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Dr. Francis C. Mecadon

Dentist

Dr. Francis Mecadon is a Dentist practicing in Scranton, PA. Dr. Mecadon 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. Francis C. Mecadon
  • Scranton, PA
  • DMD at Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry (formerly Temple University School of Dentistry)
  • Accepting new patients

Can dentists treat sleep apnea?

Yes. A dentist can treat sleep apnea. Just be sure that he has taken continuing education courses and has training for sleep apnea treatment. As for the CPAP machine, that depends READ MORE
Yes. A dentist can treat sleep apnea. Just be sure that he has taken continuing education courses and has training for sleep apnea treatment. As for the CPAP machine, that depends on the severity of your sleep apnea and it may not be able to be replaced with a snore appliance. 

Is water-flossing as effective as regular flossing?

Water flossing is an excellent adjunct to regular flossing, but is absolutely not as effective on its own.

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Pain after a filling?

Go back to your dentist. There are a number of different reasons for a tooth to hurt after a filling. For example, you may be hitting the filling before anything else causing trauma READ MORE
Go back to your dentist. There are a number of different reasons for a tooth to hurt after a filling. For example, you may be hitting the filling before anything else causing trauma to the tooth, or they may be a ledge of material stuck in the gum line. These problems your dentist can fix. However, if the cavity was deep and near the nerve, there may be an issue that can only be treated with more extensive procedures. The most common problem is that the nerve is insulted during the filling process and becomes hyper active for a period of time afterwards. That is something that will dissipate over time. Any of the above can cause discomfort. You must go back to your dentist so he or she can determine what the causative factor is and take the necessary steps to resolve the issue.

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I wear my retainer, so why are my teeth still shifting?

The proper maintenance after orthodontics would have been to wear the retainer all day everyday for the first year, then wear them only at night. You need to go back to your orthodontist. READ MORE
The proper maintenance after orthodontics would have been to wear the retainer all day everyday for the first year, then wear them only at night. You need to go back to your orthodontist.
 
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Wisdom teeth removal

It depends on if they are impacted or not and if so the level of impaction. Oral Surgeons extract teeth regardless of whether or not they are impacted. That is there job! Many READ MORE
It depends on if they are impacted or not and if so the level of impaction. Oral Surgeons extract teeth regardless of whether or not they are impacted. That is there job! Many general dentists will extracted fully erupted 3rd molars, a.k.a wisdom teeth as well as any other tooth. Some general dentists will extract soft tissue impactions in which the tooth is erupted out of the bone, but is partially or fully covered by the gum tissue. Very few general dentists will attempt to extract boney impactions in which the tooth is partially or fully covered by bone.  The oral Surgeon is better equipped for such a task. And the liability is much higher for general dentists who extracts impacted third molars. Another reason, since this is considered a surgical procedure, most patients choose to have general anesthesia.  Most general dentists do not offer general anesthesia services. 
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Skin is shedding on the inside of my mouth (my cheeks). Is this normal?

It is most likely something caustic to your tissues. Toothpaste, mouthwash, even gum. If you are using anything new, discontinue it's use.  Another problem is clenching or grinding. READ MORE
It is most likely something caustic to your tissues. Toothpaste, mouthwash, even gum. If you are using anything new, discontinue it's use.  Another problem is clenching or grinding.  You can habitually bite and grind during the night which can result in the shredding of the insides of your cheeks. If this is the case, get a night guard to prevent the issue entirely. 
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I can't fix my teeth sensitivity. What do I do?

While there are many reasons for tooth sensitivity,  the most common cause is gum recession. If the root surface is exposed then there will be sensitivity. You should have your READ MORE
While there are many reasons for tooth sensitivity,  the most common cause is gum recession. If the root surface is exposed then there will be sensitivity. You should have your gums evaluated for recession. Another cause is bruxism (clenching or grinding your teeth). This can create a great deal of sensitivity due to the repetitive trauma that occurs.  Ask your significant other or someone who shares your home if they ever noticed you grinding at night. A night guard can be helpful in this situation and continues use of the night guard will decrease sensitivity. When all else fails, see your dentist and ask for a desensitizer to be placed on your teeth. Yes, they do exist! I hope this helps.

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