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Crowns vs. Bonding

I have a broken front tooth that I have saved up money to get fixed. I have gone to two dentists for consultations. The first one said I could have it fixed by dental bonding. He said it is pretty

Crowns vs. Bonding
Service Highlight: Free Second Opinion

Dr. Tran has a service she'd like you to know about. Her office will give you a free second opinion if you are unsure about the treatment option your dentist has recommended.

Service Highlight: Free Second Opinion
Will snap on smile work with missing teeth?

I have three missing teeth with one more that looks like it is going to have to come out. I cannot afford to get either implants or dentures. this seems like my last good option,

Will snap on smile work with missing teeth?
42 years old and haven't been to a dentist in years

I'm 42 and haven't been to a dentist since I left for college. For some reason, the longer I don't go to the dentist, the more afraid I am to actually go. I don't want to lose my teeth. I don't suspec

42 years old and haven't been to a dentist in years
Crooked front tooth

I have a crooked front tooth. It leans behind my other front tooth. It's pretty bad and has embarrassed me for years. I wonder if you could tell me what my options are. I'm considering Invisalign, bra

Crooked front tooth
Will an antibiotic help my tooth infection?

I've had a really bad toothache for a little over a week. Now my face is beginning to swell, and I think I may have a tooth infection. I don't have enough money to go to the dentist. Can I just get my

Will an antibiotic help my tooth infection?
Straight teeth fast

I'm getting married in just over a year, and really want straight teeth. I went to an orthodontist, but he said it would take two years. Do I have any other options for straight teeth, quickly?

Straight teeth fast
Do you need to floss a bridge?

I had heard that a bridge was so tight fitting against the gums that it prevents food from getting trapped. I had some problems with gum disease a year ago, had a tooth extracted, got everything clean

Do you need to floss a bridge?
Snap-on Smile for Children

My eight year old has a large chip on his front tooth. I want to know if snap on smile will work for him until I can get this fixed.

Snap-on Smile for Children
Root canal problem

I had a root canal done on a maxillary first molar that had a crown. He put another crown on it. After the root canal I had no problems and felt fine, but now that he's put the second crown on it, I'm

Root canal problem
Pulpotomy

Could you explain to me what a pulpotomy is? My dentist just told me my daughter needs one, but he didn't have time to explain it all to me, so I'm a little concerned.

Pulpotomy
Whiten bonding

I didn't have any lateral incisors when I was born, so my dentist did some dental bonding on two of my teeth to make them look like lateral incisors and make my smile more normal. It's been over 12 ye

Whiten bonding
Infected baby molars

My six year old son has baby molars that have broken off because of decay. We're going to have to extract them. Is there anything I should be aware of?

Infected baby molars
Root canal on wisdom tooth

I've had root canal before. Now I have an infection in a wisdom tooth even though the cavity is filled. I don't want tooth removed, but my dentist recommends it. I told him I don't want lose tooth. He

Root canal on wisdom tooth
Whitening Tetracycline stains

I've got horribly ugly teeth from tetracycline stains. I'm too embarrassed to smile. Is there anything that can help. I'm tired of feeling like the ugly stepsister.

Whitening Tetracycline stains
A loose tooth

I've been dealing with gum disease for several years, but I've gotten it under control. There haven't been any bleeding of my gums in quite some time. However, recently one of my teeth has come loose

A loose tooth
Permanent retainer

I think I need something like a permanent retainer, if that exists. Here is why. I had braces put on when I was a teenager (I'm 28 now). Afterwards, some of my teeth moved out of place again. The uppe

Permanent retainer
Problems with a wisdom tooth extraction

I had an impacted wisdom tooth that I had extracted about 4 weeks ago. My tongue is still numb for some reason. Do you know why?

Problems with a wisdom tooth extraction
Solution for erosion

I have a great deal of erosion on the inside (backside) of my teeth. Could I use dental bonding on them to strengthen the enamel?

Solution for erosion
Worried about Root Canal

I have a tooth that needs a root canal. I've got one scheduled, but I'm in so much pain even with antibiotics. Why is it still hurting? Also, do they hurt a lot?

Worried about Root Canal
A question about DIANGNOdent

My dentist is using this tool called DIANGNOdent. He said he found some things that aren't cavities yet, that will be cavities in the future and he wants to fill them. This really seems hinky to me. W

A question about DIANGNOdent
Tips for a strong gag reflex

I have a strong gag reflex and going to the dentist is a nightmare, especially the x-rays. Is there anything that can make this easier?

Tips for a strong gag reflex
Root Canal Failure

I had a root canal a little over a year ago. Everything seemed to go fine. For some reason about two weeks ago I started having problems. It started with pain when pressure was put on it and steadily

Root Canal Failure
Wisdom teeth extractions when you're older

Can you advise me? I'm 61 years old. My wisdom teeth feel absolutely fine, but my new dentist is suggesting I have them removed. I'm a little concerned, because my understanding is the surgery is comp

Wisdom teeth extractions when you're older
National Children's Dental Health Month

Did you know that February is National Children's Dental Health Month? This is a great time to make sure your child has a healthy routine when it comes to taking care of their teeth.

National Children's Dental Health Month