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How can I go for a second consult with a dental specialist without the first one knowing and making contact? This is not as simple as it sounds.(?)

How can I go for a second consult with a dental specialist without the first one knowing and making contact? This is not as simple as it sounds.(?)

Simple: Just request that the 2nd opinion specialist does not discuss your visit with the first one. This is your right if you choose to exercise it. The Dentist is bound by HIPPA to keep your information private unless you authorize it released in writing. I do this frequently for patients. Get the 2nd opinion. Others go out of town or state - a lot of trouble. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Earl Sandroff
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Dental Cleaning (Definition)

Periodontitis is inflammation and infection of the ligaments and bones that support the teeth. It is important to have the teeth cleaned thoroughly. This may involve use of various instruments or devices to loosen and remove deposits from the teeth (scaling). Meticulous home oral hygiene is necessary after professional tooth cleaning to limit further destruction. The dentist or hygienist will demonstrate brushing and flossing techniques. It is often recommended that patients with periodontitis have professional tooth cleaning more frequently ...Read more


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I have a gumboil. Which dental specialist should I call?

I have a gumboil. Which dental specialist should I call?

General dentist: Best thing to do is to see a general dentist as soon as possible and he or she can evualate what is causing the swelling and if he or she can treat it or if you need to be referred to a specialist. ...Read more

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None of my dental specialists in south Florida will see a patient that has piercing pain as an emergency to include Friday thru Sunday. What do I do?

None of my dental specialists in south Florida will see a patient that has piercing pain as an emergency to include Friday thru Sunday. What do I do?

GP or Hospital GPR: Try a General Practioner who sees emergencies on an 24 hour basis or try a hospital that has a dental residency program where the dentists getting advanced training will treat you. You may have to travel a little, but the pain relief will be worth the trip. You may also want to call the Florida Dental Association for guidance. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is a customary amount of time to wait on a mailed dental specialist consult report to me? (office may be running it via insurance, as well).

What is a customary amount of time to wait on a mailed dental specialist consult report to me? (office may be running it via insurance, as well).

Call the office &ask: As we don't know the dentist, the insurance company, the reason for the report nor the work load of all involved, we can't give you any reasonably accurate answer. I would guess two weeks to over a month. Your best bet is to call the office and ask them that question. ...Read more

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My dental specialist suggested that my new DDS graduate may not be the best to place 2 upper implant crowns. Don't agree. What can really go wrong?

My dental specialist suggested that my new DDS graduate may not be the best to place 2 upper implant crowns. Don't agree. What can really go wrong?

New dentist: Specialized training and years of experience are definitely extremely important. I would place that as a high priority in general. Having said that, I know of younger less experienced dentists that I would have more confidence with than a few "old timers". I can't possible know who to choose in your particular case. A poorly placed implant may fail or pose a restorative nightmare! ...Read more

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Why hasn't my dental specialist tested me for bacterial type? Flap surgery to extraction always comes up as only option. Can testing really help?

Why hasn't my dental specialist tested me for bacterial type? Flap surgery to extraction always comes up as only option. Can testing really help?

Surgery: In determining the treatment recommendations bacterial culturing can be of help but we are limited in type specific treatments available. The overall treatment plan covers a understanding of patient medical history , habits, previous outcomes and establishing a health profile. An experienced provider then recommends the best proven long term treatment. ...Read more

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Which type of dental specialists would be able to diagnose the need, or not, for an upper molar sinus lift?

Which type of dental specialists would be able to diagnose the need, or not, for an upper molar sinus lift?

General dentist,: Oral surgeon, periodontist, endodontist, prosthodontist are dental specialties that are placing dental implants. These specialists are placing dental implants and have the expertise to diagnose sinus lift procedure according to cone beam ct. ...Read more

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Dental specialists: what do you think of Pinhole Surgical Rejuvenation for recessed gums (no sutures needed)?

Dental specialists: what do you think of  Pinhole Surgical Rejuvenation for recessed gums (no sutures needed)?

Can Work Well: Like any medical/dental procedure, it can work well if it's done for the right case, by the right person, in the right way. Since this is a fairly new procedure, we don't have any long-term studies, but initial results are quite good...as long as the diagnosis is correct and the treatment is done properly. An experienced dentist has the highest chances of success for you. Good luck. ...Read more

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About how many millimeters would a sulcus have to be to show the need for gum flap surgery (vs. Wait & see) by a dental specialist?

Sulcus depth: Generally any probing depths in excess of 4-5mm are indicating early to moderate signs of destruction of attachment taking place and anything 5mm or deeper is impossible to completely clean with normal brushing and flossing. When attachment and bone begin to show signs of deterioration depending on how widespread it is in the mouth you are moving into gum surgery territory. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a dental specialist to place bone grafting material within a tooth's deeper pocket without the need to do flap surgery?

Is it possible for a dental specialist to place bone grafting material within a tooth's deeper pocket without the need to do flap surgery?

Probably not!: The repair of a deep pocket around one tooth has many factors that would determine the method of treatment. The type of bone defect, which tooth, where the pocket is, the doctor's access to the pocket, the cause of such an isolated pocket. Flap design is most crucial for proper access, but sometimes special lasers can be used to start the repair process. See a periodontist and weigh your options. ...Read more

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The dental specialist and restorative dentist wants ME to make the decision between a cemented implant vs. a screw implant crown. Huh? What to do?

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Complex Decision: The cement-retained crowns are finer for aesthetics and occlusion. The screw-retained crowns are a necessity for multiple units requiring future retrievability. Therefore, deciding which crown to use is best done on individual needs. ...Read more

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My dental specialist pulled out a tooth and one or more bony wall plates collapsed. So, no bone graft . Should a radiograph have been taken post extraction?

My dental specialist pulled out a tooth and one or more bony wall plates collapsed. So, no bone graft . Should a radiograph have been taken post extraction?

Not usually: If the tooth was removed with the entire root structure intact, a postoperative radiograph would be of little benefit. Collapse of the buccal or facial bone can commonly occur with the removal of a tooth with thin bone overlying the root. With some complicated extractions some bone may be removed and/or some bone can be attached to the root when it is removed, leaving a defect in the bone. ...Read more

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Dentist does not pre medicate or use nitrous oxide in practice prior to connective tissue gum grafting of the palate. Switch from dental specialist?

Dentist does not pre medicate or use nitrous oxide in practice prior to connective tissue gum grafting of the palate. Switch from dental specialist?

Choices, Priorities: Each patient has to decide on what's important to them regarding treatment: Quality of care, experience, training, prestige of practice, compassion, cost, convenience, sedation offered, staff, friendliness, results of treatment, decor, insurance coverage, etc.? I know what's important to me. You have to decide on what's important to you. Wouldn't it be nice if every office had everything? ...Read more

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How traumatic is allograft gum grafting to the patient-2 teeth first visit with other grafts after healed-in the hands of a capable dental specialist?

How traumatic is allograft gum grafting to the patient-2 teeth first visit with other grafts after healed-in the hands of a capable dental specialist?

Allografts: In the hands of a capable surgeon, bone grafting has become a routine and relatively atraumatic procedure. Each case is different depending upon the patient's medical history, extent of surgical area and periodontal breakdown as well as the individual variance in pain threshold and recuperative powers. ...Read more

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Dental specialist pulled upper molar and could not place bone graft for implant. All socket walls were broken. Do not use him anymore. What now?

Dental specialist pulled upper molar and could not place bone graft for implant. All socket walls were broken. Do not use him anymore. What now?

Hmmm: Not all extractions sites can be supplemented with a bone graft. I would research Oral Surgeons and Periodontists in your area that may be able to achieve successful results in difficult areas with advanced techniques. If there is insufficient bone, you may have to restore the area with other types of restorations such as a fixed or removable bridge. ...Read more

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Dr. Brad Douglas
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Metabolic Specialists (Definition)

Metabolic specialists are physicians who have specialized knowledge regarding the body's process of breaking down food into simpler components. They diagnose and help treat various metabolic disorders, which may be inherited or acquired later in life. Such disorders may include diabetes, problems with fat metabolism (Gaucher's disease), and the inability to break down certain building ...Read more


Dr. Lance Ashworth
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Diabetic Specialists (Definition)

Diabetic specialists are physicians who have specialized knowledge regarding hormones secreted by various organs of the body, which includes the pancreas. Diabetic specialists are trained to diagnose and treat medical conditions relating to the pancreas, which is the insulin-producing organ. They also help schedule checkups and blood ...Read more