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Between Gum And Tooth
Cavities?: Not sure what exactly you are asking. Cavities are nothing more than "holes" in teeth. Deep cavities can lead to needing a root canal on the tooth. Gum ulcers are just worn away patches of gum tissue with various causes. Scaling of the teeth is a procedure done to treat gum disease caused by plaque and tartar buildup. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Accurate flossing has been shown to firm the gum tissue between the teeth so long as the cause for the swollen gums is poor oral hygiene. But many other factors cause swollen gums including teeth that are in less than ideal position (crowded, rotated, etc), defective restorations, cracks, various medications, medical conditions and tartar build up. See your dentist for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more
Structure: A cyst can have numerous causes (infection being just one) and is like a balloon--it has a fibrous tissue capsule that surrounds its contents, which can be fluid or other substances. An abcess is the result of an infection, and is a collection of pus (typically) that fills normal tissue spaces but has no lining of its own. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Size and design: A filling is generally a smaller restoration placed inside a tooth the same visit decay or fractured part of tooth is treated. A cap or crown usually covers the entire or most of the tooth and is sent out to a dental laboratory to be fabricated. (some dentists have a machine to make crown in office while you wait). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My gum has separated from my tooth after wisdom teeth extraction. How do they treat receding gums?
Getting a recurring mouth ulcer between gums and cheek near root canaled tooth, gums are tender and sore. Dentist says X-ray of root canal looks good?
Recurring ulcer: Any sore or lesion in the mouth that does not heal in 10-14 days, or is recurring, needs to be examined and possibly biopsied. If your dentist is unsure why you are have a lesion, Have the root canal evaluated by an endodontist. If the root canal is sound, and no other teeth are involved, see an oral surgeon or periodontist for an exam. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: Discoloration usually refers to an intrinsic stain which means it is deep into the tooth. Tartar and plaque is a build up on the surface of the teeth and can be polished and/or scrapped away by your dental hygienest. Discoloration usually means you would need bleaching or a new crown to change the shade of that tooth. See your provider for options. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A bit tricky: These 3 causes of pain can be a bit tricky to sort out sometimes. If tapping on the suspected tooth increases pain, then it is probably the tooth. Sometimes a troubled tooth causes sinus problems. Sometimes the maxillary sinus (one under your cheek bone) problem causes enough pain to feel like it's in the upper teeth. So, it is best to see your doctor and/or dentist to help sort it out. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pain is pain: Tooth decay creates tooth sensitivity, sinus pain can simulate tooth pain because of the pressure placed on the main nerve that runs in the floor of the sinus cavity. Sinus pressure, creates sinus pain, which can often be mistaken for tooth pain. Tooth pain, in the upper arch, can be from sinus pressure, or from tooth decay. Your dentist can be a big help in trying to identify the source of pain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Simple...: A cavity, by definition: cav·i·ty (k?v??-t?) 1. A hollow; a hole. 2. A hollow area within the body: a sinus cavity. 3. A pitted area in a tooth caused by caries. A filling (dental restoration) is place into a cleaned out tooth cavity to protect the tooth from further decay and to restore the tooth to proper form and function. ...Read more
Go see your dentist: You need to note whether it is sensitive to cold or hot and if it lingers for more than ten seconds. A small tooth decay usually is sensitive to cold but as the decay gets deeper the tooth can also be sensitive to hot and lingers for a while. Sinusitis can also cause toothache but usually it is hard to pinpoint to a tooth. Sometimes the whole back teeth are sensitive when you have sinus infection. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sensitive vs Decay: The common causes of sensitive teeth are exposed tooth roots, receding gums or from a thinning of your tooth enamel. Dental cavities are permanently damaged holes in teeth caused by tooth decay. In some cases sensitive tooth can mean a cavity. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
To save the tooth: root canal: you try and save the tooth by cleaning the inside of the tooth and removing the nerve extraction: tooth can not be saved and have to be removed. You need to get an exam and x-ray to see what is the best option for you. you can also send me your x-rays for a second opinion http://my.setmore.com/bookingpage/72b8c781-a64f-45c9-9314-934abdd25118 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
More Education: Dentists receive a doctorate degree after four years (in most cases) in dental school. Most receive additional training in residencies or specialty training or military service. Dentists may provide all dental procedures their training allows. Dental Hygienists are trained in a more limited fashion to provide dental cleanings and local anesthesia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I see my dentist in 2 mths. for a pocket between my gum & tooth. I know of peridontal disease. Food gets stuck too. How can I manage it til I see him?
Perio pocket: Brush and floss properly after each meal (and if necessary after snacks if food gets stuck). ...Read more
Molar was hurting for a few days now theres a gap between my gums and tooth. i see my dentist every 6 weeks so im very confused on what it is. HELP?
6 weeks?: Did you mean every 6 months? A lot can happen in 6 months. Cauldron be from damage to the tooth (cavity, fracture), food impaction, failure to floss, improper brushing technique, malocclusion, or many other reasons. Any swelling, bleeding, or as in your case pain, should be immediately investigated. Please call your Dentist and schedule an appointment for as soon as possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 10 yrs old daughter has a blue soft spot in her upper gums between the front tooth and next one. No pain. But making move one of the tooth aside. ?
Tooth erupting: If she doesn't have all her permanent front teeth yet, then it is likely a tooth erupting into the area. If she has all her permanent teeth in the front, it could be an extra one, or one out of place. Depending on her permanent tooth situation, you may wait and see if a tooth comes through, or see the Dentist to check. She is at the age when these teeth normally erupt. Good Luck ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have about twelve cavities. Most of which are gum line. The gap between the gum and the tooth is quite large. Is this typically something that can be fixed, or would it most likely require the tooth/teeth to be pulled?
Small lump: Where in your mouth is it located? How long has it been there? Is it soft or hard? Has it changed in size or color? There are numerous possibilities. It is impossible to diagnose without an examination. Please see your dentist for an examination, diagnosis and treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My tooth #16 itchy. Is it possible to itchy, if there is enough stain between teeth and gum. I go tooth cleaning 2, 3 times yr. My dr never gets in #16?
I have an ulcer in between my wisdom tooth gum and tooth at the back of my mouth. Will it errode my gums away or will it heal on its own?
Clean, clean, clean: Cleaning is the first and always effective treatment for any pain. Keep the tooth and gum clean by brushing with soft bristle brush parallel to the gum surface. Bleeding of the gum, if exist, should alleviate or stop. Then consult with your dentist for treatment of underlying causes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Living..: Living causes plaque (not plague) to form on teeth and in you mouth. It comes from food, air water, saliva and just about anything. It forms immediately after you've brush your teeth. It is a way of life, but the main thing you don't want the stuff to be on your teeth for a long period of time. Basically...Brush and floss regularly and even if you have a little plaque..No big deal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Requires a consult: The question is a simple one but the answer is complex and beyond the scope and word limitation of this forum. There are many things that can be done to correct teeth that appear short or are not symmetric or harmonious with the adjacent teeth. You need to have your general dentist or prosthodontist examine you and discuss treatment options. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Is there a bump?: If you are having pain above a tooth, it is possible that you may be developing an abscess, which happens at the end of the root, underneath the gums. If there is a bump above (or below on a lower) the tooth, this may be a gum boil, where infection collects without anywhere to go. Have a dentist evaluate this asap to avoid a true dental emergency with swelling and severe pain. ...Read more
Clove oil: Clove oil can be an effective oral anesthetic. In studies, it has performed just as well as topical Benzocaine (anbesol and oragel). It's safe when used correctly in small amounts, but can cause liver and respiratory problems when ingested in large quantities. It's found in health food stores. To use it, apply a very small amount to a cotton swab and apply gently to the affected area. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See a dentist !: Gingival tissue that is separating from the tooth forming a pocket like that could be indicative of periodontal problems. The sooner you are examined and treated the sooner your problem will be arrested. You really can't do anything personally to correct periodontal defects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Food impaction: Open contact interproximally may cause food impaction and developed localized gum pain. If tooth is painful, nerve may be affected. Open margin on the crown may cause bone loss due to localized periodontitis. See your dentist for exam, diagnosis, and treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gum post surgery: Following an extraction, the gum tissue around the extraction site will be a slightly red and the clot should be formed where the tooth was before. The clot appears to look like a piece of liver but it should not be disturbed. Within a few days, the gum tissue will grow over the and eventually cover the extraction site. In 8-12 weeks it will appear normal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Either: Can be either a gum problem or a tooth problem. No way to tell without physical examination. Please don't put this off, call your dentist. The longer you wait, the less manageable the situation. ...Read more