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Failed Root Canal

The Second Time Around: Possible Retreatment or Surgery A  root canal can fail for several reasons. If the bacteria were not completely removed from the canals, they can grow and cause pain. Bacteria can also get inside a tooth if a permanent filling was not placed soon enough. Temporary fillings or poorly placed permanent fillings can break […]

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Gingivitis

Signs and Symptoms What is Gingivitis? Gingivitis — an inflammation of the gums — is the initial stage of gum disease and the easiest to treat. The direct cause of gingivitis is plaque – the soft, sticky, colorless film of bacteria that forms constantly on the teeth and gums. If the plaque is not removed by daily brushing and flossing, it […]

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Fillings

Determining If You Need a Filling Your dentist may use several methods to determine if you have tooth decay, including: Observation — Some discolored spots on your teeth may indicate decay, but not all of them. Your dentist may use an explorer, a metal instrument with a sharp tip, to probe for possible decay. Healthy tooth enamel […]

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Severe Pain

Any injury to the gums or teeth can be very painful. In some cases, however, the cause of severe dental pain is not obvious. For example, pain that comes on suddenly may be caused by particles of food that got lodged in a cavity and have started to irritate the nerve inside the tooth. If […]

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Lodged Foreign Bodies

Lodged Foreign Bodies?? Small pieces of food ? especially things like popcorn hulls ? can get under your gums. If these pieces aren’t removed, the area can get irritated, and even infected. What You Can Do If you feel something wedged under the gum, try using dental floss to remove it. If this doesn’t help, […]

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Am I a Candidate for Tooth Whitening?

Am I a Candidate for Tooth Whitening? Almost anyone whose permanent teeth have come in can qualify for tooth whitening. Your dentist will be able to assess your oral health and recommend the whitening method that’s best for you. Depending on the type and severity of the staining, he or she may suggest one or […]

Fluorosis

What Is It? Your permanent teeth form under your gums in the jawbone during early childhood. Except for your wisdom teeth, the crowns (the part you see in the mouth) of all of the permanent teeth fully form by the time you are about 8 years old. If you consume too much fluoride as a young […]