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A 34-year-old member asked:

what can i do to treat a chipped tooth?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
See a dentist for...: Schedule a visit with a dentist to evaluate the tooth and discuss your treatment options. If the tooth chipped other than by an accident or trauma, there is probably an underlying cause, such as decay. Your options would generally be tooth colored composite fillings\porcelain veneer\crown for a front tooth and amalgam fillings\composite fillings\or a ceramic onlay\crown on back teeth.
Dr. Stan Shih
Dentistry 18 years experience
How severe?: Treatment depends on the condition of the tooth and how much of the tooth is left. If there is no underlying cavity, no trauma, and the vast majority of the tooth remains without nerve exposure, a composite (bonded white filling) may work.
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Cosmetic Dentistry 25 years experience
It depends: Small chips can be smoothed out. Larger chips can be restored with a bonded filling, large chips may need a porcelain veneer. A dentist can determine which method is best.

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Is it normal for bottom teeth to come in before top teeth?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Yes: The bottom middle incisors are almost always the first teeth and usually come in around 7 months old. However it is not a concern if the top teeth come in first. If your child has no teeth at 15 months old, your pediatrician will likely recommend a dental visit.
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Dr. Ron E. Bell commented
Cosmetic Dentistry 45 years experience
You could be proactive and see a dentist before the pediatrician recommends
Oct 31, 2015
A 22-year-old male asked about a member:

What is a normal age to start losing teeth?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
6 years: Children lose their first baby teeth around age 6 years when the permanent teeth start coming in. They will get a total of 28 teeth (not counting any wisdom teeth). In the teen years, some kids have 2-4 teeth pulled before getting orthodontic braces. Years later, adults lose teeth through accidents, tooth decay, etc. . . The average number of remaining teeth at age 50-64 is 22-23 teeth.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What could cause white spots or stains on my teeth?

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General Practice 55 years experience
Decalcifications: Acid reflux could cause the white spots while many foods and or medications can stain the enamel
A 44-year-old member asked:

What does a supernumerary tooth look like?

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Dr. Michael Teitelbaum
Dentistry 32 years experience
Anything: I personally have 2, they look like regular molars. Some are weird shaped, some are tiny teeth.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Where can I find information on the net about dental health?

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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
ADA.org: The ada is the american dental association and should have a lot of resources for you. You could ask your locat dentist as well.
Dr. Justin Zumstein
Dentistry 24 years experience
The Academy of General Dentistry is another good dental health resource...www.AGD.org
Aug 15, 2012

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