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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

 

El Dentista

Dentalfilter: I have several old amalgam fillings with decay under them that I need to replace. Should I get dental insurance? What kind? Also, UK or US? [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera on Sep 21, 2012 - 16 answers

Recommend a dentist in Putney, London?

Can anyone recommend a good dentist in or around Putney, London SW15? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver on Sep 17, 2012 - 1 answer

Broken tooth. What are my options?

I broke a tooth I had a root canal done on. Haven't been to the dentist in years. What can they do? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Sep 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Surely my teeth won't fall out if I wish hard enough, right?

Do cavities ever just... go away? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Aug 19, 2012 - 21 answers

How to fix my gums

My gums appear to be falling apart. Is there ANYTHING I can do about them before I get scolded by my dentist? Tell me about the time you fixed your gums on your own. [more inside]
posted by windbox on Aug 15, 2012 - 55 answers

non-judgmental, thorough dentist in Toronto?

I have just moved to Toronto, and am looking for a good dentist. I am a grad student at U of T, so something that can be covered by their dental plan would be nice (although not absolutely necessary). The main thing is that they have to be thorough, non-judgmental and be willing to listen to descriptions. I need regular cleaning and check-ups, and want to have a place I trust if god forbid I have dental problems down the road. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree on Aug 13, 2012 - 6 answers

Gentle dentist in Albuquerque?

Please recommend a good, gentle, sedation-using dentist in the Albuquerque area. [more inside]
posted by Angharad on Aug 10, 2012 - 4 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

Inexpensive dentist in NYC.

I'm in NYC and I may need to see a dentist, but I have no dental insurance. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Jun 14, 2012 - 15 answers

Give me your old wive's tales about dental health, please.

Please share your wingnut advice about healthy teeth and gums. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Jun 4, 2012 - 32 answers

Broken Temporary Crown?

Temporary crown on back molar fell off in two pieces, won't stay on with dental cement. I have the appointment to get the permanent put on on Tuesday--what do I do between now and then to minimize the chance of having to go through the whole process again? [more inside]
posted by besonders on May 26, 2012 - 4 answers

Unique Orthodontic Problem Needs Best Possible Advice

I need to locate an outstanding orthodontist (in the DC area or otherwise) who can provide a second opinion on my 12 year old son's highly unique problem with his No. 7 canine. [more inside]
posted by Jamesonian on May 7, 2012 - 3 answers

Tell me about your root canal!

Tell me about your root canal! [more inside]
posted by rinosaur on May 3, 2012 - 49 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

TMJ, or Scamsville USA?

How much would my mention of the phrase 'TMJ' (a jaw disorder) to a dentist affect his decision to attribute my toothache to grinding rather than to tooth decay? I am worried that I am about to be scammed, due to the fact that (i) my aching tooth (and that tooth alone) has obvious decay, and (ii) that a new dentist was able to attribute my toothache to grinding before actually looking in my mouth. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2012 - 16 answers

Insurance for braces

Our 10 yr old needs braces. Should we buy ortho insurance? What kind? Use medical reimbursement plan? Combination of insurance and medical reimbursement? Is AFLAC a good plan to go with? [more inside]
posted by I'm Doing the Dishes on Apr 27, 2012 - 2 answers

Should I wait until my tooth infection clears before getting them extracted?

My two right wisdom teeth are infected and abscessed. I'm on 500mg of Amoxicillin three times a day. Should I wait until the infection clears before getting them extracted? [more inside]
posted by clcapps on Apr 21, 2012 - 12 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

Dentist Shopping

What am I looking for in a dentist? [more inside]
posted by Lizzle on Apr 6, 2012 - 10 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

Need a dentist south of Seattle

Need a good dentist south of Seattle [more inside]
posted by fx3000 on Mar 26, 2012 - 4 answers

To fill or not to fill my laser-detected cavities?

Should I get fillings of tooth cavities that have been diagnosed with a Diagnodent laser? If so, what number should I make my cut-off? [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla on Mar 21, 2012 - 8 answers

Thorough dentist or hygenist cleaning in San Francisco Financial District or nearby?

Thorough dentist or hygienist in San Francisco, in or close to the Financial District? [more inside]
posted by ccl6yl on Mar 3, 2012 - 7 answers

Best way to take care of a bridge

What's the best way to take care of my new bridge? Should I get a water flosser? [more inside]
posted by oblique red on Feb 29, 2012 - 8 answers

Dentist filter: dull ache when biting on one tooth!

dentist filter: I have a tooth (upper right molar, second to the last one) that occasionally have a dull pain when I bite on it. It usually happens when I am tired, i.e. when I am sleep deprived. I had a dental cleaning/checkup on Jan. 13, and the dentist didn't say anything. I am out of the country now and have no access to any dentist, and I am really worried. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree on Feb 6, 2012 - 7 answers

You and your wife have teeth alive, now haven't you?

Refreshing an old question: dentists in Los Angeles (specifically West L.A./Santa Monica). [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Jan 23, 2012 - 10 answers

Orthodontic fearmongering?

Is my new dentist trying to convince me to get braces unnecessarily? Lots more agonizing inside! [more inside]
posted by easy, lucky, free on Jan 15, 2012 - 14 answers

If I ignore it, it might go away, right? Periodontist in NYC required (or maybe not???)

Can anyone recommend a good periodontist in NYC? Do I even need a periodontist? [more inside]
posted by bquarters on Jan 12, 2012 - 10 answers

Drilling seems to be the root of the problem.

Was my co-worker the victim of a bad dental procedure? How should she proceed now she needs more expensive work done? [more inside]
posted by maryr on Jan 4, 2012 - 12 answers

Trusted reviews of Doctor and Mechanics.. Not Angie's List

Do you have a go to place for getting trusted reviews for service related occupations like doctors, dentists and mechanics? Angie's list is paid, free is preferable
posted by radsqd on Jan 4, 2012 - 5 answers

Should my seven-year-old son's dentist knock him out?

Just got home from a dentist appointment with my seven-year-old son. Five of his baby teeth are crowding the rest of his teeth and need to be extracted very soon. But he's extremely anxious at the dentist, and after today's ordeal, they're recommending putting him completely under using IV sedation with an on-site MD. I had IV sedation for my wisdom teeth, and it was amazing, but I'm flat-out terrified to knock out my little boy. He's never had anesthesia of any kind. Is it worth doing? Are there any risks or caveats I should know? Would it be better to stick with oral anasthetic? Help!
posted by waxpancake on Jan 3, 2012 - 26 answers

What does pre-medicating w/antibiotics before a dental visit do to your body?

I have to take 2000mg of Amoxicillin before I visit the dentist -- is that a large dose? Would it muck with the balance of good bacteria in my body? Just curious, thanks!
posted by 10ch on Dec 21, 2011 - 13 answers

Do I fix my broken tooth for $1200 now or can I wait a month and fix it in Thailand?

Do get my broken back molar fixed now or 5 weeks later when I'm in Thailand? If now, where can I find an affordable dentist in NYC that is not NYU dental school? [more inside]
posted by Viola on Dec 12, 2011 - 3 answers

Looking for Helen Wait.

I would like to lodge the single most effective complaint against some really misleading and crappy billing practices by a dental office. [more inside]
posted by sonika on Nov 9, 2011 - 16 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

Great dentist in Sydney or Illawarra?

Great dentist in Sydney or Southcoast/Illawarra? My periodontist is leaving the area so I need a good Dentist or Periodontist. I am dentist-phobic. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
posted by ginky on Oct 25, 2011 - 5 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

Nothern NJ dentist recommendations?

It's time for a new DDS (or DMD, I suppose). Can anyone recommend a fantastic, friendly dentist in sunny Essex/Passaic/Bergen counties in NJ? [more inside]
posted by mintcake! on Sep 26, 2011 - 4 answers

Medicaid dentist in Manhattan or Brooklyn

Recommend a good Medicaid dentist in Manhattan or Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by Juicy Avenger on Sep 26, 2011 - 3 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

Our dentist was no help, now what?

How do you find emergency dental help on a Saturday (in Dallas)? [more inside]
posted by Terriniski on Aug 20, 2011 - 8 answers

I will submit your claim Tuesday for an expensive dental procedure today

My wife's dentist is proposing submitting an insurance claim in January for work that is mostly going to be done much sooner. He says it's ethical, but I'm not so sure. Open up and say ahh... [more inside]
posted by swift on Aug 5, 2011 - 39 answers

Need Great Dentist in New York

Recently moved to New York City from the midwest. I am requesting recommendations for a great dentist in or close to Manhattan - Pain and aesthetic issues involved. Please tell me who is the best. I am fully insured.
posted by mbx on Aug 1, 2011 - 6 answers

Pus and Swelling after Dental Visit

Cheek swelling and pus after local anesthesia and a fairly minor procedure at the dentist. I went back today and he prescribed an antibiotic, but I am still worried. (Grossness inside...) [more inside]
posted by ZeroDivides on Jul 22, 2011 - 5 answers

Words for Wisdoms

I am having my top two wisdom teeth out on wednesday without general or "twilight" anesthesia. What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by arveale on Jul 20, 2011 - 26 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

Is this a dental emergency?

Trying to figure out whether to call my dentist's emergency number, see if this is something that can wait until Tues. or if it's something an urgent care could handle. [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari on May 29, 2011 - 9 answers

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