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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 18 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 disease which is when bone loss starts to happen. Regular 6 month cleanings at the dentist and proper home care of brushing and flossing should reverse gingivitis. This can be determined by your dentist.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 18 years experience
Root Canal: Sorry to hear that you are having this recurring infection. As long as the teeth are not too severely damaged than doing root canals on those teeth will eliminate the infection. After the infection is removed the tooth will need to be restored with a crown.
A male asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 18 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 the tooth will need and also check to see if the tooth is loose.
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 18 years experience
Orthodontist or GP: If you are going to have the braces put on at an orthodontist then most of the time them are not the people that will pull the tooth. Some General dentist put on braces also and they could take the tooth out.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 18 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 sleep then an extraction should be able to be preformed. Other wise oral or even IV antibiotics and pain medication needs to be given first.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 18 years experience
Prepare: There are several days after this procedure is done that you may be sore and need to eat soft foods and take pain medication.
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 18 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 increases costs. The best thing to do is ask.
A male asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 18 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 use to being numb. If the work was done a while ago and there is pain then you need to go back to the dentist and have it looked at.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 18 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 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
Dentistry 18 years experience
Dry mouth: Different medicines can lead to dry mouth and in-turn lead to a dry tongue. Drinking lots of water or a saliva substitute may help.
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