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I need some permanent teeth pulled. Will that hurt more or less than baby teeth?

I need some permanent teeth pulled. Will that hurt more or less than baby teeth?

You will be numb: If this is for braces and you are young it won't hurt much at all, if the teeth are decayed and broken down, then complications can make it hurt more. Either way if you need it done get it done, the meds will help but you will have more discomfort than simple baby teeth. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Does teeth really shift after tooth removed without flipper in place? Feel as if flipper can do more damage than good?

Does teeth really shift after tooth removed without flipper in place?

Feel as if flipper can do more damage than good?

Yes, they do: Over time, teeth can shift. No reason the RPD should do more harm than good, unless it doesn't fit properly or meticulous oral hygiene is not maintained. Have you considered dental implants as a replacement for your missing teeth? ...Read more

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Dentist polished lower front teeth but canines now seem to take more force. Are they sensitive or is it because they are taking more force when chewin?

Dentist polished lower front teeth but canines now seem to take more force. Are they sensitive or is it because they are taking more force when chewin?

Discussion......: Canines normally take more stress than the lower front teeth, but as they are bigger and have more bone support, they are not usually affected by this. If your dentist just "polished" your teeth, it would not change the bite. If he\she used the word polish instead of actually drilling on or reshaping the teeth, it might cause sensitivity. Discuss what you feel with your dentist for a better answer. ...Read more

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Think my teeth in general will be slightly more yellow than before. Which teeth bleaching/whitening works better?

Think my teeth in general will be slightly more yellow than before. Which teeth bleaching/whitening works better?

Use ADA material: Most of the otc formulations such as crest white strips are fine for whitening your teeth. Please avoid mall kiosks or spas as they do not understand causes of discolored teeth. Alternatively trays made be a dentist are the most efficient manner of whitening teeth used with carbamide peroxide gel. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can I have my teeth filed down? My two front teeth are longer than any other teeth. I'd like them to be filed down to match the other teeth. Can I have this done by a dentist?

Can I have my teeth filed down? My two front teeth are longer than any other teeth. I'd like them to be filed down to match the other teeth. Can I have this done by a dentist?

Yes: However the central incisors are longer than the lateral incisors in most people. I do not recommend excessive grinding. Some grinding for moderate discrepancies is ok. Sometimes orthodontics is the answer. Have you dentist eval what is best for you! ...Read more

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Can having your wisdom teeth removed hurt a lot more than having your baby teeth pulled?

Can having your wisdom teeth removed hurt a lot more than having your baby teeth pulled?

Yes, but...: Nerve pathways are mature in an adult, not fully connected in a growing child. Level of discomfort about the same, but adults feel it more. Talk to the oral surgeon who will have lots of suggestions to speed your recovery after surgery, and multiple ways to manage the pain. I had my wisdom teeth out, and look what happened to me...... ...Read more

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Does teeth whitening make your teeth more likely to get stained later? My friend told me that teeth whitening actually breaks down enamel and makes the pores bigger, so teeth stain easier after treatment. Is this true? I'd really like to get my teeth whit

Does teeth whitening make your teeth more likely to get stained later? My friend told me that teeth whitening actually breaks down enamel and makes the pores bigger, so teeth stain easier after treatment. Is this true? I'd really like to get my teeth whit

No : Teeth whitening is safe if done under professional guidance with dentist recommended products only. After comprehensive evaluation of your dental health and quality of your enamel, dentist will design a protocol that you should follow with teeth whitening. It includes Fluoride treatments, sensitivity management, and whitening sessions frequencies. It it safe and effective method to enhance smiles. ...Read more

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Can tooth contouring fix crooked teeth? If I have some teeth that are just very slightly crooked, can I fix them with tooth contouring rather than something else? .

Can tooth contouring fix crooked teeth? If I have some teeth that are just very slightly crooked, can I fix them with tooth contouring rather than something else?


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Tooth contouring: Tooth contouring is a cosmetic procedure to give the appearance of straighter teeth. Success depends on how crooked your teeth are and what outcome you are seeking. Since it involves removing enamel, it is not reversible. Your dentist can trim models of your teeth to show you what the teeth will look like after they are contoured. ...Read more

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Is it better to extract molar after failed root canal? Are molars structuraly less strong than other teeth (eg more prone to caries,less mineralised)

Is it better to extract molar after failed root canal? Are molars structuraly less strong than other teeth (eg more prone to caries,less mineralised)

Possibly: That being said, it is better to save the tooth if at all possible. Molars are as strong as other teeth, but experience more wear and tear due to their purpose, which is grinding and crushing your food. Root canal therapy sometimes requires retreatment. ...Read more

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I have one front tooth that is small than other surrounding teeth. I want to know that my tooth size can be lengthen by crown lengthening? Any risks?

Cosmetic lengthening: With a proper diagnosis, and a competent surgeon, there should be no problem with such a procedure. Just make sure that the dentist properly determines whether it is only a problem involving gum, or involving both gum and the underlying bone, as the surgical approach for each of these situations is quite different. ...Read more

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Will laser teeth whitening also whiten my crowns? I'm thinking about have my teeth whitened, but also have a few crowns. Will laser teeth whitening provide an even look, or does it react differently on surfaces that are not real tooth enamel? .

Will laser teeth whitening also whiten my crowns? I'm thinking about have my teeth whitened, but also have a few crowns. Will laser teeth whitening provide an even look, or does it react differently on surfaces that are not real tooth enamel?


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Uneven shades!: Laser whitening and all other forms of teeth bleaching techniques are only going to work on natural teeth. You always have the option to bleach or whiten your natural teeth and than replace the crowns with new ones that match the improved shade. Good luck and remember how important that smile is to your overall appearance! ...Read more

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What to do about receding gums? Is it from too much impact? Bottom row of teeth have been grinded lower than canines than before

Periodontist : Grinding is one cause of recession, but there are other causes. The best thing is to see a periodontist for an evaluation..So you can determine the cause for your problem and the. The proper treatment. ...Read more

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Some lower front teeth are now sensitive from losing enamel, what can I do about this? Dentist grinded it a little but i lost more enamel over time

Some lower front teeth are now sensitive from losing enamel, what can I do about this? Dentist grinded it a little but i lost more enamel over time

Bonding: Including veneers may correct the situation but it may be more complex, including possible elements of your bite. Get a thorough exam and discuss treatment options with your dentist. ...Read more

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Do some kids have weaker teeth than others or is it my fault they have cavities?

Do some kids have weaker teeth than others or is it my fault they have cavities?

Cavities are complex: Dental caries is the result of acids demineralizing the tooth, though some people seem to be more vulnerable. Acids come from bacteria metabolizing the foods you eat ( stay away from sodas, sugars and carbohydrates) or from acidic foods like diet sodas. A little Fluoride ( in water and toothpaste) can help remineralize the early stages of demineralization and make the teeth more acid resistant. ...Read more

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How long does the pain last after a wisdom tooth extraction? I've read that wisdom teeth have bigger roots, so extraction is harder than for other teeth. Does that mean it also hurts longer? I'm having mine out soon, but my oral surgeon wouldn't tell me h

How long does the pain last after a wisdom tooth extraction? I've read that wisdom teeth have bigger roots, so extraction is harder than for other teeth. Does that mean it also hurts longer? I'm having mine out soon, but my oral surgeon wouldn't tell me h

3-4 days: For most people and usually well controlled with a moderately strong pain-killer like vicodin. More severe pain that resists vicodin on or after the 3rd day particularly on the lower jaw must be checked for "dry socket." if present, socket will have to be dressed for pain control. ...Read more

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I have baby teeth that need to be extracted, my grownup teeth are full grown underneath, when pulled how long will it take for teeth to grow into place?

I have baby teeth that need to be extracted, my grownup teeth are full grown underneath, when pulled how long will it take for teeth to grow into place?

Depends see a DDS: This is an unusual situation. If the permanent tooth is underneath the baby tooth it will usually resorb (dissolve) the roots of the baby tooth and erupt. You should have a panoramic x-ray taken to see the development of the permanent tooth. Is it in the correct position to erupt? Your dentist can tell you better with a radiograph. ...Read more

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If the dentist grinded some teeth to make front teeth look better, couldi have grinded them more during sleep? Is the mouth trying to fix itself

If the dentist grinded some teeth to make front teeth look better, couldi have grinded them more during sleep? Is the mouth trying to fix itself

Maybe: Grinding teeth appears to be a neurological disorder that no one understands why it happens. It is more commonly seen when people are under stress or have obstructive sleep apnea. But there are many who grind their teeth without either of these conditions. A night guard may be a good idea to prevention of further wear of the teeth. ...Read more

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Can tooth contouring be used to fix crooked teeth without braces? I have what i feel like are not very crooked teeth, and would like to know if tooth contouring might be an acceptable alternative to full braces when it comes to getting straight teeth? .

Can tooth contouring be used to fix crooked teeth without braces? I have what i feel like are not very crooked teeth, and would like to know if tooth contouring might be an acceptable alternative to full braces when it comes to getting straight teeth?


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Unlikely: If your teeth are basically straight, but look uneven due to slight variations in vertical height, it is possible to "recontour" the edges to be more "in line", one must wear a retainer to make sure these reduced teeth do not move "up" again. This is a very rare scenario, but if it exists, it is one way to make it look better. Orthodontics is almost always preferred. ...Read more

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Baby Teeth (Definition)

The first teeth which are shed and replaced by permanent teeth. The first primary tooth comes in at about 6 months of age and the 20th and last primary tooth erupts at around 2 1/2 years of age. The primary teeth are replaced beginning usually at about age 6. Also called baby teeth, milk teeth, temporary ...Read more


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Tooth Extraction (Definition)

Tooth extraction means removing an entire tooth or teeth from the jawbone. ...Read more