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Can dental sealants stick to dental fillings?

Can dental sealants stick to dental fillings?

Sometimes.: The materials used for dental sealants stick to tooth surface but won't stick to metal fillings. Some times dentists place dental sealants next to fillings to fill in any small gaps between the filling and the tooth's surface. ...Read more

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Rubber Dam (Definition)

The "rubber dam" is actually a thin, square 6 x 6 latex, or non-latex (for those patients allergic to latex) shield, that is designed to be placed over a tooth/teeth as isloation during certain dental procedures; such as root canals and the placement of restorations. This shied not only prevents saliva contamination during procedures, but also ...Read more


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Dental cavity crown-re;ated?

Dental cavity crown-re;ated?

Indirectly, maybe: Question is too vague, but i'll address possibilities. If a crown is poorly designed with a gap in the fit on the tooth, a cavity could develop in gap. If cavity remains after tooth reduction for crown, it may continue to progress under crown. If a crown doesn't contact adjacent tooth well, food trap forms which creates a condition for a cavity to occur on adjacent tooth or at margin of crown. ...Read more

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Dentists don't use those rubber dams anymore for root canals?

Dentists don't use those rubber dams anymore for root canals?

Standard of Care: All dentists have the legal responsibility to provide care that the profession deems the standard of care. Root canal treatment requires the operator to control the environment in a way that prevents reinfection and provides protection to the patient from instruments or materials falling down their throat. The rubber dam is currently the easiest and best way to uphold this standard of care. ...Read more

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Could dental assistants place and grind permanent composite filling?

Could dental assistants place and grind permanent composite filling?

Maybe: Depends on the state your in and state regulations. Some states license dental assistants with extended functions. After a dentists prepares a tooth for a restoration this assistant can fill, polish, adjust bite and contour the restoration. ...Read more

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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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What is a dental rubber dam used for?

What is a dental rubber dam used for?

Several reasons: improving the treatment field for the dentist and increasing the safety of the patient. Also isolating the area to be treated and make the treatment time shorter. ...Read more

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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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Do dentists use teeth clamps on gaps in teeth?

Do dentists use teeth clamps on gaps in teeth?

Gaps? Teeth clamps?: I think you need to be more specifice here. I know what gaps between teeth are but i can't begin to figure teeth clamps. We use some devices to help fill teeth when they are missing a side. And those can be viewed as clamps. And these fillings can close gaps. To get a better answer...Go see a dentist and get a live opinion. ...Read more

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Will medicaid cover dental work (filling in cavities and wisdom teeth removal)?

Will medicaid cover dental work (filling in cavities and wisdom teeth removal)?

Location matters: Medicaid services are state services. With this said, every state is different. Most adult dentistry through medicaid is very minimal in its coverage. Call your provider to know the specifics for your particular needs. ...Read more

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How does a rubber dental dam work?

Oral barrier: They are small thin pieces of latex (or other materials) that fit around tooth/teeth while the dentist is working. It enhances visibility when working, prevents saliva from seeping into the working field, and prevents aspiration of dental dental materials and tools. ...Read more

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Cosmetic dentistry & dental implant. Done by same dentists?

Cosmetic dentistry & dental implant. Done by same dentists?

Could be.: We like to think that all dentists are cosmetic dentists! cosmetic dentistry is not a speciality. Though some general dentists may place and restore dental implants, dental implants are often placed by specialists such as oral surgeons and periodontists. The general dentists or prosthodontist then places the crown on top of the implant. ...Read more

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Is bisphenol used in composite dental fillings?

Is bisphenol used in composite dental fillings?

Not anymore: Bpa (bisphenol a) is a resin used in some plastics. There is some evidence, tho nothing has been proven, that bpa may have harmful effects on child development. Dental sealants & newer composites don’t contain it. The american dental association states the bpa in the saliva after 2 hrs from old plastic fills is 200 x lower than the level epa (environmental protection association) considers safe. ...Read more

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Root canal tooth pulled broken at gumline, what is the proper procedure?

Root canal tooth pulled broken at gumline, what is the proper procedure?

Oral Surgery: Go see a dentist that has the qualifications to remove the broken root. This can be a difficult surgery. I would recommend treating it soon before you get an infection. I would also recommend doing a graft after the root is removed which will help preserve the remaining bone. ...Read more

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Please help? Is the rubber dam obligatory during a root canal?

Of course: Endodontics (root canal) should not be performed without a dam. The main advantage is that you are protected from the ingestion or the aspiration of small dental instruments, tooth fragments and irrigating solutions. Patients also increasingly appreciate the use of the rubber dam. ...Read more

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Do dental sealants prevent gum erosion?

Do dental sealants prevent gum erosion?

No : No.. Sealants are put onto the biting surface of the teeth... Not near the gums. ...Read more

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Will dental sealants to prevent gum erosion?

Will dental sealants to prevent gum erosion?

NO: No a dental sealant will not protect your gum tissue from eroding. Have your dentist check your bite and make sure it is balanced. Also check for wear facets or signs of clenching and grinding. Also make sure you do not use anything stiffer than a soft tooth brush. ...Read more

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How do they put dental crown on implant abutment?

2 options: Implant crowns can either be cemented on to the abutment or screw-retained. The latter may require a filling over the access hole. ...Read more

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Which tooth brush is designed to clean wisdom teeth?

Which tooth brush is designed to clean wisdom teeth?

Any adult brush: I am not aware of any tooth brush that has been designed specifically for wisdom teeth. The technique and way you brush your teeth is more important than the design of the brush. Any adult brush was mentioned only to allow adequate length for the brush to reach the wisdom teeth. ...Read more

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How to clean dental implants using waterpik?

How to clean dental implants using waterpik?

In concert w/brushin: Dental implants should be cared for the same as you would your natural teeth. Brushing, flossing, mouth rinses, and the water pik is a great addition, but not a substitute for any of the others. You also need to maintain your professional dental visits as well, so get that water pik and bring your oral hygiene to the next level! ...Read more

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What is a dental dam for?

What is a dental dam for?

Isolation: Used for isolating the teeth being worked on. They help control moisture and prevent patient from aspirating foreign objects. ...Read more

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How recommended is a dental dam?

How recommended is a dental dam?

Rubber dam: Rubber dams are recommended when ever is possible specially in cases of restorative dentistry for example with composit (white colored restorations) and in root canal treatments ...Read more

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How does a rubber dental dam work?

Oral barrier: They are small thin pieces of latex (or other materials) that fit around tooth/teeth while the dentist is working. It enhances visibility when working, prevents saliva from seeping into the working field, and prevents aspiration of dental dental materials and tools. ...Read more

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What is a dental rubber dam used for?

Several reasons: improving the treatment field for the dentist and increasing the safety of the patient. Also isolating the area to be treated and make the treatment time shorter. ...Read more

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What's a dental dam and where do you get it?

What's a dental dam and where do you get it?

Dental Dam: Is a latex barrier used in root canal treatment to keep the area clean and free from saliva and oral bacteria. It also prevents the patient from tasting the bleach and alcohol used to help clean the tooth's canal system. Ask your dentist to order some for you or go online and see if you can order some. ...Read more

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How do I know exactly what is a dental dam and does it work?

How do I know exactly what is a dental dam and does it work?

A rubber barrier: A dental dam is a square piece of thin rubber that stretches over the teeth you are having treated. This creates a barrier between your teeth and your mouth. This is critical with bonded dentistry, such as tooth colored fillings, so all moisture can be controlled also when removing old silver fillings you eliminate the risk of the patient accidentally swallowing anything. Absolute must! ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is having a rubber dental dam like?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is having a rubber dental dam like?

Protects dental work: Dental dams are used to protect the adjacent teeth ; to keep the area free from saliva when a dentist/dental specialist is working. Materials used for root canals especially cannot be contaminated with saliva (due to bacterial content), so a rubber square dental dam is placed in the mouth ; securely held in place usually by the tooth behind the one being worked on. Saliva is suctioned out under. ...Read more

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My best friend, ethyl, lent me her dental dam, but there were no instructions. How do I use it?

Carefully!: Use it in a manner where the dam is preventing your mouth from touching the object that you are trying not to come in contact with. ...Read more

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Is it safe to us a condom as a dental dam?

Is it safe to us a condom as a dental dam?

Yes: a condom will ensure better coverage and less potential to skin to skin contact then a dam ...Read more

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Everytime my boyfriend gives me oral sex I get BV. We never use a dental dam or any protection when I receive oral from him.Is this causing my BV?

Everytime my boyfriend gives me oral sex I get BV. We never use a dental dam or any protection when I receive oral from him.Is this causing my BV?

Maybe: Since the BV is occurring every time that oral sex is done to you, then it is likely that his oral bacteria are invading the vaginal space and changing the normal vaginal flora.(content). If you are using douches or harsh soaps in the area stop them now. Consider the use of Listerine mouthwash by him prior to engaging in oral sex. The mouth contains far more disease type bacteria than the vagina. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned that my dentist performed a root canal on me without the use of a dental dam?

Should i be concerned that my dentist performed a root canal on me without the use of a dental dam?

Maybe: The usual protocol for a root canal is to have the tooth isolated with a dental dam to reduce the risk of bacterial infestation. However, there are cases wher it is not possible to use on. I can't judge the procedure your dentist used without knowing all the details of your circumstances. ...Read more

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Can my husband give me oral sex when I have type 2 genital herpes without a dental dam? What are the chance he will get it that way?

Can my husband give me oral sex when I have type 2 genital herpes without a dental dam? What are the chance he will get it that way?

They exist: The most important thing is to check for herpes blisters. If they are present, even in the most minute form, you can transmit it to him. Sometimes you can't see the lesions. Remember herpes is highly infectious. Be careful! ...Read more

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Hello, I am a man who has sex with men. I am HIV negative, but I just had anal sex with a man who is positive. We used condoms for all the intercourse, but I performed analingus and felatio on him without a dental dam. Will I become infected?

Hello, I am a man who has sex with men. I am HIV negative, but I just had anal sex with a man who is positive. We used condoms for all the intercourse, but I performed analingus and felatio on him without a dental dam. Will I become infected?

Maybe/ not: The transfer of this virus depends some on viral lode of the infected party and the susceptibility factors of the uninfected party. The saliva seems to have some anti-infective properties that would reduce infectiveness. However, the presence of any sores/gum irritation or other open membrane in your mouth/gums would be a risk. Some risk remains. ...Read more

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What do I need to know when using topical anesthesia before placing rubber dam clamp?

What do I need to know when using topical anesthesia before placing rubber dam clamp?

Topical anesthetic: Is applied to alleviate the discomfort of the rubber dam clamp engaging the tooth. It's a very routine procedure and one i wouldn't worry about. ...Read more

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Can I use a clamp to reduce gap in teeth?

Clamp?: Lake a carpenter's clamp? No. And when you bring 2 teeth together space opens on either side. If you have a tooth movement or tooth position question, start with your dentist. He may want to refer you on to a qualified orthodontic specialist for opinion. There are many options available, so see the pros. ...Read more

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Do dentists use teeth clamps on gaps in teeth?

Gaps? Teeth clamps?: I think you need to be more specifice here. I know what gaps between teeth are but i can't begin to figure teeth clamps. We use some devices to help fill teeth when they are missing a side. And those can be viewed as clamps. And these fillings can close gaps. To get a better answer...Go see a dentist and get a live opinion. ...Read more

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