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Dr. Bruce Pope

Dentistry
Live Oak, CA
46 years experience male

Locations

Office

Live Oak, CA

Address

9900 Larkin Road, Live Oak, CA
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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About

Bio

General Dentist with interest in hospital basis dentistry under general anesthesia for children

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Dentistry

Dentistry - Cosmetic

Dentistry - Pediatric

Dentistry - Prosthodontics

Licenses

United States: California

Doctor Q&A

248 Answers
488 Agrees
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Simple, I hope: In an ideal bite the upper teeth are slightly wider than the lower teeth and the lower teeth slip to the inside. When this is reversed you have a cros... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Long time ago...: Before written history mankind has been treating the mouth and teeth with anti- bacterial agents. I assume your question is about antibiotic chips, ch... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Here today, gone...: With a tooth extraction the whole tooth is removed, Root and all. It is usually the cheapest, fastest way to treat a tooth infection. A root canal is ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Zilactin: Zilactin is my favorite. A topical ointment your can buy at your pharmacy. It sometimes stings a little at first but it cleans the wound and it very s... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Maybe: But at 32 you should be past the age of cutting wisdom teeth. Also a description of where the bump and pain have been would help. But the only way to ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Why?: Has he been diagnosed with a deficiency? Have symptoms? Then see you doctor. Is he eating normal? A balanced diet of meat and vegetables? Then no. Sup... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
3 part problem: Dental disease is a three part problem. Your own general health and how that affects your immune system. The type of oral flora or bacteria you have i... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Where?: On cheek opposite upper first molar? Same thing on other side? Duct of parotid gland. Produces saliva. Normal.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Not uncommon: But undesirable. Stop taking. If continue to have pain call treating dentist. Taking tylenol (acetaminophen) and motrin at same time maybe a better al... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
New meds?: Check your medicine cabinet. Any new meds or change in medications? Many medications, even non-prescription, can either dry your mouth or change the c... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Gums: A tooth pick used regularly and correctly, both stimulates blood flow to the gums and moves fluid within the space between the gums and teeth.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
No: A tooth colored filling is immediately hard and you don't have to wait. A silver filing is mostly hard before you leave the dentist office and certain... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
For a 9yr old?: 9 is very late for eruption of a lower incisor(one the four first permanent teeth in the center of the mouth). A cuspid or canine tooth(more to the si... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Yes but...: 38 yrs old id late for wisdom teeth to be "erupting". Your feeling still could be related to the teeth or wisdom teeth but not likely to the normal e... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Maybe: We really need more information. It would be unusual for a four year old to be normally losing a tooth. More likely some pathology is involved and the... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Maybe: In the nineties a product was widely sold to dentist for the removal of tooth decay. Using air abrasion and/or drilling only on enamel. Most people co... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Motrin: If it doesn't hurt - nothing. If you can rinse and keep clean, that will help. If it hurts and you have a hole you can fill with an over the counter t... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Two things: One, look for an "insurance" that sells you a reduce fee plan and a list of dentist that accept it. You are right, a traditional insurance is going to... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Minimal: At age 35 you would know if you had a bleeding problem. If the roots of the teeth are in the upper sinus a perforation is remotely possible but correc... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Hollow space: From latin: cavus. A hole or hollow. In dentistry a hole in a tooth. In dentistry usually caused by decalcification of the enamel of a tooth from acid... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Absolutely!: Other possibilities are a cracked tooth, loose filling, or sinus/allergies.
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Orthodontist: I refer TMJ patients who do not respond to a short course of treatment with a mouth guard, rest, anti-inflammatories, and soft diet for three weeks to... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Depends: Depends on the cause of the ulcer and if there are any injuries to the skin of the penis.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Could be...but: There are very rare circumstances for which a dental abscess would be lanced as part of definitive treatment. Simply to lance a an abscess without add... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Tooth not dead.: The tooth is not dead after a root canal. The nerve and pulp tissue within the tooth has been removed after a root canal. The hollow spaced that remai... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Not necessarily: You are suppose to have some overbite. Or actually overjet in this case. You should have to "reach" with your lower teeth to incise the noodle. At thi... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Extraction: If the tooth is abscessed, a pu[potomy (baby root canal) will not work and the tooth should be extracted. Really hate to remove a front tooth before a... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Yes: Once a upon a time there was herpes simplex type one which was the cause of oral cold sores and herpes simplex two which was the cause of genital sor... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Yes: Has been used to disinfect root canals for decades.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Nothing: No vitamins will strengthen adult teeth already formed, a good diet will help the gum and bones supporting the teeth. Various topical paste and rinses... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Popsicle stick: Take a popsicle stick trim it so it just fits the space. Two or three times a day check that you can still fit the stick in place. Every time you go m... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Diet?: If this is a problem all over the two most common reasons are not flossing and/or poor diet. Poor diet is a common finding in young people feeding the... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
No: There are many things that can cause a tooth to be sensitivie to cold. Some transient meaning they resolve on their own, others that respond to desens... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Uncommon but not: Unusual. Can cause some aesthetic complications but usually can be corrected. Not a systemic problem.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Maybe...: 3m lava dental crowns are a translucent ceramic crown. There are many brands of ceramic crowns of which lava is but one. I am not familiar with the t... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Brush: If these white spots are new they may be described as the beginning step of dental decay . At this point the cavity process maybe stopped and even re... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Yes: This to will pass... Now if the child should inhale the tooth this is a different problem and intervention maybe necessary.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
No prblem: Blood supply to tissue was compromised. Grey tissue will act as a bandage until new tissue grows to replace it which in the mouth is a very quick pro... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
No and yes: No, the coffee itself doesn't affect the strength of the teeth. The amount of sugar and cream you put in the coffee will. Yes, coffee will affect th... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Yes: Orthognathic surgery. Often with orthodontics gets the best results. Veneers and gum plastic surgery can often minimize the problem.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Xylitol: That is a great goal! start with a balanced diet. Regularly, at least once a day, clean the mouth. Before teeth erupt and when still just a few well s... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Either is fine: Everything in moderation. If this is for a temporary condition either is fine. For everyday use, alcohol based mouthwash may not be the best choice. T... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Medical Benefit: Depends how you defined the term. Can the patient eat? Can he breathe? Is he in pain? Is the condition causing the patient psychological issues? See ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
No: The symptoms you describe are associated with speeding up the eruption of the teeth, particularly a mild fever. So it is the fever causing the teethin... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
If?: Are you still numb? No? Not having significant pain? Then you should be fine. When treating a cavity, if it is determined further treatment is need su... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
White?: Usually patients are asked to keep light pressure on the extraction site for 20 to 40 minutes. And may repeat if bleeding continues. While numb it is ... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Keep it simple: What you don't what to do is share YOUR anxiety with your daughter. All this is new to her and the dental staff is prepared to explain everything she ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
What is the ?: What is causing the pain? Could be stress. To relieve stress we often grind our teeth, usually picking on one tooth. Could be a cracked tooth. Cracks ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
No: I assume you had local anesthetic. It can take hours to wear off. In the very , very unlikely event a nerve was actually damage during injection, it w... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Now is the time: At age 19 you will be sore a couple of days. With every year older you get, it gets more difficult and the recovery is longer. Complications if you do... Read More

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Mar 20, 2015
Hi Doc: Good advice!! I've added your to my network and recommended you. I would appreciate a return of the favor. I'm on OMFS in Sacramento, CA Thanks. Louis Gallia MD, DMD, FACS
Jun 30, 2014
Very helpful and responsive. I recommend highly.
Jun 27, 2013
Nice Job! Continued caring and informative
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This made me feel good. Thanks! I started process with a Neuro-Dentist . The initial mouthpiece has changed my life, from migraine frequency, ear aches, neck pain, & misery! Share!
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Thank you but she she still has her upper lip really swollen its now been 13 hours since treatment is there like an antibiotic can give her?
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Not wisdom teeth just regular teeth pulled and I have not had my period for March not taking birth control. I have had tubes cut,tied,burned

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Creighton University School of Dentistry, NE
Graduated 1976MD

Awards

Top Dentist, First Place, Sacramento, CA - Winter
2013
Top Doctor, First Place, Sacramento Region - Summer
2014
Top Dentist, First Place, Sacramento Region - Summer
2014
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