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Why do I have horizontal dents on my thumbnails?

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Why do I have horizontal dents on my thumbnails?

Beau's Lines: You are describing beau's lines caused by a temporary cessation of cell division in the nail matrix. Can be caused by an infection or problem in the nail fold, where the nail begins to form, or it may be caused by an injury to that area. Some other reasons for these lines include trauma, coronary occlusion, hypocalcaemia, and skin disease. Should see your doctor to investigate for these causes. ...Read more

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There's a dent in the middle of my fingernail, it almost looks like it collapsed, it's the best I could describe it. What could this be?

There's a dent in the middle of my fingernail, it almost looks like it collapsed, it's the best I could describe it. What could this be?

Trauma vs inflam'n: Indentation in the nail plate is generally caused by injury to the nail matrix, which sits under the skin where the nail grows out (opposite end to the free edge of the nail called proximal nail fold). So, either trauma (ie from picking) or inflammation (ie chronic eczema, or psoriasis) can cause nail plate abnormality. To avoid permanent scarring, see your dermatologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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What are dental dams?

What are dental dams?

Clean working field: Dental dams are rubber dams used to isolate the tooth or teeth the dentist is working on for the purpose of infection control and better visibility ...Read more

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What is traumatized in dental?

What is traumatized in dental?

Hit, slapped: Traumatized could be any of a number of factors. Blunt could be from an outside force such as a ball or fist. Trauma from within would be more strongly associated with how your teeth fit together. Trauma from food comes in the form of too hot or too cold. Many others as well, but a limited number of characters available. Hopefully your teeth aren't traumatized! ...Read more

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What are dental injections for?

What are dental injections for?

Pain control: Dental injections most frequently used for pain and anxiety control in dentistry. ...Read more

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Dental recommended mouthwashes?

Depends: I recommend smart mouth, and crest pro health for gingivitis. Listerine only for short term use due to alcohol content. Phosphlur is a good flouride rinse. ...Read more

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Are fmris used for dental scans?

Are fmris used for dental scans?

Soon: Currently conebeam volumeteric tomography or cbvt is widely used in dentistry to make 3d images of your teeth and jaws. There are companies currently developing an MRI for dental applications. This will allow dentists to scan the teeth and jaws without the radiation exposure to patients that cbvt scans give. ...Read more

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Dental exposed roots?

Dental exposed roots?

Root exposure: Root exposure typically goes hand in hand with gum recession which exposes the root of the tooth that does not have enamel covering it to protect it. This can be treated by placing a tooth colored filling (composite) to cover the area decreasing sensitivity and protecting the area from decay. ...Read more

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What is dental insurance?

What is dental insurance?

Insurance for teeth: As above — covers most services at dental offices. ...Read more

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What is a dental flipper?

What is a dental flipper?

Slang: Dental slang, but commonly used by all, to refer to a removable acrylic / acrylic and wire prosthesis with one or more denture teeth attached to temporarily replace missing teeth. Think of a retainer with teeth. Mostly for holding space and appearance, not for function. Named this because often can be "flipped" out of place with the tongue. Temporary transitional partial denture -- TTP. Good Luck ...Read more

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Are dental bridges common?

Definitely, yes: A traditional dental bridge is the most common type of dental bridge. ...Read more

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Dental dams what are they?

Dental dams what are they?

Isolation of teeth: Dental dams are used to isolate the teeth that the dentist is working on to prevent contamination of the treatment site. A secondary benefit is that the dental dam prevents substances from entering the mouth and throat. ...Read more

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What is dental stabilization?

What is dental stabilization?

Immobilization: Dental stabilization is the use of wires or adhesives to immobilize teeth so that they can reattach & become more stable. This is used to attempt to save a tooth/teeth. ...Read more

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Is dental insurance worth it?

Is dental insurance worth it?

Not really: Dental insurance unlike medical insurance is good for preventative procedures and not so much for major procedures. Since most insurance plans have a yearly maximum of $1k to $2k per year and pay a higher percentage for preventative than for things like implants, crowns and bridges. Once you are in need of major dental work, you might as well be paying cash. ...Read more

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Find cheap retiree dental plan?

Find cheap retiree dental plan?

AARP: Contact aarp and they do have a reduced fee dental plan., or google reduced dental fee plan for your area. ...Read more

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What do a dental dams look like?

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What do a dental dams look like?

A sheet of latex...: They look like a thin sheet of latex with holes punched in them that fit around your teeth keeping them isolated from your saliva and mouth. ...Read more

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What is considered a dental emergency?

What is considered a dental emergency?

Trauma/Swelling: A true dental emegency requiring immediate care is swelling of the face/neck that threatens to block a persons airway. There are many things that require urgent dental care, but if treatment is delayed, life is not in danger. These include pain, broken teeth or fillings, minor swelling, bleeding gums, etc. Most offices refer to these things as emergencies and will work to see you asap! ...Read more

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How long does a dental impression take?

How long does a dental impression take?

A few minutes: New technology allows us to record impression without trays and the gooey material.... No gagging. Cameras record the teeth and are used to mill a solid model. You can also make porcelain crowns, veneers and onlays directly from. The images of the prepared teeth. A new era is here for dentistry. Can even make invisalign aligners without conventional, impressions. ...Read more

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How often should you get a dental exam?

Every 6 months: You should get a dental exam every 6 months. If your dentist tells you that you have gingivitis or periodontal disease, it can be every 3 to 4 months to maintain your periodontal health. But the rule of thumb is every 6 months. ...Read more

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Should you get regular dental checkups?

Should you get regular dental checkups?

Yes: Regular dental check ups will keep your teeth and mouth healthy. Small problems will be found and treated. Regular dental will help to prevent many potential problems. Twice a year is good for many of us, however some people benefit from more frequent dental visits. ...Read more

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What dental fill is most commonly used?

What dental fill is most commonly used?

Filling options: For many years, silver amalgam has been the choice of material for posterior teeth. Composites or tooth colored fillings are becoming more popular as people want to get away from metals in their mouths. The composites are certailnly more cosmetic. ...Read more

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Why do I choke easy like on dental xrays?

Why do I choke easy like on dental xrays?

Many reasons: An exaggerated gag reflex can be caused by many factors:
large tongue
small mouth
excess saliva
psychological reasons
improper placement of the x- ray. ...Read more

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To what extent does a dental chech up cost?

Varies: Depends on the office you go to, and does that include radiographs and a cleaning? Each office has their own fee schedule, and what you might pay in manhattan is way different that cumberland, md. ...Read more

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What typically happens during a dental exam?

Initial exam?: A comprehensive initial oral exam when a patient first visits a dentist examining teeth and surrounding tissues intraorally. Also, we examine head and neck, including jaw joints. Radiographs are required as well as other tests if necessary. An emergency examination is usually guided to diagnose a specific issue (toothache, gum problems, etc). A periodic exam is done every 6 months. ...Read more

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Is it ok if I have a dental exam once a year?

Probably: Frequency for dental exams is unique to each person. If you are a healthy adult with minimal dental problems once a year is often enough. Kids develop decay faster and should go more often. Those with periodontal disease need to go more often as well, often 3 or 4 times a year. ...Read more

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Can I take flucoxacillin for a dental abuess?

Self-medication: Self-medication is not a good idea and can often cause harm. Do you have effective dosage? Do you have enough pills for a full course of treatment? Antibiotics will reduce spread and severity of dental infection, but hands-on dental treatment is required or infection will come roaring back once you stop taking pills. Please call a Dentist to be properly treated. ...Read more

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I'm wondering what is a rake in dental terms?

I'm wondering what is a rake in dental terms?

Habit appliance: Also, called a gate or thumb crib. A dental appliance attached to top back teeth with a barrier across the roof of the mouth designed to break the satisfaction cycle in children w pernicious harmful digit habit. ...Read more

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I'm wondering what does dental printout mean?

I'm wondering what does dental printout mean?

So do I: I have never heard of the term "dental printout". Is it related to insurance or a bill? ...Read more

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Would my dental formula still change I am 19?

Would my dental formula still change I am 19?

Your dental formula?: I am not sure what your question is. Please restate it with more details and being more specific as to what you want to know. Thanks. ...Read more

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Can you tell me are dental bridges noticeable?

Can you tell me are dental bridges noticeable?

Depends: A fixed dental bridge with porcelain should be pretty undetectable. A removable bridge often referred to as a partial is more noticeable. Get a dentist to show you examples of exactly what type of restoration is being proposed. ...Read more