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post #31 of 43
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Originally Posted by tuxedokitties View Post
My dentist gave me a prescription for antibiotics and referred me to an endodontist for the root canal - but he can't see me until June 9th. I hope I can hold out that long...my whole jaw hurts now. Ugh.
Hm, 18 days isn't that long. How many days of antibiotics do you have? 10? 14?
You could try calling around to find another who will get you in a bit sooner or see if you can get put on a list to be called if anyone else cancels.

To help with the pain try taking acetaminophen and an NSAID. If you're on a really strong antibiotic you may want to pick up some yogurt or a probiotic.

I went in Tuesday and the dentist was pressing down very hard around the affected area and I ended up with a swollen face the next day! I couldn't close my lips and I kept sneezing. Luckily most of that is gone now and I just have an inflamed knot about an inch above my gum.
post #32 of 43
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Originally Posted by tuxedokitties View Post
Natalie, go to the drugstore and look in their dental section for 'orthodontic wax' or dental wax, and put some of that on the broken part to smooth it out.

Hmmm. Never heard of it. I'll call Shopper's and see if they sell something like that and if they do I'll go and get some. Thanks
post #33 of 43
Well, I made it through the weekend without any pain. I didn't go and get that wax. The tooth didn't really bother my cheek once I got used to the sensation.

I have had a hard time chewing though. I didn't want to chew on the left because of the broken tooth. And I can't chew on the right because the very back molar on my upper right is entirely filling on the outside of the gum and needs a crown which I can't afford right now, so my dentist said to not chew on that side in order to preserve the filling.

So I've been chewing with the teeth more towards the front of my mouth. The gums there are not used to such abuse and are irritated.

I am scheduled for a cleaning at 11:15 this morning, and their office did some juggling around of patients in order to get me in at 10:30 for a filling so that I can still keep my cleaning appointment.

They were going to try and get me in yesterday if I was in pain, but I told them that I wasn't having any pain so today would be ok.

I told them that it had been hurting when I bit down for a few days, and they said it must have been cracked.

I love going to the dentist. But today's visit has me a bit worried. I really don't want to hear "crown" mentioned because I can't afford the one I need, let alone 2... on different sides of my mouth!
post #34 of 43
Well, good news and bad.

The tooth that I broke was a clean break without a cavity. However the tooth itself had 2 small fillings in it. So he drilled out the 2 fillings and fixed the tooth.

The bad news is that I mentioned to him that I had a tooth on the other side at the bottom that feels the same way as the tooth he just fixed, before it broke.

He did an xray and said the tooth looks like it's cracked and I have to go back on Monday to get it fixed.

I can understand one cracked tooth, but 2?!

But aside from broken and cracked teeth, I have no cavities!
post #35 of 43
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Yikes! Well I guess it's good they found the other crack before it broke off on you. (And good that he didn't say the "C" word!) And always to no cavities!
post #36 of 43
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Yikes! Well I guess it's good they found the other crack before it broke off on you. (And good that he didn't say the "C" word!) And always to no cavities!
Yeah, it's been years since I had an actual cavity. All of my fillings for the past several years have been to maintain the existing ones. I used to have silver fillings but they were all replaced with white ones because apparently it's the trend, plus the mercury isn't good for you. But the white fillings on molars especially, aren't as durable as the silver mercury ones. I had a silver filling in one of my back molars for several years without ever having a problem with it. Since it's been changed to a white one I've had to have the filling fixed 3 times.
post #37 of 43
Apparently this starts to happen about 30 or so years into your fillings. The old metal fillings, the dentist told me, come apart from the tooth in places and everything starts to move around. Then your teeth can break or lose pieces when you're eating your normal food. This I found out after losing about 1/3 of one of my teeth. So apparently all these old fillings need to be replaced to avoid more eventual breakages.

I'm in my 40s, fwiw.
post #38 of 43
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
Yeah, it's been years since I had an actual cavity. All of my fillings for the past several years have been to maintain the existing ones. I used to have silver fillings but they were all replaced with white ones because apparently it's the trend, plus the mercury isn't good for you. But the white fillings on molars especially, aren't as durable as the silver mercury ones. I had a silver filling in one of my back molars for several years without ever having a problem with it. Since it's been changed to a white one I've had to have the filling fixed 3 times.
Hmm, not sure if it's just the stuff our office uses or maybe all white filling material is like this, but it should actually be stronger than the mercury (or "amalgam") fillings. Amalgam fillings simply plug the hole. The white filling material, at least the stuff we use, actually bonds to your enamel. It also expands and contracts (due to hot & cold food) at the same rate as your natural tooth material, whereas amalgam does not; that's why amalgam can cause your teeth to crack if it expands too much or it can contract too much and leak around the sides or fall out completely.

And just to clarify another misconception- no, mercury is not a good thing. No good dentist should be putting amalgam into your mouth. Insurance companies may balk at the additional cost of the white fillings, but they're going to balk at everything HOWEVER, having your mercury fillings drilled out before they're degraded to the point where they need to come out, just doing it to get rid of the mercury in your mouth, can do more harm than good- when you drill it out, you're atomizing all that mercury and releasing it into your system. Sort of like how they tell you to never vacuum up the mercury from a broken thermometer- it just turns into little particulates and you swallow it. So, really, hold off on doing that as much as you can. We get people all the time who have been driven into a frenzy by the media about the dangers of mercury and want us to drill out all their fillings.

We had some lady last week or the week before call us in a panic because The Today Show ran some story about Crest Pro-Health mouth wash causing discoloration and mouth irritation....yep, we know- that's why you only keep it in your mouth for 30 seconds. I heard about someone who kept Listerine in their mouth for 5 minutes because they thought "the longer the better" and then wondered why their mouth tissue started sloughing off
post #39 of 43
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I'm glad you posted that clarification. My dentist has only ever given me one of the white fillings. It was in what he told me was the beginning of a cavity in the center of the top of a tooth, that he wanted to catch before it did get bigger. All the other fillings I've had are silver and between the teeth.

Actually I just had my cleaning today and found I have a small cavity on each of the top rear molars to be fixed. Maybe I should ask when I go in why I only get the silver. I like my dentist and I've been seeing him for years now.
post #40 of 43
Some offices are what's called "insurance driven"- they are in network with insurance carriers; most of their patient base comes from the insurance members; to an extent, they may let insurance preferences dictate treatment.

For a dentist to be "in network" they have to agree to charge less for procedures so that the insurance company doesn't have to pay as much. In return, they get a patient base from this. The catch for the patient is that since the dentist is charging less money for procedures, they have to make up their costs elsewhere- they use amalgam instead of white resin on fillings in back teeth, they charge extra for nitrous, they hire lesser-trained staff, they charge extra for other technologies they use (using a laser on cavities, using a Velscope to detect oral cancer, a Diagnodent to diagnose cavities, the CEREC crown system I mentioned before, etc.) They also shorten the appointment lengths so they can pack more people into a day.

Our office believes that this compromises the care we give and we choose to not be in network with any insurance companies. This doesn't work for all people, but in reality, what the insurance company will pay for an in-network dentist vs. an out of network dentist is relatively small, especially considering what we are able to offer people at no additional cost.

I don't necessarily think every in network dentist is bad- I think they've got to look at their potential patient base- if their office is in an area where most people rely on dental insurance as their only option to get the care they need, then insurance-driven is better than nothing.

But anyway, if you're willing to pay a little more for your fillings to have them done in white, I don't see why your dentist would object. Good luck!

It's funny- now that I work at a dentist's office (I've been there just over a year now), I notice other people's teeth so much more than I did before. I was watching Oprah a few months ago and she opened her mouth really wide when she was laughing, and I could see that she had amalgam fillings in all of her molars! I was so shocked! They could be really old, but you'd think if anyone would risk the chance of mercury exposure because of how visible she is AND could definitely afford to have all her fillings re-done, it would be Oprah!!
post #41 of 43
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Originally Posted by lsanders View Post
It's funny- now that I work at a dentist's office (I've been there just over a year now), I notice other people's teeth so much more than I did before. I was watching Oprah a few months ago and she opened her mouth really wide when she was laughing, and I could see that she had amalgam fillings in all of her molars! I was so shocked! They could be really old, but you'd think if anyone would risk the chance of mercury exposure because of how visible she is AND could definitely afford to have all her fillings re-done, it would be Oprah!!
Maybe, like many, she doesn't like going to the dentist?

I bet I could make you cringe, I have 5 molars that need to be fixed (cavities) and wisdom teeth that need to come out.
The dental work I had Wednesday actually wasn't so bad - this dentist was more careful with the amount of local he used - 3 shots instead of the 4-6 other dentists used for just small fillings, and fully leaned me back to prevent tachycardia (I get it when sitting and standing up). I didn't feel like I was about to die or faint this time! I'll be less resistant to getting dental work done now that I know the tachy episodes can be avoided.
He even called earlier to make sure I didn't have any side effects and that there wasn't any pain as I refused pain meds.
post #42 of 43
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My dentist isn't really "in" the network with my insurance I don't think. They bill my insurance company and then my insurance company sends me a check and I pay them from there. I'm learning more about insurance at my job, but I've not had any patients have to do that yet so I don't know.
post #43 of 43
My boyfriend breaks teeth all the time. He takes terrible care of his teeth and even when he breaks one, he has to be in excrutiating pain to even make the appointment to get it fixed. Then, even though I've told him time and again to go to the dentist, he expects me to feel sorry for him! Geez.
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