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Kingstone Chichung Shih, DDS

Endodontist

Dr. Kingstone Chichung Shih DDS is a top Endodontist in Menlo Park, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Kingstone Chichung Shih DDS is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Kingstone Chichung Shih DDS is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Kingstone Chichung Shih DDS is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Menlo Park, CA, Dr. Kingstone Chichung Shih DDS is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
25 years Experience
Kingstone Chichung Shih, DDS
  • Mountain View, CA
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • Accepting new patients

Do I have a cavity?

A cavity is one possible cause of a toothache and sensitivity to hot cold and sweets. Other possible causes could be a cracked tooth, loose or leaking filling, a filling that READ MORE
A cavity is one possible cause of a toothache and sensitivity to hot cold and sweets. Other possible causes could be a cracked tooth, loose or leaking filling, a filling that fell out, receding gums, grinding or clenching your teeth, and trauma. You should make an appointment with your dentist and have him of her do a thorough examination and take appropriate xrays in order to figure out what is causing your tooth pain.

Penicillin for root canal?

Antibiotics can be prescribed after a root canal on a infected tooth in order to help along the healing process.

I brush my teeth 2x a day, why do I still have bad breath?

Possible causes of bad breath are gum disease, gastrointestinal problems, the type of food you consume, or it could be genetic.

Can having a root canal cause any long-term complications?

Complications are rare on a root canal, but are possible. Possible complications are specific to the particular conditions of your tooth, so you should speak to your dentist and READ MORE
Complications are rare on a root canal, but are possible. Possible complications are specific to the particular conditions of your tooth, so you should speak to your dentist and ask him what the possible complications are.

How can a toothache cause a headache?

It is true that a toothache can cause a headache, and even vice versa. The nerves inside of the tooth are the nerve endings, but those nerves can connect to a broad network of READ MORE
It is true that a toothache can cause a headache, and even vice versa. The nerves inside of the tooth are the nerve endings, but those nerves can connect to a broad network of nerves that travel all over the head and neck region. When the pain radiates from one area to another, it is a phenomenon called referred pain.

Can you get a root canal during pregnancy?

The safest period of time to have a root canal during pregnancy is during the second trimester, the 4th, 5th and 6th months. However, in an emergency, a root canal can be done READ MORE
The safest period of time to have a root canal during pregnancy is during the second trimester, the 4th, 5th and 6th months. However, in an emergency, a root canal can be done at any point during a pregnancy, if certain special precautions are taken.

Is it safe to have a root canal during pregnancy?

The safest period of time to have a root canal during pregnancy is during the second trimester, the 4th, 5th and 6th months. However, in an emergency, a root canal can be done READ MORE
The safest period of time to have a root canal during pregnancy is during the second trimester, the 4th, 5th and 6th months. However, in an emergency, a root canal can be done at any point during a pregnancy, if certain special precautions are taken.

What causes tooth erosion?

Tooth erosion can be caused by overzealous brushing, habits like grinding or clenching the teeth, and by chemicals such as stomach acid from self induced vomiting.

How is a tooth abscess treated?

If a tooth is salvageable, the best way to treat an abscessed tooth is to do a root canal. Otherwise, the only other way to get the abscess out is to extract the entire tooth. READ MORE
If a tooth is salvageable, the best way to treat an abscessed tooth is to do a root canal. Otherwise, the only other way to get the abscess out is to extract the entire tooth.

Why am I feeling numb around where I had a root canal?

Sometimes the area around where you had a root canal can feel numb for a period of time due to profound administration of local anesthesia. The anesthesia usually wears off within READ MORE
Sometimes the area around where you had a root canal can feel numb for a period of time due to profound administration of local anesthesia. The anesthesia usually wears off within a few hours to a couple of days. If the numbness lasts longer than that, it is possible that there is either temporary or permanent damage to the nerves.

How long will I have to be on painkillers after a root canal?

It's not unusual for your tooth to be a little tender or sore to pressure for a few days after a root canal. Most of the time, it is manageable and taking pain medication is optional. READ MORE
It's not unusual for your tooth to be a little tender or sore to pressure for a few days after a root canal. Most of the time, it is manageable and taking pain medication is optional. If you have a lower pain threshold, you can take over the counter pain medications as needed. Your dentist will prescribe stronger prescription strength pain medication only if they are necessary.

What kind of foods should I avoid after a root canal surgery?

You should avoid anything hard or sticky after a root canal, and more importantly, you do most of your heavy chewing on the opposite side of where you had the root canal.

I have had a second root canal on the same tooth. Why?

A second root canal, otherwise known as a retreatment, may be necessary for a variety of reasons. It is possible that the root canal was not completely cleaned out during the READ MORE
A second root canal, otherwise known as a retreatment, may be necessary for a variety of reasons. It is possible that the root canal was not completely cleaned out during the first treatment, it could have gotten reinfected or recontaminated, there could be extra nerves that were treated the first time, or your dentist may have seen something on the xray that would indicated that it needs to be redone.

I have tooth loss at the age of 34. Is it normal?

34 is a little younger than the average age for losing a tooth, but it can happen to people of any age, even much younger. What is more important to focus on is to figure out READ MORE
34 is a little younger than the average age for losing a tooth, but it can happen to people of any age, even much younger. What is more important to focus on is to figure out why the tooth fell out and to prevent it from happening to other teeth.

I had three of my crooked teeth extracted and they won't stop bleeding. What should I do?

It is not normal to have bleeding that won't stop after a tooth extraction. You should report this to your dentist immediately, and if it is after hours, you should call your READ MORE
It is not normal to have bleeding that won't stop after a tooth extraction. You should report this to your dentist immediately, and if it is after hours, you should call your dentist's emergency contact phone number. If you are unable to reach their office, you should go to the emergency room.

Why do I feel sensitivity even after a root canal?

It is not unusual for a tooth to be a little sensitive to chewing or pressure for a few days after a root canal. This is usually due to the pressure, grinding and vibration of READ MORE
It is not unusual for a tooth to be a little sensitive to chewing or pressure for a few days after a root canal. This is usually due to the pressure, grinding and vibration of the procedure itself. It is normal that the ligaments around the tooth an get temporarily injured and this may last a few days. If the symptoms last more than a couple of weeks, you should contact your dentist and let them know.

Root canal on a baby tooth?

A root canal can be done on a baby tooth in order to maintain the space until the permanent adult tooth is ready to erupt. If a baby tooth is extracted before the adult too erupts, READ MORE
A root canal can be done on a baby tooth in order to maintain the space until the permanent adult tooth is ready to erupt. If a baby tooth is extracted before the adult too erupts, the adjacent teeth can drift into the empty space and due to overcrowding, there may not be enough space for the permanent adult tooth.

Does a dental filling require anesthesia?

Local anesthesia is usually necessary when having a cavity filled, to ensure a comfortable procedure. There are some patients that prefer to have dental procedures without local READ MORE
Local anesthesia is usually necessary when having a cavity filled, to ensure a comfortable procedure. There are some patients that prefer to have dental procedures without local anesthesia, but it is usually not recommended.

Will I experience any pain after the root canal?

It is normal for the tooth to be a little tender to pressure for two to three days after the root canal. You should avoid chewing on anything hard on the tooth until the tooth READ MORE
It is normal for the tooth to be a little tender to pressure for two to three days after the root canal. You should avoid chewing on anything hard on the tooth until the tooth has been fully restored with a permanent filling or a crown.

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

It is possible for a tooth that needs a root canal to be asymptomatic. Pain or discomfort is not the only criteria that determines whether you need a root canal or not. Sometimes READ MORE
It is possible for a tooth that needs a root canal to be asymptomatic. Pain or discomfort is not the only criteria that determines whether you need a root canal or not. Sometimes the nerve inside the tooth is already dead, or your body's immune system may have walled off an infection, or the tooth, even though it is in an unhealthy state, does not have any particular feeling. Your dentist or endodontist should take appropriate xrays and perform pulp testing in order to determine if your tooth needs a root canal.