I am glad that you did not loose it. Go to the pharmacy and get some denture adhesive paste (Fixodent or Polygrip). Put very little into the crown and place it over the remaining tooth structure. That should hold it until you can see the dentist.
If it gets loose, re-cement it.
The temporary cement that they have in the store is typically too thick and you might not be able to cement the crown properly.
Dear GP61952: I am sorry to hear about your problem. However, this can only be helped by a dentist. You have several options, but you will have to do a little internet search. First, check out local dental schools. Second, hospital based residency programs. Third, local free, or reduced cost clinics. All will have solutions for you that include sliding scale payments and can sign you up for Medicaid (public assistance). Best of luck, Dr. Zev KaufmanView Thread
Dear An_248630: You have to go to the dentist and have the staining evaluated. Typically, a good cleaning and whitening works on extrinsic (on the tooth) stains. Intrinsic (within the tooth) staining are much more difficult. In-office power whitening might help some, but it is difficult to predict. The best suggestion I can give you is to go to a dentist who is experienced with whitening and try. If it works and you are happy...great. If you are not happy with the result, and you are bothered by the stain, you might consider porcelain laminate veneers. However, remember that that kind of treatment does involve preparing (shaving down) some tooth structure and needs constant maintenance and replacement over time. It is also quite more expensive than whitening. Try the power whitening first. Best of luck, Dr. Zev KaufmanView Thread
Dear An_248610: I am sorry to hear about the problems you are having, however, there is not much that can be done without a proper examination. You MUST see your dentist and have him/her look at the situation and evaluate it. There are many reasons as to why you are having pain, and it should be properly evaluated. Best of luck, Dr. Zev KaufmanView Thread
This is actually a very astute question and a very good idea that is implemented in orthodontics. Sometimes when premolars are extracted to make space, there is room for the third molars to grow in later in life. In addition, if the second molars get decayed beyond repair at an early age, the third molars can be brought into position to take their place.
Since I know nothing about you such as age, oral condition, etc, the best that I can recommend is that you talk to your dentist. It is a very good option if your circumstances are appropriate.
Sorry about your pain. However, there is only one thing to do:
Call your dentist and come in as an emergency. Have the tooth looked at. No medical/dental treatment is 100% effective or painless, and as such complications might arise. They have to be attended to, and your dentist is trained to do so, or refer you to an expert in the area, the endodontist.
You are pregnant! That is wonderful. You are, however, not only responsible for your life now, but for the well being of your growing child. You also have a dental problem. You know that since you are in pain. ...and what do all the smart "they" tell you? "don't go to the doctor"????
It is absolutely true that any elective dental treatment should be done in the second trimester. At that time, all the major organs of your fetus are formed and the potential for damage is limited. Also, if you are treated in the third trimester, the stress of the treatment might induce premature birth.
However, you are not looking at elective treatment at this point. You have a problem which has to be addressed immediately, if only to obtain the proper diagnosis.
So, here is what to do...
Go to your dentist and have your mouth looked at. Have them take an X-ray of the problem teeth. The more current digital (computerized) x-ray systems produce negligible radiation (you get more radiation going in the sun). Make sure that when the X-rays are taken, your belly is covered by the lead apron and ask, before you go, whether the X-rays are digital. Most contemporary offices are digital.
Ask the dentist if the problems can wait a couple of months. If they can, wait until your second trimester and have the work done. This IS VERY IMPORTANT! You need to be healthy throughout the pregnancy for the sake of your baby. ...and trust me, as a father, I can tell you that after the birth, you will NOT have time for the dentist. Don't forget to also ask the dentist about your oral hygiene and make sure that you are brushing and flossing very well.
There is a clear link between poor oral hygiene of the mother and low birth weight of the baby.
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