Dental

Ask a dentist. Get answers to your dental questions.

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

This answer was rated:

I am 65. I am having a problem with my teeth I was under…

I am 65. I am...
I am 65. I am having a problem with my teeth I was under extreme stress started losing teeth from low vitamin D. Now it is at 60 and my teeth are still dissolving. What do the teeth need to stay together that I might be missing?
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Dental Question
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Anyone have an idea why I am losing my teeth?
Answered in 17 hours by:
2/2/2017
Dr. Hegland
Dr. Hegland, Dentist
Category: Dental
Satisfied Customers: 322
Experience: Dentist at Dental Care on Demand
Verified

I need a bit more information from you if that's ok. So when you state you are losing your teeth from Vit D deficiency, I'm wondering do you mean that the teeth are falling out or that they are breaking down/fracturing (but not actually falling out)? Have you seen a dentist about this yet, and if not how long has it been? What is causing the vit deficiency, and do you have any other medical history issues that may be contributing to your oral health? Lastly how many teeth can you lost, what do you have left?

Ask Your Own Dental Question
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I apologize for the delay. No one was answering for hours. Actually, I was losing teeth, and blood tests revealed I was very low on Vit D. The teeth were breaking/fracturing. I saw a dentist about it and he pulled out too infected teeth. Since then they tell me the teeth were infected and had to come out. Now no matter how much I brush, something is still causing them to break down. I have had two molars on both sides pulled. The rest of the molars are breaking down. The front teeth seem to be holding somewhat. I have had a heart attack and take Androgel for low testosterone. I am prediabetic. I also have glaucoma.

Well you may have a few risk factors that have attribute to the tooth lose. The vit deficiency over a long period of time is definitely not a helpful in regards ***** ***** development. That however would have had nothing to do with the teeth break/fracturing. If your teeth are breaking its from the bacteria in the mouth breaking down the enamel and dentin. Certain medications, acid mouth, certain meds, and even prediabetic status are some items that could let the "bad" bacteria overpopulate and break down the teeth. The infections you state you had (could be from that bacteria) or they could have populated and caused an aggressive periodontitis (breakdown of bone/supporting tissues for teeth). So what you need to develop with your dentist is a plan that now some of the worse off teeth are taken care of, it'd be important to obtain a protocol for you to maintain the rest. It may involve antibacterial rinses, it may require more frequent recalls/cleanings, or medications. The other thing is that you want to make sure from a medical standpoint everything was stable. I know you had blood tests, but maybe a overall head/skull xray or CT would be something to ask your physician about, or have your kidneys checked as. Just to rule out any other anomalies is all.

Ask Your Own Dental Question
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Interesting. Bacteria. I am looking for another dentist now. I was under extreme stress for quite some time from work and where I live. I have read that teeth can be somewhat rebuilt or at least kept intact with the right nutrients in the diet. Do you think there is any truth to that? Obviously vit D deficiency had a profound effect.

Teeth are constantly attacked by acid and bacteria so the demineralization and remineralization (breakdown/rebuild) process is always happening, and having a proper diet/nutrients helps manage that balance the remineralization. However, you can't rebuilt what's decayed. Decay is in dentin and that level of breakdown is irreversible. Yes vit D is important component in bone support health and if it's had this type of damage orally, I'd press you to do an entire body work-up to check the rest of your bone health.

Ask Your Own Dental Question
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
What would I ask for to get an entire body workup? That includes a test for bone health?

That's something you'd have to discuss with your physician, but yes a bone health scan. I can't say for sure, but even your new dentist you find you may want to have he/she take a pan (overall head/jaw xray) to look for any changes in the facial region.

Dr. Hegland
Dr. Hegland, Dentist
Category: Dental
Satisfied Customers: 322
Experience: Dentist at Dental Care on Demand
Verified
Dr. Hegland and 87 other Dental Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Ok. That gives me an idea of what to ask for. Thank you. I will rate you now.

Take care!

Ask Your Own Dental Question
Was this answer helpful?
Ask Dr. Hegland Your Own Question
Dr. Hegland
Dr. Hegland
Dr. Hegland, Dentist
Category: Dental
Satisfied Customers: 322
322 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Dentist at Dental Care on Demand

Dr. Hegland is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much

Corrie MollPretoria, South Africa

I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well!

ClaudiaAlbuquerque, NM

Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion.

KevinBeaverton, OR

Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
I feel better already! Thank you.

ElanorTracy, CA

Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem.

JulieLockesburg, AR

You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions.

John and StefanieTucson, AZ

I have been dealing with an extremely serious health crisis for over three years, and one your physicians asked me more questions, gave me more answers and encouragement than a dozen different doctors who have been treating me!!

Janet VPhoenix, AZ

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Mark Bornfeld, DDS

Mark Bornfeld, DDS

Dentist

5,765 satisfied customers

Clinical instructor, NYU College of Dentistry; 37 years private practice experience in general dentistry, member Academy of General Dentistry, ADA, American Academy of Oral Medicine

Dr. Alex

Dr. Alex

Dentist

1,607 satisfied customers

I am a General Dentist and founder of the American School of Dental Assisting

Dr. George McKee

Dr. George McKee

Dentist

1,392 satisfied customers

Licensed dentist with 30 years clinical experience in general practice and cosmetic reconstruction.

Dr. Girish

Dr. Girish

Dentist

788 satisfied customers

19 years of clinical experience in all phases of Dentistry.

Julian Chen

Julian Chen

Dentist

567 satisfied customers

Practicing General Dentist since 2002

Dr. Winterholler

Dr. Winterholler

Dentist

266 satisfied customers

4 years Private Practice, Heavy emphasis on Cosmetic Dentistry and Implants, Top 10% of Dental Class

Dr. Mitch

Dr. Mitch

Dentist

211 satisfied customers

DMD General Dentist Private Practice Over 20 yrs.

< Previous | Next >

Related Dental Questions
My molar (tooth 26) was infected in Sep 2015. There was a
My molar (tooth 26) was infected in Sep 2015. There was a pocket depth of 8 mm and my oral hygiene at the time was poor. There was a j-shaped lesion and a endodontist in Canada thought it was a poor p… read more
Root Canal Doctor
Root Canal Doctor
Doctoral Degree
2,222 satisfied customers
At my cleaning my dentist discovered a redness, and a small
At my cleaning my dentist discovered a redness, and a small pimple (abcess) on the front of a front implant I have had since 1996. He referred me to an oral surgeon. That dentist prescribed minocyline… read more
Dr. Katz
Dr. Katz
Dentist / Anesthesiologist
Doctoral Degree
3,882 satisfied customers
I had a root canal done on my two front teeth. The Dentist
I had a root canal done on my two front teeth. The Dentist gave me a shot to numb the area, however He hit a nerve in the upper left gum which feels like he hit a bone and I'm still feeling the numbne… read more
Lara Coseo
Lara Coseo
Owner
Doctor of Dental Surgery
522 satisfied customers
I have had an infected second lower molar wondering how much
I have had an infected second lower molar wondering how much it will cost to extracted also i have noticed the gums have become soft around the tooth.I was prescribed pencil to kill the original infec… read more
Root Canal Doctor
Root Canal Doctor
Doctoral Degree
2,222 satisfied customers
I had an infection under a molar that was crowned and the
i had an infection under a molar that was crowned and the dentist is recommending extraction. i was treated with antibiotics … read more
Lara Coseo
Lara Coseo
Owner
Doctor of Dental Surgery
522 satisfied customers
My molar on the upper left side split in half front to back
My molar on the upper left side split in half front to back and my dentist shaved it down and was able to put a crown on . Later I had to have a root canal on the same tooth. It has been a little sore… read more
Just Dental Truths!
Just Dental Truths!
Dentist
Doctoral Degree
1,151 satisfied customers
My #18 molar has a vertical crack. The peridondist/dentist
My #18 molar has a vertical crack. The peridondist/dentist repair bill is $5,750. What are the consequences if I just have the #18 molar removed w bone graft ($1,400) and don't install the implant? Th… read more
Dr. Katz
Dr. Katz
Dentist / Anesthesiologist
Doctoral Degree
3,882 satisfied customers
I just started antibiotics for a tooth infection. My dentist
I just started antibiotics for a tooth infection. My dentist says I will need a root canal. Is that always the case with infections? … read more
Dr. Katz
Dr. Katz
Dentist / Anesthesiologist
Doctoral Degree
3,882 satisfied customers
I have a loose front tooth and the dentist says it can fall
I have a loose front tooth and the dentist says it can fall out anytime. I am concerned about sleeping, is there a guard I can wear, all I have researched say you shouldnt use if any loose teeth … read more
Root Canal Doctor
Root Canal Doctor
Doctoral Degree
2,222 satisfied customers
I need a dentist to extract a rotten molar towards the rear
I need a dentist to extract a rotten molar towards the rear of my mouth. However I use the tooth frequently to chew and eat with. My concern is will I be able to do an open med/route cabal on the toot… read more
Root Canal Doctor
Root Canal Doctor
Doctoral Degree
2,222 satisfied customers
Our dentist sent my husband to a Periodontal Specialist who
Hello. Our dentist sent my husband to a Periodontal Specialist who has recommended a $6,000 + treatment. What if we do not do it/… read more
Dr. Katz
Dr. Katz
Dentist / Anesthesiologist
Doctoral Degree
3,882 satisfied customers
In the gum area in front of the second to last molar i have
In the gum area in front of the second to last molar i have this hard lump that protrudes out from the gum. The left side of the mouth is flat and normal. But the right side has this protruding lump a… read more
Root Canal Doctor
Root Canal Doctor
Doctoral Degree
2,222 satisfied customers
My dentist suggested deep cleaning. It is stuck in insurance
my dentist suggested deep cleaning. It is stuck in insurance authorization since new year no idea why its taking so long … read more
Just Dental Truths!
Just Dental Truths!
Dentist
Doctoral Degree
1,151 satisfied customers
Any dentists? A lower molar with an infection broke off the
Any dentists? A lower molar with an infection broke off the other day Can't get the VA to respond. I had been a little sore. Until I can get it pulled, what kind of antibiotic is normally used for. Is… read more
Dr. Katz
Dr. Katz
Dentist / Anesthesiologist
Doctoral Degree
3,882 satisfied customers
I have a fractured #14 molar which is infected. My dentist
I have a fractured #14 molar which is infected. My dentist recommended that I get an inplant so he referred me to an oral surgeon. The oral surgeon has said their is so much lost jaw bone a graft is n… read more
Dr. Katz
Dr. Katz
Dentist / Anesthesiologist
Doctoral Degree
3,882 satisfied customers
I just discovered a very badly decayed molar @ the very back
I just discovered a very badly decayed molar @ the very back of my mouth, upper left..I was scheduled to get it crowned, but due to a series of insane events, was unable..It smells and hurts! I also h… read more
Just Dental Truths!
Just Dental Truths!
Dentist
Doctoral Degree
1,151 satisfied customers
Dr. bornfeld, i have missed my scaling/periodontal cleanings
dr. bornfeld, i have missed my scaling/periodontal cleanings for 4 years (great results) due to finances. started again 2 months ago with full mouth complete. my lower front tooth was a touch loose wi… read more
Mark Bornfeld, DDS
Mark Bornfeld, DDS
Dentist
Doctoral Degree
5,765 satisfied customers
I had a tooth in front that decayed. The dentist said it was
I had a tooth in front that decayed. The dentist said it was not repairable. Although I had not had pain apparently there was a cavity. Unfortunately, I did not seek a second opinion. He recommended r… read more
Drew Moore DDS MS
Drew Moore DDS MS
Periodontist/Implantologist
Certificate of Military Education
112 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x