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

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Dr. Mathew L. Stewart, D.M.D.
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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.

Can teeth grinding cause headaches?

It is possible that this is contributing to your headaches. If your headaches tend to be in the early mornings, more common while stressed, in the area of your ear or above your READ MORE
It is possible that this is contributing to your headaches. If your headaches tend to be in the early mornings, more common while stressed, in the area of your ear or above your eye, and if your jaw becomes tired easily while chewing meals there could be a strong correlation here. There are several nightguards which have the potential to provide a lot of comfort if it is the cause of your headache. I recommend seeing your dental professional for evaluation.

Is IV anesthesia ever used in dental work?

Most, if not all dental work can be completed through local anesthesia. General anesthesia is used at patient request or in special circumstances such as pediatric patients and READ MORE
Most, if not all dental work can be completed through local anesthesia. General anesthesia is used at patient request or in special circumstances such as pediatric patients and special needs patients which will not tolerate local anesthesia well.

Do dental sealants need to be reapplied?

This varies from patient to patient and clinician to clinician. Variations in how they are placed leads to variations in how long they last. Also, patient diet and oral acid READ MORE
This varies from patient to patient and clinician to clinician. Variations in how they are placed leads to variations in how long they last. Also, patient diet and oral acid levels lead to varying degrees of breakdown. Although in some instances they need to be reapplied, this is a preventative procedure. In my mind, I would rather do something to prevent a problem than something that is irreversible to fix a problem any day of the week. I highly recommend sealants.

How can a toothache cause a headache?

A toothache and headache can be related in many ways. 1: The tooth can be close to the sinus. If the sinus is congested this pressure may lead to a toothache and the sensation READ MORE
A toothache and headache can be related in many ways.
1: The tooth can be close to the sinus. If the sinus is congested this pressure may lead to a toothache and the sensation of a headache.
2: When teeth hurt we tend to clench and/or grind more although we may not be aware that we do this. This can lead to stress of the muscles which can be felt as a headache as well.
3: The nerve innervation of the tooth is connected to the nerve innervation of the remainder of the face. This can lead to referred pain which can be felt as a headache as well.

What should I do if my dentures feel loose?

Dentures do not apply forces to the bone as normal teeth do. Once the teeth are pulled, the lack of force leads to lack of pressure in bone stimulating bone growth. The bone READ MORE
Dentures do not apply forces to the bone as normal teeth do. Once the teeth are pulled, the lack of force leads to lack of pressure in bone stimulating bone growth. The bone will slowly recede over time. There is a procedure called relineing in which material is added to the existing denture to fit the ridges at their new bony level. This typically needs to be completed every 3-5 years.

Do dental implants ever fall out?

A dental implant is a foreign body being placed into your body. As with any foreign body, the body will attempt to force it out. Dental implants have been around for decades READ MORE
A dental implant is a foreign body being placed into your body. As with any foreign body, the body will attempt to force it out. Dental implants have been around for decades and the research shows their success rated to be as good as, if not slightly better than, endodontic treatment at this time. To prevent them from falling out provide an adequate health history to your surgeon, make sure to brush and floss as directed, follow your surgeons instructions and don't smoke. Smoking is the leading cause of implant failure.

How long is the recovery for a wisdom tooth extraction?

This varies on many things including health, current medications, age, oral hygeinie, compliance with post-op instructions, and activity level. Many people are capable of going READ MORE
This varies on many things including health, current medications, age, oral hygeinie, compliance with post-op instructions, and activity level. Many people are capable of going back to work the next day. I recommend avoiding any physical exertion for 48 hours. Typically days 1-3 will be the worst and you will slowly heal for up to 10 days. This can take longer depending on how the surgery went and if there were or were not complications.

Should I wait to have my wisdom teeth extracted?

I would not wait until the others come in. This may never happen, and if it does, it will lead to more pain and crowding. The earlier you get the teeth removed the easier it READ MORE
I would not wait until the others come in. This may never happen, and if it does, it will lead to more pain and crowding. The earlier you get the teeth removed the easier it is for the surgeon and the more minimal the surgery will be. I would get them all taken out at the same time and it seems to be that time for you. I would visit your dental care professional for appropriate referrals as needed. Good luck.

Can biting my cheek cause canker sores?

Yes. Biting your cheek can cause this to happen. Essentially, this is a scab on your cheek. It is extremely painful and size varies. I recommend warm salt water rinses or a READ MORE
Yes. Biting your cheek can cause this to happen. Essentially, this is a scab on your cheek. It is extremely painful and size varies. I recommend warm salt water rinses or a OTC rinse called Rincinol to promote the healing process and decrease pain levels.

How is a tooth extraction determined?

Unfortunately, the longer you wait to have an evaluation the worse the condition gets, and this leads to the higher likelihood of need for tooth extraction. There are several READ MORE
Unfortunately, the longer you wait to have an evaluation the worse the condition gets, and this leads to the higher likelihood of need for tooth extraction. There are several factors at play when determining if tooth extraction is needed. The size of the infection, the amount of bone left, the amount of tooth structure left, crown to root ratio, etiology of dental pain, restoration prognosis, tooth prognosis, periodontal status, etc. Unfortunately, this is difficult to answer without additional information. My best advice would be to visit your dental health care professional as soon as possible.

Are children given anesthesia for cavity fillings?

This depends on the size of the lesion, however, if the treating dentist is going to touch the tooth with a drill, it is my opinion that they will use anesthesia. It is as important READ MORE
This depends on the size of the lesion, however, if the treating dentist is going to touch the tooth with a drill, it is my opinion that they will use anesthesia. It is as important to us as it is to the patient that you have a pain-free experience. To answer this question more appropriately, I would need to see the patient's radiographs and/or lesions, so this is a question that is best directed to the treating dental professional.

Are there any warning signs of gingivitis?

Gingivitis is not something that hurts, but it is a precursor to periodontal disease. Symptoms of gingivitis are boggy and swollen gingiva, deep red in color, and bleeding when READ MORE
Gingivitis is not something that hurts, but it is a precursor to periodontal disease. Symptoms of gingivitis are boggy and swollen gingiva, deep red in color, and bleeding when brushing and flossing.

How often should I mouthwash?

I recommend using mouthwash after brushing. Therefore, twice a day.

Is general anesthesia sometimes used for wisdom tooth extractions?

General anesthesia is frequently used for wisdom tooth extraction. This is something that is done for the patients comfort. I would discuss this with your surgeon, however, it READ MORE
General anesthesia is frequently used for wisdom tooth extraction. This is something that is done for the patients comfort. I would discuss this with your surgeon, however, it is done frequently and can be done at your request.

Is tooth sensitivity a sign of decay?

Tooth sensitivity can be caused by dental decay with approximation to the nerve. Also tooth sensitivity can be caused by root exposure cause by recession due to periodontal disease, READ MORE
Tooth sensitivity can be caused by dental decay with approximation to the nerve. Also tooth sensitivity can be caused by root exposure cause by recession due to periodontal disease, inappropriate brushing, grinding, orthodontic treatment, and several other reasons. If you are concerned, I recommend seeing a dentist for evaluation and treatment of your symptoms as they are specifically related to you.

When should I get my fillings replaced?

The only reasons to replace fillings are for cosmetic purposes or recurrent decay. Due to the fact that you are feeling pain in this area, I believe it to be the latter. The READ MORE
The only reasons to replace fillings are for cosmetic purposes or recurrent decay. Due to the fact that you are feeling pain in this area, I believe it to be the latter. The average filling in the United States will last 5 years before needing replacement. I would recommend seeing your dental professional for evaluation and treatment as needed. Pain is possible indication of additional treatment that may be needed.

When is a root canal recommended?

Root canal treatment is usually recommended in 4 circumstances. 1: Large decay into the nerve causing dental pain. 2: Current infection and/or dental pain due to crack into READ MORE
Root canal treatment is usually recommended in 4 circumstances.
1: Large decay into the nerve causing dental pain.
2: Current infection and/or dental pain due to crack into the nerve.
3: Traumatic lesion entering the nerve.
4: Prophylactic to allow for appropriate restoration.
If you have any concerns I would recommend talking to your dental professional with regards to how your treatment is specifically tailored to you.

Why do dentists use X-rays?

Radiographs are always necessary. You cannot adequately diagnose and treat a tooth without viewing the inner surfaces of the tooth as best we can (X-ray) and the surrounding tooth READ MORE
Radiographs are always necessary. You cannot adequately diagnose and treat a tooth without viewing the inner surfaces of the tooth as best we can (X-ray) and the surrounding tooth structures. In my opinion, treatment should never be completed without a radiograph for diagnosis and evaluation of surrounding anatomy.

Do cavity fillings require anesthesia?

This depends on the size of the cavity. Small cavities can be treated without the need for anesthesia, however, most cavities are into the underlying tooth structure, and will READ MORE
This depends on the size of the cavity. Small cavities can be treated without the need for anesthesia, however, most cavities are into the underlying tooth structure, and will require anesthesia to prevent a significant amount of discomfort during the procedure. If you desire not to be anesthetized, this can be requested.