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Questions I should ask my dentist about a new problem

After every meal, I end up with gum pain that's caused by food getting stuck between two molars. This is a new problem that suddenly surfaced about three weeks ago. [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on Sep 7, 2014 - 13 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

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

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

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

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

Does my cat have stomatitis?

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

Help me spend less time in the bathroom while I'm on a liquid diet.

How do I keep from having diarrhea while on a liquid diet? [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman on Apr 4, 2012 - 6 answers

New bridge? Or implant?

Can you help me choose between a dental implant and replacing my bridge? [more inside]
posted by troywestfield on Feb 16, 2012 - 12 answers

Permanent crown fitted on a temp basis - how long to wait for my tooth to cool it?

My dentist inserted my permanent crown in a temporary fashion due to my tooth's uncertainty about whether it likes all of this intrusive behaviour - how long to wait to see if it will settle down? Potentially triggering dental details inside. [more inside]
posted by analog on Feb 7, 2012 - 7 answers

How to improve odds at dental school admission?

Dental School Filter: After a few tries, a friend of mine finally received an invitation for an interview at one of the schools he applied to. What are his chances of getting accepted? [more inside]
posted by icollectpurses on Oct 6, 2011 - 3 answers

Cheap dental insurance in Australia?

What's the best health insurance in Australia for dental work? I have a chipped tooth that needs capping and some wisdom teeth that need removing, and I don't want to wait a long time. I can't afford to spend that much either.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn on Jun 15, 2011 - 9 answers

I get black stuff on my teeth. Anyone heard of this?

I get black stuff on my teeth. Anyone heard of this? I haven't been brushing my teeth regularly for a while, and that might have something to do with it. I easily get a black film over my teeth, and it doesn't brush away easily. I just scrape it off with a nail, but it's hard to get it all. It's like black plaque. I'm not eating anything unusual, so I don't know why it's happening.
posted by vash on May 28, 2011 - 18 answers

Do I need this root canal?

Do I really need a root canal on a tooth that has no symptoms, but that the dentist is suddenly *very* concerned about? [more inside]
posted by I_love_the_rain on May 17, 2011 - 19 answers

Fruitful?

Will having a large percentage of my caloric intake come from fruit lead to more problems than health benefits? [more inside]
posted by Evernix on Mar 15, 2011 - 27 answers

Be a dentist, you'll be a success...?

Should I go to dental school? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Feb 23, 2011 - 15 answers

Stupid teeth.

I have a dental issue (broken crown) but I'm not in my home country and won't be back for a week. I'm not in pain and I can probably live with it for now. Would waiting a week to see a dentist be detrimental? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl on Jan 17, 2011 - 12 answers

Dental Care for the Broke

Wisdom teeth extraction. No insurance. Halp! My boyfriend is in a lot of pain and needs surgery asap. However, consultation and procedural costs comes to about $900 (only 2 teeth). He's broke and already drowning in student and medical debt. We've thought of a few options but they're not panning out. [more inside]
posted by vilandra on Jan 10, 2011 - 17 answers

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth

My dentist just told me I need an immediate implant (he also discussed bridge and orthodontic retainer options with me, but I am told the tooth needs to be extracted pronto.) Should I be gathering second opinions/additional price quotes, or should I continue treating this as Urgent? [more inside]
posted by endless_forms on Nov 18, 2010 - 22 answers

My friends call me Bleedin' Gums

You are not a dentist, but maybe you are real clever and know how I can get this nasty abscess-pus taste out of my mouth? [more inside]
posted by Syllables on Oct 26, 2010 - 12 answers

Interdental Toothbrushes

My dentist told me that I should start to use an interdental toothbrush once a day. Are their any particular brands I should look out for or are the generics just as good? Also, any tips when it comes to using one?
posted by nam3d on May 7, 2010 - 2 answers

Is the use of an HSA for a dental crown allowed?

Is the out-of-pocket cost for a new dental crown an acceptable expense for an HSA, if I already have dental insurance? If it is "denied" as an acceptable expense, what happens? [more inside]
posted by tckma on May 5, 2010 - 9 answers

Is this dental procedure worth my money?

Is my dentist doing a pointless procedure on my maybe-cavity? [more inside]
posted by kmavap on Apr 13, 2010 - 14 answers

What was your experience with Invisilign?

Tell me about your experience with Invisilign - was it good/bad, did it work? [more inside]
posted by dmbfan93 on Mar 13, 2010 - 6 answers

It's like pulling teeth

How much does it cost to get wisdom teeth removed these days with no insurance? [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 on Nov 7, 2009 - 32 answers

Why do baby teeth come in in the order they do?

Why do baby teeth come in in the order they do? [more inside]
posted by Bugbread on Oct 5, 2009 - 13 answers

:( my mouth feels sad!

Give me your secret home remedies for toothaches and canker sores. [more inside]
posted by mittenbex on Sep 21, 2009 - 34 answers

Destined for problem teeth?

What will REALLY happen when I get pregnant if I have poor oral health? [more inside]
posted by mittenbex on Aug 20, 2009 - 17 answers

Chip off the ol' molar

How worried should I be about my chipped tooth? [more inside]
posted by Riki tiki on May 21, 2009 - 11 answers

Like I Need Another Hole In My Head.

No Insurance-Filter: I suspect I need some minor dental work done, where can I get it done cheaply and quickly in NYC? Caveat: No Insurance, but some savings. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on May 20, 2009 - 8 answers

Kitty teeth

Cat filter: Do I really need to get her teeth cleaned? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Mar 30, 2009 - 30 answers

I already hated going to the dentist...

Tell me about your experiences with dental paresthesia, please... [more inside]
posted by Vervain on Mar 16, 2009 - 5 answers

My cat is high, but he doesn't seem to enjoy it.

Yet another cat health/vet visit related question. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Jan 7, 2009 - 9 answers

Should my mouth hurt this much?

I had two root canals on two upper right molars and now my entire mouth hurts. Is this common? [more inside]
posted by nuala on Jun 19, 2006 - 19 answers

Why is dental insurance so lousy?

Why is dental insurance so lousy? My wife and I have managed to get decent (though too expensive) health coverage, but the only dental coverage we can find provides only a few hundred more dollars coverage per year than you pay for it. And it's not just a self-employment thing: when I worked at a pharmaceutical-related company, the medical and vision coverage was fine but the dental was similarly lousy. Is there some structural reason for this? You'd think some company would offer better service in the hope the masses would flock to it.
posted by languagehat on Mar 28, 2005 - 14 answers

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