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Help me evaluate my tooth whitening options?

What are the main teeth whitening methods? What are the pros and Cons of each? I found some groupons for "take home whitening" which seems like they just sell you a kit, and I found some for "chair side" whitening (~$100), where they use a gel and LED light? and there are also just over the counter ones. I searched ask mefi, but the last question about this that I found was from 2009, I wonder if the treatments are newer or better now?
posted by lijiaxiaoniu on Jul 24, 2014 - 17 answers

How Urgently Do We Need Urgent Care?

Posting on behalf of my partner, whose bad tooth has worsened: the crown's gone. They're experiencing a throbbing headache towards the back of their head, "behind the eyes." While the pain has been off-and-on for a while, the last two days have been tough to get through. As of today, they also have a combination of pain/stiffness in the back of their neck. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Jul 21, 2014 - 15 answers

How should I deal with this inadequate dental care?

I had some dental work done this week that I consider unsatisfactory. I'd like advice on what to do next. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 5, 2014 - 10 answers

It's time to do this once and for all

So, for a variety of reasons, I was never very good about my dental care regimen. This has come to mean that, at 24, I have one cracked tooth, two chipped ones covered with veneers, two that have been pulled, a mouth full of cavities, gum disease and on-and-off pain in different teeth. I'm so tired of this. I know it's horrible to think this way, but the more time that passes, the less I feel like even brushing my teeth ( I only do it when I have to go out at this point). The guilt and anxiety are wrecking me psychologically as is the constant threat of intractable pain. I've tried to get things done the usual way- one appointment/procedure at a time, when I could afford it and had the emotional fortitude to go through with them. The problem is that my last two or three appointments- for root canals and fillings- have gone terribly. The anaesthetic never, ever worked, even after multiple injections, and even with nitrous. My last visit for a root canal was the first time I ever had the distinct displeasure of knowing what a drill on one's nerve feels like. I now shudder at the mere sound of a drill or anything that sounds like it. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jun 6, 2014 - 13 answers

My husband won't brush his teeth.

My husband goes for days at a time without brushing his teeth. Since talking about it doesn't seem to help and I can't control his actions, what can I do to make things better for myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 30, 2014 - 76 answers

Why does my tongue feel too big for my mouth?

For the past week I've been constantly aware of my tongue resting against my molars. It feels like my tongue's just a touch too small for my mouth. What gives? [more inside]
posted by harperpitt on May 28, 2014 - 13 answers

Is it worth paying more for a label that says clinically proven?

Is it worth paying extra for a clinically proven mouthwash, Listerine Cool Citrus to be specific? Or will an own brand version with (as far as I can tell) identical ingredients do just as good a job? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Apr 25, 2014 - 7 answers

Can fluorosis vanish in a week?

Can fluorosis vanish in a week? I thought once you have it, it does not go away unless a dentist treats you for it. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Feb 4, 2014 - 8 answers

Is it safe to cut fruits out of your diet for the rest of your life?

I'm currently a 23-year-old with rapidly deteriorating teeth. I had braces from 2005-2008, which compromised my ability to clean thoroughly (I recall spending around 45 minutes twice a day cleaning and brushing my teeth, yet apparently that wasn't enough to prevent decay). So, when I had my braces taken off in 2008, I was left with a whole bunch of cavities that needed to be filled -- mostly around the back teeth/molars. [more inside]
posted by vanizorc on Jan 27, 2014 - 30 answers

Is a root canal worth it?

I just went to the dentist and they said I needed a root canal. It's going to cost me like 10 times the price of getting the tooth pulled. It's like 3 or 4 over to to the left on the top. Is it really worth paying $2000 for something that might not permanently fix it anyway? Or should I just say fuck it and have them take it out?
posted by mamamia88 on Jan 25, 2014 - 12 answers

Best Toiletry Bag Contents?

An unexpected late holiday gift has left me the owner of an amazingly capacious leather toiletry bag (this one to be exact) to replace my previous canvas sack. What can I put in it to make it the best men's toiletry bag ever for someone who travels frequently? I'm already putting in travel toothbrushes and simple shaving supplies, but what else should I include? What unexpected thing has been life-saving (or just really welcome) in your toilet bag? What emergency supplies should I have on hand?
posted by The Whelk on Jan 17, 2014 - 44 answers

Advice on getting last minute appointment with new dentist

Last night bonding that filled in a sizable part of my front tooth (chipped in childhood) fell out. It is not too painful (just sensitive to hot and cold) so is certainly not a dental emergency, but is very noticeable and I'd like to have it addressed ASAP. I have recently moved to a new area and have not yet had a routine cleaning with a local dentist, though I have a recommendation from a friend. I called that office and a few others covered by my insurance this morning but they all appear to be closed over the weekend. Will a new dentist see me with little notice to fix the issue if I am not a current patient? Also is the best approach to leave a message now or call early Monday? Or do I need to contact my last dentist (who I didn't particularly like and who is a 35 minute drive) for better luck getting a last minute appointment?
posted by moshimosh on Jan 4, 2014 - 11 answers

Any reason not to put a stainless steel crown on my 3-year-old's tooth?

We learned from our dentist that our 3-year-old has enamel hypoplasia, serious enough that they want to put a stainless-steel crown on her molar. I tend to trust our dentist, who we've been with for years, but I wonder: should I have any concern about nickel and other metals leeching into the tooth itself, possibly causing sensitivities down the line, as this paper suggests? Or should we just go ahead and do this? Set my mind at ease, MeFi dentists and/or people with teeth!
posted by escabeche on Dec 8, 2013 - 15 answers

How can a cancer patient get free emergency dental care in Ottawa?

I am grinding my teeth at night and they are breaking. I have no income, benefits, insurance or money. I need help quite quickly. [more inside]
posted by One Hand Slowclapping on Nov 6, 2013 - 8 answers

Are my high-pressure dental hygienists the norm?

My dental hygienists are extremely high pressure. I like my dentist but interacting with them makes the experience awful. Should I find someone new? Or is this just how going to the dentist is when you're an adult? [more inside]
posted by almostmanda on Oct 23, 2013 - 43 answers

The archwire in my braces broke 4 times, do I dump my dentist?

There is a spot in my lower teeth where there is a sharp(ish) bend between two molars. The arch wire in my braces keeps breaking at that point: 4 times in 4 months. It usually lasts about 4 days before breaking. I pointed this out to my dentist (he is not an orthodontist) and he said we just have to keep replacing it each time because I'm not ready for a thicker wire. I've completed 4 months of having braces so far. During one visit, he said not to worry about the disconnected part because another area in my mouth was more important, and left it disconnected for about a month (it's my very edge tooth, so the remainder wire was thrown out). Now it's back to breaking-time. I know little about having braces, but this seems way shady to me. I've already spent a lot of money, but should I switch to someone else? Or is this sort of thing normal? Thanks for your insight!
posted by film on Sep 20, 2013 - 8 answers

Where can I find a comparison cost of periodontal surgery procedures?

I was recently given a cost breakdown of some periodontal surgery I need and want to compare it with others. Is the hive aware of a place on the web I can visit to compare such things. Just want to get an idea if I am being charged fairlydentals, surgery [more inside]
posted by citybuddha on Sep 4, 2013 - 3 answers

Can/should we use trip insurance as our primary medical insurance?

In 6 weeks' time, my husband and I are quitting our jobs to go on a 2-3 month road trip around the USA before moving to Europe. I have some questions about travel/trip/health insurance for folks who may have done this or something similar. Is it sensible or possible to use travel insurance as our primary health insurance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2013 - 5 answers

one tooth, one paranoid me

My upper left front tooth had a filling back in late March. The dentist was perplexed as to why I'd have a cavity there-- she said it's a very accessible place (brush 3 times, floss twice a day. Never miss). After the filling the tooth was a tad sensitive for a day and then all was fine. In the last month or so, I some times get a "cold sensation" in the area of that tooth but couldn't pin it down but I think it came from the filled tooth. It just feels like a cold feeling from the inside. Then this morning I got a stronger "cold feeling" in that tooth after taking a sip of warm coffee. Should I go back to the dentist? I am very worried. I don't want this to turn into something worse. In the mean time, just seeing the dentist cost a lot of money. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree on Jul 18, 2013 - 9 answers

Nursing someone after oral surgery: how to not screw it up edition

A relative of mine is having the entirety of her teeth replaced by what I think is called an implant-supported bridge. I'm caring for her the day of the surgery, but 1) I'm not super-awesome, or anyway, super-intuitive at nursing people 2) I'm not at ALL familiar with this type of procedure 3) Said relative is very ashamed of the situation and thus VERY vague about the actual terms, details, and recovery situation. She...tends to be a little in denial about stuff, I tend to take her statements with a grain of salt. So I would appreciate anything you all can offer in terms of advice, or in procedure-specific tips and information. [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Jul 8, 2013 - 22 answers

Who shops at an open-air market for dental tools?

Does New Orleans have an open-air market for dental tools? Back in the late '90s, I visited New Orleans with my parents. I have one memory from that trip that I am still bedeviled by. One afternoon, we headed to a big open-air market -- rows and rows of stalls, I think under some kind of canopy, various goods for sale. I guess this was probably the French Market, but I don't specifically remember. As we got further and further into the market, the stalls started to get a little funny. Everyone had POW-MIA flags, and I saw one that read, "KILL THEM ALL AND LET GOD SORT THEM OUT." [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Jun 25, 2013 - 18 answers

In Need of an Affordable Dental Plan

I am looking for a dental plan I can enroll in. My employer does not provide dental insurance. I live in Massachusetts. [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on May 21, 2013 - 15 answers

Amalgam vs Composite, Long-term

I know amalgam fillings are more durable. However, they also require drilling away more of the tooth. Given this, which is a better choice for filling a molar in the long run for a young person? [more inside]
posted by Comet Bug on May 21, 2013 - 15 answers

Ow! My tooth!

I had multiple fillings done about a month ago due to my major dental negligence over the past few years. Everything was awesome and wonderful until last week.... [more inside]
posted by altopower on May 3, 2013 - 12 answers

Tooth problems while out of town - please advice.

It's the middle of the night, I'm out of town, and I'm in pain from my tooth. Please help me figure out what my next step is. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Apr 17, 2013 - 11 answers

How do I choose between types of fillings & crowns?

I have fillings that need to be replaced, and I need to decide whether I want amalgam or composite fillings. I may also need a new crown, and I need to decide whether I want the basic option or to upgrade. How do I decide? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Mar 26, 2013 - 9 answers

Is a root canal necessary before a crown?

So, I cracked one of my lower molars and it now needs to be crowned. My dentist is planning to perform a root canal on the tooth before crowning it, but I'm not sure if it is necessary. [more inside]
posted by defreckled on Feb 5, 2013 - 12 answers

I never want to have another cavity in my teeth.

I never want to have another cavity in my teeth. Help make this dream a reality. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Feb 4, 2013 - 34 answers

Why am I losing gums around my teeth so rapidly if my dental health is good?

Why am I losing gums around my teeth so rapidly if my dental health is good? [more inside]
posted by wanderingchord on Dec 29, 2012 - 22 answers

Do I need to do anything about the tooth that just fell out?

I had a root canal on a tooth a couple years ago, and never got a crown on it. Most of the rest of the tooth just fell out. Do I need to do anything about it? [more inside]
posted by webmutant on Dec 28, 2012 - 14 answers

Is dental tourism is Brazil a good idea?

Dental tourism filter: should I do this root canal treatment in Brazil? [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood on Dec 2, 2012 - 6 answers

By the time my cat gets to the vet, I may have to be sedated, too.

How can I keep my kitty from bouncing off the walls while he’s fasting? My 12-year-old cat Marty must fast Monday after 8 p.m. in preparation for teeth cleaning (and the requisite anesthesia) Tuesday at 8 a.m. (Sorry to fall down on the picture mandate – he’s all black, so taking a recognizable photo of him is … not easy!) [more inside]
posted by virago on Nov 18, 2012 - 12 answers

Why does my dental crown keep breaking?

My dental crown has cracked and broken three times in as many years. Thoughts on how to proceed? [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo on Nov 11, 2012 - 10 answers

I've got three good teeth left.

Looking for a dentist in Southern Maine. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Nov 8, 2012 - 2 answers

Is this really just a totally routine and normal procedure I am overthinking?

Trying to figure out if/when I should get a dental crown replaced. [more inside]
posted by leedly on Nov 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Smile Bright Store: worth it?

Does anyone have any experience, positive or negative, with the Smile Bright Store and their teeth-whitening products? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Oct 24, 2012 - 2 answers

bone graft tooth implant expert?

Dental tourism? I want to have several dental implants and bone grafts done in the next year and am willing to travel for excellent dental service. I am looking for truly amazing dental implant experts in Europe and the United States I should be looking at. I am based in England. English recs welcome.
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2012 - 3 answers

How often should I go to the dentist?

How often should a "regular" dental checkup and cleaning take place? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood on Sep 23, 2012 - 21 answers

Learn to floss

How do I *start* flossing? It's really painful... and apparently "not flossing" is my way of rebelling against society. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2012 - 61 answers

I'm gonna [pik or floss] that plaque right off of my teeth

WaterPik or floss: Which is more effective? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK on Sep 1, 2012 - 13 answers

Doctor, Dentist, Indian Chief

Good afternoon. I am in the market for a doctor, of the general practitioner variety, a dentist and a new laboratory in NYC. Any referrals you could provide would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Aug 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Failed dental implant with possible incompetence...recourse?

Over the past 6 months I've been having a dental implant installed, and it has now failed. The dentist has been rather dismissive of the pain, and I'm pretty sure I can identify specifically when the implant failed and I believe it to be his fault. This should have taken 4 appointments to finish, and has now been 9, and will end with the 10th…hopefully. There are other instances of his (possible) incompetence past the break (please read if you are going to reply). He has said that after I heal when it's removed he will do the process again for free…but I'm rather terrified of him now. Do I have any legal recourse to ask for a refund? Again, details after the break. [more inside]
posted by aloiv2 on Jul 20, 2012 - 7 answers

I should ask this question while I still *have* teeth.

I am a bad human being and have not been to the dentist in...well, a very very long time. Help me figure out options, like insurance and such? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Jun 4, 2012 - 20 answers

Tooth and clause

Dental Insurance: I have it for the first time in 20 years. Help me figure out how (if) I can get coverage for a procedure that was pre-approved and then denied coverage. [more inside]
posted by caryatid on May 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Dental problem

I'm guessing this one is unusual, and maybe only answered by an advanced dental pro, but here goes: I have an under-bite, in that my front-most lower teeth actually make contact with the roof of my mouth. I tend to grind my teeth at night and so end up with a sore spot just behind my front upper teeth. I've gone to a orthodontist/dentist and he created a bite plate for me but I hate to use it. It tastes like plastic and feels bulky and uncomfortable in my mouth. Is there another way to fix this problem? [more inside]
posted by ConnieL on May 7, 2012 - 11 answers

Did I give my boyfriend cavities?

I had untreated cavities. Now my boyfriend has cavities and his dentist blames me and says we shouldn't kiss. To what degree is this true? [more inside]
posted by elklet on Apr 30, 2012 - 22 answers

Does my cat have stomatitis?

Does my cat have stomatitis? [more inside]
posted by branparsons on Apr 29, 2012 - 17 answers

Need recomendations on medical grade keyboards.

Need a medical grade keyboard for dental offices. Do you have some you use and would recommend? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on Apr 25, 2012 - 6 answers

What are the safest dental options for a missing front tooth while breastfeeding?

What are the safest dental options for a missing front tooth while breastfeeding? I am breastfeeding my infant son and I need to have get a dental implant or a bridge for a missing front tooth. I am considering delaying the procedure until he is done nursing -- at least 10 more months -- so that he is not exposed to anything toxic. [more inside]
posted by bobbyno on Apr 23, 2012 - 4 answers

What's the best of three unappealing options?

I will be having a root canal soon, but the dentist has told me that the damage to the tooth may not be treatable by the root canal, and that other action may be necessary. He's given me a few options to consider, and has asked me to pick one. [more inside]
posted by smilingtiger on Apr 17, 2012 - 18 answers

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