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Dr. Michael D. Stern, DDS, FAGD

This sounds like an infection that could become dangerous. You should seek a consult with a dentist, NOT the ER!!! MDSDDS

Root canal therapy usually is done in one or two appointments, but there are exceptions. That’s a pretty long interval between your appointments. If discomfort persists for more than 5 days, notify your dentist. MDSDDS

Higher risk for gum disease and tooth decay. MDSDDS

If the crown fits properly, there should NOT be a problem because there would not be a space to allow food to get under the crown. Try an oral irrigation device like a water pic; this sounds like a dental visit would be indicated. MDSDDS

I have a degree in Microbiology, and I am not aware of peer-reviewed research that having root canal therapy could possibly hinder lung healing, unless the root canals themselves failed or were infected. MDSDDS

Assuming the treatment was successful and you are comfortable, no precautions are needed unless you have a temporary filling, in which case, see your dentist to have the tooth properly restored. MDSDDS

Tough to answer without seeing your situation. Depending on the skill of the dentist, as long as the tooth is not decayed or broken below the gum line, it usually can be rebuilt and crowned. MDSDDS

I have corrected many cross bites with orthodontics. MDSDDS

Properly made and kept clean, no danger, allergy excepted. MDSDDS

Cannot directly answer your question. This could be technique or actual gum disease. If you have not seen a dentist within the past year, it might be a good idea. Bleeding gums are not normal. MDSDDS

Not normal. Possible that there was moisture contamination at placement. See your veneer Doc and have your veneer re-cemented. If it comes off again, then there is a problem. MDSDDS

They CAN be used, but are not quite as successful in the upper jaw as in the lower jaw. The treating dentist should be able to analyze what is best in your situation. MDSDDS

You actually can brush your dentures using a special denture cleaning brush and denture cleaning paste. Wetting brush is optional using the special paste for dentures. Regular toothpaste too abrasive for deep cleaning dentures.

Totally depends on THE TYPE of dental anesthesia. Ask your doctor!! MDSDDS

Generally it does, but can be prevented if a bone graft is done at time of tooth removal. MDSDDS

Not to my knowledge! MDSDDS

Yes, with proper training. MDSDDS

You cannot kill all bacteria in the mouth. Some are actually friendly. Good home care and using an antibacterial mouth rinse right after home care is finished would be as good as you can be. Mouth rinse suggestions: TOOTH AND GUM TONIC, OXYFRESH (toothpaste too), or ORIGINAL FORMULA Listerine. MDSDDS

Dental anesthesia is usually local anesthesia, which has a very good safety history. If full sedation is required, only a Dentist or Oral Surgeon with special advanced training can perform that type of anesthesia, and may use the additional services of a nurse-anesthetist or a dental anesthetist, in order to perform this service safely. MDSDDS