Costa Rica Cosmetic Dentistry
I had about a ten-year bout with bulimia beginning in the late 60s, before the name was coined. Thankfully, I completely overcame this horrific problem, but the effect on my teeth was disastrous. In addition, I should have had braces as a teenager, and I had a serious bruxism problem. This triple threat caused my teeth to be in terrible shape, and regretfully, I didn’t do anything about it until […]Read More
One Opaque Tooth
I have translucent teeth expcept for one of my top front teeth, which is opaque. When I look at pictures of my youth, both top front teeth were white. I did not fall or have any trauma to the tooth. I am not having success with whitening my translucent teeth to bring them up to the opaque tooth. Having this one opaque tooth ruins my smile. Would an in office […]Read More
Fixing a broken front tooth on a 12-year-old
My grandson recently had a bicycle accident and his front tooth was broken. Broken in the gum area. He currently has a splint on the 2 teeth surrounding it and this broken one. The dentist is saying that her next step is to have his tooth removed and put a flipper on it. He is only 12yrs.old and I am concerned that there could possibly be some alternative to saving/repairing […]Read More
Cost of porcelain onlays
Today my dentist says I need an “onlay porcelain/ceramic 3 surface” on tooth no.3 and one on no.2. He needs to remove the old amalgam fillings before puting on the onlays. Costs; $2,600.00. Is this a fair price, here in Edmond, Oklahoma? Thank you for your time!! – Ed from Oklahoma Dear Ed, $2600 for two onlays, including the buildups that have to be done underneath them, I’m guessing is […]Read More
Can I order my own crowns?
Are there any laws, restricting me from ordering my own crowns or veneers in the state of Louisiana ? Why is there virtually no affordable comprehensive dental care in the USA? I am a Lupus patient, after many years of treatment my teeth have also suffered. I have done a good job of caring for my teeth through the years. I still have my back molars on three sides and […]Read More
Can my upper teeth be whiter than my bottom teeth?
I have a simple but VERY important question: my bottom front teeth, after teeth whitening, have settled somewhere between color A1 and A2 on the Vita Shade Guide. My bottom posterior teeth are all A2 (I have Empress porcelain crowns on teeth #18, #19, #20, #29, #30 and #31 and they are all color A2). Here’s my question: how white do you think I could go on my top front ten […]Read More
My tooth feels like fire, even to tap water.
What is a desensitizing agent? I had a large filling removed from a molar & re-filled & now it is so sensitive, even tap water feels like fire. – Shirley from Texas Shirley, From the description you give of the intensity of your pain, it sounds like the tooth that was filled is infected and will need a root canal treatment and then later a dental crown. Here are some […]Read More
Porcelain veneers work even if you grind your teeth, but not Lumineers
I would like to have dental veneers or lumineers. My dentist says since I grind my teeth at night they will break and fracture. I have a mouth guard. The damage was done before I started wearing the mouth guard. I have a small hairline crack. He also told me that my bite will prevent me from having successful smile makeover, that my bottom teeth are digging in to my top […]Read More
Solution to a single discolored front tooth
I am 25 and I have one discolored tooth on the front. I had root canal done when I was about 12. I am trying to decide what I should do about it. I have talked to a lot of dentists also read many articles online but everybody seems to have a different opinion about the best way to fix it. One dentist said that crowns or veneers are too […]Read More
I’ve inherited bad teeth
I have inherited bad teeth, at age 44 they are chipping, filled and discolored. I have had 3 root canals, 2 crowns and many fillings. Actually so many fillings the tooth walls are thin. I must be very careful how I brush, floss and eat as I never know when one or more are going to break off. (Not to mention the pain involved) I am wondering as the teeth […]Read More