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Yes: I have had patients miss one year and they end up with decay, needing fillings. More time than that can result in a root canal. You might brush and floss every day and get lucky, but not all of us end up with great news. See a reputable dentist and don't be one of the unfortunate ones! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Examination: Many people are nervous about seeing a dentist after so long. The dentist will start by reviewing your medical and dental history, take x-rays and do a complete examination of your teeth, gums, oral cavity. Then they will review the findings with you and discuss treatment options. Ask any questions you have and make sure you understand and are comfortable with the proposed treatment plan. ...Read more
Comprehensive exam: I would think that you would receive a comprehensive examination, plus a full series of x-rays, dental charting, intraoral photographs, periodontal charting. Once that is done, you will probably have a consultation to go over what was discovered, and what if any treatment recommendations would be appropriate for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My advise : Do not put aspirin, on the gum, may burn the gingival tissue. Keep clean the area around tooth in question with warm water, soft toothbrush and floss. Use NSAIDSs or Tylenol (acetaminophen) over the counter to reduce pain. Call your dentist for Wednesday emergency appointment. Tale care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Why are you worried about your dentist getting mad!? If your last x ray was within 6 months you are ok if everything was normal on the last x- ray. If it has been a long time and it is time explain your situation to your dentist. I personally would do it at no charge if you can't afford it and i feel like it is absolutely needed and you have been a great patient. Hope you don't need it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What can be done to be less fearful of the dentist? He was rough on me last year and I haven't gone back.
Go back.: I am not sure what you mean by "he was rough on me" but i assume you mean he was not gentle during the procedure. Some procedures in dentistry are not gentle. Extractions come to mind. Give your dentist another chance. If you still feel he is too rough, find another dentist. Call your local dental society for a referral. The worst thing you can do is to avoid treatment out of fear. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the truth behind crowns. My dentist thinks i need so many, and my wife, and i can't afford them. When are they necessary?
Two issues:: The 1st one is need? Crowns are recommended when the dentist feels that fillings, laminates, onlays are deemed inadequate to protect the tooth and stand the test of time. You don't want to keep paying for fillings that break or expose the tooth to extraction or rct. The 2nd is cost. Only you can determine your ability to pay and priorities. Perhaps there is some middle ground here to work with? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yesterday at the dentist something happened and I don't know if I should worry. can you please email me so I can give you more detail?
Call if worried: If you are concerned about something that happened at your dental appointment yesterday, call and ask if they can be more specific and if you should worry. In all likelihood, they would have told you yesterday if there was an issue, but the phone call with a specific question should hopefully put your mind at ease! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes But: Why not? Did you ask? Should be fine if the tooth is not sensitive however be careful until the crown is ready and be prepared for a longer seating appointment as the adjustments may be greater without a temporary crown in place to hold the space and the bite. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not sure?: If a tooth has a "cavity", ie, tooth decay, then the decay needs to be removed and a filling placed. There are instances when the top layer of the tooth; the enamel has begun to demineralize, which is the first stage of a future cavity. As long as it is in the surface enamel, it has a chance with proper care and Fluoride to remineralize and not become a cavity. You don't "watch" a cavity get worse. ...Read more
Health issues: You need the Dental treatment. You need to be seen every 6 months to help keep your mouth healthy to reduce need for corrective care. 2 options: 1). Dentistry can be done with sedation or anesthesia, and 2) mental health practitioners can help you manage your irrational fears. Talk to Dentist and seek advice, schedule an appointment to just talk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A "watch" on tooth: Sometimes the beginning of decay on a tooth or the breakdown of integrity of an existing filling is so small that the dentist decides the placement (or replacing ) of a filling need not be done at that time. Instead the dentist decides to observe it over time and restore the tooth if the condition worsens. It's a judgement call. ...Read more
What is the best way to soothe a horrible toothache when you can't get to the dentist right away?
Need Dentist: Motrin/ibuprofen/advil taken exactly as specified on package, and intermittent cold compresses, may take the edge off. Nothing otc or diy will eliminate the infection that is the cause of the pain. Left untreated, it will only spread. So get to your dentist quickly for treatment and relief. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers