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I was squeezing a pair of vise - gripe pliers with exesive force. One of my middle knuckles is swollen as a result . How much time to heal?

I was squeezing a pair of vise - gripe pliers with exesive force. One of my middle knuckles is swollen as a result . How much time to heal?

Swollen knuckle: You should rule out a possible fracture of the knuckle.Icing of the knukle and rest help, but a swollen knuckle may take weeks to shrink ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Orthodontics (Definition)

An orthodontist is a dentist who has had additional years of schooling in the discipline of facial and oral structures. They use braces and appliances to align the jaws and teeth for proper form and function. Straighter teeth not only look good, but also allow better oral hygiene, less periodontal ...Read more


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If a fingernail is pulled out as with pliers is the matrix pulled out too? Will the nail regrow? How long will it take to see evidence of regrowth?

If a fingernail is pulled out as with pliers is the matrix pulled out too?  Will the nail regrow?  How long will it take to see evidence of regrowth?

Nails: Usually if there's not too much destruction or disruption of the matrix, the nail will grow as soon as the end of the finger put back together. Then you should take extra precautions talk to disturb the matrix of the mail. ...Read more

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I was pulling a hook w/ 2. pliers. I heard 2 pops in arm & a sharp pain in forearm. Now swollen discolored and immobile. Feels tight & painful. 1-10=8?

I was pulling a hook w/ 2. pliers. I heard 2 pops in arm & a sharp pain in forearm. Now swollen discolored and immobile. Feels tight & painful. 1-10=8?

You may have a : dislocation or worse depending if what popped meant it popped out of your joint, or ? If you've already called your doctor, and not heard back, you may need to ice the area until you can go to an urgent care or ER for further work up, X-rays and medical care. Keep the area immobilized until seen by a doctor. Don't take any blood thinners (Aspirin, Advil/Aleve until you speak to your PCP). ...Read more

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How effective is using an orthodontic expanders?

How effective is using an orthodontic expanders?

Very effective: Orthodontic expanders are a great tool to expand and widen the arch which creates more room for crowded teeth. Some are passive and some are active which means that patient cooperation is necessary. If directions for use and care are followed, then the expander can be a very effective part of comprehensive orthodontic care. Visit an orthodontist for more information. ...Read more

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Can orthodontic spacers hurt?

Can orthodontic spacers hurt?

It depends: Everyone has a different threshold of sensitivity. Where one patient might regard spaces as a mild irritant, another might regard them as painful. For most patients, their placement is regarded as a temporary annoyance, as if there was chicken or a piece of meat caught between the teeth. ...Read more

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How should I get orthodontic coverage?

How should I get orthodontic coverage?

Ask the orthodontist: Individual coverage for orthodontia is not readily available and usually only covers a portion, usually less than half, of the treatment. Most orthodontists make payment arrangements to make this service affordable. If individual insurance coverage is available it many times requires a patient to go to a particular office or clinic and this should be carefully evaluated prior to pirchasing. ...Read more

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What orthodontic appliances use headgear?

What orthodontic appliances use headgear?

Adjunct: A headgear is an adjunct to orthodontic treatment used to modify skeletal growth and/or to affect tooth position. Headgear can be used in addition to any fixed appliance (braces) system. Don't get hung up on gadgets. Focus on finding the best qualified orthodontic specialist in your area to treat your family. Let him pick the best appliance for the individual's needs. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are orthodontic elastics?

I was wondering what are orthodontic elastics?

Rubber bands: truly that's all they are-- but designed to work with braces. used to create forces that move teeth and are highly effective in doing so! ...Read more

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How do orthos remove orthodontic metal spacers?

How do orthos remove orthodontic metal spacers?

Easily: If you're talking about spring clips between teeth to make room for braces, they are easily removable with Orthodontic instruments. If you mean space maintainers, they are easily removed with Orthodontic instruments. Ask your qualified Orthodontic Specialist for a little "show & tell,", but be assured this is an easy process. The hardest part may be your Orthodontist's bad jokes. ...Read more

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