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Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Posted by:miiintyfresh.
Time:10:14 pm.
is this really unhealthy? how much do you have to drink to puke?


Friday, December 11th, 2009

Subject:invisalign pricing
Posted by:_je_taime.
Time:2:01 pm.
Hi there. I know this is somewhat subjective depending on the practitioner, but I recently had a consultation for Invisalign where I was told I would need about 12 months of treatment and the cost is $5,000. This includes retainers and whitening at the end. They said they will also need to file my bottom teeth a little which I don't understand since I've already had braces and they didn't have to do that.
From what I've read, braces typically cost about 2 to 5 thousand dollars and Invisalign is slightly more expensive. I'm wondering why this treatment is on the upper end of the spectrum I've heard since my understanding is that 12 months is relatively short, or at least not a long time for braces. Do you think this is more expensive than what should be expected?
Thanks so much!

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Posted by:caustic_sofa.
Time:4:11 am.
I didn't receive fluoride as a kid because a) it made me extremely nauseous and b) I feared the dentist, so rarely went.

Well, with decent insurance/a job, I put my fears aside and decided to go. I need a bridge after having a tooth extracted, yes, but otherwise my teeth are okay. Not great (bite is very off), but okay.

I was wondering what the benefits of fluoride would be at an older age (I'm 22). Would a mouth rinse, such as ACT, make much of a difference in prevention of cavities, etc.? Might it help with tooth sensitivity? Are there any cons to having fluoride treatments or using rinses at my age?

One more thing - I smoke cigarettes. Despite the fact I brush and floss regularly (twice, if not 3x a day) and am regular with dental cleanings as well, my teeth stain from smoking very easily. Other than quitting (I know that's in my best interest), are there any OTC products I can use to deter stains?

Thank you

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Subject:Salary Question
Posted by:demoncaller.
Time:11:35 pm.
Mood: contemplative.
Hi, my name is Jen and I'm a Dental Assistant. I currently live and work in upstate NY, I'm contemplating a move to NYC, and I hope to find a position down there as a DA. I was just wondering if anyone in this community has any helpful info/advise about the NYC Dental Industry, such as salaries and working conditions and stuff.

A little background info on me; I have been a DA since 1998, have been practicing for 8 years, 4 years in the USAF, 4 years private practice (3 years off for college) and I currently hold DANB certification. Still waiting on my NYS license (damn bureaucracy!) and I'm 2 Gen Eds away from an Associates Degree in Dental Assisting (an Associates, not a Certificate; can't say the military never did anything for me!). I've done restorative, endo, pros, just starting to assist in implant procedures, not a lot of pedo, and virtually no ortho experience (incidentally, both fields the military doesn't really do much with regards to). I'm proficient in both conventional and digital radiology, and I make darn good temp crowns.

That's all I can think of right now; any info that people could give me would be most appreciated.

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Subject:Cost for implant vs bridge
Posted by:caustic_sofa.
Time:12:59 am.
Last January, I had 3 teeth pulled. One was a tooth up top next to a canine.

At first, you really couldn't tell there was a tooth missing. The space was really small. As my mouth has healed I suppose, the space has only gotten bigger and I'm really self-conscious about it. When I talk normally, you can't tell. When I smile wide or laugh, there's obvious shadowing. :"( It also looks as though the canine next to it has, like, shifted down. It looks much longer than the opposite side.

Was wondering if anyone can tell me how much an implant might cost, at least an approximate, with insurance (Guardian) in the US (specifically Pennsylvania). My dentist mentioned a bridge might be a little cheaper, but they'd have to mess with other teeth as well and there's nothing wrong with them. (Please correct if it's not a bridge he was speaking of.)

Thank you!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Posted by:brokensmyl.
Time:4:29 am.
Hello there everyone! I'm afraid I need some advice. First, I have really bad teeth. It's my own fault, I'm forgetful about brushing. I've tried doing little things that might help remind me, but I just can never think of it. Anyway, yesterday one of my back gums was swollen a little bit, but this has happened before and has gone away no problems so I assumed it would do the same. I woke up this morning and the swelling had increased. I lightly pressed on it, and lo and behold some blood and pus came out. At least, I'm assuming it was pus. It was white/cream colored and milky looking. I know the obvious answer is to go to the dentist, but I know there's a lot wrong with my teeth and I don't have insurance at the moment. I won't be getting insurance for at least two months either. So please, help give me peace of mind, what do you think this is?

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Posted by:lijago.
Time:4:14 pm.
Hi everyone!

Just asking for a quick bit of advice - I had a tooth pulled yesterday, and everything went really well.  Doesn't hurt much today, just a bit of sensitivity (I'm also being really careful with it!)  I was told no alcohol, which I understand why, but I'm just wondering, for how long am I not supposed to drink it?  I'm supposed to be going out for drinks tomorrow night, so I'm just wondering if I'm able to have a few drinks?  I don't want to do any damage!

Thanks :) 

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Posted by:goldenmelody.
Time:12:26 am.
Mood: worried.
hi, ive been really worried this lately so i was hoping someone could help me.

i got my braces off about 3-4 years ago, and wore my retainer pretty regularly afterwards, but eventually i stopped wearing it too often. ive noticed lately that one of my front teeth has shifted a bit backwards, and ive been wearing my retainer again to try and fix it...

the question is: is it too late to fix it? when i wear my retainer now it usually helps for a while and then goes back to the way it was...maybe if i wore it more often?
im just afraid to go back to my orthodontist because i dont want him to tell me i need braces again. and since my retainer doesnt fit perfectly anymore, does that mean i need a new one? my orthodontist is not really a pleasant man so i kind of hate the thought of going back again...

any help is greatly appreciated, ive been very worried about this.
thank you!

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Subject:Crown Lengthening
Posted by:pagankittykat.
Time:3:41 pm.
Perhaps you dental experts can help a patient out? You have a unique perspective about these things...

I'm getting quite alot of dental work done now and I have some concerns. I was hoping you all might be able to help allay some of my fears.

The history: I had two root canals done about 10 years ago (both the upper and lower molars on the right side). I recently went in for a cleaning and was told that the root canals were done poorly, that there were gaps in the crowns, etc. So the root canals were redone about a week ago (the endodontist also found some nerve tissue that was never removed the first time), but the decay/infections were so bad, that there is very little tooth structure left. My dentist and endodontist have both recommended the crown lengthening procedure to create more tooth structure for a permanent crown. This procedure scares me. I have alot of panic and anxiety when it comes to dental work, and this particular procedure just freaks me out! I'm very nervous about the whole thing. Anyway, the periodontist who is performing the procedure usually does it under a local anesthesia. This makes me really nervous, as I often have anxiety attacks during dental procedures. My two recent root canals were extremely unpleasant (even though they were not painful, I was still in a considerable amount of distress). I have requested general anesthesia for the crown lengthening so that I don't have to be awake during the procedure. However, this is not covered under my insurance, which means it would cost me about $1,000 out of pocket for the anesthesiologist.

My questions to you all are: has anyone undergone a crown lengthening/what was it like? Are my fears warranted? Should I go for the anesthesia so I don't freak out, or will the procedure be easy to handle? For me, a root canal was completely awful, but I'm fine during a regular cleaning.

Whatever advice you can give is appreciated. Thanks!


Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Posted by:skurviee.
Time:11:52 am.
I was hoping someone could tell me what could be causing my son's enamel to come off on two of his teeth.
He is 18months old, and the two teeth affected are his first two teeth he got when he was 4 months old. He has never been put to bed with a bottle or cup, doesn't eat candy or junk food. I brush them at least once a day, more if he will let me. He does get a small cup of 100% juice with his breakfast, but other than that he still nurses frequently.

It doesn't seem to be bothering him, but it looks like another peice is about to come off. I have to call and set up our dental insurance with tri-care and then I will be making an appointment. I just wanted some advice in the meantime.

and I have pictures...Collapse )

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Posted by:silvermidnight.
Time:8:59 pm.
What is your opinion of in-office fluoride rinses?

My dentist recommends that every patient rinses with A:B fluoride once a year at a routine cleaning appointment. It looks and tastes like ACT, but he charges $22.00 a swig. 

Is there really something special about office fluoride rinses or is he trying to rip me off?

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Subject:Whitening strips: spotty teeth
Posted by:trekkiebeth.
Time:7:56 pm.
I just used whitening strips for the first time (Walgreens Advanced Whitening Dental Wraps). My teeth now have odd-looking white spots. Will this go away after I use it for a few more days?

Posted by:peapodjumpup.
Time:10:10 pm.
I went for a cleaning and x-ray in December with complaint of sensitivity in one tooth, and an obvious (to me), small hole at the gum line of it. Here's a drawing to better describe:

Excuse my lack of skill. Ha..

I had four cavities which needed to be filled, but there was no mention of said tooth causing me some irritation needing a fill. When I directed my dentist's attention to it, he said "The gum line's recessed and the enamel underneath exposed. Stop brushing hard."

I'm not trying to usurp his knowledge or anything, but from what I've seen (photographs) of gum recession, the enamel exposed doesn't look like a small cavity/hole. The tooth at the gum line just looks stained, and the enamel underneath somewhat raised.

If this is a cavity, should I decide to go for a second opinion, can I even get it filled without a root canal? I've switched to a sensitive paste because cold, sweet and acidic make me wanna scream.

Help most appreciated!

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Subject:i got the root canal started...pain
Posted by:mivida.
Time:9:09 pm.
I have ibuprofen 800mg but I was wondering if putting a warm towel on my face where the pain is will help? Or will it make it swell up?

The whole thing wasn't so bad. The injections were the worst part. She did them well and I didn't feel any of the drilling and whatever else they do.

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Subject:cheap scrubs!
Posted by:cubactii.
Time:3:53 pm.

hello, i have a few scrubs for sale and they are very inexpensive. im trying to get enough money to pay for i plane ticket i desperately need to get back to my hometown. if you could take a look that would be wonderful! thank you!

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Subject:scrubs for cheap!
Posted by:cubactii.
Time:10:20 pm.
hello, my name is shelbie and i would really love it if you could help me out by purchasing some of these scrub tops. They are very cheap and would help me reach my goal of getting back to my hometown, but plane tickets are extremely expensive. thanks you! please take a look!


Friday, January 9th, 2009

Subject:Loose teeth in adult, but NOT due to gingivitis or periodontal disease
Posted by:disturbedme.
Time:11:32 pm.
Mood: depressed.
Hi all. I've got an important question.

This is really driving me crazy and scaring me quite a bit, of course.

Some of my teeth feel loose. I first noticed it start happening three years ago and had it checked at that time and the dentist told me he did not notice it and said that they were not moving/loose, despite myself knowing they were because I can feel them move with my tongue or hear them click. He told me my teeth and gums were healthy - so no gingivitis, etc.

I went on my way. It happened on and off and then it started to happen more frequently or I noticed it again and went to another dentist about it. He told me that he did not notice any moving and said that maybe I am just hypersensitive and notice it more than most people would notice something like that. He told me though my teeth and gums were healthy. I go on my way. Have a few other checkups, no cavities, healthy gums and teeth.

And here we are again where I'm noticing that my teeth are loose. They seem really loose. But like I said, it comes and goes. Sometimes I'll notice it more than other times and freak out because they seem really loose (usually after I have just eaten) or then there's some days I won't notice it at all. I am going to make another appointment to have them looked at on Monday... but I'm thinking I may need to see a dentist who specializes in TMJ and things of that sort since the dentist I see now does not.

I've been trying to look up reasons for loose teeth in adults and none of them seem to fit my situation. Most of what I've looked up talks of how gum disease is the main reason for loose teeth. According to two or three dentists, I have healthy gums and teeth and don't have gum disease.

So what is it?!

I've also looked up vitamin C deficiency and A deficiency being a potential cause, but I'm pretty sure I don't have that as I take tons of supplements.

There was also somewhere saying that bone loss/bone density could be a cause. I suppose maybe that could be a reason for me - but I'm 25!

I've also read that grinding and/or clenching can cause it. My dentist told me that the wear on my teeth showed I did not grind my teeth and my husband has not heard me doing that. However, I may clench and I am thinking this may be the cause, but I'm not sure. Also, I've read that TMJ can cause loose teeth. I do have TMJ. I was never diagnosed with it by a dentist or a doctor, but I have the symptoms of it and my jaw pops and cracks a LOT.

I'm now pretty much just restricting myself to eating very soft food because I'm so afraid I'm going to loose a tooth! They're not extremely loose, but they do move ever so slightly and even that I am pretty sure is not normal. And it is usually after eating. Not always, but usually.

So any ideas/lists of the causes of loose teeth in adults besides gum disease? And why would two of my dentists totally not feel them move or notice anything when I notice it all the time?

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Subject:pulling teeth vs. root canal
Posted by:mivida.
Time:10:51 am.
Mood: contemplative.
I had a check up this morning. I need a root canal for a tooth on the lower left side. Forgot what # they called it, maybe 23? It was a filling but I bit something that broke the filling and for a year I didn't have dental insurance so the tooth got worse. I kept thinkin' I can just have them pull it. I've had ONE wisdom tooth pulled. Healing was hell but I thought, I'd do it just to get rid of the annoying pain I have with this tooth now. The dentist said she wouldn't pull it. "OVER HER DEAD BODY." She complimented my smile because I've never had braces and my teeth did so well becoming straight. She says pulling the tooth will cause the other teeth to SHIFT and the tooth ABOVE will come down. THAT scared me like crazy. Lord knows I don't want MORE work done. My mom told me they'd tell me that, because they're always trying to save someting. She doesn't want me to get a root canal because my sister had one done (many years ago) and it messed up her mouth. I'm thinkin, maybe there is better technology now? It's NOT infected yet, she perscribed antibiotics to keep it that way till we get started on the 23rd (of Jan). She said most cases where ppl have so much pain is because they already had an infected tooth and they couldn't get a good numbing. *sigh*

But I just want a 2nd opinion from somewhere...if I did get it pulled would my teeth shift and just ruin everything????? LOL.

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Subject:gingival graft/gum graft
Posted by:vara_design.
Time:9:59 pm.
hey all, i'm new.

i went to a periodontist for the first time yesterday, and he confirmed what i feared: i need a gum graft. the gum on my lower jaw under my front 4 teeth is way too thin. it's starting to recede, but the recession doesn't look terrible yet.

i'm very very very scared to have this procedure. i'm scared of any procedure, the fact that i'll be awake for this terrifies me. i'm curious as to if anyone on here has had this procedure, and could share their experience? is there anything i should know before having this done?

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Posted by:inthekillinmood.
Time:12:09 pm.
Mood: scared.
in 2 hours i will be with the dentist,i am so damn scared.
he said they were going to fill in some of my cavity in my front teeth with composite filling and that they would numb it and that it wouldnt hurt,is that 100% true?im freaking out.i mean i havnt gone to the dentist in like 5 years because i have some pretty traumatic experiences with teeth since i was a wee young girl.[see in texas they would tie me down]...so i am so so scared and i dont know what to do.i also have to get like alot of other cavities filled some other day.and when im with the dentist the time seems endless.

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