Wisdom Teeth and Sleep Disorder : Dentistry

A thought occurred to me today regarding wisdom teeth. I still have mine, and I am supposed to get them removed soon because I have developed quite severe cavities in the two of the teeth. I have always been opposed to removing them simply because I did not believe in removing them for no reason, but now that there is a reason, I don’t see what else can be done. My dentist says that filling the cavity is useless because it is too big. She says that given that the others are developing them as well, it’s clear that this will be an issue, especially because I have only ever had one cavity in my entire life otherwise. I clean my teeth meticulously, so I feel there is really nothing that can be done.

I wondered how they would impact my sleep disorder, because I have UARS, and if perhaps they would improve it. Upon doing some research and asking a few people I know, it seems the consensus is that removing them will make my problem significantly worse.

Is this true? What am I supposed to do if this is the case? Let them rot? I can feel the one cavity with my finger and it is big. It’s something that is likely to start to cause extreme pain eventually, probably in a matter of months.

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Tooth extraction prior to braces?

I really hope this is the right sub for this question, but here goes: I had a consultation today for braces and was told my overbite would look the same at the end of treatment and that it couldn’t be fixed (10mm overjet). He did mention that top teeth could be extracted to make more room for the crowded front teeth. When reading up on this, I found this quote from an oral surgeon:

“PLEASE do NOT extract upper teeth and retract your upper teeth to match your lower teeth; you will be extremely unhappy with the results because your smile will be narrow, your nose will get bigger, your upper lip will get smaller and your TMJ and airway could both be extremely compromised.”

I’ve been told in the past by several dentists that my mouth is too small for the amount of teeth I have. Even today, they had to use the kids tools to stretch my lips for pics because they said my mouth was too small to fit the adult ones in. So to me, this method makes sense to me but I don’t want to do anything reckless and end up worse off than when I started.

Is this a valid concern and if so, would a second opinion be better in this case from another ortho or an oral surgeon?

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Crown came off in pieces, what is the process to pull the tooth now? : Dentistry

I have a huge phobia of dental work (Sorry) and I’m really in a bind.

A crown I’ve had since I was a kid came off my second to last back molar, but I can still feel a piece of it in my mouth along the side of my tooth.

The tooth was capped in the first place because it’s crumbling and a big piece of it is already missing.

Can it be pulled? I would rather not cap it again as I don’t have dental insurance and am a huge baby about dental work. If they do pull it, about how long would it take and what would the average recovery time be? I can’t take any time off work but I have an office job so no big deal.

Thank you for your help.

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I’m a Pre-Dental student in a unique situation … – Dentistry

There’s a lot to my story, but I’ll try to sum it up. I’m in a junior in college right now (second-year because I had credits from high school). My plan is to apply this early this summer. For context, I live in Virginia and want to go to VCU since it is the only dental school in the state.

Here is where my story is unique. My dad is/was a dentist who owns his own practice in our small town. He recently retired following the passing of my mother from cancer in September (she was diagnosed only 4 months before so it was a huge shock). She was a pharmacist once a week, but did the bookwork/managing for my dad’s office. My plan growing up was always to take over my dad’s business. Things have obviously changed but I think I still want to do it.

I think its a great idea still because we live in a small town (<20,000 people) that I like. There have only ever been 2-3 small private dentists at a time. My dad only had 2 chairs, but had room for a 3rd that he never needed. Over the past years, he was able to take tons of time off from work to do the things he loves (fishing, family vacations, etc.) while still making good money. He worked Mon-Fri, usually 8-11:30 then 1-4:30 with plenty of vacation weeks. I recently learned that he still made ~170k last year. To me, this is a great situation.

Fast forward to now… I think I have everything it takes to do it. I am usually very humble, but I think it’s important to share how “smart/skilled” I am. I have always been very good with my hands/organized. I get organization from my mom and perfectionism

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Other options for dental implants? : Dentistry

Hey everyone,

I am 24 years old and had a root canal procedure done several years ago. Unfortunately, the molar that my root canal was done on cracked in half. I left it cracked for a while and just did not eat on that side for a bit (long story, do not wish to share). When I went to my dental cleaning, I was told that I needed to get an appointment ASAP to get prepped for a crown in order to get my Invisalign. Meanwhile, I have been wearing a palate expander for two months now just waiting to get into Invisalign and here I am thinking I’m almost there to at least start on the bottom row of teeth.. no. Unfortunately, yesterday I went to the dentist to get fully prepped for the crown. Once they widdled my molar down to a nub, I was told the bad news that this tooth wasn’t going to be able to be saved due to the fact that it’s cracked beyond the gumline. I asked what my options were and the only one given to me was a dental implant. I left the dentist office feeling extremely defeated and devastated for a few reasons 1.) I wasted all that time yesterday only to find out my tooth wasn’t going to be able to be saved, 2.) I have to prolong my treatment for Invisalign even longer, 3.) dental implants are just not an option for me. I fully understand they are necessary and don’t hurt nearly as much we I think they would but it’s honestly not in the question. It’s way too expensive (I am a college student living off part time living) and I am not wanting to put myself through the procedure after the terrible experience I had

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when can you eat normal foods after a maxillary …

Hi dentists of reddit!

I had a traumatic fall and fractured my “maxillary alveolar process”, and teeth 8,9,10 are loose. 9 came out completely. I have a splint on my teeth for about 4 1/2 weeks now, and was wondering when I will be able to eat normal foods again, as I am tired of soft foods. When the splint is off, can I immediately start eating all kinds of food? (ex. I feel chips would not be good idea). Is there a transition process to the foods you can eat?

Also, I know that it is probably difficult to know what will happen without seeing any scans or anything, but what is going to happen to my teeth? My tooth that fell out , fell out at around 10:40pm and was inserted by 11:15pm in my mouth, but I could not see a dentist because the ER didnt have one, until the following day at noon. Will I get to keep my teeth? Is the dentist going to do root canals? Will I be able speak the following day after the removal of the splint (Archbar composite wire??)? Also, I think a little bit of my gums are receding, as there is a space between 8 9 teeth where the gums usually are.

THANK YOU SO MUCH IN ADVANCE IF YOU ANSWER MY QUESTIONS, as I am a poor student very concerned about what will happen to my teeth. I cannot afford implants and I would like to have teeth before I do my internships.

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Second opinion on fillings? : Dentistry

So I recently went to a new dentist and they said I need 4 fillings. I’ve only had 2 filings in my life and I’m 25. All the sudden I need 4 in one shot? Nothing has changed about my dental hygiene. This new dentist tried to get me to do some $300 antibiotic treatment on my gums and fluoride treatments etc.

The old dentist I went to was more conservative and not as big or fancy as this new dentists office I am going to.

Is it worth getting a second opinion on these filings?

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