I went to the dental hygienist today for a cleaning. I asked her if she would be using an abrasive polishing compound or a non-abrasive cleaning compound... and she looked at me like I was speaking a different language. She then proceeded to tell me that the polishing agent she uses is as abrasive as toothpaste, and the only thing that can scratch the enamel on your teeth is a diamond tipped drill. This mystified me for a minute. Won't silica- based polishing compounds do the same thing? Was I wrong for being concerned, as I have no cavities now, and do not want any? (I understand that when the flouride- rich top layer of the enamel is damaged, your teeth are more susceptible to bacteria from food and the like.)View Thread
Do dentists/ oral surgeons still remove all four wisdom teeth at the same time if they decide they need to be taken? My bottom ones started coming in when I was sixteen, and are now impacted, and partially broken through the gum; and now at twenty-three, the top ones are coming in. My entire mouth hurts.View Thread
I do have an appointment in two weeks for x-rays, the earliest they could get me in. There isn't an oral surgeon anywhere near the town I live in that accepts my insurance, so it's just a general dentist for now.
I understand that removing all four is not usual, but I have been told by several different people that most oral surgeons won't remove all four at the same time, because it would require numbing both sides of the mouth at the same time, and generally they don't like to do that. But I have friends and family members that have had all four removed at once, and they all had varying degrees of pain. I had wanted to know the likelihood of having all of them removed without hospitalization, as that was what I was told would happen if I did have all of them removed at the same time.