Dental implants loose after two weeks.

I was out of the country in India and decided to get a lot of overdue dental work done. It was super cheap and it has been many years since I have seen a dentist. So the dentist talked me into some “immediate function dental implants.” I had them placed on two teeth. Well, it’s been two weeks and they seem a little swollen too and irritated on the gums. And now I think they are becoming loose. The oral surgeon mentioned that they may be a bit loose until osseointegration sets in. Is this normal? Do you think they will become more stable over the next couple weeks? I’m getting nervous that I may have got what I paid for with cheap dental implants.

– Mike in Maryland

Mike,

You should always proceed with caution with cheap dental implants. Generally speaking, dental care in other countries is much less expensive. But these countries do not have the same standards or regulations that we do here in the United States. Also, you can’t go back into that dentist to have them check it out. They are pretty much off the hook at this point.

Loose dental implants is not normal. It is also worrisome that you are noticing swelling and irritation. Please get into an implant dentist at your earliest convenience. Unfortunately, dental implant horror stories are not uncommon. Far too many dentists try to lure in patients with cheap fees, but are usually cutting corners one way or the other. Whether with substandard materials or improper technique, you will end up paying much more in the long run to have the work done properly. Infection is also very dangerous if left untreated. So, yes it sounds as if your deal may have been too good to be true.

Thank you for sharing your story. Hopefully it helps someone else before they are tempted.

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Holes in my teeth & scared of the dentist!

So I asked my mom and it has been like 10 years since I have been to the dentist. I know, mom of the year award, right? I am 18 now and am convinced I have several cavities because I literally have a hold in some of my teeth. They look like black dots. I am so scared to go in after all this time has passed. What should I do?  I’m starting to have some pain so I know I shouldn’t put it off any longer.

– Shayna in Wyoming

Shayna,

Yes, it’s time to go in and get an examination. It is understandable that you are scared. But if it’s been 10 years since you have been to a dentist, you may be surprised how much has changed. The technology and techniques used in dentistry today are virtually pain-free.

But first things first, go into the dentist so they can figure out what the next steps need to be. At the exam, the dentist will be taking x-rays and checking things out. If you are up for it, a cleaning would be a great idea. But, you don’t have to get yourself all psyched out because the treatment won’t come until another appointment.

You may be a candidate for sedation dentistry. There are a couple different sedation dentistry options that may help you with your anxiety. Nitrous oxide is a relaxant gas that is breathed in through the mouth. It will help you to relax and feel more comfortable. It may make you feel a little bit silly but the effects wear off almost instantly after the gas is turned off. Or if you are really freaked, you may consider oral sedation. This involves taking a prescribed medication before your appointment. You will feel like no time has passed, but you won’t remember anything about the appointment. It will feel like you fell asleep. You will be conscious though which means you will still breathe normally and your protective reflexes will function normally. Sedation does wonders for fearful patients. It has helped so many people get back on track with regular care.

It’s hard to tell you just how far the decay has progressed without having actually seen you in person. But if you are beginning to have pain, you need to be seen as soon as possible. So be brave and make your appointment

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How to get rid of bad breath?

If I can smell my bad breath, I know it’s bad. I swear I brush my teeth in the morning and night. But my breath stinks. Do you have any recommendations. I am a CEO and this is frankly, very embarrassing!

– Bert in Indiana

Bert

Bad breath has many causes. A bad smell can still occur even if you practice good, regular oral hygiene.

The main culprit or cause of bad breath is bacteria. We all have bacteria in our mouth, some more than others. Keep up with the regular brushing. But, do you floss everyday? You should definitely incorporate that into your oral hygiene routine. If that doesn’t help, then you may be interested in a tongue cleaner.

You can contact a dental retailer or even go to your local drug store. for more powerful dental care products that are associated with bad breath. For example, BreathRx is a good one, available at some dentists and local stores. There are bad breath toothpastes or mouthwashes that may also be worth a try.

First things first, step up the flossing and brushing. If this still doesn’t seem to get a handle on it, just stop talking. Just joking! There are several dentists that are passionate about helping patients that struggle with odor. Look for one on Google in your area. Good luck!
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I am broke but have an infected tooth.

I don’t have dental insurance. And to be honest, I’m broke. I cannot afford any extra spending. Here’s what is going on. Any help you can give would be desperately appreciated.

One of my teeth is out in the back. There is a really bad infection back there. It’s so bad that my cheek looks like a golf ball. No joke! I don’t have health insurance either and I am unemployed. Do you have any idea how I can get this infection under control?

– Pam in Oregon

Pam,

Sorry to hear that you are in this situation. A tooth infection is a very serious issue. Your first instinct may be to get a hold of some antibiotics. But, that is not going to take care of it. Antibiotics alone will not address the problem. The tooth needs to be treated. An antibiotic alone will not address the real issue of what’s happening inside that tooth. The bacteria may become resistant because they will not be completely eliminated. So when the infection comes back, it will come back stronger and you could be dealing with a dental emergency situation.

It sounds like you are in trouble financially. But this has to be addressed sooner than later. Putting it off will only make it more painful and more expensive in the long run. An infection in the tooth, if left untreated, can be deadly. The infection can spread to other areas of the body, like your brain or throat. Try to find an emergency dentist right away. A root canal treatment is ideal, but if you simply cannot afford it, you may have to get the tooth extracted. You said it was missing, but it sounds as if there is some of the root or a portion of the tooth still in tact if it is causing an infection.

You may consider looking into lower income programs through the City or State. There may be some dental assistance available in your area. Try contacting the Department of Health in your County. They will be able to direct you to the proper channels. Or call up some emergency dentists in your town. You may be able to find someone wanting to help you out. But do not delay! You require immediate care.

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My son is scared of the dentist!

My son is only 7 and he is so scared of the dentist. It feels like it’s not worth the fight, but I know he needs to go. I’m afraid too, so I’m not much encouragement. Do you have any pointers to help him get over his fear of the dentist?

– Rachel in Virginia

Rachel,

Dental fear is one of the most common phobias in the United States. This usually stems from a bad or painful experience as a child. So the first question that you should consider is why he might be so scared? Did he have a bad experience when he was younger? If so, that needs to be addressed. Discuss what happened and why. Explain that he will not have to worry about that moving forward and why.

Another thing to think about is how you talk and act about going to the dentist, especially since you have admitted of being apprehensive yourself. You may be transferring your nervous energy onto him without even realizing it.  Prepare him for a positive experience by talking about what to expect. Also, you may want to consider a possible reward afterwards, so he doesn’t associate negative feelings.

Then, consider your current dentist. Would you consider him or her a gentle dentist? Are they willing to take it slow, or do they just want you in and out? How is the practice geared toward children? There are pediatric dentists out there that love treating kiddos. They will go out of their way to make it fun and positive. Toys, movies, rewards are what you can expect and they are all geared to make your child feel welcome, relaxed, and comfortable.

If your son just can’t get over his fear, you may want to consider nitrous oxide. At a pediatric dentist they may refer to it is goofy gas. It will help your child relax in the chair and the dosage can be monitored. Most pediatric dentists feel it is completely safe. This may help get a few good visits under your belt.

But the single most important factor is you. How you prepare him and how your respond are the example he is seeing. Are you nervous or calm? Be intentional about how you are portraying the visit.

Good luck!

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My face is numb after wisdom teeth extractions.

My dentist told me that I wouldn’t need sedation for my wisdom teeth extractions. But I was pretty freaked out about the whole thing. So we decided to use sedation dentistry to keep me calm. Everything went well at the appointment. But it’s been several weeks that have passed and now I feel numb in my lip and chin. I even have this random tingling sensation and twitching. What is going on? When I called my dentist, he acted like it was no big deal and told me it’s normal. It doesn’t sound or feel normal to me! Have you heard of it?

– Jessica in Oregon

Jessica,

Actually numbness after the extraction of wisdom teeth is a possible risk of the surgery. The numbness you are experiencing is not from the oral sedation. There is a good possibility your dentist informed you of the potential for side effects prior to the surgery. The technical term is  called paresthesia, defined as an altered feeling or sensation. This is likely occurring due to to a nerve located in your lower jawbone. It may have been irritated, bruised, or inflamed at the time of the extractions.

The numbness subsides for most patients that experience paresthesia, anywhere from a few days to a few months following the surgery. For a small percentage it doesn’t return to normal. The tingling you mentioned is an encouraging sign. But definitely keep in touch with your dentist to inform him of the symptoms and let him know if it continues or gets worse.

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Clear Choice is cheaper, is that bad?

I have been into Clear Choice and have negotiated my fees down to $29,000. They started out nearly double that, but when I told them that I simply cannot afford that and my situation wasn’t going to change, they gave me a better deal. It also was probably due to the fact I told them I am a disabled Veteran. Is cheap bad? I don’t want to have problems and am grateful for the price decrease, but every other implant dentist I visited came in around $50-75K. They also were recommending that my teeth were fixed versus getting all dental implants. I have some missing teeth and am in my 60’s. I know I have more teeth that are ready to crumble. I am feeling completely overwhelmed by it all. Any pointers?

– Paul in Washington

Paul,

Clear Choice Dental Implant Centers generally have skilled doctors. The biggest complaints are based around their sales tactics. They usually recommend one treatment plan, without any other option and that is what a lot of people tend to take issue with.

Typically, this would be the time to seek a second opinion. But it sounds like you have been proactive and have already taken that step. Therefore, if you are feeling comfortable with the treatment plan and doctors, then you probably are ready to proceed.

Yet, it is concerning that the other implant dentists are making recommendations about keeping your existing teeth and not extracting them. Or maybe you didn’t ask them if they would extract the teeth? If you want to so one more cost comparison then go back to the implant dentists again and ask them for the fees for the same services that Clear Choice is providing. Make sure you are clear that you are at the point where you do not trust your remaining teeth and want them extracted and replaced with dental implants. If they stand their ground and are not flexible, than it is probably best to go with Clear Choice. Typically, general dentists are flexible in providing options at different price points and will listen to your concern and incorporate them into their treatment plan. So that is the big question mark as to why they wouldn’t be willing to remove your remaining teeth? If you were in your 20’s or 30’s that would be understandable.

On the other hand, the major price drop by nearly 50 percent from Clear Choice is odd. It could be that they inflated the original fee or maybe there is something else that needs to be looked into. If you are feeling any apprehension with Clear Choice, then listen to your gut. Search Clear Choice reviews in your city and see what it turns up. Also, by searching Clear Choice second opinions, you may find some alternative dentists to meet with if you still want another opinion. Good luck!

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Is my tooth cracked?

I have a tooth that I just noticed a weird sensation in. I wouldn’t say it is painful, but something different is going on. Will the pain go away? It has an old filling on it, so I’m wondering if it may have cracked? I would say it feels more like sensitivity than anything? But I am scared it will need a root canal. I’ve heard root canals are terrible for your health so I am freaking out!

– Dan in Nebraska

Dan,

A root canal is required to save a tooth when the nerve is exposed or infected. There is no way to determine precisely what is going on with that particular tooth without having an exam done. It could be the filling needs replaced or if the tooth is cracked it just depends on how deeply it is cracked. If you aren’t in intense pain at the moment, it is better to go in sooner than later. Often times a toothache is an early indicator of a problem with the tooth. Don’t put it off. If the tooth becomes infected, you could end up in significant pain and end up with a dental emergency situation. The pain will not get better on it’s own. Go in for an exam. A root canal is not bad for your health.

If you do require a root canal, here is what happens. A tiny hole will be drilled into your tooth and the nerve will be removed. You won’t feel a thing because you will be completely numb. Then after the nerve is gone, a material will be inserted into the tooth. It is called gutta percha. Then, a crown will likely be placed over the tooth. So it will need to be prepared for a  dental crown. In some cases a post and core is used to help give the tooth more resiliency because it will be very brittle after the root canal treatment.

Internal bleaching is also a possibility so that the tooth doesn’t turn gray. What happens is that since the blood supply is no longer going to the tooth because the nerve has been removed, it will discolor. But the crown will likely hide that as well.

Try not to freak out! The dentist will be able to best determine the next steps.

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