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Can Two Different Dental Fillings Touching Cause Excessive Salivation
Sometimes a Lifetime: It really depends on the tooth, the material used, its size, how you chew, what you chew, & many other factors. Modern fillings can last indefinitely in some cases. However, after millions of chews, millions of pounds of pressure applied, acid attack, and all kinds of other forces acting on your fillings, it can be unpredictable. If you can chose, request the longest lasting material up front. ...Read more
Are there different types of dental fillings? If yes, what are they. Is one kind better/longer-lasting than others?
Composite or amalgam: An amalgam is an alloy of mercury with various powdered metals. It is inexpensive & when properly placed has been known to last for many years- reliably. In my office, I only use composite resin. Which is a polymer plastic and silicates- light cured to achieve a hardness necessary for proper chewing. Not as hard as amalgam, but very esthetic because of the shade selection for color matching! ...Read more
Are there different types of dental fillings? If yes, what are they. Is one kind better/longer-lasting than others? .
Resin, amalgam, gold: In reality, all three are possible. Practically speaking, resin is the most common and desirable. Depending on the tooth, ceramic might also be possible. Lateral would ususlly infer a front tooth surface. ...Read more
Will dental filling be done in the same tooth (after first one comes out remaining in place for two years)?
Replacing fillings: This seemingly simple question is not quite that easy to answer, especially sight unseen. Can a filling be replaced? Yes. However, it might require more than just a filling based upon the condition of the tooth and the reason why it needs replacement. If it just chipped, discolored or slightly more decay, then yes. If substantial decay, fracture, nerve exposure, etc, probably not. ...Read more
Yes, but...: Usually for a short time only. Like a cut in the skin, it is normal to be tender for a couple of days until it heals. Deep fillings and cracked teeth can be highly sensitive (esp. To ice/cold) and may need further care. Sensitivity that lasts should be evaluated by your dentist. Root canal therapy can alleviate painful pulpal problems. ...Read more
NO!!!: For decades the top pure science medical and dental researchers have studied this issue and all have reached the same conclusion-silver mercury amalgam fillings are safe. Those who say otherwise have no real science to validate their findings. It is true mercury is a poison alone, but so is sodium or chloride, but mixed together they are salt. While no longer popular due to esthetic, it is safe! ...Read more
I need $9700 worth of dental-extractions&fillings the dentist said I have to do it all at once am I able to choose what I want done 1st eg two session?
Second opinion: Get a second opinion. All dentist will have different ideas. Ask for options. ...Read more
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
Need some dental expertise! My temp filling I put in the hole is on top of or touching my amalgam (silver/mercury) fillings?
See a dentist: See a dentist and don't try to treat yourself. ...Read more
I have composite fillings in most of my teeth, including the front. Can I safely use a dental trainer for teeth alignment, or can it cause cracks?
Fillings and...: Generally speaking, if the composite fillings are sound, then Orthodontic movement by any number of methods should not harm them. If they break or come out they were probably in need of replacement or the teeth should have some more permanent or stronger replacement. Having said that the dentist actually treating you is best to make that determination. Discuss with him or her before treatment. ...Read more
Two molar side-by-side dental implants to be surgically placed only with a lidocaine injection. Like the one for a filling. Can I drive myself home?
Can poor dental work cause bruxism? My friend swears it can. I just started grinding my teeth recently, and this friend says it might be because of the filling I got a few months ago. He says he got bruxism after a filling was too high on his tooth and it
Possible: A filling or crown that is too high can cause you to hit that spot first and grind. This can be very painful and cause sensitivity and even damage the tooth. Go back to the dentist and make sure the dental restorations are not too high. It might not even be poor dental work. Sometimes when you are numb, the patient doesn't bite down correctly and the dentist can't get the restoration adjusted. ...Read more
I am scheduled to have two dental fillings in a few weeks, at that point I will be 12 weeks pregnant is this ok? Or should I wait until after delivery
The dental assistance said I might need to drill two back teeth to get fillings why? I went to the dentist the other day and the dental assistance checked out my teeth and said that two back teeth were sticky and would probably need to be drilled and fill
ASK dentist: Though an assistant may have excellent skills, they are trained for a short time. The assistant may be correct, but the dentist has the proper training to evaluate the need for a filling. Sometimes the biting surface grooves get sticky and used to be filled always, sometimes smoothing of the enamel (called enameloplasty) can remove the problem and make the area self cleansing. The dentist knows! ...Read more
I had a dental xray and two fillings done about a week or two after ovulation and I just found out I'm pregnant. Could there be any damage to fetus??
Could dental X-rays in the 80s and 90s cause any type of H&N tumor? Just had routine checkups, fillings, braces, wisdom teeth, etc. How safe were they?
Extremely: If we add up all the dental x-rays that you have had over your life time it's probably less than the background radiation of a couple of days in the mountains, or a single chest x-ray, or working for a few months as a member of a flight crew. ...Read more
Two weeks ago. I had a simple dental filling. Now can only open my mouth 30%, inner cheek edema, pain, . Been taking nsaids, amoxil, (amoxicillin) warm compresses?
Trismis: Your symptoms sound like you may be experiencing trismis, bruising of the muscles from the injection of novacaine. This happens sometimes and takes about 2 weeks to heal. Call your dentist about this. ...Read more
Does dental work such as fillings and extractions cause throat infections or cause you to spit up brown mucus?
It can: Extractions can cause a little bleeding and this can cause to spit up dried blood. ...Read more
Yes: Cavities have destroyed part of the tooth by definition. Fixing the cavity removes the bad part of the tooth and a little more to ensure you are touching "good" tooth. So you have a hole in the natural tooth that is filled or restored with different materials depending on how big the cavity was. ...Read more
No: Amalgam is a safe and durable choice. Most research finds no relationship between fillings and symptoms of mercury poisoning or other side effects. Eventually, any cavity if not treated, can lead to pain, infection, root canal and even tooth loss. See your dentist for evaluation, x-rays and treatment. ...Read more
Teeth can: Erupt painlessly or painfully. Each situation is unique. Hope this helps. ...Read more
My dentist added two fillings on two of my teeth. Not it feels like its a small bump but kinda hurts. Should I tell the dentist?
Absolutely: I often make this analogy. If you bought some shoes and they didn't fit right, would you just deal with it (or not wear them) or take it back to the store to see if they are the right size, style, etc. For you? In both cases, it can't hurt to return and see if something can be done. Perhaps they just need a slight adjustment. ...Read more
I grind my teeth while sleeping, so much so that fillings have been dislodged. What causes this, and how can I stop it from happening?
Bruxism: The cause of bruxism is not well understood. Some possible contributing factors are daily stress, occlusal (bite) interferences or disharmony, and sleep disorders. In many cases, you can't stop it, although you can prevent damage to your teeth by wearing an night guard. Start by consulting with your own dentist on this subject. ...Read more
Corrosion: Some amalgam fillings can corrode over time and the byproducts can be absorbed by the neighboring tooth structure. While not cosmetically pleasing it is harmless to your tooth. The mercury is chemically bound up and is not being released. If you are concerned about cosmetics see your dentist about your options for a more cosmetic replacement. Otherwise leave them alone. ...Read more
Had filling done on two teeth (between each other). Food keeps getting stuck between teeth now and its hard to floss. What can I do about this?
Contact the office: When two opposing fillings are contacting each other, often times the way they come together is not ideal and can trap food and make it hard to floss. The only way to properly fix this would be to return to the dentist who performed the treatment and explain the situation. The dentist can then evaluate the fillings and make adjustments to prevent food entrapment and make flossing easier. ...Read more
Generally No: We ask patients to have any suspect fillings replaced before bleaching as we do not want the bleach to get into any open areas. If there are missing fillings already or holes in the teeth these should be repaired. ...Read more
Can I get teeth pulled even if got filling I filling it cause bad breathed an it not from sinus drainage?
Sorry difficult to: Follow your question. Best to be evaluated by your dentist who can perform a clinical and radiographic to best address your concern. Hope this helps. ...Read more
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