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What are the pros and cons over getting a CT scan over other

What are the pros and cons over getting a CT scan over other mthods of checking your teeth? I've been offered a free check up and cleaning with a CT scan with another dentist as a new patient and wondering if there's advantages to maybe switching since my current dentist does not have a CT scan.

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Dr. Katz

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. I am a 56 year old female. 18 months ago I had a lower

Hi. I am a 56 year old female. 18 months ago I had a lower back tooth extracted as it was heavily filled and filling kept breaking. I was told it was a difficult extraction and took some weeks to heal due to dry socket. I had ongoing pain/discomfort and a burning sensation in the next tooth and that side of my tongue for months. These symptoms have subsided a little, but the burning sensation continues, slight dull ache on occasions and always a soreness in the gum surrounding this tooth. It feels like a mouth ulcer around the gum. I also feel a sharpness to the tooth with my tongue where the tooth meets the gum. I have seen numerous dentists, and recently attended the dental hospital. I am told that it is post trauma neuralgia following the extraction and nothing can be done, except heavy medication. I note that the tooth is becoming increasingly grey in colour, and have been reading up about this and nerve damage. I believe both tooth and nerve were damaged during the extraction of the other tooth and something is definitely physically wrong where tooth meets gum, (though dentists are unable to see any soreness or anything wrong with the tooth). There is also often a sweet, bloody taste coming from the tooth. Am due to see another dentist tomorrow with a view to requesting that he extracts this tooth as I am now becoming quite depressed with the daily discomfort. Any thoughts? Sorry this is sooo long!

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Mark Bornfeld, DDS

General Dentist

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Left jaw pain 7 weeks, area focused near back molar.

Left jaw pain for last 7 weeks, area focused near back molar. Seen by my dentist, sent for root canal. Post root canal, pain returned and given Amoxicillin for 10 days. Pain continued and now radiates into ear. I have a history of papillary thyroid cancer with a 2cm X 5cm tumor in that area. Diagnosis in 2004.Pain is still present and waiting to complete crown on back molar that was assumed to have "a very small crack that we can't see"

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Mark Bornfeld, DDS

General Dentist

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i would like to send you 2 photos of my husbands mouth. One

i would like to send you 2 photos of my husbands mouth. One the inside of the area, the other the abscess. how do i do that?/Users/mindy/Library/Containers/com.apple.mail/Data/Library/Mail Downloads/F4ED48E0-6CD3-4FA6-83F0-81F443E44FCB/2014-12-26 16.50.33.jpg

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Mark Bornfeld, DDS

General Dentist

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hard painful lump in the angle of left jaw

Hi! Good day! I have non movable hard painful lump in the angle of my left jaw that seems to be attached to the bone. A year ago I already noticed lump that is soft & non tender on almost the same spot, ER doctor told me that it is related to my Parotid gland so I went to ENT doctor & had me done CT Scan which shows fluid filled cyst. Since then I don't have a problem until this June which I noticed mild pain upon palpating the angle of my left jaw. The ENT doctor put me on antibiotic for 10 days but nothing happens still the same pain & size, he put me on steroids with tapering dose which helps the pain but now the pain is coming back not constantly, only if I put pressure or palpate the area, mild pain if I clenched my teeth & yawn. I'm thinking of having check by a dentist to see if it is related to infected tooth although I don't have dental pain. What is your insight regarding the painful hard lump in the angle of my left jaw? Thank you in advance for helping me out.

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Mark Bornfeld, DDS

General Dentist

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why do I get pain in left lower gum from back tooth then three

why do I get pain in left lower gum from back tooth then three missing teeth to front teeth after being on the aircrafthalf an hour when the pressure builds up

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Mark Bornfeld, DDS

General Dentist

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Dr. Bornfeld--I would like a second opinion. I am a 71 year

Dr. Bornfeld--I would like a second opinion. I am a 71 year old male in very good health and have all of my teeth except one wisdom tooth. I recently had a tooth (upper left-about 5 teeth from front) break clean off right about at the gum line. It had a crown. I have never had any root canals. My general dentist could not believe that I was NOT in pain. No hot/cold sensation or anything like that. They said the nerve was already dead. Today I went to see an Oral Surgeon (Dr David Nadler DMD & MD). He went over all of my options 1. do nothing--leave the tooth the way it is--he said this was the worst option because it is a "dead" object in your month and could lead to heart disease, etc., 2. pull the tooth and do a Bonegraft w/membrane, 3. pull the tooth and do the whole Straumann implant procedure. Of course #3 will probably be over $3000 after everything is done. What do you think about #1 or #2? OR should I go the whole implant route?

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Mark Bornfeld, DDS

General Dentist

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I have extreme sharp pain in one of my bottom molars, left

I have extreme sharp pain in one of my bottom molars, left side. The pain is so severe that I cry and scream. The pain seems to have no cause and comes out of no where (cold, hot ect. seem to not been the trigger). It started in January 2014 and happened about every 2 weeks or so but recently it is every day. It takes about a half hour for the pain to subside and this is with two advil liquid gels and 2 Tylenol. The fear of the pain returning is causing me extreme anxiety and fear. I can not sleep and my muscles are so sore from being tense. I have been to the dentist 3 times since it first started. Nothing shows on the xrays--normal healthy tooth. They can not see which tooth it is. Both dentists that I have seen are certain that it is irreversible pulpitis but since they are uncertain which tooth it is exactly they don't want to start a root canal and refuse to pull the teeth even though I said they could. I don't know what to do. I can not even function nor think of anything besides this tooth and worried about when the pain will start again.Please help me--is there anything at all I can do that will treat the pain faster. I should note that I am currently working in Northern Canada and do not have access to full dental facilities. They said that even if they decide to start the root canal they can only do a partial in this village. I do not fly out of the community until March 27 and I have to be honest with you, I do not think I can handle it much longer--my nerves are shot. I even started crying while at the dentist this morning when he attempted to tap my teeth--so fearful that the pain would come. Also-the tapping nor cold seem to cause any difference while I am at the dentist.

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Mark Bornfeld, DDS

General Dentist

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I am considering procuring a new set of teeth. Its a combination

I am considering procuring a new set of teeth. It's a combination of vanity and comfort that I am in the market for new chompers. I am simply looking for a ballpark number in regard to potential cost, as I am aware that there are numerous variables per individual. While not rich, I am prepared to procure financing for such work, as I have excellent credit. I feel that I can pay off said debt in a suitable amount of time as well. I am also aware that some options mentioned below are not possible suitable for everyone. Unfortunately, I am only in my late 20's. A combination of crowding, crooked teeth, and a lack of funds for work to correct said issues, especially when I was younger was my downfall. Not to mention I could have taken better care of my teeth/mouth in general. I had a bad habit of using chewing tobacco for a decade- on and off. I have been “clean” for well over a year and half now and do not plan on going back to it. That's in the past though. I am looking for a new beginning. I've already had 9 teeth pulled in the past, which if I recall correctly, were rather easy to pull. Hopefully, the remainder are just as easy. If the remainder of my teeth are as bad as I believe they are and need to be pulled, I assume that my dental insurance would pick up some of the cost.I'm aware that one should attempt to hold onto their natural teeth for as long as possible, but I feel that a vast majority of what I have left are not worth the money to save, as it would only be a matter of time before they had to come out. Plus, in the long run I find it would be cheaper to go the prosthetic route.With that said, I am aware that I basically have two options: full upper/lower dentures or dental implants. Dentures are by the far the cheapest route, at least from what I have seen in my research. Essentially, I am looking for a pair made of high quality materials for realism and perhaps, attached to posts (implants) for comfort/staying put purposes, especially while eating. I also understand that using posts has the potential to retain a bit more of the jaw bone in the long run. I could be wrong- this is just from what I have read. So, if I were to go this route, what I am looking at cost wise? How often would I have to replace the dentures, i.e. every decade or sooner?The other route is implants. While the numbers vary, the costs I have seen range from $30K to $100K for a full set of implants. Granted, some of the estimates I saw were from 5-6 years ago, but I assume such a procedure is still very expensive. I understand that the cost for the materials is more and it would be more in regard to the oral surgeon for implanting the posts. The question is how much more? Do implants hold up fairly well over the long run? Are there any disadvantages to implants compared with dentures? What are the realistic costs? I appreciate the time and advice. I hope to begin the process, if I can find financing, at some point this year.

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Mark Bornfeld, DDS

General Dentist

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