Carlsbad Dentist
3144 El Camino Real, Ste. 103
Carlsbad, California 92008 US
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  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: Chemical Sciences, Wichita State University
    Dental: DMD, University of Louisville School of Dentistry

Treatments offered at Polished General Dentistry

Most popular answers from Megan Shelton, DMD

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Should I get a root canal or an implant (early 50s)

Without seeing your radiographs and knowing the periodontal health of the tooth it is hard to definitively give you an answer. Trismus is usually due... READ MORE

When I was younger and had tooth pain, I waited until I couldn't stand it anymore and would end up getting extractions?

Hello, Short answer, you will be fine, as long as you do replace them. But remember that bone is lost overtime and face shape relies on bone. Budget... READ MORE

I had 2 veneers done on my front 2 teeth today, 1 tooth is still dark, what can I do?

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are often translucent. If the tooth is dark and the dentist preps into it it will usually be darker under... READ MORE

What items can I eat after a professional teeth whitening? (photo)

Hello! Yes! Those are great items to eat. You're on the right path by avoiding foods with bright pigments. Neutral colored and pH foods and beverages... READ MORE

Periodontal disease has caused gaps between all teeth. Eating is just so frustrating - is there a better solution with implants?

You are correct, periodontal disease is an aggressive disease. The first step would be making certain that you and your clinician have teamed together... READ MORE

Could my general doctor have made a mistake on me or is it common that they cannot recognize the infection in the x-ray? (Photo)

Without a 3D CBCT it can be difficult to detect all bony defects or infections. The xrays that most dentists take are 2D and if the infection was... READ MORE

What's the best way to keep your teeth nice and clean?

Hello. The best routine is.... Floss, brush, rinse with mouth wash. If you are going to do your morning hygiene after your breakfast, you need to... READ MORE

What treatment would be the best way forward for me? (Photo)

Based on the photos you have not had dental care for a while. It is urgent for you to see a professional to have a comprehensive exam including perio... READ MORE

To implant or not? What are my options?

The immediate concern should be to address the chronic infection. It seems that the tooth has a hopeless prognosis even after root canal treatment, so... READ MORE

I don't like my veneers! I don't know why! Can you help so I can fix them? (Photo)

Keep in mind they are temporaries, temporaries do look fake and bulky. My hope is that now you have the permanent veneers and they are translucent and... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Shelton

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