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Horrible Experience At The Dentist

I sufferred a very severe panic attack along with weakness and trembling in my arms and hands about 45 seconds after being injected with local anesthesia. This is the second time such a thing has happened and I'm looking for advice. A few more details to follow. [more inside]
posted by WalkerWestridge on Oct 15, 2016 - 18 answers

Wisdom teeth partially left in (or my molars are very sharp)

I had my wisdom teeth out 15 years ago and I've always thought my back molars felt sharp or like there was some jagged tooth behind my molars. I perpetually forget to do my dentist about it but aren't sure if they would see left over wisdom teeth bits in an x-ray or visual exam. [more inside]
posted by toomanycurls on Oct 9, 2016 - 5 answers

Need a reputable and affordable dentist in Atlanta

We need a third opinion and have maxed out the dental insurance. Anyone have a dentist who knows their stuff and is t expensive? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by LizBoBiz on Oct 8, 2016 - 2 answers

Dental phobiaaagh in London

I haven't been to the dentist in over ten years on account of intense terror at even the thought, but I definitely need to bite the scary bullet now. Can you please recommend a kind and understanding, non-judgmental dentist in London? Preferably in the South West, and NHS if possible. I would be happiest I think with somewhere I can have conscious sedation. Thank you!
posted by Carravanquelo on Sep 14, 2016 - 3 answers

How bad does it need to get?

My dentist is in no hurry to deal with agonising pain - what to do? [more inside]
posted by freya_lamb on Sep 3, 2016 - 19 answers

How can I be kind to my liver and kidneys?

I'm taking a bunch of pain meds right now. [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Aug 31, 2016 - 10 answers

What's it like to get Invisalign?

What's it like to get Invisalign? I've been considering getting retainers to stop my teeth from shifting (they were straightened when I was a teenager). They've shifted some and I wanted to stop them from shifting more. But then the dentist suggested I get Invisalign to bring them back to straight and then get retainers. Having straighter teeth than they are now does appeal. [more inside]
posted by purple_bird on Aug 16, 2016 - 10 answers

Best practices for dental care as I age?

My parents both had dentures. I am middle-aged (ouch!). Please talk to me about best practices for dental care, so that I can keep my own teeth for the duration of my life. [more inside]
posted by vignettist on Jul 14, 2016 - 16 answers

How late is too late for teeth to fall out?

I took my 14-year-old kid to the dentist for a check-up, and it turns out that her upper baby canines have never fallen out. Uh, now what? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Jul 12, 2016 - 31 answers

Amazing dental topical anesthetic: what is it?

I'm very squeamish about having my teeth cleaned, and a few years ago, my dentist's office started using a topical anesthetic that was a total game changer - a thousand times better than what they used previously. Now I want to change dentists and I don't want to call and ask the old dentist what the new topical was. But when I'm looking for a new dentist, I want to find out if the office uses it. Any ideas on what it might have been or how I can otherwise ask? [more inside]
posted by FencingGal on Jun 30, 2016 - 18 answers

Dentist Search: Unusual Anesthesia Equipment Edition

We need a dentist in the Portland, OR area who has specialized anesthesia equipment and is covered by our insurance. How do we look for one? [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Jun 8, 2016 - 3 answers

Sedation Dentist - NYC

I have pretty bad ptsd from some very traumatic dental experiences. About 30 minutes ago I cracked my molar (a whole chunk off the top). I am freaking out, both because of the tooth and also because I know I need to go to the dentist. Does anyone know of a sedation dentist in NYC that you would recommend? Preferably one that takes guardian dental insurance? Many thanks in advance.
posted by KMoney on Jun 6, 2016 - 3 answers

I had a root canal Tuesday and am now traveling and in pain. Any advice?

I have a high pain tolerance and have had multiple root canals in the past with no problems. Tuesday I had a root canal with a temporary filling and on Thursday my jaw around that tooth started to hurt. I don't think it's infected (no swelling, no smell or visible problems, plus my endodontist said he packed the tooth with antibiotics). But it hurts, a lot. Help! [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on May 7, 2016 - 11 answers

Dentist in DC for a custom night guard

My DC dentist has informed me that, one of these days, my nighttime gnashing will rid my mouth of any hint of tooth. They suggested that I get a night guard. Where in the area should I get a custom one for less than the $700 they quoted me? [more inside]
posted by cichlid ceilidh on Apr 25, 2016 - 12 answers

Ways to Manage Advance TMJ

My partner has TMJ. A disc in his jaw is all folded up, and it sounds like nobody can fix it. It causes him significant pain and he has no hope that his pain won't just get gradually worse until he can't mentally function anymore. What can we do to improve or manage his condition? [more inside]
posted by triscuit on Mar 2, 2016 - 10 answers

Should my teeth be doing this?

I had a crown that didn't mesh well with surrounding teeth for about two years. The crown has been sanded away to fit better (no sharp pain when I chew), but in the meantime I realized that my teeth and bite have shifted quite noticeably during this time. Dentist says it's not a cause for concern, but I'm concerned. Should I be? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Mar 1, 2016 - 4 answers

Dentist in Vancouver, BC

Seeking recommendations for a dentist in Vancouver, BC! [more inside]
posted by btfreek on Feb 22, 2016 - 9 answers

Teeth extraction woes

My boyfriend is getting 7 teeth extracted tomorrow and a temporary denture placed at the same time. He's afraid of the dentist and had been a real champ about getting this set up, but now he's completely freaking out. He seems to think they will only be giving him novacaine shots and no pain medication. I don't know enough about this procedure to give him guidance. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Jan 14, 2016 - 23 answers

Seeking magical incantation to make my dentist take me seriously

Twice this past year, I've gone to my dentist to check on some unusually concentrated sensitivity + discoloration in spots on my teeth, and twice I was sent home in 5 minutes with a little sample of Sensodyne. Today I had a regular cleaning/check-up, where she found decay in (surprise!) exactly the spots I pointed out previously, and admonished me for not coming in sooner (my dental plan only covers annual visits). Next time this sort of thing happens, how can I be firmer about getting things checked more thoroughly? [more inside]
posted by btfreek on Jan 11, 2016 - 15 answers

Persistently painful crown

I've had a crown on one of my molars for a couple years now, and it's never felt right. On my last visit to the dentist, they essentially told me I was SOL. Is this true? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Dec 29, 2015 - 15 answers

Help me resolve my bureaucratic dentistry nightmare!

I badly need a dental procedure and it's looking increasingly like it won't be possible to get it. Do you have any ideas about a hail mary pass at this point? [more inside]
posted by zeusianfog on Nov 16, 2015 - 13 answers

Dentist in Portland

Recommendations wanted for a Pdx-area dentist! [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Nov 10, 2015 - 9 answers

I have a question about eating disorders and dental health.

I have a question about eating disorders and dental health. It's probably not something you want to read if you are also struggling with ED or in recovery. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Oct 18, 2015 - 17 answers

Who's good at fixing broken teeth in Denver?

My partner crashed her bike in Denver last night. She's banged up, but okay. One of her front teeth was broken in the fall. She needs help finding a dentist to repair or replace it. [more inside]
posted by The Man from Lardfork on Oct 15, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me understand the different type of Dental Implants

I want to get dental implants which my dentist recomended I get last year. I didn't have the money because He said they're about $3000 each toothe and I need 4 teeeth done. I am considering going with my son to Thailand for medical tourism, where the price is about half as much. But I am confused about all the different types of dental implants. Please help me understand all these terms Details inside. [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Oct 9, 2015 - 9 answers

Seeking dentist in Round Rock/Cedar Park TX area

My mother is looking for a new dentist. She's in an assisted living community in Round Rock (on Sunrise Road, near Old Settlers) and I'll be driving her to appointments. Her teeth are in good shape (no dentures, few cavities); she has no dental insurance beyond Medicare and will be paying directly.
posted by immlass on Oct 6, 2015 - 4 answers

Help child afraid of needles at dentist today?

I am about to take my little girl to the dentist for an unexpected issue that may require an injection. She has a fear of needles. How do I help her through this in the best way? [more inside]
posted by Eolienne on Jul 26, 2015 - 8 answers

What to do about a broken tooth away from my insurance area?

I'm visiting my partner's family in Southern Oregon for the next ~3 weeks. Last night, I broke a tooth (my first molar, lower right). I have insurance in Minnesota via the state exchange, but I haven't been able to find anyone here who takes it, or who is willing to talk about it after they find out I have free insurance. I probably need a crown, but is there some temporary procedure I could request for the interim so I don't do more damage/get an infection? Is there some easier way to find dentists besides calling everyone from Yelp/the Yellow Pages? [more inside]
posted by MsDaniB on Jul 16, 2015 - 7 answers

Did a recent teeth cleaning make my teeth more likely to chip and break?

I ate some popcorn today and chipped the back of one of my lower front teeth. There is a sizable chunk missing. I didn't even crunch down on an unpopped kernel or anything, so this is a bit strange. I'm wondering if the recent teeth cleaning I had - which involved a heavy amount of scraping to the back of my teeth - somehow weakened my enamel and made it more likely to break. [more inside]
posted by ladybird on Jun 6, 2015 - 8 answers

How to get a dentist to take my inflamed and bleeding gums seriously?

I went through a period of time where I didn't take as good care of my teeth as I should have due to excessive stress in my life. I wasn't flossing, didn't brush very often and also was grinding and clenching my teeth a lot. [more inside]
posted by sely on May 6, 2015 - 17 answers

You're almost certainly not my dentist

I've got a potential issue with some dental work sequencing - should I get a filling now or wait until I've had my wisdom teeth taken out next month? More details within. [more inside]
posted by terretu on May 5, 2015 - 3 answers

Night guard for non-grinders? Worthwhile or just upselling?

I have a dental checkup this week, and I expect to get harangued to get a night guard—a conversation I’ve had with this practice for the past two or three visits. I’m not convinced I need one. Do I? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Apr 27, 2015 - 15 answers

My son broke his tooth -- now what?

My 9-year-old had an altercation with a door today and knocked off half of a top front tooth. We got him to the dentist right away, and they glued the other half of the tooth back on. What happens now? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Apr 23, 2015 - 27 answers

Is there an app for this? Personal dental record/tracking

Is there some kind of personal dental record / tooth history app, or even a way of marking comments on tooth diagrams, for either major tablet OS? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Apr 21, 2015 - 0 answers

Appointment(s) with new dentist: is this normal?

Is it normal for a new dentist to expect one appointment for an exam/x-rays, a separate appointment for a cleaning, and then another follow-up appointment for any work that needs to be done (and I'm fairly sure I need at least one filling, possibly a crown)? Also, is it true that no dentists offer warm rinsing/jet water? (Do you know one that does offer this near Durham, NC?) [more inside]
posted by amtho on Apr 1, 2015 - 23 answers

Finding a good dentist, setting aside a recent bad experience: how do?

After seeing the same dentist for the entire 24 years of my dentist visiting history, I have emigrated to Canada and can no longer receive care from him. Unfortunately seeing a new dentist was a seriously unpleasant experience and I'm now faced with having to do the 'first visit' over and over until I find someone who doesn't make me go home and cry. [more inside]
posted by averysmallcat on Mar 20, 2015 - 14 answers

Why do I keep getting cavities?

I brush, floss, and rinse with fluoride twice daily. Why do I always get cavities? [more inside]
posted by Angel de Lune on Mar 9, 2015 - 65 answers

What happens at a baby's first dental appointment?

I'm living in a country where they don't see children for dental care until they're three. So what happens in American dentist appointments before then? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Feb 15, 2015 - 21 answers

How do I make a bad experience not be a big problem?

If you skim my question history, you'll notice that I have anxiety about medications that might make me feel high, extra-alert, whatever. Today at the dentist I got a few nice big shots of epinephrine as an additional painkiller and they fucked me up--sobbing panic attack for a couple hours, not fun. I'm feeling mostly okay now, but really don't want to have this bad experience turn into another point of anxiety for me. What can I do to make this just a crappy morning instead of a Big Deal that gets added to my (brief but potent) list of triggers? [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Jan 30, 2015 - 10 answers

Abscess or just sore swollen dental ligaments?

After a filling was replaced and ground down a couple of times recently, I have a tooth that is very sore to the touch, but does not ache on its own. The gum beside it is swollen and tender and soft, and if i make myself bite down it feels spongy under the tooth. The dentist says he can get me in again in a week. Is this an abscess? Do I need to push to get in faster? [more inside]
posted by dilettante on Jan 27, 2015 - 9 answers

Should I go to the dentist? And if so, where do I even go?

I recently arrived in Uppsala, Sweden. I'm here for six months but my teeth started hurting today. It isn't so much as pain as it is sensitivity towards pressure and heat. It isn't ongoing and it comes and goes (usually if I bite down on something very hard). It happened a few weeks before I left, but it went away so quickly that I didn't think it was an issue. Now, I'm not sure if I even need to see a dentist and if I do, I'm not sure I am covered by insurance because it isn't an emergency procedure. Therefore, I will go to a dentist if it is absolutely recommended, but I'm trying to avoid it. So my question is two-fold: should I go see a dentist? If so, where in Uppsala do I even go?
posted by anonymous on Jan 25, 2015 - 11 answers

Emergency Dentist for Visitor in NYC?

I have a toothache and need someone to look at it in New York City. No insurance. [more inside]
posted by miles1972 on Jan 23, 2015 - 4 answers

Dentist: Do I go or not?

I went to the dentist for an emergency appointment on Tuesday after getting an excruciating toothache, and left with two fillings. That night, the toothache returned. I waited a day in case it was due to the surgery, and yesterday contacted the dentist to ask for an appointment, which I have in 90 minutes. Since then, the toothache has vanished completely aside from some very minor lingering tenderness. Do I still go, or do I cancel?
posted by tracicle on Jan 15, 2015 - 9 answers

Tender gums with no bleeding or swelling?

tl;dr: Starting last night I suddenly began experiencing gum pain when I floss, as well as some pain when chewing on a old root canal tooth (and the flossing-induced gum pain is especially noticeable in this area). However, there is no bleeding at all and my gums look pink in the mirror. What's going on? Can it wait until my routine cleaning next week? [more inside]
posted by serelliya on Dec 31, 2014 - 7 answers

Searching for a dentist in Philadelphia

I'm looking for the calmest, least nerve-wracking dentist's office in Philadelphia. A few details inside. [more inside]
posted by Merzbau on Dec 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Gum Receding Between Two Teeth, What To Do?

The gum between two of my back teeth has been painfully inflamed since Friday, and in attempting to address it today I discovered that there's a rather sizable divot between the teeth that I can see when I use floss to push the infected gum down. I'm too young to have receding gums. My dentist is on vacation until my appointment with him next Thursday. What can/should I do in the interim? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Dec 1, 2014 - 15 answers

Getting deep clean and scaling with my dental hygienist vs periodontist.

I went to the periodontist and was told I needed deep cleaning and scaling (4 quadrants). I got the perio charting done and had it sent to my dentist. The dental office said they can do that procedure, which I am happy about. My question: is the dental hygienist (who apparently does 90% of the cleanings there) skilled enough to do this procedure, as good as a periodontist? I have the option of requesting my dentist to do it if I am uncomfortable with her. [more inside]
posted by xiaobao12 on Nov 26, 2014 - 10 answers

Dentist in Sydney in or near CBD?

I am traveling for work. Just lost a filling. Suspect I need at least a temp to get me through as I don't get home til next Tuesday. Anyone got a rec for a dentist who will take a helpless American and hopefully not charge in the thousands? And if there's anyt unique about the process of going to a dentist in Australua that would help too.
posted by rednikki on Nov 25, 2014 - 9 answers

How do I shop for dental services (NYC)?

How do I determine whether the costs on my dental predetermination form are reasonable and/or shop around for a better deal? [more inside]
posted by yonglin on Oct 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Dentist in Playa del Carmen?

I have a couple (6!) cavities to fill and would like to get it done while I'm on vacation in Mexico for 2 weeks. Any suggestions? All the threads I could find were a few years old, so I figured a new one wouldn't hurt. Thanks!
posted by mrunderhill on Oct 13, 2014 - 1 answer

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