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Small Teeth (Overview)

Microdontia is a condition in which one or more teeth appear smaller than normal.


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Are cavities just small holes in the teeth?

Are cavities just small holes in the teeth?

Could be ..: They can be small or large and are caused by bacteria - untreated they will most likely get bigger, although early ones can be reversed. ...Read more

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Small Teeth (Overview)

Microdontia is a condition in which one or more teeth appear smaller than normal.


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Can bonding help close small gaps in front teeth?

Can bonding help close small gaps in front teeth?

It can...: Have yourself evaluated at a local dentist to see if that procedure is right for you. Remember bonding doesn't last forever, so ask your dentist about invisalign. ...Read more

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Dealing with Wisdom Teeth (Checklist)

See dentist or oral surgeon for evaluation
once
Have wisdom teeth extracted if unable to maintain the teeth or if they are impacted
once
Take NSAIDs if you experience pain or swelling from the wisdom teeth
daily
Rinse with warm salt water if experiencing gum swelling around teeth.
daily
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Small white circles on inside gums near teeth. Herpes?

Small white circles on inside gums near teeth. Herpes?

Need exam: Could be herpetic lesions, forscythe granules, blocked minor salivary gland, fistula from abscessed tooth, or so many other things. Please schedule appointment with your dentist for evaluation. ...Read more

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If front 2 teeth used to be longer in front and bottom teeth rest behind them. Would dent grind 2 teeth bc of small chip and bonded 1 tooth unlock tmj?

If front 2 teeth used to be longer in front and bottom teeth rest behind them. Would dent grind 2 teeth bc of small chip and bonded 1 tooth unlock tmj?

Maybe: There is more and more research in the last 10 years indicating the bite has little to do with the tmj. If your TMJ is locked changing your bite will not help and by locked i assume you mean you can't get your mouth open. To unlock a bite, the jaw may need manipulation with possible anesthesia either in the joint or systemically. I would suggest seeing aa dentist who can diagnose the problem. ...Read more

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Getting Straight Teeth (Checklist)

See an orthodontist
Once
See a dentist trained In cosmetic dentistry
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What are these small black dots inside cheek above molars/wisdom teeth?

What are these small black dots inside cheek above molars/wisdom teeth?

Needs to be seen: Pigmentation? Little blood clots? Something else? Have your own dentist examine you and then tell you for sure. ...Read more

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Can teeth whitening cause missing fillings in holes in teeth?

Can teeth whitening cause missing fillings in holes in teeth?

Generally No: We ask patients to have any suspect fillings replaced before bleaching as we do not want the bleach to get into any open areas. If there are missing fillings already or holes in the teeth these should be repaired. ...Read more

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Overbite, inward, very small teeth. Had resin bonding for 10 of upper and 6 of lower teeth and made them longer. my molars have no contact chew proble?

Overbite, inward, very small teeth. Had resin bonding for 10 of upper and 6 of lower teeth and made them longer. my molars have no contact chew proble?

Overall Rx: Sometimes malposed or anomalously shaped teeth require more than just cosmetics. Would suggest evaluation by Orthodontist (initial exam usually free) who is trained to create the best possible platform on which to do restorative treatment. You may also want to consider evaluation by Prosthodontist, specialist in reshaping and replacing teeth. Team Orthodontist + Prosthodontist = best treatment. ...Read more

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Do teeth lean if a upper second molar was extracted before wisdom teeth grows in?

Do teeth lean if a upper second molar was extracted before wisdom teeth grows in?

Sometimes: Lower 2nd molar may over erupt, creating occlusal problems that may cause joint dysfunction. Upper 3rd molar smaller than 2nd and cannot be relied upon to erupt into the 2nd molar's position. It would be wise for your Dentist to refer you to an Orthodontist, a tooth positioning specialist, for guidance. ...Read more

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Teeth are my teeth clean

Teeth are my teeth clean

I : I am sorry but I do not understand your question. Are your teeth clean? Cannot tell without an examination. ...Read more

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Could dental bands be used to close small gaps in teeth?

Could dental bands be used to close small gaps in teeth?

Don't go there!: Dental bands, the little rubber bands that are usually used in conjunction with fixed orthodontics (braces) do have the capability to close small gaps. Though any continuous pressure on your teeth can cause movement. However, placing an un-stabilized rubber band around your teeth can cause root resorption damage. It can also slide into the gum and cause bone and / or tooth loss. Very dangerous! ...Read more

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Jaw is just really sore. Teeth feel trapped into changing occlusion. Are my teeth moving around? Had light tooth bonding and polishing front teeth set

Jaw is just really sore. Teeth feel trapped into changing occlusion. Are my teeth moving around? Had light tooth bonding and polishing front teeth set

Bite effects jaws: If jaw soreness occurred after the bonding procedure, than a slight excess of material on the back of the upper front teeth or top of the lower front teeth can cause a premature contact that can alter the muscle pattern of lower jaw closure, and create the symptoms you describe. Ask your dentist to re-evaluate the occlusal contacts of your front teeth for heavy contacts. ...Read more

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Small dot next to filling cavity?

Small dot next to filling cavity?

Filling: Not sure if you meant before or after you got a filling. There are grooves or pits in a tooth that can pick up stains. It may be involved with a cavity or just more apparent since you had a filling done. It is something that needs a visual examination to be certain. ...Read more

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Two flaps of skin like lumps on opposite sides of cheek by upper teeth.no pain,not discolored. Getting smaller. I grind teeth and chew inside mouth?

Two flaps of skin like lumps on opposite sides of cheek by upper teeth.no pain,not discolored. Getting smaller. I grind teeth and chew inside mouth?

Cheek ridging: It is common for people to have a line of white along the inside of their cheeks due to clenching, tapping, or grinding of teeth. See your dentist for occlusal splint fabrication. Good luck. ...Read more

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Tiny piece of meat between gum & cheek near throat. May get hit while brushing, not the brush part. Been there since wisdom tooth extraction.Whatisit?

Tiny piece of meat between gum & cheek near throat. May get hit while brushing, not the brush part. Been there since wisdom tooth extraction.Whatisit?

Tissue Tab: Good day; Frequently a tissue tab is left after wisdom tooth extractions. Contact the dentist who performed the extraction; he may need to remove some tissue around the extraction site to improve the healing and your comfort level as well. ...Read more

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White inflamed gums by my wisdom teeth , looks like the gums are lifting from the wisdom tooth ?

White inflamed gums by my wisdom teeth , looks like the gums are lifting from the wisdom tooth ?

Periodontal disease: Floss carefully several times/day. Rinse with half-strength hydrogen peroxide. Get a Water Pik, and use it every day. CoQ10 orally, and perhaps gently brushed into the gums may help. Also, use Xylitol mints, make a solution with Xylitol, or you can even brush with Xylitol (it kills bacteria). If the condition doesn't get better in a week or so, see a dental hygienist or dentist ...Read more

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Could braces fix protruding teeth without extraction of premolars/molars?

Could braces fix protruding teeth without extraction of premolars/molars?

Protruding teeth: This would be determined by the orthodontist. It would depend on your bite, on the position of all of the other teeth, the amount and condition of the bone, and whether there is enough room to move the teeth into alignment. Your orthodontist will use models and x-rays to do a space analysis. ...Read more

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20yr. Teeth narrow. Making lips width small. Would upper jaw appliance widen teeth and also lips from left to right.

20yr. Teeth narrow. Making lips width small. Would upper jaw appliance widen teeth and also lips from left to right.

See an orthodontist: Many orthodontists offer an initial complimentary consultation. This allows you to find out what type of treatment is recommended for your individual situation and get all your questions answered. Take care. ...Read more

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