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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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is dentist obligated to return patient's gold crown of extracted tooth?

Is dentist required to return a gold crown of extracted molar to patient? [more inside]
posted by kartguy on Apr 5, 2012 - 15 answers

Did My Dentist Screw Up My Crown?

A rear molar (#30 for you dental fans) had a chip missing but was otherwise asymptomatic but my dentist recommended a gold crown before the tooth broke and caused greater problems. I followed his advise and while wearing the temporary crown I noticed a new, distinct and very painful sensitivity to cold. He dismissed it as a fluke and installed the permanent crown, but the sensitivity remains and now I can't eat anything frozen without agony. He x-rayed the tooth and found no structural issues, nor did he find any leaks in the seating. He claims that the problem is just routine cold sensitivity and advised aggressive fluoride, but with no prior problem isn't it more likely that he screwed up something and, if so, what?
posted by Jamesonian on Nov 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Where can I find good and affordable dental care in the Boston area?

Where can I find good and affordable dental care in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Oct 7, 2011 - 7 answers

post-procedure dental pain

Should it hurt this much two days after having two teeth pulled? [more inside]
posted by yesster on Oct 5, 2011 - 26 answers

Why does the tissue in my mouth shed?

The epithelial tissue in my mouth sheds itself daily. Up until today I had no idea that this was abnormal. [more inside]
posted by stray on Sep 15, 2011 - 32 answers

Dental surgury options for a toddler?

Our 2-year old has an injured tooth that is wearing away. Dentist would like to go in, and do baby-tooth root canal, or possible extraction if the tooth cannot be saved. Hospital wants outrageous sums of money, health insurance says it will not cover it. Are there any good options? [more inside]
posted by fings on Sep 8, 2011 - 19 answers

Or you could just stick chewing gum over it

You Are Not My Dentist-filter: Tooth filled with composite (white) filling six months ago. This week, it's started hurting when chewing or when drinking hot drinks. Why? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jun 30, 2011 - 14 answers

Dental Work Fail

Help! My old dentist screwed up my teeth and now I live 500 miles away and need a possible root canal. Is there any way to get a reimbursement for the work that was done? [more inside]
posted by tessalations999 on Apr 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Gift For Dental Team

How on earth do I say Thank You to this Dental Team? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2011 - 17 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

Do I need to Crest-strip it?

I've got a bum tooth up front, and want to get a crown -- do I need to bother trying to bleach/whiten my teeth ahead of time, or just go with whatever shade I am now as a match? [more inside]
posted by liquado on Nov 18, 2010 - 9 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

It's a mouthwash. It's on the tip of my tongue. And killing me.

Why does listerine burn the tip of my tongue? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Sep 16, 2010 - 10 answers

What do we know for sure kills dental cavity bacteria?

What do we know for sure kills dental cavity bacteria? [more inside]
posted by cda on Jul 1, 2010 - 7 answers

Does pain while chewing mean I need a root canal?

Pain when chewing with a composite filling. Will I need (yet another) root canal? And what's up with my teeth, anyway?! [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on May 10, 2010 - 7 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

Why do antibiotics make it hurt worse in my teeth area?

Why does my tooth pain get so much worse after each antibiotic dose? [more inside]
posted by ishotjr on Mar 22, 2010 - 5 answers

DentalInsuranceDeductibleFilter

Does what my dentist's receptionist told me re: dental insurance and my deductible make sense? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Feb 8, 2010 - 12 answers

Help. I'm a pansy.

This is so shameful. I haven't seen a dentist since 2005. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 6, 2009 - 45 answers

I don't want to go, but I should. Help me find a dentist and help me get over my fear.

I'm scared of going to the dentist. How do I find one that will understand and how do I prepare myself for going to my first appointment in years? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2009 - 22 answers

Removing plaque without a visit to The Chair

My question is two fold: is there a product on the market that can remove or at least loosen hardened plaque on the teeth? And, is there any actual damage being done to my teeth by just leaving the plaque there? [more inside]
posted by caveat on Aug 27, 2009 - 24 answers

Dental Insurance Waiting Period Details

Another Dental Insurance Question: My Delta Dental starts on Sept. 1st, but they won't cover fillings until Mar. 1. What happens if I have a filling done before Mar. 1? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Aug 7, 2009 - 10 answers

Wheelchair-friendly dentists in DC area

Wheelchair-friendly dentist in the Washington DC area (Montgomery County MD if possible)? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Jul 23, 2009 - 4 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

Papa Needs a Brand New Crown

Dental filter: I just visited a dentist who told me that I chipped one of my molars and that I'd need a crown for it. He said that since I'm not really having pain associated with it (it's a little sensitive, but that's it) I don't need to have a root canal. Is getting a crown instead of a root canal wise? [more inside]
posted by theefixedstars on May 6, 2009 - 11 answers

Holy Rotten Baby Teeth, Batman

My three year old just had his filling break off (or fall out) his front tooth a mere seven days after having a dental procedure. Needless to say, it looks AWFUL. Is there some dental technique I should ask my dentist about to get something that will provide a more permanent(ish) solution until his adult teeth come in? Lots more below. [more inside]
posted by swilkerson on Apr 18, 2009 - 15 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

never trust anyone with bad teeth

I have a carny mouth. Should I get dental insurance before I decide to take care of it? No pain, but several cavities and a few teeth (including two wisdom teeth) have been rotting and falling apart for several years. 4-6 years ago, a dental school said that it would cost 4-5 thousand dollars and take 3-4 visits to fix. That doesn't include getting them whitened or anything cosmetic. Today, one of my molars broke in half and I swallowed it with some wasabi trail mix. That tooth only had a little speck of a cavity yesterday. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 9, 2009 - 19 answers

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