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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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How to prevent calculus build up on lower teeth and dental appliances?

How to prevent calculus build up on lower teeth and dental appliances?

Brush and floss: The only way to eliminate calculus build up is by brushing and flossing frequently. It takes pyhsical removal of the placque before it calcified into the hard tarter, or calculus. Some people will have more tendency to build up calculus because of the chemical composition of their saliva. And of course regular dental care. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Sandler
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Can someone's teeth be saved if they have a high amount of calculus on their teeth?

Can someone's teeth be saved if they have a high amount of calculus on their teeth?

Other key factors: It's not the amount of calculus present that determines whether or not teeth can be saved. Bone loss and non-restorable teeth from decay leads to tooth loss. Some people have tremendous amounts of calculus and have no bone loss or decay, while others have moderate chronic calculus but severe bone loss and rampant decay. Get a comprehensive exam & x-rays and a treatment plan with options. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Crosby
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Dr. Paul Grin
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How can tartar/calculus form on teeth?

How can tartar/calculus form on teeth?

Plaque and Calculus: Plaque is a gummy substance that forms on the teeth within a few hours after food. Plaque can harden, and when it does, it is then called tartar.. Calculus = (tartar) is a form of hardened dental plaque. ...Read more

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Dr. Albert E. Klitzke
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How can I get calculus off my teeth without going to the dentist?

How can I get calculus off my teeth without going to the dentist?

Not recommeded: You would have to use the dental scalers a hygienist uses. Unless you have dental training on this you could: 1. Remove gum tissue/ filling 2. Infect yourself by not using a sterile instrument in your mouth leading to cold sores or tetanus. It takes a lot of training to safely enter the mouth with a sharp scaler. As a dentist i woul not consider scaling my one teeth and pay a hygienist to do i. ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Can you have calculus on your teeth and it not show up on the films especially if it's on the lingual surface? On the films can you only see it distal and mesial and not facial or lingual?

Excellent : Excellent question, and you have your bearings on the surfaces of the teeth just right. Buccal (facial) & lingual is easy enough to visualize in an exam. Since the calculus is somewhat radiopaque, it will show up on a radiograph, but on those surfaces there is too much tooth structure (density) that will probably mask it. On the mesial and distal surfaces of the roots, there's nothing but air and soft tissue between the film and the xray source. That's why you can see it on those surfaces, and why we need radiographs to "see" between the teeth. Hope this info helps. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Nail
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Bottom gums swelled and stayed after cleaning. Were fine before. Some is calculus. But the rest I don't know. Purple looking vein under a couple teeth?

Bottom gums swelled and stayed after cleaning. Were fine before. Some is calculus. But the rest I don't know. Purple looking vein under a couple teeth?

Toothache: Give it a few days. Try some ibuprofen for pain and inflammation if you can take it. Rinse 3 times daily with warm salt water. If you continue to have pain, call your doctor for evaluation. It sounds like you might have had needed a pretty good cleaning or had a deep cleaning. It isn't uncommon to be sore if you had a lot of calculus build up. ...Read more

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Dr. Don Millner
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I got 3 teeth filled yesterday. 2 feel fine. 1 feels little high like a small stone. Can i ignore it or should I be concerned?

I got 3 teeth filled yesterday. 2 feel fine. 1 feels little high like a small stone. Can i ignore it or should I be concerned?

Have adjusted ASAP!!: A small, high filling "bump" especially on an immediately light cured "white" one can create serious damage like high heels denting a basketball court. In the least it can be annoying or create sensitivity at the most can fracture the filled tooth and it's opposing tooth. While ones bite seems to adapt, it doesn't! a slight bite adjustment now (no can prevent significant issues latter. ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Is tooth calculus cleaning procedure done by dentist, totally safe?

Is tooth calculus cleaning procedure done by dentist, totally safe?

Yes: Scaling and root planing is a safe procedure that can be performed by a dentist or hygienist. There should be no problems associated with this treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Sandler
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Tooth 30 horizontal ricegrain size chip at inside gum line, I have calculus line along that tooth, the chip is not a hole its solid on inside. How to fi?

Tooth 30 horizontal ricegrain size chip at inside gum line, I have calculus line along that tooth, the chip is not a hole its solid on inside. How to fi?

See your dentist: See your dentist who can go over the options. Without personally seeing you and an x-ray of the tooth, we can't properly advise you. It could require a bonded composite filling or a crown. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffry Gill
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My son is 5 ys.During sleeping i hear sound from his teeth .Like a spasm.He also developed stone in the duct of lt submandibular gland?

My son is 5 ys.During sleeping i hear sound from his teeth .Like a spasm.He also developed stone in the duct of lt submandibular gland?

Sounds like bruxism: It's common for young children to have bruxism or "teeth grinding" during sleep. Sometimes this goes away on its own. Sometimes it is associated with a dental abnormality or other problem. It might be helpful to have his dentist perform an examination. His pediatrician might be able to offer more specific advice on evaluation or treatment with an exam as well. Good luck! ...Read more

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