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I am in my late 50's and wore braces for 6 years in my 40's and then retainers every night since.  EXCEPT for a few months after I developed trigeminal neuralgia and was in pain.  During the time I didn't wear the retainers, one of my top front teeth tilted and twisted a bit.  My orthodontist made a new retainer which fastened on my eye teeth and had a spring to force the tooth back into place.  One of my eye teeth got very loose so she released some of the pressure on the retainer and it tightened back up.  But that loosening made her look at my xrays again and she said I had root resorption and told my general dentist to splint my 4 front teeth with an "intracoronal (sp?) splint". She told me she didn't have my first xrays to compare with but the loosening concerned her.  I don't want my teeth "trenched" if not necessary.  How can I get a second opinion?

Dear Amy:
The easiest, and the best way is to go and see the expert, the prosthodontist. will have a link to a specialist near you.
There are several ways to splint teeth without extensive preparation.  I am generally not fond of splintting, but sometimes it has be done.
Best of luck,
Dr.Zev Kaufman


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Zev Kaufman, D.D.S.


I can answer any question from simple routine dentistry to very complex dentistry with emphasis on reconstructive, cosmetic, and implant dentistry. My expertise is in co-ordination of very complex treatment plans with other dental specialists or as a one-man-team, since I have extensive training in Prosthodontics, Surgical Implantology, and orthodontics.


Over a decade in private practice of Surgical Implantology and Prosthodontics. Founder and owner of Prosthodontics & Implant Surgery of Manhattan, PC. Clinical Assistant Professor at the Post-Graduate Department of Periodontics & Implant Dentistry at New York University College of Dentistry. Lecture weekly since 1999 on advanced Implant Prosthodontics at New York University College of Dentistry Post-Graduate Program in Periodontics & Implant Dentistry. Former clinical assistant professor of Dental Radiology at the NYU College of Dentistry. Former clinical and lecture faculty at Lincoln Hospital, Dental residency program. Former clinical and lecture faculty at St. Barnabas Hospital (Bronx, NY) dental residency program. Lecture nationally on Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry.

Memeber of the American College of Prosthodontics. Memeber of the Acacdemy of Osseointegration. Member or the Omikron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Honors Dental Society. Member of the American Dental Education Association.

Graduated with Honors from New York University College of Dentistry. Post-Graduate training and certificate in the specialty of Prosthodontics. Post-Graduate training and ceritificate in Surgical and Prosthetic Implant Dentistry. Honors-program in Comprehensive and Applied Practice Management. Honors-program in Orthodontics.

Awards and Honors
NYU Cervice award to the community. OKU honor society. National Dean's List. National Who's Who.

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