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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Kim
Dentistry 26 years experience
Essentially, yes. Left untreated, an Irreversible Pulpitis will evolve into an abscess. That's when pain. and swelling can become unimaginable. You will then have only 3 choices: Fix it, Pull it or live with the pain!
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Kim
Dentistry 26 years experience
Finish your meds: It's hard to stop a snowball halfway down the hill. Sometimes you need to let it roll to the bottom before you can chip away at it and knock it down to size. Infections that have time to build up a presence are often the same. It may get worse before it gets better. It is not the fault of the medicine. But given an ample amount of time, they are proven to be effective. So give it a chance!
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Kim
Dentistry 26 years experience
Red, swollen gums: Gingivitis is evaluated on several different criteria. Red, inflamed (possibly bleeding) gums are a tell-tale sign of gum problems. Noticeable tartar build up is a common cause of gum disease. If your gums bleed easily when brushing or flossing, this too can indicate Gingivitis. Ultimately, if you suspect gum problems, schedule an appointment with a dentist (you trust) and tackle the issue.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Kim
Dentistry 26 years experience
Ask: The use of Nitrous Oxide is very common to most dental offices. The internet and yellow pages can be a great resource to inform you. But honestly, find an office that you trust and ask all of your questions prior to scheduling your appointment. The more interaction you have with the staff can only serve to reduce your anxiety and increase your trust levels.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Kim
Dentistry 26 years experience
As often as she want: The main thing with children is to use each tooth brushing (usually 2x/day) as a teaching session. When the child states that she is finished, help instruct her on how to reach difficult areas. Even if you have to guide their hands to do so. Children
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Kim
Dentistry 26 years experience
OK if tooth is intac: By definition, a temporary filling isn't meant to last. Prior to completing the protective crown, your dentist will plan to remove the temporary filling and place a Post & Core. This procedure will strengthen the core of the tooth to prevent further damage. As long as the tooth is intact, you are safe. If the tooth has been damaged, then seek treatment asap.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Kim
Dentistry 26 years experience
Consult before ext's: Most dentists have dealt with all forms of dental fears. Talk to your dentist or oral surgeon about your concerns ahead of time. There are many combinations of anxiety reducing methods to ease your hesitation. Laughing gas (nitrous oxide) and diazepam (valium)- just to name a few. Trust that all dentists have dealt with patients' fears and that we will always try our best to help.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Kim
Dentistry 26 years experience
Toothache is worse: If a badly damaged tooth is considered non-restorable (by the dentist) then, by all means, remove the tooth via extraction before the pain becomes unbearable. If you're waiting for that to happen before you decide- give it time- because it will! all board certified dentists are highly trained to anesthetize your mouth prior to a surgical procedure. Trust their skill over your luck, any day!
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Kim
Dentistry 26 years experience
Too many to count: Ultimately, left untreated, you will run the risk of severely advanced symptoms. These can include problems such as: inability to chew or speak without pain, decreased mobility, headaches, migraines and quite a few more. Simply put, if you suspect TMJ dysfunction- seek treatment!
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Kim
Dentistry 26 years experience
Better home care: When your gums bleed easily, it's your body's way of telling you that your mouth is not at optimum health. Many people may think they should brush and floss- less due to this fact. But, you should actually do the opposite. You need to beef up your brushing (2x/day) and flossing (once a day) to compensate for poor oral health. And definitely increase your visits to the dentist (at least 2x/yr).
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