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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -