How do dentists remove something that is stuck behind your gums?
I think I have something stuck behind my gums and I'm making an appointment to go to the dentist. If there actually is something stuck under my gums, how to dentists go about removing it? Will I need surgery?
Question answered by Ipsa Koehler
No you don't require any surgery for that. Dentist can simply remove the struck piece with his instrument. Dentists have probes and explorers and many other instruments which can remove the food substance which is present between the teeth.
How can I find out what dentists my insurance covers?
How can I find out what dentists my insurance covers?
I have a cavity and I need a clean up. I have anthem blue cross. How can I find out what dentist offices my insurance covers?
Question answered by StanS
I have Anthem Blue Cross, and all their providers are listed in the book they gave you, and they are all on their web site - which should be on your card.
You can also just call your (or any) dentist and ask.
Why do dentists prefer the pill method of sedation to the gas?
I've been to three different dentists over the last few years (I hate dentists anyway, nothing personal), and they would rather me be sedated by tablet than by the old method of the gas. Why is that?
Question answered by Hawkeyesrule
Nitrous in your office triples malpractice insurance costs. It is also expensive to implement a the equipment and restock it. liability goes through the roof compared to prescribing an oral sedative.
I know of very very few general dentists who have nitrous in their office.
Why do dentists sometimes use their hook tool to put pressure on a tooth during an exam?
The other day I had a regular exam by a dentist and he used his hook tool on one of my bottom teeth. He pushed down on it and scraped around a little.. In fact, this has happened before and I was just curious what a dentist is able to determine by doing that. Any dental assistants, hygienists, or dentists out there that could help me figure this out? Thanks in advance!
Question answered by Dr. Adiki !
A dental explorer or sickle probe is an instrument in dentistry commonly used in the dental armamentarium. A sharp point at the end of the explorer is used to enhance tactile sensation.
it was advised that dentists use the explorer to determine the presence of tooth decay on tooth enamel.
Some dental professionals have questioned this practice. Since enamel is demineralized in the early stages of tooth decay, the use of an explorer opens a cavity in the enamel where none existed previously. Instead, they argue that fluoride and oral hygiene should be used to remineralize the enamel and prevent it from decaying further. This debate still continues because sometimes decay can be difficult to diagnose without tactile verification. Additionally, radiographs and other products designed to identify decay (such as measuring fluorescence from a laser) help the dental professional make a final diagnosis of tooth decay.
What type of writing do dentists do in their field of work?
I need to determine what type of writing dentists have to do, and what type of writing dental students have to do in dental school.
Question answered by zbelle
Sorry, I'm not sure I understand the question. Dentist learn medical terminology like doctors do. They have to write a thesis in order to graduate from dental school. Some Universities require an essay along with your application. Some schools require letter of recommendation with the application. What you have to write or submit will depend on what school you will attend. Hope this helped, but your question wasn't very clear.
How can a mother not let her fear of dentists affect a their child?
My son has an upcoming dentist appointment and I am terrified of dentist from my own previous experiences. I have taken him before but almost had a nervous breakdown and couldn't control my anxiety at the appointment and after wards. How can I not let my fears affect my child so he isn't worried and upset? I don't want to him to be afraid of dentists and have tried many things to calm myself down but nothing works. Any advice is welcomed, thanks.
Question answered by Hananiah
I think that unless you can find a way to get rid of your own fear, you will probably find it quite difficult to not pass that along to him. Children are very receptive to their parents emotions, particularly when they are young, because they are learning how to react to the world.
So if you cannot hide or remove your own fear, I would say you should get someone else to take him. Is there a good friend or relative that wouldn't mind taking him along once or twice a year? Someone he knows and trusts who is not scared of the dentist and could teach him to not be scared himself. Or maybe you could take him to the dentist and both sit down together with him/her so that the dentist can explain what they do and how it isn't scary at all. He'll see you interacting with the dentist so naturally be less afraid, and hopefully will be comforted by the calming things the dentist is saying. And you never know, it might help you to calm your own fears!
After all, as I'm sure you know, there is nothing really to be scared of at the dentist. Even the worst things that they do are barely more painful than a vaccination with a doctor.
Do dentists notice any differences when working with stoned patients?
I am curious about this because I am wondering what dentists would wonder if they had patients who come in who are stoned. The dry mouth may make things easier for them, even though that is not the patients' intent. I am not planning on going to a dentist's office stoned; I am just curious.
Question answered by The mom
Yes, the dentist will notice if you are stoned. They will also usually refuse to do any dental work on you as a result, as well. You are technically not of clear mind, so can't really give informed consent to things. And no, the dry mouth doesn't make it easier for them. The mouth is supposed to be bathed in saliva, which helps limit germs. You'd be a bigger infection risk, and likely not heal as easily or well. If a dentist needs things dry, he/she will use a rubber dental dam to isolate the area. They still want the rest of the mouth moist.
How much do dentists make in Australia ?
I've always wanted to be a dentist but I heard somewhere they earn 'LESS' than the average australian income. I'm talking about a general dentist. And how much would all the other types of dentists make?
Question answered by Teller
The average Australian dentist earns $90,000 per year. Give or take some for location, competition and experience. It depends on a lot of factors. Where you practice: in a big city, or in a rural area. Which State you practice in: Utah is flooded with dentists, so Dentists there do not make nearly as much as Dentists in most other states. However, Dentists in Alaska can make over a million dollars per year. How many other Dentists are in the area: the more Dentists, the less patients. How long you've been building clientele: Dentists are like hair dressers. It can take years to build up clients. Whether you own your own practice, are an Associate Dentist, or work for a big company that owns practices around the country (in any of these cases, the more experience you have, the more you will make). Dentists can choose how many days they work, and if they work more they will make more.
Why do dentists have the highest suicide rate?
I'm stil not sure if this is just some joke that got out of hand, or if it's true, but I've heard it many times, and not just off of The Whole Nine Yards. My question is, is this true, and if so, why? I can understand if dentistry students have a high suicide rate, but why a dentist? They make great money, their job seems interesting, and chalanging at times, plus they have great hours, and don't have to deal with people dying right in front of them like medical doctors do. Does anyone know the deal about dentists being suicidal?
Question answered by Gazpode55
This is one of those dodgy things that "everybody knows." And not just the uninformed public, either--dentists themselves believe it. Since the 1960s dental journals have been carrying articles with headlines like "The Suicidal Professions." Dozens of studies have looked at suicide not only among dentists but among health-care workers in general. With few exceptions, research over the past 40 years has found that dentists (and doctors) take their own lives at a higher-than-average rate. But how much higher? To hear some tell it, you'd better not leave these guys in a room alone.
Dentists' odds of suicide "are 6.64 times greater than the rest of the working age population," writes researcher Steven Stack. "Dentists suffer from relatively low status within the medical profession and have strained relationships with their clients--few people enjoy going to the dentist." One study of Oregon dentists found that they had the highest suicide rate of any group investigated. A California study found that dentists were surpassed only by chemists and pharmacists. Of 22 occupations examined in Washington state, dentists had a suicide rate second only to that of sheepherders and wool workers.
But the sheer diversity of results has to make you suspicious. I mean, which is it--dentists, chemists and pharmacists, or sheepherders and wool workers? (What, the bleating gets to them?) And what about psychiatrists? One school of popular belief holds that they have the highest suicide rate.
Read the studies and you begin to see the problem. Suicide research is inherently a little flaky, in part because suicides are often concealed. Equally important from a statistical standpoint is the problem of small numbers: dentists represent only a small fraction of the total population, only a small fraction of them die in a given year, and only a small fraction of those that die are suicides. So you've got people drawing grand conclusions based on tiny samples. For example, I see where the Swedes think their male dentists have an elevated suicide rate. Number of male-dentist suicides on which this finding is based: 18.
But you aren't reading this column to hear me whine about the crummy data. You want the facts. Coming right up. All we need to do, for any occupation of interest, is (a) find a large, reasonably accurate source of mortality statistics, (b) compute suicides as a percentage of total deaths for said group, and (c) compare that percentage with some benchmark, like so:
PERCENTAGE OF DEATHS DUE TO SUICIDE
U.S. white male population 25 and older (1970): 1.5
U.S. white male dentists (1968-72): 2.0 (85 of 4,190)
U.S. white male medical doctors (1967-72): 3.0 (544 of 17,979)
U.S. white male population 25 and older (1990): 2.0
U.S. white male medical doctors (1984-95): 2.7 (379 of 13,790)
How will DENTISTS be affected by Universal Healthcare?
Will it be good for dentists? Will it be bad? Will dentists make less money? Will dentists make more money? Or will universal healthcare only affect medical doctors? Because dentists have private practices, which means the government doesnt pay their salary. However, the government pays medical doctors salaries. Any clue on how universal healthcare would affect a DENTIST?
Question answered by Heather N
It would be bad for dentists. When a Medicaid patient sees the dentist, they get paid about 50 cents on the dollar, at best. Some procedures pay 25 cents on the dollar. That is why so few dentists don't accept Medicaid. If they did, they couldn't stay in business. It wouldn't cover their overhead costs and they would lose money. So, think about that expaning. Any Universal Healthcare program certainly won't pay more than current government sponsored healthcare.