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Are crowded teeth a health risk or just cosmetic problem?

Are crowded teeth a health risk or just cosmetic problem?

Crowded teeth: Yes. Crowded teeth are difficult to keep clean and you're more susceptible to periodontal disease. ( gum and bone disease). ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Does a dental bridge count as cosmetic dentistry? I'd like to get a dental bridge to cover the gap i've had for years where two teeth are missing. My insurance won't cover any cosmetic procedures though. Is a bridge usually considered to be cosmetic or no

Does a dental bridge count as cosmetic dentistry? I'd like to get a dental bridge to cover the gap i've had for years where two teeth are missing. My insurance won't cover any cosmetic procedures though. Is a bridge usually considered to be cosmetic or no

BRIDGE IS FUNCTIONAL: A bridge to restore a space from lost teeth is first and foremost to restore function. Your insurance company can not deny you reimbursement for a bridge unless they have a pre-existing clause before you received the benefit (teeth extracted ptior to your policy start date). They may offer only a removable denture but who wants that. Implants are the best solution if you have the bone support. ...Read more

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Crooked teeth? I know braces work, but are there any other options to fix front teeth that are crooked and have a gap between them? I'd rather use another method, if possible. .

Crooked teeth? I know braces work, but are there any other options to fix front teeth that are crooked and have a gap between them? I'd rather use another method, if possible.


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Veneers: Veneers or crowns could be a possible option for you. Veneers on the two front upper teeth would be cheaper and faster than braces. See a dentist for a consultation. ...Read more

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Are varicose veins a health risk or just a cosmetic issue?

Are varicose veins a health risk or just a cosmetic issue?

Depends: Spider varicosities in a 90 year old patient is not an issue, in younger persons indicates venous hypertension, larger varicose veins are always a health issue. ...Read more

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Wondering if lava crowns are okay to use or if they have porcelain delamination problems (seen some mention of that but can't find a lot of info)?

Wondering if lava crowns are okay to use or if they have porcelain delamination problems (seen some mention of that but can't find a lot of info)?

Ok to use: Almost all dental prosthetics have some chance of fracture (except solid gold crowns). Porcelain, plastics, and denture metals are subject to biting forces and fatigue. Diamonds and granite can be broken, and they are much harder than porcelain. Ask your dentist what would be best for your specific restorative needs. ...Read more

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Can your permanent teeth come after your baby teeth or is there another teeth like for teenagers?

Can your permanent teeth come after your baby teeth or is there another teeth like for teenagers?

Three dentitions: 1. The primary dentition (baby teeth). 2. The mixed dentition (baby and permanent). 3. The permanent dentition There is no teenagers dentition. ...Read more

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Have had a cavity in wisdom tooth for over 5 years. No dental insurance, so left it. Could this cause other health problems to overall health?

Absolutely: That rotten tooth will at some point abscess, which can cause the infection to drain under your tongue and potentially close off your airway. Insurance or not, you need to take care of your health. Contact your local dental society for low cost options. ...Read more

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If you can't do dental implants for some reasons...Are dental bridges good or should be avoided?

If you can't do dental implants for some reasons...Are dental bridges good or should be avoided?

Reasons ?: Dental implants mimic your natural teeth, and fixed prosthetics come in a close second. The answer to your question for your mouth depends on the condition of the supporting teeth. A local dentist, after examining you, can best give you the pros and con's. ...Read more

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Child with twelve baby teeth orthodontist put braces no overbite, no thumb sucking or overcrowding and no chewing problems is this common for an orthodontist not to advise a parent that there child has 12 baby teeth paid $2500 to have baby teeth straighte

Child with twelve baby teeth orthodontist put braces no overbite, no thumb sucking or overcrowding and no chewing problems is this common for an orthodontist not to advise a parent that there child has 12 baby teeth paid $2500 to have baby teeth straighte

Not unusual: If twelve baby teeth, then also would have twelve permanent teeth. You went through the first phase of treatment and should expect a second phase of treatment after 28 permanent teeth are present after a "dental age" of 12 years. Ask your orthodontist for more explanation. ...Read more

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Is a dental bridge okay if the surrounding teeth have fillings? I'm plants are $$ but I don't want a failed bridge I'm only 20

Is a dental bridge okay if the surrounding teeth have fillings? I'm plants are $$ but I don't want a failed bridge I'm only 20

Recommended: A fixed bridge involves the placement of crowns on the abutment ( surrounding ) teeth. At the initial appointment an existing fillings are removed from each abutment tooth and replaced with strong core material. A dental bridge can last for many many years up to a lifetime! ...Read more

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Is a ridge augmentation considered purely cosmetic? I lost a couple teeth in an accident, and have some pretty noticable indentaitons where the teeth were. I'm interested in have a ridge augmentaiton performed, but if insurance won't cover it i probably w

Is a ridge augmentation considered purely cosmetic? I lost a couple teeth in an accident, and have some pretty noticable indentaitons where the teeth were. I'm interested in have a ridge augmentaiton performed, but if insurance won't cover it i probably w

Functional Problem: Traumatic avulsion of teeth usually is accompanied by some degree of bone loss. If treatment of your initial injuries were covered by insurance, your dentist or surgeon should submit a supporting letter, photos and x-rays to the insurance carrier detailing the loss of teeth and bone and why reconstruction of the lost bone to its correct anatomical state and function is necessary. ...Read more

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How would one go about finding a dentist that can help with dental problems as well as fixiing the ecayed teeth ?

How would one go about finding a dentist that can help with dental problems as well as fixiing the ecayed teeth ?

Personal referral: Best to ask friends/neighbors/co-workers who they like and why. After that, you may wish to visit the office website and call the office to see the phone manners. This gives a lot of information to see if it is the right office for you. Be careful of selecting a dentist based on an advertisement and low price. ...Read more

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If you have the money are dental implants good for people who have baby teeth that won't change to adult and crooked teeth and are their side effects?

If you have the money are dental implants good for people who have baby  teeth that won't change to adult and crooked teeth and are their side effects?

Diagnosis is key!: See your dentist for initial consultation, x-rays and diagnosis. Without the diagnosis is typically a guessing game. ...Read more

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Does dental bonding work for filling in cavities? I've read that you can have a dental bonding procedure performed to fill in cavities. Is this true? Are there any advantages to it over regular fillings? .

Does dental bonding work for filling in cavities? I've read that you can have a dental bonding procedure performed to fill in cavities. Is this true? Are there any advantages to it over regular fillings?


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I : I assume that you are referring to amalgam or silver fillings as "regular fillings", and "dental bonding" as bonded composite fillings. Either one replaces the lost tooth structure destroyed by cavities. Amalgam fillings look unesthetic, conduct hot and cold more to the nerves of the teeth, and therefore often cause more sensitivity when drinking or eating very hot and cold liquids or food. Bonded composite fillings sometimes wear more than amalgam fillings, but look more esthetic, often appear "invisible" and actually bond to tooth structure, thereby making them stronger, rather than weaker once filled. Generally speaking, i would much prefer to have bonded composite fillings in my own mouth as there are many more advantages to them. You and other readers should be aware that they are usally more costly and many insurance companies will not pay for the additional cost on posterior (or back) teeth, which is unfortunate. ...Read more

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Paradontal and crowns. Are crowns a good idea when you have paradontal?

Paradontal and crowns. Are crowns a good idea when you have paradontal?

Do you mean : Can you have crowns done on your teeth while having periodontal problems? The answer is no, you should get your periodontal issues addressed with a periodontist or a skilled dentist first, and treated, then based on the prognoses your treating dentist should decide the need for those crowns.. ...Read more

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Are there health risks of not having your wisdom teeth pulled out?

Wisdom teeth: usually appear between the ages of 16 and 25. If you are experiencing pain, swollen lymph nodes and it does not go away or if you find it difficult to open your mouth, you should see a dentist for evaluation, x-ray and wisdom teeth removal. However, impacted wisdom teeth that are free from disease and symptoms should not be operated on. ...Read more

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Crowded Teeth (Definition)

Dental crowding results from a discrepancy between tooth size and jaw size. This results in a misalignment of the teeth which is often ...Read more