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Can you have mercury exposure just by being in a dental office in which amalgamate fillings are used?

Can simply breathing the air in inside the building cause you mercury exposure?

No........The mercury is bound up in the silver as an amalgam....that would be like you worrying over breathing chloride when using salt...(NaCl)

btw..... Why on earth would dentists want to do something that would cause themselves harm?  (+ info)

Are you a Dental Hygisnist with any exposure to fluoride?

Please contact me if you have had any fluoride exposure.

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How long is dental surgical exposure (traction)?

How long is the precedure? then how long is it for the teeth to come down using traction to pull it down?

I had this surgery.

It'll last about 10-30 minutes.

Mine took about 10.

I was so scared but I really did not feel anything.
It just felt so bad though.  (+ info)

what is the exposure time for intraoral dental x-ray for upper and lower jaw?

The dental x-ray machine is a standard wall mounted model. what is the optimum exposure time for the best result for a periapical and bitewing?

That completely depends on how the unit is calibrated. Also the speed of the film used. Someone that installed the unit should be able to help you. It is not just the exposure time but also the other variables that you can adjust on the unit (if you can t adjust them then the manual should be able to help you out).  (+ info)

What is the function of the dental pulp?

Dental pulp is the most centered area within the tooth. It is parallel to the long axis of the tooth and it’s an integral part of a second layer called dentine which surrounds the pulp.
The article below gives a full description about your question  (+ info)

What type of nerve fibres are found in the dental pulp?

The main nerve supply to the dental area is supplied by the branches of trigeminal nerve (part of cranial nerve arising from the brain), i.e maxillary an the mandibular nerves.  (+ info)

root canal after pulp exposure?

i had an extensive dental work for tooth number 31 that is the rt lower molar ,its the last tooth in my lower rt jaw, there was an extensive decay and they tried to clear it however the pulp was exposed , so they want me to have a root canal , thats almost $1500 , i have other dental work to be done as well.
now they did a crown lengthening and want to have the root canal done in 2 weeks otherwise the option is extraction. now 2 dentist at the facility thought that its better to go for implant or even if you dont get it it wont effect the bite but upper tooth might shift, one gum surgeon said it could be saved ask the root canal doc. the tooth was filled.
now iam iffy to go for root canal or extraction, i cant affordan implant yet may be in few years...could someone tell me if the tooth is live, no swelling etc why do i ned a root canal just becuase pulp was exposed but filed immediately?cant i go for filling and cap ?pls help
the root is not dieing thats what he told me, the test for the dieing ,live or dead tooth was done and the tooth was live its just that the pulp was exposed and he thinks that bacteria will go in

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tooth emael absorbs more x-rays then dental pulp.this is known as what definition ,radioastivity or what?

is it know as definition,radioactivity,differential absorption or short scale contrast?

huh? I would think the opposite since the enamel is the hardest substance in our body, it would allow less x-rays to penetrate the structure b/c the that part of the tooth is more dense. The area that absorb more x-rays or more sensitive to x-rays are areas that are less dense such soft tissue like gums.
Contrast usually describe that different shade of grays in your x-ray.
Not sure if I answered your question. Hope this helps  (+ info)

Tabasco on infected dental pulp?

I broke off a big chunk of a tooth, and it got an infection. I've been to the dentist, got antibiotics, and I'll be getting the tooth extracted in a few weeks. Is it safe for me to eat spicy foods in the mean time? I really like tabasco, and I usually use it for just about everything but i'm afraid to use it now because it might hurt or make the infection worse.

It'll certainly hurt if you have an exposed nerve, as the acid in the tabasco will attack it.
Have they packed the cavity? I'd imagine that eating spicy foods won't exacerbate the problem, but it might be uncomfortable, just see how it goes.  (+ info)

Healing Dental Pulp, Nerves, and Tooth Enamel?

If your nerve cells die in the pulp, I read that your tooth could start to discolor. If you were to bring back those nerves would the discoloration disappear?

If nerve damage were to happen to your teeth, how would one go about fixing it?

Is there any way of regrowing tooth enamel? When we crack our knuckles, after a period of time our knuckles get bigger because of the extra bone that was generated to heal the cracked knuckles. Why doesn't that happen to teeth?

Once your nerves in your pulp are exposed to caries and/or die, the preferred course of treatment would be a root canal. This is because in your pulp, there are only blood vessels and nerve fibers, and those nerve fibers can only sense one thing: PAIN. There is no way for those fibers to regenerate if a significant amount of exposure has occured. In some cases, where the pulp has undergone significant decay/damage over a prolonged period of time, the tooth can begin to change color. There is no way to bring those nerves back, as yet, although future stem cell research may one day solve that problem. Once that discoloration is there, it's there. Teeth can either be bleached (either internally (after a root canal) or externally, although that may not be very effective) or have a crown placed over it, which is the usual option after a root canal.

If nerve damage happens to your teeth, fixing it would be a root canal.

While there is no way to grow MORE enamel, enamel can be recalcified. When you go to your dentist every since months, and radiographs are taken, we look to see if there is any indication of decay. From the radiographs, we often see signs of decay, but sometimes that decay is small enough, and only in the enamel, not touching the next layer of dentin. If that is the case, the tooth can make that decay go away, as long as the patient brushes/flosses regulary and gets flouride treatment. While enamel can regenerate, the next inner layer of dentin, which is more porous, cannot. Once decay strikes that layer, a work must be done on the tooth.  (+ info)

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