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How Can I Prevent Getting An Impacted Tooth
An impacted tooth is one that is for one of many reasons unable to erupt into the oral cavity: they may be vertical, horizontal, in bone, impacted in soft tissue (gum/gingiva), it may be due to local pathology i.e. Proximity to an extra tooth or undifferentiated mass of tooth like tissue or an "odontoma", it can be due to crowding, and usually it is a wisdom tooth that lacks ...Read more
Orthodontics: Your genetics will control the development of an impaction. With the help of a dentist, you could try creating space for the erupting tooth and guiding its eruption with elective extractions or orthodontics to prevent some impactions like canine impactions. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can you get rid of an abscess without going to dentist as I am terrified of them also tooth has already been removed?
Getting my wisdom tooth pulled.How do I prevent the wound from getting infected? I don't want it to spread to brain or a vital organ? How to prevent?
Prevention: Make sure mouth is scrupulously healthy. Brush 2x/day for 2 full minutes by the clock. FLOSS DAILY. After surgery follow the Oral Surgeon's written instructions to the letter. Do not smoke, berore or after surgery. Do not consume alcohol. Be prudent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Well...: The the decay will not fix itself on its own, so you need a dentist to restore the teeth if they are even restorable. If you are referring to extractions, then again, a dentist is trained and educated to properly extract teeth. I know of no other healthcare professional trained to do these procedures, therefore you will need the services of a dentist in your area. ...Read more
Need to see Dentist: Please see the dentist who filled the tooth asap... One possibility is that the filling is high. A slight adjustment may resolve it completely. Or... The filling may be very close to the nerve. This can lead to a root canal or loss of your tooth. Aleve, (naproxen) advil, Motrin or for more holistic patients, arnica can be helpful to reduce swelling and pain temporarily. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Pain meds: Either otc pain meds or narcotics prescribed by your dentist should be able to relieve any discomfort that you may have. ...Read more
Surgical Swelling: Swelling typically peaks at 72 hours post-procedure. Intra-op steroid administration is common (which will help decrease amount of swelling post-op). Additionally, taking an NSAID like Ibuprofen - 800mg q 6 hours and persistent application of ice for the first 48 hours. After the second day, you can start to apply moist heat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Before -- right before. After -- wait until area heals over if it is near the extraction site -- about 2 weeks. Good luck. Toot your horn for me when you drive on st. Mike's next time ...Read more
Needing expert help. I have root canal done 50hour ago. Can i smoke or it will lead to an tooth infection?
Postop Infection: Amoxicillin would be the first choice, unless you're allergic to penicillin. Other choices include Clindamycin or keflex. More importantly, have you contacted your oral surgeon or been back to see them? You should, if you haven't. A postoperative wound infection can potentially be serious, and could lead to an abscess requiring an incision and drainage procedure, or even osteomyelitis. See the doc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Some questions: Your information says that you are 34 years old. Have you never gotten your teeth cleaned before? Perhaps it would be best to go for a dental consultation and find out what treatment is needed. At that time, you can have a sit down discussion with your dentist about what to expect for all needed procedures. You can re-post any more specific questions you have. ...Read more
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