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Dr. Nicholas G. Rendon

Dentist

Dr. Nicholas Rendon is a Dentist practicing in Vero Beach, FL. Dr. Rendon 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.
Dr. Nicholas G. Rendon
  • Vero Beach, FL
  • Creighton University DDS
  • Accepting new patients

Do toothaches always mean an infection?

Toothaches can be caused by a variety of things including an infection but not limited to an infection. Trauma can cause toothaches and so can many other factors. The things to READ MORE
Toothaches can be caused by a variety of things including an infection but not limited to an infection. Trauma can cause toothaches and so can many other factors. The things to be aware of with a toothache is the duration, intensity, and type of ache/pain you are experiencing. When in doubt though, it is always prudent to seek professional care.

Do dental sealants need to be reapplied?

In younger children and teens it is not common to lose sealants, but it does occur. Your dentist will be able to determine the benefit of replacement if that becomes an issue. READ MORE
In younger children and teens it is not common to lose sealants, but it does occur. Your dentist will be able to determine the benefit of replacement if that becomes an issue. I am 58 years old and had sealants placed at a young age. To this day the majority of them are still in place, and, knock on wood, I have never had a filling. Not a waste of money or time.

Why is my tooth discolored after treatment?

Most of the time a tooth will discolor over time due to the sealants/cements used during the treatment. Typically a crown is placed over the treated tooth which will not only help READ MORE
Most of the time a tooth will discolor over time due to the sealants/cements used during the treatment. Typically a crown is placed over the treated tooth which will not only help to protect the tooth but can also hide the discoloration. In some instances, ie traumatic injury to the tooth, the blood supply to the tooth may hemorrhage inside of the pulp chamber and cause discoloration. Even if the tooth eventually doesn't die the tooth may be permanently discolored.

Which is better, root canal or implant?

Good question! Historically, root canals have been the standard of care to preserve affected teeth. The idea being it saves your own tooth while eliminating pain and infection. READ MORE
Good question! Historically, root canals have been the standard of care to preserve affected teeth. The idea being it saves your own tooth while eliminating pain and infection. As implants have become ever more popular and available, there is, depending on who you talk to, an ever growing number of dentists and patients opting for implant therapy over root canal therapy. Having said that, I think there are many factors which would help in determining which I would recommend. The amount of tooth structure/damage, location of tooth, adjacent teeth and opposing teeth, as well as cost, length of treatment and desired outcome. I believe this is something that you and your dentist would need to discuss and come to a decision on. Not an easy question to answer. Both have their place and reason.

What is the difference between an oral surgeon and a dentist?

An Oral Surgeon is a dentist that has specialized in surgical procedures. Oral surgeons typically do not perform general dentistry services. Depending on the schooling, training, READ MORE
An Oral Surgeon is a dentist that has specialized in surgical procedures. Oral surgeons typically do not perform general dentistry services. Depending on the schooling, training, and experience of a general dentist, a general dentist may well be completely competent in many facets of oral surgery as well as general dentistry. By no means does this imply all dentist should or could remove wisdom teeth. Nor does this mean that they should. A competent general dentist will and should know their limitations, as should all oral surgeons.

What causes cold sores in a person?

Cold sores are a viral infection. Once the herpes virus has been contracted it will remain in the individual. It will go into a resting/dormant state and periodically manifest READ MORE
Cold sores are a viral infection. Once the herpes virus has been contracted it will remain in the individual. It will go into a resting/dormant state and periodically manifest itself. Stress, trauma, or other factors may cause a recurrence of the cold sores.

When should I consider getting dental implants?

When you feel that you are ready to replace teeth and do not have the desire to have to rely upon other teeth to achieve the results, when you've been told by a licensed dental READ MORE
When you feel that you are ready to replace teeth and do not have the desire to have to rely upon other teeth to achieve the results, when you've been told by a licensed dental practitioner that you are a candidate for implant therapy, or when you've decided that your complete dentures are not performing satisfactorily.

Is it okay to swallow the gel applied for a mouth ulcer?

While it is not the intention to be swallowed, small amounts of oral meds for ulcers is expected to be ingested without harm, as long as you have no known allergies to the ingredients. READ MORE
While it is not the intention to be swallowed, small amounts of oral meds for ulcers is expected to be ingested without harm, as long as you have no known allergies to the ingredients.

What is the life of a dental implant?

Ideally the life of a dental implant is longer than you or I will survive but the reality is that there are many factors that can influence the longevity. Oral hygiene, diet, medical READ MORE
Ideally the life of a dental implant is longer than you or I will survive but the reality is that there are many factors that can influence the longevity. Oral hygiene, diet, medical conditions, chewing and grinding habits, among others.
It is recommended that you maintain your yearly checkups so that the implants can be monitored and cared for as needed. That being said , dental implants are by far the best replacement therapy by far that we are able to provide, and though all dental restorations have an life expectancy, the dental implant far exceeds all other restorative expectancies under like conditions.

Why does only one tooth area bleed when I floss?

Not certain, but likely there is local irritation, possibly even localized infection. You should have this evaluated by a licensed dentist.

Cosmetic Dentistry Dentist G4 implants

I am not certain why you were told you definitively need any particular restorative procedure. There are always options, not necessarily better, but there are always options. As READ MORE
I am not certain why you were told you definitively need any particular restorative procedure. There are always options, not necessarily better, but there are always options. As to what could happen if you don't have the recommended treatment I am not able to answer. I would ask the person who told you this and have him explain the consequences. I would then seek a second opinion.

Can I do teeth whitening with a front half fake incisor?

If you're going to have any restorative treatments done on your teeth, it is wise to bleach first. If you are considering bleaching, then do the restorative. The crown shade, in READ MORE
If you're going to have any restorative treatments done on your teeth, it is wise to bleach first. If you are considering bleaching, then do the restorative. The crown shade, in this case, can then be matched to the bleached shade of your tooth. The opposite is not likely to be optimum.

Can a toothpaste help with tooth sensitivity?

In many cases it is beneficial. There are, not infrequently, teeth which may require more than just desensitization.

Can novocaine be used during cleanings?

Absolutely it is possible to anesthetize you prior to having your teeth cleaned. While it is not the norm, there are patients whom for whatever reasons prefer to be numbed. The READ MORE
Absolutely it is possible to anesthetize you prior to having your teeth cleaned. While it is not the norm, there are patients whom for whatever reasons prefer to be numbed. The most common local anesthetics to use is Lidocaine. The use of Novocaine in dentistry for local anesthetic is a thing of the past as there are much safer anesthetic agents, such as Lidocaine. Certainly you should feel free to ask your dentist for numbing if that makes you more comfortable.

Can calcium deficiency impact teeth?

Calcium is very important for your teeth and their "strength". Perhaps speak with your physician so that he can suggest a calcium replacement. As far as the teeth, I would suggest READ MORE
Calcium is very important for your teeth and their "strength". Perhaps speak with your physician so that he can suggest a calcium replacement. As far as the teeth, I would suggest the use of Pronamel or Crest Complete toothpaste to help with remineralization.

I underwent a root canal treatment and it is in pain again. What could be the reason?

Root canal treatment while statistically, are approximately 95% successful, can still have reasons for failure. Because of the micro anatomy and diversity of the tooth structure, READ MORE
Root canal treatment while statistically, are approximately 95% successful, can still have reasons for failure. Because of the micro anatomy and diversity of the tooth structure, as well as bacterial infections, cracked teeth and other possibilities, some teeth do not respond as hoped. While retreatment, surgery or removal and replacement of the tooth may be required. It is best to have the tooth reevaluated by a competent and able dentist or Endodontic specialist to provide you with a sound clinical diagnosis and prognosis for the tooth.

How can I reverse yellowing of my teeth?

If the color of your teeth is becoming increasingly and noticeably yellow perhaps vital tooth bleaching, bonding, or Veneers may be the solution. There are times we see teeth that READ MORE
If the color of your teeth is becoming increasingly and noticeably yellow perhaps vital tooth bleaching, bonding, or Veneers may be the solution. There are times we see teeth that are turning yellow secondary to a traumatic occurrence. It is best to have your dentist evaluate your teeth and give you a recommended course of treatment.

Is bleeding of gums dangerous for a diabetic patient?

Bleeding of the gums is never ok. In particular, diabetic patient are at increased risk of infections. Whenever bleeding is present there is concern that an infection of some sort READ MORE
Bleeding of the gums is never ok. In particular, diabetic patient are at increased risk of infections. Whenever bleeding is present there is concern that an infection of some sort is present. It is strongly suggested that you see your dental professional for an evaluation.

Do root canals happen more often as you age?

It is more likely that as you age there is more of a chance that you may have a root canal. As the teeth age they endure more and more use and abuse. The more decay, trauma, fillings, READ MORE
It is more likely that as you age there is more of a chance that you may have a root canal. As the teeth age they endure more and more use and abuse. The more decay, trauma, fillings, crowns(caps), etc., the greater the chance of nerve involvement, infection, and nerve death. But do not be concerned that because your mother or other relative has endured Root canal Therapy that you are destined for the same fate.

Adult tooth is loose. What should I do?

I apologize for such a late response. I hope that you have been able to get some dental advice for this problem. I would like to say first that you should seek dental help as READ MORE
I apologize for such a late response. I hope that you have been able to get some dental advice for this problem. I would like to say first that you should seek dental help as it may be the only way to prevent the tooth from being lost. It is generally believed that the sooner you seek treatment after such a traumatic injury the better the chance is to save the tooth. Without a clinical examination and xray of the area it is difficult if not impossible to give you advice. the tooth may have been partially if not completely avulsed due to displacement from it's socket or even the root may be fractured causing the looseness. Depending on what has happened it may be just a waiting game to see how the tooth responds in time, or on the other hand the tooth amy need to be removed and replaced. Please make an appointment , if you have not already, with a licensed dentist as soon as you are able.