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Is it better to have dentist make mouthguard or to buy and make your own?

Is it better to have dentist make mouthguard or to buy and make your own?

Mouth guard : Definitely one fabricated by the dentist is better quality, more durable, custom fitted and the bite is balanced. ...Read more

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Are the mouthguards on the internet as good as the one from the dentist?

Are the mouthguards on the internet as good as the one from the dentist?

Not really: There are many types of mouthguards for grinding and clenching. Over the counter ones actually may be too thick and throw the muscles into more spasms. Dentists can make custom made, well fitting mouthguards, either upper or lower (i like the lower ones.) the guards can be made of soft plastic or hard acrylic...Depends on severity of grinding. For daytime clenching, other types are indicated. ...Read more

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Mouthguards from the dentist as good as orthodontist?

Mouthguards from the dentist as good as orthodontist?

What kind?: I think, as an Orthodontist, that General Dentists do a slightly better job fabricating Athletic Mouth Guards. I think Orthodontic Specialists do a better job with Orthodontic Retainers. I think thy both do equally well fitting and adjusting an Occlusal Orthotic for TMJ pain relief. But know that the difference is statistically extremely small. ...Read more

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How long will take to get a custom fit mouth guard from the dentist?

How long will take to get a custom fit mouth guard from the dentist?

Mouth guard: In order to get a custom made mouth guard usually you need to appointment 1st appointment they take an upper and lower impression in a dental office with a bite registration and the 2nd appointment they will try it on fit check it and it's done. It usually takes 1 to 2 weeks. ...Read more

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I'm getting a soft splint mouth guard and my dentist said it takes 2 appointments? first on is for impression. What is the second appiontment for

I'm getting a soft splint mouth guard and my dentist said it takes 2 appointments? first on is for impression. What is the second appiontment for

Two appointments: Indeed , it takes two simple appointments. The first appointment, an accurate impression of your upper and lower teeth and bite registration. At the second appointment, the night guard will be fitted, adjusted and delivered with home care instructions. ...Read more

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My dentist said everyone grinds their teeth, including me, but my teeth are healthy. Do i need a mouth guard? Could i basically be fine without it?

My dentist said everyone grinds their teeth, including me, but my teeth are healthy.  Do i need a mouth guard?  Could i basically be fine without it?

Get a guard: Think of the guard as an inexpensive way to reduce the likely damage to your teeth that occurs from teeth clenching or grinding, if you wait, you may significantly damage your teeth thereby requiring extensive and expensive dental restorations. Save them now. ...Read more

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Are dental x Rays needed in order for a dentist to make a custom mouth guard?

Are dental x Rays needed in order for a dentist to make a custom mouth guard?

Mouth Guard: Accurate dental impressions of your teeth are required for a custom mouth guard. The need for dental xrays are quite uncommon, unless some sort of pathology is a concern. ...Read more

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Can only dentists buy the parts to an implant?

Can only dentists buy the parts to an implant?

Buy Implants parts ?: Yes a license dds is the only person to buy certified sterile parts from a license vendor. However with the advent of ebay/craigslist etc. Just about anybody can buy anything. However, you would want only a trained dds surgeon with hundreds of training to place them. The implant fee is to help defray his training costs, not really the parts. To economize go to a dental school. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between a night guard made by a dentist and one you buy in a store?

Is there a difference between a night guard made by a dentist and one you buy in a store?

A night guard...: Made by your dentist will be custom fit to your mouth along with using higher quality materials that will feel much more comfortable while wearing. ...Read more

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Bad breath no matter what I do dentist didnt help me I am 20 is there anything i can buy to improve my breath?

Bad breath no matter what I do dentist didnt help me I am 20 is there anything i can buy to improve my breath?

Halitosis: Bad breath can be caused by many different factors, including sinus infections, periodontal problems, smoking, cavities, acid reflux, and your diet. Address all of these possibilities with your dentist and physician, and I'm confident that your problem will at least be minimized, and hopefully eradicated. ...Read more

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What can I buy to get rid of bad breathe? I have tried flossing and mouth wash doesn't help. What can I try before going to dentist?

What can I buy to get rid of bad breathe? I have tried flossing and mouth wash doesn't help. What can I try before going to dentist?

Give it up: Go to the Dentist. Bad breath may be from sulfur producing bacteria. May be between teeth, infected tonsils/adenoids, back of tongue. May be from acid reflux, GERD, systemic disease, foods and/or supplements. You need professional help. Please see Dentist. ...Read more

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Could use your help docs! my dentist told me to stop drinking drinks because of my enamel. Should i buy it?

Could use your help docs! my dentist told me to stop drinking drinks because of my enamel. Should i buy it?

What kind of drinks?: Drinking strong lemon juice can dissolve tooth enamel. Sugary drinks can promote bacterial breakdown of enamel (tooth decay). I don't believe that alcohol in moderation will damage your enamel. ...Read more

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I had a bridge put in and the "anchor tooth" in the back cracked 45 days later. I was told that i had to now buy a newbridge that would cost more than the previous bridge. I believe that the dentist put the first bridge in without examining it. Is it dent

I had a bridge put in and the "anchor tooth" in the back cracked 45 days later. I was told that i had to now buy a newbridge that would cost more than the previous bridge. I believe that the dentist put the first bridge in without examining it. Is it dent

As : As a surgeon i can tell you that even with the best clinical exam and radiographs fractured teeth escape detection until some event draws your attention to the problem, such as pain, infection or further fracture. Your post did not indicate that you were having symptoms associated with the tooth. Even when fractured teeth are extracted you may not be able to detect the fracture visually. Without the benefit of a clinical exam and radiographs i cannot give you an opinion as to whether or not your tooth may have been fractured. To prove your case you have to show, based on his review of dental records, that the dentist did not practice to the level of the local standard of care and this failure caused you injuries. Malpractice cases almost always require expert testimony about the standard of care and about causation of your problem. This expert needs to competent and admissible expert testimony anchored in reliable evidence about why the standard of care was not met. Awards in cases like this are more limited and typically are for expenses for you would incur to be restored to a functional bite. For this reason, you may have a hard time finding a lawyer to take the case because the award, if the dentist is found guilty, will not be sufficient to cover expenses and the procedures to correct the dental problems. I suggest that you consult with a lawyer if you feel you have grounds for a suit. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can buy online for to achieve straighter teeth over time? I cannot afford to see a dentist for braces or retainers.

Is there anything I can buy online for to achieve straighter teeth over time? I cannot afford to see a dentist for braces or retainers.

Unfortunately no: Orthodontic treatment needs to be performed by a licensed dental professional, one who has gone to college and dental school for a minimum of 8 years, more if a specialist. Dental care is not a DIY project. Consider financing your care or saving up for it. It is a worthwhile investment in yourself. ...Read more

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Will teeth whitening kits from the store work better after a dental cleaning? I’ve read that the dentist cleans your teeth before doing the whitening. Does that mean that the gunk on your teeth stop the whitening solution from working? So if i buy white s

Will teeth whitening kits from the store work better after a dental cleaning? I’ve read that the dentist cleans your teeth before doing the whitening. Does that mean that the gunk on your teeth stop the whitening solution from working? So if i buy white s

Generally no: The dentist "cleans" the teeth before whitening, but it is not with prophy/toothpaste. It is with pumice, which is just an abrasive, without fluoride. The abrasive pumice cleans the surface of enamel and allows the whitening gel to get further into the tooth to whiten faster. The only difference is the speed of whitening. If at home, just brush with water before whitening to get same effect. ...Read more

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Is it bad that i haven't been to a dentist for over 3 years?

Is it bad that i haven't been to a dentist for over 3 years?

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 more

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Haven't been to the dentist in 10 years and terrified. What to expect?

Haven't been to the dentist in 10 years and terrified. What to expect?

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