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How long does it take for permanent teeth to grow after you lost a baby tooth?

I need answers quick before i go back to school which is on august 7th and i dont want to go to school looking like hill billy with a tooth missing.And my vampire tooth just fell off.

It could take a few weeks to a few months and don't worry you won't be the only kid with teeth missing!  (+ info)

What in dentistry is it called to replace a missing tooth?

What is the term used in dentistry to replace a missing tooth? I had a root canal done on a tooth, and it was never finished, the tooth was left hollow and it recently just broke off and only a small peice up close to the gum line is broken. It is my left front tooth. It's very unattractive, and I need to get it fixed. Would this procedure be called a crown, a cap or what exactly is involved in cosmetic dentistry to replace a missing tooth? Is it expensive?

Now that the tooth is decayed you have several options
1. Crown Lengthening and crown; Since there the body (coronal portion)of the tooth is gone. You can have a procedure done to actually remove bone to expose healthy root structure(usually no more than 2mm). this procedure allows the dentist finish a crown on the health tooth structure. This procedure is destructive to bone but is usually chosen by the patient who is not ready to loose a natural tooth.

2. Bridge; You can have the tooth removed and have a bridge placed. This is an option provided that it is not the last tooth in the arch. so there has to be a tooth in the front and the back, to allow the bridge to be placed.

3. You can have tooth removed and have an implant placed. This is by far the most expensive in the short term but has the potential to cost you less in the long-term since implants don't decay. The only risk is of structural failure and bone infection (low with reasonable care). this is a great option. However prices can skyrocket if you need a bone graft. Since you had the root canal a couple of years ago chances are the bone is still pretty good in your case.

4. You can have the tooth removed and have a "flipper" made. The is a plastic partial denture, made to fill the space. This is an option if funds are limited and you need the gap filled for aesthetic purposes.

5. You can have a removable permanent denture made. This is similar to the flipper, but the design is different. It has metal bars and lots of spaced to allow the tissues to breath thus allowing it to be used long-term without harming the gums.

Prices range from $350 for a flipper, to $3500 for implant and crown.

good luck  (+ info)

What is the likleyhood that my wisdom tooth will be impacted?

By the time I was 16 I had both my 1st and 2nd molars removed leaving me with no teeth on my bottom right side. Now that I'm almost 19, my wisdom tooth is starting to come in on that side. I'm afraid, though, that it will be impacted with no teeth in front of it to push it upright. Is there a big chance that it will be impacted? Should I possibly check about a spacer or a partial?

If the 3rd molar is visible...it is not impacted. The definition of impacted is that it is covered in bone. If it is only partially erupted then it may be considered partially impacted, but that's sort of splitting hairs.

3rd molars are pretty useless 90% of the time. I would recommend pulling the 3rd and getting implants to replace lost molars. If you don't have the $$$$ for that right now, just get a partial made so you can chew and keep other teeth from tipping and especially from upper molars from super erupting downward (very bad your your bite).

The partial will give you okay function and will keep the rest of your teeth from going to s&%#! until you can afford implants.

remember you are young (19) and if you have lost that many teeth by this age you need to start taking your teeth seriously or you will be in dentures by the time you are 30.  (+ info)

How to tell if its your baby tooth or Adult tooth?

My tooth is wobbling but is it an adult or baby tooth, i cant remember if it has ever fell out before.

If you are around 11 or 12 it is a baby molar.  (+ info)

How long does it take to get used to a tooth bonding?

I got a tooth bonding today for the gap in my two front teeth. Looks 10x better. But when eating it feels like food is still on my teeth and everything in my mouth is different. Harder to spit and brush teeth as well. How long does it take for my teeth to feel normal?

The mouth is highly sensitive to any changes. Even the most minor differences your tongue will notice. Consider how small a rasberry seed is, then think the last time you had one stuck in a back tooth... it feels like a mountain.

If the bonding is well polished and smooth as it should be, your mouth will adapt to the changes within a few days. Spitting and brushing your teeth are actions that you've been used to doing for years with a gap, it will take a few days before your tongue and lips relearn these actions without that gap. If a week from now you still feel like food is sticking in that area, go back to your dentist and have him/her check it, it may need a minor adjustment.

Good Luck!  (+ info)

How long does your tooth stay sensitive after a large cavity is filled?

I had a large cavity filled the other day. The dentist ever had me feel the hole with my tongue to try to scare me I think. The dentist said that the tooth would be very sensitive for a while and she had to put some medication on the tooth to try to stop the sensitivity. I as wondering if anyone knew how long it would take before the sensitivity went away, and if there as anything I can do to stop the pain/sensitivity?

It will last any where from three days to six weeks. It should start to get milder as time goes on. If it doesn't then it will need a root canal. She did everything right, placing medication in it to protect the pulp, etc. But if the filling is high, the sensitivity will last until it is adjusted. If your teeth don't all meet at the same time (both sides) then the filling is high. I do not think that is the case here though.
The best thing to do is to avoid that tooth if at all possible. Stay away from extremely cold things. And try Sensodyne toothpaste.

Hope this helps and good luck  (+ info)

How long does it take to heal after a tooth extraction ?

1) Do you feel pain due to cold or hot food once you extract a tooth ?
2) Does the gun close up the cavity left after extracting a tooth and how long would it take ?
3) What other caises can there be for tooth sensitivity once a tooth has been extracted ? Any experiences ?

1) stay away from hot foods!!! for the first 10 days or so.
2)there will still be a ddep gash in your gums even after healing. it will take about 10 days before fully healed.
3)just the tender gums and the teeth around the extracted will be very achy. my expereinces were not a good one. very painfull. make sure to eat with your pain meds. if youre sensitive like me youll barf and thats never good with a gaping hole in your gums.

good luck =)  (+ info)

How to tell the difference between Baby Tooth and Adult Tooth?


The root of one of my teeth disappeared when I was a teenager and the tooth just staid there. This is an adult tooth, however the insurance is considering it as an baby tooth because it has no root. Is there no other way (size, color) that could help me confirm to the insurance that this is an adult tooth, not a baby one?

This tooth needs to be replaced by an implant, and insurance would cover it if this is an adult tooth only.


Your dentist should def. be able to tell the difference between a primary tooth and an adult tooth. Depending on where it is located and what size it is in comparison to the other teeth. Some people do not get a permanent tooth in one or more places, thus the baby tooth stays present in the mouth as there is not another tooth under it pushing it out. The roots on baby teeth resorb so they can get ready to become loose and come out to make way for the adult teeth. Even though there is not a root present the tooth can still remain in the mouth for several years, sometimes a lifetime if you are careful. I have seen grown men with a primary tooth still in their mouth. Maxillary perm molars (upper, back teeth) have three roots, and mandibular perm molars (lower back teeth) have two roots. Depending on where this tooth is should tell your dentist if it is a primary or permanent tooth. Some people do have their permanent tooth roots resorb for some reason, in this case if the tooth becomes loose then they would have to have an implant. I know of a case where this happened to a lady in the dental field, she has excellent home care, it just so happened that a back molar root resporbed leaving the tooth loose, so she had an implant placed. I am sure there is a way for your dentist to find out one way or another what is going on in your mouth. Insurance companies can be very picky so don't give up, keep trying.  (+ info)

How long before my tooth stops hurting after my root canal? Also can I start eating hard food in a week?

I just had my root canal done yesterday, but my tooth per se doesn't hurt, it's only when I accidentally chew on it or bite down on it that it hurts.

But there is no pain at all when I don't do anything on the teeth, it's only when I bite down.

I will get my crown in 2 weeks, so can I eat hard food before then? Or should I wait to eat any steak, burgers etc before then?

It is not uncommon for a tooth to be sore for even a couple of weeks after a root canal. Avoid chewing on it if you can so that it will have a rest. If it has not gotten any better when you are scheduled for the permanent crown, I would be a little more concerned. Good luck.  (+ info)

How do I reduce the extreme sensitivity pain in my front tooth?

All my life my teeth have been sensitive to cold and hot things. But earlier today my bottom front tooth started to hurt as if there was something cold on it, however there isn't. This pain is consistent, but will hurt more if I touch it or drink water or anything that involves it. I have looked in the mirror and there is no black spot or white spot or even a chip on the tooth and the pain is in the tooth so I know it is not a problem with my gums, any idea whats wrong with my tooth?

Teeth sensitivity to temperature is a variable thing and will probably go away in time. The only problem is you don't know when it will go away. I had that problem when I was young and it took until I was in my late 20's before my sensitivity went away.

Teeth with large nerve chambers often have sensitivity problems and as one gets older, the nerve chambers decrease in size. This will cause a lessening and eventual ending to temperature sensitivity.  (+ info)

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