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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

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

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