Fillings Crowns and Dentures

Questions about tooth repair or replacement in the specific areas of dentures, fillings, and crowns.

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What were George Washington's false teeth made from?

Washington wore many partial and full dentures over the course of his life, but contrary to popular belief, none were made out of wood. Instead, they were made from ivory, lead-tin alloy, copper alloy, silver alloy, real human teeth, and probably cow and horse teeth, too.

Dentures made of wood weren't common in his time, and although his false teeth were very uncomfortable, they were also fairly advanced for the late 18th century. The wooden teeth myth probably stems from the fact that as the ivory dentures were used and stained, they developed a grainy look, possibly being mistaken for wood.

Unfortunately, the real human teeth he used were likely purchased from slaves, and they didn’t really have the option to refuse the purchase.

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Does any dental insurance cover implants?

More frequently than not, dental insurance per se is not an indemnity policy; in that sense it differs from a major medical policy in the way that it functions. Instead, it pays a fixed sum for stated services by a dentist who participates in its plan.

However, in situations where, for example, reconstructive surgery is medically necessary due to an occurrence, and implants are a part of the reconstruction, a major medical policy may pay for the implants. Naturally, any payment would be subject to the terms and conditions of the policy, including deductibles and copayments.

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How do you know if you really have cavities?

The signs and symptoms of cavities vary, when a cavity is just beginning, you may not have any symptoms at all. As the decay gets larger, it may cause signs and symptoms such as:

1) Toothache, spontaneous pain or pain that occurs without any apparent cause

2) Tooth sensitivity

3) Mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking something sweet, hot or cold

4) Visible holes or pits in your teeth

5) Brown, black or white staining on any surface of a tooth

6) Pain when you bite down

In such cases, we recommend you to visit the dentist at the earliest before the issue reaches the level where you would need root canal or maybe worse extraction.

Fillings Crowns and Dentures

Where in Canada can you buy ezo denture liners?

Apparently no where i have driven miles looking, not to be found. I have used them for 30 years, there is nothing on the market that even comes close.

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Can you brush your dentures with toothpaste?

You could, however it is not recommended. Toothpastes normally have abrasives added Into the formula to scrub the stains off your teeth. They work great for teeth, however dentures are made of acrylic - basically plastic. Acrylic is much softer than tooth, and over time toothpaste will scratch up your denture and make it lose it's glossy polish. It is better to scrub your denture with a soft denture brush and dish detergent to remove plaque and food debris, rinse well with water, and then soak in an effervescent denture cleaner over night to kill germs.

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Theories of impression making in complete denture?

I would suggest going to and click on the subtitle "Basic Principals in Impression Taking" you will probably learn more there than any place else on the Internet you could find yourself.

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Are dentures better than a mouth full of crowns?

As a general rule it is always better to keep as many natural teeth as possible. Crowns are a great way to protect the remaining structure of a faulty tooth. Bridges can be constructed to fill in the area where teeth had been lost. The benefits of a bridge is that all of the occlusal (biting) forces are placed on the natural teeth. Therefore there is no pressure compressing on the gums like you experience with a denture. The downside however a bridge is the area underneath the bridge where the bone is shrinking down will get bigger and bigger eventually causing a lot of strain on the bridge. This on top of the food build up commonly seen in old bridges will cause the bridge to fail (break). Likewise if a natural tooth used to support the bridge happens to break under strain the entire bridge will need to be replaced.

The Dentures on the other hand are more adaptable as they are removable so that it is easier to clean. They are also easy to fill in the void areas that are formed by the bone shrinkage. The downside to dentures of course are the pressure on the gums when chewing which can limit the amount of chewing force and therefore ability to chew

harder foods. Dentures also have a tendency to move around in the mouth particularly a lower denture that is replacing all of the dentition in the bottom.

All in all neither is better or worse you must first become informed about the benefits and faults then weigh that with the cost against your personal expectation and lifestyle.



I have crowns, three fixed bridges and had (until recently) a partial plate. My teeth have always been very poorly constructed. Although I brush and floss regularly, they fracture from tip to root easily. My crowns have all been replaced several times. Recently, the anchoring tooth for my partial fractured and had to be removed. In the dentist's office, they had to fix my partial to the roof of my mouth for x-rays, so they used a fix-i-dent product. I decided that I would never be able to tolerate that stuff, so getting dentures will be my last resort. Try some of that stuff in your mouth before you get all your teeth pulled. By the way, dentures are not without problems. They shift, click and can be irritating to your gums, even if they are good quality. If you are as vain as I am, you would rather do anything than be seen without your "teeth in."

Here are more opinions and answers from other FAQ Farmers: * Given many individuals' dental woes despite good hygiene, I propound lead poisoning (plumbous ions, Pb+2) as a probable cause of poorly constructed teeth which fracture or decay easily. I refer you to the page on a "Third Set of Teeth", a naturally ugly set of real teeth rather than implants or dentures designed to look good. The diagnosis and treatment of lead poisoning requires a blood lead test and is beyond dentists. On the other hand, physicians may lack access to dental X-ray records which could show roots grown long into the nose or the later resulting third set of teeth, whose most likely function is to store lead(II) ions which would otherwise cause acute lead encephalopathy (narcolepsy?) or death from lead poisoning. If a lead poisoned patient has selected extractions over crowns, any teeth from the third set with room may grow and erupt. They will be quite different in shape, size, and function. * I have had dental problems with my upper teeth since I was 13. I have spent over 8,000 on repairs. I have had 1 root canal but the crown burst within 1 year and the tooth had to be pulled. I got so tired of the toothachs and pain that I had all my top teeth pulled yestarday and a denture put in place. So far eveyone stares and keeps saying I have a great smile. My husband can't stop staring. It does hurt right now and they told me it will for the next month or so, also I am having a difficult time getting use to the feel of them in my mouth and to speak with them (I sound like I have a large wad of gum in my mouth). So far I'm happy and glad I did it. I know it will be painful at times but I'd rather that then haveing a constant toothach. * Dentures are never better. I recently learned that your jaw bone starts disentegrating when there are no natural teeth in it. This means that if some or all of your teeth are missing and you wear a partial or full denture - your jaw bone, both upper and lower, will start receding. This is why dentures end up having to be replaced periodically, because they don't fit right. Your jaw bone can end up being almost non-existant, with no "ridge" on which a partial or denture can sit. The only way to stop bone loss if you're missing teeth is to get implants - which are very expensive. So, keep your own teeth in your head with the help of root canals and crowns for just as long as you can. * Last comment is absolutely right. Even at a young age, people with dentures develop a receeding jaw line and those sad vertical wrinkles at corners of mouth that are typical for old age. The bone mass quickly disappears unless you take dentures out and massage the gums. Also, the dentures come with artificial gum to prevent food from getting trapped at the real gum line. I don`t have dentures but I can imagine it feels like having an octopus in your mouth all day... I actually have crooked teeth with a few not too obvious fillings. Over the years people told me how much they liked to see "natural teeth". So I decided to keep my crooked appearance over a receeding face with pearly fake whites. * I had no choice but to go the denture route. I was in a serious motorcycle accident and ricocheted off the hood of a pickup truck face first. Beyond dentures I also had to have part of my jaw repaired. I can say this, from the day of the accident until the day after the surgery to remove my teeth , I was unable to smile, show much emotion, talk clearly to people, look people in the eye, or enjoy my life… Did it hurt, every day until 1 month after the surgery? I was on pain pills for 4 years. Luckily, I switched pain medication often enough to not become addicted. The first day that I went without my pain pills was a great day. I was actually awake and aware, my face didn't hurt, and I wore a real, healthy looking, brilliant smile. I am worried about my jaw receding and keeping the stupid things in my face, as I do a lot of public speaking, but for the last year, I can say that I am quite willing to deal with the consequences now that I have my life back. At 34 years old, I wouldn't have imagined being in this position, but there are worse things. Oh, and by the way, the truck looked worse than I did. Crowns are used to replace the structure on an existing tooth where as a denture is used to replace the area where a natural tooth used to be. Therefore a more appropriate questions is "Dentures vs Bridges"

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Why are my teeth so weak and keep breaking?

If you are under the age of 30 or 25 and your teeth are breaking thats quite odd, unless you have a disease or your really don't brush or care for them. It really depends on how old you really are. You can go to the dentist and they will give you medication or if it is a simple problem then you can just drink high calcium fluids/food and that should decrease the factor of breaking your teeth.

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Bone problems and dentures?

dear linda i have the same problem and i am also 49 years old i can t believe that i am not the only one i am having a nervous breakdown over this problem i am going to see a prosthodonist in two months to see wath my other options are i already went to see an oral maxofacial surgeon and was told that i need bone grafthing due to bone lost and should do implants but its a major operation and really have no choices if i want to bea able to eat and things are only going to get worse if i don t do anything about it we have no choice please write to me back i would like to share my opinion with yu later jocelyne test

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What do you do about a hole in a tooth?

You will need to be more specific to get a better answer, but most likely you'll have to have a dentist put a filling put in the tooth. What is the hole from? Where is the hole in the tooth? How long have you had it? Any more details you can add will be very helpful in answering your question better. More opinions from FAQ Farmers: * I have two holes in the back of my front teeth!. I am 17 years of age. I was really worried if I would lose the teeth as I am getting orthodontic treatment and still am. I couldn't understand the Orthodontist never said you must go and get them filled. So I went to my normal dentist; he said that they are just knocks off the enamel of my teeth. What a relief. He thought that my retainer had caused the loss of enamel, which i could understand. If you are worried you should see a dentist. He/she will tell you. Hope you don't need fillings. * You should get them pulled. Holes in teeth are a sign of tooth decay which can later on result in an infection. * I would recommend visiting the dentist to make sure it isn't decay, and if it s isn't, a cosmetic dentist to cover it up with porcelain veneers.

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Is numbness a side effect of dental implants?

No, residual numbness after dental implant surgery is due to nerve damage - either bruising, swelling or accidental severing during either tooth removal or the implant surgery.

This effect may be temporary or it may be permanent, depending on the amount of damage to the nerve - Swelling near the nerve may take months to completely subside, if this is the cause you should see a gradual improvement.

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How many famous people had false teeth?

the correct answer is 29.

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How much do ordinary dentures cost?

The high end models of dentures will cost you anywhere between $1000 to 5000. You might wonder that this is quite a bit of money; however, what you get in return is worth the investment.

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How much should dental sealants cost?

$30~$60 depending on geographic area.

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Root Canals

What is the approximate cost of a root canal bridge abutment and bridge pontic?

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How long after upper teeth are pulled can you wear dentures?

Most dental patients prefer 1 week time between tooth extraction and fitting of new dentures. It is always best to consult with a Dentist to determine what is best for you. Same day dentures are placed immediately after the patient's teeth are removed and help the patient avoid being toothless after full mouth extraction. They act as bandages by reducing post surgical bleeding and help healing. The tissues swell after oral surgery so that the dentures fit well right after the surgery. Because the tissues are held together by the denture, stitches are usually not needed. Since stitches are made of foreign material that irritates tissue, patients heal well. It's important to wear the dentures full time for a few days or the post surgical swelling will prevent you from being able to wear them until this swelling goes down. Unfortunately, same day dentures become loose and fall out easily after 3 to 6 months since the tooth sockets heal and the gums shrink. During the healing period, the loose temporary dentures can only be held in with dentures adhesive. After healing, they can be relined to help them fit better but most patients choose to make a new set of dentures that look and feel better. Many patients are very unhappy with their immediate dentures for several reasons. These dentures are not tried in the mouth so that the patient never gets to see how the new smile looks until the dentures are delivered after oral surgery. If there are any problems with the color, shape or the arrangement of the teeth, such as with the smile, there's no going back.

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Does dental insurance cover a complete set of dentures?

It depends on the insurance. Your dentists office can call and check on it for you. Or when you sign up for it ask if it does. Most common insurance coverage for dentures is at least 50%. I believe that it should although all may not but i know a plan that would cover all preexisting conditions as well as dentures.

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Are human teeth hollow?

No, because when you chip a tooth there is no hollow compartment in the tooth.

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Liverpool Football Club

Does Charlie Adam have false teeth?

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Disability Insurance
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Where can you find help if disabled and need help paying for dentures?

Apply for medicaid and when applying ask about any programs in your area that may also assist with dental coverage.

Bridges and Tunnels
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What kind of bridge is used to masticate?

It is definitely a dental bridge.

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Root Canals

What is the use of green stick impression compound?

it is use for physiological border moulding.

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Does drake bell have fake teeth?


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Glue and Adhesives

Is it safe to use household adhesive to repair a broken denture plate?

Look down below for permanent repair options.

There are at least two brands of adhesives that are designed for repairing dentures. When my mother-in-law knocked her dentures on to the floor, I used the brand that was available at my local drug store. It was the D.O.C. (Dentist On Call) Emergency Denture Repair Kit ($6.49+tax). However, I suspect that the Sea-Bond Emergency Denture Repair Kit would have worked fine, if my drug store stocked it. Likewise for any similar products.

The repair kits have enough materials for a second try if you bond the broken dentures together at the wrong angle or make some other mistake.

My mother-in-law broke her dentures on Monday evening while the drugstore was open, so I was able to repair them that night. She wore the dentures on Tuesday without a problem. I was lucky and had a dentist appointment on Wednesday morning. While I was getting my teeth cleaned, my dentist checked my work.

I knew I had missed a little spot with the glue resulting in a tiny hole in the repair. She said it was too small to be a problem, as long as the dentures were brushed carefully. On the other hand, she felt a little sharp bump. She removed it with her tools. I didn't see the problem. If it happens again, I know to both look and feel for problems. I could have easily removed it with the sandpaper in the kit. I did manage to remove all of the other rough spots.

Now that my dentist has touched up the repair, she said it is safe to use for an extended period. She didn't charge me for the inspection. I brought the kit with me to the dentist, in case she needed the instructions for undoing the gluing.

The instructions say it takes 2 hours of soaking in rubbing alcohol plus cleaning to undo a repair after it has set.

Always have a dentist inspect the repair if you aren't going to get the dentures professionally repaired or replaced in the near future. Even a small bump can lead to irritation which can lead to permanent damage and bone loss. If you need more evidence, a google image search will turn up some rather scary pictures. Rather than attempt to gross you out, I'll just say really bad things have happened due to botched home repairs.

If the proper type of glue isn't available, don't even think of using a glue that isn't safe for use around food. Note that while many epoxy or super glue formulations will set into a form safe to have in your mouth, other formulations will not. If it doesn't say it is safe, assume it is not.

If you get the repair wrong with epoxy or super glue, they are very hard to remove. A botched repair may make it impossible for a professional denture repair technician to do the job right. Also, few, if any, household adhesives are colored to match dentures.

Most glues are not made to survive the hostile environment of a continuous warm and moist mouth. Overtime, the glues that are used to repair dentures will break away from your denture caused from the constant rubbing of food and saliva. This is one of the reasons why using any kind of glue just won't last. If you have repaired your denture with glue, in most cases it can be easily removed by a denture repair professional for a small cost. Perhaps after understanding why using any glues can be harmful, you may be interested in getting your denture repair professionally done by a dentist. Most Dentist's send their work to a dental lab from which a denture lab professional will correct the issue, but in our case we suggest you visit where all dentures are inspected by a experienced dentist and also repaired properly by an experienced dentist.

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Gold and Precious Metals

How much is an old gold tooth crown worth?

thousands of dollars


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