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Do dental sealants prevent cavities? I'm thinking baout getting dental sealant applied. Does it fully prevent new cavities in molars, as long as there isn't already an existing cavity?
Dental : Dental sealants are used to protect your molars or pre-molars under perfect oral conditions or hygiene, if not they will act as a trap for bacteria and food particles causing your teeth to get decay, and they last for about 12 to 18 months, and then they will need to be replaced. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
I have no sensitivity with exposed tooth roots. I brush & floss. Will fluoride treatment in office or prescribed toothpaste give more protection?
I have many crowns with varying degrees of margin edges. Would a prescribed fluoride toothpaste appear to be beneficial between perio cleaning visits?
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
Can dental staff profesionally clean my existing pliable nightguard although i clean with fix and bright, as well as, pollident?
I just had 2 dental implants and have chlorhexidine gluconate 0.12% oral rinse. Prevent more tartar buildup vs. OTC mouth wash while gums heal?
Follow instructions: You trusted the Dentist to do surgery (implant placement) but not to follow his/her post procedure instructions. Why? Chlorhexidine will reduce chance of surgical sites becoming infected. OTC mouthwashes for the most part just enrich the manufacturer and can actually interfere with healing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dental hygienist said the high end Sonicare electric brush, when used properly, will add to gum recession all the time vs. circular motion Oral B.(?)
Corporate hype: This situation is likely a comment made from a sales rep visiting a dental office. The game here is...Sales rep from company "A" buys the hygenist's lunch and teaches them how to put down company "B." This unfortunately is the corporation trying to market products through professionals. I am often disappointed that there is rarely science to base any of these claims. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
To fix cavity, do dentist charge by 1, 2, 3, surface fillings only, or is there extra other than fillings, because dentists are fixing cavity+filling?
Lots of variables: The fee may vary based on both the number of surfaces and how large and/or deep the cavity is. Example: a large one surface cavity could cost more then a small two surface cavity. Cost will also vary based on what filling materials are used. Every patient and tooth is its own unique situation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Dental bonding for pitted teeth? I have some very small pits on the front of my teeth that my dentist says are not yet cavities but are something we need to keep an eye on. I'd like them filled, and was wondering if dental bonding would both make them loo
A 6-y child, his teeth is in good state and no dental caries.do you suugest to pit and fissure sealing on molars in order to prevent tooth decay?
Gingivitis: Gingivitis is an acute condition and can be reversed And eliminated by a hygiene visit with a qualified dental hygienist. Following that proper home care can prevent the condition from returning. if left untreated it can evolve into a more serious and chronic periodontal condition. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Sealing preexisting fillings to prevent new cavities all the cavities i get are not new but underneath my old fillings. Is there a way to use a sealant around the outside edges where a cavity meets the tooth to stop this?
That depends: Sealants can not be used around silver amalgam fillings. Sealants can not be used if there is already decay under or around an existing filling. If an exisiting composite filling has a small defect on a margin it can sometimes be repaired with sealant before any new decay developes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not recommended: If cavities are not properly treated by a dentist before mouth guard is fabricated, they continue to enlarge. Ultimately, an untreated cavity can lead to tooth loss, then the ill-fitting mouth guard can cause soreness and irritation to both remaining teeth and gums. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can ultrasonic teeth cleaning make holes in my teeth that werent there before i got the cleaning done?
No but...: If you have unhealthy enamel already (decalcification spots on your teeth), extensive, improper use of ultrasonic devices can cause cavitation (holes) that weren't there before. Now for this to happen, the teeth have to be pretty darn weak to begin with. So really, the answer to your question is no. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Does dental bonding work for filling in cavities? I've read that you can have a dental bonding procedure performed to fill in cavities. Is this true? Are there any advantages to it over regular fillings?
I : I assume that you are referring to amalgam or silver fillings as "regular fillings", and "dental bonding" as bonded composite fillings. Either one replaces the lost tooth structure destroyed by cavities. Amalgam fillings look unesthetic, conduct hot and cold more to the nerves of the teeth, and therefore often cause more sensitivity when drinking or eating very hot and cold liquids or food. Bonded composite fillings sometimes wear more than amalgam fillings, but look more esthetic, often appear "invisible" and actually bond to tooth structure, thereby making them stronger, rather than weaker once filled. Generally speaking, i would much prefer to have bonded composite fillings in my own mouth as there are many more advantages to them. You and other readers should be aware that they are usally more costly and many insurance companies will not pay for the additional cost on posterior (or back) teeth, which is unfortunate. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Had fillings on 2 teeth where they meet. Gaps at gums and lots of food gets stuck up there. Did the dentist do fillings improperly? Can it be fixed?
Re-evaluation: The restorations should be re-evaluated by your restorative dentist to make sure everything is just right. Depending on the size of the restorations, where they are, and the morphology of the tooth at the contact point, it is often difficult to reproduce a perfect contact. I'm confident that if the restoration can be somewhat improved to make it "just right', your dentist will be able to do it. ...Read more
Tooth pockets just lead to deeper pockets then extraction, in my case. Perio cleanings quarterly for past 10 yrs. Can a laser vs. Flap surgery help?
Definitely, yes: Dental cleanings involve removing plaque (soft, sticky, bacteria infested film) and tartar by definition. The dental hygienist or dentist uses specialized instruments to gently remove these deposits without harming the teeth and surrounding tissue. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers