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Dr. Bruce Lee Elkind, D.D.S.

Dentist

<p>Dr. Bruce Elkind is a Dentist practicing in Royal Palm Beach,Florida-. Dr. Elkind specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions associated with the mouth and overall dental health. Dentists are trained to carry out such treatment as professional cleaning, restorative, prosthodontic, and endodontic procedures, and performing examinations, among many others.</p>
36 years Experience
Dr. Bruce L. Elkind, D.D.S.
  • Royal Palm Beach, Florida
  • WVU School of Dentistry
  • Accepting new patients

I wear dentures. My gums are aching! What can I do?

First you should have your dentist evaluate the fit of your dentures to make sure they fit properly. They might need adjustments or relining. Take them out at night and massage READ MORE
First you should have your dentist evaluate the fit of your dentures to make sure they fit properly. They might need adjustments or relining. Take them out at night and massage your gums. Do not sleep in them. Clean them well and let them soak in a cleaning solution nightly. Hopefully this solves your problem.

Is gum disease hereditary?

It is still not believed that while gum disease is not hereditary, the predisposition to gum disease may be. There are other factors involved.

Thanks,

Bruce

Do I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?

If there is room for them, then determining why they hurt helps us decide to remove them. If they are functional, partly impacted, hard to maintain cleanliness, any periodontal READ MORE
If there is room for them, then determining why they hurt helps us decide to remove them. If they are functional, partly impacted, hard to maintain cleanliness, any periodontal picketingvaround the crowns of the teeth all help decide their fate.

Is TMJ genetic?

As far as we know TMJ isn’t necessarily genetic. Factors that cause TMJ are trauma to the jaw joints, bruxing or grinding, severe crowded occlusion, abnormalities in the joints READ MORE
As far as we know TMJ isn’t necessarily genetic. Factors that cause TMJ are trauma to the jaw joints, bruxing or grinding, severe crowded occlusion, abnormalities in the joints of the jaw, arthritic changes in the joints of the jaw, etc.

Is root canal the only way to treat a tooth cavity?

If the cavity is deep enough to reach the nerve, or has caused enough trauma that the nerve starts to die, or cause irreversible pulp inflammation, and there is enough toithvremaining READ MORE
If the cavity is deep enough to reach the nerve, or has caused enough trauma that the nerve starts to die, or cause irreversible pulp inflammation, and there is enough toithvremaining to restore with a buildup and crown, then a root canal is the wise choice.

Can flossing causes spaces between my teeth?

Flossing doesn’t cause space to develop between that isn’t already present. It only removes soft plaque and food particles.