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Doctor insights on: General Practitioners Gum Recession

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Can general practitioners help with gum recession?

Can general practitioners help with 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 more

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Dr. Al Hegab
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General Practitioners (Definition)

General practitioners are medical professionals that do not provide specialist care. In certain countries this term may ...Read more


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Which doctors who fix gum recession?

Which doctors who fix gum recession?

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 more

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How do dentists repair gum line cavities?

How do dentists repair gum line cavities?

Like other cavities: Like other cavities. The decay is cleaned out and a tooth colored filling is bonded to the area. You will not even see the cavity when it's finished ...Read more

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Can a general dentist treat gum disease?

Can a general dentist treat gum disease?

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 more

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Dental experts! what toothpastes/dental products strengthen tooth enamel?

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Dental experts! what toothpastes/dental products strengthen tooth enamel?

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 more

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How do a orthodontics, endodontics and periodontics dentist differ?

How do a orthodontics, endodontics and periodontics dentist differ?

They all specialIze : Orthodontists have extra training in moving teeth and jaws. Endodontists have extra training in root canals. Periodontists have extra training in diseases of the gums. ...Read more

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Can a periodontist do surgical wisdom tooth extraction?

Can a periodontist do surgical wisdom tooth extraction?

Technically yes...: ... but they probably would not since the procedure is beyond the scope of their practice and expertise. ...Read more

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Periodontist question: do alloderm gum grafts usually lead to any added vertical millimeter covering of teeth roots?

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

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Dental experts! what is the difference between dental hygienist & orthodontic assistant?

Dental experts! what is the difference between dental hygienist & orthodontic assistant?

See below: A hygienist is trained to clean teeth. An assistant is trained to aid the dr in his/her treatment of the patient. ...Read more

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How are dental assistant and dental hygenist different?

How are dental assistant and dental hygenist different?

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 more

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Can dentists practice general dentistry while pursuing a specialty like orthodontics?

Sure: If you have successfully passed the boards and have a license in your locality, you can practice according to those documents. Having time to do so while in a full time graduate program is another issue, however. ...Read more

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Can oral surgeons put people under for wisdom teeth extractions?

Can oral surgeons put people under for wisdom teeth extractions?

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 more

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Do dentists give laughing gas for gum cleanings?

Do dentists give laughing gas for gum cleanings?

Yes: If you feel you need it then discuss it with your dentist and hygienist. ...Read more

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Some periodontists don't recommend gum grafting despite substantial gum recession on the lingual side. Why is this?

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

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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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Does sorbitol chewing gum get the american dental association seal?

Does sorbitol chewing gum get the american dental association seal?

Should: Sorbitol is a much better alternative to many other gums. Less problematic for your teeth and gum in general can help remove plaque...Not to replace brushing and flossing though. ...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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Who administers orthodontic treatment: a dentist, a cosmetic dentist, or an orthodontist?

Who administers orthodontic treatment: a dentist, a cosmetic dentist, or an orthodontist?

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 more

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Dentist ortodontist periodontist endodontics what's the difference?

Dentist ortodontist periodontist endodontics what's the difference?

Different specialist: Orthodontist specializes in braces endodontist specializes in root canal treatment periodontist specializes in gum diseases. A general dentist treats a wide range of oral and dental problems and is not limited to any one area. ...Read more

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Nerve pain flossing root canaled/temp tooth - ill fitted or periodontal issue? Need 2nd opinion. See a Periodontist, Prosthodontist or Dentist?

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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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 more

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