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  • De Vizio, DMD - ,  - Dentist
    De Vizio, DMD of Colgate answered:
    Possible complications of tooth removal and extraction are dry sockets, infection, bone damage, and nerve damage. Dry sockets and infection are both complications that you can attempt to avoid. Dry socket is when the blood clot that forms at the site of your removed tooth (socket) is dislodged, usually...Read More
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    1. mohamed hassan Iam sorry Dr what are Changes occour in tissues overlying the crown of an erupted deciduous teeth ?
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  • De Vizio, DMD - ,  - Dentist
    De Vizio, DMD of Colgate answered:
    After giving you your preferred form of anesthesia, your dentist or oral surgeon may need to make cuts in your gums to expose both the tooth and the bone underneath. Then they will remove any bone that is obstructing the path to the tooth. Occasionally, a tooth is easier to remove in pieces than...Read More
  • De Vizio, DMD - ,  - Dentist
    De Vizio, DMD of Colgate answered:
    If you have no symptoms, your dentist could still recommend that you have wisdom tooth removal and extraction. It is important to note that, while not all dentists believe that this is a good practice, a large number do prescribe wisdom tooth removal as a preventive measure. Their argument is basically...Read More
  • De Vizio, DMD - ,  - Dentist
    De Vizio, DMD of Colgate answered:
    If you have visible teeth that were extracted, you may benefit from crowns, bridges, or dentures. Also, you may opt for surgical implants for a more permanent and natural replacement. Implants can attach full or partial dentures, but you must have healthy gums and good bone density to receive them. Read More
  • De Vizio, DMD - ,  - Dentist
    De Vizio, DMD of Colgate answered:
    If you are having a surgical tooth extraction, stop eating or drinking about six to eight hours before the procedure. Also, if you are being sedated or going under anesthesia, try to wear short sleeves or loose-fitting clothing so your veins can be easily exposed for the intravenous (IV) line. Plan...Read More
  • De Vizio, DMD - ,  - Dentist
    De Vizio, DMD of Colgate answered:
    You should expect that you will have a number of conversations with your dentist regarding what should be done before, during, and after the tooth removal and extraction. First, you and your dentist (or oral surgeon) should decide whether you will have local anesthesia (like the Novocain you receive when you...Read More
  • De Vizio, DMD - ,  - Dentist
    De Vizio, DMD of Colgate answered:
    There are a number of reasons why your dentist may suggest that you have tooth removal and extraction. Usually, teeth will be removed if they are unable to be restored from decay or infection. You may have cavities that could make an entire tooth rotten, one tooth could be aligned in a strange way...Read More
  • De Vizio, DMD - ,  - Dentist
    De Vizio, DMD of Colgate answered:
    If your dentist told you that you need to have an impacted wisdom tooth removed and extracted, it means that your tooth is not coming in properly and, as a result, is starting to cause problems. Impacted wisdom teeth can grow in sideways towards the tooth next to it or towards the back of the mouth,...Read More
  • De Vizio, DMD - ,  - Dentist
    De Vizio, DMD of Colgate answered:
    Many people with bruxism are unaware that they clench their jaws or grind their teeth. If your roommate or sleep partner has bruxism, you can help care for them by letting them know if they are making grinding or clicking sounds at night. If stress or anger is an underlying cause for the bruxism,...Read More
  • De Vizio, DMD - ,  - Dentist
    De Vizio, DMD of Colgate answered:
    Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is common in children as well as adults. As many as 2 to 3 out of 10 children will grind their teeth, often at night. Most children grind their teeth for a relatively short period of time, and eventually outgrow it. As with adults, stress can lead to jaw clenching and...Read More
  • De Vizio, DMD - ,  - Dentist
    De Vizio, DMD of Colgate answered:
    Teeth grinding, or bruxism, affects the body by causing jaw tightness and pain as well as frequent headaches. Persistent teeth grinding can lead to Temporomandibular disorder (TMD), a condition that causes facial, joint, and muscle pain. In addition to the physical pain and damage to teeth caused by teeth...Read More
  • De Vizio, DMD - ,  - Dentist
    De Vizio, DMD of Colgate answered:
    There are several specific treatments for bruxism, but no cure. Often, treatment for bruxism is not needed -- children can grow out of having this condition, and adults may not have it severely enough to need any treatment. Sometimes, when bruxism is related to stress or other psychological factors,...Read More
  • De Vizio, DMD - ,  - Dentist
    De Vizio, DMD of Colgate answered:
    Splints are considered one of the best ways to treat severe bruxism. Splints are shaped to fit over the teeth in a person's upper or lower jaw; this prevents teeth from grinding and clenching against each other. Splints can be more effective than mouth guards, as they are less likely to fall out...Read More
  • De Vizio, DMD - ,  - Dentist
    De Vizio, DMD of Colgate answered:
    Regular dental examinations are an important component in diagnosing and treating bruxism. You may clench your jaw or grind your teeth and be unaware of this behavior. During a regular dental examination, your dentist can look for unusual wear and tear on your teeth, fractures, and tooth sensitivity....Read More
  • De Vizio, DMD - ,  - Dentist
    De Vizio, DMD of Colgate answered:
    Sleep bruxism, or nighttime teeth grinding, may be harder to treat than daytime bruxism because you may be totally unaware that you're clenching your teeth. Unless someone watches you sleep, you might not know you are grinding or clenching your teeth.

    By the time your dentist observes physical...Read More