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]
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]
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?
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]
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]
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]
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]
Individual Dental Insurance. Is there such a thing, and is it affordable, and is it offered by someone other than Delta Dental? [more inside]
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]
Can I trust student orthodontists? [more inside]
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]
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]
What tooth whitening options will a dentist recommend for someone with discolourations from childhood antibiotic usage? [more inside]
Good dentists in San Francisco? Specific needs/neuroses inside. [more inside]
(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]
I am thinking of getting an upper denture. I'm 37, and have always had problems with my teeth. [more inside]
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]
My friend is looking for a dentist in the 858 area code of San Diego area. Any recommendations? [more inside]
What websites are popular with doctors and other medical professionals?
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]
Gross-ness-filter: My teeth are in pretty bad shape in terms of stains and fillings, what are my options? [more inside]
“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]
How do I help an Iraqi dentist friend? [more inside]
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]
I'm in NYC, don't have much money, and need to see a dentist. What are my options? [more inside]
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]
Help me not be terrified of the dentist. [more inside]
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.
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?
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.