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Dr. Michael Montgomery

Dentistry
Ehrenberg, AZ
42 years experience male

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I like being a dentist, but get a great deal of satisfaction preventing the need for restorative dentistry. Since there are still many people that need dental care, I am always trying to find better ways to provide care so I spend a great deal of time attending seminars

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Dentistry

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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
May not work: Retainers for small tooth movements of 1 or 2 teeth are possible, but the ability to rotate or control movements precisely are best done with invisali... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Yes, but....: Baking soda can be used instead of toothpaste to clean teeth. It can do almost as much for as toothpaste. The best way to make sure your teeth are c... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
No: Clinical studies do not show that you can prevent gum disease with peroxide. It does have some antiseptic effect on certain bacteria found in plaque,... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
2 hours: You can begin eating most any food that is comfortable once the anesthetic has worn off. You will likely get part of the chips in the extraction site... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Very difficult: The most conservative treatment would be to have a dental professional bleach your teeth. However, some teeth are not amenable to bleaching and the o... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Yes: The upper molars have roots that develop in close proximity to the maxillary sinus. Infection and congestion the maxillary sinus may cause the upper ... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Yes: Teeth are in a constant flux of mineralization and demineralization via the saliva. Very early stages of tooth decay (demineralization) can be revers... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Yes: Dry socket (osteitis) following removal of wisdom teeth occurs approximately 5-10%. More common on lower wisdom teeth.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Yes: Ibuprofen is frequently used to control pain associated with dental work. It does not cure the problem, only gives symptomatic relief by reducing or ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Yes: Mouth herpes usually go away after about 2 weeks. However, for some individuals, it may recur when the body is under much stress and persist again fo... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Not a good idea: Veneers are best placed on teeth with lots of enamel. Veneers on caps do not bond well to porcelain or metal, but are done when bridges need repairs-... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Yes: Periodontal disease is most commonly seen after the age of 30. However, poor oral hygiene can precipitate an outbreak at any age. The disease has be... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Electric: A good electric toothbrush with rechargeable batteries has been shown to remove 90% more plaque than a manual toothbrush. Still must spend 10 minutes... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Good for infections: Cephalexin is a wonderful medication for moderate to severe oral bacterial infections. However, overuse can lead to some very severe intestinal probl... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
What is the cause?: Is the sinus problem caused by an infection, tooth decay, trauma, cyst formation, cancer, etc. Without a proper diagnosis, it is difficult to determ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Minimum of 2 days: Ideally, 7 days. No smoking for minimum of 24 hours, 2 days is even better.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Probably: If any oral or intravenous sedation is used, driving a car right away is like driving while drunk. If treatment is done using only local anesthetic o... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Why chance it?: I am not sure what is in cat deodorizer, but if it meant for a cat, i wouldn't trust it or want to use it in my mouth. I don't know of any clinical s... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Sometimes: The chemicals and artificial flavorings can cause sensitivity in some individuals. Each of us has a unique makeup that can cause us to be sensitivity... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Can be either: Can be either or both. Some will go to dental school and earn their dds or dmd and then go to a 2-4 year program that will provide their speciality t... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
NO: Salt water rinses are good simple treatment for any mouth wound. Helps reduce inflammation. However, should not be used during first 24 hours after ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Additional care: Dr. Hickerson's advice is good, but I would also suggest very warm salt water rinses. Take a glass of very warm and add 1 tsp of salt. Gargle for 10-... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Contact your dentist: Some sensitivity is normal after any restoration. Usually 2-3 days of decreasing sensitivity. Tylenol, (acetaminophen) aspirin, or Ibuprofen can be ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Yes: Ok to drink liquids, but should not try to drink with a straw or swish it around. The blood clot must remain intact and rinsing can disrupt the clot ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Surgical Clip: Bummer. Means you are tongue tied and can't do any french kissing. Seriously, a simple 20 minute surgery to clip the tissue and place sutures can re... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Yes: Adult molars erupt into the mouth about the same time as the adult lower incisors. Easy to see the eruption of the lower incisors but the eruption mo... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Clear your schedule: Pain associated with wisdom teeth extractions is unfortunately expected. Be sure to eat a good meal the day before and be prepared to be a couch pota... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Yes: Surgical extractions usually take longer, meaning your jaw must be open wider and longer. This stresses the jaw joints and may lead to jaw pain. Swe... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
ADA Seal: There are many good toothpastes on the market (have ada seal). None are meant specifically for gum recession, but there are many that can help reduce... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Yes: Teeth adjacent to any restoration can feel like they have been treated also. The nerve for both teeth enters the brain together and the brain has dif... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Very slightly: Carbamide peroxide is a very common ingredient in many dental professional teeth lightening products and toothpaste. Professionally applications of c... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
No: Brushing and flossing significantly reduce the likelihood of periodontal disease, but it is still possible to develop gum disease.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Possibly: Tooth decay (cavities) can definitely cause pain. But one can also have pain from infections of the gums and salivary glands, cracked teeth, lost fil... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Yes: More common to see tooth loosening associated with periodontal disease or in combination with it.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
4-6 weeks: Depending on how many teeth are removed, sufficient healing should occur within 4-6 weeks and be relatively pain free. A number of adjustments may be... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Alcohol: Listerine burs due to the high alcohol content. If you have a dry mouth, this can be unacceptable. There are other mouthrinses that have no alcohol ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Bug type different : Oral thrush is caused by a fungal overgrowth while herpes is caused by a virus. Site of lesions also help visually to distinguish, but a biopsy is ne... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Yes: It is possible to stimulate the bone to regenerate missing bone. This is typically a surgical procedure involving artificial or cadaver bone. In so... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Evaluation needed: Giant cold sore on side of the tongue can be from trauma of a broken tooth or filling, tongue biting, burn or it could be a cancerous lesion. If it i... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Probably a cyst: Very likely a herniated salivary gland or a fibroma--cancer is unlikely. Best to have evaluated by a dentist or ear, nose, and throat md.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Surgery or nothing: Recession is not ideal, but can occur due to poor brushing technique, use of medium or hard toothbrushes, genetically inadequate gum, trauma, etc. Su... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
See the dentist: Swollen lymph glands are the body's response to infection. The cause of the infection needs to be treated.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Yes and No: Very unlikely that implants would cause bell's palsy. Numbness of the lower lip or tongue may occur if the implant is placed too close to a nerve or ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
May be normal: When one has an abcess from a tooth, one has an infection. The treatment to control and stop the infection from spreading do so by removing the sourc... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Depends on pain: Oral ulcers happen most frequently from trauma from eating or tooth brushing and usually heal within 5-14 days. Ulcers lasting longer than should be ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Yes: For adults that are "tongue tied" a simple surgical clipping of the frenum can be done to allow the tongue to protrude.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Sore, bleeding gums: Bad breath and red, swollen gums with bleeding is a cardinal sign of gingivitis and early periodontal disease. If not treated, it will lead to recess... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
Possibily: Normal eruption of 3rd molars (wisdom teeth) occurs between 18 and 22 years of age. Sometimes partial eruption of impacted wisdom teeth can occur aft... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
The Catalyst: Acrylic resins are thick pastes that harden via polymerization of the chemical constituents. Polymerization (hardening) is initiated by a catalyst --... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 42 years experience
It varies : Some people get immediate relief from pain within a few days. Others take longer. Some people do not get much relief unless they wear it more than j... Read More

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Apr 3, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Montgomery is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Montgomery is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank Dr. Michael I am Sivlee is the one who ask u and thankful .
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!
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Thankyou for your very helpful answer!!!

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Ucla School of Dentistry
Graduated 1980MD

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