries pedodontist ECC
caries pedodontist ECC: As per your description there can be two reasons for this condition. One which is more common is Early Childhood Caries(ECC). At this age ECC can occur if the child sleeps during mother feed/bottle feed and tooth cleaning measures are not implemented. If this...

Dentistry: RE root canal-- Tin foil lady, grinding my teeth, tin foil
grinding my teeth, tin foil, mouth guard: Hi Gina, Thanks for your comments...:-).... The best mouth guard is the one made by a dentist, but they are really expensive since we don t even know if that what s causing your problem. Drug stores sell one that we use from time to time to help diagnosis...

Dentistry: Reatiner- which is better, essix retainer, hawley
essix retainer, hawley, retainers: I prefer the Essix since I can make the retainer in my office in three days rather than the Hawley which requires about three weeks in a commercial lab. The Hawley is worn day and night while the Essix is worn just at night so my patients prefer the Essix...

Dentistry: Receding Gums - Minor, receding gums, natural peppermint
receding gums, natural peppermint, bee propolis: Dear Matt: You have asked a very important, interesting and very common question. It is very hard for me to answer your questions in this limited forum since there are text books written on the issues you have raised, but I will help you make some sense...

Dentistry: Recurring gum crack, rough spot, oral surgeon
rough spot, oral surgeon, molars: Hello, It is really hard to say without seeing what you are describing. Did they take an xray of the area? Was there anything remarkable on the xray? I think biopsy could be a possibility if you can rule out that is not directly related to your hygiene....

Dentistry: Resealing a Root Canal, new dentist, eye tooth
new dentist, eye tooth, root canal: It does make sense to me, you had a temporary crown placed over a root canal and never had it completed. Temporary crowns do not provide the Seal and the strength that a permanent crown does, and a result, it can compromise the underlying tooth. It it...

Dentistry: Root Canal, teeth molars, pulp tissue
teeth molars, pulp tissue, root canals: Dear Jodi, If you are experiencing sensitivity to hot and cold on the left side of your mouth it is not coming from the teeth that you previously had root canals on. After having a root canal a tooth looses its ability to feel cold. A vital pulp has to...

Dentistry: Root Canal or not?, dull ache, goingon
dull ache, goingon, root canal: Hi Liz The dentist is trying to determine whether or not the pulp in the middle of your tooth will recover or not. If it doesn t then you will need root canal - if it does then you may not. This can be a rather grey area when a tooth is like this and...

Dentistry: Root Canal, root canal treatment, root canals
root canal treatment, root canals, temporary filling: Hi Alex The ideal solution would be to see an endodontist (specialist in root canal treatment). This would be on a private basis, and I don t know how practical it would be to get an appointment before you leave the country. It does sound like you need...

Dentistry: Root Canal after maxofacial surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, root canal treatment
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, root canal treatment, cheek implant: Kathy - It is a little difficult for me to be sure, but it sounds like the root canal treatment was, at least partially, a failure. That seems to be the source of the problem. It might be a good idea to get a second opinion from a board certified oral and...

Dentistry: Root Canal Pain, root canal pain, strength tylenol
root canal pain, strength tylenol, swollen gums: Hi Joanne You can experience quite a degree of pain after root treatment, and this doesn t necessarily mean anything is wrong. The tissues around the tooth can become very inflamed and this leads to the pain. Keep taking the medication and see how it...

Dentistry: Root Canal Pain, root canal pain, sinus infection
root canal pain, sinus infection, sinus infections: I have not typically seen root canals cause sinus infections but it is possible. Re: pain following root canal...if your discomfort has not resolved within 1-2 weeks then you definitely need to be reevaluated to make sure the root canal was successful. ...

Dentistry: Root Canal Pain/Pressure Four months later, root canal pain, blood blisters
root canal pain, blood blisters, root canals: The first thing that needs to be done is to get the bite on the crowns corrected...something as simple as a bite thats off can cause toothaches, pains and pressure discomfort..this very well could resolve the problem Dr.G P.S. The allergies to the metal...

Dentistry: After Root Canal pain, root canal pain, sinus tract
root canal pain, sinus tract, diagnostic clues: I don t know. He should have an x-ray of the finished product rom when he did it, and things probably haven t changed. However, I would have placed a piece of gutta percha in the sinus tract blister and taken a new x-ray to see hwere it is coming from....

Dentistry: Root Canal vs. Extraction, dr price, root canal
dr price, root canal, tooth pain: Hi Cameshia, I m sorry you are going through all this. In almost all cases, doing a root canal on an infected tooth reduces the overall bad stuff in your system. There is NO correlation with depressed immune system and root canal failure as the 2nd dentist...

Dentistry: Root canal, root canal specialist, root canal treatment
root canal specialist, root canal treatment, gum disease: Sounds like you are dealing with an advanced infection on the tooth. I would not say it not fixable however it might be in your best interest to go see an endodontist (a root canal specialist) as it may take more than your dentist has been able to do for pain...

Dentistry: Root canal/crown lengthening or extraction/implant?, mandibular nerve, upper tooth
mandibular nerve, upper tooth, wisdom tooth: Joyce - Depending on the extent of decay, the tooth may be able to be saved. I am assuming that the decay goes below the gum level and that s why further exposure is necessary. If the decay is so extensive, the tooth should be extracted. If extracted,...

Dentistry: Root canal failure, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, temporary filling: Hi Linda, While I see this often when I retreat root canals, it is not something that I support. Many dentists do leave cotton in the tooth, but I don t know why. It doesn t promote infection or root canal failure since the root canal is sealed under the...

Dentistry: Root canal with infection., root canals, bacterial contamination
root canals, bacterial contamination, dear jennifer: Dear Jennifer, Many root canals are performed while an infection is present in the bone or the gums. This is not a contraindication to starting a root canal. In fact, most endodontic infections respond favorably to root canal treatment. In a relatively...

Dentistry: Root tip extraction, tip extraction, pediatric dentist
tip extraction, pediatric dentist, root tip: Adriana - Removing the root tip is usually recommended to prevent a problem with the permanent tooth above. An infection can occur and that could cause problems with the permanent tooth. So have the root tip removed. In the long run, everything will be...

Dentistry: rct, new dentist, health care system
new dentist, health care system, obama: I find this bizarre. Whether I do a tooth in one or more sessions depends on a number of factors, and not on how much you pay. Also I don t know what new machine she might have, and why whether or not she uses it depends on how much you pay. I think you...

Dentistry: re: muscle spasm after impacted wisdom teeth removed, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, muscle spasm
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, muscle spasm, molar tooth: Rehana - It is obvious that your dentist does not know what to do. You should not be having an infection from an extraction 3 years ago. The continuation of the infection is most likely inflaming the muscles. My suggestion is that you should get yourself...

Dentistry: recently capped tooth needs root canal, gary backlund, molar tooth
gary backlund, molar tooth, tooth implants: Hi Karen, I m sorry this has all gone on. Unfortunately, it is not unusual for a tooth need a root canal after being prepared for a crown. That happens as a result of the trauma of reducing the tooth, as you said. That does not mean there is anything, long...

Dentistry: red gum around implant, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, red gum
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, red gum, gum tissue: Sue - I think I need a little more information. Was the implant inserted and the gum tissue used to cover over the implant to let it heal? If not, he used the implant that is, allegedly functional immediately. I have seen so many of these fail due tp inflammation...

Dentistry: removable flipper, root canal treatment, gum line
root canal treatment, gum line, implant dentistry: Dear Karen: You are absolutely correct for wanting to preserve the space between your teeth, until you decide what to do. You can use a simple Valplast flexible denture (flipper) that hooks up to the front and back teeth with flexible plastic. Any dentist...

Dentistry: remove gold from teeth, gold crowns, gold seekers
gold crowns, gold seekers, gold traders: Isaac - For you to remove the gold from the teeth, the best way for you to do it is by actually crushing the teeth. Another way, that would be attempted by a jeweler, is to heat up the teeth in direct fire to melt the gold off of the tooth. There are many...

Dentistry: retainers that don't quite fit, retainers, orthodontist
retainers, orthodontist, personal experience: It appears that the teeth have changed positions beyond what the retainers can reasonably do. At this point you need to visit the orthodontist who can determine what might be best for you. Using your current retainers seems to be placing excessive forces...

Dentistry: retreat RCT/poss. root fracture, great reputation, endodontist
great reputation, endodontist, tiny area: Nicole - An infection in an adjoining tooth should not cause pain in the tooth you just had crowned. If the pain is in one corner of that tooth, your bite should definitely be examined closely. A root fracture does not cause pain in a tiny area, but usually...

Dentistry: retreatment of root canals, root canal treatment, more than sixty years
root canal treatment, more than sixty years, root canals: Hi Louise Modern root canal treatment is far far more effective than the treatment you had in the 1940s. Success rates for initial root treatment are approx 95%, and for re-treatment probably around 80% or so. Age can be a factor in the success of root...

Dentistry: root adsorption, gary backlund, root canals
gary backlund, root canals, history of trauma: Hi Dan, In all cases of root resorption, the real issue is whether the tooth is alive and whether the process is active. If the teeth are alive and the resorption has stopped, then root canals would not be necessary. We often see root shortening as a result...

Dentistry: root canal, gary backlund, gum side
gary backlund, gum side, root canals: HI Ann, When we exam teeth in our office, we use a number of tests, but the absolute most reliable is cold. It has less false responses than any of our other tests and we depend on it heavily to help make our diagnosis.....so the answer to your question...

Dentistry: root canal/tooth extraction, ruptured blood vessel, cheek bone
ruptured blood vessel, cheek bone, gary backlund: Hi Polly, You re welcome. I guess I misread your original question. When I re-read it, you said it appeared after the root canal treatment. I m sorry for the misunderstanding. Since it did occur right after the injection, it probably is a hematoma and will...

Dentistry: root canal treatment, gary backlund, root canal treatment
gary backlund, root canal treatment, root canals: Hi Lisa, I m sorry this has happened. Unfortunately, it does occur to anyone doing root canals. While the incidence of broken instruments is low, it still happens...as you found out. Your dentist is right. The material itself will not cause any problems....

Dentistry: root canals, cerec crown, root canals
cerec crown, root canals, extractions: Hi Mike, Sometimes, the pain can linger on for a while. If the pain is still as intense as ever, then see and endodontist have a second look. It may be that additional teeth also need treatment, and this is where the pain is originating from. Good...

Dentistry: root canals be done on my 7 year olds permanent avulsed teeth, avulsed teeth, vital teeth
avulsed teeth, vital teeth, root canals: Heather, your interpretation of how I used the word gamble is correct. The procedure may or may not work depending on how healthy the tissue is after being out of the mouth for a period of time, and having to have a blood supply reconnect after the avulsed...

Dentistry: Saliva Problem, saliva production, food particles
saliva production, food particles, salivary flow: If you drool because you don t swallow your saliva enough, then become aware of this and swallow more often. If you have exercised your swallowing awareness for three weeks, and you continue to drool, contact an oral surgeon for an evaluation. There may...

Dentistry: Site Preservation, bone grafts, graduate medical school
bone grafts, graduate medical school, bone graft: I have one question first : why are you going to loss another molar ? , what did the doctor told you ? Dont grafting one area doesnt mean that you have to loss teeth. You have too many questions, so ill try to answer some ones. First, you must...

Dentistry: Site Preservation following extraction, bone grafts, bone graft
bone grafts, bone graft, graduate medical school: Hi Anne, I ll try to do my best, but since I don t have xrays or a view of your mouth, my knowledge of this case is limited. I understand how frustrating this can be to you. You may be right that the collagen plug fell out, and yes, your doctor should...

Dentistry: Small bump inside lower lip, warm salt water, mucocele
warm salt water, mucocele, salivary gland: Sounds like a mucocele which essentially is a small nodule of mucus that has accumulated within a salivary gland with the lip. These typically do not go away on their own often times, I will recommend biopsying them to be safe and to remove it as biting...

Dentistry: Son's top front tooth is slightly discolored after having it replaced, porcelain crown, gum line
porcelain crown, gum line, ceramic porcelain: It depends on what what done..It is likely they did a crown. So would need to know, did he get a root canal on the tooth, and they did they put a post on it. Re: crown, was it an all porcelain crown or PFM crown? Read my link and see if this clarifies...it...

Dentistry: Is Space maintainer needed, space maintainer, tooth cavity
space maintainer, tooth cavity, front teeth: The space maintainer did not cause crowding of the lower front teeth. That s just the way your child is developing and you can expect your child to have crowding of the permanent teeth as they come in. The space maintainer will help prevent the crowding...

Dentistry: Strange jaw popping, wisdom teeth, twenty one years
wisdom teeth, twenty one years, occlusal guard: Dear Katherine: Your jaw popping began probably because your lower jaw was overstressed during the extraction process. It is likely that you have what we call TMD, or temporomandibular dyafunction. The pop usually occurs because the meniscus does not move...

Dentistry: Strep throat following dental work, dental cleanings, rheumatic fever
dental cleanings, rheumatic fever, throat infections: Dear Deb: Yes, it is possible that dental cleanings could contribute to sore throat. And no, it not in the standards of dental practice to provide penicillin to prevent strep throat. However, being aware, you might wish to contact his doctor with the same...

Dentistry: Sudden cavities, sudden rash, cavities
sudden rash, cavities, cavity: Hi Bonnie Cavities are caused by sugar in your diet, so the obvious thought is that you may have changed your diet in some way. It is not always the obviously sugary items that are the problem - you need to look for hidden sugar in your diet. Regards...

Dentistry: Swelling and pain six days after wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom teeth extraction, salt water solution
wisdom teeth extraction, salt water solution, extraction instructions: Liz - It is a little difficult for me to be sure that an answer is totally accurate. With the development of swelling and pain, infection or inflammation is occurring. I know you have followed your doctors post extraction instructions, but now a change is...

Dentistry: sever pain from injection in lower jaw, jaw pain, oral surgeon
jaw pain, oral surgeon, endodontist: Dear Susan: I cannot tell what might have happened just yet. If your son s jaw began to hurt shortly after the crown was placed, it likely is the bite, combined with the fact that his mouth might have been open for quite some time during the process. It...

Dentistry: severe occlusal problem following extraction, periodontal problems, front teeth
periodontal problems, front teeth, condyle: Jane - Of course, I cannot be sure without examining you, but your description of what is happening sounds like a dislocation in the temporomandibular joint. You definitely need to get back to see the surgeon as soon as possible. This dislocation will not...

Dentistry: severe pain in jaw/ear after dental procedure, root canal specialist, warm salt water
root canal specialist, warm salt water, nerve block: Melissa - I wish I could tell you what is going on, but with the initial symptoms due to cold sensitivity, that moreso indicates an inflammation to the nerve within the tooth. It seems that the injection given ha inflamed the jaw muscles and has put these...

Dentistry: skin lesion after dental visit, skin lesion, local anesthetic
skin lesion, local anesthetic, dental condition: This is certainly not a normal reaction to local anesthetic. I have never seen a reaction like this to an injection of local anesthetic, and it does not appear to be an allergic reaction since it is so localized. Without knowing the details of the location...

Dentistry: My son broke his tooth., permanent tooth, milk tooth
permanent tooth, milk tooth, anirudh: Dear Kaushik: If it is as you describe, I would remove the root and let his permanent tooth grow in. It should come in in about one year. There are no repercussions, except that he will be smiling with one tooth missing in front for about one year. If...

Dentistry: My son broke his tooth., milk tooth, anirudh
milk tooth, anirudh, broken tooth: If you can see the root in the socket, then the tooth was not avulsed but horizontally fractured at the gum level. There is nothing to do but have the remaining root extracted. There is always a possibility that before it fractured the tip of the root was...

Dentistry: My son broke his tooth., milk tooth, broken tooth
milk tooth, broken tooth, anirudh: Dear Kaushik, except for appearance for a few years , this is not a serious injury , the new tooth will erupt and there is no need to maintain the space. It would be best if you are able to have the remaining section of the broken tooth removed. it will...

Dentistry: My son broke his tooth., milk tooth, permanent teeth
milk tooth, permanent teeth, anirudh: He needs to have the tooth extracted as soon as possible because the longer it stays there, the more likely he will develop an infection. Not only that, but it can affect the development of the underlying replacement permanent teeth. I would get him to a dentist...

Dentistry: My son broke his tooth., milk tooth, theoretical risk
milk tooth, theoretical risk, permanent tooth: Hi Kaushik He needs to see a dentist. It may be that the tooth root needs to be extracted, ormaybe it could be repaired. There shouldn t be any real long-term complications although there is a theoretical risk of damage to the developing permanent tooth....

Dentistry: My son broke his tooth., dental trauma, milk tooth
dental trauma, milk tooth, permanent teeth: Treatment depends on pulp vitality. Inside teeth we have an organ called pulp (it is something like the vital part of tooth, nerves and blood vessels). AFter a trauma, sometimes this pulp is injured (if the injury to the pulp was too much sometimes the pulp...

Dentistry: My son broke his tooth., root canal treatment, milk tooth
root canal treatment, milk tooth, permanent tooth: Dear Kaushik, First you have to make sure that tooth is broken or intruded (pushed inside). Second condition is more harmful for developing tooth bud (permanent tooth present in bone). Any sort of damage can occur to developing tooth ranging from a white spot...

Dentistry: My sons teeth aren't coming in, permanent teeth, baby teeth
permanent teeth, baby teeth, dalin: sometimes it takes 6-9 months go get some in. the best way to really know what is going on is to go in to the dentist and get an xray and exam. you want to make sure permanent teeth are not getting caught under remaining baby teeth...you want to make sure...

Dentistry: sore tooth/gum, bluish gray color, sore tooth
bluish gray color, sore tooth, root canal: I would have the root canal reevaluated to make sure it has not become infected. I would also make sure the color is not being caused by a filling or crown that is around that area. Honestly very hard to say without evaluating and taking an xray. Dr....

Dentistry: space btween my two front teeth due to gum dises, orthodontics braces, two front teeth
orthodontics braces, two front teeth, best of both worlds: Dear Nicole: There is definitely a way to bring your teeth together with orthodontics (braces). However, before you rush on to your orthodontist, you much evaluate your periodontal disease. If you have orthodontics and your periodontal disease is active,...

Dentistry: stop turning palate expander for crossbite after 3 months?, palate expander, many different ways
palate expander, many different ways, face mask: There are many different ways to manage a treatment plan. In my office we don t continue expanding the appliance for the entire time that the face mask is worn. We also don t turn it forward and then backward to loosen the jaw. That s not to say that...

Dentistry: very VERY strange oral herpes complication., herpes virus, antiviral medication
herpes virus, antiviral medication, answer mark: Mark - I have seen quite a few cases of herpes simplex neuralgia in my practice over the 30 years I have been in practice. I am including a couple of internet sites that also confirm that herpes simplex, what you had, can produce this problem. www.neurology.org/cgi/content/abstract/26/6/596...

Dentistry: Can surgery solve gum irritation from veneers, gum irritation, auto immune disorders
gum irritation, auto immune disorders, gum line: Jes - It is definitely true that crowns do sit below the gum line like the veneers. The main difference with quality crowns is that they are porcelain covered over metal. Porcelain will not produce a reaction like what you are enduring. If inserted properly,...

Dentistry: Teeth, broken teeth, age matters
broken teeth, age matters, ups and downs: It s important that there are no cavities or broken teeth and the gums must be healthy. The cost of orthodontic treatment will depend on the severity of the problem, the amount of treatment necessary to achieve a satisfactory result and the prevailing fees...

Dentistry: Teeth keep chipping off, appleton, dentists
appleton, dentists, dentist: Hi Izmi I m afraid that without further information on the nature/location of the chipping I can t be of much help. There are many possible causes, but a thorough examination by a dentist should provide you with the cause. Regards Tony Appleto...

Dentistry: Temporary Bridge, temporary bridge, inner lip
temporary bridge, inner lip, healing time: Hard to say about healing time depending on how much the design of the bridge has changed. You need to talk to your dentist about your concerns and consult him about all the sensitivity and pain you are having. I would NOT rush the bridge...in fact I would...

Dentistry: Tooth, canine teeth, dental questions
canine teeth, dental questions, thick piece: Dear John, Of course without actually examining you I can not offer a diagnosis, but I can offer some general information and advice that you may find helpful. Canine teeth are very important teeth to save. They have long roots and if there is sufficient...

Dentistry: Tooth Chips after Root Canal, before a Crown, gary backlund, root canal
gary backlund, root canal, msd: Hi Em, In most cases, a chip is not a big deal. It really depends on how big the chip is. As long as it s just a small part of the tooth, it could be smoothed down or if you are planning a crown, now might be a good time to get started. If the chip is big,...

Dentistry: Tooth Extraction in Child, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, general anesthesia
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, general anesthesia, pediatric dentist: Shelly - The change in his speech might occur, but it will go away once the teeth erupt. The teeth themselves, limit the tongues movements. With the eruption of the permanent teeth, any change in speech should go away without speech therapy. That has been...

Dentistry: Tooth extraction with an infection, root treatment, correct diagnosis
root treatment, correct diagnosis, oral surgeon: Dear Naomi: If the extraction is done by a qualified oral surgeon, please tell him/her of this problem, and they can give you anesthetic in such a way that it WILL numb the tooth. You should not worry about that. I have corresponded with many from the UK...

Dentistry: Tooth 'pulses' after RCT, gary backlund, heart pulse
gary backlund, heart pulse, intermittent pain: Hi William, What you are experiencing is NOT normal. Obviously, since I can t exam you, I can t tell you what is going on, but I would certainly advise you to call your dentist and let him/her know what you are feeling. You will probably need to go in for...

Dentistry: Tooth 'pulsing' after RCT, root canal therapy, heart pulse
root canal therapy, heart pulse, intermittent pain: First, why did the other tooth (#8) require a crown? Was it due to trauma to that tooth? If so, there is a good chance it was devitalized, and so was #9. Probably nobody ever checked #9 recently to see it it was still vital. Second, did your dentist check...

Dentistry: teeth knocked slightly loose in 4 year old child, ceramic tile floor, two front teeth
ceramic tile floor, two front teeth, problem signs: It s not likely that she will have to lose any of those teeth unless there is a fracture of the root. This can only be determined by an x-ray so an examination by your dentist in the next few days would be wise. Meantime, you should be alert for problem...

Dentistry: throbbing after an emergency root canal, root canal treatment, continual pain
root canal treatment, continual pain, body experiences: Hi Diane It is quite normal for a tooth to be painful as you describe after root canal treatment - it can take a couple of weeks to settle down fully, so I wouldn t be too concerned just yet. Having said that - if it worsens there is a chance that the...

Dentistry: tmd, jaw bones, tmj problems
jaw bones, tmj problems, stable base: Heidi - It is a little tough for me to tell you what could be done to stop your pain without fully examining you. During the unstable phase, while they are moving your teeth to form a stable base, the unstable occluson accentuates your pain. Stability of...

Dentistry: toddler root canal, canal four, pediatric dentist
canal four, pediatric dentist, front teeth: The process of deterioration and ultimate infection can take some time to occur. By delaying the treatment you may find yourself faced with pain and swelling. It is recommended that the treatment should be done before it becomes an emergency situation...

Dentistry: tooth broken off at gumline, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, gum line
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, gum line, root tips: Kim - If you want the root tips removed ith the least amount of trauma, you should see a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon to remove the roots. With root canal teeth, the removal is a little more difficult, but a qualified surgeon should have...

Dentistry: tooth decay, jaw area, decayed tooth
jaw area, decayed tooth, tooth decay: yes, but i understand that the term is not rotten, i will explain you a little bit. Tooth fractura can cause food material to stuck on tooth, this can cause inflammation of your gums. During Inflammation a lot of chemicals are produced in our body and also...

Dentistry: tooth dying, tooth root, root canal
tooth root, root canal, gums: I would discuss that with your dentist...the purpose of the antibiotic to calm the area down and buy you some time before you can get in with the dentist. You are no longer sensitive to cold because the nerve in the tooth is likely dead or dying. If you are...

Dentistry: Front tooth extraction, partial denture, bone graft
partial denture, bone graft, vacumn: Shawna - From the appearance of the extraction site in your picture, it looks like the dentist was a little aggressive and grabbed some of the bone on the front side of the tooth during the extraction. The defect in shape you now have is due to the lack of...

Dentistry: tooth growth, two front teeth, adult teeth
two front teeth, adult teeth, xray: Good question, The two front adult teeth typically erupt anywhere from the ages 6-8. If you are really concerned about it, you can take him to the dentist and have them take an xray of the area to see where the adult teeth are positioned. He should be expecting...

Dentistry: tooth injury to an 11 month old, central incisor, proper dental care
central incisor, proper dental care, pediatric dentist: Dear Lisa: I am a parent of small children, as well, and I understand your concern. At this age, your daughter should recover unharmed. However, I would always err of the side of caution: I would go see a Pediatric Dentist. There are plenty of good general/family/cosmetic...

Dentistry: one tooth missing!, 2 year molars, primary teeth
2 year molars, primary teeth, pedodontist: The tooth you have mentioned usually erupts at about 10-12 months of age. If its counterpart on other side have erupted then we can expect tooth to be present in bone. An X-ray can better reveal about the presence of tooth. You must meet a pedodontist and...

Dentistry: tooth pain after porcelain onlay, pulpitis, porcelain onlay
pulpitis, porcelain onlay, tooth preparation: Dear Jan, Your pain is not all in your head and sensitivity and symptoms such as yours unfortunately are not all that uncommon after a patient has a crown or an onlay. You probably have a pulpitis. This is an inflammation of the pulp and can be caused...

Dentistry: front tooth partial, tooth bridge, apico
tooth bridge, apico, front tooth: I can t say for sure, not having seen you, but it is possible that an endodontist could save your tooth. I have saved many a tooth that supposedly had had apical surgery which was not done well. Removing a lot of perfectly good teeth is usually not a good...

Dentistry: tooth problem, jaw area, decayed tooth
jaw area, decayed tooth, tooth problem: Dear Gary: Yes. The root of this tooth is probably infected. The infection does, in fact, rot the jawbone around it. Assuming it cannot be treated succesfully any other way, you will need to have it removed. Once removed, the infection will likely go...

Dentistry: toothache!, root canal treatment, inflames
root canal treatment, inflames, saliva: Maria - First of all, yes you need to see a dentist. With a piece of the tooth breaking off, the saliva and bacteria in saliva then had access to the inside of the tooth. With that access, decay can form which inflames the nerve within the tooth. You need...

Dentistry: treatment, radiolucency, xray film
radiolucency, xray film, exploratory drilling: i unfortunately agree with what you have already been told. if the endo looks perfect and you do not have bone loss then a vertical fracture is usually the only other possibility. if this is the case, you might need to have the tooth extracted. you can have...

Dentistry: how to turn the palatal expander?, palatal expander, palate expander
palatal expander, palate expander, face mask: Dear Mandy, duration of palatal expander is not fixed. It changes according to severity of cross bite and age of the patient. The best way is to see whether correction of cross bite is achieved or not. So if correction is achieved, which may be early than...

Dentistry: Underbite on a toddler- chincup success rate, fixed brace, excess growth
fixed brace, excess growth, corrective surgery: There is no doubt that chin cup therapy can be successful in lessening the effect of mandibular excess growth. The degree of success will depend on the amount of time the appliance is worn, the length of time the treatment continues, and the timing and degree...

Dentistry: Uneven crowns, two front teeth, pediatric dentist
two front teeth, pediatric dentist, general anesthesia: I presume the crowns are the white plastic variety and not stainless steel crowns. You are correct in your estimation that adjusting the crowns would weaken or penetrate the plastic and result in failure of the restoration. The crowns would have to be completely...

Dentistry: Upper canine tooth infection, upper gum, canine teeth
upper gum, canine teeth, temporary filling: Dear Cheryl, You mention that you have some swelling. If you do have swelling associated with your canine , most likely you have an abscess. If you leave this untreated it the infection may worsen and even cause other health problems. If you are in dire...

Dentistry: Use of Fosamax and root canal, root canal work, jaw bone
root canal work, jaw bone, fosamax: Hi Ella If you were my patient I would refer you to a maxillofacial department for management of the extraction. The chances of you developing osteo-necrosis after the extraction are relatively small, but care needs to be taken to manage you correctly...

Dentistry: ugly crowns, porcelain crowns, dental work
porcelain crowns, dental work, ceramist: Yes the crowns can be adjusted a small amount but it really depends on how much you are talking about. Adjusting the crowns too much can cause damage to the porcelain and make the crowns more brittle. I would discuss with your dentist that you would like them...

Dentistry: under-bite problem, rediffmail com, open bite
rediffmail com, open bite, surgical option: Dear J. Bharali, open bite is the word i think you are trying to mention. If only surgical option is there then in most cases it has to be done after 18 years of age. But i think at this age of 11 years this problem can be treated non-surgically. We as pedodontists...

Dentistry: underbite, wisdom teeth, orthodontic evaluation
wisdom teeth, orthodontic evaluation, bottom teeth: Your bite problem is definitely not simply a cosmetic issue. It also involves the health and structure of your teeth, your periodontal health which refers to your gums and the bone that supports the teeth, and proper jaw function and muscular balance. ...