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 Can i ask my dentist not to do X-Ray to fix my tooth?
I have a nasty cavity. I am pregnant though. I am four weeks. I know X-Ray is bad, could I ask my dentist to fix it without the X-RAY?...

 Is the age 16 too old for wearing braces?
My dad has been wanting me to wear braces forever, since I was like 11 I believe but he just procrastinates about it all the time. So yes, in like a week I'm finally getting braces and I think ...

 How does smoking effect your teeth?
We are doing a project for school and we were wondering how smoking effects your teeth....

 i recently just got braces july 16th and they are still hurting is it normal to be hurting this long?
are they supposed to feel loose? i also eat very soft things and they still hurt aahh!! can anyone help thanks =]...

 Getting teeth pulled out?
I'm going to get braces soon and will get some teeth out as well. Will getting my teeth pulled out hurt? If I get my teeth pulled out then what do they do with it? Can someone please help me ...

i have a big hole in my tooth and i'm 2 scared 2 get it checked out so wot should i do plzz help ...

 my son has refused 2 go the dentist 2day hes 3 and he has really bad toothache?
we got to the dentists room, he wasn't having any of it, he had a full blown tantrum and the dentist sent us away and told us 2 re book! he wont eat or drink and he complains in sore all the ...

 I'm Having Braces... TOMORROW!?
Does it hurt?? What is the process of having them fixed on like??...

 When was the last time you went to the dentist?

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Me: went ...

 Should I get my wisdom teeth removed, I'm afraid the dentist is just desperate for business?
3 out of my 4 wisdom teeth have come in, I'm still waiting on 1 that is still under my gums. My dentist continues to urge me to get them all removed as soon as possible, but in my mind it doesn&#...

 Is anyone out there gettin' as much?
snow as we are here in Ohio? and how much do you think you've gotten today?
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No amberly I don't think we would be that lucky for it to stop anytime soon!!

 My 12 year old is having his very first filling next week - he's terrified?
How can I make it a bit easier?...

 I'm getting braces soon, and i'm really nervous, I NEED TIPS! HELP ME!?
I am 15, I need to have braces for 18 months, i have to wear rubber bands on the left but i'm really scared. Can anybody give me some good tips about what to eat, what NOT TO DO when you have ...

 my tooth won't stop bleeding?!?!?
i just pulled my tooth out....but now my gum won't stop bleeding...what do i do??...

 What should I do about my rubber bands?
I have had to wear rubber bands since like april, but I never do because I always forget, and every time I go to my orthodontist she is sorta mad at me cause I never wear them.

At school ...

 does getting your cavities fixed hurt?
im going to the dentist later and its my first time and i hav 3 cavities
do u guys think its a lot????
and does it hurt to get it fixed????...

 Does filling cavaties hurt?
Hello, I am 14 years old, and I have 2 small cavaties. I've had a filling before, when I was small, and it hurt, so I am afraid it will hurt now. How painful is the novacaine injection and ...

 Dry socket and smoking question!?
I had extraction on all 4 wisdom teeth exactly 8 days ago. I had a dry socket in one, and had the last packing removed today. The surgeon gave me paste if I needed it. Can I smoke? I know that it is ...

 Hey,I m suffering from a bad habit of pressing teeth while I am asleep.?
Every time when I wake up I feel that I have been pressing my upper teeth with the teeth of lower jaws.My family and friend says that they have observed me,moving my teeth of upper jaws on that of ...

 I'm having 3 Wisdom Teeth out, under local anesthetic. REALLY SCARED. Will it really hurt, PLZ ANSWER?
Having 3 wisdom teeth out, with local anesthetic. (Novocain)

Will it really hurt. Do the injections hurt ? Sooo scared

1 is impacted. Been given Valium to take. To calm me ...

Why won't my dentist help?
My daughter (21 months old) chipped her two front teeth about a year ago - infact not long after they came out. I know exactly where and when it happened. They are quite sharp so took her to the dentist to ask if anything could be done and he told me that they are "decaying" because she has a bottle at night and the only thing that can be done is to take them out (NHS). Tonight while I was brushing her teeth I noticed they are going black and I am absolutely gutted. I am prepared to pay to have them fixed - why won't my dentist help me. Also if they come out now won't she have problems in 3/4 years time when her big teeth come out. Am I making too big a deal out of this??

If these are her first teeth I wouldn't worry about it. If you stop the night bottles the next teeth will be fine. I worry about her cutting her mouth or tongue if they are sharp. Can't he just file them until they fall out? I don't think your making a big deal of it. She's only a baby and you don't want her having tooth problems so soon. Definately cut out those night bottles and see abou the dentist filing the teeth down for now. Let them fall out on their own. Good luck Mommy!

it sounds like the knock has killed them..that is why they are turning black..the worry is she may have damaged her adult teeth underneath...she really needs an xray as to them decaying i don,t think so...its very difficult to treat a child of that age and its not a big worry them turning black...they do not need to be removed..i am a dental nurse with 26years experience..not unless she gets an abcess..but she probably won,t..don,t worry about it..

take her to another dentist.

Get a second opinion, BUT if they are going black they need to come out before gum infection sets in.

I think you need to get a second opinion. The fat that they are going black doesn't sound too good.

joanne t
Youre not making a big deal out of this at all. I would advise a second opinion from another dentist. The one good thing is that the baby teeth dont have roots and so cant do that much damage if they are decaying.. ie they wont be attacking the jaw bone. Also, no nerve in the centre of the tooth means that she wont be in much pain at all.

But speak to another dentist, maybe private and see if they can come up with any ideas.

They may remove them and wait for the permanent teeth to come through but during that time you have to be extremely careful of her diet, no sweets unfortunately because the plaque acids produced will get into the sockets and decay the tooth that will be forming underneath which then means that no tooth is there to come through and she wont have front teeth ever, unless she gets implants.
Pretty drastic. So first port of call is another dentist i would suggest.

And by the way, the 'future DDS' up there doesnt quite realise we're british and our dentist are a BDS, a bachelor of dental surgery.

My daughter did the same thing when she was 2, she slipped and fell and one of her front teeth went right up inside the gum, they said there was nothing they could do, eventually the tooth grew down slightly crooked and was grey in colour and I was concerned it would fall out or would have to be taken out. But she is now almost 7 and last year her new tooth came through and it is fine, our dentist checked it out and there seems to be no problem with her big tooth! I would give the teeth time to come down and then see what can be done without worrying too much about it right now especially if it's just happened a year ago, give it some more time. Providing they are not rotten or giving her any pain I would just leave them for now, see what happens.

Crisp Star
takeher to another dentist. but if they say the same, go to university and train to be a dentist yourself. For now,keep on caring for her teeth.

Bernie c
Take her to another dentist good luck

This exact thing happed to my cousin, he had drank a bottle as a baby all the time and when he got a little older he had to get 11 of his teeth pulled, god help him ! but he got used to it after a couple of week and is absoluetly fine now.

A fall and chip on the teeth wouldn't cause decay it would probably just mis-align them.. if you do not get the teeth taken out, the decay will spread and cause gum disease and may aid to decay on other teeth.
If your not happy with your dentist just get a second opinion, but remember a dentist would not extract a tooth, if he could do something else with it.

Good Luck :)

I chipped my top front teeth on the bath when I was a baby. The dentist said they may go black but that there would be no problems as I got older.

He was right.

I know they won't look very pretty but is your daughter really bothered? If she is bothered as she gets a bit older sho could have veneers fitted just for cosmetic purposes.

On the practical side, if your dentist was prepared to do something how would you keep a 21 month old still for impressions to be made?

Go to a pedodontist. Bottle rot is very common.

The dentist probably feels there is no need to fix them as they are her baby teeth! if they are decaying then there isn't much he can do but remove them! I suggest taking them out!! Unhealthy baby teeth left in will more likely cause damge to the adult teeth then if you were to have the baby teeth out!! I ahve never heard of adult teeth becoming damaged due to early extraction of baby teeth. I believe it will be better in the long run if she had them out now.

i can understand ur consern what u need to do is find an alternative dentist in ur area that is specialised in children dentistry and get there opinion. it would probaly be best to get them removed it won't effect her or have problems if there baby teeth.

best of luck.
p.s. if any pain accures use orajell

As they are her firrst teeth, I wouldn't worry so much. I would take your daughter to another dentist. All first teeth are different to their permanent teeth. You do not need to pay for them to have them 'fixed'. Try another NSH dentist. I am sure all will be fine.

Hi, The teeth are black because the nerves have died, the only treatment for such a problem would be a Root Canal Treatment however your daughters age gets in the way as there is no way she will co-operate to the length of time its takes to perform an RCT and a general anaesthetic is also risky because of the length of time. Deciduous teeth are made up differently to adult teeth and so the roots will already have started to resorb simply due to the trauma the teeth have been through which rules out RCT. The best option is to follow the advice of your Dentist, if you go ahead with the extractions your daughter should have no problems in future other then a small increased risk of crowding when the adult teeth come through, do not leave the teeth as they are otherwise you will have problems! Good luck!

paul m
they are going black because the teeth are dying/decaying. The time and trouble to get them fixed would not be worth putting a child under 2 through in my humble opinion. any issues with crooked teeth when the big teeth come through would be easily rectified if and when it occurs.

Most likely they will not fix them because they are not her permanant teeth. This will not however affect those that come in as permanants. I have a feeling that the root died in the accident and that is why they are turning black.

I think that the dentist was probably looking out for your best monetary interest in not fixing them as they are soon going to fall out anyway to make room for the adult teeth to come in

Mrs. Strain
Well, it's understandable that you are upset. I don't see how they can be repaired though if they're baby teeth. They probably do need to come out. Her permanent teeth will come in soon enough.

Future DDS
Dentist are taught to use preventative care in an effort to save teeth. Teeth are of important value for your childs nutritional development and for developing speech therefore extractions are usually a last resort. Your dentist knows the value of teeth and therefore if he suggests that removing them is best then it probably is. Often times a childs primary teeth can be saved by placing metal caps on them.You may want to ask your Doctor about this option. But if a tooth is dead meaning there is no blood or nerve supply then I believe your dentist is correct and it must be removed. She shouldn't have problems with her permanent teeth when they begin to erupt. By now she should have all of her primary teeth except her 2nd molars so please take care of them best as possible and avoid sugary foods especially at night. And by the way there is no such thing as a bachelor of Dental Surgeon. Dentist go to undergraduate school and get a bachelors degree then return to a 4 year dental program to earn a D.D.S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or D.M.D (Doctor of Dental Medicine)....Good Luck with your daughter!

My little boy knocked out his one of his front teeth when he was 2 or 3 and my dentist just did an xray to make sure no "fragments" were left behind to cause an infection. I wanted it capped or something and they said they don't fix front baby teeth on kids because it won't mess with spacing or anything when the permanent teeth grow in. But my son knocked his tooth completely out. I would check with a pediatric dentist, they may need to sedate her to work on her mouth. I wouldn't use a general dentist. Make sure it's a PEDIATRIC DENTIST, they are schooled @ treating little kids SAFELY AND AS PAINLESSLY AS POSSIBLE. It sounds like her teeth need to be filed down or capped at the very least. It's going to be some time before her permanent teeth come in. I wouldn't waste anymore time with your current dentist. Go with your gut. Sometimes mom knows best.

You can't have them fixed I'm sorry to say. They're too far gone. Trust your dentist - he's the professional.
Stop the night time bottles and maybe her second teeth stand a chance.

OK what i would do if i would be you is . Take the bottle of her . Because it is causing her teeth to decay . And no you are not making a big deal .

Does she still have (milky teeth still ) ???? . If so talk to your dentist about taking her teeth out . Only the ones which are decaying . And if you are still not happy about his work you should just more to a different dentist . And try to fine a dentist which has not only a bachelor of dental surgeon but also one with a Masters in Science . The should know also about this . I hope this helps you

Your dentist is the expert. He knows what's right. That's why he went to school. If you aren't sure about his diagnosis then see a pediatric dentist.

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