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  • I have lots of saliva, it's non-stop and is very annoying. For three years, I've had a left top molar that had a hole in it. I was told to have a root canal and a crown put in. However, I've gone without having it done for three years and decided two weeks ago to have the tooth pulled out. Consequently, I've had this non stop saliva for months before I had the tooth pulled. The tooth was infected and I've had antibotics twice to cure that problem. However, it seems since the tooth is out now, should I still have this issue with the saliva? Could this be an infection still? If not from the tooth, but from something else. Oh, I do have thick mucus as well that I have to bring up. Help! ...Visitor from Chicago     (answer)

  • Excess Saliva I have had excess saliva for about 2 years now. I need to get rid of it. The situation with my mouth is I have crooked teeth - I will be getting braces - would it help in getting rid of saliva? I had extraction (2 years ago) for second premolar and first molar on the upper jaw (right side), also had first molar extracted (same time) upper left jaw and also got second molar on the left bottom jaw extracted. What can be the problem? ...Visitor from British Columbia    (answer)

  • Dentures cause too much saliva: I have had dentures for a year now and I am still producing a lot of saliva. What can I do to stop this it gets so bad that my teeth move. Since I have both top and bottom dentures my mouth looks like it has dropped. I look sad all the time. Now I am having trouble with my jaws popping and hurting which I did not before. What could be causing this problem? ...Visitor from TX    (answer)

  • Saliva with a bridge: I have a permanent bridge for 3 front teeth caused by an accident. It is about 6 months old. Recently I have experienced excessive saliva at times making it difficult to speak. My dentist suggested removing the bridge, building it up with porcelain and refitting. I had a lot of problems getting it right the first time and I am afraid removing it and trying to rework it will cause damage to the bridge. Is there anything I can do to address the saliva problem and/or should I consider a second opinion? I like my dentist but he is not as skilled as my last one -- we've had some problems so I am nervous. ...Visitor from TX    (answer)

  • Excessive Saliva: I lost back right upper and lower teeth at age 14. With partials, the teeth were sloping to the right. I went in for implants. The crowns have the same cant as the partials. A problem prior to the implants, was excessive saliva on the right side. I have a red mark on the right outer edge of my lips. And now with the implants, it is just as bad. I've gone to a medical doctor, no medical problem. My top right teeth, when my mouth is closed, rest on my tongue but do not touch bottom right teeth. What causes excessive saliva on one side? ...Visitor from British Columbia Canada    (answer)

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