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A 21-year-old female asked:

are there any over-the-counter methods for treating dry socket post-wisdom tooth extraction?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
See your surgeon: Dry socket paste, placed on sterile strip gauze, and placed into the extraction socket after it has been irrigated with sterile water and cleaned out is not easily performed by the untrained. See your surgeon and have it done correctly.. you'll heal and feel better faster. All the best...
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Not recommended: This should really be evaluated by the surgeon who treated you. It needs to be evaluated to rule out an infection or other medically related issues. You'll feel better sooner having an expert treat you. Your aftercare should be part of the initial procedure and is your dentist's responsibility.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
No: The most comprehensive and effective treatment can only be provided by a dentist or oral surgeon. See your dentist for evaluation and treatment.

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Is it safe to get a teeth cleaning while pregnant?

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Yes: Necessary dental care should not be avoided or delayed due to pregnancy.
A 27-year-old member asked:

Can I get teeth pulled while pregnant?

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Is it safe to have mercury tooth fillings while pregnant?

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No: You want to limit your exposure to mercury in pregnancy, which is why there are only certain kinds of seafood that are safe to consume in pregnancy.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Do older women fear dental care for cosmetic reasons?

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Dr. Herman Liem
Dentistry 37 years experience
Cosmetic Dentistry: Cosmetic dentistry has matured well in the field of dentistry. Most experienced dentist can render great looking restorations. Porcelain veneers, all ceramic crowns and bridges can really improve the look of your smile. If there is a concern, you ask your dentist to place an interim restoration first so changes still can be made. Then the final restoration can be fabricated.
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How much do dental x-rays cost for a child?

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Dr. Herman Liem
Dentistry 37 years experience
It varies.: It depends on the kind of x-rays prescribed by the dentist. Full mouth x-rays cost more than bite-wings. A single radiograph is the least expensive but limited to just a few teeth. And x-rays on children usually cost less than adults.

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