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How do middle-class older people pay for dentures?

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).
posted by chesty_a_arthur on Jul 6, 2014 - 30 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

Bracing myself for years of dental awkwardness!

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]
posted by fizzix on Feb 9, 2014 - 13 answers

Help me avoid hypochondria

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]
posted by serelliya on Jan 9, 2014 - 9 answers

Dental Tourism

I'm looking for some suggestions on dental tourism, and if it is right for my situation. [more inside]
posted by quin on Jan 6, 2014 - 3 answers

Bleaching teeth – no food or drink afterward, literally?

Can I bleach my teeth late afternoon or early evening, and then eat or drink later without unbleaching? [more inside]
posted by Lesser Shrew on Dec 12, 2013 - 6 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

Oral surgery and braces or wait-and-see?

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]
posted by Big Chief Little Pants on Dec 5, 2013 - 19 answers

How can a cancer patient get free emergency dental care in Ottawa?

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]
posted by One Hand Slowclapping on Nov 6, 2013 - 8 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

medical tourism? what's it all about?

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]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2013 - 8 answers

Who shops at an open-air market for dental tools?

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]
posted by grobstein on Jun 25, 2013 - 18 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

Could Dental Anesthesia Possibly Kill My Daughter?

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?
posted by musofire on Apr 15, 2013 - 21 answers

What is this lump on the roof of my mouth?

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]
posted by kimberussell on Apr 13, 2013 - 17 answers

how-to: orthognathic surgery/braces/general face-fixing for adults?

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]
posted by divined by radio on Apr 11, 2013 - 16 answers

Whose tooth is this?

I found an animal tooth in the couch cushions. Help me narrow down who it might have belonged to. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Mar 25, 2013 - 6 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

Home care for tooth awaiting its coronation?

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]
posted by aecorwin on Jan 9, 2013 - 8 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

Tooth Fairytale

How can a male (myself) defray the risk involved in entering a career (dental assistant) dominated by the opposite sex? [more inside]
posted by gorgor_balabala on Nov 12, 2012 - 10 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

"It's worse than childbirth!"

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]
posted by youandiandaflame on Sep 29, 2012 - 22 answers

Teeth Woes

Can I use a teeth whitener after wisdom teeth surgery? Kinda gross details inside. [more inside]
posted by tooloudinhere on Jul 1, 2012 - 8 answers

How best to whiten teeth

[asking for a friend] What is the safest in-office method of whitening or bleaching one's teeth? [more inside]
posted by Caligula's Idiot Cousin on May 6, 2012 - 9 answers

Dental-phobic in Los Angeles

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]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2012 - 14 answers

Should I get occlusal equalibrium treatment?

Dentistry question: I am a savage night-grinder. Should I have my bite reshaped to help with my bruxism? [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic on Feb 4, 2012 - 12 answers

I want cyborg teeth. Help?

What electronic devices could I have implanted in my teeth, next month? [more inside]
posted by American Christmas Devil on Jan 5, 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

Temporary teeth—I've got a problem.

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]
posted by seesaw on Nov 24, 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

Is it dangerous to be left to one's own devices after IV sedation?

Is it dangerous to be left to one's own devices after IV sedation? [more inside]
posted by smilingtiger on Sep 7, 2011 - 20 answers

Have you had sedation dentistry? Can you tell me about it?

Have you had sedation dentistry? Can you tell me about it? [more inside]
posted by onepot on Apr 24, 2011 - 40 answers

Which are your favorite teeth cleaning products?

Which are your favorite teeth cleaning products? Favorite regular or electric toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, floss picks, mouthwash, etc.? [more inside]
posted by sharkfu on Mar 3, 2011 - 56 answers

Be a dentist, you'll be a success...?

Should I go to dental school? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Feb 23, 2011 - 15 answers

How do I get rid of the terrible taste from a bad (soon to be extracted) tooth?

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]
posted by mph on Jan 16, 2011 - 13 answers

I'd rather my teeth not fall out, in all honesty

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]
posted by meese on Dec 17, 2010 - 32 answers

What can I do about my teeth?

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?
posted by fernbritton on Dec 4, 2010 - 12 answers

Why do I need separate dental insurance?

Why did our (admittedly flawed) health insurance system develop in such a way that excludes dentistry from covered services? [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii on Oct 25, 2010 - 28 answers

My teeth hurt! What do I do?

You are not my Dentist: My teeth are causing me a great deal of pain and anxiety, but I'm not sure if my dentist is giving me the right advice. How do I determine a course of action to become pain-free? [more inside]
posted by Gin and Comics on Oct 2, 2010 - 19 answers

He minds the gap

What's the best procedure for fixing gap teeth? And can anyone recommend a good, affordable place in Toronto to get this done? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Aug 27, 2010 - 12 answers

I Thought Only Kids Got Cavities

Do I have terrible teeth? [more inside]
posted by musofire on Aug 14, 2010 - 22 answers

Have you tried neuromuscular dentistry?

Anyone have any experience with "neuromuscular dentistry"? Did it help your TMJ? If not, what did? [more inside]
posted by vraxoin on Jul 29, 2010 - 8 answers

One dentist shot too many

I went to see a new dentist recently for a somewhat minor repair to a crown. He gave me three shots of Novocaine, one of them in a nontypical spot in my mouth. Two months later I have reduced sensation in my tongue on that side. I think the dentist damaged my nerves in my tongue. It feels kind of numb to this day. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by diode on Apr 24, 2010 - 8 answers

Are there common teeth/dental patterns? If so, what are they?

I'm really fascinated by teeth and their various shapes, arrangements, etc. I remember reading something a few years back that discussed several basic dental patterns, but I can't find it, or any info remotely like it. It was a fluff piece in a fashion mag I think, but I'm more interested in reading something slightly more substantial or scientific. Does there exist a taxonomy, or a conventionalized way for describing common dental patterns? Google searching yields little, and frankly, I feel like a bit of a freak for having such a weird attraction to these cute little things and all their delightful quirks. Bonus question, am I alone on this?
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2010 - 13 answers

Will the NTI mouth guard keep my teeth in place?

Will my NTI mouth guard help my teeth stay in place? (Similar to a retainer) [more inside]
posted by jModug on Oct 25, 2009 - 2 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

How to start marketing a dental office.

How do I start marketing a dentist? [more inside]
posted by beingresourceful on Oct 13, 2009 - 14 answers

Less than a Filling.

How careful do I need to be with eating and brushing around a large temporary filling from a root canal in progress? [more inside]
posted by I, Slobot on Jul 1, 2009 - 9 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

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