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Dr. Nathaniel Chan

Dentistry
Scituate, MA
21 years experience

Locations

Advanced Dental Arts

Scituate, MA

Address

56 New Driftway, Scituate, MA
Directions

Practice website

Fax

8668077147

About

Bio

Dr. Chan has undergone advanced training at the Las Vegas Institute for smile design and neuromuscular dentistry. He incorporates Waterlase laser dentistry into his daily practice and is an Associate Fellow of the World Clinical Laser Institute. He serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Tufts.

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

71 Answers
2 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Definitely not: Lack of nutrients is also not very likely since the enamel is fully formed prior to the tooth erupting into your mouth. More likely there is undiagnos... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Possibly TMJ: One possible explanation is that you have a bad bite. If your teeth fit together at one position but your jaw muscles are more comfortable in a differ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Cheek biting: Best to have it checked by a dentist, but based on your description it sounds like you are biting your cheeks. It may have been there for a while and ... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Potentially caused: Females that had orthodontics combined with 4 premolar extractions are the most likely to develop signs and symptoms of tmd. If this young girl is und... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Ideally: If there is an infection, then the root canal must be finished. If there is no infection, then it is a bit more complicated. If the tooth needs a majo... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Usually not: Medical insurance usually does not cover dental and similarly dental does not cover medical. One exception is when there are impacted wisdom teeth, it... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
May be normal: Sometimes the gums heal into a bump because of the way the stitches were placed. It may be completely normal, but you can mention it to your dentist t... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
It should not.: When performed by an experienced dentist, any pain during or afterwards will be minimal.
A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Give it more time.: Often times bleeding in the mouth appears more profuse because there is so much saliva which makes it seem like you are continuously bleeding. Unless ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Depends: In general, we try to perform elective treatment during the second trimester since that is the most comfortable time for the mother. Necessary or emer... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Possibly TMJ: If the pain does not feel localized to the tooth and there is no swelling, it may not be anything related to the root canal. Pain that extends to the ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
A very long time: Dry socket occurs when the blood clot that should be protecting to extraction site comes loose. This is very painful and does not heal readily by its... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Treat: Treat them as you would your natural teeth. Floss and brush as normal, and avoid very hard foods.
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Need biopsy: The only way to tell for sure is to have a biopsy. It is quite possible that it is merely an irritation from your permanent retainer. Definitely menti... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Possibly grinding.: Some people grind their teeth when they sleep. This can sometimes happen if there is a discrepancy between where your teeth fit together, and where yo... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
See your dentist: Prolonged use of Ibuprofen will damage you liver. A major toothache that persists for so long will not be solved with pain medication. Even if you mak... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
See your dentist: There is no way to tell what the issue is without being able to evaluate it clinically. Make an appointment to see your dentist.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Varies: Simple extractions should only take a few minutes. Complicated extractions can sometimes take longer, but in general, oral surgeons and experienced de... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Possible: If your wisdom tooth is only partially erupted, then there is a flap of gum tissue that can easily get irritated and infected causing pain and swellin... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Avoid any sucking: Anything that causes positive pressure like sucking through a straw is advised since it can loosen the clot protecting the extraction site. Other com... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Finish all: Antibiotics. A root canal should not be much different from getting a filling. During the procedure you should not feel anything. Sometimes there can ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
I recommend 20 min: The point is to apply pressure on the wound long enough to stop any bleeding. If the bleeding has stopped, then you can remove the gauze but be ver ge... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
It is an adjustment: Whether you have partial dentures or full dentures, eating and speaking will be different. You will need to clean them after every meal because food w... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Mouth: Mouth breathing, persistently large tonsils, and allergies can affect proper jaw development.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
See your dentist: If you mean that your gums bleed easily, then this means you have gum disease and you need to be evaluated to see what is the appropriate treatment.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
See dentist: As a general rule, any trauma related injury in the mouth heals within 2 weeks. If it lasts longer or recurs, then you should see your dentist to have... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Yes.: Bleeding gums indicates rhe presence of gingivitis (gum disease). You should make an appointment to see your dentist. If you are overdue for a routin... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Absolutely.: If there was a large infection and a significant amount of pus building up, it can continue for several days after the tooth is extracted. That being ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
See your dentist: It is very common for pregnant women to experience pregnancy gingivitis. Due to changes in your hormones while pregnant, the risk of gum disease is in... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Unlikely: Tetanus is a bacterial infection that affects the nervous system making the muscles contract. It is pretty much non existent in the United States due ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Unlikely: Depending on how deep the crack goes, you may need a replacement filling, you may need a crown, you may need a root canal and crown, or you may need t... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Yes: Dry socket can occur after any type of extraction, whether surgical or simple. It occurs if something dislodges the clot that should form to cover and... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
It is unusual. See: Your dentist. Typically, any pain and swelling that was caused by a root canal infection clears within days, not weeks. There is still something going... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Rinse, brush often: You should brush your retainer every time you brush your teeth. You should try to rinse or brush your retainer every time you eat. If there is build u... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Have it re evaluated: The success rate of root canals is normally very high, but it is possible for it to get reinfected. See your dentist to see if it requires retreatment... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Prophy paste: It is basically toothpaste, but usually much more coarse. It is very effective at removing surface stains and usually is fluoridated as well.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Yes: Orajel is the same as topical anesthetic which is often used as an numbing agent prior to injections of local anesthetic. It penetrates only the outer... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Yes, but very slowly: You are much better off returning to the dentist who did the extraction to have it treated. Dry socket is very painful precisely because it is not hea... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Impossible to answer: This is something that can only be determined through a physical evaluation. If you are really concerned, see another dentist for a second opinion. I ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Difficult to answer: Many sleep apnea devices work by advancing the lower jaw to open up the airway, but if it is poor muscle tone in the soft palate or uvula which is cau... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
It can happen: If there has been a lot of plaque and tartar accumulation between the teeth, the space in between can get deeper due to periodontal disease and bine l... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Usually not: Retainers are usually designed not to impinge or pinch the gums. Bleeding gums is a sign of gingivitis which is caused by the accumulation of plaque a... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Porcelain metal: Stainless steel crowns are not custom made so the fit is not ideal for long term. In the us, they eould only be done in badly broken down bany teeth. ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Right now: As soon as there are any teeth, it is recommended to start brushing. Use children's low Fluoride toothpaste instead of normal toothpaste just in case ... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Yes.: Fluoride varnish is recommended by the ada not only for children but adults as well. It decreases sensitivity, strengthens the enamel, and has anti ba... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Traumatic bite: The bite marks on your cheek indicate that you are clenching or grinding or that you have some kind of cross bite. This could very well be causing you... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Get evaluated: Often times, delayed eruption of the adult teeth, especially if there are so many, is due to crowding and an undersized jaw. See an orthodontist becau... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Long time: Dry socket occurs when the blood clot that is supposed to form and seal the hole from an extraction comes out. The extraction site is therefore unable... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Multiple steps: First you are anesthetized, then a rubber dam is used to isolate the tooth. The root is accessed through the top of the tooth and cleaned using disinf... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Not during.: When performed by an experienced dentist, the discomfort and post operative pain will be minimal, even with difficult wisdom teeth extractions. Your b... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Chan is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Chan is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! It already happened twice. I was really worried. Thx a lot for the ans
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I have had 2 abcesses on that side,1 before &1 after a root canal
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! will this cause problems in bones and joints throughout body

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, MA
Graduated 2001MD

Residency

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