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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Sheets
Dentistry 33 years experience
Orthodontist eval: The expert to consult with should be an orthodontist. They use pictures and X-rays to evaluate the jaw bones and the bite. By viewing these diagnostic tools, they can advise and give an opinion of what treatment would be most beneficial.
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Sheets
Dentistry 33 years experience
Receding gums: Gum tissue recedes primarily from trauma. The trauma may be teeth grinding, aggressive tooth brushing or irritants like chewing tobacco or smoking. Moving the gum tissue back to position is possible through a procedure like you mentions but sometimes requires a graft or donor site to replace the missing gum tissue. This procedure does require healing time and critical care afterward.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Sheets
Dentistry 33 years experience
Limits of Medicaid: Hopefully you're not in discomfort but I'm assuming you've been to a dentist where you know you need 3 root canals. Unfortunately, I don't believe root canals are a benefit for medicaid. Please discuss your situation with a local dentist to give you some possible solutions and a plan for your treatment.
A male asked:
Dr. John Sheets
Dentistry 33 years experience
Dental infection: Your description sounds as though an abscess ruptured. Typically, once the infection has "popped", your pain may be less because there has been a release of the pressure from the infection. If severe swelling or warmth to the area is present, please proceed to an emergency room or urgent care facility. Placement on antibiotics may be recommended to help your body fight the infection.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Sheets
Dentistry 33 years experience
Need evaluation: Gum recession around a single tooth can be caused by a couple of reasons and can't be determined without evaluation. It can be caused by grinding your teeth or brushing too aggressively. Please have your dental health evaluated to determine your cause.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Sheets
Dentistry 33 years experience
Clenching teeth: During deep sleep, it is very common for us to clench and grind our teeth. Our teeth are in a locked position while sleeping. The jaw instinctively wants to move but interferences prevent them from moving. We clench and grind to remove these interferences. The best way to help is to be fitted for a professional bite guard. It is a flat surface so the teeth have freedom and take the stress away.
A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Sheets
Dentistry 33 years experience
Gastric Reflux?: When we are awake, our mouth is above our stomach. However, when we lay down, a weakness in the muscle that prevents the stomach contents from leaking up the esophagus is also known as gastric reflux. This is a hiatal hernia. Please see your physician and discuss your symptoms with them. Not pursuing treatment could lead to heart burn & dental decay because of the acidic contents of the stomach.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Sheets
Dentistry 33 years experience
Tooth eruption: There are 20 baby teeth and 32 permanent teeth. Typically, the lower central incisors are the first baby teeth that are lost. However, the permanent first molars are the first permanent teeth to erupt. They usually come in around 6 years old so they are also known as the 6 year molars. However, every child is different and so can the pattern of the eruption of the permanent teeth.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Sheets
Dentistry 33 years experience
Dental Hygiene duty: A dental hygienist is licensed to do more than just clean teeth. They are trained to take X-rays, impressions, place sealants, obtain a records to develop treatment for a patient. Their primary duty is to remove calculus from teeth and provide a smooth surface to help prevent plaque from attaching to the teeth. They work together with the dentist in helping treat and prevent periodontal disease
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Sheets
Dentistry 33 years experience
Fear of the Dentist: A Dental Hygienist may, in certain states, be able to practice without a dentist on the premises. However, a dental hygienist, in most states, is not permitted to diagnose dental diseases. My first question is the motive not to see the dentist. Is it fear, financial, time constraints. The dentist and hygienist work as a team to help diagnose and treat dental diseases. Please allow them to help!
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