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  • Enlarged Jawbone: Inside my mouth, I seem to have a very large jawbone on the bottom that abnormally extends both inward and outward beyond the regular gumline. I am female and in my early 30's. I hadn't noticed this condition until my dentist pointed it out. I can't find a name for it. The dentist said the jawbone can be shaved down. Since I was a child, I have rested my tongue on the roof of my mouth, which a previous dentist tried to correct with a "rake." I am now having difficulty swallowing and wonder if this is related. Will the bone continue to grow? Is it a genetic condition, or could it signify other health problems? It is not particularly uncomfortable but it does stretch the gums thin. Help? ... Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • NYStop: My dentist prescribed NYStop to sprinkle on my metal dentures before I place it back in my mouth. The info that came with the prescription said do not use in eyes, ears or mouth. I contacted the dentist about this and he said it was OK to us it. I am nervous about this. Can I use it or should I get a different nystatin? ... Visitor from VT     (answer)

  • Tooth pain after chin implant: I had a chin implant 1 week ago and since then my tooth hurts really bad. Does this possibly mean I have tooth damage because of the chin implant or is it just side effects after surgery? ... Visitor from GA     (answer)

  • I had periodontal surgery over 6 months ago. I also had 3 teeth extracted. My mouth has healed, however, I can feel with my lip at all times, the teeth in the upper right of my mouth. Also some on the bottom left. It is a very very annoying sensation to "feel" these teeth. I have even tried to buy something to cover the teeth to keep the lip from touching. This is not going away. What is causing it? I sometimes just want to pull out these teeth. ... Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • Sterilizing Practices: Isn't there any kind of uniform current US law that forces all dental practices to autoclave all instruments, wear gloves and masks, etc? How often does the state (or fed) agency inspect dental offices to see that these procedures are consistent? I have recently moved from Maine to NY and notice fewer precautionary measures in the new dental office I recently visited. The dentist did not wear gloves or a mask and when I asked the hygienist about autoclaving, she did not understand what I meant. ... Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Can't Smile with Teeth Showing: I have never really been able to smile with teeth. In other words when I smile it's almost like I have to force my mouth to show teeth in my smile. Otherwise, its just a normal smile with no teeth. I want a full smile showing a large normal smile with teeth....what can I do? ... Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Paper Thin Teeth: The fronts of my upper teeth are bonded since 1997. Backs gone. Paper-thin and ready to snap. I didn't want anymore of remaining teeth taken away. Is there a long term crown for these front teeth...without filing away remaining nail-thin teeth? Anything with gold underneath that will not show through? Are there also veneers for this situation on these teeth...with 2 sides? Also, going to build up back lower teeth with gold onlays in teeth and ontop...is there a way to know I am getting the best gold? ... Visitor from IL     (answer)

  • Jaw Placement and Speech: I have had a speech problem for all my life and no one has really found out what was wrong. I began going to another speech therapist and she discovered that I have bad TMJ. The placement of my jaw is way off. In the back of my jaw where my teeth ends I do not have that hole or gap that most people have. She believes this could be affecting my speech. Is that a possibility? ... Visitor from IN     (answer)

  • Burning Mouth Syndrome: I have had burning mouth syndrome since I entered my late 30s. I have been to several specialists including an oral pathologist. No one can figure out what the cause is. Some say it is stress related. Others are unsure. It is constant!!! Lately, it has been unbearable. The only time I get any relief is, of course, when I am sleeping. I don't know what to do anymore. I just turned 50 and am in the menopausal stage of my life. I am at my wits end with this! My lips burn, tongue burns, mouth burns and lips are always very dry. ... Visitor from FL     (answer)

  • Stained Teeth: Can Augmenton, Amoxicilon, or Zithromax cause teeth staining in young children? ... Visitor from MA     (answer)

  • Super eruptions: I've had a super-erupted tooth since being young - which lends to a crooked smile. Can someone tell me the best method to correct the problem. And, is there a difference between cosmetic dentistry and regular dentistry? ... Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • I have had pain on and off for about six months from my ear to my lymph nodes. My GP said it was an infection caused from teeth. I have been taking antibiotics on and off but now it's become so bad that I can't function. I've had a loss of appetite, I'm lethargic and in constant pain dispite antibiotics. My dentist put three crowns on my bottom molars and said that the cavities had not gone into the nerves but were very close. After so much pain he went back into the crowns and did root canals on two of them. It still hasn't helped. I don't know what to do anymore. Should I try an ENT; and Endodontist? HELP! ... Visitor from VA     (answer)

  • Bump on tooth: I have been trying to figure this out a long time. Ever since I was little I have had this bump on my front tooth. I want to get it removed. The last dentist who tried to do so didn't know what it was and just caused me a lot of pain. It is really ugly. I wouldn't be able to get it out for a while, because I have a feeling that it will be expensive, but I would be happy right now just to know what it is so I can start saving up for it. It seems to be a part of the tooth. It is the same color and >everything. ... Visitor from MD     (answer)

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