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Sometimes, but.....: There are many tools that dentists use to properly diagnose and evaluate dental health or disease. Radiographs show certain issues, the eyes can visual certain apparent conditions and instruments such as periodontal probes evaluate pocket depths. Together, we come up with an accurate diagnosis. Why would one want to limit our ability to render the best evaluation? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can one expect deeper gum pocketing after an allograft is properly placed and healed between teeth and gums (now 1-2 mm pocket but with recession)?
Sounds: Good. 1-2m pkt is excellent. Recession is normal in this type of case. I would guess that the recession is less than before. Please see your surgeon. Many but not all times we can cover the recession however i would rather have some recession and healthy pockets than no recession and pockets that are difficult to keep healthy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes but: If done without anesthetic, you will feel it. Everyone has a different pain tolerance. The same procedure done on ten different people will illicit ten different responses. Get numbed up and you shouldn't feel it. Rinse with warm salty water for three days afterwards. It's normal for teeth to be sensitive to cold for a few weeks as well. B ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Easy...dental floss!: A waterpik and/or airflosser are great products, however they are not a replacement for good flossing habits--they are a replacement for not flossing. This is not the same thing. These tools can be incorporated in your regular dental home care to stimulate gum tissue and help clean around braces or under dental bridges but it is still not better than floss. Sorry to be the bearer of this news. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
NO: No a dental sealant will not protect your gum tissue from eroding. Have your dentist check your bite and make sure it is balanced. Also check for wear facets or signs of clenching and grinding. Also make sure you do not use anything stiffer than a soft tooth brush. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: When there is an abscess in the bone, then it appears in the x-ray by the pattern of bone destruction. If an abscess is small, or limited to soft tissue, then it will not be evident on an x-ray. Additionally, an x-ray is a 2-dimensional view of a 3-d environment - if the abscess is superimposed by another structure in the image, then the abscess may not be evident in the x-ray. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Tooth 14 rock solid in jaw. No pain. Deep sulcus with fistula. Periodontist will extract. Guesses if tooth abscess. Says lesion. Savable?
See an endodontist: for evaluation. Endodontists are dentists who have at least 2-3 years of advanced training in root canals and saving teeth. No matter how effective dental implants are, and they can be very effective, generally nothing is as good as a natural tooth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ultrasonic scalers: Most of my patients find ultrasonic scaling slightly uncomfortable and then only for some of their teeth. Some patients use nitrous oxide\oxygen analgesia (sweet air) and with it are quite comfortable. A few request or require local anesthesia. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Gum Recession: Improper homecare can cause gum recession. A waterpik is a great adjunct to homecare if used properly. It is good for patients who have difficulty manipulating floss and those who have pocketing too. Aiming the waterpik straight into the area between the teeth not up into the gum and spending time flushing each area creates suction (venturi effect) pulling debris out that the brush cant reach. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Crowned, root canalled through crown. sensitive 8 months so far. Rd.-ray show, one of tip of gutta p. show bit inflamed. By grinding crown, will it ok?
Molar tooth with crown has very obvious fistula pus tract where tooth and gum meet. No tooth pain. Not sensitive to hot/cold. See an endodontist or ?
Thanks for asking!: A fillings most important function is to be leak proof. When the tooth is prepared for a filling not all of the bacteria is removed. Some are still hiding in the tooth structure and will continue to decay the tooth at a slower rate when covered by the filling because there is little to no oral fluids leaking in to feed the bugs. In time the bugs win again and then you get a root canal and crown. ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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