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Dental health or oral hygiene is the practice of keeping the mouth, teeth, tongue and gums healthy and clean through constant brushing and flossing to avoid gum disease and tooth loss. Practicing oral health must be a lifetime habit.
The numbing effect lasts from 2 to 4 hours. Rarely does it last more than that, although there have been cases where the numbing effect lasted for days.
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Securing Loose Teeth in a Partial Plate It's not really recommended you do it yourself if you get the tooth/teeth in the wrong place the plate won't fit. Take the plate to your dentist for advice or go to a dental technician as many do repairs while you wait
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Black calculus According to this page on gums and gum disease from Britain.TV: "A principal cause of gum disease is calculus. This is the hard, chalky material that forms when soft plaque is left in place by inadequate brushing and flossing. Visible calculus is yellow or white, but black calculu…
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Curing Gum Disease: There are many different reasons for gum disease or Periodontal disease and sometimes called "Pyoria". 1) Improper or inadequate home care. 2) Not seeing the dentist or dental hygienist on a regular basis. 3) Genetic disposition. This does not mean that if your parents lost t…
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To cure a wisdom tooth infection, there are two options. Option 1: If your wisdom tooth is normal, you need to follow a course of antibiotics to get rid off the infection, and maintain oral hygiene in order to avoid getting back such infection. Option 2: If your wisdom tooth is impacted, first …
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Yes, discolored teeth can be covered. You can take him to the dentist as they will better help you to make there teeth look more whiten and it does not make any side effects to them. Also you can get consultation from the best dentists who are always there to help there patient and if it is needed t…
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"Although costs vary across the country and by dental office, the cost of typical metal filling ranges from approximately $75 to $145 per filling, whereas a composite resin fillings range from $150 to $300for a single surface white composite filling." Here are more opinions and answers from other u…
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Managing gum disease is all about daily plaque control - essentially sound oral hygiene. That means, in most cases, stopping the plaque in your mouth is really in your own hands. Brush every day. Floss every day. Period. Your dentist or oral hygienist may recommend fluoride toothpaste or tartar redu…
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White patches on your teeth come from to much plaque that build up from over the years and can later on in life leave holes in the area that they are, to prevent.Make sure you brush that area everyday.Rinse your mouth with mouthwash.Talk to your dentist about it.The white patches may never come off …
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A sealant was done on a tooth of mine and not 2 years later did a first cavity apear. Although sealants help protect for the future, they will not always work. Its deffinitly a good idea to have it done but like condoms theres always that 6% chance that it will escape. It is possible that the seal…
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Third Set of Teeth Extra/super-numerary teeth are rare but possible. Here are some stories and input submitted by FAQ Farmers: The night of my 3rd birthday I was rushed to hospital because I had hit my head on a rocking chair and knocked out one of my baby teeth. After my first visit to an author…
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Probably it would be too much medication and trauma for the patient.
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The best way to rid yourself of the pain is to get rid of the gum disease. Clean the gum line with a nice soft brush and floss, and massage the gums to increase blood flow. Tf the disease is too far advanced you may need treatment by a periodontist; this is a dentist who specializes in gum disease. …
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%DETAILS% Answer There are no long term effects of etching the teeth before sealant application. The etchant is a strong acid that dissolves the matrix material between the enamel rods that make up the tooth. It is rinsed off within seconds and leaves the tooth with a frosty appearance when d…
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Please.. Don't use baking soda when you have the white spots on your teeth - I did and they stayed with me ALL day... It was embarrassing! So, Please, don't even try when you have them occurring. I have also used it to whiten my teeth later in the day for the spots to only come back the next morning…
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Answer common. Make sure you see a doctor, just to be sure. If it is an ear infection Your dizziness could be caused by an ear infection, but if it is a dental problem, it is probably inflammation of the TMJ bone in your skull. I have TMJ problems myself, and I sometimes get dizzy, have pain that fe…
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Possibly there is an abcess, which is a pus-filled growth on the gums indicating an infection. When these pop, they leave a bad taste because they are filled with infection. He needs to be seen by a dentist. The condition may lead to more serious problems.
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You would not place a sealant over a filling in all cases, but it can be done and in fact is indicated in some circumstances. There is considerable research to support this technique in a number of dental studies. It is true that some sealants are opaque and you cannot see through them, but you cann…
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Dry socket is a layman's term for alveolar osteitis. The alveolus is the part of the jawbone that supports the teeth, and osteitis means simply "bone inflammation". It is a post-operative complication of tooth extraction. It occurs when the newly formed blood clot in the extraction site is prematur…
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%DETAILS% Answer I have this problem too. So, I am waiting on an answer as well. I do not like my smile bc.I tend to show all my gums on the top teeth.I mean you can see fromt the front to both sides of my mouth (gums) that is.Whenever I try to put my teeth together I can feel some pressure.…
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Answer I think you mean sealants to prevent cavities right? When I was about 13 my dentist put them on a few of my back teeth (the deeper ones which he thought were prone to cavities). I am 27 now and have a cavity in most back teeth except for the ones that have the sealants on - would highly re…
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Yes, it is. If the discomfort does not ease, this is a sign of failure of the root treatment. I would suggest that if the discomfort is not severe, to wait a couple of weeks to see if it settles. An antiinflammatory drug such as Ibuprofen is often recommended for a couple of days post-operatively. I…
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Bridges vs. partial plates Bridges are very expensive and supposedly only good for 5 to 10 years. They are permanently fixed to stubs they make of two teeth (one on each side of the bridge) I have one and so far it has come loose twice from eating candy. If I had it to do all over again I'd have a p…
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Coke and Teeth Here is input from Wiki s contributors: I'm a nutrition major, and in my bacteriology lab, for our final we have to do an independent study. I decided to experiment on how particular sodas promote bacterial growth in the mouth to produce a very favorable environment for cavity develop…
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It usually takes a few days for the infection to be reduced and the pain to go away. Note: If placed on Amoxicillin as a preventive measure due to wisdom teeth removal (dentists usually prescribe a short course of antibiotics for most patients in case of any infections after the procedure), the gen…
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If you've ever found yourself standing in the drugstore staring at row after row of teeth whitening products you're not alone. With the rise in popularity of shows that feature suddenly perfect smiles, there have emerged many different avenues to get to that shining bright smile. For the most part, …
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Dental care abroadIf you go abroad for dental care:-- Check with the appropriate government agency in the destination country about its national dentistry guidelines.-- Find out what recourse is available if something goes wrong.-- At the dental office, look for infection-control procedures, includi…
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ask your dentist  I just found something I suspected, but could not prove. Check out this article.If you cannot get to this link, go to the "National Wildlife Foundation" web site, click on the "Magazines" link, and "Your Health" section. Then read the article on "Protecting yourself from unsa…
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%DETAILS% first and foremost x-rays should be done.if space won't be enough,i recommend using myofunctional appliance if space is not enough and afterwards use braces to turn the tooth.   It could correct itself, but I would take him to a dentist to have it looked at. You can wait until it…
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Holes in teeth You will need to be more specific to get a better answer, but most likely you'll have to have a dentist put a filling put in the tooth. What is the hole from? Where is the hole in the tooth? How long have you had it? Any more details you can add will be very helpful in answering yo…
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Look in the yellow pages or talk to neighbors. I personally wouldn't call 1800dentist, both times I called, I wasn't happy. She should feel comfortable the firt visit. If she doesn't, she shouldn't go back. Try my dentist. It's called 1st Gentle Dentistry. A well designed small office with personali…
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I've never heard of them causing numbness, but most likely you should have them taken out. Most people need them out. You should go see a dentist or a regular doctor to find out about the numbness. numbness on the side of the face can be many things, if it gets worse or persists it is highly recomm…
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I currently have a dry socket, but cannot see the bone. My dentist told me there are varying "degrees" of dry socket. Some people can see the bone, and so they have the worst type of dry socket. Mine has a clot, but it is slightly dislodged, so it is still quite painful. I would like to add a new co…
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Very common, a lot of people never develop wisdom teeth. There is nothing wrong with you, it's just the way some people are. If you mean that you actually don't have them when you are little, you aren't supposed to have wisdom teeth buds yet. You have 25 % chances of being born with one or more wi…
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It's possible. Or it could be that your ears are making your teeth sore. Go to the dentist and have the area checked or to the doctor and have your ears checked. A failed upper root canal effected my hearing on that side. Going to neither dentist, neurologist, EENT Specialist nor family physician…
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Some people don't respond to the shots as well as others. Or your nerves could go a different way than the average person so you don't get as numb. If you feel pain, you need to tell the dentist so they can try and get you more numb. If it's a child, they could just be nervous and think they fell pa…
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it is most likely the tooth had a small crack in it anyway. the tooth was alittle"high"from the new filling and the extra pressure from biting on it, cracked the tooth. usually after a new filling, you should go back to have the filling polished which strengthens the filling and adjusts the bite.
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%REPLIES% Answer It took me over one week for it to go down. I eat ice cream. That helped a little. Answer If it is very bad pain, you should call the dentist back. You may have an infection, or it could just be that you have more pain. If it is still just a little swollen and uncomfort…
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You should check Dental Schools in your area. Alot of universities have dental schools where student dentists will treat the public, and the cost is 30% of that of a regular dentist. Good Luck.   I understand that prices in Eastern Europe are very inexpensive for good-quality, modern dental c…
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That would be a periapical abscess. The tooth it is associated with is dead, you should have a root canal or extraction a.s.a.p. Waiting too long will allow the recurrent infection to break down the bone supporting the tooth and the long term prognosis of a root canal will be diminished. Having a l…
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The dentist will know better if you have a periapical x-ray of the wisdom tooth area and will immediately confirm the infection of tooth. Yes, it can become infected around the gums while coming in. That is pretty common. The best thing to do is keep it very clean. This will be a bit painful at firs…
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It isn't harmful to the child or his teeth. It just needs to be cleaned off, by a professional probably. Then you should take extra care to brush the child's teeth a little longer each time you brush them and brush them at least twice a day. Don't brush harder or use a hard bristle brush. Use a sof…
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Teeth are made up of 3 hard tissues and 1 soft tissue. The hard tissues are: Enamel - The hardest tissue in our body; has a hardness value of 350-500 KHN (Knoop Hardness Number) Dentin - Hard tissue which is harder than bone but not enamel. Hardness value is 60-70 KHN. Dentin forms bulk of the to…
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Discount health coverage is becoming increasingly popular because it provides uninsured individuals with a way to receive health care services at a substantial discount for the entire family without sacrificing on service.   To find companies in your state that provide dental insurance or den…
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Dental care abroad If you go abroad for dental care: -- Check with the appropriate government agency in the destination country about its national dentistry guidelines. -- Find out what recourse is available if something goes wrong. -- At the dental office, look for infection-control procedures, inc…
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Teeth whitening are surely an option. I have done teeth whitening from Dr.Stephen Phelan in Toronto. But teeth whitening can't be done for everyone.. Especially those with a thin enamel. I am not sure whether you could use whitener's right after chemo. So it is always better to take an expert opinio…
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That sounds like either sinus pain and pressure or possibly an abcessed tooth. Do you have other signs of an abcess? Do you have the bubbled up gum tissue, etc.? Obviously, your best bet is to go see your doctor and dentist. Hope you find an answer. God bless, Cathy   Yes, this can indicate a…
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Dental care abroad If you go abroad for dental care:-- Check with the appropriate government agency in the destination country about its national dentistry guidelines.-- Find out what recourse is available if something goes wrong.-- At the dental office, look for infection-control procedures, includ…
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If I were you, I'd get a second opinion just to be sure. That is a lot of money. But if you had a root canal, it won't cause you pain until it's very infected down into the bone. On average it should cost you about 100 dollars to have the tooth pulled and about 1500 for the bridge. Most likely if yo…
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It's possible, but the infection will most likely come back again. There is no telling when, but it will. A week, two years, no way to tell.- You can also see an endodontist for a retreatment where the old filling material is removed and replaced or an Apicoectomy, where a small incision is made on …
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It can be treated with antibiotics, but it doesn't really solve the problem. The tooth will still need the treatment reccomended by the dentist; root canal or being taken out most likely. The antibiotics will just help get rid of the pain and make it easier to work on the tooth. The infection will c…
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%DETAILS% Answer there is a new clinic in Nogalez Mexico just crossing the border they have the best equp and tech they have the new cerec 3d and lasser they are great they are called dental laser and they get dental insurance, as you know prices are cheaper so you can do more for less there ..…
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For the most part dry brushing is just as effective on tooth decay and priodontal disease. But using a fluoride toothpaste can help strengthen teeth. It's just one extra step in fighting cavities. It will also help keep breath fresher. _____ Dry toothbrushing? I would like to see some sources o…
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There most definitely is a way to prevent the calcium like build up on your teeth particularly the lower inside front teeth. It is as simple as changing your tooth paste to one you will find at a health food store, one being Jason or Green beaver. These contain no fluoride which was actually used as…
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Out of personal experience it cost me about $2000.  Cost of Having Wisdom Teeth Pulled Here are answers and opinions from FAQ Farmers: I would say it is probably about 2000 dollars. Or more possibly. And just a side note, it won't be too much more to have the 4th one taken out at the same tim…
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It can happen. Removing a lot of the tooth for a crown can cause the tooth to go into "shock" and die. Meaning it needs a root canal. Or it could have been that the tooth was so decayed that it was very close to exposing the nerve when all of the decay was removed. Sometimes teeth heal themselves an…
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The whole is most likely from a cavity so they will put a filling in it. Most likely the dentist will get you numb. When you are numb they will drill out any decay and then shape the whole so it will hold a filling properly. If it is a front tooth, you will get a tooth colored filling. If it is a ba…
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In my experience the important thing is to keep the mouth very very clean. Then I began a light massage in the muscles around the jaw and the facial muscles. I dedicated a good six hours to lying in bed massaging and then I would sleep and wake up and massage again. Eventually the infection will spr…
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An infected tooth can cause death. But it isn't really from infecting your brain. It will go into your airways and swell them up then you can't breath. A tooth infection can become very serious. The infection can go into your bloodstream. A person I knew was very sick; they did all these tests. …
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It doesn't ruin the enamel, but it can crack your teeth. It's like bending a stick of regular gum and then putting it in the freezer for a few hours and bending it. It is more likely to break after being in the freezer. If you have a habit and have to chew ice, try chewing crushed ice or slushies. I…
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Food is getting into the hole and causing infection. It's wise to see your dentist. Although it sounds gross (it's actually relieving) the dentist can reopen the gum and pack it with antibiotics and should feel much better. I had this happen when I had my 4 wisdom teeth taken out. It hurt like crazy…
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No. But a tooth that needed a crown probably had a lot of decay. Sometimes it's very close to the nerve and doesn't heal itself and ends up needing a root canal. This is by no fault, just the way the tooth reacted.   Your teeth shouldn't be hitting each other in a bothersome fashion. If they …
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No, but some areas of the mouth are a bit more painful to have the numbing shot in. It depends on the person and the dentist.   YES YES YES YES YES . there are more nerves in the front of your face than in other parts of your face. the shot is much more painful , but drilling should not be fe…
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Do some research, ask some friends and relatives around you. Who do they go to?
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Excessive Iron.
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Your option would be to go to a dental surgeon to have then put some braces on. They do have braces that you can't see. I don't know what others think, but I think they are quiet fashionable, atleast at the time I had them on which was about 4-5 years ago when I was 14 or 15. I loved my braces. …
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I've had braces for almost 2 years now, and I've never had this happen to me, nor have I heard of anyone else who had ear pressure problems resulting from their braces. here is a of a case of 11-year old Holly Ulrich of Minnesota. Holly, an apparently healthy girl, had a simple impacted bicuspid,…
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One endotontist told me to hurry up before it got pus in it and the other told me to leave it alone and see if it settled down after the crown procedure. Quack! It depends on the situation, sometimes if you already have an acute infection the dentist may give you some antibiotics to start reduci…
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Yes, all teeth have roots. But when they fall out naturally they don't have them anymore. The "big" teeth below "disolve" the roots by pushing the baby teeth out.
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No, that can't really happen. Teeth can get cracked my a number of different things.  NoIt is very unlikely that front teeth get cracked due to pressure caussed by wisdom teeth. Usually it takes a trauma to crack a tooth.NOalthough they cannot crack your teeth, they WILL cause pressure and cau…
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Either braces or adding tooth colored filling to each of the front teeth. That will close the gap, but the front teeth will apear bigger. Go to the dentist and orthodontist and have consults about which would be better and how much each would cost.  A few months ago I came across a website cal…
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The best thing would be to have a filling put in the tooth. But if the tooth is going to fall out soon, the dentist may recommend pulling it instead. Have it looked at by a dentist and then do what you think is best. Whatever you do don't pull it out yourself. See a dentist its not that bad, hon…
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It's better if you do. It will stop the bleeding sooner and help prevent a dry socket. A dry socket is VERY painful. Just use a small piece and fold it into a small square, put the square directly over the spot where the tooth was removed and bite down. Don't bite down to where you are making your m…
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I haven't yet had my wisdom tooth out, but I have had alot of pain with it. For the past few months a lymph node in my neck has been swollen. Both the dentist and the doctor has assured me that it is because of and infection in my wisdom tooth. maybe you have just got an infection from getting the t…
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%DETAILS% Answer Depending on the size of the gap between the teeth, sometimes just filling them in is possible. Talk to your local dentist to see if they can do it without it looking too fake. We can usually use the same filling material (matched perfectly to the color of your teeth) fill in…
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It should only last a few hours after the surgery. If it lasts more than one day, you should call your dentist, as you may be suffering from temporary paresthesia.Personal Experiences: I just had my four pulled. I was numb from the novacaine for a couple hours afterwards, but that also might be beca…
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Yes, food does stick to partial dentures. Maybe even worse than snaggly teeth.
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You really can't. If they are the tiniest beginnings of cavities sometimes extra good brushing and flossing will get rid of them. But if it is a cavity and not just the beginnings, then it will need to be filled. "> There may be. Check this out curetoothdecay.com/. I haven't tried it, but it l…
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I have the same problem. I never got my wisdom teeth taken out. I am 23 years old now, and a few days ago i found a small hole, about the size of a pencil lead right behind my last moler, in between where my wisdom tooth should be, and where the molar is. Food gets stuck in it, its very sensitive to…
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Try a Water Pik. Avoid sticking anything in there, as you could break the skin and cause an infection. Either rinse with water and salt, or use a plastique syringe that you buy at the drug store.
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%REPLIES% Answer Probably not much. But you can try brushing really well a couple times a day and flossing at least once. And rinse a couple times a day with warm salt water. Try not to chew your food on the side of your mouth with the achy tooth. A gum numbing gel may help a tiny bit, …
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It is most likely decay, but it could be something else. The only way to know is to see a dentist. The brown spot is most likey not caused by antibiotics. Those type should not be given anymore. And they normally affect the adult teeth and all of them, not just one. It is possible that it's decay an…
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It is possible. It does depend on the location of the absess. Fluid building up can pinch or compress nerves. The watery eye can be caused by a pinched nerve as well. See a dentist or doctor as soon as possible. you can normally know when you have an abscess because of the unbearable pain
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A few days but check with the dentist who did the extractions. They generally like the sutures to stay in for a whole week, but sometimes it doesn't hurt for them to be a couple of days early. Always call the dentist who did the extractions though if anything out of the ordinary takes place. Reso…
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Possibly...Try buying a sports mouth guard. (like they wear in football) Follow the directions on the guard to form fit it to your mouth. Then wear it at night and any other time during the day that's convenient for you. This may help some.   In my experience I had some money and went to the …
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If it's a true dry socket, you should go into the dentist. They will have medicines to put in there to make it feel better.   You can also try biting on tea bags. But as soon as you remove the tea bag, it will hurt again. Get the tea bag a little wet and put over the whole and bit firm, but g…
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My 3.5-year-old daughter is having a filling tomorrow. Her pediatric dentist quoted us $144 for the filling itself and an additional $59 for nitrous oxide (if needed).
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Braces cost about $2000-$6600 depending on where you goYou will find a number of orthodontic procedures for teeth straightening, including braces and retainers. The process of getting braces average cost about $4900 for children and $5354 for adults.
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I currently have an abscessed tooth. I had horrible pains, so bad I almost went to the hospital. It almost felt like a serious migrane, the next day the pain was more concentrated to my back tooth. there was minor swelling around the tooth and my lymph gland was sore to the touch. Go to the dentist …
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along with brushing twice a day you must also floss to get between those tight teeth where all the plaque is hiding. there are no real techniques you just brush for two minutes twice a day as well as floss.       I am a dental professional and the only technique to effectively cl…
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I have a great orthodontist he is Dr. Paul Lee he has offices in Milpitas and Cupertino I believe he charges around $3600. for a 9 year old child, once I saw how nice my daughters teeth came out i did my own.
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An absessed tooth is a very serious thing. It is caused by a very large amount of tooth decay that is not restored by a dentist and is allowed to grow larger and larger over time. The tooth eventually gets rotten all the way into the living part of your tooth where the nerve is. That nerve then deci…
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%DETAILS% Answer You wouldn't want to close the gap. You would want to have a bridge. That would add a "fake" tooth where the missing one is and there would be a cap (or crown, same thing) on the teeth on either side of the space. That would be a total of 3 crowns. A bride is one piece. …
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"Orange Dentist Dr. Marcus. Yes it is possible. I have seen second and even third sets of wisdom teeth. They are generally very small and under developed. An x-ray is needed to diagnose properly."From : http://www.smilesbydan.com/Wisdom_Tooth_FAQs.htmlDr. Dan Marcus
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Trigeminal Neuralgia is an often overlooked side effect of dental work. It is fairly rare, but something to be aware of in addition to the answer below: I am not a dentist, but I did have an upper molar removed about two weeks ago. As for facial pain. Several things could contribute to this. If t…
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Well, by now I suspect you know the answer to your question=) But for others who are curious, it can take as little as a few weeks for a gap to close, depending on how wide it is.   Forget, closing a gap using braces! I closed my gap for only $16.95 using teeth effect bands from www.teethgap.…
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If you have a root canal done, most likely you'll need a crown. But if it was done through a bridge, there is already a crown on that tooth. A bride is just three or more crowns fused into one piece to replace a missing tooth. It is possible that doing a root canal through the brige will damage the …
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There are many dentist available online who can help you.If you want to know any thing related to dental treatment please go to their contact number OR put your details in to their inquiry form. But please do not use this procedure only for entertainment, because it is harmful for those students who…
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Yes, you need to floss. Once a day. Twice if you want to be really good (the basic recommendation is to floss once a day and brush twice a day).Brushing alone does not clean between your teeth. The reason you want to do it every day is that bacteria begins to colonize and start damaging your teeth w…
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It's recommended that you floss at least once a day. The reason you want to do it every day is that bacteria begins to colonize and start damaging your teeth within 24 hours.
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