Dr. Park Firebaugh

Dentistry
Greencastle, IN
38 years experience male

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Park Firebaugh, DDS

Greencastle, IN

Address

819 E Franklin St, Greencastle, IN
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7656539274

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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

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

50 Answers
9 Agrees
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
No: No, but excessive, chronic gum chewing can cause your jaw muscles to become sore and tense. Tmj or temporomandibular joint disorders can be aggravated... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Too general: I need more information. When were you at a dentist last? Do you have gum disease? Loose teeth? Obvious decay or fractures? Undiagnosed abscess?
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Varies: If you had an upper tooth removed, a few days would be fine, but if you had a lower tooth removed, where gravity tends to cause food debris to become ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Varies: It takes about 24 hours for the antibiotic to begin working and it may take a few days for swelling to go down. Sometimes additional or different anti... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
No: Tori are hard and the gum tissue is firmly attached, kind of like the skin on the front of your shin. There shouldn't be any loose tissue that can mov... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
No: I'm not aware of any evidence that removing amalgam fillings will improve your chances of conception.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
No: Chewing xylitol containing sugar free gums like trident can actually reduce decay.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Yes: Depending on location and extent, simply smoothing the area may be all you need. Have it evaluated, because seemingly small chips can actually be due ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Probably: If you haven't been told that you have gum disease before and haven't had deep cleanings before, then yes, regular cleanings involving scaling and pol... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
No: If swelling is significant, you may have infection. You may also have a dry socket, which may not be infection, but what you would call abnormal heali... Read More
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Need more informatio: How much cheaper and is cost the most important factor when deciding who should do your crown? Not sure why you're at a new dentist, but in contact wi... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Front teeth tender?: Are you front teeth tender at all? An abscess on a front tooth can cause a swelling in the location you describe. Also, there can be benign cysts that... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Maybe: Loss of the larger back teeth will increase chewing forces and wear on the other teeth and cause eventual collapse of the bite. In time this could be ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Maybe: Root canal treatment is done when a tooth is infected or if the nerve is irreversibly inflamed. If you have a strong, constant dull ache or pain to co... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
No: My patients tell me that having an implant placed is easier than removal of a tooth. I had a patient put off an implant for 5 years fearing the proced... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Call your dentist: Did you have root canal treatment started and did they specifically call it a pulpectomy? A pulpectomy is something that is done when there isn't en... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
No: If you have had no treatment yet and your tooth hurts now, a crown alone may not be the solution. You may require root canal treatment first. If your ... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
No: If you're having the actual tooth rebuilt , it could be called a filling or restoration or could be called a crown. Bone grafting would be done to rep... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Yes: If you haven't been having regular cleanings, make sure the recession isn't associated with gum disease. If you're gums are healthy, examine your brus... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
No: Don't assume the worst right away. You're right that most oral sores seem to heal within a few weeks, but that's just a general guideline. Make sure y... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
No: Not completely clear on the question, but the top teeth aren't supposed to line up with the bottom teeth. The upper jaw is bigger than the lower jaw a... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Only heat?: Sensitivity to heat is sometimes an indication that a nerve is dead or dying. Being sensitive to hot and cold is very common and can be due to gum rec... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Orthofill not good: Front gaps are commonly there because muscle attachments (frenums) and gum tissue keep the teeth apart. Orthofill rubber bands squeeze the tissue too ... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Pressue: Hit as in smacked? Are any teeth loose? Is it a laceration or cut? Rinse with some warm salt water and apply pressure with a clean washcloth. If your ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Yes: Sounds like you're dealing with a decay problem and eliminating sugary beverages is a huge step toward reducing or eliminating decay. You also have to... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
No: I have some patients that don't tolerate standard toothpastes, especially those that contain sodium lauryl sulfate or they don't like the flavors or t... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Calculus or decay: Sometimes calculus or tartar can look dark or black when it sits just below gum, but this could also be decay. It could also be something as simple as... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Yes: Sorry that you're having discomfort. Sometimes lower teeth can be challenging to anesthetize. I recently had some dental work myself and had only one ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Easy f tooth healthy: Generally easy if underlying tooth is in good shape. Most of the tooth preparation has already been done so just some smoothing and refining is all t... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Good decision?: Were you drinking beer when you got the piercing? Be aware that tongue piercings can cause fractures in enamel, even when they are made of a softer ma... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
No: First, have your dentist double check the bite. Secondly, if your tooth was crowned because of a crack, it might be possible that the crack had alread... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
No: Correction of mouth breathing in a growing child will often improve the development of jaw and teeth and will make orthodontic results more stable. If... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Yes: There is always what is called relapse when palates are expanded. Relapse is the tendency for things to go back like they were. Usually the palate is ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Yes: If your taking prescription pain medication like vicodin, you probably don't want to be driving yourself as you may become drowsy and have slowed reac... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Duration: Almost any kind of ulcer or trauma in the mouth will heal within a few weeks, but oral cancer will not just go away. If you have an area that won't he... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Maybe orthodontics: If the overlap is minor, invisalign, a removable appliance or braces can be done to straighten. If the overlap is more severe, braces with some enamel... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Maybe: An acute infection where there is pain and swelling would be an emergency, but initial treatment might only consist of pain meds and antibiotics. If t... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Natural tooth?: Your entire natural tooth or just the white hard enamel crown part that sticks out of the gums? If your entire tooth fell out and wasn't knocked out, ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Teething ring: Unfortunately, there is no miraculous solution. With my own children i used one of those toy like teething rings that you put in the freezer. It help... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Yes: Some minor issues, like crossbites, need to be fixed or improved early because they are often more challenging to fix later. This early or interceptiv... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Decay, stain, calcul: This could be stain, decay or calculus(tartar). Stain or calculus would be removed by a dental cleaning, but decay would require that a restoration be... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Save the tooth: Hopefully the broken piece can be repaired with either a filling or a crown. Many patients assume that removal of a tooth is a good solution, especial... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Around 5 to 6 months: I've seen it start as early as four months, but generally begins around 5 to 6 months. The first teeth to erupt are usually the lower front incisors.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
See dentist: People have died from tooth infections that got out of hand. Nothing good will come from procrastinating and allowing the abscess to become larger. So... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Maybe: Removal of the teeth will likely not be painful. It isn't a requirement, but you should consider having IV sedation to put you to sleep briefly. You m... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Gum disease?: We usually recommend scaling at 3 month intervals if someone has gum disease and we're trying to get it under control. Otherwise, scaling and polishin... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Depends on location: If you're replacing a front tooth, very often there isn't enough bone thickness for an implant so a bone graft has to be done first, sometimes for bac... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Flossing is safe: Flossing won't cause gaps, but young kids often lack dexterity to master flossing. Wrap the floss around your fingers so that you have a taut span of ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
Braces don't whiten: You can whiten your teeth before or after braces, but the braces do nothing to whiten. Clear brackets work as well, but are a tad bulkier and weaker. ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 38 years experience
No: Just drink normal water which is going to have ph of 6-8. We know acidity is horrible for enamel, but it is quite likely that alkalinity beyond 8 isn'... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Firebaugh is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Firebaugh is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks, my DDS is great but I've never seen bruising like that.
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Indiana University School of Dentistry
Graduated 1985MD

Awards

Top Dentist, Second Place, Indiana - Winter
2013
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