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How to start looking into restorative dental care? : Dentistry

Hey all. I’m 33/m, and I’ve never had a great experience with my teeth. My dad and my grandfather also have bad teeth, and I just assumed that’s what happens to us. It just turns out that none of us were taught the importance of going the dentist and properly taking care of oral health. That beig said, pretty much the only times I’ve been to the dentist have been for extractions when in extreme pain for a toothache.

I can’t take it anymore. I’m about to take a loan for restorative dental work, but… I’m super confused on where to start. I naturally want the simplest, fastest, best-looking, most-durable, and most effective treatment options I can afford. But what falls under “restorative” or “cosmetic”? Is it situational? I have several teeth missing/broken/chipped/rotted, and the last time I went to the dentist to talk about having work done, she was super rude and said, “Did you even plan on keeping ANY of these teeth?” And I fired back, “yeah of course, I planned on keeping all of them, but that didn’t work out and that’s why you’re getting paid.” They’re bad, but not bad enough for someone to talk to me that way.

Long story short – I know I want to restore my smile SOMEHOW- I just don’t know where to start or what my best options are. Do I just go to any old dentist and then get a referral, or do I need nan oral surgeon? Does all-on-4 fall under being “medically necessary” (and if there’s a line, where does it fall)?

Just don’t know where to start! Too many questions!

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Tooth Extraction sour taste concerns : Dentistry

Got 3 bottom molars out 6 days ago and altho I haven’t had any known issues with dry socket thankfully, the taste of metal/salty something is getting worse as the extraction is healing. It’s almost been 24/7 the past day or 2 and recently been feeling more pain up one side of my head and ear. Anyone has any experience on this that could save my a trip back to the dentist or am I stressing too much. Thanks

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Had a surgery to remove a fibrosis from the tip of my tongue 3 months ago, and my tongue still feels weird. : Dentistry

3 months ago, I had surgery to remove a fibrosis, which was like a pimple that I’ve had for 5 years. I’ve had it removed since and when my tongue “healed” in about a month.

Now I have been feeling a discomfort since November.

It feels like if I burned my tongue with coffee or something hot and the feeling remained forever. Tongue tip is also disproportionate but that doesn’t bother me since it’s barely noticeable

Is this fixable or am I screwed? I don’t care if my tongue looks weird. I just want to get rid of this awful sensation. Will I have to undergo surgery again?

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About to get two teeth pulled but won’t be able to afford dental implants for a long, long time. Is there a set period of time in which you need to get implants? : Dentistry

Don’t have money for it right now. Probably won’t enough to get them fixed for a year, or two, possibly longer. Is there a set period of time in which if you don’t get the implants you are no longer able to? Will there be any complications with waiting a long period of time after getting teeth pulled before getting dental implants? Are there any temporary solution for the missing teeth to help me chew food? Anything else I should be aware of?

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Just had all 4 wisdom teeth removed ( bottom two were impacted). Recovery questions : Dentistry

So as you can tell by the title, I had wisdom teeth surgery today.

Currently I’m not in too much paid. I had my procedure done around 9 this morning and it took an hour to complete.

It’s currently 5 pm and I changed the gauze 4 times. I stopped putting it in because I don’t see any bleeding, well a heavy amount. Is this okay to do?

Also my dentist gave me instructions. Don’t eat hard food, suck through a straw etc. but I’m a little confused on the instructions. On the list of foods I can have it says soup, at the bottom it says “No straws, no smoking, and nothing hot!!” So does that mean eat cold soup? Lol I’m just confused.

Could I rinse my mouth today with the water and salt or wait to start that until tomorrow? Also I am starving and want a milkshake. Is that okay to get as long as I drink it through the cup? And if I do get it, do I rinse my mount after or use the prescribed mouth wash? Or just wait to rinse my mouth tomorrow ( it does say on the instructions do not rinse, spit or suck through a straw so I guess I answered my own question)

Sorry if this is all over the place. Thanks for any advice

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Ear ache/infection after root canal : Dentistry

I had a root canal done on #18 3 weeks ago. All is well and the pain and sensitivity is gone. Ever since then I have had my left ear feel full of pressure. Finally went to urgent care and they said I had an ear infection.

The weird part is almost instantly as soon as I got my numbing shots it felt like my ear filled with fluid and felt like this. It comes and goes throughout the day. I called me Endodontists and he insists it’s just coincidence and that the ear infection must be from something else.

Has anyone here heard or experienced something similar? I’m taking antibiotic ear drops and hope that fixes the issue but for some reason I’m worried it’s teeth related and all connected.

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Food stuck in gum

Tonight as I was brushing my teeth, I noticed a little black flake that looked like a spice from some rice I was eating. I tried to just casually brush it off of the tooth, but instead it pushed upwards, under my gum. I could still see it so attempted to grab the pointed end of my floss stick, and hook it out from under the gums, instead it just went higher up to the point where I can’t see it anymore. Any tips? My local dentist is currently closed, but I think I’m going to make an appointment as soon as I can tomorrow morning.

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My permanent crowns give me pain when I eat or drink, and the gums surrounding the crowns swell up. : Dentistry

I had 2 root canals performed 2 years ago, and ever since then the crowns feel sensitive and I feel pain whenever I bite down(sometimes unbearable) or whenever any kind of pressure is on them. It hurts to floss, it’s sensitive to temperatures, and swells up as well. A week after procedures, I complained to the dentist and they told me it’s normal because those aren’t my real teeth. I haven’t revisited that office because when I returned for the permanent crown, my tooth wasn’t cleaned and I questioned it but the assistant said it’s not a problem. Then she messed a filling on my front tooth up caused a giant cavity in the process, and the doctor apologized but the apology wasn’t able to fix the problems. I did research on my symptoms, and the only conclusion I can come up with is failed root canals. I am currently abroad and have visited dentists – one of them said nothing is wrong and the other says I have cysts in the canals which is caused by failed root canals. The doctor said it’s visible on the X-ray. Now I have pictures of my teeth and x-rays, if any one can help me find answers that would be greatly appreciated. I am honestly scared to see dentists in the country I’m in and I cannot return to the US, but I must go soon as my teeth can only hold so long.

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