I recently moved and went to a new dentist. My old dentist used a probe to find cavities - I haven't had a cavity in a decade. This new dentist used a Diagnodent and told me I had 5-6 areas of decay that he wanted to drill into and fill. He said he didn't know if they went into the dentin or just the enamel, and wouldn't know until he got in there. What's up with this Diagnodent business? Is it legit? YANMD, but is a Diagnodent really better than a probe, and does it sound wise to get them filled? Thanks.
Dentistry question: I am a savage night-grinder. Should I have my bite reshaped to help with my bruxism? [more inside]
My two bottom front teeth has been feeling a little funny since last Wednesday. They feel tight or crowded, kind of like how I felt back when I had braces on. they also kind of feel like the teeth were impacted recently, which they weren't. They don't hurt-- if I had to pinpoint, I would say the feeling came from between the two teeth. when I bite they don't hurt more. But the tight feeling is quite noticeable, and certainly not very comfortable. They've gotten a bit better in the past five days. What could cause this? Also, I just knocked my upper front tooth on my computer screen 3 minutes ago. It hurt a little bit/ can feel the shock for about 30 seconds, and then it's back to normal. There was no bleeding and I couldn't see any fractures and it wasn't loose. Should I have a dentist look at it anyway? I am worried that it might die later. I've been very worried about my teeth, and at this point I don't know how much to freak out about things that goes on in my mouth! [more inside]
Is my new dentist trying to convince me to get braces unnecessarily? Lots more agonizing inside! [more inside]
Why are my upper left molars so fragile?! I am only 27, but my last three teeth are all dead and have cracked. I had a lot of cavities as a child, despite rarely having any sweets and a moderately good dental hygiene (okay, it wasn't impeccable, but it was not as horrible as some I've seen, namely my father who never brushed with no cavities at all) but as a teenager/young adult/adult my teeth were mostly fine and my brushing habits are much better nowadays. Within the last two years I've had two molars cracked. One losing a big chunk, the other down the middle and is not salvageable. All on my left upper side. [more inside]
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!
Is my baby teething? He has been a real turd for about a week, restless, irritable, wakeful, etc. He's also drooling and chomping. But are these teeth? I mean the underlined things. [more inside]
I just brushed my teeth with Vagisil cream on accident. Will this kill me? Also, how can I get this nasty taste out of my mouth? [more inside]
Why is my Oral-B electric toothbrush's head moldy? Would a Sonicare have the same problem? [more inside]
Need advice on if/how to treat a four-year-old's injured tooth. [more inside]
I have bad teeth and I'm not wealthy...is there a way to improve my smile? [more inside]
Tell me about your experiences with dental implants. [more inside]
Has anyone purchased vampire/werewolf teeth that they were satisfied with? I'm going as a werewolf for Halloween. I've grown my hair and beard out and would like to purchase some adhesive teeth as opposed to wearing a mask. [more inside]
How can I preserve my wisdom teeth? [more inside]
Our 2-year old has an injured tooth that is wearing away. Dentist would like to go in, and do baby-tooth root canal, or possible extraction if the tooth cannot be saved. Hospital wants outrageous sums of money, health insurance says it will not cover it. Are there any good options? [more inside]
I got bashed in the face yesterday. Please tell me my tooth is not going to die. I know you are not my dentist. I am not sure if I need to go to the dentist. Yesterday afternoon at the cafe, I reached up high to move some kids' books that were stacked horizontally on the shelf above our BookCrossing shelf. Unbeknownst to me, balanced on the books, and totally invisible to anyone but a basketball champion, was a ceramic bowl filled with crayons. The bowl fell off the books and onto my upturned face, a distance of about 2-3 feet, I suppose. It bashed me on my filtrum, right over my right hand big tooth at the front. Hit the, well, the filtrum, hitting that and my upper lip into my gum (I seem to have bitten my lower lip and jarred my bottom teeth too). It bounced off and smashed on the floor. No bruise yet but really tender and I am scared I have damaged my tooth's root and the tooth will suddenly die! [more inside]
What is the best and most useful dental insurance for an individual living in California who is anticipating getting all his upper teeth pulled and falsies put in?
What is the best and most useful dental insurance for an individual living in California who is anticipating getting all his upper teeth pulled and falsies put in? [more inside]
I am having my top two wisdom teeth out on wednesday without general or "twilight" anesthesia. What should I expect? [more inside]
I'm weaning off Lexapro under my doctor's supervision. Because I'm not going to keep bugging my doctor about this (she's on vacation anyway), I figured it'd hit up for guys for some withdrawal symptom advice. I've been having some fun ones, and I want to make sure everything is fine. I'd also like to find out what might help me feel a little bit better. [more inside]
I've got a tooth sticking out the top of my gum. [more inside]
I'm a newly-diagnosed teeth-grinder. Should I get the custom night guard my dentist wants to make for me or should I try one of the cheap guards available in the drugstore? And while I'm making up my mind about the appropriate path, what can I do in the meantime to reduce stress and grind less? Relevant physical and financial details inside. [more inside]
I get black stuff on my teeth. Anyone heard of this? I haven't been brushing my teeth regularly for a while, and that might have something to do with it. I easily get a black film over my teeth, and it doesn't brush away easily. I just scrape it off with a nail, but it's hard to get it all. It's like black plaque. I'm not eating anything unusual, so I don't know why it's happening.
My tooth broke recently, please share some advice with eating and what I should do about it.... [more inside]
I'm thinking of whitening my teeth using cold blue light with whitening gel . have you done this before? what was your experience, did it make your teeth hurt, how long between appointments do i need to wait, anything else i should know? thanks!
I had a tooth extracted last week and despite being on antibiotics for four days, it's infected, and the infection has spread, making it painful to swallow. The solution: a different antibiotic has been prescribed. I don't like antibiotics, so my question is: what would happen if I just didn't take the damn things, took the painkillers, braved it out and waited for my body to handle it alone? Would that just be stupid? I appreciate that it's probably hard to advise without specific details, but any comments welcome.
I chew my mouth and I want to stop without using gum or other mouth foods as my main crutch. [more inside]
What is up with human teeth? Why do they so often come in crooked, in the wrong place, or not at all? [more inside]
I have the special trays already. What teeth whitening goo should I buy online to put in them? [more inside]
How do I get my teeth BACK IN LINE?! I miss my straight teeth! [more inside]
Help me figure out next steps with regard to the mess that is my mouth, specifically my teeth [more inside]
Will having a large percentage of my caloric intake come from fruit lead to more problems than health benefits? [more inside]
My new dentist recommended I get buccal fillings and I'd like to know more about this as I have several teeth affected. [more inside]
Which are your favorite teeth cleaning products? Favorite regular or electric toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, floss picks, mouthwash, etc.? [more inside]
Is it really necessary to get teeth cleanings and dental checkups? [more inside]
Should I go to dental school? [more inside]
I've been grinding my teeth for a while now. I have a fancy mouth guard, yet I still have constant jaw pain and headaches. Anyone have any advice on how I can make this stop? [more inside]
Elephant with stuff in his ears, villains plotting to dirty a PI's teeth, and a man crawling under descending cardboard smoke: help me find footage of these early-80s PSAs. [more inside]
I have the worst teeth you have probably ever seen. Now what? [more inside]
I just (re-)chipped a tooth. I'm a student in the UK and I've never been to the dentist here before. I need to get this sorted out as soon as possible. Help? [more inside]
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]
What could be causing the hypersensitivity in my teeth to tap water at my parents' house? [more inside]
I just learned that I have 2 cavities and I am guessing it's because I switched to drinking a lot of diet soda since my last dentist visit. Are there any diet sodas that are not acidic? (both caffeinated and uncaffeinated). If all diet sodas are acidic then is it possible to make kool-aid with a fake sugar and then carbonate it using a carbonator? How would that taste? Would that be ok for my teeth?
A drink, some flavour and some bubbles. So why the acid? [more inside]
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?
About a year ago, the vet at the San Francisco SPCA told us our cat needed to get her teeth cleaned (and possibly have some teeth extracted) and that it would be almost $1000. We know we need to do this, and were wondering if there are cheaper (but still good) alternatives available in San Francisco. [more inside]
I've got a bum tooth up front, and want to get a crown -- do I need to bother trying to bleach/whiten my teeth ahead of time, or just go with whatever shade I am now as a match? [more inside]
How are vampires like teeth? [more inside]
I crashed my bicycle today. As a result, my front four top teeth are numb. The nurse practitioner at the hospital did not seem to think there was anything to worry about. I am not so sure. [more inside]
My right ear aches, and pain moves from one tooth to another on the right side of my mouth. I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow afternoon, but in the meantime I thought I'd ask what might be causing this. The pain in my ear is reminiscent of an ear infection I had years ago. At the same time, a single tooth will ache, but an hour later, the pain moves to a different tooth! Is it a dental problem causing an ear ache or an ear ache causing a dental problem?