U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 59-year-old male asked:

my new general dentist sent me to my new periodontist saying that person should be asked about my occlusion (bite). is this common practice?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Mokbel
Dentistry 42 years experience
Yes: Referral is appropriate when your general doctor or specialist find out that you need additional treatment that he may not be able to provide within his area of expertise. Periodontist as well as prosthodontists are best trained to treat and manage issues with the TMJ and occlusion. I would definitely follow his or her advice. (scdentalimplants.Com).
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 33 years experience
Mouth mechanics : The mouth is a complex system. You have bite mechanics including, jaw position and function. You have teeth positioning including previous orthodontics, tooth loss, crowding/spacing. Next periodontal status including active periodontal disease, bleeding, mobility and furcation. Next is you... How is your home-care? What are you doing or not doing? Do you grind? Not enough space here, sorry.
Dr. Gary Kitzis
Prosthodontics 35 years experience
Occlusal examination: Yes. A periodontists and prosthodontists have extensive training in examining and correcting the occlusion and if your general dentist feels your occlusion requires further evaluation, you should go.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with

Similar questions

A 30-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to have general anesthesia during my c-section?

9 doctor answers36 doctors weighed in
Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
Yes: General anesthesia is riskier than spinal or epidural anesthesia for a cesarean. Which is right for you depends on why you are having a c-section and the other medical conditions you have. In some cases, general anesthesia is the safest method. If you are concerned and have time, ask to talk to an anesthesiologist before surgery to go over the specific risks for you.
Dr. Boris Aronzon
Anesthesiology 24 years experience
Elective csection usually performed under regional anesthesia. General is exception, based on unic medical cercumstances: low platelets, prior spine surgery, debilitated patient, etc
Sep 26, 2013
A 21-year-old member asked:

Why is there only a vaccine for military personnel but not the general public?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Level of risk: Vaccines are recommended for people at risk for certain diseases, most take 2-4 weeks to work. Military personnel are at far greater risk, due to the nature of their work, for certain diseases. Thusly they are immunized against diseases we don't experience in the USA. This is particularly true for personnel on 'mobility' ie mobilized to the far reaches of the planet on a moment's notice.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
All vaccines are available to other than military people if they meet certain criteria. Some include Civil Service or other government employees who must, by the nature of their work, be in areas where specific vaccines have to be given. Certain countries have their own requirements to enter. In that case a person may get a vaccine not usually given to the public. Some are risky but necessary.
Dec 29, 2011
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are general antibiotics effective against the plague?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Helps most patients: Patients with suspected plague are put in strict isolation units and treatment is started with antibiotics such as gentamicin, streptomycin, doxycycline, tetracyline, Septra, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ciprofloxacin, or chloramphenicol. With treatment, the death rate drops from about 50% to about 15% (the majority of the cases are bubonic plague). Pneumonic plague is fatal if treatment is not started in 24 hours.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How is type 1 diabetes disorder treated in general?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Insulin: In addition to monitoring diet and exercise, type 1 diabetics are treated with injections of Insulin or with an Insulin pump.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What can be done about a colon obstruction?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Wendell Goins
General Surgery 42 years experience
Surgery ussually: Colon obstruction can be caused by benign conditions(diverticulitis, volvulus or twisting, constipation, inflamatory bowel didease) or cancer. Sometimes medications or minor procedures can help( atleast temporarily) , surgery is usually required for majority of causes, especially when cancer is associated.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
Last updated Sep 28, 2016

People also asked

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$30 per visit with


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.