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Should my mom put that back in her mouth?

My mother, who is a good person and has a masters degree, accidentally swallowed a temporary bridge. Now she, um, has retrieved it. She wants to know if she can clean it herself (by soaking it in alcohol or something) and pop it back in, without calling the dentist about it, which she doesn't want to do because reasons. However, she's worried that she'll be unable to sterilize it properly and will make herself sick by putting in her mouth something that has been through her digestive tract. She's counting on me, and therefore you, to find out how to clean it properly. Or to tell her there's no way. Anyone?
posted by smoakes on Aug 12, 2014 - 19 answers

Help me evaluate my tooth whitening options?

What are the main teeth whitening methods? What are the pros and Cons of each? I found some groupons for "take home whitening" which seems like they just sell you a kit, and I found some for "chair side" whitening (~$100), where they use a gel and LED light? and there are also just over the counter ones. I searched ask mefi, but the last question about this that I found was from 2009, I wonder if the treatments are newer or better now?
posted by lijiaxiaoniu on Jul 24, 2014 - 17 answers

Replace this tooth?

Had a split tooth a few weeks back, which the dentist pulled. Insurance covered it, but they won't cover an implant to replace it. It's the 1st premolar, upper -- third back from front. What do I risk by not replacing it?
posted by LonnieK on Jul 16, 2014 - 9 answers

To blot or not to blot: that is the question.

Has anyone tried cleaning their teeth with the Dr Phillips Blotting Technique? [more inside]
posted by essexjan on Jun 29, 2014 - 3 answers

It's time to do this once and for all

So, for a variety of reasons, I was never very good about my dental care regimen. This has come to mean that, at 24, I have one cracked tooth, two chipped ones covered with veneers, two that have been pulled, a mouth full of cavities, gum disease and on-and-off pain in different teeth. I'm so tired of this. I know it's horrible to think this way, but the more time that passes, the less I feel like even brushing my teeth ( I only do it when I have to go out at this point). The guilt and anxiety are wrecking me psychologically as is the constant threat of intractable pain. I've tried to get things done the usual way- one appointment/procedure at a time, when I could afford it and had the emotional fortitude to go through with them. The problem is that my last two or three appointments- for root canals and fillings- have gone terribly. The anaesthetic never, ever worked, even after multiple injections, and even with nitrous. My last visit for a root canal was the first time I ever had the distinct displeasure of knowing what a drill on one's nerve feels like. I now shudder at the mere sound of a drill or anything that sounds like it. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jun 6, 2014 - 13 answers

My husband won't brush his teeth.

My husband goes for days at a time without brushing his teeth. Since talking about it doesn't seem to help and I can't control his actions, what can I do to make things better for myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 30, 2014 - 76 answers

Having second thoughts about adult orthodontia and my adult lifestyle

I am in the early stages of getting invisalign for my not-very-crooked teeth and starting to have second thoughts about the lifestyle change involved for the year+ long commitment.... mostly as it relates to my consumption of coffee and non-water beverages in general. How bad is it, really? [more inside]
posted by anthropophagous on May 30, 2014 - 13 answers

Why does my tongue feel too big for my mouth?

For the past week I've been constantly aware of my tongue resting against my molars. It feels like my tongue's just a touch too small for my mouth. What gives? [more inside]
posted by harperpitt on May 28, 2014 - 13 answers

Should I brace myself?

I'm a 27-year-old voice over artist / actor and have been looking into getting Invisalign to fix some weird angles on my top teeth and crowding on the bottom ones. But is it worth it? Opinions from Invisaligners and the general tooth-viewing public alike would be much appreciated (pics inside.) [more inside]
posted by lovedbymarylane on May 6, 2014 - 24 answers

What to do with gold teeth?

I must take care of some gold filled teeth. Each one is mostly tooth, with a gold filling. Do these actually have value? Do I go to a pawn shop, jewelery shop, dentist, other? [more inside]
posted by Classic Diner on Apr 9, 2014 - 8 answers

How do I protect my dogs teeth from injury?

Help this first time dog owner, Amazon reviews have got me spooked! I've scoured amazon for toys for my pup, and it seems like many, if not most toys feature one or more reviewers complaining that said toy caused their dog to crack or injure their teeth. I'd like to avoid this with my dog, so what are the general guidelines for preventing cracked and injured teeth in dogs? What should I always avoid? What is generally safe? I'm really not sure what questions to ask here, so please tell me anything you know about keeping a dogs teeth free from injury. Thanks!
posted by long haired child on Mar 26, 2014 - 14 answers

Dentures and Buyer's Remorse

I've just purchased a set of immediate dentures that look ridiculous and don't fit. I signed my approval for the preliminary wax version- I thought the teeth looked a little small, but my denturist assured me they'd look fine. (It was difficult to tell, holding them up next to my mouth in the mirror.) Friday I had my final real teeth removed, and tried on the denture at the end of the visit. It didn't come close to fitting. My dentist confirmed my suspicions about the size of the denture teeth, and said most denturists actually put the wax version in the patient's mouth to make sure the bite is properly aligned, as well as to make sure they look good. Not mine... Having signed off on the wax version, do I have any legal recourse here? If so, would they have to fix the cosmetic problems (size of teeth) as well as the fit?
posted by anonymous on Mar 23, 2014 - 3 answers

Show me your teeth!

Military member; base dentist told me to come back to pick up a fluoride rinse because they were out. So I went back, and of course they were out then too. And out the next time on top of that! And so rather than waiting around, I need to find some fluoride rinse ASAP. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Mar 13, 2014 - 11 answers

Do I need braces?

I've been thinking about getting braces. 80% for cosmetic reasons, 10% because they feel very slightly annoying, 10% possible health benefits. My free UK NHS dentist says I don't need them, it's an unnecessary risk and the treatment can go wrong. My private, fee paying dentist says it's a great idea if I can afford it, it's good for health too. The money isn't an issue, but I really don't like the idea of spending a year or more in the docks. here is a pic. Frank opinions welcome. Adjusted for English standards!
posted by molloy on Feb 22, 2014 - 19 answers

Can fluorosis vanish in a week?

Can fluorosis vanish in a week? I thought once you have it, it does not go away unless a dentist treats you for it. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Feb 4, 2014 - 8 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

Midnight snacks that are safe(-er) for teeth?

I'm looking for midnight snacks that are less likely to cause tooth problems/tooth decay/etc. Assume that I'm grabbing this food in the middle of the night and then going back to bed without brushing my teeth. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Nov 30, 2013 - 5 answers

Him: Prince Albert piercing. Her: Veneers on front teeth. Advice?

If all goes well, this weekend I will have my first encounter with a Prince Albert piercing. I am very excited about this prospect, but I'm also concerned about breaking the veneers on my two front teeth. Other than the obvious "be careful!" is there anything else I should know or do? Even better, is this really not a problem I need to worry about? [more inside]
posted by Schlock Puppet on Nov 26, 2013 - 5 answers

Is there a temporary aesthetic solution to toothlessness?

A year into recovery from a decade-long meth addiction, the most obvious and lingering effect for me is a horrific case of "meth mouth". I've been told I'll need to have my remaining teeth pulled and replaced with a full set of dentures. Due to my HIV status, I receive basic dental care and denture coverage through a national insurance program; unfortunately, the system-wide policy of the program-affiliated clinics in my city is that once my teeth are removed, I must wait about 6 months for my mouth to heal sufficiently before I'm fitted for dentures. Is there anything I can do to avoid looking drooling pudding for the next half year? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 26, 2013 - 6 answers

Can I see an oral surgeon about wisdom teeth before deep cleaning?

Do I need to get my teeth deep cleaned before seeing the oral surgeon? [more inside]
posted by Danila on Nov 19, 2013 - 12 answers

Help for jaw neuralgia?

In May, I went to my dentist for a deep root cleaning on my upper and lower teeth on the left side (with the right side to be done the following week). After the Novocain wore off, I had the usual mild soreness that has accompanied similar cleanings in the past. However, after a couple of days the pain started to migrate over to the right side (i.e., the side that had not been cleaned), at which point it gradually flared into an intense upper and lower jaw ache that was reminiscent of the pain of getting my braces adjusted or the pain that followed my jaw surgery about 9 years ago. The pain lasted off and on for about a month, then gradually went away – until... [more inside]
posted by scody on Nov 11, 2013 - 7 answers

Make Me Fancy.

For a bunch of reasons (some good, some bad) I have the next two and half months totally free. I don't have to do a thing, I have no reason to make any more money and I've got oceans of time, a nest egg of savings, and a gym membership. Previous times like this I've focused on making my skill-set or apartment better/fancier, but now I want to focus on myself. No creative projects, no learning and growing, just pure, unabashed vanity. What can I do in two and half months to get all kinds of pretty? Ideally during the day. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Nov 9, 2013 - 27 answers

How do I make fake braces for my teeth?

I am dressing up as Ugly Betty for a friend's birthday party. I have everything sorted except how to create some fake braces for my teeth. I don't want to cause any damage to my teeth or gums, nor do I want to be impeded from drinking (it is a party after all!). The only option I have been able to find so far involves paper clips and dental wax and appears to be somewhat painful looking. Any other ideas for how to make fake braces for a night?
posted by MT on Oct 28, 2013 - 5 answers

I think my boyfriend is toothless.

So, I've been dating a guy since March, and despite a few hiccups, things are pretty great. There's one thing that's been bothering me though - I'm 99% sure he doesn't have any teeth, at least in the front. There's a whole list of evidence I've assembled in my brain over the last few months that makes me believe he is almost certainly toothless, and I can no longer stand not to know. I've decided to try to bring it up this weekend, but I haven't a clue how. [more inside]
posted by tryniti on Oct 18, 2013 - 84 answers

Ouchy Tooth

I have a really painfully sensitive spot on the top of one of my teeth, near the gumline. What is this? How can I mitigate the pain till I see the dentist? (Or is this a dental emergency?) [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Oct 15, 2013 - 14 answers

Post or crown or something else?

My partner (28 years old) had, on the same upper back-ish tooth, two failed root canals followed by a tooth extraction. They're still waiting for the extraction to heal. But they told us that a post is impossible since his bone is too thin. I hear a crown requires root canalling neighboring teeth, which we really don't want. Can we just leave it as is without teeth shifting significantly? Is there another option that doesn't requiring destroying MORE teeth? [more inside]
posted by ethidda on Sep 20, 2013 - 18 answers

Bye bye Kitty teeth, hello Cat that hates me?

Mrs Binkleton aka Binky is a glorious tuxedo cat with a huge problem...... she has terrible Stomatitis and has to have a full tooth extraction next week. [more inside]
posted by JenThePro on Sep 17, 2013 - 24 answers

A good dental scrubbing

Aside from teeth whitening products or a trip to the dentist, how can I clean my teeth? I'd especially like to hear from anyone who has experience with Invisalign [more inside]
posted by helloimjohnnycash on Aug 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Stop the nightly grind

For the past couple of months, I have started to regularly grind my teeth, loud enough to wake my boyfriend and cause me a significant amount of jaw pain. I really want this to stop. I have tried two different drug store nightguards--the boil & bite one did not fit so great, and another non-boil one which seems to fit pretty well, but neither one of them seems to stay in my mouth while I sleep. I am a very active sleeper, and I suspect I am taking them out of my mouth while I sleep since I have woken up a few times with the nightguard in my hand. I have seen my dentist, but I am not sure what else I can do. More details below. [more inside]
posted by inertia on Jul 16, 2013 - 21 answers

Nursing someone after oral surgery: how to not screw it up edition

A relative of mine is having the entirety of her teeth replaced by what I think is called an implant-supported bridge. I'm caring for her the day of the surgery, but 1) I'm not super-awesome, or anyway, super-intuitive at nursing people 2) I'm not at ALL familiar with this type of procedure 3) Said relative is very ashamed of the situation and thus VERY vague about the actual terms, details, and recovery situation. She...tends to be a little in denial about stuff, I tend to take her statements with a grain of salt. So I would appreciate anything you all can offer in terms of advice, or in procedure-specific tips and information. [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Jul 8, 2013 - 22 answers

Best home remedies for biting the inside of your cheek/tongue?

There is nothing worse than waking up having chewed up the side of your tongue, or inside of your cheek because it gets all swollen. And it leads to a tendency to re-bite it during the day, and make it worse. What are the best remedies to use, in a pinch, to make the swelling go away?
posted by kettleoffish on Jul 4, 2013 - 11 answers

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

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

Where do these shoes with mouths come from?

Is this from a movie or something? I've encountered it online but can't track down its origin. It's an animated gif of a man's shoes, and they have mouths with teeth opening and closing and tongues flapping. You can see it here.
posted by RobotHero on Apr 30, 2013 - 8 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

self-conscious about teeth when smiling

I am an asian woman in my late 20's. I can't remember when, but at one point in my life my mom told me to never show my teeth when I smile for pictures because they looked ugly (I had braces then). It's been years since and braces have long been off (though they left some marks on my front teeth), and I still never smile with teeth in pictures. My teeth are not great, but they are not the worst I've seen-- they are sort of middle of the road in terms of straight-ness, and are naturally kind of yellow/grey, but not insanely so. I feel like I look really weird in all of the pictures because I am smiling without teeth. I have an infectious, outgoing personality. I would like that to reflect in how I smile! Without getting major dental work done or doing anything harmful to my teeth, are there any tips for getting over me feeling self-conscious about showing my teeth? i.e. I'm most asking for psychological aspect of things. I know I can get veneers, but I'd rather not.
posted by redwaterman on Apr 21, 2013 - 32 answers

How should I decide whether to have my wisdom teeth removed or not?

My dentist says they should come out because they will eventually rot and worse, allow decay on my second molars. My surgeon says that while there is decay on one of the wisdom teeth, there is actually a tendency for older people to get fewer cavities. I am having trouble processing this and other information. How do I decide? What other data and information should I collect? [more inside]
posted by starkraven on Apr 12, 2013 - 27 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

I've decided to get my teeth fixed. Braces or Veneers?

I've always been unhappy with my teeth, and I want perfect, straight teeth. Here's a picture. I want to know the likely cost of the procedure, and also what option, (braces, veneers, ??) would be the best route. If braces are indeed the best option, I would have to choose the invisalign braces. I plan on going to the Dentist soon, but I just want to know what to expect. Thank you, kindly!
posted by AMWKE1984 on Mar 21, 2013 - 21 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

tooth sensitivity to acidic food (?)

YNMD, and I have an appointment with a dentist next week. until then, I am just hoping to find some information and calm myself down, because I freak out irrationally much about teeth stuff. I think one of my teeth is sensitive to acid food? but I am not sure, and I am not sure how to describe this to the new dentist. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree on Mar 12, 2013 - 5 answers

Hit in the chin = concussion? And what about my teeth?

I just got hit really hard in the chin, directed straight up. I have a mild headache in the front top of my head. I've had concussions before so I have a good idea of what to watch for, but is it even something to worry about with this kind of injury? And...what to do about the teeth? [more inside]
posted by the young rope-rider on Feb 9, 2013 - 9 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

What is the best electric toothbrush today?

What is currently the best electric toothbrush? Why is it the best? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Feb 2, 2013 - 16 answers

My niece just broke her two front newly-descended adult teeth.

Today my eight-year-old niece broke her two front teeth, both diagonally so that she has a triangle-shaped hole between her teeth. They are adult teeth. They are on their way to the dentist, but I just wanted to get some information from experiences you all may have had. [more inside]
posted by anthropoid on Jan 24, 2013 - 37 answers

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