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W. Jack Saxonhouse

Dentist | Periodontics

Dr. W. Saxonhouse is a Dentist practicing in Wellington, Florida. Dr. Saxonhouse 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.
W. Jack Saxonhouse
  • Wellington, Florida
  • Tufts School of Dental Medicine
  • Accepting new patients

Would I need to take opioids after my extraction?

Not really. If the oral surgeon gives you a long lasting anesthetic such as marcaine, you don't need heavy duty opioids. If he does not give you marcaine, ask the surgeon to give READ MORE
Not really. If the oral surgeon gives you a long lasting anesthetic such as marcaine, you don't need heavy duty opioids. If he does not give you marcaine, ask the surgeon to give you another dose of anesthetic before you leave and then take the prescribed pain medication as soon as you get home even while you are numb.

Can teeth grinding cause headaches?

Possibly. See if you can: 1) before going to sleep lips together and teeth apart a few times or 2) See your dentist for a night guard to prevent damage to your teeth ) if headaches READ MORE
Possibly. See if you can: 1) before going to sleep lips together and teeth apart a few times or 2) See your dentist for a night guard to prevent damage to your teeth ) if headaches persist, see your MD or a neurologist

Why does a cracked tooth have to be pulled?

No, the tooth can't be saved because it is "cracked."

What is the best whitening toothpaste?

Colgate Optic White is good. Crest professional style whitening strips work well, too.

When is a root canal recommended?

Needed only when a nerve dies inside a tooth and the tooth can be saved. Deep decay is usually the cause for a nerve to die.

How can I tell if I'm grinding my teeth?

Sounds like you are grinding or clenching your teeth. Remedies include a hard plastic night guard or mouth piece, try saying lips together mouth apart before going to sleep. Have READ MORE
Sounds like you are grinding or clenching your teeth. Remedies include a hard plastic night guard or mouth piece, try saying lips together mouth apart before going to sleep. Have your dentist check your occlusion (bite) to make sure there are no high spots which you may be trying to subconsciously grind down. Check to see if your teeth are appearing flat on the biting surfaces.

My child accidentally ate toothpaste. What should I do?

It will depend on how much she ate, but I don't think it should be a problem, in my personal opinion. You need to keep the toothpaste in a safe place out of your child's reach. READ MORE
It will depend on how much she ate, but I don't think it should be a problem, in my personal opinion. You need to keep the toothpaste in a safe place out of your child's reach.

Can my diabetes affect my teeth?

Yes, it could. Failing to maintain optimal oral health could result in issues developing because of your compromised health due to diabetes.

Does an impacted tooth require surgery?

Yes. It will require oral surgery and possibly by an oral surgeon if it is a quite complicated procedure.

Do cavities ever need to be refilled?

If you're experiencing pain, go back to your dentist and have the tooth evaluated for root canal therapy. You could be experiencing a nerve which is dying.

Can my silver fillings be replaced with white fillings?

Yes, you can, but why? There is an old saying: "If it is not broken, don't try to fix it." The "silver" fillings are a good material and are more reliable than the "white" fillings, READ MORE
Yes, you can, but why? There is an old saying: "If it is not broken, don't try to fix it." The "silver" fillings are a good material and are more reliable than the "white" fillings, which can expand and contract with temp changes, making them more susceptible to recurrent decay.

My son grinds his teeth. What can you do to help him?

He needs to do the following:   1) Get a night guard, the hard plastic type 2) Exercise with him, saying "Lips together, teeth apart" before he goes to bed  3) Try giving him READ MORE
He needs to do the following:
 
1) Get a night guard, the hard plastic type
2) Exercise with him, saying "Lips together, teeth apart" before he goes to bed 
3) Try giving him some sort of medication to reduce his tension
 

How often do you need your teeth cleaned?

Patients with no periodontal issues should have a cleaning every 6 months. Patients with periodontal issues may need to be seen every 3 months.

Will being on a liquid diet affect my teeth in any way?

Your teeth and gums need stimulation, i.e., chewing. Chewing will help dislodge some food around the gum line.

Is teething delay in children normal?

yes if by 18 months then check with a pedodontist (children's dentist)

What could be the reason for my mouth dryness?

You need to see an oral surgeon to make sure you don't have a blockage of your salivary glands. You may also be having a reaction to medication you are taking.

How can I prevent yellowing of my teeth?

Try reducing your intake of coffee, teas colas and reduce smoking if you are a smoker.

Why do some dentists hurt during cleanings more than others?

You may have gingivitis and or a slight case of periodontal disease.