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the dentist says i have a small crack in a tooth which is causing sensitivity to cold. should i see an endodontist? the dentist said i might need a root canal or i might need a cap; but it is not clear to me how this is to be determined. i worry that th

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Dr. Jonathan Scharf
Cosmetic Dentistry 49 years experience
It's : It's unlikely that your tooth was cracked during your cleaning visit. Oftentimes teeth can become sensitive after a cleaning and then return to normal. In your case the question is whether you need a root canal or a crown, both or nothing. A referral to an endodontist is a good idea because through proper testing and evaluation an endodontist is probably most experienced with these situations and can help you dentist come up with a definitive answer..
Dr. G Funari
Dr. G Funarianswered
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Agree : Agree with dr. Scharf and i also think that it is highly unlikely that a dental cleaning caused a fracture.. One other thing you need to keep in mind is that not all cracked teeth are amenable to treatment by a root canal procedure and crown. In cases where the fracture extends down onto the root surface and extraction may be indicated. The first step is to have an endodontist for a through evaluation.
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
See the endodontist: A crack can only get worse. Sometimes we will do a provisional (temporary) crown to see if this will help. If so, then that is the answer and we proceed with the final crown. If it doesn't help, then more than the crack is causing the pain. If you get the root canal treatment, you must get the crown soon after to protect the tooth. Have the endodontist check with microscope to see where crack goes.

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Is it true that fluoride can cause tooth discoloration in children?

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Dr. Michael Coogan
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Yes: Fluoride, which occurs naturally in some city water supplies, is incorporated into children's developing teeth and helps to prevent tooth decay. Many municipalities have carefully added Fluoride to their water. Unfortunately, too much Fluoride may cause discoloration of the enamel. You should speak to your pedodontist or pediatrician about the proper amount of Fluoride for your child.
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The potential systemic health consequences to our pediatric population far outweigh the benefits of strengthening enamel and caries prevention. I have attached a brief Harvard overview to reference one of many potential concerns. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/fluoride-childrens-health-grandjean-choi/
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In addition there can be potential consequences to the adult population. Some areas have naturally ocurring very heavy concentrations of fluoride in their water and flourosis or dark discoloration is common in these localities. I am a dentist but have never been in favor of medicating a total population to treat one segment-especially when they can receive the benefits of flouride in other ways.
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I had recent dental surgery, am I more susceptible to getting endocarditis?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Only if valve issue: Dental work can increase one's risk of endocarditis, especially if one has a valve disorder. See your doctor if you have a known heart murmur, unexplained fevers, chest pain or shortness of breath.
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What are the precautions for dental cleanings-prophylaxis without deep subgingival scaling of children with sickle cell anemia?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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Can I get braces with bone loss.Think my overbite could be causing front teeth to be loose?

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Dr. David Schneider
Dentistry 38 years experience
Yes: However, it is imperative that the periodontal disease (bone loss) be treated so that you are in good periodontal health and in a maintainable level of periodontal health. See a periodontist before beginning the orthodontic therapy. I can provide you with a local good periodontist via e-mail (dhschneid@gmail.Com).
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My lip is still partly swollen 6 weeks after I had a wisdom tooth extracted. Is this normal?

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Wisdom teeth: No. This is not typical. You should get it evaluated by the doctor that extracted the wisdom tooth.

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