Dr. Albert Schmitt is a Dentist practicing in KENNETT SQUARE, PA. Dr. Schmitt 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.
Education and Training
Temple Univ. School of Dentist DMD 1992
Dr. Albert John Schmitt MD's Expert Contributions
Sometimes a patient has several extractions done when a new denture is inserted. In that case, I recommend waiting at least 2 days afterward before drinking alcohol when extractions are done. READ MORE
In many cases it is possible to add bone to the area that needs an implant with a bone graft. The type of bone or bone substitute used depends on how much bone addition is needed and where in the mouth it's being placed. Most often, the implant cannot be placed until the bone graft heals properly, usually 3-4 months. No bones about it, you'll have to consult with your dental surgeon for your specific case. READ MORE
By definition, a hole or empty space is a cavity. But a cavity is not always due to dental decay. Decay causes a weakening in the tooth enamel and that leads to a hole or cavity. But some holes in teeth are developmental--pitted areas caused by the way the tooth was formed when it erupted into the mouth. Holes that are not caused by decay are best treated with a sealant material that covers the pitted area so that food particles don't get stuck there and cause decay. READ MORE
Salt is a good antibacterial and virus inhibitor. Yes it's generally safe to gargle daily with salt water. So long as you aren't swallowing a lot of it and not on a salt restricted diet. I recommend a teaspoon of salt or baking soda in 6 to 8 ounces of water. READ MORE
In my experience, no. Once the gum tissue is gone, it will not grow back. Your priority should be to find out why the gums are receding and prevent it from worsening. READ MORE
Carbonated drinks can cause irritation to the tender and fragile gum tissuesfollowing a tooth extraction and may prolong bleeding. It's also best to avoid alcoholic beveragesor alcohol containing mouthwashes after an extraction for the same reason. I recommendwaiting at least 2 to 3 days afterwards.Dr. AL READ MORE
Most healthy individuals are able to return to work the day following an uncomplicated tooth extraction.But there are many exceptions that may make it harder to work the following day. Multiple tooth extractionswill mean more bleeding and soreness. Difficult extractions may mean bone removal to extract the tooth; thisis common with wisdom tooth extractions. If IV sedation or general anesthesia are administered, this will slow your recovery time. As in most cases, ask your dentist what he thinks is best for you.Dr. AL READ MORE
Sealants are a good preventive measure against decay. This is especially true when the pits and fissures on thebiting surface of the tooth are narrow and deep making them hard to clean with your toothbrush. Do it man. READ MORE
No problem. Today's sealant materials are hardened by exposure to the blue light used in the dental office. They are strong enough for you to eat right away. The only exception may be if your dentist or hygienist applies a fluoride treatment to the teeth at the same time. In that case, it's best to wait 30 minutes before eating or drinking. READ MORE
Well, it's always 5 o'clock somewhere as the saying goes. You won't do any damage to the fillingitself if you consume alcohol. Damage to other parts of the body depends on the quantity you consume.Drink responsibly. READ MORE
Internal resorption can be difficult to treat predictably. I normally refer these casesto an endodontist with more experience in dealing with them. A root canal procedure must be done to remove the cells inside the canal space of the tooth that are causing the resorption.If the resorption is not too far advanced, the tooth can be saved. READ MORE
It's not unusual for a new filling to be sensitive to cold soon after placement, as long as itgradually goes away, usually after 5-7 days. If it stays sensitive for longer than a week, you should ask your dentist to have a look. If it is becoming more sensitive or downright painful as time goes on, there may be someinflammation of the nerve in the tooth and further treatment like a root canal may be needed. READ MORE
If by permanent, you mean long-lasting, then yes. If you mean forever, then no. A bridge is intended to replace one or more missing teeth and is cemented onto supporting teeth on either side of the missing ones. It is not removable like a denture and feels like your natural teeth. However, over time a bridge can come loose and need to be re-cemented. Other bad outcomes can include decay under the crowns of the supporting teeth if you do not keep them clean down by the gum line (use floss daily). On rare occasions, a bridge can break. In my experience, a bridge will last 10 years or more if well maintained. READ MORE
Plaque is the term for that sticky film which forms on teeth and is produced by bacteria living in your mouth. It can be removed with your toothbrush and floss.The bacteria start to re-form plaque within 12-24 hours. Faster if you feed thosebacteria what they like most--sugar. Tartar (dental calculus) is the hard, yellow-white mineral deposit that forms on teethand does not scrape off with your toothbrush. That's what the dental hygienist scrapesoff with those metal instruments at your regular cleaning visits. Tartar takes about a week or so to beginreforming. It forms faster if plaque is left behind on the teeth when you don't brush and floss properly.Some people however do build up the tartar more rapidly because they secrete more minerals in their saliva.If you're doing a good job with brushing and flossing and still form a lot of tartar, try a tartar control toothpaste andmouth rinse to at least slow down the buildup and make those dental cleanings go easier. READ MORE
Yes, you can whiten thin enamel. However, it will probably not make the tooth look as white as a toothwith enamel of normal thickness. Thin enamel on teeth often shows the underlying color of dentin more easily.The dentin is always several shades darker than the enamel. Also, thin enamel is more translucent and hasa grey look to it. So even if it is lighter in color after whitening, the grey look is still there. Best to try some over thecounter whitening strips first. These are more gentle in strength and a low cost way to see what type of resultsyou can expect. READ MORE
Alcohol is not recommended for toothaches.It does help with killing germs, that's one reason Listerine is effective. But if you have a deep cavity that's close enough to the tooth nerve to cause pain, the alcohol will only irritate it further. If you have a cavity causing a true hole in the tooth, a product called DenTempcan be used to cover it and soothe the tooth because is has eugenol. Eugenol is a naturally derived product that helps with tooth pain. Try that in an emergency, then see your dentist. READ MORE
Some surgeries are complicated by bone removal and cutting of the gum tissues. That may delay the healing process and make it more difficult to return to normal eating. Please check with your surgeon on that one. Dr. AL READ MORE
Pain after a root canal procedure is not uncommon. If the tooth was abscessed before the root canal treatment, it may need additional time to heal. Even if abscess was not present, the instrumenting and cleaning process done inside the tooth root may cause some inflammation and takea few days to heal. Inform your dentist of the post operative pain and follow his instructions on how totake care of it. He may recommend antibiotics, some pain medicine, or both. READ MORE
Sometimes bleeding gums can be a result of a more serious systemic condition such as diabetes or a blood disorder. Sometimes related to medications you are taking like a blood thinner. Most often it is due to a lack of good oral cleaning --thorough brushing and especially flossing. I would start with a dental exam and professional tooth cleaning and go from there. READ MORE
Generally speaking, Yes, whitening toothpastes are safe for the enamel. I would look for one that has the ADA seal of approvalbecause they have been tested to be sure they are not too abrasive and won't wear away your enamel. My recent search showsthat 65 brands have the ADA seal. Keep in mind that they have been tested for safety, not whitening ability. All toothpastes canmake the claim to be whitening because this is a cosmetic claim and does not have to have evidence to support any whitening effect.Simply brushing with water can remove stains from the teeth and make them whiter. READ MORE
Generally speaking, an anterior bridge lasts longer than a posterior because the biting forces on it are less strong. But the biggest determinant is how strong the supporting teeth are that support the bridge. If the support teeth do not have a lot of filling material and have not had root canal treatment, they are stronger and will last longer. On strong supporting teeth and a bridge that is only replacing one missing tooth, I would expect a lifespan of about ten years. READ MORE
It's very possible the headaches are related to teeth grinding. Many headaches are from muscle tension and that is increased with clenching and grinding of the teeth. Tooth grinding is often present in patients with sleep apnea. Have your dentist or physician evaluate both possibilities. READ MORE
One or two visits is typical for a root canal. If you're seeing a specialist, you will need to return to your regular dentist for a filling or crown afterward, however. Usually, your dentist will let you know how many visits it will need once he's done the examination. READ MORE
Yes, a dry socket will heal on its own. It is an inflammation of the tooth socket following an extraction, usually caused because a stable blood clot does not form to cover the hole. This allows saliva and bacteria to inflame the bone. It is quite painful but will heal naturally once enough new bone and gum tissue grow to cover the exposure. READ MORE
Generally, nerve damage to a tooth is classified as reversible pulpitis or irreversible pulpitis. When the damage is reversible, avoiding further trauma to the tooth and using an anti-inflammatory medication can help the nerve heal. When the nerve is irreversibly damaged, it usually dies and can become infected which can lead to a tooth abscess. If that happens, an antibiotic is best to treat it and not a natural remedy. Dr. AL READ MORE
Most patients experience some degree of pain after a tooth extraction. It can vary depending on the amount of work needed to extract the tooth. Your dentist can let you know what to expect and how to deal with any pain after the procedure. READ MORE
I know of several patients that use cider vinegar for its health benefits. As long as it's only once or twice a day in small amounts it's not going to damage the teeth. Of course it is acidic. Certainly don't hold it in your mouth very long and a good idea would be to follow it with a drink of water or swish and spit with water to better protect you teeth. READ MORE
No special preparation is necessary, unless your dentist has directed you to follow certain precautions. Sometimes you may be instructed to take an antibiotic prior to the root canal or to avoid chewing on the tooth to be treated. If you haven't been told anything by your dentist, no worries. READ MORE
Several studies have shown that using ibuprofen and Tylenol after wisdom tooth extraction are as effective or more effective than using opioids for pain relief. Talk to your oral surgeon about the dosage and timing on their use. Dr. AL READ MORE
Most instances of gum soreness are caused by gingivitis--inflammation of the gum tissues. The most common cause is bacteria in the plaque film that attaches itself to the base of the tooth. Even if your gums look fine, you may still have gingivitis. The best remedy is thorough cleaning at the base of the teeth and between the teeth. This means brushing plus proper flossing. An antibacterial mouthrinse like Listerine can help also. See your dentist if the problem doesn't clear up within a week. Dr. AL READ MORE
Often times, yes. Impacted teeth are usually wisdom teeth that do not have enough space to erupt properly in correct position at the back of the mouth. They can cause pain and infection when there is not enough room for them so extraction is recommended. This usually requires some amount of dental surgery. Not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted however and you should consult your dentist or oral surgeon for advice. Dr. AL READ MORE
Yes, but ask your dentist about the risks and benefits of doing that. Smaller fillings can more easily be replaced but some larger ones can cause complications when being removed. READ MORE
Provided that the liquids are not too acidic or high in sugar, I see no harmful effects for your teeth if you're on a liquid diet and you continue to practice good oral hygiene. Dr. Al READ MORE
If diet is not a factor, I would first be sure that good oral hygiene is practiced. Brush twice daily, especially before bed, and use dental floss once daily. Yes, some people are prone to cavities. Genetics play a part in the resistance of teeth to decay, and family history influences the bacterial population in the mouth that can produce more cavities. Dr. Al Schmitt READ MORE
- Master, Academy of General Dentistry
- Fellow, International Congress of Oral Implantologists
Charities and Philanthropic Endeavors
- Member and Past President, Rotary Club of Kennett Square, Board Member and past President, Kennett Run Charities
- Member of Donated Dental Services
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