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How long are you suppose to use proxy brushes between each tooth? Do you rinse between each tooth? Is it true you don't force if it doesn't fit?

How long are you suppose to use proxy brushes between each tooth? Do you rinse between each tooth? Is it true you don't force if it doesn't fit?

Proxy brushes: This is a question you should ask your dentist or hygienist. Treatment guidelines are dependent on your oral condition, which they are familiar with.
Your dentist or hygienist should show you where and how to use the proxy brushes, and which brushes to use. ...Read more

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I have pain in tooth after grinding to fit crown - need some help?

I have pain in tooth after grinding to fit crown - need some help?

Depends: It depends upon the length of time that you have been having the problem. It is not unusual if the crown was just placed, but the discomfort should go away relatively quickly. If you have concerns, see your dentist soon. ...Read more

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Should a tooth bridge fit against the gum?

Should a tooth bridge fit against the gum?

Yes: One design of a bridge does have it against the gum to give it the natural appearance of emerging from the gum as a natural tooth would. It also makes it harder for food and debris to get stuck between bridge and gum. ...Read more

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I have had a bad tooth nerve pain for 1 month. Food gets stuck in gums daily. My dentist couldn't fit me in for an appointment. My molar now fell out and the pain has gone. What do I do now?

I have had a bad tooth nerve pain for 1 month. Food gets stuck in gums daily. My dentist couldn't fit me in for an appointment. My molar now fell out and the pain has gone. What do I do now?

Keep dental appt: Even though the pain is gone a dental problem still remains. Their may be some tooth remaiing in your mouth. Keep your appt, call another dentist or just show up at the dental office and wait to be seen if the pain returns. ...Read more

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How good should dentures fit? My friend recently had an upper denture fitted. It's been two weeks and he still gags when wearing them plus they frequently fall down. He also still has a hole in his upper jaw from tooth extraction which allows liquid to

How good should dentures fit? My friend recently had an upper denture fitted. It's been two weeks and he still gags when wearing them plus they frequently fall down. He also still has a hole in his upper jaw from tooth extraction which allows liquid to

Well,: Well, your friend has a few problems.

Firstly, he needs to go back to the dentist to take care of the oronasal communication. This cannot stay this way and may need to be surgically repaired.

He may be gagging for a number of reasons: the back of the denture may be a bit too long, or he just needs a little time to get use to it. With the denture moving and falling he will have a very hard time being comfortable.

With the oronasal communication, there will be no way to establish suction to hold the denture in place. That needs to be addressed first, then when that has healed, the denture can be modified to be more comfortable.

Hope this info helps. ...Read more

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What are your thoughts? Could wearing a retainer that doesn't quite fit my teeth move them to the wrong shape?

What are your thoughts? Could wearing a retainer that doesn't quite fit my teeth move them to the wrong shape?

DON'T DO IT!: If a retainer does not fit correctly do not force it on, consult your dentist to either have a new one made to retain what you have now or consult an orthodontist to have your teeth corrected and proper fitting appliance made. ...Read more

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If crowned #14 teeth is ill fit, can it effect to teeth#13, #15? What's wrosest can it happen? What will it happen to ill fit#15? It had bothered 10 m

If crowned #14 teeth is ill fit, can it effect to teeth#13, #15? What's wrosest can it happen? What will it happen to ill fit#15? It had bothered 10 m

New or old crown?: Either way, the ill fitting crowns need replacement. Worst that can happen is the decay and bacteria can cause infections, bone loss, periodontal problems, and can spread to # 15 ; # 13 and cause the loss of those teeth, too. It will be cheaper in the long run to take care of the problem (s) now.. ...Read more

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Hello docs, I need braces but I don't know if my teeth fit the criteria?

Hello docs, I need braces but I don't know if my teeth fit the criteria?

Ortho Consultation: Many orthodontists offer an initial complimentary consultation and free exam. See an orthodontist to help determine if you fit the criteria and the right treatment for you. ...Read more

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I put on my retainers after 3years, they didn't want to fit but I forced them to fit, they hurt, should I wait until my teeth gets used to it?

I put on my retainers after 3years, they didn't want to fit but I forced them to fit, they hurt, should I wait until my teeth gets used to it?

Probably okay.: Chances are, since your teeth have moved a good deal in those 3 years. At this point, the metal of the retainer will likely bend to your teeth, than the other way around. You likely won't be harming them, but you probably won't achieve the cosmetic results you want either. ...Read more

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I have a clear night retainer which fits but not entirely. My teeth have moved slightly on the top. Can it fit properly if I wear it for a while?

I have a clear night retainer which fits but not entirely. My teeth have moved slightly on the top. Can it fit properly if I wear it for a while?

Probably no: Retainers are designed to be worn consistently to prevent shifting of teeth. They often need to be worn daily to keep your teeth in their ideal position. If you forget & wear it a couple of days later & it still goes to place, but is tight, then your teeth can reposition within the retainer. But, if some teeth currently do not fit, then your retainer usually will not help. See your dentist. ...Read more

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How to use dental floss? I find it hard to use because it slips out between my teeth, or doesn't fit between others. My teeth are not in great shape. Is there something else I can use? .

How to use dental floss? I find it hard to use because it slips out between my teeth, or doesn't fit between others. My teeth are not in great shape. Is there something else I can use? .

There: There are lots of different types of floss. Try different brands, types and flavors until you find one you like. Typically if your teeth are very tight then one that glides or are shred resistant would work best. If you have wider spaces you can use braided or woven floss. I recommend ones with Fluoride in them to patients that are more cavities prone. The ones with holders are okay too but more expensive and patients sometimes hurt their tender gums on the plastic edges. The important part is getting in between the teeth where your toothbrush does not fit but plenty of bacteria can. ...Read more

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I haven't worn my clear retainer in two weeks and now half of the retainer doesn't fit. Should I still wear it with the hope of it moving my teeth back?

I haven't worn my clear retainer in two weeks and now half of the retainer doesn't fit. Should I still wear it with the hope of it moving my teeth back?

Retainer doesn't fit: Bring your retainer with you to the Orthodontist who fabricated it for you. He\she will determine whether or not it should be adjusted, worn or remade. ...Read more

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Can false teeth fit on top of your permanent teeth?

Can false teeth fit on top of your permanent teeth?

Snap-on smile: They do it all the time in the movies. Young actors can be made to look old with a set of yellow worn teeth over their young healthy teeth.
Conventionally, snap-on smile can be made for you to give you that beautiful celebrity smile. ...Read more

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Is it possible to fit an upper dental appliance if I still have 6 natural front teeth?

Yes: It is possible via an appliance called a removable partial denture. If one is appropriate for you it will have some clasping to your remaining teeth in the front and resemble a denture in the back. For this to be a success it is important to make sure your remaining teeth are healthy and strong enough to provide needed support. A dental exam should give you an idea if this is a good idea or not. ...Read more

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My newly made nightguard (not the hard plastic type) seems to fit ok but a bit too snug against my top teeth. Can this shift or loosen my teeth?

My newly made nightguard (not the hard plastic type) seems to fit ok but a bit too snug against my top teeth. Can this shift or loosen my teeth?

Perhaps: If it was provided by a dentist I would make an appointment to have the guard adjusted. Perhaps the guard is fine and you are getting used to it. But a visit to the dentist is best. If you made this guard yourself it may be best to have it evaluated by a dentist. An ill-fitting guard may shift the teeth. I would say that loosening teeth is rare. ...Read more

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Wanted to get a professional opinion on my 2 upper teeth partial I got a few weeks ago. It does not fit my gum line at all and is rubbing and catching?

Wanted to get a professional opinion on my 2 upper teeth partial I got a few weeks ago. It does not fit my gum line at all and is rubbing and catching?

Return To Dentist: It may be as simple a need to have the partial adjusted. If this is your first partial, it could be that you are not seating it properly and just need some help. It could be that the partial needs to be remade. Return to your dentist and explain your concerns. Be polite and understand they want it right too but cannot help if you don't let them know! ...Read more

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My jaw is slanted to the right and every time I bite down my teeth do not fit. What do you think I can do without surgery to correct it?

My jaw is slanted to the right and every time I bite down my teeth do not fit. What do you think I can do without surgery to correct it?

Jaw: How long has been like that? Any recent trauma? Really need to be evaluated before deciding on the treatment. ...Read more

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Snap on smile veneers that are offered by some dentists (they fit over your teeth and are removable), what's your opinion of them?

Snap on smile veneers that are offered by some dentists (they fit over your teeth and are removable), what's your opinion of them?

Temporary: A temporary, not a permanent, solution. Designed to provide a temporary esthetic correction. Don't try biting into anything chewer than a donut. Your Dentist, or the team of Orthodontist + Restorative Dentist, can provide you with a more esthetic, functional, stable, long lasting solution. ...Read more

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Can I still wear my four year old retainer? I have gotten my wisdom teeth removed and have to lightly push to get it to fit in again...

Can I still wear my four year old retainer? I have gotten my wisdom teeth removed and have to lightly push to get it to fit in again...

See yr orthodontist: When the retainer can no longer be passive to fit, that usually indicates you are ready to see your orthodontist for evaluation and determine if you need a new one. ...Read more

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I have slight crowding on my top teeth. I had braces, my retainer does not fit anymore. Any methods I can take without braces or invisalign?

I have slight crowding on my top teeth. I had braces, my retainer does not fit anymore. Any methods I can take without braces or invisalign?

Not really: That ship has sailed. 2 choices: 1) do nothing and watch relapse intensify, or 2) restraighten teeth and then diligently retain the correction. Know that if you have teeth capped to make them look straighter, and they continue to shift, you will have wasted the cost of the caps. ...Read more

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How long does it take a newly made night guard to fit 100% correctly in the teeth? When I move the jaw laterally to the left it moves a little bit

How long does it take a newly made night guard to fit 100% correctly in the teeth? When I move the jaw laterally to the left it moves a little bit

Night Guards: Have your dentist evaluate this in order to determine what adjustments are necessary. There are different types of night guards, with different amounts of retention and often require more than one adjustment over time. ...Read more

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I stopped using teeth retainers two years ago. Now, my upper teeth are moving forward. The retainers are tight and painful, but they fit. Will using them now help?

I stopped using teeth retainers two years ago. Now, my upper teeth are moving forward. The retainers are tight and painful, but they fit. Will using them now help?

What you should do:: It's like calling your physician to ask about what to do after being treated for some medical problem two years earlier. It's even worse as we were not your treating doctor. If you want an accurate answer & some good advice, then please go back to your orthodontist to evaluate both your bite\ tooth position now, along with how wearing your retainer will effect things. Hopefully you can use it again. ...Read more

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Dental bridge I had a 3 unit front dental bridge inserted a few months back. It did not fit correctly and the dentist had to file 2 bottom teeth and then the back of one of the crowns of the bridge taking off all the porcelain. He then filed a little of

Dental bridge I had a 3 unit front dental bridge inserted a few months back. It did not fit correctly and the dentist had to file 2 bottom teeth and then the back of one of the crowns of the bridge taking off all the porcelain. He then filed a little of

Bite tuning: Are you having discomfort or chewing issues? If not then you are likely fine. Any dental restoration, especially and large one like you are talking about will require fine tuning upon delivery. Yours required at least that much by your description. If you are experiencing problems, discuss them with your dentist. ...Read more

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Should I request a new upper and lower denture from my dentist or is there a way he can fix these issues? 5 weeks ago I had all teeth removed and dentures placed. Since then, my dentist has not been able to make them fit. When I first got them, I couldn't

Should I request a new upper and lower denture from my dentist or is there a way he can fix these issues? 5 weeks ago I had all teeth removed and dentures placed. Since then, my dentist has not been able to make them fit. When I first got them, I couldn't

2nd opinion: If you are not having any luck with your dentist, then see a prosthodontist. They specialize in dentures, and may be able to help you work with what you have. The tissues shrink and we add soft material to help the fit as this changes. No need to live with it like it is. ...Read more

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I had my wisdom teeth out 6 days ago and still swollen and my right side hurts worse. I can only open my mouth to fit two fingers in. I have lockjaw?

I had my wisdom teeth out 6 days ago and still swollen and my right side hurts worse. I can only open my mouth to fit two fingers in. I have lockjaw?

Sounds Pretty Normal: Often because of the original swelling and possibly infection caused by the wisdom teeth coupled with the manipulation that the surgeon did getting them out; swelling and inability to open wide can result. Drink plenty of fluids, take the antibiotics and painkillers your surgeon had prescribed for you. You should be be better in about ten days. If you have fever, more pain or discharge call him ...Read more

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Hi. I had my wisdom teeth extracted last Monday & I can still fit only 2 fingers in my mouth. Is this normal? How long until I can open my mouth fully

Hi. I had my wisdom teeth extracted last Monday & I can still fit only 2 fingers in my mouth. Is this normal? How long until I can open my mouth fully

Wisdom teeth: We don’t know the date for the last Monday that you mention. If you don’t have good range of motion in your mouth please return to your dentist. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I am 23 male I have small head and consequently small jaw bones, I wasthat my teeth don't fit all together in my small mouth?

What do you suggest if I am 23 male I have small head and consequently small jaw bones, I wasthat my teeth don't fit all together in my small mouth?

See orthodontist: A healthy bite and good looking smile is important at any age. A variety of orthodontic treatments are available today for all ages. Check with your Board Certified orthodontist about the best way to achieve your treatment goals.
Good luck. ...Read more