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Might dental hygienist use a dental drill?

Might dental hygienist use a dental drill?

Dental hygienist: Dental hygienist or dental assistants are not allowe to use a high speed hand piece inside patients mouth. If you are referring to the ultrasonic hygiene cleaning instrument, they are allowed to use that. I hope that answers your question. ...Read more

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Might a dental hygienist drill your teeth or give you fillings?

Might a dental hygienist drill your teeth or give you fillings?

No: Some states have developed new mid level providers who can remove cavities and place fillings. These pilot programs have usually attracted former dental hygienists into their program. As a general rule hygienists can't drill a tooth or place a filling without additional certifcation and working in a state that permits this type of care. ...Read more

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How does a dentist fix a chipped front tooth with filling?

How does a dentist fix a chipped front tooth with filling?

Poorly: A filling by definition is a "contained" material. It fills a hole. Replacing enamel on chipped edges places bonded composite at risk of separation when brought into function. Biting a sandwich likely will break it off. Bonding composite is a temporary solution. Longevity is important. Small chips respond best to tooth contouring. Large chips to veneering with porcelain. Crown fractures. ...Read more

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Can a root canalled tooth with a crown get decayed?

Can a root canalled  tooth with a crown get decayed?

Yes: You can get decay under your crown and the crown may need to be replaced. Because you have had a root canal you would not have pain or sensitivity if there is decay in the crowned tooth so make sure you have regular dental care so any problem can be detected early and be fixable so you do not loose your tooth. ...Read more

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How is a dental filling and a dental sealant different?

Depth, type: Typically a sealant preparation does not penetrate the enamel. The sealant is usually a flowable resin, suited to flow in the nooks/crannies of the tooth, but not intended for heavy chewing and wear, or to strengthen/bond tooth surfaces together. A filling typically penetrates the enamel removing decay, often bonds portions of the tooth together, restores missing tooth and uses stronger resin. ...Read more

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Do dentists put a crown on a root canal?

Do dentists put a crown on a root canal?

Back teeth should be: Back teeth (not incisors or canines) that have been root canal treated should have crowns because a root canal treated tooth will become brittle and weaker over time. If a premolar or molar is not crowned, it will inevitably break & may result in tooth loss. Front teeth should be crowned if the tooth was badly broken, is discolored, or if the dentist feels it is susceptible to breakage. ...Read more

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How would a dentist file a small cavity?

How would a dentist file a small cavity?

Depends : The location and size of the cavity may determine how and if the cavity is filled. Dentists have used a number of techniques in treating small cavities, from sealants, and a number of different restorative materials. In the past, the old drill and fill was the primary technique used. With the advent of newer technology, some offices are using lasers to remove the decay with less discomfort. ...Read more

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Can a dentist put a veneer over an already capped tooth?

Can a dentist put a veneer over an already capped tooth?

Yes: If the porcelain on the old crown (cap) is chipped assuming there is no recurrent decay, the porcelain can be prepared, an impression is taken, the veneer is fabricated and bonded to the old crown. However, if there is a metal substructure of the old crown it should not be exposed. The best bonding will occur between two porcelain surfaces. ...Read more

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Can a dentist put a veneer over a crown?

It depends: Depending on the material used to make the initial crown, it can be successful if it is an all ceramic crown and relatively new.I've done it after a patient refused to have me remove their chipped all ceramic crown. They understood there was no guarantee but 8+ years later it still looks great. So, yes, it is possible but the dentist has to understand the limitations. A new crown is best. ...Read more

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How deep are dentists usually allowed to drill a tooth for a filling?

How deep are dentists usually allowed to drill a tooth for a filling?

There: Is no set depth for drilling. The excavation is done until the appropriate amount of decay is removed. A dentist should attempt to conserve as much viable tooth structure as possible. ...Read more

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Can dentists fix a cracked tooth?

Can dentists fix a cracked tooth?

Crack Tooth Syndrome: Some teeth have cracks that are too small to show up on X-rays and sometimes the cracks are under the gum. Cracked tooth syndrome is one of the most difficult dental problems to diagnose because the pain is not predictable. However, it is treatable in most cases. ...Read more

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Would a dental retainer fix one crooked tooth?

Would a dental retainer fix one crooked tooth?

Depends on position: If correction involves a simple tipping motion to correct the position, then a retainer can correct it. If the tooth is significantly rotated and /or tilted out of line such that it would require rotational correction and /or uprighting of the root, then braces or invisalign may be required. ...Read more

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Can a dental hygienist perform anesthesia?

Can a dental hygienist perform anesthesia?

Depends: Depends on the state and its regulations some states allow hygienists to administer local anesthetic. ...Read more

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How would a dentist fix a small cavity?

Depends : The location and size of the cavity may determine how and if the cavity is filled. Dentists have used a number of techniques in treating small cavities, from sealants, and a number of different restorative materials. In the past, the old drill and fill was the primary technique used. With the advent of newer technology, some offices are using lasers to remove the decay with less discomfort. ...Read more

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Could a dentist fix a loose tooth?

Could a dentist fix a loose tooth?

Possibly...: It depends on the cause. In some instances, the looseness is due to periodontal bone loss, which is not reversible. In other cases, it is as simple as adjusting your bite. Call a local dentist for an appointment. ...Read more

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How is better for a molar root canal- a general dentist or an endodontist?

Endodontist : Endodontist has specialized in root canals. They have the education and training to handle all aspects of root canal treatment. Many general dentists will do root canals but especially for the back teeth, molars, that are more complex it is better to go to the expert in the field. ...Read more

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Can a dental ultrasonic scaler hurt?

Can a dental ultrasonic scaler hurt?

Ultrasonic scalers: Most of my patients find ultrasonic scaling slightly uncomfortable and then only for some of their teeth. Some patients use nitrous oxide\oxygen analgesia (sweet air) and with it are quite comfortable. A few request or require local anesthesia. ...Read more

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Can a general dentist do a root canal or only an endodontist?

Can  a general dentist do a root canal or only an endodontist?

Any licensed dentist: I believe, like here in missouri, any general dentist can perform any aspect of dentistry a specialist would do. There are many gps who like doing things like root canals and are very good at it..They just never went to a grauate training program for a specialty certificate. Just like a gp can remove teeth, like an oral surgeon. The gps choice. ...Read more

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Can a periodontist do surgical wisdom tooth extraction?

Can a periodontist do surgical wisdom tooth extraction?

Technically yes...: ... but they probably would not since the procedure is beyond the scope of their practice and expertise. ...Read more

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Could a dentist replace an discolored filling?

It Depends: There are many reasons fillings can discolor or seem discolored. If the tooth doesn't show, the filling is sealed &sound, discoloration alone is not really a great reason to replace the filling since each replacement will also reduce some tooth structure. If the filling is leaking or the tooth hurting, or looks very bad then replacement is a good option. Best to talk to your dentist. ...Read more

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