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Dr. Mathew Lawrence Stewart, D.M.D.

Dentist

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Dr. Mathew L. Stewart, D.M.D.
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What's a root canal for the front teeth like?

The procedure is exactly like it is for the back teeth however the front teeth have less canals in them so they tend to go a lot quicker. Good luck.

Dry mouth

I recommend Biotene, all day dry mouth spray, or act dry mouth lozenges. There are prescriptions available but I do not recommend this. As for the sores he should probably visit READ MORE
I recommend Biotene, all day dry mouth spray, or act dry mouth lozenges. There are prescriptions available but I do not recommend this. As for the sores he should probably visit his dentist for further evaluation.

How long should my child be brushing their teeth?

The recommended time is 2-4 minutes. We recommend listening to their favorite song while brushing to keep track of time.

Why do I have antibiotics after my extraction?

These are meant to prevent an infection. Whenever you expose and manipulate the bone in the jaw it is recommended to take antibiotics to prevent any serious side effects.

What happens if I don't go for my root canal?

Although the pain in the tooth may dissipate, the source of the pain will remain. The infection will grow. This can lead to loss of the tooth and worst case scenario sepsis which READ MORE
Although the pain in the tooth may dissipate, the source of the pain will remain. The infection will grow. This can lead to loss of the tooth and worst case scenario sepsis which may lead to the need for hospitalization and in antibiotics and could possibly end in death.

A huge gap in dental treatment. What should I expect?

I would expect there to be a full exam. This entails usually a full series of xrays (20 single X-rays, pano of all dentition, and/or CBCT), charring, gum evaluation, and treatment READ MORE
I would expect there to be a full exam. This entails usually a full series of xrays (20 single X-rays, pano of all dentition, and/or CBCT), charring, gum evaluation, and treatment plan formation. Let them know your chief complaint so that this can be addressed first.

What medications are prescribed after a root canal?

A root canal will take care of the pain by getting the nerve out of the tooth. The bacteria that are present in the bone below the tooth remain because you do not typically reach READ MORE
A root canal will take care of the pain by getting the nerve out of the tooth. The bacteria that are present in the bone below the tooth remain because you do not typically reach this area with a root canal. These bacteria are now sealed in this area and the best and quickest way to rid yourself of them is to take antibiotics.

What are the best ways to get rid of cankersores?

Unfortunately it is undergoing the healing process. You just need to give it time. Warm salt water rinses can aid in the healing process. The time required to heal will vary based READ MORE
Unfortunately it is undergoing the healing process. You just need to give it time. Warm salt water rinses can aid in the healing process. The time required to heal will vary based on size.

Can dentists treat sleep apnea?

This is true. A dentist can treat sleep apnea. However, they will need to treat in conjunction with a medical doctor. If they treat and diagnose I would be skeptical.

Can my abscess go away on its own?

In short, no the abscess will not go away on its own. What I always tell my patients, although the swelling may disappear and the pain may go away, the source of the infection READ MORE
In short, no the abscess will not go away on its own. What I always tell my patients, although the swelling may disappear and the pain may go away, the source of the infection is still there and needs to be treated.

I grind my teeth while I sleep. Should I get a mouth guard?

Many people grind their teeth at night subconsciously. Although many don't notice or believe that they do this, it is a very common thing. I always highly recommend a nightguard READ MORE
Many people grind their teeth at night subconsciously. Although many don't notice or believe that they do this, it is a very common thing. I always highly recommend a nightguard to prevent damage to teeth. It is easier to stop a problem from occurring than to fix a problem once it is there (also cheaper too).

What are the symptoms of a dental issue?

This is a very general question and difficult to answer. The main issue that I look for when not seen in a while is a "gum infection" or periodontal disease. This would be noticed READ MORE
This is a very general question and difficult to answer. The main issue that I look for when not seen in a while is a "gum infection" or periodontal disease. This would be noticed through dark red gingiva, swollen gingiva, exposed root surface, bad taste/breath, and bleeding while flossing. Other symptoms of an issue are pain in the teeth or movement of teeth. Unfortunately, many dental issues are not felt until it is too late for a simple solution and this is why frequent visits for evaluation are recommended.

I never grew out of my buck teeth. What should I do?

This is definitely something that can be fixed. The first step would be to see an orthodontist for evaluation. Typically this can be fixed through braces or Invisalign.

Why do I have a thick white coating on my tongue?

This can be due to many things. In some instances it is an infection or bacterial invasion. In the strong majority of cases this is just a normal variation of anatomy. There READ MORE
This can be due to many things. In some instances it is an infection or bacterial invasion. In the strong majority of cases this is just a normal variation of anatomy. There is a time of "taste bud" on the top of your tongue called the filiform papilla. If these are long, which occurs naturally, they will appear as a white coating on your tongue. If you are concerned I would recommend visiting your dental professional to view your tongue and give you additional information at that time.

One of my molars is severely worn down. Can this be repaired?

This occurs in many people through use or grinding. In short, yes this can be fixed. It may not be a simple solution however. If the tooth is in contact when biting and chewing READ MORE
This occurs in many people through use or grinding. In short, yes this can be fixed. It may not be a simple solution however. If the tooth is in contact when biting and chewing a crown can be placed, however, this will shave away much of the tooth structure. If the tooth is in contact and you place a crown on the tooth with minimal preparation, you are looking at a full mouth rehabilitation. I would suggest discussing this with your current dentist for evaluation and more thorough explanation of what can be done.

What should I do for dry mouth?

If this is a recent thing, it may be a side effect of a prescribed medication. If it is bothersome, I would discuss this side effect with your prescribing MD for adjustment as READ MORE
If this is a recent thing, it may be a side effect of a prescribed medication. If it is bothersome, I would discuss this side effect with your prescribing MD for adjustment as necessary. As far as treating the dry mouth without this there are several options. Biotene is a good mouthrinse that when used helps with dry mouth. There is a spray that can be carried around and easily used called All Day Dry Mouth Spray. An additional option is Act Dry Mouth Lozenges. I have had good results with all of these options. If this is severe dry mouth it can be treated with prescription medication, however, this is not recommended.

Are dental veneers permanent?

This is a very rational fear to have. There are several ways I combat this in my practice. I start with something called a diagnostic wax up on models. This allows you to see READ MORE
This is a very rational fear to have. There are several ways I combat this in my practice. I start with something called a diagnostic wax up on models. This allows you to see on models what the end result will look like outside of your mouth before any treatment is done. I recommend bringing pictures of what you desire at this point in time. Additionally, in some instances, a mock up can be created temporarily in the mouth without treatment done to allow you to see the result. This is based off of the wax up. Lastly, I place the restorations and allow the patients to view prior to final delivery for approval because changes can still be made at this time. Ultimately, I ensure the patient desires treatment prior to starting because once you start there is no going back. Make sure to obtain the appropriate informed consent from your doctor.

Should I get all of my wisdom teeth extracted in one appointment?

This is not only possible, but very common. I always recommend getting them out in one appointment if possible. Why heal 4 separate times if you only need to go through it once? READ MORE
This is not only possible, but very common. I always recommend getting them out in one appointment if possible. Why heal 4 separate times if you only need to go through it once?

The tooth where I need a root canal isn't bothering me. Why do I need it?

There are two reasons why this may be recommended. One is that the cavity is close to the nerve and will cause pain to treat, and if not treated will cause pain in the near future. READ MORE
There are two reasons why this may be recommended. One is that the cavity is close to the nerve and will cause pain to treat, and if not treated will cause pain in the near future. The next reason is that the nerve is already dead and a periapical infection is present. What I always tell may patients is that although the pain may not be present, the source of the pain still remains. If this is not treated and you are not in pain now you will be in the near future, and having gone through this myself, you will wish you had it treated prior. I hope this helps. Good luck!

How can an abscessed tooth kill you?

Although rare, this is possible and does happen. An abscessed tooth leads to death because it is an infection. The mouth bacteria don't get along with the rest of the body well. READ MORE
Although rare, this is possible and does happen. An abscessed tooth leads to death because it is an infection. The mouth bacteria don't get along with the rest of the body well. The infection will travel by means of least resistance, and once in the blood stream can travel anywhere in your body. If it takes hold it can lead to death. This is one reason why it is important to have infections treated in a timely manner.