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Is it logical to have dental ache (all teeth sensitivity) after the extraction of the wisdom tooth?

I had my wisdom tooth extracted (low jaw) about a month ago. After several stages of mouth discomfort, I now feel that all my teeth have become sensitive and ache whenever I drink or eat sth cold (in fact, even when without doing anything.) Is it logical? Will it go away by time? Can the strong mothwash that I used be a cause of the problem as well?

no, you should not have pain or sensitivity after extraction of wisdom teeth. Sensitivity can be due to decay or wearing off teeth. Go back & get it checked.  (+ info)

Can a full erupted wisdom tooth that is straight be used as an abutment for bridge?

I have two teeth missing next to the wisdom tooth.. Will that one wisdom tooth be strong enough for an abutment? Is there anything about a wisdom tooth that is less strong than regular teeth?

If the root structure of the wisdom tooth looks like a good anchor. You have already said it is fully erupted and straight...that is good. If the roots are spread out in the bone a little and not just like a cone, and if they are long enough to offer support, then heck yeah, it would make a fine distal abutment.  (+ info)

What are some signs of infection after wisdom tooth removal?

Well I had a wisdom tooth taken out 5 days ago. The pain got worse for the next 3 days and then gradually decreased and today it's not bad at all. I have no swelling whatsoever. However, I had some chills and fever last night. I wonder if it's a tooth infection or some other infection. When I get chills and fever like that it means I have some kinda infection. Am I supposed to have more dental symptoms if i had a tooth infection?

A really bad taste in your mouth would be an indication. Listerine might help some.  (+ info)

How does the "tooth fairy" find those little teeth under the pillow without waking up the child?

My son lost his first tooth and the "tooth fairy" couldn't find the tooth. Fortunately it was found in the morning before he realized it was still there.

most children are very heavy sleepers. Also, to make it easier for the tooth fairy, maybe you could get a special box for teeth/money exchanges and leave it on the bed side table? ;)  (+ info)

How do I know if my tooth is a baby tooth or adult?

Hey, so the other day I noticed my tooth hurting. It is a teeny bit wiggly but im not sure if it is an adult tooth or a baby tooth. Im 13, and I thought i already lost all my baby tooth, but i don't know ! And im scared it is an adult tooth because than that would suck.

Hello...OK, heads up...are you certain all your 12 year molars have come in ?? If the tooth is small when compared to surrounding teeth, it's likely it is a baby tooth...Of course you need to do the very wise thing...go see your dentist and find out for sure...if perhaps it is an adult tooth, it's very unlikely it's the only tooth and or issue you have a problem with...adult teeth just don't up and get loose for no reason....Given your age, I suspect that the reality is that your losing a baby tooth and it's going to be replaced by a late arriving 12 year molar..Good luck and I wish you well..The Denture Pro.  (+ info)

How loose does my adult tooth have to be before I get concerned?

I am 40 years old and I was hit in the mouth with a baseball. My tooth is slightly loose, and I wondered if loose adult teeth generally heal them selves.

If it barely moves, you'll be fine in a couple of weeks. See your dentist anyway to find-out for sure.

If it moves freely, see your dentist immediately. He *may* be able to save the tooth.

In the absolute worst scenario, the tooth has been fractured, and the "live" part of the tooth may or may not have been damaged. In any case, you will likely end-up with a cap.

In the absolutely best case, you've suffered no more than a glancing blow that will heal in a few weeks. In this case, the bruise to the face, fat lip, and the eating funny for a couple of days are the worst of it.  (+ info)

How does smoking lead to tooth decay, gingivitis and periodontal disease?

I always hear that tobacco smokers have a greater risk of developing many different dental and mouth problems. I realize that smoking stains the teeth brownish yellow and causes bad breath(besides causing many serious diseases), but how exactly does it lead to tooth problems like causing cavities and gum disease? Please note, I am a non-smoker, but some people in my family smoke. Does the same go for marijuana smokers, or only tobacco smokers?

Smoking and other tobacco products can lead to gum disease by affecting the attachment of bone and soft tissue to your teeth. More specifically, it appears that smoking interferes with the normal function of gum tissue cells. This interference makes smokers more susceptible to infections, such as periodontal disease, and also seems to impair blood flow to the gums — which may affect wound healing.  (+ info)

What is the time between tooth extraction and implant placement?

What is the proper procedure for Implants in terms of tooth extraction and implant placement? I have been told the tooth should be extracted and then wait several weeks to get the implant. I have also been told both can be done at the same time. What is the proper procedure?

Both are correct in different situations. If a tooth is infected and needs to be extracted, generally you wait 4 to 6 weeks for your body to completely heal the infection before you would put in an implant. If the tooth being remove is heavily damaged (or whatever), but has no infection in the bone, an implant can often be placed the same day. This will be dependent on the surgeon's experience. If he's had lots of failures with immediate placements, you'll be waiting. (and vice versa)  (+ info)

How fast does a wisdom tooth move neighboring teeth?

I feel my wisdom teeth coming out (and I have been getting occasional fevers) -- I even feel the ridge of one of them. I'm not entirely sure if it's impacted or not, I'm getting an x-ray in a couple of days at my dentist. How quickly (if it does) can a wisdom tooth move neighboring teeth? I have never had braces and my teeth are straight.

very slowley  (+ info)

Will a new tooth cause the others to wobble?

I am almost 18 years old, and my top canine teeth is only now growing in. My other teeth are acting wobbly, especially my top incisors. Is it normal to have all of my teeth slightly wobble as this new tooth is coming in in both upper and lower rows? Thanks so much!

When new teeth come in, they sometimes apply pressure to the adjacent teeth, causing them to move (very slowly). Teeth become loose as they are moving. The same can be seen when people have braces, their teeth become slightly loose as their teeth are moving. These teeth stop becoming "wobbly" once the teeth stop moving, which in your case, when the canine tooth stops pushing the other teeth.

Dentist Vaughan
http://www.bcdentalcare.ca  (+ info)

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