As Dr. Curatola pointed out, infection with certain strains of HPV is now recognized as a cause of cancer in the mouth and oropharynx.
The CDC recently amended its recommendations for who to receive...Full Answer
Overall, root canal treatment is very successful. But that is little comfort if the root canal treatment on YOUR tooth is one of the occasional failures.
The statistics are somewhat fungible, depending on one's...Full Answer
The chief risk of root canal is that it can fail. When root canal treatments fail, sometimes the problem is easily detectable on x-ray -- a missed canal, a perforated root, or inability to clean all...Full Answer
I will answer this from a slightly different angle, as the other posters gave you a good idea of the clinical definition of emergency.
From the perspective of dental insurance companies root canal tr...Full Answer
The short answer is that for gum disease that has progressed past the stage of gingivitis (i.e.: it involves not only the gums but the surrounding bone and connective tissue that surround the roots of the teeth)...Full Answer
No one can guarantee that ANY medical or dental procedure will be successful 100% of the time. Certainly a tooth that has had a well-performed root canal treatment, followed by appropriate restoration can last a very long...Full Answer
Gingival hyperplasia (overgrowth of the gum) must be distinguished from gingival edema (swelling). These can be found together or separately.
Gingival hyperplasia, true overgrowth of the gums, used to...Full Answer
I think my Association and the previous 5 doctors answered this question well. What I would add is that patients have an absolute right to refuse x-rays. At the same time, dentists have the right to refuse...Full Answer
Oral lichen planus is a fairly common condition. Although the cause is not completely clear, it tends to be lumped in diagnostically and therapeutically with the autoimmune category of disorders.
Most cases of lichen planus...Full Answer
When the term "resin" is used in dentistry it usually (but not always) refers to composite resin. Composite resin is used both as a filling material and as a cementing agent, usually in combination with "bonding"....Full Answer
Many pregnant women are afraid to go to the dentist because they've heard that x-rays may hurt their child.
While it is always a good idea to take no more x-rays than necessary (and particularly so during pregnancy), this does NOT mean that...Full Answer
Erythema multiforme is a type of hypersensitivity reaction. It is usually divided into erythema multiforme major and minor forms. It can affect the skin and mucous membranes, and commonly affects the eyes...Full Answer
ANY kind of exercise?I would avoid any one-size-fits-all answers to this. There is the boilerplate recommendation that anyone should consult their doctor before starting an exercise program. That is...Full Answer
As a general rule, you should not stop taking any anticoagulant drug without speaking to your physician first. If you will be undergoing treatment with a realistic chance of significant bleeding, your...Full Answer
Leukoplakia is a term used to denote an abnormal whitish lesion on the soft tissue of the mouth or elsewhere. The whitish appearance is caused by hyperkeratosis--the increased production of keratin--the...Full Answer
It is not unusual to have soreness, even significant soreness, for up to a week or so after a root canal. Sometimes in the course of cleaning out the canal(s) of the tooth a bit of the material cleaned off the walls of...Full Answer
I must give a slightly different answer to the question than did Dr. Curatola. It is important to state that it has NOT been established that gum disease causes cancer, nor that it increases the risk of cancer. The most likely source of this notion is this...Full Answer
Both Eric and Jonathan are right. The disadvantage of needing to know your equipment can be a plus if you're a techno-geek. The dangers of cycling can be minimized by learning to be an alert cyclist and...Full Answer
Most insurance plans will cover the denture. Of course, how much of the cost of a denture will vary from plan to plan. The way most insurance plans are structured, preventive and diagnostic services are covered at a higher...Full Answer
Overdentures are usually made when there are few teeth left, or the teeth remaining are in poor position to retain a partial denture, or when all teeth are gone from either the upper or lower jaw.
From a practical standpoint,...Full Answer