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How Urgently Do We Need Urgent Care?

Posting on behalf of my partner, whose bad tooth has worsened: the crown's gone. They're experiencing a throbbing headache towards the back of their head, "behind the eyes." While the pain has been off-and-on for a while, the last two days have been tough to get through. As of today, they also have a combination of pain/stiffness in the back of their neck. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Jul 21, 2014 - 15 answers

Terrible experience with a new dentist. Report it or let it be?

I was referred to an oral surgeon by my local clinic that caters to low income folks like me. I have a major infection in a tooth that is crumbling and dying. I made an appt. with the oral surgeon and chose to have a local anesthetic for the exrtaction. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2014 - 11 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

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

Advice on getting last minute appointment with new dentist

Last night bonding that filled in a sizable part of my front tooth (chipped in childhood) fell out. It is not too painful (just sensitive to hot and cold) so is certainly not a dental emergency, but is very noticeable and I'd like to have it addressed ASAP. I have recently moved to a new area and have not yet had a routine cleaning with a local dentist, though I have a recommendation from a friend. I called that office and a few others covered by my insurance this morning but they all appear to be closed over the weekend. Will a new dentist see me with little notice to fix the issue if I am not a current patient? Also is the best approach to leave a message now or call early Monday? Or do I need to contact my last dentist (who I didn't particularly like and who is a 35 minute drive) for better luck getting a last minute appointment?
posted by moshimosh on Jan 4, 2014 - 11 answers

Anyone went through the "crown lengthening procedure"?

Anyone went through the "crown lengthening procedure"? [more inside]
posted by Mountain28 on Dec 21, 2013 - 7 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

Why do I feel so sad, post wisdom tooth extraction?

I had a wisdom tooth extracted yesterday, surgically with IV sedation. I was very very nervous, but it went fine, and today the pain is under easy control from paracetamol. However, I feel not just completely drained (which is, I guess, understandable given how tense I was yesterday and the small physical trauma) but unusually sad. I can't remember the procedure due to the sedation, and I feel weirdly like I'm missing a bit of time that I shouldn't be. I feel ashamed that I was so nervous beforehand. But more than that I just feel so sad about nothing I can put my finger on. I take lofepramine for depression, which is generally pretty well under control. Would any of the drugs I might have been given yesterday counteracted it? Has anyone else experienced this?
posted by anonymous on Nov 28, 2013 - 17 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

one tooth, one paranoid me

My upper left front tooth had a filling back in late March. The dentist was perplexed as to why I'd have a cavity there-- she said it's a very accessible place (brush 3 times, floss twice a day. Never miss). After the filling the tooth was a tad sensitive for a day and then all was fine. In the last month or so, I some times get a "cold sensation" in the area of that tooth but couldn't pin it down but I think it came from the filled tooth. It just feels like a cold feeling from the inside. Then this morning I got a stronger "cold feeling" in that tooth after taking a sip of warm coffee. Should I go back to the dentist? I am very worried. I don't want this to turn into something worse. In the mean time, just seeing the dentist cost a lot of money. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree on Jul 18, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me visit my dentist for a checkup.

I am seeing the dentist Monday. How can I make this experience less painful (in all senses, physical, emotional, financial)? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Jun 14, 2013 - 16 answers

How worried should I be about my (fake, root canaled) chipped tooth?

I was chewing on a hemp powder smoothie (the hemp powder has a gritty texture) when it happened. I've changed dentists a 3 times now as well as moved (still haven't looked up a local one) so I can't go back to the person who did the root canal. It doesn't hurt, just feels weird. Do I need to go see a dentist immediately?
posted by driedmango on May 31, 2013 - 8 answers

chronic tooth inflammation turned acute-- what to do?

I have 1 tooth that was recently diagnosed as having low-grade, chronic infection around its root. I usually don't feel pain, but feel a lightly different feel tapping. When I am tired or not feeling well, I have very minor biting pain on that tooth. I am making plans to get a root canal and everything. This past week has been incredibly stressful and I barely slept, ate poorly, and was having a cold to begin with. Yesterday, throughout the day the biting pain on my bad tooth was getting worse, and today i could feel the gum around it is really swollen (but there's no pus and it's not squishy) and red, and the severe biting pain persists. My whole mouth just feels like it's inflamed though-- my throat is sore, have burning sensation, and my eyes are also dry and red and burning. I don't know if my tooth caused all the others, or if my overall poor health at the moment lead to my tooth acting up. But I am taking a long flight to Asia in a few hours. What can I do to minimize discomfort until I can get to a dentist?
posted by redwaterman on May 8, 2013 - 13 answers

Ow! My tooth!

I had multiple fillings done about a month ago due to my major dental negligence over the past few years. Everything was awesome and wonderful until last week.... [more inside]
posted by altopower on May 3, 2013 - 12 answers

What's the best option for urgent dental care?

My front tooth, already decaying, has actually cracked down the middle. I know, should've taken care of it earlier blah blah blah but I'm taking care of it now and need to know my options. I am 24, uninsured and have very little in the way of expendable money. [more inside]
posted by dr handsome on Apr 23, 2013 - 20 answers

Tooth problems while out of town - please advice.

It's the middle of the night, I'm out of town, and I'm in pain from my tooth. Please help me figure out what my next step is. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Apr 17, 2013 - 11 answers

What is this lump on the roof of my mouth?

There is a soft lump toward the front of the roof of my mouth. It is not a blister. It is not a canker sore. It might be a result of an infection where I had a root canal 6 months ago. Naturally, I think it's awful and life-ending. [more inside]
posted by kimberussell on Apr 13, 2013 - 17 answers

Tooth Extraction Questions

Need help with concerns about tooth extraction scheduled for tomorrow morning. [more inside]
posted by anon.sock.puppet on Apr 4, 2013 - 21 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

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

Aching pain after root canal

I had root canals redone (by an endodontist) and crowns placed on two of my upper teeth (by my dentist) that are side by side early last year. All was well until yesterday morning, when I woke up with a dull throbbing aching pain on where those teeth are, but especially on the one tooth. It doesn't seem to be sensitive to hot and cold, but chewing on that side hurts. I already have an appointment with my dentist, but would appreciate it if anybody who knows can give me the worst, best, and most likely scenario of what I am facing so I can prepare myself. Thank you so much. Anecdotes if you experienced something similar are also appreciated.
posted by skjønn on Jan 9, 2013 - 11 answers

Do I need to do anything about the tooth that just fell out?

I had a root canal on a tooth a couple years ago, and never got a crown on it. Most of the rest of the tooth just fell out. Do I need to do anything about it? [more inside]
posted by webmutant on Dec 28, 2012 - 14 answers

Wisdom tooth words of warning?

I'm 34, and currently have all my wisdom teeth, but one broke over the summer and got an infection a while back. I'm on heavy duty antibiotics now to minimize that and the extraction is scheduled for Friday morning. My regular dentist will be doing the procedure, and it sounds as though I'll just be getting a local anaesthetic. He said I wouldn't even need someone to drive me to the appointment, though I probably will, just to be on the safe side. What else should I know before going into this?
posted by peppermind on Oct 30, 2012 - 32 answers

Smile Bright Store: worth it?

Does anyone have any experience, positive or negative, with the Smile Bright Store and their teeth-whitening products? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Oct 24, 2012 - 2 answers

What should I eat after I get my wisdom teeth out?

What are the best, funnest, most satisfying foods to eat after I get my wisdom teeth out? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Sep 27, 2012 - 34 answers

Broken tooth. What are my options?

I broke a tooth I had a root canal done on. Haven't been to the dentist in years. What can they do? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Sep 9, 2012 - 9 answers

the canine's incisor

I have an older dog whose front tooth is loose enough that I can wiggle it with my fingers. I'm taking him into the vet tomorrow, but before I do, I'm wondering: is it possible for the vet to remove a dog's tooth without putting him under anesthesia?
posted by roger ackroyd on Aug 30, 2012 - 14 answers

Surely my teeth won't fall out if I wish hard enough, right?

Do cavities ever just... go away? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Aug 19, 2012 - 21 answers

Failed dental implant with possible incompetence...recourse?

Over the past 6 months I've been having a dental implant installed, and it has now failed. The dentist has been rather dismissive of the pain, and I'm pretty sure I can identify specifically when the implant failed and I believe it to be his fault. This should have taken 4 appointments to finish, and has now been 9, and will end with the 10th…hopefully. There are other instances of his (possible) incompetence past the break (please read if you are going to reply). He has said that after I heal when it's removed he will do the process again for free…but I'm rather terrified of him now. Do I have any legal recourse to ask for a refund? Again, details after the break. [more inside]
posted by aloiv2 on Jul 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Emergency or not?

My dog's mouth is bleeding; there's a lump by her gums. It's 10pm here. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Jul 16, 2012 - 14 answers

A tooth fairy gave me some teeth - what do I do with them?

So, what DOES the 'tooth fairy' do with Baby Teeth? [more inside]
posted by Elysum on Jun 27, 2012 - 28 answers

What to do about my dog's mouth problem??

My adult dog lost a tooth a couple weeks ago after chewing on a Nylabone. I took the bone away, and was planning to make an appointment for cleaning/ scaling in a month or so, when I could afford it. Today I found another tooth and now I'm more worried that this is something that can't wait. Help please! [more inside]
posted by GastrocNemesis on Jun 6, 2012 - 15 answers

Unique Orthodontic Problem Needs Best Possible Advice

I need to locate an outstanding orthodontist (in the DC area or otherwise) who can provide a second opinion on my 12 year old son's highly unique problem with his No. 7 canine. [more inside]
posted by Jamesonian on May 7, 2012 - 3 answers

Should I wait until my tooth infection clears before getting them extracted?

My two right wisdom teeth are infected and abscessed. I'm on 500mg of Amoxicillin three times a day. Should I wait until the infection clears before getting them extracted? [more inside]
posted by clcapps on Apr 21, 2012 - 12 answers

What's the best of three unappealing options?

I will be having a root canal soon, but the dentist has told me that the damage to the tooth may not be treatable by the root canal, and that other action may be necessary. He's given me a few options to consider, and has asked me to pick one. [more inside]
posted by smilingtiger on Apr 17, 2012 - 18 answers

Can I board a plane 24 hours after I get my wisdom tooth removed?

Have any of you flown on an airplane the day after you got a wisdom tooth removed? My oral surgeon says it'll be fine, but I'm nervous. [more inside]
posted by Viola on Feb 16, 2012 - 22 answers

Permanent crown fitted on a temp basis - how long to wait for my tooth to cool it?

My dentist inserted my permanent crown in a temporary fashion due to my tooth's uncertainty about whether it likes all of this intrusive behaviour - how long to wait to see if it will settle down? Potentially triggering dental details inside. [more inside]
posted by analog on Feb 7, 2012 - 7 answers

If I ignore it, it might go away, right? Periodontist in NYC required (or maybe not???)

Can anyone recommend a good periodontist in NYC? Do I even need a periodontist? [more inside]
posted by bquarters on Jan 12, 2012 - 10 answers

Need the tooth, the whole tooth, and nothing but the tooth!

Need advice on if/how to treat a four-year-old's injured tooth. [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 on Dec 5, 2011 - 5 answers

OW OW OW OW OW

Tell me about your experiences with dental implants. [more inside]
posted by goshling on Nov 2, 2011 - 10 answers

post-procedure dental pain

Should it hurt this much two days after having two teeth pulled? [more inside]
posted by yesster on Oct 5, 2011 - 26 answers

Dental surgury options for a toddler?

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]
posted by fings on Sep 8, 2011 - 19 answers

Is this a dental emergency?

Trying to figure out whether to call my dentist's emergency number, see if this is something that can wait until Tues. or if it's something an urgent care could handle. [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari on May 29, 2011 - 9 answers

Dental Work Fail

Help! My old dentist screwed up my teeth and now I live 500 miles away and need a possible root canal. Is there any way to get a reimbursement for the work that was done? [more inside]
posted by tessalations999 on Apr 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Tooth issues - what gives?

What is up with human teeth? Why do they so often come in crooked, in the wrong place, or not at all? [more inside]
posted by yawper on Apr 14, 2011 - 29 answers

Bedazzle my smile!

I have the special trays already. What teeth whitening goo should I buy online to put in them? [more inside]
posted by Addlepated on Apr 6, 2011 - 7 answers

What does the Tooth Fairy do with all of those teeth?

My daughter wrote a note to the Tooth Fairy tonight asking her what she did with all of the teeth she collected. What should the Tooth Fairy tell her in response?
posted by ColdChef on Mar 15, 2011 - 81 answers

Which are your favorite teeth cleaning products?

Which are your favorite teeth cleaning products? Favorite regular or electric toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, floss picks, mouthwash, etc.? [more inside]
posted by sharkfu on Mar 3, 2011 - 56 answers

Cracked Crown

2 years ago I had a root canal performed on my second molar. Today the crown cracked and a piece fell off. Could this be cause by excessive grinding? [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo on Feb 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Stupid teeth.

I have a dental issue (broken crown) but I'm not in my home country and won't be back for a week. I'm not in pain and I can probably live with it for now. Would waiting a week to see a dentist be detrimental? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl on Jan 17, 2011 - 12 answers

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