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General Practitioners Gum Recession
Yes but limited: Receeding gum lines is usually due to poor gum health. This occurs from plaque and tartar building up on the tooth at the gum line causing an inflammatory response (gingivitis). Primary care physicians generally leave this to their dental colleagues, but can recommend good oral health, including daily flossing. Some may also prescribe an oral rinse (periodex) to help. See your dentist regularly. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Periodontists: Periodontists are dental specialists who have gone through 3 or more years of specialty/residency training after dental school, for proper treatmnt of all arrays of periodontal diseases, dental implants, and soft and hard tissue reconstruction in oral cavity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
General Dentistry: General dentistry is the first line of defense against dental disease. We are usually the first on the scene. Patients first come to a general dental practice to have an overall view at their mouth to determine their dental needs. From there a general dentist will refer out any treatment needing a more specialized care. Gum disease is first treated in the general office and referred out as needed. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Several: Any tooth paste with fluoride make the tooth more resistant to the acids that cause decay. If you get a tooth paste that is designed with a calcium and fluoride combination you can get minor remineralization (hardening) of the tooth. Tooth paste such as Pronamel and Colgate Enamel Health can be good for this. Any tooth paste should not be too abrasive as this can wear enamel away. Hope this is h ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Periodontist question: do alloderm gum grafts usually lead to any added vertical millimeter covering of teeth roots?
That's the intention: Alloderm has several uses in periodontal surgery: root coverage, gingival augmentation, soft tissue ridge augmentation, soft tissue augmentation around implants. The procedure is relatively successful in competent surgical hands, proper case selection and with patient cooperation. ...Read more
Dental assistant: A dental hygienist must complete 2 years of training and receive a degree at a recognized dental hygiene school, which is often associated with a dental school. A dental assistant is not required to have training through a school or college, although it is recommended. Some dentists can train the assistant on their own, assuming they have time in a busy day. Continuing ed is a must for both. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Being "put under" can mean different types of sedation. Many surgeons remove wisdom teeth for their patients with IV sedation and their patients have little or no recall and think they were asleep. Some surgeons may utilize crna's in their offices and perform procedures under general anesthesia where you are asleep. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Some periodontists don't recommend gum grafting despite substantial gum recession on the lingual side. Why is this?
Varying Factors: Each situation is slightly different... your post infers that "gum grafting" and "gum recession" are exactly the same in every patient: they are not. Your own periodontist can best explain why or why not the procedure is right for your situation. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 49 more doctor answers
Legally: Legally, any Dentist can do Orthodontic Treatment, just as any Physician can deliver a baby. Orthodontic Specialists have at least 4,000 more hours of Orthodontic Training, and do nothing but Orthodontic Treatment. Studies have shown Orthodontists do it faster and better. And by the way, Cosmetic Dentistry is an honorific, not a specialty. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Nerve pain flossing root canaled/temp tooth - ill fitted or periodontal issue? Need 2nd opinion. See a Periodontist, Prosthodontist or Dentist?
See an endodontist: With proper care, even teeth that have had old root canal treatment can last a lifetime. An additional endodontic procedure may be able to support healing and save your tooth. If you have pain or discomfort in a previously treated tooth, talk to an endodontist about re-treatment. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers