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Dr. Ted Poczatek

Dentistry
Bessemer, AL
19 years experience male

Locations

Office

Bessemer, AL

Address

5751 Pocahontas Road, Suite A, Bessemer, AL
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 10am - 6:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Alabama

About

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

76 Answers
20 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Fever yes: A fever from teething is possible, baby oral gel can help with the symptoms.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
First visit: It is recommenced to your your child's first dental visit by the time they turn . A pediatric dentist will be able to help.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Yes: Yes it is possible for teens to have oral cancer. The area of concern needs to be looked at and to determine if a biopsy needs to be done of if anoth... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Straighten : If they are not in a row then getting braces is one way to move the teeth in the correct position for a better appearence of your teeth and also to be... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Veneer material: Lumineers are mainly used as a no to slight prep veneers material and do not cover much of the back side of the tooth. It can add strength to a broke... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Gum disease: One of the most frequent causes of bad breath is gum disease. If you don't have a dentist you could go and ask them to do a complete exam and check f... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Comes and goes: This can come and go, it will become more visible when acidic and spicy foods are eaten.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Another look: Another look at the tooth is needed to see why the pain is there again. It can sometimes be hard to determine where the pain is coming from, but in t... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
ER visit: It is best to do all non emergency dental treatment in the 2nd and 3rd trimester or after the baby is born. Er dental treatment can be done at any ti... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Recent work: If the work was done recently then he/she may have bit or chewed their cheek or trauma from the work. They have that tendency because they are not us... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Stains: As long as it is sugar free then the only major issue could be the stains that might happen.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
X-ray: Yes it is usually needed to see where on the tooth the cavity is. There can be visible areas on the tooth that need to be filled but unless the toot... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Macroglossia: Is it that you really have a large tongue (macroglossia) or was it that it was hard to work inside your mouth for another reason? People that are mis... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Consult dentist: You need to consult the dentist prior to taking anything on your own.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Depends: It all depends on where in the mouth, condition the toot is in, infection being present, and other things.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Gum disease: One of the main causes of gums being swollen and bleeding is gum disease. Regular brushing and flossing along with over the counter mouth rinses shoul... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Missing tooth: There are times when people can have missing teeth or even extra teeth. It all has to go with genetics.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Stress can do it: Yes, stress can cause manifest conditions in the mouth. One of these are blisters, others are grinding and/clenching of the teeth. These should go a... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
White filling: There are different restorations that can be used to fill teeth. Silver filling (amalgam), white or composite filling and also ceramic inlays and onl... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Music: Lots of patients bring in an ipod or something that they can play music on. Also getting nitrous oxide gas also can help.
A male asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Visit a Dentist: IF there is pain associated with the pressure then it could indicate an abscessed tooth. An x-ray of the tooth will help the dentist determine what t... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Every case differs: It all depends on several things. The way the teeth come together,or bite, may require the lab to need to add metal teeth to your partial which incre... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
It is Possible: An extraction could be done but an exam to determine this would first be needed. As long as there is no to slight swelling and the area can to put to... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Proper home care: Gingivitis is the inflammation and swelling of the gums preceding any permanent bone loss. If gingivitis is not treated it can lead to periodontal di... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Cleaning: It is great that you have decided to quit smoking. Going to the dentist to get a cleaning and a complete exam is the start. This would allow a compl... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Dental Visit: It is recommended to floss once a day and brush twice. If you have not been to the dentist in a while or even if you have, it is not a bad idea to ge... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Cavity: Most of the time this indicates that you could have cavities in your teeth. Need to have an exam at a dental office.
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Eval with a dentist: The teeth need to be looked at and evaluated to see the reason for them feeling loose. One cause could be periodontal; disease and it is best to get ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
No sugar: A sugar free gum is best and one that had xylitol in it is best.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Trauma : Sometimes the stress and trauma of having your wisdom teeth out can bring about the sores.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Usually great: Amoxicillin is usually the first choice that i script for unless there is a allergy to it.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
24-36 hrs: It should take around 24-36 hours for the pain of an abscessed tooth to get better. If things are not better in that time frame you should go back to... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Oral hygiene : Part of anybodies oral hygiene should be to clean their tongue. A tongue cleaner can be picked up at most pharmacies and superstores.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Whatever is needed: The braces can be removed if needed to restore the tooth and then placed back on the damaged tooth.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Braces: Yes you may be fine to get braces, going to a orthodontist and having a consult will get you the answers you need and options.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Toothpaste: Try a different toothpaste. I have had some patients tell me that the baby or kids toothpaste worked for them. Your sense of taste and smell are ver... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Ice: Placing an ice pack on the outside of the face will usually help. Place it on the area for 15-20 minutes and then the other side, that way it is not ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Trauma : I am going at this answer the dental route. It can be an simple as trauma caused by a toothbrush, which will go away in a week or two. If you have s... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Gum disease: One of the main causes of bad breath is gum disease and another one being food particles and plaque that accumulate on the tongue. Your dentist and c... Read More
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Implants: If you have been missing teeth for a while then the bone in your jaw does start to shrink or get smaller. Lower dentures are usually harder to wear t... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Deep cleaning?: Is your question about being sore after scaling? It is possible that your teeth can be sore from either a regular cleaning where the teeth were scale... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Follow-up: Having pain can occur several days after an extraction and it can even be a bit more sore from having the bone graft. You could go back to the dentis... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Varies: It varies greatly. You could get a dry socket (which usually is 3 days post-op) and the socket would need to be packed. After about 2-3 days most pe... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Maintenace: Going to your dentist every six mouth for regular check-ups and then doing you r part at home with proper brushing and flossing.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Ignore: Implants are a great way replace a missing tooth without having to use any other teeth to support it.
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Can happen: Some of the buccal bone can break during an extraction. There are even times that the roots of the tooth are not even in bone on the buccal surface.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Crown : It is best to get a crown on the tooth asap. As far as how long you can go before the crown is done depends on where in the mouth the tooth is and ho... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Change in speech: The way you talk and sound can change when someone is missing teeth. Replacing the teeth with fixed or removable restorations can help restore the wa... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Oral Surgeon: This is usually treated by an oral surgeon and other doctors if any post surgical treatments are needed.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 19 years experience
Straw: Do not drink through a straw for the first 48 hours after they are removed. And this includes not drinking any alcohol also.

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Poczatek is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Poczatek is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Wonder how much of the plate is gone. Will find out with other Perio.
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Thanks for your quick reply! Have a great day and thanks.
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Alabama School of Medicine, AL
Graduated 2003MD

Awards

Top Dentist, First Place, Alabama - Summer
2013
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