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  • 2nd premolar broke in half 4 years ago: 4 years ago my 2nd premolar broke off into the gumline. I had pain for a day and then it went away. There is no discoloration and I only have occasional pain with cold drinks that lasts a split second and goes away and not all the time. Do I watch and wait and what if any are ramifications of doing nothing? ...Visitor from Appleton     (answer)

  • Broken tooth with constant bleeding: I have a broken tooth at my gum line that I have had for several years. For some reason now it never stops bleeding. I can't afford dental work and here in California we don't get dental. It doesn't hurt much but it won't stop bleeding. Any suggestions? ...Visitor from Sacramento     (answer)

  • 8 year old broken top permanent tooth in half: The dentist stuck (bonded?) the piece back on. We were told he could not eat anything solid like apples or corn on the cob EVER again. Is there another solution? It seems ridiculous to expect an 8 year old to never use his front teeth again! ...Visitor from Grass Valley     (answer)

  • My daughter who is turning 3 years soon fell down while playing and broke some teeth. She was bleeding badly but after a few minutes the bleeding stopped. Do I need to take her to a dentist to determine any side effects? Will this affect future growth of new teeth? Will they be delayed? ...Visitor from Australia     (answer)

  • Broken tooth after dental work: My tooth was taken out and a piece of the root is still in my sinus cavity. What are the chances it will be OK? ...Visitor from SC     (answer)

  • My 4 year old son fell at the playground and broke his right top front tooth. It is broken about in half. He has not complained of pain since it happened yet the dentist says we have to pull it. He also suggests getting the other front tooth pulled as well even though there is nothing wrong with that one. I'm absolutely not pulling the tooth that is fine but I don't even understand why we have to pull the tooth that is broken if there is no pain or problem with it. He does need a couple fillings in the back of his mouth which they are going to put him under for and do it all at once. He is scheduled within the next 2 weeks to have this all done. ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • My daughter is one and half years old. She fell down while playing and broke her left upper incisor teeth in half but has no bleeding. What kind of treatment does she need? ...Visitor from India     (answer)

  • Molar broken at gum line: The other day, the last molar on the lower left came out when I was chewing candy. It was a post and crown and had the top part of the tooth in it. It is sharp in the mouth and apears to have broken at the gum line. Should this be pulled out and do I have time to wait. An implant may be an option in the fall. ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • Broken Tooth, major soda pop consuption: I have had a tooth break off, and realized that all the pop I was drinking was eating away my enamel? Anyway, there is a blackish line along my top teeth in the front. My question is I have stopped drinking pop and will my teeth be saved? Will they get back healthy from the lack of pop consumption? I will be going to a dentist in a few weeks (all booked up) I just would like to know if I have totally destroyed my teeth or is it still possible to save them? ...Visitor from IL     (answer)

  • Last night I went to bit into something and when I did, I heard a cracking noise and realized that a piece of my tooth had broken off. It was the top left molar 2nd one in. I had a root canal on this tooth about 6 or 7 years ago and you can see the grey part showing. It is only chipped a small bit in the front, but I am not sure when I will be able to make it into the dentist. What can I do in the mean time? ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Broken Teeth in the Gums: My mom is 80 years old and has about 8 broken teeth or more up to the gums for over 4 or 5 years now. They are now inflamed and she still refuses to go to the dentist. Can you tell me the risk she taking by not going to see a dentist. ...Visitor from VA     (answer)

  • Half of my tooth has broken off and I think I have swallowed the broken half. I don't have a dentist here in town to ask what to do. I am new to the city. I doesn't hurt yet but my tounge is getting sore from rubbing against it. What do I do?     (answer)

  • I have a molar (right side bottom, 2nd from rear) that has broken off on an angle from the gumline at the front to the top of the tooth at the rear. It has also decayed internally far below the gumline and has developed an infection underneath that I'm currently treating with Antibiotics. I have had one dentist examine it who recommended extraction but my question is: Do you think if money were no object it would be a better idea to keep the tooth and root canal/fill it or are there other factors I'm not aware of that would make it a better choice to pull it and then get an artificial tooth or crown later on? ...Jeff    (answer)

  • I had a broken tooth and went to the dentist. He told me that I would need a root canal but the tooth was abcessed. He did a pulpectomy and put in a temporary filling. He did not give me any antibiotics to treat the abcess. He just told me to take Aleve. Should this be treated with antibiotics? Also is there anything better for the pain that just Aleve? The area is throbbing and very sore. ...Tammy    (answer)

  • I broke my tooth 8 months ago. My insurance company sent me to a dentist that I didn't know. He decided to replace my tooth with a porcelan tooth. It looks pretty nice but I can`t get used to it. My tongue is in contact with this fake tooth all the time. I'm sure there are better materials or replacements for a broken tooth that feels and looks O.K. Hope you can give some advice about it. ...Peter in Florida     (answer)

  • I was wondering what has happened to my tooth. About 2-3 days ago the tooth on the top right (the 4th one in) had chipped a small piece on the back-side of it. Last night I looked at it, and I noticed that a small area of my gum right above the tooth was a little grayish color. I've been brushing and cleaning my mouth for a while, and today I was eating a hamburger and felt that most of the tooth was missing and the remaining piece of the tooth is grayish in color. It also feels like it is soft when i touch it. It has been hurting for a couple months when I bite on something or eat real fast with it. Would you know what this is and what should I do? ... Mike in Florida     (answer)

  • Hello, I'm trying really hard to find a dentist, but because my credit is less than perfect, no one seems to want to take me. I have a question regarding what's going on with my teeth, but first I wanted to ask if you know of any schools or anywhere, that I can go for treatment, where credit is not an issue and I don't have to pay a lot upfront. I really need my teeth fixed, I am in pain. Okay, here's what's going on. About a year ago I was told that I needed a to have two root canals on my upper left side, the dentist did the root canals and put a temporary filling inside the huge hole left in my mouth. A few weeks later, I tried to make another appointment, to get a crown, and I was told that the dentist I was going to was on vacation for the summer. She didn't mention this when I had gone in previously. There was no one to take her place. I wasn't in any pain, so I figured that it must be okay to wait. Well, I finally did get back in to see her, but by the time she was back, my insurance was no longer good. I didn't have any other options at the time and the insurance that I was switched to was not accepted by her office. I tried calling other dentists just to be told that I would have to pay at least $800 in cash, which I did not have, still don't. So, here it is, a little over a year later, and the teeth have broken up, pieces coming out from time to time, the one side is just small and very sharp, constantly cutting my mouth up. I've recently noticed that one of them has turned black at the top, and the smell and taste are absolutely horrible. I don't know what to do. I've tried calling, and I can make payments, but I just don't have that kind of cash lying around. Please help, I desperately want to have this fixed before I lose all of my teeth. ...Ruthie in Florida     (answer)

  • Two weeks ago I had part of a previously filled molar break off while brushing my teeth. My dentist packed it with some type of temporary filling as I was about to leave town on vacation. The filling only held for a day, but I have another appointment scheduled this week. Today, while eating potato chips, part of another tooth broke off on the same area of a molar on the opposite side of my mouth. I have never had teeth break before, and find it very unnerving that two teeth would break within such a short time span. Do you have any explanation for this? I have been taking calcium supplements for the past 3 months and wonder if that may have some effect. Visitor from WI     (answer)

  • About 2 months ago my top tooth cracked (4th one back) It hasn't been bothering me until about a week ago. On my gums above where the cracked tooth is, there is a swollen white bump and it is very sensitive. What is it and should it be taken care of right away? By the way...I am totally afraid of dentists. ...Visitor from OH     (answer)

  • My husband fell on his face and broke 1/2 of his front tooth. 5 days later he was able to see a dentist. 2 titanium posts were placed in his tooth and a resin was used to fill in his tooth. Since then, (for 2 weeks) he has had a dull ache (although intermittently) over his right eye, ear, and right jaw. It seemed to be a pressure thing as bending over, or coming in from outside would trigger the ache. Yesterday, the ache disappeared to be replaced with an excrutiating pain in the broken tooth. He cannot touch this tooth and the air movement from speaking in very painful. Do you have any suggestions as to what could be causing this pain ? My husband has a high pain tolerance so for him to even say that this hurts - there must be a problem. Help! ...Visitor from Plainfield, Ontario, Canada     (answer)

  • I had a temporary filling done sometime back in my lower right molar (2nd from last). A part of the tooth (but from the gumline) broke off some time back and the filling is eroding. The remaining portion of the tooth looks fine. No discoloration etc. There is no pain also. I'm in the US for around a month more and my insurance does not cover dental. I would like to know whether I can afford to wait till I get back home to have it treated. I am not familiar with any dentists around here too. ...Visitor from IN     (answer)

  • I have a broken tooth, I am on tylenol with codeine and amoxicillin, I went to the dentist yesterday who got me an appt for a root canal next week, I have tried oragel. The pain is not subsiding. Is there anything else I can do? The pain is in the tooth, jaw and ear. ...Visitor from MI     (answer)

  • I am only 22 years old and several of my jaw teeth are broken and some of my front teeth are broken and starting to decay and break. It's very painful. Can my teeth be fixed or is there a way to have my teeth replaced without getting dentures? ...Visitor from OK     (answer)

  • My son fell on the ice when he was 10 years old and broke his two front teeth. One had to have a root canal, the other did not. They put some sort of bonding material on what was left of each tooth and built it up. He is now 17 and just got out of braces and wants to redo his front teeth which have started chipping away. One of the teeth has now just started turing gray. We live in a small town and our local dentist wants to put crowns on both of the teeth. I feel he is a very good doctor but wonder if this is the best solution. Should I check in a bigger city to see if there are newer - better alternatives? ...Visitor from KS     (answer)

  • I am 35 years old but still have two baby teeth (both incisors). The adult teeth meant to replace them are still in the roof of my mouth. This really has never been a problem, they were just slightly smaller than they should be but it wasn't all that noticable. Well the right one has broken in half and so now it is really a problem. What are my best options and how do I find the best dentist for the job. I had one dentist years ago suggest pulling the 2 small ones and having oral surgery and braces to position the adult teeth. I have also heard about "capping" or getting a porcelain veneer and just deal with cosmetics of this. It doesn't hurt at all... it just looks awful. ...Visitor from FL     (answer)

  • Broken teeth and upper bone structure: My relative had a motorcycle acident and hit his mouth about 3 months ago. He crushed the upper bones, front bones in his mouth, knocked out several teeth, and one side of his nose "drops" due to lack of boney support. The oral surgeon on call keeps changing his info. He plans to harvest a bone from his eye orbit, requiring plastic surgery. The bone will be implanted into the frontal upper gum area requiring possible tissue grafts later. Then at least 3 dental implants. The procedure is expected to take 3 years? Why would a bone be harvested from his facial region, the surgeon's concern that a pelvic bone could be used but would require hospitalization. The dentist missed on 4 previous visits 1-2 cracked teeth in the back of his mouth which were found by a colleage. He plans to do all of these procedures out patient. Bone graft 9-12 months healing, soft tissue graft from the thigh, endosseous implants to replace #7,8,& 11, taking place over 2-3 years. This has gone from a quick and uncomplicated procedure to a more complicated. He has not had any bone fragments from the "crushed area". Lacerations were sutured and a metal bar placed in for stabilization for 7 weeeks. Does this treatment appear to be appropriate? ...Visitor from SC     (answer)

  • Broken Teeth - Speech Pain: After an accident I had my upper left front tooth crowned and my upper right tooth bonded to fill some parts that were knocked off. The bonding material comes off every few weeks and I keep having to have it replaced. There was some trauma to my jaw also. Now when I talk my lower teeth contact very hard with the bottom edge and back of my upper front teeth. It's painful and breaks the restorations frequently. Should I continue having restorations done frequently or try and find a solution for this odd bite? I wear an occlusal splint on my lower jaw. Thanks ...Visitor from London England     (answer)

  • Repairing Broken Teeth: When I was young I didn't like brushing my teeth ...therefore I had a lot of cavities. Mostly all my teeth are filled. I have four teeth that broke and there's nothing left except for a rigid edge on the one and the other ones there's barely anything. It is hard to eat because they're mostly my molars. My front teeth fillings are stained. Is there any way to fix this? ...Visitor from CT     (answer)

  • Broken molars need extraction? I have 1 molar on each side of my mouth on the bottom part that are broken badly. There is only about 1/2 a crown remaining on both of them. My nerve is exposed on both sides and I do feel pain which tells me the nerve is still alive. Do I have to get them extracted or is there something else I could do? ...Visitor from NY     (answer)


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