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What can you do about tooth pain before you see the dentist?

What can you do about tooth pain before you see the dentist?

Not much: Motrin/ibuprofen/advil taken exactly as specified on package, and intermittent cold compresses, may take the edge off. Nothing otc or diy will eliminate the infection that is the cause of the pain. Left untreated, it will only spread. So get to your dentist quickly for treatment and relief. ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Tooth Pain (Definition)

Just what it says. Pain may be localized or diffuse, sharp or dull, aching or throbbing. May be from a host of different causes, the most common being infection. It requires immediate treatment, pain indicates the cause has significantly progressed. Please ...Read more


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Can you tell me about getting wisdom tooth out, if so could you explain the procedure and if any pain?

Can you tell me about getting wisdom tooth out, if so could you explain the procedure and if any pain?

It depends: It really depends on how the tooth is positioned in your jaw and what it will take to remove it. Usually you need to have the gum surrounding the tooth lifted up, some bone removed and the tooth cut into pieces to remove it with minimal trauma to you. After the procedure you will have some pain and swelling but this is usually managed easily with some prescription pain medication. ...Read more

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What do dentists exactly do to your teeth when you go for a cleaning?

What do dentists exactly do to your teeth when you go for a cleaning?

We clean them.: When you go to the dentist for a cleaning, we clean your teeth. Generally we start with an ultrasonic machine that knocks the bigger pieces of tartar (calcified colonies of bacteria!). The next step is to use instruments to remove whatever tartar remains (this is the “scraping”) and lastly we polish your teeth with some mild abrasive powder. ...Read more

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What can you do for severe toothache until you can get in to see dentist?

What can you do for severe toothache until you can get in to  see dentist?

Analgesics & ice: 1-2 advil/motrin/ibuprofen every 4 hours. If not effective enough, at the 2 hour mark take 2 tylenol (acetaminophen). Never exceed package directions. Try cold compresses. Pain usually sign that infection in the tooth (cavity) is spreading into the surrounding bone. Make sure to have it treated asap, and make sure to go for regular dental care to reduce risk of recurrence. ...Read more

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I need to know how do you tell if your dentist is telling you the truth about the root canals?

I need to know how do you tell if your dentist is telling you the truth about the root canals?

Second opinion: If in doubt, see the specialist - the Endodontist, for a second opinion. Tell them why you are coming in and see what they advise you . It is your mouth. Some say "trust , but verify". We hope that you can trust without all this, but you must feel comfortable. Do not be afraid to change Dentists if you are not comfortable. Good Luck. ...Read more

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What happens if you're getting braces, can the orthodontist tell if you have the TMJ disorder?

What happens if you're getting braces, can the orthodontist tell if you have the TMJ disorder?

Often yes: the orthodontist can do a TMJ examination with you to discuss and determine joint pain. treatment, however, is a challenge as despite whatever you here, no one is 100% sure of the causes of, or guaranteed solutions for TMJ-- while some treatments have been found to work for some people, no doctor can promise they will fix your pain ...Read more

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Wisdom tooth pain. Should i go to the dentist or can I do something at home?

Dentist is best....: While rinsing with salt water and taking some otc pain medication might relieve some discomfort, the important question is, "what is causing the problem and will it go away by itself in time?" the answer can only be determined by a dentist who can examine you, see x-rays of the tooth, and determine if there is room for the tooth to come in, and if you have any infection or other problem present. ...Read more

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What happen if you go to the dentist for a hole in your tooth?

What happen if you go to the dentist for a hole in your tooth?

Treat it: It will range from a simple filling, to a root canal and crown, to extraction if tooth cannot be saved. ...Read more

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What can you do about a front tooth cavity?

What can you do about a front tooth cavity?

See DDS ASAP: Need to see your dentist for a radiographic and clinical evaluation. It can be as simple as a composite restoration to something more complex. ...Read more

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What could I do to determine if I should go to the doctor for gum and tooth pain?

What could I do to determine if I should go to the doctor for gum and tooth pain?

See a Dentist ASAP: If you have a toothache, you may have a cavity or advanced gum disease. A tooth pain won't go away without treatment and the infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your head and neck. You can use Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain control. See a dentist ASAP for assessment and treatment. ...Read more

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Do you have to go to an endodontist instead of a dentist if you want your root canal?

Do you have to go to an endodontist instead of a dentist if you want your root canal?

Maybe not.: Many general dentists are able to do excellent root canals with experience. Difficult cases are better treated by an endodontist as they have high resolution microscopes that most general dentists do not. I have been practicing dentistry as a general dentist for 26 years and have treated over 1500 endodontic cases with excellent results. That said i refer cases to endodntists that are difficult. ...Read more

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What should I do about a chipped tooth if you can't see a dentist?

What should I do about a chipped tooth if you can't see a dentist?

Why can't you?: Why can't you see a dentist? The question here is really about how important it is to have the tooth fixed? Or whether or not you feel it's worth the money to have it fixed? Otherwise, you're stuck with the consequences of having a chipped tooth and dealing with the functional and esthetic concerns. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what you suggest if the dentist removes your gold capped teeth, should they be returned to you?

Can you tell me what you suggest if the dentist removes your gold capped teeth, should they be returned to you?

Why not: The old, useless bridgework belongs to you. It is not worth a whole lot of money since it is technically scrap metal, but it is yours to keep if you want. Just ask for it. ...Read more

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What can I do to minimize tooth pain until i get to a dentist?

Medications: Taking ibuprophen usually provides some relief. If you need something stronger, call your dentist for a prescription for pain medication. Also stay away from extremes in temperature. ...Read more

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I need to know how do you know that your wisdom teeth will ruin the rest of you teeth?

I need to know how do you know that your wisdom teeth will ruin the rest of you teeth?

Wisdom teeth: Wisdom teeth, even impacted wisdom teeth do not 'ruin the rest of your teeth'. First, most dentists agree that they cannot produce crowding of the other teeth. Second, they can cause local problems such as cysts, infections, swellings, pain, and on rare occasions destruction only of the tooth right in front of them. All wisdom teeth, if potentially problematic should be removed at age 16-19. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of a tooth ache until your dentist appointment?

OTC Pain Relievers: The same over-the-counter (otc) pills you take for everyday aches and pains. Ibuprofen (motrin or advil) to start, if pain relief does not improve, then you can also take Acetaminophen (tylenol). Take as directed on the packaging. Do not take them if you've had any adverse reactions to either medication in the past. ...Read more

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If jaw is sore do you go to the dentist or orthodonist?

If jaw is sore do you go to the dentist or orthodonist?

Dentist: Go to the dentist and he/she will refer you to the appropriate specialist if needed. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pain after dentist drilled cavity and referred me to endodontic and/or maxillofacial?

What to do if I have pain after dentist drilled cavity and referred me to endodontic and/or maxillofacial?

If?: Are you still numb? No? Not having significant pain? Then you should be fine. When treating a cavity, if it is determined further treatment is need such as a root canal, the dentist usually place a sedative filling to prevent pain. If the dentist found the tooth nerve was already non-vital with no pus or pain, any temporary filling will be fine. If you have pain call your dentist ...Read more

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What are some things i can do to care for a tooth cavity before i see a dentist?

What are some things i can do to care for a tooth cavity before i see a dentist?

Keep it clean: You should see a dentist as soon as possible, as cavities can get worse. If you wait too long, a simple filling many turn into a root canal, or worse - an extraction. I hope you don't delay seeing a dentist too long. In the mean time, keep it as clean as possible (brush/floss), and stay away from very sugary and acidic, as well as hard foods. ...Read more

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