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How To Diagnose A Gum Line Infection
See a dentist: Gingivitis is a infectio n in the gums tissue and is reversible while periodontitis has progressed and erodes the bone that supports the teeth. Both need to be treated by a dentist or periodontist.. Treatment starts with a thoroughly cleaning the teeth with a procedure called scaling and Roth planing and a good oral hygiene program at home of brushing, flossing, and antimicrobials. ...Read moreSee 8 more doctor answers
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
Yes but no: You can treat the symptoms of the infection with an antibiotic, but it will not treat the bacteria causing the problem. You need to address the bacteria with an antimicrobial so you don't develop resistant bacteria. Look into the perio protect method. We have found it works best and research has shown it is better than conventional scaling and root planing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Drain & Treat: An abscess in an active infection and must be eliminated as it is feeding the blood stream with bacteria to go everywhere the blood stream goes. Either the tooth needs to be removed or the infectious canal (home of the tooth nerve and blood vessel) needs to be cleaned out (root canal treatment). The infection area needs to be drained then an antibiotic may help. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
How to treat a cavity under the gum line I have a small cavity under the gum, is there a way to treat this? My dentist is giving me confusing information. For example, he'll say "we cannot root canal it and set a crown" but then he'll say "we can root can
To root canal or not: In most cases a cavity under the gum line can be salvageable. Depending on how deep the cavity may go down the root under the gum line a root canal can be done. The only question will be if your dentist can be able to fit a crown on the tooth . Many dentist may suggest having a extra procedure done called "crown lengthening " which is done by a periodontist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many options: Really depends on what is causing the "infection" it may involve better hygiene or more involved hygiene by the professional, rinses, antibiotics or even surgery. It all depends on the cause and severity. See a dentist or even a periodontist if it is severe. The dentist will also make sure the infection is truly gum related or possibly due to an abscess from a dead tooth. Then see an endodontist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See your dentist: Your dentist will take x-rays and do an examination to determine whether any of you teeth are infected, or whether any pain you are having may be the result of TMJ problems. If there are no dental problems, he will refer you to your medical doctor or an ENT specialist. ...Read more
Sinusitis: For acute viral sinusitis you should use Aleve for pain/fever liquigels work well. Use a saline nasal spray to clear your nasal passages. If you are feeling truly congested you can take an over the counter decongestant also but try the saline nasal spray first. Steroid nasal sprays are by prescription and can help also. Neither decongestants nor nasal sprays should be taken for an extended period ...Read more
Go see your doctor: I assume you're referring to a red/pink eye w/goopy discharge that's stuck together. Your family doc & optometrist can take care of that for you. Check out http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/pink-eye/ds00258/dsection=tests-and-diagnosis for more info. However, an infection of the globe (eyeball) itself needs to be under care of ophthalmologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Leave it alone: You are probably a nasal staphylococcal carrier as are 25% of normal people. If you pull out a nasal hair or use a nasal hair clipper you can get a nasal pimple. Leave it alone or soak with hot water until it resolves. Do not squeeze it or it could get much worse. Consider getting a prescription for bactroban (mupericin) ointment twice a day for 7-10 days to try to decolonize. ...Read more
Probing first: Diagnosing gum disease with X-rays alone is not sufficient and not accurate and provide insufficient data to treat it, probing gives a more accurate mapping of the gums surrounding the teeth (3 D), each tooth is probed in 6 different places, your best having the probing done if you want to get the treatment. As a specialist I, or my Hygienist, will not perform treatment unless We probe. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Wrong treatment: Chlorhexidine rinse should never be prescribed as a treatment modality of gum disease. It is prescribed for post surgical or short term relief of inability to perform normal oral hygiene effort (after surgery). It is usually used short term (2-4 weeks) due to various side effect long term. Gum disease can be cured or controlled easy without the need of Chlorhexidine as the treatment regimen. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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