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Dr. Kamelia Mallak, DDS

Dentist

Dr. Kamelia Mallak is a Dentist practicing in Culver City, CA. Dr. Mallak 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.
14 years Experience
Dr. Kamelia Mallak, DDS
  • Long Beach, Ca
  • University of Southern Califor
  • Accepting new patients

Do they give you anesthesia for a root canal?

Hi,

Yes, usually root canals are done with local anesthesia.

Will gum inflammation go away on its own?

It really depends on what is the cause of the inflammation. If it’s due to plaque and calculus build up, this has to be addressed for the inflammation to resolve.

What should I do if my permanent crown is not feeling right?

It’s best to get X-rays taken to make sure the margin of the crown are sealed, and there's no decay (cavity) underneath the crown.

Is it normal for a filling to hurt a week later?

Yes, I definitely recommend seeing a dentist to evaluate the tooth. Few reasons could be causing pain. The bite is high and need to be adjusted. The filling is deep close to the READ MORE
Yes, I definitely recommend seeing a dentist to evaluate the tooth. Few reasons could be causing pain. The bite is high and need to be adjusted. The filling is deep close to the pulp.I recommend you call your dentist and schedule an appointment to get it evaluated soon.

Can you see tooth decay on an X-ray?

Both X-rays and visual exam are used to diagnose cavities

Can implant abutment come loose?

Yes in some cases implant abutment and crown can come loose. This can be fixed easily by tightening the abutment

Can a tooth with a crown hurt?

Yes there are multiple reasons for that: - the bite is high and pressure From chewing force can be cause the discomfort. This issue can be resolved by adjusting the bite ( occlusion) READ MORE
Yes there are multiple reasons for that:
- the bite is high and pressure From chewing force can be cause the discomfort. This issue can be resolved by adjusting the bite ( occlusion)
- if the preparation of the tooth underneath the crown is close to the pulp, might indicate that the tooth need root canal treatment.
- the irritation can be also caused by food impaction in the gums.
- Abscess ( through the tooth, endo, or the gums, perio)

Will an exposed tooth nerve eventually die?

Exposed nerve can eventually become necrotic There will be no blood flow to the pulp and the tooth will eventually die. This may take months or years.

How many teeth can an implant hold?

It's tough to answer this question without evaluating the bone condition and the size of implant used. Usually, an implant holds one tooth. There are situations when we can do READ MORE
It's tough to answer this question without evaluating the bone condition and the size of implant used. Usually, an implant holds one tooth. There are situations when we can do an implant bridge, 2 Implants holding three crowns (teeth). The diagnosis can be done using X-rays and CT scans.

Why does my tooth feels sharp after a filling?

The filling can be polished to get rid of sharpness.

Should adults get sealants on their teeth?

There is no age limits for sealants. It is always a great to seal the grooves on permanent molars ( back teeth) to prevent cavities. It’s important to make sure there is no active READ MORE
There is no age limits for sealants. It is always a great to seal the grooves on permanent molars ( back teeth) to prevent cavities. It’s important to make sure there is no active cavities before placing sealants

Can dental anesthesia be used on adults over 80?

If he is healthy there is no concern with local anesthesia. If he has medical conditions usually the dentist would consult with the physicians regarding any special precautions READ MORE
If he is healthy there is no concern with local anesthesia. If he has medical conditions usually the dentist would consult with the physicians regarding any special precautions including the type of anesthesia used

What happens if a blood clot forms after tooth extraction?

Clotting after a tooth extraction is a good sign of normal healing. If a blood clot doesn’t firm there will be excessive bleeding

Does root canal infection show up on an x-ray?

Yes an infection will be visible on xrays

What does it mean when I tap my dental implant and it hurts?

This will depend on how long you had the implant: If placed recently, normal to experience some discomfort. If placed a while ago, it could be the implant or implant crown is getting READ MORE
This will depend on how long you had the implant: If placed recently, normal to experience some discomfort. If placed a while ago, it could be the implant or implant crown is getting loose. Also, the bite can be changing (due to clenching, or grinding) and need to be adjusted. I recommend checking with your dentist soon.

Does crown lengthening hurt?

During the procedure you will be numb, you shouldn’t feel discomfort. Also, crown lenghthening can be done with hard tissue laser which can reduce pain and discomfort and expedite READ MORE
During the procedure you will be numb, you shouldn’t feel discomfort. Also, crown lenghthening can be done with hard tissue laser which can reduce pain and discomfort and expedite healing.

How should I sleep after getting a dental implant?

You can sleep normally after implant placement, there are no special instructions regarding sleep. Usually your dentist will give a prescription for antibiotics and pain meds after READ MORE
You can sleep normally after implant placement, there are no special instructions regarding sleep. Usually your dentist will give a prescription for antibiotics and pain meds after implant placement to help manage postoperative pain

What is the difference between gingivitis and periodontitis?

In the early stage of gingivitis, bacteria in plaque build up, causing the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed during teeth brushing. ... When gingivitis is left untreated, READ MORE
In the early stage of gingivitis, bacteria in plaque build up, causing the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed during teeth brushing. ... When gingivitis is left untreated, it can advance to periodontitis. In a person with periodontitis, the inner layer of the gum and bone pull away from the teeth and form pockets. This will lead to bone loss around the teeth, and if it progress it will lead to teeth mobility. The long term result is losing teeth.

Why do you rinse with salt water after a root canal?

This will help reduce swelling and expedite the healing process