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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Frank
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 34 years experience
Why gap?: The answer depends on why you have a gap. If it was there previously, you may benefit from braces to move teeth. If the teeth near the gap have decay, then fillings or crowns may solve the problem. See you dentist to learn what options are best for you.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Frank
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 34 years experience
Mumps: The most common salivary gland infection in children is mumps, which involves the parotid glands. Mumps - an acute contagious virus disease caused by a paramyxovirus and marked by fever and by swelling especially of the parotid gland. See you doctor for an evaluation.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Frank
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 34 years experience
See Dr: You most definitely do not have a pill stuc in your throat. See your doctor or an ear, nose, throat (ENT) doctor asap.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Frank
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 34 years experience
Ulcers: Most ulcers will clear up without treatment in 7-14 days. However, visit your doctor, dentist, or an oral surgeon if it doesn't! a non-healing ulcer can be a sign of more dangerous lesions, including cancer. Some large, non-healing ulcers will require prescription medication to resolve and manage. It's ok to use over-the-counter topical meds (ora gel) the first week to manage any pain.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Frank
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 34 years experience
Swelling: While it is not typical, swelling and redness of the year ducts is possible if you are experiencing excessive facial swelling. The peak swelling after surgery is the second day (not first) so there should be improvement each day. If no improvement in the next 2-3 days, contact your surgeon/doctor. Be sure to use ice and heat as directed and keep your head elevated at all times.
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Frank
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 34 years experience
Probably normal: It is possible to get a collection of blood, a hematoma, after surgery. This will typically self resolve and improve each day and week. If not, have your dentist or oral surgeon evalaluate for infection.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Frank
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 34 years experience
OTC med: Ibuprofen is very effective for tooth pain. Make sure you check with your doctor first if you take medication or have medical conditions.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Frank
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 34 years experience
Same : Novacaine is a common layperson term for local anesthesia. Lidocaine and xylocaine (lidocaine) are the same drug and the most common used.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Frank
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 34 years experience
Do all four. : While there is more discomfort to have four rather than one or two removed ... It is not much more pain and only one recovery event.
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