I used superglue to fix my broken crown.

When I was out of town on business, one of my front crowns broke off. I am a corporate trainer and had to speak the next day so I couldn’t go in front of a crowd without a tooth. I don’t know the area I’m in and I didn’t have time for an emergency dentist appointment. So I decided to superglue it back on. Now (after the fact) I’m thinking this might not have been the best decision. Will the dentist be able to remove it?

-Mike in New Jersey

Mike,

It really isn’t a good idea to take matters into your own hands with dental problems. Although it may have been embarrassing, it probably would have been better to make a joke at your training and wait until you could get in for an emergency dentist appointment. But, it sounds like it’s too late.

The good news is that you aren’t the first person to have this brilliant idea with super glue. So, yes, the dentist will be able to get it off. Hopefully the crown can be removed successfully without breaking. Otherwise, your actions may be expensive if a new porcelain crown is required. For future reference, most drug stores have temporary dental cement that would have gotten you by until you were able to get in for your appointment.

For anyone that comes across this post, please learn from Mike. Do not use superglue in your mouth. Not only is it toxic, it can cause permanent damage.

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Is there hope for someone’s teeth with hyperemesis gravidarum?

I suffered from  hyperemesis gravidarum during all three of my pregnancies. This condition has wreaked havoc on my oral health. My teeth are in rough shape and my last trip to the dentist was estimated at close to $5,000 in dental treatment. I was so overwhelmed, I’ve done nothing. Now that the children are getting a little older my condition is improving but I’m so embarassed and can’t find a moment in my day to pick up the phone to schedule a dentist appointment. But, I know something needs to be done. I’m starting to notice some tooth pain. Do I need to see a specialist for someone that knows how to treat an individual with hyperemesis gravidarum?

-Becky in Arkansas

Becky,

Between being a mother and dealing with hyperemesis gravidarum, it is understandable that you are overwhelmed. Have you ever heard of sedation dentistry?

Oral sedation simply involves taking some prescribed medication prior to your appointment. The dentist will be able to do an abundant amount of work in one sitting because you will be indifferent to what is going on. Technically, you won’t be asleep, but when it’s all said and done, you will feel like you were. This will take care of any of the anxiety you are dealing with and help your urgent needs to be taken care of. Sedation dentistry (or what some refer to as sleep dentistry) can be done at  a general dentist’s office. It does not require a specialist. You will need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from  your appointment due to the effects of the medication. It will also be nice to have an extra set of hands around to help with the kiddos afterwards.

Search for a sedation dentist  in your area to get the ball rolling. Don’t worry about feeling embarrassed or ashamed. Most sedation dentists genuinely want to help get you back on track with regular dental exams and cleanings. They are sensitive and empathetic to individuals that have put off care for reasons just like yours.

The first step is to tackle the problems that are causing you discomfort. Sedation dentistry also enables a dentist to accomplish more in one sitting which means fewer appointments over time. Together you will be able to figure out the right treatment plan for your needs and budget. Good luck!

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Healing cap came off my dental implant.

I am freaking out because this whole dental implant placement and healing time has been quite the ordeal. I have been in the healing phase of the dental implant process and the metal healing cap is gone. I can’t imagine I swallowed it without knowing, but it’s no longer in place. Now I have this huge hole in my mouth and it’s very unsettling. It’s the weekend (of course) and I don’t know what I’m supposed to do. I called my dentist but haven’t heard back. Can I wait or do I need to act now?

– Becky in Nevada

Becky,

Well, it sounds like the healing cap is gone which can understandably be scary. It is pretty rare to hear this, but not unheard of. Good news though, this isn’t a dental emergency. Hopefully that gives you some piece of mind. It can be taken care of during normal business hours.

If you did swallow it without knowing, it will likely pass through without any issue. The area around your dental implant should be pretty much healed up after six months. So you shouldn’t be concerned about infection or any other problems with the implant. You do want to be careful not to poke around or cause any trauma to the area around the implant. Try to be conscious of keeping your foods softer for the time being to avoid irritation.

You did the right thing by calling the dentist right away. It will need to be replaced as soon as possible. But it can wait until after the weekend, if you don’t hear back. If you are bothered by food getting caught in that area, you can try putting some cotton or gauze in temporarily. At the drug store you should be able to find some oral products designed for use in the mouth.

Overall, this should not negatively affect the progress of your dental implant. Just be sure to get into see your dentist at the earliest convenience to get it taken care of. Thank you for your question.

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Will sedation dentistry speed up the dental work for my daughter?

My daughter is almost five now. The last dental appointment we had at the pediatric dentist, I was shocked to hear how much work she needed done. He wants to do several fillings and thinks a couple may actually require a crown. I was wondering if she can get sedation dentistry to get it all done in one sitting. The dentist wants to spread it out into three or four separate appointments. I think this will end up traumatizing her. I just want to get it over with and move on.

-Nichole in Oklahoma

Nichole,

Sedation dentistry is beneficial in situations like this, yet it isn’t always the norm. It is difficult to say whether your daughter is a candidate for sedation at your pediatric dentist based on the information you provided. Most pediatric dentists want to create positive experiences and make decisions that are in the best interest of the child. So this is likely what is being done in regard to your daughter’s recommended treatment plan. Although, having all the work done in one sitting may be the most convenient, it simply may not be the most ideal for her personally. He may be trying to minimize any adverse reactions and working to achieve the least invasive treatment plan. That said, it wouldn’t hurt to discuss it further with your dentist. You want to have an open, honest dialogue about what you feel is best for your child and try to better understand his recommendations.

Here is a little more information about sedation dentistry for children. With oral sedation the child is not actually asleep, their protective reflexes like breathing and coughing are still completely functional. Children with special needs or a high level of fear may benefit from sedation dentistry. Nitrous oxide or “goofy gas” as it is referred to at a pediatric dentist’s office may also be an option. It is a mild, relaxant gas that is breathed in to help your child relax at the appointment time.

Thank you for your question. Continue to discuss your options with your daughter’s dentist so together you will both be comfortable with the plan.

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I know mini implants are cheaper but are they controversial?

I can’t afford to get dental implants so I have been exploring my options. As I did my research, I found mini implants. When I asked my dentist about it, I was told they are “controversial.” He suggested I get a dental flipper or partial denture to replace my missing tooth. Have you heard of this. I think I would prefer the mini implant over a flipper or partial denture because it seems more stable. Why does my dentist feel this way?

-Andrea in Florida

Andrea,

Interesting that your dentist shared his opinion about mini implants being controversial. To make a long story short, mini implants are controversial, mainly since they tend to be misunderstood.

A traditional implant and a mini implant are both surgically implanted into the jawbone. They fuse with the bone and when placed properly will function just like your natural tooth. The difference is the price which your mentioned, they are much more affordable than dental implants because of the size. This is mainly due to the fact that mini implants are much smaller, so the process to place them is much simpler and the healing time is shorter, all which makes them about half the fees.

Yes, they sound great. But if your dentist isn’t recommending them for you, don’t force it. You may be interested in seeking a second opinion from another implant dentist because you want to make sure the dentist that places any kind of implant, is experienced and has performed the procedure on similar cases as yours.

Mini implants sound like an excellent option, but they aren’t right for everyone. Your case may have some specifics that may prohibit you from being a candidate. Some dentist don’t feel that they are strong enough to hold up over time. But depending on what tooth is being replaced, it may work out for you.

Continue asking questions. And don’t move forward with a dentist that is recommending a different treatment option. That could be a recipe for disaster. Thank you for your question.

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How do I really know this dentist is safe?

I’m freaking out after seeing a story about a pediatric dentist that has been harming children. This makes me so sick! How will I ever know if the dentist is safe for my child? The parents stated that the work he did for their children was sub-standard and resulted in thousands of dollars of work elsewhere. Also, he was said to have done treatment without parental consent on minors and even scared kids by placing them in a straight-jacket. What? This is absurd. How can a dentist that has been practicing dentistry for four decades get away with something like this? Do you have tips on selecting a safe pediatric dentist?

– Sandra in Alabama

Sandra,

You must be referring to this particular case in Florida.You’re right, there is no excuse for that kind of behavior. It sounds like scenes straight from a horror film. Although it doesn’t justify the events that took place or the number of children affected by his actions, it does sound like the dentist has willingly surrendered his license. There will likely be more details that surface throughout the trial.

As more families come forward, it also sounds like he was the only Medicaid provider in the area. Sadly, he was their only choice if they wanted their children to get dental care. Ultimately, the best piece of advice with any medical procedure is that is something doesn’t feel right, it’s not worth it.

A pediatric dentist or family-oriented general dentist should be open and honest. He or she will be happy to explain procedures and always receive parental consent before any procedure with a child. Feel free to interview office staff, tour the office, and schedule a consultation to get all your questions answered.

It is not uncommon for the dental professionals to request parents stay in the reception room during a child’s exam. Typically, this is because children are more agreeable and work better with dental staff in a parent’s absence. But if you are uncomfortable in any way, you should have every right to accompany or check on your child. Every pediatric dentist office is different. Yet don’t hesitate to ask questions and make sure you and your child are comfortable.

In response to the restraint devices that were used, these are very seldom used anymore. Decades ago, they were used more often. But today, they are really only used during a sedation dentistry appointment with a child or during a unique situation with a special needs or confrontational. Feel free to ask your dentist about their policy and use of restraint devices in their practices.

Bottom line – be active at the appointment. Be engaged. Don’t just drop them off and hope for the best. This type of extreme situation is rare, but a good reminder that even though a dentist is licensed, doesn’t guarantee anything about the actual experience or treatment plan.

Remember, this is a rare instance which is likely why the media has brought it to light.

Thank you for your question.

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Can dental implants be used to replace baby teeth?

I am almost an adult, well 16 years old now and I still have two baby teeth. They are my canines located on top. When I had to get my other two canines extracted last year on the bottom, I was mortified. It turns out one of the permanent teeth was coming in behind it so the gap wasn’t too bad, but the other was in a different location.

Now I’m being told the top two need to come out and I don’t want to have big gaps in my smile. I feel like the top teeth are much more visible when I smile and I can’t imagine being toothless going into my junior year. Do you think dental implants are an option for me?

-Layla in Illinois

Layla,

The biggest question here is do you see a dentist on a regular basis? This situation should have been monitored and a trained dentist should know how to tackle this issue because it actually is not uncommon.

The right answer in your cases is dependent on an x-ray of your jaw. If you are 16 years old now and your permanent teeth have not surfaced, they are likely impacted. Basically, the baby teeth are not aware of the permanent teeth. The x-ray will show precisely where they are located and how they are impacted. Their location is what will dictate the next steps. If they are in front or behind the other permanent teeth will make a big difference.

You may want to see an orthodontist at this point and they will know how aide them in proper eruption. Since you are 16 now, there is a good chance the permanent teeth are blocked. The treatment plan may involve cutting a surgical opening in the soft tissue. Sometimes that is all that’s needed. Otherwise, brackets can then be used to expose the tooth and help it to surface using braces. If there isn’t enough area for the eruption to take place, then there may be additional extractions required and once they have erupted the alignment can be straightened as needed.

Dental implants aren’t really the ideal treatment plan for this type of situation. They are only used if there is no permanent teeth below the surface.

Good luck!

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Is full mouth pain a dental emergency?

When I woke up, I literally didn’t want to move this morning because my entire mouth was in extreme pain. It aches and there is this radiating pain that starts on my left side and feels like it moves into each of my teeth. My mouth is pulsating and so are my teeth, if that is even possible? I feel like this is random because I haven’t had any oral heal issues like a toothache or anything at all. I am between jobs which means I don’t have dental insurance at the moment. I wouldn’t even be able to pinpoint this to a single tooth if I did schedule an emergency dentist appointment. Is it possible to treat this situation at home? I need some kind of insight here because I don’t think I can take the pain. Any home remedies or do I need to suck it up and pay for a dental emergency?

– Katy in Louisiana

Katy,

Sorry to hear you are having such a difficult time. No one likes to be in pain. It is possible that an increased level of stress (like being out of work or other factors) may be causing you to clench or grind your teeth in your sleep. The allover mouth pain you are describing is consistent with that behavior. That said, if the pain is interrupting your daily life, you need to get in for an emergency dentist appointment. You can call in and see if your dentist has any openings and ask to be seen as soon as possible. In which case, hopefully they don’t treat it like an after-hours dental emergency where you would be incur additional charges.

Assuming it is the grinding that is triggering such intense pain, you may be able to take an anti-inflammatory to help control the pain. Also, switching between hot or cold compresses is a good idea. Many times people are surprised to hear that they grind or clench in their sleep. It is completely subconscious and stems from your jaw being held so tightly.

Seeing an emergency dentist will help determine the cause and get you back on track. TMJ disorder is often the result of continued grinding and clenching over time and can cause a whole host of other physical and oral problems. Pay attention to see if the pain is most intense in the morning upon waking and lessens throughout the day. This is an indicator that you are grinding in your sleep. Any information you can provide your dentist about the pain you are experiencing and the symptoms will work in your favor in the diagnosis of your case.

Good luck!

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