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How often do you really need dental xrays? How to decline them?

How often do you really need to get teeth x-rayed? How can I stop the dentist from talking down to me about this when I don't want them? [more inside]
posted by hyperion on Sep 13, 2016 - 27 answers

How late is too late for teeth to fall out?

I took my 14-year-old kid to the dentist for a check-up, and it turns out that her upper baby canines have never fallen out. Uh, now what? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Jul 12, 2016 - 31 answers

What's the big deal about followups?

I just had my wisdom teeth taken out. They told me that there would be a followup appointment, but didn't bother to schedule it. Their office has the WACKIEST hours - it's hard to even get them on the phone. I've got a weird schedule with school. It doesn't seem worth the effort to try to schedule a followup appointment. Is it really that important, or can i safely skip it if everything feels fine?
posted by Rainbo Vagrant on May 23, 2016 - 10 answers

Excellent Dentists in Oakland/the East Bay

I am looking for a general dentist in Oakland or the East Bay who does excellent work, focuses on overall health/tooth preservation rather than unnecessary cosmetic stuff, doesn't oversell, and who won't make me feel crappy for not having been to the dentist in a while. Also: what can I expect on a first visit? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Aug 10, 2014 - 10 answers

Need dentists in Baltimore and northern Maryland

I moved to Baltimore about 18 months ago; my 12-year-old daughter moved to Havre de Grace about two years ago. We both need dentists. There are no presenting problems, but I want to get back to going regularly. [more inside]
posted by ubiquity on Jan 15, 2014 - 8 answers

How much is my dentist upselling me on dental implant restorations?

A few months ago my dentist quoted me $6,000 for two front lateral incisor implant restorations as well as new abutments (she claims that the old abutments aren't very good.) So we're talking $6,000 for just the porcelain crowns and new abutments, as I had the surgery to put the posts in years ago. I haven't gotten a second opinion yet. Part of the problem is that I let them do the casts and make me a temporary flipper, thinking the implant restorations would only cost a grand or two, then she hit me with this estimate. I am in this fix due to a botched restoration with an extremely shady dentist about a decade ago. I would like to hear what people have been quoted for similar procedures (the restoration/crown part of the process, in the SF Bay Area) and if anyone can recommend a truly sterling dentist. [more inside]
posted by ziggly on Dec 12, 2013 - 10 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

I'm putting my dentist's kids through college

Individual Dental Insurance. Is there such a thing, and is it affordable, and is it offered by someone other than Delta Dental? [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes on Apr 11, 2012 - 15 answers

Worthwhile but not-universal dental technologies

Interviewing new dentists: please tell me about technologies or skills that are worthwhile but not universal, so I can ask potential dentists if they have 'em. [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on May 16, 2011 - 17 answers

Can I trust student orthodontists?

Can I trust student orthodontists? [more inside]
posted by jander03 on May 12, 2011 - 12 answers

Good, bad or neutral dentist?

You are not my dentist, but did my dentist screw up and/or talk me into an unnecessary procedure, or is this just an unavoidable risk of a Laser Gingivectomy? [more inside]
posted by whoaali on Nov 1, 2010 - 13 answers

I blame my father - I have the same teeth as him!

So. I think I have an gum abscess. What happens after an extraction? Questions inside for anyone who has had one and anyone who needed a dentist while unemployed [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz on Oct 12, 2010 - 16 answers

Options for teeth discouloured by childhood antibiotic usage

What tooth whitening options will a dentist recommend for someone with discolourations from childhood antibiotic usage? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Oct 21, 2009 - 10 answers

Great dentists in San Francisco?

Good dentists in San Francisco? Specific needs/neuroses inside. [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Sep 24, 2009 - 10 answers

One Dental Issue, Two Solutions - Apicoectomy Redux or Extract/Implant (with picture!)

(Technical material ahead!) Differing advice from dental specialists for an urgent procedure. Situation: Failed apicoectomy (10+ yrs) that has developed an active and gross fistula. My current endodontist wants to do a repeat procedure, adding bone graft. Says there's a good chance of saving tooth, for "at least five to ten years." (Direct quote. If the tooth is cracked - xrays can't tell - it might require extraction.) [more inside]
posted by soulbarn on Jul 2, 2009 - 11 answers

Should I get upper dentures?

I am thinking of getting an upper denture. I'm 37, and have always had problems with my teeth. [more inside]
posted by Shoeburyness on Jun 24, 2008 - 8 answers

This won't hurt a bit!

Let's say I want to go to Dental School. At age 38. With no medical or dental background at all. Is this foolish? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Jan 9, 2008 - 19 answers

Asking for a friend: Recommendations for dentists in San Diego?

My friend is looking for a dentist in the 858 area code of San Diego area. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Mookbear on Oct 5, 2007 - 5 answers

What websites are popular with doctors and other medical professionals?

What websites are popular with doctors and other medical professionals?
posted by bingo on Aug 14, 2007 - 8 answers

Braces: Are dental surgeons adequate, or do I need an orthodontist?

Is there a significant difference in quality when it comes to getting your braces put on by a dental surgeon as opposed to an actual orthodontist? [more inside]
posted by mjao on May 28, 2007 - 11 answers

How to undo youthful idiocy in the form of an ugly smile?

Gross-ness-filter: My teeth are in pretty bad shape in terms of stains and fillings, what are my options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 29, 2007 - 10 answers

“Dentist, n.: A Prestidigitator who, putting metal in one's mouth, pulls coins out of one's pockets.”

SE Queensland Dentist Filter: I need a dentist. But I want a nice one, or at least a non-judgmental one—I've had mean dentists! Needless to say, this has stopped me from going for quite a long time. I have decided to get braces though, so I need to have my teeth given the all-clear before approaching an orthodontist. I also need a recommendation for the orthodontist! Brisbane / Gold Coast area. [more inside]
posted by mjao on Apr 16, 2007 - 3 answers

How to help...

How do I help an Iraqi dentist friend? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Mar 23, 2007 - 5 answers

Gum and bear it?

My tooth doc suddenly urges me to get a frenectomy. Cause for suspicion? I like my dentist, who's skillful and friendly, but sometimes I get the feeling he's a bit too enamored of getting the latest gizmos and practicing trendy procedures. [more inside]
posted by rob511 on Feb 7, 2007 - 14 answers

Help me help my bad tooth?

I'm in NYC, don't have much money, and need to see a dentist. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2006 - 8 answers

What are the costs, benefits and drawbacks to cosmetic dentistry?

I have terrible looking teeth and I'd like to fix them and finally have a nice white straight smile for the first time in my life. After doing research, it seems my options are braces (ugh, I'd be one of those dorky 35 year olds with braces), veneers, and caps (are there any other options?). What I'm curious about is the ballpark costs, benefits, and drawbacks of veneers and caps. All info online seems to be tainted by cosmetic dentists looking to make a buck. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2006 - 21 answers

How can I learn to stop worrying and love the dentist?

Help me not be terrified of the dentist. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2005 - 27 answers

how to find a really good dentist

Is word of mouth the only way to find a dentist? For every other kind of doctor there are hospital directories online, and everything else it seems like you have to pay for the results. I haven't stayed in the same state for more than a couple years and can never find a really good dentist. They all end up being mediocre, and I would like to see a rock star dentist for a change.
posted by scazza on Jan 21, 2005 - 12 answers

Orthodontics for slackers

Orthodontics for slackers; I have a lower retainer (metal wire affixed at each end to a tooth with a metal band, behind the teeth) which was installed around the age of 14. It was supposed to be in place for six months or a year, something in that vicinity. My family moved and it was never taken out; I'm now 21. Is this harmful or just annoying? How painful and expensive will it be to have it removed?
posted by IshmaelGraves on Jan 21, 2005 - 16 answers

Dental Insurance

I'm looking for advice on dental insurance. My girlfriend's employer does not provide it and she generally doesn't need it because she has magic cavity-preventing saliva. seriously, she's never had a cavity, never goes to the dentist! But now, she can feel one of her wisdom teeth starting to act up and probably needs an extraction. (others should probably be extracted while she's at it.) Should she go with bargain insurance (and can anyone recommend a good dental insurance company), or should she just get the work done without insurance and pay it back over time? If it makes a difference, we're in the Bay Area.
posted by badstone on Jul 26, 2004 - 14 answers

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