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How to deal with terror surrounding dentists.

I'm terrified of going to the dentist. I need significant amounts of dental work. I am having difficulty with my dental providers insurance and have the option to switch insurance providers, but have no idea how to navigate this emotionally, or financially. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Nov 11, 2013 - 14 answers

How long should my teeth be sensitive after a cavity?

I got a few fillings about five weeks ago. I'm still having some temperature-related sensitivity. (More to cold than heat, but a bit to both.) Not, like, really painful, but annoying. How long is normal for this to persist? At what point would I want to contact the dentist or go in to have them look at it? And if it's a problem, what are the most likely explanations? YANMD. Thanks!
posted by pdq on Nov 4, 2013 - 23 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

Pain relief for toothache please

Help me manage this toothache pain while I scout about for a dentist I can afford. [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Oct 2, 2013 - 19 answers

Post or crown or something else?

My partner (28 years old) had, on the same upper back-ish tooth, two failed root canals followed by a tooth extraction. They're still waiting for the extraction to heal. But they told us that a post is impossible since his bone is too thin. I hear a crown requires root canalling neighboring teeth, which we really don't want. Can we just leave it as is without teeth shifting significantly? Is there another option that doesn't requiring destroying MORE teeth? [more inside]
posted by ethidda on Sep 20, 2013 - 18 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

DC Carefirst Dental HMO patients: dentist recommendations?

I have DC Carefirst BCBS Dental HMO, and a moderate fear of dentists. Can you recommend a dentist who takes my insurance and isn't a nightmare? Bonus for in-network oral surgeon recommendations. [more inside]
posted by crunchysalty on Aug 22, 2013 - 2 answers

Is this a dental emergency?

Does my broken molar need immediate attention? [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood on Aug 6, 2013 - 17 answers

A good dental scrubbing

Aside from teeth whitening products or a trip to the dentist, how can I clean my teeth? I'd especially like to hear from anyone who has experience with Invisalign [more inside]
posted by helloimjohnnycash on Aug 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Dentist Recommendations for Guardian Mananged DentalGuard in NYC

Does anyone had any personal recommendations for a dentist under Guardian Mananged DentalGuard in NYC (Manhattan or Brooklyn.) [more inside]
posted by c on Jul 7, 2013 - 3 answers

How much more do lasers in your mouth cost? Would you get lasered again?

Has anyone gotten lasered in the mouth to fill a cavity (e.g., waterlase)? Roughly how much did it cost you? Relative to the drill and metal method? Would you opt for lasers in your mouth again? [more inside]
posted by Brian Puccio on Jun 18, 2013 - 11 answers

Help me visit my dentist for a checkup.

I am seeing the dentist Monday. How can I make this experience less painful (in all senses, physical, emotional, financial)? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Jun 14, 2013 - 16 answers

Missing teeth at ten - what do?

YANMson's dentist. His bones are all fine, but his on-the-small-side mouth is equipped with two less than the regulation 32 teeth: one pre-molar missing upper right, and one pre-molar lower left. (His last two milk teeth are still there, in their stead.) My question is: what are the typical options - or else what's a good resource for reading up on them? [more inside]
posted by progosk on May 23, 2013 - 17 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

Does periodontitis require scaling treatment?

Does periodontitis require scaling treatment? I just saw a dentist who said I have bone loss in my teeth but didn't clean them or refer me to a hygienist or periodontist--does that seem normal? [more inside]
posted by Polychrome on May 8, 2013 - 8 answers

Recommendations for a Denver Dentist?

Can anyone recommend a good dentist in the Denver area that has hours outside of 9-5? (As in, available for appointments on nights or weekends) Thanks!
posted by cccp47 on May 6, 2013 - 2 answers

Dentist pulled four wrong teeth from my 10-year-old — what is justice?

My son's dentist pulled four teeth that were not supposed to come out. Help me restore order to the universe. [more inside]
posted by Glomar response on May 3, 2013 - 77 answers

Dental fillings popping out all over place

My dentist recently gave me fillings to replace the lost enamel of nine teeth, and four of these fillings keep falling out. Repeatedly. One of the molar fillings has fallen out three times. One of my canine fillings has fallen out twice. Is this common? Could he be using poor quality materials? Is it indicative of something else being wrong? Should I find a new dentist? [more inside]
posted by Calamity Jen on May 3, 2013 - 11 answers

Does passive tooth eruption exist?

I have had some years of gum issue - a few grafts, etc. Despite taking pretty good care of my teeth I am seemingly just cursed. I recently saw a new perio person and they said for most of my mouth it was actually "passive eruption" that only a little bit towards the back of my mouth has actual recession/ gum disease issues. Does this exist? [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum on Apr 23, 2013 - 1 answer

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

Help! Recommendations for an exceptional dentist in Seattle?

One of my crowns just cracked. I'm prone to all sorts of dental issues and need a dentist who is a master in the field. I'm looking for recommendations from people like me -- People who need more than just the biannual cleaning. [more inside]
posted by ariela on Apr 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Tooth Extraction Questions

Need help with concerns about tooth extraction scheduled for tomorrow morning. [more inside]
posted by anon.sock.puppet on Apr 4, 2013 - 21 answers

Dentist who takes Fidelis in NYC?

My partner desperately needs a dental checkup, but all the dentists our family and friends have recommended do not take his insurance, Fidelis. We are in NYC. [more inside]
posted by dysh on Apr 1, 2013 - 6 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

Mouthguard for teeth grinding?

Dentist says I need a mouthguard because I grind my teeth in my sleep. I can't afford the $700 custom one he'll sell me. Can you recommend an over-the-counter alternative? [more inside]
posted by bluecore on Mar 15, 2013 - 24 answers

Does anyone else *HATE* the dentist??

I have impeccable dental hygiene, and yet my gums insist on making good on their mutual suicide pact. This results in epically difficult, frequent, and expensive trips to the dentist. I'm looking for advice from any mefites who have dealt with similar issues. [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire on Mar 13, 2013 - 17 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

Dental recommendations for west of Chicago

I'm looking for a personal recommendation (i.e. not a yelp listing) for a great adult dentist in the near west burbs of Chicago or even the southwest burbs. So anywhere from Oak Park to Oakbrook and south to Tinley Park. Important: weekend hours, experience, knowledgeable staff, a dentist who won't scold or up-sell. Not important: flat screen television, high tech equipment.
posted by who squared on Feb 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Who, oh who, will finally save my poor teeth?

Chicago MeFites: please tell me of your glorious dentists! Or warn me off of the terrible ones. I need a dentist for cleaning, probably at least one filling, and no doubt a referral to an oral surgeon (impacted wisdom teeth.) North side or Loop vastly preferred, as I have no car. [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Feb 4, 2013 - 15 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

Seeking advice about amalgam filling removal

Should I go to my regular dentist or seek a holistic/biological dentist? Does anyone in Vancouver, BC, have a recommendation? [more inside]
posted by branparsons on Feb 4, 2013 - 5 answers

In Need of a Dentist in Atlanta Metro Area - Some Strings Attached

So, I find myself in a bit of a bad spot at the moment. I'm in need of some serious dental work, and faced with some major hurdles to get it done. I need to find a dentist somewhere in the Atlanta metro that fits a rather restrictive set of criteria. [more inside]
posted by strixus on Jan 22, 2013 - 5 answers

How do I resolve my new crown's issues with my dentist

Did my dentist botch my new crown? It seems low to me and doesn't seem to make proper contact with its above counterpart. What should I do next? [more inside]
posted by NailsTheCat on Dec 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Bad Dental Crown?

Did I get a bad crown? [more inside]
posted by mamamia88 on Dec 27, 2012 - 7 answers

How typical are preventative dental xrays for kids?

Our kids' toothologist dentist would like to take x-rays to look for cavities. Is this typical? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Dec 15, 2012 - 23 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

My Gums Hurt

I haven't been to the dentist in four years. Yes, I know, BAD. I finally scheduled an appointment for Monday, but the gums below my lower front teeth are of sore and inflamed at the moment - which is basically what prompted me to finally get over myself and schedule the appointment. YANMDentist, but does anyone have any suggestions for what I can do between now and Monday to calm my gums down? [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Nov 27, 2012 - 20 answers

Teeth Need to Come Out, Not Come In Feet First

I've waited too long, I need my wisdom teeth out now. They have just started hurting. Complication, no dental insurance or really any money. Help? [more inside]
posted by Garm on Nov 19, 2012 - 10 answers

Getting to the root of a dental conundrum

Is there an urgent, specific time frame when (if?) getting a dental implant after a tooth extraction? And is my new dentist being too helicopter-y and otherwise...not quite on-the-level? (Warning: looong backstory inside) [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams on Nov 8, 2012 - 7 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

Brace yourself!

When you had braces, did your orthodontist want to replace your wires a week before taking your braces off? Or is this a ploy to prolong treatment? [more inside]
posted by Sutekh on Nov 1, 2012 - 15 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

Doctor Doctor Pull Me A Tooth

Do Oral/Maxillofacial Surgeons require medical degrees (Relevant undergraduate + med school + residency) like, for lack of a better term, "real" surgeons? [more inside]
posted by tehloki on Oct 2, 2012 - 6 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

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

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