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A member asked:
Dr. Ryan Finnegan
Dentistry 22 years experience
Most often no: Most er 's will not. More often than not the emergency room will only provide medication for a toothache
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Finnegan
Dentistry 22 years experience
Brush, floss, diet: Brushing, flossing and diet are the hallmarks of good oral health. Also maintain regular check up appointments to look for cavities, gum disease and oral cancer. Avoid over functioning on teeth, grinding, chewing ice, etc..
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Finnegan
Dentistry 22 years experience
Laser: Cold sores can be treated with a laser treatment at a dental office. Treatment of one lesion takes only a few minutes and provides immediate reduction if not total relief of pain associated with cold sore. Not all offices have lasers so investigate before you make an appointment.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Finnegan
Dentistry 22 years experience
Y but not always sm: Cavities may start small but once they get through the outer enamel layer of the tooth they can become large rather quickly. Proper brushing, flossing and diet are the best ways to prevent cavities.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Finnegan
Dentistry 22 years experience
Typically at office: Most wisdom teeth are extracted at the office of an oral surgeon. They can be extracted at the hospital but it is not a necessity.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Finnegan
Dentistry 22 years experience
Root canal: Sometimes the general dentist will start a root canal to alleviate your pain and then refer you to have the procedure completed. Often times opening the tooth ( starting the root canal) is the only way to allow trapped gases from the infected tooth out which will alleviate pain.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Finnegan
Dentistry 22 years experience
Brush tongue: If you notice chronic bad breath make sure you are brushing your tongue or using a tongue scraper. Also bad breath can be caused by gum disease, reflux or post nasal drip.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Finnegan
Dentistry 22 years experience
Simple answer : Typically cavities are not going to be able to be detected without going to a dentist. Most cavities are asymtomatic and won't cause pain until they get large. Brown staining on your teeth may be an indication of a cavity but it's not always the case. Even your dentist would need x-rays to see cavities between the teeth, they aren't seen with the naked eye.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Finnegan
Dentistry 22 years experience
Whitening: Most whitening kits will give you results but those results are largely dependent many factors. Initial shade of your teeth, consumption of coffee, tea or red wine... Also depending on whether the kit is an over the counter or purchased at your dentist will affect results.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Finnegan
Dentistry 22 years experience
Yes: Many artificial sweeteners used in sugarless gum can lead to gas.
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