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How do I manage my flipper / retainer?

I'm wearing a flipper to fill a toothless gap in the front of my mouth. This is my first full day with it. I need tips/tricks/advice on taking it out discretely at meals and not losing it. [more inside]
posted by kimberussell on Sep 18, 2015 - 12 answers

What are my options for night guards?

I just got quoted 750$ from my dentist and my insurance doesn't cover night guards at all. Help me figure out my options? [more inside]
posted by namesarehard on Aug 26, 2015 - 16 answers

How to end night teeth grinding? Mouthguards just treat the symptom...

I've been grinding my teeth for years - but in the past year it has gotten dramatically worse. So much so that I'm now in pain (jaw) and my new dentist tells me that something must be done. Is there an alternative to night mouth guards? Are there any real solutions? More details inside... [more inside]
posted by Mushroom12345 on Aug 12, 2015 - 31 answers

Can hypercalcification prevent cavities?

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]
posted by thetortoise on Aug 2, 2015 - 0 answers

Did a recent teeth cleaning make my teeth more likely to chip and break?

I ate some popcorn today and chipped the back of one of my lower front teeth. There is a sizable chunk missing. I didn't even crunch down on an unpopped kernel or anything, so this is a bit strange. I'm wondering if the recent teeth cleaning I had - which involved a heavy amount of scraping to the back of my teeth - somehow weakened my enamel and made it more likely to break. [more inside]
posted by ladybird on Jun 6, 2015 - 8 answers

What loss of function would I receive if I lost all my teeth

For reasons related to Social Security, I need to show that I need dental surgery in order to keep functioning at work. I will be meeting my periodontal team today to ask them for their expertise, but I would like the hive mind's take on it before I go. [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Jun 5, 2015 - 12 answers

How to get a dentist to take my inflamed and bleeding gums seriously?

I went through a period of time where I didn't take as good care of my teeth as I should have due to excessive stress in my life. I wasn't flossing, didn't brush very often and also was grinding and clenching my teeth a lot. [more inside]
posted by sely on May 6, 2015 - 17 answers

You're almost certainly not my dentist

I've got a potential issue with some dental work sequencing - should I get a filling now or wait until I've had my wisdom teeth taken out next month? More details within. [more inside]
posted by terretu on May 5, 2015 - 3 answers

Night guard for non-grinders? Worthwhile or just upselling?

I have a dental checkup this week, and I expect to get harangued to get a night guard—a conversation I’ve had with this practice for the past two or three visits. I’m not convinced I need one. Do I? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Apr 27, 2015 - 15 answers

Is there an app for this? Personal dental record/tracking

Is there some kind of personal dental record / tooth history app, or even a way of marking comments on tooth diagrams, for either major tablet OS? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Apr 21, 2015 - 0 answers

Appointment(s) with new dentist: is this normal?

Is it normal for a new dentist to expect one appointment for an exam/x-rays, a separate appointment for a cleaning, and then another follow-up appointment for any work that needs to be done (and I'm fairly sure I need at least one filling, possibly a crown)? Also, is it true that no dentists offer warm rinsing/jet water? (Do you know one that does offer this near Durham, NC?) [more inside]
posted by amtho on Apr 1, 2015 - 23 answers

Put my mind and teeth at ease, please

You know all those Sensodyne commercials featuring dentists that claim our teeth are being dissolved by everything we eat? Is acid erosion a real thing to be concerned about or is that just really effective (for me) scaremongering to sell product? [more inside]
posted by cecic on Mar 30, 2015 - 9 answers

feeling like there's something in my nose/throat/teeth

For about a week now I keep having this weird sensation that there's something stuck in my left nostril when there is nothing. Sometimes this feels like there's something in my mouth (like between upper gums and lips). Sometimes it feels like a sinus pressure. What is this sensation called? Could this be sinus infection? How do I search to find more information? [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree on Mar 29, 2015 - 10 answers

Why do I keep getting cavities?

I brush, floss, and rinse with fluoride twice daily. Why do I always get cavities? [more inside]
posted by Angel de Lune on Mar 9, 2015 - 65 answers

Ever gotten your teeth cleaned... on drugs?

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.
posted by anonymous on Feb 27, 2015 - 21 answers

Low cost dental options in NYC

Combination of genes and lack of fluoridated water when I was growing up made my oral health a perpetual issue. My attempts to get a handle on the situation, resulted in dental bills I have been unable to afford. Now that I am covered by insurance (both Cigna and Delta Dental plans) I am wondering if anyone can recommend low cost options for dental work (I will need a lot of it). I am looking at dental schools, and other subsidized opportunities to get this started. Thus, I would appreciate any specific recommendations for NYC area (all boroughs). Thanks in advance.
posted by mooselini on Feb 25, 2015 - 4 answers

Abscess or just sore swollen dental ligaments?

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]
posted by dilettante on Jan 27, 2015 - 9 answers

Should I go to the dentist? And if so, where do I even go?

I recently arrived in Uppsala, Sweden. I'm here for six months but my teeth started hurting today. It isn't so much as pain as it is sensitivity towards pressure and heat. It isn't ongoing and it comes and goes (usually if I bite down on something very hard). It happened a few weeks before I left, but it went away so quickly that I didn't think it was an issue. Now, I'm not sure if I even need to see a dentist and if I do, I'm not sure I am covered by insurance because it isn't an emergency procedure. Therefore, I will go to a dentist if it is absolutely recommended, but I'm trying to avoid it. So my question is two-fold: should I go see a dentist? If so, where in Uppsala do I even go?
posted by anonymous on Jan 25, 2015 - 11 answers

Tooth extraction and returning to normal teeth cleaning?

Three weeks ago I had a molar extracted. There were no complications with the extraction or the immediate aftermath. My normal teeth cleaning routine involves using an electric toothbrush and mouthwash both of which I have been avoiding as being too aggressive for the still healing gap. When (or should) I go back to my old cleaning habits? [more inside]
posted by antiwiggle on Jan 13, 2015 - 5 answers

Tender gums with no bleeding or swelling?

tl;dr: Starting last night I suddenly began experiencing gum pain when I floss, as well as some pain when chewing on a old root canal tooth (and the flossing-induced gum pain is especially noticeable in this area). However, there is no bleeding at all and my gums look pink in the mirror. What's going on? Can it wait until my routine cleaning next week? [more inside]
posted by serelliya on Dec 31, 2014 - 7 answers

How to handle a toothache for four days?

I have a fairly painful toothache due to an exposed nerve that started a couple days ago. Unfortunately, I couldn't get in to see a dentist until next Tuesday, but the pain is definitely getting worse. I'm probably going to go to the campus clinic tomorrow to see if I can get some painkillers (and maybe antibiotics if they decide I need them), but are there any other ideas out there for dealing with tooth pain? I'm not a huge fan of taking opiates for longer than I need to (drowsiness, addictive potential, acetaminophen side effects, etc.), and I've found that the oral numbing gel is ineffective.
posted by PlasticSupernova on Dec 19, 2014 - 14 answers

Learning to smile?

I got my front teeth fixed a year ago. 34 combined years of teeth not growing in, braces, terrible falling bridges, and bad dentists had taken their toll before I managed to find a dentist who could do a good job. I do smile and did smile before but it was often self-counscious; nice kid, shame about the teeth. [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Dec 17, 2014 - 8 answers

is it safe? well yeah, probably, but I still don't want to do it.

My son (age 20) has one impacted and one soon-to-be-impacted bottom wisdom tooth so they need to come out. His top wisdom teeth have come in fine. Dentist recommends pulling all four. Why can't he keep his top teeth?
posted by headnsouth on Dec 3, 2014 - 39 answers

Gum Receding Between Two Teeth, What To Do?

The gum between two of my back teeth has been painfully inflamed since Friday, and in attempting to address it today I discovered that there's a rather sizable divot between the teeth that I can see when I use floss to push the infected gum down. I'm too young to have receding gums. My dentist is on vacation until my appointment with him next Thursday. What can/should I do in the interim? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Dec 1, 2014 - 15 answers

Getting deep clean and scaling with my dental hygienist vs periodontist.

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]
posted by xiaobao12 on Nov 26, 2014 - 10 answers

Mouthwash and toothpaste at the same time.

Is it safe to brush my teeth with the addition of a small amount of mouthwash at the same time? [more inside]
posted by BillyAnne on Nov 2, 2014 - 8 answers

Non-homeopathic, safe, effective teething relief?

We're looking for some proven, effective relief for our 4-month-old's gums as her teeth come in. It seems like it's impossible to find something that is both medically legitimate and doesn't contain benzocaine. We're open to herbal remedies if they're supported by more than anecdote, but we are not interested in homeopathy for our child. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Oct 12, 2014 - 28 answers

Orthodontia-filter: Minding the gap, and mending the gap?

Would like some AskMe advice on fixing my front tooth gap (midline diastema), especially from folks who have done or know people who have done a similar fix. I am 98% pro-orthodontics, but am undecided between traditional braces and invisalign, and then a small part of me is wondering if I'll have regrets about fixing it at all. [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Sep 2, 2014 - 15 answers

Maybe dentist filter?

You are not my doctor, I know, I know. I'm trying to decide 1) which doctor to see, if I go see one and 2) to what degree to panic. There's a spot on my left face that's tender to pressure. My teeth feel it when I touch this spot. Should I go see a dentist? Or should I go see a nose doctor? [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree on Aug 28, 2014 - 18 answers

Drool, Brittannia

Several of our dog's incisors were starting to come loose, so our vet recommended pulling between 3-5 of them. Today was surgery day, and they ended up pulling 8 teeth! I'm not so much concerned about the aesthetics, but should we be worried about anything in particular with him having lost almost all of his front teeth? [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Aug 27, 2014 - 11 answers

Is this nighttime dental guard made of safe materials?

I've been using a Dentek dental guard for my nighttime teeth grinding and clenching. My concern is whether it's safe for long-term use. The website says it's made of EVA and EMA, which I'm guessing are ethylene-vinyl acetate and ethyl methyl acrylate. [more inside]
posted by ChuckRamone on Aug 26, 2014 - 6 answers

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. http://imgur.com/HnecMVD. 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

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