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Old 09-16-2007, 01:54 PM   #1
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haven't been to the dentist in years.. worried

Well ten years to be exact. I plan on making an appointment this week, after i get soem other doctor appointments taking care of. I was without health care for a long time, and also suffer from social anxiety disorder, so i'm one put things off. I never had a cavity in my life, first thing i ever had to get done was root canal, and that didn't even hurt. I have a fake tooth in the front. Anyways last time i was there for a check up ( remind you about 10 years ago) dentist said i needed all 4 wisdom teeth pulled. Whats funny is i never had any problesm with them "hurting" or anything! i don't even think they were out yet, so maybe from the x-rays he thought they would cause problems when they come up by how they looked int he x-rays? are some dentists just " wisdom teeth happy" like i said never any pain or anything with them!

One thing i'm wondering though is i seem to have these white lines on the sides of my cheeks, had them for years and seem to start from my molars to the front of my mouth. I don't think it's an infection, cause i never have a fever and they don't hurt, likewise i seen what abscesses look like and it's not them. Plus back when i seen my doctor he looked in my mouth and didn't say anything about it, same when i saw a ENT specialist ( unless they just wouldn't tell me if it was anything? i'm sure they would have if it was something bad) But i think i clench/grind my teeth in my sleep and constantly bite my gums causing these, thus they never get a chance to heal and i constantly have them. I tried using one of those mouth guards you buy, but i couldnt get it to fit good and ended up braking it. I was also worried about sleeping with it in my mouth! Would a dentist people to make one? or would i need to see an orthodontist for something like that?

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Old 09-17-2007, 12:15 PM   #2
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Re: haven't been to the dentist in years.. worried

True. Many doctors will extract your wisdom teeth just because they want to, I guess. If there is cause for concern (pain or if they're affecting the spacing of your other teeth), than you should get them take out. I would make sure that they explain exactly what is wrong. If your wisdom teeth are fine than leave them alone.
I'm 21, don't even have my wisdom teeth (haven't grown out and probably never will since nobody in my immediate family has them). My dentist said that they were intact underneath my gums and he decided not to touch them.
If yours are the same, or if they don't bother you, don't let them mess around and remove them. You're going to be the one stuck with a huge bill for unnecessary dental surgery.

I grind my teeth as well and told my dentist. He didn't say anything so I'm assuming that it's fine and isn't causing serious damage. I don't know about the white lines you're talking about... but if dentists didn't comment on it before than don't worry about it.
You can get a custom mouth guard probably from your dentist. I was going to do it but than I hear that they're very expensive so I decided against it. If you're really concerned about grinding, than just go ahead and ask your dentist to make you one.

And I would strongly advise that you go see your dentist asap. I skipped dentist appointments for only five years (or so)... I went to see my dentist finally this summer and boy did he find many surprises. I take VERY good care of my teeth.. floss daily, brush at least 2-3 times a day, use mouthwash, etcetc... and I still managed to get 8 cavities ($3,500 in bills). It was devastating because I had to have a root canal on one of them.
I totally regret that decision and will never skip another dentist appointment again.
So as soon as you can, make an appointment and get things taken care of. You'll save your teeth from further damage and you'll save money long term.

Good luck!

 
Old 09-17-2007, 12:55 PM   #3
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Re: haven't been to the dentist in years.. worried

Thanks. I made an appointment for tomorrow at 3:30 pm! LOL ten years in the making ! wish me luck! I know for a fact i must have a few cavities! just wondering how many. Hope i'm not regretting waiting so long by tomorrow night! We shall see. I don't even remember what a dentist check up is like! I know he's going to use that pick thing and stick it in my teeth until i say "OUCH" LOL, think they do x-rays too? Probably set up a cleaning ( are cleanings even neccessary though or is that just another thing they want to get you for? like if can i say " nah i don't want a cleaning? they just going to get dirty again anyways!

Also think it's a good idea to tell him i suffer from anxiety/panic attacks beforeheand and not to be alarmed if i start having one while laying in that death trap chair?

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Old 09-17-2007, 01:23 PM   #4
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Does getting cavities filled hurt? like i said first thing i ever had to get done was Root canal! had a chipped tooth and the nerve was exposed! The root canal didn't hurt at all though! the worse part was getting the novacaine shot in the ROOF of my mouth and feeling it crack through the skin! other than that the procedure itself was fine! Oh when i got the fake tooth put on he had to scrap away excess glue ( i think it was glue) but he kept hitting my gum with the scrapper thing and that was bad.. feeling that against my gums, made them bleed too and he kept doing it lol.

 
Old 09-18-2007, 01:35 PM   #5
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Re: haven't been to the dentist in years.. worried

Hey guys! all that worrying for nothing! LOL in ten years of no dentist vists and flossing all i have is 3 small cavities. The dentist was shocked how long i went and didn't even have any tartar build up or any major damage. I told him i always made it a point to brush my teeth after EVERY time i had a soft drink like soda and he said thats what probably saved me any real damage. So goign next week to have those cavities filled.

 
Old 09-18-2007, 01:37 PM   #6
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Oh he also said i have to stop brushing my teeth so hard LOL i was like " you are able to tell?" he said yea cause doing so is making my gums recede and they shouldn't be at my age. Told him i wear hard toothbrushes out like every 3 months. So they gave me a soft toothbrush and told me to take it easy brushing my gums lol.

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Old 09-18-2007, 11:00 PM   #7
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Re: haven't been to the dentist in years.. worried

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Does getting cavities filled hurt? like i said first thing i ever had to get done was Root canal! had a chipped tooth and the nerve was exposed! The root canal didn't hurt at all though! the worse part was getting the novacaine shot in the ROOF of my mouth and feeling it crack through the skin! other than that the procedure itself was fine! Oh when i got the fake tooth put on he had to scrap away excess glue ( i think it was glue) but he kept hitting my gum with the scrapper thing and that was bad.. feeling that against my gums, made them bleed too and he kept doing it lol.
Yep, they will take x-rays every five years to make sure that everything is fine. Those will show any problems that you may have.
Cavities are not a big deal. They definitely don't take as long as root canals, which is always good. People always complain about the novacaine shots hurting. I personally don't mind them at all. It's nothing to me... I barely even feel anything when he pokes it through my gums.
Fillings don't hurt so don't worry about that. THe only thing I used to hate was the smell of dentist office and the sound of those drills... but my dentist's office doesn't smell bad and the drills are pretty quiet so that was not a big deal at all.
Good luck!

 
Old 09-18-2007, 11:17 PM   #8
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My advice: get composite fillings, do not get metal fillings.

Why? Because over time, the contraction and expansion of the metal eventually weaken your tooth structure and one day out of the blue, your tooth breaks for no good reason while chewing soft food.

Lucky for me, my molar broke in such a way I was able to have an onlay instead of crown and didn't need a root canal. I only have two metal fillings left in the back because I had my old metal fillings in front molars changed out to composites only for "vanity" many years ago (the front molars look better with composite which is tooth colored).... but little did I know then that vanity has no doubt saved those teeth from breaking for no good reason too!!

Now I'm thinking about getting those last two changed even if they are good, no more metal for me.

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Old 09-19-2007, 12:33 PM   #9
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Re: haven't been to the dentist in years.. worried

Ok thats good to know! Thanks. I just started to think about something.. how is the dentist going to get at my back teeth for the cavity fillings? I was having a hard enough time keeping my mouth opened wide (TMJ was acting up) when he was checking for cavities, let alone keeping it open wide for a long time! do you usually get breaks to close your mouth for a few? or are the fillings so fast it's no problem? Maybe i will need one of those things to hold my mouth open LOL, damn my jaw is going to be sore!

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Old 09-19-2007, 01:41 PM   #10
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Re: haven't been to the dentist in years.. worried

you might need the holding thing, I almost did, but my new dentist realized I was uncomfortable with it so he took it out and gave me alot of breaks...funny, but the comfort of being able to take so many breaks made me not need so many!

But I know what you mean, I have a very small mouth but alot does depend on the dentist himself. I got lucky, this new one I have that fixed my broken molar is so skilled yet so patient and he did my onlay in decent time to boot! I was out of there in less than an hour(onlays are labor intense).

He is Asian, I don't know if that is the difference(I've heard they are very skilled in dentistry) but of all the dentists I've had in my life(quite a few since childhood!), he's been the most comfortable one I've had so maybe there is some truth to it? I was really pleasantly surprised! Others I had were ok but a bit rough, all were older men(is it an age thing?).

Anyway, don't worry. They will find a way. The more relaxed you are, the faster it goes and fillings aren't too big of a job compared to others like crowns.

 
Old 09-20-2007, 08:22 PM   #11
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Re: haven't been to the dentist in years.. worried

Fillings take a while so if your jaw gets tired, than you will need to either take breaks (weird), or get your dentist to put a plastic guard thing in your mouth to keep it open. I don't actually know if that's what they're called, but my dentist uses them to keep my jaw open and it works wonders... no fatigue.
Basically it's like a little plastic/rubber, U-shaped piece that he puts into the opposite side of your mouth... that way you just bite down on it and it will hold your jaw open while he/she does the work on the other side.
My dentist just recently ordered them apparently and I'm glad he did. I don't have a problem with keeping my mouth open for a while, but those things make it so much more comfortable.

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