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I am 50 years old. My teeth have always looked great. I ...

I am 50 years old. My teeth have always looked great. I have excellent oral hygiene. Recently I stared having heartburn. I also feel like I have excessive saliva. My bottom teeth are starting to look bad. Almost like the tops of them are starting to decay. I am very worried about this.

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Mark Bornfeld, DDS

General Dentist

Doctoral Degree

5,432 satisfied customers
I think I'm over thinking. But can Foods such as a potato

Hi! So I think I'm over thinking. But can Foods such as a potato chip get stuck under your gums? I had one earlier and it felt like it sunk in my gums and I took pictures and videos and it's bleeding in the back there behind my last tooth on the bottom and it looks like it's cut and irritated. I used. Syringe and tried to use warm water and also salt water and Gargled and flossed. It just feels like something is there . MAybe it's just cut but still :( it's in the bottom back where my wisdom teeth should have been closed to the back tooth. And also I am sensitive gums and such because I have Invisalign's.

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Dr. Behere

Practicing Dental Surgeon

Master's Degree

3,352 satisfied customers
I had some cavities filled in January. My bite was off

I had some cavities filled in January. My bite was off after. My dentist is like 2 hours away, which wasn't a big deal with regular check ups, but has now become an issue. A tooth cracked. They have put on a temporary crown 8 days ago. I'm supposed to have the permanent crown put on 3/16. I am in serious pain. I still can't chew on that side and I feel like the pain is spreading in my jaw. I hesitate to go back to the same dentist because I wonder if they are part of the problem. Would another dentist perhaps be willing to look at me without charging for a whole new exam, etc.? We are about maxed out on our insurance.JA: Have you noticed any swelling in the gums? When was your last visit to the dentist?Customer: No swelling that I can tell. Initial exam was right before christmas, fillings done in january, temporary crown done 2/21.JA: Please give me a bit more information, so the dentist can help you best.Customer: The tooth is number 3. But I am now having pain even in my lower jaw and teeth.

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Dr. Katz

Dentist / Anesthesiologist

Doctoral Degree

4,026 satisfied customers
I had a root canal yesterday which so far went good. I just

Hi, I had a root canal yesterday which so far went good. I just had a few questions. When should I try to chew on the side with the temporary crown, I've been doing soft foods but avoiding this side.Can I eat a cookie ? I've done ice cream today but I like a little something sweet. Is coffee OK? When can I start to floss? And can I have a glass of wine with a temperary crown once I'm done with the antibiotics? Oh yes, when, or if can I start eating some harder to chew items? I do like carrots and a priece of chocolate too. Thanks!

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2,730 satisfied customers
Wife had a temporary filling on a root canal a couple weeks

Wife had a temporary filling on a root canal a couple weeks ago. I asked you about it and you expressed doubt a dentist could do it properly but the dentist said she was OK with doing them if the roots were perfectly straight which my wife's roots are on that tooth. The idea was fill the root canal with a temp filling and do the permanent tomorrow.However, today 1/3 of the tooth just sheared off you can see the filling material from the side, obviously it weakened the tooth enough that there wasn't enough left since it's a first molar and 1/3 of it fell off down to the gum We owe the dentist $900 for the temporary filling of the root canal and the idea was do do permanent filling and then a crown later.How should we approach this situation tomorrow? I've been paying the dentist a $100 a month on a crown she did for me and honestly she did a heck of job on that crown, the tooth was cracked in half but the root was OK so she crowned it. Thanks

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Dr. Katz

Dentist / Anesthesiologist

Doctoral Degree

4,026 satisfied customers
I had a redo on a ten year old root canal about two weeks

Hello, I had a redo on a ten year old root canal about two weeks ago. The tooth had been sensitive and I had started to get some pain on the side of my face...the pain was tolerable. I have had root canals before and know that it can be sore after the procedure for some time. However, I am more than sore. I am getting random shooting pains on the side of my face. I went back to the dentist yesterday. He said the gum on the inside around the tooth looks a little inflamed. He was going to put me on antibiotics but I had just finished a course of them two weeks ago. So he wanted to put me on steroids and I said no. He advises taking 400mg Motrin every four hours for five days. I just think the tooth should be pulled. What do you think. There is no swelling that I can see.

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Dr. Katz

Dentist / Anesthesiologist

Doctoral Degree

4,026 satisfied customers
I had a redo on a ten year old root canal about two weeks

Hello, I had a redo on a ten year old root canal about two weeks ago. The tooth had been sensitive and I had started to get some pain on the side of my face...the pain was tolerable. I have had root canals before and know that it can be sore after the procedure for some time. However, I am more than sore. I am getting random shooting pains on the side of my face. I went back to the dentist yesterday. He said the gum on the inside around the tooth looks a little inflamed. He was going to put me on antibiotics but I had just finished a course of them two weeks ago. So he wanted to put me on steroids and I said no. He advises taking 400mg Motrin every four hours for five days. I just think the tooth should be pulled. What do you think. There is no swelling that I can see.

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Dr. Josh

Oral & Maxillofacial Resident

Doctor of Dental Surgery

28 satisfied customers
Dentists treat from the crown down & my concern is that the

Dentists treat from the crown down & my concern is that the continuous infection of pockets has led to a 6 point bridge (2 upper front teeth pulled) 9/2016 due to eruption (no antibiotics prescribed) & now I have 2 molers needing removal after 1/2 my face swelled with infection (Clindamycin prescribed). My question is, what are the chances that the bone has been infected & how do I find out? Perio work seems pointless if there's infection buried deep down somewhere...alot of money to spend & not impressed with the right hand not knowing what the left hands doing...why would a perio dr put me on perio maintenance which cleans 4 times a year knowing with the frequent cleaning, deep cleaning is no longer covered so, the pockets are left to fester & I'm fighting an uphill battle. VERY assbackwards if you ask me!

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Dr. Katz

Dentist / Anesthesiologist

Doctoral Degree

4,026 satisfied customers
2 weeks ago I had an oro-antral fistula closure (they took

Hi,2 weeks ago I had an oro-antral fistula closure (they took some fat inside my cheek) + sinus curetage done by an oral surgeon under general anasthesia. Last week, I had a follow-up appointment with him and everything seemed to be alright. Here is my problem...I have seen that there's 3 whitish bumps where the oro-antral fistula was...2 of them are not painful and the other is a bit sensitive. Are they abscess? infection? Is it normal?My general condition is good. I'm done with the antibiotics and pain killers. I still feel pressure in my sinus and it is sensitive to touch. The swelling is 95% over. Also it's still a bit difficult to speak. I will see the surgeon in 3 days. I feel very anxious about this whitish bumps...I tought the healing wound would be very "unruffled"/slick can someone tell me what they are? Thank alot in advance!

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Dr. Josh

Oral & Maxillofacial Resident

Doctor of Dental Surgery

28 satisfied customers
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