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by drrick
Sat Jan 08, 2011 9:52 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Extractions of 3 baby teeth and 1 adult tooth
Replies: 9
Views: 1442

Re: Extractions of 3 baby teeth and 1 adult tooth

Lidocaine with some nitrous should do the trick if you are nervous about it.
by drrick
Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:14 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Repositioning Brackets? Why?
Replies: 14
Views: 16126

Re: Repositioning Brackets? Why?

Very common to reposition brackets for 'fine tuning'
Other doctors may do some wire bending for final detailing.
by drrick
Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:06 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Retainer Question
Replies: 4
Views: 819

Re: Retainer Question

Upper fixed rets are FAR more rare than lowers for the exact reason you mentioned -- the lower teeth hitting them and breaking them off. You may be a bit upset now but would likely be more upset if it continually breaks and your teeth shift.
by drrick
Sun Jan 02, 2011 3:48 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: do i have plaque? i dont know if its plaque but i never had
Replies: 4
Views: 1334

Re: do i have plaque? i dont know if its plaque but i never

It is tartar or calculus.
Lower front teeth is the most common area for that.
It is essentially hardened plaque.
This is one of the main things that is removed from your teeth when you get a 'cleaning'
by drrick
Sun Jan 02, 2011 3:45 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: white spots on two teeth
Replies: 3
Views: 1054

Re: white spots on two teeth

If they are truly decayed you are beyond MI paste (which is hit or miss anyway in my experience)
Probably need them filled.
by drrick
Sun Jan 02, 2011 1:15 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Scheduled for IPR Monday - nervous!
Replies: 14
Views: 2434

Re: Scheduled for IPR Monday - nervous!

No increase in sensitivity, caries (decay), or periodontal disease.
by drrick
Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:51 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: essix retainer cracked after 5 mths?
Replies: 5
Views: 19207

Re: essix retainer cracked after 5 mths?

Small cracks are not a big deal. Most are caused by nightime clenching (which many poepl do not know they are doing) That couopled with the flex that occurs when you remove them and the fact that overall they just arent that durable can lead to cracks. this is one of the disadvantages of essix over ...
by drrick
Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:47 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: root reabsorption?
Replies: 5
Views: 3145

Re: root reabsorption?

I made a lengthy post about root resorption a little while back. If you do a search for it you will find it.
by drrick
Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:46 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Lost retainer - HELP!
Replies: 7
Views: 12318

Re: Lost retainer - HELP!

You need new impressions.
by drrick
Fri Dec 31, 2010 11:48 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Lower Bite Plate
Replies: 4
Views: 1953

Re: Lower Bite Plate

It looks like a retainer.

There is a pic on page 3 here:
http://www.ormco.com/index/cms-filesyst ... rkbook.pdf
by drrick
Wed Dec 22, 2010 10:10 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: white filling
Replies: 2
Views: 674

Re: white filling

Could be that the silver filling (amalgam) stained the tooth. There isnt decay but there is a stain. Or might need a quick repolish. The bonding agent used before the filling material is colorless and very thin and sometimes there is extra that can then stain. Isnt harmful to have it there and often...
by drrick
Wed Dec 22, 2010 10:08 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: What to do during the braces process?
Replies: 23
Views: 2956

Re: What to do during the braces process?

I usually watch food network on the overhead TV. Oh you meant what should the pt do :) Yuo can listen to your ipod if you want just good idea to keep at reasonable volume so you can follow any directions. We have some pts do that. Others watch our TV. Others just close their eyes and rest. Whatever ...
by drrick
Mon Dec 20, 2010 2:13 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Hidden plaque revealed?
Replies: 14
Views: 2988

Re: Hidden plaque revealed?

Yep, it is calculus or tartar. Hardened plaque. The most common place to see it is on the back of the lower front teeth and for many on the outside of the upper first/second molar. That is where the salivary glads tend to release their mineral rich contents. It is normal. That is what the dentist or...
by drrick
Mon Dec 20, 2010 2:09 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Owwww...
Replies: 3
Views: 665

Re: Owwww...

You didnt hear this from me but in a jam you can chew some sugarless gum and then stick it on there.
by drrick
Sat Dec 18, 2010 10:20 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Anyone got braces with short tooth roots?
Replies: 5
Views: 4135

Re: Anyone got braces with short tooth roots?

It really depends on how short the roots are.

You would be amazed at how long teeth with even short roots can last.