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Why Is There A Dent In My Thumbnail
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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