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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.
27 years Experience
Kingstone Chichung Shih, DDS
  • Mountain View, CA
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • Accepting new patients

Does a root canal give immediate relief?

Pain to hot and cold will be gone immediately, but the tooth may continue to be sensitive to pressure for a few more days.

Can I go to work the next day after wisdom tooth extraction?

Yes you should be able to work the next day.

How long after a root canal should you get a permanent filling?

You should get it as soon as possible, the same day possible. But if you have to postpone it for any reason, the maximum lifespan of the temporary filling is about 4 months.

How soon after getting a tooth pulled can you eat?

You can eat as soon as the anesthesia wears off, but you should only eat softer foods and avoid chewing in the area of the tooth extraction for a few days.

Is a white filling better than silver?

Not necessarily. A white filling looks more natural, but a silver filling is more durable. So it depends on what your priority is.

How long does it take to recover from getting a cavity filled?

Recovery time is immediate from getting a cavity filled. Your mouth will be numb for a couple of hours, but it doesn't put you out of commission at all.

How often should you have root planing?

There isn't a set interval that is same for every patient. It depends on the severity of your periodontal disease and how well you maintain it after the root planing.

How long does it take for gums to heal after a root canal?

The actual root canal procedure only involves mechanical work inside of the tooth, which doesn't impact the gums. The gums may already be inflamed or swollen, and should heal READ MORE
The actual root canal procedure only involves mechanical work inside of the tooth, which doesn't impact the gums. The gums may already be inflamed or swollen, and should heal in a week or two after the root canal. Also, if an anesthetic injection is given in the gums before the root canal, it may be a little tender or sore for a few days. However, as I stated above, the actual root canal procedure does not impact the gums in any way.

Can you put braces on root canals and crowns?

Yes is it possible to put braces on teeth that have root canals and crowns, but it depends on many factors. You should consult with an orthodontist to determine the exact circumstances READ MORE
Yes is it possible to put braces on teeth that have root canals and crowns, but it depends on many factors. You should consult with an orthodontist to determine the exact circumstances related to your case.

Can surrounding teeth hurt after extraction?

It is possible that the adjacent teeth may be slightly tender or sore for a few days after a root canal.

What helps jaw pain after a filling?

You have not provided enough information for me to give you a definite answer. If the pain does not go away within a few days, you should contact the dentist who did the filling READ MORE
You have not provided enough information for me to give you a definite answer. If the pain does not go away within a few days, you should contact the dentist who did the filling and have them check.

What does salt water do for an abscess tooth?

Salt water won't do much for an abscessed tooth except to cleanse the exterior surface of the tooth and gums. The only way to directly address the abscess is to either get a root READ MORE
Salt water won't do much for an abscessed tooth except to cleanse the exterior surface of the tooth and gums. The only way to directly address the abscess is to either get a root canal or an extraction.

How long after a tooth extraction can I eat?

You can eat as soon as the anesthesia wears off. However, you should only eat soft foods for at least 2-3 days, and be sure to keep the extraction socket (where the tooth was READ MORE
You can eat as soon as the anesthesia wears off. However, you should only eat soft foods for at least 2-3 days, and be sure to keep the extraction socket (where the tooth was removed) clean and not allow any debris to collect inside the hole, which will prevent proper healing.

Do you need a deep cleaning after an extraction?

There is no direct relationship between an extraction and needing a deep cleaning, but if your dentist recommended one, there is probably a separate reason.

What can you not do after a gum graft?

The reason is, gum could stick to either the stitches or the gum graft itself and cause it to dislodge.

How long does it take for gums to heal after extractions for dentures?

it takes 5-7 days for a soft membrane to form over the extraction site, and it usually takes another 4-6 weeks before the gums completely heal over the hole. Then, the bone can READ MORE
it takes 5-7 days for a soft membrane to form over the extraction site, and it usually takes another 4-6 weeks before the gums completely heal over the hole. Then, the bone can take up to 6-12 months to regenerate in the extraction site.

Is it okay to have braces after a tooth extraction?

Yes, it is okay to have braces after a tooth extraction, although you should inform the orthodontist about the extraction so he is aware of the situation.

How long should I use saltwater after tooth extraction?

You should rinse the extraction site with salt water for at least 3-5 days after a tooth extraction, especially after eating.

What causes extreme pain after tooth extraction?

You have not provided enough information for me to determine what may cause extreme pain. It could be normal post operatory discomfort, or it could be a dry socket, a secondary READ MORE
You have not provided enough information for me to determine what may cause extreme pain. It could be normal post operatory discomfort, or it could be a dry socket, a secondary infection, fractured jawbone, retained tooth fragment, etc. If you are still in pain, you should contact the doctor who extracted your tooth and make an appointment to see him or her.

What is the cheapest way to replace a missing tooth?

The cheapest is just to leave an empty space and not replace the tooth. Any method to replace a missing tooth are expensive, including a bridge, partial denture or dental implant. READ MORE
The cheapest is just to leave an empty space and not replace the tooth. Any method to replace a missing tooth are expensive, including a bridge, partial denture or dental implant. You should consult with a dentist, who can examine your mouth and help you decide what is the best method of replacing your missing tooth, and give you an estimate on the cost.