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 What you dislike the MOST about the Dentist?
I am one!...

 What can I do about bad breath?
I was really bad in oral hygiene for a couple years, as in I would only brush in the mornings and would do it as quickly as I could, so eventually that caught up with me, I started having bad breath, ...

 Extreme phobia of dentists - gotta go see one in an hour!?
I fainted yesterday morning at ten to 6, and landed smack on my face, and have nearly knocked out two of my front teeth.

I have to go to the hospital to have a destist check them over, ...

 Please Help with Swallowing a Pill?
OK...I have braces. I also have a metal bar on the top of my mouth and that makes it tough to swallow pills. I have done it before though. I have a sinus infection and was given a pill. It is the ...

 What's the best way to check if you have food in your teeth at a restaurant when there are no mirrors around?

 Is it ok to floss my teeth twice a day?

 I have been having horrible bad breath for the past 3 days, any help?

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By the way i had an adenoidectomy a week ...

im gettin my colors changed and i have no idea wat colors to get...HELP!!!...

 Is it neccessary to brush my teeth everyday?
because i only do once a week and when i brush i spit some ...

 What's your best solution for a tooth that's growing on the roof of your mouth?

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Thank you for those who answered A dentist should be seen. Been there, done that!

I was looking toward some home remedy since unfortunately it cannot be ...

 Does braces hurt the first day u get them on?
I need to know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!......

 What does it mean when a severe toothache stops?
Ok, I had no dental insurance and an EXCRUCIATING, MIND-NUMBING, ALL_CONSUMING toothache for about a month and a half.
Then, gradually over about a week, it stopped.

Why is this? Is ...

 Does it hurt to get braces?
does it hurt to get braces,if it does how long does it take to stop hurting.is it anything compared to breaking an arm or what,jus tryna get an idea of what it feels like cause ill be gettin sum in a ...

 I just got my braces off yesterday and the gap in my teeth is opening again!!!?
I wore braces for a little under a year, mostly to close a gap between my two front teeth. I had the braces taken off yesterday and this morning when I woke up, you could see that the gap had opened ...

 Why does smoking make your breath stink?
I want to know what causes your breath to stik when you smoke??...

 What is the best toothpaste for teeth whitening?

 I got my braces yesterday and they really hurt..when will it stop hurting?
When my orthodontist tightens them, or whatever they do, will it hurt again? I can't sleep...I can't chew either..Ow......

 Getting braces tommorow.?
Should i be scared? does it hurt? tell me anything else that i need to know like taking care of them and everything....

 Is having wisdom teeth removed harder than having fillings?

 I'm thinking of getting my tongue done?
But I want to know how long does the swelling last?
Does it close up after you had it done more than 2 months say?
cuz I'm thinkin when ever I c my dad, he would b kinda pissed if he ...

Is having a root canal worth it?
I have a bad cavity and Im told I need to either have the tooth pulled or a root canal. Its my very last molar(not wisdom) and I still have a baby tooth two teeth in front of it and it wont last forever. Its going to cost 1275 for the root canal and 1000 for a crown. Is it worth doing I heard they dont last and often fail.
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Like I said the tooth two in front of it is no way permanent. It may last a year or 20. My regular dentist says once I have the Root Canal (at a specialist) I could wait a year before needing it capped but that seems llike a long time. And the specialist wants it capped in 2 weeks

Is the infected molar also a "baby" tooth? If it is, just have it pulled. If it isn't....well, frankly, I think the cost just doesn't justify the result. I've had no less than seven root canals, followed by crowns and a permanent bridge. All the crowns are cracked after 15 years, the bridge had to be replaced after 5 years, and it has cracked again. The monetary costs are exhorbitant and the pain involved is no small thing. I personally will NEVER have another root canal, I will just have the darned tooth pulled.
However, I am 52 years old, and that has alot to do with my decision. When I was younger it was more important, both healthwise and socially, to have a good set of teeth. So, I think that should be considered as well.
If you have more primary molars coming in, I would let the back one be pulled and not worry about it. Just my opinion.

NO!!!, I know 4 people who have had this done and there teeth have had to have gotten pulled after they ended up going through all that pain and spending all that money

I had a root canal. Afterwards, I bit down on a Chinese noodle. The root canal job shattered. Money down the drain. If it's in the back, have it pulled.

Jennifer M
I had two teeth that had root canals eventually break off at the gum line....and then I had to have the remainder cut out by an oral surgeon. BUT saving a tooth is usually better than just pulling it. The loss of even one tooth has an effect on your bite and the long term wear and tear of your other teeth.

Feel for you, been there done that too many times.

Joy H
When I was 13 I had 2 root canals - they basically clean and disinfect the root that is causing the problem and then insert some stuff that is supposed to help fight future infections. I luckily had a hole in my root, so about 6 moths later I needed another one because all the stuff they put into the root had seeped out. Then again a year later they had to do a root section (they remove part of the root) all on the same tooth. Now I am 24 and I just had to have the root section done again to get rid of the rest of the root. It was painful and the problem never seems to be fixed. I still haven't got the crown, you CAN put that part off, it doesn't help the root, just the tooth, but a regular filling does the trick in a pinch. If I did it again, I would have just got the tooth pulled and gotten a bridge to fill in the empty space.

not at all, i have a cavity and i'm fine

What will happen is that the tooth will be denerved.

This is very difficult to do - all the roots have to be filled - in a molar, that means 4 roots.

I would advise you to treat this very seriously and get an endodontist - a recommended specialist - not a general dentist to do this work.

After about 5 years the tooth will go gray and its structure will weaken. After about 10 years you will need fillings and repeat repair work done as it start to fall apart. After about 15 years it will fracture completely.

When it fractures, if the root canals have not been sealed by the endodontist, you will suffer from an abcess as barteria gets in without knowing it as you feel no pain.

If you try to get the tooth filled again to repair it, you will have a chronic abcess which will eat its way into your body, bloodstream and could eventually kill you.

(this happened to me)

I would say it's worth getting it done, for 10, maybe 15 years or so of use, because the molar is such an important tooth - but demand an x-ray of the roots so your dentist can check that the endodontist has sealed off each root.

The price of the crown seems expensive though. Have you thought of having a crown - a routine procedure - fitted elsewhere for less?

Shredded Cottage Cheese
Heard root canals fail? Nah, never heard that. Root canal removes the nerve of the tooth that hurts. that is permanent.

A root canal will cast you more $$ than if you have that tooth pulled, then you won't have to worry about anything lasting, either. As long as your other teeth are in place and don't need adjusting I would opt to pull your rotten tooth instead of a root canal, or worse yet, that crown.....

Just my suggestion, good luck to you and God Bless.....

jason m
Dental Colleges provide cheap professional work.

Scott D
Well, if you don't want to lose the tooth permenantly, it is worth it.
When you have a cavity, the decay is on the surface of the tooth. As the decay starts to work its way to the inside of the tooth, then you need a root canal. A root canal is when they will dig inside that decaying tooth and try to scrap out all the decay from the inside out. However, if they leave any decay inside the tooth, it will regenerate to more decay in time.
However, if you just let it go, the decay takes over the tooth and the tooth has become "dead" and must be removed.

If your dentist believes that the tooth cannot be saved by fixing the cavity, then you have to think about which option would be best for the overall health of your mouth and chewing ability. A root canal essentially kills the tooth; you won't feel the pain any more but the fact you can't feel it any more can delay the detection of other problems. The other option is having the tooth pulled and putting in a bridge, which can be just as expensive.
I personally would have a crown done. I have a damaged tooth that I know will eventually have to be dealt with, and I feel that killing or removing an otherwise healthy tooth would be counterproductive, so when the time comes I'm having a crown put in.

╚ Alien Gurl ┐
I had two root canals done and yes its worth it if your tooth is badly decayed. If you get a good dentist they usually last for years. Because If you leave your decayed tooth as it is, it can cause all sorts of problems like a bad infection. If you choose not to get a tooth canal at least consider getting that tooth pulled for health reasons.

I don't think it's worth it. I had one and it was the most painful procedure I've ever had to go through. Agony, and I have a VERY high tolerance for pain. After I got it, it still gave me pain and trouble. I'd rather get a tooth pulled, which is practically painless, than go through that again, especially if it's your molar.

A crown will last a long time. I had one that lasted 23 years. I've also had 2 root canals. They were no worse than getting a filling. I've got 2 crowns, and no problems.

Please listen to me!
Get a root canal! Depending on what dentist you go to you may be able to have it done with no more pain than a normal filling. I had one done at this great dentist in Boston, and I had less pain than another time when I had a regular filling.
It's always worth it to save your teeth, you can never grow new teeth, so do everything you can to preserve your natural teeth!!!
Believe me, I'm no tooth expert, but I know a lot of people who have missing teeth, bridges and dentures and they all wish they could have their natural teeth.

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