The dentist told me my teeth are hypercalcified and that is why they're strong, but when I look up "hypercalcification" it seems to be a defect. Anyone heard of this? [more inside]
I'm 24 and about to embark on a lot of schooling for a career that I'm passionate about. The loans from said schooling will take me 10+ years to pay back, but my job security will be pretty much guaranteed and I'll have the flexibility to live where I want (i.e., somewhere with low cost of living). However, I'm certain that I want to have children and that I'll want to spend a lot of time with them. Is it silly to pursue a serious career? [more inside]
A little over a month ago I was in an auto accident, and after experiencing some jaw pain that has since dissipated, my dentist thinks I might want to get a mouthguard to prevent the pain from returning and worsening in the future. Is this sound advice? [more inside]
I brush, floss, and rinse with fluoride twice daily. Why do I always get cavities? [more inside]
I desperately, desperately needed to go to the dentist, and when I went this morning I was scheduled for 1) a deep cleaning and 2) 5 cavity fillings. For the cleaning I'm told I can get a topical anesthetic and have it done in one appointment, or get an injection and have it done in two. I'd like to limit it to one appointment, as I'm already on the hook for two more for the cavities, so I was thinking: would it be a terrible idea to take a random painkiller (say, a norco or an oxy) that I have lying around before I go? I'm usually a tough guy about stuff like this, but after several years without going to the dentist, just the regular cleaning hurt like hell.
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]
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]
I went in to get a fitting for a crown today on a tooth that had a root canal 2 weeks ago and the doctor decided to do a filling instead of a crown. He said he would watch it for a year and determine if I would eventually need the crown. I didn't complain too much because well the out of pocket for the day was supposed to be $500 today and $500 at the time of the final crowning but, the filling only cost $150. I'll have dental insurance through work starting January 1st so either way I'll probably end up ahead in the financial department. Is this something dentists usually do? Is there anything I can do to prevent it from needing a crown in the future? Should I be extra paranoid about the tooth/
While brushing my teeth today, I realized that my one filling has started to pull away from the enamel. What should I do? [more inside]
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!
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]
My mom indicates that for my dad, extractions of his remaining teeth and a full set of dentures would run between $30-40k. Since dentures are not a luxury on par with a Porsche Boxter, something is amiss. Assuming that my folks are not eligible for Medicaid but have Delta Dental insurance, can anyone help me understand within an order of magnitude what they (or I) would spend on upper and lower dentures? Is my mom tripping? Do people routinely shell out tens of thousands for dentures? They're in New York but we're in Ohio (US).
I had some dental work done this week that I consider unsatisfactory. I'd like advice on what to do next. [more inside]
After having a normal dental childhood without braces, my front teeth have shifted significantly in the past couple years and now that I have a steady job and dental insurance (which I think only partially covers the cost of braces, if at all), I am looking forward to have straighter teeth but don't know what to look forward to with braces as an adult. [more inside]
Recently I've noticed that I often "crack" my jaw, although never with any associated pain (yet). Is this a symptom of TMJ or otherwise something I need to be concerned about? Snowflake details under the cut. [more inside]
I'm looking for some suggestions on dental tourism, and if it is right for my situation. [more inside]
Can I bleach my teeth late afternoon or early evening, and then eat or drink later without unbleaching? [more inside]
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!
I need help deciding whether to opt for oral surgery and braces for my child, or to take a wait-and-see approach. [more inside]
I am grinding my teeth at night and they are breaking. I have no income, benefits, insurance or money. I need help quite quickly. [more inside]
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]
I'm interested in exploring medical tourism for a few procedures (some significant dental work, breast reduction, hair removal), but I don't know where to start. Please help me learn more about this trend. [more inside]
Does New Orleans have an open-air market for dental tools? Back in the late '90s, I visited New Orleans with my parents. I have one memory from that trip that I am still bedeviled by. One afternoon, we headed to a big open-air market -- rows and rows of stalls, I think under some kind of canopy, various goods for sale. I guess this was probably the French Market, but I don't specifically remember. As we got further and further into the market, the stalls started to get a little funny. Everyone had POW-MIA flags, and I saw one that read, "KILL THEM ALL AND LET GOD SORT THEM OUT." [more inside]
My son's dentist pulled four teeth that were not supposed to come out. Help me restore order to the universe. [more inside]
My 9-year-old autistic daughter has 5 cavities, three in adult teeth. The dentist wants to put her under general anesthesia. While this would certainly be way more convenient for the dentist, and less hellish for her, I'm concerned about the dangers of anesthesia. I've read about hospital patients suffocating in anesthesia screwups. Is that a possible outcome in dental anesthesia, or is that a different procedure? Do I have a reasonable concern? Should we try to do it normally? Snowflake details: on the spectrum, she's definitely a bit more sensitive and rigid than neurotypical kids, but not drastically so. On a side note: how important is it to fill cavities in baby teeth she will probably lose in a year or two?
There is a soft lump toward the front of the roof of my mouth. It is not a blister. It is not a canker sore. It might be a result of an infection where I had a root canal 6 months ago. Naturally, I think it's awful and life-ending. [more inside]
I have seriously messed-up teeth that make me absolutely despise the way I look and continue to make me increasingly unable to eat pizza, sandwiches, or any other food whose consumption requires front teeth that come within a quarter-inch of each other. A visit to the orthodontist has alerted me to the fact that I may require maxillofacial/orthognathic/corrective jaw surgery ($$$$$$$$$$$$) in addition to braces ($$$). While I live in the U.S. and am lucky enough to possess fairly decent medical and dental insurance, I don't have very much money to throw at the problem. What should/can I do next? If you've had a similar experience, what did/would you do? [more inside]
I found an animal tooth in the couch cushions. Help me narrow down who it might have belonged to. [more inside]
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]
So, I managed to break a tooth last week (whilst attempting to chew a cold gummy licorice candy that had the approximate texture of partially-cured epoxy). Saw dentist this morning, who wants to install a crown. What, if anything, can I do between now and Coronation Day, as it'll likely be at least eight weeks out? [more inside]
toothologist dentist would like to take x-rays to look for cavities. Is this typical? [more inside]
How can a male (myself) defray the risk involved in entering a career (dental assistant) dominated by the opposite sex? [more inside]
Do Oral/Maxillofacial Surgeons require medical degrees (Relevant undergraduate + med school + residency) like, for lack of a better term, "real" surgeons? [more inside]
My sister has a dental emergency -- a wisdom tooth with a wicked infection -- and we are in a rural area with no open dentist offices. What are her options? [more inside]
Can I use a teeth whitener after wisdom teeth surgery? Kinda gross details inside. [more inside]
[asking for a friend] What is the safest in-office method of whitening or bleaching one's teeth? [more inside]
I have severe dental phobia. In no small part thanks to that, I now have some pretty bad dental problems that will soon force me to go to the dentist. Can recommend a dentist near mid-town Los Angeles that is good for phobic people? I'd also appreciate any tips dealing with the shame that comes from a very neglected mouth. [more inside]
Dentistry question: I am a savage night-grinder. Should I have my bite reshaped to help with my bruxism? [more inside]
What electronic devices could I have implanted in my teeth, next month? [more inside]
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!
I'm in the middle of the process of getting porcelain veneers/crowns on my six upper front teeth. I underwent five hours in the chair yesterday and am now wearing temporaries for the next two weeks. One of these cracked off from the main "bridge" and is lifting up. Now what? [more inside]
Where can I find good and affordable dental care in the Boston area? [more inside]
Is it dangerous to be left to one's own devices after IV sedation? [more inside]
Have you had sedation dentistry? Can you tell me about it? [more inside]
Which are your favorite teeth cleaning products? Favorite regular or electric toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, floss picks, mouthwash, etc.? [more inside]
Should I go to dental school? [more inside]
I have a cracked tooth that's coming out in three weeks. In the mean time, it tastes (and probably smells, but I can't tell that for myself) terrible. Any good rinses or other practices to reduce the smell and taste? [more inside]
I have finally gone to the dentist after five years of not being able to afford it. The dentist tells me I have gingivitis and need a $300 treatment. My question is... do I? Do I really? [more inside]
I don't like my teeth. They're too small, gappy, transparent at the edges and gummy. What's to be done? Veneers don't sound great, braces wouldn't fix everything. Suggestions?
Why did our (admittedly flawed) health insurance system develop in such a way that excludes dentistry from covered services? [more inside]